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Friday, 15 December

02:05

How will Trump Admin policy rollbacks impact efforts to combat climate change? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Given that Donald Trump tweeted in 2012 that he believes concern about global warming is the result of a ploy by China to make American manufacturing less competitive, and then in a 2014 tweet explicitly called global warming a hoax, it was no surprise when his administration moved aggressively to undo the climate actions taken by former President Barack Obama. Trump began exploring ways to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement before he was even sworn into office, and announced on June 1, 2017 that he was officially pursuing withdrawal from the pact signed and ratified by Obama. The soonest any country can formally withdraw is four years after the Paris Agreement went into effect, or 2020 but Trump made it clear at the G20 summit in July that the US would immediately cease any effort to honor the emissions reduction plan (known as a nationally determined contribution or NDC) that the Obama Administration committed to in ratifying the accord. Under Trump, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a key component of Obamas climate legacy that sets limits on greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation, and has gutted numerous other rules and regulations aimed at drawing down emissions, reducing our use of fossil fuels, and otherwise protecting the environment. So what impact will this climate action rollback have? A new analysis from the World Resources Institute (WRI) seeks to answer that question by looking at seven different

For Papuan villagers practicing conservation, a bid to formalize the familiar "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

TAMBRAUW, Indonesia It took more than two hours by boat, through a driving rain, to reach the village of Saubeba from the nearest large town of Sausapor in Indonesias West Papua province. There, locals had gathered to discuss a government-backed plan to designate Tambrauw district, of which Saubeba is a part, a conservation zone. On paper, at least, this would seem a no-brainer: 80 percent of the districts nearly 11,400 square kilometers (4,400 square miles) is lush forest that falls within existing conservation or protected areas; its coast is a hatching ground for the rare leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), and its rainforests home to exotic birds-of-paradise (family: Paradisaeidae). The idea to officially designate the entire district a conservation zone came in 2011, following the election of Gabriel Asem as district chief. Tambrauw itself was only established in 2008, as part of the newly formed administrative province of West Papua. Map of West Papua province (green). Photo courtesy of Bwmodular/Wikimedia Commons. Gathered in the downpour that November day in Saubeba, representatives of the various indigenous communities living in the area discussed with local authorities what the conservation designation would mean, not just for the district but also their way of life. Many of us here still dont understand what conservation means, its still unfamiliar [to us], said Bernadus Yewen, a community leader. If it means protecting the forest, then weve been doing it since the time of our ancestors. It was a sentiment widely shared by the others in

01:00

Demolition of a Madrassa Triggers Tensions, Violence in Jammu "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Nomadic Muslim communities allege that they are being specifically targeted by the governments eviction drive.

Hari Market in Jammu. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Hari Market in Jammu. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Srinagar: The demolition of a madrassa by government authorities in Jammu on December 4 has led to fresh accusations of selective targeting against the BJP government in the region where families from the Gujjar and Bakerwal communities, living in forests and other peripheral areas for decades, face an eviction threat under the guise of development and retrieval of encroached state land.

Employees of the Jammu Development Authority (JDA) bulldozed the madrassa in the Gool Gujjar area, barely five km from the main city, leading to protests and violent clashes. Despite the government ordering the transfer of a senior police officer and constituting an inquiry into the incident, the situation continues to remain tense.

The morning shock

A large number of families from different communities including Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus have been living in Gujjar, on the banks of river Tawi, since 1976.

Ashraf Khatana, a local, told The Wire that early in the morning, a team of JDA officials joined by a contingent of police arrived with a bulldozer, and within no time took down the madrassa and allegedly desecrated holy scriptures.

We pleaded with them to stop the demolition, reminding them of assurances given to us by...

00:49

Interview 1334 New World Next Week with James Evan Pilato "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2017-12-14%20James%20Evan%20Pilato.mp3"][/audio]This week on the New World Next Week: the World Bank helps ring in the technocratic future with climate financing; pigs fly as the Pentagon gets an audit; and Facebook rolls out machine-learning suicide-predicting algorithms.

00:37

How Russia expedited Syrias victory "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A huge role in the resolution of the Syrian crisis was played by the Russian diplomats who set in motion the negotiations in Astana, while Russian planes and warships bashed terrorists on the ground.

The post How Russia expedited Syrias victory appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

00:25

Crime trends in the Clarence Valley October 2007 to September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


In the ten years between October 2007 and September 2017 crime trends in the Clarence Valley Local Government Area have remained numerically and statistically small in 5 crime categories covering murder and violent robbery.

While crime trends remain stable in 6 crime categories (assault unrelated to domestic violence, sexual assault & other sexual offences, stealing from a car and stealing from a store ) and fallen in another 4 crime categories (stealing motor vehicles and break, enter dwellings & non-dwellings and malicious damage).

Crime trends have only risen in 2 out of 17 commonly listed crime categories over these ten years Fraud up 10.5 per cent & Assault Domestic Violence Related up 3.6 per cent.


October 2007 to September 2017
Fraud, Clarence Valley Local Government Area
Statistically significant Upward trend over the 120 month period.
The average annual percentage change was: 10.5%

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00:16

About that political influence on domestic affairs on the part of foreign powers, Prime Minister Turnbull..... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"



He went on to excoriate the Labor Party in parliament last week with regard to its contacts with Chinese nationals.

This week the primary subject of Turnbull's verbal attacks announced his resignation from the Australian Parliament.

However, this week also brings news from Western Australia which demonstrates just how hypocritical is the prime ministers political posturing.

Via @kimbakit

Then came this...

00:15

"Inequality is neither a personal choice nor a national tragedy. It is a choice governments make" "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


Chief executive of the St Vincent de Paul Society national council Dr John Falzon, writing in The Guardian on 13 December 2017:

In 1952 a Catholic newspaper in Ireland proclaimed: The welfare state is diluted socialism and socialism is disguised communism.

Extreme? Yes. Dated? No. When you listen to the dying declarations of the spear-carriers for neoliberalism, its hard not to hear the same alarmist codswallop.

The logic goes like this: being unemployed and poor is bad because people choose to be unemployed or poor. If you receive income support, it is because you are unemployed and poor. Therefore, receiving income support is bad. Therefore, removing income support is good. Coincidentally, this means more money for the rich and less for the poor.

Social services minister Christian Porters recent National Press Club address was replete with denunciations of the politics of envy associated with redistributionist policies, as well as the morally unacceptable nature of social expenditure because it means placing a debt burden on the children of today to pay off as the adults of tomorrow.

These are old tropes. Joe Hockey used them regularly when he was treasurer. The intergenerational framework is always going to be a useful means of distracting from the uncomfortable reality of class inequality in the current generation.

A false divide is constructed between those who have a job (and pay taxes) and those who dont....

00:12

From JoyCamp to Poetry "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Benny Wills (aka one of the collaborators behind the JoyCamp conscious comedy group) joins us today to discuss the next step in his evolution as a creative human being: poetry! We talk about his new video/poem Bill Lost His Memory and what it means for the future of Benny and JoyCamp.

00:00

Remembering the Women Who Helped Shape Indias Constitution "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Centre for Womens Development Studies 2018 calendar revolves around two women members of the constituent assembly Dakshayani Velayudhan and Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit.

The back-cover of the calendar for 2018. Courtesy: CWDS

The back-cover of the calendar for 2018. Courtesy: CWDS

New Delhi: The contributions and role of the women who helped draft the constitution of free India was front and centre last week at the release of the Centre for Womens Development Studies 2018 calendar  Women at the Midnight Hour. The calendar revolves around two of those eminent women members of the constituent assembly Dakshayani Velayudhan and Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit.

At a time when the agency of adult women to govern their own lives has come under threat, and with the country completing 70 years of independence, the CWDS has chosen to draw focus to the 15 women in the 299-member constituent assembly. Yes, there were only 15, said Malavika Karlekar, under whom the organisation has been producing calendars for over a decade.

According to her, the CWDS calendar grew organically out of an exhibition which was aimed at recording the history of women over a century and a half through photographs. These images in the Representing Indian Women 1875-1947: A Visual Documentary exhibition eventually became a part the organisations calendars.

For the 2018 calendar, the ph...

Thursday, 14 December

23:54

Supreme Court to Pronounce Order on Mandatory Linking of Aadhaar Tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, representing the Centre, said the government was willing to extend the deadline up to March 31 next year.

On the issue of linking of Aadhaar card with mobile services, the Attorney General said that the deadline of February 6 next year was fixed in pursuance of an apex court direction. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today reserved its interim order for tomorrow on a batch of pleas seeking a stay on the governments decision of mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various welfare schemes, as the Centre extended the deadline up to March 31 next year.

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the final hearing on the petitions challenging the Aadhaar scheme itself would commence from January 17 next year.

Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, representing the Centre, said the government was willing to extend the deadline up to March 31 next year for mandatory linking of the national biometric identifier to avail the benefit of various services and welfare measures.

Venugopal, however, told the bench, also comprising Justices A.K. Sikri, A.M. Khanwilkar, D.Y. Chandrachud and Ashok Bhushan, that the Aadhaar should be allowed to remain mandatory for opening of new bank accounts.

The government had yesterday issued a notification to extend till March 31 the deadline for mandatory quoting of Aadhaar and Permanent Account Number (PAN) for bank accounts and certain financial transactions. However, there is no word on extending the February 6, 2018 deadline for linking mobile SIM cards with Aadhaar.

On the issue of linking of Aadhaar card with mobi...

23:46

Christmas cheer for RBA! "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Merry Christmas, Phil Lowe!

Well, that was a sensational Labour Force result, with employment up by a massive +61,600 in November, including +41,900 full time jobs, making for 14 gains on the bounce and the best monthly result in a couple of years. 


The trend growth in employment tore up to +3.1 per cent, or +371,000 jobs, which is the highest annual employment growth ever recorded on that measure - and better still this has overwhelmingly been driven by full time jobs (about four-fifths of the increase).


Total hours worked were a fairly punchy +4 per cent higher over the year, or +3.4 per cent higher over the year in trend terms. 


Full employment for NSW

There was a tremendous surge in total employment in New South Wales (+28,500) and Victoria (+32,900) in the month of November, with employment ballooning in those two states by +120,000 and +110,000 respectively over the year. 

Queensland also added more than +95,000 jobs over the year, albeit only about half of those positions full-time. 
...

23:43

PNG LNG PLANT LENDS NEIGHBORING SCHOOLS A HAND DURING DRY SEASON "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Port Moresby: Recently, staff at the PNG LNG plant, operated by ExxonMobil PNG, successfully concluded a three-month program to deliver potable water to schools in the villages of Lealea, Papa, Boera and Porebada. The schools and students were being impacted by this years dry season, with students being unable to complete full days at school due to water shortages.

The water cartage initiative began in September after the site Operations team was able to adjust plant needs for water and redirect a portion of the sites potable water supply to the cartage program. A delivery roster was then set up with the schools to provide potable water on a regular basis.
A total of 300,000 litres of water was delivered to 12 schools; Redscar High School, Porebada Primary and Elementary Schools, Maiari Pre-school, Papa Primary, Elementary, and Pre-Schools, Lealea Primary and Elementary Schools, Bogi Literacy School and Boera Primary and Elementary schools.
LNG Plant Operations Manager Jagir Baxi, was pleased with everyones efforts. The dry season this year had a prolonged effect on the communities around our LNG plant. Many of our staff live in the communities so we have a first-hand understanding of the difficulties they were facing.
I am glad that we were able to assist the schools and students through this small but important contribution. Most importantly, the water deliveries to schools was successful in helping students to complete their year of study with as little interruption as possible, said Jagir.
The dry spell recently broke with the arrival of good rain around Port Moresby.

23:42

Income Inequality Highest in India Since 1980s, Finds New Report "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The reports findings give credence to the theory that the opening up of the economy has disproportionately benefited those at the top of the income pyramid.

Credit: Reuter

New Delhi: Income inequality has reached historically high levels in India since the 1980s when economic and trade liberalisation began in the country, with the top ten percent of the population accounting for 56% of the national income in 2014, says a new report on income inequality across the world by the World Inequality Lab.

The report gives credence to the theory that the opening up of the economy has disproportionately benefited those at the top of the income pyramid.

The report further says that the top one percent of the population accounted for as much as 22% of the countrys total income in 2014.

Also, the absolute growth in income of the top one percent of the population since the 1980s has been more than that of the bottom 50% people taken together, according to the report.

The report was coordinated by economists Thomas Piketty, Facundo Alvaredo, Lucas Chancel, Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman.

According to the report, inequality within the top...

23:41

Provincial Publich Servants and precinct board exchange views on leadership "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Provincial public servants and Precinct Board exchange views on leadership
Regional public servants and the Board of the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct came together in Madang recently to exchange insights and ideas about public sector leadership and delivery of services in subnational areas. 

More than 45 participants at the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governances project management short course took hold of a unique mentoring opportunity with the Precincts eminent Executive Advisory Board, which included Archbishop Douglas Young, John Kali, Fr Jan Czuba, Bruce Davis, Dame Meg Taylor, Tony Shepherd, Jean Kekedo and Serena Sasingian. 
Course participant Angella Wauwau, community development officer in the Nuku District of West Sepik Province, said public servants were being trained to ensure local communities are empowered to respond to local issues and opportunities. 

We officers at the district and LLG level experience firsthand the challenges, problems, needs and aspirations of our people, Ms Wauwau said. 
We need to be equipped with knowledge and skills refresher courses and short courses empower us and motivate us. 
I believe this is the right direction and way forward to assist public servants - we can go back to serve our people and we can deliver government services effectively and efficiently. 
Project Management was the first Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance short course to be run in Madang with Precinct support, which is increasingly focused on providing opportunities for subnational public servants. 
Douglas Kilipi, DDA Executive Officer & Project Manager in the Mul-Baiyer District of Western Highlands Province, said public servants in regional areas each have a crucial role to play in national development. 
AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMM ISSION PORT MORESBY 
It all boils down to us public servants. We do...

23:36

Judges sworn in "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


H.E. Grand Chief Sir Bob Bofeng Dadae, GCL, GCMG, KStJ, Governor General of Papua New Guinea, today presided over the swearing in ceremony of a judge and acting judges of the National and Supreme Courts of PNG.
They are:
1. Jim Wala Tamate appointed as a Judge of the National & Supreme Court of Justice for a term of 10 years commencing today. Justice Tamate will be based in Port Moresby and will serve in the Human Rights division of the judiciary alongside Justice David Cannings.
2. Sinclair Peniel Gora appointed as an acting Judge of the national Court of Justice for a period of 12 months commencing today. He will be based in Wewak, East Sepik Province.
3. David Abiri Susame appointed as an acting Judge of the National Court of Justice for a period of 12 months commencing today. He will be based in Kokopo, East New Britain province.
4. John Richie Benaud Kaumi appointed as an acting Judge of the National Court of Justice for a period of 12 months commencing today. He will be posted to Lae, Morobe province.
5. John Kamane Numapo appointed as an acting Judge of the National Court of Justice for a period of 12 months commencing today. He will be based in Lae, Morobe province.
The judge and acting judges recited before the Governor General the Declaration of Office, Declaration of Loyalty and Judicial Declaration.
The swearing in ceremony was witnessed by Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia, Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika and fellow judges.
Pic1: Acting Judge David Abiri Susame

23:30

IAS-IPS Turf Wars Are Not Good For Governance "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Indias policy makers and the enlightened elements in the steel frame need to appreciate the gravity of the problem and understand the ramifications.

What is good for the IAS is not necessarily good for the country, and the same thing applies to the IPS. Credit: PTI

What is good for the IAS is not necessarily good for the country, and the same thing applies to the IPS. Credit: PTI

A commonplace clarification to begin with. The chief secretary of a state, its home secretary and district magistrates belong to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). The state police chief and district police chiefs belong to the Indian Police Service (IPS). At times, a few district magistrates and police chiefs come from the cadre of state service officers, thanks to their political clout.

On September 7, 2017, Rajiv Kumar, the chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh, wrote a letter to district magistrates directing them to chair the monthly law and order review meetings in their respective district police lines to assess and analyse the law and order situation. As expected, the IPS community took offence at the letter, interpreting it as an attempt to dilute their authority in the police hierarchy and command and control in districts. Subsequently, again as expected, the UP police chief, who is...

23:29

Is a Bottleneck Effect Endangering Chinese Alligators? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The effect is what happens when the population of a species shrinks so much that the surviving individuals are not just fewer in number but also contain fewer genetic variations.

One of several Chinese Alligators at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Caption and credit: Greg Hume/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

One of several Chinese Alligators at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden. Caption and credit: Greg Hume/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

The sleek Chinese alligators living inconspicuously in the murky wetlands of the Yangtze river are being pushed to the edge of extinction again. Less than 120 individuals survive in the wild. The trouble is that the captive population, present in sufficient numbers in two natural reserves in China, might be suffering from a population bottleneck, according to a recent study from Zhejiang University, Hangzhou.

Such a bottleneck happens when the population of a species shrinks so much that the surviving individuals are not just fewer in number but also contain fewer genetic variations.

If we were to compare the long strands of DNA between two individuals of the same species, we would find some subtle differences. These differences help the population adapt to changing environmental conditions, withstand the outbreak of new diseases, etc. The larger the number of individuals in a naturally healthy population, the larger the number of variations that confer adaptability an...

23:25

Congress Slams Election Commission for Ignoring Modis Model Code of Conduct Violation "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The party accused the EC of being a puppet of the ruling BJP after it pulled up Rahul Gandhi over alleged model code of conduct violation in Gujarat but failed to take action against the PM for the same.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. Credit: PTI

Rahul Gandhi. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: A day after the Election Commission (EC) issued a notice to Congress president-elect Rahul Gandhi for violating the model code of conduct in Gujarat, the party accused the Commission of becoming a puppet and frontal organisation of the BJP for failing to take action against the prime minister for holding a road show soon after casting his vote in Ahmedabad today.

Rahul had been pulled up by the EC for giving an interview to television channels after campaigning for the second and final round of polling in the state had ended.

The Congress said the prime minister had conducted a road show and thereby violated the model code of conduct by walking up to the crowds who had gathered outside the polling booth and then waving to them from the footboard of his vehicle.

Senior party leaders later also submitted a memorandum to the EC against Modis alleged violation of the model code of conduct.

It is a sad day for the country as EC has denigrated the constitution, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala charged at a press conference organised by the party at the All India Congress Committee headquarters in New Delhi. He said the poll panel had denigrated into a puppet and frontal organisation...

22:53

Indias Strategic Embrace of the US Has Failed to Extend to the WTO "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

With the US going back on its promise of helping India and other nations, the Modi government will pressured in its quest to double farmer incomes.

In 2015, the-then commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman confidently stated that a permanent solution would be found. With the stalemate at the latest WTO meet, this confidence seems to have been misplaced.

In 2015, the-then commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman confidently stated that a permanent solution would be found. With the stalemate at the latest WTO meet, this confidence seems to have been misplaced. Credit: Reuters

Over the last three years, India has proudly claimed to have built a deeper, strategic relationship with the United States with Prime Minister Narendra Modi making a great number of high profile visits to America. However, despite this new paradigm of so-called strategic embrace, India doesnt seem to have succeeded in making the US budge on its key areas of economic interests at the WTO. The current ministerial level talks at Buenos Aires, Argentina, have collapsed largely because of USs lack of will to find solutions to the pressing problems of the developing world.

Whats more, on the most critical issue for India a permanent solution to its public food stocking programme which involves procuri...

22:39

Israeli-Saudi Clash with Iran on Syrian Soil is Pretty Much Inevitable "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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As was expected, once Moscow and Washington started disputing who attained victory over ISIS in Syria, the militants of this terrorist organization decided that they would need to demonstrate that its too early to write them off completely. Especially since the last 25,000 of its fighters vanished in the desert, after being stationed for a considerable period of time in eastern and southern parts of the Syrian Arab Republic.

It turned out that all of those predictions were accurate, as Syrian media sources have just reported that ISIS launched a massive assault in the area of Abu Kamal, that had allegedly been liberated more than a month ago. To make the matters worse, the above mentioned Abu Kamal is under control of radical militants, with only western outskirts of the city still being defended by the local Shia militia, while the rest of the city remains to be occupied by militants. For sure, this latest offensive is relatively insignificant, but it creates an escape corridor to the deserted areas of Syria which are not controlled by local Shia militia groups and the Syrian army. The offensive has already resulted in a death of toll of over a hundred Syrians, both military and civilian. Additionally, reports state that ISIS has taken prisoners, that are usually being routinely execute after short interrogations, conducted by ISIS field commanders. While this is difficult to classify this course of action as guerrilla warfare, since the engagements continue to remain relatively regular while radical militants would often employ armored vehicles and artillery to get an upper hand on the field of battle. The problem is that the Shia militia that is trying to contain ISIS units enjoys virtually no air support, as theres been a single report about an raid in this area conducted by long-range bombers. Presumably, those were Russias military plains trying to help the self-defense units out. Moreover, while visiting the Russian Khmeimim air base in Syria, Russias president Vladimir Putin voiced a warning that Russias air corps may return in full force in Syria should the situation demand such an involvement.

At the same time, were observing an increase in military activities near Syrias southern border with Israel and Jordan. After all, this is the region where the majority of the so-called Free Syrian Army detachments were deployed and they have no intension of surrendering their weapons as they are more than eager to carry on the armed stru...

22:35

Western Refugee Policies Are One Endless Evian Conference "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

By David Swanson, December 14, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

Evian is not just a bottled water company. And the town of vian-les-Baines in France on the south shore of Lake Geneva is not just a location for luxury hotels. Its also the location where, in July 1938, the first international effort was ever made (or feigned) to alleviate a refugee crisis.

The crisis was the Nazi treatment of Jews. The representatives of 32 nations and 63 organizations (plus some 200 journalists covering the event) were well aware of the Nazis desire to expel all Jews from Germany and Austria, and somewhat aware that the fate that awaited them if not expelled was death. The decision of the conference was essentially to leave the Jews to their fate. (Only Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic increased their immigration quotas.) The decision to abandon the Jews was driven primarily by anti-Semitism, which was widespread among the diplomats in attendance and among the publics they represented.

These nations were represented at the vian Conference: Australia, the Argentine Republic, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, United Kingdom, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Italy refused to attend.

Australian delegate T. W. White said, without asking the native people of Australia: as we have no real racial problem, we are not desirous of importing one.

The dictator of the Dominican Republic viewed Jews as racially desirable, as bringing whiteness to a land with many people of African descent. Land was set aside for 100,000 Jews, but fewer than 1,000 ever arrived.

In The Jewish Trail of Tears The Evian Conference of July 1938, Dennis Ross Laffer concludes that the conference was set up to fail and put on for show. Certainly it was proposed by and chaired by a representative of U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt who chose not to make any seri...

22:33

The Blokes Of Reddit Go Public With What Makes Them Lose Respect For Other Men "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

What does it mean to be a man?  From the bloody great writers of the past like Hemingway and Steinbeck to modern movies (and novels) like Fight Club and from the plethora of internet sites like The Good Men Project and The Art of Manliness to more traditional magazines like GQ, these ideas of masculinity are often discussed, but it seems no one ever really thinks to ask real blokes.  You know, the ones on Reddit

A recent Reddit thread asking what makes guys lose respect for other men is surprisingly reaffirming of the fact that most dudes are actually good dudes and f**k-knuckles are widely frowned upon.  Its actually a pretty good question to help foster a picture of what a man should be.  After all, we cant only rely on bloody tradition for this can we?  The idea has to be reflective of societys general attitudes, values and beliefs. (High school English anyone?).

Abso-f***ing-lutely. Credit: Reddit/Beeptester

Abso-f***ing-lutely. Credit: Reddit/Beeptester

If this Reddit thread is anything to go by and why shouldnt it be?  It has to hold as much value as what some random blogger, journo or even author or film director has to say, if not more, simply because of the weight of responses involved what makes a man is faithfulness, family values, gentlemanly conduct, modesty, wisdom and generosity.  F*** YES, Internet, F*** YES!!!

The fact that guys highlighted the lack of these qualities in other blokes theyd lost respect for puts a big smile on this face.  These days, it seems like guys are an easy target for the vocal minority of the politically correct movement that has become just as fascist as the pricks they claim to be fighting against.

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22:27

No Modesty Tent Needed Aussie Couples Romp On Beach Caught On Tape "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

You never know where youre going to be when the mood strikes. It can hit you a few minutes after sharing a dozen oysters for entree, or it could be after flicking through a Target catalogue lingerie section. If youve got a consensual and able partner, a tickle fight en-route to the bedroom is the usual approach to taking advantage of such an occasion.

But for one particularly daring couple, a sweltering day under the South Australian sun saw moisture levels rising as high as the mercury as they engaged in a bout of rumpy-pumpy on the beach. No room for a modesty tent, or even a towel to cover the good bits here, as the couple were seen to get it on in full public view.

Credit: YouTube

Credit: YouTube

Of all naughty sex destinations out there, the beach is particularly thwarted with danger. For starters, there is the obvious sandpaper effect to contend with; after a while, a few granules are said to feel like a red hot poker! But the beach is also home to shells and all kinds of crabs and critters that want to latch onto your bits and pieces.

Some on social media who viewed the video recommended the thrill-seeking pair should have taken to the water to conceal their lewd exhibition from the public eye. But they tell us not to drink salt-water no matter how thirsty we get imagine the dehydrating effects on certain sensitive parts of the human anatomy!

Credit: YouTube

Credit: YouTube

The video appeared in two parts on Instagram generating plenty of laughs and calls for modesty were heard from around the web.

Clearly the lass had a bucket list lets be honest though she could have at least brought a tent? Or umbrella?, said one user concerned for the kiddies....

22:24

Couple Who Promised To Divorce If Same-Sex Marriage Passed Renege On Promise "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

You may remember the Canberra couple, Nick and Sarah Jensen, who said that if Gay Marriage became a thing in Ozzyland theyd be forced to divorce.  Well, the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove signed that bad boy into law on Friday morning and the two drama-queens have decided they really dont want to split

In yet another move that shows the endless trolling power of the internet, over a hundred thousand wankers signed up to attend an event called Nick and Sarahs Divorce on Facebook within about three seconds of the news that gay dudes and dudettes can now tie the knot here down under.

Does this picture scare anyone else? Credit: Facebook

Does this picture scare anyone else? Credit: Facebook

Despite the fact their claims gay marriage would require their imminent divorce were made in the Canberra City News newspaper back in 2015, the public still wanted to hold them to their promise.

...

22:21

A Trio of Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters Call into the Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Monday 11 December, a trio of Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters - identified as A40-014, A40-040 and A40-043 - were spotted visiting the Whitsunday Airport Shute Harbour.  They flew down together from Townsville.






22:15

Chinese Rooftopper Wu Yongning Films His Own Death During Stunt "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Youve probably seen it doing the rounds on Facebook: Chinese man, Wu Yongning, falling to his death after climbing to the top of a twenty-story building and attempting pull-ups from one of its precipices.  While this thing is no doubt of interest for the vicarious and curious, it forces us to ask when people will realise that risking their life for a YouTube video just isnt worth it.

Probably a slightly different tone to what youre used to on here, especially when weve shown our own fair share of stupid internet deaths, but this ones slightly different.  Its not a result of drunken stupidity.  Its not a result of misplaced faith.  Its a result of a point-blank overestimation of ones own skills and the attention-seeking selfishness that comes with posting videos like this to YouTube.

Wu was well known in China for stunts like this. Credit: Asia Wire

Wu was well known in China for stunts like this. Credit: Asia Wire

And yeah, while its fantastic for people to push themselves to their limits, its just not worth the risk to run this sort of thing without a safety net.  Strap on a harness.  Arrange to perform the stunt where theres a platform below.  I dunno, even use a parachute or something.

Sure, I know that I probably miss the bloody point and Im making massive assumptions, but if Yongning had a family, friends, loved ones to miss him when hes gone, what a pointless loss.  Its the kind of thing well look back on in history and shake our heads at.

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22:05

World watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Thursday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.

22:01

December 15 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

37   Nero, Roman Emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, was born  (d. 68).

533 Byzantine general Belisarius defeated the Vandals, commanded by King Gelimer, at the Battle of Tricamarum.

1161 Military officers conspired against Emperor Hailingwang of the Jin Dynasty and assassinated him in a military camp near the Yangtze River front.

1167 Sicilian Chancellor Stephen du Perche moved the royal court toMessina to prevent a rebellion.

1256  Hulagu Khan captured and destroyed the Hashshashin stronghold at Alamut in present-day Iran as part of the Mongols offensive on Islamic southwest Asia.

1467  Stephen III of Moldavia defeated Matthias Corvinus of Hungary, who was injured thrice, at the Battle of Baia.

1778 American Revolutionary War: British and French fleets clashed in the Battle of St. Lucia.

1791  The United States Bill of Rights became law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.

1832 Gustave Eiffel, French engineer and architect (Eiffel tower), was born (d. 1923).

1863 The mountain railway from Anina to Oravita in Romania was used for the first time.

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21:59

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-002 Pops into Longreach Airport "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

On Thursday 14 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-002 was noted calling into Longreach Airport.

File photo

It looked to arrive from Canberra via airwork at Coffs Harbour, and then looked to later depart to Townsville via more airwork at Mount Isa.  A37-002 was heard to be flying as "Envoy 29".

Photo taken by 'IAD' 

21:55

Federal Reserve Chair: Fed Doesnt Really Play Any Regulatory Role in Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Federal Reserve Chair: Fed Doesnt Really Play Any Regulatory Role in Bitcoin

Following her next-to-last Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, outgoing Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairwoman Janet Yellen gave a final scheduled press conference 13 December 2017 in Washington, DC. In a growing sign of its influence, once again bitcoin was introduced as a topic for consideration at the highest levels of finance. No fewer than three times did cryptocurrencies make their way into the discussion: regulatory policy, prospects of a Fed Coin, and bitcoins threat to financial stability.

Also read: Only Big Broker Offering CME Bitcoin Futures Allows Whales to Short

Fed Chair Says Bitcoin Very Small

The first woman Chair of the globes most powerful central bank, Janet Yellen took what amounted to a gushing victory lap in her final scheduled press conference. Reporters paused in questions to thank her. Some even asked her about future efforts to diversify the field of economics to include more women and minorities. Its good to go out on top, for sure.

CNBCs Steve Liesman posed the expected, wanting to know the Chairs thoughts on equity valuations at historic highs. Before he allowed her to answer, he asked: Maybe as a sign as to whats been going on with valuations, this cryptocurrency called bitcoin keeps going up every day, um, wh...

21:46

Rainbow Chan - The Cardigans "Lovefool" Cover "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Download track for FREE here - http://get.siloarts.net/track/lovefool-the-cardigans-cover A cover of The Cardigans' "Lovefool" by Sydney musician, Rainbow Chan. Filmed by e c h o (soundcloud.com/thedreamecho) rainbowchan.com.au rainbowchan.bandcamp.com soundcloud.com/rainbowchanmusic

21:45

Kushner and Saudi Crown Prince the Wunderkinds Wreak Havoc "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Kushner, a dodgy property dealer with no diplomatic experience, is Trumps unelected top aide, assigned to seal the deal of the century meaning bring peace between the Palestinians and Israelis. Like the Saudi Crown Prince, with whom Kushner is said to be close friends, the two neophytes think of themselves as creative innovators. Wunderkinds.

21:34

Gunnedah: The Fluoride Action Network hosts an anti-fluoride information session "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

COMMUNITY members gathered at the Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club for an anti-fluoride workshop on Wednesday evening.

Fluoride Action Networks Meriyln Haines hosted the workshop, which followed a closed workshop given to Gunnedah Shire Council earlier that afternoon.

The community workshop comes on the back of a pro-fluoride council workshop hosted by the Australian Dental Association (ADA) late last month.

The workshops come in the lead up to the next council meeting next Wednesday.

At the meeting, councilors will hear a report complied by NSW health centered on the publics feedback regarding water fluoridation.

Mrs Haines said the workshops were well received.

We gave our views and we were asked some good questions, Mrs Haines said.

The questions from councilors were very considered in-depth questions.

Mrs Haines said there is still time for people against water fluoridation to lobby councillors.

I guess people can continue to put pressure on councillors, she said.

Its their community, if they dont want it they should have a say.

The Fluoride Action Network leader said she was not sure when council would make a final decision regarding water fluoridation.

Im not sure when the decision will come down, she said.

I feel like NSW Health are trying to push this forward and get council to reach a decision in December,  but council need to consider whos community is this and who is dictating the agenda.

Gunnedah Shire mayor Jamie Chaffey said he was glad Mrs Haines accepted councils invitation to host the workshop.

I am pleased the chair of the Fluoride Action Network accepted my invitation to adress councillors yesterday, Cr Chaffey said.

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21:30

Watch: Yogendra Yadav on Gujarat Elections Issues and Likely Winners "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Yogendra Yadav of Swaraj India talks about his prediction for the assembly elections, the agrarian crisis in Gujarat, emerging social movements, Rahul Gandhi and more.

The post Watch: Yogendra Yadav on Gujarat Elections Issues and Likely Winners appeared first on The Wire.

21:30

The Futility of Dreaming of Padmavati-Khiljis Dream Sequence "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The opponents of Padmavati base their protests on rumours of a dream sequence between Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji despite Bhansalis clarification that no such sequence exists in the film.

Deepika Padukone as Padmavati.

A recent video by Sanjay Leela Bhansali carrying a clarification on Padmavati, unlike his films, is calm and economical. In it, Bhansali says that the rumours of a dream sequence between queen Padmavati and Alauddin Khilji are incorrect and that no portrayal hurtful to the (Rajput) communitys sentiments exists in the film. The Padmavati controversy has assumed epic proportions, with death threats issued to actress Deepika Padukone and dir...

21:28

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

141217FESTIVAL SET
By Aloysius Laukai

The Chairman of the Hagogohe Sasalam Hihikuma Festival, LAWRENCE BELLEH says all is set to stage the SASALAM HIHIKUMA festival at the GOGOHE Primary School grounds starting tomorrow and will end on Wednesday next week.
The highlights of the festival includes the float and presentation at the BEL ISI PARK tomorrow morning whilst the show opening will be held at the show venue at five pm in the afternoon.
The show will include Traditional arts and crafts presentations and a Miss Hagogohe crowning towards the end of the festival.
MR. BELLEH said that despite set backs by no getting many sponsors the organizers are happy the show will continue and will include a visit by tourists from the Cruise Ship Cruise North from Australia who will attend the festival on Monday.
He is inviting the people of Bougainville to travel to GOGOHE and support the fundraising efforts by the Parents and Citizens of Gogohe Primary school.
He said that the aim of the festival is to showcase our culture and make sure the date are set for tourists to attend and be part of the celebrations.
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21:27

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Press UNSCRUPULOUS CAMPAIGN AGAINST BCL EXPOSED
The unscrupulous attempts by RTG Mining Inc. to undermine BCLs position regarding the Panguna project have been further exposed in the PNG National Court.
RTG, a junior speculative company, pre-empted the court to declare in an announcement to the ASX (Australian Securities Exchange) on 5 December that a dispute over the chairmanship of the Special Mining Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association (SMLOLA) had been resolved and all Court actions will now be withdrawn and come to an end.
Mr Philip Miriori and Mr Lawrence Daveona had both laid claims to the chairmanship but reportedly reconciled their differences on 5 December in favour of Mr Miriori.
In a further announcement yesterday (12 December), RTG stated: we can now advise that the discontinuance papers have also been lodged with the Court, bringing the dispute to a formal end.
Mediation Continues
These statements were unqualified and ignored the fact that the leadership dispute was subject to an ongoing mediation process imposed by the National Court and presided over by Justice Kandakaski.
The statements were clearly designed to undermine BCLs application for the extension of its project area exploration licence (EL1) by creating the false impression that BCL had no support among key project area landowners.
The matter however returned to court on 8 December and was adjourned until yesterday afternoon (12 December) after lawyers for Mr Miriori failed to appear. During yesterdays hearing, rather than being brought to a formal end Justice Kandakaski ordered that the mediation process continue.
This is to determine whether the reconciliation between Mr Miriori and Mr Daveona resolved the dispute to the satisfaction of the broader SMLOLA membership.
Following three earlier mediation sessions in Panguna, a fourth session has now been scheduled for 29 January 2018, before a return to court on 6 February.
These developments are not only deeply embarrassing for RTG but expose the highly misleading nature of its ongoing campaign of de-stabilisation against BCL.
Wardens Hearing
BCL also rejects RTGs anti-BCL characterisation of Mondays Wardens hearing in Panguna. The hearing formed part of the application renewal process.
The Warden provided the opportunity for the community to express its views regarding the application both for and against and for BCL to present its case for renewal.
Importantly, BCL believes it retains strong support among the 367 Customary Heads who are authorised to act on behalf of the customary owners of the 510 land parcels in the EL1 area.
The application process continues with a decision expected shortly and BCL respects this process.
In the interim, the term of the exploration licence is taken to have been extended until the applicatio...

21:26

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

141217- Bougainville Citizen concerned about ABGs Progress to Referendum
By- Theresa Baranangko
The Autonomous Bougainville Government is losing its flavour and taste by being deceived by the donors financially thus dishonouring its own Constitution and the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA). This is according to Mr. Jullian Lamasam Jnr, a concerned citizen of the Autonomous Region.
Mr Lamasam acknowledged the ABG Governments effort in making sure that the aspirations of Bouginvillians through the Bougainville Peace Agreement is made successful.
However, from his perspective, he thinks that the Government is really struggling to maintain this effort due to a lot of confusion in terms of so many structures in place both in the National Government and ABG and also the Mekamui unity Government.
He said that it is so confusing to see and understand how the money is being used because of so many structures in place. He said that often the people are aware of the large amount of monies coming into Bougainville yet the outcome in terms of tangible developments in the District level, village levels or communities are hardly noticed.
He said that this is not happening because the Leaders are accessing their freedom under Amnesty and Pardon to misuse their power and misuse Government monies for their own benefits.
He said that this is because under the Peace Agreement, we do not have our own Ombudsman commission, Police Force and also the task force. Therefore, Bougainville Leaders are taking this as their privilege to misuse their power and funds and not taking into account that the BPA will cease to be in practice in January 2020.
Therefore he is urging the Government to find alternatives so that Bougainvillians can still enjoy the freedom of the Bougainville Peace Agreement in this short period of time.
He said this because according to the people, the BPA is not seen as freedom anymore but a trap and a threat and they are afraid and are more concerned of Bougainvilles Political Future and its effect on them.
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21:26

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

141217- Bolave Constituency Referendum Readiness
By Theresa Baranangko
The Member for Bolave and Minister for Health have declared Bolave Constituency in Bana District South Bougainville as the first Constituency on Bougainville to be declared as Well Informed, Unified, Weapons Free and Referendum Ready. He made this Declaration on the 7th September 2017.
This was following the ABG resolution on the Bougainville Constituency Referendum Ready Concept which was passed last year in September tasking each of the 33 Constituencies in Bougainville to prepare and declare them as Referendum Ready.
The declaration Ceremony was witnessed by the ABG Members and officers, UNDP, DFAT, National MPs and the Community of Bana.
The Minister said that the declaration is being maintained by all the stakeholders to ensure that it is not violated.
He said that the wards, Veterans and all the community based organisations are working together to maintain peace and harmony in the constituency. Gas bottles are disposed and homebrew consumption is declining.
The Minister said that his offices main focus in 2018 will be the referendum awareness and implementation programmes in preparations for the conduct of Referendum in June 15 2019. However, basic services like health, education, law and order will not be overlooked.
In light of the Referendum Ready Concept, Bolave Constituency will host a Soccer and Volley Ball tournament from the 26th to the 30th of December 2017 at Boleuko Sports Ground in Boleuko Catholic Mission in Bolave constituency.
This is to create an avenue to educate mainly youths who are not that acquainted with the historical context of the Bougainville Aspiration for Independence.
Therefore through such event, the youths can be educated more on the dreams and aspirations of Bougainville.

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21:22

Visiting Space Object Could be A Spaceship: But Whos watching Who? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  Is This Cigar-Shaped Asteroid Watching Us? Scientists are tracking it because they think that maybejust maybe!it might be. By Neel V. Patel Are intelligent extraterrestrials trying to communicate with or study us? Some scientists think thats a possibilityand that its happening right now. Starting at 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, researchers with the Breakthrough []

21:22

Bega Valley Shire fluoride survey underway "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Bega Valley Shire Council has confirmed a NSW Health-funded survey gauging the communitys views on the addition of fluoride to drinking water has begun.

Respondents are being asked if they agree with adding fluoride to the public drinking water supply to try to prevent tooth decay?

The survey, sent to residents above 18 years old, asks for either a yes, no, dont know and refused response to what Councillor Cathy Griff has called a loaded question lacking in balance.

After learning of the question being asked in the survey, fluoridation opponent Rob Slazenger of Bermagui said its an outrage and that anyone with an understanding of survey methodology could see an agenda in the phrasing.

Cr Griff, who raised the motion to hold the survey, said she felt the concern over fluoride safety and its presence in toothpaste should have been added to the survey question.

The survey is being conducted by the Australian National Universitys Social Research Centre, and also asks for the respondents postcode.

The phone survey began on Tuesday and runs for one week.

One respondent said they missed a call on Tuesday, and by Thursday had not received a callback despite leaving a voice message on the 1800 number provided.

*Original article online at http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/5121721/shire-fluoride-survey-underway/

21:15

Why the Doug Jones Victory Is Overblown "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Nothing less than accusations of fondling a fourteen-year-old, along with copious proof of dating sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds, was needed to stop Roy Moore from becoming the next U.S. Senator of Alabama.

20:45

Why America"s Law Enforcement Empire Resembles Secret Police in a Dictatorship "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Americas law enforcement empire has all the characteristics of secret police in a dictatorship. It is not transparent in its actions, has a history of bending the rules to obtain convictions, and its officers are rarely held accountable.

20:35

A Tale of Two Trials: Bundy Ranch and Pentagon Papers "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Let us take a contemporaneous yet parallel walk through both trials.

 

A Tale of Two Trials: Bundy Ranch and Pentagon Papers

A Tale of Two Trials: Bundy Ranch and Pentagon Papers

by Elias Alias

(TMM) In following the Bundy trial in Las Vegas, I have revisited a story I first read in 2002. That story is about a trial which happened in 1973. That trial gained world-wide press coverage and shocked the powerful elite in the Nixon Administration. That trial seems to me today to be the perfect precedent to bring to the attention of Judge Navarro, who is presiding over the Bundy trial(s).

I noticed this past week, early in December 2017, that the defendants were finally allowed pre-trial release so they could be with their families during the remainder of the trial.  The defendants were granted pre-trial release only after it was revealed in court in early December 2017, that the FBI report on the defendants from well over a year ago had indicated that the defendants were not dangerous and were not a threat. That report had not been provided to Judge Navarro until just now.

The defendants had been held in prison for almost two years without bail, deprived of a speedy trial, and in some cases tormented while incarcerated. The prosecution had assured the court that these defendants were a threat to society and should not be allowed bail.  But that became exposed as false once the initial FBI report was discovered. In and of itself, that circumstance poses the question why would the prosecution knowingly deceive the courts? To answer that question I must ask the reader to indulge me as I lay in a bit more background.

It is my estimation that the prosecution is hell-bent on persecuting, as well as prosecuting, the defendants because the prosecution works for the government, and because the government is still reeling from its resounding defeat at Bundy Ranch in southern Nevada on April 12, 2014.  The prosecutions bias is obvious and abundant. Ill show below why I say that here.

The prosecution is under tremendous pressure to win convictions and long-term prison sentences for our cowboys because if the cowboys get away with standing up to authority, the U.S. government itself will be embarrassed by its...

20:30

Growing Food From Mattresses: What Experts Can Learn From Working in Refugee Camps "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Limitations improve creativity: we think up solutions we would never have thought of in a lab.

Anthony Ryan, Author provided

Author Provided

I am a scientist who has spent his career working with industry at the interface of science, engineering and medicine. I have served on many advisory boards on translating research into practice. But I never feel the flames of knowledge exchange burn as bright as when Im at Zaatari refugee camp, in Jordan.

The news is often full of refugee crises couched in terms such as how will we cope?, without much thought for the refugees themselves. And Europe has seen only a fraction of the number of refugees compared to countries like Jordan. Zaatari alone holds 80,000 people. I had my eyes opened to the complexity of refugee life for the first time in July 2016, when Helen Storey from the London College of Fashion and I were invited to visit Zaatari by the UNHCR. Now were part of an international team of experts varying from engineers to fashion designers trying to come up with solutions to some of the most complicated problems on the planet.

The refugees legal status usually prevents them from taking up employment, owning property or moving freely, stripping them of agency. At home they were farmers, engineers, teachers, doctors, so not only have they been forcibly displaced, but also forcibly unemployed. And they cant do anything that even looks like it might lead to permanence, like getting a job or fixing their house. Despite this, the eagerness to put a plan into action was truly astounding, and many smiles and jokes were exchanged. It is incredible to see the resilience of the Zaatari folk.

I learned the expression necessity is the mother of invention as a child and here I saw it play out in front of me: limitations improve creativity and we think up solutions we would never have thought of in a lab. Weve made windmills, wheelchairs and recycling trucks out of old bikes, and grown tomatoes without soil. Our partners at the London College of Fashion work on the human end of well-being, recognising that personal care and making skills have profound effects on peoples self-worth and mental health and provide the framework for building livelihoods and communities.

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20:29

Tasmanian Tigers Were in Trouble Even Before Humans Came to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A new study of the genes of a long-dead Tasmanian tiger suggest the animals numbers were dwindling since about 70,000 years ago. But this doesnt change the fact that humans drove it into extinction.

A thylacine with a distended pouch at Adelaide Zoo, 1889. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

A thylacine with a distended pouch at Adelaide Zoo, 1889. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Tasmanian tiger or thylacine looked like a dog, had stripes like a tiger and carried its young in a pouch like a kangaroo. This strange creature went extinct in the early 20th century. The last thylacine died in captivity at Hobart Zoo, Tasmania, in 1936, just a few years after humans had hunted it to extinction in the wild.

But now, researchers sequenced the DNA of a century-old preserved specimen and found the thylacines suffered from poor genetic diversity. This, it seems, left them vulnerable to many diseases long before humans even arrived in Australia.

The thylacine was a top marsupial predator found across Australia and Tasmania. Weighing about 30 kg, it looked very similar to a wolf or the Australian dingo. Populations started dwindling on mainland Australia and disappeared completely about 3,000 years ago, leaving thelast remaining group in Tasmania. In 1888, the Tasmanian government put a bounty on the thylacines head because it was believed to attack sheep, threatening farmers livelihoods. The thylacines were killed indiscriminately, with the last known animal in the wild murdered in 1930.

Its genetically closest living relative is deb...

20:15

Silk Road Fever Grips the Russian Far East and Boosts Economy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Now, with the integration of BRI and the EAEU, Russia has a great chance of fulfilling part of its Pacific Destiny... Today, that vision is alive with gold and timber in the mountains north of the Amur, fish in the Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering Sea, and gas reserves from Sakhalin island all part of a modern export chain.

20:05

A Battle For Exotics In North Wairarapa "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Bud Jones owns the Pokai Parera Farms near Eketahuna. He was awarded the QSM in 2013 for efforts in wildlife conservation and arboretum achievements. Covenant application denied By Bud Jones I applied for a Queen Elizabeth 11 Open Space Covenant for 214 acres. The area included 5 large lakes plus 21 small ponds with 30,000 []

20:04

Advance Australia Where? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

An Australian speaker reveals the absurdity of same sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage what marriage is really about? Do we have the authority to define it anyway we want or does it define us? Read More

20:00

Israeli TV: Saudi Arabia, Egypt Gave Trump Green Light on Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Tel Aviv (MEMO Israels News 10 said Saudi Arabia and Egypt gave US President Donald Trump the go-ahead to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.

The channel said the Arab parties reactions and condemnations are not genuine and are misleading.

us human rights resolution unOfficial White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

Israeli journalist and head of the Arab desk at the news channel, Zvi Yehezkeli stressed that the announcement could not have been made without coordination between Trump and his regional allies.

I am not sure about the Arab countries reactions to this resolution, Yehezkeli said, adding that the responses issued so far were not serious.

Related: Updated: The World Responds to Trumps Jerusalem Decision

On Wednesday, the US President Donald Trump announced his decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israels new capital adding that the American embassy would be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

World leaders, from Europe to the Middle East to Australia, slammed the decision as a unilate...

19:45

Ivan Gren: New Amphibious Ship to Enter Service with Russia"s Navy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Naval infantry units from the Black Sea Fleet and the Northern Fleet have been carrying out important missions in Syria, such as providing security for the Russian naval base in Tartus.

19:40

No one being tortured offshore? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

By Jane Salmon Well Take That As a Comment. On QandA this week, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said no one was being tortured offshore. Torture is a strong word, sure. A relative, Ron Cruikshank, a banker like you, Mr Turnbull, was incarcerated by the Japanese in Singapore in WW2. He returned, but he did not

The post No one being tortured offshore? appeared first on The AIM Network.

19:33

FOI Agency Reference Numbers for Documents in REQFOI17/00064 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Request to Office of the Australian Information Commissioner by Verity Pane. Annotated by Verity Pane on December 14, 2017.
Partially successful.
Ive marked this partial for two reasons: 1) Firstly, this information should have been provided a month ago with the original FOI decision, but was u...

19:28

APP 12 Privacy Act Applications "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Follow up sent to Department of Veterans' Affairs by Verity Pane on December 14, 2017.
Successful.
I have yet to receive a response in relation to my query of 5 December 2017. Could you kindly respond. Yours sincerely, Verity Pane

19:23

Despite Tillerson Overture, White House Says No Negotiation With North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

US secretary of state Rex Tillerson delivers remarks on the US-Korea relationship during a forum at the Atlantic Council in Washington, US December 12, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Washington: No negotiations can be held with North Korea until it improves its behavior, a White House official said on Wednesday, raising questions about US secretary of State Rex Tillersons offer to begin talks with Pyongyang any time and without pre-conditions.

Given North Koreas most recent missile test, clearly right now is not the time, a White House official told Reuters.

Tillerson said on Tuesday the United States was ready to talk any time North Korea would like to talk, appearing to back away from a key US demand that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be about giving up its nuclear arsenal.

The White House has declined to say whether president Donald Trump, who has taken a tougher rhetorical line against North Korea than Tillerson, gave approval for the overture.

A day after Tillersons comments at Washingtons Atlantic Council think tank, the White House official, who declined to be named, laid out a more restrictive formula for any diplomatic engagement with North Korea.

The administration is united in insisting that any negotiations with North Korea must wait until the regime fundamentally improves it...

19:22

China summons Australian envoy over political meddling allegations Allegations full of prejudice against China could jeopardize bilateral trade "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

By Colin Packham

SYDNEY (Reuters) China summoned Australias ambassador to lodge a complaint last week over Canberras allegation that Beijing had sought to interfere in Australian politics, a source familiar with the diplomatic action told Reuters on Thursday.

Relations between Australia and China became strained in recent weeks after Canberra said it would ban foreign political donations as part of a crackdown aimed at preventing external influence in domestic politics, sharpening the focus on Chinas soft power.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull singled out China as he said foreign powers were making unprecedented and increasingly sophisticated attempts to influence the political process in Australia.

In response, China summoned Ambassador Jan Adams to a meeting at the Chinese Ministry for Foreign Affairs on December 8 to lodge a complaint, the source said.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang confirmed the ministry had an important discussion with the Australian ambassador.

The Australian side should be very clear about Chinas position on the relevant issue, Lu told a daily news briefing, without elaborating.

Chinas Foreign Ministry said last week Turnbulls allegations were full of prejudice against China, were baseless and poisoned the atmosphere of China-Australia relations.

Image may contain: 1 person, eyeglasses and suit

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull unveiled new anti-interference laws on Dec 5 where he expressly referred to concerns about Chinas influence.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Turnbulls allegations have been criticized by Australias opposition Labor Party as showing an anti-China bias that could jeopardize bilateral trade.

China, which is easily Australias biggest trading partner, bought A$93 billion ($70 b...

19:18

Petition to Bar Consensual Sex Outside Marriage Rejected by Indonesian Court "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Police officers stand guard outside the Constitutional Court in Jakarta August 6, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Darren Whiteside

Jakarta: Indonesias constitutional court on Thursday narrowly rejected a controversial petition to bar all consensual sex outside of marriage in the worlds biggest Muslim-majority country.

Five of nine judges voted for the case to be thrown out, in a victory for rights activists who had feared the petition brought by a conservative group would spur moral policing and further discrimination, particularly targeting the gay community in Indonesia.

Chief justice Arief Hidayat said existing laws on adultery did not conflict with the constitution and that it was not the authority of the constitutional court...

19:02

Taking down the calendars. "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The taking down of the calendars & Ziedels secret Carby.

Dropped in to the workshop to pay my mechanics bill a while back..more than a year or so, in fact..anyway, it was on that day when Peter..the mechanic..was taking down several of those girlie calendars that are almost a fixture on the office walls of such tradie shops like Peters garage.

I like those old style mechanics garages..you know, those ones with an old busted engine block or gearbox covered in old oil and rags by the big doors..the loose chain block and tackle hanging from a cross-beam in the rafters..and the racks of stored bits and pieces of will be useful one day stuff against the wall..the welding gear, the drill-press and perhaps a metal lathe for turning down that impossible to find part but this one will be alright with a bit of tweakingand the peg-board with the shadow marks of all the spanners that go just there..and still with the old pit in the floor.

It reminds me of the days of steam locomotives when I was a kid. I would like to walk close to the edge of the platform next to the huffing/puffing locomotive just to get a whiff of that rush of steam from the front wheel pistonsthat moist steam that had that slight scent of lubricating oils..whoosh!..lovely memoriesChrist ..theyve taken all the fun out of a young boys life with the beigeing of things.

Which brings me back to old Peter taking down those calendars.

I stopped in the doorway of the garage office..a small cluttered room off the back corner of the workshop..Peter had his back to me as he examined one large poster of an attractive young woman clad erotically and holding a pneumatic implementthe poster was an advertisement for a well-known tool company.

I looked to the wall where this calendar, along with several others had hung for many years. The wall was now cleared.

Hello, Peter..you doing a spring cleanout?

Wha!..oh..hello young fellahno.. no.. and he seemed to reflect for a moment.. Im just moving with the times. And he rolled the calendar he had in front of him up.. Goodbye Sadira (the poster had scripted under the pinup ; Sadira always uses a S.and the brand name of the company).

So what are the new ones? I asked..A Pirelli calendar?

Peter sighed wistfully

No..no new ones..or at least none with women on themperhaps one from the grocery store..with pictures of kittens or flowers or something..no more femalesBut I will miss Sadiragod..she was beautiful..as Vern would say ; more curves than a box full of Sidchromes!

I offered to pay my account and he slumped wearily into the swivel chair behind his desk. He pulled out the ledger and flipped the pages open with the red ribbon. He sat si...

19:01

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This space has intentionally been left blank. If I could have stomached it - I would have placed GILLARD's self-serving ABC 730 interview re the selective Royal Commission into some but not other child abuse. I might also have reported GILLARD's 5 months on the board of CVS lane. But...

18:45

Australia adds to money laundering claims against Commonwealth Bank "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Australias financial crimes watchdog has accused Commonwealth Bank of Australia of failing to comply with anti-money laundering laws. (Reuters)

MELBOURNE: Australias financial crimes watchdog has added more than 100 new claims against the Commonwealt...

18:40

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Caduciar  subject to; by means of.


Filed under: language Tagged: caduciar

18:38

UN Secretary General Warns Against Sleepwalking Into War Over North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres attends the Plenary Session of the One Planet Summit at the Seine Musicale venue in Boulogne-Billancourt, near Paris, France December 12, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Etienne Laurent/Pool

Tokyo: UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres, warning against the danger of sleepwalking into war, said on Thursday that Security Council resolutions on North Koreas nuclear and missile programmes must be fully implemented by Pyongyang and other countries.

Guterres made the comments to reporters after meeting with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe in Tok...

18:37

US Judge Orders Accused New York Bomber Detained Ahead of Trial "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi man who attempted to detonate a homemade bomb strapped to his body at a New York commuter hub during morning rush hour is seen in this handout photo received December 11, 2017. New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission/Handout via Credit: Reuters

Akayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi man who attempted to detonate a homemade bomb strapped to his body at a New York commuter hub during morning rush hour is seen in this handout photo received December 11, 2017. New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission/Handout via Credit: Reuters

Ne...

18:30

What Is Happening to the Siang River in Arunachal Pradesh? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

With high turbidity and iron levels in the usually crystal-clear Siang, the people of Arunachal Pradesh are facing a crisis as fish die and the river seems too polluted to use.

The usually clear Siang is brown and dangerous this winter. Credit: H.K.Roy/thethirdpole.net

The usually clear Siang is brown and dangerous this winter. Credit: H.K.Roy/thethirdpole.net

November-December is the peak rafting season on northern Indias Siang, but this year it is not the grade IV rapids that are scaring away enthusiasts its the extreme muddiness of the river.

We have not been able to raft at Siang. It is scary to put the rafts in, said Oken Tayeng of Abor Country Travels, which organises rafting expeditions. All rafting activities have been put on halt, he says.

Up to ten inches of sediment has accumulated on some stretches of the riverbed and fishes have been dying, while the State Water Quality Testing Laboratory (SWQTL) has declared the water is unfit for human consumption; the Nephelometric Turbidity Unit (NTU) content of the water sample was 482, while the iron content was recorded at 1.65 mg/litre beyond permissible limits. A report from Arunachal Pradeshs Public Health Engineering Department was shared exclusively with thethirdpole.net.

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18:23

People Collect Rs 3 Lakh in Support of Afrazuls Killer, Police Freeze Bank Account "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

According to the police, 516 people from across the country donated money in the name Shambhulal Regar, accused of murdering a Muslim migrant labourer.

A still from the video that Shambhulal Regar circulated. Credit: Twitter

New Delhi: The police in Rajasthans Rajsamand have reportedly frozen a bank account in which people had collected Rs 3 lakh in the name of Shambhulal Regar, who hacked and burnt a Muslim migrant labourer to death and circulated a video of the murder.

According to a report in the Indian Express, police officers have said that the money was donated by 516 people from across India and transferred to an account in the name of Regars wife, Sita. Two businessmen who posted images of receipts of their donations on social media have also been arrested, the report said. The police say they were made aware of the bank account because of WhatsApp messages that contained details of the account and asked people to make donations.

We have frozen the bank account in which money was being collected in the name of Regar. Around Rs 3 lakh was deposited before the account was frozen We will investigate those who deposited the money to check for any links with the accused, Anand Shrivastava, IG, Udaipur Range, told the newspaper.


Also read:...

18:19

Coalition politics and the end of market liberalism "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Lots of commentators are making a fuss over the prospect of the Greens taking the seat of Batman following the likely and unlamented departure of Labor MP David Feeney (if not under S44 then at the next election). The underlying claim is that the election of Greens candidates represents an existential threat to Labor. This is typical of a commentariat mindset that sees anything other than majority Labor or LNP governments as recipes for disaster (the phrase hung parliament is indicative), even though we have decades of experience of such governments operating successfully both federally and in (I think) every state and territory. The reality is that, however fractious their relationship may be at times, Labor and the Greens constitute a centre-left coalition. As I said a year ago

For Labor that means giving up the idea that the Greens are a temporary irritant that will go the way of the DLP, if they are abused and/or ignored long enough. For the Greens, it means abandoning Third Way rhetoric suggesting that they represent an unaligned alternative to a two-party duopoly.

The details of the alignment between the two will vary according to the circumstances, from formal coalition to general support, but there is no alternative.

The problem of coalition politics is much more problematic on the right. Despite the frictions, Im not thinking primarily of the LNP coalition (so rusted together that, even where they arent merged, the two are lumped together as a single major party in most commentary). Rather, the problem is the relationship between the LNP as a whole and the tribalist/Trumpist right, represented in various forms by One Nation, the Liberal Democratic Party, Bernardis Conservatives* as well as a large faction within the LNP itself. These two groups have nothing in common except that they have common enemies, and even that common ground is limited. They all hate greenies and unions, but the overt racism of One Nation and the religious bigotry of Bernardi repel lots of mainstream LNP types, while the Trumpist base is suspicious of banks and multinationals.

Most importantly, the ideological framework of market liberalism (aka neoliberalism, economic rationalism) and so on has lost its power, which always rested more on the idea that There Is No Alternative than on any positive appeal. Sermons about the need for reform, budget surpluses, more competitive tax regimes and so on no longer get the kind of automatic approval from the political class as a whole that they used to. So, the mainstream LNP no longer stands for anything in particular. Meanwhile, the Trumpists want nostalgic gesture politics without any concern for coherence or practical consequences.

For the immediate future, at least, politics in Australia has resolved itself into a struggle between two coalitions. B...

18:17

Camiguin 2018 Boom or Bubble? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Camiguin 2018 an equation with hundreds of unknown variables.

2017 had been an extremely turbulent year for Camiguin. After the economic shock caused by the Marawi unrest, the islands tourism industry began to recover in the last two months. And in the last two weeks a whole bunch events kept the island vibrating. This is what happened in chronological order:

December 1 PAL keeps its promise

On Friday December 1 short after noon the first flight of PALexpress PR2929 landed in Mambajao. So we have now at least two daily flights between Cebu and Camiguin. And CEB schedules even a second flight per day in the afternoon. But this flights will only come to Camiguin on particular days and unfortunately UFN Until Further Notice. But keep on reading, there comes more.

PAL Q300

Above photo shows a PAL Bombardier Q 300. The route Cebu-Camiguin is served by PALexpress.
PALexpress to continue in Camiguin 2018

December 8 a Jumbolino on the tarmac

In my former life I often flew with the Jumbolinos of Crossair. Jumbolino was the nickname passengers and crews gave to the BAe 146. Such a small plane with 4 jet engines. So, last Friday a cousin of the LX Jumbolino stood in Camiguin. INCREDIBLE!

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18:16

Interim budget families package "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Government released its interim budget today, which mostly confirmed what was already known, with a few numbers thrown in. Budget update fairness and prosperity The Government is delivering on its commitment to manage New Zealands finances responsibly while ensuring the dividends of economic growth are more fairly shared. We promised we would be []

18:05

EC Orders FIRs Against TV Channels That Aired Rahul Gandhis Interview, Congress Says Attack on Media "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said Modi had given interviews ahead of 2014 general elections but had had not been served with punitive notice.

Rahul Gandhi. Credit: Facebook/Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi. Credit: Facebook/Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi: The Election Commission on Wednesday ordered FIRs against TV channels that telecast Rahul Gandhis interview and served the Congress president with a show cause notice for allegedly violating the model code of conduct (MCC) a day before the second phase of polling began in Gujarat. The EC has given Gandhi time till  December 18 to respond to the notice.

The Commission has received reports and complaints that on some TV channels interview given by you has been/is being displayed talking about elections to the legislative assembly of Gujarat, which are currently in progress, the EC said in its notice.

By giving such interview and its display on TV channels on December 13, 2017, you have prima facie violated the provisions of Para(1)(4) of the MCC, Section 126(1)(b) of the Representation of People Act, 1951 and Election Commissions lawful instructions in this regard, it said.

A delegation of Congress leaders comprising Ashok Gehlot, Anand Sharma and Randeep Surjewala rushed to the Commission on Wednesday night. They handed over a memorandum to the poll body.

In case the yardstick of violation of model code of conduct is to be applied as is being done by EC order, register an FIR against Prime Minister...

18:00

Tech Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Perfect for a range of activities, including hunting, fishing, concerts, photography, going to the park etc, the Zen X is the second generation of the worlds lightest and strongest portable chair.  You can even help the kickstarter fund and get one before they go on sale to the public.

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18:00

Or It Didnt Happen "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

FICTION, IN SYDNEY

Or It Didnt Happen is all about fiction. And this season its all about Sydneys live fiction scene. Sydney has a range of live nights for non-fiction narratives, a bunch of huge poetry scenes, and a small but vibrant scene in live fiction nights.

This season, were bringing you three of them: starting Saturday, December 16th.

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Episode 1: Studio Stories

Studio Stories is a live story night in Parramatta, run by writer Felicity Castagna. It focuses on stories by western Sydney writers, including authors from Sweatshop, West Words and the Finishing School. In this episode, were going to be hearing from Studio Stories authors Tamar Chnorhokian, Chad Jared Modernel and Ben Muir.

Studio Stories is run every couple of months at Parramatta Artists Studios. Follow them on Facebook to keep up with their events in 2018.

Check back here on Saturday to hear the Studio Stories episode

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17:59

Australia became a British 'possession' on 28 April 1770 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

From the book of the title:

NEW SOUTH WALES - The Mother State, issued by the Intelligence Department, 1906.

Captain Cook, accompanied by Joseph Banks and Dr. Solander landed at Kurnell ... and took possession (i.e. no treaty or barter, therefore 'stolen' or under occupation) of the country in the name of King George III.


The book is available for download (478p, 59MB) at:
https://ia801404.us.archive.org/0/items/newsouthwalesmot00news/newsouthwalesmot00news.pdf

17:28

Nagaland CM Sacks Four Cabinet Ministers Amid Crisis in Ruling Party "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

TR Zeliang. Credit: Twitter

T.R. Zeliang. Credit: Twitter

Kohima: In a late night political development, Nagaland chief minister T.R. Zeliang yesterday sacked four of his cabinet ministers following a reported move to topple his government.

According to a release issued by State Cabinet Secretary Pankaj Kumar after 9 pm, Governor P.B. Acharya on the recommendation of the chief minister has relieved four cabinet ministers of their portfolios.

The four are home minister Y. Patton, school education and parliamentary affairs minister Tokheho Yepthomi, PWD (roads and bridges) minister Neikiesalie Nicky Kire and environment minister Neiba Kronu.

Highly-placed sources said the removal occurred because of a campaign against Zeliang, even after a memorandum of reconciliation between him and NPF president Shurhozelie Liezietsu was signed on December 9.

They also said that Zeliang would be inducting four new cabinet ministers before the two-day winter session of the state assembly, which commences tomorrow morning.

The internal crisis in the ruling NPF began in July after 36 MLAs joined Zeliangs camp to oust then chief minister Liezietsu, and the two camps signed a document to reconcile and reunite on December 9.

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17:26

Condemning Trumps Move, Muslim Leaders Urge East Jerusalems Recognition as Palestinian Capital "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a news conference following the extraordinary meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey, December 13, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Osman Orsal

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks during a news conference following the extraordinary meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul, Turkey, December 13, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Osman Orsal

Istanbul: Muslim leaders on Wednesday condemned US President Donald Trumps recognition of Jerusalem as...

17:25

At Least 13 Dead in Suicide Bombing in Somalia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Members of al Shabaab, al Qaeda-linked insurgents, ride in a pick-up truck after distributing relief to famine-stricken internally displaced people at Ala Yaasir camp, outside Somalia's capital Mogadishu, September 3, 2011. Credit: Reuters

Members of al Shabaab, ride in a pick-up truck after distributing relief to famine-stricken internally displaced people at Ala Yaasir camp, outside Somalias capital Mogadishu, September 3, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Feisal Omar

Mogadishu: A suicide bomber in police uniform blew himself up inside a police training camp in Somalias capital Mogadishu on Thursday, killing at least 13 police officers, officials said.

Police spokesman Major Mohamed Hussein said the attacker, with explosives strapped to his body, infiltrated the Gene...

17:24

Max Group Asks Government Authority to Reconsider License Cancellation "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh. Credit: PTI

Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Max Healthcare yesterday moved a government authority against the cancellation of licence of its hospital in Shalimar Bagh in northwest Delhi, even as it appealed to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) to reconsider its decision.

The development comes four days after the DGHS of the Delhi governments health department had cancelled the licence of the hospital for alleged medical negligence in multiple instances, including a case in which one of the twins was found alive after being declared dead by doctors.

Following the due process of law, we have filed an appeal with the appropriate authority against the cancellation of registration of Max Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, the Max group said in a statement tonight.

A spokesperson of the Max Healthcare, when asked to elaborate about the appropriate authority approached, only said, It is not a court authority but a government authority. And the appeal was filed today.

The hospital group also appealed to the government to reconsider their decision of cancelling the hospitals registration.

Earlier, we had also requested the Delhi government to review their decision and restore the registration, the statement said, while...

17:20

Local Councillors in Maldives Suspended for Unauthorised Meeting With Indian Ambassador "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

All three suspended councillors belong to the main opposition party, Maldivian Democratic Party.

Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra with councillors of the Gaafu Alifu atoll. Credit: Twitter/Ahmed Fuaad

Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra with councillors of the Gaafu Alifu atoll. Credit: Twitter/Ahmed Fuaad

New Delhi: A day after certain new rules were introduced, the Maldives government suspended three members of a local body on charges of meeting with the Indian ambassador, Akhilesh Mishra, without seeking prior permission.

On December 11, the central oversight body Local Government Authority (LGA) issued a circular saying that since all foreign policy powers are vested in the presidency, any meetings between councillors and foreign diplomats could only take place after a green light from the home ministry.

At the time when the circular was issued, Mishra was touring the islands of Gaafu Alifu atoll, one of the two administration divisions in the second largest natural atoll in the Maldives, Huvadhoo.

A day later, president of the Gaafu Alif Atoll Council, Ahmed Fuaad, tweeted a photo of the LGA notice dated December 12. This was the notice that suspended the entire three-member council, which comprised of Fuaad and two other councillors, Ahmed Nazmeen and Hussain Adam, for three months....

17:12

7 Ways to Free Your Spirit and Rid Your Life of Negative Energy "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Sure, we all feel down in the dumps from time to time, this is normal but if you are down more than you are up, something is wrong. If you dont know how to stay positive, it might be time for you to learn.

There are actually several different things you can do to neutralize negativity and turn it into something positive and useful. You see, by accepting and changing you can move forward much quicker. When you stop resisting everything begins to fall right into place.

7 Ways to Get Rid of Lingering Negative Energy:

1. Meditate

Meditation will always be the top of my list when it comes to ridding yourself of negative energy. Meditate for at least 20 minutes a day. Let go of anything that you have been holding onto that does not serve you anymore.

2. Walk away

Sometimes in life, we get ourselves in situations where walking away is the best answer. Although it will be hard to do so sometimes, it is for the best. Dont hold onto someone or something for too long.

3. Go outside and clear your mind

If you cannot clear your mind get outside and go for a walk. This works for me every single time. I feel the most at peace when I am outside barefoot watching the stars.

4. Focus on the positive

Think about all of the positive things in your life. Really let the happiness and gratefulness take over your mind. You have tons to be proud of.

5. Take a nap or a break

If you need a break take one, and if you need a nap take one. No one is stopping you. In this life, there are few things we have to actually do. Be true to yourself and dont let things become overwhelming.

6. Talk things out

If there are negative emotions between you and someone else then there is also negative energy following you around. When you can talk it out, it is best to do so. Dont just let things end on such a bad note that you cant even look one another in the eye.

7. Be creative

Creativity is something we all have whether we notice it or not. Find something you like to do and do it. Let this hobby bring a new sens...

16:52

The Face of the Enemy Yesterday and Today "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Over the last few centuries, roughly after the Peace of Westphalia when the borders of states were determined after unceasing and bloody wars, Russia with her vast territory, seas, rivers, forests, natural riches, brilliant composers, writers and, most importantly, her people so rugged, so able to survive in a harsh climate, and in such severe conditions appeared to Western Europe as a different world: far away, unknown, and menacing. Even in the enlightened 19th century, accounts from visitors to Russia seemed strange, confused, at times simply an outright fable to down-to-earth inhabitants of Western Europe, which caused amazement and fear. To be sure, Russia was always considered a great power, both European and global. Others endeavored to attract her to their side in the global struggle for dominance on the seas and lands, in conflicts over natural riches, and for power. In the context of a bipolar world, the Soviet Union and those associating with her supporters were labelled a source of universal evil.

And for only one period, not long in historical terms, after the breakup of the USSR, which turned out to be a tragedy for those living within its borders, Russia, weakened and seeming to lose its supporting roots, began to be called in Western capitals a friend, partner, and even a colleague.

But the place of an enemy devil does not remain empty. By this time, an internal crisis appeared in the Old world, and the demographic problem was coming to the fore. For menial labor, the aging population needed ever more immigrants who were, supposedly, to have integrated into European institutions and taken their right place. Instead, the completely unpredictable happened. New generations of Muslim immigrants publicly announced their intent to preserve their own identity and traditions within the European community. This caused serious alarm among the Western elite. Media outlets and politicians in their public appearances gave warnings about the threatening Islamization of Europe, and that Islam was the main enemy of modern civilization. The then NATO Secretary General Willy Claes spoke about that with convincing candor (for that straight talk he was quickly hounded out of office as Secretary General).

Then came September 11th, 2001, the greatest act of terror in history. Afterward, other acts occurred in a number of European countries, smaller in scale, but sowing no less fear. At that time, the American political analyst Samuel Huntingt...

16:30

Daily Roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Cat Jesus died for your sins Nine times. The lycra forcefield fails again

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16:30

Egging the Prime Minister 100 years on "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Egging the Prime Minister 100 years on100 years ago, Australians were in the middle of a divisive national debate on whether Australia should introduce conscription. read now...

16:01

Trading v Socrates "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

QUESTION: Marty; All of these Robo trading plans are simply a flat model. Socrates is forecasting short and long term rather than just trading a flat model. Am I correct?

PT, Canada

ANSWER: Correct. The approach to modeling is traditionally flat. It will take one market and attempt to create a buy/sell model on that market exclusively to the exclusion of all other markets. This is the reason these flat models will blow up even such things as the Black & Scholls, which won the Noble Prize before it created the Long-Term Capital Management collapse in 1998. That is the subject of the book titled  When Genius Failed.

The flat model approach is a disaster. They will work for a while and the blow up BECAUSE they are incapable of grasping the wildcard contagion. That is what happened in the LTCM collapse. The illiquidity in the collapse of the Russian market led to the selling of all other markets to raise cash. There are plenty of people who are soliciting money claiming they have mastered our model. That is absolute nonsense because they are interjecting their own OPINION and that will be a guaranteed loss down the road. This requires NO OPINION and the fact that someone will try to supplement by writing reports on markets shows they are basing their trading on opinion.

...

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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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

1.00 AUD = 0.00005 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 2.20 AUD
Converter

15:56

Pre-Christmas Strike (Power to the Elves) "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

    Elves slave for Santa freezing in the North Pole, lets nip down under ~ The Elves United will never be defeated, dont tell the boss ~ Shhh

15:49

Four days post the 2017 studio sale we are still selling as people call and email the studio "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

We have experienced our best ever studio sale this year in fact, this year I have only had 5 postal invites returned from our snail mail commissioners report. It does show how dedicated our customers are . . . it does also reflect on our seriously considered price points. It also shows that contemporary wearable design, generous amounts of high carat metal and our championing of real gems sets us apart from the easy-to-buy disposable high street market.

MERRY CHRISTMAS & A SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON . . .

Studio closes on the 20th December and we will reopen around the end of February 2018.


15:48

Here, Have Some More Idiot Economics "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This is The Wests useful idiot of an economics editor Shane Wright, wondering the other day where WAs economic growth was going to come from. If you would like to play along at home, try to strain your brain for the answer goodness knows Shane tried to have a go:

Where is WAs economic growth going to come from?

Over the past six months the WA economy, excluding imports and exports, grew about 1.3 per cent or a touch over $660 million.

For a State thats gone the rounds of economic pain for so long, it was a great result.

But weve got to put this in some context. Domestic economic activity in WA peaked at $60.4 billion in the September quarter of 2012. The same figure for the just-completed September quarter was a smidgen under $51 billion.

In other words, there is more than $9 billion less in local economic activity running through the financial veins of WA taxpayers and businesses.

Thats the pain that weve all felt over the past four years.

It is hard to expect another mining boom to generate a huge lift in wealth and activity. The last boom was the biggest since the 1850s gold rushes that made Victoria one of the richest parts of the world (like the iron ore boom made WA one of the richest spots on the planet).

For instance, it took just 15 months for State final demand to climb from $50 billion to $60 billion. The quantum of that climb is what WA needs to make up just to get back where it was but the chances of it taking just 15 months is akin to the Gold Coast winning next years premiership flag.

This is one of The Wests beat writers reporting the bleeding obvious WHICH HAS BEEN THE WORST KEPT SECRET GOING AROUND TOWN yesterday:

There are fresh signs of growing confidence among WA businesses, with the States environment watchdog reporting a return to numbers of major projects not seen since the resources boo...

15:42

Down and Out in the Future "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Knightscope's crime-fighting robot already deployed in San Francisco to deter the homeless from forming tent cities.

15:30

The difference between terrorism and a holy war "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I have no issues with using lethal force against jihadis as they are at war with the West and when you are at war different rules apply. [] The new defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, has provoked a virulent onslaught [] His offence was to state that Britons who have fought for Islamic State abroad were []

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15:28

A story of second-hand clothes "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Nice jacket, Dylan, I said to my first-year-university-student grandson as he picked me up in the first week of summer at Canberra Airport where the outside temperature was a sizzling 12.5 degrees. How much was it?

Dylan: I got it for five bucks at the Salvos.

Me: Well done.

Dylan: Mum is so jealous she is going there to see what she can find.

And then I recalled my own impoverished university days 47 years ago and needing a dinner suit to go to an up-coming ball.

As the son of an Anglican clergyman, I could not contemplate even hiring one, let alone buying. So I went to the Salvos and bought a dinner suit for 50 cents (about $5 in todays money).

Better than that, it was excellently tailored and in a middle-of-the-ground style, so as the lapels of new fashionable dinner suits got narrower and then double-breasted and then wider, mine never looked much out of place, so I kept wearing it for more than 30 years. What a bargain!

The charities do a splendid job recycling clothes. A lot are sent overseas, particularly to Third World countries which do not have their own textile industries, such a Papua New Guinea.

I recalled being in Mount Hagen in the New Guinea Highlands once and overhearing an Australian say to a local who was wearing, from memory, the T-shirt of a Sydney bowls club, Good on you, mate, Im a member there. Its a good club, isnt it?

He clearly did not realise that the T-shirt had been imported by a charity second-hand and that the local had never been to Australia, let alone his bowls club.

That was 2003, Later I went to the very remote Kosomary River, a tributary of Sepik River, where I asked if I could have a paddle on a dugout canoe. Only if you give us your T-shirt if you fall out, I was told.

Me: Okay.

(It was a Canberra Times Fun Run T-shirt, as it happens)

Now, a dugout with a wooden paddle is a very different proposition from my light-weight plastic kayak and carbon-fibre paddle in Australia. But never mind. Ill never know how I got the thing out into the current and safely back to shore. But I got some loud cheers from the locals, so and I gave the canoe owner the Canberra Times T-shirt anyway.

I hope no visiting Australian finds him and says something like, The Canberra Times event is a good fun run, isnt it? What was your time?

While I was recalling this, it suddenly dawned on me, about eight weeks too late. And I should have...

15:12

New Report Outlines How Australian Cities Can Achieve Climate Resilience "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

A new research report and engagement project explores how Australian cities can achieve rapid decarbonization and increased resilience in the face of climate change.

15:00

Whaleoil parking ticket for the month of December "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

What Nige wants to know is did it have woof? Or just wof? To print a few Whaleoil parking tickets to keep in your glove box here is a PDF for you all to use. WOBH PARKING TICKET

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15:00

Chairman and Two VPs of TEPCO Will Stand Trial for the Death of 44 People in Fukushima Meltdowns "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

(EnviroNews World News) The Chairman, and two Vice Presidents of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) will stand trial for the death of 44 people who were killed in the ensuing melee following the March 11, 2011 triple nuclear reactor meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in eastern Japan.

The men will make their first appearance in court on June 30, 2017, answering for what are the only criminal charges so far, in an ongoing nightmare that has become arguably the worst manmade environmental catastrophe the world has ever seen.

Former TEPCO chairman, Tsunehisa Katsumata, 77, alongside former Vice Presidents Sakae Muto, 66, and Ichiro Takekuro, 71 were charged with professional negligence resulting in death and injury, in February of 2016. The trio will appear before the Tokyo District Court, after all three entered a plea of innocent at the arraignment.

We hope the trial will shed light on the responsibility for this accident. The accident hasnt been resolved. There is nuclear waste from the cleanup efforts everywhere in Fukushima, and there are still many unresolved problems, said Ruiko Muto, who leads the group that advocated for the trial, to The Japan Times.


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14:57

SSM MEANS WIDESPREAD AND COMPULSORY GAY SEX ED AND GENDER FLUID THEORY: ACADEMIC "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Concerns that children would be taught radical LGBTIQ sex and gender fluid theory were dismissed as lies and red herrings during the marriage postal survey, but now a leading academic says same-sex marriage means it should be mandated. Read More

14:52

2RRR at Ryde Councils Carols on The Common: SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER 2017!!! "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

2RRR will be at RYDE COUNCILs CAROLS on THE COMMON SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER 2017  CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT FIREWORKS RIDES FOOD TRUCKS

FROM 5:30 PM 9:30 PM Join us for an authentic carols experience at Sydneys second largest Christmas carols in the heart of Ryde. Kicking off at 5:30pm and running through the night is the Carols on the Common performance, featuring all your favourite classic carols with the best performers from all over Sydney. To close out the night, the whole family will be treated to an awe-inspiring firework display.

Come in early to experience our amusement activities and keep the kids entertained with the giant slide, or dodgem cars and dozens of other rides. Food vendors and a sausage sizzle will be serving throughout the night. Limited parking is available on-site with a gold coin donation.

Money raised on the night goes to worthy causes such as ROMAC an organisation bringing sick and ill children from nations all over the world for life changing surgery in Australia. With your help we can raise over $10 000 this year for ROMAC alone.

VENUE: NORTH RYDE COMMONS, CNR WICKS & TWIN ROAD, NORTH RYDE

14:38

MACKAY Twists in investigation into Karen Ristevskis death "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

MACKAY December 13, 2017 at 06:26PM ,

Twists in investigation into Karen Ristevskis death

December 13, 2017 at 06:26PM ,

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14:38

MACKAY Update: Armed robbery charge, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

MACKAY December 14, 2017 at 07:33AM ,

Update: Armed robbery charge, Mackay

December 14, 2017 at 07:33AM ,

He was charged with armed robbery, enter premises and commit indictable offence, possession of dangerous drugs and possessing utensils and is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court today (December 14). If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information

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14:37

HOW SIMON SINAI A O'NEILL STOOGE RIGGED 2013 MADANG BY-ELECTION "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 by JOE NARONG


"For the benefit of the public" a coin has two sides ;

As far as this case is concerned the petition filed by Peter Yama against Nixon Duban for the 2013 Madang Open By Election has gone as far as the 3 men bench Supreme Court and slip rule .

Nixon Duban scored 18,000 votes,  Bryan Kramer 7000 votes and Peter Yama 5000 votes. Thats the final 2013  By Election result.

Peter Yama filed an election petition on errors and omissions and requested a recount . His arguments were centered around 6000 papers found at his mothers grave yard. 

The 2013 By Election was done without any issue of missing ballot boxes or ballot papers either during the counting or polling .

How the 6000 papers ended up at the cemetery remains a fraud matter to be fully investigated. On record the ballot papers were never part of the Madang Open By Election.

All candidates who contested the election are fully aware of this fraud . Since Madang Open 2013 By Election was completed without any missing ballot papers or ballot boxes the Form 66A and 66B were satisfactorily reconciled.

Peter Yama asked for the papers found at the cemetery which he found himself to be illegally included in the count.

These ballot papers were presumed to be unused ballot papers stored with the Electoral Commission office in Madang.

His arguments were tested in the courts before Justice Bernard Sakora. The Judge hearing the case ordered the found ballot papers  to be included in the recount  which was shocking as the papers were not part of the 2013 By Election.

Justice Bernard Sakora made a ruling for the benefit of the petitioner Peter Yama. He ordered a recount and  asked for the illegal ballot papers to be counted too.

The judge was smart when he acknowledged the administrative powers of the Returning officer Simon Sinai. Electoral Commission is a constitutional office governed  by its own jurisdiction.

When Simon Sinai conducted the recount he did it exceptionally well. In the presence of police and new counting officials a recount sanctioned by the courts was done.

After 2013  By Election the container containing all ballot boxes were left stranded at Jomba YC and not moved to the police station.

This resulted in the con...

14:30

Seems like a Bog standard Islamic terror attack to me "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The New York Times reviews todays Port Authority bombing by Bangladeshi immigrant Akayed Ullah and concludes: Suspect in Times Square Bombing Leaves Trail of Mystery. Im not sure wherein the mystery lies. It seems like a straightforward Islamic terrorist attack of the sort we have seen dozens of times over the years: On the surface, []

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14:30

How Orwell Used Wartime Rationing to Argue for Global Justice "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Even those of us who find global inequality troubling hesitate to raise the subject of rationing, but George Orwell did and his response could be more instructive than ever.

George Orwell. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

We are the 99%! Many of us who have applauded those stirring words, beginning with the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011, knew that the number was not precise, and was never intended to be. The slogan did not arise because someone calculated that 99% was more accurate than 92% or 85% or 66%. It arose because it seemed to capture the grossness of a prevailing inequality. The problem is that a global perspective almost reverses the figure. At the level of the planet as a whole, Londoners and New Yorkers and Sydneysiders who proclaim We are the 99% are in fact much more likely to belong if not to the 1%, then certainly to the top 10%.

Innumerable observers have noted that the so-called developed world accounts for a disproportionate share of the worlds resources. The rich in global terms are relatively few in number, but they punch above their population weight in terms of consumption of goods and services, as well as the production of toxic wastes. Internationally speaking, the official statistics on mortality rates and childhood malnourishment are similarly out of whack. As the economist Branko Milanovic has been insisting for decades, inequality within nations, bad as it is, pales in comparison with inequality between nations.

Yet even those of us who find global inequality...

14:28

National Folk Festival Adds Even More Artists for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Image Courtesy of Elephant Sessions The next round of artists for the 2018 National Folk Festival were announced this morning featuring a bunch of internationals, returning favourites and local gems. The announcement is led by Scottish trad-quintet Elephant Sessions (above) who will be in the country for the festival season. Joining them are the likes []

14:24

Gallery: FBi Radio Presents Noname at The Metro Theatre "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

 

Laying down a soulful blend of hip-hop and spoken word poetry, Noname kept it intimate infront of a sold out crowd at The Metro. Armed with a wide smile and plenty of tracks from her A+ debut mixtape Telefone, the Chicago rapper had the crowd eating from the palm of her hand.

 

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14:22

29 youths graduate with certificate to deliver health services "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

December 13, 2017

TWENTY-nine young men and women were the first to graduate from the Kungumanda Foursquare Community Health Workers Training School in Wapenamanda, Enga, last Friday.
Their qualification is recognised by the PNG Medical Board.
It was the schools fifth commencement exercises those who graduated in the first four years were unlucky as they did not receive a nationally recognised CHW certificate but still served in the health sector. Enga Governor Sir Peter thanked the Foursquare Gospel Church for partnering with the provincial and national government to train health workers.
He admitted that there is an acute shortage of the health workers in the country and churches play a huge role in bridging that gap.
He called on the new community health workers to serve with love, commitment and dedication. Enga health authority chief executive Aaron Luia presented the certificate of registration recognising the Kungumanda school as an institution with the licence to conduct private health training.
Church of the Foursquare Gospel in PNG president and Foursquare national education agency secretary Rev Timothy Tipitap said it was relief for the school which had copped criticisms in the past 10 years with claims it was not a recognised institution.
Principal Sr Marivic Serafina said Kungumanda was an institution of excellent standards that will administer the holistic approach on basic health education of the highest order.
Go out and be the light that the world wants to see. You are representing Jesus, Serafina told the graduates.
The people that you touch and give medicines will receive healing.

Source: The National

14:15

What We Can Learn From the Tribals About Forests as a Source of Food Security "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

New research shows the resilience and strength of tribal food systems.

The importance of forest-based foods is likely to increase further due to climate change.  Credit: Twitter

Recent findings from a research conducted with the close involvement of tribal communities disprove the view that the tribal food system is inherently backward. Several of these forest-based foods have been found to be rich in nutrition. The importance of forest-based food increases during adverse weather such as frequent drought conditions. Hence, its role in fighting hunger and malnutrition is likely to increase due to climate change. However, the danger is that with the increasing depletion of natural forests and their replacement with man-made commercial tree plantations, the availability of diverse foods from forests can diminish rapidly, as has already been seen in several villages.

These and other important findings of the research were presented at a recent seminar on the relationship of the forest with wild food diversity and quantity. The seminar, held in Bhubaneswar, was organised by Living Farms, an organisation that works with tribal communities in Odisha, and the German political foundation Rosa-Luxemburg Stiftung. Researchers who have worked with tribal communities on their food systems, as well as representatives of tribal communities participated in the seminar.

Several tribal communities procure nutritious food from nearby forest areas. The availability of food is tied to the survival and health of natural forests and their rich biodiversity, as well as the protection of tribal rights to collect minor forest produce. Unfortunately, both of these factors have been adversely affec...

14:13

Sick of shopping? 10 reasons to give the gift of music and song, this season "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

 

  • It repeats on you only in positive ways and doesnt get stuck in your teeth
  • Its more effective than mistletoe in bringing people together
  • Music doesnt kill your fingers all the way home from the shops in a bag about to break
  • Its perfect shared with friends and theres always enough to go around
  • Its eco-friendly! Singing and music making requires neither wrapping nor cellotape
  • Music wont sit around gathering dust and is brilliant to re-gift
  • Your jeans may fit even better after a month of singing and musical indulgence
  • Instead of breaking after five minutes, it gets better and lasts a lifetime
  • No ransacking of the house is necessary for batteries or dice
  • Making music and singing is good for the heart, soul, health and well-being of yourself, your pals, your Aunty Sheila, and your community too

3 ways to give the gift of music and song with Community Music Victoria (weve got this covered):

  • Sign up your family, friends and neighbours to the CMVic monthly giving circle for a gift that gives all year
  • Renew your annual membership to Community Music Victoria for twelve months of music making benefits, including membership discounts on all events, camps and workshop bookings, and a range of wonderful resources
  • Make a one-off donation to Community Music Victoria. All donations over $2 are tax deductible so youll get another little gift in June.

Music is better made together:

Any donation you make can help ensure that more singing and instrumental music leaders get the skills they need to establish more groups, and that special projects like Voices of PeaceStreetSoundsSinging from Country, and That Girl can bring more music to more people who need it in their lives.

Community Music Victoria.
December 2017


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14:00

Shame Is Keeping Us Here, Say African Migrants in Italy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

I cannot disappoint my family. They are the reason why we are here. We are here to help them confront their problems. Before we succeed in doing that, we cant go back.

Bamba Drissa from Ivory Coast was one of the 61,532 migrants who crossed the Mediterranean in January 2016. Credit: Daan Bauwens/IPS

Rignano Garganico, Italy: Despite deplorable living conditions, loneliness and unemployment, many African migrants in Italy choose to stay even when they have the means to return.

 Shame is keeping us here, says one young man named Bamba Drissa. We cannot go home empty-handed.

I had no idea or no preconception of what Europe would be like. Work and sending money home, that was all. says Bismark Asoma

Drissa, who hails from the Ivory Coast, arrived in Europe at the height of the so-called European migrant crisis. He was one of the 61,532 migrants who crossed the Mediterranean in January 2016. That same month, 370 died during an attempt to reach Europe. With a total of 4,713 fatalities, the Libyan corridor would become the deadliest crossing in the world and 2016 the deadliest year at sea.

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After a year and a half of traveling around Italy, Bamba Drissa ended up in the Granghetto of Rignano Garganico, an illegal settlement of several hundred mostl...

14:00

U.S medias EXPLOSIVE news story was completely false "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

FRIDAY WAS ONE of the most embarrassing days for the U.S. media in quite a long time. The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and CBS close behind, and countless pundits, commentators, and operatives joining the party throughout the day. By the end of the day, it was clear that several of the nations largest and most influential []

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13:59

AG George Brandis's website promoting wedding stationery printer - and indeterminate/intersex/unspecified brides/grooms/partners "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This is the marriage section of the website of Commonwealth Attorney General Senator The Honourable George Brandis QC. There you'll find a link to a heap of new marriage stationery and forms. https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Pages/Forms.aspx This page has information on the following: Marriage equality Marriage forms Marriage forms consultation Forms for download...

13:55

Serba Tak Pasti: Keamanan Digital Wartawan di Indonesia dan Filipina "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Menurut Committee to Protect Journalists (CIJ), sebuah organisasi global yang mengadvokasi kebebasan pers, Filipina dinilai sebagai salah satu negara paling berbahaya bagi nyawa wartawan. Beberapa bulan lalu saja, seorang wartawan di Mindanao meregang nyawa setelah peluru menembus kepalanya. Di Indonesia, menjadi wartawan juga sama mencekamnya. Kasus demi kasus penyerangan terlaporkan dan menurut Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI), sebuah lembaga swadaya masyarakat, kasus kekerasan terhadap wartawan tengah meningkat. Sudah jelas, wartawan-wartawan di kedua negara ini dalam bahaya oleh karenanya mereka harus berupaya memproteksi diri mereka lebih baik lagi.

EngageMedia, sebagai bagian dari Cyber Steward Networks, melakukan serangkaian penelitian mengenai kondisi keamanan digital bagi wartawan di Indonesia dan Filipina. Dalam empat puluh wawancara, para wartawan mendiskusikan tingkat kesadaran mereka mengenai isu keamanan digital dan, jika ada, langkah-langkah dalam menanganinya.

Kami sebelumnya telah mempublikasikan hasil dari wawancara-wawancara kami di situs EngageMedia dalam dua unggahan blog: satu fokus pada kasus di Indonesia dan satu lagi di Filipina. Pembaca juga bisa menyaksikan video pendek yang kami buat untuk menjelaskan konteks Indonesia. Riset di dua negara ini memberikan peluang bagi studi komparasi. Di tulisan ini, kami akan menguraikan dan menganalisis beberapa isu terpenting mengenai keamanan digital yang tengah mencuat. Kami berharap tulisan ini memberikan wawasan lebih mengenai bagaimana wartawan mempersepsi dan mempraktikan keamanan digital.

Penyimpanan Data Online

Di era ini, wartawan umumnya menggunakan telepon genggam dan alat perekam digital untuk merekam wawancara. Semua foto, klip video, dan data audio menuntut tersedianya ruang penyimpanan data yang besar. Belum lagi data-data itu harus dijaga keamanannya, terutama dari pihak luar yang bisa punya niat jahat. Jika data-data kita simpan dengan melampirkannya dalam email, hal itu juga rawan karena email kita mudah diretas. Jika kita memilih ruang penyimpanan data cloud yang kini popular seperti Dropbox, Google Drive, atau Onedrive, data kita cenderung lebih aman. Data kita terenkrips...

13:54

Pato pushing for end to illegal fishing "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

December 14, 2017

Moves to eliminate illegal fishing near Papua New Guinea and in the wider Pacific are high on the agenda for PNG at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting in Argentina this week.
During a session on illegal fishing, Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Rimbink Pato delivered a keynote contribution in support of trade rules requiring the abolition of subsidies given by certain major economies to their fishing industries.
Pato along with Commerce and Industry Minister Wera Mori are representing PNG at the ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires.
Referring to illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, Pato said: We know from experience that fishing subsidies by big economies are detrimental to smaller-scale fishing industries in PNG and other Pacific countries.
These subsidies also contribute to over-fishing that threatens the very existence of the fish stocks which are vital to feed the world and to our economy.
Pato told a meeting attended by representatives of most countries in the world that PNG, as the biggest Pacific Islands nation, strongly supported moves by the Pacific Islands Forum states aimed at eliminating illegal fishing from the Pacific and other oceans.
Further discussions are being held at the WTO meeting on key proposals associated with the elimination of subsidies, Pato said. Mori and I are also working to ensure that rules relating to agriculture and the digital economy are suitable to WTO moves to establish a free and fair trading world.

Source: The National

13:50

Nervous Start to Christmas Party as Colleagues Wonder who has Cocaine "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

WhiteXmas

Its been a nerve-shattering start to an office Christmas party today as colleagues begin guessing and probing each other to discover who has a bag of white Christmas.

One staffer said he was living on an edge harder than anything Aerosmith ever sang about.

I had to have about 70 or so schoons of port before the event even started to sand down the corners a bit, he said. I started with joking-yet-deadly-serious quips about whose nose was thirsty, but I ended up just straight out asking do you have some cocaine for me to smell with my nose?.

Staffers who came packing bagged heat said the tension was even worse for them.

About 12 people followed every time I went to the bathroom attempting to get a nose bite, one man said. It was like when the fish are on, and you have to hide behind a rock to bait your hook.

Management of the company said it would try to avoid the tension next year by bumping the Kris Kringle limit to $300 and hoping everyone gets the idea of what to buy each other.


13:49

A Very Surry Hills Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Join us in celebrating a very Surry Hills Christmas!

The City of Sydney is organising an eventful day for all residents and people in the area. The Shannon Reserve is being taken over on Thursday 14th of December to initiate an outdoor Christmassy pop-up. Shannon Reserve is located in Crown Street, Surry Hills, between Foveaux and Collins Street. This iconic reserve dates back to 1793, when Joseph Foveaux of the NSW Corps named this land grant Surry Hills Farm.

 

This special day offers the opportunity for people to both have a fantastic Christmas celebration day-out with the family and a wide source of history. The City of Sydney has taken part in having workshops for everyone to use, to make their own very special personalised Christmas decorations to either give or show in their own home.

Another exciting tale is the chance to come down and bring your kids for a photo with Surry Hills Santa. You will also receive a complimentary gift wrapping for purchases made in the Surry Hills Village area on the day between 9am and 5pm. Last but not least, The City of Sydney Council has live entertainment and artwork from Jeff McCann.

This is a day that cannot be missed, for all family and friends. Hope to see you there!

For further information please visit sydneychristmas.com.au

What: Xmas in Surry Hills

When: Saturday 16 December from 9am to 5pm

Where: Shannon Reserve Crown St Surry Hill

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13:46

Live N Local "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


LA closes the year with a bang our End of Year Party featuring some SEQs stellar Alt Rock outfits pushing the boundaries of the live n local scene..!

Get set for a no-holds bars night of experiential, alternative and rollin#Rock#Funk & #Blues live at the zoo Friday DEC 29

Diversifying the scene, we have a 6 band bill ft. our mighty headlinersValhalla Lights & funk stylings by Another Language

Creeping in the shadows we hit some heavy back alley blues by the legendary Roadhouse, just releasing their debut E.P Walking Tall

Zeppelin rockers AUGUSTA band land themselves a main support slot, fresh on the scene with no shortage of electricity

Allow Evacuation Plan to blow...

13:44

Freelancers Organise to Demand Payment From Beleaguered Nautilus Magazine "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Nautilus, the luxe online and print magazine covering science and ideas, has struggled to pay its writers. Now those writers are striking back.

Credit: scanudas/Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Credit: scanudas/Flickr, CC BY 2.0

This article was originally published on Undark.

In April this year, Undark reported that Nautilus, an award-winning magazine covering science and culture, had fallen behind on payments to many of its freelance contributors. The magazine owed some freelancers thousands of dollars for stories that had been published months earlier.

At the time, Nautilus publisher John Steele told Undark that the magazine was running on fumes but would begin making partial payments to writers and that a pending merger with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) would soon alleviate financial pressures on the magazine. As it turns out, however, many of those payments never materialised, and in September, according to AAAS spokesperson Tiffany Lohwater, the two organisations made a mutual decision not to pursue the partnership.

Now, in a letter published this morning and addressed to the readers, funders, and...

13:41

A History of Tom Smith "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Pop! Bang! A novelty hat and something quirky and gimmicky. Its Xmas again and the joy of pulling on a cracker is upon us. But where did the Xmas cracker first begin? And by whom?

It was on a trip to Paris, in 1840 that an adventurous and forward thinking Tom Smith discovered the bon bon sugared almond, wrapped in a twist of tissue paper. Seven years later this simple idea evolved into the Christmas Cracker. 

By placing a small love motto in the tissue paper he created enormous interest in this product, especially at Christmas and it was during a search for inspiration to achieve even greater sales that he casually threw a log on the fire. The crackle sound, made by the burning log, gave him the idea that would eventually lead to the crackers we know and love today. After a great idea of hard work and experimentation he came up with a cracking mechanism that created a pop as the bon bon wrapping was broken. This eventually became the snap and the cracker was born.

Over the next few years his idea evolved and grew and he moved from his original premises in Clerkenwell, East London, to Finsbury Square, in the City. His sons, Tom, Walter and Henry took over the business when he died and later a drinking fountain was erected in Finsbury Square, by Walter, in memory of his mother and to commemorate the life of the man who invented the Christmas Cracker.

It was Walter who introduced the paper hats and he toured the world to find new and unusual ideas for the gifts.

The company was very aware of current affairs and crackers were created for the Suffragettes, War Heroes, Charlie Chaplin, The Coronation and many other great occasions. Exclusive crackers were also made for the Royal Family and still are to this day. 

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13:30

Government wants to increase immigration and reduce teacher bonus "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

After pushing a political platform of less immigration our coalition government now wants to stock our schools with teachers from overseas. Instead of working out how to attract more Kiwis to the profession they have decided that it is faster, easier and cheaper for overseas teachers from the UK, Ireland, Canada, South Africa and Fiji []

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13:30

Conviction Rate for Crimes Against Women Hits Record Low "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

While the NCRB data have shown a substantial rise in crimes against women, activists say there has been an increase in reporting rather than the rate of crime.

Girls take a stand for crimes against women. Credit: PTI

Girls take a stand for crimes against women. Credit: PTI

As many as 39 crimes against women were reported every hour in India, up from 21 in 2007, according to Crime in India 2016 report by NCRB.

The rate of crime against women crimes per 100,000 female population was 55.2 in 2016, up from 41.7 in 2012.

Cruelty by husband or his relatives was the most reported crime against women, accounting for 33% of all crimes in 2016. Rape accounted for 11% of all crimes against women with 38,947 cases reported in 2016, or four every hour.

The year 2016 saw the lowest conviction rate (18.9%) percentage of cases convicted to cases in which trials were completed by the courts  for crimes against women in a decade.

As many as 2.5 million crimes against women have been reported in India over the last decade. Reported cases of crime against women increased 83% from 185,312 in 2007 to 338,954 in 2016.

More than the increase in crime rate, it is increase in reporting, Flavia Agnes, womens rights lawyer and co-founder of Majlis, a non-profit that provides legal services to women and children, told IndiaSpend.

There are no mechanisms to analyse such events, said Agnes. I feel that due to media pressure on certa...

13:30

A Better Civil-Military Relationship Is a Strategic Necessity for India "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

American General John Hytens recent remarks on US nuclear policy point to how this relationship has evolved in other places.

US Air Force General John Hyten. Credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas/Files

US Air Force General John Hyten. Credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas/Files

Last month, a top US general in charge of the countrys strategic command that oversees the nuclear arsenal made certain pertinent remarks that signify a major shift in the civil-military relationship in at least some of the more evolved democratic countries. The remarks call for a major rethink on how the Indian establishment views not only this sensitive subject but also our disaster management mechanism.

Reacting to fears expressed worldwide that US President Donald Trump could trigger a nuclear war over the standoff with North Korea, Air Force General John Hyten...

13:26

Fire Service thanks Government for K18mil allocation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

December 14, 2017 

THE PNG Fire Service has thanked the Government for the K18 million allocated in the 2018 Budget.
PNG Fire Service chief Bill Roo said the fire authority was happy, and would upgrade its existing fire stations and build new ones.
Roo said over the years, the fire service managed to use whatever funding it was allocated and continued to provide its services.
Even if we get a cut or an increase, we use whatever is given, Roo said.
This year, we have received an increase and we thank the Government for the support.
Roo said they were willing to work with provincial governments to establish fire services in the provinces.
We are also looking at building our capacity, get new fire trucks and fix the old ones, Roo said.
He said the fire service had 14 stations four in the National Capital District and 10 in other provinces.
We are looking at upgrading these existing ones and also build fire stations for the other 12 provinces, Roo said.
Fire service is essential and we are looking at improving our service delivery.
Roo said they were also up-skilling officers and upgrading fire service equipment in preparation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit next year.
The fire service will be celebrating its 50th anniversary tomorrow at the Port Moresby Fire Station the first fire station in the country.

13:22

FOI Agency Reference Numbers for Documents in REQFOI17/00064 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Partially successful.
Dear Ms Pane   A decision in response to your FOI request dated 15 November 2017 is attached, as is the document you requested.   Regards  ...

13:18

The bloodiest campfire story: reading The War Nerd Iliad "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Translation is more than just carrying a text from language to language; its also a passage from audience to audience. To its Greek listeners, the Iliad didnt need footnotes or endnotes. It wasnt literature or a status marker for taste and education. It was popular entertainment, put on at boozy gatherings by MCs whose talent could get them free drinks. That mood is hard to recapture now, even if a translators philology is faultless.

13:09

Trainees Undergo Two-Day Course In Petrophysical Interpretation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 

Eight Papua New Guineans were given a chance by Oil Search to undertake a two-day course on petrophysical interpretation in Port Moresby.
These trainees were from the Department of Petroleum and Energy (DPE) and Oil Search.
The course served as an introduction to petrophysics and its application in the oil and gas industry.
This is the second course following the Sequence Stratigraphy course, which was held in August.
Knowledge in petrophysics provides accurate measurements used to calculate the volume of hydrocarbons in a field.
In the oil and gas industry, an accurate estimate of the volume of hydrocarbons is critical in order to make key business decisions.
The training was conducted by Ray Spicer, a petrophysical adviser with Oil Search.
Mr Spicer has worked in many of the worlds petroleum provinces, with experience and exposure to both onshore and offshore drilling in Australia, Indonesia, PNG, New Zealand, China, Russia, Former Soviet Union, Middle East and North Africa.
He is an international expert with a career spanning more than thirty years in petrophysics.
A lack of proper understanding of petrophysics can lead to poor decisions resulting in the loss of millions of dollars, Mr Spicer told participants.
Boio Arua, acting senior geologist with DPE, and one of the five young female attendees, said the two-day course has taught her a lot.
The key takeaway for me is the quick look, where you just look at the logs and you are able to quickly tell if its a reservoir or non-reservoir, Arua said.
The underlying commercial rationale for the oil and gas industry is the finding, assessment, development, production, and delivery of hydrocarbons for sale at a profit.
Petrophysical interpretation helps geoscientists in many ways, but importantly it can help with reservoir identification and characterisation, seal and fluid identification, assessment of the amount of hydrocarbon in a reservoir and how easily the reservoir fluid will flow to the surface. It also provides valuable input for well-deepening decisions.

Source: Post-Courier.

13:00

In which the pond farewells the cawing Crowe, and turns to the lizard editorialist and the Donald for reptile action ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


While the pond was away, the news broke that David Crowe had left the lizard Oz - tweet here - meaning that there would be no more cawing Crowe jokes at the pond ... 

Crikey's tipping a trip to Fairfax, refuge for all those driven mad by the Chairman, and a safe haven away from the kool aid and the pond ...

But the lizards of Oz didn't skip a beat and provided all sorts of angles this day, not least the news that having campaigned endlessly for a fucked up NBN, they'd achieved their goal, yet strangely weren't happy about it ...

 

Troubled?

Is that the new word for Malware and reptile fucked?

Actually, if the pond may be so bold, the fundamental problem is that Malware, urged on by the likes of the onion muncher and the lizards of Oz, fucked the NBN, and it's now a dog's breakfast, and even free it wouldn't be worth the price being asked for its useless service ...

Currently the drop-outs at the pond occur on a reliable five minute schedule ...

Never mind, also this day the pond could have followed the NBN rumble by joining the war on sharks ...

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12:59

World Beyond War Hawkes Bay "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Hawkes Bay, New Zealand/Aotearoa, chapter of World Beyond War is being organized by Liz Remmerswaal Hughes, who wants your help.

Contact her below.

Liz Remmerswaal Hughes is a mother, journalist, environmentalist activist and former politician, having served six years on the Hawkes Bay Regional Council.

The daughter and granddaughter of soldiers, who fought other peoples wars in far flung places,she never got over wars stupidity and became a pacifist.Liz is an active Quaker and currently co Vice-President of the Womens International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Aotearoa/New Zealand. She has strong links with the Australian peace movement and the Swords into Ploughshares group.

Liz prefers a creative and community approach to peacemaking, starting from within, and has enjoyed such activities as biking to the gates of the Pine Gap American military spy base in Alice Springs, Australia, planting an olive tree for peace in the Peace Palace in the Hague on the centenary of Anzac, singing peace songs outside military bases and making tea parties beside warships during the NZ Navys 75th birthday,

In 2017 she was awarded the Sonia Davies Peace Award which enabled her to study Peace Literacy with the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara , attend the Wilpf triennial Congress in Chicago, and a workshop on Peace and Conscience in Ann Arbor.

Liz lives lives with her husband on a wild and stony beach on the East Coast of the North Island.
...

12:37

Australian labour market relatively bright result for November "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The latest labour force data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics Labour Force data for November 2017 shows that total employment growth was relatively stronger than October with a bias towards full-time employment growth. Unemployment rose because of the sharp rise in the participation rate following on the stronger employment growth. The combination of a rising participation rate and relatively strong employment growth is a good sign even as unemployment rises in the period that the labour force adjusts to its new cyclical high. Whether this virtuous cycle continues remains to be seen. Broad labour underutilisation (underemployment and unemployment) was at 13.7 per cent summing to 1,799.7 thousand persons, which tells you that there is still considerable slack in the labour market. TThe teenage labour market improved (if we consider total employment growth) but teenagers failed to share in the full-time employment growth (going backwards). Overall, my assessment remains the labour market has improved over 2017 but still fluctuates between good and bad from month to month and has a lot of slack remaining. We are not in a position to say that there is a sustained growth path ahead.

The summary ABS Labour Force (seasonally adjusted) estimates for November 2017 are:

  • Employment increased 61,600 (0.5 per cent) full-time employment increased 41,900 and part-time employment increased 19,700.
  • Unemployment decreased 4,100 to 707,700.
  • The official unemployment rate was steady at 5.4 per cent.
  • The participation rate increased by 0.3 points to 65.5 per cent. It still remains below its December 2010 peak (recent) of 65.8 per cent.
  • Aggregate monthly hours worked increased 9.8 million hours (0.6 per cent).
  • The quarterly estimates were published this month and showed that underemployment fell by 0.2 points to 8.3 per cent. The total labour underutilisation rate (unemployment plus underemployment) decreased by 0.3 points to 13.7 per cent. There were 1,092 thousand persons underemployed and a total of 1,799.7 thousand workers either unemployed or underemployed.

Employment growth fairly strong

Employment growth in November rebounded from a weak October result with a net job increase of 61,600 (0.03 per cent). Full-time employment increased 41,900 and part-time employment increased 19,700.

This reverses two relatively poor months.

We observed a zig-zag pattern in total employment growth up until the end of 2016. The oscillating pattern has continued into 2017 but the level has risen above the zero line. There is still a switching pattern around the....

12:30

Germany resorts to lies to try to deter migrants "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Instead of using the tried and true method for keeping out unwelcome guests (a wall) Germany has resorted to lying. Germany is like the woman who in a fit of generosity invited everyone at church to her daughters wedding and who is now facing bankruptcy if she doesnt find a way to prevent them all []

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12:18

The New Social Order: Keaton Jones And The Viral Bullying Video "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Social media is good for a lot of things, mob rule and destroying reputations chief among them writes Michael Brull.

A few days ago, a video of a crying boy in the United States went viral. The 11-year-old boy, Keaton Jones, had been bullied at school, and his mother recorded his tearful reaction. Why do they bully? Whats the point of it, he wondered. They poured milk on him, put ham down his clothes, and threw bread at him. He was deeply upset, and the video took off on the internet.

The first reactions on Twitter were of people saying how their hearts went out to Keaton. Then an endless series of GIFs, as people discussed rolling up to the school to confront the bullies. These included GIFs of women smiling and brandishing knives, and GIFs of Negan from Walking Dead walking around with his notorious baseball bat.

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Soon celebrities got in on the action. An endless array of big names publicly offered their sympathy and affection to Keaton, and offered various types of meet-ups. Professional footballers said theyd meet up, and their agents announced Keatons new bodyguards. A superhero actor invited him to the premiere of his movie, a celebrity actress invited him to be her date to the premiere of the new Pitch Perfect movie. Justin Bieber called Keaton a hero to his over 90 million followers on Instagram. Dana White, the owner of Ultimate Fighting Championship, invited Keaton to UFC headquarters to hang out.

Aside from all the celebrities reaching out, a person who didnt know the family started a crowd funder to support Keaton. It raised almost $60 000 in a few days.

The mother who filmed her son crying couldnt have anticipated the enormous reaction to her video. No-one can really predict what will go viral, and the fact that so many things do shouldnt obscure the fact that the vast majority of things never get any real traction. At the time of writing, her video has been viewed an estimated 20 million times. Tweets and Instagram posts in support of Keaton have been viewed, liked and retweeted mi...

12:08

Front up Fonterra "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ele, good post . Fonterras comms strategy is severely flawed

Homepaddock

On the AM Show this morning Duncan Garner criticised Fonterra for not fronting up.

The company had been asked to come on the show to talk about the price of butter.

No-one would.

I odnt understand why.

Explaing the high price of butter is simple.

After years of being advised to eat less fat in general and less butter in particular, the advice has changed. Butter is no longer the bad dietbogey it was, poeple are discovering, or rediscovering, the joy of it and demand has risen faster than supply.

How hard would it have been for someone from the company to explain that?

This isnt the first time Fonterra wouldnt front the media. If the compnay doesnt want all the good its advertising campaign is doing to be undone it must be the last.

Chief executive Theo Spierings is paid an eye watering amount to run the company.

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12:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Out of pocket by hundreds of thousands  Sally Rae:

A South Otago farmer who estimates  he has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars because of the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak remains concerned about the future of his main income earner.

It was not just the Van Leeuwen Dairy Group on whose farms the disease was first detected in the Waimate district that was affected, Ross Clark said.

A lot of other people are hurting because of this, Mr Clark, who farms at Glenore, 5km southwest of Milton, said yesterday while in the middle of weaning lambs on his fathers farm near Lovells Flat.

He said the main part of his income was from providing service bulls to the dairy industry, either by lease or sale.

The business, built up over the past decade, had about 600 bulls destined for properties throughout the South Island.

In June, he bought 52 calves from a property in North Otago that later tested positive for the bacterial disease. . .

We will always be here a young farmers passionate message to animal rights activists Alison Waugh:

Animal rights activists have been staging protests at livestock auction marts across the UK over the last couple of months.

Young farmer and student Alison Waugh, 20, has seen enough

I, like many of my contemporaries, am proud to be part of British agriculture. Farming is the oldest way of life, and the only way we know.

Practically born wearing wellies, I grew up jumping in puddles and feeding pet lambs. My teens were spent perusing science, eyeing up the strapping great young farmers at the shows, and gaining a voracious appetite for all things agriculture. . . 

Dairy farmers clean up act in response to public pressure Pat Deavoll:

Public pressure is working and Canterburys dairy farmers are knuckling down and making an effort to improve the state of the waterways, says a dairy leader.

There has been a...

12:00

Australia's border protection regime is most definitely not the 'envy of the world' "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Australia's border protection regime is most definitely not the 'envy of the world'Rather than being the 'envy of the world' as the Government claims, our border protection policies are the subject of widespread disgust and condemnation, as shown by U.N. documents released under FOI. read now...

11:59

Here, Have Some More Idiot Economics "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This is The Wests useful idiot of an economics editor Shane Wright, wondering the other day where WAs economic growth

11:55

Fixing National's social deficit "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The government has unveiled plans to fix National's social deficit, with a $5.5 billion package to help the poor, to by funded by taking away National's tax cuts for the rich. Good. For nine long years, National doled out tax cuts to its rich mates, while shitting on everyone at the bottom of the heap. At the same time, they eroded workers rights, keeping wages low and ensuring that people couldn't work their way out of poverty. I'm glad to see that change.

Government exists to help us, both by direct redistribution through taxation, and by providing the services we need. Labour, NZ First and the Greens will do that. National wouldn't. And we're well rid of them.

11:51

AGL: virtue signalling while raising prices by closing plant "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Australia has lost its pole position in electricity competitiveness. The gradual increase in subsidised renewable energy in forcing out coal plant has transformed the Australian industry from perhaps the cheapest in the world into, on some measures, one of the most expensive in the world.

A 2022 closure of Liddell would mean a further deterioration of industry competitiveness and increased household prices. Some options to prevent this would include new capacity being built perhaps an enlargement of Victorias Loy Yang B now under Chinese majority ownership, or the National Partys call for a government-financed new station in Queensland. But even with such new investment, there will be a great deal of pressure placed on AGL to maintain or sell Liddell after all, if the station were really worthless it could just hand back ownership to the NSW Government which could seek an alternative owner.

See the full article in the Spectator

AGL: impoverishing the nation to boost its bottom line

 

11:30

A trade is a safer route to prosperity these days "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I didnt encourage either of our children to get a University education like I have. At the moment it looks like we may end up with a butcher and a driving instructor in the family and I believe that those two trades will set them up better than many of their contemporaries at University. As a []

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11:05

40 FAVOURITE ALBUMS OF 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Here they are, the 40 albums that I personally felt were the most important, fascinating and listenable in 2017. It was a near impossible process to collate them on a spreadsheet and make decisions and adjustments as to the creative worth of one over another. Id highly recommend all the albums on this list and Continue reading

11:04

FOI Agency Reference Numbers for Documents in REQFOI17/00064 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Follow up sent to Office of the Australian Information Commissioner by Verity Pane on December 14, 2017.
Partially successful.
A reminder, since the OAIC appears to deliberately forget sometimes that is required to provide its decision, *including* any released documents,...

11:04

Coastal sedimentary facies and foraminiferal biofacies of the st kilda formation at port gawler south australia "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Coastal sedimentary facies and foraminiferal biofacies of the st kilda formation at port gawler south australia

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