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197 Roman Emperor Septimius Severus defeated usurper Clodius Albinus in the Battle of Lugdunum, the bloodiest battle between Roman armies.
1473 Nicolaus Copernicus, mathematician and astronomer, was born (d. 1543).
1594- Having already inherited the throne of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth through his mother Catherine Jagellonica of Poland,Sigismund III of the House of Vasa was crowned King of Sweden, succeeding his father John III of Sweden.
1674 England and the Netherlands signed the Peace of Westminster, ending the Third Anglo-Dutch War. A provision of the agreement transfered the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to England, and it was renamed New York.
1743 Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer, was born (d. 1805).
1807 Former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr was arrested for treason and confined to Fort Stoddert.
1847 The first group of rescuers reached the Donner Party who had been snowbound. Some of the party resorted to cannibalism to survive.
1861 Serfdom was abolished in Russia.
When Washington accuses Moscow and Beijing of trying to alter the international order to their advantage what the American rulers are tacitly admitting is their anxiety that the days of US hegemony are on the wane. Russia and China are not doing anything illegitimate. It is simply a fact of historical evolution.
This is Clump Point, Boat Bay, Mission Beach, situated at the meeting point of the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics World Heritage Areas.
For decades there has been pressure to enclose Boat Bay at Mission Beach to create a marina. There is now a new proposal on the table for a safe boating facility at Clump Point.
The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads is seeking approval from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to construct a new detached breakwater (145 m rock wall) in the Marine Parks, supporting a jetty, 2 berthing pontoons, 5-6 pen berths (for commercial lease) and 5-6 swing moorings (4 commercial, 2 for visiting recreational), and the upgrade of the existing Clump Point boat ramp to provide a third lane and additional floating walkway. The boat ramp is to be designed for infrequent barge use.
Impacts of the development include:
In the slideshow that is Middle Eastern politics, the series of still images seldom add up to make an enduring narrative. And the probability is high that when an indelible image appears, it might go unnoticed such as Russia and Saudi Arabia wrapping up huge energy deals on Wednesday underscoring a new narrative in regional and international security.
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Recorded at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, 23rd December 2017
The Mansfield 4-piece first formed in 2004, all attending Mansfield State High School. Local shows with Brisbane favourites Eat Lazer Scumbag and Gazoonga Attack caught the eye of producer Bryce Moorhead of who recorded their first EP Pigs & T.V. in 2006.
The EP gained the band attention nationally, recruiting Magic Dirts Dean Turner as manager. He also produced and released their first full length album in 2008 on his Emergency Music label. We Dont Belong Here continued their steady growth in popularity, allowing them to tour internationally for the first time as well as play national festivals Homebake, Laneway, Meredith, Falls and Southbound.
Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth became a fan of the ba...
The Mueller indictment against the Russians is a well-timed effort to distract Americans attention from the real collusion rotting the core of our public life by shifting attention to a foreign enemy.
Barnaby bunny blinks in the spotlight centre stage in our national political show, this week, as our Deputy PM shrewdly plays the victim in his marriage break-up while he muffs his special pleading self-defence for begging his Tamworth mogul pal, Greg Maguire, to be allowed to crash for six months at his millionaire mates luxury
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It was around 2010 that I started my search for Sufism in my part of the world. Initially, the idea was to get away from the excessive heat generated after publication of my second book, Military Inc. But more importantly, working on the military had trained my mind to think about power from a peoples perspective what it meant for the ordinary folk, how was it applied on them and the varied relationships that stakeholders carved out to control the public.
Someone from the family of the sufi-poet Khwaja Farid suggested that I sh...
This 17 February 2018 video from the USA says about itself:
Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who survived Wednesdays mass shooting, gave a blistering speech at an anti-gun rally on Saturday about the politicians complicit in the murder of her classmates.
It was yet another reminder that the teenagers and children who grew up in the shadow of school shootings (and the 150,000 who survived one) are more practicaland less tolerant of empty rhetoricthan the adults who are supposed to protect them.
If the president wants to come up to me and tell me to my face that it was a terrible tragedy, and how it should never have happened, and maintain telling us how nothing is going to be done about it, Im going to happily ask him how much money he received from the National Rifle Association. But hey, you want to know something? It doesnt matter, because I already know: $30 million. To every politician who is taking donations from the NRA, shame on you!
The first funerals were held Thursday and Friday for several of the 17 students and staff killed in the horrific massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in...
Robert Mueller discredited himself and his orchestrated Russiagate investigation today (Friday, February 16, 2018) with his charges that 13 Russians and 3 Russian companies plotted to use social media to influence the 2016 election. Their intent, Mueller says, was to sow discord in the US political system.
The East India Company arrived in India towards the end of the 17th century, and by the 19th century, it could had appropriated the entire sub-continent through treaties, trade, through war, and latterly, as in the case of Awadh, through annexation.
The book, The Alkazi Collection of Photography: The Uprising of 1857, edited by London-based historian Rosie Llewellyn Jones, examines the infamous sepoy revolt, which was among the first fully photographed wars in the history of documentary photography in India. It examines examines the upheaval from multiple perspectives.
In an interview conducted via email, the historian talks about the fascinating images:
Great book and great images, but why did you choose to work with the Alkazi collection of photographs alone? The book, titled 1857: A Pictorial Presentation published by the Indian government in 1957 to mark the centenary of the Uprising has a wider range of images culled from diverse sources. There are paintings of the Rani of Jhansi in the battlefield and of the arrest of Bahadur Shah Jafar and of the death of his sons. Of course, the 1957 book was poorly produced
I was commissioned by Ebrahim Alkazi to edit the book, the last in a series showcasing various aspects of his large collection (over 90,000 images). Pr...
On my morning walk I happened to be passing the entrance to Burnside Homestead as four cyclists came out and stopped to take a photo.
I offered to take one of all of them and in the process got into conversation with them.
They were very enthusiastic about the Alps2Ocean cycleway and the hospitality theyd received at Burnside.
The cycleway has created lots of jobs and brings a lot of people who would never have travelled from Mount Cook to Oamaru Harbour without it.
Its boosting the local economy and also providing exercise opportunities for locals and Im grateful for that.
Are you a wannabe travel writer or an aspiring journalist with itchy feet? Do you want to spend a month in the Land of the Rising Sun learning a language, studying with media industry pros and getting real-world writing experience?
Were on the hunt for a team of hobos who want to live, work and study in Tokyo one of the worlds coolest capitals. Over the course of four weeks, youll be living and breathing all of Tokyos quirks, attending daily writing workshops taught by passionate young people from the media industry and studying Japanese with a top language school. In your spare time, youll will be writing their butts off, preparing two pieces to be pitched and published online and putting together a comprehensive city guidebook in teams.
The course has been expertly designed to be a bridge between studying and entering the workforce as a freelance writer, starting a publication or transforming your own blog into a workable commodity. If youre a high-school leaver, its the perfect mini escape before you hit the books again next year. If youre already in the throes of university and studying journ...
14-hour work week, why would I ever want to leave this glorious life? *crying laughing emoji*
I met this guy on Tinder, and this is how he described his job as an English teacher in Shanghai. Because, spoiler alert: basically every white guy living in China is teaching English in some capacity.
Know why? The salary is enough to cover living expenses, and the exchange rate makes money from home all-the-more useful.
And while Mr. English Teacher is living his luxury 14-hour work week, the Chinese kids he teaches are in for years of stringent study, desperate to rise to the top of an overwhelming population pool.
The university entrance exam, or (GaoKao) is a grueling two-day exam that covers a range of subjects, and is known for being one of the hardest tests in the world. These exams are lauded over kids from primary school, and the stress and pressure of performing well means ambulances are parked outside of exam halls in case students collapse.
I cant help but feel like something is off when a white man can waltz into China with no relevant qualifications (he graduated with a mathematics degree) and find a fairly comfortable life off the merit of his native English, white skin and maybe a TEFL certificate. Meanwhile, migrants venture into the West only to work twice as hard to get half as far.
Well, something is off: its called colonialism.
Dont get me wrong. Theres nothing wrong with wanting to live in another country. I mean, obviously: Im a second-gen migrant. And the fact the country you move to has a lower GDP than your native one isnt inherently insidious.
But I have a sneaking suspicion that this guy wouldnt have moved to China if there wasnt a red carpet rolled out for him.
The whole idea that life in Asian or developing countries is real life on easy mode really rubs me the wrong way. Its like those men who only date Asian women because feminism ruined white women, as if were the second choice when our Western counterparts dont work out.
It reinforces the very colonial idea that Asia exists purely for the West to invade, exploit and profit off. News flash: Asia doesnt exist so white people can play millionaire for a day....
Terima kasih. Terima kasih, I repeat over and over, till my throat goes dry and the Indonesian words of gratitude become a meaningless, Australian-flavoured gibberish.
I wince. And fiddle with the label of the plastic water bottle that Ketut pressed gently into my hands. Made chucks me a toothy grin and tells me to breathe as he treats my left leg with Betadine. His hands, baked golden by years of sun with deep ridges of age, dance softly along my calf, imploring my body to express where it hurts. Through salty, wobbly vision, the faces of concerned onlookers swim in and out of focus.
A cat smelling of something rotten, with sticky, sweat-saturated fur, stares at me through a nearby bush. He cocks his head and twitches his nose as I squeeze my eyes shut. Taking off my grit-stained glasses, I rest my head in my hands.
This scene is the result of 19 years of unawareness, and borderline carelessness, of my own mortality. Well, thats not entirely true. In fact, as a rule, I refuse to eat anything past its use-by-date and never leave home without a thick sheen of SPF50+. Yet, somehow, last month I found myself crumpled on the edge of a T-junction with my ankle wedged tightly beneath a freshly-rented scooter.
Its a common enough story for young travellers.
Let go of your inhibitions! they say. Be free, wild and adventurous!
Sure. Fuck yeah! I can do that.
It seems that most Westerners become well acquainted with the hot sting of gravel-grated flesh when scooter-venturing through Southeast Asia. Particularly in Bali, where a culture of helmetless, Aussie Bintang fiends thrives despite the barrage of figures released by the Department of Foreign Affairs each year.
An Australian dies in Bali every nine days.
For me, upon arrival on this beautifully balmy island, and with my parents more concerned about angry Mount Agung, the volcano, than the mortality rate of scooter-loving tourists, the statistics faded into white noise and felt about as sobering as Melbournes Dumb Ways to Die campaign. Like thousands of other Western travellers, I felt as if death from misadventure just wasnt me.
As night falls, illuminated by the ever-faithful florescent glow of 24/7 convenience stores, the main streets of Kuta come alive with the shouts of young travellers. Men and women with fre...
Nothing stimulates frankness like an imminent departure from politics. From the deceptions, dissimulations and general obtuseness offered by the political craft, a person appointed to a diplomatic position can be reassured to lie in a different way. Mendacity is less taxing and always more civil, away from the dirt and dust of political tussling. Views can be expressed with more sophistication and, even occasionally, candour.
Senator George Brandis, Australias conservative Attorney-General, was one such creature. A political beast given to punching holes in the law, he has been given a chance to pursue the Sylvan fields in London as Australian High Commissioner. He will be suitable for this station, a period of easy living in London lubricated by the Australian tax payer. As an ideological hard knocker in the Liberal Party, he has earned his stripes.
His valedictory speech to fellow parliamentarians should have created more waves than it did. Australian journalists and commentators tend to nod off on such occasions. A man without glamour, a product of the law, will never stir the heart. But his words were worth noting on several levels.
Brandis has witnessed, during his tenure, a greater centralisation of security matters in the form of a Home Affairs ministry overseen by Peter Dutton, a ruffian immune to the finer points of jurisprudence. In his farewell speech, thinly veiled swipes were taken against various figures of his own side of politics, notably those to the Right. Interestingly enough, Brandis was leaving as a self-described moderate, a champion of some holy middle ground.
Brandis noted what should be a common place assumption: that the attorney-generals duty is to defend the rule of law, even from political colleagues who fail to understand it, or are impatient of the limitations it may impose on upon executive power. The senator had not disguised his concern at attacks upon the institutions of the law the courts and those who practice them. To attack those institutions is to attack the rule of law itself.
His own awkward positioning as defender of the law and doyen of propriety, doesnt survive closer scrutiny. He cites several robust occasions where he supposedly took issue with recalcitrant colleagues. One such occasion was the stance taken on stripping those convicted of terrorism charges of sole Australian citizenship. That decision would lie with the Immigration minister, a certain Dutton.
Despite backing the authoritarian suggestion, then Prime Minister Tony Abbott met resistance from cabinet colleagues. Brandis is reputed to have said at one meeting concerning the draconian proposal that, as attorney-general, it was his job to stand for the rule of law. But in all fairness, he was hardly a voice in the wilderness, keeping company with a host of other c...
The family is out for the day, so it's now my time to indulge in my hobby - UFOlogy.
Today's post is continuing my look at websites of Australian UFO groups. After several years away from the topic of UFOs, this is one way to re-acquaint myself with today's UFOlogy. So after looking at New South Wales and Queensland it is time for my home state of Victoria, and the sole UFO group website I could find, that of Victorian UFO Action.
A few general observations
Interestingly unlike UFO Research (NSW) Inc. and UFO Research (Qld) Inc. VUFOA does not have the word 'research' in their name. I was therefore interested to see just what it is that the group does?
I mentioned in previous posts that I don't usually bother about the appearance of a site, being more interested in the content. However I am going to make an exception for the VUFOA website. It is cluttered; and visually overwhelming to my eyes. It scrolls down and down and down, unlike most website home pages which are short and to the point. Coloured letters and lots of icons don't make for a good first impression with me.
There are nine tabs along the top of the home page, 'Home;' 'About us;' 'donations;' 'members pages;' 'search VUFOA;' 'guestbook;' 'report a sighting;'seek support' and 'more.'
'Home' of course is the home page.
'About us' opens up into 'contact us;' 'team members' and 'media releases.'
'Contact us' brings up a preformatted form which asks for your name, and email address and allows you to send an inquiry to VUFOA.
'Team members' fi...
(To read the earlier episodes scroll down to February 14, 15 and 16.) Nobody seemed to know but DoC By Stephanie McKee DoC managers were utterly secretive about the storage of 23,000 kgs of 1080 bags in the centre of Whitianga town. Very few knew about this storage, as far as we know not the 
What is wrong with the American people? After several years of horrific policy toward the waking world, democracys standard bearers seem to be drowning in a lake of selfishness. Distracted, apathetic, or simply dumbed and numbed by unrelenting propaganda, the most admired society on Earth has turned to a wriggling mush of diverging ideals. I fear that American have become what we ultimately deplored, just another despicable cultural hegemony. Heres a short brief on the matter.
A recent article by James Carden at The Nation prompted me to discuss this unsavory truth today. The title of the piece, Trumps Syria Policy: Perpetual War Without Debate, provides a stunning introduction for my proofs of Americas war on peace. But, the reader need not read Cardens story to understand that the United States has been transformed into a lawless international pirate state. This paragraph is evidence enough our government has gone rogue:
Currently there are, in the absence of congressional authorization and in violation of international law (since the United States was not attacked by Syria, nor are US troops there at the invitation of the sovereign Syrian government), an estimated 2,000 American troops based in Syria. Given this, it was odd, though hardly surprising, when major US media outlets like CNN carried the news that American occupying troops were acting defensively last week when the United States launched a series of strikes against regime forces, killing over 100 Syrian soldiers, in retaliation for an attack on a headquarters of US-allied Syrian Democratic Forces in Khusham. Reports emerged this week that perhaps dozens, if not hundreds, of Russian mercenaries were also killed in the US attack.
We Are the Enemy
Its high time we face the fact that successive administrations have been operating outside the Constitution of the United States of America. Theres no arguing that Obama and Trump blatantly exceeded their authority under that founding do...
Agartala: Polling in the Tripura assembly election began on a peaceful note at 7 am today (February 18) amid massive security arrangements.
Voting is being held in 59 of the total 60 seats due to the death of the CPI(M) candidate for the Charilam constituency, Ramendra Narayan Deb Barma, six days ago. The Charilam constituency will go to polls on March 12.
Voters were seen queuing up at polling stations across the state since morning.
In hilly and tribal areas, women huddled in large numbers outside poll booths in their colourful traditional attires.
Small-time shopkeepers were seen doing brisk business selling tea and snacks to the voters.
Voting will end at 4 pm in all the 3,214 polling stations in the state, election office sources said.
Altogether 307 candidates are in the fray with the CPI(M), the major partner of the ruling Left Front, contesting 56 seats and its constituents RSP, Forward Bloc and CPI one seat each.
The BJP, which forged a pre-poll alliance with tribal outfit Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT), has fielded 51 candidates. The IPFT, an anti-Left party, will contest the remaining nine.
The Congress is going it alone in Tripura this time and is contesting 59 seats. The party has not fielded any candidate from Kakrabon constituency in Gomati district.
Altogether, there are 25,73,413 registered...
But something is happening here and you dont
know what it is
Do you, Mr, Jones? (Bob Dylan, 1965)
Rulers seldom know whats happening, do they? They have the intelligence apparatus and their party politicos feeding them whatever the powerful like to hear, but the assessment of the people can be in delicious discord.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee ordered elections early because his India was shining. He paid the price. Through cries of policy paralysis and corruption, Manmohan Singh went in expecting to be reasonably rewarded. After all, his government had delivered a nearly 7-8% (9-10% by todays yardstick) rate of growth over most of his ten-year period, unprecedented for a democracy. Yet, the result was a shock.
What was common between the two governments covering a period of about 16 years of elite section boy-scout optimism was bubbly talk for much of the time by economists, policy wonks, and the World Bank and the IMF. In the end, the politics probably turned on a less talked about variable: jobless growth, which analysts hadnt troubled themselves with.
In the strapped situation of lukewarm private sector investment we are in today, and the major employment-generating informal economy sector having taken a hit since demonetisation, no analyst or political planner can afford to overlook jobless growth.
Pakora growth, a close enough synonym, staring the country in the face is ha...
Solwara 1 is the worlds first seabed mine to get a license to operate. It will set a worldwide precedent if the project does go ahead. There are strong indications that microbial life is widespread at depth in the crust of the Earth, just as such life has been identified in numerous ocean vents. This 
New Delhi: During his trip to India, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described the USs haggling after signing the nuclear deal as ridiculous, even as New Delhi re-affirmed support for full and effective implementation of the agreement that is under threat of withdrawal from President Donald Trump.
Rouhanis visit to India is the first by an Iranian president after a gap of 10 years. It takes place...
Addis Ababa: A state of emergency imposed in Ethiopia a day after the prime minister resigned will last for six months, the defence minister said on Saturday, as authorities sought to tamp down unrest in Africas second most populous nation.
Outbreaks of violence had continued in parts of the country and...
PORT MORESBY Jean Kekedo (pictured), the Acting Chancellor of the Papua New Guinea University of Technology, this afternoon issued a statement on behalf of the Unitech Council on the termination of Vice-Chancellor Dr Albert Schram for alleged serious misconduct and breach of his employment contract.
Ms Kekedo said the Council made a unanimous decision last Thursday to terminate Dr Schrams contract with immediate effect, adding that the Council consisted of very learned people of standing in the society hence the decision was made after considering all the materials and following due process.
The statement said that on 19 January 2018, Council made a unanimous decision to charge Dr Schram with 21 allegations. As per the term of his contract of employment, Dr Schram was given seven working days to respond to the allegations. During the term of his suspension, he was allowed to access his office to prepare his reply although his powers as VC were suspended.
Council also suggested to Dr Schram to consider resigning quietly if he considered the allegations serious. He refused to do so. On 30 January 2018, Dr Schram submitted his response to the Council through the Registrar. The materials constituting the allegations and responses were forwarded to a private lawyer for an independent legal advice. The advice was furnished on time. Council reconvened on 15 February 2018 at 9:30am.
At this meeting, the Council reviewed the documents before it for some hours before seeking the advice of the independent lawyer. Dr Schram was then called in to add to his written response and clarify Council members issues.
The Council deliberated for another two hours before resolving to terminate Dr Schrams employment.
Todays statement (Download Public Statement by Unitech Council) said the main allegations sustained by the Council were:
An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it makes a better soup.
H L Mencken.
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Explosion at Cochin Shipyard kills five, 13 injured
On Tuesday, February 13, there was an explosion on board a ship undergoing repairs at the Cochin shipyard. 5 workers lost their lives a firefighter, a permanent worker, and the other four were contract workers. Preliminary investigations indicate that the explosion was caused by a leak of acetylene, a gas used for welding and cutting. The Hindu quotes officials of the Department of Factories and Boilers trying to shift the blame for the accident saying tendency to bypass safety procedures and the overconfidence of workers might have triggered Tuesdays fatal accident.
The News Minute reports that there were delays in contacting the fire and police departments. The General Secretary of the Cochin Shipyard Workers Union, A. Kishore, is quote...
Is the concept of male privilege a myth? Can you come up with examples of male privilege? Is there such a thing as female privilege? Do men have it easier than women and if they do is it because of privilege or because of something else? Discuss.
A Christchurch couple has paid tribute to helicopter pilot Steve Askin by making a special batch of honey, from their beehive which was wiped out in the Port Hills fires. Catherine and Carlton Duston have been going door to door delivering their first ever batch of honey, in memory of Mr Askin who died fighting 
Late last year, a video of a polar bear starving in the Canadian tundra left millions of viewers devastated. Whether it was a gritty reminder of the reality of climate disruption or merely a sign of disease, it was certainly proof of how images can stir us much more than lifeless data. But the viral video was also unusual. It is more common for nature videos to lift our spirits with magnificent sights than to try and shake us out of our complacency about the state of the environment.
Nature documentaries have been bringing the wild into our living rooms since the 1960s. They take us to remote regions of the planet, and imprint in our minds an idea of the state of the natural world. At a time of environmental crisis, they continue to show images of unspoilt natural splendour. It can be said that this will make urban men and women love and want to protect it and sensitise them to environmental degradation. Yet it may be that the jungle in our living rooms only gives us a false impression of nature as an abundant resource, and deepens our environm...
The abuse of Aboriginal prisoners with disabilities in Australian jails is confronting, and ongoing. In Part 2 of this special three part series for New Matilda, Michael Brull gives voice to the victims detailed in a report written by Human Rights Watch.
In my first report on Human Rights Watchs report on Aboriginal people with disabilities in prison, I summarised some of the findings, particularly relating to abuse and bullying. In this article, I want to provide some of the testimonials provided in the report by those incarcerated. Warning: many of the reports are distressing. HRW protected the anonymity of all of those mentioned.
I was going in to take a shower, and I saw three male prisoners. I sensed trouble and I started backing out. But one of them ran towards me. The other two held me down and they made me kiss his penis. I tried to run away. [Tried] to get help and shout out to the prison guards. But they were too far. I could not do anything because I would be labeled a dog [traitor].
When I finally managed to find someone to tell and the guards found out, they put me in the punishment unit. I was told it was for my safety. And there was nowhere else they could put me. And then the guards on call taunted me. All night I could not sleep. I could just hear the guards giggling outside. I had to wait for a couple of days before I was transferred to another prison. I am suffering from depression. I get no support.
Man with cognitive disability
I got hit on sexually by officers quite regularly, even though Im old. Male predators work in that jail [a womens prison]next to young vulnerable girls. They catch you when youre working by yourself and touch your boobs, bum, or put a hand around your waist. Or they make stupid comments like, Youve been here a while, you must be horny.
Woman with psycho-social disability
[I] was sexually assaulted. It happened in my room. He [the perpetrator]was my cellie. Afterwards, he told me to kill myself. So I cut myself.
Prisoner with a cognitive disability
It was a few guys. I know at least one of them raped me, but I kind of blacked out. I was bleeding, I still bleed sometimes. I reported it the same day to two of the superintendents, I filled out the medical request form. They told me if I report it, I would go to the DU [detention unit]for...
Hi all, looking to buy somewhere in TSV in the next little while. Any advice for areas to buy, don't want to be out in the burbs. In between domain and city would be ideal but open to suggestions. Looking to rent the place out after a while as well, anything to aim for? How is the market just now? Ive heard it's picking back up and on the turn?
Put in a brief submission by Wednesday 21st February (suggested content below). Some scientists and industries see New GM as a bonanza for their careers and profits although it is only five years old and has no history of safe use. We suggest mentioning:
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken it upon himself once again to dispense advice to Indias millions of school-going children. This time the subject is exam preparation and clearing their Board exams. While in itself this is a good and noble initiative, the irony inherent in the event was a bit hard to miss, given that the PMs own academic history has been opaque at best and the matter of his own educational qualifications continues to remain a matter of controversy.
Coming on the heels of his newly-launched book, Exam Warriors, the event called Pariksha Par Charcha was held at New Delhis Talkatora...
Its an extraordinary tale with a whiff of Banksy about it, although surprisingly, he was not involved. In a landmark ruling, 21 New York street artists have sued and won US$6.7m in damages from the owner of a building who destroyed their graffiti when he had the building demolished.
Following a three-week trial in November, on February 12, Judge Frederic Block ruled against Jerry Wolkoff, owner of the 5Pointz complex in Queens, conferring the biggest award of $1.3m on the buildings mastermind-curator, graffiti artist Meres One, real name Jonathan Cohen.
Im from the UK visiting austrlia based mostly on reddit recomendations. The highlight of the trip was Crystal cascades. Gorgeous rain forest; no crowds; birds; waterfalls and cool water. I sat on the bottom of the creek watching the fish through my snorkle watch me. Im in love. Thankyou reddit for the tip.
If many memoirs have nostalgia lingering over them, there is a special poignancy to those of undivided British Punjab. Nothing quite like it is found elsewhere in South Asia except perhaps in memories of the bhadralok Hindu zamindars of East Bengal. Possibly what imparts this special quality is not simple nostalgia for a life that is now in the past but rather that the act of writing is itself a requiem for a way of life that vanished because it was eradicated. Punjab, with the near cent percent ethnic cleansing in 1947, over a large part certainly evokes such memories.
Two classics in this genre are Prakash Tandons reminisces in his Punjab Centenary about Gujrat and even more so the Pakistani historian K.K. Azizs memories of pre-partition Batala (2006). In both, Lahore inevitably has a larger than life presence and here its Government College reigns supreme, an epitome of colonial modernity and a filtering ground for a future meritocracy.
Its significance lies in the memories and respect it evokes not just in those who passed through its portals in the late nineteenth century and the first three or four decades of the 20th century for they in the main part are long departed but in their children,...
It is with a profound sense of schadenfreude that I announce that: Yassmin Abdel-Magied has revealed she is the subject of a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission over her tweets A professional whinger with the dress sense of a Mr Whippy van ramming a Mardi-Gras parade, Yassmin came to Australia as a refugee 
Larry Pickering at his best
So lets get this straight press conference called for big announcement woman announces she is pregnant cue media swoon. Heat off Greens over their incompetence.
Note to media women get pregnant, this is a well established fact, it is not a political miracle. Ardern did not invent pregnancy, and Genter did not catch a disease. Media GROW UP!!!!
Adam congratulates Genter and her partner. He does. Really. Sincerely.
God that is so false! Truth he does not care, not his child, not his problem, nor is it anybody elses issue. Politicians stop weaponisng your fecundity!
The politicians piled in with their faux messages of congratulations.
Back in the bunker , Ardern fumes , a new child for the nation. Where is Damien?
Debate over poker machines is at the centre of the lead-up to this years Tasmanian state election. Labors promise to remove pokies from Tasmanias pubs and clubs by 2023 if it wins government has been met with both praise and fierce criticism from lobby groups. Announcing the Liberals gaming policy recently, Premier Will Hodgman said: Unlike Labor, we believe that Tasmanians should be able to choose how to spend their money, not be dictated to by the government
Amidst pressing concerns for housing affordability, population growth and social inequality, Michael Bayliss reveals how good (or bad) town planning underpins it all. read now...
Is he Jacindas weapon to demoralise the right?
Just look at this post on Your NZ , a centrist NZ blog, looking at Bridges candidacy and referencing Bridges interview with Guyon Espiner:-
And he went on, and on, and on. His opening sentence ran until 1:43 into the interview.
That pitch is unlikely to appeal narrowly let alone broadly. Bridges has repeated Jacinda Arderns generational change approach, but there is a stark contrast with Arderns effortless ability to speak positively and clearly.
He was then asked about the significance of being the first Maori leader of National. He waffled, admitted his te reo was not as good as Espiners, and waffled.
As Pete George who runs Your NZ summed up , very well in Adams opinion:-
Its fair to say that Bridges was hopeless in this interview. Perhaps he speaks much better in the National caucus and can convince a majority of the MPs to back him, but on this performance he should have dashed any hope of becoming leader.
It was awful.
It looks like it should be a contest between Amy Adams and Judith Collins.
Leader, just how stupid do people think we are?
Berlin: Support for Germanys Social Democrats (SPD) hit a record low, a poll showed, and the partys leader-in-waiting said she had no Plan B should members reject a coalition deal with Angela Merkels conservatives.
The SPDs 464,000 members vote in a postal ballot beginning on February 20 on whether the centre-left party should go ahead with the...
Beirut, Ankara: Turkey never used chemical weapons in its operations in Syria, and takes the utmost care of civilians, a Turkish diplomatic source said, after Syrian Kurdish forces and a monitoring group acc...
Miami: Student survivors of a mass shooting that killed 17 people at a Florida high school called for gun restrictions on Saturday during an angry and somber rally, but attendees at a nearby gun ...
The next leader of potentially-the-next-government is a very important job. In the race for the top job, applicants should know that besides appearing important you actually have to perform better than your competition. Not only to get the job but to stay in it. Im not sure they all know this. Not being privy 
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Our politicians and, to a large degree, our media, do not seem to understand the real implications of the Joyce Affair. As Dr Simon Longstaff AO, the Executive Director of The Ethics Centre, wrote: In helping Mr Joyce evade responsibility, our government has put yet another nail in the coffin of Ministerial (and personal) responsibility.
FELLOW residents, Im a little worried. Having waded through the National Health and Medical Research Councils (NHMRC) much-touted cornerstone documentation into fluoridation, Ive gone on to research a highly critical review of that reporting prepared by Merilyn Haines of Fluoride Action Network (FAN) Australia. Her review, written in August last year, has identified over 20 major issues that bear greater scrutiny if this 2017 reporting by the NHMRC is be taken seriously by decision-makers. FAN is publicly calling for a Royal Commission into the NHMRC as a result. Dont shoot the messenger.
If these NHMRC products are what state health, the Oberon Health Council and other parties are relying on to push the fluoridation agenda, then I feel there is good reason to worry. Ignoring established and new scientific data because it fails to pass obviously restrictive entry criteria only fuels the counter-narrative and adds to suspicion; particularly when it is irrefutable data that does not support the official agenda. Theres something definitely not right about this whole affair and decision-makers should carefully consider their next move. The legal repercussions alone should cause concern. If you can chew through it, Mr Mills, and find me a reason not to worry, Ill buy the first two rounds.
The old paradigm of innocuously adding a heavily propagandised industrial waste product to the water supply to medically treat the unwitting population has clearly run its course; as it already has for arsenic, mercury, barium and lead (all of which comes with industrial grade fluoride). The official product S6 Fluorocilic Acid [H2SiF6] and DiSodium Hexafluorosilicate [Na2SiF6] should not be in our bodies at any level. Its useful on the teeth as pharmaceutical grade fluoride only, then spat out! Thats it! (Hint: Poison warning on tube.) Trace amounts, dear people. It accumulates. Nothing nutritious or good about any of these waste products in the body. Time for us all to collectively face the music. Arent we sick enough? When we dwell in truth things only get better.
*Original letter published online at https://www.oberonreview.com.au/story/5227594/letter-we-should-be-looking-closer-at-fluoride-facts/
The map above shows how Europeans feel about their children being in a relationship with a black person. The data comes from the 2015 Eurobarometer report on Discrimination in the EU. On average only 64% of EU citizens would be comfortable with their sons or daughters being in a relationship with a Black person. However, 
By Aaron Kesel
Anytime a shooting happens, its a tragic event whether it was a false flag or a legitimate mass shooting by a lunatic; but just because people died doesnt mean we shouldnt question the veracity of the events reported. Here are 5 reasons why you should question the recent shooting and remain vigilant.
Coincidentally, earlier on the day of the shooting, teachers at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were told there would soon be a code red or lockdown drill, to practice their response to an immediate threat, Miami Herald reported.
The shooter Nikolas Cruz is claiming to have heard demonic voices, like previous mass shoot...
US President Donald Trump has called the suspect in the mass school shooting in Florida mentally disturbed as he vowed to help local jurisdictions tackle mental health issues, but he made no mention of stricter gun control laws. Thats because stricter gun control wouldnt have made a difference. Trump pledged his administration would help tackle 
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I am not here to moralise.
Turnbull, 15 February 2018
This creeping notion that women need protection from men, that we are weak creatures against mens rampant desire for sex, is not good for women. Its regressive.
Gay Alcorn, Guardian
Over the last couple of weeks political journalists have been conducting a debate on the ethics of reporting Joyces private life that has perhaps been a little pompous as ultimately the decision of what they write about and get published will depend on the newspapers and media outlets that generally employ them.
There has been humbug. Some claimed that there was public interest just as there would be if Turnbull had had an affair. Well yes. There would have been prurient interest in it, no doubt, but attempts to apply that to the usual meaning of public interest are unconvincing. There were rumours that Curtin had long-running affairs while he was married, but would knowing the nitty grits of him and Belle at the Kurrajong Hotel have been needed to judge his competence as wartime Prime Minister?
In reality the debate is reflecting a broader one: how do political journalists cover politics that is unravelling, and how far do they follow it down the rabbit hole of reporting on the sex lives of the generally unattractive occupants of Capital Hill?
The Nationals exemplify that unravelling, being a party that more than the other major parties has long ago lost its role but remains at the centre of the political establishment. The Country Party, as it was then called, was formed in the 1920s to represent rural business interest diverging from their metropolitan brethren, especially on tariffs and devaluation, but by the 1970s and early 1980s the slashing of tariffs and floating of the dollar had made it redundant.
Having lost its role representing sectional interests, the Country party did what political parties usually do, become an ideological cause and try to find an audience for it. In the 1980s it changed its name to the Nationals, posing as a social conservative bulwa...
Debate has apparently been sparked over pool changing room etiquette. An uncomfortable incident in a pool changing shed has sparked debate about how appropriate it is for adults to strip naked in front of children. Engineer Shabbir Ahmed was at the Lido Aquatic Centre in Palmerston North in February when he saw a child become 
leave a homeland we have lost, to make a new beginning beneath the Southern Cross. Scottish balladeer, Steve McDonald Scottish heritage alive and well Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs Twelve pipe bands playing in Raumati were a reminder of New Zealands proud Scottish heritage. Saturday 17 February saw the annual Wellington, 
I was telling my husband that Lordes concerts in Miami might be cancelled because Florida law states that they will do no business with anyone involved with the BDS movement. He said, In a free society, I am amazed that there are laws like that. My reply to him surprised me. If you really think 
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
When I ran for US Senate in 2017, I did not seek, or receive, any donations. When I ran for US House of Representatives in 2006, I did receive donations but was not allowed, by law, to accept any from foreigners. At that time it did not occur to me that the potential foreign donor would also be breaking the law. Like what law? If he is a citizen of, say, Uganda, how can he be subject to American law? Maybe I do not understand extra-territorial jurisdiction. In any case, lets go through the indictment of February 16, 2018.
I have mercifully abridged it by about a third, where it was repetitive, and bolded whatever looks interesting. There are...
His Excellency Wang Baodong, Chinese Ambassador to
Tonga meeting with Honorable Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva.
China is offering an initial relief fund of more than $1.3 million paanga to support Tonga following the ferocious winds of Tropical Cyclone Gita.
The offer was confirmed this morning after Prime Minster Akilisi Phiva met with His Excellency Wang Baodong, Chinese Ambassador to Tonga, a statement released to Kaniva News by the Chinese Embassy said.
The Chinese Government has provided US$500,000 of emergency humanitarian assistance by remittance to the Tongan Government.
The Red Cross Society of China pledged US$100,000 of emergency humanitarian assistance by remittance to the Red Cross Society of Tonga. The Chinese Embassy in Tonga has offered $40,000 Paanga by remittance for the relief work.
Furthermore, the Chinese side will continue to actively help the Tongan government and people fight against the disaster and rebuild the country according to the need of the Tongan side, Chinese Ambassador to Tonga said.
Prime Minister Phiva welcomed the Chinese assistance, the statement said.
Hon. Phiva was quoted as saying Tonga looks forward to Chinas participation in the post-disaster reconstruction of Tonga and is ready to keep communication with the Chinese side on the recovery effort.
Before the meeting, the embassy sent a message expressing its heartfelt condolences to those affected by the category 4 storm in Tonga.
Honorable Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of China sent a message to Honorable Akilisi Pohiva, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tonga on February 13, extending heartfelt sympathy to the Government and people of Tonga, vowing that China is ready to provide emergency disaster relief assistance within its capacity, and believing that with the joint efforts of the Tongan government and people, Tonga will be able to overcome the disaster and rebuild the country.
source: Kaniva News : Photo: His Excellency Wang Baodong, Chinese Ambassador to Tonga meeting with Honorable Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva. Photo/Supplied
Today when I read the reports of Robert Mueller's indictments of
thirteen Russians, the first thing to cross my mind was this
opening line by the wonderful Peggy Lee
"Is That All There Is?
The most extraordinary thing about these so-called indictments is that nobody seems to know whether the trolls were ever in the USA. It is clear that if they ever were, they are no longer, so the whole farrago is meaningless.
The Keystone Cops even gave them a hand. The Russkis organised a couple of pro-Trump rallies which were well attended but, just to show they are even handed, they then put on a couple of pro-Hillary events, also well attended.
Mueller and Co have spent gazzillions of dollars to establish that Russia tries to undermine western countries. Just ask any of the hairy old lefties from NZ's "Peace" Movement of the 60s and 70s. They would never admit it at the time but they were financed by Moscow.
Funny thing is, Mueller had nothing to say about Obama's blatant and illegal interference in the elections of Israel, were he attempted to bring about the defeat of Netanyahu.
So, all in all, this Mueller circus is the Mother of all Nothingburgers.
Due to the 'dossier' revelations it now appears likely Mike Flynn will never be taken to court as the evidence against him is tainted. So, one wonders what is really going on here?
I'm inclined to think Mr Mueller has a pretty good idea what is heading for him over coming weeks and today's phony indictments will give him an excuse to wrap up and disappear, while the going is good.
Tongan Olympian Peter Taufatofua has successfully
completed the 15km mens cross country freestyle competition at the
Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Taufatofua came 114th in 56 minutes and 41 seconds.
He finished 23 minutes behind Swiss skier Dario Cologna, who took gold, but still ahead of four other competitors.
Head of Sport for the Royal Tonga Ski Federation, Steve Grundmann, said his result was a success for Tonga.
It was never about what position he would finish, Grundman said.
Before the race Taufatofua told the BBC his ambitions were to finish before they turn the lights off and not ski into a tree.
Taufatofua said he did not expect to win gold, but hoped he would inspire others from the Pacific Islands to compete.
As Kaniva News reported earlier, he is only the second Tongan to compete in the Winter Olympics. Bruno Banani completed in the luge at Sochi.
He began training as a skier only a year ago, after competing in taekwondo at the Rio Games.
Earlier this week Taufatofua expressed sympathy for people in Tonga affected by Cyclone Gita, which he described as devastating for the country.
The main points
Tongan Olympian Peter Taufatofua has successfully completed the 15km mens cross country freestyle competition at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Taufatofua came 114th in 56 minutes and 41 seconds.
Head of Sport for the Royal Tonga Ski Federation, Steve Grundmann, said his result was a success for Tonga.
Source: Kaniva News
Theres always a moment when you see how youve bent yourself into a shape that fits the people youve known & you see how that has to stop & though its not always easy, thats exactly where you begin to find out who youre meant to be. Unbend 2018 Brian Andreas posted with permission.
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WHEN buying a new car people usually take into account certain factors like price, kilometres and fuel economy but it turns out there is one crucial element that is being overlooked and could leave you constantly fighting off swarms of spiders. A Queensland researcher has found that the vibrations given off by certain cars can 
I see complete and utter amazement time after time on Whaleoil as to what are they thinking and/or doing? This is aimed mainly at the political classes, and then moves on to the left in general. People suspect a one-world government, or a destruction of Western civilization to be at the core of these seemingly 
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Are you bogged mate? Mary OBrien Rural:
I spend a lot of time raising awareness about spray drift but recent events have compelled me to talk about something that disturbs me even more than spray drift.
I have spent my whole life working in rural and remote Australia and always around country blokes; working with them, for them, and beside them. My father was one, my brother is one, and most of my dearest friends are country blokes. I have always worked in male dominated occupations and that certainly doesnt make me special but I believe it has given me a good understanding of rural men and it has definitely given me a deep and profound respect for them.
So when I see country blokes facing challenges like never before, I need to say something because I know none of them will. Im talking about rural mens mental health and more specifically, rural male suicide. Yes, that mongrel black dog that sneaks in when you least expect it, grabs all of your rational thoughts, buries them somewhere you cant find them, and without you or those close to you noticing, it gradually pulls you into a hole, a bog hole. . .
Taupo Beef and Lamb has begun exporting its meat range to Japan.
The company, established by farmers Mike and Sharon Barton, sent the first container load of product in December which went on sale at five high end supermarkets east of Tokyo in mid-January.
The response from shoppers so far had been great, said Mike Barton at a field day at Onetai Station.. .
NZ Ireland collaboration confirmed Nicole Sharp:
Similarities between Ireland and New Zealand are leading to collaborations on research and development in the dairy industry.
Southland dairy farmers Tim Driscoll and Tony Miles travelled to Ireland recently with DairyNZ research and development general manager David McCall and AgResearch scientist Jane Chrystal.
The aim of the visit, which had funding from the two organisations and the Ministry for Primary Industries, was to cement the collaboration between the t...
The merry band of halfwits running Auckland Future told donors they were expecting good things on election day 2016. When the results came in Auckland Future managed to get about half the votes of former Labour candidate Richard Hills and former Alliance MP Grant Gillon in North Shore. They managed to lose in Albany against 
This one is set to become a classic in the annals of ufology! secureteam10 Published on Feb 16, 2018 You Need To Hear These FAA Tapes From That Oregon UFO Incident That Sent F-15s Scrambling New evidence offers great detail of the bizarre event and provides unprecedented insight into how such a unique incident is 
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|As manufactured credit balloons, savings disappear and the marginal productivity of debt collapses|
"The Austrians may have had it right all: ...ineffective central bank policies, which cause interest rates to remain too low for too long, resulting in excessive credit creation, speculative economic bubbles and lowered savings..
~ Lance Roberts from his post (and tweet) 'There Will Be No Economic Boom'
In what must be the first time in a number of days, Tony Abbott was openly critcical of the Prime Minister in an interview last week. Mr Abbott thought that Malcolm Turnbulls public admonishing of Barnaby Joyce was a poor way to handle things, telling us: I am just not going to get into any
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Kermadec and Gould's Petrels, Masked and Red-footed Boobies and a Buller's Shearwater at Offshore--Southport pelagic reported by Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge on 17-02-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"
A good day - lots of Tahiti's performing well + single Kermadec and Gould's Petrels, Masked and Red-footed Boobies and a Buller's Shearwater on the way in. More Flesh-footed Shearwaters than we've had in many months and some great views of Pomerine Skuas and Sooty Terns.
Anyone would think I'd gone communist. Along with John Howard.
As soon as the Treasury released its tax expenditures statement last week, I and others who reported it were accused of wanting to ape Eastern Europe, of going "Peak Orwellian".
"The author has raised an interesting concept, everything belongs to the government and one has no individual rights or assets," wrote one of my kinder correspondents.
"The left regards tax not gouged as government spending," wrote another. "Since when has retaining your earnings been a government handout?"
The short answer is: since at least 1998. That's when Howard made it mandatory for the Treasury to report tax expenditures as if they were cash expenditures.
On taking over as Coalition prime minister after 13 years of Labor government, he set up a Commission of Audit to tell him what to cut.
It told him that government programs were delivered in two ways: as direct payments which hurt the budget, and as tax breaks which also hurt the budget.
Although often functionally identical (parents don't care whether they get the family tax benefit as a payment or a rebate, patients don't mind how they get the private health insurance rebate, and most wouldn't know whether the baby bonus was a payment or a tax break) the two get treated quite differently.
Payments get put in the budget of individual ministers as a line item to be scrutinised and reviewed in the lead-up to every budget.
Tax breaks go on no one's budget and become part of the furniture. As the Henry tax review reported later, they can be "difficult to contain".
Accounting for them once a year, in the same way as direct payments are accounted for twice a year in each budget and budget update, lets us know what they are and what they are worth.
It doesn't mean (necessarily) that they are at risk, any more than accounting for the annual cost of the pension means i...
Gwynn Compton takes a look at how Arderns Government constantly undermines the positivity and kindness she trumpets all the time, as aided and abetted by a fawning media pack. Unsurprisingly he chose Chris Hipkins as an exemplar
Whats more, the whole announcement around forcing Charter Schools to close from Hipkins is indicative of an ongoing issue from Jacinda Arderns Government (and one that plagued the Labour Party in opposition too), and that is their uncanny knack to do something good at the start of a news week, then spectacularly shoot themselves in the foot by the end of it
Compton goes on to suggest:-
The net result of Chris Hipkins bully-boy tactics towards Charter Schools is that its taken all the gloss off the Governments successful visit to Waitangi. Instead the narrative for the week ahead will be people asking what students in Charter Schools did to deserve to be so directly threatened by Chris Hipkins, and where did Jacinda Arderns promise to be kind get lost over the summer?
Adam agrees, but for many in the media the fairydust still seems to be working.
There were a number of other points in Mr Comptons psot which Adam will address later.
1793 - The first school in the new colony began thumping
learnin' into young heads in an unfinished church building in
Sydney with the first teacher being one Mr Stephen Barnes.
1796 - One of the Scottish martyrs, Thomas Muir, did a bunk and successfully escaped on an American ship Otter.
1804 - The first Russian to become an Aussie resident - before we were known as Aussies - was John Potocki who was given the Grande Tour of Tassie as a transported convict.
1815 - George Wood and others were lost en route from Illawarra to Shoalhaven to pick up cedar.
1844 - The foundation stone of the monument to Surveyor-General Colonel William Light, over his grave in Light Square, was laid on this day.
1856 - A bovine lad by the name of King Oscar was pupped on this day; being of a lowly state his fate was in the hands of others and, thus, he was sold to Mr Broadie and travelled to Oz where he spent the remainder of his days.
1858 - The HMS Sappho may have been armed with sixteen cannon but she still managed to disappear on her voyage from England ; she was last sighted a few miles off Cape Otway, Vic, on this day and then not seen again. Despite an extensive search in Bass Strait and a report that the masts of a ship were seen protruding from the sea near Wilsons Promontory, no definite trace was ever discovered.
1862 - Margaret Coghlan was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol, Tassie, for the murder of her husband.
1865 - John McDonald was another Melbournian who chose to chance it aboard the CSS Shenandoah; he popped out of his hiding place after the ship had sailed, becoming another of the OZ & NZ veterans of the American Civil War.
1869 - A transported Fenian, JB O'Reilly, took his unlawful leave from Fremantle in the American whaling ship Gazelle and sailed off into the sunset for USA.
1874 - Little Nell was a steam launch whose boiler exploded during a race with the tug Tamar, off Coulson, Tasmania. In an attempt to beat the powerful tug, the safety valve of the launchs boiler was clamped down and more fuel thrown on the fire. Eleven on board; the river cutter Margaret rescued three passengers, one dying a few days later, the other two badly scalded.
1874 - I say, What!
That earnest explorer chappy Ernest Giles was nearly killed by one of his horses when he was thrown and dragged along, only narrowly escaping being killed.
1883 - Jessie Litchfield, a fantastically inspirational woman, was found in the tulip patch. She was an author, poet, Aussie and international journalist and editor of a NT newspaper, who helped push tourism in the Top End.
1893 - The Marlborough Express succinctly stated how both Tamworth and Toowoomba were out of railway and telegraph communicat...
Unlike the keyboard worriers, Audrey Young actually interviews real people and has written a great piece on Adams, Bridges and Collins. The answers are revealing. Q. What is the Governments greatest weakness and how would you counter it? AMY ADAMS: The lack of any real thinking about how they will actually deliver on their motherhood 
Government spending on tax breaks is set to hit a record $170 billion this year, largely as a result of an explosion in the value of concession for the family home.
Treasury's Tax Expenditures Statement required under the Charter of Budget Honesty and released quietly after the close of business on Thursday puts the value of the exemption from capital gains tax for owner occupiers at $74 billion this financial year, up from $66.5 billion last financial year, which was itself $5 billion more than Treasury had forecast.
Four years ago, before house prices shot up, it was worth $46.5 billion. Treasury says by 2020-21 it will be worth $91 billion.
The exemption releases owner occupiers from the obligation to pay capital gains tax on profits made from the sale of their primary residence. Those profits have soared in recent years as prices have climbed, especially in Sydney and Melbourne. Investors pay capital gain at half the income tax rate, a concession the Treasury costs at $10 billion, up from $4.4 billion four years ago.
The cost of tax expenditures is tabulated so that the government can compare the budgetary impact of direct spending in the form of grants with indirect spending in the form of tax breaks.
The government costs assistance to the aged at $64.3 billion and assistance to the unemployed and the sick at $10 billion.
The concession tax treatment of superannuation contributions is costed at $16.9 billion. The concessional treatment of super fund earnings is costed at $19.25 billion. The two figures can't be added together to get a total for super tax concessions, because if contributions were fully taxed the funds would earn less.
The exemption of so-called fresh foods from goods and services tax costs $7 billion per year. Among the items exempt because they are used to prepare food at home is sugar, although commercially prepared products containing sugar such as soft drinks are subject to the GST.
The GST exemption for education services including private school fees will cost $4.55 billion in 2017-18 and $5.65 billion in 2020-21. The exemption for medical services costs $4.1 billion.
The cost of the farm management deposit system, which gives tax advantages to qualifying farmers, is is expected to double from $245 million in 2016-17 to $560 million in 2017-18.
The figures come as the government attempts to find savings to fund personal income tax cuts in the May budget and reduce the deficit of $21.4 billion.
The 10 biggest tax expenditures identified by the Treasury
When the International Monetary Fund boosted its forecasts of world economic growth on the back of better prospects in the US this week, Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison was quick to claim it as an endorsement of company tax cuts.
"These new global growth forecasts demonstrate yet again that the move that's been taken in the United States, but also in other countries, the United Kingdom and France and other parts of the world, to drive their economies and to see their businesses grow, is going to generate growth and jobs," he said.
"Labor is stopping us."
The Fund lifted its forecasts of global growth for this year and the next from 3.7 to 3.9 per cent. It said half of the jump was due to the Trump tax cuts. Its US 2018 US growth forecast climbed from 2.3 to 2.7 per cent and its 2019 forecast from 1.9 to 2.5 per cent.
But much of that boost wasn't due to the most impressive and expensive ($US1.3 trillion) part of the cut; the slicing of the rate from 35 to 21 per cent. It was due to another, cheaper measure: a temporary instant asset write-off. Firms that install new buildings and equipment will be able to deduct the full cost straight away without depreciating it over years. It is similar to, but larger than, capped schemes introduced in Australia by both Labor and the Coalition to boost investment after the global financial crisis and the demise of the mining boom.
Like those schemes, it will be temporary, lasting for five years. Like those schemes, much of it will bring forward investment that most likely would have happened anyway, but later, meaning that when it ends US growth will slump, which is what the IMF expects and one of the reasons it is forecasting weaker US growth down the track.
Australia isn't proposing such a scheme. What the Turnbull government is proposing is a cut in the headline company tax rate from 30 per cent to 25 per cent for all companies, not just those with turnovers of up to $50 million, whose cuts to 25 per cent have already been approved by the Senate.
Will the US cut to 21 per cent, and other cuts including Brtiain's cut to 18 per cent, leave Australia uncompetitive?
It depends on how you calculate competitiveness.
These days John Fraser heads the Commonwealth Treasury. Until 2013 he was head of UBS Global Asset Management and responsible for its worldwide investments. He told a budget forum in Australia in 2015 that while he understood the argument for cutting company tax, his own experience told him that the tax was a "second or third order issue" for would-be investors.
"Generally the internal rates of return that are required the hurdle rates are so high it would be false to say the taxation rate,...
Fran OSullivan writes a column about the leadership struggle in the National party. Jacinda Ardern can thank Judith Collins incisive political attack for reminding her of her biggest job: get on her game as Prime Minister. The media-endorsed mother of the nation celebrification which has been wall-to-wall since Ardern announced her pregnancy could 
The next US ambassador to Australia and the current Pacific Command (PACOM) Admiral Harry Harris addressed Congress with a hardline proposal to deter China's growing influence in the Asia-Pacific region. In his speech, Harris commended regional non-NATO ally Australia for its role as a hub for PACOM's military prowess in the Pacific Ocean. "Australia is one of the keys to a rules-based international order," he asserted, signaling that the country would play an increasing part in America's new doctrine. "China's ongoing military buildup, advancement, and modernization are core elements of their strategy to supplant the U.S. as the security partner of choice for countries in the Indo-Pacific, but China also holds clear global ambitions," Harris continued. "At the end of the day the ability to wage war is important or you become a paper tiger. [We will] cooperate where we can, but remain ready to confront where we must," he remarked. "I'm hopeful that it won't come to a conflict with China, but we must all be prepared for that if it should come to that." However, Harris' rhetoric may not be so well-received, as Canberra's interests remain intrinsically linked to the Chinese.
Simon Bridges stood for the deputy leadership of the National Party after John Key stepped down in December 2016, and failed. He has now put himself forward for the leadership position being left vacant by Bill English. RNZ: National leader vote: Bridges touts generational change Simon Bridges has made a pitch for leader of the 
Aucklands most formidable campaigner, Councillor Daniel Vlad Newman took another Labour party head in the Manurewa Local Board by election. Vlads ticket, Manurewa Action Team, ran Dave Pizzini, a former local cop and highly regarded local candidate. Labour ran Brooke Loader, who was head girl of Manurewa High School and is a local lawyer, who 
Mike Fat Tony Williams offers up his opinion on the National party leadership race: At the time of writing there are three confirmed contenders; Amy Adams, Judith Collins and Simon Bridges. The only nominee I havent met is Amy Adams, the MP for Selwyn since 2008 and an experienced minister in the Key/English Government where 
Akubra hats are fantastic hats the best you can buy in Australia, and possibly the best in the world. These rough tough Aussie hats, which you can crunch up in a bag and theyll bounce back (better not to), go through a rainstorm and theyll dry out (theyll shrink a fraction) and keep the blazing sun off your fair Anglo-Saxon skin, are great hats.
I see people wandering around Bondi with trendy caps, straw hats, Panama hats and floppy hats, but nothing beats the Akubra.
As for Barnaby Joyce I hope he stays on as Australian Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Nationals. Barnaby is a goof-ball, thick as a brick, self-serving and possibly corrupt. But hes O so entertaining please stay on Barnaby Joyce purely for your unique highly entertaining out-there personality, and nothing else please stay
As for cheating on his wife and getting his much younger female staff member pregnant only Barnaby Joyce could do itgo Barnaby.
Jacinda Ardern has taken celebrity politics to a whole new level since. This began before she became Labour leader and Prime Minister. Her media management had already included celebrity style magazine coverage. That has continued, with the latest example being Ardern featuring in a US magazine, Vogue. In general the New Zealand media has both 
The hype surrounding the profit-potential associated with initial coin offerings (ICOs) is continuing to attract participation from Australian investors. Despite the potential to incur fast losses just as easily as fast profits, many Australians appear to be dabbling with casual cryptocurrency investment.
Initial Coin Offerings are attracting investment from ordinary Australians, with a recent report by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation describing the experiences of many investors actively trading the ICO markets.
Warren Stokes, a 58-year-old casual crypto investor, recounts being in...
Matthew Hooton wrote at NBR about the National party leadership challenge: Before they choose from Amy Adams, Simon Bridges and Judith Collins, National MPs may want to ask themselves some more fundamental questions. Its undoubtedly important which of the candidates has the best nose for the populist issues and potential scandals necessary to more quickly 
The indictments announced this week by the FBI special investigation into Russian interference into US elections have shown that probably some Russians did try to interfere in to 2016 election. This would hardly be a surprise, both the US and Russia have long records of interfering in the democracies of other countries. So the hoax 
Duncan Garner can see sense: Contemplating Judith Collins as Nationals next leader must have some in the caucus shaking in their sensible mid-priced shoes. If Collins is the answer as Nationals next leader then what the hell is the question again? The great white hope wears her ambition with pride. Her philosophy: Why step over someone 
ALBERT SCHRAM | Vice Chancellor, Papua New Guinea University of Technology
LAE To understand my predicament, people need to understand that allegations about my credentials reaching back to 2014 and 2015, and which were not an issue a year ago during my annual performance assessment, are the product of political infighting and nothing else.
The only ones who have treated me as a convicted criminal without giving me the benefit of the presumption of innocence are those who seem to have, for whatever reason, a personal interest in my removal.
With the gracious help of the press, I created an opportunity for the University Council to give me access to my personal file and provide me with a few more weeks to refute all the allegations in detail.
Regrettably, the Council seems impervious to any influence from outside: staff, press or students. All this has nothing to do with logic or the truth. The agenda was set in advance and seems to be driven by narrow personal interests.
My request to get an extension of time has been denied by Chancellor Jean Kekedo. I also received an email from Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr Ora Renagi to stay away from the office and all my requests to the Registrar to get access were not answered.
My question to the Registrar of whether a recent copy of my certified doctorate were available was never answered.
My case is going to focus on the Registrar not submitting key evidence that I complied with Councils request upon contract renewal in 2015 to produce a certified copy of my degree.
At this time, I had immediately sent an email, with a copy to the Registrar and Deputy Vice Chancellor, to the renowned European University Institute and asked that certified copies be sent to Lae and Cairns.
When the copy arrived in Lae, I walked to the Registrar with the envelope and gave it to her. With this, for me, the matter of my credentials was finished after having to deal with a stream of s...
It is common knowledge that the Earths rotation has been gradually slowing down with time, but what would happen if our planet suddenly came to a dead stop?
The world would shift into two very different environments, both resulting in devastation. Half of the earth would continuously face the suns fiery rays, while the other would remain in the depths of icy darkness. Though there would be a minimal twilight zone offering the best possible living conditions, it would in fact slowly creep around the earths circumference over the span of a year due to the suns natural orbit.
Assuming that the oceans were to remain intact and did not ice-over or vanish they would still experience the centripetal force. The fluidity and abnormal elevation of the earths body of water would increase.
The oceans would gradually migrate towards the poles. Eventually, there would be a huge mega-continent wrapped continuously around the Earth at the equator. You could travel around the Earth on the equator and stay entirely on dry land. The waters would shift into two very disconnected polar oceans on each side of the equatorial mega-continent.
In the north, Canada would be entirely underwater. And roughly following the line of the border of current-day USA and Canada, all of Greenland, as well as the northern plains of Siberia, Asia, and Europe would be underwater. But Spain would mostly stay above water.
On the other side of the equator, the new southern ocean would start roughly on a line running through current-day Canberra. Africa would be joined to Madagascar, while Australia would be joined to New Guinea and Indonesia.
It turns out that the underwater basin around the South Pole is much bigger than the one around the North Pole.
So the new southern ocean would be lower. Because its a bigger bowl with a greater capacity, its sea level would be about .86 miles lower than the sea level of the new northern ocean.
RNZs The House talks to Trevor Mallard and David Wilson on the thorny question of the rules for Question Time
National support stayed remarkably high throughout their three terms in government, barely changing when John Key stood down and Bill English took over. This was partly due to the performance of National voters tend to prefer steady, sound and predictable governance and partly due to the weakness of the Opposition, especially Labours failure 
A hunter who had a kangaroo in his gun's crosshairs had his jaw broken when the animal launched a pre-emptive strike. Joshua Hayden, 19, was out with his brother looking for wild animals to shoot in Western Australia when the attack happened, according to Australia's ABC News. The pair initially spotted three kangaroos, but one disappeared and the teenager put his head out of the window of the moving car to target the other two. The animal that had vanished then reappeared, charged at the car and attacked, reports said. "It actually collided with the side of the car and smashed the front window," Mr Hayden told ABC. "Then it bounced back onto me and headbutted me straight in the jaw."
Published in NBR, Friday, Feb 9,
but behind a paywall:
Why child poverty targets make no sense
The new coalition government intends to set targets to reduce the proportion of children living in low income homes, and impose them on future governments. It's feel-good stuff from a fledgling Prime Minister who's made fighting child poverty her own personal crusade.
It's feel-good but definitely fraught, and probably futile and foolish. Let me explain by way of example.
My family is 2,2 (two adults, two dependents). That's the coding description used in the Household Incomes Report, the official source of child poverty statistics.
For argument's sake, our income could be $100,000. Because, according to the report, "... a larger household needs more income than a smaller household for the two households to have similar standards of living... " a process called equivalisation is applied. That means $100,000 is scaled down to $50,000 for comparative data purposes.
Equivalised incomes provide the median from which thresholds are set. Children in poverty are usually deemed to live in households with incomes under the 60 percent threshold of the equivalised median.
Your eyes are glazing over.
But the point to make is that in 2017 our 2,2 family reduced to a 2,1 group after 1 left home to study in Dunedin. Immediately we got 'richer' due to the equivalisation process artificially bumping up our income.
In fact we got 'poorer' because 1 in Dunedin required more financial support than when part of our 'official' household.
The current statistical measurement does not capture what is actually happening in our household. We apparently got richer but actually got poorer. Of course this is just a one-off example of how surveyed statistics can't accurately measure what is happening in individual households.
At the macro level, let me pose a circumstance whereby children in poverty could also apparently get 'richer'.
The ageing population and reducing home ownership means that increasingly, more elderly will rely solely on Super. That means more will be poorer. As they move into statistical ranks of poverty, fewer children can occupy those ranks (remembering all measured poverty in New Zealand is relative).
The Household Incomes Report - a meticulous and honest piece of work - highlights how various circumstances can throw up misleading outcomes:
"...in times of good economic growth with rising real wages, rising employment and reducing unemployment, median income (and therefore the poverty lines which are simply a proportion of the median) can rise more quickly than the incomes in the lower parts of t...
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The seventh quiz of 2018 can still be attempted by scrolling down to February 14. Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into! Answers below. Which two American states feature in the titles of the following songs: Sweet Home Alabama, Hotel California. What is the family 
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Former students of South Auckland Middle School (completely off their own bat) decided to make and share this video on Facebook in response to Jacinda Arderns governments decision (as articulated by Education Minister Chris Hipkins in his recent press release) to close all Charter schools. We love South Auckland Middle School and the Foundation 
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Belief so far has prevailed that Terror, such as that expressed by those factions which ambition through bloodshed and plunder to create a system of governance they believe to be the expression of their Salafist faith, remains forever rooted within the Islamic world thus putting the onus on Islams many communities and territories.
While History indeed accounts to such truth the pages of our books still echo of the many battles, invasions, and persecutions nations have faced before Arab hegemons, Terror, that we experience today, is also rooted in colonialism; the expression of a socio-political malaise fallen empires failed to address, so quick were they to dismiss their responsibility vis a vis those communities which now populate their national landscape.
If Terrors militants have chosen to exert their wrath on Europes streets it is because Europe sits a designated enemy, the old enslaver and conqueror, who now, dictates and shapes geopolitical realities from afar. If Europe no longer sees itself as a colonial force, the former colonies have yet to outgrow such stigma.
As often in politics it is not so much how one sees oneself that matters but rather how others do. For better or for worse, rightly or wrongly, much of Africa and Asia look upon western capitals with reserve mixed with resentment latent anger and longing for retribution. Such sentiments are shared by those migrants who now call the West their home.
This may explain why France, more than its other European counterparts has suffered the brunt of this new perverse form of violence: Islamic terrorism.
Today France is home to the largest Muslim community in Europe, with more than 5 million people from North Africa, the Middle East, and the so-called Black Atlantic. If Frances colonial adventures are a thing of the past, it has yet to close the chapter on its long history or tradition, depending how one wishes to look at it, of violence with those communities it once ruled over.
This war, Andrew Hussley argues in his book: The French Intifada, began with Napoleons cynical aggression in Egypt in 1798, marking the start of a French lust for all things Oriental that culminated in the acquisition by force of Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco. All of this was conducted in the name of the mission civilisatrice (civilising mission), the historical destin...
The number of orangutans on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo plummeted between 1999 and 2015, according to a new report.
The population decreased by more than 140,000 over the period, scientists have deduced, and the causes range from land clearance for industrialised plantations to hunting.
The most severe population declines occurred in areas in which habitat had been removed, the researchers concluded. However, most orangutans were lost from forests, which, the scientists say, suggests that hunting is a major cause of the decrease in numbers.
The researchers say habitat degradation and loss is happening in response to the local and global demand for natural resources, including timber and agricultural products.
In their report, which was published in Current Biology, the researchers point to what they call the unsustainable use of natural resources.
They say their modelling indicates that, between 1999 and 2015, half of the Bornean orangutan population was affected by logging, deforestation, or industrialised plantations. They estimate that there were 1...
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