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Thursday, 22 February

00:49

Indonesia says Uncle Sam to lift last bans on Kopassus troops "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/us-to-lift-ban-on-indonesian-kopassus-troops/news-story/54a4128144e2d34cef1924f1a948e170

Indonesia says Uncle Sam to lift last bans on Kopassus troops

AMANDA HODGE,NIVELL RAYDA
The Australian12:00AM February 21, 2018
Indonesia says the US has undertaken to lift the remaining restrictions on engagement with Indonesias Kopassus special forces, ending a 19-year ban on the unit linked to civilian killings and human rights abuses in West Papua, Aceh and East Timor.

Former Indonesian military commander Moeldoko, now chief of staff to President Joko Widodo, said US ambassador Joseph Donovan had confirmed on Monday during a meeting at the presidential palace that the US would gradually lift the last restrictions on the military unit.

This follows a request last month from Defence Minister Ryacudu Ryamizard to his US counterpart Jim Mattis to end the ban, imposed in 1999, on US engagement with the unit.

Successive Indonesian governments have lobbied for the ban to be lifted, but have had only partial success despite support from the Pentagon. Former president Barack Obama in 2010 lifted the outright ban on US military contact with Kopassus, although its 6000 members are still banned from travelling to the US or training with US forces.

In a statement issued after Mondays meeting, General Moeldoko said Mr Donovan had emphasised the importance of co-operation between the two armed forces in preserving stability in the Asia-Pacific region and said the US intended to reopen the possibility of a military training co-operation, (beginning) with Kopassus.

But the US embassy in Jakarta appeared reluctant to confirm General Moeldokos statement yesterday, or give a time line for when US training of Kopassus might resume.

Instead an embassy spokesman said: As Secretary Mattis trip to Indonesia demonstrated, we are committed to deepening our defence co-operation with Indonesia and are seeking opportunities for further engagement in various areas. All engagement activities are conducted in accordance with US law.

We support Indonesias efforts to promote human rights and the rule of law, and we continue to discuss the importance of accountability for past abuses.

The move would be in line with the unveiling last month of a shift in US national security focus from counter-terrorism to contain the rising power of China and Russia.

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Wednesday, 21 February

23:20

Melbourne, Australia: Community Blockades MITA Detention Centre in Desperate Bid to Stop Deportation to Danger of Tamil Asylum Seeker "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

MITA

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MEDIA RELEASE 
February 22, 2018.
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Blockade happening now

Community Blockades MITA Detention Centre in Desperate Bid to Stop Deportation to Danger of Tamil Asylum Seeker.

Community members have blockaded the gates of MITA detention centre in Broadmeadows this morning in a desperate bid to stop the deportation of Tamil asylum seeker, Santharuban. Grave fears are held for him should he be returned to Sri Lanka.

As a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers), he faces plausible threat to his safety on return. Former Tiger members and returned Tamil refugees are routinely harassed, interrogated and some are subjected to torture by Sri Lankan security forces.

The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) has asked the Australian government to stop Santharubans deportation until it is able to perform an investigation. The Home Affairs Department has issued a deportation notice for the 22nd of February in spite of the UNCAT request.  https://mailchi.mp/eb163a47cfa0/the-un-should-oppose-australias-deportation-of-sant...

23:04

Record insurance payout for Tonga following Cyclone Gita "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

In the wake of Cyclone Gita, the government of Tonga received a US$3.5 million payout from the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) based on its insurance cover against tropical cyclones.

Funds were transferred after seven days of the cyclone event, providing the government with rapid-response financing to support disaster-relief efforts and effective service delivery to the affected areas

Tonga is one of five Pacific Island countries that purchased catastrophe risk insurance from PCRIC a regional catastrophe insurance platform that offers governments insurance cover against climate and seismic hazards, currently tropical cyclones and earthquake/tsunamis. PCRIC policies are, designed to payout within 10 days of a triggered event to provide immediate access to liquidity for disaster response.

Cyclone Gita reached its peak intensity as a Category 4 cyclone before making landfall on Tonga, which caused wide spread damage largely due to destructive wind strength.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the affected communities across the Pacific, said PCRIC Chief Executive, David Traill.

Despite the tragic circumstances, we are proud to have been able to provide rapid funding to the Tongan government within seven days of Gita making landfall which will provide immediate support for the Tongan government to meet the needs of local communities.

Cyclone Gita has reinforced the critical importance of a coordinated disaster management capability across the Pacific, and PCRIC stands as a critical support in ensuring governments can act quickly following disasters.

It is clear from the record size of the payout to Tonga that the increased level of coverage provided to Pacific Island countries through the establishment and capitalisation of PCRIC by our donor partners has made a postive impact on the support we are able to deliver to the Pacific Island region.

We would like to acknowledge the generous capital contributions made by the governments of Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America who have made this result possible, and the World Bank for their role in supporting the overall PCRAFI Programme.

PCRIC is committed to ongoing efforts to develop new products to increase the financial protection of governments against the impacts of climate change including drought, excess rainfall and other seismic hazards.

SOU...

23:02

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

210218GIZO UNDER CURVIEW TONIGHT
By Aloysius Laukai
As of this evening the Solomon Islands,Western Province Premier has issued a curfew for people in Gizo which started at 10 pm and till 6am.
All Liquor outlets to close including Schools in Gizo until further notice.
The escapees are still at large and the Premier has appealed to them to surrender voluntarily to authorities and discuss the situation according to our Melanesian culture.
Meanwhile, more Police reinforcements have also arrived in Gizo to contain the situation if the need arises and also to maintain law and order in and around Gizo.
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22:58

Brisbane Broncos Team to face PNG Hunters "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

WAYNE Bennett has pulled a surprise by naming Anthony Milford to play against the Hunters in Papua New Guinea on Saturday.

Milford will make a return from shoulder surgery off the bench in the match in Port Moresby.

Sam Scarlett will start in the halves alongside Kodi Nikorima, with Milford to join the fray at some stage of the game against the Intrust Super Cup champions of last year.



BRONCOS TEAM TO PLAY PNG HUNTERS
Saturday, 3.30pm (PNG time)

1. Jamayne Isaako
2. Jonus Pearson
3. James Roberts
4. Tom Opacic
5. Jordan Kahu
6. Sam Scarlett
7. Kodi Nikorima
8. Matt Lodge
9. Todd Murphy
10. Sam Thaiday
11. Alex Glenn
12. Matt Gillett
13. Josh McGuire
Interchange:
14. Anthony Milford
15. Joe Ofahengaue
16. Korbin Sims
17. Tevita Pangai
18. Jake Turpin
19. Corey Oates
20. Jaydn SuA
Coach: Jason Demetriou

Source: broncos.com.au / Photo: Broncos media 

22:28

SP PNG Hunters name 22-man squad for trial match against Brisbane Broncos "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

SP PNG Hunters coach Michael Marum has named a 22 man squad which will be trimmed down to 20 before their pre -season clash against the Brisbane Broncos on Saturday in Port Moresby.

He said many of the players including captain Ase Boas who was not named in the 22 are nursing niggling injuries and will be assessed over the next few days.

Stargroth Amean will captain the team for this match.

The 22 man squad is:

1. Stargroth AMEAN
2. Wawa PAUL
3. Adex WERA
4. Willie MINOGA
5. Brendon GOTUNA
6. Charlie SIMON
7. Watson BOAS
8. Moses MENINGA
9. Wartovo PUARA
10. Dilbert ISAAC
11. Nixon PUTT
12. John ANDY
13. Adam KORAVE
Interchange
14. Sailas GAHUNA
15. Enock MAKI
16. Patrick MOREA
17. Rhadley BRAWA
18. McKenzie YER
19. Junior RAU
20. Butler MORRIS
21. Edene GABBIE
22. Baundo ABA
(Two to be omitted)

Coach: Michael MARUM

The SP Hunters will have their Captains Run at 2.30pm on Friday at the National Football Stadium, Boroko.

22:24

Students hospitalized after been hit by PMV Bus "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Frustrated pedestrians at the 9-mile market in Port Moresby burnt a PMV Bus after it hit a student and bumped three taxi vehicles early this morning.

Eyewitnesses said angry commuters bashed the driver and his crew as police arrived on scene to calm the situation.
The eyewitnesses said the PMV bus lost control of its breaks as it made its way round the 9-mile roundabout to avoid hitting oncoming vehicles when it hit the student.

The bus was attempting to escape the scene when two police vehicles parked beside the market stopped it.
The student hit was rushed to Gerehu General Hospital whilst the driver and his crew were taken into custody by the police.

Meanwhile, residents at the 9-mile area have called on city authorities to look into setting up proper bus stops for commuters to avoid such an incident to happen again.
The frustrated residents said that responsible authorities should seriously look into setting up bigger and proper bus stops at the 9-mile area as most commuters risk standing along roadside to hop on PMV buses.  PNGFM

22:05

World watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

February 22 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1495 King Charles VIII of France entered Naples to claim the citys throne.

1632 Galileos Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems was published.

1732 George Washington, First President of the United States, was born  (d. 1799).

1744 War of the Austrian Succession: The Battle of Toulon started.

1797 The Last Invasion of Britain started near Fishguard, Wales.

1819 James Russell Lowell, American poet and essayist, was born  (d. 1891).

1819 By the Adams-Ons Treaty, Spain sold Florida to the United States for $US5m.

1847 Mexican-American War: The Battle of Buena Vista  5,000 American troops drove off 15,000 Mexicans.

1855 Pennsylvania State University was founded as the Farmers High School of Pennsylvania.

1856 The Republican Party opened its first national meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1857 Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, English founder of the Scout movement, was born (d. 1941).

1862 Jefferson Davis was officially inaugurated for a six-year term as the President of the Confederate States of America in Richmond, Virginia.

1879 Frank Woolworth opened the first of many of 5 and 10-centWoolworth stores.

1882 The Serbian...

21:06

China Plays Nuclear Football with US Delegation! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

While China has a reputation for playing psychological intimidation games with visiting political delegations, this incident, which occurred last November, went further than usual: US, Chinese officials scuffled over nuclear football during Trumps visit to Beijing By: Nicole Bauke A physical altercation erupted Nov. 9 when a Chinese security official attempted to bar a U.S. []

The post China Plays Nuclear Football with US Delegation! appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

21:04

Prepping: Billionaires Brace For The Apocalypse And New World Order "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This article was written by Mac Slavo and originally published at SHTFplan.com

In the event that the entire economy collapses and food and become scarce, billionaires are looking for high-end places to hold out and await the new world order.  Many billionaires are now preparing for the apocalypse, and their survival plans dont include anyone outside the global elites.

Peter Thiel, the billionaire behind PayPal, is among those tech giants who see New Zealand as a good place to go in the event of an apocalypse. New Zealand is seen as a particularly safe place for billionaires in the event of an apocalypse. In fact, Thiel has bought a $13.5 million 193-hectare section on the shores of Lake Wanaka, although the only building there at the moment is a barn (that can be seen).

According to the Mirror, plans show he is fitting a panic room in another property he owns in the country and he has been granted New Zealand citizenship in a streamlined process not available to normal (non-global elitists) members of the public. A rough and ready description of the attraction of New Zealand came last year in The New Yorker magazine, with LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman suggesting the country had become shorthand for apocalypse insurance in Silicon Valley.

In 2011, Thiel declared hed found no other country that aligns more with my view of the future than New Zealand. The country is more relaxed in terms of government than many places, has ample drinking water, and some of the worlds cleanest air.

Saying youre buying a house in New Zealand is kind of a wink, wink, say no more, Hoffman said. Once youve done the Masonic handshake, theyll be, like: Oh,...

21:03

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Picture of the earlier story on Bougainvilleans caught on Solomon Islands waters yesterday.

Gizo seized

20:46

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bougainville independence referendum need to be ready by December 2018

Papua New Guineas autonomous province of Bougainville will have to be ready and prepared for the independence referendum by December 2018, six months before the vote is taken.

Both the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government have set 16 June, 2019 as the referendum day for the island nation of just over 249,000 population.

Two aspects of the Bougainville Peace Agreement signed in 2001 need to be met before the referendum the creation of good governance structures and the disposal of any remaining weapons.

These conditions were highlighted by the acting director of Bougainville Affairs, John Avira while briefing Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Senior Officials in Port Moresby last week on Sunday.

We are working in partnership with the ABG and key stakeholders to ensure that Bougainville is weapons free by December, said Avira.

Key challenges identified 16 months before the proposed referendum includes electoral roll, question on the ballot paper, enrolment criteria, funding, security and awareness.

The PNG Constitution says the Referendum question or questions must be jointly agreed to by the two Governments after consultation. One option must be a choice of separate independence for Bougainville. There could be one question, asking whether voters support independence, yes or no. Or if the governments agree, the question could be two or more options.

An ABG factsheet clearly spells out that some options that might be considered are: 1. Continue the same level of autonomy as now 2. More autonomy than now 3. Free association with PNG 4. Independence to be gradually attained over a period of years 5. Immediate independence, if there is sufficient capacity in Bougainville and if agreed by the National Government 6. Deferring a decision on independence until after another referendum is held.

The two governments will research and consult to help decide and agree on the final question or questions, said Avira.

At the end of the exercise we want to see that peace must prevail.

The entity to conduct the referendum the Referendum Commission was set up over a year ago with a proposed budget of K20 million (US$6.2 million) but no appointments have been made to the Commission to oversee the independence referendum.

Solomon Islands has vested interest in the outcome of the referendum, said foreign affairs secretary, Peter Kenilorea.

We have a common crossing border between Bougainville and the Shortland Islands. Wed like to partners with the Government of PNG and the ABG in the referendum process.

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20:37

US admiral warns against preemptive strike on North Korea "IndyWatch Feed World"

North Korean soldiers march foto
Any first strike against North Korea may prove ineffective against retaliatory nuclear strikes, according to a retired US admiral. He called the notion of preemptive attack high risk and unpredictable.

Retired Admiral Dennis Blair, former head of the US Pacific Command (PACOM) and briefly the Director of National Intelligence, warned in a Guardian interview that an attack against the nuclear-armed state could carry disastrous consequences and that simply targeting North Koreas infrastructure would not be sufficient to destroy all missile launching sites.

With all the tunnels they have, with all of the difficulties of intelligence in that country, I dont think an American-South Korean strike [on the North] would have a high probability of taking out all of their nuclear capability and then youve left them with not only with nuclear capability but also an aggrieved sense of it, he cautioned.

Read more

Former US Secretary of Defense William Perry

The admiral also argued that launching a first strike would not guarantee success and preferred instead to maintain a multifaceted approach of sanctions and pressure.

[To] sneak up on them and give them a bloody nose, be unpredictable, I think is not correct for dealing with a country like North Korea, Blair said.

The Pentagons approach to North Korea came under question after a Federation of American Scientists report published in November 2017 brainstormed seven possible military options against Pyongyang.

Several other military personnel have criticized Washingtons strategy, highlighting that even defensive measure are not guaranteed to be effective.

Washingtons Terminally High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system boasts perfect success rates on intercepting missile attacks. However, ex...

20:35

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

POPUI ON CENTRAL BOUGAINVILLE SEAT RECOUNT
By Aloysius Laukai

The Buka Police Station Commander, Senior Sergeant John Popui says that Buka Police are preparing for the recount of the Central Bougainville votes as ordered by the National Court recently.
Senior Sergeant made this known to New Dawn FM today saying that POLICE would want the supporters to remain calm and not to cause disturbance during and after the re-count.
He recalled past experiences in which supporters the main Buka/Arawa highway was blocked by candidate supporters at the Red river bridge.
The BSC said that he wants the people to remain calm and wait for the final result at the re-count.

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20:08

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

POPUI ON CENTRAL BOUGAINVILLE SEAT RECOUNT
By Aloysius Laukai

The Buka Police Station Commander, Senior Sergeant John Popui says that Buka Police are preparing for the recount of the Central Bougainville votes as ordered by the National Court recently.
Senior Sergeant made this known to New Dawn FM today saying that POLICE would want the supporters to remain calm and not to cause disturbance during and after the re-count.
He recalled past experiences in which supporters the main Buka/Arawa highway was blocked by candidate supporters at the Red river bridge.
The BSC said that he wants the people to remain calm and wait for the final result at the re-count.

Ends

20:03

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

210218SITUATION TENSE ON THE BORDER BETWEEN SOLOMON ISLANDS AND BOUGAINVILLE
By Aloysius Laukai

Meanwhile, the situation on the border between Solomon islands and Bougainville is very tense after the 29 Bougainvilleans previously apprehended by Solomon Islands Police on Solomon islands waters escaped the Police compound last night.
According to Reports from Solomon Islands, they were apprehended but not arrested or charged.
According to a SIBC reporter, they got out of the Police compound last night and they have not located their whereabouts.

Ends

19:58

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"



29 Bougainvilleans apprehended for illegally entering Solomon waters

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Response Team has apprehended 29 Bougainvilleans today in the western province for allegedly entering the countrys border illegally.

Reports say, the men entered the countrys border Monday and were believed to be heading for Noro town in North New Georgia.

The men were travelling inside 3 boats and were intercepted by Patrol boat Auki at around 1pm Tuesday outside Vella La Vella Island.

They were transferred by the PRT with the assistance of Immigration Officials and were brought to Gizo town where they are now being kept under Police custody.

It is not clear why the men entered the country illegally, but communities in the western province believe the men were heading to Noro because of the recent death of a twenty year old boy believed to be part Bouganville and Shortlands, who died last month in the township, which is still under police investigations.

Meanwhile, Western Province Police Provincial Commander, Superintendent Mathias Lenialu refused to give further details regarding the incident.

He said the incident is now a national issue because the men entered the countrys waters illegally.

SIBC understands that no further charges were made, but police investigation is currently underway.

Ends

19:57

The latest comments on ARPANSAs site about Code for Radioactive Wastes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

James & Cindy Shepherdson   We feel very strongly that there should be no consideration at all of having any type of radioactive waste stored on agricultural land. ARPANSA also needs to take into consideration the social ramifications of any proposed site on any populated, productive land.

Janet Tiller Nuclear waste and food producing districts do not mix. I say no.
The whole process is flawed and one sided. The guidelines keep changing when the outcomes dont suit what the government are seeking.

Tiffany Congdon I am 100% against this proposal and my mind will never change. This whole process has turned a once thriving, peaceful and friendly town into a town of fighting, taking sides and the friendliness has definitely gone. I was born and bred in Kimba and I loved the community but this whole dump idea and how the town has divided was not something I wanted for my family so a few months ago we moved and we are the happiest we have been in a long time. This has made such a damaging impact!!!
Colleen Guidera  I am very much opposed to a Nuclear Waste Facility being built in the Kimba District or anywhere else in South Australia. Low level waste is hazardous for up to 300 years and Intermediate level waste is estimated to take tens of thousands years to decay. How can the Government guarantee it will be monitored? No amount of money or jobs is worth the stress and division in our community that the process so far has caused.

Graham Tiller   BROAD community support. Set figure 70% and dont change it.
Completely transparent and fair process a must.Not the present pathetic process. Not to be on any agriculture aquaculture and horticulture areas of food producing land. Food and nuclear wa...

19:48

Lobbyists and Labour advisers in Government "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Bryce Edwards has interesting coverage of the revolving door from lobbyist to Government to lobbyist again in Political Roundup: The Governments revolving door for lobbyists In many democracies, they call it the revolving door of influence whereby political insiders shift easily between government jobs or positions and lobbying work in the private sector. Its []

19:46

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


UN in PNG Condemns Acts of Violence against Journalists

Port Moresby, 21 February 2018: The United Nations System in Papua New Guinea is concerned by the alleged attacks on journalists in Lae, Morobe province, last Friday and call upon authorities to undertake prompt and effective investigations into the matter.

A free, uncensored, and unhindered media is the cornerstone of a democratic society, and we stand against violence against the media, in any form, said UN Resident Coordinator in PNG, Gianluca Rampolla.

The media should be able to operate without fear or favour, and enjoy media freedom as a basic human right as enshrined in the Constitution of Papua New Guinea and the International Human Rights Conventions which PNG has ratified, said Mr Rampolla.

As an important enabler for civic participation and empowerment, the media plays a central role in advancing development and human rights.

The attack on the journalists in Lae occurs three months before World Media Freedom Day. World Media Freedom day is annually observed on 3 May, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.




19:35

Palestine, israel, the US, and How the South Pacific Countries Are Selling Their Votes "IndyWatch Feed War"

Palestine, Israel, the US, and How the South Pacific Countries Are Selling Their Votes By Andre Vltchek Here it goes again! Several countries of Oceania (also known as South Pacific Nations), or however you want to call that vast, beautiful but thoroughly devastated part of the world, have voted for Israel, for the United States []

19:29

US intelligence lists Philippines President Duterte as threat to democracy in Southeast Asia More like China and Cambodia "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

 

President Rodrigo Duterte, in his speech during the 10th Biennial National Convention and 20th Founding Anniversary Celebration of the Chinese Filipino Business Club Inc. at the Manila Hotel on Feb. 19, 2018, insists that he has been doing what he can to fulfill his campaign promises.

Presidential photo/King Rodriguez
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Patricia Lourdes Viray (philstar.com) February 20, 2018 4:00pm

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MANILA, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, along with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, are among Southeast Asian leaders that pose a threat to democracy and human rights in the region, according to the US Intelligence Community.

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In its world threat assessment published last week, the US intelligence noted that democracy and human rights in many Southeast Asian countries will remain fragile this year.

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In the Philippines, President Duterte will continue to wage his signature campaign against drugs, corruption, and crime, the report read.

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Daniel Coats, Director of National Intelligence of the US, noted that Dutertes declaration of martial law in Mindanao has been extended until the end of 2018.

Duterte has suggested he could suspend the Constitution, declare a revolutionary government, and impose nationwide martial law, Coats said.

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In a congressional hearing last week, US Pacific Command commander Harry Harris Jr. said that Dutertes drug war have strained ties between the Philippines and the US.

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I...

19:00

hunters Hill residents still waiting on government to clean up uranium contaminated land "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Hunters Hill residents wary of latest announcement on uranium contamination, ABC News, 20 Feb 18, By Jade Macmillan

Residents on Sydneys lower north shore have dismissed the Governments latest plans to clean up land contaminated by a uranium smelter more than hundred years ago as a hollow promise.

Property Minister Victor Dominello announced $30 million to remediate the waterfront land on Nelson Parade in Hunters Hill, the former site of the Radium Hill refinery, which closed in 1915.

The area was also occupied by a carbolic acid plant until the early 1900s and a tin smelter until the 1960s.

Residents have spent decades urging the Government to remove the affected soil, which the NSW Environment Protection Authority found it was contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons, coal tar pitch, arsenic and lead.

Having this funding should give the community confidence that we are determined to remediate the site, Mr Dominello said, ahead of a public meeting of more than 200 residents on Tuesday night.

The Government is currently considering suitable disposal locations for the waste, and is in discussions with the Federal Government on the possibility of using the proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility earmarked for development in South Australia.

The minister did not provide a timeframe for the works and a site for the radioactive facility has not yet been selected.

Rosemary Manusu, 80, who has lived on Nelson Parade for more than 50 years, said she had little faith in the a...

18:48

Swedish court rules these nuclear waste containment canisters unsafe liable to corrosion. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

 

Are these the same sort of  canisters planned by the Australian Government for Kimba, South Australia?

Swedens problem is also our ...

18:38

Mark Parnell outlines The Greens environment policy for the coming South Australian election "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

At the South Australian State Election Leaders Forum on the environment South Australia: Our Future, I outlined the Greens vision for an environment that is clean, healthy and resilient.

Protecting South Australias environment means:

 100% renewable energy by 2025
 A healthy River Murray
 Valuing our wildlife and biodiversity
 Protecting the Great Australian Bight
 Opposing destructive and polluting industries
 Marine sanctuaries
 Investing in our National Parks and Reserves
 No nuclear waste dump 
 Enhancing urban open spaces and landscapes

18:31

Nuclear waste canisters will themselves eventually become toxic radioactive trash "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Paul Richards No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia, 20 Feb 18, Even if they were the to last not 4, 40, or worlds best practice type with the limited liability guarantee of a 100 years;

The canisters after any time period, create yet more nuclear waste, along with their toxic radioactive contents, that all have to be repackaged creating more nuclear material to be stored.

This process, of repackaging, whether its 4, 40, or a 100 years, goes on indefinitely.

To add another layer of complexity to this utterly illogical process, this waste grows exponentially over this indefinite timeline of essential care.

As nothing but steady decay into volatile, life-damaging radionuclides occurs, phasing from one type to the next. A process that literally is indefinite, unimaginable in human governance terms.  Even if no nuclear waste and unspent fuel are created by the nuclear cycle, of mining, milling, rod construction and the reactor outcomes, including decommissioning reactors.

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18:16

Is the promis of jobs worth the contamination of a communitys agricultural land ? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Paul Waldon  Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, An irresponsible, nuclear ignorant proponent of nuclear waste with no business acumen or idea of economics, once said to me If one person gets a job, its worth it. So would one job that cost the taxpayer millions, that creates a tourist void, promotes the impact of the forever atomic stigma, divides families and friends, enhances the risks of contaminating the environment, and invites death, to name but just a few issues, have a greater value?. If so, the people that are espousing a nuclear waste dump in Hawker of Kimba, dont seen perturbed about the future of these communities. https://www.facebook.com/groups/344452605899556/

18:10

The pretense that Lucas Heights nuclear spent fuel rods are an asset. No, they are wastes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Steve Dale  Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia   If France and others stop reprocessing our spent nuclear reactor fuel, some organisations will no longer be able to call it an asset.

The spent fuel rods at Lucas Heights can only sensibly be treated as high level waste. The pretence that spent fuel rods constitute an asset must stop from the Research Reactor Review, Future Reactions: Report of the Research Reactor Review, 1993

18:08

Australias shocking cruelty to Aboriginal people with disabilities: Solitary confinement "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The abuse of Aboriginal prisoners with disabilities in Australian jails is confronting, and ongoing.

In Part 3 of this special series for New Matilda, Michael Brull looks at the use of 
solitary confinement against disabled Aboriginal prisoners,
exposed in a report written by Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch (HRW) observes that under international law, solitary confinement means
confining a prisoner for 22 hours or more per day without meaningful human contact.
Prolonged solitary confinement occurs when solitary confinement is extended past 15 consecutive days.

HRW documents in its report that various specialists on international law
from various United Nations human rights organisations have found that under international law,
it is unacceptable to impose solitary confinement on people with disabilities
under any circumstances.

Read Part 3 of MichaelBrulls interesting, thought-provoking, comprehensive, compassionate & concerned article
focusing on the SolitaryConfinement of AboriginalPeopleWithDisabilities:

newmatilda.com/2018/02/19/behind-bars-part-3-australias-shocking-cruelty-aboriginal-people-disabilities-solitary-confinement/

18:06

Britains Local Governments support deep disposal of higher-level radioactive waste "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

GDF Watch (accessed) 19th Feb 2018, The Local Government Associations special interest group on radioactivewaste, NuLeAF, explain why the UKs Local Authorities support geological
disposal, and set out their expectations of Government policy. Guided by a
government White Paper published in 2014, the Geological Disposal Facility
(GDF) will be the repository for the UKs higher-level radioactive waste.

It will involve the construction of a highly-engineered facility many
hundreds of metres below the surface and spreading out over several
kilometres. Once all the waste has been placed in the site it will be
permanently sealed.

Given the nature of the material being disposed of, and
the scale o...

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

RNZ Jesse Mulligan talks political lobbying "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This topic is very timely.

There are a number of issues to be considered here.

Jesse Mulligan took a look at this today in this segment on his RNZ programme with Bryce Edwards

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/aft-20180221-1427-whats_the_deal_with_political_lobbyists-128.mp3

However, yesterday Adam posted on this topic as well referencing this post at Croaking Cassandra

A debate on this issue is worth having but, we should not stumble into a solution that does not really address the situation, for example attitudes espoused by the Greens in the recent past.

15:30

Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Would you rather the general public think you are a horrible person but your family be very proud of you or your family think you are a horrible person but the general public be very proud of you? Discuss:

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15:01

Armageddon Ash Cloud "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

A volcanic eruption on the island of Sumatra has thrown a colossal ash cloud into the sky above western Indonesia.

A plume of volcanic debris measuring more than four miles (7km) in length sprang from the mouth of Mount Sinabung on the northern part of the island on Monday afternoon, sparking widespread travel disruption amid an aviation red notice and airport closures. The alert prohibits airlines from flying over parts of the country with significant amounts of ash in the atmosphere. No casualties have yet been reported.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorologys Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VACC) has issued maps showing the ash cloud moving out in three separate directions from Sinabung to the north, northwest and south-southeast. Sinabung is around 47 miles south-west of Kualanamu International Airport in Medan.

Speaking to Reuters, a spokesman for Indonesias National Disaster Mitigation Agency said a four-mile exclusion zone had been set up around the crater, and that the public are being asked to watch out for weather warnings.

Mount Sinabungs most destructive eruption occurred in 2014, killing more than a dozen people and displacing thousands of others. The volcano had been thought to be dormant, having last erupted around four hundred years ago.

Mount Agung, on the island of Bali to the south, has also been active for a number of months. Indonesia sits on the Ring of Fire, a 40,000km horseshoe-shaped area covering the circumference of the Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

Reprinted from RT News.

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14:30

Politically incorrect truth teller of the week "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Shazia Hobbs was brought up in a polygamist Pakistani household and now champions the rights of girls especially those caught up in Muslim culture. As an ex Muslim she writes some very good pieces at dreamingofsunshine about the neighbourhoods she grew up in and the culture that still pervades in them. My account was suspended []

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14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Finnimbrun  a knick-knack, trifle or trinket.

14:00

There is nothing positive about discrimination "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission promotes the racism of lower expectations whereas what the Charter schools in New Zealand are doing for Maori and Pasifika students is the complete opposite. They set high expectations and support their students to achieve them. Maori and Pasifika inside Charter schools are able to work to their full []

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13:30

New Zealand will be next "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The left promotes diversity at the same time as supporting segregation for their favourite minority groups. If we are to be accepting of each other as an inclusive society and become one people as New Zealanders or Australians then we must strongly reject any attempts to segregate us using identity politics. MORE LEFT-WING SEGREGATION OF SOCIETY First []

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12:55

Revised TPP-11 text is largely unchanged: independent assessment and Senate Inquiry needed "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Media release, February 21 2018: The new text of the revised and rebranded Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership between Australia and 10 other countries without the US contains minor additional change since last November. Some other governments have demanded further changes, but the Australian government has not, Dr Patricia Ranald, AFTINET Convener said today.

The additional published text is only nine pages, with some changes from Canada to the non-binding preamble that mention cultural identity, indigenous rights and gender equity, but these are aspirational only, and will not affect the legally binding provisions in the rest of the agreement. There are also the 20 clauses which were suspended in November 2017 pending the US rejoining the deal.

The new text does not include new side letters between specific countries that were signaled when the text was finalised in January. It is not clear whether these will be released later.

Many of the most harmful clauses remain. The deal still includes special rights for foreign investors to bypass national courts and sue governments for millions of dollars in unfair international tribunals over changes to domestic laws, known as ISDS, said Dr Ranald.

The Australian government has not sought changes to provisions for more vulnerable temporary migrant workers, from Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Canada Mexico and Chile without testing if local workers are available. This is contrary to its own claims to have reintroduced such testing. There have been no changes to the chapters on trade in services and state-owned enterprises which could restrict future governments from re-regulating essential services like TAFE, energy and financial services, even if there are demonstrated market failures.

Dr Ranald explained that the 20 suspended clauses are mostly about medicine and copyright monopolies. Other governments had only reluctantly agreed to US proposals on stronger m...

12:45

The Classic Joni Mitchell "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

One of the best, possibly the best the purity of the voice in those early years and the imagery conjured up by the songs

12:43

Sea Wall Progress "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

SH1 Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay repair work progressing well.  NZ Transport Agency is advising commuters that State Highway 1 between Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay remains down to one lane as ongoing emergency repairs continue to the sea protection. Senior Journey Manager Neil Walker says the damage inflicted by ex-cyclone Gita washed away the cycle-lane, footpath []

12:30

Ramadan: its as Swedish as Ikea and pickled herring "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

After 1000 years, Sweden is leaving Christendom, and becoming part of Dar el-Islam, the House of Islam. After years of being Dar el-harb, the House of War, where Muslim mobs battle the state authorities, Sweden seems to be finally, cravenly conceding submission to Islam. Already tacitly under the yoke of sharia who would dare []

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12:30

Another day, another review some questions? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Hipkins, announces:-

The entire education system, from pre-school until adult education, could be completely overhauled, bringing in the biggest changes to the system in decades.

The way schools are governed by a board of trustees making community-based decisions could be scrapped: Tomorrows Schools, a 1980s Labour Party policy is up for review.

So too is NCEA, early education, school property, learning support and how the school system responds to diverse needs, including the technology and skills needed in the 21st century.

So we now have a review/ Adam accepts this; but:-

  • after nine years in opposition Labour need another review group
  • Hipkins was very vocal on what was wrong in education when in opposition, now he needs a review
  • for years under Labour NCEA was the way to go, now it is wrong
  • without a review charter schools had to go,
  • is this a way of fending off union pressure for a while
  • composition of the review group will be crucial

Subject to being proved wrong this smacks of political correctness and political expediency, rather than a focus on children

12:18

28 papers stuffed "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Stuff has announced its ditching 28 of its papers:

The full list of titles being closed is:

AvenuesWaikato FarmerAdmire MarlboroughNZ Dairy FarmerDiscover MagazineSelwyn and Ashburton OutlookAdmire NelsonHastings MailChristchurch MailNapier MailThe TribuneKaikoura StarInvercargill EyeAuto XtraSouth Canterbury HeraldClutha LeaderWaiheke MarketplaceNewsLinkWairarapa NewsQueenstown MirrorNZ FarmerWaitaki HeraldCanterbury FarmerNorth Waikato NewsCentral District FarmerRotorua ReviewOtago Southland FarmerRuapehu Press.

This is very tough for the people whose jobs are at risk.

There might be opportunities for someone to take over some of the titles but print media is not a growing business and rural media is a very crowded space.

We knew farming was in resurgence when the letterbox started filling up with give-aways.

We now get several free rural papers a week, sometimes three or more in a day.

If we dont have time to read them when they come they often go out barely read or unread because at least another has come before we get back to them.

12:15

A reader reminded Adam "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The always estimable Homepaddock reminded Adam after his post on Winstons crowning that this song might well have been a good choice. On reflection it would have been better.

12:13

Emergency Sea-Wall Repairs "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Damage to SH1 sea protection causing delays The NZ Transport Agency is making emergency repairs to the sea protection on State Highway 1 between Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay following damage sustained during ex-cyclone Gita.http://kapitiindependentnews.net.nz/emergency-sea-wall-repairs-2/ NZ Transport Agency Senior Journey Manager Neil Walker says one lane of the road is currently open to traffic in both []

12:00

Map of the day: Most popular migrant destinations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

[] You can learn about the data from the UNs explanatory notes. For similar dataset you can also look at the World Bank Global Bilateral Migration Database. [] the UK is not the most popular destination for any Eastern European country except Lithuania. The top destination for Brits is Australia, and the UK is the most attractive []

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12:00

You Need To Hear These FAA Tapes From That Oregon UFO Incident That Sent F-15s Scrambling "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

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 dealt with in real time.

By Tyler Rogoway

Last November, The War Zone posted an exclusive story detailing a bizarre incident involving an unidentified aircraft that transited the skies of the Pacific Northwest in the early evening of October 25th, 2017. What started as a radar target moving at very high speed over Northern California turned into a series of eyewitness accounts made by nearby airline pilots traveling northward over Oregon. Even F-15 fighters were launched to intercept the mysterious intruder that quickly became invisible to radar.

Now, through the Freedom of Information Act, we present what could be one of the most insightful instances of official documentation surrounding such an encounter that had already been confirmed to have occurred by both the FAA and the USAF. These materials include fascinating audio recordings of radio transmissions and phone calls made as the incident was unfolding, as well as pilot interviews, and conversations between FAA officials made in the aftermath of the highly peculiar incident.

For proper context, make sure to first read our original post linked here detailing the event, how our report came to be in the first place, as well as the rare confirmations as to its authenticity from both the FAA and the USAF. Below is also a short explainer video that will give you a basic overview of the incident.

Fast forward three months later, and now we have so much more evidence that ad...

11:45

BUGGER THE POLLS, KNOCK IT DOWN. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



Prime Minister in waiting, my arse.
National need a leader who will systematically demolish the CoL every time they move, better still, before they get up.

The tired old Socialists only needed an Image and then were anointed by another tired old man well past his use by date,  intent only on revenge and self seeking advantage for himself. The carcass was still the ineffectual cloth cap spend opms bunch of yesterdays people now led by people who had never worked for reward based on performance or created a single dollar, theoreticians and union blood suckers.
Sheesh Ardern was only PM in waiting for a few weeks and NZ is still waiting for her to emerge from behind the cardboard cutout five months after the election.

Adams and  Bridges are too intent on pleasing all, all the time,  in the poll driven Key mold. Mitchell might  have his time and Joyce is tainted. If any further understanding of his failure was needed, just remember his monumental stuff up in the Northland By-election that restored the body of the Dwarf waiting for embalming before interment, in a resurrection not recorded since Jesus got Lazarus running again.
Political leadership needs someone unafraid to make bold decisions in ways before Sir Humphrey Appleby  destroyed Statesmen and replaced them with 'courageous'. Nigel Hawthorne's character was designed to be humorous but now that new  reality has become the norm, it is not funny.

National are in opposition and need Collins to expose all the foibles and mistakes that are in an avalanche of stupid,  to a level that the Media Party cannot ignore,  winning the next election can wait.

The Dwarf is a reminder of how the Soviets could keep a figurehead in apparent full function when the only person left still wondering was the Kremlin embalmer.

Opposition is a different beast from Government and the little people have no understanding of anything approaching the idealistic "government in waiting" m...

11:43

QotD: Sound Money "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"It is impossible to grasp the meaning of the idea of sound money if one does not realise that it was devised as an instrument for the protection of civil liberties against the despotic inroads on the part of governments. Ideologically it belongs in the same class with political constitutions and bills of rights."
~ Ludwig Von Mises, on The Principle of Sound Money
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11:34

On being there "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I flick a switch and zoom in to my childhood home, which I sold recently after my parents were taken ill. I look into our former backyard and see my father there. I try to get closer but I am repelled by the absolute limits of the zoom function. Dads face is duly blurred but he is walking purposefully. There is no sign of the broken hip that made him reliant on a walking frame, no sign of the

11:30

Nirav Modi Scam: Jaitley Wants Banks, Auditors to Introspect But Not FinMin, PMO "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The finance minister suggested the fraud represented a failure of public sector bank managements to use their autonomy responsibly.

File photo of finance minister Arun Jaitley. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: When the Rs 11,400 crore Nirav Modi case broke a week ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and finance minister Arun Jaitley stayed silent even as they fielded ministers and party spokespersons to blame the opposition Congress for the scam. On Tuesday, Jaitley broke his silence, choosing this time a new set of targets   the management of the Punjab National Bank, its internal and external auditors, chartered accountants and unnamed supervisory agencies.

Though the Reserve Bank of India arguably comes under the last category, Jaitley refrained from naming the central bank whose leadership has spent the bulk of the past year and a half firefighting on the demonetisation front.  Nor did he mention his own ministry, which has nodal responsibility for banking, or the prime ministers office, which received early warning about the scam underway back in 2016.

Addressing the annual meeting of the Association of Development Financial Institutions in Asia and Pacific upon his return from a two day visit to Saudi Arabia, Jaitley said that his government would chase down...

11:30

A complaint has been made to the Auditor General about Jacinda Arderns government "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The National party released the following press release yesterday: Complaint to Auditor-General regarding partnership schools Nationals Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye has today sent a letter to the Auditor-General outlining potential issues for her to investigate regarding the Governments handling of the impending closure of partnership schools. I want to stress that I while I believe []

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11:14

Global sea level to rise by up to 1.2 metres despite Paris agreement, say scientists "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Global sea levels are set to rise dramatically, threatening the homes of some 100 million people, even if the strictest greenhouse gas emissions targets are met, according to a new study.

The research, compiled by climate scientists from a number of international institutions, analysed the long-term impacts of different emission levels and concluded oceans will rise by over one metre even if the world sticks to the Paris agreement.

Overall, the researchers estimated a global rise of between 0.7 and 1.2 metres adding that if emissions are not curbed as soon as possible it will be even greater.

More than 100 million people are currently thought to live within one metre of the high tide level.

The Paris agreement was signed by nearly 200 countries including the US under former president Barack Obama's administration in December 2015. Donald Trump has since begun the process of withdrawing the US from the deal.

It calls for emissions to peak as soon as possible before going into decline, in an effort to limit the increase in global average temperatures to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5C.

The new research lays out the consequences of delaying the action it specifies.

According to the analysis, for every five years this peak is delayed after 2020, an extra 20cm can be added to estimates for global sea-level rise.

Although the projections look far ahead to 2300, the scientists emphasised the dramatic impact short-term greenhouse gas emissions in coming decades would have on sea levels for centuries to come.

Our results show that there are quantifiable consequences of delaying action, said Dr Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, a researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and one of the studys co-authors.

For millions of people around the world living in coastal areas, every centimetre can make a huge difference to limit sea-level rise risks, immediate CO2 reduction is key."

The atmosphere can respond relatively quickly to changes in greenhouse gas emissions, meaning global surface temperatures can probably be stabilised or even reduced if drastic cuts are introduced.

However, the ocean is far slower in its response.

Man-made climate change has already pre-programmed a certain amount...

11:14

East Sepik governor dispatches police to arrest rogue miners "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Radio New Zealand | 21 February 2018

The Governor of Papua New Guineas East Sepik province has dispatched police to detain a company looking to mine without landowner approval.

Allan Bird, who was elected six months ago, said he was trying to improve the governance around resource extractive projects in his province.

He said his administration was ready to support landowners in any action they would like to take in protecting their traditional tribal land.

Two days ago we had a ship go up the Sepik river with all kinds of equipment to go and mine a gold mine somewhere up in Angoram, in a place called Keram LLG (Local Level Government area). The landowners came and complained.

Today I dispatched 15 police officers to actually go there and arrest these people and bring them to Wewak and we can figure out whats what.

Mr Bird said he checked with PNGs Mining Minister about the Keram mining concern who didnt know anything about it.

11:13

29 Bougainvilleans apprehended for illegally entering Solomon waters "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Response Team has apprehended  29 Bougainvilleans today in the western province for allegedly entering the countrys border illegally.

Reports say, the men entered the countrys border Monday and were believed to be heading for Noro town in North New Georgia.

The men were travelling inside 3 boats and were  intercepted by Patrol boat Auki at around 1pm Tuesday outside Vella La Vella Island.

They were transferred by the PRT with the assistance of Immigration Officials and were brought to Gizo town where they are now being kept under Police custody.

It is not clear why the men entered the country illegally, but communities in the western province believe the men were heading to Noro because of the recent death of a twenty year old boy believed to be part Bouganville and Shortlands, who died last month in the township, which is still under police investigations.

Meanwhile, Western Province Police Provincial Commander, Superintendent Mathias Lenialu refused to give further details regarding the incident.

He said the incident is now a national issue because the men entered the countrys waters illegally.

SIBC understands that no further charges were made, but police investigation is currently underway.

SOURCE: SIBC/PACNEWS

11:12

IS THIS THE BEGINNING OF THE END FOR THE PRINT MEDIA? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The news that Fairfax is to close or try and sell 28 newspapers it owns in New Zealand begs the obvious question as to whether there will be any print media other than the four 'big' (and shedding customers by the day) metropolitan daily newspapers left in the country ten years out.

For myself and I think they're all likely to be going the same way as the cheque book.

For the record the newspapers in question are Avenues, Waikato Farmer, Admire Marlborough, NZ Dairy Farmer, Discover Magazine, Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook, Admire Nelson, Hastings Mail, Christchurch Mail, Napier Mail, The Tribune, Kaikoura Star, Invercargill Eye, Auto Xtra, South Canterbury Herald, Clutha Leader, Waiheke Marketplace, NewsLink, Wairarapa News, Queenstown Mirror, NZ Farmer, Waitaki Herald, Canterbury Farmer, North Waikato News, Central District Farmer, Rotorua Review, Otago Southland Farmer, Ruapehu Press.

Not to worry though.   Even if every newspaper in the country were to fold I'm sure the Gummit would come to the rescue with a broadsheet to be distributed 'free' to every household telling us what the Gummit thinks we ought to know.


11:02

Donald Trump: Making America Great or Keeping America Poor? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Twenty-six years ago the Soviet Union collapsed under the weight of its military commitments, its oppressive surveillance bureaucracy, and its regimes loss of legitimacy. That experience has lessons for Trumps America writes Ian McAuley.

The Cold War, an arms race set against the backdrop of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD), started and ended in Berlin.

Its start was the Soviet Unions blockade of Berlin in 1948, followed a year later by the first successful Soviet test of a nuclear bomb. Its end, or at least the beginning of its end, was the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, followed two years later by Mikhail Gorbachevs announcement of the Soviet Unions dissolution.

Americas Republicans, and the political right throughout the world, portrayed the Soviet Unions collapse as a victory of capitalism over socialism. Francis Fukuyama even said it heralded the end of history.

But the Soviet Union had been socialist in name only. Socialist idealism had died with Stalins rise in 1929, and the country rapidly morphed into a class-stratified society, with a chasm between the privileged class enjoying the spoils of nomenklatura and the masses living in miserable conditions and under the oppression of a surveillance state.

A more compelling explanation for the Soviet Unions collapse is the economic burden of its military and security apparatus.

A file image of a Russian warship (IMAGE: Christopher Michel, Flickr).

The Soviet Union had been on the victorious side in Europes war of 1939 to 1945, but it paid a huge price. Hitlers Wehrmacht had laid waste to the countryside all the way to the edge of Moscow. In re-taking its territory, and pushing all the way into the German heartland, the Red Army did the heavy lifting in defeating Nazism. While America provided the armaments for the victory, the Soviet Union provided the infantry.

In that war the United States and Britain between them lost one million lives, while the Soviet Union lost 25 million lives. At the end of the war the Soviet Union still faced its enemies along long land borders, while America and Britain went...

11:02

Leaders to focus on digital economy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Sharing the benefits of growth and embracing the digital economy are key themes that have been discussed and will be discussed at the upcoming senior Asia-Pacific business leaders meeting.

But ABAC chair for 2018, David Toua said that growth is clearly essential but not a sufficient condition for secure and prosperous communities. At its first of four meetings for 2018, the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) welcomed the forecasts for strong regional growth, noting the IMF prediction that Asia-Pacific GDP would expand by 5.4 per cent this year, far outstripping the rate of 2 per cent in advanced economies. We need to look closely at our economies policies to ensure that people can actually take advantage of the opportunities that growth brings. Harnessing inclusive opportunities is a key mantra for this year, Mr Toua said.

He said that a second big focus was the digital economy.

We have created a new working group to focus specifically on digital and innovation issues.

The digital economy is growing exponentially. We are seeing a surge of disruptive business models. Even in traditional sectors like agriculture and manufacturing, innovative technologies, digital services, fintech and e-commerce are now central.

Importantly, the digital economy provides a springboard for small business, women and other disadvantaged groups to take part in trade and connect around the region. But we cannot realise the full potential of a Digital Asia-Pacific without putting resources and energy into countering the digital divide that risks leaving the most vulnerable behind. In all economies, we also need to nurture a future-ready workforce. That means putting in place the right settings for digital infrastructure, skills and education, and region-wide digital business- friendly regulation, said Mr Toua.

ABAC members had welcomed the recent conclusion of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership by 11 APEC economies, Mr Toua noted that the agreement was seen as one of the key pathways to an eventual integrated Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific.

Other priorities discussed included improving connectivity; structural reform especially in the services sector; reducing trade and investment barriers; facilitating and creating opportunities for micro, small and medium enterprises; strengthening financial systems, and grappling with issues around sustainable growth such as food and energy security.

...

11:00

Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis takes a leaf out of ex-PM John Keys book "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Does anyone in Labour remember these cartoons? They mocked John Key for saying that when he communicated with our Editor he did so in his personal capacity, not as the Prime Minister. (Camerons father is ex-National Party President John Slater, who was the person responsible for recruiting John Key). Now that the boot is on the []

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10:44

How the elite profit while a nation suffers their incompetence "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Port Moresby, a city where the elite profit while the rest suffer the consequences of their incompetence

PNG Exposed | 19 February 2018

Imagine a company that is in debt, heavily in debt and still racking up more losses.

Imagine a company that in 2016 alone lost over K354 million.

Imagine a company where the total liabilities exceed the total assets by more than K218 million.

Imagine that this is a company set up by the government to manage a nations interests in its abundant mineral resources.

Now imagine no more and say hello to Kumul Minerals Holdings Limited, formerly Petromin PNG Holdings Limited.

The figures above are from Kumul Minerals Holdings latest Annual Return, which is for the 2016 financial year.

How could a company that, according to Statute, is supposed to be the commercial enterprise that participates in mineral exploration, development, production, processing and marketing activities,on behalf of the State be...

10:30

So now its all about ability "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A South Island principal says some boys are missing out because of a lack of male primary school teachers. But the Ministry of Education says its about the quality of teaching, not the gender of the teacher. Really? About quality teaching now is it? []The Kaitangata Primary School teacher says your gender doesnt make you []

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10:25

Suspect in Food World Shooting in Port Moresby to be charged "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


The suspect responsible for the shooting of a foreign security personnel at the Boroko Food World Supermarket in Gordons Port Moresby last Thursday will be charged for willful murder and attempted murder, according to NCD's top cop Perou N'Dranou.


NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Perou N'Dranou said the suspect will be charged with one count of willful murder and two counts of attempted murder while investigations advance into the motive of the shooting.

Mr. N'Dranou however expressed his disappointment at a video footage leaked on social media saying the footage may disrupt police investigations into the incident.

Mr. NDranou described the video leaked on social Media (FB) as unethical and wrong.

The video posted is unethical and wrong and is against the law for me to use, and thats were this will disrupt investigations because it will be a public document once it reaches court, said NDranou.

NDranou said they have advanced investigations into the incident after receiving reports from the Philippines embassy.

He added that police cannot pre-empt the motive behind the incident but will await investigations to take its process to determine the real cause of the shooting. PNGFM/PNG Today

10:22

Oral questions: 21st February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Credit: Woolf Photography via parliament.nz Questions to Ministers Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Governments policies? Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence in the policy advice he receives? JAN TINETTI to the Minister of Education: How does the Government propose to go about making changes to the education system? 4. []

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10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo is of Pahi on the Kaipara Harbour, looking south. On a clear night, you can see the glow of the lights from Auckland. VFYW-Whaleoil If you think that you have the perfect competition photo please send it to window@whaleoil.co.nz.  Put Competition photo in the subject line. We need []

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10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Farmers face hefty riparian planting bills Robin Martin:

Taranaki farmers could face hefty bills as the regional council toughens enforcement of its riparian planting programme to clean up waterways.

The council has begun auditing more than 1700 dairy farms and now says their plans for planting along riverbanks and streams must be completed by 2020.

Taranakis riparian planting programme the largest in the country has received international recognition and is has been credited with improving water quality. . . 

NAIT problems stymie M. bovis response Nigel Malthus:

Federated Farmers president Katie Milne says farmers problems in complying with NAIT (National Animal Identification and Tracing) have slowed the response to Mycoplasma bovis.

NAIT could be a lot easier to use, she says.

While it works well for recording animals arriving at a processing works, there are apparent breakdowns in compliance when farmers are transferring stock among themselves. . .

Robotics opportunities in forestry being explored

Forest safety, improving productivity and getting workers off the felling site has been a major push for forestry managers, forest owners, logging contractors and equipment suppliers to modify their wood harvesting operations over the last few years. Another major driver to increased mechanisation has been the skilled machine operator shortages that many forestry companies are now currently facing. The ultimate goal of the industry is to have no worker on the slope, or no hand on the chainsaw.

Technology development and the pace of change over the last couple of years, in keeping with other industries, has been rapid and exciting for the forestry industry. Recent research is suggesting that by 2019, 35% of leading organizations will be exploring the use of robots to automate operations. Forestry isnt any different. In fact, the switch is already underway. . .

09:48

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 110 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The eighth quiz of 2018.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers on Sunday.   What is a billabong?   Which 20th century US president had the middle name Milhous?   Bob Jones recently wrote: as there are no full-blooded Moris in existence it indisputably follows that []

09:30

Fat people were first, lets talk about the rest "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In the spirit of the Valentines Day season I have decided to continue the discussion of my last article about people who store too much chocolate in their stomachs 365 days of the year and other people like them. My previous article Time To Tax Fatties? was one of those pieces that sparked all three []

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09:30

A Song for Winston on his crowning "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Following universal acclaim by his coven, Adam thought this celebratory anthem appropriate

09:25

Seas will rise a metre even if goals met "IndyWatch Feed World"

Sea levels will rise between 0.7 and 1.2 metres in the next two centuries even if governments end the fossil fuel era as promised under the Paris climate agreement, scientists say.

Early action to cut greenhouse gas emissions would limit the long-term rise, driven by a thaw of ice from Greenland to Antarctica that will re-draw global coastlines, a German-led team wrote in the journal Nature Communications.

Sea level rise is a threat to cities from Shanghai to London, to low-lying swathes of Florida or Bangladesh, and to entire nations such as the Maldives in the Indian Ocean or Kiribati in the Pacific.

By 2300, the report projected that sea levels would gain by 0.7-1.2 metres, even if almost 200 nations fully meet goals under the 2015 Paris Agreement, which include cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero in the second half of this century.

Ocean levels will rise inexorably because heat-trapping industrial gases already emitted will linger in the atmosphere, melting more ice, it said.

In addition, water naturally expands as it warms above four degrees Celsius.

The report also found that every five years of delay beyond 2020 in peaking global emissions would mean an extra 20 centimetres of sea level rise by 2300.

Sea level is often communicated as a really slow process that you cant do much about but the next 30 years really matter, lead author Matthias Mengel, of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, told Reuters.

Governments are not on track to meet the Paris pledges.

Global emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas emitted by burning fossil fuels, rose last year after a three-year plateau.

US President Donald Trump, who doubts human activities are the prime cause of warming, plans to quit the Paris deal and instead promote US coal, oil and natural gas.

Maldives Environment Minister Thoriq Ibrahim, who chairs the 44-member Alliance of Small Island States, said Tuesdays findings showed a need for faster action to cut emissions, especially by rich nations.

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09:03

Joyce clearly not going anywhere-Cormann "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Finance minister Mathias Cormann. Image from econews.com

The Turnbull government needs to move on from the furore surrounding Barnaby Joyce, who clearly doesnt plan on going anywhere, cabinet minister Mathias Cormann says.

The soon-to-be acting prime minister was laying out the coalitions plans on Wednesday amid ongoing questions about the future of Mr Joyce, who is on personal leave after his extramarital affair with a former staffer was revealed.

When it was put to him that Mr Joyce was not going anywhere, Senator Cormann replied: That is clearly what he is saying.

We just keep doing the job that we were elected to do, do the best we can to secure more jobs and higher wages, he told Nine Network.

Mr Cormann said the nation needed to move on from the saga.

We must move on. The country wants us to move on, we must move on, we need to focus on the things we were elected to do, he said.

Our next priority is to get our business tax cuts through the Australian Senate so that Australian businesses can be globally competitive.

Mr Joyce is defying anyone suggesting he stand down as Nationals leader in the wake of the breakdown of his 24-year marriage and relationship with Vikki Campion who is having his baby.

WA Nationals state leader Mia Davies issued a statement on Tuesday telling Mr Joyce, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, to go.

Mr Joyces actions have caused pain for his family but it is the ongoing damage Mr Joyce is causing the Nationals organisation that is of greatest concern to me as WA leader, she said.

Mr Joyce pointing out that WA didnt have any federal MPs and that the eastern states, which had more skin in the game, supported him.

I find it surprising that a federal issue has so much momentum in the west, when people in the east in the National Party have, in the majority, a different view, he said.

While the WA branch does not have any federal MPs it was second only to the NSW branch in raising political donations last financial year, receiving $1.79 million.

The NSW and Victorian Nationals both say the federal leadership is a matter for federal MPs.

Further commentary on this issue in the public domain is unhelpful, the NSW branch said in a st...

09:00

Cartoon of the day by SonovaMin "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

All cartoons as seen exclusively on Whaleoil are available to buy as prints directly from SonovaMin.com  

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08:55

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

FREE TO THE PUBLIC THIS FRIDAY IN HONOLULU


08:30

Book review of the day: The Glorious Heresies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

You can help. Send your book review to books@whaleoil.co.nz and we will put it up when it is your turn. Please set your submission out with the name of the book, then the author and then describe in your own words what the book is about. Also if you happen to be a commenter please []

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08:26

Who do members want "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It amuses me to read  commentators stating that National Party members favour this candidate or that one for the leadership.

They write as if the membership is a single being with a single view.

I doubt that is true for any party and it certainly isnt for National.

Its a broad church party, the only one in New Zealand still able to measure its membership in 10s of thousands, and one which values individual rights, including the right to different points of view.

The members of that broad church have a range of views on just about everything, most dont go to regular meetings nor do most press their views on MPs, even on such an important internal matter as the leadership.

They might agree with David Farrar on the factors which are important in the partys leader.

But if there is any consensus on the issue it will not be on which candidate is best.

It might be gratitude that caucus is sufficiently gifted to have five strong contenders.

Members might also agree that whoever the next leader is s/he must have what it takes, including a wise head and warm heart, to lead the party back into government sooner rather than later.

And I think all will agree that once the leader is decided, caucus must unite behind her/him and address itself to both holding the government to account and ensuring it is much better prepared for government than the current one was.

08:17

Proposed Critical Mineral legislation undermines communities and clean water "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Thank you Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Lowenthal, and Members of the Subcommittee for the opportunity to testify before you in opposition to HR 520, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act. My name is Aaron Mintzes, and I am with Earthworks. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the destructive impacts of mineral and energy development, while seeking sustainable solutions.

Our primary concern is that HR 520 undermines the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Under section 5(b)(1)(F), the lead agency can let any state or federal agency determine:

Whether public participation will occur during the decisionmaking process for authorizing actions under the permit.

So, a state could say no public participation allowed. I worry this may result in unintended consequences. If you shut the people out, it may invite litigation or create additional delays the lead agency could avoid if they listen to what the people say.  It may not deliver the regulatory certainty permit proponents seek.

NEPA ensures that Americans can take part in the review and development of projects affecting our social, economic, and environmental health. For nearly fifty years, NEPA has provided certainty and predictability through a transparent process well understood by federal regulators, permit applicants, and affected communities.

And it works. In 2016, the GAO reported that BLM and the Forest Service average two years to permit a mine plan of operations.  This period is competitive with Australia, Canada, and Chile. Especially controversial projects may take longer than average.  Yet, permitting delays primarily result from incomplete information provided by the project proponent. Sometimes for perfectly legitimate reasons like good faith changes in plans of operations or fluctuation in commodity prices.

The United States of America is one of the worlds best places to mine

America owes our mineral investment attractiveness to three factors:

  1. The strength and certainty of our democratic institutions (like NEPA)
  2. Our rich mineral endowment
  3. Our uniquely permissive mining laws and regulations

The 1872 Mining Law    

The General Mining Law of 1872 considers mining the highest and best use of public lands, even where our public lands may be better suited for oil an...

08:08

NZ's new aristocracy of pull "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"






New Zealand's revolving door of political lobbyists -- political insiders shuttling back and forth between well-paid jobs in government and even-better paid jobs with private lobbyists -- has finally got the attention of political watchers. Turns out it's endemic, bighlighted by the various former, current and intermittent chiefs of staff peddling their contacts with influence:
This week a perfect example of the "revolving door" of government officials and lobbying has occurred. The Prime Minister's Chief of Staff has shifted from the Beehive to a lobbying firm. Lobbyist Gordon Jon Thompson, has been a political manager or "spin doctor" and lobbyist for a long time, and shifts between government and private sector jobs with apparent ease... Another interesting but less contentious "revolving door" story [is] another former chief of staff, National's Wayne Eagleson see: Former National Party chief of staff joins firm of Labour's top advisers...
    Thompson, who has been a lobbyist and PR professional for many years, worked with Jacinda Ardern last year, helping prepare her for the TV leaders debates. And then when she formed the new government she invited Thompson to be Labour's Chief of Staff, despite the fact that he would remain a lobbyist and director of his Thompson Lewis firm.
    Walters' article states, "Thompson finished a four-month stint as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's acting chief of staff, while chief of staff Mike Munro was recovering from illness." This means Thompson was made Chief of Staff by the Prime Minister, with the full knowledge that he would then return to his lobbying business, where he would be involved with clients with an interest on influencing the new government. Indeed, he finished work last Friday in his job as the number one adviser to Jacinda Ardern, and resumed his lobbying job yesterday.
The issue immediately raises issues about potential conflicts of interest....
Sure does. And it's only the tip of the iceberg, with former MPs and...

08:00

Cutting through the obfuscation of question four "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Question No. 4Education 4. Hon NIKKI KAYE (NationalAuckland Central) to the Minister of Education: What specific advice, if any, has he received from officials that advises him to not visit partnership schools? Hon CHRIS HIPKINS (Minister of Education): I discussed the issues with Ministry of Education officials last year when we were planning the process of ending charter schools and []

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08:00

RNZ Morning Report: PM and DPM overpaid "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

RNZ carried two segments on this matter today. First Guyon Espiner talks with David Seymour

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/downloads/mnr/mnr-20180221-0827-ardern_peters_overpayments_unacceptable_-_seymour-128.mp3

Seymour makes some predictable points, but in the main valid ones. Espiner had an interesting observation near the end as well.

This pattern of errors recently raises questions, is this issue more widespread? Why now?

The second segment is a response from Hipkins

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/downloads/mnr/mnr-20180221-0842-ardern_peters_payments_ministerial_services_fault_-_hipkins-128.mp3

Espiner did not seem overly impressed with what Hipkins was saying.

Frankly, virtually everyone Adam worked with over many years knew what their pay and allowances should be, so the idea that Ardern and Peters were wholly reliant on Ministerial Services is fallacious.

07:55

US Marines Drink Cobra Blood In Creepy Jungle Survival Exercise (Images) "IndyWatch Feed World"

6,800 US soldiers were involved in an annual military exercise in Thailand called Cobra Gold. While there are a number of different activities involved in the exercise, the most popular is a strange exercise where soldiers drink Cobra blood, in a seemingly ritualistic way.

Military agents from the US, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, and Singapore were involved in the exercise.

This exercise is the largest multilateral exercise in the Indo-Pacific region. It speaks to the commitment of the US in the region, Steve Castonguay, a spokesman for the US Embassy in Bangkok, told Reuters.

Cobra Gold has been taking place every year since it began in 1982. The exercise was intended to improve coordination between the military forces of the United States and Thailand.

According to the Wikipedia entry for Gold Cobra:

As of 2014, Cobra Gold has three distinct activities. The first is the combined arms live fire exercise (CALFEX), in which live ammunition is aimed at predetermined targets. Troops then assault a beach and landing zone while this live fire occurs. The second activity is a command post exercise (CPX), in which military officers engage in computerized war games, disaster relief, or humanitarian missions over several days. The final activity is assisting the local Thai population

Below are some pictures of the blood drinking ceremony that US marines were involved with during the exercise:

REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

...

07:55

Broome hit by two years' worth of rain in two months, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The town of Broome in the Kimberley region of Western Australia has officially endured its wettest year on record after just two months in 2018. Although January and February are usually its wettest months, updated figures show Broome was hit more than two...... Read more

07:49

ABCC heads paid off handsomely and others are made to go without "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed from Victoria

Freedom of information provisions have revealed that the top chiefs of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) received generous pay increases of about 14 percent last year.

One of the commissioners found his take went up from $199,000 to $222,500 and another two from $185,000 to $210,000. Seven are now being paid more than $210,000.

These individuals are highly rewarded, because they are hired to carry out the dirty work of ensuring that that section of the workforce engaged in one of the most dangerous industries, has its own pay and working conditions undermined.

The ABCC is not an independent tribunal to deal with matters before it, in a balanced ad fair way. It is a political police force, operating with impunity, and denies the usual legal protections to those it hunts down.

This is why those who make the decisions are handsomely rewarded by a government hell bent on carrying out its class war against constrtuction workers across Australia. It needs to buy the loyalty of its principal henchmen.

A key function of theirs is to de-unionise the industry. They do this by employing provision that make it extremely hard for officials to communicate with their members. There is no right of entry onto the job. Delegates and rank and file members have little right to pursue matters of concern. Even minor breaches of the stringent conditions, risk being dragged before the ABCC.

There is little doubt that the construction industry is a test case. If successful here, the same will be applied to other industries. Fortunately, this has been held back by the ongoing resistance of the construction industry workforce and their unions.

One thing that has revealed the mercenary nature of the ABCC, is the departure of disgraced head Nigel Hadkiss, who eventually admitted breaching the law in the carrying out his role. The Commission handed out more than $418,000 for Hadkiss legal defence and he walked away without suffering any penalty at all.

Hadkiss new replacement, Stephen McBurney, is being paid $426,160 a year.

Overall, the ABCC spent almost a third of its last financial years budget, that is $11 million, on lawyers

The pay rise has shown the double standard of a government that is at the same time, actively imposing very limited pay increases for nearly all government employees. The only exception to the rule are the top executives. Their loyalty has to be paid for as well.

Australias public sector is being shaped as a weapon to wage the governments class war across the field. Through restrictions to service and ongoing privatisations, resources are being channeled upstairs, to the wealthiest individuals and everyo...

07:45

"LOVE TRIANGLE GONE WRONG" "Susan Merrell moving on from Belden Namah to Peter O'Neill to Powes Parkop". "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By Sonja Barry Ramoi
'The woman Papua New Guineans love to hate', who was a friend who became a foe after I told her off about a particularly rude and pretty much inexcusable comment she made about Belden Namah in 2013, has been deported from Papua New Guinea.
Susan Merrell - aka Ferrell Merrell, aka Floozy Doozy Suzy (or however which way she wants to spell it) - is so far up herself that she must be off her rocker to blame the Prime Minister for her deportation, and also to mention me in her post today.
Her deportation is not the PM's doing, and it also had absolutely nothing to do with me.
Yes I did report her to the Judiciary (possibly in 2015) for certain comments of hers which I found contemptuous, and I believe that I recommended that she be blacklisted. However I am certainly not the only person who has recommended in the past that she be blacklisted.
As for her official surname (not Merrell) being flagged, I have known about her official surname for years and I am sure, especially since I knew what name she travels on, that other people from PNG would also have known.
I have not yet contacted the Chief Immigration Officer Solomon Kantha to confirm the reason why she was deported.
It appears however according to a copy of a post by Susan Merrell which was sent to me (earlier tonight), that she did not fill out her visa application form upon arrival correctly, and therefore it seems that she did not disclose to Immigration the true purpose of her visit and thats why she was told to leave PNG.
...

07:30

Time for rules around lobbying "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There is concern around the lobbying activities of two Labour-associated lobbyists and a former National staffer. In many democracies, they call it the revolving door of influence whereby political insiders shift easily between government jobs or positions and lobbying work in the private sector. Its considered especially pernicious because it can cause conflicts of []

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07:30

Sanders use of zombie facts re gun sales not acceptable "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Bernie Sanders hinders gun control in USA. He continues to use discredited facts.

If he wont tell the truth, he should butt out.

07:26

THE PNG DEFENCE FORCE WHITE PAPER & THE BLUE PRINT "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by Eragairma Yal

I don't know if our Papua New Guinea Defence Force has a Blue Print.

PNG has obtained the Right to Self-Rule in 1973 as a pre-qualification to gaining independence in 1975, 16th September.

43yrs on and I have just learned one fundamental fact that our PNG Defense Force has still been operating as the Eighth Division under the Australian Defense Force Military. The fact is we have not gained Military Independence. We are an Eighth Element or Division similar to an Infantry under the Australian Defence Force Military.

One thing that baffles me is that the Australian Defense Force knowing very well that we are the Eighth Division operating under the ADF Military, why can't they develop our Defense Force into a full pledge Military Force carrying Land, Air and Sea Elements with complete state of the art equipment setup and logistics support with routine modern training as a requirement?

Whatever arrangements they may have had in the past that lead us to this stage, I write to challenge the PNGDF Brigadier General and the government of the day that we must have our own Blue Print for our Military that must lead us into attaining Militarily Independence.

I can remember the announcement of our Defence White Paper some time ago but what was it about? And what developments did we achieve as in the three elements of the Defence Force? What did our soldiers and paramilitary officers gain as in training and personal empowerment?

Our own BLUEPRINT must spell out the establishment of our military components, divisions, infantries, units and paramilitary forces etc.

Our trained Human Resources as in Cadets and Privates are sitting idle in the military barracks basically waiting for their pay packets, SoE callouts, and their eventual retrenchment cheque.

We need to use them in our circular workforces in the public service sector. While we already have some specialists trained as engineers, doctors, nurses, teachers, CHWs, lawyers, etc we ought to increase the training in the different disciplines and deploy them on secondment arrangements to serve everywhere in the country.

We need to use our trained human resource effectively to alleviate the shortfall in our workforce to develop our country.

I regret to see that we have some highly skille...

07:25

MORE WORK FOR CRIM HUGGER KELVIN DAVIS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

One of our Oz readers (no, not David) has alerted me to the story of two 'fine upstanding' Kiwis taken into custody by Australian Border Protection Officers to be deported back to New Zealand by that terrible ogre of an Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton.

Daniel Maxwell and Caleb Maraku, in separate and unrelated incidents, were parties to unprovoked attacks on their victims.   In the case of Maxwell the attack led to the victims death.   For Marakau, who hit his victim with a cowards punch so called, his reaction to his sentence when he left the Court laughing led to a 50,000 signature petition calling for his deportation.

No doubt Kelvin Davis, crim hugger extraordinaire, will be taking up the cudgels on their behalf and urging the Australian government to reconsider their decision.    One thing for sure ... these two scumbags won't be contributing members of New Zealand society.   Good thing  too that Davis has pledged to empty our prisons by one-third.   That will ensure there is plenty of space for these two when they re-offend again ... as they surely will.

07:15

Dirty Politics podcast Episode 15 Nationals leadership options and path to victory for 2020 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Welcome to episode 15 of our Dirty Politics Podcasts.

In this episode, Simon Lusk and I discuss the leadership options for the National party, who can win, who had no show and who shouldn't bother.

If you want immediacy for my podcasts then the next subscription level is the way to go. After one week all podcasts become live for everyone.  

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07:00

Nationals deputy post up for grabs too "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I am pleased to see that Nationals deputy post is up for grabs as well next Tuesday. Nationals leadership race could be a clean sweep after it announced a vote on deputy Paula Bennetts job. [] Bennett did not stand aside at the time National leader Bill English announced his decision to retire from politics and []

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07:00

WAPO ABC News Poll USA favours improved gun control "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In the wake of Parkland a new poll suggests majority in USA will support increased gun control.

More details later. Poll results show disapproval of Trumps actions on this issue.

06:54

SHI Closed by Storm "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Safer Communities Together   SH1 closed between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki overnight Wellington Police were warning motorists that State Highway One was closed between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki after it sustained weather damage overnight. The road was closed around 12:30am as the high tide was washing across both lanes. As seen in the photo, there was damage to []

06:48

SABL petition anniversary marks PNG's greatest ever scandal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

February 21st is the first anniversary of the presentation of a 10,000 signature petition to the Department of Lands demanding the cancellation of the SABL leases. 2018, also marks five-years since the SABL Commission of Inquiry exposed the full extent of the illegal land grab, which affects more than 10% of the whole country.

But despite repeated promises from the ONeill government to cancel the leases, stretching back to 2013, almost nothing has been done. 

ACT NOW! believes the governments response to the illegal SABL land grab is the greatest scandal this country has ever seen. 

Even the brave landowners who have struggled through the courts to have leases declared illegal, without any help or support from the government, or have stood up and defied the logging companies despite attacks from the police, still have foreign companies occupying their soil.

A list released two weeks ago by the Lands Department revealed that of 75 SABL leases examined in the Commission of Inquiry, only 10 have been cancelled and 5 of those were on the direction of the courts and four voluntarily surrendered.

Meanwhile, as the government delays get ever longer, most of the SABL files have disappeared from the Department of Lands.

Fifty thousand square kilometres of land, more than 10% of the entire nation given away illegally yet the government does almost nothing to undo the wrong and indeed is still allowing logging companies to plunder the forests.

With APEC leaders now preparing to visit PNG, the SABL land grab is a huge embarrassment for the nation.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights slammed the PNG government over its failure to protect its own citizens during his visit two-weeks ago, saying many communities have been forcibly evicted from their homes, often reportedly violently, with impunity and allegedly sometimes with the complicity of local police.

It seems the whole w...

06:30

What? No wisecracks from Labour over double-dipping? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Labour made much of Bill Englishs housing issues when he was snapped double-dipping. Strangely, there isnt a peep from the usual suspects about Jacinda Arderns and Winston Peters own double-dipping: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters were both mistakenly paid over $21,000 for accommodation they didnt need.   The pair put out []

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06:30

And still it rains "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Our rain gauge holds only 25mms.

My farmer had emptied it before we left home on Monday and it was overflowing when he checked it this morning.

One of our staff has recorded nearly 100mms since it started raining on Monday.

Its still raining steadily but, thankfully, we have escaped the serious damage that Cyclone Gita brought to other areas.

Christchurch, Buller, Grey District, Selwyn, Westland, Tasman and Taranaki have each declared a state of emergency as ex-tropical Cyclone Gita shows her heavy hand.

Authorities and people in the affected districts are all on high alert as a state of emergency has been declared in those provinces.

The downpour has also led to record rainfalls particularly in Kaikoura, where 194.4mm had fallen by about 7.40pm four times more than the monthly normal, according to Niwa.

A total of 53.6mm of rain fell in the area between 4 and 5pm the wettest hour on record and over a months worth of rain in only an hour. . . 

 

06:30

Nationals Leadership: Farrar on some key issues "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

David Farrar has a useful post on characteristics and issues National MPs should consider when voting for a new leader.

It is to hoped his suggestions are listened to. MPs must consider what is best for the voters, in the broad sense, not in a narrow overly partisan sense.

06:16

US Court Rejects FDA Appeal on GMO Salmon Approval Documents "IndyWatch Feed World"

US Court Rejects FDA Appeal on GMO Salmon Approval Documents | ge-salmnon | FDA General Health GMOs Special Interests

Last week, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the FDAs latest attempt to hide thousands of pages of key government documents related to the agencys first-ever approval of genetically engineered (GE) salmon for human consumption. The courts decision is a big win for public transparency and a firm rejection of the Trump administrations position that it can unilaterally decide whether to withhold government documents from public and court review.

Even though this is the first time any government in the world has approved a GE animal for commercial sale and consumption, so far the FDA has taken a lackadaisical approach to evaluating the salmons potential for harm to wild salmon and the environment. If the GE salmon were to escape, it could threaten wild salmon populations by outcompeting them for scarce resources and habitat, by mating with endangered salmon species, and by introducing new diseases.

If the GE salmon were to escape, it could threaten wild salmon populations by outcompeting them for scarce resources and habitat, by mating with endangered salmon species, and by introducing new diseases

The worlds preeminent experts on GE fish and risk assessment, as well as biologists at U.S. wildlife agencies charged with protecting fish and wildlife, heavily criticized the FDA for failing to evaluate these impacts. But the FDA ignored their concerns, so in March 2016, Earthjustice filed a lawsuit against the agency.

As part of the lawsuit, the FDA is requi......

06:00

Fran OSullivan on the leadership issue "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Fran OSullivan had a column yesterday on the leadership issue. The headline stated that Joyce had his nose in front, which I thought was surprising as reflections in the mirror arent allowed to vote. It turns out that she thinks hes in front on the basis that he is senior. If the National caucus takes []

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06:00

International Mother Language Day: sustainable development in everyones language "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

On the 21st of February 1952, political activists and students at Dhaka University in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) were demonstrating about the imposition of Urdu as the national language on the Bengali-speaking population. Police opened fire on the protestors and dozens were killed. The simple monument built on that spot to remember those who died in the independence movement symbolises a mother and her children. It is still a focus of protest on the day I visited, there was a protest for the rights (including language rights) of the indigenous Chittagong hill tribes.

Shaheed Minar Martyr Monument, Dhaka (Photo: Hilary Smith)

Shaheed Minar Martyr Monument, Dhaka (Photo: Hilary Smith)

February 21 was chosen by UNESCO for International Mother Language Day, and has been observed worldwide since 2000. This years theme is Linguistic diversity and multilingualism count for sustainable development.

The symbolic power of language was described by French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu in 1982: language is not only used for communication but also as a means of power. This extends to symbolic violence when the power of a dominant group is seen as natural and used as a form of social control, as in the case where minority languages are suppressed. Minority groups are less likely to have access to the language required for education and employment, resulting in lower levels of development, which can result in conflict.

For those of us who grew up speaking English in a rich country where the national lan...

06:00

Too late for PNG & its fragile & exploitable vulnerabilities "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Muse Mohammed PhotographyCHRIS OVERLAND

ADELAIDE - Sadly, I believe Phil Fitzpatrick's analysis of the current situation in Papua New Guinea is accurate.

Worse still, I now think that it is too late to prevent PNG's inevitable spiral into some form of authoritarian state or, possibly, an anarchical collapse into a number of smaller, competing mini-states. The latter outcome would be more broadly consistent with its pre-colonial history.

There are many reasons for this decline but the overriding one is that PNGs traditional cultures are not really conducive to the establishment and maintenance of a viable democratic state.

PNG cultures are communalist in nature but do not have underlying governance structures that provide a solid foundation for democratic institutions.

They are, in essence, anarchical, and profoundly inconsistent with the acceptance or even imposition of any form of central authority except by force and coercion.

PNG is not alone in this. Even so-called mature democracies rely, at bottom, upon the imposition and maintenance of state authority by means of a centrally controlled, enforceable legal framework.

The mere existence of relatively large and, very often, heavily armed Police forces is mute testimony to the fact that even the most ostensibly modern and socially unified societies are sustainable only through the use of various sanctions to impose order upon an often fractious citizenry.

Events like the London riots of 2011 come as such a tremendous shock because we all cling to the comforting illusion that our societies are fundamentally self-regulating. They are not and, in fact, never have been.

In truth, we citizens of the mature democracies have merely been allowed to participate in a governance process which, in practice, frequently continues to favour various influential elites over and above the broader public interest.

This is why organisations like the National Rifle Association in the USA can continue to exert the influence they do despite the painfully obvious necessity to undertake major reforms to that country's gun laws.

People like Noam Chomsky have pointed out how the mass media has become complicit in the...

05:55

Trans-Pacific Partnership text to be released today "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Scoop: Govt to release CPTPP national interest analysis on Wed The government will release the national interest analysis for the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership on Wednesday, and the full text too if the other nations agree, says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. The Labour-led administration signed up to the regional trade and investment pact after []

05:48

Major education reform plan to be announced today "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Government is announcing  a complete overhaul of the education system from early childhood right through to post-secondary schooling today. It is commonly thought that Labour works closely with and for teacher unions, so they will presumably be largely behind the proposals. Stuff: Convincing parents its time for substantial education reform wont prove easy The []

05:38

Complaint to Auditor General over Partnership Schools "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Opposition is keeping up the pressure on the Government, in particular on Minister of Education Chris Hipkins, over proposed legislation to scrap Partnership Schools. Nationals Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye has sent a complaint to the Auditor General outlining potential issues to be investigated regarding the Governments handling of the impending potential closure of partnership []

05:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Welcome to our Daily Crossword.

Readers have requested a daily crossword and stated that the only reason they maintained a subscription to the NZ Herald or other newspapers was for a daily crossword.

We have now sourced a quality crossword provider, the same provider who provides many crosswords to media outlets for print. It is available for ALL readers who have a subscription package with Whaleoil.

Now you can safely cancel your newspaper subscription as your final remaining reason to keep it has now gone. Instead, you can sign up for one of our subscription packages and enjoy crosswords online on Whaleoil.

If demand is sufficient we can extend what we offer to other puzzles like Sudoku as well. Let us know.

The Crossword is now only available for subscribers only. 

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05:27

From New Zealand to Hawaii - Where billionaires are building their post-apocalyptic escape home "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Picture the scene: the world runs out of food, there is no clean water and the banking system collapses - what do you do? Well, if you are a billionaire you jump on your private plane or helicopter, or climb into your armoured car, and head to your bolthole to prepare for a new world order. And one place in particular, thousands of miles away from North Korea, ISIS and all the social tensions in Europe and the United States, is seen by some as the ideal 'safe' place for billionaires: New Zealand. Peter Thiel, the billionaire behind PayPal, is among those tech giants who see New Zealand as a good place to go in the event of an apocalypse. He has bought a $13.5m 193-hectare section on the shores of Lake Wanaka - although the only building there at the moment is a barn.

05:23

Local councils failing to meet OIA obligations "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The chief ombudsman has said that local councils are failing to meet their obligations under the Official Information Act. RNZ:  Local councils slammed for failing to supply information Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier said councils are not meeting their responsibilities under the Local Government Official Information and Meeting Act and that some councils seem to resent []

05:15

Has your sub EXPIRED? Need help? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up or be because your credit card has expired or be because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. or be because of insufficient funds If you want to update []

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05:06

Back Judith Collins website and the Taxpayers Union "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Taxpayers Union denies being involved in a pro-Judith Collins website that appeared briefly before being taken down. Whether they were or werent behind the site it is a curious story. Stuff reported on Monday: Anonymous Back Judith website has fake phone number, registered to Collins office address An anonymous website backing Judith Collins for []

05:06

Long Blockchain Struggling: Nasdaq Issues Delisting Notice "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Long Blockchain, the company formerly known as Long Island Iced Tea, has announced a new CEO and plans to spin off its original iced tea business. But theres a problem: According to companys balance sheets, it has no income or assets related to blockchain or cryptocurrency.

Long Blockchain has been attempting to rebrand itself last year the company announced it was diversifying, shifting focus from beverages to blockchain technology but investors arent buying. The company has been issued a second delisting notice from Nasdaq (the first notice being in October of last year before the company changed names) for failing to keep its market cap above $35 million. Shares were down 5% Tuesday at just over three dollars a share, giving the company a current market cap of $27.98 million.

Today, February 20th, the company announced a change in leadership. Shamyl Malik, who previously ran the firms blockchain efforts, has taken over as CEO, replacing Phillip Thomas:

Shamyl has shown great initiative and leadership since joining the team, and his appointment as CEO and our planned spin-off will allow the Company to execute on a clear, focused Blockchain strategy, Thomas said in a statement.

Obstacles:

In December the company announced its name change and diversification which spurred a near tripling of its share price overnight. The problem is Long Blockchains financial documents dont back this new direction up: According to its most recently filed balance sheet (from November) Long Blockchain currently owns no blockchain assets.

That said, the company has recently announced plans to merge with a New Zealand firm called Stater Blockchain Limited, a technology company focused on developing and deploying globally scalable blockchain technology solutions in the financial market, according to its website. If the buyout goes through, Stater Blockchain would become a subsidiary of Long Blockchain meaning the company would actually gain tangible blockchain assets, which would include Staters in-house currency futures brokerage.

Long Blockchains pivot hasnt been smooth. The company announced in January that it would spend $4.2 million to buy 1,000 cryptocurrency mining machines. It seemed to be a strange move: Mining high-risk and relatively unexciting compared to doing something like developing a cryptocurrency service or other blockchain-based venture. Less than a week after its announcem...

05:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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05:00

South Pacific looks to China as West cuts aid & turns away "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Mine WatchALAN BOYD | Asia Times

HONG KONG - China is quietly filling the breach as traditional Western donors cut back on their aid pledges to the South Pacific.

And it seems many of the struggling island nations on the receiving end of Chinas largesse couldnt be happier with the shifting currents.

Last month, Australias international development minister, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, scathingly attacked Beijings aid program in the region, accusing it of funding roads to nowhere and useless buildings.

We want to ensure that the infrastructure that you do build is actually productive and is actually going to give some economic benefit or some sort of health benefit, she said.

Foreign minister Julie Bishop was more diplomatic, saying that Australia welcomes investment in developing nations in the Pacific that supports sustainable economic growth, and which does not impose onerous debt burdens on regional governments.

Yet there is concern that Australia and its Western allies may be ceding their traditional leadership role in the South Pacific due to a combination of aid cutbacks and increasing Chinese interest in the dozen or so nations in the region.

According to the Lowy Institute, an Australian research outfit, China extended about US$209 million of aid annually to nine Pacific countries Fiji, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Cook Islands, Vanuatu and the Federated States of Micronesia in 2006-16.

Canberra gives about US$870 million a year, or 60% of all global aid sent to the Pacific. New Zealand gives US$235 million and the United States US$221 million. But China will likely soon become the second biggest source of aid, as New Zealand and the US are both reducing their aid in real terms.

US President Donald Trumps administration reportedly plans to slash US assistance by as much as one-third this year, with East Asia and the Pacific receiving 41.4% less. Assuming the policy is implemented, Timor Leste, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands will lose their entire aid and Papua New Guinea 66.4%.

New Zealands foreign minister Winston Peters said in early February that his countrys aid program has been under-funded for nine years and has slipped to 0.23% of gross national income, against an average of 0.4% for Organisation...

04:47

FAA radar and audio tapes from Oregon UFO incident that sent F-15s scrambling "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

New evidence offers great detail of the bizarre event and provides unprecedented insight into how such a unique incident is dealt with in real time. Last November, The War Zone posted an exclusive story detailing a bizarre incident involving an unidentified aircraft that transited the skies of the Pacific Northwest in the early evening of October 25th, 2017. What started as a radar target moving at very high speed over Northern California turned into a series of eyewitness accounts made by nearby airline pilots traveling northward over Oregon. Even F-15 fighters were launched to intercept the mysterious intruder that quickly became invisible to radar. Now, through the Freedom of Information Act, we present what could be one of the most insightful instances of official documentation surrounding such an encounter that had already been confirmed to have occurred by both the FAA and the USAF. These materials include fascinating audio recordings of radio transmissions and phone calls made as the incident was unfolding, as well as pilot interviews, and conversations between FAA officials made in the aftermath of the highly peculiar incident. For proper context, make sure to first read our original post linked here detailing the event, how our report came to be in the first place, as well as the rare confirmations as to its authenticity from both the FAA and the USAF. Below is also a short explainer video that will give you a basic overview of the incident. See video here. (3:01)

04:30

RNZ Insight: Constructing Safe Buildings "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/downloads/inst/inst-20170825-0810-insight_buildings_safe_and_up_to_scratch-128.mp3

With concerns over building safety affecting many of us, this documentary from RNZ seemed worth revisiting. Originally broadcast in August 2017.

04:17

Effects of Cyclone Gita "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There has been widespread wind damage and flooding as Cyclone Gita passed over New Zealand, with the lower North Island and top half of the South Island worst affected. Some roads have been closed due to storm surge damage. MetService meteorologist Karl Loots said former cyclone Gita passed over the South Island in the early []

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is chauvinist (noun) 1. Militant devotion to and glorification of ones country; fanatical patriotism. 2. Prejudiced belief in the superiority of ones own gender, group, or kind. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1863, from French chauviniste, from Chauvin + -ist. Nicolas Chauvin is a legendary, possibly apocryphal French []

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04:00

Oxford Union Tony Schwartzs address "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Trumps ghostwriter on Trump and his then candidacy. An intriguing insight into Trump and his world

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 21 19 Its better to live alone in the desert than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife.

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03:20

Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

21 February 2018 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

03:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

03:10

Open Forum Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

21 February 2018 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

01:59

The Safest Countries To Visit In 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Safest Countries To Visit In 2018 | mitre-peak-new-zealand | News And Opinions

Nothing quite beats the excitement of jetting off on holiday, but already in 2018 weve seen a host of tragic events unfolding across the globe. Being on holiday is primarily about feeling relaxed and liberated while exploring the world, however this can be much more difficult when you find yourself in constant fear that your life is in danger. Luckily, across the world, there are several countries that have been considered the safest to visit, so you can complete your EHIC card renewal and head off to these amazing destinations for a fully relaxed break!

Iceland

Particularly over the past decade, Iceland has certainly climbed the tourism ladder, with visitor levels skyrocketing from 422,000 in 2006, to 1.7 million in 2016! While this is undoubtedly associated with the stunning scenery available in Iceland with the likes of the enchanting Blue Lagoon and magical glacier domes on offer, a large part of this is due to the fact that Iceland is the safest country to visit according to the Global Peace Index. The crime rates in Iceland are staggeringly low, and currently there are no alerts or threats issued by the Department of State, so you can marvel at the natural wonders in peace.

New Zealand

New Zealand is the perfect destination for tourists with a strong desire for adventure. Did you know that the exhilarating bungee jump was invented in New Zealand, and that it poses as an excellent destination for activities such as paragliding and sky diving? Truly, visiting New Zealand is guaranteed to peak your adrenaline levels, but in a positive way. Split into both North and South islands, both have been granted as exceedingly safe, and New Zealand takes its spot just below Iceland on the safest countries list by the Global Peace Index. So, if your...

Tuesday, 20 February

23:30

Russia Is More of a Skilled Strategic Spoiler Than a (Re)Rising Superpower "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Russia is a major global power in outlook and reach, locked in a values-based confrontation with the West. But it still lacks all elements of a developed superpower.

Much of the interest in Russia centres around its experienced and skilled political leader in Vladimir Putin, speaking here with Donald Trump. Credit: Reuters

Russia keeps posing a massive intelligence puzzle to the West: it is never as weak as we may want it to be, nor is it as strong as we fear it may be.

So, how can we classify Russia as an international power? It is not the Soviet Union reincarnated, so it is not a reborn counterpoint to US global supremacy. Nor does it intend to be. But it remains a major strategic spoiler of the US ambitions to retain its rules-based global order.

Moscow is trying to strengthen its relationship with like-minded major powers. China is one of Russias comrades-in-arms, although not a formal ally. China and Russia are not forming any sort of anti-Western/anti-US alliance; both great powers have their own national agendas.

Over the past ten years, Russia and China have developed very close military ties, but their economic relationship remains uneven and quite low on the common strategic agenda. They are de facto engaged in soft competition across Central Asia and the Asia-Pacific.

But their intention to change the status quo in support of their ambitions aligns with their security and strategic agendas, at least for now. Just like China, Russia seeks to maximise its strategic autonomy by aggressive...

23:09

Australian woman hospitalised after vicious attack during burglary in Tonga "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tonga Police. Photo/Kalino Lt
An Australian woman has been taken to hospital after a vicious assault in Fhefa, Tongatapu yesterday Sunday 18.

The suspects were still at large.

Police said two men entered the house where the woman and her husband lived.

They allegedly hit the womans head with a rock. The attack was interrupted by the husband who arrived back home to find his wife had been brutally attacked.

The intruders took off with two liquor bottles, a Police spokesperson told Kaniva News.

Nukunuku Police arrived at the scene and took the woman to hospital, Police said.

Police believed they knew the suspects and they were still searching for them.

Police said claims on Facebook that the woman was a member of the Australian Humanitarian and Relief assistance teams who arrived in Tonga after tropical cyclone Gita, was incorrect.

Kaniva News

23:05

Tongan farmers hit hard by Cyclone Gita "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A week ago, Tongans were bracing themselves for what was to be the most destructive cyclone in the island's history.

But amid concerns around health and housing, officials now fear for the country's agricultural sector, which took a massive hit during the storm.

David Soaki has farmed his land since the 1980s, growing watermelon, squash and peanuts. He lost 80 percent of his crops - and thousands of dollars - when Cyclone Gita passed through. 

He told Newshub the loss was very, very bad.

I think it will take six months to recover because we will have to replant, and it'll take another three months for harvesting.

Soaki has hired children from the evacuation centre his family are living in. They've been tasked with collecting the watermelons that haven't gone rotten, and taking them to the market in the hopes of making some money.

Some 80 percent of Tongan households are involved in agriculture, and it remains a key driver of the economy. When Cyclone Gita passed through earlier this week, it wiped out crop farms right across the country.

Farmers will take a long time to bounce back - a concern also shared by the national emergency management office.

We're hoping that we can buy some of this food for these people which will give them some money to continue on with rebuilding their farms, Graham Kenna told Newshub. 

Soaki is hoping for a change of fortune.

[I'm] very worried because I have watermelon I'm supposed to be harvesting, but now it's rotten because of a lot of rain, and I will see what I can do just to cover the costs.

Almost a week on from the cyclone, power is starting to be restored to parts of Nuku'alofa and the town water supply is running once again.

But while progress is being made on the streets of the capital, it's going to be a long time before the people of Tonga get their lives back to normal.

SOURCE: NEWSHUB/PACNEWS

23:04

South Pacific looks to China as West turns away "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By Alan Boyd

China is quietly filling the breach as traditional Western donors cut back on their aid pledges to the South Pacific. And it seems many of the struggling island nations on the receiving end of Chinas largesse couldnt be happier with the shifting currents.

Last month, Australias International Development Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells scathingly attacked Beijings aid program in the region, accusing it of funding roads to nowhere and useless buildings.

We want to ensure that the infrastructure that you do build is actually productive and is actually going to give some economic benefit or some sort of health benefit, she said.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was more diplomatic, saying that Australia welcomes investment in developing nations in the Pacific that supports sustainable economic growth, and which does not impose onerous debt burdens on regional governments.

Yet there is concern that Australia and its Western allies may be ceding their traditional leadership role in the South Pacific due to a combination of aid cutbacks and increasing Chinese interest in the dozen or so nations in the region.

According to the Lowy Institute, an Australian research outfit, China extended about US$209 million of aid annually to nine Pacific countries Fiji, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Cook Islands, Vanuatu and the Federated States of Micronesia in 2006-2016.

Canberra gives about US$870 million a year, or 60% of all global aid sent to the Pacific. New Zealand gives US$235 million and the United States US$221 million. But China will likely soon become the second biggest source of aid, as New Zealand and the US are both reducing their aid in real terms.

US President Donald Trumps administration reportedly plans to slash US assistance by as much as one-third this year, with East Asia and the Pacific receiving 41.4% less. Assuming the policy is implemented, Timor Leste, Micronesia and the Marshall Islands will lose their entire aid and Papua New Guinea 66.4%.

New Zealands Foreign Minister Winston Peters said in early February that his countrys aid program has been under-funded for nine years and has slipped to 0.23% of gross national income, against an average of 0.4% for Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) members. It is being reviewed, but prospects for a sharp boost in Pacific aid are slim.

...

23:00

The Late Movie: Synanon 1965 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Set in the location of the real Synanon

22:14

NZ - Letter "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fluoride again

Fluoride (Chronicle; February 15) raises its controversial head again.
Dentists have always been in favour of fluoride, and there has for decades been a strong backlash against it.

I became aware of strong feelings of local people against fluoride about 40 years ago, when a (then) Wanganui City Council voted to fluoridate our water. That innocent, well-intended decision raised such a stink in Wanganui the council was forced into a public referendum. The democratic vote of citizens rejected fluoridation.

There are those on both sides of the debate who gather "cohort" evidence to support their case (cohort research is recognised as scientifically valid and is used when "case/control" research is inappropriate).

Therefore, I must leave the chemical dangers/safeties of fluoride to those who, presumably, know what they are talking about, although it is scary to realise highly intelligent people on both sides can come to such diametrically opposed views.

My primary concern is: Where has democracy gone? A few years ago some towns in New Zealand had to fight their councils, just as we did long ago, to prevent their water supply from being fluoridated by local-body political decree.

Central government politicians subsequently decreed that fluoride is not a medication, hence no need to ask citizens whether they wanted to be forced to drink it. Such weaselly political underhandedness was compounded by making District Health Boards the sole arbiter of whether a town was to get fluoridation. It could only be politicians who put health boards in charge of alleged non-medications. One wonders why. Stupid!

I have no problem with fluoridation, but I do have a big problem with enforced "doping" of drinking water, when history clearly demonstrates majority votes do reject it.
...

22:05

World watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.   W.H. Auden who was born on this day in 1907.

22:01

February 21 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

362  Athanasius returned to Alexandria.

1245 Thomas, the first known Bishop of Finland, resigned after confessing to torture and forgery.

1440 The Prussian Confederation was formed.

1543 Battle of Wayna Daga  A combined army of Ethiopian and Portuguese troops defeats a Muslim army led by Ahmed Gragn.

1613 Mikhail I was elected unanimously as Tsar, beginning the Romanov dynasty of Imperial Russia.

1743 The premiere of George Frideric Handels oratorio Samson took place in London.

1804  The first self-propelling steam locomotive made its outing at thePen-y-Darren Ironworks in Wales.

1842 John Greenough was granted the first U.S.A. patent for the sewing machine.

1848 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published the Communist Manifesto.

1875 Jeanne Calment, French supercentenarian and longest-lived human on record, was born (d. 1997).

1879 An explosion in a Kaitangata coal mine killed 34 men.

Kaitangata mining disaster Kaitangata mining disaster

1885 The newly completed...

21:59

CIA's plan to retrieve a Soviet submarine from the ocean floor - prospects for deep sea mining "IndyWatch Feed World"

A wave of pioneers is poised to scoop up treasure from the deep sea. But was this ocean mining boom sparked by a 1970s CIA plot? In the summer of 1974, a large and highly unusual ship set sail from Long Beach in California. It was heading for the middle of the Pacific where its owners boasted it would herald a revolutionary new industry beneath the waves. Equipped with a towering rig and the latest in drilling gear, the vessel was designed to reach down through the deep, dark waters to a source of incredible wealth lying on the ocean floor. It was billed as the boldest step so far in a long-held dream of opening a new frontier in mining, one that would see valuable metals extracted from the rocks of the seabed. But amid all the excited public relations, there was one small hitch - the whole expedition was a lie. This was a Cold War deception on a staggering scale, but one which also left a legacy that has profound implications nearly half a century later.

21:55

Midnight Movie The Crooked Road 1965 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

An American journalist plans to expose as a crook the dictator of a small Balkan state, but finds himself framed for murder.

21:36

Back To The 1950s "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A week or so ago David Farrar had a post at Kiwiblog in which he mocked someone for suggesting something or other with the admonition 'back to the 1950s.'

To which I replied ' You weren;t even there so what the hell would you know about the 1950s?'  I went on to point our that NZers were very well off during the 1950s as the cash bonanza from the 'wool for uniforms' rolled in.

On reflection, I should have pointed out to him that during the 1950s, most Maori men had the dignity of a job, even if it was on the railways.  Most Maori and Pakeha children had fathers who they could name.

I wonder if the modern day academic Maori activist ever asks his or her grandparents what life was really like during those very good years of the 1950s?

In the predominantly Maori community in which I grew up I recall everyone seemed pretty happy.  Maori loved to take the piss out of each other and out of us Pakeha.  We gave as good as we got.

It seems to me sixty years of creeping socialism has destroyed a once great people.


20:44

MEDIA RELEASE: Government draft poultry standards fail to meet international standards "IndyWatch Feed National"

MEDIA RELEASE- 20 February 2018

Animal welfare advocates, farmers, academics and consumers are disappointed that the government department responsible for draft industry standards for poultry welfare released in late 2017 colluded with the industrial livestock industry before the release, and failed to meet expectations to phase out battery cages.

Consumers and animal welfare advocates are appalled by the Draft Standards. Already more than 100,000 submissions have been made, triple the number submitted for other livestock welfare reviews.[1]

The draft was widely expected to follow international moves to ban the battery cage. But in the face of this global trend, Australia has shied away from a once-in-a-generation chance to secure better welfare for poultry since the last review in 2001.

The integrity of the process undertaken by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) was put into question after research by animal welfare scientists was distorted by the drafting group to appear in favour of conventional caged egg production. Industrial caged egg farmers were accused of engaging in systemic collusion with the DPI to thwart moves to outlaw battery hens.

One suggested alternative is furnished or colony cages, which are larger and provide perches, nests and litter for pecking and scratching. But the research on furnished cages was provided by an industry body and only done on 12 flocks, calling into question the independence and comprehensiveness of the studies accompanying the proposed standards.

The European Union announced a ban on battery cages in 1999 and witnessed the completion of that ban in 2012, 20 years after Switzerland became first to phase out battery cages.[2] Alongside them are Canada, New Zealand and the states of California, Michigan and Ohio in the US, where cage-free egg products are a requirement in many retail outlets.

In Australia, major retailers such as McDonalds, Coles & Woolies have agreed to phase out caged eggs. More than 40 IGA stores have stopped stocking cage eggs.[3] The proportion of caged eggs sold in supermarkets has fallen from 75% to 49% over the past decade and the RSPCA says that 84% of consumers do not want cage eggs.

Clearly consumer awareness and demand for cage-free products are on the rise, and Australian governments are wildly out of step with community sentiment.

AFSA President and free-range pig and cattle farmer Tammi Jonas said, Industrial farmers a...

20:41

Bernardi says Barnaby Joyce not only minister having sex with staff "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Guardian

Australian edition

Bernardi says Barnaby Joyce not only minister having sex with staff

Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi suggests others are in breach of PMs code of conduct but doesnt name them

Australian Conservatives leader Cory Bernardi
Cory Bernardi says ministers other than Barnaby Joyce are in sexual relationships with staff. Photograph: Mike Bowers for the Guardian

Cory Bernardi has claimed that Turnbull government ministers other than Barnaby Joyce are having a sexual relationship with a person on their staff after the revelation of Joyces affair with his former media adviser Vikki Campion.

While Joyce refused to step down as Nationals leader over the controversy, the leader of the Australian Conservatives stirred trouble for the Coalition by suggesting that others were in breach of Malcolm Turnbulls code of conduct banning sex between ministers and their staff.

20:06

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When we flew north yesterday we knew our return flight today could be delayed or cancelled.

It was delayed and we warned it would be turbulent.

It was a bit bumpy at times but not nearly as bad as Id feared.

Rain was bucketing down when we landed in Christchurch and it continued to pour all the way south.

Tonight Im grateful to be safely home again.

19:23

Singirok on Gun Control in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Chairman of the Guns Control Committee former Commander of the PNG Defence Force Major-General (retired) Jerry Singirok said the government needs to invest heavily on border security in Papua New Guinea.

Mr Singirok was the Chairman of the Guns Control Committee set up in 2005 to come up with recommendation to address issues on guns violence in the country.

Two hundred and forty-four recommendations were made by the guns committee however nothing been done to addressed the recommendations by the Government.

Mr Singirok said stringent control measures should be taken by the government at entry points such as our borders to monitor and curb the entry of these deadly weapons.

Mr Singirok was speaking on the NBC's Morning- Tru show today, Tuesday the 20th of February, 2018.

"The other biggest issue that I need to tell the public is that we have a border security problem.

The government has not invested much in security forces to give them the ability to ensure that the border control is enforced, for example, at Wutung, Batas the Indonesian check point is the weakest, weakest point.

NBC News

19:17

ON TAXCINDA AND THE DRUNKEN DWARF "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

So Taxcinda and the Drunken Dwarf were so engaged in affairs of state over the last little while that they didn't notice the extra $21,000 paid into their accounts being accommodation allowances they weren't entitled to after having moved into ministerial housing.

I'm prepared to cut Taxcinda some slack but for the DD ... once is annoying; twice in six months and you have to start to wonder.

One thing for sure.   Most 'normal' people would have noticed the error straight up.

19:09

Former cyclone Gita hits New Zealand; state of emergency declared in Christchurch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Christchurch and two other districts on New Zealand's South Island have declared a state of emergency as former cyclone Gita hit the country. Dozens of schools have been shut and roads closed on the South Island as the storm made landfall on Tuesday. New Zealand's national airline has cancelled all flights in and out of the capital, Wellington, on North Island. Residents were told to expect floods and winds of up to 150km/h (90mph). The Grey District and Buller Districts on South Island have now also declared a state of emergency. "The full impact of the storm will be felt overnight and tomorrow morning," said Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel. She urged residents in low-lying areas to evacuate, saying: "We are expecting homes to be flooded."

19:00

RNZ Jesse Mulligan: talking with Bogies son "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/aft-20180212-1509-stephen_humphrey_bogart_on_his_dad_and_casablanca-128.mp3

This was really quite good, but then Casablanca is a true cinema classic, with a marvellous cast and so many classic phrases and scenes

The cast included Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Peter Lorre, Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet and great supporting players.

18:41

Renovation completed "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It seems a life time ago (yet only a year) when I asked readers whether I should keep the fireplace in our recently purchased renovation property:



We didn't.

Here is how the room looks today with brand new bay window featuring original leadlights, additional ceiling batons ...


...and en suite:


18:30

Academic Investigating Chinese Influence Peddling in New Zealand Had Break-Ins at Home and Work "IndyWatch Feed National"

Via: New Zealand Herald: A New Zealand academic who made international waves researching Chinas international influence campaigns has linked a number of recent break-ins to her work. University of Canterbury professor Anne-Marie Brady, speaking today from Christchurch to the Australian Parliaments Intelligence and Security Committee in Canberra, outlined three recent events which caused her concern. []

18:21

Open letter to Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu about assault on journalist "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

LN_Ginson-Soanu_00Dear Governor Ginson Saonu,

Your Project Officer who claims to be the Chief of Staff  showed that he was incapable of mature thought. He is a joke.

In short, em bagarapim name blo yu when he assaulted Post Courier Journalist, Frankiy Kapin.

We know that your people have been trying your hardest to have the charges dropped.  Parties associated with your office tried to bribe the journalist. They included a LLG president.

Is that how Governor Ginson Saonu operates?  If not, tell them to stop.

Your Project Officer was boastful  and stupid.  He said things that divide and not unite Morobeans.  In case you did not hear, here are Steven Botings claims:

  • The office of the Governor has police officers that he controls.
  • Former Governor, Kelly Naru and Deputy Governor, Judas Nalau bribe journalists
  • And that journalists are on Kelly Narus payroll.

This is a transcript of what he said on Saturday.

MIPLA NO HAMAMAS LO RIPOTA YA. MIPLA AWONG MAHN YA. SAMPLA SAMTING EM SA RIPOTIM LO NIUS PEPA YA. EM NO SA HARIM GUT STORY NA EM SA RIPOTIMMIPLA BELHAT NA STAP.

 

EM NO NIU AILAN, FUCK EM MOR...

18:11

UK Government & Catholic Church Claim Children Can Consent To Sexual Abuse "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

We need to start treating everyone as equal and extend more compassion to others; only then will we be able to not only improve our judiciary system, but hopefully prevent these crimes from occurring in the first place. Kalee Brown February 16, 2018 Catholic churches all around the world have been accused of sex scandals, []

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18:00

Hosking switches his endorsement from Collins to Joyce "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In a fulsome piece in todays Herald Hosking goes full bore in endorsing Steven Joyce for Nationals Leadership

This extract gives you an idea:-

the record speaks for itself. Whether its the management of the National campaign into three terms of government, or the finances which are as good as virtually anywhere in the world, find a subject on this show on any given Wednesday that he didnt know about, know a lot about, speak knowledgeably on.

His brain is enormous. Hes a self-made man, a traditionally important aspect I would have thought for National Party leadership. And, like Key, doesnt need it.

Joyce hasnt hung around the place for years looking for it. In other words, hes doing it for the right reasons.

Of course it might be a piece of mis-direction and he might really want someone else.

17:34

Armageddon Is At Hand!! 900 KFC Stores Shut Due To Chook Shortage! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Sights of fast food addicted youngsters weeping against locked doors, angry protests and folk wondering how they shall survive as KFC experiences the ultimate goof: We have no Chickenwant your fries upsized? KFC maybe Kentucky fried, but its enjoyed by chicken lovers all all over the world. Unfortunately, for those chicken heads (no, not that []

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17:31

From The Venal To The Banal "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Australia is to receive visits over coming weeks from super crook Hillary Clinton

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and super dope Prince Charles.

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Obviously Charles is being brought here by the republican movement in order to encourage Australians to see what an idiot their next king is.

Clinton on the other hand warrants some caution.   Australia should lock down anything that might be stolen, like uranium reserves.  ASIO should make sure there is no secret dirty dossier being composed on the fictional secret lives of Cory Bernadi or Tony Abbott.

No doubt she will consort for a time with Julia Gillard.  The important question then arises, which of them has the fattest arse?


17:10

Donald Trump Is A Puppet And Just An Actor: David Icke "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Another Interesting and controversial talk from Mr. Icke! London Real Published on Jan 11, 2018

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17:00

How the KGB used leftists as useful idiots, to destroy America "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Leighton summed up this guys book that he couldnt put down at end of his show Monday morning, sounded super interesting. In entertaining and concise language, KGB defector Yuri Bezmenov [Wikipedia]- who was a foreign correspondent for Soviet media in the West and a KGB officer who defected to Canada- lays out the process of []

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16:49

Help Coming For Waikanae Citizens "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Waikanae Support Hub will offer a front door to anyone in the community seeking information or assistance as well as arranging specific purpose appointments. Iride McCloy Meeting a local need The Support Hub officially opens its doors at 10.30am on Wednesday 21 February. Iride is a former Kapiti mayor and more recently has been []

16:30

Victoria Wood Political Correctness Gone Mad Song "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Very clever and even more apposite today. Suspect she would have had a field-day with trigger words and safe spaces.

16:12

Peters reconfirmed leader, NZ First deputy going to a vote "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Winston Peters has been reconfirmed as NZ First leader no one should be surprised by that but the partys MPs will vote for a deputy next week. Ron Mark is currently the deputy. NZH:  NZ First leader Winston Peters re-elected, deputy vote next week NZ First has joined the fray of leadership elections, []

16:07

Increase observers on boats : Basil "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Communication and Information Technology and Energy Minister Sam Basil suggests the National Fisheries Authority (NFA) increase the number of observers onboard tuna fishing vessels from one to two.

Basil told Parliament on Friday that the current arrangement of placing only one observer on a vessel remained a concern.

I support the concerns raised by the governor for East Sepik regarding the disappearance of observers (four), he said.

This is a serious issue right now and will be an ongoing issue.

Basil said the observers were exposed to many things.

The boat that they were on, these foreign fishing vessels, have licences that come with certain conditions and there are laws governing their operations, he said.

Sometimes these foreign vessels have bi-catches, catching some of the fish species and marine animals that are not allowed in their licence.

Sometimes, they do transhipment on the high seas without NFA knowledge.

Basil said for an observer to fight against trans-shipment, it was a matter of some millions of dollars.
You can see the danger he (observer) is in.

Thats why I think it is important that we need to pay serious attention to it (observer safety) immediately and we must put at least two observers on board a foreign fishing vessel..

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS

16:06

Struggling With Japans Nuclear Waste, Six Years After Disaster "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Six years after the largest nuclear disaster in a quarter-century, Japanese officials have still not solved a basic problem: what to do with an ever-growing pile of radioactive waste. Each form of waste at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, where three reactors melted down after an earthquake and a tsunami on March 11, 2011, presents its own challenges. The Tokyo Electric Power Company is pumping water nonstop through the three reactors to cool melted fuel that remains too hot and radioactive to remove. About 400 tons of water passes through the reactors every day. The water picks up radiation in the reactors and then is diverted into a decontamination facility. All this water is being stored in 1,000 gray, blue and white tanks on the grounds. The tanks already hold 962,000 tons of contaminated water. Within a few years, though, and no one is sure exactly when, the plant may run out of room to store the contaminated water. The process of decontaminating the water leaves radioactive sludge trapped in filters, which are being held in thousands of containers of different sizes. Tokyo Electric says it cannot quantify the amount of radioactive sludge being generated. The ultimate goal of the cleanup is to cool and, if possible, remove the uranium and plutonium fuel that was inside the three reactors at the time of the disaster. Tokyo Electric hopes to begin removing fuel debris from the reactor cores in 2021. The entire effort could take decades.

Note: Other signs of serious environmental problems may be related to radiation contamination in the Pacific. For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on the Fukushima Nuclear Plant disaster.

16:01

National deputy going to a vote "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

As well as voting for a new leader next week the National caucus will also vote for a deputy. Paula Bennett is currently the deputy leader. Newsroom: National deputy leadership will also go to vote National MPs will vote on February 27 for the new leader, with party whip Jamie Lee Ross announcing there would []

16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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15:30

Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If sacrificing your own life would save the lives of a specific number of strangers, how many strangers would need to be saved for you to sacrifice your own life? What if the people were friends? How about family? Discuss:

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15:06

IKEA To Begin Selling At-Cost Home Solar Panel Systems For Under $10,000 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Swedish furniture manufacturer IKEA recently announced a plan to sell at-cost home solar panel systems that will range from $7,500 $10,000. The offer is slowly rolling out in different markets and is already available in different parts of Europe and Japan. This week, IKEA Australia boss Jan Gardberg announced that the solar panels will soon be sold in his region as well.

In an interview with 9 News, Gardberg said, We have already introduced (solar panels) into the UK market and in Poland and something similar in Japan, and I and the team would like to find a way to introduce that to the Australian market.

It would actually be cost-neutral because we believe this to be another positive way that we, as a big company, can contribute for the sustainable life at home for the many people in Australia, he added.

According to Canstar Blue, this is the price list that is currently being used for IKEA solar products in the UK:

a 3kW solar system for 4,412 ($A7,800);
a customisable solar system, starting at 3kW for 4,941 ($A8,700);
 and a customized solar system thats designed to integrate seamlessly with your roof, again starting at 3kW, this time costing 6,176 ($A10,900).

Hopefully, their solar panels are of a better quality and easier to put together than their furniture is.

The price of solar panels has continued to decrease with each passing year, making solar as a viable energy source a very real possibility.

2016 data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) suggests that solar has actually already become the cheapest way to generate energy.

According to a recent estimate released by the International Energy Agency, solar will be the worlds primary source of energy by 2050. Recent breakthroughs in solar technology are making it more efficient and cheaper to extract energy from the sun, which in turn, is making this technology more available to the average person.

Solar power is unlike most other energy resources because there is a limitless supply. This limitless supply of power could actually cause energy prices to drop so low that anyone could afford it. Like all technology, the technology to harness electricity from the sun will continue to become cheaper as it is developed and perfected.


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15:04

People moves: United Nations, KPMG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A new Country Representative for the UN in PNG, Senior Taxation appointment at KPMG

The new United Nations Resident Coordinator for PNG is Gianluca Rampolla, replacing Roy Trivedy, who has held the post since November, 2013. Prior to his appointment as the highest-ranking UN Official in PNG, Rampolla served in several UN field assignments in Africa, Europe and the UNs headquarters in New York.

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Karen McEntee has been appointed the new head of KPMGs Taxation Service line in Papua New Guinea. She began her career 20 years ago with KPMG in Ireland.

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15:00

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I have to admit, the PMs boyfriend is actually quite funny.

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14:59

14:47

In brief: Public debt stands at 31.9 per cent of GDP, and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Total public debt stands at K23.5 billion, review of gun licences for private security firms likely, and Peoples Micro Bank to be commercialised later this year. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Total public debt stands at K23.5 billion as at the end of 2017 representing 31.9 per cent of gross domestic product, according to the 2017 final budget outcome tabled in Parliament by Treasury Minister Charles Abel. The figure is an increase of K1.6 billion or 7.4 per cent over 2016 levels. He said the 2017 outcome showed total revenue and grants at K11.2 billion and total expenditure and net lending at K12.9 billion, adding: This translates to a budget deficit of K1.7 billion or 2.3 per cent of GDP.

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Police Minister Jelta Wong has indicated the government is likely to review firearm licences for private security firms in PNG, after a public shootout in a busy supermarket in Port Moresby last week involving two foreign security guards. Wong said police will now move in to confiscate all firearms owned by the security firm.

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The NDBs Moses Liu.

The Managing Director of the National Development Bank, Moses Liu, has reportedly told employees that he expects the Peoples Micro Bank Limited to be a fully fledged commercial bank this year. He also said a discussion on commercialising the NDB was ruled out in favour of commercialising the PMB.

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Bougainville Copper Ltd is seeking a judicial review of the Bougainville Governments moratorium on mining at...

14:38

The Secret on the Ocean Floor "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: BBC: In the summer of 1974, a large and highly unusual ship set sail from Long Beach in California. It was heading for the middle of the Pacific where its owners boasted it would herald a revolutionary new industry beneath the waves. Equipped with a towering rig and the latest in drilling gear, the []

14:35

Hell that was a surprise "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I have just heard on a NewstalkZB news bulletin that Winston Peters was the sole nominee for leader of New Zealand First and he was unanimously elected. His election was then greeted with acclamation.

14:30

Perhaps Labour should try crowdfunding their million trees? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Some Kiwis from Christchurch made an attempt to crowdfund a forest and have managed so far to hit a million trees but they werent doing it for our PM, they were doing because of President Trump. An effort to crowdfund a forest, founded by a trio from Christchurch, has hit an incredible target of 1 million []

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14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Pluvial  rainy; relating to of characterised by rainfall; a period marked by increased rainfall; marked or formed by an abundance orf rain; geologic change resulting from the action of rain.

14:05

Newsflash on Gurunathan "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Kapiti Mayor files defence in defamation case Kapitis Mayor, K Gurunathan (Guru) has filed his defence in the High Court against a defamation case being brought by the owners of Waikanaes well-known macrocarpa hedge. He is being represented by Sarah Macky, a partner at Heaney and Partners out of Auckland. The Mayor  is facing the []

14:00

Oh no, its a conspiracy to make me a smoker! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I dont know about you but I sometimes do online grocery shopping. I discovered it one time when I was too ill to do the weekly grocery shop and have used it off and on ever since. One of the nice things about it is that sometimes they include free samples of things that you []

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13:48

13:46

Cyclone "Gita" to bring damaging winds and heavy rain to central New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Cyclone Gita, currently located over the Tasman Sea, is forecast to track southeastwards and cross central New Zealand late Tuesday and early Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (local time). The passage of Gita is expected to bring a period of high-impact severe weather...... Read more

13:36

Vanuatu tourism executives see co-operation with Papua New Guinea and Fiji as the way to capture the China market "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Vanuatu tourism officials want a joint approach with Papua New Guinea and Fiji to develop the lucrative inbound Chinese tourism market. With Vanuatu still recovering from the effects of 2013s Cyclone Pam, Business Advantage PNG asks key industry figures how the Melanesian country is preparing to capture the China market.

The new Ramada Resort in Port Vila. Source: Ramada

We are looking at the China market, like everyone else is, says George Iapson, Chair of the Vanuatu Investment Promotion Authority. Were hoping to get flights directly from mainland China, either Southern China or Shanghai.

We need to piggyback on the Air Niugini move into the Chinese route development [PNGs national airline is scheduled to start flying to Shanghai later this year] and theres a real possibility we can move into the Asia market through PNG. That process has started.

...

13:36

Five questions for: James Movick, Director-General, Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Control of foreign fishing vessels in international waters is the biggest threat to the South Pacific tuna industry, according to James Movick, Director-General, Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency. He tells Business Advantage PNG that plans to increase aerial surveillance will help detect illegal fishing.

Business Advantage PNG (BAPNG): How would you describe the state of the tuna fishing industry in the South Pacific?

Forum Fisheries Agencys James Movick warns the tuna industry is at risk.

James Movick (JM): Tuna is by far the biggest fishery in terms of catches and catch values for the region. The good news is that all of the four major tuna stocksskipjack, yellowfin, albacore and bigeyeare being fished sustainably.

None of the main stocks, according to the scientists, is being overfished.

The bad news is that longline fisheries, which mainly target high value tuna for sashimi, are facing difficult economic conditions and falling catch rates. This has had a very negative impact on many domestic fishing companies in Pacific Island countries.

BAPNG: Whats the biggest influence in determining the state of the industry?

JM: Maintaining the sustainability of the stocks is obviously the key to securing a fishery that will continue to provide benefits for Pacific Island people into the future and is the top priority of FFA and its member countries.

However, biological sustainability is not always enough to ensure a viable fishing industry; this depends on catch rates, global tuna prices, fuel costs etc.

At the moment, the purse seine fishery is generally profitable; the longline fishery is a lot less viable.

The biggest single threat to the tuna fishery is the lack of control of mainly foreign vessels operating on the high seas.

When fishing in our 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs), they are subject to regulation and a robust fishery management regime;...

13:30

Shame can hurt but it can also motivate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Shame is considered quite rightly to be a negative emotion yet because it is so powerful an emotion it has been used over the centuries to try to change a persons behaviour. The most obvious example that springs to mind are the stocks. [] Shame has been identified as having an important role in self-regulation []

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13:05

Releasing customary land for housing essential as state land runs out, says NRI "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

House prices still remain out of reach for most Port Moresby residents, according to a report by Papua New Guineas National Research Institute. It says that changing the approach to customary land has become necessary because state land is running out.

Sales of property in Port Moresby. Source: NRI

Although house sales and rent prices have decreased, they are still beyond the reach of most Port Moresby residents because the decrease is not proportional to the increase during the construction phase of the PNG LNG project, according to the report, which was authored by Eugene Ezebilo, Program Leader of the Property Development Program at the National Research Institute (NRI).

Currently, many houses are vacant in the historical medium-income areas and the Central Business District (CBD). Most residents cannot afford to buy or rent houses there and have moved to low-income areas such as Gerehu, which is now booming in real estate activities.

With state land almost exhausted, the attention has now shifted to customary land.

Ezebilo argues that there should be more effort by the government to unlock secure customary land for development.

Access to customary land has been a long-standing issue in PNG and requires urgent attention. With state land almost exhausted, the attention has now shifted to customary land.

Legislative changes?

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13:00

What jobs are appropriate for former politicians "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Michael Reddell has a useful post at Croaking Cassandra on the way in which former politicians turn up on boards.

This paragraph resonated with Adam:-

Whatever the sector, a Cabinet minister who legislates/regulates in ways which are welcomed by the regulated industry are much more likely to find the post-politics doors open than one who regulates in a way the industry finds costly or inconvenient. It isnt just an issue in banking it could be telecoms, or electricity, or transport, export education or whatever. Im no great fan of most business regulation, but it exists and the community as a whole has made a decision that such regulation is necessary or desirable. If so, it is easy to envisage cases of a conflict between the public interest and the private interests of the regulated entities.

The post is well worth reading. Adam does not agree with various issues raised in the post, but sees where Mr Reddell is coming from.

It would have been useful if he had noted more examples of Labour politicians turning up on boards eg Michael Cullen on NZ Post, and recently such as Pete Hodgson. Plus the propensity to use certain politicans to lead inquiries.

Perhaps a stand down period could be considered for appointments to NZ entities, at the same time the question of hindering an individuals right to earn a living needs to be considered

Tere is an ethic debate to be had and one which is worth having.

12:30

Headline of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Woohoo, but what I really want to know is will she make it compulsory?   **WARNING R18 sex gifs over the break

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11:38

The PNG 100 CEO Survey 2018: Papua New Guineas chief executives remain optimistic "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Business Advantages PNG 100 CEO Survey of chief executives in Papua New Guineas biggest companies has found that profit expectations were only partly met last year, but there are signs of growing confidence in 2018.

This is the seventh year that Business Advantage PNG has run the PNG 100 CEO Surveyour exclusive survey of the executives who run PNGs largest companies.

Each year, the survey aims to reveal current levels of business confidence by asking CEOs about their anticipated profit levels and expectations for investment and recruitment in the year ahead2018. We also ask them to rank the key issues they face in their business.

Profit performance in 2017 versus expectations. Source: PNG 100 CEO Survey/Business Advantage International

Profits patchy

Twelve months ago, when we asked the CEOs what their profit expectations were for 2017, they were mostly optimistic...

11:30

Yassmins Islamic amnesia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Orwell once wrote, One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that. Portuguese poet and philosopher Fernando Pessoa likewise wrote of the stupidity of the intelligentsia. Both were deriding the phenomenon by which otherwise intelligent and educated people convince themselves of the most absurd beliefs. Stupid ideas which, as Orwell said, no ordinary []

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11:19

2018 APEC Study Centres Consortium Conference Call for Papers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

The 2018 APEC Study Centre Consortium Conference (ASCCC) is to be held from 14-15 May 2018 at the Laguna Hotel in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG). It will be research-focused, support the overall objectives of APEC 2018 hosted by PNG, and will be an exciting opportunity to inform and influence public policy for APEC economies.

The overall APEC 2018 theme is Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future, with three priorities:

  • Improving connectivity, and deepening regional economic integration.
  • Promoting inclusive and sustainable growth.
  • Strengthening economic growth through structural reform.

The ASCC Conference will closely align with these priorities and focus on presenting evidence-based research, policy and best practice to inform and present practical steps for policy makers.

The PNG APEC Study Centre (PNG ASC) is calling for expressions of interest to present high-quality research, policy and best practice papers. Each presenter will be invited to speak for a maximum of 20 minutes, followed by a group Q&A at the end of each session.

All submissions should be made through the NRI website portal, and must include an abstract of no more than 500 words (which should describe any potential impact on public policy) and a short bio of the presenter (no more than 150 words). The deadline for abstracts is 23 March 2018. Potential presenters will be advised of the outcome of their submission on 30 March, and will then be required to provide any relevant paper, accompanying powerpoint presentation, and a photo of themselves to be used in the conference program.

Abstracts will be screened by a panel of experts to ensure that high-quality papers which align with the Conference theme and topics are delivered.

For further information please contact Martin Aspin.

Please note that Devpolicy is not involved in this conference and all queries should be directed to the PNG APEC Study Centre at the PNG National Research Institute.

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11:00

No, no, no: Shortens message to Adani "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

ALP leader Bill Shorten. Photo AAP

BRISBANE, AAP Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says theres no way hell support government money going to Adani to help the Indian miner get its Queensland coal mine off the ground.

Adanis planned mine has dominated a community meeting Mr Shorten attended in Townsville on Monday night.

If they want to use EFIC (the Export Finance and Investment Corporation) or any other form of government funding body to get the money no, no, no, he told the crowd.

There were tense scenes outside the meeting at the Currajong State School when a man scuffled with anti-Adani protesters.

Police were called and a 53-year-old man was issued with a notice to front court on three counts of common assault.

The mine is a divisive issue in Townsville, which is one of two fly-in, fly-out bases for the Galilee basin coal mine.

Some want the jobs Adani has promised, but others view the mine as an environmental disaster.

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11:00

Its time to get rid of the term hate speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I am guilty of using the term hate speech because I like to use the lefts own made-up terms against them. I tend to use the terms when pointing out that they are doing what they have accused others of doing. When they attack white males, for example, for their gender and their skin colour I []

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10:30

RNZ:- Poll of Polls "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Colin James writing at RNZ

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Labours average was already 40.1% by the end of January, 3.2 percentage points above its election score.

Its latest average, of polls in January and February, is 43.4% after last nights 1 News poll which gave Labour 48% to Nationals 43%.

Labours 43.4% average is only a whisker behind Nationals 43.5%, which is down slightly from 43.8% at end-January but still close to its 44.4% election score and a solid starting point from which to build its 2020 election case.

Labours ascendancy has come at the expense of its two support parties. New Zealand Firsts latest average is 3.9%, well below the 5% threshold needed for seats in Parliament and its 7.2% election score. The Greens average is spot on their 6.3% election score.

For the record The Opportunities Partys latest average is 1.4%, the Mori partys was 0.9% and ACTs was a miserable 0.3%.

The poll average is drawn from the latest 1 News Colmar Brunton, Newshub Reid Research, Roy Morgan and the unpublished UMR Research polls.

However, could uncertainty re Nationals Leadership, that pregnancy and the uncritical media support for Ardern be screwing...

10:30

Women can do anything "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Womens Minister and Green Party co-leadership candidate Julie Anne Genter has announced she is pregnant.   The pregnancy did not at all change her intention to stand for co-leader or to carry on as Womens Minister and associate transport and health minister. I do believe that there is no reason a woman cant be a mother and do []

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10:26

The War Against Indigenous Schools In the Philippines: Lumad Educators Solidarity Tour 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Dear Friends,

From March 19 until April 5th, Auckland Philippines Solidarity (APS), Philippines Solidarity Network of Aotearoa (PSNA), Migrante Aotearoa will be hosting a speaking tour of Lumad (Indigenous peoples) educators from Mindanao, Southern Philippines.

The tour is titled The War Against Indigenous (Lumad) Schools in the Philippines. In June last year, immediately following his State of the Nation Address and when confronted by thousands of indigenous activists, Philippine President Duterte threatened to have the military bomb the independent indigenous schools that had been established in the ancestral domains of the Lumad tribes. https://www. theguardian.com/world/2017/ jul/26/philippines-duterte- threatens-to-bomb-indigenous- schools

His threats are not hollow; Mindanao is currently under martial law and under the guise of counter insurgency and in the interests of big mining corporations, hundreds of military and para-military attacks against the schools have occurred. The attacks include military encampments within the schools, indiscriminate firing against schools, threats, harassment and intimidation of students and teachers, the destruction and divestment of school property, imprisonment of school leaders and even the killing of students and teachers. Thousands of students have been affected and several schools have been forced to close.

In response the Lumad communities launched the Save Our Schools (SOS) campaign and gained national attention after a notorious para-military group publicly executed a Lumad school director Emerito Samarca and two Lumad community leaders in September 2015. In support of the SOS campaign we are touring two Manobo Lumad Educators; Fritzi Junance Magbanua and Anthony Pele Navarro.

Fritzi Junance Magbunua is a Moro (Indigenous Muslim tribes) and Teduray (Lumad) educator. She coordinates the programmes and training of staff and faculty for 32 schools in Moro and Lumad communities for the Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation Inc (MISFI) (https://misfi-phil.org). She previously served as a volunteer teacher for several years in Salupongan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Community (in Defense of Ancestral Land) Centers in the Taliangod Manobo Ancestral Domain.

Anthony Pele Navarro is the Executive Director of Salupongan International (http://salupongan.org/) an organisation dedicated to the empowerment of rural Lumad and Moro Communities in Southern Philippines. He is the international representative of the SOS campaign and a part-time teacher at the Community Technical College of Southern Mindanao.

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10:11

Oral Questions: 20 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Questions to Ministers Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Governments policies? KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the costs of living? Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence in the policy advice he receives? Hon NIKKI KAYE to the Minister of Education: What specific advice, if []

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10:07

Nautilus Minerals says it doesnt know very much at all "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

According to Nautilus Minerals, although it has successfully tested its mining machines in a giant puddle, there is an awful lot it does NOT know about its proposed Solwara 1, experimental seabed mine in Papua New Guinea.

Indeed, it is hard to find anything the company does know with any certainty.

Nautilus Minerals admits it does not know:

1. If its mining machines will work on the seafloor

Nautilus says there are risks relating to the performance of the Seafloor Production Tools include the risk of equipment failing to perform to design specifications when operated at the Solwara 1 Project, as the machines have not yet been tested at depths similar to depths present at the Solwara 1 Project.

2. If it can raise the money it needs to even start mining

The risks related...

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Niche markets open up for farmers with good animal welfare and environmental records Pat Deavoll:

Merino farmers front-footing environmental and animal welfare standards are finding better paying niche markets opening up for them.

A property in the Ashburton Lakes area has secured a contract to sell wool direct to a major American retailer, said Rakaia Gorge runholder Willy Ensor.

I cant name the property yet, but one of the reasons they pulled it all together was because they had a very traceable animal welfare system and an audited farm environment plan. . .

Milton woolhandler claims Southern Shears title :

Milton woolhandler Cheri Peterson has become the latest addition to the ranks of Open-class winners by claiming the Southern Shears title in Gore.

Uniquely, all three in Fridays final were gunning for their first Open win in New Zealand, with the South Otago rookie winning by just over 15pts from runner-up South Island-based Foonie Waihape, from Gisborne, and third placegetter Candy Hiri, of Gore, who were separated by just 0.53pts.

While Waihape had the quicker time and both Waihape and Hiri had better board points, Peterson had the better fleece and oddments points, to make extended a unique record at Gore.. . 

Nutritional formula plant will put Gore on the map Sally Rae:

From bare farmland to a bustling construction site, the rural landscape of McNab, near Gore, has transformed remarkably over the past 18 months.

The population has been temporarily boosted through the day by about 350 people on-site duri...

10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo was taken at 17.20 from the Tauranga on the Waterfront Motel, unit 10, looking towards the rail bridge. VFYW-Whaleoil If you think that you have the perfect competition photo please send it to window@whaleoil.co.nz.  Put Competition photo in the subject line. We need one full of visual clues.

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09:47

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09:30

Netanyahu: Mr Zarif You can take back with you a message to the tyrants of Tehran do not test Israels resolve! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Benjamin Netanyahu is muscling up to Iran: Brandishing a fragment of an Iranian drone downed over northern Israel a week ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday warned that Israel could strike the Islamic Republic directly and cautioned Tehran not to test Israels resolve. Mr. Zarif, do you recognize this? You should, its yours. []

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09:19

Schram fightback: No presumption of innocence; biased process "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Albert-Schram
Dr Schram - "What just happened to me is a clear breach of due process"

ALBERT SCHRAM

LAE - On 15 February, the Council of the Papua New Guinea University of Technology decided to terminate my services, and gave me and my wife seven days to ship out and leave our residence on campus where we have lived more than six years.

On 19 January I was given a mere seven days to answer the allegations and I managed to hand in my answers, though incomplete, before the deadline.

I returned to campus from an engagement elsewhere with my wife on 23 January and that same day Acting Vice Chancellor Dr Ora Renagi wrote that I should stay away from the office.

I was also denied an extension of time to prepare myself and I was not given access to important files regarding this case in the Registry and Bursary.

Council itself acknowledged that the main ground for dismissal was that I allegedly did not present a certified copy of my original doctoral degree from the European University Institute. Here is a link to this on the Institutes website.

This had been a condition for my contract renewal in 2015. In an email dated 13 January 2015, I had requested the renowned European University Institute, established by an international treaty, to send me two hard copies of these credentials, one to my office in Lae and one to Cairns.

Upon receiving the document in Lae, I handed it to the Registrar. The other original I kept. Why would I do otherwise and self-sabotage? And why was this matter not brought up by the Registrar when later, on 26 August 2016, I submitted myself to the annual performance assessment, which lasted a whole day and was supported by an independent consultant?

I was interrogated by the Council last Thursday without being told I was to receive the decision of the Council, had to answer questions or was allowed to give a presentation. I did not know what was going to happen.

At no stage in this process, which started in October 2017, did Acting Chancellor Jean Kekedo ensu...

08:51

Backlash to Schram dismissal grows as documents emerge "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Schram thesis
The verification of Dr Schram's PhD award is on the internet - one allegation against him is that he has not produced his credentials

KEITH JACKSON

NOOSA The dismissal of Dr Albert Schram from his vice-chancellors position at the University of Technology has resulted in a backlash from Papua New Guineans who believe he has been treated unjustly.

And it has also led to the publication of documents that appear to vindicate his argument that the claims against him are exaggerated.

In PNG Attitude on Sunday there were conflicting accounts of the reasons for his termination presented by Dr Schram and the Unitech Council.

A Council meeting last Thursday decided to dismiss the vice-chancellor and gave him just seven days to settle his affairs at the Lae campus.

The controversy has led to a flood of comment to PNG Attitude as readers engage with both sides of the controversy.

Some people have been shocked by the allegations against Dr Schram while others believe he has been subjected to a kangaroo court which has distorted the evidence against him.

One of these is notable Papua New Guinean writer and commentator Martyn Namorong, who has published a copy of Dr Schrams PhD credentials on social media.

The first allegation against the dismissed vice-chancellor was that he had not provided verified academic credentials, so the revelation of the transcript of his credentials from an independent source is a serious blow to the allegations against him.

Despite the defamatory statements made by the Unitech Council against Schram, the evidence supports him, Mr Namorong said. All the Unitech Council had to do was Google the evidence.

The transcript shows that Dr Schram completed a PhD at the European University Institute in Florence,.....

08:47

Four Mining Exploration Licences Issued for Bougainville "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Bougainville is open to any investor who want to come and do business

Post Courier | February 18, 2018

Secretary for Bougainville Mineral and Energy Resources Shadrach Himata says a total of four mining explorations licences have been issued to date.

Mr Himata said companies from Australia, Canada, and the Philippines have taken up interest in the exploration of various areas in Bougainville upon the request of landowner groups.

We have a company from Australia, Canadians interested, and the Filipinos who are interested in exploration, Mr Himata said.

Right now we have issued four exploration licences in the Tore area in North Bougainville and the Central Bougainville is the Isina area.

The Filipino company, SR Metals, are interested in doing exploration in the eastern part of Isina area in Central Bougainville.

He said on the northern part of the Tore...

08:30

The Grossest Market is no more, liquidation and receivership beset Aaron Drever "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Regular readers will know we have been closely following the fall and demise of Aaron Drever. His latest venture has collapsed. Aaron Drevers Grossest Market has tipped into liquidation: Another piece of wreckage has been added to the pile of former Nosh debris with the liquidation of The Grocers Market store in Mt Eden. The []

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08:26

Why history and art argue against a total ivory ban "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Guardian

Ivory tells the history of the world it must never be banned

Jonathan Jones

UK legislation to ban ivory products from across history would criminalise some of the greatest art the world has seen. We need reason, not passion, in the fight against poaching

Thu 16 Feb 2017 16.18 GMT

Last modified on Wed 14 Feb 2018 17.16 GMT

A delicate and subtle artistic masterpiece front cover plaques from the Lorsch Gospels

The cover of the Lorsch Gospels is one of the most unexpected beauties in any of our museums. This yellowish-white carving comes from the depths of the dark ages, when Europe was supposedly a primitive and barbaric place yet it is a delicate and subtle artistic masterpiece.

It was made in Aachen, Germany, in about 810 to protect a splendid illuminated manuscript produced at the court of the Emperor Charlemagne. Its harmonious design, symmetrical arches, putti and robed figures cleverly emulate the lost splendour of ancient Rome a splendour Charlemagne longed to restore. In the lowest panel, the infant Christ lies in a manger watched over by an ox and ass in one of the earliest nativity scenes in art. This tender portrayal has a loving humanity that communicates directly with us across the centuries.

Prince William charity urges UK to back ivory trade ban

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And it could become illegal in Britain. Under new rules being seriously considered by the government, if a work of this age and quality came on to the market, no British museum or private collector would be allowed to buy it. How long will it be, if this legislation is introduced, before campaigners take the next logical step and call for treasures such as the Lorsch Gospels cover to be taken off display, or even destroyed, like the obscenities they supposedly are?

For this early medieval wonder was carved from elephant ivory. Under new rules, it is illegal in Britain to trade in ivory objects made since 1947, a totally proper and necessary measure against the modern ivory trade and its incitement of ivory poaching. Yet campaigners including the World Wildlife Fund, Tusk and the Duke of Cambridge insist that doesnt go far enough. Illegal ivory traders can forge pre-1947 antiques, they claim, in calling for a total ban on all trade in ivory objects. Unbelievably,...

08:12

Message from Tavolo villagers to Government: We did not sign SABL agreements "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Pepetua Marangona, Tavolo village, Pomio

Source: Scott Waide, My Land, My Country

Tavolo village in Pomio, East New Britain, is a place not many in Waigani know about.

Its tucked away along a patch of sandy beaches in between rocky shorelines that mark the border of East and West New Britain.

The people go on with their lives knowing very well not to expect any help from the National or provincial government. On the maps held by the Department of Agriculture and Livestock, Tavolo is part of a Special Agriculture Business Lease (SABL) in the Melkoi Local Level Government area.

Those who are pushing for the SABL to be implemented on Tavolo land, have probably had no contact at all with the people who own 18,000 hectares of land. They dont understand the peoples aspirations and they will probably defend the SABLs as a sound development option needed for the Tavolo people.

The Tavolo community is small. They have a population of 600 men women and children.

The ward councillor, Peter Kikeleng and another senior community member, Pepetua Marangona, asked me to take their message to those who authorised the Melkoi SABL.

The people dont want a 99-year Special Agriculture Business Lease over their land. They dont want the logging and the oil palm that is expected to come with it. They say that if any development is to come, they must remain in control of their land and that they have to receive direct benefits from the project NOT the crumbs.

When the police come, they beat the landowners because we speak out a lot about  land issues, she says in Tok Pisin. What answers does the government have for the shortage of land that we will face?

They have seen the situation in Pomio where large tracts of land have been logged and land taken away from customary landowners through SABLs.   They know about the communities that are being broken by the greed and court battles against each other.

They dont want that....

08:00

Does Jacinda Ardern care about these mostly Mori and Pasifika students? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The worm has most definitely turned and I am reading article after article in the MSM that is supportive of Charter schools and Charter school students, but is Jacinda Ardern listening and does she care about what will happen to these students as a result of Labours wrecking-ball approach to education? OPINION: Sundays Save our charter schools march []

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