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Thursday, 21 September

22:38

New US Government Study on Fluoride Damage to Brain "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fluoride Free New Zealand is calling on the 23 councils (out of the total of 67) that still fluoridate, to urgently implement a moratorium on fluoridation to protect the brains of children being born today in their community.

A major study published on Tuesday in the US Governments Environmental Health Perspectives has found that children born to mothers exposed to fluoride while pregnant, have significantly lower IQ scores. This is particularly relevant to New Zealand where half of the population is currently subjected to fluoridation.

The study measured fluoride in urine and found the average level of fluoride in urine was 0.9mg/L (mg/L = parts per million). To relate this to water fluoride concentration, a separate study found that pregnant women in an area with 0.4 to 0.8 ppm water fluoride only had slightly lower urine fluoride than the average participants in this study. The Ministry of Health recommends fluoride chemicals be added to the water at 0.85ppm.
Pregnant women in New Zealand in fluoridated areas likely have similar levels of urine fluoride as those in the Mexican study. Urine fluoride reflects total fluoride intake from all sources, not just fluoridated water. The paper also reports that in the USA, which is 70% fluoridated, urine fluoride ranges from about 0.5 to 1.5 mg/L which fully overlaps the range found in the Mexican study.
The child of a mother who was drinking water with 0.85ppm fluoride would be predicted to have 5 IQ lower IQ points than if the mother had drunk water with close to zero fluoride in it. This obviously has huge consequences for New Zealand children.

The Ministry of Health recommended 1ppm until the 1990s when it reduced to a range from 0.7ppm to 1ppm, with a target of 0.85ppm. The US Human and Health Services have directed a maximum of 0.7ppm for fluoridation.

This study was very carefully done by a group of researchers who have produced over 50 papers on the cognitive health of children in relationship to environmental exposures.  It was funded by the US Governments National Institute of Health and was a multi-million dollar study.  This was the groups first study of fluoride their other studies mostly dealing with lead, mercury and other environmental neurotoxicants.

This study controlled for a wide range of potential factors that might have skewed the results and produced a false effect.  It was able to largely rule out confounding effects by these other factors.  The factors ruled out included lead, mercury, socio-economic status, smoking, alcohol use, and health problems during pregnancy.

This study offers confirmation of previous studies in Mexico, China....

22:35

World watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:31

September 22 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

66  Emperor Nero created the Legion I Italica.

1236 The Lithuanians and Semigallians defeated the Livonian Brothers of the Sword in the Battle of Saule.

1499 Treaty of Basel: Switzerland became an independent state.

1515 Anne of Cleves, wife of Henry VIII, was born (d. 1557).

1586  Battle of Zutphen: Spanish victory over English and Dutch.

1598 Ben Jonson was indicted for manslaughter.

1692 Last people hanged for witchcraft in the United States.

1761  George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz were crowned King and Queen of the Great Britain.

1784  Russia established a colony at Kodiak, Alaska.

1789 Battle of Rymnik established Alexander Suvorov as a pre-eminent Russian military commander after his allied army defeat superior Ottoman Empire forces.

1866 Battle of Curupaity in the War of the Triple Alliance.

1869 Richard Wagners opera Das Rheingold premiered in Munich.

1880 Dame Christabel Pankhurst, English suffragist, was born (d. 1958).

1885 Ben Chifley, Prime Minister of Australia, was born (d. 1951).

1885...

22:29

22:00

Papua New Guinea journalist bound for the United States on a U.S. Embassy program "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea journalist bound for the United States on a U.S. Embassy program
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: U.S. Embassy Port Moresby has selected Meriba Tulo from Papua New Guinea to participate in the United States Department of States International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) titled, The Role of Journalism in a Democratic Society. Mr. Tulo is a senior reporter and anchor at EM TV, one of four television networks in the country.

As a young journalist working at the countrys oldest television network, Mr. Tulo is aware of the changing media landscapes in Papua New Guinea with the advent of social media being accepted more and more as a source of news.
I am very excited about this program and looking forward to sharing and learning best practices from other participants from around the world, and bringing home some of these practices back to my workplace, said Mr. Tulo.
During Mr. Tulos program, September 25 to October 13, he will visit Washington D.C., New York, Iowa City, Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon. The program will focus on the U.S. system of government, investigative journalism, and journalism education and training. It will also feature a panel discussion on new journalism models such as community engagement and new business models for reporting. Follow the Embassy Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/usembassyportmoresby/ for updates on Mr. Tulos trip.
The IVLP is the U.S. Department of States premier professional exchange program that aims to provide firsthand knowledge about U.S. society, culture and politics, while cultivating lasting relationships. By connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts, IVLP fosters lasting relationships and helps strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world.

21:44

Chinese dairy company Yili makes substantial offer for Murray Goulburn "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

A CHINESE dairy juggernaut is courting Australias biggest milk processor, Murray Goulburn Cooperative, lobbing a buyout offer for the group, sources say.

Yili, which makes milk products for the Chinese market, is rumoured to the be in the box seat for the struggling Melbourne-based cooperative after tabling a substantial offer.

Confirming last month that it had slumped into the red during the year to June, Murray Goulburn also revealed it had fielded buyout bids and offers for some of its assets.

A buyout by an offshore group such as Yili would face scrutiny from the Foreign Investment Review Board.

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Murray Goulburn chief executive Ari Mervis. Picture: Aaron Francis

Industry experts say any deal would likely need the backing of 90 per cent of Murray Goulburns farmer suppliers under its co-op structure. As such, the government would be less likely to overturn a deal even if the review board had concerns, they say.

Other bidders are said to include listed company Bega Cheese, Chinese group Fuyuan Farming, New Zealand dairy processing titan Fonterra and Canadian heavyweight Saputo, which already owns Warrnambool Cheese and Butter.

Italian dairy titan Parmalat, Japans Lion, Singapore-owned Goodman Fielder and New Zealands A2 Milk which is listed on...

21:26

Australia PM's XIII Teams arrive in Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

For the first time the PMs XIIIs match will see a double header of matches to be played by both PNG and Australias men and womens side on Saturday.
Australian PMs XIII coach Mal Meninga said this is an extra-ordinary step forward and they have been working very hard behind the scenes with the Australian PMs XIII womans side who will be playing with PNG womans side for the first ever-international match.
Meninga said that this will be a real momentous time for rugby league in general adding that it will be a great spectacle.
Also this afternoon the visiting Australian PMs XIII side and the Womens rugby league World Champions Jillaroos arrived at the Jacksons International Airport for their match on Saturday.
PNG Rugby Football League Chief Executive Officer Reatau Rau was at the reception to receive the visiting teams. Fans gathered at the International Terminal car park to cheer for their NRL Stars as they drove out. PNGFM / PNG Today

21:04

PNG and Australia PM's Departments sign MOU on Institutional Strengthening "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Department of Prime Minister & National Executive Council of Papua New Guinea and the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet yesterday (20/09/17) signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning technical cooperation and institutional partnership.

Chief Secretary to Government, Isaac Lupari said the MOU will:
1. Pave the way for institutional link and strengthening between the two Departments under the current Department treaty between the two countries;
2. Provides for institutional strengthening in the areas of Public Service Reforms, Whole-of-Government process, and monitoring and coordination of government policies and decisions; and
3. Integral part of this understanding is to twine arrangement for officers from PM& NEC to undergo joint training and skill building.

Mr Lupari said the MOU is set to recognize the importance that both governments place on strong institutional links between PNG and Australia and expanding the existing people to people links between the two countries.
It recognizes the shared role of both Departments in providing quality advice to their respective governments and in supporting the coordinated development and implementation of government policies, the Chief Secretary said.

Mr Lupari said the working relationship and cooperation between the two institutions will be based on mutual understanding, respect, responsibility, transparency and accountability whilst having regard to their capacity and resources for improved development outcomes with full participation from both participants.

20:57

PNG Agriculture Mininister to launch Trukai's State-of-the-art Hulling Mill "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rice Hulling Mill. Photo by Trukai Industries/supplied 
Minister for Agriculture and Livestock and Member for Unaggi- Bena Hon Benny Allen will be guest of honour when he inaugurates Trukai Industries new hulling mill at its main operations base in Mataram Street, Lae this Monday (25th September).

The state-of-the-art facility is the first of its kind in PNG and has a maximum production capacity of 240 ton per week. It becomes the vital final component that establishes a 100% fully integrated process for domestic rice production in PNG.

The large scale vertical integration process the mill enables means that for the first time, there will be an end-to-end solution for domestic production of rice in Papua New Guinea.

Trukai is the only rice company with the capability to process locally gown rice, and this mill completes the value chain that involves seed and site research, planting, growing, harvesting, milling, packing and distributing domestically grown rice.

Hon Mr Allen will be joined by other government representatives and a representative from Chingwam Rice Growers Cooperative for the ceremony. Other dignitaries to attend the inauguration will include Trukai Chairman Mr Mark Robertson.

Following opening addresses Hon.Mr Allen will have the honour of cutting the ceremonial ribbon to open the mill. Trukai Industries will then switch on the mill and the rice used in its initial run will be 130 tons of rice grown in its trial crop at Chingwam. The crop was harvested in April/May this year with the cooperation of the Chingwam Rice Growers Cooperative.

The rice hulling mill was purchased from Vietnam and is the first of its kind for PNG. Trukai Industries is proud to be taking the lead with its introduction.

Trukai has invested heavily in the development of a domestic rice industry to date, with the mill representing a further expenditure of over K620, 000.

It will provide the capability to process locally grown rice initially grown in the Markham Valley, as part of Trukai Industries Markham Valley Rice Corridor Plan. The plan incorporates rain fed...

20:49

PAPUA NEW GUINEA MENS NATIONAL TEAM SET TO CHALLENGE FILIPINO BASKETBALL LEAGUES FINEST "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea - As part of preparations for the upcoming FIBA Melanesia
Basketball Cup, the PepsiPNG Mens National Basketball Team will face an international All-Star line-up
comprised of the best players from the Filipino Association of PNG (FAPNG) Basketball League.
The two-sides will meet at 7:30pm this Sunday evening at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre (TAIC).
The idea for the exhibition match-up came about following a meeting between Basketball Federation of
Papua New Guinea (BFPNG) President Mr. Nick Daroa, FAPNG Madam President Ms. Cathy Madrid
and PepsiPNG Mens National Team Assistant Coach Mr. Ferdinand Daroya.
The trio agreed that the event would be a tremendous showcase, one that if successfully delivered on
Sunday, has the ability to become an annual event on the BFPNG basketball calendar.
BFPNG President Mr. Nick Daroa acknowledged the game as being a positive lead-up contest for PNG.
Both of our PepsiPNG national teams need pre-tournament games leading into the Melanesia Cup and
this matchup with the FAPNG All Stars gives our mens side a real high-quality hit out, Mr. Daroa said.
When you combine the premier FAPNG players together on one team, it creates a very formidable side.

Their squad will resemble a similar size and standard to that of a top pacific hoops nation and the game is going to be great entertainment for fans. It will certainly be one of the best basketball showdowns that we have seen in Port Moresby since the 2015 Pacific Games and we are grateful to FAPNG for accepting the invitation to participate, Daroa added. The FAPNG Basketball All Stars will be coached by Eddie Salazar and their line-up includes a number of players who possess professional PBL experience. Following the game there will be trophy presentations sponsored by Rainbow Travel. Admission to the game is free for all spectators, with the TAIC doors opening at 6pm. The 2017 FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup presented by Paradise Beverages, commences on Wednesday, September 27 at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre (TAIC). For more information, please contact BFPNG Chief Executive Officer Joel Khalu on khalujoel@gmail.com FAPNG BASKETBALL ALL STARS Player Number Player Name FAPNG Team #3 Mark Palisoc Wel Builders #4 Ian Trinidad Wel Builders #5 Ezekiel Echane Rain or Shine Paints #9 Orlando...

20:45

TEAMMATES COLLIDE IN RED VS GOLD INTER-SQUAD BASKETBALL CHALLENGE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Betty Angula (Left) and Rosa Kairi (Right) are ready for their inter-squad game this Sunday. Picture: Matthew Adekponya
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea - In one of their final hit-outs before the FIBA Melanesia
Basketball Cup gets underway, the PepsiPNG Womens National Basketball Team will split into Red
and Gold teams, which will do battle in an inter-squad exhibition game on Sunday.
The two-sides will face-off at 6:30pm at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre (TAIC).
PepsiPNG Womens National Team Head Coach Moi Muri said it was a good chance for his team to
fine-tune leading into next weeks international tournament.
Our girls have been working very hard in training but need some extra match fitness to make sure we are
ready, Coach Muri said.


This game will be six versus six, so it will really test the players fitness levels.
We also hope a big crowd will come along to TAIC and watch the players in their national team uniforms
for the first time.
It will be a good opportunity for basketball fans to see the ladies in action before we hit the court next
Wednesday for our first game against Fiji.
Admission to the inter-squad game is free for all spectators, with the TAIC doors opening at 6pm.
The 2017 FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup presented by Paradise Beverages, commences on
Wednesday, September 27 at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre (TAIC).

20:33

Psychiatry Ignores an Elephant in the Room "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Large cohort studies of people with a first-episode psychosis provide a unique opportunity for finding out why so many young people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders die at a young age. However, it seems that those psychiatrists who have access to the mortality data generally do not want the facts to come out. In published cohort studies, there is virtually always too little information or no information at all about the causes of death.

In 2012, Hegelstad et al. published 10-year follow-up data for 281 patients with a first-episode psychosis (the TIPS study). 1 Although their average age at entry into the study was only 29 years, 49 patients (17%) had died in less than 10 years. The authors detailed article was about recovery and symptom scores and they took no interest in all these deaths, which appeared in a flowchart of patients lost to follow-up and were not commented upon anywhere in their paper. In the text, however, they mentioned only 28 deaths (11%), so it is difficult to know how many died.

On March 5th 2017, I wrote to the first author: In your interesting study from 2012, Long-Term Follow-Up of the TIPS Early Detection in Psychosis Study: Effects on 10-Year Outcome, 28 patients died of 281. Do you have the causes of death, which would be very interesting to know about? I noticed that most patients were still on antipsychotics 10 years after they started (table 2). I consider this very frightening, e.g. around half of them will have tardive dyskinesia (which is often masked by ongoing treatment) and many, if not all, will have developed permanent brain damage at this point, to mention just two of the important harms of long-term treatment. In contrast, only 17% of patients in Lappland were still on antipsychotics 5 years after their first episode (compared to 75% in Stockholm).

I sent a reminder ten days later and was told I would get an answer shortly. On May 10th, I wrote again: It is now another two months. You did an important study and it is important for the world to know what 10% of your very young patients died from in just 10 years. It is a frightening death rate. Do we need to file a Freedom of Information request to get this information?

Hegelstad replied that, We are preparing a manuscript detailing the information you are asking for. It will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. When published the information will be readily available to all.

The preparation of the manuscript and its publication were very fast. Already in June, the paper was out, in World Psychiatry.2 With this record speed, I wondered what the peer r...

20:22

Solomon Islands Police confiscates marijuana and kwaso in West Honiara "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A combined team of police officers  from White River and Honiara Central Police stations  yesterday (Wednesday 20 September) confiscated marijuana  and the illegal local brew kwaso at Karaina roadside and Savo heights, at White River in West Honiara.

The raid was in response to information supplied by the public alleging the selling of marijuana and kwaso alongside the road.
Three males have been arrested by police in relation to the confiscated items and the trio are expected to be interviewed today.
Officer Commanding White River Police Station, Inspector Walter Manefakale says, I am pleased with the outcome and cooperation of the public by supplying the information which led to the raid. I urge more members of the communities to provide information to police to ensure those who continue selling and brewing of kwaso and as well as the dangerous drug, marijuana are brought to face justice.
I want to remind the public and communities, that its unlawful to grow, use, sell and possess marijuana, while its illegal to brew kwaso and sell without approval from the Minister concern," says Commander Manefakale.

20:18

Rabbitohs re-sign John Sutton for the 2018 Season "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are delighted to announce the re-signing of local junior John Sutton for the 2018 season,
giving him the opportunity to become the first player in the Clubs history to play 300 first grade games in what will be his 15th season playing in the NRL.

Sutton is a three-time George Piggins Medallist as the player of the year at South Sydney (2009, 2012-13), has played
more first grade games (282) and more grade games (310) than any other player in the Rabbitohs 109-year history,
has represented City Origin on two occasions and the Australian Prime Ministers XIII once; however the greatest
accomplishment of his career so far is leading the Rabbitohs as captain to the 2014 premiership, the Clubs 21st title.
A Kensington United junior, Sutton is already regarded as a modern day legend of the Club, and Rabbitohs Head
Coach Anthony Seibold says Suttons retention is invaluable to the squad.
John is a leader amongst our group, hes played more games than anyone in our jersey which shows his loyalty to the
Club, and those attributes are priceless to our squad, Coach Seibold said.
The experience he brings is instrumental to players like Cameron Murray, Zane Musgrove, Angus Crichton, Tyrell
Fuimaono, Campbell Graham, Braidon Burns and Siosifa Talakai, amongst others.
He brings a fantastic skill set, his knowledge of the game is deep and thorough, and physically hes a big body.
He adds depth to the back row for us alongside guys like Sam Burgess, Angus, Tyrell, Cam, Dean Britt and Sifa, but
most importantly the leadership and experience he brings at the NRL level is irreplaceable.
Rabbitohs General Manager of Football Shane Richardson paid tribute to Sutton and looks forward to him making a
valuable contribution to the Club in 2018.
John is a key member of our leadership group and has been for some time, Mr Richardson said.
He is our longest serving player, he has led the Club to a premiership, hes played more games than anyone else in the
history of this Club, and he is a fantastic mentor for the young players in our squad.
He knows what it takes to win and hes prepared to lead the way in his preparation for games and the way that he puts
every effort into every performance on the field for Souths in any role the coaching staff requires.
He is a South Sydney man from a wonde...

20:15

Worlds biggest butterfly given lifeline by new captive breeding initiative "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The world largest butterfly, the Queen Alexandra Birdwing, will be the first to benefit from a new conservation model set to give a lifeline to its declining population.

If proved successful the model will be adapted to other species, in Papua New Guinea (the most important country in the world for conservation action for swallowtails and birdwings butterflies) and beyond.

The Queen Alexandra Birdwing is endemic to Papua New Guinea and endangered by the encroachments made by the palm oil industry to its natural habitat. The new project entails a state-of-the-art captive breeding and release programme - a first for the species - and will involve the local community; this combination will increase the number of butterflies in the wild while also insuring the long-term sustainability of the conservation effort.

Dr Mark Collins, former co-author of the IUCN Red Data Books on Invertebrates and Swallowtail butterflies, recipient of the 2000 Royal Geographical Society Busk Medal and chairman of the Swallowtail and Birdwing Butterfly Trust, has worked closely with senior industry figures in the palm oil industry to develop this conservation project.

20:10

Solomon Islands Police arrested 18 year old girl for allegedly concealing her infant baby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Henderson Provincial Police of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) arrested an 18 years old girl for concealing her infant baby at Kingdom Harvest Henderson in Central Guadalcanal on 17th September 2017.

The infant baby was then taken by Police to Honiara National Referring Hospital (NRH) and declared dead.

The mother of the deceased was arrested and place in police custody for questioning and further investigation.  

Provincial Police Commander Mr Nixon Manetoga said, I call on to every concern person, community, family and church leaders to work together with the police to assist in preventing similar incidents to happen in the future.

I am deeply saddened when briefed by my officers about the poor infant discovery, as there was another similar incident at Guadalcanal plains, GPPOL II area last week and my condolence to other relatives of baby, added PPC Manetoga.


20:10

US dollar shines, Asia shares slip after Fed signals December rate hike "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen

TOKYO (REUTERS) The US dollar shone while Asian shares slipped on Thursday (Sept 21) after the US Federal Reserve announced a plan to start shrinking its balance sheet and signalled one more rate hike later this year.

European shares are expected to benefit from a fall in the euro against the dollar with spread betters looking at a higher opening of 0.5 per cent in Germanys DAX and Frances CAC.

Japans Nikkei gained 0.2 per cent as a rise in US bond yields lifted financial shares, while the yens fall against the dollar after the Feds decision helped exporters.

The Bank of Japan, as widely expected, left its policy settings unchanged, with markets awaiting a news conference by its governor later in the day.

MSCIs broadest dollar-denominated index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.5 per cent, with Australian shares among the hardest hit with fall of 0.8 per cent.

Major US share indexes recovered quickly from initial losses following the Feds announcement, with the S&P 500 ending slightly higher, helped in part by gains in financials and energy shares.

While a rate hike is negative, the fact that the Feds confidence in the economy is strong enough to expect a rate hike can be taken as supportive of market sentiment, said Soichiro Monji, chief strategist at Daiwa SB Investments.

The Feds view also prompted a rotation from tech shares into financial shares, which benefit from higher interest rates, he added. In a way, what the Fed did was not much of a surprise. From now, the markets will be focusing on individual earnings rather than macro themes, said Hisashi Iwama, senior portfolio manager at Asset Management One.

As expected, the Fed said it would begin in October to trim its massive holding of U.S. Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities acquired in the years after the 2008 financial crisis.

The Fed signalled it still expects one more interest rate hike by the end of the year, despite a recent bout of low inflation, but ratcheted down its long-term interest rate forecasts.

Fed fund rate futures are now pricing in about a 65 per cent chance of a rate hike by December compared to around 50 percent before the latest meeting. Markets expect the Fed move to coincide with revisions of its economic projections.

The yield on two-year US Treasury notes jumped to 1.451 per cent, its highest level since November 2008 late on Wednesday. The 10-year US Treasuries yield rose to 2.278 per cent, briefly hit...

19:25

CBA has sold its CommInsure life business to a China-owned group for $3.8 billion. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The Commonwealth Bank has sold its troubled insurance business CommInsure Life to a Hong Kong-listed group Chinese-owned for $3.8 billion.

The deal with AIA Group also covers the sale of the CBAs New Zealand life insurance arm Sovereign.

The sale of CommInsure Life follows a scandal where the insurer was accused of using outdated medical definitions to delay or deny payments to policyholders, and pressuring medical assessors to reject claims.

As part of the CommInsure and Sovereign sale, the CBA also announced its head of wealth management Annabel Spring will leave the company in December.

Ms Spring had oversight for the CommInsure business and was under constant criticism as CBA managed the scandal after an investigation by the ABCs Four Corners and Fairfax Media.

The sale of CommInsure had been flagged in CBAs full-year results last month although, at the time, the company said the future sale of the insurer was uncertain.

The purchase by AIA includes a 20-year partnership agreement to continue providing insurance products to customers in Australia and New Zealand.

In a statement released to the stock exchange, the CBA confirmed that CommInsure and Sovereign customers will retain current benefits in existing policies.

AIA is the largest publicly listed insurance group in Asia and already has established life insurance businesses in Australia and New Zealand.

Under the sale, the CBA will continue to earn income from its life insurance products already in place.

CBA will also retain the CommInsure brand and continue to sell general insurance under it.

CBA ponders $4b Colonial First State split, IPO

At the same time as announcing the sale of its life insurance business, CBA also announced a strategic review of its funds management business, Colonial First State Global Asset Management.

The sale of CommInsure Life and Sovereign will end up in a $300 million loss for CBA, but also release about $3 billion of capital for the bank.

The banking regulator APRA earlier this year released increased capital requirements to take effect at the start of 2020, with analysts estimating that CBA would have at least a $4 billion shortfall under the new rules if it did not raise more funds.

APRA has also hinted that it will require the major banks to hold more capital wh...

18:27

Youre Wrong Keith: We Have To Do This NOW. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Let's Do This NOW! Elections are won when the electorates general preference for prosperity and stability is overwhelmed by its desire to turn the page and begin something new. When simply restoring the same old faces to the same old places no longer seems enough. When obtaining justice for past wrongs; and securing for themselves, and for their children, a different and better future; calls forth from the nations voters an unaccustomed measure of courage and daring. (Photo by JOHN MILLER)

KEITH RANKIN IS WRONG about Jacinda needing to lose this election. If thats what happens on Saturday: if National somehow hauls itself back onto the Treasury Benches; then it is the purest folly to suppose that the election of 2020 will be a Labour walkover. If the Centre-Left cannot win in 2017, then the question that begs to be answered is: Can it win at all?

Presumably, Keith is being guided by the historical precedent of the 1969 nearly-but-not-quite election; That was the election which Labour lost by 14,000 votes, only to be swept into office three years later in the Its time! election of 1972. Or, perhaps hes thinking of the Springbok Tour Election of 1981, when National secured a two-seat majority in spite of receiving 4,122 fewer votes than the Labour Party nationwide. As happened in 1969, Labours narrow defeat was followed by a unambiguous victory three years later in the watershed snap-election of 1984.

If these are the precedents that Keith has in mind, then they deserve closer scrutiny. Especially since Keiths reason for identifying the 2017 election as the one Jacinda needs to lose is that, in his opinion: there will be a financial crisis next year [which Labour] is ill-equipped to handle Further, it may take a major financial crisis (with Labour in Opposition) to drag Labour into the present century, just as the 1930s crisis belatedly dragged L...

18:24

All Over The Place (Updated) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The last two major polls are not consistent so everything is up in the air.

I'm going to average these two polls and then make a prediction, slightly tinge with wishful thinking.

Poll average:-

Party                  Party Vote                  Seats

ACT                          0.5                      1
Green                        7.5                      9
Labour                     37                      45
Maori                        0.8                      2
National                  46                       57
NZ1st                       6                         7

I reckon ACT will do a bit better than the poll average and might get up to 2.0% which would give them two seats.

So my prediction is for a Nat/Act/Maori coalition by a slim majority.

So, now all that remains is to reserve a fine bottle of Coonawarra Shiraz for Saturday, sit back and watch the results come in.

Update

I meant to ad it's a shame the two major polls do not use a larger sample, say 1500, for their final two polls.





18:03

Agreeing with Winston "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I agree with Winston Peters on a couple of things. NZ Herald: Winston Peters confident of winning Northland Thats not one of them. I have no idea what his chances are in the Northland electorate. During a question and answer session, where Peters answered questions on everything from capital gains tax to why Queen St []

17:33

Sad fiery protest on Parliament grounds "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A man is reported to have set himself alight on Parliament grounds. Stuff:  Man sets himself on fire outside Parliament in Wellington A man is in a critical condition after setting himself on fire outside Parliament in Wellington. The incident happened just before 4pm on Thursday. A Wellington Free Ambulance spokesman said the man was taken []

16:38

Newshub/Reid Research pre-election poll "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The last Newshub/Reid Research poll before the election: National 45.8% (last week 47.3) Labour 37.3% (last week 37.8) NZ First 7.1% (last week 6.0) Greens 7.1% (last week 4.9) TOP 0.9% (last week 1.6) Maori Party 0.4% (last week 1.1) ACT 0.6% (last week 0.6) This is quite similar to last nights Colmar Brunton poll as well as being similar to last []

16:30

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

Whale, oil beef hooked, Crusher is going to raise hell about the neglected privately owned pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Just like Chorus (then Telecom) is more than just a private company because it delivers essential infrastructure to the nation, the oil companies have a similar responsibility. If theres one thing Bill English and his team know, its crisis management. Think earthquakes, floods and the global financial crisis. So does the oil crisis play right []

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15:40

Boosting PNGs transport department "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Loop PNG

21 September 2017

A partnership arrangement has been signed to further boost the effectiveness of the Transport Department.

 

The new Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Westly Nukundj, and Australian High Commission Minister Counsellor, Benedict David, today signed the deal.

 

The two-year partnership arrangement between Papua New Guinea and Australia to November 2019 will support the Department to deliver more effectively on its mandate to improve transport connectivity for all Papua New Guineans. 

 

This partnership with Australia will help the Department to meet the emerging needs of the transport sector, says the Minister.

 

This support is crucial to delivering the goals set out in our corporate plan. This comprehensive program of support will assist us across the maritime, aviation and land transport sectors.

 

A more effective Department will be able to better connect communities and support economic development.

 

The arrangement provides critical support to the development of Papua New Guineas next Medium Term Transport Plan, which will set out how best to ensure sustainable investment in the sector.

 

The arrangement will assist Papua New Guineas preparations for APEC 2018, seek to optimise sectoral funding arrangements and support ongoing institutional reforms, legislative drafting, budget preparation, and reporting and policy development. It will also aim to boost cap...

15:30

Are the shy tories going with Winston? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The other night my missus was rung by UMR. They wanted someone in the 18-35 age bracket40 somethingmumblemumble is close enough so she answered. I know other people who flat out lie to pollsters. I just hang up on them because I have better things to do for 15 minutes of inane loaded questions. The []

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15:20

Fake News rears its head in NZ Election "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Its been disconcerting watching the NZ election. Despite our isolation, it seems we are not immune to the fake news cycles that have increasingly plagued elections overseas. Theres a few reasons why Fake News has become so prevalent, but it is a shame when it impacts at the very heart of our democracy.

Who will you be voting for?

Who will you be voting for?

In the last week, National have been making sustained claims that Labour plan to increase income tax rates next year. And yet when you dig into the issue, Labour have actually said they will not be implementing Nationals proposed tax cuts. Not getting a tax cut is way different to increasing tax rates, and yet if the polls are to be believed, National has been rewarded for this dishonest scaremongering. Its not an isolated incident though. Earlier in the campaign, National claimed Labour had an $11b fiscal hole, a message that quickly gained traction on traditional and social media alike, and yet it was subsequently proven to be false.

The trouble is these Fake News stories travel so quickly, and have become a powerful tool for Politicians willing to exploit them. That something is false or dishonest hardly seems to matter anymore, but get used to it, as it is being driven by a number of forces.

Firstly, people no longer care for the details. We have become driven by soundbites, gifs and memes, and our Politicians have figured this out. When Bill English made his initial claims of Labour increasing income tax, he knew most people wouldnt bother checking into Labours policy. A simple sentence and the damage was done, with right wing media and pundits all jumping on to post the quote and share it around.

Secondly, social media can give anyone a voice. In some ways this is a good thing. I can post about conservation issues and get a decent audience, and it has to some degree weakened the hold of traditional media on the public consciousness. But it means nutcases with very skewed versions of reality can also become very influential. A disgruntled troll living in the basement of his mothers house may have as much media reach as a Journalist who spends weeks researching and fact checking.

The entire media landscape is also splintering. Leading up to the US election last year I was in Florida and watching both Fox and CNN covering the same issue, and yet it was like a completely different story. One would be praising Trump as the only many to solve the US problems, while CNN was likening him to Lucifer. As media sources have proliferated, so to have our o...

15:04

Pruaitch welcomes Oil Search decision "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By: Freddy Mou via Loop PNG.

21st September 2017.

 

Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch has welcomed the decision by Oil Search to discuss the future sale of domestic crude oil to the Napa Napa refinery in Kina, rather than US dollars.

 

Pruaitch says he stood by his earlier statement that it is in the national interest for locally produced resources such as crude oil, copper, gold, fishery and forest products, to be sold to local purchasers in PNGs national currency, the Kina.

 

 

Pruaitch believes it is an infringement of our sovereignty for lenders, or any other entity, to insist that domestic resources have to be paid for in US dollars or other foreign currencies, even when sold to PNG buyers.

 

Such arrangements add to the cost of doing business and hamper efforts to encourage domestic processing.

 

If it is true that lenders to Oil Search or the PNG LNG Project made this a requirement of their loan, the government of the day should disallow this practice in future.

 

Pruaitch says he was not convinced by the Oil Search assertion that LNG project lenders had a loan condition that gas and condensate sold by the project must be priced in US dollars.

 

I am fairly sure PNG Power is not paying in US dollars for gas used by ExxonMobil to generate electricity for Port Moresby. This should also not be the case for gas-fired power from Hides that Oil Search sells to the Porgera gold mine.

 

He states under the 100-Day Plan announced by PNG Treasurer Charles Abel, it was disclosed that discussions are underway for Puma Energy, o...

15:00

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Zounderkite  foolish or stupid person; idiot, nincompoop.


Filed under: language Tagged: zounderkite

15:00

It is an historical cycle because history always repeats "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We know from the past how civilisations rise and fall. The Roman empire is a good example. Their highly trained soldiers in peace time became idle and fat. Wealth and prosperity led to decadence and vice. They indulged their basest desires and eventually, their civilisation fell apart. When we look at all the factors that []

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14:56

New US Government Study on Fluoride Damage to Brain must Spell End to Fluoridation in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fluoride Free New Zealand is calling on the 23 councils (out of the total of 67) that still fluoridate, to urgently implement a moratorium on fluoridation to protect the brains of children being born today in their community.

A major study published on Tuesday in the US Governments Environmental Health Perspectives has found that children born to mothers exposed to fluoride while pregnant, have significantly lower IQ scores. This is particularly relevant to New Zealand where half of the population is currently subjected to fluoridation.

The study measured fluoride in urine and found the average level of fluoride in urine was 0.9mg/L (mg/L = parts per million). To relate this to water fluoride concentration, a separate study found that pregnant women in an area with 0.4 to 0.8 ppm water fluoride only had slightly lower urine fluoride than the average participants in this study. The Ministry of Health recommends fluoride chemicals be added to the water at 0.85ppm.
Pregnant women in New Zealand in fluoridated areas likely have similar levels of urine fluoride as those in the Mexican study. Urine fluoride reflects total fluoride intake from all sources, not just fluoridated water. The paper also reports that in the USA, which is 70% fluoridated, urine fluoride ranges from about 0.5 to 1.5 mg/L which fully overlaps the range found in the Mexican study.
The child of a mother who was drinking water with 0.85ppm fluoride would be predicted to have 5 IQ lower IQ points than if the mother had drunk water with close to zero fluoride in it. This obviously has huge consequences for New Zealand children.

The Ministry of Health recommended 1ppm until the 1990s when it reduced to a range from 0.7ppm to 1ppm, with a target of 0.85ppm. The US Human and Health Services have directed a maximum of 0.7ppm for fluoridation.

This study was very carefully done by a group of researchers who have produced over 50 papers on the cognitive health of children in relationship to environmental exposures.  It was funded by the US Governments National Institute of Health and was a multi-million dollar study.  This was the groups first study of fluoride their other studies mostly dealing with lead, mercury and other environmental neurotoxicants.

This study controlled for a wide range of potential factors that might have skewed the results and produced a f...

14:30

Important questions weve avoided this election "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Geoff Neal has seven questions.  Ive answered the first three: 1.Why is our GDP per capita so low? Our GDP is only about US $37,000 per person. Australias is $48,000, the United States is $57,000, and Irelands is $69,000. If you want more wealth to go around, then you need strategies to increase GDP per []

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14:02

ON HEALTH "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The reality is that 'Health' is a bottomless pit.   Whatever you spend on it will not be enough egged along by the simple fact that the 'industry' (and that includes you and me) are very good at 'shroud waving'.  

The demand on vote Health will continue to increase exponentially  driven by the reality of an aging population living longer.

Which makes refusal by Labour and NZ First to countenance the lifting of the age of entitlement to NZ Superannuation to 67 thereby freeing up hundreds of millions of dollars which could be redirected into Health spending totally unconscionable.

This has nothing to do with KiwiSaver ... KiwiSaver doesn't replace NZ Superannuation ... it's a top up to provide an enhanced level of retirement ... unless of course 'they' have a (another) secret plan to means test or reduce NZ Superannuation using KiwiSaver as an offset in order to free up funding for Health ... just askin.

14:00

The Great Replacement "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Voting for the leadership of this country may well be influenced by what is happening elsewhere. Jacinda, childless, pro-abortion, is up against Bill, with a family of six, with RC views on abortion. I have a thing about childless leaders of nations and many of these can be found in Europe. It is not news []

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13:44

Winston Doesn't Like The National Anthem "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

TVNZ is carrying a story in which Winston Peters is promising to change the national anthem.   Good old Winston - always right there with the critical hot button issues.

I nearly died laughing when I read this quote:-

He said that, anecdotally, he had never seen Kiwis sing the anthem in times of great joy or celebration, 

By hell, they will be on September 24th if NZ1st falls below five percent.  You'll hear the song of joyous rapture echoing from coast to coast.


13:30

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

LANDS OF WIND from Baptiste Lanne on Vimeo.

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13:28

UFO books by Australian authors "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

I was asked recently for a listing of UFO books by Australian authors. So, here it is. If any blog readers know of others, I would appreciate an email to keithbasterfield@yahoo.com.au in order that I may amend this list. Images are courtesy of Amazon Books, unless otherwise credited.

1965. "Flying Saucers Over Australia." James Holledge.



1967. "Flying Saucers Where Do They Come From?" Richard Tambling.



1969. "UFOs over the Southern Hemisphere." Michael Hervey.



1976. "UFOs: The American Scene." Michael Hervey.

1978. "UFOs: A Scientific Enigma." David Seargent.



1981. "UFOs: The Image Hypothesis." Keith Basterfield.

...

13:25

K4 Billion Spent On Food Imports Annually "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Post Courier

 

09:00AM 

 

PNG continues to spend K4 billion in food imports each year announced Minister for National Planning & Monitoring and Member for Yangoru-Saussi Richard Maru recently.

 

 

But it doesnt have to be that way. The Government will focus on replacing food imports from here onwards and the Sepik Plains is high on our list of priorities, said Maru.

 

 

Maru said this after a recent visit to the Sepik plains with Israeli investors set to develop East Sepik through an Innovative Agro-Industry. The Innovative Agro Industry will develop an egg-laying farm, broiler meat farm, and grain production. The developer will also establish a modern cocoa plantation using Israeli technology that will produce 400 to 500 percent more yield than an average cocoa plantation.

 

 

CEO of the PNG Cocoa Board, Mr. Kautu Boutua, said with the partnership of Innovative Agro-Industry, the Board is keen to see a different result with the new technology and a new way of approaching agriculture development.

 

 

...

13:19

The art of misdirection: NZ Labour and xenophobia "IndyWatch Feed National"

At the start of the election campaign, the Labour Partys position on immigration was clear. Armed with a raft of new policies and an inflammatory vow to stop tens of thousands from coming to New Zealand, Labour signalled loudly that reducing migration was one its key electoral pledges. With the recent turnover in leadership and accompanying guarded sound bites on immigration, one could be fooled into believing that the party has softened its stance.

13:17

WINZ steals from the poorest "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Hot on the heels of yesterday's news of WINZ lawlessness, we learn that WINZ has been illegally underpaying the poorest beneficiaries:

More than 7000 of New Zealand's most-desperate beneficiaries have been short-changed by the Government - and they're about to get payback.

A Ministry of Social Development report has found 7148 people on Special Benefits have been underpaid by the Government since 2006, and they have known about it for two years. MSD have estimated the amount could be up to $9.5 million.

In 2015, MSD was advised that it needed to offer the Temporary Additional Support (TAS) to beneficiaries if they were better off on it.



This agency needs a complete culture change. And that change needs to start by sacking the entire senior management who have allowed this toxic culture to grow and fester. And its lawless chief executive needs to be the first to go...

13:06

Program Coordinator "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA)

13:04

A Tsunami of Earthquakes Striking Globally "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Grace-285H Significant Earthquakes Strike Vanuatu, PNG, Japan Region Significant and Notable Earthquakes Strike Vanuatu, PNG, Japan Region. Vanuatu Magnitude: 6.4 mww   Location: 18.798S, 169.095E [85km NNW of Isangel, Vanuatu] Depth: 200.2 km Time: 2017-09-20 20:09:49 (UTC) Papua New Guinea (PNG) M 5.9 165km N of Finschhafen, PNG   Location: 5.110S 147.834E Depth: 10.0 km Time: []

13:00

Why we are truly blessed to live in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We live in paradise in New Zealand. We live in a country where anyone no matter what their skin colour, religion or income is can take their family to the beach the lake, the river or the bush to enjoy our beautiful natural environment. The problems that we do have need to be put into perspective by []

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12:58

US Government to move out Refugees: Whats the Deal? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Several dozen people on Manus Island and Nauru look set to be told by the US Government that they will be moved to the United States as part of the US resettlement deal, and it is unknown exactly if or when others will follow or what the plan is for the Australian Government regarding those left behind.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, has visited Manus Island three times to inspect conditions and to meet with the men held there. He joined us today via phone call to tell us more

Play Interview with Daniel Webb 21st September 2017

12:42

Strong and deep M6.4 earthquake hits Vanuatu "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Vanuatu at 20:09 UTC on September 20, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 200.2 km (125 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 204 km (126 miles). According to the USGS, the...... Read more

Historical nautical maps show coral loss more extensive than previously believed "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A team of researchers based in Australia and the United States have used historical nautical maps to determine that coral reef loss in the Florida Keys is much more extensive than previously understood. The British empire began mapping its overseas territories in the 18th century, and coral reefs in particular were quite thoroughly documented given the danger they posed to wooden-hulled ships. In the process, these imperial cartographers unwittingly provided a source of high-resolution spatial data on coastal areas that, as it turns out, can still be useful today in establishing historical baselines for the extent of coral reefs and assessing changes to those reef systems over the ensuing centuries. The degree of biologically relevant information recorded varied by cartographer, but the best of these British maps describes the depth, shape, and color of shallow-water corals and distinguishes them from other hard structures such as rocks, the authors of a study published in the journal Science Advances earlier this month wrote. The researchers used nautical charts dating from the 1770s to help quantify changes in the coral reefs of the Florida Keys over the past 240 years. The maps were essential to expansion of the British Empire, and luckily for us, they also included a lot of useful ecological information, according to Benjamin Neal, a postdoctoral researcher at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine and a co-author of the study. Loren McClenachan, a professor at Colby College in Waterville, Maine who led the study, said that,

12:09

Not Seen in the New York Times "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Here's an interesting story from the Times of London.

All about a world leader quietly intervening behind the scenes and actually preventing an all out war in the Middle East.  The western leader showed remarkable diplomatic skill and statesmanship in persuading Saudi Arabia and its Sunni friend UAE from invading Shia Qatar..

Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, Kuwaits emir, who has acted as mediator, praised Mr XXXXX's efforts at a September 7 press conference. Thank God, whats important is that we stopped any military action, he said.
You've got to hand it to those suave smooth talking French statesmen, don't you?

Well, not today because the western leader in question was that presidential boorish bastard Donald Trump.

How long before the media and the Republicans wake up to the fact that Trump is a hell of a lot smarter than they are and a sight more competent?

The NYT, CNN, MSNBC, WAPO et al would have been going nonstop ape shit for days if this triumph had been pulled off by Obama.  So far, I've not seen a word apart from the NYT calling the effort a failure.

Somehow, I think the London Times has more credibility that the New York Times..

12:00

Olivia Pierson on Trumps address to the UN "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It will have fallen on deaf ears at the UN, but Trump told them the unvarnished truth anyway. President Trump stated to the delegates of our worlds political leaders: The success of the United Nations depends upon the independent strength of its members. To overcome the perils of the present, and to achieve the promise []

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11:30

Maori Party: Locking more criminals up wont solve anything. Whaleoil: Oh yes it will "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A group of Mori and Pacific community leaders and service providers met in Panmure on Wednesday, 13th September, 2017. At this fono they agreed that something radical had to be done to overhaul our Justice system in Aotearoa. A system that incarcerates Mori at alarmingly higher rates compared to others. Over 60% of the prison []

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11:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Bronwyn Muir replies to Rachel Stewart:

Dear Rachel,

I dont really have the time to write this as busy running some rural businesses but here goes.

You probably dont remember me I held the Taranaki FFNZ Presidents position for nearly 4 years and sat in the wings biting my tongue while you ran off at the mouth / pen and tried to hold Feds and farmers to ransom time and time again.

Well I dont hold the position anymore and have had enough of your tripe and personal attacks to put it politely there is too much at stake for all New Zealanders right at this point! . .

QR code to prove SFF product origin:

Dunedin meat processor Silver Fern Farms is introducing new retail packaging in New Zealand and overseas, to allow consumers better access to proof of origin of the product.

Chief executive Dean Hamilton said the investment in traceability would support the growth of the companys Silver Fern Farms branded products.

We want to deliver transparency in the food chain for our consumers who are increasingly interested in knowing where their food has come from and that their food has been produced safely, with care and in a sustainable way. . . 

First-time environment award entrants encourage others to put their hands up

Entering the Ballance Farm Environment Awards has been a great learning and development experience for new Kaitaia farmers Gay Pembroke and Mark Corby.

The past 12 months have been great fun. It was a wonderful experience and I think entering the awards and being involved in the process has given us a lot more confidence that what we are doing is on track, Gay says.

The couple have owned their 102ha dairy support/beef block at Kaitaia for the past three years. Neither Gay nor Mark are from a farming background, and the change that they made in their lives from 4ha to 102ha was exciting but massive. . . 

The time is ripe to transform agriculture and feed the world :

Political and agricultural leaders gat...

11:05

A positive sign "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

While Donald Trump seems trying to start nuclear wars with both North Korea and Iran, there's abeen a positive sign: the UN has outlawed nuclear weapons. And New Zealand was one of the first countries to sign up to the ban:

Dozens of countries, including New Zealand, have signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons amid tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.

The US, Britain, France and others, including Australia, boycotted the event at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders.

The treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons will enter into force 90 days after 50 countries have ratified it. Only a few states were due to deposit their ratification on Wednesday.


No nuclear states are signing - but the treaty effectively criminalises them in international law and declares them to be outlaw regimes, providing a solid basis for international justice if they ever use the things. Assuming there's still people left to care, that is. And while a treaty without the nuclear powers doesn't sound like much of a step forward, its a start towards a safer world.

11:00

Jacinda v Bill leadership v management, or fantasies v boredom? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Dr Suze Wilson writes In the business world, its become almost mandatory for those staking out a claim as a mover and shaker to position themselves as not just a manager but, more potently, as a leader. As part of this shift, leaders are now expected to develop bold, imaginative visions for the organisations future []

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10:53

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

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10:44

Rotten to the core "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

How rotten is WINZ? So rotten that they use false names for those serving on their internal Benefit Review Committees, and present them as truthful to their statutory appeal body. As if that's not bad enough, they then continued to do it, even after promising not to:

Decisions by the Ministry of Social Development's benefits review committees have been issued under fake names and signatures, in breach of the chief executive's personal undertaking.

The deception was exposed when a woman appealed against seven decisions on her case, and a MSD manager disclosed the falsity to the Social Security Appeal Authority that was to hear them.

The woman's lawyer, Tony Ellis, called it "extraordinary misbehaviour".


Except its worse than that, because the false identities were disclosed in an ex patre attempt to influence the Appeal Authority against the victim.

The Appeal Authority's full decision on the falsification is here. Its worth reading, both so you can see how thoroughly rotten WINZ is, but also for its robust defence of the principles of open justice. To put it simply, we're not a shitty despotism, and we just don't do that sort of shit here. In New Zealand, a democratic state under the rule of law, decisions are made in open court, by people whose identities are known. And that's vital to ensuring that both the parties and the public can have confidence in the system. In the case of WINZ decisions, its especially important, because of the enormous disparity in power between the parties. To counteract this, WINZ has a statutory duty of full and complete disclosure to appellants in SSAA cases. Its chief executive has knowingly and repeatedly shat all over that duty.

As for the solution, at the least MSD chief executive Brendan Boyle should resign. He has systematicly violated his statutory duties and fundamentally undermined the integrity of his entire department (and by doing so, endangered his staff). He needs to go for it. He should also be prosecuted for fabricating evidence before the SSAA. This is not something we as a country should tolerate, and we need heads on spikes for it. As for State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes, he needs to go too. A country under the rule of law can not tolerate senior public servants who support this judicial fraud.

Of course, we all know this will never happen, because our "justice" system works for those in pow...

10:30

Thursdays quiz "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

You are invited to post the questions.

Anyone who stumps everyone will win a virtual bunch of daffodils with a bonus virtual bunch for anyone who has an election theme.


Filed under: diversions

10:30

Water tax by the numbers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When policy is based on politics rather than logic its difficult to work out the cost, but IrrigtionNZ has done the numbers for the water tax:

Recent attempts to estimate the cost of Labours proposed water tax to farmers have demonstrated a basic lack of understanding of how irrigation works, says nonprofit membership body IrrigationNZ.

This issue, which is compounded by a lack of detail from Labour about how the tax would be applied, has resulted in some widely varying estimates. Radio New Zealands Fact or Fiction series calculated the cost for irrigated farms at $13,800 a year, whereas figures from DairyNZ have estimated a figure of $45,000 a year.

On top of this, yesterday Jacinda Ardern told TVNZ there are 12,000 farms in New Zealand and 2,000 of them have irrigation. In fact according to Statistics NZ and the 2012 Agricultural Census there are 58,071 farms in NZ and 10,500 have consent for irrigation. Irrigation NZ estimates the number of irrigated farms is now at around 11,000.

The public will rightly be confused by these very different figures, says IrrigationNZ Chief Executive Andrew Curtis. But the lack of detail on how Labour would apply a water tax compounded with the sheer number of variables between farms for example their size, what they produce, and how dry the region is, makes it hard to estimate with accuracy. While recent coverage has focused on the impact on dairy farms just over half of our irrigated farms are not used for dairy but for sheep or beef, arable farming, horticulture or vineyards. These farmers and growers will also pay the tax.

IrrigationNZ has spent the last decade developing a comprehensive suite of standards, codes of practice, guidelines and knowledge resources on irrigation, and now run over 50 training courses a year nationally. IrrigationNZs main focus is providing knowledge and training to help irrigators achieve excellence in irrigation.

Our figures, based on the average irrigated farm in Canterbury of 220 hectares, show an actual average cost of $24,000 to $29,000 a year (at 2 cents per 1000 litres). Weve used Canterbury figures because there is no national average figure available for the size of an irrigated farm but there is for Canterbury, where 60 per cent of irrigated land is.

When this additional cost is put in context of the profit generated by a family farming business it will create a significant impact, particularly for sheep and beef, arable and vegetable farmers who hav...

10:30

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Garbo The Story Behind Britains Greatest Double Cross Agent The Normandy Landings of 6 June 1944 marked the beginning of the liberation of occupied Western Europe. Until the very last minute, the place of invasion Normandy was the most heavily guarded secret on the planet. The Security Service made a significant contribution to []

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10:30

Short-termism with the Nats "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Short-term gain for long-term pain: my final pre-election thoughts By Mandy Hager I couldnt watch the last TV One leaders debate. As the clock rolled around towards seven p.m. I started to feel sick with nerves, knowing I would have to sit through Mike Hosking cynically manipulating the discussion in Nationals favour and Bill English []

10:21

Media reforms to benefit major players "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Rupert Murdoch is increasing his political-influence footprint in Australian. Photo supplied.

Rupert Murdoch is increasing his political-influence footprint in Australian. Photo supplied.

Veteran journalist Alex Mitchell has condemned the Turnbull governments new media legislation, saying it represented a sweeping victory for the major media owners.

Mitchell will be appearing at the September 27 Politics in the Pub event at the Mullum Court House with Walkley award winner Chris Graham, editor of New Matilda.

They will discuss the establishment and the role of the media.

Mitchell told The Echo, The big players have been given the ability to concentrate their ownership of newspapers, television and radio in the major metropolitan markets.

They have been lobbying for a multimedia monopoly for two decades and the Turnbull coalition has given it to them.

There will be scramble for major media assets in the next six months and I predict we will see single private owners controlling major media in our capital cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Darwin and Canberra.

Fewer voices

When media plurality is diminished, and we have few voices, then it is clear that the rich and powerful steal an advantage, and accountability and transparency suffers.

Mitchell was scathingly critical of the concessions to Senate crossbenchers Nick Xenophon and Pauline Hanson. Spin doctors from the coalition and the major media are working overtime to convince people that the new legislation is fair and reasonable when in fact it strengthens private monopoly control.

The $60 million fund to support small publishers is loose change when compared to the billions of dollars that the private investors and hedge funds will make from concentrating media assets and future profits.

Good luck to the small publishers who apply for a Xenophon grant, but I bet most of them will be allocated to loyal proprietors in National Party territory.

As for the official inquiry into....

10:09

'Brains' of the plant world: Tree roots can probe hundreds of feet deep in search of water "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Searching for water, some tree roots probe hundreds of feet deep and many trees send roots through cracks in rocks, according to a new study led by a Rutgers University-New Brunswick professor. Moreover, the depth of plant roots, which varies between species and soil conditions, will play a key role in plants' adaptation to climate change, said Ying Fan Reinfelder, a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Department of Environmental Sciences. "Charles Darwin once wrote, in effect, that the tips of plant roots are like the brains of plants," Reinfelder said. "Roots sense the environment. They sense the water, where there's more nutrients, and they go for these resources. Roots are the smartest part of the plant." Reinfelder and colleagues published their findings online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study demonstrated the relationship between plant roots and water availability. It shows, through observations and modeling, that soil hydrology is the key force driving local and global patterns of root depths.

10:09

Ongoing unrest affecting Porgera mine operations "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The National aka The Loggers Times | September 20, 2017

PORGERA mine operations have been disrupted by the ongoing unrest and roadblocks, according to mine operator Barrick Niugini Limited.

Executive managing director Richmond Fenn said it had significantly impacted communities and businesses in the district.

The unrest and violence we have seen in recent weeks, combined with frequent road closures on the Highlands Highway, not only impact operations at the Porgera mine, but also prevent the movement of people and goods to and from the region, Fenn said.

We hope that the situation improves soon, and we are working to assist the government and community leaders in bringing about lasting peace in the area.

The two-week closure of the Wabag-Porgera road was lifted yesterday but a truck belonging to iPi Transport was torched soon after.

iPi Transport general manager Maso Mangape told The National that the roadblock was set up by relatives of a boy alleged to have been killed by the security forces last month.

...

10:07

Thorntons Sweet Country wins prizes at international film festivals "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

ABORIGINAL director Warwick Thornton and his film Sweet Country have had a major win at the Toronto Film Festival in Canada. It came just days after taking the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival in Italy. Sweet Country was named as the Toronto Film Festivals Platform winner, a prize championing directors from around the world. The film is set in the Northern Territorys MacDonnell Ranges in the 1920s and stars Hamilton Morris as an Aboriginal stockman who kills a white station owner (played by Ewen Leslie) in self-defence. The cast also includes Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Natassia Gorey-Furber and Matt Day. Sweet Country was written by Alyawarra man David Tranter and Steven McGregor, who made the documentary Servant or Slave. It will premiere in Australia next month at the Adelaide Film Festival ahead of a planned national release next year.

10:06

No Cut To DSIP, PSIP "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Post- Courier 

 

September 21, 2017 

 

 There will be no cuts to province and district services (provincial services improvement program and district services improvement program) funds, says Prime Minister Peter ONeill.

 
He said in a statement yesterday that 2017 was almost over therefore Governors and Members of Parliament will receive only K2 million each, two months of their PSIP and DSIP funds this year.

 
Mr ONeill, who is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, expressed confidence that the Supplementary Budget will be tabled when Parliament meets, starting on Monday, September 26.

 
He said the supplementary budget was necessary to balance the budget due to the adjustments in revenue collection, and more importantly, to reprioritise expenditure to focus on the key development agenda.

 
The 2017 Budget plan was based on commodity prices for our exports together with revenue generation, the Prime Minister said.

 
We are still in a challenging global economic environment with a slow rebound in commodity prices, and this places pressure on expenditure.

 
We will continue to adjust and reprioritise expenditure to ensure that we protect and build on the gains we have achieved in the past five years in healthcare, education, infrastructure, law and order and empowerment of our people.

 
The continued investments in these areas is vital to our long-term development and improving the lives of our people.

 
The Prime Minister said the devolution of authority to provinces and districts continues to be a core priority for the National Government.

 
Our DSIPs and PSIPs are vital to achieving our development objective right around the country, he said.

 
For th...

10:00

Warmists finally admit their models are wrong "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

James Delingpole at Breitbart explains: Climate alarmists have finally admitted that theyve got it wrong on global warming. This is the inescapable conclusion of a landmark paper, published in Nature Geoscience, which finally admits that the computer models have overstated the impact of carbon dioxide on climate and that the planet is warming more slowly than predicted. []

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09:37

Not long til this years blockade of the arms trade. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Were hosting a non-violent direct action (NVDA) training session on Monday, Oct 2nd.

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Were in the final stretch of the build-up to this years blockade of the arms trade. We hope you are planning to join us down in Wellington on 10 & 11 October. Find out about registration, travel, and training sessions below. Together we can stop this Weapons Expo!

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09:36

The Ring of Fire Is Heating Up: M6.1 Earthquake Strikes Off New Zealand Just Hours After Deadly M7.1 Earthquake Near Mexico City "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The strong earthquakes are popping like crazy along the Ring of Fire! A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck off of New Zealand on Tuesday night, just hours after the deadly M7.1 earthquake killed at least 119 people in Mexico. A M6.1 earthquake hit 256km W of Auckland Island, New Zealand on September 20, 2017. This was the []

09:31

PNG FACES A TOUGH ROAD AHEAD "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by PAUL FLANAGAN

The press release from the latest mission of the worlds International Monetary Fund (IMF) see here highlights the difficult road ahead for PNG in dealing with recent years of bad luck and economic mismanagement.

Challenges

On the fiscal front, the IMF considers that the government will fail in the Supplementary Budget to bring the 2017 budget deficit back to the target of 2.5% of GDP. Rather, it estimates the deficit will be a little over 3% so a gap of some K370 million relative to the 100-day target.

The goal to reduce the debt to GDP ratio back to the legislated level of 30% as part of the 2017 Supplementary Budget is also recognized as infeasible. Instead, the suggestion is a medium-term objective of moving to a balanced budget by 2020 (and GDP growth will work to reduce the ratio).

So the first two targets in new Treasurer Abels 100-day plan are likely to fail.

Expected growth is also wound back from the 2.7% estimate in 2017 down to 2.4%.

Positive processes

Despite these negatives, my overall reaction to the IMF report is a very positive one.

First, as the government would have had to approve the IMF post-mission press release, it indicates a very different attitude than the attempts to suppress the 2016 report see here and here.  PNGs behavior ten months ago placed PNG towards the bottom of all countries and ensured it had little chance of issuing a Sovereign Bond. The release is a very positive step towards transparency.

Second, the IMF Article IV report comes out at a very similar time to another report from an IMF tax reform mission. PNG appears to be engaging positively with the international community.

Third, indications are that the consultation process in these missions was positive and wide-ranging. There is feedback that Treasurer Abel also worked to ensure a very broad-based approach towards the preparation of the 100-day plan. Broad and constructive engagement makes for better...

09:04

Large Earthquake Near Fukushima! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit the northeast coast of Japan, just 200 miles east of the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant. The earthquake occurred just before 12 p.m. EDT on Wednesday (the middle of the night in Japan) and was about six miles deep, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Its epicenter was near []

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09:03

Powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake quake hits island in Vanuatu archipelago; 4th major quake in 24 hours "IndyWatch Feed National"

The US Geological Survey said it struck in the centre of Erromago An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale has struck off the Vanuatu archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. The US Geological Survey said it struck in the centre of Erromago, the fourth largest island, which has a population of just under 2,000 people. However, its depth of 124.4 miles would have dampened its effect, it said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake did not pose a tsunami threat Situated to the east of Australia, the island chain is in the so called "Ring of Fire", which is prone to earthquakes.

Powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake hits island in Vanuatu archipelago; 4th major quake in 24 hours "IndyWatch Feed National"

The US Geological Survey said it struck in the centre of Erromago An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale has struck off the Vanuatu archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. The US Geological Survey said it struck in the centre of Erromago, the fourth largest island, which has a population of just under 2,000 people. However, its depth of 124.4 miles would have dampened its effect, it said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake did not pose a tsunami threat Situated to the east of Australia, the island chain is in the so called "Ring of Fire", which is prone to earthquakes.

09:03

Shallow magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits off the east coast of Japan "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 has been detected off the coast of Japan. The US Geological Survey said that the earthquake struck about 175 miles south east of Kamaishi, and around 200 miles east of Fukushima. It is the third major earthquake to strike around the world in the last 24 hours - following one in Mexico that measured a magnitude of 7.1, while another 6.1 magnitude earthquake stuck New Zealand.

09:00

Labour: Nationals deception an affront to democracy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Grant is having a tizzy Voters this week have a clear choice between Labours optimism and honesty, or rewarding Nationals campaign of relentless lies, says Labours Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. Day after day National has been deliberately spreading lies about Labour, our intentions and what we will do in Government. New Zealanders deserve better than []

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08:30

The Moral Cognitive Dissonance of Right-To-Die "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

When an Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist died recently, there was something surreal about the coverage. It is obviously amiss when a fit, young man dies suddenly, yet none of the news reports mentioned any cause of death. Some made elliptical references to mental illness, another ended with non-sequitur links to suicide prevention hotlines.This bizarre whisper-coverage is typical of []

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08:25

Major Bank to Governments: Go on, Give us your Carbon Tax Money "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Banks have become remarkably coy about demanding carbon tax cash, in return for support for climate investment, but at least one major bank wanted to make sure readers got the hint. Banking on climate change 19 Sep 2017 Andrew Cornell Leaving aside that the energy debate in Australia is almost

08:14

Predicting A Change Of Government "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

KIN takes a punt By KIN Editors Roger Childs and Alan Tristram There will a collective sigh of relief around the nation when we finally get to Saturday night. We can then all relax after a punishing and over-lengthy campaign and watch the results come in. Editors, reporters and TV analysts may well hedge their []

08:03

Junior College Teams Basketball Derby "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Exciting Junior Girls Clash By Raima Kingi and Hamish Weir, Kapiti College Junior Girls Coaches Wednesday 13 September saw the inaugural end of year derby between Kapiti College and Paraparaumu College Junior Girls. Both teams were missing some key players, but managed to entertain the crowd with a hard-fought game played in great spirit. Kapiti []

08:00

Nats attack cleared after whinging lefties moaned to BSA "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Some lefty moaner complained to the Broadcasting Standards Authority over Nationals effective attack ad, and failed to get a ruling in their favour. The Broadcasting Standards Authority says a National Party election advertisement with the tagline Lets tax this, parodying Labours campaign motto Lets do this does not breach the Election Programmes Code. The BSA []

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07:45

How to remove annoying Labour Party ads "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Are you sick of Labour Party ads? Help is at hand. NO-AD subscription only 32c a day Subscribe But wait theres more It also gets rid of the disgusting toenail fungus ad Lets do this We cant afford to wait Its time for a change to ad-free

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07:43

Earthquakes Everywhere! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Thanks to Rose at The Con Trail: https://thecontrail.com/forum/topics/mexico-new-zealand-what-s-next?xg_source=activity Those that watch know that there is a pattern to the quakes when the area around Auckland Islands quake. Auckland Islands, East Coast NZ, Fukushima, Mexico west coast of US, Alaska and then often the Bering Straight.  The pattern is happening again. ~r~ It begins with Auckland []

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07:34

Madrid raids Catalan government to stop independence referendum "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed by Joe Montero

In the lead up to the intended 1 October independence from Spain referendum  in Catalonia, police have raided the Catalan governments offices of the departments for Economic Affairs, Foreign Relations and the Presidency and arrested officials, including the junior economy minister, Josep Maria Jove.

The day before, a trove of documents were confiscated from the private delivery company Unipost in the Catalan city of Terrasa.

This followed last Fridays announcement by the Conservative Mariano Rahoy government in Madrid that it was taking over control of the Catalan governments finances, a move designed to hinder the carrying out of the referendum. It has also taken over the payment of public sector workers, effectively making them employees of the central government.

The Catalan government will lose funds to provide for such things as healthcare, education and public infrastructure.

In addition, the banks have been instructed to control all movements of cash in the accounts and credit cards of all Catalan leaders.

The pro-independence parties won the 2015 regional election and were able to form a coalition government between them, with 72 seats in the 135-seat parliament.

This government has accused Madrid of a totalitarian attitude and unlawful arrests and is challenging its actions in Spains Supreme Court, although the court has already announced that it would not intervene until it had made a ruling.

Catalonias pro-separatist government challenged Madrids actions in Spains Supreme Court, but a court spokeswoman said it was in force and would not be suspended while judges rule on its legality.

Despite the barriers set up, the Catalan government remains defiant and determined to press ahead with the referendum. At least 70 percent of the 7.5 million people living in Catalonia behind this.

For Madrid, the move looks like desperation and it will have repercussions, not only in Catalonia, but in the other regions also seeking their independence. It will also impact across a Spain, where much of the population has turned away from the traditional political parties and politicians and demand a new course for the country.

 

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07:30

Yes Gareth, voters can be THAT thick, 2% of them at least "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Gareth Morgan cant believe that voters are thick: Gareth Morgan says his reaction to Labours surge in the polls after Jacinda Ardern took over as leader was to think voters cannot be this thick. It took wind out of everybodys sails. When 20 per cent of the population moves in 24 hours on a smiley []

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07:17

Vanuatu Government MPs defect to Opposition "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Vanuatu Government MPs Ephraim Kalsakau and Fred Tasso of the Workers Party for Vanuatu Development, have defected to the Opposition group.

The Deputy and Acting Leader of the Opposition bloc, Fred Tasso, told the Daily Post they decided to leave the Government because of alleged broken promises.

He claimed Prime Minister Charlot Salwai had promised to allocate a position of Parliamentary Secretary (PS) for Labour to them three times, but this has never eventuated.

He said they have vast experience to deal with labour matters which have become insurmountable and need political will to deal with these labor issues in the country.

MP Tasso said another reason is that they do not want to be part of any attempt to increase MP salaries, while the ordinary citizens of the country struggle to make ends meet.

According to a press release by the Opposition bloc to the local media Tuesday, the two MPs defected to the Opposition because of the alleged overspending of unbudgeted funds to unproductive means solely for the unity of the government coalition and the failure of the Prime Minister in managing the overall functions of the government. In addition there have been continued discontent within government backbenchers.

The two MPs also opposed the signing of the PACER Plus trade agreement, which they say was signed prematurely and without sufficient consultation.

MP Tasso also explained that on July 30, 2017, the name U-Bloc was changed to Workers Party for Vanuatu Development.

The Opposition bloc now commands 10 Members.

In response to the decision of the two MPs to return to the Opposition, the Government Public Relations Officer (PRO), Hilaire Bule said their move is their democratic right.

He went on to stress that the two MPs joined the Government on their own accord and not at the request of the Charlot Salwais Government.

When they performed a customary ceremony to the Prime Minister, they told him that they came with no conditions but to support a stable government and because being with the Opposition does not allow them to implement their policies objectives, said Bule.

The reason for their move back to the Opposition is totally unfounded and untrue.

They may have an agenda which they did not want to disclose to the public but otherwise the Charlot Salwai government...

07:06

ADMINISTRATIVE NOTE for our commenters "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The contract we have with Google to run their adverts so we make a bit of money includes an iron-clad promise that we do not promote the clicking of ads.  Although I understand the humour behind promoting the clicking of certain ads at this stage of the election, moderators will at best delete the comment []

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07:00

Be careful what you wish for with Water Tax "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A new survey says that more than 50% of people want ALL users to pay for water. Yes, that means youcity dwellers. The majority of New Zealanders want farmers to be taxed for taking water from the environment, a new survey shows. Who should pay for water has been a flash point for voters ahead of Saturdays election, []

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06:45

Dear Jacinda "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Dear Jacinda, Ive seen you on the telly, dear, Theres quite a hullabaloo, But taxing this and taxing that Means my two ticks stay BLUE Youll tax us on our assets Theres nothing you wont snatch Youll tax us on our holidays Youll tax the boat or bach Youve said youll slap a tax on []

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06:31

Blog responses to CB poll "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Its interesting to see blog responses to polls. With some it depends very much on the results. Last night a Colmar Brunton poll showed a significant swing for National and against Labour. Whale Oil tends to be slow reacting to news, especially news they dont like. So far they have only one post on the []

06:30

Non-government aid comparing effectiveness "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

How can private citizens who want to contribute to international humanitarian or development efforts obtain a guide to which international nongovernment organisations (INGOs) are most effective in what they do?

There is a wide range of activities which INGOs undertake as contributions to humanitarian relief and development to give a few examples, distributing relief supplies after natural disasters, providing medical services to victims of armed conflict, encouraging community participation in governance and infrastructure, promoting rural livelihoods, lobbying governments, or trying to change attitudes on gender. This variety makes it difficult to form a meaningful system for measuring IMGOs effectiveness for the purpose of comparison.

Measurements and comparisons make sense only when applied to the effectiveness of limited subsets of INGOs which have common objectives and timeframes for showing results, or else to organisational characteristics which are at one remove from activities and results. This choice is reflected in the sources Ive found which offer information about INGOs to prospective donors.

From Australian sources, there is limited information about INGOs in comparative terms. The system of accreditation of NGOs by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides publicly a three-level categorisation of INGOs, in terms of attributes which indicate some likelihood of effectiveness. There is one Australian-based website, Effective Altruism Australia, which offers and explains a list of several recommended INGOs; these recommendations are sourced from United States (US) organisations mentioned below. There are two other Australian-based websites the Australian Charities and Non-profits Commission and ChangePath providing information about large arrays of INGOs operating in Australia, but this information has limited relevance to their effectiveness.

When I reconnoitred United Kingdom (UK) sources, two features stood out. There is a publicly visible, collaborative effort by development NGOs, through the networks BOND and NIDOS, to keep improving the evaluation of their activities. Several of the big INGOs based in the UK (or straddling the UK and the US) publish accountability reports which are detailed, informative accounts of how they assess their own effectiveness and keep trying to improve it....

06:30

Jacindamanias bubble has burst, Colmar Brunton shows massive swing to Nats "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Bad news for Jacinda Ardern and Labour in the latest Colmar Brunton poll. There has been a massive turnaround as people discover that Comrade Jacinda isnt all that. The fortunes of our two major parties have been reversed in the latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll, which has National nine points ahead of Labour. National []

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06:30

Climate Justice Forum: Tar Sands Pipeline Valve Turners Conversation with Wen Stephenson, Spokane Train Blockader Hearings, Second Lake Rail Bridge Equipment Removal, Smoldering Montana Coal Train Spill 9-20-17 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a webcast conversation among the tar sands pipeline valve turners and independent author and activist Wen Stephenson, discussing their climate direct action motivated by hope and doom.  We also cover upcoming court hearings of coal and oil train blockader George Taylor in Spokane, equipment removal from the second, Lake Pend Oreille, rail bridge, pile load test site near Sandpoint, and smoldering, uncleared coal at the August 13, Clark Fork River, coal train derailment and spill site in Montana.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum

06:30

PNG faces a tough road ahead but positives are emerging "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PaulPAUL FLANAGAN | PNG Economics

You can read Pauls complete article together with links here

CANBERRA - The press release from the latest mission of the worlds International Monetary Fund highlights the difficult road ahead for Papua New Guinea in dealing with recent years of bad luck and economic mismanagement.

On the fiscal front, the IMF considers that the PNG government will fail in the supplementary budget to bring the 2017 budget deficit back to the target of 2.5% of GDP. Rather, it estimates the deficit will be a little over 3% so a gap of some K370 million relative to the 100 day plan target.

The goal to reduce the debt to GDP ratio back to the legislated level of 30% as part of the 2017 supplementary budget is also recognised as infeasible. Instead, the suggestion is a medium-term objective of moving to a balanced budget by 2020 (and GDP growth will work to reduce the ratio).

So the first two targets in new Treasurer Abels 100 day plan are likely to fail.

Expected growth is also wound back from the 2.7% estimate in 2017 down to 2.4%.

Despite these negatives, my overall reaction to the IMF report is a very positive one.

First, as the government would have had to approve the IMF post-mission press release, it indicates a very different attitude than the attempts to suppress the 2016 report.

PNGs behaviour ten months ago placed it towards the bottom of all countries and ensured it had little chance of issuing a sovereign bond. The release is a very positive step towards transparency.

Second, the IMF Article IV report comes out at a very similar time to another report from an IMF tax reform mission. PNG appears to be engaging positively with the international community.

Third, indications are that the consultation process in these missions were positive and wide-ranging.

There is feedback that Treasurer Abel also worked to ensure a very broad-based approach towards the preparation of the 100 day plan. Broad and constructive engagement makes for better decision-making.

The IMF report highlights the tough road ahead for PNG to start crawling back up from its slippery slope of economic mismanagement in recent years.

On...

06:08

Ardern not too young but rattled "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A  Herald ZB Kantar TNS poll shows that most people dont think Jacinda Ardern is too young to be Prime Minister. Age no barrier for Jacinda Ardern, new poll says The actual question asked isnt clear, but here are the reported results: Her age should have no bearing on how voters view her 44% Her age []

06:00

NZDF to transport fuels by sea and road "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) will help transport fuel around the country by sea and road to help ease a jet fuel shortage triggered by a damaged oil pipeline in Auckland last week. Major General Tim Gall, the Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, said the Royal New Zealand Navy tanker HMNZS Endeavour would sail []

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05:50

Trumps speech to African leaders "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

"Our prosperity depends above all on peace." WATCH: @POTUS's full remarks at luncheon for African leaders. pic.twitter.com/xQ6i0Aobjp Fox News (@FoxNews) September 20, 2017 I have so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich. 6 of the worlds 10 fastest growing economies are in Africa. We will continue our partnership on critical []

05:38

NZ Firsts slide "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It looked like NZ First were in for a good election through the middle of the year, polling 9-10% in April , May and June, over their 8.66% of the 2014 election. In July they peaked at 13.5% (Reid Research), 11% (Colmar Brunton) and 11.5% (Roy Morgan). They were benefiting from the slide in support []

05:30

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This world is full of conflicts and full of things that cannot be reconciled. But there are moments when we can reconcile and embrace the whole mess, and thats what I mean by Hallelujah  Leonard Cohen who was born on this day in 1934.


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05:30

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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05:30

Govt's removal of powers creates ICAC toothless monster "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

CorruptionEDDIE TANAGO | Act Now!

PORT MORESBY - The Papua New Guinea government has amended draft legislation for an Independent Commission Against Corruption to remove some of its most critical powers, opening the doors to political interference.

The government is watering down the powers of the ICAC and will be creating exactly the kind of 'toothless monster' the secretary for justice has written about.

The government changes were announced at a UPNG Seminar last week by Minister for Justice Davis Stevens.

He said the government has removed ICACs powers of arrest and prosecution and placed the prime minister in charge of the appointments process for commissioners.

Act Now! has been leading a campaign for ICAC to be established within the governments first 100 days and has collected more than 2,000 signatures on its petition, but we are dismayed at the governments changes.

Denying ICAC full powers of arrest and prosecution means it will not be able to act independently and effectively to investigate, prosecute and ensure those guilty of corruption are punished.

Instead ICAC investigators will be dependent on other agencies like the police and public prosecutor to ensure their findings are acted upon.

This has been one of the weaknesses in the existing anti-corruption bodies as police and public prosecutor are already overwhelmed, under resourced and subject to political interference.

Over the past 20 years there have been numerous commissions of inquiry that have recommended dozens of prosecutions for misusing and stealing public funds, but time and again the police and public prosecutor have failed to follow up. The new ICAC should not be adopting this failed system.

The governments proposed ICAC will be as toothless as the commissions of inquiry it is supposed to improve on.

It is essential that ICAC is fully independent of other government agencies and fully funded to investigate, charge and prosecute those accused of corruption.

Act Now! is also critical of the governments failure to publish a full copy of the draft legislation and its intention to put the prime minister in charge of the panel appointing the commissioners.

The government talks about transparency and an independent commission, but it is hiding the amended draft legislation and w...

05:00

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Meet Gary Morgan.  The Man At The Top at Roy Morgan Research.  He may be, in the end, the most powerful influencer of how this election turned out.  His companys poll came out with the exact right numbers for right-leaning voters. As the countrys leading pollster, Gary Morgan is seen as having his finger on []

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04:50

Hurricane Maria "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Hurricane Maria is moving through the Caribbean on a slightly different track to Hurricane Irma two weeks ago. It has caused major damage in Dominica, Guadaloupe, US Virgin Islands and now has gone right across Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria is now approaching the northern coast of Puerto Rico as destructive winds and flooding are continuing, the []

04:45

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is indolent (adj) 1. (a) Disinclined to exert oneself; habitually lazy. (b) Conducive to inactivity or laziness. 2. (a) Causing little or no pain. (b) Slow to heal, grow, or develop. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1660s, causing no pain, painless, from French indolent (16th century) or directly []

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04:33

The Demise of Civic Journalism: The Xenophon-Turnbull Deal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

It was never spectacular, but the Australian media scape is set to become duller, more contained, and more controlled with changes to the Broadcasting Services Act.  In an environment strewn with the corpses of papers and outlets strapped for cash, calls for reforming the media market have been heard across the spectrum.

The foggy deception being perpetrated by the Turnbull government, assisted by the calculating antics of South Australian senator Nick Xenophon, is that diversity will be shored up by such measures as the $60 million innovation fund for small publishers while scrapping the so-called two-out-of-three rule for TV, radio and press ownership. Such dissembling language is straight out of the spin doctors covert manual: place innovation in the title, and you might get across the message.

As Chris Graham of New Matilda scornfully put it, The Turnbull government is going to spend $60 million of your taxes buying a Senators vote to pass bad legislation designed to advantage some of the most powerful media corporations in the world.

Paul Budde of Independent Australia was similarly excoriating. To increase power of the incumbent players through media reforms might not necessarily have an enormous effect on the everyday media diversity, but it will allow organisations such as the Murdoch press to wield even greater power over Australian politics than is already the case.

As the statement from Senator Xenophons site reads, Grants would be allocated, for example, to programs and initiatives such as the purchasing or upgrading of equipment and software, development of apps, business activities to drive revenue and readership, and training, all of which will assist in extending civic and regional journalism. The communications minister Mitch Fifield went so far as to deem the fund a shot in the arm for media organisations, granting them a fighting chance.

The aim here, claims the good senator, is to throw down the gauntlet to the revenue pinchers such as Facebook and Google while generating a decent number of recruits through journalism cadet-ships.  Google, claimed Xenophon in August, are hoovering up billions of dollars or revenue along with Facebook and that is killing media in this country....

04:30

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 21 14 A secret gift calms anger; a bribe under the table pacifies fury.

The post Daily Proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:30

Human rights abuses needs national & community approach "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

DespairSYDNEY NAM | The Borgen Project | Edited extracts

SEATTLE - While Papua New Guinea has enjoyed the benefits of economic improvement due to extractive industries, more than 40% of its population of more than seven million live in poverty.

The state of human rights in PNG is severely lacking and includes government corruption, abuse of female rights, inhumane conditions for asylum seekers, police brutality, lack of minority rights and prosecution for sexual orientation and gender identity,.

Police abuse is rampant. Between 2007 and 2014, a total of 1,600 complaints regarding police brutality were logged by the internal affairs directorate. The government has yet to release how many of these cases resulted in judicial proceedings.

Since 2014, the anti-corruption directorate has held a warrant for the arrest of prime minister ONeill, but a court order still prevents the police from arresting him. As a result, in June 2016, police shot at University of Papua New Guinea students for peacefully protesting government corruption. Over 30 people were injured.

The United Nations has not overlooked such violations of human rights. In May 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Council released a 687-page report critical of PNGs government and its authoritarian actions.

Police aggression and abuse have also been highly gendered, with PNG remaining one of the worst countries in the world for its rates of family and sexual violence. The normalisation of these actions has prevented aggressive prosecution of perpetrators or prosecution of these men by police.

The government has failed to rally legislative or judicial action against gender-based corruption and coercion. Violent groups of people have attacked individuals for alleged acts of witchcraft. The severe violation of human rights in PNG requires serious action but proves difficult because of cultural complexities.

Undoubtedly, there is no simple solution to changing dysfunctional cultural and national norms. The approach towards fighting against governmental corruption and gender-based violence, among many other human rights issues, requires national and community-level strategies.

04:28

Ardern and English post debate comments "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Bill English and Jacinda Ardern were interviewed after their final debate of the campaign. She wasnt drilled about Labour policy, just mainly asked about Englishs comments on various things, and how she has been attacked, and the nature of the campaign. Just one Labour policy issue was raised, on renegotiating the trade agreement with South []

04:26

President Trump and the Geopolitical World Order: East Asia "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

What remains of the Asia Pivot?

President Obamas defining policy sought to open markets via the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and park a large portion of the US Navy in Chinas backyard. The idea was to pull Asian economies toward the United States, away from China, and to build US force projection capabilities, thus assuring allies in the region that US power was in East Asia for the long run.

Fast-forward to the Trump administration and we see a very different situation: mercantilism is on the rise, allies and would-be allies like South Korea, Australia, the Philippines, and Vietnam are striking out on their own with more independent foreign policies, and US military power is being openly challenged by North Korea and, to a lesser extent, by China in the South China Sea.

Much of the geopolitical groundwork predates President Trump, so its unfair to the blame at his doorstep. Yet Trumps governing philosophy will only accelerate these trends going forward.

Is the era of US primacy in East Asia drawing to a close? And if so, what comes next?

 

The post President Trump and the Geopolitical World Order: East Asia appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.

04:05

Stunning Map Shows Every River Basin In The United States "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Theres a lot more beneath our feet than most of us realize. A stunning, new map created by Imgur user Fejetlenfej reveals this and more.

The Geographer and GIS analyst has a lifelong passion for beautiful maps. It is for this reason he created the artistic map which highlights the massive expanse of river basins across the United States. According to the creator, the map visualizes the Strahler Stream Order Classification. Reportedly, the higher stream orders are indicated as thicker lines.

The map was made using the open-source QGIS software. In total, there are 18 major river basins in the 48 states of the US. The 18 major river basins follow:

1.) Pacific Northwest Basin

2.) California River Basin

3.) Great Basin

4.) Lower Colorado River Basin

5.) Upper Colorado River Basin

6.) Rio Grande River Basin

7.) Texas Gulf Coast Basin

8.) Arkansas-White-Red Basin

9.) Lower Mississippi River Basin

10.) Missouri River Basin

11.) Souris-Red-Rainy Basin

12.) Upper Mississippi Basin

13.) Great Lakes Basin

14.) Tennessee River Basin

15.) Ohio River Basin

16.) South Atlantic-Gulf Basin

17.) Mid-Atlantic Basin

18.) New England Basin

Much of the map is dominated by the massive catchment area for the Mississippi river.The Arkansas-White-Red Basin is also clearly seen and is highlighted in pink. As the Daily Mail reports, a large portion of the map shows the Pacific Northwest basin. Those feed-ins are illustrated in a brown-orange color. The Upper...

03:50

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.

03:45

Media watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

21 September 2017 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 []

03:40

Open Forum Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

21 September 2017 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 []

03:12

The reasons why Mexico is terribly prone to the occurrence of earthquakes "IndyWatch Feed World"

If giants were playing a game of Jenga with countries as their table-tops, Mexico would be one of the last locations to get picked. The country sits atop three of the Earth's largest tectonic plates - the North American plate, the Cocos Plate, and the Pacific Plate. Whenever these chunks of crust grind or butt up against one another, earthquakes happen. As a former lakebed, Mexico City is also home to soft soil that essentially acts as an amplifier for tremors, often making smaller earthquakes feel much larger. On Tuesday, a deadly quake reverberated along the boundary between the Cocos and the North American plate as the southern-most plate slid beneath its northern neighbor. The 7.1-magnitude temblor, which struck about 3 miles northeast of the city of Raboso, happened less than two weeks after the country was struck by an even more powerful 8.1-magnitude quake and 32 years to the day after a deadly magnitude 8.1 quake killed more than 9,500 people in Mexico City.

02:44

Another Medical Study Links Fluoride to Lower IQ in Children "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Fluoridating municipal water supplies is akin to medicating someone without their consent, and is an abuse of human rights. The practice of fluoridation is justified as a necessary public health intervention to combat tooth decay, even thought the known dangers of fluoridation far exceed the potential benefit.

The notion that drinking fluoridated water decreases IQ in children is backed up by a number of studies and testimony by people at the highest levels of public health. In 2012, a major Harvard study found that public water fluoridation poses a risk to the developing intelligence of children, essentially lowering the IQ of those in communities with public water fluoridation.

A study published in December of 2016 by the International Society of fluoride Research in New Zealand, entitled, Developmental neurotoxicity of fluoride: a quantitative risk analysis 379 towards establishing a safe daily dose of fluoride for children, concluded that lowered IQ is indeed a risk for children whom consume uncontrollable dosages of fluoride in public water supplies.

Now, another report has been issued, warning expecting mothers that fluoride exposure in utero is linked to lower IQ in children.

The study, published Tuesday in Environmental Health Perspectives, found an association between lower intelligence and prenatal fluoride exposure in 299 mother-child pairs in Mexico. The team measured fluoride levels from mothers via urine samples and followed up on their children until they were between 6 and 12 years old. Even when other possible factors were taken into account, such as exposure to other chemicals, results continually showed that higher prenatal fluoride exposure was linked to lower scores on tests of cognitive function in children at age 4 and then again between 6 and 12.&...

01:51

Misleading comments on the carrying capacity of US agricultural land "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

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I have recently become aware of social media discussions supporting misleading interpretations of the 2016 study Carrying capacity of U.S. agricultural land: Ten diet scenarios by Peters, et al., which was published in the journal Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene in July 2016.

As I reported in my article, Livestock chief gets it wrong on the vegan diet, the purpose of the study was to compare, firstly, per capita land requirements and secondly, potential carrying capacity as measured by the number of people fed.

The study found that the vegan diet (which excludes all animal products) was the most efficient of the ten diet scenarios studied, in that it required the least amount of land per person fed.

The studys key findings are summarised in this chart:

Figure 1: Carrying c...

01:10

Funds for Freedom "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Independent Guhan will be joining a delegation from Guam that is heading to the UN to testify before the Fourth Committee in the first week of October. We are seeking funds to help cover the costs for this trip. If you are able please donate at our Go Fund Me Page "Funds for Freedom."

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Hfa Adai!

Every October, the United Nations Special Political and Decolonization Committee (Fourth Committee) meets to discuss the status of the worlds 17 remaining Non-Self Governing Territories, including Guam. This is the one opportunity the people of Guam have every year to directly address the 193 member states of the UN General Assembly.

This year, the General Assembly will vote on a resolution that includes powerful and important language about the continued colonization and militarization of Guam and the direct impediments to the CHamoru peoples right to self-determination.

Guam's governor has also requested a UN visiting mission to assess the status of self-determination on Guam, and to push for the decolonization of the island.

Independent Guhan wants to send a delegation of CHamorus to testify before the Fourth Committee in support of the language in the resolution, as well as urge the UN to send a visiting mission. The delegates will also meet with representatives from member states to encourage them to take action for Guam, especially in light of the recent threat from North Korea to bomb our home(is)land.

With your help and contribution, you will be supporting the CHamoru delegation with the following:

-Airfare (from Guam and the Bay Area to New York)
-Food
-Housing
-Transportation
-Report-back events
-Creation of Educational materials

Saina ma'se for supporting our work towards an independent Guhan!!


~Kerri Ann Borja
Organizational Development Committee Co-Chair,
Independent Guhan

00:50

AUDIO TRIBUTE: Remembering Syrian Victims of U.S. Coalition Massacre at Deir Ezzor "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

On September 17, 2016, the US-led Coalition launched a brutal sneak attack which slaughtered some 80 plus Syrian soldiers on the ground who were fighting ISIS near the city of Deir Ezzor.

In one of the biggest diplomatic failures of all-time, a cowardly US US Secretary of State John Kerry rendered no explanation as to the sustained attack by US and Australian aircraft. However, the motive was clear: as it turns out, the US strike helped ISIS advance against the Syrian Army and hold territory for the next 12 months, until the terrorist cohort was finally dislodged by Syria and Russia last week. According Syrian and Russian officials reporting at the time, Straight after the coalitions strikes, IS militants launched an offensive, adding that fierce fighting against the terrorists ensued nearby.

If these strikes were due to an error in the target coordinates, that would be a direct consequence of the US refusal to coordinate with Russia its fight against the terrorist groups in Syria, said the Russian military at the time.

Listen to this moving audio tribute which was broadcast LIVE during Episode #202 of the SUNDAY WIRE radio show. This memorable clip includes testimonials from Syrians as well supporters of note from Lebanon, Europe and Australia:

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23:25

The loneliness of the election hoarding "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Every three years the institution of the election poster gives us an object lesson in psychogeography, remaking the country into red zones, blue zones, contested zones. A sign erected on a private fence or put up at ones window makes an uncomplicated political statement: this is a Tory household, a Labour household, a Green household; the sum of many such statements can mark an entire town or

23:03

New Zealand struck by strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake just hours after Mexico City disaster "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 struck in the remote Southern Ocean south of New Zealand on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. The quake, at a shallow depth of 10 km (6 miles), was recorded 211 km (140 miles) west of the sub-Antarctic Auckland Island, off New Zealand's South Island, the USGS said. There were no tsunami warnings issued immediately after the quake. The quake was felt strongly in the capital Wellington but no damage to buildings has been reported. Train services were briefly disrupted in the area.

22:56

Nominations sought for Kimba Consultative Committee on National Radioactive Waste Dump "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Details on how to apply are at www.radioactivewaste.gov.au.         Media Contact: 0438 619 987

National Radioactive Waste Management Facility:
Nominations sought for Kimba Consultative Committee

Nominations have opened for the Kimba Consultative Committee. The Committee will give the community the opportunity to have their say about a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

The formation of the Kimba Consultative Committee is an important next step in the Phase Two consultation and technical assessment process, which is now underway in the Kimba area.

Most of Australias current and future waste stream is linked to the production of nuclear medicines that, on average, one in two Australians will need in their lifetime.

The waste is stored in more than 100 locations around the country, and after landowners volunteered two sites and the community was found to be supportive, Kimba is being considered as the location for the facility where that waste will be consolidated and managed. Barndioota is the other site currently under consideration.

The Committee will ideally be made up of community members with a variety of views on the project, and include business owners, direct neighbours, local government and other stakeholders.

It will meet regularly during consultation as an information sharing source between the Government and Kimba community, providing a forum for:

  • Advice and input into areas that affect the community in relation to the project;
  • Advice on the suitability of proposed projects under the Community Benefit Package;
  • Consulting on, and being informed of, the outcomes of field and technical investigation work;
  • Advice on engagement activities undertaken with neighbouring landowners, key stakeholders and the general public;
  • Helping to identify the key social and community values to be considered in the evaluation of the sites; and
  • Assisting in communicating and disseminating information to the broader community.

Bruce McCleary, General Manager of the National Radioactive Waste Management Taskforce, confirmed the details today.

This Committee is a key conduit between the community and the Government, and will reflect the successful model already in place at Barndioota, said McCleary.

There are a number of jobs, business opportunities and community benefits that would come alongside the facility, and this Committee will provide advice to help shape those aspects...

Shallow M6.1 earthquake hits Auckland Islands, M5.1 Cook Strait, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit Auckland Islands, New Zealand at 01:43 UTC (13:43 local time) on September 20, 2017. The quake hit at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). GFZ Potsdam (GEOFON) is reporting the same magnitude and depth....... Read more

22:35

World watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:31

September 21 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

455 Emperor Avitus entered Rome with a Gallic army and consolidated his power.

1217 Livonian Crusade: The Estonian tribal leader Lembitu and Livonian leader Kaupo were killed in Battle of St. Matthews Day.

1411 Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, claimant to the English throne, was born (d. 1460).

1745 Battle of Prestonpans: A Hanoverian army under the command of Sir John Cope was defeated, in ten minutes, by the Jacobite forces of Prince Charles Edward Stuart.

1756 John Macadam, Scottish engineer and road-builder, was born (d. 1836).

1792 The National Convention declared France a republic and abolished the monarchy.

1827  Joseph Smith, Jr. was reportedly visited by the angel Moroni, who gave him a record of gold plates, one-third of which Smith has translated into The Book of Mormon.

1834 Betty Guard and her children were rescued from Ngati Ruanui (who had held them captive in Taranaki since April) by troops from HMSAlligatorand Isabella.

Rescue of <em>Harriet</em> survivors begins

1860   In the Second Opium War, an Anglo-French force defeated Chinese troops at the Battle of Baliqiao.

1866  H. G. Wells, English writer, was born (d. 1946).

1874  Gustav Holst, English composer, was born (d. 1934).

1897  The Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus editorial was published in the New York Sun.

1898...

22:02

A Song For The Times. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



Its the terror of knowing
What the world is about
Watching some good friends
Screaming Let me out 

Under Pressure - David Bowie/Queen


Video courtesy of YouTube


This posting exclusive to Bowalley Road.

20:30

West Papuan liberation movement focussed on UN plans "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

From Dateline Pacific, 4:03 am on 18 September 2017 The West Papua National Coalition for Liberation says its decolonisation aspirations are focussed on action at the United Nations. The Coalition is one of the key groups within the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, which is pushing for internationally-facilitated negotiation with Indonesia over Papua's political

West Papuan liberation movement focussed on UN plans was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

Continue reading

19:47

Australia: stop being blindly aligned with nuclear weapons nations: sign the treaty! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Tomorrow The World Is Going To Try And Ban Nuclear Weapons. Australia Wants To Keep Them. New Matilda, By Rewena Mahesh on September 19, 2017 A global push to save the world from a nuclear armageddon has the backing of more than 120 nations. Australia isnt one of them. Rewena Mahesh explains.

On July 7, a global treaty was adopted at the UN General Assembly to prohibit nuclear weapons. This treaty now sets precedence for a powerful norm that will change the course of history by helping promote disarmament and preventing further proliferation.

This treaty closes a large international law gap, by prohibiting states from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, transferring, possessing, stockpiling, using, or threatening to use nuclear weapons once ratified by 50 states.

That will happen tomorrow, on the 20th of September.

Despite an overwhelming 122 countries endorsing the treaty, strongly and actively supported by hundreds of civic society organizations including the World Medical Association, Medical Association for Prevention of War, the World Federation of Public Health Associations, nine member countries that possess nuclear weapons and most NATO allies boycotted the agreement.

Shamefully, one of those countries absent from negotiations and which played a role in boycotting the treaty is Australia. We fall under the nuclear protection of the USA.

While Australia, possesses no nuclear weapons, it is a major producer and supplier of uranium used in the production of nuclear arsenals for the US and British military and most recently Russia, China and India.

Australia has had a long history with nuclear testing, hosting the British in the 1950s and 60s to conduct 12 major nuclear tests which dispersed radiation across much of the continent. In particular site workers and Aboriginal communities nearby have been suffering the consequences of radiation, seen in high rates of cancer with very little compensation, and a lack of capacity to use traditional land due to contamination.

As a result of Australia hosting the US military and intelligence facilities, such as Pine Gap near Alice Springs, we are offered protection in the face of a nuclear threat, under the extended nuclear deterrence, and thus consider nuclear weapons to be legitimate, useful and necessary despite their devastating and catastrophic effects..

Given the current volatile...

19:43

Nuclear lobby bringing top USA nuclear spruiker Michael Shellenberger to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Michael Shellenberger  will visit Australia in November to promote a rethink on nuclear at a minerals industry conference.

A radioactive wolf in green clothing: Dissecting the latest pro-nuclear spin https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/a-radioactive-wolf-in-green-clothing-dissecting-the-latest-pro-nuclear-spin,10735

 Noel Wauchope 20 September 2017,  Michael Shellenberger is a nuclear salesman posing as a new generation environmentalist with unsubstantiated energy solutions, writes Noel Wauchope.

LAST WEEK, The Australian excelled itself in uncritically regurgitating nuclear lobby propaganda in the...

19:41

An Australian to be proud of Dr Tilman Ruff "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Whats your alternative? CommonSpace talks to anti-nuclear expert Dr Tilman Ruff Ahead of the UN signing of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, CommonSpace discusses disarmament with Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Dr Tilman Ruff

THE TREATY ON THE PROHIBITION OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS was passed by the United Nations in July after being voted for by 122 countries, making it the first legally-binding international agreement to eliminate nuclear weapons.

This historic development came about amid heavy opposition from the nuclear-armed states and rising tensions between the United States of America and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, who have warned that recent sanctions will only accelerate the North Korean nuclear programme.

On 20 September, the ban treaty will be open for signature at the United Nations headquarters in New York. Once the treaty is ratified by at least 50 countries, it should come into force within 90 days.

One among many of the anti-nuclear activists who brought the treaty to this point was Dr Tilman Ruff, co-president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, which collectively received a Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts towards disarmament in 1985, and founding member of the International Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

Following his...

19:39

Rural South Australia could end up with the curse of stranded nuclear wastes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Robyn Wood, Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 19 Sept 17

Greg of FLAG has a letter to the editor in todays Advertiser for those who can get around the paywall

On the charge

HEA...

19:37

Mexico earthquake "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The extent of damage and the death toll from thodays 7.1 earthquake in Mexico wont become clear for a day or two, but it looks very bad, with widespread damage reported and over 200 deaths recorded so far. With many collapsed buildings it will get worse. Guardian:  At least 217 dead after powerful earthquake hits []

19:37

Trumps first United Nations appearance was not well received "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Trumps First U.N. Appearance Was a Clunker, Slate, 19 Sept 17  But why is the United Nations so worried about bureaucracy at a time like this? By Fred Kaplan  President Trump got off to an underwhelming start at the U.N. General Assembly on Monday morning. He sat on a panel flanked by various diplomats, including Ambassador Nikki Haley, who introduced him before he delivered some brief remarks, and it would be charitable to describe the welcoming applause as light.

Then came the clunker. Haley had told the assembled that the new American president sees tremendous potential in the U.N.a cold enough slap at an organization thats been around for 72 years and, for all its flaws, has accomplished quite a bit. But Trump followed that dig with a face-splash of ice water, saying that the real potential he saw was right across the streeta reference to one of his East Side real-estate projectsand noted that the U.N.s presence was what gave it such potential.

ts so typical of Trump to view the rest of the world, even the official assembly of the worlds leaders, as a footnote to the saga of his own wealth.

Trumps remarks, which he read from notes, were brief and inc...

19:36

Australia VERY QUIETLY signs up to help develop new nuclear reactors "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

How is it that Dr Adi Paterson of ANSTO signed up to this, in advance of Parliamentary approval, and that the whole thing can be done without any proper public consultation? Australian tax-payers are now to be supporting the development of these new dreams of nuclear power  advanced nuclear reactors that exist now only as blueprints, and will be expensive, require government funding, and will not be commercially operational for many decades, if ever.
Surely it is time for a thorough inquiry into ANSTOs funding and finances. The New Generation nuclear reactors are controversial, to say the least. They are in fact, part of the global nuclear lobbys push to save itself  its future being threatened by its dire economics, and by its connection to the nuclear weapons industry.
The Australian media is regularly used to promote ANSTOs nuclear reactor as having as its purpose medical research  and medical isotopes saving lives despite the fact that non nuclear production of these isotopes can be, and is, being done.  The reality is that ANSTO is part of the global nuclear...

19:35

BHP supports climate change action is at odds with Minerals Council "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

But dont lets forget that BHP is a big member of the nuclear industry   which claims (incorrectly), that nuclear power is  clean energy, and the solution to climate change

 

BHP considering Minerals Council exit over lobby groups climate policies

Key points:

  • BHP under pressure to quit lobby groups that dont support clean energy target
  • Activist group backed by big investors including ANZ, AMP, Australian Super, Blackrock
  • Board considering move before next months AGM

BHP announced it would review its membership of all industry associations, and publish the findings, by the end of this year.

The review comes hot on the tail of a demand by activist shareholders that the miner sever ties with the council, which successfully advocated for the abolition of the carbon price and is currently lobbying the Federal Government to reject a clean energy target.

We are aware that some civil society and other organisations believe that, where an industry body advocates for a position which does not align with our own, we should cease to be a member of that in...

19:33

Most Britons would not be happy living near mini nuclear power stations "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Guardian 18th Sept 2017 Most Britons would not be happy living near the mini nuclear power stations that Rolls-Royce and several other international companies want to build in the UK, a survey has found.

The government has promised the developers of small modular reactors a slice of a 250m funding pot in a race to position the UK as the place where the first generation of the power stations should be built.

Polling by YouGov, however, believed to be the first survey of public attitudes towards the plants, found that 62% of people would be unhappy living within five miles of one.

The poll, commissioned by the climate change charity 10:10, found that only 24% would be unhappy living near an onshore windfarm, which the Conservative party has stymied with tougher planning rules. The figure fell to 17% for community-owned windfarms.

Ellie Roberts, a campaigner at 10:10, said:
These results show just how wildly out of step with public opinion UK energy policy has become. Most small modular reactors (SMRs) would generate less than a tenth of the power the projected Hinkley Point C will provide, but are backed by industry as a cheaper option to big nuclear plants and an opportunity for British firms to be first in a new technology. Harry Holt, the president of nuclear at Rolls-Royce, said: With demand for energy set to rise in the near future, in part due to
the growing popularity of electric cars, we believe that a UK SMR programme is a vital addition to our national infrastructure....

19:32

Donald Trump at the UN threatens to totally destroy North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Donald Trump threatens to totally destroy North Korea in UN speech
President castigates a small group of rogue regimes
Iran nuclear deal an embarrassment to the United States, Guardian, 
Julian Borger 20 Sept 17, Donald Trump has threatened to totally destroy North Korea, in a bellicose first address to the United Nations general assembly in which he lashed out at a litany of US adversaries and called on righteous countries to confront them.

The speech was greeted in the UN chamber mostly with silence and occasional outbreaks of disapproving murmurs, as Trump castigated a succession of hostile regimes.

In an address heavy with echoes of George W Bushs Axis of Evil State of the Union address more than 15 years earlier, Trump said: The scourge of our planet today are a small group of rogue regimes.

If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph, the president said.

He first singled out North Korea, recounting its history of kidnapping, oppression, and missile and nuclear tests....

19:27

MORE MEDIA CRAP "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I see the media are running a shock horror story (stoked along by Professor Jane Kelsey ... surprise, surprise) about the propriety of officials from MFAT attending a scheduled meeting of officials from the eleven countries still keen on developing a regional tree-trade agreement following the withdrawal on the United States from the TPPA.

It may be news to the media but the world doesn't stop for a country having an election and neither it should.    This is a meeting off officials for c*********s.     Their mandate is to develop a pathway forward.     It will be up to the incoming government to decide whether or not they want to travel the road ... remembering of course that Socialist Cindy is on record as saying she fully supports free trade ... cough, cough, snort.

The media is as shallow as a birdbath in much of their reporting.   If they were consistent in their thinking in respect of an election hiatus then they would be arguing that New Zealand should not be signing the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) which opens for signature in New York today ... fact is New Zealand was a major player in developing the Treaty and will be one of the first countries to sign up to it ... today ... as it should.


18:40

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF HELPING AUSTRALIA STAY NUCLEAR FREE "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Members from the Western Australia Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA) have returned home this week from a weekend in Adelaide on Kaurna country for the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance annual conference to debrief and strategise for the struggles ahead.
At the core of Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) are Aboriginal people living with nuclear projects on their lands, including uranium mines and the toxic legacy of nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s and 60s, and others trying to stop new uranium mines or nuclear waste dumps being imposed on their country.
This year marked the 20th annual conference; reflecting on the (many) wins of the past, the continued impact of nuclear projects past and present, and strategising on the future directions of the movement.
WANFA has come back from Adelaide, stronger, keener and more connected to continue fighting proposed uranium mines on their land.
We will take what we have learnt from ANFA back into our communities so we can keep WA uranium free.
We made a strong commitment over the weekend along with many other people from around this country to;
* recognise that everyone has the same issue when dealing with the nuclear industry and we are committed to supporting traditional owners and communities on country; and
* we are going to keep fighting against uranium mining at Kintyre, Wiluna, Yeelirrie and Mulga Rock until we get a permanent ban on mining uranium in Western Australia.
We have upcoming events organised so please keep in touch.
Call 0401 909 332 for more information.

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18:30

The Russian that saved the world RIP "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Stanislav Petrov, who averted possible nuclear war, dies at 77 BBC News

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18:19

PACIFIC NORTHWEST RESIDENT DOCUMENTS METALLIC FIBERS FALLING FROM SKY "IndyWatch Feed World"

Buck RogersStaff Writer
Waking Times
As the term geoengineering creeps evermore into public consciousness, people are being persuaded that weather modification schemes will play an important role in public safety as a response to climate change. Most people are behind the curve on this issue, though, as independent journalists and private individuals have for years been documenting what is is happening in our skies.
For the last several years, a Washington state resident has been documenting geoengineerinng activity in the skies over the Olympic Peninsula, reporting on unnatural cloud formations, atmospheric spraying, and...

18:00

Fossil discovery in Indonesia reveals lost world of beasts "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

As recently as a few thousand years ago, the Indonesian island of Sumba was home to miniature elephants, giant rats and dragons, according to fossil discoveries reported in a scientific journal last month. The expedition marks the first discovery of a Komodo dragon fossil outside the islets off of Flores, an island east of Bali, prompting one scientist to wonder if the creatures might be reintroduced in Sumba. The report, published last month in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, described fossils of dwarf elephants (Stegodon florensis insularis), rodents as big as cats, and the worlds largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), the only one of the group that still exists. The island of Sumba in eastern Indonesia. Image by Gunkarta via Wikimedia Commons. Some of these species are estimated to have inhabited Sumba as recently as 12,000 years ago, according to the paper. The expedition took place in 2011 and 2014 when scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) collected fossils from several deposits on Sumba, part of a group of islands tucked between the continental shelves of Asia and Australia. The archipelago, known as Wallacea, was named in honor of the biologist Alfred Russel Wallace, who first identified the borders of species distribution across the region in the 19th century. The region received global attention in 2004 when a group of archaeologists described fossils of an extinct tiny human, dubbed the hobbit, or Homo floresiensis, on Flores, just north of Sumba. The discovery of

18:00

There should have been a sense of urgency to get out of there "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Troubling video filmed in Laos has shown construction workers fleeing for their lives after a dam overflowed upstream. The video uploaded to YouTube this week shows the panic at a construction site as a mass of brown water and trees overwhelm the banks of the Nam Ao River last Monday

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17:57

Privatising universities places individual corporate interest above societys needs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Ross Gittens article (The Pen 19 September 2017) about the backdoor privatisation of Australian universities has prompted the following comments. To begin with, he is right to suggest that government defunding is causing university administrations to turn towards establishing special relationships with corporations and that this is compromising them as institutions of higher learning.

One can take issue with his favourable comments on the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (which puts students into long-term debt) and the growing shift towards recruiting overseas students. But they are secondary issues to the central one of defunding and turning universities over to corporations.

University education is often thought of as a means, to expand knowledge. After all, individuals attend to gain expertise and those who progress to academia, are supposed to contribute to the expansion of collective knowledge in their chosen field.

A more basic reason for universities to exist, is to train the next generation as the providers of specific forms of labour required by the economy. Australias economy is capitalist and this means, for the most part,  meeting the requirements of privately owned enterprises. From this direction, the push is for a quite narrow set of skills and applied knowledge that is specific to the demand of the corporate world.

To expand knowledge, universities must break new ground and stretch the field of theory, as well as pass knowledge to the new generation. They must go beyond immediate economic application and embrace a whole of society approach. Doing these things does not mesh well with the demands of the current market.

In theory and policy,  neoliberalism is driving the present changes. This comes from the corporate world and filters through government, seeing that whatever doesnt serve the bottom line of the corporate world is a waste of resources that must be eliminated as much as possible. This outlook is closely tied to the mantra of small government, which has become a cover to divert funds to raise corporate subsidies and other related expenses. Removing funds from universities is part of the package.

Neoliberalism is not a new idea. It is applied orthodox economics in times of relative economic downturn. At these times, the rate of return in investment is in decline, even if the absolute return isnt. It provides incentive for the corporations to socialise costs as much as possible. In every-day language this means to transfer costs to the rest of society.

The means to do this is to raid the public purse. Spending on government services goes down, alongside company tax and personal tax on the wealthiest. At the same time as corporate welfare in the forms of grants, contracts and privatisations and o...

17:23

Elections Review: Highlands Region "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Journalist Freddy Mou witnessed firsthand the volatile situation of elections in the Highlands.

This is his summary of elections in the Highlands.

The campaign period in the Highlands region is always a time to showcase the sort of leaders a tribe has.

This is when pigs, cows and other livestock are slaughtered, with celebrations after celebrations held at various campaign venues by candidates to try and lure voters.

As described by bishops and Diocesan Secretaries of the four Highlands Dioceses in their Annual Regional Secretaries Meeting earlier this year, elections in the region have never been free, fair and transparent.

The people of the region have suffered and many have been routinely denied services.

Only a minority have benefited while the common people struggle to make ends meet.

While elections in the Highlands is known for its fiesta, mandating a leader always involved violence and corrupt dealings, requiring more security.

Security personnel engaged for the elections were mainly focused on the Highlands.

Police Commissioner Gari Baki, in a meeting with government departmental heads before the campaign period, said there were still issues in the Highlands which needed close attention.

He cautioned that for the past five years, provinces such as Southern Highlands witnessed peace but this did not mean there would be no threats or disruptions during the election period.

As reported, no election related violence occurred during the campaign period but a large sum of cash was involved.

Heading into and during polling, a lot of issues were raised by concerned candidates and supporters.

These involved the electoral roll update, polling venues and others.

Bulk voting and underage voting was also witnessed in some parts of the Highlands region.

Even though security personnel were present at the polling venues, nothing was done to stop such practices.

A candidate in the Goroka Open seat posted pictures on social media alleging that people were voting at will, without any control from the polling officials.

However, Provincial Election Manager Steven Kaupa brushed aside the allegations.

Kaupa, when a...

17:22

Its only another poll "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This is a good boost for Prime Minister Bill English as he heads into the final leaders debate:


Filed under: politics Tagged: Act, Bill English, Green Party, Jacinda Ardern, Labour Party, Maori Party, NZ First, NZ National Party, One News Colmar Brunton poll, TOP, Winston Peters ...

17:19

Last debate, Ardern versus English "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The last debate between Bill English and Jacinda Ardern will be on TVNZ 1 at 7 pm tonight. I think that Mike Hosking will be back running it after an illness ruled him out of the second debate. English was rocked by a bad poll result before that debate, but it has swung the other []

17:17

TAXCINDA ... STOP WHINGING "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ok, we know you're  behind in the polls and running scared (and yes I said 5 days is a long time in politics) but Bill English is entirely right in calling you out on your promise to raise taxes and your attempt to label that as fake news just makes you look silly.

Fact ... Labour has promised to repeal National's effective tax cuts due to take effect from 1 April 2018.

Fact ... Those cuts have received legislative approval.   They are part of the law of the land.

Fact ... were Labour to repeal that legislation they would be legislating for tax increases.

Slam dunk.

The delicious irony in all of this is that should Labour win and to repeal the legislation they would be relying on the votes of the Greens and/or Winston First who both voted for the cuts.   Their gymnastic contortions would be a sight to behold ... voting against your own legislation ... mind boggling.

Sorry Socialist Cindy ... your faux outrage doesn't wash and that's why you're 9% behind in the polls, down 7% in the same number of days. 

17:00

Investor committed to Sepik Plains Project "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Via Loop PNG

20th September 2017

Israeli investor, Innovative Agro Industry, has assured the Government and the people of East Sepik of its commitment to invest and develop several agriculture and farming projects on the Sepik Plains.

 

Chief executive officer of the Innovative Agro Industry, Lior Crystal, was part of a delegation that flew over to the Sepik Plains on Monday, Sept 18, 2017.

 

Other parties on the aerial inspection were the Australian High Commissioner to PNG, His Excellency Bruce Davis, and the CEO of the PNG Cocoa Board, Kautu Boutua.

 

The delegation was led by the Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, and Member for Yangoru-Saussia, Richard Maru.

 

The delegation was given a birds-eye view of the proposed site of the chicken and grain project under the Sepik Economic Zone (SEZ).

Crystal described the Sepik Plains as a beautiful landmass sitting there, waiting for development.

 

I am here on behalf of the LR Group, Innovative Agro Industry, stating that we are committed to the development of this land. We are not only coming to develop, we are coming as an investor. We are putting our money where our mouth is, Crystal said.

 

The Innovative Agro Industry will develop an egg laying farm, broiler meat farm and grain production.

 

The developer will also establish a modern cocoa plantation using Israeli technology that will produce 400 to 500 percent more yield than an average cocoa plantation.

 


Filed under: Agreement, Agriculture, Business, Community, Development, Economy, Government, Growth, Information, Investment, land Tagged: Agriculture, Community Development, Development, Government,...

16:53

Doomsday This Saturday (2) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It might be for Winston Peters if the people at Colmar Brunton are right.



It comes after an intense week of campaigning which saw Jacinda Ardern make a U-turn on tax.

12 MIN AGO

His party vote has plunged to just five percent and he won't hold Northland so there's every chance of a Winstonless gummint come Sunday.

I can't remember when the polls were so 'all over the place' but of course this one is CB not Reid Research and CB has consistently had Labour ahead.  Today they are a whopping nine points behind.

I haven't pushed this poll through the election thingy but it these results are borne out, then National and ACT may well have enough to scrape in on their own.  The Maori Party would be almost a cert to join in to keep Winston away from their precious Maori seats if he did make it.

This is why elections are such marvellous sport.

16:42

Better Regulatory Mechanism Needed For Pasca "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Co-operation between all stakeholders to put in place a better fiscal and regulatory mechanism for the the petroleum and mining industry, and the economy as a whole, is needed.

Papua New Guinea Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (PNGEITI) head of national secretariat Lucas Alkan said the countrys first off-shore gas project, the K1 billion Pasca Gas Field in Gulf, is set for first drilling in 2020.

Mr Alkan said changes in technology and the way people do business today are so swift, and the petroleum and mining industry have their own challenges and opportunities.

He said the country is in a very unique position to be a model country to set standards that other miners and explorers around the world can learn from. The Solwara 1 Project in New Ireland and the Pasca projects are case in point, Mr Alkan said.

We are of the view that the industry and the Government are living up to meeting immediate obligations and this must be further be strengthened to see better outcomes, Mr Alkan said.

If there needs to be finer tunning to certain legislations and policies, the timing is now right to make things happen. He said PNGEITI believes that with the offshore gas project in the Gulf province, the Department of Petroleum and Energy is on top of this in terms of policy and legislations to cater for this development.

We hope to see better outcomes from negotiations and discussions around setting up better fiscal and regulatory frameworks to lay solid foundations for similar projects in future.

We have world class technical expertise to make PNG a model mining and petroleum country that strictly upholds global best practices, whether it be in transparency or the overall approach taken in administering and regulating business in the mining and petroleum space.

There is a whole scheme of things we need to harmonize before the economy and the investors alike can enjoy the benefits of PNGs resource.

We at PNGEITI always stand ready to do our bit to promote accountability and transparency in the industry.

 

http://postcourier.com.pg/better-regulatory-mechanism-needed-pasca/


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16:34

1 News Colmar Brunton pre-election poll "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The last 1 News Colmar Brunton poll before the election: National 46% (last week 40%, previous 39%) Labour 37% (last week 44%, previous 43%) Greens 8% (last week 7%, previous 5%) NZ First 5%  (last week 6%, previous 9%) TOP 2.0% rounded (last week 2.0%, previous 1.9%) Maori Party 1% rounded (last week 1.1%, previous []

16:30

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

Labours bring out your dead campaign plan "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It seems Labour and their coalition partner the Media party are now playing the sympathy card to bring out votes for Labour: A passionate Labour supporter died less than two weeks before voting opened, but his message has reached thousands. Rangiora community stalwart Peter Allen who suffered from motor neurone disease  died on August 30, []

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15:30

Vacancies falter "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Resources recovery

August 2017 was a softer month for job vacancies on the Department of Employment's index.

The trend is now +6.4 per cent higher than a year earlier, and +23.8 per cent below the October 2013. low. 


Despite the weaker month, Queensland and Western Australia still experienced double digit growth from a year earlier, with a decent lift in Victoria. 


The annual figure was down in Tasmania, but that's as likely related to a surge in employment uptake based on other indicators.

The wrap

It's good to see that vacancies in Western Australia are now well off the lows of 2016, at about 12 per cent higher.

But nationally, this was a softer result. 

Perhaps this is an early indicator that the economy is set to underwhelm in 2018.

Westpac's Bill Evans, always worth following closely, sees no rate hikes in 2018 on this basis. 

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15:30

Bird of the Week: Rifleman ~ Titipounamu "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A little code breaker By Cushla  McGaughey Weighing just 6g and only 8cm long, the Rifleman is our smallest bird. It belongs to an ancient family of New Zealand wrens. The larger Bush Wren is the only other surviving species. Riflemen are very active and nimble. Constantly flicking their wings, they can work their way []

15:30

Nobody pays for water, so why are politicians and Media making you think otherwise? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Making farmers pay for the water they use is unfair, because nobody else pays for the water they use. Federated Farmers is repeating, nobody in New Zealand pays for water. No household, no farm, no hairdresser not even Coca Cola. All we pay for in New Zealand is the right to access the water []

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15:15

Govt Offers Rebate To Land Catches Onshore "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Government will work closely with the fishing industry to implement new policy initiatives announced by Prime Minister Peter ONeill last week.

Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Patrick Basa held a meeting with representatives from the fishing industry last week to assure them.
The initiatives announced by Mr ONeill included a rebate being offered to fishing companies so that they land their catches onshore to be processed.

The Government forecasts that this would prompt the existing processors to lift their capacity from about 30 percent to about 70 percent. This would create more jobs for Papua New Guineans, and ensure revenue and foreign exchange that is lost to countries like Philippines and Thailand are retained. But the companies say they have not seen the details of the rebates scheme, and are worried that its fast implementation would lead to them make financial losses, resulting in the closure of their business.

Chief among their concerns is the high cost of doing business in PNG, poor infrastructure, lack of adequate and reliable power supply, and high labour cost.
Minister Basa told the representatives that the government appreciates their concerns, and will work closely with them to ensure their concerns are accommodated and addressed. He told them the government was not against the companies, but working towards ensuring a greater return to its people for the harvest of their resource.

Minister Basa instructed the National Fisheries Authority to work with the industry representatives in the nest three months to develop a matrix on the way forward. He directed, among other things, for the NFA to identify the catches by fleets over the last 5 years in PNG and where these fish are landed or exported.

He directed that these data be clear on whether these catches are recorded as catches from Distant Fishing Nations, Locally based foreign flagged vessels, or PNG flagged vessels.

We need to know the exact volume of catches and by fleets. Further to that I want to also know the volume of catches by fleets that is landed in Bangkok and the Philippines, the Minister said.

With four processing plants already operating in Malahang Industrial Centre in Lae, and another two being planned, the government is pushing ahead to build a wharf dedicated to serve fishing companies.

That wharf is to be built in nearby Wagung...

15:03

Doomsday This Saturday? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Apparently some group of religious nutters in the United States have been given a preview of NZ's general election result on Saturday.

"If you have plans for Saturday, you may want to move them up a day. You see, several media outlets are reporting numerologist David Meade's prediction that this Saturday, September 23, marks the day that the world will end.......
.........The problem with almost all of the reporting, though, is that the news reports connect David Meade's doomsday predictions with a Biblical prophecy ministry named Unsealed. "

Apparently Winston Peters is some nasty character hiding behind the pseudonym 'Nibiru.'

15:00

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Cureckitycoo  to coo like a dove; to flirt and canoodle with someone; one who gives caresses.


Filed under: language Tagged: cureckitycoo

15:00

Dirty Swiss money "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

[] Swiss prosecutors are trying to figure out why someone apparently attempted to flush tens of thousands of euros down the toilet at a Geneva branch of UBS Group AG. The first 500-euro bills were discovered several months ago in a bathroom close to a bank vault containing hundreds of safe deposit boxes, according to []

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14:47

Lae Snax Tigers' Charlie Simon named Captain of PMs XIII to play Australia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Charlie Simon from Lae Snax Tigers will lead as skipper of the newly announced 18 men PMs 13 team that was named this morning in a ceremony witnessed by the Acting Sports Minister Charlie Raminai at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby.
Acting Minister Charlie Raminai at the official team announcement urged the Stanley Tepend coached side "to take pride in the jersey they will wear this weekend against the Kangaroos and perform to their best for the country."
The team was announced by coach Stanley Tepend in front of the PNG Rugby Football League Board and major sponsor National Gaming Control Board (NGCB) Chief Executive Officer Imelda Agon.
PNGRFL chairman Sandis Tsaka said the annual match between Australia and PNG is aimed at driving social messages of Violence against Women and children and strengthens bilateral ties between both countries.
NGCB CEO Imelda Agon said they were happy to support and assist the PNG PMs 13 team host the annual match.

NGCB PNG Prime Ministers XIII team:

1.         Joe Joshua

2.         Brendon Gutono

3.         Stanford Talita

4.         Junior Rau

5.         Karo Kauna Jnr

6.         Jason Missian

7.         Charlie Simon

8.         Junior Rop

9.         Stanley Olo

10.       Dilbert Issac

11.       Tuvi Lepan

12.       Kato Ottio

13.       John Andy

14.       Sailas Gahuna

15.       William Mone

16.       Eddie Daffa

17.       Muka Peter Kulu

18.       Joshua Nani

Coach: Stanley Tepend

Team Management: Steven Nightingale, Roderick Puname, David Westley, Solomon Kulinasi, Leonard Tarum and Tim Rodgers.


14:30

One Tier Wonderland (and NO Constitution) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post New Zealand is the only country in the world with no constitution. What we have are a series of imported Acts and locally passed Acts which jointly and severely form a type of constitution. The oldest of which is the U.K. imported Magna Carta which was first passed into law in 1215. We []

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14:00

Is ANZAC day looking at the wrong battle? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

World War One the Great War is commemorated on ANZAC day together with Australians, and on that day, the Gallipoli campaign is remembered. Perhaps the memories are better than those of the other theatre of war? While the name Gallipoli resonates with many, the huge impact the Western Front and the battle of Passchendaele had []

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13:48

The Moon Is About To Do Something It Only Does Once Every 28 Years "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

[BC-R] The total solar eclipse that occurred this summer drew incredible excitement from even casual sky gazers, but our moon is about to perform a feat that is much more rare, and you probably havent heard anything about it.

Our only natural satellite is about to block out a trio of planets and a dominant star all over the course of a single day.

The event is known as a lunar occultation, which is really just a fancy way of saying that the moon is going to obscure some stuff in the sky. For observers here on Earth, the moon will appear to swallow up Venus, Mars, and Mercury, as well as the star Regulus, which is one of the brightest in our night sky.

What makes it particularly interesting for astronomers is that its extremely rare for so many celestial bodies to be involved at the same time. Occultations involving a single body or planet are relatively common, but this particular combination only happens once every 28 years or so. By comparison, a total solar eclipse happens somewhere on Earth every couple of years.

As with the eclipse, certain spots on Earth will have a better vantage point than others. For those hoping to snag a glimpse of the moon engulfing Mars, Hawaii is a great place to be, while locations in the South Pacific have the best shot at spotting Mercury slipping behind the moon later this evening. For the rest of us, searching for cool photos on Instagram and Twitter will probably be our best shot at enjoying the stellar sights.

13:41

Strong Earthquake Strikes New Zealand Region "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Heba-574M M 6.1 256km W of Auckland Island, New Zealand Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Strikes W of Auckland Island, New Zealand Magnitude: 6.1 mww Location: 50.371S, 162.550E; 256km W of Auckland Island, New Zealand Depth: 10km Time: 2017-09-20 at 01:43:30 UTC Other Earthquakes in NZ: Magnitude 5.1 Earthquake Strikes Cook Strait Magnitude: 5.1 Location: 41.48S, []

13:40

NRL must expand comp to include Hunters, says Johns "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

September 20, 2017  
Source: The National

RUGBY league personality  Matthew Johns says the NRL is going down the wrong path in terms of expansion and the Papua New Guinea Hunters must be the next team to join the competition.

 
Cities like Perth and Adelaide are frequently touted as possible locations as part of a strategic plan to grow the sport and plans for a second team in Brisbane has been on the agenda for a decade.
But Johns says the games administrators are guilty of tunnel vision in their pursuit of growth and should be targeting the Hunters as the next team to join the NRL.

 
The Hunters have been an instant success since their inaugural season in the Queensland Cup in 2014 and are one win away from being crowned this years premiers.
Johns believes the inclusion of the PNG side will revolutionise the NRL like the West Indies did for cricket in the 1980s.

 

 
I urge the game to think out of the square, go away from their traditional thinking. We look at the game too narrowly and we look at the Australian continent we keep talking that we want Perth, we want Perth and I get that, Johns said on Triple Ms The Grill Team.
(But) The Pacific Islands, thats where the growth is.

 
Weve got a situation this weekend in the Queensland Cup, the Sunshine Coast are playing against the PNG Hunters.
It is the most underestimated story in rugby league that the PNG Hunters are in the Queensland Cup grand final, the second best competition in rugby league outside of the NRL I put it on par with the English Super League, it is that strong of a competition.

 
Last weekend in Port Moresby to get into the game [preliminary final] they were lining up for 24 hours to watch the game.

 
What are we doing? Whens our plan to bring them in?

 
They could be the West Indies. The West Indies revolutionised cricket in the 80s and they could do the same thing for rugby league.

 
Johns played as five-eighth for the Newcastle Knights, playing outside his younger brother Andrew Johns at halfback for nine seasons.

 
Johns was part of the Australian squad that won the 1995 Rugby League World Cup and went on to play eight matches for his country.

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13:35

Fake News (Updated) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From the BBC, desperadoes who are learning fast from CNN.

Australia's warmest winter 'driven by climate change'


Thus sayeth the headline.

This, just days after (a) the world's climate alarmist industry has admitted their models are a crock full of fictitious shit and , (b) more telling, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology has admitted it has been falsifying temperature data, resulting in official readings higher than the actual temperatures.

Funny thing is, people who have lived in Adelaide for sixty years tell me this winter has been the coldest they can remember and I can vouch for the fact it has been the coldest in the six years I've been here.

What the BBC should be reporting about Australia is that as the country dives deeper into debt and as productive industries close because of over-expensive and unreliable electricity supplies, Australia's politicians and media are obsessed with the notion poofters should be allowed to marry each other.

For what reason, nobody can explain.

Oh dear.  Now the ABC is reporting unprecedented heavy frosts in central NSW.

You'd think these bloody pinko media types could co-ordinate their propaganda, wouldn't you?

Update

The confirmation of shenanagans just keeps on keeping on.  Read the story and weep.  Whenever, the data showed a discrepancy between observation and modelling theory, somebody went in and changed the data to remove the discrepancy.  Hide the decline.

Again and again and again.


13:30

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Tuscany Dawn from Bjarke Hvorslev on Vimeo.

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13:00

The pro-choice case for infanticide. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In 2012 After-Birth Abortion was proposed by two philosophers in the Journal of Medical Ethics. By reopening the ethical debate the pro-choice lobby was put in the difficult position of trying to find arguments to justify why infanticide is medically ethically unacceptable if abortion is medically ethically acceptable. Just when you thought the religious right couldnt []

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12:52

6.1 Earthquake Off New Zealand Follows 7.1 Quake near Mexico City 119 Dead "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck off of New Zealand on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning local time).

This was the second quake today on the Ring of Fire zone in the Pacific Ocean.

The quake struck 256 kilometers west of Aukland Island.

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck near Mexico City Monday afternoon.

At least 119 people were killed in the attack.

Part of an elementary school collapsed today during the attack.

Emergency workers are still rescuing people tonight after the quake.

12:31

At Least 138 Dead After Magnitude 7.1 Earthquake Hits Mexico City "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Via: New Zealand Herald: A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico, killing at least 138 people as buildings collapsed in plumes of dust. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped. The quake is the deadliest in Mexico since a 1985 quake on the same date killed []

12:30

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Net Oil imports/Exports, 2017 Click here for larger view

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12:09

An Unreliable Guy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Local MP another no show Labour candidate Rob McCann says another opportunity to debate keys issues was lost when his main opponent, MP Nathan Guy, again failed to turn up to the latest candidates meeting, this time in his former home town of Levin. Its disappointing for locals when their MP doesnt front, said Labour []

12:00

If Labour are relying on youth to get across the line they are out of luck "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Labour in the past several elections have clutched at straws to get over the line. Irrespective of leadership they tried copying Obamas social media campaign for 2011. Campaign chair Trevor Mallard waxed lyrical about how their blogs, twitter and Facebook presence would get them over the line. They claimed that big data was how they []

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11:35

Hope for a handful, but fear, despair and limbo for 2,000 left behind on Manus/Nauru "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today up to several dozen people on Manus Island and Nauru look set to be told by the US Government that they will be moved to the United States as part of the US resettlement deal. Refugees have been told the transfers could take place next week but it is unknown exactly if or when others will follow and what the Australian Governments plan is for those left behind.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has visited Manus Island three times to inspect conditions and meet with the men held there, said:

Today, after 4 years of fear and violence and shootings and death, a handful of people finally got some good news. But the tragic reality is that hope for a handful doesn't end the suffering of the 2000 innocent people left behind.

Over 2000 people remain warehoused on Manus and Nauru, 1783 of whom have already been assessed to be refugees. Among these 2000 innocent people are 169 children.

In signing the US deal our government was rightly conceding that it couldn't just abandon people on Nauru and Manus forever. That was an important and long overdue concession. Now, it is our Governments responsibility to make sure not a single person is left behind. Not one life can be abandoned in limbo.

The announcement comes at a dangerous and tense time on Manus Island. The Australian Government is closing the Manus RPC facility around the men it has detained there for the last four years - recently cutting water and electricity to the major compounds - but the men have nowhere safe to go.

Their safety is Malcolm Turnbull's  responsibility, not Donald Trumps. Their lives - their futures - are in Malcolm Turnbull's hands, and he must ensure no one is left behind.

This dark chapter in our history does not close - this painful chapter in their lives does not end - until every single man, woman and child tormented on Nauru and Manus for the last four years is finally safe. Anyone who can't go to America must immediately be brought to safety in Australia, said Mr Webb.

For a handful of families separated by the Australian Governments offshore detention regime, the US deal still offers no way forward.

There are a handful of families ripped apart by offshore detention. Fathers separated from children. Sisters separated from brothers. For them, the US deal won't end their pain. It is not a pathway for their fam...

11:30

The Commentariat is very frustrating this election "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post I do find the commentariat very frustrating these elections including you Cam for missing some very basic facts. The fact that they have had nine years has been repeated ad nauseum to fix the housing problem, and the transport, and the social issues.  No, they havent! When they were elected New []

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11:09

Canadian court to hear case about alleged money laundering by relatives of Malaysian politician "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

A judge at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Canada has ruled that a financial disclosure case related to alleged money-laundering by relatives of the former chief minister and current governor of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, Abdul Taib Mahmud, will be held in public.

The case, brought by the Swiss-based Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), targets the multinational real estate corporation  Sakto, which was incorporated in 1983 by Taibs daughter, Jamilah, and his brother, Onn Mahmud, and soon became one of the largest players in the Ottawa real estate sector.

A first hearing took place in Toronto on August 21 this year under...

11:01

Intrust Super Cup: PNG Hunters v Sunshine Coast Falcons Grand final team list "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


The Papua New Guinea Hunters will play their first ever grand final match against the Sunshine Coast Falcons on this Sunday. The match will by played at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. The game will be televised live by Channel Nine in Australia and TV Wan+ in PNG. The game will  also be  live streamed on the internet via the QRL website.

The team lists for the   two teams are:

PNG Hunters

1. Stargroth Amean 2. Wawa Paul 3. Bland Abavu 4. Adex Wera 5. Butler Morris 6. Ase Boas (c) 7. Watson Boas 8. Wellington Albert 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Stanton Albert 11. David Loko 12. Nixon Putt 13. Moses Meninga 14. Rahdly Brawa 15. Willie Minoga 16. Enock Maki 17. Brandy Peter 18. Esau Siune

Coach: Michael Marum

Sunshine Coast Falcons

1. Guy Hamilton 2. Matthew Soper-Lawler 3. Justin Olam 4. Christopher Lewis 5. Jeremy Hawkins 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Ryley Jacks 18. Tui Kamikamica 9. Brandon Smith 10. Lachlan Timm 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Joe Stimson 13. Harrison Muller 14. Alex Bishop 15. Jye Ballinger 16. Jon Grieve 17. Louis Geraghty 19. Martin Cordwell 20. Liam McDonald

Graphics: QRL/ISC

11:00

Canterbury Uni poofs club channels the Wooloomooloo Faculty rules "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It looks like the Canterbury Uni poofs club is channelling the Wooloomooloo Faculty rulesinstead of no pooftahs, it appears it is no pooftahs who support the Nats. The president of the University of Canterburys (UC) queer students society says he was forced to resign after coming out as a National Party supporter. Max Farra, 20, stirred []

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10:50

More spending sign of failure "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Homepaddock

The opposition and many on the left focus on how much the government spends.

How much matters but not nearly as much as how well.

More spending isnt always better spending.

More spending can be wasteful.

More spending can be entrenching dependency rather than helping people towards independence.

Bill English says:

Our opponents think caring is promising more money.

But the need for more spending is often a sign of failure, not success.

I call it servicing misery.

Our aim is simple, to change lives.

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10:44

Kiwis support a water tax "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The prospect of making farmers and water bottlers pay for their use of public water has been a big issue this election campaign. Irrigation-dependent dairy farmers hate the idea, of course - they're freeloaders who don't want to pay their fair share. The rest of New Zealand, OTOH, recognises that a resource rental on water is simply fair:

The results of a new Water New Zealand survey show the vast majority of Kiwis want commercial water users to be charged, and are concerned about the quality of waterways.

Seventy seven per cent of those surveyed said agriculture and horticulture users should pay for water, as did 77 per cent of participants living in rural communities.

Fifty nine per cent of respondents said that all water users should pay, and 42 per cent of respondents thought they were already paying for water use.

A clear majority, 89 per cent, thought bottled water companies and similar industries should pay.

"Interestingly, these responses are consistent across city, regional and rural regions," Water New Zealand said in the survey report, released on Wednesday.


Yes, even people in the country recognise that if you profit from the effective privatisation of a public resource, you should be paying for it, just like you do for gold, silver, and oil. Sadly, there seems to be a strong culture among farmers that their profits and lifestyle should be subsidised by the rest of us. But with this sort of support, that culture simply can't last. Farmers are going to have to pay their own way, so they'd better start getting used to the idea.

10:33

TPP claims of economic gains without US debunked by senior UN economist "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

September 20, 2017: A new economic study has completely undermined previous claims that the Trans-Pacific partnership agreement without access to the giant US market would still result in significant economic gains for the remaining 11 countries.

The study has emerged as the TPP-11 countries meet again in Japan on September 21 22 to negotiate possible changes to the TPP text without the US. Some governments only agreed to US proposals like increased monopolies on medicines and copyright, and foreign investor rights to sue governments, in order to gain access to the US market. They want to drop or renegotiate these clauses.

The new study by Rashmi Bunga, a senior economist working for the United Nations Committee on Trade and Development, has been published by the University of Munich.

The study is a detailed critique of the attached paper by Kenichi Kawasaki from the Japanese National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. The Japanese and other TPP governments have been using this paper to argue that there would still be economic gains from an agreement between the 11 remaining TPP governments without access to the giant US market.

The UN economists paper shows  that the economic modelling used in the Japanese paper rests on a series of completely unrealistic assumptions that ignore negative outcomes from trade agreements and always come up with a positive result (p. 3).

These assumptions include that there are no unemployment effects and no trade deficit effects, which are in fact two of the main real-world negative impacts resulting from trade agreements.

The UN study also shows that Japanese paper vastly exaggerates positive economic outcomes resulting from removal of non-tariff measures in the TPP, by assuming that all such measures will increase overall economic welfare and ignoring any negative effects (pp. 4-5). But some of these are the most controversial clauses on medicines and copyright monopolies that other governments are rejecting because of their negative effects.

The nontariff measures in the TPP include increased medicine monopolies which will delay the availability of cheaper medicines and increased copyright monopolies which will increase pa...

10:30

Rural-round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Concerned over water policy Daniel Birchfield:

The Waitaki Irrigators Collective (WIC) believes Labours water policy could lead to a growing rural-urban divide and the loss of millions of dollars from the Waitaki and Waimate districts.

Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher has also let rip at the policy, claiming Waitaki irrigators could lose $25 million to $40 million if there is a change of government on September 23. . .

Embracing old and new:

A North Otago sheep farm uses a mixture of the old-fashioned and new-fangled at lambing time.

Creedmoor is a 50ha block of rolling land at Incholme, west of Oamaru. Owners Julian and Sharyn Price also lease a neighbouring 20ha.

The couple have become lamb whisperers, breeding composite ewes with quiet temperaments that are not fazed by their human handlers in their midst.

Flightiness has been culled out, along with dags.

The Prices call their flock Creedmoor Supersheep a moniker endorsed by their records. Since 2006 they have exceeded a 200% lambing rate and last year 25% of their surplus lambs were killed at three months. . . 

Tasty bait balls used to poison wallabies:

Waimates wily pests are about to be tempted with lethal treats

Green balls flavoured with peanut butter are being placed on stakes in remote Mackenzie district hill country, where they are likely to appeal to the Bennetts wallaby population. The third batch, following two deliveries of non-toxic balls about a week apart, will contain cyanide that produces a quick death after being eaten by the marsupials.

The project is part of Environment Canterburys biosecurity work to reduce pest numbers. . .

Chopping out a career in the mostly male world of butchery Christina Persico:

Think of a butcher and you generally think of a man but Kayla Scott thinks its a job for anyone.

...

10:30

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Worlds Greatest Traveller He had eyes in his mouth, eyes in his nose, eyes in his ears, and eyes in his mind William Jerdan James Holman, was hailed as one of the greatest wonders of the world he so sagaciously explored. He was known simply as the Blind Travellera solitary, sightless adventurer who fought []

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10:19

Rigour or Rigor Mortis? The Dumbing Down Of Debate And Intellectualism "IndyWatch Feed National"

Making language accessible is important, writes Dr Richard Hil. But what if were making it meaningless?

Ive recently returned from a conference in drizzly Auckland titled Social Movements, Resistance and Social Change. It was a ripper. One of the best cerebral gatherings Ive ever attended.

It reminded me of things that Id perhaps forgotten: the incredibly detailed, rigorous and necessary work undertaken by academics; the power of thoughtful, informed assemblies of this sort; the chance to share ideas and talk about strategies and tactics.

Academics are too often maligned as crusty old farts, purveyors of verbal diarrhoea, or these days, robotic devotees of the corporate university. Thats mostly nonsense.

The fact is there are still great, committed progressive intellectuals residing in universities, who do important and socially useful work across disciplines, which includes critiquing the excesses of power and engaging students in discussions about a counter-future.

I met some outstanding academics at the conference, like Dr Cameron Jones (University of Auckland) whose knowledge of the antecedents of neoliberalism is breathtaking. This is knowledge accumulated over many years of careful reading, critical analysis and discussion.

In Camerons case, this has involved burrowing into the primary texts of Von Hayek and other economic libertarians of the Austrian School; appraising the inchoate ramblings of the Chicago boys, as well accessing numerous sociological, economic, political science and philosophical texts.

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This is indispensable work borne of a commitment to a form of intellectualism that is nowadays often derided that is: scholarship. Immersing oneself in scholarly pursuits if done with due care and critical attention is arduous labour carried out amid all the constraints of the corporate university. But the knowledge gained through such work contrasts, often starkly, with the superficiality that derives from a brief foray into Google-land.

These days too much opinion making is passed off as serious considered commentary when its anything but. The cobbling together of articles from Googled fragments, without due regard for context, detail and nuance is, Im afraid to say, a sign of the times. Everyone, it seems, can be a public commentator, thanks to the wonders of cyberplace. Sadly, rigour has, in many quarters, been replaced by cerebral rigor mortis, serious analysis by opinion making, and detail by generalities.

I...

10:18

Papua New Guinea businesses should expect APEC-related income streams from this October "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea businesses should expect income streams from October, as momentum builds towards the APEC Summit in November 2018. The Director-General of the APEC PNG 2018 Coordination Authority, Sir Charles Lepani, told the Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Summit in Sydney that towns outside Port Moresby will also benefit.

Artists impression of APEC Haus, currently being constructed near Ela Beach in Port Moresby.

According to Lepani, hotels, small business suppliers and the informal sector should, by October, start to benefit from preparations for next years APEC Leaders Summit in Port Moresby.

Sir Charles Lepani talking about APEC 2018. Source: Business Advantage International

Lepani said the authority needed to manage expectations, noting that it would not change PNG overnight. But he said it would establish a foundation for stronger growth, bringing in much-needed foreign exchange, and raising PNGs profile.

Already, hotels have been paid for senior delegates accommodation.

We intend to go to tender, or look for, PNG women around the country who make bilums. Each province will make bilums, but not flags, as APEC does not use flags because they are political. We hope to get about 15,000 bilums made by women for each delegate.

Not plastic, which would be thrown away afterwards, but real bilums...

10:15

Fiji nurses to go on a strike is a strong possibility - Union "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Nurses in Fiji are confused as to what is the actual salary increase under the new contracts that they are signing and their union says the likelihood for nurses to go on a strike is a strong possibility.

Fiji Nursing Associations General Secretary Salanieta Matiavi says they are hoping to get a clarification from the government as most of the nurses are raising concerns that they are only getting a transitional 5 percent pay increase.

It was announced in the 2017/2018 National Budget that specialised nurses will get salary increases of 25 percent while nurse practitioners will get a 74 percent salary increase.

Matiavi said this has not eventuated and they will be conducting a secret ballot soon to see whether the nurses will go on a strike next month.

When questioned on what will happen to patients in hospitals and health centres if nurses will go on strike, Matiavi said nurses need to be satisfied by the government.

Matiavi said most nurses are not satisfied with the new contracts and they would like to go on strike.

There are over 2,000 nurses in the country and 1,500 nurses are members of the Fiji Nursing Association.

Meanwhile, a strike by members of the Confederation of Public Sector Unions is possible over their disagreement with the civil service reforms being undertaken by Government.

CPSU general secretary Rajeshwar Singh said a secret ballot would be conducted next week to decide on the strike.

The Registrar of Trade Unions has been informed by the four unions. FPSA, FTA, FTU and FNA to supervise the balloting by its staff as per the requirement of ERP, Section 175 (3) (c), he said.

In another development, Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has pointed out a number of incompetencies within the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

While conducting the third round of nurses and civil service consultation in Suva Tuesday, he said theres a lack of communication between the Human resources department and its staff.

He said this continues to be an issue across the board and it must be carefully looked into.

The administrative arm of the ministry is obviously not doing as well as it should be. For example in particular some issues that were raised was regarding the issuance of the contract in time, regarding the advertisements of the position as their not gi...

10:13

Fiji praised for taking on Presidency of COP23 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Fiji's decision to take on the presidency of COP23, the UN negotiations on climate change, has been regarded as a bold move for a small island developing state that is also affected by climate change.

Germany's State Secretary for the Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Jochen Flasbarth made the comments today when he joined Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama at a side event at the UN to update preparations for COP23.

In his statement, he linked the possibilities that can be derived from two different nations working together to advance awareness on climate change.

Looking at Fiji, a small island state, less than a million inhabitants, and (whilst) Germany, 80 million people a highly industrialised country I think you cannot think of how different countries have joined in the spirit of Paris (Agreement), we want to mutually find solutions to solve our climate problem.

This is an opportunity, to bring together the world to showcase that it is possible and needed to cooperate between very different countries in the world.

Tuesday's side event was an opportunity for Fiji, Germany and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to provide a formal information session for interested parties in the lead up to COP23.

At this event, Prime Minister Bainimarama reiterated the importance of working closely with each other to address climate change.

Addressing climate change is at the heart of our common future. This is why the Paris Agreement is so important. We all must continue to create prosperity and to ensure the wellbeing of the nations and ecosystems of the world. To do this, we must work together. There is opportunity for growth in the transformation we must make away from carbon. I have learned of many examples of brilliant innovation in technology that provide hope and excitement.

The UNFCCC executive secretary Patricia Espinosa echoed the statements made by Flasbarth and highlighted the significance of Fiji's presidency in underlying the problems faced by small islands developing states from the threat of climate change.

Prime Minister Bainimarama is leading Fiji's delegation to the 62nd Session of the UN General Assembly. Whilst there, he will also officiate at several climate-related events as incoming President of COP23.


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