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Monday, 16 April

23:05

Anzac Day services in Papua New Guinea, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery

Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) assists the Port Moresby RSL sub branch and the Australian High Commission in the official Anzac Day Dawn Service on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, at Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery.

The commemorative service is open to the public.

Event:
2018 Anzac Day Dawn Service

Date:
Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Time:
5:00 am: Dawn Service commences


Venue:
Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea.

Isurava Memorial

DVA, in conjunction with the Australian High Commission, Port Moresby, conducts the official Anzac Day Dawn Service on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, at Isurava Memorial.


Event:
2018 Anzac Day Dawn Service

Date:
Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Time:
5.30am: Dawn Service commences

22:55

The Late Movie Because of the Cats (1973) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Because of the Cats (1973) is a Dutch/Belgian co-production, starring British actor Bryan Marshall as Van der Valk.

22:42

IFC highlights niche-market investment needed to drive tourism in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

April 16, 2018

 IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in partnership with the Tourism Promotion Authority of Papua New Guinea, says new research shows developing niche market tourism has the potential to attract an extra 40,000 tourists to Papua New Guinea, contributing $286 million (K929 million) annually by 2027.
The scenario is part of highlights from an assessment into tourism demand in Papua New Guinea, which IFC launched today in conjunction with the results of the 2017 International Visitor Survey (IVS), which looks into current tourism trends.
The findings show that last year PNG had 86,403 air visitors, who spent around $205 million (K666 million).
Sixty percent of those visitors traveled to the provinces in 2017.
Currently, business travelers make up the highest proportion of people arriving by air in Papua New Guinea, but the research shows holiday tourists are the biggest spenders, outlaying $2859 (K9290) per trip.
With holiday makers to Papua New Guinea making up only about a quarter of all visitors, its clear the country is lagging behind its regional competitors, Fiji and Vanuatu, where tourists account for 75 percent of all visitors, said John Vivian, IFC Resident Representative to Papua New Guinea.
Greater investment can help Papua New Guinea boost holiday arrivals and close that gap, increasing revenue, diversifying the economy, and spreading the benefits to rural areas where tourists like to travel.
The highlights of the demand assessment show how Papua New Guinea could better target tourists from high value niche-markets, including cultural tourism, soft adventure, birdwatching, diving and historical tourism. Collectively, these markets are worth over $970 billion dollars (K3.152 trillon) globally of which Papua New Guineas share is about $93.5 million (K304 million).
Both government and the private sector will need to make long-term investments in infrastructure, capacity building, product development and marketing to realize this change, said Jerry Agus, CEO of Tourism Promotion Authority.
If we do this, Papua New Guinea has the potential to become a world-class destination over the next 10 years.
IFCs tourism project in Papua New Guinea, supported by Australia and New Zealand under the Papua New Guinea Partnership, is focused on supporting the development of tourism business, improving tourism-related conditions, and helping attract investment in the tourism sector.

About IFC 

IFCa sister organisation of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Groupis the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the tough...

22:19

Papua New Guinea LNG project resumes exports - data "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

reuters.com | April 16, 2018

SINGAPORE, April 16 (Reuters) - A liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker has left Papua New Guinea laden with the first export cargo of the supercooled fuel since the countrys giant LNG project resumed production after a major earthquake triggered a shutdown in February, Thomson Reuters Eikon shiptracking data showed on Monday.
The tankers destination wasnt immediately clear, but the resumption of shipments could put pressure on spot LNG prices, traders said.
ExxonMobil Corp restarted output at the project near the capital Port Moresby a fortnight ahead of schedule, its Australian partners said late last week.
ExxonMobil did not immediately reply to an email requesting for comment on the matter.
The 172,000-cubic metre capacity LNG tanker Kumul, custom-built for the PNG LNG project, left the project terminal with a draft of 91 percent, suggesting it is nearly full, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon shiptracking data.
The Kumul unloaded an LNG cargo at the PNG terminal on April 4. It was anchored nearby until April 14, before loading the cargo from the terminal on April 15, the data showed.
ExxonMobil had said in early April that it had imported an LNG cargo to the projects terminal in order ensure tanks at the PNG facilities remained cold.
Meanwhile the 170,000-cubic metre capacity LNG tanker Papua is currently anchored near the Kumul Marine Terminal, while the 165,000-cubic metre capacity LNG tanker Bishu Maru is headed to Port Moresby, the Eikon data showed.

22:08

Choosing Which Desktop Environment to Use With GNU-Linux "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In 2016, I included a graph from Layer 3 Networking blog, in a rant about the tendency to put on weight over time that Ive seen in even the most lightweight GNU-Linux DE (Desktop Environment). The blog piece I took that graph from gave a detailed run-down of the lightweight DE ecosystem, as it stood in 2013, which still serves as the most thorough introduction Ive found on the subject.

Being 5 years old now, the graph cant be treated as a true indication of how much RAM more recent versions of these DEs might use. But it does offer an idea of just how different free code DEs are out there, some screenshots of what some of the lighter ones look like installed, and roughly how much RAM a wide range of them use relative to each other. It also gives the exact methods used to make the RAM use comparisons between DEs, which is important to whether their results are a fair comparison, and another reason I still consider this a useful guide despite being five years old.

Obviously, being 2013 data, some of the DEs mentioned are now superseded or defunct (eg E17, Unity) and other newer ones arent mentioned (Artemis, Moksha, Pantheon, Yunity, Zorin etc). Based on the numbers from the graph there, Id say in 2013 you could break DEs down into 3 categories (RAM use numbers assume a freshly booted system running no extra user apps):

  • Small (0-20MB): TinyWM, 9wm, miwm, wm2, dwm, Ratpoison, olvwm, TWM, xmonad/mobar, JWM, i3, Blackbox, Sawfish, IceWM, PekWM, Openbox, Window Maker, awesome, FVWM, Fluxbox, Mutter
  • Medium (20-100MB): E17, LXDE, KWin, Mate, Trinity, XFCE, Cinnamon
  • Bloated (>100MB): Razor-QT, GNOME 3, Unity, KDE

The DEs I describe as bloated are clearly targeted at providing every imaginable widget and performance boost, for users with fairly new hardware, or middle-aged hardware thats been upgraded or is unusually powerful. Unless you are a business with deep pockets, or someone else who upgrades your computer every couple of years so you can always run the newest software, I suggest avoiding the bloated category. That is, if you dont want to end up switching to a lighter DE in a couple of years, as the hardware requirements of the bloated DEs continue to creep up towards the latest hardware.

Cinammon, a fork of GNOME 2 developed for the Mint distro, offers everything the average user needs from a desktop experience, while using significantly less RAM than older and more common DEs like KDE Plasma or GNOME 3. Mate, Mints lightweight DE, uses even less RAM, while still providing a familiar point-and-click des...

22:05

World watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

April 17 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1397  Geoffrey Chaucer told the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II.

1492 Spain and Christopher Columbus signed the Capitulations of Santa Fefor his voyage to Asia to acquire spices.

1521 Martin Luther spoke to the assembly at the Diet of Worms, refusing to recant his teachings.

1524 Giovanni da Verrazzano reached New York harbour.

1555 After 18 months of siege, Siena surrendered to the Florentine-Imperial army. The Republic of Siena was incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.

1620 Marguerite Bourgeoys, founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame, was born (d. 1700) .

1797  Sir Ralph Abercromby attacked San Juan, Puerto Rico in what became one of the largest invasions of the Spanish territories in America.

1820  The American sealer General Gates was sent to Sydney under guard.

<em>General Gates</em> sent to Sydney under guard

1820 Alexander Joy Cartwright, Inventor of the Modern Game of Baseball, was born (d. 1892).

1837  J. P. Morgan, American financier, was born  (d. 1913) .

1861 American Civil War: Virginia seceded from the United States.

1864 American Civil War: The Battle of Plymouth began.

1865  Ursula Ledchowska, Polish-Austrian nun and saint, founde...

21:46

Nerve Agents And The Massaging Of The Belief System "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Nerve Agents, Food Poisoning, and Pesticides give similar initial symptoms. Gerhard Schrader of I.G.Faben (1936) had reserached and developed; Sarin (1936) (VX) and Tabun(1938). He continued the research and developement into Organophosphates when he transferred to Bayer. Although Tabun had been used in WWI. Further development produced Soman (1944) and Cyclosarin (1949). The G-Series had []

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21:18

Russias response? Warships loaded with tanks and military supplies spotted leaving Turkey for Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Russian warships loaded with tanks have been spotted leaving Turkish waters headed for Syria. It comes as the world awaits Vladimir Putins response to airstrikes on Assads chemical weapons programme carried out by the US, UK and France. One of the tanks has a Pelena-6 communications jammer installed Putin is expected to order payback in []

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21:03

ON THE BRINK RADIO #244 IN 4 HRS: WHAT IS WAR?- THEOMACHY, CIVILIZATION, GEO-TERRORISM & THE M.I.C. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Now, I truly believe that we must come to terms with nature, and I think we are challenged as mankind has never been challenged before to prove our maturity and our mastery, not of nature, but of ourselves.The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, []

The post ON THE BRINK RADIO #244 IN 4 HRS: WHAT IS WAR?- THEOMACHY, CIVILIZATION, GEO-TERRORISM & THE M.I.C. appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

20:54

China caught off guard by unpredictable Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

But Chinese leaders are confident they can withstand a Sino-US trade war

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By Tom Mitchell

When Donald Trump escalated trade tension with China this month, Xi Jinping cited a Chinese saying in vowing to defend global trade rules. When the sky falls, big men must hold it up, he said in private meetings, according to four people briefed on his remarks.

The Chinese president and his top advisers, including vice-president Wang Qishan and vice-premier Liu He, were initially confident the US and China could bridge their differences through talks, according to people who have recently met them.

China and the US are like an old married couple, we fight a lot but we still need each other, Lou Jiwei, a former finance minister, said in a closed-door exchange with an international delegation in late March, according to two people briefed on the meeting.

But Chinas view of the US president began to shift after Mr Trump threatened to put tariffs on another $100bn of Chinese imports. The US President had already enraged Chinese officials in March by signing the Taiwan Travel Act, which urges more US exchanges with the self-ruled island that Beijing regards as Chinese territory.

Beijings previously sanguine view of Mr Trump was partly due to the fact the US president did not use his first year in office to follow through on some of the pledges he made during the campaign about getting tough with China.

While Chinese officials now realise Mr Trump meant what he said in Beijing in November that the Sino-US trade relationship was not fair and reciprocal and had to be solved they also believe they can emerge from a trade war relatively unscathed.

Trump has certainly got [Chinas] attention, said Peter Mandelson, the former EU trade commissioner who this week led a British delegation to China that met Mr Wang. Chinese officials are confident and sure of their direction. They dont want a fight [with the US], but if they get one theyre going to give as good as they get.

China was surprised again on Friday after Mr Trump said he would consider re-joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Chinese officials had seen his move to leave the TPP, which did not include China, on day one in office as a grand gift.

We have our problems with Trump, said one western diplomat in Beijing. But he has taught us that when you push back hard against the Chinese, it knocks them off-balance.

Two senior Chinese officials told the Financial Times that...

20:45

BBC Proms 2009 Gustave Holst Jupiter "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

One of my all-time favorite pieces of orchestral music that focuses the brass instruments is the music by composer Gustav Holst, Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity, the Fourth Movement of the Suite of The Planets. This music and not only Jupiter, but the whole monumental suite of the Planets, was incredibly popular, and still is today, one of the most performed pieces by symphonies and musicians around the world. Ralph Vaughan Williams, Holsts best friend and fellow composer, once said that The Planets was the perfect equilibrium of Holsts naturethe melodic, precise, and structured, combined with the mystic and unexplainable. Ironically, this success was a bane to Holst himself, feeling that it was very atypical of his composition style, and even to his dying day he had a distaste for this piece due to its great success. The inspiration for the pieces was based on astrology, rather than astronomy, and this explains the lack of a movement for Earth. When Holst started this composition, he told us where this inspiration was coming from: As a rule I only study things that suggest music to meRecently the character of each planet suggested lots to me. ~Holst To understand the music deeply, please allow me to explain a little about this beautiful piece. The Jupiter planet has the fastest planetary rotation of any in our system of worlds, and Holst exhibited that idea in the first notes. The violin strings were asked to play a tiny 3 note figure in 2/4 time over and over. Listen carefully. Over top of this, you will hear the main theme, syncopated, with 6 horns, and all of the viola and cello sections. In this piece, Holst orchestrates a completely virtuosic use of the timpani, with two sets of timpani arranged in the composition. You can hear them clearly, each one sharing all the notes for this instrument. The piece explodes with different sections throughout, and just as you get used to one, he changes to another completely different time signature. There is the most popular section by most people, which was also used in the hymn, I Vow to Thee My Country, which emphasizes the violin, the pizzicato playing the cello in the background, the harp, and the brass. I could say for me, it is one of the most exquisite pieces of music ever composed, deeply moving every single time, even if I listen to it over and over and over. This musical suite was completed in 1916, but the orchestral premiere was not conducted until 1918, during the last weeks of World War I, in the Queens Hall, in Langham Place, London, which was...

20:30

Blues In The Night "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Blues in the Night is a musicalrevue conceived by Sheldon Epps. It was produced by Mitchell Maxwell, Alan J. Schuster, Fred H. Krones and M Squared Entertainment, Inc., and Joshua Silver (Associate Producer).

Set in a rundown Chicago hotel in 1938, the dialogue-free show focuses on three womens relationships with the same snake of a man, their interweaving stories told through the torch songs and blues of Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Vernon Duke, Gordon Jenkins, and Alberta Hunter, among others.

20:23

Government and media silence on the bushfire danger to Lucas Heights nuclear reactor "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Lucas Heights nuclear reactor: The untold threat of the Sydney bushfires.   https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/sydney-bushfires-raged-towards-lucas-heights-nuclear-reactor,11401 16 April 2018

Emergency warning issued as out-of-control bushfire rages across Sydney

As fires raged in Sydney, there has not been a peep out of the mainstream media about the fire hazard to Lucas Heights nuclear complex. Noel Wauchope reports. 

THE LATEST news on the bushfires raging in Sydneys south-west is that the firefighters are cautiously optimistic and that emergency warning advice has been downgraded to watch and act.

However, the fire continues to burn in an easterly direction towards Barden Ridge and weather conditions are still dodgy, as Sydneys record-breaking heatwave looks like coming to an end.

...

20:03

ANSTO closes the Lucas Heights nuclear complex to all but the most essential staff "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Lucas Heights nuclear organisation closed on Monday https://www.theleader.com.au/story/5343505/ansto-closed-to-all-non-essential-staff/
While there was no risk to ANSTO as a result of fires near the precinct, the organisation decided to close the campus to all non-essential staff tomorrow to help minimise traffic impacts in the area.

 The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) at Lucas Heights will be closed on Monday to all non-essential staff.

ANSTO released a statement late today saying there was no risk to ANSTO as a result of fires near the precinct  but the organisation decided to help minimise traffic impacts in the area.

ANSTO infrastructure including the OPAL reactor is protected by numerous fire safety systems, policies, plans and arrangements to ensure there is never any risk to operations or safety, the statement said.

The OPAL reactor is at power and operating normally.

...

20:00

Russias President Putin warns of global chaos if West strikes Syria again "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Russian President Vladimir Putin warns of global chaos if West strikes Syria again, ABC News 16 Apr 18,   Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.

Key points:

  • Vladimir Putin said further attacks on Syria will bring chaos in world affairs
  • America accused Russia of blocking attempts to investigate Syrias chemical weapons capabilities
  • New sanctions against Russia will target companies linked to Syria

In a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, Mr Putin and Mr Rouhani agreed the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution in the seven-year Syria conflict, according to a Kremlin statement.

Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions committed in violation of the UN Charter continue, then it will inevitably lead to chaos in international relations, the Kremlin statement said.

The warnings come as US President Donald Trumps aides announced plans for new economic sanctions against Russia for enabling the regime of Bashar al-Assad..http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-16/russias-putin-warns-global-chaos-if-west-strikes-syria-again/9661662

19:56

If a nuclear bomb were to be dropped on Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

New study reveals catastrophic death toll from a nuclear attack
WHAT would happen if a nuclear bomb went off in your backyard? A chilling new study estimates the death toll from an attack on Australia.Tom Livingstone, news.com.au, APRIL 15, 2018

Scientists from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University have created simulations of a potential outcome if an attack did occur, and found the best course of action for people was to take shelter first and then take steps to escape afterwards.

Those who tried to seek out family members and aid and assist others were more likely to die.

In the study, it showed some people would look out for family, while others wold panic and run blindly away.

When humans carried out shelter-seeking, evacuation, healthcare-seeking, and worry combined, they were more likely to survive.

The simulation, which was first revealed by Science Magazine, shows that venturing away from a safe place leaves civilians subjected to a higher dose of radiation, which would likely prove fatal.

With President Trumps consistent tweets threatening action against Russia and North Korea in a game of who has the bigger artillery,...

19:49

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A text last week alerted me to the arrival of flu vaccines at my GP.

I made an appointment for this morning, got the jab, sat reading for the required 20 minutes afterwards just in case I had an allergic reaction then got on with my day.

Today Im grateful for medical science and research which reduce the risk of contracting potentially deadly diseases.

19:46

Energy efficiency: More popular than puppies RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

New survey reveals energy efficiency enjoys extremely high levels of public support. But thats not why we should be embracing it.

via Energy efficiency: More popular than puppies RenewEconomy

19:46

Renewable energy breeding can stop Australia blowing the carbon budget if were quick RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

New research by a group at UNSW shows that it is theoretically possible for Australia to move to a renewable energy future without blowing its share of the carbon budget.

via Renewable energy breeding can stop Australia blowing the carbon budget if were quick RenewEconomy

19:44

Radioactively-hot particles detected in dusts and soils from Northern Japan Fukushima 311 Watchdogs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Radioactively-hot particles detected in dusts and soils from Northern Japan by combination of gamma spectrometry, autoradiography, and SEM/EDS analysis and implications in radiation risk assessment. By MarcoKaltofen & ArnieGundersen https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.07.091 Highlights Radioactive particles from Fukushima are tracked via dusts, soils, and sediments. Radioactive dust impacts are tracked in both Japan and the United []

via Radioactively-hot particles detected in dusts and soils from Northern Japan Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

19:43

Fukushima export ban maintained by Hong Kong Fukushima 311 Watchdogs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

April 10, 2018 Seven years after a tsunami wiped out the nuclear reactors in Fukushima, causing widespread radiation contamination in a largely agricultural region, the Fukushima prefecture continues to struggle in getting crucial overseas markets to accept its produce. This is despite a charm offensive that saw japanese foreign minister Taro Kono visiting Hong-Kong last []

via Fukushima export ban maintained by Hong Kong Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

19:42

Is YOUR Community Willing to Accept Chemical and Radioactive Pollution from Nuclear Wastes? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Is your community willing to accept chemical and radioactive pollution from nuclear wastes? If not then write and tell the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy BEIS. Boycott their dodgy CONsultation : Working with Communities; Implementing Geological Disposal Tell them that you are boycotting their CONsultation, that you are not willing to Implement []

via Is YOUR Community Willing to Accept Chemical and Radioactive Pollution from Nuclear Wastes?

19:42

ACT takes lead on electric vehicles, all new government cars to be zero emissions RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

ACT unveils major push into electric vehicles, including zero emission mandate for government fleets, charging infrastructure, use of transit lanes, salary sacrifice for electric bikes, and studies on using EVs and their batteries to help manage the grid.

via ACT takes lead on electric vehicles, all new government cars to be zero emissions RenewEconomy

19:41

Smoldering Nuclear Waste Barrel Fire At Idaho National Nuclear Lab Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Photo of an apparently similar fire at WIPP in New Mexico in 2014. The INL (Idaho National [Nuclear] Lab) nuclear waste barrel was to be shipped to WIPP, because even though INL promotes nuclear, Idaho doesnt want nuclear waste, and used legal action to get a sweetheart of a deal with the US government. It []

via Smoldering Nuclear Waste Barrel Fire At Idaho National Nuclear Lab Mining Awareness +

19:40

The US Constitution Reserves To Congress The Right To Declare War Because History Showed That Executives May Go To War For Reasons Which Are Not In The National Interest Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The British model gave the king the absolute power to make war. The American framers [of the Constitution] repudiated that form of government because their study of history convinced them that executives go to war not for the national interest but to satisfy personal desires of glory, ambition, and fame. The resulting military adventures were []

via The US Constitution Reserves To Congress The Right To Declare War Because History Showed That Executives May Go To War For Reasons Which Are Not In The National Interest Mining Awareness +

19:37

From the Nuclear Buchenwald touch (Hamiltons words in 1950) to Nuclear Extermination. Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Originally posted on Mining Awareness + : In 1950 Dr. Joseph Hamilton, a Manhattan Project physician involved with human plutonium injections, on unknowing victims, from 1945 to 1947, advised using chimpanzees rather than humans, for total body irradiation experiments, because If this is to be done in humans, I feel that those concerned in the Atomic Energy

via From the Nuclear Buchenwald touch (Hamiltons words in 1950) to Nuclear Extermination. Mining Awareness +

19:00

Monday Nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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18:32

Strange Iodine 131 Findings In Fukushima Prefecture "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Where: Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture When: January 2017 to February 2018 This was brought to our attention that some unusual

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18:30

102 year old dancer sees herself on film for the first time "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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18:25

Hunter-killer "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Return of the Hunter!

Although Sydney has a record number of apartments under construction, the rising number of completions through this cycle to date has generally been absorbed by faster population growth. 

The vacancy rate for metropolitan Sydney declined from 2.3 per cent to 2.2 per cent in March 2018, according to the latest REINSW data.

Inner ring Sydney recorded a vacancy rate of just 1.9 per per cent - and that figure has been tracking lower for quite a few months now, down from 2.3 per cent in July last year. 

However, there have been some signs of rising vacancy rates in the middle and outer rings at 2.6 per cent and 2.3 per cent respectively. 

Smoothing the figures on a 6-month moving average basis shows the trends.


It's interesting to note that Newcastle and the Hunter Valley have seen vacancy rates tightening substantially since the coal bust of 2012. 

Further afield most regional markets are relatively in balance from a rental market perspective. 

The highest vacancy rate was in the Coffs Harbour region at 3.9 per cent. 

18:00

Manly Monday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:30

Drone view of Auschwitz "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Drone view of Auschwitz appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:11

Colmar Brunton poll little change "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Polls have been scarce lately. 1 news have their second poll of the year. It doesnt show anything drastic a bit of movement from Labour to their Government partners. National 44% (up 1) Labour 43% (down 5) Greens 6% (up 1) NZ First 5% (up 2) Maori Party 1% So Labour have eased back []

17:03

Bats and primates, video "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This video says about itself:

Are Bats Flying Primates?

8 April 2018

Bats are absolutely incredible animals. Theyre highly unique creatures that possess the extraordinary ability of powered flight. Its long been thought that every bat species must have descended from a common ancestor but, during the 1980s, a very interesting and controversial idea about bat evolution came to prominence; the Flying Primate hypothesis.

17:00

KGB defectors warning to America "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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16:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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16:09

Its only one poll "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Labours honeymoon is over for now.

National is back in front of Labour but the three parties in the coalition are still comfortably ahead of National and Act.

16:02

Back In The Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today is the first day of the Adolphian honeymoon.  (If I've told this story before, I apologise to those who are having it inflicted upon them again.)

Well, it was the first day forty six years ago.

I met my wife in Bunbury in March 1970.  Adolf and The Cook tied the knot on April 15th 1972 in a small circular church in Bunbury.  Shortly thereafter, the church had to be demolished due to structural defects.  The wedding reception was held in the pub next to the racecourse.  Shortly thereafter, the pub burned to the ground.

I still have the receipt for that night's accommodation at the Captain Fremantle, a reasonably flash motel.  Bed and breakfast for two - $17.50.   Shortly thereafter, it was bulldosed and the site redeveloped.

BTW in those days, fresh out of Lincoln, I could have started with the NZ Gummint on a salary of $2,200 with no perks.  I started with Shell Chemical (Australia) P/L on a salary of $4,000 with a brand new Chrysler Valiant station wagon and unlimited private mileage.

To people who are silly enough to ask 'Why did you come back to Bunbury?' the stock answer is 'For the divorce.'

16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

15:30

Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

What room in your house best reflects your personality? Why? What do you do if you cant sleep at night? Do you count sheep? Toss and turn? Get up and do something productive? The post Lets talk appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:10

I SEE THE ISRAELI LABOR PARTY HAVE DECLARED JEREMY CORBYN "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

persona non grata because of his refusal step up and rid UK Labour Party of those expressing antisemitic views.    Clearly they see Corbyn as big on rhetoric but when push comes to shove he wimps out ... not overly surprising when it's 'Momentum' (his own bugle band) that's front and centre of the controversy.

The reality is that there has always been an element of antisemitism in both the hard left and hard right of UK politics.   Clearly the Tories do a better job of managing it ... confining it to the Boardrooms rather than shouting it at Party political meetings

Whatever ... it's a big call when the leader of a Labour Party is declared  'untermensch' by another fraternal Labo(u)r Party.

I'm sure Lord Egbut will have a view on this.

15:00

Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A man gets pulled over on the motorway for speeding The policeman says I just need a few details from you, your name please? The man says- John Brown The policeman asks and your occupation? The man says Im a rectum stretcher The policeman asks what exactly is that? The man says well [] The post Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:37

More voting advice "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"If you vote for politicians who promise to give you someone else's money, don't complain when they give your money to someone else. Or themselves."
~ Daniel Hannan
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14:30

Old white man of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

After a long, tiring, stressful, day at work, many women grab a convenience meal out of the fridge and pop it in the microwave. Isnt it reassuring to know that Julie Anne Genter; her supporter, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue; and the rest of the staff at the old white men despising Human [] The post Old white man of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ayurnamat   the philosophy that there is no point in worrying about events that cannot be changed.

14:16

Power, position and pragmatism the judiciary vs the executive in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By PNG Echo Cast your minds back to 2011/2012 a significant time in the annals of Papua New Guineas (PNG) political history It was a time when a defiant executive government squared up to a rampant judiciary in a struggle for supremacy that, arguably, was ultimately won by the executive government (who retained power) However, during the struggle, the judiciary (embodied by the Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia) never retreated and many a lesson about the effective wielding of power was learnt by the government players, especially in that which concerns the power, actual and assumed, of the Chief Justice (CJ) Many would argue that this history is reconciled, forgiven and forgotten but two contemporary coinciding events are likely to bring it into sharp relief. They are the recent decision of the Leadership Tribunal to recommend the former Deputy Prime Minister, Belden Namah, be dismissed from his parliamentary office Continue reading Power, position and pragmatism the judiciary vs the executive in PNG

14:00

Photoshop of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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13:56

Brilliant Great Forest Events "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I run for the textures under my feet. Roger Robinson Something for everyone By Roger Childs It started back in 1997 and about 150 people ran or walked in the northern part of the Waitarere Forest. On Saturday there were over 3000 taking part in events from 5km to the marathon. The success of the []

13:55

Unfortunate Wording "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From (of all places) CNN.

I can't see anything out of place.

Mariah Carey reveals bipolar disorder

Mariah Carey reveals bipolar disorder

13:30

Excuse me while I go and bang my head my head against the wall "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I believe that most New Zealanders who love their country are totally gutted by the senseless oil and gas announcement made by our temporary Prime Minister on behalf of her Coalition of Destroyers.  Note the perfect timing, just hours before climbing on to a fuel-guzzling plane to take her to the other side of the [] The post Excuse me while I go and bang my head my head against the wall appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:12

New Zealand Firsts Tracey Martin asks a question "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Tracey Martin is currently promoting a punitive bill that will fine people who do not have a degree and a teaching diploma but who call themselves a teacher, two thousand dollars. She has asked the public on Facebook that if they know of another way to raise the status of teachers to please let her [] The post New Zealand Firsts Tracey Martin asks a question appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:00

Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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12:30

NZ First want to police our language "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I really for the life of me cant imagine what possessed New Zealand First list MP Jenny Marcroft to put forward a bill to make it illegal for people who teach others to call themselves teachers. This is a completely insane bill. It seems to be coming from the deeply flawed notion that you can legislate [] The post NZ First want to police our language appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:19

Barrick Calls For State Intervention in Porgera "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Women search for gold downstream from the Porgera mine

After more than 25 years of mining by international companies, local people are still waiting to see the promised development benefits. They are becoming increasingly frustrated and desperate

Post Courier | April 16, 2018

Barrick (Niugini) Limited , operator of the Porgera Mine in Enga, reported that operations in the Porgera open pit were temporarily suspended last week after a violent confrontation broke out between groups of illegal miners.

The company reported that mining operations in the open pit were suspended at around midnight, after two large groups of aggressive illegal miners, including some armed with firearms, began a violent confrontation near the stage 5C area of the open pit mine.

The fighting between the groups continued until about 2:...

12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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11:30

Public consultation: Do they really care what we think? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wellington City Council are soliciting feedback for their ten-year plan.Quote: A rather unusual approach is being used to encourage Wellingtonians to have a say on the future of their city. Public consultation opened on Sunday on Wellington City Councils 10-Year Plan, and rather than relying on websites and fliers to draw peoples attention, the council [] The post Public consultation: Do they really care what we think? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:30

11:00

Ardern is a wimp in international politics "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ardern, when told of the United States air strike in Syria had this to say: It is understandable and we accept why the United States and others have taken the military action that they have, our view is though now is the time to return to the table, to the United Nations to resolve these [] The post Ardern is a wimp in international politics appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:45

10:30

Champion of the regions? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Over at Kiwiblog, David Farrar has written a polite but scathing account of how he believes New Zealand First have betrayed the regions. It is a monstrous betrayal made even more treasonous by the fact that Shane Jones is in charge of a large fund for regional development and has been nicknamed The Champion of [] The post Champion of the regions? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:09

This is just wrong "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Imagine living somewhere for your entire life, and then being jailed as an overstayer pending deportation "back" to a foreign country. That's what's happening to Mark Middleton:

Mark Middleton was once a popular choice to become Whanganui's Member of Parliament ... now he is facing deportation.

The stepfather of murdered schoolgirl Karla Cardno has been ordered to leave New Zealand after overstaying for more than 30 years.

Middleton, who came to live in New Zealand with his British parents as a 4-year-old in 1962, said immigration officials stormed his workplace on Tuesday, accusing him of living in the country illegally.

He was arrested and put in a cell at a Wellington police station until Wednesday afternoon.


There's an obvious parallel with the UK's current persecution of the "windrush generation", who are being told they are illegal migrants despite having arrived in the UK legally and having a legal right to remain. Over there, the problem is poor government record-keeping and a guilty-until-proven-innocent attitude in immigration cases. Here, its a poorly-drafted transition clause in the Immigration Act 1987, which required pre-1974 migrants to have never left New Zealand (except to go to Australia) in order to have their residency survive the law change. Which when you're talking about people who came here as children and are likely unaware that they are not citizens, seems guaranteed to result in injustice. And oddly, that doesn't seem to have been a problem at the time, or subsequently - despite having supposedly ignored an immigration direction to normalise his status, Middleton was allowed to continue his life without being bothered, and was even able to run for Parliament in 1999 (something you'd think Immigration would notice if they were actually concerned about his citizenship status). Instead, it only seems to have become an issue now he's getting old and in line to be paid superannuation - or, in immigration-speak, become "high risk".

Middleton has lived here all his life. He is a kiwi in fact, if not in law. Deporting him is simply wrong. Charging him money for the status he is entitled to is simply wrong. The Minister should issue him with citizenship or permanent residency, and let him get on with his life.

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Farmers have lost faith in MPI Annette Scott:

Farmers must not let dairy cattle be taken for slaughter till they are sure they will get compensation, Federated Farmers dairy chairman Chris Lewis says.

He wants the Mycoplasma bovis decision-makers to front up as the second round of culling infected herds gets going.

All confidence in compensation promises had been lost, he said.

The Ministry for Primary Industries late last month said a further 22,300 cattle from all infected properties will be killed by the end of May. . . 

Science and technology at every farmers fingers tips Pat Deavoll:

In the three and a half years I have spent as a farming reporter, nothing has struck me more than how hi-tech the industry has become.

Gone are the days when a farmer could step into his fathers shoes and expect to follow the same time-tested methods and be successful.

In this age of uber-production, every sector is based on an application of science, research and technology that is changing at a mind-boggling rate. And farmers are required to change with it. In fact, I read somewhere that by 2025 farmers will need a tertiary qualification to keep up. . .

Lactoferrin a magic ingredient Hugh Stringleman:

Lactoferrin became the flavour of the month when Fonterras giant New Zealand Milk Products division held an...

10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Yesterdays photo: Arch Hill, Gt North Rd, too early in the morning. ** Dear readers please send us your photos if you want VFYW to continue.  Please try to ensure that part of the window is in the photo. It doesnt have to be taken from a house but it does have to be a [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:49

NZ EPA seabed mining court case a fight for the future "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Scoop NZ | April 15, 2018

The future of the South Taranaki Bight lies in the hands of the High Court next week, which will hear appeals against the Environmental Protection Authoritys decision to grant a marine consent to Trans-Tasman Resources bid to dig up the seabed for its iron ore.

Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM), with Greenpeace, is appealing the decision, alongside six other appellants.

The EPA decision was released in August 2017, a year after Trans-Tasman Resources submitted its application to dig up 50 million tonnes of the seabed a year in a 66 square kilometre section of the South Taranaki Bight for 35 years. A total of 95% will be discharged, resulting in a large sediment plume, to get five million tonnes a year of iron ore. Of the 13,733 submissions (a record) received by the EPA, all but 147 one percent were either opposed to the consent or neutral.

This is a fight for the future of our precious oceans, said KASM chair Cindy Baxter. The outcome of this case will set a precedent for a numb...

09:30

The lunacy of the oil and gas decision "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Im not sure that anyone in the current government has bothered to read the reports their ministries provide on the oil and gas sector. If they did read the reports theyd find out that: Petroleum & Minerals is the highest growth in GDP over past 10 years; which makes it the highest contribution to productivity [] The post The lunacy of the oil and gas decision appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

Oscars Song:1940 When You Wish Upon A Star "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From Disneys Pinnochio

Sung by Cliff Edwards, it has become the Disney anthem.

09:00

Photoshop of the day by Luke "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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08:52

Te Khui o Rauru to appeal seabed mining in NZ High Court "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Iwi representative group , Te Khui o Rauru, will appear in the Wellington High Court to appeal the Environmental Protection Authoritys decision last year allowing Trans Tasman Resources Ltd to mine the Taranaki seabed.

Tema Hemi | Maori Television | 15 April 2018

West Coast Taranaki has been the interest of mining companies for decades. But local iwi Ngaa Rauru is making a final stand to stop mining along their coastline. 

Iwi representative group , Te Khui o Rauru, will appear in the Wellington High Court to appeal the Environmental Protection Authoritys decision last year allowing Trans Tasman Resources Ltd to mine the Taranaki seabed. 

The mining operation involves the excavation of 50 million tonnes of seabed per year for 35 years over an area of 65 square kilometres, down to 11 metres deep. 

CEO of Te Khui o Rauru, Anne-Marie Broughton, says, We want a moratorium on seabed mining because the...

08:30

I bet we dont hear a peep about this gender imbalance "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I bet we dont hear a peep out of the usual moaners about this gender imbalance: Quote. Women have finally overtaken men as principals of New Zealand schools, decades after teaching became a female-dominated profession. Latest data shows that 1222 women and 1139 men were principals of state or integrated schools last year a reversal from [] The post I bet we dont hear a peep about this gender imbalance appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:08

Cheerleader for Rio Tinto and BCL elected to Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

A delighted Sam Akoitai (in red tie) outside the National Court yesterday after winning back his Central Bougainville seat in the National Parliament. Photo: Sally Pokiton/Loop PNG

Akoitai is regarded as a cheerleader for Rio Tinto and Bougainville Copper Limited, having worked for the company for eight years. He also fought against the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) during the regions 10-year civil war.

ONeill government suffers first election court rebuff in Bougainville

Pacific Media Centre | April 14, 2018

Bougainville Affairs Minister Fr Simon Dumarinu has been ousted by four votes as the first casualty of the Peter ONeill government in Papua New Guinea after last years general  election, reports Loo...

08:00

Green party gangster deals do not develop new technologies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Since our government announced that offshore hydrocarbons are off limits, I have found myself in a confused state due to the sheer enormity of this debacle and the breadth and depth of the short, medium and long-term impacts. I was flummoxed and speechless. My brief history in this field is as follows: I have had [] The post Green party gangster deals do not develop new technologies appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

April 16 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1788 - Governor Phillip and his party were having a stickybeak about the Fair Isle of Oz when they became the first known Europeans to see Aboriginal rock carvings at Manly Cove.


1816 - The horrific Massacre at Appin (NSW) began on this day when word came through to the soldiers charged with "rounding up the hostile natives" that a group of Dharawal people were camped near Broughton's farm at Appin. Investigating at 1am (17th April) the soldiers heard children crying at the camp before the dogs roused the sleeping Aboriginals who leapt to their deaths over the cliffs while others were shot by soldiers.

1819 - Thomas Ray ,  John Jones and Thomas Smith were hanged at Sydney for highway robbery.

1827 - While it is not possible to give the exact number of each tribe of blacks in the (Gosford) district, says a letter of April 16 1827, there are five tribes viz., the Mial or Broken Bay tribe, the Tuggerah Beach tribe, the Wyong tribe, and the Narara and Erina tribes. The three first as well as I am able to judge consist of about fifteen each and the two last of about ten each, being in all about sixty five men, women and children.

1831 - Government Order published, prohibiting the importation of preserved heads of New Zealanders.
News I'm sure gladdened the hearts of Kiwis.

1834 - Joseph Greenwood was hanged at Hobart for cutting and maiming, with intent to kill, Constable Terry.

1838 - William Bean, farm servant aged 27, tried in Kent. Dark brown hair, brown eyes; blind in left eye. Absconded from W. Cox.
You can stop looking, Bean was found and returned to the loving ? care of his boss.

1849 - The steamer ship "Thistle" sprung a leak near Spectacle Island.
The irony of the name prickles even at this distance.

1867 - Denis Murphy was hanged at Ballarat for the murder of Patrick O'Meara at Bullarook.

1868 - Again in QLD there was undoubtedly cream sponges, shortbread bikkies and the obligatory Iced Vo-Vo passed about with gay abandon when the railway line from Dalby to Ipswitch was done and dusted today.

1873 - The naval chap turned policeman turned explorer Colonel Peter Egerton Warburton suffered from Itchy Feet...as this was not Rampaging Footrot but merely the urge to go trotting about the vast continent called Oz he didn't bother with any over-the-counter creams.
Instead he set off for a stroll from Central Australia today to have a Captain Cook for an overland route between here and there...here being Alice Springs and there being Perth.

1876 - Remember them thar Fenians who were plotting and planning the escape of their compatriots from the drear Fremantle Gaol back in 1876?   Well, they'd parallel parked their ship the Catalpa between Rottnest and Garden Isl...

07:44

Mine Refutes Slime Spillage Claims "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Nirmala Devi, 58, at her home in the Toko area in Tavua on April 13th. Behind her is mud residents claim is mixed with slime. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Waisea Nasokia | Fiji Sun | April 15, 2018

The Vatukoula Gold Mine Limited (VGML) says its activities and operations pose no direct threat to its surroundings and residents in the area.

VGML made the comment after reports that the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources was investigating  claims that the Nasivi River in Vatukoula may have been contaminated by what has been described as toxic slime, which overflowed into the river at the height of Tropical Cyclone Keni.

Vatukoula Gold Mine Limited Corporate Services Manager and Senior Adviser to the General Manager Dinny Laufenboeck said the torrential ra...

07:39

Redcliffe account for Hunters "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

qrl.com.au | April 14, 2018 

The Redcliffe Dolphins overcame a spirited PNG Hunters side at home to claim their fourth victory in a row, winning 20-6.
The Hunters had come to Dolphin Stadium  with a point to prove; starting the game by moving the ball quickly in attack, while fronting up in defence.
This didnt stop the Hunters relentless attack, and they managed to find a gap in the line in the 9thminute after a grubber from hooker Wartovo Puara sent rookie winger Junior Rau in for their first points of the game.
The Dolphins, who seemed a little rattled by the Hunters fast start early, managed to maintain their composure.
It wasnt until the 31st minute that the Dolphins scored their first try of the game thanks to second rower Scott Schulte, off a short ball from the hooker, Sheldon Pitama.
Redcliffe captain Cameron Cullen then regained the lead in the 36th minute with his try, giving the home side a 14-6 advantage at the break.
While the Hunters were fast starters in the first half, the Dolphins maintained their momentum after the break, when fullback Tony Tumusa continued his try-scoring form and scooted over the line in the 47thminute from dummy half.
Despite being pleased with his teams defence throughout the evening, ball control was something that Mogg said the Dolphins clearly needed to work on throughout the middle of the game.
We trained really well during the week. We were obviously pretty disappointed with the control of the footy, but defensively I thought we were good, Mogg said.
I think weve got a bit to work on with the footy clearly, I know we scored 20 points, our completion rate was really low but our effort and defence Im really happy with.
The Hunters were giving Redcliffe plenty to contend with all game and gave themselves a number of opportunities to score out wide during the second half and were happy to chance their arm.
With four minutes to go they tried kicking on the first tackle, turning the play into a foot race between Dolphins fullback Tumusa and their wingers, but they couldnt nab themselves another try.
It remained a heated game right down to the last few seconds, with the frustrations of both sides reaching its tipping point just before full time.
I really thought that they (the Hunters) came to play tonight, they were really physical, so it was a really, really good game of footy, Mogg said.
PNG are obviously a fantastic team, and if you dont get the defensive part right then youre no chance.
While it remains early in the season, Mogg knows his team still has so...

07:30

Yawn fest ahead for Northcote by-election "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

National have selected a professional exam sitter, carpetbagger and the guy who lost the Pakuranga selection to Simeon Brown as their candidate for Northcote. The NZ Herald reports: A school dropout and former butchers apprentice will fight the June 9 byelection in the seat of Northcote for the National Party. Local party members made the [] The post Yawn fest ahead for Northcote by-election appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:15

Jonathan Young: Im in awe at how much the government have bungled this first step "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Last Thursday the Prime Minister said her announcement to end any new offshore exploration will take effect in 20 or 30 years time, and it was important to make it now so as to save communities and the nation from abrupt shocks later. Within an hour of that announcement, New Plymouths largest engineering firm halted all new employment. It was an abrupt shock that took effect immediately. If the Prime Minister was listening, shell now know about her misfire. But Ive seen this sort of attitude before in the worst of religious zealotry.  Its we know best and were immoveable. The post Jonathan Young: Im in awe at how much the government have bungled this first step appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

After years of bagging John Key for his cycle trails, Labour now embrace them "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

After years of bagging John Key for his cycle trails, Labour now embrace them. Kelvin Davis came out of witness protection to splash the cash. Newshub reports: Waikatos Hauraki Rail Trail is getting a $3.4 million extension the Government hopes will encourage riders to stay longer in the region. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis says the [] The post After years of bagging John Key for his cycle trails, Labour now embrace them appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Whats green & whats greenwash? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

How do we know whats green and whats greenwash?

The green mantra is reduce, reuse and recycle.

It ought to be safe to claim reducing our use of limited resources and our impact on the environment is green.

Reusing and recycling arent so clear-cut.

Reusing some things can be better for the environment than chucking them in the rubbish providing whatever needs to be done to make them reusable has a lower environmental footprint than dumping.

But that isnt always the case.

Take reusable shopping bags and the so-called single use plastic ones for example.

 Its counterintuitive, but  are far more energy efficient than any of the other options. Papers out it causes seven times more global warming than a plastic bag reused as a bin liner. A cotton bag would have to be used 327 times to break even with plastic, and trendy organic cloth bags are hopelessly inefficient.

 

You also have to take into account what people use in place of the single-use plastic bags.

. . .The supermarket chains cant believe their luck. The overseas experience suggests theyre about to receive a massive boost in the sale of bin liners, which they essentially gave away for free all these years, and come out of the whole thing looking like heroes, despite potentially making global warming worse. . . 

However, its not that simple. An environmental footprint takes into account more than the energy and emissions used to produce and dispose of it.

What happens to the bags when theyre no long wanted also has an impact as the number of plastic bags littering land and sea show.

If you dispose of plastic bags properly youre probably treading more gent...

06:55

50 days on, World Health Organisation continues to serve communities affected by PNG quake "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

16 April 2018, Port Moresby -- Fifty days after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Papua New Guinea (PNG), limited delivery of essential health services has resumed in earthquake-affected provinces.
Dr Luo Dapeng, WHO Representative to Papua New Guineas, immunises a child in the Southern Highlands. 
Credit: WHO/JRivaca
 However, thousands remain vulnerable to health threats as they continue to live in crowded temporary settlements with inadequate access to clean water and medical services.
More than 500 000 were affected by the earthquake that struck on 26 February. At least 25 000 people have been displaced, while many communities continue to face compromised water and food supplies, significantly increasing threats of disease outbreaks.
Of the 77 health facilities that were damaged by the earthquake, only 10 remain closed.
However, services remain limited at most of the re-opened health facilities.

WHO on the ground within 24 hours 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) was on the ground in the affected provinces within 24 hours of the earthquake. WHO immediately activated the Incident Management System to coordinate the organisations response.
WHO responded right away, deploying medicines and supplies to the earthquake-affected areas to treat those who were affected, said Dr Zhang Zaixing, Incident Manager from WHO. 
Our people were out there in the field, alongside the National Department of Health and partners, assessing the damage to health facilities and working to re-establish life-saving health services.
WHO has designated the earthquake a Grade 1 Emergency and has deployed additional staff and supplies to the Country Office in PNG.
To date, WHO has repurposed and mobilised 19 national and international staff for the earthquake response, covering areas such as partner coo...

06:37

McCabe Alleges Other DOJ Officials Leaked To Media And Questions Comeys Value As Witness "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

JONATHAN TURLEY

McCabeFormer acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe responded angrily to the finding of the Inspector General report and notably attacked the recollection of former FBI Director James Comey as a witness.  As I discussed in an earlier column, McCabe raised over a half million dollars on GoFundMe before the release of the report showing that he repeatedly made false statements to investigators as well as Comey.  The report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz, appointed by President Barack Obama is blistering and says that McCabe intentionally lied to protect his image and record.  McCabe lashed out at the career officials behind the report and said Comeys countervailing memory should not be given much credence.

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06:30

HDPA: Labour are courageous "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Heather du Plessis-Allan thinks Labour are courageous. They may well be, but soldiers in a forlorn hope were courageous too, and ultimately doomed. She writes: I know it looks like I hate Labour. Week in, week out, I criticise the Government for what I think are either stupid or naive decisions. Believe me, I dont [] The post HDPA: Labour are courageous appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

You know dear, I once lit a fire, with petrol, during a fire ban "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This photo, or rather the response of one person on Facebook, has caused outrage. Newshub reports: At 23, Green MP Chloe Swarbrick is an expert when it comes to social media and responding to sexist trolls. New Zealands youngest MP in 42 years posted a photo of herself and founding co-leader of the Green [] The post You know dear, I once lit a fire, with petrol, during a fire ban appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:49

Prue Hymans column "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  How useful is the Treasurys Living Standards Framework? By Prue Hyman Its exciting that a department as dry as Treasury is increasingly keen for policies to be based on how they affect peoples standards of living, or wellbeing, rather than just gross national product and its rate of growth. Treasurys Living Standards Framework (LSF) has []

05:43

Labour slow to restore Canterbury democracy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

After slamming the last Governments sacking of the Canterbury regional council ECan, and of promising to quickly restore democracy, Labour is now in no hurry to act. Christchurch Labour MP Megan Woods in 2016: ECan legislation an affront to democracy The Governments ECan Legislation is an affront to Cantabrians and continues to deny them a []

05:38

MSD throws in the towel "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An announcement appeared at the MSD website that a Declaration of Seasonal Tasman Labour Shortage was being made on April 5.

A declaration of a labour shortage from the very agency charged with getting the unemployed into jobs? That must mean the local unemployment rate is close to zero.

Actually it's 3.5%

But there are no beneficiaries left in the region?

Actually there were 924 "work-ready jobseekers" in February. Not to mention a few hundred more in nearby Blenheim, Westport and Greymouth.

The natural question question to ask is, why, then, is there a shortage? But the answer to that lies in the incapacity of beneficiaries to provide the required quality and consistency of work required.

The real question is why the announcement?

The answer appears at the very end of the statement, by which time most will have ceased reading.

"By declaring a labour shortage in Tasman, people from overseas with visitor visas can apply for a Variation of Conditions, which allows them to work through the declaration period."
MSD giving up and admitting that local growers want overseas pickers in preference to beneficiaries.


05:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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05:19

Legal ring fencing of the word teacher proposed "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It may become illegal to use the word teacher unless you have a specific university degree namely  a three-year Bachelor of Education, a Bachelors degree with a one-year Diploma of Teaching, or a conjoint degree that combines study in teaching subjects with teacher training. This sort of silliness could be a coalition killer. Newshub: []

05:15

Has your Whaleoil subscription expired? Do you want to upgrade or change your sub? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up or be because your credit card has expired or be because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. or be because of insufficient funds If you want to update [] The post Has your Whaleoil subscription expired? Do you want to upgrade or change your sub? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.  Charlie Chaplin who was born on this day in 1889.

05:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:00

Thank you all for empowering me to carry on writing "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

FRANCIS NII

Francis Nii & new laptop
Disabled author Francis Nii and new laptop: 'Without a computer and a reliable mobile phone, I am truly handicapped'

KUNDIAWA - A personal computer can be an important tool for any writer but for a disabled writer like me, composing my words and sentences from the confines of a hospital bed, a laptop and a reliable mobile phone are essential tools of trade.

Without them, I am truly handicapped. With them, I am liberated to access information and to write, write, write.

When the screen of my Asus computer, given to me by my good friend Murray Bladwell in 2016, experienced a major breakdown while I was trying to upload the second edition of my novel Tears, I knew I had hit a desperate moment. Hopelessness overwhelmed me. Tears indeed!

Luckily I had saved the entire manuscript in a Samsung phone given to me by Patrick Haynes so I emailed the valuable document to Philip Fitzpatrick to upload to my CreateSpace publishing page.

I told Phil that I couldnt upload it myself because my laptop had encountered a serious problem. I had no idea that the piece of information relayed to Phil would prompt a fundraising effort that would result in me getting a brand new HP laptop and a Canon printer.

The next day I received an email from Keith Jackson enquiring about the condition of my laptop and I was surprised because I hadnt mentioned this to him. I guessed immediately that Phil had passed on the news.

I emailed Keith telling him had happened to my laptop and he said a new one was a goer. Knowing Keith, I understood straight away that a new computer would somehow make its way to me. I provided Keith the prices of the laptops sold in the shops in Kundiawa.

Next morning when I routinely logged in to PNG Attitude to read the daily stories, I saw the appeal was underway and was both surprised and glad.

I was glad because I knew my PNG Attitude family of writers and readers would help me to get a new laptop. Indeed you did me proud. Your support was awesome and ex...

04:31

One Mission Accomplished, mired in many "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

President Donald Trump as been typically bold or brash after the missile strike on chemical-related facilities in the US. Claiming Mission Accomplished after a single operation in the Middle East is a big call to make, especially after the ridicule George Bush had heaped on him after appearing in front of a banner in 2003 []

04:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

New Zealand artist Anne is our face of the day. You can view her wonderful collection here. Anne is very excited about her future and she loves sharing her ideas and dreams with people. You can support Anne by purchasing her cards and canvas prints or find out more about Anne. The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:15

Another example of Ardern love by NZ media "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Why did they waste time on this fluff?

One News should be The We Love Jacinda Show or Once Were Journalists

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is oriflamme (noun) 1. An inspiring standard or symbol. 2. The red or orange-red flag of the Abbey of Saint Denis in France, used as a standard by the early kings of France. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Originally an oriflamme was the banner or ensign that the [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 16 20 Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

A lit fuse but uncertain whether it'll be fireworks or a damp squib "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rashmii Bell
Rashmii Bell

RASHMII BELL

BRISBANE - Emma Wakpis recent commentary, Foreign aid didnt work. Then we started to look at tradition, gave cause for PNG Attitude readers to reflect on the effectiveness of aid in Papua New Guineas nation building.

The subsequent discussion stoked an audience question I posed to a literary panel last week which I attended as part of a six-month My Walk to Equality writers fellowship generously sponsored by Paga Hill Development Company.

The panel, part of an event at the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, was a collaboration between Griffith Universitys Asia Institute and Griffith Review journal and was billed as a conversation between Jane Camens, Annie Zaidi and Salil Tripathi.

Jane Camens is co-editor of Griffith Review and founder of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Inc, a regional network of authors and literary translators.

In the journal and on the panel, books by Annie (Dangerous Little Things: an account of turning political) and Salil (Without Hindsight: were here because you were there) were featured.

Annie is a contributor to the anthology Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell Their Stories (Harper Collins 2016) that was one of the inspirations for our own Papua New Guinean anthology, My Walk to Equality.

In the journals own words, the most recent issue of Griffith Review (number 59), published to coincide with the Brisbane Commonwealth Games, showcases outstanding writers from 25 countries whose diverse voices shine light on enduring imperial legacies, and describe a present that is vibrant yet nuanced, familiar yet unexpected.

This all proved a most sa...

03:20

Media watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:10

Open Forum Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:00

Problems of addiction are blighting many of our families "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Prescription-abusePHILIP KAI MORRE

KUNDIAWA - Alcoholism and drug addiction are progressive and fatal diseases that undermine the family unit. Addiction is a family problem with every member, not just the addict, suffering from its effects.

In our highlands society, families operate as a system and family members interrelate to each other for a common purpose.

As a system, families seek to maintain a balance in life. They preserve functional boundaries and support each other in work, finance, problem solving and in many other ways.

When there is no food, all family units work to find some. When there is no money to pay school fees, the family rallies to get it. When a family member is sick, the others provide care and comfort.

However, in families where a member is an alcoholic, drug addict or gambler, this balance is lost and there looms a great risk of dysfunction including divorce or separation, child abuse, sexual exploitation, economic manipulation, intimidation, psychological abuse and much more.

Children of alcoholics and drug addicts exist in a dubious moral environment and frequently lack a full understanding of the difference between right and wrong, good and bad, lawful and unlawful.

Juvenile delinquency or youth crime is increasing especially in urban areas.  Psychological and spiritual problem are common among the children of alcoholics, who become confused and lose a sense of who they are.

Life in the alcoholics family offers only continuing grief and trauma and problems with no solutions. Children who grow up in such a hostile environment suffer physically and emotionally and tend to accept dysfunction as the norm.

Dysfunctional families are defensive in their actions and denial is a major problem and one that gets in the way of change.

In dysfunctional families, there are usually enablers, especially wives, who try to protect their husbands problems. Shame and fear motivates them to become enablers who make the problems worse rather than assisting the addict towards treatment and recovery.

Ultimately, this means the whole family not just the addict needs support, counselling, therapy, guidance and education.

Every family has its own rules and norms. In healthy functional families, rules are realistic and support a purposeful life with every member benefitin......

00:20

Gen. TRWP Mathias Wenda: Negara West Papua Sudah Dideklarasikan Tahun 1961 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Yang mendeklarasikan Negara Republik West Papua itu siapa? Mereka datang dari planet mana? Mereka sudah tahu ka tidak, Negara Republik West Papua sudah ada sejak tahun 1961, dunia sudah akui sejak itu, dan diproklamirkan 1 Juli 1971. Yang kita perjuangkan hari ini bukan untuk deklarasi, tetapi untuk pengakuan dunia atas deklarasi yang sudah ada. Demikian

Gen. TRWP Mathias Wenda: Negara West Papua Sudah Dideklarasikan Tahun 1961 was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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22:05

World watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

April 16 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1178 BC; The calculated date of the Greek king Odysseuss return home from the Trojan War.

73 Masada, a Jewish fortress, fell to the Romans after several months of siege, ending the Jewish Revolt.

1346 The Serbian Empire was proclaimed in Skopje by Dusan Silni,occupying much of the Balkans.

1521 Martin Luthers first appearance before the Diet of Worms to be examined by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the other estates of the empire.

1582 Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founded the settlement of Salta, Argentina.

1682 John Hadley, British inventor, was born (d. 1744).

1728 Joseph Black, Scottish chemist, was born (d. 1799).

1746 The Battle of Culloden was fought between the French-supported Jacobites and the Hanoverian British Government.

1780 The University of Mnster was founded.

1799 Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Mount Tabor  Napoleon drove Ottoman Turks across the River Jordan near Acre.

1853 The first passenger rail opened in India, from Bori Bunder, Bombay to Thane.

1862 American Civil War: The Battle at Lees Mills in Virginia.

1862 American Civil War: A bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia became law.

1863 American Civil War: The Siege of Vicksburg  ships led by UnionAdmiral David Dixon Porter moved through heavy Confederate artillery fire on approach to Vicksburg, Mississippi.

1865...

21:05

Selamat Beristirahat Untuk Selamanya: Heni Lani, Perempuan Pejuang Papua Merdeka "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Semalam Aku Terjaga Sampai Ketika Fajar Pagi Bersinar Sambutan Hangat Yang Aku Terima Adalah Kau Perempuan Penginspirasiku Selalu Menjadi Panutan Dalam Hidupku, Kau Telah Mengakhiri Perjuanganmu Dibumi ini. Dengan Pergi Kealam Sana Untuk Beristirahat Dengan Tenang Dialam Baka. Ternyata Semalam Aku Terjaga dan tidak bisa menutup mata ini karena kau Perempuan Hebat telah pergi Meninggalkan

Selamat Beristirahat Untuk Selamanya: Heni Lani, Perempuan Pejuang Papua Merdeka was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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21:05

Why forcing countries to choose sides in a trade war could benefit China, not the US "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

scmp.com | April 15, 2018

In a China-US trade war, many countries around the world would come under pressure to take sides. We pray it does not come to this. But lets say it does. Whose side will they take? Even five years ago, that question would have been a no-brainer the US, by a mile.
But today? The answer would be trickier, and not at all comforting to US consumers, companies or the trade war battle team assembled around the White House.
To help gauge an answer, I looked at the worlds top 20 economies. Then for good measure I looked at the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) economies. I browsed each of these economies 2017 export and import numbers to discover how important the US and China were to these economies, either as sources of imports or as leading destinations for their exports. I looked at just goods trade, omitting the services trade which is messier to compute.
The results were perhaps not unexpected, but were sobering nonetheless. As for the worlds 20 largest economies, China is the leading source of imports for 11. It is the second most important source of imports for a further four. For only two countries France and Switzerland is China not one of their top five sources of imports.


By contrast, the US is the major source of imports for just two Canada and Mexico, and is in the top five for just 13 more. That means that for five of the worlds top 20 economies, the US was not among their top five sources of imports.
Now look at China as an export destination, and it is the most important export market for seven of the top 20, and one of the top five export markets for seven more. Of the other six economies for which China is not in their top five destinations, five are European economies (France, the UK, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands) and the sixth is Turkey. Since Europes economies mainly trade among themselves, this is not surprising.
And the US? It is the main export destination for six of the worlds top 20 economies, and in the top five destinations for a further 12. Only for Russia and Spain does the US fall outside their top five export d......

21:00

I Am The Very Model Of A Modern Major-General "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From Joseph Papps famous Central Park production starring Kevin Kline and Linda Ronstadt

20:45

Dream or nightmare your choice "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinda and Grant are returning from a weekend Labour Youth Camp. All of a sudden their car hits a bump in the road and judders to a halt.

Whats happened they exclaim, as their Crown BMW skids to a halt.

Their chauffeur says dont worry, let the security detail check it out.

Minutes later, the head of the PMs security reports back.

No problem mam.

What happened Jacinda asks, plaintively, was it an angry National supporter?

No, mam!

Was it a rogue bus company employee a timorous Grant mewled from the boot where he had hidden.

No, sir!

What then, an exasperated Jacinda asked, I am late for a photo shoot with Hello, before flying to Brisbane for selfies with our fortunately winning Commonwealth Games team, and then off for selfies with Emmanuel, Angela and Queenie.

Im a busy person, as am I moaned Grant from the boot.

Well, we ran over  truth, openness and transparency. Therefore according to Clare Currans instructions we had to reverse over them to make sure they were dead. This took a little longer than we expected, but we managed it.

You will make your PR stunt mam

20:45

Financial crisis in PNG leaves ammunition stockpile sitting unclaimed in Geelong region "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

An ammunition stockpile the height of a house, which was sent to Australia to protect world leaders including US President Donald Trump, is sitting unclaimed in a Geelong region warehouse because the Papua New Guinea Government cant pay for it.

The huge ammunition order, which required US State Department approval to send to Australia for forwarding to PNG was, according to exporters, made specifically to arm officially designated police and security forces preparing for the APEC leaders forum in Port Moresby later this year.

But for more than eight months it has sat abandoned in an undisclosed secure warehouse believed to be in the Geelong region, with a cash-strapped PNG Government unable to pay for it.

The issue has raised concerns about the preparedness of the security programme for the APEC summit this November, which will host some of the most powerful leaders in the world including Trump, Russias Vladimir Putin, Chinas Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and leaders and dignitaries from Canada, South Korea, Mexico, Indonesia and Japan.

The stockpile includes 250,000 .9mm pistol bullets, 200,000 rounds of 5.56mm assault rifle ammunition and 20,000 40mm rounds.

The order from Americas Winchester Ammunition Inc. was worth about $800,000 (US$621,000), with the purchase order signed in February 17 last year by PNGs Police Commissioner Gari Baki.

Winchester confirmed a consignment of 200,000 Australian-made shotgun shells had been shipped to PNG police in October last year, but the bulk of the order was being stored outside Melbourne.

A spokesman for the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary said they were aware of the issue.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has budgeted $50 million (US$38 million) for APEC but with in-kind contributions and staffing at least double that is expected to be spent by the Federal Government.

Australias Foreign Minister Julie Bishop who visited PNG last month was assured all preparations were on track for the important summit.

A huge conference centre that was looking like a white elephant with poor fittings and acoustics will be ready after the Chinese Government recently paid AUD$35 million (US$27 million) for its construction and completion as well as other infrastructure projects in Port Moresby.

The Chinese Government recently donated firearms to the Philippines and may wel...

20:37

PNG Tourism Promotion Authority Gears up for APEC "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority (PNGTPA) has announced that preparations are well underway for the APEC 2018 Tourism Week to be held in Port Moresby on May 28 to June 2.

Chief executive officer Jerry Agus confirmed that the authority was gearing up to showcase the best of Papua New Guineas unique and diverse cultures and to engage with other 20 APEC member countries using digital technology to explore opportunities in the global market.

The weeks program will start with a Women in Tourism Dialogue themed Women as Prime Movers of Sustainable and Inclusive Tourism in the Digital Age which captures the APEC 2018 PNG theme of Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future.

This will be followed by the 52 tourism working group meeting, the 10 APEC tourism ministers meeting, a ministerial gala dinner and a regional visit to Kavieng, New Ireland Province.

PNGTPAs Boldly Go Papua New Guinea a new online marketing campaign will also be launched during the second APEC senior officials meeting (SOM2), leading up to the tourism week.

This campaign will engage with social media audiences, including the visiting delegates to share their experiences of APEC 2018 PNG by posting photos of themselves with PNGTPAs social media corflute frames onto their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages with the hashtags: apecpng2018 and #visitpng to promote PNG.

PNG APEC ambassador Ivan Pomaleu said the PNG APEC secretariat was excited about what PNGTPA was planning towards the event.

Mr Pomaleu also commended PNGTPA for its support towards the APEC secretariat in it hosting of all major APEC 2018 meetings held thus far in Port Moresby. Press Release

20:34

Blowing stuff up "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A while ago, I had a multi-topic post covering some things I hoped to expand on. One of them was this

Blowing things and people up is seen as a demonstration of clarity and resolve, unless someone is doing it to us, in which case its correctly recognised as cowardly and evil. The most striking recent example (on our side) was the instant and near-universal approval of Trumps bombing of an airfield in Syria, which had no effect at all on events there.

Weve now had another round of bombing from Trump, and yet more instant applause. As I reread the para above, and looked at evidence on the general ineffectiveness of airstrikes, it struck me that there is a big asymmetry. The satisfaction we get when our side blows something or someone up is trivial in comparison to the hatred generated when we are on the receiving end. In most cases, the people and resources mobilised against the bomber far outweigh the physical destruction the bomber can inflict. Heres a study (paywalled, but the abstract is clear) making that point about Vietnam; it seems to be entirely general.

Ive talked here about large-scale aerial bombing, but all of these points apply with equal force to bombing campaigns undertaken on the ground by non-state actors, going back to the propaganda of the deed in the 19th century. Experience has shown that deeds like bombings and assassinations make great propaganda, but not for the side that carries them out.

19:00

Sunday Nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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18:57

Redcliffe Dolphins down PNG Hunters 20 - 6 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


By Emily Clooney

The Redcliffe Dolphins overcame a spirited PNG Hunters side at home to claim their fourth victory in a row, winning 20-6.

The Hunters had come to Dolphin Stadium  with a point to prove; starting the game by moving the ball quickly in attack, while fronting up in defence.


This didnt stop the Hunters relentless attack, and they managed to find a gap in the line in the 9th minute after a grubber from hooker Wartovo Puara sent rookie winger Junior Rau in for their first points of the game.

The Dolphins, who seemed a little rattled by the Hunters fast start early, managed to maintain their composure.

It wasnt until the 31st minute that the Dolphins scored their first try of the game thanks to second rower Scott Schulte, off a short ball from the hooker, Sheldon Pitama.

Redcliffe captain Cameron Cullen then regained the lead in the 36th minute with his try, giving the home side a 14-6 advantage at the break.

While the Hunters were fast starters in the first half, the Dolphins maintained their momentum after the break, when fullback Tony Tumusa continued his try-scoring form and scooted over the line in the 47th minute from dummy half.

Despite being pleased with his teams defence throughout the evening, ball control was something that Mogg said the Dolphins clearly needed to work on throughout the middle of the game.

We trained really well during the week. We were obviously pretty disappointed with the control of the footy, but defensively I thought we were good, Mogg said.

I think weve got a bit to work on with the footy clearly, I know we scored 20 points, our completion rate was really low but our effort and defence Im really happy with.

The Hunters were giving Redcliffe plenty to contend with all game and gave themselves a number of opportunities to score out wide during the second half and were happy to chance their arm.

With four minutes to go they tried kicking on the first ta...

18:30

The awesome power of autistic thinking "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post The awesome power of autistic thinking appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:28

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Weve been eating our way through a long weekend.

It started on Thursday with lunch at Minaret Station for a friends birthday (will post about that in the next few days).

On Friday we dined at Jacks Point with international chefs and media who are in New Zealand as part of Alliance Groups Antipocurean tour (more of that in a future post too).

Yesterday we celebrated a friends 77th birthday at the Hawea pub and today we caught up with friends for lunch at Riverstone Kitchen.

Fine food, good friends and other friendly people Im grateful for them all.

 

18:20

YOU VOTED FOR 'THEM' "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The msm has been curiously silent on the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill being promoted through the House as a Government Bill ... why, dunno ... guess it's not seen as 'sexy' enough to warrant a little digging.   It does.

The Bill removes the last remaining fiscal constraint on local councils by deleting the present clause 10(1)(b) of the Local Government Act 2002 requiring local government "to meet the current and future needs of communities for good quality local infrastructure, local public services and performance of regulatory functions in a way that is most cost-effective for businesses and households" and replace it with a new sub clause reading "to promote the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of communities in the present and for the future".    

Talk about a blank cheque for social engineering bereft of accountability beyond that of the triennial elections and by then it's too late.


All per courtesy of the COL.   For this (and many things) St Jacinda and her two little helpers have much to answer for.

18:00

Sunday standup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:30

How to scale a fish with a drill "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post How to scale a fish with a drill appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:00

Duncan Garners rant about the ban on oil and gas exploration "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Duncan Garners rant about the oil and gas policy was not signalled in the Labour Party Manifesto. A good watch as he appears to be wound up. If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Duncan Garners rant about the ban on oil and gas exploration appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:58

US vows freedom of navigation, freedom from fear, coercion "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Speaking at a reception onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the waters of Manila Bay on Friday, US Ambassador Sung Kim said the US will continue to ensure freedom of navigation, freedom of commerce and freedom from fear and coercion.
US vows freedom of navigation, freedom from fear, coercion
Michael Punongbayan (The Philippine Star) April 15, 2018 12:01am

MANILA, Philippines Through the presence and more frequent visits of powerful aircraft carriers in in the Philippines and other parts of the South China Sea, the US is sending a loud and clear message that Americas military forces are ready to defend and protect its allies in the Indo-Pacific region.

Speaking at a reception onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the waters of Manila Bay on Friday, US Ambassador Sung Kim said the US will continue to ensure freedom of navigation, freedom of commerce and freedom from fear and coercion.

Kim said the aircraft carrier, carrying a handful of F-18 Hornet fighter jets, helicopters and some 5,000 sailors and marines, is named after the 26th president of the United States.

Roosevelt, a soldier, a visionary president and a Nobel Prize winner, is famous for the saying Speak softly but carry a big stick. Hence the carrier is nicknamed the Big Stick.

But I might take exception to the first part of the Teddy Roosevelt saying about speaking softly. I think there are times when we should speak loudly and clearly, Kim told an audience of that included Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Presidential Political Adviser Francis Tolentino, Sen. Antonio Trillanes...

16:37

Do a Writing Retreat in Bali With Global Hobo "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Are you a wannabe travel writer or an aspiring journalist with itchy feet? Do you want to spend a month on an island paradise in Indonesia learning a language, studying with media industry pros and getting real-world writing experience?

Travel to the hip Balinese surf town of Canggu with Global Hobo. Over the course of four weeks, a team of word-savvy hobos will be given intensive writing and blogging tutelage focused on travel and digital media, as well as cross-cultural training with a local language school. In their free time, hobos will be exploring every nook and cranny of southern Bali so they can put together a comprehensive online destination guide in teams. Theyll also be producing two pieces to be pitched and published online either for Global Hobo or elsewhere  which will be heavily workshopped over the course of the program.

If youre a high-school leaver, this program is the perfect mini exchange to squeeze in before you hit the books again next year. If youre already in the throes of university and studying something like journalism or communications, you may even be eligible for a full subjects credit. And if youre not studying and youre just on the hunt for a project that combines travel and writing, this is the ultimate opportunity to get some real-world industry experience.

...

16:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

15:50

Dan Bidois for Northcote "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The National Party has selected Dan Bidois as its candidate to contest the Northcote by-election.

Mr Bidois is currently Strategy Manager for Foodstuffs. He was raised and educated in Auckland, leaving school at 15 to complete a butchery apprenticeship with Woolworths New Zealand.

Aspirational for his future, he went on to study at the University of Auckland, and attended Harvard University on a Fulbright Scholarship. He has worked as a strategist and economist in New Zealand, the United States, and Malaysia. . . 

Qualifications and experience in both a trade and profession are a good combination for a potential MP.

15:30

Whaleoil sports quiz "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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15:00

Quiz: How well do you know Wellington? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The post Quiz: How well do you know Wellington? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:56

Its Gonna Be a Bumpy Ride, Kid: A Note to my 13-Year-Old Self "IndyWatch Feed National"

Looking down at my feet, I have to keep reminding myself Im wearing takeaway boxes as shoes. I curl my toes as I feel the heat from the tarmac penetrating the not-so-durable cardboard that protects my feet. I never thought I would find myself in the middle of an airport clad in such footwear, in the driest heat imaginable, waiting for a 200-seater plane to finally take me home.

At the ripe age of 13, I was not like most girls of today with their nips popping out of their shirts. Rather, I had pimples popping out from under my horrendous fringe. I remember lying on my bed with its flannelette, mandala-print sheets, hopelessly wondering what the world had to offer me in the future in terms of travel.

I dreamed of sunsets over sand dunes and exploring vast deserts on camel back, sipping champagne on terracotta terraces and, maybe, finding love with some foreign prince charming like in the clich chick flicks I would fill my Friday nights with.

When it came time to head out on my own, I soon realised that travelling is not a blockbuster movie. I didnt have a million-dollar budget; I wasnt surrounded by Clooneys and DiCaprios; and to be quite frank, camels stink like shit and champagne tastes revolting. Travelling, like the rest of life, is just a series of good and bad moments in different places that are defined by your attitude towards them.

Some may ask if Im qualified to make these accusations against a multimillion dollar industry that captures the spirit of the young and the old, and undoubtedly, I am.

So Im standing at the airport, worlds away from my naive 13-year-old self, with takeaway boxes as shoes. This odd predicament begins with a goat that I met at an animal wildlife sanctuary on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. With a few hours to fill in before my flight back home to Australia, I figured a quick visit to a local attraction, such as the animal sanctuary, could do no harm.

Making my way through the animal enclosures, I noticed a figure following me from one to the next. Enter Jonathan the goat: a small, pudgy, white-bearded creature that was fond of my company. Parading around, we took photos, we shared a salad sandwich and even fed the ducks together at a rather small pond (puddle) in the middle of the property.

It came time to leave, so I went to exit the way I came in: through a one-way turnstile activated by the ticket I purchased upon entry. Jonathan seemed quite keen to accompany me, and checking with the keepers, they seemed fine with...

14:54

Could Lucas Heights nuclear complex be threatened by current bushfires? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Unusually for a suburb, Lucas Heights does not contain a residential area. The residential area previously part of Lucas Heights was renamed Barden Ridge in 1996 to increase the real estate value of the area, as it would no longer be instantly associated with the HIFAR nuclear reactor.  [and now the Opal nuclear reactor]

Residents warned not to leave, Sydney fire worsens  SMH, By Jacob Saulwick, 15 April 2018

Fire authorities have issued an emergency warning for some suburbs in south-west Sydney, telling residents to seek shelter.

At about midday on Sunday, residents in Voyager Point, Pleasure Point and Sandy Point were advised not to leave their properties and to protect themselves from the heat of an out-of-control fire.

Residents in Alfords Point, Menai and West Barden Ridge were advised to shelter in place as the bush fire approached.

It is too late to leave, the Rural Fire Service said in a statement.

Firefighters are in these areas and are in place to undertake property protection as required, the RFS said

Electr...

14:50

Photoshop of the day by Luke "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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14:47

WHERE IS WINNIE II "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



Perhaps the commenter at Slater's Blog has worked it out!

Winnie becomes the "Acting PM".
In that role he has a quiet word with Soimin who agrees!
Mr once 7% now elevated by cunning in spite of falling to around 2% informs the Gov Gen that due to emerging threats to the NZ economy he has withdrawn his support for the Hydra and can now produce a majority in the Parliament with the National Party!

Alas Ms Bennett will decide to resign as Deputy leader to be replaced in time and the 41st PM will serve until the next election.

By then the Charlatan General can retire with his legacy, such as it will have become, plus a knighthood while the country can just suck it up.
The moronic cult followers including 'Medals',  His Provincial white knight set up to fail in the energy fiasco. and "I know where the bodies are buried" Tracy Martin can do sweet F all unles they are about to give up the money and perks.
Makes what is happening almost plausible, while all other scenarios struggle. for comprehensible rationalisation.
Almost a bloodless Coup d'etat, and afaik within the parameters of what we have for constitutional government process.


14:30

Old white man of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

How many times has Julie Anne Genter lifted all the carpets from the floor of her Auckland home, carried them outside, hung them over a line, and enjoyed the lovely exercise of beating the dust from her carpets and rugs with her wicker carpet beater? The number of times that has occurred is probably equal [] The post Old white man of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

antinomian  denoting or relating to antinomians or their beliefs.; person who believes that Christians are released by grace from the obligation of observing the moral law; one who rejects a socially established morality; rejecting the authority of moral or religious law.

14:00

Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

What is something that people do in traffic or on public transport that drives you crazy? What is something you have won? How did you win it? The post Lets talk appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:30

Yanks show Muslim loudmouth the door "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Speed the day that I no longer have to hear this screeching ninnies name, but Islamo-foghorn Yassmin Abdel-Magied is in the news again. Which must be a relief to her: not being the centre of attention for two whole days was probably bringing on withdrawal symptoms for this grease-seeking squeaky wheel. Anyway, she has been [] The post Yanks show Muslim loudmouth the door appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:28

"Weekly Fukushima Update, 4/14/2018: 16,679.7 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.
- Shiva

Updated April 14, 2018: Fukushima Equals 16,679.7 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow; There is No Place On Earth to Escape the Rad: The 3 melted-through cores of the destroyed reactors, now melted together into a single "corium" totaling over 600 tons, at Fukushima daily release the radioactive equivalent of 6.45 Hiroshima bombs directly into the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean. As of April 14, 2018 - 2,586 days since the disaster began - this equals the detonation of 16,679.7 Hiroshima atomic bombs and it is still going strong, with no end in sight, considering that the half-life of uranium-238 is about 4.47 billion years and that of uranium-235 is 704 million years. There is no technology...

13:07

Tour of the Moon "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

NASA has released a video tour of the Moon. Take a virtual tour of the Moon in all-new 4K resolution, thanks to data provided by NASAs Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. As the visualization moves around the near side, far side, north and south poles, we highlight interesting features, sites, and information gathered on the lunar []

13:00

Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Not sure how many Whaleoilers are interested in classical music but here is a phenomenon that has come and gone with the NZSO. The Naughton sisters are twins and, although they have some separateness, their combination in two-piano pieces is pure magic. This video is of their encore in the season just ended. These twins, of Asian-American [] The post Mental health break appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:30

Lefties just dont get the math "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In response to a recent post, Paul made this comment: Quote: The old joke went : Im the first in my family to Vote Conservative really? what happened she asked? well, I learnt to read he said but rather than Reading , Ive become convinced the fundamental difference between Lefties and Righties is Maths. [] The post Lefties just dont get the math appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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11:30

Facebook: Its not just the data you should be worried about. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Karl du Fresne takes a friendly stab at Facebook. Quote: I note that $80 billion was wiped off the value of Facebooks shares following a scandal over privacy breaches.End quote. Also around one in ten American Facebook users have ditched the site. Quote: []Schadenfreude the enjoyment of other peoples misfortunes can be strangely [] The post Facebook: Its not just the data you should be worried about. appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:00

Squeegee gets a 150 dollar fine and ordered to cease all further enterprise "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Gary AKA Lord Jesus made an appearance on Police Ten Seven this week. For anyone interested he can still be seen live, at least for another three days, before On demand terminate his episode once and for all. Lord Jesus is a windscreen specialist who has been working at the lights since he was in [] The post Squeegee gets a 150 dollar fine and ordered to cease all further enterprise appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:30

Facebook: Sorry not sorry "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Facebook has apologised to Voice of Europe for accidentally removing content from its page. Voice of Europe writes: A lot has happened since we became a successful page on Facebook. We have been threatened, censored and suspended by [Facebook] But yesterday there were new developments. One of our moderators received an email from Facebook saying: Hello, One [] The post Facebook: Sorry not sorry appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:04

NZL STAND OUT STANDING OUT "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

DPF on Kiwiblog here sez it all in covering off St Jacinda's response to the US/GB/French strikes against Syrian chemical warfare facilities.

While others stood four square behind the action NZL merely 'accepts' the reasoning behind it ... some may consider that damning it with faint praise.

One can fairly question the influence that our Putin's poodle foreign minister had in watering down our statement of 'support'.

10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: From a houseboat cruising on the canals in Kerala.   ** Dear readers please send us your photos if you want VFYW to continue.  Please try to ensure that part of the window is in the photo. It doesnt have to be taken from a [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Invitation of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Invitation of the Day April Postcard Pack

There are times when I have no idea what comes next & its the thing Ive come to love most about being alive: leaning in to hear the invitation of each day & feeling my whole body melt when I say yes, yes, yes  Invitation of the Day  2018 Brian Andreas posted with permission.

You can buy books, posters, cards, ornaments and more and sign up for a daily dose of whimsy like this by email at Story People.

09:30

Ardern a marketing construct and/or a manufactured persona? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In the absence of any supporting facts, Ardern decided to call the situation at Middlemore emblematic, a label which seems to mean it can still be used for political purposes even if it is not true.

Audrey Young NZ Herald  Emphasis by Adam

This comment by Ms Young, in her opinion piece, was preceded by:-

Ardern and Robertson began in earnest on Monday to blame the previous Government for anticipated limitations of the Budget on May 17.

In the days leading up to Mondays press conference, both had variously suggested former Health Minister Jonathan Coleman had been responsible for leaky buildings at Middlemore and that desperate health boards had been using their capital expenditure on operational expenditure (pretty much a sackable offence).

The comment quoted at the beginning of this post clearly says that Audrey Young does not believe what Ardern and Robertson said was true.

In fact it was a shame that she did not go stronger on how Ardern and Robertson were so keen to traduce Coleman. There is evidence that the Counties- Manukau DHB did not raise the sewage issue with either Coleman or David Clark.

Let us remember as well that during the 2017 election campaign, Ardern famously said this in the Second Debate moderated by Patrick Gower

Video from You Tube Whaleoil channel

Let us be clear she said:

Ardern answered simply, saying she did believe it was possible to be a politician without lying.

Then Matthew Hooton wrote in his recent NZ Herald piece:-

Former Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has been most derided for his alleged failure to be on top of his job.

But, just two-and-a-half weeks ago, new Health Minister David Clark and local MP Louisa Wall also denied being told about the watertightness issue, let alone the sewage-in-the-walls story.

Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) didnt mention the issue when it presented to Parliaments health select committee in February....

09:30

Its the colour of a public-private partnership that matters most "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A public-private partnership to run a prison is a definite no-no according to the Greens spokesman. A public-private partnership to build a road is a definite no-no according to the Greens spokeswoman. A public-private partnership to build a school is a definite no-no according to the Greens spokeswoman. In fact, it seems that public-private partnerships [] The post Its the colour of a public-private partnership that matters most appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

Oscars Song: 1939 Over The Rainbow "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From the Wizard of Oz

Judy Garland sings the classic

09:00

Whaleoil music quiz "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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08:53

Jessie Joe Parker has two milestones in his sights for Whitehaven "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

timesandstar.co.uk | April 14, 2018

JESSIE Joe Parker will reach one milestone on Sunday and should make it to another.
Jessie Joe Parker: Need one more to record his 100th career try.

The popular, laid-back Papua New Guinea centre will make his 150th appearance for Haven against West Wales.
If he gets over the Raiders line it will be to record his 100th career try.
Seventeen of those tries were scored for his first English club Featkherstone in only 15 appearances during the 2010 season.
After a brief spell with Wakefield in 2011 he joined Haven the following year and has been a fixture in the team ever since.
Parker was on the score-sheet on Sunday at Coventry for his 99th career try.
His eyes will light up when he sees that Sundays visitors West Wales have conceded 204 points in just three League One games.
On their last visit to west Cumbria they crashed 72-6 at Workington Town, playing the whole game with just one option from the inter-change bench.
Already seen as the League One whipping boys, the Raiders are desperate for a good result to kick-start their season.
Haven player coach Carl Forster is mindful of the Raiders poor record, but insists there will be no complacency.
It wont be a question of going into the game with one eye on Rochdale Hornets in the Challenge Cup tie the following week.
We will be completely focused on West Wales and on ensuring we get the points to maintain our top four push, he said.
Bradfords defeat at Workington on Sunday suggests it is going to be a really open league this season.
At least half of the 14-strong...

08:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Water schemes left high and dry Annette Scott:

The canning of Crown funding for water schemes is a kick in the guts for rural communities, especially when six regions have been declared in drought this year, National Party agriculture spokesman Nathan Guy says.

This Government has now raided $100 million and effectively pulled the plug on any lifeline for rural communities, Guy said.

These projects, such as Hunter Downs and Hurunui, are about rural communities providing for much wider regional development and what needs to be remembered is that this Crown funding is not a grant. Its a loan and its all paid back. . . 

Jeff Grant becomes Kiwi meats Brexit rep:

OSPRI and AgResearch chairman Jeff Grant has been appointed at the meat industrys Brexit representative to be based in London.

On behalf of Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the Meat Industry Association the former National MP will provide the red meat sectors response to Brexit.

Grant will work closely with B+LNZs Europe representative, the Government and commercial interests to help strengthen the red meat sectors ties with the United Kingdom and safeguard NZs exports to the key market. . . 

Ploughing with horses luck of the draw Nicole Sharp:

Straight and steady is the aim of the game, but it is no easy task with Anna and Nugget, who have minds of their own.

The two Clydesdales are part of Sean Leslie and Casey Raes horse ploughing team, from Middlemarch, which will be competing at the New Zealand Ploughing Championships in Thornbury this weekend.

They are one of six horse teams competing in the event and they will attempt to plough the straightest, neatest and tidiest plot, but a lot of it was luck of the draw, Mr Leslie said.

It does depend on soil conditions and being able to tackle it and master it. . . 

Auckland Council rates policy fails to value private land conservation:

...

08:30

Local MP Jonathan Young is pretty mad "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jonathan Young is the local MP in New Plymouth. He is pretty mad as he writes in the Taranaki Daily News:. Quote: Im not disappointed Im angry! A kick in the guts, a wrecking ball for the region, killing the golden goose. All these phrases express the emotional response to the Ardern-Peters Governments announcement [] The post Local MP Jonathan Young is pretty mad appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:27

Papua New Guinea Defence Force buys 4 P-750s from troubled New Zealand planemaker "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

nzherald.co.nz

For staff at Hamilton planemaker Pacific Aerospace, the work day has become a waiting game.


Waiting for a judge to hand down a sentence for illegal indirect exports to North Korea, waiting to hear who is leaving next, waiting for news of some firm orders, waiting for the redundancy rumours to turn to fact.
Sources say the privately-owned Waikato business icon, which traces its origins back to the 1950s, is a workplace riddled with uncertainty, the worst atmosphere they can recall on a site which, by the very nature of its industry, has survived plenty of ups and downs.
The chief financial officer and the commercial general manager left within a month of each other this year. Since late last year, say sources, other staff have been heading for the door, either squeezed out or seeking better job security elsewhere. Only one complete aircraft has been rolled out of the Hamilton hangar since February last year, said one source.
Chief executive and shareholder Damian Camp concedes cashflow has been "tight" and that last year was challenging. But he says the future is "positive", with solid orders in the pipeline and a new aircraft type soon to be rolled out.
The company is known for its multi-purpose P-750 XSTOL (extreme takeoff and landing) aircraft. The planes are believed to sell for about $2 million apiece, though the exact price depends on the specifications of each plane.
"Tight cashflows are not unusual for us, at times it gets pretty bumpy," says Camp. "It's about timing deliveries and payments against those deliveries. It's normal stuff."
Underpinning staff jitters is a joint venture with Chinese state-owned aviation juggernaut Beijing Automotive, promoted in 2016 as solving Pacific Aerospace's historic cashflow troughs and peaks once and for all.
Back then, Camp said "a $30 million company that's been pottering along" would, thanks to the joint venture, double annual production and delivery of its P-750 aircraft from 2017, with at least 20 planes to be made that year. Half would go to China and the rest to markets Pacific Aerospace had established itself before the partnership with the Chinese, he said. Forty aircraft a year would soon be rolling out of Hamilton.
But all manufactur...

08:22

Overboard Passenger from Pacific Dawn Raises Questions Regarding P&O Cruises' Credibility "IndyWatch Feed National"

The disappearance of a 47 year-old woman last week from P&O Cruises' Pacific Dawn was one of 213 people overboard from cruise ships in the last decade and one of 7 disappearances in less than 4 months this year alone. The incident raises the fundamental issue whether it is, in fact, possible for someone to fall off a cruise ship. 

I have written about nearly 200 overboard incidents since I started this blog eight and a-half years ago.  The single most common comment which I hear is that it's impossible for someone to fall off of a cruise ship. When I reported on the recent overboard incident on the Pacific Dawn, the first comment was passengers don't just fall off of a cruise ship.

But based on some of the eye-witness accounts, that is exactly what might have happened on the Pacific Dawn. 

The 47-year-old passenger from Brisbane, Australia, was reportedly with her husband on an exterior Pacific Dawn Overboarddeck, about 15 feet away from where other passengers were playing table tennis inside the cruise ship. Several passengers said the woman "went outside to vomit as she was seasick," according to an Australian newspaper the Courier Mail.

One eye-witness told the Courier Mail that the woman began to vomit while leaning over a railing when she lost her footing and went overboard.

Another passenger, who expressed condolences to the family of the woman, posted a somber photograph (right) of an empty deck and the railing where the woman apparently went overboard. The low railings immediately caught my eye. 

A standard sized life-ring, which you can see mounted slightly above the deck, is only 28-30 inches in diameter, which suggests that the top of the top of railing is probably no more than a total of 40 to 42 inches in height. 

One of the eye-witnesses took a photograph of the railing (below right) which was published in several newspapers. The photo shows four crew members standing around the deck railing. Two of the crew members are leaning on the railing with one crew member is standing in the middle nearby the railing, which appears to barely come to the crew members' waists and the middle crew member's hips.

Several years ago, when I attended a series of Congressional hearings in....

08:10

US-led strikes in Syria without UNSC mandate a violation of international law Putin "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The US and its allies struck civil and military facilities in Syria, violating the UN Charter and international law, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, responding to the American-French-British intervention in Syria. Andrew Cheetham Davidicke.com Washington launched an aggression against a sovereign state which is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism, the statement from []

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08:00

The chips are down "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

No more exploration for oil and gas.  A smug pronouncement from the comrade whose only real job has been standing beside a natural-gas-heated vat, cooking fish and chips. But, add all the fish and chip fryers together, throw in the other commercial uses, add in all the domestic users and, for good measure, the farmers, [] The post The chips are down appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

The double standards of Greens when it comes to human rights "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Shalom.Kiwi writes: Green MPs Marama Davidson and Golriz Ghahraman demonstrated selective outrage last week, suggesting that their concern for human rights in the Middle East extends only so far as Israel can be blamed. In the space of one week they stridently and publicly condemned Israel for protecting its border and population from Hamas-instigated violent protests, [] The post The double standards of Greens when it comes to human rights appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:17

Chemical weapons bad, barrel bombs, mass executions, starvation ok? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

As horrible as chemical weapons are, it does seem a bit selective to condemn them while turning a blind eye to, or aiding and abetting,  atrocities by other means in Syria. The US, UK and French missile strikes on Syria are largely symbolic, and mask a much wider problem. Jonathan Schanzer (Fox News): Why targeting []

07:00

A plan so cunning "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

you could put a tail on it and call it a weasel. I have a theory. I admit, it is a mad one, but bear with me. Ive been thinking this for some time, but the shenanigans over the oil and gas industry finally convinced me. Something is going on. Jacinda Ardern is shaping [] The post A plan so cunning appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:58

Not quite a nuclear free moment on climate change "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jacinda Ardern ramped up climate change and fossil fuel debates this week when announcing a freeze on any more off-shore oil and gas exploration licenses. While she may have put the cart before the horseless carriage this is really just the beginning of a conversation aka consultation on New Zealands future energy use. []

06:30

Audrey Young tries a different flavour of Kool-Aid, spits it out and goes back to the old flavour "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Knock me down with a feather  Audrey Young has written something nice about National. Quote: There was a time when Leader of the Opposition used to be called the worst job in politics. That was before Simon Bridges got it. There hasnt been a happier Opposition Leader. The Government has had three miserable weeks out [] The post Audrey Young tries a different flavour of Kool-Aid, spits it out and goes back to the old flavour appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Hit & Run Parker announces an inquiry "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Authors Nicky Hager, (left), and Jon Stephenson with their book, Hit & Run. Photo / Mark Mitchell

Some takes on the announcement of an inquiry

RNZ- Hager and Stephenson welcome inquiry

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/mnr-20180412-0745-hit_and_run_hager_stephenson_welcome_inquiry-128.mp3

One of the authors of the book Hit and Run is over the moon the government has launched an inquiry into its allegations. Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson claimed innocent Afghan civilians were killed in a botched raid led by New Zealands elite SAS soldiers in 2010 and that the incident was covered up by the military. The Attorney General David Parker says the public needs to have confidence in the Defence Force, and an inquiry is warranted.

NZ Herald has this from Barry Soper

There was never any doubt that Labour was going to order an inquiry into what wenton in Afghanistan almost eight years ago when the SAS was involved in a raid, along with American helicopter gunships, on two remote villages.

And theres little doubt in what this inquiry, with two million bucks being thrown at it for starters, will come up with the allied forces were under fire and responded.

Tragically six civilians were killed, but even the definition of some of those civilians is debatable given what the Attorney General David Parker tells us.

Hes now seen video of the raid and says claims in the book Hit and Run, written by Nicky Hagar and Jon Stephenson, that they were defenceless villages he doesnt accept, he thinks there were armed people present.

He doesnt only think it, he obviously knows it having seen the video.

There were two descriptions of the villages under fire in the book.

The first said they contained only a few farmers and mostly women, children and elderly peopl...

06:24

Big overseas trip for Ardern and for the Government "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has set off on an international trip for a couple of weeks. It began with a visit to the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast yesterday. She then goes to Europe to meet with the leaders of Germany and France, and then on to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) []

06:07

Last day of Commonwealth Games "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ive been enjoying coverage of the Commonwealth Games its a rare opportunity to watch sport at a high level in many things. I particularly like cycling and athletics, as well as a number of other sports theres been some very good squash and beach volleyball (mens, I find the attire of some of []

06:00

So much for positive news over Jacindas nuclear free moment "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Labour and Jacinda Ardern havent had any positive press from their economic sabotage announcement on Thursday. Jo Moir joins the columnists bad mouthing the government: Quote. Nobody can say the Prime Minister isnt serious about clean energy shes driving an electric car around Auckland  but yet again her Government is fighting fires in regional [] The post So much for positive news over Jacindas nuclear free moment appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Pathetic Ardern found wanting again! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

RNZ reports

Ardern was interviewed on NZs reaction to the action by USA, UK and France against Syria.

Ardern was interviewed from the Commonwealth Games, where she took time out from photo ops to respond to media

The response was poor . It only accepted the response,it did not support. Again the PM seemed more concerned not to upset Russia than to seek to apply any limited pressure we might have to Russia and its client state.

Ardern waffled and wittered about the UN, bizarrely as the use of the veto means the UN is effectively powerless. Another example of her lack of any real understanding.

Even weirder was a statement about the Allies not asking for NZ support.

If she meant military, why would they as we have none to speak of in such a context. If she meant political then there are two reasons that come to mind:

  • A not unreasonable expectation that as Five Eyes members and longstanding allies NZ would support the action without needing to be pressured; or
  • And worryingly that given response over Salisbury that NZ is no longer seen as worthy of seeking support from

This, if the case bodes ill for the future.

Joint US, British and French military forces hit the capital, Damascus, targeting alleged chemical weapons sites.

Ms Ardern made comments about Syria from the Gold Coast where she is attending the Commonwealth Games.

New Zealand supports a diplomatic approach and the use of a multilateral environment to try to resolve these issues but in this case that wasnt possible because of Russias veto powers at the Security Council which prevented that course of action, Ms Ardern said.

Ms Ardern said Russias use of the veto was something we absolutely condemn and will continue to condemn.

She said the veto prevents countries from being able to take a unified position.

Not really, as even without the veto any resolution would be a split vote thus no unity.

Under the circumstances though it is understandable and we accept why the US and others have taken the military action that they have, our view is though now is the time to return to the table, to the UN to resolve these issues.

...

05:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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05:30

Perfectly executed, restrained Syria missile strike applauded and slammed "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

After days of rhetoric and threats the US, UK and France launched a strike against Syrian government targets yesterday. The talking game has resumed. BBC Syria air strikes: Trump hails perfect mission The US, UK and France attacked three government sites, targeting what they said were chemical weapons facilities. More than 100 missiles struck []

05:29

Mid Week Quiz No. 117 Answers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The latest challenge can be done by scrolling down to April 11.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers below.     What was the exact of date of the Wahine disaster? (April 10 1968)   George Grey was both a governor and a premier of New []

05:15

Has your Whaleoil subscription expired? Do you want to upgrade or change your sub? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up or be because your credit card has expired or be because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. or be because of insufficient funds If you want to update [] The post Has your Whaleoil subscription expired? Do you want to upgrade or change your sub? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:05

Bang, Bang, Boom: The Risks Of Firing Rod Rosenstein "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

JONATHAN TURLEY


Below is my column in The Hill newspaper on the danger of President Donald Trump firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Reports still indicate that Trump is pushing to fire Rosenstein a move that would seriously undermine both his political and legal position.

Here is the column:

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05:02

Cohen Puffs As Judge Fumes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

JONATHAN TURLEY

download-1I have been a long critic of Michael Cohen, who has a reputation of a reckless and unprofessional lawyer.  Cohen could not have taken a more disastrous course for his client, Donald Trump, and he has maximized the potential costs for both himself and his client.  Now, as a judge was holding a hearing on his motion to protect his files, Cohen took upon himself to not only skip the hearing but sit outside in New York smoking a cigars. He even joked that he wanted the pictures snapped by the awaiting reporters.  The judge in the meantime was reportedly irritated by his absence at this critical hearing over his allegedly confidential files.

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05:00

Sunday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Sundays soapbox is yours to use as you will within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. Youre welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

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Science describes accurately from outside. poetry describes accurately from inside. Science explicates, poetry implicates, both celebrate what they describe. Ursula K. Le Guin

05:00

Auckland- storm recovery- why power is still out? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/ckpt-20180413-1717-auckland_power_outage_why_is_it_taking_so_long-128.mp3

The first clip is with a family then an interview with Vectors CEO

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/ckpt-20180413-1720-9000_auckland_properties_still_without_power-128.mp3

Checkpoint ran a couple of clips on Friday on the lengthy power outage for some post the recent storm.

Problem some questions raised in the first clip were not subsequently addressed, including a couple of rather political remarks.

In the second clip Campbell was disinclined to listen to points made by the interviewee which did not align with Campbells agenda.

So the items could have been so much better.

05:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:00

Works Minister Nali under pressure in roads corruption case "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Brian Alois
Brian Alois
Michael Nali
Michael Nali

KEITH JACKSON

PORT MORESBY Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) has demanded that Works Minister Michael Nali provide evidence that a senior Works Department officer was lying when he said contracts for road construction has been corruptly inflated.

President of the PNG Institute of Engineers Brian Alois who is Momase regional works manager, was suspended by the Works Department after making a presentation at a national planning summit on the economics of building roads in Papua New Guinea.

Mr Alois had spoken at the invitation of National Planning Minister Richard Maru.

In his presentation, Mr Alois provided details of the spiralling costs of each kilometre of road construction, saying it currently costs up to an average of K3 million a kilometre.

He said the PNG government is paying well in excess of what it should for road construction and maintenance projects, referring to inflated contract prices and deficient tendering processes.

The Works Department then suspended Mr Alois and Minister Nali accused him of lying.

TIPNG has come out strongly with a public statement saying the Department must present data to justify the suspension of Mr Alois.

Otherwise the public can a...

04:55

Steele Dossier may have been correct after all! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Steeles dossier commented a 2016 meeting in Prague. Cohen now confirmed as having been in Prague having previously denied it.

Second clip covers some of the issues raised if Cohen was in Prague, but lied to Congress about it.

04:30

Faces of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is incompetence (noun) The quality or state of being incompetent. Incompetent (adj) (a) Lacking qualities necessary for effective conduct or action. (b) Inadequate for or unsuited to a particular purpose or application. (c) Not functioning properly in the body. (noun) An incompetent person. Source : The Free Dictionary [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 15 20 Sensible children bring joy to their father; foolish children despise their mother. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Bomkop The time strange objects fell upon Simbu "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

An unexploded World War II bomb
An unexploded World War II bomb

MATHIAS KIN

KUNDIAWA - Apart from a few incidents, World War II had little impact on the highlands of Papua New Guinea. However, there was one tragedy that occurred in Simbu.

This event is remembered well by the people of Elimbari, near Chuave in western Simbu.

Sometime during the war, probably in 1944, an American military aircraft encountering problems while flying over the Central Highland area jettisoned its load of bombs.

The bombs landed near Mount Elimbari in the vicinity of Wangoi village some kilometres east of Monono Lutheran mission station.

One of the bombs exploded on impact but caused no casualties. The other two bombs did not explode and remained in the area.

One morning, sometime after the war, a man of the Yagari tribe went hunting in the bush with his dog at Garmar under Mount Elimbari. As they were hunting, his dog sniffed something in the ground and barked and then began using its paws to dig into the ground.

A strange object was exposed.

The man came back to check what was happening and saw a big metallic object, mostly buried in the ground. He tried to pull it out but it was heavy and solidly stuck.

The man returned quickly to Wangoi village and then came back to the bomb site with more men whereupon they dug out the object.

It was big, heavy and as shiny as the metal roof of the mission houses and the axes the mission and kiaps had given them.

Discussing what it was, they concluded that many of the good things the white men had brought would be inside. They tried to break the object open with sticks and stones but it was too strong.

The people then carried the strange object back to the village, having strung it to a pole which was carried by two people. The story of the strange discovery travelled and many people from the Kegu and Wanogu clans came to see it.

Wanting to see what the object contained, the people made a bed of split dry casuarina wood,...

Tony Backhouse talks with Kim Hill on a capella and other things "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

RNZ Kim Hill Saturday

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/sat-20180414-1105-tony_backhouse_-_a_cappella-128.mp3

Tony Backhouse was a founding member of The Crocodiles, and after the bands demise in 1981, moved to Australia and continued playing, performing and arranging with a range of Trans-Tasman artists including Dave Dobbyn, Tim Finn, Renee Geyer and Joe Walsh. He moved into a cappella and gospel music in the mid-1980s, and has gone on to compose and arrange for a cappella choirs, as well as teaching and touring those interested to areas of the world in which gospel choirs are popular including the southern states of the US. He also performs and records with pianist/composer Peter Dasent under the Blessed Relief umbrella, with Fane Flaws in No Engine and with both Peter Dasent and Fane Flaws as The Bend.

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03:20

Media watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:10

Open Forum Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:00

Lets make Belt & Road a model in the Pacific: foreign ministers "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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PNG foreign minister Rimbink Pato meets Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi in Beijing on Friday (Xinhua)

STAFF REPORTER | Xinhua

BEIJING - Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi on Friday met with visiting Papua New Guinean foreign minister Rimbink Pato.

China is supporting PNG in holding the annual summit of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) this year and is ready to enhance bilateral coordination and cooperation under the APEC framework, Mr Wang said.

He also said Chinese president Xi Jinping will visit PNG for the APEC economic leaders' meeting in November.

Both sides should take this opportunity to promote bilateral cooperation in various fields and deepen cooperation in the Belt and Road Initiative, as well as making joint efforts to maintain the multilateral trading system and push the bilateral strategic partnership into a new era, Mr Wang said.

Mr Pato said the people of PNG are looking forward to President Xi's visit, adding that PNG is ready to work with China to boost cooperation in the Belt and Road Initiative so as to make it a model in the Pacific region.

02:30

Zuckerberg testifies- Day 2 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mark Zuckerberg testifies to House of Representatives

Full video

Again far too many of the questioners either grandstanded, were ill informed or both.

Saturday, 14 April

19:11

Racism in the universities "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

(We recently published Bob Brockies article about Maori groups putting pressure on the Royal Society and Otago University to have the Treaty and Maori viewpoints central in all scientific investigation.(Scroll down to April 10.) Bud Jones points out below that Victoria University of Wellington has caught some of the contagion.)  Serious questions on spiritualism, religiosity []

18:19

The week to 15 April in nuclear news Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

US, British and French forces  launched air strikes on chemical weapons sites in Syria. Russia claims that most  missiles fired were intercepted by Syrian air defence systems using Soviet-produced hardware.  We all hope that this will not escalate, at present it being a targeted attack in response to Syrias illegal use of chemical weapons.

Accelerating rate of heat increasing in oceans, especially around Australia. Even America might now wake up to global warming  A major climate boundary in the central U.S. has shifted 140 miles due to global warming

AUSTRALIA

Australian govt plans for nuclear waste dump in rural South Australia. Kimba area local communities to have a Postal Ballot on this BUT the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility  Taskforce is NOT truthfully informing people.

Still the Senate has published only 19 mainly pro nuclear submissions. You can bet that Holtec and other nuclear-related companies have sent in unpublished ones. Meanwhile, here are some of the better submissions so far (more to come later):

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