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Thursday, 19 April


Scientists stumble upon hundreds of octopus moms in the deep sea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Scientists exploring a patch of the seafloor some 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) deep inside the Pacific Ocean have accidentally stumbled upon a large nursery of octopus mothers. A team of geochemists had gone looking for warm water seeping out of cracks on the Dorado Outcrop, an expanse of rocky seafloor made of cooled lava from an underwater volcano, located about 250 kilometers (155 miles) west of Costa Rica. The researchers did find the warm seeps, but they also discovered hundreds of purple octopuses clustered around those seeps, nearly all of them guarding a clutch of eggs. When the researchers returned the next year in 2014, they saw the same thing: octopuses with eggs huddled around a network of cracks on the rocky bottom. The focus of [our] expeditions to Dorado Outcrop was to study a cool hydrothermal system. In doing so, we discovered this fascinating congregation of brooding octopuses, Geoffrey Wheat of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, said in a statement. To maximize the scientific return of the expeditions, we shared the video with deep-sea biologists, whose research led to this publication. Footage of this unusual octopus assembly surprised Janet Voight, associate curator of zoology at the Field Museum in Chicago, U.S. When I first saw the photos, I was like No, they shouldnt be there! Not that deep and not that many of them, Voight said. To my knowledge there had been no reports of octopuses at this or comparable depths off between southern California and Peru. One of


Lawyer gave his life to protest over climate pollution "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

As a metaphor for the destruction of the planet, David Buckel doused himself in fossil fuel before starting a fire. He hoped his macabre death would lead to increased action on climate change.

Here is a hope that giving a life might bring some attention to the need for expanded actions, and help others give a voice to our home, and Earth is heard. ()

Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves. ()

Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather. Our present grows more desperate, our future needs more than what weve been doing.
~ Excerpts from David Buckels protest suicide note

Climate change is killing people. And not always in the ways you maybe had imagined it would happen.

Why didnt I take the issue more seriously? Why didnt I talk with my children about it? Why didnt I help them with finding solutions?

You may start asking yourself that kind of questions if one morning you are woken up by Police knocking on your door to inform you that your daughter has killed herself as a way to call for increased action on climate change.

I say that because in the city where I live, residents generally...


PNG PM O'Neill begins CHOGM Meeting with Courtesy call to the Duke of York "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister,  Peter ONeill  has begun his range of high level meetings at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) with a courtesy call to HRH Prince Andrew KG, GCVO, CD, ADC, The Duke of York.

During the meeting at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, the Prime Minister and the Duke of York discussed issues of relevance for Papua New Guinea and the Commonwealth.
Prince Andrew is clearly concerned by the recent Highlands earthquake and expressed his sympathies following the disaster, the Prime Minister said from London.

In almost all of our CHOGM-related meetings today, for myself, the Foreign Minister, and senior officials, there was clear concern at the loss of life in the earthquake.

We certainly thank Prince Andrew and our Commonwealth counterparts for their concern, and the support that has been received from partner countries for relief operations.

There are a number of Commonwealth countries that experience earthquakes and other natural disasters, and it is important to share information to enhance planning and future responses.

The recent disaster was a shock to our country and the Commonwealth, as a large earthquake has not been experienced in the Highlands for one hundred years.

The Prime Minister said his discussion with the Duke of York was wide-ranging and covered a range of issues relevant to development and regional engagement.

Prince Andrew is certainly familiar with Papua New Guinea, having visited our country as recently as the Pacific Games in 2015.

"One of the important messages that we are carrying to our Commonwealth partners and business representatives is that Papua New Guinea is a country that is changing.
"We are transforming our nation from traditional communities to a modernising economy in the space of a generation.

"This brings with it challenges, but is also changing lives, particularly over the past seven years that our Government has been in office.

"Particularly in the area of healthcare and education, Prince Andrew is familiar with development in other Commonwealth countries so his views and observations are welcome.

"The policies that we are delivering in education and healthcare is delivering clear benefits to our people and empowering our young generation.

"Around the Commonwealth, a range of development models and policies have been implement with varying results.



The Late Movie: North Sea Hijack (1980) "IndyWatch Feed"

Roger Moore and James Mason lead a pretty good cast in this Andrew V. Mclaglen film


World watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


April 20 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1303 The University of Rome La Sapienza was instituted by Pope Boniface VIII.

1453 The last naval battle in Byzantine history when three Genoese galleys escorting a Byzantine transport fought their way through the huge Ottoman blockade fleet and into the Golden Horn.

1494 Johannes Agricola, German Protestant reformer was born (d. 1566) .

1534  Jacques Cartier began the voyage during which he discovered Canada and Labrador.

1535 The Sun Dog phenomenon observed over Stockholm and depicted in the famous painting Vdersolstavlan

1653  Oliver Cromwell dissolved the Rump Parliament.

1657 Admiral Robert Blake destroyed a Spanish silver fleet under heavy fire at Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

1657  Freedom of religion  was granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam (later New York City).

1689 The former King James II of England,  then deposed, lay siege to Derry.

1775 American Revolutionary War: the Siege of Boston began.

1792 France declared war on Austria, beginning of French Revolutionary Wars.

1809 Two Austrian army corps in Bavaria are defeated by a First French Empire army led by Napoleon I of France at the Battle of Abensberg on the second day of a four day campaign which ended in a French victory.

1810 The Governor of Caracas declared independence from Spain.



Sandy Hook Saga: Parents Suing Jones For Cruel and Dangerous Assertions "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Do you believe Sandy Hook was a False Flag? If so, then is a case of crisis actors yet again? It seems unlikely to me. Regardless of ones beliefs, this should be taken as indication that Alt. Media needs to tread carefully! AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) The parents of two children killed in the 2012 []

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366 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Weve been having heating problems again.

The weather has been warm, so we havent missed it too much,  and the fix-it man turned up today, worked his magic and got the motor which heats the water which heats the house going again for which Im grateful.


2018 dates confirmed "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Hi everyone and sorry for not getting an update out to you all a bit sooner!!!

We have set the dates for the 2018 Walkatjurra Walkabout and the bus will be leaving Fremantle on the 5th of August, returning on September 3rd.

You can register here
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For those of you that have been on the walks over the last 7 years, or have been on one of the many road trips that the Bardi Bus has taken, we are reaching out to you to GIVE SOME LOVE TO THE BARDI BUS.

We have just got back from Western Australias first radioactive exposure tour and the Bardi Bus needed some new bearings, Tyres and a few minor repairs. We also had to put her in for an inspection and pay the insurance and registration. This all came to around $4,000 and we are a little bit short!!!

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New undersea cable initiative to improve internet speed and cost in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The multi-million undersea cable that Australia will fund, construct and hand-over to Papua New Guinea will transform information technology communications, according to the Minister for for Communications, Information Technology and Energy Sam Basil.

It will help move Papua New Guinea closer to faster, more reliable and affordable IT telecommunication services.

The new Coral Sea cable will bring benefits in greater speeds and bandwidth (10 terabits per second on each fibre compared to 1000 gigabits per second now). It will be 200 times faster than the existing cables and definitely reduce the cost of internet to the consumer..

The pricing structure is yet to be determined which will also depend on the wholesale costings by Dataco. But it will greatly reduce the overall cost of internet in the country and make us competitive in internet costs with other countries.

Minister Basil has thrown his ministerial support including line Government agencies Department of Information and Communications (DCI), National Information Communications Technology Authority (NICTA), and the National Broadcasting Corporation(NBC) to the underseas cable project.

I am also calling on all line agencies which are not directly under my ministry and all National Government stakeholders - to provide every support and assistance to this project which will ensure reliability, affordability and speed in IT communications in the country, the ICT Minister said.

Minister Basil wants to see an all-of-Government coordinated approach on this vital ICT infrastructure led by line agencies DCI, NICTA, DataCo, Telikom PNG and backed by stakeholder Departments Treasury, National Planning, Finance and APEC ICT.

Basil said this in a statement issued after a Meeting with officials from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade led by Deputy Secretary Ms Penny Williams and Australian High Commission in Port Moresby led by Minister-Counselor Mr Benedict David on Monday. Officials from the DFAT-engaged projector developer Vocus were also present in NICTA Office conference room.

Mr Basil was supported by PNG ICT officials led by acting Secretary of Department of Information and Communications, Mr Paulias Korni and National Information Communications Technology Authority Chief Executive, Mr Charles Punana.

The building of the undersea cable will improve telecommunications connec...


Cancer awareness at Tatana Primary School "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea Cancer Foundation (PNGCF) carried out a cancer awareness program today in Tatana village, Port Moresby.
PNGCF, in partnership with ExxonMobil (PNG) Ltd, conducted its second Healthy Teens School Program (HTSP) for 2018 to the upper primary school students grade 6, 7 and 8 of Tatana Primary School.
PNGCF Health Educator, Jacob Oburi, spoke to the students about what cancer was and how to reduce the risk of acquiring the illness.
He stated that the HTSP was basically about getting the message across to teens in school, especially upper primary and lower secondary school students as they are more susceptible to these habits.
Through this program, we encourage our students not to chew betel-nut, smoke cigarettes, or take alcohol, said Mr Oburi.
We also encourage them to eat healthy. Sometimes we do not want to eat what our mothers cook; we want to eat what we want to eat, but it is important to make healthy choices.
PNGCF Programs Coordinator Priscillar Napoleon stressed on the importance of taking the message home to family and friends to educate them as well about protecting their future from cancer.
Also present at the event, was 2018 Commonwealth Games Weightlifter Silver Medallist Dika Toua, and her sister Thelma who shared their sporting experiences and how important it was to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
The HTSP will continue to conduct cancer awareness programs in Boera, Baruni, Hanuabada and Porebada villages throughout the year.

Picture: students of Tatana Primary School with Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist, Dika Toua. PNGFM


Enquiry to be set over beheading and shooting of youths in Madang "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

An enquiry will be set with a coroners quest to determine the cause of actions by police into the death of youths in Madang in a clash and the beheading of a teacher by criminals that lead to the clash.
ACP Northern Command Peter Guinis said, in the fall of events during the clash, the police reacted in self-defence when patrol bombs were thrown at them resulting in a police officer critically injured and three youths shot at by police.
We will not defend the police if the police were wrong to shoot but with the coroners inquiry set they are ready to answer questions that will be raised said ACP Guinis.
ACP Guinis said preliminary investigations are underway for the deaths that occurred during the unrest.
Meanwhile, Mr Guinis said there are a lot of issues involved in the beheading of the teacher but did not reveal which ones exactly.
He said only investigations will reveal and establish what actually happened.
Guinis has also called for a total cooperation from local leaders in Madang to identify the suspects involved in the beheading of the teacher.
The head has been returned to the relatives and preliminary investigations have commenced and we will need cooperation from local level government leaders, said Mr Guinis.
He added that in these way matters can be sorted out by identifying people involved in the beheading and what actually transpired into the beheading and clash..

Police in Madang:   PNGFM/PNG Today


Thursday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed"

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On living under a hyperreal sky "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

On the morning of 11 August 1993, my partner and I took a train and then a bus from Milan, where we lived, to Courmayeur, an alpine town near the French border. We didnt book any accommodation, but headed with our blankets a little way up Mont Blanc, in search of an open space protected from the lights of the city. It was the night of the Perseids, or tears of Saint Lawrence, when the


Ayn Rand: Phil Donahue interview 1980 "IndyWatch Feed"

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Tech Thursday "IndyWatch Feed"

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The Jordan Peterson Interview "IndyWatch Feed"

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The freebird club: Senior citizens fighting loneliness "IndyWatch Feed"

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The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: April 11 - 17, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes between April 11 and 17, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Ambae, Vanuatu | Langila, New Britain (Papua New Guinea) | Sinabung, Indonesia. Ongoing...... Read more


Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed"

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Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

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.


Corporate tax, inequality & bastard banks "IndyWatch Feed"

Corporate tax is a hot topic in Australia with major corporations lobbying hard for a cut in the tax rate even while the business practices of Australias banks are revealed to one and all as little better than criminal. Aware of the rising inequality driven by multi-national tax minimisation and avoidance, many Australians are justifiably angry. contains Australias top-earning companies (including the likes of Google, Apple, BHP, Glencore & ExxonMobil). In fact, theres a tonne of information at so I thought Id break out a guide for how to search some of the datasets. Ill start with the recipients data.

This data includes the following datasets:

  • AEC political donations data receipts to & from political parties
  • ACNC charities register ABN, address, beneficiaries, electorate
  • ACNC Annual Information Statements Assets, Liabilities, Income, Expenses, Grants/...


Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

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Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed"

What was the happiest or one of the happiest days of your life? If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?   The post Lets talk appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Equivocate  to use equivocal language especially with intent to deceive; to avoid committing oneself in what one says; to use ambiguous or unclear expressions, usually to avoid commitment or in order to mislead; prevaricate or hedge; speak in a way that is intentionally not clear and confusing to other people, especially to hide the truth.


Old white man of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

Quote: Burt Munro, known as the fastest man from New Zealand, became internationally known for the records he broke at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in the 1960s. In eleven record attempting trips to the National Speed Week, the Kiwi broke three world records on his Indian motorcycle one of which still stands [] The post Old white man of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


PNG A Dumping Ground for Inferior Housing "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG is unfortunately a dumping ground for all kinds of inferior products such as electronic goods, clothing, food, etc.  Unfortunately for people wanting to purchase their own home, whether its to live in or for investment purposes, weve also become a bit of a dumping ground for inferior houses and building products.
Co-Founder and Director of PNG construction company Rhodes (PNG) Limited, Andrew Avenell, believes that his  industry should be doing everything it can to mitigate the building and selling of sub-standard homes.  He says that one way to prevent more of these types of houses coming on to the market is to reduce the demand for them through educating the house-buying public.  PNG currently has a relatively unsophisticated house-buying market with many buyers being the first generation in their family to take out a bank loan to purchase a modern, or western-style, house.  People need to be aware that sub-standard homes are on the market and they also need to know how to avoid them.
The advice Rhodes is giving people is to do their homework, shop around, and ask lots of questions.  People have the right to insist on quality and most importantly, ask for evidence of quality.  For example, customers can ask builders and building product suppliers to show them mill certificates to prove that the steel theyre using is high quality galvanised steel as opposed to low carbon and therefore low quality steel.  Likewise, they can demand evidence of Australian Standard (or equivalent) building products and fit out materials.  If the builder cant or wont produce the evidence then its a reasonable indicator that something is amiss and that the quality of the building is potentially suspect.
Other advice Rhodes is giving house buyers is that their home will last longer if they frame it with steel rather than wood.  There is obvious self-interest in this advice as Rhodes builds with steel.  However, its a fact that good quality steel framed homes have a design life of 50+ years whereas good quality termite treatments are typically only guaranteed for a maximum of 25 years.  Avenell points out that most people dont stop to think of the difference between termite resistant and termite  proof.  Steel is termite proof but timber is not.
A significant consideration when it comes to buying a house is obviously affordability.  Advances in technology have resulted in more affordable building materials and building techniques su...


ExxonMobil Announces 84 Percent Increase in Pnyang Resource, Potential Expansion in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

2 trillion cubic feet of gas added to Pnyang field resource estimate
Recoverable resource now estimated at 4.36 trillion cubic feet of gas
Supports three-train LNG plant expansion concept

IRVING, Texas Exxon Mobil Corporation today announced that the size of the natural gas resource at the Pnyang field in Papua New Guinea has increased to 4.36 trillion cubic feet of gas, an 84 percent increase from a previous assessment completed in 2012. The increase supports a potential significant expansion of operations in the country.

The independent recertification study by Netherland Sewell and Associates follows the successful completion in January of the Pnyang South-2 well, located in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea.

The results support ExxonMobils discussions with its joint venture partners on a three-train expansion concept for the PNG LNG liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant near Port Moresby, with one new train dedicated to gas from the Pnyang and PNG LNG fields and two trains dedicated to gas associated with the Papua LNG project.

The increase in the estimated resource size of the Pnyang field helps illustrate the tremendous growth opportunities for our operations in Papua New Guinea, said Liam Mallon, president of ExxonMobil Development Company. We are working closely with our joint venture partners and the government to progress the Pnyang field development proposal and secure the licenses needed to develop this world-class resource.

The development concept, which would add approximately 8 million tons of LNG annually, would double the capacity of the existing LNG plant operated by ExxonMobil. 

This investment would extend our gas pipeline infrastructure into the countrys Western Province and have a meaningful and lasting economic impact for Papua New Guinea and its people, Mallon said.

The Pnyang field is located within petroleum retention license 3, which covers 105,000 acres (425 square kilometers). ExxonMobil affiliates operate the license with a 49 percent interest in the block. Affiliates of Oil Search have a 38.5 percent interest and JX Nippon has 12.5 percent interest.

Papua LNG is seeking to commercialize the Elk-Antelope fields located in petroleum retention license 15 in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea. An ExxonMobil affiliate holds 37.1 percent interest, and affiliates of operator Total S.A. and Oil Search Limited have 40.1 percent and 22.8 percent interest, respectively. 


Bountiful May harvest beckons in Markham Valley "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Trukai Industries domestic rice production efforts in Markham Valley will produce the single largest rice farm outside of Australia, with project stakeholders looking forward to a bountiful harvest towards May this year.

 The Trukai team has been able to plant over 200ha of rice with their landowner partners in the UMI area, which has progressed steadily from just a pilot trial to what will be PNGs largest domestic rice farm.

Its a journey that has really just started towards fulfilling PNGs domestic rice aspirations, but what is happening now is the result of working through these challenges and overcoming them, said Trukai Rice Development Manager Humphrey Saese.

According to Saese, rice farming in PNG comes with great difficulty, especially under rainfed conditions in such a tropical environment.

Understanding the dynamics of rainfall requirements, pest pressure, diseases and more importantly landowner issues and cultural barriers, is a complex blueprint to execute, he explained.

When we first started advertising our interest to engage landowners some five years back, we received overwhelming interests from all over Papua New Guinea, including growers from the Morobe province.

There are many out there who want the dream of growing rice to become a reality, but the truth we have to face is there are many challenges and hurdles we need to overcome in this nation to be able unlock the true potential of rice farming.

In 2015, through the Morobe provincial government, Trukai made contact with Chingwam Cooperative in the Markham district. This was followed up with a pilot trial plot of 6ha, delivering over 20tons of paddy to the mill. In 2016, the area was increased to 40ha though rice love moisture, the excess moisture from the rain, presented challenges and also tested the ability of the crop to adapt and grow.

We then had to overcome what was potentially extensive brown plant hopper damage of our 40ha rice plantation, Saese said.

Luckily for us, the pest incursion occurred in isolated pockets and our team were quick to respond with approach control measures, allowing the crop to finish off with a record produce of 140 tons.

Mr Saese said the commercial venture continues to gain momentum with almost daily phone calls, test messages, an...



The theme for this years RSA Poppy Appeal, not all wounds bleed, highlights the fact that mental health injuries are the most common, but least understood, of all wounds suffered by New Zealand servicemen and women. 

75% of New Zealand's veterans with a mental health injury resulting from their service are under the age of 45. 

Please give generously.



Sudoku quiz "IndyWatch Feed"

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When extension becomes effective refusal "IndyWatch Feed"

I've had a lot of bad OIA experiences, and my fair share of Ministers and officials playing games with extensions to delay access to documents until an issue is out of the media. However, I've never had anything as bad as this Canadian requester, who had an agency give itself an 80 year extension on an Access to Information Act request:

A federal institution has given itself what may be the longest-ever time extension to respond to a citizen's request under the Access to Information Act at least 80 years, which will delay the delivery of documents to 2098 or beyond.

"I may get those records in my next lifetime," 70-year-old Michael Dagg, the requester and longtime user of the act, said in an interview.

Dagg asked Library and Archives Canada (LAC) for files from Project Anecdote, an RCMP investigation into money laundering and public corruption that was launched in May 1993.

No charges were ever laid in the massive probe, which concluded in 2003. The voluminous Mountie files were eventually turned over to the government archives.

"You will note the extensive list of responsive records and we will need up to an 80-year minimum (bringing the due date to the year 2098)," LAC advised Dagg in writing last week, warning that consulting other departments would add more time.

This seems to be the longest AIA extension in Canadian history, and it effectively amounts to a refusal. There's good reason - the file is 780,000 pages, so there's a lot to go through and redact - and in New Zealand it is likely that it would simply be refused as requiring substantial collation and research. That at least would be honest; instead Library and Archives Canada is pretending that they're going to grant the request, while pretty obviously having no intention of doing so in practice - the files will be released when they would be required to be made public under public records law, and not before. Which means this "extension" is simply an official exercise in deceit.


A tough love message that needs saying: Part three "IndyWatch Feed"

The following is a guest post from the blog Red Pill Jew. Due to its length, I have divided it into three posts so we can better absorb its message. This was not easy to write; I suspect it will be difficult to read as well.  I dont want to be harsh, I dont want to [] The post A tough love message that needs saying: Part three appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Malcolm Turnbull courts Pacific leaders amid China push "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Malcolm Turnbull used talks in London overnight to reassure Pacific Island leaders including the Prime Minister of Vanuatu of Australia's reliability as a partner following revelations of preliminary discussions with China to establish a military base on Vanuatu.

Turnbull, who said last week that any such move would be a direct threat to regional peace and stability, expressed such views to Vanuatu's Prime Minister Charlot Salwai.

Salwai assured Turnbull he had no plans of allowing China to establish a military footprint in his country.

I rule out, I rule out," he said after the meeting.

Vanuatu was never dreaming to become a military base one day. It is not in our culture, it is not in our tradition.

Amid concerns about China using soft diplomacy to spread its influence in the region, Turnbull also had a meeting upon arrival in London Wednesday with his Solomon Islands counterpart Rick Houenipwela, and Fiji's Prime Minister and Cop23 President Frank Bainimarama.

Last week, in a bid to counter China, Australia sent a high-level delegation to the Solomon Islands to confirm its commitment to build an undersea internet cable between the two countries. The project was originally going to be installed by Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei.

Turnbull reassured Houenipwela that Australia would fund the cable.

China's use of soft diplomacy measures such as infrastructure building and loans to increase its influence in the Asia-Pacific is of growing concern to Australia and her allies and is a significant item of discussion at this week's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

With 11 of the 15 Pacific Island Forum nations being members of the Commonwealth, efforts being made to counter Chinese influence also include persuading Britain to redirect more of its aid money to the Asia-Pacific post Brexit, and to push for former French Pacific colonies to become Commonwealth members and give Paris a greater stake in the region.

Salwai noted that a port built in his country with a loan by China and which sparked concerns about it being used one day for military purposes, was cheaper than a separate port the Japanese funded.

We don't invest in a project that doesn't have a return, he said.

He said the wharf funded by the Japanese was more expensive than the one we got the loan from China.

The one in...


Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed"

Nothing beats good ballet for visuals and music (not even Opera which can come a close second for me at times). Top for me is Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet Macmillan 2000. Prokofievs Romeo and Juliet extract 1. The Capulets have a ball, Romeo gate-crashes in a mask, and Juliet is introduced to us. She dances [] The post Mental health break appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Five Eyes demand action on Russia hacking "IndyWatch Feed National"

British prime minister Theresa May. Photo EPA/Will Oliver


Russias cyber warfare attacks on the United Kingdom and its links to chemical weapons have prompted four countries in the Five Eyes security alliance to demand action.

The prime ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK met in London to discuss cyber security, and Russias attacks in particular.

The cooperation between our nations allowed us to trace Februarys NotPetya hack to Russia, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said in the meeting on Wednesday local time.

Russia is using cyber as part of a wider effort to attack and undermine the international system.

Its interference over the past year has included attacks on the public sector, media, telecommunications and energy sectors.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said illegal conduct from Russia cannot be tolerated.

Whether it is a chemical attack in Syria, the use of a nerve agent on British soil, or the expanding cyber attacks across the internet these must be resisted, they must be protected, they must be identified, Mr Turnbull told the meeting.

Mrs May said Russia is using disinformation campaigns to distort the truth of what happened in chemical weapons attacks in Salisbury and in Syria.

I have been clear to Russia that we know what it is doing. And we should be in no doubt that such cyber warfare is one of the great challenges of our time, she said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the four nations, who along with the United States make up the Five Eyes security alliance, stood in solidarity with the UK.



Climate change is so last century "IndyWatch Feed"

We now have to achieve Climate Restoration. Quote: The Left, in the form of the think tank RAND, has gone full Luddite: Since the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, society has organized efforts to limit the magnitude of climate change around the concept of stabilization that is, accepting some climate change [] The post Climate change is so last century appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Less than open II "IndyWatch Feed"

Back in March, I received some OIA'd documents from Clare Curran, the Minister of Open Government. Among other things, they showed that SSC had presented her with an draft open government strategy in November. Naturally, it was kept secret. I was curious about this, so sent in a followup request seeking information about this strategy. Today I received the response. Despite at least four months having passed since it was given to the Minister, the strategy is still being kept secret, supposedly because it is under "active consideration" (as opposed to under a desk somewhere being ignored). One thing that is clear however is that SSC's proposal that the strategy be consulted on at the same time as the Open Government Partnership action plan was rejected - that consultation is currently underway, and there's no mention of the strategy at all.

SSC did release some pretty powerpoint slides, including one of "actions taking place in the open government system". Naturally, this includes something secret. But it also mentions under international actions the idea of "New Zealand taking a leadership role in the Open Government Partnership". Of course, to do that, we'd have to start by developing an action plan which actually displayed some ambition, rather than just being a grab-bag of unambitious business-as-usual policies. And they'd need to walk the talk on consultation, rather than treating it as a box to be ticked. Whether they're actually doing that is left as an exercise for the reader.


Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

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Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Zespri says Gold3 licensing tender to generated as much as $195M in 2018  Rebecca Howard:

 (BusinessDesk) Zespri Group said corporate revenue from the 2018 allocation of the Gold3 license release will be $190 million to $195 million, or around $253,000-to-$260,000 per hectare, a figure that is up on the prior year.

The range is the combined revenue estimate resulting from 700 hectares of Gold3 licence, and 50 hectares of Gold3 Organic new development licence, both released under a closed tender bid mechanism, New Zealands statutory kiwifruit exporter said in a release. The validation process for all bids is still ongoing and all bidders will be notified of their outcome from May 1. . . .

Water quality results show pleasing improvements:

Federated Farmers says all the hard work being done to improve our freshwater quality is starting to pay off.

The release of the National River Water Quality Trends by Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) show that many more sites are improving than deteriorating for all the river water quality parameters monitored over a 10 year period.

There are lots of good things going on, both urban and rural, to help improve the quality of our waterways, Federated Farmers water and environment spokesperson Chris Allen says.

It is very good news. To see that the effort being made is starting to show results. . . 

Bigger role for water companies in farm strategy:

Irrigation companies have a bigger role to play in helping farmers make strategic decisions on land use, future innovation strategist Roger Dennis says.

Dennis is a key-note speaker at Agri Innovation in Ashburton on 2 May, held jointly by MHV Water, Ashburton Lyndhurst Irrigation and Barrhill Chertsey Irrigation.

He says many organisations influence farmers, but none is more agnostic about how farmers use their land than the company that delivers their water. . . 

Irrigation body confident of b...


Caption competition "IndyWatch Feed"

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Newspaper spruiks mass immigration, gets whacked by readers "IndyWatch Feed"

The Australian used its front page today to spruik for big Australia and continued mass migration. Readers were not impressed. Quote: a landmark report released by Treasury and the Department of Home Affairs makes the case for a big Australia [] the report found that skilled migrants were delivering an economic dividend, lifting the standard [] The post Newspaper spruiks mass immigration, gets whacked by readers appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


New Zealands history of political gifts "IndyWatch Feed"

Our class-less leader Jacinda Ardern thinks that a cheap stuffed Kiwi made in China is an appropriate gift for a powerful world leader like Germanys Angela Merkel. Traditionally a gift from the Prime Minister of New Zealand to other leaders is a quality gift that was New Zealand made or especially significant to the recipient [] The post New Zealands history of political gifts appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


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






New Zealand pledges US$1 million to support Bougainville referendum "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Port Moresby, 18 April 2018  The Government of New Zealand has strengthened its support to the National Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG), the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through a one-million-dollar (US) contribution to UNDPs Bougainville Referendum Support Project (BRSP).
Endorsed by both governments at the Joint Supervisory Body meeting of December 2017, the BRSP aims to support the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) to deliver an effective referendum.
The BRSP will assist the BRC through technical expertise, the procurement of operational items such as voter registration equipment, and outreach activities including the production and distribution of awareness materials. The project will also conduct training of media and other key partners on their respective roles in the referendum process.  
The project will coordinate closely with activities funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund and other international partners to support the National Government of PNG and the ABG not only to hold a successful referendum, but also transition peacefully through the post-referendum period.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator for Papua New Guinea, Gianluca Rampolla, said: The United Nations continues to work with both the National Government of PNG and the ABG on the implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement, and the successful staging of the referendum constitutes a significant aspect of this work.
We are incredibly privileged to have a supporter such as New Zealand, and we look forward to furthering this relationship.
Sue Mackwell, the New Zealand High Commissioner to PNG, hopes that their funding will encourage other international partners to also support the project.
The pea...


Tools of the trade: Australias new investment in global health R&D "IndyWatch Feed"

The global market for medical products is shaped mainly by the demands of wealthy consumers. It rarely calls into being the tools needed to combat diseases that afflict primarily poor countries therapeutics, diagnostics and vaccines, as well as technologies that prevent the spread of disease such as insecticide-treated bed nets. Where such products do exist, its often down to the needs of tourists and soldiers and those products tend to fail over time as microbes and vectors evolve to evade our defences.

At the same time, governments and publicly or philanthropically funded research institutions generally do not have all the expertise required to discover, develop and create production pathways for such products.

Thats where Product Development Partnerships (PDPs) come in. PDPs are lean, not-for-profit public health intermediary organisations. They catalyse the discovery and development of global health products by bringing together public and private sector research and development expertise across a broad portfolio of product candidates. Some candidates succeed, some fall by the wayside.

The net effect of the 16 major PDPs work over the past two decades has been an impressive reinvigoration of the pipeline of tools for global health. Most importantly, a growing number of these tools have been approved for use, are under consideration by regulatory agencies, or are in late-stage trials.

When the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, launched Australias Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific region in October 2017, she announced that Australia would commit $75 million over five years to support the work of PDPs from 2018. This represents the Australian aid programs single largest commitment to global health research and development, and a 50% increase in PDP funding in annual terms.



Giant group of octopus moms discovered in the deep sea "IndyWatch Feed World"

Giant group of octopus moms discovered in the deep sea | 17 April 2018 | Two deep-sea expeditions have revealed a giant group of octopuses and their eggs in a place where they shouldn't be able to survive. "When I first saw the photos, I thought, 'They shouldn't be there! Not that deep and not that many of them!'" says Janet Voight, a zoologist at the Field Museum in Chicago and co-author of a paper on the octopuses published this month in the journal Deep Sea Research Part I. Nearly two miles deep in the Pacific Ocean and 100 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, scientists on two oceanographic cruises used subsea vehicles to explore the Dorado Outcrop, a rocky patch of seafloor formed of cooled and hardened lava from an underwater volcano. Geochemists explored the outcrop in a submersible, hoping to collect samples of the warm fluids that emerge from cracks in the rocks. They didn't count on finding dozens of octopuses huddled around those openings.


Thursdays quiz "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

You are invited to pose the questions.

Anyone who stumps everyone will win a virtual batch of apple muffins.


View from your window "IndyWatch Feed"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Maungatapu peninsula from Hairini causeway at dawn, Tauranga. ** 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 [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


We Need A New Sacrifice To The Aussie Altar Of Anzac Honesty "IndyWatch Feed"

Its that time of year again, Anzac Day, when mainstream media, politicians and shock jocks find a whole new expression of honesty to be outraged at.

A couple of days ago, New Matilda journalist Ben Eltham sent out this tweet:

As most will recall, we have a brief but impressive history of flogging people for expressing truthful statements that dont align with the official Anzac myth. It all began in 2015 with the heinous anti-Australian Australian, Scott McIntyre, a former journalist with SBS who tweeted about atrocities committed by Anzacs during the war.

Remembering the summary execution, widespread rape and theft committed by these brave Anzacs in Egypt, Palestine and Japan, McIntyre accurately and outrageously wrote to his Twitter followers.

And then this: Not forgetting that the largest single-day terrorist attacks in history were committed by this nation & their allies in Hiroshima & Nagasaki.

A nation lost its shit, and McIntyre lost his job. As an aside, he had another crack in 2016.

In 2017, we found a whole new target controversial journalist Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who used April 25 to tweet: Lest. We. Forget. (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine.)

Abdel Magied wasnt just hounded out of her job she was hounded out of the country (and last week deported from the US for having the wrong visa).

But the woman Australia apparently most loves to hate appears not to have learned her lesson, if her response to Elthams tweet this week is anything to go by.

Abdel-Magieds response sparked this thoroughly...


How To Unleash Your True Power As A Creator, Truthseekah "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

How To Unleash Your True Power As A Creator, Truthseekah

Tell us who you are and how you got to where you are now...

Seems as great a place to start a discussion as any other.
After going through a period of religion, a deeper revelation dawned that the occult and mystic arts had more to do with being a powerful creator, rather than just a servant of one, that realization carries with it certain obligations, namely, that it honors ones creator if one is also a creator.
But, guilt, fear and pain, while unpleasant, are in fact one of the principle drivers behind the creation of in many cases, great art and innovative, inspiring individuals.
A deep and personal conversation about what makes people who they are, is, sometimes, the easiest way to see ones own path to a better future.
Please listen, laugh, learn and ponder over this truly provocative conversation that touches on everything from religious indoctrination to making music that comes from the soul!


Donald Trump scrubs the TPP again "IndyWatch Feed National"

US president Donald Trump. AP Photo/Alex Brandon


US President Donald Trump has again turned his back on the Trans-Pacific Partnership after just days ago raising the prospect he might consider rejoining the massive free trade agreement with Australia, Japan and nine other allied nations.

Mr Trump, at the end of a two-day visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, told reporters he was now actively pursuing a bilateral deal with Japan.

The US is committed to free, fair and reciprocal very important word trade and we are committed to pursuing a bilateral trading relationship that benefits both of our great countries, Mr Trump told Wednesdays press conference.

Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, Brunei, Peru, Vietnam, Chile, Malaysia and Mexico moved ahead on the TPP without the US and in March had a formal signing ceremony for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), also known as TPP11.

Mr Trump also told reporters on Wednesday he was looking forward to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in coming weeks in the hope of ridding the rogue nation of its nuclear weapons.

Hopefully that meeting will be a great success, Mr Trump said.

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Readers will know I'm no fan of President Trump (nor his opponent in the 2016 elections).    Indeed, I think James Comey is pretty much on the money in his description of him.

But all that aside it appears his shear unpredictability as President may have forced the North Koreans to the negotiating table ... if he manages to pull this off he will have achieved what no other US President in recent times came close to.

Lotsa water to flow under the bridge and the talks (if indeed they take place) might well end in failure but, if I were a betting man, I would put money on them resulting in some easing of tensions accompanied by ???    The reality is the tough regime of US orchestrated sanctions are biting and the DKR needs to have them lifted either in whole or in part.   This, coupled with the limited economic reforms now being championed by Kim3, means the time might now be right for a constructive dialogue between the two nuclear nations.

If President Trump can pull this off he deserves kudos for that even though my opinion of him is unlikely to change.  


All sorted, Taranaki oil and gas workers have a lifeline "IndyWatch Feed"

Taranaki oil and gas workers have received a lifeline for their future employment: Quote: The Northern Territory government has lifted a ban on hydraulic fracturing of onshore gas that will open up more than half of the territorys land mass to the controversial practice. The first exploration fracking by petroleum companies is expected to occur early next [] The post All sorted, Taranaki oil and gas workers have a lifeline appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Meeting 6pm Tonight: Independent and Peaceful Australia Network - War on Syria contingency meeting 19 April "IndyWatch Feed"

Invitation to a meeting to coordinate contingency plans for an emergency rally in the event of war breaking out or bombing resuming in Syria/Middle East or on the Korean Peninsula.

Thursday 19 April
Level 4
Trades Hall
(Please note that we have changed to a larger room)

The global situation is unpredictable and inflammable.

The peace movement needs to come together to make contingency plans in advance to mobilise mass protests and rallies in the event of war breaking out.

A contingency plan and a broad coalition is needed to mobilise a wide range of people, organisations and contacts at a very short notice.

A co-ordinating group will be set up.

If you want to find out more or be a contact for your organisation or community but unable to come this Thursday, please reply to this email or phone 0417456001.

Shirley Winton
Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

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Charter school rally outside Jacinda Arderns office "IndyWatch Feed"

A rally outside the Prime Ministers office has been organised for Sunday the 29th. Quote: Dear charter school supporters, Thanks to your efforts, 3000 New Zealanders have signed a petition at which urges the Government to end its plans to close charter schools. I have invited the Prime Minister to accept our petition outside her electorate [] The post Charter school rally outside Jacinda Arderns office appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Photoshop of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

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Samar Exits MRA "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Post Courier | April 17, 2018

Mineral Resources Authoritys (MRA) managing director (MD) Philip Samars term in office has expired since April 9.
Mr Samar served as the managing director for four years since his permanent appointment as MD from 2014-2017.
He was appointed acting MD for the MRA in 2012, a post he held until 2014 when he was made permanent.
The outgoing managing director also took the opportunity to thank the Prime Minister Peter ONeill and the government for the opportunity given to lead the MRA in the last six years since 2012.
Mr Samar thanked the Prime Minister for his confidence in appointing him to be head of the statutory authority responsible for regulating the exploration and mining sector in PNG. The last six years have been the highlight of his career over the last 21 years as a public servant.
I am privileged to serve the government, the people of Papua New Guinea especially the mining project stakeholders and the exploration and mining industry.
I am satisfied I have done my part in nation building through managing the MRA and servicing the mining industry. Since the MRAs establishment in 2007, the statutory authority has performed well in regulating and promoting Papua New Guineas mineral sector, he said.
Mr Samar said for the last 10 years, the mining industry has been t...


Chief Executive Officer "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corporation


Food, Glorious Food: Shepherds Pie "IndyWatch Feed"

Note you can use either beef or lamb for this dish. There are many, many variations on this recipe. So experiment. Use exotic spices for example.


Outrage over euthanasia pod "IndyWatch Feed"

This a pretty cool solution to offing oneself without making too much of a mess. Predictably it has outraged some people. Quote: The announcement of the worlds first 3-D printed euthanasia machine has been met with outrage in the country its to be unveiled in. Australian Philip Nitschke, a prominent international euthanasia advocate, has built [] The post Outrage over euthanasia pod appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Fincorp donates K40,000 to PNG Highlands Earthquake affected communities "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The assistance for earthquake hit communities continues and this time the Finance Corporation (FinCorp) Limited has jumped on board with a generous donation today.
FinCorp, part of the Grand Columbia Limited group of companies, presented a dummy cheque of K40, 000 through the Church Partnership Program (CPP) or CAN-DO church partnership, led by Caritas Australia and the United Church of Papua New Guinea (UCPNG), seeking to address the needs of the most affected communities in Hela and Southern Highlands provinces.

Managing Director for FinCorp, Tony Witham, stated that he was pleased with the efforts churches and other communities who reached out to help the earthquake affected areas.
When we saw the devastation that happened in the Southern Highlands like everybody, we thought that we would like to give a small donation to people who have worked there and have helped the communities there, said Mr Witham.

While presenting the cheque to UCPNG, Mr Witham stated that he had loved the work they had done and encouraged them to continue.
Meanwhile, following a comprehensive needs assessment undertaken by Caritas Australia, United Church and ADRA, it was decided that UCPNG will be using the money to procure and distribute starter kits a spade head, a bush knife, an axe, a hammer, and a file which will allow families to rebuild their homes. PNGFM/PNG Today


Book review: You Are Awesome "IndyWatch Feed"

Todays review of You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed is by Alwyn Poole from the Villa Education Trust. The trust runs three schools, two of which are charter schools that are both fighting closure by the Labour government. The trust has been given the opportunity by international publishers Hachette NZ to sell great books at great prices! Their [] The post Book review: You Are Awesome appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Ok Tedi Mine Landowners Get Share Certificates "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Post Courier | April 17, 2018

The people of Western Province finally own 33 percent of the giant Ok Tedi Copper Mine following the handover of equity share certificates by Ok Tedi Mining Limited Board Chairman Sir Moi Avei to Governor Taboi Awi Yoto yesterday in Kiunga.

OTML is now a third owned by the people of Western Province, Sir Moi told a large gathering of locals and invited guests in front of the grand Cassowary hotel.

We have heard so much about this 33 percent. Is it every going to happen? The board in its wisdom made a decision that the only way to move this share transfer is loan MRDC K30million to pay for the stamp duty. Governor the stamp duty has been paid. OTML is now one third owned by the people of Western Province, Sir Moi Avei told the excited crowds.

He also said this ensures that politics cannot interfere now because they own more than thirty percent of the min...


Flying Triangle UFO Sightings Over New Jersey "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What exactly was that in the night sky over Wall Township on St. Patricks Day? Was it a UFO, or was it something else? Jeff Wallace, 43, of Wall, would sure like to know. He was driving to pick up his stepdaughter from the Quick Chek on Belmar Boulevard that Saturday night, when he observed []

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Fukushima Cleanup to Include Dropping Over 770,000 Tons of Radioactive Waste Into the Pacific Ocean "IndyWatch Feed World"

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake followed by a 5-meter tsunami caused the power supplying and cooling of 3 Fukushima Daiichi reactors to fail, leading to one of the worst nuclear disasters this century.

As the temperatures within the reactors began to rise beyond containable levels they caused massive explosions which damaged the barriers that were designed to contain the nuclear material safely. Ultimately, nuclear power authorities authorized the use of seawater to flood the reactors, cooling them down and containing the problem while rendering the plant permanently inoperable.

While the disaster occurred 7 years ago, clean up efforts at the plant are still ongoing. In total, the radioactive waste at the plant contaminated a total of 770,000 tons of water used to cool the reactors, water which clean up crews are now tasked with disposing of.

The total cost of clean up has increased significantly from initial estimates, now estimated at approximately $188 billion. For now, we dont expect the costs to increase further, but new developments and unforeseen factors mean there is a chance they could go higher. Stated Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) Minister Hiroshige Seko. Decommissioning technological innovation and a speedier clean up could help reduce costs and it is important that we put effort into that.

Source: abc News


While the efforts to clean up the area and make it once again habitable are certainly a positive for the area, recent plans relating to the cleanup efforts have caused outrage and protest among locals, especially those working in the f...


A quiet revolution "IndyWatch Feed"

Before I start, do you have any idea how hard it is to find a photo of only men in an office workplace environment? No matter how hard I tried there were virtually none. I could find the occasional photo of just two men together in an office, but more than that was impossible. [] The post A quiet revolution appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


April 19 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed"

1623 - After kidnapping an Aboriginal bloke the previous day it wasn't surprising that the Dutch sailors of the Pera were then greeted by over 200 angry and hostile Aboriginals in North QLD.

1770 - Lieut Zachary Hicks eyeballed the point of land which now bears his name as Point Hicks (Cape Everard).

1805 - Aboriginal people defending their land managed to kill several colonists which resulted in a Government Order today to Captain William Bligh to send soldiers to protect the settlers.

1818 Phillip Parker King discovers Port Essington , later one of the first British settlements in what is now the Northern Territory.

1831 - The Sydney Gazette reported that: - Elizabeth Smith, an importation by the Earl of Liverpool, who made her first appearance ashore on Friday last was charged with insolence to her mistress. It appeared that the prisoner was assigned direct from the ship, to the service of a gentleman in Sydney, to whose house she was sent on the day she landed. In the afternoon obtained permission of her mistress to go out, on some business of her own, for a limited time, which she exceeded, and on being reprimanded on her return home, told her mistress she was " a-good-for nothing hussy," and that she (Elizabeth) " knew by the cut of her jib" that the service would not answer her. The bench sentenced her to the third class in the Factory for three months. Elizabeth Smith had been assigned to William Foster in Sydney on arrival.

1836 - Governor Bourke visited Newcastle on the Ceres. He inspected the site for the New Military Barracks and other buildings which were to be erected at Newcastle, proceeded overland to Brisbane Water and returned to Sydney.

1856 - Stoke up your boiler, Aunty Maud, the first steam railway from Adelaide to Port Adelaide started chuffing along.

1876 - Those erstwhile Fenian convicts all gallivanting aboard the whaling ship Catalpa were called to hove to by the armed guards aboard the Georgette after they'd fired a shot across her bow; the master of the Catalpa claimed they were in international waters, inquiring would the Water Police Superintendent J. F. Stone like to trigger An Incident?
As Britain had just then lost a 3 million pound case in similar circumstances Stone decided his wage didn't quite stretch far enough to cover his backside so he let the Catalpa go sailing off into the sunset with the escaped political prisoners.

1877 - The Main Western Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Blayney to Orange.

1900 - Tired of twiddling their thumbs after the Sunday roast the Victorian pollies dreamt up a Royal Commission on local government laws.

From 1911 until 1916 today was proclaimed to be Discovery Day to celebrate the day on which Jimmy Cook tripped over some great lump of dirt now known...


"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State..." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State. They forget that the State lives at the expense of everyone."~ Frederic Bastiat


Packing Their Bags For Downing Street "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson are packing their bags for Downing Street, as Theresa May, Amber Rudd, Gavin Williamson, and Boris Johnson, are having a secret meeting, to determine if their combined IQs can reach a double digit. Johnson of course being unbelievable at least since his Aid flights to Anguilla contained no Aid, but []

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Arderns Today Interview Aargh! "IndyWatch Feed"

NBCs Today Show ran this interview with Jacinda Ardern

And you thought the 60 Minute interview was bad.

This interview is awful, Ardern and Gayford are simperingly twee at times.Tthen she says she was upset at a comparison to Trump. Well given the anti-immigarnt views of her government the comparison is not unreasonable.


I bet she gets told Five Eyes is now Four Eyes "IndyWatch Feed"

Jacinda Ardern is going to a meeting of Five Eyes partners. Quote: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will attend a security and intelligence meeting with her British, Australian, and Canadian counterparts today amid accusations that Russia is behind cyberattacks on millions of computers around the world. Ardern is seeking advice from the GCSB (Government Communications Security [] The post I bet she gets told Five Eyes is now Four Eyes appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Trumps pre-emptive strike "IndyWatch Feed"

Chris Riddell The Observer


This cartoon has neat nuances when you look carefully.


Mark Mitchell: The cost of prisons cannot be an excuse not to put people in prison "IndyWatch Feed"

The Prime Ministers Chief Science Advisor recently released a report that said being tough on crime is to blame for rising prison costs and inmate numbers, which will be music to Andrew Little and Grant Robertsons ears. The cost of prisons cannot be an excuse not to put people in prison, if thats where they need to be.   The post Mark Mitchell: The cost of prisons cannot be an excuse not to put people in prison appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Yet you let Twyford attack Chinky-sounding names "IndyWatch Feed"

Perhaps if Jacinda had stopped Twyfords scurrilous attack on people with Chinky-sounding names she might not have been compared to Donald Trump: Quote: Jacinda Ardern has told a top-rating American television show she was infuriated by being compared to US President Donald Trump. NBC talk show Today ran a pre-recorded feature on the Prime Minister overnight called Pregnant and [] The post Yet you let Twyford attack Chinky-sounding names appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Private property is private regardless of size "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Increasing numbers of visitors are increasing problems for landowners who may restrict or refuse access.

This was one of the issue identified by Walking Access Commission Ara Hkoi Aotearoa in the South Island High Country Access Report.

One landholder, who has a popular walkway that crosses his property, spoke of the numbers of people increasing from approximately 30,000 per year in 2013 to an expected 70-100,000 people in 2017.

While most private landholders, the Department of Conservation and local authorities all agreed that the percentage of poorly behaved visitors wasnt getting worse, the number increases mean the impact of poor behaviour is still growing.

One noted issue was the impact of the internet making it harder to predict which walks/areas will become popular one viral Instagram post or YouTube video can result in thousands more people coming to a place previously only known to locals.

Increased numbers and unpredictability are also making landholders warier of opening new access points. A farmer happy to have a track with 1000 people per year might be less willing to do so if they are fearful they will instead have 20,000 people per year.

With more people you get more problems with people who dont understand outdoor etiquette leave gates as you find them, dont disturb stock, take only photos, leave only footprints. . .

Friends have a musterers hut near a walking trail. Trampers found the key, went into the hut, turned on the gas, used it and left it on, left rubbish then posted where to find the key on social media.

Many interviewees pointed out that numbersin themselves are not necessarily a bad thing, but rather it is the unpredictability and thelack of control over where people go that can cause problems. Positives of increased numbers include more money owing into regions, and more opportunities for farmers to diversify their income streams to help subsidise bad years in their core operation such as accommodation on trails, concessions for guided tours, and more. . . 

The lack of appropriate infrastructure to go along with tracks and trails was noted repeatedly, in particular a lack of toileting facilities and the impact that has on the environment. . . 

Who pays for the infrastructure and attends to its upkeep? Landowners who get no return for access dont want to, nor do councils with small rating bases when most of the visitors arent ratepayers....


Around Britain:Cockles Old Leigh On Sea, circa 1950s "IndyWatch Feed"

Nestled on the banks of The Thames Estuary and close to Southend, this little fishing village was one we visited frequently when Adam was a boy. My grandfather would often take the family on a Sunday drive to Southend. In the late afternoon before returning to London we would go to Leigh for cockles, with buttered white bread and my Nana would have a plate of whelks. Sometimes my Grandfather and my Dad would time our arrival so they could get a pint of beer.

This clip is from around that time or a few years before.

Very fond memories.

Have been back in later years and Old Leigh is still quite pleasant, though the overall area is much changed.


Actually, Paul Spoonley, you are wrong "IndyWatch Feed"

A local politician in Auckland is defending his racist rants on Facebook as free speech, but says he is sorry if his words have caused offence: Quote: Derek Battersby has used his social media page to rail against Asians, celebrate a fatal police shooting, and call Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter a silly b.. He [] The post Actually, Paul Spoonley, you are wrong appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Religious leaders say no Adani "IndyWatch Feed"

Contributed from Queensland

More than 50 religious leaders have banded together to urge Adani to abandon its Queensland coal project and invest in renewable energy instead.

The group includes Christian ministers, rabbis, nuns, ordained Buddhists and imams from across Australia. They have put their names to a letter that has been delivered to Adanis headquarters in Townsville.

Signatories include Muslims Australia President Dr Rateb Jneid, Anglican Dean of Brisbane Dr Peter Catt and Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black.

Adanis $16.5 billion coal mining and rail project has generated widespread opposition, because of its contribution to carbon emissions, destruction of Aboriginal land and farming, impact on the water supply, and the significant threat it poses to the Great Barrier reef.

Regardless of all this, the Australian government has Given Adani the go ahead.

Protecting our common home and all those who live here is an essential part of each of our faiths,said the letter to company chairman Gautam Adani.

The leaders oppose all new coal mining in the Galilee Basin, with fears it could impact on water supplies, climate change and the Great Barrier Reef.

Adani has argued the $16.5 billion Carmichael mine would be a boon for jobs in struggling areas of regional Queensland. This is hotly disputed by opponents, who argue that it will damge other parts of the economy and that the number of promised jobs is greatly exaggerated, because this is a capital intensive industry.

The religious leaders said they also supported local jobs and has called for an increased investment in renewable energy like solar, saying Coal communities need serious investment to make the transition from the dirty energy of the past to the clean energy of the future.

The religious leaders said they also supported local jobs and has called for an increased investment in renewable energy like solar. Coal communities need serious investment to make the transition from the dirty energy of the past to the clean energy of the future, the letter said.





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A new take on violence in Indonesian Papua "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

GettyImages-626968530mini.jpg A new take on violence in Indonesian Papua
Violence outside the spectacle of insurgency continues, as mundane as it is pervasive.

The interpreter THURSDAY 19 APR 2018 | 05:41 | SYDNEY

A new take on violence in Indonesian Papua
BY Bobby Anderson
Adrian Morel
18 April 2018 07:00 AEDT

Last years hostage stand-off in Indonesian Papua had hardly ended before more armed clashes began. Most violence in Papua is assumed to be an issue of indigenous people threatened by the state. But this assumption is anecdotal.

Despite the wealth Indonesia earns through Papuas abundant natural resources, a dearth of government services results in ordinary Papuans having the lowest incomes, the lowest educational levels, and the highest mortality rates in the country.

Support for independence is certainly widespread. But in an effort to quantitatively analyse violence in Papua and Papua Barat, we examined the 200815 National Violence Monitoring System (NVMS), a database of Indonesian district- and provincial-level newspapers.

NVMS was essentially an exercise in collective newspaper reading, where dozens of analysts captured and coded every violent incident reported across Indonesia, digging through provincial archives dating back to 1998.

Most violence and not all killings make the news, especially in Indonesia where large parts of the country lack journalists and police. But NVMS remains the most comprehensive and methodologically sound dataset available. (NVMS regrettably ended in 2015 when the funding expired.)

We studied 2014 data the final year of NVMS, when it captured 200,000 violent incidents nationwide and earlier. We honed in on homicide, ass...


Climate Justice Forum: Lake Pend Oreille Coal Pollution & Bi-Directional Rail Bridges, Millennium Coal Terminal Health Study & Lawsuit, Postponed Spokane Train Blockader Trial, Eagle Oil & Gas Ordinance, State Oil & Gas Meetings in Payette, Delta Five Court of Appeals Hearing, Tacoma LNG Plant Resistance, Earth Day Gatherings 4-18-18 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on railroad coal pollution and bi-directional train bridge expansion in Lake Pend Oreille, a coal impacts health study and lawsuit on the Millennium train terminal, a postponed, Spokane, fossil fuel train blockaders necessity defense trial, a protective, city, oil and gas ordinance in Eagle, Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Committee meetings in Payette, the Delta Five, oil train blockaders Court of Appeals hearing, resistance to Tacoma liquefied natural gas plant construction, and upcoming, Earth Day gatherings.  Broadcast for six years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide opposition to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Conflict of interest issues in PMs office, again "IndyWatch Feed"

There has been much talk in the media recently about recruitment issues inside the prime ministers office. Recently the role of chief press secretary has made the news after Mike Jaspers moved to a new role. Stuff reported on 26 March: Quote: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is looking for a new chief press secretary after [] The post Conflict of interest issues in PMs office, again appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Pitching beyond the aid enthusiasts three simple aid messages "IndyWatch Feed"

We need to communicate aid better is a constant chorus among those working in aid and development in Australia. Against the background of major aid cuts and the integration of AusAID into DFAT, parliamentarians tell the aid community we need to sell the message better. Minister Julie Bishop has said, support for our invaluable aid program has to come from home, from the Australian taxpayer. So the Australian taxpayers must support it, and that will come with a better appreciation of its purpose, its intent and the outcomes. The winning 3-Minute Aid Pitch from the 2017 Australasian Aid Conference was that we need to communicate aid better. Agencies band together to campaign for Australian aid. DFAT earnestly tweets happy snaps of aid events and initiatives. And yet something isnt working: further deep cuts to aid are being floated and the public seems largely indifferent.

So: are there some simple aid messages that we aid enthusiasts in government, NGOs, academia, and the private sector can use when we engage with non-aid enthusiasts? We know that aid and development assistance is complex. There are a multitude of issues and strands that can be bewildering for those of us working in this sector, let alone those who dont. We easily slip into the jargon of aid and development, but it can be like putting up a brick wall against those whose support for aid we actually want to encourage.

Here is an attempt at three simple messages to help explain the aid program:

Message #1: Overseas aid is less than 1% of Australian Government spending

The aid community talks about Australia only spending 0.22% of GNI on aid, against the UN target of 0.7% and with that sentence alone weve probably lost most of our potential audience. So lets talk about a more commonly understood idea,...


Earth Day founder calls for an end to plastic pollution "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Denis Hayes was the principal national organizer of the first Earth Day in 1970, and he took the event to the international stage in 1990. He is board chair of the international Earth Day Network, and President of the Bullitt Foundation. Earth Day 2018 is slated for April 22 and focuses on plastic pollution, so Mongabay took the opportunity to ask him about this years event and find out what else is on the mind of this key leader of the international environmental movement. INTERVIEW WITH DENIS HAYES Erik Hoffner for Mongabay: What was the impetus for the first Earth Day, nearly 50 years ago now? Denis Hayes: There were hundreds of important environmental issues before the first Earth Day: DDT & bird deaths. Air & water pollution. Oil spills. Herbicide use in Southeast Asia. Wilderness areas. But they were commonly viewed as unrelated. One prominent leader actually asked me, What the hell does air pollution have to do with birds? Earth Day took all these myriad strands and wove them into the fabric of modern environmentalismlinked by a coherent set of values and grounded in an ecological framework. When added together, they formed the basis for a formidable new political force. New York Times front page, April 1970. Mongabay: Whats the theme of this years Earth Day, and how can people get involved? Denis Hayes: The 2018 theme is End Plastic Pollution.  There is not much that the average person can do about the Pacific Garbage Patch or to ban


Russian Cyber Attacks Worldwide "IndyWatch Feed"

Blower London Daily Telegraph

Nine To Noon reports on Russian hacking threat

Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) director Andrew Hampton said the agency had been alerted by the US of the malicious cyber threat campaign targeting network infrastructure. 

In the agencys annual report in November, Mr Hampton said 396 serious incidents affecting New Zealand were reported last year, with indications 122 had connections to foreign intelligence agencies, including Russian state and state sponsored actors.

Mr Hampton told Nine to Noon this latest report from two of New Zealands Five Eyes partners has identified known compromises in particular sorts of equipment.

The GCSB had made the report available to New Zealand organizations so they could be aware of the potential threat, he said, and so they could contact the agency if they become aware of any vulnerabilities. More at Link

Perhaps this will cause the dispiritingly large number of apologists for Putin in our midstto reconsider. One would hope, but doubtless they will not.

Later in Checkpoint there was this item


Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed"

This is Subscriber Content. You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, polling, commentary and podcasts by subscribing to one of our membership packages. The post Daily crossword appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Climate Change Committee announced, significant omissions "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change, has announced the members of the Interim Climate Change Committee. The members have a wide range of relevant experience, but notably there is no farmer or oil and gas industry or transport representation. The Minister for Climate Change today announced the membership of the Interim Climate Change Committee, which []


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

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.


Questions about Winston Peters and NZs foreign policy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Winston Peters negotiated the roles of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Some of his positions, especially on Russia, have been controversial and somewhat mysterious. Guyon Espiner asks some pertinent questions, like What is Winston Peters foreign policy, anyway? To outsiders New Zealand foreign policy must look like a riddle wrapped in []


Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Its amazing how we will suffer pain and abuse to keep our lives predictable. Well let our inner voices brutalize us, rather than live with the possibility that we might be wrong about how we see things. Well think, Well at least its a pain thats familiar. Uncertainty. Ruby Wax who celebrates her 65th birthday today.


Liberalism an explanatory video from The Economist "IndyWatch Feed"

Obviously it tackles this topic lightly, but reasonably effectively.

One small niggle it might have stressed a little more that todays progressives, are far from being Liberals and choosing Trudeau as a Liberal exemplar was the wrong decision. He is not one.


Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed"

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.


In times of crisis the true worth of a leader is measured "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bryan Kramer - settling the crowd
MP Bryan Kramer walks down the road with colleagues after speaking with a Madang crowd


KUNDIAWA - Madang, a town once dubbed as Beautiful Madang and in even earlier days The Pearl of the Pacific because of its scenic beauty, has been experiencing serious civil unrest including murder and destruction of businesses and state property in recent times

This crime and disorder has disturbed the tranquil blue waters, large furry flying foxes, arrays of colourful crotons and hibiscus, pleasant hotel facilities and, perhaps most regrettably, the renowned friendliness of the local people.

The latest incident involved the death of three local youths believed to have been murdered by settlers, a tragedy that led to further public panic, civil unrest and disruption to the towns water supply.

But, unlike major unrest in other years that continued for weeks, last weeks unrest was quelled in reasonable time with services and businesses quickly restored thanks to the presence and leadership of Bryan Kramer, the Member for Madang in the national parliament, along with police and other community leaders.

Bryan Kramer played a decisive role in restoring peace and reinstating the water supply, a vital utility in an urban area which had been damaged during the unrest.

Kramer went to the site of the water supply with police, PNG Water and PNG Power and assessed the damage to the water pump.

PNG Power went to collect parts to replace those that were damaged, but didnt return.

Kramer didnt leave. He stayed at the reservoir cajoling PNG Power personnel to return with the parts and get the pump fixed, only departing with the police after the water started flowing again.

I cant think of another member of parliament in Papua New Guinea who has ever done that or who would do it.

But Kramers role did not stop there. He is now conducting meetings with the relevant stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the frequent civil unrest in the province and restore the town to its former glory as a tourist destinati...


Fossil baleen whale discovery in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This video says about itself:

36.4M-Year-Old Fossilized Skeleton May Be Oldest Baleen Whale Relative

12 May 2017

Whale fossil found in Peru is the oldest-known baleen whale relative ever discovered, according to research published May 11 in Current Biology.

From the University of Otago in New Zealand:

New genus and species of extinct baleen whale identified

April 18, 2018

University of Otago palaeontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealands ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of baleen whale, alive more than 27.5 million years ago and found in the Hakataramea Valley.

The new genus and species of extinct baleen whale is based on a skull and associated bones unearthed from the Kokoamu Greensand, a noted fossil-bearing rock unit in the South Canterbury and Waitaki district from the Oligocene period, which extends from about 33.9 million to 23 million years ago. At this time, New Zealand was an archipelago surrounded by shallow, richly productive seas.

Former PhD student in the University of Otagos Department of Geology, Cheng-Hsiu Tsai and his supervisor, Professor Ewan Fordyce, have named the new genus Toipahautea waitaki, which translates in Mori as a baleen-origin whale from the Waitaki region.

Professor Fordyce says the discovery is significant in...


German reaction to Ardern visit "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The visit if a prime Minister from a small remote country is not a big deal in Germany, but Jacinda Ardern has had some (relatively limited) coverage there. Collated by Geoffrey Miller in Twitter. Relatively little coverage in German media of @jacindaardern's visit to Berlin. Nothing from ARD/ZDF public broadcasters. The few reports on the []


Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

Quote: Barbara Bush, the beloved wife of one former president and mother of another, died at the age of 92 on Tuesday. The former First Lady and former President George H.W. Bush had the longest-lasting marriage in presidential history 73 years. As the Bush family matriarch, Barbara Bush dropped out of college to follow [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The Israel Folau furore continues "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I have stayed away from the Israel Folau issue until now. A rugby player saying something silly doesnt sound very newsworthy to me. Someone with religious beliefs saying someone else will go to hell if they have different beliefs or sexuality is not new or unusual. Religious people have long claimed that everyone []


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

The word for today is nudiustertian (adj) Pertaining to the day before yesterday. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : From Latin nudius tertius, literally, today is the third day. Earliest documented use: 1647. The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The Inquisition Tentacles Are Spreading. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Ive written about Ralph Drollinger before. Hes one scary lunatic christian, and he wields way too much influence in the current regime. Hes crowing again, over all the progress hes making. Its as well to remember that Drollingers idea of progress is to bring back the inquisition or something like.

Ralph Drollinger, who runs fundamentalist Bible studies for dozens of members of Congress and President Trumps Cabinet every week, said in a fundraising letter this month that his group has been blessed by God with extraordinary growth beyond our wildest imaginings in foreign nations across the globe and most notably in former Soviet Bloc countries.


We noted last fall that Drollinger is aggressively expanding his operations both at the local government level in the U.S. and in national capitals around the world. His April 4 letter includes some details about the latter:

In the last few months discipleship Bible studies have been established to Parliamentarians in Romania; Ukraine; Fiji; Papua New Guinea; and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. A ministry is about to begin in Guatemala, and before fall, we expect work to be completed for ministries in the Central and South American nations of Peru; Ecuador; Brazil; Mexico; Uruguay; and Paraguay, as well as in the European city Riga, Latvia.

Work is current an ongoing with partners to establish discipleship Bible studies in Berlin and Bonne [sic]. We are enthusiastically pursuing an opportunity to plant a ministry in the European Union Parliament, a body of 600 Parliamentarians from 26 Western and Eastern European nations who meet two weeks every month in Brussels, Belgium and one week every month in Strasbourg, France.

We thought the Lord did not want us in the Middle East, but to our great surprise discussions are currently underway to establish a ministry in a Muslim majority nation in the Middle East.


Although Drollinger is quick to complain about news coverage he believes is unfair, his letter says a story published in a German newspaper helped attract new friends. And Capitol Ministries has been gushing about a recent BBC story that the grou...


Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed"

Proverbs 19 20 Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


On writing, PNG literature & the voice of the diaspora "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rashmii Bell & Tess Newton Cain
Rashmii Bell and Tess Newton Cain


BRISBANE - I recently caught up with Rashmii Bell over lunch in Brisbane, and asked about her background and experiences as an author. I began by asking Rashmii to tell me about her background, and what she is currently involved in.

Rashmii hails from Sio, Morobe Province, in Papua New Guinea, having being born and lived in Lae, as well as Port Moresby and (presently) Brisbane.

She was educated in Australia, and has lived between there and PNG since 1990. She studied at Griffith University, obtaining a degree in psychology and criminology and she has more than 10 years of experience working in case management within adult and youth corrections services.

And now?

RASHMII - "Im a little past nine years while Ive been at home. Ive just been raising children. But, Ive always enjoyed reading. I read everything, read every day. And writing, I have been writing for myself, but I only just started having my work published in the past three years"

I went on to ask what Rashmii considered to be the most significant milestones in her journey as an author. Her first, and possibly most significant milestone, was seeing her work published on the PNG Attitude blog, edited by Keith Jackson. More recently, her role as editor of My Walk to Equality has provided new opportunities:

RASHMII appearing at the writers festivals, the Sunshine Coast festival this year, and then Brisbane Writers Festival, both in 2016 and 2017, which has really, I think, for the majority of the emerging contemporary PNG writers, thats a huge thing for us to know that Papua New Guinean literature is being mentioned at these international events.

In a similar vein, I asked Rashmii what she thought were the things that had the most influence on her voice as an author. She explained to me that she focuses on long form writing, with her pieces best classified as opinion and comm...


Is Trump losing the plot. Or does he think people are stupid? "IndyWatch Feed"

The clip focuses on Trumps new tweet where he flat out contradicts what he said to Lester Hale a year ago re Comeys firing.


Media watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

19 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 []


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. Note: I thought I scheduled a post for General Chat today but cant find it. If it turns up []


Trump Toon "IndyWatch Feed"

Christian Adams Evening Standard


Emmanuel Macron, French President, has claimed he moderated Trumps proposed attack on Syria.

Both men have extremely high opinions of themselves.


Open Forum Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

19 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 []


Great Barrier Reef at unprecedented risk of collapse after major bleaching event "IndyWatch Feed"

The record-breaking marine heatwave in 2016 across the Great Barrier Reef has left much of the coral ecosystem at an unprecedented risk of collapse, research shows.

A new study published in Nature finds that the surge in sea temperatures during the 2016 bleaching event led to an immediate and long-lasting die-off of coral.

This, in turn, led to vast swathes of the reef being transformed into highly altered, degraded systems, which are now vulnerable to total ecological collapse, the authors conclude.

The large-scale loss of coral is a harbinger of further radical shifts in the condition and dynamics of all ecosystems, they add, if global action on climate change fails to limit warming to 1.5-2C above the pre-industrial baseline.

Turning white

The Great Barrier Reef is the worlds largest coral reef, stretching 2,300km from Papua New Guinea to the coast of Queensland, Australia. Over the past two decades, the Great Barrier Reef has seen four mass bleaching events, most recently in 2016 and 2017.

Coral bleaching is primarily caused by prolonged exposure to high sea temperatures. Under continued heat stress, the corals expel the tiny colourful algae living in their tissues known as zooxanthellae leaving behind a stark white skeleton.

The algae provide the corals with energy through photosynthesis. Without them, the corals can slowly starve. Healthy corals can live from two to several hundred years.

The mass bleaching event of 2016, which took place in the summer months of February, March and April, was the most devastating on record, affecting 94% of reefs surveyed...


PNG Presence - making life easy when you move to PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Watna mori
Watna Mori
Kevin alo
Kevin Alo


PORT MORESBY Watna Mori and Kevin Alo have come up with a really good idea a relocation agency that will help expatriates settle into Papua New Guinea, from airport meet and greet to providing cross-cultural training.

Their company, PNG Presence, was established last year to support and provide all the practical assistance people need so they can focus on foreign companies and individuals transitioning into Papua New Guinea. You can link to the PNG Presence website here.

Kevin and I are both lawyers, said Watna Mori, co-founder and director of PNG Presence. Kevin is registered to practice in PNG and I am registered in NSW.

We are a multi-disciplinary team with an extensive network within the government, private and not for profit industries in PNG, regionally and internationally.

We also have a partner in Australia, called Australian Presence, that helps provide services to Papua New Guineans whether migrating to Australia or transitioning their business to Australia, she said.

Our team consists of experts in business advisory, marketing and advertising, corporate governance, cultural and community liaison, regulatory and compliance, visa...

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The Late, Late Movie: The Ghost Train "IndyWatch Feed"

This 1941 film starred Arthur Askey with Richard Murdoch. It was adapted from Arnold Ridleys famous play.

Nowadays if Ridley is remembered it is more likely as Godfrey in Dads Army.

He authored many plays over the years.


14 killed after severe floods hit Dar es Salaam, Tanzania "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Heavy rains that hit Tanzania over the past couple of days caused buildings to collapse and widespread flooding in Dar es Salaam, a major city and commercial port on Tanzanias Indian Ocean coast. A statement released by Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA)...... Read more

Boom and bust cycle of deep-sea trawling unsustainable, study finds "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Fishing in the remote waters of the deep sea isnt easy. But with technological advancements, fishing boats have pushed farther and deeper into the oceans, frequently using bottom trawl gear giant fishing nets weighted down with metal attachments that drag along the seafloor to scoop up huge amounts of fish from depths of up to 2,000 meters (6,560 feet). Deep-sea trawling, however, can be extremely destructive for fish populations, while providing minimal economic benefits, researchers have found. Catches from deep-sea trawling are also grossly underreported, the researchers conclude in a new study published in Frontiers in Marine Science. Considering that the search for fishable resources, though partly buffered by some recent regulatory positions is progressively moving deeper and deeper, the picture that emerges from this study is definitely worrying, Antonio Pusceddu, professor of ecology at the University of Cagliari, Italy, who was not involved in the study, told Mongabay. Pacific sleeper shark. Image by NOAA. Bottom-trawling in the deep sea likely unsustainable Between 1950 and 2015, bottom trawls caught about 25 million tons of 72 fish species at depths greater than 400 meters (1,310 feet), the researchers found. Many of these fisheries followed a boom and bust pattern, with fish harvests first thriving, then quickly crashing. This shows that deep-sea bottom-trawled fisheries are not sustainable, lead author Lissette Victorero, a doctoral student at the National Oceanography Centre, U.K., told Mongabay. Most of them last only a decade or two. Additionally, this cycle is so rapid that the management and


World watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


April 19 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

65 The freedman Milichus betrayed Pisos plot to kill the Emperor Nero and all the conspirators were arrested.

531  Battle of Callinicum: A Byzantine army under Belisarius was defeated by the Persian at Ar-Raqqah (northern Syria).

1012  Martyrdom of Alphege in Greenwich, London.

1529 At the Second Diet of Speyer, a group of rulers and independent cities protested the reinstatement of the Edict of Worrms, beginning the Protestant Reformation.

1587  Francis Drake sank the Spanish fleet in Cdiz harbour.

1686  Vasily Tatishchev, Russian ethnographer and politician was born (d. 1750).

1713 With no living male heirs, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, issued the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713 to ensure that Habsburg lands and the Austrian throne would be inherited by his daughter, Maria Theresa of Austria (not actually born until 1717).

1758  William Carnegie, 7th Earl of Northesk, Scottish admiral was born (d. 1831).

1770  Captain James Cook sighted Australia.

1770 Marie Antoinette married Louis XVI by Proxy marriage.

1775  American Revolutionary War began at the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

1782 John Adams secured the Dutch Republics recognition of the United States as an independent government. The house which he had purchased in The Hague, became the first American embassy.



365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The weather which brought a light shower to our place last night left a sprinkling of snow on the Kakanui mountains.

They stood out against the blue sky this morning, freshly dressed in white, reminding me again how blessed we are to live where nature treats us to such beauty and for that Im grateful.


Climate change unseasonably hot weather made bushfires near Lucas Heights nuclear reactor become apocalyptic blazes "IndyWatch Feed"

Apocalyptic blaze surrounding nuclear reactor sets off emergency

AUSTRALIA is struggling to contain a growing bushfire that is racing towards a nuclear reactor, amid fears that the blaze could expand beyond their control. By OLI SMITH Apr 16, 2018 

More than 500 Australia firefighters are struggling to tackle a massive bushfire, with several residents urged to seek shelters as evacuation is now too late.

Scenes of the blaze, which started yesterday, have been described as apocalyptic after the fire ripped through nearly 2,500 hectares of land close to the suburbs of Sydney.

Firefighters failed to stop the out-of-control blaze from burning through a major military base and a nuclear reactor is the next at-risk location.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) said it was concerned that flying embers could spark even more blazes

The unseasonably hot Autumn in south-eastern Australia has been blamed for worsening the bushfire after record temperatures for April.

Shane Fitzsimmons, of the RFS, warned that strong 60km per hour winds are expected to push towards residential homes.

He said that the countrys largest army barracks at Holsworthy, where stockpiles of fuel, ammunition and explosive materials are kept, had been hit by the fire.


China taking direct aim at US with Indo-Pacific trade strategy, expert says "IndyWatch Feed War"

The proposal is seen as a response to Washingtons efforts to boost Indo-Pacific alliances to rein in Chinese military deployment and investment

South China Morning Post

Beijings plan to open up Chinas Hawaii as a gateway for Indo-Pacific investment and economic ties is an attempt to counter the United States efforts to form alliances against China in the region, analysts say.

The Hainan plan...


Wednesday nightcap *NSFW "IndyWatch Feed"

The myth of the socialist Scandinavian countries. **A bit of swearing so NSFW The post Wednesday nightcap *NSFW appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Bushfires near Lucas Heights nuclear reactor are still hazardous "IndyWatch Feed"


Firefighters Warn NSW Is Not Out Of The Woods On Third Day Of Bushfires, Pedestrian. 16 Apr 18   More than 250 firefighters continue to battle bushfires in NSWs southwest, which has spread more than 2,400 hectares since Saturday afternoon.

The blaze, which is believed to have originated in the vicinity of Casula, was fanned further by strong winds on Sunday.

More than 500 firefighters from the Rural Fire ServiceFire & Rescue NSW and the Australian Defence Force attempted to contain the blaze over the weekend with help from volunteers and 11 water-bombing helicopters.

The fire tore trough Holsworthy military range, and while approaching suburban areas, has been staved off. Several residents report fighting off embers with hoses and water buckets.

The fire was downgraded from emergency level to watch and act on 5.30pm Sunday, then again downgraded to advice around 2am Monday.

While lower wind conditions are expected to help with containing the fire, RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers warned that the high temperatures remain an issue.

Still q...


New South Wales National Party leader- nuclear power nevitablefor Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

Comment by Steve Dale There is something really rotten about the Nationals lately. Four Corners (4corners, fourcorners) can you please follow the stink/money trail and find out who is pulling the strings on these politicians? We have had a Royal Conmission into nuclear, I think what we really need is a Royal Commission into Nuclear lobbying and its corrupting influence on our political system.

John Barilaro to push the nuclear power button The Australian, April 17, 2018  Acting NSW Premier John Barilaro will declare nuclear power inevitable in a speech that slams ignorant, 1970s thinking for preventing development of the nations uranium reserves and condemning residents to blackouts.

The speech by the state Nationals party leader, seen by The Australian and to be delivered on Wednesday night at an energy policy forum in Sydney, calls for small modular reactors, likely imported from the US, to reduce dependence on high-emission coal and gas-fired power over the next five to 10 years  



Thomas Sowell on facts and free speech "IndyWatch Feed"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to Dr. Thomas Sowell (Economist) joins Dave to discuss his upbringing and Marxist past, free speech on college campuses, distinguishing between classical liberalism and libertarianism, and his new book Discrimination & Disparities. The post Thomas Sowell on facts and free speech appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Australian government successfully bribing Kimba community to host radioactive trash? "IndyWatch Feed"

Looks like the bribery has been successful.   $2M approved for 33 Kimba projects, Eyre Tribune   Kathrine Catanzariti 16 Apr 18


Visit of pro nuclear Resources Minister Canavan has strengthened Aboriginal opposition to nuclear waste dump "IndyWatch Feed"

ATLA opposes UCG in Leigh Creek, The Transcontinental, Marco Balsamo , 16 Apr 18


Famed War Reporter Robert Fisk Reaches Syrian Chemical Attack Site, Concludes They Were Not Gassed "IndyWatch Feed"

Robert Fisk: There was no chlorine attack in Douma by Tyler Durden 04/17/2018 


Marine animals discoveries off Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video says about itself:

Diving in Bali is a document of an extraordinary expedition I made to Indonesias magical island of Bali in 2006 with Aquamarine Diving.

From Tulambens awesome USAT Liberty wreck, to the reef manta rays of Nusa Penida, via the fascinating macro marine life of Tulamben and Seraya Secrets, the footage covers the breadth of Balis fascinating underwater world.

The video features 158 species of marine life, and their common and scientific names are available by turning on the captions with the CC button under the video.

Viewers can now contribute subtitles for the marine life names in this video in many languages. Find out more here.

From Tulamben there is footage of the wreck of the USAT Liberty in both day time and night time, including the humphead parrotfish that spend the night there. Also from Tulamben are numerous marine live encounters from dives at the Drop-Off and the Coral Garden.

Just around the corner we make a dive at Seraya Secrets, a macro hotspot where I encountered seahorses and nudibranchs. From Padangbai on the east coast of Bali we have footage from The Blue Lagoon and Pura Jepun. From the island of Nusa Penida we have the manta ray cleaning station, Manta Point, and Ped.

From the National University of Singapore:

More than 12,000 marine creatures uncovered during West Java deep-sea exploration

Over a dozen new species of crabs, prawns and lobsters discovered; over 40 new records for Indonesia

April 17, 2018

Despite a stormy start thanks to Cyclone Marcus, scientists who participated in...


Wednesday weapons "IndyWatch Feed"

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Australia to join global health and climate change initiative "IndyWatch Feed"   UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY

The Lancet Countdown report on health and climate change was published in October 2017 by The Lancet and will be updated annually through to 2030.

It tracks progress on health and climate change across 40 indicators divided into five categories: climate change impacts, exposures and vulnerability; adaptation planning and resilience for health; mitigation actions and health co-benefits; economics and finance; and public and political engagement.

Dr Ying Zhang, a senior lecturer in the University of Sydneys School of Public Health, and Associate Professor Paul Beggs, from Macquarie University, wrote in the MJA that, from an Australian perspective, with our high level of carbon emissions per capita, it will be important to reflect on our progress and how it compares with that of other countries, especially high-income countries.

A group of Australian experts from multiple disciplines is commencing work on our first national countdown report, Zhang and Beggs wrote.

The project recognises the importance of the climate change challenge in Australia, including its relevance to human health, and also the unique breadth and depth of the Australian expertise in climate change and human health.

The Australian countdown will mirror the five domain sections of the Lancet Countdown, adopt the indicators usedwhere feasible and relevant to Australiaand include any useful additional indicators.

The inaugural A...


Exelon Nuclear Corporation official No New Nuclear Plants To Be Built in the U.S. "IndyWatch Feed"

Exelon Official: No New Nuclear Plants To Be Built in the U.S. Because of the plants size and security needs, the costs become prohibitive.U.S. News  By Alexa Lardieri, Staff WriterApril 16, 2018, 

A SENIOR OFFICIAL WITH Americas largest nuclear plant operating company is predicting a dim future for nuclear power in the U.S.

William Von Hoene, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Exelon, said last week that...


Video: Indigenous rangers facing nervous wait over funding "IndyWatch Feed"

The federal governments Indigenous ranger program
employs more than 700 workers across the country,
but the scheme is under threat.

By Rhiannon Elston

Sophia Walter from the Country Needs People campaign,
an alliance of 36 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations
and the Pew Charitable Trust,
has called on the minister to urgently deliver the promised funding extension.

We know ranger groups around the country are getting nervous
with contracts ending in just two months, she says.


The unconscious mind of the SJW "IndyWatch Feed"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to This is a very interesting explanation as to why the left ultimately veers towards totalitarianism, its a view that will spark debate. The post The unconscious mind of the SJW appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The fraud of multiculturalism "IndyWatch Feed"

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Fraught family issues and intimidating judges "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Relationship breakups and family arrangements can be fraught with problems. Fathers in particular can be put in difficult positions, often feeling helpless in the legal system, with preference often given to mothers. Some estranged fathers have been taking their frustrations too far. NZH: Police protect judges at home from intimidating Family Court protesters Judges are []


Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed"

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Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

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.


Trump opposes US rejoining Pacific trade deal "IndyWatch Feed World"

Trump opposes US rejoining Pacific trade deal | 17 April 2018 | President Trump on Tuesday said he's opposed to the U.S. reentering the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and instead advocated for establishing bilateral trade deals with countries. [Yes!] "While Japan and South Korea would like us to go back into TPP, I don't like the deal for the United States. Too many contingencies and no way to get out if it doesn't work," Trump tweeted. He added that bilateral deals between two nations are "far more efficient, profitable and better" for American workers.



An All black, a member of a cult that accommodates adherents  tossing homosexual men blindfolded from upper stories and almost total silence.
A Wallaby player suggests homosexual men might be consigned to hell and it becomes a massive media outrage.

The rugby gin swilling old farts bend over backwards to allow the AB to remove sponsors logos from his strip while a young fart who may or may not drink gin is facing a sponsor backlash when her man makes rather questionable threats that may or may not ever eventuate from his christian motivated faith, while the Islam adherent just carries on with a finger saluting the judeo christians.
Of course should  the poor buggers, pun intended,  survive their horrific dive they will almost certainly face additional life threatening repercussions, invariably life ending.


Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed"

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Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed"

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Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

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PNG Communication Minister wants protection for Facebook users "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Communications and Information Technology Minister Sam Basil has directed his line agencies to find out how to protect the privacy of Facebook users in Papua New Guinea.
Basil, pictured, issued the directives to the Department of Information and Communications and the National Information Communications Technology Authority on Monday
It comes in the wake of a United States Senate and class action court hearings to ascertain whether Facebook Inc failed to protect the privacy of its users in the United States and United Kingdom.
Personal data, chats, pictures, and contact details of Papua New Guinea Facebook users are on the same Facebook Inc database.
Basil said he had been monitoring the US Senate hearing on Facebook and the class action court case against Facebook and Cambridge Analytica in the light of the security of millions of PNG Facebook users.
Facebook, as a social network, came into to Papua New Guinea riding on the infrastructure of telecommunications and IT service providers, Basil said.
The Government, swept along by IT globalisation, never really had the chance to ascertain the advantages or disadvantages and even educate and provide guidance on use of social networks like Facebook to PNG users.
The two cases involving Facebook shows us the vulnerabilities that PNG citizens and residents face on their personal data and exchanges when using this social network as well as other social network.
Basil said he needed to take an informed and appropriate action on behalf of PNG citizens and residents using Facebook and other IT social networks.
I am aware that Facebook use in PNG is not limited to personal chats and blogs, he said. It is also used as a forum for advertising by individuals, organisations both public and private, to post and download public notices, position vacancies and job searches, real estates and other commercial activities. more on PNG Technology News site : PNG eHow



Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Exculpatory  tending to clear from a charge of fault or guilt; removing blame; exonerative.


Old white man of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

A grateful woman writes: Quote: This morning I placed the dirty laundry in the washing machine, pressed start and went next door for coffee. Later I transferred the clothes to my dryer, pressed a button and wash day was over. Gone is the drudgery of wash day of my childhood in rural Ireland in the 1950s. [] The post Old white man of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Swedish feminists are crazy "IndyWatch Feed"

Swedish feminists are not only crazy and illogical, they are also dangerous. Their so-called feminism is now indistinguishable from hardcore communism where the state gets to control everything.  Swedens Feminist Initiative wants political parties that criticise migration banned. Thats right, they only want political parties with an approved view on migration allowed to take part in [] The post Swedish feminists are crazy appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


A tough love message that needs saying: Part two "IndyWatch Feed"

The following is a guest post from the blog Red Pill Jew. Due to its length, I have divided it into three posts so we can better absorb its message. This was not easy to write; I suspect it will be difficult to read as well.  I dont want to be harsh, I dont want to [] The post A tough love message that needs saying: Part two appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed"

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Photoshop of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

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Meet Our New National Director! "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Hello ANTaR friends!

It is an honour for me to have joined ANTaR,  a respected and important advocacy organisation for the rights of First Peoples, and I look forward to joining with you all to continuing fighting for the justice, rights and respect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia.

I come, most recently, from helping run the Close the Gap Campaign and also managing the secretariat support for the National Health Leadership Forum which sees the peak Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health organisations collaborate together.

At the Close the Gap Campaign, I saw first hand the value, dedication and commitment of ANTaR in helping to support the pursuit of justice and self-determination for Australias First Peoples. So it gives me a lot of pride to be given the opportunity to help continue to build the legacy of ANTaR into the future.

The reality is, organisations like ANTaR and the campaigns it supports such as Close the Gap, Change the Record and the Redfern Statement Alliance (amongst others) are still necessary to hold governments to account for their obligations to First Peoples.

Persistent gaps in life expectancy and health outcomes, world-beating (and shameful) rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander incarceration, and rates of child-removal that are greater now than at the time of the Bringing Them Home Report (LINK). We must do better to support our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family, friends, colleagues and fellow citizens to enjoy full, free and healthy lives in one of the richest nations on Earth.

We are entering another crucial period for advocacy and we need your help now more than ever. (LINK)

A Federal Election will be held within 12 months, the latest government process (LINK) to establish another Joint Select Committee in Parliament on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples we must make it clear to the next Federal Government that Constitutional Recognition can no longer be put off.

In Uluru last year, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from across Australia made a direct and powerful statement on their aspirations for true recognition in Australias Constitution.
In calling for a Voice in the Consti...


Meet Our New National Director "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Meet Our New National Director
Hello ANTaR friends!
It is an honour for me to have
joined ANTaR, a respected and
important advocacy organisation!
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Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

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Little Girl Spots Something Unusual While Out For A Walk "IndyWatch Feed"

Anja Boot, her daughter and a few friends were hiking through Cradle Mountain National Park in Tasmania, Australia, a couple weeks ago when they encountered something quite unusual a baby wombat hitching a ride on his moms back.

It was actually Boots 11-year-old daughter, Ruby, who first spotted the wombat duo.

Ruby called out to me, Mum, there's a wombat here on top of another one, Boot told The Dodo. I must admit, I had no idea what she could have been meaning as I had never seen this before.

Credit: Anja Boot

When Boot went to have a look, she was pretty surprised.

"I saw Mama wombat about 10 meters [32 feet] away from us, with her baby trying to keep its balance on her back, Boot said. I had one of those overwhelming feelings of the wonder of nature. It was just so special  I've never seen anything like that before.

From a safe distance, they watched the wombat pair crawl through tufts of grass for several minutes while Boot snapped a few photos. Mama wombat would take a few steps to a new patch of grass and the baby would just manage to stay on, Boot said.

Credit: Anja Boot

But when the mother wombat decided to leap over a stream, the baby wombat ran into a touch of trouble.

There had been a huge amount of rain the week before, and the baby literally did a somersault in the air and landed down in the water, Boot said. I stood anxiously on the track waiting to see baby reemerge. The mama in me needed to see that baby back with its own mama.

The mother wombat didnt seem overly concerned about her baby she was too busy munching on grass. But perhaps the mother knew she didnt have to worry.



Bite sized political nuggets "IndyWatch Feed"

Our tax and spend government has been busy making the New Zealand economy poorer. Inspired by the Act party bulletin here are some bite-sized political nuggets, to sum up the most recent attempts to damage our economy. Michael Cullens speech about tax: In his speech, Michael Cullen said that our attitude to tax is atavistic, [] The post Bite sized political nuggets appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Janet Albrechtsen on the Turnbull Government's determination to let the ACTU get away with whatever it wants "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Janet Albrechtsen brings us a stunning expose of ACTU chief Sally McManus and her fantasy world in The Australian today. The Australian's headline and promotion of the article don't really do Janet's content and research justice: In fact the article is aimed squarely at the Turnbull Government which should have...


The Daily Encourager builds students up as Arderns government tears students down "IndyWatch Feed"

There is a wonderful article on a New Zealand website called the Daily Encourager that has the byline: News that builds people up. It is a news story about South Auckland Middle School which is one of the three charter schools I visited and wrote about a few years ago. As I read the glowing [] The post The Daily Encourager builds students up as Arderns government tears students down appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The other side is not dumb "IndyWatch Feed"

It is an unfortunate trait of human nature that we tend to believe, absolutely, that our personal opinions are the only possible correct ones. We also tend to believe that good people, naturally, share our views. Anyone who disagrees with us is not just wrong, but a bad person. The internet only amplifies this trait. [] The post The other side is not dumb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


View from your window "IndyWatch Feed"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? The winner of the one-kilo bag of Coffee Vice coffee beans from our generous sponsor Bluburd is Wanarunna as your estimate was closest to the actual floor. Congratulations I will e-mail you today. Yesterdays photo: This photo was taken on our trip to the US in Jan. It [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Government should use tertiary funding to push Kiwis into primary industries Sarah Perriam:

Imagine two high school students.

One drops out to work in a factory.

The other finishes school, and now travels the world with chefs and photographers.

Theyre both 25 years old, and earning $100,000.

How did they do it? They chose to work in the food industry, which has for too long been called a primary industry. . . 

Interim climate change committee immediately asked how to deal with agricultural emissions Henry Cooke:

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has announced the members of a climate change committee and asked them to look at how to get agricultural emissions down.

The interim committee is chaired by David Prentice, who was most recently CEO and managing director of infrastructure firm Opus International Consultants, and features former Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Jan Wright.

The interim group will be replaced when an independent Climate Change Commission takes over in May of 2019, when Shaw hopes to pass a Zero Carbon Act, with an amendment at select committee to deal with agriculture. . . 

MPI committed to efficient Mycoplasma bovis compensation payouts:

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is committed to helping farmers affected by the cattle disease Mycoplasma...


Around Britain: Whitby Yards "IndyWatch Feed"

Despite having visited Whitby many times, much of this was new to Adam

Great clip


Who would ever have thought? Landlords passing on increased costs "IndyWatch Feed"

Who would ever have thought that if you load up landlords with increased costs that they wouldnt pass them on to tenants with increased rents? Clearly the government believed that little fairy tale. Reality is somewhat different. Quote: Extra costs for landlords are being blamed for rent rises around the country. The NZ Property Investors [] The post Who would ever have thought? Landlords passing on increased costs appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Campaign launch: Celebrating and defending customary land "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

17 Apr 2018 | ActNowACT NOW! launches a new multi-media campaign 'Celebrating and Defending Customary Land'-- the most valuable and important asset available to most Papua New Guineans.


AkzoNobels new strategy sees it move out of retail sales "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Paint company AkzoNobel is taking a new strategic direction in Papua New Guinea, according to Chief Executive Officer, Navin Raju. He tells Business Advantage PNG that the prospects for growth are sound.

Paint company AkzoNobels Navin Raju Source: Akzo Nobel

In the past we were more trade and retail focusedover the counter sales, says Raju.

The new direction now is that the company will be focusing on supporting the resellers and AN is moving out of retail sales.

The reason for moving out of retail is that we will not be competing with our own paint resellers but supporting them with increased marketing presence.

We have closed down our warehouse and retail sales stores in Hagan and Kokopo and appointed distributors to distribute and grow the business in these areas.

I must say that in Hagen in last three months, there are already been huge signs of improvement.


Raju says the PNG paint market is growing slowly but the company has nevertheless achieved extensive growth over the last six months.

He says the company is no longer manufacturing in PNG. It is part of the new overall strategic direction of Akzo Nobel PNG.

Raju expects that once the new strategy is in place the company will strength...


Designing monetary policy committees "IndyWatch Feed"

For a government trumpeting openness and transparency, this seems a strange way to proceed.

croaking cassandra

Last week the Reserve Bank of Australia hosted a conference on Central Bank Frameworks: Evolution or Revolution.  I wrote last week about the paper by Reserve Bank Assistant Governor John McDermott, which was given at the conference.

But when the RBA yesterday released most of the rest of the conference papers, I noticed one that really should be relevant to the current New Zealand work underway reviewing and revising the Reserve Bank Act.  Unfortunately, it isnt a fully worked-up paper, but the slides on Robust Design Principles for Monetary Policy Committees have plenty of content (and no equations, for those wary of what they might offer in such contexts), and should offer food for thought for the Minister of Finance and his Treasury officials as they pull together the new legislation.  Unfortunately, as far as I can see, the proposed New Zealand model is mostly quite inconsistent with

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Oscars Song 1942 White Christmas "IndyWatch Feed"

Perhaps given the year, not an entirely surprising choice


Cartoon of the day by SonovaMin "IndyWatch Feed"

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Brian Bell Group investing heavily for growth in its 60th year, says Chairman "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Diversified corporate and retail enterprise Brian Bell Group is celebrating its 60th year in 2018. Chairman Ian Clough tells Business Advantage PNG the company is investing in people, infrastructure, and new retail strategies in preparation for its next phase of growth.

Brian Bells Ian Clough

This year is a real milestone for us. There is only a small number of organisations in Papua New Guinea that have been around longer than 60 years and we are proud of this achievement.

We are still building for the future and we are 100 per cent PNG-owned.

What started as a small gun shop on Ela Beach in 1958 has grown, as a result of the hard work of thousands, to be one of PNGs most recognisable brands and a contributor to the economy.


Clough says the company is making multimillion kina investments in warehousing and distribution, and is expanding its portfolio through property development.

On top of our largest distribution centre being built at Gerehu [in Port Moresby], we are building an executive apartment project in Port Moresby that is designed to provide opportunities not only for our own people but for the wider market.

There are plenty of business opportunities in PNG.

In the last two years and the coming two years, the Group will have seen some of our largest infrastructure investments in our history. We are also scoping to expand our Mt Hagen operation in the near future.

Our enterprise is evolving in how we think, how we operate, and how we connect globally.

PNG is in the early phase of expanding global recognition. The global investors that will be attracted to PNG via APEC and other key programs will bring international brands and companies to our shores.


Clough says he sees some positive indicators that the economy is beginning to emerge from the downturn.

We see some good early signs for activity. It is looking like the next 12-to-18 months are going to be reasonably challenging. The recent earthquake has been devastating for the people in the area affected but we also see some headwinds as a result for the economy.

However, aft...


Farmers want Molesworth to stay as farm "IndyWatch Feed"

Unfortunately I suspect we will get a Green solution


Farmers want the countrys biggest farm Molesworth Station to stay as a farm.

. . .The Department of Conservation started an online survey on the future of Molesworth Station, between Marlborough and Canterbury, in January to gauge public appetite for a radical rethink of the farm.

The survey follows up a 2013 management plan for the 180,000-hectare Molesworth, about the size of Stewart Island, which looked to move the station away from its traditional farming focus to include more recreation and conservation activities.

But Molesworth neighbour Steve Satterthwaite, of Muller Station, said getting rid of farming could create major ramifications for the environment.

As far as Molesworth is concerned, I believe it should continue to be farmed and theres plenty of reasons as to why, he said.

Without farming, there could be pest problems and weed issues, as well as a huge fire risk, Satterthwaite said.

Weeds, pests

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That was then . . . "IndyWatch Feed"


Remember how hard Labour and the Green Party campaigned against the then-National Governments appointing commissioners to Environment Canterbury?

That was then, this is now:

National Party spokesperson for Greater Christchurch Regeneration has welcomed the decision by Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta to follow the previous National Governments approach to keep the current Environment Canterbury (ECan) board.

Nanaia Mahuta is making a sensible decision to keep the current ECan Board and returning to a full democracy at the 2019 local body election, as the previous National Government had planned, Ms Wagner says.

Labour made plenty of noise about the lack of full democracy in Canterbury whilst in Opposition. Both present Ministers Eugenie Sage and Megan Woods led an aggressive campaign to have full elections immediately.

Yet again, now that Labour is in Government it has abandoned its policy and is continuing with the plan started by National.

Our long-term approach

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Campaign Launch: Photo Diary "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

ACT NOW! launched its new camapign, titled 'Celebrating and Defending Customary Land', on April 17 in Port Moresby.

More than 30 people attended the launch event, including representatives from ten different media outlets and various civil society groups.

Camera crews set up their recording equipment

The lights were dimmed for the first screening of the new television advert

Eddie Tanago explained why customary land must be celebrated and defended

Every word was recorded by the TV crews

Campaign publications were popular with the media and other guests

Eddie Tanago answered questions from the audience.

All set! Oselle Tamanabae ready to greet the first arrivals

Paul Barker from the Institute of National Affairs in discussion with Eddie Tanago





TUESDAY, 17 APRIL, 2018 | 20:44 WIB
Freeport to Close Grasberg Mine Operation

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta The management of PT Freeport Indonesia will close the operation of the open-pit gold mine in Grasberg, Mimika, Papua.

Executive Vice President of PT Freeport Indonesia for Sustainable Development Sony Prasetyo, said that Freeports production in 2019 will be reduced by 80,000 tons per day from the previous 200,000 tons per day.

"It is a technical condition, the open-pit mine in Grasberg is about to close, and by 2019 it is expected to stop, now it is already cannot be exploited, the only way we exploit it is from below or underground," Sony said in Timika on Monday, April 16, 2018.

Meanwhile, underground exploitation cannot be immediately carried out because there are still issues that must be solved, including the permits. However, if the government gives permission for underground mining exploitation, the result will not be optimal until around 2021 or 2023.

Sony said closing the open-pit mine will affect several things, including revenue. In addition, when he was asked about the possibility of having layoffs, Sony said it will be tough decision to make.

"I have not seen [the possibility for a lay off]. For this company, an employee is a valuable asset, s...


A good idea "IndyWatch Feed"

In the wake of Tony Blair's illegal war in Iraq, the UK had been developing a constitutional convention which saw Parliament vote on waging war, and this had prevented the UK from bombing Syria in 2013. But over the weekend, Theresa May violated that convention, joining the US in bombing Syria. And now, UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn is calling for legislation to prevent it from happening again:

Jeremy Corbyn has called for a war powers act that would stop Theresa May from launching bombing raids without first consulting MPs.

The Labour leader said the prime minister should have strived for parliamentary approval before instigating UK involvement in yesterday's air strikes on Syrian targets.

And he called for a proper debate in parliament on Monday, concluding with a vote on action in Syria.


The MP for Islington North, who also called for a war powers act in 2016, continued: "I think what we need in this country is something more robust like a war powers act so governments do get held to account by parliament for what they do in our name".

Its a good idea, both on principled and pragmatic grounds. Foreign military operations are exactly the sort of thing which should require democratic approval by elected representatives, to ensure that there is a mandate. And such a requirement would help deter a warmongering executive and allow the UK people to take back control of their foreign policy from America.

But its not just a good idea for the UK, but a good one for New Zealand. In 2012, Labour promoted a Defence (Overseas Deployments) Amendment Bill which would have required explicit parliamentary consent for any deployment of more than 20 people. They should make that formal government policy, and commit to letting Parliament vote before kiwi troops are sent anywhere. And if future governments don't like that, they can always make it a question of confidence, and stand or fall on the result.


That was then . . . "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Remember how hard Labour and the Green Party campaigned against the then-National Governments appointing commissioners to Environment Canterbury?

That was then, this is now:

National Party spokesperson for Greater Christchurch Regeneration has welcomed the decision by Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta to follow the previous National Governments approach to keep the current Environment Canterbury (ECan) board.

Nanaia Mahuta is making a sensible decision to keep the current ECan Board and returning to a full democracy at the 2019 local body election, as the previous National Government had planned, Ms Wagner says.

Labour made plenty of noise about the lack of full democracy in Canterbury whilst in Opposition. Both present Ministers Eugenie Sage and Megan Woods led an aggressive campaign to have full elections immediately.

Yet again, now that Labour is in Government it has abandoned its policy and is continuing with the plan started by National.

Our long-term approach whilst in Government was designed to improve the standards at ECan. In 2009, the previous Government appointed commissioners to ECan following repeated poor performance by the council in achieving their regulatory requirements.

Thanks to the hard work of the commissioners and the strong, sensible leadership of Dame Margaret Bazley and David Bedford, Canterbury now has one of the best performing regional councils in New Zealand.

This has always been about making good decisions for Canterbury. The commissioners were put in to complete the water management plan for Canterbury which had languished under the leadership of the previous council.

Nanaia Mahutas decision shows that the long-term plan started in 2009 has been effective. Half of the members on ECan were elected in 2016 and the plan had long been for the full council to be elected in 2019.

ECan wasnt working with elected councillors.

Commissioners have improved performance. Half the board are now elected members and as National planned, all members will be elected at the next local body elections next year.

Phil Twyford appears to be signalling the government dont have money for light rail in Auckland "IndyWatch Feed"

OK, I shamelessly stole my headline off Bernard Orsman, but it is a ripper. Quote. Government Minister Shane Jones is being dispatched to Australia on a PPP fact-finding mission as the Government looks for ways to pay for expensive infrastructure plans. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said today the Government was open for business for private investors [] The post Phil Twyford appears to be signalling the government dont have money for light rail in Auckland appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


How Maori landowners access development finance "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Accessing finance to develop land in Papua New Guinea is the biggest stumbling block to creating wealth, jobs and an economic base for future generations. In New Zealand, Maori economic development is forging ahead, with the active support of banks and investors. In the second of a two-part series, Kevin McQuillan examines NZ banks lending criteria.

Tainui Group Holdings Pierre Tohe. Credit: TGH

When it comes to loaning money to Maori organisations wanting to develop their land, banks look at security, cash flow and character, according to Pierre Tohe, currently General Manager-Engagement, at Tainui Group Holdings Ltd.

Between 2011 and 2016, Tohe led the Bank of New Zealands Maori Business Team, which involved developing a Maori business strategy for the bank, building relationships with Maori tribes, cultural training, and developing new banking products and services.

Land value

What really opened all the NZ banks eyes to the potential value of Maori land development came about after a really comprehensive study in 2010 by Business and Economic Research Limited (BERL), which estimated the value of the Maori economy at NZ$37billion (K88 billion), Tohe tells Business Advantage PNG.

It made the bank realise that we needed to be forming relationships with Maori.

The nature of security is a big issue for all secured lending, but banks are no longer rejecting applications simply because land is collectively owned.

Some of that wealth came about as a result of recent settlements with the NZ government, that occurred a result of breaches under the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi. Maori were compensated for land confiscations and/or the use of land without compensation.

Since 1989, 54 settle...


Food, Glorious Food 5 Ramsay Winter Warmers "IndyWatch Feed"

Colder weather, time for comfort food with these dishes




I returned to Port Moresby this morning after addressing an ethnic clash in Madang, restoring peace and essential services that were cut off following a week of social unrest. An issue triggered by a clash between local people of Madang and street sellers.
My trip back to the Nation's Capital is to deal with a number of unfinished business including filing formal complaint with both the Ombudsman Commission and National Fraud Anti corruption Directorate against National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop over his involvement in awarding K250,000 a month contract to a foreign fitness instructor.
So it was a surprise to sight an article published by the National today, entitled "MORI: YOGA FIRM HAS HELPED MANY."
It reported Minister of Commerce and Industry Wera Mori's claiming that the foreign company, Yu Yet PNG Ltd was duly-registered and met all statutory requirements to operate in the country.
Minister of Commerce and Industry was responding to my question put him in Parliament two weeks ago, raising the issue in relation to irregularities over the company's IPA certification.
The company's sole shareholder is Ms Fazilah Bazari, a Malaysian National of Indian decent who is accused of being involved with Governor Parkop.
The IPA records confirmed that she named the Governor as a referee in her CV and more disturbingly a copy of the company's bank statement revealed that it was being funded by the NCDC before it acquired it's IPA certificate.
For some reason the Minister ignored these facts and instead claimed despite the negativity being portrayed by the public, we must look at the successes of Yu Yet PNG.
It has kept a lot of young people off the streets and giving hope to those who think that they have no future, especially our young people who have migrated into the city and have participated in this programme. We, as citizens of this country, are affected by lifestyle diseases and the programme addresses some of those issues pertaining to personal health and hygiene.
I want to make it clear: Im not here in defence of Governor of National Capital District (Powes Parkop), he said.
I like to dismiss the claims that Yumi Yet was operating illega...


Harvard Environmental Law Review Calls For Precautionary Approach to Seabed Mining "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Harvard Environmental Law Review Calls For Precautionary New Legal Standards

Post Courier | April 17, 2018

Today, the Harvard Environmental Law Review published an article entitled, Broadening Common Heritage: Addressing Gaps in the Deep Sea Mining Regulatory Regime. The article provides a new perspective on the incipient global industry of seabed mining, heralded as the next extractive frontier despite growing concerns and opposition from civil society, scientific experts, and indigenous groups worldwide.

Deep sea mining has been framed by proponents as a lucrative mineral windfall with minimal impacts, says author Julie Hunter, attorney and Clinic Fellow at the University of British Columbia. This narrative entirely disregards recent scientific information linking the deep seabed with major climate regulation and biodiversity functions. Destroying these ecosystems before more can be learned about them not only risks major health a...


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Climate change: Making farmers pay "IndyWatch Feed"

Yesterday the government announced its interim climate change committee - a group of experts to advise it on climate change policy. The group is intended to eventually become a permanent independent climate change commission once the government's Zero Carbon Act is passed, but they need advice now, so an interim body has been set up in the meantime. And their first order of business is working out how to make farmers pay for the pollution they cause:

A new climate change group has been immediately tasked with working out how New Zealand farmers can pay for their climate pollution.

And the highly controversial decision about whether and when the agricultural industry is charged for its greenhouse gases could fall close to the next election.


The commission won't be set up until May, and Shaw said that in the meantime work needed to get underway on two key issues agriculture's inclusion in the Emissions Trading Scheme and the goal of moving to 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2035.

Any changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme will be finalised in late 2019, meaning if they are delayed they could be decided in the heat of the 2020 general election.

Agriculture is responsible for ~50% of our total greenhouse gas emissions, so working out how and when to bring it into the ETS and set it on a downward pathway is vital if we are to have any hope of reducing our emissions and doing our bit to reduce the damage caused by climate change. The current situation, where the rest of New Zealand effectively subsidises farmers to polluter, is neither fair nor effective, and provides farmers with no incentive at all to clean up their act. While any transition will need to take into account the technology and methods available to limit emissions, its important that we establish the principle of farmers paying their way, as well as providing an incentive to prevent further growth of their polluting industry. Neither the climate nor our rivers can afford more cows, and bringing farms into the ETS will help prevent that.

Naturally, the farmers are squealing at the prospect of being made to pay their own bills. We should resist that self-interested whining. We pay for our pollution now; they should too. Urban New Zealand should not be expected to support the polluting and environmentally destructive lifestyle of rural New Zealand.


In brief: LNG production resumes earlier than expected, and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Production resumes at the LNG plant as more reserves found, BHP Billiton to be sued over alleged environmental damage, and talks with China over a free trade agreement. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

ExxonMobil reports gas production has resumed at the PNG LNG project, following a temporary shutdown of operations after Februarys earthquake. Production was not due to start until early May. LNG exports are expected to resume soon.

ExxonMobil has also announced that gas reserves in its Pnyang field in Western Province are 84 percent higher than previously thought, and this could potentially expand the Pnyang field facilities for the PNG LNG project. However, Petroleum Minister, Fabian Pok, reportedly says it is the governments understanding the Pnyang field will be a standalone project.


The Government reportedly says it will sue Australian mining giant BHP Billiton for alleged environmental damage in the Western Province when the company was operating the countrys largest copper mine, Ok Tedi, in the 1990s.


Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Rimbink Pato, has reportedly had talks with China about establishing a free trade agreement. A feasibility study, and related Memorandum of Understanding, are expected to be signed in November, when Chinas President Xi Jinping visits PNG for the APEC Leaders Summit.




First do no harm "IndyWatch Feed"

I shake my head in disbelief about the way that the government treats private landlords. It all started with a media beat up on landlords having special tax breaks. They didnt of course. They had all the same tax breaks as any other business and this is something our friends in the media do not [] The post First do no harm appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


A Chance to Curb Abuse in Mineral Supply Chains "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


(HRW) This week, a gathering of governments, companies and civil society groups at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris will assess companies efforts to curb serious abuses in their minerals supply chains.

Money from mining minerals like gold or cobalt used in smart phones and laptops has fuelled armed conflicts and the mining itself can result in dangerous pollution.

This annual meeting is a chance to review the implementation of the OECDs Guidance on sourcing minerals responsibly, now widely recognized as the standard by which companies should conduct themselves.

This is crucially important. Many companies still fall short of the Guidance and risk contributing to human rights abuses. Human Rights Watch has documented how civilians have suffered in armed conflict situations when armed groups have fought over access to mines. Communities near mines have faced ill-health and environmental harm as mines have polluted waterways with toxic chemicals. And children have risked their lives when working in small-scale mines in Mali, Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea, and the Philippines.

We recently scrutinized 13 well-known jewellery companies for their sourcing practices and found that none of the companies were fully in line with the OECD Guidance. Most of the companies we analysed did not sufficiently assess human rights risks, had no or only partial traceability for their gold and diamonds, and failed to provide comprehensive public reports on their responsible sourcing efforts.

While this weeks meeting can and should discuss whether progress has been made, it cannot measure how the OECD Guidance is being put into practice. What is needed is government oversight. So far, governments have provided little, prompting Human Rights Watch and other civil society groups to call for change and outline what such a monitoring mechanism could look like. The OECD secretariat has taken a positive step by putting the issue on the agenda of this weeks meeting and requesting governments to provide information.

It is time for governments to make a commitment to check what companies on their territory are doing to protect human rights in their supply chains. They should name the companies that are making progress, as well as those that arent.

Communities affected by abuses in mining deserve their protection.



Comment: Winston Peters will keep us guessing "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Analysis To outsiders New Zealand foreign policy must look like a riddle wrapped in a mystery, perhaps clear only to the enigmatic deputy Prime Minister and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters. by Guy Espiner, Radio NZ That phrase is, of course, butchered and borrowed from Winston Churchill, who was trying to decipher Russian []

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Oil Search Ltd. hurt by Papua New Guinea quake "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by Daniel J. Graeber,
April 17, 2018

A major earthquake in Papua New Guinea is partly to blame for a 24 percent loss in revenue and a 36 percent loss in production, Oil Search said Tuesday.
Production and revenue are down considerably from the fourth quarter for Oil Search Ltd. following a February earthquake in Papua New Guinea. Photo courtesy of Exxon Mobil

Oil Search is a partner in a liquefied natural gas facility and oil production in Papua New Guinea. In a report on operations through March 31, the company said its first quarter production of 4.84 million barrels of oil equivalent was 36 percent lower than fourth quarter 2017
"This reflected the shut in of Oil Search-operated production and the PNG LNG project following the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the PNG highlands on Feb. 26," the company stated.
Exxon Mobil said Friday that one train -- the part of its plant that turns gas to liquid -- is back in service. The second train will restart once the plant's production increases.
Exxon shut down much of its infrastructure and evacuated non-essential personnel from the areas impacted by the quakes. Oil Search said some of the transit infrastructure, bases and a refinery were damaged, but "the operating facilities generally withstood the earthquake well, with no loss of oil or gas containment identified."
The company added, however, that while production was disrupted, there was no impact on plans to expand LNG activities. A total of three trains are expected in the LNG development concept.
Nevertheless, Oil Search said its insurance loss adjuster outlined an initial estimate for damages to its assets at between $150 million and $250 million.
The International Monetary Fund said the economy in Papua New Guinea had "slowed sharply." More than 270,000 people still need humanitarian assistance following the quake. Oil Search said about 200 people died as a result of the quake and many residents are w...


Just a day after the appointment of pinkos to oversee intelligence we find out the Russians have been hacking here "IndyWatch Feed"

Just a day after the appointment of pinkos to oversee intelligence we find out the Russians have been hacking here: Quote. There are signs New Zealand organisations have been directly threatened by Russian state-sponsored hacking, GCSB director-general Andrew Hampton says. Attributing cyber incidents to particular countries is something that is carefully considered and is a [] The post Just a day after the appointment of pinkos to oversee intelligence we find out the Russians have been hacking here appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Did Jacinda Ardern just give Angela Merkel a chinky made toy? "IndyWatch Feed"

The media are lauding up this photo, of Jacinda Ardern giving Angela Merkel a cute stuffed toy. But should they be? If you search the net for kiwi stuffed toy what do you find? Well, what you find is you can buy these toys for US$0.50 as long as you buy 1000 pcs.  Alibaba has dozens [] The post Did Jacinda Ardern just give Angela Merkel a chinky made toy? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The red line of chemical weapons "IndyWatch Feed"

After the United States, France and Britain intervened in Syrias civil war this past weekend over Bashar al Assads use of chemical weapons on innocent civilians, the question which is repetitively raised is why draw the red line over these weapons and not over civilians dying by other horrible means such as bombings, shootings or beheadings?  Aside from being against international law as agreed by Geneva Protocol (which Syria signed in 1968), what about the use of chemical weapons makes everyone erupt into loud, moral convulsions of horror? Its an understandable question and one worthy of some kind of explanation.   The post The red line of chemical weapons appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Tonga's transgender community fights for visibility from the conservative Pacific Kingdom "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Transgender women and gender-diverse 'leitis' in the conservative Pacific Island Kingdom of Tonga say, "they cannot be silent anymore" about their fight for visibility.

Joey Joleen Mataele is one of many in Tonga's island chain who identifies as a 'fakaleiti' or simply 'leiti', which translates roughly from Tongan as "like a lady".

"The role of leitis in our society is more of a housewives role, a domestic worker, we're known in the public eye in our churches and for helping the youth programs, but when it comes to our personal choices, that's when the barriers start," she told the ABC's Pacific Beat program.

Leitis often identify as women or men who dress and behave in a feminine way, but mainly don't identify as either men or women.

Ms Mataele is the President of the Tongan Leitis Association, a group at the centre of a new documentary released at the weekend in Londoncalled Leitis in Waiting, a year-long exploration of what life is like for transgender women in the country.

"It's been years of dreaming that our story would be recorded and be heard and be distributed to the world," she said.

"I think this is a great achievement for us to be able to do this. And it's a tool that we will be able to use.

Ms Mataele's father was a politician and a member of Tonga's elite, and her family has a close relationship with the country's royal family.

In the documentary, Tonga's Princess Salote Lupepau'u Tuita describes her mother's relationship with a young Joey:

"One memory my mother has is of when Joey was a toddler and he had very, very feminine features and really, really curly hair.

So my mother had a life-sized doll as well and she said 'you're prettier than my doll' so she put the dress of her life-sized doll on Joey and put his hair in ringlets and would take him around.

It was completely, it was you know, it wasn't to mock him or anything, she just loved it.

Since then, he's always been that special and close to her."

Yet despite her connections in the upper echelons of Tongan society, her place within the community remains a struggle.

While in some cases leitis are accepted as caretakers and workers, they are also outlawed, shunned and even face jail time.

Tonga's Civil Offences Act criminalises cross dressing and sodomy, with bot...


PNG Earthquake Response Logistics Situation Update (16 April 2018) "IndyWatch Feed Niugini" | April 16, 2018

Logistics Operational Updates

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Australian Defence Force (ADF) C-130J was available until 15 April. After the departure of ADF C-130J on 16 April, out of the submitted Request for Assistance (RFA), over 70 MT of WFP and IFRC food and non-food items still require air assistance from Port Moresby to Moro and Mt. Hagen and from Mt. Hagen to Moro.

New Zealand is also considering to partner with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) to provide a subsidised flight service in which aid agencies can access, through a booking request system, cargo space with a 50% cost reduction. Funding decisions are due this week, and New Zealand will be able to confirm the outcome at next weeks meeting.

Oil Search Limited (OSL) has granted the use of their Moro facility as a logistics hub for operations to the earthquake affected areas that are only accessible via helicopter. OSL wrote to the Office of the Emergency Controller outlining the scope of their support. A WFP Logistics Officer has been deployed to Moro base as the focal point for coordination in support of the Logistics Working Group.

While many access roads are being re-established, last-mile transport to locations only reachable via helicopter continues to be a major constraint for the response. The Logistics Working Group is working on identifying commercial options to ensure that remote communities can be reached, however it needs the cooperation of the cluster leads to identify those communities.


PNG PM O'Neill in London for Commonwealth Meet "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Prime  Minister Peter ONeill is in London to be part of the 25th meeting of the heads of government of the Commonwealth (2018 CHOGM) of Nations.

Papua New Guinea is among 54 Commonwealth Heads of Government Leaders who kicked off the first day of the meeting yesterday.

Mr ONeill is accompanied by Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Rimbink Pato and other leaders.

The summit was originally scheduled to be hosted by Vanuatu at the end of 2017 but was moved to the United Kingdom because Vanuatu was no longer able to host the event due to the damage done by Cyclone Pam to the island nations infrastructure.

The position of Commonwealth chair-in-office, held by the government leader of the CHOGM host country, will be transferred at the summit from the Prime Minister of Malta to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom who will hold the post until the 26th CHOGM expected in 2020.

The theme of the summit is Towards a Common Future. The British hosts have set out four main goals for the summit:

Prosperity: boosting intra-Commonwealth trade and investment;

Security: increasing cooperation across security challenges including global terrorism, organised crime and cyber attacks;

Fairness: promoting democracy, fundamental freedoms and good governance across the Commonwealth; and

Sustainability: building the resilience of small and vulnerable states to deal with the effects of climate change and other global crises.

Under consideration will be: A Commonwealth Blue Charter on ocean governance, a Commonwealth connectivity agenda for trade and investment, a declaration on cybercrime, and revised Commonwealth guidelines on election observation in member countries.

This is the first CHOGM held following the United Kingdoms decision to withdraw from the European Union, a decision which has resulted in calls for Britain to strengthen its economic ties with and play a greater role in the Commonwealth.

Papua New Guinea also has a youth participation contingent led by National Youth Development Authority boss Norit Luio. Press Release


Farmers want Molesworth to stay as farm "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Farmers want the countrys biggest farm Molesworth Station to stay as a farm.

. . .The Department of Conservation started an online survey on the future of Molesworth Station, between Marlborough and Canterbury, in January to gauge public appetite for a radical rethink of the farm.

The survey follows up a 2013 management plan for the 180,000-hectare Molesworth, about the size of Stewart Island, which looked to move the station away from its traditional farming focus to include more recreation and conservation activities.

But Molesworth neighbour Steve Satterthwaite, of Muller Station, said getting rid of farming could create major ramifications for the environment.

As far as Molesworth is concerned, I believe it should continue to be farmed and theres plenty of reasons as to why, he said.

Without farming, there could be pest problems and weed issues, as well as a huge fire risk, Satterthwaite said.

Weeds, pests and fires dont observe farm boundaries.

Any weed and pest management and fire prevention measures farmers do can be nullified if their neighbours arent doing their best too.

It was concerning the public could weigh in on the future of the Molesworth and potentially sway what happened with the station, he said.

It really concerns me that unaffected people that have no knowledge of the utilisation of Molesworth and the risk associated with not farming it can potentially have the input to sway the politicians or the decision-makers because of their numerical numbers, he said.

We are in the east of dry land zones, and if the fuel was allowed to be completely uncontrolled and public have unlimited access, the risk of a major fire in that environment would be one that would need to be considered seriously. . . 

Middlehurst Station farmer Susan Macdonald said she would like to see farming at the station continue, with the possibility of providing a little more public access.

She said it was important for farming at the station to continue for pest and weed reasons.

I would like to see it continue to be farmed in harmony with the environment and in harmony with peop...


Theyve wrecked the oil and gas industry and now they are coming for farmers "IndyWatch Feed"

After taking the wrecking ball to the oil and gas industry it seems the government are now lining up the farming sector. The NZ Herald reports: Quote: A new climate change group has been immediately tasked with working out how New Zealand farmers can pay for their climate pollution. And the highly controversial decision about [] The post Theyve wrecked the oil and gas industry and now they are coming for farmers appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Ardern changes language over Syria "IndyWatch Feed"

NZs champion at pinhead dancing, PM Jacinda Ardern, gave another championship exhibition in Europe. In response to media questions Ms Ardern said NZ utterly accepts reasons for Syria strikes. So accepts is now utterly accepts.

However, not to be outdone Angela Merkel showed off her paces with this equivocation NZ and Germany are roughly in the same place re Syria and other matters. Marvellous piece of wriggle speak.


Trumps Border Wall Will Be An Ecological DISASTER "IndyWatch Feed World"

There are many reasons why Americans object to president Donald Trumps proposition of building a wall on the Mexican border with the United States.  Many cite funding and the high cost as a con, while others are pointing out that its, quite simply, an ecological disaster.

Not many question whether or not border walls work, because Hungary has proved that their wall did what was intended: cut illegal immigration by 99%.  But what about the financial burden and ecological impacts? What is undeniable is that the 654 miles of walls and fences already on the US-Mexico border have made a mess out of the environment there.

Trump has requested $1.6 billion for the fiscal year 2018 to build three segments of his wall totaling 74 miles. The Department of Homeland Security is planning to test the eight prototypes it built this summer in San Diego over the next 30 to 60 days.  But the walls already in place have cut off, isolated, and reduced populations of some of the rarest and most amazing animals in North America, like the jaguar and ocelot (also known as the dwarf jaguar). Theyve led to the creation of miles of roads through pristine wilderness areas. Theyve even exacerbated flooding, becoming dams when rivers have overflowed.

DHS is now eyeing unfenced areas in two Texas wildlife refuges that conservationists consider some of the most ecologically valuable areas on the border. These areas are home to armadillos and bobcats. If a wall were to slice through these ecosystems, it could cause irreversible damage to the plants and animals already under serious threat living there.

According to, the political boundary between the US and Mexico stretches 2,000 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean. Along the way, there are three mountain chains, the two largest deserts in North America, vast cattle ranches, a handful of cities and their sprawling suburbs, and the Southern section of the mighty Rio Grande river.

People think of deserts as barren lands and flat sand dunes with nothing there, Sergio Avila, a conservation scientist at the Arizona-...


A range of voices that doesnt include any conservatives "IndyWatch Feed"

Andrew Little is making excuses for the appointment of dodgy lying journalists, mouthpieces for Kim Dotcom, anti-west conspiracy theorists, left-wing lawyers and former Soviet-era diplomats to provide some civilian oversight to the SIS. The NZ Herald reports: Quote: Justice Minister Andrew Little says he was surprised by some of the appointments made to a group [] The post A range of voices that doesnt include any conservatives appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


People moves: Bank South Pacific, Bougainville Referendum Commission, 2019 Asia Pacific Business Forum "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Ni-Vanuatu to head up BSP operations in Port Vila, former Irish PM nominated to head the Bougainville Referendum Commission, new Chair of the 2019 Asia Pacific Business Forum

Bank South Pacific has appointed Nik Regenvanu as its new Country Head in Vanuatu. He replaces Stuart Beren, and will be the first Ni-Vanuatu to lead the business in the country.


Former Irish Prime Minister, Bertie Ahern, who championed the Good Friday Northern Ireland peace deal in 1998, has been nominated to head the Bougainville Referendum Commission. Prime Minister Peter ONeill and Bougainville President John Momis both confirmed the nomination.


David Morris, the Chief Representative, Pacific Islands Forum, Trade Commissioner based in China has been appointed as Chair of the United Nations ESCAP Asia Pacific Business Forum 2019 replacing outgoing Chair, Lee George Lam.


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Trump Welcomes Abe, Gives Blessing to Koreas Peace Talks "IndyWatch Feed World"

PALM BEACH, Fla. President Trump on Tuesday gave his blessing for North and South Korea to discuss ending their decadeslong war and said that without his help, the two countries wouldnt be discussing anything.

At Mar-a-Lago with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump confirmed that the two Koreas are negotiating an end to hostilities ahead of a meeting between the Norths Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in next week. The meeting will be the third inter-Korean summit since the Koreas 1945 division.

They do have my blessing to discuss the end of the war, said Trump, who welcomed Abe to his Florida resort on Tuesday.

The White House has said Abes visit will give the leaders an opportunity to discuss Trumps own upcoming summit with Kim, which the president is looking to hold in the next two months. Trump said the U.S. and Japan are very unified on the subject of North Korea, though privately Abe is expected to raise Japans concerns about the potential summit.

Trump said five locations are under consideration for the summit but offered no further details.

Trump took credit for the inter-Korean talks, saying, Without us and without me, in particular, I guess you would have to say, they wouldnt be discussing anything.

The Abe summit will also serve as a test of whether the fond personal relationship the two leaders have forged on the golf course and over meetings and phone calls has chilled following Trumps recent moves, including his decision not to exempt Japan from new steel and aluminum tariffs.

White House officials suggested that Trump was open to acceding to Abes hopes to obtain a waiver to the protectionist measure, which went into effect last month. Most other key U.S. allies, including Australia, Canada, the European Union, and Mexico, have been granted exemptions.

Issuing Japan the waiver to the Trump-ordered sanctions or opening negotiations on a new trade agreement with Japan are all on the table, Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, said Tuesday. Thats why this is such an important meeting.

The official visit began Tuesday afternoon as an honor cordon of uniformed service-members lined the palm-fringed drive to the club. Trump greeted Abe at the red-carpeted door of the mansion as the pair posed for photos ahead of a planned one-on-one meeting. It will be followed by a small group discussion with top national security officials focused on the Kim summit. The president and first lady Melania Trump will also have dinner with Abe and his wife.

Trump welcomed the two days of meetings at his Mar-a-Lago club. Its an honor to have you in Florida with us, Trump said.

On Wednesday, the agenda will broaden to include other...


MACKAY Meat thief tosses loot when cops catch up with him "IndyWatch Feed"

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NCD prevention and control: special challenges in the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed"

My earlier blog summarised some key findings from WHO reports about NCD prevention and control globally and in the Asia-Pacific region. What does the recently released WHO NCD Progress Monitor 2017 report reveal about the NCD challenge in the Pacific?

First, it confirms the importance of NCDs as a source of death in the Pacific. NCDs now account for over 80% of all deaths in Fiji, Samoa and Tonga; over two thirds of all deaths in the Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu; and over half of all deaths in Papua New Guinea.

Second, Pacific Island countries (PICs) have a relatively high risk of premature (i.e. between 30 and 70 years of age) deaths from any of the four main NCDs: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases. Premature deaths are important because they can usually be prevented or at least postponed, and they affect those of working age population. Graph 1 below shows the risk of premature deaths from any of the four main NCDs for those countries in the Pacific for which estimates are available.

Graph 1: Risk of premature (30 70 years of age) death from any of the four main NCDs in the Pacific

Importantly, WHO also states that PNGs population has the highest probability out of 194 countries in the world of dying prematurely from any of the four NCDs. There are inevitable data and methodological limitations in making such an important finding. For example, there are rarely estimates of the risk of premature NCD death for countries with a population of less than 200,000, several of which are in the Pacific and which may have even higher probabilities than PNG of premature death from one of the four NCDs. Nevertheless, what can be said with confidence is that relatively high levels of...


National asking hard questions about Hagers appointment "IndyWatch Feed"

Gerry Brownlee is asking hard questions. NewstalkZB reports: Quote: National is questioning the appointment of journalist and peace activist Nicky Hager to a new reference group set up by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security, Cheryl Gwyn. Ms Gwyn announced the formation of the group on Monday, saying she stood in the shoes of the [] The post National asking hard questions about Hagers appointment appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Trump Toon "IndyWatch Feed"

The Washington Post reports that President Trumps personal attorney Michael D. Cohen sometimes taped conversations. Trump has reason to worry beyond evidence of Russian collusion.




Trevett seduced by Paris in the spring "IndyWatch Feed"

Claire Trevett overcome by Paris in the spring. There can be no other reason for the fluff piece masquerading as opinion in the NZ Herald today. Read like a piece for a womans magazine rather than a serious organ. Either that or she was channeling Bogart in Casablanca.

Alternatively she has been dusted with cherub dust from Les Trois Enfants Macron, Trudeau and Ardern.

Interestingly, it seems that Ardern and Trudeau share a similar fashion sense.


Replacement for commonsense "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The government has developed what it calls a Child Impact Assessment Tool. Essentially it's a template for testing any policy for its effect on children and seems to have been developed at the behest of the United Nations.

Having waded through it, including the separate section on possible 'differential' impacts on Maori children, I'm left with the one overwhelming response - it's a replacement for commonsense.

Sorry, no, I have another.

It is no wonder governments become so sprawling when you consider the hours and man power it took to devise this, and the hours and man power it will take to administer it.


Trump pushing weapon sales to Middle East "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

You would have to be cynical to think that this has anything to do with The virtue-bombing of Syria.  Arming the world: Inside Trumps Buy American drive to expand weapons exports In a telephone call with the emir of Kuwait in January, U.S. President Donald Trump pressed the Gulf monarch to move forward on a $10 billion []


Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed"

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Q: Is Trumps Brand Ayn Rand? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It's said that Donald Trump got his narcissistic, winning-at-any-cost philosophy from reading Ayn Rands books. We are told that by former US Labor Secretary Robert Reich, among others, who reckons Trumps brand is Ayn Rand. But, explains Johan Norberg,  nothing could be farther from the truth. Reich et al are Dead Wrong.


The virtue-bombing of Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There has been a lot of questioning of what looked like a largely symbolic missile strike on Syria. Donald Trump in particular, with the aid of the UK and France, made a big deal about mission accomplished, with limited damage of questionable targets and no idea what the flow on effects might be. There are []


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

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.


Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Im a good person, I hope. But Im never as good as I want to be, never as nice as I want to be, never as generous as I want to be. David Tennant who celebrates his 47th birthday today.

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed"

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.


China is spending up big on gifts to PNG for APEC summit "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Convention centre (Eric Tlozek)
International Convention Centre - one of China's many gifts to PNG for APEC (Eric Tlozek)

DENNIS SHANAHAN | The Australian | Edited extract

CANBERRA - China is rapidly outspending Australia in providing aid and gifts to Papua New Guinea to ready Port Moresby to host the APEC forum as Australia implores Britain to give more to the South Pacific.

Financial aid from China to the region for a new world order has become a vital topic at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London this week before Britains departure from the EU and as Chinese influence grows in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.

PNG is Australias largest single aid recipient but, since Port Moresby was named as the host for the APEC forum in November, China has been pouring in funds described as gifts.

They include money to build a new convention centre for the APEC leaders, six-lane highways and other massive roadworks to help PNG host its biggest event in history.

The convention centre cost is $35 million with a six-lane drive between the centre and parliament estimated to cost at least $40 million. Costs for other projects, including highway upgrades, have not been disclosed.

Australia is providing $108 million supporting PNGs hosting of the summit.

Australian minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells told British and Commonwealth leaders and officials in London that this years CHOGM was being held at a momentous time.

She said there was a new world order and change of focus in the UK from its closest neighbours to a more expansive view, which we hope will result in a renewed partnerships in the Indo-Pacific.


Ardern utterly equivocates on Syrian missile strike "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jacinda Ardern has been criticised for her weak language in response to the US, UK and French missile strike in Syria. Asked again about it on her visit to Germany she equivocated again. Yesterday Arderns previous comments were covered in Political Roundup: NZs fraught balancing act on Syria bombing New Zealand politicians and commentators are []


Talk Nation Radio: Scott Ritter on Syria and the Myth of Ethical Wars "IndyWatch Feed War"

By David Swanson, April 17, 2018

Scott Ritter is a former Marine Corps intelligence officer who worked in the former Soviet Union implementing arms control treaties, in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm, and in Iraq overseeing the disarmament of WMD. He is the author of Deal of the Century: How Iran Blocked the Wests Road to War. And he recently published an article in the American Conservative called Trumps Rush to Judgment on Syria Chemical Attack.

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Near miss asteroid whizzed by in the weekend "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An asteroid whizzed past us in the weekend with little warning it was on its way. It was only detected 21 hours before its closest approach, giving no time to do anything but observe. It missed Earth by about half the distance to the moon, so we werent close to disaster, but thats a near []


Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

Todays face of the day, Seven Sharp host Anika Moa, thought that the mature response to criticism of her tattoos was the knee-jerk reaction of getting another one. That will teach em! The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Ardern meets Merkel "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has moved on from France to Germany to meet chancellor Angela Merkel. RNZ: Merkel, Ardern discuss threats to world order Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has concluded warm and engaging talks with German chancellor Angela Merkel as she seeks to strengthen ties with one of the most powerful and experienced leaders in []


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

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Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed"

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Bougainville divisions put Panguna redevelopment on hold "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Derelict equipment at the abandoned Panguna mine on Bougainville - conflict surrounds its reopening


NOOSA After some months of heated debate on Bougainville, the autonomous provinces president, Dr John Momis, has announced an indefinite moratorium on re-opening mining at Panguna.

The debate was accelerated by the bitter rivalry of two companies, Bougainville Copper Ltd (BCL) and RTG, both of which want to re-establish the mine and have been supported by different groups on Bougainville.

Dr Momis told Don Wiseman of Radio New Zealand that divisions between landowners have led to a decision on mining being delayed at least until next years referendum on Bougainvilles political future.

We don't want to cause a split amongst the landowners because we have a referendum coming, Dr Momis said. We want to make sure we unite our people. There is a definite divide and until the people are united we will not proceed with any mining.

Determining Bougainville's future is more paramount right now, he told Wiseman. It is the priority we are focusing our attention to, to make sure that the people of Bougainville are united, so we don't want any other issues to undermine this unity.

I can't see how the landowners can unite before the referendum. If they do, then that will be good and we will look at other possibilities.

Dr Momis said his government, which had earlier supported BCL to redevelop the copper and gold mine, had some problems with rival company RTG.

In fact they are causing a lot of confusion and division in the community and we are not prepared to go ahead while this situation prevails.

We have made it very clear to the landowners that unless they are totally united and they are prepared to subject themselves to the rule of law and so on and so forth, the ABG will leave the reserve [moratorium] in place.

Responding to Don Wisemans question about whether the Bougainville government was looking at other industries, Dr Momis said timber development and other industries...


Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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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.


Open Forum Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

18 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 []


Customary land pathway to a sustainable future for all of us "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Land is LifeACT NOW!

PORT MORESBY One of Papua New Guineas leading activist groups has launched a new multi-media campaign, 'Celebrating and Defending Customary Land'.

Customary land is the most valuable asset available to most Papua New Guineans but its role and importance is often misunderstood or misrepresented, particularly by outsiders.

Too few people realise customary land supports an economy estimated to be worth K40 billion a year, provides jobs and incomes for three million farmers and provides housing and a sense of community for more than seven million people.

Many outsiders and local elites like to describe customary land as 'idle', 'undeveloped' and 'a barrier to development', but the opposite is true.

Customary land is the only resource on which PNG can build a sustainable future that benefits the majority of the population rather than just a tiny minority.

But if we are to realise this opportunity people must be empowered to defend their customary land and must not to fall victim to the false promises of those who want to take it away from them.

This is particularly important as we struggle to cope with our population explosion, which will see numbers almost double by 2050, and food security becomes even more of a pressing global issue.

Already some countries are looking to acquire customary land in PNG to feed their own people while the threats from the foreign owned logging and oil palm industries are ever present.

Adding to these threats are the international banks who want to use customary land as security for loans and a government which continues to push its dangerous land registration agenda and encourage incorporated land groups.

ILGs give control over communal assets to a few individuals and open the door to corruption and, ultimately, alienation. 

It is to help address the urgent need for better information at all levels of society about customary land, its values and the threats, that Act Now! is launching its new campaign.

The campaign includes a captivating television advertisement that will be broadcast on EMTV and a range of publications including reports, brochures, factsheets, infographics, videos and posters. 

These resources will be used by Act Now! in its lobbying, advocacy and awareness...


Inside the Inquisition: How the Church gets away with Crime "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


This Sunday April 22 on Here We Stand: 

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Like other churches with a genodical legacy, the United Church of Canada is a law unto itself, destroying the innocent and crushing dissent with impunity and immunity. And yet its operations are shrouded in mystery, unaccountable and untouchable.

As part of the global Operation Atonement, todays program features an insiders detailed account of how a secret United Church court stripped him of his civil rights and expelled him from the ministry in order to cover up its crimes against native people. The insider is Kevin Annett, who was railroaded out of the church soon after he exposed the latters theft of Ahousaht land and murder of children in its Indian residential schools.

In the words of human rights observer Dr. Jennifer Wade,

The kangaroo court expulsion of Kevin Annett from his profession was the worst travesty of justice Ive ever seen, made all the more atrocious by the deeper crimes it was concealing. I could not believe such a thing could happen in Canada.

To know how to stop the churchs crimes, we must first understand how they get away with them. Tune in this Sunday and find out.

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Crime: The Widower based on a true story "IndyWatch Feed"

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