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Thursday, 15 November

07:42

Republic of Congo names new national park, home to gorillas, elephants "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The Republic of Congo has officially created its fifth national park, lending protection to great apes, forest elephants and other threatened wildlife. The new Ogoou-Leketi National Park spans 3,500 square kilometers (1,350 square miles), and borders Batk Plateau National Park in neighboring Gabon. Together, the two national parks form a transboundary protected area covering more than 5,500 square kilometers (2,120 square miles). Ogoou-Leketi is also part of the Batk Plateau landscape, a unique patchwork of large rolling savannas on sandy hills, interrupted by long strips of dense forests and turquoise-blue river valleys. This savanna-forest complex is home to several threatened species, some found nowhere else in Congo, according to a press release from the Wildlife Conservation Societys Congo program, which has been surveying the area with the countrys Ministry of Forestry Economy since 2004. Ogoou-Leketi National Park was created by official decree on Nov. 9, 2018. Image courtesy of WCS. In 2009, the IUCN identified the region in which the park sits today as a priority conservation site for the protection of the critically endangered western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) and the endangered central chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes troglodytes), said Mark Gately, country director for WCS-Congo. The forest sector of the new park is also home to several other species, such as the African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis), forest buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus), red river hog (Potamochoerus porcus), and several species of monkey including the iconic mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx). The savanna part of the national park, too, hosts a wide range of wildlife. The park

07:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Our Whats Hot post and Must Read posts up the top of our home page are based on the two articles from the day before that attracted the most comments. This post is to provide you with the links to the top five most read posts as the vast majority of our readership do not comment and the post with the [] The post Most read appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Open letter to the Pike river families "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Dear Families, I am aware that there are some families who want to move on, so this is to Bernie Monk and his followers: You may have noticed that the world has just celebrated Armistice Day. Here in New Zealand, we remembered the 18,000 or so that died in that conflict. Mostly, they are buried [] The post Open letter to the Pike river families appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Sustainability stool wobbly "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Environmental gains from reducing carbon emissions will come at a high financial and social cost:

Becoming a net zero carbon economy by 2050 could result in a 16% drop in production from sheep and beef farms as livestock is replaced by trees to sequester carbon.

The Productivity Commissions report, Low Emissions Economy, said up to 17% of sheep and beef farmland Otago, Canterbury and Manawatu-Wanganui will convert to forestry as part of plans to plant the 2.8 million hectares of new forestry needed for New Zealand to be carbon neutral.

A shift to horticulture and forestry could reduce the dairy area in Taranaki by between 35% and 57% and Waikato by 8% and 22%.

Commission chairman Murray Sherwin acknowledged such a change will affect rural communities. . . 

The financial and social impacts will be huge.

While some jobs will be created, more will be lost and people who work on sheep and beef farms and in businesses which service and supply them may not be willing, or able, to work in horticulture and forestry.

Sherwin said that degree of land use change up to 2050 is comparable to the shift to dairying since the 1990s and the Government will have to manage the social and financial fallout.

It is a shift in land use, a shift in the nature of rural communities and a shift in the workforce.

The report is designed to shape thought on the issue rather than be a prescriptive tool.

It is in a form to shape your thinking rather than anything you could say was a highly accurate, predictive tool.

That aside, he acknowledged such a reduction in sheep and beef productivity is not to be sneezed at but, as has previously occurred, productivity improvements could temper any decline and returns can be improved by better marketing. . . 

The impact could be as drastic as that of the ag-sag of the 80s when subsidies were cut over night.

The result is a much stronger farming sector but getting there came at a significant cost in both financial and social terms.

Beef + Lamb NZs chief insight officer Jeremy Baker says farmers are rightly questioning the commissions tree planting proposal.

A lot has been done already and I don...

07:00

Gresham College: Prof. Carolyn Roberts Britain In Troubled Waters #1- A body in the River "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

About this series

Rivers are all around us, flowing from the rural to the urban and carrying with them traces of all that makes up the modern environmental conundrum that is one of the largest problems facing the UK today. From drought and floods to pollution and urbanisation, this series of lectures takes us on a journey into the heart of the environmental problems facing us all.

 

About this lecture

The bodies of murder victims, whole or in pieces, often end up in rivers or canals. Carolyn Roberts work as an Expert Witness with UK police forces has applied the principles of hydrology to murder investigations.

In these tragic and gruesome settings, environmental science can help to identify where bodies have come from or gone to. Drawing on macabre and fascinating case studies, the lecture will range from particular cases to general principles of tracing bodies, and the application of science in supporting the law.

Probably not for those of a nervous disposition, but of guaranteed interest to the curious.

06:59

QotD: "There are no natural resources, because *all* resources are created by human creativity and effort. Without such creativity and effort, there are no resources." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"There are no natural resources, because all resources are created by human creativity and effort. Without such creativity and effort, there are no resources." 
      ~ Don Boudreaux, from his post 'There are NO Natural Resources...'

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06:30

Six days without Neve "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In the history of New Zealand politics, there has never been a more incompetent and inexperienced government. They are trashing the economy and splashing around the public money that the previous government were at such pains to preserve. They dont care. They lie, obfuscate (my new favourite word), redact, and when in doubt, they blame [] The post Six days without Neve appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:15

Audio: Re-entry into Pike River mine will be difficult & expensive "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Listen to the audio here or click on the image. The post Audio: Re-entry into Pike River mine will be difficult & expensive appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:05

Gende is losing its virginity in the name of development "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bundi land (Harry Greenwell)JOSEPH TAMBURE

Part 1

Birds sing and dance on their dancing branches
attracting other admirers without disturbance
Wild animals roam their jungles
feeding and breeding without fear
Cold crystal clear rivers, streams and creeks flow a forever journey
without ever changing their course
Frogs croak out their deep throaty sound
and sleep without intrusion
But today everything is changing in the name of development

Gende people are peace loving
minding their own affairs with no fear
Community welfare is our responsibility
without seeking outside help
Strangers and travellers
find free lodging without rejection
With no doubt sharing and caring
is a gift from the people of Gende
But today everything is changing in the name of development

Gende people live healthily on the produce of their land
without worry about food shortage and water scarcity
Sickness is just ailments and flu
without spreading death
Long sickness and death is from our spirit ancestors
it needs our attention to relationships
so we can live on without fear
The cold climate and forever surplus
nourishes us to long life without unnecessary death
But today everything is changing in the name of development

Bundi-Chimbu roadPart 2

Instead of birds, helicopters fly about
scattering living creatures in fear
Wild animals seek new territory
retreating before man and machine
Frogs and insects are heard no more,
sweet melodies lost forever
Cold clear water now smelly brown with oil streaks
chemicals destroying life on their perpetual mission
All this is happening in the name of development

Gende people see...

06:04

PNG budget loss of discipline heralds rough ride ahead "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Planning Minister Richard Maru and Treasurer Charles Abel (ABC)
Planning Minister Richard Maru and Treasurer Charles Abel (ABC)

PAUL FLANAGAN | PNG Economist | Edited extracts

CANBERRA In this analysis of Tuesdays Papua New Guinea budget for 2019, I conclude there is a distinct risk that the country is moving away from fiscal discipline and back into a boom-bust cycle.

The planned 21% increase in expenditure from 2017 is risky and depends on the achievement of high oil prices and GDP growth, both outcomes far from certain.

The fiscal anchor underpinning the 2019 budget was severely breached due to the government spending almost the entire K1 billion bonus from higher oil prices (expenditure, I would note, probably illegal under PNGs Fiscal Responsibility Act).

The sudden reversal in fiscal policy towards a loose setting in the 2019 budget is probably the major short-term policy concern. The budget strategy released in August indicated expenditure in 2019 of about K14,960 million, a modest increase from 2018s expected K14,718 million. That seemed fine.

But the actual budget announced on Tuesday turned out to foreshadow spending of about K16,130 million, an increase of 9.6% - a variation that has occurred in less than three months.

One would have hoped that the standard reasons for expenditure growth had been fully built into the 2019 budget strategy (e.g., wage increases, the medium term development plan etc). The quality of this extra K1.4 billion in spending that is, what exactly it is for - needs close scrutiny.

There had been a major reduction in budget expenditure from K15,454 million in 2014 to K13,319 million in 2017. In nominal terms, this has now been entirely reversed, so 2019s budget expenditure represents a substantial increase over 2017 of 21.1%.

This significant loosening in fiscal policy is a very different story from the one included in the 2019 budget speech.

As part of its recent budget support loan from the World Bank, PNG agr...

06:00

Going back into Pike River using the cheapest, not the safest option "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Andrew Little has taken the Pike River Recovery Agencys recommendation of using the cheapest, but not the safest option out of the three options tabled recently for re-entering the Pike River mine. Is money a factor? Undoubtedly, as is scoring political points against the National party, who considered and refused re-entry. Recommended mining practice is [] The post Going back into Pike River using the cheapest, not the safest option appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

The China shift in Pacific trade "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

World leaders are gathering in Port Moresby this week for the APEC Leaders meeting. On the sidelines, Xi Jinping will be meeting with leaders of Pacific island countries that recognise the one China policy. The meeting will be watched closely in Australia. Xi Jinping is widely expected to make announcements relating to enhanced cooperation with the region, and Chinese lending is sure to be a focus of resulting commentary in Australia. However, it is the changing nature of trade ties with the region that present a more significant challenge to Australian policymakers (even if the two are somewhat related).

As the Australian government seeks to step up its engagement with Pacific island countries, Australian-Pacific trade is stagnating. At the same time, trade between China and Pacific island countries (PICs) has grown rapidly, assisted by Chinas growing economic clout.

The increasing importance of trading ties with China is evident from even a cursory examination of international trade statistics collected by UN Comtrade (see Figure 1). The trajectory of Pacific imports from China is especially striking (note we are excluding PNG here, as it is discussed separately below).

Since 2000, there has been a twelve-fold increase in the value of Chinese exports to the region. Over the same period, imports from Australia have remained stagnant, with their value in 2017 lower than that in 2004. These trends would suggest that Pacific consumers are substituting Chinese goods for Australian goods probably due to lower prices. More detailed analysis is needed.

The story is similar for Pacific exports, though the numbers involved are much smaller. Pacific exports to China have risen dramatically from a low base of $46m in 2005 to almost $400m in 2017 (all figures are in USD). There has been no such pattern for exports to Australia, which have moved up and down over the period. Exports to Australia were lower in 2017 ($160m) than in 2005 ($210m), though they were higher in 2012 ($340m).

The combined result is that both Pacific exports to China, and imports from China, have overtaken those to/from Australia in the last five years. This remains the case whether we examine trade statistics in US Dollars (as above) or account for currency fluctuations by examining trade flows in Australian Dollars and Chinese Renminbi.

Figure 1: PIC exports and imports to Australia and China 2000-2017, excluding PNG (US$m)

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06:00

We need politicians wise before the event, not after "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Phil Fitzpatrick at mic
Phil Fitzpatrick - "It is obvious 'cruelty and ignorance' play a big part in the ONeill government and governments before it. We might even call APEC cruel"

PHIL FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - Cher Bono, perennial pop singer, actor, activist and part Cherokee Native American once wondered what it would be like if she could turn back time.

Quite a few politicians have had the same thought. John Howard in Australia tried very hard to turn back time and US president Donald Trump is engaged in a similar but decidedly more destructive exercise.

In a less grander style, we also have politicians who, having served their time, trying to return to it by pushing what they consider to be the wisdom they gleaned from their past political experiences.

Some of the ideas they now peddle can be enlightening but you cant help but wonder why they didnt plan and act on them when they were in power.

When asked, they excuse themselves by explaining they were constrained by their political party or by external pressures beyond their control.

They were, they explain, forced to march to the beat of a drummer whose tune they didnt particularly like but which they had to obey.

In everyday terms this is called selling out compromising their beliefs and letting down the people who voted for them.

Politicians of every stripe and in every country, including Papua New Guinea and Australia, are capable of selling out. Im sure you can think of many examples. In Papua New Guinea, for instance, think Michael Somare.

This begs the question of why we should listen to them now.

Having said that, I would argue that there are a few politicians still worth listening to: those who stuck by their guns, fought hard but unfortunately failed to change anything for the better.

Among those Id list people like Barry Jones, boy genius and Labor stalwart whose potential eventually came to nothing.

He recently wrote an article called Saving Planet Earth for The Saturday Paper sum...

05:47

Donald Elley Blog-Site. There is no other voice anywhere near as strong for Christian and Biblical truth in Pentecostal circles in Australia or New Zealand as this blog-site. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The writer of this blog-site Donald Elley of Bellingen.

God led me to start this blog-site in 2011. The thing is though, I didnt know He was initiating it.

I started this blog-site as a travel log and kind of shared diary in 2011 when I was about to go to Japan and travel about a bit.

With Gods leading and guidance, this blog-site has evolved into what it is today.

In 2011, one of my two adult daughters Rebeccah, a journalist, said to me, Dad, youre doing some interesting things. Why dont you start a blog-site.

I replied, Whats a blog-site?. Becky helped me set it up, and the rest is history.

This blog-site has had 850,000 views

This blog-site has had 850,000 views. Articles read most are about Hillsong and Brian Houston.

Yesterday there were 506 visitors (readers) to this site, reading 713 articles. When Brian Houston was at the Royal Commission in 2014 ther...

05:31

May struggling with Brexit "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It is being described as a botched deal or a no deal. UK PM May's Brexit cabinet meeting overrunning https://t.co/HiPfGet5Gh Reuters Top News (@Reuters) November 14, 2018 UK PM Theresa May's Brexit deal is being discussed by her cabinet right now. The meeting is running much longer than expected. https://t.co/B2T9wJ5qwx Morning Report (@NZMorningReport) []

05:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is Subscriber Content. You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, sudoku, 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.

05:24

Submitting to the Criminal Justice Advisory Group "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It;s fair to say I am not entirely happy with my experiences with the judicial system. I think there are ways it can be improved, so I have approached the Criminal Justice Advisory Group offering some input. They are visiting Dunedin and I will be able to meet them. I have specific issues to address, []

05:15

How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:12

Closure may be elusive in Pike River re-opening "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Press Editorial: Pike River decision is a victory for justice The decision to re-enter the Pike River Mine in early 2019 has been a long time coming and does not have universal public support. Some see it as merely a triumph of public relations and emotion, or of election promises over tough realism. But []

05:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Anti-Semitism has no historical, political and certainly no philosophical origins. Anti-Semitism is a disease.  Daniel Barenboim who celebrates his 76th birthday today,

05:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good morning, welcome to our daily Whaleoil General Debate. Our evening General debate is called Backchat and will start at 6 pm On General debate, you are encouraged as a commenter to share your own stories, discuss other news, bring NEW news, catch up with friends or make new friends with other commenters. To participate youll [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:00

Bougainville cracks down on public service corruption "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bougainville police chief Francis Tokura and President John Momis
Bougainville police chief Francis Tokura and President John Momis

ANTHONY KAYBING

BUKA - As Bougainville stands on the verge creating political history through a process of self-determination, it is not immune from the systematic corruption that hounds Papua New Guinea.

The last three months have seen the dismissal of several of members of the Bougainville public service after an audit of the payroll system found employees of the Department of Personnel Management had defrauded the autonomous government of more than K360,000.

Other officials in the Department of Community Government were also implicated in another scandal where K2 million from the disaster trust fund account was misappropriated resulting in the sacking of the secretary of the department.

President John Momis said corruption was still rampant despite the Autonomous Bougainville Government having a modern legal system and an effective model of representative government where democracy prevailed.

Good governance is an issue that continues to concern me and many members of this house, he told parliament on Tuesday.

It is the cornerstone of autonomy and must form the bedrock of independence.

Without good governance and effective systems and processes we cannot achieve our end goals.

And whilst we have elected leaders and senior public servants who continue to undermine our systems of governance, we cannot achieve our goals, Dr Momis said.

A joint autonomy review found that the government and public service consistently failed to adhere to public finance management legislation, allowing corruption to seep into government services.

I continue to speak forcefully on the need to ensure our leaders are held to account, and I am heartened by advice that the fraud squad will soon be deployed to Bougainville to investigate, he said, adding that nobody was above the law and everyone must be held to account for their actions.

PNG police commissioner Gar...

04:50

Annette King appointed High Commissioner to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This is a predicted and I think widely applauded diplomatic appointment. Beehive: New High Commissioner to Australia announced Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has announced the appointment of Dame Annette King as High Commissioner to Australia. Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held []

04:38

The seventy year old prince says he wont interfere as king "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Prince Charles is now 70 years old. Thats a long time to wait for a throne, and he may have to wait some time yet, if he survives his mother. Prince Charles turns 70 today: Here's a look back over the years with the @Reuters archive pic.twitter.com/h084fBRBXV Reuters Top News (@Reuters) November 14, 2018 []

04:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Kiwi Newspaper Mistakes Stan Lee For Spike Lee In Obituary The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:30

Kiaps repressed warfare, they did not repress the people "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Warwick-Anderson-and-Fore-people-Okapa (Thomas-Strong)
Australian historian Warwick Anderson amongst the Fore people of Okapa in the PNG highlands, also studied by Tobias Schwoerer

TOBIAS SCHWOERER

LUCERNE - I am rather pleased that my research has caught the attention of someone from PNG Attitude and that it decided to showcase this on its website.

I welcome this interest and hope that some readers will consider buying the book I am currently working on once it is published.

I am grateful to the comments from Chris Overland and Philip Fitzpatrick which made me aware of potential misunderstandings that can emerge from my use of the word repression.

I used repression in the sense of the repression (or suppression) of warfare, not the repression (or oppression) of people.

In my thesis, and also noted by Chris, I show that Australian kiaps and New Guinea police used a wide variety of enforcing tactics to stop armed conflict.

These were for the most part benign uses of police in the form of arrests and imprisonment, in a few cases destruction of property (burning houses) or corporal punishment (caning), and only rarely (and then mostly in cases of self-defence) involving the use of potentially lethal force by firing guns.

Let me also state that I have the utmost regard for the work of the Australian kiaps, as they operated in sometimes very difficult and hostile circumstances and mostly went out of their way to prevent situations in which they would have to use firearms.

The number of victims of pacification in the area I studied is small (I have collected testimonies for a total of 32 deaths) and pales in contrast to those that would have died had indigenous warfare continued.

There were, however, a few isolated incidents in the late 1940s and early 1950s that warrant the term excessive violence.

These incidents were mostly perpetrated by unsupervised New Guinean policemen, whic...

04:21

Trump dumps on France "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Just after returning from a visit to France where Donald Trump had looked uncomfortable amid tensions between he ande Emmanuel Macron, and where macron had a dig at him over nationalism, Trump has let rip via Twitter in attacks described as lacking in common decency. Four days ago Trump and Macron try to defuse tension: []

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is orotund (adj) 1. Pompous and bombastic. 2. Full in sound; sonorous. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1792, from Latin ore rotundo in well-rounded phrases, literally with round mouth. The odd thing about the word is that its only currency, at least in its non-technical sense, is among [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 15 27 Greed brings grief to the whole family, but those who hate bribes will live. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:20

Media watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:09

Open Forum Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

15 November 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 []

00:56

Abe willing to talk WWII peace treaty with Putin "IndyWatch Feed War"

Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he was willing to discuss a peace treaty with Russia two countries still technically at war with each other during a meeting with Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

The two leaders met face-to-face on the sidelines of the regional Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore.

Both countries are seeking to try to end a thorny territorial row that has dogged relations since the end of World War II.

SPUTNIK/AFP | Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) told Russian President Vladimir Putin he was willing to discuss a peace treaty between the two countries, which are still technically at war

The dispute between Russia and Japan centres on four islands in the strategically-located Kuril chain which the Soviet Union occupied at the end of the war in 1945 but are claimed by Japan.

It has kept the two countries from signing a peace accord that would formally end their wartime hostilities.

We hope to discuss not only bilateral cooperation, including our economies but also the issue of the peace treaty, Abe told Putin, according to a Russian translation of his words at the start of the meeting.

I am ready to give enough time to this, the peace treaty, he added.

Putin first suggested the two countries sign a peace treaty without any preconditions in September.

The proposal was initially received coolly in Japan, where a government spokesman said the two countries should first resolve the dispute before signing a peace deal.

But in recent months, diplomatic efforts to resolve the issue appear to have accelerated, at least to the point where Japan is willing to discuss what a treaty might look like.

In his response to Abe on Wednesday Putin said: I am delighted to be able to discuss with you all the angles of our cooperation, including those that you personally consider to be priorities.

Historically, Japan insists the islands, which were once inhabited by the Ainu indigenous people, have never belonged to anyone else.

Russia considers them spoils of war as agreed between then US president Franklin Roosevelt and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin in 1945.

Strategically, control of the islands gives Russia year-round access to the Pacific Ocean for its Pacific fleet of warships and su...

00:53

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

141118PRESIDENT MOMIS ON GOOD GOVERNANCE
New Dawn FM News

The ABG President, Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS says Good governance is an issue that continues to concern him and many members of the Bougainville House of Representatives.

As it is the cornerstone of autonomy and must form the bedrock of independence.

Without good governance and effective systems and processes we cannot achieve our end goals.

And whilst we have elected leaders and senior public servants who continue to
Under-mine our systems of governance, we cannot achieve our goals.

That is why the recently concluded independent expert reports to inform the Second Joint Review of Autonomy Arrangements are so important to Bougainville.

He said that their reports are insightful as they show that we have a long way to go.

They do not apportion blame but make it clear that shortcomings are as much a result of the National Governments failings as our own.

President Momis also said that there are also positive elements.

We have a modern system of laws; an effective model of representative government and democracy prevails.

But the report also demonstrates that the ABG has been chronically underfunded over the life of the Bougainville Peace Agreement, and where we have received precious funds, these have not been managed well.

The report found that the Government and the Public Service consistently fail to adhere to public finance management legislation, and corruption has at times taken hold.

This is why he continues to speak so forcefully on the need to ensure that our leaders are held to account, and he was heartened by advice that the fraud squad will soon be deployed to Bougainville to investigate allegations of fraud.

President Momis said that nobody is above the law and everyone must be held to account.

The ABG President Momis made these remarks during his presentation to the Bougainville House of Representatives yesterday.

Ends

00:50

Philippines Duterte skips summit meetings but is in top shape "IndyWatch Feed War"

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte skipped several meetings at an Asia-Pacific summit in Singapore on Wednesday, prompting the 73-year-olds office to issue a statement scotching speculation that it was due to ill health.

We assure the nation that his aforementioned absence has nothing to do with his physical health and wellbeing which have been the subject of speculation, spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

The presidents constantly punishing work schedule is proof that he is in top physical shape.

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Panelo named four scheduled events that Duterte had not attended on Wednesday, during which the president took power naps to catch up on sleep, and said he would also skip a gala dinner with the leaders of nine Southeast Asian nations, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and several others.

Dutertes health has been a constant source of speculation since he disappeared from public view for a week last year, and he has said openly that he is tired and would like to step down before the end of his term ends in 2022.

Last month Dutertes office revealed that he had undergone a colonoscopy and he told reporters that a biopsy had shown he did not have cancer.

The constitution provides for the public to be told of the state of health of an incumbent president, if serious.

If a sitting president dies, is permanently disabled or removed through impeachment, the vice president succeeds to serve the remaining years in a six-year, single term.

Vice President Leni Robredo, a leader of the opposition, was elected separately in 2016. Speculation about Dutertes health last month prompted concern that the Philippines could be headed for uncertainty given the highly polarized political climate.

Duterte has cited Robredos incompetence as a reason for his inability to quit as president.

Duterte has a record of skipping summit sessions, though he did not miss any as host when the Philippines held the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) last year.

Panelo said it was amusing that some quarters are making a big fuss of Dutertes absences, noting that he had attended ASEAN meetings with leaders from China, Japan and Russia.

Last night, the president worked late and had only less than three hours of sleep, he said. It is unfortunate that the first event scheduled today was at 8:30a.m.

Duterte is known for having an unorthodox working schedule that typically starts mid-afternoon and includes cabinet meetings that can go on beyond midnight.

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00:50

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

141118MOMIS ON INSTITUTIONS TO SUPPORT GOOD GOVERNANCE
New Dawn FM News

The ABG President in his address to the Bougainville House of Representatives yesterday noted that we must embrace the institutions that are needed to support good governance.

He said this requires a robust audit capability, investigative mechanisms, with a well-funded police force and effective revenue raising capacity.

The independent expert reports note the significant failure of government departments in addressing compliance issues and administering our laws.

As our Strategic Development Plan informed us earlier this year, this requires investment in capacity building measures and the development of workable systems and processes.

At the same time, we must harness those legal powers that are available to us.

He said we have excellent laws, but we fail to administer them.

President MOMIS said that the Bougainville Peace Agreement is often hailed as a worlds best practice document, but implementation has been poor.

He said that these are issues that must also be addressed jointly with the national government.

These are the foundations that he has spoken about, and to make it very clear, our elected leaders are just as responsible for this work as our public servants.

Leadership must come from the top, starting with him as the President, and all Ministers should be stepping up and working with Department Heads, not hiding in their electorates.

Ends

00:42

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

141118 KOHENOU WARD RECONCILIATION THIS FRIDAY
New Dawn FM News

The KOHENOU ward in the PEIT constituency will have its ward reconciliation this Friday.
The venue of the ceremony is the KOHENOU playground.
According to the Program, Kohenou wards former combatants will hand over traditional authority to the clan chiefs at the ceremony in which officers from the Peace Agreement Implementation Department have been invited to witness.
Other guests invited are the National Government members including the Regional member JOE LERA and the former BRA Commander, ISHMAEL TOROAMA.

Ends

00:36

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

141118TUBIANA PRIMARY SCHOOL VISIT ABG HOUSE IN SESSION
New Dawn FM News
Bougainville schools continue to make school excursions as part of their end of the year learning programs for Grade eights.
And today, the TUBIANA Primary School in Kieta visited the ABG House of Representative in session.
They observed the morning session when the Questions without notice was on and later during lunch break actually sat on the members chairs for some explanations from the Parliament staff on how the ABG House of Representatives operate.
Other Schools have also visited the Parliament as part of their learning program this year.

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23:52

Substantial progress made on massive China trade deal that excludes US, Li Keqiang says "IndyWatch Feed War"

Substantial progress has been made on hammering out a China-backed trade deal, Singapores leader said Wednesday, driving ahead the worlds largest commercial pact which the United States is excluded from.

World leaders gathered in the tropical city state this week for a summit where a massive Beijing-backed agreement covering half the worlds population has dominated discussions.

Diplomats have been trying to nail down details as Beijing entices its neighbours to join a commercial alliance seen as an antidote to President Donald Trumps America First protectionist trade policy.

AFP | During a meeting with Southeast Asia leaders, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said he was hopeful talks would break through the ceiling and take regional trade to new heights

The US has imposed tariffs on roughly half of what it imports from China, prompting Beijing to retaliate with its own levies.

Beijings leaders have recast themselves as the defenders of global commerce with the United States under Trump relegated to the sidelines.

China, Japan and India are among 16 Asia-Pacific countries negotiating the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

Substantial progress has been made this year to advance the RCEP negotiations, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Wednesday evening, adding talks were now at the final stage.

With the strong momentum generated this year, I am pleased to note that the RCEP negotiations are poised for conclusion in 2019, he added.

But he cautioned any further delays could risk losing credibility for a deal which has already taken six years to negotiate.

Trump absent

This weeks meetings are the biggest in a series of annual gatherings organised by regional bloc the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN), and are attended by 20 leaders.

RCEP was given extra impetus after US President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the rival Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in early 2017.

That deal was spearheaded by his predecessor Barack Obama and aimed to bind fast-growing Asian powers into an American-backed order to counter China.

The TPP is still alive even without Washington and will come into effect in December but RCEP, if realised, will be the worlds biggest trade deal.

However, the Beijing-backed pact is much less...

22:09

Open-access journal editors resign after alleged pressure to publish mediocre papers "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

All 10 senior editors of the open-access journal Nutrients resigned last month, alleging that the publisher, the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), pressured them to accept manuscripts of mediocre quality and importance. The conflict is familiar for many commercial open-access publishers: Because authors pay fees per published article (about $1800 in the case of Nutrients), the publisher has an incentive to publish as many as possible. On the other hand, scientists prefer to publish in choosy, reputable journals, and academic journal editors want to maintain this quality. On 15 August, the editor-in-chief of the journal, Jon Buckley, of the University of South Australia in Adelaide, received an email from MDPI announcing his replacement at the end of the year by someone who would "bring different ideas on board." Buckley says this was an excuse to push him aside because of his strict editorial policy. He resigned immediately, and nine other senior editors...

22:05

World view Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

November 15 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

655  Battle of Winwaed: Penda of Mercia was defeated by Oswiu of Northumbria.

1315  Battle of Morgarten the Schweizer Eidgenossenschaft ambushed the army of Leopold I.

1515  Thomas Wolsey was invested as a Cardinal.

1532 Commanded by Francisco Pizarro, Spanish conquistadors under Hernando de Soto met Inca leader Atahualpa for the first time outside Cajamarca.

1533  Francisco Pizarro arrived in Cuzco, the capital of the Inca Empire.

1708 William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1778).

1777 American Revolutionary War: After 16 months of debate the Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation.

1791 The first U.S Catholic college, Georgetown University, opened its doors.

1849  Mary E. Byrd, American astronomer and educator, was born (d. 1934).

1854 The Suez Canal, linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea, was given the necessary royal concession.

1859 The first modern revival of the Olympic Games in Athens.

1861 The first issue of the Otago Daily Times was published.

First issue of <em>Otago Daily Times</em> published

1864 American Civil War: Union General William Tecumseh Sherman burned Atlanta, Georgia and started Shermans March to the Sea.

1889 ...

21:32

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

141118APEC HOLIDAY FRIDAY
New Dawn FM News

This Friday 16th November 2018 has been declared a public holiday by the National Government.
This means all Government and Private Offices will close to observe the day as National APEC day.
This was announced today by the ABG Chief Secretary, JOSEPH NOBETAU in a circular distributed to Government and Business houses this morning.
MR. NOBETAU said that as usual essential services and On call staff are required to continue working to make sure that essential services like Hospital and Power house continue to operate.
Normal work will resume on Monday November 19th, 2018.

Ends

21:00

Keeping Up Appearances S05 E11 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

lousy formatting , audio OK, but could be better, and best viewed full screen. In many ways the audio is the main attraction

Wikipedia

Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is eccentric and snobbish middle class social climber Hyacinth Bucket(Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet.[2]The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinths vision of herself, and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility.

The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects

20:55

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Theres a promise of peonies in my garden and Im grateful for them.

 

20:00

BBC Drama: Strangers and Brothers by C.P.Snow #7/13 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Strangers and Brothers is a series of novels by C. P. Snow, published between 1940 and 1970. They deal with among other things questions of political and personal integrity, and the mechanics of exercising power.

All eleven novels in the series are narrated by the character Lewis Eliot. The series follows his life and career from humble beginnings in an English provincial town, to reasonably successful London lawyer, to Cambridge don, to wartime service in Whitehall, to senior civil servant and finally retirement.

The New Men deals with the scientific communitys involvement in (and reaction to) the development and deployment of nuclear weapons during the Second World War. The Conscience of the Rich concerns a wealthy, Anglo-Jewish merchant-banking family. Time of Hope and George Passant depict the price paid by clever, poor young men to escape their provincial origins.

Snow analyses the professional world, scrutinising microscopic shifts of power within the enclosed settings of a Cambridge college, a Whitehall ministry, a law firm. For example, in the novels set in the Cambridge college (a thinly veiled Christs), a small, disparate group of men is typically required to reach a collective decision on an important subject. In The Masters, the dozen or so college members elect a new head (the Master) by majority vote. In The Affair, a small group of dons sets out to correct a possible injustice: they must convince the rest of the college to re-open an investigation into scientific fraud. In both novels, the characters strongly resist letting in the external world, whether it be the press, public opinion, the college Visitor, or outside experts.

The books were adapted by the BBC into a 13-episode television series, which began airing in January 1984. The series starred Shaughan Seymour as Lewis, Sheila Ruskin as his mentally troubled first wife Sheila and Cherie Lunghi as his second wife Margaret. Other actors of note who took part in the series include Anthony Hopkins, Nigel Havers, Peter Sallis and Tom Wilkinson. 

19:55

Pastor Frank Houston Founder of Hillsong. Pedophile. Criminal mind. Part Two. A criminal pedophile too far in to go backwards. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pastor Frank Houston, the greatest evangelist in Australia and New Zealand. Young males turned him on. He couldn't help himself. A true life-long pedophile and homosexual.

Pastor Frank Houston founder of Hillsong in Sydney, Australia 1977, two years before his son Brian joined him in Australia in 1979. Frank Houston was the most famous Assemblies of God evangelist in Australia and New Zealand in the 1960s to 1990s. He died November 2004. But he was a secret life-long homosexual and criminal pedophile. Now in Gods hands. Please note the carefully manicured hair, perfect suits and polished shoes. These were all part of this pedophiles carefully manicured disguise.

So-called Pastor Frank Houston was a pedophile who used the Christian ministry as a cloak or instrument to access little boys and young males.

Like a wolf in sheeps clothing, he thought it was the perfect disguise to access his prey.

The pedophile Frank Houston groomed good trusting wholesome New Zealand and Australian Christian families, and then secretly accessed, assaulted and sexually abused their innocent pure children.

The pedophile Frank Houstons preferred pedophile victims were little boys and young males.

In his criminal pedophile mind, Frank Houston calculated that being a Christia...

19:00

Wednesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

French TV on Macron and his attitude The post Wednesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:38

#Indonesia: Call for international solidarity to the radical feminist Anindya Joediono! "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Indonesian feminist Anindya Joediono has recently been persecuted by government officials. Anindya is no stranger to students organizations and feminist collectives, having been involved in numerous leftist movements since 2016.

Originally published by liberation is life

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

In December 2017, Anindya and her company of friends began advocating against urban poor eviction by the officials, and their fight still continues today. She never backs down in writing open criticism addressed to the government to challenge neoliberal policies, including one which regulates the infrastructure development.

On July 6 2018, Anindya was attending a discussion and movie screening invite in a Papua students boarding house. The event discussed about the human rights violation by the Indonesian government toward the Papuans. As a context, theres still a high level of racism against Papuans or Melanesian groups in Indonesia; therefore, Papua-affiliated events are always seen as separatism.

During the discussion, hundreds of the governments apparatus along with military officers barged in without any warrant and terminated the discussion. While confronting an official and asking for the warrant, Anindya was sexually harassed by one of the police members. Another woman in the location, Isabella, was dragged by them. After being dragged and harassed they were bullied by the police officers.

After the event, Anindya chronicled the case in her social media accounts for several days. Her house was watched by the officers. Her participation as a speaker in a seminar was disrupted when police officers came and interrogated the organizers regarding the nature of the event. Due to her writings in social media accounts, she was reported by the municipal police units (Satpol PP in Bahasa) for defamation. She might face four years in prison.

The chronology of the discussion in the Papuan students boarding house is online at the Asian Human Rights Commission page on...

18:36

China advances code of conduct for South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed War"

Chinas premier has hailed progress on an agreement that would ensure peace and stability in the strategic sea. Beijing has continued to fill a void as US influence in the region wanes under Donald Trump.

    
Chinese warships in the western Pacific

Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang on Wednesday said Beijing and countries with stakes in the South China Sea are closer than ever before to a code of conduct for the strategic thoroughfare.

Ahead of a meeting between China and the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Li said the recent adoption of a draft text for the pact was a major breakthrough.

The single draft negotiating text is not merely a technical term, but an indication that China and ASEAN have reached consensus on ensure peace and stability, freedom of overflight and navigation in the South China Sea, Li said. We have found the way to properly manage and defuse differences.

Filipino protesters set fire to a Chinese flagTensions in some ASEAN countries, such as the Philippines, have prompted protests against Chinese military maneuvers in the South China Sea

Friction

While China maintains it has a historical right over the South China Sea, ASEAN members such as the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei also claim land features in the area.

In 2016, an international tribunal found in favor of the Philippines in a territorial complaint, saying China had no historical rights to resources within its so-called nine-dash line. The ruling further strained relations between Beijing and Manila.

Since then, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has attempted to defuse tensions, in part to attract infrastructure funding and increas...

18:30

While Macron was condemning Nationalism, Poland has their largest Independence Day march ever "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post While Macron was condemning Nationalism, Poland has their largest Independence Day march ever appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:16

Pence decries violence against Rohingya in open remarks to Suu Kyi at tense meeting "IndyWatch Feed War"

The United States has accused Myanmar of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya  Of course people have different points of view, Suu Kyi said.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence criticized Myanmars military for the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in a meeting with the countrys leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday, and said he was keen to hear that those responsible for the violence would be held accountable.

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The violence and persecution by military and vigilantes that resulted in driving 700,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh is without excuse, he told Suu Kyi in a brief meeting with the media before they went into private talks on the sidelines of a Asia-Pacific summit in Singapore.

I am anxious to hear the progress that you are making of holding those accountable who are responsible for the violence that displaced so many hundreds of thousands and created such suffering, including the loss of life, he added.

He said Washington was also keen to hear about progress in making it possible for the Rohingya to voluntarily return to the western Myanmar state of Rakhine from vast refugees camps in southern Bangladesh where they now live.

The United States has accused the military of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya, a Muslim minority who are widely reviled in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. U.N.-mandated investigators have accused the military of unleashing a campaign of killings, rape and arson with genocidal intent.

ARREST OF JOURNALISTS

Myanmar says its operations in Rakhine were a legitimate response to attacks on security forces by Rohingya insurgents in August last year.

Suu Kyi, responding to Pence, said: Of course people have different points of view but the point is that you should exchange these views and try to understand each other better.

In a way we can say that we understand our country better than any other country does and Im sure you will say the same of yours, that you understand your country better than anybody else, she added.

Amnesty International this week withdrew its most prestigious human rights prize from Suu Kyi, accusing her of perpetuating human rights abuses by not speaking out about violence against the Rohingya.

Once hailed as a champion in the fight for democracy, the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner has been stripped of a series of international honors over the Rohingya exodus.

Pence also said that Washington wanted to see a free and democratic press in Myanmar, and the jailing of two journalists last year was deeply troubling for millions of Americans....

18:00

BBC Drama: The Impressionists #2/3 (2006) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good cast in this BBC docudrama, but it missed several key artists such as Sisley, Pissarro and Morisot

18:00

Wednesday Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

NINJA SHOW AT IGA UENO IN JAPAN The post Wednesday Weapons appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:30

Helen Clark on the NZ Cannabis Referendum "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Helen Clark on the NZ Cannabis Referendum appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats -S05 E09 Chinese Checkers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

Water Rats is an Australian TV police procedural broadcast on the Nine Network from 1996 to 2001. The series was based on work of the men and women of the Sydney Water Police who fight crime around Sydney Harbour and surrounding locales. The show was set on and around Goat Island in Sydney Harbour.

Water Rats premiered on 12 February 1996, and ran for six seasons and 177 episodes. Colin Friels and Catherine McClements were the original stars of the series and were instrumental in the shows early success. They both departed the show in 1999. In later seasons, Steve Bisley, Aaron Pedersen and Dee Smart became the shows main stars.

For the sixth and final season in 2001, the show concentrated more on the cops personal lives rather than just focusing on the crimes committed. The Nine Network cancelled the show after six seasons. Executive Producer Kris Noble blamed escalating costs for the cancellation. However, Bisley and Smart had also just quit the show, and the series had already been suffering a ratings battle following the departure of Friels and McClements in 1999. 

17:12

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17:01

Air Niugini changes flight schedules to cater for APEC "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Due to increased movement of personnel and aircraft at Port Moresbys Jacksons International airport during the busy Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) summit, certain Air Niugini flights on the main APEC days, 17th, 18th and 19th November have been retimed to allow for movement of the world leaders and their entourage.

Most of our flights are per the normal schedule, however morning operations on the 17th and 18th November to/from Port Moresby and Gurney, Kavieng, Rabaul, Madang, Lae and Cairns have been retimed to depart up to an hour later.

Passengers who wish to check their new flight times on the dates mentioned can call your nearest Air Niugini Sales office, travel agents or the toll free number 180 3444 to confirm.

General Manager Corporate Services and ANG representative on APEC , Mr Marco McConnell, said the airline is closely monitoring all flights to ensure a smooth operation for both APEC and also the airlines scheduled flights.

He said We therefore request understanding from our regular customers as there maybe delays to certain flights on the 17th and 18 to allow for the movement of 21 leaders from the APEC economies, their entourage and aircraft.

We also request our passengers who are traveling during this period to start making your way to the airport at least two hours before the normal check-in time. Certain roads in the city will be blocked off to allow for movement of APEC participants and that may delay traffic going in and out of the airport.

APEC is a regional economic forum established in 1989 to leverage the growing interdependence of the Asia-Pacific region and to ensure prosperity for the people by promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth and by accelerating regional economic integration.

This is Papua New Guineas first time to host APEC and Air Niugini, like many organizations within the country, is doing everything it can to ensure we as a country deliver a successful outcome for this significant APEC event.
Ends//

17:00

I hear youre a racist now, Father "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post I hear youre a racist now, Father appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:58

Pike River "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

So the putrid mess which passes for gummint in NZ has caved in to a tear jerking campaign and announced Pike River will be re-entered for the purpose of recovering bodies.

...

16:50

First Nations Lead, APAM Office "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM)

16:44

Speed trap: Cameras help defuse human-cheetah conflict in Botswana "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Botswanas policy of zero tolerance for poaching and illegal hunting has given it the reputation of valuing wildlife conservation. But an increase in human-wildlife conflict in recent years appears to undermine those conservation efforts. Of particular concern is an apparent shoot-to-kill stance by livestock farmers against cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) in Ghanzi district something conservationists hope to de-escalate with the help of remote-monitoring technology. Cheetahs on private lands Much of Botswanas cheetah habitat has been lost to private farmland, leaving the cats in close proximity to farmers. Their tendency to hunt during the day makes them vulnerable to killing by farmers and being blamed even for livestock kills they didnt make. It wasnt us. A pair of cheetahs caught resting on camera. Cheetahs diurnal nature and wide-ranging movements make them visible to farmers and blamed for livestock kills. Image courtesy of Cheetah Conservation Botswana. Multiple studies across the cheetahs range have shown that cheetahs preferentially kill wild animals over livestock, Lorraine Boast, a researcher with Cheetah Conservation Botswana (CCB), a nonprofit, told Mongabay. In her doctoral thesis exploring human-predator conflict on game ranches in Botswana, Boast said camera-trap surveys on Ghanzi farms were crucial, given that cheetahs are thought to cause the biggest economic losses to game ranches in the country. Cheetahs have disappeared from more than 90 percent of their historical range, and their global population numbers fewer than 7,000 mature individuals. To better understand cheetah movements on commercial farmland in Botswana, Boast and fellow CCB researchers estimated their

16:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Just a brief note to those readers who like to add their own contributions to Daily roundup in the comments. PLEASE remember that politically incorrect and offensive (but funny) jokes are only to be enjoyed on Mondays in the Comedy corner post which is specifically for that kind of humour. Do not post that kind of humour here. The ultimate alarm [] The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. On Backchat, you are free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. To participate youll need to sign up for a Disqus account which is free, quick, and easy. On posts that are not articles like this one, you do not have to stay on topic [] The post Whaleoil backchat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:00

Reforming Food Production "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Kim Hill in discussion with Dr Jonathan Lundgren

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20181110-0812-dr_jonathan_lundgren_-_reforming_food_production-128.mp3

Dr Lundgren has a particular point of view, but we do need to debate this issue and thus a wide range of inputs are desirable.

It is unfortunate that NZ media seems only interested in putting one side of the argument forward.

15:30

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1905, singer and guitarist John Henry Barbee. Born today in 1936, singer and harmonic player Carey Bell (Carey Bell Harrington). Born today in 1940, Freddie Garrity singer with Freddie and The Dreamers. Born today in 1948, James Young singer, songwriter and guitarist with Styx . Born today in 1951, [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:00

The NZ political dictionary (1) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

As a public service Adam is building a dictionary of current usage of language by the NZ Government:-

  • truth = lie
  • open = hidden
  • transparent = secret
  • supported by rigorous analysis = guesswork
  • accurate costing = guess
  • enthusiastic = incompetent
  • fiscal responsibility = money pit
  • Provincial Growth Fund = slush fund

There will be further editions in due course

15:00

Hadith for the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

As the Christmas gift giving season approaches, some words of wisdom. For that special man in your life perfume will not be rejected. The post Hadith for the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:53

Wages growth hits 3-year high "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Gradual pick-up

It's a steady improvement for wages growth, then, with growth moving up to +2.3 per cent, the highest level in 3 years.

Public sector wages growth of +2.47 per cent is still tracking better than the private sector at +2.14 per cent, mind you...although that gap has narrowed just a tad. 


The picture including bonuses was a shade brighter, with private sector wages including bonuses up by +2.8 per cent.

As anticipated, the recovery is being led by Victoria, with wages growth now up by +2 per cent, while New South Wales wasn't too far behind at +2.4 per cent, and Tasmania did a little better still at +2.6 per cent. 

The resources jurisdictions are still dragging for now, however I do expect this is also set to change


The strongest gains were seen in the healthcare and social assistance sector....

14:48

School strike and #StopAdani doorknock in Geelong "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Great if you are able to promote and attend the Geelong School Strike for climate action outside Richard Marles office in Yarra Street, Geelong on Friday 23 November from 9am. 

Laura and Jude from Kardinia International College are organising the action theyd love adults help with promotion and coming along on the day to support them, bring StopAdani signs, etc.

Listen to The Sustainable Hours six-minute interview with Laura and Jude which was broadcasted on The Pulse earlier today:

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14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Mamamouchi  someone who believes they are more important than they are; a fictional pompous title; one who takes such a title; an ostentatious, self-important, and ridiculous pretender.

14:30

Inequality: Perception versus reality "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Interestingly weve been sold such a lie about inequality that, when surveyed, people in New Zealand actually thought that the top 1% owned more than they actually do. BBC writer Bobby Duffy thinks that our misperceptions of reality are partly emotional. quote. The concentration of wealth at the top really has grown. And not just in the US. In [] The post Inequality: Perception versus reality appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:15

LAST Days of Ham at blistering HOT Special pricing but there is a silver lining "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Grab your Frozen Ham now, you only have this week to go to get your Frozen ham special. All good things come to an end and the Whale Meat Company is running out of the Frozen Hams. But there is a silver lining: The Whale Meat Companys Fresh, Chilled Hams will be available from next week [] The post LAST Days of Ham at blistering HOT Special pricing but there is a silver lining appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:00

Where the sheiks take no blame "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A tiny minority of Australians and almost none living were complicit in the so-called Stolen Generations, black or white. Hardly any Australians were responsible for institutional child sex abuse. Yet the Australian community offered public apologies and restorative justice for those heinous crimes. The Senegalese complicit in the Transatlantic Slave Trade have been [] The post Where the sheiks take no blame appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:32

$84 UNDERPANTS SEEM CHEAP IN 2018, SOMEHOW? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



The first foray into government for the by then ex National Party Minister as a representative of Winston First ended in a chaotic dissembling collapse when four of  "The Tight Five";  Delamere (now apparently a go to talking head on matters immigration), Henare The Younger, now gone from public life  after a varied career,  Morgan of Underpants fame currently ensconced in the top trough of Tainui, Rana Waitai ex policeman now retired barrister (enough said), joined four others to abandon Winston in his hour of need when he became personna non grata to Prime Minister Shipley in 1998. His initial time at the cabinet table had ended in similar fashion whith his being sacked by Bolger seven years earlier.
Of course it was de ja vue all over again with Clark in 2008 as her coalition was crumbling and the Key era was upon NZ.

Now in 2018 enjoying all the baubles and adulation as the appointer of the Coalition of Losers and using all he has learnt about insurance he has loosed a maniacal verbose porn viewer not with a small change  credit card to enable purchase of $84 underpants, The Jones Boy has millions at hand for whatever he thinks will give him and his boss, job security, with seemingly no need to bother with pesky accountability issues. The arrogant perp thinks he doesn't even need to respond to written questions from his opposition watch dog, Paul  Goldsmith.

Its only money right? the difference being merely a bunch of zeros.

13:30

Nine To Noon: The Pike River nonsense rolls on "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

RNZ on Pike River at Nine To Noon

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20181114-0908-weve_won_the_battle_to_re-enter_the_pike_river_drift-128.mp3

This is the blurb:-

A manned re-entry into the Pike River mine will go ahead, and is expected to take place in February next year.

The Pike River Recovery Agency recommended a single entry approach as the safest and most appropriate option.

The total estimated cost of the recovery has been put at $36 million. 

Lynn Freeman speaks with Anna Osborne, whose husband Milton died in the mine, Dave Gawn the Chief Executive of the Pike River Recovery Agency and Rob Fyfe the governments independent adviser on the plans for the re-entry of the Pike River mine.

There is so much wrong with this, but few if any will listen. The media have lapped this up.

Yesterday, the cost was upped to $50 million, but since when did NZ media deal in facts.

THe lauding of Little beggars belief, as he is on record, when he led the then EPMU as saying the mine was OK.

But hey we live in Ardernworld now, where reality is an alien concept!

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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Most read "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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12:55

FANG FARRIER OUTED "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

One thing that gets really up my nose are people who take delight in parading on ANZAC Day and the like wearing medals they are not entitled to.   They are leeching off the valour of those who wear those medals legitimately.   When it is an ex-serviceman who does that I get doubly annoyed.   They are shoving it to their onetime colleagues in arms.

There is a website dedicated to unmasking these charlatans.  Its web address is www.anzmi.net (ANZMI - Australian & New Zealand Military Imposters).    The website recently outed a certain Dennis Manson from Devonport who now joins their Hall of Shame.

Manson served 23 years in the NZDF reaching the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2 as a member of the Royal New Zealand Dental Corps.    He served a tour in Vietnam with the New Zealand Services Medical Team where, on 1 March 1970, he received minor wounds in a booby trap incident which took the life of Sergeant Gordon Watt, RNZAF.

Fast forward to September 2011 and Manson claims he received unsolicited from the US Department of Defense (DoD) in Washington a box with four medals in it along with a letter (since lost) which read words to the effect 'We notice you have not requested your medals.   Please find the medals enclosed.  Thank you for your service'.

Two of those medals were the US Silver Star (the US third highest medal for gallantry in action) and the Purple Heart Medal (awarded to US servicemen wounded in action).    Manson added these to his medals rack and strutted himself with tales of deering-do to all that would listen.

His past has caught up with him and he has been outed.   The NZDF has no record of him being awarded those medals.   Think on it.   High decorations don't just arrive in the post.   Were it legitimate you would have expected the US Government to pull out all the stops to have the medal properly presented to him.   And it just beggars belief that the US DoD holds details of the home addresses of New Zealand Vietnam veterans 50 years on ... sheesh, if they do they should let VANZ New Zealand into the secret because VANZ surely doesn't.

For the record only three New Zealand servicemen were awarded US decorations in the Vietnam war and all those decorations were of a lower grade than the Silver Star.    They were Capt...

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12:30

Totally not-racist black woman slams chinks "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The left are perhaps the least likely people to learn from their mistakes. Of course, almost no one likes to admit theyre wrong, but the left are too often unshakably obdurate. When caught out, rather than admit that they are wrong, for instance, they simply shift definitions and then pretend that they were right all [] The post Totally not-racist black woman slams chinks appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:06

APEC Announces Winners of the APEC Photo Contest 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The APEC Photo Contest 2018 winners were announced to the Concluding Senior Officials Meeting by Chair of the APEC 2018 Senior Officials, Ivan Pomaleu on Tuesday morning in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
First Prize Winner                    : Weave to the Web by Danilo Victoriano
Second Prize Winner               : Doors to the World by Glenn Campanilla
Third Prize Winner                   : The Urban Connectivity by Seong-Joon Cho
Popular Choice Award             : Doors to the World by Glenn Campanilla
Influencer Award                      : The Wind Farm That Creates Jobs for the Locals by Klienne Eco
The APEC Photo Contest is an annual initiative of the APEC Secretariat to collect stakeholders views on APECs messages and priorities. The contest seeks the publics visual interpretation of APECs priorities for 2018 including (1) promoting sustainable and inclusive growth, (2) deepening regional integration and improving connectivity and (3) strengthening inclusive growth through struc...

12:00

Sowell says "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Most Commonly Spoken Second Language in Each London Borough The cities of New Zealand, especially Auckland, will have similar stats. The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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11:53

2019 Budget aims to broaden economy and increase expenditure and revenue "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Treasurer, Charles Abel, has handed down Papua New Guineas 2019 National Budget, revealing a sharp jump in revenues and expenditures. He said he is looking to broaden the economy and announced changes to personal income tax thresholds.

Treasurer Charles Abel at the Budget lock up yesterday. Source: INA

We need to spur investment, bring in foreign exchange and to create jobs, said Abel yesterday, on the aim of the 2019 National Budget.

(All) while we keep our eye on this broader based economy, which is what this Budget is all about: creating those longer term quality jobs, building the middle class of Papua New Guineans, that is so important.

Abel said employment is not growing as fast as we would like, but he said the trend is positive.

Total government revenue is forecast to rise from K12.731 billion to K14.266 billion. This is up 12 per cent.

We had shot up in 2014, with gas, and then went down with that major construction phase finished. But it has been, overall, trending upwards.

I think it is very important that the government keeps a strong focus on employment generation.

Forecasts

Total government revenue is forecast to rise from K12.731 billion to K14.266 billion. This is up 12 per cent.

Expenditure is expected to be up from K14.718 billion in 2018 to K16.133 billion, which consists of K10.63 billion in operational expenditure and K5.5 billion kina in capital expenditurean increase of K1.1 billion, or 9.6 per cent.

Funding priorities

There will be K130 million allocated to the upgr...

11:45

The PERFECT corporate gifts for your staff this Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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11:41

Talk Nation Radio: Stephen McKeown on Armistice Day "IndyWatch Feed War"

November 13, 2018

Steve McKeown was a radio operator in the 4th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1966 to 1967. He was a founding member of Veterans For Peace Chapter 27 in Minneapolis / St. Paul, and is the coordinator for their newsletter. Steve has spoken to hundreds of classes in elementary and high schools, colleges, churches, and community groups on matters of war and peace. And he has been part of organizing all kinds of peace activism including related to Armistice Day, the 100th anniversary of which was this past Sunday.

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Total run time: 29:00
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11:30

We are doomed unless we part company with the ragamuffin United Nations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

What is the point of continuing to be part of the United Nations (UN) when it has been hijacked by countries whose human rights abuses we tacitly support every time we sit down with them but we say and do nothing about it? Countries whose citizens are tortured, killed and imprisoned simply for speaking out [] The post We are doomed unless we part company with the ragamuffin United Nations appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:05

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

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11:00

Fashionable fictions from former newspaper of record "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Its become so very fashionable among our betters to denigrate all remnants of this countrys British legacy. Their sniggers and sneers echo across their columns and social-media pages. In-jokes that wink to their collective self-loathing, their contemporary self-flagellation and heroic in-their-own-mind displays of modernist self-martyrdom and look-at-moi mentality. God! Theyre pathetic. All of them. Lately, [] The post Fashionable fictions from former newspaper of record appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:00

10:30

The harlots daughter "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Spanish Brides post on abortion a couple of days ago inspired me to share the story of a special woman I once knew. My Aunty met a young, black, American sailor posted in New Zealand after World War 2.  He was a handsome and sharp looking man, who could tickle piano keys as expertly as [] The post The harlots daughter appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:15

Set Sail on a New Voyage for Relations Between China and Pacific Island countries "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

I will soon pay a state visit to Papua New Guinea, famed as home to the birds of paradise, and attend the 26th APEC Economic Leaders Meeting there. It will not only be my first visit to the country, but also the first-ever state visit by a Chinese President. I have great expectations for this trip.

Being the largest and most populous Pacific island country and endowed with abundant natural resources, Papua New Guinea has enormous potential for development and is truly a land of great promise. In recent years, thanks to the leadership of Prime Minister Peter ONeill and great work of the government and the industrious and enterprising people of this country, Papua New Guinea has thrived in national development and its society has taken on a new look. I sincerely wish Papua New Guinea even greater achievements in economic and social development and full success in hosting this years APEC meeting.

Chinas friendly interactions with Papua New Guinea go a long way back. More than 100 years ago, there were Chinese travelling across the seas to Papua New Guinea who settled down and, with their hard work, made important contribution to the economic and social development of the country. China and Papua New Guinea established diplomatic relations in 1976. Since then, our two countries have treated each other with respect and as equals, and have pursued mutual benefit and win-win cooperation. Our relationship has stood the test of changing international circumstances and stayed as strong as ever.

In recent years, bilateral ties have entered a new stage of rapid growth. Today, Papua New Guinea is Chinas largest trading partner in the region, while China is the biggest foreign investor and project contractor in this country. For example, the Independence Boulevard and International Convention Centre, which will play an important role in Papua New Guineas hosting of the APEC meeting, are both built with Chinese assistance. For sixteen years running, Chinese medical teams have provided humanitarian health services to the people of Papua New Guinea. Hydropower stations, hospitals and school dormitories financed by Chinese government concessional loans have become landmark buildings across the country. And in an active response to the PNG governments Development Strategic Plan 2010-2030, Chinese companies have taken part in the construction of roads, bridges, airports and docks locally.

Eighteen years ago when I was Governor of Chinas Fujian Province, I personally pushed for a demonstrat...

10:13

PNG to create 7,500 square kilometers of new marine protected areas in Bismarck Sea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Papua New Guinea has announced its commitment to creating 7,500 square kilometers of marine protected areas in the Bismarck Sea by 2021. The government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) made the announcement at the 5th annual Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia with the support of two conservation NGOs: the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Marine Protected Areas Fund and Oceans 5. The PNG government has pledged to triple the coverage of its current marine protected area (MPA) network, and this new 7,500-square-kilometer (nearly 2,900-square-mile) commitment will achieve that goal. According to WCS president and CEO Cristin Samper, the new MPAs will also help the country meet its Aichi Target goal of protecting 10 percent of its territorial waters and coastline by the year 2025. Lavongai islands. Photo Credit: Elodie Van Lierde. The new MPA network will encompass 2,500 square kilometres of coastal areas around Tikana and Lavongai islands, including key coral reef systems, in the Bismarck Sea, as well as 5,000 square kilometres of offshore areas identified as high priorities for marine conservation in New Ireland Province. We applaud the Government of Papua New Guinea for its recently announced commitment to protect an enormous expanse of one of the worlds natural wonders: the Bismarck Sea, Samper said in a statement. Papua New Guinea is already well known as a land of great cultural diversity and home to the famous birds of paradise; what is less known is that the countrys marine riches are just as spectacular, and the Bismarck

10:03

Half of Australia's emissions increase linked to WA's Gorgon LNG plant "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Carbon emissions from nation's largest LNG development were meant to be captured. More than two years on, the storage still hasn't started Half of the increase in Australia's annual carbon dioxide emissions can be linked to a single issue: the failure to bury greenhouse gases underground at the country's largest liquefied natural gas development.Chevron's Gorgon LNG development in the Pilbara is considered a landmark development in carbon capture and storage, a long-promised technology to [...]

10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo:  Cruise ship moored in Dubrovnik harbour NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view from your kitchen window or bedroom window or lounge room window [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Mackenzie Country and Waitaki: Balancing the extremes Sally Rae:

Over the past two decades, the Mackenzie Basin and Waitaki Valley have undergone significant change.

The region has gone from a little known backwater to one of the highest profile battlegrounds over environmental protection and agricultural intensification, farmer Annabelle Subtil says.

The Omarama woman  addressed  delegates at the New Zealand Grassland Associations 80th annual conference in Twizel last week. . . 

Farmers find irrigation can be controversial -Sally Rae:

For Glenn and Sarah Fastier, farming Simons Hill Station  on the eastern side of State Highway 8 between Tekapo and Twizel  is like living in a glasshouse.

The Mackenzie district was an area  many New Zealanders felt connected to and, when it came to land use, there were a lot of differing opinions as to what was appropriate, Mr Fastier said.

They farm next to Simons Pass Station, where a high-profile dairying operation is being established by  Dunedin businessman Murray Valentine,  attracting the ire of environmental activists.

Theres definitely a different public perception on anything related to dairy. I dont often think its justified. . . 

Guiney for the protest and McBride for the promise Hugh Stringleman:

Fonterra shareholders have spoken loudly with the re-election of Leonie Guiney and election of soon-to-be-former Zespri chairman Peter McBride.

One director position is unfilled because incumbent Ashley Waugh, Maori farming leader Jamie Tuuta and multi-farm Canterbury candidate John Nicholls did not reach the required 50% approval of votes cast.

Waughs failure to reach the threshold is another aspect of the protest vote and the mood for change among farmer-shareholders after Fonterras worst year in financial results and setbacks. . . 

09:57

Amend Resource Ownership Law: Group "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Yombi Kep | Post Courier | November 13, 2018

The Resource Owners Federation of Papua New Guinea applauded the move made by former Primes Ministers, Sir Julius Chan and Sir Mekere Morauta in Parliament to change ownership laws in the country.

In a statement, the federation said that it appreciates the admissions by Sir Julius Chan and Sir Mekere Morauta in September parliament sitting, that the ownership laws of the country are wrong and needed to be changed to restore ownership of mineral and petroleum resources by those who own the land beneath which the resources are found.

The Resource Owners Federation of Papua New Guinea is pleased to note that the leaders of the country are realising they have in the past been deceived into giving up their mineral and petroleum resources free of charge to foreign companies and their shareholders, without any direct or indirect benefit to the country and its citizens including and especially the resource owners, the federation said.

09:55

Keeping a promise "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

After the Pike River disaster, then-Prime Minister John Key gave the victims' families an "absolute reassurance" that their loved ones bodies would be recovered. He lied, and left them to rot. Now, Labour is keeping his promise:

The Minister responsible for Pike River re-entry has this morning announced that a plan to re-enter the mine drift to retrieve the bodies of the 29 men who died there in 2010 will proceed.

Andrew Little made the announcement at Parliament, in front of a number of the families of the Pike 29.

"Re-entry of the Pike River Mine will proceed. To the Pike River families, to New Zealand, we are returning."

He said he decided the Te Khui Whakamana Rua Tekau M Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, was by far the safest option.


Good. Because this isn't just a sentimental matter of recovering remains. Pike River is also a crime scene, and re-entry may help the police gather the evidence required to hold those responsible to account. They've already bribed their way out of trouble once - actions later found by the Supreme Court to be "an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution". Hopefully they won't be able to do that again.

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09:31

Market Talk- November 13, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Although the Asian markets opened weaker, that proved to be the days low and all recovered from then on. That said, the Nikkei, New Zealand, KOPSI and ASX all finished lower with Japan actually losing 2%. In late trading we are seeing a small recovery for the Nikkei futures but with that the Yen is well into the 114s. The Hang Seng spent all day climbing back to unchanged, whilst Shanghai and the SENSEX both managed a near 1% return for the day. Opinions are divided as to reasoning for all this stock market turbulence, but should be noted that when derivative volume and model volume play algos outweigh cash markets, turbulence is bound to increase yet not alter the long term trend. Currency markets are large enough to handle this kind of interference and so tend not to create the fear of volatility.

Europe was a buzz with talk of deals between US and China and also talk that the UK may very well be agreeing terms with the EU as early as this week! Obviously, a huge amount of speculation on the later from agreed text to signature soon, but that was the reason given by many for the excuse why Sterling rallied 1.5%. Oil has been another major discussion topic today following its $4 fall resulting in a 6% decline. The price has fallen 25% over the past month with talk that many were wrong-footed by Irans production numbers. Stocks were making a recovery early in European trading but it wasnt until the US opened that that rally built momentum. Early US futures had expected another weak opening for cash but fortunately that was not to be. Most core indices closed on their days highs up around 1%.

Following yesterdays decline, the mood at the opening was probably best described as hesitant at best. Fortunately, Apple stock saw some recovery and that helped the whole sector to rally. Early losses were rejected and the market was abuzz with positivity surrounding the talk that US and China were talking trade again. However, this mood was soon reversed and in light volume we traded back down to close the day off 100 points in the DOW. The NASDAQ only just managed to hold onto gains which does appear positive for the Asian session.

Japan 0.10%, US 2s closed 2.88% (-1bp), US 10s closed 3.14% (-1bp), US 30s 3...

09:30

Shane Jones digs himself into a hole "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Shane Joness billion trees project is having some trouble getting off the ground if you see what I mean. quote. Forestry officials working on the Governments flagship One Billion Trees plan ordered more than one million pine seedlings for a block of land so choked with scrub and weeds planting couldnt go ahead. Forestry Minister [] The post Shane Jones digs himself into a hole appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:15

Something unbelievable has happened, it is possible to pity Mike Pence "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Never thought Id feel pity for Mike Pence, but apparently hes seated next to Jacinda Ardern at a dinner in Singapore marking the EAS meeting. The concern didnt last. Apparently its a form of self flagellation, he requested the seating reportedly. Perhaps the realization of being Trumps VP means he has much to atone for.

09:01

Ramu Nico Plants Cocoa Trees In Mine Rehabilitation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Post Courier | November 13, 2018

Ramu NiCo Mines environment section at Kurumbukari mine in Madang Province began planting cocoa seedlings in the mined out areas of the Kurumbukari plateau as part of its mine environment rehabilitation.

More than 250 cocoa seedlings were delivered recently by the companys Sustainable Agriculture section of the Community Affairs Department to KBK Mine Environment Section of the companys HSE Department under the supervision of Allan Wahwah and Alex Kambual and planted at Mine Pit Two area.

The aim is to explore the growth rates and adaptability of cocoa, eagle wood and sandal wood in the mined out areas at KBK Mine.

Eagle wood and sandalwood are yet to be transported from the Forest Research Institute in Lae to KBK Mine for rehabilitation.

Mr Wahwah said that it may take a year or two to establish the assumptions and then recommendations would be proposed for mass planting. He said there are plans to raise KBK native seeds present in the KBK primary forest.

However, these will all be captured...

09:00

Gresham College: Prof. Chris Budd Mathematics and the Making of the Modern and Future World #6 Energetic Mathematics "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A fascinating series delivered by Professor Chris Budd, CBE from Bath University

In this lecture series by Professor Christopher Budd, the emphasis will be how mathematics gives us a glimpse into the future both of technology and of many other areas of our lives.

Since Newton, we have become used to science making confident predictions about the future, including on the motion of the planets and the times of the tides. However, some things seem very hard to predict, such as the stock market or the weather. Is this a fault in the way we model these systems, or is there a genuine limit to how far we can predict the future? One explanation comes from the theory of chaos, which explains why small changes now can lead to large uncertainty in the future. Professor Budd will describe how chaos theory works and how things can change rapidly.

Climate change is important, controversial, and the subject of huge debate. Much of our understanding of the future climate comes from the use of complex climate models, which are based on mathematical and physical ideas. Professor Budd will describe how these models work and the assumptions that go into them. He will discuss how reliable our predictions of climate change will be and show how mathematics can give us insights into both the past and the future.

One of the biggest advances in modern technology has been the development of GPS systems which allow us to find our position to very high precision. GPS is just the latest advance in the science of navigation, which has had a profound effect on human civilization. Professor Budd will show how mathematics has played a vital role in making navigation as accurate as it is today and the impact this has had on us all. Indeed, it is one of the few areas where Einsteins general theory of relativity directly impacts our lives.

The worlds population is rapidly growing, and most of this population will live in large city conurbations. What will our future cities look like? How will the transport system work, how will people move around, and how will we supply them with energy and remove their waste? Indeed, what sort of houses will people live in and what will our communities look like in the future? Professor Budd will show how mathematical models can help us understand how cities work and how they might evolve in the future.

Mathematics education is changing rapidly and a big driver for this i...

09:00

Satirical image of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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08:51

Civil society petitions China to help combat illegal logging in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

As Papua New Guinea prepares to welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping, civil society, landowners and academics have written to the Chinese leader urging his help to reduce illegal logging in PNG.

China is the major importer of tropical logs from PNG most of which are sourced from illegal sources including from SABL lease areas.

Civil society says China is risking its global reputation by fuelling illegal logging in Papua New Guinea which, because of the demand from China, is now the worlds largest exporter of tropical logs.

TEXT OF THE LETTER

Dear President Xi:

We are researchers, members of civil society, and local landowners concerned by illegality and corruption in the forestry sector in Papua New Guinea (PNG). As you prepare to visit PNG for the 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, in recognition of the important economic relationships between China and PNG, we are writing to ask for your leadership to reduce illegal logging in PNG and defend Chinas global reputation. 

Your countrys influence in PNG is strong and growing. PNG is one of the newest members of the Belt and Road Initiative, and major related investments in infrastructure, transportation, and agriculture have recently been announced throughout the country. Perhaps nowhere is this relationship more apparent than in the forestry sector. As you will be aware, almost all of the timber PNG produces is bought by China. In 2017, over 87% of our log exports2.8 million cubic meters of timberwere sold to Chinese companies. Together with the Solomon Islands, PNG produces half of all the tropical logs China imports, making this trade an important one for both our countries.

We welcome your vision of an ecological civilization: requiring industries to become cleaner and more efficient, dramatically reducing air pollution, and banning logging in natural forests across mainland China. At the global level China is emerging as a leader in efforts to combat climate change, which must include keeping forests standing. But China has yet to place the same level of attention on its ecological footprint overseas as it is domestically and ensure that materials it sources from abroad, including timber, are legal and sustainable. 

This omission is especially urgent in the cas...

08:44

NZEI letting teachers down "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Homepaddock

If unions dont understand why they arent always well regarded they need look no further than this:

The teachers strike is going ahead tomorrow because the venues for union meetings were already booked.

The primary teachers union offered that explanation when asked why the pay offer it received on Thursday wasnt enough to avert next weeks action. . . 

The NZEIs teacher lead negotiator Liam Rutherford told the Weekend Collective the offer came through really late in the piece.

And so to that extent, we didnt consider calling off the strike because weve got venues booked around country.

Rutherford says they have been really flexible, but when you already have so many meeting venues booked, a half day to consider an offer is not enough. . . 

The Employment Relations Authority recommends teachers accept the offer.

Teachers have a lot of sympathy for their claims not just for

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08:42

Minister mulches our money "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Some good points here

Homepaddock

Only someone spending other peoples money would buy seedlings without making sure the ground work was done:

Forestry officials working on the Governments flagship One Billion Trees plan ordered more than one million pine seedlings for a block of land so choked with scrub and weeds planting couldnt go ahead.

Forestry Minister Shane Jones told the Herald ambition and enthusiasm had a part to play in planting delays which struck the $32 million inaugural joint venture on the Far North forestry block.

Official documents show the Government planned to plant 1100ha with pine this year and had ordered about 1,100,000 seedlings for that. The number of seedlings able to be planted collapsed to 191,000 as the condition of the land was revealed. . . 

This shows the regional slush fund is getting even sloppier:

Shane Jones has confirmed his flagship forest investment in Northland was bungled after pine

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08:30

Will state housing fix what Kiwibuild cannot? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Kiwbuild was this governments answer to the housing problem, but it is not working. Providing houses to middle-class families who already have lots of choices was never the intention. They claimed that they would build houses for low-income families locked out of the housing market. Actually getting on and building those houses for low-income families [] The post Will state housing fix what Kiwibuild cannot? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:01

SOTT Earth Changes Summary October 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Unless youve been sleepwalking through the past few weeks, youll have noticed some crazy weather and earth changes, of course the latest in an increasingly serious series of wildfires in California being prominent in the MSM. SOTT does an informative roundup of  worldwide wild weather, and their own take on why its all happening (you []

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08:00

Straight shooting vs ducking and weaving "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In the wake of the Islamic terror atrocity du jour, the biggest challenge for the Islamic community and their appeasers always seems to be how to control the narrative. Forget about tackling extremism. Forget about apologising for the constant stream of violence from within their ranks. What really frets the Islamophile wing is: how can [] The post Straight shooting vs ducking and weaving appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

Kiwibust "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

During the election campaign, Labour promised to build 10,000 houses a year, all for low-income families who had been locked out of the housing market. They made it sound easy as if the previous government had simply been remiss in failing to do anything about the worsening housing crisis. Labour was going to save the [] The post Kiwibust appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:15

The murderers exchanged for Bergdahl fight on for the Taliban "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

[...] Obama handed over five top Taliban leaders into the oversight of Qatari officials, knowing full well that the Taliban had political offices in Qatar. The post The murderers exchanged for Bergdahl fight on for the Taliban appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Minister mulches our money "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Only someone spending other peoples money would buy seedlings without making sure the ground work was done:

Forestry officials working on the Governments flagship One Billion Trees plan ordered more than one million pine seedlings for a block of land so choked with scrub and weeds planting couldnt go ahead.

Forestry Minister Shane Jones told the Herald ambition and enthusiasm had a part to play in planting delays which struck the $32 million inaugural joint venture on the Far North forestry block.

Official documents show the Government planned to plant 1100ha with pine this year and had ordered about 1,100,000 seedlings for that. The number of seedlings able to be planted collapsed to 191,000 as the condition of the land was revealed. . . 

This shows the regional slush fund is getting even sloppier:

Shane Jones has confirmed his flagship forest investment in Northland was bungled after pine seedlings ended up being mulched, Nationals Economic and Regional Development spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

Its our money and your reputation being mulched, Mr Jones. The Ministers extraordinary admission speaks volumes about the lax rules in place around the Provincial Growth Fund.

Mulching is a higher risk for any venture that involves taxpayer funds and lacks full disclosure. Weve seen evidence this week that Provincial Growth Fund meetings were among 61 that Mr Jones forgot until recently he had attended. This is a Minister given a loose grant of some $3 billion to pursue investments that suffer from a lack of transparency.

Now we learn that the inaugural venture in the One Billion Trees scheme was a bust, with seedlings destroyed.

This is incompetence laid bare. It shows the risks of wild and frenetic spending to an overtly political timetable. Jones concedes as much, telling the Herald that he has three years to roll out planting of 23,000ha.

New Zealanders are entitled to expect taxpayer money will be spent sensibly not rushed out the door to bolster the election prospects of New Zealand First.

Sensible spending is oxymoronic with this government in general and the regional slush fund in particular.

07:00

Labours nine years of neglect "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Now that we are In government there is a Need for us to make Effective changes. Yet we spend our time Egregiously telling Anyone and everyone, including Reporters that it is all Simons teams fault. Of course we could have Formulated plans just in case National lost the Executive branch of Government, but we didnt. [] The post Labours nine years of neglect appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

ONeill firm won $32m contract despite 'serious irregularities' "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG O'Neill
Peter O'Neill. PNGs Mr Teflon, while others around him have crashed against the rocks, he seems to escape unscathed"  - Kristian Lasslett

KATE LYONS & PNGi | The Guardian | Extract

Read here the complete story of how the ONeill company may have violated anti-corruption guidelines

SYDNEY - A company owned by Papua New Guineas prime minister, Peter ONeill, won a $32 million government contract to build bridges in the country in a process with serious procurement irregularities that may have violated anti-corruption guidelines, the Guardian can reveal.

The 2015-16 building project was fraught with problems, requiring the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to temporarily stop payments and send in inspectors. Eventually, the contract was terminated and had to be retendered to a Chinese company.

The revelations centre on Wild Cat Developments Ltd, of which ONeill was the sole shareholder at the time the contracts were granted by the ADB.

ONeill came to power in 2011 and has had corruption allegations levelled at him in the past, but according to some experts this is the first time he has been revealed to have been involved in such a questionable deal by an international body while prime minister.

The PMs conflicts of interest are legion, but there has never been anything like this ADB report before, said Kristian Lasslett, an investigative criminologist who has been researching corruption in PNG for more than a decade.

ONeill is PNGs Mr Teflon, while others around him have crashed against the rocks, he seems to escape unscathed.

This ADB investigation is a bone-shaking exception to the rule. An international body has uncovered activity by a company he owns which appears to fit within the dictionary definition of fraud.

The prime ministers office issued a statement disputing the allegations, saying:...

06:55

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06:45

Whaleoil poll: Pike river re-entry "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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06:42

SO REALLY SAFE THIS TIME EH ANDY? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



Just days before the Pike River Coal Mine in the Paparoa Mountains blew and 29 men perished in 2010,  the Union representative of many of those sadly now still dead workers, declared the mine safe.
His name Andrew Little, Now a List Labour MP having handed the New Plymouth electorate seat to Jonathon Young on two separate occasions, moving it from marginal Labour to safe National.
"Angry" Andy,  now reincarnated as the Pike River Mine Recovery Minister, who in the run up to the 2917 election was fulla shit how he and subsequently another grandstander, a diminutive master of the broken promise,  were gunna enter the mine to see what Pike Coal and their co accused National had done to kill those 29.

Well many millions expended later Mr Reincarnate sans his blood brother will give a 'greenlight' for someone else,  to enter the drift up to where the roof collapsed during the explosive end to the Mine, A mine in the minds of many who might just know, that was probably doomed right from the initial planning phase.

Of course Bernie Monk and Milton Osborne's Missus have been flown to Welly for the big reveal at breakfast time this morning.
Meanwhile no one seems bothered to give a rats arse about the wishes of the family members of the 29 who have accepted the untimely death of loved ones and are still trying to move on with their lives while a handful of self absorbed attention seekers keep bringing the tragedy back into the headlines  again and again.

So I ask again it it really safe this time Mr Little, if so to what degree  exactly, or will the expenditure of countless millions to discover what is almost certainly known without your politically motivated big show to examine the flawed design, uphill drift.

06:30

Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have ever wondered why we dont hear much from Kelvin Davis, you will soon know why. He replaced Jacinda on the Mike Hosking Breakfast show on Tuesday. Putting it mildly, the interview was just plain embarrassing. quote. Hosking Tell me, why would your government cut a $30M deal to plant trees up north when no-one [] The post Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:29

QotD: "Guide to being ethical do NOT what the Greens do" "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"Coercive attempts to stop the use of fossil fuels are delivering the same perverse economic consequences as the attempts to close down American saloon bars in the 1920s. The consumers pay more for a substance they choose not to live without, while the producers count the profits...
    "The attempt to starve coal producers of capital has impeded their attempts to build new coal mines but it hasnt got in the way of profits. The price of coal has risen to a six-year high, which is good news for the coal business but bad news if youre living in, say, Indias Bihar state, where three out of four households dont have electricity.
    'Energy prices will need rise to the level at which the marginal consumer of fossil fuels is incentivised not to be a consumer,' Redburn reports. ''In other words, the 1 to 2 billion people on the planet with zero or unreliable access to modern energy would remain priced out of the market.' ...
    Redburns analysts turn the tables on so-called ethical investors by forcing them to confront the consequences of fossil fuel divestment, a phenomenon that has swept university campuses, shareholder meetings and boardrooms, much as anti-alcohol mania did a century ago.
    'Given the pernicious consequences of energy undersupply, we would go so far as to argue that the socially responsible investor has a duty to ensure capital is available to the fossil fuel industry, for as long as it is needed'.
        ~ Nick Cater, quoted in Jo Nova's post 'Like Prohibition is to Moonshine, Green divestment activists are a boon for coal investors'

06:00

Whaleoil transcript: Mike Hosking and Kelvin Davis on a billion trees, KiwiBuild & Sroubek "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

ZB on 13 November 2018 Hosking Tell me, why would your government cut a $30M deal to plant trees up north when no-one checked the quality of the land? Davis Thats a question that you would have to ask the minister responsible, but, hey look, are you saying that the Tai Tokerau land isnt quality?  [] The post Whaleoil transcript: Mike Hosking and Kelvin Davis on a billion trees, KiwiBuild & Sroubek appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Green growth and the blue-green economy in the Pacific islands "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

The term green growth and its sister concepts bluegreen growth, the green economy, and the bluegreen economy, have gained considerable traction in the Pacific island region in a short space of time. Pacific island governments, regional organisations, and development agencies all use the terms, which originate outside of the Pacific. What (and who) has driven the adoption of green growth terminology within the region? To what extent have external actors influenced or motivated its adoption? How has green growth terminology in the Pacific mirrored or differed from global discourses? And to what extent is the use of green growth terminology actually unique in the region?

These are all questions explored in our recent article in Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, titled Whats in a term? Green growth and the bluegreen economy in the Pacific islands. We examine usage of the term at the regional level, and in Fiji and Vanuatu, drawing on both existing grey literature and interviews with politicians, public servants, civil society, the private sector, and donor agencies.

What we find is a contested policy space, where Pacific actors deploy competing meanings of green growth terms in ways that both reflect their worldviews and support their agendas.

This is most evident at the regional level, where competition between regional organisations now extends into usage of green growth terminology.

The Pacific Island Development Forums (PIDF) original embrace of green growth as its raison dtre did not occur in a political vacuum. It formed part of the PIDFs unique selling point in a crowded regional landscape. Importantly, it was advocated by those challenging the political settlement at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), as a more uniquely Pacific vision than the PIF priority of regional economic integration. In contrast, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) has until recently been reluctant to adopt green growth terminology, instead favouring terms such as resilient development and low carbon pathways when discussing climate change, disaster preparedness and disaster management. This only changed in 2017, when PIF leaders endorsed a statement of regional identity centered around the blue Pacific.

In Fiji and Vanuatu, green growth has assumed a different hue to that of regional discussions. In Fiji, the Government set out a Green Growth Framework (GGF) in the lead up to the countrys first election in nearly a decade, as it borrowed the term to articulate a uniquely Fijian vision for national development. The Fiji government also sought to re-position itself on the global stage as a leader in multilateral environmental diplomacy (diplomacy not always reflected in domestic environmental policy).

...

06:00

Catholic Church: 'people suffering & dying for APEC success "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Samarai Catholic Church
Sacred Heart Church, Samarai

MEDIA STATEMENT | Catholic Bishops Conference of PNG & Solomon Islands

PORT MORESBY - The primary task of the Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea is to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people. As such the church adopts no particular position on political or economic issues except to bring gospel values to this part of life.

However, since the Catholic Church is known and expected to speak for those without a voice, and has a reputation for its concern for the rural poor of PNG, many have asked us for our position on APEC.

We have addressed this issue many times in the past and more recently appealed for a return to the division of powers that could ensure that political power and the equitable distribution of wealth are kept separate.

We share the concern of many about the huge amount of our limited resources being expended on this event which seems designed to entertain and impress the rich and powerful.

Given its inevitability, we can only hope for its success, which can only mean that the welfare of the poorest people of PNG will somehow indirectly be improved. Although we all would like to make a good impression on our visitors, this cannot be at the expense of the truth.

So we must now look to life after APEC.

This has to be a life where we will see a return to the principles and values of our national constitution and the national goals and directive principles on which our nation was built.

05:59

The Race to the Abyss: California vs. Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

IN PROGRESS TIA [September 24, Confidential 10] TNWG [October 22,Confidential 10] Nominated Groups: All Groups FIRE-EARTH PRESENTATION 111302   Its the Ecology, Stupid! Which will get there first, Australia or California? [Presented by FIRE-EARTH Science.] Presentation available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. FIRE-EARTH Top Ten Alerts All Groups Latest FIRE-EARTH DIRECTIVES, ALERTS, FORECASTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available []

05:33

05:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is Subscriber Content. You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, sudoku, 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.

05:19

Plan to re-enter Pike River mine announced "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This announcement is just being made: PIKE RIVER: They're going in. @craigmcculloch says Feb is expected date of re-entry. "The Minister says it's the simplest, safest plan using the existing access tunnel method will be made safe using controls in line with mining standards" https://t.co/wnSrsCY7jP Morning Report (@NZMorningReport) November 13, 2018 Stuff:  Were going []

05:17

KCDC Answers Low Carbon on Pool "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Kpiti Coast Chief Executive, Wayne Maxwell, has answered Low Carbon Kpiti (LCK)criticisms over the taki Pool. LCK said (story below) it []

05:15

How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:01

Brexit prompted opening of NZ embassy in Ireland "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

New Zealand has just opened an embassy in Ireland. This was prompted by Brexit. Winston Peters:  New Zealand opens first embassy in Dublin Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters officially opened New Zealands first resident embassy in Ireland at a ceremony in Dublin today. Ireland and New Zealand are already close friends but our new diplomatic []

05:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Today, when a quarter of New Zealands population was born elsewhere, we have the opportunity to ensure that our newest New Zealanders are welcomed, are valued, and are enabled to take their place amongst us. We want every New Zealander, whatever their origins, to live the life they would best imagine for themselves and their descendants.   Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae who celebrates his 64th birthday today.

05:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good morning, welcome to our daily Whaleoil General Debate. Our evening General debate is called Backchat and will start at 6 pm On General debate, you are encouraged as a commenter to share your own stories, discuss other news, bring NEW news, catch up with friends or make new friends with other commenters. To participate youll [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:00

Malaria-struck MP couldnt find drugs at district clinic, but wait.... "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Ijivitari MP Richard Masere
Richard Masere MP couldnt find anti-malarial drugs in Popondetta. He was airlifted to Port Moresby for treatment

SCOTT WAIDE | My Land, My Country

LAE - Before we get to the story about the politician, lets take a look back at how it began.

Two weeks ago, a senior doctor who works at Laes Angau Hospital added to the long list of health professionals who are pointing out the obvious: There is a severe medicine shortage throughout Papua New Guinea.

Dr Lincoln Menda has served in the public health system for 36 years and is the most senior health professional to speak out about the medicine shortages.  

His primary job is to visit clinics all over Morobe Province to treat and refer people with serious medical problems to the main hospitals.

He has not been able to do his job well.

We need drugs. We are facilitators of the end users of the drugs. They are our clients, he said. We are now prescribing drugs for our clients to buy them from the private sector.

We are passing the buck when the government is telling us that that drugs and everything are supposed to be free. Treatment in hospitals is supposed to be free.

Dr Menda was at the Milfordhaven clinic, one of seven urban clinics facing a dire shortage of medicines and other supplies.

In the clinics dispensary, the shelves were void of much needed basic supplies.  On a list provided by the officer in charge, he noted antibiotics, painkillers and antimalarial drugs were in short supply.

Everywhere I go, I carry folders of prescription forms. I prescribe everything from Panadol to amoxicillin to other major medical drugs that need a doctors prescription.

Everything from Panadol, aspirin, malaria drugs are non-existent currently.

Dr Menda wasnt the only one to speak out.  Nurses who are at the front line of health service delivery also spoke out about the shortages.

The situation took a personal toll on health...

04:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Todays face of the day was our face of the day during the server outage so he disappeared from view as the post was not published. Since then one despicable Australian media outlet has seen fit to attack him. They have attacked Trolley Man, a homeless Australian HERO who risked his life to protect others. Let that [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:19

Bungle over tree planting in Northland, seedlings mulched, money wasted "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Minister of Planting Lots of Trees, Shane Jones, has admitted there has been a stuff up in a planned planting of 1.2 million pine trees in Northland. Only 200,000 seedlings could be planted as most of the land was not sufficiently prepared for the planting. Some seedlings were redistributed, but many were mulched at a []

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is milieu (noun) An environment or a setting. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : The etymology of milieu comes down to mi and lieu. English speakers learned the word (and borrowed both its spelling and meaning) from French. The modern French term comes from two much older French forms, [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:05

Green Minister criticised for rubber stamping foreign purchases of land "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Green MP and Minister of Land Information Eugenie Sage is under fire again, this time for approving 21 applications to sell land to foreigners. I think this illustrates the contrast between the ideals when in opposition and the reality of Government responsibilities Im bound by the law, and as a minister, I implement the []

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 14 27 Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:59

Pakistans Prime Minister Pays Visit to China "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Pakistans Prime Minister Imran Khan accepted an invitation from his Chinese colleague Li Keqiang to visit China from 2 to 5 November. The official trip and its outcomes are noteworthy for a number of different reasons, but especially when viewed from the perspective of assessing the political puzzle shaping itself in the Indo-Pacific at the moment.

Pakistans importance in the regional game is fairly obvious (while Chinas role is self-explanatory). The nation is located in the region where interests of world and regional players such as China, India, the US, Russia, Japan and Iran collide. And Pakistan is not merely a pawn in the multifaceted rivalry among them.

In recent months important changes have taken place in Pakistans politics, which could have resulted in (but have not as yet) significant alterations to the part of the previously mentioned puzzle that, due to its geographic location, is referred to as the South Asian sub-region.

We would like to remind the readers that the Movement for Justice party, headed by the former professional athlete Imran Khan, won in the scheduled parliamentary elections on 25 July of this year. As a result the Pakistan Muslim League party, headed by the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, was removed from power. Nawaz Sharif was actually ousted from the post of Prime Minister after the Supreme Court of Pakistan sentenced him to 10 years in prison for corrupt practices.

One of the key issues that Imran Khans pre-election rhetoric focused on was the need to stop the war against India stemming from the Kashmir conflict (de facto uninterrupted but mostly smoldering in nature), and to normalize their relations.

Assertion about the countrys tough financial situation was his second focal point. Thinly veiled hints were made that the financial predicament, the country found itself in, stemmed from the agreement, supported by the former government, to establish the over 3,000 km ChinaPakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which will connect PRCs Western provinces with the Pakistani port of Gwadar on the shores of the Arabian Sea.

Apparently, the Pakistani treasury was depleted as a result of enormous (almost one-time) outlays that will take a long time to...

03:20

Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:14

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:03

Open Forum Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

14 November 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 []

02:46

Returning Winds Have Southern California Firefighters Wary "IndyWatch Feed World"

MALIBU, Calif.With Santa Ana winds returning and hundreds of homes in ashes, firefighters were struggling to corral a devastating Southern California wildfire that has ravaged scenic canyons and celebrity enclaves near the ocean.

Crews taking advantage of a weekend lull in the winds had the immense Woolsey blaze about 30 percent contained. But at least 435 buildings had burned most of them homes and the hot embers smoldering there could become the sparks for more devastation, fire officials said.

The fire, which stretches from north of Los Angeles to the Pacific Ocean, was only 30 percent contained although that was significant progress from only a few days earlier thanks to a weekend lull in Santa Ana winds.

Fire crews had to stamp out two new blazes on Monday while still working to corral the hot western and eastern sides of the fire, which had burned its way through drought-stricken canyonlands in and around Malibu, burning celebrity houses along with modest mobile homes.

The hot, dry gusty winds were expected to blow through Wednesday, although not quite as furiously as last week. Winds, coupled with higher average annual temperatures, tinder-dry brush and a lack of rain in recent years, make the perfect ingredients for explosive fire growth around the state, said Chris Anthony, a division chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Ive been doing this job for 31 years and probably in the last five, maybe seven years, every year seems to get worse, California Fire Chief Scott Jalbert told The Associated Press.

The fire has burned more than 80 percent of National Parks Service land in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, officials said.

Fire officials lifted some evacuation orders Monday in Los Angeles County while warning Southern California residents to remain vigilant as strong winds fanned new fires. While some returned home, others were told to leave. As one major freeway reopened, another was closed.

The return to normal for some was juxtaposed with the arrival of chaos for others, illustrating how quickly conditions can turn. At least 57,000 homes were still considered threatened, state fire officials said, and more than 200,000 people remained under evacuation orders.

Relief and heartache awaited those who were allowed to return home Monday. Paul Rasmussen, his pregnant wife and 6-year-old daughter fled their mountainside Malibu home Friday for what they thought would be the last time.

Paul Rasmussen gasped Monday as he rounded corners on the road home that revealed the extent of damage with more than a dozen nearby houses reduced to rubble. But their home survived. His next-door neighbor, Randy Berkeley, protected his home and the Rasmussens hou...

01:59

Smart toilets Will Scan Your Poop to Diagnose Your Ailments "IndyWatch Feed World"

AI that screens out spam and recognizes your moms face is so 2017. Get ready for smart toilets thatll scan your poop using artificial intelligence to save you a trip to the doctor.

Thats what Sanjay Mehrotra, chief executive of memory chipmaker Micron Technology, expects as AI spreads to yet another corner of our lives.

Medicine is going toward precision medicine and precision health, Mehrotra said at the Techonomy 2018 conference in Half Moon Bay on the Pacific coastline south of San Francisco. Imagine smart toilets in the future that will be analyzing human waste in real time every day. You dont need to be going to visit a physician every six months. If any sign of disease starts showing up, youll be able to catch it much faster because of urine analysis and stool analysis.

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01:58

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00:17

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

131118BUKA PREPARING FOR TSUNAMI DRILL
New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville Disaster Office and Disaster Risk Management team from UNDP today conducted a one-day training on Standard Operating Procedures at the Adeeves Guest House in Buka town.
The training was attended by mostly Executive Managers from the Districts and their officers concerning how they can act to save lives in a natural disaster emergency like Tsunami, Earthquake , flood waters and during strong winds.
The training was also a lead up to the Tsunami drill that will be held on Sohano island this Thursday.
The Standard Operating Procedures are basic technics that can be used in an evacuation during an emergency.
Officers who attended came from all the districts on Bougainville.
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00:03

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


131118 PRESIDENT ON REFERENDUM
New Dawn FM News

The ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS in his Talk to Parliament this afternoon said that the referendum is a critical part of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.

It is the means through which our people will be able to express their political will and It is a key part of the self-determination process, and the first step in clarifying what our long-term political future should be.

But we cannot become complacent. Whilst reaching resolution on the question
was a symbolic and historic moment, the question alone is not enough.

That is why I pursued commitments from the national government to ensure that the referendum is fully costed and budgeted, with an additional K34 million allocated to fund referendum operations and the work of the Bougainville Referendum Commission.

This must include a detailed and factually based awareness campaign.

President Momis said that Whilst much has been done by the honourable members of this House to raise awareness, and I want to commend my fellow members for this work, awareness must include more than information about the choices to be put.

He told the members that the Bougainville Peace Agreement has very clear provisions
regarding how the post referendum transition period will be managed.

A clear result is just the first step in concluding our political journey.

He said that after the referendum is held there will be a need for a detailed consultation process around the outcome.

We will need to consider what the implications may be.
And this will include how we fund any longer-term arrangement and achieve fiscal self-reliance, how we build institutions of governance and what we need to do
to ensure that basic services continue to be delivered to our people.

At the same time, the Bougainville Peace Agreement and the Constitution are
clear on the process that must be followed after the consultation and negotiation process
there will be a need to seek the approval of the National Parliament.

This is a ratification process, and what this means is that the National Parliament will have the final vote on any future arrangements.

He said it is a fact that without agreeing to these arrangements during peace negotiations, the referendum would never have been able to take place.

Whilst it is non-binding, it has moral authority which cannot be ignored.

The referendum outcome will provide the basis for negotiation, and the will of the people of Bougainville must be taken into account in this process.

President Momis said that is why we must be prepared for an...

00:00

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

131118WHERE HAVE THE UNIONS GONE TO
New Dawn FM News

After the continuous hire and fire in the Bougainville administration, New Dawn FM today tried to find out what has happened to the famous PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION that used to protect public servants in the past.
We talked to the last person, PATRICK HEROMATE who was very vocal in his days and he said that no one has taken over after they left.
New Dawn FM also check with the PNGTA union and teacher members told us that out of the total of 6000 teachers only 2000 are financial members.
And the Nurses Association told us they are still intact.

Ends

Tuesday, 13 November

23:58

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

LOCAL BUSINESS TO RUN SHORT COURSES
New Dawn FM News

A local company, KAPEATU PUARIA CONSULTING LIMITED will be running Business courses in Kokopau as of this week.
According to their media release, the company will also carry out seminars for preparing Bougainville for the coming referendum.
The CEO of the Company, KAPEATU PUARIA said that they will be running Business courses on book keeping and basic management practices to grow their businesses.
He said that other courses will be basic beginner courses and advanced courses.
MR. PUARIA said that his company intends to set up a Business School of Excellence by June 2020.
For more information you can contact their office on 73308596 or 70249400.

Ends

23:37

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

131118STUDENTS VISIT PARLIAMENT
New Dawn FM News
Grade eight students from the HAHELA Primary School today visited the ABG Parliament whilst it was in session.
This is part of their learning and schools admins make it their priority to let their students visit interesting places of work.
The students had few hours with the Parliament staff in the morning and later saw the ABG House of Representatives live in session.
New Dawn FM was able to take some pictures of the students when they were in the house in the morning

Ends

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23:29

APEC objectives still to reach rural people, say PNG bishops "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation bloc has not impacted rural people in Papua New Guinea, where the organisation's leaders meet this week, say the country's Catholic bishops.

23:28

MACKAY Woman tried to run down husband in her car "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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23:12

Philippines: Duterte to reiterate principled position on South China Sea at ASEAN Summit "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

President Rodrigo Duterte will reiterate the Philippines principled position on the South China Sea issue, Malacaang said Tuesday, ahead of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and meetings with leaders of powerhouse nations in the Asia Pacific in Singapore.

Duterte will participate in the ASEAN plenary session later Tuesday and the 10-member regional blocs separate engagements with its dialogue partners including China, Russia, Japan and the United States set for Wednesday and Thursday.

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The President will reiterate the Philippines principled positions on matters concerning the South China Sea and transnational and transboundary issues such as terrorism, violent extremism, trafficking in persons, illicit drugs and disaster risk reduction and management, Malacaang said in a statement.

The Palace did not elaborate on the points to be tackled by Duterte about the tensions in the South China Sea as Beijing continued to face scrutiny over its reported deployment of military aircraft and installation of anti-ship cruise missiles, surface-to-air missile systems and weather observation facilities on Manila-claimed reefs.

Duterte has chosen to seek stronger economic and trade ties with China, the worlds second biggest economy, instead of flaunting Manilas victory over Beijing in the United Nations-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration in July 2016 which declared as illegal Chinas claim over nearly the entire South China Sea.

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The President, however, promised to raise the ruling with China during his term which ends in June 2022.

ASEAN and China are still negotiating for a code of conduct in the disputed waterway, a process Chinese Premier Li Keqiang hoped would be completed in three years, and that such a deal would bolster free trade.

During the summits, the Palace said the Philippines is also looking forward to exchanging views on ASEAN community-building as well as discussions on regional and global developments that impact regional peace, security and stability.

After Singapore, Duterte will fly to Papua New Guinea to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea for the 19th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting on November 17 to 18.

At APEC, the Palace said the President will work with the leaders of the 21-nation grouping...

23:02

Philippines President to reaffirm the Philippines stand on the South China Sea Non-militarization Self-restraint Subservient to China "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

In his forthcoming meeting with other Southeast Asian leaders, President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to reaffirm the Philippines stand on the South China Sea.

In a statement released Monday, Malacaang said the president would engage leaders of ASEAN dialogue partners to further enrich partnership in key areas of cooperation.

The President will reiterate the Philippines principled positions on matters concerning the South China Sea and transnational and transboundary issues such as terrorism, violent extremism, trafficking in persons, illicit drugs and disaster risk reduction and management, Malacaang said.

In this November 6 photo, President Rodrigo Duterte holds a Cabinet meeting at Malacaang Palace. The president will be attending the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Singapore this week.
STAR/Joven Cagande

 

Duterte arrived in Singapore on Monday evening to attend the 33rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits from November 12 to 15.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and United States Vice President Mike Pence will also attend the ASEAN summit in Singapore.

During the ASEAN summit in Manila last year, the 10-nation regional bloc and China have agreed to...

22:58

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

131118ABG SITS FOR NOVEMBER
New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville House of Representatives started their November session just after 2pm this afternoon and went straight to Questions without notice and later allowed the three newly elected members to give their maiden speeches.
The three members are STEPHEN TOPESI the new member for KONGARA, GORDON BATEK the new member for HALIA and ALBERT TORO the new member for TAONITA TEOP.
Then the session allowed the ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS to give his address to the ABG House of Representatives.
After the Presidents speech the House rose to allow the members to study the Presidential speech before they can debate it tomorrow.
As usual, your Community Radio New Dawn FM will air all these presentations tonight.

22:13

Ministers defer agreement on RCEP trade deal to 2019 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Asia-Pacific pact risks bogging down as some member nations go to polls

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However, the deal lacks the protections for labor, human rights and the environment set by the TPP.

SINGAPORE Economic ministers representing members of the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership on Monday postponed the year-end target for reaching a substantial conclusion to the free trade deal, throwing its prospects into doubt.

The ministers on Monday gathered in Singapore hoping to resolve sensitive issues, including lowering tariffs, but they failed to reach an agreement. RCEP members are expected to continue the talks next year, but it is now unclear whether a deal can be reached.

We made significant progress [but] not the final conclusion, New Zealand agriculture minister Damien OConnor told reporters after Mondays meeting, adding that he hoped a conclusion would come next year.

Leaders of the RCEP countries will hold a summit on Wednesday in Singapore, where they are expected to commit to continuing the talks.

Japans trade minister, Hiroshige Seko, told reporters that the members closed some of the chapters at the meeting, saying that the discussions had gone as far as they could at the ministerial level.

Separately, Indian Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu told reporters: We are very happy that Indias concerns have been taken on board, and we feel that we should conclude in a way that will be long-term sustainable so that every country will benefit from it.

RCEP is envisioned as a huge framework for e...

22:02

World view Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

November 14 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1533 Conquistadors from Spain under the leadership of Francisco Pizarroarrived in Cajamarca, Inca empire.

1770  James Bruce discovered what he believed to be the source of the Nile.

1805 Fanny Mendelssohn, German composer and pianist, was born (d. 1847).

1840 Claude Monet, French painter, was born (d. 1926).

1878  Julie Manet, French painter, was born (d. 1966).

1889 Pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochrane) began a successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days.

1896  Mamie Eisenhower, First Lady of the United States was born, (d. 1979)

1908 Joseph McCarthy, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, was born  (d. 1957).

1910 Aviator Eugene Ely performed the first take off from a ship in Hampton Roads, Virginia when he took off from a makeshift deck on theUSS Birmingham in a Curtiss pusher.

1918  Czechoslovakia became a republic.

1919 Veronica Lake, American actress, was born (d. 1973).

1921 The Communist Party of Spain was founded.

1921  Brian Keith, American actor, was born. (d. 1997).

1922 The BBC began radio service.

1922  Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Egyptian UN Secretary-General, was born

1923 Kentaro Suzuki completed his ascent of...

22:00

Islamic Scholars Approve Swiss-Based Value Preservation Payment Token X8X "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

X8 AG, a Switzerland-based blockchain technology company and creator of value preservation payment token X8X, has obtained the approval from Islamic scholars in order to be marketed as a Sharia-compliant digital currency. The certification will allow the business to expand in the Middle East as regulators and financial exchange in the region increasingly attempt to encourage innovation in the field of finance.

X8 Currency to Expand In Middle East Amid Halal Certification, Talks of Cryptocurrency Exchange

X8 Currency is a blockchain based digital currency with an artificial intelligence wealth value preservation solution. The startup uses AI to manage funds combining AAA grade fiat currencies and gold. Dedicated to preserve value and create price stability in order to prevent from the risk of currency devaluation, its automatic reserve management and AI-driven portfolios were able to obtain a certification for Sharia compliance by Shariyah Review Bureau.

The basket of fiat currencies is composed of US Dollar, Swiss Franc, Euro, Pound Sterling, Japanese Yen, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Dollar. The eight fiat currencies and gold compose the portfolio of the X8Currency, an Ethereum Token which is represented with assets deposited on bank accounts. X8C can only be issued or exchanged for fiat with X8X Utility Tokens.

X8 AG has assigned Shariyah Review Bureau, an Islamic advisory firm licensed by Bahrains central bank, as an independent Sharia Advisor. The bureau helped the investment company comply with the critical procedures of Sharia compliance in order to start its strategic expansion in the Middle East, according to Francesca Greco, Director and Co-Founder of X8 AG.

With the changing environment of banking and asset management primarily due to fintech-driven shifts, the market for wealth preservation in Islamic finance is poised to see disruption and it is for this reason that we are seeing an increasing demand for our Product in the Islamic markets.

Greco told Reuters that the firm will open a regional office in the Middle East later this month. X8 has been in talks with stock exchanges in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Bahrain, to fulfill its plan on launching a Sharia-compliant cryptocurrency exchange. Regulators in the region...

21:24

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21:20

We want to believe: Russian hacking memo shows US intel pinning leaks to Kremlin was an exercise in wishful thinking "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

If you ever thought the endless search for Russian hackers sounded very X-Files, thats because both used variations of the motto I want to believe.   Nebojsa Malic RT Sun, 11 Nov 2018 A newly-out memo containing the Obama admins talking points about Russian hacking in the 2016 election reveals how US spy agencies attributed []

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21:00

Keeping Up Appearances S05 E10 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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Wikipedia

Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is eccentric and snobbish middle class social climber Hyacinth Bucket(Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet.[2]The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinths vision of herself, and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility.

The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects

20:55

U.S. Futures, Europe Stocks Rally After Tech-Driven Selloff "IndyWatch Feed War"

Japan was the hardest-hit market in Asia-Pacific

Mnuchins resistance to Trumps Iran policy and other commentary
Steve Mnuchin AFP/Getty Images

Global stocks recouped some of their steep early-week falls Tuesday, after tech-sector jitters and sliding oil prices contributed to heavy selling in Asia.

U.S. stocks were set to claw back some of their losses, with futures pointing to gains of 0.7% and 0.5% for the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, respectively.

European stocks rallied in the opening minutes of trading, with the Stoxx Europe 600 trading 0.8% higher. European technology stocks were up 1.2%, after the sector drove sharp falls in the U.S. Monday and in early Asian trading Tuesday.

Japan was the hardest hit in Asia, with the Nikkei 225 index falling more than 2%. Other Asian indexes staged partial recoveries, although Taiwans tech-dominated benchmark was still down 0.6% and the South Korean Kospi index was down 0.4%.

The downbeat trade was sparked by Apple Inc.sAAPL -5.04% 5% tumble Monday, after two of its suppliers slashed their earnings outlooks, raising concerns about demand for the iPhone.

Japan Display Inc., which supplies screens for the iPhone XR, cut its earnings estimates, saying orders for its latest LCD panels would be much lower than its initial expectations. Its shares fell 9.5%. Other Tokyo-listed tech firms, like industrial robot maker Fanuc Corp. and electronics giant Sony Corp., fell by about 2.5% and 4%.

T...

20:44

PNG Parliament gets makeover for Chinese President Xi meeting "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae at the Grand Hall of Parliament as part of his two-day State visit to the country this week.

Clerk to Parliament Vela Konivaro told The National that Parliament had been closed to the public in the past few weeks to allow workers to prepare the premises for the presidents visit.

President Xi will be paying a courtesy call on Sir Bob at Parliaments Grand Hall so we have to make sure everything is prepared and all the security measures are in place, he said.

Xi will arrive on Thursday.

Parliament was closed to the public because of the work being done for Xis visit, he said.

A lot of work was done within Parliaments precincts and we did not want the public to avoid disruptions.

This was internal Parliament controls in place so that our work is uninterrupted.

He said most of the work was completed.

Xi will also open the Independence Boulevard and will be accorded a 21-gun salute.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS/PNG Today

20:00

BBC Drama: Strangers and Brothers by C.P.Snow #6/13 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Strangers and Brothers is a series of novels by C. P. Snow, published between 1940 and 1970. They deal with among other things questions of political and personal integrity, and the mechanics of exercising power.

All eleven novels in the series are narrated by the character Lewis Eliot. The series follows his life and career from humble beginnings in an English provincial town, to reasonably successful London lawyer, to Cambridge don, to wartime service in Whitehall, to senior civil servant and finally retirement.

The New Men deals with the scientific communitys involvement in (and reaction to) the development and deployment of nuclear weapons during the Second World War. The Conscience of the Rich concerns a wealthy, Anglo-Jewish merchant-banking family. Time of Hope and George Passant depict the price paid by clever, poor young men to escape their provincial origins.

Snow analyses the professional world, scrutinising microscopic shifts of power within the enclosed settings of a Cambridge college, a Whitehall ministry, a law firm. For example, in the novels set in the Cambridge college (a thinly veiled Christs), a small, disparate group of men is typically required to reach a collective decision on an important subject. In The Masters, the dozen or so college members elect a new head (the Master) by majority vote. In The Affair, a small group of dons sets out to correct a possible injustice: they must convince the rest of the college to re-open an investigation into scientific fraud. In both novels, the characters strongly resist letting in the external world, whether it be the press, public opinion, the college Visitor, or outside experts.

The books were adapted by the BBC into a 13-episode television series, which began airing in January 1984. The series starred Shaughan Seymour as Lewis, Sheila Ruskin as his mentally troubled first wife Sheila and Cherie Lunghi as his second wife Margaret. Other actors of note who took part in the series include Anthony Hopkins, Nigel Havers, Peter Sallis and Tom Wilkinson. 

19:43

Foreign Media Talking Down PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The continued scandalous and defamatory articles in foreign news such as the Guardian is more of your typical grasping at straws reporting that only tries to talk down the country and its leaders by a journalist desperate to make a name for them self.
The Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, Eddie Mike Jondi said the article makes claims that they say may be true and quotes from sources who they say did not want to be named.
This is shoddy journalism, that also tries to lampoon the hosting of APEC in Papua New Guinea and denigrate partner APEC economies, Mr. Jondi said.
It is disappointing that when a developing country such as Papua New Guinea accepts the challenge to host one of the most important forums in the world, that people resort to fake news and sensationalism.
These people, along with their friends in the Opposition who have pushing this Golding/Wild Cat JV, are the same people who say we cannot host APEC. It is our job to prove them wrong.
In terms of the misleading story about Golding/Wild Cat JV, this is the same story that the opposition-backed media tried to push before the election and their claims were discredited.
You cannot deny the facts, and the facts are what this journalist failed to provide.
The ADB contract concerned was awarded to a publicly listed Australia company Golding Contractors Limited and Wild Cat was a small local partner.
All procurement processes were strictly followed by the Asian Development Bank and the National Government as in the case of all publicly tendered projects.
Very importantly, and the Guardian conveniently miss this point, the Government of Papua New Guinea has no say in the selection of contractors for ADB contracts. This is done independently by the ADB, and this is then presented to the National Executive Council for endorsement.
So to imply there is somehow a conflict of interest, when the Government has no say I this process is very inaccurate and irresponsible of the Guardian and the journalist concerned.
Mr ONeill did not participate in the decision to award the contact and this is clear in National Executive Council documents.
Mr. Jondi said the company was based in the Southern Highlands and Mr. ONeill did have an interest in the business which was declared in full to all relevant authorities and he has divested his interest in the company.
The company has since suffered major losses after it was attacked and buildings were burnt dow...

19:00

Classic TV: Cagney & Lacey S05 E21 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Early episodes had Meg Foster in the Lacey role

19:00

Tuesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

UN Migration Pact Starts Collapsing | Countries Pull Out | USA & Hungary Lead The post Tuesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:00

More Accurate World Map Wins Prestigious Design Award "IndyWatch Feed World"

AuthaGraph Map

Of course it distorts the oceans rather badly, but it does conserve land area.  All map work should work against alternate projections and this one is particularly valuable.  At least Europe compares nicely to India and the Indonesian archipelago compares to the USA as does Brazil and China.

The sub sea should also be mapped in in order to allow for lining up edges in the Atlantic and to check voids in the Pacific.  The perimeter has been left out here.

That is picky though for an excellent piece of work..

 

More Accurate World Map Wins Prestigious Design Award

Published November 3, 2016
Updated August 23, 2018
 https://allthatsinteresting.com/authagraph-world-map?
The AuthaG...

18:57

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Its World Kindness Day and today Im grateful for kindness.

18:30

18:30

Scott Morrision: Radical Islam greatest national security threat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Scott Morrision: Radical Islam greatest national security threat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:12

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18:00

BBC Drama: The Impressionists #1/3 (2006) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good cast in this BBC docudrama, but it missed several key artists such as Sisley, Pissarro and Morisot

18:00

Theological Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:30

I want my sex back "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz This is very sad watching.  I always thought of transgender as an other person thing I had seen overseas, just didnt know anyone who wanted to change their sex at school.  At my childrens primary, intermediate and high school we [] The post I want my sex back appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats -S05 E08- Able To Leap Tall Buildings "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

Water Rats is an Australian TV police procedural broadcast on the Nine Network from 1996 to 2001. The series was based on work of the men and women of the Sydney Water Police who fight crime around Sydney Harbour and surrounding locales. The show was set on and around Goat Island in Sydney Harbour.

Water Rats premiered on 12 February 1996, and ran for six seasons and 177 episodes. Colin Friels and Catherine McClements were the original stars of the series and were instrumental in the shows early success. They both departed the show in 1999. In later seasons, Steve Bisley, Aaron Pedersen and Dee Smart became the shows main stars.

For the sixth and final season in 2001, the show concentrated more on the cops personal lives rather than just focusing on the crimes committed. The Nine Network cancelled the show after six seasons. Executive Producer Kris Noble blamed escalating costs for the cancellation. However, Bisley and Smart had also just quit the show, and the series had already been suffering a ratings battle following the departure of Friels and McClements in 1999. 

17:19

Pence says US wants model trade deal with Japan "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Japan and the United States will negotiate a bilateral trade agreement that will serve as a model for other countries, US Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday in Tokyo.

Speaking after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, he reiterated Washingtons position that US businesses have faced unfair obstacles in Japan.

The United States has had a trade imbalance with Japan for too long. American products and services too often face barriers to compete fairly in Japanese markets, he said, standing alongside Abe.

POOL/AFP | US Vice President Mike Pence and Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed to negotiate a bilateral trade pact

The best opportunity for free, fair and reciprocal trade will come in a bilateral trade agreement.

Abe and US President Donald Trump agreed in September to negotiate a trade pact, easing fears that Japan could be next in line in the White Houses tariff offensive.

When completed were confident that this agreement will establish terms on goods and services, Pence said.

The coming US-Japan trade agreement will be a model for the Indo-Pacific.

The United States and Japan, the worlds first and third largest economies, together make up about 30 percent of global GDP and have long had trade ties that are both fractious and interconnected.

Under Trumps predecessor, both countries were part of the broad deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which was intended to serve as a bulwark against growing Chinese influence.

But Trump withdrew from the multilateral trade agreement shortly after taking office, and has been vocal about his preference for bilateral deals negotiated on terms more favourable for Washington.

Abe had hoped to see Washington return to the TPP, but agreed to the negotiations expected to begin in January as Trump upped the ante against other trading partners.

Pence was in Tokyo on a brief stop before attending several regional summits, including the ASEAN meeting in Singapore and APEC talks in Papua New Guinea.

Trumps decision to skip the meetings has raised eyebrows in some quarters, and prompted questions about Washingtons commitment to the region, where China is increasingly influential.

AFP

17:00

Trump defended me! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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16:57

Nautilus Solwara 1 on the verge of bankruptcy as APEC Summit heads to Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

On 17-18 November, 21 heads of state will come to Port Moresby for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. Set against a backdrop of debts and a declining economy the Nautilus Solwara 1 project speaks volume to another PNG Government failed investment that will be a further economic burden to the country.

Sir Arnold Amet, former Papua New Guinean Attorney General and Minister for Justice Papua New Guinea, Nautilus is propped up by USD 15 million in loans from its two major shareholders, its been forced to reduce its workforce and to terminate contracts for the construction of equipment.[1]

Even the production support vessel crucial to Nautilus operations has had to be shelved due to failure to pay the shipyard constructing it.[1] And Nautilus is now virtually worthless with its shares at a new record low of less than 10 cents each.[3]

Canadian company Nautilus is still desperately seeking funds for its flagship Solwara 1 deep sea mining project. Commercial operation has been delayed year after year since it received its licence to mine the floor of the Bismarck sea in 2011. In a last-ditch bid to finance Solwara 1,...

16:33

Reasons not to "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Oh for a government who didnt spend all their time finding reasons not to: Bring sick children on Nauru to Australia to get medical help Resettle refugees in New Zealand (or prior to that, Malaysia) orlets make this easy and cheap and only fair.here Reduce emissions Invest in renewable energy Protect water security, the water

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16:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Just a brief note to those readers who like to add their own contributions to Daily roundup in the comments. PLEASE remember that politically incorrect and offensive (but funny) jokes are only to be enjoyed on Mondays in the Comedy corner post which is specifically for that kind of humour. Do not post that kind of humour here. The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:11

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16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. On Backchat, you are free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. To participate youll need to sign up for a Disqus account which is free, quick, and easy. On posts that are not articles like this one, you do not have to stay on topic [] The post Whaleoil backchat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:00

Sammy Davis Jr Mr Bojangles "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Sammy Davis Jr with possibly his signature Mr Bojangles (1985)

15:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1942, singer and guitarist John Hammond Jr. Born today in 1949, Roger Steen songwriter and guitarist with The Tubes. Born today in 1949, Terry Reid songwriter, singer and guitarist. Born today in 1951, Bill Gibson drummer with Huey Lewis and The News. Born today in 1953, Andrew Ranken, drummer with [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:42

Hilton Hotel opening in Port Moresby a key story for Papua New Guinea says MD "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

All eyes this week are on Port Moresby in general and the capitals new Hilton Hotel in particular. Business Advantage PNG takes a look at the site that will host the APEC Leaders Gala Dinner and Cultural Performance.

Port Moresbys new Hilton Hotel opened for business in late October

The long-awaited Port Moresby Hilton opened for business late last month. It is only the third global chain-branded hotel in PNG (the other two being the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza).

Together with the distinctive adjacent Kutubu Convention Centre, it is the first part of the Star Mountain Plaza project, a joint venture between the government and three major provincial landowner companies: Petroleum Resources Kutubu Limited (PRK), Mineral Resource Star Mountain (MRSM) and Mineral Resource Ok Tedi (MROT). It is under the trusteeship of state-owned Mineral Resource Development Company (MRDC).

Hilton is operating the hotel under licence.

APEC benefits us as a brand.

Being able to say that a company like Hilton is investing in the region is a key story for the country, the hotels General Manager John Lucas tells Business Advantage PNG.

Exposure

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15:30

Hadith for the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

No hadith today, simply reporting on the miraculous orange tree in Kelston. Reminds me of the time when my grandkids visited from the US and found their names had miraculously appeared on passion fruit growing on our vine.   A bit of grandfatherly planning a few months earlier resulted in a miracle they could not understand. [] The post Hadith for the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:05

The Transcript: Greens MP Jenny Leong Slams Colleague Jeremy Buckingham Over Sexual Assault Allegations "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A complete transcript of the speech delivered earlier today by NSW Greens MP Jenny Leong, calling for colleague Jeremy Buckingham to stand down after allegations he sexually assaulted a former Greens staffer in 2011.

Up front let me apologise for not saying any of this until now. I cannot stay silent anymore.

The Greens are respected by many people as a party of principle, a party that holds ourselves to high ethical standards our response to recent allegations about one of our own MPS has to date been completely unsatisfactory.

It is for this reason that I am calling today in this place for Jeremy Buckingham MLC to resign from his position as a member of parliament, and take himself off the ticket for the 2019 state election.

If he doesnt do this then I am urging the party to act so that he is no longer a representative or member of the Greens, because we cannot advance our agenda for a more just, more sustainable or more equitable world when so much energy, effort, time, resources and pain has been exhausted trying to manage one man and his unacceptable behaviour.

There is a need for decisive action to bring this to an end, which is why NSW Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi and I have now issued a joint statement calling for Jeremy Buckingham to step aside and to not contest the next election.

This morning we informed our parliamentary colleagues of our intentions and urged them to support us or for Jeremy to step aside. I hope they do that, and hope he does that.

To Ella Buckland who has shown strength by speaking out publicly about Jeremys act of sexual violence towards her, and his subsequent disgusting behaviour she has endured, let me say on the record that I believe you.

Let me acknowledge that while I know there have been some good people trying to work in good faith with the best intentions to resolve this, it is true that we need to do better and our party has failed you.

I also wish to apologise for my silence and inaction until now. This has been my first opportunity to speak out with the protection of parliamentary privilege, and I wish to acknowledge that I do have that privilege.

The fact that I felt compelled to wait is a clear indication of the urgent need for defamation law reform in this state and country, something that I support.

While we must continue to respect the presumption of innocence, this cannot be used as a shield to protect male violence against women. Despite the risks, brave women are standing up and speaking out. But brave women are also hurting, hurting because we know that almost always, and right now in this situation, no matter how it plays....

15:02

Parliament Cannot Be a Protection Racket For Badly Behaved Men: Greens MP Jenny Leong Unloads On Colleague Jeremy Buckingham "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

NSW Greens MP Jenny Leong has used parliamentary privilege to unload on embattled colleague Jeremy Buckingham in a searing speech in which she called for the renowned anti-coal gas campaigner to resign from parliament, branded him a bully, and described his behaviour towards women as unacceptable.

I am no longer going to be part of a system that runs a protection racket for badly behaved men in this place, or in society, Ms Leong told parliament shortly after midday. It has to stop. You can read a complete transcript of Ms Leongs speech here.

Mr Buckingham has come under increasing pressure to stand down from parliament since ABCs 7:30 program broadcast allegations by ex-Greens staffer Ella Buckland, that he sexually assaulted her after drinks at the NSW parliamentary bar in 2011.

In a written statement, available here, Ms Buckland alleges that while heavily intoxicated, Mr Buckingham walked up behind her, grabbed her roughly on the vagina and kissed her on the neck.

Mr Buckingham has steadfastly denied the allegations.

Greens NSW MP Jeremy Buckingham. (IMAGE: Kate Aubusson, Flickr)

An internal Greens investigation did not substantiate the allegations on the grounds of insufficient evidence, however Ms Buckland found herself having to defend her own character after she was falsely described to investigators as a promiscuous, intravenous drug user.

Ms Leong has remained silent on the issue but spoke out publicly last week against Labor leader Luke Foley, who resigned from parliament within 24 hours of being accused of sexually assaulting ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper while drunk at 2016 parliamentary Christmas party.

Ms Leong and other Greens members including Cate Faehrmann and federal Senator Sarah Hanson-Young were lambasted on social media for their silence around the allegations levelled by Ella Buckland.

Today, Ms Leong apologised for the delay, and set to right that wrong.

...

15:00

Real Stories: Food Fight "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is an interesting take on a very relevant topic, but it is one sided and needs to be judged as such.

however, we need varying viewpoints, so make up your own minds.

 

 

 

When we walk into a supermarket, we assume that we have the widest possible choice of healthy foods. But in fact, over the course of the 20th century, our food system was co-opted by corporate forces whose interests do not lie in providing the public with fresh, healthy, sustainably-produced food. Fortunately for America, an alternative emerged from the counter-culture of California in the late 1960s and early 1970s, where a group of political anti-corporate protestersled by Alice Watersvoiced their dissent by creating a food chain outside of the conventional system. The unintended result was the birth of a vital local-sustainable-organic food movement which has brought back taste and variety to our tables. FOOD FIGHT is a fascinating look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement has created a counter-revolution against big agribusiness.

15:00

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

Welcome to politically incorrect Comedy corner: the one place on Whaleoil where you are allowed to read and share naughty and offensive jokes that make us all laugh even though we are not supposed to. If you are offended by these kinds of jokes then please do not read this post. Thanks to Gremlins eating [] The post Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend *Special Tuesday edition appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:56

Singapore: The unseen migrant workers behind those skyscrapers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A migrant construction worker throws his boots to the side as he takes a break with fellow workers at the end of his shift in the central business district in Singapore
Photo: Reuters

By Sangeetha Thanapal.
This article will be published in Fightbacks upcoming magazine issue on migrant and refugee rights. To subscribe, click here.

Many migrant workers come to Singapore in the hopes of making a better life for themselves and their families back home, only to leave disheartened at the exploitative practices and abuse they undergo in the country.

Migrant workers in Singapore make up about 1.4 million within Singapores larger population of 5.6 million people.[1] Desperate for cheap labour to build the state, Singapore has had an open door policy for low-wage workers for decades. These workers are usually from India, Bangladesh and China and it is their labour that has built the skyscrapers which tourists love so much about Singapore.

They also live under harsh and extremely restrictive measures, and are often mistreated, overworked and underpaid. Their employers (who are overwhelmingly rich, Chinese businessmen in a country with a 77% Chinese majority) often cajole them with promises of paying later, and then resort to threats and mistreatment.

The state pays lip service to fair work but its policies say otherwise. More often than not, itrarely prosecutes employers[2] who withhold the wages of their employee and does not step in to ensure safe working environments.[3] It also unwittingly supports employers in their mistreatment, as workers who complain or take their employers to task can have their work permits cancelled. Thus, there is serious disincentive for workers to even claim what is rightfully theirs, made worse by a system that condones their disenfranchisement.

An analysis of workers and their plight in Singapore also requires a gendered aspect. Foreign domestic workers in Singapore are women, mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia. Their stories diverge from male construction workers but only a little. Stories of physical, mental and sexual abuse are rife.[4] Women are locked up, overworked and underfed.[5] Some have been offered up for sale6 and many others have resorted to suicide.[7]

It is clear that migrant work in Singapore is a form of modern day slavery.[8]

So why do neighbouring countries keep sending their workers to be treated in such abysmal ways? There seems to be a convergence of interest between rich states who desire cheap l...

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Floc  a loosely clumped mass of fine particles; a very fine, fluffy mass formed by the aggregation of fine suspended particles, as in a precipitate; to aggregate into flocs.

14:30

Michael Reddell examines: The Prime Minister kindness, policy, and specific abuse "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

At Croaking Cassandra economist Michael Reddell has this excellent post:

In the Canvas magazine supplement to Saturdays Herald there was a brief interview with the Prime Minister that encapsulated well for me why she might be well-suited to being, say, Governor-General or some other empathetic public role, but also why she is unsuited to be Prime Minister.

This was a superb analysis and repays study.

Adam would add that he disagrees with Mr Reddell on some of his solutions, but agrees with the analysis

Ardern promtes kindness and empathy, she does not do concrete policy. Nor do most of the media require it. They are besotted, many of them, with the image.

 

14:30

Car charging cord for sale: Still in wrapper, never used "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Will governments ever work out that people will be people and that the law of unintended consequences has a way of popping up just to frustrate them?  This from the BBC. Quote. Tens of thousands of plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) bought with generous government grants may be burning as much fuel as combustion-engine cars. Data compiled [] The post Car charging cord for sale: Still in wrapper, never used appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:00

A patriotic leader now is worth an ounce of cure later "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Europeans are increasingly supporting patriotic leaders who put their people and safety first. What worries me, however, is that the people tend not to act until the problems that come with Muslim immigration are already well advanced. We in New Zealand can see quite clearly what is already happening in Europe and now in Australia [] The post A patriotic leader now is worth an ounce of cure later appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:30

Tweet for Today (3) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

 

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

13:14

Teaching Positions Vacant "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Worawa Aboriginal College Healesville

13:00

BBC News: Smart Power "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This was interesting we need to here more on these issues, but we do not

13:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This piece of Whaleoil wisdom was brought to you by the Whaleoil Store. Visit us now and find the perfect piece of Whaleoil swag for your collection.   The post Whaleoil wisdom appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:46

taki pool wastes energy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Local group Low Carbon Kpiti (LCK)  says it s discovered that  fossil-fuel use at taki Pool has increased by 17% []

12:45

BREAKING NEWS: Greens NSW MP Breaks Ranks, Calls For Buckingham To Stand Down From 2019 Election "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Greens NSW MP Jenny Leong has broken ranks with her party and issued a joint call with federal Senator Mehreen Faruqi calling for colleague Jeremy Buckingham to resign from parliament and not contest the upcoming March 2019 state election.

Ms Leong stood to make the speech in the NSW Legislative Assembly shortly after midday.

Our response to recent allegations about one of our own MPS has to date been completely unsatisfactory. It is for this reason that I am calling for Jeremy Buckingham to resign from his position as a member of parliament, and take himself off the ticket for the 2019 state election.

If he doesnt do this then I am urging the party to act so that he is no longer a representative or member of the Greens because we cannot advance our agenda for a more just, more sustainable and more equitable world when so much energy, effort time, resources and pain has been exhausted trying to manage one man and his unacceptable behaviour.

There is a need for decisive action to bring this to an end, which is why NSW Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi and I have now issued a joint statement calling for Jeremy Buckingham to step aside and to not contest the next election.

It follows allegations in August that Mr Buckingham sexually assaulted Greens staffer Ella Buckland in 2011.

Ms Buckland alleged that a drunken Mr Buckingham grabbed her roughly on the vagina and kissed her neck outside his inner-west home in Sydney, following drinks at the NSW parliamentary bar.

Mr Buckingham continues to strongly deny the claims, and an internal Greens investigation found insufficient evidence to substantiate the allegations. That same investigation heard false allegations Ms Buckland was a promiscuous intravenous drug user.

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It also follows last weeks resignation of Labor leader Luke Foley, over allegations he sexually assaulted ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper in December 2016, at a parliamentary Christmas Party.

Mr Foley resigned within hours of Ms Raper issuing a statement on the matter, mounting pressure on the Greens NSW to deal with the growing internal and external anger at how it handled the allegations around Mr Buckingham.

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12:36

In brief: Cost of running APEC close to K1 billion, and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Treasurer Charles Abel puts APEC cost between K900-K1 billion, feasibility plans for four ports, export licences for bech-de-mer likely to be slashed. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Treasurer Charles Abel has told the National Press Club the total cost of running APEC will be between K900 million to K1 billion, since 2016. He said that includes the cost of APEC Haus, which was built under the Infrastructure Tax Credit Scheme.

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Meanwhile, Taiwan News is reporting US Vice-President, Mike Pence, is expected to announce up to US$60 billion in aid to counter growing Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific region during the APEC Summit.

***

Infrastructure Minister, Westley Nukundj, says contracts have been allocated to three companies to draw up feasibility plans to redevelop the ports in Wewak, Vanimo, Manus and Kikori, at a cost of K40 million. He expects the studies to take five months.

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12:33

Digicel opens new store in Downtown Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Digicel has opened its new look store in Down town Port Moresby with a great new set-up aimed at providing to customers the ultimate experience as they deserve to be in control of their experience with reliable technology, the best range of devices and a superior network. The new store located inside the Down Town Plaza have available a range of mobile phones and mobile phone accessories, Digicel TV Play boxes, top up and much more.

Digicel PNG Senior Vice President & Chief Sales Officer, Lorna McPherson said., This store is about customer experience we have phones on display at our stores where customers can see,touch and get a feel of what they want and what suits their budget.
Digicels hot new Christmas smartphone offers are also available in the newly opened shop. The smartphone offers include, the DTOK 4G LTE and Wowi 4G LTE smartphone each selling at only K199 and come with unlimited data to use for 3 days. Customers also have the option of buying the Wowi 3G Smartphone for only K155 and get instant free 1 gigabytes of data to use over 3 days. Plus, with every purchase of any of these 3 smartphones, customers get a chance to win a daily cash prize of K1,000 and go into the draw to win the grand prize of K50, 000.

Digicel is commited to bringing its products, services and offers closer to its customers and the new Digicel store is located at one of the busiest areas in Port Moresby. It is expected that the shop will service up to 150 walk in customers every day. There are five Digicel stores in NCD alone and a total of 11 nationwide.

12:32

TIPNG Internship for Law Students resumes "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Transparency International Papua New Guinea (TIPNG) is giving three Law students from the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through its Legal Internship Programme (LIP).

Final year students Hezron Wangi Jr and Salome Bamler, and third year student Eroni Lili will be working in the areas of Policy Research and Legal Advocacy, through the Advocacy and Legal Advice Center (ALAC). They began their 13 week internship this week and will continue until February next year.

The LIP aims to give the students a broader understanding of issues of national concern through conducting interviews for witnesses and victims of corruption and giving them legal advice, doing media briefs and participating in TIPNG community outreach programs. The internship also equips the students with the knowledge and tools to fight corruption and contributes positively to their career development.

The three interns will be assisting citizens who report cases of corruption to TIPNGs free legal service the (ALAC). The ALAC is confidential and accessible by calling the toll-free hotline 180 6000 or walking in to the TIPNG Office at Lokua Avenue, Boroko.

This partnership between TIPNG and the UPNG School of Law is beneficial for both organisations and will broaden the understanding of students on issues of access to Justice encountered by ordinary Papua New Guineans taking the courageous decision to oppose corruption, said Chairman of TIPNG Lawrence Stephens.
The LIP has been a success with previous interns contributing to key advocacy decisions by TIPNG, and guiding corruption complainants on avenues to report corruption and stop impunity in our country Mr. Stephens stated.

This the second batch of interns to go through the TIPNG LIP. The first internship lasted for eight weeks, and the success of the programme has led to it being increased to 13 weeks for the second intake. In addition to assisting victims and

12:30

Afternoon Matinee: The Great Train robbery "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Chris Chibnalls take on The Great TRain Robbery watch quickly, as likely to be blocked.

Chibnall wrote Broadchurch and is now showrunner for Dr Who.

Excellent cast.

12:30

More fake news from a Kiwi icon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It is not surprising that an ex-iconic Auckland newspaper resorted to giving away their printed pages for free because they just couldnt sell them.  But the free subscription didnt work either. Ive lost count of the number of free subscriptions turned down over the last few years following their fall from credibility. Annoyed subscribers drop [] The post More fake news from a Kiwi icon appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:06

Goodwill And Peace to All Men "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In the run up to Christmas, Adolf feels the milk of human kindness flowing through his veins.  Accordingly, an amnesty for all the dick heads who have been banned is announced.

Before you post a comment, read the rules.

House Rules

1 Blog commenters who cast aspersions upon the character or intelligence of Adolf will find themselves ejected from No Minister

2 Godwins so-called law is not recognised here.


3 Repeated use of obscene language will not be tolerated.

12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

To appreciate the detail, click the image. United Nations Map of the World. This great map was created by L.G. Bullock and John Bartholomew & Son Ltd. Edinburgh in 1948. In 1948, world peace was finally achieved after years of war which left a huge scar on every nation.  Some 200,000,000 people were displaced, 50,000,000 [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:00

Sowell says "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

 

11:32

Your Favorite Parable? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Also in the run up to Christmas here's a question for readers.

What is your favorite parable?

The Bible is full of them but there are many to be found in secular life.

Of the latter, my favorite is the story of the investment adviser who was paid on commission for sale and purchase of stocks.

He had a wealthy elderly lady client who for weeks had resisted his encouragement to drop some under-performing stocks.   One day he called on her to find her pruning her rose bushes in the front garden.

Image result for rose bushes

Hello, Mrs Goldstein.  What are you doing there?

I'm pruning my roses.

Oh!  Why do you do that?

Because you have to remove the dead wood and the frail shoots to make room for the strong shoots and encourage growth.

Mrs, Goldstein, that's exactly why I want you to sell those stocks in X, Y and Z company I've been talking to you about.

Really?  Why on earth didn't you tell me that before?


My favorite biblical parable is the story of the vineyard owner.

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For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.   He agreed to pay them a denarius...

11:30

The tax implications of electric vehicles "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In the previous post we looked at the potential loss of tax revenue which will happen once 50% of the petrol vehicle fleet is electric. The government projections are for this to happen by 2040. (/Tui) To replace this lost revenue there are three general methods: the salami principle, the cross-subsidy method, and the direct [] The post The tax implications of electric vehicles appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:28

Governments intention to cut Foodbank funding was based on a wrong view on how to achieve progress "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed from Victoria

The Morrison governments $323,000 a year intended cut to the Foodbank has drawn widespread condemnation. So it should, especially as we enter the Christmas season. It means that families and individuals are going to do it hard.

The backlash has been so severe that Scott Morrison has been forced to appear in public and reverse the decision.

It does not diminish the stinginess of the intent. It came about, because the politicians who make up the government dont get it and they dont care. This is not part of the world in which they exist. No one they know, is forced to go out and get some help to eat the next day. After all, their people are doing just great.

Their world stands in stark contrast to what the rest of Australia is facing. Here the day to day reality is that is that life is getting tougher. Poverty is on the rise and there are more homeless in our streets every day.

Never mind all the pep talk telling us how things are getting better. The economy is floundering. Proper jobs are diminishing, and wages get further and further behind the cost of making ends meet. The cost of housing has become, a nightmare. Even people with jobs are struggling.

The crusade against those who depend on Centrelink payments  has made it all the worse.

Just about everyone knows that this is the real world for most. Even those politicians in the government have some sense of it, even if it is short of a full appreciation.

Given this, the announced cut came as a shock to many people.

It makes sense though, at least in terms of the governments economic ideology. Its rule of thumb is cut back on as much expenditure as possible and hand it over to the major investors. They believe that if this is done, these investors will put their money in Australia, develop the economy, create jobs and bring a rise to everyones standard of living.

This of course has not been the result.

It is a short step from believing that the big investors are the cream of society, to regard those who are furthest away as the burdens on society. This makes it easier to see them as parasites, and their poverty is the result of a lifestyle choice, and not beccause of the economy and government policies.

Thus, the use of resources on these people is a waste. The cut is justified on the grounds that by helping the poor, a bad lifestyle is being encouraged.

This is a vision of society that considers individual greed as the builder of prosperity. There is an alternative vision that sees the best way to build prosperity is by working together and caring for each other. It accepts that we depend on each other and taking care of the collective interests is the way t...

11:02

Its Never The Crime, Its Always The Cover-Up: Greens Set To Implode Over Sexual Assault Allegations "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Lets re-imagine, just for a minute, last weeks furore around the alleged sexual assault of ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper by former NSW Labor leader Luke Foley.

Lets imagine that instead of resigning from the leadership within 24 hours, that Foley and the Labor Party instead branded Ms Raper a drug-using slut. Deeply offensive, I know, but stick with me.

Lets imagine that after levelling those allegations, Foley refused to stand down and the Labor Party refused to even debate internally whether or not he should.

Now lets try and imagine the public and media response to Ms Raper having her character assassinated for having the audacity to speak out against a politician in a position of power who sexually assaulted her.

The fact is, you dont actually have to try particularly hard to imagine it. You only need to know the story of Ella Buckland, a former Greens NSW staffer who earlier this year levelled startlingly similar allegations against Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

Like Ms Raper, Ms Buckland alleges that after a work function, she was sexually assaulted by a drunken politician.

Like Ms Raper, Ms Buckland alleges that following the alleged assault, she received a phone call from her alleged attacker.

Like Ms Raper, Ms Buckland waited a considerable period of time to air those allegations.

Like Ms Raper, Ms Buckland was the subject of defamation threats when the issue became public.

Those are the commonalities. The differences, however, are stark.

Former NSW Labor leader, Luke Foley. (IMAGE: Kate Ausburn, Flickr)

In Ms Rapers case, Luke Foley allegedly slipped his hand down her dress and between her underpants, resting his hand on her bare buttocks. In Ms Bucklands case, Mr Buckingham allegedly approached her from behind, grabbed her roughly on the vagina and kissed her neck.

In Ms Rapers case, she was dragged into the public fray by a Coalition politician seeking to exploit a political advantage. In Ms Bucklands case, her motivation in coming forward was publicly and falsely ascribed to her being involved in a factional move against Mr Buckingham. Ms Buckland has not been a member of the Greens for several years and has no day-to-day involvement in politics.

In Ms Rapers case, s...

11:00

Indigenous Colombians Reach Bogota as Violence Continues "IndyWatch Feed War"

A group of over 400 Indigenous people is set to resume talks with the national government to ensure the fulfillment of agreements reached in 2017. Over 450 Indigenous peoples of the Embera, Wounaan, and Zenu nationalities of the Choco region in the Colombian Pacific reached Bogota Monday to demand the fulfillment of a set of...

11:00

Potential terrorists to get preferential treatment in the UK "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From the believe it or not files, the UK Government plans to fight terrorism by wrapping potential jihadis in a nice big fluffy bundle of support.  The Independent reports:  Quote. Government plans to give jihadis council houses and other support as part of de-radicalisation programmes have been welcomed as overdue by terror experts. Right-wing commentators have [] The post Potential terrorists to get preferential treatment in the UK appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:56

Two Headlines "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Same paper, same day, same subject.


Melbourne terror: radicalised wife refuses to co-operate


Sheik Mohammed Omran tells bloody PM Morrison: blame police not us

10:51

Tropical Trump Declares War on Amazonia "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When it comes to planetary carnage, Trump (Amerikas president) is facing strong competition. Brazils new president Jair Bolsonaro aka Tropical Trump will likely outdo Amerikas destroy the EPA Trump. Bolsonaro declared war on the Amazon rain forest. Thus, hell likely outpace Trumps arbitrary efforts at eco annihilation because he has a much bigger target!

The Amazon Rainforest, affectionately known as the planets lungs, inhales CO2 and exhales precious oxygen (O), which serves as a life force for every living being on the planet. As a result, everybody from New Zealand to Finland is impacted by what happens to the global rain forests; unlike Las Vegas, what happens in the tropical rain forest does not stay in the tropical rain forest.

Significantly, a University of Leeds study found forests absorb 35% of human-made fossil fuel emissions (CO2) every year. Dr. Simon Lewis, a tropical ecologist from the University of Leeds and co-author of the study, said trees are much more important to tackling climate change than previously thought. The large uptake of CO2 by forests implies that the worlds agricultural lands, grasslands, desert and tundra each play a more limited role as globally significant carbon dioxide sources or sinks at present. This new information can help pinpoint where actions to conserve carbon sinks are likely to have most impact.1

Coincidentally, at approximately the same time as Bolsonaro won election (October 28th) to the presidency a group of UK scientists issued a Declaration of Rebellion (October 31st ) against the UK government for criminal inaction in the face of climate change catastrophe and ecological collapse. Thus, proving that eco turmoil reigns supreme all across the planet, as destructionists versus protectionists factions accelerate on both ends of the biosphere spectrum.

Meanwhile and in consideration of the aforementioned, Bolsonaros assault on rainforests is a declaration of war against all of humanity. Informed sources claim Bolsonaros deforestation of Amazonia will exceed 3xs current levels of obliteration. Thats impending disaster for global warming and a huge threat to ecosystems and life everywhere.

Bolsonaros war plan is exhaustive: (1) expand agriculture into indigenous lands (2) build Amazonia highways  (3) infrastructure projects and (4) major mines, as Amazonia transforms into a commodity for export. But, that particular export is much more than a commodity; it is the life support system for the entire planet. Yes, once again with....

10:48

Essential Port Moresby: a guide "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

What are the best places to stay in Papua New Guineas capital city? Kevin McQuillan provides a guide to some of the best things to see and do in the PNG capital.

Port Moresby Source: BAI

PORT MORESBY NATURE PARK

The park showcases Papua New Guineas native flora, fauna and animals at the only tract of rainforest near the capital city. Thousands of tropical plant species including palms, gingers and heliconiasare found within the grounds, along with more than 11,000 orchids and native trees. More than two kilometres of walkways thread under and through the jungle canopy. Wildlife displays include tree kangaroos, hornbills, fruit bats and birds of paradise.

www.facebook.com/PortMoresbyNaturePark

SANCTUARY HOTEL

Perhaps the best place to see and touch PNGs national symbol, the bird of paradise, is at the Sanctuary Hotel Resort and Spa, about 10 minutes from Jacksons Airport. Its aviary is close to the hotel entrance. Feeding times are at 8am and 4pm.

A hotel shuttle service runs to and from the city centre.

www.thesanctuaryhotelresortandspa.com

ELA BEACH

Ela Beach is Port Moresbys main beach and the site of the popular market. It received a PGK55 million facelift in time for APEC, including a family beach area, a sports beach area with basketball and volleyball courts, boat ramps, picnic tables, and kids play area. Built into one of the beach precincts is a natural pool for swimming during low tides.

BOROKO HANDICRAFTS MARKETS AND BOROKO MARKET

Located near the city centre, Port Moresbys main handicrafts market is a good place to go with a group to buy bilums, a selection of Sepik carvings, stone axes, kina-shell breastplates, or shell jewellery.

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10:46

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10:44

Robots, drones and profits: how digital technology is revolutionising mining "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Digital technology is transforming mining, although there can be financial pitfalls. One company taking an aggressive approach is Newcrest Mining, which is looking to be a leader in its application of digital technology, according to Gavin Wood, the companys Chief Information Officer.

Newcrest technician Louis Wanpis, PNGs first CASA-certified drone pilot

Wood, speaking at the International Mining and Resources Conference in Melbourne earlier this month, said the company is keen to control the costs of its investment in digital technology.

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10:30

A Transsexual Victorias Secret model? No thanks, I prefer my girls girly "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It looks like someone needs to read Whaleoil a little more. After all, Explaining is Losing, its all here in the Whaleoil Dictionary. A little story in Stuff piqued my interest the other day. Possibly just because it had the words Victorias Secret in it, but just as likely because it said some company executive [] The post A Transsexual Victorias Secret model? No thanks, I prefer my girls girly appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:27

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10:15

LAST Days of Ham at Blistering HOT Special pricing but there is a silver lining "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Grab your Frozen Ham now, you only have this week to go to get your Frozen ham special. All good things come to an end and the Whale Meat Company is running out of the Frozen Hams. But there is a silver lining: The Whale Meat Companys Fresh, Chilled Hams will be available from next week [] The post LAST Days of Ham at Blistering HOT Special pricing but there is a silver lining appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:13

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10:09

Australia announces A$3 billion Pacific Infrastructure Bank package "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Australian Government has announced plans to set up an infrastructure bank as part of a A$3 billion suite of measures aimed at countering Chinas influence in the southwest Pacific and lifting its own engagement in the region. Regional analysts say the funds need to go to Micro, Small to Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), as well as SMEs, and for small projects in remote areas.

10:05

ST JACINDA'S XMAS PRESENT TO 'US' "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Last week saw the passing in parliament of the Crown Minerals (Petroleum) Amendment Bill which ends new exploration grants offshore.   This gives effect to the fiat by the Prime Minister back in February.   A fiat bereft of any detailed analysis.

Now we find per courtesy of the Regulatory Impact Statement that accompanied the Bill (compiled by her own Government) the decision will cost the Crown between 1.8 and 26 billion dollars (with the mid point being 10 billion) in lost revenue.   

Remember, this is just lost revenue to the Crown.  The cost to businesses themselves and the wider economy would be multiples of that with the officials admitting they had not even tried to calculate the wider economic costs.

And all this to enable Ardern to engage in some virtue signalling ignoring the fact this decision will have little impact on the countries greenhouse emission signature.   Indeed MBIE warned that .... "The result of transfer to other countries that have higher emissions footprints may result in an increase in global greenhouse gas emissions although the timing and scale of the impact is uncertain".   

This policy fails on all fronts.   It fails locally; it fails internationally.    That 10 billion dollars (the equivalent of the countries entire defence budget for four years) is 10 billion pissed up against the wall of virtue signalling.   Thank you Labour, thank you Greens and a special thank you to a gutless NZ First for going along with the whole sad charade.



10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Taken from the 8th floor at the San Antonio, Rm 800 at Marriott Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.  Looking along Commerce Street. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Rural health service gains outlined in plan John Gibb:

Moves to create a virtual campus for rural health training would also  improve health services in New Zealands rural towns, including those in Otago, Dr Garry Nixon says.

Dr Nixon, who is University of Otago associate dean rural and works at Dunstan Hospital in Clyde, makes the point in an article on the national virtual campus proposal, recently published in the New Zealand Medical Journal.

The articles co-authors include colleagues at Auckland University and AUT. . . 

Dairy farm open day attracts hundreds John Gibb:

Many more people flocked to an Outram dairy farm open day at the weekend than had visited last year, farmer Duncan Wells said yesterday.

Farmers Duncan and Anne-Marie Wells own Huntly Rd Dairies, which attracted about 140 visitors during a Fonterra Open Gates event last year.

But yesterday, attendance rose more than threefold and about 430 people visited during the latest dairy farm awareness-raising event, Mr Wells said. . . 

Six months as a taxi company owner, six months as an apple picker

Philmy Chite splits his years into two.

One half of the year hes focuses on his taxi business in the Solomon Islands. The other half of the year hes in Hawkes Bay, picking apples.

Chite landed back in Hastings this week with a group of 16 others from the So...

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09:54

Leaders Head for a Pacific IslandDont Expect Them to Hang Around.' "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

from the WALL STREET JOURNAL

Papua New Guinea is plagued by gangs, carjackings and kidnappings. Embassies warn their citizens not to leave hotels after dark, certainly not without armed guards. The Economist Intelligence Unit has rated its capital, Port Moresby, the fifth-worst city in the world to live in, beating out Lagos, Karachi and Damascus.
Sounds like a perfect place to host an international conference of global leaders and business titans.

This Thursday, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum is scheduled to kick off in the capitalnot that many of the participants plan to stay there. Thousands will stay on cruise ships moored nearby because there arent enough hotels. Vice President Mike Pence plans to lodge in Cairns, which is in northern Australia, more than an hours flight away.
Australia, for its part, is so concerned about security that it is taking the unusual step of deploying navy, air force and army troops to the conference, hosted by a warship. The U.S. Coast Guard also will provide security.
Just finding something to do on your days off that doesnt revolve around having a bunch of security folks with you is a challenge, says Kenneth Clinton, a Floridian who builds camps for workers in the liquefied-natural-gas industry.
Mr. Clinton has been carjacked twice in his eight years there. On both occasions, he drove away unharmed after he rolled down his window and the masked assailants recognized him. Hey, Ken. Sorry, go ahead, he recalls hearing.
Not to worry, authorities say.

Papua New Guineas police commissioner urged residents to not be alarmed by aircraft flying overhead day and night, including Australian air force F/A-18F Super Hornet jets.
Prime Minister Peter ONeill declared on the forums website that the nation would provide a secure environment where leaders, ministers and delegates can advance APECs policy agenda, and can leave Papua New Guinea knowing they have visited a culturally rich economically modernizing country.
Eager to put on a good face, the government bought 40 Maseratis and three Bentleys for use during the summita lavish acquisition in a place where many people lack access to...

09:49

Wafi-Golpu project expected in June 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Cedric Patjole | Loop PNG | November 11, 2018

Newcrest Limited expect the awarding of the Special Mining Lease for the Wafi-Golpu Project in June next year.

Speaking at the Companys Investor Conference, Executive General Manager, Craig Jetson, said the project has a wonderful ore body and is project of national significance to PNG.

The Investor Conference was held ion Sydney, Australia, on October 26th .

Jetson said following the submission of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in June this year, the company are working with the PNG Government to finalize the necessary agreements to be required to enable them to approve the Special Mining Lease (SML).

One thing for sure is that Wafi-Golpu is project of national significance to PNG, so there is a lot of excitement in PNG about this project, and they see it as a big part of the economic development of the nation, said Jetson.

Right at the outset when we started working through the process of the permitt...

09:30

Hes not crazy, just a very Islamic boy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

When trying to distract the public from noticing that there just might be a connection between next weeks terror attack and the Islamic faith, the Islamophile media-political complex invariably resort to a number of triedntrue strategies of mendacity. Theres the classics, of course: Nothing To Do With Islam, Lone wolf, and But what about the [] The post Hes not crazy, just a very Islamic boy appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:20

Nuclear and climate news Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Again, theres a collision between the twin threats of nuclear power and of climate change, as Californias wildfires ravage the once-secret Santa Susana Field Lab (Rocketdyne), site of a partial nuclear meltdown in 1959, and still radioactively polluted.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVhtygifsuE.   Physicians for Social Responsibility refute media claims that wildfire ash poses no radiation health problem. ( No monitoring , no assessment: the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.)

California Fires Could Be The New Abnormal If Climate Change Continues. Scientists have identified 10 ways in which climate change makes wildfires worse.

Investigative journalism. Again, journalists cover the situation of Americas sick and dying nuclear workers. This is a 2018 story, which was covered magnificently by McClatchy News in 2015.

AUSTRALIA

NUCLEAR. Environmentalists are urging people to contact Labor MPs on two issues:

  1. Labor needs to support the movement against a federal nuclear waste dump at...

09:18

CONTACT YOUR ALP MEMBERS TO SAY NO NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

ALP have their national conference in Adelaide in December. While there are no guarantees, it is looking likely that they will be running the show after the next election. It is looking unlikely that Minister Canavan will be able to select a site for the waste dump before then. [ed: because the govt doesnt want it to be an election issue]
The SA ALP passed a pretty good motion on radioactive waste at their conference in October.  We want the federal ALP to do the same. Or better.
We have set up an online lobbying tool so people can easily email or call their ALP MPs and Senators. Information below. With lots of phone calls, email...

09:15

Tweet for Today (2) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

09:00

A summary guide to analysing todays 2019 PNG budget "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Paul Flanagan - banned from entering PNG but remains one of its leading budget and economic analysts

PAUL FLANAGAN | PNG Economics | Extracts

You can read here Pauls complete guide, which he has prepared in great detail

CANBERRA Papua New Guineas 2019 budget is being released today and hundreds of people will be analysing it and what it means for the future of the country.

I started analysing PNGs budgets back in 1978 and once used to attend the media lock-up. So here is a 10-point guide from someone who has been banned from PNG.

  1. Be prepared

The 2019 budget needs to be looked at in comparison to recent budget documents and reports. So bring along electronic copies of the 2018 budget, the 2018 MYEFO, the 2019 budget strategy (all available from the Treasury website) as well as the 2018-2022 medium term development plan (available from the National Planning Website). Also bring along the latest figures from respectable outsiders so the latest figures from the IMF and World Bank are probably most pertinent. These are also useful for checking if the budget is doing what the government said it would be doing.

  1. Dont start reading the words start with the numbers

This may sound strange, but I always recommend that you start with Budget Volume 1, go to the last Annex (about page 120 or so) and begin with Table 1 titled Gross Domestic Product by Economic Activity or GDP for short. It is an attempt by economists to measure the size of the economy. This is the first fundamental test of the credibility of the budget, and therefore any of the words in the budget speech and Executive Summary. Table 1 has lots of interesting information for economists and industry analysts, but for budget analysis the key figures are at the bottom of the table what is the government saying is the size of GDP and how quickly is it growing?

  1. Stick w......

09:00

Satirical image of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The post Satirical image of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:44

Australia already has cyclotrons, producing medical isotopes with no need for nuclear power "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Kazzi Jai   Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 12 Nov 18 
So often we are focused on things when forget to take a step back and reassess the situation

Hands up those people who know of ANSTOs Synchotron in Melbourne, which...

08:43

Senior Legal Officer "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC)

08:42

Labor Fringe 16 18 December Adelaide, SA "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

 

16 18 December Adelaide, SA  Welcome to Fringe 2018! Labor is at its best when we are the party of ideas and action Labor Fringe will bring together organisations, advocates, professionals  and members of the public from across the nation  to debate, connect, promote and share ideas that will shape the future of Australia.

The 48th Australian Labor National Conference will be held  from Sunday 16 Tuesday 18 December 2018 at the Adelaide Convention Centre,  and the Fringe Program runs alongside the action on Conference Floor. 

Fringe 2018 will comprise of 80 events that explore diverse and integral issues facing Australia,  it will form an integral part of Labors highest decision-making platform.

Fringe 2018 provides an incomparable opportunity for organisations to showcase  and launch integral ideas and conversations to a large and diverse Labor audience. 

Fringe presents innovative and creative policy proposal...

08:34

Air conditioning if supplied by fossil fuels increases global warming "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

This article highlights Sir Richard Branson (a nuclear power proponent) and correctly reminds us of the carbon footprint if air-conditioning, if fuelled by fossil power. Important to Australia, and also to India. Why didnt Ft mention this? 

BUT the logical alternative is renewable energy &#821...

08:33

Climate change making devastating bushfires the new normal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

31 Dead In Devastating California Wildfires: Heres What To Know | TIME

California Fires Could Be The New Abnormal If Climate Change Continues A leading climate scientist says a worrying pattern helped light the match for the devastating California fires. 10 daily, 13 Nov 18 

The fires have devastated the state, killing 31 people so far.

Its not looking likely the blaze will calm any time soon.

One of the reasons for the scale of destruction being visited on the state is a collection of environmental triggers brought about by climate change, according to Doctor Daniel Swain of UCLA.He said due to rising temperatures and dryness similar fires could affect the state for many years to come.

This is not the new normal, this is the new abnormal, and this new abnormal will continue, certainly in the next 10 to 15 to 20 years, he said..https://tendaily.com.au/news/world/a181112wih/california-fires-could-be-the-new-abnormal-if-climate-change-continues-apace-20181112

08:32

Workers exposed to nuclear radiation: $15.5 billion in compensation and counting "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Nearly 33,500 former nuclear site workers died due to radiation exposure- report

Nuclear fallout: $15.5 billion in compensation and counting

They built our atomic bombs; now theyre dying of cancer

Nuclear Fallout: This story produced in partnership with ProPublica and the Santa Fe New Mexican. (Richly illustrated with photographs, videos, charts, documents interactive map) 
Wave 3, By Jamie Grey and Lee Zurik | November 12, 2018  
LOS ALAMOS, NEW MEXICO (InvestigateTV) Clear, plastic water bottl...

08:30

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Jacinda sent to me "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Jacinda sent to me: Twelve schools aclosing Eleven Houses building Ten Woods awaffling Nine Years of neglect Eight unions striking Seven Oil rigs sinking Six secret meetings FIVE TREES PLANTED! Four Captains calls Three head snake Two Ministers gone And a Drug Lord thats been set free!   by [] The post On the twelfth day of Christmas, Jacinda sent to me appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:26

Iran is keeping faith with the nuclear agreement "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Latest: Nuclear watchdog: Iran stays within deal limits https://www.kansas.com/news/business/article221528430.htmlThe Associated Press, November 12, 2018  VIENNA 

The U.N. atomic watchdog says Iran continues to stay within the limitations set by the nuclear deal reached in 2015 with major powers, aimed at keeping Tehran from building nuclear weapons in exchange for incentives.

In a confidential quarterly report distributed to member states Monday and seen by The Associated Press,...

08:23

NSW government unveils plan to bring grid into age of renewables RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

New South Wales Coalition govt unveils grid upgrade plan, to accommodate the flood of new renewable energy capacity in the states development pipeline. The post NSW government unveils plan to bring grid into age of renewables appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via NSW government unveils plan to bring grid into age of renewables RenewEconomy

08:23

Clean energy industry slams Coalitions perverse procurement plan RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Clean Energy Council slams federal government plan to underwrite new dispatchable generation, saying it grossly distorts ACCC recommendations in favour of coal-fired generation. The post Clean energy industry slams Coalitions perverse procurement plan appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Clean energy industry slams Coalitions perverse procurement plan RenewEconomy

08:22

Solar Insiders Podcast: Fair Dinkum, were serious about solar power RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Solar Insiders team gets Fair Dinkum about solar, because thats what we do, thats who we are, thats what we are about. Do you have a strawberry? The post Solar Insiders Podcast: Fair Dinkum, were serious about solar power appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Solar Insiders Podcast: Fair Dinkum, were serious about solar power RenewEconomy

08:22

Dispatchable renewables: its time to start planning the transition RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

What if the wind doesnt blow and the sun doesnt shine? The post Dispatchable renewables: its time to start planning the transition appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Dispatchable renewables: its time to start planning the transition RenewEconomy

08:21

Northern Territory unveils first grid-scale battery in solar capital Alice Springs RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Territory Generation unveils 5MW battery in solar capital of Alice Springs that is likely to deliver pay-back within four years. The post Northern Territory unveils first grid-scale battery in solar capital Alice Springs appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Northern Territory unveils first grid-scale battery in solar capital Alice Springs RenewEconomy

08:21

Lazard hails inflection point as wind, solar costs beat new and old fossils RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Latest Lazard report shows wind and solar now beating existing and fully depreciated fossil fuel generators on costs, and battery storage is also falling. The post Lazard hails inflection point as wind, solar costs beat new and old fossils appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Lazard hails inflection point as wind, solar costs beat new and old fossils RenewEconomy

08:18

November 12 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Opinion: The Economic Truth of Coal Mines The hyper-partisan political debate around coal conceals the surprising economic truth that coal miners, and those worried about climate change, both benefit from the current high in world coal prices. High prices for coal benefit mining companies, but they make it harder to sell coal. [The []

via November 12 Energy News geoharvey

08:00

Iain Lees-Galloway has to go "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Heather du Plessis-Allen doesnt hold back when talking about Iain Lees-Galloway. quote. Do we even need to say it? Iain Lees-Galloways got to get the boot. Hes unravelling like a cheap stitch. The latest revelations about his decision to give Karel Sroubrek New Zealand residency are almost unbelievable. The Immigration Minister previously told us he [] The post Iain Lees-Galloway has to go appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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07:30

Tweet for Today "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

07:30

Kelvin compassionate & kind Davis "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The headline on Newshub reads The compassionate way Kelvin Davis slashed New Zealands prison population It inspired me to come up with some similar headlines: The compassionate way Kelvin Davis didnt resign when Charter schools were closed down The compassionate way Kelvin Davis ignored students pleas to save their schools. Seriously though, Kelvin Davis has [] The post Kelvin compassionate & kind Davis appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:17

QotD: "We had such high hopes of this adventure; we believed God called us and now we are doing hells dirtiest work." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"We had such high hopes of this adventure; we believed God called us and now we are doing hells dirtiest work." 
       ~ US President Woodrow Wilson's top aide Henry White, speaking after World War I, at the Versailles peace talks

07:15

Forget about beating Jacinda: Concentrate on beating Labour "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

[...] the Labour-NZ First-Green coalitions, most obvious weakness lies in its ideological incongruity. Its component parties stretch the length of the political spectrum: from NZ Firsts social conservatives on the right to the Greens social radicals on the left, with Labour hugging smugly what it perceives to be the centre ground. The post Forget about beating Jacinda: Concentrate on beating Labour appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Gresham College: Prof. Chris Budd Mathematics and the Making of the Modern and Future World #5 Mathematical Materials "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A fascinating series delivered by Professor Chris Budd, CBE from Bath University

In this lecture series by Professor Christopher Budd, the emphasis will be how mathematics gives us a glimpse into the future both of technology and of many other areas of our lives.

Since Newton, we have become used to science making confident predictions about the future, including on the motion of the planets and the times of the tides. However, some things seem very hard to predict, such as the stock market or the weather. Is this a fault in the way we model these systems, or is there a genuine limit to how far we can predict the future? One explanation comes from the theory of chaos, which explains why small changes now can lead to large uncertainty in the future. Professor Budd will describe how chaos theory works and how things can change rapidly.

Climate change is important, controversial, and the subject of huge debate. Much of our understanding of the future climate comes from the use of complex climate models, which are based on mathematical and physical ideas. Professor Budd will describe how these models work and the assumptions that go into them. He will discuss how reliable our predictions of climate change will be and show how mathematics can give us insights into both the past and the future.

One of the biggest advances in modern technology has been the development of GPS systems which allow us to find our position to very high precision. GPS is just the latest advance in the science of navigation, which has had a profound effect on human civilization. Professor Budd will show how mathematics has played a vital role in making navigation as accurate as it is today and the impact this has had on us all. Indeed, it is one of the few areas where Einsteins general theory of relativity directly impacts our lives.

The worlds population is rapidly growing, and most of this population will live in large city conurbations. What will our future cities look like? How will the transport system work, how will people move around, and how will we supply them with energy and remove their waste? Indeed, what sort of houses will people live in and what will our communities look like in the future? Professor Budd will show how mathematical models can help us understand how cities work and how they might evolve in the future.

Mathematics education is changing rapidly and a big driver for this i...

07:00

NZEI letting teachers down "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

If unions dont understand why they arent always well regarded they need look no further than this:

The teachers strike is going ahead tomorrow because the venues for union meetings were already booked.

The primary teachers union offered that explanation when asked why the pay offer it received on Thursday wasnt enough to avert next weeks action. . . 

The NZEIs teacher lead negotiator Liam Rutherford told the Weekend Collective the offer came through really late in the piece.

And so to that extent, we didnt consider calling off the strike because weve got venues booked around country.

Rutherford says they have been really flexible, but when you already have so many meeting venues booked, a half day to consider an offer is not enough. . . 

The Employment Relations Authority recommends teachers accept the offer.

Teachers have a lot of sympathy for their claims not just for more pay but also for better conditions.

But continuing with  strikes before considering the latest offer will do them and their cause absolutely no good.

That the union justifies continuing strike action because it has booked meeting rooms will erode sympathy further.

NZEI is letting teachers down and this nonsense supports the argument that too often unions do whats good for unions, not their members.

07:00

Housing NZ to reward drug users "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The question of a safe level of methamphetamine contamination is an emotive one. Most sane people would not want to expose their children to contamination at any level. The previous government did set the bar very high, but this was done on official advice. And lets face it, most of us would not want to [] The post Housing NZ to reward drug users appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Commemorating 100 Years "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

06:30

Gremlins three: The Whaleoil edition *UPDATED "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

UPDATE: This is a message to our wonderful subscribers. It has come to my attention that 9 subscribers were expired even though they were up to date with their payment as a result of the server outage. They were all expired at exactly 6.05. I am working my way through reactivating them all. Please contact [] The post Gremlins three: The Whaleoil edition *UPDATED appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Shane Jones fails to declare 61 meetings "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

What is it with these guys? The most open and transparent government seems to have bad habit of forgetting about meetings that they attend. We saw this with Clare Curran, of course, who kept writing cryptic messages in her diary, and the forgot about what those meetings were about. Nobody was fooled by Clare and [] The post Shane Jones fails to declare 61 meetings appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Yes: one year on "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

This week marks one year since Australians overwhelmingly voted Yes to the question of whether LGBTI Australians can marry the person they love.

Anna Brown, Co-Chair of the Equality Campaign and Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre said it was incredible seeing the majority of the nation back marriage equality and a fair go for all LGBTI Australians last year on November 15.

A year ago the nation celebrated with LGBTI Australians, their friends and families. Since then weve had a year where all Australians have had the same opportunities for love, commitment and to be treated equally.

Its been a wonderful year of cake and rainbow flags with LGBTI couples finally being able to say I do. Marriage equality has taken from no one and given absolute joy to LGBTI Australians, their families and friends, Anna Brown said.

Earlier this year, following leaks of the 20 recommendations from the Religious Freedom Review many Australians were outraged to learn that under current anti-discrimination laws, schools and other services run by religious bodies are legally able to discriminate against LGBTI children, clients and workers. The inquiry was called following the deeply flawed idea that marriage equality for LGBTIQ people would somehow pose a threat to religious freedom.

We reject this utterly, and remain concerned that conservative religious forces within the Coalition will be extracting their price for marriage equality. There should be no price paid for equality, Anna Brown said.

Australians voted for fairness and equality this time last year, not discrimination against LGBT people. Kids in schools should be worrying about classes and their homework, not living in fear of mistreatment because of who they are. Teachers should be able to do their job without having to hide who they are, Anna Brown said.

Michelle and Rhondas story

It was ironic that we were apart on the day that Australia voted that we could be together, legally. I was in Sydney and Rhonda was in Melbourne. Thanks to Facetime we were virtually together as we watched the results announcement for the Marriage Equality survey. After 6 months of never daring to dream that our love and relationship was going to be legally recognised, we were beautifully, joyfully and tearfully surprised at the result.

We said in our joint wedding speech (only 4 months later!) our two reasons to get married were firstly, because we adore one another and secondly, to salute and honour all of the campaigners who have given their lives, time, tears and energy for our right to be considered equal.

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It wasnt meant to be like this: PNGs hosting of APEC "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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APEC welcome desk at Jackson's International Airport, Port Moresby

STEPHEN HOWES | East Asia Forum

CANBERRA - When Papua New Guinea put up its hand to host APEC in 2013, its economy was booming. Prospects were bright. And reform was underway, in particular to clamp down on the corruption that has been the countrys curse.

Fast forward five years and the environment could not be more different. PNGs highly effective corruption investigator Taskforce Sweep no longer exists. It was abolished by the very same prime minister who set it up, Peter ONeill, after it started pursuing ONeill himself on corruption charges.

The anti-corruption effort more broadly has been undermined via reducing the funding and/or autonomy of the remaining anti-corruption actors, such as the police fraud squad and the ombudsman.

Economic growth has stalled. Formal sector employment (the only sort of employment that is measured in PNG) has declined for each of the last four years.

Excessive borrowing in the boom years has now come back to haunt the government following a collapse in revenue. The government has done well to avoid a debt crisis, but its economic mismanagement has intensified the downturn.

PNGs biggest economic problem is its overvalued exchange rate. The value of the kina is set by the central bank, which has prevented significant depreciation for more than two years now. So far this year, the official kina/US dollar exchange rate has fallen only by 4%, a fraction of the 20% or more depreciation called for by analysts and researchers alike.

The real exchange rate is still in fact at its resource-boom high, hindering the required diversification of the economy. A balance of payments crisis has been prevented by foreign currency rationing, leading to a collapse of imports, hurting economic growth.

For the last three years, the difficulty of getting hold of hard currency has been rated by the private sector as their most serious probl...

05:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is Subscriber Content. You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, sudoku, 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.

05:30

Coca-Cola has massively benefited from new PNG tariffs "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

CokePAUL FLANAGAN

Coca-Cola has mastered the business of getting its sweet, fizzy drinks into even the most isolated of Papua New Guineas far-flung tropical islands and mountain villages. But getting the proceeds out of the South Pacific nation is proving much more troublesome. Australian-listed Coca-Cola Amatil, which distributes Coke in the region, recently disclosed it was holding more of PNG's kina currency than it wanted due to foreign exchange restraints, a complaint echoed by other big businesses - Reuters

CANBERRA - The irony of the Coca-Cola Amatil complaint that it cant move money out of Papua New Guinea is that the company has been massively benefiting from new tariff levels on consumers imposed in last year's supplementary budget.

Tariffs on imported canned drinks that compete with Coke increased from 12.5% with an additional charge of K2.75 per litre on 1 January this year. This was actually an illegal increase as it was larger than what PNG had committed to when it joined the World Trade Organisation.

So a previously imported one litre bottle of soft drink from Indonesia or the Philippines with a wholesale price of K4 had its tariff jump from around K0.50 (12.5%) to K3.25.

Of course, this has been a massive win for local manufacturers as it has eliminated competition from overseas and allowed them to lift local prices. The losers are Papua New Guinean consumers.

What makes this slightly different from the usual issue of balancing the interests of the local manufacturing industry and PNG families is that Coke is judged by some as a less than healthy item - so less consumption due to higher prices has an upside of lower levels of obesity and some diseases.

So the tariff is also acting as a rather blunt sugar tax - except that PNG-manufactured Coke is getting all the extra revenues rather than it going to the government to support health education programs in nutrition.

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We now we see these unelected journalists for what they really are? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This is remarkable commentary from Newshubs national reporter Patrick Gower: Simon Bridges is finished I dont think that its his call to make. It is the business of the National caucus. And if Bridges survives through to the next election, it will be up to voters. Its been 62 days since Newshub Political Editor Tova []

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Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Weve got to find ways of confronting the issues that divide and at the heart of cultural issues, you often find religions. George Carey who celebrates his 83rd birthday today.

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Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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Do you know the names any Papua New Guinean national kiaps? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PHIL FITZPATRICK 

Kiap and government-appointed leaders
A kiap and government-appointed leaders - in Tok Pisin, luluais and tultuls

TUMBY BAY Between 1961 and 1975, more than 450 Papua New Guinean kiaps were in government service during the significant period in PNG history leading to independence.

Now a group of expatriate former kiaps is seeking to find details of these men.

Several years ago, Australian kiaps who had served in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea sought to have their service recognised in a meaningful way by the Australian government and, importantly, the Australian public.

After a long campaign this recognition came in the form of the Police Overseas Service Medal.

During the campaign an attempt was made to compile a list of all the Australian kiaps who had served in Papua New Guinea.

This proved a difficult task because of the inadequate records available and it was abandoned in favour of former kiaps identifying themselves.

This list was produced but required a lot more work which has been undertaken by ex-kiap Ross Wilkinson through the Ex-Kiap website.  His work was greatly assisted by the contribution from a number of other former kiaps, notably District Commissioner Bill Brown.

Another list of kiaps who lost their lives during the course of their service was also produced by former District Commissioner and author, Jim Sinclair. This was expanded by ex-kiap Paul Oates to include all who had lost their lives whilst in service regardless of the cause.

This list is known as the Kiaps Honour Roll. Ross Wilkinson has incorporated the honour roll into a master list, otherwise known as a nominal roll, which is divided into several categories and time periods.

Kiaps who served with the Australian New Guinea Administrative Unit (ANGAU) during World War II have their own list, as do kiaps who served prior to the war.

These lists, although extensive, are still incomplete and further information is still coming to light.

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04:39

Scholtens inquiry clears Haumaha appointment process, other issues remain "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Oddly after Tracey Martin seemed to be maaking the decisions over the release of the Scholtens inquiry into the appointment of Wally Haumaha, the only official statement has been made by State Services Minister Chris Hipkins. The Inquiry into the process that led to the appointment of a Deputy Commissioner of Police has found that []

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Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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