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Sunday, 21 October

00:30

Farmers Market Wayville "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Adelaide families now have the opportunity buy fresh food directly from producers from all over SA at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market. The 20,000 strong crowd that turned up for the farmers market which formed the centrepiece of the 'Go Organic Festival' in September in 2005 encouraged the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society (RAHS) to back the foundation of a permanent farmers market by a not-for-profit community organisation. The market opened on October 1st 2006 with a massive crowd of 10,000 shoppers and runs each Sunday (apart from the weeks of the Royal Show) from 9am-1pm.

In the tradition of farmers markets, it is a food market at which both food producers and consumers can get a fair price for food produced in SA and support regional and sustainable land use. The market guarantees that you buy direct from the producer and is known for its strict adherence to the ethics of farmers markets which now number in their thousands worldwide as families seek to avoid overstored food from major retailers who pass on meagre prices to farmers. In Australia, the farmers market movement is represented by the Australian Farmers Market Association and SA's peak body, the SA Farmers Market Association, will soon be launched.

The Adelaide Showground location is superb, with a major bike trail, the Glenelg tram line, a major rail line, numerous bus routes all converging to make it one of the most accessible sites in Adelaide. Parking is also easy and cheap.

120 producers offer their extraordinarily diverse products (everything from oysters to almonds and bread to boysenberries!). It is accessed from the car parks at the Leader Street (southern) end of the Showgrounds.  

Becoming a member brings with it 10% discount on all purchases as well as a right to vote in the management of the market. Details and memberships are available at www.adelaidefarmersmarket.com.au.

The Food Forest is a foundation stallholder at the market and presents a wide range of foods, always including its signature specialty - organically certified pistachio nuts. We are there on alternate weeks (we run short courses on the other weekends).

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Wednesday, 17 October

23:57

NZs Priority chemicals list contains 7 fluoride pesticides, a PFOA, and an inert used in Sulfuryl fluoride. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Our priority chemicals list identifies the chemicals we believe are most in need of review here in New Zealand.

The chemicals on the priority list make up part of the larger screened chemicals list, which were screened using our FRCaST screening tool.

The chemicals on the priority list are categorised as either Group A or Group B chemicals.

Find out about how we identified and categorised the chemicals on our screened chemical list.

We are working on reassessing chemicals on the priority list.

We will not necessarily work through the priority chemicals list in the order it appears on our website. This is for many reasons. It is a living list, and may be changed as new information comes to hand, prompting us to reprioritise our focus on chemicals with higher risk profiles.

Note from the Fluoride Action Network:
The following is the table of the 40 priority chemicals. We have highlighted, with links to more information, the chemicals that contain fluorine or fluoride: Bifenthrin, Cyfluthrin, Cyhalothrin, Flocoumafen, Flumioxazin, Lambda-cyhalothrin, and Trifuluralin. Chloropicrin is used as the inert in the fumigant Sulfuryl fluoride. This perfluorinated chemical (PFC) is listed: Ammonium pentadecafluorooctanoate (APFO). It is the PFOA derivative of greatest concern and most wide spread use. One call tell its a PFC as it is perfused with fluorine (see more PFCs structures):

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Chemical name Description
2,4-DB (sodium salt) 2,4-DB is a herbicide mainly used to control broadleaf weeds in an agricultural setting. It has a similar structure to 2,4-D (also an agricultural herbicide). It is categorised in Priority Group B due to its very high score for human health risk and its moderately high score for environmental risk.

23:34

Papua Merdeka antara Makna, Visi, Tujuan dan Cara bangsa Papua Merubah Nasibnya "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

"Papua Merdeka" secara politik dapat dipahami dalam dua perskeptif, yang pertama, "internal self-determination" dan kedua, "ezternal self-determination". Yang pertama maksudnya bangsa Papua merdeka di dalam sebauh negara-bangsa yang sudah ada saat ini, yaitu Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia (NKRI). Makna kedua ialah melepaskan diri secara hukum dan politik dari negara yang ada saat ini dan membentuk

Papua Merdeka antara Makna, Visi, Tujuan dan Cara bangsa Papua Merubah Nasibnya was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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23:23

Papua Merdeka antara Makna, Visi, Tujuan dan Cara bangsa Papua Merubah Nasibnya "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

"Papua Merdeka" secara politik dapat dipahami dalam dua perskeptif, yang pertama, "internal self-determination" dan kedua, "ezternal self-determination". Yang pertama maksudnya bangsa Papua merdeka di dalam sebauh negara-bangsa yang sudah ada saat ini, yaitu Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia (NKRI). Makna kedua ialah melepaskan diri secara hukum dan politik dari negara yang ada saat ini dan membentuk

Papua Merdeka antara Makna, Visi, Tujuan dan Cara bangsa Papua Merubah Nasibnya was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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22:30

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

171018HEROMATE SAYS EXPERIENCED OFFICERS MUST BE RECALLED
New Dawn FM News

A former ABG public servant, PATRICK HEROMATE today called on the ABG administration to recall experienced former Government workers to assist the newly recruited officers gain experience in their new roles.
He was speaking on NEW DAWN FM today.
MR HEROMATE said that there were more suspension of officers today because they lack the experience to deal with situations in Bougainville.
MR. HEROMATE who worked for the District Services for more than 30 years said that we need to assist our administration to properly engage with these experienced people for at least two years.

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22:30

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

171018BY ELECTION UPDATE
New Dawn FM News
Voting in the three seats that are having their By-Elections are progressing well.
Polling started on Monday for TAONITA TEOP, HALIA and the KONGARA seats and will end this Friday.
Counting will start on Monday the 22nd of October and will continue until winners are declared.
The Chairman of the Taonita Teop Community Government, HERMAN KITE told New Dawn FM today that all was progressing well.
He said that whilst the attendance of voters was good many discovered that their names were not on the common roll.
The Chairman also questioned why deceased persons names were on the common roll whilst the active and living have missed out again.
MR. KITE said that he does not want this problem to pop up during the Bougainville referendum.

Ends

22:29

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

171018TARGET DATE STILL ON
New Dawn FM News

The special JSB which approved the Questions to be put in the Bougainville Referendum that the target date still remains as June 15th 2019.
This was revealed by Prime Minister PETER ONEIL in his closing speech at the SIR MANASUPE HAUS in Port Moresby.
He said there was no need to defer to another date but continue to prepare for the date.
Meanwhile the Chairman of the Bougainville Referendum Commission, BERTIE AHERN told the JSB meeting that the date will be confirmed once his committee starts work on the final preparations of the Referendum.
He said in the meantime that date is not final.
MR AHERN said that based on his past experience there are many issues that must be addressed before the actual date is announced.
He also repeated his earlier statement at the Welcome dinner hosted by the ABG President last Saturday evening.
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22:19

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

171018BUKA TOWN UNDER THREAT
New Dawn FM news
The temporary headquarter for Bougainville, BUKA town is under threat of sinking as the remaining mangroves that surrounds the town from Sohano and Madehas island and Novah are being cut to develop the town.
And the Director for TULELE PEISA inc which just recently promoted the saving and replanting of mangroves, USURLA RAKOVA said that what is happening in the Buka town and Kokopau is not acceptable as the soil will erode and Buka town can sink with any rise in the sea or even a king tide or a small Tsunami.
MS RAKOVA called on the Ieta and Taiof land owners to stop all these activities as it is putting thousands of peoples lives under extreme danger.
New Dawn FM after receiving this information took some pictures of what is happening and confirmed that the threat was real and something must be done to stop what is happening.
New Dawn FM also understands that the ABG policy on mangroves protection will go through the ABG Parliament in the December session of the ABG House.
If this goes through those people who are destroying mangroves for firewood and other such activities will have to face the law.
Mangroves are very important in the eco system as they are breeding gounds for fish crabs and other living things.

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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

October 18 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1009  The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in Jerusalem, was completely destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who hacked the Churchs foundations down to bedrock.

1016 The Danes defeated the Saxons in the Battle of Ashingdon.

1081  The Normans defeated the Byzantine Empire in the Battle of Dyrrhachium.

1210  Pope Innocent III excommunicated German leader Otto IV.

1356  Basel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, destroyed the town of Basel.

1386  Opening of the University of Heidelberg.

1561  Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima  Takeda Shingen defeated Uesugi Kenshin in the climax of their ongoing conflicts.

1599 Michael the Brave, Prince of Wallachia, defeated the Army of Andrew Bathory in the Battle of elimbr, leading to the first recorded unification of the Romanian people.

1648  Boston Shoemakers formed the first U.S. labour organization.

1748 The Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle ended the War of the Austrian Succession.

1767 Mason-Dixon line, survey separating Maryland from Pennsylvania was completed.

1775  African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery.

1851  Herman Melvilles Moby-Dick was first published as The Whale.

1860 The Second Opium War  ended at the Convention of Peking with the ratification of the Treaty of Tientsin, an unequal treaty.

1867  United States took...

21:42

Plastic bottles & Deep State water agenda | The Unavoidable Water Crisis [Part 2/2] 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Great expose of a sickening water control agenda. Edge OF Wonder is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the knowledge and awareness game, please support these guys and spread the word! Water is life. Water is power. Water has become the new oil. [Part one here: http://bit.ly/WaterCrisis1 Sadly, its becoming an increasingly scarce []

The post Plastic bottles & Deep State water agenda | The Unavoidable Water Crisis [Part 2/2] 2018 appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

21:38

APEC minister responds to Maserati query "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Justin Tkatchenko
Justin Tkatchenko
The minister responsible for APEC, Justin Tkatchenko, has responded to the claims made by the members of the Opposition regarding the purchase of 40 Masareti MY 19 Quattroporte from Italy to transport visiting leaders during the leaders summit next month.

According to the Post Courier (October 17), Tkatchenko alleges that all claims made by members of the Opposition are lies and absolute rubbish. He said the there was a certain level of luxury required for the global event, the vehicles will be bought by the private sector at cost and the Maseratis will be priced lower than a Toyota Land Cruiser VX. However, the minister has not addressed questions regarding the procurement process of these vehicles despite saying that it was authorized by the National Executive Council (NEC).

Member for Sinesine-Yongomugl Kerenga Kua on FM 100s talk-back show queried why the procurement of the Maseratis went through a third party in Sri Lanka when there are dealers in the country like Ela Motors, PNG Motors and Boroko Motors who are able to source the vehicles upon request.






The Maseratis were acquired through Sri Lankan company Ideal Choice (PVT) Limited which lists flamboyant cricketer Pinnaduwage Aravinda de Silva as the deputy chairman.

Meanwhile, there are also new revelations in ...

21:00

Keeping Up Appearances S03 E03 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

lousy formatting, audio OK 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

20:35

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When fine motor skills were being distributed I was somewhere else.

That doesnt stop me appreciating what other people can do with their hands, be it art, craft or other handiwork.

As I sit at my computer Im overlooked by several paintings. One was a birthday present, another a gift from the artist, the others are of Vejer de la Frontera, the wee town in south west Andalusia where we lived for three and a half months and to which weve returned several times.

Tonight Im grateful for other peoples artistic talent and the happy memories their work inspires.

20:22

PNG adds $320k Bentleys to APEC luxury car fleet "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea is adding to its APEC luxury vehicle fleet, with the purchase of three new Bentley limousines worth more than $320,000 (US$228,000) each.

The V8 Bentley Flying Spurs will join 40 recently-delivered Maseratis, worth $175,000 (US$124,000) each, in the APEC fleet, as PNG gears up to host the 21-member nation summit next month.

The Maserati purchase outraged many Papua New Guineans as the nation deals with the re-emergence of polio, high rates of tuberculosis infection and ongoing budget challenges.

The Australian has obtained an invoice for the Bentleys, made out to the chief executive of PNGs APEC Secretariat, Chris Hawkins.

Hawkins is also a senior communications adviser to PNG Prime Minister Peter ONeill.

The vehicles were purchased from a Malaysian-based company called South Pacific Ventures Inc., which describes itself as providing business consultancy and services on healthcare development projects in Papua New Guinea and other Pacific Island countries.

The cars are due to arrive in Port Moresby this month by sea freight.

The Australian has sought comment on the Bentley purchase from PNGs APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko, but he is yet to respond.

The Maserati Quattroporte cars were delivered to Port Moresby last week from Milan, Italy, on two privately chartered Boeing 747 cargo planes.

APEC Tkatchenko said last week that the Maseratis had been pre-sold to private sector buyers who would take the vehicles off the governments hands after the summit.

PNG is the poorest nation in the APEC grouping and faces an array of development challenges.

The official minimum wage is about $1.50 (US$1.07) an hour but unemployment is rife, and the majority of Papua New Guineans live outside the formal economy.

Australia is providing at least $130 million (US$92.8 million) in support to help PNG host APEC.

Australian F/A18 Super Hornets and electronic sensor aircraft will patrol the skies over Port Moresby during the November 17-18 APEC leaders meeting, while the helicopter landing ship HMAS Adelaide and several naval patrol boats will protect against maritime threats.

About 1500 Australian Defence Force personnel will also be involved, including special forces soldiers, rounding out the biggest security commitment of any nation in support of PNGs APEC year

SOURCE: THE AUSTRALIAN/PACNEWS

20:20

Australian fighter jets, warships to secure 'vibrant' PNG APEC "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Australia will spend $130 million (US$92.8 million) deploying Super Hornet fighter jets, its largest warship HMAS Adelaide and elite special forces troops to help Papua New Guinea deliver a vibrant, Pacific-style APEC when leaders from 21-member economies gather in Port Moresby in November.

Government officials confirmed the ballpark cost of helping Papua New Guinea host more than 10,000 delegates for the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, which diplomats believe will help the nation unlock its potential as a tourism superpower.

We are providing this assistance because, quite simply, they asked us to as close friends and neighbours.

New Zealand, the United States, China, Canada, Japan and Indonesia are among other APEC nations contributing to security and safety at the largest event Papua New Guinea has ever hosted.

In addition to 500 troops on the ground in Port Moresby, a further 1,500 Australian Defence Force personnel will help enforce a no-fly zone over the island nation from Australia - although officials stress there have been no specific threats to summit security.

Australia has helped the Papua New Guinea Defence Force rehearse counter-terrorism scenarios while firefighters from Queensland will also be on standby in Port Moresby during the gathering, crewing new firetrucks funded by China.

Primary security of APEC venues, motorcades and delegations is wholly on Papua New Guinea, as it should be as the host nation.

While Papua New Guineas Constabulary and Defence Force will lead summit security, it is understood Australian advisors will work alongside local authorities with Australian Federal Police and Army on standby as part of an Incident Response Group.

Security will be similar to that seen in Australia at the recent Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney.

As APEC hosts, Papua New Guinea will secure 500 meetings across the year, culminating with the Leaders Summit on November 17 and 18.

While most leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - will spend at least one night in the host nation, US Vice President Mike Pence is reportedly planning to stay in far north Queensland and commute back and forth to Papua New Guinea by plane for the duration of the summit.

Its underst...

19:30

Classic TV Drama: Upstairs Downstairs S04 E12 Facing Fearful Odds "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Blocked in some locations Lousy format, but best of those presently available,suggest full screen

Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series produced by London Weekend Television (LWT) for ITV.It ran for 68 episodes divided into five series on ITV from 1971 to 1975.

A BBC Wales and Masterpiece produced continuation also called Upstairs Downstairs was broadcast by BBC One in 2010.

Set in a large townhouse in Belgravia in West London, the series depicts the servants downstairs and their mastersthe family upstairsbetween the years 1903 and 1930, and shows the slow decline of the British aristocracy. Great events feature prominently in the episode but minor or gradual changes are also noted. The series stands as a document of the social and technological changes that occurred between those 27 years, including the Edwardian period, the Suffragettes, First World War, the Roaring Twenties and the Wall Street Crash.

The show was a ratings success for ITV, and received outstanding acclaim worldwide winning multiple awards.

Series had an excellent cast with many well known actors appearing over the life of the series. Some are still active to this day.

19:06

Welcoming The New Leaders Of Papuan Voices "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Conference Group Photo (Image via Tweet of SOS Tanah Papua)

Papuan Voices (PV) has been undergoing transformation since 2016. A new life is being infused in the organisation!

PV is a video-activist collective that began as a loose network of activists using video in campaigning for human rights to the people of West Papua in Indonesia. The network has been in operation since late 2011 and has slowly begun its transformation to a full-fledged organisation. It was able to open chapters in distant places of Papua such as Sorong and Wamena. They have also managed to organise the first ever independent documentary film festival in Papua, the Papuan Film Festival, in 2017 with the help of EngageMedia. It was also able to replicate its success with the 2nd Papuan Film Festival this year.

At their first national conference and strategic planning meet in Waena, Jayapura, Papua, from 19 to 22 September 2018, PV members have voted on a new organisation structure to be led by young Papuan activists. A new chapter was also added to the five original chapters of the organisation, and together, a discussion in choosing its coordinator/convener in working towards impact was conducted.

An activist from Jayapura, Benhard Konten has been elected to become the new Papuan Voices Coordinator, succeeding Max Binur who has been with the organisation for the past few years.

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19:00

Wednesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement claims to be a grassroots human rights movement but in reality, it is a carefully crafted continuation of anti-Jewish boycotts predating the state of Israel. The post Wednesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:46

Moral standards in politics "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It's odd. I've been around politicians. I know they can be coarse of language, and that they try to bend rules within legal bounds.

Why then am I surprised, even shocked by Simon Bridges comportment?

Simon toured NZ telling us what a wholesome family man he is. Ironically the tour's expenses began (reportedly) this vendetta. (Jamie Lee Ross is well beyond the pale and not the focus of my thoughts.)

This now is his biggest problem.

The persona he was at pains to portray is at odds with the man who we now know casually and crassly passes judgement on those who have stood by him.

There is just something missing in him.




18:30

We dont say that out of these walls. Bredesen staff says he is lying about Kavanaugh vote "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post We dont say that out of these walls. Bredesen staff says he is lying about Kavanaugh vote appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:00

The Charmer: Gorse At The End #6/6 Nigel Havers, Bernard Hepton, Fiona Fullerton, Rosemary Leach "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

The Charmer was a 1987 British television serial set in the 1930s, and starring Nigel Havers as Ralph Ernest Gorse, a seducing conman, Rosemary Leach as Joan Plumleigh-Bruce, a smitten victim widow and Bernard Hepton as Donald Stimpson, Plumleigh-Bruces would-be beau, who vengefully pursues Gorse after he has conned her

18:00

Wednesday Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The post Wednesday Weapons appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S04 E14 Quad Squad "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. 

17:30

Custom 50 Ready Range by Shooting Range Industries "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Custom 50 Ready Range by Shooting Range Industries appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:02

For the Pacific its always about cash: Australian Environment Minister in diplomatic incident over climate change "IndyWatch Feed National"

Environment Minister Melissa Price has been accused of offending a key Pacific leader by declaring the region was always seeking cash from Australia, sparking a political dispute over her alleged remarks at a Canberra restaurant on Tuesday night.

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Environment Minister Melissa Price

Ms Price is said to have told former Kiribati president Anote Tong, a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, that she had her chequebook ready to deal with his demands for cash.

The ministers office has declared the account to be completely untrue but the contested exchange triggered a rebuke over the ministers treatment of a key friend of Australia in the Pacific.

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Former Kiribati president Anote Tong

Ms Price told Parliament she 100 per cent disagreed with the account of her remarks to Mr Tong.

Mr Tong, who led Kiribati from 2003 to 2016, was dining with Labor senator Pat Dodson, Edmund Rice Centre director Phil Glendenning and Oxfam climate change expert Simon Bradshaw at La Rustica restaurant in the Canberra suburb of Kingston and was introduced to Ms Price, who was dining with staff close by.

Mr Glendenning told Fairfax Media that Ms Price discussed a possible meeting with Mr Tong and then made a remark about demands for cash.

Ms Price asked Mr Tong why he was in Canberra and was told by Senator Dodson that the former Kiribati leader was in Australia to talk about climate change and was hoping to have a meeting with her.

Is it about the cash? Ms Price replied, according to Mr Glendenning.

Its always about the cash. Ive got my chequebook over there. How much do you want?

A spokesman for Ms Price denied this account and said the minister told Mr Tong that Australia cared very deeply about the Pacific, before suggesting they set up a meeting at some point.

Senator Dodson wrote to Ms Price on Wednesday to criticise the discourteous and offensive behaviour and to ask her to apologise to Mr Tong.

In his letter, Senator Dodson relayed his account of the words the minister spoke.

I know why youre here. It is for the cash. For the Pacific its always about the cash. I have my chequebook here. How much...

17:00

Take back Australia: The Bolt Report 10 Oct, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz Mark Latham, former Aussie Labor Party leader, has distanced himself from a lot of the leftist nonsense now going on and has written a book called Take Back Australia.   The post Take back Australia: The Bolt Report 10 Oct, 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:00

Classic Comedy: Open All Hours Ronnie Barker and David Jason S04 E06 The Mystical Boudoir Of Nurse Gladys "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From Wikipedia

Open All Hours is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke for the BBC. It ran for 26 episodes in four series, which premiered in 1976, 1981, 1982 and 1985. The programme developed from a television pilot broadcast in Ronnie Barkers comedy anthology series, Seven of One (1973). Open All Hours ranked eighth in the 2004 Britains Best Sitcom poll

The setting is a small grocers shop in Balby, a suburb of Doncaster in South Yorkshire. The owner, Arkwright (Ronnie Barker), is a middle-aged miser with a stammer and a knack for selling. His nephew Granville (David Jason) is his put-upon errand boy, who blames his work schedule for his lacklustre social life.

Across the road lives Nurse Gladys Emmanuel (Lynda Baron), occupied by her professional rounds, and her elderly mother. Arkwright longs to marry her, but she resists his persistent pressures. In later episodes, it is explained that the two have actually been engaged for many years but have been unable to go through with a wedding due to the advanced age of Nurse Gladyss mother, for whom she cares at home. Though short-tempered with Arkwright, she is concerned for his and Granvilles welfare.

16:59

Why No One Wins a War over the South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Thats the title of my latest piece in The National Interest. (over the fold)The central point is brilliantly summed up in this clip from Utopia.

A recent near-collision between Chinese and US Navy destroyers has focused new attention on the potential for conflict in the South China Sea and led to the cancellation of a visit to China by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/mattis-cancels-china-trip-after-chinese-us-navy-destroyers-nearly-collide-1.550089

Chinas naval expansion in the South China Sea puts it in a position to control sea lanes used transport trillions of dollars worth of goods per year, accounting for up to a third of world merchandise trade. China has militarized islands and claimed most of the Sea as its own territorial waters, on the basis of flimsy historical claims and routinely denounced US naval operations in the region as illegal provocations.

Unsurprisingly, the response to Chinese assertiveness from much of the foreign policy community has been to demand a similarly assertive response from the United States. For example, Robert Kagan has argued that the US must resist the extension of a Chinese sphere of influence in its immediate vicinity.

Backing Into World War III

A realist perspective suggests a more cautious approach, and a more careful analysis of the economic issues. A rational assessment suggests that China has far more at stake in this issue than the US.

The crucial, but commonly neglected, fact about trade flowing through the  South China Sea is that the great majority of this trade flows to and from China. That makes control of the South China Sea a crucial national interest for China, since a hostile power could potentially choke off most imports and exports.  But obviously, China has no interest in disrupting its own trade. By contrast, the only direct interest of the US is in the abstract principle of freedom of naval operations.

Moreover, while the US military is far more powerful in global terms, the balance of forces is much more even in regional terms.  Conflict between powers of comparable strength will generally be resolved in favor of the side with the greater commitment.

 

The South China Sea is also important to US allies including Japan and Korea, as it is part...

16:37

U.S. sets January trade talks with Japan, targeting tariff and nontariff barriers "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. President Donald Trumps administration plans to start negotiations for a bilateral trade agreement with Japan in mid-January, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress on Tuesday.

In a letter to congressional leaders, Lighthizer suggested the administration will push Japan to address both tariff and nontariff barriers in sectors such as automobiles and agriculture, and to achieve fairer, more balanced trade.

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer

We intend to initiate negotiations with Japan as soon as practicable, but no earlier than 90 days from the date of this notice, he wrote.

Citing the $68.9 billion U.S. trade deficit in goods with Japan in 2017, Lighthizer said, U.S. exporters in key sectors such as automobiles, agriculture and services have been challenged by multiple tariff and nontariff barriers for decades, leading to chronic U.S. trade imbalances with Japan.

In a meeting last month in New York, Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to start negotiations for a trade agreement on goods, or TAG, between the two countries.

The move is a concession by Tokyo, which dropped its earlier insistence on a multilateral approach to trade issues.

Senior U.S. officials have thrown hardballs even before the start of the trade talks, with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue indicating the United States will push Japan to reduce tariffs on farm products beyond levels agreed to under a free trade agreement between Japan and the European Union.

Perdues call for better terms in a trade deal with Japan than the Japan-EU FTA came despite the understanding between Trump and Abe that Washington would not demand deeper farm tariff cuts than levels Japan has agreed in other trade pacts, also including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an 11-member regional FTA.

Vice President Mike Pence has described the prospective deal with Japan as a free trade agreement, contradicting Japans assertion that the bilateral accord sought by the two governments will not be as comprehensive as an FTA.

The two governments are arranging a meeting between Pence and Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso in mid-November in Japan to pave the way for the upcoming trade negotiations involving Lighthizer and Toshimitsu Motegi, Japans economic revitalization minister.

Also on Tuesday, Lighthizer notified Congress that the administration intends to initiate negotiations for a trade agreement with the European Union in mid-January, and for a separate pact with Britain as soon as it is ready after it exit...

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.

16:30

Testament of Youth (1979) #4/5 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Testament of Youth is a 1979 BBC television drama based on the First World War memoir of the same name written by Vera Brittain. It was transmitted on BBC2.

The series stars Cheryl Campbell as Vera Brittain, an independent young woman from Buxton, Derbyshire, who abandons her studies at Somerville College, Oxford University to become a volunteer nurse. It features Peter Woodwardas Roland Leighton, Joanna McCallum as Winifred Holtby and Emrys James and Jane Wenham as Veras parents.

The series won five British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA). As well as her BAFTA, Campbell received a Best Actress awards from the Broadcasting Press Guild

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.

15:43

Vindictive destructive politics "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Im not going to get into where Simon Bridges or the National Party stands on the issue of donations at this stage there is still a lack of solid evidence, and the police are looking into it after a visit from Jami-Lee Ross today. But the overriding sense I get from what Ross has []

15:30

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1941, Jim Seals songwriter, singer and guitarist with Seals and Crofts. Born today in 1941, Alan Howard, bassist with The Tremeloes. Born today in 1942, Gary Puckett, lead singer with The Union Gap. Born today in 1946, Jim Tucker, guitarist with The Turtles. Born today in 1946, Mike Hossack, [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:23

The Son of Blob is Back! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Yes, its back.

The Blob.   Or at least one of its offspring.

Remember, the BLOB is an area of anomalously warm water in the north Pacific.

If you dare to look, let me illustrate our scary situation.


Here is the sea surface temperature anomaly from normal for today.    A pool of warm water is found over the north Pacific and Gulf of Alaska, with some of it over 2C warmer than normal.  This is the signature of the "son of blob" (or "daughter of blob if you prefer")

Why such warm water?  Because there has been an amazingly persistent area of high pressure over the Gulf of Alaska.   To illustrate, let me show you a map of the average anomaly from normal conditions of the heights of the 500 hPa pressure surface (around 18, 000 feet) for the past 30 days.(see below).  Wow.

A very highly amplitude pattern.  You see the bright reds over the Gulf of Alaska?....that means high heights (equivalent to high pressure) over that area.  There is also a deep trough over the Rockies...that is why they have been getting unusually cold temperatures to the west of us. And another ridge over the eastern U.S--explains the persistent warmth there.

The sea level pressure difference from normal shows anomalously high sea level pressure ov...

15:15

Is this all a cunning ploy by Paula to roll Simon? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This week has been exciting in politics and astonishing to watch. It is also raising all sorts of conspiracy theories. Normally I dont like those as they make you look stupid, ultimately. However, today I have received two phone calls from people who attended a cabinet club meeting with Jami-Lee Ross and Paula Bennett in [] The post Is this all a cunning ploy by Paula to roll Simon? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:15

PETA: People eating tasty animals "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We know you all would like to get your hands on some delicious non-halal Whalemeat ( made from 100% vegetarian animals) so a competition had to be created. If you havent already got a subscription to Whaleoil now is the perfect time to subscribe because ALL subscribers to Whaleoil will go in the draw to win [] The post PETA: People eating tasty animals appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:00

Hadith for the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Unfortunately, you have missed that day for 2018, next chance is 10 August 2019; fast then and you have two years redemption. Simple. Could be a cunning plan to reduce the prison population? The post Hadith for the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:00

Hoover Institution: 2018 CISAC Drell Lecture: The Battle for the Soul of the Internet "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

great topic sound at times is poor, and at the start you may need to move through as they have yet to master editing too much explication about the CISAC, rather than getting to the lecture. US locations are especially prone to this verbal diarrhoea. They spent 10 minutes on the intro, most of which was rubbish.

Alex Stamos discusses the difficult balancing act societies around the world are facing dealing with the security and safety impacts of new technology, followed by a moderated discussion with Andrew Grotto. Lecturer: Alex Stamos, adjunct professor at Stanfords Freeman Spogli Institute, a William J. Perry Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. Moderator: Andrew Grotto, former Senior Director for Cybersecurity Policy at the White House in both the Obama and Trump Administrations. He currently serves as a William J. Perry International Security Fellow at CISAC and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. About the lecture: The Drell Lecture is an annual public event sponsored by Stanford Universitys Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), addressing a current and critical national or international security issue that has important scientific or technical dimensions.

14:53

Can social media save great apes? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

An orphaned baby chimpanzee rests his head on his rescuers arm as he takes in the scenery during a special flight destined for a sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The pilot, Anthony Caere, cradles Mussa and gives him a soft kiss on the head. Although Mussa was recently ripped from his mothers arms, he appears comfortable with Caere, and even plays with a few of the aircrafts knobs and switches during the flight. Over the past year, a number of great apes have experienced brushes with fame, including Ponso, the loneliest chimp in the Ivory Coast; Lulingu, the laughing baby gorilla; and Mussa, whose mother was killed by poachers. Their viral stories grabbed public attention on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and via large news organizations. Bonobos, gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees face a fight for survival, and social media offers a new tool to help people connect with these endangered great apes. While great ape advocacy organizations are ready to wield the power of social media, theyre not just aiming for shares and likes, they say. Rather, sanctuaries and advocacy groups want to use those viral stories and social media in general to help save our closest relatives. Footage of a baby chimps rescue flight posted by the Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Center went viral. Shared on social media as well as by media organizations, the video has been viewed more than 2 million times. Image courtesy of Primate Rehabilitation Center. Going viral The Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Center in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

14:33

Prue Hymans Column "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Prue Hyman marks 130 years since Katherine Mansfields birth with news of two amazing radio programmes featuring those who knew []

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Megalomania  obsession with the exercise of power; delusion about ones own power or importance; an unnaturally strong wish for power and control; the belief that you are very much more important and powerful than you really are; a psychopathological condition characterised by delusional fantasies of wealth, power, or omnipotence.

14:30

They like to help. Help child rapists, that is. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Virtue-signalling: To take a conspicuous but essentially useless action ostensibly to support a good cause but actually to show off how much more moral you are than everybody else. Of all the many fashionable left-wing causes, immigration seems to be the one where its advocates propensity for virtue-signalling is not merely useless, but demonstrably malign. [] The post They like to help. Help child rapists, that is. appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:27

Couple Finds Tiniest Animal Abandoned In A Plastic Bag On The Street "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Jacqueline Panzo and her boyfriend were walking to the local pharmacy to pick up some cold medicine when they spotted a black plastic bag sitting near the sidewalk. Panzo quickly realized there was some sort of cage peeking out of the bag, so she went over to investigate and found a hamster curled up inside, cold, sick and terrified. 

Credit: Jacqueline Panzo

The door to the cage had been left open, meaning whoever had left the hamster there had intentionally abandoned him, even though there was no way he would be able to survive on his own. 

The first thing that came to mind was, There's no way I can just leave him here, Panzo told The Dodo. I felt so worried about him, and although I wasn't sure he was going to survive, I knew I had to do whatever I could to make him comfortable and warm again. 

Credit: Jacqueline Panzo

The hamster, later named Hamtaro, was a little apprehensive of Panzo at first, but after a short while he let her pick him up, and she and her boyfriend rushed him and his cage back to her place. On their way home, Panzo called her sister and had her pick up some supplies for Hamtaro, so they could make him happy and comfortable as quickly as possible. 

Credit: Jacqueline Panzo

Once Hamtaro was safe and sound in his new home, Panzo and her boyfriend brought him into the bathroom and checked him over to make sure he was doing OK after his ordeal. He had a large patch of fur missing on his lower back, but other than that, he seemed to be in pretty good shape. As she was looking him over, Panzo was st...

14:06

AUDIO: Jami-lee Ross releases first audio recording "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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14:00

Discriminating against gays is OK, when Muslims are doing it "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Marx Groucho, that is once said, Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. He might also have added, and then pretending to be outraged by your own actions. When Labor were last in government, they passed laws that allowed religious schools [] The post Discriminating against gays is OK, when Muslims are doing it appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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13:27

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13:13

Polisario Front leader speaks on Western Sahara in Wellington on Oct 25 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs invites you to an address by

Mr Kamal Fadel, Representative of the
Frente Polisario in Australia and New Zealand
"Western Sahara Africas last colony: The role of natural resources in decolonisation"
Date: 25 October 2018, 5:40 6.40 pm
Venue:Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 3
Victoria University of Wellington, (Pipitea Campus), 23 Lambton Quay

Registration Required Please register here

Mr Kamal Fadel is Representative of the Frente Polisario (Western Sahara) in Australia and New Zealand. Mr Fadel served as Ambassador of the Saharawi Republic in Timor Leste and in the Saharawi Embassies in India and Iran, as well as the Deputy Representative in the Polisario Mission to the United Kingdom. He is also a senior executive in the Saharawi Republic Petroleum and Mines Authority.

Mr Fadel holds a Master of International Relations from the University of Canterbury in the United Kingdom. He holds a Post-Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law in Sydney and is admitted as a lawyer in Australia.

This address will highlight the role of natural resources in the decolonization of Western Sahara and will explore the situation and challenges facing the Maghreb region in North West Africa. This is an important region given its great potential and proximity to Europe as well as strong links with Africa and the Middle East. In reflecting on New Zealands positive role in the similar case of East Timor, Mr Fadel will discuss how New Zealand could contribute to peace and stability in this vital region.

Enquiriescontact:AndyWarden, EventsMember,NZIIAWellingtonBranch |Phone:04 917 0539 | Email:andykwarden

Check out our Eventbrite page for more events and information
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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.

12:30

Cockroach by name "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

(sarsour): A cockroach Cambridge English-Arabic dictionary. Its hard to discuss Islams religiously-mandated, systemic deception without sounding like a stone-paranoid, 50s anti-Communist. Yet, just because Joe McCarthy was paranoid didnt mean that he was therefore completely wrong. Communist agents had indeed infiltrated Americas institutions, from the government to Hollywood, at the highest levels. Islam [] The post Cockroach by name appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:12

Opposition Leader: Government blocked FM100 talkback show "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch said yesterday he was dismayed to learn that the ONeill Government had effectively censored the PNG media and threatened one of the pillars of democracy in this country.

Pruaitch said two prominent Opposition leaders, East Sepik Governor Allan Bird and Madang MP Bryan Kramer, had been scheduled to discuss the scandal surrounding the import of 40 Maserati cars from Italy on FM100.

Reports coming in from Port Moresby, Lae and various parts of Morobe indicate these broadcasts were blocked by the ONeill Government in an unprecedented action.

 Pruaitch said: It has long been acknowledged that freedom of the press in PNG is a key pillar of the nations democratic institutions, acting as a safety valve on many issues of public interest.

Freedom of the press and the role of the media has helped PNG retain its reputation as one of the persevering democracies in the developing world, as one political scientist put it.

From this perspective this is a sad day today for all Papua New Guineans.

"It says a lot that no one is surprised by this development because the ONeill Government is the first PNG Government on record that has set out to manipulate the mass media in the past few years.

 Pruaitch said he was adding his voice to the call to all Papua New Guineans, in the public and private sector, to stand up and say, enough is enough, and demand an end to waste and corruption by supporting the nationwide strike on Thursday and Friday initiated by colleagues in the Opposition.

"This government is the recipient of more revenue than any government in the nations history, but it is constantly broke and unable to keep up with budgeted payments for education and health and causing numerous offices to be locked out of their premises for failure to pay rent.

These are problems that have never been encountered on this scale in the past.

The ONeill Government has no trouble paying for luxury cars, without going through normal government tender processes.

12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Click the image for a high-res view A Map of Superheroes in NYC Wanting to visit New York City? Fear not for you are well protected; apparently, Iron man operates in all areas and can get anywhere fast. The map shows some of the most popular superheroes from comics and film and the areas in which [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:45

Is S&P Dow Jones greenwashing conflict palm oil? (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Last month, S&P Dow Jones Indices, one of the worlds leading financial market index providers, released its annual listing of sustainable companies. The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) considers its yearly process to be the gold standard for corporate sustainability. However, despite touting an increasingly robust methodology, the decision to retain palm oil company Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) on the 2018 Asia/Pacific Sustainability Index indicates there are gaping holes in the DJSIs approach. According to reports and official complaints, GARs operations in Indonesia and Liberia are driving widespread deforestation, human rights violations and theft of communities traditional lands activities that can hardly be seen as sustainable as per the DJSIs criteria. Indeed, the expansion of industrial palm oil alongside other agricultural commodities like soy, cattle and timber is a primary driver of deforestation globally, as well as the second leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions after fossil fuels. In 2017, Asian palm oil producer GAR a subsidiary of the Indonesian agribusiness giant Sinar Mas became the first palm oil company to be listed on the DJSI Asia/Pacific Index. The Singapore-listed company has faced consistent and credible allegations of land grabbing, environmental destruction and violations of international sustainability principles documented through complaints filed with Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) the certification body for the industry. In 2018 alone, GAR and its Liberian palm oil venture Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) were found destroying globally significant rainforests, acquiring communities lands without their consent, and flouting the decisions of the

11:30

Hoover Institution: Cardinal Conversations Reid Hoffman and Peter Thiel on Technology and Politics "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Peter Thiel and Reid Hoffman share their perspectives on Technology and Politics in a discussion moderated by Niall Ferguson at the Hoover Institution on the Stanford University campus. The discussion was the first of new conversation series Cardinal Conversations.

The introductory remarks by the Provost of Stanford were very interesting and well worth listening to. >specially in the current environement we face

Other academics should listen and cohere with her. Unlike Vice Chancellor Jan Thomas at Massey University in NZ

11:30

I am a vagina hear me roar "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Climate Change used to be Global Warming but then someone realised that, due to a lack of evidence that the globe was actually warming, theyd better change the language rather than admit they were wrong. In other examples, people have tried to make bad things sound better by changing the language. Making offensive, hurtful or [] The post I am a vagina hear me roar appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:13

LGBTI groups, leaders and allies call on Government to protect trans and gender diverse students and teachers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Today 50 organisations called on the Morrison Government to amend outdated anti-discrimination laws to ensure all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are treated with fairness and equality.

Read the joint LGBTI community statement with the full 50 signatories here.

Last week, 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 Government has committed to repealing discrimination law exemptions that allow religious schools to turn away and expel gay students, however there has been no commitment to protect trans and gender diverse children, or workers in schools. 

Jo Hirst, author, advocate and mother of a trans child, said:

We know that trans and gender diverse students achieve their best academic and mental health outcomes when they are supported by both their families and their school environment. Every student should have the right to be safe and accepted in their school community.

Our trans and gender diverse students just want to be able to attend school with their friends like every other student without fear and discrimination.

Anna Brown, director of legal advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre and co-chair of the Equality Campaign, 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.

All children should be accepted for who they are at school. Every person should be able to do their job without having to hide who they are. Every school should be inclusive of all types of families. We should all be able to access publicly available services free from discrimination.

The very genesis of this inquiry was the deeply flawed idea that equality for LGBTIQ people somehow poses 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 equ...

11:00

Why Action stations report is flawed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Tn koutou katoa, The ActionStation report, Theyre our Whnau came out a week ago, and has already been cited by the major networks and the government as being accurate, well researched and likely to be a building block of policy. This concerns me greatly; it confirms that social science has now become more about subjective [] The post Why Action stations report is flawed appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:30

Quiz: Christchurch "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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10:27

The corruption of New Zealand politics "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Michael Reddell at Croaking Cassandra has an excellent analysis of the Chinese connection to the Bridges-Ross Mess. He links it to the broader issue of just how far does Chinas influence now reach into the body politic. Whilst not necessarily agreeing with all Reddells points he makes many very valid points, which our political leaders of all shades have signally failed to address.
Please read the entire post, it is worth it

croaking cassandra

Who knows whether Jami-Lee Rosss allegation around the handling, and disclosure, of a donation to the National Party from one Yikun Zhang are correct or not.  One hopes time, and evidence, will tell.   Frankly, one hopes Ross is wrong, or overstating things.  But at least one observer notes that Jami-Lee Ross has previously been actively involved in such fundraising.

Him again..the former PLA intelligence official, Chinese Communist Party member, and National MP, who admits he misrepresented his past to immigration/citizenship officials, but who is stoutly defended by successive National Party leaders, and

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10:11

The Bridges-Ross Mess, again! MSM bias rampant! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wall to wall media on the Bridges-Ross Mess.

Bryce Edwards had this good summation as of 8:30 last night on the RNZ website

However, the Bridges-Ross Mess has allowed the media to stop looking, albeit half heartedly at the failings of the Ardern Labour led coalition. Instead they have turned the full force of their withering intellect on Bridges and National. Less attention seems to have been paid to Ross ad his motives. The MSM are more concerned to force Bridges out.

This scandal has been tailor made for Ardern and her media sycophants.

Jami-Lee Ross the early Christmas gift for Ardern.

10:03

Oral Questions 17 October 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Questions to Ministers  Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Governments statements and actions? DARROCH BALL to the Minister of Defence: What recent reports has he received regarding support given by the New Zealand Defence Force?    Hon AMY [] The post Oral Questions 17 October 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: It is of the Martins Bay Lodge, Fiordland, with the Hollyford River and Valley in the background. 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 [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Classic Comedy: Ronnie Corbett in Sorry S07 E06 Up, Up And Away (Final Episode) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Sorry! is a BBC television sitcom, that aired on BBC1 from 1981 to 1982 and from 1985 to 1988. Starring Ronnie Corbett, created and written by Ian Davidson and Peter Vincent for the BBC, both of whom had previously written for The Two Ronnies, of whom Corbett was one half.

Sorry! is based around Timothy Lumsden who, 41 years old in the first three series (his age increased to 42 and then 48 in subsequent series Corbett was actually 50-57 during the series run), is a librarian who still lives at home with his domineering mother Phyllis and henpecked father Sidney. Although quite shy around women, Timothy longs to find love and leave home, but Phyllis is always against the idea, and constantly manipulates her son into staying at home. One of the running gags of the series is Sidney frequently shouting Language, Timothy! when he feels Timothy has said something inappropriate (though most times nobody would typically find the words even close to offensive). Timothy usually responds Sorry father, but sometimes snaps Shut up, father! to which Sidney always replies Fair enough.

The writers used this to clever effect in one episode when Timothy is boasting about his acadmeic achievements; I got two passes in English, Literature and the other one, at which point Sidney walks past and says Language, Timothy.

In contrast, Timothys friend Frank and sister Muriel urge Timothy to stand up to his mother once and for all. Muriel had successfully left home, and married Kevin, and as a result is viewed with distrust by her mother.

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Big Nelson irrigators line up to complete finance for Waimea Dam as private investor pulls out Pattrick Smellie:

(BusinessDesk) Large-scale Nelson-based agricultural interests have stepped in to provide the final $11.5 million needed to finance the Waimea dam project, after an unnamed private investor pulled out of the deal.

The irrigators, who had previously said they had no resources of their own to complete the project, appear to have found the money and stepped back in, after deciding the private investors demands were becoming greedy.

BusinessDesk understands the Waimea Plains water users, including dairy farmers, horticulturalists and winemakers, became more comfortable about putting up their own capital when they realised they could use the same convertible notes financing formula for reducing their investment risk as the private investor had been proposing. . . 

 Local farmers help fund $102m Waimea Dam plans Eric Frykberg:

Funding details of the revived Waimea Dam scheme near Nelson have been made public. 

They involve 14 agricultural businesses agreeing to provide an extra $11.5 million to Waimea Irrigators Limited for the project.

The proposed dam would be 53m high and store 13 million cubic metres of water in a 70ha lake in the Lee Valley, inland from Richmond. . .

NZ red meat exports top $6.7 billion in 2017-18:

Latest export figures from Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) show New Zealands red meat exports (excluding veal and co-products) were up $1.2 billion (21 per cent) on 2016-17 to over $6.7 billion in 2017-18 on the back of sustained high value per tonne and increased volume for lamb, mutton, and beef.

While the highlights of the season were record high average values per tonne for lamb and mutton, the average value of beef exports remained high since the marked increase in 2014-15, says B+LNZs Chief Economist Andrew Burtt.

Good farm-gate prices and strong average values per tonne for exports occurred throughout the season, even during the fast start to the processing season driven by the dry conditions i...

09:45

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

K34 million for Referendum
New Dawn FM News
161018

The special JSB meeting has appropriated a budget of K34 million to cater for the referendum next year.

The budget has been formulated with a view to being realistic and achievable in conducting the referendum.

Officials from the ABG and the National Government also agreed that what had been proposed would enable the referendum to take place.

Both President Momis and Prime Minister ONeil indicated their support of the budget with the Prime Minister giving assurances that it would be incorporated into the 2019 National Budget.

Mr ONeil further committed to ensure that previous funds that had been previously committed would be honoured, and be over and above the recently approvedK34 million.

Sourcing funding from the National Government has been a chronic problem for the ABG who have been continuously duped by empty promises from Waigani.

Despite the seemingly positive outcome of this special JSB many are sceptical of the national government to honor its latest commitment to Bougainville.

The recent JSB did not include outstanding grants owed to the ABG by the National Government on its agenda.

The ABG remains adamant that it is owed in access of a billion kina from the Restoration and Development Grand as well as the final payment of the Special Intervention Fund.

New Dawn FM understands that these issues will be deliberated in the next JSB in January next year.

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09:39

Why the TPP-11 benefits corporations at our expense "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

17 October 2018: AFTINET convener Dr Patricia Ranalds explainer article about the TPP-11 was published in The Conversation on October 16.

It explains why the deal does not deliver economic gains, gives more rights to corporations at the expense of the public interest and why Labors pledge to make changes after ratification is unlikely to be delivered.

Read it here >> https://theconversation.com/the-senate-is-set-to-approve-it-but-what-exactly-is-the-trans-pacific-partnership-104918

09:30

Its official: Its not OK to be white in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Im never afraid to admit when Im wrong, and now I have to admit to being very, very wrong. Ive long argued that Australia is not a racist nation, and is most certainly not systemically racist. Ive now learned that that is absolutely not true. This comes from the very top: Australias parliament has officially [] The post Its official: Its not OK to be white in Australia appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:15

Auckland oilers: November gatherings "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Based on the success of our Auckland catch-ups this month, we have had requests for a repeat performance.  Feedback indicated you were happy with the venues, but suggested that the two different locations were held on different weeks in case people want to go to both. Weve also made the start time a bit later [] The post Auckland oilers: November gatherings appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:07

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09:00

Satirical image of the day: Jacinda misinterprets big oil "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinda misinterprets big oil The post Satirical image of the day: Jacinda misinterprets big oil appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

CNN: Cold War #1/24 Comrades "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Cold War is a twenty-four episode television documentary series about the Cold War that aired in 1998. It features interviews and footage of the events that shaped the tense relationships between the Soviet Union and the United States.

The series was produced by Pat Mitchell and Jeremy Isaacs, who had earlier in 1973 produced the World War II documentary series The World at War in a similar style. Ted Turner funded the series as a joint production between the Turner Broadcasting System and the BBC, and was first broadcast on CNN in the United States and BBC Two in the United Kingdom. Writers included Hella Pick, Jeremy Isaacs, Lawrence Freedman, Neal Ascherson, Hugh OShaughnessy and Germaine Greer. Kenneth Branagh was the narrator, and Carl Davis (who also collaborated with Isaacs with The World at War) composed the theme music. Each episode would feature historical footage and interviews from both significant figures and others who had witnessed particular events.

The series excluded several Cold War issues and topics, including the Communist takeovers of South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in 1975, the subsequent unification of Vietnam and Vietnamese refugee crisis, the failed Communist revolution in Indonesia in 1965, China after Maos passing, from the trial of the Gang of Four to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, Bulgaria, Albania, and more details on the Dominican crisis of 1965.

08:49

Climate Change: More bad faith from Labour "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Remember when Jacinda Ardern called climate change "my generation's nuclear-free moment"? It turns out that she didn't really mean it. At least, that's the impression you'd get from the government's actions in granting foreign oil giant OMV a two year extension on its exploration permit for the Great Southern basin:

The Government has just granted oil giant OMV a two-year extension to drill in the Great South Basin, despite issuing a ban on new oil and gas exploration permits in April.

Greenpeace climate campaigner, Kate Simcock, says the decision by the Ministry for Business, Employment and Innovation (MBIE) to grant the extension is essentially a way to give the oil company a new permit.

The Government is breathing new life into this permit, and the extra two years could be the difference between finding and drilling for new oil and gas reserves, or not, she says.


And drilling for that oil means more emissions at a time when the IPCC is ringing the final warning bell.

If we are to avoid catastrophic climate change and the famine, war and death it entails, we need to end the oil industry - not in twenty of fifty year's time, but now. If the government had refused this extension, that is exactly what would have happened: the permit would have expired in a few months, and (if you take OMV's rhetoric seriously), they would have left the country in a huff, dropping a bunch of other permits in the process. That is exactly what needed to happen. Instead, the government has given them time to organise a drilling campaign, and increased the chance of them finding, exploiting, and most importantly, burning oil and gas - and burning the planet at the same time.

As for what to do about it, MBIE's decision seems prima facie unreasonable given the climate change context, and could potentially be judicially reviewed as such. And if it is upheld, I suspect there will be protests on the water if there is any effort to drill. Because unlike the government, the environmental movement is taking this problem seriously, and will do what they can to stop it.

08:44

Sir Mekere: APEC Bentleys bought through controversial Borneo Pacific drug company "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

APEC Authority documents reveal that the K2.3 million purchase of three super-luxury Bentleys for the Prime Minister, APEC Minister and others was carried out through the Malaysian medical supplies company Borneo Pacific.

An invoice for the cars sent to APEC Authority CEO Christopher Hawkins comes from South Pacific Ventures of Kuala Lumpur, which describes itself as a business consultancy and health services provider in PNG.

Borneo Pacific and SPV are both controlled by a Malaysian family which is close to the Prime Minister, Mr Peter ONeill, and other senior politicians, businessmen and public servants.

The family has extensive octopus-like business interests in PNG, and is currently rumored to be starting a brewery in partnership with the Prime Minister.

Borneo Pacific has been criticised for the provision of over-priced medical supplies and faulty medicines, and hitches in its supply chain.

 It has attracted widespread criticism, including from the Australian Government, for its failings.

The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, says the deal shows the contempt the ONeill Government and the APEC Authority have for proper process if it did not go through an open and competitive tender as required by the APEC Authority Act.

Neither the Prime Minister, APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko nor Mr Hawkins have been able to provide evidence that the APEC luxury car deals, now worth over K32 million and counting, are legitimate, he said.

There is nothing to show that these dubious deals went through the proper process, including scrutiny by the supposed APEC Authority Probity Auditor.

08:34

Is The Blue Wave Actually a Crime Wave? "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Blaze.com recently reported:

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said last week that illegal immigrants who are not eligible to vote in elections will be a part of Democrats promised blue wave in this Novembers midterm elections.

Just listen:

The thing of it is, the blue wave is African American. It is white. It is Latino. It is Asian-Pacific Islander. It is disabled, it is differently abled. It is LGBTQ. It is law enforcement. It is veterans, Abrams said.

It is made up of those whove been told that they are not worthy of being here. It is comprised of those who are documented and undocumented, she added.

Undocumented? Isnt that another way of saying illegal?

Perhaps she is referring to what many of the lawless in America are calling the undocumented productive citizenswellexcept they arent citizens?

So just what kind of movement is this blue wave?

You see, until the illegal immigrant is an American, by legal definition they have broken the laws of the land, making them a criminal, and thereby forfeiting their rights to liberty in America.

But criminally entering America is not their only crime.  Before any illegal alien receives his/her first paycheck or cash payment the potential of at least 28 crimes will be committed by him/her.

For example:

1. Conspiring to cross the border illegally. (1 count)

2. Hiring a coyote or a drug cartel for guided passage into the USA. (1 count)

3. Crossing the border with a coyote and in many cases smuggling drugs. (1 count)

4. Traveling, illegally, to their destination or to a destination determined by their smuggler. (1 count)

...

08:30

Truck drivers are revolting "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Stuff  reports: quote. A convoy of Auckland truckies battled peak hour traffic to protest against the price of fuel. Trucking company RNB Transport sent around 100 trucks from the North Shore suburb of Silverdale to Fanshawe St, along the northern motorway, on Monday morning. end quote. Good on them for trying. I saw one truck company owner say his [] The post Truck drivers are revolting appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

RNZ Checkpoint: Tau Henare on we have never seen anything like this "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Finally Checkpoint enlisted Tau Henare to comment on the whole affair. Tau Henare! Really!

08:15

Tweet of the day: With friends like these who needs enemies? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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08:15

What a coincidence! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Yesterday, ex-National MP Jami-Lee Ross made a series of explosive allegations against National Party leader Simon Bridges, alleging that he had asked him to hide a $100,000 donation from a Chinese businessman in violation of the Electoral Act. But it gets worse - because this businessman was awarded a major honour by National on their way out of office:

Chinese multi-millionaire Yikun Zhang was put forward for a Queen's Birthday honour by the National Party.

[...]

The Herald has learned Yikun Zhang of Remuera - who Ross said had done nothing wrong - was among those put forward by the National Party on its way out of office.

Inquiries have revealed the nomination carried the names of current National MP Jian Yang, former National MP Eric Roy and Auckland mayor Phil Goff.

Zhang, who owns $40 million in Auckland property, was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

[...]

Normal practice general sees the incoming administration sign off those nominated by the previous government. It is understood most of those under National went through in the New Year's Honours but a number - including the nomination for Zhang - didn't go through until the Queen's Birthday Honours.


This looks ugly, because there are a number of other such astounding coincidences, where people who made significant donations to the National Party are awarded honours. If we didn't know that MPs were all by definition "honourable", you might be left with the impression that they were selling the things to line the party's pockets, and wanted to avoid the obvious link a major donation would cause.

08:11

DNA Testing Reveal That The Aborigines Of Australia Have The Most Ancient Culture In The World "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Mayuk Saha

A study on genetics published in the journal Nature has proved that the Aborigines descended from people who migrated to Australia around 58,000 years ago. Titled A Genomic History of Aboriginal Australia, this is the first time that such a genetic study has been conducted. The results are ground breaking as they show that these ancestors make up the worlds oldest known culture.

Conducted at Cambridge University under the supervision of Professor Eske Willerslev, elders from the aboriginal tribes in Australia were also part of this team. Genetic sequencing with the genes of a number of Indigenous Australians and some natives of New Guinea extracted from their saliva was achieved. Prior to this, the same study had only been conducted on three people. The subjects in the study came from many places, some quite far from each other.

Earlier, experts did wonder if the recent generations of Indigenous communities had descended from the very first set of people to live in Australia. Their theories have now been confirmed. Being the most thorough study of its kinds, it has also proved that all of us are descended from the same group of ancestors who migrated out of Africa.
In Australia, this migration happened when the ancestors of the Papuans and the Aborigines moved along with others a little over 70,000 years ago. They then separated from that group some 14,000 years later and were most likely the first of our kind to make it across a large water body like an ocean. This group landed in Sahul, the landmass that broke into separate pieces to become the plac...

08:06

Kramers shock allegation: 'The plan to have me assassinated' "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Koim exchangeBRYAN KRAMER MP

Sam Koim's response to Bryan Kramer's revelation can be downloaded at the end of this statement

MADANG - Two days ago I was contacted by former chairman of Anti-corruption Task Force Sweep, Sam Koim, to inform me he had received reliable intelligence that individuals with political connections were planning to have me assassinated.

Concerned about my safety Mr Koim went out of his way to contact me so that I would take extra care.

I responded I was banking on it but appreciated the head ups. It was no surprise, when you go after high level corruption it's only a matter time you are permanently silenced.

I accepted that fate a long time ago. The real threat won't come from our corrupt and stupid politicians but the foreign nationals who pull the strings from behind the scenes and profit from them.

I have briefed key members in Opposition that I expect to be killed for doing what I do and it is important they are clear on what to do next when that happens.

I don't normally share this information in the public domain, as any information I do share will only be after I am absolutely certain the information is credible without a question of doubt.

So how is it I never seem to be charged or sued over my reports?

Well provided what you publish is the truth you are protected by the law. However, wrongfully accusing someone, then you face civil and even criminal prosecution.

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Bryan Kramer MP

It's not...

08:00

Ross has been rogue for some time "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Newsroom  reports that Jami-Lee Ross was always going to be a problem for the party. It was just a question of when. quote. A small number of power players in the National Party will be kicking themselves for not having acted before last years election on complaints received against MP Jami-Lee Ross for erratic and [] The post Ross has been rogue for some time appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

Gresham College: Prof. Vernon Bogdanor Postwar Political Crises in Britain #3/6 1976 The IMF Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This series from 2015 is most interesting, even if you do not necessarily accept Bogdanors perceptions and interpretations of the events.

07:38

Fake news from the NZ Herald today "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The New Zealand Herald made this FAKE news claim in an article today. Quote. The Trump Administration turned its back on decades of US policy by recognising Jerusalem as Israels capital and moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv in May. end quote. This is is completely untrue. Jerusalem was recognised in law as Israels [] The post Fake news from the NZ Herald today appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

Labour wins 2020 election "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

in October 2018 We have the most incompetent government in living memory. Their combination of inexperience and ineptitude is now really starting to show through the gloss that Jacinda created with her magic wand. She is being seen as the empty celebrity that she is the Kardashian of New Zealand politics. She has [] The post Labour wins 2020 election appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:22

QotD: "It is hard to understand politics if you are hung up on reality. Politicians leave reality to others..." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"It is hard to understand politics if you are hung up on reality. Politicians leave reality to others. What matters in politics is what you can get the voters to believe, whether it bears any resemblance to reality or not."
~ Thomas Sowell
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07:15

Can Bridges hide behind Nationals high poll numbers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It is an open secret that Simon Bridges has extremely negative net favourability ratings. Last week Chris Trotter mentioned figures of -16% in Labours internals, and -25% in Nationals internals. These numbers are consistent with the numbers Cam & I have been hearing over the last few months. Simon Bridges has been saying that his personal popularity doesnt matter because National is polling so well. This is an absolutely disgraceful and negligent concept. If National had a half competent leader who was even moderately popular they would be significantly higher in the polls.  The post Can Bridges hide behind Nationals high poll numbers appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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.

07:12

NZ Politics: National put Chinese businessman up for Queens Birthday honour "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Chinese multi-millionaire Yikun Zhang was put forward for a Queens Birthday honour by the National Party. Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross yesterday claimed Zhang made a $100,000 donation to the National Party. By: David Fisher Senior writer, NZ Herald 17 Oct, 2018 5:00am That donation is now at the centre of claims by Ross about unlawful []

The post NZ Politics: National put Chinese businessman up for Queens Birthday honour appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

07:05

Poll: Who do you believe? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:00

Mud sticks . . . "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Mud sticks to the hand that throws it and yesterday Jamie-Lee Ross left himself splattered with the muck he chucked at Simon Bridges and the National Party.

In making the accusations he did, he appeared to incriminate himself.

His lack of self-knowledge is confirmed by his determination to stand in the by-election he has triggered by resigning.

He had a majority of nearly 13,000 in last years election but that was under the National Party banner and the party vote was at a similar level.

I can think of only four MPs who have left their party and regained their seats.

For each of those there are others who resigned and failed to win the seat again but Im struggling to name more them because without the party backing they lose and sink into obscurity.

The only way Ross could win would be if no other parties stood and supporters of them united to vote for Ross against the National candidate.

 

 

07:00

Lets talk about the elephant in the room "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Depression is a massive problem in New Zealand. Mondays report into compliance issues at schools in relation to the Vulnerable Children Act raised some interesting stats. In the year to 31 March 2018, Oranga Tamariki received 89,651 reports of concern relating to 63,077 children. 46% of those reports required further action, with 34% of those [] The post Lets talk about the elephant in the room appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

U.S. Embassy Issues Apology Over Accidental Invites To Cat Pajama Party "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Some things are just too good to be true. Sadly, this is one of them.

Last week, a curious email was sent out by the U.S. Department of State that deviated from the typical subject matter one might expect from the tight-buttoned government institution. The correspondence, labeled "Meeting", contained a photo of an adorable cat wearing a Cookie Monster onesie while holding a plate of cookies.

Recipients of the email were apparently being invited to something called a "cat pajama-jam."

Um, invitation accepted, obviously but then the truth came out.

Credit: Twitter/joshgnosis

Though it's unclear how widespread the email was, it seems regions Down Under may have been the epicenter.

Officials at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia, later issued an apology calling the invitation a "training error made by one of our new staff testing out our email newsletter platform.

They knew they messed up.

Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this cat pajama-jam party, but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise, Gavin Sundwall, U.S. Mission to Australia public affairs counselor, said in statement.

Needless to say, people were disappointed:

Interestingly, among those who had their hearts set on the "cat pajama-jam" being real, only to wind up having their dreams shattered, was the kitty at the center of it all.

Joey the cat's owner, who tweets under the username ...

07:00

Now it's K2.3 million on Bentleys for APEC: but was there a tender? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

SPV commercial invoice
Extract of an invoice for 3 Bentley Continental Flying Spurs at a cost of K2.3 million - did this deal go through an open & competitive tender as required?

SIR MEKERE MORAUTA MP

PORT MORESBY - APEC Authority documents reveal that the K2.3 million purchase of three super-luxury Bentleys for the prime minister, APEC minister and others was carried out through the Malaysian medical supplies company Borneo Pacific.

An invoice for the cars sent to APEC Authority CEO Christopher Hawkins comes from South Pacific Ventures of Kuala Lumpur, which describes itself as a business consultancy and health services provider in Papua New Guinea.

Borneo Pacific and South Pacific Ventures are both controlled by a Malaysian family which is close to prime minister Peter ONeill and other senior politicians, businessmen and public servants.

The family has extensive octopus-like business interests in PNG, and is currently rumoured to be starting a brewery in partnership with the prime minister.

Borneo Pacific has been criticised for the provision of over-priced medical supplies, faulty medicines and hitches in its supply chain. It has attracted widespread criticism, including from the Australian government, for its failings.

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Bentley Con...

06:45

Christchurch oilers: Free ham tasting this Sunday 21st "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Oiler Sump at the Quarry, Halswell on Sunday 21 October from 1 pm! This coming weekend there is a good excuse to get out and about. You are invited to come along to the Halswell Quarry on Kennedys Bush Road from 1 pm and try some Whale Meat Christmas Ham and decide for yourself [] The post Christchurch oilers: Free ham tasting this Sunday 21st appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

RNZ Checkpoint: The Bridges-Ross Mess "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Following earlier Checkpoint segments, see here and here, there were three complementary pieces

Ross alleged Zhang was at the centre of what Ross alleged was a corrupt treatment of a donation

Then we had this claim from Rosss electorate chair

Howick local board chair David Collings says Jami-Lee Ross threatened local board members over their political careers and employment, and said even he was intimidated by the Botany MP. He said he complained to National about him

https://youtu.be/E1KhQEbmfUY

Then we had some vox pop, from Botany on Ross running as an independent

06:30

HDPA says Bridges has to quit "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Heather du Plessis-Allan has said that she thinks Simon Bridges is going to have to quit to save National: Quote: The question right now is how much of what Jami-Lee Ross has said is correct. Simon Bridges says none of what he says is true. But it looks like Ross may be on the mark [] The post HDPA says Bridges has to quit appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:04

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is just plain no good "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Among those who know something about it, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is very unpopular. The suggestion that it is about corporate greed trying to impose a multinational agenda that is not in the interests of the countries concerned is often made.

This is not exactly right. There is more to it than this. Over emphasis on greed diverts form the deeper reason why it has come about.

The TPP is an agreement that has nothing to do with the promotion of real free trade. It is a scheme to impose a tougher regional control of the dominant economy in the Pacific region. This is the United States. Never mind that it is now out of the TPP mark 2. It can be changed down the track, just by stroke of the pen.

Underlying everything, is that the dominant corporations are American based. This is an economy moving to consolidate its hold on global resources and markets. Donald Trump doesnt have to sign up for this to proceed, or for the TPP to facilitate it.  This is taken care of by already existing arrangements and the dominance of these corporations in many of the countries concerned.

What is different about the TPP, is that the purpose is to increase the mobility of labour and capital to a new level.

Arrangements being signed to will in the long-run lead to the circulation of more cheap labour. Some workers in the lowest wage countries might get some benefit. But this will have a detrimental effect in the higher wage countries, and ultimately, drive a race to the bottom for all.

Even more important, is the movement towards the complete freeing of investment flows and leaving no place untouched. This will encourage the further growth of the speculative economy, while at the same time, outlaw governments from taking measures that restrict it.

The move towards consensus politics over this in Australia is wrong, no matter which way you cut it. Talk about changing it afterwards is nonsense. The agreement cedes this. It is the reason why there is now a new groundswell of opposition. The campaign to change Labors most recent position is being led by the unions. The executive of the Victorian Trades  Hall Council, which represents the unions in the state,  unanimously voted last week to oppose and campaign against the TPP. A groundswell of opposition is also growing within the Labor Party.

The TPP will not lead to jobs and economic prosperity for most people. What it will do, is lead to a transfer regional income to the richest and most powerful, and it will tighten the grip of the dominant corporations over the political process. This is a recipe for the escalation of corruption. We already have far too much of it and dont need any more.

This last effect, by courtesy of the hemming in of gover...

06:00

Seriously Paula? Youre playing that card with your background in parliament? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Paula Bennett is the latest to have lost the plot, accusing Jami-lee Ross of inappropriate relationships. The NZ Herald reports: Quote: National Party deputy leader Paula Bennett says the issues raised with Jami-Lee Ross had nothing to do with harassment, but were about inappropriate behaviour from Ross as a married Member of Parliament. She is [] The post Seriously Paula? Youre playing that card with your background in parliament? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Australia needs political courage, will and leadership to realise the SDGs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The theme of this years International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (on 17 October) is Coming together with those furthest behind to build an inclusive world of universal respect for human rights and dignity. This mirrors the language and ambition of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 17 October also coincides with the first day of a two-day Melbourne symposium co-hosted by Future Earth Australia and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Australia/NZ/Pacific on research for SDG achievement.

Since Australia and 192 other countries committed to the SDGs in September 2015, countless Australians still dont understand what needs to be done, have not heard of the SDGs, or question why they even matter. This applies to many colleagues in Australian research, teaching and learning environments. For those colleagues, a good place to start is the guide on how local universities, higher education institutions and the academic sector can get started with the SDGs. Its crucial that Australias educators and the institutes they work for are SDG-cogent, as realisation of the SDG promise will require the harnessing of interdisciplinary critical thinking and research, as well as cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder planning for inclusive development change-innovation (to support intergenerational equity and prosperity within and beyond Australias borders).

In my view a key reason for any misconception, inertia, or complete lack of researcher or institutional awareness around the SDGs three years on is the absence of a national action plan. Submissions to the DFAT-led Parliamentary Inquiry into the UN SDGs of 2018 show that actors are crying out for the Australian Government to develop an overarching governance, policy and planning framework for SDG roll-out at home and as part of the nations international development and humanitarian assistance efforts from now until 2030. Australias first Voluntary National Review (VNR) on the implementation of the SDGs, lodged by the Government at the UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development in New York in July, is a good start. But a national action plan it is not: the S.M.A.R.T goal logic that many government age...

06:00

Gresham College: Prof Simon Thurley #3- English Architecture: Exuberance to Crisis, 1300-1408 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Another good  lecture on a very interesting topic as Prof Thurley looks at how English Architecture evolved. Note well his comments on climate change in the medieval period.

06:00

Silver Fox goes to ground after APEC intervention goes awry "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

David Johnson (aka Silver Fox)
David (Silver Fox) Johnson - from his Linked In account

KEITH JACKSON

NOOSA If I may mix a couple of metaphors, it seems that former Melbourne Grammar boy cum rumoured ONeill government fixer, David (Silver Fox) Johnson, has gone to ground after setting the cat amongst the pigeons.

On Wednesday last week, PNG businessman Emmanuel Narakobi shared on Facebook a post by airline company, Ajot, about how it had, on behalf of the PNG government, flown 40 luxury Maserati sedans from Milan to Port Moresby for use during next months APEC forum.

Their purchase and means of eventual disposal have been subject to conflicting stories from various PNG ministers including the prime minister. Let us just say the whole deal which involved in some capacity former Sri Lankan cricket great Aravinda de Silva is very murky.

Minutes after Narakobi shared the article, he was contacted by a person with a Facebook account called Silver Fox, who messaged: You must immediately take down posts of Maserati [or] APEC security act will be inacted [sic].

The same person then contacted Narakobi by SMS - Need you to immediately take down FB posts concerning recent airport photos... It is a security risk under APEC joint task force... Please call me, David Johnson.

The implied threat, asserting that the APEC Safety and Security Act 2017 would be invoked, worked. Narakobi immediately took down the post and so it seems did Ajot, which apparently had been sent a similar message.

But none of this went unnoticed. Opposition MP Bryan Kramer expressed his anger, scores of other people on social media agreed with him, the incident was shared far and wide, and Silver Fox went to ground.

Johnson is an Australian expatriate who arrived in Papua New Guinea sometime in 2015. He lives in Lae where he established a financial advisory business, acquiring a shelf company and registering himself as the sole director and shareholder of Karama Consulting Limited.

Hes an old boy of the prestigious Melbourne Grammar School a...

05:42

If Ross has one recording "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jami-Lee Ross says he has a recording of a conversation with Simon Bridges that proves breaches of electoral law and corruption. Why he recorded this particular conversation is not clear. If he recorded one conversation, for whatever reason, it would be fair to assume that he may have recorded other conversations. Possibly many. One of []

05:30

RNZ Checkpoint: Simon Bridges Jami-Lee Ross leaking, lying and lashing out "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Following the earlier Checkpoint piece, see here, there was a response from Simon Bridges

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.

05:23

Where to start on Jami-Lee Ross versus Bridges and National? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There is a huge amount of material around after yesterdays unprecedented developments, where Ross was dumped from the National caucus but resigned anyway and also resigned from Parliament. This will trigger a by-election in Botany that Ross says he will contest as an independent, saying it will be a vote on the leadership of Bridges. []

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.

05:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

 A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself. Arthur Miller who was born on this day in 1915.

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

Is the clock finally ticking for PNGs illegal loggers? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Illegal loggingLELA STANLEY | DevCom Blog

CANBERRA - A time traveller from 1988 visiting Papua New Guineas forestry sector today would find it distressingly familiar territory.

Three decades ago, Commissioner Tos Barnett was conducting his inquiry into aspects of the forest industry, published as a two-volume survey of the corruption and illegalities allowing PNGs forests to be felled wholesale and exported, to the countrys economic and environmental loss.

Barnetts famous pronouncement that logging companies were operating in Papua New Guinea with the self-assurance of robber barons is as relevant now as it was then. (Indeed, hardly a think piece on the industry can be published without repeating the quote.)

What has changed in the interim is that those mostly foreign-backed companies have cut and sold off many millions more cubic meters of PNG timber, in a process that has signally failed to bring meaningful development to the countrys rural and forest-dependent communities.

PNGs ongoing crisis in forest governance has been meticulously documented since Barnetts day, including in a flurry of research published in the last several years.

All of it tells the same story. Chatham House estimated in 2014 that 70% of the countrys timber may be produced illegally. The sustainability certification organisation NepCON gave PNG an abysmal score of 3/100 in its 2017 Timber legality risk assessment.

In July, my organisation Global Witness published a report that included an analysis of satellite images of eight of PNGs largest logging operations. All of the companies involved in those operations, based on imagery that documented violations of the Forestry Act, appear to have broken the law many times over.

None of them have faced any legal consequences, and all continue to sell PNG timber abroad.

For Papua New Guinean communities that depend directly on their environment for their livelihoods and cultural heritage, this devastation of their forests is a legal outrage as well as an existential threat.

PNGs customary tenure system grants control over land to the people who have lived on and used it for generations. It should be no surprise that among the legal violations linked to logging that my team has documented across the country, violations of landowner rights are paramount.

The people we have spoke...

04:59

Blomfield versus www.laudafinem.com "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

According to the Daily List Matthew Blomfield is back in the Auckland High Court today, this time against Lauda Finem. Last week Blomfield was in court in a defamation action against Cameron Slater. This trial was set down for up to four weeks but seems to have finished as it has now dropped off the []

04:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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04:30

Grapheiphobia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

FearSIMON DAVIDSON

PORT MORESBY - This poem is intended to inspire those people who are afraid to start writing. It adopts as a title the Greek word grapheiphobia - graphei meaning to write and phobia meaning fear. So grapheiphobia means fearing to write based on an innate sense of inadequacy - SD

When you are inspired to write,
You will hear a nagging voice,
Pouring mad ranting against you,
Claiming-you cant write!

You have two choices left,
For you to make.
Shun the inner critic,
Or be subdued by it.

If you dare to write,
You will grow and bloom,
And become master at your craft,
And bless the world.

But if you quit writing,
Your gifts will wither,
You will be miserable,
And the world poorer.

So dare to rise against cynics,
Let the writer in you unfold,
Be a writer you are capable,
And make the world better.

The pen is mightier than the sword,
A writer better than a soldier,
For ideas in books are potent,
They change life and history.

04:22

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04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is coeval (adj) Originating or existing during the same period; lasting through the same era. (noun) One of the same era or period; a contemporary. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Coeval comes to English from the Latin word coaevus, meaning of the same age. Coaevus was formed [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

RNZ Checkpoint: Jami-Lee Ross claims Simon Bridges is a corrupt politician "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Checkpoint, Tuesday night, essentially was all about Jami-Lee Ross, even eclipsing Harry and Meghan.

First up was this:-

Adam finds the claim hard to believe, but it needs to be investigated and for there to be a clear and credible outcome. Otherwise Bridges and National will be tainted for evermore.

As it is Ross has done the party he has spent many years working for a huge disservice by handing political momentum to Ardern, Peters and Shaw. Peters,for one, has been quick to stoke the flames.

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 17 26 It is wrong to punish the godly for being good or to flog leaders for being honest. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:20

Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

17 October 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.

03:07

Open Forum Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

17 October 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 []

02:29

Great moments in Israeli law "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The New Zealand singer Lorde had scheduled a concert in Israel but later canceled it when Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab, two young women in New Zealand, one Jewish and the other Palestinian, started a petition that asked her to not go because of Israels apartheid-like policies against Palestinians in Gaza and the Occupied Territories.

So what happened? Three young Israelis filed a legal case against Sachs and Abu-Shanab, claiming that their artistic welfare was damaged because of the cancellation and that they suffered damage to their good name as Israelis and Jews.

No, really!

Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab

So did the judge in the case burst out laughing before telling the plaintiffs not to waste his time by suing people halfway across the world for what they said and making ridiculous claims about the damage they suffered? No, because this is Israel we are talking about. In 2011, Israel passed a law that allows people to sue anyone who encourages boycotts of Israel and the judge ruled against the two New Zealanders.

Judge Mirit Fohrer ruled that Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab of New Zealand must pay damages to Israeli teenagers Shoshana Steinbach, Ayelet Wertzel and Ahuva Frogel totalling more than NZ$18,000 for writing a letter urging the singer to cancel her concert in Tel Aviv, the Jerusalem Post reports.

It is believed to be the first effective use of a 2011 Israeli law allowing civil lawsuits of anyone who encourages a boycott of Israel.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, president of the Shurat HaDin NGO, who filed the suit called the ruling precedent-setting.

This decision makes it clear that anyone who calls for a boycott against the state of Israel could find themselves liable for damages and need to pay compensation to those hurt by the boycott call, if theyre in Israel or outside it, Darshan-Leitner told the Jerusalem Post.

We will enforce this ruling in New Zealand and go after their bank accounts until it has been fully realised.

Yes, indeedy, Israelis think that they have the right to sue anyone anywhere i...

01:52

Tropical Storm "Tara" crawling near SW Mexico, life-threatening flash floods and mudslides possible "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical Storm "Tara," the 20th named storm of the 2018 Pacific hurricane season is approaching southwestern Mexico, dropping heavy rain. Tara should pass very close to the coast or possibly move inland today or Wednesday, October 17. At 09:00 UTC on...... Read more

01:30

Drugmakers Could be Forced to Disclose Drug Prices in TV Ads "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fun fact: Drugmakers may legally advertise pharmaceuticals on television in only 2 countries, New Zealand and the United States. Now under new proposed rules, drugmakers may be forced to disclose in their TV ads how much their drugs cost. [1] [2]

A new federal rule has been drafted by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar that would require drug manufacturers to disclose in television ads the list price for a 30-day supply of any drug that is covered through Medicare or Medicaid and costs more than $35 a month. [2]

In an October 15 speech before the National Academy of Medicine, Azar said:

Sometimes it takes government to make the first move, to disrupt a broken system, and to lay down new rules of the road.

Read: Merck Exec Explains Why Drug Prices are Out of Control

The draft rule will be debated throughout the fall. How much the pharmaceutical industry resists the proposed rule will likely dictate whether or not it will become a requirement.

In a shocking move, health insurers main trade group said it was pleased with the proposed rule, citing the need to combat out-of-control drug prices.

The American Medical Association (AMA) is dead-set against direct consumer advertising, but said in a statement that as long as the practice is allowed, the ads should come with at least a small dose of transparency.

Currently, other wealthy countries spend about half as much per person on healthcare than the U.S. spends. In fact, the U.S. ranks highest in healthcare spending among the worlds developed nations. Those in favor of the proposed rule believe it will make Americans more aware of healthcare costs and, in turn, slow the ever-rising drug prices that have contributed to the U.S.s unfortunate top ranking. [2] [3]

Hours before Azars speech, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the major pharmaceutical lobbying group, announced a new voluntary action that would send consumers to company websites with pricing information. Beginning April 15, 2019, the websites would provide the public with a variety of pricing information, including the list price of a drug, the expected out-of-pocket costs of a drug, and any available patient assistant programs. [2]

Read: Pharma Companies Spend 19x More on Marketing than Research

Azar dismissed the action, saying it was nothing but an attempt to thwart stricter federal intervention.

The secretary comp...

01:01

Magnitude 6.3 and Magnitude 6.4 near New Caledonia October 16, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

USGS Event Page
Magnitude 6.3 170km ESE of Tadine, New Caledonia
2018-10-16 00:28:12 (UTC)
Location: -21.936S, 169.476E
10.0 km depth USGS Event Page
Magnitdue 6.4 167km E of Tadine, New Caledonia
2018-10-16 01:03:43 (UTC)
Location: -21.726S,  169.487E
10.0 km depth
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22:57

Pruaitch dismayed by O'Neill Govt's move to block PNG Opposition Radio Talk-back program "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch said today he is dismayed to learn that the ONeill Government has effectively censored the PNG media and threatened one of the pillars of democracy in this country.

Mr Pruaitch said two prominent Opposition leaders, East Sepik Governor Allan Bird and Madang MP Bryan Kramer, had been scheduled to discuss the scandal surrounding the import of 40 Maserati cars from Italy on FM100.

Reports coming in from Port Moresby, Lae and various parts of Morobe Province indicate these broadcasts were blocked by the ONeill Government in an unprecedented action.
Mr Pruaitch said: It has long been acknowledged that freedom of the press in PNG is a key pillar of the nations democratic institutions, acting as a safety valve on many issues of public interest.

Freedom of the press and the role of the media has helped PNG retain its reputation as one of the persevering democracies in the developing world, as one political scientist put it.

From this perspective this is a sad day today for all Papua New Guineans. It says a lot that no one is surprised by this development because the ONeill Government is the first PNG Government on record that has set out to manipulate the mass media in the past few years.

Mr Pruaitch said he was adding his voice to the call to all Papua New Guineans, in the public and private sector, to stand up and say, enough is enough, and demand an end to waste and corruption by supporting the nationwide strike on Thursday and Friday initiated by colleagues in the Opposition.

This government is the recipient of more revenue than any government in the nations history, but it is constantly broke and unable to keep up with budgeted payments for education and health and causing numerous offices to be locked out of their premises for failure to pay rent.

These are problems that have never been encountered on this scale in the past, he said, adding: The ONeill Government has no trouble paying for luxury cars, without going through normal government tender processes.
Statement / PNG Today

22:40

Over 30,000 Students sit for Grade 12 Exams "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Over 30-thousand grade twelve students across the country are currently sitting the 2018 National Examinations.

Students from 170 secondary and national high schools, started yesterday with the Maths Paper 1 and History Exams.

NBC News visited the Gordons Secondary school in Port Moresby where students sat for the Physics and accounting papers today, and spoke with the principal George Kenega.

Principal George Kenega said the school has two hundred and eighty one students currently in grade 12.

He said they anticipate a good outcome from the exams, in order to maintain their position as one of the top performing schools in the country.

The students will sit their Economics, Biology and Business Studies papers on Wednesday.

On Thursday they do the Language and Literature and Chemistry. The Information Communication and Technology and Math Paper 2 will be sat for on Friday.

Meantime, Education Secretary Doctor Uke Kombra has urged all schools and students to be fair and not cheat in the exams.

He said the penalty for cheating or assisting to cheat in the National Examination is Non Certification.

Kombra is now calling on all eexternal invigilators, School heads and inspectors to report all observed malpractices to the Measurement Services Division of the Department for analysis and action. NBC News

22:16

Series of strong earthquakes near Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A series of strong earthquakes hit near the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia on October 16, 2018. The sequence started with M6.3, registered by the USGS at 00:28 UTC. The quake was followed by M6.4 at 01:03 UTC and 14 quakes over the next 6 hours with magnitudes...... Read more

22:13

PNG MP claims plot to have him assassinated "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A very vocal Member of Parliament in Papua New Guinea (PNG) is claiming there is a plot to assassinate him by foreign nationals with political connections living in the country.

Madang MP, Brian Krammer, posted on social media site Facebook that he was contacted 2 days ago by former Chairman of Task Force Sweep, Sam Koim, alerting him of a possible plot to have him killed.

Although Krammer did not mention any specific details, he said he had credible information naming '2 Chinese nationals and 3 Western expatriates'. He added that they plan to kill him in the same manner in which Fred Konga was assassinated, and they would make it look like the Australians did it.

Krammer claims that a number people who are being engaged to kill him were also behind the murder of Konga in August 2017. He said Konga was killed to silence him over his alleged involvement in the hijack of K124 million in K100 bank notes which were destined for Germany to be destroyed. These notes we supposedly used to buy votes in the 2017 National Elections.

Krammer ended by stating that he was making the information public so that people would be aware if anything happens to him.

22:05

World view Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

October 17 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

539 BC King Cyrus The Great of Persia marched into  Babylon, releasing the Jews from almost 70 years of exile and making the first Human Rights Declaration.

1091 T8/F4 tornado struck the heart of London.

1346  Battle of Nevilles Cross: King David II of Scotland was captured by Edward III of England near Durham.

1448  Second Battle of Kosovo: the mainly Hungarian army led by John Hunyadi was defeated by an Ottoman army led by Sultan Murad II.

1456  The University of Greifswald was established, making it the second oldest university in northern Europe.

1604 Keplers Star: German astronomer Johannes Kepler observed a supernova in the constellation Ophiuchus.

1610   Louis XIII was crowned in Rheims.

1660 Nine Regicides, the men who signed the death warrant of Charles I, were hung, drawn and quartered.

1662  Charles II of England sold Dunkirk to France for 40,000 pounds.

1771 Premiere in Milan of the opera Ascanio in Alba, composed by Wolfgang Mozart, age 15.

1777 American troops defeated the British in the Battle of Saratoga.

1781 General Charles Cornwallis surrendered to the American revolutionists at Yorktown, Virginia.

1797  Treaty of Campo Formio signed between France and Austria.

1800  England took control of the Dutch colony of Curaao.

1806  Former leader of the Haitian Revolution,...

21:35

NZ Politics: Parting Shot Revelation in the Bridges Expense Leak Saga "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A fascinating twist to the Simon Bridges Expenses Leak Witch Hunt saga. Despite Bridges initially being certain the leak didnt come from within his own party, it turned out the party pooper was indeed a party-within-the-party. Subsequently, the guilty party has been sacked, but not without a nice little parting shot: The revelation that Mr. []

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21:00

Keeping Up Appearances S03 E02 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

lousy formatting, audio OK 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

20:51

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A call from a friend last night reminded me that tickets to NZ HOuse & Gardens house and garden tour in and around Oamaru went on sale today.

One of the properties on the tour is Dot and Neil Smiths Riverstone Castle which I thought would make the tour is very popular so I got on the website first thing this morning and got the 10 tickets I had orders for friends, my farmer and me.

When I checked the website a few minutes ago I found they Oamaru tickets had  all sold out.

The tours are always popular but I suspect this is the first time one has sold out so quickly.

Tonight Im grateful for the call from my friend that prompted me to get tickets in time for what will be a wonderful day.

20:45

Strong Earthquakes Strike New Caledonia Region "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

EQR 101602 M6.4 earthquake, preceded by M6.3, followed by significant aftershocks, occur E of Tadine, New Caledonia  Tsunami Evaluation: The earthquakes did not generate a destructive Tsunami. Earthquake Details M 6.4 167km E of Tadine, New Caledonia Location: 21.726S 169.487E Depth: 10.0 km Time: 2018-10-16 01:03:43 (UTC) M 6.3 170km ESE of []

20:00

Classic TV Drama: Upstairs Downstairs S04 E11 Missing Believed Killed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Blocked in some locations Lousy format, but best of those presently available,suggest full screen

Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series produced by London Weekend Television (LWT) for ITV.It ran for 68 episodes divided into five series on ITV from 1971 to 1975.

A BBC Wales and Masterpiece produced continuation also called Upstairs Downstairs was broadcast by BBC One in 2010.

Set in a large townhouse in Belgravia in West London, the series depicts the servants downstairs and their mastersthe family upstairsbetween the years 1903 and 1930, and shows the slow decline of the British aristocracy. Great events feature prominently in the episode but minor or gradual changes are also noted. The series stands as a document of the social and technological changes that occurred between those 27 years, including the Edwardian period, the Suffragettes, First World War, the Roaring Twenties and the Wall Street Crash.

The show was a ratings success for ITV, and received outstanding acclaim worldwide winning multiple awards.

Series had an excellent cast with many well known actors appearing over the life of the series. Some are still active to this day.

19:30

RNZ Nine to Noon: Jami-Lee Ross resignation political analysis by Jane Patterson "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

More on the widening disaster for National that is Jami-Lee Ross, who has tried to adopt a pose of man of principle, but just does not really carry it off

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20181016-1130-jami-lee_ross_-_i_believe_simon_bridges_is_corrupt-128.mp3

RNZs political editor Jane Patterson reports on the future for the National MP Jami Lee Ross, and the National party leadership. In a stand-up that lasted almost an hour, Jami Lee Ross alleged Mr Bridges had broken electoral donation law and said he intends to put in an official police complaint. He will also resign his seat and step down from the National Party, and stand as an independent in any by-election for his Botany seat.

19:00

Tuesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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18:30

Funniest Trump cant win compilation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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18:13

PNG Facebook MPs cannot call for Nationwide Strike "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Commentary 

Papua New Guinea Opposition Facebook MPs can not call a strike as an Elected Leaders - Floor of Parliament is the right place to debate with Govt

A nation wide strike is not the way to mislead people into disrepute on the 11th hour of the APEC. Every elected leaders and responsible Papua New Guineans will do everything at this time to ensure that the APEC is delivered without any domestic political fuse to dispute what is wrong and right. We have committed too much to the APEC and this is not an event that one politician in this great country to politicise.

Political leaders have parliamentary avenues to exercise democratic rights on behalf of the people. The public servants and the business community are supporting the APEC and remaining committed until the APEC is delivered. We request every responsible politicians to be one in supporting this historical world meeting event in PNG and postpone all other interests after APEC. These kind of concerns can be expressed after the APEC not now because international media can portray security issues when we are couple of weeks away from the arrival of the APEC World Leaders in PNG.

Ilegal strikes motivated by poltical jealous and hatrate. As long as it is always for politcs there is nothing good for the country. We have done lots of strikes and protests in the past but what have we achieved. Only loss of lives, disruption of schools and student education, stop business and chaos. Politicians fight for their own political agenda using students, activists, public servants on Facebook is illegal and out of political sights. It wont change anything. Only when piliticians change for the good of PNG will see change.

We will not be moved by Kramer or Juffa or Bird. They emotionalise issues but never provide anything concrete and long term solution. You are not different to Don Polye, Ben Micah and many other politcians who thought they could easily oust a sitting Prime Minister by strikes and protests. You have worked so hard to bring Peter O'Neill and PNC done during the 2017 elections but he is back in power by the mandate of the people to serve the people of PNG. Stop cooking up lies. When you say you want to do for the future of the children by organising a violence and protest, can't you see what Peter O'Neill and his government is doing for the Children over the last 7 years with free education. The statistics proof that they are many children in the class room than ever before. Of course they are issues and challanges but it is a reality that th...

18:00

The Charmer: Gorse The Imposter #5/6 Nigel Havers, Bernard Hepton, Fiona Fullerton, Rosemary Leach "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

The Charmer was a 1987 British television serial set in the 1930s, and starring Nigel Havers as Ralph Ernest Gorse, a seducing conman, Rosemary Leach as Joan Plumleigh-Bruce, a smitten victim widow and Bernard Hepton as Donald Stimpson, Plumleigh-Bruces would-be beau, who vengefully pursues Gorse after he has conned her

18:00

Paul Barrons wool surfboard is cleaning up surfing "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The cutting-edge board could change the design of many products, from yachts to cars.

New Zealand surfer Paul Barron was laminating a board a decade ago when he accidentally spilled resin on his sweater. It gave him an idea: What if he built a surfboard shell out of wool? Traditional foam boards are typically housed in resin and fiberglass for structural integrity. But fiberglass can be harmful to workers and isnt easily recyclable; board makers have long sought a greener alternative. This month, the Carlsbad, California, company Firewire Surfboards is releasing Barrons WoolLight boardshowcasing a technological advance that could change how other products are designed, from yachts to cars.

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Theological Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S04 E13 Dial C For Cop "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. 

17:30

How Peter Jackson brought to life WW1 footage in his new film "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:27

Bridges versus Ross escalates "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Saying that the battle for power and utu between Simon Bridges and Jami-Lee Ross has escalated is an understatement. Ross has been kicked out of the National caucus, but he resigned from the National Party and from Parliament, saying he will contest the by-election he has precipitated as an Independent candidate (his only option if []

17:04

Calls for nationwide strike after PNG government buys 40 Maseratis for Apec "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinean opposition MPs have called for a nationwide strike this week amid growing anger at the governments decision to buy 40 Maseratis for its APEC forum next month.

The PNG government which as well as hosting Apec is also dealing with a devastating earthquake recovery, a nationwide medication shortage, a polio outbreak and worsening TB rates in addition to generally high rates of poverty last week imported 40 of the luxury vehicles via charter plane from Italy.

In defence of the purchase of millions of dollars worth of cars, members of government including the prime minister, Peter ONeill, claimed it would cost the government nothing and the cars would all be sold on to the private sector in a public tender after the APEC leaders meeting next month.

Observers were doubtful of the ability of the government to sell 40 Maseratis which had never been seen in PNG before for the same price at which they were bought, and in a city with record high rates of carjackings. Four-wheel drives are a more common vehicle in PNG, where the roads outside of cities like Port Moresby and Lae are often otherwise impassable.

The opposition MPs Bryan Kramer, Garry Juffa, Allan Bird and Sir Mekere Morauta have called for a two-day strike this week. People are right to be disgusted by the information that is now coming to light, and they are fully entitled to express their opposition to this blatant fraud, said Morauta, who also called for an independent inquiry into the purchase and the involvement of the ONeill government and APEC authority.

He pointed to other controversial APEC-related spending, which he said had all proceeded at the expense of the health system, the education system, rural infrastructure, law and order, government finances and the economy, and employment. Why are we importing luxury cars for Mr ONeill and his wantoks [extended family] to ride around in when children are dying of polio, tuberculosis and other preventable diseases? he said.

Last week, PNGs minister for APEC, Justin Tkatchenko, said the cars were selling like hotcakes and the governments costs would be totally reimbursed.

ONeill reacted to criticism of the decision to buy the Maseratis, saying all APEC hosts provided appropriate cars for leaders and it would not have been appropriate to use Land Cruisers, reported the news website Loop PNG.

Jonathan Pryke, the director of the Lowy Institut...

17:00

Leaving the left "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:00

Classic Comedy: Open All Hours Ronnie Barker and David Jason S04 E05 Happy Birthday Arkwright "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From Wikipedia

Open All Hours is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke for the BBC. It ran for 26 episodes in four series, which premiered in 1976, 1981, 1982 and 1985. The programme developed from a television pilot broadcast in Ronnie Barkers comedy anthology series, Seven of One (1973). Open All Hours ranked eighth in the 2004 Britains Best Sitcom poll

The setting is a small grocers shop in Balby, a suburb of Doncaster in South Yorkshire. The owner, Arkwright (Ronnie Barker), is a middle-aged miser with a stammer and a knack for selling. His nephew Granville (David Jason) is his put-upon errand boy, who blames his work schedule for his lacklustre social life.

Across the road lives Nurse Gladys Emmanuel (Lynda Baron), occupied by her professional rounds, and her elderly mother. Arkwright longs to marry her, but she resists his persistent pressures. In later episodes, it is explained that the two have actually been engaged for many years but have been unable to go through with a wedding due to the advanced age of Nurse Gladyss mother, for whom she cares at home. Though short-tempered with Arkwright, she is concerned for his and Granvilles welfare.

16:59

PNG Tourism industry caught offguard by cancellation of visa on arrival "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The suspension of visa on arrival will have devastating effect on the struggling tourism industry especially in the peak tourism season in PNG.

But late Monday, Tourism Promotion Authority chief executive officer Jerry Agus said he would meet with Chief Migration Officer Solomon Kantha today to find a way forward in ensuring PNG continues to facilitate for genuine bona fide tourists.

The temporary suspension for a period of almost a month will definitely affect our tourists because they buy their tickets six months in advance to get special fares, so because of this suspension it will definitely affect our tourists, especially bona fide tourists coming from long haul markets like United States, Europe and Australia.

Agus said the industry members have expressed concerns that this will send a wrong signal to the tourism industry but these issues would be ironed out today.

Immigration has agreed that this decision will affected the industry but we will come with a way forward for TPA and Immigration to closely work together to make sure these tourists will continue to come especially the ones that are already paid for accommodation, tickets so that no hassles are created and we will fine tune how we will facilitate for them, Agus said

Kantha in response reassured the industry that Immigration and Citizenship Authority would provide all the necessary assistance and support to ensure pre-arranged trips by tour organisers and tourists are not severely affected

Sir Peter Barter in an exchange of correspondence between the PNG Dive Associations Max Benjamin and Chief Migration Officer Kantha said the effect will go beyond the dive sector, it will affect most hotels throughout PNG who also struggling due to the effect APEC is having in deterring tourists.

Most tourists secure their visa after they have purchase their tours from international and local tour operators, they then pay a deposit and final payment just a week or so before they travel. At this time they would request their tourist visa, and many assume that tourist visas will be issued on arrival.

When they cannot get a visa, the operators then have to apologise and refund on FOREX which again is another challenge that is certain to cause problems. Sir Peter said

Tourism in PNG is not only Port Moresby, it affects all of PNG and to introduce such a policy at short notice is bound to cause problems for operators in selling PNG as a destination, in short it is totally irresponsible and unaccep...

16:57

PNG visa on arrival suspended for one month ahead of APEC "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea government has suspended all visa on arrival for one month as security measures leading up to the APEC leaders week next month.

The PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority announced the temporary suspension of visa on arrival as part of enhanced border security measures in the lead-up to the APEC Leaders Summit.

The suspension will be in effect from October 30 to December 1.

Chief migration officer Solomon Kantha said the announcement regarding VoA was a continuation of Immigration and Citizenship Authoritys (ICA) activity to prepare for APEC Leaders Summit and a necessary step to ensure the highest levels of security was maintained....

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS/PNG Today

16:56

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16:52

Japan raises concerns over Pacific Island debt to China "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Japan's foreign minister raised concerns Monday about the high levels of debt accrued by some Pacific Island nations and said his country wants to help resolve the problem.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono made the comments while visiting New Zealand, where he met with his counterpart Winston Peters.

Some observers have become alarmed at the growth in Chinese lending in the Pacific and worry that small countries such as Tonga and Vanuatu are becoming beholden to China because of their high debt levels.

Kono didn't mention China specifically in his comments. But he said the Pacific region was important in a strategic sense to both Japan and New Zealand.

Peters said New Zealand was also concerned about the loans and the ability of small island nations to repay them.

We're looking very seriously at that, saying 'What does it mean for us when those nations may forfeit the very asset value that they've sought to develop, and have it owned by some other country? he said.

Peters said neither Japan nor New Zealand had gone so far as to offer to repay the loans directly.

We understand the problem, Peters added. We've got our eyes wide open.

Kono's visit to New Zealand was the first by a Japanese foreign minister in five years. It marks a warming relationship between the two nations over the past year since Jacinda Ardern became New Zealand's prime minister.

Kono thanked New Zealand for deciding last month to deploy a maritime patrol plane to Japan as part of an effort to enforce U.N. sanctions against North Korea.

Australia, Canada and the United States are also helping Japan monitor offshore ship-to-ship transfers of oil allegedly involving North Korean ships, which would violate U.N. sanctions imposed over the North's nuclear and missile programmes.

Regarding the situation in North Korea, we reaffirm our cooperation to achieve a complete, verifiable and irreversible disposal of all the weapons of mass destruction and the ballistic missiles of all ranges, Kono said through an interpreter.

Kono said he was concerned about the developing trade war between the United States and China, and hoped the issues could be resolved through the World Trade Organisation.

Kono met with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne last week before traveling to New Zealand.

SOURCE: AP/PACNEWS

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.

16:30

Testament of Youth (1979) #3/5 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Testament of Youth is a 1979 BBC television drama based on the First World War memoir of the same name written by Vera Brittain. It was transmitted on BBC2.

The series stars Cheryl Campbell as Vera Brittain, an independent young woman from Buxton, Derbyshire, who abandons her studies at Somerville College, Oxford University to become a volunteer nurse. It features Peter Woodwardas Roland Leighton, Joanna McCallum as Winifred Holtby and Emrys James and Jane Wenham as Veras parents.

The series won five British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA). As well as her BAFTA, Campbell received a Best Actress awards from the Broadcasting Press Guild

16:10

RNZ Nine To Noon: Farrar and Mills on the Bridges-Ross mess "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Nine To Noon featured David Farrar and Stephen Mills this morning, prior to the later dramatic events, talking about the Bridges-Ross mess.

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20181016-0909-jami-lee_ross_and_national_party_leadership-128.mp3

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

The U.S. Obviously Doesnt Want to Contain China, Mattis Says "IndyWatch Feed War"

  • Defense Secretary says U.S. is not out to contain China
  • Washington highly concerned over South China Sea features
James Mattis Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Secretary of Defense James Mattis played down tensions with Beijing, saying the U.S. was not out to contain China and was cooperating whenever possible, but that there would be times they would step on each others toes.

Obviously, were not out to contain China. Wed have taken an altogether different stance had that been considered. It has not been considered, he told reporters Monday on a plane en route to Vietnam.

We seek a relationship with China thats grounded in fairness, reciprocity and respect for sovereignty, he said.

He said Washington is cooperating with China on issues including North Korea and the United Nations.

So were two large powers, or two Pacific powers, two economic powers. Theres going to be times we step on each others toes, so were going to have to find a way to productively manage our relationship, he said.

Mattis will attend the 18-nation summit hosted by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Singapore Nov. 12-14. The gathering is normally attended by leaders including President Xi Jinping, and Mattis could cross path...

15:59

Destructive tornado, tennis-ball-sized hail hit Queensland, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A severe thunderstorm hit parts of Queensland, Australia on October 11, 2018, producing a destructive tornado and dumping heavy rain and extremely damaging, up to tennis-ball-sized hail. The hardest hit was South Burnett where authorities are still determining...... Read more

15:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1903, Big Joe Williams singer, songwriter and guitarist Born today in 1938, Nico (Christa Pffgen) singer with The Velvet Underground. Born today in 1943, Charles Fredrick Fred Turner bass, singer and songwriter with Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Born today in 1947, Bob Weir singer, songwriter and guitarist with The Grateful Dead. Born [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

White male wins Gold in Womens cycling. What a brave new world! The post Tweet of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:24

Medium Term Development Plan for Papua New Guinea points to sharp economic stimulus "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea Government is planning to sharply increase its economic stimulus, according to its newly-released Medium Term Development Plan III, 20182022. It envisions a strategic shift in Budget allocations that will see more than a doubling of expenditure on economic growth areas.

Papua New Guineas GDP per head (yellow) has lagged other middle income countries. Source: MDTP, World Bank

The plan, which was released late last month by the Department of National Planning and Monitoring, suggests that the austerity that the PNG Government has observed over the last three years may be replaced with a more stimulatory package.

Government revenue collection is forecast to increase from K10.98 billion in 2017 to K16.25 billion in 2022

The economic sector will be given prominence in the medium term, the plan says.

The MTDP says the share of investments by government that is directed at economic growth areas will increase dramatically from the current 5 per cent of the total capital expenditure to 12 per cent in the next five years.

The MTDP also outlines a plan to improve the governments revenue collection.

Revenue shortfalls is one of the critical factors contributing to mixed results and poor development outcomes, it argues.

Government revenue collection is forecast to increase from K10.98 billion in 2017 to K16.25 billion in 2022, a rise of 48 per cent.

Targets

Other targets for 2022 are:

  • State-owned enterprise revenues to increase from K10 billion to K15 billion.
  • The annual employment growth rate to increase from 3.4 per cent to 7 per cent.
  • More bankable land available for productive use: from l...

15:20

Why Pauline Hanson is Wrong and Its Not Okay to Celebrate Being White "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Like a redneck cockroach in a white hood, Pauline Hanson has well and truly crawled out of the woodwork, and continues to spout bile about how threatened she, as a white person, is by anyone who doesnt share her lack of melanin. In case you missed it, yesterday, she moved a motion in Parliament claiming the Senate acknowledge the deplorable rise of anti-white racism and attacks on Western civilisation and that it is okay to be white.

The latter phrase is deeply rooted in neo-Nazi and other white supremacist organisations: in fact, Klan groups have used the hashtag #IOKTBW on Twitter since 2012. Numerous Liberal, National and One Nation Senators backed Paulines motion in fact, it was only narrowly defeated by 31 votes to 28. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called it regrettable that his Senators showed their support for her, and the Coalitions Finance Minister says the motion was backed by mistake (but we call bullshit). Channel 7 News is in the midst of conducting a poll at the time of writing, nearly 65,000 people had voted, and 62 per cent of them had done so in favour of the One Nation Senator.

Whilst some voters may hold these views due to deep-seated notions of white supremacy and a sense of entitlement to what has been well-established to be stolen land (Im actually from the First Fleet), we at Global Hobo like to believe that others are just misinformed. Accordingly, we reckon if everyone was just better informed, they too would be shaking their heads at Pauline and telling her to return to her fish and chip shop (provided a migrant hasnt taken her job).

So here you have it a quick and easy guide to what the hell is the go with reve.........

15:16

ABAC identifies Papua New Guineas fisheries as outstanding growth area "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea has significant opportunities for employment and foreign exchange from its fisheries, but only if it can develop the necessary policies and infrastructure. That was the conclusion from meetings of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).

Fisheries processing plant. Source: MTDP

Speaking at an ABAC breakfast earlier this month in Port Moresby, ABAC member Wayne Golding said that PNGs fisheries industry has the potential to generate US$1 billion a year in revenues.

The industry is also labour intensive, he noted, claiming an additional 250,000 people could be employed.

These two things can be achieved in 18 to 24 months. It is in your backyard, you own it.

Globally supply would not be able to keep up with demand.

Sixty per cent of the tuna in this region comes out of our own waters.

Working groups

ABACs Wayne Golding. Source: ABAC

Golding said two ABAC working groups looked at issues like global demand, price elasticity and industry direction.

The conclusion was that globally supply would not be able to keep up with demand.

What we have is a diminishing supply chain against demand for wild fishes.

So the world is moving more towards aquaculture fisheries in order to bridge the difference.

It means that in PNG we have to engage with our resources to con...

15:15

Whaleoil bookclub book reviews "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

With the holidays coming up Oilers are going to be doing a lot of reading (hopefully under a tree at the beach or tucked up in bed with a cuppa). A commenter recently asked what had happened to our Whaleoil bookclub book reviews. We havent done them for a long time because we have been [] The post Whaleoil bookclub book reviews appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:00

Hadith for the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Messenger (PBUH) commends the closing of ranks with a promise of eternal blessing. This is especially important if you happen to know a lone wolf. The post Hadith for the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:54

People moves: Steamships "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Board resignation

The Board of Directors of Steamships Trading Company Limited (Steamships) has announced that Peter Aitsi has resigned from the Steamships Board,  effective October 10, 2018. He had served on the board since November 2014.

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14:53

In brief: Visas-on-arrival suspensions for November, and other business news "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Visas-on-arrival suspensions to hit tourism, Bougainville referendum question agreed, and  rice imports slammed. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

in brief

Papua New Guinea is suspending visa-on-arrival arrangements for the month of November. The PNG Immigration and Citizenship Authority said the temporary suspension is part of enhanced border security measures around the APEC Leaders Summit in the middle of next month.

The suspension of visa on arrival is expected to have a negative effect on the struggling tourism industry, especially in the peak tourism season in PNG.

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Leaders from Bougainville and Papua New Guinea have finally agreed to the question that will be asked in next years independence referendum. The referendum, tentatively scheduled for June 2019,  will mark the end of a 20-year peace process that followed the end of the Bougainville civil war in the 1990s. The question is: Do you agree for Bougainville to have: (1) Greater Autonomy (2) Independence?

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About K800 million is spent annually on importing rice to feed the eight million people of Papua New Guinea, says North Fly MP James Donald. He reportedly said this when witnessing the delivery of 12 solar-powered rice milling machines to farmers in Markham in Morobe.

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The proposed Coal Power Plant Project to ease the power burden in Lae city could create more than 300 jobs for locals and cost an initial K300 million to set up the project, according to Communications and Energy Minister Sam Basil. Mayur Resourc...

14:46

MY TAKE ON THE JLR SAGA "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The National Party has dodged a bullet with the suspension from caucus and the subsequent resignation of JLR from Parliament and the National Party.    Ross is revealed as a megalomaniac who thought he was bigger than the Party.   

It was significant that the National Party caucus voted unanimously for his suspension.   One might have expected some holdouts.   There weren't any.   That tells you much ... chickens coming home to roost and all of that.

Ok, he was Bridges' numbers man but he was dreaming if he thought that entitled him to demand that he be retained as Chief Opposition Whip (with a salary of $236,012; $30,000 more than the Deputy Leader and $74,000 more than every other National MP); plus be appointed Shadow Leader of the House; plus be on the Opposition front bench; plus be responsible for polling; plus be on the National Party Board of Directors.    When he didn't get that he declared utu on Bridges.   

Ross only ever had one job ... as an elected official either in local or central government.   Clearly he developed a very high opinion of himself.   Parliament is a fishbowl ... most MPs cope with it (to a greater or lessor degree); for some it goes to their heads.    I put JLR firmly in the latter category.  It reinforces the danger there is in having MPs with no real life experience coming into Parliament.  There are other JLRs in the House.

There are of course losers in this sad sorry debacle.   The primary one is JLR.   He will quickly find out that standing as an independent is akin to a turkey voting for an early Christmas.    Once that's over he will find himself damn nearly unemployable ... who in business would want to take on a person with penchant for taping conversations with his boss.     If he's depressed now it's about to get a whole lot worse.

Bridges too comes out of this with his authority diminished.   He was right in insisting that the inquiry ran its course.   No leader can allow disloyalty to run unchecked.   Were that to happen it would destroy caucus unity which, up until now, has been a feature of National.    But there have to be questions over Bridges' future ... stoked along by the media who sense blood.   His handling of th...

14:37

Victorias largest solar farm goes ahead after solving connection dilemma "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Victorias largest solar farm goes ahead after solving connection ...
...

14:30

Snowflakes stop planes from taking off "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

No doubt you all remember this Swedish snowflake from last July. From Fox News: quote. Elin Ersson, a student at Gothenburg University, was subjected to fawning media coverage over her stunt earlier this month when she refused to take her seat on the plane until the 52-year-old Afghan deportee was released. She was successful and authorities werent able [] The post Snowflakes stop planes from taking off appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Gnuath   sullen or bad-tempered.

14:25

One of the Best Headlines Ever. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"





March of the Migrant Caravan of Hondurans Marching to US Border DOUBLES IN SIZE





It seems they are trying to escape Honduran starvation.




14:22

IPCC bets on the renewables revolution "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Dr Jim Green, Nuclear Monitor #867, 15 Oct 2018

https://www.wiseinternational.org/nuclear-monitor/867/nuclear-monitor-867-15-october-2018

The UNs Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a landmark report warning that global warming must be kept to 1.5C, requiring rapid and far-reaching transitions in land, energy, industry, buildings, transport, and cities.1

The world must invest US$2.4 trillion in clean energy every year through 2035 and cut the use of coal-fired power to almost nothing by 2050 to avoid catastrophic damage from climate change, according to the IPCC. To put the US$2.4 trillion figure in context, about US$1.8 trillion was invested in energy systems globally in 2017, of which about 42% was invested in electricity generation and about 18.5% in renewables.2

Unsurprisingly, the World Nuclear Association (WNA) used the IPCC report to promote nuclear power.

...

14:13

Coalitions climate change stance will kill people, say Greens "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

  The Australian Greens have warned against the Morrison government backing a coal-led energy policy over the Snowy Hydro 2.0 project. SBS, 15 Oct 18  Greens MP Adam Bandt has warned the Coalitions views on climate change and renewable...

14:10

Japanese, Australian and other world governments toe the nuclear industrys line on radiation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Nuclear industry responds by calling those who disagree with the ICRP and IAEA in these matters radiophobes. The Japanese government responds to the disagreement coming from its people with more and more imposed secrecy, and greater compliance with international nuclear bodies. Looked at in another way, the Japanese government obeys the IAEA and ICRP.

It is little wonder theJapanese  world nuclear industry via its local mouthpieces and puppets in every land continues to claim the effects of the nuclear disaster have no consequence. Nor is it any surprise that the nuclear industry continues to illegally diagnose opponents to its dictates and insults as being radiophobic.

Earthquake Damage At Fukushima is Industrys Narrative Truthful or Certain? Nuclear History, 16 Oct 18  ..As I have pointed out previously, the declared extent of decontamination in Japan has enable some evacuees to return to their homes. The residual contamination remaining in those cleanup areas being about the same, roughly, as the Maralinga lands in South Australia after cleanup there. The risk of radiogenic cancer in the Maralinga Lands in 1 in 50,000 over 50 years. The owners of the Maralinga lands had been suffering forced removal from their lands from the 1950s until the 1990s, with full return of lands completed in the 21st century. Many people died waiting to return.

In Japan many people are concerned that they have been economically forced to return to places prior to a proper cleanup. In Australia, many people are concerned that the Maralinga cleanup was a dud, cheap, and insufficient. As usual vitrification in nuclear residues resul...

14:02

Senior Dog Was Returned To Shelter Because He Couldn't Go Up Stairs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

When Mackenzie Purdy saw Charlie for the first time, it seemed like the shy dog had given up on finding a home of his own. The 7-year-old Shih Tzu mix refused to make eye contact with anyone who walked by he kept his back turned so that he faced the concrete wall of his kennel at Associated Humane Tinton Falls, a shelter in New Jersey.

Credit: Mackenzie Purdy

Charlie had first come to the shelter in May. A few months earlier, he had been adopted then quickly returned when he couldnt walk up the stairs in his new home.

His owner had been unable to bend down to pick him up and carry him, so Charlie found himself back in the same lonely kennel.

Credit: Associated Humane Tinton Falls

Purdy, who was visiting the shelter in hopes of adding another dog to her family, believed that behind Charlies cold exterior was a loving dog just waiting to come out; however, she feared other adopters might not be able to see the potential.

He was a bit older and he walked a little funny, so I had a feeling that not many people would be interested in him, Purdy told The Dodo. So many people won't be interested in the dogs that don't come to the front of the cage at the shelter.

But Purdy wasnt daunted by a few steps, and continued spending time with Charlie, looking for the slightest hint that he was ready to try again.

I asked the shelter staff if I could spend some time with him out in the yard, Purdy said. He was very reserved, and not very interested in me. He did not show much in the way of affection, but he did do a very little tail wag when I walked closer to him....

14:01

Ex-Admiral says nuclear subs are vital for South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Australia needs a fleet of stealthy nuclear submarines to deal with potential threats in our region, most notably in the South China Sea, a strategic policy report says. (subscribers only) 

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/top-think-tank-says-we-need-nuclearpowered-submarines-to-stay-ahead-of-china/news-story/7f346bc3c32a9597ce0ce0ead3162155

14:00

The left are making America racist again "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

For a brief time, it seemed that America had finally put its historic obsession with race into the grave it so richly deserved. The high-tide line of this moment seemed to be the election of the United States first black president. Unfortunately, that very president would turn out to be the man who, more than [] The post The left are making America racist again appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:54

Britains exit from European Union- a cause for rejoicement to Australias uranium industry? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

New Aust uranium deal for UK after Brexit https://www.sbs.com.au/news/new-aust-uranium-deal-for-uk-after-brexit, 15 Oct 18. 

Australia is working on a new deal for selling uranium to the United Kingdom once it leaves the European Union. Australia is working on a new nuclear deal with the United Kingdom once it leaves the European Union.One fifth of Australias uranium goes to the UK, but it cannot be used for military purposes, or sold to other countries who use it for their militaries.

Dr John Kalish, acting director general of the Australian Safeguards and Non-proliferation Office, says a new deal will have to be done with the UK to mirror the old one with the EU.

Under the old deal and the proposed one, the UK can only sell the uranium on to certain countries.

Retransfers can only be made to third parties that have a nuclear cooperation agreement with Australia, Dr Kalish told a parliamentary committee on Monday.

...

13:51

Liberal Senator Amanda Stoker obediently takes dictation from Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Modest member: Go nuclear for a clean energy future The modern nuclear reactor is small, modular, self-contained and safer than any other energy generation, Financial Review, by Amanda Stoker 14 Oct 18   Amanda Stoker is a Liberal National Party senator for Queensland

Australia must develop a nuclear energy industry. It promises to provide clean and reliable energy from a resource we have in abundance.

The modern nuclear reactor is small, modular, self-contained and safer than any other energy generation method. It provides flexible generation capacity, as it can increase or reduce electricity output to reflect demand.  [Ed . Just a pity that it doesnt exist among other drawbacks] 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has acknowledged that all electricity generation options with the capacity to reduce electricity prices need to be considered

For too long we have allowed nuclear energy to remain off-limits in the discussion about the security of Australias energy supply. What we need is an informed and rational debate that isnt driven by fear.

...

13:41

Online renewable marketplace aims to help business cut power bills "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Australia will look to replicate US success by creating an online marketplace for businesses to buy renewable energy, helping to them to reduce high power bills

https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/business/the-economy/online-renewable-marketplace-aims-to-help-business-cut-power-bills-20181015-p509rc.html

13:40

Traditional owners to tell Origin Energy it has not gained consent for fracking on their land "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

ABC,  By Jane Bardon 16 Oct 18 A group of Indigenous traditional owners from remote parts of the Northern Territory will travel to Origin Energys annual general meeting in Sydney on Wednesday to tell shareholders they have not given permission for the company to frack their land for gas.

Key points:

  • A group of Indigenous traditional owners will soon tell Origin Energy shareholders they did not give consent for its planned developments
  • They will ask the company to review consent agreements
  • But the company is confident traditional owners already gave consent

Origin Energy gained official approvals for gas exploration, including test fracking, in the gas-rich Beetaloo Basin, both from traditional owners through the Northern Land Council, and the Northern Territory Government.

But some of the traditional owners plan to tell the shareholder meeting they oppose fracking, and did not give their free, prior and informed consent.

They hope to tell the meeting when permission for fracking was sought by Origin Energy, they did not fully understand the companys explanations of processes, or the potential size of developments potentially numbering hundreds of wells.

The letter that were bringing up to Origin, we want that to be recognised, and to be respected for who we are, Alawa traditional owner Naomi Wilfred said.

The Alawa traditional owner, whose country includes Nutwood Downs in the northern part of Origin Energys EP98 permit area, said she is worried about potential environmental impacts if production goes ahead..http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-16/indigenous-traditional-owners-origin-energy-fracking-consent/10379162

13:30

Sir Mekere: PM, Tkatchenko should start telling the truth on APEC scams "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

It is time for the Prime Minister and APEC Minister to start telling the truth about the APEC luxury cars scam and other APEC spending, the Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, said this morning.

What we have got so far is half-truths, distortions and contradictions that amount to a cover up of their use of APEC as a money rain scheme and vehicle to divert money for other purposes, he said.

 Two half-truths dont make a fact.

I am now hearing that the illegal purchase of 40 luxury Maserati cars is not the end of the story.

"Peter ONeill, Justin Tkatchenko and Christopher Hawkins have a lot more explaining to do.

Sir Mekere said he had been told that even more luxurious cars are on the way to Port Moresby, and documentation has been provided to him that appears to confirm the allegations.

"Papua New Guineans have a right to know whether the following allegations are correct:

"Three super-luxury Flying Spur V8 Bentleys, possibly more, are on their way to Port Moresby for Mr ONeill, Mr Tkatchenko and others including Chinese cronies, to ride around in.

" According to official documents, the price for three is $US695,238.30 (K2,363,810.22), duty- and excise-free.

"The outright purchase by the State is said to have been approved by NEC.

"Have they been procured by competitive public tender as required by Section 21 of the APEC Authority Act?

"Has the arrangement been approved by the APEC Probity Auditor?

"Does the APEC Probity Auditor even exist, and if so who is it?

"80 luxury Mahindra XUV500 vehicles bought outright at a cost of $US2,442,000 (K8,302,800.00).

"Are these cars going to be sold after APEC or are they being retained by the Government?

"Was this purchase conducted by public competitive tender and was it subject to the scrutiny of the APEC Probity Auditor?

"Can the Prime Minister, Mr Tkatchenko or their outrigger Mr Hawkins confirm that the Mahindra XUVs were also purchased through a car dealer in Colombo, Sri Lanka?

" What were the arrangements for the purchase of the Bentleys?

"There is also a rumor of Lamborghinis being bought.

" Is this so?

"Information I have been provided indicates that all the APEC cars have been brought into PNG free of duty and excise, and that this very valuable benefit is to be passed on to private sector buyers.

"What is the total value of the excise and duty forgone?

" Why are the nations wealthiest businesses and individuals receiving benefits that ordinary Papua New Guineans can only dr...

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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13:20

Sir Mekere calls for inquiry into APEC scams "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta has called for a full independent inquiry into government spending on APEC, the behavior of the APEC Authority including the letting of contracts, and the cost to the nation of holding the event.

Over the past few days, with the revelations about the importation of luxury Maserati cars by the APEC Authority, it has become clear that corruption surrounding APEC is out of control, he said.

We need to get to the bottom of it, and hold the guilty parties to account.

Sir Mekere said the first step should be for the Fraud Squad and the Ombudsman Commission to investigate the Prime Minister, the APEC Minister, and APEC Authority officials in relation to the major discrepancies in the Maserati purchase, and contradictory statements by all involved.

"In the meantime, APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko and APEC Authority CEO Christopher Hawkins should stand down.


The Maserati purchase is a scandal, he said.

There is no other word for it.

"The most basic legal and financial procedures appear not to have been followed, and it looks to me as if there is a discrepancy of several million kina in the transaction.

"Why would the Government buy vehicles from Italy via Sri Lanka?

The Prime Minister must explain in detail the entire transaction, and he must account for every toea of the peoples money that has been spent.

"For example, he must publicly provide evidence that a competitive public tender was held for the purchase of the cars, as required by section 21 of the APEC Authority Act.

"Was the purchase approval given by NEC, as required by the Act?

He must cease the secret sale of the cars to PNC cronies and others in the private sector, and conduct a proper tender under Section 21.

"Mr Tkatchenko says the cars are selling like hot cakes to private buyers.

"What is the price? What are the terms and conditions? Who is buying them?

"And yet the Prime Minister says there will be a public auction for the vehicles after APEC.

"Whom are we to believe PM or Justin? 

"They are both trying to deflect all questions, and in the process are contradicting each other.

Did any part of the transaction go before the APEC Supply and Tenders Board?

"Did it go before the Indepen...

13:07

6.4 earthquake, series of aftershocks strike off New Caledonia "IndyWatch Feed World"

A powerful 6.4 earthquake followed by a series of aftershocks has struck off the coast of New Caledonia, a French territory made up of dozens of islands in the South Pacific, according to USGS. The quake was registered at a depth of 10 km some 162 km southeast if Tadine, about half an hour after a 6.3 earthquake struck the same region. No tsunami warning has been issued following the powerful jolts in the Pacific.

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.

12:55

Sir Mekere supports national stop-work "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, supports a call for a nation-wide strike in protest at continuing corruption by and within the ONeill Government.

Astonishing revelations in the last couple of days about the crooked contract to buy luxury Maserati cars for APEC, and then secretly sell them to private sector cronies, is the last straw, he said.

People are right to be disgusted by the information that is now coming to light, and they are fully entitled to express their opposition to this blatant fraud.

Sir Mekere also called for an independent inquiry into the Maserati fraud, concocted by the APEC Authority and the ONeill Government.

This latest episode in the ONeill Governments corruption, waste and mismanagement needs to be investigated and the facts put before all Papua New Guineans, he said.

He said Papua New Guineans, and politicians with a conscience, should join with respected MPs Bryan Kramer, Gary Juffa and Allan Bird to express their disgust by staying home from work on Thursday and Friday.

"It is not good enough for the Prime Minister, Mr Peter ONeill, and the APEC Minister, Mr Justin Tkatchenko, to make statements in social media that are clearly incorrect, contradictory and designed to mask the smell of corruption and wrong-doing.

The APEC Authority has broken its own laws with the purchase of the Maseratis and the Prime Ministers proposed sale of them.

The Prime Minister and Minister Tkatchenko have connived with the authority and are trying desperately to hide the truth.

But we are not fools.

 This is just another chapter in the monumental abuse of APEC contracts, which I and others have exposed.

"Look at all the over-priced and unnecessary roads and buildings constructed by PNC cronies to glorify the Prime Minister.

These projects, and the multi-million-kina Maserati scam, have proceeded at the expense of the health system, the education system, rural infrastructure, law and order, Government finances and the economy, and employment.

Why are we importing luxury cars for Mr ONeill and his wantoks to ride around in when children are dying of polio, tuberculosis and other preventable diseases?

There is no medicine in hospitals and clinics.

" Schools are closing all over the nation, and teachers are being robbed of their pay by this Government.

Sir Mekere said the ONeill Governments corruption, waste and mismanagement had brought international shame on Papua New Guinea.

"The whole world is looking on and asking why Mr ONeill, Mr Tkatchenko and others are spending this money when Papua New Guinea...

12:36

Peter Schiff: "The Next Economic Crash Will Be 'Far More Painful' Than The 2008 Recession" "IndyWatch Feed World"

Peter Schiff: "The Next Economic Crash Will Be
 'Far More Painful' Than The 2008 Recession"
by Tyler Durden

"Euro Pacific Capital CEO Peter Schiff is sounding the alarm after last weeks market selloff, saying Wall Street and the U.S. economy are on the verge of a recession. I think as Americans lose their jobs, they are going to see the cost of living going up rather dramatically, and so this is going to make it particularly painful, Schiff said. This is a bubble not just in the stock market, but the entire economy, he told Fox News Business. Schiff is predicting a recession, accompanied by rising consumer prices, that will be far more painful than the 2007-2009 Great Recession.

As SHTFplan.com's Mac Slavo notes, President Donald Trump blamed the recent stock market woes on the Federal Reserve and the rising of interest rates. I think the Fed is making a mistake. Theyre so tight. I think the Fed has gone crazy, Trump told reporters on his way to a rally in Pennsylvania on Wednesday. Trump said that the United States central bank is solely responsible for the worst stock market selloff since February, saying the Fede......

12:30

An ex-parrot, pining for the salt flats "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Environmentalists invariably adopt a pose of untouchable moral purity, while at the same time casting their opponents as evil, planet-destroying villains; but the truth is that environmentalists are just as hungry for those sweet, sweet dollars as any Daddy Oilbucks. Leading environmental campaigners charge megabucks just to prattle their green nostrums at gullible students. Green [] The post An ex-parrot, pining for the salt flats appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:04

Kpiti and Levin Police want help after driver flees "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Levin and Kapiti Police are appealing for information following a fleeing driver incident that went from Otaihanga to Otaki just []

12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Click on image to view the whole continent and relevant data These cities are the hubs of Africas economic boom South Africa still boasts the main concentration of wealth in Africa, but no longer the only one. And this overview of Africas richest cities, based on The AfrAsia Bank Africa Wealth Report 2018, indicates where [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:38

US-China trade war creating uncertainty in forestry sector, says Papua New Guinea Forest Industry Association "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The forestry sector is keeping a close eye on the US-China trade war, which has created uncertainty in the market, according to Bob Tate, Executive Director of the Papua New Guinea Forestry Industry Association. He told Business Advantage PNG that China remains PNGs dominant export market.

Bob Tate claims the timber processing sector is in decline. Credit: Cloudy Bay Sustainable Forestry

With 88 per cent of Papua New Guineas timber exports sold into China for processing and on-selling into the US, the sector is keeping a close eye on the US-China trade war, says PNG Forestry Industry Association Director, Bob Tate.

Of PNGs total timber exports of 3,260,501 cubic metres in 2017, 2,869,240 cubic metres went to China.

Over the last year, he says, volumes rose slightly and prices are averaging out at around the high $US90 per cubic metre.

So far, those trade wars have not directly affected forestry nor forest products, he told Business Advantage PNG.

But theyve created a high degree of uncertainty and caution in forest products markets.

The US, Russia, Canada and New Zealand are the four biggest exporters of logs into China.

It has been talked about that the US in particular would impose tariffs on Chinese imported manufactured wooden products. Of course, that tends to disregard or ignore the fact that the US is significant exporter itself of forest products, particularly logs, to China.

Exporters

The Forest Industries Associations Bob Tate

Tate says the US, Russia, Canada and New Zealand are the four biggest exporters of logs into China.

Much of those imports are remanufactured into finished products and shipped from China back to the US to Home Depot and similarly large chains.

I think it has more to do with US domestic employment and s...

11:30

Selling the dream "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Lets compare a couple of companies: Company A made and sold about 1.3 million cars and 5.3 million motorcycles last quarter. Company B made and sold about 83,000 cars last quarter. Company A has $US 18 billion in cash in the bank.  Company B has $US 10 billion of debt. Company A earned over $US 9 billion last year. Company B [] The post Selling the dream appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:30

Woody Guthrie Hard Travelin "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guthrie chronicled the Depression in an immediate way, just listen an you understand the issue

11:30

The truth about earthquake effects on Fukushimas nuclear reactors "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The status of Station Blackout is a serious one.

it will be many years before the Japanese people know exactly what happened at Fukushima Daiichi on 11 March 2011. One of the key mysteries was role, if any, the magnitude 9 earthquake played in damaging the plants reactor cooling systems. Until lethal levels of radiation inside the reactors fall and workers can carry out comprehensive investigations, the truth about the tremors impact will remain a subject of conjecture and contention

Mr. Takamatsu states with expert authority that the pipes of cooling system ware not designed for the 50 second vibration of the magnitude quake. Barry Brook, kangaroo expert, disagrees and tells the world the quake caused no damage at Fukushima. Yet Mr. Brook must surely know the earthquake caused grid blackout. For reactors are all shut down by earthquakes. A solar plant would have kept generating until the last panel shattered. No one would have been evacuated from such a solar plant.

I submit that Prof. Barry Brooks description of the effects of earthquake upon the Fukushima Diiachi on 11 March 2011 is totally ignorant of the facts as presented by many qualified experts and fly in the face of the independent commission set up by the Japanese Parliament (Diet). It is confirmed that expert investigators concern aspects of TEPCOs explanations regarding the quake are irrational.

Thus any narrative based upon the nuclear industry view, in line with TEPCOs may fairly be sai...

11:09

Opinion: A free trade zone in Papua New Guinea could create investment, revenues and jobs "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea could attract significant investments and derive large revenues from a free trade zone, according to Tony Restall, President of the consultancy Development Services International. He says the necessary legislation is already in place.

Free trade zone advocate Tony Restall

A free trade zone (FTZ) is a geographic area where goods are generally not subject to customs duty and other incentives may be offered such as lower taxation.

The free zone history of PNG goes back to the year 2000 when the Free Zone Act was released through Parliament in its efforts to stimulate a secondary economic revenue stream.

The Act itself was no easy process to present to Government; nevertheless it was eventually released.

Although not a perfect document, if the supporting rules and regulations are activated it would enable the Free Trade Zone to become an effective investment tool attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country.

Dubai

Dubais FTZ has no personal or corporate income tax and allows 100 per cent business ownership and capital repatriation.

In the late 1970s the then ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid al Maktoum, was concerned about the short-lived wealth created by an oil-based economy.

He was worried what would happen to his people when the oil ran out.

Last year the value of free trade revenues through Dubai exceeded US$500 Billion.

He exploited an idea from neighbouring Sharjah (part of the United Arab Emirates) which was never implemented for fear of upsetting Abu Dhabi, the largest oil and gas producing Emirate and the largest contributor to the UAE Economy.

Dubai embarked on a two-pronged investment program. Many predicted it would end in failure.

The first step was the construction of the largest man-made port in the world: Jebel Ali, a 67 metre deep water port.

...

11:05

Bridges responds "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Full video of Simon Bridges response to allegations of corruption from Jami-Lee Ross: [Starts at 29:56, unless you like watching reporters drink coffee] The post Bridges responds appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:00

RNZ Live News: Jami-Lee Ross News Conference "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Instead of the blogs normal comedy at this time we bring you this:

11:00

The memo has gone out to blame Whitey "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The most racist people I know are the ones who think they are anti-racists. They are the ones fixated on identity politics and treating people not as individuals but as part of a collective. This week we have had a string of headlines alleging racism against Maori and two that promote racism against Pakeha. The [] The post The memo has gone out to blame Whitey appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:40

Peter Schiff: The Next Economic Crash Will Be Far More Painful Than The 2008 Recession "IndyWatch Feed World"

Euro Pacific Capital CEO Peter Schiff is sounding the alarm after this weeks market selloff, saying Wall Street and the U.S. economy are on the verge of a recession.

I think as Americans lose their jobs, they are going to see the cost of living going up rather dramatically, and so this is going to make it particularly painful, Schiff said.

This is a bubble not just in the stock market, but the entire economyhe told Fox News Business.

Schiff is predicting a recession, accompanied by rising consumer prices, that will be far more painful than the 2007-2009 Great Recession.

As SHTFplan.coms Mac Slavo notes, President Donald Trump blamed the recent stock market woes on the Federal Reserve and the rising of interest rates.

I think the Fed is making a mistake. Theyre so tight. I think the Fed has gone crazy, Trump told reporters on his way to a rally in Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

Trump said that the United States central bank is solely responsible for the worst stock market selloff since February, saying the Federal Reserve has gone crazy.

Schiff said it isnt entirely the Feds fault, however, because they have been acting irrationally for a very long time while slowly adding nails to the economys coffin.

What is crazy is for the Fed to believe that they can raise interest rates without...

10:30

Stand and deliver: Its Highway robbery "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Brian Rogers sunlive.co.nz newsie.co.nz Stand and deliver, suckers! Once upon a time,  highway robbers were the swashbuckling, handsome rascal types who thrust their demands and hips in front of the stagecoach pointing a flintlock and boldly declared their evil intentions. Sure, they were desperate, lawbreaking criminals who eventually hanged. But they had a romantic appeal [] The post Stand and deliver: Its Highway robbery appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:18

Burning Bridges "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you missed it, here is the full video of Jami-lee Ross press conference where he accused Simon Bridges of a corrupt practice, announced his resignation from National and resigned from parliament to contest a by-election as an independent. The post Burning Bridges appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:15

Book review of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Book reviews are suggested by readers and commenters. Please send your own book reviews to books@whaleoil.co.nz Todays review comes from Anita On Islam A Chronological Record 2002-2108 By James V Schall, S.J. Fr James Schall SJ is a political philosopher who is now retired. Born in 1928, he has the wealth of years and a [] The post Book review of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:05

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

DONT MISS IT - THURSDAY IN WAI`ANAE


10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Hi, Im currently on a cruise around the Great Barrier and thought you might like this picture through a window at Willis Island. Its an Aussie weather base with 4 crew members based on site for 6-month tours. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Farming with depression a daily battle for young Waikato Farmer Gerald Piddock:

Paige Hocking takes it one day at a time in battling depression while working on a dairy farm.

She seldom makes long-term plans because she never knows when the black dog might wander in.

It all starts in the morning when she wakes up on the 125-hectare farm she works as a dairy assistant near Waiterimu in Waikato.

The 21-year-old was diagnosed with depression three years ago. She describes its effects as like shaking up a bottle of soft drink. . .

Schemes success testament to conscience of rural community Richard Davison:

Water quality in New Zealands creeks and rivers has become a hot-button issue during recent years, and much has been made of the failure to live up to the nations 100% Pure branding.

Given recent headlines declaring Otagos waterways to be horrific, and with only 60% considered better than fair over the course of a 10-year analysis, it would be easy to believe the message has not been getting through to where and to whom it matters.

Those often bearing the brunt of blame for deteriorating water quality have been farmers, but their characterisation as wilfully ignorant, environment-wrecking profiteers could not be further from the truth, according to Landcare Research environmental scientist Craig Simpson. . . 

Bees taking farmer on busy journey Sally Rae:

Julie Kearney is getting a buzz out of bees.

Mrs Kearney and husband Tony farm sheep and beef cattle on Shingly Creek Station, a 2000ha property on the Pig Root.

Nearly three years ago, the fifth-generation farmers were discussing how they did not see many bees on the farm.

So Mrs Kearney completed a certificate in apiculture through Taratahi and she now has 14 established hives. . . 

10:00

Classic Comedy: Ronnie Corbett in Sorry S07 E05 Winters Tale "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Sorry! is a BBC television sitcom, that aired on BBC1 from 1981 to 1982 and from 1985 to 1988. Starring Ronnie Corbett, created and written by Ian Davidson and Peter Vincent for the BBC, both of whom had previously written for The Two Ronnies, of whom Corbett was one half.

Sorry! is based around Timothy Lumsden who, 41 years old in the first three series (his age increased to 42 and then 48 in subsequent series Corbett was actually 50-57 during the series run), is a librarian who still lives at home with his domineering mother Phyllis and henpecked father Sidney. Although quite shy around women, Timothy longs to find love and leave home, but Phyllis is always against the idea, and constantly manipulates her son into staying at home. One of the running gags of the series is Sidney frequently shouting Language, Timothy! when he feels Timothy has said something inappropriate (though most times nobody would typically find the words even close to offensive). Timothy usually responds Sorry father, but sometimes snaps Shut up, father! to which Sidney always replies Fair enough.

The writers used this to clever effect in one episode when Timothy is boasting about his acadmeic achievements; I got two passes in English, Literature and the other one, at which point Sidney walks past and says Language, Timothy.

In contrast, Timothys friend Frank and sister Muriel urge Timothy to stand up to his mother once and for all. Muriel had successfully left home, and married Kevin, and as a result is viewed with distrust by her mother.

09:53

Hillsong Founder the pedophile Frank Houston and boy victim WNZ1, the first known Wellington New Zealand boy victim "IndyWatch Feed National"

Brian Houston: I'm sorry the victims feel sad, very hurt and alone. I'll remember them in my prayers. Sorry I can't help the victims more.

Pastor Brian Houston the head of Hillsong Global Church. Heartless. Refuses to help the boy sexual  abuse victims of his father Pastor Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong Global Church in any way. Hid and sheltered his secret lifelong pedophile father Frank Houston for five years from 1999 to 2004 from the NSW Police and in doing this deprived the boy victims of Justice. Facing looming pedophile protection charges  Brian Houston: Im sorry the victims feel sad, very hurt and alone. Ill remember them in my prayers. Sorry I cant help the victims in any way.

09:39

Oral Questions 16 October 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Questions to Ministers SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Governments statements and actions? TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Is it a goal of this Governments economic policy to make it easier for New Zealand families to get ahead? [] The post Oral Questions 16 October 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:36

Extension of the Vickery Mine Submissions Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

[ Saturday, 20 Oct; 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ] Submission writing against the Vickery Megamine (think Boggabri, Gunnedah) Saturday 20 October, 2-4 pm at the Wicklow (Cocktail Room upstairs). AACSG&M has fought for years against the fossil fuel industry (both coal and csg) in the Laird and Pilliga forests and out onto the Liverpool plains. A number of us (including Kerri, Anna, Pat and Tania) attended [...] full article 

09:30

Bruce the wandering whale cant wait to go racing! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Well, its been a big couple of weeks getting ready for the upcoming Targa rally, and Bruce the Wandering Whale is keen to come along for the ride! It has been lots of work getting the old Mustang ready and then I had a bombshell that my co-driver, our own oiler HR, had life conspire [] The post Bruce the wandering whale cant wait to go racing! appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:30

The Unknown War: #20/20 A Soldier of the Unknown War "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The greatest battles of World War II, the most colossal encounters of military force, the most devastating human losses which the modern world has ever seen, occurred on Russian soil during 1941-1945, on a battlefield that is unknown to most Americans. The conflict between Hitlers Germany and Stalins Russia claimed more than 30 million lives. On the early morning of June 22, 1941, the Nazi Wehrmacht had amassed 4.2 million crack troops along a front that stretched for 1,800 miles, and Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union began. The Nazi high command was extremely confident, expecting the total collapse of Stalins Russia within six weeks. In reality, The Unknown War raged on for nearly four years. Before it finished, the Nazis and Soviets fought the single greatest campaign in military history. The Unknown War covers that period of history beginning in June 1941, when Germany launched its surprise attack on Russia, through to the end of the war. The Unknown War was a landmark television series, detailing the drama of the Eastern European front during World War II. Academy Award Winner Burt Lancaster hosts the 20 part series. Film footage from Soviet archives comprises a major portion of the series, supplemented by film from both the United States and British archives. Burt Lancaster spent three weeks in eight cities in Russia, for location filming. The Unknown War was made as a counter to the deliberate distortions in the Anglo-American series The World At War, which chose to give as much coverage to the US in Italy as it did to the Red Army at war from the Arctic to the Black Sea. So blatant was the politically motivated distortion in The World At War that the Soviet authorities ultimately refused to cooperate in its production. Instead they set out to make a documentary series of their own that would tell the real story of the War in the East. The Eastern (Russian) Front of WW2 has been side-lined in the Western media for decades, reduced to just one aspect of the War, if it is even mentioned at all. Certainly there is never any recognition given to the fact that it was the main, decisive arena of WW2, the scene of a titanic struggle that, at the cost of 30 million Soviet lives, saved the world from fascism. Made by the USSRs Central Documentary Film Studios, The Unknown War dealt exhaustively with the war on the Soviet front. Narrated by Burt Lancaster, who also appeared on camera, the series featured interviews with many participants from numerous battles, partisan campaigns and SS massacres. It showed the destruction, the sacrifice and th...

09:00

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

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09:00

RNZ Saturday Morning with Kim Hill: Shivshankar Menon Shifting sands of geopolitics "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Kim Hill

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20181013-1008-shivshankar_menon_-_shifting_sands_of_geopolitics-128.mp3

india is now the fastest-growing major economy in the world. Shivshankar Menon joins Kim to discuss geopolitics, shifting philosophies and alliances, and the global players he describes as the new authoritarians. Menon is a former Indian foreign secretary and national security adviser, and one of Foreign Policy magazines Top 100 Global Thinkers. A career diplomat, he has served as Ambassador or High Commissioner of India to Israel, Sri Lanka, China, and Pakistan. He was a member of Indias Atomic Energy Commission from 2008 to 2014 and served in Indias missions to the International Atomic Energy Agency. He is currently the chairman of the Advisory Board of the Institute of Chinese Studies in New Delhi, a Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Washington, and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies at National University of Singapore. He has been in Aotearoa this week to present a lecture for the Victoria University of Wellington Centre for Strategic Studies.

An interesting discussion.

08:30

Public transport groups oppose Auckland light rail "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

RNZ reports: quote. Two public transport lobby groups are opposing plans to build a light rail line between Auckland airport and the city centre. At a public meeting last night, the Public Transport Users Association and NZ Transport 2050 said the government had got it wrong. In April the government and Auckland Council released the [] The post Public transport groups oppose Auckland light rail appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

Trump cleans up the oceans "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

And nobody says a single word. This from The Daily Caller: quote. President Donald Trump added his signature to the Save Our Seas Act on Thursday, green-lighting an initiative to clean up eight million tons of debris from the planets oceans. As president I will continue to do everything I can to stop other nations from [] The post Trump cleans up the oceans appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

Gresham College: Prof Simon Thurley #2- English Architecture: Reaching for Heaven, 1130-1300 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Another good  lecture on a very interesting topic as Prof Thurley looks at how English Architecture evolved

07:59

IMF continues to tread the ridiculous path "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

I am back in Australia now and I dont have to stand on my head to write (a reference to the hassles of trying to maintain some order while travelling to different destinations on an almost daily basis). Last week, the IMF released its so-called Fiscal Monitor October 2018 and the mainstream financial press had a picnic claiming all sorts of disaster scenarios would follow from the sort of financial situations revealed in the publication. At the time of the publication I was in London and the British press went crazy after the IMF publication predicting that taxes would have to rise and fiscal surpluses would have to be maintained and increased to bring the governments balance sheet back into balance. Yes, apparently the British government, which issues its own currency, has shareholders who care about its Profit and Loss statement and the flow implications of the latter for the Balance Sheet of the Government. Anyone who knows anything quickly realises this is a ruse. There is no meaningful application of the finances pertaining to a private corporation to the finances of a currency-issuing government. A currency-issuing governments balance sheet provides no help in our understanding of what spending capacities such a government has.

The IMF Fiscal Monitor carries the specific title Managing Public Wealth and starts with an unobjectionable statement:

Public sector balance sheets provide the most comprehensive picture of public wealth. They bring together all the accumulated assets and liabilities that the government controls, including public corporations, natural resources, and pension liabilities.

I say unobjectionable in the sense of being harmless.

We might be interested in knowing what assets are held on our behalf in the public sector and what liabilities the government holds.

Then again we might not be.

It doesnt matter much.

What we know is that assets that are held in the public sector should be utilised to advance the well-being of the citizens and a currency-issuing government can always service any liabilities that are denominated in its own currency.

That is about as far at it goes.

If public sector assets are an important component of our wealth, then we should be very concerned with policies that liquidate that wealth that is, privatisation.

The IMF really get themselves caught up here more below on that.

But, any notion that the government is like a privately-owned corporation and that we should appraise it according to the indicators we....

07:58

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07:54

Fearing Wildfires, California Utilities Cut Power to Thousands "IndyWatch Feed World"

SAN FRANCISCOConcerned about downed power lines sparking wildfires, two major California utilities for the first time cut power to some customers amid high winds and another power provider was considering similar action.

Pacific Gas & Electric began cutting power Sunday night to tens of thousands of customers in Northern California after the National Weather Service warned of extreme fire danger across the state due to high winds, low humidity and dry vegetation.

San Diego Gas & Electric followed suit Monday, turning off power to about 360 customers in foothill areas near Cleveland National Forest, where multiple blazes have scorched large swaths of land in recent years.

Pacific Gas & Electric previously announced its plan to shut off power preemptively after authorities blamed its power lines for sparking some of Californias most destructive wildfires.

The utility expects to pay billions of dollars in wildfire damages and has sought ways to limit its liability through the courts and Legislature.

PG&E said about 87,000 customers had their power halted and more could be left in the dark depending on the weather. Some 60,000 customers remained without power. Schools in those affected areas canceled classes.

PG&E said it expected to restore power Monday night to most customers though some residents wont get electricity back until Tuesday.

We know how much our customers rely on electric service, and we have made the decision to turn off power as a last resort given the extreme fire danger conditions these communities are experiencing, PG&E spokesman Pat Hogan said.

PG&E said it began notifying affected customers on Saturday about possible outages. However, many said Monday they had received little or no notice.

Stewart Munnerlyn was scrambling to find generators to save $8,000 worth of ice cream at his creamery shop in Pine Grove, about 55 miles (89 kilometers) east of Sacramento. Munnerlyn said he is in Virginia visiting a sick relative and received three text messages Sunday night from PG&E saying it might cut power, but he didnt know it actually happened until a friend called him.

They knew what they were going to do obviously, Munnerlyn said. We werent given enough notice to properly prepare.

PG&E spokeswoman Melissa Subottin said power was also cut to hospitals and other medical providers that are required to have backup power sources. PG&E officials visited 4,400 medical customers in the affected areas to personally warn them of the outages, she said.

The weather service predicted winds gusting to 55 mph (89 kph) in the Sierra foothills east of Sacramento. High winds were also expected in the states wine country north of San Francisco.

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07:47

Australia should be 'exporting sunshine, not coal', economist Jeffrey Sachs tells Q&A "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

US analyst criticises successive governments for defending coal in wake of alarming IPCC report on climate changeEconomist Jeffrey Sachs has criticised successive Australian governments for defending a 19th or 20th century industry rather than taking decisive action on climate change, saying Australia should be exporting sunshine, not coal.Make a plan, make a timeline, tell the world how you're going to decarbonise, and then we'll all be happy to hear from Australia that [...]

07:38

Did Saudi, CIA Fear Khashoggi 9/11 Bombshell? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The macabre case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi raises the question: did Saudi rulers fear him revealing highly damaging information on their secret dealings? In particular, possible involvement in the 9/11 terror attacks on New York in 2001.   Published: October 15, 2018 Authored by Finian Cunningham via The Strategic Culture Foundation, Even more intriguing []

The post Did Saudi, CIA Fear Khashoggi 9/11 Bombshell? appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

07:30

We swapped energy self sufficiency for climate change flag waving "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Just where did this short-sighted government think we were going to source our power from when they shut the door on oil and gas exploration and alerted the mining industry that their neck was also on the chopping block? Refer Whaleoil Rat on the green party menu for a warning from the mining industry on importing [] The post We swapped energy self sufficiency for climate change flag waving appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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.

07:15

Khashoggi and Middle Eastern grotesqueries "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Before Jamal Khashoggis troubling vanishment, he wrote a final column for the Washington Post in September 2018, whereupon he excoriated Crown Prince Salman, of the House of Saud, to end the cruel war in Yemen by using his powerful clout to pressure the Iranians into an immediate ceasefire.  His admonishment included this appeal to his Prince: Saudi Arabia is defined and represented by its Islamic stature. We should not need to be reminded of the value of human life. Muslims around the world deserve to see [the] birthplace of Islam represent the ethics of Islam. The post Khashoggi and Middle Eastern grotesqueries appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Weapons grade whitewash incoming "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It was a day of substandard compliance issues in the media yesterday. First, there was the whole NZTA compliance and safety story, and then there was this. Quote: A new report released today by Regan Cunliffe shows that almost four years after the Vulnerable Children Act was enacted, up to 62% of schools did not [] The post Weapons grade whitewash incoming appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Housing accessibility and human rights "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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by NIKKI STOKES

This article will appear in Fightbacks upcoming September issue on Accessibility. To support our work, consider subscribing to our e-publication ($NZ20 annually) or print magazine ($NZ60 annually). You can subscribe with PayPal or credit card here.

When our landlord issued a 90 day notice of intent to take back occupation of the home my young family had been renting for two years, I did what most people in my generation have had to do at some point; I spent hours of my time desperately scouring real estate websites, publications and new paper listings in hopes of finding another home to rent at a time when demand significantly outstrips supply.

Unlike the majority of hopeful tenants, however, I dismissed most of the available pr...

07:00

Lesley Stahl interviews President Trump for 60 Mintes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Trump gave an interview to CBS Lesley Stahl which was shown on 60 Minutes Sunday in the US. Below is the transcript from the CBS website. As yet have not found a complete video, but there are some clips available and some of these are shown below.

When Americans vote in next months midterm elections, its likely President Trump and his agenda will be motivating them as much as any candidate or local issue on the ballot.

Almost two years ago when we last interviewed then-President-Elect Trump, he seemed surprised he had won. Not that hed ever admit that to us.

Well, when we sat down with him this past Thursday in the White House, we found him confident and boastful, as he told us hes learned on the job. He was eager to joust over the issues of the day: the economy, China and Russia and of course fake news. But we started with very real news. The suspected murder of a Saudi journalist and the catastrophe of Hurricane Michael. Which has devastated parts of the Florida Panhandle. Claiming at least 19 lives and leaving hundreds of thousands without power across the Southeast. Michael comes on the heels of a series of super storms: Florence in the Carolinas, Maria in Puerto Rico, Harvey in Texas.

Lesley Stahl: Do you still think that climate change is a hoax?

President Donald Trump: I think somethings happening. Somethings changing and itll change back again. I dont think its a hoax, I think theres probably a difference. But I dont know that its manmade. I will say this. I dont wanna give trillions and trillions of dollars. I dont wanna lose millions and millions of jobs. I dont wanna be put at a disadvantage.

Lesley Stahl: I wish you could go to Greenland, watch these huge chunks of ice just falling into the ocean, raising the sea levels.

President Donald Trump: And you dont know whether or not that would have happened with or without man. You dont know.

Lesley Stahl: Well, your scientists, your scientists

President Donald Trump: No, we have

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07:00

Still supporting Simon "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Why are some in the media saying the Ross saga is a threat to Simon Bridges leadership?

His expenses were leaked, he asked for an inquiry, the Speaker appointed someone to do one, cancelled it for no good reason, then secretly got one done anyway.

The PwC report didnt find conclusive proof of who the leaker is but the evidence points to Mr Ross.

Bridges released the report and the caucus will meet to discuss it this morning.

None of this provides grounds to destabilise his leadership.

Even if Ross wasnt the leaker his bizarre texts show he has ruled himself out of caucus.

If he has mental health issues, and those texts indicate he has, he should get the help he needs, but he should resign while he gets it.

Otherwise, I cant see that caucus will have any choice but to expel him.

Rather than threatening Bridges as some in the media are forecasting, this will strengthen his leadership, and anyone Ive spoken to in the party (admittedly a very small number) will support that.

Yes, his personal support in polls is reportedly low. That is inevitable for any leader of the opposition at this time in the electoral cycle.

Although there have been very few public polls, no-one who knows is disputing that Nationals party support remains around the same as it was at the election.

Anyone who wants to challenge the leader when the party has that level of support doesnt have the wisdom and sense to lead.

It might not be much fun being in opposition, but the road out of it is not paved with internal dissent and disunity under a revolving leadership.

Until this blip National was doing a very good job of being united, highlighting faults in the government and there have been more than enough of them and working on policy development in preparation for the election.

The decision for caucus is a no-brainer expel the dissident, carry on united under Bridges leadership and earn the votes to return to government.

The alternative is to follow the bad example of Labour which left them wandering in the wilderness of opposition for nearly nine years.

06:30

Damien Grant on the government attacks on private business "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Damien Grant looks at the governments recent and ongoing attacks against private business: Quote: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is shocked at the recent price increase of petrol. She should be. The cost of petrol is incredible. According to an analysis by the AA, 45 per cent of the cost of petrol is made of taxes. [] The post Damien Grant on the government attacks on private business appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Career over for Jami-lee Ross, probably for Simon Bridges too "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jami-Lee Ross has been named as Nationals dirty little leaker, and even though he is a friend my position remains the same. Hes finished as a National MP. No caucus member will tolerate him and it is unlikely that he can tough this out. Quote: National MP Jami-Lee Ross is facing suspension from the party [] The post Career over for Jami-lee Ross, probably for Simon Bridges too appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Exams defer national strike until Thursday 25 October "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

KEITH JACKSON

Politicians Juffa Bird & Kramer
Gov Gary Juffa, Gov Allan Bird and Bryan Kramer - Planning a nationwide boycott for Thursday 25 October

PORT MORESBY Opposition members of parliament have deferred  a nationwide strike in Papua New Guinea until Thursday of next week because the protest would have clashed with this week's Grade 12 examinations.

The boycott is to protest against the O'Neill government colluding with overseas opportunists to steal from our people.

At a meeting last night, the organisers decided to avoid the strike conflicting with the major national exam, which is sat by 28,000 students.

In the wake of the continuing Maserati scandal, Oro governor Gary Juffa, East Sepik governor Allan Bird and Madang MP Bryan Kramer together with former prime minister Sir Mekere Morauta, now an MP, issued a call to people to join in the strike by staying home in a show of a nonviolent defiance.

Their call resonated even louder today when The Australian newspaper revealed that three new Bentley Flying Spur limousines worth a total of over $960,000 (K2.5 million) had been added to the APEC luxury vehicle fleet. The newspaper had obtained an invoice for the Bentleys made out to PNG's APEC CEO Chris Hawkins.

We are disgusted. We have heard [peoples] views and expressions on social media and we share the same concerns about the corruption and scandals led by the ONeill government, Mr Kramer said. "We could no longer sit back and watch you struggle to put your children through school in the hope of a job that will never exist.

This afternoon the Opposition said it would use the week before the Thuesday 25 October strike to meet with union, civil society and church leaders to "solicit their support in protest of the systematic corruption crippling the country".

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05:30

Gresham College: Prof. Vernon Bogdanor Postwar Political Crises in Britain #2/6 1956 The Suez Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This series from 2015 is most interesting, even if you do not necessarily accept Bogdanors perceptions and interpretations of the events.

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

Labour 100 day medical cannabis promise could be 1,000 days or more "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The lack of urgency by the Government on medical cannabis has been very disappointing, after initial promise of it being a first 100 day priority, and especially as it was promoted as important by Jacinda Ardern in the memory of her friend Helen Kelly. And it was promoted as a 100 day promise: Labour will []

05:15

RNZ Checkpoint: Mark Mitchell: Simon Bridges leadership not at risk "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Again from Checkpoint, the predictable rallying around the leader, but does he mean it:-

a cynic might make the point that by saying leadership not at risk, Mitchell is in fact signalling the opposite.

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.

05:14

Garner continues to put the boot into Simon Bridges "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

On the AM Show Duncan Garner continues to attack Simon Bridges, so just what agenda is Garner following, or whose?

05:00

RNZ Nine To Noon: Mills and Sherson on Politics "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Monday was not a good day for Simon Bridges, as Nine To Noon carried a discussion in their weekly political commentary slot on an apparent error in his election returns

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntnpol-20181015-1107-political_commentary_with_mills_and_sherson-128.mp3

Stephen Mills and Trish Sherson on allegations Simon Bridges amended his personal electoral donation return to remove two donations totalling $24,000, and how the report into who leaked Mr Bridges expenses is expected to be released this week.  Also, the implications of the Governments large surplus, the pluses and the minuses; and the Prime Ministers targeting of petrol companies over hiked fuel prices. Stephen Mills is the executive director of UMR Research and former political adviser to two Labour governments and Trish Sherson is from corporate affairs firm Sherson Willis, and a former ACT press secretary.

05:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught   Oscar Wilde who was born on this day in 1854.

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

Report highlights govt's multiple breaches in SABL land grab "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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PORT MORESBY - The appalling human rights abuses being suffered by the victims of the huge SABL land-grab in Papua New Guinea are the focus of a report published yesterday.

The SABL Land Grab: Papua New Guineas Ongoing Human Rights Scandal highlights the devastating impacts on people living in rural communities and gives a voice to those who have suffered the illegal loss of their land to logging and oil-palm plantations.

One of them is Peter Tai, who says people were threatened, beaten and turned away by armed police and the army when they tried to stop the logging and oil palm planting on their traditional land

When the company uses the police and army, they twist the law and beat us up very badly, to the point where we are afraid to attempt stopping the company again, Mr Tai said.

It is not only violence that people have suffered.

A landowner from Pomio explained: We the people have lost our God-given birthright to our land for 99 years, and significantly our traditions, cultures, customs, virgin forest and friendly environment, the eco systems we depend on and our peaceful community living and life setting.

The report highlights how the SABL land grab, as well as breaching PNGs own land laws and Constitution, has breached a whole raft of international laws and conventions.

These include the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, and many of the fundamental human rights protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The report has been published by the UK based charity, War on Want, and PNG based community advocacy group, Act Now!

The two groups are calling for immediate action by the PNG government to end the land grab and cancel the leases and are also asking the international community to be more proactive in pressuring for action by the authorities.

We are calling on the UN special rapporteurs who have already written to the government expressing their concerns about the human rights abuses to come to PNG to see the impacts first hand and speak directly with the government.

We are also calling on China and the other countries taking logs and palm oil from the SA......

04:56

Jami-Lee Ross political history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jami-lee Ross is political history, just about. He may resign from the National Party before he is dumped. He may do the honourable thing and resign from the Botany electorate, or he might hang on in disgrace until the next election. There is no way he will be nominated to stand for National again. No []

04:30

Faces of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is banshee (noun) A female spirit in Gaelic folklore believed to presage, by wailing, a death in a family. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : In Irish folklore, a bean sdhe (literally woman of fairyland) was not a welcome guest. When she was seen combing her hair or heard [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:14

A big day for Simon Bridges "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Yesterday was an awful day for Simon Bridges, and for the National Opposition, but I actually think Bridges handled the mess reasonably well, stepping up in difficult circumstances, showing he may have some leadership abilities after all. To me he came across ok at his media conference, speaking better than normal having to speak []

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 16 26 It is good for workers to have an appetite; an empty stomach drives them on. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Checkpoint: RNZ Political Editor Jane Patterson looks at the Bridges-Ross mess "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Another piece from Checkpoint on the Bridges-Ross mess

National MP Jami-Lee Ross says he fell out with party leader Simon Bridges some months ago and was pushed out on medical leave because he has evidence of Bridges being involved in unlawful activity. Political Editor Jane Patterson joins Checkpoint to discuss the extraordinary events.

https://youtu.be/wQEzwOyP_f8

This just gets messier with every report, but the media and the left love it, as do those on the right who suffer from the delusion that a hard right National will lead them to the Promised Land. In that belief they are delusional and totally irrational.

04:00

Pauline Hanson, dysfunctionality & the politics of profligacy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Albert & Maserati
Dr Albert Schram, pictured here on his Sunday hike in Italy, knows a Maserati when he sees one.

PHIL FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - In her simplistic way, the extreme right wing politician Pauline Hanson says that if Papua New Guinea can afford forty luxury Maserati vehicles it doesnt need Australian aid.

It is the same sort of logic that many people use when arguing for a cut to welfare payments. The argument goes that if they just spend the money on cigarettes, booze and poker machines and refuse to get a job they dont deserve to get it.

We all know that most people forced onto welfare struggle to make ends meet and carefully manage their money.

It is just the irresponsible minority that gives them a bad name and forces more and more strictures on everyone.

The Papua New Guinea government has now further and decisively demonstrated that it is a similar irresponsible minority.

The Maserati purchase is now a fecund symbol of the unbridled extravagance and irresponsibility of the ONeill government.

By remaining uncritical the Australian government is complicit and its aid program suspect.

I suspect that this story is going to play out for some considerable time, both before and after APEC.

I also suspect that as the narrative evolves and the symbolism strengthens there will be a backlash.

This will be especially so if politicians are spotted driving around Moresby in the vehicles after APEC finishes. Nobody would be that stupid, or would they Mr Tkatchenko?

Aid donors, particularly Australia but perhaps even China and others, will now think twice about giving Papua New Guinea more money to splurge on questionable programs.

In political terms this might be a good thing but in practical terms for the Papua New Guinean people it will be another setback.

With a government up to its eyeballs in debt, reduced aid money will only mean that the trickle that actually gets spent in rural areas will be diminished.

Inherent in Pauline H...

Actually, Lets Not Set Aside Land Next to Rail Lines for Mansionization "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Today, we are featuring a guest post from our friends at the Sightline Institute. It was originally published on their site and is reproduced here with permission. Sightline Institute is an independent, nonprofit think tank providing leading original analysis of energy, economic, and environmental policy in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Its mission is to make the Northwest a global model of sustainability.

In this post, Michael Andersen discusses how restrictive land-use rules near Portland, Oregons rail stations basically ensure that most of the homes built within walking distance of those stations will be expensive single-family houses.

This not only limits Portland-area residents access to high quality transit, but, we at Strong Towns would add, also prevents local government entities from realizing the fullest possible return on a large investment in transit infrastructurethe kind of return that might make it possible to afford more rail lines like this in the future. This article is part of the series Legalizing Inexpensive Housing.


Two years from next month, Portlands regional government plans to ask voters for about a billion dollars to help build the first modern light rail line through the regions most exclusive quadrant.

The Southwest Corridor project through Portlands mostly well-off (but poorly connected) southwest neighborhoods could become a new model for the Pacific Northwest in how to improve housing and transportation at the same time.

Alternatively, it could become a model of how to utterly fail at doing so.

 A house built in 2015 on Southwest Capitol Hill Road, a five-minute walk from a proposed rail station. When this is the only sort of home that's legal, it's the only sort of home we'll get. Photo by Google Maps.

A house built in 2015 on Southwest Capitol Hill Road, a five-minute walk from a proposed rail station. When this is the only sort of home that's legal, it's the only sort of home we'll get. Photo by Google Maps.

On Thursday, Po...

03:30

Refugee families ripped apart by Australian Government take their case to the United Nations "IndyWatch Feed National"

63 mothers, fathers and children permanently separated between Australia and indefinite offshore detention on Manus and Nauru have taken their case for family reunion to the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

The group includes:

  • five babies born in Australia whose fathers are indefinitely detained on Nauru;

  • a father detained on Manus Island for five years whose wife and children are living in Sydney and whose daughters are studying at University; and

  • husbands and wives, children and parents, and brothers and sisters, who remain permanently separated because they arrived and sought protection in Australia on different dates.

The complaint, made on behalf of the families by the Human Rights Law Centre and barristers Kylie Evans, John Maloney and Marion Isobel, is one of the largest UN actions ever brought against the Australian Government and comes during the Governments first year as a member of the UN Human Rights Council.

Daniel Webb, director of legal advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre, said:

These families just want what every family in the world wants to be together with the people they love the most. But instead they are being needlessly ripped apart and go to bed every night with a massive knot in their stomach not knowing if or when they will ever see each other again, said Mr Webb.

Every one of these families has a heartbreaking separation moment - a moment when they realised our Government was permanently tearing them apart. One of the dads told me he felt like his entire body froze. He said he couldnt move or even breathe and just collapsed to the floor and had to be carried away.

Ripping apart these families is cruel, harmful and clearly illegal.

The UN case contains detailed evidence of the harm being caused to the families by their indefinite separation, particularly the harm being caused to the children who are separated from one of their parents.

The medical evidence is harrowing. Some of these kids are permanently grief-stricken in their minds every single day its like someone they love has died. Imagine being a child and growing up permanently grief stricken, hearing your mum crying in bed every night because she doesnt know if you will ever get to meet your dad. Its just brutal, said Mr Webb.

The families, who have been separated for up to five years, have made repeated requests to the Government to be reunited. Each time they are just ignored or told to go back to offshore detention.

Were talking about a handful of families. Instead of forcing people to choose between the c...

03:20

Media watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

16 October 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.

03:05

Open Forum Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

16 October 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 []

02:48

Can we buy our way out of the sixth extinction? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Money, its said, makes the world go round. The old adage appears to be true in conservation, too: A paper in Nature tracked $14.4 billion spent on conservation programs over a 12-year period around the world, and found that it was money well spent. All the money we have been spending on conservation has actually made a difference, says Anthony Waldron, lead author of the paper and research fellow at the National University of Singapore. To understand if spending was effectively making a difference in conservation, the authors compiled a dataset that took into account both species decline and conservation funding per capita in 109 countries. The researchers also looked at how development population growth, industrial expansion, and agriculture contributed to biodiversity loss. The model found that while development and GDP growth affected biodiversity negatively, money spent on conservation greatly reduced those impacts. In the 109 countries studied, all of them signatories to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the researchers found a median average reduction of 29 percent of species loss per country as a result of the billions spent in the period from 1996 to 2008. If we hadnt spent the money, we would have lost a third more biodiversity than we did, Waldron tells wildlife.org. The researchers also found that nearly two-thirds of global biodiversity loss during that period was concentrated in just seven countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, India, Australia and the United States (the latter

02:30

02:23

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

some pictures from the siara celebration

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02:19

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

161018PRESIDENT AT SIARA
New Dawn FM News

The ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS and the Regional member for Bougainville, JOE LERA and the local ABG member for Selau, JOSEPH WATAWI yesterday attended the Siara local women celebrations organized with the Nazareth Centre in Chabai and some of their partners who came in from overseas.

In this celebrations the women displayed many activities from dancing to the bamboo beat and displaying their cultures to the visitors who were invited to attend.

These activities also had the women displaying their gardens to the visitors as part of food security for the people of SELAU.

They also had many songs and stories highlighting the need to protect women and children from abuse within our societies.
The celebrations ended in the afternoon.

One interesting thing from this ceremony was that all food and drinks were sold and there was no free food and drinks even for the invited guests.

Most of the items sold were locally produced food.

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Caption f one of the clan members explaining her attires

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Pictures from the welcome dinner

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some pictures at the welcome dinner

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Listening to welcome song by Yumi Yet Bamboo band

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Washing of feet on arrival at Buka

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161018BRC TRANSITIONAL COMMITTEE MET IN BUKA
New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville Referendum Committees Transitional Committee met in Buka for the first time yesterday since the committee was appointed by both the ABG and PNG Governments.
The arrival of the Chairman and three term Prime Minister of Ireland BERTIE AHERN was announced by the Prime Minister PETER ONIEL at the Special JSB meeting in Port Moresby last Thursday.
The Prime Minister also announced PNG governments appointees to the Bougainville Referendum Commission as the former Chief Secretary to Government, ROBERT IGARA and DR THOMAS WEBSTER from the National Research Institute.
ABG had earlier announced its appointees as the former ABC Vice President, PATRICK NISIRA and the head of the Bougainville healthy community concept, RUBIE MIRINGKA.
During the absence of the Bougainville Referendum Commission a transitional committee co-chaired by the PNG Electoral Commissioner, PATILIUS GAMATO and the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU have been working in making preparatory work for the Bougainville referendum.
The team led by the BERTIE AHERN and were welcomed at the Buka airport by a cultural group from HAKU.
They met several people including the ABG President and the ABG Speaker during their two days stay in Buka.
They returned to Port Moresby yesterday.
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Pictured is Bertie Ahern welcomed by the ABG Protocol Officer Belinda Sali Picture by Aloysius Laukai

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Canadian studies prompt researcher to voice grave concerns "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Last week three new studies were published on fluoride adding more weight to an already overwhelming body of evidence that fluoridation is not safe.

I have grave concerns about the health effects of fluoride said Ashley Malin, lead author of the Canadian Fluoride-Thyroid study and a researcher at the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Published in Environmental International, the study found that the thyroid stimulating (TSH) hormone of pregnant Canadian women with low iodine was increased by fluoride. High TSH levels indicates the thyroid is not working properly. Hypothyroidism is known to cause depression, anxiety and obesity.

A second study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, found that most fluoride exposure for Canadians came from fluoridated drinking water and that pregnant women in fluoridated areas had nearly twice as much fluoride in their urine as pregnant women in non-fluoridated areas. The lead author of this study, an associate professor and researcher at York University, Christine Till, says I am certain the safety of fluoride ingestion has not been proven.

The third study, also published in Environmental International, found that children whose mothers were exposed to fluoride during pregnancy had higher rates of ADHD. This study, funded by the US Government, was carried out using the same data as the landmark IQ study, Prenatal Fluoride Exposure and Cognitive Outcomes in Children at 4 and 6-12 Years of Age in Mexico, published last year. It found IQ was reduced with increased fluoride exposure.

The fact that the Canadian women living in fluoridated areas have been found to have the same levels of fluoride as the women in Mexican, demonstrates the relevance of the IQ and ADHD studies to the Canadian population. Research in NZ shows women in fluoridated areas also have the same level as the Canadian women..New Zealanders are also known to be iodine deficient.

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Lera On Community Based Initiatives
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Community based programs to raise revenue within small rural communities can have a definitive impact on Bougainvilles economy.
Regional Member for Bougainville, Joe Lera says that only twenty percent of Bougainvilleans pay tax that contributes to Bougainvilles revenue.
Bougainvilles revenue at the moment stands at K20 million which is derived from cash crops and taxes collected from goods and services and income taxes.
Mr Lera says that encouraging rural based economies will also have an impact on the eighty percent in the rural areas who will be able to pay taxes.
He stressed that people in the rural areas must be empowered to participate in development and sustaining the political outcome of the referendum.
With an overwhelming number opting for independence creating a strong economic base for the Bougainville is a priority.
The ABG has so far banked on the mining industry to save it from its economic woes but mining remains a sensitive and unstable issue on Bougainville.
He says focus must be brought back to the basics like sports, arts and crafts and the agricultural sector to allow people to make something of themselves in society.

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Momis Acknowledges Women
New Dawn FM
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The resilience of Bougainvillean women has been acknowledged by the Rural Womens Day at Siara Village in the Selau Constituency.
ABG President Chief Dr John Momis says that Bougainvillean women are proud and confident of their identity and their traditions.
He says women play an important role in society without any recognition but they continue to strive to better society.
President Momis acknowledges their contribution and encouraged them to keep helping to move Bougainville forward.
Momis also encouraged people present at the day to adhere to social justice principles, respect law and order, recognising human rights and ensuring peace prevails within communities.
Momis stressed the need to adhere to human rights and respecting our fellow man especially in the lead up to the referendum in the next couple of months.
He says it is the responsibility of Bougainvilleans to respect and promote human rights as they prepare for the referendum.

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