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Sunday, 30 September


Autumn Open Day "IndyWatch Feed"

food forest speaks

Hear about our Open Days
in Radio Adelaide's interview
with Graham Brookman.



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Sunday, 15 April


Spring Open Day "IndyWatch Feed"

food forest speaks

Hear about our Open Days
in Radio Adelaide's interview
with Graham Brookman.

Permaculture Walk & Talk

The tour will start with a brief introduction to Permaculture, the design system for sustainable living. We will then take you on a walk inspecting revegetation work along the Gawler River, vegetable gardens and poultry.

We will have a look at the passive solar, energy efficient buildings, including strawbale buildings, solar hot water and photovoltaic systems, rainwater catchment, composting toilet and reedbed systems. We then move on to the sanctuary where native vegetation adds to the diversity amongst the production orchards.

We will explain the growing of many of our fruit and nut species such as figs, apples, pears, carobs, pistachios, and grapes.

Tastings and sales of trees and organic produce will also be available.

More about permaculture...
Click here for directions and maps.

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Sunday, 01 April


Farmers Market Wayville "IndyWatch Feed"

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

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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Thursday, 22 March


Earthquake swarm under Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

An episode of volcanic earthquakes is occurring beneath Mount Ruapehu since March 15, 2018. This is a common observation during a heating phase of the crater lake (Te Wai -moe), GeoNet scientist Brad Scott reports. Crater lake's current temperature of 39...... Read more


Open Forum Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

22 March 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 []


Tit for tat "IndyWatch Feed"


BOB Daily Telegraph 18.03.2018


Oil Search sees Gobe plant operational this week after PNG quake "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"
March 20, 2018

SYDNEYAustralias Oil Search Ltd. said on March 20 that it expects its Gobe processing plant and oil export pipeline in Papua New Guinea to be operational later this week, after a deadly earthquake hit last month.
Oil Search said the Gobe facility and its export pipeline were largely undamaged in the magnitude 7.5 quake that struck on Feb 26.
The company said its condensate handling facilities, part of the giant PNG LNG project, were also ready to receive PNG LNG condensate once production at the Hides gas conditioning plant comes back on stream.
The Hides plant was shut down after the quake by operator ExxonMobil, which said earlier this month the PNG LNG project would be shut for about eight weeks for inspections and repairs.
Oil Search said it expects its central processing facility at Kutubu, another oil and gas field, to be progressively restored from late March, while its Moran oil and gas field would take longer.
The Agogo processing facility and the Moran 4, 6, 9 well pad, which are in the area most impacted by the earthquake, will require some repairs before production from the Moran field can recommence, Oil Search said in a statement, without giving a repair timeline.
At least 100 people were killed when the powerful quake hit the remote and rugged highlands three weeks ago, triggering landslides that buried villages and destroyed infrastructure.

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Wednesday, 21 March


Pro nuclear enthusiasm in Ben Heards submission to the Senate "IndyWatch Feed"

Yes, Ben Heard is on the job, with this slick submission, in which he:

  • enthuses over the Kimba region nuclear waste dump plan, while touting his own supposed environmental credentials  as executive director of Bright New World, his membership of as a member of the Independent Assessment Panel  but all the same he stresses that hes  an everyday Australian. (not a mention that he works for Terrestrial Energy, and trips around the globe promoting nuclear power.)
  • contends that nuclear waste is nothing special, really no different in safety needs from other kinds of industrial wastes.
  • dismisses the idea that a nuclear waste dump in this agricultural reason would have any negative effects on the agricultural economics or reputation of the region.
  • puts a long and unwieldy case for confining broad community support to just the immediate local community.
  • reminds firmly  that no stakeholder group has power of veto and  goes on to waffle worthy statements about Aboriginal heritage etc.
  • says that The District Council of Kimba is an appropriate definition of community in relation to these site nominations, and that citizens in wider areas do not need to be informed.
  • State and National citizens do not need to take part in these decisions, which are best left to Parliament.
  • minimises the importance of radioactive trash dumping- not much more important than household garbage collection.
  • Glosses over the more toxic radioactive waste that will be included. Ignores the fact that with  the planned temporary...


Leopards could reduce rabies by controlling stray dog numbers in India, study finds "IndyWatch Feed"

Leopards are among the most widespread of all big cats, with a historical range covering large parts of Africa and Asia. Though humans have whittled away about 80 percent of that area, the big cats still overlap with some of the worlds largest concentrations of people. That convergence can be a recipe for conflict, but a recent study finds that leopards in India could be helping to keep people in India safe from rabies-laden dog bites. While leopards often conflict with people over livestock like cattle and sheep and are frequently persecuted throughout their range, we show that these unique predators can also be beneficial to human societies, Christopher OBryan, an ecologist at the University of Queensland in Australia and co-lead author of the paper, said in a statement. Stray dogs in Mumbai. Photo  Steve Winter/National Geographic. Dog bites exact a heavy toll on people in India, leading to perhaps 20,000 deaths each year from rabies, according to the World Health Organization. OBryan and his colleagues were curious about whether Indian leopards (Panthera pardus fusca) had any influence on stray dog numbers in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, which sits in the midst of Mumbai. With more than 20 million people, Mumbai is the fourth-largest city by population in the world. The team mined past studies for clues about what leopards living in the city park ate, and discovered that stray dogs made up about 40 percent of their diets. Only about 41 leopards are thought to live in the parks vicinity. But according


World watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


Muslim-Led Persecution Is A Global Epidemic, And It Hit My Friend Michael Again This Week "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The day after the Washington Post published a March 16 article on the persecution of Christians in Pakistan, I received the email I feared would one day come. One of my best friends, a Pakistani Catholic named Michael, had been brutally assaulted by Muslim thugs in a suburb of Karachi.

The men burned his tuk tuk (also known as a motorized rickshaw). It was his source of livelihood, and a vehicle that my wife and I, with a number of close family and friends, helped purchase. His wifes email attached a number of pictures of Michael, beaten, bruised, and bloody, after he was discharged from the emergency room.

Im grateful to the WaPo for its increased coverage of this often-overlooked story of prejudice and violence, but this is no new phenomenon. The WaPo cites the growing reach and aggressiveness of Pakistans once-obscure anti-blasphemy movement, which has gained wide support since staging a three-week protest outside the capital, Islamabad, in November. The author, veteran reporter and Afghanistan/Pakistan Bureau Chief Pam Constable, notes that one group of Muslim antagonists was treated deferentially by police after they filed a complaint against a Christian man for allegedly committing blasphemy.

Leaders of the areas minority Christians, Constable writes, are beginning to fear they are no longer safe. That would be putting it mildly. The truth is, Christians havent been safe in Pakistan for years. I should know I spent three years in Thailand, where thousands of Pakistani Christians live as asylum seekers or refugees, having fled violent persecution in their native land.

A Long, Sad Story of Persistent Violence

Pakistani Christians have been fleeing to Thailand for more than a decade. My very first Sunday after I moved to Thailand in the summer of 2014, I met dozens of them at a large Catholic parish in downt...


March 22 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

238 Gordian I and his son Gordian II were proclaimed Roman emperors.

1599 Anthony van Dyck, Flemish painter, was born (d. 1641).

1621  The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony signed a peace treaty withMassasoit of the Wampanoags.

1622 Jamestown massacre: Algonquian Indians killed 347 English settlers around Jamestown, Virginia, a third of the colonys population.

1630  Massachusetts Bay Colony outlawed the possession of cards, dice, and gaming tables.

1638 Anne Hutchinson was expelled from Massachusetts Bay Colony for religious dissent.

1765  British parliament passed the Stamp Act, which introduced a tax to be levied directly on its American colonies.

1784 The Emerald Buddha was moved to its current place in Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand.

1809 Charles XIII succeeded Gustav IV Adolf to the Swedish throne.

1818 John Ainsworth Horrocks, English-born explorer of South Australia, was born  (d. 1846).

1829 The three protecting powers (Britain, France and Russia) established the borders of Greece.

1849 The Austrians defeated the Piedmontese at the Battle of Novara.

1871 William Woods Holden became the first governor of a U.S. state to be removed from office by impeachment.

1873 A law was approved by the...


Health facilities devastated by PNG quake "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"
March 21, 2018

21 MARCH 2018, PORT MORESBY - A third of all health facilities have closed in Hela and Southern Highlands provinces as a result of the Papua New Guinea earthquake.
On 26 February, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea, triggering landslides, affecting water sources and wiping out houses, health facilities, people and crops.
More than 190 aftershocks have been recorded, according to the United States Geological Survey, including one as recently as 20 March.
Results of a joint National Department of Health (NDOH) and World Health Organisation (WHO) assessment show that 25 out of 77 health facilities in the two worst-affected provinces are no longer functioning.
The total number of closed facilities is potentially higher, as data from eight health centres remains unavailable due to access constraints.
This disruption to health service provision comes at a time when people are most in need of care, said Dr Luo Dapeng, WHO Representative to Papua New Guinea.
 As aftershocks continue, affected communities are dealing with injuries and psychological trauma.
"Were also worried about potential outbreaks of epidemic-prone diseases.
"We must move swiftly to restore health services.
Overcrowding in informal camps and a lack of access to clean drinking water and sanitation increase the risk of disease outbreaks.
Vaccination coverage was low prior to the earthquake and the country was already facing outbreaks of malaria, pertussis and measles.
Roads, rivers, airfields and bridges have been impacted by the earthquake in a part of the country prone to violence and insecurity.
Access to affected communities has therefore been extremely challenging.
Responding to the health needs in Papua New Guinea is definitely not easy, said Dr Luo.
But were determined to find ways, alongside our partners, to deliver life-saving health services to even the hardest to reach communities.
WHO is supporting the National Department of Health (NDOH), provincial health authorities and partners with information management, technical guidance and logistics.
As the Health Cluster lead agency, WHO plays an active role in coordinating the activities of 25 health partners in order to align efforts, fill gaps, avoid duplication and ensure that response efforts reach those most in need.
The organisation is also supporting the strengthening of disease surveillance and has pre-positioned medical supplies in preparation for potential outbreaks, including seven diarrhoeal disease kits and rapid diagnostic tests for dengue.


Classic Crime: Van der Valk S01 E04 "IndyWatch Feed"

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More Australian humanitarian assistance to Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Media release
20 March 2018

Today during a visit to Port Moresby, I announce additional support for recovery and reconstruction efforts in Papua New Guineas highlands region following the devastating 7.5-magnitude earthquake on 26 February.
Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop

More than 125 people were killed by the earthquake and its aftershocks and the UN estimates 500,000 people have been affected.

Australia has been helping with relief efforts through emergency supplies and specialist personnel, transport and distribution in affected areas, helping to restore electricity and supporting vulnerable women and children.

The ADF has played a vital role by providing a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules and three Army CH-47F Chinook helicopters to support humanitarian activities.

These have enabled ADF members and their PNG Defence Force counterparts to deliver food, water and medicine to remote and badly affected communities.

My visit to Papua New Guinea will also give me the opportunity to meet and thank Australian Defence Force members who have been supporting the humanitarian relief effort.

The Australian Government is now providing an additional $3.4 million in assistance to help affected communities re-establish their livelihoods, repair and rebuild infrastructure and restore water and sanitation, with a specific focus on the needs of women, girls and people with disabilities.

 We have also deployed a three-person Australian Medical Assistance Team to assess health needs and determine what additional assistance may be required.

This brings our humanitarian aid for the earthquake response to $5 million.

Australia and PNG have a close and enduring friendship and we stand ready to provide further support to affected communities, if require...


Christchurch among cities in firing line for Chinese space station expected to crash to Earth "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An out-of-control Chinese space station with highly toxic chemicals on board could hit a number of major world cities, including Christchurch, research suggests. Chinas first prototype station, Tiangong-1, will come crashing back to the planet between March 30 and April 6, experts say. It has the highest chance of crashing into cities along a narrow []

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What it means when you touch your face in a certain way "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I cant recall if it was an ad by Taboola (probably) or an ad by Outbrain (I think it was an ad by Taboola). Either way, I clipped it along with the page it linked to, because surely I would have to revisit this. What goes by the very misleading name of native advertising one might as well call it indigenous lying is one of the most insidious elements of our current media age. Weve


Classic Spies: Sandbaggers with Roy Marsden   S01 E05   Always Ready To Help "IndyWatch Feed"

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Gina Rinehart, Australias richest person, recites I love a sunburnt country "IndyWatch Feed"


I love a sunburnt country

Gina Rineharts version

I love a sunburnt country to dig my massive mines,
A land of sweeping plains to excavate,
Of ragged mountain ranges to level
Of droughts and flooding rains to wash all the top soil away
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea full of coal-dust and coal slag
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown excavated land for me! I love a sunburnt barren country. A land of sweeping plains for me to place my diggers. I love to dynamite vast mines across her vast horizons. To tame her natural beauty and her terror, to frighten all her marsupials to hell, to dispossess her Aboriginal for peanuts. A wide brown dug up vast denuded Australian Outback for me.




Graph of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A reader sent me the following graph:

As he comments, "No surprise".

Yet the media witter on and on about the gender earnings gap.


PNG Hunters : Gotuno in, Morris out "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Brandon Gotuno will become Hunter No.60 when he debuts on the wing for the SP Hunters against Sunshine Coast Falcons in Round 3 of the Intrust Super Cup 2017 grand final replay in Brisbane this Sunday. Gotuno replaces Buttler Morris.

The 20 men Hunters squad that will take on the Sunshine Coast Falcons in Brisbane were named this afternoon by Coach Michael Marum.

Mr Marum said some players had to be dropped after the last weekends loss against Northern Pride.

Regarding this Sundays match against Sunshine Coast Falcons, he said its going to be tough because theyve done a lot of changes to their line up and a lot of their boys from last year are no longer there.

All we want is our players going out there and making sure they give it their 100% said coach Marum.

Other adjustments to the line up include Stargroth Amean making his return to the starting line up at fullback and Adex Wera moving to the centres while Nixon Put starts in his usual second row position.

Rhadley Brawa will also be moved to start at lock in place of the injured Adam Korave.

Coach Michael Marum said Adam got concussed after the match last Sunday and wasnt given clearance form QRL and the team doctors so he wasnt allowed to train or be named for the squad.

Silas Gahuna, William Mone, Michael Yei and Patrick Morea have been included in the extended bench.

The 20 man squad is:

1. Stargroth AMEAN
2. Wawa PAUL
3. Adex WERA
4. Willie MINOGA
5. Brendon GOTUNO
6. Ase BOAS- Captain
7. Watson BOAS
8. Moses MENINGA
9. Wartovo PUARA
10. Dilbert ISAAC
11. Nixon Put
12. John ANDY
13. Rhadley BRAWA


14. Charlie SIMON
15. Ila ALU
16. Sailas GAHUNA
17. Mekenzie YEI
18. William MONE
19. Junior RAU
20. Patrick MOREA

The final 18 man travelling squad will be named on Friday and the team flies for Brisbane on Saturday for the Sunday game at 3pm at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Head to Head- 9 Games
- SP Hunters 3 Wins (Home), 4 wins(Away), 1 Loss (Home), 1 loss (Away).



Wednesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed"

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Basil maps out Energy way to light up PNG Homes using renewable Energy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Minister for responsible for Energy Honrable Samuel H Basil yesterday mapped out the ONeill Governments way forward on the Energy Sector to light up PNG households and power industrialization to modernize the country.

At heart, the focus is to harness Papua New Guineas readily available renewable energy sources and to open up the market for power generation, transmission, distribution and retail for investment in public private partnerships including landowners.

Referring to the recent Cabinet endorsed (01/02/18) National Energy Policy 2018-2028 Harnessing Energy for Life, Mr Basil told the 2nd Papua New Guinea Petroleum and Energy Summit delegates that the policy is in line with the Vision 2050, PNG Sustainable Development Plan and the Alotau Accord I & II as outlined in the 100-day plan.

We have a lot of catching up to do. Electricity became publicly available about 54 years ago. But electricity access to consumers at this present time is only 13%, said Mr Basil.

The big challenge of the Energy Policy is for us to mobilize and focus so we can meet our national targets: 1) of electricity access to 70% of PNG households from all forms of energy by 2030; 2) 100 % of all households through power generated from renewable energy by 2050.

Mr Basil added: The main focus of the energy policy is renewable energy to mitigate climate change, but it does not remove the ongoing dependence on fossil fuel. All renewable projects will be required to include climate changes considerations to comply with international obligations. The focus on household energy is vital not just for lighting up homes but also for cottage industries involving and empowering women. The third focus of the policy addresses the need for energy for industrialization.

The Minister said that PNG needs affordable energy to power industries to produce cement, metals for construction, downstream processing of timber, plastic, glass and other resources including agriculture and fisheries, which are all vital in building a modern state.

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The key focus areas (of the energy policy) includes: access, reliability and affordability of Energy in the country, he said.

Specific policies for each source of energy such as hydro, solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and coal will be developed as the need arises...


365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

We were invited to the annual PPP Group conference but having spent 12 of the last 14 days on farm tours or getting to and from them we declined with regret.

Jamie Mackay on The Country has interviewed several of the presenters and attendees.

Among them was Zanda McDonald winner Thomas MacDonald whose accomplishments and enthusiasm are inspiring and Im grateful for that.


The video this administration doesnt want America to see "IndyWatch Feed"

This video is of ex-US Admiral James Ace Lyons from the 2015 Defeat Jihad Summit It is quite interesting as he does not hold back on criticising Islam and also calls the Obama administration anti-American, anti-western, pro-Islamic and pro-Iranian and pro- Muslim Brotherhood. And this scumbag is coming to NZ today! The post The video this administration doesnt want America to see appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Wednesday Weapons "IndyWatch Feed"

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Political opposition to uncontrolled immigration in Germany "IndyWatch Feed"

Things are heating up in Germany with political opposition to uncontrolled immigration. This is an excellent speech by AfD politician Dr. Gottfried Curio, who concludes his speech by saying that Merkel belongs in court and not in parliament: The post Political opposition to uncontrolled immigration in Germany appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Synthetic drug supplier bill passes first reading "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

National MP Simeon Browns Members Bill that proposes a quadrupling of maximum prison sentences (to eight years) for suppliers of synthetic drugs  passed its first reading today, with the support of NZ First. Thanks to NZ First my Bill to increase penalties for synthetic drug suppliers has just passed its first reading. Simeon Brown []


HDH "IndyWatch Feed"

Adolf visited Auckland for a few days last week to attend the funeral of his last surviving uncle who reached the age of ninety.

Before I departed, I was taken for an early morning drive through Hobsonville, Whenuapai and Kumeu to see some examples of high density housing (HDH) and the scope of land about to be opened for subdivision.   There doesn't appear to be any shortage of land for housing.  Just a shortage of roads to carry all the extra cars.



WATCH: This Israeli self-defense technique could save your life! "IndyWatch Feed"

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Plus a change "IndyWatch Feed"

Given the current focus this item from Yes, Prime Minister came to mind


Simon Wilson proves KDS still lurks in the media swamp "IndyWatch Feed"

This a really petty tweet by Wilson, naturally a number of like minded twitterati commented in support.


Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed"

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Greenpeace declined charity status "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A few days after delivering a petition against oil and gas exploration to Parliament (received by Jacinda Ardern) Greenpeace has been declined charity status In its decision dated 21 March 2018 the independent Charities Registration Board has decided to decline Greenpeaces application to be a registered charity because it does not advance exclusively charitable purposes. []



St Jacinda's virtual signalling of her governments intention  to ban further oil and gas exploration on-shore and off-shore is a good move.    Sure, we are committed to reducing our greenhouse gas admissions but the move will have only minimal effect.

Our demand for fossil fuels is what it is and any production shortfall (and we are a net importer of energy) has to be made-up by importing it from o'seas.    Not great for the balance of payments but as St Jacinda's exposure to commerce and economics has been limited to working as an assistant in a fish and chip shop (at least Pauline Hanson owned her one) she might not understand that.

What the government can do is to encourage a switch to alternative energy sources as a means of reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.   That's great in theory as long as the alternative source costs about the same as oil and gas.   If it costs more then government has three choices #1 taxpayer subsidy or #2 let the economy take the hit or #3 a combination of both.   Whatever, there is a price to pay and nobody will be exempt.

Then of course there is the small matter of the 10,000 well paid jobs likely to disappear when the industry shuts down.    Perhaps the Jones boy might be able to convince them to go and plant some of his billion trees for him but I think not.

But is was refreshing to here him in parliament yesterday when  asked to comment on his pledge to the Taranaki oil industry back in 2013 that a Labour government was absolutely committed to supporting it.    His response ..."political rhetoric isn't static" (Hansard).     At least that's being honest but it begs the question ... how many more of 'his' government's commitments are going to be consigned to the dustbin labelled political rhetoric?


Research Associate "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The University of New South Wales


The Crime Scene called Canada: Taking Back the Nation "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This Sunday March 25 on Here We Stand
at 3 pm pacific, 6 pm central, 10 pm GMT on 

Two seasoned freedom fighters will shine a new light on the murderous corporate tyranny that rules Canada, and how to undo it. 
Our regular host Kevin Annett is joined by Nanaimo journalist Bob Hansen of CHLY radio. Theyll discuss the west coast genocide, child trafficking, church-state cover ups and the Chinese take-over, along with what must be done: the convening of a new common law jurisdiction and Republic.


Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

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


Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed"

How important are morals in a healthy society? What are the most important morals for citizens to have? Should the government be involved in making laws to regulate moral behaviour? If so, to what extent? The post Lets talk appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Leave Lucas Heights nuclear waste AT Lucas Heights Mark Parnell "IndyWatch Feed"

 Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA 20 Mar 18,  The real game here is Lucas Heights nuclear waste. . Its been at Lucas Heights for decades, it can stay there. We dont need to move it to South Australia At least one of our politicians gets it. Marc Parnell on ABC radio yesterday. I know many people here dont like the Greens. For those people, listen to the video below (last 2 minutes), write down his words and then send them to your favourite Labor/Liberal politician until they get it  too.

Steve Dale Here ya go, I transcribed what he said ...


Minerals Council of Australia wants nuclear technology to be government funded as clean and green "IndyWatch Feed"

Miners want govt funds for nuclear, coal,, 20 Mar 18, -Australias mining sector wants the commonwealths green bank to help pay for nuclear and new-technology coal power along with other low-emissions power sources.

The Minerals Council of Australia says the Turnbull governments new energy policy will only achieve its objectives of delivering reliable, affordable power with low emissions and without subsidies or taxes if it takes a truly technology-neutral approach.

Its submission on the national energy guarantee says current wholesale electricity prices are unsustainable for the mining sectors.

 Further increases would force mining companies to look elsewhere to invest and create jobs, and hurt families already struggling to pay their bills, the councils interim chief executive David Byers warned when making the submission public on Tuesday.

The council wants the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to be allowed to address gaps in financing for all new low emissions generation.

But Labor senator Doug Cameron, who worked as a maintenance fitter at Liddell Power Station for seven years, said there was no such thing as clean coal. Its a nonsense being put forward by the apologists who dont support renewable energy, Senator Cameron told reporters in Canberra.

Renewable energy is how this country will grow in the future and create more jobs.

At the momen...


A powerful statement of warning against a nuclear waste dump for Kimba, south Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

Heather Pepper ABC North and West 21 Mar 18  Dont listen to them ! Nuclear waste stored in farm land areas or underground water areas will not be safe. The radiation will leak and enter the food chain.

They intend to store this waste in metal barrels above ground until scientists can come up with a feasible way to store it underground.

Remember South Australia had a huge conference and committee over this very issue and at the end it was a resounding No!

This information is all available on the government website unless the liberals have removed it. It was very interesting and extremely frightening reading. Just remember also that this waste will be shipped across Australia from all the other states who point blank refuse to have it stored in their states either by r...


Busting the pro nuclear spin to regional South Australia, by the visitors from Lucas Heights "IndyWatch Feed"

Roni Skipworth ABC North and West  21 Mar 18The very first meeting re Waste Dump in farmland of Kimba thru Rowan Ramsays idea to put on his land or in Buckleboo area a small railway siding, the old RAH came into the conversation. They told the audience the Hospital will be demolished since there are high Nuclear Wastage within from Nuclear Medicine eg masks aprons gloves clothing. The bricks n other building materials will be crushed n loaded in drums.

Since that idea collapsed as it wouldve been Conflict of Interest on Rowans side. Then these 2 new sites have come up on the table, my suspicion is these people who own the properties are friends of Rowan Ramsay. I live 79kms away from Kimba, 30kms from one property who has put their land up to be destroyed as it is closer to the Wudinna Shire boundary than Kimba itself.

These visitors from Lucas Heights are bullshitting us South Aussies as their lease is drawing to a close and need to move because of surrounding land being turned into residential and its been outgrown.



Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

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Nuclear propaganda tour across regional South Australia AUSTRALIAN RADIATION PROTECTION AND NUCLEAR SAFETY AGENCY "IndyWatch Feed"


Do you believe regional SA should be home to a nuclear waste management facility?

Federal Government agency ARPANSA visited Kimba last night, and will visit Hawker in the Flinders Ranges later in the week.

The Kimba community is divided on the issue, with local Audrey Lienert saying shes concerned about what the facility will do to farming land.

But ARPANSAs Chief of Radiation Services, Gillian Hirth says locals have nothing to fear, and the organisations primary aim is to protect the community and environment from the harmful effects of radiation.


South Australian Premier Stephen Marshall carrying out the Liberal agenda Cuts Access To Solar Batteries For Low Income Households. "IndyWatch Feed"

SAs New Premier Cuts Access To Solar Batteries For Low Income Households. Gizmodo, Hayley Williams Mar 19, 2018 

Incoming South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has today revealed that the Liberal government will not continue with Jay Weatherills plan to install batteries in thousands of low-income households. The new governments plan will instead focus on means-tested subsidies for battery systems, and on the grid scale a focus on interconnectivity with NSW.

In a radio interview with ABC RN Breakfast this morning, Marshall talked briefly about his focus for South Australia in the upcoming years, including the direction he was planning to take with Jay Weatherills many renewable initiatives. Marshall confirmed that the party would be continuing with a $100 million home battery subsidy outlined mid campaign, rather than following...


The unholy alliance that explains why renewables are trouncing nuclear "IndyWatch Feed"

In effect, we are now seeing an egalitarian-individualist alliance against the conservative hierarchists.

even hierarchists cannot ignore economic reality entirely. The South Carolina project has beenabandoned and the Georgia project only survives through a very large federal loan bailout.

Contrast this with casino complexes in Nevada like MGM Resorts not only installing their own solar photovoltaic arrays but paying many millions of dollars to opt out from the local monopoly electricity supplier. They have campaigned successfully to win a state referendum supporting electricity liberalisation.

The unholy alliance that explains why renewables are trouncing nuclear By...


Horowhenua Pensioner Housing Loss "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Audit NZ reveals startling facts on handover of pensioner units By our Horowhenua correspondent, Veronica Harrod Horowhenua District Council lost $1.86 million on the sale of the pensioner housing and 1.1 hectare of bare land to land and property dealer Willis Bond, according to a recently released Audit NZ report. The loss on the sale []


Vocabulary test: Real word or made up? "IndyWatch Feed"

Can you tell the difference between a real word and a made up word? Some of these words are real and some are completely made up. Not to be used for bribing snollygosters. 1) Snollygoster A snollygoster is a shrewd unprincipled person motivated by personal gain. For example, a politician who cares more about feathering [] The post Vocabulary test: Real word or made up? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Magari (Italian) perhaps; maybe; if only; I wish in my dreams.


Arrears up in January "IndyWatch Feed"

Mortgage arrears rise

30+ day prime mortgage arrears jumped from 1.07 per cent to 1.30 per cent in January 2017.

Quite a significant jump this year, then, though mortgage arrears do always rise quite sharply in the month of January because of the summer break. 

Looking at the trend for January arrears over the past 23 years shows that delinquencies are only fractionally higher than a year earlier. 

Arrears were lower than a year earlier in New South Wales at just 0.98 per cent - they were even lower in the ACT at only 0.80 per cent - and also declined over the year in South Australia and Tasmania to 1.47 per cent and 1.36 per cent respectively.

The seasonal January jump was most notable in Western Australia (2.44 per cent) and the Northern Territory (2.25 per cent). 

Resources-rich Western Australia had a remarkable run through the mining boom, but arrears hit their highest ever level on this series.

S&P reported that 'improving employment conditions will keep arrears low', but noted that rate rises could cause stress for some borrowers, while at the margin the switch from interest-only repayments to paying down principal could hurt some less prudent borrowers. 



Fiji winning green bond award "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 Emerging markets and other sovereign nations are becoming a significant new force in the global green bond market attracting millions of dollars to help combat climate change by reaching a new class of investors through sovereign green bonds, according to a new report by IFC, a sister organisation of the World Bank.

The report, Guidance for Sovereign Green Bond Issuers, focuses on lessons from Fijis historic making move in being the first emerging economy to issue a sovereign green bond.

In recognition of that leadership, Fiji has just been awarded a prestigious Green Bond Pioneer Award at the Climate Bonds Initiatives conference in London. And in another first, Fiji will debut its first Fijian dollar bond on the London Stock Exchange next month.

We are seeing clear momentum building following Fijis bond with other emerging market economies moving to create a new market for climate finance through sovereign green bonds, said Alzbeta Klein, IFCs Director for Climate Business.

These new players from emerging markets could be gamechangers for the green bond market, which will hit new record highs this year. The bonds can also help countries demonstrate national leadership on the green agenda and deliver on their commitments under the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

The Guidance for Sovereign Green Bond Issuers, developed by IFC, says theres significant appetite for international issuances of green bonds from environmental, social and governance focused investors, as well as institutional investors.

Fijis sovereign green bond attracted interest from both local and international investors, with the foreign investor participation a first for Fijian dollar denominated bonds, said the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji, Ariff Ali. Fiji has shown that small economies, under threat from climate change, can deliver effective, credible and innovative ways to finance climate work, and its hoped other nations will learn from Fijis experience that its possible to pursue new markets for climate action.  

The report says while there are additional costs involved for international issuances of sovereign green bonds, compared to standard government bonds, they do allow countries to reach new classes of investors. It says transparency at every step of the process is critical to the success of the green bond market, so resourcing and expertise needs to be applied to both monitoring and reporting on the us...


Indias solar parks a good system for Australia, too "IndyWatch Feed"

Farming the suns rays: Should Australia follow Indias lead and create solar parks? NSW Country Hour By Michael Condon, 21 Mar 18, [Excellent graphics] 


PTI NZ brings Melanesia on Path to Pasifika Business Market "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu will be part of this years new Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) NZ Pasifika Business Market at Aucklands Pasifika Festival.
More than 35 companies from 12 Pacific Island countries will be at Pasifika as part of PTIs Path to Market programme.  The Pasifika Business Market is located beside the Samoa Village in front of Western Springs stadium.
For some businesses it is their first Pasifika Festival and a first glimpse of the New Zealand market.
But they will also introduce their own authentic locally made products using local resources reflecting their own individual countrys culture, unique foods and products.
PTI NZ Trade & Investment Commissioner Michael Greenslade said, This years engagement by Pacific Trade Invest is our third year in a row.  The growth over the last two years has been significant and this year we will have 40 different companies coming from 11 different countries.
Mr Greenslade said the concept of widening ATEEDs Pasifika festival to engage the commercial sector had worked and PTI have combined the Path to Market programme Pasifika as a basis for Pacific Island companies to build awareness of the New Zealand market.
Last year we had 24 stands, this year we have 40.  The Path to Market programme also involves several capability-building workshops and direct introduction to buyers outside the Pasifika event.
Its a huge undertaking but has the potential to pay huge dividends for the Pacific companies and their countries over time.
PTIs Pasifika Business Market is part of the Pasifika Festival managed by Auckland Councils ATEED.

PTI NZ have worked closely with ATEED to stage the new Pasifika Business Market as part of its Path to Market programme.  PTI NZ has brought Pacific Island businesses to the Pasifika Festival since 2016 as part of Path to Market placing them in various villages.
PTI NZs Path to Market is a 7-stage programme aimed at helping Pacific Island businesses understand the New Zealand market.  PTI NZ works with its in-country partners to host a Path to Market workshop as the first stage of the programme.  Potential exporters are identified and invited to attend Aucklands Pasifika Festival as part of the programme.  A Gap Analysis workshop, Site visits and one to one business meetings are held in Auckland after Pasifika.
The PNG companies are Namalu Coffee and Gray Caf; Oshin Organics Skincare and handicrafts from PNG Artisan Culture...


Celebrating Forests and Sustainable Cities : UN Resident Coordinator in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mr. Gianluca Rampolla , UN Country Coordinator 
We often hear people talk about the forests of Papua New Guinea. How these forests remain among the largest in-tact forests in the world. How these forests are home to approximately 7% of the worlds biodiversity. How these forests are a living resource.
What we shouldnt forget is the responsibility that Papua New Guinea has to protect these forests.
Why? Because they are a global good. Because they are critical to help the world mitigate against climate change. Because their conservation and protection is one way Papua New Guinea can demonstrate to the international community its capacity for global leadership.
This years theme Celebrating Forests and Sustainable Cities reminds us that we can balance development with conservation. That both can comfortably co-exist. That we need not choose between one or the other.
Forests have played a major role in influencing patterns of economic development. They have and continue to support livelihoods. They have helped structure economic change and been key to sustainable growth.
For millennia, forests were the source of land for cultivation and settlement, of construction materials, of fuel and energy, and of food and nutrition. As humans however, it has taken us a long time to learn that the over-exploitation of forest resources is of no benefit to anyone.
In the last fifty years, changing views on the importance of forests and their relationship to humans have been associated with corresponding changes in how forests are managed. With this change, has come the recognition that the economic benefits of forests are larger and more sustainable when these forests are protected from over-exploitation.
Papua New Guinea has much to be proud of. Not only has it managed to conserve much of its forests, but it has done so under the stewardship of its communities. It has led the way in recognising the connection between humans and forests. With over 90% of Papua New Guineas land under customary ownership arrangements, the approach to forestry conservation is unique and highlights the important role that communities...


How the government wastes your money & other outrages "IndyWatch Feed"

How the government wastes your money We were amazed to learn of a government report on New Zealanders attitudes to sport. No private household or business would have paid for this truly asinine report, but the government made sure every single one of you did.[] Since we paid for it you might as well know [] The post How the government wastes your money & other outrages appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Scientists Panic As Live Mutant Sharks Found Inside Underwater Volcano "IndyWatch Feed World"

Scientists have been left stunned after discovering live mutant sharks living inside underwater volcanoes in the South Pacific. Researchers from the University of Rhode Island made the discovery when searching for rare underwater volcanoes around the [...]


Katharine Hayhoe on how to talk about climate change "IndyWatch Feed"

Katharine Hayhoe Reveals Surprising Ways to Talk About Climate Change  These climate-skeptic-whispering tactics have nothing to do with science  Sierra BY KATIE OREILLY | MAR 20 2018 

Katharine Hayhoe on how to talk about climate change (highlights video)

Katharine Hayhoe isnt your typical atmospheric scientist. Throughout her career, the evangelical Christian and daughter of missionaries has had to convince many (including her pastor husband) that science and religion need not be at odds when it comes to climate change. Hayhoe, who directs Texas Techs Universitys Climate Science Center, is CEO of ATMOS Research, a scientific consulting company, and produces the PBS Kids web series Global Weirding, rose to national prominence in early 2012 after then-presidential candidate Newt Gingrich dropped her chapter from a book he was editing about the environment. The reason? Hayhoes arguments affirmed that climate change was no liberal hoax. The Toronto native attracted the fury of Rush Limbaugh, who encouraged his listeners to harass her.

After the ensuing deluge of hate mail, Hayhoe made a habit of reaching out to climate foes. Along with her husband Andrew Farley, she wrote A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions. She also authored 2014s third National Climate Change Assessment for the National Academy of Sciences. Last year, Fortune magazine named Hayhoe one of the worlds 50 greatest leaders. While she frequently gives talks on climate science and faith, she often makes a point of keeping science out of her talks..

Sierra: From a global perspective, the United States stands out for our considerable contingent of vocal climate change deniers. Why do you think this attitude is so uniquely American?

Katharine Hayhoe: Theres some of that sentiment in Australia as well, and in Alberta, the province known as th...


Neighbours not happy as a man builds his nuclear war bunker in Victoria "IndyWatch Feed"

Neighbours fury as man builds bunker for nuclear war,, By Luke Mortimer A Current Affair Producer Mar 20, 2018  Hes a former Yugoslavian who spent years guarding plutonium stockpiles and he refuses to be a sitting duck the day they may go off, preparing for all out nuclear war.

Jakov Loncarevic migrated to Australia in 1979 but in 1996 he fled Melbourne for Minyip, a tiny town 337 kilometres west. He purchased a block of land that hes spent the past two decades making nuclear proof with a four-metre deep bunker in which he plans to wait out a nuclear winter.

Mr Loncarevic took A Current Affair reporter Martin King down into the bunker in which he claims he built by digging out 40,000 buckets of soil and constructing with 2500 bags of concrete, 40 tonnes of recycled steel and 20 tonnes of wood.

(Its my) emergency survival place, he told King.In case of unforeseen events I will survive.When the conditions become unbearable at floor level Im down here.

Mr Loncarevic says he has the supplies to wait out two years once a nuclear winter sets in, with a staggering 900 kilograms of sugar stored in industrial fridges, 200 kilograms of rice and dried beans, 6000 litres of water, 40 kilograms of washing detergent, 200 pairs of socks, 200 pairs of under wear, 100 t-shirts, and 120 kilograms of honey.

But despite being pre...


March is the final month of the Whaleoil subscription competition "IndyWatch Feed"

At the end of this month, we will draw the lucky winner of the $500 gift voucher. Everyone who has a Silver subscription or higher will be included in the draw for the $500 gift voucher kindly donated to Whaleoil by our sponsor NZV8 Hotlaps. Upgrade your subscription and be in the draw to WIN NZV8 [] The post March is the final month of the Whaleoil subscription competition appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Even business lobbyists say Australia can run on 50% renewables RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

Can Australia reach 50% renewables without compromising grid stability? The experts and even the major energy stakeholders of business and industry all say yes. Were just waiting on the right policy.

via Even business lobbyists say Australia can run on 50% renewables RenewEconomy


Nectar Farms and Sundrop Farms are blazing a trail RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

Sundrop Farms and Nectar Farms have turned to wind, solar and battery storage to underpin their push for controlled vertical farms.

via Nectar Farms and Sundrop Farms are blazing a trail RenewEconomy


The Great Totten Glacier is Floating on More Warming Water Than We Thought robertscribbler "IndyWatch Feed"

Its well known now that massive glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica are contributing to an accelerating global sea level rise. And while we first thought Greenland was primarily at risk of producing ocean-lifting melt this Century, we have now learned that both West and East Antarctica are becoming involved. (A massive glacier the size of []

via The Great Totten Glacier is Floating on More Warming Water Than We Thought robertscribbler


AEMO wants new rules to keep up with shift to renewables, rising temps RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

AEMO says NEM is not fit for purpose any more, given changes to generation mix, uptake of solar and storage, and soaring temperatures that lessen reliability of conventional generation.

via AEMO wants new rules to keep up with shift to renewables, rising temps RenewEconomy


Cartoons of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

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Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed"

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Lonely Lamb Decides Family's Dog Is His New Mom "IndyWatch Feed"

When a little lamb named Jerry first entered the world, he was a disappointment. 

The runt of his litter at the Ontario farm where he was born, his mom rejected him in favor of his bigger, healthier siblings. Then the farmer decided it just wasn't worth the effort to bottle-feed him, which is what he would need to survive. 

Credit: Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary

"He would never get big enough to be 'worth it' [for the farmer]," Megan Mostacci, cofounder of Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary, told The Dodo. 

So that's how Jerry came to live with Mostacci and her husband at their sanctuary. But it wasn't easy at first.

Credit: Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary

"We got him and soon realized he also had a bad respiratory infection and a septic infection in all his joints," Mostacci said.

They rushed him to the vet for medicine and nursed him back to health with the help of their dogs, a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever named Drake and an Australian shepherd named Lincoln.

Drake, particularly, was extremely attentive to Jerry on his first night at the sanctuary. "He was cleaning him, cuddling with him ... just being there with him," Mostacci said. 

Credit: Black Goat Farm and Sanctuary

Thankfully, the medicine kicked in and Jerry recovered a lot of his strength. He was even well enough to meet some of the other rescued residents at the sanctuary. 


Thought the Greens had values "IndyWatch Feed"

 This tweet refers to the Wednesday political segment on Hosking this morning

 Yet the Greens published values would seem to preclude this, but increasingly more honoured in the breach.


97% consensus among climate scientists is a lie "IndyWatch Feed"

Patrick Moore, Canadian activist, founding member and former president of Greenpeace has publicly criticised the environmental movement for abandoning science and logic in favour of emotion and sensationalism. During a visit to Paris in December 2017 he was interviewed by an independent journalist, Grgoire Canlorbe, for the French Association des climato-ralistes. Although what Patrick said [] The post 97% consensus among climate scientists is a lie appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


BSP Supports National Planning Consultative Summit "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

BSP PNG, 19th March, 2018 | Bank South Pacific is pleased to support the National Planning Consultative Summit scheduled in Lae, Morobe Province, from 20th - 22nd March, 2018, with a sponsorship of K50,000.BSP Retail General Manager, Paul Thornton presented the cheque to the National Planning Minster, Honourable Richard Maru, in Port Moresby.

In presenting the cheque, Mr Thornton said: "As a leading bank in PNG and the South Pacific, BSP is happy to provide support for such events, that encourages planning for economic growth in future. BSP plays an integral role in development of financial services in PNG and is the only licensed financial institution with operations in all Provinces of PNG.  Indeed, with 44 branches, 45 sub branches and 300+ agencies we are also represented in most Districts in PNG servicing nearly 1.5 million customers."

"We look forward to participating in these discussions this week at the Lae International Hotel. Themed "Securing Our Future through Inclusive Economic Growth," we hope to forge good relations and partnerships at this summit."

The event will also feature speakers from around the region namely Malaysia, India, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and United Nations.

In receiving the cheque, Minister Maru said, "On behalf of the Papua New Guinea Government, I want to thank BSP for coming forward with a silver sponsorship of K50,000 for the upcoming Summit to be held in Lae, Morobe Province.

He said that this would be the third time in 15 years that a National Development Plan for the country will be written, and within that time the Private sector, Civil Society and international experts were not included.

"With the Theme for this Summit in 2018 - "Securing Our Future through Inclusive Economic Growth," we are including the Private sector, Civil Society and international experts in discussions that are aimed at formulating a plan to improve the future of PNG's economy. We need to share ideas and find out from these countries and key stakeholders on what they have done to be successful, and that is what this Summit is about," added Mr Maru.

Mr Thornton also added that BSP would be is also supporting and/or participating in various conferences this year such as the APEC.


Thomas Macdonald wins Zanda McDonald Award "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Thomas Macdonald is the 1918 winner of the Zanda McDonald Award:

Thomas Macdonald, 24 year old Business Manager of Waikato-based Spring Sheep Milk Company, and Sir Don Llewellyn scholar, has scooped the 2018 Zanda McDonald Award.

The award, regarded as a prestigious badge of honour by the agribusiness industry, recognises agricultures most innovative young professionals from Australia and New Zealand. It was launched in 2014 in memory of Australian beef industry leader Zanda McDonald, who died aged 41 after an accident at his Queensland property in 2013.

Now in its fourth year, the award is run by the Platinum Primary Producers (PPP) Group a network of over 150 of Australasias influential agri-business men and women, of which Zanda McDonald was a foundation member.

Thomas Macdonald was initially shortlisted with six other candidates, after the award attracted the largest number of applicants received so far.

Following interviews in Auckland in November, Macdonald was named as a finalist alongside fellow kiwi Lisa Kendall, 25 year old owner/operator of Nuture Farming Ltd and vice-chair of the Franklin Young Farmers Club, and Australian Janet Reddan 33, former agronomist now cattle producer from Roma, Queensland.

The award, sponsored by Allflex, Rabobank and Pilatus, was presented last night in Taupo at the annual PPP Conference. Macdonald receives a prize package valued at $50,000, which includes a trans-Tasman mentoring trip to farming operations and businesses, a place on one of Rabobanks Business Management Programs and $1,000 cash prize. Macdonald will travel by a Pilatus PC-12 aircraft to parts of his Australian mentoring trip, enabling him to reach diverse and remote farming operations.

Mr Macdonald said he was thrilled to have been chosen, and is particularly excited about the opportunity to get direct access to the wealth of knowledge that exists within the PPP groups membership.

Its a real privilege to win the 2018 award, and Im humbled to be associated with Zandas name. Im looking forward to spending time with some of agricultures top business professionals, and expanding my horizons and networks.

Shane McManaway, Chairman of the PPP Group, says: Thomas is a remarkable young man. To have achieved as much as he has in 24 years is quite something, and a great credit to him....


Map of the day: Auckland rents "IndyWatch Feed"

The colours represent the change in the average (geometric mean) rent of new rentals compared with the same period the year before for Auckland. For specific suburb details about Auckland or other New Zealand cities click here. The post Map of the day: Auckland rents appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


PNG Treasury Minister still happy with the countrys economic outlook "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

THE countrys economic outlook remains positive despite export commodity market performing below expectations, says Treasurer Charles Abel.

AbelCharles Abel- Treasury Minister

The National reported that Mr Abel said private sector activities had also been hampered by the foreign exchange imbalance and restrictions on government domestic expenditure in recent years.
Abel told the PNG Petroleum and Energy Summit in Port Moresby that despite the setbacks, PNG was looking ahead with optimism.
He said total real growth this year was projected at 2.2 per cent.
Growth will be driven by the non-mining sectors, feeding off the impetus from Apec-related spending across the non-mining sectors, he said.
He also said continued improvement in the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector reflected an expected good year for coffee and increased copra and copra oil production due to higher global copra demand.
Abel said in the medium term, the PNG economy was also conservatively expected to grow at an average rate of 2.4 per cent.
However, the current projection does not take into account major pipeline projects such as the Papua LNG, Pynang, Wafi-Golpu, Frieda Mine and Solwara 1, which once in the construction phase will provide a sig...


Sugar and vice "IndyWatch Feed"

We often see articles on this blog explaining why a sugar tax will never work. Sugar is not like tobacco. Sugar is in just about everything we eat, and even if it can be avoided, it can never be taken away completely. Most of the arguments in favour of a sugar tax are aimed at [] The post Sugar and vice appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Exxon Mobil MD confident of PNG govts financial capacity for Papua LNG project "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

EXXONMobil PNG managing director Andrew Barry is confident of the governments financial capacity to take part in the Papua LNG project.

Andrew_BarryAndrew Barry- Managing Director, Exxion Mobil PNG

The National reported that Mr Barry made the statement when answering a question from Facts Global Energy Group chairman Dr Fereidun Fersharaki during the PNG Petroleum and Energy Summit on Monday.

The government is expected to contribute about 22 per cent equity to the total cost of the project construction.
That is one of the things that we are collectively working through together and working with the government on different options in the financing activities, Barry said.
I am confident that between ourselves and our partners and the government that we will find a solution.
Barry noted that the upcoming negotiations with the government and partners were important milestones for the project.
The real next big step for our perspective will be the negotiations around the gas agreement and the fiscal certainty once we get into that FEED. And once y...


Lorde pays the price of listening to Justine Sachs instead of Taylor Swift "IndyWatch Feed"

Taylor Swift has a highly successful music career and is a known gal pal of New Zealand songwriter and singer Lorde. If Lorde wanted to emulate her friends success she should have asked her why she avoids politics and refuses to take political stands on things while using her fame to do it. If she [] The post Lorde pays the price of listening to Justine Sachs instead of Taylor Swift appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Opinion: What businesses must watch out for when dealing with foreign exchange "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

There are many pitfalls for the unwary when dealing with other countries money says Stephen Massa, Head of the PNG Office for law firm Dentons.

Dentons Stephen Massa warns businesses to be careful about foreign exchange laws Source: Dentons

Although there is no legal limit on the amount that can be transmitted out of Papua New Guinea, there is limited availability of foreign currency at the moment and, as a practical matter, it is difficult to transmit large sums of money out of PNG.

Generally speaking, the larger the amount ordered, the longer the wait. Here are several pointers about the formal guidelines.

  1. A contract between PNG residents denominated in a foreign currency requires PNG Central Bank (Bank of Papau New Guinea) approval. An entity is deemed to be a PNG resident for the purposes of PNGs foreign exchange controls if it carries on commercial activity in PNG. This includes PNG branches of foreign incorporated entities.
  2. Even where BPNG approval is obtained for PNG residents to contract in a foreign currency, PNGs foreign exchange controls clearly state that settlement must be in kina in PNG.
  3. Prior authorisation of the Central Bank is needed before an offshore account, as well as an onshore foreign currency account, can be opened. The Central Bank, if it gives its approval, will generally limit the use of those accounts to the extent necessary to comply with the contracts submitted to it.
  4. The Central Bank is limiting the ability of PNG companies to open offshore accounts or onshore foreign currency accounts. Without an offshore account or an onshore foreign currency account, all payments received by the borrower in a foreign currency will be converted by the receiving PNG bank into kina for depositing into the kina account held with the receiving PNG bank.
  5. When a company has approval for an offshore account, it will need to provide monthly foreign currency reporting of actual cash inflows and outflows through the offshore account.
  6. An exporter...


Oral questions: 21st March 2018 "IndyWatch Feed"

Questions to Ministers VIRGINIA ANDERSEN to the Minister of Finance: What recent advice has he received on the impact of the Governments Families Package? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in all her Ministers? DAVID SEYMOUR to the Minister of Education: Does he believe his Government has handled the issue of charter schools well? GREG OCONNOR to the Minister for Disability [] The post Oral questions: 21st March 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Cartoon for Today 21/03/2018 "IndyWatch Feed"

Facebook was better before they let moms and hostile foreign agents join.


K660m in royalties from Lihir "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Loop PNG | March 20, 2018

The people of New Ireland have received K660 million in total royalties from the Lihir Gold Limited (LGL) since 1997.

Of the total royalty payments made between 1997 and December 2017 (K660m);

  • New Ireland Provincial Government (+ districts) had received K330,057,253
  • Nimamar Local Level Government had received K198,034,351
  • Special Mining Lease Block Owners had received K132,022,902

From January to December 2017, Lihir Gold Limited royalty payments to the people of New Ireland have added to a total of K75,065,077 as highlighted (in yellow) in the table below.



Parents are getting boilerplate responses from Chris Hipkins "IndyWatch Feed"

Parents and other concerned New Zealanders continue to e-mail Education Minister Chris Hipkins in a vain attempt to get their questions answered about what is going to happen to their children who are currently enrolled in Charter schools. I have been sent copies of e-mails sent to Hipkins as well as his responses which appear [] The post Parents are getting boilerplate responses from Chris Hipkins appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Oil Search sees Gobe plant operational this week after PNG quake "IndyWatch Feed"

Tom Westbrook | Reuters | March 20, 2018

Australias Oil Search Ltd said on Tuesday that it expects its Gobe processing plant and oil export pipeline in Papua New Guinea to be operational later this week, after a deadly earthquake hit last month.

Oil Search said the Gobe facility and its export pipeline were largely undamaged in the magnitude 7.5 quake that struck on Feb. 26.

The company said its condensate handling facilities, part of the giant PNG liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, were also ready to receive PNG LNG condensate once production at the Hides gas conditioning plant comes back on stream.

The Hides plant was shut down after the quake by operator ExxonMobil, which said earlier this month the PNG LNG project would be shut for about eight weeks for inspections and repairs.

Oil Search said it expects its central processing facility at Kutubu, another oil and gas field, to be progressively restored from late March, while its Moran oil and gas field would take longer.

The Agogo processing facil...


Member's Day "IndyWatch Feed"

Today is a Member's Day, and one of wall-to-wall first readings. First up is Simeon Brown's Psychoactive Substances (Increasing Penalty for Supply and Distribution) Amendment Bill, a piece of classic law-and-order bullshit about filling prisons. Second is Kieran McAnulty's Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Bill, which would improve the rights of contract workers in the "gig economy". It's a bill which has been a long time coming and which seems well justified in the modern employment market. Next there's Melissa Lee's Accident Compensation (Recent Migrants and Returning New Zealanders) Amendment Bill, which plugs a small hole in ACC coverage (a whole which NZ First is trying to make bigger). And finally there's Barbara Kuriger's Oranga Tamariki (Parents and Guardians Responsibility) Amendment Bill, which is yet more law and order bullshit from the party of pedophobes. If the House moves quickly, it could make a start on Denise Lee's utterly misnamed Employment (Pay Equity and Equal Pay) Bill, which is designed to make equal pay claims more difficult.

Angie Warren-Clark's Crimes (Offence of Blasphemous Libel) Amendment Bill has been withdrawn, since now ther's a government bill.

There should be a ballot for three or four new bills tomorrow, depending on how many they get through today.


Australia to give more humanitarian Aid to PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced a further AUSD 3.4 million package that will bring the total Australian humanitarian assistance to K12.5 million.

Bishop who is on her 6th visit to Papua New Guinea as Foreign Minister said a portion of the funding will go to supporting women, girls and the disable who are most vulnerable in disasters.

On her arrival yesterday she had meetings and was briefed by Prime Minister Peter ONeill and Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato on the impact of the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that hit Southern Highlands and Hela provinces on 26 February.

She later visited the Australian Defence personnel at the Air Transport Wing and was given a brief by the Australian Defence Force and also Finance Minister and Tari Pori MP James Marape, Southern Highlands Governor William Powi and Immigration Minister and Koroba Kopiago MP Petrus Thomas.

The devastation that has affected a lot of families and communities and we send our deep-set condolences to those that lost love ones and also to those that have been injured, Ms Bishop said.

I am pleased today to announce Australia will be able to provinde additional AUSD3.4 million dollars to help rebuild livelihoods, restore and rebuild infrastructure and also to restore water and sanitation supplies.

This will bring the Australian governments total humanitarian response 5 million dollars or K12.5 million and we have also been working very closely with the PNG government in making sure that the support is provided to those that most need help.

I understand that the earthquake and the aftershocks have certainly caused immense damage and it will take some time to rebuild livelihoods. I want to thank the Australian Defence Force and the men and women who are here to assist with the delivery of supplies.

As you can see we have a RAAF C130 transport plane that has been taking much needed supplies to Southern Highlands and parts of the country affected by the earthquake and we also have three Chinook helicopters to ensure supplies reach the most remote areas. We also have had an Australian medical assistance team and together with the ADF personnel, representatives from Geo-Science Australia supporting PNG on the seismic activity and NGOs assisting.

So we stand with solidarity with our brothers and sisters here in Papua New Guinea, we grief with you the loss of life and we are here to work with yo...


View from your window "IndyWatch Feed"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo was taken by Cam on his hunting trip last weekend when he shot and killed Colin the feral bull. The general location was Moeawatea between Eltham and Ngamatapouri as the crow flies  Please put VFYW in the subject line or competition (if you think it has enough [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

New strain of calicivirus released on the Taieri  Elena McPhee:

An important moment for farming in the Taieri area occurred last night, when the Otago Regional Council released the new strain of rabbit-killing calicivirus.

Clad in overalls and armed with a bucketful of contaminated carrots, council environmental officer for biosecurity Kirk Robertson released the virus RHDV1 K5 in the hills near Outram.

He had nine other sites to visit, and across the wider Otago region a team of six or seven people had been laying poisoned carrots in about 100 locations. . .

Struggle to find enough homes for Kaimanawa horses Alexa Cook:

More than 200 Kaimanawa horses could be sent to slaughter following this years muster.

This year is expected to be one of the largest wild horse culls on record, with about 300 animals being mustered from the Waiouru Military Training Area.

The muster is carried out every two years, organised by the Department of Conservation and Kaimanawa Heritage Horses. . . 

Rodeo riders success dedicated to mother Sally Rae:

When Jenny Atkinson won her record sixth national barrel racing title this month, it was a poignant moment.

Mrs Atkinson (44) dedicated the win at the national rodeo finals to her mother, Ann, Ashford, who died in July last year.

And she was delighted to have her father, Ron, in the crowd at Wanaka to watch her ride to victory. . . 

Software softens blow of...


Get Along To Switzerland! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Live performances do it better By Ralph McAllister It is not often that a modern play satisfies ones personal tastes in diverse ways. Switzerland by Joanne Murray-Smith does just that. I read many thrillers. The Woman in the Window is Hitchcockian in its plotting and stunningly climactic. Hangman has a cannabilistic hero(?) with whom you []


Hela Government casts doubt on PNG Earthquake Report "IndyWatch Feed"

ONE PNG | The National | 20 March 2018

Hela Governor Philip Undialu has cast doubt on an Australian government report which cleared resource companies of blame for the recent earthquake.

The report by Australian government agency Geoscience Australia cleared mining and hydrocarbon companies of any wrongdoing over the 7.5 magnitude earthquake which caused much devastation in the Highlands. Undialu and Hela provincial administrator William Bando were given copies of the report by Oil Search staff in Moro last Saturday.

He said an independent investigation must be conducted into the earthquake under the terms of reference of the Hela government.

The report said there was significant public concern that industrial activities such as mining or hydrocarbon exploration and production in the Highlands, could have contributed to the earthquake.

The report said:

While the Feb 26 earthquake was the largest earthquake in the Highlands since 1900, its occurence was consistent with the known seismic characteristics of the region;...


Was he pushed? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fonterra has a strangely worded media release announcing its seeking a new CEO:

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited (Fonterra) today announced that, as part of a planned CEO succession process, the Fonterra Board and its CEO Theo Spierings have agreed that Mr Spierings will leave his role later this year.

Fonterra says its Board and Mr Spierings had formally commenced succession discussions last year. As a result of that, the Fonterra Board initiated international searches in November last year to identify potential candidates and was now shortlisting candidates.

Fonterra Chairman John Wilson says the Board was taking the decision to bring forward the announcement, which the Board was expecting to make in April, to avoid speculation.

It is not yet clear exactly when any appointment for Theos replacement will be made, but it is absolutely clear that Theo will continue in the meantime to drive the Co-operatives strategy and business, with special emphasis on China.

The Board and Theo are committed to a high-quality transition to a new CEO and when we have more information in regards to timing we will let our farmers and the wider market know. Until then it is business as usual with the focus on driving returns to our farmers and unitholders.

We envisage that even after the announcement of our new CEO, Theo will be involved in an advisory role so that we make best use of his knowledge and expertise during the transition, says Mr Wilson.

Mr Spierings says that he has been proud to have led Fonterra as CEO for seven years as the Co-operative has established a strong demand-led strategy and oriented itself to become innovative and sustainable.

It is now time for a new CEO who can lead the Co-operative through this next phase. The time is right for the Co-operative and that is important to me and to the Board.

It is also the right time for me personally. I look forward to new challenges, but right now my focus is on Fonterra. That will be the case until I finish with the Co-operative.

The usual wording would be that a CEO was resigning and a replacement was being sought.

The convoluted wording makes it sound like he was pushed.

Whether or not he was, I hope that the new CEO brings a culture change with better communicat...


Independent mining consultant questions Papua New Guinea government role as both shareholder and regulator "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Mining consultant Jerry Garry (centre) on site in Sierra Leone. Source: Jerry Garry

Kevin McQuillan | Business Advantage PNG | 20 March 2018

To remain impartial, the Papua New Guinea Government should not be a shareholder, but only maintain regulatory oversight of mining projects, according to geologist and mining consultant, Jerry Nombri Garry. He tells Business Advantage PNG there are other ways for the country to derive healthy revenues from mining projects.

Simbu-born Jerry Garry has worked in some of the toughest mining environments in the world: Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Afghanistanand PNG.

After returning home in 2013 to work as Country Manager for Crater Gold, he describes the PNG mining industry as mature and operates upon a very stable regulatory framework and friendlier tax regime compared to other jurisdictions.

But he believes some regulatory processes and legal requirements require fine-tuning to ensure that projects are established quickly and provide fair and equitable revenu...


Food,Glorious Food: Slow Roasted Pork Belly "IndyWatch Feed"

Slow roasted pork belly is an absolute joy to eat, and is one of my favourite meats to eat on a cold

wet Sunday. Its a relatively cheap cut of meat, that yields soft tender meat, and if you follow my method, youl also get the holy grail of porcine goodnessteeth shattering crackling! which lets be honest, is the best bit! Now whats the secret to getting that amazing crackling? Well its easier than you might think, providing you remember one simple rule moisture is your enemy, fat is your friend and by that I mean, you dont want the skin to be wet. It needs to be bone dry. If its wet, the skin will never crisp up. Fat (or oil) however, is your friend when making crackling, and by cutting shallow slits into the fat will mean, as the pork slowly roasts, that fat will bubble up and baste the skin, making it crispy. Now, I will coat the skin in a little olive oil, and put it in a really hot oven to start, as this will really help the crackling get going. I also seasoned mine with salt, pepper and fennel seeds, which work brilliantly with slowly roasted pork. Also, for an extra little recipe, I show you how easy it is to make your own gravy, using the roasted veg and juices from the pork. Nothing is more satisfying that not only getting good crackling, but also putting your own gravy on the table with it. Your guests will be gobsmacked at your culinary prowess my friends!

 To make my slow roasted pork belly you will need: About 1-1.5kg pork belly joint 2 large carrots 2 celery stalks About 4 banana shallots or 2 medium onions 3 bay leaves Few sprigs of thyme About 6 garlic cloves 2 tsp of fennel seeds About 450ml of cider, white wine, stock or water Salt and pepper For the gravy Juices and roasted veg from the pan Small knob of butter About 2 tbsp of plain flour About 500ml of chicken stock


Socialists are just grown up ratbag kids "IndyWatch Feed"

A study has recently found that ratbag kids tend to grow up to be nasty socialist scumbags: Badly behaved children are more likely to grow up to be left-wing, a study has shown. A study of 16,000 British people in their 30s found those with troubled childhoods were more likely to favour radical socialist policies. [] The post Socialists are just grown up ratbag kids appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Exxon Mobil buys LNG to chill quake-hit Papua New Guinea project: traders "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Jessica Jaganathan and Oleg Vukmanovic | Reuters | 20 March 2018

ExxonMobil Corp has bought a liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargo to keep its Papua New Guinea plant cold after a powerful earthquake triggered a production halt last month, several trade sources said on Monday.

The cool-down cargo could be a first step toward restarting LNG production at the facility ahead of schedule or it may simply be needed to maintain operational readiness, traders said.

Stopping the liquefaction process which condenses gas into a liquid at minus 162 degrees Celsius causes LNG plants to warm up, requiring cargoes to be imported to keep cryogenic tanks and equipment operational.

If LNG is loaded directly into warm tanks, the tanks will crack, an industry source said.

Exxons Papua New Guinea project was shut in late February after an earthquake disrupted feed-gas supplies from the gas-producing Highlands region.

Exports were to resume by early May.



Cartoon of the day by SonovaMin "IndyWatch Feed"

All cartoons as seen exclusively on Whaleoil are available to buy as prints directly from The post Cartoon of the day by SonovaMin appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.





McCabeAt the turn of the last century, surrealists had a parlor game in Paris called The Exquisite Corpse where writers would create collective stories by writing lines without knowing what preceded them. The lines were often nonsensical like the line that gave the game its name: Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau. (The exquisite corpse shall drink the new wine.) With minutes of his firing, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe became such an exquisite corpse with various politicians adding lines to his story that seemed entirely disconnected to his story. Former FBI Director James Comey used McCabe to pitch his upcoming book while former Attorney General Eric Holder used him to effectively attack career staff at his former agency. The point of the game in both politics and literature is not to advance a coherent narrative but insert your own lines into a collective story.

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Good news from Fonterra & Synlait "IndyWatch Feed"

Fonterra still fails to address key issues


Fonterra has announced an increase in the forecast milk payout:

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited today increased its forecast Farmgate Milk Price for the 2017/18 season to $6.55 per kgMS and announced a full year forecast dividend range of 25 35 cents per share with an interim dividend of 10 cents per share.

Chairman John Wilson says the ongoing strong global demand for dairy and stable global supply are continuing to support global prices, particularly for the important Whole Milk Powder category.

Farmers will welcome a forecast cash payout of $6.80 $6.90, which would be the third highest in the last decade. This is also good news for New Zealand as it represents around $10 billion flowing into the countrys economy. However, we are very aware of the challenges many of our farmers are facing this season with difficult weather conditions impacting production.

While the global supply and

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


Hawai`i News Now - March 20, 2018

The state Attorney Generals office and the FBI are conducting a wide-ranging investigation into allegations of public corruption and misappropriation of taxpayer and state funds at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Hawai`i News Now has learned.

Earlier this month, HNN reported that the FBI had joined the state investigators, who have broadened their probe into the embattled state agency.

HNN now has learned that the AGs office has sent OHA a letter on Feb. 26, asking for thousands of pages of documents, including records of contracts issued by OHA and its for-profit subsidiaries dating back to 2012.

Theyre also asking for nearly six years of OHA bank statements, records of credit card and check transactions, wire transfers and all information relating to OHAs outside investments.



Minister shouldnt mind businesss business "IndyWatch Feed"

Jones is well out of order here


Air New Zealand chair Tony Carter has written to Minister of Finance Grant Robertson to reinforce the airlines independence:

Mr Carter noted that the Crowns shareholding in the publicly listed airline gives it equal rights to all other ordinary shareholders.

Mr Carter drew attention to recent examples where the Regional Economic Development Minister has publicly criticised Air New Zealand in relation to operational decisions regarding regional air services, while at the same time making reference to the Crowns 51% shareholding.

Any appearance of a lack of commercial independence is viewed seriously by the Air New Zealand Board and is ultimately potentially damaging to the interests of all shareholders, including the Crown.

He was responding to criticism from Shane Jones over the ending of flights to and from Kapati:

Jones is encouraging mayoral leaders to approach the government with solutions and he wants to see a policy that ensures flight connectivity

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For whatever reason I get to travel the country a fair bit.    I can say without doubt my least favorite New Zealand city is Auckland (characterised by traffic, beggars and crime) followed by Hamilton (Cowtown - with a derelict city centre) followed by Christchurch (nice place until destroyed by the earthquakes and only slowly getting its act together).

Dunedin has a certain charm ... cute, quirky and quaint but bloody cold on a bad day.

But without doubt Wellington takes the cake as the best of our five main centres.   Compact, vibrant ... but gueez city fathers, please get your act together and sort out the Victoria tunnel.   Problem for Wgtn is that one day it's going to be hit by the REALLY big one.

Best provincial cities (in no particular order) are New Plymouth, Tauranga and Nelson with Oamaru (not a city) getting an honorable mention.   

Paihia (which is not a bad place) is overrun with refugees from Auckland who (like the writer) saw the light and decided to quit while we stood had a life to enjoy.    Great golfing, great dining, great scenery ... now all we need is for SH11 (Lemons Hill) to re-open.


Good news from Fonterra & Synlait "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fonterra has announced an increase in the forecast milk payout:

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited today increased its forecast Farmgate Milk Price for the 2017/18 season to $6.55 per kgMS and announced a full year forecast dividend range of 25 35 cents per share with an interim dividend of 10 cents per share.

Chairman John Wilson says the ongoing strong global demand for dairy and stable global supply are continuing to support global prices, particularly for the important Whole Milk Powder category.

Farmers will welcome a forecast cash payout of $6.80 $6.90, which would be the third highest in the last decade. This is also good news for New Zealand as it represents around $10 billion flowing into the countrys economy. However, we are very aware of the challenges many of our farmers are facing this season with difficult weather conditions impacting production.

While the global supply and demand picture remains positive and we expect prices to stay around current levels, we will be watching for any impact on market sentiment as spring production volumes build in Europe, he added.

New from China isnt all good though.

Fonterras Greater China business continues to perform well overall but the Co-operative has re- assessed the value of its Beingmate investment so that it reflects a fair value at this point in time.

Commenting on this decision, Mr Wilson says the Board has assessed the carrying value of Beingmate at $244 million and therefore taken an impairment of $405 million. . . 

Synlait Milk has announced a record half-year profit:

Synlait Milk  has reported a half year net profit after tax (NPAT) of $40.7 million for...


Book review of the day: The Girl with Seven Names "IndyWatch Feed"

This is the end of the series of book reviews. Thank you to all who have contributed so far. I personally and sincerely hope that this exercise has brought some joy and help alike to those who have used it. This is NOT the end of it though. Just the end of the first series. [] The post Book review of the day: The Girl with Seven Names appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.



Southern Autos: Deal of the day 2017 Isuzu D-Max LS 44 "IndyWatch Feed"

Cams comment: The LS is my favourite ute, brilliant bang for buck and a tray in the back for your dogs and hunting gear. Ive carried five sika deer in tray of these utes, plus the gear of four burly men. Ive been able to get 1000km on a single tank of gas when doing long [] The post Southern Autos: Deal of the day 2017 Isuzu D-Max LS 44 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Labours list Liz is dismayed "IndyWatch Feed"

A Labour MP at a party summer camp during which teens were allegedly sexually assaulted says she had gone to bed thinking the youths there were being looked after and was dismayed to hear about the claims weeks later from media. So reports TVNZ: The camp, in February, was organised by the partys youth wing [] The post Labours list Liz is dismayed appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Trump attacks foundations of civil society "IndyWatch Feed"

What makes this worse is that there many in the US and elsewhere who buy into Trumps views. Perhaps the power Trump seems to possess over so many gives an insight into how Hitler dominated Germany. Some of the parallels are frightening, the demonization of segments of society, vituperative media reinforcing Trumps views, appeasement of business elite, demands for personal loyalty.


March 21 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

If we all adopt a country footy /netty club and take out even 1 membership it will help small country clubs.
And let's call a spade a fecking shovel here, boys and girls - once the footy team folds, the netball clubs go and then it's like a set of dominoes and towns disappear.
Don't let that happen to our fabulous country towns!!!

1792 - In a letter he jotted to the good Rev William Morice about the coastal Eora people coming in frequently to the convict settlement at Sydney Cove, Captain Richard Johnson stated,
" A Number of the Natives, both Men women, and especially Children are every day now in the Camp - Two native Girls I have under my roof,"

1802 Matthew Flinders was a busy chap, trotting off and finding all sorts of things on his explorative travels, like today's Show and Tell subject Kangaroo Island.
Yes, we have so many of the hoppity critters we had to name a whole lump of dirt after 'em.

1816 - After two years of severe drought, the Gundungurra (Gandangara) came down from the mountains to attack settlers in the outlying Cow Pastures (Camden) district, burning houses and sheds, spearing cattle and plundering crops. They killed four men employed by George T Palmer (son of Commissary John Palmer) at the Nepean River and three of Mrs Elizabeth Macarthurs stock-keepers at Camden.

1829- Windradyne, known to European settlers as "Saturday", was a warrior and resistance leader of the Wiradjuri people; he passed to the stars on this day following a tribal fight at the Macquarie River.

1855 - Raffaello Carboni was tried for treason over his involvement in the Eureka Stockade.
Of course he found not guilty.

1863 - Thomas Pedder was hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Thomas Sweeny, a shepherd, at Irwin River.

1864 The very first hansom cab turned up in New Zealand with its driver asking for directions as his Sat-Nav was on the blink.

1895 - The Chickybabes Suffrage Act got the gong from Queen Vicky in South Oz when it twas Gazetted, thereby giving the gals the right to vote and to stand for Parliament.

1917 Infamous,wonderful author Frank Hardy, brother to the equally talented entertainer Mary Hardy, was pupped today.

1918- Dunolly-ite made good; Harry Lawson, pupped in Dunolly, assumed the position as Premier of Victoria.


Question of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

Phil Twyford has no answers to Judith Collins questioning: Question No. 10Housing and Urban Development 10. Hon JUDITH COLLINS (NationalPapakura) to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: How many KiwiBuild houses have been built in the 145 days he has been in Government? Hon PHIL TWYFORD (Minister of Housing and Urban Development): The KiwiBuild programme kicks in [] The post Question of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


QotD: "There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal" "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

"There is all the difference in the world between treating people equally and attempting to make them equal. While the first is the condition of a free society, the second means (as De Tocqueville describes it) 'a new form of servitude.'"
~ Friedrich Hayek


The philosophical side of politics "IndyWatch Feed"

It is worth noting that politics is interesting only in as much as it pertains to philosophy, for it poses an important question:  in what way should people be governed? Note the should. That word automatically supposes a value judgement about the topic.    It seems that in our time, philosophy is too hard a subject matter for people to be much enthused about.  Politics is often the only branch of philosophy where regular folks feel comfortable vociferating about the rights and wrongs' of ideas or issues as they come up in the world of public opinion.  But human beings are philosophical by nature at a much more fundamental level than just political opinion, only many of them dont realise it.  Identity politics takes up way too much attention considering how shallow and worthless its causes actually are in the greater scheme of things.  They are a first-world hormonal headache in a stupefyingly vacuous culture. The post The philosophical side of politics appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Two wombles think we need to ban importation of vehicles with internal combustion engines "IndyWatch Feed"

These two wombles obviously live in the city. They must do because they are divorced from reality with their proposal to ban the importation of vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICEs): Bold and decisive actions are necessary if New Zealand is to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions substantially. The new Labour-led Government has committed to [] The post Two wombles think we need to ban importation of vehicles with internal combustion engines appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Minister shouldnt mind businesss business "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Air New Zealand chair Tony Carter has written to Minister of Finance Grant Robertson to reinforce the airlines independence:

Mr Carter noted that the Crowns shareholding in the publicly listed airline gives it equal rights to all other ordinary shareholders.

Mr Carter drew attention to recent examples where the Regional Economic Development Minister has publicly criticised Air New Zealand in relation to operational decisions regarding regional air services, while at the same time making reference to the Crowns 51% shareholding.

Any appearance of a lack of commercial independence is viewed seriously by the Air New Zealand Board and is ultimately potentially damaging to the interests of all shareholders, including the Crown.

He was responding to criticism from Shane Jones over the ending of flights to and from Kapati:

Jones is encouraging mayoral leaders to approach the government with solutions and he wants to see a policy that ensures flight connectivity in the regions continues.

The immediate solution lies with (Air NZ). Theyve taken a strategy to increase profit by downgrading provinces and you cant tell me that they havent done that.

He said former prime minister Sir John Key was on the Air NZ board and was in a position to change the strategy and priorities.

Air NZ should put their money where their mouth is when it comes to supporting provincial providers, Jones said.

My whole phone has been clogged by our fellow Kiwis ringing with tales of woe from the provinces. I mean the sad thing is whilst theyre a brand promoting New Zealand to the rest of the world, in respect of servicingits not good enough.

Jones said regional NZ got better treatment from second-hand car dealers than Air NZ. . . 

National MP Nathan Guy who represents the Otaki electorate which includes the Kapati Coast, has launched a petition urging the airline to keep the flights.

As Nationals regional economic development spokesman Paul Goldsmith says, thats what local MPs do:

Obviously youd expect the local member to be advocating vigorously for his local commun...


Robertson says government could influence Air NZ through board appointments this is politicisation of the worst kind "IndyWatch Feed"

This government does not seem to understand that Air NZ is a public company, it is not the plaything of government.

The idea that a director could be voted in to do only the governments bidding is against all accepted norms.

We have the spectacle of Peters and Jones involving themselves in operation of a quoted company and Ardern implicitly approving this, by not reining Peters and Jones in, especially when Robertsons comments are taken into account.

This is wrong on so many levels. Such behaviour bodes ill for the conduct of business under this government. In a small country such as NZ it is especially important that this sort of behaviour not become the norm.

Business collectively must resist this.


There will be an inquest over Joshs suicide "IndyWatch Feed"

Contributed from Queensland

At last there is some positive news regarding the suicide of Josh Klumper. The seventeen-year old took his life, after being denied the timely help he needed at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of his mother Ursula Skjonnemand, supporters and an online petition, a coroners inquest will take place, although a date has not yet been set.

Josh, diagnosed with Asperger syndrome (a form of Autism Spectrum Disorder), was not coping and desperately needed help. On 2 September last year, he went to the hospital with his grandmother.

But instead of immediate assistance, he was made to wait for four hours and told that he could not be seen on that night. For someone suffering from severe mental health stress, this can be a disaster, and the hospital should have known this.

Agitated, Josh walked out. The hospital did not follow up until three days later. It was too late. He had attempted to take his life and eventually died in hospital.

In a health system that is working properly a failure of duty of care like this, would not happen. A process to deal with in would be in place. The fact that the failure occurred, indicates that the hospital lacks the resources and the staff the training needed. The inquest must uncover the details of this.

This has not been the only failure. It is a disgrace that Joshs mother and supporters had to battle to be heard. An inquest into a death in such circumstances should be routine. The reason why this didnt take place should be explained, and the criteria for the intervention of the coroner changed, so that there can be a quick and adequate response.

It begs the question. How many others have been treated in a similar way at the Gold Coast University Hospital and through the Queensland health system?  This needs to be answered as well.

Ursula Skjonnemand told ABC Radio Brisbane she had fought for an investigation to make sure Joshs story could be a learning experience for others.

She wants this investigation to result in Queensland health taking measures that will ensureother receive the help that her son missed out on. This is an opportunity to save other lives.

The case has prompted Health Minister Steven Miles into a meeting with high-level public servants from the Health Departments mental health wing and deputy director-general of clinical excellence Dr John Wakefield. Hopefully, this will contribute towards bringing about some change.

But it must be remembered that any action required a push, and it should not have come to this.

The post...


The Antidepressant Wars in the Post-Truth Era "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sometimes there are advantages to being outside the mainstream media. Australia dodged a bullet when the UK press announced claims about antidepressants. There was some coverage, but its comforting to hope that when the press releases came this way, our astute journalists were aware that during the previous months our press had already just run a competing big medical story: Prescription pills killing more people than street drugs.1

But the February 2018 UK press releases were all the more potent because they were attributed to such hallowed sources as Lancet, Oxford University and the BBC.2 British tabloid press was even more florid with interpretations such as GPs should prescribe anti-depressants to over a million more Brits, experts claim, citing an Oxford University study that supposedly found pills were up to 113 per cent more likely to tackle depression than no treatment at all despite previous claims that they did not work.3 Even at face value it seemed unlikely The Lancet would have used the words pills and tackle.

At a New Zealand conference, overseas visitors went even further. One headline virtually accused critics of mass-scale negligent homicide: Claims that antidepressants dont work are dangerous and akin to climate change denial, mental health professionals and experts say, citing supposed overwhelming evidence supporting the view that mental health problems were caused by chemical imbalances in the brain.4

Yet at the same time across the Tasman Sea a Professor of Psychiatry, former Australian of the Year, was assuring ABC listeners in response to a question about chemical imbalance that this was attributable to the drug companies, the DSM, the FDA American psychiatrists 40 years ago now no one believes that any more. If you talk to any modern researcher in neuroscience or psychiatry no one would say that is the explanation. But when you go to a GP or even some psychiatrists they will still trot out that very simplistic explanation to people.5

The big stakes in this are not being exaggerated. As Dr. AJ Frances put it: We have a medical system tha...


Very heavy rainfall for central parts of NSW coast, warnings issued "IndyWatch Feed"

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting very heavy rain for central parts of the New South Wales coast over the next few days, with dangerous conditions expected to develop. Many places are expected to get their normal monthly rainfall for March in just...... Read more


Hitchens on Salisbury "IndyWatch Feed"

Peter Hitchens gives his view on the Salisbury poisoning.


Rates dodger and serial pest, Penny Not Too Bright, set to lose her house "IndyWatch Feed"

SB did this mad old bat as Face of the day but she has constantly run plenty of defamatory comments against me so I get to put the boot in too. Im glad this veteran rates dodger is finally getting her comeuppance. An Auckland activists home will be sold to recover more than $34,000 unpaid rates [] The post Rates dodger and serial pest, Penny Not Too Bright, set to lose her house appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Situation vacant "IndyWatch Feed"

As a community service, from time to time people send me job offers, and this is an opportunity sent in yesterday. My reader comments, I know that there have been some WOBH readers/commenters in the past who have been between jobs so thought Id let them have first bite at it if it is OK [] The post Situation vacant appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


With Friends Like These, Australia Doesnt Need Enemies "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our nations history of internal slaughter is world-beating. Its perhaps matched only by our support over the decades for regimes that also kill their own. Michael Brull explains.

In the image above, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is seen shaking hands with Hun Sen during the ASEAN Summit in Sydney last week. Smiling. Hun Sen is the dictator of Cambodia, which he has ruled since 1985. Under the reign of Pol Pot, Hun Sen served as a battalion commander in the Khmer Rouge army.

It is worth underscoring what this means. Ben Kiernan wrote a book, The Pol Pot Regime. Kiernan is the founding director of the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University. He found that the Khmer Rouge was responsible for the deaths of some 1.7 million people. That is about one fifth of the entire population, wiped out by its own government.

That makes Hun Sen a triumphant and reigning dictator from one of the most murderous governments of the 20th century.

Cambodians in Australia have protested the welcome extended to Hun Sen by our government. I was alerted to this issue by someone who came to Australia as a refugee from Cambodia. Dozens of family members, on both her mother and her fathers side of the family, were murdered by the Khmer Rouge.

Cambodian dictator Hun Sen arrives in Canberra for the ASEAN Summit, March 2018.

As if to underscore his commitment to despotism, Hun Sen has responded to protesters in Australia by saying I wan...


Twyford is dreamin and now finally being held to account "IndyWatch Feed"

Judith Collins is after Phil Twyford: In spite of the Governments spin and bluster its much-heralded Kiwibuild programme is yet to yield a single new house, National Party Housing and Development Spokesperson Judith Collins says. Like so much of what were seeing from this Government theyre full of big talk but theyre not getting anything [] The post Twyford is dreamin and now finally being held to account appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The question we should all be asking: will it ever be safe for Syrians to return home? "IndyWatch Feed"

Seven years ago, the world watched as waves of non-violent protest swept across the Arab world. It began in Tunisia and quickly spread to other countries. The movement was optimistically called the Arab Spring by protesters.

It has become the long Arab Winter for those in Syria.

Last week marked seven years since the start of the conflict in Syria, with more than 2,500 days of brutal violence and bloodshed. As bombs continue to rain down on besieged Eastern Ghouta, civilians are trapped with nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. The so called de-escalation zones have in fact become escalation zones. Meanwhile, the world looks on as the conflicting parties blatantly disregard international law.

As the Syrian government moves to reclaim control over the last rebel-held areas, it is timely to ask: what is the future of Syria? And even more pertinent to ask: will it ever be safe for Syrians to return home?

It seems difficult to conceive that Syrians who have witnessed and experienced such brutal atrocities would ever feel safe returning home.

It is also difficult to conceive that there would be much for Syrians to return home to, especially in Aleppo, Raqqa and other areas where homes, marketplaces, hospitals and schools have been pounded to rubble by bombs.

But many Syrians continue to dream of returning home, especially those who face protracted uncertainty and rising anti-refugee rhetoric in the places to which they have fled.

So what will become of Syria? With much of the countrys vital infrastructure destroyed, talk of reconstruction has already begun. Thousands of destroyed schools, hospitals and homes need rebuilding. A number of international Trade Fairs on Syrian reconstruction have already been held. It is reported that foreign contractors have begun descending upon Damascus to secure lucrative reconstruction deals seeking to profit from Syrias destruction.

As minds turn towards reconstruction and while battles are being fought in besieged areas, it is critical that the international community heeds the cry of civilians: cries for safety, security and stability. This requires ensuring a potentially premature focus on reconstruction does not detract attention from three key things.

First, more pressure must be put on all parties to comply with the United Nations Security Resolution, demanding a cessation in hostilities to enable civilians trapped in besieged areas to access humanitarian assistance. Humanitarian aid, including medical supplies which were last week stripped from aid convoys, must be allowed to reach people in need. Sick and wounded children must be allowed access to medical care, and life-saving aid.

Second, it is critical to ensure that Syrian refugees are not forced to return to...


Resettlement never a viable option: govt must exercise sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Watna Mori
Watna Mori

WATNA MORI | The Interpreter | Lowy Institute

PORT MORESBY - In mid-2015 I was approached to work as a claims assistance provider at the Manus Regional Processing Centre.

Initially, I was hesitant because I did not want to be part of an arrangement I believed was morally, if not legally, reprehensible.

The processing of asylum seekers was of concern enough, but that the Australian and Papua New Guinea governments actually agreed that resettlement of those found to be refugees was possible in Papua New Guinea was astounding.

I remember my prospective employer asking me during our early meetings what I thought would happen at the end of processing.

I told her of my experience with seven West Papuan asylum seekers in 2013 who had raised the Morning Star flag in West Papua with the support of Australia activists. Raising the Morning Star is a crime in Indonesia, and the seven young men (one was a child) were pursued by the Indonesian military as a result.

They fled West Papua by trekking into PNG, where they spent less than 48 hours, before making it to the Torres Strait islands by boat.

The men handed themselves over to the Australian authorities on arrival and were subsequently sent to Port Moresby by aircraft. In PNG, they were given a week within which to either make an asylum claim or face deportation to Indonesia.

Australia stated that its actions were determined by a 2003 memorandum of understanding with PNG relating to migration, refugees, irregular migration, and people smuggling. That MOU allowed for irregular arrivals to be sent back to PNG if they transited in that country for more than seven days.

When it was put to the then Australian minister for immigration Scott Morrison that the young men were in PNG for less than seven days, he responded that, in this case, PNG had granted a concession.

Much effort and government funds were spent by both Australia and PNG to ensure that the seven West Papuans made their asylum claims in PNG and were not deported; however, the West Papuans refused to make asylum cla...


L plates, T plates, E plates "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

They are about to discuss on TV1 breakfast whether there should be E plates for elderly drivers, similar to L plates for learner drivers. This is  is discriminatory, and its pathetic. There have also been class for T plates for tourists. What would an elderly learner tourist have to use? It would confuse other drivers []


NZ First versus Air NZ "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The war of words between Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Air New Zealand over the cutting of regional flights continues. Jones is in tricky territory as a minister trying to bully a company with commercial interests. Stuff: Shane Jones continues war of words with Air NZ as chairman hits back Air New Zealand []


Truth A NZ War Casualty "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

NZ Defence Force still being frugal with the truth By Mandy Hager Almost under the radar last week, the New Zealand Defence Force finally admitted that, despite their press-circus at the time, they had lied about the position of the raids revealed in Jon Stephenson and Nicky Hagers book Hit and Run.   This only []


Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed"

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


More on Cambridge Analytica and Facebook "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Australia has been included in possible targets of Cambridge Analytica being used to try to influence election outcomes. Stuff: Cambridge Analytica CEO appears to talk about election bribes, sex workers on video According to the video posted by Channel 4 News, Nix appears to suggest the company could send some girls around to the candidates []


Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Science and technology are the keys to both our longevity and our demise. Our entire existence on this planet is a double-edged sword.  Rhys Darby.


Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed"

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


Back to the future is the world lurching into a new colonialism? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Chris Overland
Chris Overland


ADELAIDE - I recently read a book by the late Professor John Bowle entitled The Imperial Achievement: The Rise and Transformation of the British Empire (Book Club Associates, 1974).

The book represents a conscious attempt by Bowle to place on record a scholarly and dispassionate reassessment of the British Empire, where the very real and often remarkable achievements of the those he calls the Anglo-Saxon colonisers are given more consideration than is now deemed politically correct.

In essence, Bowles argues that it suited both the formerly colonised and those who, broadly speaking, come from the left of the political spectrum, to characterise the imperial era as entirely racist, exploitative and destructive.

The facts, he argues, do not support this simplistic and frequently self-serving notion and he proceeds to compile a formidable case to justify his position.

I am not going to discuss Bowles central thesis here. He has devoted some 460 pages of densely argued and sometimes difficult scholarship to do that.

My interest lies in trying to understand how what was for millennia a small, obscure and relatively poor island off the coast of Europe could somehow contrive to acquire the largest maritime empire in human history.

Also, in doing so, I am trying to understand what relevance this may have to the world today which, while ostensibly decolonised, may in fact be ushering in a new era of insidious economic colonisation.

This latter point is relevant to Papua New Guineas post-colonial experience and, I think, across the wider developing world as well.

The first point that becomes apparent from Bowles book is that the British government rarely had any overt policy of seizing colonial possessions. In essence, its policy was to expand British trade wherever and whenever possible across the globe. It aimed to do this by dealing with the ruling regimes in place in other countries, not taking them over.

The British government did not like assuming responsibility for distant colon...


Blasphemy law likely to be repealed "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The blasphemy law, not used for almost a hundred years, will be repealed if legislation introduced to Parliament this week passes, whci seems likely. RNZ: Outdated blasphemy law to be repealed Justice Minister Andrew Little introduced legislation on Monday to repeal the decades-old law. Blasphemous libel is listed in the Crimes Act and comes with []


Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

Veteran Auckland protester Penny Brights home will be sold from under her to recover unpaid rates and penalties. The High Court confirmed to Auckland Council the property will be sold by tender on April 24. The sale of the property was a last resort, Auckland Council spokesman Matthew Walker said. Bright stopped paying her rates [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Mid Week Quiz No. 114 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The latest challenge.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers on Sunday.   In the song composed in 1900, where did Burlington Bertie come from?   What important sporting role does New Zealander Joe Schmidt have in the British Isles?   Which French term is used for []


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

The word for today is poseur (noun) One who affects a particular attribute, attitude, or identity to impress or influence others. poseuse (noun) A woman poseur. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : One who practices affected attitudes, 1866, from French poseur, from verb poser affect an attitude or pose, from Old French [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Historically Anti-Apartheid New Zealand Confronts Risks of BDS and Standing Up to Israel "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND If we were to truly honor the late, great Stephen Hawking, perhaps it would pay to remind ourselves of the principles the acclaimed physicist really stood for. One of those principles was Hawkings commitment to the boycott of Israel in response to Israels longstanding policy of egregiously violating the rights of millions of ordinary Palestinians.

In 2013, Hawking publicly withdrew himself from a conference in Jerusalem on the future of Israel stating that he had decided to respect the boycott, having received advice from Palestinian academics.

A people under occupation will continue to resist in any way it can. If Israel wants peace it will have to talk to Hamas like Britain did with the IRA [Irish Republican Army], Hawking said in 2009, speaking in regard to Israels brutal assault of Gaza during Operation Cast Lead. Hamas are the democratically elected leaders of the Palestinian people and cannot be ignored.

One Guardian commentator in particular called Hawkings support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement a turning point.

However, boycotting Israel is nowhere near as risk-free as boycotting and sanctioning states such as Syria, North Korea or Iran. Boycotting Israel comes with unforeseen consequences that shed light not only on the power and reach of the Zionist lobby and to adherents of the Zionist agenda, but also on how weak the argument in favor of promoting Israels human rights-abusing agenda is. If their argument were strong, would they need to actively and forcibly silence those who dissent?

States such as New Zealand have found this out the hard way and continue to grapple with the issue to this day. The problem that Israel will always have with New Zealand is that New Zealand has long held itself as a beacon of human rights and individual freedom. Whether or not this is, in fact, the case is irrelevant because New Zealand has to continue to maintain that faade, particularly regarding its approach to the international community. To this day, the country continues to point to its boycott of Apartheid South Africa not too long ago, mind you as a moment of historical pride.

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Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed"

Proverbs 21 19 Its better to live alone in the desert than with a quarrelsome, complaining wife. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Work ethic & reliability of Pacific island workers is commended "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Seasonal worker information session at Applethorpe
Queensland Agriculture project manager Karen George with managers Melissa Denning (Timor-Leste), David Haro (PNG), George Tuti (Solomons) and Sakeo Talemaimaleya (Fiji) (Jonno Colfs)

STAFF REPORTER | Warwick Daily News (Queensland)

WARWICK - THE prospect of being able to hire a reliable seasonal workforce drew strong crowds to a seasonal worker program information session at Applethorpe.

International delegates from Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Fiji and Papua New Guinea plugged the value of their workers to growers and other stakeholders from Stanthorpe and beyond.

Growers heard testimonials from Thulimbah apple growers and Darling Downs vegetable growers about their experiences of hiring workers from Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Samoa.

The common thread was reliability, strong work ethic and a genuine desire to work - qualities all growers seek in their staff.

The international delegates represented four of the 10 participating countries in the federal government-funded seasonal worker program.

In 2016-17, Australian employers hired 477 workers from Timor-Leste, 190 from Fiji, 139 from Papua New Guinea and 87 from Solomon Islands compared with 2,690 from Tonga and 2,150 from Vanuatu.

Growers were informed of opportunities to diversify recruitment sources across the countries, reducing the impact on the main sending countries.

The aim was also to ensure growers knew there were other options when some Pacific Island countries were hit by cyclones and could not send workers.

Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network project manager and southern Queensland officer Karen George said interest was strong.

"Securing a reliable and returning workforce can be a significant challenge for growers, and having more labour supply choices gives growers a greater ability to ensure their long-term viability, she said.

"The strong turnout and solid engagement at this information session shows growers are hungry to learn more about how the seasonal worker progra...


Four Women Will ROW From California to Hawaii To Highlight Climate Change and Sustainability "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In June, four women plan on rowing from California to Hawaii to highlight their concerns about global warming and the degradation of the world's oceans.   We are talking about journey 2400 miles on human power alone, and they are planning on doing this in less than 50 days, thus breaking the record for a women-only team to cover this huge distance.

One of the women is an undergraduate in my department, Eliza Dawson, an excellent student who plans of going to graduate school next year to study the earth's climate system.  Eliza is also a member of the UW's fabled women's crew team, and thus is an accomplished athlete as well.  Such an effort is not inexpensive and thus she is raising funds to support this effort (here and here).

I am intrigued by this ambitious project on many levels. 

Eliza and compatriots will view and document the current state of the northeast Pacific at close hand.  As many of you know the world's oceans have become a giant junk yard, particularly for floating plastic, and they will go through one of the worst garbage collection areas--the center of the east Pacific gyre (see images).  They plan on taking pictures and documenting the debris they pass through.


General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


Open Forum Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

21 March 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 []


Facebook to hold crisis meeting without Zuckerberg "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

Sky News

The meeting will be led by Facebooks deputy general counsel as CEO Mark Zuckerberg remains silent on the data scandal.

13:27, UK,Tuesday 20 March 2018

Facebook says it may take legal action
Image:Facebook says it may take legal action

Facebook is holding an open meeting for all employees following allegations that data belonging to its users was harvested by Cambridge Analytica.

The companys chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg has not commented on the scandal nor made a public appearance since the story broke.

Mr Zuckerberg will not be present to lead Tuesdays meeting, which instead will be chaired by Facebooks deputy general counsel, Paul Grewal.

Cambridge Analytica is accused of illegally harvesting the personal data of 50 million Facebook users.

The crisis meeting follows a stock fall which wiped $37bn (26bn) off its value as investigations are launched by the UKs Information Commissioner as well as European authorities.

According to an internal calendar invitation seen by technology publication The Verge, the meeting is scheduled for 10am Pacific Time (5pm UK time) today.



Does Australia Believe in International Law: The Case of Syria "IndyWatch Feed"


One of the most common phrases heard from senior Australian government officials including the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister is Australias belief in what it is pleased to call the rules based international order. This phrase is usually used in the context of implied or explicit criticism of another nation with whom Australia is in disagreement. For example, Australia is very prone to criticizing Russias annexation of Crimea, or Chinas assertion of its claimed rights in the South China Sea.

The inference one is expected to draw is that other countries may breach international law but Australia is a model of probity by comparison. This claim looks slightly tattered in the light of Australias manifest breaches of international instruments that it is a signatory to in its treatment of refugees, or the bullying of East Timor over the development of maritime resources.

As serious as these matters are they pale in comparison with the waging of a war against another sovereign nation. The history of Australias involvement in the waging of a war against the sovereign government of Syria is a case in point.

On 16 September 2014 the then Prime Minister Tony Abbott gave an interview to the ABC. In the interview he expressed as reservations about Australia becoming involved in a war that was being conducted by the United States, mainly through its support of proxy terrorist groups who it was financing and arming in conjunction with its allies Saudi Arabia and Israel.

The legalities he said, of operating inside Syria are quite different from the legalities of operating in Iraq at the request and in support of the Iraqi government.

Two weeks after that interview the Australian government received legal advice dated 30 September 2014 that it failed to disclose or even indicate that it had received such advice. Abbott was overthrown in an internal coup by Malcolm Turnbull on 15 September 2015.

One week prior to the coup Australia had written a letter to the United Nations Security Council on 9 September 2015. In that letter Australia claimed that the United States was justified in making military strikes against Syria on the basis that Syria was unwilling and unable to prevent the use of its territory to conduct terrorist attacks against Iraq.


Tuesday, 20 March


Solomon Islands Police destroy crocodiles in Western Province "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Police Response Team (PRT) of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) destroyed two crocodiles at Kolombangara Island in the Western Province on 13 March 2018.

Director of the RSIPF National Response Department, Chief Superintendent Stanley Riolo says, PRT members were deployed in an operation to Western Province from Honiara following information from the people of Kolombangara that crocodiles were seen in the coastal area and rivers on the Island and were a danger to people there.

As a result two crocodiles measuring from three to three and half meters long were destroyed by PRT members at a river in the Lolu Village on Kolombanga Island, says Chief Superintendent Riolo. 

 He adds: My officers will continue to respond to requests to destroy crocodiles from communities as the reptiles become a danger to their members.

The process of requesting assistance by the communities includes:

Submit a formal request through the office of the Provincial Police Commanders (PPC) or to your nearest police station, stating very clearly where the crocodile or crocodiles have been sighted.

The request form must bear the name of a community leader, date and signatory of the leader giving permission to the police to carry out the destruction of crocodile/s;

The community leader who makes the request  must also declare that no claim of compensation may be laid against the RSIPF for destroying crocodile/s within the surrounding area of his/her community; and

If the community leader wishes to cancel the request to destroy the crocodile/s, they must do so in writing to the same PPC that they have made the original request.

In the event you are unable to make a written request, ask for help from other members of your community to do it on your behalf or ask an officer of the RSIPF to assist you write the request.


European Union brings relief to the victims of powerful earthquake in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Port Moresby, 09 March 2018 Following the 7.5-magnitude earthquake which struck Papua
New Guinea on 26th February, the European Union is providing 110 000 (PGK 438 610) to
channel emergency assistance to the affected communities in the heavily impacted areas of
Southern Highlands and Hela provinces.
Moreover, an expert in water quality and waste management has also been deployed through the
EU Civil Protection Mechanism, to provide expertise to the UN Disaster Assessment and
Coordination Team. Additionally, the European Union activated the European satellite mapping
system Copernicus, which has provided 13 maps of some the worst-hit parts of the country.
"Thousands of people are in urgent need of aid after the earthquake hit the country. The European
Union is providing emergency assistance to support the work of the first responders on the
ground," said Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides.
This EU-funding supports the Papua New Guinea Red Cross Society in delivering live-saving aid
through the distribution of emergency shelter and essential relief items, such as tarpaulins,
blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, kitchen sets, and hygiene kits, whilst also ensuring first
aid kits and health assistance are provided to those in need. In light of the difficulty in accessing
some of the affected areas and the breakdown of communication systems, the assistance also
supports aerial assessments and the deployment of volunteers to impacted localities. The funding
is part of the EUs overall contribution to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) of the
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
Overall, as many as 143 000 people are estimated to have been affected, including some 500
injured and 17 000 others displaced, according to IFRC. Some health facilities and schools are
reported to have sustained severe damage. The full extent of the devastation however remains
unclear as road accessibility and lines of communications in the already hard-to-reach areas have
been broken off, gravely hampering efforts to conduct assessments and provide immediate
support. At least 70 aftershocks have rattled the country since the earthquake, including one of
6.4 magnitudes on March 6th in Western Province, which killed a further 18 people. A state of
emergency has been declared in the impacted provinces, namely Hela, Southern Highlands,
Western, and Enga provinces.


New Pacific Partnership addresses gender equality and violence against women "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Thursday 8 March 2018 (Pacific region) This International Womens Day, a new EUR18.2 million
regional programme to improve gender equality and address violence against women and girls is being announced.
The new Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls (Pacific Partnership) brings
together governments, civil society organisations, communities and other partners to promote gender
equality, prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG), and increase access to quality response
services for survivors.
The programme is funded primarily by the European Union (EUR12.7m) with targeted support from the
Australian Government (EUR4.9m) and UN Women (EUR0.6m). It will be jointly implemented by the
Pacific Community (SPC) Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT), the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat
(Forum Secretariat) and UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO).
His Excellency Ambassador Julian Wilson, Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation for the Pacific
said: The European Union is strongly committed to gender equality, the empowerment of women of all
ages and the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls around the world.
We are proud to be funding this new and important partnership programme through the 11th European
Development Fund in the Pacific, to address the causes of gender inequality and violence against
women, said Ambassador Wilson.
It starts today on International Womens Day and aims to deliver concrete results over the next years,
turning each day into a womens day, he said.
Australia's High Commissioner, John Feakes, said Australia is very pleased to support the new Pacific
Partnership through the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development program.
Recent surveys indicate that over 60 per cent of women in the Western Pacific Region have experienced
gender-based violence, Mr Feakes said.
Women and girls who experience violence deserve accessible and high quality essential services
including health, police, justice and social services to help them recover. Through the Pacific
Partnership we will also work with individuals and communities to consider the influence of social norms,
attitudes and behaviours in preventing violence against women and girls, he said.
The Pacific Partnership aims to transform the social norms that allow violence against women and girls to
continue; to ensure survivors have access to quality response services; and to support national and
regional institutions to meet their commitments to gender equality and the prevention of violence
against women and girls.
Speaking about the new programme, Dame Meg Taylor, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum,...


Former PNG leaders to carry unity message to Bougainville "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A team of former Papua New Guinea prime ministers is to go to Bougainville with a message of unity.
Sir Julius Chan, now a provincial governor, is to lead the team which also includes Sir Rabbie Namaliu and Paias Wingti.

The Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has reportedly welcomed the offer to try and convince the people on Bougainville to remain part of PNG when they hold a referendum on independence next year.

Sir Julius said his message would be that they really wanted Bougainville to stay part of Papua New Guinea.

All three former prime ministers headed the PNG government during the ten year long Bougainville crisis.

Sir Julius said they wanted to see a united PNG and believed PNG could give Bougainville what it wanted, while independence would do little good.

Sir Julius is also seeking autonomy, within PNG, for his New Ireland Province.  RNZ


Friendly Fire: Did McCabes Dig At Trump Undermine Comey? "IndyWatch Feed"


McCabe440px-Comey-FBI-PortraitBelow is my column in the Hill newspaper on the implications of the termination of Andrew McCabe and his revealing public statement.  The statement presents a particularly difficult problem of former FBI Director James Comey.

Here is the column:

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Christopher Hitchens warned us about Putin "IndyWatch Feed"

Speech given March 8, 2005 at University Of Western Ontario. Extract from speech


Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

21 March 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 []


Heavy flooding, debris flows expected in Southern California as dangerous atmospheric river forms in Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

An atmospheric river event is expected to plummet Southern California bringing heavy rain and snow into the area. Flash flood warnings have been issued in parts of Southern California, with potentially very dangerous debris flows expected as the strongest storm of...... Read more


Meningococcal disease is serious and deadly: Fiji Health Ministry "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The public is advised to seek urgent medical attention if they see signs and symptoms of Meningococcal disease as Fiji's Health Ministry has declared an outbreak.

Acting National Advisor Communicable Disease, Dr Aalisha Sahukhan says this shouldnt be taken lightly as its a life threatening disease caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitides.

Dr Sahukhan says they have seen an increase in cases since 2016 which causes infection in the lining of the brain and in the blood, or both.

She says the Ministry is taking immediate nationwide action to counter this as it can be treated if detected early.

The signs and symptoms are sudden fever, vomiting, headache, and stiff neck/backache. Other symptoms include nausea, eyes are sensitive to light, confusion, rash red/purple spots in the skin. It can be difficult to notice the symptoms in babies, or they may not be there at all.

Some of the symptoms that you should be alert for in babies are; high fever, unusual crying, refusing to eat or drink, vomiting, floppy/drowsy, changes in sleeping patterns, seizures or Fits and rash red/purple spots on the skin.

Dr Sahu Khan says meningococcal disease is not easily transmitted but spread from person to person.

You can pass it via saliva or spit so this can happen when you are kissing on the mouth, sharing cups or utensils often I think in our culture we often share things a lot so cups at social gatherings you may be having a party and there may be alcohol and there tends to be sharing of cups in that situation.

Prior to 2016, there was one to ten cases reported per year.

However, in 2016 there was 29 cases, and in 2017 48 cases were recorded.

This year there have been 18 cases as of 21 February .



World watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


March 21 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

717 Battle of Vincy between Charles Martel and Ragenfrid.

1188  Accession to the throne of Japan by Emperor Antoku.

1413 Henry V became King of England.

1556 Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer was burned at the stake.

1788  A fire in New Orleans left most of the town in ruins.

1800  Pius VII was crowned Pope in Venice with a temporary papal tiara made of papier-mch.

1801 The Battle of Alexandria was fought between British and French forces near the ruins of Nicopolis in Egypt.

1804 Code Napolon was adopted as French civil law.

1811 Nathaniel Woodard, English educationalist, was born  (d. 1891).

1821 First revolutionary act in Monastery of Agia Lavra, Kalavryta, Greek War of Independence.

1844 The Bah calendar began.

1844 The original date predicted by William Miller for the return of Christ.

1863 George Owen Squier, American inventor and Major General in U.S. Signal Corp, was born (d. 1934).

1871 Otto von Bismarck was appointed Chancellor of the German Empire.

1871 Journalist Henry Morton Stanley began his trek to find the missionary and explorer David Livingstone.

1904 Forrest Mars Sr....



A year ago this blog was registering about 60,000 page views per month.    I see that for the last 30 days we have hit over 95,000.

We must be doing something right (or wrong) to attract those numbers.    Hope it is the former.

Makes it all kinda worthwhile.


Tuesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed"

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Lauren Southern denied entry into the UK: Tucker and Katie Hopkins discuss "IndyWatch Feed"

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365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Hosting visitors brings many rewards, not least of which is seeing well known sights through others eyes.

The fresh view of familiar scenes brings a new appreciation for which Im grateful.


Theological Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed"

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US Senate has Unanimously Adopted the Taiwan Travel Act "IndyWatch Feed Asia"


In early February US Senate unanimously adopted the H.R.535-Taiwan Travel Act (TTA), without any omissions or reservations, which was approved a month earlier by the House of Representatives in a similar fashion. The unanimity shown by the Congress has predetermined the decision of Donald Trump to sign the act into a law, which occurred on March 16.

A few days after adoption the act by the US House of Representatives, NEO would examine its main provisions, along with the way that this act is going to affect bilateral relations between the two leading world powers.

As for conclusions, it was pointed out that the consequences of TTA adoption will have grave consequences for the political situation around the globe, but there was still a chance that the US Senate could block the initiative, which didnt come to fruition.

One can remember an article released by the Pacific Forum, a branch of the leading American think tank in the field of military strategic evaluations the CSIS (Center for Strategic and International Studies) that was penned by Dennis Hickey, a professor of the Missouri State University under the tittle: Taiwan Travel Act: Bad Idea?

Despite the fact that the author was not inclined to dramatize the situation in connection with the act that was yet to be discussed in the Senate, he advised lawmakers to block the act because of its clearly provocative nature.

Its too bad that political insanity has recently been epidemic in the world politics, while reaching its heights on the Capitol Hill. For those who occupy it the prospect of resolving extremely difficult and dangerous issues in discussions with their geopolitical opponents lately hasnt been an option at all. Especially those issues that cannot be properly described in the language of the existing international law that at times can be extremely deceiving.

It is enough to see how much panic the resumption of the inter-Korean dialogue has provoked in Washington, since the Korean crisis h...


Putin 2030 Agenda? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Asked at an impromptu news conference Sunday night if he would seek the presidency again in 2030, when he would be eligible again, the 65-year-old Putin snapped back: Its ridiculous. Do you think I will sit here until I turn 100? Well. one never knows I guess. The Western Medias response to Putins victory []

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Why ships used camouflage in WWI "IndyWatch Feed"

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Kushners pet Kiwi Gets Top Trump Job "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Kiwi Chris Liddell gets a top spot with Trump but what does it mean? Chris Liddell has long been in the Presidents inner circle and now the Kiwi businessman is taking a significant step up the chain of command Kelly taps Kushner ally Chris Liddell as deputy chief for policy White House chief []

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Asian market down Worries over Facebook, Tech Sector Plus Possible Increase in US Interest Rate "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

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HONG KONG (AFP)  Asian markets sank on Tuesday following sharp losses in New York as a massive data breach at Facebook fuelled fears of a regulatory crackdown on the technology sector.

The scandal at the social media giant come as investors fret over a possible increase in the rate of US interest rate hikes and Donald Trump steps up his protectionist rhetoric that has sparked talk of a global trade war.

Reports said Cambridge Analytica, the analysis firm hired by Donald Trumps 2016 presidential campaign, stole data from 50 million Facebook user profiles to help design software to predict and influence voters choices.

Stephen Innes, head of Asia-Pacific trading at OANDA, warned: This security breach could end up being a significant turning point for the social media and network portal.

The news hammered tech giants with Facebook plunging 6.8 percent, while other household names were also hit including Apple, Google-parent Alphabet and Netflix by regulatory concerns.

The adults are starting to realise that the altruistic kids who started some of these tech behemoths are either unwilling or unable to deal with the fact that the companies they wrought and thought were a force for good can be manipulated by those who seek to do ill, said Greg McKenna, chief market strategist at AxiTrader.

The US losses filtered through to Asia, with Hong Kong-listed internet giant Tencent and AAC Technologies sharply lower. Samsung retreated in Seoul, while Sony was one percent lower in Tokyo.

On broader markets Japans Nikkei went into the break more than one percent lower, while Hong Kong shed 0.6 percent and Sydney was off 0.5 percent.

Shanghai dropped 0.3 percent, Singapore gave up 0.2 percent and Seoul retreated 0.4 percent, with Wellington, Manila, Taipei and Jakarta all sharply down.

Investors are keeping a close watch on the Federal Reserves policy meeting this week looking for clues about its timetable for tightening monetary policy. Opinion is split on the number of rate hikes it will likely announce this year, with some forecasting three and others saying four.

Market-watchers warn a G20 meeting of finance ministers in Argentina could also revive tensions on international trade after Trump unveiled his controversial tariffs this month.

On currency markets the pound extended gains against the d...


Greenpeace: New Zealanders want to end oil exploration "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I really really dont like it when activist groups claim to represent New Zealanders without providing any evidence of their claim. In this case Im certain that not all New Zealanders want to end oil exploration. Stuff: Greenpeace says Ardern has the benefit of the doubt over end to oil Environmental group Greenpeace says a []


The coming civil war in South Africa "IndyWatch Feed"

Parts of this clip are very grim to listen to, you have been forewarned. A race-based civil war has been promised by black politicians in South Africa against the persecuted white minority. Suidlanders is preparing vital necessities for civilian non-combatants. We are the largest non-state civil defense organization in the world and we need [] The post The coming civil war in South Africa appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Facebook to hold an emergency employee meeting about the Cambridge Analytica scandal "IndyWatch Feed World"

The company has scheduled the meeting for 10 a.m. Pacific time Tuesday morning, reports The Verge. The meeting will be open to all employees and be hosted by Paul Grewal, Facebooks deputy general counsel. Grewal is expected to explain the background of the Cambridge Analytica issue and will then take questions from employees via a

The company has scheduled the meeting for 10 a.m. Pacific time Tuesday morning, reports The Verge. The meeting will be open to all employees and be hosted by Paul Grewal, Facebooks deputy general counsel. Grewal is expected to explain the background of the Cambridge Analytica issue and will then take questions from employees via a polling feature built into the meetings internal event page. The meeting is expected to last only 30 minutes. One employee who spoke to The Verge said the meeting felt like an event designed to buy the company time until the next weekly all-hands meeting on Friday, where employees are expecting Mark Zuckerberg to speak. As one Facebook employee said: The prevailing sentiment is, why havent we heard from Mark?

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Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed"

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Disingenuous protest "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Penny Bright has been in the news again lately, as the Auckland City Council forced sale of her house for unpaid rates seems more imminent (nearing the end result of a protest that has lasted many years). Stuff: Auckland protesters home to be sold following 11 years of unpaid rates An Auckland activists home will []


The Mediterranean Sea Also Dried Up in the Past "IndyWatch Feed World"

QUESTION: Enjoyed your article on The Persian Gulf and climate change. In a related topic we did a field trip once to the South of Spain and saw whole cliff faces of gypsum at Sorbas near Almaria. This very thick layer of gypsum is evidence that the Mediterranean Sea had once totally dried up. One explanation is that the Salinity Crisis in the Messinian was caused by tectonic plates shifting the Straits of Gibraltar closed, turning the Sea into an evaporite basin, leaving behind thick deposits of salt. Of course, this allowed migration of animals from Africa to Europe.
It is postulated that this could happen again in the future with the Mediterranean drying up in less than 1000 years. Any comment on this? Thanks a lot!


ANSWER: Yes, that is something we have tried to work out a cyclical model. Most people are unfamiliar with the  Messinian Event, and in its latest stage as the Lago Mare event. These were geological events during which the Mediterranean Sea went into a cycle of partly or nearly complete desiccation throughout the latter part of the Messinian age. This appears to have taken place between 5 and 6 million years ago which ended with a breach of that point at the Strait of Gibraltar resulted in a major flood where suddenly the Atlantic reclaimed the Mediterranean basin.

The Mediterranean is much saltier than the North Atlantic because it is virtually isolated by the Strait of Gibraltar. It has a very high rate of evaporation. When the Strait of Gibraltar closes again at some point in the future (for which we will be blamed no doubt), the Mediterranean would mostly evaporate in about a thousand years or less. This would theoretically result in the rise of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Keep in mind that there is the ongoing northward movement of the African continent which could eventually drastically reduce the size of any future Mediterranean to just a lake.

The Mediterranean maintains its level depth simp...


Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

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


Cartoonists On Political Pricking "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Pushing the boundaries By Roger Childs Cartoons often sell papers, because the caricaturists can go into places where the reporters cant. Tom Scotts effort today in the DomPost is a good example:  Labour Scout Leader, Jacinda Ardern, makes the connection between yobbo behaviour at camps preparing budding lawyers for life in the firm. The late []


Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed"

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Kingston Resources MD says company is looking to extend Misima and develop new sites "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Work on preparing and drilling new prospects at the Misima gold project in the Solomon Sea has commenced, with Kingston Resources planning to extend the current resource and develop new mining areas.  Kingston Resources Managing Director, Andrew Corbett, tells Business Advantage PNG he expects drilling programs to commence in April.

Kingston Resources Andrew Corbett. Credit: Kingston Resources

Misimas 2.8 million ounce resource base is a great starting point and has helped de-risk the project, he says.

Corbett adds that the Misima resource represents a head start and on top of that we have a number of new prospects to be drilled.

Kingston has contracted a Papua New Guinean-based company to carry out the drilling program, which will commence in April and is expected to continue until the end of 2018.

The junior explorer is planning to drill around 10,000 drill metres this year.

Misima operated as an open-pit gold mine from 1989 to 2004 and produced around 3.7 million ounces of gold.

Mobilisation of the drilling rig, consumables and equipment, via a barge from Lae, will commence in the coming weeks. Preparations for earthworks for drilling platforms are underway.

While there is no formal timeline, Corbett hopes to be looking at mining studies towards the end of 2018.

Capital raising

Misima operated as an open-pit gold mine from 1989 to 2004 and produced around 3.7 million ounces of gold.

The pedigree of this project, and that it successfully operated under Placer Dome and later Barrick Gold, further de-risks the venture and gives Kingston and its shareholders confidence.

Kingston raised A$4.3 million (K10.7 million) in February through an oversubscribed capital raising to fund the drilli...


Repealing Blasphemous Libel "IndyWatch Feed"

Last month, Angie Warren-Clark's Crimes (Offence of Blasphemous Libel) Amendment Bill was drawn from the ballot, and the bill is likely to have its second reading tomorrow. But that apparently isn't fast enough for Andrew little - he's included a provision to repeal blasphemous libel in the government's new Crimes Amendment Bill, which he introduced to the House yesterday:

New Zealand's archaic anti-blasphemy law is to be scrapped under the new government.

Justice Minister Andrew Little introduced legislation on Monday to repeal the decades-old law.

Blasphemous libel is listed in the Crimes Act and comes with a punishment of up to a year in prison but has not been prosecuted since 1922 - and even then was unsuccessful.

Labour sought to repeal the law when in opposition last year, but National blocked its attempt, saying the public should first have a say.

The government's Crimes Amendment Bill will be considered by MPs later this year and people will have a chance to make submissions when it goes before a select committee.

The repeal is part of an omnibus to repeal old and outdated laws, including the year-and-a-day rule for homicide. Using a government bill generally means faster progress, though it can't have a first reading until Thursday.

Its unclear yet whether Warren-Clark will pull her bill, or let it proceed in parallel as a spur to government action. But either way, its good to see politicians falling all over themselves to do this, after years of inaction.


The turn to industry: what happened when left activists joined the working class? "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the late 1970s in New Zealand, a group of young people in their twenties left their middle-class lives and got working-class jobs, joined working-class unions and lived in working-class communities. Why? They were activists and communists and they wanted to bring radical politics to the working class, to shift their focus from the university campus to the industrial workplace.


Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

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Taxes, housing, and economic underperformance "IndyWatch Feed"

Well worth reading with care

croaking cassandra

Two local articles on possible tax system/housing connections caught my eye this morning.  One I had quite a lot of sympathy with (and Ill come back to it), but the other not so much.

On Newsroom, Bernard Hickey has a piece lamenting what he describes in his headline as Our economically cancerous addiction.    The phrase isnt used in the body of the article, but there is this reference: our national obsession with property investment.   Bernard argues that the tax treatment of housing explains much of our [economic]underperformance as a country over the past quarter century, linking the tax treatment of housing to such indicators (favourites of mine) as low rates of business investment and lagging productivity growth.

Centrepiece of his argument is this chart from the Tax Working Groups (TWG) discussion document released last week.

TWG chart

Note that, although the label does not say so, this is an

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Trump Unleashes On Mueller, McCabe, And Others In Twitter Storm "IndyWatch Feed"

The deranged Trump continues to make his problems worse


440px-Official_Portrait_of_President_Donald_TrumpTwitter LogoI have previously criticized President Donald Trump for his continuing use of Twitter to comment on pending litigation and attack the Special Counsel investigation.  This weekend, Trump unleashed a torrent of criticism on Mueller, McCabe, and others.  Trump not only raised the political affiliation of the Mueller team members, but celebrated the firing of Andrew McCabe.  I found the McCabe comments to be particularly objectionable. No matter how one feels about McCabes conduct (and we still have not read the Inspector Generals report), the man was just fired after a highly accomplished career as a public servant. The tweet felt more like a taunt against a man who just experienced a crushing loss.

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Trump Drew A Red Line For Mueller; Mueller Just Crossed It "IndyWatch Feed"


440px-Director_Robert_S._Mueller-_IIIdonald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedBelow is my column in The Hill newspaper on the issuance of a subpoena to the Trump organization for records pertinent to Trump business dealings in Russia.  President Trump previously responded to a question of whether such inquiries into his business dealings would be a red line by saying that it would.  Whether it is a red line or a Rubicon, Mueller seems to have crossed it.  Of course, the Trump Organization has been asked for information previously and it is cooperating. However, this is a direct demand for business records.  In the best case scenario, this could be a clean up subpoena to guarantee that all available documents have been reviewed.  Then again it might be a new front in the investigation.  Notably, this weekend, President Trump and his counsel ramped up their criticism of the investigation criticism that I continue to view as unwise and inappropriate.

Here is the

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Muslims in New Zealand: Part two "IndyWatch Feed"

Extracts from a paper by Dr William Shepard, Associate Professor of Religious Studies (Retired), University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. [Article written & published in the late 1990s] SB challenged us all: What are you willing to do to prevent New Zealand from going down the same path as the UK where criticism of Islam [] The post Muslims in New Zealand: Part two appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Belliferous bringing war.


D.C. Council Member: Jewish Bankers Cause Snow Storms "IndyWatch Feed"

Does this stupidity explain the excrescence that is 45


Trayon_WhiteI previously criticized the city council for putting up a statute in front of city hall honoring Marion Barry, the scandal-plagued felon and former mayor.  Now Barrys replacement at the Eighth Ward is filling the news vacuum with a controversy of his own: stating in a video that snow is a Jewish conspiracy by wealthy bankers.  Democrat Trayon White warned that the Rothschilds were manipulating the weather to cash in on the disasters.  The implications are staggering as you connect the dots with White from the Jewish conspiracy behind the movie White Christmas to that Rothschild agent Santa Claus.

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Lost and Found: It Turns Out McCabe Never Lost His Roughly $2 Million Pension "IndyWatch Feed"


McCabeIn all of the discussion of the firing of Andrew McCabe, various news outlets focused his loss of his pension as opposed to the fact that career officials called for his firing for serious misconduct.  It now appears that what was lost will soon be found for McCabe.  The firing denied McCabe early pension recovery at age 50 of roughly $60,000 a year. However, that only means that he will receive the pension like other federal officials when he reached the federal retirement age.  If Democratic members have their way, it could be even shorter than that.

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Real poverty is ignorance "IndyWatch Feed"

Guest Post: Im sure Im not the only one who is tired of hearing about poverdy. There will be many of us who have dealt with a really tough time in our lives. The way that you deal with it dictates how you come through it. Taking responsibility is probably number one, followed by hard [] The post Real poverty is ignorance appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


You all have this addictive drug in your pantry and are guilty of taking it "IndyWatch Feed"

The writer of the article that I am referring to has an unusual bio underneath their photo. It reads, Mary Haddock-Staniland is a PR guru and transgender personality. Identity politics clearly has infested journalism now and readers need to be informed that the writer of the article is an Arthur who wants to be known [] The post You all have this addictive drug in your pantry and are guilty of taking it appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Independent mining consultant questions Papua New Guinea government role as both shareholder and regulator "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

To remain impartial, the Papua New Guinea Government should not be a shareholder, but only maintain regulatory oversight of mining projects, according to geologist and mining consultant, Jerry Nombri Garry. He tells Business Advantage PNG there are other ways for the country to derive healthy revenues from mining projects.

Mining consultant Jerry Garry (centre) on site in Sierra Leone. Source: Jerry Garry

Simbu-born Jerry Garry has worked in some of the toughest mining environments in the world: Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Afghanistanand PNG.

After returning home in 2013 to work as Country Manager for Crater Gold, he describes the PNG mining industry as mature and operates upon a very stable regulatory framework and friendlier tax regime compared to other jurisdictions.

But he believes some regulatory processes and legal requirements require fine-tuning to ensure that projects are established quickly and provide fair and equitable revenues.

He argues that in the interests of impartiality, the government should only play a regulatory role.

Government participation underpins confidence in the developer and financiers.

Whenever the state exercises its option to acquire a portion of the allowable 30 per cent equity in any mining project, it automatically becomes a player.

Government participation underpins confidence in the developer and financiers; [adopting a] dual role as operator/regulator can compromise enforcement of the laws and regulations.


The aim, he says, is to maintain healthy revenues for the country.

Solutions could include negotiating increased royalties on a sliding scale at different benchmarks; introducing the compulsory participation of state-owned enterprises (SOE) in mining projects (e.g. PNG Power); or reserving a reduced equity percentage for PNG-based entities (such as super funds and investment companies).

The benefits of extinguishing equi...


Circumnavigations #2: Sumugo' yu giya Seoul... "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

My trip to Spain took me through South Korea, where I spent seven hours in the Incheon Airport in Seoul.

In the same way that Guam and Okinawa have been connected for years now because of US military plans, so too have Guam and South Korea become connected as well.

Guam has been a potential target for North Korea for many years now, as it is one of the most prominent US bases in the region.

But over the past year the danger to Guam has become far more pronounced, from both sides of the Pacific.

Late last year, North Korean rhetoric became more focused around Guam, far more than it ever had before.

The year before that, Donald Trump was elected President of the US, and his foreign policy approach hasn't been very ideologically based, but seems to be rooted in impulsive Twitter tirades.

Both of them combined mean that people on Guam have no idea what to think or even worry about next.

North Korea is portrayed as a tin pot regime, simply full of bluster one moment, and then the most serious threat to peace in the world today.

Trump gives off the same aura of insanity, albeit in a different way.

He exasperates Guam's already tenuous colonial status.

Where we on Guam don't know from one moment to the next if we are part of the US, and Trump, by being even more erratic than your average US leader, only makes us more cognizant of our lack of stable place in the world.

It doesn't help that when facing threats you don't want a "chaos president."

Don't want someone, for whom it seems, would gladly let your island be consumed in a sea of fire and fury in order to get over some poor golf scores or perhaps a badly cooked cheeseburger.

But one of the most frustrating aspects of the entire debacle is the lack of presence Guam has in the discussion and in the coverage.

I gave several dozen interviews with international and national media last year about the North Korean threat, and much of their focus was on how the people on the island were reacting or feeling.

But I and others, tried to push back on this idea, and assert that the real anxiety and worry comes not from the direct threat necessarily, but the fact that we have no place in the discussion or decisions about said threat. 

That they...


In brief: Newcrest revises Wafi-Golpu plan, and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Newcrest plans larger development at Wafi-Golpu, ONeill confident Papua New Guinea will recover from quake and loan to cover government superannuation debt. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Newcrest Minings plans for the Wafi-Golpu project will cost an extra US$200 million (K650 million) more to build under a revised plan for a larger, US$2.8 billion (K9.1 billion) development, with mine wastes being piped into the ocean. In an updated report this week. Managing Director Sandeep Biswas reportedly says capital spending over the life of the mine would rise to US$5.4 billion (K17.59 billion). Development of the mine is likely to be more than five years away, and development would take five years after a special mining lease is awarded.


Prime Minister, Peter ONeill, has told the second Petroleum and Energy Summit in Port Moresby he is confident PNG will recover from the recent earthquake that rattled the gas industry. The Post-Courier also reports Petroleum Minister Fabian Pok has warned the Governments business partners the government will not tolerate those that have been given licences and continue to warehouse gas supplies.


The Prime Minister has told the National Planning Consultative Summit that the government is reviewing all resource agreements. By 2020, we will stop all round log exports. There must be 100 percent downstream processing in two years. Watch EMTVs report here.


Treasurer Charles Abel says the Government will settle its debt w...


People moves: Bank South Pacific, Credit Corp, Kutubu Special Purpose Authority, Oil Search, Westpac Outstanding Woman of the Year "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

BSP appoints new General Manager for Pacific Islands, new board appointments at Credit Corp, new board members at Kutubu Special Purpose Authority, resignation at Oil Search and Westpac chooses its Outstanding Woman of the Year.

Bank South Pacific has appointed Daniel Faunt as General Manager, responsible for all of BSP banking operations in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Samoa and the Cook Islands.

Other appointments include Haroon Ali as the new Country Head, Fiji, to succeed Kevin McCarthy who is retiring at the end of 2018. Ali, who will be the first Fijian to head the banks business in Fiji, has held the position of Group Chief Risk Officer since July 2013 based in Port Moresby. Mike Hallinan, currently the Chief Credit Officer, will take on the role of Group Chief Risk Officer.


Credit Corp has appointed William Lamur and Johnson Kalo as independent board members. Chairman Sir Wilson Kamit also says that John Dunlop will retire at the end of June.


The Kutubu Special Purpose Authority has appointed Moses Mewayo as its new Chairman and Moses Kosi as Deputy Chairman. Mewayo replaces Norman Baabi, who has been the Chairman of KSPA for the last 15 years.


Gerea Aopi, Executive Director of Oil Search, has resigned from the Oil Search board but will maintain his association with the company by serving as PNG Country Chair.


The Westpac Outstanding Woman of the Year is Ruth Kissam, who rescues women and children from sorcery-related violence.


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Rebranding Fascism and Refinancing Mortgages: Andrew Murphy Harkins, Portlands Nazi Banker Pacific Northwest Antifascist Workers Collective "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Rebranding Fascism and Refinancing Mortgages: Andrew Murphy Harkins, Portlands Nazi Banker Pacific Northwest Antifascist Workers Collective: This new generation of fascists devote considerable financial resources to promote rallies as prime recruiting grounds to attempt to increase their ranks by attempting to recruit moderate conservatives and run-of-the-mill Republican Party patriots who at least superficially share some of the same beliefs while at the same time often using dog-whistle phrases and imagery to signal their presence to other fascists.
One reason that this model continues to flourish is that conservatives continue to ignore or play down the presence of active neo-Nazis, fascists, and white supremacists in their midst; often citing free speech when it is pointed out, and thus tacitly enabling the hijacking of Conservative rallies for hate groups to recruit and organize within.


RNZ Morning Report 19/03/2018: Simon Bridges on Nationals cock-up "IndyWatch Feed"

National has come under fire for harvesting email information garnered from various sources. Here is Simon Bridges.

By saying it was a cock-up and apologising at the outset, Bridges and National effectively defused the issue.


Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed"

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Fundraising dinner in Canberra for PNG earthquake, Sat. 24 March "IndyWatch Feed"

The PNG Canberra Students Association (PNGCSA), in collaboration with the PNG Wantoks Community (PNG community in Canberra), have organised a fundraising dinner to raise money for earthquake relief assistance for PNG.

The dinner will be held on Saturday 24 March at the Belconnen Labour Club. Dinner will be from 7.00 9.00pm, and will be followed by music by local artists, and the auctioning off of cultural items, rugby jerseys, raffle tickets, and more. All proceeds will be given to Caritas PNG.

Tickets are a cost of $60 and can be purchased through Maho Laveil at the PNGCSA on (+61) 0420 296 451 or via email at


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Patrick Moore on human survival "IndyWatch Feed"

Patrick Moore, Canadian activist, founding member and former president of Greenpeace has publicly criticised the environmental movement for abandoning science and logic in favor of emotion and sensationalism. During a visit to Paris in December 2017 he was interviewed by an independent journalist, Grgoire Canlorbe, for the French Association des climato-ralistes. Although what Patrick said [] The post Patrick Moore on human survival appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The fabulous Pink and White Terraces Eighth Wonder of the World "IndyWatch Feed"

These terraces near Rotorua were justly acclaimed, but were lost in the Mt Tarawera eruption of some 130+ years ago.

Have used some available images to mark the occasion.


Many years ago visited the site where new ones are claimed to be forming. None of the images are from there.



Circumnavigations "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

I will be in Spain this week for the conference "PRIMUS CIRCUMDEDISTI ME: Claves de la primera globalizacion." It is a historical congress being organized primarily by the Spanish Ministry of Defense that will discuss the 500th anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the world by Ferdinand Magellan. I am attending the conference as the representative from Guam, where Magellan visited in March of 1521.

I will be writing about my trip and the congress under the title "Circumnavigations." Not only because of the trip of Magellan itself, but also because of the ways in which Guam and myself are navigating as well, working our way around history and around the global filled with independent nations.

Here is the description of the conference from its website. 


Protect South Australia from Nuclear Trash the fight continues theme for March 18 "IndyWatch Feed"

The South Australian election result by no means is a triumph for the nuclear lobby. The  politicians and media managed to side-step the vital issue of nuclear waste dumping    so the public at large seemed unaware of this issue.    South Australians have historically fought back, and won, against this nuclear threat, when they were clearly confronted with it.

South Australia now has a Premier Stephen Marshall, who says that he will destroy the Tesla big battery scheme, leading a Liberal government that no doubt would like to carry out the mission of the Federal Liberal government to stop the transition to renewable energy.

Sorry, Mr Marshall and Mr Turnbull, but that horse has already bolted away. The nuclear and coal lobbies are not going to stop the global movement towards clean energy, with places like South Australia and Australian capital Territory (ACT) in a leadership position.

As for the fraudulent claim that Kimba, South Australia must host nuclear trash as a medical necessity- South Australia, and all Australians will see through this, when they properly get the facts.

It is up to Australian who care   to expose the lies, and to explain the unwisdom of toting the Lucas Heights toxic radioactive trash for 1700 km to Kimba. Also the mysterious and mingled radioactive trash at Woomera should stay where it is and not pollute the Kimba agricultural region.



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Australia & China on Pacific Ocean collision course & no ones talking about it "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Australia has ramped up anti-Chinese rhetoric, challenging Beijing over its growing influence in the Pacific. Trumps pick for ambassador to Australia, stalwart anti-Chinese Adm. Harris, paints a clear picture of whats to come.

In 1900, then-Senator Albert Beveridge famously said to lawmakers in Washington that the power that rules the Pacific, is therefore the power that rules the world.

As recent developments will demonstrate, this imperialist sentiment continues over 100 years later to the present day. The battle for control over the Pacific is taking place right before our very eyes and is placing both Australia and China in a precariously confrontational position, though the mainstream media refuses to pay due focus to the issue.

Australias recent attacks on China

It all went downhill at the end of last year when Australia went out of its way to accuse China of foreign interference, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stating that Australia would stand up to China against meddling in its national affairs. 

Later, Australia strained its relationship with China even further, after Australias Minister of International Development Concetta Fierravanti-Wells accused China of building roads to nowhere in the Pacific. She also claimed that China was constructing useless buildings throughout the region, and berated it for allegedly loading Pacific Island countries with mounting debt that they cannot afford to pay.

Not surprisingly, these verbal attacks were not necessarily received well by the countries that matter the most. Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele found Australias critical remarks against China insulting, saying he did not really know that Australia is able to finance the kind of assistance provided by China.

At the end of last year, China signed a series  of infrastructure deals with Papua New Guinea (PNG), as part of Chinas One Belt, One Road initiative. Australia immediately responded negatively to this development, with opposition MPs voicing their concern that Australia had lost its leadership role throughout the Pacific whatever that means.

In a pre-emptive attempt to stifle Chinas relationship with PNG, Australia agreed to sponsor PNGs ambitious plan to host the APEC summit set to take place this year. In other words, Australias only real desire to involve itself further in the region is to combat Chinas expanding influence in the region. A...


PNG Oil and gas outlook positive "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The future outlook for the oil and gas sector is bright, according to the existing developers Oil Search, ExxonMobil, Total and Santos.

They told the second Petroleum and Energy Summit in Port Moresby Monday that they were planning to commercialise three new LNG (liquefied natural gas) trains of Pasca A, Pnyang and the Elk-Antelope developments.

The developers announcement comes as Mining and Petroleum Department seeks Cabinet approval on a White Paper to reform gas policies.

The Prime Minister Peter O'Neill assured the hundreds of energy buyers and investors at the summit that current changes in the economy indicated a turnaround and the future of the hydrocarbon industry is very bright.

ONeill said there was huge potential in the oil and gas sector which, the government wants to translate to real development especially with the upswing in energy prices.

We believe very strongly that PNG has great potential in offshore waters (and), we are on the very of significant discoveries in the waters of PNG and Australia and our government is encouraging greater participation in this area, Mr ONeill said, referring in particular the Gulf of Papua as well as the Bismarck Sea.

Oil Search Limited managing director Peter Botten said PNG was on the cusp of a significant change and major developments in the oil and gas industry.

PNG has an outstanding future for oil and gas development, there is opportunity to further grow our oil and gas here in a responsible way it brings both government and community along with it, Mr Botten said.

We are very much on the cusp of a new development and I dont believe you have really gone into FEED, and not quite to FYD but I want Andrew (ExxonMobil managing director Barry Andrew) and Philippe (Total managing director Blanchard Philippe) to describe it its a really, really smart capital efficient way of our next phase of LNG development.

Barry said that the Pnyang South2 well in Western Province represented a further multi-billion dollar investment and extended gas pipeline infrastructure into Western Province that would potentially create more jobs and revenue for the nation.

He said ExxonMobil was continuing to work with Total, as operator of Papua LNG, to support them in the development of the Elk-Antelope fields.

Barry said the joint venture partners were making good progress on alignmen...


We will rise up from the ruins: PNG PM "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter ONeill is confident PNG will recover from the recent earthquake that rattled the gas industry, the countrys major earner.

The country should do a turnaround, he said, adding that work with ExxonMobil was ongoing in order to restart productions as soon as possible.

ONeill told the participants at the second petroleum and energy summit underway in Port Moresby that PNG would no doubt recover and further promote the gas industry.

He also gave an update on the earthquake but could not confirm the death toll, adding that it stood at 150 and was increasing.

ONeill thanked the private sector and donor agencies, overseas governments; China, Australia, New Zealand, Asian Development Bank and World Bank for their support in relief efforts.

He particularly thanked Oil Search for its swift and effective action in demonstrating commitment in providing substantial funds and relief supplies to affected areas. He also acknowledged ExxonMobil for its contributions in relief efforts. He said the government had advanced plans for future resources sector particularly oil and gas sector that needed to be turned that into real growth and development.

We are aware that we are at the tip of the iceberg in the industry. There is a lot more to discover in the oil and gas potential, he said. He said with the upstreaming in energy prices, it was time to invest and ensure the next projects in this sector are developed on a timely basis.

ONeill said PNG has strong potential in offshore waters. We are on the verge of significant discoveries in the waters of Australia and PNG. The Government is encouraging greater investments in Gulf of Papua and the Bismarck Sea, he said.

ONeill also encouraged investors to consider PNGs long-term political stability.

He said in the last government during global financial crisis, PNG was able to conclude negotiations on the PNG LNG Project with partners ExxonMobil were able deliver the project. It has provided stimulation of jobs and advanced the SME sector.

He is encouraged with current negotiations with Total and other partners to deliver Papua LNG. I have no doubt we will deliver this on a timely basis, he said.



Students join hands for Earthquake relief drive "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The student body from all primary to tertiary institutions in the Eastern Highlands Province joined hands in an Earthquake Relief drive for the victims of the recent Earthquake in the Hela and Southern Highlands Province.

The Relief drive started last week and ended on the 16th of March with a wheelbarrow push around the town that saw the participation of students from the University of Goroka, Highlands School of Nursing, Goroka Technical College, Kamaliki Vocational School, including primary and secondary schools with their teachers.

Disaster Relief coordinator and Patron of the SHP & Hela Students Association (UOG) Mr Stanley Nandex said the perception and the response within EHP and around PNG was overwhelming.

We thank every individuals, kids, mothers, fathers and everyone from all walks of life have joined hands together for the appeal to raise more than K4,300 from public donation while the students contribution came around K1,200

I am quite impressed with the outcome and recognize the amount of support drawn in to this Disaster Relief Effort.

The members of the EHP Disaster Relief Committee consist of students and lectures representing each district in the two provinces and they were tasked to collect data & statistics which they did and that information will be used to purchase the much needed supplies in those areas.

Nandex said the relief supplies whatever it may be, will be will be deployed to those affected areas with the assistance from the Emergency and Disaster Relief office in Mendi.

On the same note the Disaster Relief executives have held meetings with Rotary International office Goroka to work together for the transportation of the goods and services to these affected provinces.

The Rotary International office in Goroka will be transporting the relief supplies to the affected provinces.

Student President of SHP/Hela Mr Ronald Martin stressed the risk of those supplies arriving at the right location and in the hands of the right people.

Ordinary students have sacrificed their lunch money to this relief effort, therefore we would like to see that there is transparency in handling these relief supplies and when they reach the people, we will be happy

Martin thanked the students from Goroka Technical College for the contribution of K450 in cash with 12 bags of cloths. He also extended his thanks to the st...


Loloata Island Resort gets a makeover "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Residents and visitors to Port Moresby will soon have a stylish new option for short-term business and recreational trips. Loloata Island Resort in Bootless Bay is getting a stylish makeover with the help of the Papua New Guinean super fund, Nasfund.

An artists impression of Loloata Island resort. Credit: Thomson Adsett

The old dive resort was sold in 2016, and a new resort is being constructed by local firm Lamana Development, which has considerable experience in building hotels and executive apartments in PNG and other Pacific nations, such as the Heritage Park in Honiara, Solomon Islands and the Grand Pacific in Suva, Fiji.

Superannuation fund Nasfund is a partner in the venture.

Australian company Thomson Adsett, which has long experience in resort and leisure architecture, is behind the design. (Its currently also developing an entertainment precinct in Suva in Fiji, and a Samoan resort.)

The new resort is due to open in early 2019.

Loloatas greatest asset, its accessibility, will be preserved.

We worked extremely hard with Lamana Development to create a resort that engages with the rugged natural landscape and carries its own distinct identity, yet still embodies the history of the original Loloata Island Resort, says Ben Kearney, Thomson Adsetts Director of Special Projects for the Asia-Pacific region.


Loloatas greatest asset, its accessibility, will be preserved, with day-trippers still welcomed.

New moorings will accommodate visiting watercraft as well as the resort-operated ferry, while a new water pavilion will rent kayaks, windsurfers and scuba-diving equipment.

Its resort has been popular for day trips and weekend getaways.

The island is a sinuous, narrow ridge of vivid green, fringed with palm trees and scalloped with coral beaches as white as washing powder.




Wombles want to ban oil exploration "IndyWatch Feed"

Two items crossed my screen today: Jacinda Ardern says she needs more time to consider oil exploration ban (Herald article) Historic Solar Minimum Approaches (Vencore Weather) There is absolutely no dispute about the sunspot activity counts. The sun is blank today [March 13] for the 10th straight day and it has been without sunspots this [] The post Wombles want to ban oil exploration appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Alibaba founder Jack Ma visits New Zealand farm investment "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

14 Mar 2018 | NZ FarmerChina's richest man, Alibaba founder Jack Ma, slipped into New Zealand incognito last month. The founder of the world's largest retailer, which specialises in e-commerce, was in Waikato during Chinese New Year to check out his latest investment.


Alibaba-related company rolls out more NZ milk offerings to online savvy Chinese "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

15 Mar 2018 | NZ FarmerA group of Chinese companies is rolling out more premium UHT milk and planning a new "fashion milk" from its 29 New Zealand farms, almost entirely for the Chinese market.


The end of the corner dairy? "IndyWatch Feed"

Following on from my article on this subject yesterday, the media is now talking as if time is up for the grand old institution of the corner dairy. The future of dairies is unclear as tobacco-driven crime skyrockets, the convenience stores association boss says. Aggravated robberies jumped 87 per cent in the year to May 2017, with [] The post The end of the corner dairy? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.



The Ministry of Social Development have just announced the new benefit rates to apply from 1 April 2018 .... you can access the information here.

Included  in the schedule is this little doozy under NZ Superannuation and Veteran's Pensions ...

World War 1 veteran's lump sum payment on death ... $15,040.46.

Just how much effort did it take by some peon(s) to work out this inflation adjusted sum since, to the best of my knowledge, the last NZ veteran of that conflict, Bright Williams, died fifteen years ago ... and MSD would have known that.

Bureaucracy is a wonderful thing.


Newcrest dealing with tailings challenges in NSW and PNG "IndyWatch Feed"

Newcrest has two adjacent tailings dams at its Cadia mine in New South Wales. The wall of the northern mine suffered a minor breach last week.

the waste management plan that Newcrest is proposing for its ground-breaking mine in PNG would simply not cut the regulatory mustard in Australia or in a host of the other key mining constituencies

Matthew Stevens | Australian Financial Review | March 19. 2018

Newcrest finds itself uncomfortably poised at the polar extremes of the mining industrys relentless waste management dilemma.

Unhappy serendipity sees the accident-prone copper and gold miner working to recover the integrity of a thoroughly conventional tailings dam at a mine in distant western New South Wales while promoting plans for a big new mine in Papua New Guinea whose viable future relies on dumping waste directly into the Solomon Sea.

Production at the gold and coppe...


Left-wing blogs conspiracy theory: It was a National plant "IndyWatch Feed"

A lone tweet has caused far left-wing blogger Martyn Bradbury to create a conspiracy theory that somehow implicates National in the Labour partys sex and alcohol scandal. His concern is that the below tweet was sent long before Labour Party officials were allegedly told about what had occurred.   [] how did a far [] The post Left-wing blogs conspiracy theory: It was a National plant appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Oral questions: 20 March 2018 "IndyWatch Feed"

Credit: Woolf Photography via Questions to Ministers Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her statements? Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Is he committed to an operating allowance in Budget 2018 of $2.6 billion, and does he agree with the Prime Ministers answer on The Nation from the weekend when asked whether the Government [] The post Oral questions: 20 March 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Harmony adamant that can find funding for Wafi-Golpu project "IndyWatch Feed"


Allan Seccombe | Business Day | 19 March 2018

Harmony Gold will have to find $1.41bn to fund its stake in the Wafi-Golpu copper and gold project in Papua New Guinea over five years once it secures a mining right, but management said it would keep the mine and that it was fundable.

Harmony CEO Peter Steenkamp has since last year spoken of exploring options to realise value from the project, with deep scepticism from shareholders and analysts about Harmonys ability to financially participate in the project. The project has not been reflected in Harmonys share price.

The options Harmony was exploring included an outright sale of its 50% stake in the undeveloped Wafi-Golpu deposit, bringing in a partner to share the costs and rewards, or keeping its share, with the potential decrease in capital expenditure if the Papua New Guinea government exercised its right to a 30% stake in the venture.

On Monday, Steenkamp said it was a project Harmony wanted to keep and that the new feasibility study showed it to be one that Harmony could fund along with Australias Newcrest Mining....


View from your window "IndyWatch Feed"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: A view of our beach place, On the beachfront side of Ohope Beach [redacted] Pohutukawa Ave looking toward West End, with Whale Island in view.  Please put VFYW in the subject line or competition (if you think it has enough visual clues for our monthly competition). The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


March 21: Sandpoint WIRT Meeting & Screening "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Invite your friends and families, and join Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), the #No2ndBridge group, and the regional, climate activist community at 7 pm on Wednesday, March 21, at the Gardenia Center, 400 Church Street in Sandpoint, Idaho, for conversations about strategies and tactics opposing Northwest, fossil fuel extraction and transportation.  Among potluck food, beverages, and ideas, we will share current, issue updates and background on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway proposal to expand rail bridges and tracks across Lake Pend Oreille and downtown Sandpoint, and associated, state and federal, public comment periods, hearings, and other participation processes [1, 2].  Besides the March 30 and 31, Seventh Annual Celebration of WIRT benefit concerts in Moscow and Sandpoint, we are planning #No2ndBridge, public information sessions, targeted protests, and a summer, direct action camp, to further catalyze resistance to ongoing train derailments and fossil fuel pollution of essential watersheds and the shared, global climate.  See the January through March, Moscow and Sandpoint, meeting alerts on the WIRT website, for other, possible topics of discussion, and contact WIRT via email or phone, with your questions and suggestions.

For this third-Wednesday monthly, March 2018 gathering, we will screen Momenta, a 42-minute documentary released in Bellingham in June 2014, which describes the first years of the Northwest movement dedicated to educating, raising awareness, and activating communities to stop all proposed coal exports,rethink fossil fuels [and] their impacts on climate and environment, and accelerate the clean energy revolution [3].  We will also present the trailer for the upcoming documentary Choke Point, the story of the Inland Northwests fight against exploding oil trains and fossil fuels, produced by grassroots, Spokane videographers Rosie Ennis and Joe Comine of Dancing Crow Media, who need your donations for their ongoing work [4].  Choke Point is about trains transporting coal and highly combustible crude from the Bakken oil fields, through the area between Sandpoint, Idaho, and Cheney, Washington, known as the choke point.  These trains travel over our aquifer and water resources, across unstable infrastructure, and through the heart of our home,[and] tend to blow up when theres a derailment or due to equipment failure.  The completed film could include excerpts, which we will show, of talks by Spokane City Council president Ben Stuckart, Sightline Institute policy director Eric de Place, Spokane tribal activist Twa-le Abrahamson, and Railroad Workers United organizer Jen Wallis, recorded at the June 2015 Coal Exports, Oil Transport, and Solutions Forum, held at Gonzaga University in Spokane.



Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Sticking with tradition pays off for merino breeders Sally Rae:

When Jim Hore got his first stud merino sheep, industry stalwart Bill Gibson told him not to mix bloodlines.

He listened to that advice and followed it through, saying the Stonehenge sheep had not really altered over the years, as they had stuck to the traditional.

The Hore family hosted the Central Otago stud merino tour on Friday, with other properties visited during the two-day tour including Nine Mile, Malvern Downs, Earnscleugh, Matangi, Little Valley, Matarae and Armidale.

It also marked a changing of the guard with Jim and Sue Hores two sons, Charlie and Andrew, now at the helm of the operation. . .

Dark moments dealing with cattle disease Sally Rae:

Since Mycoplasma bovis was detected on their property in July last year, Kerry and Rosie Dwyer have gone through some very dark moments.But there had also been some heartwarming and humbling times for the North Otago farmers who voluntarily sent 400 calves to slaughter and now face an undefined period before they can be rid of the impact of the bacterial cattle disease.

Mr and Mrs Dwyer were grateful to their friends, neighbours and colleagues for their understanding and empathy, and those Ministry for Primary Industries and AsureQuality staff who had been practical and hardworking to help them find solutions to so many problems.

The couple also thanked the rural contractors and service providers, the meat company and transport companies willing to work with them and the employers and employees who had stuck with them through the process. . .

Berry group hopes for $1b export business Andrea Fox:



Govt Pushing For New Gas Policy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Post Courier | March 20, 2018

A major policy paper to reform Papua New Guineas natural gas is now before Cabinet for endorsement, Petroleum Minister Fabian Pok announced yesterday.

Mr Pok gave his ministerial statement at the second Papua New Guinea Petroleum and Energy summit in Port Moresby.

He said this white paper on natural gas development is the first step in the important process to reform PNGs natural gas policies.

This is a major policy paper this government is pursuing and entails the inspirations and developing lessons learnt from the recently established and producing PNG LNG project.

It sets out the PNG governments vision and plans for implementing the necessary policies and legislative framework to match international best practice in order to support PNGs economic development and prosperity.

As our country transitions to these new policy settings, the government will not issue any new petroleum development licence, or enter into any gas agreement, until these policies have been implemented, Mr Pok said.



NON NEWS ... PUTIN WON "IndyWatch Feed"

with 76.7% of the vote on a 67.4% turnout.   His nearest rival, Pavel Grudinun, standing as a Communist, garnered just 13%.

Was the election fair and free ... hardly.   Putin's real rival, Alexei Navalny, the Leader of the Progress Party, was barred from standing in the election by Russia's Central Election Commission.

That aside and apart from some reports of ballot box stuffing by Putin supporters (why they thought they needed to do that fair escapes me) it is clear that Putin enjoys a clear electoral mandate.   The Russian people have traditionally welcomed 'strong' leaders (with a 'touch' of ruthlessness for good measure) and Putin certainly fits that category. 

The 67.4% turnout compares favourably with the 55.5% turnout in the US Presidential election where, while they had a real choice, many Americans voted with their feet and called it a plague on both the major parties.

Here is little ole NZL we managed a respectable 80% turnout but nothing is ever going to rival North Korea where in the 2014 elections they recorded a 99.97% turnout (albeit there was only one name on the ballot paper for each constituency which is shown to you for you to drop untouched into the ballot box.   Should you want to cross out the name you have to ask for if to be given to you ... suffice to say there ain't too many requests). 


Political photoshop of the day by Luke "IndyWatch Feed"

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PNG gold and copper mine to cost JV partners an extra $1bn upfront "IndyWatch Feed"

Newcrest managing director Sandeep Biswas. Philip Gostelow

Darren Gray | Sydney Morning Herald | 19 March 2018

Newcrest Mining will plough an an extra $US1 billion ($A1.3 billion) in upfront capital into developing a new gold and copper mine in Papua New Guinea.

Australias biggest gold miner released the estimate for the Wafi-Golpu project on Monday showing total capital expenditure for the life of mine,  situated about 65 kilometres south west of PNGs second-biggest city Lae,  would fall by about the same amount to $US5.38 billion.

The cost of the project will be split between Newcrest and Harmony Gold Mining Company.

The Wafi-Golpu project is a key part of Newcrests future, and is considered the companys top growth asset. It has an expected life of mine of about 28 years.The updated feasibility study estimates it would produce on average about 161,000 tonnes of copper per year, which is about double the groups copper guidance for fiscal 2018. The study estima...


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Comment of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

Ranty has a rant: So you live alone in a taxpayer-funded state house, have a border lining your pockets and are allowed to keep four dogs and a cat. Theres something badly wrong with this picture. Why wasnt she evicted from the multi-bedroom house when her partner died and she could have gone flatting anywhere [] The post Comment of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Climate change: The necessary transition "IndyWatch Feed"

If New Zealand is to meet its long-term emissions goal of net zero emissions by 2050, we need to drive an enormous technological shift towards a decarbonised economy. Banning pointless oil exploration is a necessary part of that on the production end. What about the consumption end? Writing in Stuff, Thomas Anderson and Jonathan Boston suggest an obvious measure: banning fossil fuelled cars:

Of such measures, perhaps the most effective would be a ban on the sale of all new or imported used vehicles with internal combustion engines. Such a ban could take effect, say, from 2030. Many developed and developing countries have already introduced or are seriously contemplating such bans (see the accompanying table). New Zealand should follow suit.

As it stands, our transport sector accounts for around 18 per cent of annual gross greenhouse gas emissions and over a third of carbon-dioxide emissions. Emissions from road vehicles make up over 90 per cent of our total transport emissions. Hence, a ban on the sale of new petrol or diesel vehicles would, in due course, considerably reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.

Moreover, New Zealand is ideally placed to accelerate the switch to a low-carbon transportation system. Given current technologies, this implies relying heavily on electric vehicles (EVs).

About 85 per cent of our stationary energy comes from renewable sources and this percentage continues to increase. Accordingly, EVs can be recharged in New Zealand with a very low carbon footprint.

Several other countries have already adopted such bans, with varying target dates, and its easy to see why: if you want to drive technological change, then putting a use-by date on outdated technology is an easy way to do it. That's what we did with analog TV and cellphone networks. Of course, cars are more expensive than those, but that's just a question of lead-in time. And on that front, twelve years before an import ban seems like plenty of time to adapt. It'll take longer for the tail of existing fossil-fuelled cars to shrink, and they'll never completely disappear - there will always be antiques and museum pieces, just like the old Model T Fords or 50's gas-guzzlers you still sometimes see on the roads. But it will push the shift we need to make, and with enough time for infrastructure networks to prepare and adapt. And by having a long lead time, it uses the usual upgrade cycle to our advantage, minimising the costs of the transition.

I don't expect the government to announce this sort of measure in a hurry - it needs serious policy work on the implementation details. But I'm hoping they'll announce it in a year or two. The longer they wait, the further back it pushes t...


Miners want govt funds for nuclear, coal "IndyWatch Feed"

CANBERRA, AAP Australias mining sector wants the commonwealths green bank to help pay for nuclear and so-called new-technology coal power along with other low-emissions power sources.

The Minerals Council of Australia says the Turnbull governments new energy policy will only achieve its objectives of delivering reliable, affordable power with low emissions and without subsidies or taxes if it takes a truly technology-neutral approach.

Its submission on the national energy guarantee says current wholesale electricity prices are unsustainable for the mining sectors.

And the miners have threatened to close up and move offshore if their demands arent met.

Further increases would force mining companies to look elsewhere to invest and create jobs, and hurt families already struggling to pay their bills, the councils interim chief executive David Byers warned when making the submission public on Tuesday.

The council wants the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to be allowed to address gaps in financing for all new low emissions generation.

At the moment the CEFC is explicitly banned from investing in nuclear or carbon capture and storage technology, although the government is trying to persuade parliament to lift the latter restriction.

The MCAs submission also raises its concerns about how the proposed reliability and emissions guarantees in the new energy policy will work in practice.

Of particular concern is whether this contractually-based system will lead to a greater concentration of market power within the power sector, putting at risk the expected outcomes of the guarantee, it says.

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Southern Autos: Deal of the day 2017 Isuzu MUX "IndyWatch Feed"

Cams comment: If you are looking for a tough, dependable 7-seater that can tow the missus horse float, or your boat, as well as carting the kids, dogs and their gear on holiday, then this is the truck for you. Car-like comfort, ute-like toughness and all from the good bastards at Southern Autos. Stock Number: 1719 [] The post Southern Autos: Deal of the day 2017 Isuzu MUX appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Socialists suppress secret report "IndyWatch Feed"

The final Martin Jenkins evaluation of Charter schools is still being suppressed by our union-controlled government, and ACT leader David Seymour (like Whaleoil has previously) is demanding to know why Education Minister Chris Hipkins is suppressing it. I wonder if Mr Hipkins is not bullying Martin Jenkins into modifying the report to talk down the schools? [] The post Socialists suppress secret report appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


March 20 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed"

1802 Matthew Flinders followed in the tradition of brown nosing naming new places after influential bods back home when he dubbed Spencer Gulf in South Oz after a bloke on the Admiralty Board.

1834 Arthur Orton, the butcher from Wagga Wagga who claimed to be the long lost heir to the Tichborne fortune, was pupped.

1838 - Patrick Cuffy was Hanged at Sydney for robbery and assault on William Vivers at Bureen.

1838 - John Toole was Hanged at Sydney for robbery and assault on William Vivers at Bureen.

1844 Oh , if only for that blue telephone police box to pop back in time...Flogging off the land selling the first blocks of land at Seymour commenced today.

1846 Just to make sure Melbourne's Princes' Bridge was going to be built, the foundation stone was laid.

1856 William Gocher, a journalist, newspaper publisher and reformer of beach bathing swimming laws (he broke 'em) was spawned. Read more about beach bathing Billy-boy HERE.

1872 Pack away your fur capes theatre lovers, the Theatre Royal in Melbourne was gutted by fire.

1873 Longwood to Violet Town railway line was opened.
Pretty little line, it might surprise some in State Govt to learn it actually did carry trains that transported people, odd though it may seem.

1878 Needing to fill up the not-so empty spot that was a cemetery, Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market was opened...yes, right on top of buried bodies, too. Roughly 10,000 are under your feet as you park the car and wander about looking for that extra special something....

1885 Ruby Lindsay, the adored, beloved and worshipped wife of Will Dyson, sister to the famous Lindsay artist brothers and artists in her own right, was born.

1893 - Cooperabiddy was hanged at Roebourne for murder of James Coppin, a half-caste [sic], at the Hamersley Range.

1903 Lightning Ridge Opal fields was a'booming when it was opened up today.

1912 The SS Koombana sank near Port Hedland, Western Australia, during a tropical cyclone, with the loss of at least 138 passengers and crew.

1912 - Const. Frank Buttle, WA Police, died whilst travelling on board the SS Koombana.

1915 Swimming between the flags took on a competitive edge when the first state Lifesaving Championships were held at Bondi.

1916 The Australian and New Zealand Army Cor...


Digging her own hole "IndyWatch Feed"

Yesterday, while accepting a petition from 45,000 people calling for an end to oil exploration, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her government was "actively considering" the issue. Then, faced with criticism from National and its oil industry backers, she tried to roll back the comments. And so this morning on Morning Report she's "refining" them and making it clear that she was talking about the annual block offer of exploration permits.

Which, when you think about it, is how you end oil gradually: you cut off new exploration, and simply refuse to grant new mining permits for it (or rather, introduce a clause into the Crown Minerals Act requiring the impact on climate change and New Zealand's emissions to be the overriding factor in decision-making, which would have the same effect). Existing emissions gradually taper off as fields are exhausted, problem solved. At the same time, by trying to be all things to all people, Ardern is just digging her own hole. It's the same problem Labour has always had: a refusal to actually say where it stands. But when you're going to talk big about climate change being this generation's nuclear free moment, you need to follow that up by actually picking a fucking side. And you certainly don't wibble around talking about how to accommodate the fuckers who are literally trying to turn a profit by destroying the global climate and ruining the lives of future generations.

Fundamentally, climate change means it is us or the oil industry. We know whose side the Greens are on. But people are doubting Labour, and they only have themselves to blame for it.


Mandatory data breach notification for Australian businesses "IndyWatch Feed"

Mandatory data breach notification comes into force this Thursday

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) has released new resources for the Australian public ahead of the commencement of the Notifiable Data Breaches (NDB) scheme on 22 February 2018.

The NDB scheme mandates that Australian Government agencies and the various organisations with obligations to secure personal information under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) notify individuals affected by data breaches that are likely to result in serious harm.

One of the new resources published by the OAIC, titled Receiving data breach notifications, provides useful guidance on what to expect when you receive a data breach notification, including how organisations might deliver notifications and when a privacy complaint can be made to the OAIC.

The other new resource, What to do after a data...


Poem of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

On a good day By Bruce Stephenson Turning into Lower Cuba Street, the gale is at our backs. You laugh at her mocking declaration that you cant beat Wellington on a good day. She wears that flimsy blue trench coat. Its proving no match for Old Man Southerly. The hood of your jacket remains down []


QotD: Security is a superstition "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

"I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature."
~ Helen Keller


Guardian: Cambridge Analytica The Wylie reveal "IndyWatch Feed"

Christopher Wylie, who worked for data firm Cambridge Analytica, reveals how personal information was taken withoutauthorisation in early 2014 to build a system that could profile individual US voters in order to target them with personalised political advertisements. At the time the company was owned by the hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer, and headed at the time by Donald Trumps key adviser, Steve Bannon. Its CEO is Alexander Nix How Cambridge Analytica turned Facebook likes into a lucrative political tool View the video at

Potentially the same could be done here.

Many issues arise from this. A major concern though would be to avoid a response that in order to remedy one perceived ill, creates additional problems.


Good luck sweetie, you called him orange and he wont have forgotten "IndyWatch Feed"

Jacinda Ardern is mounting a forlorn hope. At her first international outing she insulted Donald Trump, calling him orange, and Winstons pal Rex Tillerson is now gone, so the chances of this exemption happening are remote. The Prime Minister has written to the United States president seeking an exemption from his steel and aluminium tariffs. [] The post Good luck sweetie, you called him orange and he wont have forgotten appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Kapiti Mayor Takes Off "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Has Mayor Gurunathan launched search for Air NZ replacement?    Our aviation correspondent says it appears that Kapiti Mayor K Gurunathan has taken off on his search for planes to replace the missing Air NZ planes on the Kapiti Auckland service. Hes been aided by the senior robotics class at Paraparaumu College. (The car project senior robotics []


Review: James Delingpole with Tommy Robinson podcast "IndyWatch Feed"

James Delingpole interviews Tommy Robinson, formerly the leader of the English Defence League. From the 25 minute mark Robinson talks about the reach he has online compared to the main stream media. The post Review: James Delingpole with Tommy Robinson podcast appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Minimum wage hike incentivises mechanisation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Case study 1: friend who grows capsicums has gradually been mechanising the processing as technology improves and money allows.

It improves efficiency and lowers costs.

It also requires less labour and he says the minimum wage hike which is being imposed on employers by the government will increase the costs savings and incentivise him to increase mechanisation.

Case study 2: a company which picks and packs fruit has a lot of problems getting enough reliable staff when it needs them, even with the Recognised Seasonal Employment (RSE) scheme.

The hike in the minimum wage provided the incentive to mechanise further. The process which needed 24 workers now needs only 4.

Most employers accept that regular increases to the minimum wage and the flow-on effect on higher wages is the cost of doing business.

Most cope when the increase is modest.

But the jump in the minimum wage to $20 is considerably more than modest and providing an incentive for those who can mechanise their processes to do so.





Jacinda Ardern continues to sabotage our economy "IndyWatch Feed"

Jacinda Ardern is just a sloganeering, virtue-signalling fool. Her latest foolish position is to put on her concern face and say she is looking into ending oil exploration, ignoring potential wealth under our very own soil. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has delayed attending a state visit to personally receive a Greenpeace petition calling for the [] The post Jacinda Ardern continues to sabotage our economy appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


MSNBC Morning Joe: Fallout from McCabe firing "IndyWatch Feed"

Some interesting points from the panel of commentators.


Kinentos Trentai Ocho "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

During the 2016 election, I followed the website FiveThirtyEight on a daily basis.

I found the commentary to be very enlightening, as it wasn't just their reporting about polls, but also their analysis on what makes a poll informative or effective.

The media in general often times picks polls that fit the narrative they are trying to promote, or they have their own internal hierarchy over what makes one poll useful and another less so.

But these critical information points are rarely discussed openly, even if more astute media viewers or consumers can make their own best guesses.

Although after Trump's victory in the election, I stopped consuming that type of poll-focused news.

But as the US mid-term election season is starting up again, and we've ahead a round of very interesting special elections, I've slowly been drawn back to the website.

This type of coverage, in the form of a group chat around the recent apparent Democratic-victory, is what makes it such entertaining, but also educational commentary.

The part with Nate Silver and his caps lock button possibly being on, has to be my favorite part.


Mar. 15, 2018 at 5:56 AM

"What's the Right Way to Interpret the Pennsylvania Special Election?" 

Welcome to FiveThirtyEights weekly politics chat. The transcript below has been lightly edited.

micah (Micah Cohen, politics editor): HEYO! When this chat publishes, well be about 36 hours removed from the special election in Pennsylvanias 18th Congressional District (apparently won by Democrat Conor Lamb). Thats been more than...


Politics is war but the Greens dont seem to know that "IndyWatch Feed"

Henry Cooke looks at the Greens Question Time antics over the weekend. In the greater scheme of things, the Green Party handing their Question Time questions over to National is not a big deal. Most Kiwis dont watch the cumbersome rule-laden bloodsport that is Question Time, which happens right in that coveted prime time slot [] The post Politics is war but the Greens dont seem to know that appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Morning Report: Ardern creates uncertainty over oil & gas exploration "IndyWatch Feed"

Ardern accepted a petition at Parliament yesterday which called for an end to oil and gas exploration. She made some public remarks which are capable of being interpreted in a variety of ways, which no doubt will suit her agenda.

However, although she might have done this for varying reasons, Adam has a suspicion that she wished to get more favourable coverage for her regime than last week.

However, this could backfire as she will either implement a ban which will have major economic impact and affect as well how NZ is seen globally by businesses. Alternatively she will not stop exploration and thus piss off the Greens.

The audio provides some useful background to the issue.

In addition she may well have seen a need to massage the relationship with the Greens who clearly feel unloved.


West Papua protest during Jokowi visit to NZ parliament "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

West Papua protest during Jokowi visit to NZ parliament

6:43 pm today

Indonesias president was greeted by protestors calling for West Papuan independence when he arrived at New Zealands parliament this afternoon.

A sing-off on the steps of the New Zealand parliament between protestors and Indonesians during president Joko Widodos visit to Wellington. 19 March 2018 Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Johnny Blades
But the protestors were vying for airspace with a group of Indonesians who were there to cheer Joko Widodo in his flying visit.
It turned into a sing-off on the steps of New Zealands parliament.

Video footage
Dozens of Indonesians, buoyed on by a handful of officials, singing nationalist themes with great vigour as they awaited their president, known as Jokowi.
Alongside them, outnumbered but not diminished, around twenty people calling for an end to human rights abuses in West Papua.
Things became rowdy, but as the official Indonesian motorcade arrived, the protestors barely had time to make their point as Jokowi stepped out of his car and disappeared up the steps to parliament.

Indonesias president Joko Widodo disappearing up the steps and into parliament, as his foreign minister Retno Marsudi waves out. 19 March 2018 Photo: RNZ Pacific/ Johnny Blades
Today he has met with New Zealands prime minister Jacinda Ardern and other leading officials.
Papua was not expected to feature in discussions and, at the Indonesian governments behest, media opportunities to ask Jokowi questions were kept to a bare minimum.

Photo: Pool / Marty Melville

2) Indonesian President Joko Widodo visits Pukeahu National War Memorial
By: Derek Cheng 19 Mar, 2018 12:16pm

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has been officially welcomed to New Zealand and has given a light-hearted speech, joking about New Zealanders love of coffee and its sheep.

Widodo had lunch with dignitaries including Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, in which he gave a speech thanking them for the warm welcome and joking about "coffee diplomacy".

He said he noticed New Zealanders love of coffee...


Soper on Arderns last week "IndyWatch Feed"

On Friday Barry Soper wrote about the week Jacinda Ardern had just been through: The past week has been a lesson for Labour and for its new leader Jacinda Ardern. Politics is a goldfish bowl, anything thats done under the party banner whether its a fundraising cake stall, or a gathering of idealistic youth wanting [] The post Soper on Arderns last week appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and the Trump campaign "IndyWatch Feed"

This use of social media whilst not surprising is disturbing, and the possible reactions even more so.


Manna from Heaven cyclones, cash transfers, and the role of social protection in disaster response "IndyWatch Feed"

Last month, after Tropical Cyclone (TC) Gita devastated Samoa with severe flooding, it made an unexpected turn and hooked back towards Tonga. I happened to be located in Tonga at the time and my usual sense of calm quickly vanished as the system strengthened from a Category 2, to a Category 3, and ultimately a Category 4. As I frantically stocked up on bottled water and food supplies, I was struck by the sense of calm that permeated the streets of Nukualofa as this system was rapidly approaching many locals were drinking their morning coffees at Friends Caf, reading the daily newspaper, or walking the waterfront path that lines Vuna Road. Some had lived through TC Isaac in 1982 or been impacted by TC Ian in 2014, so knew what to expect.

Pacific Islanders are certainly no strangers to natural disasters. If you rank countries globally by their level of natural disaster risk, all Pacific Island countries aside from Samoa and Kiribati sit on the dangerous side of the distribution (see Figure 1). Globally, Vanuatu sits at the top of this index with the highest level of disaster risk of any country in the world, whilst Tonga (2nd), Solomon Islands (6th) and Timor-Leste (10th) fall within the top ten. This exposure to natural disasters leads Pacific Islanders to have a higher level of resilience, one necessary to withstand such devastating and repeated shocks.

Figure 1: the Pacific region faces the highest level of natural disaster risk in the world

Source: World Risk Report 2013

TC Gita ultimately passed directly to the south of Nukualofa and severely impacted large parts of the main island, Tongatapu, and neighbouring Eua. The following morning, before the cyclone had fully cleared, Tongans were out on the road clearing the debris from the night before. The response from the people and Government of Tonga was swift. The UN Humanitarian Cluster system was quick to activate and the major donors provided rapid assistance. However, one element of the response was...


Cash confusion the K570 million windfall the PNG govt ignored "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Paul FlanaganPAUL FLANAGAN | PNG Economics | Edited

CANBERRA Papua New Guinea is reported to have a cash crisis and this is having dire effect on both its economy and society.

A leaked central bank email in late February highlighted the difficulties in finding the cash to pay public servants. The response to the recent PNG earthquake has been hampered by a lack of cash for relief operation centres. Departments have been locked out of their offices due to non-payment of rents.

But in the context of this cash crisis, an extraordinary fact has emerged.

On 7 March the PNG government turned down K300 million in cash offered to it by the private sector. On 14 March last Wednesday - it turned down another K270 million.

Extraordinary treasury bill oversubscriptionsThese were funds offered through the weekly Treasury Bill auction less the amount the government actually accepted.

This K570 million excess funding (an oversubscription) by PNGs banks, financial institutions and superannuation funds is unprecedented.

And it represented an opportunity to collect some scarce cash to pay bills and help meet the needs of the disastrous earthquake.

It seems this opportunity has been squandered.

Someone should be held accountable for such decisions probably the Secretary of the Treasury and, if he informed the Treasurer, the Treasurer himself.

My view is that the ONeill government has been facing a major cash crisis caused by poor fiscal policy with a continuation of the worst deficits in PNGs history. The governments way out was a compliant central bank governor willing to print money - a very dangerous course...


Barack Obamas visit "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I dont care about Barack Obamas visit to New Zealand. I dont see what the big deal is. Hes a past US president presumably making money from people who like to fork out for speaking tour events. I dont care that any media coverage will be banned from any private function he speaks at. Its []


An end to oil and gas exploration? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Yesterday Jacinda Ardern sent a typically strong but vague signal on government intent on allowing or ending oil and gas exploration in New Zealand see Government actively considering whether to decide on oil exploration. Mixed signals continue. NZH: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the world has moved on in terms of fossil fuels Prime Minister []


Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed"

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


RNZ Morning Report: James Shaw on Parliamentary questions "IndyWatch Feed"

Kim Hill interviews James Shaw on this.

It was worth listening to. Shaw came across as perhaps too earnest and idealistic.

In many respects some of the Greens, like Shaw, seem rather naive about politics and reality.

Some of his points were valid, but unlikely to be appreciated by other parties.

He should learn to avoid over long answers .

Again if the Greens were more centrist then their future and role would be more relevant, their present stances on many issues condemn them to a marginal role.

Still think that an undeclared aim of this is to fire a warning shot at the Labour- NZ coalition not to take Greens for granted.

However, one of his main arguments was undermined by the Greens support for the Waka Jumping Bill and allowing the Kermadec marine sanctuary to be effectively stopped . Hard to claim principle when you have sacrificed them previously.


Should New Zealand ban internal combustion engines? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It is difficult to imagine the degree of disruption and change that we would have in New Zealand if internal combustion engines were banned. But this is what some people want. Dominion Post: Why New Zealand should ban internal combustion engines THOMAS ANDERSON AND JONATHAN BOSTON Bold and decisive actions are necessary if New Zealand []


Has your sub EXPIRED? Need help? "IndyWatch Feed"

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


RNZ Morning Report: International Chemical Weapons Experts to UK "IndyWatch Feed"

RNZ Morning Report of yesterday

Experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will arrive in the UK on Monday to test samples of the nerve agent used to poision a former Russian double agent and his daughter, in the city of Salisbury. British weapons experts say the nerve agent is of Russian origin, and the Kremlin has been asked to explain how it came to be used in England if Russia itself did not authorise the attack. The Kremlin has denied involvement, and Russias Ambassador to the EU has suggested that a nearby UK research laboratory Britains own military research facility at Porton Down could have been the source of the chemical. However Vladimir Chizhov didnt offer any evidence. We talk to BBC political correspondent Rob Watson on the latest details.

It seems unlikely that UK would allow outside experts to review this stuff if they were not satisfied the Russian were behind it.

See this post as well. The two UK experts involved in the discussion clearly believe Russia is guilty.


Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.  Ovid who was born on this day in 43 BC.

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed"

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


Murderous politicians and their sins of omission "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


TUMBY BAY - It makes you wonder, does it not, about people who see other peoples ignorance or misfortunes as opportunities to exploit them and make money?

We tolerate this at a certain level even when the ethics have gone missing. Persuading people to buy things they dont need or which are harmful to their health. Convincing them to take loans and credit cards theyll never be able to pay off.

Those sorts of things are regarded as good business or clever marketing. Being convincing and persuasive enough to make a profit is regarded as a virtue by many people. In business, theres often a very thin line between a salesman and a shyster.

It was the American journalist, Daniel Schorr, who famously said of sincerity that if you can fake it, you've got it made.

Then theres out and out greed with no attempt to fake or hide anything.

In the United States, Martin Shkreli earned the nickname of the "most hated man on the internet" after he bought the rights to Daraprim, a drug used to treat those with weakened immune systems caused by illnesses like HIV.

Shkreli then hiked the price of the drug by 5,000% from $13.50 per pill to $750. Hes now in jail after being convicted of securities fraud over another matter.

Thats a pretty extreme example of the worst kind of human behaviour in a supposedly civilised context, but how does it stack up against other examples say, among politicians and their cronies?

Is there any real difference between a politician who awards a tender at an inflated price to a kickback-paying wantok (who, if he does anything, makes sure its cheap and nasty) and someone like Martin Shkreli?

What that politician is basically doing is using taxpayers money (or aid money) to rob ordinary people of their due. I would argue that building an inferior rural road that falls to pieces after a year is immoral in exactly the same sense that Shkreli was immoral.

And making money by taking bribes from shonky drug suppliers who provide inferior products is also immoral.

We now hear rumours that relief funds for earthquake victims in Hela Province are being diverted into the pockets of politicians and suppliers who are charging inflated prices. That is a special kind of immorality. How low can these fraudsters g...


Shadbolt, Southland Times no guilty of defamation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Invercargill mayor says that a defamation case in which he was found not guilty the local government equivalent of the David Lange defamation case. The case pitted a city councillor against her mayor (and the local newspaper). RNZ Defamation trial: Not guilty verdict good for councils Shadbolt A jury on Friday found Mr []


US poll: 74% believe in deep state "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What is deep state? In the US, according to Wikipedia: In the United States, the term deep state, describes a form of cabal that coordinates efforts by government employees to influence state policy without regard for democratically elected leadership. Deep state was defined in 2014 by Mike Lofgren, a former Republican U.S. congressional aide, as a hybrid association of elements []


Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

A wide-reaching review into the Labour Partys handling of sexual assault allegations is expected to take up to three months and every member of the party will be contacted in the process. Labours general secretary Andrew Kirton released the terms of reference of the review on Monday, which will be carried out by solicitor Maria [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Market Talk- March 19, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed"

At the start of what is expected to be a busy week, Asian markets closed mixed but with concerns over the weekends that President Trump had decided to remove the national security advisor expected to wobble markets. Consequently, the Nikkei took much of the brunt of the action after the Yen saw a fresh flight to quality, taking it to mid 105s. The -0.9% decline for the Nikkei was a disappointment as we had seen early gains for the index. Exporters and tech led much of the move but the whole markets remains vulnerable as concerns over Abenomics and the scandal persist. Most other core held in reasonably well give or take the odd 0.25% point. SENSEX was again hit after a brief opening hour in the sunshine. As the currency drifted so did stock enthusiasm and continued last weeks weakness. Worries over the potential trade wars with the US weighs on prices and given the DOWs decline today, Tuesday is expected to be another heavy session. All this news is also weighing on the A$ with it losing nearly 5% in a month. With the FED expected to move this week you can probably expect the Aussie to remain weak.

BREXIT was top conversation piece for much of todays European market hours. The UK and EU agree on a 21 month transition period and cable rallied 0.75% on the back of the news. However, it may be a little early to celebrate as we still have an anticipated rate hike from the FED, UK Retail Sales and the Bank of England announcing later tin the week. In UK domestic news, reputedly the UK government is restructuring Northamptonshire County Councils financial affairs due to terrible management. That didnt help the FTSE, which joined other European indices trading lower and closed down 1.7%. Energy and resources led much of the decline as DAX and CAC both also lost 1.25%. Markets closed on their lows influenced heavily by the lower US markets.

Week of March 19th is upon us and we have opened the week in negative territory. Concerns of an unsettled Trump administration, Trade War fears wobble Asia, sinking energy prices, G20 kicks off, FED and the BOE are imminent and the DOW is unchanged on the year. In todays sell-off the VIX has bounced 30% and was last seen trading 20.35, whilst treasuries play almost unchanged...

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