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23:55

The Late, Late Movie: Hidden City (1987) with Charles Dance written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Political thriller from Stephen Poliakoff with an excellent cast including Bill Paterson and Richard E. Grant

23:50

Brexit Sharks are circling "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Blower Daily Telegraph

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Sharks spotted around Cornish coast due to heatwave

22:03

World view Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

July 20 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

356 BC   Alexander the Great, Macedonean king and conqueror of Persia, was born (d. 323 BC).

70  Siege of Jerusalem: Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, stormed theFortress of Antonia. The Roman army was drawn into street fights with the Zealots.

911 Rollo laid siege to Chartres.

1304 Wars of Scottish Independence: Fall of Stirling Castle  King Edward I  took the stronghold using the War Wolf.

1402  Ottoman-Timurid Wars: Battle of Ankara  Timur, ruler of Timurid Empire, defeated forces of the Ottoman Empire sultan Bayezid I.

1656  Swedish forces under the command of King Charles X Gustav defeated the forces of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth at the Battle of Warsaw.

1712 Riot Act took effect in Great Britain.

1738  French explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de la Vrendrye reached the western shore of Lake Michigan.

1810 Citizens of BogotNew Granada declared independence from Spain.

1822 Gregor Mendel, German scientist, father of modern genetics, was born (d. 1884).

1864 American Civil War: Battle of Peachtree Creek  Confederate forces led by General John Bell Hood unsuccessfully attacked Union troops under General William T. Sherman.

1866 Austro-Prussian War: Battle of Lissa  The Austrian Navy , led by Admiral Wilhelm von Tegetthoff, defeated the Italian Navy.

1881 Indian Wars:Sioux Chief...

21:55

Midnight Movie: Screen Two presents The McGuffin with Charles Dance "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

An homage to Hitchcock,recalling the classic Rear Window with a great British cast

21:45

21:14

Australia repositions Australia Pacific Technical College to complement Pacific Labour Scheme, says Bishop "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Australia says its seasonal worker programme in the Pacific has been a real success.

Driven by demand from Australias regions, its grown from a little over 1,000 workers in 2013 to close to 8,000 last year, according to Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.

Already 25,000 workers have generated about AU$145 million (US$107 million) in net income to the Pacific since the programme commenced.

What is great about the scheme is that it fills Australian employment gap while also supporting Pacific Islanders gain skills and supporting their economies by way of increased remittances to communities, Bishop told Australia Pacific Partnership conference in Queensland earlier this month.

The sectors of primary focus under the work scheme include hospitality, food services, health, aged care and social assistance.

Demands for jobs from employers in these sectors are expected to grow between 100,000 to 250,000 positions during the next four years. Other sectors include non-seasonal agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

To complement the Pacific Labour Scheme, Bishop announced the re-orientation of the Australia Pacific Technical College (APTC) to allow Pacific Islanders who want to work in Australia to develop skills they need.

Set up over a decade ago under the Howard Government to deliver Australia qualifications to students from 14 Pacific Island Countries studying across five different campuses. There have been more than 12,000 graduates including more than 5,000 women and 80 percent of graduates end up working in their qualified trade, said Bishop.

She announced that TAFE Queensland has won the tender for the next phase of APTC, so that it can continue to grow a pool of skilled and competitive Pacific workers who participate in their own labour markets, as well as taking advantage of the wider regional opportunities created by the Pacific Labour Scheme.

Workers from Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu have started work on Hayman and Hamilton Islands in North Queensland, as part of Turnbull Governments newest Pacific Labour Mobility initiative which commenced this month.

SOURCE: PACNEWS

21:13

Telecommunication companies in Fiji to be fined for poor services "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Telecommunication companies in Fiji will be fined for prolonged fallout time and connection in the new financial year.

Communications Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in his 2018/2019 National Budget addressed said this initiative will serve as a further incentive to ensure promised network coverage is maintained.

He adds it will also give consumers the opportunity to access the services they are paying for.

Digicel Fiji, chief executive, Mike Greig says the telecommunications Company supports this move by the government as its taking the lead role in advocating for the consumers.

Greig says this initiative is a further boost for Digicel to strive to provide the best to its customers.

We have our own key performance initiative, we have our own standards that we set ourselves and as a CEO I am judged by those, my staff are judged by those. So we take service and service performance very seriously. So I applaud the government in advocating for the consumers also thats something we take very seriously and we advocate for as well internally and we obviously want to do the very best we can to make sure our services stand up.

According to the Telecommunications Act 2008, it prescribes fines not exceeding $1 million for telecommunications service disruptions or outages.

The new legislation also proposes a framework for compensation to be awarded by service providers to consumers for service disruptions or outages.

SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS

21:09

Criminalise people trafficking in Fiji U.S report "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Fiji has been told to amend its Crimes Decree to criminalise all forms of trafficking in persons.

Thats one of the key recommendations presented in the 2018 Report on Trafficking in Persons that has been released by the U.S State Department.

Criminalising trafficking in persons will include forced labour, says the recommendation.

The U.S Government also wants Fiji to designate a government agency responsible for coordinating victim services and make efforts to allow identified trafficking victims to work and earn income while assisting with investigations.

Overall, the report states the government of Fiji does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking in persons, says the United States government's 2018 report on Trafficking in Persons.

As a result, Fiji has been placed in a tier 2 watch-list category because the absolute number of victims of severe forms of trafficking is very significant or is significantly increasing and there is a failure to provide evidence of increasing efforts to combat severe forms of trafficking in persons from the previous year.

The 2018 report states that Fiji is making significant efforts to curb trafficking in persons.

The government demonstrated significant efforts during the reporting period by investigating six trafficking cases, prosecuting three suspected traffickers, providing services to six victims, providing anti-trafficking training to police recruits, and acceding to the 2000 UN TIP Protocol, says the report.

However, the government did not convict any traffickers for the third consecutive year or dedicate sufficient resources to officials leading anti-trafficking efforts. It did not proactively screen for trafficking victims among vulnerable groups, particularly children exploited in sex trafficking, or take steps to implement its anti-trafficking national action plan, states the report.

There are several recommendations for Fiji in the report.

Some of them being a call to dedicate and increase resources for the police anti-trafficking unit and developing and implementing formal victim identification and referral procedures.

Other recommendations state Fiji should proactively screen vulnerable groups, such as foreign migrant workers on fishing vessels and those allegedly involved in prostitution and exploited children for trafficking.

Fi...

20:56

Joey Gibson Calls Portland a Disgusting, Dark City, and a Laughing Stock, After Goons Carry Out String of Violent Assaults "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Joey Gibson Calls Portland a Disgusting, Dark City, and a Laughing Stock, After Goons Carry Out String of Violent Assaults appeared first on It's Going Down.

Over the past few months, Washington state Republican Senate candidate Joey Gibson has campaigned by holding violent rallies in another state. Moreover, members of his big tent far-Right organization, Patriot Prayer, which attracts neo-Nazis from The Daily Stormer, militia members, serial murderer Jeremy Death to Antifa! Christian, and also increasingly, members of the Proud Boys, have engaged in a string of violent attacks against random members of the public across the Pacific Northwest.

At the same time, Patriot Prayer and Proud Boy members have been celebrating the near death of at least one counter protester who was hospitalized after protests on June 30th, both on social media, and by going on the shows of far-Right conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones. Moreover, Gibson has increased his rhetoric against Portland itself, setting the stage for continued random violence and attacks all aimed at everyday people.

20:30

MSNBC: McFaul strikes back "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

For some background see this post as well as the introduction to this video clip

19:56

20 Awesome Distributive Property Worksheets 5th Grade Images "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

identity property multiplication worksheets desiaustralia excellent lesson for kids worksheet a and an worksheets light algebra worksheet distributive property beautiful algebra worksheets simplifying expressions contemporary 1200 best kids and parent learning images on pinterest properties of multiplication math sorting activity identity zero free worksheets...

19:13

Communism by stealth, or Corporate-Capitalist Welfare by design? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

PartisanZ saved me the trouble of stating this topic: Matthew Hooton: Communism by stealth is here NZHerald Infamously, Key then entrenched Working for Families as Prime Minister, and Ardern and Robertson have further locked in middle-class dependency with their December 2017 Families Package. In fact in 2004, the left-wing critique of Working for Families []

19:00

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

After I got over the shock of the diagnosis that my baby had a degenerative brain disorder that would mean hed have multiple disabilities and probably die soon I started to think about what I could control.

One thing that came to mind was my fitness.

With a baby and a two year-old to care for I had to find something I could do at home, settled on stationary biking and hired an exercycle.

The baby died the day after I hired it but I figured fitness would help with grief and began pedaling the stationary equivalent of 20 kilometres most days.

A year later I returned the hired bike, bought one myself and kept up the cycling through another pregnancy, a second diagnosis of a degenerative brain disorder and life with a profoundly disabled child.

About seven years after I started, around the time our second son died, the routine of biking nowhere was beginning to pall. By then the older child was at school which left me free to exercise away from home and I began jogging instead.

Going somewhere was better than staying still but after a few months recurring joint pain was taking the edge off the enjoyment. As the pleasure of increasing fitness gave way to niggling injuries, I had to find an alternative exercise I didnt dread doing and began walking instead.

Theres a reasonable hill not far from home. I began walking up it and kept that up most days for several years. Every now and then Id get a bit slack about it but the purchase of a Fitbit about three and a half years ago keeps me motivated to exercise most days.

Im built for distance rather than speed and have no aspirations to race.

But the knowledge that regular exercise is better for both physical and mental health and the determination not to be the one who says you go, Ill wait here when an expedition is proposed keeps me walking.

I sleep better and feel better when Im fitter and Im grateful I have both the time and ability to exercise.

19:00

Thursday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Dr David Mackereth was fired after 30 years working as a doctor for refusing to acknowledge peoples preferred gender. He explains that scientifically and medically he believes that gender is determined at birth and cannot change. He was not prepared to lie in order to protect his job. David says his right to say what he [] The post Thursday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:37

Analysis:Putin is Transforming Town Believed to produce Novichok, a lethal nerve agent "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Please read my comments at the end of this item! Martin H NOTHING TO SEE HERE Max de Haldevang July 18, 2018 Russian president Vladimir Putin issued an order yesterday to end the special research status of Shikhany, the secretive town believed by British intelligence to have produced Novichok, a lethal nerve agent. UK authorities []

The post Analysis:Putin is Transforming Town Believed to produce Novichok, a lethal nerve agent appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

18:30

Donald Trump versus Sadiq Khan "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Donald Trump versus Sadiq Khan appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:00

Tech Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Google understands how much millennials hate making phone calls. The solution: Get artificial intelligence to book appointments for them. Click on the photo above to see the video. The post Tech Thursday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:30

Why free speech is all that matters "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Why free speech is all that matters appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:00

Classic Comedy: Are You Being Served? S07 E02 Strong Stuff, This Insurance "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Are You Being Served? is a British sitcom created and written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft (Croft also directed some episodes), with contributions from Michael Knowles and John Chapman, for the BBC Set in London, the show follows the misadventures and mishaps of the staff of the retail ladies and gentlemens clothing departments in the flagship department store of a fictional chain called Grace Brothers.

17:00

Imam Tawhidi The left are the real racist bigots "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Imam Tawhidi The left are the real racist bigots appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:30

Classic Comedy: Fresh Fields S04 1/08 A Nose for Trouble "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From Wikipedia

Hester and William Fields (McKenzie and Rodgers) are a devoted middle-aged, middle-class couple living an idyllic suburban lifestyle in Barnes, London. William works as an accountant while Hester is a housewife who works part-time in local restaurant Lucys Kitchen. The titles meaning, and crux of the show, is that Hester combats empty-nest syndrome by livening up her life with new interests and hobbies, to the exasperation of her hard-working husband who just wants a quiet life. The shows opening credits, featuring silhouettes of the characters, reflect this: Hester rides an exercise bike and plays a drumkit while William relaxes in a rocking chair.

The family home has an attached granny flat in which Hesters mother Nancy (Fanny Rowe) lives following her divorce from Hesters roguish father Guy (Ballard Berkeley); he often tries to win her back. (The pair finally remarry in the last episode.) Hester and William have two children of their own: the never-seen Tom who lives in New Zealand; and Emma, who is usually only heard (voice of Debby Cummings) telephoning her parents at inconvenient times. Emmas husband Peter (Philip Bird) appears occasionally; Emma and Peter later present the Fields with their first grandchild Guy, named after his great-grandfather.

The Fields neighbour Sonia Barrett (played by Ann Beach) pops round in every episode to borrow items; these appearances would irritate William to comical effect. Sonia had the shows only catchphrase: Its only Sonia! shed carol as she rapped at the Fields back door then let herself in. Sonias husband John (John Arthur) appeared occasionally, as did Williams secretary Miss Marigold Denham (Daphne Oxenford).

Fresh Fields ended in 1986 but three years later the series resumed as French Fields, which saw William and Hester relocating to France after William accepted a job there. There were three series of 19 episodes made between 5 September 1989 and 8 October 1991, all written by John T. Chapman and Ian Davidson. Philip Bird appeared as Peter in several episodes, with Emma finally seen on-screen, now played by Sally Baxter. Ann Beach made a guest appearance as Sonia in the final episode.

16:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Just a brief note to those readers who like to add their own contributions to Daily roundup in the comments. PLEASE remember that politically incorrect and offensive (but funny) jokes are only to be enjoyed on Mondays in the Comedy corner post which is specifically for that kind of humour. Do not post that kind of humour here. No its not [] The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

15:30

Tweets of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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15:00

Building Product Approvals "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

RNZ Morning Report

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/mnr-20180719-0718-building_products_approval_certificates_might_be_flawed-128.mp3

A review has found the Governments own gold-standard scheme to approve building products is badly flawed. It questions the competency and expertise of those issuing the powerful Codemark certificates. Phil Pennington has been looking into this.

Later Adam came across this:-

Highly pertinent.
Our building products are not unique in many cases. Does the approval regime do anything in many cases, other than add cost?

15:00

Auckland peace action need a new logo: Eight "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The anti-free speech activist organisation Auckland peace action has called for the Free speech coalition to be renamed the Hate speech coalition. They have accused the Free speech coalition of being about hate because it supports free speech for everyone (not just those who have the same views and opinions.) In contrast, the Auckland peace action [] The post Auckland peace action need a new logo: Eight appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:00

Analyse Arderns art "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

She is drawing in circles which means? Could it be a plan for a new cycle track? The post Analyse Arderns art appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:30

Advice from Auntie Roger "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Brian Rogers Sunlive.co.nz Newsie.co.nz Readers may recall that a few weeks ago The Sun received letters asking for wise and sage advice. More letters have been flowing in ever since (though none yet written on the requested $20 note but I sit by the letterbox in eager anticipation. If you dont have change, a $50 [] The post Advice from Auntie Roger appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Gillygaupus  a foolish or stupid person; a tall, awkward fellow.

14:00

Hoopa Valley Tribe Plans Lawsuit To Protect Salmon On The Brink Of Extinction "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published July 19, 2018

HOOPA, Calif.  The Hoopa Valley Tribe (Tribe) today announced that it will file a lawsuit within 60 days unless federal agencies reduce the numbers of Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed Klamath-Trinity origin Coho salmon being killed in the Pacific Ocean. Klamath River origin Coho salmon have been listed as a threatened species under the ESA since 1997.  Without analysis or formal ESA re-consultation, regulations of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) were changed this year to allow more Coho salmon to be injured or killed, although they are protected by the ESA. We will not stand by while the federal agencies kill our salmon, said Hoopa Tribal Chairman Ryan Jackson. Some of those fish would have returned to the Klamath and Trinity Rivers. The Bureau of Reclamation cannot kill young Coho salmon in our rivers nor can the PFMC use regulations which kill the returning adult Coho salmon in the Pacific Ocean, he said.

Hoopa Valley Tribe Chairman Ryan Jackson

In April 2018, the Tribe warned U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross by letter that the PMFC was proposing to increase its allowances for killing and maiming Coho salmon which are incidentally encountered in ocean fisheries targeting Chinook salmon. Both species of salmon are present in the oceans Klamath Management Zone during the summer and the killing of Coho there is called an incidental take. However, Ross simply approved the PFMCs proposal without bothering to request more thorough analysis of the impact to Coho, a violation of the ESA. That analysis is required because the new method for estimating Coho impacts and the related regulations were not considered in the applicable 1999 Biological Opinion assessing impacts in PFMC-managed ocean fisheries.

Adverse impacts to the ESA-listed Coho that result f...

14:00

The mouse that roared: Valerie Morse "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Valerie Morse, as spokesperson for the misnamed activist group Auckland Peace Action has used threats of harassment and confrontation to de platform a voluntary (paid) event at an Auckland council venue where none of the speech will be breaking the law. Neither Lauren Southern or Stefan Molyneux has ever incited violence or harm to [] The post The mouse that roared: Valerie Morse appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:00

George Will: Trump, this sad, embarrassing wreck of a man "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

George Will writes at Washington Post in a scathing column Will minces no words in his condemnation of Trump meeting with Putin in Helsinki

He started with:-

Americas child president had a play date with a KGB alumnus, who surely enjoyed providing day care

He uses the example of Jeane Kirkpatrick, a Democrat and Reagans UN Ambassador and her speech to the 1984 Republican Convention to set the scene for this withering comment:-

In Helsinki, the president who bandies the phrase America First put himself first, as always, and America last, behind President Vladimir Putins regime.

Later he was especially acerbic about Trumps use of language. This was telling because as some may remember this clip:-

And then this as well:-

 

Not surprisingly Mr Will wrote:-

Precision is not part of Trumps repertoire: He speaks English as though it is a second language that he learned from someone who learned English last week. 

Later Mr will looks at he issue of collusion with Russia, but makes the point that whatever the outcome of Robert Muellers investigation

The world, however, saw in Helsinki something more grave ongoing collusion between Trump, now in power, and Russia. The collusion is in what Trump says (refusing to back the United States intelligence agencies) and in what evidently went unsaid

George Will then looks at why that might be and points to a number of reasons.

However, in his last paragraph he has this to say:-

But just as astronomers inferred, from anomalies in the orbits of the planet Uranus, the existence of Neptune before actually seeing it, Mueller might infer, and then find, still-hidden sources of the behavior of this sad, embarrassing wreck of a man.

Adam suspects that this will be.

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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13:07

2 Orang Pasukan TPN PB Tewas di Medan Pertempuran "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Selamat jalan para pejuang West Papua. Kalian gugur di medan pertempuran untuk kebebasan, keadilan dan martabat Bangsa West Papua. Tanggal 17 Juli 2018, dua anggota Tentara Pembebasan Nasional West Papua gugur di medan peperangan di Nduga, West Papua. Mereka yang gugur: 1.Prekianus Operasi Kogoya Tempat tanggal lahir.Geselema 25 Nopember 1995 Pangkat Letkol Kolonel. Jabatan Komadan

2 Orang Pasukan TPN PB Tewas di Medan Pertempuran was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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13:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

12:51

Low Carbon Kapiti Celebrates With Community "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

More than 70 people gathered St Peters Hall in Paekkriki for a family-focused fun Hullabaloo event. Organised by Low Carbon []

12:37

Tropical Storm "Ampil" forms in the Philippine Sea, heading toward Ryukyu and China "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical Storm "Ampil," known as Inday in the Philippines, formed July 18, 2018, northeast of the Philippines as the 10th named storm of the 2018 Pacific typhoon season. Ampil will continue intensifying over the next 3 days and its current forecast track...... Read more

12:30

Sajid Javid a reluctant hero as faith in Britains law deteriorates "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It may sometimes seem as if the horror of the industrial-scale rape of non-Muslim girls by gangs of British Pakistani Muslim men is somehow a historic crime, like the past sexual abuse of children within the churches. The truth is that not only were many of these crimes very recent (in the last decade) but [] The post Sajid Javid a reluctant hero as faith in Britains law deteriorates appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:15

Tweet for Today another Trump lie and what it reveals "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Trump just cannot help himself.

The idea that Queen Elizabeth had never reviewed a Guard of Honour is manifestly absurd. He is pathetic.

He is a pathological liar. Indeed, given his behaviour as President, it might well be that he lives in a bubble of his own reality, where what is a fact one minute, is a lie the next.

Unfortunately he is POTUS and the world just cannot afford this idiot. Anybody who regularly claims he is a stable genius and a master of language, yet demonstrates that he is not hourly, is just not suited to fulfil that role.

Furthermore, he has not met in any way the requirements of his Oath of Office. In that respect the Republican leadership must be held to account.

12:11

HAPPY BUT .... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Banks are Banks.   They are there to provide a return to their shareholders (except for Kiwibank which requires regular injections of capital from the taxpayer ... I digress).   I understand that imperative and don't expect too much from my Bank which probably has me red flagged on their computer as a 'freeloader' because I religiously pay off my credit-card debt in full every month.

Last week I had occasion to query an item on my credit-card statement.   After successfully navigating myself through the bank's 0800 query line I found myself speaking to a real person who very quickly resolved the problem.   She then said 'hold on, you may be eligible to receive a 50% reduction on the annual card fee' (of $125).    I said 'tell me more'.   She said that if my Veterans Pension (NZ Superannuation) was being paid directly into my account then I would qualify for the 50% waiver.   I said 'it is and look up my account on your screen for confirmation'.   She said 'You're right and you qualify and there, it's all done'.

Half happy but Grrrrrrrrrrr ... why didn't the Bank tell me that seven years ago when I first qualified for the VP?


12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Click on image for a slightly better resolution A Map Showing How the Ancient Romans Envisioned the World in 40 AD Weve all seen that famous New Yorker cover satirizing a New Yorkers distorted, self-centered view of the world: Manhattan occupies a good half of the image, relegating the rest of America (and indeed the world) to the status [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:40

TRUMP #2 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In writing my previous post on Trump being Trump I had seriously considered including a prediction that 'he' would label the reporting of his remarks from the Helsinki press conference 'Fake News'.    I wuz wrong.

It appears the President quickly realised the veritable shit storm his comments had created both at home and abroad and now sez 'he misspoke'.  

That when he said "My people came to me ... they said we think its Russia.  I have President Putin; he said its not Russia.  I will say this ... I don't see any reason why it would be" ... that he should have said "I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia.  Sort of double negative".

He must take 'us' (meaning the world) for fools. 

I have been a consistent critic of Trump (and Clinton).   But I have tried to give him some respect as befitting his office.   No more.    The man is an ego driven narcissist idiot who embarrasses his office every day he occupies it.    Problem is the US Constitution does not provide for the impeachment of an idiot ... if it did Millard Fillmore, James Buchanan and Andrew Jackson would all be goneburger ... while the bar in the 25th Amendment providing for the removal of the President as being 'unfit to serve' is a high one indeed.

America is, for better or worse, stuck with Trump for the next 28 months and America and the western world will be all the poorer for it.


11:30

Maybe the Canadians failed to read the fine print? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The post Maybe the Canadians failed to read the fine print? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:22

Update on Tommy Robinson: There is hope that he will be released "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

[] Tommy didnt just appeal his 13-month sentence. He appealed the fact that he was convicted at all. Not just in the Leeds case from May, but he even appealed his conviction last year in Canterbury! Second, Tommys lawyers outlined in shocking detail the abuse that he has been subjected to in prison. His lawyers meetings have been [] The post Update on Tommy Robinson: There is hope that he will be released appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:15

If you have them "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Whenever Adam thinks about Trump and his deference to Putin the following quote comes to mind :

If you have them by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow 

Theodore Roosevelt 

Though the quote in various forms has been attributed to John Wayne and to Richard Nixon. Certainly sounds Nixonian.

11:00

Your job is to create heroes *Updated "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I grew up in the Thames Valley (New Zealand version) in the 1970s. Saturday was for playing midget rugby barefoot and in teams creatively named Red, Blue,  Green or Gold. The bags of jerseys smelt divine and in those days we certainly kept the score. I went home for lunch and then returned to [] The post Your job is to create heroes *Updated appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:43

TALKING TREATY Upcoming facilitated meetings "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Federation of Victorian Traditional Owner Corporations

10:42

A curious absence "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The Free Speech Coalition has filed its suit against Phil Goff and the Auckland Council over their cancellation of a Nazi event, seeking to have the decision overturned. But reading the statement of claim, there's an odd omission: while they cite a variety of administrative law reasons and breach of sections 14 - 17 (freedom of expression, religion, assembly and association) of the Bill of Rights Act as reasons to overturn the decision, for some reason they don't include their strongest case: breach of the right to freedom from discrimination on the basis of political opinion. Its alluded to in passing when suggesting that Goff unlawfully directed the decision, but not otherwise mentioned. I'm not sure whether this is because they felt it would be difficult to prove, or because several of the Coalition's backers (e.g. Stephen Franks) are ideologically opposed to anti-discrimination legislation, but given that they're throwing the kitchen sink at it elsewhere, its a curious absence.

They've requested an urgent hearing and interim orders allowing the event to proceed, though whether they get it is another question. Still, hopefully we'll have a ruling and some clarification on local authority powers and freedom of speech soon.

10:30

Complicit silence after a public accusation of racism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

On Monday Stuffs resident race-baiter applied his considerable ignorance to the Southern-Molyneaux venue-withholding debate. The dish-water dullness of his writing failed to reward readers with any fresh idea or new perspective of the important principles at stake in the debate. It was instead a tawdry example of intellectual dishonesty, not that Mr Joel Maxwell is [] The post Complicit silence after a public accusation of racism appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:23

Stephen Berry on the topic of Free speech: Radio RDU "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

You can listen to the audio from this mornings live stream here. The post Stephen Berry on the topic of Free speech: Radio RDU appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:15

Tweet for Today "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Pence has a problem with reality again.

10:00

View from your window: The coffee or the bag? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Todays view from your window is the competition photo for the month where the person who can provide the most correct details wins a choice between a wonderful prize of 1 kg of high-quality coffee beans or a Cooler bag that will keep ice frozen for up to 24 hours in up to 36c and [] The post View from your window: The coffee or the bag? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

US trials bring GM ryegrass a step closer Esther Taunton:

Kiwi researchers running overseas trials of genetically modified ryegrass say their field work has taken an important step forward.

In initial trials in New Zealand, the GM grass grew up to 50 per cent faster than conventional ryegrass, stored more energy for better animal growth, was more resistant to drought, and produced up to 23 per cent less methane from livestock.

Modelling also predicted lower urinary nitrate leaching and lower emissions of another greenhouse gas, nitrous oxide. . .

Tararua exotic sheep flock at Wimbledon grows to 300 Christine Mckay:

Its a secret farmer Brian Hales doesnt hide. He loves a taste of the exotic.

Now his Wimbledon flock of exotic, rare and historic sheep has grown to 300, with 18 breeds represented.

Wherever possible, I try to replicate their natural environment, he said.

The latest addition to the Hales flock are Stewart Island sheep. . .

Dairys plan to succeed :

 Choosing 15 dairy farmers as NZs climate change ambassadors is the next step in the dairy sectors plan for a culture of climate-conscious agribusiness, says DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle.

Waikato Federated Farmers Vice President Jacqui Hahn is one of 15 dairy farmers chosen as New Zealands climate change ambassadors.

These 15 men and women represent best environmental farming practice for their farm system, says Mackle.  . .

Finding right formula for farm fertiliser Joyce Wyllie:

An early morning phone call. Jock answers wandering out into pre-dawn darkness to give a report on weather conditions. Looking for shifting leaves, sensing air movement and  trusting gut feeling he gives his opinion to the caller....

09:51

ONeill promises more delays for LNG payments "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Landowners face more delays before receiving promised benefits

Royalty payments to be released after proper clan-vetting process done

The National aka The Loggers Times | 18 July 2018

PRIME Minister Peter ONeill says royalty payments for landowners of the PNG LNG project will only be released after proper landowner identification is completed through the clan-vetting process.

ONeill said this in Parliament yesterday when responding to questions from Sinasina-Yongomugl MP Kerenga Kua.
Kua said the Government had not honoured most of its landowner commitments under the umbrella benefit sharing agreement (UBSA).

That included non-payment of royalties and equities, infrastructure development grants, business development grants and the seven per cent equity participation.

Kua asked ONeill whether Government had delivered all these commitments to the people of Hela and Southern Highlands.

The prime minister said his Government was committed to honour a...

09:30

Bad news for sugar taxers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There is a merry band of sugar taxers out there who tell us, loudly, that we need taxes on soft drinks and sugar and it will cure, supposedly, our so-called obesity epidemic. If you dare to challenge them then they sue you. But there are some inconvenient facts emerging, like fat consumption is the only [] The post Bad news for sugar taxers appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:18

No more mine waste dumping in rivers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The Ok Tedi mine has destroyed the Fly River system (Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

PNG urged to use history to deal with mine waste

The National aka The Loggers Times | 18 July 2018

PAPUA New Guinea has lessons to learn from Fly River in Western when working on the Mine Waste Management Policy framework, according to Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazard Management.

Asavi Kendua from the department says the mine waste management plan should indicate mine waste avoidance, reduction and mitigation strategies.

In his presentation during a seminar on capacity development in mine waste management in PNG, Kendua said treatment of mine waste, including mine waste water, had to be done in accordance with the Environment Act 2000.

He said it also had to abide by any co...

09:00

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

The post Digital image of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:43

Ok Tedi funds not safe: MRDC a milking cow for people in Waigani "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

ONeill clears air on K200m mine fund

The National aka The Loggers Times | 18 July 2018

PRIME Minister Peter ONeill told Parliament yesterday that well over K200 million from OK Tedi Mine is currently accumulating in the Community Mine Continuation Agreement (CMCA) and non-CMCA trust accounts for the people of Western.

He said this in response to questions from Middle Fly MP James Donald on why Government had made a decision to transfer money in the CMCA and the non-CMCA trust accounts to Mineral Resource Development Company (MRDC).
Donald said he was very concerned because MRDC was a milking cow for people in Waigani.

I asked the prime minister earlier on and he had given me and the people of Western province assurance that the funds were in safe hands, he said.

An NEC decision in June 2017 has stated that after the audits of the CMCA and the non-CMCA trust accounts, the balance of the funds, will be transferred to MRDC.

I am very concerned that the prime minister has lied to me and the people of Western.

MRDC is a milking cow for...

08:30

Max Whitehead employment-law stories: This one involves drugs, honey, an interrogation using a baseball bat and cross bow "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is Subscriber Content. You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, sudoku, polling, commentary and podcasts by subscribing to one of our membership packages. The post Max Whitehead employment-law stories: This one involves drugs, honey, an interrogation using a baseball bat and cross bow appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:20

Big Pharma And The Rise Of Gangster Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Protection Rackets and snuffing out competition: The Stuff of gangster movies and real life Big Pharma! By Tyler Durden Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, $8 per vial in competing developed-world nations and $38,892 in the U.S. That says it all. Thanks to decades of gangster films, we all know how gangster capitalism []

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08:18

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

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08:11

Celtic Harp and Guitar Music For Kapiti Coast "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Dynamic duo Take an inspiring harpist, Principal Harp with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, add one of New Zealands best accompanists []

08:00

Killing Me Softly "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Will left a comment on last nights gratitude post pointing out that Roberta Flack sang strumming my pain with his fingers not strumming my face . . .

Ahhhh!

I first heard the song sung by a friends sister in the early 1970s, I went to a Roberta Flack concert in the Christchurch Town Hall a few years later, I own an LP on which it features, Ive heard it sung on the radio countless times and its on my playlist on Spotify.

Every one of those countless times Ive listened to it Ive heard face not pain.

But Wills right it is pain. 

Sigh, I much preferred the interpretation Id made of the meaning when it was face.

08:00

Labour bring in gender intelligence consultants "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been elevated to a feminist icon since giving birth in office. Did you read that? So, no one else has ever given birth in their lives? Stuff reports: quote: The Labour Party is polishing its image once again, with what it is calling a brand check-up. End quote. A feminist brand check-up. Quote: The [] The post Labour bring in gender intelligence consultants appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:59

Food Glorious Food! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Sandra Smith says Over the years Ive seen some amazing meals being cooked up on the hut bench with aromas []

07:45

Trump betraying Americas diplomats "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Daily Beast has a report on Trumps willingness to allow Russia to question US diplomats about their supposed actions.

As one current diplomat said:-

The president has first and foremost his interests at the top of his mind, as opposed to the governments. Thats very clear over the past week and a half, between shitting on our NATO allies and kissing Putins ass, the diplomat said. He cares more about himself than the nation and any of us who serve it.

The diplomat continued: Either hes compromised by Putin or hes a pussy, in which case he should grab himself.

This report is corroborated by this:-

 

07:30

Grossest Market owner liable for debts, High Court rules "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Regular readers will know that weve taken an interest in the shonky business dealings of Aaron Drever. Aaron Drevers world is collapsing in on itself as hes just lost a recent High Court case where it was held he is personally responsible for the outstanding debts of The Grocers Market. The NZ Herald reports: Quote: [] The post Grossest Market owner liable for debts, High Court rules appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:16

TRUMP #3 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

and just when you thought you had seen and heard it all 'he' does it again.   Asked by a reporter at the Wednesday afternoon Cabinet meeting whether Russia 'is still targeting the United States' the President said 'No'.

Later the White House Press Secretary said that when the President said 'No' he didn't mean 'No' to the question but rather it was 'No' as in 'No more questions'.       The gymnastic contortions of language his aides are having to employ in order to paper over his continuing faux pas are worthy of an Olympic gold medal.

I've said enough about this idiot masquerading as POTUS.    Taking a break from Trumpland to blog about honest reality.


07:15

A playbook for holding marginal seats "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good MPs hold marginal seats. No matter what their personality type, party, reputation in parliament or political leanings they keep winning because they work hard and connect with the community. Hard work is the common factor that a good local MP shares. All good local MPs work hard in their electorate, and are well known for working hard. This means they are out and about in their community constantly, and constantly visible and available to their voters. Ruth Dyson holds Port Hills by a substantial margin. She wins votes from people who are right wingers because they know she works hard in their community. She will be at the Saturday market. Or at community events and they can go and talk to her. She had some luck in her timing, and her long time opponent in David Carter, but she held her seat in 2005 and 2008 when there was a huge swing against Labour. The post A playbook for holding marginal seats appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:05

Google braced for giant Android fine from EU "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

EU: Google will learn if it faces a record fine over its Android operating system.
The European Commission has claimed the US tech giants mobile device strategy unfairly strengthened its dominance of search.
The regulator can fine the firm up to 10 per cent of its annual revenue which amounts to US$11.1billion (K36.1 billion).
It could also force Google to unbundle Android from its Chrome browser and other services.
Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager has previously ordered the firm to pay a 2.4 billion Euro (K9.07 million) fine over its shopping comparison service a ruling Google is in the process of appealing against.
In addition, her investigators are probing the practices of its advert-placing business AdSense as part of a separate inquiry.
The Android ruling was originally expected earlier this month, but Reuters reported that it had been postponed to avoid a clash with President Trumps visit to Europe.
The European Commission first began scrutinising Android in April 2015, following a complaint by Fairsearch a trade group that originally included Microsoft, Nokia and Oracle among its members.
At that point, Android had a 64 per cent share of Europes handset market, according to research firm Statcounter. It has since grown to 74 per cent.
The commission subsequently made three specific allegations of anti-competitive behaviour, saying Google was:
n Requiring Android handset and tablet manufacturers to set its search engine as the default and pre-install the Chrome browser before allowing them to offer access to its Play app store;
n Preventing manufacturers from selling mobile devices powered by rival operating systems based on Androids open source code; and
n Giving device manufacturers and mobile networks financial incentives to provide its own search service as the sole pre-installed option.
In response, Google denied obliging device-makers to preload any of its apps.
It also claimed that distributing Google Search and the Play store together had made it possible to offer its services for free.
The commissions approach would mean less innovation, less choice, less competition, and higher prices, its global affairs chief blogged.
He added that in any case, Apple and its rival iOS operating system gave consumers an alternative.
For its part, Fairsearch wants the regulator to look to the future.
The anti-competitive harm is likely to go far beyo...

07:00

What makes a good local MP? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Even in the MMP environment a good local MP makes a difference. Electorate MPs have twice the budget of list MPs working the same area, and list MPs have way less credibility than electorate MPs. It seems reasonable to assume that a good local MP and a good local campaign increase the all-important party vote  [] The post What makes a good local MP? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Missed opportunity for fairer outcomes "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Ministry for the Environment has missed the opportunity for fairer outcomes in its new guidelines for the Resource Management Act:

Federated Farmers is in favour of best practice guidelines on how councils exercise their duties under the Resource Management Act if they bring common sense and consistency to that role.

But there is concern the new guidelines miss opportunities for fairer outcomes.

The guidelines released by the Minister for the Environment this week are intended to assist councils in their compliance, monitoring and enforcement duties in promoting the sustainable management purpose of the RMA.

Richard Gardner, Federated Farmers senior policy advisor, says this is a very admirable purpose because too often we find that councils are misusing their powers under the legislation, and managing compliance and enforcement matters inappropriately.

The guidelines will hopefully usher in more practicality and consistency to the exercise of that role.

That would be a welcome improvement but there is a but:

Federated Farmers finds fault with some of the guidelines and is disappointed that it had not been more involved in putting them together.

There is concern about the lack of differentiation in the guidelines between routine inspections and inspections that arise as the result of a complaint. Feds also sees faults in the way enforcement decisions are handled.

We have long held the view that there should be a pecuniary penalty regime for misdemeanour and accidental offences, with criminal prosecutions reserved for the worst, deliberate offences, and the current strict liability standard regarding those prosecutions removed, Mr Gardner says. . .

There is a big difference between deliberately flouting the law and accidents which breach it.

Farmers can be charged for accidental effluent ponding that could reach a waterway. Thats a bit like charging someone for drink driving when they are drinking but have no intention of driving.

Contrast that to the soft approach taken to councils which fail to deal with sewerage spills.

The latest example of this was in Northland:

...

06:56

PNG Hunters team for round 19 match against Norths Devils "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

SP Hunters backrower Rhadley Brawa has been omitted for this weekends Intrust Super Cup Round 19 Country Week clash against Norths Devils in Lae, Morobe Province.
Brawa was cited for a dangerous tackle in last Sundays game against Northern Pride and suspended for three matches by the QRL Judiciary. Stanton Albert has been named at lock in an otherwise unchanged starting line up from Sunday.
The 20-man squad is:
1. Edene GABBIE
2. Junior RAU
3. Thompson TETEH
4. Adex WERA
5. Brendon GOTUNO
6. Ase BOAS Captain
7. Watson BOAS
8. Enock MAKI
9. Wartovo PUARA Jr
10. Moses MENINGA
11. Nixon PUTT
12. Willie MINOGA
13. Stanton ALBERT
Interchange
14. Charlie SIMON
15. Paul WAWA
16. McKenzie YEI
17. Dilbert ISAAC
18. Sailas GAHUNA
19. Ila ALU
20. Butler MORRIS
(Three to be omitted)
Coach Michael Marum will finalise the 18-man side at the Captains Run at 3pm on Saturday at the Lae Rugby League grounds. The final 17 run-on side will be named an hour before kick off on Sunday.
The Hunters team travel to Lae this afternoon. On Friday and Saturday, the team will attend several coaching clinics and hospital visit.
The country week game themed Get In The Game against Norths Devils kicks off at 3pm on Sunday (July 22) at the Lae Rugby League ground.
The first game on Sunday which kicks off at 12.15pm is a Digicel Cup round 16 fixture between hosts Lae Snax Tigers and Enga Mioks.
Tickets for the game cost K50 per person and are available at Brian Bell and Foodmart in town and Andersons at Eriku.

06:37

Prisoners come from families broken by the state "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

One of the charts from my latest report, Imprisonment and Family Structure

The rest of the paper argues why this is more than mere correlation traversing Maori urbanisation, whanau and nuclear family disintegration, gangs, state-care and inter-generational dysfunction.

As a society we continue to keep paying for it - the processes and consequences.

One hand in the Labour Party is actively increasing welfare while the other is planning to hold a hui on how to bring down the prison population.

If you think putting more money into dysfunctional families will reduce crime reflect on what children of gangs told the Children's Commissioner. That, despite feeling bound to follow in their footsteps, one of the upsides of living in gang families was not having to live in poverty.

(Post prompted by this piece.)

06:30

Four Day week? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

RNZ Nine to Noon

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/ntn-20180718-0908-four-day_week_yes_we_can-128.mp3

Financial services firm Perpetual Guardian is reporting happier staff and no drop in productivity after its landmark trial of a four day week. More At Link

Not certain about this at all.

06:28

Listen to a live stream with Stephen Berry right now on the topic of free speech * Updated "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

ACTs Stephen Berry is on Christchurch student radio station right now to discuss controversial Canadian speakers Stefan Molyneux and Laura Southern as well as the importance of free speech. The station is live-streamed here   Update: **If you missed the live stream you can listen to it  here  The post Listen to a live stream with Stephen Berry right now on the topic of free speech * Updated appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:15

Most-read "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

06:14

Hawaiian telescope detected asteroid over Africa five hours before entering atmosphere "IndyWatch Feed World"

This week, a team of scientists announced that a University of Hawaii telescope took images of a harmless asteroid that exploded over Africa five hours before it entered the Earth's atmosphere on June 2. The university's Asteroid Terrestrial-Impact Last Alert System (ATLAS) telescope took photos of the asteroid, which was named 2018 LA. Even though the asteroid was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey telescope in Arizona a few hours later that same day, ATLAS played a major role in pinpointing the asteroid's final destination over Botswana, where its atmospheric entry was captured by security camera footage. "Prior to the ATLAS measurement, impact predictions showed 2018 LA hitting the Earth anywhere from Madagascar to the South Pacific - a range spanning almost half Earth's southern hemisphere," a July 13 University of Hawaii blog post stated.

06:11

Pastor Neville Johnson. Liked blow jobs from his three young AOG church secretaries. Academy of Light Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Bobbie Houston of Hillsongs pastor in New Zealand. Former head pastor at Queen St Assemblies of God Church in Auckland New Zealand. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson today. Still an errant false prophet, liar and con-artist. Neville Johnson has conned many people out of large sums of money in Ponzi schemes in recent times. Angry victims are looking for his home address to recover their lost savings even asking me if I know where he lives. He lives in Maleny, Queensland. Its a small town so youll easily find him.

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson. Academy of Light Ministries, Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Liked blow-jobs from his three young church secretaries while praying to the Lord and fasting in Auckland, New Zealand motel rooms with them.

...

06:00

Scope of blog posts question everything "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Proper posting starts next week but before we start I just want to outline the broad scope, but narrow method, of the posting that will occur here and hopefully the critical comments of other people will follow the same idea when discussing these things.  Essentially lets cover all sorts of social and economic issues based on two factors: questioning and understanding the context of the received wisdom that underlies them.  In this way, each post should start with an idea that some group accepts as true, and needs to both critique that but also understand the underlying concern or situation that led to that idea gaining traction.

Coming back to reading the news of the day Im struck by how much received wisdom there is out there.  I know I used to complain about it and state that economists should be careful about how their simplifications could be taken as received wisdom, but to be honest Id forgotten quite how extreme it is.

Now this may be all well and good but it isnt how I like to think about economic and social issues.  Instead I like the idea that a good way to look at these questions is to be a bit of a child:

A good economist is like a petulant child.  They always ask why, never fully accept an answer, and rarely fully reject one.

All of us sitting here on our computers intend to be good economists, and this blog is a space where we can practice the art asking ourselves whether the received wisdom we rely on to reach our conclusions about certain social and economic policies is really defensible.  But critique alone isnt as useful as I used to think we also need to ask why the received wisdom is accepted in order to understand where legitimate concerns regarding trade-offs exist.

I have noticed discussion of New Zealands poor productivity performance (among other things) here.

I have noticed the statement that people now are worse off than their parents (here and here).

I keep hearing that wages arent going up in New Zealand a statement I find particularly surprisingly given that I have been sitting around in a dark room with the evidence of rising wages for several years.

Now each of these statements comes from something.  Productivity, the progress...

06:00

Rodney Hide on optics and heartlessness "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Rodney Hide writes about the poor optics and apparent heartlessness of the government: Quote: One of the many things Stephen Joyce did for the previous government was to manage the optics. To have a proposal deemed bad optics was its death knell. The optics are how the public perceives a policy or decision. Its the [] The post Rodney Hide on optics and heartlessness appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Climate Justice Forum: Worldwide Renewable Energy, Idaho Activist Events, Oil Train Hazards, Defense Bill Limiting Public Input, Multi-Pipeline Construction Protests, Lakeside Gas Storage Rejection, Valve Turners Prison Release & Necessity Defense Trial 7-18-18 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on renewable energy around the world, activist events across Idaho this week, deadly oil train hazards, a defense bill limiting public input on mining and drilling projects, indigenous and allied protests of Bayou Bridge, Keystone XL, and Trans Mountain pipeline construction, New York state agency rejection of a lakeside, propane storage facility, and tar sands valve turners release from prison and climate necessity defense trial.  Broadcast for six years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

06:00

Morning Joe: Discussion with George Will about Helsinki and the future for GOP "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Interesting segment starting with a look at Wills most recent column which has scathing remarks about Trump.Augmented with comments from James Fallows of The Atlantic,

06:00

Integrating formal and informal institutions: towards a healthy community in Bougainville "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

The case of the Bougainville Healthy Communities Program (BHCP) stands as a testament of how an organisation can work effectively in PNG in delivering critical services. BHCP started as an off-shoot of the successful implementation of the leprosy elimination program in Bougainville funded by the New Zealand government in 2001. Following the success of the leprosy program, a new project proposal was submitted to New Zealand Aid to promote health awareness. In 2006 the program was rolled out in three of the 13 districts in Bougainville, with a small group of staff that included the program manager and three district facilitators.

An evaluation of the BHCP was commissioned by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2012. The evaluation found that the BHCP is an excellent example of a well-planned and well-executed public health and community development model implemented within the enormous constraints and challenges of a post-conflict setting. In the July 2016 half-yearly summary report, various indicators reflect its effectiveness in promoting health awareness and educating people in basic health care. Figure 1 shows the increase in referrals since 2014, particularly in TB, malaria and number of births, and that an area that the program needs to focus on is sanitation.

Figure 1: Outcomes of the BHCP

*Proportion (in percent) against total suspects made by Village Health Volunteers; **proportion (in percent) of babies born; ***proportion (in percent) of families

Source: ABG DOH, 2016

At a time when PNG, and particularly Bougainville, faces multiple political and socio-economic challenges, the success of BHCP gives some hope. To understand the reasons behind its success, I conducted research into the program, including interviews with key people involved with the BHCP. Findings of the research highlighted some key factors attributing to BHCPs success: generous and sustained donor support; good leaders; a committed group of people working towards a common goal; and, unique to BHCP, the integration of formal and info...

05:42

QotD: "Free markets ARE awesome for business, but that does NOT imply that most businesses favor free markets." #cronyism #subsidies "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"Free markets ARE awesome for business, but that does NOT imply that most businesses favour free markets."~ Stephen Hicks
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05:39

Police prepare for torrid pay claims "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Following the lead of nurses, teachers and other groups of government workers the Police Association is preparing for wage claims. They will have a good argument to at least maintain parity with teachers and nurrses. NZH: Pay, recruitment and retention in the mix for Police Association in negotiations Police are beginning to press their claims []

05:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:20

How will local body taxes solve council spending escalation? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Local body rates have already been climbing well ahead of inflation. They are predicted to rise another 50% over the next ten years in the major cities. So local bodies are looking at other ways of getting revenue. That doesnt solve the escalation in spending, but I guess it makes it easier for mayors and []

05:15

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

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

05:00

RNZ Morning Report: A NZ perspective on the issues from Helsinki "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morning Report

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/mnr-20180718-0817-nz_straddling_barbed_wire_fence_on_foreign_relations-128.mp3

Security analyst Paul Buchanan discusses the latest developments from Donald Trumps meeting with Vladimir Putin, and his return to Washington. They talk about New Zealands part in the changes in global relations. As part of Five Eyes we would have received intelligence from the US, UK, on Russian interference in US elections, Mr Buchanan says. He believes Mr Peters would have been briefed as Foreign Minister. He suggests Mr Peters has own reasons for equivocating on US intels findings

ppp

05:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Even if my country remains in war with yours. . .remember. . . I am not your enemy.  A.J. Cronin who was born on this day in 1896.

05:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:00

So much to say, but let me begin: Some words come from pain "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Vanessa
Vanessa Gordon

VANESSA GORDON

BRISBANE - I have so much to say. I don't know where to begin. I'll start with I do not think all men are savages.

I am not a misandrist in any way, shape or form. I appreciate that Papua New Guinean men play a pivotal role in PNG society. I get it. Mi save tu lo pasin lo ples ,na kastom. Iau nunure. Mi save!

Secondly, I will always support a PNG writer, male or female. I will read, share and buy your work. I will wave my PNG flag beaming with pride around the world. Your words come from a place from deep within.

Ward Barry, you have this thing called freedom of speech and right of assembly. You are able to express your thoughts. You can express your thoughts and creative gifts through poetry. And others that read your work can respond with the same rights.

I have enjoyed your poetry in the past. Did I enjoy this particular poem? I am indifferent. I feel nothing.

My indifference is not against you personally. My problem is not with your poem. My problem is the way you have responded to the many women who have had valid and clear points regarding your poem.

Your perspective has been heard and read multiple times. Your message is loud and clear. You have proven a point. You are a great guy we get it. You love women. You love PNG women.

Thank you for not raping us; thank you so much for not molesting our daughters; thank you for not man-handling and groping us on PMVs, in the markets and on dance floors in the clubs. Thank you for not burning us at the stake.

You are commended. Did you want a medal? Or a certificate of appreciation?

Jordan Dean, you too are commended for defending your brother. I presume you don't understand what all the fuss is about? Why are so many women up in arms? What's the big deal?

Let me flip the scenario for you. A white guy writes a poem. Yes, I'll use white guy as an example because, Ward, I've seen your comments against the white man.

Appare...

04:50

People at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A typically bizarre claim about his Helsinki press conference and more claims in conflict with US Intelligence are features of the aftermath of the Donald Trump statements and clarifications about Russian interference in US elections. So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki. Putin and I discussed []

04:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Todays face of the day is an award-winning comedian who bases much of her comedy on her experiences. I hope she can turn this tale into a joke because it wasnt at all funny for her at the time. The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is plantigrade (adj) Walking with the entire sole of the foot on the ground, as humans, bears, raccoons, and rabbits do. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : The adjective plantigrade comes from the Latin noun planta sole (of the foot) and the verb grad to take steps, step, walk. [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 19 23 Fear of the Lord leads to life, bringing security and protection from harm. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Are PNG men really savage? A balanced view about PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

JORDAN DEAN GGG Report

PORT MORESBY - Colonial literature portrayed Papua New Guinea as an exotic and savage paradise. I am surprised that view is still maintained by Australians and some learned Papua Guineans.

One such view is that Papua New Guinean men do not respect and treat our women properly. This is a slap in the face for all the caring gentlemen in Papua New Guinea. We know how to open doors, buy chocolates and golden necklaces for our women. We love our women just like anyone else. We dont live in the stone-age.

Lets not confuse ourselves with equality and gender based violence.  Equality equal access to resources and opportunities between men and women. GBV violence against women. Using economic terms, equality is macro whilst GBV is micro in nature.

I am all for equality and a level playing field. I believe PNG is a country of equal opportunities. In the process of trying to give a based view, Ive been called names online and misunderstood.

We have laws protecting womens rights and all our national policies involved equal participation. The government and all companies are equal employers. Men and women are paid the same based on education, qualifications and position ranking.

Our tertiary institutions enrol more females than male students. Australian Awards offers more scholarships to females than males. Infact, women have more opportunities than men in tertiary education.

Women have the same constitutional rights as men to contest in elections. Unfortunately, none of them won in the 2017 elections.

Yes, we have a problem with GBV which is often caused by alcohol, insecurity, jealousy, etc. This is micro in nature because it occurs within a relationship and family.

Both are global issues and not confined to PNG alone. Quantifying the issues is crucial in our understanding of where we stand and whether PNG is really a savage country.

The Global Gender Gap Report from the World Economic Forum ranks 150 countries on gender equality. The Forum ranks countries against four main dimensions: economic participation and opportunity; educational attainment; health and survival; and political representation.

According to its most recent report of November 2017, the 15 worst countries for gender equality are; Qatar, Turkey, Mauritania, T...

03:46

Astaxanthin ameliorates cartilage damage in experimental osteoarthritis. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

PMID:  Mod Rheumatol. 2015 Sep ;25(5):768-71. Epub 2015 Jun 12. PMID: 25608048 Abstract Title:  Astaxanthin ameliorates cartilage damage in experimental osteoarthritis. Abstract:  PURPOSE: Astaxanthin is a red-pigment carotenoid found in certain marine animals and plants. Astaxanthin has been shown to inhibit matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) expression in vitro. However, the effect of astaxanthin on cartilage is still unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of astaxanthin on cartilage in experimental osteoarthritis (OA).METHODS: New Zealand rabbits underwent anterior cruciate ligament transection to induce OA in right knee. Rabbits received intra-articular injection containing 0.3 ml of vehicle (dimethyl sulfoxide) or astaxanthin (50M). Injection was started on the day of operation, and the injection were performed once weekly for six consecutive weeks. Then, rabbits were sacrificed and the right knees were harvested for study.RESULTS: Cartilage degradation was reduced by astaxanthin, as assessed by morphological and histological examination. Astaxanthin inhibited the gene expression of MMP-1, MMP-3, and MMP-13 in cartilage as compared with the vehicle group.CONCLUSIONS: The results suggest that astaxanthin may be considered as pharmaceutical agent in OA treatment.

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03:32

Utilities reform needed for better service delivery in the Pacific ADB "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

MANILA, PHILIPPINES (18 July 2017) Investments in basic services must be complemented by policy and regulatory reforms as well as capacity development to support a shift towards more commercially viable utilities in the Pacific, says the latest issue of the Asian Development Banks (ADB) Pacific Economic Monitor (PEM) launched today.

It is commendable that Pacific governments are stepping up their infrastructure investments, for example, in renewable energy to help reduce electricity costs and progress towards ambitious international climate change commitments, said ADB Director General for the Pacific Ms Carmela Locsin.

These efforts must be complemented by critical reforms to improve the efficiency and performance of utilities responsible for providing basic services in Pacific economies, including the promotion of further private sector participation.   

Economic prospects for the Pacific remain positive, but growth will remain slow compared to other subregions, according to the report.

For 2018, growth in the Pacific is expected to remain flat at 2.2%.

 This is partly due to the impacts of disasters including an earthquake in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Cyclone Gita in Tonga last February.

Economic recovery in PNG and rising investment in Timor-Leste are expected to push growth in the Pacific to 3.0% in 2019.

The monitor, the flagship economic publication of ADBs Pacific Department, focuses on country issues and current policy themes.

The latest issue focuses on the developments in the utilities sector, particularly electricity.

Access to electricity is low in the Pacific, particularly in the more remote and less developed parts of the subregion.

This is due to the countries dependence on expensive fossil fuels for power generation, inadequate investment in infrastructure, and electricity services costs that can be beyond the means of rural households.

About 20% of PNGs population, for instance, has access to electricity and that number falls to 13% in rural areas, according to the report.

 Without access to electricity, public services cannot be properly delivered, and business activity is constrainedresulting in unfulfilled economic growth potential.

Although PNG has enviable potential to produce power, significant investment in the sector is needed to reach the countrys goal of 70% electrification by 2030.

The Monitor looks at how diversifying energy sources can help to lower costs by reducing dependency on expensive diesel, and how improved regulation can help attract much-needed investment and expand consumer access to electricity.

The monitor includes a series of...

03:20

Media watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:17

Market Talk- July 18, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A pretty mixed day in Asia today with a small improvement for Japan, whilst the China decline continues. Having heard the comments from FED Chair Jerome Powell, markets assumed a hold mentality with volumes reflecting the uncertainty coupled with summer lull. The Nikkei did add +0.5% onto yesterdays numbers, but at the expense of the currency. Most of the core held well during the morning sessions and only drifted late in the day. Both the Shanghai and Hang Seng were up mid afternoon then slipped into the -0.3% close. SENSEX saw a marginal loss similar to China as prices drifted into the close. The INR remains weak rejecting the early move (a two week high) only to settle at the days lows (68.62). The AUD has recovered the 0.74 handle in late trading, probably supported by the strong ASX tone as BHP helped sentiment.

First headlines seen in early European trading was that of Google with an EU antitrust fine of $5bn. However, given the US markets closed strong and Asia hadnt fallen away too sharply, the next thing was the currency. FED Chairman helped support the USD late Tuesday and the Euro, Yen and GBP just followed the pack. Towards the close of Europe, we did see a recovery in this area but only through a lethargic US opening. UK numbers released +0.4% M/M and 2.4% which failed estimates. Sterling suffered as a response and even in late trading remains heavy (-0.5%) on the day. It did manage to hold the 1.30 level, but is testing the buyers as we have not seen these prices since last October. Fridays close will be interesting but still looks heavy.

Even with earnings season upon us, most core indices struggled to show enthusiasm. After an initial wobble prices for the core held steady and even managed a bounce, in thin trade. The NASDAQ was again the heavy candidate which too recovered from early losses. It will be interesting to see where we close Friday as markets are consolidating with the ever strengthening USD. Summer volumes are all around, which makes it difficult to field volume. We remain at lofty levels, which is impressive given the lack of volume.

Japan 0.04%, US 2s closed 2.63% (+1bp), 10s 2.88% (+2bp), 30s 2.99% (+2bp), Bunds 0.34% (-2bp), France 0.62% (-1bp), Italy 2.50% (+3bp), G...

03:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:03

Open Forum Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:00

How the PNG tsunami 20 years ago was a big wake-up call "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Sissano Lagoon
Sissano Lagoon devastated after the 1998 tsunami (Jose Borrero)

PROF DAVE TAPPIN | Geoblogy | British Geological Survey

KEYWORTH, UK - 20 years ago this week, on the evening of the 17 July 1998, 2,200 people died when a 15-metre high tsunami devastated an idyllic lagoon on the north coast of Papua New Guinea.

The event was to prove a benchmark in tsunami science as the tsunami was generated not by an earthquake but by a submarine landslide.

Most tsunamis are generated by earthquakes and, previously, submarine landslides were an under-appreciated mechanism in tsunami generation. This was because there had been no recent historical event to prove just how dangerous they could be.

Back in 1998, there had been few recent destructive earthquakes, they were to strike later.  Although earthquake mechanisms were generally well understood in tsunami generation, the mechanisms by which submarine landslides cause tsunamis, were not. In fact it was generally believed that submarine landslides could not generate destructive tsunamis.

PNG changed all this.

It was a wake-up call for tsunami hazard. The tsunami was the most devastating event since Sanriku 1933, when a tsunami struck the east coast of Japan, leaving 1,500 dead and the same number missing.

The massive death toll, generated a surge of scientific interest in non-earthquake tsunami mechanisms, which subsequently extended outside of convergent margins, where earthquakes are most common, to passive margins, and to volcanic collapse.

The tsunami struck at a time when new technology was being used increasingly to map the sea bed as well as topography was being mapped on land.  New numerical models of submarine landslide tsunamis were also being developed, but were still theoretical, and PNG allowed these to be tested in real life conditions.

At the time of PNG, tsunami science was dominated by seismologists because earthquakes were seen as the only major hazard. Research into submarine landslide tsunamis requires the contribution from geologists...

01:35

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

180718CHIEF SECRETARY SAYS THEFT WILL NOT CHANGE EVIDENCE
New Dawn FM News
Autonomous Bougainville Government Chief Secretary JOSEPH NOBETAU says that a targeted break in took place at the Office of the Department of Community Government at the early hours of this morning.
He said that two Departmental Computers were stolen, both of which contain sensitive financial information.
A filing cabinet, also containing financial records was also broken into and papers taken.
MR. NOBETAU says this would seem to be a clear and deliberate attempt to try and remove evidence of financial transactions. He said he was of the view that only officers of the ABG Public service could have taken the theft given the targeted nature of the crime.
The chief secretary said that currently matters associated with financial management across the ABG are under active investigation by the internal auditor who is already in possession of substantial financial records.
He said the investigation will continue unhindered by this blatant theft, and those who are implicated will face the full weight of the law when they are caught.
MR. NOBETAU said that Police has been asked to undertake full investigation in relation to this matter and report to the President as soon as possible on their findings.
He said Criminal actions of this type will not be tolerated, and simply serve to tarnish the reputation of the ABG and Bougainville.
He further stressed that those who engage in such crimes cause more harm than good, act out of self-interest and greed and have no regard for rights and aspirations of the people of Bougainville.

Ends

01:33

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

180718YOUTH WITH A MISSION
New Dawn FM News

Autonomous Bougainville Region will be privileged to receive a medical ship the MV YWAM LIBERTY next week.
According to its arrival and launching program, the medical ship which has doctors and nurses on board will be providing medical services throughout the region.
The launching will be held at the BEL ISI Park in Buka town on Tuesday 24th of July, 2018.
At this stage New Dawn FM does not know if the Ship will also visit ARAWA and BUIN whilst they are in Bougainville.
But the theme of this trip is Delivering Integrated Outreach Health Services to remote communities in Bougainville.

Ends

Ywam pic

01:08

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

180718VOTER TURN OUT POOR SAYS OBEC
New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU says that the voter turnout in the Urban Community Government election is very poor comparing the total registered for each urban community government.
He said despite the low turnout, he would like to thank those who played a part in enabling OBEC to conduct and complete the urban and non-urban elections.
This include the Secretary for the Department of Community Government and his staff, the various government departments such as Law and Justice and Finance, Community Auxiliary Police, PNG Electoral Commission, election officials as well as the people in each of these wards that participated in the election.
MR. MANU also mentioned the media for contributing by giving out information on the election.
The Bougainville Electoral Commissioner handed over the Gazetted results to the officer of the Community Government, DONA PEARSON who represented the Acting Secretary, SIONE NASH who was not present at the time.

Ends

Urban community govt election ends180718 013

00:57

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

180718OBEC ANNOUNCES CONCLUSION OF ELECTIONS
New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU this afternoon announced the conclusion of the Urban Community Government elections including finalizing of the results, Certification and gazetting in the Bougainville Gazette.
MR. MANU said that since the completion of the elections on June 21st, the Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner engaged in finalizing the election through the recovery of materials and reviewing of the results and adjudicating upon a small number of complaints.
According to the Bougainville Community Government Election regulations the results must be reviewed within 14 days after the results have been declared.
With the certification today, it is now confirmed that the 22 seats declared earlier are now confirmed.
MR. MANU also gave credit to those who played a part in the successful conduct of elections in all the wards within these urban community governments.
Ends

Urban community govt election ends180718 006

00:25

Papuan Liberation Movement wants dialogue "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

https://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/362078/papuan-liberation-movement-wants-dialogue

Papuan Liberation Movement wants dialogue

11:12 am today

The United Liberation Movement for West Papua supports the idea of dialogue with Indonesia as long as it is mediated internationally, the movements secretary says. Indonesias government of Joko Widodo has recently made overtures to West Papuan customary and civil society leaders for dialogue over a range of issues in Papua region.
Secretary Rex Rumakiek said the push for dialogue was not a bad thing.
"But dialogue internationally, not Indonesian type of dialogue that resulted in 1969s Act of Free Choice. Thats the type of dialogue Indonesia wants. We are not going to go back to that approach," Mr Rumakiek said.
"We want an international dialogue and the best place to dialogue is the United Nations general assembly. Let us vote on the issue."
The movement hoped to have questions over the legitimacy of the self-determination act under which West Papua was incorporated into Indonesia debated by the UN General Assembly in the next year or two, Mr Rumakiek said.
Since being admitted to the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) in 2015 with observer status in the regional grouping, the movement has had more opportunities to engage with Indonesia, which enjoys associate member status in the MSG.
The dynamic between the two parties, however, is clearly strained, as Indonesias government has characterised the movement as a separatist group that does not represent Papuans.
The full MSG members Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonias Kanaks have been working to facilitate dialogue between the movement and Indonesia
"We can talk direct to them with the MSG members as witnesses. That is what we call a third party" Mr Rumakiek explained.
"We cannot talk direct to Indonesia by ourselves, but with the MSG facilitating. We try to avoid other people speaking on our behalf. The MSG is trying to arrange for meetings (between the West Papuans and Indonesias government)."
Meanwhile, the Australia-based Mr Rumakiek said the movement was disturbed by the reports from Papuas remote Nduga regency that Indonesian security forces and the West Papua National Liberation Army had exchanged gunfire in recent weeks.

Three people were killed in an attack on police at the local airport two weeks ago during regional elections. A faction of the Liberation Army which is not directly linked to the United Liberation Movement for West Papua claimed responsibility.
Following the attack, about a thousand extra police and military personnel deployed to Ndug...

00:12

In Hawaii, an End of Innocence "IndyWatch Feed World"

A 6.9 earthquake that struck Hawaiis Big Island on May 4 was just the beginning of an ordeal that still continues for the people of Puna, a semirural district on the eastern slopes of the islands Kilauea volcano.

The previous day, the ground split open in the verdant community of Leilani Estates and a series of fissures began spewing fountains of magma and emitting poisonous gases. Leilanis 1,800 residents were evacuated. More than 700 homes and farms were lost in subsequent weeks as a lava river flowed to the Pacific Ocean and consumed more residential areas.

A volcanic cone has grown to almost 200 feet tall in the middle of the Leilani community as the vigorous eruption continues for the 11th week. Earthquakes triggered by volcanic explosions rock the summit of Kilauea daily, damaging roads and buildings in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and forcing its indefinite closure. The southeast coastline of the Big Island is forever altered as lava meets the ocean along a two-mile front.

Thousands of people remain displaced. Hundreds are still in evacuation shelters, others are staying with friends or relatives or have moved to neighboring Hawaiian islands or the mainland.

Another blow to Hawaiians came July 11, when a Puna charter school, three more homes in Leilani and a popular beach park were inundated.

Sara Simone Wagners Leilani home still stands, but she remains evacuated, staying with friends in Hilo, the Big Islands largest city. She has touched the hearts of many traumatized Hawaiians with a poem she published on the neighborhood social network. The poem speaks to her love of the land, the sometimes terrifying power of nature and, as she puts it, the end of our innocence.  Truthdig is pleased to reprint it here.

Sweet Leilani

By Sara Simone Wagner

May, a month of promise and beauty
gentle showers
fruiting trees
budding flowers
calming seas

Rolling shakes wake Punas slumber
draining caldera
exploding methane
mounting hysteria
were never the same

Fissures appear stage leftand stage right
performance fire
once-verdant plains
landscapes mired
sulphuric stains

Subtle cracks, soon gaping chasms
shifting rift zones
explosive night
mounting cinder cones
natures might

Alexander palms against a...

Wednesday, 18 July

23:13

Reconstructing the fearsome Haasts eagle. "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

A comparison of the huge claws of Haast's eagle with those of its close relative the Hieraaetus morphnoides, the

A comparison of the huge claws of Haasts eagle with those of its close relative the Hieraaetus morphnoides, the little eagle. Image / Bunce M, Szulkin M, Lerner HRL, Barnes I, Shapiro B, et al.

With a wingspan reaching as wide as 3m and huge claws that could crush bone, the Haasts eagle was one of the most fearsome creatures ever to stalk New Zealands prehistoric wilderness.

The largest eagle known to have existed anywhere, its demise quickly followed that of its much-larger prey, the moa, which was hunted to extinction by early Maori settlers around 1400 CE.

Now a top international scientist and Kiwi collaborators hope to shed more light on the lost giant, in an innovative study that could help conserve those endangered predatory birds that remain today.

An artist's depiction of a Haast's eagle attacking two moa. Image / John Megahan.

An artists depiction of a Haasts eagle attacking two moa. Image / John Megahan.

You can read more here, thanks to David for letting me know about this.

23:03

Not Radical Islam, But Gold Fever Threatens Indonesias Stability "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

It seems that ISIS is not the only danger to the national security of Indonesians. The pirates on the Indonesian (gold) coast are not from the Middle East but rather from Phoenix Arizona, the location of the head quarters of mining company Freeport McMoRan. An American multinational that made incredibly huge profits from mining gold on West Papua.

The post Not Radical Islam, But Gold Fever Threatens Indonesias Stability appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

22:48

The Story of a Professional Delusion: Do Psychiatrists Believe Their Own Words? "IndyWatch Feed National"

On February 24th of this year, a conference was held in Sydney, Australia which featured a number of prestigious local and overseas speakers as well as former psychiatric patients. Titled Mental Health in Crisis, it was intended to provide a forum for well-researched alternative views on the state of modern psychiatry. The next week, most of the speakers went to New Zealand for further seminars in five cities. During that week, a newspaper published an article quoting Prof. Peter Gotzsche, director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Copenhagen, whose research showed that antidepressants are a dangerous and relatively ineffective class of drugs, and who recommended they should be severely restricted. In his view, general practitioners should not be authorised to initiate them, and they should not be given to children or adolescents. On March 9th, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) issued a press statement strongly criticising the article. In particular, it stated:

The prescription of antidepressant or antipsychotic medications is something that a psychiatrist only ever does in partnership with the patient and after due consideration of the risks and benefits (emphasis added).

As described on MIA, I lodged a lengthy complaint with the RANZCP, alleging that, as the responsible officials, the president and board had breached their own code of ethics at a number of points; in particular, the claim about prescribing habits was patently false. This has gone back and forth and, predictably, my complaints have been dismissed. On June 29th, the incoming president of the college wrote to me:

The (original press) statement also acknowledges the careful consideration given when prescribing medications.

That is, he essentially repeats the false claim that drugs are only ever prescribed after a friendly discussion between the caring doc and the grateful patient. Some months ago, I published the results of a pilot study on my 176 active files, which showed that psychiatrists hardly ever give information to patients regarding the risks of their drugs (I would have thought that any psychiatrist who was still breathing would know this: patients are routinely thrown to the ground and jabbed despite their furious objections or tearful pleading. Part of his defence was that psychiatrists have good intentions).

This reminds me of another rather fractious interchange I h...

22:05

Fluoridation is Mass Medication, NZ Supreme Court Rules "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Below is a press release from Fluoride Free New Zealand on the NZ Supreme Courts recent ruling on fluoridation of the public water supply:

Fluoridation is Mass Medication, New Zealand Supreme Court Rules

Water fluoridation is compulsory mass medication, in breach of human rights, the Supreme Court has ruled by a majority vote. It confirmed that fluoridation is a medical treatment as claimed by opponents for over 60 years. It is not a supplement just topping up natural levels, as claimed by the Ministry of Health.

The impracticality of avoiding fluoridated water makes it compulsory in practice, the majority also ruled.

Three judges held that there was conflicting scientific evidence, confirming that the science is NOT settled.

Chief Justice Sian Elias then held that fluoridation was not prescribed by law (i.e. is unlawful), applying section 6 of the Bill of Rights Act. That was the correct decision in Fluoride Free NZs view.

The rest of the majority held that it was prescribed by law, and it was then necessary to apply a balancing test to determine if the breach of the right not to be subject to medical treatment without consent was justified in the case of fluoridation.

Justice Glazebrook held that it was for a local authority to do this when making its decision, potentially taking into account specific local circumstances.

On the balance of information before the Court the misinformation promulgated by promoters that water fluoridation measurably reduces tooth decay and presents no real health risk two judges held that it was justifiable. This is despite the court reiterating that it is now accepted that benefit for fluoride is from topical application, not from ingestion.

The Court did not consider information published since the original High Court case, and the recent US Government multi-million-dollar study by Bashash et al, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, carried out by top scientists and researchers in top North American universities had not yet been published. This study found that children exposed to fluoride at the same levels as New Zealanders had significantly reduced IQ, which could easily have shifted the Justices perception of safety.

Importantly, the Court held that this question of whether fluoridation is justifiable is to be determined on the balance of probabilities. There is no requirement for absolute proof of harm, as long-maintained by the Ministry of Health. As a question of fact, the two judges...

22:02

World view Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

Additional Information on New Zealand Supreme Court Ruling "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Some of our readers were puzzled yesterday by FAN NZ broadcasting the Supreme Court verdict on fluoridation as a victory rather than a defeat. After all the Supreme court ruled against the plaintiffs (New Health New Zealand) in their efforts to prevent South Taranaki from fluoridating its water.

Let me explain, in my view, this is a classic case of losing a battle but winning the war.

In this case, the war is over the ethics of fluoridation. For opponents of fluoridation, this practice violates the individuals right to medical or human treatment. For proponents the counter-argument has been that fluoride is not a medicine and fluoridation is not a medical treatment. Proponents further argue that even if fluoride was a medicine people are not forced to drink the fluoridated water.

In the following two paragraphs (99 and 100) in the Supreme court ruling it is clear that the judges side with opponents on this matter and this finding will have huge ramifications worldwide. In other words it is a huge victory for us. Meanwhile, proponents will celebrate their local victory.

[99]

Applying this approach, we find that fluoridation of drinking water is the provision of medical treatment. It involves the provision of a pharmacologically active substance for the purpose of treating those who ingest it for dental decay. We agree with the Courts below that people who live or work in areas where fluoridation occurs have no practical option but to ingest the fluoride added to the water. So

the treatment is compulsory. While drinking water from a tap is not an activity that would normally be classified as undergoing medical treatment, we do not consider that ingesting fluoride added to water can be said to be qualitatively different from ingesting a fluoride tablet provided by a health practitioner.

[100]

We conclude that fluoridation of drinking water requires those drinking the water to undergo medical treatment in circumstances where they are unable to refuse to do so. Subject to s5, therefore, s11 of the Bill of Rights Act is engaged.

To see how that local victory was won you will have to read the paragraphs 101 144 in the ruling. But basically, they argue that the individual right to informed consent to medication (section 11 of the NZ Bill or Rights) may in certain circumstances be over-ridden by the interests of the larger community (see section 5). However, the judges somewhat undermined these arguments by ea...

22:01

July 19 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

64  Great Fire of Rome: a fire started in the merchant area of Rome and soon burned completely out of control. According to a popular, but untrue legend, Nero fiddled as the city burned.

484  Leontius, Roman usurper, was crowned Eastern emperor at Tarsus (modern Turkey). He was recognized in Antioch and made it his capital.

711 Battle of Guadalete: Umayyad forces under Tariq ibn Ziyad defeated the Visigoths led by their king Roderic.

1333  Wars of Scottish Independence: Battle of Halidon Hill  The English won a decisive victory over the Scots.

1544 Italian War of 1542: The Siege of Boulogne began.

1545 The Tudor warship Mary Rose sank off Portsmouth.

1553 Lady Jane Grey was replaced by Mary I of England as Queen of England after  just nine days.

1588 Anglo-Spanish War: Battle of Gravelines The Spanish Armadasighted in the English Channel.

1692  Salem Witch Trials: Five women were hanged for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts.

1759 Seraphim of Sarov, Russian Orthodox Saint, was born (d. 1833).

1800 Juan Jos Flores, first President of Ecuador, was born (d. 1864).

1814 Samuel Colt, American firearms inventor, was born (d. 1862).

1827  Mangal Pandey, Indian freedom fighter, was born (d. 1857).

1832 The...

21:49

Pentagon Working on Neural Interface "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: NextGov: The idea of humans controlling machines with their minds has spun off sci-fi blockbusters like Pacific Rim and entire subgenres of foreign film, but while today skyscraper-sized fighting robots exist only on the big screen, the Pentagon is building technology that could one day make them a reality. Today, the Defense Advanced Research []

19:13

PMs XIII match between Australian Kangaroos and PNG Kumuls receives Test status "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The annual Prime Ministers XIII match between PNG and Australia has received full Test status beginning this year.

To be now known as the, Prime Ministers X111 Test, it will allow both teams to field their best players.

The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) sanctioned the test status for the first time since the inception of the PMs XIII concept in 2006.

Also commencing this year, the match will be played on the weekend after the Australian National Rugby League grand final.

The PMs XIII Test match will take place on October 6th 2018.

The curtain raiser to the Test will be the Oil Search PNG Orchids up against the Australian Jillaroos. PNGRLF Media

19:08

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

170718MOMIS SAYS NOMORE WAR ON BOUGAINVILLE
New Dawn FM News

The ABG President, CHIEF DR.JOHN MOMIS says that the Bougainville Peace Agreement was signed in 2001 to end the Bougainville war and Bougainvilleans have had enough of fighting and want peace throughout the island.
President MOMIS said that even the Commanders of all warring factions in the Bougainville conflict now members of the Core group has also assured him that there will be no fighting after referendum and beyond.
The ABG President made these comments when answering questions from a Catholic youth who wanted to know if Bougainville was in safe hands now.
The youth raised questions to President Momis when he went to address their meeting at the HAHELA Catholic Church last Saturday.
The youths told the ABG President that with the current situation they were afraid Bougainville could go back to war.
But President Momis assured them that Bougainvilleans want peace and stability as we go for the Referendum next year.

Ends

19:07

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

170718TOTSI CALLS ON WESTCOAST LEADERS TO MOVE COMMUNITY GOVERNMENTS

New Dawn FM News

A long-time local government member from the MAHARI constituency, JOHN TOTSI is calling on the Community Government Chairman and leaders to make some moves to make changes in the West under the new Community Government system.
He said that the Community Governments must not wait for the ABG to raise funds as they have the power already to do just that.
MR. TOTSI was speaking on New Dawn FM this afternoon.
He said former community governments had the power to raise funds through head-tax, Canteen Licenses, Liquor shop fees etc, which the current community governments can impose and raise funds.
MR. TOTSI said that their community government wanted to start off by building a market but this has not eventuated as the leaders are not leading their people who are ready to support their Community Government.
He called on the Community government members to start work in the west quickly.

Ends

19:06

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

170718HEROMATE QUESTIONS QUESTIONARES BY NGOS
New Dawn FM News

Former Bougainville senior Public servant, PATRICK HEROMATE says that questions being put to the people of Bougainville on what they think of the Bougainville referendum by a Non Government Organization can confuse the people.
MR. HEROMATE told New Dawn FM this afternoon that NGO work in the communities throughout Bougainville must be sanctioned by the Department of Bougainville Peace Agreement Implementation and the Community Development Department.
He said that currently a NGO group is distributing 50 questionnaires to the communities and this could totally confuse the people.
MR. HEROMATE also called on the Government to monitor the activities of the current NGOs operating on Bougainville.

Ends

19:04

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

170718HAKENA ON YOUTHS
New Dawn FM News
The Director of the Leitana Nehan Womens Development Agency, HELLEN HAKENA says that she is satisfied at the work youths engaged to the Urban Community Government Elections just completed have done.
She told New Dawn FM that the youths were engaged to monitor and also assess why women and youths are turned away during voting.
MS. HAKENA said main thing that her group found out was many first time voters had no names on the common roll and this turned them away.
She said the full report will be announced by the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner.

Ends

19:03

ON THE BRINK RADIO #253 WHY I LOVE TASMANIA/COSMIC WINDOWS OF TIME/HAWAIIAN VOLCANOS & RIMPAC UPDATES "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Tasmania is not the only place in the world where long-term, careful argument has been defeated by short-term economic advantage. When we look round, the time is rapidly approaching when natural environment, natural unspoiled vistas are sadly beginning to look like left-overs from a vanishing world. This vanishing world is beautiful beyond our dreams and []

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19:00

Wednesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Chinas Leftover Men: Desperately Seeking Wives  As a result of the one-child policy, leading to the preference for sons has led to a gender imbalance between men and women, and women in China becoming picky (as you would expect where supply is plentiful) I dread to think of what this means in India, as families [] The post Wednesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:30

Jordan Peterson sits down for an in depth discussion "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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18:00

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Strumming my face with his fingers . . .

That snatch of Killing Me Softly on the radio as I walked past a cafe took me back to Coronet Peak many years ago.

I was skiing with friends when we paused just beside the chairlift where it came quite low.

A man in the lift reached out and pretended to stroke my friends face.

She immediately, and tunefully, sang those words. The man on the chairlift laughed so much he would have fallen out had he not had the safety bar on.

Tonight Im grateful for a song that takes me back and the laughter that comes with it.

18:00

Wednesday Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:30

Via ferrata La coriace de Buis les Baronnies en famille "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz ferrata  is a protected climbing/walking route -using a steel rope which climbers can attach to with rope and karabiner while wearing body harness. Via ferrata La coriace de Buis les Baronnies en famille Yep this one is a family [] The post Via ferrata La coriace de Buis les Baronnies en famille appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:00

On detention: Lauren Southern "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz  A new interview with a great interviewer asking lots of challenging probing questions, covering free speech, and how multiculturalism could be the downfall of the West. Lots of details about her arrest, NZ, Aus etc.   Ive been following Lauren for [] The post On detention: Lauren Southern appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:00

Austrailian Indigenous historian Bruce Pascoe says weve got our story all wrong "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bruce Pascoe says we need to look closer at our history. Picture: Andy Rogers













This is huge of course.  We were all taught that Australia was completely out of contact until Europeans found the place.   That was a difficult sell at best as ample shipping existed in the Indonesian Archipelago to go there continuously.  I think that the real problem was that the northern parts where inhospitable Jungle like Papua New Guinea  and it was a long, even treacherou...

16:57

Why some people want a nuclear waste dump in Kimba or Hawker, South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

As Ive been going through 98 submissions to The Senate Inquiry  on Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia , Ive been able to learn some of the reasons why people support  the idea of the nuclear waste dump .   Almost every one of the the 40 supporting  submissions come from local residents,  several explaining that they have been very thoroughly informed by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, including tours of the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor.  4 submissions spent time praising DIIS and ANSTO  (Ashworth, P No. 52 , and Baldock B No 72 , Baldock H No 64 and ANSTO itself, No 58)

These are some points that came up as they answered the Term of Reference, especially  (f) Any related matters.

Survival of the town as reason to have the dump:  (submissions from Carpenter I No 3, Carpenter D No 1, Clements No 35 , Joyce, J, McInnis, J, Name Withheld, no 91, Stewart)

Opposition to misleading information from anti-nuclear activists (Joyce, J No 33, Koch, D No 75, McInnis, J No 4) 

Need for dump for nuclear medicine (DIIS No 40, SA ARPS No 41)

Dump will have no negative impact (Lienert, M and M No 53, Schmidt, D No 13)

Dump good for local business (Kemp No 88, SACOME No 69)

Dump important for necessary...

16:50

11 Awesome Protein Structure Pogil Worksheet Answers Images "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

amoeba sisters present enzymes and pac man studying enzymes ap biology bozeman videos to biology models and representations business plan writers proteins 1 which of the gated embedded proteins in model 4 allow sodium ions 37 beautiful graph scientific method worksheet answers pin by zak...

16:39

Free speech papers filed in Auckland court "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Free Speech Coalition was formed after Auckland mayor Phil Goff said he wouldnt allow two right wing Canadians to speak at any council owned venue, and Auckland Live cancelled their booking. $50 thousand was raised, and now papers have been filed in court. The Free Speech Coalition has now filed proceedings against Mayor Goff []

16:38

Cruel anniversary for 1650 people including 124 children still imprisoned on Manus and Nauru "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today, Thursday 19 July marks five years of limbo and suffering for over 1650 men, women and children indefinitely imprisoned in the Turnbull Governments refugee camps on Manus Island and Nauru.

The group includes 124 children, 40 of whom have spent their entire lives warehoused in offshore detention.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre who has visited Manus Island three times, said that after five years of misery, suffering and death, it was well and truly time for the Turnbull Government to move every single person out of these offshore camps.

Five years is absolutely huge in the life of a child. These kids should be free and full of curiosity and hope. Instead, they are growing up surrounded by suffering and despair. Children as young as 10 are trying to kill themselves, said Mr Webb.

Whatever the question, continuing to wreck the lives of these 124 children is not the answer.

On 19 July 2013, the Rudd Government announced that anyone arriving by boat would be deported to indefinite offshore detention. Five years on, the Turnbull Government continues to detain over 870 men, women and children on Nauru and over 780 men are still languishing on Manus Island.

Its been five long, painful years. Women have been sexually assaulted. Children have been so traumatised that they have needed urgent psychiatric care. Twelve people have died. Such deliberate and sustained cruelty to innocent human beings is fundamentally wrong, said Mr Webb.

In November 2016 the Government announced its US resettlement deal with the Obama Administration agreeing to resettle a maximum of 1250 people detained on Manus and Nauru. However, almost two years after the agreement was announced only around 300 people have been resettled and Trump has made no secret of his disdain for the deal.

Mr Webb said that even if the US deal is eventually fully implemented there will still be around 800 people left behind on Manus and Nauru with no end or solution in sight.

When you...

16:30

Classic Comedy: Fresh Fields S03 6/06 Alarums and Excursion "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From Wikipedia

Hester and William Fields (McKenzie and Rodgers) are a devoted middle-aged, middle-class couple living an idyllic suburban lifestyle in Barnes, London. William works as an accountant while Hester is a housewife who works part-time in local restaurant Lucys Kitchen. The titles meaning, and crux of the show, is that Hester combats empty-nest syndrome by livening up her life with new interests and hobbies, to the exasperation of her hard-working husband who just wants a quiet life. The shows opening credits, featuring silhouettes of the characters, reflect this: Hester rides an exercise bike and plays a drumkit while William relaxes in a rocking chair.

The family home has an attached granny flat in which Hesters mother Nancy (Fanny Rowe) lives following her divorce from Hesters roguish father Guy (Ballard Berkeley); he often tries to win her back. (The pair finally remarry in the last episode.) Hester and William have two children of their own: the never-seen Tom who lives in New Zealand; and Emma, who is usually only heard (voice of Debby Cummings) telephoning her parents at inconvenient times. Emmas husband Peter (Philip Bird) appears occasionally; Emma and Peter later present the Fields with their first grandchild Guy, named after his great-grandfather.

The Fields neighbour Sonia Barrett (played by Ann Beach) pops round in every episode to borrow items; these appearances would irritate William to comical effect. Sonia had the shows only catchphrase: Its only Sonia! shed carol as she rapped at the Fields back door then let herself in. Sonias husband John (John Arthur) appeared occasionally, as did Williams secretary Miss Marigold Denham (Daphne Oxenford).

Fresh Fields ended in 1986 but three years later the series resumed as French Fields, which saw William and Hester relocating to France after William accepted a job there. There were three series of 19 episodes made between 5 September 1989 and 8 October 1991, all written by John T. Chapman and Ian Davidson. Philip Bird appeared as Peter in several episodes, with Emma finally seen on-screen, now played by Sally Baxter. Ann Beach made a guest appearance as Sonia in the final episode.

16:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

15:59

Oceania Countries are Getting Drawn into anti-Chinese Games "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

FORR

On 6 July the Associated Press (AP) Agency referred to official information sources from Australia and New Zealand in its announcement stating that during the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in September of this year, representatives from Australia and New Zealand are set to sign a new security agreement with other PIF members, with the agreement factoring in Chinas increasing influence in the region.

However, statements, made by ministers of foreign affairs of Australia and New Zealand, concerning this issue were expressed using fairly general and cautious language towards China and did not contain any concrete information about the future document.

It is worth reminding the readers that the Forum (given with its current name in 2000) was established in 1971 thanks to the efforts by two of its key members, Australia and New Zealand. At present, aside from the previously mentioned nations, it includes16 independent island nations of the Pacific Ocean.

Other than establishing cooperation means in the economic sphere, PIFs key function includes agreeing on joint security measures, whose core document was the so called Biketawa Declaration (named after one of the Kiribati islands), approved during a scheduled Pacific Islands Forum in 2000.

According to this Declaration, Australia and New Zealand, as guarantors of security of PIF members, have the right to base their military forces in any of the PI territories with the aim of ensuring internal political stability there.

PIF continues to bear the hallmarks of an organization established at times of the Cold War, when it was part of ANZUS (Australia+New Zealand+United States), one of the key military political alliances created by the USA in order to contain the spread of communism in the Indo-Pacific.

In 2000s the reasons for retaining the security aspects within PIFs functions were updated and included the need to combat the emerging issue of terrorism.

Notably, at that time Chinas transformation into the second super-power and key US geopolitical rival was in its infancy stages. There was still hope to incorporate China into the US-centered world order, which is why naming Beijing as the key reason for retaining the long-established military political structures in the Indo-Pacific...

15:54

England Knights scheduled to play PNG Kumuls "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The England Knights will tour Papua New Guinea later in the year for two matches against the Kumuls.

The England Knights consists of players on the fringes ready to make it into the England side.

It has been more than two decades since the Knights had a series in PNG.

The first of the two game series against the Kumuls will be played on October 27 in Lae.

The second a week later in Port Moresby on November 3, 2018.

An agreement was signed with the English Rugby League Board and was endorsed by the RLIF.

Chairman Sandis Tsaka said. Crowds will be in attendance at both venues to watch these two teams play knowing that they will have seen the future England side first hand, Tsaka said.

Meanwhile, an emerging Kumuls Under 23 squad will take on the New South Wales Under 23 in Port Moresby on October 13.

The emerging Kumuls U23 team will be selected from Digicel Cup and Confederations.

The curtain raiser to this game will be between a Australian Defence Force women team and a select Confederate womens side.

PNGRLF Media

15:38

Oh, dear factually challenged again "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

What makes this even more concerning is that Ms Golriz Ghahramen is a lawyer, but seem remarkably deficient in knowledge of the law. especially as she is Justice spokesperson for NZ Greens. This calls into question the degree to which anybody vetted Ms Ghahramen, thus raising questions about whether the Greens really have a place in NZ politics.

15:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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15:00

Auckland peace action need a new logo: Seven "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The anti-free speech activist organisation Auckland peace action has called for the Free speech coalition to be renamed the Hate speech coalition. They have accused the Free speech coalition of being about hate because it supports free speech for everyone (not just those who have the same views and opinions.) In contrast, the Auckland peace action [] The post Auckland peace action need a new logo: Seven appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:46

Free Speech Coalition files proceedings against Goff and Auckland Council "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Free Speech Coalition has now filed proceedings against Mayor Goff and Auckland Council under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act. This came after the Coalition presented the Mayor with an open letter suggesting he avoid the cost of litigation by reopening discussions with the promoters of the event in question. The open letter outlined: The [] The post Free Speech Coalition files proceedings against Goff and Auckland Council appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

 Pemmican  a pressed cake of pounded dried meat mixed to a paste with melted fat and other ingredients, originally made by North American natives and later adapted by Arctic explorers; a concentrated mixture of fat and protein used as a nutritious food.

14:30

Sticks and stone series: Racist slurs and nicknames for the Germans "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Adolf reference to Hitler. Bazi means loveable crook. Pronounced baht-see Boche short for alcaboche or cabbage-head. Blockhead  (My Dad who had German grandparents heard the insult boof head a lot in his family) Bosch Boxhead Chleuh From the name of the Chleuh, a North African ethnicity a term with racial connotations. Fischkopf Fish-head used by southern Germans for northern [] The post Sticks and stone series: Racist slurs and nicknames for the Germans appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:06

New report spotlights financiers of palm oil giant clearing Liberias forests "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

An Indonesian-owned plantation company operating in Liberia has come under renewed scrutiny for allegedly clearing hundreds of hectares of protected forestland, including chimpanzee habitat, wetlands and river buffer zones. Between 2010 and 2016, Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) cleared and planted some 150 square kilometers (58 square miles) of land, according to a recent Friends of the Earth investigation, which found that the firm had cleared or fragmented more than 3 square kilometers (2 square miles) of ecologically rich forest in Kpanyan, Sinoe County. Investigators found that GVL had damaged streams, wetlands and river buffer zones, that it had failed to compensate local communities for the damage, and that it had taken their land without their free, prior and informed consent, a conclusion supported by a decision issued in February by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). GVL, which has rejected the RSPO decision, is owned by Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), a Singapore-registered palm oil company, through a Cayman Islands private equity firm. The firms ultimate owner is Indonesias billionaire Widjaja family. In 2014, GAR promised to stop clearing forest. Palm oil is one of the most ubiquitous products found in the world today, with estimates suggesting it is used in about half of all consumer goods in the U.S. and Europe. Palm oil firms operating in Africa and Asia often promise to work with local communities to develop the economies of host states, but their investments are routinely accompanied by allegations of deforestation, land grabbing and human rights violations. In 2010,

14:01

GNSS CORS Operations Officer "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Victoria State Government Environment, Land, Water and Planning

14:00

NZ media provides no context for Israels reaction "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A reader e-mailed me yesterday morning to tell me that they had read on a New Zealand media site that Israel had struck at Gaza but failed to mention that it was in response to TWO HUNDRED rockets sent into Israel over the last weekend by Hamas! Over only 24 hours, over 200 rockets and [] The post NZ media provides no context for Israels reaction appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:46

Day of Mourning Manus/Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

[ Thursday, 19 Jul; 10:00 am to 11:00 am. 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. ] Armidale Rural Australians for Refugees are holding two silent vigils on Thursday 19th July. On 19 July 2013, PM Kevin Rudd said "From now any asylum seeker who arrives in Australia by boat will have no chance of being settled in Australia as refugees." As a result many people have been kept on Manus Island and [...] full article 

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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13:29

Where does profit come from? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This article is part of Fightbacks What is Capitalism series, to be collected in our next magazine issue. To subscribe to our e-publication ($20 annually) or physical magazine ($60 annually) please click here.

Take a KFC store, rented from the corporation by a franchisee. How does the store produce profit? Its just a building.

For Marxists, the material elements of capital are man [people] and Nature.1 Take the window of a KFC drive-through, an element of the capital that is the KFC store. The windows glass began as sand; miners extracted the sand from an open pit; transport workers moved the sand into massive silos; through a complex scientific process in a factory, workers heated the sand, transformed it into liquid glass, flattened it with tin, cooled and solidified it, resulting in glass as we know it; workers cut, transported and installed the glass in the store window; a KFC worker now slides the window open, and hands over a delicious Zinger Burger. At every step of the way, workers transformed and re-transformed natural elements for human need. This is what the capitalists profits from; the transformation of natural elements by workers.

So, there is no productive capital without labour (or Nature). By contrast, labour (not to mention Nature!) without a capitalist is possible. In the Argentinian occupied factory movement, workers took over factories and ran them democratically, instead of accepting redundancies. While these factories still operate within a capitalist market, their victory demonstrates how workers can operate without capitalists whereas the opposite is not true.

But if workers are not reliant on capitalists, where do wages come from? Let us return to KFC. Max Caulfield makes 50 burgers in one hour. Each burger is sold for $5. She is paid $15 an hour. In other words, her first 3 burgers have already covered an hours wages in the first 10 minutes. 7 more burgers cover the price of ingredients, and a share of the stores fixed costs. The remaining 40 burgers in the hour make $200. Stretch that out to 8 hours, and she will be paid $120, while the company will make $1,600 out of her labour. Max was not paid out of profits: rather, the profits were the surplus of the value of produced by her work. (Of course, other steps in the supply chain the slaughter of chickens, the sale o...

13:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

12:30

France celebrates World Cup win "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Weve been having a few discussions on this blog recently about the benefits of multiculturalism. Winston says he is against it. Chris Bishop is apparently all for it. Some of the comments at the time of the win showed that people thought that multiculturalism was a significant factor in Frances victory and that if the [] The post France celebrates World Cup win appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:26

Lavene Ngatokorua Lifetime Achievement Award winner spoke out against nuclear waste dump plan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Tim Bickmore No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia, 18 July 18

Lavene has spoken strongly against the nuke dump. Here is part of what she told the Senate Committee in Hawker earlier this month:

When they had those cultural monitors out thereI will talk really quickly of the cultural monitors that went out thereI wouldnt participate in it, but I was out there when the ground shook four times in that one week that we were there. I watched two of my cousins. They were at that meeting of the 20th saying, Yeah, go for it, but, when they came back after the ground shook, they were singing out to their great-grandparents for help because they thought that they had done something wrong, that they shouldnt have been out there, that the land was speaking to them. Its really hard to understand. People might think thats a whole lot of rubbish, but they wer...

12:22

Australias nuclear testing before the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne should be a red flag for Fukushima in 2020 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

 https://theconversation.com/australias-nuclear-testing-before-the-1956-olympics-in-melbourne-should-be-a-red-flag-for-fukushima-in-2020-85787 Sue Rabbitt Roff Part time tutor in Medical Education, University of Dundee October 19, 2017 

The scheduling of Tokyo 2020 Olympic events at Fukushima is being seen as a public relations exercise to dampen fears over continuing radioactivity from the reactor explosion that followed the massive earthquake six years ago.

It brings to mind the British atomic bomb tests in Australia that continued until a month before the opening of the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne  despite the known dangers of fallout travelling from the testing site at Maralinga to cities in the east. And it reminds us of the collusion between scientists and politicians British and Australian to cover up the flawed decision-making that led to continued testing until the eve of the Games.

Australias prime minister Robert Menzies agreed to atomic testing in December 1949. Ten months earlier, Melbourne had secured the 1956 Olympics even though the equestrian events would have to be held in Stockholm because of Australias strict horse quarantine regimes.

The equestrians were well out of it. Large areas of grazing land and therefore the food supplies of major cities such as Melbourne were covered with a light layer of radiation fallout from the...

12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Small asteroids that hit the Earth between 1994-2013 Chelyabinsk-sized impacts (500 kilotons TNT) every few decades Tunguska-sized impacts (5 megatons TNT) every few centuries An event such as depicted below would affect the entire globe not just a city. NASA is building a defense system to alter the path of dangerous asteroids ensuring they miss [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:30

What has Iceland got that we dont have? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Iceland has scenery with grandeur, challenge and accessibility and so does New Zealand. We too can walk (with care) in high places. But so often we find visitors frequenting our great outdoors more than we New Zealanders do. What has Iceland got that we dont have? We dont have: A team in the world cup A [] The post What has Iceland got that we dont have? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:21

Jenny Rowan Ousted From Horowhenua Lake Board "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  Veronica Harrod says one of Kapitis most respected politicians , Jenny Rowan, has been  ousted from  chair of the  Lake Horowhenua []

11:09

Wisdom Needed on Waikanae Development "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Another lost cause? By Mike Cardiff On the 5th of July 2018 at Councils Operations and Finance Committee meeting, the []

11:00

Are you an Islamophobe? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

When you talk about Islam with non-Muslims, they are likely to ask you if you are an Islamophobe. A good all-purpose response to any objection you get is to ask them how they learned about Islam as that question is likely to reveal to both of you how little the other knows about Islam which is [] The post Are you an Islamophobe? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:00

Classic Comedy: It Aint Half Hot Mum -S04 S01 Monsoon Madness "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Truncated video, but only copy I could find

It Aint Half Hot Mum was the second of the three sitcom series co-written by David Croft set in the Second World War, the first being Dads Army (19681977) with Jimmy Perry and the third being Allo, Allo! (19821992) with Jeremy Lloyd.

Set during the Second World War (in the period just after the German surrender when the Allies were trying to finish the war by defeating Japan in Asia), the show focuses on a group of British soldiers stationed at the Royal Artillery Depot in Deolali, India, where soldiers were kept before being sent to fight at the front lines. The main characters are performers in the bases Concert Party, which involved putting on comic acts and musical performances (similar to those seen in a music hall) for the other soldiers prior to their departure for the front lines. The soldiers in the Concert Party all love this particular job, as it keeps them out of combat duty, but some do harbour dreams of becoming world-famous actors when they leave the army.

10:51

Advance in medical diagnosis without need of nuclear reactors "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

NO RADIATION NEEDED: 3D TOOL CREATES MAPS OF PATIENTS HEARTS BEFORE PROCEDURES

by Danielle Prieur (WMFE)

A new mapping technology is helping doctors determine where to place life-saving catheters in patients with irregular heartbeats without the use of radiation. Its being used at Florida Hospital. One of these patients is 14-year-old Grayson Abraham who has a heart condition that can cause sudden cardiac death in young athletes. He credits the procedure with helping him get back on the field.

I could play sports again and my heart wouldnt do anything wrong anymore. It was just a week of not doing heavy lifting, it was an easy recovery.

Mayo Clinic says estimates young athletes account for 1 in every 50,000 sudden cardiac deaths a year.

To listen to the full story, please click on the clip above. (AUDIO on original) http://www.wmfe.org/no-radiation-needed-3d-tool-creates-maps-of-patients-hearts-before-procedures/89334

10:42

UK drone pilots are criminals "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

That's the conclusion of a UK Parliamentary inquiry into drone strikes:

British military personnel could be prosecuted for killing civilians in drone strikes and risk becoming complicit in alleged war crimes committed by the US, an inquiry has found.

A two-year probe by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones revealed that the number of operations facilitated by the UK in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia has been growing without any public scrutiny.

As well as launching its own strikes, the Ministry of Defence is assisting operations by the US and other allies that could violate both national and international law, it said.

[...]

Because the use of force outside conflicts Britain is directly involved with is not protected by combatant immunity, British servicemen and women can be prosecuted for murder.


As can the Ministers who approve such strikes. And they should be. Because what the UK has is a state policy of murdering its political opponents (some of whom are UK citizens) outside of armed conflict. The only difference between them and Putin's polonium and novichok poisonings is that they do it in Syria rather than Salisbury, and they use even more indiscriminate methods.

The inquiry also found that because the US drone program "appears to be violating international law", and that assisting it was therefore illegal and similarly exposed UK military and intelligence personnel to prosecution for US war crimes. Unlike the US, the UK is a party to the International Criminal Court, so it has an obligation to prosecute these criminals - and the threat that the international community will do it if they won't. Which ought to incentivise the UK government to cease such cooperation.

It also ought to focus the minds of New Zealand's spies - because in 2014 the Prime Minister admitted that their data may have been used for drone murders. Which could put them on the legal hook for murder and war crimes, just as the UK is. Once the Inspector-General of Intelligence and security has finished their report on SIS and GCSB engagement with the CIA (and its torture and rendition program), maybe they could look into this?

10:32

Mid Week Quiz No. 131 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Here is the latest challenge.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers []

10:30

Government brakes on the economy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

On selection night Winston warned us of the dark clouds on the horizon and how the good times were coming to an end. He then added the disclaimer that no one should blame his new government for it. But nine months in, the dark clouds are most definitely on the horizon, but as the rest of [] The post Government brakes on the economy appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Taken on Tuesday the 26th of June of a plane just after take off from Queenstown airport. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Super grass offers huge benefits and its green! Pity about the GM Point of Order:

Environmentalists should be encouraging NZs development of ryegrass with the potential to substantially increase farm production, reduce water demand and decrease methane emissions.

We are told the grass has been shown in AgResearchs Palmerston North laboratories to grow up to 50 per cent faster than conventional ryegrass, to be able to store more energy for better animal growth, to be more resistant to drought, and to produce up to 23 per cent less methane (the largest single contributor to New Zealands greenhouse gas emissions) from livestock. . .

Dig deep for sheep Annette Scott:

Confidence in sheep is at an all-time high with demand at the Temuka in-lamb ewe fair providing the real proof of industry positivity.

With record processing prices for mutton the sale was always going to be the real test for the market, PGG Wrightson livestock manager Joe Higgins said.

With just 6000 ewes offered and close to 100 registered buyers it was a sellers market with clearly not enough sheep to go around. . .

Wool Summit leads to greater direction:

Key players in New Zealands wool industry are to form a new coordinating group to better tell wools story, says Federated Farmers.

At this weeks Wool Summit in Wellington there was a real sense of urgency to get cooperation and momentum, says Miles Anderson, Federated Farmers Meat & Wool Industry Group Chairperson.

New Zealand wool producers have been under pressure, particularly in the last two years as prices for strong wool hit record lows. . .

Eradicating cattle disease M. bovis may be costly, even impossible, but we must try Richard Laven:

In May this year, the New Zealand government decided that it would attempt to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis, a bacterial disease that affects cattle.

A phased eradication means that an...

09:47

PNG government is proceeding with cancellation of Indonesian fugitive passport, says PM O'Neill "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea  is taking steps to revoke the PNG passport and APEC card of controversial Indonesian businessman Joko Tjandra aka Joe Chan that was issued illegally by PNG authorities.

Prime Minister Peter ONeill told Parliament Tuesday that people involved in facilitating the processing of his passport would also be disciplined, removed from the public service and face criminal charges.

PM ONeill was responding to questions from Northern Governor Gary Juffa who made reference to an Ombudsman Commission report that was tabled in Parliament in the last sitting naming public servants and politicians who facilitated the illegal issuance of the PNG passport.

When this person of interest came to PNG illegally and was accommodated illegally and was doing business illegally, we have a report here produced by the Ombudsman Commission and given to us on the matter of Joko Tjandra who is listed on the Interpol website as a wanted fugitive, Juffa said.

He said according to the Ombudsman report, the Department of Migration and Department of Police had facilitated the unlawful issuing of a PNG passport under the name of Joe Chen under a different birth date of 27-09-1963, against a Joko Tjandra that entered the country with a passport that listed his birth date as 27-08-1951.

An APEC card was also issued under the name Joe Chan whereby Joe Chens passport has been falsely obtained. A number of people were involved, public servants and ex-members of Parliament, they are all named in this report.

Juffa asked the PM what steps were being taken to ensure this did not happen again, whereby a person comes into the country, who is a fugitive, and obtains a passport illegally and then he is given an APEC card.

He asked what would happen to the people who committed the crime.

Are they going to continue working with the Migration and Police? And where is Joko Tjandra now?

ONeill said the government had taken note of the Ombudsman report and is proceeding to taking steps including the cancellation of the passport and the APEC card.

Let me say that our processes are there. It is the people who are implementing the approval process that have abused the process, ONeill said.

I can assure you that those people who have been named, I have given instructions that they will be disciplined. They will be removed from pu...

09:30

Chris Bishop is another ninny in the wrong party "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Chris Bishop is part of Amy Adams puddle. A legacy of the wet years of John Key. A legend in his fathers mind. And a total waste of space given this Facebook message attacking Winston Peters yesterday: Quote: He could not be more wrong. Rather than harking back to eras long-gone and talking pejoratively about [] The post Chris Bishop is another ninny in the wrong party appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:18

July 17 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Opinion: As subsidies wane, market forces drive the growth of renewables For twenty years, Germany had a subsidy scheme for renewables. As that was replaced by an auction system, the market has proceeded along a bumpy road. Now, the declining costs of wind and solar power are increasingly competing on their own merits. []

via July 17 Energy News geoharvey

09:18

AEMO report shows only 6 coal-fired power stations will be left: Bandt RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Despite government spin, the electricity market operators plan released today shows a future with almost no coal-fired power is coming, Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said today.

via AEMO report shows only 6 coal-fired power stations will be left: Bandt RenewEconomy

09:17

Western Sydney Uni solar car wins first leg of American Solar Challenge RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Students from Western Sydney University Solar Car Team have won the first stage of the biannual American Solar Challenge race.

via Western Sydney Uni solar car wins first leg of American Solar Challenge RenewEconomy

09:17

Investment in nuclear power declined 45% last year "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Investment in new nuclear declines to five-year low, WNN  17 July 2018  Global energy investment fell for the third consecutive year in 2017, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Investment in nuclear power declined by nearly 45% last year to USD17 billion. Although spending on new reactors reached the lowest level in five years, investment on upgrades of existing units increased

Of the four new reactors commissioned last year, three were in China. More than 5 GWe of nuclear generating capacity was retired, leading to a net reduction of about 2 GWe in total nuclear capacity worldwide. Capacity was still about 10 GW higher than in 2007. While around 60 GWe of nuclear power remains under construction worldwide, new construction starts totalled just over 3 GWe.

Modernisations and upgrades of existing reactors represented about half of total nuclear investment last year. Large investments have recently been made in OECD countries to extend lifetime operation and power uprates of the existing nuclear fleet, the IEA said. In general, spending on existing plants yields more output per dollar invested.

 Access to both direct and indirect government finance remains vital for investments in nuclear power, the report says. Most investment in new nuclear capacity has occurred in markets where the government retains full ownership or a majority stake in most of the utilities. Investment in nuclear power also remains highly dependent on government involvement in various areas, including market structure, price regulation and financing...

09:15

Concern over nuclear waste transport incident "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Herald 16th July 2018 , AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a freight train carrying nuclear
material ran a stop signal near to Kingussie on Friday night. The service
was carrying spent fuel from the Dounreay Power Station to the
decommissioning site at Sellafield, Cumbria. It came to a stop after
travelling p...

09:11

ACT wont back NEG in current form, despite intense pressure RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

ACT energy minister Shane Rattenbury says Territory under enormous pressure to agree to NEG, but that wont be happening in the policys current form.

via ACT wont back NEG in current form, despite intense pressure RenewEconomy

09:11

ACT wont back NEG in current form, despite intense pressure RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

ACT energy minister Shane Rattenbury says Territory under enormous pressure to agree to NEG, but that wont be happening in the policys current form.

via ACT wont back NEG in current form, despite intense pressure RenewEconomy

09:10

Bad news for coal-huggers: Renewables at 50% by 2030 RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

King coal to rule? Murdoch media should read the AEMO report again it suggests that even under Coalition and state policies renewables will be around 50% by 2030. And thats without being serious about climate change.

via Bad news for coal-huggers: Renewables at 50% by 2030 RenewEconomy

09:09

Battery recycling could generate billion-dollar industry for Australia, push down prices RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

CSIRO report says Australia could lead world in re-use and recycling of lithium-ion batteries, generating potential billion-dollar industry, and helping to push down costs of EVs and battery storage.

via Battery recycling could generate billion-dollar industry for Australia, push down prices RenewEconomy

09:08

AEMO: Cheapest way to replace coal is solar, wind, storage RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

AEMO says 70TWh of coal is to retire by 2040, and the cheapest way to replace it is with solar, wind and storage, and just a tiny bit of gas. And no coal. But it wants more transmission lines and renewable zones to manage this transition.

via AEMO: Cheapest way to replace coal is solar, wind, storage RenewEconomy

09:07

Kids fly free on Air Kiribati "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Air Kiribati CEO, Tarataake Teannaki, has announced that Air Kiribati has launched its new fare promotion Kids Fly Free on its international air services to Funafuti and Honiara.

The promotion allows a paying adult to have one child between the ages of 2 and 11 to accompany them free of charge (taxes are applicable) and is valid for travel from Tarawa between 01 August and 27 September with the return valid until 31st December.

We are very excited to launch this new initiative, Teannaki said.

For a family travelling with children the cost saving will be in hundreds of dollars, Teannaki said.

We have said it many times, but since Air Kiribati launched its international services we have been committed to reducing the cost of air fares in and out of Kiribati, and this is another step in our efforts to bring affordable air travel to the people of Kiribati.

This is the second ticket promotion in 2018 after the successful Buy 1 Get 1 free campaign which ends at the end of July.

SOURCE: AIR KIRIBATI/PACNEWS

09:00

Gavin Ellis on media matters "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Oh dear some rational thought,:

Media commentator Gavin Ellis says the allocation of $15 million in new broadcasting funding does not bode well for the concept of a multi-platform public service media system. And Canadas Globe & Mail has introduced an experimental transparency system on its website aimed at giving readers a clear insight into how its news is gathered and editorial applied. Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on gavin.ellis@xtra.co.nz

09:00

Cartoon of the day by SonovaMin "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

08:30

Yet another strike as this government return us to the 1970s industrial era "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

People and voters had largely forgotten what strikes were. Since the reforms of the 1990s unions have been cowed and beaten. But, slowly and surely, they are raising themselves from the dead. They feel emboldened with a Labour-led government and so are kicking up a stink, reminding us all what it was like in the [] The post Yet another strike as this government return us to the 1970s industrial era appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:26

Nautilus stock plummets as deep sea mining litigation proceeds "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Deep Sea Mining Campaign | 17 July 2018

Today Nautilus Minerals Solwara 1 deep sea mine project will be at the centre of a court hearing in Papua New Guinea as local communities seek to enforce their legal rights to full information about the project.

Andy Whitmore, Finance campaigner from the Deep Sea Mining campaign said, We were informed that Nautilus told its shareholders at their AGM that the legal case bought by local communities in PNG to stop the Solwara 1 project had been dismissed on June 18.

It is also alleged that Nautilus stated to shareholders they believed the government of PNG was going after community for cost recovery because it was a spurious lawsuit. 

This is misinformation from Nautilus! claimed Jonathan Mesulam from the Alliance of Solwara Warriorsa local community leader whose village is located 25km from the Solwara 1 project.

There is still a legal case registered at Waiga...

08:18

Adani close to financing Qld mine rail line "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Karan Adani. Photo Studycopter

BRISBANE, AAP Adani is close to locking in the finance for a rail line to service its $16.5 billion proposed Queensland coal mine, the son of the companys owner says.

Karan Adani, who is the CEO of the Indian groups ports business, made the revelation during a video interview with The Economic Times of India.

We have completed the financing of the mine, the port is already operational. Now we are just closing on the financing on the rail part, he said on Tuesday.

So once that is done we will start.

Mr Adani stressed the company had all of the necessary government and environmental approvals related to the Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland.

The rail financing for the project was almost $US1 billion, he said.

The rail line is needed to move coal from the mine to Abbot Point port, which is being expanded.

There had been questions over the rail financing after Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last year vetoed a $1 billion federal government loan to Adani for the project.

Previously, Australias big four banks refused to put up money for the mine, forcing the company to look for funding overseas.

The state Labor government has imposed more than 240 conditions on the Carmichael coal mine project, 132 of which relate to water conditions.

A month ago, the government also insisted Adani find the source of local groundwater before it signs off on the water management plan for the mine.

The post Adani close to financing Qld mine rail line appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:14

Whats In A Name? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Funny names and activities seem to proliferate in the Real Estate Industry, says the Editor. The latest is Ms Dee []

08:13

Trump Reverses: I Accept Intelligence Conclusion That Russia Meddled In 2016 (but did he really reverse?) "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

But blames the Obama Administration. Well, hes got a point. Obama was still in charge at the time! by Tyler Durden (Zerohedge) Tue, 07/17/2018 14:35 In an attempt to clarify his remarks during yesterdays summit with Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump made a brief closed-door address to a handful of Republican members of Congress amid []

The post Trump Reverses: I Accept Intelligence Conclusion That Russia Meddled In 2016 (but did he really reverse?) appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

08:11

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

NO REFORM AT THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS WITHOUT THIS

08:00

So what will hate-speech laws protect us from exactly? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Currently, there is no such thing as hate speech. There is legal speech and there is illegal speech. Lefties in New Zealand are keen to bring in so-called hate-speech laws, which are Islamic blasphemy laws in disguise. They are puppets on a string reacting to the manipulations of Muslim activists. The push for hate-speech laws only [] The post So what will hate-speech laws protect us from exactly? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:56

Indigenous peoples control one-quarter of worlds land surface, two-thirds of that land is essentially natural "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A new study makes a significant contribution to the growing body of research showing that recognizing the land rights of and partnering with indigenous peoples can greatly benefit conservation efforts. The dearth of reliable data on Indigenous Peoples lands in many parts of the world has implications not only for securing their rights but also for the conservation and management of a significant proportion of terrestrial global biodiversity, the authors of the study, led by Professor Stephen Garnett of Charles Darwin University in Australia, write in the journal Nature Sustainability. Garnett and team sought to address this knowledge gap by producing a map of the terrestrial lands managed or owned by indigenous peoples across the globe, which in turn allowed them to assess the extent to which Indigenous Peoples stewardship and global conservation values intersect and provide a first estimation of the overlap between Indigenous Peoples terrestrial lands and protected areas. While recognizing the rights of indigenous peoples to their traditional lands and waters is increasingly coming to be seen as an ethical obligation, the authors of the study say their results provide evidence that it is also essential to meeting local and global conservation goals and that more collaborative partnerships between indigenous peoples and governments would yield substantial benefits for efforts to conserve high-priority landscapes, ecosystems, and biodiversity. An indigenous woman and baobabs in a dry forest near Morondava, Madagascar. Photo by Joan de la Malla. About 370 million people around the world define themselves as Indigenous, are descended

Tropical Storm "Son-tinh" forms in South China Sea, heading toward Hainan, China and Vietnam "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical Storm "Son-tinh" formed late July 16, 2018, in the South China Sea as the 9th named storm of the 2018 Pacific typhoon season. The main threat as this storm tracks over Hainan and into Vietnam over the next 36 hours will be rain. Another tropical...... Read more

07:30

Hosking calls government inept "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mike Hosking is less than impressed with the government: Quote: We seem to be in two worlds at the moment. I was asked by a car dealer last week, whats happening to the economy? I passed on what I was hearing. He said they werent seeing it yet. They were having to work harder for [] The post Hosking calls government inept appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:27

"The Trade War Is Already Having A Huge Impact On The U.S. Economy" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"The Trade War Is Already Having A 
Huge Impact On The U.S. Economy"
by Michael Snyder

"The trade war has barely just begun, and yet significant ripple effects are already being felt all across the U.S. economy.  Once thriving businesses are on the verge of failure, workers are being laid off, and some sectors of the economy are witnessing enormous price hikes. Right now the mainstream media is absolutely fixated on the drama surrounding the recently concluded Trump-Putin summit meeting, but the consequences of this trade war will ultimately be far more important for the lives of most ordinary Americans. As more tariffs continue to be implemented, this will perhaps be the biggest disruption to the global economic system that we have seen in decades. Perhaps you have not been affected personally yet, but for many Americans this trade war has changed everything. 

For example, just consider the plight of soybean farmer Tim BardoleThe U.S. is Chinas second-biggest source of soybeans at 34% of the imports, after Brazil, which ships...

07:15

Of godfathers and presidents "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Your father did business with Hyman Roth. Your father respected Hyman Roth, but your father never trusted Hyman Roth. - [Frank Pentangeli, The Godfather] Substitute the name Hyman Roth with Vladimir Putin and it might be a fair assessment of the kind of thinking that President Trump keeps in the forefront of his mind when dealing with this KGB operative and current President of the Russian Federation. After this weeks summit between the two leaders, people seem to hold some kind of expectation that Trump shouldve lambasted Putin for everything under the sun, from civilian deaths in Aleppo, to the invasion of Crimea, to Russian meddling in the United States elections and beyond.  I wager that had Trump conducted himself in that kind of fashion, the world would be hysterically screaming about his lack of professional diplomacy toward a first meeting with a leader who holds the major balance of nuclear weapons after Americas stockpile are accounted for.   The post Of godfathers and presidents appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Remember manufactured manufacturing crisis? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The manufacturing index has hit a three-year low:

Black Friday delivered a sucker punch to manufacturing in Otago-Southland,  the  monthly BNZ-BusinessNZ manufacturing index contracting strongly to fall to a three-year low.

All indicators covered by the  index regarding the South declined in June,  the lack of both skilled and unskilled staff continuing to erode businesses efforts and confidence.

Index scores above 50 reflect expansion, and below, contraction. Otago-Southland plunged from a healthy 58.6 in May to 41.9, which was also well below last years average of 57.1, Otago Southland Employers Association chief executive Virginia Nicholls said.

This is a sudden decline, and for the first time this year, is lining up with declining business confidence, Mrs Nicholls said of the numerous monthly and quarterly business surveys reflecting pessimism. . .

Do you remember how Labour and New Zealand First toured New Zealand researching the manufacturing crisis?

They were in opposition then and there wasnt a crisis.

They are in government now and there still isnt a crisis.

But if they carry on with the policies that are causing businesses so much concern there could be one soon.

 

07:00

Inappropriate misappropriation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A guest post One of the young ladies reporting for the NZ Herald, a Ms Heath Moore, has written that Kiwis have hit out at a US TV show after they inappropriately used Patea Maori Clubs song Poi E in their series promotion. Heath does not identify the Kiwis she quotes in her article so [] The post Inappropriate misappropriation appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Sorry Jonesy, that is official information, cough them up "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If John Key and Judith Collins had to make my texts to them available, then Shane Jones is going to have to make his texts available. He is currently refusing: Quote: Regional economic development minister Shane Jones is refusing to make public messages backing his criticism of Fonterra chair John Wilson. Self-styled provincial champion Jones launched a [] The post Sorry Jonesy, that is official information, cough them up appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:15

Most-read "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

06:00

Sorry Phil, that is just a weasel excuse and explaining is losing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Phil Goff thinks he is justified in banning free speech because someone else in Australia had problems exercising their free speech because a bunch of fascist thugs caused some violence. Quote: Auckland Mayor Phil Goff claims police were braced for disorder if two far-right Canadian speakers were given the green light to appear at a [] The post Sorry Phil, that is just a weasel excuse and explaining is losing appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Securing the potential and wellbeing of the blue Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Effective regional security underpins the vision outlined in the theme for this years Pacific Islands Forum  Building a Strong Pacific: Our People, Our Islands, Our Will. The security of our people and their environment is crucial for sustainable growth and development, and the way we organise ourselves to protect and nurture our blue continent must be something we decide for ourselves.

Securing the wellbeing and potential of the blue Pacific is at the centre of the Forum agenda, said Forum Chair and Prime Minister of Samoa, the Hon. Tuilaepa Malielegaoi at the Korea-Pacific Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting in Seoul last December. Protecting the blue Pacific will require a collective security architecture that recognises, promotes and provides security in the broadest sense of the term. There is commitment to working together to ensure the security of our shared ocean geography, resources and ecosystems therein, from unsustainable exploitation and illegal activities, including illegal fishing and transnational crime.

This is a time of profound change; and this change is taking place at an unprecedented pace. Geo-strategic competition between major world powers has once again made our region a place of renewed interest and strategic importance. Climate change increasingly affects our people in a variety of ways including increased severe weather events, scarcity of food and water, and displaced communities. Information and communication technologies (ICT) are burgeoning, and with them issues relating to cyber security and cyber enabled crime.

Within this context, at the Forum Leaders meeting in Apia last year, Leaders directed the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat to engage in consultations to refresh our existing security arrangements to meet the regions current and future security challenges. Forum Leaders saw the need to expand and strengthen collective action for regional security inclusive of human security, humanitarian assistance, prioritising environmental security and building resilience to impacts of natural disasters and climate change.

As a result, the Forum Secretariat has been working on a declaration which is currently dubbed Biketawa Plus and will be discussed by Forum Leaders when they meet in Nauru in September. The Biketawa Plus is an opportunity to build off the Biketawa Declaration and other existing security declarations for strategic responses to security issues and determine what the regions priorities and interests will be into the future.

In opening a recent Forum Members security meeting, Fijis Minister of Defence and National Security, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, said At the heart of all this is ensuring that this new declaration will enable us to work better collectively to forge a secure and stable environment that will enable all our Pacific peoples to live fr...

05:35

Free speech is a white privilege? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A tweet from Annabelle Lee (@huihoppa) got Twitter twittering. Free speech isnt a human right its a white privilege. Case and point Mike Smith, Moana Jackson and Tame Iti dont get breaking news alerts alongside Mike Hosking because they dont get given platforms in national publications. Maybe you should form a coalition about that. []

05:35

Backfire Economics: 6 ways Trump's tariffs are hurting the very people they're supposed to help "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"




It seems almost embarrassing to have to rehearse the case for free markets and free trade, a case thoroughly established centuries ago by the likes of Adam Smith, Richard Cobden, and especially Frederic Bastiat. But support for Trumps tariffs is not something generated by desire for greater prosperity, says Mark J. Perry in this guest post -- a compilation of soundings on how the tariff experiment is going this time round ...
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1. How Trumps Policy Decisions Undermine the Industries He Pledged to Help (New York Times):
Even as the presidents pro-business stance is broadly embraced by the corporate community, in some significant cases the very industries that Mr. Trump has vowed to help say that his proposals will actually hurt them. They also warn that policies designed to aid one group will eat into someone elses business in ways that policymakers should have anticipated.
I would like to tell the president, Man, you are messing up our market, said Kevin Scott, a soybean farmer in South Dakota and the secretary of the American Soybean Association. The idea of changing Nafta, he said, gives us a lot of heartburn in farm country.
At the same time, Mr. Scott said, Chinas threat to impose tariffs this week on United States soybeansin direct response to Mr. Trumps tariffs on other Chinese-made productsis already having a negative effect on the prices farmers see. In recent days, Canada imposed its own retaliatory tariffs against the United States. And on Friday, General Motors warned that Mr. Trumps threat of tariffs on imported cars could backfire, killing American jobs and leading to a smaller G.M.
2. U.S. Exporters Will Be a Surprise Loser From Tariff Fight (Wall Street Journal):
Though completely counter-intuitive, theory and evidence show that taxes on imports act just like a tax on exports. Though its early, the Trump administrations recent round of tariffs is already rippling out to exporters: Soybean farmers face plunging prices a...

05:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:15

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

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

05:07

Trump back flips over Russian election meddling "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

As is becoming common with Donald Trump, he has changed his claims substantially over Russian meddling in the US election. Did he blunder, listen to advice and is now trying to repair the damage? Does he simply say things to suit an audience praising Putin in Helsinki but singing a different song in the []

05:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The world is still a weird place, despite my efforts to make clear and perfect sense of it. Hunter S. Thompson  who was born on this day in 1937.

05:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:00

Championing the role & interests of women in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Michael
Michael Dom

MICHAEL DOM

This commentary from Michael Dom was written as a contribution to a continuing and intense discussion in PNG Attitude about gender equity and violence against women in Papua New Guinea. More pertinently it was written before Ward Barrys harrowing verse published below.

Many Papua New Guinean men admit they have committed sexual violence against their partner, 80% in fact. But solutions are not enhanced by blaming all men for this perfidious behaviour any more than solutions are assisted by using the humanity of decent and innocent men to dilute the case against the perpetrators.

One thing is for sure, it will take the combined efforts of wise men and women to solve this shocking social and cultural problem. And thats what I like about this comment from Michael it recognises that reality and shows that in some circumstances - it is already occurring KJ

SOMEWHERE IN PNG - While conducting agricultural surveys in many isolated communities across Papua New Guinea, my team regularly comes face to face with gender and equity issues.

Gender and equity are mainstreamed into development policy and are often crosscutting within our extension, research and development programs.

As you probably know I'm not an expert on gender and gender equity, but what I do understand about approaching these issues is that it's always a social and therefore a cultural negotiation.

[Most folks have no idea the trouble we have to go to, except maybe Phil Fitzpatrick and the kiaps. Tasol em ol waitman, eh laka But theyre white men eh?]

There are many elements involved and, to each community, there is always a sense of uniqueness, a feeling and expression of difference in their own way of living.

It's a challenge talking about social similarities in those situations.

Also i...

04:53

Woman Comes Home And Finds Stranger Getting Cozy On Her Couch "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Last Sunday night, Oregon resident Lauren Taylor entered her living room and was met with quite the unusual surprise.

A pair of yellow-brown eyes was staring up at her from behind the couch.  

It was a mountain lion.

Credit: Facebook/Lauren Taylor

Apparently, someone had left the back door open, and the curious cat had wandered right in after drinking from a fountain in the yard. Taylors housemate noticed the animal first and shrieked, causing the lion to retreat behind the couch.

Taylor, who has previously worked in wildlife rescue and also practices energy healing, knew theyd have to give the cat a lot of space and remain calm to encourage her to leave safely. Taylor saw the lion lie down, so she quietly went outside to keep watch through the window.

To her surprise, the lion was fast asleep.

Credit: Facebook/Lauren Taylor

[Originally] the lion was frightened, agitated and determined to exit through a closed window, Taylor wrote on Facebook. Once the energy shifted, she calmed down.

As the minutes passed on, and Taylor remained outside, the lion continued to sleep. Eventually she woke up and noticed the human staring in at her. Taylor began blinking slowly at her which in feline body language signifies that you pose no threat.

I gazed lovingly, then blinked hard and then she did it back, Taylor said. Then, she went back to sleep....

04:48

What we are living with is pre-fascism "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

New Zealand is largely unscathed, so far, but here is a plausible claim that the US at least is at threat of an unfolding progression towards fascism. To grasp what is going on in the world right now, we need to reflect on two things. One is that we are in a phase of trial []

04:30

Faces of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

On Whaleoil backchat last night commenter Second time around said: Putin put a knife into the MSM by saying that Trump was such a nobody at the time of his Miss Universe visit to Russia that nobody bothered to tell Putin that he was visiting. There was certainly no reason to spy on him.   The post Faces of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Todays face of the day doesnt think that hate speech comes under the umbrella of free speech. She is wrong and I have a post later today explaining exactly why she is wrong. The only terms we should be looking at are legal speech and illegal speech. Most so-called hate speech does not break the law [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:17

The ingredients of timely investigative journalism "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Richard Keeble is one of Britains leading journalism academics and hes taught at the University of Lincoln for many years. Author of seminal books on reporting, his latest, just released work is co-edited with John Mair and its called, Investigative Journalism Today: Speaking Truth to Power. It features a range of writers exploring the importance of investigative work from the English and non-English speaking world:

Rumours of the death of investigative journalism have been greatly exaggerated. This book is proof enough of that. Examples from the corporate and alternative media across the globe highlight the many imaginative and courageous ways that reporters are still kicking at the right targets.

Im honoured that Keebles chapter positively interrogates my work, especially around disaster capitalism, and hes allowed me to post it here: keebleloewensteinchapter

From the introduction:

Antony Loewenstein is an Australian investigative reporter, freelance author, photographer, blogger and campaigner. He has written for a wide range of publications both mainstream and alternative such as the Guardian, New York Times, Washington Post, Green Left Weekly, New Matilda and Counterpunch. His books include My Israel Question (2006) and The Blogging Revolution (2008 and 2011). His 2010 ABC Radio National feature documentary, A Different Kind of Jew, was a finalist in the UN Media Peace Awards. And his book, Profits of Doom: How Vulture Capitalism Swallowing the World (2013) has been followed up with a documentary film, Disaster Capitalism, about aid, development and politics in Afghanistan, Haiti and Papua New Guinea.

Profits of Doom also serves as a useful case study to examine Loewensteins investigative strategy in more detail. As this chapter will argue, Loewenstein draws creatively from a wide range of genres peace journalism, investigative reporting, literary, long-form journalism, counter journalism and activist reporting making his reportage both important and original. In particular, the study will focus on his investigative techniques, his ideological/political attitude and his distinctive investigative writing style.

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is paragon (noun) 1. A model of excellence or perfection of a kind; a peerless example. 2. (a) An unflawed diamond weighing at least 100 carats. (b) A very large spherical pearl. 3. (Printing) A type size of 20 points. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : The English noun [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 18 23 The poor plead for mercy; the rich answer with insults. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Pigs of New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PigmanWARDLEY D I BARRY

We beat our women
For breakfast, kill them for lunch
Pigs of New Guinea

We rape our women
At night and boast about it
Pigs of New Guinea

Every day we hunt
Them down like wild animals
Pigs of New Guinea

Every night we beat
them for pleasure, powr, prestige
Pigs of New Guinea

Theyre meri nating
So we spit on their faces
Pigs of New Guinea

They are sangumas
So we burn them at the stake
Pigs of New Guinea

Women are machines
They exist just to give birth
Pigs of New Guinea

Our mothers are whores
To be used, abused, misused
Pigs of New Guinea

We dont have sisters
Or aunts, we only have slaves
Pigs of New Guinea

We dont send them to
School, they stay home to be sold
Pigs of New Guinea

Were savages de
-vouring anything sans balls
Pigs of New Guinea

Were not fathers or
Brothers, we are murderers
Pigs of New Guinea

Pig ManWere not uncles or
Kanderes, we are rapists
Pigs of New Guinea

Were not men, we are
Kanakas with hungry cocks
Pigs of New Guinea

There is only one
One-eyed saint, charged to keep us
Pigs of New Guinea

But even the most
Saintly among us is still a
Pig of New Guinea

03:55

The importance of strong encryption "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Today NGO Digital Rights Watch launched an important campaign that I was asked to support. Very happy to:

Today, a global coalition led by civil society and technology experts sent a letter asking the government of Australia to abandon plans to introduce legislation that would undermine strong encryption. The letter calls on government officials to become proponents of digital security and work collaboratively to help law enforcement adapt to the digital era.

In July 2017, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull held a press conference to announce that the government was drafting legislation that would compel device manufacturers to assist law enforcement in accessing encrypted information. In May of this year, Minister for Law Enforcement and Cybersecurity Angus Taylor restated the governments priority to introduce legislation and traveled to the United States to speak with companies based there.

Todays letter (download here) signed by 76 organisations, companies, and individuals, asks leaders in the government not to pursue legislation that would undermine tools, policies, and technologies critical to protecting individual rights, safeguarding the economy, and providing security both in Australia and around the world.

This is a really important issue for anyone who uses the internet to shop, bank or communicate so basically everyone. Strong encryption is essential to the modern Australian economy, and it would be a mistake to deliberately weaken it, said Tim Singleton Norton, chair of Digital Rights Watch.

03:33

Treasure hunters release photo of sunken Russian cruiser that may have huge amount of gold reserves aboard "IndyWatch Feed World"

A South Korean firm made a splash on Tuesday after publishing, what it says, is a Russian Imperial Navy cruiser which was sunken during the Russo-Japanese War and may have had an entire flotilla's treasury on board. The Dmitrii Donskoi was an armored cruiser in the Russian Imperial Navy's Baltic fleet which was deployed to the Pacific along with several other ships to fight in the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese War. It took part in the Battle of Tsushima, which was disastrous for Russia. It fled crippled and chased by Japanese warships and was eventually scuttled by its crew to avoid surrender off the coast of what is now South Korea's Ulleung Island, or Ulleungdo. The cruiser is a coveted target for treasure hunters. According to some historical accounts, the Dmitrii Donskoi carried the treasury of the entire flotilla, meant to cover port expenses and pay the salaries of sailors and officers. Individual gold reserves of several other ships damaged in the battle may have been transported to the warship as well. Whoever manages to find the wreck site may become a very wealthy person.

03:20

Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:14

New species of venomous snake discovered by accident in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A team of biologists researching sea snakes in the mining town of Weipa in Australias remote Cape York Peninsula have accidentally discovered a venomous snake thats new to science. The black-and-white snake, now named Vermicella parscauda or the Cape York bandy-bandy, belongs to a group of snakes called bandy-bandies that live in burrows and feed on a specialized diet of blind snakes. So far, scientists know of only five species of bandy bandies, all found in Australia. The hoop snake (Vermicella annulata) is the most commonly encountered bandy-bandy, the researchers report in a study published in Zootaxa. Since bandy-bandies are burrowing snakes, the sight of a small one on a concrete block by the sea surprised Bryan Fry, an associate professor at the University of Queensland, and his colleague Freek Vonk from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands. We later discovered that the snake had slithered over from a pile of bauxite rubble [that was] waiting to be loaded onto a ship, Fry said in a statement. Bryan Fry, an associate professor at the University of Queensland, searching for snakes near Weipa, Queensland. Image courtesy of Bryan Fry. Frys team found another snake of the same kind near Weipa, and spotted another dead individual that had been run over by a car near the bauxite mine. They found two more specimens of the snake in museum collections, resulting in five specimens from the same small area. On examination by my student, Chantelle Derez, the bandy-bandy turned out to be a new species, visually

03:10

Open Forum Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:00

Pacific Beats end signifies the corrosion of PNG-Australia bonds "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

RadioFRANCIS NII

KUNDIAWA -  There have been certain things that signify the bond between Australia and Papua New Guinea despite what appears to be a quickly eroding relationship.

Amongst them was ABCs shortwave service and the program Pacific Beat, which has had a history of its own in playing a vital role in the Australian-PNG relationship and development process.

But these connectors between the people of PNG and the people of Australia are disappearing.

It is ABCs Tok Pisin service Pacific Beat that reaches all corners of PNG and the Pacific with news and other information.

It is Pacific Beat that connects people in the region and collects news and other stories and relates them to listeners.

I live in Kundiawa, Simbu Province, in the central highlands of Papua New Guinea and the most effective way I get Pacific regional news is through Pacific Beat.

When I read about the axing of the program it brought tears to my eyes because I twice participated in it and one of them was directly from Kundiawa.

My friends and relatives who heard the interview asked me when it was I had gone to Australia. I laughed and told them that I did not go to Australia; I was interviewed by phone. They were amazed.

Pacific Beat and its dedicated staff should be given special recognition for their excellent service in bringing together the region through this program.

My family and I here in Kundiawa are in no uncertain terms appealing to the Australian government and ABC to rescind their decision to axe Pacific Beat and their shocking earlier decision to get rid of shortwave radio

Instead they must revitalise and enhance their radio transmissions with special recognition for the programs they produce and the staff who make them.

Please bring back to life our Pacific Beat.

00:24

The Trade War Is Already Having A Huge Impact On The U.S. Economy "IndyWatch Feed World"

The trade war has barely just begun, and yet significant ripple effects are already being felt all across the U.S. economy.  Once thriving businesses are on the verge of failure, workers are being laid off, and some sectors of the economy are witnessing enormous price hikes.  Right now the mainstream media iabsolutely fixatedon the drama surrounding the recently concluded Trump-Putin summit meeting, but the consequences of this trade war will ultimately be far more important for the lives of most ordinary Americans.  As more tariffs continue to be implemented, this will perhaps be the biggest disruption to the global economic system that we have seen in decades.  Perhaps you have not been affected personally yet, but for many Americans this trade war has changed everything.  For example, just consider the plight of soybean farmer Tim Bardole

The U.S. is Chinas second-biggest source of soybeans at 34% of the imports, after Brazil, which ships 53%. The staple is used to make cooking oil and seasoning, and soybean meal is found in pig feed.

Now the tariffs have taken the bottom out of U.S. soybean prices, delivering a gut punch to farmers like Tim Bardole. He was already $100,000 in the red last year due to a yearslong slump in cereal prices, and the current predicament has driven him into a corner.

Im not sure if I can get a loan from the bank to finance our next years crop, said Bardole.

If this trade war had not happened, perhaps Bardole would have been able to eventually get out of debt.  But now he is facing financial ruin and the potential loss of his entire farm.

Switching gears, U.S. consumers will soon discover that common electronics such as phones and computers cost a lot more.  The following comes from CBS News

Buyers in the U.S. will soon see price hikes on computers, phones, thermostats and everyday items, according to the Information Technology Industry Council, a group t...

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