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Thursday, 12 April


Open Forum Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


Some thoughts worth sharing about effective conflict management "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Philip Kai Morre


Man is not disturbed by events, but by the view he takes of them - Epictetus (ancient philosopher)

KUNDIAWA - We humans are beset by so many pressing social problems: psychological disturbance, alcohol and drug addiction, HIV/AIDS, sex crime, juvenile delinquency, polygamy, prostitution, witchcraft, gambling, and many more.

New challenges keep emerging without any known solutions - individual problems, family problems and inter-clan and group conflicts which we must try to solve.

Our knowledge, skills and means of finding root causes and determining solutions is culture, kin and politically based.

Individual and community empowerment to take ownership of problems is an effective means to solve problems rather than referring matters to police, courts and outsiders to solve things for us, which often does not help much.

We know the nature and causes of our problems and mostly know the answers yet many people want others to solve things for them. We do not do enough to explore within ourselves the powers, gifts, wisdom and insights we have to find answers to our own problems.

We will never solve problems if we keep referring them to others to solve for us.

Situations like land disputes, domestic violence, drunken fights and polygamous wives fighting produce fear and irrational thoughts and aggressive behaviour begins to escalate. We resort to violence to solve problems and of course it does not work; all it does is create resentment, pain and wounds far greater than the original problem itself.

Fighting is often used as a norm to resolve a conflict but violence produces counter-violence.

People usually fight over issues related to substantive differences centred on methods, goals or values. It may be a dispute over land, politics, women, drugs and much else. But we know tribal warfare does not solve problems or benefit anybody, it only destroys human life and property.

We feel the need to fight to show others we are big...

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Wednesday, 11 April


The Late, Late Movie- Walk East On Beacon "IndyWatch Feed"

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Unprecedented 200 000 homes without power as storm hits Auckland, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A powerful storm that hit Auckland, New Zealand on April 10, 2018 left widespread damage and an 'unprecedented' 200 000 properties without electricity. In addition, cell phone network was severely damaged, leaving many citizens without service. Another front...... Read more


Junior Bobby in, Gotuno out in PNG Hunters team to face Redcliffe Dolphins "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

SP Hunters coach Michael Marum has named Junior Bobby and Patrick Morea to make their debuts in this weekends Intrust Super Cup Round 6 game against Redcliffe Dolphins in Brisbane.

Junior Bobby becomes Hunter No. 64 when he runs on in the starting line up on the wing in place of Brendon Gotuno who has been omitted while Morea will become Hunter No. 65 when he comes off the bench.

Edene Gabbie has been moved to fullback for the injured Adex Wera. Junior Rau shifts to the wing with Paul Wawa making a return to the starting line up in the centres.

Baundo Aba starts at prop in place of Adam Korave who has been omitted. Watson Boas will partner brother Ase in the halves. Enock Maki returns from injury and has been named on the bench.

The 20 man squad is:

1. Edene GABBIE
2. Junior RAU
3. Paul WAWA
4. Butler MORRIS
5. Junior BOBBY
6. Ase BOAS - Captain
7. Watson BOAS
8. Moses MENINGA
9. Wartovo PUARA Jnr
10. Baundo ABA
11. Nixon PUT
12. John ANDY
13. Rhadley BRAWA
14. Charlie SIMON
15. Enock MAKI
16. Patrick MOREA
17. McKenzie YEI
18. Sailas GAHUNA
19. Dilbert ISAAC
20. Ila ALU

Marum will finalise the travelling 18 man team on Thursday. The team departs Port Moresby on Friday for the Saturday (April 14) 6pm game against Redcliffe Dolphins at Dolphin Stadium in Brisbane. They return on Sunday.

Marum also announced that Muka Peter Kula has been released from the squad with immediate effect for inconsistent performances.



PNG running out of anti-retroviral drugs "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG  is running out on Anti-retroviral (ART) drugs for people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA) throughout the country as revealed by an advocacy group today.

It has been reported that several clinics in the country have been treating patients with Septrin while waiting for new ART stock to arrive.

The Key Population Partnership Network Consortium are calling on the government to show some urgency in this matter of emergency as the last remaining ART drugs can only last up to a month for the whole country.

An advocator for the group Maura Elaripe said it is dangerous for PLWHA to take other drugs as substitute for ART.

Septrin is an antibiotic and it can cause resistant to ART drugs if those patients are put back on ART, said Elaripe

The group is also seeking answers from donor partners dealing with HIV and AIDS issues in the country on how they can assist with the situation.

Ms Elaripe also questioned the National Department of Health (NDOH) on the K5M that was allocated by the government to fight HIV and AIDS in the country.

The health minister needs to come out and address this issue, he cant just sit there and watch people develop resistant and die

She said this is an emergency for the Department of Health and this issue must be prioritized in the Ministers list of agendas.

Meanwhile the group are giving the authorities a month to purchase the ART drugs or they will protest if nothing happens within that time frame.

In response to advocators plea for ART drugs, the newly appointed Director for the National AIDS Council Secretariat (NACS) Dr Nick Dala assured the group that money will be pulled out from NACS operational funds to at least purchase some drugs that can take them up to 3 mo months while waiting for the government to come through.

It is understood that 15,000 PLWHA are on ART drugs out of 24,000 confirmed cases. PNGFM/PNG Today


Cook Islands still cautious of OECD moves to graduate to developed country next year "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

As Cook Islands prepares to graduate to become a developed nation, possibly next year, Prime Minister Henry Puna remains cautious that his island economy will still need overseas development assistance (ODA).

While Cook Islands, aspires to developed country status, premature graduation could have serious implications for the amount of overall resources available to meet our developmental challenges and fund our multilateral development initiatives, PM Puna told a gathering in Wellington last week.

He said his government recognises the importance of making strong efforts to develop and diversity its economy.

The reality of our existence is such that one cyclone could potentially destroy our tourism-based economy and requires years to rebuild.

Through the lens of impending graduation in 2019 or 2023, Cook Islands will need to re-assess the nature of our intentional relationships. Very much like New Zealands Pacific re-set policy, my country will re-set our partnerships to move beyond a development focus to one of equality and mutual benefit, said the Cook Islands leader.

New Zealand, he said will remain the Pacific Island nations premier partner of choice and will work closely with Wellington post-graduation.

We will look for opportunities to build closer relations with key New Zealand ministries to assist with key New Zealand ministries to assist with technical expertise and training.

In preparation for graduation, the Cook Islands Government will look at expanding diplomatic partners and membership of international organisations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, UNESCAP and IRENA.

I believe that we have a great story to tell and we can contribute positively to the international debate on issues relating to the Pacific.

We are committed to upholding universal human rights and adhering to the principles of the international rules-based system that has carefully evolved over time and underpins global security, said Puna.

Regionally, Cook Islands remain fully engaged in the regional architecture and processes particularly the Blue Pacific initiative on the stewardship of the Pacific Ocean continent.

The Blue Pacific may be a new phrase for the region, but we have been practicing this approach in the Cook Islands for some years now through our Marae Moana Marine protected area....


PNG hopes to be global leader in blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By introducing the Blockchain technology, and the eventual use of Bitcoins, could help to improve the problem of critical imbalance in the unbanked masses mostly in the rural outback.
The Government and Bank of Papua New Guinea hope to develop a fully integrated financial and identification system at the rural level with the application of the new blockchain internet technology.

And they have chosen the remote Finschaffen district in Morobe province to be a special economic zone to trial it.

An understanding was inked by the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Charles Abel and blockchain consortium representative Shane Ninai in Port Moresby last week.

Mr Abel said the government is being creative and innovative in trying to respond to things happening globally and at the same time want to create opportunities for remote and rural districts where the bulk of the population live.

We want to create a conducive environment to enable and foster the exhilaration of the development of this technology and possible application globally but also for a country like ours where we have people living in remote and rural locations to have access to financial services through the internet, he said.

Essentially we are signing a general understanding to bring the parties together at no cost to the government apart from some contribution from Finschaffen district services improvement grant.

At the cost primarily to the investor they will come in and do a feasibility study.
Blockchain is a digital technology platform used to record transactions, confirm identity and establish contracts and can be invaluable to the unique PNG setting.

Since last year, BPNG has been exploring the practical applications extended by the new technology to the challenges in PNG that has been frustrating banking efforts made over the years.

Bank Governor Loi Bakani said he hoped by introducing the blockchain technology, and the eventual use of Bitcoins, could help to improve the problem of critical imbalance in the unbanked masses, mostly in the rural outback as opposed to urban and peri-urban localities.

Last year the central bank signed a MOU with the Australian Government-funded PNG governance facility, managed by Abt Associates with an initial funding assistance of K49,897.78 ($20,000).

At the time, Mr Bakani said there is a lot of interest in the Bank Blockchain initiative and is...


TEPCO Cancelled Tsunami Wall At Fukushima Daiichi "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Testimony in the ongoing criminal negligence trial of TEPCO executives revealed that efforts to build a tsunami wall at Fukushima



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Five new Cessna Caravans for MAF Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Textron Aviation and Mission Aviation Fellowship International announce firm order for five Cessna Caravans, creating an exclusively Caravan MAF Papua New Guinea fleet.

Textron Aviation Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, and Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) International are pleased to announce the order of five Cessna Caravan 208 turboprops for its operations in Papua New Guinea (PNG), with the option for purchasing an additional two aircraft. This is the single largest aircraft investment by MAF International in its history. The five aircraft are scheduled to be delivered from Textron Aviation before the end of this year and are expected to be operational in PNG by mid-2019.

Since 1951 MAF has been serving the most isolated communities in PNG to bring physical and spiritual relief. MAF enables thousands of aid workers, long-term development specialists, mission workers, doctors and nurses, teachers and water engineers to deliver food, medical supplies and relief, water and education to those living in the most remote areas.

During the last decade MAF has slowly been expanding the operations of the Cessna Caravan; it is now used to operate into 95 percent of the more than 230 remote bush airstripsmany of which are positioned on mountain ridge lines. With the purchase of the five Caravan turboprops, MAF adds to its existing fleet of three in PNG, transitioning to a single fleet consisting exclusively of Caravan aircraft.

Aviation Director for MAF International, William Nicol said, With an all-Caravan fleet powered by the dependable PT6 engine, significant gains in reliability and mission impact will be achieved. The Caravan provides capability that ensures an effective, efficient and sustainable operationa critical consideration when operating with limited infrastructure in challenging conditions, where remote access often becomes a matter of life and death.

MAFs choice to expand its fleet with the Caravan is a testament to the reliability, value and superb performance abilities of the aircraft, said Jessica Pruss, president, Asia Pacific sales and marketing at Textron Aviation. We are delighted to continue supporting MAF with the Caravan, an aircraft the organization can depend on to efficiently accomplish its missions.

PNG is home to an incredible diversity of tribal groups, with more than 800 different languages and a vast array of local cultures, customs and beliefs. Of the population, 85 percent live in rural areas, relying on subs...


Early full-on winter storm slams New Zealand with up to 19 inches of snow in 24 hours reported "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

50cms and road closures in April A full-on winter storm hit New Zealand yesterday with freezing levels down to 600 metres in the far south and 1000 metres over the central North Island. "The bulk of the storm passed over the South Island yesterday and it worked its way across the North Island overnight," said the Grasshopper, Mountainwatch's snow forecaster. "The forecast was for 40-50cm in the Canterbury ski fields with about 15 cm on the Southern Lakes ski fields. Looking at webcams and observations, this looks to be the case."


Project Brief: Papua New Guinea Earthquake Response Common Service "IndyWatch Feed Niugini" | April 1, 2018

Click for a full PDF report

On 26 February 2018, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the highlands region of Papua New Guinea, resulting in a Government-declared state of emergency for Hela, Southern Highlands, Western and Enga provinces. Some 465,000 people are estimated to be affected with 247,000 requiring immediate assistance.

The affected areas have significant access challenges. Majority of humanitarian items must be flown in as roads are not always reliable. In terms of communications, there are limited radio towers and existing FM radio has limited range due to mountains.

With affected communities desperately needing information on aid and assistance, humanitarian actors quickly mobilised to establish a coordinated approach to communicating with communities to more rapidly respond and reach a greater number of affected people with the limited collective resources available. With this, a Communicating with Communities Working Group coordinated by the United Nations Resident Coordinators Office under the Protection Cluster was formed.

To reach communities with life-saving messages and alerts, an information line was established using audio streaming over mobile phones essentially turning mobile phones into radios - with support from Digicel and UN Women. Community members can dial into the information line to hear short updates from humanitarian agencies - 50,000 text messages to be sent twice weekly to promote an information line and share key messages. An additional 10,000 automated calls will be made to the affected area, playing the short messages once the call is connected.


World watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


April 12 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

467  Anthemius was elevated to Emperor of the Western Roman Empire.

1204 Constantinople fell to the Crusaders of the Fourth Crusade, temporarily ending the Byzantine Empire.

1432  Anne of Austria, Landgravine of Thuringia was born, (d. 1462).

1557 Cuenca was founded in Ecuador.

1606  The Union Flag was adopted as the flag of Great Britain.

1633 The formal inquest of Galileo Galilei by the Inquisition began.

1776 American Revolution: With the Halifax Resolves, the North Carolina Provincial Congress authorised its Congressional delegation to vote for independence from Britain.

1799  Henri Druey, Swiss lawyer and politician, 2nd President of the Swiss Confederation, was born (d. 1855).

1820 Alexander Ypsilantis was declared leader of Filiki Eteria, a secret organization to overthrow Ottoman rule over Greece.

1861 American Civil War The war began with Confederate forces firing on Fort Sumter, in the harbour of Charleston, South Carolina.

1864  American Civil War: The Fort Pillow massacre: Confederate forces killed most African American soldiers who surrendered at Fort Pillow, Tennessee.

1877  The United Kingdom annexed the Transvaal.

1883  Imogen Cunningham, American photographer and educator, was born (d. 1976).

1902 A train accident in South Africa killed 16 NZ soldiers.


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PNG LNG terminal expected to restart in May after earthquake shut down - executive "IndyWatch Feed Niugini" | April 11, 2018

SINGAPORE, April 11 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil expects to restart production from its PNG LNG project in Papua New Guinea at the beginning of May after it was shut following an earthquake in February, Exxon LNG Vice President Emma Cochrane said on Wednesday.
The liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal may not be able to produce at full capacity at first and will likely ramp up gradually, said Cochrane on the sidelines of the International Energy Forum.
The May target for a restart is ahead of schedule, she said. 


Birth of a Nation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The first ever Italian film had an exceptional premiere: on a giant screen outside of Romes Aurealian Walls, on 20 September of 1905, that is to say on the thirty-fifth anniversary of the capture of the city by the army of King Vittorio Emanuele II that completed the decades-long process of liberation and unification of the country. The subject of the film was that epic event: La Presa di Roma


Wednesday Nightcap "IndyWatch Feed"

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365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

To phone or not to phone? That was the question Id been asking.

It had been a long time since wed had a catch up but I knew she was busy with family, work and voluntary activities and I didnt want to get in the way of any of that.

But I knew if I started the call by asking if it was convenient, shed say no if it wasnt.

But it was and while we didnt manage to set all the ills of the world aright, we did have a really good catch up and Im grateful for that.


US Democratic Party should be dissolved "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tomorrow, I will consider the furore that has arisen in the last few days after the US Congressional Budget Office released its latest forecasts, which showed the US deficit will rise, and, because they still insist in matching the deficit with bond-issuance to feed the corporate welfare machine, public debt will also expand. With an on-going jobs gap and depressed labour force participation rate, the rising deficit if properly targetted would be desirable. The rising public debt is a negative but only as a result of its unnecessary corporate welfare dimension rather than any concerns about capacity to pay etc. But today, given it is Wednesday and a blog light day for me now I have only one related observation to make, which will contextualise tomorrows more detailed discussion. For today though I am mostly engaged in revising the final manuscript of our new, upcoming Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) textbook after receiving edits from the publishers, Macmillan.

There is a need for a new political force in the US

The US Democratic Party has lost its right, in my view, to attract the progressive vote.

The CBO Report, which I will discuss in technical terms tomorrow, really just estimated that the latest policy shift under Trump will increase the US fiscal deficit and public debt ratio.

The main game should have been on debating whether the the composition of the US fiscal deficit was beneficial to all Americans or not, rather than running a hysterical political response about the need to cut deficits and stop the public debt sacrificing the prosperity of future generations.

It should also attack the public debt issuance in terms of its corporate welfare aspects and the fact that the US government spending is not reliant on raising revenue from either taxes or debt-issuance.

Unfortunately, the Democrat leadership do not seem to know any better than just mouthing the neoliberal refrain.

Here is the Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi on the CBO statement (April 9, 2018) Source):

The CBOs report exposes the staggering costs of the GOP tax scam and Republicans contempt for fiscal responsibility. In their craven haste to give corporations and the wealthiest 1 percent massive tax breaks, Republicans saddled our children and grandchildren with trillions of dollars of debt

The American people cannot afford Republicans fiscal hypocrisy Democrats will continue to fight for real action to create good-paying jobs, reduce the deficit and grow the economy for everyone

And then there was the response from the Democrat Sen...


Londons murder rate worse than New York? "IndyWatch Feed"

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Holly Whittenbury on Nuclear dump siting- Aboriginal issues, tourism impact, conflict of interest issues "IndyWatch Feed"

Senate Inquiry Submission into the Nuclear Waste Site Selection Process Holly Whittenbury

My name is Holly Whittenbury and I come from the southern Flinders Ranges. I have grown up there, spending the first 18 years of my life in Peterborough, not too far from Hawker, one of the selected dump sites. I presently study Environmental Science and plan to return to the area to assist in conservation efforts of the southern Flinders Ranges. I foresee myself being apart of the Flinders Ranges for my entire life ahead; although I do not live within the area presently, the issues within the ranges concern me wherever I am. I disagree with key aspects of the selection process for the nuclear waste dump site for the following reasons

  •   how the need for broad community support has played and will continue to play a part in the process, including: i) the definition of broad community support ii) how broad community support has been or will be determined for each
  • whether wider (Eyre Peninsular or state-wide) community views should be taken into consideration and, if so, how this is occurring or should be occurring;

Contrary to other pro-nuclear waste dump submissions, broad community support should include not just the residents within the Hawker township, but the wider surrounding area of Hawker, the state and the country.

The nearby Adnyamathanha Indigenous groups value the entire site proposed for the nuclear waste dump. Unlike Hawker residents, their spiritual home is not separated by nearly 40 kilometres. They are present in spirit and also physically through land rights beside and within the dump site location. The stor...


South Australias Liberal Premier open to nuclear power "IndyWatch Feed"

Marshall still open to nuclear power, IN Daily, 11 April 19  Premier Steven Marshall says establishing a nuclear generation industry in South Australia is not on his short-term radar but it could come back onto the agenda further down the track as he considers every option to ensure we have lower energy prices.

Marshall today embarked on his third regional tour since seizing office at last months election, visiting the South-East seat of Mount Gambier where Liberal-turned-Independent MP Troy Bell is a firm advocate for nuclear power.

Marshall and Bell broke bread this morning, their second face-to-face meeting since election day.

Bell quit the party after being charged with dishonesty offences following an ICAC investigation. He is pleading not guilty in an ongoing court case.

Marshall told InDaily he was looking forward to a close working relationship with all the crossbenchers, and that Bell was the duly elected member for Mount Gambier and as such Ill be treating him with respect.

Ive always worked with Troy Bell its quite obvious we share a lot of common aspirations for the people of the South-East, he said.

One of those aspirations could yet be the establishment of a nuclear generator after Marshall last year flagged his interest in considering the industry, despite Royal Commissioner Kevin Scarce rejecting it as a commercially viable option in the foreseeable future.

There will be a time when it may become viable, and desp...


Unseasonable heat wave in Southern Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

Record temperatures forecast as unseasonable heatwave hits southern Australia, ABC News , 10 Apr 18, By Camron Slessor   Record-breaking temperatures will continue in southern parts of Australia this week, with Adelaide set to cop the brunt of the heat today. 


Joint committee advises govt to change its foreign donations bill "IndyWatch Feed"

Coalition told to rewrite foreign donations bill in unanimous report
Joint standing committee on electoral matters says Turnbull government should remove contentious elements of bill, Guardian,  
Paul Karp, 9  Apr 18, 

The Turnbull government should rewrite its foreign donations bill to narrow the definition of political expenditure and make it less likely to harm advocacy by civil society groups, the electoral committee has recommended.

In a unanimous report released on Monday, the joint standing committee on electoral matters sought to preserve the consensus to ban foreign political donations by calling on the government to strip out more contentious elements of the electoral funding and disclosure bill GetUp characterised the report as a major backdown and argued the bill is unworkable but the Liberal senator Linda Reynolds, the chairwoman of the committee, told Guardian Australia it could be passed with adoption of mostly minor changes

Major parties close to deal on charities and foreign donations. In the majority report, the Coalition and Labor members recommended political expenditure should be defined as spending to influence voters to take specific action as voters, so as not to capture non-political issue advocacy.

The changes would allow higher reporting requirements to be imposed on campaigning groups such as GetUp while making it less likely they will capture charities and not-for-profits campaigning on issues such as increasing foreign aid or protecting the Great Barrier Reef.

It recommended dumping new proposed categories of third-party campaigners and political campaigners in favour of a new register for groups attempting to influence voters.

Joining the register could be done voluntarily but would be mandatory for organisations with significant political expenditure, which the report suggests would be the $13,500 threshold that triggers the requirement to submit a return to the Australian Electoral Commission.

The committee recommended the requirement for organisations to seek statutory declarations from political donors be reconsidered.

t also wants the government to reconsider changes to the definition of associated entity, which could see campaigning organisations classified as related to politica...


Wednesday weapons "IndyWatch Feed"

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Mayor of Kimba wavering about the area hosting a nuclear waste dump? "IndyWatch Feed"

Nuclear waste dump proposed for Eyre Peninsula town Kimba but  Nuclear waste dump proposed for Eyre Peninsula town Kimba but mayor says money and job information needed before approval on financial rewards and jobs before Kimba locals are asked to give their final tick of approval for a radioactive waste facility, the Eyre Peninsula towns mayor saysKimbas (Subscribers only)


Saudi crown prince slams Obamas Iran deal "IndyWatch Feed"

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Obesity leads to death "IndyWatch Feed"

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Moodys, Fitch see limited impact of US tariffs on Chinese economy "IndyWatch Feed War"


The worlds major economies started to pick up steam last year, breaking from years of sluggish post-crisis growth, but lately the comeback has been listless. A tugboat guides a cargo ship into the port of Long Beach in California. Photographer: Tim Rue/Bloomberg
The worlds major economies started to pick up steam last year, breaking from years of sluggish post-crisis growth, but lately the comeback has been listless. A tugboat guides a cargo ship into the port of Long Beach in California. Photographer: Tim Rue/Bloomberg PHOTO: TIM RUE/BLOOMBERG NEWS

BENGALURU: Global rating agencies Moodys Investors Service and Fitch Ratings said on Wednesday the proposed US tariffs will have limited direct impact on Chinas economy and a negotiated solution is most likely.

Chinese President Xi Jinping had pledged on Tuesday to open the economy further and lower tariffs on products including cars in a speech seen as a conciliation amid rising trade tensions between the top two economies.

Moodys said it expects the US and China will prevent a significant escalation in their trade dispute going by the negative impact the restrictions will have on both economies.

Trade has made a smaller contribution to Chinas GDP growth in recent years and, combined with a changing trade structure, Chinas direct vulnerability to potential trade shocks has declined, Moodys said in a report.

Last week, Washington threatened China with tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods aimed at making Beijing address what the US calls deeply entrenched theft of US intellectual property and forced technology transfers from its companies.

The currently implemented US trade measures will impact only a relatively small porti...


The Purge, The Movie. "IndyWatch Feed National"

The purge is about the government reducing the population, mostly the poor & disadvantaged. They came up with a scheme that would appeal to all the sickos like themselves! An annual time of the year when you could kill with no legal consequences. 

I thought this was a great movie, full of action. A few loopholes, things you & I would not do, but on the whole worth watching. The scary part is that I can see this could easily happen here in Australia. We have a totally corrupt to the core government who is actually paying the Indonesian government to kill our WW2 Allies in West Papua. This is the genocide that the world in ignoring! So yes, I think our sick government is quite capable of turning on Australian citizens if it means gaining more power, control & wealth. Remember, it is now illegal in Australia to purchase, own or carry anything for use in self defence of for the defence of others!!! Think about that!


Hager, Stephenson, Keating respond to Operation Burnham inquiry "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Nicky Hager: Hit and Run inquiry decision welcomed Nicky Hager has welcomed the announcement today of an independent inquiry into civilian casualties during the August 2010 NZSAS raid in Afghanistan Operation Burnham the subject of the 2017 book Hit and Run. This is very, very good news for New Zealand, he said. It []


Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed"

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NZQT Q1 for 11/04/2018 Bridges to Ardern "IndyWatch Feed"

Ardern did reasonably well, Bridges not focussed sharply enough. Arderns mask of niceness was absent though.

He possibly missed an opportunity early on when she remarked on mould at Middlemore and water in Dunedin, leading to an overall DHB deficit of $200million, Yet DHBs have massively underspent their maintenance budgets, so what has been going on.

Furthermore, the claims by David Clark Of $14 billion needed over 10 years, is this just capital or does it include operating costs. Or is it to meet an ill thought out grab bag of nice to haves.

Am still unconvinced by Ardern on these economic issues, especially after they threw $2.8 billion at one of the most privileged groups in society and another $1 billion pa into a pork barrel for NZ First


Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

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Operation Burnham inquiry warranted in the public interest "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Attorney General David Parker announced this afternoon that there would be an inquiry into Operation Burnham, the attackn in Afghanistan that has been criticised in the book Hit & Run. In deciding whether to initiate an inquiry I have considered material including certain video footage of the operation. The footage I have reviewed does not []


Pacific Moves: China, Vanuatu and Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

Washingtons vigilant deputy, doing rounds on the beat in the Pacific, has been irate of late. The central issue here is the continuing poking around of China in an area that would have been colloquially termed in the past Australias neighbourhood. There have been no formal proposals, but the Australian press is agog with reports

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Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

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Zuckerberg speaks "IndyWatch Feed"

The video is from Bloomberg

Alexis Madrigal writes at The Atlantic on Mark Zuckerbergs appearance at a Senate hearing today The article is entitled

Mark Zuckerberg Is Halfway to Scot-Free

In a confrontation of technological power with political power, the Senate could not grapple with the way Facebook works.

The headline largely encapsulates the issue

Madrigal went on:

Mark Zuckerberg finally walked into Congress today in a suit and Facebook-blue tie. He sat alone in a chair, behind a brown wooden desk, backed by a short-row of Facebook lawyers, and facing a U of nearly half the Senate, a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees.

And as the first day of the hearings came to a close, not one Senator had landed a good punch on the CEO of Facebook. It felt as if most of the chamber was asking, in one way or another, What even is Facebook?

As Madrigal noted:

But, by and large, we didnt witness grandstanding, so much as floundering. In this confrontation of technological power with political power, the Senate did not seem able to truly grapple with the way Facebook works or what to ask to extract new information from the companys CEO. Their knowledge of the companys history and technological capabilities are too limited. Even if their staffers delivered good starting questions, they couldnt push Zuckerberg with difficult follow-ups.

Clearly there is much more to be learned, but this hearing got nowhere near it, as the article finishes:

There are still so many questions for Zuckerberg to answer, and based on todays proceedings, there still will be, long after the hearings are over.

The Senate is not the forum, at least not in the format followed.

Other commentators think differently, but overall Zuckerberg probably came off pretty well.


BSP appoints Regenvanu to lead operations in Vanuatu "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bank South Pacific (BSP) continues to build its greatest asset;  Human Resources, through mentoring and building young professionals to lead the biggest bank in the Pacific.
This week, BSP's Group CEO, Robin Fleming announced the appointment of Nik Regenvanu to lead the BSP operations in Vanuatu, as the new Country Head.

Hailing from Uripiv Island, Malekula, the Group CEO was also pleased to recognise Mr Regenvanu, as the first Ni-Vanuatu to lead the business and will bring a deep knowledge of the market and strong stakeholder relationships to the role.

Mr Regenvanu has over 15 years of banking experience having served in various capacities including most recently as Head of Business Banking in Vanuatu. Prior to Westpac acquisition, he was the Senior Relationship Manager of Westpac Vanuatu and was also Senior Relationship Manager of ANZ Bank Vanuatu before that.

He takes over the reins from Stuart Beren, who was instrumental in supporting and leading the BSP Vanuatu team through the Westpac acquisition and integration into BSP. Mr Regenvanu will be overseeing the operation which includes 95 staff.

Mr Fleming thanked Mr Beren for his worthy mentoring, leadership and guidance and wished him all the best in his future endeavours.

Last month BSP also announced the appointment of Haroon Ali, of Fijian heritage, to head the BSP Fiji operations as Country Head.

"We will continue to develop our local talent at all levels in all the countries in which we operate," said Mr Fleming.


Quip of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

Dinosaurs talking to one of the smartest entrepreneurs on the planet.

Commentator on a You Tube thread related to Zuckerbergs testimony to Senate


Ensuring Female Representation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Has Democracy Failed Women? by Drude Dahlerup challenges conventional wisdom that Greece was the birthplace of democracy, as it totally excluded women from participation in the political process.

The book starts with a brief review of womens battle long difficult battle for the right to vote. New Zealand was the first to grant women a vote in national elections in 1893. Other English-speaking countries, including Britain, enacted womens suffrage following World War I. Catholic countries, including France, Italy, Chile and Argentina waited till World War II ended. It was 1971 before women could vote in national elections in Switzerland.

Its well established that democratic assemblies with inadequate female representation, are incapable of addressing the continuing oppression women experience under capitalism.* Yet more the 100 years after first receiving the right to vote, women (who comprise 52% of the population) are still denied full representation in the institutions of power. In the West, only two parliaments have granted women full parity (40-60% representation). In the global South, only Rwanda and Bolivia have as many women as men in their assemblies.

Dallerup blames the secret garden of politics, the failure of most political parties to select candidates in a transparent or democratic process, for womens failure to receive fair representation in government. In most places, party officials limit their candidate pools to well-established old boy networks.

In general, only countries with Proportional Representation1 are likely to achieve more than 25% female representation in their national governing bodies. Countries (like the US, UK, and Canada) employing a Plurality/Majority (winner- takes-all) voting system based on geographic districts have the most difficulty achieving adequate female representation. In these countries, a woman usually has to defeat a male incumbent to win a seat.

I was very surprised to learn that 57% percent of countries have achieved better female representation by imposing gender quotas. Pakistan...


Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed"

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Finally "IndyWatch Feed"

The government will hold an inquiry into Operation Burnham, the SAS revenge raid in Afghanistan in which six civilians were killed and 15 injured. But that's not all - according to the livestream, it will also be investigating prisoner transfers by NZDF, the truthfulness of NZDF's briefings to Ministers, and whether NZDF's foreign-written rules of engagement authorised assassinations. The latter is a new and unpleasant issue, and highlights the dangers of letting foreigners decide when and in what circumstances NZ soldiers are allowed to kill: we know that many of NZDF's allies (including the USA, UK and Australia) are not moral countries and their moral values around military action and assassination are deeply at odds with those of the New Zealand public (and with international law). Its not clear whether there's any allegation that NZDF soldiers have been involved in assassinations, but if they have, then they may have committed crimes under New Zealand and international law, for which they will need to be prosecuted. "Only following orders" is not an excuse we can accept from those who kill in our name.


Old white man of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

Quote: Robert James Dickie invented, patented and marketed the worlds first stamp vending machine. His machines were in use for 50 years, 18,000 were used in Britain, with countless thousands around the world. The machine that won star honours at the 1909 Pacific Expo in Seattle came from a New Zealander with a single idea. Robert [] The post Old white man of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Pinsplitter a  player known for making accurate or powerful shots; an accurate shot; a golf club which is supposed to aid such a shot;  excellent golfer; also, an accurate shot made by such a golfer, to the pin.


High-end helicopter huts in the Walls National Park highlights transparency and assessment failures "IndyWatch Feed"

Wednesday, 11 April 2018 - 2:22pm
  • Development details revealed for the first time but proponent seeks to keep assessment secret 
  • Hut and buildings breach even the weakened WHA Management Plan

More detailed plans for a very top-end of the market, helicopter accessed private tourism development in the World Heritage-listed Walls of Jerusalem National Park have been revealed for the first time and highlight the fact they do not conform with the new 2016 Management Plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA).

Despite being approved as a standing camp under the Tasmanian Governments discredited Expressions of Interest process, the Halls Island development has been revealed as a timber and steel communal hut, three separate accommodation buildings and associated toilet and boardwalk infrastructure in a referral to the Federal Government for assessment under national environment laws. See there referral here.

Even the weakened new Management Plan for the World Heritage Area actually prohibits this kind of development in a sensitive area like the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, said Vica Bayley, spokesperson for the Wilderness Society.

Lake Malbena was deliberately excised from the wilderness zone to try to accommodate this development, but even the self-reliant recreation zone prohibits hut development, new tracks and boardwalks, to avoid the impacts that come with them.

There is nothing self-reliant about a helicopter accessed, luxury private tourism development in a high value wilderness area.

This development and the helicopter access it relies upon is exactly the kind of development the World Heritage Committee was concerned about when it called for the establishment of strict criteria for new tourism development within the property which would be in line with the primary goal of protecting the propertys OUV, including its wilderness character and cultural attributes. (2015 decision 39 COM 7B.35)

This is a wilderness area that will be lost through the development of luxury, helicopter accessed accommodation. You cant maintain wilderness quality and build huts and helipadsthey are mutually exclusive.

In making this referral, t...


NEC Approves New Energy Policy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PC Online

THE National Executive Council (NEC) has approved the National Energy Policy.

With the motto of Harnessing Energy for Life and covering all aspects of the energy sector, the main objective of the policy is to deliver electricity services for economic growth and rural development.

Minister for Communication and Information Technology and Energy Sam Basil said electricity in the country has only reached 13 per cent and successive governments have ignored the importance of an energy policy which drives the development and utilisation of our renewable natural energy sources.

Energy policy which fully utilises our renewable energy resources to provide the energy needs of our people and the economy is well overdue. Indeed it has taken more than 40 years since independence for such a policy to be adopted for our country.

The new policy provides for development and utilisation of these sources of energy, including hydro, solar, wind, biomass, biogas, ocean, coal, geothermal and downstream petroleum products to generate power.

Specific sub-sector policies will be developed to ensure that each source of energy is given appropriate government attention in realising its potential in meeting the energy needs of our country and even exporting some of our energy overseas, Mr Basil said.

He said this policy sets the roadmap for reforms in the energy sector including the electricity services industry, setting in place new institutional and regulatory arrangements, to harness the full economic potential of our natural energy resources.

The new policy also establishes a licensing system for supply of electricity by undertakers in generation, transmission, distribution and retailing of power to the consumers. Review of legislation is necessary to ensure there is no conflict of laws in the implementation of it.

Legislation is required to ensure that power supply through main power grids and off-grid systems are operated under appropriate laws on level playing fields and in accordance with international standards, Mr Basil said.

Further reforms through the new policy will result in the transmission, distribution and retailing of power supply markets open for competition.

A new tariff system will be introduced for power supply generated from renewable energy sources. Appropriate tariff and possibly other incentives for each renewable energy source is vital for encouraging the development of each renewable energy source.


Announcing the Gen-I Movement Builders Fellowship "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Published April 11, 2018

WASHINGTON  As part of the Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative, the Center for Native American Youth is launching a new fellowship for Native youth ages 18-24. The Gen-I Movement Builders Fellowship (Gen-I MBF) is a six-month intensive leadership development program that aims to strengthen the voice and role of Native American youth in broader social justice movements.

Over the course of six months, five Fellows will gather for two in-person convenings, two virtual convenings, and one Fresh Tracks training expedition. At the end of six months, Fellows will have a small Innovation Fund which they will jointly use on a project aimed at strengthening the voice of Native youth in social justice movements. The Fellowship will begin in June and end in December. Click here for more information.

All application materials are due at 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Monday, April 30, 2018. CNAY will notify all applicants of their final application status by the second week of May 2018.

Applicants for the Gen-I Movement Builders Fellowship are required to meet all the following criteria. Applicants must:

  • Self-identify as Indigenous;
  • Be between 18 and 24 years old by May 1, 2018;
  • Currently reside within the United States;
  • Have demonstrated civic engagement and advocacy for their community and/or Indian Country;
  • Be strong, talented leaders, but not necessarily well connected outside their community;
  • Be interested in advancing their advocacy and activism to broader social justice movements; and
  • Be able to participate in the full programming over six (6) months. The Fellowship is not a full-time commitment, but active and engaged participation during in-person and virtual convenings is required. Click here to see a general program timeline.




Photoshop of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

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Greetings Literary Aficionados "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Getting started By Gill Ward Its always a dilemma how to start a column and this greeting seems appropriate as all of you who read this, do so because you are interested in Literature and whats going on locally in the area. Ill start off with a word about Poets to the People which was []


Dr Malau appointed as ESP administrator "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The National Executive Council made the decision

Dr Malau took over from the acting Administrator Richard Kombo.

Dr Malaus credentials include being PNGs Health Secretary from 2007 to 2011, working with the World Health Organization in Fiji, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Divine Word University and his role in helping to strengthen health systems in Timor Leste.

Dr Malau prior to his appointment said he was motivated to support a leader like East Sepik Governor Governor Allan Bird in his aspirations to make a difference for the people of the East Sepik Province and be an example to the rest of PNG.

He said he is capable of taking up the provincial administrators position despite a background in health due to his credentials with Harvard University.

Malau added that Harvard public health taught him the values of humanity: Fairness, justice, equality, and using evidence for decision making in public health practice.

Dr Malau said this opportunity of being a provincial administrator therefore, excited him to go beyond the health focus and manage other factors that enable all our people to be happy, healthy and wise.


Raising awareness on World Parkinsons Day "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Today is World Parkinsons Day and Changing Times is bringing you a detailed guest post from registered nurse and health writer Rebecca Evans along with information about alternative methods of healing.

Original text by Rebecca Evans, edited by Annette Gartland.

Imagine not being able to tie your shoes or to write a check legibly because tremors cause your hands to shake so badly you cant control them. Or, not being able to get out of a chair because your body wont move. Or not being able to lift your foot.

These are just a few of the symptoms that more than one million people in the United State...


The challenge of recycling stupidity "IndyWatch Feed"

No, this article is not about the challenge of re-electing the current bunch of wombles getting overpaid in Wellington.  It is about their utopian dream of a future with a green energy landscape populated by rows of rotating wind turbines, fields of sparkling solar panels, and smooth-running, silent electric cars; because if they have their [] The post The challenge of recycling stupidity appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Thriving regions need health & rescue services "IndyWatch Feed"

The self anointed First Citizen for the regions much prefers feasibility studies


Proposed changes to helicopter rescue services in the regions could cost lives.

. . Te Anau has not been included in the list of bases proposed under the National Ambulance Sector Offices (NASO) call for air ambulance services and will now be covered by Queenstown.

NASO is seeking larger area-based contracts, including one for all of the South Island, because the demand for air ambulance services has been rising.

If demand is rising why would they cut out a base?

Under the proposal, Fiordland will be covered by helicopters from Queenstown, but only if the three companies that provide services in the South Island now Heliworks in Queenstown, the Otago Helicopters in Dunedin and Garden City Helicopters in Christchurch band together to bid for a contract to cover the whole of the South Island. 

Lakes District Air Rescue Trust chairman Jules Tapper said the three companies had

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Faster Please! "IndyWatch Feed"

Oh dear, oh dear.

The Human Rights Tribunal is unable to function due to work overload.  It is in danger of collapse.

No doubt it has been flooded by frivolous complaints from melting leftist snowflakes like Bradbury.  They'll demand a vast expansion to the bureaucracy and Toothfairy will oblige.  It will be money far better spent than fixing black spots on the nation's highways.

You got what you voted for.


To facebook or not 7 tips for risk management "IndyWatch Feed"

The news from Cambridge Analytica has many people up in arms #DeleteFacebook has been a source of debate and discussion. But here is the thing the horse has bolted. Although people impacted by Cambridge Analytica are slowly being informed (there are only 50 or so in Australia apparently, more info here and specifics about how to find out here), there is heaps of other information you have likely shared.

Your information is already out there, and pressure on facebook to change its practices is critical. So we dont get another 14 years of Zuckerberg saying Sorry Not Sorry.

We believe, as many others do, that it is a vital organising and networking tool, and is particularly helpful for people in remote locations, those living with a disability or anxiety, chronic pain, or anything that keeps folks housebound and for people to stay connected and network across borders. For some folks deleting facebook would cut them off from support networks.

Digital security is something most progressive organisations and activists are very bad at, let alone the general public. We too are learning as we go, however, we are getting better and are taking seriously our duty of care, as we train and support activists to develop better practices. For more general resources on DIGITAL PRIVACY we have updated our resource collection.

We can all get better at this, and although it seems very overwhelming sometimes, there are organisations who have done a great job of breaking the information down and giving you support to improve your practices.

We would also welcome the progressive sector in Australia having more uncomfortable and in-depth discussions about how much data they gather on members and supporters, how easily hack-able it is, and what practices we could encourage in volunteers and organisers to protect privacy.

Obamas campaign, long held up as the dream organising model, happily exploited big data, and pioneered some of the work, that has been since used for arguably illegal and dodgy activity.

To minimise access to your data, you should think about personal practices as well as digital tools. This is an extended piece from a workshop we recently did for student activists on digital secur...


Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed"

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How should we be naming our federal seats? "IndyWatch Feed"

Australian federal electorates follow a fairly unique naming convention. Australian state seats are usually named after geographic locations, which is also common for national electorates in Canada, the UK and New Zealand, while electoral districts in the United States are generally given numerical names.

The majority of Australian federal electorates are named after prominent individual Australians, as a way of honouring those people. 113 out of 150 seats in the current parliament are named after people, while 37 are named after geographic features.

The AEC is usually hesitant to rename seats, and their guidelines prioritise maintaining existing seat names. Yet seats do change from time to time: states gain additional seats, population shifts within a state sometimes require a seat to be abolished, and there is pretty much a hard-and-fast rule that former prime ministers are honoured with a seat as soon as possible after their death.

Because of this practice, most seat names are those that were named in the first half of this century:

43 seats are those created for the first parliaments. 35 seats have survived since 1901, while eight other seats are the same as when they were created in Tasmania and South Australia in 1903 (those states did not use single-member electorates in 1901).

There were spikes in seat names in 1949 and 1984, when the parliament was expanded. More than two thirds of electorates were named in these three peak periods.

Thus its not surprising to discover a strong bias towards naming seats after white men. This partly reflects the era in which seat names were coined, but also reflects how men were much more likely to qualify as someone who had rendered outstanding service to their country in an era where women didnt get the same opportunities.

After the fold I will run through why this has happened, and how the AEC isnt making anywhere near enough progress towards honouring a more diverse cross-section of Australians. You can also download the dataset I used to conduct this analysis.

I count fifteen seats named after early explorers (all men) and eight named after British governors of Australian colonies (it was nine until Deni...


People Couldn't Believe What They Found Inside This Whale's Body "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The body of a dead sperm whale that washed up on a resort town's shore reveals a sad truth about animals who live in the oceans. 

An autopsy at a local wildlife rescue center in Cabo de Palos, Spain, revealed that 64 pounds of trash including plastic bags, fishing nets and ropes had become lodged inside the whale's digestive tract, ultimately killing the animal. 

This is far from the first time marine animals have suffered the fatal consequences of garbage produced and discarded by human beings. In 2016, a pod of 13 sperm whales was wiped out from ingesting trash.

Recent footage shot underwater shows just how polluted certain parts of the oceans really are. ...


Looking through the wrong end of the telescope "IndyWatch Feed"

Some people insist on looking at life through the wrong end of the telescope and their alternative reality when practised en masse can soon become established as the accepted reality. This happens because very few people are prepared to point out the obvious; which is that they are looking at the issue the wrong way [] The post Looking through the wrong end of the telescope appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Factoring the Pacific into Australias approach to China "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Chinese-in-the-Pacific dilemma has once again hit the headlines in Australia, this time with a proposed naval base in Vanuatu. It was promptly rejected by the Vanuatu government, but the likelihood of having Chinese military hardware on a long-term basis in the Pacific has raised significant discussion on the strategic implications for Australia and its allies.

Australia has long maintained a well-established and enduring relationship with the people of the Pacific. But Chinas influence is undeniably increasing. Its investment in soft power in particular has been a success, not only in economic terms but also in the lives of ordinary people. Chinese infrastructure projects, while not always successful, have enabled access to government services, giving people a sense of modernity and development. Chinas growing diaspora in the Pacific is also increasingly active in community engagements and maintain a close influence on local politics.

Chinas people-to-people relations continue to expand as it becomes a first responder to disaster relief efforts, shows goodwill through local charities, and provides scholarships for Pacific students to prestigious Chinese universities. To bridge the cultural gap, China is currently considering building Chinese language schools in the Pacific, beginning with Papua New Guinea.

Australia believes, as part of its strategic policy, that a secure Pacific means a secure Australia. Chinas emergence in the Pacific is seen by some as a threat to this state of order.......


Who is Michael Cohen? "IndyWatch Feed"

So just who is Michael Cohen? This piece from Associated Press may help in understanding just where Cohen fits in Trumpworld

For more than a decade, Michael Cohen has been President Donald Trumps private attorney and so much more. Cohen is a street-wise New Yorker with a penchant for confrontation and a cultivated reputation as Trumps outside-the-courtroom problem-solver. Hes Trumps image-protector. Hes also says he personally paid porn actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 to buy her silence about an alleged affair with his boss.

I will always protect my POTUS, Cohen tweeted on Sunday.

Then later after further background

He has long been a key power center in the Trump Organization and a fixture along the edges of Trumps nascent political life. In Cohens own estimation, he is Trumps Ray Donovan, the bruising television character who takes whatever steps are needed to fix problems for the tycoon he serves.

It would seem that for some reason Cohen was fixated on serving Trump.

Then we read:

 he was a deal-maker, emerging as a key figure in trying to establish Trump-branded properties overseas, including in Russia.

Plus it seems that he was an avid burnisher of Trumps image:-

When Trump previously considered a White House run, Cohen worked with the National Enquirer in 2010 to promote the website and encouraged the supermarket tabloid to pursue stories questioning President Barack Obamas U.S. citizenship, two former staffers of the publication told The Associated Press.

During the 2016 campaign, Cohen served as a liaison between Trump and the Enquirer as the tabloid paid for scandalous rumors and tips about Trump that it never published. The payments included $150,000 to former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, who said she had a nine-month affair with the Republican nominee. The magazine never ran the story, saying it paid McDougal to write fitness columns instead.

Now Cohen is apparently under investigation by the Federal Electoral Commission for potential offences committed in the 2016 campaign

As Cohen has said:-

I will always protect Mr. Trump....


Map of the day: New Zealand is missing again "IndyWatch Feed"

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as co-leader of the Greens presents opportunities and challenges for both National and Labour.

Davidson represents the social policy activist base of the Greens whereas Shaw, Genter and Sage identify more with their more traditional environmentalist base.    The breadth of Davidson's victory confirms the ascendancy of the former among Green Party activists.   Davidson and Me Tu are indistinguishable and indeed, there is nothing too much that separates them from Hone Harawiri's Mana Party in their belief that it's duty of government to act as a modern day John Frum and dispense to the people what they want, when they want it, with work an optional extra ... perhaps.   And all the while secure in the knowledge that there are plenty of 'rich pricks' out there to pick up the tab.
It's a big call indeed by Davidson to say her task is to win back the 5%+ support bled in the lead-up to the election as a result of the Me Tu affair when all she can offer is more of the same and more.   Her election positions the Greens firmly on the left and likely to move further left as they move to out-labour Labour (which is also moving to the left) and preserve their identity as a separate Party. 

Make no mistake about it.   Davidson's election confirms that the Green Party of today bears little resemblance to the Green Party of Jeanette Fitzsimons and Rod Donald.   It has been captured by the hard left for whom the environmentalist persona is but a means to an end.

For Labour they can rest now assured that the Greens have no-where to go.  Davidson's election means they have edited themselves out of any meaningful conversation with National.   But that comes at a price.   As the Greens move to shore up and grow their vote on the left Labour risks shaking loose their middle NZL support in moving to counter that.

For National and the reality is they are left with no coalition partners on the horizon.   ACT is a broken brand and exists solely per courtesy of National.   It's time it was euthanized.   NZF too is terminal; their association with Labour means they will struggle to hit the 5% threshold even if Peters were to defy logic and stand again.   Without Peters and it will be a Dunne repeat.   The Maori Party, for all their talk, won't be back.   The Maori seats are Labour's to have and to h...


Government blows around $16 million on working groups "IndyWatch Feed"

The Labour party must have been lounging around playing tiddlywinks all those years that they were in opposition because they clearly did not spend that time wisely. If they had been earning their taxpayer-funded fat salaries they would have spent all those long years in opposition coming up with policies. Instead, they are in power and [] The post Government blows around $16 million on working groups appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Seabed mining opposition is pro-development says Church "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Carolyn Ure | PNG Loop | April 10, 2018  

While the Catholic Church in the Oceania Region has joined the global fight against seabed mining and climate change, the Church is in no way opposing development.

These were the words of Bishop Charles Drennan from New Zealand.

He is part of the 80-man delegation that is in the country to attend the Assembly of Federation of Catholic Bishops Conference Oceania.

The vast ocean is the common home of countries and people in the Oceania Region. The sub-theme; A Sea of Possibilities, captures the interdependency between the ocean and the people.

The land and the sea depend so much on each other and therefore for the well-being of us and the future generations, said Bishop Charles.

A sea of possibilities is a hopeful statement, the Bishop pointed out.

While the negative impacts of deep seabed and other marine industries are evident, Churches also recog...


PNGFA President steps down "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

President of Papua New Guinea Football Association, David Chung, has resigned from his position effective immediately.
In a media conference today, PNGFA Senior Vice President John Wesley Gonjuan confirmed that David Chung has resign as President of PNGFA when he resign as President of OFC and Senior Vice President of FIFA.

David Chung
Gonjuan offers his gratitude and thankyou to the outgoing PNGFA President for developing number of projects including National Soccer League, Education Centre, Under 19 youth development project under the Besta Sponsorship, instrumental in pushing for two slots for OFC in the FIFA Youth Championships (U17 & U20 men), initiated with the current FIFA Executive to increase-in funding to FIFA member association and bringing the U-20 Womens World Cup to Papua New Guinea.


New Zealand racists created and protected by the left "IndyWatch Feed"

Recently there has been a claim that New Zealanders are racist but Taika Waititi who made the claim was only focussed on racism towards Maori. What he did not mention was the racism that is being spread all over the West by left-wingers who have swapped their obsession with class politics for identity politics. White [] The post New Zealand racists created and protected by the left appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Paradox of prosperity: Why are wealthy American cities seeing a surge in homelessness? "IndyWatch Feed World"

The northern wall at the office of the Licton Springs Village on North Seattle's gritty Aurora Avenue features a poster containing a stark notice: "BOTULISM WARNING." "A suspected WOUND BOTULISM case has been reported in King County. Health officials believe the case may be related injecting [sic] black tar heroin," it reads. "Injecting heroin that contains the bacteria that causes botulism can cause serious infection and even death." Of course, one might think that the flyer could simply warn that black tar heroin tar heroin. Heroin is an unusually dangerous drug-wickedly addictive and far more lethal to its abusers than cocaine or alcohol. But Licton Springs Village, a microcommunity of 30 tiny houses and a couple of large dormitory tents-one that is officially sanctioned by the City of Seattle-takes a permissive view of drug abuse. It's a "low-barrier" community, meaning that people can use drugs freely here. Most homeless shelters and encampments demand residents live drug and alcohol free. But here, clean needles are distributed to the residents to prevent the spread of disease, and Narcan is available to resuscitate people who overdose. Open since April 2017, on a formerly vacant lot squeezed between fast-food joints and low-budget motels, Licton Springs Village is home to nearly 70 homeless people who were "sleeping rough" until they moved in. The residents include several married couples who live together in simple, tiny homes-basically, wooden boxes 12 feet by 8 feet-donated by local groups. Children aren't allowed because of the open drug use. The village is operated by local nonprofit SHARE/WHEEL, and the on-the-ground support staff are all formerly homeless themselves. Conditions are makeshift: There's a shower, but the toilets are all of the port-a-potty variety; there are no individual kitchens, but residents are eligible to eat once each day in the communal dining area. Licton Springs Village, unique in many ways, exists to address a common and once again growing problem: American homelessness. The problem is particularly acute on the West Coast. Here in Seattle, the homeless population skyrocketed by 44 percent between 2015 and the end of 2017, mirroring the experience of other Pacific coast cities, notably those in the Bay Area, which is also experiencing a homelessness crisis of mammoth proportions. King County, home of Seattle, now boasts the third-largest homeless population in the country.


Labours election promises for health "IndyWatch Feed"

Currently, the government is using Middlemore hospital as a distraction and as a possible excuse for their future inability to deliver on their own spending promises, so I thought that now would be the perfect time to have a look at what exactly it was that they promised the New Zealand public.   Given the [] The post Labours election promises for health appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Does Labour support social services or austerity? "IndyWatch Feed"

Our country currently has decrepit schools, underpaid nurses, and hospitals with sewage in the walls. To fix this massive social and infrastructure deficit, the government needs to spend more money - which means eventually collecting more money. The new government's tax working group, which is looking at taxing the land, wealth and capital gains of the rich, is an obvious way of solving this problem, and there's public support for doing so. Instead, Labour seems to be forgoing this opportunity and suggesting that any changes will be "fiscally neutral":

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says it is "entirely plausible" that any tax changes stemming from the tax working group could be balanced by tax relief elsewhere.

In a video with Stuff political editor Tracy Watkins, Ardern not only repeated that there would be no tax changes in the first term of Government, any changes which came as a result of the tax working group could well be "neutral".

"We've ruled out any changes to, you know, significant new tax changes in this first term. It was a big issue during the election and it was one that we very openly worked through," Ardern said.

"We've said we'd set up a tax working group, we have, it'll report this term, but anything it suggests wouldn't take effect until a new term and people will have a chance to vote on it, but it could be entirely plausible that it could be fiscally neutral."

Because you can always rely on chickenshit Labour to ignore a golden opportunity to do the right thing. They're so scared of National criticising them - something that will happen regardless of what they do - that they are pre-emptively taking major policies off the table, and effectively pledging to continue right-wing austerity forever.

Labour needs to decide what it stands for: social services, or austerity. And if its the latter, then they might as well not be in government. All they'll really be standing for is a different bunch of arseholes getting the big salaries, while ordinary kiwis keep on getting fucked over.


PNG government to sue BHP Billiton over alleged environmental damage "IndyWatch Feed"

Children playing in tailings downstream from the Ok Tedi Mine in Papua New Guinea, 2009. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images)

ABC News | 11 April 2018

Papua New Guineas government says it will sue Australian mining giant BHP Billiton for alleged environmental damage in the Western Province when the company was operating the countrys largest copper mine in the 1990s.

Its not the first time legal action has been touted.

In 2004, a massive law suit representing thousands of PNG landowners, was dropped after settlement was reached, which included compensation.

PNGs Prime Minister Peter ONeill says the government will also initiate an independent commission of inquiry into the PNG sustainable development program, which has been a subject of a court case in Singapore.

Former PNGSDP Chairman and Oppositi...


View from your window "IndyWatch Feed"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Port of Gisborne, loading logs for export. ** Dear readers please send us your photos if you want VFYW to continue.  Please try to ensure that part of the window is in the photo. It doesnt have to be taken from a house but it [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Leading bunch of female students contribute to solving nitrogen leaching problem Pat Deavoll:

A group of super smart women is helping to find answers to one of the major environmental challenges facing farming reducing nitrate leaching.

The PhD students  Kirsty Martin, Anna Carlton, Roshean Woods, Lisa Box, Elena Minnee, and Grace Cun have joined a team of scientists from AgResearch, DairyNZ, Foundation for Arable Research, Landcare Research, Lincoln University, and Plant and Food Research to investigate which forages would best reduce nitrate losses.

Based at the Lincoln University research dairy farm, Martin was researching the response of 12 pasture forages to nitrogen.  . .

Allbirds: the Kiwi shoes taking the world by storm Niki Bezzant:

Food writer Kathy Paterson doesnt need to think about which shoes to wear when she gets dressed in the morning. For the past year or more she has worn her uniform almost every day: casual wool shoes by online company Allbirds.

Paterson is an evangelist for the unusual sneakers, dubbed the worlds most comfortable shoes by Time magazine.

She has converted many others to wearing the New Zealand merino wool shoes, she reckons, and at Christmas she bought them as gifts for her parents and sister.

Paterson has two pairs in rotation. Theyre incredibly comfortable, she says. I do not take them off, winter and summer. . . 



Oral Questions 11 April 2018 "IndyWatch Feed"

Questions to Ministers SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Governments policies and actions? KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: What does the Governments Budget Policy Statement (BPS) say about capital allowances, and how does it compare with previous periods? JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: What discussions has he had with the [] The post Oral Questions 11 April 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Commission Of Inquiry Into OK Tedi "IndyWatch Feed"

The Ok Tedi river was destroyed by Australian miner BHP

Post Courier | April 11, 2018

A COMMISSION of inquiry into the OK Tedi issue, the environment damage and the establishment of the PNG Sustainable Development Program will be set up.

Prime Minister Peter ONeill announced this in Parliament yesterday.

Papua New Guineans deserve to know the truth, not just colouring of the truth so that it suits somebodys interest, they deserve to know the truth and thats why I have decided to establish a commission of inquiry, he said.

Mr ONeill said he would get an independent person, possibly an Australian judge, to carry out the investigation.

He also said the State had also engaged the biggest environmental law firm in Australia, Slater and Gordon, to review the case that was done by Rex Dagi so that the PNG Government itself takes out the court case against BHP.

We have to sue this company for the substant...


The Royal Society of New Zealand has lost its way "IndyWatch Feed"

A Guest Post When the UK Royal Society was founded its motto was Nullius in verba take nobodys word for it. It was committed it to open debate based on the weight of evidence and nothing else. It refused to express an opinion on any scientific matter. Royal Society of New Zealand (RSNZ) probably [] The post The Royal Society of New Zealand has lost its way appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Landcorp goes with back-up offer in Jericho Station sale after Chinese buyer withdraws "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

10 Apr 2018 | NZ HeraldLandcorp Farming, the state-owned farmer trading as Pmu Farms of New Zealand, has gone with a back-up bidder for its Jericho Station sheep and beef farm in Fiordland after the preferred foreign buyer withdrew.


Smoking gun shows that the unemployed and pensioners are not the bludgers "IndyWatch Feed"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The Turnbull governments war against Centrelink benefit recipients is based on the lie that they are imposing a burden on those who have a job.

It is this painting of Australians not able to find a job or not able to work, as spongers on the rest of society that has been used as the cover to impose humiliating processes, public attacks and denial of payments on hundreds of thousands of victims. This sort of profiling is reprehensible and shows just how far any concept of basic human compassion has gone missing, as far as our political leaders are concerned.

This is a wrong that calls out to be righted. It is also evidence of the kind of politics that has raised its head in our society. When politicians pick up a knee jerk habit to justify whatever they do, by signalling out a defenceless section of our community as the cover, something is seriously wrong. This is what we must pay attention to.

Research commissioned by Anglicare and carried out by Per Capita, has its results published in a report called The Cost of Privilege. It shows that the drain on taxpayer money is not those who go to Centrelink, but the wealthiest households that are given a staggering $68 billion a year.

The system of subsidies and loopholes allow the following examples.  The wealthiest households get, $40 billion for Capital gains Tax exemptions, $20 billion for superannuation concessions and $3 billion for private education and health care. There are also the generous negative gearing provisions for investment properties, and a whole array of other loopholes existing in the taxation system.

A weakness in the report is that it concerns the wealthiest 20 percent of housholds and does not tell the full story that even here the benefit is skewed sharply upwards. The top 5 percent, for example, get much more. They send their kids to the most expensive private schools, have the resources to gain the most from negative gearing and capital gains tax, and can take much better advantage of the tax avoidance opportunities.

Compare this to the little under $11 billion total cost of Newstart for the unemployed and under employed, and this is the costliest service provided by Centrelink.



Papua New Guineas vanilla sector success relies on education and regulation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea was the second-largest global grower of vanilla last year, producing about 250 metric tonnes, but leading processor and exporter, Paradise Spices, is calling for regulation of the sector to resolve supply and quality issues. Karina Makori, the companys General Manager tells Business Advantage PNG that inflated prices have halted production of vanilla products for the past nine months.

Unable to access the necessary volume and quality of vanilla beans, Paradise Spices, a subsidiary of PNGs largest food manufacturer, Paradise Foods, is calling for regulation of the sector to resolve supply and quality issues.

Concerned the sector lacks sustainability, Paradise Spices General Manager, Karina Makori, says local vanilla bean farmers need training to help guarantee its long-term success.

Paradise Spices Karina Makori


Paradise Spices recently consulted a local aggregator to help solve its supply and quality issues by assisting the company with buying vanilla beans for its vanilla products.

The company produces a range of 100 per cent pure vanilla products, including vanilla paste, vanilla powder and vanilla extract.

Makori says the aggregator has a good relationship with growers in the Sepik region, and will help ensure regular...


MAF orders up to seven Cessna Caravans for Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by Kerry Lynch,
April 10, 

Textron Aviation received an order from the Mission Aviation Fellowship International (MAF) for five Cessna Caravans that will be used to transition the MAF fleet in Papua New Guinea.
Mission Aviation Fellowship Cessna Caravan at Kagamuga Airport in Mt Hagen on. This is one of three MAF planes actively involved in earthquake disaster relief work.

The order, which Textron Aviation said is the single largest aircraft investement made by MAF, includes an option for two more. The Caravans on firm order will be delivered this year and placed into service in Papua New Guinea by mid-2019.
 The aircraft will join three existing Caravans in the region as MAF transitions to an all-Caravan fleet there, Textron Aviation said.
With an all-Caravan fleet powered by the dependable PT6 engine, significant gains in reliability and mission impact will be achieved, said William Nicol, MAF International aviation director.
The Caravan provides capability that ensures an effective, efficient, and sustainable operationa critical consideration when operating with limited infrastructure in challenging conditions, where remote access often becomes a matter of life and death.
MAF has served the isolated communities of Papua New Guinea since 1951, bringing in aid workers, long-term development specialists, mission workers, doctors and nurses, teachers, and water engineers.
The missions have delivered food, medical supplies, and relief, water, and education to those living in remote areas.
MAF has gradually expanded its Caravan operations over past decade, Textron Aviation said, noting the turboprop single has now been operated into 95 percent of more than 230 remote bush airstrips.


Trade Wars Lead to Shooting Wars and Depressions "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Trade wars do not make people prosperous or countries great. Indeed, as Frederick Marks explains in this guest post, trade wars were a principal factor in making the depression of the 1930s a Great Depression, and helping set off the very-much-not-great World War II.

The current US President has imposed tariffs on imported steel and aluminium effective March 23, 2018 and proposes more tariffs on products imported from China. He has also proposed revoking US participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) which has enabled a large expansion of trade between the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Mr. Trump says trade wars are easy to win. Wrong. Everybody loses in trade wars.

Trade Wars Hurt Everyone

Mr. Trumps trade war will have a bad effect on American trade and on relations with nations around the world, including Canada, Mexico, China and other Asian nations whose companies do business in the U.S., and European nations.

Prominent American companies whose business will be hurt by Trumps trade war include Boeing and Union Pacific, to name only two.

Boeing currently sells nearly one-third of its airplanes to China. The Chinese earn U.S. dollars by exporting to the U.S. That is the source of the ability of Chinese airlines to buy Boeing aircraft.

Union Pacific is the largest U.S. railroad. It transports goods, both imported and of domestic origin through much of the U.S. The CEO of Union Pacific has warned that Trumps trade war will hurt not only the business of the railroad, but many other businesses that transport goods via Union Pacific.

American companies hurt by Mr. Trumps trade war will suffer shrinkage of their businesses and shrinkage in the number of people they employ.

The impact of a trade war started by the U.S. is likely to go far beyond a downturn in business for American companies.

Trade wars cause depression. Trade wars cause shooting wars.

French economist Frdric Bastiat (1801-1850) is often quoted as saying that when goods do not cross frontiers, armies will. Whether he said it or not, it's right.



Cartoon of the day by SonovaMin "IndyWatch Feed"

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Six questions for Philippe Blanchard, Managing Director, Total E&P PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guineas second LNG project is expected to be ready by 2023/24, according to Total E&Ps Managing Director in PNG, Philippe Blanchard. He tells Business Advantage PNG the company is also keeping its eyes open for other energy projects in PNG.

Business Advantage PNG (BAPNG): At what stage is the Papua LNG project?

Philippe Blanchard (PB): At the moment we are in the pre-feed stage and we need to finalise the final development scheme. We had initially considered a standalone LNG plant. But, since the partnership change in February 2017 and in order to improve project cost-effectiveness, weve been able to work more in detail with our partners on the feasibility of locating the Papua LNG liquefaction process within the existing PNG LNG plant. One of these options was disclosed to the market in February 2018.

So, we still have other options available, but that one is the most interesting one. It would mean having a total of five trains within the existing LNG plant.

Were still aiming to target the early 2020s window to be on the market. During construction, we expect to employ 20003000 staff in the Gulf Province.

BAPNG: What about infrastructure in Gulf Province? Have you made any decisions about what youll need to have in place?

PB: People often ask me about the infrastructure that will be needed. We will have wells, and what we call trunk lines, which are smaller pipelines just to run from the wells to what we call the central processing facility.

If there are other opportunities in Papua New Guinea well try to grasp them. We have not come to Papua New Guinea only for one project.

Gas and condensate production will be firstly processed in this plant, and from there we will send production by pipeline to the liquefaction facility.

In addition, we will have a logistic base managing goods transferred by river, and including also an airfield for personnel transportation. It will be used to bring in food, supplies, and...


Not acceptable "IndyWatch Feed"

Democracy in New Zealand is predicated on the fundamental rule that the executive and its agencies are accountable to Parliament, and through them to the people of New Zealand. We expect public servants and heads of public agencies to cooperate fully with Parliamentary oversight and investigations, and not attempt to mislead them or refuse to provide evidence. But that's exactly what RNZ Chair Richard Griffin is doing over his communications with his Minister Clare Curran:

RNZ chairman Richard Griffin says he has no intention of handing over a voice message left on his mobile phone by Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran.

"No, I have no intention of handing it over, so I'm in breach of the select committee directive," he told the Herald.

He declined to comment further, saying a letter outlining the reasons why had been sent to the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Select Committee.

This simply is not acceptable. The information the committee has requested is official information, received and held in Griffin's official capacity as RNZ chair. By refusing to provide it, he is effectively saying that he does not work for Parliament, or the people of New Zealand. And if that's his attitude, then terminating his employment and getting his successor to provide the records seems appropriate.

(Meanwhile the voicemail has been the subject of numerous OIA requests as well, and there seems no real reason to refuse them. Its an official document sent and received in an official capacity in which there is no privacy interest. But given Griffin's attitude here, it is likely that he will try and unlawfully refuse them. All this will do is delay release until the Ombudsman has ordered it).


Papua New Guinea Commerce Minister wants stock exchange opened up to attract more foreign investment "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Commerce and Industry Minister, Wera Mori, says the government is focusing on new laws to open up Papua New Guineas capital markets to attract foreign investment. He also told business leaders in Port Moresby that the government alone cannot rebuild the countrys economy and has called for a new bond between the state and the business community.

Commerce and Industry Minister Wera Mori. Credit: Loop PNG

Commerce Minister Wera Mori says the government wants to open up PNGs capital markets to attract foreign investment.

He indicated this would be done through the Port Moresby Stock Exchange (POMSOX), which would be opened up to include listings of investment trusts like special-purposes entities (SPEs).  

Clearing house

He later told reporters the SPEs would be used for large infrastructure and development projects. SPEs are independent companies owned by many shareholders from the public or private sector.

Mori said the Act would ensure the Exchange would become a clearing house for foreign equity and foreign direct investment and indicated the Securities Commission Act would be revived.

I am working with my department to eradicate loopholes preventing direct foreign investment.

Increased dialogue

Mori also urged greater dialogue with the business community to achieve what he called the mammoth task of creating 500,000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by 2030.

It means, he said, creating an average of 40,000 SMEs annually for the next 12 years.

Mori also called on stakeholders in the agriculture sector to begin talks on how to improve national development and open up food export markets.

He said there had been over-emphasis on the non-renewable extractive industries and the lesson has been not to put all our eggs in one ba...


In brief: Foreign exchange reserves to be about US$2 billion by years end, and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rise in foreign exchange reserves expected, K1.3 billion required annually for road maintenance work, and Ramu nickel project to have 35 year life. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Foreign exchange reserves are expected to be at about US$2.2 billion (K7.1 billion) by the end of 2018, according to the Bank of Papua New Guinea March Monetary Policy Statement. This compares to US$1.735 billion (K5.607 billion) at the end of 2017. The increase comes from more mining and petroleum tax, dividends, and royalty and development levy from the PNG LNG Project, it said. Governor, Loi Bakani, said the balance of payments recorded an overall surplus of K350 million in 2017 and in 2018, the balance of payments is expected to record a higher surplus of K1.533billion.


Works Minister, Michael Nali. Credit: Post-Courier

Works Minister Michael Nali has told Parliament he needs about K1.3 billion annually to repair and restore national roads to acceptable conditions. He also said he needs K7...


Highlands loses first round in Frieda River arbitration "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Protest outside the Highlands Pacific offices against the Ramu nickel mine marine waste dumping. Nov 2010.

Esmarie Swanepoel | Mining Weekly | 10 April 2018

ASX-listed Highlands Pacific is facing a $12.4-million bill relating to the Frieda River copper/gold project, in Papua New Guinea, after the first stage of arbitration found in favour of project partner PanAust...


Things are bad for Jacinda when even Tim Watkin cant say anything nice "IndyWatch Feed"

The media are not at all enamoured any longer with the peoples Princess. They built the narrative and now they are tearing it down. This is the fourth straight week of negative articles and now even those on the left are upset. Even snivelling lefty Tim Watkin, who wrote this at Pundit: For whatever reason, [] The post Things are bad for Jacinda when even Tim Watkin cant say anything nice appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Book Review: I Am Pilgrim "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What havent you found?  By Tony Fraei I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes is a long but fascinating book it combines a murder mystery and a plot to unleash a cataclysm on America. It is a true epic in which I was completely immersed. The lead character is a forensic criminal investigator. One of []


Capital punishment "IndyWatch Feed"

I really dislike Michael Cullen. He leads the pack in typical envious left wingers, even though he has done quite well for himself anyway. His branding of John Key as a rich prick when he came from a humble background, worked his way up to become wealthy, and then decided he wanted to do [] The post Capital punishment appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


April 11 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1806 - Declaration of war against Spain was received by the ship William Pitt.

1838 - The Broken River Massacre or Faithfull Massacre occurred today as a group of 18 stockmen were searching out new pasturelands near Wangaratta when they were attacked by 20 Aboriginal people as a reprisal for an earlier killing of several Aboriginals at Ovens; at least one Aboriginal and 8 Europeans died in this attack, with further reprisals taking place in the following months and years.

1856 - During a public chat session in Melbourne Dr Thomas Embling coined the phrase "Eight hours labour, eight hours recreation, eight hours rest" which was later incorporated into most industries (and the world didn't fall apart).

1862 - The North Geelong to Ballarat Railway Line (VIC) was opened.

1896 - Today saw the closing of the registration process to vote for the chickybabes in South Oz (including NT) and, although married sheilas were encouraged to list their marital status as their occupation, many bold hussies actually listed their paid occupations such as teachers, nurses, hotel keepers !

1897 - The Main Western Railway Line (NSW) was closed from Jct (Dargans Deviation) to Clarence (1st), opened from ct (Dargans Deviation) - Newnes Junction, Newnes Junction - Newnes Junction (1st), Newnes Junction (1st) - Clarence (1st).

1904 - A Victorian Royal Commission into the butter industry was established, coz we all know it's a rich, slippery, deliciously addictive substance that Needs Looking Into.

1914 - GJ Coles opened a "Nothing over a shilling" store in Collingwood (and the world didn't fall apart).

1916 - The Campsie to Flemington Goods Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1917 - First battle of Bullecourt, Western Front.

1921 - Bert Hinkler broke his aviation record from Sydney to Bundaberg then taxied the plane down the street to his mothers gate (and the world didn't fall apart).

1924 - The Red Cliffs to Werrimul Railway Line (VIC) was opened.

1934 Charles Ulm successfully delivers the first airmail from Australia to New Zealand.

1943 - Australia (II) received a report of a Japanese landing on the south east shore of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Although subsequent investigations proved negative, it appeared likely that the Japanese were either establishing fuel caches for submarines or aircraft or both, or landing small parties of men as commandos or coast watchers.

1948 - Adelaide was ripped apart by a tremendous gale that saw roofs and trees ripped up, massive damage all over the shop and a mere 72 mm of cloud juice falling. The coastline was hardest hit with large pieces of the Glenelg and Brighton jetties swept away to sea, leaving one man stranded at the end of the Glen...


Disgraced David Chung leaves PNGFA "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by Ola Bjerkevoll,
April 10, 2018

After first leaving his posts as President of the Oceania Football Confederation and Senior Vice President of FIFA, David Chung has now also resigned from the President role at the Papua New Guinea Football Association.
David Chung is now gone from all positions he held less than a week ago. Photo credit: OFC
The PNGFA confirmed the news earlier today in a statement.
The resignation comes after a week where Chung first stepped down from the OFC and FIFA citing personal reasons, but has later come under a cloud of suspicion surrounding corruption in regards to the building process of the OFCs Home of Football in Auckland.
 The OFC are preparing to investigate the matter and a committee well be put in place at the next congress in June.
Vice-President John Wesley Gonjuan thanks Chung in the statement released by the PNGFA for the work he has done for football in the country.
The statement continued with Gonjuan assuring that everything will go as normal at the PNGFA:To ensure good governance and accountability at all levels, the Executive Committee of PNGFA will adhere to the status of Papua New Guinea Football Association and comply with the process in electing a new President of PNGFA.
In the meantime, its business as usual at PNG Football Association, we will continue on with the planned activities for the year which includes, National Soccer League, National Youth tournaments during the school holidays, Besta FA Cup Regional & Finals, Womens Regional Tournament, Referees & Coaching development programs, PNGFA Football Development Programs and Education Centre Program.
The statement also touched upon the matter of the breakaway rebel football association, the Football Federation Papua New Guinea (FFPNG), started a little over a year ago, which have been in conflict with the PNGFA and Chung in particular since they broke off from the orig...


Animal trainers are teaching wildlife to conserve themselves "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Ken Ramirez honed his animal training skills working for many years with dolphins. Photo courtesy of Ken Ramirez Mention animal training and most of us imagine teaching a dog to sit up for a treat not something with an obvious conservation connection. But in fact, modern scientifically based wildlife training traces its origins not to canines, but to dolphins, aquatic mammals with whom trainers had to devise teaching methods neither involving force nor requiring direct contact. Today, the techniques first practiced with dolphins many decades ago are used with a surprising number of wild species, ranging from chimpanzees (not so surprising), to butterflies (quite surprising!). Notably, conservationists are finding that the skills of animal trainers can be effective in protecting animals, even in their natural habitats. The concept of training wild animals in their native environments seems strange to most of us, agrees Ken Ramirez, likely because we have the wrong idea about it. Theres a big misperception about what training is, he says. The simple definition of training is teaching, and teaching is not an unnatural thing. Wild animals teach their offspring how to find food, how to avoid predators; they are learning all the time via their interactions with their environment. The only thing a professional trainer does is we help guide that learning. Animal trainer Ramirez with an otter pup. Photo courtesy of Ken Ramirez Zoo learning Ramirez speaks from 40 years experience, including more than 25 years at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. He literally


Three contenders for Labour in Northcote "IndyWatch Feed"

The NZ Herald reports: Labour has announced the trio who have put their hands up to be the partys candidate for the Northcote byelection following the departure of MP Jonathan Coleman. They are Shanan Halbert, Richard Hills and Paul McGreal. Halbert, head of relationships at Te Wanaga o Aotearoa, ran against Coleman in 2017. He [] The post Three contenders for Labour in Northcote appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Francis H&SLet's buy Francis Nii a laptop & keep him writing good stuff for PNG & the world

Francis Nii the noted Papua New Guinean author whose home in those misty highlands is the Kundiawa Hospital has had a major laptop malfunction. Total screen failure and somehow hes making do.

Anyway, weve started an appeal to buy him a new Lenovo laptop to use from his hospital bed. This is available in Kundiawa and it has the added advantage of being packaged with an inkjet printer. We need to raise $1,000.

Donations gratefully received at this bank account from which the money will be transferred to Francis in PNG:  Keith Jackson, BSB 082-302, Account 50-650-1355. (Drop me an email here to let me know you've donated). Thanks so far to Garry Tongs, Ed Brumby, Donna Harvey-Hall, Kerri Worthington, Lindsay Bond, Murray Bladwell, Chris Overland, Phil Fitzpatrick, Keith Jackson, Toowong Rotary Club , Jim Moore


Bob Jones: Theres no greater restraint destroyer than the third glass of red "IndyWatch Feed"

I suppose at least half my meals over the past 50 years have been in restaurants, mainly through constant travel. I cant recall a single occasion where raucous male behaviour has necessitated pulling stumps early but certainly and particularly in the last two decades, too many occasions when always manless females, usually in their forties, have launched into full screaming mode. The post Bob Jones: Theres no greater restraint destroyer than the third glass of red appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Classic "IndyWatch Feed"


Thriving regions need health & rescue services "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Proposed changes to helicopter rescue services in the regions could cost lives.

. . Te Anau has not been included in the list of bases proposed under the National Ambulance Sector Offices (NASO) call for air ambulance services and will now be covered by Queenstown.

NASO is seeking larger area-based contracts, including one for all of the South Island, because the demand for air ambulance services has been rising.

If demand is rising why would they cut out a base?

Under the proposal, Fiordland will be covered by helicopters from Queenstown, but only if the three companies that provide services in the South Island now Heliworks in Queenstown, the Otago Helicopters in Dunedin and Garden City Helicopters in Christchurch band together to bid for a contract to cover the whole of the South Island. 

Lakes District Air Rescue Trust chairman Jules Tapper said the three companies had formed a company called HEMS NZ and were considering bidding for the South Island work, but twin-engined helicopters were required under the new proposal and Te Anau would not be a base,

Lakes District Air Rescue Trust operates emergency rescue helicopters from bases in Queenstown and Te Anau.

Tapper said lives would undoubtedly be lost under the new proposal if Te Anau was no longer a base.

They seem to think they can cover it from Queenstown but it is 20 to 25 minutes flying time from Queenstown to Te Anau before you head into Fiordland and lives will be lost in that time.

Having only twin-engined machines is a huge increase in costs and one size does not fit all. The new plan excludes Squirrels. Theyre fast, very nimble and can get into tight clearings and tight places where you cant get big machines. . . 

The trust covers the biggest geographical area in the country, from Haast to Alexandra and Invercargill and undertook rescues in the Southern Ocean.

It flew more than 400 missions a year and about 200 of them were from Te Anau.

The Te Anau based service also has experienced pilots who know the terrain and weather.

Southern Lakes Helicopters pilot Sir Richard Hayes, who was flying on Sunday and could not be reached for comment, was made a member of the N...


What a good idea: Plenipotentiary Advisory Review Looking Into All Matters Executive National Taskforce "IndyWatch Feed"

Liam Hehir joins the chorus of media commentators unhappy with the government. He writes at Stuff: The Government has been criticised for being addicted to forming working groups to meet its policy needs. Even Radio New Zealands Checkpoint, hosted by John Campbell, has tweaked the Government for it. Introducing a story on the matter, Campbell pointed [] The post What a good idea: Plenipotentiary Advisory Review Looking Into All Matters Executive National Taskforce appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Mid Week Quiz No. 117 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The latest challenge.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers on Sunday.   What was the exact of date of the Wahine disaster?   George Grey was both a governor and a premier of New Zealand. True of false?   What does the Maori word makutu mean? []


Curran chaos continues RNZ chair refuses to handover voicemail "IndyWatch Feed"

The Clare Curran fiasco enters its fourth week now. The NZ Herald reports that Richard Griffin wont hand over the voicemail from Curran: Quote. RNZ chairman Richard Griffin says he has no intention of handing over a voice message left on his mobile phone by Broadcasting Minister Clare Curran. No, I have no intention of [] The post Curran chaos continues RNZ chair refuses to handover voicemail appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Greens backtrack on question-time statements over patsy questions "IndyWatch Feed"

The Greens decision to hand over their questions to National because they believe that patsy questions dont add quality to democracy didnt last long. Less than a month to be precise. Newshub reported at the time: The Green Party is handing over most of its allotted question quota in Parliaments Question Time to the National Party. [] The post Greens backtrack on question-time statements over patsy questions appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


In conversation with Lionel Kaluat, former Labour Commissioner of Vanuatu "IndyWatch Feed"

Last month, on the sidelines of the Vanuatu Labour Summit, I caught up with Lionel Kaluat, the former Labour Commissioner for Vanuatu. Lionel is widely viewed as having been instrumental in Vanuatus early labour mobility success, which saw Vanuatu become the main provider of workers to New Zealand horticulture under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) program. I asked Lionel both about those early successes, and about recent changes to Vanuatus labour sending arrangements.

Matt: Lionel, you were Labour Commissioner when Vanuatu quite against expectations became the largest provider of seasonal workers under New Zealands Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme. What do you think was behind that success?

Lionel: Well, I believe the success story of how Vanuatu came to lead in New Zealand was basically because of the structure that we had right in the beginning which complemented New Zealand government policy.

And I think the beauty of the RSE program in the beginning was that New Zealand made sure that their backyard was cleared up, that the illegal workers were dealt with before the program commenced I always repeated to Australia to follow that example.

That was one of the reasons for RSE success: we started off with clear ground.

I then introduced a policy where we would not be reliant on the government as [an] agent, but where we would privatise the program by engaging agents, to ensure that there was no political interference. That was instrumental to that early success.

That allowed a transparent [and] accountable system to work, and we did so by trialing out the first 104 workers in a pilot. And the pilot proved successful.

Through that, employers in New Zealand found that our workers were reliable, competent. Thats how we first developed a trademark, or trade name: we are reliable workers, we can work eight hours a day, we are healthy, physically and mentally fit.

We also featured the skills our workers had, coming from rural areas. We picked people from rural areas who spent most of their time in the gardens.

I believe that once you do things right in the first place, you will always be right. So, we are very, very proud, and very glad that we actually had it on the right track right in the beginning.

And another good thing was our partnership with the New Zealand authorities. We were monitoring, providing advice, and making sure that things were done right in the first instance.

Matt: And its been, what? More than ten years since then? How do you think Vanuatu is going now in terms of labour mobility and its participation in the RSE and Australias Seasonal Worker Program (SWP)?



Building Blocks for improving the wellbeing of children "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Childrens Convention Monitoring Group has released a report called Getting It Right: Building Blocks that details where progress is being made and suggests future action. Key recommendations: taking children and their views into account when new policies are developed supporting childrens participation in decisions that affect them ensuring childrens privacy and best interests are []


Zuckerbergs testimony will reveal Trumps dissembling on Russia "IndyWatch Feed"

Washington Post

the Russian social-media scheme may be the showstopping revelation tomorrow. Zuckerberg provides the most recent figures, and the numbers are staggering:

We also saw some new behavior in the summer of 2016 when APT28-related accounts, under the banner of DC Leaks, created fake personas that were used to seed stolen information to journalists. We shut these accounts down for violating our policies. After the election, we continued to investigate and learn more about these new threats. What we found was that bad actors had used coordinated networks of fake accounts to interfere in the election: promoting or attacking specific candidates and causes, creating distrust in political institutions, or simply spreading confusion. Some of these bad actors also used our ads tools. [APT28, according to Zuckerbergs statement, is a group the U.S. government has publicly linked to Russian military intelligence services.]

We also learned about a disinformation campaign run by the Internet Research Agency (IRA) . . . We found about 470 accounts and pages linked to the IRA, which generated around 80,000 Facebook posts over about a two-year period. Our best estimate is that approximately 126 million people may have been served content from a Facebook Page associated with the IRA at some point during that period. On Instagram, where our data on reach is not as complete, we found about 120,000 pieces of content, and estimate that an additional 20 million people were likely served it. Over the same period, the IRA also spent approximately $100,000 on more than 3,000 ads on Facebook and Instagram, which were seen by an estimated 11 million people in the United States. We shut down these IRA accounts in August 2017. [Emphasis added.]

Trumps refusal for months to identify Russia as the culprit in a scheme to manipulateour election, and to acknowledge the effort was aimed at hurting Hillary Clintons campaign likely will be seen by more and more Americans as deliberate deception aimed to discredit the investigation into Russian interference.


Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed"

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"This is what winning a trade war looks like" "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

"'Trade War' (noun): Two heads of state, in defiance of morality and basic economics, compete to see which has the stomach to inflict the most injury on their citizens."
~ Amy Peikoff

Per Daniel Hankins, "This is what winning a trade war looks like":


North Island weather problems "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There has been wind and rain and cold in the south, but nothing overly dramatic (early in the year for a storm like this but otherwise not out of the ordinary). The worst of the southerly blast has hit central New Zealand, and moved north to hammer Auckland overnight. Stuff summarises: Widespread power cuts after []


Zero car target for zero road toll, or zero credibility? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Following her lost leadership bid Green minister Julie Anne Genter is still seeking attention, this time with announcement of a goal of zero road deaths over the coming decade. Its hard to see this being achieved unless accompanied by a zero cars and trucks goal, something that doesnt seem too far fetched as a Genter []


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

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


Stopping the War against Children: Operation Atonement Begins "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This Sunday April 15 on Here We Stand
at 3 pm pacific, 6 pm eastern and 11 pm GMT at
Jorge Bergoglio (aka pope francis) named by eyewitnesses as participant in Ninth Circle child trafficking and sacrificial cult August 4, 2017
This April 15 is the First International Child Holocaust Day- and the launching of Stage One of Operation Atonement:                                The disestablishment of the Vatican and all other churches that traffic and kill children. 


Severe thunderstorm, snow and tornadoes wreak havoc across New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A complex low crossed New Zealand on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and destructive tornadoes, tens of thousands of lightning strikes and low-elevation snow. At least 30 000 homes were left without electricity. This was the season's...... Read more


Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

We will learn that computers amazing as they are, still cannot come close to being as effective as human beings. A computer isnt creative on its own because it is programmed to behave in a predictable way. Creativity comes from looking for the unexpected and stepping outside your own experience. Computers simply cannot do that.  Masaru Ibuka who was born on this day in 1908.


Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed"

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


Unexpected golds are gold at Games "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There was a pair of very good results yesterday at the Commonwealth Games. Linda Villumsen backed up her gold four years ago with a silver this time in the womens cycling Individual Time Trial, losing to the favourite, an Aussie. This result wasnt unexpected. Hamish Bond was a bit of an unknown quantity in the []


Talk Nation Radio: Norman Finkelstein: Gaza Finds Nonviolence "IndyWatch Feed War"

Norman Finkelstein received his PhD from the Princeton University Politics Department in 1988. He is the author of ten books that have been translated into 50 foreign editions, including The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish Suffering and, most recently, Gaza: An Inquest Into Its Martyrdom. His books include What Gandhi Says, About Nonviolence, Resistance and Courage. His website is He will be speaking at World Beyond Wars annual conference this September in Toronto, Canada.

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Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

Todays face of the day is a beloved character from the American cartoon The Simpsons. The show is now being criticised for its portrayal of Indian shop owner Apu who is one of the shows longest-running characters. They claim that it is culturally insensitive. Of course, they totally ignore the portrayal of Homer Simpson who [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

The word for today is eschatology (noun) 1. The branch of theology that is concerned with the end of the world or of humankind. 2. A belief or a doctrine concerning the ultimate or final things, such as death, the destiny of humanity, the Second Coming, or the Last Judgment. Source : The Free [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed"

Proverbs 11 20 The Lord detests people with crooked hearts, but he delights in those with integrity. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Having regard to the many difficulties and unknown factors..... The Bougainville memorandum that might have been written "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Memo-8-march-2012CHRIS OVERLAND

ADELAIDE - The recent article by William Nakin MP about Bougainvilles forthcoming referendum on its political future made me wonder just what sort of advice may have been given to Peter ONeill about what he should or should not say on such a sensitive issue. With this in mind, I used some of my rusty bureaucratic skills to write an imaginary briefing note on the subject to Mr ONeill. It is, I think, a useful device for making explicit some of the complications involved that neither Mr ONeill nor Mr Nakin seemed willing to articulate. Perhaps this may stimulate some of our PNG colleagues to consider the problems that will arise irrespective of the outcome of the referendum in June next year - CO



TO:                 Prime Minister
FROM:           Secretary, Department of the Prime Minister
SUBJECT:      Bougainville


You have sought advice on the options available for dealing with the possible outcomes of the referendum on independence planned for Bougainville on 15 June 2019. There are a number of significant policy considerations for the government, irrespective of the outcome, which are discussed below.


Bougainville has been inhabited for at least 33,000 years. Its people speak languages belonging to three language families whose origins are unknown and presumably ancient, together with languages of the Austronesian family, which arrived from western areas with migrants of the more recent Lapita culture about three millennia ago. Bougainvilleans have developed an identity distinct from other ethnicities in Papua New Guinea.

Germany established control over Bougainville and Buka, Choiseul, Shortland and the Treasury islands in 1885, as part of European colonization in the Pacific. The British Empire established a protectorate in 1893 for the southern Solomon...


'Very unusual': April snowfall surprises South Island, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It appears winter has come early, with snow, rain and strong winds hitting much of the island, South Island locals say. Snow blanketed the South Island's high country and alpine passes as a low swept across the country today. Much of the South Island's high country and alpine passes saw snow overnight, including Lewis Pass, and Porters Pass. MetService said there could be more to come, with the Kaikura Ranges and high country in Canterbury and Otago facing more snow down to 500m later today.


China defends military buildup in disputed South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed War"



Japan Times
APR 10, 2018

Beijing defended its construction of what it called defensive facilities in the disputed South China Sea on Tuesday, saying the moves were not directed at any specific country, according to a Defense Ministry spokesman.

Chinas garrison on the islands and reefs in the Nansha Islands and the deployment of necessary national defense facilities are the natural rights of sovereign states, spokesman Ren Guoqiang said in a statement posted to the ministrys website.

China refers to the South China Seas Spratly chain as the Nansha Islands. The Spratlys are home to seven Chinese-held man-made islands that it has fortified with deep-water piers, military-grade airfields, defensive weapons and barracks.

Ren said the facilities help protect navigation safety, serve to ensure regional peace and stability and are not directed at any country.

He was answering a question about whether Chinas military deployments were a response to missions by the U.S. Navy to challenge Beijings claim to virtually the entire South China Sea. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Brunei all have overlapping claims in the strategic waterway.

Tuesdays remarks came on the heels of a report in the Wall Street Journal on Monday citing a Pentagon official who said that China has deployed military jamming equipment to its Spratly Island outposts.

That report said that the new jamming equipment was deployed within the past 90 days on Fiery Cross Reef and Mischief Reef, according to U.S. intelligence assessments.

China is currently in the midst of a military modernization program heavily promoted by President Xi Jinping, who has overseen a shift in focus toward creating a more potent fighting force, including projects such as building a second aircraft carrier, integrating stealth fighters into its air force and fielding an array of advanced missiles that can strike air and sea targets from long distances.

The Chinese military has also seen its forces drill to punch further into the Western Pacific with what it calls regular exercises.

Late last month, the Chinese Air Force conducted a series of exercises in the South China Sea and Western Pacific, where it sent advanced fighter jets and heavy bomb...


Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


Open Forum Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


And now the sports report the last bastion of fair play gone "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


1982 Games
Stamp from 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games - 36 years later, has sport lost its way?

TUMBY BAY - Ive been especially careful this week to avoid television sets, but its been harder than I thought.

Everywhere I go they are there; be it the local supermarket, airport or doctors surgery.

And theyre all showing the same program, the Commonwealth Games: an endless, mind-numbing cavalcade of running, jumping, swimming, pedalling and throwing of objects.

Ive got nothing against sport; if it turns you on thats well and good.

Its a great equaliser and a great substitute for more violent tendencies, like warfare.

Indeed, if our great religions made sport a mandatory part of their faith the world might be a much more peaceful place.

Well, in theory at least.

While sport is supposed to be about fair play and teamwork it is also used as a training ground for a certain sort of militancy. It is said it teaches boys to be men. What does that mean if not to be aggressive? Most football codes extol aggression in players.

Looking at ball sports, I never cease to be amazed at the infinite variety of on field targets that have been invented for the purpose.

Teams compete to put a ball through all sorts of arrangements of posts, bars, nets, sticks and little hoops on poles. The sexual message is overwhelming. Men being men and maybe some women being men too.

Ocker Australia loves sport. In what other country would you get two solid weeks of headlines about a couple of dopey cricketers sandpapering a ball?

Im still not sure the public was mesmerised because the players were cheating or because they were cheating and got caught.

Sport is full of cheats. Life is full of cheats. Sporty types take drugs to cheat. Who knows what else they do to cheat?

Winning has become paramount. To simply compete is not enough. People who lose are seen as failures.

The unstated truth is that, if you have to cheat to win. so be...


China in Talks for a Military Base in Vanuatu "IndyWatch Feed National"


Reports surfaced this week that the Chinese governments is in negotiations with the small South Pacific archipelago nation of Vanuatu to host a new PLA military base. The reports have since been denied by the government of Vanuatu, which maintains that it has never discussed a military base and plans to remain a non-aligned nation.



The prospect of a Chinese military base in the South Pacific comes as a shock to the Australian establishment, even drawing comment from Prime Minister Turnbull himself, who declared we would view with great concern the establishment of any foreign military bases in those Pacific Island countries and neighbors of ours.

Vanuatu, an archipelago of some 80 islands with a GDP per capita of approx. USD $2,800, is located some 2,000 km away from the northeast coast of Australia.

The post China in Talks for a Military Base in Vanuatu appeared first on Geopolitical Monitor.


Marine heatwaves have become 34% more likely over past century "IndyWatch Feed"

Marine heatwaves are now lasting longer and occuring more frequently across the world than in the early 20th century, a new study finds.

The research, published in Nature Communications, compiles a global record of marine heatwaves going back as far as 1925 for the first time.

The new dataset shows that marine heatwaves have become 34% more likely and 17% longer between the early 20th century and the early 21st century.

As global temperatures rise further, we can expect a continued global increase in marine heatwaves in future, with important implications for marine biodiversity, the lead author tells Carbon Brief.

Scorching seas

As with a heatwave on land, a marine heatwave is an extended period of unusually high temperatures. But while terrestrial heatwaves regularly make headlines around the world, their oceanic equivalents receive relatively little attention.

Yet heatwaves in recent years have had considerable impacts on the marine environment.

The Great Barrier Reef, for example, has seen four mass coral bleaching events in recent years caused by prolonged exposure to high sea surface temperatures (SSTs). A marine heatwave in 2010-11 caused the loss of 36% of the seagrass meadows in Shark Bay a globally significant store of carbon in Western Australia.

Other impacts of these heatwaves include mass die-offs of marine species, shifts in range and structure of marine communities, and the need to restrict or close fisheries.

The new study quantifies, for the first time, the long-term changes in frequency and length of marine heatwaves as the climate warms.

The researchers uses a definition of a marine heatwave that was recently agreed by an international working group, explains lead author Dr Eric Oliver, an assistant professor in physical oceanography at...

Tuesday, 10 April


Australian minister launches Adventist project in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by Darren Yorio,
April 9, 2018

ADRA initiative seeks to improve water supply, climate resilience, and adult literacy.

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop launched an Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Papua New Guinea (PNG) community empowerment project in the Kavieng District, New Ireland Province, on March 21, 2018.
Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop with Florence of Naliut, who shared her experience as beneficiary of ADRA PNG's literacy program. Photo: ADRA PNG

The ADRA-managed Inclusive Community Empowerment Project (ICEMP) will provide a clean water supply, greater resilience to climate change, and improved adult literacy for more than 12,000 people in the area.
The event was significant as it was the first time that a PNG Incentive Fund project is officially launched in the country by an Australian Federal Minister.
The Incentive Fund provides grants to high-performing organisations to improve service delivery and provide economic opportunities for the people of PNG.
 It is funded by the Australian Government.
The official launch included the signing of the project agreement by Australian High Commissioner to PNG Bruce Davis, and ADRA PNG Board chairman and Papua New Guinea Union Mission pr...


FIFA corruption concerns prompt Oceania probe into David Chung "IndyWatch Feed Niugini" | April 9, 2018

The Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) said Monday it will investigate "potential wrongdoings" after a FIFA audit into construction of its lavish new Auckland headquarters raised corruption concerns.
The move comes after the sudden resignation of OFC president David Chung two days before a meeting to discuss the FIFA findings.
Chung resigned on Friday citing "personal reasons", but FIFA subsequently revealed its audit had uncovered "potential irregularities" in the Auckland project.
FIFA said it had temporarily suspended OFC funding, part of a zero-tolerance approach to corruption introduced in response to numerous scandals that have tarnished its reputation in recent years.
The OFC said it agreed to meet all FIFA requirements to resume funding, conduct a forensic audit of the case and carry out its own investigation.
"The OFC Executive Committee has appointed an external lawyer to lead an internal investigation into potential wrongdoings and to take legal action if required," it said in a statement.
The FIFA audit raised concerns about construction of a sports hub in Auckland that Chung said would become "The Home of Football" in the Pacific region.
With a reported budget of NZ$15 million ($10.9 million), it was a pet project of Chung, the head of Papua New Guinea football who had led the OFC since 2010.
The New York Times reported that Chung and former OFC general secretary Tai Nicholas awarded contracts for the scheme without tender to companies with no track record in the area.
It claimed the audit showed many of the companies were set up just before the contracts were awarded and questioned their relationship with those driving the project.
The newspaper alleged the OFC's executive committee was planning to suspend Chung for "gross dereliction of duty or an act of improper conduct" at a meeting on Sunday before he fell on his sword.
Nicholas quietly resigned in December, also citing personal reasons.
The OFC has long had issues with governance and transparency.
Chung's predecessor Reynald Temarii of Tahiti was forced out in 2010 after being implicated in a vote-selling scandal during an undercover newspaper sting.
In November, former Guam FA president Richard Lai, who served on FIFA's auditing body, was barred from football for life after admitting to accepting almost $1 million on kickbacks.
OFC's current headquarters in Auckland, opened only eight years ago, is named after former president Charlie Dempsey, who created an uproar in 2000 during the vote to award the 2006 World Cup.
Dempsey had been instructed by Oceania to vote for South Africa b...


Accessing traditional land for development: How its done in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Accessing customary land for development in Papua New Guinea continues to be a challenge, while difficulties remain with securing finance against that land. Meanwhile, in New Zealand, Maori landowners are forging ahead with joint ventures, using leases as security and pooling financial resources. Kevin McQuillan investigates how its done, in the first of a two-part series.

The JV Mokai geothermal plant. Credit: Tuaropaki Trust

Theres nothing like seeing success to build even more success, says Jason Paul Mika, Lecturer in Maori Entrepreneurship and Management at Massey University in New Zealand.

Not since the burgeoning tribal economies of the first half of the 19th century, when surpluses from hapu-based (sub-tribal) enterprises sustained settlers and tribes, has entrepreneurship been viewed as an appealing possibility among Mori, he tells Business Advantage PNG.

Bankers, investors and suppliers are drawn to Mori enterprises as potential partners, eager to understand how to modify their offerings and methods with this market in mind, he says. More than 21,500 small and medium-sized enterprises now manage NZ$50 billion (K117 billion) in assets.



50 NYU student groups endorse BDS, call on university to divest from companies complicit in Israeli occupation "IndyWatch Feed War"

We, the undersigned student groups, pledge to participate in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian human rights by

  • Boycotting Israeli goods and goods manufactured in the Occupied Territories, except for those manufactured by Palestinians. For a list of what to boycott, visit
  • Boycotting Israeli academic institutions and conferences sponsored by the State of Israel
  • Boycotting NYUs pro-Israel clubs, Realize Israel and TorchPAC, by not co-sponsoring events with them, as well as boycotting off-campus pro-Israel groups such as Birthright-Taglit, StandWithUs, Christians United for Israel, the Maccabee Task Force, Mosaic United, Zionist Organization of America, American Israeli Political Action Committee, and the Anti-Defamation League
  • Endorsing the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement
  • Calling on NYU to divest its holdings from companies and funds that are complicit in the Israeli occupation of Palestine
  • Committing to continually recognizing indigenous land and sovereignty

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (catastrophe), during which more than 700,000 Palestinians were violently expelled from their homes by Zionist militias, and of the establishment of the State of Israel, which continues its campaign of ethnic cleansing of Palestine to this day in the form of Israels military occupation of the West Bank and the Golan Heights and brutal siege of Gaza.

We support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement for Palestinian human rights as it is a non-violent method of resisting Israeli apartheid from abroad. We call on NYU to divest its holdings from companies and funds that are complicit in the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement, BDS demands action by Israel to comply with international law. In just over a decade, BDS has blossomed to a global movement of religious organizations, academic associations, unions, and activist movements worldwide, and we are proud to be a part of this struggle for justice.


  1. Advocate Coalition (Against) Trafficking at NYU (Re-ACT)
  2. African Heritage Month
  3. African Student Union
  4. NYU Aftab Literary Magazine...


Oil Search continues mobile Medical Clinics in earthquake affected areas in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Oil Search continues to help the sick and injured, six weeks after the devastating earthquake on February 26th in Papua New Guinea .

The Companys medics have again covered Yalanda, Kekero, Huiya, Dodomona and Walagu villages attending to over two hundred sick men, women and children.

Working in makeshift aid posts, the team treated patients with muscular pains, diarrhoea and respiratory infections.

Crowded conditions in care centres can lead to an outbreak of diseases and its important we are treating these mild cases and decreasing the risks, said Dr Robert Imambu, Oil Search Medical Officer.

The mobile clinics also ensure roll out of vaccination for fiveyear-old children who have not been immunised since 2017 to prevent gastrointestinal diseases, tuberculosis and malnutrition.

Oil Search Foundation will support an immunisation program to the affected areas over the next month recognising the risks in the outbreak of diseases such as whooping cough and measles among the young population in crowded conditions.

Serious cases identified in the villages were medivacked to Oil Search Moro Medical Clinic where they were treated and monitored before being repatriated back to their respective villages.

Oil Search is focused on playing its role in supporting the communities, providing urgently needed help in terms of medical support and the mobile clinics will continue to assist the people in the affected areas.

These efforts are being coordinated by Oil Search and its Foundation staff.

We can't do it all but we are doing our bit in helping the people recover from this disaster, Oil Search Managing Director Peter Botten said.


World watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


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Israel Folau a strong role model despite saying gay people go to hell, Rugby boss Raelene Castle says "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is a video on-line of Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle talking about her meeting with Wallabies star Israel Folau and his manager into his social media post saying gays are going to hell if they dont repent and turn to God.

ABC News Australia

Israel Folau a strong role model despite saying gay people go to hell, Rugby boss Raelene Castle says

Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle has described besieged Wallabies star Israel Folau as a strong role model despite his social media post saying that gay people were going to hell.

Full-back Folau, a devout Christian, said homosexuals would go to HELL unless they repent their sins in a comment on Instagram on April 4.

He met rugby hierarchy today in Sydney to discuss social media policy, after he had been widely criticised for his comments.

Folau, 29, is one of the biggest names in Australian rugby.

We are in a negotiation with Israel to extend [his contract] and we would really like him to stay in rugby, thats hugely important to us, he is a great player, he has delivered some great outcomes for us and has been a really strong role model in the Pacific Islander community and we would like to see he stays in rugby, Castle said.

When asked if Folau understood the pain his comments could cause, Ms Castle replied: Yes, and I think Israel has acknowledged that maybe he could have put a positive spin on that same message and done it in a more respectful way.



'High risk of disease outbreaks' in earthquake-hit Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Two UN agencies have warned of the high potential of waterborne and vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks in earthquake-hit areas of Papua New Guinea.


Tuesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed"

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Podcast #13: Peter Richardson "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This week on the podcast we are joined by lawyer Peter Richardson, the spokesperson for Aotearoa Water Action AWA to discuss water bottling and freshwater issues in Canterbury.
AWA are taking Environment Canterbury to the High Court over water bottling consents issued in Christchurch, on the advice that ECan have not met due diligence over the consents.

Podcast Notes:

Aotearoa Water Action AWA
Bottle Off! Stop the Belfast Bottling Plants
If you can, please donate to the legal fund here: AWA Pledgeme
111,000 signature petition against water bottling
Presenting of Petiton to ECan Facebook event


365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Weather forecasts warned us it would be cold, and it is outside.

But, apart from my morning walk, today was a day when I could mostly stay inside where double glazing, insulation and underfloor heating keep the cold at bay and Im very grateful for that.


Funniest Jordan Peterson interview ever! "IndyWatch Feed"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to The post Funniest Jordan Peterson interview ever! appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Griffin wont voluntarily hand over Curran recording "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

After a weekend and a bit of pondering RNZ chairman Richard Griffin has advised that he wont hand over a recording of a phone conversation between he and Clare Curran, despite acknowledging this is in breach of a select committee directive. Its hard to know whether he is staunch in protecting the recording, or is []


FBI raid of Trumps personal lawyers office "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A high development in the US with the FBI raiding the home and office of Michael Cohen, a lawyer closely associated with Donald Trump. This doesnt mean Trump has been found to have done anything wrong, but it looks a more serious situation for Cohen. Reuters: FBI raids offices, home of Trumps personal lawyer The []


Estimated K500m is lost in wage theft, says PNG Trade Union Congress "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The PNG Trade Union Congress has condemned what it termed as wage theft in Papua New Guinea.

PNG Trade Union Congress general secretary John Paska said wage theft occurs when a job is undervalued or where a person is not paid the full amount for the position he or she is held against.

He said both instances constitute wage theft.

It is criminal and amounts to daylight robbery. It denies workers what is due to them and its bad for the economy because much of what is stolen is repatriated offshore, he said.

He said non-payment of legal minimum wages, overtime I allowances, superannuation and other benefits and entitlements all amount to wage theft.

Many employers for instance currently pay K2.50 (US$0.77) as opposed to K3.50 (US$1.08) minimum rate per hour. This means employees are being denied K1 (US$0.30) per hour or K80 (US$24) per fortnight over an 80 hour pay period.

Translated for 70,000 minimum wages earners in the country and it amounts to a staggering K145.6 million (US$44.9 million) in a year or K728 million (US$224 million) over the last 5 years stolen since the last minimum wage determination in 2013, Paska said

Throw in overtime allowances, undervalued jobs, superannuation and the magnitude of the problem becomes mindboggling.

Its wrong and amounts to stealing. While there are good conscientious employers, there are many bad employers who undercut good employers by stealing from their employees.

The worst offenders in PNG are those who pay below the legal minimum rate. Shop assistants, security, construction and plantation workers are the most abused.

Wage theft is an international phenomenon not unique to PNG. Billions of dollars are lost to wage theft in America alone, Paska said

We estimate K500 million (US$154 million) is lost yearly to wage theft in PNG. At this rate we have lost K21 billion (US$6.4 billion) but say K10 billion (US$3 billion) on a count back to wage theft alone since Independence.

Paska said the magnitude of the problem made wage theft one of the biggest problems confronting PNG today.



Theological Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed"

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Concerns as China in talks with Vanuatu about South Pacific military base "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, has said she is not aware of any Chinese plans to establish a military base in Vanuatu.

Fairfax Media reported on Tuesday that China was eyeing a base in the Pacific nation. China has diplomatic relations with many Pacific nations and is a major backer of development projects in Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Tonga.

Fairfax reported there had been informal discussions between China and Vanuatu, but no formal offer, about a military buildup.

Bishop told the ABC she remained confident that Australia is Vanuatus strategic partner of choice.

It is a fact that China is engaging in developing infrastructure and investment activity in places around the world, but to date there is only one military base that China has built, and thats [in] Djibouti in northern Africa, she said.

We must remember that Vanuatu is a sovereign nation and its foreign and defence relations are a matter for Vanuatu. The government of Vanuatu has said there is no such [Chinese military] proposal.

Bishop said Australian engagement with South Pacific nations was one of our highest foreign policy priorities and that Australia had partnered with China on development projects in the region, for example an anti-malaria project in Papua New Guinea.

The head of the national security college at the Australian National University, Prof Rory Medcalf, said any foreign power establishing a foothold in the South Pacific would represent a long-term failure of Australian policy.

For the first time since the 1940s, a foreign power with the potential to put Australian interests at risk would have a military presence in the South Pacific, he said.

I think theres no question that Australia needs to redouble its efforts to persuade Vanuatu and other Pacific island nations that Australia is and should remain their preferred security partner and development partner.

Perhaps its time for New Zealand to get more worried about the implications of Chinese power in the South Pacific as well.

Medcalf said a Chinese military base on Vanuatu would pose significant problems for Australian interests.

I dont think China would be doing this specifically or solely to harm Australian interests, but there would be harm to Australian interests as a major side-effect o...


High Risk of outbreaks in Earquake hit areas in PNG : UNICEF, WHO "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PORT MORESBY, 9 April 2018 UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) have cautioned about the high potential of waterborne and vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks in earthquake-affected areas of Papua New Guinea.

Major concerns include watery diarrhoea due to water contamination from landslides, poor sanitation and personal hygiene management; and the vaccine-preventable diseases due to already low immunization coverage in the Highlands region. According to the National Department of Health (NDOH), about 70-80 per cent of children in the severely-affected provinces are not protected against preventable diseases with routine measles coverage in Southern Highlands and Hela provinces in 2016 was just 18.2 per cent and 27.6 per cent, respectively.

At this stage of the emergency response, it is critical to restore the delivery of basic health services to the affected communities, such as immunization of children, said Dr Luo Dapeng, WHO Representative in PNG. We will continue to work closely with the NDOH, Provincial Health Authorities and partners to respond to these risks and to prevent a secondary emergency arising from disease outbreaks.

Karen Allen, UNICEF Representative for PNG, said that the current situation that children and families are experiencing now is a perfect situation for the emergence of disease outbreaks.

We are really worried because a majority of children in the affected areas already have low immunity, Allen said. And now, as they are living in the crowded shelters with poor-hygiene conditions, inadequate clean water and little knowledge to protect themselves, children are becoming much more vulnerable to diseases, including vaccine-preventable and water-borne diseases.

The February 26 earthquake of 7.5 magnitude and its hundreds of aftershocks have caused severe damage to nearly 65 per cent of health facilities in Hela and Southern Highland provinces. About 13 per cent of health facilities remain...


National debt on track to approach 100% of GDP by 2028 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

National debt is currently running at about 77% of Gross Domestic Product, and is on track to reach 100% of GDP in ten years. This, of course, is in the US. Reuters: Republican tax cuts to fuel historic U.S. deficits The deficit the amount that Washingtons spending exceeds its revenues will expand to []


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Is Gavin Hubbard's injury and possible career ending injury, karma?
Empathy and sympathy are in short supply but I am somewhat sad that he has chosen to make his gender confusion so public but that was always his  choice.
A bloke competing as a Sheilah is wrong in so many ways and the fact that most events are separated by gender is obvious to anyone with functioning brain cells.
That Nature sometimes creates a gender conundrum is no more or less sad than a person wanting to be a Michael Jordan and only reaching 1.5 meters in bare feet.

Sheilah tennis 'stars's only manage best of three sets while blokes can fight out five while all getting equal pay is utter bollocks.

To decide at thirty something he wants to be a girl leaves Mr Hubbard a bigger fraud than his idiot dad who managed to convince Aucklanders to elect him mayor. At least he ran as a bloke albeit a blouse.

Hows about make it bridge or macrame where it is unlikely gender makes a physical difference, Eh Gav? or if you still have the cojones maybe poker, as in put your money where your mouth is.

If your career is indeed ended then an embarrassing bit of sport gone mad is ended for now.
Who will be the first to deliberately maim themselves for a moment in history still awaits.

Many people who are freaks can attain greatness in playing a hand delivered by nature but they still have to train and work to make their advantage count, Mr Gavin Hubbard spent thirty years developing his body to compete in weight lifting as a bloke only then to trans  a hormonally developed  body to use that testosterone built body as a weapon to dominate a sport where women struggled to compete and it was OK, I do not think so.


New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fluoride evidence

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Davidson (Green) question not a patsy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When the Green Party (James Shaw) announced last month that they would give their parliamentary oral questions to National they reserved the right to still use some of them. They chose to do so today, giving new co-leader Marama Davidson her first crack at holding the Government to account. James Shaw says his co-leader Marama []


Vanuatu denies Chinese approach to establish military presence "IndyWatch Feed National"


SYDNEY (Reuters) Vanuatus Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu on Tuesday denied a media report that China wanted to establish a permanent military presence on the Pacific island nation, easing fears of several regional countries concerned about Beijings rising assertiveness.

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Australias Fairfax Media, citing unnamed sources, earlier on Tuesday reported that preliminary discussions to locate a full military base on Vanuatu had been held.

The prospect of a Chinese military outpost so close to Australia has been discussed at the highest levels in Canberra and Washington, Fairfax said.

Regenvanu, however, rejected the report.

No one in the Vanuatu Government has ever talked about a Chinese military base in Vanuatu of any sort, Regenvanu told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

We are a non-aligned country. We are not interested in militarization, we are just not interested in any sort of military base in our country.

Fairfax reported that Chinese naval ships would dock to be serviced, refueled and restocked at a Vanuatu port, with the agreement eventually leading to a full military base.

We would view with great concern the establishment of any foreign military bases in those Pacific island countries and neighbors of ours, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters in Brisbane.

Vanuatu, around 2,000 km (1,200 miles) east of northern Australia, was home to a key U.S. Navy base during World War Two that helped beat back the Japanese army as it advanced through the Pacific toward Australia.

Any future naval or air base in Vanuatu would give China a foothold for operations to coerce Australia, outflank the U.S. and its base on U.S. territory at Guam, and collect intelligence in a regional security crisis, Rory Medcalf, head of the National Security College at the Australian National University, said in a report for the Lowy Institute think tank in Sydney.

China opened its first overseas military base in August 2017 in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa. Beijing describes it as a logistics facility.

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Djiboutis position on the northwestern edge....


Sadiq Khan has destroyed London "IndyWatch Feed"

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The Bob Brockie Row "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  What exactly did the Kapiti science writer do wrong? Or is Bob Brockie on the side of the angels? By Alan Tristram A huge row has broken out over a column by Kapiti science writer Bob Brockie, who dared to question Otago Universitys decision to let a Maori consultative committee consider all science research []


Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

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The $10 Trillion Problem behind the Trade War "IndyWatch Feed"

I read a book a few years ago called Confessions of an Economic Hitman.

The author, John Perkins, claims it was a recount of his time working for an engineering consulting firm in the US.

His role was simple. Perkins would fly out to underdeveloped countries and convince their leaders to build massive infrastructure projects.

Perkins would sell them loans; these contracts went to some of the richest families in the US.

But heres the catch

Perkins only went to poor countries rich in natural resources. And theres a specific reason for this.

As Perkins says, all the loans that were written were never meant to be paid back.

When these countries realised they could never pay back the loans, they had two options: default and ruin their credit ratingor barter their resources in exchange to offset the debt.

In other words, these nations were desperate to upgrade their underdeveloped economic standing. They made deals with rich lenders, hocking themselves up to the eyeballs in debtonly to discover that they were hostages to the US dollar denominated loans.

And now a similar situation is unfolding

Look at this chart, which shows the incredible amount of debt floating throughout the financial system:

Emerging Market Debt 19902017

Source: The Daily Shot

Analysts spend a lot of time discussing federal government debt.

But what about smaller, private corporate bond issuance?

While US dollar denominated government bonds (light blue) has grown since 2014, it isnt the real problem.

The ignored danger in this chart is the corporate bond issuance of US dollar-denominated debt (dark blue).

Its risen significantly since the financial crisis ended in 2009. And now accounts for more than 50% of total emerging market debt, up around 25% from a decade earlier.

This chart shows the debt issued yearlynot the total amount outstanding.

In other words, half a trillion dollars in US debt is given to emerging markets, adding to the already high levels of emerging market debt.

A conservative estimate suggests US dollar-denominated debt in emerging markets is around US$3 trillion. However, in a recent interview with Jim Rickards, he told me this figure is much more likely to be US$10 trillion.

The debt isnt evenly spread throughout the financial s...


Caption competition "IndyWatch Feed"

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Malaysians will go to the polls on May 9 "IndyWatch Feed"

After many months of speculation and anticipation, Malaysias Election Commission has announced the date of the countrys 14th general election. Polling will take place on Wednesday May 9.

April 28 has been set as the day for nominations for the 222 parliamentary seats and 587 state constituencies.

The date for early voting for military and police personnel and voters living abroad is May 5.

On Friday last week, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong (king) consented to the dissolution of parliament, which came into effect on Saturday. The Election Commission (EC) then met to set the election date.

While the EC has the final say in deciding nomination and polling dates, the ruling party usually suggests the timing.

An election that takes place mid-week suits the ruling party as voter turnout is usually lower than at the weekend. The large diaspora of Malaysian voters  for instance in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Australia  would be less likely to be able to come back to vote on a Wednesday than on a Saturday or Sunday.

The Bersih 2.0 Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections said it condemned, in the strongest possible terms, the choice of polling day.

Not only is the campaign period only the minimum 11 days, it said, but polling day is on a Wednesday, a working day

Bersih 2.0 has appealed to employers to give their workers time off to vote, with no pay deductions, as required under the Election Offences Act. It is regrettable that this cost is now forced upon employers, Bersih said.

Most pundits predict that the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition will retain it...


Old white man of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

Quote: Poet, prophet, postman, social activist, alcoholic derelict, dogmatic catholic, randy libertine, spiritually brash showman, guru James K. Baxter was a compelling mix of high and low culture, sacred and profane. He cut an iconic figure as New Zealands indigenous counter-culture messiah, a reputation which has diminished little in the years since his death. [] The post Old white man of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Plenipotentiary  a person, especially a diplomat, invested with the full power of independent action on behalf of their government, typically in a foreign country; having full power to take independent action; invested with or conferring full powers.

Hat Tip: Liam Hehir


Earthquakes Hit California, Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska "IndyWatch Feed"

Some eight earthquakes have rocked the United States in quick succession, all of which have taken place on April 9.

The strongest of the earthquakes, and also the most recent, came in Perry, Oklahoma, when a 4.3 magnitude tremor hit the central US state.

However, there have been no reports of damage to buildings in the area.

People took to social media to share their experience, with one writing: Another earthquake in Oklahoma, shaking us awake just now!


The strongest earthquake came in Oklahoma

Other people share similar views, with Twitter user Arianna saying that she believes this is a sign that a bigger earthquake is coming.

She wrote: All these little earthquakes just leading up to the big earthquake soon that destroys us.

Since midnight, there have also been earthquakes in Alaska, Nebraska, Texas and three in California.

Both California and Alaska sit on the deadly Ring of Fire the largest and most active fault line in the world, stretching from New Zealand, all around the east coast of Asia, over to Canada and the USA and all the way down to the southern tip of South America which causes more than 90 percent of the worlds earthquakes.

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#SavedYouAClick "IndyWatch Feed"

Today we take a look at the Newshub Nation puff piece where the interviewer sat down with Golriz Ghahraman and had a chit-chat about toast, among other things. Kiwi Doge has saved us all the twenty minutes of our life that we would never get back again by editing the video for our enjoyment. The post #SavedYouAClick appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed"

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Letter: Fluoride evidence "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

JEAN Park (ODT, 5.4.18) asks if those opposing fluoridation have actually read the highly positive, robust scientific research. Could she enlighten me please as to where it is?

I conclude, after reading the recent papers by Bashash et al. and Thomas et al., who found higher maternal urinary fluoride levels during pregnancy were associated with impaired cognitive functioning at ages 1, 2, 3, 4, and 12 years, that pregnant women and children up to 7 should avoid the use of fluoridated water, tea and fluoridated toothpaste.

Further details are available in Fluoride 2017; 50(4):38592, at

Bruce Spittle
Ocean View

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Australia stumbles further down the donor generosity rankings "IndyWatch Feed"

Preliminary OECD data on donor generosity were released today. The data cover 2017, and should be troubling to any Australian politician thinking of cutting aid in the coming budget.

In the 2017 calendar year, Australian aid was just 0.23 per cent of Australias Gross National Income (GNI). Australia now lags badly behind the median aid donor (which gives 0.29 per cent). The chart below shows you how Australia compares to other donors. It is worth looking at the countries in Australias neighbourhood. For the first time since 2005, Australia gives less aid as a share of GNI than Japan. Beneath Australia are the notoriously tightfisted United States, alongside countries like Spain, Portugal and Greece that have been through brutal recessions, and a group of countries such as Slovenia and Poland, all with GDPs per capita less than half that of Australias.

Is this really Australias place in the world?

The next chart shows how Australias ranking as a donor has trended over time. A score of one means most generous. There are 29 donors in total. As you can see, Australias standing is not improving. It has fallen to 19th in 2017, its lowest ranking in the group (which was also achieved one other time, in 2005). Needless to say, further aid cuts wont help this.


The past twenty years in politics "IndyWatch Feed"

There is nothing like a quiet Sunday morning to do some reflection (after the household tasks have been done, of course!)  I was thinking back to the 2002 election and the appalling result for the National party. I admit that I understand why it happened because I was one of the many National voters to [] The post The past twenty years in politics appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

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How to help penguins (photos) "IndyWatch Feed"

Penguins are found in the Southern Hemisphere and come in all sizes ranging from 13 to 48 inches in height. The smallest is the little penguin from Australia and New Zealand; the largest is the emperor penguin of Antarctica. While these birds cannot fly through the air, they are very adept at using their wings to propel themselves through the water. Some penguins can dive to depths of about 1,750 feet. Their dark and light feathers are tightly packed 70 feathers per square inch keeping them insulated in the cold conditions of the marine environment where they live. Chinstrap penguins are found in Antarctica and the worlds other southernmost islands. Changing ocean conditions affect their main food source, krill. Credit: Julie Larsen Maher / WCS Penguins are social animals that live in colonies like this one of chinstrap penguins characterized by noisy vocalizations. Credit: Julie Larsen Maher WCS Penguins are noisy and use various calls to attract mates, find their chicks, frighten off would-be predators, or just fuss with their neighboring penguins. Several species have distinctive calls. Magellanic and gentoo penguins bray. Chinstrap penguins scream, causing quite a cacophony in their colonies. Today, penguins are in trouble. They depend on the sea for food and coastal lands to nest, rear their chicks, and molt. Close to two-thirds of the worlds 17 penguin species face population pressures from threats like overfishing, oil spills, and man-made changes to the birds environment. Macaroni penguins are among the penguin species that


Lets (not) tax this "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The National Party has updated its election tax advertisement as it works to counter the governments fuel tax grab.

The National Party is highlighting Labours double whammy of national and regional fuel tax increases by launching an advertisement to illustrate the costs faced by consumers and a petition to encourage people to voice their opposition, Nationals Transport Spokesman Jami-Lee Ross says.

These taxes will hurt consumers in the pocket. As well as the direct impact on what you pay at the pump, they have an effect on most other products you buy, and that really adds up, Mr Ross says.

The Governments plan is to hit consumers twice, firstly in Auckland but also around the country.

The net result is motorists paying up to a massive 25 cents a litre in more tax thats $15 every time you fill up the car.

And the regional fuel tax legislation makes it clear that other regions are expected to be paying for regional fuel taxes even though Labour said they wouldnt be able to.

People will end up paying more and getting less. This is particularly so in regional New Zealand where the nationwide petrol tax increase is paired with a big decline in state highway investment.

Regional New Zealanders are being made to shell out for new trams down Aucklands Dominion Road.

People are angry on this one. The Government needs to rethink its approach and ease up on the cost increases on Kiwis.

They claim they are worried about peoples incomes and then they hit them with this.

The three parties in government claim to be determined to help the poor.

Any increase in fuel tax will hit the poorest hardest and more than counter any gains they might have made through increases to the minimum wage or government payments.

You can sign a petition against the tax here.


Lisa Vernon left Yumi Yet Limited after finding out about Fazilah Bazahri's corrupt intentions. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Lisa Vernon was a founder member of Yu Yet, a company set up with the intention to encourage and support grass roots approaches to well-being and literacy in PNG. Lisa is a highly qualified management consultant and set up YuYet in order to offer management consultancy services.   Lisa invested considerable sums of her own money in the organisation, setting up a successful literacy training network WanpelaSkulimWanpela and offering training to literacy tutors and schools. 
She would like to make it clear that during this time she received only 1,000 kina for expenses from Caritas plus 15,000 kina from NCDC for the Walk for Life programme. A considerable part of this funding was spent on supporting, transporting and feeding the young people involved in the yoga programme. These funds also contributed to her secure accommodation for one month. For the reminder of her time working on Walk for Life and WanpelaSkulimWanpela, she was accommodated by friends and funded by herself.
In November 2015 Lisa resigned from the company due to her concerns about the skills of her business partner Fazilah Bazahri and her worries about corruption.  In December 2015 Lisa was threatened at gunpoint and subsequently left the country.  She has continued to support literacy development in PNG and she feels strongly that the money spent on the Yoga programme would be much better spent on literacy projects such as Buk Bilong Pikinini.  Lisa believes that Walk for Life should remain a grass roots programme led by local people and that Yoga is only one very small element of supporting the people of PNG to lead healthy and productive lives.
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Food Glorious Food : Bread Pudding "IndyWatch Feed"

When I was a child, my grandmothers and my mother regularly made bread pudding. This was and is one of the most evocative memories of my childhood.

Bread pudding is comfort food, portable pleasure and makes use of food that otherwise might go to waste.

But, to Adam and many others it is a remembrance of ones past. However, it is a food that has not only survived, but due to British expansionism has migrated elsewhere. For example New England

On my first visit to New Orleans in the USA, way back in the 1980s my wife and I came across, without knowledge one of the great New Orleans restaurants Le Bon Ton Roulet, it was around the corner from our hotel.

Comfort food, but moved to a higher plane.

Here is a good basic recipe which Adam used the other day. It yields an excellent result with capability for adaptation.

Somewhat intriguingly my Google searches tend to suggest hat in Australia and NZ, our preference is for Bread and Butter Pudding . Why?

Are there any NZ and Australian variants of this English classic?

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Golden Moments on the Gold Coast "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Para athletes add to the magic By Roger Childs It was a brilliant idea to include the competition for Para-Sport in with the rest of the Commonwealth Games. The crowds love it and there is huge respect for these athletes who perform brilliantly against the odds. Last night our amazing swimmer Sophie Pascoe, minus a []


Will it really make enough difference to be worth the pain? "IndyWatch Feed"

The Government Policy Statement 2018 (GPS 2018) is out in draft for comment. There has been much commentary about the CoL bloviating about modal shift and climate change and public transport and cycling and walking and rail and getting those evil drivers out of the single-occupant vehicle trips etc etc. The 2017 figures for the [] The post Will it really make enough difference to be worth the pain? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


William Fergus Fergie McCormick "IndyWatch Feed"

Some time ago I wrote an article here on my favourite All Black, George Nepia.  The saying went not who was the greatest ever All Black fullback but who was eligible to tie up his laces.  One man that certainly was is Fergie McCormick.  In a New Zealand world of tough, very tough, rugby men [] The post William Fergus Fergie McCormick appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.



Press release: Villa Education Trust disappointed in new governments transparency "IndyWatch Feed"

One of the key platforms of the new government was to be their transparency. The charter school situation is in the public interest, there are threats to close them and legislation before the house to do just that. The Prime Minister and Minister of Education have both stated that there will be an open and [] The post Press release: Villa Education Trust disappointed in new governments transparency appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Oral questions 10 April 2018 "IndyWatch Feed"

Questions to Ministers MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Prime Minister: Ka t a ia i runga i tana krero m te iti rawa o te mahi haumi i roto ratonga tmataiti, , n runga i tr, we didnt know it would be this bad , mn kua pnei rawa, ka phea te nui o te iti rawa o te [] The post Oral questions 10 April 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The sharks are circling a wounded Malcolm Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Malcolm Turnbull has certainly got himself into a mess. Thirty times and hes down for the count at Newspoll.

This is significant. Thirty times down is the excuse he gave for toppling Tony Abbott from the Liberal Party leadership and prime ministership of Australia. This leaves him in a considerably weakened position, and the sharks are circling.

Turnbulls low stocks mean something much more serious than whatever personal embarrassment may be involved. At the core of the problem,  is that he leads a political party and government that have a way of thinking and policies that are being rejected by society, compounded by Turnbulls considerable inability to apply them in full. It may not be all his fault. Any leader of the same party and government would face the same difficulty. Its just that hes there and he is the one wearing the flack.

Sometimes it can be a bit hard to look past the personality and get to what lies behind what is going on. The reality is that the government is heading towards electoral defeat, because the whole of it is on the nose.

There is one solid reason for this. The government presides over a situation where the average person perceives that their position or is increasingly insecure is getting worse. There is little faith in the future. No matter how often politicians tells them how good it is, they the average person knows that it gets ever harder to make ends meet, and they are forced to live on debt to maintain a decent the standard they are accustomed to.

Meanwhile, they see fabulous salary hikes going to corporate chiefs, massive tax evasion being carried out by the biggest companies, outrageous charges handed down by the banks, Telcos and power companies, and all lining up for massive handouts from the government. Essential services are cut back for this.

Opportunities for finding good full time and permanent work are dwindling and wages growth is stagnant and does not keep up with rising costs.

There is a housing affordability crisis that shows no end in sight.

The government is seen to do nothing about any of these things. Matter of fact its even worse. They are seen to be part of the problem.

While they do deserve to be taken to account over their responsibility, the problems go back quite a way before the Turnbull government came into existence. Back in 1983, soon after the Hawke/Keating administration came into being, neoliberalism became the mantra of government in Australia.

One of its first expressions was the Prices and Incomes Accord, which contrary to the beliefs of many at the time, was about transferrin...


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Water essential to feed New Zealand Mike Chapman:

Reality: plants need water to grow, and that water supply needs to be consistent and reliable.

In the past two years, there have been extreme climatic events, alternating between intense periods of rain and drought. Last winter, heavy rain made vegetable growing difficult in the North Island. Supply was short and prices went up. Supply had to be supplemented from parts of New Zealand that rely on irrigation to sustain fruit and vegetable growing.

In December, the country went into drought. After having had too much water for months, then there was none. In Waimea, growers were forced to make decisions about which trees would not fruit and would have water supply reduced to root stock survival levels only. This is a highly productive area for horticulture and water supply during dry periods is vital. In fact, to maintain production and produce high quality vegetables and fruit a consistent supply of water is needed throughout the main growing areas in New Zealand.

Water storage and irrigation are key for sustainable growth of horticulture to feed New Zealanders. Water storage helps keep river flows at the right level during heavy rain, to use during drought. . . 

B+LNZ finalising brand mark and strategy for Red Meat Story:

Michael Wan, B+LNZs Global Manager Red Meat Story, provided farmers with an update on the progress of the Red Meat Story at our recent Annual Meeting in Gisborne.

As you may be aware, B+LNZ is currently finalising the proposed brand mark, story and Go-to-Market Strategy for the Red Meat Story.

Subject to discussions with the sector, these are expected to be shared with farmers later this year, before being rolled out to global markets, in partnership with processors.

What is clear from the work we have done so far is that the New Zealands red meat story is more than a brand, story and activation plan, says Michael. . . 

No more NZ lamb for French Canadian restaurateur Eric Frykberg:

A French Canadian woman has stopped buying New Zealand lamb for her restaurant.



View from your window "IndyWatch Feed"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: This is a photo from my window looking across Tasman Bay towards the Arthur range, named after Captain Arthur Wakefield a key figure in the settlement of the Nelson region. He later met an untimely end. Captain Arthur Wakefield obtained warrants to arrest Te Rangihaeata [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Geopacific kicks off Woodlark DFS in PNG "IndyWatch Feed"

Geopacific Managing Director Ron Heeks (left) on site in PNG

Matt Birney | The West Australian | 10 April 2018

Aspiring gold producer Geopacific Resources has kicked off its Definitive Feasibility Study for the Woodlark Island project in PNG and all things being equal, should have the completed document on the street by the third quarter of this year.

The DFS follows on from the companys encouraging Pre-feasibility Study results, which were announced in March, after an extensive work program throughout 2017.

The PFS supports the development of a conventional open pit operation delivering an average output of 100,000 ounces of gold annually for at least 10 years, with an all-in sustaining cost to produce of A$1100 per ounce.

Exhibiting very simple metallurgy, a high gravity gold content, low striping ratios, lowish CAPEX and a post-tax payback of just over 2 years, the Woodl...


Labours fiscal commitments "IndyWatch Feed"

Michael Reddell gives a clear analysis of why we should cast a sceptical eye over the Ardern regimes current misinformation campaign.

croaking cassandra

There has been plenty of talk in the last few days about the fiscal pressures the government finds itself facing.   There are echoes of the great fiscal hole controversy from last years election campaign.   And so it seemed like a good time to revisit a post I did back then on these issues.

In that post I first explained what Labour had done

Labour has laid out their numbers in a series of summary tables.  They have explicitly identified numbers for each of their (revenue and expenditure) major policy initiatives, and made explicit summary provision for the cost of a group of less expensive policies.  And they identified how much (or little) still unallocated money they would plan to have available.   The resulting operating surplus numbers are almost identical to those in PREFU, but where they do take on a bit more debt   to fund NZSF

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Wrong answer Simon, wrong answer "IndyWatch Feed"

Simon Bridges needs to make a mark; if yesterday is anything to go by it was the wrong mark. Newshub reports: National is opposed to the Governments fuel tax hikes, but wont promise to roll them back if it wins the 2020 election. Fuel tax is expected to rise 10c a litre over the next three [] The post Wrong answer Simon, wrong answer appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Another World Class mining company disaster "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The structure that caused the death of six Newmont Ghana staff

Newmont suspends all mining operations in Ghana indefinitely over deaths

GhanaWeb | 9 April 2018

Mining giant Newmont Ghana Limited has indefinitely suspended mining activities at all its sites in the country as investigations into the death of six of the firms subcontractor staff takes shape.

Six persons, all contractor employees of the construction services company, Consar Limited, died when the roof of a reclaim tunnel at the Ahafo Mill Expansion project, which is under construction, collapsed on them Saturday.

Two others who were with the six, escaped with minor injuries. They have since been treated and discharged.

The bodies of the six have since Sunday morning been retrieved from the tunnel, TV3s Kwabena Adu-Gyamfi who is at the site at Kenyasi in the Brong Ahafo region reported.

Newmont, which commenced operation in Ghana in 2006 currently, operates two main mining sites at Akyem...


Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

NZ media please read, understand and action


What a newspaper needs in its news, in its headlines, and on its editorial page is terseness, humor, descriptive power, satire, originality, good literary style, clever condensation, and accuracy, accuracy, accuracy! Joseph Pulitzer who was born on this day in 1847.

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Windblown timber should be recovered "IndyWatch Feed"


The government denied National Party List MP Maureen Pugh support for her Private Members Bill which would enable the harvesting of windblown trees on conservation land following adverse weather events.

Today I moved a motion in Parliament, seeking support from Government MPs to have my bill adopted and set down for first reading next week. My bill would allow the Director General of DOC to authorise the removal of specified windblown trees on Conservation Land following a significant weather event, Ms Pugh says.

This a practical bill which embraces environmental responsibility and supports regional economic development.

The proposed Adverse Weather Timber Recovery on Conservation Lands Bill follows on from the legislation implemented following tropical Cyclone Ita in 2014, which saw a number of native forests in the West Coast and Tasman severely impacted.

This 2014 legislation was supported right through the process by local MP Damien OConnor and his Labour

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Our territory is our life: one struggle against mining in Ecuador "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Members of Sinangoes guardia indigena established last year to protect their territory from miners and others. Photograph: Nicolas Mainville/Amazon Frontlines

The AI Cofan in the Amazon fight back against small-scale gold-miners invading their land and new, large-scale concessions upriver

David Hill | The Guardian | 9 April 2018

Three AI Cofan men were staring down at a pit of rocks, dead foliage and filthy water where two gold-panners were working. Beyond was a sluice and hoses running down to the rushing, green waters of the River Aguarico. To the right, there was mud, more rocks, more equipment, a makeshift tent and camp. Behind, to the left, a Hyundai excavator and a track running downriver.

No more than two weeks before, no track had existed and all this had been primary forest. Now that was gone. Only an area about 110 x 50 metres, you might say, but this is how gold rushes start.



Cartoon of the day by BoomSlang "IndyWatch Feed"

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Oscars Song 1935 Lullaby of Broadway "IndyWatch Feed"

Harry Warren(music); Al Dubin(lyrics)This is from a 1980s revival with the great Jerry Orbach, later of Law & Order. I saw this production, it starred Millicent Martin as well


Iwi Consultation: Necessary or Nonsense? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Treaty has no place in scientific endeavour. To make it the centrepiece of the Royal Society beggars belief. Scientist, journalist and cartoonist,  Bob Brockie consideration of the Treaty of Waitangi has added depth and breadth to  our scientific endeavours. Dr Margreet Vissers, Associate Dean Research, Otago University Sciencific journalist in hot water By []


High risk of disease outbreaks in earthquake-hit Papua New Guinea - UNICEF and WHO "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


PORT MORESBY, 9 April 2018 UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have cautioned about the high potential of waterborne and vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks in earthquake-affected areas of Papua New Guinea.

Rihanna Sam (4 years old) is from Mendi and is suffereing an infection in her femur after her leg was broken during the earthquake. UNICEF/UN0184899/Mepham

Major concerns include watery diarrhoea due to water contamination from landslides, poor sanitation and personal hygiene management; and the vaccine-preventable diseases due to already low immunisation coverage in the Highlands region.
According to the National Department of Health (NDOH), about 70-80 per cent of children in the severely-affected provinces are not protected against preventable diseases with routine measles coverage in Southern Highlands and Hela provinces in 2016 just 18.2 per cent and 27.6 per cent, respectively.
At this stage of the emergency response, it is critical to restore the delivery of basic health services to the affected communities, such as the immunisation of children, said Dr Luo Dapeng, WHO Representative in PNG.
We will continue to work closely with the NDOH, provincial health authorities and partners to respond to these risks and to prevent a secondary emergency arising from disease outbreaks.
Karen Allen, UNICEF Representative for PNG, said that the current situation of children and families is a perfect situation for the emergence of disease outbreaks.
We are really worried because a majority of children in the affected areas already have low immunity, said Allen.
 Now, as they are living in the crowded shelters with poor-hygiene conditions, inadequate clean water and little knowledge to protect themselves, children are becoming much more vulnerable to diseases, including vaccine-preventable and water-borne diseases.
The February 26 earthquake of 7.5 magnitude and its hundreds of aftershocks have caused severe damage to nearly 65 per cent of health facilities in Hela and Southern Highland provinces.
About 13 per cent of health facilities remain closed.
However, most of the health facilities that re-opened can only attend to emergency services.
The Government estimates that 270,000 people are in need of urgent assistance. About 125,000 of them...



0730 Friday, Ohau B canal, time to evac to home base.

Current temperatures, rain, hail in paradise today might just have been be right.

ps McKeowns self service at Mayfield on way south before Easter diesel $1.002 per liter, on way home $1.028. In Wanaka in the interval close to $1.50. Almost $30 a fill savings.


Someone is not being truthy over Middlemore, my pick is the government "IndyWatch Feed"

There is a lot of murk being chucked around about the state of Middlemore Hospital, so much so that Jonathan Coleman has taken it upon himself to speak out. Radio NZ reports: Former Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says documents show he was not warned about rotting buildings at Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland. RNZ has [] The post Someone is not being truthy over Middlemore, my pick is the government appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Wake up and smell the coffee "IndyWatch Feed"

There is a delicious irony in the fact that Phil Twyford insists that the petrol tax increases will only amount to the price of a cup of coffee a week. As the tax increases are going to be phased in over the next three years, I suspect that it will end up costing a lot [] The post Wake up and smell the coffee appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


April 10 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed"

1803 - St. John's Church, Parramatta was established.  It became the church of Samuel Marsden, the "Flogging Parson".

1811 Get your skateboard out, the Parramatta - Sydney Road was open for business after 21 convicts, with their bare hands and hand tools, had carved it out.

1816 - Punitive forays against Aborigines at Grose, Nepean and Hawkesbury Rivers by a detachment under Captain Shaw and Captain Wallis of the 46th regiment.

1829 - Surveyor Knapp was instructed to select veterans grants at Dapto.

1837 - The Gov of NSW, Sir Richard Bourke, having swanned about BearBrass or Batmania as it was known declared today that the official name for the capital of the Port Phillip Colony shall be Melbourne (brown nosing to the then-PM of England William Lamb Viscount Melbourne) and that other place shall be Williams Town, named after the English King, William IV.
Think I'd prefer to be known as a Batmaniac myself...

1839 - Establishment of Port Lincoln ; The Port Lincoln Herald reported that the Special Survey of 15 000 acres of land adjoining Boston Bay at Port Lincoln, undertaken in February by Messrs Smith and Hawson, had already resulted in nearly 300 people settling in the area.

1847 The Maitland Mercury reported on this day about the BIG melon John Bell Squire managed to grow on his farm at Cockfighter's Creek, Warkworth (NSW) that measured 4 feet around its girth and weighed 66lbs (30 kilos).

1851 - The Anti-Transportation folks in NSW had got themselves into a right state about preventing further convicts from trotting Down Under so today in 1851 The NSW Association for Preventing the Renewal of Transportation emailed good Queen Victoria a petition to show they meant business.

1861 - George Dalrymple, Commissioner of Crown Lands, led an overland party to settle Port Denison (Bowen) which was funded by the Queensland Government that was hoping for more revenue by opening up areas for pastoral endevours. Dalrymples party travelled overland, while another bunch of party animals led by Captain Henry Sinclair travelled by boat. They met at Port Denison on this day and proclaimed the town of Bowen.

1862 - Sir Henry Barkley was in a party mood today when he officially opened the railway line from Geelong to Ballarat - so he joined the 500 guests and members of the Victorian Parliament in a grand banquet.

1885 - The Morwell to Boolarra Railway Line (VIC) opened.

1902 - During a debate in the Parliament it was stated that The Commonwealth Franchise Act 1902 denied the voting rights of Aboriginal natives of Australia unless so entitled under Section 41 of the Constitution. Garran advised that half-castes were not disqualified from voting but that all people in whom the aboriginal b...


Dark Ages An Age Of Light E03 The Wonder of Islam "IndyWatch Feed"

An interesting episode as it looks at a time when art and science flourished in Islam.


Sorry, diversity score is too low, so no offence can be taken "IndyWatch Feed"

When the minister for non-males Ms Julie Anne Genter made her pronouncement that it was time for old white men to move off corporate boards to make way for diversity, a number of Oilers fired off a complaint to the Human Rights Commission. Mine looked like this: (as fed back from the HRC website) Who [] The post Sorry, diversity score is too low, so no offence can be taken appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Indonesia land swap, meant to protect peatlands, risks wider deforestation, NGOs say "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

JAKARTA A program under which pulpwood and logging companies in Indonesia must preserve and restore any peat habitats that fall within their concessions could lead to greater deforestation, NGOs warn. Up to half the land that could potentially be awarded to these companies under a land swap scheme is classified as natural forest, the groups say. This amounts to 9,719 square kilometers (3,753 square miles) of forest, an area roughly the size of Lebanon. We fear that vast areas of natural forest, especially in Kalimantan [Indonesian Borneo], Sumatra and Papua will be designated for land swaps and converted into pulpwood plantations in the name of peatland restoration, the coalition of NGOs said in a statement. The biggest concern among activists is Indonesias easternmost region of Papua, home to 35 percent of Indonesias remaining rainforest and the last untouched swaths of pristine forest left in the country. The land in sparsely populated Papua is already being targeted by the government and businesses as a new frontier ripe for logging concessions and oil palm plantations, which have already nearly depleted the forests of Sumatra and Kalimantan. The land swap program threatens to accelerate the pace of deforestation in Papua, the NGOs say. They calculate that Papua faces the biggest risk of deforestation under the program of any region in Indonesia: Up to 4,730 square kilometers (1,825 square miles) of natural forest, an area the size of Grand Canyon National Park, could potentially be handed over to pulpwood and timber producers under


Syria: the makings of a sustained foreign entanglement "IndyWatch Feed"

Syrias civil war has all the hallmarks of a sustained foreign entanglement that may make Afghanistan look like a kindergarten picnic in contrast. The catastrophe has been acute for seven years now and is nowhere close to any kind of amelioration - in fact, the malady is really just becoming chronic, for its sucking in so many outside actors from some very significant nations. The post Syria: the makings of a sustained foreign entanglement appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Adani struggling to find home for Carmichael coal "IndyWatch Feed"

Adani chairman Gautam Adani

Adanis proposed Godda Power project, designed to provide power to Bangladesh from Carmichael coal, would prove financially unviable and a poor strategic fit for Bangladesh, concludes a report published today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).

The IEEFA studyAdani Godda Power Project: Too Expensive, Too Late, and Too Risky for Bangladeshfinds also that the project is being promoted at least in part by Adani to justify its struggling Carmichael coal project in Australia.

Adani sees the Godda project as a way to provide an alternative destination for coal from Carmichael, for which it has so far failed to secure any funding, said Tim Buckley, IEEFAs director of energy finance studies, Australasia.

Mr Buckley noted that Carmichael coal was originally intended for Adani Powers import-coal-fired Mundra plant in India, which is failing.

More broadly, he said Godda would be a policy catastrophe for its target market. The plant is being proposed as a way for India to export power from Jharkhand State into nearby Bangladesh.

Godda would lock Bangladesh into expensive electricity with high emissions at a time when cleaner, cheaper alternative sources of energy are rapidly being deployed across India, Mr Buckley said. Importing coal from Australia and then railing it 700 kilometres past the largest coal reserves in India would simply make any electricity produced at Godda too expensive.

The report notes that Adani Australia Chief Executive Jeyakumar Janakaraj has pushed for a Carmichael-supplied Godda as a way to lift millions of Bangladeshis out of poverty.  Yet the power purchase agreement struck with Indias poorer neighbour is geared primarily toward assisting Adani companies at the expense of Bangladesh.

The logistics of the proposal can only work because the power purchase agreement allows Adani Power to pass the full cost of importing the coal onto Bangladesh, Mr Buckley said, noting that the estimated Godda tariff of Rs6.65/kWh (A$0.13/kWh) would be higher than Indian state-owned utility NTPCs thermal power tariff of Rs3.21/kWh (A$0.06/kWh).



"The opposite of Leftist identity politics isnt the alt-right." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

"The opposite of Leftist identity politics isnt the alt-right. They are both forms of collectivism. The opposite of all identity politics is individualism."
~ Alice Smith.


Windblown timber should be recovered "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The government denied National Party List MP Maureen Pugh support for her Private Members Bill which would enable the harvesting of windblown trees on conservation land following adverse weather events.

Today I moved a motion in Parliament, seeking support from Government MPs to have my bill adopted and set down for first reading next week. My bill would allow the Director General of DOC to authorise the removal of specified windblown trees on Conservation Land following a significant weather event, Ms Pugh says.

This a practical bill which embraces environmental responsibility and supports regional economic development.

The proposed Adverse Weather Timber Recovery on Conservation Lands Bill follows on from the legislation implemented following tropical Cyclone Ita in 2014, which saw a number of native forests in the West Coast and Tasman severely impacted.

This 2014 legislation was supported right through the process by local MP Damien OConnor and his Labour colleague Rino Tirikatene. These two MPs saw the need for this legislation at the time, but it is disappointing the Government didnt take a similar pragmatic approach today when they denied my motion to introduce the bill.

Removing and processing these windblown trees which would otherwise lie decomposing on the West Coast forest floor would provide jobs for region along with clearing space for native regeneration two areas which NZ First claims to be passionate about.

Recent Cyclones Gita and Fehi have made this bill necessary, as large quantities of trees were felled. We need to be prepared by implementing legislation to deal with significant events like this in the future.

The West Coast lost a lot of jobs when the previous Labour-led government axed the sustainable logging of native trees.

The National-led government introduced legislation to allow wind blown timber to be recovered after a big storm in 2014.

Pughs Bill seeks to allow that to continue.

If the government is serious about regional development, it should support this bill.

Removing and processing windblown trees would be much for employment, the environment and the West Coast and wider economy than the waste to energy project which experts advised should not be funded.


Northcote by-election is on 9 June "IndyWatch Feed"

The date has been set for the Northcote by-election. Stuff reports: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced the Northcote by-election will be held on June 9. The Auckland seat is vacant after the resignation of National MP Jonathan Coleman, who has left to take up a job in the private health sector. Nationals nominations closed Tuesday and [] The post Northcote by-election is on 9 June appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Oh yeah, a zero road toll you say, Id like to see you make that happen "IndyWatch Feed"

Honestly, I dont know what to make of Julie Anne Genters target of a zero road toll, but thats what she wants to do. Stuff reports: The Government will look at introducing a zero road death policy by 2020 as it strives to curb the countrys unacceptable road toll. Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter made the [] The post Oh yeah, a zero road toll you say, Id like to see you make that happen appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Another day, another lie from Golly G "IndyWatch Feed"

Golriz Ghahraman just cant help herself with her lies. She falsely claimed that handguns are unregulated in New Zealand. She claimed to have prosecuted war criminals when she was, in fact, defending them. She has also claimed that Interpol is looking into some trolls even though Interpol do no such thing. On The Nation at [] The post Another day, another lie from Golly G appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Five things the Australian Government could do to be a leader in the global compacts "IndyWatch Feed"

Its tempting to hide behind numbers when youre making excuses for inaction. Australia has become adept at it.

The world has 65 million displaced people. Many are stuck between homes they can never return to and countries who cant support them long-term.

When confronted with this global crisis, Australia has one number that makes us look impressive: we accept the third largest number of refugees for formal resettlement each year an expected 18,750 people in 2018. But our resettlement numbers pale in comparison to countries like Lebanon that neighbour conflict zones; Lebanons population today is 20 per cent refugees.

Globally, developing nations who have financial and security struggles of their own host 84 per cent of the worlds refugees.

Wealthy nations should be doing far more to support displaced people globally. This was recognised by UN member states in the September 2016 New York Declaration, which committed all countries to finding a fairer way to manage population flows and better share the responsibility for humanitarian and migration crises.

In the follow up to the Declaration, UNHCR was charged with developing a Global Compact on Refugees. Countries are now negotiating the content of the Compact, which will be finalised in July. A similar process is underway to develop a Global Compact on Migration.

Australia must stop hiding behind our resettlement intake, and make meaningful commitments to do our fair share. Below are five concrete actions the Australian Government can take in the global compacts process to step up to the refugee challenge:

  1. Develop a domestic program of action with concrete commitments.

Australia should develop a whole-of-government program of action in follow up to the global compacts. As a starting point for this program, Australia should bring its refugee resettlement quota back up to its previous level of 20,000 places, and then incrementally work to double it in the next five years. The UN Refugee Agency estimates that 1.2 million refugees need resettlement. But in 2016 only 125,000 refuge...


Philippines may become ISIS' next caliphate, here's why... "IndyWatch Feed World"

There are many indications that ISIS, or ISIS-inspired entities, are looking to renew their armed insurgency in the Philippines. As is typically the case, wherever ISIS goes, the US military is not too far behind. Not many people will be aware that aside from the fact that peace-prize-laureate Barack Obama was bombing at least seven predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East at any given time during his presidency, he was also secretly drone-bombing the Philippines, as well. Obama's drone campaign, of course, was widely regarded as one of the most effective recruitment tool for groups like ISIS (incidentally, a group now growing from strength to strength in the Philippines). In fact, Operation Enduring Freedom Philippines, launched not long after the September 11 attacks rocked the United States in 2001 (and ending in 2014), is considered the largest US counterterrorism effort in the Pacific theater. When an ISIS-inspired insurgency in the Philippines made headlines last year, the US military assisted the country's authorities in its crackdown not long after. Shockingly enough, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte did not actually expressly authorize America's renewed involvement in his country, having long signaled a greater desire to turn away from the United States and focus more on rebuilding relationships with rising giants Russia and China.


How intrinsically linked is the environment and social justice? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Greens have been re-expressing how they think that environmental issues cant be separated from social justice. Green list candidate from last election: When Simon Bridges says he wants to work with the Greens on environmental issues, but not the other stuff hes showing he doesnt understand that the health of people, the environment, and the []


Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed"

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


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

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


Of course there is racism in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Taika Waititi has stirred things up by saying that while New Zealand is the best place on the planet it is also racist as fuck. I agree with him on both counts. I havent had to experience the sort of racism he describes, but have had to deal with prejudices. This came from an interview []


Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What a newspaper needs in its news, in its headlines, and on its editorial page is terseness, humor, descriptive power, satire, originality, good literary style, clever condensation, and accuracy, accuracy, accuracy! Joseph Pulitzer who was born on this day in 1847.


Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed"

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


Manus a tourist destination or a crime against humanity? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mungo MacCallum
Mungo MacCallum

MUNGO MacCALLUM | John Menadues Pearls & Irritations

OCEAN SHORES - My first reaction to the report that the Australian government was planning to boost tourism in Manus Island was one of disbelief and revulsion. This was the place well, one of the placesthat successive coalition ministers gloated was hell on earth.

The cynical myth of the so-called Pacific Solution as a tropical paradise of palm trees and beaches had been well and truly dispelled: Manus was a gulag, a prison camp where asylum seekers, whether genuine refugees or not, could be left to suffer and if necessary die in the national interest.

It was and is a monument to political brutality, opportunism and a jingoism that frequently crosses the border into racism. To turn it into some kind of pleasure resort would be an obscenity.

And yet perhaps there is a kind of sense to the idea. Perhaps the tourists would not come for the surfing and scuba diving, but for those all too recent memories.

Perhaps they would finally able to see for themselves the horrors that have been implemented in Australias name and understand the viciousness of the regime or regimes that decreed them.

After all, many of the more terrible sites of history are kept as monuments. Without making any direct comparisons, Auschwitz-Birkenau arguably the most memorial in history attracts hordes of visitors every year not in order to wallow in some kind of morbid curiosity but to bear witness to the Holocaust and determine never to repeat it.

Manus, of course, is not on that scale, but the motivation is uncomfortably similar: the obsession with national borders and security and the belief that those who do not meet the demands of the state can be considered disposable.

As far as we know, Manus has only killed six of its inmates to date, two of them allegedly recovering in Australian facilities. But the calculated negligence of Peter Dutton and his departmental goons makes it clear that this hardly matters, just as the hand-...


4 golds, 2 silvers, but a lesson for Walsh "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Some good results from the Commonwealth Games yesterday (but a warning about counting your medals before they are won): World Champion Tom Walsh won gold in the mens shot put to claim New Zealands second medal of the track and field competition beating the next closest by 20cm. New Zealand weightlifter David Liti won a gold medal with []


Liam Hehir takes the piss "IndyWatch Feed"

In this article on Stuff, Liam Hehir devastatingly takes the piss out of the Ardern regimes love of working groups with some satisfying side swipes along the way.

Read and enjoy


Government to drip feed health underfunding stories pre-budget "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Former Health Minister Jonathan has finally spoken about what he knew about the building problems at Middlemore Hospital that seem to have suddenly emerged. RNZ: Coleman says documents show he didnt know about hospital rot RNZ has been reporting on hospital buildings at Middlemore Hospital that are full of rot and potentially dangerous mould. Theres also []


Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

Hungarys Prime Minister Viktor Orbn has said that the Hungarian people now have a major battle behind them. Quote: This has been a decisive win in the future we are going to be able to defend our mother country. End of quote. The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


TVNZ goes OTT in Games Coverage "IndyWatch Feed"


Colin Peacock & @MediawatchNZ

TVNZ gave away the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and Sky TV was the only game in town again four years later. Mediawatch asks why TVNZ has decided to go for gold with the Games again this year and if its a sign of things to come for other live sports  including the Rugby World Cup.

TVNZ have gone over board with coverage of these games. Arguably why over the top. Various people have commented on this. Furthermore some viewers find some of the coverage poor.

Adam finds the coverage, like most excessive coverage irritating and dismissive of segments of the audience.

Furthermore given the huge screen time given to the Games, then why spend so much of the news bulletins on Games coverage.

In March 2017, TVNZs Mike Hosking said on Seven Sharp the Games were an anachronism that should be canned after one last hurrah on the Gold Coast. Disappointing news for his bosses who had decided to get back in the game a year before.

Seven Sharp co-host Toni Street stuck up for the Games at the time and she is now the studio host for the Gold Coast coverage.

Now that theyve got these rights back, they want to go really big. Never before have we been in such a digital, multi-platform era where people dont just want to watch on TV. They also want to watch on their online devices as well, Toni Street said to Stuff this week, bigging up TVNZs multi-channel plans.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games are now on TVNZ 1, TVNZs Duke channel and a special dedicated pop-up TVNZ channel available on Sky and Freeview and on-demand: TVNZ Games Extra. Theres also another channel available online-only at TVNZ OnDemand.

All that is great for sports fans without Sky, and a far cry from 2009 when TVNZ killed off its Freeview Sports Extra channel purely to save the costs of transmitting it.

But TVNZ these days still operates as a fully commercial beast ex...


Zuckerberg apologises ahead of hearings, NZ data breaches "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Mark Zuckerberg has apologised ahead of hearings in Congress over Facebook data breaches and possible effects on the 2016 US election. In the meantime it has been revealed that about 64,000 New Zealanders may have been involved in the data breaches. More talk from Zuckerberg over ongoing Facebook data revelations, but  Congress will be looking []


Middle East escalation Syria, Russia, USA, Israel, Iran "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Different situations in the Middle East are escalating concurrently. The most prominent is the alleged chemical attack in Syria, and related allegations that the US were responsible for a missile attack (Israel has now been blamed). BBC: Suspected Syria chemical attack kills scores At least 70 people have died in a suspected chemical attack in []


Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed"

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The Papua New Guinean voice is as important as any other voice "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Author Samantha Kusari - Papua New Guinean writing can stand proudly on the world stage

This message from the My Walk to Equality project team was presented by SAMANTHA KUSARI to the students of Paradise College, Port Moresby, to mark their annual writing awards ceremony

PORT MORESBY - Congratulations to all students for participating in the writing competition. It is so wonderful to hear from your staff member Samantha Kusari of this annual literary activity encouraged by your school.

Ms Kusari is a published Papua New Guinean author and you are quite so fortunate to have her literary talent so close by.

The 'My Walk to Equality' project team is a voluntary group of 45 Papua New Guinean women writers (including Ms Kusari) supported by two gentlemen who have spent over 12 years encouraging, publishing and distributing PNG-authored books.

They are Keith Jackson AM and Philip Fitzpatrick, co-founders of Papua New Guinea's annual national literary competition, the Crocodile Prize.

We have a vision of using literature to include the voices of Papua New Guinean women in the national conversation about all social issues.

We published an anthology in 2017 that has reached thousands of readers around the world. It is remarkable the reach and feedback we have received. The world is eager to read writing by Papua New Guineans.

Our team would like to encourage the students of Paradise College to take these points to heart:

Seek and appreciate the support of the teaching staff of Paradise College to develop your writing skills. Be excited about this writing competition every year.

Read - always read - because it is a big part of the developing your writing skills in school and throughout your life.

Write -  because the Papua New Guinean voice on paper is as important as any other voice in the world of writing and literature. On this point we'd like to especially encourage all female students of Paradise College.

Use every opportunity you can to get your writing published and shar......


Transgender female weightlifter competes despite 25% advantage - but forced to withdraw after elbow injury "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Four years ago, weightlifter Laurel Hubbard transitioned from being a male to a female. She will now compete in the women's weightlifting competition at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, in spite of protest. The Commonwealth Games is an athletic competition (similar to the Olympics) between countries that include 53 members comprised of the former British Empire. The competition has carried on since 1930. Cited as one of New Zealand's "brightest medal prospects," the 40-year-old is facing scrutiny over whether or not her competition against naturally-born women is fair. Otago University physiology professor Alison Heather said that "in general males outperform females across most sports, in weightlifting and strength sports...(and) that male to female difference can be as high as 25 percent." Heather added: "A man transitioning to a female has physiological advantages that they take into their new female life based on their previous male life." She described those advantages such as having naturally larger hearts and lungs, muscle mass and bone structures. Hubbard qualified under the parameters set for transgender athletes by the International Olympic Committee, which are also followed by the International Weightlifting Federation. The metrics are based on testosterone levels, and after twelve months of hormone therapy, Hubbard is able to compete in the women's category.


Media watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


Open Forum Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

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