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Friday, 15 December

02:21

How will Trump Admin policy rollbacks impact efforts to combat climate change? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Given that Donald Trump tweeted in 2012 that he believes concern about global warming is the result of a ploy by China to make American manufacturing less competitive, and then in a 2014 tweet explicitly called global warming a hoax, it was no surprise when his administration moved aggressively to undo the climate actions taken by former President Barack Obama. Trump began exploring ways to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement before he was even sworn into office, and announced on June 1, 2017 that he was officially pursuing withdrawal from the pact signed and ratified by Obama. The soonest any country can formally withdraw is four years after the Paris Agreement went into effect, or 2020 but Trump made it clear at the G20 summit in July that the US would immediately cease any effort to honor the emissions reduction plan (known as a nationally determined contribution or NDC) that the Obama Administration committed to in ratifying the accord. Under Trump, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a key component of Obamas climate legacy that sets limits on greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation, and has gutted numerous other rules and regulations aimed at drawing down emissions, reducing our use of fossil fuels, and otherwise protecting the environment. So what impact will this climate action rollback have? A new analysis from the World Resources Institute (WRI) seeks to answer that question by looking at seven different

For Papuan villagers practicing conservation, a bid to formalize the familiar "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

TAMBRAUW, Indonesia It took more than two hours by boat, through a driving rain, to reach the village of Saubeba from the nearest large town of Sausapor in Indonesias West Papua province. There, locals had gathered to discuss a government-backed plan to designate Tambrauw district, of which Saubeba is a part, a conservation zone. On paper, at least, this would seem a no-brainer: 80 percent of the districts nearly 11,400 square kilometers (4,400 square miles) is lush forest that falls within existing conservation or protected areas; its coast is a hatching ground for the rare leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), and its rainforests home to exotic birds-of-paradise (family: Paradisaeidae). The idea to officially designate the entire district a conservation zone came in 2011, following the election of Gabriel Asem as district chief. Tambrauw itself was only established in 2008, as part of the newly formed administrative province of West Papua. Map of West Papua province (green). Photo courtesy of Bwmodular/Wikimedia Commons. Gathered in the downpour that November day in Saubeba, representatives of the various indigenous communities living in the area discussed with local authorities what the conservation designation would mean, not just for the district but also their way of life. Many of us here still dont understand what conservation means, its still unfamiliar [to us], said Bernadus Yewen, a community leader. If it means protecting the forest, then weve been doing it since the time of our ancestors. It was a sentiment widely shared by the others in

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Thursday, 14 December

23:43

PNG LNG PLANT LENDS NEIGHBORING SCHOOLS A HAND DURING DRY SEASON "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Port Moresby: Recently, staff at the PNG LNG plant, operated by ExxonMobil PNG, successfully concluded a three-month program to deliver potable water to schools in the villages of Lealea, Papa, Boera and Porebada. The schools and students were being impacted by this years dry season, with students being unable to complete full days at school due to water shortages.

The water cartage initiative began in September after the site Operations team was able to adjust plant needs for water and redirect a portion of the sites potable water supply to the cartage program. A delivery roster was then set up with the schools to provide potable water on a regular basis.
A total of 300,000 litres of water was delivered to 12 schools; Redscar High School, Porebada Primary and Elementary Schools, Maiari Pre-school, Papa Primary, Elementary, and Pre-Schools, Lealea Primary and Elementary Schools, Bogi Literacy School and Boera Primary and Elementary schools.
LNG Plant Operations Manager Jagir Baxi, was pleased with everyones efforts. The dry season this year had a prolonged effect on the communities around our LNG plant. Many of our staff live in the communities so we have a first-hand understanding of the difficulties they were facing.
I am glad that we were able to assist the schools and students through this small but important contribution. Most importantly, the water deliveries to schools was successful in helping students to complete their year of study with as little interruption as possible, said Jagir.
The dry spell recently broke with the arrival of good rain around Port Moresby.

23:41

Provincial Publich Servants and precinct board exchange views on leadership "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Provincial public servants and Precinct Board exchange views on leadership
Regional public servants and the Board of the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct came together in Madang recently to exchange insights and ideas about public sector leadership and delivery of services in subnational areas. 

More than 45 participants at the Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governances project management short course took hold of a unique mentoring opportunity with the Precincts eminent Executive Advisory Board, which included Archbishop Douglas Young, John Kali, Fr Jan Czuba, Bruce Davis, Dame Meg Taylor, Tony Shepherd, Jean Kekedo and Serena Sasingian. 
Course participant Angella Wauwau, community development officer in the Nuku District of West Sepik Province, said public servants were being trained to ensure local communities are empowered to respond to local issues and opportunities. 

We officers at the district and LLG level experience firsthand the challenges, problems, needs and aspirations of our people, Ms Wauwau said. 
We need to be equipped with knowledge and skills refresher courses and short courses empower us and motivate us. 
I believe this is the right direction and way forward to assist public servants - we can go back to serve our people and we can deliver government services effectively and efficiently. 
Project Management was the first Pacific Institute of Leadership and Governance short course to be run in Madang with Precinct support, which is increasingly focused on providing opportunities for subnational public servants. 
Douglas Kilipi, DDA Executive Officer & Project Manager in the Mul-Baiyer District of Western Highlands Province, said public servants in regional areas each have a crucial role to play in national development. 
AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMM ISSION PORT MORESBY 
It all boils down to us public servants. We do...

23:36

Judges sworn in "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


H.E. Grand Chief Sir Bob Bofeng Dadae, GCL, GCMG, KStJ, Governor General of Papua New Guinea, today presided over the swearing in ceremony of a judge and acting judges of the National and Supreme Courts of PNG.
They are:
1. Jim Wala Tamate appointed as a Judge of the National & Supreme Court of Justice for a term of 10 years commencing today. Justice Tamate will be based in Port Moresby and will serve in the Human Rights division of the judiciary alongside Justice David Cannings.
2. Sinclair Peniel Gora appointed as an acting Judge of the national Court of Justice for a period of 12 months commencing today. He will be based in Wewak, East Sepik Province.
3. David Abiri Susame appointed as an acting Judge of the National Court of Justice for a period of 12 months commencing today. He will be based in Kokopo, East New Britain province.
4. John Richie Benaud Kaumi appointed as an acting Judge of the National Court of Justice for a period of 12 months commencing today. He will be posted to Lae, Morobe province.
5. John Kamane Numapo appointed as an acting Judge of the National Court of Justice for a period of 12 months commencing today. He will be based in Lae, Morobe province.
The judge and acting judges recited before the Governor General the Declaration of Office, Declaration of Loyalty and Judicial Declaration.
The swearing in ceremony was witnessed by Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia, Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika and fellow judges.
Pic1: Acting Judge David Abiri Susame

23:07

Why A Tax Credit May Not Be The Best Way To Foster Adoption "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This is an article about adoption. But first, let me tell you about our recent minivan shopping.

You see, our current vehicle is 10 years old. It still runs fine, more or less, and I had hoped to hold onto it for a while longer yet, until I was excited about something new on the market or the vehicle needed major repairs, whichever came first.

But we take it for granted that subsidies towards electric car production have to be given to the consumer in the form of tax credits,when the whole thing could have been arranged as direct government subsidies to manufacturers and it wouldnt have even been under discussion in the tax reform proposals because no one would have considered it a part of the tax system.

So it is with the adoption tax credit, which was recently threatened in Congresss tax bills, but then restored. The rhetoric of the credit is that its a beautiful pro-life benefit and, in taking it away, Congress is practically consigning children to lives in orphanages or being snuffed out in abortion. But is that accurate?

Lets Review Some of the Facts and Figures

According to Adoption: By the Numbers, published by the National Council for Adoption, in 2014, there were a total of 69,350 unrelated domestic adoptions. Of these, only 18,329 were adoptions of infants. Split another way, of the total number of unrelated adoptions, 47,094 were through public agencies, 16,312 through private agencies, and 5,944 were private individual adoptions (no agency involved). Notably, private adoptions dropped by 55 percent from 2007 to 2014.

At the same time, there were 5,647 immigrant-orphan adoptions (2015 Department of State data). This is a small fraction of the 22,989 at the peak of overseas adoption in 2004, due to various sending countries tightening their regulations amid concerns about baby-buying. These children are largely toddler- and preschool-aged.

In 2012, when there were 8,600 such adoptions, 10 percent were infants, about 60 percent were between the ages of 1 to 4, and the remainder were older. The largest number, 36 percent, came from China; other top sending countries were Ethiopia, Ukraine, and Haiti.

And adoption is indeed expensive. According...

23:07

Free and Open Indo-Pacific Remains U.S. Goal "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The Economic Times

WASHINGTON: The US has elevated its engagement with India as part of its effort of a free and open Indo-Pacific, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said amid Chinas increasing assertiveness in the region.

The US for long has been favouring a larger role for India in the Indo-Pacific region to pursue common interests in the strategically key area.

As part of the free and open Indo-Pacific, we have elevated our engagement with India, Tillerson said.

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Rex Tillerson

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Weve long had a trilateral relationship in the Indo- Pacific between Japan, Australia, and the US, and were now working towards whether this will become a quad relationship to include India because of the importance of Indias rising economy as well and I think shared national security concerns that we have with India, he said.

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On Americas relationship with China, he said the administration now have a very active mechanism in which it can put complex issues on the table.

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And we have differences, such as the South China Sea and Chinas building of structures, militarisation of these structures, and how that affects our allies in the region as well in terms of free and open trade, he said.

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China claims almost all of the South China Sea but Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims over the waterway.

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The Indo-Pacific includes South Asia and the Indian Ocean.
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As weve said to the Chinese, we hope we can find a way to freeze this particular activity. Whether we can reverse, it remains to seen. But it is not acceptable to us that these islands continue to be developed, and certainly not for military purposes, Tillerson said.
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In Southeast Asia, we put forth a policy here not too long ago of a free and open Indo-Pacific, and this was built on the back of some of our views about Chinas One Belt, One Road policy. Chinas One Belt, One Road, we understand, is a policy they have to continue their economic development, and our policies do not seek to contain Chinas economic development, Tillerson s...

22:35

Western Refugee Policies Are One Endless Evian Conference "IndyWatch Feed National"

By David Swanson, December 14, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

Evian is not just a bottled water company. And the town of vian-les-Baines in France on the south shore of Lake Geneva is not just a location for luxury hotels. Its also the location where, in July 1938, the first international effort was ever made (or feigned) to alleviate a refugee crisis.

The crisis was the Nazi treatment of Jews. The representatives of 32 nations and 63 organizations (plus some 200 journalists covering the event) were well aware of the Nazis desire to expel all Jews from Germany and Austria, and somewhat aware that the fate that awaited them if not expelled was death. The decision of the conference was essentially to leave the Jews to their fate. (Only Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic increased their immigration quotas.) The decision to abandon the Jews was driven primarily by anti-Semitism, which was widespread among the diplomats in attendance and among the publics they represented.

These nations were represented at the vian Conference: Australia, the Argentine Republic, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, United Kingdom, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Italy refused to attend.

Australian delegate T. W. White said, without asking the native people of Australia: as we have no real racial problem, we are not desirous of importing one.

The dictator of the Dominican Republic viewed Jews as racially desirable, as bringing whiteness to a land with many people of African descent. Land was set aside for 100,000 Jews, but fewer than 1,000 ever arrived.

In The Jewish Trail of Tears The Evian Conference of July 1938, Dennis Ross Laffer concludes that the conference was set up to fail and put on for show. Certainly it was proposed by and chaired by a representative of U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt who chose not to make any seri...

22:31

White House Corrects Tillerson on Whether U.S. Will Talk to North Korea The White House distanced itself from Tillersons overture "IndyWatch Feed War"

WASHINGTON President Trump and Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson are once again at odds over how to deal with nuclear-armed North Korea after Mr. Tillerson declared on Tuesday that the United States was ready to open talks with the North without precondition.

The secretarys comments were remarkably conciliatory for an administration that has repeatedly threatened North Korea with military action, and ruled out any negotiations, if it did not curb its missile and nuclear programs. But a few hours later, the White House distanced itself from his overture.

In an unusual statement released to reporters on Tuesday evening, the press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said Mr. Trumps position on North Korea had not changed namely, that talks were pointless if the Norths leader, Kim Jong-un, continued to menace his neighbors.

North Korea is acting in an...

22:05

World watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

December 15 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

37   Nero, Roman Emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, was born  (d. 68).

533 Byzantine general Belisarius defeated the Vandals, commanded by King Gelimer, at the Battle of Tricamarum.

1161 Military officers conspired against Emperor Hailingwang of the Jin Dynasty and assassinated him in a military camp near the Yangtze River front.

1167 Sicilian Chancellor Stephen du Perche moved the royal court toMessina to prevent a rebellion.

1256  Hulagu Khan captured and destroyed the Hashshashin stronghold at Alamut in present-day Iran as part of the Mongols offensive on Islamic southwest Asia.

1467  Stephen III of Moldavia defeated Matthias Corvinus of Hungary, who was injured thrice, at the Battle of Baia.

1778 American Revolutionary War: British and French fleets clashed in the Battle of St. Lucia.

1791  The United States Bill of Rights became law when ratified by the Virginia General Assembly.

1832 Gustave Eiffel, French engineer and architect (Eiffel tower), was born (d. 1923).

1863 The mountain railway from Anina to Oravita in Romania was used for the first time.

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21:28

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

141217FESTIVAL SET
By Aloysius Laukai

The Chairman of the Hagogohe Sasalam Hihikuma Festival, LAWRENCE BELLEH says all is set to stage the SASALAM HIHIKUMA festival at the GOGOHE Primary School grounds starting tomorrow and will end on Wednesday next week.
The highlights of the festival includes the float and presentation at the BEL ISI PARK tomorrow morning whilst the show opening will be held at the show venue at five pm in the afternoon.
The show will include Traditional arts and crafts presentations and a Miss Hagogohe crowning towards the end of the festival.
MR. BELLEH said that despite set backs by no getting many sponsors the organizers are happy the show will continue and will include a visit by tourists from the Cruise Ship Cruise North from Australia who will attend the festival on Monday.
He is inviting the people of Bougainville to travel to GOGOHE and support the fundraising efforts by the Parents and Citizens of Gogohe Primary school.
He said that the aim of the festival is to showcase our culture and make sure the date are set for tourists to attend and be part of the celebrations.
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21:27

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Press UNSCRUPULOUS CAMPAIGN AGAINST BCL EXPOSED
The unscrupulous attempts by RTG Mining Inc. to undermine BCLs position regarding the Panguna project have been further exposed in the PNG National Court.
RTG, a junior speculative company, pre-empted the court to declare in an announcement to the ASX (Australian Securities Exchange) on 5 December that a dispute over the chairmanship of the Special Mining Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association (SMLOLA) had been resolved and all Court actions will now be withdrawn and come to an end.
Mr Philip Miriori and Mr Lawrence Daveona had both laid claims to the chairmanship but reportedly reconciled their differences on 5 December in favour of Mr Miriori.
In a further announcement yesterday (12 December), RTG stated: we can now advise that the discontinuance papers have also been lodged with the Court, bringing the dispute to a formal end.
Mediation Continues
These statements were unqualified and ignored the fact that the leadership dispute was subject to an ongoing mediation process imposed by the National Court and presided over by Justice Kandakaski.
The statements were clearly designed to undermine BCLs application for the extension of its project area exploration licence (EL1) by creating the false impression that BCL had no support among key project area landowners.
The matter however returned to court on 8 December and was adjourned until yesterday afternoon (12 December) after lawyers for Mr Miriori failed to appear. During yesterdays hearing, rather than being brought to a formal end Justice Kandakaski ordered that the mediation process continue.
This is to determine whether the reconciliation between Mr Miriori and Mr Daveona resolved the dispute to the satisfaction of the broader SMLOLA membership.
Following three earlier mediation sessions in Panguna, a fourth session has now been scheduled for 29 January 2018, before a return to court on 6 February.
These developments are not only deeply embarrassing for RTG but expose the highly misleading nature of its ongoing campaign of de-stabilisation against BCL.
Wardens Hearing
BCL also rejects RTGs anti-BCL characterisation of Mondays Wardens hearing in Panguna. The hearing formed part of the application renewal process.
The Warden provided the opportunity for the community to express its views regarding the application both for and against and for BCL to present its case for renewal.
Importantly, BCL believes it retains strong support among the 367 Customary Heads who are authorised to act on behalf of the customary owners of the 510 land parcels in the EL1 area.
The application process continues with a decision expected shortly and BCL respects this process.
In the interim, the term of the exploration licence is taken to have been extended until the applicatio...

21:26

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

141217- Bougainville Citizen concerned about ABGs Progress to Referendum
By- Theresa Baranangko
The Autonomous Bougainville Government is losing its flavour and taste by being deceived by the donors financially thus dishonouring its own Constitution and the Bougainville Peace Agreement (BPA). This is according to Mr. Jullian Lamasam Jnr, a concerned citizen of the Autonomous Region.
Mr Lamasam acknowledged the ABG Governments effort in making sure that the aspirations of Bouginvillians through the Bougainville Peace Agreement is made successful.
However, from his perspective, he thinks that the Government is really struggling to maintain this effort due to a lot of confusion in terms of so many structures in place both in the National Government and ABG and also the Mekamui unity Government.
He said that it is so confusing to see and understand how the money is being used because of so many structures in place. He said that often the people are aware of the large amount of monies coming into Bougainville yet the outcome in terms of tangible developments in the District level, village levels or communities are hardly noticed.
He said that this is not happening because the Leaders are accessing their freedom under Amnesty and Pardon to misuse their power and misuse Government monies for their own benefits.
He said that this is because under the Peace Agreement, we do not have our own Ombudsman commission, Police Force and also the task force. Therefore, Bougainville Leaders are taking this as their privilege to misuse their power and funds and not taking into account that the BPA will cease to be in practice in January 2020.
Therefore he is urging the Government to find alternatives so that Bougainvillians can still enjoy the freedom of the Bougainville Peace Agreement in this short period of time.
He said this because according to the people, the BPA is not seen as freedom anymore but a trap and a threat and they are afraid and are more concerned of Bougainvilles Political Future and its effect on them.
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21:26

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

141217- Bolave Constituency Referendum Readiness
By Theresa Baranangko
The Member for Bolave and Minister for Health have declared Bolave Constituency in Bana District South Bougainville as the first Constituency on Bougainville to be declared as Well Informed, Unified, Weapons Free and Referendum Ready. He made this Declaration on the 7th September 2017.
This was following the ABG resolution on the Bougainville Constituency Referendum Ready Concept which was passed last year in September tasking each of the 33 Constituencies in Bougainville to prepare and declare them as Referendum Ready.
The declaration Ceremony was witnessed by the ABG Members and officers, UNDP, DFAT, National MPs and the Community of Bana.
The Minister said that the declaration is being maintained by all the stakeholders to ensure that it is not violated.
He said that the wards, Veterans and all the community based organisations are working together to maintain peace and harmony in the constituency. Gas bottles are disposed and homebrew consumption is declining.
The Minister said that his offices main focus in 2018 will be the referendum awareness and implementation programmes in preparations for the conduct of Referendum in June 15 2019. However, basic services like health, education, law and order will not be overlooked.
In light of the Referendum Ready Concept, Bolave Constituency will host a Soccer and Volley Ball tournament from the 26th to the 30th of December 2017 at Boleuko Sports Ground in Boleuko Catholic Mission in Bolave constituency.
This is to create an avenue to educate mainly youths who are not that acquainted with the historical context of the Bougainville Aspiration for Independence.
Therefore through such event, the youths can be educated more on the dreams and aspirations of Bougainville.

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21:22

Visiting Space Object Could be A Spaceship: But Whos watching Who? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  Is This Cigar-Shaped Asteroid Watching Us? Scientists are tracking it because they think that maybejust maybe!it might be. By Neel V. Patel Are intelligent extraterrestrials trying to communicate with or study us? Some scientists think thats a possibilityand that its happening right now. Starting at 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, researchers with the Breakthrough []

20:15

Silk Road Fever Grips the Russian Far East and Boosts Economy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Now, with the integration of BRI and the EAEU, Russia has a great chance of fulfilling part of its Pacific Destiny... Today, that vision is alive with gold and timber in the mountains north of the Amur, fish in the Sea of Okhotsk and the Bering Sea, and gas reserves from Sakhalin island all part of a modern export chain.

20:05

A Battle For Exotics In North Wairarapa "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Bud Jones owns the Pokai Parera Farms near Eketahuna. He was awarded the QSM in 2013 for efforts in wildlife conservation and arboretum achievements. Covenant application denied By Bud Jones I applied for a Queen Elizabeth 11 Open Space Covenant for 214 acres. The area included 5 large lakes plus 21 small ponds with 30,000 []

18:40

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Caduciar  subject to; by means of.


Filed under: language Tagged: caduciar

18:19

Coalition politics and the end of market liberalism "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Lots of commentators are making a fuss over the prospect of the Greens taking the seat of Batman following the likely and unlamented departure of Labor MP David Feeney (if not under S44 then at the next election). The underlying claim is that the election of Greens candidates represents an existential threat to Labor. This is typical of a commentariat mindset that sees anything other than majority Labor or LNP governments as recipes for disaster (the phrase hung parliament is indicative), even though we have decades of experience of such governments operating successfully both federally and in (I think) every state and territory. The reality is that, however fractious their relationship may be at times, Labor and the Greens constitute a centre-left coalition. As I said a year ago

For Labor that means giving up the idea that the Greens are a temporary irritant that will go the way of the DLP, if they are abused and/or ignored long enough. For the Greens, it means abandoning Third Way rhetoric suggesting that they represent an unaligned alternative to a two-party duopoly.

The details of the alignment between the two will vary according to the circumstances, from formal coalition to general support, but there is no alternative.

The problem of coalition politics is much more problematic on the right. Despite the frictions, Im not thinking primarily of the LNP coalition (so rusted together that, even where they arent merged, the two are lumped together as a single major party in most commentary). Rather, the problem is the relationship between the LNP as a whole and the tribalist/Trumpist right, represented in various forms by One Nation, the Liberal Democratic Party, Bernardis Conservatives* as well as a large faction within the LNP itself. These two groups have nothing in common except that they have common enemies, and even that common ground is limited. They all hate greenies and unions, but the overt racism of One Nation and the religious bigotry of Bernardi repel lots of mainstream LNP types, while the Trumpist base is suspicious of banks and multinationals.

Most importantly, the ideological framework of market liberalism (aka neoliberalism, economic rationalism) and so on has lost its power, which always rested more on the idea that There Is No Alternative than on any positive appeal. Sermons about the need for reform, budget surpluses, more competitive tax regimes and so on no longer get the kind of automatic approval from the political class as a whole that they used to. So, the mainstream LNP no longer stands for anything in particular. Meanwhile, the Trumpists want nostalgic gesture politics without any concern for coherence or practical consequences.

For the immediate future, at least, politics in Australia has resolved itself into a struggle between two coalitions. B...

18:18

Shallow 4.0 magnitude earthquake strikes northern Oregon; shaking felt across metro region "IndyWatch Feed World"

A magnitude 4.0 earthquake struck west of Molalla, Oregon on Wednesday evening. KGW viewers reported shaking across the metro region. The earthquake struck at 5:24 p.m., about 17 kilometers deep, according to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. The epicenter was directly east of Scotts Mills, a town of about 350 people in Marion County. There have been no reports of damage yet. The Marion County Sheriff's Office said deputies are responding to the Scotts Mills area to check on residents as a precaution. A 4.0 magnitude earthquake is relatively minor, although many people who were indoors felt the shaking. "If you're really close to the epicenter area it's likely to give you a pretty good jolt, but this is not the type of earthquake that we would expect to see any damage associated with it," said Rafael Abreu, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey. "Very typical quake for the Pacific Northwest." Abreu said he does not expect to see any aftershocks. An earthquake struck in nearly the same spot in 1993. That earthquake was called the "Spring Break quake" and had a magnitude of 5.6.

18:16

Interim budget families package "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Government released its interim budget today, which mostly confirmed what was already known, with a few numbers thrown in. Budget update fairness and prosperity The Government is delivering on its commitment to manage New Zealands finances responsibly while ensuring the dividends of economic growth are more fairly shared. We promised we would be []

18:00

Tech Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Perfect for a range of activities, including hunting, fishing, concerts, photography, going to the park etc, the Zen X is the second generation of the worlds lightest and strongest portable chair.  You can even help the kickstarter fund and get one before they go on sale to the public.

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16:30

Daily Roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Cat Jesus died for your sins Nine times. The lycra forcefield fails again

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16:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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15:30

The difference between terrorism and a holy war "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I have no issues with using lethal force against jihadis as they are at war with the West and when you are at war different rules apply. [] The new defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, has provoked a virulent onslaught [] His offence was to state that Britons who have fought for Islamic State abroad were []

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15:28

A story of second-hand clothes "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Nice jacket, Dylan, I said to my first-year-university-student grandson as he picked me up in the first week of summer at Canberra Airport where the outside temperature was a sizzling 12.5 degrees. How much was it?

Dylan: I got it for five bucks at the Salvos.

Me: Well done.

Dylan: Mum is so jealous she is going there to see what she can find.

And then I recalled my own impoverished university days 47 years ago and needing a dinner suit to go to an up-coming ball.

As the son of an Anglican clergyman, I could not contemplate even hiring one, let alone buying. So I went to the Salvos and bought a dinner suit for 50 cents (about $5 in todays money).

Better than that, it was excellently tailored and in a middle-of-the-ground style, so as the lapels of new fashionable dinner suits got narrower and then double-breasted and then wider, mine never looked much out of place, so I kept wearing it for more than 30 years. What a bargain!

The charities do a splendid job recycling clothes. A lot are sent overseas, particularly to Third World countries which do not have their own textile industries, such a Papua New Guinea.

I recalled being in Mount Hagen in the New Guinea Highlands once and overhearing an Australian say to a local who was wearing, from memory, the T-shirt of a Sydney bowls club, Good on you, mate, Im a member there. Its a good club, isnt it?

He clearly did not realise that the T-shirt had been imported by a charity second-hand and that the local had never been to Australia, let alone his bowls club.

That was 2003, Later I went to the very remote Kosomary River, a tributary of Sepik River, where I asked if I could have a paddle on a dugout canoe. Only if you give us your T-shirt if you fall out, I was told.

Me: Okay.

(It was a Canberra Times Fun Run T-shirt, as it happens)

Now, a dugout with a wooden paddle is a very different proposition from my light-weight plastic kayak and carbon-fibre paddle in Australia. But never mind. Ill never know how I got the thing out into the current and safely back to shore. But I got some loud cheers from the locals, so and I gave the canoe owner the Canberra Times T-shirt anyway.

I hope no visiting Australian finds him and says something like, The Canberra Times event is a good fun run, isnt it? What was your time?

While I was recalling this, it suddenly dawned on me, about eight weeks too late. And I should have...

15:00

Whaleoil parking ticket for the month of December "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

What Nige wants to know is did it have woof? Or just wof? To print a few Whaleoil parking tickets to keep in your glove box here is a PDF for you all to use. WOBH PARKING TICKET

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14:37

HOW SIMON SINAI A O'NEILL STOOGE RIGGED 2013 MADANG BY-ELECTION "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 by JOE NARONG


"For the benefit of the public" a coin has two sides ;

As far as this case is concerned the petition filed by Peter Yama against Nixon Duban for the 2013 Madang Open By Election has gone as far as the 3 men bench Supreme Court and slip rule .

Nixon Duban scored 18,000 votes,  Bryan Kramer 7000 votes and Peter Yama 5000 votes. Thats the final 2013  By Election result.

Peter Yama filed an election petition on errors and omissions and requested a recount . His arguments were centered around 6000 papers found at his mothers grave yard. 

The 2013 By Election was done without any issue of missing ballot boxes or ballot papers either during the counting or polling .

How the 6000 papers ended up at the cemetery remains a fraud matter to be fully investigated. On record the ballot papers were never part of the Madang Open By Election.

All candidates who contested the election are fully aware of this fraud . Since Madang Open 2013 By Election was completed without any missing ballot papers or ballot boxes the Form 66A and 66B were satisfactorily reconciled.

Peter Yama asked for the papers found at the cemetery which he found himself to be illegally included in the count.

These ballot papers were presumed to be unused ballot papers stored with the Electoral Commission office in Madang.

His arguments were tested in the courts before Justice Bernard Sakora. The Judge hearing the case ordered the found ballot papers  to be included in the recount  which was shocking as the papers were not part of the 2013 By Election.

Justice Bernard Sakora made a ruling for the benefit of the petitioner Peter Yama. He ordered a recount and  asked for the illegal ballot papers to be counted too.

The judge was smart when he acknowledged the administrative powers of the Returning officer Simon Sinai. Electoral Commission is a constitutional office governed  by its own jurisdiction.

When Simon Sinai conducted the recount he did it exceptionally well. In the presence of police and new counting officials a recount sanctioned by the courts was done.

After 2013  By Election the container containing all ballot boxes were left stranded at Jomba YC and not moved to the police station.

This resulted in the con...

14:30

Seems like a Bog standard Islamic terror attack to me "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The New York Times reviews todays Port Authority bombing by Bangladeshi immigrant Akayed Ullah and concludes: Suspect in Times Square Bombing Leaves Trail of Mystery. Im not sure wherein the mystery lies. It seems like a straightforward Islamic terrorist attack of the sort we have seen dozens of times over the years: On the surface, []

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14:22

29 youths graduate with certificate to deliver health services "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

December 13, 2017

TWENTY-nine young men and women were the first to graduate from the Kungumanda Foursquare Community Health Workers Training School in Wapenamanda, Enga, last Friday.
Their qualification is recognised by the PNG Medical Board.
It was the schools fifth commencement exercises those who graduated in the first four years were unlucky as they did not receive a nationally recognised CHW certificate but still served in the health sector. Enga Governor Sir Peter thanked the Foursquare Gospel Church for partnering with the provincial and national government to train health workers.
He admitted that there is an acute shortage of the health workers in the country and churches play a huge role in bridging that gap.
He called on the new community health workers to serve with love, commitment and dedication. Enga health authority chief executive Aaron Luia presented the certificate of registration recognising the Kungumanda school as an institution with the licence to conduct private health training.
Church of the Foursquare Gospel in PNG president and Foursquare national education agency secretary Rev Timothy Tipitap said it was relief for the school which had copped criticisms in the past 10 years with claims it was not a recognised institution.
Principal Sr Marivic Serafina said Kungumanda was an institution of excellent standards that will administer the holistic approach on basic health education of the highest order.
Go out and be the light that the world wants to see. You are representing Jesus, Serafina told the graduates.
The people that you touch and give medicines will receive healing.

Source: The National

14:00

U.S medias EXPLOSIVE news story was completely false "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

FRIDAY WAS ONE of the most embarrassing days for the U.S. media in quite a long time. The humiliation orgy was kicked off by CNN, with MSNBC and CBS close behind, and countless pundits, commentators, and operatives joining the party throughout the day. By the end of the day, it was clear that several of the nations largest and most influential []

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13:54

Pato pushing for end to illegal fishing "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

December 14, 2017

Moves to eliminate illegal fishing near Papua New Guinea and in the wider Pacific are high on the agenda for PNG at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting in Argentina this week.
During a session on illegal fishing, Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Rimbink Pato delivered a keynote contribution in support of trade rules requiring the abolition of subsidies given by certain major economies to their fishing industries.
Pato along with Commerce and Industry Minister Wera Mori are representing PNG at the ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires.
Referring to illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing, Pato said: We know from experience that fishing subsidies by big economies are detrimental to smaller-scale fishing industries in PNG and other Pacific countries.
These subsidies also contribute to over-fishing that threatens the very existence of the fish stocks which are vital to feed the world and to our economy.
Pato told a meeting attended by representatives of most countries in the world that PNG, as the biggest Pacific Islands nation, strongly supported moves by the Pacific Islands Forum states aimed at eliminating illegal fishing from the Pacific and other oceans.
Further discussions are being held at the WTO meeting on key proposals associated with the elimination of subsidies, Pato said. Mori and I are also working to ensure that rules relating to agriculture and the digital economy are suitable to WTO moves to establish a free and fair trading world.

Source: The National

13:30

Government wants to increase immigration and reduce teacher bonus "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

After pushing a political platform of less immigration our coalition government now wants to stock our schools with teachers from overseas. Instead of working out how to attract more Kiwis to the profession they have decided that it is faster, easier and cheaper for overseas teachers from the UK, Ireland, Canada, South Africa and Fiji []

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13:26

Fire Service thanks Government for K18mil allocation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

December 14, 2017 

THE PNG Fire Service has thanked the Government for the K18 million allocated in the 2018 Budget.
PNG Fire Service chief Bill Roo said the fire authority was happy, and would upgrade its existing fire stations and build new ones.
Roo said over the years, the fire service managed to use whatever funding it was allocated and continued to provide its services.
Even if we get a cut or an increase, we use whatever is given, Roo said.
This year, we have received an increase and we thank the Government for the support.
Roo said they were willing to work with provincial governments to establish fire services in the provinces.
We are also looking at building our capacity, get new fire trucks and fix the old ones, Roo said.
He said the fire service had 14 stations four in the National Capital District and 10 in other provinces.
We are looking at upgrading these existing ones and also build fire stations for the other 12 provinces, Roo said.
Fire service is essential and we are looking at improving our service delivery.
Roo said they were also up-skilling officers and upgrading fire service equipment in preparation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit next year.
The fire service will be celebrating its 50th anniversary tomorrow at the Port Moresby Fire Station the first fire station in the country.

13:09

Trainees Undergo Two-Day Course In Petrophysical Interpretation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 

Eight Papua New Guineans were given a chance by Oil Search to undertake a two-day course on petrophysical interpretation in Port Moresby.
These trainees were from the Department of Petroleum and Energy (DPE) and Oil Search.
The course served as an introduction to petrophysics and its application in the oil and gas industry.
This is the second course following the Sequence Stratigraphy course, which was held in August.
Knowledge in petrophysics provides accurate measurements used to calculate the volume of hydrocarbons in a field.
In the oil and gas industry, an accurate estimate of the volume of hydrocarbons is critical in order to make key business decisions.
The training was conducted by Ray Spicer, a petrophysical adviser with Oil Search.
Mr Spicer has worked in many of the worlds petroleum provinces, with experience and exposure to both onshore and offshore drilling in Australia, Indonesia, PNG, New Zealand, China, Russia, Former Soviet Union, Middle East and North Africa.
He is an international expert with a career spanning more than thirty years in petrophysics.
A lack of proper understanding of petrophysics can lead to poor decisions resulting in the loss of millions of dollars, Mr Spicer told participants.
Boio Arua, acting senior geologist with DPE, and one of the five young female attendees, said the two-day course has taught her a lot.
The key takeaway for me is the quick look, where you just look at the logs and you are able to quickly tell if its a reservoir or non-reservoir, Arua said.
The underlying commercial rationale for the oil and gas industry is the finding, assessment, development, production, and delivery of hydrocarbons for sale at a profit.
Petrophysical interpretation helps geoscientists in many ways, but importantly it can help with reservoir identification and characterisation, seal and fluid identification, assessment of the amount of hydrocarbon in a reservoir and how easily the reservoir fluid will flow to the surface. It also provides valuable input for well-deepening decisions.

Source: Post-Courier.

12:59

World Beyond War Hawkes Bay "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Hawkes Bay, New Zealand/Aotearoa, chapter of World Beyond War is being organized by Liz Remmerswaal Hughes, who wants your help.

Contact her below.

Liz Remmerswaal Hughes is a mother, journalist, environmentalist activist and former politician, having served six years on the Hawkes Bay Regional Council.

The daughter and granddaughter of soldiers, who fought other peoples wars in far flung places,she never got over wars stupidity and became a pacifist.Liz is an active Quaker and currently co Vice-President of the Womens International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Aotearoa/New Zealand. She has strong links with the Australian peace movement and the Swords into Ploughshares group.

Liz prefers a creative and community approach to peacemaking, starting from within, and has enjoyed such activities as biking to the gates of the Pine Gap American military spy base in Alice Springs, Australia, planting an olive tree for peace in the Peace Palace in the Hague on the centenary of Anzac, singing peace songs outside military bases and making tea parties beside warships during the NZ Navys 75th birthday,

In 2017 she was awarded the Sonia Davies Peace Award which enabled her to study Peace Literacy with the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara , attend the Wilpf triennial Congress in Chicago, and a workshop on Peace and Conscience in Ann Arbor.

Liz lives lives with her husband on a wild and stony beach on the East Coast of the North Island.
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12:30

Germany resorts to lies to try to deter migrants "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Instead of using the tried and true method for keeping out unwelcome guests (a wall) Germany has resorted to lying. Germany is like the woman who in a fit of generosity invited everyone at church to her daughters wedding and who is now facing bankruptcy if she doesnt find a way to prevent them all []

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12:08

Front up Fonterra "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ele, good post . Fonterras comms strategy is severely flawed

Homepaddock

On the AM Show this morning Duncan Garner criticised Fonterra for not fronting up.

The company had been asked to come on the show to talk about the price of butter.

No-one would.

I odnt understand why.

Explaing the high price of butter is simple.

After years of being advised to eat less fat in general and less butter in particular, the advice has changed. Butter is no longer the bad dietbogey it was, poeple are discovering, or rediscovering, the joy of it and demand has risen faster than supply.

How hard would it have been for someone from the company to explain that?

This isnt the first time Fonterra wouldnt front the media. If the compnay doesnt want all the good its advertising campaign is doing to be undone it must be the last.

Chief executive Theo Spierings is paid an eye watering amount to run the company.

I

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12:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Out of pocket by hundreds of thousands  Sally Rae:

A South Otago farmer who estimates  he has lost hundreds of thousands of dollars because of the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak remains concerned about the future of his main income earner.

It was not just the Van Leeuwen Dairy Group on whose farms the disease was first detected in the Waimate district that was affected, Ross Clark said.

A lot of other people are hurting because of this, Mr Clark, who farms at Glenore, 5km southwest of Milton, said yesterday while in the middle of weaning lambs on his fathers farm near Lovells Flat.

He said the main part of his income was from providing service bulls to the dairy industry, either by lease or sale.

The business, built up over the past decade, had about 600 bulls destined for properties throughout the South Island.

In June, he bought 52 calves from a property in North Otago that later tested positive for the bacterial disease. . .

We will always be here a young farmers passionate message to animal rights activists Alison Waugh:

Animal rights activists have been staging protests at livestock auction marts across the UK over the last couple of months.

Young farmer and student Alison Waugh, 20, has seen enough

I, like many of my contemporaries, am proud to be part of British agriculture. Farming is the oldest way of life, and the only way we know.

Practically born wearing wellies, I grew up jumping in puddles and feeding pet lambs. My teens were spent perusing science, eyeing up the strapping great young farmers at the shows, and gaining a voracious appetite for all things agriculture. . . 

Dairy farmers clean up act in response to public pressure Pat Deavoll:

Public pressure is working and Canterburys dairy farmers are knuckling down and making an effort to improve the state of the waterways, says a dairy leader.

There has been a...

11:30

A trade is a safer route to prosperity these days "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I didnt encourage either of our children to get a University education like I have. At the moment it looks like we may end up with a butcher and a driving instructor in the family and I believe that those two trades will set them up better than many of their contemporaries at University. As a []

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11:00

Only you can prevent ads like this "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A reader e-mailed me a screenshot of the Halal Meat google ad that was served up to them on Whaleoil while they were reading my post about Koran verse 5:5. Google are very clever as they match the ads they serve to the content shown on a website. We write a lot about things that []

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11:00

West Papua could compete in future Pacfic Games "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

West Papua is one of the countries that could be included in future Pacific Games as the Pacific Games Council (PGC) continues to discuss ways of being inclusive of all the countries within the region.

The PGCs Forum held after its annual general meeting in Port Vila, Vanuatu this week was to hear members on several key topics such as associate membership, bid process and management structure

The other names that were floated in general discussion that could be invited to become members of the regional games were Christmas Island, Bouganville, Easter Islands and Hawaii apart from Australia and New Zealand.

These countries couldin future become associate members with certain voting rights.

A couple of countries were a bit weary of Australia and New Zealand becoming full members, as they could dominate the Pacific Games.

Australian Olympic Committee member Helen Brownlee said that Australia was sensitive to the sentiments of the islands and would only enter sports where the islands were strong in such as weightlifting and rugby 7s.

We will definitely be sending teams to the 2019 Games in Apia but itll depend on the individual federations.

We have to go back to our sports for 2019. Athletics said no because standards not high.

This time we sent a development team, said Brownlee.

The PGC Forum also discussed its bid process and management structure regarding terms of office bearers.

Members were satisfied with the current arrangements of seven years for bid process and terms of officials in office.

PGC president VidyaLakhan felt hes been in the job for too long having now over ten years but members said there is a democratic process in place and if office officials dont perform they are voted out.

Members felt the PGC president is doing a good job.

 Story and photo by ONOC |Van2017

10:30

If you make lemonade from lemons what do you make from chickpeas and tomatoes? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It might be the season for giving, but please, no more tinned tomatoes. These, along with lentils and beans, are some of the items charities would rather do without, however desperate they are for food donations. Auckland-based refuge charity The Aunties has issued an outright ban on tinned tomatoes, saying they are useless for the women and []

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10:25

Guatemalan women take on Canadas mining giants over horrific human rights abuses "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Irma Yolanda Choc Cac in her community of Lote Ocho. The women link the violence to the nearby Fenix mine, and the Guatemalan subsidiary controlled by Candas Skye Resources. Photograph: Alexandra Pedersen

A group of indigenous Maya Qeqchi women has launched a precedent-setting legal challenge that could cast a chill over Canadas vast mining interests

Ashifa Kassam | The Guardian | 13 December 2017 

On the 20th floor of an office tower in the heart of Torontos financial district, Irma Yolanda Choc Cacs bright pink embroidered blouse and handwoven skirt contrasted with the suits of the lawyers around her as she detailed the hardest day of her life.

It was the first time Choc Cac had ever left Guatemala. But the story that she and 10 other Maya Qeqchi women had come to tell is at...

10:05

Online Selections "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Post-Courier

 

08:30 PM

 

Students that sat for grade 12 national examinations this year are being selected through an electronic selection process for higher learning institutions in 2018.

 

The selection system was launched by Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Pila Niningi at Holiday Inn.

 

The system called PCG Academia now sets the pace to address transparency and cost-cutting issues for the selection process.

 

This year, selectors have gathered for the last time to do selections.  Next year and onwards,  all selections will be done online in institutions.

 

Selected Institution representatives have been trained to use the system.

 

Today, selectors in Port Moresby are finalizing selections with PCG Academia experts.

 

The launch in Port Moresby was witnessed by Enga Governor Peter Ipatas, DataCo Managing Director Paul Komboi and representatives from higher learning institutions.

 

10:00

Thursdays quiz "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Youre invited to pose the questions.

Anyone who stumps everyone will win a virtual box of cherries.


Filed under: diversions

10:00

Portrait of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

On this day in 1542, Princess Mary Stuart became Queen Mary I of Scotland when she was only 6 days old. Full Name: Mary Stuart Nationality: Scottish Profession: Queen of Scotland [] Queen regnant of Scotland from 14 December 1542 to 24 July 1567 and queen consort of France from 10 July 1559 to 5 December 1560. She ascended to []

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09:55

Powerful poetry collection wins Adam Foundation Prize "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


A powerful, restrained but unafraid collection of poems that explore the lives of four generations of Mori women has been awarded the 2017 Adam Foundation Prize in Creative Writing by Victoria University of Wellingtons International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML).


...

09:38

Contractor on seabed mining ship defaults on payment "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Nautilus said it has a number of options available to it to remedy the default and/or replace MAC as a party to the contract for the seabed mining vessel

More problems for Nautilus as ship owner defaults on payment

David Foxwell | OSJ | 13 December 2017

MAC Goliath Pte Ltd, owner of the production support vessel that is being built for seabed mining outfit Nautilus Minerals, said MAC has failed to pay the third instalment due on the contract for the vessel.

In a statement, Nautilus Minerals said it had been told by Fujian Mawei Shipbuilding Ltd, owner of the shipyard where the production support vessel is being built, that MAC had failed to make a payment of US$18M plus interest. The vessel is to be used by Nautilus and its partner in Papua New Guinea, Eda Kopa (Solwara) Limited, as the base for its seabed mining operations at the Solwara 1 Project site in the Bismarck Sea.

Under the contract between the shipyard and MAC, MAC is required to rectify the default immediately, and perform corresponding obligations under the contract. If MAC fails to remedy the default within 21 days...

09:30

Does David Seymour feel a bit of a dick now NZ First is supporting his bill? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

David Seymour spent his election campaign slagging off Winston Peters and NZ First. He must feel a bit of a dick right now, after NZ First announced they will support the euthanasia bill. NZ First has promised to support a contentious euthanasia bill provided a public referendum is attached. ACT Party leader David Seymours End of []

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09:28

Foreign Cartoonist Of The Year "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Who had more life, more energy than him? So many more cartoons to draw; painting to paint, politicians to satirise so many more lives to enhance with his wit, his brilliance, his good friendship. Prime Minster, Malcolm Turnbull, speaking of Bill Leak The magic of the caricaturists By Roger Childs Cartoons are often the first []

09:00

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

All cartoons as seen exclusively on Whaleoil are available to buy as prints directly from SonovaMin.com  

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08:30

Front up Fonterra "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

On the AM Show this morning Duncan Garner criticised Fonterra for not fronting up.

The company had been asked to come on the show to talk about the price of butter.

No-one would.

I dont understand why.

Explaining the high price of butter is simple.

After years of being advised to eat less fat in general and less butter in particular, the advice has changed. Butter is no longer the bad diet bogey it was, people are discovering, or rediscovering, the joy of it and demand has risen faster than supply.

How hard would it have been for someone from the company to explain that?

This isnt the first time Fonterra wouldnt front the media. If the company doesnt want all the good its advertising campaign is doing to be undone it must be the last.

Chief executive Theo Spierings is paid an eye watering amount to run the company.

I dont have a problem with that but I do have a problem if he isnt doing his job properly. Part of a CEs job is to front the media or, if hes not the right person to do so, to find that person and make sure s/he does.

Fonterra is running a very good advertising campaign which shows the interconnections between everyone who contributes to making the company work and work well and the economic and social benefits of that.

Its not just about converting grass to milk and processing and selling it. Its about all the people who use the milk and the ones who do the work between the paddock and plate, glass or cup who enable them to do so.

Its a really good story but there is a huge risk that good will be undone if the company turns down requests to front the media.


Filed under: business, Farming, food, media, rural Tagged: AM Show, Duncan Garner, Fonterra, Theo Spierings ...

08:30

Karl du Fresne looks at the transition from a National-led government to a Labour-led one "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Karl du Fresne looks at the transition from a National-led government to a Labour-led one: Its always interesting to watch a new Government bedding in, and never more so than when the Labour Party gets its hands on the levers of power after squirming with impatience on the Opposition benches for several terms. National regards []

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08:24

Bougainville ban on businessman called heavy handed "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Panguna mine Photo: supplied

Radio New Zealand | 13 December 2017

An Australian mining company says a ban on businessman Renzie Duncan entering Bougainville imposed by Papua New Guineas acting chief migration officer is unfair.

Mr Duncan has worked with the Special Mining Lease Osikiang Landowners Association which opposes the autonomous governments plans for the development of the Panguna mine.

Mr Duncan was banned back in May with the Immigration Authority saying his presence on Bougainville may be detrimental to the governments efforts relating to mining.

The mining company, RTG, which also works with Osikiang and Renzie Duncan, calls the action overly heavy handed.

RTG chairman Michael Carrick said Mr Duncan had worked with the community around Panguna for about five years and won their support.

Not because of money provided to them but because he has lived and worked with them for many many years. Renzie and the landowners [SMLOLA] could not have worked more closely with the previ...

08:07

China Collecting Biometric Data From Every Citizen In Xinjiang "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Benjamin Haas in Hong Kong Wednesday 13 December 2017 04.53 GMT Last modified on Wednesday 13 December 2017 11.41 GMT Chinese authorities are collecting DNA samples, fingerprints and other biometric data from every resident in a far western region, Human Rights Watch has said. Officials are also building a database of iris scans and blood []

08:01

December 14 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"



1800 - A rebellion at Norfolk Island was suppressed. Lieut-Gov Joseph Foveaux hanged two Irish prisoners who led the insurgence.

1801 - Matthew Flinders and his crew first met some Noongar people; the people they met were shy but not afraid, Flinders wrote.


1807 - The master and crew of the Parramatta went ashore and were promptly arrested and charged with violating regulations. Judge-Advocate Richard Bowyer Atkins summoned Macarthur to come to Sydney to 'show cause' for his conduct in the Parramatta affair.

1827 Bold Jack Donohoe and his gang began lightening the load of carts travelling on the Sydney - Windsor Road.
The gang was caught shortly afterwards and all hanged - except for Bold Jack who, being the clever clogs of the whole outfit, took to the countryside.

1830 - Captain Thomas Barrister commenced an overland trek from Fremantle to King George Sound (Albany).

1832 - The Presbyterian Church was officially formed in Sydney.


1835 - The Bank of Australasia opened in Sydney.

1840 - Governor Gipps appointed the first Government Printer.

1854 - First sitting of the Gold Fields Commission (Vic).

1854 - An act for providing separate municipal boroughs throughout Port Phillip had been drafted and became law on this day.

1869 - Copper was discovered at Cobar, NSW, by C. Campbell, T. Hartman and and G. Gibb, surveyoring for water bores.

1880 - Today saw the grand Opening of Hallett to Terowie Railway line (South Oz).

1890 Oh, be still my beating heart; the Trades Hall opened in Geelong.

1893 - Eucalyptus oil was first manufactured in Australia by F.H. Faulding & Co.

1918 - The first Victorian Farmers Union member was elected to parliament as a result of the introduction of preferential voting.

1927 Needing to state the bleeding obvious - again - it was announced that throughout mainland Oz drought reigned supreme.


1929 Electric trams and buses did away with the poor old choo choo between Adelaide and Glenelg.......

08:00

At what point is respect and courtesy more important than the truth? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A great discussion was started on Tuesdays face of the day and a valid point made by David Malcolm Wedde made me consider the issue some more. I think that the argument centres on at what point we believe respect and courtesy is more important than the truth or our right to our own opinion. Is it when []

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07:49

Kapiti Long Term Planning "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The message to submitters By Mayor K Gurunathan A draft of our long term plan will be released in late March next year.  Once it is available to review, you can choose whether you wish to have your earlier feedback considered as a submission on the draft plan and formally responded to through the long []

07:30

Next thing, they will make brown cardigans mandatory again for civil servants "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Labour seems intent on bringing back the Gliding On civil servant mentality again. They want to give civil servants a haircut on their pay. I bet all those Labour and Green voting civil servants werent expecting that for Christmas with their new government: The Government is considering law changes to control top public sector pay, []

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07:23

SOTT FOCUS: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - November 2017: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

From fireballs to floods to unseasonable snow in both hemispheres of our planet, this past November saw many meteorological records broken. After an unusually strong X-class solar flare and unusual solar activity back in September - possibly related to a series of powerful earthquakes above 7.0M in New Caledonia and Mexico - last month was marked by three powerful earthquakes that caused widespread damage - in Iraq/Iran, Chile and South Korea. Meanwhile, volcanic activity seems to have reached a seasonal peak (yes, soon we'll have to start talking about 'volcano season'). These increased geological phenomena, and the official predictions of an increase in earthquake activity in 2018 due to the slow-down of Earth's rotation, have left affected people with a feeling of dread. Droughts also worsened in Portugal and Spain last month, while sheets of rain fell in South America, Australia, and in most parts of Asia. All this at a time when meteorologists are finding themselves having to use the term 'atmospheric phenomena' because 'rainfall' just doesn't cut it anymore. Trumpet sounds and portents in the sky were seen as harbingers of changing times in the past, from the social and political arena, to significant cosmic events. So fasten your seat belts folks, because it seems that things are going to get rough. Check it out below, and watch it in full screen!

07:17

MH 370: Was It Remotely Skyjacked To Prevent Secret Cargo Reaching China? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The latest theory concerning the missing Malaysian Airlines flight. While it is essentially speculative, the Freescale Semiconductor element of the mystery adds considerable plausibility. Note however that the news sources are MSM tabloid news outlets. Use discernment! Norman Davies says technology designed to stop a repeat of the 9/11 terror attacks by allowing hijacked planes []

07:02

Where else is M Bovis? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Mycoplasma bovis has been found in the North Island and Southland.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has identified 4 new properties as positive for the bacterial cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis and strongly suspects one further property.

One of the latest infected properties is in the Hastings district, the other 3 are within a farming enterprise in Winton. The suspect property is near Ashburton.

MPIs Director of Response, Geoff Gwyn says early indications are that all the properties have links with the Van Leeuwen Dairy Group (VLDG) through cattle movements.

The Hastings and Ashburton properties were identified through our tracing programme and the Winton property was identified through the industry milk testing programme.

All of the movements we have been tracing are prior to 21 July, when the disease was first detected and notified to MPI.

The stock on these properties all has links back to the property where the disease was first identified.

The problem is no-one knows where it came from and how it got there.

It is possible, maybe probable, it is on other farms but hasnt been identified which raises the question of where else it might be.

It carries no risk to people but it is serious in cattle and spreads from animal to animal.

The Hastings and Winton properties are now under a Restricted Place Notice under the Biosecurity Act. This effectively places them in quarantine lockdown restricting the movement of animals and other risk goods on and off the farm. The suspect property is under voluntary movement controls until their status is confirmed. MPI is working closely with them.

Mr Gwyn says these new developments are not good news.
Were still analysing what this means for the wider response. Were dealing with a lot of uncertainty. Our investigators are building a picture of stock movements onto and off these farms so we will not be making hasty decisions on next steps.

While its really disappointing to have these new properties, it is not totally unexpected. We know that this disease is spread through contact between animals and through the movement of stock as is the case here.

It was always possible further infected properties would be found, buying, se...

07:00

Government set to ban Johnny Foreigner from housing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The housing market is already tanking in Auckland, and now the government wants to ban ALL foreign buyers from the market. The government will introduce legislation tomorrow to ban foreigners from buying existing houses. That will mean overseas buyers will have to build new homes if they want to purchase property.   Or they will create []

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07:00

BCL slaps down claims as RTG tries to edge its way into Panguna "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Panguna
The Panguna copper & gold mine

KEITH JACKSON

BUKA Bougainville Copper Ltd has lashed out at what it calls an unscrupulous campaign by rival RTG Mining which it says undermines its position as the Bougainville governments preferred company to re-open the Panguna copper and gold resource.

In a statement, BCL said RTG, which it characterised as a junior speculative company, had sought to create the false impression that BCL had no support among key landowners and that it had claimed a dispute between two leading landowners had been resolved in a way that would undermine BCL interests.

In fact, the National Court under Justice Kandakaski has endorsed a continuing mediation process and ordered that the matter return to the court on 6 February to determine whether reconciliation has resolved the dispute to the satisfaction of the broader group of Panguna landowners.

These developments are not only deeply embarrassing for RTG but expose the highly misleading nature of its ongoing campaign of destabilisation against BCL, the companys statement said.

BCL said it believes it retains strong support among the 367 customary heads who are authorised to act on behalf of the customary owners.

BCL also said RTG had wrongly claimed that BCL had not been to Panguna in over 28 years (given landowners had refused to even allow them access).

Again, an egregious attempt to undermine BCLs standing both locally and internationally, the statement said.

The truth is BCL has a full-time team in Bougainville with 11 staff working constantly on the tenement, this includes a Panguna-based senior project officer.

BCL re-commenced its formal engagement in Bougainville back in 2012 after the Autonomous Bougainville Government and landowner associations invited a new process and in 2014 made its first visits to Central Bougainville.

Since that time BCL has actively engaged with communities in the Panguna and broader historical BCL mine lease areas and has also undertaken six customary processes and has been well-received over.....

06:30

Rodney Hide asks why everyone cant be free of pesky laws holding up progress "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Rodney Hide looks at the rank hypocrisy of a government willing to use urgency to suspend some laws, but only for their pet projects. He asks why every cant be free of pesky laws holding up progress, rather than just the Christ Church Cathedral rebuild. What does the government do when it wants to build []

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06:28

The Roundup with PW "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


How Indie Presses Elevate the Book Biz: Three independent publishersRosalie Morales Kearns, Leland Cheuk, and Laura Stanfilldiscuss their mission.

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year: "Feminism" beats out "dotard," among other words, for the dictionary's 2017 honors.

75 Notable Translations of 2017: Looking back on 2017, its easy to declare the year a success for literary translation. Here are 75 books that prove the point.

Alexandra Kleeman on Lorin Stein: What the author of 'You...

06:27

06:25

Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Today's Meal


Harper Children's has created an new internal editorial team focusing on teen and middle grade fiction. Erica Sussman is editorial director of the team, joined by Kristen Pettit, Emilia Rhodes, Alice Jerman, Elizabeth Lynch and Stephanie Stein.

Rachel Zugschwertwill join Lerner Publishing Group as group marketing director starting January 1. She was most recently director of marketing for Sparkhouse Family. Jill Braithwaitemoves over from group marketing director to the role of publishing director, trade. Jenny Kruegerhas been promoted to publishing director, school & library. Mark Budde has been promoted to executive vice president, chief operations officer.

Jaymie Stewart Wolfewil...

06:05

'Our military preparedness is strong, we're ready for direct North Korea talks' - Tillerson "IndyWatch Feed World"

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said all that stands between direct diplomacy with North Korea is their willingness "to come to the table" with a desire to "make a different choice." "We're ready to talk anytime they'd like to talk," Tillerson said about North Korea on Tuesday afternoon. This shift away from US policy demanding North Korea negotiate on terms of its own disarmament came during the secretary of state's remarks in Washington, DC to the Atlantic Council during an event called Reimagining the US-Republic of Korea Partnership in the Trans-Pacific Century. He also said that the US has assured China that US troops would return to South Korea afterward if they ever had to cross into North Korean territory.

06:03

The debate over clans land in Bupul village as forest become an oil palm plantation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Mongabay Indonesia

http://www.mongabay.co.id/2017/11/30/polemik-tanah-marga-di-kampung-bupul-saat-hutan-berubah-jadi-kebun-sawit/

Author: Christopel Paino

English Translation: https://awasmifee.potager.org/?p=1585

Land conflict for oil palm is still an issue in Merauke

Two children ran towards the forest. As they got closer to the trees
that at first seemed to be a thick forest, a broad carpet of felled
trees became visible.

The two could witness exactly how the green bulldozers were working to
clear away the trees. From afar, the sound of falling trees could be
heard clearly. Several times they pointed out the heavy machinery that
was working off in the distance.

Thats a beko a beko is what we call a dozer. Every day the bekos
are working to clear our forest, Agustinus shouted

Agustinus is slender, his friend Yupens is more sturdy. They are both in
the 5th class of YPPK Santo Petrus primary school in Bupul village,
Elikobel, Merauke Regency, Papua.

Bro, this forest is where we play with bows and arrows, or spears, and
go to look for birds. At the furthest point over there, theres a river.
After playing in the forest, we normally go swimming in the river.,
added Yupens

Our teacher said that later if theres an oil palm plantation and the
waste goes into the river, we wont be able to swim there any more.

***

Yupens and Agustinus village, Bupul, isnt far from the Trans-Papua
road which connects Merauke Regency with Boven Digoel. Bupul can be
reached from Merauke in about 3-4 hours. There are many military
checkpoints along the road because the area is close to the Papua New
Guinea border.

The majority of indigenous people in Bupul belong to the Yei ethnic
group, which some people describe as a sub-ethnic group of the Marind.
In general they are dependant on the forest to meet their needs.

The forest Agustinus and Yupens were pointing out is the ancestral
forest of the Wonijai clan. The company has already paid the clan for
this land, obtaining their consent both through polite persuasion and
through use of state security forces. The company plied the people with
promises of a better life until some of the local people agreed to
release their ancestral land. The others, who opposed it, felt that
...

06:00

Bringing people into Pacific policy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Public policy is about how governments attempt to address national, public or societal problems. It ultimately refers to the ability (or inability) of governments to penetrate society and bring about improvements by adopting and implementing policies.

This significance of public policy resonates in the development experiences of countries over past decades little can be accomplished to encourage development unless the right policies are adopted and implemented by effective institutions.

Consequently, making sense of development performance requires examining the manner in which public policies are initiated, formulated and implemented, as well as their impact.

The United Nations 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) report, for instance, showed that despite progress in some areas, the Pacific islands region continues to experience high levels of poverty and slow economic growth and is in danger of missing critical MDG targets. Assessments voicing concerns about slow development progress across the region despite the enormity of foreign aid resources signify a need for a better understanding about policy processes in the Pacific islands.

A recent article of mine published in the Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies journal provides some insights into how public policies are initiated, formulated and implemented in the Pacific islands. It draws from the findings of my doctoral research conducted in 2012 and 2014 in Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa and regional inter-governmental organisations.

My research revealed that policy issues originating from local society were limited. Issues which entered the government agenda and then become public policies came mostly from politicians and foreign actors. Policy initiation is dominated by ideas, issues, interests and agendas of local politicians and international development agencies. Local society, which public policy is supposed to impact, and in which the state is a part, has had little input in policy settings.

This means that policies are not rooted within the context or society that they impact. This constitutes a significant democratic and development deficit that must be addressed in ongoing development efforts.

The influence of development agencies on domestic policies is significant, given that the Asia-Pacific region is the largest recipient of foreign aid per capita and donor funded programs are used to design and implement various development initiatives and policy reforms.

...

06:00

Ardern doubles down on insults to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Jacinda Ardern seems intent on insulting Australia, shes gone again, this time telling Aussies they are overly sensitive. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the Australian Government is being overly sensitive about New Zealands offer to take Manus Island refugees. Arderns comments come after Australias deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce sent a message to Ardern about []

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06:00

10 years in the morgue: Stans life recipe active, balanced, caring "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

ClassicKEITH JACKSON

This article was published on 27 October 2007. Stan Jackson died in 2012 aged 98

SYDNEY - My father Stan Jackson OAM is 94 today. Hell get out of bed at about 8.30, greet his partner Helen, brew a pot of tea, and wander out to the gazebo he built a couple of years ago - overlooking the vegetable garden - to eat his porridge.

The gait is a little stiff now, after two knee replacements, but the posture remains ramrod straight. Later hell wheel his bike out of the shed and cycle to the Lane Cove shops to buy a few groceries.

For most of the rest of the day hell sit in front of a word processor, two-finger typing the plan for his next project, an organisation called Planet Earth Partners which hes financing.

Its message is simple, he says. Its Be ABC keep active in body and mind, whatever your age; keep in balance with your health and with Nature; and cooperate with the community by supporting it.

OAMPlanet Earth Partners (PEP, get it?) will launch with a bike ride through the mountains of Hokkaido in Japan next year. I still ride; at 95 Ill do what I can, says Stan.

Stan was awarded the Order of Australia in 2000 for service to the community through the promotion of the concept of fitness for life by undertaking marathon bicycle tours, and to environmental conservation.

He took up long distance bike riding in 1976, after the death of my mother, Joan, and kicked off with a Sydney to London epic, repeated in reverse in 1988 to mark the Australian bicentenary.

 Hes ridden the length of Japan, up the Rockies from the Mexican border to the Canadian border and from Melbourne to Sydney with a group of Japanese senior citizens, taking a detour to Canberra from Batemans Bay to talk...

05:56

A job Is not a thing "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


A business will hire anyone they believe will make them more money than they cost. It is as simple as that, but as Ryan Ferguson explains in this Guest Post, most people think about employment and jobs in a complex and abstract way.


A business will hire anyone they believe will make them more money than they cost. It is as simple as that, but most people think about employment and jobs in a complex and abstract way.

People talk and think about jobs like they are things. Like you can possess one, lose one, or like you need to go get one from someone. So they go to job boards looking for the people who are giving away jobs. They go through the societal rituals that are expected of job seekers. But they are making a fundamental mistake -- because jobs are not things, they are abstractions.

Getting lost in this abstraction causes a lot of pain and confusion. Seeing past the abstraction lets you see the countless opportunities you have available to you.

A job is an abstraction to describe a relationship between one person and another individual or group of people that agree to a certain type of ongoing trade. To get a job, you dont need someone to create it and give it to you; you simply need to convince someone that you can make them more money than you cost.

When you see jobs for what they truly are, the world opens up to you.
Resumes, interviews, degree requirements, and references checks are tactics to help businesses measure their confidence in your ability to make them money. But at a fundamental level, all that you need to do to get a job with any business in the world is convince them that you are going to make them more money that you will cost.

What you cost is more than just your salary though. There are employment taxes, legal risks, and training costs on top of the money you are paid. Businesses need to be confident in yo...

05:48

Site notice "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Around about now the number of comments posted here will pass the 200,000 mark. Thanks to all of you who contribute. A primary aim here is to provide a forum for interesting and thought provoking information and encouraging robut debate safe from personal attacks. This means trying to get a good balance between free speech, []

05:30

Why is Chris Bishop asking patsy questions? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

On Tuesday Stu Nash was on the ropes after screwing up the house. Yesterday Chris Bishop stood up to ask some questions of the minister, but despite his angry disposition, the questions came out sounding awfully like patsy questions. Patsy questions are usually the preserve of government MPs. They are questions where the minister has []

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05:16

TOP for 2020, Morgan stepping down as leader "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Opportunities Party has announced a commitment to contest the 2020 election, and have said that Gareth Morgan will step down as leader this is a wise move, Morgan did very well at public meetings but his media performance was very mixed and wont have helped his partys chances in this years election. Announcement: []

05:00

Climate Justice Forum: Poet Rob Lewis on Language about Protecting Nature, Olympia Fracking Sands Blockade, Tacoma Protests of LNG Port, Tesoro Anacortes Refinery Expansion, Idaho Oil & Gas Waste Wells 12-13-17 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Wednesday, December 13, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a conversation with poet, activist, house painter, and musician Rob Lewis, about current opportunities to influence political discourse with fresh language about protecting sacred Nature, as demonstrated by indigenous people articulating respectful narratives. We also offer updates and reflections on the Olympia, fracking sands train blockade, Tacoma direct actions and jury trials of opponents of liquefied natural gas facility construction, permit approval and resistance to Tesoro expansion of its Anacortes, petrochemical refinery, and transfer of regulation of Idaho oil and gas waste injection wells. Broadcast for almost six years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community rejection of fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum

05:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character.  Margaret Chase Smith who was born on this day in 1897.


Filed under: quotes Tagged: Margaret Chase Smith

05:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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 []

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04:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today I announced that the new government has made good on its promise and scrapped National Standards.[] -Chris Hipkins FB He came in like wreaking ball and has replaced what he has knocked down with NOTHING

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04:17

End of Life Choice Bill First Reading "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

David Seymour introduced his End of Life Choice Bill to be read a first time in Parliament last night. It passed the first vote by a comfortable 76 votes to 44. This is a big achievement for Seymour, and a good victory for Matt Vickers, who was in Parliament for the first reading. The End []

04:15

The most useful Whaleoil information page EVER "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you want to upgrade or change your subscription click here. If you want to update your credit card details click here. You can easily upgrade between subscription levels at any time by visiting your account page. When upgrading your subscription, it will be prorated based on the amount you have already paid and how much time is left on []

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04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is deviate (verb) 1. To turn aside from a course or way: hikers who deviated from the main path. 2. To depart, as from a norm, purpose, or subject; differ or stray. (noun) A deviant. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1630s, from Late Latin deviatus, past participle []

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04:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 14 17 Short-tempered people do foolish things, and schemers are hated.

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03:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:15

Media watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

14 December 2017 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

03:10

Open Forum Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

14 December 2017 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

02:35

Light Rain Returns to the Pacific Northwest, California Smoke Exits the Region, as the West Coast Ridge Weakens "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

After over a week without rain, precipitation will soon return to the Pacific Northwest.  But not much.

Morning temperatures will warm, freezing fog will lessen super temperature inversions will fade, and the hated Southern California wildfire smoke will leave our region for good.  But the ridge of high pressure is not done with us, continuing in a weakened form.

Today and Thursday should be dry, but by Friday, the probability of precipitation will increase---withe light rain Friday, Saturday, and into next week.

Let's look at the forecast upper level maps.  One valid at 4 PM today shows a ridge (high pressure) over us...and you can see the weak upper level disturbance (trough) over Idaho that brought some clouds yesterday.


The map for Friday at 10 AM shows a modest upper level disturbance passing through, depressing the ridge.  Clouds and perhaps some light showers.

But fast forward to Sunday afternoon at 1 PM.  The ridge is still there, but pushed southwards, and we are in the northern portion of it, with strong flow going into northern BC.  

Meteorologists call this a dirty ridge.  No...nothing to do with porn, but a ridge that allows some clouds and perhaps some light rain.  But no real weather.

02:22

Monkey business: Building a global database of primate conservation studies (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Primates are our family. From tiny, delicate golden lion tamarins to impressively muscular gorillas, we are part of the same evolutionary lineage; a tree of life stretching back about 65 million years. But while one primate Homo sapiens has flourished and spread across the planet, about 60 percent of non-human primate species are threatened with extinction. Conservation of these intelligent, complex creatures can be challenging on many levels. We must work wisely towards finding the best solutions to the multi-faceted problems threatening their survival. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, together with researchers at the University of Cambridge (where I work), have just published the results of a three-year project gathering the data on how well primate conservation initiatives have worked to conserve species from lemurs to chimpanzees. The Primate Synopsis collects scientific papers and, where possible, NGO reports, testing conservation interventions actions that conservationists might undertake in order to have a favorable impact on these species. A bonnet macaque chews electrical wires in Valparai, India. Photo by Claire Wordley. A panel of 23 primate experts from around the world identified 162 interventions that could be implemented for primates, and the research team at Max Planck searched nearly 170 conservation journals and newsletters for studies testing them. They summarized all the papers in plain English, so that even conservationists without access to scientific journals can read the findings. The idea is simple: to present the current evidence for every intervention people might do to

Major flooding after rivers overflow in Emilia-Romagna, Italy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Several days of heavy rain caused several major rivers, including Enza and Parma, to burst its banks on December 12, 2017, producing widespread flooding in Emilia-Romagna region of northeastern Italy. A critical situation is underway in Emilia-Romagna today, after...... Read more

01:24

Donald Trumps China Hawk Clown College Now in Session! "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

Donald Trumps China Hawk clown college is officially in session!  The China hawks are getting their way on Korea, Australia, and Taiwan.  But look for US China policy to overpromise, underdeliver, and screw up in what we now love to call the Indo-Pacific Region.

Its hard to push around the Peoples Republic of China.  Maybe thats why the US China hawk community has concentrated on whipping Australia into shape.  The Australian battle to combat PRC influence and ignore US influence passed an important milestone with Malcolm Turnbull taunting the Chinese in Mandarin and ASIO gearing up for stage two of its witch hunt against pro-PRC politicians.

Meanwhile, US Korean policy drifts into a frozen conflict.  Will Trump turn that aroundby flipping the switch on red hot radioactive Armageddon?

And China hawks want to do something bold and provocative on Taiwan.   But will China play ball?

Finally, the myth of Hambantota: the BS getting peddled about the PRC and the Sri Lankan debt trap.  Who really put Sri Lankas wallet in the wringer?  The answer will probably surprise you.

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US will take North Korea into its own hands if China doesnt do more -- Haley

North Korea: Urgent need to open channels, UN says after visit

The Sellout in Oz My China Watch special report on the most consequential and under-reported Asia story of the year: the coordinated US-Australian deep state campaign t...

Wednesday, 13 December

23:18

"IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The investigation of Russias meddling in the U.S. election has been going on for almost a year now. Its scope and objectives seem to expand daily. It has consumed the majority of our attention and resources.

In the meantime, another country has more subtly and expensively wielded its soft power on U.S. soil. That country is China. Unlike Russia, the Chinese government has a different set of objectives: it wants to use its influence to quiet critics of its authoritarian regime and its policies on human rights and international affairs. By controlling discussions and shaping public opinion in America, China hopes to export its authoritarian ways globally with little resistance.

Fortunately, Chinas interference in the United States didnt go unnoticed. This Wednesday, the Congressional Executive Commission on China, chaired by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), will host a public hearing, titled The Long Arm of China: Exporting Authoritarianism with Chinese Characteristics. Such a hearing is long overdue, because Attempts by the Chinese government to guide, buy, or coerce political influence and control discussion of sensitive topics are pervasive, and pose serious challenges in the United States and globally.

Some Countries Have Fallen to Chinas Interference

Chinas interference on foreign soil usually involves several means. One is using technology to obtain political, economic, and even personal information to its advantage. For example, the German intelligence agency (BfV) disclosed  Monday morning that Chinese intelligence used fake profiles on LinkedIn, a networking site, to target at least 10,000 Germans, many government officials and politicians. According to BfV, the Chinese objective is to gather information on these Germans and even possibly turn some as informants.

Three years ago, two U.S. government databases, which contain personnel records and security-clearance files on about 22 million Americans, were hacked. It was one of the worst cyber intrusions in U.S. history, and officials said they traced the hack to the Chinese government.

No country has suffered more than Australia. Australias domestic spy chief Duncan Lewis alerted Parliament that Chinas interference in Australia was occurring on an unprecedented scale. The Sydney Morning Herald filed a...

22:05

World watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

December 14 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

557 Constantinople was severely damaged by an earthquake.

835  Sweet Dew Incident: Emperor Wenzong of the Tang Dynasty conspired to kill the powerful eunuchs of the Tang court, but the plot is foiled.

1287 St. Lucias flood: The Zuider Zee sea wall in the Netherlandscollapsed, killing more than 50,000 people.

1503 Nostradamus, French astrologer, was born (d. 1566).

1542 Princess Mary Stuart became Queen Mary I of Scotland.

1630  Anne Conway, English philosopher and authorwas born (d. 1679).

1751 The Theresian Military Academy was founded as the first Military Academy in the world.

1782  The Montgolfier brothers first balloon lifts on its first test flight.

1843 The first Auckland A&P Show was held.

First Auckland A and P Show

1851   Mary Tappan Wright, American  novelist and short story  writer was born,  (d. 1916).

1895  King George VI was born (d. 1952).

1896 The Glasgow Underground Railway was opened by the Glasgow District Subway Company.

1897  Margaret Chase Smith, American educator and politician, was born (d. 1995).

1900  Max Planck presented a theoretical derivation of his...

21:52

This tiny South Pacific Island should be dead by now, but its still alive and kicking "IndyWatch Feed World"


Scientists want to know why it's lingering instead of crumbling into the sea. A new island in the South Pacific. NASA/Damien Grouille/Cecile Sabau We all thought it would only survive for a few months when it was born in a blast of ash in January 2015.

21:50

This human-sized penguin isn't even the largest ancient penguin we know about "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


But boy is it big. The researchers estimate a length of 1.77 m, or nearly 5' 10". Reconstruction by G. Mayr/Senckenberg Research Institute Imagine youre in New Zealand during the late Paleocene, around 60 million years ago.

21:30

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

121217 Referendum awareness underway at Kopi Constituency
Kopi constituency has conducted its first phase of Referendum awareness and they have already submitted the report to the Parliament.
According to the Sitting Member for Kopi Constituency, Hon. Philip Kuhena, the second phase for their referendum ready awareness is targeted for next year.
He said that after they receive the outcome of the JSB meeting which will be held this week, they will elaborate more on the aspects of Referendum and also clarify to the people the questions to be put on the ballot paper.
He is expecting a positive outcome of the awareness so that their effort wont be meaningless.
He said that through this to phases of awareness, persons with weapons can be identified and also totally do away with homebrew.
The Member believes that his effort is not going to waste as the people are cooperating well.

Ends//

21:28

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

131217- Teachers Leave pays finally settled
By- Theresa Baranangko
The Education Department is finally settling the outstanding leave pays for Teachers who were left out during the payouts since last week.
Due to Financial hold up which was beyond the control of the Education office, the teachers were not paid on time.
Nearly half of the estimated 300 plus teachers were left out in their leave entitlements until today.
Because of that issue, more than 50 teachers gathered yesterday in front of the education office demanding explanations as to why most of their leave pays was not settled on time.
Teachers were told that because of the financial hold up, most of them were not paid on time.
This explanation was not excepted as they said the office should have done this one week before schools in Bougainville started to close and not wait till last minute as they claim this week is not processing week but travelling week.
The Education Office has taken that matter into consideration and is finally paying out the rest of the teachers who were on queue yesterday.

Ends//

21:26

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

131217MEMBER ON INVESTORS
BY Aloysius Laukai
SOUTH Bougainville MP Timothy Masiu has reminded potential investors to be genuine about their interest and not use the people to make a quick buck.
Mr Masiu made the comment when he met with a foreign investor in Buka on Monday at the invitation of landowners from Bana in South Bougainville.
The Chinese investor has shown interest in a number of resource development areas including fisheries, forestry and mining and is meeting with the Bana landowners and the Bana based Jaba Resource Limited to discuss his interest.
We appreciate your interest and we welcome you. We are prepared to work hand in hand with you.
But we will not allow investors to use us to make quick money and get out. We welcome you with open hands. We will not sell our land to you but we will allow you to work on our land, Mr Masiu told the investor.
Mr Masiu insisted that the investor provides a company profile so that he as the member and the landowners know exactly who they are dealing with.
Member Masiu also invited the investor to present his interest in a proposal form for the benefit of the landowners and himself to deliberate and make decisions.
He also reminded both the investor and landowner representatives to ensure the interest and benefits to both the landowners and investor are exhaustively and adequately addressed to have a win win situation.
Landowner representatives told the member his presence gave them the confidence that he supported their development initiative.
They said the meeting with the investor was for consultation and no decisions and commitment have yet been made.
ENDS

21:21

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

131217- Education Secretary enquires about missing K1m for Teachers Leave fare
By- Theresa Baranangko
The Secretary for Education Department, Dr. Justin Kehatsin said that a total of 180 teachers will not be getting their leave fares if there is no assistance from the ABG Government sooner.
This is following a short fall in the budget allocated by the National Department of Education for teachers annual leave fares which was supposed to be issued early this week.
Dr. Kehatsin said that it is very unfortunate that he cannot send everybody home. He said that it is not the departments making but it is something that the National Department of Education and the ABG Finance are responsible for.
The total budgeted figure for the Teachers Leave fare was K2.1m. Out of this K2.1m, K1m was diverted two to three weeks ago without their consent. He said that he is not sure where the money went to.
Following that, he consulted with the Finance Department twice this week to know where the money went to or if they can find a way to replace the money. However, the reply was purely negative. They said that they do not know where the money went to.
The Secretary was not contented with the answer from the finance department as to where the money went to.
He said that the department did its part in placing all the costings against all the teachers name, however, because of the shortfall, some teachers were affected.
Therefore he is requesting for the ABG and the National Education Department to take the matter into consideration. He said that he will not stop pursuing the ABG Finance Department until the problem is solved.

21:20

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

121217NBC BUKA PAYMENTS
By Aloysius Laukai

The NBC Radio Bougainville has stopped broadcasting to the people of Bougainville due to no funds for fuel for their Standbye Generators at Hutjena studios and the Kubu Transmitter site.
And it has been about a week since the PNG POWER switched off its generators due to shortage of fuel.
A reliable source told New Dawn FM that NBC Bougainville receives grants from the Autonomous Bougainville Government of ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINA a year but these funds which are controlled by the Media and Communications Division has not been paid to NBC in the last four years.
This has resulted in having run out of funds to operate whilst the PNG POWER is not operating in Buka.
The source called on the Autonomous Bougainville Government to investigate where these funds allocated to support the NBC has gone to.
Under the arrangement between NBC and the provincial stations throughout Papua New Guinea, the NBC Headquater looks after the salaries of staff and the technical equipments whilst the Provincial Governments fund operations of local stations.
Our attempts to talk to the Media and Communications division people were unsuccessful.

Ends

21:19

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

121217ABG TO SIT FOR 2018 BUDGET
By Aloysius Laukai
The Autonomous Bougainville Governments House of Representatives will meet next week Tuesday for the ABG Minister for Finance and Treasury, ROBIN WILSON to present the 2018 ABG Budget to the house.
The ABG Speaker, SIMON PENTANU issued the notice today in Buka fixing that the house will meet on Tuesday December 19th for the ABG final session for 2017.
All ABG members are called to attend this important parliament session in which the Finance and Treasury Minister will table the money plans for the region for consideration by the house.
The last ABG session will start at 2pm on Tuesday.
As usual New Dawn FM will carry life the budget session to its listeners in Buka and Buin whilst Arawa is still off.
Ends

21:17

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

121217 Teachers demanding leave fares
By- Theresa Baranangko
Frustrated teachers from schools throughout Bougainville crowded outside the Education Office today demanding their leave pays.
According to a senior teacher Mr Sam Pachihi, out of more than 300 teachers, only half of them are getting their leave fares which they are entitled to.
This is very frustrating to the others who are not getting their leave fares.
He said that teachers were told that they are in this situation because of financial problems.
Teachers have been told that the Department itself and the Finance Department cannot support at this stage because they claim that the issue is Nationwide.
However other frustrated Teachers were accusing the Authorities for diverting funds that was purposely budgeted and transferred from the National Government to the Bougainville education department purposely given for the total number of Teachers who were entitled to leave pays.
As a result of this some of the teachers are left without their leave pays.
Teachers demand that they receive a positive respond immediately or they will not leave the office.

Ends//

21:17

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

121217 Financial factors affecting Bougainvilles progress, says Napto
By- Theresa Baranangko
The people of Nissan are working collaboratively to achieve ABGs dream of being Independent, this was according to the Member for Nissan Hon. Jerry Napto.
However, due to financial constraint, most of the development that is expected is not eventuating.
He says that as a requirement under the Bougainville Peace Agreement, Bougainville must be an Autonomous Region to prepare Bougainvillians to the next level which is Referendum. With regard to this, the people of Nissan are working together to achieve ABGs goal.
He said that he want to make sure that Nissan is part of this process that is taking place in Bougainville.
However, at this time ABG is facing financial problem which is affecting the progress of Referendum as well as other developments that needs to be addressed in areas such as Nissan.
According to the Member, this is because the National Government is not financially assisting ABG.
He said that the implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement should be carried out together by the two Governments; however, the National Government is not committed to its end of Agreement.
He said that at this stage, ABG really needs assistance from the National Government in terms of Finance so that remote places like Nissan where development such as communication is greatly needed wont be affected during this progress towards Referendum.

ends//

20:00

The superb Patricia Routledge "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Not appreciated by many is the fact that she was a classically trained singer with major musical awards to her credit. This is one of her, regrettably few albums


19:59

ALABAMA SENATE ELECTION "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"


Call it everway whatever ... The election of Democrat Doug Jones over Republican Roy Moore by over 20,000 votes in the Alabama Senate election race to replace Republican Jeff Sessions was a body blow to the President Trump and the Republican Party.

Alabama is Red, Red territory.   Up until yesterday the Republicans held both Senate seats and six out of the seven seats in the House of Representatives.     The last Democrat to win a Senate seat went out of office two decades ago.   The result is akin to Labour winning Whangarei or National winning  Palmerston North,

Trump's (belated) decision to back Moore and the failure of the Republican Party to pull the rug from his candidature is dumb politics.   Sure Moore is innocent until proven guilty but actually that's not the point.   You stand behind a candidate accused of sexual misconduct and you pay a heavy heavy price.   You can argue that politics ain't fair.   So what ... never has been.


19:07

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 100 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A 20 question special to mark the century!   See the incentive for Kapiti readers at the bottom.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers on Sunday.   The two official languages of Canada are English and ____________?   Today taonga means treasure. What did it []

19:00

Descoberta brasileira alimenta debate sobre, afinal, quando a Humanidade chegou s Amricas?22 "IndyWatch Feed World"




The translation is not much good, but what is been uncovered is definitive evidence supporting human populations in south america 30,000 yeaers ago. These are likely of african and aboriginal lineage.  this is great news as there has been plenty of other indication and would have long since been accepted except for the erroneous clovis only argument held for years.

Transoceanic travel has always been a problem to overcome but even dug out canoes did populate the Pacific in the tropics.  Add in the forgotten detail that our seal levels were a good hundred meters lower before the Pleistocenr Nonconformity.  This meant that all continental selves were exposed.  Indonesia and the South China Sea were the size of North America.

Many atolls were large islands as well and the equivalent of japan linked south Africa with southern india. In short there was a huge band of land connected from Africa to the south seas.  Still does not make accessing South America easy but certainly   more plausible.

We already have early human stocks along this entire corridor.  Extending to South ameca is a natural step and really only took a flotilla of large dugouts catching the wind in the right direction.  That had to have happened often..

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Descoberta brasileira alimenta debate sobre, afinal, quando a Humanidade chegou s Amricas?

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19:00

Wednesday Nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This short video is dedicated to  New York suicide pipe bomber Terrorist who suffered from premature detonation on Monday and blew his testicles off.

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18:41

End of Life Choice bill introduced to Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

David Seymour is currently opening debate on his End of Life Choice Bill in Parliament. The first reading is likely to be voted on tonight. It will be a conscience vote for most parties, but NZ First have indicated they will block vote for the first reading if there is a commitment that the ultimate decision []

18:30

More futility on the tax cuts that wont be "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Parliament kicked off again today with questions to the Prime Minister about the planned reversal of the legislated tax cuts. I dont think anything much was gained in the exchange, but Bill English made several points amongst the exchanges. Rt Hon Bill English: So can the Prime Minister confirm that, under the Taxation (Budget Measures: []

17:31

New judges offer relief to jam-packed courts "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

December 13, 2017 

By DAPHNE WANI 


THE judiciary is confident it will dispose of the backlog of cases with the increase in the number of judges, says Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia.
Sir Salamo said the swearing-in of five new judges of the National Court and Supreme Court by Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae yesterday had brought the total number of judges to 43.
These new judges will relieve the more senior judges of their current workload of cases, he said.
The judiciary is confident that it will address the huge backlog of cases that are piling up in court.
He said the judiciary was confident that it could now deal with pressing court cases quickly.
We are confident that we will dispose of almost all of the election petition cases by June 2018, with the assistance of these new judges, Sir Salamo said.
The new judges are Justice Jim Wala Tamate, Acting Justice Sinclair Peniel Gora, Acting Justice David Abiri Susame, Acting Justice John Ritchie Benaud Kaumi and Acting Justice John Kamane Numapo.
Justice Tamate will be based in Port Moresby and assigned to the human rights track to assist Justice David Cannings.
Acting justices Kaumi and Numapo will be based in the Lae National Court taking the number there to four.
Acting Justice Susame will be based in Kokopo to replace the late Justice Salatiel Lenalia.
Acting Justice Gora will be posted to the Wewak National Court to assist Justice Iowa Geita.

17:06

Power Project Welcomes LO Participation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Post-Courier

 

 

Landowners can be given the first right of refusal as equity shareholders in the proposed US$120 million (K375 million) Port Moresby power project.
This is according to Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (KPHL) managing director Wapu Sonk, who says participation by resource landowners in the project was welcome.
He says this can be achieved through equity participation by the Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC) in NiuPower Limited.
NiuPower is the entity created by KPHL and Oil Search Limited to underwrite the US$120 million gas fired power station.
LNG project landowners were angered at not being part of the project and threatened to disrupt the US$19 billion investment demanding they own the power station.
Hela landowners said that they had been denied the opportunity to participate in the new project, which will use gas from the PNG LNG liquefaction plant near Port Moresby.
NiuPower has always been keen to bring in additional equity partners.
Of course any equity participation must be on commercial terms consistent with the terms agreed between NiuPower and PPL.
Otherwise there will be substantial increases in the cost of power to PPL and its customers, Mr Sonk said.
He said Kumul Petroleum and Oil Search had previously invited the State owned MRDC to take equity in NiuPowers investments to ensure landowner participation in the development of the Port Moresby power station.
This offer remains open and NiuPower is awaiting engagement from MRDC to discuss the commercial terms for equity participation.
We, therefore, urge landowners to work constructively with MRDC to achieve their participation in this milestone power project, he said. Mr Sonk added that following the establishment of the power station, generation requirements for the National Capital District will be covered for a number of years.
With the creation of NiuPower and the development of the gas fired Port Moresby power station, Kumul Petroleum and Oil Search directly contribute to the governments energy objectives of electrifying 70 per cent of PNG by 2030, today estimated at around 10 per cent.
We recognise that electrifying PNG is a development game changer that will improve the lives of our people in line with Vision 2050, Mr Sonk said.

Photo Courtesy: Loop PNG

17:00

Glitter Has Become a Global Hazard "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Dr. Mercola

Microplastic pollution is a critical issue affecting waterways and wildlife. Glitter is a form of microplastic that may harm marine life. A chain of 19 child care nurseries across southern England recently announced they were banning the use of glitter in their children's craft projects in an effort to reduce pollution.1

Discarded bottles, bags and straws break down in the ocean waters to microplastic pieces, 5 millimeters (mm) or smaller. These pieces are literally clouding the ocean waters with "plastic smog."2 Billions of pounds of plastic can also be found in convergences that now cover approximately 40 percent of the world's ocean surface.3

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, located just a few hundred miles north of Hawaii, is one of the most polluted gyres. The United Nations (U.N.) states that there are 51 trillion pieces of microplastic particles polluting the ocean.4 The U.N. describes this as 500 times more than there are stars in our galaxy. These are the pieces that currently exist in the ocean waters and not those making their way through fresh water lakes, waterways and sewer systems.

Glitter has been used for celebrations, decorations and even for revenge, as an Australian startup company promises to ship a glitter bomb to your enemy.5 The company uses glitter as it is so insidious youll be vacuuming it out of the carpet and picking it out of your clothes for months once it has been released. The idea was so popular they were overwhelmed with orders within 24 hours of opening for business.

Pieces of plastic have now reached the previously pristine waters of the Arctic Ocean, where damage to marine life and ocean waters continue to spread. Growing concern over the plight of the environment and human health has led some scientists to call for a ban on glitter.6

Glitter Is Not Just Annoying

CNN calls glitter "the ultimate supervillain of the craft and makeup world."....

16:55

Britain doesnt appear to be collapsing as a result of Brexit "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Do you remember back to May 2016, when the British Treasury, which is clearly full of mainstream macroeconomists who have little understanding of how the system actually operates released their Brexit predictions? The study (putting the best spin possible on what was a tawdry piece of propaganda) HM Treasury analysis: the immediate economic impact of leaving the EU was strategically released to have maximum impact on the vote, which would come just a month later. Fortunately, for Britain and its people, the attempt to provide misinformation failed. As time passes, while the British government and the EU dilly-dally about the divorce details, we are getting a better picture of what is happening post-Brexit as the market sorts what it can sort out. Much has been said about the destructive shifts in trade that will follow Brexit. But these scaremongers fail to grasp that Britain has been moving away from trade with the EU for some years now and that process will continue into the future. I come from a nation that was dealt a major trading shock at the other end of Britains ill-fated dalliance with Europe. It also made alternative plans and prospered as a result. The outcomes of Brexit will be in the hands of the domestic policies that follow. Stick to neoliberalism and there will be a disaster. But the opportunity is there for British Labour to recast itself and seize the scope for better public infrastructure, better services and stronger domestic demand. Then the nation will see why leaving the corporatist, austerity-biased failure that the EU has become was a stroke of genius.

The only good thing about the Treasury Report was that it was Printed on paper containing 75% recycled fibre content minimum but even then it was a waste of real resources.

The aim of the Report was to quantify the impact of that adjustment over the immediate period of two years following a vote to leave. It was not about medium- or long-term impacts. It was about then and now.

The findings were based on mainstream economic and econometric models that continually fail to deliver plausible results. But that has never stopped the ideologues who hide behind them as if they constitute an intellectual authority.

The Treasury claimed to support analysis by the Bank of England and the IMF, which also predicted a recession following a vote to leave.

Madame Lagarde was quoted as saying that theres a range of possible scenarios which could possibly include a technical recession, which, of course, is not the same thing as a certain recession. But these characters are...

16:43

Just remember the password people! "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

I have some tricks for doing this, which I have scrawled in the inner part of the margin of the manuscript.  Here is Matt Levine on Bitcoin:

I half-joked yesterday that perhaps the cost of bitcoin storage keeping your private key in a vault, worrying about hackers, etc. is so high that arbitrageurs need to charge $1,000 for a month of it, but maybe its the right explanation? Everything I read about bitcoin storage is utterly exhausting. A private key printed out on a sheet of paper, cut into pieces, and distributed among family members who dont know how to put it back together; an encrypted file loaded on a USB stick and buried in the backyard; a password committed only to memory; a private key engraved on a metal plate and stored in a safe; a safe deposit box at a bank; an account at an exchange that gets hacked and loses its customers bitcoins. Buying bitcoin futures is a way to get exposure to bitcoin and avoid the bitcoin-storage problem: You never have to store bitcoins because you never own bitcoins; you just get paid dollars for the amount that bitcoin goes up. But the storage problem doesnt go away; you just offload it to the arbitrageur who provides you the bitcoin exposure. Maybe the arbitrageur needs to charge you $1,000 to cover her storage costs. If you think these markets are efficient, then the gap between the futures and the spot is telling you how much in out-of-pocket expenses, in theft risk, in psychic pain it costs to store bitcoin.

Here is more from Matt:

If I told you that there was an asset that is an excellent store of value even in inflationary conditions, how much of your gold portfolio would you reallocate to that asset? One percent? Three percent? Fifty percent? All of it? Sure, whatever, if you believed me. But we are just assuming that bitcoin actually fulfills that function, in order to decide its valuation. Bitcoin has had a pretty good run, but so far its a short one; theres no historical experience of bitcoin retaining its value in periods of global financial crisis or rich-world inflation or even just, you know, pe...

16:21

Landowners eyeing development ties with Northern govt "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

December 13, 2017 
Source: The National

 

Binandere landowners in Northern are working on partnering the provincial government to develop resource projects while protecting their land.
With assistance from the government, the chiefs council established a forum for increased participation in the development of the resources.
Governor Gary Juffa yesterday presented the first part of the K70,000 funding assistance which would be used to develop the plan.
Im very proud of how they have come together as a community, and their dreams and aspirations are to participate in the development of their own resources in determining their own future and they want to partner with the provincial government, Juffa said.
If there is going to be any sort of development, the chiefs council must have a say.
Juffa said the government in 2012 embarked on a policy to ensure inclusiveness to ensure that resource owners were not marginalised.
We took this proposal to (the late) Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc (former chief secretary), Juffa said.
He supported it and we trialed a pilot project and established the first chiefs council at Nindewari.
The provincial government made a commitment to fund this council and will continue to fund it
It becomes part of the recurrent budget of K200,000 every year.
The chiefs council will be located in stations and districts headed by a permanent chairman, with representations from ward councillors, women, youth and the church.
In that way, all stakeholders are consulted in any major developments such as forestry, fisheries, and mining or gas projects.
This entity will carry out social mapping, ensure no conflicts and will recommend to PEC (provincial executive council, ) and provincial government whether the project is in the peoples best interest.
It is my ambition that in the next five years that this pilot project progresses well.
Chief Peter Waide said the Binanderes had decided to take on the challenge to see changes in their community.
We havent seen government services going down to the our people. People have suffered for more than 40 years, he said.

16:02

Book Charts Unlikely Friendship Between Buffalo Bill and Sitting Bull "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Published December 13, 2017

In Blood Brothers, UC Riversides Deanne Stillman explores the complicated relationship between two icons of American mythology

RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA One was a revered horseman who rode for the Pony Express and served in the Civil War; the other, a Lakota Sioux chief and holy man whose role in the Battle of the Little Bighorn made him an American legend.

The unlikely alliance that developed between two icons of Western mythology, Buffalo Bill Cody and Sitting Bull, is at the heart of a new work of narrative nonfiction by the University of California, Riversides Deanne Stillman.

Stillman, a member of the core faculty at UCRs Palm Desert Low-Residency M.F.A. program, spent eight years crisscrossing the Great Plains to conduct the research and develop the manuscript that would eventually become...

16:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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15:52

UN General Assembly Votes for Palestinians // J. B. Gerald "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

http://www.nightslantern.ca/ga7dec2017.htm UN General Assembly Votes for Palestinians by J. B. Gerald On December 6 the U.S. President declared Jerusalem the capital of Israel and announced the U.S. intention to move its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. It's also widely known that Israel's claim to all of Jerusalem isn't recognized by the international community or international law. The U.S. ally Great Britain announced it will maintain its embassy in Tel Aviv. Canada's prime minister announced Canada is keeping its embassy in Tel Aviv, however in its UN General Assembly votes December 7th Canada's maintained an obtuseness to Palestinian suffering, siding with with the U.S. and Israel. Since the United Nations Security Council has mandated that no unilateral changes can be made to the status of Jerusalem, the Security Council responded to the U.S. declaration by calling an emergency session December 8th. The U.S. and Israel's position was not favoured; other countries consider the declaration makes a peace process between Israel and Palestine impossible. All this is not suppressed news though it can be interpreted as prolonging a genocide warning for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories. What is unreported by NATO media is that following President Trump's announcement the UN's General Assembly on December 7th passed nine draft resolutions assuring some protection to the lives and rights of Palestinians, and with such large majorities in favour of Palestine that the world's nations have indicated an overwhelming opposition to the U.S. president's decision. The UN General Assembly may be the closest humankind is able to offer as the voice of humanity. Attempting to be more specific I'll try to order a very confusing press release from "UN Meeting Coverage and Press Releases," where on December 7th among the 38 resolutions and two decisions made by the General Assembly concerning decolonization, these dealt directly with Israel-Palestine. 1. Assistance to Palestine refugees, was adopted, 162 for and 1 (Israel) against, with 12 abstaining. This resolution expresses extreme concern for Palestinian refugees under occupation and the urgent need for reconstruction of Gaza. 2. Persons displaced as a result of the June 1967 and subsequent hostilities, was adopted, 158 in favour, 7 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, United States) with 10 abstentions. This draft resolution reaffirms the right of displaced persons to go back to their homes and former residences. 3. Operations of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, was adopted, 162 for to 6 against (Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, United States) and 7 abstentions. The resolution's focus on funding was accompanied...

15:47

Alabama Senate election "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Its interesting to see so much interest in a US senate election here in New Zealand. Alabama would normally be expected to be a safe Republican seat, but a controversial conservative candidate with a raft of sexual misconducts thrown into the campaign, sever splits in the GOP with some Senators openly saying they would vote []

15:39

Christians and Muslims unite over Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

'We are one': Palestinian Christians and Muslims unite against Trump's Jerusalem call https://t.co/b2sKf736pI Reuters Top News (@Reuters) December 12, 2017  

15:11

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Minikin  small;  insignificant; petty; trivial; a dainty, delicate or diminutive person or thing.

 


Filed under: language Tagged: minikin

15:01

Hoop Club Family Day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Kids vs Family Games By Angelo Robinson Sunday 10 December was the last Hoop Club Kapiti session for 2017. Every year Hoop Club Kapiti celebrates the last day of Hoop Club for the year with Kids vs Family games and end of year awards in all three sessions at Hoop Club. The players and families []

15:00

And the word of the year is "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Merriam-Webster dictionary chose Feminism as its word of the year but the true meaning of the word has been lost and only pale imitations remain. The Womens Marches werent true feminist marches, they were anti-Trump marches. The Pink Pussy hats werent symbols of a fight for equality or freedom but were sad, knitted reminders []

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14:30

Terror Tycoons enjoy $28 Billion dollars while Palestinians suffer "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Palestinians are poor and oppressed people, is what we are told over and over again by the left-wing media and Palestinian leaders who lay the blame for this poverty and oppression at the feet of the tiny country called Israel. It may surprise you to learn that the population of Palestine is around 5 million people []

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14:25

Construction of college facilities underway "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

December 13, 2017

WORK has started on the construction of facilities for the Enga Teachers College through a K33.5 million tax credit scheme funding from the Porgera Joint Venture.
Executive managing director Richmond Fenn said the mine was proud to partner with the government through the tax credit scheme arrangement.
The province is fortunate to have a mine in this region. But I want to thank the Governor (Sir Peter Ipatas) again because there are few people that have as clear a vision about education as he has, he said.
And to think that he has been promoting education for 20 years, that is an amazing vision.
It takes dedication to make it come true.
The project involves the construction of three-storey 144-bed female dormitory and four-storey 192-bed male dormitory.
There will also be a mess hall with a 400-person sitting capacity.
Fenn said they were not only trying to build colleges but these colleges would eventually provide degree programmes.
Cardno PNG is the design consultant and HBS PNG will build the facilities. The project is expected to be completed in February 2019.

14:00

New Rules to stop Hate Speech censor everyone "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Unless speech breaks the law by threatening or inciting harm it should not be censored or criminalised.  People think that they can make life better by restricting what they loosely call hate speech but it only makes life worse for everyone as this blog post from America shows. A couple of weeks ago, the Archdiocese []

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13:56

Teachers promised full payment of leave fares "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

December 13, 2017

By JIMMY KALEBE 


TEACHERS in Morobe have been assured they will be paid the full leave fares they applied for by the provinces division of Education and Morobe administration.

 
Morobe programme adviser Keith Jiram made the announcement yesterday in front of teachers at Tutumang Haus eager to collect their leave fares for their holidays.

 
Despite a shortfall of K1.3 million faced by the province, the education division and Morobe administration made available K8 million for teachers leave fares in its budget.

 
Jiram said the commitment was made following the Treasury Departments announcement that teachers maybe paid 50 per cent of their leave fares or less due to the cash-flow problems the country was facing.

 
We made this commitment in the province because we want to compensate teachers and appreciate them for their commitments towards teaching our children, he said.

 
They are entitled to it and it is their right to leave fares so we made commitments to the issue despite having some cash-flow problems as indicated by the Treasury Department.
Jiram said the shortfall was covered by funds from other programmes.

 
Asked what the delay was in releasing cheques made available for the teachers to access, Jiram said the commitment was made last Friday.

 
He said the delay was due to the time taken for the printing of the cheques and the time it would take for the bank to clear them. This processes should be completed by the end of this week or by early next week, teachers should get their fares ready, he said.

13:51

Shelf Awareness - r best adult books for 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"



You'd think it would be difficult to narrow down the year's best books. And it was. We promise, though, that no Shelf Awareness staffers were injured in the making of this list, so enjoy! (Click hereto see our reviews in today's Shelf Awareness for Readers.)
 

 
Fiction
A Horse Walks into a Barby David Grossman (Knopf)
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal (Morrow)
Exit West by Mohsin Ahmed (Riverhead)
Nine Folds Make a Paper Swanby Ruth Gilligan (Tin House)
Since I Laid My Burden Downby Brontez Purnell (Amethyst Editions/Feminist Press)
So Much Blue by Percivel Everett (Graywolf Press)
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13:49

A story of emotional survival "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

 

      
 
Picture
Ill have You Home by Christmas
by June Allen
June Allens estranged husband snatched the oldest of their three children in August 1969, while the family was living in Sydney. He left June a note to say he would be back later the same day for the other two children. Terrified of losing the other children and heartbroken at having to leave 7-year-old Philip behind, June raced to the airport in the clothes she, Patti and Rex were wearing and carrying only the blanket 4-year-old Rex was wrapped in. Her father in New Zealand paid for their air tickets and later that day they were back in Auckland.

    So begins a heart breaking account of Junes struggle to care for Patti and Rex and after a brief time with her father, to manage alone as a solo-parent, all the while trying to figure out how to get Philip back from Austral...

13:45

The Roundup with PW "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


 Harassment Probe Hits Audible: Two executives departed Amazons Audible unit last week in the midst of a company investigation into workplace harassment.

Sean Spicer Gets a Book Deal: Regnery will publish the former Trump White House press secretary's book about his turbulent tenure next summer.

'Cat Person' Breaks Records: A much-talked-about short story published by the 'New Yorker' is already one of its most-read overall pieces.

13:43

Six MPs To Be Referred "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 

non-compliance of election returns

BY MATTHEW VARI

Six Members of Parliament may be investigated by the Ombudsman Commission next month for breaches of the Leadership Code.

Most MPs in the 111-seat Parliament have complied with 2017 National Election requirements by filing election returns with the Registry of Political Parties and Candidates.

Registrar of Political Parties and Candidates Dr Alphonse Gelu said the six non-compliant MPs, which he refused to name, would be investigated by the Ombudsman Commission in January 2018.

 

We will hold the names back but it has come to a point where we will say enough and I will disclose the names and at the same time I will write to the Ombudsman Commission (OC) to refer them for misconduct, Dr Gelu said.

That is very clear. We are trying to give them the opportunity to come and submit but they will still have to be fined.

A K2000 fine along with K840 each for 42 days since the October 31 deadline lapsed. That will then blow out to K12,000 fine and K7320 for all 61 days lapsed by January 1, next year for all six MPs.

I will write individually to these MPs to tell them that they are now referred and we will do it. Some gave their returns late and have accepted to pay the fine and those payments will go to Finance.

Under section 89 of the Organic Law on the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates.

A successful candidate is required to lodge with the registrar a financial return specifying details of contributions received and details of expenditure incurred in connection with the election.

The financial return should contain each contributor, name and address, date of contribution receipt, where contribution was made either in cash or in another form and the amount and expenditure particulars of those.

Chief Om...

13:42

THE MOST WIDELY ACQUIRED DEBUT NOVEL OF ALL TIME "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

THE
woman
in the
window

A.J. Finn
 
v SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM FOX 2000 STUDIOS

 v TO BE PUBLISHED IN 38 TERRITORIES WORLDWIDE

Intricate, atmospheric, and utterly spellbinding, The Woman in the Window is one of the most eagerly anticipated literary debuts of the decade a Rear Window expertly and thrillingly re-imagined for our time, with comparisons being drawn to major publishing events...

13:41

Latest from The Bookseller "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


The decline in independent bookshop numbers witnessed over the last decade could finally be halting, the Booksellers Association has revealed.
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13:39

Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Today's Meal


New York Times Book Review editor Jennifer Ildiko Szalaiwill move over to serve as nonfiction book critic starting in January, taking over as Jennifer Senior movesback to long-form journalism for the paper. As books editor Pamela Paul writes, "Sometimes, you search for the ideal candidate for a position far and wide, and find that the best one is sitting right across from you." She adds, "Jennifer is one of the most stylish, incisive, original writers on books, politics and culture today. A Canadian native who grew up between cultures her father was Hungarian and her mother is from the Philippines Jennifer is accustomed to negotiating between different viewpoints; she is an independent thinker with a supple, open mind attuned to books on many subjects politics, foreign policy, government, social sciences, economics, science, technology, business and the arts." For the past four years Szalai had edited reviews, Bookends, and various columnists.

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13:30

Oh dear Lord, I agree with Piers Morganagain "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is getting alarming, I think this is the third time this year Ive agreed with Piers Morgan. He has a rather lengthy column at the Daily Mail about Donald Trump. The headline reads: Its true, weve NEVER had a president like Trump he actually keeps his promises. No wonder the liberal media cant []

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13:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Bono and Chris Martin sing One for my Baby with a cameo by Sean Penn broadcast November 30 in a AIDs awareness campaign.

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12:30

The Great Twitter exodus of 2017 begins December 18th "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Twitters strict new enforcement rules will be going live on December 18th. Twitter will be judging user behavior both on and OFF of their website. This means that if you visit another website that they dont like or show support for groups they dont like, you can get banned. This unprecedented level of censorship and blacklisting of []

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12:07

Student Support Officer "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS)

12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

As this circle created by Brilliant Maps shows, more people live inside this circle than outside of it. While the map looks surprising at first glance, it shouldnt really once you consider it contains all or most of the worlds most populous countries: China, India, Indonesia (fourth), Pakistan (sixth), Bangladesh (seventh) and Japan (tenth). And []

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11:30

Mesh implants will not be used for some surgeries because of the risks "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A gynaecologist who has performed more than 75 surgeries to repair damage from surgical mesh says doctors, ACC and Medsafe have failed patients. ACC has paid out more than $13m in injury claims in the past decade and Medsafe yesterday announced mesh implants will no longer be used for pelvic organ prolapse or urinary incontinence because of the risks. []

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11:15

More dubious behaviour from the SIS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security has released their report into the Legality and propriety of warnings given by the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service. The report is a follow-on from an early inquiry into the SIS's actions in raiding and warning members of the NZ Fijian community, in the process smearing an innocent man. The Inspector-General at the time found that that practice was illegal. The new Inspector-General has followed up by investigating past "warnings" from the SIS, and given substantial recommendations on how to ensure that future warnings respect fundamental human rights and comply with s16 of the Intelligence and security Act.

Past practice seems to have been appalling, with SIS officers at one stage explicitly instructed to exploit people's misapprehensions about their role and connections with foreign intelligence services - in other words, to let people think they were a despotic secret police able to kidnap and torture, and that they would pas son information to enable foreign human rights abuses if cooperation was not forthcoming. The Inspector-General calls this a one-off, except that this is exactly what they did in the Fijian case, explicitly threatening to inform Fijian authorities, which "could result in problems for and harm to people in [that country]". In one warning, they even appear to have specifically referred to Fijian human rights abuses.

The Inspector-General has made it clear that this isn't acceptable, and this has been accepted by the SIS (largely because its also been nailed down very clearly in statute and Ministerial Policy Statements). But the IGIS has also made recommendations about procedural fairness in such interviews, around both their context (whether there are police present), and whether people are allowed to retain a written copy so that they know exactly what they are being warned about. The SIS has rejected these recommendations, putting its own operational convenience and petty secrecy above people's fundamental rights.

This is not acceptable. It also undermines the whole oversight regime. Again, if the spies can just ignore the Inspector-General, there's simply no point in having one. But bluntly, if there's not going to be oversight, we can't have spies. If the SIS behaves like this, they need to be defunded and eliminated. Because the cost of having a lawless, criminal agency is far worse than anything they might ever prevent.

11:00

Golden goodies for Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have been VERY good Santa knows exactly what golden goodies to get you this Christmas and he has asked the elves at Whaleoil to pop them into your Christmas stocking.   With your help, we can pop the following GOLD goodies inside your Christmas stocking this year An Ad-free Whaleoil experience. Podcasts one week []

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10:30

I wonder where they got their story on Sonny Bill Williams from? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

When I published the above story at 10 am on Monday morning not everyone was impressed with my journalistic standards. Rustyjohn58  thought that my post was more suited to a MSM publication like the NZ Herald. It turns out that he was 100% correct and that I have a bright career ahead of me as []

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10:25

Australian miner expecting ABG support after Panguna mediation win "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Local residents hold banners and placards during a protest at the former Bougainville Copper Limiteds Panguna mine. | Photo: Reuters

Radio New Zealand | 13 December 2017

Australian mining company RTG says Philip Miriori has been confirmed as the chairman of the Special Mining Lease Osikiang Landowners Association.

The association owns the land around the Panguna mine in Papua New Guineas Bougainville.

Bougainvilles Panguna Copper mine Photo: Supplied

RTG is one of two companies looking to re-open the copper mine and it has close links with Mr Miriori.

Theres been a dispute over who should lead the Osikiang group, with Mr Mirori facing a challenge from former chair, Lawrence Daveona.

RTG chairman Michael Carrick said mediation has resolved the dispute in Mr Mirioris favour.

Mr Carrick said this should lead to the Autonomous Bougainville Government, or ABG, backing RTGs Panguna development plan.

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10:05

University of Papua New Guinea increases fees for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

STUDENTS attending the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) next year can expect an increase in compulsory tuition fees.
The increase was approved by the university council recently.

In a statement, the council said the decision was reached in light of decreases in the annual budget provided by the Government, and the increase in the annual costs of essential utilities to maintain the continued operation of the universitys teaching and learning activities.


The council said the full details of next years university fee structure would be announced later this week.
The increase also reflects the Consumer Price Index adjustment which will affect both new and continuing undergraduate students, it said.
The increase is the first for several years and will still feature UPNG as the university with the lowest tuition fees in Papua New Guinea.

The tuition fee increase does not apply to international students who enrol at UPNG for their studies.
The current board and lodging fees for residential students are scheduled to remain the same as for 2017.

But may be subjected to increases in messing costs that arise from the Governments new tariff structure which comes into effect in January 2018.....read more on PNG Education News Site
 The National/ PNG Today

10:03

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10:00

PHOTO of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today in history: On the 13th of December 2003, Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was captured near his hometown of Tikrit, during Operation Red Dawn by US forces. Full Name: Saddam Hussein Nationality: Iraqi Profession: Iraqi President [] A member of the Baath political party, he was instrumental in its rise to power in Iraq in 1968. Throughout the 1970s he []

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10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

SFF forecasts record spend Sally Rae:

Silver Fern Farms is forecast to spend more than $230million on livestock this month its biggest monthly livestock spend so far as high volumes caused by dry conditions and high prices make their mark.
In an update to suppliers, chief executive Dean Hamilton said the warm weather being experienced throughout the country had pushed stock processing levels higher than normally seen in December.

Plants had been brought on early because of the rapid dry-off after good spring growing conditions and the company had recruited more than 1000 new seasonal staff, who had been trained over the past month. . .

Droughts are not declared so what makes a drought Official? WeatherWatch:

WeatherWatch.co.nz head forecaster Philip Duncan speaks with the Ministry for Primary Industries to make sense of it all.

Parts of New Zealand are very dry now, which is concerning many farmers and growers up and down the country with many asking us if we are going into a drought.

But what actually is a drought and who decides if we are in one?

The process may not be quite what you think:

Its a myth that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) declares a drought. In fact, the Government doesnt declare a drought is present just like they dont declare a river is flooded, or that there is snow on a mountain. However the Government may provide recovery assistance if it is requested, when it meets the criteria under the Primary Sector Recovery Policy. . .

Sometimes were mean to our cows Dairy Carrie:...

09:55

Oral questions 13 December 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Questions to Ministers 1.Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by the statement in the Speech from the Throne: Building a truly prosperous country means sharing the wealth generated by our economy; if so, under current law how much less tax will a teacher without children on the full-time average wage pay per year []

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09:55

New Caledonia maintains lead in Pacific Games "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"



























Papua New Guinea is now placed second on the Pacific Games ladder with 22 golds, 18 silvers and 10 bronze medals. New Caledonia leads the medal table with 34 Golds, 12 Silvers and 8 Bronze medals. Fiji is running third with 16 Golds, 14  Silvers and 18 Bronze medals. Samoa is forth on the table with 15 golds, 10 Silvers, 5 Bronze medals. Host nation Vanuatu is running fifth with 11 golds, 18 silvers and 12 bronze medals. The games continue today.

09:40

EHP GOVERNOR PETER NUMU SHOWING HIS TRUE COLOURS "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by APO KEFAMO
Words cannot fully express the disgust that is now felt throughout EHP on the stupidity, immaturity and criminality of the new governor of Eastern Highlands Province, Peter Numu. His ascension to power was never though a honest and fair game, Mr Numu himself cannot deny this fact! He was the only candidate in the 2017 National election in EHP that extensively used deceit, bribery, sorcery and external forces to get to power. Most of us at the counting venue know about these facts and also know that the petition case filed against him is a very competitive one, thus passing through listing and pre-trial hearings last month at Waigani National Courts without a single challenge to its competency and is listed early in February next year for trial. Just as this court was reaching its peak, Numu led mobs, street drug bodies and opportunists into looting the shop of the fellow candidate, who is also the petitioner. What a way to be a governor!

Numu was always a serial liar even at his early stages of student leaderships. He lied to EHP that he burnt the Australian flag during his student presidency at UPNG. He lied to EHP that he stands against corruption, all the while feeding from the fountains of ONeils corrupt crony, Mr Joseph Tonde, who endorsed Numu under his party. After his victory, he ran back to daddy ONeill. Few weeks into office, Numu announced on Facebook that he will build 14 Mini markets all throughout EHP but sadly not a single soil is turned even at the point of writing. The only visible progresses of this Facebook projects were just thousands of likes and comments on Facebook. He was very good at lying to his people to excite their emotions and prey on their illiteracy.

He is single handedly responsible for the 7 unreported election related deaths in EHP during the counting time. This was a history for the province as the peace loving kol peles never encountered election related deaths in their entire election history. During the counting, Numus scrutinizers deliberately moved papers of other candidates into his box. After a quarrel in the counting venue, his scrutinizers went to their disgusting leader, who in turn took it up onto Facebook and twisted the whole story around. Instead of owing up, he posted that all the candidates are jealous of him because he is leading by margin (Dont be surprised when I tell you that thats the same excuse he is usin...

09:34

Shipping industry must take urgent action to meet Paris climate goals "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A declaration launched today at the One Planet climate summit hosted by French president Emmanuel Macron has urged the shipping industry to meet the Paris climate goals.

The Tony de Brum declaration named after the celebrated Marshallese politician who died earlier this year calls for shipping to take urgent action to contribute to meeting the 2C and 1.5C goals of the Paris accord.

The declaration was released at the summit in the French capital, which marks two years since the Paris Agreement on climate change was adopted in the city.

It was signed by 35 countries, including the UK, France, Denmark, Germany, Canada, the Marshall Islands, Chile and New Zealand.

Shipping produces at least 2% of global CO2 emissions, but the International Maritime Organisation, the London-based UN agency responsible for regulating shipping, has struggled to set its own emissions reduction target.

Other key news from the summit included an announcement from the World Bank that it will largely stop financing oil and gas exploration after 2019. In addition, Macron described Donald Trumps announcement in July that he intends withdraw the US from the Paris accord as extremely aggressive.

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09:30

Looks like Lyle Lanley has been visiting Tauranga "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

You know a town with money is a little like the mule with a spinning wheel, no one knows how he got it and danged if he knows how to use it. Seems Tauranga is looking at joining monorail club along with Brockway, Ogdenville and North Haverbrook: A $560 million rapid transport system called SkyCabs []

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09:22

Independence challenges could derail any return to mining on Bougainville "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Image: Department of Defence.

While RTG Mining and BCL squabble over exploration rights, far more serious problems are brewing on Bougainville

Back to Bougainville

Declan Sullivan* | ASPI | 11 Dec 2017

Trouble is returning to the island of Bougainville and Australia must be prepared. With the 2019 independence referendum looming, Australia will be called on to help support the peace process, whatever the referendums outcome. Australia was a major participant in two past interventions on the island, and its strategic connections run deep. Australia must ensure that it is adequately prepared for the coming challenges in Bougainville.

The 2001 Bougainville Peace Agreement stipulated that a referendum on independe...

09:20

Fake News? Former New Zealand Prime Minister Denies Investing in Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said he did not advise people to invest in bitcoin, as was stated in a post pretending to be the NZ Herald.

09:02

Nuclear power industry exists to provide the nuclear weapons industry theme for December 17 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Yes, theyre joined at the hip, and this is now becoming public news. The World Nuclear News spells it out proudly - A robust US nuclear energy sector is a key enabler of national security, helping the US military to meet specific defence priorities In Britain, this is revealed in the BEIS  Committee Brexit Inquiry.

The fact that the nuclear power industry supplies essential resources and personnel to the nuclear weapons industry explains why governments are so keen to subsidise this completely uneconomic method of providing electricity.

Of course, the fat cats and shareholders behind both industries are happy to sell nuclear anything to anybody.

We see Russia, especially,  doing financial lending acrobatics to sell both industries to dodgy Middle ...

08:58

Companies join global push to end coal "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

About 20 companies including Unilever, EDF and Iberdrola have joined an international alliance of 26 nations pledging to phase out coal to combat global warming.

At a climate summit hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, new members of the Powering Past Coal Alliance agreed that traditional coal power should be phased out by 2030 in rich nations and by 2050 in other parts of the world.

The coal phase-out plan, launched last month by about 20 governments, widened on Tuesday to companies also including BT , Engie , Kering, Diageo, Marks & Spencer, Orsted , Storebrand and Virgin Group.

Nations including Sweden, Ethiopia and Latvia, as well as the US state of California, also joined the alliance as part of commitments under the 195-nation Paris climate agreement reached on December 12 two years ago.

The companies committed to setting targets to end the use of traditional coal from the power sector, both for consumption and in generating electricity.

Coal could play a continued role, for instance, if greenhouse gas emissions were captured and buried.Founder members of the alliance, launched at UN climate negotiations in Germany, include Britain, France, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Costa Rica and the Marshall IslandsA declaration said that coal-fired power plants produce almost 40 per cent of global electricity.

Most of the countries in the alliance are already cutting their use of coal and big coal users, such as China, India, the United States, Germany and Russia have not joined.

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08:56

Cabinet sworn in, Adani loan vetoed "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Annastacia Palaszczuks new cabinet has been officially sworn in and the premier has already fulfilled a key election promise by vetoing a $1 billion loan to Indian mining giant Adani.

Three weeks since voters went to the polls on November 25, Ms Palaszczuk was on Tuesday sworn in as Premier and Trade Minister, while her Deputy Jackie Trad was also made Treasurer, as announced on the weekend.

Cameron Dick is the new State Development Minister and Kate Jones rounds out the group of senior economic ministers by adding Innovation to her Tourism and Commonwealth Games portfolios.

Soon after the ceremony to swear in her new team, Ms Palaszczuk wrote to the prime minister saying financial assistance should not be provided for the Adanis north Galilee Basin rail project.

The blocking of federal funds wont alter Adanis plans, a spokesman said in a statement.

Adani Australia will now fully consider and adjust to the constraints the veto of funding brings, the spokesman said.

Adani Australia is 100 per cent committed to Queensland, we have a strong regional Queensland presence. This will not change.

The contentious loan, for a rail line connecting the Carmichael coal mine to the Abbot Point coal terminal and related mining project were at the centre of the recent state campaign, and Ms Palaszczuk announced the veto at the end of its first week.

She initially claimed she was vetoing the loan to avoid conflict of interest claims against her partner Shaun Drabsch, who had done consultancy work for the company.

But she later claimed vetoing the loan had always been on the cards.

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08:55

AUSTRALIAS RADIOACTIVE WASTE: WHAT TO DO WITH IT? WHERE TO PUT IT? WHERE DOES IT COME FROM? WHY KEEP PRODUCING IT? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

 by ENuFF(Everyone for a Nuclear Free Future SA) enuff.sa@gmail.com November 2017.In 2015 the SA Weatherill government established the SA NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE ROYAL COMMISSION (RC). The following year, the government adopted 9 out of 12 of the RCs re...

08:51

Mind your own business, Joyce tells NZ "IndyWatch Feed National"

Barnaby Joyce has warned New Zealand to mind its own business on border protection after its prime minister offered to take 150 refugees from Manus Island.

Jacinda Arderns offer has been repeatedly rejected by the Turnbull government over concerns it might provide a back door into Australia.

Asked whether New Zealand should back off, Australias deputy prime minister told Kiwi radio station Newstalk ZB: Its best if you stay away from another countrys business.

Because otherwise they will return the favour at a time they think is most opportune for them.

Mr Joyce, who was recently re-elected to his NSW seat of New England after being disqualified for holding New Zealand citizenship, said other countries must be allowed to sort out their own issues.

If youre going to talk to them at all, talk to them quietly and discreetly off the record, not by telephone and not by TV, he said.

The Nationals leader said a tough border protection policy was important to stop boat arrivals dying at sea.

Youve got to have control of your borders otherwise the people in your country will just not vote for you, he said.

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08:49

Hows easily Trump could set off a nuclear war with North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Heres how one crazed Trump tweet could set off a nuclear war with North Korea: Arms control expert  HTTPS://WWW.RAWSTORY.COM/2017/12/HERES-HOW-ONE-CRAZED-TRUMP-TWEET-COULD-SET-OFF-A-NUCLEAR-WAR-WITH-NORTH-KOREA-ARMS-CONTROL-EXPERT/   BRAD REED 11 DEC 2017 

Jeffrey Lewis, an arms control expert and a scholar at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, has written a terrifying war game scenario for the Washington Post in which he shows how one particularly ill-timed and ill-tempered tweet from President Donald Trump could set off a chain of events that would end in a nuclear war with North Korea.

In Lewis scenario, the trouble begins when North Korea shoots down a commercial South Korean aircraft that had strayed into North Korean airspace that it mistook for an American bomber.

In response to this, South Korea orders a limited missile strike against North Koreas air defense battery to send a message aimed at deterring further attacks from Pyongyang.

Things quickly go haywire, however, Trump sends out an all-caps tweet in the wake of Seouls retaliatory strike that reads, LITTLE ROCKET MAN WONT BE AROUND MUCH LONGER!

This leads the North to believe that Trump is planning an imminent invasion and at that point, Pyongyang unloads its full nuclear arsenal at targets in Seoul, Tokyo, San Diego, Manhattan and, yes, Trumps Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

It would be years before the U.S. government could provide an accounting of the toll, writes Lewis in his conclusion. The Pentagon would make almost no effort to tally the enormous numbers of civilians killed in North Korea by the massive conventional air campaign. But in the end, officials concluded, nearly 2 million Americans, South Koreans and Japanese had died in the completely avoidable nuclear war of 2019.

Read the entire piece at this link.


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08:49

Calls to abandon NSW shark nets "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Berejiklian government should abandon its shark net program after a Senate inquiry found nets caused more harm than good to marine life, the NSW Greens say.

In a final report released on Tuesday, an upper house committee charged with examining shark mitigation and deterrent measures said it was impossible for lethal shark control measures to guarantee public safety.

The report found the measures implemented by some governments, including mesh nets and traditional drum lines in NSW and Queensland, provided beachgoers with a false sense of security.

NSW Greens marine spokesman Justin Field on Wednesday called on Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair to abandon the nets and redirect the resources to where they will be more effective.

The report shows that people are 100 times more likely to drown at the beach than to be killed by a shark in Australia. The risk is infinitesimally small, he said in a statement.

The millions (of dollars) currently going into the shark net program should be directed to observation towers for our lifeguards, and improving whole of beach and personal deterrent devices.

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08:47

Queensland Premiers first act will be to veto Adani railway line loan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Annastacia Palaszczuk to officially veto Adani railway loan after swearing in

Letter confirming veto will be sent to Malcolm Turnbull as Liberal National party elects new leadership team, Guardian, Amy Remeikis, 12 Dec 17, The Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, will move to officially veto any loan to the Indian mining company Adani from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, as soon as she and her new government are sworn into office.

After almost two weeks of vote-counting, Labor was declared the winner of the 25 November poll on Friday, returning to parliament with a majority for the first time under Palaszczuks leadership.

A letter confirming the Adani veto, which marked a turning point in Labors campaign, will be sent to the prime minister immediately after Queenslands governor swears in the new state government on Tuesday

The move to veto the Naif loan has frustrated the federal government, particularly the minister for resources and northern Australia, Matt Canavan, who last week told News Corp the Queensland government decision was motivated by xenophobia and racisim, comments Bill Shortens office labelled unhinged.

She further vowed to stop all direct taxpayer funds going to the mine and its associated infrastructure. https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/dec/12/annastacia-palaszczuk-to-officially-veto-adani-railway-loan-after-swearing-in


08:46

Trump to weaken nuclear rules , in order to sell nukes to Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Trump Considers Easing Nuclear Rules for Saudi Project https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-12/trump-is-said-to-consider-easing-nuclear-rules-for-saudi-project By Jennifer Jacobs,  Ari Natter,and Jennifer A Dlouhy  December 13, 2017,

  • Westinghouse is looking for new markets after bankruptcy
  • Past deals barred uranium enrichment for overseas projects

The Trump administration is encouraging Saudi Arabia to consider bids by Westinghouse Electric Co. and other U.S. companies to build nuclear reactors in that country and may allow the enrichment of uranium as part of that deal, according to three people familiar with the plans.

 Energy Secretary Rick Perry visited Saudi Arabia this month where the projects were discussed, according to two people. The people familiar asked not to be identified discussing the confidential negotiations.
Previous U.S. agreements have prohibited the enrichment and reprocessing of uranium, and that had scuttled negotiations to use U.S. technology in Saudi nuclear projects during the Obama administration. The administration is mulling easing that requirement now as a way to help Westinghouse and other companies win Saudi Arabian contracts, two people said.

A meeting to hammer out details of the nuclear cooperation agreement, known as a 123 Agreement for the section of the U.S. Atomic Energy Act that requires it, will be held at the White House Wednesday, two administration officials said.

A successful U.S. bid would help deliver on President Donald Trumps...

08:43

The Greens will not stop until this mine is stopped "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Plan to Stop Adani    Invest in renewables, not fossil fuels.  greens.org.au/qld/stopadani   youtu.be/oSdFiGI1xWc

Adani intends to build the largest coal mine in Australia. The Greens will not stop until this mine is stopped

Newsletter of 11 December 2017,

Quick Facts  The Queensland Greens will:

    Veto the $1bn NAIF loan
    Scrap the $300m tax break from the Qld government
    Cancel Adanis licence to operate in Qld
    Cancel Adanis unlimited groundwater licence
    and more!

The Adani Coal Mine threatens the survival of the Great Barrier Reef, 
will drain the Great Artesian Basin 
and clear 28,000 soccer fields of land.

The Greens are the only party running in the Queensland election fighting to stop Adani.  
Global warming kills people. 
Labors Adani mine will trash the Reef and wreck our future 
and it will supercharge droughts, bushfires and extreme weather.  

The killer Adani coal mine would pump 7.7 billion tonnes of carbon pollution over its life, 
which is almost ten times Australias current annual pollution. 
One Nation, Labor the LNP support this deadly mine.

...

08:42

Any intergrity Turnbull ever had is now blown as he kowtows to the Right on energy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Turnbull blows trumpet for right wing idiocy on energy http://reneweconomy.com.au/turnbull-blows-trumpet-for-right-wing-idiocy-on-energy-35004/

After more than two years at the helm, Turnbull has done nothing to change the policies laid out by his predecessor Tony Abbott, and has only added to uncertainty by canning the major recommendation of the Finkel Review and trying to force the likes of AGL to invest yet more money in their ageing coal fired generators.

In an appearance on ABC TVs Q&A program on Monday night, on the same day as a series of end-0...

08:42

Bougainville Copper Limited Opposed Strongly by Landowners at Wardens Hearing "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Bougainville Revolutionary Army fighters look down on the Panguna mine in 1996

RTG Mining | Stockhouse | 12 December 2017

The Board of RTG Mining Inc. is pleased to provide an update on the Wardens Hearing for Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) held in Panguna yesterday.  Despite BCL not having been to Panguna in over 28 years (given landowners had refused to even allow them access), to ensure a full and fair hearing amongst the Special Mining Lease Osikaiyang Landowners Association members, Autonomous Bougainville Government representatives, including the Warden and BCL, the landowners in a show of good faith allowed BCL access on this special occasion (despite BCL not having followed custom).

At the outset, it is important to acknowledge the Autonomous Bougainville Government representatives on the day being the Warden and Mining Registrar conducted an orderly forum, ensuring both the opposition to BCL and its supporters were given an opportunity to express their views.

BCL has stated it lodged a compliant extension application for Exploration Licence (EL) 1 in July 2016, which legal advice to the...

08:40

Custodians in dark over dump "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Northern Land Council failed to consult traditional land owners when it rejected a nuclear waste dump, court documents allege. (subscribers only) 
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/traditional-owners-not-consulted-as-nlc-abandoned-nuke-dump/news-story/94ff701569f80c179d2df820abed5874


08:39

Intensifying the Fukushima denial campaign "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

Not contented with its media strong censorship and its 2013 passed State Secrecy Law discouraging any possible whistleblower inside Japan , Japans government is now directing its Fukushima denial propaganda toward the international community, in preparation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics venue and its numerous visitors to come, and also to encourage its Asian neighbor countries to lift their import restrictions and their radiation contamination tests, for them to buy anew Eastern Japans agricultural and marine products.

Its Ministry of Environment has added a new segment to its website on radioactive decontamination in Fukushima Prefecture to promote the understanding of progress in Fukushimas environmental recovery among people residing outside Japan.

The irony is that they have the balls to call one of their programs, the Fukushima Diairies. I think many of you remember that the Fukushima Diary Blog was one of the very few blogs informing us about the Fukushima

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08:38

13 Dec REneweconomy News "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

RenewEconomy
  • Turnbull blows trumpet for right wing idiocy on energy
    Malcolm Turnbull now appears perfectly comfortable parroting right wing nonsense about energy policy, branding high renewable policies as idiocy and defending the future of coal. That may be because mainstream media wont challenge him.
  • ...

08:36

Human-sized fossil penguin discovery "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Ancient penguin was as big as a (human) Pittsburgh Penguin

12 December 2017

NEW YORK Fossils from New Zealand have revealed a giant penguin that was as big as a grown man, roughly the size of the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The creature was slightly shorter in length and about 20 pounds heavier than the official stats for hockey star Sidney Crosby.

It measured nearly 5 feet, 10 inches long when swimming and weighed in at 223 pounds. If the penguin and the Penguin faced off on the ice, however, things would look different. When standing, the ancient bird was maybe only 5-foot-3.

The newly found bird is about 7 inches longer than any other ancient penguin that has left a substantial portion of a skeleton, said Gerald Mayr of the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum in Frankfurt, Germany. A potentially bigger rival is known only from a fragment of leg bone, making a size estimate difficult.

The biggest penguin today, the emperor in Antarctica, stands less than 4 feet tall. Mayr and others describe the giant creature in a paper released Tuesday by the journal Nature Communications.

They named it Kumimanu biceae, which refers to Maori words for a large mythological monster and a bird, and the mother of one of the studys authors. The fossils are 56 million to 60 million years old. Thats nearly as old as the very earliest known penguin fossils, which were much smaller, said Daniel Ksepka, curator at the Bruce Museum of Greenwich, Connecticut.

He has studied New Zealand fossil penguins but didnt participate in the new study. The new discovery shows penguins got big very rapidly after...

08:35

New York Blast Terror Attack "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Morning explosion in Manhattan terminal: police New Yorkers hurrying to their morning commute shaken by an explosion in Manhattan bus terminal. New York City police have confirmed that an explosion took place in the midtown Manhattan bus terminal early this morning. At approximately 7:15 a.m., commuters were shaken by a blast in the Port Authority []

08:30

Sledges of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Several sledges there, first up was saying Golly Gand apparently she looked up with a start when Golly G was stated. Then Todd McClay got away with calling a government minister Angry Andy and Apologetic Andy.   There wasnt a single mutter , nor a murmur about that breach of standing orders. It certainly wasnt a []

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08:00

Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Nothing wastes taxpayer money quite like a name change. The ex-National government only recently wasted taxpayer money on a name change for Child Youth and Family, renaming it the Ministry for Vulnerable children. Ministry name changes are nothing but bureaucratic exercises in virtue signalling that achieve NOTHING at all. This is superficial plastic politics where Labour []

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08:00

December 13 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

First Day of Hanukkah in Australia 2017

Many Jewish Australians start observing Hanukkah on the evening before on the first day of Hanukkah, as many Jewish observances begin at sunset on the day before.Also known as Chanukah or Festival of Lights. Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish observance that remembers the Jewish people's struggle for religious freedom.

1802 - Charles Robbins successfully dissuaded the French from making a claim on Van Diemen's land (now Tasmania). 
He told them about the Drop Bears.
Although hoisting the British flag near Nicholas Baudin's tents on King Island and firing a volley over the heads of the French expedition members couldn't have hurt...

1805 - The first land grants were made in Van Diemen's Land. They included 10 acres to Rev. Robert Knopwood.

1808 - Anthony Fenn Kemp resiged as Judge-Advocate of NSW; Foveaux reinstated Atkins.

1819 - Henry Rice lead an expedition from the Coal River settlement (Richmond, Tas) to St Patrick's Head and thence to Port Dalrymple.

1834 - The final issue of the Peoples Horn Boy newspaper (Hobart, Tas) was published.

1848 - The first 240 Government assisted immigrants rocked up at Moreton Bay, Qld, on the Artemisia.

1849 - The Adelaide was the second last ship to bring "exiles" to Australia. It arrived at Port Phillipwith 281 exiles on board, but was refused entry by the door bitch and sailed on to Port Jackson.

1850 - Cleveland in southeast Queensland was proclaimed a township.

1858 - The first balloon flight in Sydney, Australia, took to the skies with Capt William Dean at the helm.

1858 Mark this down in your diaries as a Red Letter Day!
The Carlton Brewery was birthed in Melbourne.

1870 - The Murray River ran a bit of a banker in South Oz...
After an extremely wet winter the river continued to rise until all the flat country along its banks was flooded drowning thousands of sheep and cattle. The Moorundie Police Station was destroyed and in Mannum rowboats could be taken in and out of the windows of the Bogan Hotel (now Mannum) and it was possible to step from the deck of the steamer Ariel on to the balcony of the hotel. The peak marked on a door at Walkers Mill showed the waters to be roughly fifteen feet above norma...

07:30

The meh government "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Tim Watkin writes at Pundit: Incumbency is the super power every politician craves, yet this oddly muted new Labour-led government doesnt seem to have figured out how to use it yet. This weeks mini-Budget is now crucial if it wants to position itself as a truly transformational government Its such a quiet and prosaic tranformation. An []

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07:28

Turnbull threatens environment and other not for profit organisations "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed by Ugly

Environmental activist organisation Friends of the Earth has joined the campaign to defeat an attack on environment and other community groups by removing their charitable status. This will restrict their ability to raise funds.

On 7 December, the Turnbull government announced the appointment of Gary Johns, as the head of the Australian Charities and Non-Profits Commission, the body responsible for granting charitable status. This is a political appointment, for the purpose of applying the governments policy.

In doing this, it is falling in line with the long running campaign being waged by the Minerals Council, the peak body of the mining industry, fuelled by an obsession to restrict the effectiveness of of organisations defending the environment.  Members of the Council are major contributors to the Liberal and National parties that make up the Coalition in government and its no surprise that Turnbull and his team return the favour.

Gary Johns is one of the most public opponents of environmental organisations.

At a time when the threat of global warming and destruction of the environment, for example the Great Barrier Reef, have become more intense, the attack on these organisations takes on an even more sinister shape. Sustainability is far more important than digging holes in the ground and continuing to build the use of coal, oil and gas.

There is no doubt that the Minerals Council is being driven by the success of the campaigns against coal seam gas (fracking) and Adanis Carmichael coal mine.

However, the threat affects more than environmental organisations. The whole not for profit sector is under threat and this means that a whole range of valuable and necessary services are as well.

The Turnbull government wants to hurt them and Gary Johns is also a vigorous opponent of the whole not for profit sector.

Friends of the Earth has taken up this issue and insists that the work put in by thousands of volunteers must be respected and valued as important contributions to Australian society.

This offensive is meant to interfere with the important work of the not for profit sector, by damaging the organisations that are coordinating this work.

It is clear that pressure need to build until this is turned around and Gary Johns is removed form his present post.

Friends of the Earth are asking people to send emails though the following link.

 

 

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07:22

Meet the European Petrochemical Giant Trying to Profit from the Fracking of Pennsylvania "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

It seems that every week brings more bad news about the construction of Sunoco's Mariner East 2 pipeline. While Pennsylvania communities, water protectors and landowners fight to stop the project, a larger question remains: What is this massive, dangerous pipeline actually for? The one word answer might surprise you: plastics. The Mariner East 2 won't carry natural gas for heating your house or operating a stove. It will transport highly volatile liquids that will mostly be shipped [...]

07:00

Increased deaths of road maggots apparently a surpriseit shouldnt be "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There is consternation about the quadrupling of deaths of road maggots. Its been a killer year on the roads for cyclists with the number of fatalities more than triple that of 2016. The 18 cyclists killed so far this year stands with close to three weeks left in the year. The total number of cyclists []

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07:00

Priorities? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

KidsCan faces losing government funding:

The charity, which has been in operation for 12 years, provides food, clothing and healthcare to 168,000 children across 700 New Zealand schools.

Executive Julie Chapman told Checkpoint with John Campbell she was told last week by Oranga Tamariki / Ministry for Children that it would lose its government funding $350,000 worth on 1 July next year.

Theres going to be quite a big impact on our ability to get the support to kids in need.

If this funding does go children are going to go hungry, theyre going to have to wait longer without clothing, without shoes, all those things that theyre in urgent need of. . .

This government has made reducing child poverty a priority.

Why would it cut funding to a charity which provides basic necessities for children whose families either cant or wont?

Paula Bennett is right to question their priorities when they spend $400,000 to take the word vulnerable from the ministrys name and cut $350,000 funding from a charity which helps the vulnerable.


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