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Wednesday, 14 November

06:00

Catholic Church: 'people are suffering & dying to make APEC a success "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Samarai Catholic Church
Sacred Heart Church, Samarai

MEDIA STATEMENT | Catholic Bishops Conference of PNG & Solomon Islands

PORT MORESBY - The primary task of the Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea is to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people. As such the church adopts no particular position on political or economic issues except to bring gospel values to this part of life.

However, since the Catholic Church is known and expected to speak for those without a voice, and has a reputation for its concern for the rural poor of PNG, many have asked us for our position on APEC.

We have addressed this issue many times in the past and more recently appealed for a return to the division of powers that could ensure that political power and the equitable distribution of wealth are kept separate.

We share the concern of many about the huge amount of our limited resources being expended on this event which seems designed to entertain and impress the rich and powerful.

Given its inevitability, we can only hope for its success, which can only mean that the welfare of the poorest people of PNG will somehow indirectly be improved. Although we all would like to make a good impression on our visitors, this cannot be at the expense of the truth.

So we must now look to life after APEC.

This has to be a life where we will see a return to the principles and values of our national constitution and the national goals and directive principles on which our nation was built.

05:00

Malaria struck MP who couldnt find drugs at district clinic "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Ijivitari MP Richard Masere
Richard Masere MP couldnt find anti-malarial drugs in Popondetta. He was airlifted to Port Moresby for treatment

SCOTT WAIDE | My Land, My Country

LAE - Before we get to the story about the politician, lets take a look back at how it began.

Two weeks ago, a senior doctor who works at Laes Angau Hospital added to the long list of health professionals who are pointing out the obvious: There is a severe medicine shortage throughout Papua New Guinea.

Dr Lincoln Menda has served in the public health system for 36 years and is the most senior health professional to speak out about the medicine shortages.  

His primary job is to visit clinics all over Morobe Province to treat and refer people with serious medical problems to the main hospitals.

He has not been able to do his job well.

We need drugs. We are facilitators of the end users of the drugs. They are our clients, he said. We are now prescribing drugs for our clients to buy them from the private sector.

We are passing the buck when the government is telling us that that drugs and everything are supposed to be free. Treatment in hospitals is supposed to be free.

Dr Menda was at the Milfordhaven clinic, one of seven urban clinics facing a dire shortage of medicines and other supplies.

In the clinics dispensary, the shelves were void of much needed basic supplies.  On a list provided by the officer in charge, he noted antibiotics, painkillers and antimalarial drugs were in short supply.

Everywhere I go, I carry folders of prescription forms. I prescribe everything from Panadol to amoxicillin to other major medical drugs that need a doctors prescription.

Everything from Panadol, aspirin, malaria drugs are non-existent currently.

Dr Menda wasnt the only one to speak out.  Nurses who are at the front line of health service delivery also spoke out about the shortages.

The situation took a personal toll on health...

04:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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04:19

Bungle over tree planting in Northland, seedlings mulched, money wasted "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Minister of Planting Lots of Trees, Shane Jones, has admitted there has been a stuff up in a planned planting of 1.2 million pine trees in Northland. Only 200,000 seedlings could be planted as most of the land was not sufficiently prepared for the planting. Some seedlings were redistributed, but many were mulched at a []

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is milieu (noun) An environment or a setting. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : The etymology of milieu comes down to mi and lieu. English speakers learned the word (and borrowed both its spelling and meaning) from French. The modern French term comes from two much older French forms, [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:05

Green Minister criticised for rubber stamping foreign purchases of land "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Green MP and Minister of Land Information Eugenie Sage is under fire again, this time for approving 21 applications to sell land to foreigners. I think this illustrates the contrast between the ideals when in opposition and the reality of Government responsibilities Im bound by the law, and as a minister, I implement the []

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 14 27 Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain; it offers escape from the snares of death. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:20

Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:14

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:03

Open Forum Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

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00:17

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

131118BUKA PREPARING FOR TSUNAMI DRILL
New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville Disaster Office and Disaster Risk Management team from UNDP today conducted a one-day training on Standard Operating Procedures at the Adeeves Guest House in Buka town.
The training was attended by mostly Executive Managers from the Districts and their officers concerning how they can act to save lives in a natural disaster emergency like Tsunami, Earthquake , flood waters and during strong winds.
The training was also a lead up to the Tsunami drill that will be held on Sohano island this Thursday.
The Standard Operating Procedures are basic technics that can be used in an evacuation during an emergency.
Officers who attended came from all the districts on Bougainville.
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00:03

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


131118 PRESIDENT ON REFERENDUM
New Dawn FM News

The ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS in his Talk to Parliament this afternoon said that the referendum is a critical part of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.

It is the means through which our people will be able to express their political will and It is a key part of the self-determination process, and the first step in clarifying what our long-term political future should be.

But we cannot become complacent. Whilst reaching resolution on the question
was a symbolic and historic moment, the question alone is not enough.

That is why I pursued commitments from the national government to ensure that the referendum is fully costed and budgeted, with an additional K34 million allocated to fund referendum operations and the work of the Bougainville Referendum Commission.

This must include a detailed and factually based awareness campaign.

President Momis said that Whilst much has been done by the honourable members of this House to raise awareness, and I want to commend my fellow members for this work, awareness must include more than information about the choices to be put.

He told the members that the Bougainville Peace Agreement has very clear provisions
regarding how the post referendum transition period will be managed.

A clear result is just the first step in concluding our political journey.

He said that after the referendum is held there will be a need for a detailed consultation process around the outcome.

We will need to consider what the implications may be.
And this will include how we fund any longer-term arrangement and achieve fiscal self-reliance, how we build institutions of governance and what we need to do
to ensure that basic services continue to be delivered to our people.

At the same time, the Bougainville Peace Agreement and the Constitution are
clear on the process that must be followed after the consultation and negotiation process
there will be a need to seek the approval of the National Parliament.

This is a ratification process, and what this means is that the National Parliament will have the final vote on any future arrangements.

He said it is a fact that without agreeing to these arrangements during peace negotiations, the referendum would never have been able to take place.

Whilst it is non-binding, it has moral authority which cannot be ignored.

The referendum outcome will provide the basis for negotiation, and the will of the people of Bougainville must be taken into account in this process.

President Momis said that is why we must be prepared for an...

00:00

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

131118WHERE HAVE THE UNIONS GONE TO
New Dawn FM News

After the continuous hire and fire in the Bougainville administration, New Dawn FM today tried to find out what has happened to the famous PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION that used to protect public servants in the past.
We talked to the last person, PATRICK HEROMATE who was very vocal in his days and he said that no one has taken over after they left.
New Dawn FM also check with the PNGTA union and teacher members told us that out of the total of 6000 teachers only 2000 are financial members.
And the Nurses Association told us they are still intact.

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Tuesday, 13 November

23:58

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

LOCAL BUSINESS TO RUN SHORT COURSES
New Dawn FM News

A local company, KAPEATU PUARIA CONSULTING LIMITED will be running Business courses in Kokopau as of this week.
According to their media release, the company will also carry out seminars for preparing Bougainville for the coming referendum.
The CEO of the Company, KAPEATU PUARIA said that they will be running Business courses on book keeping and basic management practices to grow their businesses.
He said that other courses will be basic beginner courses and advanced courses.
MR. PUARIA said that his company intends to set up a Business School of Excellence by June 2020.
For more information you can contact their office on 73308596 or 70249400.

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23:37

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

131118STUDENTS VISIT PARLIAMENT
New Dawn FM News
Grade eight students from the HAHELA Primary School today visited the ABG Parliament whilst it was in session.
This is part of their learning and schools admins make it their priority to let their students visit interesting places of work.
The students had few hours with the Parliament staff in the morning and later saw the ABG House of Representatives live in session.
New Dawn FM was able to take some pictures of the students when they were in the house in the morning

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23:29

APEC objectives still to reach rural people, say PNG bishops "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation bloc has not impacted rural people in Papua New Guinea, where the organisation's leaders meet this week, say the country's Catholic bishops.

23:28

MACKAY Woman tried to run down husband in her car "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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23:12

Philippines: Duterte to reiterate principled position on South China Sea at ASEAN Summit "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

President Rodrigo Duterte will reiterate the Philippines principled position on the South China Sea issue, Malacaang said Tuesday, ahead of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and meetings with leaders of powerhouse nations in the Asia Pacific in Singapore.

Duterte will participate in the ASEAN plenary session later Tuesday and the 10-member regional blocs separate engagements with its dialogue partners including China, Russia, Japan and the United States set for Wednesday and Thursday.

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The President will reiterate the Philippines principled positions on matters concerning the South China Sea and transnational and transboundary issues such as terrorism, violent extremism, trafficking in persons, illicit drugs and disaster risk reduction and management, Malacaang said in a statement.

The Palace did not elaborate on the points to be tackled by Duterte about the tensions in the South China Sea as Beijing continued to face scrutiny over its reported deployment of military aircraft and installation of anti-ship cruise missiles, surface-to-air missile systems and weather observation facilities on Manila-claimed reefs.

Duterte has chosen to seek stronger economic and trade ties with China, the worlds second biggest economy, instead of flaunting Manilas victory over Beijing in the United Nations-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration in July 2016 which declared as illegal Chinas claim over nearly the entire South China Sea.

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The President, however, promised to raise the ruling with China during his term which ends in June 2022.

ASEAN and China are still negotiating for a code of conduct in the disputed waterway, a process Chinese Premier Li Keqiang hoped would be completed in three years, and that such a deal would bolster free trade.

During the summits, the Palace said the Philippines is also looking forward to exchanging views on ASEAN community-building as well as discussions on regional and global developments that impact regional peace, security and stability.

After Singapore, Duterte will fly to Papua New Guinea to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea for the 19th Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Meeting on November 17 to 18.

At APEC, the Palace said the President will work with the leaders of the 21-nation grouping...

23:02

Philippines President to reaffirm the Philippines stand on the South China Sea Non-militarization Self-restraint Subservient to China "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

In his forthcoming meeting with other Southeast Asian leaders, President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to reaffirm the Philippines stand on the South China Sea.

In a statement released Monday, Malacaang said the president would engage leaders of ASEAN dialogue partners to further enrich partnership in key areas of cooperation.

The President will reiterate the Philippines principled positions on matters concerning the South China Sea and transnational and transboundary issues such as terrorism, violent extremism, trafficking in persons, illicit drugs and disaster risk reduction and management, Malacaang said.

In this November 6 photo, President Rodrigo Duterte holds a Cabinet meeting at Malacaang Palace. The president will be attending the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in Singapore this week.
STAR/Joven Cagande

 

Duterte arrived in Singapore on Monday evening to attend the 33rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits from November 12 to 15.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and United States Vice President Mike Pence will also attend the ASEAN summit in Singapore.

During the ASEAN summit in Manila last year, the 10-nation regional bloc and China have agreed to...

22:58

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

131118ABG SITS FOR NOVEMBER
New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville House of Representatives started their November session just after 2pm this afternoon and went straight to Questions without notice and later allowed the three newly elected members to give their maiden speeches.
The three members are STEPHEN TOPESI the new member for KONGARA, GORDON BATEK the new member for HALIA and ALBERT TORO the new member for TAONITA TEOP.
Then the session allowed the ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS to give his address to the ABG House of Representatives.
After the Presidents speech the House rose to allow the members to study the Presidential speech before they can debate it tomorrow.
As usual, your Community Radio New Dawn FM will air all these presentations tonight.

22:13

Ministers defer agreement on RCEP trade deal to 2019 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Asia-Pacific pact risks bogging down as some member nations go to polls

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However, the deal lacks the protections for labor, human rights and the environment set by the TPP.

SINGAPORE Economic ministers representing members of the proposed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership on Monday postponed the year-end target for reaching a substantial conclusion to the free trade deal, throwing its prospects into doubt.

The ministers on Monday gathered in Singapore hoping to resolve sensitive issues, including lowering tariffs, but they failed to reach an agreement. RCEP members are expected to continue the talks next year, but it is now unclear whether a deal can be reached.

We made significant progress [but] not the final conclusion, New Zealand agriculture minister Damien OConnor told reporters after Mondays meeting, adding that he hoped a conclusion would come next year.

Leaders of the RCEP countries will hold a summit on Wednesday in Singapore, where they are expected to commit to continuing the talks.

Japans trade minister, Hiroshige Seko, told reporters that the members closed some of the chapters at the meeting, saying that the discussions had gone as far as they could at the ministerial level.

Separately, Indian Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu told reporters: We are very happy that Indias concerns have been taken on board, and we feel that we should conclude in a way that will be long-term sustainable so that every country will benefit from it.

RCEP is envisioned as a huge framework for e...

22:02

World view Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

November 14 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1533 Conquistadors from Spain under the leadership of Francisco Pizarroarrived in Cajamarca, Inca empire.

1770  James Bruce discovered what he believed to be the source of the Nile.

1805 Fanny Mendelssohn, German composer and pianist, was born (d. 1847).

1840 Claude Monet, French painter, was born (d. 1926).

1878  Julie Manet, French painter, was born (d. 1966).

1889 Pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochrane) began a successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days.

1896  Mamie Eisenhower, First Lady of the United States was born, (d. 1979)

1908 Joseph McCarthy, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, was born  (d. 1957).

1910 Aviator Eugene Ely performed the first take off from a ship in Hampton Roads, Virginia when he took off from a makeshift deck on theUSS Birmingham in a Curtiss pusher.

1918  Czechoslovakia became a republic.

1919 Veronica Lake, American actress, was born (d. 1973).

1921 The Communist Party of Spain was founded.

1921  Brian Keith, American actor, was born. (d. 1997).

1922 The BBC began radio service.

1922  Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Egyptian UN Secretary-General, was born

1923 Kentaro Suzuki completed his ascent of...

22:00

Islamic Scholars Approve Swiss-Based Value Preservation Payment Token X8X "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

X8 AG, a Switzerland-based blockchain technology company and creator of value preservation payment token X8X, has obtained the approval from Islamic scholars in order to be marketed as a Sharia-compliant digital currency. The certification will allow the business to expand in the Middle East as regulators and financial exchange in the region increasingly attempt to encourage innovation in the field of finance.

X8 Currency to Expand In Middle East Amid Halal Certification, Talks of Cryptocurrency Exchange

X8 Currency is a blockchain based digital currency with an artificial intelligence wealth value preservation solution. The startup uses AI to manage funds combining AAA grade fiat currencies and gold. Dedicated to preserve value and create price stability in order to prevent from the risk of currency devaluation, its automatic reserve management and AI-driven portfolios were able to obtain a certification for Sharia compliance by Shariyah Review Bureau.

The basket of fiat currencies is composed of US Dollar, Swiss Franc, Euro, Pound Sterling, Japanese Yen, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian Dollar. The eight fiat currencies and gold compose the portfolio of the X8Currency, an Ethereum Token which is represented with assets deposited on bank accounts. X8C can only be issued or exchanged for fiat with X8X Utility Tokens.

X8 AG has assigned Shariyah Review Bureau, an Islamic advisory firm licensed by Bahrains central bank, as an independent Sharia Advisor. The bureau helped the investment company comply with the critical procedures of Sharia compliance in order to start its strategic expansion in the Middle East, according to Francesca Greco, Director and Co-Founder of X8 AG.

With the changing environment of banking and asset management primarily due to fintech-driven shifts, the market for wealth preservation in Islamic finance is poised to see disruption and it is for this reason that we are seeing an increasing demand for our Product in the Islamic markets.

Greco told Reuters that the firm will open a regional office in the Middle East later this month. X8 has been in talks with stock exchanges in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Bahrain, to fulfill its plan on launching a Sharia-compliant cryptocurrency exchange. Regulators in the region...

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21:20

We want to believe: Russian hacking memo shows US intel pinning leaks to Kremlin was an exercise in wishful thinking "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

If you ever thought the endless search for Russian hackers sounded very X-Files, thats because both used variations of the motto I want to believe.   Nebojsa Malic RT Sun, 11 Nov 2018 A newly-out memo containing the Obama admins talking points about Russian hacking in the 2016 election reveals how US spy agencies attributed []

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21:00

Keeping Up Appearances S05 E10 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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Wikipedia

Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is eccentric and snobbish middle class social climber Hyacinth Bucket(Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet.[2]The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinths vision of herself, and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility.

The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects

20:55

U.S. Futures, Europe Stocks Rally After Tech-Driven Selloff "IndyWatch Feed War"

Japan was the hardest-hit market in Asia-Pacific

Mnuchins resistance to Trumps Iran policy and other commentary
Steve Mnuchin AFP/Getty Images

Global stocks recouped some of their steep early-week falls Tuesday, after tech-sector jitters and sliding oil prices contributed to heavy selling in Asia.

U.S. stocks were set to claw back some of their losses, with futures pointing to gains of 0.7% and 0.5% for the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, respectively.

European stocks rallied in the opening minutes of trading, with the Stoxx Europe 600 trading 0.8% higher. European technology stocks were up 1.2%, after the sector drove sharp falls in the U.S. Monday and in early Asian trading Tuesday.

Japan was the hardest hit in Asia, with the Nikkei 225 index falling more than 2%. Other Asian indexes staged partial recoveries, although Taiwans tech-dominated benchmark was still down 0.6% and the South Korean Kospi index was down 0.4%.

The downbeat trade was sparked by Apple Inc.sAAPL -5.04% 5% tumble Monday, after two of its suppliers slashed their earnings outlooks, raising concerns about demand for the iPhone.

Japan Display Inc., which supplies screens for the iPhone XR, cut its earnings estimates, saying orders for its latest LCD panels would be much lower than its initial expectations. Its shares fell 9.5%. Other Tokyo-listed tech firms, like industrial robot maker Fanuc Corp. and electronics giant Sony Corp., fell by about 2.5% and 4%.

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20:44

PNG Parliament gets makeover for Chinese President Xi meeting "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae at the Grand Hall of Parliament as part of his two-day State visit to the country this week.

Clerk to Parliament Vela Konivaro told The National that Parliament had been closed to the public in the past few weeks to allow workers to prepare the premises for the presidents visit.

President Xi will be paying a courtesy call on Sir Bob at Parliaments Grand Hall so we have to make sure everything is prepared and all the security measures are in place, he said.

Xi will arrive on Thursday.

Parliament was closed to the public because of the work being done for Xis visit, he said.

A lot of work was done within Parliaments precincts and we did not want the public to avoid disruptions.

This was internal Parliament controls in place so that our work is uninterrupted.

He said most of the work was completed.

Xi will also open the Independence Boulevard and will be accorded a 21-gun salute.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/PACNEWS/PNG Today

20:42

FANG FARRIER OUTED "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

One thing that gets really up my nose are people who take delight in parading on ANZAC Day and the like wearing medals they are not entitled to.   They are leeching off the valour of those who wear those medals legitimately.   When it is an ex-serviceman who does that I get doubly annoyed.   They are shoving it to their onetime colleagues in arms.

There is a website dedicated to unmasking these charlatans.  It's web address is www.anzmi.net (ANZMI - Australian & New Zealand Military Imposters).    The website recently outed a certain Dennis Manson from Devonport who now joins their Hall of Shame.

Manson served 23 years in the NZDF reaching the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2 as a member of the Royal New Zealand Dental Corps.    He served a tour in Vietnam with the New Zealand Services Medical Team where, on 1 March 1970, he received minor wounds in a booby trap incident which took the life of Sergeant Gordon Watt, RNZAF.

Fast forward to September 2011 and Manson claims he received unsolicited from the US Department of Defense (DoD) in Washington a box with four medals in it along with a letter (since lost) which read words to the effect 'We notice you have not requested your medals.   Please find the medals enclosed.  Thank you for your service'.

Two of those medals were the US Silver Star (the US third highest medal for gallantry in action) and the Purple Heart Medal (awarded to US servicemen wounded in action).    Manson added these to his medals rack and strutted himself with tales of deering-do to all that would listen.

His past has caught up with him and he has been outed.   The NZDF has no record of him being awarded those medals.   Think on it.   High decorations don't just arrive in the post.   Were it legitimate you would have expected the US Government to pull out all the stops to have the medal properly presented to him.   And it just beggars belief that the US DoD holds details of the home addresses of New Zealand Vietnam veterans 50 years on ... sheesh, if they do they should let VANZ New Zealand into the secret because VANZ surely doesn't.

For the record only three New Zealand servicemen were awarded US decorations in the Vietnam war and all those decorations were of a lower grade than the Silver Star.    They were Cap...

20:00

BBC Drama: Strangers and Brothers by C.P.Snow #6/13 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Strangers and Brothers is a series of novels by C. P. Snow, published between 1940 and 1970. They deal with among other things questions of political and personal integrity, and the mechanics of exercising power.

All eleven novels in the series are narrated by the character Lewis Eliot. The series follows his life and career from humble beginnings in an English provincial town, to reasonably successful London lawyer, to Cambridge don, to wartime service in Whitehall, to senior civil servant and finally retirement.

The New Men deals with the scientific communitys involvement in (and reaction to) the development and deployment of nuclear weapons during the Second World War. The Conscience of the Rich concerns a wealthy, Anglo-Jewish merchant-banking family. Time of Hope and George Passant depict the price paid by clever, poor young men to escape their provincial origins.

Snow analyses the professional world, scrutinising microscopic shifts of power within the enclosed settings of a Cambridge college, a Whitehall ministry, a law firm. For example, in the novels set in the Cambridge college (a thinly veiled Christs), a small, disparate group of men is typically required to reach a collective decision on an important subject. In The Masters, the dozen or so college members elect a new head (the Master) by majority vote. In The Affair, a small group of dons sets out to correct a possible injustice: they must convince the rest of the college to re-open an investigation into scientific fraud. In both novels, the characters strongly resist letting in the external world, whether it be the press, public opinion, the college Visitor, or outside experts.

The books were adapted by the BBC into a 13-episode television series, which began airing in January 1984. The series starred Shaughan Seymour as Lewis, Sheila Ruskin as his mentally troubled first wife Sheila and Cherie Lunghi as his second wife Margaret. Other actors of note who took part in the series include Anthony Hopkins, Nigel Havers, Peter Sallis and Tom Wilkinson. 

19:43

Foreign Media Talking Down PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The continued scandalous and defamatory articles in foreign news such as the Guardian is more of your typical grasping at straws reporting that only tries to talk down the country and its leaders by a journalist desperate to make a name for them self.
The Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, Eddie Mike Jondi said the article makes claims that they say may be true and quotes from sources who they say did not want to be named.
This is shoddy journalism, that also tries to lampoon the hosting of APEC in Papua New Guinea and denigrate partner APEC economies, Mr. Jondi said.
It is disappointing that when a developing country such as Papua New Guinea accepts the challenge to host one of the most important forums in the world, that people resort to fake news and sensationalism.
These people, along with their friends in the Opposition who have pushing this Golding/Wild Cat JV, are the same people who say we cannot host APEC. It is our job to prove them wrong.
In terms of the misleading story about Golding/Wild Cat JV, this is the same story that the opposition-backed media tried to push before the election and their claims were discredited.
You cannot deny the facts, and the facts are what this journalist failed to provide.
The ADB contract concerned was awarded to a publicly listed Australia company Golding Contractors Limited and Wild Cat was a small local partner.
All procurement processes were strictly followed by the Asian Development Bank and the National Government as in the case of all publicly tendered projects.
Very importantly, and the Guardian conveniently miss this point, the Government of Papua New Guinea has no say in the selection of contractors for ADB contracts. This is done independently by the ADB, and this is then presented to the National Executive Council for endorsement.
So to imply there is somehow a conflict of interest, when the Government has no say I this process is very inaccurate and irresponsible of the Guardian and the journalist concerned.
Mr ONeill did not participate in the decision to award the contact and this is clear in National Executive Council documents.
Mr. Jondi said the company was based in the Southern Highlands and Mr. ONeill did have an interest in the business which was declared in full to all relevant authorities and he has divested his interest in the company.
The company has since suffered major losses after it was attacked and buildings were burnt dow...

19:00

Classic TV: Cagney & Lacey S05 E21 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Early episodes had Meg Foster in the Lacey role

19:00

Tuesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

UN Migration Pact Starts Collapsing | Countries Pull Out | USA & Hungary Lead The post Tuesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:00

More Accurate World Map Wins Prestigious Design Award "IndyWatch Feed World"

AuthaGraph Map

Of course it distorts the oceans rather badly, but it does conserve land area.  All map work should work against alternate projections and this one is particularly valuable.  At least Europe compares nicely to India and the Indonesian archipelago compares to the USA as does Brazil and China.

The sub sea should also be mapped in in order to allow for lining up edges in the Atlantic and to check voids in the Pacific.  The perimeter has been left out here.

That is picky though for an excellent piece of work..

 

More Accurate World Map Wins Prestigious Design Award

Published November 3, 2016
Updated August 23, 2018
 https://allthatsinteresting.com/authagraph-world-map?
The AuthaG...

18:57

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Its World Kindness Day and today Im grateful for kindness.

18:30

18:30

Scott Morrision: Radical Islam greatest national security threat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Scott Morrision: Radical Islam greatest national security threat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:12

647454945684432083016~18~*d38053604958c-o m "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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18:00

BBC Drama: The Impressionists #1/3 (2006) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good cast in this BBC docudrama, but it missed several key artists such as Sisley, Pissarro and Morisot

18:00

Theological Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:30

I want my sex back "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz This is very sad watching.  I always thought of transgender as an other person thing I had seen overseas, just didnt know anyone who wanted to change their sex at school.  At my childrens primary, intermediate and high school we [] The post I want my sex back appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats -S05 E08- Able To Leap Tall Buildings "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

Water Rats is an Australian TV police procedural broadcast on the Nine Network from 1996 to 2001. The series was based on work of the men and women of the Sydney Water Police who fight crime around Sydney Harbour and surrounding locales. The show was set on and around Goat Island in Sydney Harbour.

Water Rats premiered on 12 February 1996, and ran for six seasons and 177 episodes. Colin Friels and Catherine McClements were the original stars of the series and were instrumental in the shows early success. They both departed the show in 1999. In later seasons, Steve Bisley, Aaron Pedersen and Dee Smart became the shows main stars.

For the sixth and final season in 2001, the show concentrated more on the cops personal lives rather than just focusing on the crimes committed. The Nine Network cancelled the show after six seasons. Executive Producer Kris Noble blamed escalating costs for the cancellation. However, Bisley and Smart had also just quit the show, and the series had already been suffering a ratings battle following the departure of Friels and McClements in 1999. 

17:19

Pence says US wants model trade deal with Japan "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Japan and the United States will negotiate a bilateral trade agreement that will serve as a model for other countries, US Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday in Tokyo.

Speaking after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, he reiterated Washingtons position that US businesses have faced unfair obstacles in Japan.

The United States has had a trade imbalance with Japan for too long. American products and services too often face barriers to compete fairly in Japanese markets, he said, standing alongside Abe.

POOL/AFP | US Vice President Mike Pence and Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed to negotiate a bilateral trade pact

The best opportunity for free, fair and reciprocal trade will come in a bilateral trade agreement.

Abe and US President Donald Trump agreed in September to negotiate a trade pact, easing fears that Japan could be next in line in the White Houses tariff offensive.

When completed were confident that this agreement will establish terms on goods and services, Pence said.

The coming US-Japan trade agreement will be a model for the Indo-Pacific.

The United States and Japan, the worlds first and third largest economies, together make up about 30 percent of global GDP and have long had trade ties that are both fractious and interconnected.

Under Trumps predecessor, both countries were part of the broad deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which was intended to serve as a bulwark against growing Chinese influence.

But Trump withdrew from the multilateral trade agreement shortly after taking office, and has been vocal about his preference for bilateral deals negotiated on terms more favourable for Washington.

Abe had hoped to see Washington return to the TPP, but agreed to the negotiations expected to begin in January as Trump upped the ante against other trading partners.

Pence was in Tokyo on a brief stop before attending several regional summits, including the ASEAN meeting in Singapore and APEC talks in Papua New Guinea.

Trumps decision to skip the meetings has raised eyebrows in some quarters, and prompted questions about Washingtons commitment to the region, where China is increasingly influential.

AFP

17:00

Trump defended me! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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16:57

Nautilus Solwara 1 on the verge of bankruptcy as APEC Summit heads to Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

On 17-18 November, 21 heads of state will come to Port Moresby for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. Set against a backdrop of debts and a declining economy the Nautilus Solwara 1 project speaks volume to another PNG Government failed investment that will be a further economic burden to the country.

Sir Arnold Amet, former Papua New Guinean Attorney General and Minister for Justice Papua New Guinea, Nautilus is propped up by USD 15 million in loans from its two major shareholders, its been forced to reduce its workforce and to terminate contracts for the construction of equipment.[1]

Even the production support vessel crucial to Nautilus operations has had to be shelved due to failure to pay the shipyard constructing it.[1] And Nautilus is now virtually worthless with its shares at a new record low of less than 10 cents each.[3]

Canadian company Nautilus is still desperately seeking funds for its flagship Solwara 1 deep sea mining project. Commercial operation has been delayed year after year since it received its licence to mine the floor of the Bismarck sea in 2011. In a last-ditch bid to finance Solwara 1,...

16:33

Reasons not to "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Oh for a government who didnt spend all their time finding reasons not to: Bring sick children on Nauru to Australia to get medical help Resettle refugees in New Zealand (or prior to that, Malaysia) orlets make this easy and cheap and only fair.here Reduce emissions Invest in renewable energy Protect water security, the water

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16:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

16:11

8ZoJXevz7R18-~*ciknie_1976604956COh38060M "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

16:00

Sammy Davis Jr Mr Bojangles "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Sammy Davis Jr with possibly his signature Mr Bojangles (1985)

15:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1942, singer and guitarist John Hammond Jr. Born today in 1949, Roger Steen songwriter and guitarist with The Tubes. Born today in 1949, Terry Reid songwriter, singer and guitarist. Born today in 1951, Bill Gibson drummer with Huey Lewis and The News. Born today in 1953, Andrew Ranken, drummer with [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:42

Hilton Hotel opening in Port Moresby a key story for Papua New Guinea says MD "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

All eyes this week are on Port Moresby in general and the capitals new Hilton Hotel in particular. Business Advantage PNG takes a look at the site that will host the APEC Leaders Gala Dinner and Cultural Performance.

Port Moresbys new Hilton Hotel opened for business in late October

The long-awaited Port Moresby Hilton opened for business late last month. It is only the third global chain-branded hotel in PNG (the other two being the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza).

Together with the distinctive adjacent Kutubu Convention Centre, it is the first part of the Star Mountain Plaza project, a joint venture between the government and three major provincial landowner companies: Petroleum Resources Kutubu Limited (PRK), Mineral Resource Star Mountain (MRSM) and Mineral Resource Ok Tedi (MROT). It is under the trusteeship of state-owned Mineral Resource Development Company (MRDC).

Hilton is operating the hotel under licence.

APEC benefits us as a brand.

Being able to say that a company like Hilton is investing in the region is a key story for the country, the hotels General Manager John Lucas tells Business Advantage PNG.

Exposure

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15:30

Hadith for the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

No hadith today, simply reporting on the miraculous orange tree in Kelston. Reminds me of the time when my grandkids visited from the US and found their names had miraculously appeared on passion fruit growing on our vine.   A bit of grandfatherly planning a few months earlier resulted in a miracle they could not understand. [] The post Hadith for the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:05

The Transcript: Greens MP Jenny Leong Slams Colleague Jeremy Buckingham Over Sexual Assault Allegations "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A complete transcript of the speech delivered earlier today by NSW Greens MP Jenny Leong, calling for colleague Jeremy Buckingham to stand down after allegations he sexually assaulted a former Greens staffer in 2011.

Up front let me apologise for not saying any of this until now. I cannot stay silent anymore.

The Greens are respected by many people as a party of principle, a party that holds ourselves to high ethical standards our response to recent allegations about one of our own MPS has to date been completely unsatisfactory.

It is for this reason that I am calling today in this place for Jeremy Buckingham MLC to resign from his position as a member of parliament, and take himself off the ticket for the 2019 state election.

If he doesnt do this then I am urging the party to act so that he is no longer a representative or member of the Greens, because we cannot advance our agenda for a more just, more sustainable or more equitable world when so much energy, effort, time, resources and pain has been exhausted trying to manage one man and his unacceptable behaviour.

There is a need for decisive action to bring this to an end, which is why NSW Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi and I have now issued a joint statement calling for Jeremy Buckingham to step aside and to not contest the next election.

This morning we informed our parliamentary colleagues of our intentions and urged them to support us or for Jeremy to step aside. I hope they do that, and hope he does that.

To Ella Buckland who has shown strength by speaking out publicly about Jeremys act of sexual violence towards her, and his subsequent disgusting behaviour she has endured, let me say on the record that I believe you.

Let me acknowledge that while I know there have been some good people trying to work in good faith with the best intentions to resolve this, it is true that we need to do better and our party has failed you.

I also wish to apologise for my silence and inaction until now. This has been my first opportunity to speak out with the protection of parliamentary privilege, and I wish to acknowledge that I do have that privilege.

The fact that I felt compelled to wait is a clear indication of the urgent need for defamation law reform in this state and country, something that I support.

While we must continue to respect the presumption of innocence, this cannot be used as a shield to protect male violence against women. Despite the risks, brave women are standing up and speaking out. But brave women are also hurting, hurting because we know that almost always, and right now in this situation, no matter how it plays....

15:02

Parliament Cannot Be a Protection Racket For Badly Behaved Men: Greens MP Jenny Leong Unloads On Colleague Jeremy Buckingham "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

NSW Greens MP Jenny Leong has used parliamentary privilege to unload on embattled colleague Jeremy Buckingham in a searing speech in which she called for the renowned anti-coal gas campaigner to resign from parliament, branded him a bully, and described his behaviour towards women as unacceptable.

I am no longer going to be part of a system that runs a protection racket for badly behaved men in this place, or in society, Ms Leong told parliament shortly after midday. It has to stop. You can read a complete transcript of Ms Leongs speech here.

Mr Buckingham has come under increasing pressure to stand down from parliament since ABCs 7:30 program broadcast allegations by ex-Greens staffer Ella Buckland, that he sexually assaulted her after drinks at the NSW parliamentary bar in 2011.

In a written statement, available here, Ms Buckland alleges that while heavily intoxicated, Mr Buckingham walked up behind her, grabbed her roughly on the vagina and kissed her on the neck.

Mr Buckingham has steadfastly denied the allegations.

Greens NSW MP Jeremy Buckingham. (IMAGE: Kate Aubusson, Flickr)

An internal Greens investigation did not substantiate the allegations on the grounds of insufficient evidence, however Ms Buckland found herself having to defend her own character after she was falsely described to investigators as a promiscuous, intravenous drug user.

Ms Leong has remained silent on the issue but spoke out publicly last week against Labor leader Luke Foley, who resigned from parliament within 24 hours of being accused of sexually assaulting ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper while drunk at 2016 parliamentary Christmas party.

Ms Leong and other Greens members including Cate Faehrmann and federal Senator Sarah Hanson-Young were lambasted on social media for their silence around the allegations levelled by Ella Buckland.

Today, Ms Leong apologised for the delay, and set to right that wrong.

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15:00

Real Stories: Food Fight "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is an interesting take on a very relevant topic, but it is one sided and needs to be judged as such.

however, we need varying viewpoints, so make up your own minds.

 

 

 

When we walk into a supermarket, we assume that we have the widest possible choice of healthy foods. But in fact, over the course of the 20th century, our food system was co-opted by corporate forces whose interests do not lie in providing the public with fresh, healthy, sustainably-produced food. Fortunately for America, an alternative emerged from the counter-culture of California in the late 1960s and early 1970s, where a group of political anti-corporate protestersled by Alice Watersvoiced their dissent by creating a food chain outside of the conventional system. The unintended result was the birth of a vital local-sustainable-organic food movement which has brought back taste and variety to our tables. FOOD FIGHT is a fascinating look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement has created a counter-revolution against big agribusiness.

15:00

Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend *Special Tuesday edition "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Welcome to politically incorrect Comedy corner: the one place on Whaleoil where you are allowed to read and share naughty and offensive jokes that make us all laugh even though we are not supposed to. If you are offended by these kinds of jokes then please do not read this post. Thanks to Gremlins eating [] The post Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend *Special Tuesday edition appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:56

Singapore: The unseen migrant workers behind those skyscrapers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A migrant construction worker throws his boots to the side as he takes a break with fellow workers at the end of his shift in the central business district in Singapore
Photo: Reuters

By Sangeetha Thanapal.
This article will be published in Fightbacks upcoming magazine issue on migrant and refugee rights. To subscribe, click here.

Many migrant workers come to Singapore in the hopes of making a better life for themselves and their families back home, only to leave disheartened at the exploitative practices and abuse they undergo in the country.

Migrant workers in Singapore make up about 1.4 million within Singapores larger population of 5.6 million people.[1] Desperate for cheap labour to build the state, Singapore has had an open door policy for low-wage workers for decades. These workers are usually from India, Bangladesh and China and it is their labour that has built the skyscrapers which tourists love so much about Singapore.

They also live under harsh and extremely restrictive measures, and are often mistreated, overworked and underpaid. Their employers (who are overwhelmingly rich, Chinese businessmen in a country with a 77% Chinese majority) often cajole them with promises of paying later, and then resort to threats and mistreatment.

The state pays lip service to fair work but its policies say otherwise. More often than not, itrarely prosecutes employers[2] who withhold the wages of their employee and does not step in to ensure safe working environments.[3] It also unwittingly supports employers in their mistreatment, as workers who complain or take their employers to task can have their work permits cancelled. Thus, there is serious disincentive for workers to even claim what is rightfully theirs, made worse by a system that condones their disenfranchisement.

An analysis of workers and their plight in Singapore also requires a gendered aspect. Foreign domestic workers in Singapore are women, mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia. Their stories diverge from male construction workers but only a little. Stories of physical, mental and sexual abuse are rife.[4] Women are locked up, overworked and underfed.[5] Some have been offered up for sale6 and many others have resorted to suicide.[7]

It is clear that migrant work in Singapore is a form of modern day slavery.[8]

So why do neighbouring countries keep sending their workers to be treated in such abysmal ways? There seems to be a convergence of interest between rich states who desire cheap l...

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Floc  a loosely clumped mass of fine particles; a very fine, fluffy mass formed by the aggregation of fine suspended particles, as in a precipitate; to aggregate into flocs.

14:30

Michael Reddell examines: The Prime Minister kindness, policy, and specific abuse "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

At Croaking Cassandra economist Michael Reddell has this excellent post:

In the Canvas magazine supplement to Saturdays Herald there was a brief interview with the Prime Minister that encapsulated well for me why she might be well-suited to being, say, Governor-General or some other empathetic public role, but also why she is unsuited to be Prime Minister.

This was a superb analysis and repays study.

Adam would add that he disagrees with Mr Reddell on some of his solutions, but agrees with the analysis

Ardern promtes kindness and empathy, she does not do concrete policy. Nor do most of the media require it. They are besotted, many of them, with the image.

 

14:30

Car charging cord for sale: Still in wrapper, never used "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Will governments ever work out that people will be people and that the law of unintended consequences has a way of popping up just to frustrate them?  This from the BBC. Quote. Tens of thousands of plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) bought with generous government grants may be burning as much fuel as combustion-engine cars. Data compiled [] The post Car charging cord for sale: Still in wrapper, never used appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:00

A patriotic leader now is worth an ounce of cure later "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Europeans are increasingly supporting patriotic leaders who put their people and safety first. What worries me, however, is that the people tend not to act until the problems that come with Muslim immigration are already well advanced. We in New Zealand can see quite clearly what is already happening in Europe and now in Australia [] The post A patriotic leader now is worth an ounce of cure later appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:30

Tweet for Today (3) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

 

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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13:00

BBC News: Smart Power "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This was interesting we need to here more on these issues, but we do not

13:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

12:46

taki pool wastes energy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Local group Low Carbon Kpiti (LCK)  says it s discovered that  fossil-fuel use at taki Pool has increased by 17% []

12:45

BREAKING NEWS: Greens NSW MP Breaks Ranks, Calls For Buckingham To Stand Down From 2019 Election "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Greens NSW MP Jenny Leong has broken ranks with her party and issued a joint call with federal Senator Mehreen Faruqi calling for colleague Jeremy Buckingham to resign from parliament and not contest the upcoming March 2019 state election.

Ms Leong stood to make the speech in the NSW Legislative Assembly shortly after midday.

Our response to recent allegations about one of our own MPS has to date been completely unsatisfactory. It is for this reason that I am calling for Jeremy Buckingham to resign from his position as a member of parliament, and take himself off the ticket for the 2019 state election.

If he doesnt do this then I am urging the party to act so that he is no longer a representative or member of the Greens because we cannot advance our agenda for a more just, more sustainable and more equitable world when so much energy, effort time, resources and pain has been exhausted trying to manage one man and his unacceptable behaviour.

There is a need for decisive action to bring this to an end, which is why NSW Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi and I have now issued a joint statement calling for Jeremy Buckingham to step aside and to not contest the next election.

It follows allegations in August that Mr Buckingham sexually assaulted Greens staffer Ella Buckland in 2011.

Ms Buckland alleged that a drunken Mr Buckingham grabbed her roughly on the vagina and kissed her neck outside his inner-west home in Sydney, following drinks at the NSW parliamentary bar.

Mr Buckingham continues to strongly deny the claims, and an internal Greens investigation found insufficient evidence to substantiate the allegations. That same investigation heard false allegations Ms Buckland was a promiscuous intravenous drug user.

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It also follows last weeks resignation of Labor leader Luke Foley, over allegations he sexually assaulted ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper in December 2016, at a parliamentary Christmas Party.

Mr Foley resigned within hours of Ms Raper issuing a statement on the matter, mounting pressure on the Greens NSW to deal with the growing internal and external anger at how it handled the allegations around Mr Buckingham.

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12:36

In brief: Cost of running APEC close to K1 billion, and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Treasurer Charles Abel puts APEC cost between K900-K1 billion, feasibility plans for four ports, export licences for bech-de-mer likely to be slashed. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Treasurer Charles Abel has told the National Press Club the total cost of running APEC will be between K900 million to K1 billion, since 2016. He said that includes the cost of APEC Haus, which was built under the Infrastructure Tax Credit Scheme.

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Meanwhile, Taiwan News is reporting US Vice-President, Mike Pence, is expected to announce up to US$60 billion in aid to counter growing Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific region during the APEC Summit.

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Infrastructure Minister, Westley Nukundj, says contracts have been allocated to three companies to draw up feasibility plans to redevelop the ports in Wewak, Vanimo, Manus and Kikori, at a cost of K40 million. He expects the studies to take five months.

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12:33

Digicel opens new store in Downtown Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Digicel has opened its new look store in Down town Port Moresby with a great new set-up aimed at providing to customers the ultimate experience as they deserve to be in control of their experience with reliable technology, the best range of devices and a superior network. The new store located inside the Down Town Plaza have available a range of mobile phones and mobile phone accessories, Digicel TV Play boxes, top up and much more.

Digicel PNG Senior Vice President & Chief Sales Officer, Lorna McPherson said., This store is about customer experience we have phones on display at our stores where customers can see,touch and get a feel of what they want and what suits their budget.
Digicels hot new Christmas smartphone offers are also available in the newly opened shop. The smartphone offers include, the DTOK 4G LTE and Wowi 4G LTE smartphone each selling at only K199 and come with unlimited data to use for 3 days. Customers also have the option of buying the Wowi 3G Smartphone for only K155 and get instant free 1 gigabytes of data to use over 3 days. Plus, with every purchase of any of these 3 smartphones, customers get a chance to win a daily cash prize of K1,000 and go into the draw to win the grand prize of K50, 000.

Digicel is commited to bringing its products, services and offers closer to its customers and the new Digicel store is located at one of the busiest areas in Port Moresby. It is expected that the shop will service up to 150 walk in customers every day. There are five Digicel stores in NCD alone and a total of 11 nationwide.

12:32

TIPNG Internship for Law Students resumes "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Transparency International Papua New Guinea (TIPNG) is giving three Law students from the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through its Legal Internship Programme (LIP).

Final year students Hezron Wangi Jr and Salome Bamler, and third year student Eroni Lili will be working in the areas of Policy Research and Legal Advocacy, through the Advocacy and Legal Advice Center (ALAC). They began their 13 week internship this week and will continue until February next year.

The LIP aims to give the students a broader understanding of issues of national concern through conducting interviews for witnesses and victims of corruption and giving them legal advice, doing media briefs and participating in TIPNG community outreach programs. The internship also equips the students with the knowledge and tools to fight corruption and contributes positively to their career development.

The three interns will be assisting citizens who report cases of corruption to TIPNGs free legal service the (ALAC). The ALAC is confidential and accessible by calling the toll-free hotline 180 6000 or walking in to the TIPNG Office at Lokua Avenue, Boroko.

This partnership between TIPNG and the UPNG School of Law is beneficial for both organisations and will broaden the understanding of students on issues of access to Justice encountered by ordinary Papua New Guineans taking the courageous decision to oppose corruption, said Chairman of TIPNG Lawrence Stephens.
The LIP has been a success with previous interns contributing to key advocacy decisions by TIPNG, and guiding corruption complainants on avenues to report corruption and stop impunity in our country Mr. Stephens stated.

This the second batch of interns to go through the TIPNG LIP. The first internship lasted for eight weeks, and the success of the programme has led to it being increased to 13 weeks for the second intake. In addition to assisting victims and

12:30

Afternoon Matinee: The Great Train robbery "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Chris Chibnalls take on The Great TRain Robbery watch quickly, as likely to be blocked.

Chibnall wrote Broadchurch and is now showrunner for Dr Who.

Excellent cast.

12:30

More fake news from a Kiwi icon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It is not surprising that an ex-iconic Auckland newspaper resorted to giving away their printed pages for free because they just couldnt sell them.  But the free subscription didnt work either. Ive lost count of the number of free subscriptions turned down over the last few years following their fall from credibility. Annoyed subscribers drop [] The post More fake news from a Kiwi icon appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:06

Goodwill And Peace to All Men "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In the run up to Christmas, Adolf feels the milk of human kindness flowing through his veins.  Accordingly, an amnesty for all the dick heads who have been banned is announced.

Before you post a comment, read the rules.

House Rules

1 Blog commenters who cast aspersions upon the character or intelligence of Adolf will find themselves ejected from No Minister

2 Godwins so-called law is not recognised here.


3 Repeated use of obscene language will not be tolerated.

12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

To appreciate the detail, click the image. United Nations Map of the World. This great map was created by L.G. Bullock and John Bartholomew & Son Ltd. Edinburgh in 1948. In 1948, world peace was finally achieved after years of war which left a huge scar on every nation.  Some 200,000,000 people were displaced, 50,000,000 [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:00

Sowell says "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

 

11:32

Your Favorite Parable? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Also in the run up to Christmas here's a question for readers.

What is your favorite parable?

The Bible is full of them but there are many to be found in secular life.

Of the latter, my favorite is the story of the investment adviser who was paid on commission for sale and purchase of stocks.

He had a wealthy elderly lady client who for weeks had resisted his encouragement to drop some under-performing stocks.   One day he called on her to find her pruning her rose bushes in the front garden.

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Hello, Mrs Goldstein.  What are you doing there?

I'm pruning my roses.

Oh!  Why do you do that?

Because you have to remove the dead wood and the frail shoots to make room for the strong shoots and encourage growth.

Mrs, Goldstein, that's exactly why I want you to sell those stocks in X, Y and Z company I've been talking to you about.

Really?  Why on earth didn't you tell me that before?


My favorite biblical parable is the story of the vineyard owner.

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For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.   He agreed to pay them a denarius...

11:30

The tax implications of electric vehicles "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In the previous post we looked at the potential loss of tax revenue which will happen once 50% of the petrol vehicle fleet is electric. The government projections are for this to happen by 2040. (/Tui) To replace this lost revenue there are three general methods: the salami principle, the cross-subsidy method, and the direct [] The post The tax implications of electric vehicles appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:28

Governments intention to cut Foodbank funding was based on a wrong view on how to achieve progress "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed from Victoria

The Morrison governments $323,000 a year intended cut to the Foodbank has drawn widespread condemnation. So it should, especially as we enter the Christmas season. It means that families and individuals are going to do it hard.

The backlash has been so severe that Scott Morrison has been forced to appear in public and reverse the decision.

It does not diminish the stinginess of the intent. It came about, because the politicians who make up the government dont get it and they dont care. This is not part of the world in which they exist. No one they know, is forced to go out and get some help to eat the next day. After all, their people are doing just great.

Their world stands in stark contrast to what the rest of Australia is facing. Here the day to day reality is that is that life is getting tougher. Poverty is on the rise and there are more homeless in our streets every day.

Never mind all the pep talk telling us how things are getting better. The economy is floundering. Proper jobs are diminishing, and wages get further and further behind the cost of making ends meet. The cost of housing has become, a nightmare. Even people with jobs are struggling.

The crusade against those who depend on Centrelink payments  has made it all the worse.

Just about everyone knows that this is the real world for most. Even those politicians in the government have some sense of it, even if it is short of a full appreciation.

Given this, the announced cut came as a shock to many people.

It makes sense though, at least in terms of the governments economic ideology. Its rule of thumb is cut back on as much expenditure as possible and hand it over to the major investors. They believe that if this is done, these investors will put their money in Australia, develop the economy, create jobs and bring a rise to everyones standard of living.

This of course has not been the result.

It is a short step from believing that the big investors are the cream of society, to regard those who are furthest away as the burdens on society. This makes it easier to see them as parasites, and their poverty is the result of a lifestyle choice, and not beccause of the economy and government policies.

Thus, the use of resources on these people is a waste. The cut is justified on the grounds that by helping the poor, a bad lifestyle is being encouraged.

This is a vision of society that considers individual greed as the builder of prosperity. There is an alternative vision that sees the best way to build prosperity is by working together and caring for each other. It accepts that we depend on each other and taking care of the collective interests is the way t...

11:02

Its Never The Crime, Its Always The Cover-Up: Greens Set To Implode Over Sexual Assault Allegations "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Lets re-imagine, just for a minute, last weeks furore around the alleged sexual assault of ABC journalist Ashleigh Raper by former NSW Labor leader Luke Foley.

Lets imagine that instead of resigning from the leadership within 24 hours, that Foley and the Labor Party instead branded Ms Raper a drug-using slut. Deeply offensive, I know, but stick with me.

Lets imagine that after levelling those allegations, Foley refused to stand down and the Labor Party refused to even debate internally whether or not he should.

Now lets try and imagine the public and media response to Ms Raper having her character assassinated for having the audacity to speak out against a politician in a position of power who sexually assaulted her.

The fact is, you dont actually have to try particularly hard to imagine it. You only need to know the story of Ella Buckland, a former Greens NSW staffer who earlier this year levelled startlingly similar allegations against Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham.

Like Ms Raper, Ms Buckland alleges that after a work function, she was sexually assaulted by a drunken politician.

Like Ms Raper, Ms Buckland alleges that following the alleged assault, she received a phone call from her alleged attacker.

Like Ms Raper, Ms Buckland waited a considerable period of time to air those allegations.

Like Ms Raper, Ms Buckland was the subject of defamation threats when the issue became public.

Those are the commonalities. The differences, however, are stark.

Former NSW Labor leader, Luke Foley. (IMAGE: Kate Ausburn, Flickr)

In Ms Rapers case, Luke Foley allegedly slipped his hand down her dress and between her underpants, resting his hand on her bare buttocks. In Ms Bucklands case, Mr Buckingham allegedly approached her from behind, grabbed her roughly on the vagina and kissed her neck.

In Ms Rapers case, she was dragged into the public fray by a Coalition politician seeking to exploit a political advantage. In Ms Bucklands case, her motivation in coming forward was publicly and falsely ascribed to her being involved in a factional move against Mr Buckingham. Ms Buckland has not been a member of the Greens for several years and has no day-to-day involvement in politics.

In Ms Rapers case, s...

11:00

Potential terrorists to get preferential treatment in the UK "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From the believe it or not files, the UK Government plans to fight terrorism by wrapping potential jihadis in a nice big fluffy bundle of support.  The Independent reports:  Quote. Government plans to give jihadis council houses and other support as part of de-radicalisation programmes have been welcomed as overdue by terror experts. Right-wing commentators have [] The post Potential terrorists to get preferential treatment in the UK appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:56

Two Headlines "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Same paper, same day, same subject.


Melbourne terror: radicalised wife refuses to co-operate


Sheik Mohammed Omran tells bloody PM Morrison: blame police not us

10:51

Tropical Trump Declares War on Amazonia "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When it comes to planetary carnage, Trump (Amerikas president) is facing strong competition. Brazils new president Jair Bolsonaro aka Tropical Trump will likely outdo Amerikas destroy the EPA Trump. Bolsonaro declared war on the Amazon rain forest. Thus, hell likely outpace Trumps arbitrary efforts at eco annihilation because he has a much bigger target!

The Amazon Rainforest, affectionately known as the planets lungs, inhales CO2 and exhales precious oxygen (O), which serves as a life force for every living being on the planet. As a result, everybody from New Zealand to Finland is impacted by what happens to the global rain forests; unlike Las Vegas, what happens in the tropical rain forest does not stay in the tropical rain forest.

Significantly, a University of Leeds study found forests absorb 35% of human-made fossil fuel emissions (CO2) every year. Dr. Simon Lewis, a tropical ecologist from the University of Leeds and co-author of the study, said trees are much more important to tackling climate change than previously thought. The large uptake of CO2 by forests implies that the worlds agricultural lands, grasslands, desert and tundra each play a more limited role as globally significant carbon dioxide sources or sinks at present. This new information can help pinpoint where actions to conserve carbon sinks are likely to have most impact.1

Coincidentally, at approximately the same time as Bolsonaro won election (October 28th) to the presidency a group of UK scientists issued a Declaration of Rebellion (October 31st ) against the UK government for criminal inaction in the face of climate change catastrophe and ecological collapse. Thus, proving that eco turmoil reigns supreme all across the planet, as destructionists versus protectionists factions accelerate on both ends of the biosphere spectrum.

Meanwhile and in consideration of the aforementioned, Bolsonaros assault on rainforests is a declaration of war against all of humanity. Informed sources claim Bolsonaros deforestation of Amazonia will exceed 3xs current levels of obliteration. Thats impending disaster for global warming and a huge threat to ecosystems and life everywhere.

Bolsonaros war plan is exhaustive: (1) expand agriculture into indigenous lands (2) build Amazonia highways  (3) infrastructure projects and (4) major mines, as Amazonia transforms into a commodity for export. But, that particular export is much more than a commodity; it is the life support system for the entire planet. Yes, once again with....

10:48

Essential Port Moresby: a guide "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

What are the best places to stay in Papua New Guineas capital city? Kevin McQuillan provides a guide to some of the best things to see and do in the PNG capital.

Port Moresby Source: BAI

PORT MORESBY NATURE PARK

The park showcases Papua New Guineas native flora, fauna and animals at the only tract of rainforest near the capital city. Thousands of tropical plant species including palms, gingers and heliconiasare found within the grounds, along with more than 11,000 orchids and native trees. More than two kilometres of walkways thread under and through the jungle canopy. Wildlife displays include tree kangaroos, hornbills, fruit bats and birds of paradise.

www.facebook.com/PortMoresbyNaturePark

SANCTUARY HOTEL

Perhaps the best place to see and touch PNGs national symbol, the bird of paradise, is at the Sanctuary Hotel Resort and Spa, about 10 minutes from Jacksons Airport. Its aviary is close to the hotel entrance. Feeding times are at 8am and 4pm.

A hotel shuttle service runs to and from the city centre.

www.thesanctuaryhotelresortandspa.com

ELA BEACH

Ela Beach is Port Moresbys main beach and the site of the popular market. It received a PGK55 million facelift in time for APEC, including a family beach area, a sports beach area with basketball and volleyball courts, boat ramps, picnic tables, and kids play area. Built into one of the beach precincts is a natural pool for swimming during low tides.

BOROKO HANDICRAFTS MARKETS AND BOROKO MARKET

Located near the city centre, Port Moresbys main handicrafts market is a good place to go with a group to buy bilums, a selection of Sepik carvings, stone axes, kina-shell breastplates, or shell jewellery.

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10:46

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10:44

Robots, drones and profits: how digital technology is revolutionising mining "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Digital technology is transforming mining, although there can be financial pitfalls. One company taking an aggressive approach is Newcrest Mining, which is looking to be a leader in its application of digital technology, according to Gavin Wood, the companys Chief Information Officer.

Newcrest technician Louis Wanpis, PNGs first CASA-certified drone pilot

Wood, speaking at the International Mining and Resources Conference in Melbourne earlier this month, said the company is keen to control the costs of its investment in digital technology.

...

10:30

A Transsexual Victorias Secret model? No thanks, I prefer my girls girly "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It looks like someone needs to read Whaleoil a little more. After all, Explaining is Losing, its all here in the Whaleoil Dictionary. A little story in Stuff piqued my interest the other day. Possibly just because it had the words Victorias Secret in it, but just as likely because it said some company executive [] The post A Transsexual Victorias Secret model? No thanks, I prefer my girls girly appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:27

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10:15

LAST Days of Ham at Blistering HOT Special pricing but there is a silver lining "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Grab your Frozen Ham now, you only have this week to go to get your Frozen ham special. All good things come to an end and the Whale Meat Company is running out of the Frozen Hams. But there is a silver lining: The Whale Meat Companys Fresh, Chilled Hams will be available from next week [] The post LAST Days of Ham at Blistering HOT Special pricing but there is a silver lining appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:13

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10:09

Australia announces A$3 billion Pacific Infrastructure Bank package "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Australian Government has announced plans to set up an infrastructure bank as part of a A$3 billion suite of measures aimed at countering Chinas influence in the southwest Pacific and lifting its own engagement in the region. Regional analysts say the funds need to go to Micro, S

10:05

ST JACINDA'S XMAS PRESENT TO 'US' "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Last week saw the passing in parliament of the Crown Minerals (Petroleum) Amendment Bill which ends new exploration grants offshore.   This gives effect to the fiat by the Prime Minister back in February.   A fiat bereft of any detailed analysis.

Now we find per courtesy of the Regulatory Impact Statement that accompanied the Bill (compiled by her own Government) the decision will cost the Crown between 1.8 and 26 billion dollars (with the mid point being 10 billion) in lost revenue.   

Remember, this is just lost revenue to the Crown.  The cost to businesses themselves and the wider economy would be multiples of that with the officials admitting they had not even tried to calculate the wider economic costs.

And all this to enable Ardern to engage in some virtue signalling ignoring the fact this decision will have little impact on the countries greenhouse emission signature.   Indeed MBIE warned that .... "The result of transfer to other countries that have higher emissions footprints may result in an increase in global greenhouse gas emissions although the timing and scale of the impact is uncertain".   

This policy fails on all fronts.   It fails locally; it fails internationally.    That 10 billion dollars (the equivalent of the countries entire defence budget for four years) is 10 billion pissed up against the wall of virtue signalling.   Thank you Labour, thank you Greens and a special thank you to a gutless NZ First for going along with the whole sad charade.



10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Taken from the 8th floor at the San Antonio, Rm 800 at Marriott Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.  Looking along Commerce Street. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Rural health service gains outlined in plan John Gibb:

Moves to create a virtual campus for rural health training would also  improve health services in New Zealands rural towns, including those in Otago, Dr Garry Nixon says.

Dr Nixon, who is University of Otago associate dean rural and works at Dunstan Hospital in Clyde, makes the point in an article on the national virtual campus proposal, recently published in the New Zealand Medical Journal.

The articles co-authors include colleagues at Auckland University and AUT. . . 

Dairy farm open day attracts hundreds John Gibb:

Many more people flocked to an Outram dairy farm open day at the weekend than had visited last year, farmer Duncan Wells said yesterday.

Farmers Duncan and Anne-Marie Wells own Huntly Rd Dairies, which attracted about 140 visitors during a Fonterra Open Gates event last year.

But yesterday, attendance rose more than threefold and about 430 people visited during the latest dairy farm awareness-raising event, Mr Wells said. . . 

Six months as a taxi company owner, six months as an apple picker

Philmy Chite splits his years into two.

One half of the year hes focuses on his taxi business in the Solomon Islands. The other half of the year hes in Hawkes Bay, picking apples.

Chite landed back in Hastings this week with a group of 16 others from the So...

09:59

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09:54

Leaders Head for a Pacific IslandDont Expect Them to Hang Around.' "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

from the WALL STREET JOURNAL

Papua New Guinea is plagued by gangs, carjackings and kidnappings. Embassies warn their citizens not to leave hotels after dark, certainly not without armed guards. The Economist Intelligence Unit has rated its capital, Port Moresby, the fifth-worst city in the world to live in, beating out Lagos, Karachi and Damascus.
Sounds like a perfect place to host an international conference of global leaders and business titans.

This Thursday, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum is scheduled to kick off in the capitalnot that many of the participants plan to stay there. Thousands will stay on cruise ships moored nearby because there arent enough hotels. Vice President Mike Pence plans to lodge in Cairns, which is in northern Australia, more than an hours flight away.
Australia, for its part, is so concerned about security that it is taking the unusual step of deploying navy, air force and army troops to the conference, hosted by a warship. The U.S. Coast Guard also will provide security.
Just finding something to do on your days off that doesnt revolve around having a bunch of security folks with you is a challenge, says Kenneth Clinton, a Floridian who builds camps for workers in the liquefied-natural-gas industry.
Mr. Clinton has been carjacked twice in his eight years there. On both occasions, he drove away unharmed after he rolled down his window and the masked assailants recognized him. Hey, Ken. Sorry, go ahead, he recalls hearing.
Not to worry, authorities say.

Papua New Guineas police commissioner urged residents to not be alarmed by aircraft flying overhead day and night, including Australian air force F/A-18F Super Hornet jets.
Prime Minister Peter ONeill declared on the forums website that the nation would provide a secure environment where leaders, ministers and delegates can advance APECs policy agenda, and can leave Papua New Guinea knowing they have visited a culturally rich economically modernizing country.
Eager to put on a good face, the government bought 40 Maseratis and three Bentleys for use during the summita lavish acquisition in a place where many people lack access to...

09:49

Wafi-Golpu project expected in June 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Cedric Patjole | Loop PNG | November 11, 2018

Newcrest Limited expect the awarding of the Special Mining Lease for the Wafi-Golpu Project in June next year.

Speaking at the Companys Investor Conference, Executive General Manager, Craig Jetson, said the project has a wonderful ore body and is project of national significance to PNG.

The Investor Conference was held ion Sydney, Australia, on October 26th .

Jetson said following the submission of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in June this year, the company are working with the PNG Government to finalize the necessary agreements to be required to enable them to approve the Special Mining Lease (SML).

One thing for sure is that Wafi-Golpu is project of national significance to PNG, so there is a lot of excitement in PNG about this project, and they see it as a big part of the economic development of the nation, said Jetson.

Right at the outset when we started working through the process of the permitt...

09:30

Hes not crazy, just a very Islamic boy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

When trying to distract the public from noticing that there just might be a connection between next weeks terror attack and the Islamic faith, the Islamophile media-political complex invariably resort to a number of triedntrue strategies of mendacity. Theres the classics, of course: Nothing To Do With Islam, Lone wolf, and But what about the [] The post Hes not crazy, just a very Islamic boy appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:20

Nuclear and climate news Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Again, theres a collision between the twin threats of nuclear power and of climate change, as Californias wildfires ravage the once-secret Santa Susana Field Lab (Rocketdyne), site of a partial nuclear meltdown in 1959, and still radioactively polluted.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVhtygifsuE.   Physicians for Social Responsibility refute media claims that wildfire ash poses no radiation health problem. ( No monitoring , no assessment: the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence.)

California Fires Could Be The New Abnormal If Climate Change Continues. Scientists have identified 10 ways in which climate change makes wildfires worse.

Investigative journalism. Again, journalists cover the situation of Americas sick and dying nuclear workers. This is a 2018 story, which was covered magnificently by McClatchy News in 2015.

AUSTRALIA

NUCLEAR. Environmentalists are urging people to contact Labor MPs on two issues:

  1. Labor needs to support the movement against a federal nuclear waste dump at...

09:18

CONTACT YOUR ALP MEMBERS TO SAY NO NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

ALP have their national conference in Adelaide in December. While there are no guarantees, it is looking likely that they will be running the show after the next election. It is looking unlikely that Minister Canavan will be able to select a site for the waste dump before then. [ed: because the govt doesnt want it to be an election issue]
The SA ALP passed a pretty good motion on radioactive waste at their conference in October.  We want the federal ALP to do the same. Or better.
We have set up an online lobbying tool so people can easily email or call their ALP MPs and Senators. Information below. With lots of phone calls, email...

09:15

Tweet for Today (2) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

09:00

A summary guide to analysing todays 2019 PNG budget "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Paul Flanagan - banned from entering PNG but remains one of its leading budget and economic analysts

PAUL FLANAGAN | PNG Economics | Extracts

You can read here Pauls complete guide, which he has prepared in great detail

CANBERRA Papua New Guineas 2019 budget is being released today and hundreds of people will be analysing it and what it means for the future of the country.

I started analysing PNGs budgets back in 1978 and once used to attend the media lock-up. So here is a 10-point guide from someone who has been banned from PNG.

  1. Be prepared

The 2019 budget needs to be looked at in comparison to recent budget documents and reports. So bring along electronic copies of the 2018 budget, the 2018 MYEFO, the 2019 budget strategy (all available from the Treasury website) as well as the 2018-2022 medium term development plan (available from the National Planning Website). Also bring along the latest figures from respectable outsiders so the latest figures from the IMF and World Bank are probably most pertinent. These are also useful for checking if the budget is doing what the government said it would be doing.

  1. Dont start reading the words start with the numbers

This may sound strange, but I always recommend that you start with Budget Volume 1, go to the last Annex (about page 120 or so) and begin with Table 1 titled Gross Domestic Product by Economic Activity or GDP for short. It is an attempt by economists to measure the size of the economy. This is the first fundamental test of the credibility of the budget, and therefore any of the words in the budget speech and Executive Summary. Table 1 has lots of interesting information for economists and industry analysts, but for budget analysis the key figures are at the bottom of the table what is the government saying is the size of GDP and how quickly is it growing?

  1. Stick w......

09:00

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

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08:44

Australia already has cyclotrons, producing medical isotopes with no need for nuclear power "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Kazzi Jai   Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 12 Nov 18 
So often we are focused on things when forget to take a step back and reassess the situation

Hands up those people who know of ANSTOs Synchotron in Melbourne, which...

08:42

Labor Fringe 16 18 December Adelaide, SA "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

 

16 18 December Adelaide, SA  Welcome to Fringe 2018! Labor is at its best when we are the party of ideas and action Labor Fringe will bring together organisations, advocates, professionals  and members of the public from across the nation  to debate, connect, promote and share ideas that will shape the future of Australia.

The 48th Australian Labor National Conference will be held  from Sunday 16 Tuesday 18 December 2018 at the Adelaide Convention Centre,  and the Fringe Program runs alongside the action on Conference Floor. 

Fringe 2018 will comprise of 80 events that explore diverse and integral issues facing Australia,  it will form an integral part of Labors highest decision-making platform.

Fringe 2018 provides an incomparable opportunity for organisations to showcase  and launch integral ideas and conversations to a large and diverse Labor audience. 

Fringe presents innovative and creative policy proposal...

08:34

Air conditioning if supplied by fossil fuels increases global warming "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

This article highlights Sir Richard Branson (a nuclear power proponent) and correctly reminds us of the carbon footprint if air-conditioning, if fuelled by fossil power. Important to Australia, and also to India. Why didnt Ft mention this? 

BUT the logical alternative is renewable energy &#821...

08:33

Climate change making devastating bushfires the new normal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

31 Dead In Devastating California Wildfires: Heres What To Know | TIME

California Fires Could Be The New Abnormal If Climate Change Continues A leading climate scientist says a worrying pattern helped light the match for the devastating California fires. 10 daily, 13 Nov 18 

The fires have devastated the state, killing 31 people so far.

Its not looking likely the blaze will calm any time soon.

One of the reasons for the scale of destruction being visited on the state is a collection of environmental triggers brought about by climate change, according to Doctor Daniel Swain of UCLA.He said due to rising temperatures and dryness similar fires could affect the state for many years to come.

This is not the new normal, this is the new abnormal, and this new abnormal will continue, certainly in the next 10 to 15 to 20 years, he said..https://tendaily.com.au/news/world/a181112wih/california-fires-could-be-the-new-abnormal-if-climate-change-continues-apace-20181112

08:32

Workers exposed to nuclear radiation: $15.5 billion in compensation and counting "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Nearly 33,500 former nuclear site workers died due to radiation exposure- report

Nuclear fallout: $15.5 billion in compensation and counting

They built our atomic bombs; now theyre dying of cancer

Nuclear Fallout: This story produced in partnership with ProPublica and the Santa Fe New Mexican. (Richly illustrated with photographs, videos, charts, documents interactive map) 
Wave 3, By Jamie Grey and Lee Zurik | November 12, 2018  
LOS ALAMOS, NEW MEXICO (InvestigateTV) Clear, plastic water bottl...

08:30

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Jacinda sent to me "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Jacinda sent to me: Twelve schools aclosing Eleven Houses building Ten Woods awaffling Nine Years of neglect Eight unions striking Seven Oil rigs sinking Six secret meetings FIVE TREES PLANTED! Four Captains calls Three head snake Two Ministers gone And a Drug Lord thats been set free!   by [] The post On the twelfth day of Christmas, Jacinda sent to me appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:26

Iran is keeping faith with the nuclear agreement "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Latest: Nuclear watchdog: Iran stays within deal limits https://www.kansas.com/news/business/article221528430.htmlThe Associated Press, November 12, 2018  VIENNA 

The U.N. atomic watchdog says Iran continues to stay within the limitations set by the nuclear deal reached in 2015 with major powers, aimed at keeping Tehran from building nuclear weapons in exchange for incentives.

In a confidential quarterly report distributed to member states Monday and seen by The Associated Press,...

08:23

NSW government unveils plan to bring grid into age of renewables RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

New South Wales Coalition govt unveils grid upgrade plan, to accommodate the flood of new renewable energy capacity in the states development pipeline. The post NSW government unveils plan to bring grid into age of renewables appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via NSW government unveils plan to bring grid into age of renewables RenewEconomy

08:23

Clean energy industry slams Coalitions perverse procurement plan RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Clean Energy Council slams federal government plan to underwrite new dispatchable generation, saying it grossly distorts ACCC recommendations in favour of coal-fired generation. The post Clean energy industry slams Coalitions perverse procurement plan appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Clean energy industry slams Coalitions perverse procurement plan RenewEconomy

08:22

Solar Insiders Podcast: Fair Dinkum, were serious about solar power RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Solar Insiders team gets Fair Dinkum about solar, because thats what we do, thats who we are, thats what we are about. Do you have a strawberry? The post Solar Insiders Podcast: Fair Dinkum, were serious about solar power appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Solar Insiders Podcast: Fair Dinkum, were serious about solar power RenewEconomy

08:22

Dispatchable renewables: its time to start planning the transition RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

What if the wind doesnt blow and the sun doesnt shine? The post Dispatchable renewables: its time to start planning the transition appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Dispatchable renewables: its time to start planning the transition RenewEconomy

08:21

Northern Territory unveils first grid-scale battery in solar capital Alice Springs RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Territory Generation unveils 5MW battery in solar capital of Alice Springs that is likely to deliver pay-back within four years. The post Northern Territory unveils first grid-scale battery in solar capital Alice Springs appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Northern Territory unveils first grid-scale battery in solar capital Alice Springs RenewEconomy

08:21

Lazard hails inflection point as wind, solar costs beat new and old fossils RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Latest Lazard report shows wind and solar now beating existing and fully depreciated fossil fuel generators on costs, and battery storage is also falling. The post Lazard hails inflection point as wind, solar costs beat new and old fossils appeared first on RenewEconomy.

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08:18

November 12 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Opinion: The Economic Truth of Coal Mines The hyper-partisan political debate around coal conceals the surprising economic truth that coal miners, and those worried about climate change, both benefit from the current high in world coal prices. High prices for coal benefit mining companies, but they make it harder to sell coal. [The []

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08:00

Iain Lees-Galloway has to go "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Heather du Plessis-Allen doesnt hold back when talking about Iain Lees-Galloway. quote. Do we even need to say it? Iain Lees-Galloways got to get the boot. Hes unravelling like a cheap stitch. The latest revelations about his decision to give Karel Sroubrek New Zealand residency are almost unbelievable. The Immigration Minister previously told us he [] The post Iain Lees-Galloway has to go appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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07:30

Tweet for Today "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

07:30

Kelvin compassionate & kind Davis "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The headline on Newshub reads The compassionate way Kelvin Davis slashed New Zealands prison population It inspired me to come up with some similar headlines: The compassionate way Kelvin Davis didnt resign when Charter schools were closed down The compassionate way Kelvin Davis ignored students pleas to save their schools. Seriously though, Kelvin Davis has [] The post Kelvin compassionate & kind Davis appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:17

QotD: "We had such high hopes of this adventure; we believed God called us and now we are doing hells dirtiest work." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"We had such high hopes of this adventure; we believed God called us and now we are doing hells dirtiest work." 
       ~ US President Woodrow Wilson's top aide Henry White, speaking after World War I, at the Versailles peace talks

07:15

Forget about beating Jacinda: Concentrate on beating Labour "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

[...] the Labour-NZ First-Green coalitions, most obvious weakness lies in its ideological incongruity. Its component parties stretch the length of the political spectrum: from NZ Firsts social conservatives on the right to the Greens social radicals on the left, with Labour hugging smugly what it perceives to be the centre ground. The post Forget about beating Jacinda: Concentrate on beating Labour appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:14

QotD: 100 years ago today, the killing finally stopped. "Today is properly a day of mourning, for a world rent asunder by a stupid, useless waste of human life." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"War is not glorious. It achieves no great goals. It cures no diseases, it bridges no rivers, it builds no great cities, it does not launch people into space, clothe the naked, or feed the hungry. Those are worth celebrating, those sorts of achievements represent mankind at its best. War does quite the opposite thing it destroys resources and people in bulk, and sets back human achievement, sometimes by years, sometimes by decades.
    "Nor is participation in war laudable. Sometimes it is necessary to defend oneself, but there is never any glory in it. Dying face down in the mud is tragic, not glorious, and World War I was almost nothing but one tragedy after another, over and over, multiplied by the millions.
    "So, today is properly a day of mourning -- for a world that was happily growing in population, accumulating capital, and engaging in peaceful trade which was, all of it, rent asunder by a stupid, useless waste of human life."

        ~ Perry Metzger, posting at Samizdata 

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07:00

Gresham College: Prof. Chris Budd Mathematics and the Making of the Modern and Future World #5 Mathematical Materials "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A fascinating series delivered by Professor Chris Budd, CBE from Bath University

In this lecture series by Professor Christopher Budd, the emphasis will be how mathematics gives us a glimpse into the future both of technology and of many other areas of our lives.

Since Newton, we have become used to science making confident predictions about the future, including on the motion of the planets and the times of the tides. However, some things seem very hard to predict, such as the stock market or the weather. Is this a fault in the way we model these systems, or is there a genuine limit to how far we can predict the future? One explanation comes from the theory of chaos, which explains why small changes now can lead to large uncertainty in the future. Professor Budd will describe how chaos theory works and how things can change rapidly.

Climate change is important, controversial, and the subject of huge debate. Much of our understanding of the future climate comes from the use of complex climate models, which are based on mathematical and physical ideas. Professor Budd will describe how these models work and the assumptions that go into them. He will discuss how reliable our predictions of climate change will be and show how mathematics can give us insights into both the past and the future.

One of the biggest advances in modern technology has been the development of GPS systems which allow us to find our position to very high precision. GPS is just the latest advance in the science of navigation, which has had a profound effect on human civilization. Professor Budd will show how mathematics has played a vital role in making navigation as accurate as it is today and the impact this has had on us all. Indeed, it is one of the few areas where Einsteins general theory of relativity directly impacts our lives.

The worlds population is rapidly growing, and most of this population will live in large city conurbations. What will our future cities look like? How will the transport system work, how will people move around, and how will we supply them with energy and remove their waste? Indeed, what sort of houses will people live in and what will our communities look like in the future? Professor Budd will show how mathematical models can help us understand how cities work and how they might evolve in the future.

Mathematics education is changing rapidly and a big driver for this i...

07:00

NZEI letting teachers down "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

If unions dont understand why they arent always well regarded they need look no further than this:

The teachers strike is going ahead tomorrow because the venues for union meetings were already booked.

The primary teachers union offered that explanation when asked why the pay offer it received on Thursday wasnt enough to avert next weeks action. . . 

The NZEIs teacher lead negotiator Liam Rutherford told the Weekend Collective the offer came through really late in the piece.

And so to that extent, we didnt consider calling off the strike because weve got venues booked around country.

Rutherford says they have been really flexible, but when you already have so many meeting venues booked, a half day to consider an offer is not enough. . . 

The Employment Relations Authority recommends teachers accept the offer.

Teachers have a lot of sympathy for their claims not just for more pay but also for better conditions.

But continuing with  strikes before considering the latest offer will do them and their cause absolutely no good.

That the union justifies continuing strike action because it has booked meeting rooms will erode sympathy further.

NZEI is letting teachers down and this nonsense supports the argument that too often unions do whats good for unions, not their members.

07:00

Housing NZ to reward drug users "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The question of a safe level of methamphetamine contamination is an emotive one. Most sane people would not want to expose their children to contamination at any level. The previous government did set the bar very high, but this was done on official advice. And lets face it, most of us would not want to [] The post Housing NZ to reward drug users appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Commemorating 100 Years "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

06:30

Gremlins three: The Whaleoil edition *UPDATED "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

UPDATE: This is a message to our wonderful subscribers. It has come to my attention that 9 subscribers were expired even though they were up to date with their payment as a result of the server outage. They were all expired at exactly 6.05. I am working my way through reactivating them all. Please contact [] The post Gremlins three: The Whaleoil edition *UPDATED appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Shane Jones fails to declare 61 meetings "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

What is it with these guys? The most open and transparent government seems to have bad habit of forgetting about meetings that they attend. We saw this with Clare Curran, of course, who kept writing cryptic messages in her diary, and the forgot about what those meetings were about. Nobody was fooled by Clare and [] The post Shane Jones fails to declare 61 meetings appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Yes: one year on "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

This week marks one year since Australians overwhelmingly voted Yes to the question of whether LGBTI Australians can marry the person they love.

Anna Brown, Co-Chair of the Equality Campaign and Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre said it was incredible seeing the majority of the nation back marriage equality and a fair go for all LGBTI Australians last year on November 15.

A year ago the nation celebrated with LGBTI Australians, their friends and families. Since then weve had a year where all Australians have had the same opportunities for love, commitment and to be treated equally.

Its been a wonderful year of cake and rainbow flags with LGBTI couples finally being able to say I do. Marriage equality has taken from no one and given absolute joy to LGBTI Australians, their families and friends, Anna Brown said.

Earlier this year, following leaks of the 20 recommendations from the Religious Freedom Review many Australians were outraged to learn that under current anti-discrimination laws, schools and other services run by religious bodies are legally able to discriminate against LGBTI children, clients and workers. The inquiry was called following the deeply flawed idea that marriage equality for LGBTIQ people would somehow pose a threat to religious freedom.

We reject this utterly, and remain concerned that conservative religious forces within the Coalition will be extracting their price for marriage equality. There should be no price paid for equality, Anna Brown said.

Australians voted for fairness and equality this time last year, not discrimination against LGBT people. Kids in schools should be worrying about classes and their homework, not living in fear of mistreatment because of who they are. Teachers should be able to do their job without having to hide who they are, Anna Brown said.

Michelle and Rhondas story

It was ironic that we were apart on the day that Australia voted that we could be together, legally. I was in Sydney and Rhonda was in Melbourne. Thanks to Facetime we were virtually together as we watched the results announcement for the Marriage Equality survey. After 6 months of never daring to dream that our love and relationship was going to be legally recognised, we were beautifully, joyfully and tearfully surprised at the result.

We said in our joint wedding speech (only 4 months later!) our two reasons to get married were firstly, because we adore one another and secondly, to salute and honour all of the campaigners who have given their lives, time, tears and energy for our right to be considered equal.

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It wasnt meant to be like this: PNGs hosting of APEC "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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APEC welcome desk at Jackson's International Airport, Port Moresby

STEPHEN HOWES | East Asia Forum

CANBERRA - When Papua New Guinea put up its hand to host APEC in 2013, its economy was booming. Prospects were bright. And reform was underway, in particular to clamp down on the corruption that has been the countrys curse.

Fast forward five years and the environment could not be more different. PNGs highly effective corruption investigator Taskforce Sweep no longer exists. It was abolished by the very same prime minister who set it up, Peter ONeill, after it started pursuing ONeill himself on corruption charges.

The anti-corruption effort more broadly has been undermined via reducing the funding and/or autonomy of the remaining anti-corruption actors, such as the police fraud squad and the ombudsman.

Economic growth has stalled. Formal sector employment (the only sort of employment that is measured in PNG) has declined for each of the last four years.

Excessive borrowing in the boom years has now come back to haunt the government following a collapse in revenue. The government has done well to avoid a debt crisis, but its economic mismanagement has intensified the downturn.

PNGs biggest economic problem is its overvalued exchange rate. The value of the kina is set by the central bank, which has prevented significant depreciation for more than two years now. So far this year, the official kina/US dollar exchange rate has fallen only by 4%, a fraction of the 20% or more depreciation called for by analysts and researchers alike.

The real exchange rate is still in fact at its resource-boom high, hindering the required diversification of the economy. A balance of payments crisis has been prevented by foreign currency rationing, leading to a collapse of imports, hurting economic growth.

For the last three years, the difficulty of getting hold of hard currency has been rated by the private sector as their most serious probl...

05:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:30

Coca-Cola has massively benefited from new PNG tariffs "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

CokePAUL FLANAGAN

Coca-Cola has mastered the business of getting its sweet, fizzy drinks into even the most isolated of Papua New Guineas far-flung tropical islands and mountain villages. But getting the proceeds out of the South Pacific nation is proving much more troublesome. Australian-listed Coca-Cola Amatil, which distributes Coke in the region, recently disclosed it was holding more of PNG's kina currency than it wanted due to foreign exchange restraints, a complaint echoed by other big businesses - Reuters

CANBERRA - The irony of the Coca-Cola Amatil complaint that it cant move money out of Papua New Guinea is that the company has been massively benefiting from new tariff levels on consumers imposed in last year's supplementary budget.

Tariffs on imported canned drinks that compete with Coke increased from 12.5% with an additional charge of K2.75 per litre on 1 January this year. This was actually an illegal increase as it was larger than what PNG had committed to when it joined the World Trade Organisation.

So a previously imported one litre bottle of soft drink from Indonesia or the Philippines with a wholesale price of K4 had its tariff jump from around K0.50 (12.5%) to K3.25.

Of course, this has been a massive win for local manufacturers as it has eliminated competition from overseas and allowed them to lift local prices. The losers are Papua New Guinean consumers.

What makes this slightly different from the usual issue of balancing the interests of the local manufacturing industry and PNG families is that Coke is judged by some as a less than healthy item - so less consumption due to higher prices has an upside of lower levels of obesity and some diseases.

So the tariff is also acting as a rather blunt sugar tax - except that PNG-manufactured Coke is getting all the extra revenues rather than it going to the government to support health education programs in nutrition.

05:15

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

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

05:06

We now we see these unelected journalists for what they really are? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This is remarkable commentary from Newshubs national reporter Patrick Gower: Simon Bridges is finished I dont think that its his call to make. It is the business of the National caucus. And if Bridges survives through to the next election, it will be up to voters. Its been 62 days since Newshub Political Editor Tova []

05:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Weve got to find ways of confronting the issues that divide and at the heart of cultural issues, you often find religions. George Carey who celebrates his 83rd birthday today.

05:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:00

Do you know the names any Papua New Guinean national kiaps? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PHIL FITZPATRICK 

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A kiap and government-appointed leaders - in Tok Pisin, luluais and tultuls

TUMBY BAY Between 1961 and 1975, more than 450 Papua New Guinean kiaps were in government service during the significant period in PNG history leading to independence.

Now a group of expatriate former kiaps is seeking to find details of these men.

Several years ago, Australian kiaps who had served in the Territory of Papua and New Guinea sought to have their service recognised in a meaningful way by the Australian government and, importantly, the Australian public.

After a long campaign this recognition came in the form of the Police Overseas Service Medal.

During the campaign an attempt was made to compile a list of all the Australian kiaps who had served in Papua New Guinea.

This proved a difficult task because of the inadequate records available and it was abandoned in favour of former kiaps identifying themselves.

This list was produced but required a lot more work which has been undertaken by ex-kiap Ross Wilkinson through the Ex-Kiap website.  His work was greatly assisted by the contribution from a number of other former kiaps, notably District Commissioner Bill Brown.

Another list of kiaps who lost their lives during the course of their service was also produced by former District Commissioner and author, Jim Sinclair. This was expanded by ex-kiap Paul Oates to include all who had lost their lives whilst in service regardless of the cause.

This list is known as the Kiaps Honour Roll. Ross Wilkinson has incorporated the honour roll into a master list, otherwise known as a nominal roll, which is divided into several categories and time periods.

Kiaps who served with the Australian New Guinea Administrative Unit (ANGAU) during World War II have their own list, as do kiaps who served prior to the war.

These lists, although extensive, are still incomplete and further information is still coming to light.

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04:39

Scholtens inquiry clears Haumaha appointment process, other issues remain "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Oddly after Tracey Martin seemed to be maaking the decisions over the release of the Scholtens inquiry into the appointment of Wally Haumaha, the only official statement has been made by State Services Minister Chris Hipkins. The Inquiry into the process that led to the appointment of a Deputy Commissioner of Police has found that []

04:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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04:17

Expanded Royal Commission to include religious institution abuse "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

After public pressure it looks like the Government has listened. They have announced that Royal Commission into Historical Abuse in State Care has been expanded to include in the Care of Faith-Based Institutions. In January (RNZ) Royal Commission into state care abuse completely stalled lawyer A lawyer working for New Zealand victims of abuse []

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is locavore (noun) One who mainly eats locally produced food, especially within a specified radius of ones home. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Locavore was coined in 2005 by Jessica Prentice (born 1968), an American chef and author, and a co-founder of Three Stone Hearth, a community-supported kitchen [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 13 5 The godly hate lies; the wicked cause shame and disgrace. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

APEC official 'Silver Fox' believed to be operating illegally in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

David Johnson (aka Silver Fox)
David Johnson (aka Silver Fox)

BRYAN KRAMER MP

MADANG Investigations show that Australian David (Silver Fox) Johnson, who claims to be an APEC official, may have been operating illegally in Papua New Guinea.

This is the same David Johnson who in October threatened entrepreneur Emmanuel Narokobi for sharing on Facebook an article about the controversial arrival in PNG of 40 Maserati luxury cars.

Following this incident, I made further inquiries into Johnson's dealings in PNG and established that his company, Karama Consultants Limited, is operating illegally for failing to obtain IPA Certification - a requirement by law where a company is majority foreign-owned or controlled.

In December 2015 Johnson acquired the company in partnership with Michael Ekri in Lae the shareholding was 60% Ekri (a PNG citizen) and 40% Johnson.

IPA certification was not a requirement as 60% of the company was owned by a PNG citizen.

However in February 2018 Mr Ekris share was transferred to a new company set up by Johnson, Karama Development Limited.

Karama Consultants, through which Johnson provides consultancy services, states the company's shareholding is 60% Karama Development and 40% Johnson.

But Karama Development is sole shareholder of Karama Consultants, so it essentially owns itself.

Johnson has been providing services to PNG Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato, services that are now being scrutinised.

By law persons who register a company must provide their current residential address. In December 2015 Johnson stated his resided Unit 2, 19 Strathaird Road, Bundall, Queensland 4217, Australia.

I tracked down this address to small commercial office in the Gold Coast area. I contacted persons leasing offices next door who confirmed it is not a residential area. Was Johnson living out of a small office?

In 2015 Johnson found h...

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03:20

Media watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:15

Stupidity thy name is Raab! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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Ben Jennings on Dominic Raab coming under fire for saying he hadnt quite understood how reliant UK trade in goods is on the Dover-Calais crossing.

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03:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:10

Open Forum Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

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01:42

Freedom for Land and People "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Freedom for Land and People

Ron Healing Nov 1, 2018

Ron Healing tells of the history of colonisation and exploitation of the West Papuans which has rendered them poverty-stricken in their own land.

For years, West Papuans have struggled to retain their sovereignty under Indonesian rule. This struggle is taking place in our own backyard and with West Papuans forgotten and unsupported by the rest of the world. Intense mining operations, transmigration policies, underdevelopment as well as brutal suppression have left West Papuans with few resources. But now growing international attention is putting the spotlight on the human rights violations and the tragic history of this country. It is sparking support from many New Zealanders including parliamentarians.

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West Papua occupies the western part of the island of New Guinea. It shares a border with Papua New Guinea in the eastern part. Indigenous Papuans are Melanesian and have inhabited the region for at least 40,000 years.

When the Dutch East Indies broke up in 1949, West Papua was the only region not incorporated into the newly independent Indonesian Republic. In 1961 the Dutch established the West New Guinea Council and, recognising Papuans right to self-determination, submitted a plan proposing that the land be placed under United Nations administration. The plan failed to gain the necessary support of the UN General Assembly.

On 1 December 1961 the West New Guinea Council voted for a name change to West Papua and selected the Morning Star flag and a national anthem. The Council passed resolutions supporting the Dutch plan for self-determination. But later that month, Indonesian President Sukarno despatched hundreds of paratroopers to claim West Papua for Indonesia. Then, in August 1962, the Dutch and Indonesians signed the New York Agreement which gave the United Nations temporary oversight of West Papua before transferring control to Indonesia seven months later with provision for Papuan independence.

Indonesia took control of West Papua in May 1963 after the UN withdrew and banned all political parties and activities. The military killed thousands of Papuans. When President Suharto came to power in 1967, brutal anti-communist massacres and human rights abuses continued. And Suharto signed a concession granting USA mining company Freeport mining rights over 250,000 acres of Papuan land for a period of 30 years. This forced the resettlement of indigenous Papuans and has caused widespread environmental destruction.

Pope Francis warned: The human environment...

01:41

Climate emergency: from unmentionable to mainstream "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Climatic clippings no 8 in 2018 ]

October 2018 was the month when the word climate emergency suddenly became mainstream, after the United Nations had published its report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which warns humanity that we have to cut our emissions in half during the next decade in order to have a decent chance of avoiding a catastrophe. Which among other things mean that Australia has to shut down its coal-fired power stations before 2030. And which suggested that humanity as a whole needs to work and invest three times harder than our current level.

What stands clear is that our politicians are not on our side. If they were, they would have made laws that banned and taxed the destructive pollution of our atmosphere decades ago. They actually considered doing this in a joint international effort 30 years ago. But then no, our governments decided to ignore the threat or do as little as possible.

Still today, governments around the world are refusing to establish any sensible regulation that is in alignment with what the UN climate scientists tell us we need to do if we want to protect ourselves and life on this planet from destruction and avoid a miserable planetary catastrophe.

What the %#&$ is wrong with our lea...

01:28

Deadliest wildfires in the United States since the 1990s "IndyWatch Feed National"

Wildfires raging in California are among the deadliest recorded in the United States, with at least 31 people killed in the state as 250,000 flee their homes.

The largest and most destructive of the blazes is the Camp Fire in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, which started on November 9 and has claimed 29 lives.

This death toll matches the highest previously recorded for a single wildfire in the United States, when 29 people died fighting a blaze at Griffith Park in Los Angeles County in 1933.

The United States is regularly struck by wildfires in its dry late summer months. Here is a look back at some of the most deadly since the 1990s:

2018: 10 die in two blazes

AFP | A power line catches fire as the Woolsey fire burns on both sides of Pacific Coast Highway (Highway 1) in Malibu, California, as night falls on November 9, 2018

A fire that starts late July near the city of Redding in northern California rages for six weeks and claims the lives of eight people, three of them firefighters.

Called the Carr Fire, it razes more than 1,000 homes, forcing the evacuation of 40,000 people.

The Mendocino Complex that starts days later southwest of the city is on August 7 declared to be the largest fire in Californias recorded history. It eventually burns through nearly 460,000 acres (186,000 hectares), according to local authorities, and claims two lives.

2017: 42 dead in California

California is ravaged by around 20 wildfires from early October that go on to claim 42 lives over the month, most of them in wine-producing Sonoma County, just north of San Francisco, where 22 die.

As many as 11,000 firefighters some from as far away as Australia are involved in battling the blazes which burn through more than 245,000 acres, force the evacuation of 100,000 people and destroy about 10,000 buildings.

2016: 13 killed in tourist area

A fire breaks out late November in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a popular tourist area straddling the border of southeastern US states Tennessee and North Carolina, and rapidly spreads, pushed by strong winds and tornadoes.

Thirteen people are killed, 12 directly related to the blaze and one of a heart attack while fleeing, authorities say.

2013: 19...

01:13

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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New Dawn FM News

The ABG member for TEUA, CHARLES KAKAPETAI last week challenged his people to forget carrying knives and grass knives when going to public gatherings after the reconciliation.
He said that reconciliation has freed perpetrators and victims and should be totally free to walk around in their communities.
The member said that this is the real testimony of reconciliation.
The member made these remarks at the reconciliation ceremony at KORAKA ward in KEREAKA.
He said he does not want to see people fighting again after todays reconciliation.
The member called on his people to create peace and unity in the communities and prepare for the Bougainville referendum on June 15th, 2019.

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NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

121118RECONCILIATION COMES FROM THE HEART SAYS FR SATSI
New Dawn FM News
True reconciliation and forgiveness comes from the heart and with the help of God says FR. WILLIE SATSI.
He made these remarks at the reconciliation ceremony in Kereaka last week.
FR. WILLIE said people have to pray for God to assist them forgive those who have mistreated them during the Bougainville conflict.
He said real forgiveness has to come from the heart and reconcile and move on into the future.
FR. WILLIE said that reconciliation is nothing if there is no forgiveness and if there is no lasting peace between former enemies.

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01:05

Bubbling pool of mud is on the move in California, and no one knows why "IndyWatch Feed World"

When it comes to matters of geology and rumbling earth in California, the San Andreas Fault is usually the star of the show. But this time around, the area near the infamous fault has caught people's attention due to a mysterious pot of bubbling mud. Refusing to stay in place, a roiling mass of carbon dioxide and slurry-like soil is migrating across the state at a pace of 20 feet a year. So far, it's carved a 24,000-square-foot basin out of the earth, and it's set to continue its crusade until whatever's driving it dies out. Scientists currently have no real idea why it's moving or if it can be stopped. So, what do we know about it? This curiosity appeared in the Salton Trough, an area of California that's being stretched apart by a tectonic battle between the forces of the San Andreas Fault and the East Pacific Rise, a mid-ocean ridge. This unique environment is where the Colorado River dumps plenty of its sediment, which gets packed up so that the lower layers a few miles down...

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NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

121118KAKAPETAI CALLS ON HIS PEOPLE TO SUBMIT TO LEADERS
New Dawn FM News
The ABG member for TEWA, CHARLES KAKAPETAI has called on the people of KUNUA and KEREAKA to submit to authorities so that real peace can prevail in the communities.
Speaking at the reconciliation ceremony in KORAKA ward, KEREAKA, the member called on the people to contribute to the peace building program by working with leaders without complaining.
He said that the ABG does not have the monies to support projects and programs in the wards and ward members must organise their activities in their wards to support the ABG.
MR.KAKAPETAI said many activities in the ward does not need funds but the allocation of time and commitment by community leaders.
The member also called on his former combatants to be committed to destroy their remaining weapons before the referendum.
MR. KAKAPETAI said that according to UN records, KUNUA/KEREAKA contained only 36 percent and must now surrender the remaining 64 percent.
The member told his people that after referendum UN will put to task the ABG with the weapons that the people have not surrendered for permanent removal.
He said other areas have destroyed theirs as 100 percent in Buka whilst other regions have yet to complete their weapons destructions.

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00:21

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

121118JAPAN TO ASSIST BOUGAINVILE
New Dawn FM News
The Government of JAPAN will contribute THREE MILLION KINA towards referendum awareness for Bougainville.
Since the announcement of the Chair for the Bougainville Referendum Commission, New Zealand and Australia have already pledged their contributions to the Awareness Program through the United Nations Bougainville Referendum Support Project.
The signing ceremony for the agreement will be made tomorrow in Port Moresby between H.E Satosha Nakajima, Ambassador of Japan to Papua New Guinea, Mr.Gianluca Rampolla, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator and Hon. William Samb, Member for Goilala and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Bougainville affairs.
The funds will assist the Bougainville Referendum Commission and the Autonomous Bougainville Governments Directorate of Media and Communications in their awareness efforts.
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00:18

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

121118CLEANUP CONTINUES
New Dawn FM News
The ABG Chief Secretary, JOSEPH NOBETAU today released names of ten Public servants that were dismissed from the Bougainville Public service last Friday.
In making the announcement, MR. NOBETAU said that the decision to dismiss these officers was not taken lightly but was taken as a last resort.
He said the decision to dismiss an officer has much more implications, not just on the individual themselves, but also their families.
However as the head of the Public service he could not tolerate actions that defraud the government t or undermine the important work that we do.
The Chief Secretary said that as Public servants all of us must project a professional image and all of us have an obligation to comply with the law.
He said those who steal do not steal from the government, but from the people of Bougainville and they must be held accountable.
MR. NOBETAU said that these officers that have been dismissed were implicated in significant misconduct.
He said that seven officers from the Department of Personal Management and administrative services were found through the ABG payroll audit to have manipulated systems and processes for personal gain.
Collectively these individuals stole more than THREE HUNDRED SIXTY THOUSAND KINA from the public purse.
He said that this was a blatant theft and was undertaken for personal gain.
The chief Secretary said such actions cannot go un-punished and he also confirmed that he has referred all officers implicated to the national fraud squad for investigation.
He said that he expects that those responsible will be prosecuted, if found guilty and should be held to the highest standards of criminal law.
MR. NOBETAU also said that three officers from the Department of Community Government have also been dismissed owing to a substantial fraud where large sums of monies were misappropriated from the Disaster trust fund.
Again these matters have been referred to the Police for further investigations.

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Monday, 12 November

23:36

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22:10

Turkey claims Greece tries to misappropriate Libyas Exclusive Economic Zone "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Turkey claims that Greece is trying to steal part of the Exclusive Economic Zone of Libya. Defense Minister and retired Army General Hulusi Akar presented maps to convince about his claim.

According to Akar, Greece is trying to misappropriate Libyas rights to Exclusive Economic Zone bu seizing 39,000 square kilometers south of Crete.

Of, course, Turkeys problem is not Libyas EEZ and the countrys rights but its own aspirations in the area and in hydrocarbon resources.

According to another map, Turkeys Exclusive Economic Zone in the South allegedly borders to Libyas EEZ with no Greek EEZ in-between.

Last month Akar presented another deliberately drawn map that showed an extension of Turkeys EEZ.

We shouldnt be surprised if Ankara claims one day that its EEZ reaches to Gibraltar and why not, also New York and even Australia. In order to build fronts against Greece, it apparently tries to win Libya on its side.

The post Turkey claims Greece tries to misappropriate Libyas Exclusive Economic Zone appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

22:05

World view Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

November 13 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

354  Augustine of Hippo, Roman bishop and theologian, was born (d. 430).

1002 English king thelred II ordered the killing of all Danes in England, in the St. Brices Day massacre.

1160  Louis VII of France married Adele of Champagne.

1642 First English Civil War: Battle of Turnham Green  Royalist forces withdrew in the face of the Parliamentarian army and failed to take London

1715 Dorothea Erxleben, first German female medical doctor, was born (d. 1762).

1841  James Braid first saw a demonstration of animal magnetism, which led to his study of the subject he eventually called hypnotism.

1850 Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish writer, was born (d. 1894).

1851 The Denny Party landed at Alki Point, the first settlers in what would become Seattle, Washington.

1864 The new Constitution of Greece was adopted.

1869  Helene Stcker, German author and activist, was born (d. 1943).

1869   Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams, Russian-American activist, journalist, and politician, was born (d. 1962).

1887  Bloody Sunday clashes in central London.

1896  Te Maari, a crater at the northern end of the Tongariro range, erupted.

1901 The...

21:39

Alarm over talks to implant UK employees with microchips "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Britains biggest employer organisation and main trade union body have sounded the alarm over the prospect of British companies implanting staff with microchips to improve security. Jowan sterlund from Biohax holds a microchip implant the size of a grain of rice between his thumb and forefinger. Julia Kollewe The Guardian Nov 11, 2018 UK []

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21:22

European Central Bank In Panic Mode as Economy Stalls "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The eurozone could not borrow from the momentum of the U.S. economy in the third quarter as economic growth slumped to a tepid 0.2 %, the slowest rate in more than four years. With the 19-nation currency bloc beginning to stagnate, and the heavyweights failing to post significant gains, Brussels is in panic mode, likely []

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21:13

Vietnam ratifies Pacific trade pact "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vietnam on Monday became the seventh country to ratify a sprawling Pacific trade pact set to come into effect later this year, despite US President Donald Trumps pullout from a deal he decried as a job killer.

Australia last month became the sixth country to ratify the deal, paving the way for the pact to come into force at the end of December with more than half of its members officially signed on.

AFP/File | Vietnam has become the seventh country to enter the landmark Pacific trade deal, which will take effect at the end of the year

Vietnam followed suit on Monday with a unanimous vote to approve the deal by lawmakers in the countrys rubber stamp parliament.

This is an important political decision, affirming our countrys active role in international integration, said Nguyen Van Giau, head of the National Assemblys external relations department.

Vietnams fast-growing export economy stood to gain enormously from open access to US markets, a key outlet for cheap manufactured goods like Adidas shoes, Gap T-shirts and Samsung phones, before Trump pulled the plug on Washingtons participation.

The protectionist president called the deal a death blow for American manufacturing and singled out Vietnam for taking jobs he would rather see on his home turf.

The trade pact was spearheaded by former US president Barack Obama who dubbed the comprehensive deal a gold standard for 21st century trade rules and a crucial counter to Chinas rising global economic might.

The deal will bind members into a tougher legal framework for trade, lower tariffs and open markets.

It will also introduce new labour standards a sticking point for communist Vietnam, where all labour unions are controlled by the one-party state.

The establishment of independent labour unions may bring about some challenges Giau said Monday, but added the government was open to making the necessary reforms.

Even without the US in the mix, the now-renamed Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has been described as a game changer.

It covers many rapidly growing economies that account...

21:00

Keeping Up Appearances S05 E09 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

lousy formatting , audio OK, but could be better, and best viewed full screen. In many ways the audio is the main attraction

Wikipedia

Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is eccentric and snobbish middle class social climber Hyacinth Bucket(Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet.[2]The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinths vision of herself, and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility.

The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects

20:30

20:08

Asias $4.3 trillion stock rout is 20 years coming "IndyWatch Feed War"

While some say recent selling binges are a sign of how liquid and efficient developing Asia has become, there is a perception that its not enough

By William Pesek

Asia has a Germany sized problem on its hands, one that wont go away as soon as investors hope. On Friday alone, the MSCI Asia Pacific Index plunged 1.2%, bringing the regions losses this year to $4.3 trillion of market value. This rout, equivalent to Germanys annual output, reflects a perfect storm of worries coursing Asias way: Donald Trumps trade war, Federal Reserve rate hikes and sliding oil prices.

This risk trifecta is pulling punters in different directions. The US presidents tariffs, for example, are hammering away at Chinas growth engines a problem considering its every regional economys main customer. That has investors pivoting to a risk-off crouch.

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The second serves up a bit of schizophrenia for investors. Its grand, for example, that the Fed is taking froth out of an overstimulated economy. Asia, though, has traumatic memories of the dollars rally in the mid-to-late 1990s, which helped precipitate the 1997 crisis.

The third is either stellar news for investors or reason to run for the exits. The former suggests less inflation for economies from India to Indonesia to the Philippines; the latter that global demand is hitting a rough patch.

Taken together, these three risks are ravaging markets in Asia more than anywhere else. And its important to explore why.

Optimists will say that recent selling binges are a show of back-handed strength, a sign of how liquid and efficient developing Asia has become since the late 90s. The real issue, though, is a perception that for all the progress Asia made since then, its not enough.

Fair or not, plunges in the Indian rupee, Indonesian rupiah and the Philippines peso reflects a lack of progress repairing the regions duel-deficits problem. For all the boosterism about stronger national balance sheets, too many nations harbor current-account and deficit imbalances that leave them vulnerable to capital flight.

Another lesson not learned: an overreliance on exports makes you vulnerable. Not just to exogenous stocks like the Trump White House, but also to a business model that favors holding down labor costs over domestic innovation. True, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, China and elsewhere are enjoying scattered bursts of...

20:00

BBC Drama: Strangers and Brothers by C.P.Snow #5/13 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Strangers and Brothers is a series of novels by C. P. Snow, published between 1940 and 1970. They deal with among other things questions of political and personal integrity, and the mechanics of exercising power.

All eleven novels in the series are narrated by the character Lewis Eliot. The series follows his life and career from humble beginnings in an English provincial town, to reasonably successful London lawyer, to Cambridge don, to wartime service in Whitehall, to senior civil servant and finally retirement.

The New Men deals with the scientific communitys involvement in (and reaction to) the development and deployment of nuclear weapons during the Second World War. The Conscience of the Rich concerns a wealthy, Anglo-Jewish merchant-banking family. Time of Hope and George Passant depict the price paid by clever, poor young men to escape their provincial origins.

Snow analyses the professional world, scrutinising microscopic shifts of power within the enclosed settings of a Cambridge college, a Whitehall ministry, a law firm. For example, in the novels set in the Cambridge college (a thinly veiled Christs), a small, disparate group of men is typically required to reach a collective decision on an important subject. In The Masters, the dozen or so college members elect a new head (the Master) by majority vote. In The Affair, a small group of dons sets out to correct a possible injustice: they must convince the rest of the college to re-open an investigation into scientific fraud. In both novels, the characters strongly resist letting in the external world, whether it be the press, public opinion, the college Visitor, or outside experts.

The books were adapted by the BBC into a 13-episode television series, which began airing in January 1984. The series starred Shaughan Seymour as Lewis, Sheila Ruskin as his mentally troubled first wife Sheila and Cherie Lunghi as his second wife Margaret. Other actors of note who took part in the series include Anthony Hopkins, Nigel Havers, Peter Sallis and Tom Wilkinson. 

18:37

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

My first taste of asparagus was that sorry, soggy excuse for a vegetable that comes in tins.

It took fresh asparagus to convert me to a fan and this year we have our own to harvest.

We planted it two years ago and followed the instructions from a garden guru religiously letting it grow and go to seed the first two season and only this, the third season have we harvested it.

Were eating it in salads, roulades, by itself and as a side with lunch and dinner and its delicious.

Today Im grateful for home-grown asparagus.

18:30

The History of Iron and Steel "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post The History of Iron and Steel appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:00

Classic Crime: P.D.James A Taste For Death (1988) Adam Dalgleish with Roy Marsden #6/6 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Sir Paul Berowne a prominent Government Minister turns to his old friend Adam Dalgleish following a series of threatening letters delivered to his London home. The ministers wife is in an adulterous affair with a prominent surgeon and she makes no secret of it. Berownes only daughter is involved in left-wing politics and rejects her conservative father. Adding to his woes, his own mother favoured her son who was killed in an IRA terrorist ambush over Paul. The informal investigation has barely began when Dalgliesh is faced with a series of bizarre deaths that turn the case into an urgent assignment.

17:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats -S05 E07 A Split Second "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

Water Rats is an Australian TV police procedural broadcast on the Nine Network from 1996 to 2001. The series was based on work of the men and women of the Sydney Water Police who fight crime around Sydney Harbour and surrounding locales. The show was set on and around Goat Island in Sydney Harbour.

Water Rats premiered on 12 February 1996, and ran for six seasons and 177 episodes. Colin Friels and Catherine McClements were the original stars of the series and were instrumental in the shows early success. They both departed the show in 1999. In later seasons, Steve Bisley, Aaron Pedersen and Dee Smart became the shows main stars.

For the sixth and final season in 2001, the show concentrated more on the cops personal lives rather than just focusing on the crimes committed. The Nine Network cancelled the show after six seasons. Executive Producer Kris Noble blamed escalating costs for the cancellation. However, Bisley and Smart had also just quit the show, and the series had already been suffering a ratings battle following the departure of Friels and McClements in 1999. 

17:00

How do you deal with painful truths? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil The post How do you deal with painful truths? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

16:09

We are taking a huge leap "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

We are feeling the fear and doing it anyway!

We are flying free from charity status as of this week we want to support civil disobedience and all types of non-violent resistance loudly and proudly. When all else fails, it is our moral duty to act and there are a whole heap of people out there who want to act on climate, on issues of racial and social justice but lack the resources, training, infrstructure, pathways or experience to do it safely.

We also increasingly are asked to collaborate with folks outside the environmental sector, and whilst we think all things are related the government is a bit more uptight about such things. So weve left the good folk of Friends of the Earth, and are stepping out on our own we did some great work collaborating, and we wish them the best, but its time for our own adventures.

We will have more to come, and a new look which will be simply faaaahbulous, but we are getting input from you our supporters and allies first. I know. Were weird. But that is why you love us right?

So we are going to have an awesome launch party on Wednesday 14th November you can RSVP here. There will be no shiny new logos, but lots of fun, and awesome people. We will be celebrating successes over the last five years, and getting input into our project ideas for the next couple.

We are going to be working on more resources, more webinars, and work that will connect people who cant turn out to actions. Weve got big plans for supporting legal teams, continuing support for Frontline Action on Coal and extractivist work, and being able to respond and support emerging movements such as Extinction Rebellion and the Climate School Strike.

Come and join us and give us feedback we want to know what we do well, and how to do things better an online survey will then circulate based on the face to face event launch.

You can also DONATE here we need regular CounterActivators our monthly supporters, now more than ever we are still ironing out the kinks, so if you have any issue at all, get in touch. No tax receipt anymore, but a heck of a lot more freedom. Join us on the adventure!

Got ideas and projects for us to take on let us know.

 

The post We are taking a huge leap appeared first on CounterAct.

16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

15:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1944, Booker T Jones songwriter and keyboards with Booker T and The MGs. Born today in 1945, Neil Young singer, songwriter and guitarist with Buffalo Springfield, Crazy Horse, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Young and soloist. Born today in 1947, Buck Dharma (Donald Roeser) songwriter and guitarist with Blue Oyster [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:22

Alm. Dortheys Hiyo Eluay dan Perjuangan Papua Merdeka ke Depan "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Penculikan dan pembunuhan Ondofolo Dortheys Hiyo Eluay pada tanggal 10-11 November 2011 kini kita peringati dengan merenungkan kembali apa yang dapat dilakukan melanjutkan pekerjaan yang telah ditinggalkannya. Sebelum itu perlu diperjelas tentang apa yang dilakukan anak-anak almarhum di Pendopo Theys Eluay Sentani, yaitu Deklarasi Damai yang menyatakan penculikan dan pembunuhan Alm. Theys Eluay tidak masuk

Alm. Dortheys Hiyo Eluay dan Perjuangan Papua Merdeka ke Depan was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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15:03

Election candidates discuss climate and renewables "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

If you are going to vote in the Victorian state election, which is just around the corner now, we hope you will spend a bit of time on finding out how the various Victorian parties and independent candidates intend to deal with the climate emergency.

One way of getting clarity on this is to listen to what the candidates for the Victorian state election on 24 November 2018 had to say about climate change, renewable energy and wind turbines when Michell Dye held a series of election candidate forums on 94.7 The Pulse on 5, 6 and 7 November 2018.

That will take you on a nine hour marathon-journey of listening, though, so to save you time, weve prepared this special 36-minute energy and climate-focused excerpt from Mitchells forums:

...

15:00

Hadith for the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Bonus edition today: Five for one. The post Hadith for the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:00

Kim Hill talks with Angelique Kidjo "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Kim Hill

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20181110-1104-angelique_kidjo_-_diva_from_benin-128.mp3

This was much more interesting than Adam initially thought it would be.

Interview with Angelique Kidjo, the acclaimed musician from Benin.

Singer/songwriter  Anglique Kidjo is from the West African country of Benin and is known for her diverse musical influences and her creative music videos. Her latest project is a track by track reimagination of the Talking Heads 1980 album Remain in Light. As well as her three Grammy Awards, she is the recipient of the prestigious 2015 Crystal Award given by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and the 2016 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award. Kidjo was also the first African women to be appointed as an international Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. She set up the Batonga Foundation to empower and educate girls in Africa, and she is Harvard Universitys 2018 Jazz Master.  Kidjo tells Kim about her escape from Benin, discusses her music and her politics, and plays some songs from Remain in Light. She is coming to Aotearoa for WOMAD 2019. 

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Bothy  a small hut or cottage, especially one for housing farmhands or labourers, or for use as a mountain refuge; a basic shelter, usually left unlocked and available for anyone to use free of charge.

14:30

The bigger they are, the harder they fail "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Japan Times reports an embarrassing failure of big wind. Hilariously, the filename for this picture on their website is n-fukuturb-a-20181028.jpg  Quote. A floating wind turbine built off Fukushima Prefecture to symbolize recovery efforts after the 2011 nuclear disaster will be removed, a government source has said. End quote. It is all about the symbolism! Quote. [] The post The bigger they are, the harder they fail appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:30

Commemorating 100 Years: Coope, Boyes and Simpson: Spring 1919 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

poppy

 

Another great song from Coope, Boyes and Simpson, with some excellent and appropriate film footage

 

14:25

Firefighters battle Santa Ana winds, 170,000 Los Angeles residents still under evacuation "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Woolsey Fire has scorched 83,275 acres and devoured more than 175 structures.

As firefighters race to control the Woolsey Fire, mandatory evacuation orders remain in effect for approximately 170,000 residents of Los Angeles County, from Malibu to West Hills in the San Fernando Valley.

The Woolsey Fire is still burning in spots on both sides of the 101 freeway. It has torched hillsides and coastline across 83,275 acres of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, and destroyed more than 170 buildings in the beaches, canyons, and Valley. Containmentstands at 10 percent.

On Sunday, firefighters extinguished flare-ups and kept a hold on the fires perimeter, stopping it from spreading south into communities like Pacific Palisades, said Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby. He noted that there were no new reports of homes burning down.

Today was a better day, he said.

But, Osby cautioned: Were not out of the woods tonight.

Powerful Santa Ana winds are forecasted to kick up again later tonight, posing a major threat. Wind gusts can easily fan embers and ignite dry brush.

None of the mandatory evacuation orders issued for the Woolsey Fire since Friday have been lifted in LA County, and approximately 57,000 structures in Ventura and Los Angeles counties are still at risk.

The evacuation orders affect multiple communities, including Topanga, where many residents have opted to shelter in place, as well as the entire city of Malibu, which City Councilmember Lou La Monte has said was hit very, very hard.

Authorities continue to urge Topanga residents who have remained in their homes to leave immediately.

(A full, up-to-date list of evacuation areas and evacuation centers is listed at the end of this story).

The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department is also warning residents in evacuation zones to resist the urge to return home. Ev...

14:15

The threat is not Islam but those who seek to undermine our rights "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The Coalition remains bent on promoting division and diversions to push through its political agenda. One method is to continue fanning the Islam scare and the other one is to build a law and order campaign.

This is why young Africans in Melbourne have been targeted, and why the terrible attack Bourke Street in Melbourne has been tied to the so-called Islamic terrorist threat. In its typical fashion of putting out the big lie to make a story, Murdocks Herald-Sun mirrored this in its front-page heading. The tycoon and his empire have a lot to answer for.

No evidence has been put forward that connects the attack by Hassan Khalif Shire Ali to political or religious motivation. But why let this get in the way of good story? Could it be that the man has mental health issues? Those who know him have said this and some have mentioned that he has had substance abuse problems. He is not a practicing Muslim. He is of African appearance and vulnerable to be set up as a target, by those who wish to whip up racial hatred.

The state of his metal health was explained in a letter sen to Channel 9 by Alis family. It was a plea to stop the incident being used for political purposes. Cafe owner Sisto Malaspina died and two others were injured by knife wounds. Hassan died from a gunshot wound.

Family letter sent to Channel 9

Still, News Corp and much of the other major news outlets persisted on peddling rumours and hearsay, showing no regard for finding the truth. It reveals just how far the quality of our media has descended.

This locks in very well with the election campaign going on in Victoria. Liberal Party leader is Matthew Guy is putting himself forward and the champion of law and order. He falls in with the Murdoch claim that crime is running rife. No matter that this is not true and police data shows that overall crime is on the decrease. But again, why let the facts get in the way of the story?

Over it all, is the assertion that our society needs more policing, and those making it, hope that enough people will buy it, at least until its put in place.

All fair-minded people must call pout the lie for what it is.

This is not a Victoria only development. Scott Morrison is hitting the stumps and has joined in with his attack on radical, violent, extremist Is...

14:00

Commemorating 100 Years: Remembrance Day Parade Bermuda 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

poppy

Back in the 1980s Adam lived and worked in the British Crown Colony of Bermuda. Bermuda lies some 600 miles into the Atlantic from Cape Hatteras in the Carolinas. It is the end of the most northerly coral reef in the world and although far out to see, the islands are in alarge group of submerged reefs and shoals, hence the Bermuda triangle. It has been self governing since 1620 and is theoldest self governing entity within the Commonwealth. In Bemuda Novemebr 11 is a public holiday and eveything used to stop at 11 a.m. on the IIth of November. In WWII, it functioned as a major base for Royal Navy ships hunting U Boats, with a large dockyard facility; plus it functioned a major mail interception centre for British intelligence. In addition, it provided an operational base for aircraft to patrol further into the Atlantic.

In any event this seemed worthy of a look.

13:45

Commemorating 100 Years: Memorable Quotations from WWI "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

poppy

A young gunner subaltern was on his way to observe a machine gun position. Just as he got outside my door a shrapnel shell burst full in front of him. The poor fellow was brought in to me absolutely riddled. He lay in my arms until he died, shrieking in his agony, and said he hoped I would excuse him for making such as a noise as he really could not help it. He was a fine looking boy,  not more  than 19.
                                                                                     A British medical officer on the                                                                                                       Western Front

13:39

Did you miss us? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The post Did you miss us? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:30

The Atlantic: What did we learn from the Midterms? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A follow up podcast from The Atlantic to this one posted earlier

Executive Editor Matt Thompson interviews Atlantic reporters on what lessons they drew from the midterm elections, speaking in turn with: Vann Newkirk, Emma Green, Ron Brownstein, Adam Harris, and David Graham.

Links
 The Democrats Deep-South Strategy Was a Winner After All(Vann R. Newkirk II, November 8, 2018)
 Tuesday Showed the Drawbacks of Trumps Electoral Bargain (Ronald Brownstein, November 7, 2018)
 The Year of the Woman Still Leaves Women With Terrible Representation in Government (Emma Green, November 7, 2018)
 The Democrats Are Back, and Ready to Take On Trump (David A. Graham, November 7, 2018)
 America Is Divided by Education (Adam Harris, November 7, 2018)
 The Georgia Governors Race Has Brought Voter Suppression Into Full View (Vann R. Newkirk II, November 6, 2018)

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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13:08

Heavy rain in Dubai washes Pakistans chance of series win against New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The third and final one-day international between Pakistan and New Zealand was abandoned after persistent rain in Dubai on Sunday, leaving the series tied at 1-1.

The play was interrupted due to heavy rain as New Zealand were chasing a daunting 280-run target set by Pakistan. New Zealand were 35-1 after 6.5 overs when the umpires signalled for a stoppage in play after light rain turned into heavy showers.

Earlier, a well-crafted 92 from Babar Azam and half-centuries from Fakhar Zaman and Haris Sohail guided Pakistan to 279-8.

Lockie Ferguson, though, put the brakes on with a fine display of fast bowling, taking a career-best 5-45 from his 10 overs.

With the series on the line with each side having won a game, Pakistans batting clicked from the outset after Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and chose to bat.

Zaman and Mohammad Hafeez (19) added 64 for the first wicket before Hafeez dislodged a bail with his heel while working Ferguson to long leg, bringing Azam to the crease in the 14th over.

Zaman hit eight boundaries in his eighth one-day half-century before being caught on the long-on boundary off Colin de Grandhomme for 65.

Azam then paced the innings during a third-wicket stand of 108 with Sohail.

Sohail struck two sixes and six boundaries in his 59-ball 60 before he was caught in the deep off Ferguson.

Azam continued to work the gaps well, happy to pick up singles and only occasionally open his shoulders. He faced 100 balls for his 92 but that included just four fours and one six.

He finally fell in the 49th over as he tried to reach his ninth one-day hundred, caught in the deep off Trent Boult, small consolation for the left-arm seamer whose 10 overs cost 80 runs.

Pakistan lost four wickets in the last two overs and may regret scoring only 38 runs in the last five.

New Zealand are without their skipper Kane Williamson who pulled out with a groin injury with Tom Latham leading the side.

Pakistan left out Imam-ul-Haq on precautionary grounds after he suffered a blow on his helmet in the second match on Friday but his...

13:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

12:30

Trump questioned about Whitaker "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Since questions began to be asked about Trumps appointment of Matt Whitaker as Acting Attorney General, he claimed he did not know Whitaker.

This reminded Adam of this:-

WAPO carried this:-

Trump on Friday repeatedly claimed that he did not personally know Whitaker, telling reporters, I dont know Whitaker. That contradicted Trumps statement last month in a Fox News interview, during which the president said, I know Matt Whitaker.

12:30

Sowell says "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Click the image for a high-res view Six Ways to Divide England Linguistically The first and third are spot on. The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:00

Trump Toon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ed Hall 12112018

Enjoyed this one; an added bonus is the way the cartoonst captured the style of the period

 

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11:47

Poetry Competition Starts Now "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Kapiti Independent has received  the first entry  in its third major  poetry contest. Other Poets in Kapiti or Horowhenua can []

11:47

First floating hotel arrives in PNG for APEC "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The first of the three cruise liners for APEC arrived in Port Moresby on Saturday morning.

The Pacific Jewel will be stationed at the old cargo wharf and will be used as a floating hotel for more than 2000 journalists from the 21 economies and delegates.

The second cruise liner Pacific Explorer will arrive at 8.30am tomorrow, while the third liner Sea Princess will arrive on Wednesday morning.

Minister for APEC Justin Tkatchenko and CEO of the APEC Authority Chris Hawkins took a tour of the ship and were both impressed. Tkatchenko had earlier said the Pacific Explorer would host the CEO Summit. He said the company responsible for the charter of these ships Carnival Australia, has established a strong relationship with the government.

He said according to the company, this is the second occasion where their vessels have been chartered to support hosting arrangements for major international conferences.

We look forward to all world leaders coming and we will ensure the leaders live in comfort and have a traditional and cultural experience while they stay in Port Moresby during this time.

From their moorings within the APEC security zones, the ships will provide accommodation for APEC attendees. The Sea Princess will be docked at Motukea and the Pacific Explorer will be at T-Wharf in downtown Port Moresby.


SOURCE: POST C0OURIER/PACNEWS

11:39

US Vice-President Mike Pence to throw down the gauntlet to China during PNG visit "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

US Vice-President Mike Pence will continue the Trump administration's assault on China's authoritarianism and aggression, using a speech in Australia's backyard to business chiefs to outline the US's rival vision for the Indo-Pacific that extols the superiority of private investment over state-controlled funding to build regional infrastructure.

With Donald Trump opting to skip the East Asia and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summits this week, Pence and the President's hardline national security adviser John Bolton will travel to Singapore and Papua New Guinea to push back against Beijing's attempt to assert its influence on both economic and security fronts.

Pence will also hold a series of bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other key regional leaders, but the centrepiece of his trip is a speech at the APEC chief executive forum on Saturday morning in Port Moresby. Pence will deliver his speech just minutes after Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the forum, which Morrison will also address.

US officials said the speech would connect to one Pence delivered in early October accusing China of stealing US intellectual property, suppressing human rights and meddling in US elections an address analysts said marked the start of a cold war between Washington DC and Beijing.

With tensions already high between the US and China over trade, the two countries are locked in a race for regional influence in Asia and the Pacific. Pence will seek to counter China's Belt and Road Initiative with the promise of US assistance for infrastructure development.

It is expected Pence will flesh out details of a new trilateral partnership with Australia and Japan, to support infrastructure development, with several projects identified.

Amid concerns over Trumps isolationist America first rhetoric, Pence will stress how a private-sector driven approach can bring prosperity to both the Indo-Pacific as well as the US. 

He will also emphasise the importance of sovereignty for the countries in the region, including a transparent and corruption-free civil society, free and open internet and freedom of navigation rights for shipping and aircraft a direct shot at China for trying to coerce less powerful nations.

In his speech and throughout their visit, Pence and Bolton will also hammer China over its militarisation of the South China Sea, the importance of keeping up economic and diplo...

11:30

One unfortunate 61 incompetent "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Shane Jones has been forced to admit he failed to disclose 61 meetings:

Shane Jones has had to correct 20 answers to questions from the National Party after he failed to disclose meetings he had earlier this year. . . 

Mr Jones, the regional economic development minister, said he took full responsibility for the muck-up which he put down to a transcription error from his outlook diary. . . 

To misquote Lady Bracknell, one error might be regarded as unfortunate, 61 looks like incompetence.

National MP Paul Goldsmith uses weekly written parliamentary questions to ask Mr Jones who he meets with and what for.

He said this slip-up by the minister seriously concerned him, because it was not one or two meetings he missed, but 61.

And, he said, a number of those meetings were to do with the $3 billion of public money Mr Jones had responsibility for.

Whats made me nervous, is that we regularly ask who he meets with and you can understand that a minister would make the occasional mistake. But what we saw here was 61 meetings which he hadnt initially declared, which he is now declaring. . . 

Clare Curran was sacked after making the same mistake over not disclosing meetings twice. What happens to a minister who makes the same mistake 61 times?

 

 

11:16

Afro-Colombians and Indigenous Peoples Struggle for Water "IndyWatch Feed War"

Francia Mrquez In a recent report from Colombias national health institute, only 15.1 % of people living in the Colombian countryside (barely 900,000 people) have access to good quality water. Water is guaranteed mostly to the urban people living in the city. The population that does not have water is mostly in the Colombian-Pacific and...

10:30

The Atlantic: Midterms in the wake of political violence "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From The Atlantica podcast looking at the prospects for the Midterms. This was issued prior to the recent elections on Nov 6.

The upcoming midterms mark the first nationwide referendum on the Trump presidency and the GOP-led Congress. Coming amid a shocking spree of political violence and an ugly showdown over voting rights, Tuesdays election will have massive ramifications. What conclusions can we draw from the vote?

Links

 The Jews of Pittsburgh Bury Their Dead (Emma Green, October 30, 2018)
 Trump Shut Programs to Counter Violent Extremism (Peter Beinart, October 29, 2018)
 Trumps Caravan Hysteria Led to This (Adam Serwer, October 28, 2018)
 A Broken Jewish Community (Emma Green, October 28, 2018)
 Voter Suppression Is the New Old Normal (Vann R. Newkirk II, October 24, 2018)
 The 2018 Midterms Are All About Trump (Ronald Brownstein, October 18, 2018)

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fonterra hopes for collaboration in review of regulating law Jeremy Rees:

Fonterra has welcomed the review of the law which governs it and urged farmers and shareholders to work with the government to get it right.

At its annual meeting, Fonterra chairman John Monaghan told the 360 farmers in the audience that the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act (DIRA), which regulated the company was a complex piece of legislation but it was important to get any changes right.

Lets be clear. Fonterras performance, good or bad, is not driven by DIRA, he said.

But an updated DIRA can deliver our shared vision for the future of the New Zealand dairy industry.

The government began in May a review of the Dairy Industry Restructuring Act 2001 which sets the parameters for Fonterra, the co-operative dairy giant. . . 

Fonterra is under attack from all sides, and now from within, as it grapples with issues that date back to 2001. These restraints allow its competitors to pick away at its good bits. China holds a tariff lever over NZ policymakers Guy Trafford:

A busy week for Fonterra with the appointment of the two new directors and one still to come. Later today comes the result of the asset review instigated after the poor results from last season.

One of the new directors, Leonie Guiney has made her position plain in September she was quoted saying she wants the company to shift its whole strategy away from investments, like Beingmate and China Farms, which she says are beyond our capability.

If Fonterra thought they may get an easier path in the future through a revamp of the DIRA, the indications coming out are any thing to go by they are going to be disappointed. In fact, some are suggesting that the goal posts have been moved further away with a 70% mark as the point which is more likely to trig...

09:52

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09:51

Federal government nuclear waste compromises Safety and Security in South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

 Nuclear Brief (10 Nov 2018) by David Noonan, Independent Environment Campaigner The Federal gov. is compromising Safety and Security in SA with ANSTO irradiated nuclear fuel waste to be shipped through Whyalla or Port Pirie to an indefinite (for approx. 100 years) above ground nuclear waste Store to be imposed on to SA at Kimba or at Hawker.

Two shipments of ANSTO nuclear fuel waste are intended in the first 2 years of Store operations....

09:44

Doctors slam media claim that California fire is no problem regarding radiation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

RESPONSE TO LA MAGAZINE ARTICLE: https://www.psr-la.org/woolsey-fire-burns-nuclear-meltdown-site-that-state-toxics-agency-failed-to-clean-up/

On November 10, Los Angeles Magazine ran an article claiming there was no risk related to SSFL contamination from the Woolsey fire that we now know actually began on the SSFL property itself. Below is our response.

Los Angeles Magazine must print a correction this article is filled with errors and misinformation:

  1. There is no need to put quotes around significantly contaminated SSFL is one of the most contaminated sites in the nation, subject of a promised but long-delayed state and federal cleanup; it is heavily contaminated with well documented nuclear and chemical contamination, from, among other things, a partial nuclear meltdown.
  2. The claim in the first hours of the fire by DTSC, an agency that has no public confidence to the point that the state legislature commissioned an Independent Review Panel to investigate its failings (which include the Exide fiasco in Vernon,) that it didnt believe there was a risk is cover for its failure to live up to its cleanup commitments (it had promised the site would be cleaned up by 2017 and the cleanup hasnt even begun). It is pure conjecture. DTSC does not have have any scientific data to back up the claim. It based the spurious assertion on its claim that the fire in its first hours was not in areas where contamination could be released, but the state fire department now shows almost all of the contaminated site as within the fi...

09:38

California fire likely to expose residents to radioactive ash, from nuclear polluted site "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

This secret gave her daughter cancer

Last night, the Woolsey fire burned the contaminated Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL), a former nuclear and rocket engine testing site. Footage from local television showed flames surrounding rocket test stands, and the fires progress through to Oak Park indicates that much of the toxic site burned.

A...

09:31

Ozone layer predicted to totally heal within 50 Years "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Ozone layer hole will totally heal within 50 years https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/06/health/ozone-healing-scli-intl/index.html  By Lianne Kolirin,  November 6, 2018 CNN) The hole in the Earths ozone layer is expected to fully heal within 50 years, climate change experts predict in a new UN report.

09:26

Has the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management lost its independence? Cumbria Trust "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Committee on Radioactive Waste Management (CoRWM) which advises BEIS on dealing with nuclear waste, has recently published a paper which Cumbria Trust believes calls into question their independence. They are supposed to act as an independent body, but some of their recent actions suggest to us that they are too close to BEIS []

via Has the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management lost its independence? Cumbria Trust

09:25

By definition nuclear weapons are genocidal, xenophobic and racist "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Hayley Ramsay-Jones ICAN 

11.11.2018 Madrid, Spain  Tony Robinson At the II World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace, in Madrid from the 5th to the 8th of November, Pressenza took the opportunity to cover activities carried out by the international team of activists from ICAN.

A combined presentation by Dr. Aurora Bilbao from IPPNW and Hayley Ramsay-Jones from Soka Gakkai International covered two very important topics: the humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons and the intersectional aspects of gender and race discrimination in nuclear disarmament.

We were especially interested to find out more about the gender and race aspects to nuclear disarmament, so after the presentation we caught up with Hayley to ask her a few questionshttps://www.pressenza.com/2018/11/by-definition-nuclear-weapons-are-genocidal-xenophobic-and-racist/

09:22

Concern over New South Wales zurconium mine also mining uranium and thorium "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Kazzi Jai  Kazzi Jai  Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 11 Nov 18, 

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09:18

President Trumps nuclear weapons plans will now meet with opposition in Democrat controlled Congress "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Divided Congress to clash over Space Force, nuclear arsenal, The Hill, BY REBECCA KHEEL  11/11/18

Democrats next year will control the gavels for the defense and foreign policy committees in the House for the first time since 2010.

The party h...

09:15

November 11 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Opinion: What Changes Will Maines New Government Bring to Your Life? Swept to sizable majorities in last weeks elections, Maines Democrats will be in full control of state government for the first time since 2010. They are likely to look for ways to address a number of pressing issues, one of which is climate []

via November 11 Energy News geoharvey

09:15

BLISTERING RED HOT HAM SPECIAL "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Christmas is coming and boy do we have a red hot deal for you. Due to our special relationship with our supplier we can offer you a blistering red hot ham special right now, while stocks last. Here are the details, but you will need to be quick as there are limited supplies. Whale Meat [] The post BLISTERING RED HOT HAM SPECIAL appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:13

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09:07

PERTH Former AFL player Chris Yarran charged after bizarre crime rampage "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Former AFL player Chris Yarran charged after bizarre crime rampage .

November 11, 2018 at 03:55PM .

Yarran, 27, who was arrested outside the Pan Pacific hotel on Adelaide Terrace on Friday night, was granted bail in Perth Magistrates Court yesterday,

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09:00

08:59

PM should come clean on multi-billion kina APEC spending "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Prime Minister Peter ONeill must come clean on total APEC spending. It is unacceptable for the Prime Minister to keep hiding the vast amount spent on the meeting, Sir Mekere Morauta, Member for Moresby North-West, said today. This money belongs to the people, not Peter ONeill.

Public money is not his to do with as he pleases, wasting it on luxury cars and private parties for his cronies. People have a right to know how their money is spent, and that right is backed by the law.
According to the Public Finances (Management) Act, Section 47K, the APEC Authority must be audited by the Auditor-General, Sir Mekere said. But there is no record of any audit.

The report of the Auditor-General on the APEC Authority must be tabled in Parliament. This has not happened. Mr ONeill has been promising for ages to table the APEC budget and expenditure report in Parliament but has never done so.

These latest irregularities are in addition to likely breaches of the Constitution, the PFMA and other laws I have previously outlined in relation to the APEC vehicle procurement, Sir Mekere said. The smell of corruption grows by the day, and only full inquiries by the Ombudsman Commission and the Fraud Squad can ascertain the truth.

We know why there is all this secrecy it is a favorite tactic of Mr ONeill to hide his activities from proper scrutiny.
So, Mr Prime Minister, what exactly are you hiding this time? Why are you, the APEC Minister, Mr Justin Tkatchenko, and the APEC Authority CEO, Mr Christopher Hawkins, apparently so willing to break the accountability and transparency laws related to APEC?

The answer may be that APEC spending has far exceeded the figure of K3 billion given by Treasury to the IMF. The Prime Minister claims that it is far less, but the only way he can convince the public of that is for him to provide the Parliament and the people with all the APEC expenditure details this sitting.

Even the officially acknowledged spending is well over K1 billion: Budget allocations of K650 million (K100m 2014-16, K250m 2017, and K300m 2018), plus APEC House K120 million, Paga Ring Road K50 million, Jacksons Airport K240 million, 20 percent shareholding in the Star Mountains Plaza project K300 million.

These figures for APEC House, Paga Ring Road and the airport were announced well before the works were completed. I wonder what the final costs were?....

08:30

Gresham College: Prof. Chris Budd Mathematics and the Making of the Modern and Future World #4 How Much Maths Can You Eat? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A fascinating series delivered by Professor Chris Budd, CBE from Bath University

In this lecture series by Professor Christopher Budd, the emphasis will be how mathematics gives us a glimpse into the future both of technology and of many other areas of our lives.

Since Newton, we have become used to science making confident predictions about the future, including on the motion of the planets and the times of the tides. However, some things seem very hard to predict, such as the stock market or the weather. Is this a fault in the way we model these systems, or is there a genuine limit to how far we can predict the future? One explanation comes from the theory of chaos, which explains why small changes now can lead to large uncertainty in the future. Professor Budd will describe how chaos theory works and how things can change rapidly.

Climate change is important, controversial, and the subject of huge debate. Much of our understanding of the future climate comes from the use of complex climate models, which are based on mathematical and physical ideas. Professor Budd will describe how these models work and the assumptions that go into them. He will discuss how reliable our predictions of climate change will be and show how mathematics can give us insights into both the past and the future.

One of the biggest advances in modern technology has been the development of GPS systems which allow us to find our position to very high precision. GPS is just the latest advance in the science of navigation, which has had a profound effect on human civilization. Professor Budd will show how mathematics has played a vital role in making navigation as accurate as it is today and the impact this has had on us all. Indeed, it is one of the few areas where Einsteins general theory of relativity directly impacts our lives.

The worlds population is rapidly growing, and most of this population will live in large city conurbations. What will our future cities look like? How will the transport system work, how will people move around, and how will we supply them with energy and remove their waste? Indeed, what sort of houses will people live in and what will our communities look like in the future? Professor Budd will show how mathematical models can help us understand how cities work and how they might evolve in the future.

Mathematics education is changing rapidly and a big driver for this i...

08:29

California Wildfires: Latest info. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Update: Governor Jerry Brown has requested a Major Disaster Declaration from President Trump, while a state of emergency has been declared in Los Angeles, Ventura and Butte counties. From Browns request: If granted, a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration would make individuals in the impacted counties eligible for a number of programs and support, including crisis []

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08:23

We don't need more terror laws "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Back in 2007, the New Zealand Police invaded Ruatoki, terrorised the town, and held children at gunpoint as part of a series of raids against "terrorists". But when it came time to prosecute the seventeen people they'd arrested, the whole case fell apart because the police's behaviour had been "unlawful, unjustified, and unreasonable". No-one faced terrorism charges because, fundamentally, none of those targeted had broken that law: no-one had committed or planned a "terrorist act" (and no, talking shit about firing the Prime Minister out of a trebuchet doesn't count). In the end, despite four Arms Act convictions, it was a humiliating fiasco for the police, requiring a public apology to the people whose town they had invaded.

So now the police want more anti-terror powers, so they can do all that again and get away with it this time:

The Government is reviewing the anti-terror laws because of the carnage of the poorly enacted Urewera raids meaning authorities don't want to use them.

Minister responsible for GCSB and SIS Andrew Little, has ordered officials to fully scrutinise the Terrorism Suppression Act and the Counter Terrorism Act, both passed in the aftermath of the 9/11 and Bali bombings.

They were judged "unworkable" after the botched Urewera raids in 2007, and Little says authorities are now "reluctant" to use them.

While Little wants to remain open to what will happen, police are pushing for greater powers to intervene earlier when they detect suspicious behaviour.


Unlike the Minister, I don't regard reluctance to use anti-terror laws as a problem. Instead, they're something police should be reluctant to use. The fact that they want to use them (and in the complete absence of anything remotely approaching a terrorist threat, or which can't be dealt with under existing laws criminalising assault, murder and arson) says rather more about their desire to crush political dissent than any real need. And in this context, the reference to UK-style laws criminalising people for what they read on the internet - which are primarily used to persecute academics - is chilling. Faced with a lack of real terrorism to justify their inflated budget, th...

08:15

Bay of Plenty Oilers: November gathering "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Attention Bay of Plenty Oilers, there will be another catch up in November for anyone interested. HookerPhil will be joining the get together in his red and black jersey, so if you have any tips for the Cantabrian that youd like to pass on in person, this is your chance! Date: Tuesday 27th November from [] The post Bay of Plenty Oilers: November gathering appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

DW: World War I The Aftermath #1/2 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This documentary from DW looks at the aftermath of WWI. Part 2 due in a week,this is a brand new film from DW apparently.

After World War I, chaos, conflicts and poverty ensued. Many survivors had lost everything. Our documentary follows the post-war years of fragile peace. [Part 2 online on 18 Nov 2018]

Apocalypse: Never-Ending War tells the story of the years that followed the First World War, the collapse of empires, and the fateful rise of totalitarianism. Years that foretell the coming of another disastrous war. For four years, from 1914-1918, the world seemed hellbent on total self-annihilation. The First World War was an apocalyptic war that claimed over 50 million lives, civilian and military. Those who survive come to realize the world of the past century has now disappeared into an abyss of suffering. Millions of soldiers, the shell-shocked, the amputees, the disabled, will spend the rest of their lives trying to make sense of their years in hell. Parents are in despair at the loss of their children, families destroyed, millions of widows and orphans left to survive any way they can. In 1919 at Versailles and Saint-Germain-en-Laye, and in 1920 at Trianon, the victors forge peace treaties that they claim will restore balance. But those who have pinned their hopes on a transition from war to universal peace are to be deeply disappointed. Hatred, fear, and resentment re-emerge from the depths of societies traumatized by war and the tumultuous transformation that results from the worlds map being re-drawn. The vanquished, facing terrible reparations, look for promises of hope, stability and order, even at the cost of personal freedom. The climate is ripe for the emergence of authoritarian forces, exacerbating ethnic nationalism, and opening doors to the worst of human nature. Extreme ideologies take root in Germany and Italy, and spread from there

07:30

Citizenship must be earned "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

For our Kiwi cousins, the rapid escalation in deportations of New Zealand-born long-term Australian residents was a sobering reminder of the importance of citizenship. The post Citizenship must be earned appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:15

The fans spoke and Cam listened "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Whale Meat Big Bacon Bacon, ONLY bacon, with bacon. So what is Whale Meat Company bacon really like? Experts are concerned at a rise in the numbers of consumers overdosing on Whale Meat bacon. A Christchurch addict is seen here after ingesting a preparation known as carbonara, totally insensible. There was half a packet [] The post The fans spoke and Cam listened appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:11

COINCIDENCE ? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



Shane Jones becomes todays lead squirrel and the recently converted  to 'Winston First Blog' is off line?

I understand it is springtime with grass growth and all,  but the Internet interest in lawnmowers seems to be spiking to a puzzling level??

And to make this Monday special it could be we have Kel in the chair???

In summary would NZ Inc be better served if coalition negotiations were a continuing saga????

07:00

Insight: Learning revolution or pathway to ignorance? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Insight has this look at how NZ teaches teenagers.

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/inst/inst-20181109-0810-insight_learning_revolution_or_pathway_to_ignorance-128.mp3

John Gerritsen reported on the different views of how to teach teenagers. The link is to a piece at the RNZ website.

Adam suspects that some benefit from the new approaches, but others do not.

Part, a major part, of the problem may be standards of teaching; plus the NCEA approach.

In any event standards of achievement are far too low for too many.

Why?

07:00

Benefits of a bad lambing "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When then-Awarua MP Eric Roy was first in parliament he was asked what it was like.

He replied, there are too many people up there who hadnt had a bad lambing.

That was back in 1993.  There are even more without that experience now:

About 10% of national politicians have had agribusiness careers but increasingly members of Parliament are being drawn from careers in the public or Parliamentary services.

A study by Wellington public relations company Blackland PR found 11 of Parliaments 121 MPs have experience working in the agricultural sector, nine of them from National, one from Labour and one from New Zealand First.

No Green Party MPs have worked in the rural sector.

The companys director Mark Blackham said 23% of MPs had worked in business or commerce and 19% in central government.

A quarter of Labour MPs and 20% of those from National worked in the public service or in Parliament before being elected.

A third of all MPs had no definable career but an increasing number were heavily involved in activism or worked for non-government organisations, especially among the Green Party ranks, before entering Parliament.

Agriculture is the one career that differentiates party roots.

Agriculture is the only major economic sector where experience differs between political parties, he said. . . 

Fewer MPs with an agribusiness or wider rural background is partly a result of MMP. Electorates are bigger in area and fewer in number. One rural MP now services an area that would have had at least two under FPP and list MPs are almost all based in cities.

It is also partly a result of fewer people with any business backgrounds and wider life experience entering parliament and more people whose experience is limited to employment by local or central government and/or in activism.

Its not only farmers who face bad lambings in a figurative sense. But parliament now has more people with less, if any, experience, employing other people; more who have not had to make decisions which impact on their own and other peoples livelihoods and fewer who have run anything where their own money was at risk.

Parliament is generally more representative when it comes to gender and ethnicity but less representative of people with work and life experience in which...

06:41

QotD: "Karl Marx thought market competition would drive down profits, thus necessitating ever greater exploitation of workers. But in fact, real average global income per person rose by factor of 10 over the last 200 hundred years." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"Karl Marx thought market competition would drive down profits, thus necessitating ever greater exploitation of workers. But in fact, real average global income per person rose by factor of 10 over the last 200 hundred years." 
        ~ Marian Tupy, from his article 'Free Enterprise Is Making the World Better'
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06:30

Stephen Colbert:Your Changing Congressional Body "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Marvellous parody of a late 1940s/1950s public information film

06:00

Commemorating 100 Years: Shot At Dawn "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

These executions were unjustified as were the other punishments meted out to often traumatised men; plus the harsh punishment of conscientious objectors

06:00

It wasnt meant to be like this: PNGs hosting of APEC "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

When Papua New Guinea (PNG) put up its hand to host APEC in 2013, its economy was booming. Prospects were bright. And reform was underway, in particular to clamp down on the corruption that has been the countrys curse.

Fast forward five years and the environment could not be more different. PNGs highly effective corruption investigator Taskforce Sweep no longer exists. It was abolished by the very same Prime Minister who set it up, Peter ONeill, after it started pursuing ONeill himself on corruption charges. The anti-corruption effort more broadly has been undermined via reducing the funding and/or autonomy of the remaining anti-corruption actors, such as the police fraud squad and the Ombudsman.

Economic growth has stalled. Formal sector employment (the only sort of employment that is measured in PNG) has declined for each of the last four years.

Excessive borrowing in the boom years has now come back to haunt the government following a collapse in revenue. The government has done well to avoid a debt crisis, but its economic mismanagement has intensified the downturn. PNGs biggest economic problem is its overvalued exchange rate. The value of the Kina is set by the Central Bank, which has prevented significant depreciation for more than two years now. So far this year, the official Kina/US dollar exchange rate has fallen only by four per cent, a fraction of the 20 per cent or more depreciation called for by analysts and researchers alike.

The real exchange rate is still in fact at its resource-boom high, hindering the required diversification of the economy. A balance of payments crisis has been prevented by foreign currency rationing, leading to a collapse of imports, hurting...

05:34

Greens push but Government tardy addressing synthetic drug toll "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Deaths from synthetics is the tip of a growing drug toll iceberg. Greens, Chle Swarbrick in particular, keep pushing for action but the Government seems slow to do anything about it. Last week (ODT) About 50 deaths linked to synthetics being investigated A coroner has ruled that using synthetic drugs led to the deaths of two []

05:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:15

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

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

05:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The freedom of the press works in such a way that there is not much freedom from it. Grace Kelly (Princess Grace of Monaco) who was born on this day in 1929.

05:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:00

Damn fool Australians slow to understand Chinese incursion "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Decorative Chinese lanterns
Decorative Chinese lanterns hung in Port Moresby for APEC (Ben Jackson)

CHRIS OVERLAND

ADELAIDE - The first Europeans who had contact with the Imperial Chinese government regarded their bureaucrats and officials as deeply inscrutable.

The Chinese had been trained to not reveal any indication of their true feelings or intentions to those they dealt with and, so it is said, often replied to direct questions with ambiguous answers.

Chinese language and symbology was and is similarly ambiguous. Slight changes in tone of voice can alter the meaning of a word or sentence. Similarly, written Chinese figures are full of subtleties and nuances.

In short, Chinese bureaucrats have long been the masters of using subtlety and ambiguity in saying one thing while meaning another.

I am sure that the lanterns on display in Port Moresby are, at one level at least, merely decoration. However, as many astute Papua New Guineans have realised, they also send another message.

That message is that China's power and authority has grown to the point where ostentatious displays of its cultural icons cannot be refused by those in power or, perhaps, are simply unrecognised as such.

PNG is on the path to becoming a tributary state to China: the loans and favours it has received will allow China to remorselessly tighten its grip on PNG's political and business elites.

This has been the modus operandi of the Chinese state over many millennia and the mere fact that the current government is ostensibly communist does not mean that this has changed.

By the time the powers that be in PNG become fully aware of their peril, I expect that it will be far too late to reverse course.

The Australian government has been gravely remiss in failing to understand what has been happening until far too late.

Its near panic reaction in "rediscovering" the Pacific nations to the north is belated recognition of this fact.

What damn fools they have been.

04:58

Shane Jones admits failure to disclose meetings "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The handing out of large amounts of money through the Provincial Growth Fund was always going to be scrutinised by the Opposition, especially with Shane Jones involved. And as Minister in charge Jones has had to admit a slip-up in not disclosing 61 meetings, including some with people who have an interest in the Fund. []

04:31

Teacher strikes again this week "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Primary school teachers are still unhappy with pay negotiations and plan more strikes this week, starting in Auckland today and rolling out across the country through the week. This will inconvenience many people. Last Thursday: Revised pay offer for secondary teachers labelled as laughable About 1500 teachers turned up for a meeting yesterday to discuss the new []

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is lenitive (adj) Capable of easing pain or discomfort. (noun) A lenitive medicine. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Lenitive first appears in English in the 15th century. It derives from the Latin verb lenire (to soften or soothe), which was itself formed from the adjective lenis, meaning [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:10

Macron and Merkel emotion and unity on Armistice Day centenary "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Angela Merkel, the first German leader since World War 2 to visit the site where the World War 1 armistice site, has joined with French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron in an emotional show of unity in events marking the centenary of Armistice Day. BBC: Macron and Merkel mark end of World War One French President []

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 12 27 Lazy people dont even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Gresham College: Prof. Carolyn Roberts Green Complexity Science, Innovation and Society #4 Professionally Green Environmental Challenges and UK Professional Bodies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Environmental problems are incredibly difficult, because their solution lies in the combination of both complex environmental science but also tortuous political and social vision. This series of lectures offers a route to better understanding these problems through a better understanding of multidisciplinary environmental science, innovation and collaboration. The role of business, industry, academia and government in the solution (and the problem) will be unraveled so that we are all better placed to play a part in solutions to problems that will affect us all.

04:00

PNG roll out red carpet for APEC but locals live in poverty "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rose Maino
Rose Maino's family home was demolished ahead of the APEC summit (Natalie Whiting, ABC)

NATALIE WHITING | ABC News Extract

Read Natalie Whitings full report and great photographs here

PORT MORESBY - Tears roll down Rose Maino's cheeks as she describes the past few weeks of her life.

The grandmother is among a group of families whose homes have recently been bulldozed. She sits behind a big patch of dirt where the houses used to be and cries.

"Everything from the house has been buried into the ground. I've made a tent and I live in it," she said.

"My grandchild also died, we buried my grandchild last week."

Another resident, Dickson Theophilus, says they were only given a day's notice.

"There used to be seven houses here, all these houses they are no longer here," he said.

"They demolished them with big machines.

"We have nowhere to go."

The houses were cleared to allow for the road they were built alongside to be expanded into four lanes.

Even the people who still have their homes are living in poverty.

It is a 10-minute drive from Sabama, where they are living in tents, to APEC Haus, the magnificent venue built off the coast of Port Moresby where the world's leaders will meet this week for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders' Summit.

The Governor of the National Capital District, Powes Parkop, told the ABC the road is expected to be extended to four lanes after the APEC summit, when funding is available.

He said he regrets families have been affected, but it's only those who have encroached on land reserved for the road.

The residents deny they were encroaching on the planned road and say they feel abandoned.

"The leaders are giving more attention on the APEC, and they've forgotten us," Mr Theophilus said.

"They demolis...

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03:22

Solidarity with Alex Pirie "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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03:20

Media watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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02:17

Is this really how we should present the end of WW1 and get the number of British Imperial deaths wrong? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

By Russell Bruce

This 100 year image heads an ONS statistical note released today and they have mislaid over 400,000 British Imperial military deaths.

If we are to reflect on a worldwide conflict on the 100th anniversary should we not be inclusive? I have difficulty with the British attitude and the words used to mark a conflict that engulfed Europe, countries that were allies and countries we fought for four blood stained years in mud and gore. More than ever it is a time to stress the need to continue to work for cohesion and peace on our continent.

Oh I forgot for a moment. Britain is disengaging with Europe, makes silly noises about a future frictionless partnership of unknown detail or likelihood.

No now is the time to remind us of Empire. Think only of the sacrifice of our own people and the sons of Empire that came to help. Agreed, the number is horrific 700,000 deaths on battlefields of glaur where methods of engagement had changed out of all recognition to conflicts of previous centuries. Only the number is wrong and 400,000 British Imperial military deaths have been forgotten.

Context

So for some context, the total number of military and civilian casualties was close to 40 million for all of Europe. That is more than the population of Britain in 1918, which then stood at 38,287,300. The total number of deaths of military personnel was 9,700,000 and 10,000,000 civilians are estimated to have died. The Entente Powers (Allies) lost around 5.7 million soldiers and the Central Powers lost about 4 million.

The wounded are also usually forgotten when figures are quoted. If we are to remember them also then the impact on life and death more than doubles.

Even worse the Office of national statistics has lost close to 400,000 British Empire military deaths in the conflict. According to The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Annual Report 2007-2008 the actual number of UK military dead totalled 885,138. Add in Australia 61,928, Canada 64,944, Indian Empire 74,187, New Zealand 18,050 Newfoundland 1,204 and South Africa 9,463 and we find the sub total of all military British Imperial Forces deaths came to 1,114,914.

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