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Saturday, 23 September


North Korea Ramps Up International Rancor With H-Bomb Threat North Korea Hits New Level of Brinkmanship in Reacting to Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

Experts warn of potentially dire consequences if Kim Jong Un detonates a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean

Images of North Korean missile launches on display outside the central railway station in Pyongyang on Friday.
Images of North Korean missile launches on display outside the central railway station in Pyongyang on Friday. PHOTO: ED JONES/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

Updated Sept. 22, 2017 7:50 a.m. ET

SEOULNorth Koreas latest threatto detonate a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Oceanif carried through would mark a new level of defiance in the face of warnings from the U.S. and the international community.

Pyongyang has notched milestone after milestone this year in its quest to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the continental U.S., each time causing a furor and inviting toughly worded responses from President Donald Trump....

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Friday, 22 September


PNG International and Sheffield Eagles winger Garry Lo signs Super League deal with Castleford Tigers "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Castleford have signed Sheffield Eagles winger Garry Lo on a two-year deal.

The 23-year-old Papua New Guinea international has scored 33 tries in 28 Championship matches this season.

The Tigers have agreed that Lo can return to the Eagles on loan when he is not needed by the Super League side.

He said: "I'm speechless. To be given this opportunity is a dream come true for me. To get the chance to test myself at the highest level in Super League is so exciting."

Source: BBC


The United States Tried To Detonate A Nuclear Weapon On The Moon & Somebody Responded "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

In the 1950s, Colonel Ross Dedrickson was responsible for maintaining the inventory of the nuclear weapon stockpile for the AEC, and for accompanying security teams checking out the security of the weapons, among many other duties.

As his obituary states:

He was assigned to the US Atomic Energy Commission. A long service with the Energy Commission between 1950-1958 included, contract administration duties at Nevada test sites, Pacific Nuclear Test Area west of Hawaii, nuclear weapon manufacturing and quality assurance in Albuquerque, and inspection of nuclear and non-nuclear facilities throughout the country. He served with the 5th Air Force in Japan and later as a ranking Colonel, Officer in Charge of the Pacific Unified Command (TM)s alternate command and control center in Hawaii. In 1962, he was transferred and served as Deputy for Material for the 832 Air Division at Canon Air Force Base, Clovis, New Mexico. He retired from the USAF in 1964.

He is one of hundreds of military whistleblowers with verified backgrounds to have been brought forth by Dr. Steven Greers Disclosure Project. His testimony about UFOs specifically about UFOs and nuclear weapons can be corroborated by a wealth of information and evidence thats now available within the public domain. (To read more about a few of these encounters, click here.)

Many of these whistleblowers have made multiple appearances at the National Press Club in an effort to get this information out to the world, with the most recent example being the Citizens Hearing on Disclosure, which took place a few years ago.

With such a professional background, working in the places he has worked, its safe to infer he was privy to sensitive information on a number of subjects.

This isnt just a random high-ranking military whistleblower talking about a random issue. There are many whistleblowers and documents clearly outlining a decades-long relationship between UFOs and nuclear storage facilities and test sites.

A number of these incidents have visual confirmation, along with air and ground radar confirmation as well.

In the interview below, Dedrickson explains how the American go...


North Korea Warns Its About To Detonate H-Bomb Over The Pacific "IndyWatch Feed World"

Kim Jong-un has made another threat directed at President Donald Trump claiming he will detonate a deadly H-Bomb over the Pacific. The threat from North Korea was in response to Trumps earlier warning that America would totally destroy North Korea if the regime attacked the U.S or its allies. The North Korean leader also threatened to tame []


World watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


September 23 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

480 BC  Euripides, Greek playwright, was born (d. 406 BC).

1122  Concordat of Worms.

1215 Kublai Khan of the Mongol Empire, was born (d. 1294).

1409  Battle of Kherlen, the second significant victory over Ming China by the Mongols since 1368.

1459 Battle of Blore Heath, the first major battle of the English Wars of the Roses.

1529  The Siege of Vienna began when Suleiman I attacked the city.

1641  The Merchant Royal, carrying a treasure worth over a billion USD, was lost at sea off Lands End.

1779 American Revolution: a squadron commanded by John Paul Jones on board the USS Bonhomme Richard won the Battle of Flamborough Head, off the coast of England, against two British warships.

1803  Second Anglo-Maratha War: Battle of Assaye between the British East India Company and the Maratha Empire in India.

1821  Tripolitsa, Greece, fell and 30,000 Turks were massacred.

1846  Neptune was discovered by French astronomer Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier and British astronomer John Couch Adams;  then  verified by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle.

1857 The Russian warship Lefort capsised and sank during a storm in the Gulf of Finland, killing all 826 aboard.

1861  Robert Bosch, German engineer and businessman, founded Robert Bosch GmbH, was born (d. 1942).



NEW RULES: Election Day at Whaleoil "IndyWatch Feed"

As you may have picked up from yesterdays post, today Whaleoil will not cover New Zealand politics or the election as it is against the law.  At 7pm, the LIVE ELECTION NIGHT post will start, and then all the rules are back to normal. You too are not allowed to publish material that could be []

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Classic Radio Hancock Radio Cyrano "IndyWatch Feed"

Tony Hancock, Sid James, Bill Kerr, Hattie Jacques, Moira Lister BBC at its best


Agenda 2030: Tapping into the savings of citizens "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

UN Chief To Reshape Global Finance For Sustainable Development <img width=777 height=437 src= class=attachment-content-single size-content-single wp-post-image alt= srcset= 777w, 180w, 260w, 373w, 120w sizes=(max-width: 777px) 100vw, 777px />Secretary-General Antnio Guterres speaks at the Financing the 2030 Agenda, The Role of the United Nations at the UN on Sunday, September 18, 2017. []

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NZ Pipeline Crisis Update: The Evidence Mounts "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Following Uncensoreds suspicions about the cause of the damage to the Marsden Point pipeline damage, the MSM is finally following the money! The case is growing that it was a digger driver who was trying to pull something out of a swamp that ruptured a pipeline and caused Auckland airports fuel shortage. Refining New []

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By Aloysius Laukai
At least four Leased building owners have given two weeks to the ABG to pay nine months outstanding rentals owed to Building owners that the ABG Divisions use as their offices.
These buildings in Arawa and Buka.
According to the letter of demand by leased building owners, the ABG has not honored its part of the agreement which states that rentals must be paid when it's due.
But they have outstanding for nine months now they said.
Companies that have given the ABG notice is Kabadi holdings which the Lands division Is using in Buka. 
The Pihei building which the all Community Government division is using in Buka.
And in Arawa is the member Rodney Osioco's building.
The notice said that if nothing is done within the next fourteen days, they will lock the officers out of these buildings.
This is not the first time that the people have warned the government to pay outstanding payments for services that were provided to the government.
Hire car operators have also called on the government to pay their bills and the list goes on.
Despite the bills for the ABG, the PNG ELECTORAL COMMISSION has outstanding monies going back to the 2012 National Election.
Service providers have been waiting patiently but these bills are still outstanding and patience is running out.
In June, the Electoral Manager for Bougainville, Desmond Timiyaso said that all outstanding for 2012 will be paid before polling but this has not eventuated.
In Buka the pressure is real and PNG Electoral commission officers are no longer in their office.Most of their time they operate from their homes.


John Moore: Last minute guide to voting "IndyWatch Feed"

Guest blog post by John Moore, giving last minute advice on voting Is it OK not to vote? Does my vote really count for much? Can I vote if Im drunk? Do I have to give two ticks when I vote? For an alternative and informative guide to voting, read below. Question: If I dont vote then I cant complain, right? Answer: Wrong. Its fully up to you if you vote or not. And of course, you can still complain about the government, the system, or anything else, regardless of whether youve voted or not. In fact, the large number...


Kim Jong Un calls Trump deranged, H-bomb test threatened Dog barking contest going wrong? "IndyWatch Feed War"


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called President Donald Trump deranged and said he will pay dearly for his threats. The North Korean Foreign Minister later reportedly threatened to test an H-bomb in the Pacific.


 North Koreas leader, Kim Jong-un, responding directly to President Trumps speech at the United Nations, in an undated photo released by the countrys state news agency on Friday. Credit Korean Central News Agency, via Reuters

Kim said on Friday that Trump is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country and described the president as a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, according to Norths official Korean Central News Agency.

The comments come in response to Trumps speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.

Kim said that Trumps remarks had convinced him that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last, adding that he was thinking hard about his response.

Sanctions tightened

The new US sanctions will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Koreas efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind, Trump said Thursday.

Referring to the North Korean nuclear program, Trump said tolerance for this disgraceful practice must end now.

He added that North Koreas textile, fishing, information technology, and manufacturing industries were among those the United States could target with the sanctions. The new measures do not affect the North Korean oil industry.

Read more: A closer look at which countries trade with North Korea

Stronger European reaction coming

Citing anonymous sources, AFP and Reuters news agencies reported on Thursday that the European Union had reached an agreement on additional sanctions targeting North Korea, including a ban on investments and oil exports to the country.

Ambassadors from the 28-member states on Thursday agreed on a package of new autonomous measures, an EU official told AFP, and they will now be prepared in deta...


PNG Hunters v Sunshine Coast Falcons Grand Final preview "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

This Sunday will see the culmination of a fantastic season of Intrust Super Cup with the PNG Hunters facing off against the Sunshine Coast Falcons for the chance to hold the trophy aloft this year.

The Hunters are the minor premiers and come into this game having broken their finals hoodoo with a hard-fought win in Week 2 over the Redcliffe Dolphins.

The Falcons however have hit their straps at just the right time winning three finals matches in a row to feature at Suncorp Stadium.

Falcons coach Craig Ingebrigtsen said his team were thrilled to be featuring on grand final day completing a remarkable turnaround from recent season were they suffered 36 straight defeats.

We are excited, but the job is not done yet, he said.

He also said that while they were focused at the task at hand, they were trying to keep things as they have all season and were trying to lift the pressure by having a bit of fun at training.

Hunters coach Michael Marum faces a similar challenge and wanted his team work on their own game and not worry about what the exciting Falcons outfit might do on Sunday.

We (are) not too worried about them too much; we just (want to) make sure we concentrate on how best we can prepare to match them in the playing field.

With two exciting teams going head-to-head, it promises to be a grand final to remember.

Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, September 24 3.25pm* (Live on Channel 9 / Livestream)
Referee: Jarrod Cole
Assistant Referee: Nick Pelgrave
Head-to-Head: PNG 4, Sunshine Coast 4
Head-to-Head Finals: Sunshine Coast 1, PNG 0  
Finals Experience:  First Clash
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PNGvSCF


Suncorp Stadium - Sunday, September 24, 2017.

Match times (approx)

11.45am - Gates open
12noon - NRL Development Cup grand final (Under 12)
1.15pm - FOGS Colts Challenge grand final
3.25pm - Intrust Super Cup grand final

Adult: $25
Junior (Aged 4 to 15 years): $5
Family Pass (2 x Adults, 2 x Juniors): $50
Concession/Senior/Pensioner: $5
Children (Aged 3 years and under): FREE

Free Public Transport: Present your game day ticket to receive free public transport to and from the stadium aboard Queensland Rail City Network trains or Brisbane Transport buses. This Free Public Transport' service has...


Borneo foundation to create a forest island for albino orangutan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) is appealing for funds to create a forest island for an albino orangutan rescued in April.

The primate, who has been named Alba, is believed to be the only albino orangutan alive in the world.

It would be too risky to release Alba into the wild for health reasons, and because she could easily fall prey to poachers.

BOSF CEO Jamartin Sihite says five-year-old Alba has poor sight and hearing and her albinism could lead to her developing skin cancer later in life.

To ensure that Alba can live a free and fulfilling life we are making her a forest island home, where she can live freely in natural habitat, but protected from threats posed by humans.

The forest island will be enclosed by a moat and cover a minimum of five hectares, Sihite says, and Alba will share her new home with three other orangutans with whom she has bonded.

Once on the island, the group of orangutans will be protected, monitored, and observed by a full-time team, who will assess how they are adapting to forest island life.



Never a truer word... "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Decades of state welfare and political paternalism have [since] conditioned some people to believe they cannot take care of themselves without government support. So they jeopardise their own freedom by giving government increasing authority over their lives while reducing the freedom of others too.


Only one party isn't promising to increase their authority over your lives this election. They are the only party promising to spend less, not more.

I will party vote ACT tomorrow. And despair over the vast majority who want to increasingly cede control of their lives. But I have long since stopped trying to understand why.


Challenging The Next Generation Of Lawyers "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Source: Post-Courier



Seventy-three lawyers at the Papua New Guinea Legal Training Institute (LTI) now have the skills to pursue careers in commercial practice after undergoing a weeks training in Commercial Advocacy. 

Now in its fifth year, the Commercial Advocacy course, which is the brainchild of Papua New Guineas Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia, is delivered by a team of barristers from Queensland led by The Honourable, Justice John Logan RFD, of the Federal Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea as part of the Papua New Guinea-Australia partnership.


The course is designed to strengthen legal and advocacy skills including applying to the court for injunctions, drafting letters of advice and pleadings, responding to discovery applications and preparing for trials.


Part of the course also includes training on the Papua New Guinea criminal law (the Papua New Guinea Criminal Code is based on the Queensland Criminal Code).


Over five days, the students were introduced to the fundamentals of commercial litigation before testing their advocacy skills in mock court exercises.


The need for this training was driven by the increasing volume and complexity of commercial cases being conducted in Papua New Guinea, many of which are conducted by expatriate lawyers.


Speaking at the close of the LTIs Commercial Advocacy Course recently, the Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Hon. Davis Steven, challenged trainees to make a difference and thanked the Australian Government for sharing Papua New Guineas vision of a thriving legal profession in a democratic and prosperous nation.


Australian High Commission Counsellor Gina Wilson, congratulated students on completing the course.


The Papua New Guinea-Australia supports the LTI.  Commercial law is not just an exciting career path; it plays a vital role in encouraging economic investment and development, she said.


Almost 500 students have completed the course since 2013.

Filed under: Agreement,...


Tomorrow is not the election "IndyWatch Feed"

Contrary to the belief  at large the 23 September is not the real election. Tomorrow we elect several parties, but the real election will depend on the price the leaders from tomorrow are prepared to pay as Danegeld to an irascible septuagenarian, based on current polling.

Alternatively we might have, if the youthquake occurs a snowflake backed by a bunch of numpties ruining the country. However, even the snowflake might have to kowtow to the elderly one.

This is what MMP and early voting gets you.

Get out the Macallan and weep.


New Boy Tops The Podium "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Exciting Triathlon Grand Final By Roger Childs The climax of the eight event International Triathlon Union (ITU) season is the Grand Final. This year Rotterdam, the busiest port in the world, was the setting. There were two trophies up for grabs: ~ the Grand Final ~ the ITU 2017 World Championship. During the year []


Daily Roundup "IndyWatch Feed"

        I dont know why, and call me childish, but as soon as I saw this I thought of Gayford

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Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

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

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NZ media coverage of climate change "IndyWatch Feed"

Dr Rhian Salmon and her colleagues at Victoria University have had a good look at how the New Zealand media, including blogs, cover climate change. How are most people getting their information on climate change, and how is this changing? Like with all information and news, there has been a strong shift from print and []

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A New Hope for a Nuclear Free World But Where Is the UK? "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

Human Wrongs Watch

Image: United Nations/Flickr, Creative Commons.

Yesterday [20 September] the UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres opened the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) in New York.  Heads of state and senior officials from over 40 countries lined up to sign the ground-breaking treaty on its first day.

They represent billions of people from across the world, from Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific, including large countries that have given up nuclear weapons programmes, such...


Mother and Child Reunion "IndyWatch Feed"

Too good to resist and Adam thinks she is broody and running a major scam


Do not vote for this she is a flake


The reality checks have been coming hard and fast for Flopcinda "IndyWatch Feed"

Here you have it New Zealand. the very day before the election, even the Labour leader doesn't know her own tax policy. Steve (@stevemcmillan5) September 22, 2017 I suggest the 2nd time through you watch this with the sound off and keep an eye on her facial expressions. Shes had it.  Tired.  Over []

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North Korea threatens H-bomb detonation in Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

North Korea has threatened to detonate a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific, after Kim Jong Un warned that Donald Trump would pay dearly for his threat this week to totally destroy North Korea if America was forced to defend itself and its allies.

Ri Yong Ho, the North Korean foreign minister, told reporters in New York that Kims earlier warning of the highest level of hardline countermeasure in history could mean a hydrogen bomb such as the one Pyongyang said it tested on September 3, according to South Korean media.

It could be the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific, Ri was quoted as saying by Yonhap, the South Korean news agency. We have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader Kim Jong Un.

The US and North Korea are engaged in an escalating war of words over Pyongyangs fast-developing nuclear and ballistic weapons programmes, with both the UN and the US imposing successive rounds of economic sanctions on Mr Kims regime.

Financial markets have had only a muted reaction to the dispute in recent months, but on Friday assets regarded as havens for investors jumped immediately after the news of North Koreas latest H-bomb threat.

In a statement hours after the US imposed more sanctions on Pyongyang Kim called Mr Trump mentally deranged, a dotard and a gangster fond of playing with fire, who was unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country.

The North Korean dictator said Trumps speech to the UN general assembly where the US president declared that Rocket Man is on a suicide mission had convinced him that his decision to continue developing nuclear weapons was the correct path.

Earlier on Thursday, the Trump administration unveiled new measures designed to force countries and companies to stop trading with Pyongyang.

Trump signed an executive order that enhances the Treasurys power to impose sanctions on foreign financial institutions that facilitate trade-related transactions with North Korea.

The order would also impose other restrictions, including on shipping companies and ports that facilitate trade with North Korea. The measures follow two rounds of tough sanctions by the UN Security Council in recent weeks.

For far too long, North Korea has evaded sanctions and used the international financial system to facilitate funding for its weapons of m...


PNG Workers and Families to Benefit from New Healthcare Initiative "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A new healthcare initiative has been launched to screen workers and their family members for a range of undiagnosed vision conditions.

Hundreds of PNG nationals employed on the Star Mountain Plaza development in Port Moresby will receive free screening from optometrists.

According to the latest research, 29 per cent of locals over 50 are visually impaired and 9 per cent clinically blind. Refractive error and cataracts were the most common causes of vision impairment in the eyes examined in the survey.

Star Mountain Plaza is one of the countrys largest property developments and will host leaders from around the world at the 2018 APEC conference.

The company which provides all staff with Workers Compensation Insurance, free meals and bottled water as well as electrolyte supplements to help prevent dehydration, will now expand its employee health programme to include vision testing.

Augustine Mano says Star Mountain has worked hard to set an example to how all construction project in PNG should operate, this type of free healthcare benefit is unusual for a PNG workplace but it is a programme he wants to see expanded.

One of our key focuses has been creating a safe workplace for our team but at the same time we recognise the benefits of offering the programme to family members who may need treatment.

An onsite screening room with optometrists from the Pacific International hospital will screen hundreds of employees and their nominated family members which could include; children, wives, or even grandparents.

We know access to eyecare is very much lacking in our country and this initiative will allow Star Mountain Plaza employees and their families to secure medical treatment which they might not otherwise have access to, Mr Mano says.

Anyone requiring prescription glasses or lenses will be provided with these and will wear them under safety glasses.

Col. Sandeep S. Shaligram, CEO of Pacific International Hospital says that emerging nations often have a challenges with meeting the eye health needs of their population as funding for specialists can be hard to find.

We know from past surveys that a significant proportion of the population have an undiagnosed vision condition of some sort. At the same time we also know around 80% of all visual impairment can be prevented or cured.



Winston Peters Dont hate the player, hate the game "IndyWatch Feed"

After months of electioneering and a rather intense last five weeks, we now face election day with the wrong expectation. We want to know who wins the election. Under MMP, we will be able to see which party gets the most votes, and which parties could possibly join it in an MMP-style coalition government.   []

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National's New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed"

How bad is National's New Zealand? Whole families are homeless and sleeping in doorways:

A homeless family-of-eight are among those sleeping rough on the streets of south Auckland.

The couple and their six children were recently found lying in the entry of the Manurewa Citizens Advice Bureau by its board chairman Gordon Myer when he arrived for work two mornings in a row.

"They lay matting in the area and set their beds up in the foyer," he says.

"There's another group of people who sleep around the back. There's about seven or eight of them."

This is simply indecent, reminscent of the Victorian cities many of our ancestors fled here to escape. And we should not tolerate a government which permits it, which allows families to be left homeless and on the street and without support. Instead, we should take our opportunity tomorrow to vote to end this indecency.


Newcrest Appoints First Papua New Guinean to Oversee Lihir Mine Operations "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Newcrest has announced the appointment of the first Papua New Guinean to oversee operations at its Lihir Mine in New Ireland Province.

Iso Ealedona, a career mining engineer, with more than 20 years experience both locally and abroad, has been appointed Mine Manager for Lihir.

Ealedona started his career as a Mining Engineer with Placer Niugini at its Misima mine before moving to Lihir Gold with the Lihir Management Company under the Rio Tinto group in 1996.

He was appointed as the first and youngest Papua New Guinean Operations Superintendent during the early years of Lihir.

Ealedonas experience includes senior planning and leadership roles with Ok Tedi Mining, Morobe Mining Joint Venture and Misima Mines.

According to Newcrests Mining Executive General Manager Lihir and Cadia, Craig Jetson, Newcrest is confident that Lihir will continue to deliver outstanding results under Ealedonas leadership, given his vast experience.

Filed under: Business, Development, Economy, Governance, Growth, Human Resource, Information, Investment, Mining Tagged: Development, Employment, Iso Ealedon, Lihir Mine, Mining, Newcrest ...


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Pingle  to pick at or fiddle with ones food; move food about on the plate for want of an appetite.

Filed under: language Tagged: pingle


Queer theory is truth, science doesnt matter and children know best "IndyWatch Feed"

Australias Gay marriage debate is proving to be very different to the debate we had in New Zealand. In New Zealand, the debate was focused on the issue of equality only but In Australia, the Gay marriage debate is being used by activists to push the disturbing Safe Schools programme as well as an attack on []

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Where Will the Next Mega Earthquake Strike? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A series of big earthquakes in less than 24 hours could have been caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines and triggering ruptures.

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand on Wednesday followed by others off the coasts of Japan (6.1), Vanuatu (6.4), and Indonesia (5.7) early Thursday morning.

All were along the Ring of Fire that stretches around the Pacific from New Zealand to Chile through Indonesia, Japan, and California, in which 90 per cent of quakes happen.

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Earthquakes in New Zealand, Japan, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Tonga, Taiwan, and Papua New Guinea over past 24 hours could be caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines

Earthquakes in New Zealand, Japan, Vanuatu, Indonesia, Tonga, Taiwan, and Papua New Guinea over past 24 hours could be caused by seismic waves travelling along fault lines

There was also a big earthquake in Mexico that killed more than 230, but despite the country falling in the Ring, experts ruled out a connection to the other quakes.

Seismologists admitted the cluster of quakes, along with others near Tonga (5.0), Taiwan (5.3), and Papua New Guinea (5.2), on the same day was unusual.

It is unusual, theres no doubt about that, its been really busy, University of Melbournes Gary Gibson told Daily Mail Australia.

I must say these unusual clusters happen fairly often and it seems they are not totally random, we just dont know why.

Phil Cummins at Geoscience Australia and the Australian National University suggested seismic waves cascading along fault lines could be responsible.

He said waves could also jump between nearby fault lines and....


Tomorrow is election day, and Whaleoil will not be what you expect "IndyWatch Feed"

Hi there stalwarts and recent arrivals.  Thanks for your support of Whaleoil in the lead-up to the 2017 election.  Whaleoil has a unique place in New Zealands media where we are the most influential and widely read political blog that provides analysis, background and commentary. Unfortunately, the law prevents us from discussing anything to do []

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ONeill And Exxon CEO Meet In US "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Post Courier



Papua New Guinea and ExxonMobil are working together to expand Investment and create more jobs, Prime Minister Peter ONeill said from the United States last night.


Mr ONeill has expressed confidence in the ongoing strength of the commitment by ExxonMobil in Papua New Guineas economy, saying there is scope for greater investment and job creation from the company that is one of the largest foreign investors in Papua New Guinea.


He made the comments after meeting ExxonMobil chairman and chief executive officer, Darren Woods, and Senior Vice President, Jack Williams, at the companys global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday.


The contribution that the PNG LNG Project has made to our economy has been substantial, and this will continue to grow, Mr ONeill said.


ExxonMobil has demonstrated their continued commitment to Papua New Guinea through the delivery and management of the PNG LNG project, together with ongoing exploration activities.


We look forward to continuing to partner with ExxonMobil to advance projects and create more jobs for Papua New Guineans.


ExxonMobil PNG Limited is the operator of the US$19 billion PNG LNG Project, the largest private sector investment to date. Additionally, ExxonMobil is working with partners to expand LNG processing at the existing PNG LNG plant site near Port Moresby.


Papua New Guinea is an important country in ExxonMobils global portfolio, and we are committed to making our business successful for all parties, Darren Woods said.


We are committed to working with the government to support economic growth and provide long-term, sustainable benefits to the people of Papua New Guinea through workforce, supplier and community development programs.


ExxonMobil also congratulates Papua New Guinea on hosting APEC in 2018.


We are working closely with PNGs APEC organisers to make the event a success for the country.


I look forward to returning to PNG to participate in the APEC CEO Summit....


FixedIt: Men paying to rape children is not the childrens fault "IndyWatch Feed National"

TVNZ, undoubtedly with the best of intentions, ran a story about men paying to rape children. They framed it as a story about children selling themselves.

The children in this story are not the problem. If they are 12 and 13 year olds as the story claims, they cannot make the choice to have sex with adults.

If men in New Zealand are paying for the opportunity to rape children, even in the unlikely event that they are paying the children themselves, the problem is not what the children are doing. Its what the adults are doing.

If children are receiving money from men who rape them, the issue is how they ended up in a situation where they had no other alternatives than to accept money under such circumstances.

There are a lot of different issues here, all of them serious and deeply concerning. But the children involved are the victims not the perpetrators of crimes.

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How likely is it that you could lose your identity? "IndyWatch Feed"

  If your identity is hacked, it is usually because fraud is committed using social engineering techniques. Other people can hold your identity in their hands. If your bank has employees that seem over-fussy when it comes to authenticating you, then bless them and relax. Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the []

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Lets Go PNG! "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Post-Courier



Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae and Prime Minister Peter ONeill are urging rugby league-mad Papua New Guineans to join them and barrack for PNG Hunters in their maiden grand final appearance in Australia this weekend.

The two leaders sent their well wishes yesterday to the Hunters as well as the Prime Ministers XIII, who will clash with Australias Prime Ministers XIII in Port Moresby tomorrow.

About 4000 Papua New Guineans will be watching the Hunters v Sunshine Coast Falcons at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Sunday in a bid to win Queenslands state competition their first ever rugby league title.


Papua New Guineans living and working in Australia are making their way to the Suncorp Stadium to watch the game.


Members of Parliament, businessmen and women, and supporters have started arriving in Brisbane, including an Air Niugini charter from Port Moresby, for the clash.


Vice-regal Sir Bob expressed his best wishes to the PNG Hunters on Sunday and the PNG XIII who play at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby tomorrow.


You are an inspiration to our young and old alike, that no matter where they are in our country, and whatever they do, be it in sports, business or community service, they too can have an impact on the international scene and make our nation proud, Sir Bob Dadae said.


Prime Minister Peter ONeill, who is in the US, will not be present when the Hunters take on the Falcons, but he has sent his highest regards and best wishes for the team.


Ever since the PNG Hunters were admitted to the Queensland Rugby Leagues Intrust Cup competition in 2014, the team has represented Papua New Guinea, and our national sport, rugby league, in the best spirit of the game and our nation, Mr ONeill said.


The PNG Hunters has dominated the Queensland state competition this year, winning the minor premiership, and captain Ase Boas, the best and fairest.


If the Hunters win on Sunday, their journey wont be over. Theyll play the winner of the New South...


6 things to remember while working towards the Global Goals "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The SDGs are all the rage in the sustainability space, but how exactly do we go about achieving them? Florian Nebel from sustainability consultancy thinkstep shares six bits of advice gleaned from recent workshops held in New Zealand.


Gilbert and Sullivan, Lewis Carrol, J M Barrie. "IndyWatch Feed"

The Electoral Commission employs bits of all three as departmental strategies it seems.

I accept the almost invisible quango has a very light hand in maintaining a semblance of probity around enforcing the many often stupid laws around the election bits of our democratic process.
However my take on current management and enforcement has me totally dismayed and disillusioned..

Democracy and its siblings free speech, freedom of religion, freedom to associate, freedom to vote rely on personal responsibility of the individual to ensure the survival of the whole package. Too many have given their lives to protect and defend these basic tenets.

Of course such nefarious ideology is anathema to communists and their neo socialist fellow travelers who rely on ignorance, fear and coercion to force the peasants  into line.

Why I ask does a main focus of those who are charged to administer the voting bit of democracy seem to be entirely targeted at enrolment and voting while they ignore entirely, breaches of the simple tenets of a voter taking responsibility for their availing themselves of the opportunity free from coercion?

This year the dim bulbs of the Commission have outdone all previous efforts to overcome complacency and laziness that have increasing numbers not bothering to vote.
If it is too hard for a voter to make sufficient effort to get to a polling station having already done the enrolment bit as required by law, then imho their vote is more than likely to be worthless either from a lack of committment or insufficient understanding of the issues, and therefore better that vote be discounted.

Having people going around rest homes to manoeuvre people into a vote when the fact that if such assistance is required then it is highly likely the assistant may well control where the vote ends up.
The same, when as revealed in anecdotal evidence, teachers taking a class to an "early voting facility"  to enrol and vote, from school, something that is OK before the official Polling day but apparently proscribed on polling day, such activity is fraught when it is statistically probable the teacher is biased to one particular loyalty.
There were reports of coercion by "employers" when they were merely pointing out the salient fact to employees that a socialist Government may well lead to commercial retraction and job losses. for the company. Such factual guidance apparently being very bad and should be outlawed, sheesh.

Has anyone knowledge of a prosecution for failing to enrol? an offence, presumably with sanction for anyone 18 years or older failing to comply?

The rules around funding, signage, campaigning and voter coercion may as well all be scrapped as compliance is entirely voluntary and prosecution for non compliance...


What does concealed depression look like? "IndyWatch Feed"

In my experience, not everyone who has depression knows that they have depression. I didnt know that I had it until a doctor told me that my physical symptoms were caused by my mind. It was a shock but also a relief to understand what was happening. It was only then that I was able []

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Are you a Whaleoil virgin? "IndyWatch Feed"

Hey Good looking Elections always bring Whaleoil virgins to New Zealands largest and most popular blog and we have noticed you checking us out across a crowded blogosphere. I am sure you have heard a few worrying things about us but being a bit of rebel is all part of our charm. We can be politically []

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Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed"

Countries with higher GDPs than California Click here for larger view

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Pacific Northwest Resident Documents Metallic Fibers Falling from Sky "IndyWatch Feed World"

As the term geoengineering creeps evermore into public consciousness, people are being persuaded that weather modification schemes will play an important role in public safety as a response to climate change.

Most people are behind the curve on this issue, though, as independent journalists and private individuals have for years been documenting what is is happening in our skies.

For the last several years, a Washington state resident has been documenting geoengineerinng activity in the skies over the Olympic Peninsula, reporting on unnatural cloud formations, atmospheric spraying, and electromagnetic warfare testing by the Navy.

In addition to the obvious manipulations of the sky at large, she has documented an abundance of mysterious white fibrous materials falling from the sky.

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The Elites Are Privately Warning about a Crash "IndyWatch Feed"

Many everyday citizens assume powerful global financial elites operate behind closed doors in secret conclaves, like the scene of a Spectre board meeting in the recent James Bond film.

Actually, the opposite is true. Most of what the power elite does is hidden in plain sight in speeches, seminars, webcasts and technical papers. These are readily available from institutional websites and media channels.

Its true that private meetings occur on the sidelines of Davos, the IMF annual meeting, and G-20 summits of the kind just concluded. But the results of even those secret meetings are typically announced or leaked, or can be reasonably inferred based on subsequent policy coordination.

What the elites rely on is not secrecy but lack of proficiency by the media.

The elites communicate in an intentionally boring style with lots of technical jargon, and publish in channels non-experts have never heard of and are unlikely to find. In effect, the elites are communicating with each other in their own language and hoping that no one else notices.

Still, there are some exceptions. Mohamed A. El-Erian is a bona fide member of the global power elite (a former deputy director of the IMF and president of the Harvard Management Co.). Yet he writes in a fairly accessible style on the popular Bloomberg website. When El-Erian talks, we should all listen.

In a recent article, he raises serious doubts about the sustainability of the bull market in stocks because of reduced liquidity resulting from simultaneous policy tightening by the Fed, European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of England.

He says stocks rose on a sea of liquidity and they may crash when that liquidity is removed. This is a warning to other elites, but its also a warning to you.

But its not just El-Erian whos sounding the alarm

Youve heard the expression the big money. This is a reference to the largest and most plugged-in investors on Earth. Some are mega-rich individuals, and some are large banks and institutional investors with a dense network of contacts and inside information.

When it comes to big money, sovereign wealth funds are at the top of the food chain. These are funds sponsored by mostly wealthy nations to invest a countrys reserves from trade or natural resources in stocks, bonds, private equity and hedge funds.

As a result, sovereign wealth fund managers have the best information networks of any investors. The chief investment officer of a sovereign wealth fund can pick up the phone and speak to the CEO of any major corporation, private equity fund or hedge fund in the world.

Among sovereign wealth funds, the Government of Singapore Investment Corp. (GIC) is one of the largest, with over $354 bi...


Regional Security Adviser "IndyWatch Feed World"

About the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat The Pacific Islands Forum was founded in August 1971 and currently comprises 18 independent and self-governing states in the Pacific. Its Leaders meet annually to develop collective responses to regional issues. The Forums administrative arm is the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, based in Suva, Fiji. It acts as the Secretariat for Forum-related events, implements decisions by the Leaders, facilitates the delivery of development [...]


Listen carefully Cindy, Uncle Winston has some advice for you "IndyWatch Feed"

Winston Peters might have given Jacinda Ardern this advice earlierthen her campaign might not have tanked. Winston Peters wont say whether Labours woes over tax could lose it the election but his advice to Jacinda Ardern would have been not to introduce anything. Last week Ardern made a u-turn after sustained attacks from the National []

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Herald looks for conspiracy in Eminem case "IndyWatch Feed"

The NZ Herald is looking for all sorts of conspiracies: The High Court decision on whether the National Party ripped off Eminem seems to be running late, as the wait for a verdict goes well past the usual time limit. National is accused of using a backing track for a 2014 election ad that was []

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Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Water tax not about bottlers theyd pay less than 3 per cent, says IrrigationNZ:

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern should not answer questions about the partys proposed water tax by saying its about targeting water bottlers, says IrrigationNZ.

When Labour leader Jacinda Ardern was asked in last nights TVNZ Leaders Debate whether rural New Zealand had got offside with her over Labours proposed water tax, particularly the farming community, Ms Ardern answered: No. I targeted water bottlers. . . I targeted water bottlers as thats something New Zealanders wanted, for them to pay their fair share. . .

Farmers should know they are still appreciated:

Rural New Zealand can easily feel ignored or misunderstood in political discussion these days.

Though this has been a predominantly urban country for many generations now, it is perhaps only in the last two generations that most New Zealanders were not familiar with farming life.

Previously, most would have had a family connection with farming and in many cases personal childhood experience of living on or near farms. So it is no wonder that the Labour Partys proposals to tax farmers for river pollution and climate change should produce the demonstration in Morrinsville on Monday. . . .

Farmers must have say on water tax Pam Tipa:

The Labour Partys water tax policy is pretty short on details, and the farming sector needs to have input into a final plan, says Beef + Lamb NZ chairman James Parsons.
If Labour is in government we would want to work with them to work out how we could best deliver on swimmable rivers, while making sure we dont crucify the primary sector at the same time.

Parsons says Labour leader Jacinda Ardern had been clear that the party would not lay out all the detail until a decent conversation had been held with those who would be affected if they were in government. . . 

Six months has transformed farming country in once drought-stricken North Canterbury Pat Deavoll:

What a differen...


Maori Party candidate will vote for National candidate "IndyWatch Feed"

Weird things happen during election season. But few things are weirder than a candidate coming out to say they wont even vote for themselves. Wendy Biddle, the Maori Party candidate for the Rotorua general electorate has come out and said just that. Im ticking Todd, thats me, she said. Biddle is aware the admission may []

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100 Days Of Creativity "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Kate Hartmann runs the excellent Tutere Gallery in Waikanae Beach. On September 19 we featured an article from Kate on the extraordinary 100 Day Project.    Below is Kates outline of what she got out of taking up the challenge. (Read the earlier article first, if you havent done so, to get some background on []


Fridays answers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Teletext gets my thanks for posing Thursdays questions and can claim a virtual bunch of daffodils by leaving the answers below if all of us have been stumped.

Filed under: diversions


Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed"

Buffalo Bill At the turn of the 20th century Buffalo Bill Cody was the most famous American in the world. His path from frontier poverty and obscurity to international celebrity is one of the most remarkable stories of Americas Gilded Age. It begins on February 26th, 1846, in Le Claire, Iowa, where William Frederick Cody []

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WIFE VS PARTNER "IndyWatch Feed"

Yesterday I was mailed an official NZDF publication.    It contained an article about a serving officer and her wife.    How can that be I thought?   Husbands are defined as males and males have wives.    Females in a relationship and surely they are partners.

This is pc nonsense gone mad.   If this makes me homophobic then I guess I am which comes at a bit of a shock really as those that know me have always considered me a liberal when it comes to the same sex debate.

Perhaps, just perhaps, I'm being left behind in the 'modern' world.

p.s.   I'm now in an election-free zone.


Samoa Airways set for Auckland to Faleolo Airport maiden flight "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Samoa Airways will make her international debut to Auckland from Faleolo on 14 November 2017, the Minister responsible for Polynesian Airlines, Lautafi Fio Purcell, has confirmed.

The 737-800 leased from Iceland Air is schedule to arrive on Sunday 12 November with the following day set aside for the christening formalities before Samoa Airways makes her inaugural flight on Tuesday 14 November.

The aircraft has a seating capacity for 172 including 8 in the business class.

She will also have its logo painted on it when she arrives, says Lautafi.

As advertised, Samoa Airways will have six flights a week between Auckland and Faleolo and twice a week between Faleolo and Sydney, said the Minister.

We will launch our new national carrier brand with our range of meaalofa fares already on the market (with meals included) for these destinations before we advertise the regular fairs which I can safely say are more affordable compared to the fares now.

And the down the line we hope to lease or acquire a 777-Mac aircraft by 2019 to expand Samoa Airways services to other destinations such as Melbourne and Brisbane in Australia.

Lautafi says that the initial lease agreement with Iceland Air is a wet lease that includes pilots and stewards for the aircraft.

But the tentative plan is for a wet lease on the long run which will see Samoa Airways outfitting the airlines with their own pilots and supporting staff.

So far everything is falling in place as we look forward to the return of our new branded national carrier to international services as planned.



Developed status a challenge: Cook Islands Finance Minister "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The graduation of Cook Islands from a developing to developed nation status next year is not fully viable given current challenges and lack of resources, says finance minister Mark Brown.

However, he says there are still options to efficiently run the country without the support of the large grants which will cease when the Cook Islands is declared a developed nation.

Based on the Cook Islands gross national income, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), will officially declare the Cook Islands a developed nation in 2018.

The Cook Islands will become the first country in the Pacific, behind New Zealand and Australia, to gain this status.

But while the change is a major milestone, it involves considerable challenges, says Brown.

The Cook Islands received about $70 million in ODA (Overseas Development Assistance) grants in the 2017/18 financial year, and the change in the countrys status will mean that particular funding will no longer be available.

The criteria the OECD uses is purely based on income (gross national income), but it doesnt take into account the economies of scale that small island countries like us have to deal with in delivering services to remote islands, Brown said.

With the small numbers we have, the cost for us on a per capita basis is much, much higher. So there is still vulnerability in our country in terms of the scale of cost of doing business, but also (our) vulnerability to the effects of climate change.

Brown says funding such as climate finance which is now becoming increasingly more important, will play a vital role in the countrys development agenda.

He said rather than being a recipient of grants, as it has been over the past 50 years, the Cook Islands will have to start looking at real partnership approach, where there are mutual benefits for both sides from doing business.

This means the government will have to model its development agenda in a way that will attract investors to the Cook Islands.

The need for foreign investors, he says, will play an important role when the country graduates to developed status. The private sector and businesses will have to play a bigger role in terms of their engagement with other countries, Brown adds.

It will be a challenging time. It is also a unique and new thing for us.

This i...


Labours tax on bottled water will only bring in $20,000 p.a. at best "IndyWatch Feed"

David Farrar has has someone email him with some calculations for Labours tax on bottled water: Yesterday on Morning Report ( go to ) when being interviewed by Guyon Espiner,  Jacinda Ardern stated (just after 2 minutes 30 seconds and again at 9 minutes 20 second) that the tax would be ten times that  proposed for  water []

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Increasing global battery demand will drive higher nickel & cobalt prices, predicts Highlands Pacific MD "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

As demand for electric cars gather pace, Papua New Guineas Ramu nickel mine is perfectly placed to be a big provider of the nickel and cobalt that are essential ingredients for hi-tech batteries. Craig Lennon, Managing Director of Highlands Pacific, told the Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference in Sydney that both commodities are hot.

The Ramus nickel and cobalt mine Source: Highlands Pacific

Seventy per cent of the nickel produced in the world is used in stainless steel, but the battery market is having a huge impact on demand for both nickel and cobalt, according to Lennon, Managing Director of Highlands Pacific, which is a joint venture partner in the Ramu mine near Madang.

In the investment community at the moment, cobalt is a very hot commodity. A lot of people are out there exploring for it.

What we have with Ramu here is that were not exploring for it, were actually producing it, he told the PNG Investment Conference.

Electric cars

Highlands Pacifics Craig Lennon speaking at the Business Advantage International PNG conference

The electric vehicle revolution is happening and its happening faster than people were expecting. All the automotive players now are working on electric...


Australia follows nuclear weapons powers in boycotting UN treaty outlawing nuclear weapons "IndyWatch Feed"

Australia joins boycott of UN treaty outlawing nuclear weapons
9 News,  Sep 21, 2017 Australia has joined a boycott of a treaty to ban nuclear weapons amid tensions over North Koreas nuclear and missile tests.Foreign Minister Julie Bishop joined representatives from the US, Britain, France and others who were absent from the event at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders overnight.

A total of 51 countries lined up to sign the new treaty.

 The treaty was adopted by 122 countries at the United Nations in July following negotiations led by Austria, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and New Zealand.

None of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel took part in the negotiations.

There remain some fifteen thousand nuclear weapons in existence. We cannot allow these doomsday weapons to endanger our world and our childrens future, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said as he opened the treaty for signing.

NATO condemned the treaty, saying that...


Redevelopment plan for new Panguna mine project underway "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Abandoned BCL bus

The National aka The Loggers Times | September 21, 2017

THE Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) is working to implement its staged redevelopment plan for a new Panguna mining project and further build community support.

We are actively building positive relationships and will continue to increase our presence in Central Bougainville over the coming months as we expand our community engagement activities, said Executive Manager Justin Rogers.

Rogers led a BCL community engagement team with Buka-based Bougainville Manager Ephraim Eminoni and two senior project officers where they spent four days at Arawa, Central Bougainville.

The team met local stakeholders earlier this month which coincided with the opening of two major events the national boxing championships and the 2017 Bougainville Chocolate Festival.

In addressing the opening ceremony, Rogers said;

It was a chance for us to acknowledge the important parts played by the cocoa industry and the sport of boxing in terms of fostering economic development in Bougainville and the development of people more broadly.

Boxing provides opportunities for Bougainvilleans to not only train and compete at the local level...


At United Nations, dozens of countries signing up to the nuclear weapons ban treaty "IndyWatch Feed"

50 signatories ink U.N. nuclear ban treaty opposed by major powers AP, KYODO, JIJI, 21 SEPT 17, AP, KYODO, JIJI  Dozens of countries on Wednesday signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, a pact that the worlds nuclear powers spurned but supporters hailed as a historic agreement nonetheless.

You are the states that are showing moral leadership in a world that desperately needs such moral leadership today, Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, said as a signing ceremony began.

 Before the day was out, 50 signatories as different as Indonesia and Ireland had put their names to the treaty; others can sign later if they like. Guyana, Thailand and the Vatican also have already ratified the treaty, which needs 50 ratifications to take effect among the nations that back it.

They would be barred from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, otherwise acquiring, possessing or stockpiling nuclear weapons under any circumstances.

Seven decades after the United States dropped two a...


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says there is no economic case for nuclear power "IndyWatch Feed"

No commercial demand for nuclear power: PM

The prime minister says with electricity demand flat and even falling in Australia, he doesnt see there being a commercial demand for expensive nuclear power. Roje Adaimy, 21 Sept 17, Malcolm Turnbull doesnt see there being the commercial demand for nuclear power in Australia to warrant pushing its development.

The prime minister says that while the country has among the biggest uranium reserves in the world, building nuclear power stations takes a very long time.

China has a number of plants under construction but there is no cookie cutter design to help efficiently roll out the technology.

There also needed to be bipartisanship, which right now is not even remotely there, he told a politics in the pub event on Queenslands Sunshine Coast.

The projects take so long to build that they would be very likely to span the lifetime of several governments, Mr Turnbull said on Thursday night. Theyre all bespoke, so it takes a very long time to construct them and very expensive.

On top of that, demand for electricity in Australia was flat or declining. I dont see there being the commercial dema...


Best selling author Junko Morimoto called on Turnbull to sign nuclear weapons ban treaty "IndyWatch Feed"

Junko Morimoto, author of My Hiroshima, urged Malcolm Turnbull to sign nuclear weapons ban treaty, ABC, By political reporter Anna Henderson, 21 Sept 17,  Best-selling childrens author and Hiroshima bombing survivor Junko Morimoto urged the Australian Prime Minister to sign a treaty banning nuclear weapons before her death.

Key points:

  • Junko Morimoto wrote an eye-witness account of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima
  • Morimoto urged Malcolm Turnbull to sign and ratify the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
  • The author died on Thursday morning

Morimoto was the author of My Hiroshima, her eye-witness account of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima in 1945, when she was a teenager.

Junko Morimoto: Remembering Hiroshima

Morimoto was in her 80s when she died on Thursday morning.

Last month Ms Morimoto sent a letter to Malcolm Turnbull calling on his Government to sign and ratify the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

When I was 13 years old, I survived hell on earth, the letter said.

Our home collapsed around us but my brother, sister, father and I managed to crawl out of the rubble and survive the horrifying days and months that followed.


South Korea and Japan alarmed at Donald Trumps bellicose speech at UN "IndyWatch Feed"

Jitters and surprise in South Korea and Japan over Trumps speech to the U.N  WP 20 September 17   The United States closest allies in Asia seemed blindsided by President Trumps latest outburst against North Korea, in which he threatened not just to act against Kim Jong Uns regime, but also to destroy an entire country of 25 million people.

In his maiden speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump derided Kim as Rocket Man and said the United States would totally destroy North Korea if needed to protect its allies.Those allies, Jap...


Australians won over by cheapness and reliability of solar batteries, poll shows "IndyWatch Feed"

Solar Batteries: Australians see energy storage as the future, poll finds, ABC By consumer affairs reporter Sarah Farnsworth and the National Reporting Teams Rebecca Armitage, 22 Sept 17, As power prices continue to surge, Australians believe household solar storage batteries are the key to cheaper and more reliable energy, according to a new poll of 2,000 households.

Key points:

  • A survey found almost three-quarters of people believe solar batteries will become commonplace
  • 68 per cent of households with solar panels are considering purchasing a battery
  • The price of storage batteries in the first half of 2017 only dropped by 5 per cent

The Climate Council found nearly three-quarters of those surveyed believe batteries, coupled with solar systems, would become commonplace within 10 years.

Of those who already had solar systems, 68 per cent were considering adding a household storage battery.

Most said the primary motivation for buying a solar battery was to reduce power bills.

Only 6 per cent believed consumers were driven by the need to protect their homes from blackouts.



Abbot Point spill further proof Adani cant be trusted on coal, green groups say "IndyWatch Feed"

Pollution of wetlands adjacent to Adanis main coal export port in Queensland is proof the Indian-owned company cant be trusted to operate a much larger operation should the Galilee Basin ever be opened up to mines, environmental groups said.


In Southern Australia, winters are becoming drier "IndyWatch Feed"

Australias southern winters are drying out. Heres why, ABC 20 Sept 17 ,By Ben Deacon and Kate Doyle Winter rains are in decline across southern Australia, and while it is too early to say beyond doubt it is due to climate change, scientists say it is not just about climate variability.

Key points:

  • This winter was particularly dry given there was no El Nino event
  • Winters in Australias south are drying out, affecting farmers
  • Scientists say it is not just due to climate variability

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, June was the driest on record for large parts of southern Australia, and the winter as a whole across Australia was the ninth driest on record.

Its actually quite unusual for us to get such a widespread dry through the winter without having an El Nino, Bureau of Meteorology senior climatologist Blair Trewin said.

El Nino often brings dry conditions to Australia, but this year it is in neutral.

Its almost more about what hasnt been happening, Dr Trewin said.

Normally in winter, storms come up from the southern Indian Ocean and clip the bottom of Western Australia, delivering rain to the south of the country.

But until mid-July, the storms largely missed the continent. Rainfall continues to decline in southern Australia. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, May to July rainfall has reduced by about 19 per cent since 1970 in the south-west of Australia.
There has been a decline of about 11 per cent since the mid-1990s in the AprilOctober growing season rainfall in the continental south-east.

CSIRO Agriculture and Food senior principal research scientist Zvi Hochman said winter rain in Australias southern wheatbelt had declined by a whopping 28 per cent since 1990.



Australias Dubious Role in Syria: an Ongoing Saga "IndyWatch Feed"

RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets refuelling from a KC-30A en route to the Middle East (adapted photo SBS, AAP)

by James ONeill*

In August 2015 the government of then Prime Minister Tony Abbott, with Julie Bishop as Foreign Minister announced that they were considering Australia having a role as part of the US coalition engaged in the war in Syria. They said that no decision would be made until they had received legal advice as to whether or not Australias intervention would be legally possible.

What Mr Abbott and Ms Bishop failed to disclose was that the government had solicited an invitation from the Americans to participate in the Syrian war. According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, the government had pushed for Washington to request that Australia expand its air strikes against Islamic State from Iraq into Syria.

Exactly what form that push had taken has not been disclosed, either to Parliament or elsewhere.  Similar...


Quote of the Day: Election thoughts "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Authority has always attracted the lowest elements in the human race. All through history, mankind has been bullied by scum. Those who lord it over their fellows and toss commands in every direction and would boss the grass in the meadow about which way to bend in the wind are the most depraved kind of prostitutes. They will submit to any indignity, perform any vile act, do anything to achieve power. The worst off-sloughings of the planet are the ingredients of sovereignty. Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy the whores are us. 
~ P.J. ORourke, from his book Parliament of Whores



Farrars law on political commentary "IndyWatch Feed"

Youve possibly heard of Moores Law; Wikipedia says it is named after Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel, whose 1965 paper described a doubling every year in the number of components per integrated circuit, and projected this rate of growth would continue for at least another decade. In 1975, looking forward to the next decade, he revised the forecast to doubling []

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All Over The Place (Updated) "IndyWatch Feed"

The last two major polls are not consistent so everything is up in the air.

I'm going to average these two polls and then make a prediction, slightly tinge with wishful thinking.

Poll average:-

Party                  Party Vote                  Seats

ACT                          0.5                      1
Green                        7.5                      9
Labour                     37                      45
Maori                        0.8                      2
National                  46                       57
NZ1st                       6                         7

I reckon ACT will do a bit better than the poll average and might get up to 2.0% which would give them two seats.

So my prediction is for a Nat/Act/Maori coalition by a slim majority.

So, now all that remains is to reserve a fine bottle of Coonawarra Shiraz for Saturday, sit back and watch the results come in.


I meant to add, it's a shame the two major polls do not use a larger sample, say 1500, for their final two polls.


Saturday NZ Election Day "IndyWatch Feed"

To avoid any issues re the stupid election day rules on political statements, despite the issues relating to early voting  whilst campaigning is on, there will be no NZ related political items from midnight Friday until post 7pm tomorrow.



A Song For The Times. "IndyWatch Feed"

I know Bill Clintons 1992 Campaign got to this song first, but what the Hell!

Dont stop thinking about tomorrow
Dont stop, it'll soon be here
It'll be even better than before,
Yesterday's gone, yesterday's gone

Dont Stop Fleetwood Mac


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No French Fries for you! "IndyWatch Feed"

I wonder if the Restaurant owner on Waiheke Island who refuses to sell adults french fries on their own has ever watched Seinfeld? There was a running gag on Seinfeld that involved a man they called the Soup Nazi. If the customers did not do what he wanted them to do he would refuse to []

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RNZ Final Poll of Polls "IndyWatch Feed"

Radio NZ via Bryce Edwards



Why Australia Should Sign The UN Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Now "IndyWatch Feed"

It will help stigmatise nuclear weapons and change mindsets about retaining them, but our Government doesnt support it.

 21/09/2017 Melissa ParkeFormer Member of Parliament for Fremantle and ICAN Ambassador ...


22 September More REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed"

  • Solar sedan and sports coupe in race across Australia and to commercial market
    A UNSW-built solar sedan is taking on a Brisbane-built solar sports coupe in a race across Australia and to drive as registered vehicles on Australian roads.


The bullshit of Clarke Gayford "IndyWatch Feed"

Clarke Gayford has said more to the media in 6 weeks than Peter Davis ever did in nine years of his wifes draconian rule of New Zealand. One of the things he said, in between moaning about how people are being mean to Cindy, was that she once got up to make him almond milk. []

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Some Things Never Change. "IndyWatch Feed"

Sheer, Red-Baiting Idiocy: Here, just five days out from a general election, was proof that, in this country, there are still places which remain entirely untouched by the sunlight of the twenty-first century.

ON THE EVE of Womens Suffrage Day, a Waikato cow-cockie was photographed carrying a sign declaring Jacinda Ardern to be a pretty communist. In terms of reasons for feeling outraged and affronted, Labour supporters were spoiled for choice. Should they be outraged at the overt sexism of the pretty? Or affronted by the sheer, red-baiting idiocy of the communist? Then again, a compelling case could be made for being disturbed by the whole extraordinary image. Here, just five days out from a general election, was proof that, in this country, there are still places which remain entirely untouched by the sunlight of the twenty-first century.

So unenlightened are these ideological troglodytes that they have yet to grasp the fact that the milk from their cows; the liquid that gets processed into powder in Fonterras factories; the export product that gets loaded onto ships; is bound for a country ruled entirely and exclusively by members of the Communist Party of China. Thats right! The people who keep our cow cockies in their tractors and utes may not be all that pretty, but they are, most emphatically, communists!

Another fact these strange subterranean folks seem to have forgotten (assuming they ever knew it in the first place) is that the comprehensive free-trade agreement between New Zealand and the Peoples Republic of China the first such document ever signed by the Chinese state and a democratic western nation was negotiated by the Labour Government of Helen Clark. Thats right! The worlds largest market for milk powder; the market that kept New Zealands dairy industry afloat through the dark days of the Global Financial Crisis; had been opened up for them by a left-wing woman from the Waikato.



Air Niuginis special flight sells out "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The special flight by Air Niugini to Brisbane on Sunday morning for rugby league fans to watch the SP Hunters play in the Queensland Cup grand final is full.

The airline said this was because of the high demand by local fans wanting to watch the match against the Sunshine Coast Flacons live at Brisbanes Suncorp Stadium.

Air Niugini general manager commercial Dominic Kaumu said this was also due to the subsidising of the flight by National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop.

The special flight to Brisbane is fully-booked with the 90 available seats on the Fokker-100 sold out. There was a rush soon after Parkop made the commitment to subsidise the flight, Kaumu said.

People have to understand that there are limited seats available for a flight.

Because of the high demand, the airline is considering having a second special flight this weekend.

There has been an overwhelming demand from people to want to watch the SP Hunters game and we are considering ways to have some more flights to Brisbane to cater for this, he said.

Those interested can also go through Townsville and Cairns before transiting to Brisbane. Those flight options are still available as well.

We are also encouraging the public to prepare themselves before rushing to purchase tickets in terms of getting a visa in advance and also buying tickets for the grand final game itself.

There are already some cases where customers have rushed to get tickets without sorting out other necessary and important requirements for travelling..



PNG Hunters: PM O'Neill sends best wishes from New York "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Prime Minister Peter ONeill will be among the very few watching from New York as the PNG Hunters Game and PMs XIII strive for the best in Brisbane on Sunday and in Port Moresby tomorrow.

Mr ONeill said yesterday that he would have loved to be in Australia or in Port Moresby to watch the PNG Hunters play for victory in the Intrust Cup Grand Final at Suncorp Stadium.

But he said that he is attending one of the most important meetings in New York the UN General Assembly, where all leaders of the world are participating.

I send my wishes also on behalf of the people of PNG and we are proud of both the PNG Hunters and the PMs XIII teams, as they represent the countrys hopes and aspirations.

All we can ask is for them to do their best. I will be watching the PNG Hunters on TV during my meeting in US.

Sunday marks a most significant achievement for the PNG Hunters, for the players, coach, and officials. Playing in the Grand Final for the first time, after winning the minor premiership, is a mark of the success the PNG Hunters have achieved in a short period of time in a Queensland state-wide highly competitive competition.

This weekend is a great weekend for rugby league in Papua New Guinea.

On Saturday at the National Sports Stadium, the PNG Prime Ministers Thirteen will play the Australian Prime Ministers Thirteen in what has become an annual fixture, with a focus on healthy communities and lifestyles.

History will be made when the national womens rugby league teams of Papua New Guinea and Australia play in the curtain-raiser to the Prime Ministers match.

We wish both the Prime Ministers Thirteen and our national womens team every success on Saturday.

On the Sunday game in Brisbane, Mr ONeill said the coaches, players, officials, and sponsors had achieved great success this season and he was confident that would culminate in the Hunters very first Intrust Cup premiership.

One of the success stories of the PNG Hunters has been the support the team has received from the large PNG community in Queensland, and from rugby league fans in the state generally.

I know that support will be evident on Sunday, as will be the attendance of fans who are travelling from PNG to Brisbane for the game.

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PNG Government welcomes US decision to take 54 asylum seekers "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea Government has welcomed the approval by the United States to resettle some refugees from Manus, and hopes more cases are resolved before the closure of the centre next month.

A United States Department official confirmed that a first group of 54 refugees had been approved and would travel to the US in the coming weeks, and more should be resettled in the coming months. An agreement was struck last year with the Obama administration.

The Manus regional processing centre will be closed on Oct 31 in compliance with a PNG Supreme Court ruling last year that the detention of asylum seekers on the island was in breach of the PNG constitution.

A PNG Government spokesman told The National that the process involving the settlement of refugees in the US had been underway for some time.

In broader terms, we (Government) look forward to seeing other individual asylum-seeker cases advanced, particularly ahead of the closure of the Manus regional processing centre, he said.

Ultimately, the intent of the Manus centre was to do our part to put an end to people smuggling in the Asia-Pacific region.

Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani currently held at the Manus centre welcomed the US government decision.

Boochani called on the US and Australia to specify a time frame for sending people to America.

Their (Australias) plan is to close Manus detention centre by the end of October and until now, they could not because the refugees have resisted and refused to leave the detention centre and go to East Lorengau, Boochani said.

There are 730 refugees on Manus and 1053 on Nauru at the end of August, according to the Australian government.

Many of the refugees have been on Manus since 2012 after PNG and the Kevin Rudd-led Labor government signed an agreement to process their cases at the Manus centre.

Meanwhile, PNG Police want to take over the Manus refugee centre when it closes next month, according to Police Commissioner Gari Baki.

He said he wants to set up a New Guinea Islands regional police training centre there.

Baki said the police needed more officers in view of the increasing population and to avoid situations where officers were outnumbered in violent situations.

That is why the constabulary will bid for the East Lorengau ref...


Experience matters "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Would you trust someone with a few weeks leadership experience to run a school, a hospital or a business?

Everyone has to learn on the job to a greater or lesser extent but someone at the kindergarten stage of leadership is far les suitable for the role of Prime Minister than someone at the post-graduate level.

As former Prime Minister Jim Bolger said:

Personality doesnt feed your children or keep the rivers clean, personality doesnt make the country safe, it requires sound leadership strong intellect and the right policies.

Its not just leadership experience but the record before the leadership which matters.

Prime Minister Bill English has proven himself.

He was knocked down and got up again, serving New Zealand to the best of his considerable ability.

He has earned the Prime Ministership and is leading a team with considerable government and private sector experience.

That is a sharp contrast to Labour, its leader and front bench who David Farrar points out is almost entirely comprised of people with neither government nor private sector experience.

That, Nationals record, and poll after poll showing people regard the party is far more capable than Labour in economic management ought to be enough for a clear win for the incumbents.

But poll after poll also show support is volatile and the race is very, very close.

Filed under: politics Tagged: Bill English, Jim Bolger, Labour Party, NZ National Party ...


Labours fiscal hole isnt a hole, more of a shortfallof more than $10b "IndyWatch Feed"

When Steve Joyce brilliantly deployed Cunninghams law over Labours fiscal hole, the commentariat rushing to correct him, and in doing so showed that there was definitely something fishy with the numbers being presented. He got the headlines, and the corrects followed some time later. But the damage was done. Now people dont refer to the []

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Brighter Future? A critique of Nationals 9 years in power (Part 3) "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Following on from Part 1 and Part 2 of Nationals crimes over the past 9 years, here is the final installment just in time for the last couple of days voting in the 2017 election.

Opening conservation land for mining

This year National developed plans for multiple coal mining sites on high value conservation land on the West Coast of the South Island. Forest & Bird CEO Kevin Hague clearly states the importance of this land. This is public conservation land, and the most ecologically valuable area on the plateau without Whareatea West the integrity of the whole plateau is lost.

A Department of Conservation report found that it is evident the proposal has the potential to have significant adverse effects on the conservation values of the land, including some values that are nationally significant.

This comes not only at a time when we need to protect our conservation land from exploitation by destructive mining corporations, but also the native species which rely on it for survival such as the great spotted kiwi, the South Island fernbird and the West Coast green gecko.

National voting against free school lunches

Highlighting a clear lack of empathy towards New Zealands already impoverished children, National in 2015 rejected Meteria Tureis Feed the Kids Bill which was originally introduced by Hone Harawira.

The bill, which was estimated to only cost $10-14m, would have provided state-funded breakfasts and lunches for all decile one and two schools so hungry children would be able to focus and learn more in the classroom. Key rejected...


Nuclear Fuel Retrieval Delayed "IndyWatch Feed"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

Screenshot from 2017-09-20 22-26-54.pngA step in the decommissioning of Japans crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant could be delayed by 3 years.

Japans government and the plant operator say they need more time before they remove spent nuclear fuel rods in 2 of the reactors. The rods are in storage pools and now wont be removed until fiscal 2023. They say they first need to remove rubble and radioactive substances.

The plan to remove molten fuel debris has not changed. This step is considered the biggest hurdle to decommissioning the plant.

The plant went into triple meltdown following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Its expected to take 40 years to scrap the plant.

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Stand in solidarity: Defend the human rights of Fukushima survivors "IndyWatch Feed"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs


Disasters like Chernobyl and Fukushima remind the world how dangerous nuclear power is. But right now, the nuclear industry is trying to downplay the risks of a nuclear disaster. In Fukushima radiation exposure is still a very real threat despite failed decontamination.

The Japanese government is set to lift evacuation orders in heavily contaminated areas around Fukushima. It will cut compensation and housing support to survivors, who are still struggling six years later.

Their basic rights to health, housing, and environment are being violated. The government is desperately trying to minimize the disaster at the expense of survivors in an attempt to revive the dying nuclear industry and suffocate other cleaner energy sources. We must say no!

Sign now to demand the government provides fair compensation, housing support, and is fully transparent about the radiation risks.

Well deliver your signature to the Prime Minister so he hears the global wave

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Cooling systems at five NRA-cleared nuke plants could fail if nearby volcanoes erupt "IndyWatch Feed"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs


Five nuclear power plants that have passed safety clearances may be at risk of having their cooling systems crippled during huge eruptions of nearby volcanoes, the nations nuclear safety watchdog said Monday.

The five plants are Kyushu Electric Power Co.s Sendai and Genkai plants in Kagoshima and Saga prefectures, respectively, the Mihama and Oi plants, both in Fukui Prefecture and run by Kansai Electric Power Co., and the Ikata plant in Ehime Prefecture run by Shikoku Electric Power Co.

Additional research and data have revealed that the possible concentration of volcanic ash from huge eruptions could soar up to around 100 times that previously estimated. The findings emerged only after screenings of the plants by the Nuclear Regulation Authority.

According to the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan, the concentration of volcanic ash that would be spewed could exceed the limit of the plants air filters.

In the event

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WA Nuclear Free Alliance

Members from the Western Australia Nuclear Free Alliance (WANFA) have returned home this week from a weekend in Adelaide on Kaurna country for the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance annual conference to debrief and strategise for the struggles ahead.
At the core of Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) are Aboriginal people living with nuclear projects on their lands, including uranium mines and the toxic legacy of nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s and 60s, and others trying to stop new uranium mines or nuclear waste dumps being imposed on their country.
This year marked the 20th annual conference; reflecting on the (many) wins of the past, the continued impact of nuclear projects past and present, and strategising on the future directions of the movement.
WANFA has come back from Adelaide, stronger, keener and more connected to continue fighting proposed uranium mines on their land.
We will take what we have learnt

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Never again to tyranny and dictatorship in the Philippines "IndyWatch Feed"

 Contributed by Migrante Australia

Today (21 September 2017), we commemorate the 45th year of Martial Law declaration with a sense of dj vu with the transformation of President Duterte into a despotic ruler now almost complete.

So as a Dutertian dictatorship looms in the horizon and as tyranny rears its ugly head, those of us living and working abroad are called upon to stand together with our freedom-loving Filipino sisters and brothers to stop the dawning of another long and dark era of more unprecedented killings, massive destruction of our resources and unimaginable human rights atrocities. We in Migrante Australia say enough is enough! We may be overseas but our families, our friends our communities are not spared by this cruel government. We cannot remain silent about the killings and oppression surrounding us!

The senseless killings of small-time drug users and pushers including innocent people to draw attention away from the big and powerful drug pushers and to give police extraordinary powers to kill must stop. We demand an end to extrajudicial killings and mass murder in the name of the Duterte regimes war on drugs and war on terror!

The indiscriminate aerial bombings, artillery fire and other destructive military operations that target civilian communities like Lumad and Moro communities, especially residences, schools, farms and commercial/business establishments must stop. We demand the military to pull out of communities and leave the people in peace!

The practice of filing trumped-up charges against activists and government critics, thus accumulating political prisoners must end. We call for the release of all political prisoners!

 The undermining and pressure put unto the very institutions that exist as a check and balance to his powerful office, including the Supreme Court, Congress, the Office of the Ombudsman, and the Commission on Human Rights must be reined in. We demand respect for these institutions, that they be allowed the unbridled execution of their tasks to the nation.

The constant flogging of the mass media for its critical reports of his administrations unfavourable policies and pronouncements must stop. The Filipino people deserve an honest media. We demand respect for the media!

The nonchalance with which he treats the sanctity of upholding the human rights of the people is totally unacceptable. We demand a stop to goading the police, military and paramilitary groups to violate human rights as we demand a stop to inciting state security forces to commit willful violence against the people while assuring them of protection from investigation, prosecution and punishment.

Let us break the silence, fear and acquiescence that have afflicted man...


Stop whining Jacinda, if you can claim National cut health then they can claim you are putting up taxes "IndyWatch Feed"

Jacinda Ardern has decided to drop the relentlessly positive campaign and start the relentlessly whining campaign. Jacinda Ardern has spoken out about her frustration with the National party campaign, saying they are misleading voters over Labours tax plans. While on the campaign trail today Ms Ardern was asked if Labour was raising income tax, a []

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Pondering who to vote for "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I am yet to decide who to vote for. Il make up my mind tomorrow. Some thoughts on it National Have done a reasonable job over nine years in sometimes very challenging circumstances. Making worthwhile moves to address social issues more effectively. Too slow to react to housing issues. Bill English is reliable and has []


Newshub final poll: Nats and Labour slide, Winston is still Kingmaker "IndyWatch Feed"

The last major poll before the election is out and all polls are now in alignment. The Newshub/Reid Research poll shows Labour and the Nats sliding back as predicted, with Winston Peters growing. Expect that to continue a little over the next 24 hours. The final poll is in, and it shows either side could []

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Foreign exchange restrictions in PNG: costs and remedies "IndyWatch Feed"

Three years after their introduction in mid-2014, foreign exchange (FX) restrictions continue to be in place as at July 2017. Unofficial ballpark estimates of excess demand range between US$300 million to 1 billion.

In a 2017 Business Advantage survey of CEOs, 60% nominated access to foreign exchange as the major obstacle, more than double any other challenge. Interviews with businesses reveal that they have to spend significantly more time on finding FX and managing the credit situation with their overseas suppliers. This increases their administrative costs, which are likely passed on to the consumers. In addition, firms are piling up dollarized debt when there is depreciating pressure on the kina.

The excess demand for foreign currency has led to a substantial delay in the processing time of FX-orders, which is now reported to be between 6 and 16 weeks. The processing duration is a function of fluctuating FX availability and the priority of an order, which the Bank of PNG (BPNG) sets at its own discretion. The general pattern is that imports of basic food (especially rice) and fuel are favoured over other consumer goods, or raw materials for construction. Dividends and repatriation are near the bottom of BPNGs priority list, and the majority of such orders do not get processed at all.

To grasp the severity of the situation, and the extent of import-compression, consider the share of imports to GDP. From 1980, the value of imports tends to hover around 50 per cent of GDP, but over the past two years imports have collapsed to 15 per cent of GDP, with the start of the sharp fall coinciding with the imposition of the FX-restrictions in 2014. This decline in imports is far greater than the one experienced in 1994 when PNG underwent a currency crisis. The argument could be made that the decrease in imports could be overstated due to the LNG project, which provided a substantial boost to GDP, with no commensurate increase in the demand for imports. However, imports as a share of non-resource GDP (that is, GDP excluding the mining and oil/gas sectors) have also collapsed to 23 per cent.

Imports as a percentage of GDP and non-resource GDP



The issues stifling PNG literature: shame, division & segregation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Not being believed (Hanna Barczyk)
Hanna Barczyk illustration for Amber Tamblyns, Im Done With Not Being Believed, New York Times, 16 September 2017

BRISBANE Hilary Clinton is finally expressing some righteous anger: Why does that make everyone else so mad? is the title of an op-ed piece capturing the often hostile reaction to the recent release of Hilary Clintons post-election memoir What Happened.

The articles author, Rebecca Traister, opens by referring to Clintons speech to the 2017 graduating class of Wellesley College, the Massachusetts liberal arts college for women established in 1870 and Clintons alma mater.

Wellesley was also the setting of the 2003 film, Mona Lisa Smile, in which a star-studded cast of Hollywoods leading women deliver an important message about the life choices women should have the right to determine irrespective of peer, family and societal pressures.

In the movie, the brilliant, unattached and ambitious teacher Katherine Watson (Julia Roberts) is told by her equally brilliant andambitious student Joan (Julia Stiles) that being married and a primary caregiver is more important than applying to Yale Law School.

Fast forward to Wellesley College, 2017.

Dont be afraid of your ambition, your dreams or even your anger Clinton urges graduands.

Ambition. Dreams. Two words I explored when I chaired the My Walk to Equality session at the recent Brisbane Writers Festival.

I sought the panels view on prevailing Papua New Guinean male attitudes towards women of our generation having equal access to education, career building - and ambition.

Film maker and poet Vanessa Gordon identified a key factor stalling the ability of Papua New Guinean women to amplify their voices.




Earthquake swam at base of Mount Rainier unlikely to signal impending eruption, say scientists "IndyWatch Feed World"

Nearly two dozen small earthquakes have rattled Mount Rainier over the past week, but seismologists say there's no cause for worry. "In the past, these swarms last a couple of days to a week or so and then die out," said Paul Bodin, of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington. The first of the 23 quakes struck on Sept. 11 near the volcano's summit. The largest of the quakes registered magnitude 1.6.

Earthquake swarm at base of Mount Rainier unlikely to signal impending eruption, say scientists "IndyWatch Feed World"

Nearly two dozen small earthquakes have rattled Mount Rainier over the past week, but seismologists say there's no cause for worry. "In the past, these swarms last a couple of days to a week or so and then die out," said Paul Bodin, of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network at the University of Washington. The first of the 23 quakes struck on Sept. 11 near the volcano's summit. The largest of the quakes registered magnitude 1.6.


Fortnightly links: Rohingya crisis, PNG independence, blockchain technology and more "IndyWatch Feed"

A new report from ODI traces the history and impact of the results agenda within the UKs Department for International Development.

To mark PNG independence day Paul Flanagan has a blog post tracking the countrys post-independence development trends.

With the Rohingya crisis worsening, here is an explainer on the situation (including photos).

Cuts to funding global health will have devastating effects, according to a Gates Foundation report.

In a strong message to world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly this week, Oxfam welcomed refugees into President Trumps childhood home.

Blockchain technology, a shared digital ledger system, could transform international aid. The United Nations World Food Program is using it to bring efficiency to refugee camps, saving 98 per cent of money-management costs, as this article explains.

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NZDF deploys 70 additional personnel to help ease the fuel shortage "IndyWatch Feed"

Twelve New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) drivers will get behind the wheel of tankers early on Friday as about 70 additional personnel, including refuelling operators, were mobilised to help ease the jet-fuel shortage caused by a damaged oil pipeline last week. The extra personnel include 55 Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) sailors and six refuelling []

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Balanced politics, and unbalanced Stuff "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

On the eve of the election Stuff has a very unbalanced political page, favouring Winston Peters, Labour and Greens. And that is negative for National and TOP. The Herald is more general and more balanced: Very balanced at RNZ: Very good to see information for voters prominent at Newshub: The two large []


Voting edges us closer to catastrophe "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A guest post by Matt Greer Im going to start with an intentionally confronting statement then try to unpack it with an analogy. The statement: Placing a vote takes us one step closer to catastrophe. Now for the analogy. 100 years ago a ship carrying thousands of people crashes onto a desert island. The island []


Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed"

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

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Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The greatest things are accomplished by individual people, not by committees or companies.  Fay Weldon who celebrates her 86th birthday today.

Filed under: quotes Tagged: Fay Weldon


Outrageous junket triggers strong criticism of central bank "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mekere Morauta
Sir Mek - unhappy with central bank governor Bakani


PORT MORESBY - The current trip by the board of the Bank of Papua New Guinea to the Federated States of Micronesia is an outrage.

I cannot understand why the board could not meet in Port Moresby to save money at a time when the government and country has severe cash flow problems and a shortage of foreign exchange.

Can governor Loi Bakani tell us how much this trip is costing the bank? How much is it costing for the entire board of eight members, assistant governors, board secretary and other support staff to travel to and stay in Micronesia?

It is an insult to all the individuals and businesses owed money by the government to see the Bank of Papua New Guinea wasting it in this manner. 

It is a particular insult to all the individuals and businesses who have been waiting months for their offshore bills to be processed by commercial banks to see the Bank of Papua New Guinea board and staff junketing around the Pacific.

How can the governor justify not releasing foreign currency to commercial banks for their customers when he is happy to waste foreign exchange on travel allowances and hotels in Micronesia?

What is in the Federated States of Micronesia for BPNG board members to learn about? They have no central bank of their own. They have no currency of their own they use US dollars.

Central bank governor Bakani clearly has no sense of what is appropriate.

This inappropriate behaviour comes on top of the scandal of the theft and recirculation of disused bank notes and Mr Bakanis outrageous statements during the election campaign telling candidates not to discuss issues concerning the economy or government finances as such issues were of no importance to the electorate.

No doubt he thinks his junketing around the world is also of no interest or importance to the people of Papua New Guinea, but he is wrong.

The man is clearly not fit to be the governor of the central bank.  I wonder how the prime minister and the treasurer...


Man dies after protest at Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The man who is reported to have set himself on fire in a protest in the grounds of parliament yesterday has died. More on this when available.


How soon will we know the election result? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Due to large numbers of advance votes, which will be counted during the day tomorrow and will presumably be released soon after voting closes, we may get a good idea of the likely outcome soon after after 7 pm Saturday night. But if the overall result is close, or if Greens, NZ First or TOP []


Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed"

Meet Greg Presland.  Labour-MP-wannabe, sharpest lawyer in the party, blind trust setter-upper for David Cunliffe, advisor/supporter to Ben Rachinger, fan of Rawshark and Hager, and of course a long term blogger at The Standard under the name MICKYSAVAGE. He didnt have one of his better days yesterday.   I decided to let him know today []

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This is the last day of the campaign! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Today is the last day of the election campaign for 2017. Im sure many politicians, candidates, journalists and others such as myself will be relieved when its over. All billboards and other public advertising must be removed by midnight and out of sight by election day (ridiculous given the number of advance votes these days), []


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

The word for today is introspection (noun) Contemplation of ones own thoughts, feelings, and sensations; self-examination. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1670s, action of closely inspecting or examining, noun of action from past participle stem of Latin introspicere to look into, look at, examine, observe attentively, from intro- inward + specere to []

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Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed"

Proverbs 22 14 The mouth of an immoral woman is a dangerous trap; those who make the Lord angry will fall into it.

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Friday's Fulminations "IndyWatch Feed"

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Heaps of people from PNG to see Hunters, says Justin Olam "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Sunshine Coast Falcons centre Justin Olam (Warren Lynam)
Justin Olam in full flight for the Sunshine Coast Falcons

TOM THREADINGHAM | Sunshine Coast Daily

MAROOCHYDORE -: Although Sunshine Coast Falcon Justin Olam says he is proud of his fellow PNG Hunters countrymen for achieving a spot in the final, come kick-off there will be no love lost.

Olam played for the Hunters last year and before that he was part of Lae Snax Tigers.

The centre expects a tough clash in Sunday afternoons Intrust Super Cup grand final in Brisbane, but said there was no rivalry or ill-will between the Hunters and himself.

"It's a bit different and I've never played against my (old) team like that in such big games but I'm a Falcon so I'll give my best for the Falcons, he said.

"It's just a game, its not about rivalry or whatever.

"I think they are going to play hard to win the game and we will play hard to win the game and that's it.

Olam believed there would be plenty of PNG support in the stands but they wouldn't be cheering for him.

"I don't really expect them to support me, but I know my family back home in PNG will support me, so I'll play for them, Olam said.

Regardless of which side the supporters cheer, he said there was sure to be a good atmosphere.

"I think there is going to be heaps coming all the way from PNG and it will be massive, he said.

"There are heaps of PNG people in Queensland also.

The 23-year-old was confident the Falcons had the talent and determination to topple the Hunters, and believed it didn't need to change the strategy.

"I think we just need to play our game as usual, he said.

"Our game has brought us this far so we don't need to do anything new, just stick to our game plan we've had throughout the year.

Although Olam will be fighting tooth and nail for the Falcons to attain season silverware, he was happy that PNG Hunters are in the race too.



President Trump and the Geopolitical World Order: East Asia "IndyWatch Feed National"


What remains of the Asia Pivot?

President Obamas defining policy sought to open markets via the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and park a large portion of the US Navy in Chinas backyard. The idea was to pull Asian economies toward the United States, away from China, and to build US force projection capabilities, thus assuring allies in the region that US power was in East Asia for the long run.

Fast-forward to the Trump administration and we see a very different situation: mercantilism is on the rise, allies and would-be allies like South Korea, Australia, the Philippines, and Vietnam are striking out on their own with more independent foreign policies, and US military power is being openly challenged by North Korea and, to a lesser extent, by China in the South China Sea.

Much of the geopolitical groundwork predates President Trump, so its unfair to the blame at his doorstep. Yet Trumps governing philosophy will only accelerate these trends going forward.

Is the era of US primacy in East Asia drawing to a close? And if so, what comes next?


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First they HAARPed You, then Sell You the Catastrophe Bonds "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Covert Geopolitics

The Khazarian holdovers on this planet are getting more creative as the situation is getting worse for them. The slew of natural disasters hitting Latin America and coastal portions of the US mainland, through the use of HAARP derivatives, indicates how desperate the situation really is for the Cabal.

World Bank Group Issues Its Biggest-Ever Catastrophe Bond

By Mathew Carr | August 4, 2017, 9:00 PM GMT+8

The World Bank Group issued its largest catastrophe bond, providing Mexico with financial protection of as much as $360 million against losses from tropical cyclones and earthquakes.

Mexico is among the countries most vulnerable to natural disasters, the bank said in a statement. Nearly a third of its population lives in areas exposed to hurricanes, storms, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. The coverage is the equivalent of 71 percent of the countrys economic output considered at risk from two or more natural hazards.

The bonds were issued in three structures to provide coverage against earthquakes, Atlantic tropical cyclones, and Pacific tropical cyclones. If a natural disaster occurs thats eligible for coverage, some or all of the bond proceeds will be made available to the Mexican Fund for Natural Disasters.

The bank has arranged risk-transfer transactions worth about $1 billion in the past two months, compared with $2.5 billion in the past decade, it said by email. Its ramping up its activities as it seeks to help transfer risk from poorer nations.

Bonds, of course, are mere promissory notes that the Asians have bought wholesale in the past using historical assets, e.g. gold bullion, known as the Collateral Accounts, but that the Khazarians are unable to pay without the combined application of aggressive diplomacy and direct elimination procedures.

In the case of Mexico, it needs to pay these bonds with real products, usually in the form of extractable minerals......


Joint statement at UN 36th session Human Rights Council by Vivat International "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Joint Oral Statement at the 36th regular session of the Human Right Council

Item 4: General Debate human rights situations that require the Councils attention.

September 19, 2017 Delivered by: Andrzej Owca

Mr. President

VIVAT International, Franciscans International, International Coalition for Papua and Westpapua Netzwerk would like to draw the Councils attention to the human rights situation in West Papua, Indonesia, in particular regarding the cases of extra-judicial killings of the indigenous Papuans.

Information coming out of West Papua, since many years, has been of great concern to us. We have documented numerous cases throughout the past years, in which the behavior of the security force members has intensified the conflict escalations and resulted in the unnecessary use of fire arms.

The majority of cases of extra-judicial kilings in West Papua reveals that the victims are indigenous Papuans, including minors. This shows that the indigenous population is more likely at risk of becoming victims of state violence. Often they suffer from racial discriminative prejudices amongst Indonesian security forces in West Papua and being accused of supporting groups of separatists.

We would like to mention a few examples. Cases from Timika, Paniai and Sugapa reaffirm that the promises made at national and international level by state agencies and law enforcement bodies to address such cases and hold perpetrators accountable have not been fulfilled.

The last reported case took place on August 1st this year in Oneibo Village, Deiyai Regency of Papua Province where one indigenous Papuan was allegedly killed by the Indonesian Police Special Forces and ten others were seriously injured by bullets, among them five minors.

Therefore, we recommend that the Government of Indonesia:

  1. Engage on the request for a political dialogue between the conflict parties on the basis of mutual trust with the people of Papua for the long-term settlement of the conflict and violence in West Papua.
  1. Address the cases of extrajudicial killings of indigenous Papuans without delay and uphold transparency in the justice system to keep accountable the perpetrators of such crimes.
  1. Invite the UN Special Rapporteur on the Extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary execution to make a country visit to Indonesia including West Papua.

Thank you, Mr. President

Cosponsored by:

  1. Franciscans International (FI)
  2. International Coalitien for Papua (ICP)
  3. Westpapua Netzwerk (WPN)...


General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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Media watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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Open Forum Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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Pacific Northwest Resident Documents Metallic Fibers Falling From Sky "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As the term geoengineering creeps evermore into public consciousness, people are being persuaded that weather modification schemes will play an important role in public safety as a response to climate change. Most people are behind the curve on this issue, though, as independent journalists and private individuals have for years been documenting what is is happening in our skies.

For the last several years, a Washington state resident has been documenting geoengineerinng activity in the skies over the Olympic Peninsula, reporting on unnatural cloud formations, atmospheric spraying, and electromagnetic warfare testing by the Navy. In addition to the obvious manipulations of the sky at large, she has documented an abundance of mysterious white fibrous materials falling from the sky.

In a post on September 6th, 2017, V. Susan Ferguson shares the following images along with an explanation of where her research in this matter has led to.

Regarding the above photo, she notes:

The above photo was taken by me a few months ago. Please note the patterns that look like spikes or limbs off a stem.  These remind me very much of the kind of cloud formations I often find on NASA Worldview now. This photo is enlarged and contrast enhanced to show the structural details. [S...


Shrinking, atomised working class reshapes politics "IndyWatch Feed"

Today in The Australian

Tomorrow Jacindamania could propel Jacinda Ardern, the New Zealand Labour Partys 37-year-old leader, into the prime ministership. No doubt local factors will play a role: having been in government almost a decade, the National Party, despite a solid record, has struggled to convince voters it has much to offer.


More wheels are falling off the Turnbull Government train "IndyWatch Feed"

BuzzFeed News, 14 September 2017:

Australia's immigration detention regime is facing a crisis in healthcare staffing following the resignation of the surgeon-general of the Australian Border Force (ABF), and the departure of three senior medical staff on Nauru.

Rumours have circulated online for several days that the surgeon-general of the ABF, Dr John Brayley, who oversees the healthcare of asylum seekers in immigration detention, had resigned.

BuzzFeed News has now confirmed that the surgeon-general resigned last week. A senior immigration department source confirmed his resignation, although the department has declined to comment.

Brayley's department email now has an indefinite out-of-office message. His phone has been switched off and is no longer receiving voicemail. His Linkedin profile has also recently removed his position as surgeon-general as his current occupation.

Brayley's resignation comes at a difficult time for the department. The ABF is continuing to face allegations of medical treatment failures at detention centres. ...


TAYLOR: I can be the next PM in No.10 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

MOAI KING WILLIAM IV Party leader Matt Taylor has insisted he is a credible candidate to be the next Prime Minister. Despite coming last in the 2015 Brighton Kemptown general election with just 69 votes, Taylor said he could replace Theresa May in 10 Downing Street.

The Moai King William IV party leader told BBC Ones The Andrew Marr Show, I think its perfectly plausible, actually, as leader of Britains newest political party, my job is to be the alternative Prime Minister.

Championing the forgotten memory of King Arthur II and representing the surrogate King William IV, John Wanoa from New Zealand, Taylor said, I think British politics is in a remarkable state of disaster. You have got the Conservative party committing false flag events, while fleecing the British public dry. You have got a Labour party of wolves in sheep clothing and the Liberal party lead by a granddad.

I, and the Moai King William IV party, are the real alternative.

Asked if the Moai King William IV party is a credible political party, Taylor said, If British party politics starts to break down, if the traditional structures start to break up, and that could well happen, we are perfectly positioned with amazing and wondrous policies guaranteed to save the nation.

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New US Government Study on Fluoride Damage to Brain "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fluoride Free New Zealand is calling on the 23 councils (out of the total of 67) that still fluoridate, to urgently implement a moratorium on fluoridation to protect the brains of children being born today in their community.

A major study published on Tuesday in the US Governments Environmental Health Perspectives has found that children born to mothers exposed to fluoride while pregnant, have significantly lower IQ scores. This is particularly relevant to New Zealand where half of the population is currently subjected to fluoridation.

The study measured fluoride in urine and found the average level of fluoride in urine was 0.9mg/L (mg/L = parts per million). To relate this to water fluoride concentration, a separate study found that pregnant women in an area with 0.4 to 0.8 ppm water fluoride only had slightly lower urine fluoride than the average participants in this study. The Ministry of Health recommends fluoride chemicals be added to the water at 0.85ppm.
Pregnant women in New Zealand in fluoridated areas likely have similar levels of urine fluoride as those in the Mexican study. Urine fluoride reflects total fluoride intake from all sources, not just fluoridated water. The paper also reports that in the USA, which is 70% fluoridated, urine fluoride ranges from about 0.5 to 1.5 mg/L which fully overlaps the range found in the Mexican study.
The child of a mother who was drinking water with 0.85ppm fluoride would be predicted to have 5 IQ lower IQ points than if the mother had drunk water with close to zero fluoride in it. This obviously has huge consequences for New Zealand children.

The Ministry of Health recommended 1ppm until the 1990s when it reduced to a range from 0.7ppm to 1ppm, with a target of 0.85ppm. The US Human and Health Services have directed a maximum of 0.7ppm for fluoridation.

This study was very carefully done by a group of researchers who have produced over 50 papers on the cognitive health of children in relationship to environmental exposures.  It was funded by the US Governments National Institute of Health and was a multi-million dollar study.  This was the groups first study of fluoride their other studies mostly dealing with lead, mercury and other environmental neurotoxicants.

This study controlled for a wide range of potential factors that might have skewed the results and produced a false effect.  It was able to largely rule out confounding effects by these other factors.  The factors ruled out included lead, mercury, socio-economic status, smoking, alcohol use, and health problems during pregnancy.

This study offers confirmation of previous studies in Mexico, China....


World watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


September 22 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

66  Emperor Nero created the Legion I Italica.

1236 The Lithuanians and Semigallians defeated the Livonian Brothers of the Sword in the Battle of Saule.

1499 Treaty of Basel: Switzerland became an independent state.

1515 Anne of Cleves, wife of Henry VIII, was born (d. 1557).

1586  Battle of Zutphen: Spanish victory over English and Dutch.

1598 Ben Jonson was indicted for manslaughter.

1692 Last people hanged for witchcraft in the United States.

1761  George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz were crowned King and Queen of the Great Britain.

1784  Russia established a colony at Kodiak, Alaska.

1789 Battle of Rymnik established Alexander Suvorov as a pre-eminent Russian military commander after his allied army defeat superior Ottoman Empire forces.

1866 Battle of Curupaity in the War of the Triple Alliance.

1869 Richard Wagners opera Das Rheingold premiered in Munich.

1880 Dame Christabel Pankhurst, English suffragist, was born (d. 1958).

1885 Ben Chifley, Prime Minister of Australia, was born (d. 1951).



Welcome to Australia where its always warmer somewhere! "IndyWatch Feed"

(and other nonsense from Australias Bureau of Meteorology, the University of Melbourne and The Conversation). Dr. Bill Johnston[1] Main points. Australias Bureau of Meteorology and climate scientists at the University of Melbourne should know that nowhere on planet-earth could rainfall be less than none! The Bureaus latest Seasonal Summary (winter 2017) spuriously claims rainfall is



Papua New Guinea journalist bound for the United States on a U.S. Embassy program "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea journalist bound for the United States on a U.S. Embassy program
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: U.S. Embassy Port Moresby has selected Meriba Tulo from Papua New Guinea to participate in the United States Department of States International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) titled, The Role of Journalism in a Democratic Society. Mr. Tulo is a senior reporter and anchor at EM TV, one of four television networks in the country.

As a young journalist working at the countrys oldest television network, Mr. Tulo is aware of the changing media landscapes in Papua New Guinea with the advent of social media being accepted more and more as a source of news.
I am very excited about this program and looking forward to sharing and learning best practices from other participants from around the world, and bringing home some of these practices back to my workplace, said Mr. Tulo.
During Mr. Tulos program, September 25 to October 13, he will visit Washington D.C., New York, Iowa City, Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon. The program will focus on the U.S. system of government, investigative journalism, and journalism education and training. It will also feature a panel discussion on new journalism models such as community engagement and new business models for reporting. Follow the Embassy Facebook page for updates on Mr. Tulos trip.
The IVLP is the U.S. Department of States premier professional exchange program that aims to provide firsthand knowledge about U.S. society, culture and politics, while cultivating lasting relationships. By connecting current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts, IVLP fosters lasting relationships and helps strengthen U.S. engagement with countries around the world.


Chinese dairy company Yili makes substantial offer for Murray Goulburn "IndyWatch Feed"

A CHINESE dairy juggernaut is courting Australias biggest milk processor, Murray Goulburn Cooperative, lobbing a buyout offer for the group, sources say.

Yili, which makes milk products for the Chinese market, is rumoured to the be in the box seat for the struggling Melbourne-based cooperative after tabling a substantial offer.

Confirming last month that it had slumped into the red during the year to June, Murray Goulburn also revealed it had fielded buyout bids and offers for some of its assets.

A buyout by an offshore group such as Yili would face scrutiny from the Foreign Investment Review Board.


Murray Goulburn chief executive Ari Mervis. Picture: Aaron Francis

Industry experts say any deal would likely need the backing of 90 per cent of Murray Goulburns farmer suppliers under its co-op structure. As such, the government would be less likely to overturn a deal even if the review board had concerns, they say.

Other bidders are said to include listed company Bega Cheese, Chinese group Fuyuan Farming, New Zealand dairy processing titan Fonterra and Canadian heavyweight Saputo, which already owns Warrnambool Cheese and Butter.

Italian dairy titan Parmalat, Japans Lion, Singapore-owned Goodman Fielder and New Zealands A2 Milk which is listed on...


Australia PM's XIII Teams arrive in Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

For the first time the PMs XIIIs match will see a double header of matches to be played by both PNG and Australias men and womens side on Saturday.
Australian PMs XIII coach Mal Meninga said this is an extra-ordinary step forward and they have been working very hard behind the scenes with the Australian PMs XIII womans side who will be playing with PNG womans side for the first ever-international match.
Meninga said that this will be a real momentous time for rugby league in general adding that it will be a great spectacle.
Also this afternoon the visiting Australian PMs XIII side and the Womens rugby league World Champions Jillaroos arrived at the Jacksons International Airport for their match on Saturday.
PNG Rugby Football League Chief Executive Officer Reatau Rau was at the reception to receive the visiting teams. Fans gathered at the International Terminal car park to cheer for their NRL Stars as they drove out. PNGFM / PNG Today


PNG and Australia PM's Departments sign MOU on Institutional Strengthening "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Department of Prime Minister & National Executive Council of Papua New Guinea and the Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet yesterday (20/09/17) signed a Memorandum of Understanding concerning technical cooperation and institutional partnership.

Chief Secretary to Government, Isaac Lupari said the MOU will:
1. Pave the way for institutional link and strengthening between the two Departments under the current Department treaty between the two countries;
2. Provides for institutional strengthening in the areas of Public Service Reforms, Whole-of-Government process, and monitoring and coordination of government policies and decisions; and
3. Integral part of this understanding is to twine arrangement for officers from PM& NEC to undergo joint training and skill building.

Mr Lupari said the MOU is set to recognize the importance that both governments place on strong institutional links between PNG and Australia and expanding the existing people to people links between the two countries.
It recognizes the shared role of both Departments in providing quality advice to their respective governments and in supporting the coordinated development and implementation of government policies, the Chief Secretary said.

Mr Lupari said the working relationship and cooperation between the two institutions will be based on mutual understanding, respect, responsibility, transparency and accountability whilst having regard to their capacity and resources for improved development outcomes with full participation from both participants.


PNG Agriculture Mininister to launch Trukai's State-of-the-art Hulling Mill "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rice Hulling Mill. Photo by Trukai Industries/supplied 
Minister for Agriculture and Livestock and Member for Unaggi- Bena Hon Benny Allen will be guest of honour when he inaugurates Trukai Industries new hulling mill at its main operations base in Mataram Street, Lae this Monday (25th September).

The state-of-the-art facility is the first of its kind in PNG and has a maximum production capacity of 240 ton per week. It becomes the vital final component that establishes a 100% fully integrated process for domestic rice production in PNG.

The large scale vertical integration process the mill enables means that for the first time, there will be an end-to-end solution for domestic production of rice in Papua New Guinea.

Trukai is the only rice company with the capability to process locally gown rice, and this mill completes the value chain that involves seed and site research, planting, growing, harvesting, milling, packing and distributing domestically grown rice.

Hon Mr Allen will be joined by other government representatives and a representative from Chingwam Rice Growers Cooperative for the ceremony. Other dignitaries to attend the inauguration will include Trukai Chairman Mr Mark Robertson.

Following opening addresses Hon.Mr Allen will have the honour of cutting the ceremonial ribbon to open the mill. Trukai Industries will then switch on the mill and the rice used in its initial run will be 130 tons of rice grown in its trial crop at Chingwam. The crop was harvested in April/May this year with the cooperation of the Chingwam Rice Growers Cooperative.

The rice hulling mill was purchased from Vietnam and is the first of its kind for PNG. Trukai Industries is proud to be taking the lead with its introduction.

Trukai has invested heavily in the development of a domestic rice industry to date, with the mill representing a further expenditure of over K620, 000.

It will provide the capability to process locally grown rice initially grown in the Markham Valley, as part of Trukai Industries Markham Valley Rice Corridor Plan. The plan incorporates rain fed...



PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea - As part of preparations for the upcoming FIBA Melanesia
Basketball Cup, the PepsiPNG Mens National Basketball Team will face an international All-Star line-up
comprised of the best players from the Filipino Association of PNG (FAPNG) Basketball League.
The two-sides will meet at 7:30pm this Sunday evening at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre (TAIC).
The idea for the exhibition match-up came about following a meeting between Basketball Federation of
Papua New Guinea (BFPNG) President Mr. Nick Daroa, FAPNG Madam President Ms. Cathy Madrid
and PepsiPNG Mens National Team Assistant Coach Mr. Ferdinand Daroya.
The trio agreed that the event would be a tremendous showcase, one that if successfully delivered on
Sunday, has the ability to become an annual event on the BFPNG basketball calendar.
BFPNG President Mr. Nick Daroa acknowledged the game as being a positive lead-up contest for PNG.
Both of our PepsiPNG national teams need pre-tournament games leading into the Melanesia Cup and
this matchup with the FAPNG All Stars gives our mens side a real high-quality hit out, Mr. Daroa said.
When you combine the premier FAPNG players together on one team, it creates a very formidable side.

Their squad will resemble a similar size and standard to that of a top pacific hoops nation and the game is going to be great entertainment for fans. It will certainly be one of the best basketball showdowns that we have seen in Port Moresby since the 2015 Pacific Games and we are grateful to FAPNG for accepting the invitation to participate, Daroa added. The FAPNG Basketball All Stars will be coached by Eddie Salazar and their line-up includes a number of players who possess professional PBL experience. Following the game there will be trophy presentations sponsored by Rainbow Travel. Admission to the game is free for all spectators, with the TAIC doors opening at 6pm. The 2017 FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup presented by Paradise Beverages, commences on Wednesday, September 27 at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre (TAIC). For more information, please contact BFPNG Chief Executive Officer Joel Khalu on FAPNG BASKETBALL ALL STARS Player Number Player Name FAPNG Team #3 Mark Palisoc Wel Builders #4 Ian Trinidad Wel Builders #5 Ezekiel Echane Rain or Shine Paints #9 Orlando...



Betty Angula (Left) and Rosa Kairi (Right) are ready for their inter-squad game this Sunday. Picture: Matthew Adekponya
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea - In one of their final hit-outs before the FIBA Melanesia
Basketball Cup gets underway, the PepsiPNG Womens National Basketball Team will split into Red
and Gold teams, which will do battle in an inter-squad exhibition game on Sunday.
The two-sides will face-off at 6:30pm at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre (TAIC).
PepsiPNG Womens National Team Head Coach Moi Muri said it was a good chance for his team to
fine-tune leading into next weeks international tournament.
Our girls have been working very hard in training but need some extra match fitness to make sure we are
ready, Coach Muri said.

This game will be six versus six, so it will really test the players fitness levels.
We also hope a big crowd will come along to TAIC and watch the players in their national team uniforms
for the first time.
It will be a good opportunity for basketball fans to see the ladies in action before we hit the court next
Wednesday for our first game against Fiji.
Admission to the inter-squad game is free for all spectators, with the TAIC doors opening at 6pm.
The 2017 FIBA Melanesia Basketball Cup presented by Paradise Beverages, commences on
Wednesday, September 27 at the Taurama Aquatic & Indoor Centre (TAIC).


Psychiatry Ignores an Elephant in the Room "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Large cohort studies of people with a first-episode psychosis provide a unique opportunity for finding out why so many young people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders die at a young age. However, it seems that those psychiatrists who have access to the mortality data generally do not want the facts to come out. In published cohort studies, there is virtually always too little information or no information at all about the causes of death.

In 2012, Hegelstad et al. published 10-year follow-up data for 281 patients with a first-episode psychosis (the TIPS study). 1 Although their average age at entry into the study was only 29 years, 49 patients (17%) had died in less than 10 years. The authors detailed article was about recovery and symptom scores and they took no interest in all these deaths, which appeared in a flowchart of patients lost to follow-up and were not commented upon anywhere in their paper. In the text, however, they mentioned only 28 deaths (11%), so it is difficult to know how many died.

On March 5th 2017, I wrote to the first author: In your interesting study from 2012, Long-Term Follow-Up of the TIPS Early Detection in Psychosis Study: Effects on 10-Year Outcome, 28 patients died of 281. Do you have the causes of death, which would be very interesting to know about? I noticed that most patients were still on antipsychotics 10 years after they started (table 2). I consider this very frightening, e.g. around half of them will have tardive dyskinesia (which is often masked by ongoing treatment) and many, if not all, will have developed permanent brain damage at this point, to mention just two of the important harms of long-term treatment. In contrast, only 17% of patients in Lappland were still on antipsychotics 5 years after their first episode (compared to 75% in Stockholm).

I sent a reminder ten days later and was told I would get an answer shortly. On May 10th, I wrote again: It is now another two months. You did an important study and it is important for the world to know what 10% of your very young patients died from in just 10 years. It is a frightening death rate. Do we need to file a Freedom of Information request to get this information?

Hegelstad replied that, We are preparing a manuscript detailing the information you are asking for. It will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. When published the information will be readily available to all.

The preparation of the manuscript and its publication were very fast. Already in June, the paper was out, in World Psychiatry.2 With this record speed, I wondered what the peer r...


Solomon Islands Police confiscates marijuana and kwaso in West Honiara "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A combined team of police officers  from White River and Honiara Central Police stations  yesterday (Wednesday 20 September) confiscated marijuana  and the illegal local brew kwaso at Karaina roadside and Savo heights, at White River in West Honiara.

The raid was in response to information supplied by the public alleging the selling of marijuana and kwaso alongside the road.
Three males have been arrested by police in relation to the confiscated items and the trio are expected to be interviewed today.
Officer Commanding White River Police Station, Inspector Walter Manefakale says, I am pleased with the outcome and cooperation of the public by supplying the information which led to the raid. I urge more members of the communities to provide information to police to ensure those who continue selling and brewing of kwaso and as well as the dangerous drug, marijuana are brought to face justice.
I want to remind the public and communities, that its unlawful to grow, use, sell and possess marijuana, while its illegal to brew kwaso and sell without approval from the Minister concern," says Commander Manefakale.


Rabbitohs re-sign John Sutton for the 2018 Season "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The South Sydney Rabbitohs are delighted to announce the re-signing of local junior John Sutton for the 2018 season,
giving him the opportunity to become the first player in the Clubs history to play 300 first grade games in what will be his 15th season playing in the NRL.

Sutton is a three-time George Piggins Medallist as the player of the year at South Sydney (2009, 2012-13), has played
more first grade games (282) and more grade games (310) than any other player in the Rabbitohs 109-year history,
has represented City Origin on two occasions and the Australian Prime Ministers XIII once; however the greatest
accomplishment of his career so far is leading the Rabbitohs as captain to the 2014 premiership, the Clubs 21st title.
A Kensington United junior, Sutton is already regarded as a modern day legend of the Club, and Rabbitohs Head
Coach Anthony Seibold says Suttons retention is invaluable to the squad.
John is a leader amongst our group, hes played more games than anyone in our jersey which shows his loyalty to the
Club, and those attributes are priceless to our squad, Coach Seibold said.
The experience he brings is instrumental to players like Cameron Murray, Zane Musgrove, Angus Crichton, Tyrell
Fuimaono, Campbell Graham, Braidon Burns and Siosifa Talakai, amongst others.
He brings a fantastic skill set, his knowledge of the game is deep and thorough, and physically hes a big body.
He adds depth to the back row for us alongside guys like Sam Burgess, Angus, Tyrell, Cam, Dean Britt and Sifa, but
most importantly the leadership and experience he brings at the NRL level is irreplaceable.
Rabbitohs General Manager of Football Shane Richardson paid tribute to Sutton and looks forward to him making a
valuable contribution to the Club in 2018.
John is a key member of our leadership group and has been for some time, Mr Richardson said.
He is our longest serving player, he has led the Club to a premiership, hes played more games than anyone else in the
history of this Club, and he is a fantastic mentor for the young players in our squad.
He knows what it takes to win and hes prepared to lead the way in his preparation for games and the way that he puts
every effort into every performance on the field for Souths in any role the coaching staff requires.
He is a South Sydney man from a wonde...


Worlds biggest butterfly given lifeline by new captive breeding initiative "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The world largest butterfly, the Queen Alexandra Birdwing, will be the first to benefit from a new conservation model set to give a lifeline to its declining population.

If proved successful the model will be adapted to other species, in Papua New Guinea (the most important country in the world for conservation action for swallowtails and birdwings butterflies) and beyond.

The Queen Alexandra Birdwing is endemic to Papua New Guinea and endangered by the encroachments made by the palm oil industry to its natural habitat. The new project entails a state-of-the-art captive breeding and release programme - a first for the species - and will involve the local community; this combination will increase the number of butterflies in the wild while also insuring the long-term sustainability of the conservation effort.

Dr Mark Collins, former co-author of the IUCN Red Data Books on Invertebrates and Swallowtail butterflies, recipient of the 2000 Royal Geographical Society Busk Medal and chairman of the Swallowtail and Birdwing Butterfly Trust, has worked closely with senior industry figures in the palm oil industry to develop this conservation project.


Solomon Islands Police arrested 18 year old girl for allegedly concealing her infant baby "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Henderson Provincial Police of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) arrested an 18 years old girl for concealing her infant baby at Kingdom Harvest Henderson in Central Guadalcanal on 17th September 2017.

The infant baby was then taken by Police to Honiara National Referring Hospital (NRH) and declared dead.

The mother of the deceased was arrested and place in police custody for questioning and further investigation.  

Provincial Police Commander Mr Nixon Manetoga said, I call on to every concern person, community, family and church leaders to work together with the police to assist in preventing similar incidents to happen in the future.

I am deeply saddened when briefed by my officers about the poor infant discovery, as there was another similar incident at Guadalcanal plains, GPPOL II area last week and my condolence to other relatives of baby, added PPC Manetoga.


US dollar shines, Asia shares slip after Fed signals December rate hike "IndyWatch Feed National"

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TOKYO (REUTERS) The US dollar shone while Asian shares slipped on Thursday (Sept 21) after the US Federal Reserve announced a plan to start shrinking its balance sheet and signalled one more rate hike later this year.

European shares are expected to benefit from a fall in the euro against the dollar with spread betters looking at a higher opening of 0.5 per cent in Germanys DAX and Frances CAC.

Japans Nikkei gained 0.2 per cent as a rise in US bond yields lifted financial shares, while the yens fall against the dollar after the Feds decision helped exporters.

The Bank of Japan, as widely expected, left its policy settings unchanged, with markets awaiting a news conference by its governor later in the day.

MSCIs broadest dollar-denominated index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.5 per cent, with Australian shares among the hardest hit with fall of 0.8 per cent.

Major US share indexes recovered quickly from initial losses following the Feds announcement, with the S&P 500 ending slightly higher, helped in part by gains in financials and energy shares.

While a rate hike is negative, the fact that the Feds confidence in the economy is strong enough to expect a rate hike can be taken as supportive of market sentiment, said Soichiro Monji, chief strategist at Daiwa SB Investments.

The Feds view also prompted a rotation from tech shares into financial shares, which benefit from higher interest rates, he added. In a way, what the Fed did was not much of a surprise. From now, the markets will be focusing on individual earnings rather than macro themes, said Hisashi Iwama, senior portfolio manager at Asset Management One.

As expected, the Fed said it would begin in October to trim its massive holding of U.S. Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities acquired in the years after the 2008 financial crisis.

The Fed signalled it still expects one more interest rate hike by the end of the year, despite a recent bout of low inflation, but ratcheted down its long-term interest rate forecasts.

Fed fund rate futures are now pricing in about a 65 per cent chance of a rate hike by December compared to around 50 percent before the latest meeting. Markets expect the Fed move to coincide with revisions of its economic projections.

The yield on two-year US Treasury notes jumped to 1.451 per cent, its highest level since November 2008 late on Wednesday. The 10-year US Treasuries yield rose to 2.278 per cent, briefly hit...


CBA has sold its CommInsure life business to a China-owned group for $3.8 billion. "IndyWatch Feed"

The Commonwealth Bank has sold its troubled insurance business CommInsure Life to a Hong Kong-listed group Chinese-owned for $3.8 billion.

The deal with AIA Group also covers the sale of the CBAs New Zealand life insurance arm Sovereign.

The sale of CommInsure Life follows a scandal where the insurer was accused of using outdated medical definitions to delay or deny payments to policyholders, and pressuring medical assessors to reject claims.

As part of the CommInsure and Sovereign sale, the CBA also announced its head of wealth management Annabel Spring will leave the company in December.

Ms Spring had oversight for the CommInsure business and was under constant criticism as CBA managed the scandal after an investigation by the ABCs Four Corners and Fairfax Media.

The sale of CommInsure had been flagged in CBAs full-year results last month although, at the time, the company said the future sale of the insurer was uncertain.

The purchase by AIA includes a 20-year partnership agreement to continue providing insurance products to customers in Australia and New Zealand.

In a statement released to the stock exchange, the CBA confirmed that CommInsure and Sovereign customers will retain current benefits in existing policies.

AIA is the largest publicly listed insurance group in Asia and already has established life insurance businesses in Australia and New Zealand.

Under the sale, the CBA will continue to earn income from its life insurance products already in place.

CBA will also retain the CommInsure brand and continue to sell general insurance under it.

CBA ponders $4b Colonial First State split, IPO

At the same time as announcing the sale of its life insurance business, CBA also announced a strategic review of its funds management business, Colonial First State Global Asset Management.

The sale of CommInsure Life and Sovereign will end up in a $300 million loss for CBA, but also release about $3 billion of capital for the bank.

The banking regulator APRA earlier this year released increased capital requirements to take effect at the start of 2020, with analysts estimating that CBA would have at least a $4 billion shortfall under the new rules if it did not raise more funds.

APRA has also hinted that it will require the major banks to hold more capital wh...


Youre Wrong Keith: We Have To Do This NOW. "IndyWatch Feed"

Let's Do This NOW! Elections are won when the electorates general preference for prosperity and stability is overwhelmed by its desire to turn the page and begin something new. When simply restoring the same old faces to the same old places no longer seems enough. When obtaining justice for past wrongs; and securing for themselves, and for their children, a different and better future; calls forth from the nations voters an unaccustomed measure of courage and daring. (Photo by JOHN MILLER)

KEITH RANKIN IS WRONG about Jacinda needing to lose this election. If thats what happens on Saturday: if National somehow hauls itself back onto the Treasury Benches; then it is the purest folly to suppose that the election of 2020 will be a Labour walkover. If the Centre-Left cannot win in 2017, then the question that begs to be answered is: Can it win at all?

Presumably, Keith is being guided by the historical precedent of the 1969 nearly-but-not-quite election; That was the election which Labour lost by 14,000 votes, only to be swept into office three years later in the Its time! election of 1972. Or, perhaps hes thinking of the Springbok Tour Election of 1981, when National secured a two-seat majority in spite of receiving 4,122 fewer votes than the Labour Party nationwide. As happened in 1969, Labours narrow defeat was followed by a unambiguous victory three years later in the watershed snap-election of 1984.

If these are the precedents that Keith has in mind, then they deserve closer scrutiny. Especially since Keiths reason for identifying the 2017 election as the one Jacinda needs to lose is that, in his opinion: there will be a financial crisis next year [which Labour] is ill-equipped to handle Further, it may take a major financial crisis (with Labour in Opposition) to drag Labour into the present century, just as the 1930s crisis belatedly dragged L...


Agreeing with Winston "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I agree with Winston Peters on a couple of things. NZ Herald: Winston Peters confident of winning Northland Thats not one of them. I have no idea what his chances are in the Northland electorate. During a question and answer session, where Peters answered questions on everything from capital gains tax to why Queen St []


Sad fiery protest on Parliament grounds "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A man is reported to have set himself alight on Parliament grounds. Stuff:  Man sets himself on fire outside Parliament in Wellington A man is in a critical condition after setting himself on fire outside Parliament in Wellington. The incident happened just before 4pm on Thursday. A Wellington Free Ambulance spokesman said the man was taken []


Newshub/Reid Research pre-election poll "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The last Newshub/Reid Research poll before the election: National 45.8% (last week 47.3) Labour 37.3% (last week 37.8) NZ First 7.1% (last week 6.0) Greens 7.1% (last week 4.9) TOP 0.9% (last week 1.6) Maori Party 0.4% (last week 1.1) ACT 0.6% (last week 0.6) This is quite similar to last nights Colmar Brunton poll as well as being similar to last []


Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

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

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Whale, oil beef hooked, Crusher is going to raise hell about the neglected privately owned pipeline "IndyWatch Feed"

Just like Chorus (then Telecom) is more than just a private company because it delivers essential infrastructure to the nation, the oil companies have a similar responsibility. If theres one thing Bill English and his team know, its crisis management. Think earthquakes, floods and the global financial crisis. So does the oil crisis play right []

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Boosting PNGs transport department "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Loop PNG

21 September 2017

A partnership arrangement has been signed to further boost the effectiveness of the Transport Department.


The new Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Westly Nukundj, and Australian High Commission Minister Counsellor, Benedict David, today signed the deal.


The two-year partnership arrangement between Papua New Guinea and Australia to November 2019 will support the Department to deliver more effectively on its mandate to improve transport connectivity for all Papua New Guineans. 


This partnership with Australia will help the Department to meet the emerging needs of the transport sector, says the Minister.


This support is crucial to delivering the goals set out in our corporate plan. This comprehensive program of support will assist us across the maritime, aviation and land transport sectors.


A more effective Department will be able to better connect communities and support economic development.


The arrangement provides critical support to the development of Papua New Guineas next Medium Term Transport Plan, which will set out how best to ensure sustainable investment in the sector.


The arrangement will assist Papua New Guineas preparations for APEC 2018, seek to optimise sectoral funding arrangements and support ongoing institutional reforms, legislative drafting, budget preparation, and reporting and policy development. It will also aim to boost cap...


Are the shy tories going with Winston? "IndyWatch Feed"

The other night my missus was rung by UMR. They wanted someone in the 18-35 age bracket40 somethingmumblemumble is close enough so she answered. I know other people who flat out lie to pollsters. I just hang up on them because I have better things to do for 15 minutes of inane loaded questions. The []

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Fake News rears its head in NZ Election "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Its been disconcerting watching the NZ election. Despite our isolation, it seems we are not immune to the fake news cycles that have increasingly plagued elections overseas. Theres a few reasons why Fake News has become so prevalent, but it is a shame when it impacts at the very heart of our democracy.

Who will you be voting for?

Who will you be voting for?

In the last week, National have been making sustained claims that Labour plan to increase income tax rates next year. And yet when you dig into the issue, Labour have actually said they will not be implementing Nationals proposed tax cuts. Not getting a tax cut is way different to increasing tax rates, and yet if the polls are to be believed, National has been rewarded for this dishonest scaremongering. Its not an isolated incident though. Earlier in the campaign, National claimed Labour had an $11b fiscal hole, a message that quickly gained traction on traditional and social media alike, and yet it was subsequently proven to be false.

The trouble is these Fake News stories travel so quickly, and have become a powerful tool for Politicians willing to exploit them. That something is false or dishonest hardly seems to matter anymore, but get used to it, as it is being driven by a number of forces.

Firstly, people no longer care for the details. We have become driven by soundbites, gifs and memes, and our Politicians have figured this out. When Bill English made his initial claims of Labour increasing income tax, he knew most people wouldnt bother checking into Labours policy. A simple sentence and the damage was done, with right wing media and pundits all jumping on to post the quote and share it around.

Secondly, social media can give anyone a voice. In some ways this is a good thing. I can post about conservation issues and get a decent audience, and it has to some degree weakened the hold of traditional media on the public consciousness. But it means nutcases with very skewed versions of reality can also become very influential. A disgruntled troll living in the basement of his mothers house may have as much media reach as a Journalist who spends weeks researching and fact checking.

The entire media landscape is also splintering. Leading up to the US election last year I was in Florida and watching both Fox and CNN covering the same issue, and yet it was like a completely different story. One would be praising Trump as the only many to solve the US problems, while CNN was likening him to Lucifer. As media sources have proliferated, so to have our o...


Pruaitch welcomes Oil Search decision "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By: Freddy Mou via Loop PNG.

21st September 2017.


Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch has welcomed the decision by Oil Search to discuss the future sale of domestic crude oil to the Napa Napa refinery in Kina, rather than US dollars.


Pruaitch says he stood by his earlier statement that it is in the national interest for locally produced resources such as crude oil, copper, gold, fishery and forest products, to be sold to local purchasers in PNGs national currency, the Kina.



Pruaitch believes it is an infringement of our sovereignty for lenders, or any other entity, to insist that domestic resources have to be paid for in US dollars or other foreign currencies, even when sold to PNG buyers.


Such arrangements add to the cost of doing business and hamper efforts to encourage domestic processing.


If it is true that lenders to Oil Search or the PNG LNG Project made this a requirement of their loan, the government of the day should disallow this practice in future.


Pruaitch says he was not convinced by the Oil Search assertion that LNG project lenders had a loan condition that gas and condensate sold by the project must be priced in US dollars.


I am fairly sure PNG Power is not paying in US dollars for gas used by ExxonMobil to generate electricity for Port Moresby. This should also not be the case for gas-fired power from Hides that Oil Search sells to the Porgera gold mine.


He states under the 100-Day Plan announced by PNG Treasurer Charles Abel, it was disclosed that discussions are underway for Puma Energy, o...


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Zounderkite  foolish or stupid person; idiot, nincompoop.

Filed under: language Tagged: zounderkite


It is an historical cycle because history always repeats "IndyWatch Feed"

We know from the past how civilisations rise and fall. The Roman empire is a good example. Their highly trained soldiers in peace time became idle and fat. Wealth and prosperity led to decadence and vice. They indulged their basest desires and eventually, their civilisation fell apart. When we look at all the factors that []

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New US Government Study on Fluoride Damage to Brain must Spell End to Fluoridation in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fluoride Free New Zealand is calling on the 23 councils (out of the total of 67) that still fluoridate, to urgently implement a moratorium on fluoridation to protect the brains of children being born today in their community.

A major study published on Tuesday in the US Governments Environmental Health Perspectives has found that children born to mothers exposed to fluoride while pregnant, have significantly lower IQ scores. This is particularly relevant to New Zealand where half of the population is currently subjected to fluoridation.

The study measured fluoride in urine and found the average level of fluoride in urine was 0.9mg/L (mg/L = parts per million). To relate this to water fluoride concentration, a separate study found that pregnant women in an area with 0.4 to 0.8 ppm water fluoride only had slightly lower urine fluoride than the average participants in this study. The Ministry of Health recommends fluoride chemicals be added to the water at 0.85ppm.
Pregnant women in New Zealand in fluoridated areas likely have similar levels of urine fluoride as those in the Mexican study. Urine fluoride reflects total fluoride intake from all sources, not just fluoridated water. The paper also reports that in the USA, which is 70% fluoridated, urine fluoride ranges from about 0.5 to 1.5 mg/L which fully overlaps the range found in the Mexican study.
The child of a mother who was drinking water with 0.85ppm fluoride would be predicted to have 5 IQ lower IQ points than if the mother had drunk water with close to zero fluoride in it. This obviously has huge consequences for New Zealand children.

The Ministry of Health recommended 1ppm until the 1990s when it reduced to a range from 0.7ppm to 1ppm, with a target of 0.85ppm. The US Human and Health Services have directed a maximum of 0.7ppm for fluoridation.

This study was very carefully done by a group of researchers who have produced over 50 papers on the cognitive health of children in relationship to environmental exposures.  It was funded by the US Governments National Institute of Health and was a multi-million dollar study.  This was the groups first study of fluoride their other studies mostly dealing with lead, mercury and other environmental neurotoxicants.

This study controlled for a wide range of potential factors that might have skewed the results and produced a f...


Important questions weve avoided this election "IndyWatch Feed"

Geoff Neal has seven questions.  Ive answered the first three: 1.Why is our GDP per capita so low? Our GDP is only about US $37,000 per person. Australias is $48,000, the United States is $57,000, and Irelands is $69,000. If you want more wealth to go around, then you need strategies to increase GDP per []

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ON HEALTH "IndyWatch Feed"

The reality is that 'Health' is a bottomless pit.   Whatever you spend on it will not be enough egged along by the simple fact that the 'industry' (and that includes you and me) are very good at 'shroud waving'.  

The demand on vote Health will continue to increase exponentially  driven by the reality of an aging population living longer.

Which makes refusal by Labour and NZ First to countenance the lifting of the age of entitlement to NZ Superannuation to 67 thereby freeing up hundreds of millions of dollars which could be redirected into Health spending totally unconscionable.

This has nothing to do with KiwiSaver ... KiwiSaver doesn't replace NZ Superannuation ... it's a top up to provide an enhanced level of retirement ... unless of course 'they' have a (another) secret plan to means test or reduce NZ Superannuation using KiwiSaver as an offset in order to free up funding for Health ... just askin.


The Great Replacement "IndyWatch Feed"

Voting for the leadership of this country may well be influenced by what is happening elsewhere. Jacinda, childless, pro-abortion, is up against Bill, with a family of six, with RC views on abortion. I have a thing about childless leaders of nations and many of these can be found in Europe. It is not news []

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Winston Doesn't Like The National Anthem "IndyWatch Feed"

TVNZ is carrying a story in which Winston Peters is promising to change the national anthem.   Good old Winston - always right there with the critical hot button issues.

I nearly died laughing when I read this quote:-

He said that, anecdotally, he had never seen Kiwis sing the anthem in times of great joy or celebration, 

By hell, they will be on September 24th if NZ1st falls below five percent.  You'll hear the song of joyous rapture echoing from coast to coast.


Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed"

LANDS OF WIND from Baptiste Lanne on Vimeo.

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K4 Billion Spent On Food Imports Annually "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: Post Courier




PNG continues to spend K4 billion in food imports each year announced Minister for National Planning & Monitoring and Member for Yangoru-Saussi Richard Maru recently.



But it doesnt have to be that way. The Government will focus on replacing food imports from here onwards and the Sepik Plains is high on our list of priorities, said Maru.



Maru said this after a recent visit to the Sepik plains with Israeli investors set to develop East Sepik through an Innovative Agro-Industry. The Innovative Agro Industry will develop an egg-laying farm, broiler meat farm, and grain production. The developer will also establish a modern cocoa plantation using Israeli technology that will produce 400 to 500 percent more yield than an average cocoa plantation.



CEO of the PNG Cocoa Board, Mr. Kautu Boutua, said with the partnership of Innovative Agro-Industry, the Board is keen to see a different result with the new technology and a new way of approaching agriculture development.





The art of misdirection: NZ Labour and xenophobia "IndyWatch Feed National"

At the start of the election campaign, the Labour Partys position on immigration was clear. Armed with a raft of new policies and an inflammatory vow to stop tens of thousands from coming to New Zealand, Labour signalled loudly that reducing migration was one its key electoral pledges. With the recent turnover in leadership and accompanying guarded sound bites on immigration, one could be fooled into believing that the party has softened its stance.


WINZ steals from the poorest "IndyWatch Feed"

Hot on the heels of yesterday's news of WINZ lawlessness, we learn that WINZ has been illegally underpaying the poorest beneficiaries:

More than 7000 of New Zealand's most-desperate beneficiaries have been short-changed by the Government - and they're about to get payback.

A Ministry of Social Development report has found 7148 people on Special Benefits have been underpaid by the Government since 2006, and they have known about it for two years. MSD have estimated the amount could be up to $9.5 million.

In 2015, MSD was advised that it needed to offer the Temporary Additional Support (TAS) to beneficiaries if they were better off on it.

This agency needs a complete culture change. And that change needs to start by sacking the entire senior management who have allowed this toxic culture to grow and fester. And its lawless chief executive needs to be the first to go...


Program Coordinator "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Level Crossing Removal Authority (LXRA)


A Tsunami of Earthquakes Striking Globally "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Grace-285H Significant Earthquakes Strike Vanuatu, PNG, Japan Region Significant and Notable Earthquakes Strike Vanuatu, PNG, Japan Region. Vanuatu Magnitude: 6.4 mww   Location: 18.798S, 169.095E [85km NNW of Isangel, Vanuatu] Depth: 200.2 km Time: 2017-09-20 20:09:49 (UTC) Papua New Guinea (PNG) M 5.9 165km N of Finschhafen, PNG   Location: 5.110S 147.834E Depth: 10.0 km Time: []


Why we are truly blessed to live in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed"

We live in paradise in New Zealand. We live in a country where anyone no matter what their skin colour, religion or income is can take their family to the beach the lake, the river or the bush to enjoy our beautiful natural environment. The problems that we do have need to be put into perspective by []

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US Government to move out Refugees: Whats the Deal? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Several dozen people on Manus Island and Nauru look set to be told by the US Government that they will be moved to the United States as part of the US resettlement deal, and it is unknown exactly if or when others will follow or what the plan is for the Australian Government regarding those left behind.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, has visited Manus Island three times to inspect conditions and to meet with the men held there. He joined us today via phone call to tell us more

Play Interview with Daniel Webb 21st September 2017


Strong and deep M6.4 earthquake hits Vanuatu "IndyWatch Feed"

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Vanuatu at 20:09 UTC on September 20, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 200.2 km (125 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 204 km (126 miles). According to the USGS, the...... Read more

Historical nautical maps show coral loss more extensive than previously believed "IndyWatch Feed"

A team of researchers based in Australia and the United States have used historical nautical maps to determine that coral reef loss in the Florida Keys is much more extensive than previously understood. The British empire began mapping its overseas territories in the 18th century, and coral reefs in particular were quite thoroughly documented given the danger they posed to wooden-hulled ships. In the process, these imperial cartographers unwittingly provided a source of high-resolution spatial data on coastal areas that, as it turns out, can still be useful today in establishing historical baselines for the extent of coral reefs and assessing changes to those reef systems over the ensuing centuries. The degree of biologically relevant information recorded varied by cartographer, but the best of these British maps describes the depth, shape, and color of shallow-water corals and distinguishes them from other hard structures such as rocks, the authors of a study published in the journal Science Advances earlier this month wrote. The researchers used nautical charts dating from the 1770s to help quantify changes in the coral reefs of the Florida Keys over the past 240 years. The maps were essential to expansion of the British Empire, and luckily for us, they also included a lot of useful ecological information, according to Benjamin Neal, a postdoctoral researcher at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine and a co-author of the study. Loren McClenachan, a professor at Colby College in Waterville, Maine who led the study, said that,


Not Seen in the New York Times "IndyWatch Feed"

Here's an interesting story from the Times of London.

All about a world leader quietly intervening behind the scenes and actually preventing an all out war in the Middle East.  The western leader showed remarkable diplomatic skill and statesmanship in persuading Saudi Arabia and its Sunni friend UAE from invading Shia Qatar..

Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, Kuwaits emir, who has acted as mediator, praised Mr XXXXX's efforts at a September 7 press conference. Thank God, whats important is that we stopped any military action, he said.
You've got to hand it to those suave smooth talking French statesmen, don't you?

Well, not today because the western leader in question was that presidential boorish bastard Donald Trump.

How long before the media and the Republicans wake up to the fact that Trump is a hell of a lot smarter than they are and a sight more competent?

The NYT, CNN, MSNBC, WAPO et al would have been going nonstop ape shit for days if this triumph had been pulled off by Obama.  So far, I've not seen a word apart from the NYT calling the effort a failure.

Somehow, I think the London Times has more credibility that the New York Times..


Olivia Pierson on Trumps address to the UN "IndyWatch Feed"

It will have fallen on deaf ears at the UN, but Trump told them the unvarnished truth anyway. President Trump stated to the delegates of our worlds political leaders: The success of the United Nations depends upon the independent strength of its members. To overcome the perils of the present, and to achieve the promise []

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Maori Party: Locking more criminals up wont solve anything. Whaleoil: Oh yes it will "IndyWatch Feed"

A group of Mori and Pacific community leaders and service providers met in Panmure on Wednesday, 13th September, 2017. At this fono they agreed that something radical had to be done to overhaul our Justice system in Aotearoa. A system that incarcerates Mori at alarmingly higher rates compared to others. Over 60% of the prison []

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Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Bronwyn Muir replies to Rachel Stewart:

Dear Rachel,

I dont really have the time to write this as busy running some rural businesses but here goes.

You probably dont remember me I held the Taranaki FFNZ Presidents position for nearly 4 years and sat in the wings biting my tongue while you ran off at the mouth / pen and tried to hold Feds and farmers to ransom time and time again.

Well I dont hold the position anymore and have had enough of your tripe and personal attacks to put it politely there is too much at stake for all New Zealanders right at this point! . .

QR code to prove SFF product origin:

Dunedin meat processor Silver Fern Farms is introducing new retail packaging in New Zealand and overseas, to allow consumers better access to proof of origin of the product.

Chief executive Dean Hamilton said the investment in traceability would support the growth of the companys Silver Fern Farms branded products.

We want to deliver transparency in the food chain for our consumers who are increasingly interested in knowing where their food has come from and that their food has been produced safely, with care and in a sustainable way. . . 

First-time environment award entrants encourage others to put their hands up

Entering the Ballance Farm Environment Awards has been a great learning and development experience for new Kaitaia farmers Gay Pembroke and Mark Corby.

The past 12 months have been great fun. It was a wonderful experience and I think entering the awards and being involved in the process has given us a lot more confidence that what we are doing is on track, Gay says.

The couple have owned their 102ha dairy support/beef block at Kaitaia for the past three years. Neither Gay nor Mark are from a farming background, and the change that they made in their lives from 4ha to 102ha was exciting but massive. . . 

The time is ripe to transform agriculture and feed the world :

Political and agricultural leaders gat...


A positive sign "IndyWatch Feed"

While Donald Trump seems trying to start nuclear wars with both North Korea and Iran, there's abeen a positive sign: the UN has outlawed nuclear weapons. And New Zealand was one of the first countries to sign up to the ban:

Dozens of countries, including New Zealand, have signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons amid tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.

The US, Britain, France and others, including Australia, boycotted the event at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders.

The treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons will enter into force 90 days after 50 countries have ratified it. Only a few states were due to deposit their ratification on Wednesday.

No nuclear states are signing - but the treaty effectively criminalises them in international law and declares them to be outlaw regimes, providing a solid basis for international justice if they ever use the things. Assuming there's still people left to care, that is. And while a treaty without the nuclear powers doesn't sound like much of a step forward, its a start towards a safer world.


Jacinda v Bill leadership v management, or fantasies v boredom? "IndyWatch Feed"

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