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Crime: The Widower based on a true story "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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Tuesday, 17 April

22:05

World watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

April 18 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1025 Bolesaw Chrobry was crowned in Gniezno, becoming the first King of Poland.

1480 Lucrezia Borgia, Florentine ruler and daughter of Pope Alexander VI, was born  (d. 1519) .

1506 The cornerstone of the current St. Peters Basilica was laid.

1518  Bona Sforza was crowned as queen consort of Poland.

1738 Real Academia de la Historia (Royal Academy of History) founded in Madrid.

1775  American Revolution: The British advancement by sea began; Paul Revere and other riders warned the countryside of the troop movements.

1783 Fighting ceased in the American Revolution, eight years to the day since it began.

1797 The Battle of Neuwied  French victory against the Austrians.

1831 The University of Alabama was founded.

1840 Samuel Revans printed the first newspaper in New Zealand.

Samuel Revans prints first newspaper

1847 A Maori raid on the Gilfillan farm at Matarawa, near Wanganui, left four family members dead.

Gilfillan killings near Wanganui

1848 American victory at the battle of Cerro Gordo opened the way for invasion of Mexico.

1880 An...

22:01

Oil and Gas and Nukes and Rainbows "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ever feel like something that should have called for champagne and cigars just felt a little anticlimactic? by Martin Harris I remember the eighties like it was yesterday. Yeah, I know, Im getting old. One of the great memorable moments for many of us living in New Zealand in this decade was when the charismatic []

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21:30

BBC Radio Drama: Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie with June Whitfield as Miss Marple "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Excellent cast including Nigel Davenport,Richard Todd, Imelda Staunton,Francis Matthews

21:00

History Brixton Market "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We used to live some 40 years ago in Herne Hill and regularly shopped in the market.

This brought back memories.

20:35

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Monday was washing day for my mother.

The job wasnt as arduous as it had been for her mother who had to boil a copper.

But the wringer washing machine Mum had made doing the laundry much more time consuming than the automatic one I have.

A lot of other housework is much easier now than it was for previous generations and Im grateful for that

 

20:06

SIMPLY UNBELIEVABLE "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

That the COL would agree to establish a reference group to assist the Inspector-General of Intelligence & Security carry out her role without reference to Parliament simply beggars belief.    That some of those so appointed have earned themselves a certain notoriety compounds the issue.

And let's be very clear.   The appointments will have been made by way of Ministerial warrant.   This is a government initiative and, dollars to donuts, will have been made without reference to our Five Eyes partners.    Make no mistake ... there will be consequences ... perhaps not immediately ... just a slow turning off of the tap.

Appears to me the Greens are well on the way to achieving what for them has always been a cause clbre ...  the editing of New Zealand out of Five Eyes.     But this can't be sheeted home just to the Greens.   Labour and Winston First along with the Greens are jointly and severally responsible. 


19:30

Warning could bring back bad memories "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Not all childhood memories are good ones. Many will remember this, and not fondly possibly one of the most unpopular people in town: What an excruciating noise. The murder house must have been a commonly used name. One shot in the video shows a treadle drill I suffered that once when the power []

19:00

Tuesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The post Tuesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:30

Gun commercial "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

18:00

Theological Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Part III. REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY: TIME-HONOURED ERROR from Evangelical Zionism on Vimeo. The post Theological Tuesday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:45

Arderns Paris Speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinda Ardern gave a speech at university in Paris, where the audience was largely composed of students

The link above is to a video of the event below is the transcript

Apart from the paragraph which Adam has posted about earlier, there some other areas of concern of which more later.

Address to the Paris Institute of Political Studies

16 April 2018

Paris

I feel incredibly humbled and proud to be here today.  I also feel hopeful. 

Humbled because I come from a small country thousands of miles away. We are self-deprecating people, quick to downplay our relative importance, but in spite of that, one that has never been afraid to use its voice. 

And thats why I also feel proud. 

It may not seem obvious but in New Zealand the generations before me were shaped by the debate on Vietnam, the politics of sport and apartheid, and the nuclear-free movement. 

But my generation my generation will be shaped by climate change.

And when thinking about how this generation will react and how we will collectively respond, I feel hopeful. 

I havent always felt that that way.

In 2008 I ran for Parliament for the first time. I was 28 years old. The seat I was contesting was in the rural Waikato, the place I grew up and one that centred around our agricultural community.

A public meeting was held weeks before the election in the heart of the seat. As one of only a few meetings it was well attended. I brought my grandmother and mother as moral support and took position with the other candidates at the front of the hall for speeches and a question session. 

Near the end of the eventing I was asked two especially controversial questions. One on environmental regulation, the other on climate change.

I answered them both matter-of...

17:30

The police are threatening me "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post The police are threatening me appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:24

For socialism and democracy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

As I mentioned a while ago, in the years that Ive been blogging, Ive described my political perspective as social-democratic. In earlier years, I mostly used democratic socialist. My reason for the switch was that, in a market liberal/neoliberal era, the term socialist had become a statement of aspiration without any concrete meaning or any serious prospect of realisation. By contrast, social democracy represented the Keynesian welfare state I was defending against market liberal reform.

In the decade since the Global Financial Crisis, things have changed. Socialism still describes an aspiration, rather than a concrete political program, but an aspiration to a better society is what we need now as a positive response to the evident failure of neoliberalism.

On the other side of the ledger, nominally social democratic parties nearly all failed the test of the crisis, accepting to a greater or lesser degree to the politics of austerity. Some, like PASOK in Greece, have paid the price in full. Others, like Labor in Australia, are finally showing some spine. In practice, though, social democracy has come to stand, at best, for technocratic managerialism, and at worst for capitulation to the demands of financial capital.

So, Ive changed the description of this blogs perspective to socialist. I havent however, adopted the formulation democratic socialist which was used, in the 20th century, to emphasise a rejection of the Stalinist claim to have produced actually existing socialism in the Soviet Union and elsewhere. Thats no longer necessary.

As has been true for most of the history of the modern world, the only serious threat to democracy is now coming from the right. So, its important to defend democracy as well as advancing the case for socialism.

17:22

Controversial members of Intelligence and Security reference group "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Theres been a bit of consternation expressed over the members who have been named as members of the Intelligence and Security reference group panel. Im not sure there is real cause for concern. The members: Professor Rouben Azizian Director, Centre for Defence and Security Studies, Massey University Thomas Beagle Chairperson, NZ Council for []

17:05

Waikato Times letter of the week #85 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

From the edition of Tuesday 10 April. As always, spelling, punctuation, grammar and logic are exactly as printed in the Waikato Times.


Trumps morals
I see you are still publishing reports of President Trump and his apparent poor morality. What about our prime minister who is going to have a baby out of wedlock.  Where are her morals.? What kind of example does she set for other women. But I would just imagine that her partner thinks that why buy the cow if the milk is so free. If she had told the New Zealand voters she was pregnant when she ran for office how many would have stayed away from her? So its best if we clean up our own backyard before we criticise others. Isnt this supposed to be a Christian country or has that just gone by the wayside too? I know you wont print this as its the truth and not fake news.

Jim Crain Sr
Hamilton

So here are the Band in 1983 with Milk Cow Boogie, Levon Helm on vocals, Richard Manuel on drums.

17:00

The Paris climate fraud "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post The Paris climate fraud appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:56

Enzyme which can digest most commonly polluting plastics discovered "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Enzyme which can digest most commonly polluting plastics discovered

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16:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

roundup The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:00

Prime Minister mis-speaks in Paris speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There has been some debate on Twitter today about a paragraph in a speech given yesterday by NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The relevant paragraph is here:-

Address to the Paris Institute of Political Studies 16 April 2018

I entered Parliament that same year, but as an Opposition MP with my party losing that election after nine years in office. I distinctly remember sitting in the debating chamber and watching from the backbenches as legislation that brought in our emissions trading scheme was eroded, and as a committee of Parliament was established to question climate change. It felt to me like we were slowly but surely sliding backwards.

Then on Twitter there were various tweets on of the main threads was originated by Hamish Price

Peter Dunne, the former MP and Minister, was the Chair of the Select Committe and he responded:-

Later in response to a more explicit query from Hamish Price we had this:-

There has been quite a lot of negative comment re Arderns remarks, nut then the Labour trolls and fellow travellers piled in and some threads became involved in detailed semantic debates and the development of tortuous interpretations of language.

However, it seems quite clear to this observer that yet again Ardern lied and lied blatantly. She used an overseas speech to spin again an untruth so as to make an argument .

Hamish Price again:-

She was seeking to make herself the heroine in the eyes of her audience. It is probable that she will have succeeded, because the chances of her audience fact checking the claim are remote.

Furthermore, it is appalling that to date there appears to be no mention in NZ media of this spin and misinformation.

In addition, she may well have br...

16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

15:36

Getty Villa Reinstallation Provides New Perspective on Antiquities "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The stunning Getty Villa is reopening April 18, 2018, after a complete reinstallation and reorganization to offer a new perspective on its antiquities collection. The Getty Villa, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, houses the J. Paul Getty Museums vast wealth of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities, which comprises about 44,000 objects. Nearly every piece in the museum was []

The post Getty Villa Reinstallation Provides New Perspective on Antiquities appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.

15:30

Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Swimming or sunbathing? Honesty or others Feelings? Dine in or delivery? The post Lets talk appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:14

Tooth decay sparks move to add fluoride to Darlingtons water "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A MOVE to introduce a mineral to the water supply in a town where more than a third of five-year-olds have one or more decayed, filled or missing teeth has been revealed.

Some 63 years after being invited to take part in a five-year trial to test the benefits of adding fluoride to the water supply, Darlingtons council looks set to be urged to do so by one of its committees.

When it rejected the scheme in 1955 members of Darlington Town Council said they feared they were making a mistake, but residents did not all want fluoride in their water.

Seven years later, the Ministry of Health published the studys results, which found there had been a substantial improvement in the teeth of young children in the areas which agreed to the study and no evidence of harm from fluoridation had been discovered.

At a meeting of the councils children and young people scrutiny committee members heard a proposal to introduce fluoride to the towns water supply was being drawn up following a study which exposed stark differences between childrens oral health between areas where the mineral is or is not in drinking water.

Members were told childrens oral health was also closely linked to deprivation, but there were huge differences between the economically similar areas of Darlington and Hartlepool, where the latter has fluoride naturally in the water.

Councillor Anne-Marie Curry said fluoridated water was the least intrusive way of helping people look after their teeth.

She told the meeting: There is still a feeling that there should be a choice. If they dont want the fluoridated water we should suggest they filter it or drink bottled water.

Last year, Dr John Furness, a consultant paediatrician based at Darlington Memorial Hospital, said despite weekly extraction clinics for youngsters in the region, councils were refusing to pay for the fluoride to water because of the cost involved.

Durham County Council has heard while 61 per cent of children were suffering decay in the Woodhouse Close area of Bishop Auckland, just six per cent were in the Chester-le-Street South division, where fluoride has been added to the water supply since the 1960s, at a cost of around 50,000 a year.

However, campaigners say there is no conclusive evidence about the benefits of adding the mineral to the water supply.

After being told about the possible move in Darlington, Professor of Health Policy at Kent University Stephen Peckham said schemes which had seen NHS staff support families were far more effective than fluoridation....

15:13

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15:12

National opposes oversight of our spies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Yesterday, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and security announced the creation of a civil society reference group to provide advice on her work programme. The group includes lawyers, intelligence policy experts, journalists and civil libertarians, and many have been strong critics of New Zealand's intelligence agencies in the past. Journalist Nicky Hager is the most prominent of these, but the group also includes Deborah Manning (who represented Ahmed Zaoui in his battle for freedom), journalist David Fisher, and Thomas Beagle of the NZ Council for Civil Liberties. Together, they'll help bring a more critical eye to the IGIS' work, and raise issues of concern which the IGIS may not have thought of. And if we want robust oversight of the spies to stop them getting out of control, that's a Good Thing.

Naturally, though, National is outraged at the thought that anyone who isn't part of the spy-club getting to have an opinion on spying. And its clear from Brownlee's press release that he doesn't actually want robust oversight at all. Instead, he wants an Inspector-General who meekly accepts whatever the spies tell them, and doesn't ask awkward questions - just like in the "good old days" before Zaoui. But as we say in the Zaoui case, that sort of chummy relationship does not serve the public, and allows the spies to get away with mayhem. And in a democracy committed to the rule of law, that simply isn't acceptable.

I am concerned about the reference group, but only insofar as it is used to silence critics. The rules around what they are and are not allowed to say will have to be closely examined. But I have confidence that if there is any attempt to silence them (e.g. by forcing them to get security clearances, making them subject to s78AA of the Crimes Act and unable to read Wikileaks for the rest of their lives), then they will simply pull the plug and resign.

15:00

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

14:42

Andrew ET Ettingshausen goes fishing in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Former rugby league player and keen fisherman Andrew ET Ettingshausen is lured to West New Britain in Papua New Guinea to chase big-fighting bass, but he is equally captivated by the vibrant culture and volcanic wilderness.

PNG fishing grounds

The surface lure touches down in an eddy beside an upturned tree. It bobs gently for a moment.

Then there is an explosion of water as it is taken, and in a heartbeat a giant bass is heading back to its lair.

I lock my thumb onto the spool and lean back hard on the rod, applying all the pressure I can. The bass, with its tail half out of the water, thrashes like crazy as it pulls my rod dead straight, a position you never want to be in.

The fish, under extreme pressure, kicks again.

No rod flex means I have no control as the big fish surges towards the safety of the upturned tree. I hold on tight and finally get a small wind on the reel.

The fish, under extreme pressure, kicks again, but this time I am able to get a bend in the rod. After five short pumps and winds, I have her head pointed the right way.

Pressure

...

14:36

Flannery leads program for 2018 Papua New Guinea Investment Conference "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Eminent scientist Professor Tim Flannery will be one of the key speakers at this years Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference at the Sofitel Brisbane Central on 6 and 7 August this year.

Professor Tim Flannery

Professor Tim Flannery has had a long career as advisor to government and business on climate issues, as well as being a broadcaster, a widely published author and a former Australian of the Year.

He will provide a keynote speech to the conference on the opportunities and challenges for PNG business in the low carbon economy of the future.

With the measures agreed to in the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement (to which Papua New Guinea is a signatory, alongside 195 other countries) that comes into effect in 2020, now is a perfect time to understand the implications for business.

Flannery is no stranger to PNG, having conducted ground-breaking scientific research in the country over several years.

Program

Over two days, around 30 additional speakers will examine opportunities across all key sectors of PNGs economy. With keynotes, panel discussions, case studies and special presentations, the program promises plenty of variety and substance.

Other confirmed speakers include Paul Sayer (Chief Executive Officer, Nambawan Super), Craig Kirkland (Director of Pacific Islands, Mastercard), Paul Statham (Regional Director, Digicel Pacific), David Hill (Country DirectorPNG, Asian Development Bank), Carolyn Blacklock (Acting Managing Director, PNG Power Ltd) and Augustine Mano (Managing Director, Mineral Resources Development Corporation).

Infrastructure focus

Infrastructure will be a major focus of the conference, with Day 2 dedicated entirely to it. Delegates will hear from major public and private investors in the countrys infrastructurein ports, roads, aviation, energy and telecommunicationswith logistics and transport also covered.

Delegates will learn about ground-breaking innovations.

Two key themes will also inform t...

14:34

Coal mine extension challenged on climate-change grounds "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Wallarah 2 coal mine extension approval has been challenged in the Land and Environment Court. Image CommunityRun.org

In an Australian first, the NSW Land and Environment court will hear arguments about the consideration of the ecologically sustainable development (ESD) principle of intergenerational equity in the context of climate change.

EDO NSW, on behalf of the Australian Coal Alliance (ACA), filed proceedings late Monday (April 16) challenging the validity of the January 2018 Planning Assessment Committee (PAC) approval of the Wallarah 2 longwall coal mine on the Central Coast.

EDO NSW CEO David Morris said, The decision-maker in this case was required by law to consider the public interest in approving the project. In 2018, we say that requires them to turn their mind to the impacts decisions of today will have on future generations, and also to consider what we dont yet know by applying the precautionary principle.

Our client will argue that the PAC, when considering the Wallarah 2 project, considered neither and in doing so acted unlawfully, rendering the approval of this large coal project invalid, he said.

Wallarah 2 will make a substantial contribution to greenhouse gas emissions  264+ million tonnes of CO2 over the 28-year life of the mine. The PAC chose not to take into account emissions from the burning of coal mined at Wallarah 2. Our client will argue that the law, correctly applied, mandates a consideration of those impacts.

This type of legal action is at the very heart of our democracy, Mr Morris stated, aiming to ensure that our elected officials and their delegates follow the law.

Were arguing that the law in this case wasnt followed with respect to climate change impacts and the ESD principle of intergenerational equity. This case is by its very nature climate change litigation and were seeing more and more of that in Australia.

The science is unequivocal: continuing to approve coal mines in NSW absent some other major change threatens the goal of avoiding dangerous climate change under the Paris Agreement, he said.

The Wallarah 2 case

  • The case will be fought on 10 grounds, concerning greenhouse gas emissions, flooding impacts and compensation and risks to water supply.
  • Climate chan...

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Beaze to dry in the sun.

14:30

Old white man of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Yesterday we thought about the modern woman, the Julie Anne Genter type, and her ability to grab a convenience meal out of the fridge and pop it in the microwave. But, how did the fridge get there?  Spoiler alert: Old white men were responsible. Quote: Before refrigeration systems were invented, people used to cool food [] The post Old white man of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:00

The Labour party of yesteryear represented the middle "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We are less than six months into a Labour, NZ First, Green Coalition and we must compare the difference between a Helen Clark led government with todays Ardern led government. For starters, Helen Clark, like her or not, was a smart operator. Her tax the rich to feed the poor socialist policies were dependent on [] The post The Labour party of yesteryear represented the middle appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:49

DOLLARS TO DONUTS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

that 'our' government will turn a 'Nelson's eye' to the racist decision of the South African government to amend Section 45 of their constitution to allow the expropriation, without compensation, of land belonging to an estimated 12,000 white farmers for  redistribution to their mates in what will almost certainly be a re-run of what happened in Zimbabwe which saw that country turn from being the 'breadbasket of Africa' into a net importer of food.

The South African government is determined to make these people into economic refugees in their own land.    They are being made scapegoats in order to turn attention away from the economic failures and endemic corruption that is the hallmark of the ANC governing Party.  

Will there be worldwide condemnation of this decision? ... give me a break.    South Africa is a 'black' country and these are' whites' ... who is going to stick their head up over the parapets and advocate for them and risk being labelled racist.    Nah, better that those being dispossessed of their land are to be seen as authors of their own misfortune by accident of birth.   They must pay for the sins of their fathers and and sins of their father's fathers.   

South Africa faces a bleak future.

13:30

An open letter to my fellow American Jews: this is a tough love message "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The following is a guest post from the blog Red Pill Jew. Due to its length, I have divided it into three posts so we can better absorb its message. This was not easy to write; I suspect it will be difficult to read as well.  I dont want to be harsh, I dont want to [] The post An open letter to my fellow American Jews: this is a tough love message appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:08

Compare the pair 1 month at Elfin Crossing "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Shocker!

Elfin Crossing Northern Pool taken 23.3.2018

Elfin Crossing Northern Pool taken 16.4.2018

13:00

Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In 2017 the NZSO toured with Martin Frost. He gave a dazzling encore, moving to the music. I wished I had known that the Kelzmer Dance was written by his brother Goran. And that Klezmer was a musical tradition of the Ashkenazi Jews of Eastern Europe. Here is a 2013 version. The post Mental health break appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:52

Why Does The Media Deal With Only One Issue....... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

......... at a time?

I don't know. 

Of course, they do deal with more than one issue but it seems as though only one issue dominates.  Then, after a few short days, it disappears.   Politicians play on this phenomenon, often introducing faux controversies in order to hasten the exit from public view of some uncomplimentary issue de jour.

If it's 'Trump bashing' then its the same issue every day but dressed up in different pajamas.

If it's 'Adern adoring' then its the same issue every day but dressed up in different pajamas.  (I must admit just one or two journalists seem to have cleared the mist from their eyes on this one.)

However, one wonders:-

What's happened to North Korea? 

What's happened to the Australian Prime Ditherer's woeful so-called 'energy policy?

What's happened to Clare Curran's perfidy?

What's happened to Frau Merkel

What's happened to the so-called US/China trade war?  (Here's a clue.  Were China winning, it would be all over thee media in banner headlines.)

What's happened to the appalling Islamic child grooming scandals from half a dozen Englsh cities?





12:51

Horowhenua Expressway Gamble "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Nats front up for Expressway meetings, but risks ahead for Horowhenua Council  By Veronica Harrod, Horowhenua Correspondent The land and property development agenda of Horowhenua District Council, and councils in-house economic development board, could implode if the Transport Agency decides not to proceed with the expressway past Levin. This demonstrates just how high the stakes are in []

12:33

Dog Abandoned In Parking Lot Is So Grateful To The Woman Who Saved Him "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Someone spotted the pit bull in a lot near a busy road in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was all alone, and hed been sitting in front of a chain-link fence for at least an hour. Most likely, someone had dumped him there.

Last Thursday, Janine Guido, founder and president of Speranza Animal Rescue, received a phone call about the pit bull along with a photo and she immediately leapt into her car to get him.

Credit: Speranza Animal Rescue

Every time you get called in for a stray, your adrenaline is pumping and youre not sure if theyre going to run off or anything, Guido told The Dodo.

When Guido arrived at the site, animal control was already there, and the officer (whom Guido is on friendly terms with) had caught the dog and put him in his truck.

I went up to Fred [the officer] and I said, How is he? Guido said. He was like, He was growling and snapping a bit. I had to catch pole him. I said, OK. Can I see him?

Credit: Speranza Animal Rescue

The officer obliged and opened the back of his truck, revealing a trembling pit bull.

I see this poor little dog, Guido said. He was cowered down with the saddest look in his eyes. I looked at his tail, and it was tucked so tight. He was terrified.

The dog, whom Guido named Vincent, also had cropped ears, and whoever had done it had removed most of the dogs ears.

...

12:30

The bigotry of liberal America "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It is an article of faith for many of the left that theirs is the side of righteousness. In the lefts worldview, they are the good guys, by default. Everyone else is not just wrong, but evil. When voters disagree with them, it cant be that they just had a different opinion. In the lefts [] The post The bigotry of liberal America appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:30

12:20

Fukushima's Nuclear Waste Will Be Dumped Into the Ocean, Japanese Plant Owner Says "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Toxic waste produced by one of the world's worst nuclear disasters will be dumped into the sea, according to the head of the Japanese company tasked with cleaning up the radioactive mess. Takashi Kawamura, chairman of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), told foreign media that nearly 777,000 tons of water tainted with tritium, a byproduct of the nuclear process that is notoriously difficult to filter out of water, will be dumped into the Pacific Ocean as part of a multibillion-dollar recovery effort following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. The company has yet to deal with the water that was used to cool the plant's damaged reactors, causing it to become tainted with tritium. Tepco wants to release the contaminated water that is being stored in hundreds of tanks at the plant into the ocean. According to Reuters, this is a common practice at functioning nuclear plants. The plan to dump tritium-contaminated water into the sea was met with opposition by local fishermen, who say their industry has suffered enough in the aftermath of the environmental crisis. Dozens of countries and the European Union now ban certain fish imports from Japan following the disaster. As for the rest of the Fukushima prefecture, life has started to resume, albeit slowly. Of the estimated 150,000 who fled, only around 13 percent have come back.

Note: For more along these lines, see concise summaries of deeply revealing news articles on the Fukushima Nuclear Plant disaster.

12:03

(Not so serious) Syria Invasion? Jacinda, Angela Merkel & Climate Change + Family Court Protestors. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

(Not so serious) Syria Invasion? Jacinda, Angela Merkel & Climate Change + Family Court Protestors.

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PM Jacinda Ardern speaks about climate change after meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron in Paris
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/front-page-top-stories/news/article.cfm?c_id=698&objectid=12033811&ref=CE-NZH-DND-AM

Mike Hosking: Diplomacy is a failed strategy
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/front-page-top-stories/news/article.cfm?c_id=698&objectid=12033268&ref=CE-NZH-DND-AM

Police protect judges at home from 'intimidating' Family Court protesters
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12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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12:00

RNZ Jesse Mulligan The Living Wage, does it pay? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/aft-20180416-1324-the_living_wage-128.mp3

Segment on a business paying the living wage. Some interesting comments though I am not in agreement with some of the attitudes taken.

11:32

On sales pitches and taking the public with you on aid "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Imagine being a door-to-door vacuum salesperson from the worlds 19th best vacuum company, approaching someone who already owns a Dyson, and trying to convince them that your model is better while saying that 80% of people you try to sell it to dont actually buy it.

Our Minister for International Development and the Pacific would sure give it a shot. Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells went to the Overseas Development Institute in the UK last night our time, said the UK should spend more money in the Pacific region and partner with Australia to help us with that little China-in-the-Pacific predicament, but said we couldnt possibly spend more money on such things ourselves because Australians dont like aid.

Australias terrible and declining performance on aid does not put it in a good position to tell other countries what to do with theirs. Influence doesnt come cheap. (Just ask China)

Terrible sales pitch aside, Senator CFWs remark that youve got to take the public along with you on aid is also worthy of examination.

Senator Fierravanti-Wells said the government polling had exposed a big schism between the community and those working in the aid sector who think the complete opposite.

You do have to take your public with you, she said.

In many ways, its true. We know there are differences between views in the aid sector and in the general public we did research on it. But the views are not polar opposites. (See our full range of research on public opinion on aid here.)

The UK government had to work extremely hard to take the public (and Conservatives) along with them when they instituted the 0.7% aid target, so they probably didnt need this pearl of wisdom from a representative of a government that has done absolutely nothing to build public support for or understanding of aid and development.

The hustle started in their own party room. They did it during the austerity period. It was campaigned for on the basis of it being the moral thing to do first and foremost, and in the cou...

11:30

Habeas Corpus: Where is the body? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The embarrassingly obsequious manner our Prime Minister displayed in her response to the recent air strikes in Syria is perhaps a reflection of her complete ignorance when it comes to matters of foreign affairs. It seems however that she is not alone with the leader of the opposition also chiming in with his own [] The post Habeas Corpus: Where is the body? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:00

Road maggot toll climbs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It was way back when I was a young curmudgeon that newspapers began printing the road toll on their front pages. The idea was to remind everyone to take care on the roads. The road toll has dropped steadily ever since. But what about deaths caused by cyclists? In the interest of public safety, it [] The post Road maggot toll climbs appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:52

US e-commerce proposal for WTO ignores Facebook data scandal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

April 17, 2018: In a communication to other WTO members on April 12, the US government has outlined its seven areas for a possible WTO work program on e-commerce.

  • free flow of information
  • fair treatment of digital products
  • protection of proprietary information
  • digital security
  • facilitating internet services
  • competitive telecommunications markets, and
  • trade facilitation.

Despite the recent scandals with Facebooks mass cross-border data theft and numerous fake accounts, the US position insists on the free free exchange of cross-border data, prevents data localization and prohibits web blocking. This deregulatory push flies in the face of calls for effective regulation.

Mark Zuckerberg himself agreed in Congressional hearings to greater regulation and genuine penalties for failing to protect user data and for fake news, one example being an Honest Ads Bill.

The US also wants future rules on e-commerce to address several areas highlighted in its recently concluded Section 301 investigation into Chinese trade practices. To protect proprietary information, the US says new rules should protect source code, bar forced technology transfers and prohibit discriminatory technology requirements. These provisions enhance monopoly and slow digital technology development.

On the issue of customs duties on e-commerce, WTO Members have agreed to renew a moratorium on e-commerce duties at every WTO ministerial since 1998.

The US and 76 other WTO members committed at the Buenos Aires ministerial last December to initiate exploratory work together toward future WTO negotiations on trade-related aspects of electronic commerce. There is no consensus among WTO members on launching e-commerce negotiations, but Australia has chaired the first informal meeting of this coalition of the willing to consider the US and other proposals.

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10:42

Taranaki iron sand seabed mining consent reduced Mori interest to lip service, court told "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Ngati Ruanui iwi went to Parliament to voice its protest against the Trans-Tasman Resources plans to mine iron sand off the Taranaki coast. (File photo: Monique Ford)

Stuff | April 16 2018

Mori interests were not properly considered in the decision to allow iron sand seabed mining off Taranaki, a court has been told.

They went to the High Court at Wellington on Monday seeking to overturn environmental permission for the project.

A lawyer for Mori and fishing interests, Francis Cooke, QC, said as far as they were aware this was a world first for deep sea iron sand mining to be allowed to be undertaken.

10:30

Jacindas Newspeak additions to your vocabulary "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The New Zealand Labour Party Manifesto 2017 says: Quote: Labour will future-proof the New Zealand economy by transitioning away from our reliance on fossil fuels to a high-tech, low carbon economy one that creates jobs by taking full advantage of renewable resources and existing and emerging technologies. [] And we will safeguard the right of [] The post Jacindas Newspeak additions to your vocabulary appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:18

Rising in the North, South, and West Heath Sector Workers Reject 2%. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From Middlemore to Whangarei Base and in little old Waitakere hospital the health sector workers are making the voices heard. At Middlemore over 300 nurses and health sector workers rallied supported by Unite Union, First Union and Etu. Notable was the absence of many public sector Unions though PSA did have a limited presence. At Waitakere Auckland Action Against poverty were there in solidarity while in Whangarei there was a chorus of car horns as the public enthusiastically voiced voiced their support for their nurses.

Turnout has been rather good With the Whangarei picket notably stronger than expected with around 50 people present. What is clear from the strong turnout is that the 2%pay offer is not even close to what is required by our health sector workers. Rather a figure closer to 18% would address the needs of the diligent heath sector workers.

Our workers deserve more 18% in 2018.

SA.

Whangarei
Waitakere

Waitakere

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10:02

Mining interests stalling SA plans to protect more of the ocean "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Ocean scientists say Marine Protected Areas not only protect fish from over-exploitation, but can also help to slow the effects of climate change. Photo: Steve Benjamin

A global ocean protection group has expressed concern that plans to fast-track the expansion of Marine Protected Areas off the South African coast appear to have stalled. 

Tony Carnie |  Daily Maverick | 16 April 2018

Plans to enlarge South Africas protected ocean reserve network have come to a halt, allegedly due to pressure from the oil, gas and extractive mining sector.

This is the claim from Ocean Unite, a Washington DC based global ocean protection group headed by former University of Cape Town international environmental law graduate Karen Sack.

Sack, co-author of a 2013 scientific report which urged the United Nations to establish a new Department for Oceans and a new Interpol-style navy to police the high seas, has voiced disappointment that plans to fast-track the expansion of Marine Protected...

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Station owner hopes for permanent lake after landslide stabilised :

A landslide between Gisborne and Wairoa which caused a large lake to form has been stabilised.

On Monday, Gisborne District Council said strategic management of the slip in Muriwai had stabilised the area, and the previously-closed Paparatu Rd had been reopened.

Last month, Hawkes Bay Civil Defence manager Ian Macdonald said the landslide, which was likely triggered by a small, localised earthquake, had become a significant hazard and people were warned to stay away from it. . . 

Enthusiasm wins award for family:

Waipahi sheep farmers Ross, Alexa and Logan Wallace are this years Otago Ballance Farm Environment Awards winners.

Their win was announced at a dinner at the Lake Wanaka Centre on Friday night. Judges described the family as a supportive, close family unit with clear vision, great goal-setting and financial discipline.

They have incredible enthusiasm and a passion to learn taking on ideas, good use of external advice and analysing data for the best outcomes.

They have a strong environmental focus; land and environment plan, nutrient budgeting, wetland construction, retention of biodiversity and water quality emphasis, as well as an outstanding commitment to community and industry. . . 

Ploughing in her blood Nicole Sharp:

Ploughing is not your ordinary type of sport, but national finalist Tryphena Carter, of Riversdale, is not your ordinary type of lady.

Driving a tractor while towing a conventional plough is not a sport most would think of getting into, but Miss Carter was born to plough.

She is now in full preparation for the New Zealand Ploughing Championships, being held at Thornbury, Southland, this weekend, where she will compete in the Silver Plough class.

She started in the sport aged 15 and these championships will be her eleventh. . . 

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10:00

Andrew Marr interviews Corbyn re Syria 15/04/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Corbyn interviewed by Andrew Marr for the BBC. Corbyn even more frightening than usual.

10:00

View from your window: Competition photo "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think this photo was taken? This is the competition photo of the month where the winner wins a one Kilo bag of Coffee Vice coffee beans from our generous sponsor Bluburd. We need you to be as detailed as possible with your answer. The person with the most detail will win. Tell [] The post View from your window: Competition photo appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:47

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09:30

Health activists caught out bullying private company despite MoH advice to the contrary "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Look at what government funded public health campaigners have been up to. The Taxpayers Union busts their little scam of fabricated complaints against a private company: Quote: Taxpayer-funded health activists ignored advice from the Ministry of Health, Auckland Council, and Auckland Transport, to bully a company into dropping a promotion to raise money for Youthline, [] The post Health activists caught out bullying private company despite MoH advice to the contrary appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:21

Kiwis Against Seabed Mining promises to take case to Supreme Court if necessary "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

KASM chairwoman Cindy Baxter says the previous governments support for the iron sands project was very clear to the Environmental Protection Agency. Photo: Pullar-Strecker

Tom Pullar-Strecker | Stuff | April 16 2018

One of the lobby groups fighting a decision to approve iron sands mining off the Taranaki coast says it is prepared to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in August approved an application by miner Trans Tasman Resources (TTR) to dredge a billion tonnes of iron sands from the South Taranaki Bight, in a split decision that swung on committee chairman Alick Shaws casting vote.

A total of 11 groups with environmental, fishing and Maori interests are appealing the decision at the High Court in Wellington. They are concerned about issues such as the plume from waste material that will be returned to the seabed.

Some have also warned the project would set a precedent for seabed mi...

09:00

Photoshop of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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09:00

Oscars Song: 1941 The Last Time I Saw Paris Ann Sothern "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Other nominations that year included Blues In The Night, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Chattanooga Choo Choo,

08:43

Bougainville president elaborates on No to mining "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Radio New Zealand | 17 April 2018

The President of the autonomous Papua New Guinea region of Bougainville has elaborated on why his government is saying no to mining at Panguna for the foreseable future.

Panguna was the site of the Bougainville Copper Ltd mine which was at the crux of the ten year long civil war.

In recent years there has been a push to have it re-opened to help drive the Bougainville economy forward.

Two companies, Bougainville Copper Ltd and RTG have been battling for the rights to mine Panguna but last week the government announced an indefinite moratorium on mining there.

Don Wiseman asked Bougainville President John Momis why they had taken such action.

JOHN MOMIS: Because landowners themselves are split. One faction supporting another company in developing the mine and another faction supports another company. So we dont want to cause a split amongst the landowners because we have a referendum coming. We want to make sure we unite our people.

DON WISEMAN: Yes, althoug...

08:30

Looks like the health minister has been caught telling porkies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The government went large on issues at Middlemore Hospital, and people started digging, wondering where was the evidence of all this. It seems to have turned out that the health minister has made up some of the story: Quote: National says reports of leaked emails showing the head of Middlemore hospital was unhappy with denials [] The post Looks like the health minister has been caught telling porkies appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

Fonterra to pay faster "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fonterra is changing its policy of delaying payment to trade suppliers by up to 90 days.

The dairy giant will in August return to an industry norm of paying small businesses on the 20th of the month following the end of the month in which an invoice is received. . .

Fonterra attracted widespread condemnation in 2016 when it changed its standard payment terms to make suppliers wait until 61 days after the end of the month to be paid. Those terms applied to the likes of tradespeople and contractors and not to farmers who supply Fonterra with milk.

It didnt apply to farmers but it did apply to the small businesses, some of which service and supply us. Anything which increases their costs and viability poses risks to us but even if it didnt its the principle.

Good businesses treat others as they would want to be treated.

The 2016 move came when milk solid price forecasts were wallowing in the doldrums at about $3.90 and was labelled classic bully-boy tactics by former National MP Chester Borrows.

Rob Spurway, Fonterras chief operating officer of global business, said Fonterra was revising its stance after listening to what its smaller suppliers had been saying.

This is doing the right thing. It is about providing them with that transparency and certainty.. .

Delaying payment was using small businesses as a bank, adding to their costs and adversely affecting their cash flow.

Returning to paying on the 20th of the month is the right thing.

The better thing would have been to do that all along.

 

08:28

More rivers improving than degrading "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Parker like so many in this government seems intent on dictating what businesses should do,

Homepaddock

New Zealand river quality is improving:

National River Water Quality Trends released by Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) today, reveal that for all river water quality parameters monitored over a 10 year period, more sites were improving than deteriorating. This encouraging national picture has been welcomed by scientists and local government who pointed to freshwater ecosystem management practices as likely contributing to the progress.

Trends analysis was led by Cawthron Institute Freshwater Group Manager and Ecologist, Dr Roger Young. He described the overall picture as encouraging and said, Looking back from 2016 at a decade of data, for every monitored parameter, more sites showed evidence of improving water quality, than degrading.

My hope is this could represent a turning point in New Zealands river health story.

While this analysis gives us cause for optimism, water quality is just one indicator of river health and there is still more work

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08:19

Amendments Made To Ok Tedi Agreement "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Post Courier | April 16, 2018

PARLIAMENT has made amendments to the Ok Tedi Agreement to allow the company access to US$35 million (K116m) to sustain its operations and growth.

Prime Minister Peter ONeill, who introduced the Ok Tedi Continuation, Ninth Supplemental Agreement Act in Parliament last week, said Ok Tedi Mine Limited is obliged to establish a reserve account to be kept in US dollars in an account approved by the company and the State.

He said to meet that purpose a fund (referred to as the financial assurance fund, or FAF, was established. The sole purpose of the FAF is to ensure funds are set aside to meet the mine closure obligations.

On a regular basis (every four years from the time it was first done in 2009), Ok Tedi Mining Limited reviews the mine closure liability, with such review being independently audited, and submitted to the MRA and CEPA for approval, Mr ONeill said

He said the most recent review and audit was completed in 2017 with the approved mine closure estimate bei...

08:00

Nobodys nuclear moment "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Im a bit older than Jacinda Ardern and Im a bit young to remember the Ban the Bomb protests in the 1960s, although I do remember it to some extent so I wanted to do a comparison with our former generations nuclear moment and hers because there are some interesting comparisons that I would [] The post Nobodys nuclear moment appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

Great Movie Clips: Charge of The Light Brigade "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

And

Two clips from Tony Richardsons classic movie- Charge of the Light Brigade

Plus the film was notable for Richard Williams animations

In many respects the film,which had a great cast, was more a commentary on society in the Victorian era and the poor state of the British Army; plus a cautionary tale regarding the dangers of intervening in other countries affairs. The film came out during the Vietnam War.

Adam saw the film when it was released and a couple of times since. Repays watching.

08:00

The cost of victory "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Only a week ago, the government took a stand against climate change and banned offshore oil exploration - the first step on the long pathway to decarbonising New Zealand. But as the Herald notes, Russel Norman and Sara May Howell are still facing trial at the end of the month for protesting against the very activity the government has banned back in 2017:

Prosecution against two Greenpeace activists who were charged with jumping into the water in front of an oil exploration ship will go ahead despite the Government announcing a ban on offshore oil exploration last week.

Greenpeace executive director and former politician Russel Norman and volunteer Sara May Howell are set to stand trial in the Napier District Court at the end of this month for their roles in a deep-sea oil protest last year.

The pair allegedly jumped into the water in front of oil exploration ship Amazon Warrior, off the Wairarapa coast, forcing it to stop its seismic work on April 10.

They were both charged with interfering in the operation of the 125m ship and pleaded not guilty at a joint appearance last October.


It would obviously be inappropriate for Ministers to direct that the case be dropped. At the same time, its also obviously a pointless prosecution, a mean-spirited act of revenge against those who turned the tide of public opinion and pushed the government into banning this toxic industry (and in the process, probably laying off some MBIE staff). But then, that's exactly what you'd expect from a vindictive organisation which seems totally in thrall to the industry it is supposed to regulate (and their nasty little spies).

The prosecution then is the cost of victory. Hopefully it won't be too high for Norman and Howell. Though with them gearing up to mount a necessity defence against the overwhelming threat of climate change, and effectively putting MBIE and the previous government's policies on trial, they're going to impose some pretty serious political costs on the government too.

Meanwhile, the law they are being prosecuted under - National's "Anadarko amendment" - is still on the books. I'm quite surprised that the government hasn't taken the opportunity to repeal it in their...

08:00

April 17 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

1770 - Captain Cook landed at Botany Bay.
And there went the neighbourhood.

1790 - Things were more than a bit crook with the Colony when the ship Sirius slipped down the plug hole near Norfolk Island in March taking most of the food with her; this led to two major things...that Lieut-Gov King swanned off to Britain which left a nasty bully in charge of Norfolk Island who proclaimed martial law for 4 months, and that Gov Phillip dispatched the ONLY remaining ship HMAS Supply to Batavia on this day for emergency food stores.


1801 - The ship Ocean arrived at Sydney from whaling off the south coast.

1813 - The Sydney Gazette on this day described an excursion from the Beecroft area made by 12 explorers, assisted by three friendly local Aboriginal guides to Lake Wollumboola and crossing the Lake Wollumboola entry to the sea.

1816 - . Appin massacre. New South Wales Governor Macquarie sent parties against the Gundungurra and Dharawal people on their lands along the Cataract River, a tributary of the Nepean River (south of Sydney), in reprisal for violent conflicts with white settlers (in which several died) in the adjoining Nepean and Cowpastures districts, during a time of drought.The punitive expedition split in two at Bent's Basin, with one group moving south-west against the Gundungurra, and the other moving south-east against the Dharawal. This latter group came upon Cataract Gorge, where the soldiers used their horses to force men, women and children to fall from the cliffs of the gorge, to their deaths below. On April 17, around 1 am soldiers arrived at a camp of Dharawal people at Appin. Captain Willis from the party of soldiers wrote: "The fires were burning but deserted. A few of my men heard a child cry ....The dogs gave the alarm and the natives fled over the cliffs. It was moonlight. I regret to say some (were) shot and others met their fate by rushing in despair over the precipice. Fourteen dead bodies were counted in different directions."
The massacre is remembered in April each year, when Winga Myamly Reconciliation Group and the local Aboriginal community meet to remember the loss of lives.

1819 - Maria Lock was one classy, clever chickybabe; she was born the daughter of Yarramundi the 'Chief of the Richmond Tribes', sister to Colbee, wife of Bennelong's son, the first sanctioned Aboriginal lady to marry a convict, probably the first Aboriginal gal to be assigned the same convict and she became a landowner in her own right.
But today, in 1819, the Sydney Gazette reported her talents in the schoolroom when the 14 year old Maria took the major first prize in the school anniversary exams having beaten over 100 'European' kids,
"Prizes were prepared for distribution among such children as should be found to excel in the early rudiments of education, moral and religious and i...

07:56

Waitareres Great Forest Events "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I run for the textures under my feet. Roger Robinson Something for everyone By Roger Childs More than 3000 people took part in events from 5km to the marathon in the Waitarere Forest at the weekend. The annual event started in 1997 when just 150 or so people ran or walked in the northern part []

07:30

Penny Bright is on the bludge after more than a decade of not paying rates "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Penny Bright is on the bludge after more than a decade of not paying rates. Shes set up a bludge-a-little page to help her pay her outstanding rates: Quote: I have until 24 April 2018, to get Auckland Council CEO Stephen Town to withdraw from the Auckland High Court, the forced Rating Sale proceedings against [] The post Penny Bright is on the bludge after more than a decade of not paying rates appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:27

Campaign Launch: Celebrating and Defending Customary Land "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Video of Kjz9rCwf_bI

 

ACT NOW! is today launching a new multi-media campaign 'Celebrating and Defending Customary Land.

Why? Well, customary land is the most valuable and important asset available to most Papua New Guineans but its critical role is often misunderstood or misrepresented, particularly by outsiders.

Too few people realise customary land supports an economy estimated to be worth K40 billion a year, provides jobs and incomes for 3 million farmers and provides housing and a sense of community for more than 7 million people.

Papua New Guineas Real Economy - Factsheet

Many outsiders and local elites like to describe customary land as idle, undeveloped and a barrier to development

Customary Land Lies - Brochure 

But exactly the opposite is true:

Customary land is the only resource on which we can build a sustainable future that benefits the majority of the population rather than just a tiny minority.

But if we are to realise this opportunity people must be empowered to defend their customary land and must not to fall victim to the false promises of those who want to take it away from them.

This is particularly important as we struggle to cope with our population explosion, which will see numbers almost double by 2050, and food security becomes even more of a pressing global issue.

PNGs Population Explosion - Infographic and Poster

Already some countries are looking to acquire customary land in Papua New Guinea to feed their own people while the threats from the foreign owned logging and oil palm industries are ever present. Adding to these pressures are the international banks who want people to use their customary land as security for loans and a government which continues to push its dangerous land regist...

07:15

Bob Jones: Jonesy, come and have a coffee "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I unashamedly admit I read the Daily Mail website and not because of its pathetic obsession with womens tits. Rather I like its no-punches-pulled political and other observations, doubtless a factor in it being the worlds most popular newspaper site. A few weeks back Britain was hit with a big freeze. Temperatures plunged way below zero. With typical Mail enterprise they sent photographers into the streets that icy evening to photograph what the British tabloid press cruelly but accurately call fat slags. These are young, plain-faced women aged from 17 to 25, low of intellect and fat of thigh, wobbling along on absurdly high heels wearing minis barely covering their fat bums and significantly, always, always, with the only thing they think they have going for them, plunging necklines. The post Bob Jones: Jonesy, come and have a coffee appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Early front runner for NZs dodgiest local government politician: Phelan Pirie "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Rodney is the bluest of blue wards on Auckland Council, and one that Phil Goff and Bill Cashmore are attempting to rape and pillage even more than usual to fund their pet projects in the CBD. Which makes you wonder why a Rodney Local Board member, Phelan Pirie, apparently known behind his back as that [] The post Early front runner for NZs dodgiest local government politician: Phelan Pirie appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

More rivers improving than degrading "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

New Zealand river quality is improving:

National River Water Quality Trends released by Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) today, reveal that for all river water quality parameters monitored over a 10 year period, more sites were improving than deteriorating. This encouraging national picture has been welcomed by scientists and local government who pointed to freshwater ecosystem management practices as likely contributing to the progress.

Trends analysis was led by Cawthron Institute Freshwater Group Manager and Ecologist, Dr Roger Young. He described the overall picture as encouraging and said, Looking back from 2016 at a decade of data, for every monitored parameter, more sites showed evidence of improving water quality, than degrading.

My hope is this could represent a turning point in New Zealands river health story.

While this analysis gives us cause for optimism, water quality is just one indicator of river health and there is still more work to be done. While all parameters show there are more sites improving than degrading, there are still degrading sites for all parameters. In order to continue further improvements, we need to invest in freshwater ecosystem management, routine monitoring, and further research and innovation, said Dr Young.

The National River Water Quality Trends (2007 2016) released by LAWA follows a similar 10 year analysis released in 2015 by National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA). Compared with the 2015 report, a change in the trend of nitrogen is particularly noteworthy, with significant progress in the number of improving sites compared with the number that are deteriorating. . . 

This report shows an encouraging trend.

However, it might not persuade the government enough is being done:

The Government is planning a more centralised regulatory approach to fresh water management and Environment Minister David Parker warns farmers he is not afraid to make unpopular decisions.

Parker indicated the shift in approach in an address to a Catchments Otago symposium on water and biodiversity issues, hosted by Otago University. 

He said he will get off the back of rural New Zealand when he sees water quality is no longer deteriorating.

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06:56

Tongas constitution costly, poorly written and undemocratic, report says "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tongas 2010 constitution is poorly written, promotes secrecy, has compromised the role of the judiciary and parts of it may be illegal, according to a new report.

The report, by Peter Pursglove, a legal consultant in Constitutional Law from Trinidad and Tobago, was based on a survey carried out on behalf of the Commonwealth Secretariat.

According to the Pursglove report, which was endorsed by the Tuivakan government in 2014:

*Tongas 2010 constitution does not uphold democracy
*The Privy Council lacks any democratic composition or accountability
*The judiciary lacks accountability and transparency.
* Changes to the judiciary are inefficient, ineffective, unaffordable and possibly illegal.
* No public discussions were held regarding the reforms to the judiciary or why they were considered necessary.

The present Constitution of Tonga can lay claim to being the most poorly structured and drafted Constitution of any Country in the Commonwealth, the report says.

When one considers the justifiable pride felt by Tongans everywhere in the First Constitution handed down by King George Tupou I in 1875, this is truly a very sad state of affairs in a Kingdom that has one of the worlds oldest surviving written constitutions, the report said.


Pursglove reviewed certain aspects of the Tongan constitution particularly the establishment of the office of the Lord Chancellor, the appointment of the Attorney General and his role as the principal legal advisor to cabinet.

He also reviewed the establishment of the Judicial Appointments and Discipline Panel as a Committee of the Privy Council and the role of the panel in making recommendations to the King in Privy Council.

The report noted that before the Constitutional reforms of 2010 the Kingdom of Tonga had a well- functioning Judiciary that was independent and operated in accordance with recognised Constitutional Law standards. The Tongan Judiciary could be compared favourably with the judiciaries of other Commonwealth States.

However, the Constitution of 2010 made sweeping changes to the Judiciary. These changes created a unique judicial structure not found anywhere else in the Commonwealth. No public discussions were...

06:55

I SEE THE ISRAELI LABOR PARTY HAVE DECLARED JEREMY CORBYN "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

persona non grata because of his refusal to step up and rid UK Labour Party of those expressing antisemitic views.    Clearly they see Corbyn as big on rhetoric but when push comes to shove he wimps out ... not overly surprising when it's 'Momentum' (his own bugle band) that's front and centre of the controversy.

The reality is that there has always been an element of antisemitism in both the hard left and hard right of UK politics.   Clearly the Tories do a better job of managing it ... confining it to the Boardrooms rather than shouting it at Party political meetings

Whatever ... it's a big call when the leader of a Labour Party is declared  'untermensch' by another fraternal Labo(u)r Party.

I'm sure Lord Egbut will have a view on this.

06:54

IFC highlights niche-market investment needed to drive tourism in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Adventure Park , Port Moresby
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in partnership with the Tourism Promotion Authority of Papua New Guinea, says new research shows developing niche market tourism has the potential to attract an extra 40,000 tourists to Papua New Guinea, contributing US$286 million annually by 2027.

The scenario is part of highlights from an assessment into tourism demand in Papua New Guinea, which IFC launched today in conjunction with the results of the 2017 International Visitor Survey (IVS), which looks into current tourism trends. 

The findings show that last year PNG had 86,403 air visitors, who spent around $205 million dollars. Sixty percent of those visitors traveled to the provinces in 2017. Currently, business travelers make up the highest proportion of people arriving by air in Papua New Guinea, but the research shows holiday tourists are the biggest spenders, outlaying US$2,859 per trip.

With holiday makers to Papua New Guinea making up only about a quarter of all visitors, its clear the country is lagging behind its regional competitors, Fiji and Vanuatu, where tourists account for 75 percent of all visitors, said John Vivian, IFC Resident Representative to Papua New Guinea. Greater investment can help Papua New Guinea boost holiday arrivals and close that gap, increasing revenue, diversifying the economy, and spreading the benefits to rural areas where tourists like to travel.

The highlights of the demand assessment show how Papua New Guinea could better target tourists from high value niche-markets, including cultural tourism, soft adventure, birdwatching, diving and historical tourism. Collectively, these markets are worth over US$970 billion dollars globally of which Papua New Guineas share is about US$93.5 million.

Both government and the private sector will need to make long-term investments in infrastructure, capacity building, product development and marketing to realize this change, said Jerry Agus, CEO of Tourism Promotion Authority. If we do this, Papua New Guinea has the potential to become a world-class destination over the ne...

06:52

Researchers mark death of Pearl Harbor mastermind Yamamoto with visit to Bougainville "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

wtop.com | April 16, 2018 

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A group from the U.S. and Japan is trekking to a remote Pacific island jungle to document what is considered one of the most important wreck sites of World War II: where American fighters shot down a Japanese bomber carrying the mastermind of the Pearl Harbor attack.
FILE - This May 21, 1943, file photo shows Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander-in-Chief of the Japanese combined fleet and the mastermind of the attack on Pearl Harbor. A group from the U.S. and Japan is trekking to a remote Pacific island jungle in Papua New Guinea to document what is considered one of the most important wreck sites of World War II: where American fighters shot Yamamoto down 75 years ago. (AP Photo, File)
Three members of a New York-based WWII research organization and a Japanese aviation expert plan to visit the crash site on Bougainville, part of Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, the 75th anniversary of Admiral Isoroku Yamamotos death.
Yamamoto had spent several years in the U.S. earlier in his military career, studying at Harvard University and admiring Americas industrial might. In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, he was quite possibly the most hated man in America.
As long as he lived, the Japanese navy was a threat, said Donald A. Davis, a Colorado-based writer who told the story of Operation Vengeance in a 2005 book. He was feared in the Pacific.
Historians generally credit Yamamoto, an innovative proponent of air power, with the idea of attacking the U.S. Pacific fleet and convincing Japanese military leaders that his plan could work. The Dec. 7, 1941, sneak attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor on Hawaiis Oahu Island killed more than 2,400 people, sunk or damaged 18 ships, destroyed 300 warplanes and drew the U.S. into the war.
Getting Yamamoto became very much a mission of its own.
The big break for the U.S. came on April 13, 1943, when Navy code breakers discovered that Yamamoto planned to tour bases in area...

06:51

Australian Government calls on Britain to raise effort in the Pacific amid China push "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Turnbull government is urging Britain and other Commonwealth nations to step up their engagement in the Pacific amid concerns about the growing influence of China, calling for a shift in thinking on billions of dollars in aid funding.

The new message highlights Britains exit from the European Union to make the case for a stronger Commonwealth presence in the Pacific Islands based on shared beliefs in freedom and a commitment to the rule of law.

The call comes after the construction of a mammoth port in Vanuatu fuelled concerns about Chinas ability to extend its naval power in the region, triggering a denial from the Vanuatu government that it would support any such military plans.

International Development Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells will point to the United Kingdoms $23 billion (US$32 billion) foreign aid budget as a reminder of the need for British support for Pacific nations and other Commonwealth members at a time of big shifts in global affairs.

The ministers remarks to a Commonwealth summit in London on Monday will come days before Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives in the city for talks with British counterpart Theresa May and others at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which ends on Friday.

Senator Fierravanti-Wells will suggest that Brexit should lead to new partnerships between Australia and the UK in the Pacific with an emphasis on useful infrastructure, adding

Australia and the UK share so much when it comes to our perspective on the importance of overseas development in making the world a better place, Senator Fierravanti-Wells will tell the Commonwealth forum.

Particularly when it comes to our approach to development, our shared beliefs in freedom, democracy and the international rules-based order bind us together towards a common central goal of a stable, secure and prosperous world.

These virtues are the bedrock upon which our two nations were built.

Senator Fierravanti-Wells sparked controversy in January by warning that a huge flow of Chinese aid money was being used to build roads to nowhere and buy influence in the Pacific Islands, a remark that gained support from analysts but a rebuke from Chinese officials.

Three months after those remarks, the Fairfax Media revelations about the Vanuatu port have intensified the debate over Chinese projects and the reach of the Chinese...

06:49

China to assist PNG to host APEC summit "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

China has pledged its full support to see Papua New Guinea host a successful APEC Leaders Summit in November.

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Rimbink Pato confirmed this in Beijing following his meeting with his Chinese counterpart and State Councillor Wang Yi last Friday.

Pato told Post-Courier that following the meeting with Wang Yi, they have talked about establishing a free trade agreement between the two countries.

He said China has agreed to the deal and will do a feasibility study.

The plans of the feasibility and a way forward memorandum of understanding will be signed between President Xi Jingping and our government and the Prime Minister when he comes to PNG for APEC in November.

We have also discussed the Chinese president Xi Jingpings visit to PNG and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will come to prepare the way and he is arriving in October upon my invitation, he said.

Pato said apart from APEC they have also discussed areas of national interests including a visa fee waiver for government officials and diplomats in China and PNG.

He said they had also discussed with Wang if the Chinese Government could facilitate the early landing of Air Niuginis direct flights into Shanghai.

This in regards to the direct flights which I have written to him in the past about and if there is a possibility of code sharing of any of the airlines as there are so many of them. We need to look at the economics of it straight away.

We have also talked about some of the key natural projects like the Frieda gold mine and some agricultural projects in the West Sepik province including other projects that are under the Chinese bilateral aid program, Pato said.

He alluded to the US-China trade war stating that PNG was an anti-protectionism area free from free trade liberalisation, meaning PNG was free to trade globally.

As a result, he said PNG will not be impacted by this trade war.

We are for multilateral framework to support the World Trade Organisation.

We want to explore all opportunities of partnership between the two countries.

One of the key underlying conversations is that we have connect with all parts of China and of course PNG has to uphold the one China policy, he said.

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS

06:44

World Vision donates to Earthquake victims in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Hundreds of families in six villages at the foot of Mt Bosavi in Kutubu Southern Highlands Province received relief from the World Vision Papua New Guinea response team last week.

The donation is a joint partnership effort between World Vision and the Evangelical Church of PNG that saw 7,500 Aqua tabs, 250 litre jerry cans and 125 fleece blankets distributed to families who were affected by the earthquake.

World Vision Response manager, Bonie Belonio said the area has been greatly affected and the items distributed were of great help especially for mothers and children.

Mr Belonio said it was in the best interest of the organisation to make a difference in the lives of the people, especially the mothers and the children who suffered the most from the recent earthquake.

He said the relief supplies were donated following the recent earthquake that left many in need of assistance.

Several people are still traumatised because of the second wave of earthquake, said Mr Belonio.

We are looking forward to reaching out into other villages in the affected areas which will require airlift support as the only way of getting in the relief across.

Janet Timmon, a beneficiary of the relief items said her family has been greatly affected during the disaster.

My children have fallen ill with diarrhea, fever and common cold amongst others but Im happy that the items distributed will be of help to my children, she said.

ELCPNG Station Manager Tammy Beiyo also confirmed that the earthquake had destroyed most of the food gardens and water sources in the area and people are bound to such common diseases.

We are now in need of food, water and clothing at the moment, said Mr Beiyo.

Mr Beiyo also thanked the World Vision for the relief items and awareness programs conducted to the affected communities. Press Release

06:43

A new expos of Mother Teresa shows that sheand the Vaticanwere even worse than we thought "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Always thought there was something not right with her

Why Evolution Is True

First Christopher Hitchens took her down, then we learned that her faith wasnt as strong as we thought, and now a new study from the Universit de Montral is poised to completely destroy what shreds are left of Mother Teresas reputation. She was the winner of the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize, was beatified and is well on her way to becoming a saint, and shes universally admired. As Wikipedia notes:

[She was] named 18 times in the yearly Gallups most admired man and woman poll as one of the ten women around the world that Americans admired most. In 1999, a poll of Americans ranked her first in Gallups List of Most Widely Admired People of the 20th Century. In that survey, she out-polled all other volunteered answers by a wide margin, and was in first place in all major demographic categories except the very young.

The criticisms of

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06:30

The only person who missed out on an appointment is Kim Dotcom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I am gobsmacked at this announcement yesterday from the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security: Quote: The Inspector-General has today announced the establishment of a Reference Group. The Group brings together a broad range of individuals and groups, all of whom have specific expertise and experience that in one way or another touches on the work [] The post The only person who missed out on an appointment is Kim Dotcom appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Chatham House The Vote for Brexit "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

An interesting presentation on some of the reasons why

06:30

On writing, PNG literature and the voice of the diaspora "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

I recently caught up with Rashmii Bell over lunch in Brisbane, and asked about her background and experiences as an author. Listen to the podcast, read the transcript, or for highlights of what we discussed, read on.

I began by asking Rashmii to tell me about her background, and what she is currently involved in.

Rashmii hails from Sio, Morobe Province in PNG, having being born and lived in Lae, as well as Port Moresby and (presently) Brisbane. She was educated in Australia, and has lived between there and PNG since 1990. She studied at Griffith University, obtaining a degree in psychology and criminology. She has more than ten years of experience working in case management within adult and youth corrections services.

And now?

Im a little past nine years while Ive been at home. Ive just been raising children. But, Ive always enjoyed reading. I read everything, read every day. And writing, I have been writing for myself, but I only just started having my work published in the past three years

I went on to ask what Rashmii considered to be the most significant milestones in her journey as an author. Her first, and possibly most significant milestone, was seeing her work published on the PNG Attitude blog, edited by Keith Jackson. More recently, her role as editor of My Walk to Equality has provided new opportunities:

appearing at the writers festivals, the Sunshine Coast festival this year, and then Brisbane Writers Festival, both in 2016 and 2017, which has really, I think, for the majority of the emerging contemporary PNG writers, thats a huge thing for us to know that Papua New Guinean literature is being mentioned at these international events.

In a similar vein, I asked Rashmii what she thought were the things that had the most influence on her voice as an author. She explained to me that she focuses on long form writing, with her pieces best classified as opinion and commentary. This is not a genre favoured by many Papua New Guineans and, among those that do, there are very few women, so I think that in itself helps elevate my voice because I am the minority in amongst the commentators out there, among the PNG men.

In addition, the subjects she writes on social justic...

06:00

1News poll has Nats in front but still friendless "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The latest 1News Colmar Brunton poll has the Nats back in front but, unless they can create a new partner or bury the hatchet with NZ First, they still cant win. 1News reports: National has regained the lead in the latest 1 News Colmar Brunton poll following Simon Bridges rise to the party leadership. [] The post 1News poll has Nats in front but still friendless appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

05:53

Resources for the world, not war "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

This morning, warmongers awoke to some great news: Raytheon stock shares surged to an all-time high following Friday nights tomahawk missile strikes on Syria.

This shouldnt come as a shock. As the U.S. leads the world in military spending - $727 billion or 67% of our federal budget - with rich countries like Australia, France, the UK, Germany, and Spain following suit, the world has opted-in to $1.68 trillion to be spent on war annually. Many governments are planning increases in military budgets together with cuts in health, education and development cooperation this year. And despite international efforts towards a nuclear treaty ban, the Great Powers are continuing their research and development of nuclear weapons, and coupled with hasty threats of nuclear war, we are seeing the ever-increasing likelihood of global catastrophe.

And whats worse? Our tax dollars pay for militarism. That's why, in partnership with  NWTRCC, we produce the Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes flyer, a political education resource we use to break down the bloated military budget. It's part of our commitment to antimilitarism and the Global Campaign on Military Spending (GDAMS), an international campaign of peace and justice organizations committed to demilitarization and disarmament across the world. 

This year, GDAMS has a rather small ask: a reduction in global military spending by just 10%.

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05:45

What is the real oil and gas agenda? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There were many mixed messages around the announcement last week that no more offshore oil and gas exploration permits would be issued (while the current Governbment remains in power at least). Gavin Shaw (editor of Energy News) writes of a possible agenda in A symbolic beheading of the oil and gas industry: Weve stopped the []

05:41

Social justice, a definition ... "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"Let me offer you my definition of social justice: I keep what I earn and you keep what you earn. Do you disagree? Well then tell me how much of what I earn belongs to you - and why?"
~ Walter Williams
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05:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:19

Little warns and assures Taranaki on oil and gas "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

After the Government announced they would not issue any more offshore oil and gas exploration permits the reaction was swift, as was the despatch of Andrew Little to Taranaki to try to placate the oil and gas industry dependent region. Little grew up in New Plymouth, but twice failed to win an electorate seat there []

05:15

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

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

05:06

Mid Week Quiz No. 118 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The latest challenge.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers on Sunday.   What was the post-war capital of West Germany?   Who was the Commander of the Confederate forces in the American Civil War?   What is loess?   Who won the netball final in the []

05:01

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I know of a cure for everything: salt waterin one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.  Karen Blixen who was born on this day in 1885.

05:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

04:55

On Arderns fence sitting on Syrian attacks "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jacinda Ardern stood out from allies by not giving a strong endorsement of the US/UK/French missile attack on Syria. Neither did she take a stand against violence and war. Her careful positioning on a wobbly fence may have disappointed both sides of a bitter war argument. Chris Trotter points this out in Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern []

04:40

Trains and light rail versus roads and buses "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Government has an obvious preference for railway lines over roads, but there are concerns about the rail option in the US, where in many areas passenger numbers are static or falling. Installing railway lines is expensive, and it is relatively inflexible, both in the short term and the long term. Its far easier to []

04:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Todays face of the day is R Lee Ermey who passed away on Sunday. Quote: R. Lee Ermey lived a very active and diverse life for 74 years. Many of you may know him as The Gunny which is a nickname he acquired from doing the iconic film Full Metal Jacket. In that film, he received a Golden [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is oxter (noun) (dialect Scot and Irish and Northern English) the armpit. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Old English hsta, xta . The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:12

France pledges support for NZ-EU trade agreement "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In their first meeting French president Emmanuel Macron has pledged support alongside Jacinda Ardern for a European trade agreement with New Zealand. Mrena, ko te Rtu tnei ra. Good morning, it's Tuesday. NZ has edged closer to a free trade agreement with the EU, having won the support of France. More on this & all []

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 17 20 The crooked heart will not prosper; the lying tongue tumbles into trouble. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Hey men - lets make our streets & buses safe for women & girls "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

#Sanap
A Youth Sanap Wantaim campaigner creating awareness of street harassment during Anti-Street Harassment Week

BETTY GABRIEL WAKIA

PORT MORESBY - It was busy Friday and I was amongst the people walking through the Ori Lavi building when a stranger whispered to me, Hey, lush you, perfume stap olsem yu iet.

Before I could react he had disappeared into the crowd; frustratingly because it was third time in a week this had happened to me and I could have slapped the guy with force and give him a lesson to think about a thousand times before doing it to anyone else.

This is not a new or unusual incident for any Papua New Guinean girls in public places or who use public transport in our urban areas. Its the kind of daily challenge to our safety that occurs whenever women and girls step out of their homes.

A stupid remark like Hey stack one, nogat makmak, being spat out on the street by a stranger is something many women and girls experience.

It may seem like just a bit of harmless fun but street harassment is really about power and control and I know from personal experience that it can easily turn to violence.

Its upsetting to see women and girls being harassed by name calling, unwanted comments or touching when they pass a group of strangers on the street of Boroko or around Gordons market.

If young girls walk to a bus stop in their shorts, men will leer and start whistling, catcalling and making demands. Taxi drivers follow them around, hooting their car horns. Lewd comments are hurled from all angles.

Sometimes women just stand there looking stunned and thinking that these men mustve come from a cave in the middle of the New Guinea jungle. Perhaps if someone walked along in a bikini and put on a show in front of these cavemen they would just back off and walk away.

We live in a world where every day I am reminded that women are a commodity because every day we are treated like a piece of public property.

Most women in PNG experience this form of harassment and they feel unsafe in public places and take steps to avoid hara...

03:22

Media watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:10

Open Forum Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:00

Bougainville minister loses seat as court endorses vote recount "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Outside national court (Sally Pokiton)
Sam Akoitai (right) outside National Court after winning back his Central Bougainville seat (Sally Pokiton)

NEWSDESK | Pacific Media Centre (Loop PNG)

AUCKLAND - Bougainville Affairs Minister Father Simon Dumarinu has been ousted by Papua New Guineas national court as the first casualty since last years general election.

The national court sitting in Waigani declared Sam Akoitai, a former mining minister, re-elected for the seat of Central Bougainville after deliberating on an election petition.

Justice Lawrence Kangwia declared Mr Akoitai elected in the recount by just four votes - 7,257 to Fr Dumarinus 7,253.

Mr Akoitai was declared the winner after the court refused a motion by Fr Dumarinu for a further recount.

He is regarded as a cheerleader for Bougainville Copper Limited, having worked for the company for eight years. He also fought against the Bougainville Revolutionary Army during the regions 10-year civil war.

Wed like to continue to maintain peace in Bougainville and peace must be the winner, Mr Akoitai said outside court.

Its now down to work, both in Bougainville and Papua New Guinea.

Fr Dumarinu is a Marist Catholic priest from Deomori in the Panguna mine area and was elected to Parliament for the Social Democratic Party led by Governor Powes Parkop.

Monday, 16 April

23:06

Second shark attack at Gracetown, Western Australia after 41-year-old man bitten "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A second man has been attacked by a shark off Gracetown on Monday just hours after a surfer was mauled in the same area. Jason Longrass was bitten by a shark just hours after Alejandro Travaglini, a father of two from Margaret River, was attacked by a great white at Cobblestones surf break. Channel 9 reporter Michael Stamp told 6PR a the 41-year-old Denmark man was mauled at Lefthanders break about 2.40pm, just two kilometres south of the first attack. Mr Longrass said he had not realised the beach was closed, and said he saw a four-metre white pointer coming towards him. Paramedics were treating him at the beach for reported minor leg injuries.

23:05

Anzac Day services in Papua New Guinea, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery

Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) assists the Port Moresby RSL sub branch and the Australian High Commission in the official Anzac Day Dawn Service on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, at Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery.

The commemorative service is open to the public.

Event:
2018 Anzac Day Dawn Service

Date:
Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Time:
5:00 am: Dawn Service commences


Venue:
Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea.

Isurava Memorial

DVA, in conjunction with the Australian High Commission, Port Moresby, conducts the official Anzac Day Dawn Service on Wednesday, 25 April 2018, at Isurava Memorial.


Event:
2018 Anzac Day Dawn Service

Date:
Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Time:
5.30am: Dawn Service commences

22:55

The Late Movie Because of the Cats (1973) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Because of the Cats (1973) is a Dutch/Belgian co-production, starring British actor Bryan Marshall as Van der Valk.

22:42

IFC highlights niche-market investment needed to drive tourism in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

April 16, 2018

 IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in partnership with the Tourism Promotion Authority of Papua New Guinea, says new research shows developing niche market tourism has the potential to attract an extra 40,000 tourists to Papua New Guinea, contributing $286 million (K929 million) annually by 2027.
The scenario is part of highlights from an assessment into tourism demand in Papua New Guinea, which IFC launched today in conjunction with the results of the 2017 International Visitor Survey (IVS), which looks into current tourism trends.
The findings show that last year PNG had 86,403 air visitors, who spent around $205 million (K666 million).
Sixty percent of those visitors traveled to the provinces in 2017.
Currently, business travelers make up the highest proportion of people arriving by air in Papua New Guinea, but the research shows holiday tourists are the biggest spenders, outlaying $2859 (K9290) per trip.
With holiday makers to Papua New Guinea making up only about a quarter of all visitors, its clear the country is lagging behind its regional competitors, Fiji and Vanuatu, where tourists account for 75 percent of all visitors, said John Vivian, IFC Resident Representative to Papua New Guinea.
Greater investment can help Papua New Guinea boost holiday arrivals and close that gap, increasing revenue, diversifying the economy, and spreading the benefits to rural areas where tourists like to travel.
The highlights of the demand assessment show how Papua New Guinea could better target tourists from high value niche-markets, including cultural tourism, soft adventure, birdwatching, diving and historical tourism. Collectively, these markets are worth over $970 billion dollars (K3.152 trillon) globally of which Papua New Guineas share is about $93.5 million (K304 million).
Both government and the private sector will need to make long-term investments in infrastructure, capacity building, product development and marketing to realize this change, said Jerry Agus, CEO of Tourism Promotion Authority.
If we do this, Papua New Guinea has the potential to become a world-class destination over the next 10 years.
IFCs tourism project in Papua New Guinea, supported by Australia and New Zealand under the Papua New Guinea Partnership, is focused on supporting the development of tourism business, improving tourism-related conditions, and helping attract investment in the tourism sector.

About IFC 

IFCa sister organisation of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Groupis the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the tough...

22:19

Papua New Guinea LNG project resumes exports - data "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

reuters.com | April 16, 2018

SINGAPORE, April 16 (Reuters) - A liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker has left Papua New Guinea laden with the first export cargo of the supercooled fuel since the countrys giant LNG project resumed production after a major earthquake triggered a shutdown in February, Thomson Reuters Eikon shiptracking data showed on Monday.
The tankers destination wasnt immediately clear, but the resumption of shipments could put pressure on spot LNG prices, traders said.
ExxonMobil Corp restarted output at the project near the capital Port Moresby a fortnight ahead of schedule, its Australian partners said late last week.
ExxonMobil did not immediately reply to an email requesting for comment on the matter.
The 172,000-cubic metre capacity LNG tanker Kumul, custom-built for the PNG LNG project, left the project terminal with a draft of 91 percent, suggesting it is nearly full, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon shiptracking data.
The Kumul unloaded an LNG cargo at the PNG terminal on April 4. It was anchored nearby until April 14, before loading the cargo from the terminal on April 15, the data showed.
ExxonMobil had said in early April that it had imported an LNG cargo to the projects terminal in order ensure tanks at the PNG facilities remained cold.
Meanwhile the 170,000-cubic metre capacity LNG tanker Papua is currently anchored near the Kumul Marine Terminal, while the 165,000-cubic metre capacity LNG tanker Bishu Maru is headed to Port Moresby, the Eikon data showed.

22:08

Choosing Which Desktop Environment to Use With GNU-Linux "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In 2016, I included a graph from Layer 3 Networking blog, in a rant about the tendency to put on weight over time that Ive seen in even the most lightweight GNU-Linux DE (Desktop Environment). The blog piece I took that graph from gave a detailed run-down of the lightweight DE ecosystem, as it stood in 2013, which still serves as the most thorough introduction Ive found on the subject.

Being 5 years old now, the graph cant be treated as a true indication of how much RAM more recent versions of these DEs might use. But it does offer an idea of just how different free code DEs are out there, some screenshots of what some of the lighter ones look like installed, and roughly how much RAM a wide range of them use relative to each other. It also gives the exact methods used to make the RAM use comparisons between DEs, which is important to whether their results are a fair comparison, and another reason I still consider this a useful guide despite being five years old.

Obviously, being 2013 data, some of the DEs mentioned are now superseded or defunct (eg E17, Unity), or merged (LXDE and Razor-QT are now LXQT), and other newer ones arent mentioned (Artemis, Moksha, Pantheon, Yunity, Zorin etc). Based on the numbers from the graph there, Id say in 2013 you could break DEs down into 3 categories (RAM use numbers assume a freshly booted system running no extra user apps):

  • Small (0-20MB): TinyWM, 9wm, miwm, wm2, dwm, Ratpoison, olvwm, TWM, xmonad/mobar, JWM, i3, Blackbox, Sawfish, IceWM, PekWM, Openbox, Window Maker, awesome, FVWM, Fluxbox, Mutter
  • Medium (20-100MB): E17, LXDE, KWin, Mate, Trinity, XFCE, Cinnamon
  • Bloated (>100MB): Razor-QT, GNOME 3, Unity, KDE

The DEs I describe as bloated are clearly targeted at providing every imaginable widget and performance boost, for users with fairly new hardware, or middle-aged hardware thats been upgraded or is unusually powerful. Unless you are a business with deep pockets, or someone else who upgrades your computer every couple of years so you can always run the newest software, I suggest avoiding the bloated category. That is, if you dont want to end up switching to a lighter DE in a couple of years, as the hardware requirements of the bloated DEs continue to creep up towards the latest hardware.

Cinammon, a fork of GNOME 2 developed for the Mint distro, offers everything the average user needs from a desktop experience, while using significantly less RAM than older and more common DEs like KDE Plasma or GNOME 3. Mate, Mints lightweight DE, uses even less RAM, while s...

22:05

World watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

April 17 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1397  Geoffrey Chaucer told the Canterbury Tales for the first time at the court of Richard II.

1492 Spain and Christopher Columbus signed the Capitulations of Santa Fefor his voyage to Asia to acquire spices.

1521 Martin Luther spoke to the assembly at the Diet of Worms, refusing to recant his teachings.

1524 Giovanni da Verrazzano reached New York harbour.

1555 After 18 months of siege, Siena surrendered to the Florentine-Imperial army. The Republic of Siena was incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.

1620 Marguerite Bourgeoys, founder of the Congregation of Notre Dame, was born (d. 1700) .

1797  Sir Ralph Abercromby attacked San Juan, Puerto Rico in what became one of the largest invasions of the Spanish territories in America.

1820  The American sealer General Gates was sent to Sydney under guard.

<em>General Gates</em> sent to Sydney under guard

1820 Alexander Joy Cartwright, Inventor of the Modern Game of Baseball, was born (d. 1892).

1837  J. P. Morgan, American financier, was born  (d. 1913) .

1861 American Civil War: Virginia seceded from the United States.

1864 American Civil War: The Battle of Plymouth began.

1865  Ursula Ledchowska, Polish-Austrian nun and saint, founde...

21:46

Nerve Agents And The Massaging Of The Belief System "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Nerve Agents, Food Poisoning, and Pesticides give similar initial symptoms. Gerhard Schrader of I.G.Faben (1936) had reserached and developed; Sarin (1936) (VX) and Tabun(1938). He continued the research and developement into Organophosphates when he transferred to Bayer. Although Tabun had been used in WWI. Further development produced Soman (1944) and Cyclosarin (1949). The G-Series had []

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21:18

Russias response? Warships loaded with tanks and military supplies spotted leaving Turkey for Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Russian warships loaded with tanks have been spotted leaving Turkish waters headed for Syria. It comes as the world awaits Vladimir Putins response to airstrikes on Assads chemical weapons programme carried out by the US, UK and France. One of the tanks has a Pelena-6 communications jammer installed Putin is expected to order payback in []

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21:03

ON THE BRINK RADIO #244 IN 4 HRS: WHAT IS WAR?- THEOMACHY, CIVILIZATION, GEO-TERRORISM & THE M.I.C. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Now, I truly believe that we must come to terms with nature, and I think we are challenged as mankind has never been challenged before to prove our maturity and our mastery, not of nature, but of ourselves.The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, []

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20:54

China caught off guard by unpredictable Trump "IndyWatch Feed War"

But Chinese leaders are confident they can withstand a Sino-US trade war

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By Tom Mitchell

When Donald Trump escalated trade tension with China this month, Xi Jinping cited a Chinese saying in vowing to defend global trade rules. When the sky falls, big men must hold it up, he said in private meetings, according to four people briefed on his remarks.

The Chinese president and his top advisers, including vice-president Wang Qishan and vice-premier Liu He, were initially confident the US and China could bridge their differences through talks, according to people who have recently met them.

China and the US are like an old married couple, we fight a lot but we still need each other, Lou Jiwei, a former finance minister, said in a closed-door exchange with an international delegation in late March, according to two people briefed on the meeting.

But Chinas view of the US president began to shift after Mr Trump threatened to put tariffs on another $100bn of Chinese imports. The US President had already enraged Chinese officials in March by signing the Taiwan Travel Act, which urges more US exchanges with the self-ruled island that Beijing regards as Chinese territory.

Beijings previously sanguine view of Mr Trump was partly due to the fact the US president did not use his first year in office to follow through on some of the pledges he made during the campaign about getting tough with China.

While Chinese officials now realise Mr Trump meant what he said in Beijing in November that the Sino-US trade relationship was not fair and reciprocal and had to be solved they also believe they can emerge from a trade war relatively unscathed.

Trump has certainly got [Chinas] attention, said Peter Mandelson, the former EU trade commissioner who this week led a British delegation to China that met Mr Wang. Chinese officials are confident and sure of their direction. They dont want a fight [with the US], but if they get one theyre going to give as good as they get.

China was surprised again on Friday after Mr Trump said he would consider re-joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. Chinese officials had seen his move to leave the TPP, which did not include China, on day one in office as a grand gift.

We have our problems with Trump, said one western diplomat in Beijing. But he has taught us that when you push back hard against the Chinese, it knocks them off-balance.

Two senior Chinese officials told the Financial Times that...

20:45

BBC Proms 2009 Gustave Holst Jupiter "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

One of my all-time favorite pieces of orchestral music that focuses the brass instruments is the music by composer Gustav Holst, Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity, the Fourth Movement of the Suite of The Planets. This music and not only Jupiter, but the whole monumental suite of the Planets, was incredibly popular, and still is today, one of the most performed pieces by symphonies and musicians around the world. Ralph Vaughan Williams, Holsts best friend and fellow composer, once said that The Planets was the perfect equilibrium of Holsts naturethe melodic, precise, and structured, combined with the mystic and unexplainable. Ironically, this success was a bane to Holst himself, feeling that it was very atypical of his composition style, and even to his dying day he had a distaste for this piece due to its great success. The inspiration for the pieces was based on astrology, rather than astronomy, and this explains the lack of a movement for Earth. When Holst started this composition, he told us where this inspiration was coming from: As a rule I only study things that suggest music to meRecently the character of each planet suggested lots to me. ~Holst To understand the music deeply, please allow me to explain a little about this beautiful piece. The Jupiter planet has the fastest planetary rotation of any in our system of worlds, and Holst exhibited that idea in the first notes. The violin strings were asked to play a tiny 3 note figure in 2/4 time over and over. Listen carefully. Over top of this, you will hear the main theme, syncopated, with 6 horns, and all of the viola and cello sections. In this piece, Holst orchestrates a completely virtuosic use of the timpani, with two sets of timpani arranged in the composition. You can hear them clearly, each one sharing all the notes for this instrument. The piece explodes with different sections throughout, and just as you get used to one, he changes to another completely different time signature. There is the most popular section by most people, which was also used in the hymn, I Vow to Thee My Country, which emphasizes the violin, the pizzicato playing the cello in the background, the harp, and the brass. I could say for me, it is one of the most exquisite pieces of music ever composed, deeply moving every single time, even if I listen to it over and over and over. This musical suite was completed in 1916, but the orchestral premiere was not conducted until 1918, during the last weeks of World War I, in the Queens Hall, in Langham Place, London, which was...

20:30

Blues In The Night "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Blues in the Night is a musicalrevue conceived by Sheldon Epps. It was produced by Mitchell Maxwell, Alan J. Schuster, Fred H. Krones and M Squared Entertainment, Inc., and Joshua Silver (Associate Producer).

Set in a rundown Chicago hotel in 1938, the dialogue-free show focuses on three womens relationships with the same snake of a man, their interweaving stories told through the torch songs and blues of Duke Ellington, Bessie Smith, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Vernon Duke, Gordon Jenkins, and Alberta Hunter, among others.

20:23

Government and media silence on the bushfire danger to Lucas Heights nuclear reactor "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Lucas Heights nuclear reactor: The untold threat of the Sydney bushfires.   https://independentaustralia.net/environment/environment-display/sydney-bushfires-raged-towards-lucas-heights-nuclear-reactor,11401 16 April 2018

Emergency warning issued as out-of-control bushfire rages across Sydney

As fires raged in Sydney, there has not been a peep out of the mainstream media about the fire hazard to Lucas Heights nuclear complex. Noel Wauchope reports. 

THE LATEST news on the bushfires raging in Sydneys south-west is that the firefighters are cautiously optimistic and that emergency warning advice has been downgraded to watch and act.

However, the fire continues to burn in an easterly direction towards Barden Ridge and weather conditions are still dodgy, as Sydneys record-breaking heatwave looks like coming to an end.

...

20:03

ANSTO closes the Lucas Heights nuclear complex to all but the most essential staff "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Lucas Heights nuclear organisation closed on Monday https://www.theleader.com.au/story/5343505/ansto-closed-to-all-non-essential-staff/
While there was no risk to ANSTO as a result of fires near the precinct, the organisation decided to close the campus to all non-essential staff tomorrow to help minimise traffic impacts in the area.

 The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) at Lucas Heights will be closed on Monday to all non-essential staff.

ANSTO released a statement late today saying there was no risk to ANSTO as a result of fires near the precinct  but the organisation decided to help minimise traffic impacts in the area.

ANSTO infrastructure including the OPAL reactor is protected by numerous fire safety systems, policies, plans and arrangements to ensure there is never any risk to operations or safety, the statement said.

The OPAL reactor is at power and operating normally.

...

20:00

Russias President Putin warns of global chaos if West strikes Syria again "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Russian President Vladimir Putin warns of global chaos if West strikes Syria again, ABC News 16 Apr 18,   Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.

Key points:

  • Vladimir Putin said further attacks on Syria will bring chaos in world affairs
  • America accused Russia of blocking attempts to investigate Syrias chemical weapons capabilities
  • New sanctions against Russia will target companies linked to Syria

In a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, Mr Putin and Mr Rouhani agreed the Western strikes had damaged the chances of achieving a political resolution in the seven-year Syria conflict, according to a Kremlin statement.

Vladimir Putin, in particular, stressed that if such actions committed in violation of the UN Charter continue, then it will inevitably lead to chaos in international relations, the Kremlin statement said.

The warnings come as US President Donald Trumps aides announced plans for new economic sanctions against Russia for enabling the regime of Bashar al-Assad..http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-16/russias-putin-warns-global-chaos-if-west-strikes-syria-again/9661662

19:56

If a nuclear bomb were to be dropped on Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

New study reveals catastrophic death toll from a nuclear attack
WHAT would happen if a nuclear bomb went off in your backyard? A chilling new study estimates the death toll from an attack on Australia.Tom Livingstone, news.com.au, APRIL 15, 2018

Scientists from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University have created simulations of a potential outcome if an attack did occur, and found the best course of action for people was to take shelter first and then take steps to escape afterwards.

Those who tried to seek out family members and aid and assist others were more likely to die.

In the study, it showed some people would look out for family, while others wold panic and run blindly away.

When humans carried out shelter-seeking, evacuation, healthcare-seeking, and worry combined, they were more likely to survive.

The simulation, which was first revealed by Science Magazine, shows that venturing away from a safe place leaves civilians subjected to a higher dose of radiation, which would likely prove fatal.

With President Trumps consistent tweets threatening action against Russia and North Korea in a game of who has the bigger artillery,...

19:49

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A text last week alerted me to the arrival of flu vaccines at my GP.

I made an appointment for this morning, got the jab, sat reading for the required 20 minutes afterwards just in case I had an allergic reaction then got on with my day.

Today Im grateful for medical science and research which reduce the risk of contracting potentially deadly diseases.

19:46

Energy efficiency: More popular than puppies RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

New survey reveals energy efficiency enjoys extremely high levels of public support. But thats not why we should be embracing it.

via Energy efficiency: More popular than puppies RenewEconomy

19:46

Renewable energy breeding can stop Australia blowing the carbon budget if were quick RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

New research by a group at UNSW shows that it is theoretically possible for Australia to move to a renewable energy future without blowing its share of the carbon budget.

via Renewable energy breeding can stop Australia blowing the carbon budget if were quick RenewEconomy

19:44

Radioactively-hot particles detected in dusts and soils from Northern Japan Fukushima 311 Watchdogs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Radioactively-hot particles detected in dusts and soils from Northern Japan by combination of gamma spectrometry, autoradiography, and SEM/EDS analysis and implications in radiation risk assessment. By MarcoKaltofen & ArnieGundersen https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.07.091 Highlights Radioactive particles from Fukushima are tracked via dusts, soils, and sediments. Radioactive dust impacts are tracked in both Japan and the United []

via Radioactively-hot particles detected in dusts and soils from Northern Japan Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

19:43

Fukushima export ban maintained by Hong Kong Fukushima 311 Watchdogs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

April 10, 2018 Seven years after a tsunami wiped out the nuclear reactors in Fukushima, causing widespread radiation contamination in a largely agricultural region, the Fukushima prefecture continues to struggle in getting crucial overseas markets to accept its produce. This is despite a charm offensive that saw japanese foreign minister Taro Kono visiting Hong-Kong last []

via Fukushima export ban maintained by Hong Kong Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

19:42

Is YOUR Community Willing to Accept Chemical and Radioactive Pollution from Nuclear Wastes? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Is your community willing to accept chemical and radioactive pollution from nuclear wastes? If not then write and tell the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy BEIS. Boycott their dodgy CONsultation : Working with Communities; Implementing Geological Disposal Tell them that you are boycotting their CONsultation, that you are not willing to Implement []

via Is YOUR Community Willing to Accept Chemical and Radioactive Pollution from Nuclear Wastes?

19:42

ACT takes lead on electric vehicles, all new government cars to be zero emissions RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

ACT unveils major push into electric vehicles, including zero emission mandate for government fleets, charging infrastructure, use of transit lanes, salary sacrifice for electric bikes, and studies on using EVs and their batteries to help manage the grid.

via ACT takes lead on electric vehicles, all new government cars to be zero emissions RenewEconomy

19:41

Smoldering Nuclear Waste Barrel Fire At Idaho National Nuclear Lab Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Photo of an apparently similar fire at WIPP in New Mexico in 2014. The INL (Idaho National [Nuclear] Lab) nuclear waste barrel was to be shipped to WIPP, because even though INL promotes nuclear, Idaho doesnt want nuclear waste, and used legal action to get a sweetheart of a deal with the US government. It []

via Smoldering Nuclear Waste Barrel Fire At Idaho National Nuclear Lab Mining Awareness +

19:40

The US Constitution Reserves To Congress The Right To Declare War Because History Showed That Executives May Go To War For Reasons Which Are Not In The National Interest Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The British model gave the king the absolute power to make war. The American framers [of the Constitution] repudiated that form of government because their study of history convinced them that executives go to war not for the national interest but to satisfy personal desires of glory, ambition, and fame. The resulting military adventures were []

via The US Constitution Reserves To Congress The Right To Declare War Because History Showed That Executives May Go To War For Reasons Which Are Not In The National Interest Mining Awareness +

19:37

From the Nuclear Buchenwald touch (Hamiltons words in 1950) to Nuclear Extermination. Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Originally posted on Mining Awareness + : In 1950 Dr. Joseph Hamilton, a Manhattan Project physician involved with human plutonium injections, on unknowing victims, from 1945 to 1947, advised using chimpanzees rather than humans, for total body irradiation experiments, because If this is to be done in humans, I feel that those concerned in the Atomic Energy

via From the Nuclear Buchenwald touch (Hamiltons words in 1950) to Nuclear Extermination. Mining Awareness +

19:00

Monday Nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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18:32

Strange Iodine 131 Findings In Fukushima Prefecture "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Where: Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture When: January 2017 to February 2018 This was brought to our attention that some unusual

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18:30

102-year-old dancer sees herself on film for the first time "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post 102-year-old dancer sees herself on film for the first time appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:25

Hunter-killer "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Return of the Hunter!

Although Sydney has a record number of apartments under construction, the rising number of completions through this cycle to date has generally been absorbed by faster population growth. 

The vacancy rate for metropolitan Sydney declined from 2.3 per cent to 2.2 per cent in March 2018, according to the latest REINSW data.

Inner ring Sydney recorded a vacancy rate of just 1.9 per per cent - and that figure has been tracking lower for quite a few months now, down from 2.3 per cent in July last year. 

However, there have been some signs of rising vacancy rates in the middle and outer rings at 2.6 per cent and 2.3 per cent respectively. 

Smoothing the figures on a 6-month moving average basis shows the trends.


It's interesting to note that Newcastle and the Hunter Valley have seen vacancy rates tightening substantially since the coal bust of 2012. 

Further afield most regional markets are relatively in balance from a rental market perspective. 

The highest vacancy rate was in the Coffs Harbour region at 3.9 per cent. 

18:00

Manly Monday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:30

Drone view of Auschwitz "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

17:11

Colmar Brunton poll little change "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Polls have been scarce lately. 1 news have their second poll of the year. It doesnt show anything drastic a bit of movement from Labour to their Government partners. National 44% (up 1) Labour 43% (down 5) Greens 6% (up 1) NZ First 5% (up 2) Maori Party 1% So Labour have eased back []

17:03

Bats and primates, video "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This video says about itself:

Are Bats Flying Primates?

8 April 2018

Bats are absolutely incredible animals. Theyre highly unique creatures that possess the extraordinary ability of powered flight. Its long been thought that every bat species must have descended from a common ancestor but, during the 1980s, a very interesting and controversial idea about bat evolution came to prominence; the Flying Primate hypothesis.

17:00

KGB defectors warning to America "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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16:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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16:09

Its only one poll "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Labours honeymoon is over for now.

National is back in front of Labour but the three parties in the coalition are still comfortably ahead of National and Act.

16:02

Back In The Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today is the first day of the Adolphian honeymoon.  (If I've told this story before, I apologise to those who are having it inflicted upon them again.)

Well, it was the first day forty six years ago.

I met my wife in Bunbury in March 1970.  Adolf and The Cook tied the knot on April 15th 1972 in a small circular church in Bunbury.  Shortly thereafter, the church had to be demolished due to structural defects.  The wedding reception was held in the pub next to the racecourse.  Shortly thereafter, the pub burned to the ground.

I still have the receipt for that night's accommodation at the Captain Fremantle, a reasonably flash motel.  Bed and breakfast for two - $17.50.   Shortly thereafter, it was bulldosed and the site redeveloped.

BTW in those days, fresh out of Lincoln, I could have started with the NZ Gummint on a salary of $2,200 with no perks.  I started with Shell Chemical (Australia) P/L on a salary of $4,000 with a brand new Chrysler Valiant station wagon and unlimited private mileage.

To people who are silly enough to ask 'Why did you come back to Bunbury?' the stock answer is 'For the divorce.'

16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

15:30

Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

What room in your house best reflects your personality? Why? What do you do if you cant sleep at night? Do you count sheep? Toss and turn? Get up and do something productive? The post Lets talk appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:00

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

A man gets pulled over on the motorway for speeding The policeman says I just need a few details from you, your name please? The man says- John Brown The policeman asks and your occupation? The man says Im a rectum stretcher The policeman asks what exactly is that? The man says well [] The post Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:37

More voting advice "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"If you vote for politicians who promise to give you someone else's money, don't complain when they give your money to someone else. Or themselves."
~ Daniel Hannan
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14:30

Old white man of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

After a long, tiring, stressful, day at work, many women grab a convenience meal out of the fridge and pop it in the microwave. Isnt it reassuring to know that Julie Anne Genter; her supporter, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, Dr Jackie Blue; and the rest of the staff at the old white men despising Human [] The post Old white man of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ayurnamat   the philosophy that there is no point in worrying about events that cannot be changed.

14:16

Power, position and pragmatism the judiciary vs the executive in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By PNG Echo Cast your minds back to 2011/2012 a significant time in the annals of Papua New Guineas (PNG) political history It was a time when a defiant executive government squared up to a rampant judiciary in a struggle for supremacy that, arguably, was ultimately won by the executive government (who retained power) However, during the struggle, the judiciary (embodied by the Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injia) never retreated and many a lesson about the effective wielding of power was learnt by the government players, especially in that which concerns the power, actual and assumed, of the Chief Justice (CJ) Many would argue that this history is reconciled, forgiven and forgotten but two contemporary coinciding events are likely to bring it into sharp relief. They are the recent decision of the Leadership Tribunal to recommend the former Deputy Prime Minister, Belden Namah, be dismissed from his parliamentary office Continue reading Power, position and pragmatism the judiciary vs the executive in PNG

14:00

Photoshop of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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13:55

Unfortunate Wording "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From (of all places) CNN.

I can't see anything out of place.

Mariah Carey reveals bipolar disorder

Mariah Carey reveals bipolar disorder

13:30

Excuse me while I go and bang my head my head against the wall "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I believe that most New Zealanders who love their country are totally gutted by the senseless oil and gas announcement made by our temporary Prime Minister on behalf of her Coalition of Destroyers.  Note the perfect timing, just hours before climbing on to a fuel-guzzling plane to take her to the other side of the [] The post Excuse me while I go and bang my head my head against the wall appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:12

New Zealand Firsts Tracey Martin asks a question "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Tracey Martin is currently promoting a punitive bill that will fine people who do not have a degree and a teaching diploma but who call themselves a teacher, two thousand dollars. She has asked the public on Facebook if they know of another way to raise the status of teachers to please let her know. [] The post New Zealand Firsts Tracey Martin asks a question appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:00

Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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12:30

NZ First want to police our language "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I really for the life of me cant imagine what possessed New Zealand First list MP Jenny Marcroft to put forward a bill to make it illegal for people who teach others to call themselves teachers. This is a completely insane bill. It seems to be coming from the deeply flawed notion that you can legislate [] The post NZ First want to police our language appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:19

Barrick Calls For State Intervention in Porgera "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Women search for gold downstream from the Porgera mine

After more than 25 years of mining by international companies, local people are still waiting to see the promised development benefits. They are becoming increasingly frustrated and desperate

Post Courier | April 16, 2018

Barrick (Niugini) Limited , operator of the Porgera Mine in Enga, reported that operations in the Porgera open pit were temporarily suspended last week after a violent confrontation broke out between groups of illegal miners.

The company reported that mining operations in the open pit were suspended at around midnight, after two large groups of aggressive illegal miners, including some armed with firearms, began a violent confrontation near the stage 5C area of the open pit mine.

The fighting between the groups continued until about 2:...

12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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11:30

Public consultation: Do they really care what we think? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wellington City Council are soliciting feedback for their ten-year plan.Quote: A rather unusual approach is being used to encourage Wellingtonians to have a say on the future of their city. Public consultation opened on Sunday on Wellington City Councils 10-Year Plan, and rather than relying on websites and fliers to draw peoples attention, the council [] The post Public consultation: Do they really care what we think? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:30

11:00

Ardern is a wimp in international politics "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ardern, when told of the United States air strike in Syria had this to say: It is understandable and we accept why the United States and others have taken the military action that they have, our view is though now is the time to return to the table, to the United Nations to resolve these [] The post Ardern is a wimp in international politics appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:45

10:30

Champion of the regions? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Over at Kiwiblog, David Farrar has written a polite but scathing account of how he believes New Zealand First have betrayed the regions. It is a monstrous betrayal made even more treasonous by the fact that Shane Jones is in charge of a large fund for regional development and has been nicknamed The Champion of [] The post Champion of the regions? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:09

This is just wrong "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Imagine living somewhere for your entire life, and then being jailed as an overstayer pending deportation "back" to a foreign country. That's what's happening to Mark Middleton:

Mark Middleton was once a popular choice to become Whanganui's Member of Parliament ... now he is facing deportation.

The stepfather of murdered schoolgirl Karla Cardno has been ordered to leave New Zealand after overstaying for more than 30 years.

Middleton, who came to live in New Zealand with his British parents as a 4-year-old in 1962, said immigration officials stormed his workplace on Tuesday, accusing him of living in the country illegally.

He was arrested and put in a cell at a Wellington police station until Wednesday afternoon.


There's an obvious parallel with the UK's current persecution of the "windrush generation", who are being told they are illegal migrants despite having arrived in the UK legally and having a legal right to remain. Over there, the problem is poor government record-keeping and a guilty-until-proven-innocent attitude in immigration cases. Here, its a poorly-drafted transition clause in the Immigration Act 1987, which required pre-1974 migrants to have never left New Zealand (except to go to Australia) in order to have their residency survive the law change. Which when you're talking about people who came here as children and are likely unaware that they are not citizens, seems guaranteed to result in injustice. And oddly, that doesn't seem to have been a problem at the time, or subsequently - despite having supposedly ignored an immigration direction to normalise his status, Middleton was allowed to continue his life without being bothered, and was even able to run for Parliament in 1999 (something you'd think Immigration would notice if they were actually concerned about his citizenship status). Instead, it only seems to have become an issue now he's getting old and in line to be paid superannuation - or, in immigration-speak, become "high risk".

Middleton has lived here all his life. He is a kiwi in fact, if not in law. Deporting him is simply wrong. Charging him money for the status he is entitled to is simply wrong. The Minister should issue him with citizenship or permanent residency, and let him get on with his life.

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Farmers have lost faith in MPI Annette Scott:

Farmers must not let dairy cattle be taken for slaughter till they are sure they will get compensation, Federated Farmers dairy chairman Chris Lewis says.

He wants the Mycoplasma bovis decision-makers to front up as the second round of culling infected herds gets going.

All confidence in compensation promises had been lost, he said.

The Ministry for Primary Industries late last month said a further 22,300 cattle from all infected properties will be killed by the end of May. . . 

Science and technology at every farmers fingers tips Pat Deavoll:

In the three and a half years I have spent as a farming reporter, nothing has struck me more than how hi-tech the industry has become.

Gone are the days when a farmer could step into his fathers shoes and expect to follow the same time-tested methods and be successful.

In this age of uber-production, every sector is based on an application of science, research and technology that is changing at a mind-boggling rate. And farmers are required to change with it. In fact, I read somewhere that by 2025 farmers will need a tertiary qualification to keep up. . .

Lactoferrin a magic ingredient Hugh Stringleman:

Lactoferrin became the flavour of the month when Fonterras giant New Zealand Milk Products division held an...

10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Yesterdays photo: Arch Hill, Gt North Rd, too early in the morning. ** Dear readers please send us your photos if you want VFYW to continue.  Please try to ensure that part of the window is in the photo. It doesnt have to be taken from a house but it does have to be a [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:49

NZ EPA seabed mining court case a fight for the future "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Scoop NZ | April 15, 2018

The future of the South Taranaki Bight lies in the hands of the High Court next week, which will hear appeals against the Environmental Protection Authoritys decision to grant a marine consent to Trans-Tasman Resources bid to dig up the seabed for its iron ore.

Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM), with Greenpeace, is appealing the decision, alongside six other appellants.

The EPA decision was released in August 2017, a year after Trans-Tasman Resources submitted its application to dig up 50 million tonnes of the seabed a year in a 66 square kilometre section of the South Taranaki Bight for 35 years. A total of 95% will be discharged, resulting in a large sediment plume, to get five million tonnes a year of iron ore. Of the 13,733 submissions (a record) received by the EPA, all but 147 one percent were either opposed to the consent or neutral.

This is a fight for the future of our precious oceans, said KASM chair Cindy Baxter. The outcome of this case will set a precedent for a numb...

09:30

The lunacy of the oil and gas decision "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Im not sure that anyone in the current government has bothered to read the reports their ministries provide on the oil and gas sector. If they did read the reports theyd find out that: Petroleum & Minerals is the highest growth in GDP over past 10 years; which makes it the highest contribution to productivity [] The post The lunacy of the oil and gas decision appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:25

Latest findings on non-communicable diseases: what is happening in Asia and the Pacific? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently released documents about the four main non-communicable diseases (NCDs) cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases that kill or disable people prematurely (between 30 and 70 years of age). One WHO report, Why is 2018 a strategically important year for NCDs?, provides estimates of NCD premature deaths globally. As can be seen in Table 1 below, WHO estimates that there were 15 million premature deaths from NCDs in 2015. This is significantly more than the 12 million deaths from communicable and perinatal diseases. Importantly from a development perspective, 80% of premature NCD deaths occur in middle-income countries, with most premature deaths (41% of the global total) occurring in lower middle-income countries. WHO states that while the risk of premature deaths from NCDs has been falling in all income groups, the decline was much larger in high-income countries, thereby increasing the gap with low and middle-income countries.

Table 1: Premature deaths in 30 70 year olds in 2015

Measuring the policy responses to reduce the burden of NCDs

Reducing premature deaths and disability is important because they impose large financial, economic and social costs on households and government budgets, and many NCDs are often preventable or at least can be postponed through reductions in risk factors. Sustainable Development Goal 3.4 aims to reduce premature death by one third by 2030. The 2011 United Nations High-level Meeting on NCDs agreed on a set of best buys and other interventions that countries could adopt to prevent and control NCDs. Another recent WHO report, Noncommunicable Diseases Progress Monitor 2017, assesses progress at the coun...

09:00

Oscars Song:1940 When You Wish Upon A Star "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From Disneys Pinnochio

Sung by Cliff Edwards, it has become the Disney anthem.

09:00

Photoshop of the day by Luke "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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08:52

Te Khui o Rauru to appeal seabed mining in NZ High Court "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Iwi representative group , Te Khui o Rauru, will appear in the Wellington High Court to appeal the Environmental Protection Authoritys decision last year allowing Trans Tasman Resources Ltd to mine the Taranaki seabed.

Tema Hemi | Maori Television | 15 April 2018

West Coast Taranaki has been the interest of mining companies for decades. But local iwi Ngaa Rauru is making a final stand to stop mining along their coastline. 

Iwi representative group , Te Khui o Rauru, will appear in the Wellington High Court to appeal the Environmental Protection Authoritys decision last year allowing Trans Tasman Resources Ltd to mine the Taranaki seabed. 

The mining operation involves the excavation of 50 million tonnes of seabed per year for 35 years over an area of 65 square kilometres, down to 11 metres deep. 

CEO of Te Khui o Rauru, Anne-Marie Broughton, says, We want a moratorium on seabed mining because the...

08:44

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

MUCH MORE THAN HULA ON VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IS FUTURE"


"Much More Than Hula - A Visit With Blaine Kia"

Busy doesnt even begin to describe the life of Blaine Kia. He isnt just a kumu hula, a hula instructor in Honolulu, but throughout all of Hawai`i and way beyond. Blaine has two thousand students spanning the world in Tahiti, Aotearoa (New Zealand) Japan, California, Montana and Canada. And if that werent enough, hes also served as the cultural adviser for the TV hit series Hawai`i Five-0. How does he do it all? Dont miss our visit with Blaine as he reveals the one thing that drives him to accomplish so much every single day -
Watch It Here


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08:30

I bet we dont hear a peep about this gender imbalance "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I bet we dont hear a peep out of the usual moaners about this gender imbalance: Quote. Women have finally overtaken men as principals of New Zealand schools, decades after teaching became a female-dominated profession. Latest data shows that 1222 women and 1139 men were principals of state or integrated schools last year a reversal from [] The post I bet we dont hear a peep about this gender imbalance appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:08

Cheerleader for Rio Tinto and BCL elected to Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

A delighted Sam Akoitai (in red tie) outside the National Court yesterday after winning back his Central Bougainville seat in the National Parliament. Photo: Sally Pokiton/Loop PNG

Akoitai is regarded as a cheerleader for Rio Tinto and Bougainville Copper Limited, having worked for the company for eight years. He also fought against the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) during the regions 10-year civil war.

ONeill government suffers first election court rebuff in Bougainville

Pacific Media Centre | April 14, 2018

Bougainville Affairs Minister Fr Simon Dumarinu has been ousted by four votes as the first casualty of the Peter ONeill government in Papua New Guinea after last years general  election, reports Loo...

08:00

Green party gangster deals do not develop new technologies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Since our government announced that offshore hydrocarbons are off limits, I have found myself in a confused state due to the sheer enormity of this debacle and the breadth and depth of the short, medium and long-term impacts. I was flummoxed and speechless. My brief history in this field is as follows: I have had [] The post Green party gangster deals do not develop new technologies appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

April 16 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1788 - Governor Phillip and his party were having a stickybeak about the Fair Isle of Oz when they became the first known Europeans to see Aboriginal rock carvings at Manly Cove.


1816 - The horrific Massacre at Appin (NSW) began on this day when word came through to the soldiers charged with "rounding up the hostile natives" that a group of Dharawal people were camped near Broughton's farm at Appin. Investigating at 1am (17th April) the soldiers heard children crying at the camp before the dogs roused the sleeping Aboriginals who leapt to their deaths over the cliffs while others were shot by soldiers.

1819 - Thomas Ray ,  John Jones and Thomas Smith were hanged at Sydney for highway robbery.

1827 - While it is not possible to give the exact number of each tribe of blacks in the (Gosford) district, says a letter of April 16 1827, there are five tribes viz., the Mial or Broken Bay tribe, the Tuggerah Beach tribe, the Wyong tribe, and the Narara and Erina tribes. The three first as well as I am able to judge consist of about fifteen each and the two last of about ten each, being in all about sixty five men, women and children.

1831 - Government Order published, prohibiting the importation of preserved heads of New Zealanders.
News I'm sure gladdened the hearts of Kiwis.

1834 - Joseph Greenwood was hanged at Hobart for cutting and maiming, with intent to kill, Constable Terry.

1838 - William Bean, farm servant aged 27, tried in Kent. Dark brown hair, brown eyes; blind in left eye. Absconded from W. Cox.
You can stop looking, Bean was found and returned to the loving ? care of his boss.

1849 - The steamer ship "Thistle" sprung a leak near Spectacle Island.
The irony of the name prickles even at this distance.

1867 - Denis Murphy was hanged at Ballarat for the murder of Patrick O'Meara at Bullarook.

1868 - Again in QLD there was undoubtedly cream sponges, shortbread bikkies and the obligatory Iced Vo-Vo passed about with gay abandon when the railway line from Dalby to Ipswitch was done and dusted today.

1873 - The naval chap turned policeman turned explorer Colonel Peter Egerton Warburton suffered from Itchy Feet...as this was not Rampaging Footrot but merely the urge to go trotting about the vast continent called Oz he didn't bother with any over-the-counter creams.
Instead he set off for a stroll from Central Australia today to have a Captain Cook for an overland route between here and there...here being Alice Springs and there being Perth.

1876 - Remember them thar Fenians who were plotting and planning the escape of their compatriots from the drear Fremantle Gaol back in 1876?   Well, they'd parallel parked their ship the Catalpa between Rottnest and Garden Isl...

07:44

Mine Refutes Slime Spillage Claims "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Nirmala Devi, 58, at her home in the Toko area in Tavua on April 13th. Behind her is mud residents claim is mixed with slime. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Waisea Nasokia | Fiji Sun | April 15, 2018

The Vatukoula Gold Mine Limited (VGML) says its activities and operations pose no direct threat to its surroundings and residents in the area.

VGML made the comment after reports that the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources was investigating  claims that the Nasivi River in Vatukoula may have been contaminated by what has been described as toxic slime, which overflowed into the river at the height of Tropical Cyclone Keni.

Vatukoula Gold Mine Limited Corporate Services Manager and Senior Adviser to the General Manager Dinny Laufenboeck said the torrential ra...

07:39

Redcliffe account for Hunters "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

qrl.com.au | April 14, 2018 

The Redcliffe Dolphins overcame a spirited PNG Hunters side at home to claim their fourth victory in a row, winning 20-6.
The Hunters had come to Dolphin Stadium  with a point to prove; starting the game by moving the ball quickly in attack, while fronting up in defence.
This didnt stop the Hunters relentless attack, and they managed to find a gap in the line in the 9thminute after a grubber from hooker Wartovo Puara sent rookie winger Junior Rau in for their first points of the game.
The Dolphins, who seemed a little rattled by the Hunters fast start early, managed to maintain their composure.
It wasnt until the 31st minute that the Dolphins scored their first try of the game thanks to second rower Scott Schulte, off a short ball from the hooker, Sheldon Pitama.
Redcliffe captain Cameron Cullen then regained the lead in the 36th minute with his try, giving the home side a 14-6 advantage at the break.
While the Hunters were fast starters in the first half, the Dolphins maintained their momentum after the break, when fullback Tony Tumusa continued his try-scoring form and scooted over the line in the 47thminute from dummy half.
Despite being pleased with his teams defence throughout the evening, ball control was something that Mogg said the Dolphins clearly needed to work on throughout the middle of the game.
We trained really well during the week. We were obviously pretty disappointed with the control of the footy, but defensively I thought we were good, Mogg said.
I think weve got a bit to work on with the footy clearly, I know we scored 20 points, our completion rate was really low but our effort and defence Im really happy with.
The Hunters were giving Redcliffe plenty to contend with all game and gave themselves a number of opportunities to score out wide during the second half and were happy to chance their arm.
With four minutes to go they tried kicking on the first tackle, turning the play into a foot race between Dolphins fullback Tumusa and their wingers, but they couldnt nab themselves another try.
It remained a heated game right down to the last few seconds, with the frustrations of both sides reaching its tipping point just before full time.
I really thought that they (the Hunters) came to play tonight, they were really physical, so it was a really, really good game of footy, Mogg said.
PNG are obviously a fantastic team, and if you dont get the defensive part right then youre no chance.
While it remains early in the season, Mogg knows his team still has so...

07:30

Yawn fest ahead for Northcote by-election "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

National have selected a professional exam sitter, carpetbagger and the guy who lost the Pakuranga selection to Simeon Brown as their candidate for Northcote. The NZ Herald reports: A school dropout and former butchers apprentice will fight the June 9 byelection in the seat of Northcote for the National Party. Local party members made the [] The post Yawn fest ahead for Northcote by-election appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:15

Jonathan Young: Im in awe at how much the government have bungled this first step "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Last Thursday the Prime Minister said her announcement to end any new offshore exploration will take effect in 20 or 30 years time, and it was important to make it now so as to save communities and the nation from abrupt shocks later. Within an hour of that announcement, New Plymouths largest engineering firm halted all new employment. It was an abrupt shock that took effect immediately. If the Prime Minister was listening, shell now know about her misfire. But Ive seen this sort of attitude before in the worst of religious zealotry.  Its we know best and were immoveable. The post Jonathan Young: Im in awe at how much the government have bungled this first step appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

After years of bagging John Key for his cycle trails, Labour now embrace them "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

After years of bagging John Key for his cycle trails, Labour now embrace them. Kelvin Davis came out of witness protection to splash the cash. Newshub reports: Waikatos Hauraki Rail Trail is getting a $3.4 million extension the Government hopes will encourage riders to stay longer in the region. Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis says the [] The post After years of bagging John Key for his cycle trails, Labour now embrace them appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Whats green & whats greenwash? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

How do we know whats green and whats greenwash?

The green mantra is reduce, reuse and recycle.

It ought to be safe to claim reducing our use of limited resources and our impact on the environment is green.

Reusing and recycling arent so clear-cut.

Reusing some things can be better for the environment than chucking them in the rubbish providing whatever needs to be done to make them reusable has a lower environmental footprint than dumping.

But that isnt always the case.

Take reusable shopping bags and the so-called single use plastic ones for example.

 Its counterintuitive, but  are far more energy efficient than any of the other options. Papers out it causes seven times more global warming than a plastic bag reused as a bin liner. A cotton bag would have to be used 327 times to break even with plastic, and trendy organic cloth bags are hopelessly inefficient.

 

You also have to take into account what people use in place of the single-use plastic bags.

. . .The supermarket chains cant believe their luck. The overseas experience suggests theyre about to receive a massive boost in the sale of bin liners, which they essentially gave away for free all these years, and come out of the whole thing looking like heroes, despite potentially making global warming worse. . . 

However, its not that simple. An environmental footprint takes into account more than the energy and emissions used to produce and dispose of it.

What happens to the bags when theyre no long wanted also has an impact as the number of plastic bags littering land and sea show.

If you dispose of plastic bags properly youre probably treading more gent...

06:55

50 days on, World Health Organisation continues to serve communities affected by PNG quake "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

16 April 2018, Port Moresby -- Fifty days after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Papua New Guinea (PNG), limited delivery of essential health services has resumed in earthquake-affected provinces.
Dr Luo Dapeng, WHO Representative to Papua New Guineas, immunises a child in the Southern Highlands. 
Credit: WHO/JRivaca
 However, thousands remain vulnerable to health threats as they continue to live in crowded temporary settlements with inadequate access to clean water and medical services.
More than 500 000 were affected by the earthquake that struck on 26 February. At least 25 000 people have been displaced, while many communities continue to face compromised water and food supplies, significantly increasing threats of disease outbreaks.
Of the 77 health facilities that were damaged by the earthquake, only 10 remain closed.
However, services remain limited at most of the re-opened health facilities.

WHO on the ground within 24 hours 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) was on the ground in the affected provinces within 24 hours of the earthquake. WHO immediately activated the Incident Management System to coordinate the organisations response.
WHO responded right away, deploying medicines and supplies to the earthquake-affected areas to treat those who were affected, said Dr Zhang Zaixing, Incident Manager from WHO. 
Our people were out there in the field, alongside the National Department of Health and partners, assessing the damage to health facilities and working to re-establish life-saving health services.
WHO has designated the earthquake a Grade 1 Emergency and has deployed additional staff and supplies to the Country Office in PNG.
To date, WHO has repurposed and mobilised 19 national and international staff for the earthquake response, covering areas such as partner coo...

06:37

McCabe Alleges Other DOJ Officials Leaked To Media And Questions Comeys Value As Witness "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

JONATHAN TURLEY

McCabeFormer acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe responded angrily to the finding of the Inspector General report and notably attacked the recollection of former FBI Director James Comey as a witness.  As I discussed in an earlier column, McCabe raised over a half million dollars on GoFundMe before the release of the report showing that he repeatedly made false statements to investigators as well as Comey.  The report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz, appointed by President Barack Obama is blistering and says that McCabe intentionally lied to protect his image and record.  McCabe lashed out at the career officials behind the report and said Comeys countervailing memory should not be given much credence.

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06:30

HDPA: Labour are courageous "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Heather du Plessis-Allan thinks Labour are courageous. They may well be, but soldiers in a forlorn hope were courageous too, and ultimately doomed. She writes: I know it looks like I hate Labour. Week in, week out, I criticise the Government for what I think are either stupid or naive decisions. Believe me, I dont [] The post HDPA: Labour are courageous appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

You know dear, I once lit a fire, with petrol, during a fire ban "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This photo, or rather the response of one person on Facebook, has caused outrage. Newshub reports: At 23, Green MP Chloe Swarbrick is an expert when it comes to social media and responding to sexist trolls. New Zealands youngest MP in 42 years posted a photo of herself and founding co-leader of the Green [] The post You know dear, I once lit a fire, with petrol, during a fire ban appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:49

Prue Hymans column "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  How useful is the Treasurys Living Standards Framework? By Prue Hyman Its exciting that a department as dry as Treasury is increasingly keen for policies to be based on how they affect peoples standards of living, or wellbeing, rather than just gross national product and its rate of growth. Treasurys Living Standards Framework (LSF) has []

05:43

Labour slow to restore Canterbury democracy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

After slamming the last Governments sacking of the Canterbury regional council ECan, and of promising to quickly restore democracy, Labour is now in no hurry to act. Christchurch Labour MP Megan Woods in 2016: ECan legislation an affront to democracy The Governments ECan Legislation is an affront to Cantabrians and continues to deny them a []

05:38

MSD throws in the towel "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An announcement appeared at the MSD website that a Declaration of Seasonal Tasman Labour Shortage was being made on April 5.

A declaration of a labour shortage from the very agency charged with getting the unemployed into jobs? That must mean the local unemployment rate is close to zero.

Actually it's 3.5%

But there are no beneficiaries left in the region?

Actually there were 924 "work-ready jobseekers" in February. Not to mention a few hundred more in nearby Blenheim, Westport and Greymouth.

The natural question question to ask is, why, then, is there a shortage? But the answer to that lies in the incapacity of beneficiaries to provide the required quality and consistency of work required.

The real question is why the announcement?

The answer appears at the very end of the statement, by which time most will have ceased reading.

"By declaring a labour shortage in Tasman, people from overseas with visitor visas can apply for a Variation of Conditions, which allows them to work through the declaration period."
MSD giving up and admitting that local growers want overseas pickers in preference to beneficiaries.


05:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:19

Legal ring fencing of the word teacher proposed "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It may become illegal to use the word teacher unless you have a specific university degree namely  a three-year Bachelor of Education, a Bachelors degree with a one-year Diploma of Teaching, or a conjoint degree that combines study in teaching subjects with teacher training. This sort of silliness could be a coalition killer. Newshub: []

05:15

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

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

05:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.  Charlie Chaplin who was born on this day in 1889.

05:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:00

Thank you all for empowering me to carry on writing "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

FRANCIS NII

Francis Nii & new laptop
Disabled author Francis Nii and new laptop: 'Without a computer and a reliable mobile phone, I am truly handicapped'

KUNDIAWA - A personal computer can be an important tool for any writer but for a disabled writer like me, composing my words and sentences from the confines of a hospital bed, a laptop and a reliable mobile phone are essential tools of trade.

Without them, I am truly handicapped. With them, I am liberated to access information and to write, write, write.

When the screen of my Asus computer, given to me by my good friend Murray Bladwell in 2016, experienced a major breakdown while I was trying to upload the second edition of my novel Tears, I knew I had hit a desperate moment. Hopelessness overwhelmed me. Tears indeed!

Luckily I had saved the entire manuscript in a Samsung phone given to me by Patrick Haynes so I emailed the valuable document to Philip Fitzpatrick to upload to my CreateSpace publishing page.

I told Phil that I couldnt upload it myself because my laptop had encountered a serious problem. I had no idea that the piece of information relayed to Phil would prompt a fundraising effort that would result in me getting a brand new HP laptop and a Canon printer.

The next day I received an email from Keith Jackson enquiring about the condition of my laptop and I was surprised because I hadnt mentioned this to him. I guessed immediately that Phil had passed on the news.

I emailed Keith telling him had happened to my laptop and he said a new one was a goer. Knowing Keith, I understood straight away that a new computer would somehow make its way to me. I provided Keith the prices of the laptops sold in the shops in Kundiawa.

Next morning when I routinely logged in to PNG Attitude to read the daily stories, I saw the appeal was underway and was both surprised and glad.

I was glad because I knew my PNG Attitude family of writers and readers would help me to get a new laptop. Indeed you did me proud. Your support was awesome and ex...

04:31

One Mission Accomplished, mired in many "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

President Donald Trump as been typically bold or brash after the missile strike on chemical-related facilities in the US. Claiming Mission Accomplished after a single operation in the Middle East is a big call to make, especially after the ridicule George Bush had heaped on him after appearing in front of a banner in 2003 []

04:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

New Zealand artist Anne is our face of the day. You can view her wonderful collection here. Anne is very excited about her future and she loves sharing her ideas and dreams with people. You can support Anne by purchasing her cards and canvas prints or find out more about Anne. The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:15

Another example of Ardern love by NZ media "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Why did they waste time on this fluff?

One News should be The We Love Jacinda Show or Once Were Journalists

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is oriflamme (noun) 1. An inspiring standard or symbol. 2. The red or orange-red flag of the Abbey of Saint Denis in France, used as a standard by the early kings of France. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Originally an oriflamme was the banner or ensign that the [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 16 20 Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

A lit fuse but uncertain whether it'll be fireworks or a damp squib "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rashmii Bell
Rashmii Bell

RASHMII BELL

BRISBANE - Emma Wakpis recent commentary, Foreign aid didnt work. Then we started to look at tradition, gave cause for PNG Attitude readers to reflect on the effectiveness of aid in Papua New Guineas nation building.

The subsequent discussion stoked an audience question I posed to a literary panel last week which I attended as part of a six-month My Walk to Equality writers fellowship generously sponsored by Paga Hill Development Company.

The panel, part of an event at the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, was a collaboration between Griffith Universitys Asia Institute and Griffith Review journal and was billed as a conversation between Jane Camens, Annie Zaidi and Salil Tripathi.

Jane Camens is co-editor of Griffith Review and founder of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Inc, a regional network of authors and literary translators.

In the journal and on the panel, books by Annie (Dangerous Little Things: an account of turning political) and Salil (Without Hindsight: were here because you were there) were featured.

Annie is a contributor to the anthology Walking Towards Ourselves: Indian Women Tell Their Stories (Harper Collins 2016) that was one of the inspirations for our own Papua New Guinean anthology, My Walk to Equality.

In the journals own words, the most recent issue of Griffith Review (number 59), published to coincide with the Brisbane Commonwealth Games, showcases outstanding writers from 25 countries whose diverse voices shine light on enduring imperial legacies, and describe a present that is vibrant yet nuanced, familiar yet unexpected.

This all proved a most sa...

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Media watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

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General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

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Open Forum Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

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Problems of addiction are blighting many of our families "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Prescription-abusePHILIP KAI MORRE

KUNDIAWA - Alcoholism and drug addiction are progressive and fatal diseases that undermine the family unit. Addiction is a family problem with every member, not just the addict, suffering from its effects.

In our highlands society, families operate as a system and family members interrelate to each other for a common purpose.

As a system, families seek to maintain a balance in life. They preserve functional boundaries and support each other in work, finance, problem solving and in many other ways.

When there is no food, all family units work to find some. When there is no money to pay school fees, the family rallies to get it. When a family member is sick, the others provide care and comfort.

However, in families where a member is an alcoholic, drug addict or gambler, this balance is lost and there looms a great risk of dysfunction including divorce or separation, child abuse, sexual exploitation, economic manipulation, intimidation, psychological abuse and much more.

Children of alcoholics and drug addicts exist in a dubious moral environment and frequently lack a full understanding of the difference between right and wrong, good and bad, lawful and unlawful.

Juvenile delinquency or youth crime is increasing especially in urban areas.  Psychological and spiritual problem are common among the children of alcoholics, who become confused and lose a sense of who they are.

Life in the alcoholics family offers only continuing grief and trauma and problems with no solutions. Children who grow up in such a hostile environment suffer physically and emotionally and tend to accept dysfunction as the norm.

Dysfunctional families are defensive in their actions and denial is a major problem and one that gets in the way of change.

In dysfunctional families, there are usually enablers, especially wives, who try to protect their husbands problems. Shame and fear motivates them to become enablers who make the problems worse rather than assisting the addict towards treatment and recovery.

Ultimately, this means the whole family not just the addict needs support, counselling, therapy, guidance and education.

Every family has its own rules and norms. In healthy functional families, rules are realistic and support a purposeful life with every member benefitin......

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