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Wednesday, 15 August

23:22

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

150818 MANU CALLS FOR COMMITMENT BY FAITHFULS
New Dawn FM News

The Catholic people of Hahela Parish have been challenged not to play double standards with their lives.
Hahela Parish Priest FR. WESLEY MANU said that the life of the faithful must be the same in church and outside.
He said if inside the church is different and outside the church is different then there is corruption there.
FR. MANU said that corruption in all levels of the communities must be stopped and people must be following the teachings of Jesus Christ and the church.
Ends

23:18

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

150818PUNGHAU ON DATE FOR REFERENDUM
New Dawn FM News

The Minister for the Bougainville Peace Agreement Implementation, ALBERT PUNGHAU says that the date of the Referendum cannot be finalized unless two things are done according to the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
He said that the two important issues are the weapons disposal and the second autonomy review that the United Nations will carry out soon.
MR. PUNGHAU said that these two issues will now set the stage for the two governments to set the date for the actual referendum.
He said when that is not yet done, all preparation work is based on the target date of June 15th, 2019.

Ends

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23:15

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

150818SPECIAL JSB SET FOR AUGUST 24
New Dawn FM News

The Special Joint Supervisory Body Meeting(JSB) which was called by Prime Minister, PETER ONIEL at the Arawa JSB will now be held in Buka on August 24th,2018.
This was announced by the ABG Minister for Bougainville Peace Agreement Implementation, ALBERT PUNGHAU at a press conference in Buka today.
MR. PUNGHAU who just returned with a team of ABG Ministers who went with the ABG Vice President, RAYMOND MASONO to meet with their PNG Counterpart Ministers ahead of the Special JSB.
Minister Punghau said that his team has for the first time made good progress when talking directly with the Deputy Prime Minister and setting agendas that the Special JSB will address.
He said in the past the Joint technical team were setting the stage for the Prime Minister and the Ministers to just say yes or no during the JSB.
MR. PUNGHAU said that the JSB was set up during the initial negotiations as an avenue for the leaders of both governments to meet and iron out issues that was encountered during the implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
He said that the Special JSB will address the Questions or question to be put in the referendum ballot.

Ends

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23:12

Water from the Stone of CNMI Sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Next month I'll be back in Washington D.C. to resume my research about federal territorial relations that I began last year. Much of my focus last year was on Guam and its commonwealth movement, but as I conducted interviews and sifted through files, I also found more and more references to the commonwealth of the CNMI as well and found its evolution and devolution to be even more fascinating. Even just the contrast of reading about what has taken place there for the past few decades in federal documents versus local government is striking. Take for example when a number of sovereignty provisions that had been negotiated through the commonwealth were lost about ten years ago. This process was referred to the in CNMI as a "federalization," akin to a takeover by the federal government. Within the federal government however it was referred to as as normalizing of a relationship, whereby those provisions were considered to be only temporary and would eventually be done away with once the CNMI had experienced some economic development. It is so intriguing to see one side argue that something was never set in stone, but always fluid like water, while the other states it was set in stone and either we lost the stone or someone grabbed it and smashed most of it.

I look forward to returning to this research. It has put me back in the mood for reading about the garment industry that the CNMI once boasted. Here is an article from 2005 in the Saipan Tribune that I came across recently.

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The rise and fall of the garment industry in the CNMI
by Jesus D. Camacho
Saipan Tribune
May 17, 2005
https://www.saipantribune.com/index.php/a360ee58-1dfb-11e4-aedf-250bc8c9958e/

According to the Tan Holdings Corp. website, Dr. Tan Siu Lin and his family brought THC to Guam in the early 70s and embarked on a variety of businesses: shipping, real estate, amusement, and movie distribution. Approximately six years after THC began conducting business in the Marianas, the Northern Marianas Islands became a bona fide Commonwealth in 1978.

Approximately five years after the CNMI came into existence, the Tan Siu Lin family made the decision to move the corporate headquarters from Guam to the CNMI in 1983. Subsequent to relocating to the Commonwealth, THC began to grow and become an extremely diversified and multifaceted corporation handling the gamut in t...

22:55

Iya Hagta "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Infotmasion put i siudat (mismo songsong, lao i maga'songsong para i Islan Guhan) gi Fino' Chamoru. Hu tuge' este para un curriculum project dos aos ttte. Ya-hu bei na'huyong guini lokkue', sa' hu Tango' na guaha estudiante pat otro e'eyak ni' sesso manmambisisita guini gi este na blog, ya ma kekealigao este na klasen tiningo'.

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Put iya Hagta

Guhan i ms dngkolo na isla gi islas Marianas. Hagta i kapitt na siudat. Gaige meggai na ofisinan gobietno giya Hagta. Gaige lokkue i gima i Gobietno yan i
Lihelaturan Guhan.

I Plsa de Espaa mahtsa desdi i tiempon Espaot; manggaige guihi i kosas yan estorian i manmasusedi gi duranten i tiempon Espaot. Gaige i Plsa gi fion i gimayuos Dulce de Maria Cathedral-Basilica.  Dngkolo este na gumayuos ya ma silelebra i gipot Santa Marian Kamalen gi diha ocho gi Disembre guini. Dngkolo este na silebrasion giya Guahan. I hinenggen Katoliko gi tiempon Espaot  ha gof tulaika i hinengge yan kottura gi entre i Chamorro siha. Mas di kuattro sientos aos i Espaot ha okupa i Islas Marianas. Meggai na tradision yan kustombre gi Chamorro pgo ginen este na hestoria.  
...

22:20

United Natives Against Bureaucratic Miasma "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

I first traveled to the United Nations to testify in 2007. I testified along with two other Marie Auyong and Rima Miles before the Fourth Committee on the situation in Guam. We came in the wake of a larger delegation the year before which featured Victoria Leon Guerrero, Julian Aguon, Sabina Perez, Fanai Castro, Tiffany Lacsado and Kerri Ann Borja. That trip represented a big moment in sort of post-nation Chamoru/Angel Santos activism in Guam and the diaspora. The trip first came from a conference in San Diego that I along with a few others had organized in April 2006 about decolonization and Chamoru issues. It was, as far as any of us could tell, the first of its kind in the diaspora. The gathering of so many critical and conscious Chamorus in one place led to a great number of things, one of which was a period of new engagement around the United Nations.

Chamorus had been traveling on and off to the UN since 1982. There were high points, usually when the Government of Guam wanted to try to shame the US about something or draw more attention to something the US was ignoring, but for the most part, only one or two people, or no one would travel to the UN to testify. That trip in 2006 wasn't organized by anyone with government of Guam connections, but rather activists either raised in the diaspora or just in the states for school, who wanted to draw attention to the military buildup that had been announced back home.

2006 was a high point, as the group met with countries and UN officials, who were all eager to see some activity in Guam again around decolonization. The first year I attended was simply a placeholder, a reminder that even if we hadn't returned with the same intensity, we were still there and did not want to be dismissed or forgotten. I hadn't even planned on testifying, but was asked at the last minute and ended up flying out with just a day or two notice.

Another larger group returned in 2008, but even in my short time within the UN infrastructure I was struck by a number of things. Once the luster and grandness of the place wore off, you were left with a hollowness, especially coming from a colony. As I wrote in my dissertation, the UN gift shop was a particularly depressing spectacle, as flags from nearly every UN member were there, but none for the colonies.

As much as testifying there before the Fourth Com...

22:05

World view Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

August 16 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1 B.C.   Wang Mang consolidated his power and was declared marshal of state. Emperor Ai of Han, who had died the previous day, had no heirs.

963  Nikephoros II Phokas was crowned emperor of the Byzantine Empire.

1328  The House of Gonzaga seized power in the Duchy of Mantua, and ruled until 1708.

1513  Battle of the Spurs (Battle of Guinegate) King Henry VIII of England defeated French Forces.

1777  American Revolutionary War: The Americans led by General John Stark routed British and Brunswick troops under Friedrich Baum at theBattle of Bennington.

1780 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Camden  The British defeated the Americans.

1792  Maximilien Robespierre presented the petition of the Commune of Paris to the Legislative Assembly, which demanded the formation of a revolutionary tribunal.

1819  Seventeen people died and more than 600 were injured by cavalry charges at the Peterloo Massacre at a public meeting at St. Peters Field, Manchester.

1841  U.S. President John Tyler vetoed a bill which called for the re-establishment of the Second Bank of the United States. Enraged Whig Party members riot outside the White House in the most violent demonstration on White House grounds in U.S. history.

1858 U.S. President James Buchanan inaugurated the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria.

1859  The Tuscan National Assembly formally deposed the House of Habsburg-Lorraine.

1865  Restoration Day in the...

21:25

Navajo Nation Celebrates Navajo Code Talkers Day "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Navajo Code Talker John Kinsel stands next to an oil portrait based on a photograph by Kenji Kawano. The Office of the President and Vice President provided these portraits as gifts for the surviving Navajo Code Talkers.

Published August 15, 2018

WINDOW ROCK  Leaders and citizens of the Navajo Nation, and of the United States, recognize on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, as Navajo Code Talkers Day in honor of the contribution and sacrifice of the warriors who developed an unbreakable code to bring an end to World War II.

The freedom we enjoy is connected to the Navajo Code Talkers, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said. On the front lines of some of historys bloodiest battles, these men were using our language to protect American soldiers. Our language is powerful. It is strong and sacred.

In a hundred years, we will still be speaking Din bizaad, President Begaye continued. In five hundred years, we will still be speaking Din bizaad.

The Navajo language, Din bizaad, was used to secure military communication lines to advance marines forward on the battlefields of the Pacific Theatre.

At a time when the reliability of Native American soldiers was called into question, an original group of 29 Navajo Code Talkers transmitted information about tactics, troop movements, orders and other battlefield messages using telephones and radios. Their work was so successful that more than 400 Navajos were called upon to serve as code talkers by the end of WWII.

We honor our code talkers and the language that was spoken to win the war, Vice President Jonathan Nez said. I look at it as God looking upon us as a blessed nation. We are a blessed nation, ladies and gentlemen. Lets always remember that. And it all started 150 years ago when our ancestors came back as a people to our homeland.

President Begaye and Vice President Nez were joined by some of the remaining Navajo Code Talkers and their family members. Families of the late code talkers were also in attendance, along with delegates of the Navajo Nation Council and many more.

Every year, the Office of the President and Vice President (OPVP) provides gifts for surviving Navajo Code Talkers. This year, President Begaye presented them with custom oil portraits of themselves, based on pho...

20:30

BBC Radio Comedy: Elvenquest S03 E04 King Baldwin the Jovial "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

ElvenQuest is a comic fantasy broadcast on BBC Radio 4 by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto, and starring Stephen Mangan, Alistair McGowan, Darren Boyd, Kevin Eldon, Sophie Winkleman and Dave Lamb. The series takes place in the world of Lower Earth, a parody of Middle-earth from The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. In Lower Earth, a band of warriors go forth to search for a mythical sword to save Lower Earth from the evil Lord Darkness (played by McGowan). In order to do so, they must find The Chosen One who will save Lower Earth. The Chosen One is Amis, a dog in the real world which belongs to a fantasy novelist called Sam Porter (played by Mangan) The first series was broadcast from 29 March to 3 June 2009 and the second from 18 November 2010. The third series began broadcasting from 17 October 2011. The fourth series began broadcasting 12 February 2013

Characters

Sam Porter (Stephen Mangan). An author of fantasy novels with a jaded attitude, especially towards his more fanatical fans. As the series opens his career and personal life are not going well.

Amis, the Chosen One (Dave Lamb). Originally Sams pet dog and best friend in the world, he transforms into a human in Lower Earth but retains canine traits and behaviours.

Vidar the Elf Lord, (Darren Boyd), last of a mighty family of Elf Lords, and the leader of the Questers, despite being somewhat dim. His name may be inspired by Varr, a god in Norse mythology associated with vengeance.

Penthiselea the Warrior Princess (Sophie Winkleman Series 13) (Ingrid Oliver Series 4) in silver breastplate armour and thigh-high boots, who has been promised to Vidar since childhood. Sam is very interested in her, but having been raised as a Warrior Princess she has no concept of relationships with men. Her name may be inspired by Penthesilea, a legendary Amazon warrior-queen.

Dean the Dwarf (Kevin Eldon), a mighty if diminutive warrior with unsavoury personal habits.

Lord Darkness (Alistair McGowan), Lord of Evil, whose efforts to dominate Lower Earth are frustrated by the Questers and his own staff of extremely dimwitted minions.

Kreech (Kevin Eldon), the Right Hand of Darkness, and only slightly less dimwitted than the other minions.

...

19:39

Colin Mocketts global outlook "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The world is changing fast. If we dont keep track of the changes, we lose out on the opportunities we have right in front of our nose to transform, transition, change and improve our city, our homes and our lives.

Knowing what is happening in the rest of the world helps us realise what can be achieved it reminds us that real positive change is not just some distant dream. Out there, others are already proving that it is possible.

During the last months, Colin Mockett has been helping us with this  keeping track  as he generously shares his global outlook and knowledge with us and our listeners in the beginning of each Sustainable Hour on 94.7 The Pulse.

These are Mocketts reports and commentaries so far:


#9: Global renewable energy consumption over the long-run

In The Sustainable Hour on 15 August 2018, Colin Mockett shares his findings from a new, global renewable energy report, which was published by ...

19:00

Wednesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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18:30

Why no one trusts the mainstream media "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Why no one trusts the mainstream media appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:27

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In Hawes Bay yesterday spring had sprung.

Daffodils were in full bloom and rhododendrons were in flower.

Back home spring is a bit later but the grass has started growing again and the first of the daffodils are blooming.

Today Im grateful for signs of spring.

 

18:00

Wednesday Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The post Wednesday Weapons appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:42

Parliament anti-Mori and racism implications "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The referencing of referencing family of MPs, plus hints of and MP being anti-Mori,r arose in an exchange in Parliament today, in relation to the appointment of Wally Haumaha as Deputy Police Commissioner. Theres co clear conclusion (to me) but some interesting discussion. It came out of this primary question: 8. Hon PAULA BENNETT (Deputy LeaderNational) to the Prime Minister: []

17:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S02 E13 The Messenger "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

.S02 E05 truth or Dare not found

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

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

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

17:30

The Left will eat itself "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 Left will eat itself appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:07

Bangarla Aboriginal Corporation to go to Supreme Court to halt Kimba vote on nuclear waste dump "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Barngarla People seeking Supreme Court injunction to halt Kimba vote on nuclear waste facility, 2018  https://www.adelaidenow.com.au//87afb1b5d47db75b415c402d97Peter Jean, Jade Gailberger, The Advertiser, August 14, 2018  

A VOTE by Kimba residents on whether they want a radioactive waste dump in the district is in jeopardy after an indigenous group sought an injunction to stop it.

The Barngarla People on Tuesday applied for an urgent Supreme Court injunction to halt the Kimba vote.

The Hawker district will also vote.

Two sites near Kimba, on the Eyre Peninsula, have been short-listed as possible locations for a low-level radioactive waste storage facility. A third short-listed site is near the Flinders Ranges community of Hawker.

The Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation will argue that native title-holders who live outside Kimba District Council boundaries should be entitled to vote.

The Barngarla have more than 200 members, most of whom live outside the councils boundaries.

The group will argue that the ballot breaches the Racial Discrimination Act and that Kimba Council does not have the power to conduct the vote.

The corporation is seeking a...

17:00

The science of female aggression "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 science of female aggression appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

15:59

Strike Wave Continues "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"


On a cold and windy day primary school teachers and principals hold a day of strike all over New Zealand.
It was one of the biggest marches on Auckland's Queen Street. Some say 7000, others say 10,000 teachers marched. Aotea Square was overflowing with people willing to stand up and fight back for their rights.
Over whelming support for the teachers from a broad spectrum of New Zealandrs is a positive sign too.
Recently we have seen the nurses, bus drivers, IRD staff and many private sector workers fight for their work rights.
Something is in the air, people will have various labels for this something, I have my own.
Amidst the workers of Aotearoa uniting and rising, someone tells me that Socialists must be driven out of trade unions. How bizarre!!
Unions without a Socialist backbone are like a human being without oxygen.
More importantly, how do you stop the kind of Socialism we have recently seen among striking workers of Aotearoa?

Kua tae te waa
Anu SA

15:51

Senator Rex Patrick: Additional Comments on Senate Report re selection process for siting nuclear waste dump "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Recommendation 1 The Minister must quantify how broad community support will be determined and do so before vote.

Recommendation 2 As a minimum, broad community support must mean a 65% vote in favour in the AEC vote, AND agreement from all adjoining neighbours AND the agreement from aboriginal communities.

Recommendation 3 The ANSTO Act should be changed to permit the storage of intermediate-level waste until such time as an appropriate facility site has been identified and a facility built and commissioned

Senator Rex Patrick Senator for South AustraliaSelection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia, 14 August 2018

p. 67 Additional Comments by Senator Rex Patrick Kimba and Hawker, when you finally surrender, it must be of your own free will!

The Work of the Committee

1.1 I thank the committee for the work it has done in relation to this very important inquiry. I also thank the secretariat for their behind the scenes efforts.

1.2 I support the general findings in this report and the recommendations that flow from them, but I feel they do not address several substantive issues with enough force.

1.3 Out of responsibility to the communities of Hawker and Kimba, I address those issues now.

A Facility is needed

1.4 Centre Alliance accepts that Australia...

15:51

MIT Computer Model Predicts Dramatic Drop In Quality Of Life Around 2020 And The End Of Civilization Around 2040 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Is humanity approaching a major turning point?  A computer model that was originally developed in 1973 by a group of scientists at MIT is warning that things are about to dramatically change.  If the computer predictions are accurate, our standard of living will start to decline dramatically around the year 2020, and we will witness the end of civilization around the year 2040.  Of course this is not the first time ominous predictions such as this have been made about our future.  For years, experts have been warning that we are heading for severe shortages of water, food and oil as our limited natural resources begin to run out.  For years, experts have been warning that our economic model is not sustainable and that we are heading for a historic collapse.  For years, experts have been warning about the alarming increase in seismic activity all over the planet and about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.  Society is crumbling all around us, and the elements for a perfect storm are definitely coming together.

So maybe this computer model is on to something.

The name of the computer program is World One, and it was originally created by Jay Forrester

The prediction came from a programme nicknamed World One, which was developed by a team of MIT researchers and processed by Australias largest computer.

It was originally devised by computer pioneer Jay Forrester, after he was tasked by the Club of Rome to develop a model of global sustainability.

However, the shocking result of the computer calculations showed that the level of pollution and population would cause a global collapse by 2040.

The fact that the Club of Rome was behind Jay Forresters work is a major red flag, because...

15:48

Is Marxism just about factory workers? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This article is part of Fightbacks What is Capitalism series, to be collected in an upcoming magazine issue. To support our work, consider subscribing to our e-publication ($20 annually) or magazine ($60 annually). You can subscribe with PayPal or credit card here.

In short: no. Or, it shouldnt be.

A Marxist analysis of capitalism highlights who owns the means of production: farms, factories and so on. Most people in capitalist society do not own factories. That includes the unemployed, white collar, blue collar, pink collar, public-sector workers, students, caregivers, most self-employed people,1 and peasants although there arent many peasants around these days. Workers are those compelled to sell their labour to live, whether they currently do so or not.

Although most people share a common dispossession, we also have diverse experiences, and distinct social positions. Caregivers may do essential work, but its distinct in purpose and experience from factory work. Tithi Bhattarachaya outlines this relationship:

If workers labor produces all the wealth in society, who then produces the worker? Put another way: What kinds of processes enable the worker to arrive at the doors of her place of work every day so that she can produce the wealth of society? What role did breakfast play in her work-readiness? What about a good nights sleep?2

These basic needs are often met or assisted by unpaid, or underpaid caregivers. Marxist feminists have focused on this work, often performed by women, terming it social reproduction. Caregiving work reproduces not just the person, but the whole social system (you cant have capitalism without workers, workers without food, food without a cook often cooking free of charge). While recent socio-economic shifts may have undermined the traditional nuclear family, Time Use Surveys show that women still perform most unpaid work.

Various forms of wage labour, other than factory work, are also clearly necessary to capitalism. Sales, banking, translation, and various other jobs lubricate a complex social system. Capitalists would not pay workers if they were unnecessary. Public-sector workers maintain the state and social services, stabilising the social system (for better or worse).

Unemployed people are the most dispossessed, of course. Despite regular propaganda to the contrary, unemployment is a structural failing rather than a pe...

15:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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15:13

Its Official: Blue Light Is Killing Our Eyes "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Alt Media has been pursuing this subject for a long time and the evidence has been steadily mounting. Heres a new report from the mainstream via Popular Science:   Screens are killing your eyeballs, and now we know how The blue screen of death is taking on a whole new meaning. By Eleanor Cummins []

The post Its Official: Blue Light Is Killing Our Eyes appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

15:03

Greens Dissenting Report on selection process for nuclear waste dump "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The definition of broad community support has been inconsistent throughout the entire process

decision-making power of the Minister is wholly arbitrary. It is nonsensical to say that we must accept an arbitrary decision-making process as a means to avoid arbitrary decision-making processes.

The Adnyamathanha people have a demonstrable interest in the process of site selection.

it is condescending and inaccurate to suggest that community concerns around the impact of a radioactive waste dump on agriculture and tourism perceptions of safety and attractiveness are unfounded.

It is imperative that all stakeholders within transport corridors should be consulted.

Dissenting Report from the Australian Greens  Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia, 14 August 2018

1.1 The Australian Greens believe the site selection process is fundamentally flawed. There has been a consistently stated commitment by the Minister to respect the views of the communities relevant to the process by not proceeding without broad community support, ensuring that the absence of such shall serve as an effective veto. However, the Minister has refused to explain what he would consider to be sufficiently broad, ensuring that any number can be considered sufficient, or insufficient, and ultimately disenfranchising affected communities in the name of ministerial discretion.

1.2...

15:00

First they came for the conservative Youtubers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

First, they came for the conservative Youtubers. And people said nothing. Then they came for classic liberal  Youtubers And people said nothing. Talk show host Dave Rubin claimed YouTube financially censored his videos when the platform demonetized them. It appears at least that theres some pretty shady stuff going on, the host of The Rubin [] The post First they came for the conservative Youtubers appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:53

Senate Report on Selection Process for Nuclear Waste Facility in South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The report is at  https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Economics/Wastemanagementfacility/Report

It is 77 pages. I confess to have only skimmed through it at this stage.  It appears to be a careful attempt to bless the process, while not having a real opinion about it, one way or the other.  To be fair, it does contain a few questions, does not appear to be a full go ahead recommendation.

Coalition Senators Senator Jane Hume Senator Dean Smith put in Additional Comments. Short and not very interesting.

Greens, Senator Hanson-Young put in a longer Dissenting Report report, strongly criticising the process.

Senator Rex Patrick put in Additional Comments, also criticising the process

RECOMMENDATIONS in the Report

Chapter 2 Community sentiment

  1. 22. Recommendation 1 2.67 If a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility were to be sited in an agricultural region, the committee recommends that the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science work with local stakeholders, so that part of the remaining 60 hectare buffer zone can be used to grow and test agricultural produce, in order to reassure the community and agricultural markets that the produce from the surrounding region does not contain excessive amounts of radiation and is safe for consumption.
  2. 23 Chapter 3 Indigenous support
  3. 31 Recommendation 2 3.40 The committee recommends that the Minister intensify and expedite efforts to fully engage with the Indigenous stakeholders near Kimba and Hawker so that comprehensive heritage assessments for all nominated sites can be completed
  4. 33 Chapter 4 Financial compensation and incentives to communities

p.36. 4.22 The committee notes that it is unfortunate for a former politician, particularly one with significant exposure to the nuclear waste issues, to place the government in the invidious position of p. 37 deciding whether he should receive financial compensation for hosting a NRWMF on his property, thereby further politicising an already contentious process.

Recommendation 3 4.25 The committee recommends that the government undertake an independent valuation of the land to be acquired to ensure that the financial compensation is consistent with the original proposal to compensate the landholder at four times the land val...

14:51

Nuclear waste being shipped to Australia by company with a terrible safety record "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Responsibility overboard: the shocking record of the company shipping nuclear waste to Australia http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=19892&page=0

By Natalie Wasley -, 14 August 2018In the very early hours of Sunday July 29, the federal government carried out a highly secretive transport of spent nuclear fuel. Helicopters and hundreds of police accompanied trucks from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technologys reactor at Lucas Heights to Port Kembla in Wollongong.

The spent fuel was loaded onto the BBC Austria, owned by Briese Schiffahrt, a shipping line condemned across the world for dangerous and illegal practices. The cargo is heading for the La Hague facility in France to be reprocessed, with a contractual agreement for waste generated from this process to be sent back to Australia.

Any transportation of nuclear materials carries risks, but Briese has a particularly terrible safety record, including leaking oilfrom vessels,...

14:48

First reliable estimates of highly radioactive cesium-rich microparticles released by Fukushima disaster "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/gc-1re081218.php GOLDSCHMIDT CONFERENCE

Scientists have for the first time been able to estimate the amount of radioactive cesium-rich microparticles released by the disaster at the Fukushima power plant in 2011. This work, which will have significant health and environmental implications, is presented at the Goldschmidt geochemistry conference in Boston*.

The flooding of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) after the disastrous earthquake on March 11 2011 caused the release of significant amounts of radioactive material, including cesium (Cs) isotopes 134Cs (half-life, 2 years) and 137Cs (half-life, 30 years). Initially scientists thought that all Cs was released in soluble form. Now however, they have realized that a part of the released Cs was in the form of glassy microparticles, formed at the time of the reactor meltdown; these particles were thrown over a wide area, but until now there has been no reliable estimate of how much radioactive cesium-rich microparticles was deposited in the surrounding area, and how this material was distributed.

Now a group of international scientists, led by Dr. Satoshi Utsunomiya (Associate Professor of Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan) has been able to give the first accurate estimates of the amount of the radioactive microparticles in the environment. This work describes the significance of the microparticles to current radiation levels, and provides fundamenta...

14:45

Nuclear waste transport port; Port Lincoln? there will be no discussion says Dept of Industry Innovation and Science "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Port Lincoln a possible port for waste transport https://www.eyretribune.com.au/story/5584011/nuclear-port-talk-to-wait/

The Department of Innovation, Industry and Science says there will be no discussion on whether ports, including in Port Lincoln, will have nuclear waste material move through them until a storage site has been chosen.

AECOM Australia prepared site characterisation technical reports for the department for each of the proposed sites for the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

For the site reports for Lyndhurst and Napandee, near Kimba, it discusses the potential for waste to be shipped from Port Kembla, New South Wales, to key ports including Port Lincoln, Port Pirie and Whyalla.

It also details the potential for a new commodities port in the upper Spencer Gulf to be used to transport waste to either Lyndhurst or Napandee.

The report details Port Lincolns potential to utilise rail to transport the waste from the port, but would be subject to third party restrictions due to the railway being privately owned.

...

14:41

Despite weather extremes the grand Walkatjurra Walkabout against uranium mining presses on "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

K-A Garlick at Nuclear Free WA, 15 Aug 18 The Walkatjurra Walkabout have survived the first 10 days of the protest walk in freezing overnight temperatures and long hot walking days. Walking strong a group of 55 people gathered at Yeelirrie to support Traditional Owners, Aunty Shirley, Lizzie Wonyabong and Vicky Abdhullah in their 40-year struggle to stop the proposed Yeelirrie uranium mine.

The three women have shared stories of the area where they and their families grew up on. and their ancestors grew up.   The group was joined by Youno Downs Station, who shared stories of the history of uranium exploration and company intimidation over the years they have lived on the pastoralist station.  Water is what the company is after, they (Cameco) need up to 10 millions of litres of water and they want us to give it to them! . to be continued!

14:38

Radioactive sheep in Australia add evidence about Israeli nuclear bomb test "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Radioactive sheep shed light on secret nuclear weapons test, https://nypost.com/2018/08/14/radioactive-sheep-shed-light-on-secret-nuclear-weapons-test/ Christopher Carbone, Fox News, August 14, 2018 Newly discovered data from radioactive sheep provides strong evidence that a mysterious double flash detected almost 39 years ago near a remote island group was a nuclear explosion.

Ever since the flash was observed by a US Vela satellite orbiting above Earth in September 1979, theres been speculation that it was produced by a nuclear weapon test by Israel. International researchers in the journal Science & Global Security analyzed previously unpublished results of radiation testing at a US lab of thyroid organs from sheep in southeastern Australia in order to make their determination.

The flash was located in the area of Marion and Prince Edward islands, which are in the South Indian Ocean about halfway between Africa and Antarctica.

A new publication sheds further light on the Vela Incident of 1979, said Professor Nick Wilson of Otago University at Wellington, who highlighted the findings but was not involved with the study itself. [The research] adds to the evidence base that this was an illegal nuclear weapons test, very likely to have been conducted by Israel with assistance from the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Wilson, an epidemiologist and member of the Australia-based Medical Association for the Prevention of War, said the test would have violated the Limited Test Ban Treaty signed in 1963, and urged the United Nations to mount a full inquiry.

The researchers conclude that iodine-131, which is an unstable radioactive form of the element iodine found in the thyroids of some Australian sheep, would be consistent with them having grazed in the path of a potential radioactive fallout plume from a [Sept. 22, 1979] low-yield nuclear test in the Southern Indian Ocean.

Thyroid samples from sheep killed in Melbourne were regularly sent to the US for testing monthly in 1979 but also in the 1950s and 1980s, researchers say.

According to a report in the New Zealand Herald, the sheep had been grazing in an area hit by rain four days after the flash incident was observed, which would have been in...

14:36

Rally in Canadian town against siting as nuclear waste dump "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Hornepayne residents rally against nuclear waste storage https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/hornepayne-nuclear-waste-1.4783656  Tuesdays rally includes march, guest speakers, Aug 14, 2018 

14:30

Twitter reacts to Jeremy Corbyns excuse "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn participated in a wreath-laying ceremony to honour the perpetrators of a heinous Palestinian terrorist attack that killed 11 Israelis at the 1972 Olympics. The Israeli athletes were kidnapped and tortured before being murdered. World Israel news writes British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is facing allegations of enabling anti-Semitism, acknowledged Monday [] The post Twitter reacts to Jeremy Corbyns excuse appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Helluation gluttony; the act or habit of eating or drinking too much.

14:19

Tesla big battery to be installed at Lake Bonney wind farm RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Infigen Energy to install 25MW/52MWh Tesla Powerpack battery storage system at its Lake Bonney wind farm in South Australia. The post Tesla big battery to be installed at Lake Bonney wind farm appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Tesla big battery to be installed at Lake Bonney wind farm RenewEconomy

14:18

Gupta launches 1GW renewable plan at Cultana solar project RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Gupta confirms plans for 1GW of dispatchable renewables at ground-breaking ceremony at new Cultana solar project, a day after Coalition agree to NEG policy that models zero new investment in large-scale renewables and storage over next decade. The post Gupta launches 1GW renewable plan at Cultana solar project appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Gupta launches 1GW renewable plan at Cultana solar project RenewEconomy

14:18

August 14 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Science and Technology: Minesto to fly Wales kite Minesto, a Swedish company, is poised to start subsea testing of its 500-kW tidal kite off the coast of Wales after completing initial commissioning sea trials. The company said the DG500 will undergo flying full subsea trajectories off Holyhead as part of the next phase []

via August 14 Energy News geoharvey

14:17

Video of the Day: Counting Frydenbergs NEG lies RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Smart Energy Council counts eight lies told by the federal energy minister in his Sunday ABC TV interview and fact-checks them all. The post Video of the Day: Counting Frydenbergs NEG lies appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Video of the Day: Counting Frydenbergs NEG lies RenewEconomy

14:17

To HELE with emissions, Turnbull embraces new baseload coal RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Turnbull says he would welcome new coal generator, and prepares to fight Labor on emissions. The post To HELE with emissions, Turnbull embraces new baseload coal appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via To HELE with emissions, Turnbull embraces new baseload coal RenewEconomy

14:16

Hormesis Advocates Dodge Scientific Rigor With Special Pleadings; Ties To Tobacco Industry-Koch Brothers Exposed By CHP Emeritus US EPA Comment Deadline August 16th 11.59 PM Eastern Time Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Originally posted on Mining Awareness + : Comment extended to Auguest 16th, 1159 pm ET, Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OA-2018-0259 https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OA-2018-0259 Robert Applebaum is a Certified Health Physicist, CHP, Emeritus. Below is Applebaums response to an attempt to increase radiation exposure limits, through the US NRC. Currently, the same players, Calabrese et al., appear to be trying to get

via Hormesis Advocates Dodge Scientific Rigor With Special Pleadings; Ties To Tobacco Industry-Koch Brothers Exposed By CHP Emeritus US EPA Comment Deadline August 16th 11.59 PM Eastern Time Mining Awareness +

14:00

How Solidarity Boats to Gaza Succeed Despite Failing "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When Mike Treen, the National Director of the "Unite Union" in New Zealand arrived at the airport in the capital, Auckland, on August 1, a group of people were anxiously waiting for him at the terminal with Palestinian flags and flowers. They hugged him, chanted for Palestinian freedom and performed the customary native Haka dance. Continue reading "How Solidarity Boats to Gaza Succeed Despite Failing"

The post How Solidarity Boats to Gaza Succeed Despite Failing appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

14:00

Ken Burns History of Jazz #1 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Will post more as I find them great doco

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

13:15

Wages growth up at a glacial pace "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Wages growth a bit better

Wage prices increased by 0.6 per cent in the June quarter.

That was the best quarter since all the way back in March 2014, remarkably.

It was enough to pull annual wages growth reluctantly up to 2.1 per cent. 

Around the traps the best performers were Victoria and Tasmania at 2 per cent. 

And the worst performers were Western Australia and the Northern Territory at 1 per cent, reflective of the resources cycle.

Indeed, mining was the worst performing sector at 1.33 per cent, followed by retail at 1.46 per cent. 


The best performing sector was healthcare at 2.74 per cent.

Melbourne is set to be the best performing economy going forward, with construction and job vacancies exploding.

The above figures confirm that low wages growth is not just about immigration - in fact wages growth is higher where the migrants are heading (and vice-versa).

Low wages growth is rather a....

13:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This piece of Whaleoil wisdom was brought to you by the Whaleoil Store. Visit us now and find the perfect piece of Whaleoil swag for your collection. We have a few new products worth checking out.   The post Whaleoil wisdom appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:30

Greens sacrifice wildlife to appease the sky dragon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

James Delingpole calls wind turbines bat-chomping, bird-slicing eco-crucifixes, and research shows that hes hardly exaggerating. A 2013 paper published in the Wildlife Society Bulletin showed that, not only had the estimates of the wildlife carnage inflicted by wind turbines been grossly and perhaps deliberately under-estimated, the likely true numbers were shocking and are [] The post Greens sacrifice wildlife to appease the sky dragon appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:03

12:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Appeal decision a win for irrigators but more work needs to be done:

An appeal to Environment Canterburys Plan Change 5 nutrient modelling rules has been resolved with a major win achieved for irrigators, says IrrigationNZ.

A Hearings Panel on the Plan Change proposed a new requirement that would have effectively required that all older spray irrigation systems in Canterbury be replaced with new ones by 2020. It was estimated that this change would cost irrigators $300 million.

All parties to the appeal agreed that an error in law had been made when the Hearing Panel introduced this as a new requirement because no submitter had asked for this change.

INZ carried out testing on 300 irrigation systems in Ashburton and Selwyn districts over two summers recently which found that older spray irrigation systems can achieve good levels of water efficiency if regular checking and maintenance is carried out

First M bovis case confirmed near Motueka in Tasman Sara Meij:

The first case of M. Bovis has been confirmed in the Nelson region.

Biosecurity New Zealand said on Tuesday a property near Motueka, in the Tasman district, had tested positive for the bacterial cattle disease.

Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) said the affected property was a mixed sheep and beef farm.

The farm was identified through tracing animals from known infected farms and it was now under a Restricted Place Notice, which meant it was in quarantine lockdown, restricting the movement of animals and other risk goods on and off the farm. . .

At the grassroots: farmers contribute too John Barrow:

I recently returned a little disappointed from the Local Government New Zealand conference in Christchurch.

From a dairy farmers perspective I was disappointed at the lack of recognition of the cost of farming and issues we are facing all the emphasis was on urban.

The conference theme was We are Firmly Focused on the Future: Future Proofing for a Prosperous and Vibrant NZ. . .

...

12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Click on image for a better view The True Size of Africa If you are one of thousands of WO subscribers that lie awake at night worrying about the true size of Africa. take a break todays MOTD resolves this issue once and for all. While it doesnt look it, Africa is big, really [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:00

Turnbulls Lucky Windfall "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

You wont need to worry too much about Turkey for the time being.

US stocks closed up in overnight trade.

The markets judgement is clear: The bull market continues.

We can draw a similar conclusion for Australia. Despite the headlines, the S&P/ASX 200 still looks strong.

We can thank thermal coal for a good part of that.

Commodities across the board are taking a hit right now.

But shareholders in Whitehaven Coal Ltd [ASX:WHC] probably cant believe their luck. Thermal coal is at its highest Australian dollar price since July 2008.

Demand from Asia for power generation is driving this even as European use declines. And nobody wants to invest in coal anymore many banks wont even consider financing projects.

The Australian reported in April that the Treasury was anticipating a thermal coal price of US$85 in its estimates of company tax receipts.

Currently its just over US$120. If it continues to stay high, its going to pour more money into government coffers.

That could conceivably give Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull more ammunition to prop up his position through infrastructure spending in key electorates.

Thats one reason I dont buy into a real estate collapse scenario.

Here in Melbourne, a Brighton shop just sold for $3.2 million above its reserve.

But that look likes chump change compared to the $100 million a Chinese developer has paid for an apple orchard in Melbournes Wantirna South.

One wonders how the coal-producing regions of Australia are shaping up in terms of property. There must be plenty of money around.

In any case, the current bull market in coal also reveals that theres always opportunity in the share market, even when the overall index doesnt do much or the outlook doesnt appear particularly bullish.

I happen to think the current drawdown in commodities like oil and copper represents a buying opportunity. And Im not alone.

The Australian Financial Review reported yesterday that specialist resource investment firm Terra Capital is looking to raise $300$400 million to help fund its spending plans.

Its not as if the massive Asian market is going anywhere. That places Australia in good stead in the coming years.

A new chapter

The world and markets present opportunities all the time.

Thats one reason Im going to hand over the full Daily Reckoning Australia editorship to my good friend and colleague Shae Russell.

In turn, Ill....

12:00

Dr Blake Mysteries S03 E01 King Of The Lake "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Doctor Blake Mysteries is an Australian television series that premiered on ABC TV on 1 February 2013 at 8:30 pm] The series stars Craig McLachlan in the lead role of Doctor Lucien Blake, who returns home to Ballarat, northwest of Melbourne, in the late 1950s to take over his late fathers general medical practice and role as police surgeon after an absence of 30 years. Five series aired as of 2017, with a telemovie scheduled to close the program at the completion of the fifth season.

In October 2017, the Seven Network announced they acquired production rights for 2018. Producers later announced production would be suspended pending outcome of the police investigation of the sexual assault allegations directed at Craig McLachlan. He was cleared of the charges In April 2018, Seven Network announced a series of telemovies including all the present cast except Craig McLachlan

pp

11:49

Wild Chimp Spotted Playing Very Familiar Game With Little Baby "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

A sweet little interaction spotted in the forest in Africa is an astonishing reminder of how closely related humans are to chimpanzees.

Credit: Liran Samuni/Tai Chimpanzee Project

An observer at the Tai Chimpanzee Project on the Ivory Coast was lucky enough to capture the moment on video.

In the footage, an adult chimp is lying on the ground, propping up a baby on her feet. The baby is all arms, swinging them around every which way while the adult makes the baby bounce.

Credit: Liran Samuni/Tai Chimpanzee Project

It's exactly the game of airplane that the majority of us remember from our days as toddlers, when we'd demand our parents lift us up on their feet and let us pretend to fly. 

But this is far from the only thing we have in common with great apes. Chimpanzees have complex social structures and behaviors that help them establish relationships, conquer anxiety and form trust.

Credit: Liran Samuni/Tai Chimpanzee Project

"Understanding something about great apes often also helps us understand something about ourselves," Gi...

11:30

Labours anti-Semitism & endorsement of terror "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

For a while now the Labour party in Britain has been fighting off accusations of anti-Semitism (of which there is plenty of evidence to back them up.) Their leader Jeremy Corbyn has inflamed the accusations even further with revelations that he participated in a ceremony where he honoured the murderous terrorists who kidnapped, tortured and [] The post Labours anti-Semitism & endorsement of terror appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:00

Classic Comedy: It Aint Half Hot Mum S07 E02 The Guinea Pigs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It Aint Half Hot Mum was the second of the three sitcom series co-written by David Croft set in the Second World War, the first being Dads Army (19681977) with Jimmy Perry and the third being Allo, Allo! (19821992) with Jeremy Lloyd.

Set during the Second World War (in the period just after the German surrender when the Allies were trying to finish the war by defeating Japan in Asia), the show focuses on a group of British soldiers stationed at the Royal Artillery Depot in Deolali, India, where soldiers were kept before being sent to fight at the front lines. The main characters are performers in the bases Concert Party, which involved putting on comic acts and musical performances (similar to those seen in a music hall) for the other soldiers prior to their departure for the front lines. The soldiers in the Concert Party all love this particular job, as it keeps them out of combat duty, but some do harbour dreams of becoming world-famous actors when they leave the army.

11:00

Jacinda or Simon for CEO "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Heres the question, if you asked the chairman of any major company whether they would like Jacinda or Simon for their CEO you would be greeted with some very definitive answers and none would involve a positive affirmation. I doubt many would want them on their board except to provide lobby access to [] The post Jacinda or Simon for CEO appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:53

Oral Questions 15 August 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Questions to Ministers KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he seen on the economy? SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Governments statements and actions? AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence in the Governments management of the New Zealand economy? JO LUXTON to the Minister of Education: What steps is the Government [] The post Oral Questions 15 August 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:30

Ministry of plastic bags? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

So now that we are going to have a total ban on plastic bags, how is it going to be managed? It may seem like a silly question, but really, it is not. Not at all. Kenyas Daily Nation reports (in August 2017) quote: The National Environment Management Authority (Nema) has defended itself against claims doing rounds [] The post Ministry of plastic bags? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:16

Adani knew about pollution risk and the Queensland authorities were aware of it "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed from Queensland

Not too much of a surprise really, but the revelation that  both Adani and the Queensland government were aware in advance, that polluted water could be released from the companys Abbot Point coal terminal during cyclone Debbie in 2017, has still sent a little shock wave around the country.

When it came, the Caley Valley wetlands near the Abbot Point terminal, were polluted.

The Adani licence was amended after the, fact, to allow more pollution in other areas, which includes the Great Barrier Reef world heritage area.

As if this was not enough, Adani was caught breaching the new licence by more than 800 percent. It forced the authorities to issue a penalty notice.

All this was in emails obtained by the Mackay Conservation Group, under Queenslands right to information laws, and reported by the ABC last week. Adani unsuccessfully fought the release of the emails.

Particularly sinister, is that Adani knew that its contaminated water was well above the total suspended solids (TSS) normally allowed is 30mg/L and Adanis special conditions, which allowed up to 100 mg/L. The fact that the water contained in the range of 500 to 900 mg/L, was communicated to the department that administers the licence on 28 March.

There was a clear breech and Adani was fined the $12,190. For a multi-billion-dollar company this is nothing and makes a mockery of the law. At the very least, the licence should have been suspended.

Adani fought the fine and release of the emails, because of the fear that they would damage the companys reputation.

Peter McCallum, coordinator of the Mackay Conservation Group, said the emails show the company knew the pollution could occur.

These documents that Adani didnt want released to the public show they were fully aware there was a high concentration of pollutants in the water that would be released, he said.

A company proved to disregard the conditions of its licence is only encouraged, if allowed to effectively get away with it. The Queensland government promised safeg...

10:15

Send the Green party a message "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mocking the Green partys stupid ideas is both fun and effective. They are BANNING useful plastic bags They are BANNING your beloved pet cat And to top it off co-leader Marama Davidson is promoting the word C*nt! It is enough to drive our digital team to design greatness. Here are some of the new Whaleoil products [] The post Send the Green party a message appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:08

Malaysian insiders call for graceful exit from TPP-11 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

August 15, 2018: Professor K S Jomo, a member of new Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamads Council of Eminent Persons, has publicly called for the new government to decline to ratify the TPP-11, officially titled the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Writing in The Star, Professor Jomo said, With negligible real trade gains from the original TPP, the US withdrawal has made benefits from the regional agreement even more trivial, with advocates becoming more desperate for US participation.

Thus, its current proponents are using the CPTPP to try to re-engage the US as hegemon in the region.

He argued that the TPP-11 has committed Malaysia to further trade liberalisation, accelerating de-industrialisation, besides constraining the growth of modern services, development finance and policy space.

Malaysia can eventually opt out of the CPTPP simply by not ratifying it. Such a diplomatic approach should not embarrass Japan, Australia, Singapore and others remaining for geo-strategic or other pretexts, Prof Jomo wrote.

On the same day, the Straits Times published a longer commentary on the TPP-11 by Martin Khor, adviser of the Third World Network, also arguing against Malaysias ratification of the TPP-11.

Khor explained that the TPP-11 obliges Malaysia to abide by many new rules that are not about trade, and would intrude into the freedom and space of the country to formulate and implement policies, laws and regulations. He highlighted the new rules on investment policy.

Conditions that are sometimes imposed on investments, such as technology transfer and use of local materials, are disallowed or restricted. The foreign investor must be treated at least equally as locals, Khor said.

The foreign investors can also sue the government in an international tribunal (usually the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington DC) if they feel they are not given fair treatment.

This covers claims that they would lose future revenue and profits if government policies are changed or if contracts are re-negotiated, or if the investor claims his bid for government projects is unfairly treated...

10:05

The real rort "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Homepaddock

The furore over the leaking of  Simon Bridges expenses has highlighted the real rort:

. . the fact that Crown limos for the Opposition leader are charged out at a higher rate than is charged to Government . . .

If there is a reasonable and responsible reason for that, please tell me.

The only one I can think of is neither reasonable nor responsible its a political decision to somehow disadvantage the opposition.

Ministers are running the country and they need to get around the country to do that. The opposition is there to hold the government to account, it cant do that sitting in Wellington. Its leaders travel is essential to the role, in the public service and making it more expensive is adding to the cost of democracy.

Why should taxpayers pay more for the opposition leaders travel than that of government ministers?

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10:01

More Australian racism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

How vile is Australian politics? A federal Senator has called for a "final solution" to immigration, and called for a return to the white Australia policy:

An Australian crossbench senator has invoked the term the final solution in an inflammatory speech calling for a plebiscite asking voters whether they want to end all immigration by Muslims and non-English speaking people from the third world.

Fraser Anning, formerly of the far-right Pauline Hanson One Nation party, and now a member of the Katters Australia party, used his maiden speech in the Senate to call for a plebiscite to allow the Australian people to decide whether they want wholesale non-English speaking immigrants from the third world, and particularly whether they want any Muslims.

[...]

Anning also invoked the white Australia policy, suggesting Australians may want to return to the predominately European immigration policy of the pre-Whitlam consensus. The white Australia policy, which restricted non-European immigration, ran from 1901 until it began to be dismantled in the late 1960s.


The speech has been condemned by government ministers, but it all seems a bit two-faced when that government has been fearmongering about "immigrant gangs" and is putting refugees in Pacific concentration camps and letting them die of preventable diseases in an effort to psychologically torture them into renouncing their claims to refugee status. The blunt fact is that Anning's vile politics are simply an extension of the government's.

10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Ha long bay from our boat window Vietnam NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view from your kitchen window or bedroom window or lounge [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

The real rort "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The furore over the leaking of  Simon Bridges expenses has highlighted the real rort:

. . the fact that Crown limos for the Opposition leader are charged out at a higher rate than is charged to Government . . .

If there is a reasonable and responsible reason for that, please tell me.

The only one I can think of is neither reasonable nor responsible its a political decision to somehow disadvantage the opposition.

Ministers are running the country and they need to get around the country to do that. The opposition is there to hold the government to account, it cant do that sitting in Wellington. Its leaders travel is essential to the role, in the public service and making it more expensive is adding to the cost of democracy.

Why should taxpayers pay more for the opposition leaders travel than that of government ministers?

09:30

Norway to Map Deep Sea Mineral Deposits "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Maritime Executive | 12 August 2018

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate is readying to map potential deep sea mineral deposits in the Norwegian Sea, with an expedition due to get underway this month.

The Directorate has engaged Swire Seabed, which partners with Ocean Floor Geophysics, to carry out mapping of potential sulfide minerals on the seabed over the Mohns Ridge in the western Norwegian Sea. This is a spreading ridge in the Atlantic Ocean that separates two oceanic plates, where potential valuable minerals have been formed through hot volcanic sources. The focus of the expedition is not the active hydraulic systems such as black smokers, but rather non-active extinct systems that are now left as mineral-rich piles of gravel on the seabed.

The mapping will be carried out using an autonomous underwater vehicle, a Kongsberg Hugin AUV, which will map the seabed using a bottom-penetrating echo sounder, multibeam bathymetry, synthetic aperture sonar data, magnetometry and spontaneous potential field data.

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09:30

Brash is spot on over Keys government "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Don Brash is making more positive headlines since leaving parliament than Helen Clark and John Key combined. Yesterday he gave John Keys government a good lashing: Quote: Former National Party leader Dr Don Brash has given the previous National Government led by John Key a shocking 0/10 rating, which Duncan Garner says is too harsh. [] The post Brash is spot on over Keys government appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:21

Dear Enoch, "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



You will be very glad you made that little commentary on immigration back in the day Sir, as today you would be probably sharing defense strategy with Stephen Yaxley-Lennon for hate speech contempt off court and standing on public land attempting to inform  those interested what in your opinion was happening inside the Leeds Crown Court.
Sincerely yours

Fifty years ago last April Conservative MP Enoch Powell made a speech on the significant immigration then occurring with people from many then independent emerging nations taking the option of their birth to enter the UK to hopefully find a better life.
Originally referred to as The Birmingham Speech by Powell it was later termed "The Rivers Of Blood' Speech from a line used by Powell in his speech to a north England Conservative party conference, from  a BC era poem written by Virgil.
Being a Classical scholar Powell alluded to the lines of the epic poem: "As I look ahead I am filled with foreboding; like the Roman, I see the river Tiber foaming with much blood.

As nations confront Islamic immigration from young men of military age with clearly evident intentions not to assimilate western culture and traditions, the ruling classes are cowardly laying down to conform.
Hence poor old Boris Johnson is now in the sights of cowering political leadership for making a joke with some serious truth about Islam. With far too many piling into the man with a penchant for saying things many would like to say it is time to remember the 50th anniversary of Powell taking the opposing view  to Heaths Government. Heath, the bachelor choir boy who  found himself in the wrong party  who took the UK into the then common market before the one world government movement set out to destroy all that is "Great" about Great Britain with progression to European parliament

Of course while Powell and Johnson are current targets for Soros funded foot soldiers of the increasingly violent left, good old anti Semite Jerry Corbin can give total support to Hamas, Black September ( Killers of eleven at Munich Olympics) and various other anti Israel terrorists and that is OK.

Oh that someone of the intellect, intelligence and courage of Enoch Powell to manage Brexit.

09:06

Intermim CEO for Fonterra "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fonterra has announced the appointment of an interim CEO, Mike Hurrell, who will take over immediately:

Mr Hurrell is currently the Co-operatives Chief Operating Officer, Farm Source the unit responsible for working directly with the Co-operatives farmer-owners. In that role, he is responsible for Fonterras global Co-operative farming strategy that includes farmer services and engagement, milk sourcing and the chain of 70 Farm Source rural retail stores throughout New Zealand. 

Mr Hurrell first joined Fonterra in the year 2000. His 18 years experience in the dairy industry has spanned four continents, including roles in Europe, the United States, Middle East, Africa and Russia. 

Fonterra Chairman John Monaghan says the Co-operatives Board is clear that it is not best practice to have the Chairman and CEO stand down at the same time, but events have overtaken that decision. I have agreed with the Board that we will stop the global CEO search while we review the Co-operatives current portfolio and direction.

Its important that we give ourselves the time to take stock of where we are as a Co-operative, breathe some fresh air into the business, then determine any changes that are needed.

The board has to know where its going before it works out who is best to lead it there.

Appointing a new CEO is the most critical decision a Board will make. We will take all the time we need to find the right person.

In the meantime, we need a new leader that can hit the ground running. Miles has great mana. He has a deep understanding of our business and has demonstrated his ability to manage large, complex business units in most of our global markets. Miles is well-respected both within our Co-operative and by our key global customers and wider stakeholders.

Our CEO role requires intellect, energy and commitment. Miles brings that in spades.

Mr Hurrell said he was excited by the challenge and as a proud New Zealander understood the responsibility that comes with the role.

Ive been part of the Co-operative for 18 years and understand that its true potential really comes down to its people.

Theo leaves behind a talent...

09:00

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

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08:34

Crazy Rich Asians Is a Success Story That Audiences, and Hollywood, Shouldnt Miss "IndyWatch Feed World"

So much of Hollywoods meager push for diversity has resulted in people of color making bad movies to match those made by white men for decades. The reason is its hard to make good movies, no matter your color. Its a numbers game. Make enough movies and some are bound to be good. The problem is only white men have been given the chance to make enough movies for that ratio to tilt in their favor.

Fortunately, Jon Chu, director of tent-pole movies like G.I. Joe: Retaliation and a pair of Justin Bieber documentaries, was given the chance to adapt Crazy Rich Asians. Even more fortunate was casting the effervescent Constance Wu as his lead. Wu plays Rachel Chu, an NYU economics professor who travels with her boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his hometown of Singapore for his best friends wedding.

The action begins when Young and Chu are photographed by a Malaysian influencer and, in a sprightly montage, the moment goes viral on social media, causing every nubile in the South Pacific to ask, Who is Rachel Chu? For the audience, the more pressing question would be: Who is Nick Young? Hes heir to a global hotel empire, thats who, making him the regions most eligible bachelor.

Nick had until then kept his secret from Rachel because he wanted her to like him for who he was and not for his money. The other key detail from his background that hes been shielding her from is his mother, Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh), who oversees the family business and wants her number-one son to return to Singapore and marry a proper Chinese woman, not one raised in the U.S.

Americans are given to pursuing their passions instead of putting family first, Eleanor admonishes her Nick when it becomes clear he plans to marry Rachel. Its a familiar conflict in movies with ethnic characters, but director Chu and his writing team of Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim imbue it with an emotional veracity that elevates it from hackneyed to heartfelt.

A rowdy bachelor party for the boys, and a corresponding soire for the girls, are shown in scenes that seem de rigueur in a rom-com. But the tonally miscued bloody revenge attack on Rachel that follows isnt. Its a turning point that starts her thinking maybe her million-dollar bachelor isnt worth all the trouble.

The good news is her old New York girlfriend, Goh Peik Lin (...

08:33

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

FREE TO THE PUBLIC THIS FRIDAY AT `IOLANI PALACE GROUNDS



08:32

Mayur set to drill Feni Island "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Field mapping at Matakangkaka Creek

PNG Industry News | 13 August 2018

MAYUR Resources says it is ready to mobilise a team do begin a drill program at its Feni Island copper-gold project in New Ireland Province.

This follows the completion of a detailed field mapping and sampling programme within the Matangkaka Creek area at Feni Islands EL2096.

The company says Matangkaka Creek is an eastern tributary of the Nanum River and is rated as one of the top three gold bearing streams in the Feni Island group. It is also near and upstream from the Kabang structure that hosts a 650,000 ounce gold resource.

The trip was undertaken by Dr David Lindley, Mayurs veteran expert geologist who has decades of experience on Feni, Mayur said.

Mayur has correlated this new information with historical data to finalise a drilling programme of up to 2400m. The programme of up to seven holes is focusing on the gold mineralisation in structures beneath a...

08:30

Captured "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

A farmer illegally digs up a reserve, destroying native vegetation, in order to plant pasture to make the land they lease seem more attractive to foreign buyers. You'd hope that in New Zealand, such actions would lead to charges under the RMA and Reserves Act. Instead, LINZ just retrospectively approves them:

Just as the countrys second-biggest Crown pastoral lease was being touted for sale, riverside reserve land on the farm was converted to pasture without permission to boost its prospects.

[...]

As the marketing campaign launched, a roughly 100ha block of Mt White was fenced, and some of it cleared of indigenous plants and put into pasture. Half of the area to be cleared was on a freehold title owned by Mt White, but the other 50ha was reserve land. Government officials didnt know about the work until two months later, when Mt White sought retrospective permission.

The 50ha of reserve land about two-thirds the size of Auckland Domain is part of the 1000ha Riversdale Flats reserve, an area earmarked for inclusion in a national park since 1901. Despite the fact Mt White borders the Arthurs Pass National Park, the reserve is part of the Mt White lease. Its care, therefore, is in the hands of the lessee, with Government oversight.

The Crown land manager, Land Information New Zealand (LINZ), retrospectively approved Mt Whites reserve land work against advice from the Department of Conservation (DOC) and without punishment of the lessee.


Worse, LINZ then turned around and granted permission to this criminal leaseholder to destroy another thousand hectares of the high country, turning native bush and endangered bird habitat into farmland.

This isn't good enough. LINZ is supposed to act as a guardian of crown land, and prevent it from being destroyed in this way. Instead, they just seem to be rubber-stamping everything. Like MPI, they seem to have been captured by the people they are supposed to be regulating.

Crown pastoral leases are a rort which needs to end. But until they do, is it too much to ask that the public's representatives actually enforce the public's rights, and prevent leaseholders from destroying the environment they are temporarily occupying? And if they're not willing to, they should be sacked and replaced by someone who will.

08:30

Captain Underpants vs the truck driver from Huntly "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Tuku Morgan is on the attack against the truck driver from Huntly aka King Theitia aka the Maori King: Quote: Tukoroirangi Morgan, the Mori Kings former adviser, has sent him a scathing three-page letter in which he calls him a puppet king. Morgan, a former MP and broadcaster, said in his letter to King Theitia that [] The post Captain Underpants vs the truck driver from Huntly appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:16

B-MOBILE IS A MAJOR EMBARRASSMENT RAISES DATA RATES AFTER MERGER "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by VINCENT MOSES
Government owned telco, Bmobile, provided the biggest embarrassment for Papua New Guineas APEC aspirations for greater digital access and an inclusive economy.
It did this by doubling and tripling data rates for its new merger acquired Telikom 4G network. Since taking over APEC responsibilities, Papua New Guinea, has been echoing the call by APEC member states for a shared future of greater digital access. For the Papua New Guinean, it meant cheaper mobile data costs enabling the development of e-commerce, better disaster reporting and poverty alleviation through the digital economy.

In terms of affordability PNG ranked 163rd out of 169 countries in 2013 according to the International Telecommunications Union, the National Research Institute (NRI) said in a discussion paper titled Why are internet prices high in PNG?
It is against this backdrop of high prices that Telikom's previously low data packages were important and essential to realise PNG's APEC aspirations.

In pre-merger 2017, when Telikom and Digicel expanded their 4G networks, SMEs felt encouraged to embrace the digital future. In that short period, empirical evidence showed a marked increase in high definition professional and user generated video content. There was also an evidential shift in favorable attitudes towards the perceived older player in the industry Telikom.
Where was Bmobile? According to PNG Maths Blogspot which also comments on communications related topics, Bmobile worked on reviving its struggling state.
The partnership with Vodafone gave it the much needed oxygen. Today it needs another major CPR.
That CPR came in the form of the merger which has given it an additional 4G network as well as user rights to Telikoms infrastructure. While the government has explained the proposed restructure in terms of a wholesale-retail concept, the move has also stripped away an important growing revenue source for the Telikom.

Then in one blow, Bmobile destroyed the credibility of Telikom 4G while at the same time levelling the competition playing field upwards. The move has also put previously affordable data bundles out of reach for many Papua New Guineans.

The flow on effect? Higher costs and a loss of credibility for the PNG Government in the face of APEC countries talking wider access and lower...

08:06

Papuan authorities shut mine over labour hiring dispute "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Photo: Mark Agnor 2014

Radio New Zealand | 14 August 2018

Authorities have closed a gold mine in Korowai in the southern part of Indonesias Papua province, following uproar over the company hiring newcomers ahead of local tribe members.

The Jakarta Post reports the mine was closed on Friday by the Papua Governor Soedarmo, along with the police and military chiefs.

Two helicopters that were to be used to transport workers to the mine site, were sealed at the Tanah Merah airport in Boven Digoel regency.

The mine is understood to employ about 3000 workers..

Separately a Papua councillor, John Jose Gobay, said the mine should be managed by the local residents of Korowai, as stipulated in the 2014 law on local administrations.

He urged the Papua governor to propose to the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry to hand the mining site over to the local tribe.

08:00

Critics Picks The Big Lebowski "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A look at the Coen Brothers classic comedy

Superb cast led by Jeff Bridges with amongst others Steve Buscemi, John Turturro and John Goodman

08:00

Debating Maori seats is not divisive: What is divisive is Maori seats "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

When I read that Simon Bridges didnt want to abolish Maori seats because he thought that it would spark incredibly divisive debate my first reaction was exasperation because Maori seats are incredibly divisive! They are separatism and apartheid. They are discriminatory as they treat people differently on the basis of their race. They have no [] The post Debating Maori seats is not divisive: What is divisive is Maori seats appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

Crony Watch: Labour appoints Margaret Wilson to Waikato DHB "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Labour has appointed another crony to a position and again the cronyism is being promulgated by David Clark: Quote: Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced new appointments to the Waikato and Counties Manukau District Health Boards. Current chair of Bay of Plenty DHB Sally Webb has been appointed chair of Waikato DHB, while former [] The post Crony Watch: Labour appoints Margaret Wilson to Waikato DHB appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:27

STAND HAUMAHA DOWN "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinda Ardern (who made the appointment) should act immediately to stand Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha down as new allegations emerge concerning his possible witness tampering which is a criminal offense (s117 Crimes Act 1961).     It is reported that Haumaha made contact with a person(s) who had earlier accused him of workplace bullying ... a complaint that was never investigated until it was made public just a few days ago.

All this against the backdrop of a formal inquiry into the process surrounding his appointment.

 It is not tenable that Haumaha should continue to exercise his responsibilities as Deputy Police Commissioner with these allegations swirling about.   He must be stood down.

Ardern's failure to act raises huge questions as to whether she is being pressured by NZ First to go easy on Haumaha.    Haumaha has family ties with NZ First through their Deputy Leader Fletcher Taubateau and was, for a time, a NZ First candidate in the period leading up to the 2005 election before he withdrew his candidature for personal reasons while Peters himself, just last year, took time out to be the principal speaker at a function organised to recognise his (Haumaha's) appointment as Assistant Police Commissioner.



07:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Our Whats Hot post and Must Read posts up the top of our home page are based on the two articles from the day before that attracted the most comments. This post is to provide you with the links to the top five most read posts as the vast majority of our readership do not comment and the post with the [] The post Most read appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Fonterra forced pick-ups environmentally and economically costly "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fonterra chair John Monaghan says the regulation forcing the company to pick up all milk, anywhere is no longer needed :

We will push to get rid of the open-entry and open-exit provisions of DIRA; its well past the use-by-date. 

Fonterra believes open-entry provision is no longer needed because the industry has become competitive.

Monaghan points out that main purpose of DIRA was to promote competition and to give farmers and Kiwis choices: today New Zealand farmers can choose from roughly 10 independent processors, only five of which are New Zealand-owned.

Farmers have more than enough options when they are looking for a company to take their milk.

They no longer need the safe-guard that forcing Fonterra to pick up milk from any farm, anywhere provided.

Competition is a good thing for Fonterra and we believe competition is here to stay; Fonterras milk share has dropped from 91% to 82% because of competition.

Monaghan says if the open-entry provision is left in place it will wipe out the progress thats been made.

Because once you have a few processors whove made inefficient investment decisions that only stack up with open entry, it has the potential to lead to significant excess manufacturing capacity in the industry.

This creates a risk of a downward spiral of low-margin competition that will hold back moves up the value chain and ultimately result in business failures.

Fonterra, and its shareholders, are forced to subsidise competitors and to prop up the inefficient ones.

Fonterra also points out that it cant refuse a farmer joining the co-op based on environmental or animal welfare issues.  . .

A dairy company must have the ability to refuse to take milk from any farm which doesnt meet its environmental and animal welfare standards.

Forcing Fonterra to pick up milk from anywhere has led to dairy conversions in places where it isnt environmentally sustainable.

It also adds costs which have to be borne by all shareholders.

The Dairy Industry Restructuring Act (DIRA) under which Fonterra was established is up for review now.

Changing it so the co-op is no longer forced to take milk from any and every farm that applies to supply it will bring environmental and ec...

07:00

Phil Goff tanks Aucklands reputation as a liveable city "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Phil Goff isnt having much luck at the moment. The veteran protestor, who enjoyed free speech on the streets of Auckland in the 1970s but moved to shut down conservative speakers once he became mayor, is also now responsible for tanking Aucklands ranking as a liveable city: Quote: A top international list of the most [] The post Phil Goff tanks Aucklands reputation as a liveable city appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:45

Whale Meat competition "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We know you all would like to get your hands on some delicious non-halal Whalemeat ( made from 100% vegetarian animals) so a competition had to be created. If you havent already got a subscription to Whaleoil now is the perfect time to subscribe because ALL subscribers to Whaleoil will go in the draw to win [] The post Whale Meat competition appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:41

Construction Work Halted on Site of Fraudulent SABLs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Fraudulent SABLs that the government has failed to cancel despite the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry are still causing conflict and injustice - see stories below.

This is what the Commission of Inquiry said about the SABL over Portions 2465C and 2466C.  

There was misrepresentation and fraud involved in the whole process [Report p164]

Landowner signatures were forged in a criminal act [p150].

The whole process was riddled with defects and flaws [p157] and it was obvious that officers from DLPP [including] Romily Kila-Pat deliberately decided to ignore and by-pass the existing protocols and practices [p153].

Those responsible must be held accountable for their unlawful conduct and actions [p165]

Read more about the CoI findings.

STOP ILLEGAL LAND GRABBING: LOCALS

Source: Grace Auka Salmang, Post Courier

Enough is enough, was the plea made by landowners of Papa and Lealea villages of Caution Bay, Hiri during a peaceful protest on their land.

The locals peacefully fronted up at the Konekaru site yesterday where a construction was taking place and demanded the workmen conducting the earthworks to stop and move out of their customary land.

Chairman of the Papa delegation committee Pastor Joseph Baeau said several calls through peaceful protests have been made and yet controversial acquisition of land portion 2465C, 2466C and 2485C portions in Konekaru area still continuing.

There is no respect for the law. The subject land portion 2465C and this title where Konekaru Holdings Limited (KHL) and CJ Ventures Limited is holding is illegal, according to a commission of inquiry findings.

Mr Baeau and his committee are calling on Lands and Physical Planning Minister Justin Tkatchenko and his customary land advisory committee to fast track the COI recommendations, stop further illegal land grabbing and remove aliens from Papa customary land....

06:37

Real Unemployment accounts for over 18 percent of the workforce "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed by Joe Montero

According to the latest statistics from Roy Morgan, unemployment stood at `10 percent in July. The Morgan rate differs from the 5.4 stated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for June, because it considers all those who would work, if they had the opportunity, and does not consider one hour of work during the survey week as being employed. The Roy Morganram is therefore much more accurate.

Part of the reason, is that the size of the workforce has increased by 167,000. But Far more important, has been the growth of underemployment to 1,350,000 Australians. It accounts for 8.6 percent of the workforce. Ans uinderemployment at a given time is only a small part of the scale of precarious work existing today in Australia.

Roy Morgan considers part-time work separately. There are 4,256,000 working part-time. If this is included in the calculation, the real level of unemployment is even higher.  The real total number of people looking for work now stands at around 18.6 percent of the workforce, or 2.48 million Australians.

If all this is not considered and just the overall statistic is used, it is possible to claim that the number of real jobs has increased over the last year by 167,000; something that the Turnbull government has been quick to claim. The whole picture makes it clear. The claim is a lie.

Australia has a significant problem in finding enough work for those who need it, and that there should be a constructive approach to dealing with the problem.

This is not happening, because government policy is to leave it to the forces of the market. The markets response has been to not only fail to provide enough work, but to utilise the fact, to create precarious work. Unemployment pressures existing working conditions downward. This may suit employers in the short-run, but it is disastrous for the economy and society.

To boost its assistance to the market, the Turnbull government has been busy vilifying those who are out of work, blaming them for their situation, systematically punishing and cutting away services. In doing this, it is assisting the creation of a source of cheap labour.

This comes together with the reality of stagnant wages overall.

If Australia is going to move in the opposite direction, a real job creation program is required. Government intervention is needed,  through enough works programs, designed to build a better foundation for the economy. More infrastructure is called for. For instance, people could be put to work in building new clean energy sources, to help the growth of a new sustainable economy.

The government could grow new manufacturing industries. Greater attention could be paid to cutting down waste and improving the supply of water. Better t...

06:30

When is Ardern going to act like a leader over the Haumaha debacle? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The drip feed of information on Wally Haumaha continues. The latest news is that Haumaha contacted a witness to his alleged bullying just prior to the story emerging about that same alleged bullying: Quote: Police officer alerts management after Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha calls him in advance of Herald story about bullying allegations. Jared Savage [] The post When is Ardern going to act like a leader over the Haumaha debacle? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

plus a change, plus cest la mme chose "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

06:18

Not naming fathers a "rort" "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

MEDIA RELEASE: Not naming fathers a "rort"

MSD Minister Carmel Sepuloni, and Green Party MP Jan Logie are promulgating misinformation about sanctioning mothers who won't name the fathers of their children.

The sanction, which takes around $28 from beneficiary mothers who do not provide the name of the father, is neither cruel nor excessive. If the mother fears risk of violence from a named father, Work and Income already provides an exemption. The Work and Income manual clearly states:

'Your benefit payments may be reduced if you dont legally identify the other parent or apply for Child Support. In some situations you may not need to do this, for example if you or your child would be at risk of violence. Work and Income can tell you more about this.'

Minister Sepuloni has been advised by MSD:

'Repealing Section 70a could provide an incentive for clients not to apply for Child Support and establish private arrangements with the other parent. This is because clients would retain their full benefit rate and receive the child support paid privately.'

The previous Labour government acknowledged this practice and labelled it a 'rort'. Former MSD Minister Steve Maharey said in 2004,

'It is a rort, and I have said time and time again in this Parliament that fathers must front up to their obligations, and we will make sure they do, as much as we can...It is not unreasonable to expect that single parents bringing up children on their own identify who  in law is the other parent, or to expect that they seek financial support for the child from the other parent. It is not unreasonable to penalise financially those who do not.'

The current government has shifted a long way from their predecessor's position with no good reason.

Whatever fathers do not pay for their children, someone else will have to.

Carmel Sepuloni needs to explain why this is fair.


06:00

Papua New Guineas disappearing resource revenues "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Government revenues from Papua New Guineas mining, oil and gas sector have essentially dried up. With the ongoing effects of the devastating earthquake in Hela province, the eruption of election-related violence in the Southern Highlands, a significant budget shortfall, and a foreign exchange crisis driving business confidence down, the resources of the government are severely stretched and the massively expensive APEC meeting looms in November.

In this context, the drop in government revenue from the resource sector is staggering, and accounts in significant part for the growing fiscal stress. Figure 1 shows the extent of the issue: in 2006-2008, according to BPNG figures, the government collected more than K2 billion annually from the sector by way of taxes and dividends, on mineral exports that had just topped K10 billion for the first time. In 2017, the figure is just K400 million on exports of K25 billion a revenue reduction of more than 80% in the same time that exports have increase by 150%! Government dividends and corporate taxes made up just 1.6% of the value of exports in 2017 (and that was a significant increase over 2015 and 2016). If we take the long-term average share of the value of exports that the government has received (at a little over ten percent), this points to a potential hole of at least K8 billion over the past four years, an amount that would go a long way to covering the current fiscal deficit.

Figure 1

Source: BPNG. Resource revenues are defined as MRSF receipts, that is, the receipts that used to go into the Mineral Resource Stabilisation fund. Even though the MRSF no longer exists, BPNG still records resource revenues, which include corporate tax and dividend payments from resource companies.

There are some precedents for the rapid drop in government revenues from the sector, as Figure 1 show. In 1990 and 1991 just as the resources boom triggered by the Porgera gold mine and oil production at the Kutubu oilfield began revenues collapsed, largely due to the closure of the Bougainville copper mine in 1989; and again, briefly in 2009 due to the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008. But neither of these has been as deep or as sustained as the current hole.

A full explanation of the...

06:00

Id go for cock-up over conspiracy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There are accusations being hurled around parliament over the leak of Simon Bridges expenses. Some idiots, mostly in Labour, are suggesting it is a coup attempt but, as Tracy Watkins points out, that if that was the case then the leaker has to be a special kind of stupid: Quote: Was it an internal party [] The post Id go for cock-up over conspiracy appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Jeremys I Didnt Inhale Moment "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Blower Daily Telegraph 14082018

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Patrick Blower on Jeremy Corbyn admitting being present at wreath-laying for Munich terrorists but says I dont think I was actually involved in it

05:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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05:15

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

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

05:15

Mid Week Quiz No. 136 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Here is the latest challenge.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers []

05:08

QotD: "On the political labelling system most people useincluding experts and scholarsan advocate of total freedom and an advocate of total fascism are the same thing. Sure, this makes sense. Let's keep using this idiotic system instead of switching to one that makes any sense at all." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"I talk about this all the time, but I really cannot express strongly enough how abjectly terrible the 'left vs. right' description of political positions is. The terms are left undefined, and whatever vague nonsense of a definition there is, does not identify the right essential.
    "On the political labelling system most people useincluding experts and scholarsan advocate of total freedom and an advocate of total fascism are the same thing. Sure, this makes sense. Let's keep using this idiotic system instead of switching to one that makes any sense at all.
    "It's getting the point where I'm starting to think that many people who insist on continuing to use this idiotic terminology are not doing so innocently. It muddies political thought to the point where someone's 'ideological label' tells you next to nothing about their politics. I'm actually at the point where I have a hard time considering anyone who uses the 'left and right' labels uncritically and without caveats to be any sort of deep or serious thinker at all.
    "They are just so obviously complete trash that I don't see how anyone who gave the subject more than 5 minutes' serious thought would just say, 'yeah, those sound good, let's stick with those'."~ Twitter rant by user Sam
.

05:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

 There is nothing more luxurious than eating while you readunless it be reading while you eat. E. Nesbit who was born on this day in 1858.

05:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

04:53

Joe Stacking Takes Off With 2 Incidents In Recent Days "IndyWatch Feed World"

Joe Stacking has seen an increase in recent days with 2 men pushed to the brink took to the skies in pursuit of satisfaction:

  • In the first incident a SEATAC ground crew member, 29 year old Richard Russell, took a plane from his workplace and engaged in a recreational flight with his only training sourced from video games (archived). In a conversation with air traffic controllers he lamented the enui of his marginalized white, male, Pacific Northwestern existence and threatened nothing more than the thrill of attempting to perform a barrel roll. US government F-15 warplanes followed the joyrider until the plane met the ground, likely due to action by the pilots of the warplanes killing Russell.
  • In the second incident 47 year old Duane Youd, a professional pilot driven to the edge by his bitch wife took a Cessna Citation jet and flew it into his Utah home which his bitch wife had police remove him from hours earlier (archived). The wife survived the incident uninjured, but substantially poorer.

04:50

Bridges expenses leak sows ear out of public purse "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Its hard to work out what the aim of the leak of Simon Bridges expenses was, given they will be officially released soon anyway. And its hard to get very excited about the media overkill of the story. It raises more questions over the motives of the leaker and the journalist than over Bridges expenses. []

04:32

Teacher strikes today "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Last month it was nurses striking for better pay and conditions, this month its primary school teachers. The benefit of patients was promoted, todays strike is justified as being for the good of children and education. RNZ: Teachers strike: What you need to know Primary and intermediate school teachers who are members of the Educational []

04:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Todays face of the day Leonie Hayden agrees with Labour MP Louisa Wall that the cartoons Al Nisbet drew in 2013 were insulting and promoted racial disharmony. She was no doubt disappointed that the High Court in Auckland found that Stuff did not breach the Human Rights Act in publishing them. Hayden, no doubt, was also [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:30

Kim Hill in conversation with Gillian Triggs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Another interesting piece from Kim Hill on 11/08/2018 was this discussion with Gillian Triggs, though some of her views are perhaps regressive when it comes to certain aspects of personal liberty

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/sat-20180811-0811-gillian_triggs_-_aussie_battler_for_human_rights-128.mp3

Gillian Triggs was a lawyer and academic specialising in international public law when she was named president of the Australian Human Rights Commission in 2012. An extremely controversial five years in the job followed, seeing Triggs fall afoul of the federal government after launching an inquiry into children in immigration detention, and other instances where she criticised Government actions and those of conservative media commentators.  One of her longstanding beliefs is that Australia needs its own Bill of Rights. Triggs was in Aotearoa this week as the inaugural speaker for the At the Forefront: Human Rights Speaker Series, an initiative of the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand.

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04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is leonine (adj) 1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a lion. 2. Resembling or suggestive of a lion, as in being powerful or dignified. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology :  The English adjective leonine comes from Latin lennus, a derivative of the noun le (inflectional stem len-), a [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:09

Westminster Parliament car crash suspicion of terrorism "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

BBC: Westminster car crash: Man arrested on suspicion of terror offences A man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences after a car crashed outside the Houses of Parliament. The vehicle swerved into cyclists and pedestrians shortly after 07:30 BST, injuring three people. The 29-year-old suspect is not believed to be known to MI5 []

04:02

NBRs piss poor launch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

NBR has been going through some challenging times, especially since Todd Scott took over. This wont help: Sorry Guys! This is both embarrassing & enormously frustrating! Please email your issues directly to tscott@nbr.co.nz @CatalystNZ how about you help out & front up to the criticism being labeled at NBR for this piss poor launch? Or []

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 15 24 The path of life leads upward for the wise; they leave the grave[c] behind. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Renaissance Dam water conflict will pass down generations "IndyWatch Feed World"

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03:43

Is this the future of Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Some people and groups of people try to take things too far. This campaign video from One Nation is the funniest thing I've ever seen. pic.twitter.com/QPca3ja1Gn Cameron Amos (@AmosCam) August 13, 2018 And some people and groups of people over-react. Theres no way the Aussies can take away our ANZAC Day.

03:20

Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

15 August 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 Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

15 August 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 []

00:58

A sense of loss: The disappearance of traditional bilas "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bilas
The traditional bilas parade - could this be the last time this wonderful tradition is ever witnessed?

ARNOLD MUNDUA

KUNDIAWA I never realised how fast traditional bilas would disappear until recently it dawned on me at a local beauty contest.

On a Saturday night late in July, Miss SME Simbu was crowned at the Mt Wilhelm Tourist Hotel. The participants were mostly girls from the nearby Kundiawa Lutheran Day Secondary School.

Im not a keen follower of beauty quests so when my daughter Natasha broke the news that she was listed to participate I was caught off-guard. But I eventually gave her my consent.

One of the events was a parade of contestants in full traditional bilas. It took place at Dicksons field when 14 beautiful Simbu lasses paraded in full magnificent Simbu bilas. It was the highlight of the entire contest.

But in spite of the brilliance of the parade, something surfaced that had been obscured from me, and I believe other Simbus. And that was the diminishing popularity of traditional bilas and the threat of its imminent disappearance.

While dressing the contestants in traditional bilas was a requirement, strangely I did not have any traditional bilas, not a single item, in my suitcase or wardrobe.

Thanks to some Simbus who kept complete bilas sets for hire, I was able to equip my girl to parade in the required costume. But the reality I discovered was the danger of permanently losing this tradition.

It had been a different scenario amongst the Simbus 40 years ago.

In the 1960s and 1970s, every home and family had in its possession articles that constituted the traditional bilas set. Some of these items had tremendous value, especially the Bird of Paradise plumes, which were part of the familys wealth and treasure.

They were used as gifts, bride price payments and for trade as well as their primary use as body adornments.

These beautiful items were manually crafted and their manufacture was squeezed into the busy routines of their subsistence owne...

00:55

A compelling story of the time when the kiap was king "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Robert Forster at Bundi 1968
A young Robert Forster at Bundi in 1968 - milling timber before he became a kiap

DANIEL KUMBON

WABAG The just published memoir, The Northumbrian Kiap, is a skillfully written book about Papua New Guinea during the sixties, before the time when people knew what self-government and independence meant.

It clarifies many questions and doubts of the people who lived and grew up during that time the present day sons and daughters of primitive tribesmen who had just witnessed with awe these men known as kiaps lead long lines of carriers with armed police escorts as they penetrated the hinterland and its traditional tribal lands.

These strangers established encampments, built patrol posts, constructed roads, hospitals and schools as they demonstrated there was another perhaps a better - world far beyond the high mountain ranges and the raging rivers.

But life comes and goes. Just like ancient civilisations left behind monoliths, pyramids and relics, the kiaps left a legacy. They went and much of what they accomplished was abandoned and left to decay.

Robert Forster, the British-born author of The Northumbrian Kiap, was a kiap for most of the seven years he lived in pre-independence PNG.

When he arrived in PNG in 1968 there were places still to be explored and mapped and in the most remote valleys there were people who had no contact with outsiders and for whom knowledge of a rapidly changing world was passed on by word of mouth from ridge to ridge and across rushing streams.

Forster is now a journalist and puts his skills to good effect. There is opinion as well as description and analysis. For example, he believes PNG gained independence too soon. He documents his observations and experiences in an entertaining manner,.

He provides fresh insight about that time when kiaps were most active, they had taken government into the bush and in a sense they were a government unto themselves. The problems they faced, the solutions they sought to bring to feuding tribes, their interaction with local peopl...

00:51

Truth telling and cultural amnesia in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Slaughterhouse Creek massacre of 1838
The Slaughterhouse Creek massacre of 1838

JUDITH WHITE | Culture Heist

TWEED HEADS -  Truth telling was the theme of this years Garma festival, held in northeast Arnhemland on the first weekend of August. Its also a crucial element in the Statement from the Heart made by the indigenous National Constitutional Convention at Uluru last year but rejected by the Turnbull government.

Telling the truth should be a simple matter, shouldnt it? Yet when it comes to the nations history, for those in positions of power it seems to be the hardest ask. No government has yet given it a place among the much-vaunted but ill-defined Australian values. Kevin Rudd said sorry for the stolen generation, but didnt go so far as to address the issue of the British invasion.

Politicians of both major parties are at fault. They hold that the Australian electorate will not support recognition of indigenous history. I believe they are wrong. A simple constitutional change, recognising the millennia of prior occupation of the land and Aboriginal culture, would have majority support in all states when put to the vote. The main proposal of the Statement from the Heart for a Makarrata (coming together) Commission to bring about agreement does not require a vote, just leadership.

Most nations that consider themselves Western have a long way to go in confronting their history. Neil MacGregor, former head of the British museum and now inaugural director of Berlins Humboldt Forum, which opens next year, has found modern Germany to be a painfully admirable exception. Unlike the British, he says, the Germans are determined to find the historical truth and acknowledge it however painful it is.

Compare that approach with the furore that greeted the opening of the National Museum of Australia in 2001 when then Prime Minister John Howard, his cronies and the Murdoch press attacked its privileging of Aboriginal history. Howard, who labelled invasion stories the black armband view of history, st...

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23:55

The Late, Late Movie: The Eternal Sea (1955) Sterling Hayden, Alexis Smith, Dean Jagger "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Taking place in WW2, and then Korea, The Eternal Sea (aka The Admiral Hoskins Story) is a 1955 American war film directed by John H. Auer and starring Sterling Hayden, Alexis Smith and Ben Cooper. After an American naval officer loses his leg at the Battle of Leyte Gulf, he resists attempts to retire him and continues in the service after learning to cope with his disability. He goes on to be promoted to admiral and commands an aircraft carrier during the Korean War. The Eternal Sea was one of a number of more ambitious productions by Republic Pictures, which had traditionally made low-budget second features. Its release was undermined by the studios growing financial problems which led to its eventual closure in

23:34

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

140818 RECRUITMENT FOR REFERENDUM BEGINS
New Dawn FM News
In the absence of the Bougainville Referendum Commission the BRC Transitional Committee has already recruited two Deputy Chief Referendum Officers and the first ten line Managers that will work under the secretariat.
This was also revealed by the Co-chair for the BRC Transitional Committee and Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU yesterday.
He told Reporters that his team was working behind the scene to make sure preparation for the referendum continues.
MR. MANU said that the officers have been recruited on secondment as the law requires for the two Commissioners to release their officers on secondment.
He said the full seven member Bougainville Referendum Commission will be established once the Chairman arrives and also the National Government is yet to appoint the two National Government representatives that is one male and one female.
The ABG has already appointed the former ABG Vice President, PATRICK NISIRA and MS RUBY MIRINGKA.
As soon as the fully pledged Bougainville Referendum Commission is established then the Transitional Commission will be disbanded.
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23:33

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

140818GENDER COMMITTEE TO MEET
New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville House of Representatives parliamentary committee on gender equality will be meeting this Friday August 17th to discuss two main agendas concerning the current status.
The date of the meeting has been fixed by the committee chairlady and Deputy Speaker, FRANCESCA SEMOSO.
The proposed agendas to be discussed are, One, draft motion on name change of the committee and Consultation on human rights issues and proposed training with UN experts on human rights.
The clerk of Parliament, ROBERT TAPI said that the committee will be working very closely with human rights experts from the office of human rights commission to consider and endorse the motion and agree on the name change of the committee.
The proposed name the committee wants to adopt is the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights and Gender Equality.
The Committee members are FRANCESCA SEMOSO chairlady, David Braun Vatavi Deputy and members Marchelline Kokiai, Isabel Peta and Clarence Dency.

Ends

23:32

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

140818ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT STARTS CONSULTATIONS ON
BOUGAINVILLE RESERVED BUSINESS ACTIVITY LIST
New Dawn FM News

Good news for Bougainvilleans who have been calling on the ABG to put out the reserved Bougainville Business List to the public and also start implementing it.
The Department of Economic Development has started consultations with the people of Bougainville on the more than 85 Businesses that only Bougainvilleans will be restricted to operate.
The first consultation in which New Dawn FM has been invited to attend will take place at the HAHELA YC Hall on Thursday 16th August between 10 and 12 PM.
Ends

23:31

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

140818BOUGAINVILLE EXPERIENCING STRONG WINDS AND RAIN
New Dawn FM News

Bougainville is currently experiencing strong winds and heavy rain throughout the region.
Rains started one month ago but strong winds started yesterday and New Dawn FM received reports from many areas that many houses had their roofs removed last night.
The National Maritime and Safety Authority also made warnings on sea travellers throughout Bougainville not to travel out until further advice.
The warnings for Bougainville waters was that the South Easterly winds could get strong up to 35 knots including isolated thunderstorms and showers.
Even before the notice was sent out a Boat loaded with building materials travelling from Buka to Nissan island capsized near Madehas island yesterday.
No one was hurt in the accident.

Ends

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23:28

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

140818 33 CONSTITUENCIES TO BECOME VOTING DISTRICTS FOR REFERENDUM VOTE NEXT YEAR
New Dawn FM news
In preparation for the Referendum vote scheduled for June 2019, all 33 Bougainville constituencies will be declared as voting districts with all PNG Provinces becoming voting districts for the referendum.
Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU revealed this to reporters in Buka yesterday.
He said when that is done Bougainvilleans living in other Provinces can enrol at the PNG Electoral establishments in Provinces which they are living in whilst in Bougainville all enrolments will be made by the ward recorders of the Community governments.
MR. MANU said that this is to make sure no one is left out in the common roll update.
For verification purposes all Bougainvilleans in Bougainville will have to confirm their names with their ward recorders whilst Bougainvilleans living outside Bougainville, their names will have to be confirmed by the ward recorders in their respective Community Government areas.
Example if a person living in Lae says he is from SUIR then he will have to be confirmed by his community Government before his or her name is entered into the roll.
MR. MANU said that the Bougainville Referendum Commission Transitional Committee has also recommended that the polling period is two weeks but again once the Bougainville Referendum Commission is fully established they can decide to cut it to One week.
And during counting three counting centres will be established at BUIN, BUKA and Arawa with a Central Tally Room to monitor all Counting.
MR. MANU also said that for BOB three counting centres will be established in Port Moresby, Lae and Rabaul.
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22:55

The Late Movie: The Iron Maiden with Michael Craig "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This film has a great supporting cast of British stalwarts and is really quite amusing

22:05

World view Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

August 15 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

778 The Battle of Roncevaux Pass, at which Roland was killed.

927 The Saracens conquered and destroy Taranto.

982  Holy Roman Emperor Otto II was defeated by the Saracens in the battle of Capo Colonna.

1018 Byzantine general Eustathios Daphnomeles blinded and capturedIbatzes of Bulgaria by a ruse, ending Bulgarian resistance against Emperor Basil IIs conquest of Bulgaria.

1040  King Duncan I was killed in battle against his first cousin and rivalMacbeth.

1057  King Macbeth was killed at the Battle of Lumphanan by the forces of Mel Coluim mac Donnchada.

1185  The cave city of Vardzia was consecrated by Queen Tamar of Georgia.

1248  The foundation stone of Cologne Cathedral, built to house the relics of the Three Wise Men, was laid.

1261 Michael VIII Palaeologus was crowned Byzantine emperor.

1309  The city of Rhodes surrendered to the forces of the Knights of St. John, completing their conquest of Rhodes. The knights establish their headquarters on the island and renamed themselves the Knights of Rhodes.

1461 The Empire of Trebizond surrendered to the forces of Sultan Mehmet II  regarded by some historians as the real end of the Byzantine Empire. Emperor David was exiled.

1534 Saint Ignatius of Loyola and six classmates took initial vows, leading to the creation of the Society of Jesus in September 1540.

1599  Nine Years War:...

21:55

Midnight Movie: Holiday On The Buses "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A movie derived from the TV Sitcom which was very popular in its day.

21:30

Classic BBC Radio Comedy: Round The Horne S01 E01 The Clissold Saga Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The classic and in many respects timeless comedy show, with an immensely talented cast. Hugely influential at the time on other comedians. Classic scripts by Barry Took and Marty Feldman.

Cast Kenneth Horne,Kenneth Williams,Hugh Paddick,Betty Marsden, Derek Smith

20:30

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Many years ago Voltaire said common sense is not so common.

It was as true then as it is now but Im grateful for it when it happens.

20:30

BBC Radio Comedy: Elvenquest S03 E03 Mines at Grazak-Dun "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

ElvenQuest is a comic fantasy broadcast on BBC Radio 4 by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto, and starring Stephen Mangan, Alistair McGowan, Darren Boyd, Kevin Eldon, Sophie Winkleman and Dave Lamb. The series takes place in the world of Lower Earth, a parody of Middle-earth from The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. In Lower Earth, a band of warriors go forth to search for a mythical sword to save Lower Earth from the evil Lord Darkness (played by McGowan). In order to do so, they must find The Chosen One who will save Lower Earth. The Chosen One is Amis, a dog in the real world which belongs to a fantasy novelist called Sam Porter (played by Mangan) The first series was broadcast from 29 March to 3 June 2009 and the second from 18 November 2010. The third series began broadcasting from 17 October 2011. The fourth series began broadcasting 12 February 2013

Characters

Sam Porter (Stephen Mangan). An author of fantasy novels with a jaded attitude, especially towards his more fanatical fans. As the series opens his career and personal life are not going well.

Amis, the Chosen One (Dave Lamb). Originally Sams pet dog and best friend in the world, he transforms into a human in Lower Earth but retains canine traits and behaviours.

Vidar the Elf Lord, (Darren Boyd), last of a mighty family of Elf Lords, and the leader of the Questers, despite being somewhat dim. His name may be inspired by Varr, a god in Norse mythology associated with vengeance.

Penthiselea the Warrior Princess (Sophie Winkleman Series 13) (Ingrid Oliver Series 4) in silver breastplate armour and thigh-high boots, who has been promised to Vidar since childhood. Sam is very interested in her, but having been raised as a Warrior Princess she has no concept of relationships with men. Her name may be inspired by Penthesilea, a legendary Amazon warrior-queen.

Dean the Dwarf (Kevin Eldon), a mighty if diminutive warrior with unsavoury personal habits.

Lord Darkness (Alistair McGowan), Lord of Evil, whose efforts to dominate Lower Earth are frustrated by the Questers and his own staff of extremely dimwitted minions.

Kreech (Kevin Eldon), the Right Hand of Darkness, and only slightly less dimwitted than the other minions.

...

20:00

CBS: Commentary Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez becomes the Sarah Palin of the Left "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This item for CBS is well worth viewing and reading on how Ocasio-Cortez has a casual relationship with the truth that is very damaging to what she seeks to promote.

In other words what plays in the Bronx does not play in Peoria

19:30

Critics Picks: Chinatown "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Superb movie,great cast and great direction.

Superb closing scene.

19:00

Erdogan Says US Shot Turkey in the Foot "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ankara (TM Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said the US has shot Turkey in the foot with its recent sanction decisions, underlining that Ankara would not give in to the pressure and is ready to fight, the Cumhuriyet daily reported.
turkey and israel talks on syria Turkey UKImage: The Kremlin

Erdogan accused the United States of seeking to stab Turkey in the back over a diplomatic row sparked by the detention of an American pastor that has sent the lira into a tailspin, AFP reported.

You [US President Donald Trump] cannot say I did it and thats it. You may be a president. You cannot wake up in the morning and say I put such and such an amount of tax on steel and aluminum. You are a strategic partner on the one hand, and you shot us in the foot on the other, Erdogan said, speaking to Turkish ambassadors in Ankara.

We are together in NATO, and then you seek to stab your strategic partner in the back. Can such a thing be accepted? Erdogan added, challenging US sanctions.

Related: The Real Reasons why US-Turkey Relations Have Hit an All-Time Low

After imposing economic sanctions on two Turkish ministers on Aug. 1 for their role in the detention of evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson, President Trump on Aug. 10 ramped up sanctions on Turkey by doubling US tariffs on Turkish aluminum and steel imports to 20 percent and 50 percent, respectively.

As tension between Ankara and Washington continues, the Turkish lira, which on Friday tumbled by as much as 18 percent at one point, its biggest daily drop since 2001, plunged to a new record low in Mondays early Asia Pacific trade, with the total loss in value exceeding 45 percent this year.

Claiming that the fall of the Turkish lira has no basis in economic fact, Erdogan said: Our economy has been under siege. This started with the Gezi [park protests in 2013] resistance. We prevented it with our nation by standing back to back.

We all agree that the developments conce...

19:00

Tuesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We have already featured a quiz on caves on Whaleoil now here is a documentary on the Han Son Doong cave in Vietnam Breathtaking pictures show the worlds largest cave in Vietnam which has its own climate and CLOUDS. The spectacular Han Son Doong cave in Vietnam is so gigantic it could fit a 40-storey skyscraper [] The post Tuesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:30

A new form of tyranny: Bureaucracy kills free speech & liberty "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post A new form of tyranny: Bureaucracy kills free speech & liberty appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:00

Theological Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

17:30

I am woman hear me Whine "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

17:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S02 E12 One Dead Rat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

.S02 E05 truth or Dare not found

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

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

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

17:20

Bridges versus Ardern: in hot pursuit of murderers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A shock in question time in Parliament while grilling Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges appeared to think on his feet and ask an off-the-cuff non-scripted question. It even raised a few laughs across the house. Hon Simon Bridges: Why will union representatives not be required to gain consent []

17:00

Bluebird K7 jet powered boat: A short history "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz This is a short documentary on the Bluebird K7 jet powered boat and the breaking of world water speed records. Very interesting. The post Bluebird K7 jet powered boat: A short history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

15:36

Irony: Amazons Facial Recognition Says 28 Members Of Congress Are Criminals "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Oh, the ironyAmazons new facial recognition software identified 28 members of Congress as criminals. This is pretty upsetting for statists everywhere as their precious masters are being mislabeled. In a recent test, the ACLU scanned every Congress members official photo and found that 28 of them, including Republicans and Democrats and men and women, were []

The post Irony: Amazons Facial Recognition Says 28 Members Of Congress Are Criminals appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

15:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

15:26

The Travellers Sacrifice "IndyWatch Feed National"

I just missed another friends wedding. A friend I have known since the age of 10. She sent me the invite months ago.

Absolutely no pressure if youre not, but do you think youll be in Australia in June? We have booked the date and I would love you to be there.

When she asked, I didnt even know where I was spending the next two weeks, let alone what country I would be in six months from now. So I had no choice but to decline.

This is a pretty regular occurrence when you are often jumping from one country to the next. Weddings, birthdays, baby showers. But as I dive shipwrecks in Egypt and hike mountains in New Zealand, I look around and, Ill be honest, I am not thinking of Kellies 25th that I clicked cant attend on the Facebook invite.

Sometimes though, constantly being on the road can be a bit of a lonely existence.

Dont get me wrong. I have made friends all over the world. There are many people whom I spent just a few days with in some foreign country that I still consider close friends today thanks to that wonderful thing called the internet coupled with the relative ease of international travel when you come from a country of first-world privilege.

But when you are not there for event after event, there is only so much that Skype and Facebook messages can do. The distance and time definitely taking a toll on the strong bond you once shared with travel friends and high school friends alike.

 Romantic relationships are difficult for the same reason. When youre doing long distance, eventually, all that chemistry is forgotten. I speak from experience. And when you dont know your own future plans, how do you add another persons into the mix? You meet someone you like. You end up dating. You stay long enough to build a routine a life with the person. Then you get restless. Your feet begin to again tingle with that familiar travel itch. So you eventually tell them it is goodbye. Because you choose travel every single time.

While your friends from your hometown progress in their career and save for houses, you work three-month contracts until youve saved enough for your next plane ticket. The idea of me ever owning a home is currently laughable. Sometimes, I find myself tempted by cute trinkets but then reality kicks in. Where am I going to put a lamp?

These things can get to a person sometimes. As I prepare to a...

15:03

Mission Accomplished: Why Solidarity Boats to Gaza Succeed Despite Failing to Break the Siege "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When Mike Treen, the National Director of the Unite Union in New Zealand arrived at the airport in the capital, Auckland, on August 1, a group of people were anxiously waiting for him at the terminal with Palestinian flags and flowers. They hugged him, chanted for Palestinian freedom and performed the customary native Haka dance.

For them, Mike, as all of those who set sail aboard the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza last July, were heroes.

But the truth is Mike Treen and his comrades were not the only heroes for braving the sea with the aim of breaking the hermetic Israeli military blockade on the impoverished and isolated Gaza Strip. Without those who were present at the Auckland airport, upon Mikes arrival, and without the thousands of supporters all across the world who have mobilized as a community held numerous meetings, raised funds, created a powerful media discourse, and so on Treens attempted trip to Gaza would not have been possible in the first place.

The first boats to successfully break the Gaza siege, in October, 2008 were the Free Gaza and the Liberty. They carried 44 people from 17 countries. The activists wanted to push their countries to acknowledge the illegality of the Israeli blockade on Gaza and to, eventually, challenge the siege.

Their triumphant arrival in Gaza ten years ago, marked a historic moment for the international solidarity movement, a moment, perhaps, unparalleled. Since then, Israel has launched several massive and deadly wars on Gaza. The first war took place merely weeks after the arrival of the first boats, followed by another war in 2012 and, the deadliest of them all, in 2014. The siege grew tighter.

Also, since then, many attempts have been made at breaking the siege. Between 2008 and 2016, 31 boats have sailed to Gaza from many destination, all intercepted, their cargo seized and their passengers mistreated. The most tragic of these incidents was in May 2010 when the Israeli navy attacked the Mavi Marmara ship which sailed alongside other boats killing 10 activists and wounding many more.

Even then, the stream of solidarity boats continued to arrive, not only unhindered by the fear of Israeli retribution, but also stronger in their resolve. Palestinians consider the killed activi...

15:00

Secrets of the Carry Ons 1998 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Along with McgIlls classic postcards, these are classics of British cinema and were just so funny in their way

 

15:00

Poll: Is it time for Israel to retake Gaza? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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14:37

In brief: MYEFO released, and other business news "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mid-year economic and fiscal outlook released, pursuing certification of tuna fishing, and polio certificates required for international travel. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

in briefThe Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Sir Charles Abel has released the mid-year economic forecast and fiscal outlook (MYEFO). It included the following: a real GDP growth rate of 1 per cent, adjusted from 2.4 per cent in the budget; a fiscal deficit of 2.4 per cent, down from 2.5 per cent; debt to GDP of 31.2 per cent, in line with budget estimates; inflation at 5.9 per cent, down from 6.9 per cent; and foreign reserves at US$2.2 billion expected by year end.

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The Government will pursue marine stewardship council (MSC) certification of its tuna fishery, according to the Fishing Industry Association Inc (FIA). The body, which represents the countrys fishing industry, reportedly says the fishery will encompass all tuna caught in the exclusive economic zone and processed in the country.

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Those in PNG applying for a visa to Australia may now be required to provide a polio vaccination certificate as part of their application. The Australian Department of Home Affairs said special processing arrangements were put in place after PNG was listed as an outbreak country by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in June. A fourth polio case was confirmed on Tuesday in the Eastern Highlands, according to Radio New Zealand.

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The International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, has...

14:36

PNG Power MD outlines plans to cut tariffs by half and sharply increase access to electricity "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG Power is aiming to cut tariffs by half and electrify 70 per cent of the country in the next five to 10 years according to Acting Managing Director Carolyn Blacklock. But to achieve those goals the organisation will require a new business model.

PNG Powers Carolyn Blacklock. Source: BAI

Speaking at Business Advantages PNG Investment Conference in Brisbane, Blacklock said the aim has been to live within our means and stop the cash haemorrhage.

She said other objectives are: increase the use of low cost hydropower, increase revenues through reliability, improve safety and improve governance.

They are very simple things that are hard to execute. But we are seeing green shoots emerging.

At present, we join around 1600 new connections per year.

To achieve 70 per cent electrification we will instead need to join 125,000 new connections per year.

Most of our staff use their own vehicles.

To achieve a 50 per cent reduction in tariff will require a new paradigm in energy supply with a return to low cost hydropower and other renewables.

Staff

Blacklock said one of the first things she did was spend two months on the road meeting most of the PNG Power team.

The problems our people have to contend with, just to do the minimum, is a story of long processes to obtain very simple approvals.

There is no fleet; most of our staff use their own vehicles, or there is expensive hiring going on.

Buildings and equipment are in a terrible state of disrepair, with many condemned.

PNG Power has been burdened by a legacy of poor management.

And yet, in amongst all this, is a group of people who are seeking a return to discipline and a sense of purpose and respect.

We formed a contract, them and I, that I would always tell them the truth, and they would dedicate themselves to the enor...

14:35

Public holidays declared in Port Moresby due to APEC summit, says CEO "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The two days before the APEC Leaders meeting, November 15th and 16th, have been declared public holidays in the National Capital District of Port Moresby, according to Chris Hawkins, the Chief Executive Officer of APEC Papua New Guinea. He told an APEC summit briefing that road shut downs will be limited.

APEC PNGs Chris Hawkins

There will be interruptions, but only for a short period of time, he said, adding that the event really starts on the 12th of November (Monday).

Meetings on the Monday will take place at the International Convention Centre and there will be an APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) meeting at the Sir John Guise Indoor Stadium.

But Hawkins said there will be no impact on business for the Monday and Tuesday (12th and 13th of November).

On the Wednesday, the ministers will begin arriving. On the Thursday, said Hawkins, there will be big motorcades.

Anyone who has seen that take place, imagine that multiplied by 20.

And you also have the Pacific Island leaders, who will be arriving on the Thursday as well.

State visit

Thursday will also see the beginning of the state visit from the President of China, Xi Jinping, said Hawkins.

A state visit is a big eventa lot of cars and a lot of peopleparticularly with an economy the size of China and its president.

Saturday is the big day.

So on the 15th and 16th there will be a lot of interruptions. That is why they are public holidays.

During that period it will be more like what you see in Christmasduring Christmas in Port Moresby it is very quiet.

There will be a lot of people who take advantage of it to travel outside of Port Moresby.

Summit

Saturday is the big day, said Hawkins.

That is the start of the APEC Leaders meetings. It begins with the APEC CEO Summit in the morning.

Saturday and Sunday are the only time road networks will be closed for extended periods. Alternative and feeder roads may be affected.

The Town area will stay open but there will be heightened security.

There will not be a lot of people on...

14:33

People moves: Nautilus Minerals "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Departure from Nautilus

Nautilus Minerals has announced the departure of President and CEO Mike Johnston. He will be replaced by independent Director John McCoach, who is also appointed as interim CEO.

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14:30

What is the advertising value of a ban? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In a recent case of private companies exercising their right to de-platform voices they disagreed with, the controversial Alex Jones and his Infowars content was banned from various social media sites.  They included YouTube, Facebook, iTunes, Google Podcast, Spotify, iHeartRadio, MailChimp, Disqus, LinkedIn, Flickr, Pinterest and several others. The curious thing is that these different organisations [] The post What is the advertising value of a ban? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Blother  to talk nonsense; chatter idly; blether.

14:02

The Offendarati "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

An excellent post from John Drinnan on free speech, which Adam had missed. Well worth reading.

14:00

Its hard to be funny when reality is even dumber than my jokes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Its not easy, trying to be satirical. First, you have to be funny, and I doubt my claim to such. But when youre trying to make reality look ridiculous, it doesnt help when reality gets more ridiculous than the joke. The Monty Python crew were a lot funnier than Ill ever pretend to be, and [] The post Its hard to be funny when reality is even dumber than my jokes appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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13:12

PNG to enjoy cheaper internet by 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea (PNG)  will have a more reliable and cheaper cost of internet connectivity when the Kumul Domestic Submarine cable project is completed next year.

That is according to the Public Enterprise and State Investments Minister William Duma when he visited the Coral Sea Cable System Landing Site at Port Moresbys Kila Barracks and Gerehu Satellite Earth Station, both in Port Moresby, yesterday.

State-owned enterprise under Kumul Consolidated Holding, DataCo anticipates the drop of internet pricing by 20 per cent of the current rate.

The Exim Bank of China is funding the domestic project with cost just over US$250 million (K783.45m) and main contractor Huawei PNG is progressing well with the project on site readiness and marine survey.

Mr Duma described the project as a game changer and a new technology that will revolutionise the way PNG does business when he visited the Kila Barrack site in Moresby South where the Coral Sea Cable system will connect to Port Moresby.

Mr Duma said the PNG Government led by Prime Minister Peter ONeill is committed to ensuring the people receive quality and reliable internet service at much cheaper rates, and that will be through the Coral Sea Cable project.

While the Coral Sea Cable System will provide high speed international connectivity to Port Moresby, we would still have the challenge of connecting other parts of Papua New Guinea to Port Moresby to be able to enjoy the benefits of this cable by the majority of our people who live outside of Port Moresby.

The project will connect all the  15 coastal provincial capitals with this modern communications medium, fibre optic submarine cable. The project is currently underway, where preparations for the site are now advancing for the Port Moresby to Madang segment (via Alotau, Popondetta and Lae).

Last month an agreement was signed between the PNG and the Australian governments for a trilateral project to provide additional capacity for high speed broadband connectivity.

Mr Duma said the Coral Sea Cable will be a state of the art cable system between Sydney, Australia a...

13:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This piece of Whaleoil wisdom was brought to you by the Whaleoil Store. Visit us now and look at the new Gunts collection. The Gunts Tee for men is flying off the shelves. With plastic bags banned you ladies need a hilarious Gunts grocery bag.   The post Whaleoil wisdom appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:35

Dr Blake Mysteries S02 E10 An Invincible Summer "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Doctor Blake Mysteries is an Australian television series that premiered on ABC TV on 1 February 2013 at 8:30 pm] The series stars Craig McLachlan in the lead role of Doctor Lucien Blake, who returns home to Ballarat, northwest of Melbourne, in the late 1950s to take over his late fathers general medical practice and role as police surgeon after an absence of 30 years. Five series aired as of 2017, with a telemovie scheduled to close the program at the completion of the fifth season.

In October 2017, the Seven Network announced they acquired production rights for 2018. Producers later announced production would be suspended pending outcome of the police investigation of the sexual assault allegations directed at Craig McLachlan. He was cleared of the charges In April 2018, Seven Network announced a series of telemovies including all the present cast except Craig McLachlan

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12:30

The right to censor free speech: Part two "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Continuing from where we left off.  Brittany Hunters article written for the Foundation for Economic Education: Quote. The rise of the alt-right and the alt-left has brought all sorts of weirdos out of hiding and yes, some of them have views that most of us would deem inappropriate and even immoral. But banning them only shows that we [] The post The right to censor free speech: Part two appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:10

The Recession We Need to Have "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Enjoying that latte?

Did you buy the large or small?

If youre anything like me, youve convinced yourself that you need to buy a jumbo latte as you schlep into the office.

Of course, I dont really need to buy it. I like it. But unlike water, oxygen and a little food, a frothy milk caffeine hit isnt essential.

My insistence on travelling with an overpriced morning coffee is nothing more than the sign of someone enjoying the economic good times.

After the bills are paid, some savings are set aside, and a little gold is bought, I have some coin left over for things I want to buy.

In truth, spending five bucks on a daily coffee isnt going to break the bank.

Economists like to call this left-over cash discretionary spending.

Its a key component of the Aussie economy.

In fact, when people stop spending on the little things the good times come to an abrupt stop.

Ditching the mineral myth

Discretionary spending is far more important to the Australian economy than the resources we send to China and elsewhere.

But few people understand this.

Most Aussies continue to overestimate the role commodities play in the Australian economy.

The news constantly bombards us with how much copper, nickel or iron ore is leaving our shores.

Raw minerals make up 45% of total Aussie exports. Throw in agricultural exports and youre looking at two sectors responsible for 57% of exports based on value.

That leads many to believe were an exporting nation.

But were not.

Minerals and agricultural products may dominate what leaves shipping ports yet, combined, they make up less than 10% of our total income.

Take a look.

Aussie industry contributions to GDP

Source: IBISWorld

Yes, exports once dominated the economy a lazy century ago.

Today, Australias considered a mixed-market economy. We draw our income from four key sectors: minerals, agricultural, manufacturing and services.

The upside is that this diversity provides the economy with a buffer in tougher times.

I...

12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A year living in London? You might as well smoke 251 cigarettes says new study which compares global cities air pollution levels to harm caused by tobacco Researchers have drawn parallels between air pollution and smoking cigarettes Transport and Environment Association examined the impact of long weekends Found that four-day break in Milan equivalent of [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:50

Oral Questions: 14 August 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Questions to Ministers Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Governments statements and actions? Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Treasury that weaker confidence, in conjunction with other data, highlights the risk that growth over the coming fiscal year may be weaker than forecast in the Budget, and [] The post Oral Questions: 14 August 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:35

More children being added to a Sole Parent benefit "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

MEDIA RELEASE: More children being added to a Sole Parent benefit

Data released under the Official Information Act shows that more beneficiaries on Sole Parent Support are adding children to their existing benefit.

Welfare commentator Lindsay Mitchell says, "The number of children being added to a Sole Parent benefit has risen from 5,384 in 2013 to 6,584 in 2017 - a 22% increase."

The number of children who are dependent on any benefit by the end of their birth year has also recently increased.

"At the end of  2017,  beneficiaries responsible for a child born that year numbered 9,810  - an average of 817 a month. But in the six months to June 2018 that average grew to 937 per month. A 15% increase."

The Ministry of Social Development links lower exits from benefits to higher payments for beneficiary families with children. Staying on a benefit and possibly adding a child is a behavioural response to more money.

The National government lifted basic benefit rates for families with children in 2016. Labour has since lifted Family Tax Credits for children of beneficiaries and introduced Best Start - a further $60 weekly payment for newborns in workless homes.

Children long-term dependent on benefits are far more likely to be abused or neglected; far more likely to grow up to be reliant on a benefit themselves and more likely to receive a community or custodial sentence.


11:31

Classic Comedy: It Aint Half Hot Mum S07 E01 Thats Entertainment "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It Aint Half Hot Mum was the second of the three sitcom series co-written by David Croft set in the Second World War, the first being Dads Army (19681977) with Jimmy Perry and the third being Allo, Allo! (19821992) with Jeremy Lloyd.

Set during the Second World War (in the period just after the German surrender when the Allies were trying to finish the war by defeating Japan in Asia), the show focuses on a group of British soldiers stationed at the Royal Artillery Depot in Deolali, India, where soldiers were kept before being sent to fight at the front lines. The main characters are performers in the bases Concert Party, which involved putting on comic acts and musical performances (similar to those seen in a music hall) for the other soldiers prior to their departure for the front lines. The soldiers in the Concert Party all love this particular job, as it keeps them out of combat duty, but some do harbour dreams of becoming world-famous actors when they leave the army.

11:30

Jacinda cancels summer "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Satire In another defining moment for our generation, New Zealands Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has cancelled summer. The announcement was made to a class of 8-year old pupils, a move which has come to typify New Zealands youth adjacent PM.  Calling it another generational moment where New Zealand can show real leadership to the world, [] The post Jacinda cancels summer appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:26

Muslims dont run the country: Fiji AG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Muslims dont run the country, says Fiji's Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

His comment follows a question raised at the 2018/2019 National Budget consultation in Savusavu Monday.

He told those at the consultation that Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama was not a Muslim which proved the perception that Muslims run the nation wrong.

Savusavu resident Sheik Mohammed asked Sayed-Kaiyum whether the nation was controlled by Muslims.

A lot of rumors going on and what I want to ask you does not sound good, he said. First of all people are saying that this country is ruled by a Muslim.

And sir, a person is holding about six or seven portfolios and paid for all portfolios and I think its directed to you sir.

So can I have a clarification on that because through the media we can tell the people of Fiji.

In his response, Sayed-Kaiyum described the question as surreal.

In regards to the place being run by Muslims, no. The country is led by a Prime Minister and he is not a Muslim.

And people get appointed on merit. At one stage people like (Opposition MPs) Niko Nawaikula and (Mosese) Bulitavo were saying in a video that if you vote for Bainimarama Government, iTaukei people will live on reserve land.

Today, 91 per cent of land in Fiji is iTaukei Land and it has increased. Today we have a Constitution that protects iTaukei and forever. Sayed-Kaiyum added that his appointment was because his boss believed he could do the job.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Independent Commission Against corruption (FICAC) is investigating some political parties and political party agents for inciting racial discrimination and religious vilification.

Electoral Commission chairperson Suresh Chandra confirmed this and they were not in a position to name those that are being investigated.

There are complaints with FICAC which has been reported by us and the supervisor and reports are being investigated by FICAC, Chandra said.

We are not in a position to name people involved, but these are all political party agents or campaigns done by political parties and themselves, but we confirm there are some cases being investigated.

Chandra said it was imperative political parties and their representatives keep their election campaigns clean and clear from...

11:21

4 common free-speech myths "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Words can never hurt me.

We must be tolerant of all opinions.

Facebook/YouTube/Not PC is censoring me!


We hear claims like these all the time, but are they true?

Steve Simpson and Tara Smith discuss and debunk these and other common myths about free speech, providing clarity on what freedom of speech means, how to think about it, and how it should be defended.
Among other questions, they cover:
    What is free speech, why is it a right, and what is its value?
    What does censorship really mean?
    Is the right to free speech an absolute? If so, how can libel, threats, and fraud be illegal?
    Should we tolerate all views? If so, where do judgment and integrity come in?
 
Free speech is so immensely important that, to preserve it, we must understand what it actually means and how best to defend it. 
Watch this video to find out more about this important right, and to understand why the myths mentioned above are just thatmyths:




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11:00

Audio: Conservative NZ cartoonist silenced? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you listen to the radio and hear an interview or commentary worth sharing with our readers please e-mail sb at whaleoil.co.nz and put Audio in the subject line. Please briefly tell me what the radio audio is about and the time and day it was recorded. Todays audio is from NewstalkZB in Christchurch and [] The post Audio: Conservative NZ cartoonist silenced? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:40

10:30

The result of the investigation into Labour Youth Camp sexual assaults "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Credit: Luke We have published many articles on the subject of the alleged sexual assaults on four underaged youth who were supplied with copious amounts of alcohol and left unsupervised at the Labour party summer youth camp. Here are just a few of them. The definitive timeline of [] The post The result of the investigation into Labour Youth Camp sexual assaults appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:17

Late August: A Big Time For Poetry! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Gill Ward says Poetry time approaching! To get you in the mood Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day #NZPoetryDay announces its []

10:15

Mock the Greens "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mocking the Green partys stupid ideas is both fun and effective. They are BANNING useful plastic bags They are BANNING your beloved pet cat And to top it off co-leader Marama Davidson is promoting the word C*nt! It is enough to drive our digital team to design greatness. Here are some of the new Whaleoil products [] The post Mock the Greens appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Taken at St Arnaud looking down lake Rotoiti. Sunday 15 July about 3pm, from a 1930 Model A Ford after we had our annual Snow Run. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

They produce, simple as that Sally Rae:

We wouldnt be farming today if it wasnt for the Romneys.

West Otago farmer Blair Robertson is a passionate advocate for the breed, saying they produce,  simple as that.

Mr Robertson and his wife Sallys Merrydowns stud at Waikoikoi was one of three properties visited during a bus tour last week, as part of a reunion of  Romney stud breeders and stud stock agents. . . 

Novice Mori cheesemaker wins major award with smelly camembert Eden More:

A novice Mori cheesemaker has won a major award in one of the worlds most prestigious cheese competitions.

Zev Kaka-Holtz works for Whangrei artisan company Grinning Gecko and his kau piro cheese has taken the bronze medal at the Nantwich international cheese show in the United Kingdom.

Kau Piro (smelly cow in te reo) is a camembert style cheese that is washed in a bacteria solution giving it its characteristic aroma.

Mr Kaka-Holtz said at first he was disappointed he didnt win gold in his section for novice cheesemakers. . . 

Farming still pulls heartstrings Glenys Christian:

Tourists and commuter traffic along with proximity to Auckland keep Rob and Rachel Cashmore aware of the scrutiny farming is under. Robs not backward at sticking up for farmers but is also conscious of his role in protecting the land and nature while farming commercially. Glenys Christian reports.

The power and speed of international communication was clearly shown to sheep and beef farmers Rob and Rachel Cashmore when tourists uploaded an image that made it to Holland and back to them within a day.

The tourists were driving past the couples Orere Point farm when a mob of sheep on the road close to the house made for a holiday photo with the caption Not a traffic jam youd expect this close to Auckland. . . 

Couple go above and beyond for dog trials Sally Rae...

09:54

Papua New Guinea LNG production predicted to double within 10 years, reports Fitch Research "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

BMIs Raphael Mok predicts a big jump in LNG production.

Papua New Guineas LNG exports will more than double over the next 10 years, as a result of the planned expansion works, according to Fitch Solutions Senior Country Risk Analyst, Raphael Mok. But, he tells Business Advantage PNG, the government must address landowners backlash against royalty payments.

The doubling of LNG exports from PNG from 2014-2017 has lifted PNG to be Asias fourth largest LNG exporter and is on track to surpass Indonesia by 2019, according to Raphael Mok, Senior Country Risk Analyst with Fitch Solutions, a subsidiary of Fitch ratings agency.

PNGs low-cost, high-quality gas and easy access to a number of high-growth gas demand markets in the region remain the subject of intense investment interest to international oil companies, he says, noting plans to further develop the Pnyang, Elk-Antelope and Western Province gas fields.

The PNG LNG project is due for a three-train expansion over the coming years, as ExxonMobil, Total and OilSearch pool their gas resources together to support an integrated expansion of the facility, as opposed to building a second standalone project.

Feed gas is likely to come from the combined assets of the two firms in the Western Province.

The plan will see PNG LNGs export capacity expanded to 16 mtpa at an estimated cost of US$13 billion.

Trains

Three new LNG trains are planned, one underpinned by gas from Pnyang and two based on gas from Elk-Antelope. The Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) works at both fields are expected to commence in the second half of 2018, and a final investment decision is due by 2020-2021.

Mok says the possible standalone Western LNG project is less certain. Horizon Oil and Chinas Balang Internatio...

09:45

How to share Whaleoil articles "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Whaleoil Tip for today: Share buttons! You may notice there are some share buttons to your favourite social media platform plus email and print options. Feel free to promote a post with your friends by using that facility. You will find them under the post if you scroll down to the end. In addition, there [] The post How to share Whaleoil articles appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:30

Note that it is Don Brash with a nomination and nothing for Helen Clark "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Helen Clark has become a bitter old harpy since retiring from politics. She now takes pleasure in hating on babies and stabbing Kiwi legends. Meanwhile Don Brash has just been nominated for New Zealander of the Year: Quote: Former National Party leader and Reserve Bank Governor Don Brash is in the running for New Zealander [] The post Note that it is Don Brash with a nomination and nothing for Helen Clark appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:23

Climate change: Fixing the ETS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The big problem in New Zealand climate change policy is that our key emissions control mechanism - the emissions trading scheme - is unfit for purpose. Stacked with subsidies to reward polluters, and flooded with fraudulent foreign "credits" in its initial term, it failed to do anything meaningful to reduce emissions. We need to fix it if we want to actually do anything about this problem (as opposed to twiddling our thumbs while the waters rise).

The good news is that James Shaw has been working on it, and has released a consultation document on its initial proposals. These include:

  • Announcing unit supplies five years in advance, and auctioning units rather than handing them out as pollution subsidies, with the option of putting the revenue into specific climate-change policies rather than general funding.
  • Limiting the number of international units that can be used, if New Zealand is ever allowed back into international carbon markets (and that's a big if).
  • Replacing the current fixed-price option (which will become a de facto carbon tax in a few years as prices rise) with additional auctions from a "reserve" - though its unclear whether this will form part of the official carbon budget, or result in it being blown.

Of these, the latter is the most controversial. The government's aim is to avoid sudden price shocks causing pain to business, but giving polluters the right to pollute more if they're polluting too much simply encourages pollution. Pre-banking the units is one option (and removing units from supply is more than justified given the banking enabled by the use of fraudulent credits in the past), but then that creates a pile of emissions credits which future governments will be tempted to spend for political favour. If you look at the electricity market, then when the spot price gets too high for too long, some companies just shut down production temporarily. And honestly, I don't see why carbon should be any different: the market will be sending a clear signal that we can no longer afford those people's pollution and that they should find something less polluting to do.

Of course, this is all technical stuff, about system design. None of it addresses the cow in the room: whether our biggest polluters, farmers, will have to pay their way like everybody else. And until the ETS includes agriculture, it will remain fundamentally broken.

09:16

As Gas Boom Falters in Papua New Guinea, China Steps In "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

A plant at the Exxon Mobil-led natural-gas project in Papua New Guinea. Government revenues from the $19 billion project, which began production in 2014, have fallen far short of estimates.

Faced with revenue crunch, country is relying on Chinese loans to develop ports, airports, roads and power stations; Beijing expands influence in Pacific

 Rob Taylor and Rachel Pannett | Wall Street Journal | August 11, 2018

When Papua New Guinea joined the ranks of the worlds significant energy exporters four years ago, the government was betting on a revenue windfall it hoped would transform the impoverished South Pacific nation better-known for jungles, violence and corruption.

But the payday from a $19 billion Exxon Mobil Corp. -led natural-gas project has so far been a trickle, crimped by a downturn in gas prices that allowed Exxon and its partners to claim losses against royalty payments.

To bridge the...

09:02

In fiscal hole and still digging "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Homepaddock

Economist Cameron Bagrie has found a hole in the fiscal bucket:

Steven Joyce is going to be proved right. There is a fiscal hole and a softening economy is making it wider.

I dont like the term fiscal hole. Good policy should dominate over strict debt targets and economic cycles come and go which are often beyond government control.

But the Labour-led Governments fiscal hole is looking deeper by the day and bigger than the $11.7 billion of additional borrowing that Joyce identified. . .

Growth is weaker, the Government is already borrowing creatively to the tune of $6.4 billion via Crown entities (keeping it out of core government net debt metrics) and spending demands are headed one way.

That combination will pressure its fiscal position.  . .

The lack of money left in the kitty post the 2018-Budget raised issues of credibility, but the fiscal parameters

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09:00

Whaleoil Video of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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08:59

Keeping promises to partners breaking promises to people "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This so called government is about power for Peters and his cult. Open and transparent was a lie, along with we will listen.

Homepaddock

Labour is keeping promises it made to its political partners while breaking promises it made to people when it campaigned last year.

Shane Jones continues to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars with no plan or oversight, while the Government repeatedly breaks promises claiming it doesnt have enough money, Nationals Regional Economic Development spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

When the Government is closing down maternity centres like Lumsdens, cancelling new funding for cochlear implants for children, breaking its promise of universal cheap GP visits and more funding for mental health initiatives because it claims it doesnt have enough money, the extra $240 million for planting pine trees is extraordinary.

The fact is the Government has now found around $485 million for NZ Firsts pet project, while at the same time telling teachers it cant afford the pay rises they want.

This is partly the cost of MMP but it is

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08:54

Election petition against Maru dismissed "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Member for Yangoru Sausia and Minister for National Planning Richard Maru said he is a relieved man now after the court dismissed an election petition in its entirety by runner up and rival candidate Peter Wararu Waranaka this morning 

The dismissal of the petition will allow the member to carry out his mandated duty as the duly elected leader for Yangoru Sausia to bring in services and development freely.
I am absolutely relieved today that the petition against me by the former member and my rival in two elections Peter Wararu was dismissed today by the Supreme Court, said Mr. Maru.

The Supreme Court this morning dismissed a leave application for review which means that the case is now over and Mr. Marus election cannot and will not be challenged further in any court of law.

I am free now and able to concentrate my attention on my job as National Planning Minister and also as member for Yangoru Sausia and I can focus on delivering goods and services to my people in the district and offcourse throughout the nation. said Maru.

Lawyer representing Mr. Maru, Paul Mawa said the petition basically challenged MP Richard Marus return on 3 grounds including bribery, illegal practice and errors and omissions but was unsuccessful and dismissed by the National Court.


Petitioner Mr. Waranaka, aggrieved by the decision filed an application for leave in the National Court trying the challenge the decision of the National Court.

We made an application in the Supreme Court for one reason: the applicant for review Peter Wararu did not comply with the Supreme Court rules in relation to the appeal to review and also that the grounds raised by the applicant did not raise reasonable grounds to set aside the decision of the trial judge, Mawa said.   PNGFM/PNG Today

08:54

90% of plastic from 10 rivers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Raises yet more questions as to why Ardern and her motley crew are seeking to ban some bags now

Homepaddock

As debate on the wisdom of banning so-called single-use plastic bags goes on, its interesting to note that 90% of the plastic in the sea comes from just 10 rivers.

A shocking study has revealed 90 per cent of the worlds plastic waste comes from just 10 rivers in Asia and Africa.

As governments around the world rush to address the global problem of plastic pollution in the oceans, researchers have now pinpointed the river systems that carry the majority of it out to sea. 

About five trillion pounds is floating in the sea, and targeting the major sources such as the Yangtze and the Ganges could almost halve it, scientists claim. . .

This provides proof for Dr Patrick Moores view

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08:49

Korean Week Celebrated for the first time in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The occasion was celebrated to experience the Korean culture that featured the introducing and disseminating of rich Korean culture, the screening of Korean cinema Ode to my father an international box office hit portraying Korean sentiments, and the delicious Korean dishes.
The Korean Embassy also displayed beautiful exhibitions called the Photos from Korea to promote the countrys culture and for tourist attractions.

Korean Ambassador his Excellency Kymgu Kang said he was honoured to witness the meaningful occasion as it was the very first Korean Week festival.

I am truly happy and delighted to be with you all at this Korea Week. This is the very first Korea week festival held in PNG and Im honoured to witness this meaningful occasion and I believe the feelings mutual, said his Excellency Kymgu Kang. 

The Republic of Korea and PNG have been working together since 1976 were they co-operated in the field of bilateral, multilateral and private sector.

The event served as a foundation cherishing the friendship between Korea and PNG.

08:37

90% of plastic from 10 rivers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

As debate on the wisdom of banning so-called single-use plastic bags goes on, its interesting to note that 90% of the plastic in the sea comes from just 10 rivers.

A shocking study has revealed 90 per cent of the worlds plastic waste comes from just 10 rivers in Asia and Africa.

As governments around the world rush to address the global problem of plastic pollution in the oceans, researchers have now pinpointed the river systems that carry the majority of it out to sea. 

About five trillion pounds is floating in the sea, and targeting the major sources such as the Yangtze and the Ganges could almost halve it, scientists claim. . .

 

This provides proof for Dr Patrick Moores view (via Not PC) that the problem isnt plastic, its litter.

Its not how many times a bag is used, but how it is disposed of once its no longer useful that causes pollution.

08:36

Wafi Landowners Slam Kokopo Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Mine consultation meeting in East New Britain has left Wafi-Gulpu landowners feeling betrayed

Post Courier | August 13, 2018

The landowner group from Wafi-Golpu mine in Morobe Province has described the consultative meeting in Kokopo as political maneuvering.

Paramount chief and landowner for Babuaf tribe Ezra Kwako said such political maneuvering is a disgrace to the Wafi landowners.

Mr Kwako accused the meeting of being hijacked over to Kokopo, East New Britain Province between the government and the miner, Wafi Golpu JV.

He questioned why the sharing consultative meeting was moved to Kokopo and not held in Lae.

He said legitimate landowners were left out when the meeting was moved to Kokopo.

He said only a few of their paper landowners attended the Kokopo and have ill-documented the...

08:30

Labours plastic bag policy set to enrich shareholders of supermarket duopoly "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Labour wants to ban plastic bags in a lurch back towards the nanny-statism that the country rejected in 2008. As Michael Reddell points out in his post, this will hurt the poor: Quote: As Ive already noted, there is no cost-benefit analysis in the document.  Specifically, there is no overall summary estimate.  But there is [] The post Labours plastic bag policy set to enrich shareholders of supermarket duopoly appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:29

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

TWENTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH
THE ALOHA MARCH IN WASHINGTON DC 





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08:15

Audio: Ardern asked about charter schools & Jeremy Corbyn "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Listen to Mike Hosking ask Jacinda Ardern about Charter schools and Jeremy Corbyn. The post Audio: Ardern asked about charter schools & Jeremy Corbyn appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:08

Taking it to Their Doorstep: Recaps from Recent Protests Against ICE Agents in South Puget Sound Area "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Taking it to Their Doorstep: Recaps from Recent Protests Against ICE Agents in South Puget Sound Area appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following report from the Pacific Northwest details how people are taking the Abolish ICE movement in new directions.

We take the movement to the doorsteps of the ICE family separators. When ICE deports a parent from a household, it often destroys the family structure by the shock of losing a parent to prison and eventual deportation. The remaining family loses not only a loved one, but an emotional and economic provider. In many cases, the family may never reunite.

For this reason, we will not allow ICE family separators to rest comfortably in their homes enjoying their familys presence. Their job is to kick people out of the country and destroy countless amounts of lives in the process. La Migra (ICE) operatives are only subjected to a minor inconvenience being exposed to their neighbors while we make noise in their neighborhood in comparison to their mission of destruction, detention and deportation.

While in detention, people are subject to lack of adequate medical care, sexual harassment and abuse from prison guards, outbreaks of illnesses and even death in some cases. It is important for the neighbors of Migra agents to know who is living among them, particularly if there are undocumented immigrants in the area. If your neighbor wanted to destroy your life and kick you out of the country, wouldnt you want to know? Just as ICE harasses people in their homes and does not allow people to rest comfortably with loved ones, let us return the same unwanted attention right to their doorstep.

We call for the immediate reunification of all immigrant families. We call for an end to the detentions and deportations of immigrants in this country. We call for the abolishment of ICE.

We will stop these home demonstrations immediately as soon as the inhumane practice of deportation end. Chinga La Migra.

Action Roundup

Flyering In Olympia/Lacey, WA: In mid-June the neighborhoods of two local ICE agents. Leaflets detailing the fundamentally inhuman functions of I.C.E. and the na...

08:02

Why young salmon leap "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 11 October 2012 video from North America says about itself:

Pacific Sockeye Salmon Oncorhynchus nerka

Fall is the time of the Sockeye Salmon as they return to the same river beds they originated from to spawn and die, finishing their life cycle.

The sockeye eggs hatch in winter and the young salmon make their way down to the sea, sometimes hundreds of kilometers away. In the ocean they grow, if they can evade their predators which include everything from birds when they are smaller to whales, seals and fishermen as they grow into a prized commercial and sport game fish.

Then 4 years into their short life they return to the rivers, retracing their journey just 4 years earlier back to the same riverbed where they started life, spawning and dying afterwards, the cycle of the Pacific Sockeye Salmon continues.

From Simon Fraser University in Canada:

Young salmon may leap to oust the louse

August 13, 2018

A study by Simon Fraser University aquatic ecologists Emma Atkinson and John Reynolds reveals that young salmon may jump out of water to remove sea lice.

Ideas about why fish leap include getting over obstacles during their upstream migration as adults, catching food and avoiding predators, says Atkinson.

However, these reasons may not apply to young salmon since their diet is composed almost exclusively of underwater zooplankton and their tendency is to scatter rather than leap when escaping from predators.

Atkinson hypothesized that the leaping behaviour could be the fishs way of removing parasitic sea lice, which is a common condition for wild and penned salmon off the B.C. [British Columbia] coast. Heavy sea-louse infestation is correlated with reduced growth, impaired swimming and competitive foraging ability for young salmon.

To test her hypothesis, Atkinson and her team caught wild juvenile sockeye salmon during their coastal migration away from the Fraser River. They held the fish in flow-through net-pen enclosures, half of which were covered with netting to prevent leaping and the other half were left uncovered to allow leaping. After...

08:00

Banning plastic bags: the fines "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

So the government has announced it is going to ban plastic bags. In its typical cart-before-the-horse way (also known as arse about face), the announcement that they are GOING to ban plastic bags has been made, but now they are going to set up consultation groups to decide exactly HOW it is going to be [] The post Banning plastic bags: the fines appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:50

Horowhenua Locals In The Dark "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Veronica Harrod reports from  Levin that nearly a quarter of Horowhenuas representation and community leadership budget of just over $4 []

07:48

Herman Wainggai West Papua Documentary "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

SYNOPSIS

WITH SATURDAY MORNING SHORTS SELECTIONS 10:30AM Encounter the struggle, suffering, and injustice in West Papua through the eyes of Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Herman Wainggai a former political prisoner and escapee living in exile. His visceral and emotional experiences convey the brutal realities of the hidden genocide currently taking place in West Papua. Recalling his early childhood, his prison time, and his dramatic escape from the West Papuan border, relive the journey Herman has taken to freedom. Filled with faith, determination, tragedy, and resilience, Hermans eye-opening narrative reveals to the world a genocide masked by deception, and silenced by oppression.

Source: https://otrfilmfest.org/film/herman-wainggai-a-hidden-genocide/

07:30

Damning assessment of governments plastic bag virtue-signalling "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This government is following the course of Helen Clarks, no real substance but big on virtue-signalling and nanny-statism. The latest policy is a ban on plastic bags despite it not even being a problem in New Zealand. Economist Michael Reddell has looked at the policy and is astonished and not in a good way: Quote: [] The post Damning assessment of governments plastic bag virtue-signalling appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:28

Herman Wainggai Promoting Human Rights in the Pacific West Papuan Struggle for Self-determination and Human Rights "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Seventeenth Annual University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law International Human & Peoples Rights Law Program Human Rights on the Hill in collaboration with the Hawaii Institute for Human Rights and the Four Freedoms Forum will take place from July 23 27, 2018.

By Herman Wainggai, Former Political Prisoner, Leader of Nonviolent Struggle in West Papua. And West Papua Representative to the United Nations.

Acknowledgment

Thank you so much for the invitation and for giving me the opportunity to address you today on a very important issue and one that is very personal to me Promoting Human Rights in the Pacific. Im going to talk about Human Rights in the Pacific; particularly in my part of the Pacific, the Melanesian region, more so the issues we West Papuans are facing today with the government of Indonesia and how Human Rights violations in West Papua is being ignored by the Indonesian government and the International community. I will also a few suggestions to this issue. It is a very complex issue, but I will try and summarize it.

Introduction to the Pacific (excluding New Zealand and Australia)

The Pacific Islands is made up of three ethnic groups: Polynesians who are occupying the majority of the Islands in central Pacific from Hawaii to Easter Island all the way down to New Zealand in the South. The Micronesians who live on the smaller Islands in Northern and western Pacific such as Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Kiribati etc. And then the Melanesians who occupy the Islands such as Fiji, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and the New Guinea Islands. I come from the Western part of the New Guinea Island known to us as West Papua.

European Colonialism in the Pacific

Between the 1600s and 1800s, European powers arrived on our shores with weapons and declared our Islands as part of their empires. They forced our people to accept their laws, punished those who refused and forced our people to accept their ideologies. Britain colonized the Melanesian countries of Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands. France colonized parts of Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Tahiti, and Wallis. The Island of New Guinea itself was divided up by these Europeans. The Eastern part of the Island was under Britain and was later administered by Australia till its independence in 1975. The northern part was briefly under the control of Germany. The Western Part, our homeland, was visited by the Portuguese, the Spaniards, and then it became part of the Netherlands in 1898 and remained the colonial power of West Papua until the late 1960s.

No one asked these Europeans to come! We didnt invite them to come and rule our people and impose their laws on us, they just did because they thought they were far superior and powerful.

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07:00

Graeme Edgeler on The Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Graeme Edgeler makes some good points for some amendments to The Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill:Quote: The Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill is going through its final stages, and will likely pass this week. It is going to pass, and amendments such as a sunset clause or the exclusion of electorate MPs from its scope [] The post Graeme Edgeler on The Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Keeping promises to partners breaking promises to people "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Labour is keeping promises it made to its political partners while breaking promises it made to people when it campaigned last year.

Shane Jones continues to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars with no plan or oversight, while the Government repeatedly breaks promises claiming it doesnt have enough money, Nationals Regional Economic Development spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

When the Government is closing down maternity centres like Lumsdens, cancelling new funding for cochlear implants for children, breaking its promise of universal cheap GP visits and more funding for mental health initiatives because it claims it doesnt have enough money, the extra $240 million for planting pine trees is extraordinary.

The fact is the Government has now found around $485 million for NZ Firsts pet project, while at the same time telling teachers it cant afford the pay rises they want.

This is partly the cost of MMP but it is also about priorities.

The government began by prioritising non-essentials like fee-free tertiary education and has continued to find money for such things as good looking horses while saying there is not enough money for necessities.

Labour is putting its promises to its political partners ahead of everyday New Zealanders and NZ First is milking that for all its worth.

Meanwhile, Mr Jones Provincial Growth Fund continues to cause real concern.

From broken promises that thered be no private gain, to terms described by grant recipients as exceedingly generous to Mr Jones doling out cash to people he knows, the fund has been beset by concerning revelation after revelation.

The Government is flinging good money after bad at projects we have no detail on, no oversight of and no confidence in and it shows no sign of abating or improving.

And it makes no economic sense. Mr Jones admits the trees will be planted in regions where there is currently little economic rationale for such a strategy and where commercial foresters havent seen the need to expand. None of it makes sense.

When the teachers unions, maternity carers and advocates for the deaf are sitting across the table from ministers pleading poverty they should keep in mind the fact NZ First has more negotiating power than all of them put together.

Primary teachers w...

06:46

Great Barrier reef money and the stink of corruption "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

The Turnbull government has handed over $444 million to a shonky outfit, which falsely claims that it works for the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef, and this has bounced back to hit the government in the teeth.

The longer this saga goes on, the more is exposed. The Great Barrier Reef Foundation did not even have to go through a tender process to get the money. It turns out that it is a private organisation employing only six people and is supported by major mining corporations like BHP and Rio Tinto, as well as Orica, and Google.

The government has  defended the money was provided and has  the method used, because this organisation was in line with government policy. This is corrupt, because money was handed over in the expectation of procuring an advantage.

Malcolm Turnbull first rubbed shoulders with the corruption industry as a young 29-year old lawyer, shutting down the Costigan royal Commission for media tycoon Kerry Packer, after it had turned its investigation towards corporate crime and Packers role in it.

This was not to be the end of the story. Todays Australian prime minister has something of a track record. A few examples can be mentioned. We will stick to the more recent ones.

Arrangements between the Turnbull and Murdoch families have seen millions of dollars passing hands.

Earlier this year, the Export and Finance Industry Corporation got a taxpayer increase in funding, to the tune of 400 percent. This is $3.5 billion, to use for funding the creation of a weapons industry. The argument is not that government money went into building industry , just who it went to and for what type of industry.

There is the implication that deals have been made here. This is a world dominated by a handful of well-resourced companies operating from a very few rich countries, with far reaching connections. To get into the game of arms exporting, Australia would have to get into bed with them, and second to none, they are up to their necks, in using corruption to grease the wheels of doing business. Something smells here.

Then Turnbulls association with Andrew Goodwin, who is among those alleged to have been involved in international graft and the payment of bribes, while working on the Snowy 2.0 project, has thrown up questions that have still not been answered. The...

06:30

If Andrew Little cant keep Roger Brooking in the tent then what chance does he have? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Roger Brooking is, as we know, a Labour party operative and stooge who maintained attacks on the previous government unceasingly, and especially rather personal attacks against Judith Collins when she was justice minister. But now he is unhappy with Andrew Little. Quote: Justice minister Andrew Little has been slammed by National leader Simon Bridges and [] The post If Andrew Little cant keep Roger Brooking in the tent then what chance does he have? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Our Whats Hot post and Must Read posts up the top of our home page are based on the two articles from the day before that attracted the most comments. This post is to provide you with the links to the top five most read posts as the vast majority of our readership do not comment and the post with the [] The post Most read appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:08

QotD: "One rule of thumb Ive adopted is: whenever the idea that the business cycle may have been tamed forever starts to become mainstream, the bust is around the corner." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"One rule of thumb Ive adopted is: whenever the idea that the business cycle may have been tamed forever starts to become mainstream, the bust is around the corner."
~ Tom Woods, reviewing Mark Thornton's new book The Skyscraper Curse: And How Austrian Economists Predicted Every Major Economic Crisis of the Last Century
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06:00

More than $100k spent and no discernible improvement in his poll ratings "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Simon Bridges has spent more than $100,000 gadding about the country-side following the old leader of the opposition playbook left behind by Phil Goff, David Shearer, David Cunliffe and Andrew Little, and all for no discernible improvement in his poll ratings: Quote: Simon Bridges is spending up large using taxpayer funding to pay for [] The post More than $100k spent and no discernible improvement in his poll ratings appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Economics is not consequentialist "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A lot of people wont care about this post and the ones that do will care a bit too much.  So I will keep this relatively short.  But just believe me that this post is the first in a series of three that will eventually get to the point

Economics is not consequentialist.  The framework allows for the natural imposition of a broad range of consequentialist ethical judgements yes, but by design economics itself is not consequentialist in fact it is pretty easy to observe an economic argument and just make a deontological statement that gives you some conclusion (see John Rawls and how his discussions fit neatly in contemporary normative economics literature).  Just because economists use the term utility when talking about people making a choice does not mean we have a utilitarian ethical framework in mind for justifying choices we are trying to describe what happens, not prescribe what should happen.  Even normative economics, with its reliance on ill defined social welfare functions, is simply trying to describe types of ethical consequences from policy the process of deciding what should be done is the responsibility of policy analysts and politicians given the description that is provided.

Mankiws separation between economist as scientist and economist as engineer is apt in this regard.  In both ways the economist is not imposing values they are either trying to describe trade-offs, or to describe a policy they are commissioned to.  The value judgement comes when stating what should be done.

I say this because people constantly confuse the policy prescriptions that are made using economics language with economics itself.  I have discussed this in more detail here.

Confusion between economists discussing policy and many non-economists (but technical experts) discussing policy is this distinction economists have a preference for discussing trade-offs and stating that the choice between them needs to be dealt with by further analysis.  Many non-economist experts start with a normative position (we SHOULD lower obesity, or the Gini coefficient, for example) and then work to try to solve from there.  This normative economic position is a lot more fraught, but we cant pick an option without confronting it in truth it requires a lot of analysis and understanding from a variety of disciplines.

In fact, to reach a conclusion by definition requires...

06:00

The AIIB and Australian participation in Chinese infrastructure initiatives "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

In recent years, a new challenge has emerged for economic development and integration in the Asia-Pacific: infrastructural connectivity. Driven by three decades of high-speed growth, industrialisation and urbanisation, Asia has proven one of the greatest developmental success stories in the global economy. Economic openness has played a key role in this process, with liberalisation undertaken in both unilateral and multilateral ways greatly lowering the barriers to trade and investment between Asian economies. However, the infrastructure allowing the movement of goods, services, capital, information and people across borders have failed to keep pace with the regions economic dynamism. As a result, infrastructure and connectivity have become a major focus of the regions development policy agenda.

The infrastructure gaps plaguing Asia are a widely known problem. The region has a strong institutional infrastructure connecting its economies: including ASEAN, APEC, the East Asia Summit, their associated policy dialogues, and over 50 bilateral free trade agreements. But when it comes to physical infrastructure the roads, rail, air and sea ports, energy and telecommunications linking economies there is a worrying undersupply. Such gaps are especially pronounced for cross-border infrastructure, which is often ignored by development plans and programming focused on country-based strategies. These infrastructure gaps have become one of the principal barriers to trade, investment, and development in the region. Best estimates indicate that Asia-Pacific economies will need to make a staggering $1.5 trillion of infrastructure investments per year, every year, from now until 2030.

Chinese infrastructure leadership

In a historic move, China has recently taken the lead in efforts to close these gaps. In late 2013, the Chinese government publicly unveiled two regionally-focused infrastructure initiatives. The first was the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which promised to build new infrastructure platforms connecting Europe, Africa and the Middle East to Asia. The second was the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the worlds first multilateral development bank exclusively dedicated to infrastructure projects.

These initiatives were part of a new phase in Chinese foreign policy, where the country intends to go from being an institution taker to institution maker in global economic governance. China is unique in focusing its foreign policy efforts on infrastructure and connectivity, as this is a domain that other major powers and international organisations have hitherto not prioritised. It reflects Chinese ambitions to be a developmental leader in Asia, by drawing on the successful experience of its own reform period to assist other developing economies in Asia to industrialise through open trade and investment strategies...

05:39

Provincial Growth Funds for One Billion Tree programme "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The two policies may have always been linked, but Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced that $240 million has been allocated to the One Billion Trees programme from the Provincial Growth Fund championed by Regional Economic Minister Shane Jones. Two weeks ago Provincial Growth Fund gains momentum Todays launch of the Guide to the Provincial []

05:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:19

Haumaha contacted witness of alleged bullying "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Herald continues their pressure on the the appointment of Police Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha, this time revealing that Haumaha contacted a police officer who witnessed alleged bullying while the Herald were investigating over the last few weeks. NZH: Police to investigate why Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha phoned a staff member about alleged bullying ahead []

05:15

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

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

05:08

Poll shows public support of police pursuits "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Public opinion probably shouldnt be a factor in deciding whether the police pursue fleeing drivers or not, but a poll shows large support for the police. Do you think police pursuits in New Zealand should be banned? Yes 12% No 82% 1 News: Most Kiwis want police to continue chasing fleeing drivers []

05:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

04:49

Bridges expenses leak claimed to be a hit job "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A curious item talking up a leak of big spending by Simon Bridges on his tour of the country, but say the information would be released soon anyway. Politicians spending a lot of taxpayer money is not new. Newshub Simon Bridges roadshow cash splash: $113k in taxpayer money on limos and hotels Simon Bridges []

04:47

Corruption is ONeills Biggest Failure "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

It is six years since Prime Minister Peter ONeill promised the country an Independent Commission Against Corruption. Yet that vision is no closer to being realised today than it was in 2012.

Peter ONeill has totally failed to live up to his promises in both the 2012 and 2017 Alotau Accords that the government would establish an ICAC.

The impact of not having a dedicated anti-corruption agency that is politically independent, fully resourced and that has full powers of arrest and prosecution has been devastating for our economic well-being and the quality of life for ordinary people.

Delegates at last weeks APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency workshop repeatedly spoke about how corruption inhibits development and is a serious threat to economic growth [1], yet PNG had almost nothing to show in terms of progress under the United Nations Convention on Corruption. [2]

In PNG we repeatedly hear that a large-proportion of the national budget is lost every year to corruption, taking money directly from health and education services.

We also hear about the high costs that businesses have to endure as a result of corruption. Costs which reduce profits, lower employment and limit investment. Yet the government has just dragged its feet for year after year over an ICAC.

While together, PNG, Australia and China are spending more than K1.1 billion [3] on the whole APEC extravaganza in Port Moresby, a tiny proportion of that money would have been sufficient to fund the operations of a robust, independent and well staffed ICAC for more than a decade.

Ridding PNG of the scourge of corruption would do far more to assist development in PNG and ensure the well-being of our citizens than a huge party for the worlds leaders and their entourages.

Perhaps in November, when the leaders from the worlds two biggest economies will be here in PNG, they will ask the Prime Minister why he has not established an ICAC and whose interests he is protecting.

FOOTNOTES
[1] https://www.thenational.com.pg/corruption-stops-economic-progress-says-official/
[2]......

04:37

United States update (where to begin?) "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Theres a lot going on in US politics around the Mueller inquiry and FBI investigations. Fox news: FBI Fires Peter Strzok FBI official Peter Strzok, who played a lead role in both the Russian meddling and Hillary Clinton email probes but became a political lightning rod after the revelation of anti-Trump text messages, has been []

04:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Don Brash has been nominated for New Zealander of the Year. Voting for Don Brash will not only be a vote for a worthy recipient but it may also help promote the Free Speech Coalition and the incredibly important cause of protecting our freedom of speech in New Zealand. Anti-free speech activists have done their [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:29

Poetry Prize Presented at PaperPlus "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  The Kapiti Independents first poetry prize worth some $85 has been presented at a ceremony in Coastlands PaperPlus. Editor Alan []

04:21

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

130818NEW BUILDING BOARD TO BE SWORN IN
New Dawn FM News
The newly appointed Bougainville Building Board members will be officially sworn in on the 22nd of August at the ABG administration conference room starting 0930 Bougainville Standard Time.
According to the Swearing in Program, the small but significant swearing in will have speakers from the ABG and the Department of National Works.
The Building Board and Physical Planning Boards are important boards that see towns and cities develop according to guidelines and standards set by these boards.
New Dawn FM understands one Physical Planning Board was sworn in some years back at the Hutjena United Church.
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04:20

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

130818MEMBER FOR EIVO WANTS INQUIRY INTO INVESTORS OPERATING
New Dawn FM News
The ABG member for Eivo/Torau, Clarence Dency has requested the Bougainville House of Representatives to consider looking into foreigners presence and their investment activities in his constituency.
The matter which was tabled in Parliament through a Private members notice of motion in July of 2016, called on the House, the Executive Government and the Parliamentary Committee on social and Economic Development to implement.
The Parliamentary Committee on Social and Economic Development has begun conducting public hearings from August 12 to 17 starting in Eivo/Torau and some parts of Central Bougainville and will conclude its hearing in Parliament.
Committee Chairman and member for Taonita/Tinputz, DAVID BRAUN VATAVI said that the committee will be inviting the public and lead ABG departments to make submissions or give evidence relating to the committees terms of reference.
Chairman Braun Vatavi said that the committee has just completed public hearings in the Teua Constituency following another petition which was presented by the member for Teua Charles Kakapetai last year.
Chairman Braun Vatavi stressed that these are important matters that must be addressed and that the people who are affected by these issues have the right to know and must have the opportunity to be heard.
He said that the government of the day must address any outstanding issues that may hinder the preparatory towards a successful referendum.
Meanwhile, the petition presented to the last parliament by the Ruko/Upe Council of Chiefs was also referred to this committee to make inquiries and report back to the house.
The committee met last Tuesday to adapt the committees terms of reference.
Ends

04:20

Medals for public servants "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a new medal that that recognises meritorious service in the Public Service. It is anticipated that about five will be awarded each year. The medal will be awarded to public servants who have provided service that has brought significant benefit or prestige to New Zealand or the Public Service, []

04:19

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

130818BRC STILL NOT OPERATIONAL
New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville Referendum Commission is yet to start its work after its members are appointed and sworn in.
The Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU who is the co-chair of the Bougainville Referendum Commission Transitional Committee which has started the work of preparing for the Referendum made it known in Buka today.
The other co-Chair is the Papua New Guinea Electoral Commissioner, MR. PATILIUS GAMATO.
MR. MANU told a Media briefing in Buka that the Transitional Committee has the same power and had already made some decisions on how the referendum will be conducted next year.
He said that all 33 constituencies ward recorders will be used in the updating of the Referendum Common roll to make sure no eligible voter is left out in the updated roll.
MR. MANU said the Chairman of the Bougainville Referendum Commission has already accepted his appointment and will be in Bougainville soon.
On the National Government nominees for the membership in the Commission are yet to be announced and gazetted.

Ends

04:19

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

130818 OBEC READY TO HOLD BYELECTIONS FOR THREE ABG SEATS
New Dawn FM News

Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner is ready to conduct by-elections for the three ABG seats currently vacant.
They are the Kongara seat left vacant by the former member DOMINIC ITTA who resigned to contest the 2017 National Elections, the HALIA seat also left vacant when the former ABG Vice President, PATRICK NISIRA resigned to contest the Bougainville Regional seat in the 2017 National Elections.
The other seat for TAONITA TEOP was left vacant when the former member died in 2016.
This was revealed by the Commissioner for the Bougainville Electoral Commission, GEORGE MANU in a media briefing today.
He said that his office has been requesting for funds to run the election but although funds were allocated in the Budget his office is yet to access these funds.
MR. MANU stressed that his office has a duty to make sure all vacant seats are filled but again have to wait for funds to run the elections.
He said he hopes that the by elections will be held before the end of this year.
Last week a chief from Kehu village Inus, JOE PAIS warned of petitioning the office of the Electoral Commissioner for failing to run a by election after the death of their former member.

Ends

04:18

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

130818STRONG WINDS WARNING
New Dawn FM News
The office of the Bougainville Disaster and Response Team is warning all boat owners, boat skippers and the general public who wish to travel by sea to the Atolls, Nissan, Carteret, the Solomon Islands from Buka not to travel at this time.
The notice states that Weather warnings from the National Maritime and Safety Authority for Bougainville waters for the next 68 hours is that strong winds are expected in these waters.
Bougainville is currently been hit by South Easterly winds with wind speed between 25 to 35 knots with isolated showers and thunderstorms.
The seas swells are expected at 1.5 meters to 3 meters high and could cause rough seas and very strong currents.
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04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is clickbait (noun) Provocative or sensationalistic headline text that entices people to click on a link to an article, used as a publishing tactic to increase webpage views and associated ad revenue. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : From click + bait. The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:04

China Has Secret Gulags for TWO MILLION Uighurs? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Can anyone find the original source? I can not (only reports from US panelist saying there are credible reports based on propaganda paid for by US government via NED, not actual investigation or verification by UN):

And heres Reuters cited by NYT

Who is CHRD

And TWO MILLION? Xinjiangs entire population is about 20 million of all ethnicity how do you keep secret camps that jails 1 in 10 people, including Han children, secret? Even if the detention is exclusively Uighurs, that means 25% of the 8 million Uighurs in the region are secretly detained again how do you keep detention of ONE QUARTER of a population, secret? Not to mention the worst case arrest numbers from UK government propaganda outlet, citing US government funded propaganda, below, is so very different?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-16860974

Im calling BS on this.

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 14 24 Wealth is a crown for the wise; the effort of fools yields only foolishness. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:22

Media watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

14 August 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.

03:09

Open Forum Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

14 August 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 []

02:47

Stone tools provide new clues to Easter Island's statue builders "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The remote Easter Island, known locally as Rapa Nui, lies 2,300 miles off Chile's Pacific coast, a mysterious place best known for its giant stone statues. The common narrative states that the enormous heads were built by Polynesian seafarers who, the story goes, then brought about the demise of their own society through internal squabbles and draining of the island's natural resources. However, a new study published in the Journal of Pacific Archaeology suggests the true story of early civilisation on Polynesia's easternmost outpost is more complex. Archaeologists found evidence of a sophisticated society where the people shared information and collaborated, by analysing the chemical make-up of the tools used to build the sculptures. "For a long time, people wondered about the culture behind these very important statues," says Laure Dussubieux, one of the study's authors and a scientist at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History. "This study shows how people were interacting, it's helping to revise the theory." "The idea of competition and collapse on Easter Island might be overstated," adds lead author Dale Simpson, Jr., an archaeologist from the University of Queensland. "To me, the stone carving industry is solid evidence that there was cooperation among families and craft groups."

01:00

BBC Radio Comedy Drama: Toad of Toad Hall "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A 1973 broadcast dramatisation of Kenneth Grahames Classic Wind In The Willows by A.A Milne with a cast including Bernard Cribbins as Rat, Hugh Paddick as Judge and Cyril Luckham as Badger

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