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Tuesday, 26 September

13:05

World watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

12:58

Nine. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A ponderous tome of chaste entertainment and moral instruction, The Quiver ran at over 1,000 pages per yearly issue and must have cost a pretty penny in its day. But then the purchaser would barely have needed to secure any other reading material, as the publication appears to have aimed to sustain every aspect of a familys intellectual and spiritual needs for its natural shelf life of twelve

12:49

Thousands evacuated from Vanuatu island as volcano erupts "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

AFP

AFP/File | Four-wheel-drive vehicles make their way across an ash field towards Mount Yasur volcano in Vanuatu as it spews ash over Tanna on August 6, 2010

SYDNEY (AFP)  Vanuatu has declared a state of emergency and evacuated thousands of residents from an island in the Pacific archipelago after a volcanic eruption rained rocks and ash on nearby homes, reports and officials said Tuesday.After weeks of rumbling, activity from the Manaro Voui volcano at the centre of the northern island of Ambae increased in recent days, the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department said.
A view of Monaro volcano on Vanuatus northern island Ambae, Sydney. Picture: @hannarosebutler/Twitter

The department on Saturday raised the alert level from three to four, which represents a moderate eruption state, and warned of flying rocks and volcanic gas affecting villages up to 6.5 kilometres (four miles) from Manaro Voui.

 Location of Vanuatu

Villages further afield could also be exposed to ash falls and acid rain, it said.

Schools were shut and more than 7,000 people 70 percent of Ambaes population were being evacuated, Vanuatu National Disaster Management Offices director Shedrack Welegtabit told the Vanuatu Daily Post Tuesday.

The government has also allocated funds to help the evacuees amid reports of food and water shortages, the Vanuatu Digest added.

The New Zealand Defence Force told Fairfax NZ it was surveying the island Tuesday to determine the risks of a large eruption.

Thousands of people were evacuated when the volcano last erupted in 2005.

Vanuatu, which has an estimated population of more than 270,000, was last ravaged by a natural disaster when Cyclone Pam caused severe damage in early 2015.

The volcano alert is the second in the Asia...

12:19

US Pacific Fleet commander announces unexpected retirement after Navy ship collisions "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The commander of the US Pacific Fleet has announced his retirement after being passed up for a major promotion. It comes after two US Navy vessels collided with commercial ships in the Pacific over the summer, killing 17 sailors. Admiral Scott Swift made the unexpected announcement on Facebook, after learning that he would not be given the opportunity to serve as chief of all military forces in the region. "I have been informed by the Chief of Naval Operations that I will not be his nominee to replace Adm. Harris as the Commander, US Pacific Command. In keeping with tradition and in loyalty to the Navy, I have submitted my request to retire," he wrote, adding that he has "not requested a retirement date as there is much work to be done here..."

12:01

Strong M6.4 earthquake hits Fiji / Tonga region at intermediate depth "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit Fiji / Tonga region at 04:20 UTC on September 26, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 98.1 km (60.9 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 100 km (62 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was...... Read more

11:06

Comment: Peters wants utu (Revenge) over Joyces attacks "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Patrick Gower Newshub Tuesday, 26 September 2017 Winston Peters could be out for revenge against National over their attempts to take him down during the campaign. A New Zealand First source has told Newshub Peters is particularly resentful towards Steven Joyce, whom he personally detests. Peters believes Joyce orchestrated a four-pronged attack against []

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10:41

Inferno VIII: The one who weeps "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Io dico, continuando I say, continuing A strange beginning. Or a re-beginning, according to some, after a long hiatus. The legend goes that a relative of Dante found the papers on which the poet had written the first seven cantos around the year 1301, before his exile, and had them delivered to him via another poet, Dino Frescobaldi, in the northern Tuscan region known as the Lunigiana, some

10:40

Inferno VII: The circle of capitalists "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

"Pape Satn, pape Satn aleppe!" If these words ever meant anything in any language, or were otherwise intelligible to the contemporaries of Dante Alighieri, that meaning is lost. Whats left to us is the beginning of a curse, or a demonic incantation, which is quickly cut short by Dantes guide, Virgil. Taci, maladetto lupo! consuma dentro te con la tua rabbia. But who is this accursed

10:39

Inferno VI: Black rain over Florence "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Io sono al terzo cerchio, de la piova etterna, maladetta, fredda e greve; I have come to the third circle of the rain Eternal, cursed, and cold, and heavy We must learn to understand the laws of punishment. The Dantean contrappasso is usually translated as talion, but it doesnt mean an eye for an eye: it means to suffer the opposite. We saw an example in Hells vestibule, where the

10:39

Inferno V: Into the unseeing world "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We are at the edge of the second circle of Hell, finally stepping into il cieco mondo, the unseeing world. But we are also in a high school classroom in late 1987. Its winter, and the large rotating windows of the old, early Fascist-era building are kept closed to prevent the heating system from being overwhelmed. The atmosphere inside, where twenty-five kids of the approximate age of sixteen

10:38

Inferno IV: Alt-Heaven "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This one begins between a lightning and its thunder. One burst out of the ground underneath Dantes feet at the end of the last canto, causing him to faint on the spot. (Something of a standard reaction, as we shall see.) The other awakens him from lalto sonno his deep sleep at the beginning of this one. But now hes on the other side of the Acheron. How did he get there, since no living

10:38

Inferno III: The shape of the world "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Per me si va ne la citt dolente, per me si va ne l'etterno dolore, per me si va tra la perduta gente. Through me the way is to the aching city, Through me the way is to eternal pain, Through me the way among the people lost. If the first canto of the Divine Comedy had one of the great into the middle things beginnings in all of literature (Midway upon the journey of our life / I found

10:38

Inferno II: Better call soul "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When I first read the Divine Comedy it wouldnt have occurred to me to compare it to a television show TV was a bit shit in the 80s but now it does. The first canto is the pilot episode in which we are introduced to the main characters and given a glimpse to the kind of show that the Comedy will turn into. It begins in media res, right in the middle of the action (Midway upon the journey

10:37

Inferno I "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita mi ritrovai per una selva oscura Midway upon the journey of our life I found myself within a forest dark Italians study Dante the way English people study Shakespeare: reverently, and mandatorily. My father, who attended a vocational school for artisans before starting work at 14, was nonetheless taught about him, and would sometimes recite a few of

10:16

ON NZ FIRST "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It's interesting to speculate on 'where to' for NZ First.   Forget all the current hullabaloo about them ... sorry, Winston (because Winston is them) being in a kingmaker position ... that's short term stuff.    The real question to be faced by  NZF is how to ensure their political survival three years hence.

Underpinning all this is that they came out of the election weaker than when they went into it.   Their leader lost his Northland seat.   Their twelve MPs are now nine.   They don't have a presence in the South Island after Peters dumped on Prosser and consigned him to the nether regions of their List for embarrassing him by pointing out it was NZ First policy to compulsorily reacquire the shares sold off under the asset sales program while Rita Bond, their Invercargill based MP, was given the flick also.

Those of you who frequent other blogs will have picked up that Paul Scott, Winston's chief apologist on this blog, is highly pissed off and has called their campaign a c*********k (thereby committing a cardinal sin ... excommunication beckons) and leading to the obvious question 'how many other NZF disillusioned Party apparatchiks are out there now (or after Winston makes his call?).   Then there is the brouhaha in the making with Winston's clear preference for Shane Jones as his Deputy over the lightweight SAS wannabee incumbent.

But all that aside it matters not whether he goes with National or Labour because the reality is that the junior Party in any coalition deal inevitably loses support come the next election as the 'sins' (real or imagined) of the senior Party are visited upon them ... and a Party with no electorate seat to fall back on and polling 7% is vulnerable, very vulnerable.

So, what to do.   Those who have suggested that changing the threshold to say 3-4% are dreaming.   There is no inter-party consensus within National and Labour for change,   It will not happen ... thankfully.   Who, apart from the minor parties, wants more fragmentation; who, apart from the minor parties is going to vote for more tail wags dog.

The answer is for the junior Party to do a deal with either National or Labour to 'gift' them an electoral seat as insurance against oblivion.   Happened before with National and ACT and United Future,   Can happen again.    David Farrar...

08:14

Gowers disgraceful power play "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Newshubs Patrick Gower seems to have become a willing messenger in NZ Firsts power plays in trying to get a governing deal with National or Labour. To Gower being the story seems to have taken a priority over objectivity and holding politicians and parties to account. It looks to me like he has allowed himself []

08:07

Shallow 6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, according to the United States Geological Survey, but no Pacific-wide tsunami warning was issued. The tremor hit at a depth of five kilometres (three miles) near the sparsely-populated East New Britain region, some 210 kilometres southeast of the town of Kokopo, the USGS said. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami warning. Earthquakes are common near Papua New Guinea, which lies on the 4,000-kilometre-long Pacific Australia plate. It forms part of the "Ring of Fire", a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

08:06

25 refugees leave Manus for the US, but limbo continues for the 2000 left behind "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

United States authorities have today confirmed that 25 refugees detained by the Australian Government on Manus Island for the last four years have left for the US but refused to confirm when or how many others will follow.

Over 2000 people remain warehoused on Manus and Nauru, 1783 of whom have already been assessed to be refugees. Among these 2000 innocent people are 169 children.

Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian journalist held on Manus by the Australian Government for the last four years, said:

Its great that finally some of our friends have found freedom in a safe place. But there are still 800 of us left here in this prison camp. We just want the Australian Government to answer our simple questions: how many people will go to America, when will they go, and what is your plan for those people left behind?

I cant describe the happiness on the faces of those men who left. But also there was sadness. They know the people who were in this prison with them are still here, said Mr Boochani.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has visited Manus Island three times to inspect conditions and meet with the men held there, said:

For a handful of people, today is a good day. For the first time in a long time these men can finally feel hopeful, optimistic and free. But the tragic reality is that hope for a handful doesn't end the suffering of the 2000 innocent people left behind, said Mr Webb.

After four years of fear, violence and limbo, safety for a handful isnt good enough. Every single one of these innocent people has had four years of their life ripped away from them. Every single one of them deserves a future. Our government must not abandon one single life in limbo.

Anyone who can't go to America must immediately be brought to safety in Australia, said Mr Webb.

Split families

For a handful of families separated by the Australian Governments offshore detention regime, the US deal still offers no way forward.

There are a handful of families ripped apart by offshore detention. Fathers separated from children. Sisters separated from brothers. For them, the US deal won't end their pain. It is not a pathway for their family to finally be together again.

For them, the way forward is painfully simple an absolute no-brainer. Permanently ripping apart families is fundamentally wrong. This handful of families must be reunited in Australia it's a matter of basic decency, said Mr Webb.

For interviews or further information please call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519

08:00

The Green team "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

While Nationa, Labour and NZ First are being cagey about who will line up for them in coalition negotiations the Greens have tried to jump into the proceedings by announcing their team. Green Party announces government negotiation team The Green Party is today announcing the team that will lead its negotiations to form the next []

07:18

PM ONeill dismisses Sir Mekeres claims "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

Source: PNG Facts Online

 

Prime Minister Peter ONeill has dismissed claims by Moresby North West Sir Mekere Morauta that the divesting of shares in Oil Search Limited had cost the Government a major loss.

ONeill, speaking from New York where he is attending the UN General Assembly, questioned the integrity of of Sir Mekere Morauta, over comments he has made in relation to the decision by Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited to divest shares in Oil Search Limited, saying it is just typical Opposition politics.

 

 

The Prime Minister dismissed the claims that are based on Sir Mekeres imaginary figures, saying instead that on balance the State had made about 100 million from the sale in Oil Search project.

 

 

The States investment in Oil Search was the right decision at the time, it helped maintain confidence in the oil and gas sector, but was undermined by unforeseen global factors and baseless political opposition, the Prime Minister said.

 

 

This has been a business decision based on anticipated return on investment, and has delivered the most prudent outcome for the State considering the consequences of the earlier energy price lows.

 

 

Terminating the collar arrangement has resulted in a recovery of the remaining prepaid interest on the loan.

 

 

The balance from this deal will likely be a K100 million gain for Papua New Guinea.

 

 

This is nothing like the shady deal by Sir Mekeres friends in the Somare Government, who lost the State hundreds of millions of Kina through the IPIC deal and subsequent losses suffered as result of currency swap on the...

07:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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06:30

WHAT IF? Some Random Thoughts About The Next Three Weeks. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Ultimate Dirty Deal: When Hitler and Stalin - mortal ideological enemies - concluded their mutual non-aggression pact in 1939, the world stood aghast. Why did no one see it coming? Fundamentally, it came down to a lack of imagination. Being able to think the unthinkable is a rare talent in politics - but an extremely valuable one. Something to keep in mind over the next three weeks.

WHAT IF, three weeks from today, National decides that an acceptable deal with NZ First just isnt on the cards that count? What if the easy assumptions of Election Night: that Winston Peters will recognise the futility of attempting to build a coalition with anyone other than National; have long since proved vain? What if it only takes a few days for Nationals negotiators to realise that, in the 21 years since 1996, NZ First had matured into a political party with a mind of its own?

What if it turns out that Peters views, although taken extremely seriously by his party colleagues, no longer enjoy the status of Holy Writ? What if Nationals negotiators discover that NZ Firsts policies are actually a great deal more than mere rhetorical flourishes? What if NZ Firsts manifesto is expected to be treated as a serious proposition by both National and Labour? What if, when Englishs negotiating team are caught rolling their eyes and smothering guffaws, the atmosphere drops rapidly from cool to effing freezing? What if the prospects of a deal with NZ First a deal which Nationals caucus, members and supporters, the markets, and New Zealands major trading partners, can all live with dwindle?

What if, three weeks from today, NZ Firsts parallel negotiations with Labour are going gang-busters? What if the Wellington beltways confident prediction that Peters and Jacinda Ardern would not hit it off proves to be wildly inaccurate? What if a shared liking for single malt whiskey breaks the ice between the two leaders and the talk flows freely? What if Arderns rural upbringing has equipped her with a set of core values remarkably congruent wi...

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dauncy poorly; unwell.


Filed under: language Tagged: dauncy

06:30

The left really dont like democracy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If Winston Peters decides to go with National then expect more of this sort of stuff from the left-wing. Hate speech has been spray painted on the Auckland home of a National Party supporter. Grey Lynn resident and chairman of Nationals Mt Albert electorate Johannes Tietze said he attended National Party general election celebrations at SkyCity with his wife on []

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06:00

The secret of Petes success "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It turns out that there is a reason why Pete is so good and it may just have something to do with his diet. Bananas have not one but ten useful properties and almost all of them depend on how ripe the banana is. Bananas contain a specific protein (tumor necrosis factor) that helps prevent oncological conditions. []

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05:30

You cannot say mean things about Muslims in Canada without risking jail time "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Muslim Canadians have more free speech than non-Muslims based on the number of prosecutions against both groups for expressing their opinions. A judge has sentenced a man who scrawled anti-Muslim graffiti at bus stops in Durham Region to five months in jail. The man, Joseph Porto, scrawled no more Muslims; this can be interpreted in []

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05:15

APEC To Open Doors For PNG Bilum Industry "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

September 26, 2017.BY JERRY SEFE of Post Courier 

Photo Courtesy of Alamy Stock Photo

 

 

Since Papua New Guineas APEC 2018 Coordination is on track to deliver its target outline, businesses are also preparing to gain direct benefits and long term business opportunities from the event.

 

 

Unlike other business organizations in the country the PNG Jaukae Bilum Products and Goroka Bilum Cooperative are calling on the national government to make the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)  leaders summit an avenue to recognize and establish a Bilum Industry in the country.

 

 

The call was made by Florence Jaukae Kamel, Managing Director and Principal Artist of the Jaukae Bilum Products and Founder of Goroka Bilum Weavers Cooperative and Goroka Bilum Festival.

 

 

Kamel said Papua New Guinea Bilum Industry is one of the least growing industries that require government attention to establish proper market venues for the 80 percent of PNG women who sell their products.

 

 

I believe the APEC will open doors for us and the government to recognize what we...

05:00

Three reasons why a Whaleoil subscription is BETTER than icecream "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A Whaleoil subscription  is better than ice cream It is even better than the classic Kiwi Jellytip Reason One: A Jelly tip costs $2.50 and in five minutes the pleasure is gone but for $2.30 a week (less than the cost of a single Jelly tip) a Whaleoil subscription provides you with faster loading times and []

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04:30

Politically incorrect Truth Teller of the week: Bill Warner "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Politically incorrect truth teller Bill Warner holds a PhD in physics and math from NC State University. He has been a university professor, businessman, and applied physicist. Dr. Warner has had a life-long interest in religion and its effects on history. He has studied the source texts of the major religions for decades. Even before []

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03:55

ICAC Draft Bill Open For Public Discussion "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

September 26, 2017

 

BY NELLIE SETEPANO of Post Courier

THE Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) draft bill is open to more public discussion and that is what the government wants.

The public is encouraged to make comments on this important legislation, says Constitutional Law Reform Commission chairman, Dr Eric Kwa.

Dr Kwa also said there is no time frame when the bill gets to the parliament.

He was speaking at a radio talkback show with TIPNG chairman, Lawrence Stephens, last week.

Both shared general views on the draft bill and are encouraged that the government has decided to ask the people for their comments, especially on the appointment of commissioners and the clarity of arresting and prosecution powers as certified in the amended bill.

...

03:49

3 Large Earthquakes And A Major Volcanic Eruption In Mexico Spark Fears That The Big One Could Hit California Soon "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The portion of the Ring of Fire that runs along the west coast of North America is starting to shake like a leaf. As most of you already know, the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean is known for high levels of seismic activity, and the experts tell us that more than 80 percent of all earthquakes and more than 70 percent of all volcanic eruptions take place within the Ring of Fire.

The North American section of the Ring of Fire has been relatively quiet for an extended period of time, but now all of the shaking down in Mexico is causing a tremendous amount of concern. In fact, some now fear that all of the shaking down there may be a harbinger of things to come for California.

Within the last 30 days, there have been three major earthquakes in Mexico. This latest one was a magnitude 6.2 earthquake, and it was accompanied by an eruption of Mt. Popocatepetl

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake that shook Mexico on Saturday was blamed for five deaths, spreading fear among a population reeling from multiple natural disasters and interrupting the search for survivors from a bigger tremor earlier this week.

South of Mexico City, the Popocatepetl volcano sent a column of ash into the sky, capping a period of seismic activity including two powerful tremors this month that have killed more than 400 people and caused damages of up to $8 billion.

Mexicos capital was shattered by Tuesdays magnitude 7.1 quake that flattened dozens of buildings and killed at least 307 people.

Of course the magnitude 8.1 earthquake that hit Mexico back on September 7th was the largest earthquake that we have seen down there in ages.

The earthquakes are getting most of the attention from the media, and without a doubt they have caused extensive damage, but Mt. Popocatepetl may be of even greater concern. It has registered 181 low-intensity exhalations in recent days, and on Saturday it erupted explosively three times.

A cat...

03:48

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz: 90 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Heres the latest challenge; just remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers on Sundayand Good Luck. New Zealander Tony Simpsons book The Sugarbag Years focuses on which decade of the 20th century?   Which ice dancing couple caused a sensation at the 1984 Winter Olympics with their performance to the music of Bolero? []

03:30

Hate Speech is the new Black "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

How obsessed are online corporations and the MSM with hate speech? Here are some examples I found on gab.ai to show you just how bad it is. The people who get away with so-called hate speech and the ones punished for it may surprise you. A Priest was suspended on Facebook for Sharing politically incorrect []

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03:06

Green, amber or red: How DFAT rates its aid performance "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

PNG schoolchildrenAUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS & TRADE

Aid Program Performance Report, 2016-17 Papua New Guinea: Introduction & Executive Summary. Read the complete report here

CANBERRA - Papua New Guinea, positioned as the gateway between Asia and the Pacific, has immense economic potential driven by its significant natural resource endowment.

This brings opportunities for economic growth, but also economic, social and political challenges driven by issues such as population growth, urbanisation, and ageing infrastructure.

Australias relationship with Papua New Guinea is maturing, reflecting this transition, by our closest neighbour, to an integrated Asia Pacific developing economy.

This Aid Program Performance Report summarises the performance of Australias aid program in Papua New Guinea from July 2016 to June 2017 against the Papua New Guinea Aid Investment Plan 2015-16 to 2017-18.

A Performance Assessment Framework (PAF) for Australias development assistance to Papua New Guinea sets indicators of progress across the three outcome areas: promoting effective governance, enabling economic growth and enhancing human development.

In 2016-17, Australias performance against the enabling economic growth outcome area was on track, with the completion of critical infrastructure and improved access to markets. The promoting effective governance and enhancing human development outcome areas made steady progress but did not meet some expectations due to challenges that included the slow roll out of new programs and monitoring of outcomes.

Significant achievements were made in each of the three outcome areas as well as in the crosscutting objectives of gender, Bougainville, and climate change and disaster resilience. In partnership with Papua New Guinea, Australia is helping to create a motivated and capable Papua New Guinea public service.

In total, Australias development assistance contributed to the training of 14,990 public servants including police, teachers and health workers who were engaged in positions where they could practice new knowledge and skills.

Through the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct (the Precinct) alone, Australia supported trainin...

03:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Animal Kingdom World Map Click here for larger view

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02:30

10 Good Things about Winston Peters [updated] "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Since everyone anywhere near political power this month is falling over themselves to say nice things about Winston, the fellow they each hope will become their closest friend for the next three years (hope is so often in vain), I thought Id pull an old post out of the archives to remind you that the old fellow isnt all bad. There are at least Ten Good Things about him to cheer.

Sure, his immigration grandstanding gives him headlines, hatred and polling increases, showing you can never underestimate the market for bare-faced, scaremongering xenophobia. And its somwhat ludicrous seeing policy wonks scouring through their respective parties policy manifestoes to demonstrate just how close their particular party is to those of Winston First laughable because the leader of the black and white party couldnt give a fig for policies. He simply wants a job that gives him a limousine and a high-powered office near Bellamys.

So with that in mind then, here are the the top ten Good Things about The Great Dissembler:

10. Winston likes a drink. Rare enough in these days of wall-to-wall wowserism, so a good thing in and of itself in my book. Just as long as hes buying.

9. Winston helps with unemployment. Winston has over the years offered benevolent assistance with unemployment for a vast number of the otherwise unemployable. Who else for example would offer employment to the dozens of tailors dummies that have occupied all the other mercifully non-speaking seats around the NZ First caucus table?

8. Winston is a perfect litmus test.
Winston is the perfect litmus test because you know immediately that when you meet a Winston First supporter, unless you want an evening spent hearing about the assorted iniquities of India dairy owners and Chinese home-owners, then you won't want them as a dinner companion. So this immediately rules out around 7% of the voting population, making the organisation of dinner engagements so much easier.

7. Winston raises standards.
Two words: Sartorial elegance. As David Lange famously observed when Winston was late for a meeting, I expect hes been detained by a full-length mirror. And his time there is not wasted. His focus on sartorial elegance over political substance at once raises the dress-sense of parliament, and ensures little of substance is discussed there. (And given the direction that substance would otherwise take, this is A Good Thing...

02:30

Is Labour plus the Greens the crazy girlfriend? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A 2016 young farmer of the year finalist has compared the Labour Party to a crazy girlfriend in a letter to the editor. [] In the letter, Mr Fitz-Herbert tells readers to think of the Government like a girlfriend. Dont choose a new good looking girlfriend and complain in three months time that she has []

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02:20

Govt Looks Into Uni Funding Issues "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

BY NELLIE SETEPANO of The Post Courier 

The University of Gorokas financial crisis is being looked into by the government.

Minister for Treasury, Charles Abel, said last weekend that he has instructed treasury secretary, Dairi Vele, to look into the universitys financial issue after the university governing council called on him last week to rescue the cash-strapped university.

The university needs K8 million for goods and services to complete the academic year after the institutions food rations dwindled and staff expressed uncertainty about their future wages.

Mr Abel said he has not received any notification from higher learning institutions for rescue packages.

It is believed that the governments higher learning institutions have not received the governments sponsorship component Tertiary Education Scholarship Assistance Scheme (TESAS).

Some institutions that had inquired at the Department of Higher Ed...

02:15

Renationalisation in the UK? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In the UK, successive governments under Thatcher and Blair privatised everything they possibly could, hocking off public assets at bargain-basement prices to donors and cronies. Those privatisations were (naturally) a disaster, with railways, water companies, and even the royal mail gutted and falling into ruin as the new owners looted them for dividends rather than providing the services they were supposed to. And now, UK Labour has had enough, with Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell promising to take it all back:

The Shadow Chancellor also vowed to press ahead with Labours nationalisation programme, saying: Rail, water, energy, Royal Mail were taking them back.

Earlier, he hinted Labour would deny shareholders full compensation if the private firms currently running key utilities have behaved badly.

Politicians would decide if full market value would be awarded when were taken back into public ownership, with the price affected by perceived behaviour.


They're also promising to unravel corrupt PFI (public-private partnership) contracts as well, to cut the bankers and looters out of government services.

We need to do the same here with the strategic assets that National has stolen from us (or at least the ones worth keeping). Meridian Energy, Mighty River Power, Air New Zealand, we need them back in public ownership (fossil-fuel-powered Genesis OTOH can simply be regulated into oblivion with the rest of that industry). Our electricity sector is too important to be left to private sector mismanagement.

02:03

What The Hell "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In for a penny, in for a pound.

Image result for winston peters

Having read commentary from all and sundry, many of whom predict a National led gummint to be formed, Adolf is sticking his neck out and joining them.

This is one of those predictions which is made knowing logic and principle will have little to do with the final decision.

Mr Peters is known to be a deep thinker who does his best thinking when he is deep into a whiskey bottle.  I was finally swayed to change my mind from a Labour led menagerie by a piece on Whaleoil which pointed out there is nobody in Labour capable of drinking Winston Peters under the table.


02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Solid result for Fonterra:

Fonterra farmers will receive a final milk payout of $6.52/kgMS for last season.

The 2016-17 payout, for season ending May 31, includes a milk price of $6.12/kgMS and a dividend of 40 cents per share.

The co-op announced the final payout as part of its 2017 annual results.

Revenue increased by 12% to $19.2 billion, with rising prices offsetting a 3% decline in volumes at 22.9 billion liquid milk equivalent (LME). Normalised EBIT of $1.2 billion was down 15% as a result of reduced margins across the business which also influenced net profit after tax, down 11% at $745 million. . .

Cattle disease tests now reach 20,000 :

The Ministry for Primary Industries has now completed more than 20,000 tests for the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis.

The disease, which causes illness in cattle including mastitis, abortion, pneumonia, and arthritis, was first detected in New Zealand in a South Canterbury farm on July 21.The bacterium is an unwanted organism under the Biosecurity Act 1993. . . 

Lamb numbers tipped to be higher this season

Lamb numbers are expected to be between 5-10 per cent higher this season than last, Silver Fern Farms says.

This equates to about 20 million lambs, the meat processor said, and could be good news for farmers because demand from China and the United States is strong.

Cattle numbers are tipped to be similar or slightly up, with some of the retentions out of the dairy herd last year expected to boost bull and even heifer numbers.

We expect lamb numbers to be up this coming season. All the feedback we are receiving is that the North Island in particular has seen good lambing, chief executive Dean Hamilton said in a market forecast. . .

Fonterra names new CFO Jonathan Underhill:

Fonterra Co-operative Group named Marc Rivers as chief financial officer, a position he currently holds at Roche Pharmaceuticals in Switzerland, and said h...

02:00

78 year old communist dinosaur announces retirement as @nzherald columnist "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Great news. 78 year old communist dinosaur announces retirement as @nzherald columnist pic.twitter.com/Rvk2AZvfFq Matthew Hooton (@MatthewHootonNZ) September 24, 2017 Bryan Gould appears to have announced his retirement: The election shows that there is an appetite and a momentum for change that is likely to grow rather than subside. More of the same is not []

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01:33

Resilience to Extreme Weather and Climate Change: Can This Be a Bipartisan Effort? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The news the past several months has been full of disasters associated with extreme weather and wildfires.  Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.  Flooding in Houston, power outages in Puerto Rico.  Wildfires in the Pacific Northwest.

The media and some politicians often suggest that global warming is a major explanation for many of these contemporary disasters.  As noted in previous blogs, I believe that scientific evidence and reports by authoritative groups (e.g., the IPCC) suggest a much more nuanced conclusion about global warming's role in recent weather-related disasters.


Specifically, global warming has played only a minor role in enhancing some of the recent extreme weather events, and that the current problems are mainly the result of poor infrastructure, inadequate planning, and the lack of resilience.  This is particularly true for the Pacific Northwest, downwind of the slowly changing eastern Pacific Ocean.

Our society is not resilient to past and current weather extremes, ones driven overwhelmingly by natural variability and not by human-caused global warming.  So instead of the partisan fighting about the impacts of global warming, which has resulted in little progress, why not work together as a State and a nation to make ourselves more resilient to the current climate and extreme weather?

 Furthermore, putting the blame on global warming has allowed politicians, major institutions, and others to shuffle off their responsibilities in allowing inadequate infrastructure and planning regarding to current extreme weather. Easy to point the finger at global warming and not their failings.

Lack of Resilience is Obvious

Outside of the Pacific Northwest.

Houston has had a number of floods during the past few years and it is clear that lack of planning for heavy rain and abysmal infrastructure has been the primary cause of the problems.
...

01:30

Labours big problem with negotiations "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ive been thinking a fair bit about coalition negotiations. Labour has a massive problem. Their caucus is filled with luvvies and soft cocks.    Labour is going to need some blokes who can handle drinking until 3am most nights. Im afraid that organic ginger beers and shandies arent going to cut it. Chippies pink cocktails []

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01:26

Hit gas companies, not struggling farmers: Lock the Gate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pilliga Push protectors outside the Santos office in Narrabri say they are sticking to their plan to stop CSG mining. Photo Tree Faerie.

Pilliga Push protectors outside the Santos office in Narrabri say they are sticking to their plan to stop CSG mining. Photo Tree Faerie.

 

Lock the Gate Alliance says the Turnbull governments attacks on state gas regulations are cowardly attempts to distract from its own inaction at the expense of farmers standing up for their land and water.

Despite all its talk about limiting gas exports, the Turnbull government still hasnt acted to stop the big gas companies from sending most of their gas offshore and overcharging Australian customers, said Naomi Hogan of the Lock the Gate Alliance.

State gas regulations are in place because farmers across the country have been forced to stand up and protect their livelihoods and the food they produce for us all, she added.

Instead of attacking farmers, the Turnbull government should be cracking down on the big gas companies, which are ripping off domestic customers by funnelling our gas overseas.

Australian east coast gas prices have tripled in recent years since the three major gas export terminals came online in Gladstone with unrestricted gas exports.

Todays information shows the gas companies are exporting five times more gas offshore from Queensland LNG terminals than we use domestically in the east coast gas market.

The damaging coal seam gas experiment in Queensland has not only driven up gas and power prices, but it has done serious and lasting damage to water resources and rural communities.

The Federal Government and gas companies could take simple, urgent action to bring down prices tomorrow, and yet they are using Australian food growers and local communities as a scapegoat for their failed gas export experiment, Ms Hogan said.

Distracting thought bubble: NCC

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW (NCC) has also weighed into the debate, saying the state government must not bow to pressure from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to carve up and pollute the Pilliga, the largest remaining woodland in inland NSW, for a new coal seam gas field.

Trashing the Pillga forest to make a mass...

01:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Incredible Life of the Inventor of the Modern Brassiere She was also a pioneering publisher and, later, a princess Every morning, millions of women around the world wake up and put a bra on. Its an everyday task, something that few probably put much thought into.  Perhaps we should instead celebrate the greatest perk []

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00:51

SimplyInfo.org Fukushima Update; September 25, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A number of individual events have taken place recently. We review them here. Communities rebuilding after the 3-11 earthquake have

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00:44

What the supplementary budget should deal with "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, said today that the International Monetary Fund Article IV Summary Report was a timely wake-up call for the Government and that he hoped the Supplementary Budget to be brought down in Parliament this sitting would deal with the issues raised.

He said the Supplementary Budget should be the start of a long journey to repair the Budget and public finances and lay the foundation for sustainable growth, especially in the non-mining sector.
The IMF pointed out that the 2017 fiscal deficit would need to be reduced significantly, but that further reductions would need to occur in future years.

It also said that the Government needed to stop borrowing and printing money, reduce liquidity in the system which means reduce expenditure and that it needed to urgently address the foreign exchange shortages and allow the kina some measure of flexibility to determine its own value in terms of other currencies.

Sir Mekere said people should not be misled by the IMFs language, which can appear supportive and flowery but in fact is making a very damning assessment. For example, the IMF said, there is substantial room to reduce inefficiency and leakage. What they actually mean is that there is gross corruption, abuse, wastage and inefficiency in public expenditure.

Apart from fixing the foreign exchange problem, the other major action the Government needs to take to help stimulate the domestic economy is to pay its debts to the private sector for goods and services already supplied. Former Prime Minister Morauta said that unless payment of the arrears thought to be at least K4 billion if unpaid superannuation is included - is addressed in a structured way in the Supplementary Budget and 2018 Budget, the recession in the non-mining sector would deepen.

The Government is forcing small and medium Papua New Guinean businesses into bankruptcy, simply because it is not paying its bills, he said. This means job losses. This means lower spending by individuals and businesses. This means lower levels of GST, PAYE and company tax.
Sir Mekere said that although he applauded the Treasurers stated intentions to repair the economy, he was concerned about the quality of advice he was receiving, and the fact that he did not have the support of the Prime Minister.

The problem...

00:39

Pacifics largest womens conference to take place in Suva, Fiji "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The 13th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and 6th Meeting of the Pacific Ministers for Women will be held from the 02 October -06 October at the Novotel Lami Bay in Suva, Fiji.

The conference will bring together senior government officials and civil society representatives from across 22 Pacific Island countries and territories to discuss progress made on commitments to increasing gender equality, identify measures to accelerate progress and implementation efforts in the region.

Successive Triennial Conferences have provided an important space for the participation of civil society organisations. This years conference will see greater engagement by civil society, particularly young women and women with disability.

The conference will also encourage greater partnership between governments and development partners to support the participation of civil society representatives on official delegations, so that there is a stronger, more amplified Pacific voice at global discussions on gender.

The overarching theme of this years Triennial and Conference is Pacific Womens economic empowerment. Republic of the Marshall Islands President Dr Hilda Heine, the first woman head of state of an independent Pacific Island nation, will deliver the key note address.

The 13th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and the 6th Meeting of Ministers for Women is primarily coordinated by conference secretariat the Pacific Community (SPC), in collaboration with the multi-partner steering committee, and principally supported by the Australian Government.

Media Contact: Veena Singh, Research Officer, Gender Equality| veenas@spc.int
Rajan Sami, Communications Specialist | communiquefiji@gmail.com


SOURCE: SPC/PACNEWS

00:31

PNG PM tries to fool the world with false lament on declining oceans "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter ONeill Photo: Joosep Martinson

Mr ONeill conveniently forgot to tell the United Nations his govt is the first to allow experimental seabed mining and one of the very few to allow ocean dumping of toxic mine waste (DSTP), instead he chose to pretend he cares about our declining oceans

PNG leader laments declining health of oceans

Radio New Zealand | 25 September 2017

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister has conveyed deep concern over the declining health of the worlds oceans.

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Peter ONeill said global fish stocks were being decimated and ecosystems destroyed by human activity.

He said while Pacific countries were feeling the greatest impacts, the problem was of global relevance that required greater global action.

We share growing concerns over the declining health of our oceans...

00:30

Remember this from January? I do "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Hawkes Bay home-wrecker, Anna Lorck, lost to Laurence Yule on the weekend. It is her second loss to National candidates and back in January my mate Simon Lusk said the home-wrecker would never win Tukituki. Back then, Anna Lorck had a hissy fit and wrongly accused Simon of working for Lawrence Yule. Labours Tukituki []

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00:00

Yes, this happened in New Zealand: gay couple cant marry in church cause earthquakes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This lovely couple is trying to find a church to marry them. A same-sex couple have been refused a church wedding in a village where they say the gay population probably outnumbers the congregation. Alexandra Saunders, a lifelong Anglican, and Sara Rimmer, who grew up in a religious family, planned to get married in December []

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23:34

Revising NZ History 8: Tamihana Te Rauparaha "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From warrior to squire By John Robinson Many important figures who played a part in the story of the meeting of two cultures had come to maturity within traditional Maori society. These include Te Rauparaha (1768-1849), Te Wherowhero (1770-1860), Tamati Waka Nene (1785-1871), Wiremu Kingi (1795-1882) and Rewi Maniapoto (1807-1894).  Some led the transition while []

23:30

John Armstrong nails it "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

John Armstrong writes: And so the National Party juggernaut just keeps rolling on and on and on. Who or what can stop Bill English and company rolling into a fourth term in power? On election-night results, a Labour-New Zealand First-Greens combo is technically still alive. But only in the way Elvis Presley is still alive. []

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23:28

Everything You Need to Know About US-North Korea Tensions From the Past Week "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed)   In Americas latest show of force on the Korean Peninsula, U.S. jets flew further north of the demilitarized zone than they have at any time in this century. The flight followed a week of name-calling from both the U.S. and North Korea during which nothing of any substance suggestions on how to scale back tensions, for example was uttered.

The current anxiety surrounding the situation between the United States and North Korea is rooted in uncertainty. No one really seems to know how advanced Kims missiles are or if he would actually use them, just as no one seems to have a firm grasp on how much of Trumps talk about annihilating the Hermit kingdom entirely can be taken at face value.

In fact, this uncertainty is having a direct effect on global financial markets. A new survey shows over 80 percent of Wall Street CFOs now feel the soaring stock market is readying for a downturn, with many citing U.S.-North Korea tensions as one of the most worrisome factors.

And while the worlds attention is understandably focused on the possibility of military conflict on the Korean Peninsula, its important to note that this fact hasnt stopped the major players of the Asia-Pacific from making moves.

China, the only country on Earth that can rival the United States as a dominant superpower, has set the regional tone. In both statement and action, China has demonstrated that its grand plan to link the continents of Asia, Europe, and Africa through digital and physical infrastructure is very much alive.

As recently as Saturday, the countrys Ministry of Land and Resources was urging countries with a stake in Chinese mining to eschew protectionist policies the type often attributed to P...

23:08

PNG PM O'Neill thanks Queensland Rugby League "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hunters Players with the Q-Cup on arrival in Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has thanked the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) for allowing his country to participate in the Intrust Super Cup competition. He  extended this gratitude to the QRL while welcoming Hunters team who won the 2017 ISC title over the weekend. 

When the NRL rejected our proposal to be part of the competition, the Queensland Rugby League accepted our request, and for that we are grateful Mr. O'Neill said. 

A lot of people said PNG cannot make it into the NRL or not even capable to play rugby at an International level and see what happened!
Our boys have committed themselves one hundred percent to this game and this win proves that PNG can do anything said the Prime Minister.


This is the beginning of much better things to come. This is a good confidence build up for us. We are proud of them, doing things that are not possible many years ago.

We will continue to support the team until we enter NRL, until we win the World Cup one day, we will continue to do our part, Mr ONeill said.



23:00

That good old left-wing double standard rears its ugly head again "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

First of all, I want to make it really clear that what New Zealand comedian Jeremy Elwood tweeted is a free speech issue. If people dont like his tweet then they can be offended all they like. They can also stop following his twitter feed or choose to not go to his shows if they []

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23:00

Is this really what NZ wanted? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Preliminary election results give no certainty as to which party will lead the next government.

Prime Minister Bill English led National to 46% support, an astounding result for a party seeking a fourth term in office.

But that 46% is only 50 seats which is not enough for a majority government.

Labours 35.8% was far more than its supporters could have hoped for before its leadership change but even further away from a majority. It would need both New Zealand First and the Green Party.

This means that Winston Peters, and it is the leader not his party who counts, has almost all the say on what happens next.

NZ First got only 7.5% of the vote. Polls before the election showed that its supporters were fairly evening divided on whether Peters should choose National or Labour should it be in the position to do so.

A criticism of First Past the Post was that voters in marginal seats had too much power.

But MMP has given more power to fewer people by allowing a minor party to choose the government and half of  its supporters will be disappointed regardless of whichever it is.

Is this really what New Zealand wanted?


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22:30

Bill fluffs his lines and Winston pounces "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bill English should just keep a bit quiet in coming days, otherwise he risks what happened yesterday: Bill English says Winston Peters has always performed a maverick role in politics a description Peters has labelled unwise. The National Party leader made the comment to Radio New Zealands Guyon Espiner this morning as he discussed []

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22:28

Bird of the Week: Tui "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A tui misnomer By Cushla McGaughey Early settlers called tui the Parson Bird, because of the distinctive white feathers around the neck and at the throat. But the male tui in particular has a very assertive personality and the bill curved to probe for deep-set kowhai nectar also makes a most effective weapon. He postures []

22:00

Tongas King uses final check and balance dissolving parliament "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Last month Tongas parliament was unexpectedly dissolved more than a year ahead of the planned date of the next election. The unprecedented move to dissolve the Legislative Assembly of Tonga by King Tupou VI came as a surprise to most observers of Tongan politics and many of Tongas sitting MPs, including Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva.

In 2014, the then 73 year old Pohiva became Tongas first democratically elected prime minister after a long career as an MP and pro-democracy campaigner. While he promised his Government would bring greater transparency and a focus on the principles of good governance, Pohiva came under fire from Opposition MPs for doing the opposite. News reports have revealed that King Tupou VI made the decision to dissolve the parliament based on the recommendation of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Lord Tuivakano, a Noble and former prime minister.

Tuivakano advised the King that the Pohiva Government was in disarray and that a number of key actions taken in recent months demonstrated a disregard for the rule of law and Tongas Constitution. One example given was a recent proposal by the Government to remove the right of the King to appoint the Police Commissioner and Attorney General, a long-standing arrangement that many Tongans see as important to maintaining a separation of powers. Another was the Governments retention of a foreign exchange levy implemented to finance the preparation for the 2019 Pacific Games, which Tonga agreed to host, despite the Government terminating its hosting contract in May of this year.

Pohiva has openly accepted the Kings constitutional right to dissolve the parliament although he did not accept it was necessary and denied the claims made by the Speaker. Pohivas supporters have been vocal in both the news and social media saying that the King made the wrong call and was influenced by the Speaker who they argue, being a member of the nobility, was demonstrating that the elites of Tongan society had still not fully accepted a Government led by a commoner.

Noble and Opposition MP, Lord Fusitua, one of the Pohiva Governments strongest opponents, says the King is not easily influenced and that he made the right decision to allow...

22:00

Dirty Politics Podcast Episode 11 Post-election debrief "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Welcome to episode 12 of our Dirty Politics Podcasts. In this episode, Simon Lusk and I debrief the election results and look at who won, who lost, who screwed up and who is to blame.   I have again outsourced the editing to the guys at Sound Box to give a more professional finish. It has also []

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22:00

The Hunters famous win - an inspiration to fight for PNG "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

SAM KOIM The crowd

BRISBANE - The PNG Hunters made all of us proud at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

The opponents, the Sunshine Coast Falcons, scooped up two easy tries at the start of the game which got many PNG fans wondering whether we'd ever make it.

Our boys came back as ferocious raging bulls, nullifying our opponents every claim of territory, and proceeded to take complete control of the game.

Our emotions all hung out when our boys claimed the last winning try to seal victory.

The playWatching the PNG crowd that turned out at Suncorp Stadium to see our boys play was the start of my emotional time.

We were all patriotic and cheered our boys from the start.

Many of us flew in to watch them play. I saw many of our leaders attend the game.

We also had lots of friends of PNG turn out in our colours and style. The Hunters didn't let us and our country down. Thank you!

A win like this is one of the reasons that keep our hopes high for a better future despite the doom and gloom hovering over us today.

Ase BoasIf the collective patriotic feeling we all demonstrated is individualised in our respective conduct to our country, I believe we can steer Papua New Guinea in a positive direction and anchor our hope.

...

21:45

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

By Buck Rogers

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

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

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

Regarding the above photo, she notes:

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

21:30

Trotter on coalition negotiations "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  The NZ Herald reports: Labour leader Jacinda knows shes lost and has about a 25 per cent chance of forming a government, according to a left-wing backer. Historian and left leaning political commentator Chris Trotter told the AM Show this morning he believed there was only a small chance of Labour forming a government and said []

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21:30

An ode to the PNG Hunters "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

DeterminationMALUM NALU

They came from north of the border
To the colosseum at Suncorp
Modern-day gladiators
Hunters from Papua New Guinea

They carried the hopes and dreams of a nation
Upon their shoulders
So much gloom, doom and despair
A little ray of sunshine was needed

All was lost, it seemed
When in from the cold came Willie Minoga
Like a runaway freight train from Enga
Grounding the ball at the last minute

And for a moment in time
All of Papua New Guinea erupted
A crescendo from the islands to the mountains
As the sons and daughters of this beautiful land arose as one, singing a new song of hope

(Courtesy of Michael Dom)

21:00

Smart Nats and tone deaf Labour assemble negotiations teams "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Patrick Gower writes: The political parties are beefing up their backroom teams to woo Winston Peters. Ive been talking to multiple and senior sources inside all the camps and have the lowdown. Winston Peters will have his best mate and long-time confidante, Auckland lawyer Brian Henry working his corner throughout this process. Henry has been []

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21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.  T.S. Eliot whos as born on this day in 1888.


Filed under: quotes Tagged: T.S. Eliot

21:00

APEC 2018 building PNGs image in the Asia-Pacific region "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

APEC 2018 conference venue (Post-Courier)
Model of APEC conference venue off Ela Beach

PHIL FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - Weve seen a lot of comment about the profligate expenditure by Peter ONeill on the 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum schedules for Port Moresby next year.

Central to this has been the construction of a special venue off Ela Beach and the hiring of several ocean liners to accommodate the participants.

This has detracted from what might be a very important meeting, especially for Pacific Island nations like Papua New Guinea.

In particular it will determine how PNG develops its increasing reliance on the Peoples Republic of China.

APEC started as an Australian initiative in 1989. It was born out of concern by then treasurer Paul Keating that the Asia-Pacific region would fall under the dominance of regional trade blocs in other parts of the world, especially Europe.

Keating had in mind the need for the development of interdependence among Asia-Pacific economies so new markets could be established for the regions agricultural products and raw materials.

The first APEC economic leaders meeting occurred in 1993 after discussions between Keating, by now Australian prime minister, and Bill Clinton, the American president. This meeting now precedes the larger APEC leaders summit.

The purported aim of APEC is to promote prosperity through cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. One of the things it particularly advocates is reform efforts for enabling business to flourish.

In 1994 APEC adopted goals that aim for free and open trade and investment in the region by 2010 for industrialised economies and 2020 for the rest.

APEC has subsequently been an advocate for the concept of what it calls the Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP).

FTAAP has largely been an aspirational idea but it gained new impetus this year when President Donald Trump trashed another proposal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which Australia had sweated much blood over a...

20:48

Greens fiddling on the fringes while Earth burns "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Green Party remains adamant they wont consider a governing arrangement with National. This effectively leaves them on the coalition sidelines waiting for whatever crumbs NZ First may allow them and Labour might throw them. James Shaw keeps saying that the Greens will be at a heart of a progressive  government. But the way things []

20:30

Nats start cleaning house ahead of negotiations, Eagleson gone, former Bennett staffer also gone "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The National party has started cleaning house ahead of negotiations with NZ First. The first two to go are Wayne Eagleson and Clark Hennessey. National leader Bill Englishs chief of staff Wayne Eagleson has resigned. Eagleson has been a pivotal figure for the past nine years in the National government, and Stuff has been told he will []

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20:18

Would a lower threshold have made much difference? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The large parties have kept ensuring it remains very difficult for small parties to succeed or survive by keeping a ridiculously high threshold of 5%. A slightly more reasonable 4% was recommended, and many people have said it should be much lower. No new parties that didnt have MPs who had jumped ship have succeeded []

20:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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20:00

Vice-Chancellor tells: How to transform a university of technology "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Albert Schram
Dr Albert Schram is Vice-Chancellor of the PNG University of Technology in Lae

ALBERT SCHRAM

This article originally appeared in the Bulletin of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, No 191, August 2017

LAE - The Papua New Guinea University of Technology (PNGUoT or UNITECH) was modelled on similar institutes or universities of technology set up all over the commonwealth during the 20th century.

Many of these universities have not developed further, have completely run-down infrastructure, and produce substandard graduates.

Many of these universities are now decrepit, their curriculum sclerotic, and their operations have atrophied. How to transform them into functional institutions producing employable graduates is a major challenge.

The PNGUoT is a case in point. In 1965 in colonial times, the PNGUoT was founded as an Institute by an Act of the House of Assembly, and in 1969 the 220 hectare campus in Lae was opened by the Paul Hasluck, the Governor General of Australia.

It was set up on a grand scale for about 3,000 students, which coincidentally is its current student population.

Papua New Guinea became independent in 1975, but in the subsequent 36 years the state did not invest any funding in maintaining, expanding, refurbishing or building new academic buildings or infrastructure.

When I arrived on the campus of the PNGUoT for the first time in June 2011, I could see there was something fundamentally amiss: all campus roads were riddled with potholes, there was barely any usable internet, the staff restaurant had been closed for years, there was no ATM, the library had no recent books, there were no projectors in the classrooms, there were no IT systems to support University operations, PCs were old and operating without UPS or virus protection, etc.

Moreover, students were often standing outside under the trees in groups, because classes were cancelled whenever there was a power cut, and there were many power cuts every day. Unsurprisingly, later clear evidence of fraud and mis...

19:53

How will special vote affect the result? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The short answer is that no one knows, and theres no way of knowing until the final results are published on 7 October (Saturday next week). But that hasnt stopped people from guessing, or assuming based on past effects of special votes on election night totals. It is widely presumed that National will lose a []

19:36

Bill To Winston: "Let's Do This!" "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An Emphatic Plurality: Bill English is on course to lead National into a fourth term with a greater share of the popular vote than Kiwi Keith Holyoake. Bearing in mind that, 50 years ago, New Zealand elected its governments according to the rules of First-Past-The-Post, that is nothing short of astonishing.

HERES A TRULY SOBERING FACT to take away from Saturdays general election. Nine years after taking office, the National Party is more popular in 2017 than it was in 2008. John Key became New Zealands prime minister after securing 44.93 percent of the Party Vote for the National Party. Our caretaker prime minister, Bill English, will enter into negotiations with NZ Firsts Winston Peters having secured 46 percent of the Party Vote for National on election night. For the first time since 1969, a New Zealand government looks set for a fourth term.

And get this: Bill English is on course for that fourth term with a greater share of the popular vote than Kiwi Keith Holyoake. Bearing in mind that, 50 years ago, New Zealand elected its governments according to the rules of First-Past-The-Post, that is nothing short of astonishing.

The Labour Party, by contrast, is celebrating a remarkable comeback with 35.8 percent of the Party Vote. But is it all that remarkable? When the First Labour Government lost power in 1949, it was with 47.2 percent of the popular vote. The Second fell in 1960, with 43.4 percent. When the hapless Bill Rowling was turfed out of office by Rob Muldoon in 1975, Labours share of the popular vote had fallen from 48.4 to 39.6 percent. In 1990, Labour racked-up just 35.14 percent as Nationals Jim Bolger rolled over Battling Mike Moore to victory. And, when Helen Clark surrendered to John Key in 2008, Labours share of the Party Vote was just shy of 34 percent.

In other words, Labour is claiming a remarkable comeback on the strength of a popular vote share whic...

19:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dr Bryce Edwards has presented himself as an independent and objective observer of politics in New Zealand.  Its something that would be expected of him as a politics lecturer. Which is why his latest article for the NZ Herald appeared to have a bit of a confident headline:   At some point, the hubris must []

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19:25

Hillsong. What is wrong with Hillsong? Part 18. Hillsong founder the pedophile Frank Houston on the run to Sydney Australian in 1977 from New Zealand police "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ex Hillsong worship leader Peter Laughton Facebook page supporting gay marriage Peter had a secret homosexual affair with Frank Houston in Sydney Australia from 1980 to 1984. Peter was aged 23 and Frank 58 a 35 year age difference

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19:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is mussitation (noun) The act or an instance of murmuring or muttering. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Mussitation, a very rare noun, derives from Late Latin mussitti (stem mussittin-) suppression of the voice, silence. The sense of moving the lips in silence but as if speaking is a []

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19:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 26 14 As a door swings back and forth on its hinges, so the lazy person turns over in bed.

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18:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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.

18:15

Media watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

18:10

Open Forum Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

17:41

How to End the Korea Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

North Korea

The descent of US/North Korea crisis to the level of schoolyard taunts should be remembered as one of the most bizarre, dangerous, and disgraceful chapters in US foreign policy history.

President Trump, who holds the lives of millions of Koreans and Americans in his hands, has taken to calling the North Korean dictator rocket man on a suicide mission. Why? To goad him into launching some sort of action to provoke an American response? Maybe the US president is not even going to wait for that. We remember from the Tonkin Gulf false flag that the provocation doesnt even need to be real. We are in extremely dangerous territory and Congress for the most part either remains asleep or is cheering on the sabre-rattling.

Now we have North Korean threats to detonate hydrogen bombs over the Pacific Ocean and US threats to totally destroy the country.

We are told that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is a madman. Thats just what they said about Saddam, Gaddafi, Assad, and everyone else the neocons target for US military action. We dont need to be fans of North Korea to be skeptical of the war propaganda delivered by the mainstream media to the benefit of the neocons and the military industrial complex.

Where are the cooler heads in Washington to tone down this war footing?

Making matters worse, there is very little understanding of the history of the conflict. The US spends more on its military than the next ten or so countries combined, with thousands of nuclear weapons that can destroy the world many times over. Nearly 70 years ago a US-led attack on Korea led to mass destruction and the death of nearly 30 percent of the North Korean population. That war has not yet ended.

Why hasnt a peace treaty been signed? Newly-elected South Korean president Moon Jae-in has proposed direct negotiations with North Korea leading to a peace treaty. The US does not favor such a bilateral process. In fact, the US laughed off a perfectly sensible offer made by the Russians and Chinese, with the agreement of the North Koreans, for a double freeze the North Koreans would suspend missile launches if the US and South Korea suspend military exercises aimed at the overthrow of the North Korean government.

So where are there cooler heads? Encouragingly, they are to be found in South Korea, which would surely suffer massively should a war break out. While US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was bragging that the new UN sanctions against North Korea would r...

16:55

North Korea May Soon Be Testing An H-Bomb in The Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The tension between the US and North Korea is quite obvious, but things may soon be taking a turn for the worst. So, how bad could this get?  Well, Im sure you know the answer to that.

According to a story published by South Koreas Yonhap News Agency an intense test blast could be to come. Ring Yong Ho, the former minister of the isolated nation, told these journalists that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could be planning the most powerful detonation of an H-bomb in the Pacific. He stated that they currently had no idea what actions could be taken as it is something that would be ordered by Kim Jong Un himself.

This terrifying news comes just days after quite the exchange between President Trump and Jong Un himself. As you may know in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump called Jong Un a suicidal rocket man and literally threatened to totally destroy North Korea if the US was forced to defend itself or any allies. Jong Un allegedly responded with a written statement calling Trump and mentally deranged US dotard and mentioned that frightened dogs tend to bark louder.

In recent years, North Korea has set off several powerful nuclear test blasts but they were all carried out deep inside a mountain. An explosion on the ground, underwater, or in the air has not happened in quite some time. As you may have noticed, Ri did not specify where or how high this hypothetical H-bomb test may occur. That leaves us with a lot of questions.

One of the big risks to people, if this were to happen, is whether or not North Korea were to launch a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile (or a shorter range rocket) or not. Such a missile test would show North Korea has miniaturized its weapons and if this is a hydrogen bomb, it would show that North Korea could pull off a devastating thermonuclear strike on US soil. That being said, missiles are prone to failure in many ways.

This bomb could, in theory, be dropped from a plane but is more likely to come by a missile. Because missiles can have issues, the bomb could possibly detonate where it is not intended to. CNN reported that regardless of the geopolitical fallout the environmental effects of something like this could be devastating. The blast itself would likely destroy or contaminate marine life leaving a series of knock-on effects.

If you recall the testing carried out by the US in the...

16:15

"Dear neighbours, Writing to you like this is taking me well out of my comfort zone but the government has made it necessary because of the postal survey. I am writing to seek your approval for my partner and I to marry." "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


The Daily Examiner, Letter to the Editor, 15 September 2017:

Same-sex plea

Here is the text of a letter I will be sending to all my immediate neighbours: 

Dear neighbours, Writing to you like this is taking me well out of my comfort zone but the government has made it necessary because of the postal survey. I am writing to seek your approval for my partner and I to marry.

Some of you may know us or know of us. We have lived in Yamba for two years now and settled well into the community. You may know Dean from when he worked at the cafe in town, or at the bottle shop. You may have seen me working with Landcare or at the museum, and Ive been pretty active opposing the installation of traffic lights at Treelands Drive. Maybe youve seen us together doing the shopping at Coles, enjoying the beach or sharing a drink with friends at the Pacific of a Friday afternoon.

In ot......

16:15

Experts Warn: California Is Next In Line For Monster Earthquake "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In just 24 hours time, several locations in the seismic region known as the Ring of Fire were rocked by a series of powerful earthquakes. A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand on Wednesday, followed by an earthquake off the coast of Japan that also registered at a 6.1 magnitude. Next came a 6.4 magnitude []

15:41

The War Democrats: Woodrow Wilson "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Between the years 1913 and 1921 the 28th president of the United States, Woodrow Wilson, outdid his predecessors in military interventionism. Wilsons moral crusade to bring democracy to the world and uphold the Monroe Doctrine began in Mexico. Wilsons moral diplomacy then set its gunsights on Nicaragua. The goal of the United States was to undermine European financial interests in the region and protect American companies exploiting Nicaraguas natural resources. Wilson then conspired with the financial class of the day to get the United States involved in a European war. J. P. Morgan gave approximately $2.3 billion to the Allied nations, financial support that allowed them to purchase armaments. Wilson was re-elected in 1916 on the slogan that he had kept, and would keep, the US out of the war. Wilsons war to end war became one the deadliest conflicts in human history. The total number of military and civilian casualties was over 38 million. The war profiteers reaped vast fortunes. After signing the Federal Reserve Act into law in 1913, Wilson expressed regret over working with the international bankers responsible for the war. Wilson said America was no longer ruled by the majority but by a cartel of international bankers and corporations.

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15:14

Sometimes it is half the mouth being taken out Darlington consultant says children as young as 4 having rotten teeth removed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A HOSPITAL consultant says it is a disgrace that the NHS is footing the bill to remove rotten teeth from children aged as young as four.

Dr John Furness, a consultant paediatrician based at Darlington Memorial Hospital, said weekly extraction clinics were taking place at locations including Bishop Auckland and North Tees, Stockton, where youngsters were having half their mouth taken out.

He said councils are refusing to pay for a proven public health measure adding fluoride to water because of the cost involved.

Decisions on water fluoridation are the responsibility of local authorities, who receive block funding from Public Health England for public health measures and have to prioritise what they spend the money on.

The Northern Echo has learnt that a number of councils in the region have the situation under review, but Dr Furness urged them to act now.

According to County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust in 2016/17 almost 70 children aged under 16 had a primary procedure of dental extraction at hospitals, although Dr Furness said as many as ten a week were having teeth out.

Across the North-East there 618 admissions involving under 18s for extraction of multiple teeth in 2016/17 and 604 in North Yorkshire.

So-called dental caries tooth decay remains the number one reason for hospital admissions among children in the North.

An estimated 160 procedures to extract teeth are performed each day under general anaesthetic in hospitals across England, costing the NHS more than 35m a year.

Dr Furness said: We know that fluoride reduces dental caries and that decay is worse in areas of deprivation.

A public health care measure that has been proven to work is not occurring because of financial priorities that put childrens health second.

It is a disgrace that the NHS is paying a bill to extract multiple teeth from children. There are children every week having teeth taken out some as young as four and it is not just one tooth, sometimes it is half the mouth being taken out.

According to Northumbrian Water about 40 per cent of its water supplies in the North-East are fluoridated as a result of historic arrangements, including in parts of Northumberland, Tyneside and North-West Durham.

Fluoride is naturally present in the water at optimum levels in Hartlepool, which is the highest or joint highest performer in the region for five out of seven oral health indicators.

But that still leaves the vast majority of County Durham and Teesside lacking fluoridation.

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14:25

Tropical Storm "Pilar" near the west coast of Mexico "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A newly formed tropical cyclone - Tropical Storm "Pilar" - is producing heavy rain along portions of the western coast of Mexico for the past 2 days. The storm was named 03:00 UTC on September 23, thus becoming the 16th named storm of the 2017 Pacific...... Read more

14:23

Tougher Times Ahead For New Zealands Next Government "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Financial markets during the campaign showed a preference for continuity, but tougher times may be ahead.

14:01

September 26 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

46 BC  Julius Caesar dedicated a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix in accordance with a vow he made at the battle of Pharsalus.

715  Ragenfrid defeated Theudoald at the Battle of Compigne.

1212  Golden Bull of Sicily was certified as an hereditary royal title in Bohemia for the Pemyslid dynasty.

1580  Sir Francis Drake completed his circumnavigation of the world.

1687  The Parthenon in Athens was partially destroyed by an explosion caused by the bombing from Venetian forces led by Morosini.

168  The city council of Amsterdam voted to support William of Oranges invasion of England.

1783  The first battle of Shays Rebellion began.

1810  A new Act of Succession was adopted by the Riksdag of the Estates and Jean Baptiste Bernadotte becomes heir to the Swedish throne.

1820  Colonel Robert Gibbon Johnson proved tomatoes werent poisonous by eating several on the steps of the courthouse in Salem, New Jersey.

1865 The Natives Rights Act declared Maori British citizens.

Native Rights Act declares Mori British subjects

1872  The first Shriners Temple (called Mecca) was established in New York City.

1888  US poet & playwright T.S. (Thomas Stearns) Eliot was born (d. 1965).

1898 Composer George Gershwin was born (d. 1937).

1907 Prime Minister Sir Joseph Ward proclaimed New Zealand a dominion. Parliament Buildings were lit up in celebration.

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13:49

A Nuremberg style Tribunal is allegedly on the cards for ISIS and Friends "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By Gordon Duff and New Eastern Outlook, Moscow

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A dozen nations who had armed ISIS, protected them, and provided air support, others funneled jihadists from the far reaches of the Pacific to battle fields in Iraq and Syria could be called to account for all this.

Let us hold those who backed ISIS to account. This includes the journalists and their reports of phony gas attacks and imaginary atrocities by the Damascus government, and all those involved in keeping ISIS and al Qaeda supplied with drones, satellite phones, signals intelligence and top quality and highly restricted military electronics.

All can easily be tracked, from the EU, from Ukraine and Georgia, but most from Turkey, followed by Saudi Arabia, then Jordan and, of course, Israel.

Half a trillion dollars in oil, antiquities, entire factories, not to mention endless thousands of human slaves enriched those behind ISIS. Most involved arent Muslims. Many are Americans, the same corporations that profited from the War on Terror, backed ISIS as well.

Every NATO nation was involved as was Israel, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States. This was a war of corporations and banks, a commercial venture building on the real lessons learned after 9/11.

War is too important for governments, politicians can be bought and sold like any other commodity and everyone has a price. Behind it all, the media and their darlings, Assange and WikiLeaks, the Murdoch organization, the BBC, all enthrall to international thuggery on a scale previously unsee...

13:05

World watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

12:53

New Zealand: Family of Four Living in Bus Conversion "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wow, thats a much nicer bus (we call them Choochoo buses because of the chimneys) than the ones we see around Kaitaia. Via: Exploring Alternatives:

12:45

Plans for Redrawing the Middle East: The Project for a New Middle East "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Towards the balkanization (division) and finlandization (pacification) of the Middle East

12:11

Q-Cup Champions Hunters arrive home to a rousing welcome "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Thousands of people welcomed the Champions to the country after their win yesterday
Thousands in Port Moresby  turned up at the Jackson's International Airport this afternoon to welcome the 2017 Intrust Super Cup grand final winners, the SP PNG Hunters.

The Hunters team arrived to an arousing welcome by fans and members of parliament including the Prime Minister Peter ONeill.
PM ONeill congratulated the team and commended them for making the country proud despite criticisms.

The players displayed the Cup the cheering crowd 

A lot of people said PNG cannot make it into the NRL or not even capable to play rugby at an International level and see what happened!
Our boys have committed themselves one hundred percent to this game and this win proves that PNG can do anything said the Prime Minister.
While thanking all the supporters and sponsors towards the team, the Prime Minister also extended his gratitude to the Queensland Rugby League for giving the country an opportunity in rugby league.
When the NRL rejected our proposal to be part of the competition, the Queensland Rugby League accepted our request, and for that we are grateful
Meanwhile the Captain Ase Boas thanked the supporters for their continuous support throughout the 4 years they have been in the competition and he also gave thanks to the good Lord for bringing them this far.

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11:49

Oil Search Divestment delivers K100 million return for PNG "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Papua New Guinea  Prime Minister,  Peter ONeill  has questioned the integrity of the Member for Moresby North West, Sir Mekere Morauta, over comments he has made in relation to the decision by Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited to divest shares in Oil Search Limited, saying it is just typical Opposition politics.
The Prime Minister dismissed the claims that are based on Sir Mekeres imaginary figures, saying instead that on balance the State had made around the 100 million Kina from the sale in Oil Search project.

The States investment in Oil Search was the right decision at the time, it helped maintain confidence in the oil and gas sector, but was undermined by unforeseen global factors and baseless political opposition, the Prime Minister said.
This has been a business decision based on anticipated return on investment, and has delivered the most prudent outcome for the State considering the consequences of the earlier energy price lows.
Terminating the collar arrangement has resulted in a recovery of the remaining prepaid interest on the loan.
The balance from this deal will likely be a 100 million Kina gain for Papua New Guinea.
This is nothing like the shady deal by Sir Mekeres friends in the Somare Government, who lost the State hundreds of millions of Kina through the IPIC deal and subsequent losses suffered as result of currency swap on the loan from US dollar to Australian dollar.
The reality is that the Oil Search arrangement did not cost the State a toea from Treasury in repayments or interest.
Repayments were made through the collar and the sale of shares was scheduled over time to repay the loan.
The Prime Minister said in early 2014 that action had to be taken to protect the interests of the State, and investment in the largest resources company was the right move.
We were at risk of a situation where shareholding in one of the largest companies in the country would fall into the wrong hands.
We had seen similar outcomes ten years earlier when a previous Government had allowed this to happen.
The Governments intervention to buy shares in Oil Search had a positive influence in the direction Oil Search has taken and boosted investor confidence in Papua New Guinea.
PM ONeill condemned the blatant ongoing negative politicisation of investment in the countrys resources by people who should know better.
There are arm-chair critics who make no positive input to...

10:36

They Just Can't Resist "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The media, that is.

Here are the photos used by The Australian today to accompany its coverage of NZ politics.

Incumbent New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English, left, Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, and kingmaker Winston Peters

It appears to me the shot of Winston Peters was taken at least twenty years ago.  I say that because I have seen no reports that Mr peters is a Botox addict.

What a pity they didn't give the same treatment to the architect of NZ's current superlative economic performance.

Here's a recent picture of the supposed King Maker.

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10:26

SOGAVARE CHALLENGES UN TO ACT SWIFTLY ON HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN WEST PAPUA "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

SOGAVARE CHALLENGES UN TO ACT SWIFTLY ON HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN WEST PAPUA

NEW YORK (22/09/2017): Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has challenged the United Nations General Assembly to act swiftly to stop ongoing human rights atrocities committed against the Melanesian people of West Papua.

Addressing the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York today (Friday 22nd Sept), Mr. Sogavare said the UN s lack of attention to the plight of the Melanesian people of West Papua grossly contradicts Article 73 of the UN Charter, which, speaks powerfully on fundamental human rights and in its 1960 Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples.

Mr. Sogavare told World Leaders at the UN that Solomon Islands position on decolonization and human rights issues are premised on principles that it had consistently upheld and in this connection, Solomon Islands condemns the consistent human rights violations in West Papua.

Our Sustainable Development Goals that promote the notion of no-one left behind is synonymous to empty promises unless we, in the United Nations, take active steps to address the plight of the peoples of West Papua.

Indeed, we have left them behind some 50 years ago when we, as a Family of Nations, noted their plight without much to add. Since then, the peoples of West Papua were never allowed the proper act of self-determination guaranteed by the inalienable right to self- determination as expressed in UN human rights Covenants, Mr. Sogavare said.

The Solomon Islands leader said only international action by individual countries and from leading organizational bodies of the international system, especially the United Nations General Assembly can pave the way for the recognition of a people whose right to self-determination had been denied for nearly fifty years.

Failing this, we as a Family of Nations will become complicit in perpetuating the suffering and being blind to the injustice; missing yet another golden opportunity to remain true to the saying of leaving no-one behind, Sogavare said.

At the 71st UNGA session last year, a group of Pacific Island nations called on the UN to address the human rights violations in West Papua and the Prime Minister today stand on behalf of Solomon Islanders and those in the Pacific region to reiterate this same call on the world body to address the plight of West Papuan women, children and men.

Our people are watching, West Papuans inside West Papua are watching, praying and are hoping for a brighter future. They have come in numbers to express their hope for a better future. We as leaders have this responsibility of leaving NO-ONE BEHIND, Sogavare s...

10:07

Then she killed him. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By PNG Echo This is the first of a series of articles that seeks to give voice to the suffering of PNG women at the hands of PNG men. PNG women are NOT merely domestic violence statistics to be marvelled at and/or tut tutted over. Every one of these women or girls is a dignified human being who has had that dignity stripped away in often the most degrading, humiliating and horrific fashion. If the details of their stories hurt your sensibilities, I dont apologise. Imagine what it felt like to go through some of their ordeals like the ten-year-old recently gang-raped to death all alone with her attackers. No one came to help no one showed her any mercy. What about her sensibilities? And there are others too many Read on: There was something not quite right about her.  Her eyes darted from one side to Continue reading Then she killed him.

10:00

Monday nightCap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Im clearly in a silly mood.  Come join me.  Turn the sound up!  

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09:42

HAARP Is Back Online: Jim Lee, Must Listen! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

https://www.youtube.com/user/R3zn8D Yes HAARP Alaska is open house and confirmed back in action under the University Of Alaska. I find the reverse of the coin very telling: Weather, volcanoes and earthquakes!

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09:36

ONE MORE OBSERVATION FROM ELECTION NIGHT "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It took my very good friend Ken from the Sandgroper State (watching our election results live on TV) to remind me about the absolutely bizarre performance by James Shaw when they cut to him for his 'victory' address.   Yep, we know the Greens are all for legalising the weed but if there was any doubt about its mind altering properties his performance would have easily dispelled them.

The Greens polled a third of where they were two months ago; they came within less than a percentage point of being turfed out of Parliament; they were reduced from 14 MPs to just 7 ... yet here he was claiming a mighty victory for the 'progressive' forces ... not sure I ever put Winston in the progressive category.

His actions were reminiscent of that of Mike Moore late on election night in 1993 with his demand to Bolger that he 'hand over the keys' to government' ... and of course we all know what happened to Moore soon after ... rolled by Clark.    Perhaps, just perhaps, Julie-Anne Genter's time has come. 

09:29

UK - 'Sometimes it is half the mouth being taken out' - Darlington consultant says children as young as 4 having rotten teeth removed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


PRIORITIES: Consultant paediatrician Dr John Furness on the childrens' ward in Darlington Memorial Hospital. He says it is a disgrace that fluoride is not being added to water because of financial priorities. Picture: STUART BOULTON

PRIORITIES: Consultant paediatrician Dr John Furness on the childrens' ward in Darlington Memorial Hospital. He says it is a disgrace that fluoride is not being added to water because of financial priorities. Picture: STUART BOULTONA HOSPITAL consultant says it is a disgrace that the NHS is footing the bill to remove rotten teeth from children aged as young as four.

Dr John Furness, a consultant paediatrician based at Darlington Memorial Hospital, said weekly extraction clinics were taking place at locations including Bishop Auckland and North Tees, Stockton, where youngsters were having half their mouth taken out.
He said councils are refusing to pay for a proven public health measure adding fluoride to water because of the cost involved.
Decisions on water fluoridation are the responsibility of local authorities, who receive block funding from Public Health England for public health measures and have to prioritise what they spend the money on.
The Northern Echo has learnt that a number of councils in the region have the situation under review, but Dr Furness urged them to act now.

According to County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust in 2016/17 almost 70 children aged under 16 had a primary procedure of dental extraction at hospitals, although Dr Furness said as many as ten a week were having teeth out.
Across the North-East there 618 admissions involving under 18s for extraction of multiple teeth in 2016/17 and 604 in North Yorkshire.

So-called dental caries tooth decay remains the number one reason for hospital admissions among children in the North. An estimated 160 procedures to extract teeth are performed each day under general anaesthetic in hospitals across England, costing the NHS more than 35m a year.

Dr Furness said: We know that fluoride reduces dental caries and that decay is worse in areas of deprivation. A public health care measure that has been proven to work is not occurring because of financial priorities that put childrens health second.

It is a disgrace that the NHS is paying a bill to extract multiple teeth from children. "There are children every week having teeth taken out some as young as four and it is not just one tooth, sometimes it is...

09:10

Germanys Merkel faces tricky task to build government Far-right party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), is now part of the mix "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Associated Press

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BERLIN (AP) German Chancellor Angela Merkel is embarking on a complicated quest to form a new government and find answers to the rise of a nationalist, anti-migrant party.

Sundays election in Europes biggest economy left Merkels conservative Union bloc weakened after a campaign that focused squarely on Germanys leader of the past 12 years. However, no other party can lead a new government and Merkel herself lacks any obvious internal challenger.

Merkels partners since 2013 in a grand coalition of Germanys traditionally dominant parties, the center-left Social Democrats, vowed to go into opposition after a heavy defeat.

Caucus leader Thomas Oppermann doubled down on that pledge Monday, saying that we will not conduct coalition talks, because voters have decided that the Social Democrats place is in opposition.

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08:42

Negotiating teams being assembled "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Patrick Gower says he has goss on coalition teams being assembled after making a few phone calls today. He also claims the most important thing he has learnt is that a senior NZ First source told him it is 50-50 whether Peters chooses National or Labour-Greens. One would expect that would be a normal sort []

08:05

Eagleson quitting PMs office "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wayne Eagleson, who has been the Prime Ministers chief of staff for nine years (for John Key and Bill English), is quitting after coalition negotiations are complete. Stuff:  National Partys most senior adviser resigns National leader Bill Englishs chief of staff Wayne Eagleson has resigned. Eagleson has been a pivotal figure for the past nine []

07:47

SELL TV1 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Looking for any more evidence regarding the absolute bias of TV1 towards Labour ...   then look at the 6.00 pm news tonite.   A puff piece about St Jacinda being applauded at the Wellington airport and then an extended piece about the new Labour MPs arriving at Parliament with interviews from four of them. 

Of the new crop of National MPs including Matt King who defeated Winston Peters in Northland ... zip, zero, nothing.

Ok, you might argue TV1 ain't a 'performing' asset.   But sell it anyway.   Perhaps the Labour Party could buy it as their promised new 'public service' TV channel.   Whoops, I forgot, Winston First is opposed to asset sales.


07:30

Preferred governing arrangement "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Preferred governing arrangement:(please choose and share) Pete George (@PeteDGeorge) September 24, 2017  

07:10

Taking to the Streets in Taupo "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Protesting about poisoning the land By our Turangi correspondent, Leslie Clague A week or so ago I participated in a 1080 protest in Taupo. For this old civil rights and womens lib demonstrator of the 1960s it was fun to get the feel of protesting once more. Held on 11 September, there were about 20 []

07:06

Who are the AfD? Far-right populists to enter German Parliament for first time since WW2 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

THE AFD will now become the third largest party in the Bundestag and promise to cause trouble for Angela Merkels Conservatives. But who are the AfD?   By Alice Foster PUBLISHED: 18:23, Sun, Sep 24, 2017 | UPDATED: 18:23, Sun, Sep 24, 2017 The Alternative for Germany (AfD) secured a surpsising 13.5 per cent of the []

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07:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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06:58

Hunters Clip Falcons To Win Grand Final "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Troy Taule

The SP Hunters made history this afternoon-beating the Sunshine Coast Falcons 12-10 in the Intrust Super Grand final at Suncorp Stadium, Australia.

The win was sealed two minutes out from full time with a try from Willie Minoga off an Ase Boas grubber.

The Hunters found themselves behind on the scoreboard after only two minutes when some second man play from the Falcons on the halfway line created space out wide for Matthew Soper-Lawler to race away and score.

The Falcons were in again four minutes later after a short ball from Ryley Jacks send a charging Joe Stimson over the line.

Stimson then added the extras to extend the Falcons lead.

Ball security was the problem for the Hunters and several visits inside their opponents half proved fruitless.

But the Hunters muscled up in defence determined not to leak any more points.

This ensured the score was left at 10-0 at the break.

The second half for the Falcons got off to the worst possible start after a knock on from the kick off.

And the Hunters made them pay dearly when Watson Boas was awarded a try by the video referee.

More dropped balls close to the line from the Hunters denied them opportunities to push to the front.

This took the pressure right off the Falcons, and with the clock winding down, it was going to take something special to produce points.

With just minutes remaining, a penalty in their own half was all the Hunters needed.

40 metres out and with a full set of six, the Hunters were within striking range.

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06:56

ONeill urges nations to be proactive with issues "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

September 25, 2017  
Source: The National

PRIME Minister Peter ONeill has called on the big nations to be more proactive in dealing with global issues which impact on developing countries, such as climate change and refugees.

 
In his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday in New York, ONeill said many of the challenges which confronted smaller nations today are not of our making, but we bear the consequences of actions by other larger and developed countries.

 
We live in a rapidly globalising world, where many events and influences are beyond national borders. The challenges we face are unlikely to be overcome by any individual country, he said.

 
All nations, large or small, rich or poor, weak or strong, must strengthen our resolve and work together.

 
ONeill said global factors had undermined growth in developing countries, which should be considered by larger countries.

 
One of the biggest threats to humanity comes from within our global community of nations.  Climate change is real, and it is taking lives and destroying communities, he said.

 
PNG and other Pacific island nations remain highly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change.

 
This includes extreme tropical storms, severe droughts and seawater inundation in coastal communities.

 
The chances for development in smaller countries have been harmed by the mess created by the more powerful nations.


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06:30

Quote of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Marama Fox explains why Maori returned to Labour: Marama Fox struck a defiant tone in her speech as her impending loss to Labour candidate Meka Whaitiri became clear. Fox said on Saturday night that commiserations were in order for Ikaroa-Rawhiti as they were about to have a member of parliament who is going to sit in opposition but []

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06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Shangle  to fasten a tin or kettle to a dogs tail.

From here (which defines shangle but doesnt explain why one would want to).


Filed under: language Tagged: shangle

06:28

UN officials hail establishment of Technology Bank for worlds poorest nations "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

United Nations officials today hailed the establishment of the Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), which will go a long way in addressing one of the major challenges facing the worlds poorest nations.

The Bank, to be headquartered in Gebze, Turkey, also marks the achievement of the first target of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, namely SDG 17.8.

This achievement is not only highly symbolic but also of great strategic importance to the LDCs in the overall achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, said Fekitamoeloa Katoa Utoikamanu, the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.

There are currently 47 countries on the list of LDCs, comprising more than 880 million people (about 12 per cent of world population), but accounting for less than 2 per cent of global GDP and about 1 per cent of the global trade in goods.

We must ensure that the LDCs are not yet again left behind, Utoikamanu told a press conference at UN Headquarters, stressing that access to technology, science and innovation are critical for this group of countries.

The establishment of the Technology Bank was a priority under the Istanbul Programme of Action adopted in 2011, which represented the vision and strategy for the sustainable development of LDCs. Its importance was confirmed in the 2015 Addis Ababa Action Agenda, adopted at the Third International Conference on Financing for Development, and then again in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Bank is expected to broaden the application of science, technology and innovation in the worlds poorest countries. It will improve technology-related policies, facilitate technology transfer and enhance the integration of the LDCs into the global knowledge-based economy.

It will also serve as a knowledge hub, connecting needs, resources and actors; facilitate the access of LDCs to existing technology-related projects; and foster joint initiatives with relevant organisations and the private sector.

We strongly believe that this Bank will help fill the technology gap and it will also speed up the structural transformation in the LDCs, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlt avusoglu.

With the signing of the host country and contribution agreements, the Turkish Government has committed to provide the Bank with $2 mill...

06:24

Larger countries must be Proactive to deal with problems they caused, PNG PM O'Neill tells UNGA "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The larger countries of the world must take responsibility and be more proactive in dealing with global issues that impact on developing countries, particularly on issues such as climate change and refugees.

This was the message delivered by the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter ONeill when he addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday in New York.

Many of the challenges that confront us today are not of our making, but we bear the consequences of actions by other larger and developed countries, PM ONeill said to Leaders and delegates from UN Member States.

We live in a rapidly globalising world, where many events and influences are beyond national borders.

The challenges that we face are unlikely to be overcome by any individual country on their own.

All nations, large or small, rich or poor, weak or strong, must strengthen our resolve and work together.

The Prime Minister said global factors have undermined growth in developing countries, and this has to be considered by larger countries.

One of the biggest threats to humanity comes from within our global community of nations. Climate Change is real, and it is taking lives and destroying communities.

Papua New Guinea and other Pacific Island nations remain highly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change.

This includes extreme tropical storms, severe droughts and seawater inundation in coastal communities.

The chances for development in smaller countries have been harmed by the mess created by the now powerful Nations.

In Papua New Guinea, and around the world, our people are dying as a consequence, and living standards are being eroded and opportunity denied.

The world needs increased action now, to make further commitments to reduce emissions, and to help communities to respond effectively to climate change challenges.

PM ONeill said the destruction caused by climate change extreme weather only adds pressure to global refugee movements caused by conflict.

Another major challenge we face is the dislocation of people from their homes and communities.

We are facing a refugee crisis in the world today.

People are being pushed out of their homes because of war, natural disasters and the loss of li...

06:22

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

HAWAI`IS ANCIENT BREADBASKET ON VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IS FUTURE"


"Cultural Kipuka - A Visit With Eric Enos" 

Left untouched for hundreds of years, it was the breadbasket on O`ahus Wai`anae coast prior to western contact. Thats what Eric Enos discovered when he initially came across an overgrown largely abandon piece of land. Today its been restored to look exactly as it did centuries ago. Dont miss our exciting visit with Eric as we explore the area, discover how it fed so many in ancient times and why it has such a huge impact for us all today -...

06:18

Is Prince Harry Flashing A satanist Hand Sign? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pictured with Ivanka Trump in the MSM today (Invictus games publicity) , Prince Harry seems to be making the devils horns signal. Or is he just keeping his fingers warm?

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06:00

Explaining is losing: Why the polls are wrong (how I was right) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guest post It was amazing in a sense that the polls corrected in the last week and actually came very close to the actual result. Colmar Brunton in particular having an amazing swing from a week before. I stand by my original premise that the polls prior to the last week reflected what the media []

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05:51

Walkatjurra Walkabout: For country, against uranium. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

September 23, 2017 .Lauren   http://www.riverredgum.com/walkatjurra-walkabout-for-country-against-uranium/

This is my first post in my Real Life Ideas area and I wanted to share this as an idea because what I experienced on over the last month really made me think about different types of activism, what the word really means and how we can connect to the planet in a spiritual way while involving ourselves in activism and campaigning.

I also truly hope that the idea of a nuclear free world is one that will spread throughout
the world before more beautiful beings are harmed by its dangers.

As the global nuclear free movement grows, so too will the attention given to this land.
It is in for a turbulent next few years, but no matter what any corporations, or selfish politicians say,
there is no denying the dangers and outright absurdities of uranium.

Too many people have been and will be hurt by nuclear weapons and nuclear power failures
and many more in the future will be effected by radioactive waste that we are accumulating.

Heres an idea to say no to uranium, leave it in the ground.

Heres an idea to say no to colonialism and exploitative western powers.


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05:48

A diplomatic path to containing the North Korea nuclear threat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The nuclear threat can be contained by diplomacy, These issues are manageable if they are given the right degree of priority,   Ft.com 25 Sep 17     North Korea is the issue of the day. The objective of a denuclearised Korean peninsula, pursued by the previous US administrations, is no longer an achievable goal.

The best that can be hoped for is the suspension of nuclear and missile testing in return for security assurances and practical aid. Sanctions are designed to draw Kim Jong Un into a negotiation with that aim, and to pressure China to take a more active part. But it is very hard to see President Kim pulling back now. And China is more concerned about a new US-led war in Korea or the north collapsing and sending millions of refugees into China, than it is about living with a nuclear armed Pyongyang.

The US only really has two strategic options: contain and deter the threat; or destroy it, which would require regime change. There are always military options. But all who have studied the secret Pentagon plans are sobered by the scale of loss of life in South Korea these would entail. There is also a risk of China reluctantly coming to the aid of the north as it did in the 1950s.

Realistically, it seems the only practical option is containment. That requires missile defence systems to create uncertainty that nuclear-tipped missiles would ever get through to their target, and to deter any use of such weapons by being cl...

05:44

Latest threats Trump versus Kim "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kim Jong-un wont be around much longer http://www.skynews.com.au/news/politics/international/2017/09/24/trump-insult-makes-attackinevitablekorea.html  Donald Trump has made fresh threats against the North Korean regime after it branded him a mentally deranged megalomaniac.

The US President warned Pyongyangs foreign minister that if he if he echoes thoughts of the countrys leader Kim Jong Un they both wont be around much longer.

He was responding after Ri Yong Ho told the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday that targeting the US mainland with its rockets was inevitable after Mr Evil President made an irreversible mistake by calling Mr Kim rocket man.

Describing Mr Trump as a mentally deranged person full of megalomania, Mr Ri went on to tell the annual gathering of world leaders that the country was now only a few steps away from the final gate of completion of the states nuclear force.

Hitting back on Twitter, Mr Trump wrote: Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at UN If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they wont be around much longer!

Shortly before Mr Ri was scheduled to speak at the assembly, the Pentagon announced a fleet of US bombers and fighter jets had flown off North Koreas coast, in what it called a clear message to Py...

05:43

Barnaby Joyce now becoming aware of the radiation risks of nuclear power "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Steve Dale   Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia shared a link more https://www.facebook.com/groups/1021186047913052/
North Koreas latest threat to test a Hydrogen bomb in the pacific is probably making reasonable nuclear reactor supporters have a re-think. Take Barnaby Joyces words when he was surprised with the news because what theyre doing is theyre testing a mechanism to incinerate human beings, to kill men, women and children, to give people disease from radiation, to partially burn human bodies. Why would you say well thats a good thing? Why would you say that must be a good person? No. His words to give people disease from radiation gives me hope that he is beginning to understand the risks of nuclear in general.
 

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05:43

Six international academics refute the attack on renewable energy by Ben Heard and others "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Response to Burden of proof: A comprehensive review of the feasibility of 100% renewable-electricity systems AUTHORS W. Browna,(a) , T. Bischof-Niemz (b)  , K. Blok(c) , C. Breyerc(d) , H. Lund (e) , B.V. Mathiesen (f  )  (Their  university positions are listed at the end of this post) September 2017

Abstract A recent article Burden of proof: A comprehensive review of the feasibility of 100% renewable-electricity systems [by Ben Heard, Barry Brook, Tom Wigley and Corey Bradshaw] claims that many studies of 100% renewable electricity systems do not demonstrate sufficient technical feasibility, according to the authors criteria.

Here we analyse the authors methodology and find it problematic. The feasibility criteria chosen by the authors are important, but are also easily addressed at low cost, while not affecting the main conclusions of the reviewed studies and certainly not affecting their technical feasibility.

A more thorough review reveals that all of the issues have already been addressed in the engineering and modelling literature. Nuclear power, as advocated by some of the authors, faces other, genuine feasibility problems, such as the finiteness of uranium resources and a reliance on unproven technologies in the medium- to long-term. Energy systems based on renewables, on the other hand, are not only feasible, but already economically viable and getting cheaper every day.

Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 Feasibility versus viability

2 3 Feasibility Criteria

2 3.1 Their Feasibility Criterion 1: Dem...

05:40

Australia needs a massive switch to renewables, if it is to meet its Paris climate commitments "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

the bind faced by the formerly green-tinged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

the Australia Institute, which has taken over the intellectual property of the Climate Institute, says even Dr Finkels model would be insufficient on its own to meet the international obligations signed under Mr Abbott.

This analysis of the economic modelling demonstrates meeting these targets for the electricity sector with a policy like the clean energy target is likely to require 66-75 per cent of electricity to be supplied by renewables, said Australia Institute executive director Ben Oquist.This was because a CET provides less of an incentive for gas generation than an EIS (emissions intensity scheme) or a carbon price.

Climate crunch: Australia to fail on Paris commitments without massive renewable switch http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/climate-crunch-australia-to-fail-on-paris-commitments-without-massive-renewable-switch-20170924-gynkj8.html  Mark Kenny, 25 Sept 17   Australia will fall short of its Paris carbon reduction targets signed under Tony Abbott unless it lifts its renewable energy production to levels higher even than Labors plan for 50 per cent green energy reliance by 2030.

The first assessment by the Australia Institutes new Climate and Energy Program, to be released on Monday, has found that unless a higher burden is placed on the more expensive...

05:31

Australias opposition leader visits South Korea, in lockstep with Turnbull on nuclear issue "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bill Shorten visits South Korea to address nuclear tensions
Australian opposition leader calls on China and Russia to put pressure on the North Korean regime over missile tests,
Guardian, Amy Remeikis, 24 Sept 17,  Australias opposition leader, Bill Shorten, will meet with South Koreas prime minister as part of a bid to reassure the region that Australias position on North Korea will not change, even if there is a change in government.

Shorten and his foreign affairs spokeswoman, Penny Wong, have left for a four-day trip to South Korea and Japan, with meetings scheduled with Lee Nak-yeon, the former UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon, the commander of the US Forces in Korea, Gen Vincent Brooks, and Japans foreign minister, Taro Kono.

The trip comes just days after the Australian foreign minister, Julie Bishop, used her address to the United Nations general assembly to condemn North Koreas ongoing nuclear and missile provocations, and to call on the rogue nations allies China and Russia to continue applying pressure.

On his way to the political hotspot, Shorten said North Korea was one area where Labor and the Coalition were in lockstep.

South Korea and Japan are critical to the economic and national security of our region, he said.

 And it is therefore important at a critical time, that both sides of Australian politics have the best possible understanding so we can make the best possible decisions.https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/24/bill-shorten-visits-south-korea-to-address-nuclear-tensions

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05:31

Salvation through politics? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


SOME PEOPLE PUT THEIR faith in lotteries to change their lives and transform their dull daily existence. An equal number seek salvation through politics, and for similar reasons.

At least the Lotto buyers mostly keep their delusions to themselves.

The seekers of political salvation however are everywhere, and the last few weeks theyve been insufferable, desperate to change their lives, and ours.

They've been on the streets for weeks, focussed laser-like upon redemption last Saturday night. And on Saturday night, after the votes were counted, they were out on social media in their multitudes, bitching and boasting and gnashing their teeth about what those votes had delivered.

But mostly bitching.

For those hoping this election would deliver the political transformation Jacindamania" were after, and had been reliably told would be delivered, their lot on Saturday night, (as it was for most of the buyers of Lotto tickets), was a very sorrowful one indeed. The results came to them like a kick in the teeth. Where was the missing million who were supposed to front up, hungry for change"? Where was the youthquake the media had promised? What had happened to all the Jacindamania over which theyd salivated? Turns out, it seems, that a majority of New Zealand voters simply didnt buy the narrative about change, and didnt believe the fairytale of political salvation she was peddling.

Sorrowful? These salvation-seekers were apoplectic. It was "a victory for lies, media thuggery and lazy prejudice ranted one. In rejecting the illusory salvation she had offered, NZers had voted for greed, many were saying. Or, to mash together some of the outrage, greedy selfish, uncaring rich c***s who think of no one but themselves had voted to shaft us all. Voters who "didnt give a stuff" about the planet. Or the rivers. Or the homeless. Or the beneficiaries who had to commit fraud to stay alive. Or the 300,000 children they alleged to be in poverty. So they were angry. One offered voters he disagreed with (most of you) the delights of intercourse with barbed wire dildoes. Others just a straightforward punch in the face (it being okay to punch fascists -- as you must be if you voted, or non-voted, in ways not endorsed by this min...

05:30

Almond milk,sausages and fish bites but what he really needs is a gag "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Is it just me or are you sick of Clarke Gayfords inability to stay out of the limelight? He needs to understand that unlike his last celebrity girlfriend he doesnt get to share the fame on an equal footing. Yes, he will get his photo in womens magazines but this time around he needs to []

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05:27

Did Australian govt reject Chinas climate change action initiative? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Government denies claims it knocked back Chinese climate change offer and reveals joint action plan Fergus Hunter SMH, 23 Sept 17

The Turnbull government rejected a landmark Chinese invitation to issue a formal joint statement on climate change earlier this year, Greenpeace has claimed, saying Australia vetoed an unprecedented step in the Asian powers emerging international role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

But the Australian government has denied the claim and revealed the two countries energy departments were working on a joint action plan on climate change as part of their commitments under the Paris agreement.

According to Greenpeace East Asia senior climate policy adviser Li Shuo, the government quietly knocked back an offer perhaps the first time the Chinese government had proactively sought such an arrangement during Premier Li Keqiangs state visit to Australia in March.

Mr Li said the offer was very, very significant because it suggested China had become diplomatically proactive after previously being on the receiving end of invitations from the European Union and United States to outline mutual commitments on climate change.

He observed it would have been a concrete political signal for the international community amid the uncertainty triggered by the election of President Donald Trump, who has wound back American leadership on climate change and begun the process of withdrawing the US...

05:26

Britains dodgy Small Modular Nuclear Reactor scheme: will it really happen ? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Is The UK Really Planning To Approve Mini Nuclear Reactor Rollout? https://cleantechnica.com/2017/09/22/uk-really-planning-approve-mini-nuclear-reactor-rollout/ by James Ayre It was reported last week in The Telegraph that ministers in the UK were ready to approve the rapid development and testing of a fleet of mini nuclear reactors to be used as baseload capacity and meant to make up for older soon-to-be-decommissioned nuclear facilities.

Is there any truth to this assertion? What about the assertion that such mini nuclear facilities will provide electricity thats one-third cheaper than that provide by the nuclear facilities currently in use in the UK?

That sounds a bit too good to be true (which means that it probably is), but that is the sales pitch thats being used.

I havent been able to find out too much about whats going on, as many news outlets havent been covering the matter apparently, but it seems that Rolls-Royce, NuScale, Hitachi, and Westinghouse have held meetings in past weeks with civil servants about Britains nuclear strategy and development of small modular reactors (SMRs) in recent days if The Telegraph is to be believed.

Heres more from that coverage: Whitehall sources confirmed that officials from t...

05:22

25 September REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RenewEconomy
  • Whats next for Minerals Councils coal and climate policy?
    The abrupt and unexpected departure of the Minerals Council of Australias CEO, Brendan Pearson, may well be a crucial tipping point in Australias debate over domestic energy policy.
  • Consumers see solar and battery storage as key to cutting bills
    ...

05:15

ADMINISTRATIVE NOTICE for Whaleoil commenters "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I just removed a number of comments that amounted to I agree. Now that we are at the other end of the election, Ive asked the moderators to tighten up on implementing the commenting rules. If your comment fails the does this add anything new or interesting for most other readers test, it is likely to []

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05:00

Had it with Pike River? You aint seen nothing yet "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Manned re-entry of the Pike River drift is now inevitable with the election result showing government is not possible without parties who have committed to manned re-entry of Pike River. Sonya Rockhouse, who lost her son Ben in the disaster, says the result is great news. Thanks to New Zealand First and all of the []

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04:55

Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility likely to fund coal rail line, but not coal mine itself "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

No coal projects being considered, says NAIF  http://www.afr.com/news/politics/no-coal-projects-being-considered-says-naif-20170922-gymmr4

The Turnbull governments $5 billion Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility has never received a proposal to help fund a coal-fired power station since it was created two years ago.

While senior minister, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, continue to link the NAIF to funding a next-generation coal plant, it is understood the NAIF board has not assessed any proposal for a high-efficiency low emissions or a carbon capture and storage coal project.

When contacted by AFR Weekend, NAIF chief executive Laurie Walker would not comment on specific proposals, but confirmed the board was on track to announce the first round of funding from the project later this month.

The project would then be put to Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who has taken over the portfolio after resources minister Matt Canavan stood aside following doubts over his citizenship.

 Ms Walker said the NAIF board was now looking at 10 projects in due diligence, up from five projects a few months ago, based on 161 inquiries, and was on track to make a decision by the end of the month.

Some of the projects under consideration by the NAIF include a rail link to Adanis $16.5 billion Carmichael mine in Central Queensland and Genex Powers $823 million Kidston pumped hydro and solar project in North Queensland.

Other as yet undisclosed projects which have made it to the NAIF short-list include renewables, resources, transport and tourism, Ms Walker said.

 Despit...

04:50

PM ONeill at United Nations Larger Countries Must be Proactive to Deal with Problems they Caused "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Approved for Release: 23 September 2017

Office of the Prime Minister
Papua New Guinea

The larger countries of the world must take responsibility and be more proactive in dealing with global issues that impact on developing countries, particularly on issues such as climate change and refugees.

This was the message delivered by the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, when he addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday in New York.

Many of the challenges that confront us today are not of our making, but we bear the consequences of actions by other larger and developed countries, PM ONeill said to Leaders and delegates from UN Member States.

We live in a rapidly globalising world, where many events and influences are beyond national borders.

The challenges that we face are unlikely to be overcome by any individual country on their own.

All nations, large or small, rich or poor, weak or strong, must strengthen our resolve and work together.

The Prime Minister said global factors have undermined growth in developing countries, and this has to be considered by larger countries.

One of the biggest threats to humanity comes from within our global community of nations.  Climate Change is real, and it is taking lives and destroying communities.

Papua New Guinea and other Pacific Island nations remain highly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change.

This includes extreme tropical storms, severe droughts and seawater inundation in coastal communities.

The chances for development in smaller countries have been harmed by the mess created by the now powerful Nations.

In Papua New Guinea, and around the world, our people are dying as a consequence, and living standards are being eroded and opportunity denied.

The world needs increased action now, to make further commitments to reduce emissions, and to help communities to respond effectively to climate change challenges.

PM ONeill said the destruction caused by climate change extreme weather only adds pressure to global refugee movements caused by conflict.

Another major challenge we face is the dislocation of people from their homes and communities.

We are facing a refugee crisis in the world today.

People are being pushed out of their homes because of war, natural disasters and the loss of livelihood.

This is the plight of millions of people from developing countries, who face dismal futures if th...

04:32

Cartoons and images about negotiating the new government "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hubbard - 25 September 2017 Tremain - ODT 25 September 2017 Hodgson - Dominion Post 25 September 2017 Body - NZ Herald 25 September 2017 NZ Herald 25 September 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 25 September 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 25 September 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 25 September 2017 Waiting on Winston - The Press 25 September 2017

04:31

Japan Positive on Proposals from PNG Foreign Minister "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE 
Office of the Minister 
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has responded positively to proposals from PNGs Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister, Hon. Rimbink Pato, to address illegal fishing in the Pacific Ocean and to assist with improved air transport in the region.
Speaking at a working dinner for Pacific Island Forum leaders in association with the 72nd UN General Assembly in New York, Mr Abe acknowledged the issues raised by Mr Poto and said increased cooperation on coastal guard vessel surveillance would address the need to monitor and control maritime waters to combat illegal fishing.
The Japanese leader also directly addressed the airline connectivity issue by stating that improvements would be further discussed by aviation officials from Japan and Papua New Guinea.
At the dinner, Mr Pato also made representations to Mr Abe on other key issues for PNG and the Pacific after first commending Japan for being a genuine and trustworthy development partner for the Pacific Island countries.
Mr Pato praised the assistance provided by the Overseas Fishery Cooperation Foundation, a Japanese non-profit organisation, in such areas as fisheries training, refurbishment of fisheries stations, procurement of equipment and technical advice.
Mr Pato and the Pacific Island Forum leaders condemned North Koreas recent firing of missiles over Japan as a violation of UN Security Council Resolutions and as reckless behavior seriously threatening peace and security in the region.
Conveying Prime Minister Peter ONeills invitation to Mr Abe to attend the APEC Leaders Summit in Port Moresby in 2018, Mr Poto took the opportunity to express appreciation to Japan for assisting PNG in logistical support, capacity building and institutional strengthening.
Among Japans contributions to APEC are the donation of 23 micro-buses, 23 mini-buses and 22 ambulances, and the provision of musical instruments and training for the PNGDF military band for ceremonial performances at the leaders summit.

Filed under: Agreement, Government, Growth, Information, International, National ...

04:30

A deeper analysis of why Auckland is Nationals fortress and Labours weakness "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you win Auckland, you win the country. Despite all the talk of unaffordable housing, unchecked immigration and gridlocked roads, there is no mood for change in our biggest city. Or if there is, none of the other parties are doing anything to capture it. Nationals party vote held firm or increased in all but a handful of []

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04:23

How a Free Grocery Store is Cutting Food Waste and Hunger "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



Source: Yes Magazine | by Rina Diane Caballar

Each weeknight, The Free Store redistributes up to 1,500 surplus food items to anyone who wants themno questions asked.

On a windy late afternoon, dozens of people have lined up in front of a 20-foot-long repurposed shipping container situated on a church parking lot. Inside, volunteers are unloading food items from custom-built shopping carts and stacking them onto rows of shelves. There are hearty rice meals and healthy salads, thick sandwiches, pies, and other savory and sweet items. This is just another busy day for The Free Store.

"We saw the potential in an untapped food supply."

The Free Store is a nonprofit organization that redistributes surplus food from local businesses in New Zealand's capital city, Wellington, to those in need. It was inspired by a two-week art project in 2010 where artist Kim Paton filled a shop with surplus food items from bakeries and supermarkets. Anyone visiting the shop could take what they wanted free of charge.

"I heard that some of the food in the shop was from cafs," says Benjamin Johnson, 28, co-founder and director of The Free Store. "It was food left over at the end of the day that was still in a good state. Imagine if there's more food from cafs and restaurants in the city that is good to eat but is just being thrown away. We could do something about that."

Food waste is a costly issue. Each year, Kiwis throw away 872 million New Zealand dollars ($625 million) worth of foodthat's over 120,000 tons of food per year. However, this is only a fraction of the......

04:16

MEMO TO THE 'NICE' MR PETERS "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Matt King is still waiting for you to contact him to concede and offer your congratulations after he kicked your arse in Northland.

OK, you're hurting after having lost the three constituency seats you have represented (Hunua, Tauranga and now Northland) but convention and manners cost nowt.   Even St Jacinda had the whit to phone Bill English on Saturday night and congratulate him on his result.

Manners maketh the man ... sez much about you and a pointer perhaps as to  why you lost.


04:12

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Winstons Choice "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The pros and cons of MMP By Roger Childs One of the best things about MMP is that the leading party has to make compromises when its in power. Since the system was instituted in New Zealand in 1996, no party has been able to rule alone, so all governments have been coalitions. This brings []

04:03

Oil Search Divestment Delivers K100 Million Return "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, has questioned the integrity of the Member for Moresby North West, Sir Mekere Morauta, over comments he has made in relation to the decision by Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited to divest shares in Oil Search Limited, saying it is just typical Opposition politics.

The Prime Minister dismissed the claims that are based on Sir Mekeres imaginary figures, saying instead that on balance the State had made around the 100 million Kina from the sale in Oil Search project.

The States investment in Oil Search was the right decision at the time, it helped maintain confidence in the oil and gas sector, but was undermined by unforeseen global factors and baseless political opposition, the Prime Minister said.

This has been a business decision based on anticipated return on investment, and has delivered the most prudent outcome for the State considering the consequences of the earlier energy price lows.

Terminating the collar arrangement has resulted in a recovery of the remaining prepaid interest on the loan.

The balance from this deal will likely be a 100 million Kina gain for Papua New Guinea.

This is nothing like the shady deal by Sir Mekeres friends in the Somare Government, who lost the State hundreds of millions of Kina through the IPIC deal and subsequent losses suffered as result of currency swap on the loan from US dollar to Australian dollar.

The reality is that the Oil Search arrangement did not cost the State a toea from Treasury in repayments or interest.

Repayments were made through the collar and the sale of shares was scheduled over time to repay the loan.

The Prime Minister said in early 2014 that action had to be taken to protect the interests of the State, and investment in the largest resources company was the right move.

We were at risk of a situation where shareholding in one of the largest companies in the country would fall into the wrong hands.

We had seen similar outcomes ten years earlier when a previous Government had allowed this to happen.

The Governments intervention to buy shares in Oil Search had a positive influence in the direction Oil Search has taken and boosted investor confidence in Papua New Guinea.

PM ONeill condemned the blatant ongoing negative politicisation of investment in the countrys resources by people who should know better.

There are arm-chair critics who make no positive input to business and investment.

The Oil Search investment is more complex than they can grasp, and misleading claims by the likes of Morauta onl...

04:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

LANDS OF WIND from Baptiste Lanne on Vimeo.

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03:30

Your Vote: Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The most quotable of politicians, Winston Churchill had many things to say about democracy, all of them positive (the disparaging the average voter quote, is apocryphal). Famously, Winston Churchill said that at the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy is the little man, walking into the little booth, with a little pencil, making []

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03:19

Kumul Holdings to account for sale of stake "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

September 25, 2017 

By HELEN TARAWA of The National 

 
DEPUTY Prime Minister and Treasurer Charles Abel says Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited  will report on the net outcome of the governments 10 per cent stake in Oil Search Limited that it has divested.

 
Abel told The National that KPHL was holding the debt and the shares.
The debt has been cleared and shares sold.

 
The collar loan protected KPHL from some of the share price drops, Abel said.
They will calculate and report on the net outcome of the transaction.

 
KPHL managing director Wapu Sonk said they were preparing for the PNG LNG project expansion, the Papua LNG, the power project and their own investments.

 
Responding to claims of the sale of shares as a rescue package for the government, Sonk said the government did not pay anything.

 
This is not a rescue package because this was never on the governments balance sheet, Sonk said. The government wasnt paying anything. It was Kumul.

 
Were preparing for the PNG LNG project expansion, Papua LNG, the power project, our own investments going forward. So its got nothing to do with the PNG Government.
KPHL on Friday announced that it had sold its shares in Oil Search Limited and had ceased to have any interest in the firm.

 
Sonk, who announced the decision in the presence of KPHL chairman Sir Moi Avei, said it would continue to be responsible for managing the States 16.77 per cent equity in the PNG LNG project.

 
As a close partner of Oil Search in PNG, we look forward to continued cooperation on our numerous projects.

 
Sonk explained that the UBS collar loan was not a normal loan.

 
The value of the parcel of shares on any day supports the loan itself which, in this case, was approximately 149 million shares.

 
A collar is a protective-options strategy that is implemented after a long position in a stock has experienced substantial gains.

 
Sir Moi said KPHL had made about K100 million (A$35 million) as a result of the transaction.

 
He said the current oil and LNG price environment and projected  long-term views indicated that oil prices would remain about the same for the next few years....

03:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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02:45

Pkeh Invisibility: Why does migrant mean brown? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

complains

By Ani White and Kassie Hartendorp.

Note: This article was written directly before the 2017 General Election, so comments about party policy refer to that period.

Internationally, many white immigrants to non-white countries are not termed immigrants, they are termed expats. Immigrant means brown, expat means white.

A similar dynamic plays out in Aotearoa. Pkeh immigrants1 do not describe themselves as immigrants. Many even object to the term Pkeh; we are simply New Zealanders.

Some may object that their family has been here for generations, but the same standard does not apply to brown immigrants. Asian people whose families have lived here for generations are assumed to be new migrants, not New Zealanders. At a candidates meeting I recently attended, a white woman asked an Asian candidate a question along the lines of if you dont like this country why did you come here? She had no awareness of his family history; for all she knew, he was a third-generation migrant (as it happens, he arrived as a child, so didnt have much c...

02:30

Winston? Oh, hes actually nice and easy to work with "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Green and Labour parties have become Winstons newest best friends: Kingmaker Winston Peters has an unlikely cheerleader, and her name is Annette King. The recently retired Labour MP, and former deputy leader, is one of the diminishing number of MPs to have worked with the NZ First leader in Government. There is a lot []

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02:25

Road connecting Hela, Southern Highlands opens "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

September 25, 2017

By PETER WARI of The National

 
The Hiri-Lai road connecting Hela and Southern Highlands is now open to the public.
This is one of the links opened by the Government to connect rural communities.

 
Simon Pipi, from Tupip village on the border of Southern Highlands and Hela, said the road had given hope to people like him living in the border areas.

 
He said many elderly people and pregnant women had died from curable diseases and childbirth complications as they could not access basic health services because there was no road to the nearest health facilities, especially the provincial hospitals.

 
Pipi said more than 50,000 people were now using the road and many from Hela were using it because of continuous road blocks, looting and harassment along the Nipa and Poroma section of the Highlands Highway.

 
In the past, the only noises heard in the bushes were of animals and people. But today, people are able to watch vehicles pass through their villages, he told The National. We are just happy and thankful to the national government and the Hela government which had funded this 36km road.

 
He said in the past, people wanting to go to Mendi or Tari woke up at 1am and walked miles using embers to light their way and reached the bus-stops by 7am.


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02:21

Aussies kill Monster Crocodile "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The largest crocodile seen in decades in Queensland was found dead over the weekend with a bullet in its head. We claim we want to save our wildlife, yet Governments and Citizens alike still show zero tolerance for animals that pose risk to humans, even when in the territory theyve occupied for millennia. The problem is exacerbated as we increasingly live, play and work in what have historically been wilderness areas.

Sad ending for a magnificent animal

Sad ending for a magnificent animal

Going back to the crocodile just shot, local Police and state environmental officers are investigating after the 5.2m male reptile was found floating in the Fitzroy River on Thursday. John Leaver said a 5m-long crocodile had not been caught in Queensland for 30 years. Leaver, who ran a crocodile removal service across the state for 20 years, said the largest one he ever caught was 4.95m in the late 1980s. The farmer said Rockhampton locals used to shoot crocodiles equal to that size in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. But nothing that big until the weekend.

Technically of course, crocodiles are now protected in Australia, however this hasnt stopped them being killed by locals who see them as a threat, or sport. This problem is exacerbated as Australian cities sprawl further into estuarine areas, as houses move further into the bush, and as tourism encroaches more into remote areas. Crocodiles should be celebrated, but we as humans believe we have divine rights over wildlife.

This all raises an interesting question that is not limited to Australia of course People increasingly want to live and play away from the cities, as long as there are no dangerous animals. The problem with this of course is the dangerous animals (such as crocodiles, alligators, snakes, spiders, tigers, lions, bears) are just part of a healthy ecosystem, and by removing them, we skew the ecosystem, as well as reduce its biodiversity.

Australia raised conservationists hackles with their absurd shark cull program in Western Australia, that needlessly killed hundreds of sharks. I have no problem conceding it is a horrific experience when someone is badly injured or killed by a shark, but the numbers are so low, compared with other risks locals face. Between 2000 and 2015, just 15 people were killed by shark attacks in WA. For the same period, over 900 people drowned in WA waters, over 1,000 people were murdered, and over 1,500 people died on their roads. Each one a tragedy of course, but just one death by shark per year in no way justifies the killing of critically endangered animals. Nor....

02:14

TPP-11 talks identify 50 items to suspend or renegotiate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

September 25, 2017: Last week the eleven remaining countries attempting to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership (the TPP-11) met in Tokyo.

They will meet again in Japan next month, and hope to reach general agreement by November.

Japans chief TPP negotiator Kazuyoshi Umemoto has told reporters that the TPP-11 made meaningful progress. Their aim is early ratification of the TPP, in the hopes that the US will return to the agreement as soon as possible.

Asia Nikkei reported that while Japan, Australia and New Zealand were still trying to minimise changes to the text, at least 50 items had been listed for renegotiation or suspension. These include rules initiated by the US on stronger monopolies on medicines, longer copyright periods, state-owned enterprises and government procurement. Other governments had only reluctantly agreed to these in return for access to the US market.

02:04

PNG, Aust sign deal for technical cooperation "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

September 22, 2017 
Source: The National

THE Prime Ministers Department and National Executive Council have signed an agreement with their Australian counterparts for technical cooperation and institutional partnership.

 
Chief Secretary  Isaac Lupari said the agreement would pave the way for better relationships between the two countries.

 
The agreement will provide capacity-building for both countries administrative personnel and enhance existing relationships, he said.

 
It should also pave the way for strengthening our public service reforms in collaboration with our Australian counterparts and provide coordinated monitoring of government policies and decision-making processes.

 
An integral part of this understanding will involve officers from the prime ministers department and cabinets of both countries undergoing joint training and capacity-building exchanges.

 
Lupari said the agreement recognised the importance that both governments placed on maintaining strong institutional links between the two countries.

 
He said this extended beyond the existing development links that they have.

 
It recognises the shared role of both departments in providing quality advice to their respective governments and in supporting the coordinated development and implementation of government policies, Lupari said.

 
He said the cooperation between the two governments would be based on mutual understanding, respect, responsibility, transparency and accountability.

 
Lupari said taking into consideration each governments capacity and resources, improved development outcomes for both parties would be mutual in the long run.
It also enables cooperation between other government agencies such as health and defence.


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02:01

It could be worse "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

While New Zealand's post-election negotiations look unpleasant, they could be worse. Germans voted today in federal elections, and dealt their parties a really shit hand:

Germany is braced for a period of fraught and protracted coalition talks after Sundays elections left an unprecedented number of parties jostling for influence in the next parliament.

With Angela Merkels Christian Democratic Union, the centre-left Social Democratic party (SPD), rightwing populist Alternative fr Deutschland, pro-business FDP, leftwing Die Linke and the Green party, six parties will crowd into the Bundestags plenary chamber, a first since the introduction of a 5% hurdle for parliamentary seats in 1953.

Having gained the largest percentage of the vote despite her party suffering its worst result since 1949, Merkels CDU will still need to find one or more coalition partners in order to find a governing majority, or pursue a minority government.


AfD are Nazis, and everyone has ruled out working with them. The CDU won't work with the Left, and vice-versa. The SDP has already refused to sign up for another suicidal grand coalition. So the only viable government seems to be the Christian Democrat / Free Democrat / Green "Jamaica" coalition. In NZ terms, that's National-ACT-Green, which gives you an idea of how likely it is. And yet, this is the hand the politicians have been dealt, and they need to find some way of making it work. And in Germany they can't just call another election in the hope of getting a better deal...

02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Demonstration dairy farm cuts nitrate leaching 30% and stays profitable Tony Benny:

Lincoln University Dairy Farm is close to achieving a 30 per cent reduction in nitrate leaching, while maintaining its profitability. The farms managers tell Tony Benny how it was done.

Like other farms in the Selwyn Waihora zone, one of 10 catchment zones under Environment Canterburys water management strategy, Lincoln Universitys dairy farm faces new environmental limits, including reducing nitrate leaching 30 per cent by 2022.

By adopting the findings of small-scale research on a nearby farmlet, the farm has all but achieved that well before the deadline and is at the same time nearly matching the financial performance of high-profit farms against which it is benchmarked. . .

Alliance buyout targets Asia Alan Williams:

Buying its southeast Asian marketing agent is part of a 10 to 15-year strategy to increase sales and the range of meat cuts into the region, Alliance chairman Murray Taggart says.

Goldkiwi Asia has represented the southern farmer-co-operative for more than 25 years, helping to build up customer bases in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and in Singapore where it is based.

The arrangement had worked very well but there was no substitute for ownership and control of the business, Taggart said. . .

Price direction depends on weather Hugh Stringleman:

Dairy prices remained steady in the latest Global Dairy Auction, adding to speculation that continued wet weather in New Zealand might give the market a lift.

Already it was possible that NZ seasonal supply might increase 1.5% rather than the 3% predicted earlier.

The direction of international market prices would depend very much on weather conditions over the next month in NZ, the worlds largest dairy products exporter. . .

Australia threatens to cash in on NZs mnuka honey marketing heroics  Gerard Hu...

02:00

So, which way will Winston go? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

du Fresne says Labour and Winston have a history. History is on Labours side. Only one National government has won a fourth term the one led by Keith Holyoake in 1969, which squeaked back into power by a very narrow majority. Labour leader Norman Kirk blamed his partys defeat on the prolonged Wainui shipping []

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01:30

Phil Twyford cant rule out dumping Mori seats "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Labour really are all at sea Labour campaign chairperson Phil Twyford told The Nation he cant rule out getting rid of Mori seats amid negotiations with NZ First. People know where we stand, but all of those issues are going to be on the table. However, when asked later if she would walk away in []

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01:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I Know Nothing Bill the Butcher William Poole, also known as Bill the Butcher, was a founder of the street gang the Bowery Boys and a leader of the Know Nothing political movement in mid-19th century New York City. He was one of the most prominent gangsters in 19th Century New York. A butcher by []

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01:00

New Zealand election result is anyones guess..National Party wins most votes but not enough to govern outright "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/09/22/nz-election-result-anyones-guess

Two months ago New Zealands centre-right ruling National Party looked set to secure itself a fourth term in office.

Despite the shock resignation of Prime Minister John Key last December the party had retained its popularity and was well ahead in the polls under the leadership of Bill English.

But in recent weeks New Zealand politics has experienced more twists and turns than anyone could have reasonably predicted.

It started with three leadership changes.

The opposition Labour Party switched out its leader Andrew Little for deputy Jacinda Ardern at the beginning of August, skyrocketing its popularity in the polls from its lowest results in decades to its best since the Helen Clark days.

The Green Party weathered a scandal that claimed co-leader Metiria Tureis job her admission she committed benefit fraud coincided with a drop from a record high poll result of 16 per cent to below 5 per cent, a figure that, under Mixed-Member Proportional (MMP) voting would see the party booted from parliament.

And then ce...

00:53

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Africa Has to Be Wary About Its Resources
OPINION & ANALYSIS
Taurai Changwa
Zimbabwe Sunday Mail

AS commodity prices are trekking northwards on the international market, many African countries, which have predominantly resource-rich economies, are beginning to celebrate.

Growth in many such resource-rich countries, including Zimbabwe, is expected to be underpinned by the mining sector.

But it must be noted that the net benefit accrues to global resource consumers who value add these minerals and resources into commodities that are later on absorbed as finished products by African countries.

So Africa becomes the biggest loser.

Greed has really stifled progress in Africa.

Moreso, there is a global financial architecture that is not friendly to African economies.

Many global mining houses that make a living out of mining precious resources on the continent have offshore accounts through which they use to bank their proceeds.

This, they argue, is ostensibly meant to facilitate offshore transactions.



For African countries, money that is banked in this way becomes dead capital since it does not sweat for local economies.

Though it is practically impossible to list the sheer amount of minerals that are found on the continent, it is very easy to count companies that are involved in value addition and beneficiation.

Clearly, with such seemingly scandalous endowments, Africa should be the richest continent in the universe.

However, as long as the current status quo remains, Africa will continue to be a source of raw materials that sustains industrialisation and wealth creation on other continents.

Time and again, President Robert Mugabe always talks about beneficiation, but little progress is being made.

It is worrying that Africa continues to import both basic commodities and sundry items.

There is no reason for all these products not to be manufactured in Africa.

Africans are not children of a lesser God, whatever the Americans, Europeans, Australians and Asian can do, they, too, can also accomplish.

...

00:50

The only way is Winston "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

So, the election happened. And rather than seeing the stunning Jacindamania victory we were hoping for, instead we're left with an uncomfortable situation for everyone. National has clearly lost its mandate: their vote dropped, despite sucking up the 4% bigot vote from the Conservatives, and their coalition partners were eliminated. But Labour hasn't won one either, even in combination with the Greens. While the special votes will probably shift a few seats around, that overall outcome won't change. The Greens have already said that they won't support National, and despite the verbage from pundits desperate to make word-count, they're not going to change their mind (hint: its in the name. They're Greens, so supporting dolphin-murdering, river-poisoning, National-Park-mining environmental vandals is off the table, even if you ignore the commitment to social justice). So its basicly a question of who Winston decides to support.

If he supports National in a Black-Blue government, its pretty much a re-run of 1996: tough on crime, shitting on immigrants and beneficiaries. No more privatisation, and no increase in the pension age, but it will also mean broadly the status quo with added nastiness. Especially to Maori. Winston wants to eliminate the Maori seats, and English has refused to rule it out. Which tells us that the big difference between English and John Key is that English is a racist, just like Don Brash.

If he supports Labour, then things get messier, because it will also need to involve the Greens. There's significant common ground there over housing, worker's rights and economic justice, but also significant differences around climate change and fresh water. While a Red-Black-Green "Kenya" or "Afghan" coalition with all three parties in Cabinet is possible, the differences (and Winston's hostility to the Greens) may mean that one party sits out and simply provides confidence and supply. And TBH, given how government with Winston usually goes, I think the Greens should take that option: demand one big concession for confidence and supply, but promise nothing else, and effectively sit on the cross-benches to keep Winston honest. They'd lose the ability to push the government in a greener direction, but TBH I think the extra power to veto stuff is more important - and more likely to appeal to their supporters. Being in Cabinet with Winston when he shits on immigrants and refugees is probably not a place the Greens want to be.

Regardless, I expect whatever government which emerges to be unstable. Winston will throw a tantrum and walk out, or he'll want to retire to a corrupt sinecure appointment in London or Washington. And if he goes left, there's the added danger of National encouraging waka-jumpers. On current numbers, the...

00:35

Gay marriage support drops: Newspoll "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Support for gay marriage has fallen, according to a Newspoll. file pic)

Support for gay marriage has fallen, according to a Newspoll. file pic)

Support for same-sex marriage has fallen ahead of a national survey on the issue, according to Newspoll.

The proportion of voters who support same-sex marriage now stands at 57 per cent, compared to 63 per cent in August and 62 per cent in September last year.

The no vote has lifted to 34 per cent, from 30 per cent in August and 32 per cent a year ago.

About nine per cent are uncommitted.Newspoll, published in The Australian on Monday, collated its results from a survey of 1695 voters polled across the nation over four days from Thursday.

Support for same-sex marriage was highest amongst Labor and Greens voters, at 70 per cent and 85 per cent respectively.

But conservative voters are trailing, with coalition backers polling 47 per cent, alongside 35 per cent for One Nation supporters.

Newspoll also found the federal coalition government is behind the Labor opposition in two-party preferred terms, at 46 per cent to 54 per cent.

Malcolm Turnbull has again lost ground to Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister and now sits on a 42 per cent approval rating against 31 per cent for the opposition leader, a four-point fall since the last poll.

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00:33

Korea is the US 'Open Door' to China "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

How many citizens have ever asked themselves what the United States is doing in Korea in the first place? In November of 1945, two months after the surrender of Japan, Army Chief of Staff General George Marshall spoke to President Truman and the chief figures of his cabinet about his fears of a "the tragic consequences of a divided China" as Chinese Nationalist forces and Communists resumed their struggle for power and Soviet forces seized control of large areas of Manchuria. The resumption of Soviet power in Manchuria, Marshall emphasized, would result "in the defeat or loss of the major purpose of our war with Japan" (emphasis added). What could the general have meant by such a statement? What WAS the "major purpose" of the Pacific war? Most Americans are taught that the foremost reason the United States went to war with Japan was the attack on Pearl Harbor. But the reality was that the U.S. and Japan had been on a collision course since the 1920s, and by 1940, in the midst of the global depression, were locked in a mortal struggle over who would ultimately benefit most from the markets and resources of Greater China and East Asia. Japan's Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere was steadily closing the "Open Door" to American penetration of and access to the profitable riches of Asia at the critical moment. As Japan militarily took control of East Asia, the U.S. moved the Pacific Fleet to Hawaii in striking distance of Japan, imposed economic sanctions, embargoed steel and oil, and in August 1941 issued an overt ultimatum to quit China and Vietnam "or else." Seeing the latter as the threat it was, Japan undertook what to Tokyo was the pre-emptive strike at Hawaii. The real reason the U.S. opposed the Japanese in Asia is never discussed and is a forbidden subject in the establishment media, as are the real motives of American foreign policy writ large.

Korea is the US 'Open Door' to China "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

How many citizens have ever asked themselves what the United States is doing in Korea in the first place? In November of 1945, two months after the surrender of Japan, Army Chief of Staff General George Marshall spoke to President Truman and the chief figures of his cabinet about his fears of a "the tragic consequences of a divided China" as Chinese Nationalist forces and Communists resumed their struggle for power and Soviet forces seized control of large areas of Manchuria. The resumption of Soviet power in Manchuria, Marshall emphasized, would result "in the defeat or loss of the major purpose of our war with Japan" (emphasis added). What could the general have meant by such a statement? What WAS the "major purpose" of the Pacific war? Most Americans are taught that the foremost reason the United States went to war with Japan was the attack on Pearl Harbor. But the reality was that the U.S. and Japan had been on a collision course since the 1920s, and by 1940, in the midst of the global depression, were locked in a mortal struggle over who would ultimately benefit most from the markets and resources of Greater China and East Asia. Japan's Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere was steadily closing the "Open Door" to American penetration of and access to the profitable riches of Asia at the critical moment. As Japan militarily took control of East Asia, the U.S. moved the Pacific Fleet to Hawaii in striking distance of Japan, imposed economic sanctions, embargoed steel and oil, and in August 1941 issued an overt ultimatum to quit China and Vietnam "or else." Seeing the latter as the threat it was, Japan undertook what to Tokyo was the pre-emptive strike at Hawaii. The real reason the U.S. opposed the Japanese in Asia is never discussed and is a forbidden subject in the establishment media, as are the real motives of American foreign policy writ large.

00:30

Auckland swung to National "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Despite all the talk of unaffordable housing, unchecked immigration and gridlocked roads, their is no mood for change in our biggest city. Or if there is, none of the other parties are doing anything to capture it. Nationals party vote held firm or increased in all but a handful of Aucklands electorates. The main exceptions []

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00:25

Calls await to discuss forming NZ govt "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is the kingmaker. (wikipedia)

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is the kingmaker. (wikipedia)

National Party leader Bill English expects a call from New Zealand First leader Winston Peters in the next few days.

My staff are in contact with Mr Peters staff to arrange for an individual phone call which we expect will happen in the next few days, and negotiations will begin from that point, he said on Sunday.

National won the most seats in the general election on Saturday but doesnt have a majority in parliament and needs NZ First.

Labour is exploring forming a government with the Greens and NZ First even though governments in the past have always been led by the party with the most votes.

All are awaiting how special votes change election results.

That will be known by October 12.

Mr Peters is the kingmaker.

He went fishing on Sunday and said it was important not to rush things.

Mr English said senior National ministers met on Sunday morning to discuss the election results and the partys approach to negotiations to form a government.

He said a two-party coalition would be more stable.

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00:23

An ode to the PNG Hunters "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This is a small piece which I wrote on my phone this morning. I hope you like it:

An ode to the PNG Hunters
By MALUM NALU



They came from north of the border
To the colosseum at Suncorp
Modern-day gladiators
Hunters from Papua New Guinea

They carried the hopes and dreams of a nation
Upon their shoulders
So much gloom, doom and despair
A little ray of sunshine was needed

All was lost, it seemed
When in from the cold came Willie Minoga
Like a runaway freight train from Enga
Grounding the ball at the last minute

And for a moment in time
All of Papua New Guinea erupted
A crescendo from the islands to the mountains
As the sons and daughters of this beautiful land arose as one, singing a new song of hope

Sunday, 24 September

23:55

Museums Combine for Weekend "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Open days in Museums will feature transport history By Dave Johnston, of the Paekakariki Station Museum The Discover Kapiti Heritage Group with representatives from the different museums on the Kapiti Coast, including Mahara Gallery are holding special open days for the first time this coming weekend (30th September and 1st October) The theme []

23:30

English to Seymour: DCM "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Its been a faithful National Government support partner for nine years, but Prime Minister Bill English has told ACT its services are no longer required. ACT leader David Seymour made it back into Parliament off the back of a long-running deal in which National has gifted the party, which failed to register one per cent []

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23:25

Sure. My lab looks just like it. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Behold! Gwyneth Paltrows new retail store, which she calls Goop Lab.

The store, called Goop Lab, opened this week in Brentwood Country Mart, a cluster of boutiques in a plush, celebrity-filled neighbourhood near the Pacific Ocean which likes to call malls marts.

The shop is airy, bright and small, just 1,300 sq feet, with soft music and smiling, white-clad staff a physical embodiment of the online store that inspires devotion for Paltrows vision of wellness and scorn for products such as jade stones which women are invited to insert into their vaginas.

Crap. Her lab is bigger than mine. Much tidier, too. Im also missing out on a profit opportunity here.

The entrance, which mimics a garden, offers buttery and soft deerskin gloves for $48, gold-handled floral scissors for $72 and the prettiest compost bin ever for $175.

Further inside, you find a pair of Portuguese napkin rings with images of sky blue swallows for $56 and a champagne flute for $180. A silk blouse costs $685; a floral dress $795.

Probably the first thing youd see in Myers Lab is a cable rack draped with years of accumulated wires and connectors, some of them antique and artisanal. I should slap some pricetags on them.

On the left, the interior is dominated by a large cattle trough which is used as a reservoir for the flow through water system for the fish tanks. Imagine you hear the lowing of well-groomed happy cows, and the burbling of a brook running through the field. That is the ambience we are going for.

I have nothing to compare with the prettiest compost bin ever, unfortunately. I do have some chemical waste disposal containers, though maybe I should spruce them up with a cheery sprig of heather, and sprinkle some sapphires about the bench.

At least I have some tiny, delicate iris scissors that were a heck of a lot pricier than her floral scissors. How dclass of her.

23:00

In Iran you stone mothers; in New Zealand fathers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When the story first broke about a New Zealand man setting himself on fire outside Parliament my first thought was that it was another mentally ill person like the man who set himself on fire inside a bank last week. In that case, the video footage suggested that he had accidentally set himself on fire []

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23:00

Frdric Bastiat on free trade "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Debate on free trade isnt new.

Frdric Bastiat  wrote this in 1845.

A PETITION From the Manufacturers of Candles, Tapers, Lanterns, sticks, Street Lamps, Snuffers, and Extinguishers, and from Producers of Tallow, Oil, Resin, Alcohol, and Generally of Everything Connected with Lighting.

To the Honourable Members of the Chamber of Deputies.

Open letter to the French Parliament, originally published in 1845 (Note of the Web Publisher)

Gentlemen:

You are on the right track. You reject abstract theories and have little regard for abundance and low prices. You concern yourselves mainly with the fate of the producer. You wish to free him from foreign competition, that is, to reserve the domestic market for domestic industry.

We come to offer you a wonderful opportunity for your what shall we call it? Your theory? No, nothing is more deceptive than theory. Your doctrine? Your system? Your principle? But you dislike doctrines, you have a horror of systems, as for principles, you deny that there are any in political economy; therefore we shall call it your practice your practice without theory and without principle.

We are suffering from the ruinous competition of a rival who apparently works under conditions so far superior to our own for the production of light that he is flooding the domestic market with it at an incredibly low price; for the moment he appears, our sales cease, all the consumers turn to him, and a branch of French industry whose ramifications are innumerable is all at once reduced to complete stagnation. This rival, which is none other than the sun, is waging war on us so mercilessly we suspect he is being stirred up against us by perfidious Albion (excellent diplomacy nowadays!), particularly because he has for that haughty island a respect that he does not show for us [1].

We ask you to be so good as to pass a law requiring the closing of all windows, dormers, skylights, inside and outside shutters, curtains, casements, bulls-eyes, deadlights, and blinds in short, all openings, holes, chinks, and fissures through which the light of the sun is wont to enter houses, to the detriment of the fair industries with which, we are proud to say, we have endowed the country, a country that cannot, without betraying ingratitude, abandon us today to so unequal a combat.

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23:00

Chiba court recognizes nuke disaster evacuees loss of hometown for first time "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Lawyers for the plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking damages from the government and TEPCO for residents who evacuated to Chiba Prefecture following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster hold up banners reading Government not liable, left, and TEPCO must pay portion of compensation, right, in front of the Chiba District Court on Sept. 22, 2017.

When on Sept. 22 the Chiba District Court ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) to pay some 376 million yen in damages to a group of Fukushima nuclear disaster evacuees, it gave concrete recognition to the evacuees loss of hometowns, jobs and personal relationships for the first time.

Six and a half years after the disaster, even in areas where evacuation orders have been lifted, the reconstruction of the communities that once thrived there is still a distant prospect. However, though it absolved the government of legal liability, this court ruling the second

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22:59

Snow white giraffes caught on video for the first time "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Two rare white giraffes have been captured on video in the wild for the first time, reports a wildlife conservancy in Kenya. The giraffes, which are leucistic, meaning they have a genetic condition that inhibits pigmentation in skin cells rather than albino, or lacking melanin throughout their bodies, were first reported back in June by villagers near the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in Garissa county in northeastern Kenya, according to a blog post from the conservancy. Upon hearing of the report, members of the conservancy including Abdullahi H. Ali, the founder of the Hirola Conservation Program hurriedly headed to the scene where they encountered the animals along with a conventionally colored reticulated giraffe. They were so close and extremely calm and seemed not disturbed by our presence. The mother kept pacing back and forth a few yards in front of us while signaling the baby giraffe to hide behind the bushes a characteristic of most wildlife mothers in the wild to prevent the predation of their young, wrote the conservancy in a blog post. While rare, the sighting is not without precedent. In 2016 there was a report of a wild white giraffe in Tanzanias Tarangire National Park. A second sighting was reported in March 2016 in Ishaqbini, according to the conservancy. Other animals, ranging from mammals to birds to reptiles, have also been spotted in the wild with the condition. Nonetheless, the sighting has sparked excitement across the internet and widespread press coverage. Ali says he hopes

Rehabilitating wildlife in the aftermath of Harvey "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When the team at Bat World Sanctuary in Weatherford, Texas, a town about 30 miles west of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, heard about what was happening to bats as Hurricane Harvey battered Houston, they knew immediately that they had to help. Bat World Sanctuarys lead animal caretaker, Erika Quinzel, headed down to Houston with a boat in tow. Her first stop was the parking garage of a skyscraper close to downtown where hundreds of bats had taken refuge from the storm. Bats are small creatures, typically about the size of a hummingbird, and they simply couldnt fly in the strong winds generated by Hurricane Harvey. By the time Qinzel arrived, the bats were already starving and dehydrated even in a flood, animals can become dehydrated, because most animals wont drink flood water. Amanda Lollar, founder and president of Bat World Sanctuary, estimates that tens of thousands of bats lost their lives during the storm and subsequent flooding. Bats must first drop off of whatever theyre clinging to in order to take flight, but the waters rose so high that many were unable to leave their roosts under bridges. There were bridges that were entirely engulfed by flood waters, where whole colonies drowned. Some that tried to leave their roosts dropped into the water and didnt make it out. Many of the bats that did manage to fly out from their roosts still ended up in the water. Its the equivalent of a human in a tsunami, its inescapable, Lollar

Ecologist wins Heinz environment prize for airborne mapping that informs policy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Its not uncommon to find ecologist Greg Asner flying transects over the rainforests of the Amazon or Borneo. His specially outfitted plane has helped map out the three-dimensional structure of these ecosystems, and its earned him the esteem of his fellow scientists for the insights that this type of data lends to our understanding the health and functioning of tropical forests. But these data also allow policymakers, government officials and conservationists to make decisions with a more complete picture of forests and the threats they face on an unprecedented scale. This is critical, because until now, the hardest part has been the ability to measure and map and discuss and bargain and make policy decisions over areas that are large enough to have real impact, Asner said in a statement. The CAO laser-guided imaging spectrometer data are fully three-dimensional, providing the structure and architecture of the forest, while simultaneously capturing up to 23 chemical properties of the canopy foliage. These colors indicate the diversity of canopy traits among coexisting tree species in the same hectare. Image and caption courtesy of Greg Asner, Carnegie Institution for Science His work has caught the attention of the Heinz Family Foundation, who announced today that they will present him with a Heinz Award of $250,000 in October. By providing us with remarkable detail on the complexity and fragility of our worlds forests, Dr. Asner is pushing us to respond with greater urgency to the need to protect these resources for the health and future

22:59

RLWC2017 Congratulates PNG Hunters on Q-Cup Grand Final Win "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Press Release : Rugby League World Cup

Rugby League World Cup Chief Executive Andrew Hill congratulated the PNG Hunters for a thrilling Queensland Cup Grand Final win today that has kick-started the biggest six weeks of sporting action in the countrys history.

The Hunters, who are expected to provide the nucleus of Papua New Guineas World Cup squad, overcame an early 10-0 deficit and the loss of halfback Watson Boas to snatch a late 12-10 victory over Sunshine Coast Falcons.

The win, which was achieved in front of a record Queensland Cup Grand Final crowd of 11,260 at Suncorp Stadium today(24 September), secures the Hunters a place in the curtain-raiser at next Sundays NRL Grand Final against the NSW Cup winners.

The PNG Kumuls will then host three World Cup matches at the Oil Search National Football Stadium in Port Moresby against Wales on 28 October, Ireland on 5 November and USA on 12 November.

On behalf of Rugby League World Cup 2017, I would like to congratulate the PNG Hunters on winning an historic Queensland Cup Grand Final and look forward to seeing them play on Grand Final day in Sydney next weekend, Mr Hill said.

With the first womens Test match in PNG between the Orchids and Jillaroos and the Prime Ministers XIII playing in Port Moresby on Saturday it has been an incredible weekend of Rugby League for Papua New Guinea.

However, this is just the start of what will be a massive six weeks for the game in PNG, with the Kumuls to host three pool games during the World Cup, and I have no doubt fans will get behind the team during the World Cup with the pride and passion they always display.

The PNG Orchids played their first Test ahead of the womens World Cup against the Jillaroos on Saturday in a double-header with the annual fixture between the PMs XIII and the Kumuls at Oil Search National Football Stadium.

The Jillaroos defeated the Orchids 42-4 but the PNG women won many admirers with a courageous performance, while the PMs XIII beat a team of domestic players in the absence of the Hunters or any NRL stars before a crowd of 13,468 fanatical supporters.

An Oil Search sponsored RLWC2017 Trophy tour of PNG has attracted huge crowds around the country in the past two weeks and will continue until 13 October.

The success of the Hunters, who were also Queensland Cup minor premiers, will provide a significant boost to...

22:57

Over 30Sv / h Along Side of Recently Fukushima Reopened Route 114 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Via Oz Yo

Over 30Sv/h was read along side the recently-reopened Route 114 in Fukushima, September 20, 2017. It is insane for the government to give its green light for people to use that road.
6.5 years mean nothing here. Nothing at all.

route national 144 reopen 7 sept 2017

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22:56

Tepco promises legal safety vow as it seeks to restart reactors "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Promises are meant to be broken

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The head of Tepco Electric Power company Holdings Inc. promised Wednesday to institute a safety pledge as requested by nuclear regulator, as the company seeks clearance to reactivate undamaged, idle reactors located far from its plant crippled by natural disaster in 2011.

has been calling for the company to make such a pledge part of its legally binding reactor safety program because it operates the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the site of a major nuclear disaster in the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami.

President Tomoaki Kobayakawa told the regulator on Wednesday that will stipulate a pledge to build safety culture in its program developed for ensuring safe operation of the Nos. 6 and 7 reactors at the companys power station in Niigata Prefecture on the Sea of coast.

promise will pave the way for the regulators safety clearance for the two

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22:46

The Demise Of ACT - From The Provinces "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The result for ACT was a disaster and one I believe could have been avoided if the people running the Party had taken the time and had the forethought to re establish the provincial Networks and basis which used to be in place. Now in saying this I am not a member of ACT or any other political party but for this election I decided to offer my time to support ACT because of the way National has moved so far left. As a first step on 23 May I emailed ACT Head Office (is there one?) offering to do letter box drops in the area around where I live in Hastings. I received a reply from Danae Smith, General Manager, within an hour or two advising that I would SOON be contacted by their Campaign Manager - lucky I did not hold my breath as I am still waiting. Now I am on ACTS email lists and at one stage they did ask for helpers but having already made my offer I waited for them to initiate direct contact. Given that people in the Tukituki electorate home of the Grasshopper Group were instrumental in the formation of ACT 20 plus year ago it shows how far the Act Party has strayed from its grass roots - to its detriment. Finally I did not see one ACT sign in Hastings and there were no drops to my letter box - disappointing. I still Party Voted ACT, as I have done in every MMP election except 2014, in the hope they might get a second MP but in hindsight there was never a chance of that happening so I wasted my Vote - never again.

22:45

PM O'Neill dismisses Sir Mekere's claims "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Prime Minister Peter ONeill has dismissed claims by Moresby North West Sir Mekere Morauta that the divesting of shares in Oil Search Limited had cost the Government a major loss.

ONeill, speaking from New York where he is attending the UN General Assembly, questioned the integrity of of Sir Mekere Morauta, over comments he has made in relation to the decision by Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited to divest shares in Oil Search Limited, saying it is just typical Opposition politics.

The Prime Minister dismissed the claims that are based on Sir Mekeres imaginary figures, saying instead that on balance the State had made about 100 million from the sale in Oil Search project.

The States investment in Oil Search was the right decision at the time, it helped maintain confidence in the oil and gas sector, but was undermined by unforeseen global factors and baseless political opposition, the Prime Minister said.

This has been a business decision based on anticipated return on investment, and has delivered the most prudent outcome for the State considering the consequences of the earlier energy price lows.

Terminating the collar arrangement has resulted in a recovery of the remaining prepaid interest on the loan.

The balance from this deal will likely be a K100 million gain for Papua New Guinea.

This is nothing like the shady deal by Sir Mekeres friends in the Somare Government, who lost the State hundreds of millions of Kina through the IPIC deal and subsequent losses suffered as result of currency swap on the loan from US dollar to Australian dollar.

The reality is that the Oil Search arrangement did not cost the State a toea from Treasury in repayments or interest.

Repayments were made through the collar and the sale of shares was scheduled over time to repay the loan.

The Prime Minister said in early 2014 that action had to be taken to protect the interests of the State, and investment in the largest resources company was the right move.

We were at risk of a situation where shareholding in one of the largest companies in the country would fall into the wrong hands.

We had seen similar outcomes ten years earlier when a previous Government had allowed this to happen.

The Governments intervention to buy shares in Oil Search had a positive influence in the direc...

22:30

How will we cope as we head towards a drought of polls.? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Politicians like to say the only poll that counts for them is the one that takes place on Election Day. Voters in New Zealand would appear to feel the same way. When it comes to the other kind of election polls the ones that so dominated the related news coverage of the last seven []

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22:00

Was it a greener field, Sam Basil, or something less pleasant? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

FRANCIS NII

Sam Basil & Peter O'Neill (ABC)
Sam Basil - still awaiting a payday after being enticed across the aisle by Peter O'Neill

KUNDIAWA - It is now two weeks since nine members of the Pangu Party, including its leader Sam Basil, and four independents left the opposition in search of greener pastures in Peter ONeills paddock.

It was a move that shocked Papua New Guinea.

Supporters of Pangu and ordinary Papua New Guineans had held Sam Basil in high respect for his personal stand against corruption and his often repeated condemnation of the corrupt government of Peter ONeill.

They found it hard to swallow the new reality of Sam Basils u-turn to get into bed with ONeill.

Social media commentators had a field day, calling Basil a Judas, liar, opportunist, pretender, hypocrite of the century and more.

In his self-justification through a media statement, Basil said ONeill had invited him and Pangu to join the government and he had thankfully accepted.

I want to thank the prime minister Peter ONeill for seeing value in the calibre of Pangu Party MPs and inviting us to join the PNC led Coalition government, he said.

It was clear then that it was prime minister ONeill who had lured Basil and his party to join the government. If Basil had any other reason for example, the failure to meet his desire for the leadership of the opposition he did not make it clear.

All that was stated was that Pangu was invited by ONeill to join the government.

ONeill, for his part, in welcoming Basil and other opposition MPs into the government said there were no strings attached.

I dont think its about goodies, he said.

So was Peter ONeill really telling the people of Papua New Guinea, including the people of Wau-Bulolo and Pangu Party supporters, the truth?

Was it true that he didnt throw any bait at Sam Basil and his followers? Can the people of PNG trust that ONeill was being truthful?

I did not then and I do not now believe ONeills words. I...

21:30

All this talk about mood for change is rubbish "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Media party are going all in to try and shame Winston Peters into going with Labour AND the Greens into a bare majority government of one. Clearly they have forgotten all their campaigns they ran against David Seymour and Peter Dunne when National had a bare majority. Labour too seems to have forgotten their []

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21:21

Was there a vote for change? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Every election changes things, it brings out new policies, some of which are implemented. Each new government is a different mix of parties, people and priorities. Vote for change has emerged as the biggest justification for Labour and Greens forming the new government. James Shaw has said that people voted for a change of government. []

21:00

Phil Quin on Twyfords folly "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Phil Quin explains, at the execrable Newsroom, where Labour went wrongPhil Twyford: How then to grapple with Labours defeat  and, yes, I know there is no new government yet in place, and that coalition kabuki is notionally ongoing, but if you believe Labour can govern from here, Ive got an airport tram to sell you. []

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21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As a rule, when we cant find even one good quality in a person, we are prejudiced, and by that rule I must admit my prejudice.  Jessica Anderson who was born on this day in 1916.


Filed under: quotes Tagged: Jessica Anderson

21:00

A brief note on educating girls. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Girls in PNG school (ANU Crawford School)TANYA ZERIGA-ALONE | EmNauPNG Blog

PORT MORESBY - When you educate a girl, you educate a nation.

When you give opportunities to a girl to evolve to something higher than her current state, she inevitably raises everyone around her to that new standard.

Her man or any potential male out there wanting her attention has to raise their standard to meet hers.

The same for other women in her life, be it girlfriends, aunties, mothers.

And when she has her own family she raises them up to the standard she has been exposed to.

She has become a role model.

Change happens just like that one female at a time and when more women get an education, it totally lifts up our game.

If you have a daughter, niece, granddaughter champion her education and personal development.

Your investment will not be wasted.

20:41

Peters as Prime Minister? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There have been suggestions that Winston Peters wants to be Prime Minister. Is that a goer? From Reddit: My Proposal for a Labour/NZ First/Greens Coalition Ive been watching this election from the states with great intensity since Jacinda Ardern took over as leader of the New Zealand Labour Party. In my view, she is a []

20:41

Patriotism, Flags and Referendums "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Robert Frank London 1952-53   Tis the jolly time of elections, referendums, flags and other democracy-related issues. They are all linked in some way or another, even if thats not always obvious. Elections, in New Zealand and Germany this weekend, referendums in Catalonia and Kurdistan the coming week, a looming Party Congress in China, quarrels

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20:36

"Architect goes to jail; world shrugs" "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"Paul Newman will have some time in jail to read up about architecture. Maybe he can even study for his exam and, no doubt, pass it. He could even emerge as a good contributor to the discipline and the profession. But what worries me more than the presence of a few shady and crafty operators such as Newman is bad architects who, under the cloak of licensure (and without the [architects institute] or anybody else able to do anything about it), commit crimes against our landscapes and lives on a daily basis. Those are the ones that should really go to jail."
~ Aaron Betsky, dean at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin and Taliesin West, on the jailing for seven years of a man for practising architecture without the state's license
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20:32

Labour lost in Auckland "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Labour performed relatively poorly in parts of Auckland, and there are suggestions that is due to the ethnic/immigrant vote. The Chinese sounding surnames misstep as well as their immigration policies will have played a part. Labour recovered from what looked like a slide to oblivion to a creditable result in the circumstances, about 36% []

20:30

Greens wanted to change the government. Why are they hung up on semantics? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Green Party leader James Shaw says everything is on the table as coalition talks begin, but he wont be calling the National Party. Shaw will speak with Labour leader Jacinda Ardern on the phone this afternoon, and will meet with her in person tomorrow. He will approach NZ First leader Winston Peters in the next []

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20:26

What Were Forgetting In March To War With North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Editors Note: The following is an English translation of an article that appeared in the September 19 edition of the Okinawan daily newspaper Ryukyu Shimpo. It was written by Satoko Oka Norimatsu, editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. Norimatsu is also the Director of Vancouver, BC, Canada-based Peace Philosophy Centre.  This article, which the author translated into []

20:14

The worst part about the election "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One of the more disappointing aspects of politics is how extreme views some people can have of parties and people they disagree with. New Zealand has had largely centrist parties and fairly decent Prime Ministers, parties and governments for decades. Despite this governments and Prime Ministers have been strongly criticised, sometimes to the extent of []

20:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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20:00

Australia failing to meet Paris targets and more renewables needed, report says "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australia Institute report says 66-75% renewable energy target by 2030 needed to meet its commitmentsWith the Coalition still hamstrung by internal divide over a clean energy target, a new report shows Australia is in danger of not meeting its Paris agreement commitments unless it acts soon.A report by the Australia Institute's climate and energy program examined the government's own modelling of the nation's greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and found Australia could either [...]

Our first cruise to Papua New Guinea, and well be back "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

TIANA TEMPLEMAN | New Zealand Herald

P&O liner anchored in PNG
'Pacific Eden' is greeted by islanders in Milne Bay - "fierce yet friendy"

You can read the full article here

AUCKLAND - Ever run into someone you haven't seen in years and been amazed by how fabulous they look?

That is exactly how my husband and I feel when we board P&O Cruises' Pacific Eden. We have not sailed with P&O since the 1990s, when our South Pacific cruise was memorable for all the wrong reasons, and cannot believe how much the line has changed.

The hard-partying, low-budget vibe of old has been replaced by glamorous bars, upmarket specialty dining, attractive public spaces and family fun.

It had been a long time coming but we decided to give P&O Cruises another try because it was one of the few lines cruising regularly to Papua New Guinea, one of the South Pacific's most stunning emerging cruising destinations.

P&O Cruises launched its first PNG itinerary in late 2013, and the region's growing popularity has seen departures available from Brisbane, Sydney and Cairns, with itineraries of up to 14 nights.

Our route would take us to four ports in the Milne Bay Province, including the area's capital, Alotau, and three stunning and culturally rich islands.

Being first-time visitors to PNG, we decided on a modest seven-night round-trip cruise from Cairns. We agreed this would be long enough to get a feel for the destination (and the new look P&O) but not too long if we didn't like it.

The first stop on our cruise is Alotau, the capital of Milne Bay Province in south-eastern Papua New Guinea, which played a pivotal role in the Battle of Milne Bay in 1942.

War history tours are popular here but other options, such as sightseeing bus trips, cooking classes and village visits, are also available. While there are no formal cruise-ship shore excursions a...

19:50

Three leaders stepped up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One of the most notable features of this election was that it was turned on its head seven weeks out from election day when three party leaders stepped down. First Andrew Little gave up his battle as Labour leader, then Metiria Turei gave up her green leadership role and effectively her Parliamentary career, and then []

19:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Chloe Swarbrick has big ambitions for her first term as an MP. But becoming Green Party co-leader is not one of them. Swarbrick ruled herself out of the contest today, saying that it was too early in her career to take on such a responsibility. I have to get comfortable with being a politician first []

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19:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is moocher (noun) 1. One who begs or cadges; a sponge. 2. A dupe, as in a confidence game. (verb) 1. To get or try to get something free of charge. 2. To wander about aimlessly. 3. To skulk around; sneak. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Beggar, []

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19:05

Indonesia: Dangerous Sharia petition threatens tourists "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bali is a popular tourist destination, particularly for Australians, even though it has sustained several jihad attacks, prompting Australia and New Zealand to issue travel advisories. Now, an additional threat looms for Western tourists who travel not only to Bali, but to all of Indonesia. Sharia enforcement has been expanding in that country. And now, []

19:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 25 14 A person who promises a gift but doesnt give it is like clouds and wind that bring no rain.

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18:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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.

18:18

Sunday assorted links "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1. British people are second only to China in how much they want the government to control the internet, according to this survey.

2. New Zealanders worry about their countrys pristine nature, given the onslaught of tourism and globalization.  By the way, the NZ election results shows how proportional representation can be a bad system when the checks on nutty party opinion are otherwise weak.  Imagine Winston Peters holding the balance of power, and perhaps not even being the nuttiest candidate in the race.  This time, the Maori Party went to zero seats, the semi-libertarian ACT won one seat.  NYT report here.

3. a schools participation in the NCAA Tournament is associated with a 30% increase in binge drinking and a 9% increase in self-reported drunk driving by male students at that school.

4. Ferroequinologists: India has a bunch of them.  Recommended.

5. ESPN profile of Hou Yifan.  And chess grandmaster Lev Alburt advises the financial community in NYC.

6. Political correctness also comes from the Right.

The post Sunday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

18:15

Media watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

18:10

Open Forum Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

17:30

Melanesian leaders condemn UN for turning a deaf ear to West Papua atrocities "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/24/melanesian-leaders-condemn-un-for-turning-a-deaf-ear-to-west-papua-atrocities

Melanesian leaders condemn UN for turning a deaf ear to West Papua atrocities

Solomon Islands and Vanuatu leaders want investigation into alleged abuses and support for independence campaign

Ben Doherty

Saturday 23 September 2017 22.12 EDT

Melanesian leaders have accused the United Nations of having turned a deaf ear to human rights atrocities in the Indonesian province of Papua and urged the world to support the regions campaign for independence.

At the UN General Assembly in New York, the prime ministers of the Solomon Islandsand Vanuatu called on the UNs Human Rights Council to formally investigate long-standing allegations of human rights abuses in the provinces.

Vanuatus prime minister, Charlot Salwai,said the people of West Papua must be allowed the right to self-determination, to free themselves of the yoke of colonialism.

West Papua protest: Indonesian police kill one and wound others reports

For half a century now the international community has been witnessing a gamut of torture, murder, exploitation, sexual violence and arbitrary detention inflicted on the nationals of West Papua, perpetrated by Indonesia, but the international community has turned a deaf ear to the appeals for help. We urge the Human Rights Council to investigate these cases.

We also call on our counterparts throughout the world to support the legal right of West Papua to self-determination and to jointly with Indonesia put an end to all kinds of violence and find common ground with the nationals to facilitate putting together a process which will enable them to freely express their choice.

The Solomons leader, Manasseh Sogavare, said the UNs sustainable development goal motto of no one left behind would be synonymous to empty promises unless we in the United Nations take active steps to address the plight of the people of West Papua.

Failing this, we as a family of nations will become complicit in perpetuat...

16:00

Post election prediction "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The country will be shocked when Winston abandons implicit protocol and forms a government with Labour.

He'll do that ostensibly for these reasons I think, none of which is to do with policy as Winston couldn't give a flying monkeys about policy.

  1. Jacinda Ardern and Grant Robertson et al are *so* desperate for power they'll fold much more easily than English/Joyce et al.  Mallard will ensure it so as to become speaker.
  2. Winston knows he will be able to walk all over Jacinda and Robertson and run rings around them in government - he's too crafty for them.  But this absolutely won't apply for English and his team.
  3. Winston's policy platform is very left and interventionist and matches nicely with Labour's.
  4. National has baggage after 9 years, even if their result on Saturday was astounding.  For example, if there is possibly stuff to come on Oravida's involvement with the damaged pipeline; and Jian Yang's problems with his "false" declarations (mind you, Raymond Huo doesn't look squeaky clean either), that will hurt the government and Winston won't want to be tainted by that.  On the other had, Labour comes with essentially "clean" hands.
  5. Winston and the Nats don't see eye-to-eye.  They beat him in Tauranga; they've now just beaten him in Northland; they teamed up with Rodney Hide to kick him into touch in 2008.  Labour, on the other hand, has no such issues.   
Forget what you read in the papers from Shaw and others, like Shaw won't accept second best etc etc.  The Greens will be in government, and have a couple of ministers outside cabinet (so Winston doesn't need to involve them) and he'll give them some candy like healthy homes and some other mush to keep them pleased.

The players in this will be Mallard, Annette King and Helen Clark.  Clark knows Winston better than others and will be in Jacinda's ear daily.

National should get ready for opposition.

14:58

Great white shark attacks boat off Esperance, Western Australia; third such incident in a week "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Anxious Esperance residents have pleaded for government help after a third attack on a boat by an aggressive great white shark this week. The incident occurred near notorious attack site Kelp Beds Beach. More untagged and aggressive great white sharks have been encountered by people in the past two weeks than the two sharks detected by Fisheries' new $100,000 VR4 receivers, installed on Esperance beaches in June. Fishermen Jacob Oversby, 25, and Luke Christian, 25, were fishing in Wylie Bay last weekend when their 6m boat was attacked by a 3.5m great white shark, the same aggressive shark they had seen two days earlier. After taking just 10 seconds of video of the attack, the fishermen fled. Margaret River surfer and animal behaviourist Neil Innes said the video showed the shark giving a warning slap of its tail, before trying to "kill" the motor.

14:01

September 25 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

275  The Roman Senate proclaimed Marcus Claudius Tacitus Emperor.

303 On a voyage preaching the gospel, Saint Fermin of Pamplona was beheaded in Amiens.

1066  The Battle of Stamford Bridge marked the end of the Viking invasions of England.

1396  Ottoman Emperor Bayezid I defeated a Christian army at theBattle of Nicopolis

1513  Spanish explorer Vasco Nez de Balboa reached the Pacific Ocean.

1555 The Peace of Augsburg was signed in Augsburg by Charles V and the princes of the Schmalkaldic League.

1690  Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick, the first newspaper to appear in the Americas, was published for the first and only time.

1694 Henry Pelham, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1754).

1725 Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, French steam vehicle pioneer, was born (d. 1804).

1764 Fletcher Christian, English Bounty mutineer, was born (d. 1793).

1775  Ethan Allen surrendered to British forces after attempting to capture Montreal during the Battle of Longue-Pointe. At the same time,Benedict Arnold and his expeditionary company set off from Fort Western, bound for Quebec City (Invasion of Canada (1775)).

1789   The U.S. Congress passed twelve amendments to the United States Constitution: the Congressional Apportionment Amendment (which was never ratified), the Congressional Compensation Amendment, and the ten known as the Bill of Rights.

1804   The Teton Sioux (a subdivision of the Lakota) demanded one of the b...

10:10

Walkatjurra Walkabout: For country, against uranium. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hi Everyone  This is taken from the amazing Laurens own blog..  (Thanks Lauren)

http://www.riverredgum.com/walkatjurra-walkabout-for-country-against-uranium/

 

*This is my first post in my Real Life Ideas area and I wanted to share this as an idea because what I experienced on over the last month really made me think about different types of activism, what the word really means and how we can connect to the planet in a spiritual way while involving ourselves in activism and campaigning. I also truly hope that the idea of a nuclear free world is one that will spread throughout the world before more beautiful beings are harmed by its dangers.

We sit, encircling a big, warm camp fire, enthralled by the entertaining Uncle Geoffrey Stokes, Wongatha elder as he tells us story after story from his vast deposit of life experiences. We gaze up to the starriest sky wed ever seen as he and Hannah and Zakquisha, Tjiwarl children from this land point out where the giant dark emu lies within the milky river above our heads and tell us t...

06:03

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

HAWAI`I CHARTER SCHOOLS & PARENTS UPSET AT OHA PLAN TO GIVE $1.5 MILLION TO CNHA

HawaiiNewsNow - September 21, 2017

Every year, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs gives $1.5 million to Hawaiian charter schools. Halau Ku Mana, one of 17 Hawaiian focused charter gets about $50,000-$60,000 of the OHA money.

Recently, OHA awarded the contract to administer the funds to the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement instead of another group called KALO. 


An internal memo shows the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement received a score of 81.3 while Kanu O Ka Aina Learning Ohana (KALO) got 75.

Charter school supporters testified at the OHA board meeting.

I humbly request that you do not give the charter school funding to the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement which is a political organization rather than an educational non-profit," said Healani Sonoda-Pale, parent at Halau Ku Mana.


"I'm worried that after the first year that those resources may decrease. I'm worried that CHNA will leverage the funds for purposes that aren't education related," said Keoni Bunag,  principal at Halau Ku Mana.

The Council favors US federal recognition while many at Halau Ku Mana oppose it.

"I think at the core of the mistrust is the opposition to our position on federal recognition," said Michelle Kauhane, President and CEO of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement.

The new contract hasn't be finalized yet and the OHA board will take up this issue on its September 27th agenda.

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