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Saturday, 31 December

14:30

Australian Bush Food "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For tens of thousands of years Aboriginal people got their food from the native plants and other creatures which inhabited this ancient continent. A rich range of staple foods, eggs, herbs, spices, stimulants, tanning agents, creams, anaelgesics and other pharmaceuticals, possibly even contraceptives, were found in the natural environment. Through seeing, touching and tasting this one-day course will introduce you to the Bush Tucker that can be grown in gardens and on farms, from identification through to harvesting, processing and marketing.

Australian Bush Food "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For tens of thousands of years Aboriginal people got their food from the native plants and other creatures which inhabited this ancient continent. A rich range of staple foods, eggs, herbs, spices, stimulants, tanning agents, creams, anaelgesics and other pharmaceuticals, possibly even contraceptives, were found in the natural environment. Through seeing, touching and tasting this one-day course will introduce you to the Bush Tucker that can be grown in gardens and on farms, from identification through to harvesting, processing and marketing.

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Thursday, 31 December

14:30

Becoming a Certified Organic Producer "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As demand for certified organic food continues to skyrocket in markets around the World, Australian landholders are beginning to realise the importance of the export markets and growing domestic markets which are now available to certified organic growers. This is a short course to introduce potential growers to the practicalities of organic production.

Data researched by the Queensland Department of Primary Industries shows annual growth in the organic food market of 15% annually in the countries to which Australia exports most food. Trends suggest that the Japanese market will be about $25 billion by 2005, the UK $10 billion. Germany and France will be larger markets than the UK. In Australia growth in the market is desperately hampered by the supply available.

Community opinion has moved steadily against factory farming, genetically engineered food and the unknown contaminant load of conventionally produced foods, particularly in countries affected by eco-disasters and given that food travels by many pathways to the consumer, organically certified produce is gaining acceptance as the only reliably safe food, unless you grow your own or have a direct relationship with a grower.

Prices received for organic produce generally command premiums of 30-100% and many organic growers often receive single requests to export quantities of dried fruit and other foods equivalent to more than their entire annual production.

Becoming a Certified Organic Grower is not a difficult process but there is much to learn about the management of soil fertility, pests and diseases through organic means as well as the regulations governing initial certification and continued registration as a certified grower.

Presenters of the course will explain certification standards and will take participants through an inspection of organic growing systems at The Food Forest, explaining what they are looking for in terms of certification.

Annemarie and Graham Brookman who grow some 150 varieties of organic vegetables, fruit, nuts, native foods and grains as well as free-range poultry at their property, will share their experiences of converting  from conventional to organic and the way they have been able to improve soil fertility, cope with pests and diseases, and develop direct markets.

Becoming a Certified Organic Producer "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As demand for certified organic food continues to skyrocket in markets around the World, Australian landholders are beginning to realise the importance of the export markets and growing domestic markets which are now available to certified organic growers. This is a short course to introduce potential growers to the practicalities of organic production.

Data researched by the Queensland Department of Primary Industries shows annual growth in the organic food market of 15% annually in the countries to which Australia exports most food. Trends suggest that the Japanese market will be about $25 billion by 2005, the UK $10 billion. Germany and France will be larger markets than the UK. In Australia growth in the market is desperately hampered by the supply available.

Community opinion has moved steadily against factory farming, genetically engineered food and the unknown contaminant load of conventionally produced foods, particularly in countries affected by eco-disasters and given that food travels by many pathways to the consumer, organically certified produce is gaining acceptance as the only reliably safe food, unless you grow your own or have a direct relationship with a grower.

Prices received for organic produce generally command premiums of 30-100% and many organic growers often receive single requests to export quantities of dried fruit and other foods equivalent to more than their entire annual production.

Becoming a Certified Organic Grower is not a difficult process but there is much to learn about the management of soil fertility, pests and diseases through organic means as well as the regulations governing initial certification and continued registration as a certified grower.

Presenters of the course will explain certification standards and will take participants through an inspection of organic growing systems at The Food Forest, explaining what they are looking for in terms of certification.

Annemarie and Graham Brookman who grow some 150 varieties of organic vegetables, fruit, nuts, native foods and grains as well as free-range poultry at their property, will share their experiences of converting  from conventional to organic and the way they have been able to improve soil fertility, cope with pests and diseases, and develop direct markets.

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Friday, 16 November

14:30

Planning Your Property "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In this one-day intensive course we invite you to take a fresh look at ways of determining the potential of a piece of land (large or small) and at the elements and processes which lead to a sustainable design.

The course will help you to assess land and plan the development of a property to suit your life goals. Well explore the identification of personal aims, land ownership options, designing for sustained productivity, soil, water, fencing, machinery, taxation management and finance as well as the choice of crops and animals and how to rebuild lost ecosystems.

Bring along your plans and, if relevant, soil and water samples to test and discuss in an interactive learning environment.

This is a good course for those who may be considering a full Permaculture design course but want a taste of what it would be like.

You may like to read this article for some hints about property design.

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Thursday, 15 November

14:30

Preservation of Food - from Garden to Kitchen "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Southern Australias unique environment enables us to grow plant varieties which provide long seasons of fresh food from almost any  species we choose but even the best planned garden or orchard produces the occasional glut. And anyway there are so many types of food that we would love to have out of season; pickled olives, dried fruit, frozen sweetcorn and delicious nuts sound pretty inviting in the middle of winter.

Preserving is the answer and this course will teach you the secrets of small scale, natural food preparation, preservation and storage.

Learn about when to harvest, freezing, drying, storing successfully, combating pests, keeping the vitality in stored food, pickling, fermenting, home milling, food hygiene, packaging, small scale marketing and self sufficiency.

This one day intensive course will involve food quality tasting, the hands-on operation of small scale food processing equipment and the sharing of treasured recipes and techniques from different countries.

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Wednesday, 31 October

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Friday, 26 October

15:30

Building with Strawbales "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Course

In this two-day course we will present you with an opportunity to assess the opportunities for strawbale building in your life, whether you wish to build your own home, construct a chook shed or just decide if strawbale is the right medium for your project.

We take you through the theory and design of strawbale building as well as actually building part of a strawbale structure and well discuss load-bearing versus pole frame structures, various wall shapes, foundations, plastering options, floors - earthen, concrete and wood.

You will learn through lectures, practical activities, case studies, videos, slides and a wealth of printed material.

In past workshops we have built an extension to the homestead at The Food Forest, a commercial coldroom, the 'Eco Gazebo', the 'Studio', an indoor/outdoor food preparation entertainment area and a beautiful sculptured garden wall using this extraordinary medium.

Topics

  • Basic construction techniques
  • Load-bearing vs pole frame structures
  • Design principles and site assessment 
  • Doors and windows 
  • Natural finishes 
  • Floors, foundations and roof options 
  • Fire, termites and rodents 
  • Building regulations and Council approvals
  • Costs
  • Builders, Contractors, Owner Builder comparisons

Pricipal tutors

Lance KairlGerald WittmanBohdan DorniakGraham Brookman and Annemarie Brookman.

Bookings & Refunds

  • The organisers reserve the right to cancel the course with one weeks notice if registrations are insufficient. In this case a full refund will be made.

Fact sheets on strawbale building

 

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Friday, 12 October

15:30

Introduction to Permaculture "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A concentrated introduction to the principles and techniques of this complete system for the sustainable design for gardens, farms, homes, waste re-use, economics, community development and energy management. Inspect appropriately designed structures and growing systems on this organically certified property and solve some property design challenges using three-dimensional interactive modelling.

Bookings & Refunds

  • In the unlikely event of insufficient registrations, the organisers reserve the right to cancel the course with one weeks notice. In this case a full refund will be made.

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Saturday, 29 September

16:30

Spring Open Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

food forest speaks

Hear about our Open Days
in Radio Adelaide's interview
with Graham Brookman.

 

 

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Saturday, 07 July

16:30

Organic Vegetable Growing & Free Range Poultry "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

finn and claudeGrowing high quality organic vegetables is not difficult once you understand the ecology of the garden, especially if you use free range poultry. This course will show you techniques for managing a self-sufficient backyard or small scale commercial garden and the basics of free range poultry husbandry.

We will consider the selection of vegetable species through the seasons, garden design, bio-diversity, irrigation, pest and disease management, mulching, composting and soil fertility, meeting quality and organic standards and small scale marketing.

The Chook is the world's original recycler and pest controller. We will look at its housing, breed characteristics, supplementary feeding, keeping hens out of the lettuces and foxes out of the hens, managing pests and diseases in free-range flocks, rearing your own replacements, as well as chickens and geese in orchard management.

Bookings & Refunds

  • In the unlikely event of insufficient registrations, the organisers reserve the right to cancel the course with one weeks notice. In this case a full refund will be made.

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Wednesday, 04 July

16:30

Preservation of Food - from Garden to Kitchen "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Southern Australias unique environment enables us to grow plant varieties which provide long seasons of fresh food from almost any  species we choose but even the best planned garden or orchard produces the occasional glut. And anyway there are so many types of food that we would love to have out of season; pickled olives, dried fruit, frozen sweetcorn and delicious nuts sound pretty inviting in the middle of winter.

Preserving is the answer and this course will teach you the secrets of small scale, natural food preparation, preservation and storage.

Learn about when to harvest, freezing, drying, storing successfully, combating pests, keeping the vitality in stored food, pickling, fermenting, home milling, food hygiene, packaging, small scale marketing and self sufficiency.

This one day intensive course will involve food quality tasting, the hands-on operation of small scale food processing equipment and the sharing of treasured recipes and techniques from different countries.

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Friday, 22 June

16:30

Fruit & Nut Growing "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Growing your own fresh fruit and nuts has to be one of the most satisfying things you can do in your own backyard or property! What's more, South Australias Mediterranean climate enables us to grow the most intensely flavoured and nutritious tree crops in the world.

This one-day workshop will explore different varieties of stone fruit, citrus, olives, pecan nuts, figs, apples, pistachios and as many other crops as you desire. We will also discuss preserving techniques to stock your pantry for supply through the seasons.

The course will develop skills required to plan, establish and manage fruit and nut trees in a garden or plantation.

Using demonstrations, practicals, walks and talks, we'll examine the selection of varieties, pollination requirements, planting material (grafting and other propagation techniques), orchard establishment, tree shaping, irrigation, soil fertility and pest management.

You are welcome to bring plans of orchards you are planning and soil samples for testing.

Also see our fact sheets for information about some of the wonderful species we can grow in Mediterranean climates as well as growing fruit and nuts.

Bookings & Refunds

  • In the unlikely event of insufficient registrations, the organisers reserve the right to cancel the course with one weeks notice. In this case a full refund will be made.

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Saturday, 28 April

16:30

Farmers Market Wayville "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Adelaide families now have the opportunity buy fresh food directly from producers from all over SA at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market. The 20,000 strong crowd that turned up for the farmers market which formed the centrepiece of the 'Go Organic Festival' in September in 2005 encouraged the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society (RAHS) to back the foundation of a permanent farmers market by a not-for-profit community organisation. The market opened on October 1st 2006 with a massive crowd of 10,000 shoppers and runs each Sunday (apart from the weeks of the Royal Show) from 9am-1pm.

In the tradition of farmers markets, it is a food market at which both food producers and consumers can get a fair price for food produced in SA and support regional and sustainable land use. The market guarantees that you buy direct from the producer and is known for its strict adherence to the ethics of farmers markets which now number in their thousands worldwide as families seek to avoid overstored food from major retailers who pass on meagre prices to farmers. In Australia, the farmers market movement is represented by the Australian Farmers Market Association and SA's peak body, the SA Farmers Market Association, will soon be launched.

The Adelaide Showground location is superb, with a major bike trail, the Glenelg tram line, a major rail line, numerous bus routes all converging to make it one of the most accessible sites in Adelaide. Parking is also easy and cheap.

120 producers offer their extraordinarily diverse products (everything from oysters to almonds and bread to boysenberries!). It is accessed from the car parks at the Leader Street (southern) end of the Showgrounds.  

Becoming a member brings with it 10% discount on all purchases as well as a right to vote in the management of the market. Details and memberships are available at www.adelaidefarmersmarket.com.au.

The Food Forest is a foundation stallholder at the market and presents a wide range of foods, always including its signature specialty - organically certified pistachio nuts. We are there on alternate weeks (we run short courses on the other weekends).

04:02

Scientists stumble upon hundreds of octopus moms in the deep sea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Scientists exploring a patch of the seafloor some 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) deep inside the Pacific Ocean have accidentally stumbled upon a large nursery of octopus mothers. A team of geochemists had gone looking for warm water seeping out of cracks on the Dorado Outcrop, an expanse of rocky seafloor made of cooled lava from an underwater volcano, located about 250 kilometers (155 miles) west of Costa Rica. The researchers did find the warm seeps, but they also discovered hundreds of purple octopuses clustered around those seeps, nearly all of them guarding a clutch of eggs. When the researchers returned the next year in 2014, they saw the same thing: octopuses with eggs huddled around a network of cracks on the rocky bottom. The focus of [our] expeditions to Dorado Outcrop was to study a cool hydrothermal system. In doing so, we discovered this fascinating congregation of brooding octopuses, Geoffrey Wheat of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, said in a statement. To maximize the scientific return of the expeditions, we shared the video with deep-sea biologists, whose research led to this publication. Footage of this unusual octopus assembly surprised Janet Voight, associate curator of zoology at the Field Museum in Chicago, U.S. When I first saw the photos, I was like No, they shouldnt be there! Not that deep and not that many of them, Voight said. To my knowledge there had been no reports of octopuses at this or comparable depths off between southern California and Peru. One of

The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: April 11 - 17, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New activity/unrest was reported for 3 volcanoes between April 11 and 17, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Ambae, Vanuatu | Langila, New Britain (Papua New Guinea) | Sinabung, Indonesia. Ongoing...... Read more

Earth Day founder calls for an end to plastic pollution "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Denis Hayes was the principal national organizer of the first Earth Day in 1970, and he took the event to the international stage in 1990. He is board chair of the international Earth Day Network, and President of the Bullitt Foundation. Earth Day 2018 is slated for April 22 and focuses on plastic pollution, so Mongabay took the opportunity to ask him about this years event and find out what else is on the mind of this key leader of the international environmental movement. INTERVIEW WITH DENIS HAYES Erik Hoffner for Mongabay: What was the impetus for the first Earth Day, nearly 50 years ago now? Denis Hayes: There were hundreds of important environmental issues before the first Earth Day: DDT & bird deaths. Air & water pollution. Oil spills. Herbicide use in Southeast Asia. Wilderness areas. But they were commonly viewed as unrelated. One prominent leader actually asked me, What the hell does air pollution have to do with birds? Earth Day took all these myriad strands and wove them into the fabric of modern environmentalismlinked by a coherent set of values and grounded in an ecological framework. When added together, they formed the basis for a formidable new political force. New York Times front page, April 1970. Mongabay: Whats the theme of this years Earth Day, and how can people get involved? Denis Hayes: The 2018 theme is End Plastic Pollution.  There is not much that the average person can do about the Pacific Garbage Patch or to ban

14 killed after severe floods hit Dar es Salaam, Tanzania "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Heavy rains that hit Tanzania over the past couple of days caused buildings to collapse and widespread flooding in Dar es Salaam, a major city and commercial port on Tanzanias Indian Ocean coast. A statement released by Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA)...... Read more

Boom and bust cycle of deep-sea trawling unsustainable, study finds "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fishing in the remote waters of the deep sea isnt easy. But with technological advancements, fishing boats have pushed farther and deeper into the oceans, frequently using bottom trawl gear giant fishing nets weighted down with metal attachments that drag along the seafloor to scoop up huge amounts of fish from depths of up to 2,000 meters (6,560 feet). Deep-sea trawling, however, can be extremely destructive for fish populations, while providing minimal economic benefits, researchers have found. Catches from deep-sea trawling are also grossly underreported, the researchers conclude in a new study published in Frontiers in Marine Science. Considering that the search for fishable resources, though partly buffered by some recent regulatory positions is progressively moving deeper and deeper, the picture that emerges from this study is definitely worrying, Antonio Pusceddu, professor of ecology at the University of Cagliari, Italy, who was not involved in the study, told Mongabay. Pacific sleeper shark. Image by NOAA. Bottom-trawling in the deep sea likely unsustainable Between 1950 and 2015, bottom trawls caught about 25 million tons of 72 fish species at depths greater than 400 meters (1,310 feet), the researchers found. Many of these fisheries followed a boom and bust pattern, with fish harvests first thriving, then quickly crashing. This shows that deep-sea bottom-trawled fisheries are not sustainable, lead author Lissette Victorero, a doctoral student at the National Oceanography Centre, U.K., told Mongabay. Most of them last only a decade or two. Additionally, this cycle is so rapid that the management and

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Tuesday, 24 April

16:30

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Why study permaculture?

Population growth and consumption levels are pushing our Planet towards a catastrophic environmental tipping point. Permaculture offers a way that we, as individuals and communities, can take control of our future and live sustainably.

Permaculture is a design system which draws upon the great truths of traditional knowledge, modern scientific understandings and the ethics of a peaceful and democratic society. The approach was first developed in Australia in the late 70s by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren and is now taught in over 100 countries. Since then hundreds of thousands of people have graduated from Design Courses and are using this tool to build resilience and diversity into their lives at home & in the office.

Permaculture can be employed by anyone, whatever profession or skill, on any scale, from balconies and backyards to farms, factories, businesses, schools and cities anywhere on the planet and in any climate. It offers a sustainable landscape, dignified human-scale living and self-reliant children who have the confidence to design a sustainable future for themselves.

It is based on three ethics: Care of the Earth, Care of Community and Acceptance of personal responsibility for consumption and population. Many principles, technologies and strategies have evolved to make permaculture one of the most accessible and dynamic solutions to the issues we face in the 21st Century.

About this course 

April 25-29, May 11-13 & 26-27: 10 days spread out over three teaching blocks

This 10 day intensive design course will present you with an opportunity to consider your life in a new light and give you increased confidence and many skills needed to design a sustainable and meaningful place for your future.

You will work with a group of motivated fellow students with diverse skills and backgrounds and learn through lectures, practical activities, small group work, case studies, DVDs, field trips and games. In addition to our experienced teaching team, you will have access to a wide range of printed and digital resources.

The extended format of the course is for busy people, designed to cause minimum disruption to other parts of your life. It will allow you to absorb and practise skills from one learning block before moving on to the next. However the residential aspect is important, as it helps you become fully immersed in learning about sustainable living.

The first teaching block of 5 days starts Wednesday April 25th, which is Anzac Day and a Public holiday. Sessions are scheduled on most evenings, but we finish at 5pm on the last day of each block. There are 3 days in total which are weekday working days; these may need some planning to have off.

In The...

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Thursday, 19 April

17:33

Funding the Web Commons, Or, How Do You Fund Crowdfunding? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A couple of years back, I decided to see if I could actually get funded by the communities who I created Disintermedia to inform and support. I started gathering information about different ways people could pay me over the internet, and adding it to a page called Help Disintermedia, which was initially created to publicly thank services like CoActivate that help us in non-monetary ways. First, I experimented with setting up the software to receive BitCoins, and put up a wallet address (is that right?), and over the next year that was followed by a link to a Patreon page, and then a Liberapay page. These micropatronage sites allow people to give small, regular amounts, and in theory, like newspaper subscriptions, many peoples small payments can add up. Im embarrassed to admit that so far, these efforts have been a dismal failure.

For a start, the BitCoin address I published was: 19KER7hfqXhZnHnnJ3VcGRr2w3i1v6e44e

But I have no idea now where this directs BitCoins to, or if anyone actually donated any, how to retrieve them. I just havent had the time to do all the reading required to fully understand how to use BitCoin; how to back up my wallet, how to accept payments to the same wallet from multiple devices, whether I can do this using the same address, so many questions! The same is even more true for other crypto-coins (FairCoin, FreiCoin, SolarCoin, NameCoin, FileCoin etc). If you can help me get to grips with any of this, especially if you are keen to donate to Disintermedia  please feel free to contact me.

Im also considering figuring out how to use Brave, Minds, SteemIt, Earn.io, and a bunch of other new systems that claim to offer ways of paying creators who contribute to the weaving of the free web. But seriously, figuring out which of these are honest, and viable, is a high-stakes research project in and of itself. With real money involved, theres no kind of software more attractive to bad actors, idealistic incompetents, and venture capitalists. They all take time to set up and learn to use well, and you cant get any benefit out of them without giving them real personal details and banking information. On top of that, theres a risk involved in implicitly endorsing them if they end up being dodgy.

Ive thought about experimenting with the newly relaunched Flattr 2.0, s...

15:55

The Late, Late Movie: Wild Geese "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Great cast with Burton,Moore and Harris; plus great support

15:49

In a U.S.-China Tech Battle, Lots of Self-Inflicted Wounds "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The interdependence of technology companies across the Pacific means that a tech war isnt a zero-sum game

ZTE is one of two Chinese companies seeking to take a global lead in establishing next-generation mobile internet networks, known as 5G.
ZTE is one of two Chinese companies seeking to take a global lead in establishing next-generation mobile internet networks, known as 5G.PHOTO: PICHI CHUANG/REUTERS

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Made in China 2025 is Beijings industrial plan to dominate high-tech industries including robotics, aerospace and computer chips. The Trump administration argues China is using the plan to give its tech companies unfair advantage over foreign rivals. But what is it exactly?

April 19, 2018 9:19 a.m. ET

HONG KONGChinese regulators warned they have hard to resolve concerns about Qualcomm Inc.s $44 billion bid for rival NXP Semiconductors NV, the latest shot in a technology-centric trade battle with the U.S. that is growing more intense.

The move follows a decision by the U.S. Commerce Department to ban sales of American components to Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp., as well as threats from the White House to slap tariffs on $150 billion worth of Chinese goods to punish what it says are efforts to steal U.S. technology.

The tit-for-tat steps have put technology firms at the center of an escalating trade fight between the U.S. a...

15:15

Lawyer gave his life to protest over climate pollution "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As a metaphor for the destruction of the planet, David Buckel doused himself in fossil fuel before starting a fire. He hoped his macabre death would lead to increased action on climate change.

Here is a hope that giving a life might bring some attention to the need for expanded actions, and help others give a voice to our home, and Earth is heard. ()

Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result my early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves. ()

Pollution ravages our planet, oozing inhabitability via air, soil, water and weather. Our present grows more desperate, our future needs more than what weve been doing.
~ Excerpts from David Buckels protest suicide note


Climate change is killing people. And not always in the ways you maybe had imagined it would happen.

Why didnt I take the issue more seriously? Why didnt I talk with my children about it? Why didnt I help them with finding solutions?

You may start asking yourself that kind of questions if one morning you are woken up by Police knocking on your door to inform you that your daughter has killed herself as a way to call for increased action on climate change.

I say that because in the city where I live, residents generally...

15:07

PNG PM O'Neill begins CHOGM Meeting with Courtesy call to the Duke of York "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister,  Peter ONeill  has begun his range of high level meetings at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) with a courtesy call to HRH Prince Andrew KG, GCVO, CD, ADC, The Duke of York.

During the meeting at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, the Prime Minister and the Duke of York discussed issues of relevance for Papua New Guinea and the Commonwealth.
Prince Andrew is clearly concerned by the recent Highlands earthquake and expressed his sympathies following the disaster, the Prime Minister said from London.

In almost all of our CHOGM-related meetings today, for myself, the Foreign Minister, and senior officials, there was clear concern at the loss of life in the earthquake.

We certainly thank Prince Andrew and our Commonwealth counterparts for their concern, and the support that has been received from partner countries for relief operations.

There are a number of Commonwealth countries that experience earthquakes and other natural disasters, and it is important to share information to enhance planning and future responses.

The recent disaster was a shock to our country and the Commonwealth, as a large earthquake has not been experienced in the Highlands for one hundred years.

The Prime Minister said his discussion with the Duke of York was wide-ranging and covered a range of issues relevant to development and regional engagement.

Prince Andrew is certainly familiar with Papua New Guinea, having visited our country as recently as the Pacific Games in 2015.

"One of the important messages that we are carrying to our Commonwealth partners and business representatives is that Papua New Guinea is a country that is changing.
"We are transforming our nation from traditional communities to a modernising economy in the space of a generation.

"This brings with it challenges, but is also changing lives, particularly over the past seven years that our Government has been in office.

"Particularly in the area of healthcare and education, Prince Andrew is familiar with development in other Commonwealth countries so his views and observations are welcome.

"The policies that we are delivering in education and healthcare is delivering clear benefits to our people and empowering our young generation.

"Around the Commonwealth, a range of development models and policies have been implement with varying results.

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14:55

The Late Movie: North Sea Hijack (1980) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Roger Moore and James Mason lead a pretty good cast in this Andrew V. Mclaglen film

14:47

Japan volcano erupts for first time in 250 years "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

AFP

JIJI PRESS/AFP | Mount Io, which has erupted for the first time since 1768, may become more active, volcanologist Makoto Saito warns
TOKYO (AFP)  A volcano in southern Japan erupted for the first time in 250 years on Thursday, spewing steam and ash hundreds of metres into the air, as authorities warned locals not to approach the mountain.

There is a possibility that (Mount Io) will become more active, said Makoto Saito, an official from the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), confirming the eruption.

In a televised press conference, he warned residents in the area to stay away from the mountain, part of the Mount Kirishima group of volcanoes, as major ash deposits spread from the crater.

It was the first eruption of the mountain since 1768, the JMA said.

The agency warned that large flying rocks could fall over a three-kilometre (two-mile) radius.

The eruption threw smoke and ash 400 metres (1,300 feet) into the air.

Footage captured by the JMA and local media showed thick white and grey smoke rising from several areas of the mountain.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said, adding that the government was taking all possible measures to prevent damage and casualties.

The eruption occurred a few kilometres (miles) away from Shinmoedake, which featured in the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice and erupted in March.

Japan, with scores of active volcanoes, sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire where a large proportion of the worlds earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are recorded.

In January, a Japanese soldier was killed and several other people injured after an eruption near a popular ski resort in northwest of Tokyo.

On September 27, 2014, Japan suffered its deadliest eruption in almost 90 years when Mount Ontake, in central Nagano prefecture, burst unexpectedly to life.

An estimated 63 people were killed in the shock eruption which occurred as the peak was packed with hikers out to see the regions spectacular autumn colours.

14:05

World watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

14:01

April 20 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1303 The University of Rome La Sapienza was instituted by Pope Boniface VIII.

1453 The last naval battle in Byzantine history when three Genoese galleys escorting a Byzantine transport fought their way through the huge Ottoman blockade fleet and into the Golden Horn.

1494 Johannes Agricola, German Protestant reformer was born (d. 1566) .

1534  Jacques Cartier began the voyage during which he discovered Canada and Labrador.

1535 The Sun Dog phenomenon observed over Stockholm and depicted in the famous painting Vdersolstavlan

1653  Oliver Cromwell dissolved the Rump Parliament.

1657 Admiral Robert Blake destroyed a Spanish silver fleet under heavy fire at Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

1657  Freedom of religion  was granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam (later New York City).

1689 The former King James II of England,  then deposed, lay siege to Derry.

1775 American Revolutionary War: the Siege of Boston began.

1792 France declared war on Austria, beginning of French Revolutionary Wars.

1809 Two Austrian army corps in Bavaria are defeated by a First French Empire army led by Napoleon I of France at the Battle of Abensberg on the second day of a four day campaign which ended in a French victory.

1810 The Governor of Caracas declared independence from Spain.

1828...

13:13

Sandy Hook Saga: Parents Suing Jones For Cruel and Dangerous Assertions "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Do you believe Sandy Hook was a False Flag? If so, then is a case of crisis actors yet again? It seems unlikely to me. Regardless of ones beliefs, this should be taken as indication that Alt. Media needs to tread carefully! AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) The parents of two children killed in the 2012 []

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12:16

366 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Weve been having heating problems again.

The weather has been warm, so we havent missed it too much,  and the fix-it man turned up today, worked his magic and got the motor which heats the water which heats the house going again for which Im grateful.

11:51

2018 dates confirmed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hi everyone and sorry for not getting an update out to you all a bit sooner!!!

We have set the dates for the 2018 Walkatjurra Walkabout and the bus will be leaving Fremantle on the 5th of August, returning on September 3rd.

You can register here
More info at www.walkingforcountry.com

For those of you that have been on the walks over the last 7 years, or have been on one of the many road trips that the Bardi Bus has taken, we are reaching out to you to GIVE SOME LOVE TO THE BARDI BUS.

We have just got back from Western Australias first radioactive exposure tour and the Bardi Bus needed some new bearings, Tyres and a few minor repairs. We also had to put her in for an inspection and pay the insurance and registration. This all came to around $4,000 and we are a little bit short!!!

You can make a donation to the Bardi Bus at Bardi Bus needs some Loving

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11:35

New undersea cable initiative to improve internet speed and cost in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The multi-million undersea cable that Australia will fund, construct and hand-over to Papua New Guinea will transform information technology communications, according to the Minister for for Communications, Information Technology and Energy Sam Basil.

It will help move Papua New Guinea closer to faster, more reliable and affordable IT telecommunication services.

The new Coral Sea cable will bring benefits in greater speeds and bandwidth (10 terabits per second on each fibre compared to 1000 gigabits per second now). It will be 200 times faster than the existing cables and definitely reduce the cost of internet to the consumer..

The pricing structure is yet to be determined which will also depend on the wholesale costings by Dataco. But it will greatly reduce the overall cost of internet in the country and make us competitive in internet costs with other countries.

Minister Basil has thrown his ministerial support including line Government agencies Department of Information and Communications (DCI), National Information Communications Technology Authority (NICTA), and the National Broadcasting Corporation(NBC) to the underseas cable project.

I am also calling on all line agencies which are not directly under my ministry and all National Government stakeholders - to provide every support and assistance to this project which will ensure reliability, affordability and speed in IT communications in the country, the ICT Minister said.

Minister Basil wants to see an all-of-Government coordinated approach on this vital ICT infrastructure led by line agencies DCI, NICTA, DataCo, Telikom PNG and backed by stakeholder Departments Treasury, National Planning, Finance and APEC ICT.

Basil said this in a statement issued after a Meeting with officials from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade led by Deputy Secretary Ms Penny Williams and Australian High Commission in Port Moresby led by Minister-Counselor Mr Benedict David on Monday. Officials from the DFAT-engaged projector developer Vocus were also present in NICTA Office conference room.

Mr Basil was supported by PNG ICT officials led by acting Secretary of Department of Information and Communications, Mr Paulias Korni and National Information Communications Technology Authority Chief Executive, Mr Charles Punana.

The building of the undersea cable will improve telecommunications connec...

11:26

Cancer awareness at Tatana Primary School "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Papua New Guinea Cancer Foundation (PNGCF) carried out a cancer awareness program today in Tatana village, Port Moresby.
PNGCF, in partnership with ExxonMobil (PNG) Ltd, conducted its second Healthy Teens School Program (HTSP) for 2018 to the upper primary school students grade 6, 7 and 8 of Tatana Primary School.
PNGCF Health Educator, Jacob Oburi, spoke to the students about what cancer was and how to reduce the risk of acquiring the illness.
He stated that the HTSP was basically about getting the message across to teens in school, especially upper primary and lower secondary school students as they are more susceptible to these habits.
Through this program, we encourage our students not to chew betel-nut, smoke cigarettes, or take alcohol, said Mr Oburi.
We also encourage them to eat healthy. Sometimes we do not want to eat what our mothers cook; we want to eat what we want to eat, but it is important to make healthy choices.
PNGCF Programs Coordinator Priscillar Napoleon stressed on the importance of taking the message home to family and friends to educate them as well about protecting their future from cancer.
Also present at the event, was 2018 Commonwealth Games Weightlifter Silver Medallist Dika Toua, and her sister Thelma who shared their sporting experiences and how important it was to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
The HTSP will continue to conduct cancer awareness programs in Boera, Baruni, Hanuabada and Porebada villages throughout the year.

Picture: students of Tatana Primary School with Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist, Dika Toua. PNGFM

11:24

Enquiry to be set over beheading and shooting of youths in Madang "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An enquiry will be set with a coroners quest to determine the cause of actions by police into the death of youths in Madang in a clash and the beheading of a teacher by criminals that lead to the clash.
ACP Northern Command Peter Guinis said, in the fall of events during the clash, the police reacted in self-defence when patrol bombs were thrown at them resulting in a police officer critically injured and three youths shot at by police.
We will not defend the police if the police were wrong to shoot but with the coroners inquiry set they are ready to answer questions that will be raised said ACP Guinis.
ACP Guinis said preliminary investigations are underway for the deaths that occurred during the unrest.
Meanwhile, Mr Guinis said there are a lot of issues involved in the beheading of the teacher but did not reveal which ones exactly.
He said only investigations will reveal and establish what actually happened.
Guinis has also called for a total cooperation from local leaders in Madang to identify the suspects involved in the beheading of the teacher.
The head has been returned to the relatives and preliminary investigations have commenced and we will need cooperation from local level government leaders, said Mr Guinis.
He added that in these way matters can be sorted out by identifying people involved in the beheading and what actually transpired into the beheading and clash..

Police in Madang:   PNGFM/PNG Today

11:00

Thursday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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10:51

On living under a hyperreal sky "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On the morning of 11 August 1993, my partner and I took a train and then a bus from Milan, where we lived, to Courmayeur, an alpine town near the French border. We didnt book any accommodation, but headed with our blankets a little way up Mont Blanc, in search of an open space protected from the lights of the city. It was the night of the Perseids, or tears of Saint Lawrence, when the

10:30

Ayn Rand: Phil Donahue interview 1980 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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10:00

Tech Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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09:30

The Jordan Peterson Interview "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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09:00

The freebird club: Senior citizens fighting loneliness "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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08:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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08:00

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 [] The post Whaleoil backchat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:43

Corporate tax, inequality & bastard banks "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Corporate tax is a hot topic in Australia with major corporations lobbying hard for a cut in the tax rate even while the business practices of Australias banks are revealed to one and all as little better than criminal. Aware of the rising inequality driven by multi-national tax minimisation and avoidance, many Australians are justifiably angry.

AusGov.info contains Australias top-earning companies (including the likes of Google, Apple, BHP, Glencore & ExxonMobil). In fact, theres a tonne of information at AusGov.info so I thought Id break out a guide for how to search some of the datasets. Ill start with the recipients data.

This data includes the following datasets:

  • AEC political donations data receipts to & from political parties
  • ACNC charities register ABN, address, beneficiaries, electorate
  • ACNC Annual Information Statements Assets, Liabilities, Income, Expenses, Grants/...

07:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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07:00

Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

What was the happiest or one of the happiest days of your life? If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?   The post Lets talk appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Equivocate  to use equivocal language especially with intent to deceive; to avoid committing oneself in what one says; to use ambiguous or unclear expressions, usually to avoid commitment or in order to mislead; prevaricate or hedge; speak in a way that is intentionally not clear and confusing to other people, especially to hide the truth.

06:30

Old white man of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Quote: Burt Munro, known as the fastest man from New Zealand, became internationally known for the records he broke at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah in the 1960s. In eleven record attempting trips to the National Speed Week, the Kiwi broke three world records on his Indian motorcycle one of which still stands [] The post Old white man of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:29

PNG A Dumping Ground for Inferior Housing "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

PNG is unfortunately a dumping ground for all kinds of inferior products such as electronic goods, clothing, food, etc.  Unfortunately for people wanting to purchase their own home, whether its to live in or for investment purposes, weve also become a bit of a dumping ground for inferior houses and building products.
Co-Founder and Director of PNG construction company Rhodes (PNG) Limited, Andrew Avenell, believes that his  industry should be doing everything it can to mitigate the building and selling of sub-standard homes.  He says that one way to prevent more of these types of houses coming on to the market is to reduce the demand for them through educating the house-buying public.  PNG currently has a relatively unsophisticated house-buying market with many buyers being the first generation in their family to take out a bank loan to purchase a modern, or western-style, house.  People need to be aware that sub-standard homes are on the market and they also need to know how to avoid them.
The advice Rhodes is giving people is to do their homework, shop around, and ask lots of questions.  People have the right to insist on quality and most importantly, ask for evidence of quality.  For example, customers can ask builders and building product suppliers to show them mill certificates to prove that the steel theyre using is high quality galvanised steel as opposed to low carbon and therefore low quality steel.  Likewise, they can demand evidence of Australian Standard (or equivalent) building products and fit out materials.  If the builder cant or wont produce the evidence then its a reasonable indicator that something is amiss and that the quality of the building is potentially suspect.
Other advice Rhodes is giving house buyers is that their home will last longer if they frame it with steel rather than wood.  There is obvious self-interest in this advice as Rhodes builds with steel.  However, its a fact that good quality steel framed homes have a design life of 50+ years whereas good quality termite treatments are typically only guaranteed for a maximum of 25 years.  Avenell points out that most people dont stop to think of the difference between termite resistant and termite  proof.  Steel is termite proof but timber is not.
A significant consideration when it comes to buying a house is obviously affordability.  Advances in technology have resulted in more affordable building materials and building techniques su...

06:25

ExxonMobil Announces 84 Percent Increase in Pnyang Resource, Potential Expansion in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

2 trillion cubic feet of gas added to Pnyang field resource estimate
Recoverable resource now estimated at 4.36 trillion cubic feet of gas
Supports three-train LNG plant expansion concept

IRVING, Texas Exxon Mobil Corporation today announced that the size of the natural gas resource at the Pnyang field in Papua New Guinea has increased to 4.36 trillion cubic feet of gas, an 84 percent increase from a previous assessment completed in 2012. The increase supports a potential significant expansion of operations in the country.

The independent recertification study by Netherland Sewell and Associates follows the successful completion in January of the Pnyang South-2 well, located in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea.

The results support ExxonMobils discussions with its joint venture partners on a three-train expansion concept for the PNG LNG liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant near Port Moresby, with one new train dedicated to gas from the Pnyang and PNG LNG fields and two trains dedicated to gas associated with the Papua LNG project.

The increase in the estimated resource size of the Pnyang field helps illustrate the tremendous growth opportunities for our operations in Papua New Guinea, said Liam Mallon, president of ExxonMobil Development Company. We are working closely with our joint venture partners and the government to progress the Pnyang field development proposal and secure the licenses needed to develop this world-class resource.

The development concept, which would add approximately 8 million tons of LNG annually, would double the capacity of the existing LNG plant operated by ExxonMobil. 

This investment would extend our gas pipeline infrastructure into the countrys Western Province and have a meaningful and lasting economic impact for Papua New Guinea and its people, Mallon said.

The Pnyang field is located within petroleum retention license 3, which covers 105,000 acres (425 square kilometers). ExxonMobil affiliates operate the license with a 49 percent interest in the block. Affiliates of Oil Search have a 38.5 percent interest and JX Nippon has 12.5 percent interest.

Papua LNG is seeking to commercialize the Elk-Antelope fields located in petroleum retention license 15 in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea. An ExxonMobil affiliate holds 37.1 percent interest, and affiliates of operator Total S.A. and Oil Search Limited have 40.1 percent and 22.8 percent interest, respectively. 

06:22

Bountiful May harvest beckons in Markham Valley "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Trukai Industries domestic rice production efforts in Markham Valley will produce the single largest rice farm outside of Australia, with project stakeholders looking forward to a bountiful harvest towards May this year.

 The Trukai team has been able to plant over 200ha of rice with their landowner partners in the UMI area, which has progressed steadily from just a pilot trial to what will be PNGs largest domestic rice farm.

Its a journey that has really just started towards fulfilling PNGs domestic rice aspirations, but what is happening now is the result of working through these challenges and overcoming them, said Trukai Rice Development Manager Humphrey Saese.

According to Saese, rice farming in PNG comes with great difficulty, especially under rainfed conditions in such a tropical environment.


Understanding the dynamics of rainfall requirements, pest pressure, diseases and more importantly landowner issues and cultural barriers, is a complex blueprint to execute, he explained.


When we first started advertising our interest to engage landowners some five years back, we received overwhelming interests from all over Papua New Guinea, including growers from the Morobe province.


There are many out there who want the dream of growing rice to become a reality, but the truth we have to face is there are many challenges and hurdles we need to overcome in this nation to be able unlock the true potential of rice farming.


In 2015, through the Morobe provincial government, Trukai made contact with Chingwam Cooperative in the Markham district. This was followed up with a pilot trial plot of 6ha, delivering over 20tons of paddy to the mill. In 2016, the area was increased to 40ha though rice love moisture, the excess moisture from the rain, presented challenges and also tested the ability of the crop to adapt and grow.

We then had to overcome what was potentially extensive brown plant hopper damage of our 40ha rice plantation, Saese said.


Luckily for us, the pest incursion occurred in isolated pockets and our team were quick to respond with approach control measures, allowing the crop to finish off with a record produce of 140 tons.


Mr Saese said the commercial venture continues to gain momentum with almost daily phone calls, test messages, an...

06:22

TOMORROW IS POPPY DAY "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The theme for this years RSA Poppy Appeal, not all wounds bleed, highlights the fact that mental health injuries are the most common, but least understood, of all wounds suffered by New Zealand servicemen and women. 

75% of New Zealand's veterans with a mental health injury resulting from their service are under the age of 45. 

Please give generously.

 

06:00

Sudoku quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:31

When extension becomes effective refusal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I've had a lot of bad OIA experiences, and my fair share of Ministers and officials playing games with extensions to delay access to documents until an issue is out of the media. However, I've never had anything as bad as this Canadian requester, who had an agency give itself an 80 year extension on an Access to Information Act request:

A federal institution has given itself what may be the longest-ever time extension to respond to a citizen's request under the Access to Information Act at least 80 years, which will delay the delivery of documents to 2098 or beyond.

"I may get those records in my next lifetime," 70-year-old Michael Dagg, the requester and longtime user of the act, said in an interview.

Dagg asked Library and Archives Canada (LAC) for files from Project Anecdote, an RCMP investigation into money laundering and public corruption that was launched in May 1993.

No charges were ever laid in the massive probe, which concluded in 2003. The voluminous Mountie files were eventually turned over to the government archives.

"You will note the extensive list of responsive records and we will need up to an 80-year minimum (bringing the due date to the year 2098)," LAC advised Dagg in writing last week, warning that consulting other departments would add more time.


This seems to be the longest AIA extension in Canadian history, and it effectively amounts to a refusal. There's good reason - the file is 780,000 pages, so there's a lot to go through and redact - and in New Zealand it is likely that it would simply be refused as requiring substantial collation and research. That at least would be honest; instead Library and Archives Canada is pretending that they're going to grant the request, while pretty obviously having no intention of doing so in practice - the files will be released when they would be required to be made public under public records law, and not before. Which means this "extension" is simply an official exercise in deceit.

05:30

A tough love message that needs saying: Part three "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

05:22

Malcolm Turnbull courts Pacific leaders amid China push "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Malcolm Turnbull used talks in London overnight to reassure Pacific Island leaders including the Prime Minister of Vanuatu of Australia's reliability as a partner following revelations of preliminary discussions with China to establish a military base on Vanuatu.

Turnbull, who said last week that any such move would be a direct threat to regional peace and stability, expressed such views to Vanuatu's Prime Minister Charlot Salwai.

Salwai assured Turnbull he had no plans of allowing China to establish a military footprint in his country.

I rule out, I rule out," he said after the meeting.

Vanuatu was never dreaming to become a military base one day. It is not in our culture, it is not in our tradition.

Amid concerns about China using soft diplomacy to spread its influence in the region, Turnbull also had a meeting upon arrival in London Wednesday with his Solomon Islands counterpart Rick Houenipwela, and Fiji's Prime Minister and Cop23 President Frank Bainimarama.

Last week, in a bid to counter China, Australia sent a high-level delegation to the Solomon Islands to confirm its commitment to build an undersea internet cable between the two countries. The project was originally going to be installed by Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei.

Turnbull reassured Houenipwela that Australia would fund the cable.

China's use of soft diplomacy measures such as infrastructure building and loans to increase its influence in the Asia-Pacific is of growing concern to Australia and her allies and is a significant item of discussion at this week's Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

With 11 of the 15 Pacific Island Forum nations being members of the Commonwealth, efforts being made to counter Chinese influence also include persuading Britain to redirect more of its aid money to the Asia-Pacific post Brexit, and to push for former French Pacific colonies to become Commonwealth members and give Paris a greater stake in the region.

Salwai noted that a port built in his country with a loan by China and which sparked concerns about it being used one day for military purposes, was cheaper than a separate port the Japanese funded.

We don't invest in a project that doesn't have a return, he said.

He said the wharf funded by the Japanese was more expensive than the one we got the loan from China.

The one in....

05:00

Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Nothing beats good ballet for visuals and music (not even Opera which can come a close second for me at times). Top for me is Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet Macmillan 2000. Prokofievs Romeo and Juliet extract 1. The Capulets have a ball, Romeo gate-crashes in a mask, and Juliet is introduced to us. She dances [] The post Mental health break appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:50

Five Eyes demand action on Russia hacking "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

British prime minister Theresa May. Photo EPA/Will Oliver

LONDON AAP

Russias cyber warfare attacks on the United Kingdom and its links to chemical weapons have prompted four countries in the Five Eyes security alliance to demand action.

The prime ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK met in London to discuss cyber security, and Russias attacks in particular.

The cooperation between our nations allowed us to trace Februarys NotPetya hack to Russia, UK Prime Minister Theresa May said in the meeting on Wednesday local time.

Russia is using cyber as part of a wider effort to attack and undermine the international system.

Its interference over the past year has included attacks on the public sector, media, telecommunications and energy sectors.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said illegal conduct from Russia cannot be tolerated.

Whether it is a chemical attack in Syria, the use of a nerve agent on British soil, or the expanding cyber attacks across the internet these must be resisted, they must be protected, they must be identified, Mr Turnbull told the meeting.

Mrs May said Russia is using disinformation campaigns to distort the truth of what happened in chemical weapons attacks in Salisbury and in Syria.

I have been clear to Russia that we know what it is doing. And we should be in no doubt that such cyber warfare is one of the great challenges of our time, she said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the four nations, who along with the United States make up the Five Eyes security alliance, stood in solidarity with the UK.

...

04:30

Climate change is so last century "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We now have to achieve Climate Restoration. Quote: The Left, in the form of the think tank RAND, has gone full Luddite: Since the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, society has organized efforts to limit the magnitude of climate change around the concept of stabilization that is, accepting some climate change [] The post Climate change is so last century appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:24

Less than open II "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Back in March, I received some OIA'd documents from Clare Curran, the Minister of Open Government. Among other things, they showed that SSC had presented her with an draft open government strategy in November. Naturally, it was kept secret. I was curious about this, so sent in a followup request seeking information about this strategy. Today I received the response. Despite at least four months having passed since it was given to the Minister, the strategy is still being kept secret, supposedly because it is under "active consideration" (as opposed to under a desk somewhere being ignored). One thing that is clear however is that SSC's proposal that the strategy be consulted on at the same time as the Open Government Partnership action plan was rejected - that consultation is currently underway, and there's no mention of the strategy at all.

SSC did release some pretty powerpoint slides, including one of "actions taking place in the open government system". Naturally, this includes something secret. But it also mentions under international actions the idea of "New Zealand taking a leadership role in the Open Government Partnership". Of course, to do that, we'd have to start by developing an action plan which actually displayed some ambition, rather than just being a grab-bag of unambitious business-as-usual policies. And they'd need to walk the talk on consultation, rather than treating it as a box to be ticked. Whether they're actually doing that is left as an exercise for the reader.

04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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03:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Zespri says Gold3 licensing tender to generated as much as $195M in 2018  Rebecca Howard:

 (BusinessDesk) Zespri Group said corporate revenue from the 2018 allocation of the Gold3 license release will be $190 million to $195 million, or around $253,000-to-$260,000 per hectare, a figure that is up on the prior year.

The range is the combined revenue estimate resulting from 700 hectares of Gold3 licence, and 50 hectares of Gold3 Organic new development licence, both released under a closed tender bid mechanism, New Zealands statutory kiwifruit exporter said in a release. The validation process for all bids is still ongoing and all bidders will be notified of their outcome from May 1. . . .

Water quality results show pleasing improvements:

Federated Farmers says all the hard work being done to improve our freshwater quality is starting to pay off.

The release of the National River Water Quality Trends by Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) show that many more sites are improving than deteriorating for all the river water quality parameters monitored over a 10 year period.

There are lots of good things going on, both urban and rural, to help improve the quality of our waterways, Federated Farmers water and environment spokesperson Chris Allen says.

It is very good news. To see that the effort being made is starting to show results. . . 

Bigger role for water companies in farm strategy:

Irrigation companies have a bigger role to play in helping farmers make strategic decisions on land use, future innovation strategist Roger Dennis says.

Dennis is a key-note speaker at Agri Innovation in Ashburton on 2 May, held jointly by MHV Water, Ashburton Lyndhurst Irrigation and Barrhill Chertsey Irrigation.

He says many organisations influence farmers, but none is more agnostic about how farmers use their land than the company that delivers their water. . . 

Irrigation body confident of b...

03:30

Caption competition "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Totays cabzion combetizion is ein doosy. haffe fun. The post Caption competition appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:00

Newspaper spruiks mass immigration, gets whacked by readers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Australian used its front page today to spruik for big Australia and continued mass migration. Readers were not impressed. Quote: a landmark report released by Treasury and the Department of Home Affairs makes the case for a big Australia [] the report found that skilled migrants were delivering an economic dividend, lifting the standard [] The post Newspaper spruiks mass immigration, gets whacked by readers appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

New Zealands history of political gifts "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Our class-less leader Jacinda Ardern thinks that a cheap stuffed Kiwi made in China is an appropriate gift for a powerful world leader like Germanys Angela Merkel. Traditionally a gift from the Prime Minister of New Zealand to other leaders is a quality gift that was New Zealand made or especially significant to the recipient [] The post New Zealands history of political gifts appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:19

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

FREE HAWAI`I TV
THE FREE HAWAI`I BROADCASTING NETWORK

 

"WHY OHA NEEDS THIS TWELVE-STEP PROGRAM - PART TWO"

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02:14

New Zealand pledges US$1 million to support Bougainville referendum "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

UNDP

Port Moresby, 18 April 2018  The Government of New Zealand has strengthened its support to the National Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG), the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through a one-million-dollar (US) contribution to UNDPs Bougainville Referendum Support Project (BRSP).
Endorsed by both governments at the Joint Supervisory Body meeting of December 2017, the BRSP aims to support the Bougainville Referendum Commission (BRC) to deliver an effective referendum.
The BRSP will assist the BRC through technical expertise, the procurement of operational items such as voter registration equipment, and outreach activities including the production and distribution of awareness materials. The project will also conduct training of media and other key partners on their respective roles in the referendum process.  
The project will coordinate closely with activities funded by the UN Peacebuilding Fund and other international partners to support the National Government of PNG and the ABG not only to hold a successful referendum, but also transition peacefully through the post-referendum period.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator for Papua New Guinea, Gianluca Rampolla, said: The United Nations continues to work with both the National Government of PNG and the ABG on the implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement, and the successful staging of the referendum constitutes a significant aspect of this work.
We are incredibly privileged to have a supporter such as New Zealand, and we look forward to furthering this relationship.
Sue Mackwell, the New Zealand High Commissioner to PNG, hopes that their funding will encourage other international partners to also support the project.
The pea...

02:11

Tools of the trade: Australias new investment in global health R&D "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The global market for medical products is shaped mainly by the demands of wealthy consumers. It rarely calls into being the tools needed to combat diseases that afflict primarily poor countries therapeutics, diagnostics and vaccines, as well as technologies that prevent the spread of disease such as insecticide-treated bed nets. Where such products do exist, its often down to the needs of tourists and soldiers and those products tend to fail over time as microbes and vectors evolve to evade our defences.

At the same time, governments and publicly or philanthropically funded research institutions generally do not have all the expertise required to discover, develop and create production pathways for such products.

Thats where Product Development Partnerships (PDPs) come in. PDPs are lean, not-for-profit public health intermediary organisations. They catalyse the discovery and development of global health products by bringing together public and private sector research and development expertise across a broad portfolio of product candidates. Some candidates succeed, some fall by the wayside.

The net effect of the 16 major PDPs work over the past two decades has been an impressive reinvigoration of the pipeline of tools for global health. Most importantly, a growing number of these tools have been approved for use, are under consideration by regulatory agencies, or are in late-stage trials.

When the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, launched Australias Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific region in October 2017, she announced that Australia would commit $75 million over five years to support the work of PDPs from 2018. This represents the Australian aid programs single largest commitment to global health research and development, and a 50% increase in PDP funding in annual terms.

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02:09

Giant group of octopus moms discovered in the deep sea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Giant group of octopus moms discovered in the deep sea | 17 April 2018 | Two deep-sea expeditions have revealed a giant group of octopuses and their eggs in a place where they shouldn't be able to survive. "When I first saw the photos, I thought, 'They shouldn't be there! Not that deep and not that many of them!'" says Janet Voight, a zoologist at the Field Museum in Chicago and co-author of a paper on the octopuses published this month in the journal Deep Sea Research Part I. Nearly two miles deep in the Pacific Ocean and 100 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, scientists on two oceanographic cruises used subsea vehicles to explore the Dorado Outcrop, a rocky patch of seafloor formed of cooled and hardened lava from an underwater volcano. Geochemists explored the outcrop in a submersible, hoping to collect samples of the warm fluids that emerge from cracks in the rocks. They didn't count on finding dozens of octopuses huddled around those openings.

02:00

Thursdays quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

You are invited to pose the questions.

Anyone who stumps everyone will win a virtual batch of apple muffins.

02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Maungatapu peninsula from Hairini causeway at dawn, Tauranga. ** Dear readers please send us your photos if you want VFYW to continue. Please try to ensure that part of the window is in the photo. It doesnt have to be taken from a house but [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:51

We Need A New Sacrifice To The Aussie Altar Of Anzac Honesty "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Its that time of year again, Anzac Day, when mainstream media, politicians and shock jocks find a whole new expression of honesty to be outraged at.

A couple of days ago, New Matilda journalist Ben Eltham sent out this tweet:

As most will recall, we have a brief but impressive history of flogging people for expressing truthful statements that dont align with the official Anzac myth. It all began in 2015 with the heinous anti-Australian Australian, Scott McIntyre, a former journalist with SBS who tweeted about atrocities committed by Anzacs during the war.

Remembering the summary execution, widespread rape and theft committed by these brave Anzacs in Egypt, Palestine and Japan, McIntyre accurately and outrageously wrote to his Twitter followers.

And then this: Not forgetting that the largest single-day terrorist attacks in history were committed by this nation & their allies in Hiroshima & Nagasaki.

A nation lost its shit, and McIntyre lost his job. As an aside, he had another crack in 2016.

In 2017, we found a whole new target controversial journalist Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who used April 25 to tweet: Lest. We. Forget. (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine.)

Abdel Magied wasnt just hounded out of her job she was hounded out of the country (and last week deported from the US for having the wrong visa).

But the woman Australia apparently most loves to hate appears not to have learned her lesson, if her response to Elthams tweet this week is anything to go by.

Abdel-Magieds response sparked this thoroughly...

01:43

How To Unleash Your True Power As A Creator, Truthseekah "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

How To Unleash Your True Power As A Creator, Truthseekah

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Tell us who you are and how you got to where you are now...

Seems as great a place to start a discussion as any other.
After going through a period of religion, a deeper revelation dawned that the occult and mystic arts had more to do with being a powerful creator, rather than just a servant of one, that realization carries with it certain obligations, namely, that it honors ones creator if one is also a creator.
But, guilt, fear and pain, while unpleasant, are in fact one of the principle drivers behind the creation of in many cases, great art and innovative, inspiring individuals.
A deep and personal conversation about what makes people who they are, is, sometimes, the easiest way to see ones own path to a better future.
Please listen, laugh, learn and ponder over this truly provocative conversation that touches on everything from religious indoctrination to making music that comes from the soul!

01:42

Donald Trump scrubs the TPP again "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

US president Donald Trump. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

LOS ANGELES AAP

US President Donald Trump has again turned his back on the Trans-Pacific Partnership after just days ago raising the prospect he might consider rejoining the massive free trade agreement with Australia, Japan and nine other allied nations.

Mr Trump, at the end of a two-day visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, told reporters he was now actively pursuing a bilateral deal with Japan.

The US is committed to free, fair and reciprocal very important word trade and we are committed to pursuing a bilateral trading relationship that benefits both of our great countries, Mr Trump told Wednesdays press conference.

Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, Brunei, Peru, Vietnam, Chile, Malaysia and Mexico moved ahead on the TPP without the US and in March had a formal signing ceremony for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), also known as TPP11.

Mr Trump also told reporters on Wednesday he was looking forward to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in coming weeks in the hope of ridding the rogue nation of its nuclear weapons.

Hopefully that meeting will be a great success, Mr Trump said.

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01:36

CREDIT WHERE CREDITS DUE ... PERHAPS "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Readers will know I'm no fan of President Trump (nor his opponent in the 2016 elections).    Indeed, I think James Comey is pretty much on the money in his description of him.

But all that aside it appears his shear unpredictability as President may have forced the North Koreans to the negotiating table ... if he manages to pull this off he will have achieved what no other US President in recent times came close to.

Lotsa water to flow under the bridge and the talks (if indeed they take place) might well end in failure but, if I were a betting man, I would put money on them resulting in some easing of tensions accompanied by ???    The reality is the tough regime of US orchestrated sanctions are biting and the DKR needs to have them lifted either in whole or in part.   This, coupled with the limited economic reforms now being championed by Kim3, means the time might now be right for a constructive dialogue between the two nuclear nations.

If President Trump can pull this off he deserves kudos for that even though my opinion of him is unlikely to change.  


01:30

All sorted, Taranaki oil and gas workers have a lifeline "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Taranaki oil and gas workers have received a lifeline for their future employment: Quote: The Northern Territory government has lifted a ban on hydraulic fracturing of onshore gas that will open up more than half of the territorys land mass to the controversial practice. The first exploration fracking by petroleum companies is expected to occur early next [] The post All sorted, Taranaki oil and gas workers have a lifeline appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:21

Meeting 6pm Tonight: Independent and Peaceful Australia Network - War on Syria contingency meeting 19 April "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Invitation to a meeting to coordinate contingency plans for an emergency rally in the event of war breaking out or bombing resuming in Syria/Middle East or on the Korean Peninsula.

Thursday 19 April
6pm
Level 4
Trades Hall
(Please note that we have changed to a larger room)

The global situation is unpredictable and inflammable.

The peace movement needs to come together to make contingency plans in advance to mobilise mass protests and rallies in the event of war breaking out.

A contingency plan and a broad coalition is needed to mobilise a wide range of people, organisations and contacts at a very short notice.

A co-ordinating group will be set up.

If you want to find out more or be a contact for your organisation or community but unable to come this Thursday, please reply to this email or phone 0417456001.

Shirley Winton
IPAN-Victoria
Independent and Peaceful Australia Network

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01:15

Charter school rally outside Jacinda Arderns office "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A rally outside the Prime Ministers office has been organised for Sunday the 29th. Quote: Dear charter school supporters, Thanks to your efforts, 3000 New Zealanders have signed a petition at www.savecharters.kiwi which urges the Government to end its plans to close charter schools. I have invited the Prime Minister to accept our petition outside her electorate [] The post Charter school rally outside Jacinda Arderns office appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:00

Photoshop of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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00:59

Samar Exits MRA "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Post Courier | April 17, 2018

Mineral Resources Authoritys (MRA) managing director (MD) Philip Samars term in office has expired since April 9.
Mr Samar served as the managing director for four years since his permanent appointment as MD from 2014-2017.
He was appointed acting MD for the MRA in 2012, a post he held until 2014 when he was made permanent.
The outgoing managing director also took the opportunity to thank the Prime Minister Peter ONeill and the government for the opportunity given to lead the MRA in the last six years since 2012.
Mr Samar thanked the Prime Minister for his confidence in appointing him to be head of the statutory authority responsible for regulating the exploration and mining sector in PNG. The last six years have been the highlight of his career over the last 21 years as a public servant.
I am privileged to serve the government, the people of Papua New Guinea especially the mining project stakeholders and the exploration and mining industry.
I am satisfied I have done my part in nation building through managing the MRA and servicing the mining industry. Since the MRAs establishment in 2007, the statutory authority has performed well in regulating and promoting Papua New Guineas mineral sector, he said.
Mr Samar said for the last 10 years, the mining industry has been t...

00:51

Chief Executive Officer "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Riverina Medical and Dental Aboriginal Corporation

00:30

Food, Glorious Food: Shepherds Pie "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Note you can use either beef or lamb for this dish. There are many, many variations on this recipe. So experiment. Use exotic spices for example.

00:30

Outrage over euthanasia pod "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This a pretty cool solution to offing oneself without making too much of a mess. Predictably it has outraged some people. Quote: The announcement of the worlds first 3-D printed euthanasia machine has been met with outrage in the country its to be unveiled in. Australian Philip Nitschke, a prominent international euthanasia advocate, has built [] The post Outrage over euthanasia pod appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:25

Fincorp donates K40,000 to PNG Highlands Earthquake affected communities "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The assistance for earthquake hit communities continues and this time the Finance Corporation (FinCorp) Limited has jumped on board with a generous donation today.
FinCorp, part of the Grand Columbia Limited group of companies, presented a dummy cheque of K40, 000 through the Church Partnership Program (CPP) or CAN-DO church partnership, led by Caritas Australia and the United Church of Papua New Guinea (UCPNG), seeking to address the needs of the most affected communities in Hela and Southern Highlands provinces.

Managing Director for FinCorp, Tony Witham, stated that he was pleased with the efforts churches and other communities who reached out to help the earthquake affected areas.
When we saw the devastation that happened in the Southern Highlands like everybody, we thought that we would like to give a small donation to people who have worked there and have helped the communities there, said Mr Witham.

While presenting the cheque to UCPNG, Mr Witham stated that he had loved the work they had done and encouraged them to continue.
Meanwhile, following a comprehensive needs assessment undertaken by Caritas Australia, United Church and ADRA, it was decided that UCPNG will be using the money to procure and distribute starter kits a spade head, a bush knife, an axe, a hammer, and a file which will allow families to rebuild their homes. PNGFM/PNG Today

00:15

Book review: You Are Awesome "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Todays review of You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed is by Alwyn Poole from the Villa Education Trust. The trust runs three schools, two of which are charter schools that are both fighting closure by the Labour government. The trust has been given the opportunity by international publishers Hachette NZ to sell great books at great prices! Their [] The post Book review: You Are Awesome appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:12

Ok Tedi Mine Landowners Get Share Certificates "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Post Courier | April 17, 2018

The people of Western Province finally own 33 percent of the giant Ok Tedi Copper Mine following the handover of equity share certificates by Ok Tedi Mining Limited Board Chairman Sir Moi Avei to Governor Taboi Awi Yoto yesterday in Kiunga.

OTML is now a third owned by the people of Western Province, Sir Moi told a large gathering of locals and invited guests in front of the grand Cassowary hotel.

We have heard so much about this 33 percent. Is it every going to happen? The board in its wisdom made a decision that the only way to move this share transfer is loan MRDC K30million to pay for the stamp duty. Governor the stamp duty has been paid. OTML is now one third owned by the people of Western Province, Sir Moi Avei told the excited crowds.

He also said this ensures that politics cannot interfere now because they own more than thirty percent of the min...

00:08

Flying Triangle UFO Sightings Over New Jersey "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

What exactly was that in the night sky over Wall Township on St. Patricks Day? Was it a UFO, or was it something else? Jeff Wallace, 43, of Wall, would sure like to know. He was driving to pick up his stepdaughter from the Quick Chek on Belmar Boulevard that Saturday night, when he observed []

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00:02

Fukushima Cleanup to Include Dropping Over 770,000 Tons of Radioactive Waste Into the Pacific Ocean "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake followed by a 5-meter tsunami caused the power supplying and cooling of 3 Fukushima Daiichi reactors to fail, leading to one of the worst nuclear disasters this century.

As the temperatures within the reactors began to rise beyond containable levels they caused massive explosions which damaged the barriers that were designed to contain the nuclear material safely. Ultimately, nuclear power authorities authorized the use of seawater to flood the reactors, cooling them down and containing the problem while rendering the plant permanently inoperable.

While the disaster occurred 7 years ago, clean up efforts at the plant are still ongoing. In total, the radioactive waste at the plant contaminated a total of 770,000 tons of water used to cool the reactors, water which clean up crews are now tasked with disposing of.

The total cost of clean up has increased significantly from initial estimates, now estimated at approximately $188 billion. For now, we dont expect the costs to increase further, but new developments and unforeseen factors mean there is a chance they could go higher. Stated Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) Minister Hiroshige Seko. Decommissioning technological innovation and a speedier clean up could help reduce costs and it is important that we put effort into that.

Source: abc News

 

While the efforts to clean up the area and make it once again habitable are certainly a positive for the area, recent plans relating to the cleanup efforts have caused outrage and protest among locals, especially those working in the f...

00:00

A quiet revolution "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Before I start, do you have any idea how hard it is to find a photo of only men in an office workplace environment? No matter how hard I tried there were virtually none. I could find the occasional photo of just two men together in an office, but more than that was impossible. [] The post A quiet revolution appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:00

April 19 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1623 - After kidnapping an Aboriginal bloke the previous day it wasn't surprising that the Dutch sailors of the Pera were then greeted by over 200 angry and hostile Aboriginals in North QLD.

1770 - Lieut Zachary Hicks eyeballed the point of land which now bears his name as Point Hicks (Cape Everard).

1805 - Aboriginal people defending their land managed to kill several colonists which resulted in a Government Order today to Captain William Bligh to send soldiers to protect the settlers.

1818 Phillip Parker King discovers Port Essington , later one of the first British settlements in what is now the Northern Territory.

1831 - The Sydney Gazette reported that: - Elizabeth Smith, an importation by the Earl of Liverpool, who made her first appearance ashore on Friday last was charged with insolence to her mistress. It appeared that the prisoner was assigned direct from the ship, to the service of a gentleman in Sydney, to whose house she was sent on the day she landed. In the afternoon obtained permission of her mistress to go out, on some business of her own, for a limited time, which she exceeded, and on being reprimanded on her return home, told her mistress she was " a-good-for nothing hussy," and that she (Elizabeth) " knew by the cut of her jib" that the service would not answer her. The bench sentenced her to the third class in the Factory for three months. Elizabeth Smith had been assigned to William Foster in Sydney on arrival.

1836 - Governor Bourke visited Newcastle on the Ceres. He inspected the site for the New Military Barracks and other buildings which were to be erected at Newcastle, proceeded overland to Brisbane Water and returned to Sydney.

1856 - Stoke up your boiler, Aunty Maud, the first steam railway from Adelaide to Port Adelaide started chuffing along.

1876 - Those erstwhile Fenian convicts all gallivanting aboard the whaling ship Catalpa were called to hove to by the armed guards aboard the Georgette after they'd fired a shot across her bow; the master of the Catalpa claimed they were in international waters, inquiring would the Water Police Superintendent J. F. Stone like to trigger An Incident?
As Britain had just then lost a 3 million pound case in similar circumstances Stone decided his wage didn't quite stretch far enough to cover his backside so he let the Catalpa go sailing off into the sunset with the escaped political prisoners.

1877 - The Main Western Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Blayney to Orange.

1900 - Tired of twiddling their thumbs after the Sunday roast the Victorian pollies dreamt up a Royal Commission on local government laws.

From 1911 until 1916 today was proclaimed to be Discovery Day to celebrate the day on which Jimmy Cook tripped over some great lump of dirt now known...

Wednesday, 18 April

23:53

"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State..." "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



"Everyone wants to live at the expense of the State. They forget that the State lives at the expense of everyone."~ Frederic Bastiat
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23:50

Packing Their Bags For Downing Street "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson are packing their bags for Downing Street, as Theresa May, Amber Rudd, Gavin Williamson, and Boris Johnson, are having a secret meeting, to determine if their combined IQs can reach a double digit. Johnson of course being unbelievable at least since his Aid flights to Anguilla contained no Aid, but []

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23:45

Arderns Today Interview Aargh! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

NBCs Today Show ran this interview with Jacinda Ardern

And you thought the 60 Minute interview was bad.

This interview is awful, Ardern and Gayford are simperingly twee at times.Tthen she says she was upset at a comparison to Trump. Well given the anti-immigarnt views of her government the comparison is not unreasonable.

23:30

I bet she gets told Five Eyes is now Four Eyes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jacinda Ardern is going to a meeting of Five Eyes partners. Quote: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will attend a security and intelligence meeting with her British, Australian, and Canadian counterparts today amid accusations that Russia is behind cyberattacks on millions of computers around the world. Ardern is seeking advice from the GCSB (Government Communications Security [] The post I bet she gets told Five Eyes is now Four Eyes appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:30

Trumps pre-emptive strike "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Chris Riddell The Observer

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This cartoon has neat nuances when you look carefully.

23:15

Mark Mitchell: The cost of prisons cannot be an excuse not to put people in prison "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Prime Ministers Chief Science Advisor recently released a report that said being tough on crime is to blame for rising prison costs and inmate numbers, which will be music to Andrew Little and Grant Robertsons ears. The cost of prisons cannot be an excuse not to put people in prison, if thats where they need to be.   The post Mark Mitchell: The cost of prisons cannot be an excuse not to put people in prison appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Yet you let Twyford attack Chinky-sounding names "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Perhaps if Jacinda had stopped Twyfords scurrilous attack on people with Chinky-sounding names she might not have been compared to Donald Trump: Quote: Jacinda Ardern has told a top-rating American television show she was infuriated by being compared to US President Donald Trump. NBC talk show Today ran a pre-recorded feature on the Prime Minister overnight called Pregnant and [] The post Yet you let Twyford attack Chinky-sounding names appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Private property is private regardless of size "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Increasing numbers of visitors are increasing problems for landowners who may restrict or refuse access.

This was one of the issue identified by Walking Access Commission Ara Hkoi Aotearoa in the South Island High Country Access Report.

One landholder, who has a popular walkway that crosses his property, spoke of the numbers of people increasing from approximately 30,000 per year in 2013 to an expected 70-100,000 people in 2017.

While most private landholders, the Department of Conservation and local authorities all agreed that the percentage of poorly behaved visitors wasnt getting worse, the number increases mean the impact of poor behaviour is still growing.

One noted issue was the impact of the internet making it harder to predict which walks/areas will become popular one viral Instagram post or YouTube video can result in thousands more people coming to a place previously only known to locals.

Increased numbers and unpredictability are also making landholders warier of opening new access points. A farmer happy to have a track with 1000 people per year might be less willing to do so if they are fearful they will instead have 20,000 people per year.

With more people you get more problems with people who dont understand outdoor etiquette leave gates as you find them, dont disturb stock, take only photos, leave only footprints. . .

Friends have a musterers hut near a walking trail. Trampers found the key, went into the hut, turned on the gas, used it and left it on, left rubbish then posted where to find the key on social media.

Many interviewees pointed out that numbersin themselves are not necessarily a bad thing, but rather it is the unpredictability and thelack of control over where people go that can cause problems. Positives of increased numbers include more money owing into regions, and more opportunities for farmers to diversify their income streams to help subsidise bad years in their core operation such as accommodation on trails, concessions for guided tours, and more. . . 

The lack of appropriate infrastructure to go along with tracks and trails was noted repeatedly, in particular a lack of toileting facilities and the impact that has on the environment. . . 

Who pays for the infrastructure and attends to its upkeep? Landowners who get no return for access dont want to, nor do councils with small rating bases when most of the visitors arent ratepayers.......

22:30

Around Britain:Cockles Old Leigh On Sea, circa 1950s "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Nestled on the banks of The Thames Estuary and close to Southend, this little fishing village was one we visited frequently when Adam was a boy. My grandfather would often take the family on a Sunday drive to Southend. In the late afternoon before returning to London we would go to Leigh for cockles, with buttered white bread and my Nana would have a plate of whelks. Sometimes my Grandfather and my Dad would time our arrival so they could get a pint of beer.

This clip is from around that time or a few years before.

Very fond memories.

Have been back in later years and Old Leigh is still quite pleasant, though the overall area is much changed.

22:30

Actually, Paul Spoonley, you are wrong "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A local politician in Auckland is defending his racist rants on Facebook as free speech, but says he is sorry if his words have caused offence: Quote: Derek Battersby has used his social media page to rail against Asians, celebrate a fatal police shooting, and call Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter a silly b.. He [] The post Actually, Paul Spoonley, you are wrong appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:20

Religious leaders say no Adani "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Contributed from Queensland

More than 50 religious leaders have banded together to urge Adani to abandon its Queensland coal project and invest in renewable energy instead.

The group includes Christian ministers, rabbis, nuns, ordained Buddhists and imams from across Australia. They have put their names to a letter that has been delivered to Adanis headquarters in Townsville.

Signatories include Muslims Australia President Dr Rateb Jneid, Anglican Dean of Brisbane Dr Peter Catt and Rabbi Jonathan Keren-Black.

Adanis $16.5 billion coal mining and rail project has generated widespread opposition, because of its contribution to carbon emissions, destruction of Aboriginal land and farming, impact on the water supply, and the significant threat it poses to the Great Barrier reef.

Regardless of all this, the Australian government has Given Adani the go ahead.

Protecting our common home and all those who live here is an essential part of each of our faiths,said the letter to company chairman Gautam Adani.

The leaders oppose all new coal mining in the Galilee Basin, with fears it could impact on water supplies, climate change and the Great Barrier Reef.

Adani has argued the $16.5 billion Carmichael mine would be a boon for jobs in struggling areas of regional Queensland. This is hotly disputed by opponents, who argue that it will damge other parts of the economy and that the number of promised jobs is greatly exaggerated, because this is a capital intensive industry.

The religious leaders said they also supported local jobs and has called for an increased investment in renewable energy like solar, saying Coal communities need serious investment to make the transition from the dirty energy of the past to the clean energy of the future.

The religious leaders said they also supported local jobs and has called for an increased investment in renewable energy like solar. Coal communities need serious investment to make the transition from the dirty energy of the past to the clean energy of the future, the letter said.

 

 

 

 

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22:16

A new take on violence in Indonesian Papua "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/new-take-violence-indonesian-papua

GettyImages-626968530mini.jpg A new take on violence in Indonesian Papua
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Violence outside the spectacle of insurgency continues, as mundane as it is pervasive.

The interpreter THURSDAY 19 APR 2018 | 05:41 | SYDNEY

A new take on violence in Indonesian Papua
BY Bobby Anderson
Adrian Morel
18 April 2018 07:00 AEDT

Last years hostage stand-off in Indonesian Papua had hardly ended before more armed clashes began. Most violence in Papua is assumed to be an issue of indigenous people threatened by the state. But this assumption is anecdotal.

Despite the wealth Indonesia earns through Papuas abundant natural resources, a dearth of government services results in ordinary Papuans having the lowest incomes, the lowest educational levels, and the highest mortality rates in the country.

Support for independence is certainly widespread. But in an effort to quantitatively analyse violence in Papua and Papua Barat, we examined the 200815 National Violence Monitoring System (NVMS), a database of Indonesian district- and provincial-level newspapers.

NVMS was essentially an exercise in collective newspaper reading, where dozens of analysts captured and coded every violent incident reported across Indonesia, digging through provincial archives dating back to 1998.

Most violence and not all killings make the news, especially in Indonesia where large parts of the country lack journalists and police. But NVMS remains the most comprehensive and methodologically sound dataset available. (NVMS regrettably ended in 2015 when the funding expired.)

We studied 2014 data the final year of NVMS, when it captured 200,000 violent incidents nationwide and earlier. We honed in on homicide, ass...

22:00

Climate Justice Forum: Lake Pend Oreille Coal Pollution & Bi-Directional Rail Bridges, Millennium Coal Terminal Health Study & Lawsuit, Postponed Spokane Train Blockader Trial, Eagle Oil & Gas Ordinance, State Oil & Gas Meetings in Payette, Delta Five Court of Appeals Hearing, Tacoma LNG Plant Resistance, Earth Day Gatherings 4-18-18 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Wednesday, April 18, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on railroad coal pollution and bi-directional train bridge expansion in Lake Pend Oreille, a coal impacts health study and lawsuit on the Millennium train terminal, a postponed, Spokane, fossil fuel train blockaders necessity defense trial, a protective, city, oil and gas ordinance in Eagle, Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Committee meetings in Payette, the Delta Five, oil train blockaders Court of Appeals hearing, resistance to Tacoma liquefied natural gas plant construction, and upcoming, Earth Day gatherings.  Broadcast for six years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide opposition to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

22:00

Conflict of interest issues in PMs office, again "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There has been much talk in the media recently about recruitment issues inside the prime ministers office. Recently the role of chief press secretary has made the news after Mike Jaspers moved to a new role. Stuff reported on 26 March: Quote: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is looking for a new chief press secretary after [] The post Conflict of interest issues in PMs office, again appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Pitching beyond the aid enthusiasts three simple aid messages "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We need to communicate aid better is a constant chorus among those working in aid and development in Australia. Against the background of major aid cuts and the integration of AusAID into DFAT, parliamentarians tell the aid community we need to sell the message better. Minister Julie Bishop has said, support for our invaluable aid program has to come from home, from the Australian taxpayer. So the Australian taxpayers must support it, and that will come with a better appreciation of its purpose, its intent and the outcomes. The winning 3-Minute Aid Pitch from the 2017 Australasian Aid Conference was that we need to communicate aid better. Agencies band together to campaign for Australian aid. DFAT earnestly tweets happy snaps of aid events and initiatives. And yet something isnt working: further deep cuts to aid are being floated and the public seems largely indifferent.

So: are there some simple aid messages that we aid enthusiasts in government, NGOs, academia, and the private sector can use when we engage with non-aid enthusiasts? We know that aid and development assistance is complex. There are a multitude of issues and strands that can be bewildering for those of us working in this sector, let alone those who dont. We easily slip into the jargon of aid and development, but it can be like putting up a brick wall against those whose support for aid we actually want to encourage.

Here is an attempt at three simple messages to help explain the aid program:

Message #1: Overseas aid is less than 1% of Australian Government spending

The aid community talks about Australia only spending 0.22% of GNI on aid, against the UN target of 0.7% and with that sentence alone weve probably lost most of our potential audience. So lets talk about a more commonly understood idea,...

21:30

Russian Cyber Attacks Worldwide "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Blower London Daily Telegraph

Nine To Noon reports on Russian hacking threat

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/ntn-20180418-0909-gcsb_points_to_russian_cyber_attacks_on_nz-128.mp3

Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) director Andrew Hampton said the agency had been alerted by the US of the malicious cyber threat campaign targeting network infrastructure. 

In the agencys annual report in November, Mr Hampton said 396 serious incidents affecting New Zealand were reported last year, with indications 122 had connections to foreign intelligence agencies, including Russian state and state sponsored actors.

Mr Hampton told Nine to Noon this latest report from two of New Zealands Five Eyes partners has identified known compromises in particular sorts of equipment.

The GCSB had made the report available to New Zealand organizations so they could be aware of the potential threat, he said, and so they could contact the agency if they become aware of any vulnerabilities. More at Link

Perhaps this will cause the dispiritingly large number of apologists for Putin in our midstto reconsider. One would hope, but doubtless they will not.

Later in Checkpoint there was this item

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/04/ckpt-20180418-1743-gcsb_checkin...

21:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

21:19

Climate Change Committee announced, significant omissions "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change, has announced the members of the Interim Climate Change Committee. The members have a wide range of relevant experience, but notably there is no farmer or oil and gas industry or transport representation. The Minister for Climate Change today announced the membership of the Interim Climate Change Committee, which []

21:15

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

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

21:01

Questions about Winston Peters and NZs foreign policy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Winston Peters negotiated the roles of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Some of his positions, especially on Russia, have been controversial and somewhat mysterious. Guyon Espiner asks some pertinent questions, like What is Winston Peters foreign policy, anyway? To outsiders New Zealand foreign policy must look like a riddle wrapped in []

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Its amazing how we will suffer pain and abuse to keep our lives predictable. Well let our inner voices brutalize us, rather than live with the possibility that we might be wrong about how we see things. Well think, Well at least its a pain thats familiar. Uncertainty. Ruby Wax who celebrates her 65th birthday today.

21:00

Liberalism an explanatory video from The Economist "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Obviously it tackles this topic lightly, but reasonably effectively.

One small niggle it might have stressed a little more that todays progressives, are far from being Liberals and choosing Trudeau as a Liberal exemplar was the wrong decision. He is not one.

21:00

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 [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:00

In times of crisis the true worth of a leader is measured "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bryan Kramer - settling the crowd
MP Bryan Kramer walks down the road with colleagues after speaking with a Madang crowd

FRANCIS NII

KUNDIAWA - Madang, a town once dubbed as Beautiful Madang and in even earlier days The Pearl of the Pacific because of its scenic beauty, has been experiencing serious civil unrest including murder and destruction of businesses and state property in recent times

This crime and disorder has disturbed the tranquil blue waters, large furry flying foxes, arrays of colourful crotons and hibiscus, pleasant hotel facilities and, perhaps most regrettably, the renowned friendliness of the local people.

The latest incident involved the death of three local youths believed to have been murdered by settlers, a tragedy that led to further public panic, civil unrest and disruption to the towns water supply.

But, unlike major unrest in other years that continued for weeks, last weeks unrest was quelled in reasonable time with services and businesses quickly restored thanks to the presence and leadership of Bryan Kramer, the Member for Madang in the national parliament, along with police and other community leaders.

Bryan Kramer played a decisive role in restoring peace and reinstating the water supply, a vital utility in an urban area which had been damaged during the unrest.

Kramer went to the site of the water supply with police, PNG Water and PNG Power and assessed the damage to the water pump.

PNG Power went to collect parts to replace those that were damaged, but didnt return.

Kramer didnt leave. He stayed at the reservoir cajoling PNG Power personnel to return with the parts and get the pump fixed, only departing with the police after the water started flowing again.

I cant think of another member of parliament in Papua New Guinea who has ever done that or who would do it.

But Kramers role did not stop there. He is now conducting meetings with the relevant stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the frequent civil unrest in the province and restore the town to its former glory as a tourist destinati...

20:44

Fossil baleen whale discovery in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This video says about itself:

36.4M-Year-Old Fossilized Skeleton May Be Oldest Baleen Whale Relative

12 May 2017

Whale fossil found in Peru is the oldest-known baleen whale relative ever discovered, according to research published May 11 in Current Biology.

From the University of Otago in New Zealand:

New genus and species of extinct baleen whale identified

April 18, 2018

University of Otago palaeontologists are rewriting the history of New Zealands ancient whales by describing a previously unknown genus of baleen whale, alive more than 27.5 million years ago and found in the Hakataramea Valley.

The new genus and species of extinct baleen whale is based on a skull and associated bones unearthed from the Kokoamu Greensand, a noted fossil-bearing rock unit in the South Canterbury and Waitaki district from the Oligocene period, which extends from about 33.9 million to 23 million years ago. At this time, New Zealand was an archipelago surrounded by shallow, richly productive seas.

Former PhD student in the University of Otagos Department of Geology, Cheng-Hsiu Tsai and his supervisor, Professor Ewan Fordyce, have named the new genus Toipahautea waitaki, which translates in Mori as a baleen-origin whale from the Waitaki region.

Professor Fordyce says the discovery is significant in...

20:35

German reaction to Ardern visit "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The visit if a prime Minister from a small remote country is not a big deal in Germany, but Jacinda Ardern has had some (relatively limited) coverage there. Collated by Geoffrey Miller in Twitter. Relatively little coverage in German media of @jacindaardern's visit to Berlin. Nothing from ARD/ZDF public broadcasters. The few reports on the []

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Quote: Barbara Bush, the beloved wife of one former president and mother of another, died at the age of 92 on Tuesday. The former First Lady and former President George H.W. Bush had the longest-lasting marriage in presidential history 73 years. As the Bush family matriarch, Barbara Bush dropped out of college to follow [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:23

The Israel Folau furore continues "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I have stayed away from the Israel Folau issue until now. A rugby player saying something silly doesnt sound very newsworthy to me. Someone with religious beliefs saying someone else will go to hell if they have different beliefs or sexuality is not new or unusual. Religious people have long claimed that everyone []

20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is nudiustertian (adj) Pertaining to the day before yesterday. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : From Latin nudius tertius, literally, today is the third day. Earliest documented use: 1647. The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:09

The Inquisition Tentacles Are Spreading. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ive written about Ralph Drollinger before. Hes one scary lunatic christian, and he wields way too much influence in the current regime. Hes crowing again, over all the progress hes making. Its as well to remember that Drollingers idea of progress is to bring back the inquisition or something like.

Ralph Drollinger, who runs fundamentalist Bible studies for dozens of members of Congress and President Trumps Cabinet every week, said in a fundraising letter this month that his group has been blessed by God with extraordinary growth beyond our wildest imaginings in foreign nations across the globe and most notably in former Soviet Bloc countries.

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We noted last fall that Drollinger is aggressively expanding his operations both at the local government level in the U.S. and in national capitals around the world. His April 4 letter includes some details about the latter:

In the last few months discipleship Bible studies have been established to Parliamentarians in Romania; Ukraine; Fiji; Papua New Guinea; and the Republic of Equatorial Guinea. A ministry is about to begin in Guatemala, and before fall, we expect work to be completed for ministries in the Central and South American nations of Peru; Ecuador; Brazil; Mexico; Uruguay; and Paraguay, as well as in the European city Riga, Latvia.

Work is current an ongoing with partners to establish discipleship Bible studies in Berlin and Bonne [sic]. We are enthusiastically pursuing an opportunity to plant a ministry in the European Union Parliament, a body of 600 Parliamentarians from 26 Western and Eastern European nations who meet two weeks every month in Brussels, Belgium and one week every month in Strasbourg, France.

We thought the Lord did not want us in the Middle East, but to our great surprise discussions are currently underway to establish a ministry in a Muslim majority nation in the Middle East.

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Although Drollinger is quick to complain about news coverage he believes is unfair, his letter says a story published in a German newspaper helped attract new friends. And Capitol Ministries has been gushing about a recent BBC story that the grou...

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 19 20 Get all the advice and instruction you can, so you will be wise the rest of your life. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

On writing, PNG literature & the voice of the diaspora "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Rashmii Bell & Tess Newton Cain
Rashmii Bell and Tess Newton Cain

TESS NEWTON CAIN | DevPolicy Blog

BRISBANE - I recently caught up with Rashmii Bell over lunch in Brisbane, and asked about her background and experiences as an author. I began by asking Rashmii to tell me about her background, and what she is currently involved in.

Rashmii hails from Sio, Morobe Province, in Papua New Guinea, having being born and lived in Lae, as well as Port Moresby and (presently) Brisbane.

She was educated in Australia, and has lived between there and PNG since 1990. She studied at Griffith University, obtaining a degree in psychology and criminology and she has more than 10 years of experience working in case management within adult and youth corrections services.

And now?

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

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

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

In a similar vein, I asked Rashmii what she thought were the things that had the most influence on her voice as an author. She explained to me that she focuses on long form writing, with her pieces best classified as opinion and comm...

19:45

Is Trump losing the plot. Or does he think people are stupid? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The clip focuses on Trumps new tweet where he flat out contradicts what he said to Lester Hale a year ago re Comeys firing.

19:20

Media watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:15

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. Note: I thought I scheduled a post for General Chat today but cant find it. If it turns up []

19:15

Trump Toon "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Christian Adams Evening Standard

cadams_17042018

Emmanuel Macron, French President, has claimed he moderated Trumps proposed attack on Syria.

Both men have extremely high opinions of themselves.

19:10

Open Forum Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:00

Great Barrier Reef at unprecedented risk of collapse after major bleaching event "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The record-breaking marine heatwave in 2016 across the Great Barrier Reef has left much of the coral ecosystem at an unprecedented risk of collapse, research shows.

A new study published in Nature finds that the surge in sea temperatures during the 2016 bleaching event led to an immediate and long-lasting die-off of coral.

This, in turn, led to vast swathes of the reef being transformed into highly altered, degraded systems, which are now vulnerable to total ecological collapse, the authors conclude.

The large-scale loss of coral is a harbinger of further radical shifts in the condition and dynamics of all ecosystems, they add, if global action on climate change fails to limit warming to 1.5-2C above the pre-industrial baseline.

Turning white

The Great Barrier Reef is the worlds largest coral reef, stretching 2,300km from Papua New Guinea to the coast of Queensland, Australia. Over the past two decades, the Great Barrier Reef has seen four mass bleaching events, most recently in 2016 and 2017.

Coral bleaching is primarily caused by prolonged exposure to high sea temperatures. Under continued heat stress, the corals expel the tiny colourful algae living in their tissues known as zooxanthellae leaving behind a stark white skeleton.

The algae provide the corals with energy through photosynthesis. Without them, the corals can slowly starve. Healthy corals can live from two to several hundred years.

The mass bleaching event of 2016, which took place in the summer months of February, March and April, was the most devastating on record, affecting 94% of reefs surveyed...

19:00

PNG Presence - making life easy when you move to PNG "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Watna mori
Watna Mori
Kevin alo
Kevin Alo

KEITH JACKSON

PORT MORESBY Watna Mori and Kevin Alo have come up with a really good idea a relocation agency that will help expatriates settle into Papua New Guinea, from airport meet and greet to providing cross-cultural training.

Their company, PNG Presence, was established last year to support and provide all the practical assistance people need so they can focus on foreign companies and individuals transitioning into Papua New Guinea. You can link to the PNG Presence website here.

Kevin and I are both lawyers, said Watna Mori, co-founder and director of PNG Presence. Kevin is registered to practice in PNG and I am registered in NSW.

We are a multi-disciplinary team with an extensive network within the government, private and not for profit industries in PNG, regionally and internationally.

We also have a partner in Australia, called Australian Presence, that helps provide services to Papua New Guineans whether migrating to Australia or transitioning their business to Australia, she said.

Our team consists of experts in business advisory, marketing and advertising, corporate governance, cultural and community liaison, regulatory and compliance, visa...

15:55

The Late, Late Movie: The Ghost Train "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This 1941 film starred Arthur Askey with Richard Murdoch. It was adapted from Arnold Ridleys famous play.

Nowadays if Ridley is remembered it is more likely as Godfrey in Dads Army.

He authored many plays over the years.

14:05

World watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

14:01

April 19 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

65 The freedman Milichus betrayed Pisos plot to kill the Emperor Nero and all the conspirators were arrested.

531  Battle of Callinicum: A Byzantine army under Belisarius was defeated by the Persian at Ar-Raqqah (northern Syria).

1012  Martyrdom of Alphege in Greenwich, London.

1529 At the Second Diet of Speyer, a group of rulers and independent cities protested the reinstatement of the Edict of Worrms, beginning the Protestant Reformation.

1587  Francis Drake sank the Spanish fleet in Cdiz harbour.

1686  Vasily Tatishchev, Russian ethnographer and politician was born (d. 1750).

1713 With no living male heirs, Charles VI, Holy Roman Emperor, issued the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713 to ensure that Habsburg lands and the Austrian throne would be inherited by his daughter, Maria Theresa of Austria (not actually born until 1717).

1758  William Carnegie, 7th Earl of Northesk, Scottish admiral was born (d. 1831).

1770  Captain James Cook sighted Australia.

1770 Marie Antoinette married Louis XVI by Proxy marriage.

1775  American Revolutionary War began at the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

1782 John Adams secured the Dutch Republics recognition of the United States as an independent government. The house which he had purchased in The Hague, became the first American embassy.

...

12:46

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The weather which brought a light shower to our place last night left a sprinkling of snow on the Kakanui mountains.

They stood out against the blue sky this morning, freshly dressed in white, reminding me again how blessed we are to live where nature treats us to such beauty and for that Im grateful.

11:16

Climate change unseasonably hot weather made bushfires near Lucas Heights nuclear reactor become apocalyptic blazes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Apocalyptic blaze surrounding nuclear reactor sets off emergency

AUSTRALIA is struggling to contain a growing bushfire that is racing towards a nuclear reactor, amid fears that the blaze could expand beyond their control. By OLI SMITH Apr 16, 2018 

More than 500 Australia firefighters are struggling to tackle a massive bushfire, with several residents urged to seek shelters as evacuation is now too late.

Scenes of the blaze, which started yesterday, have been described as apocalyptic after the fire ripped through nearly 2,500 hectares of land close to the suburbs of Sydney.

Firefighters failed to stop the out-of-control blaze from burning through a major military base and a nuclear reactor is the next at-risk location.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) said it was concerned that flying embers could spark even more blazes

The unseasonably hot Autumn in south-eastern Australia has been blamed for worsening the bushfire after record temperatures for April.

Shane Fitzsimmons, of the RFS, warned that strong 60km per hour winds are expected to push towards residential homes.

He said that the countrys largest army barracks at Holsworthy, where stockpiles of fuel, ammunition and explosive materials are kept, had been hit by the fire.

11:00

China taking direct aim at US with Indo-Pacific trade strategy, expert says "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The proposal is seen as a response to Washingtons efforts to boost Indo-Pacific alliances to rein in Chinese military deployment and investment

South China Morning Post

Beijings plan to open up Chinas Hawaii as a gateway for Indo-Pacific investment and economic ties is an attempt to counter the United States efforts to form alliances against China in the region, analysts say.

The Hainan plan...

11:00

Wednesday nightcap *NSFW "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The myth of the socialist Scandinavian countries. **A bit of swearing so NSFW The post Wednesday nightcap *NSFW appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:45

Bushfires near Lucas Heights nuclear reactor are still hazardous "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

Firefighters Warn NSW Is Not Out Of The Woods On Third Day Of Bushfires, Pedestrian. 16 Apr 18   More than 250 firefighters continue to battle bushfires in NSWs southwest, which has spread more than 2,400 hectares since Saturday afternoon.

The blaze, which is believed to have originated in the vicinity of Casula, was fanned further by strong winds on Sunday.

More than 500 firefighters from the Rural Fire ServiceFire & Rescue NSW and the Australian Defence Force attempted to contain the blaze over the weekend with help from volunteers and 11 water-bombing helicopters.

The fire tore trough Holsworthy military range, and while approaching suburban areas, has been staved off. Several residents report fighting off embers with hoses and water buckets.

The fire was downgraded from emergency level to watch and act on 5.30pm Sunday, then again downgraded to advice around 2am Monday.

While lower wind conditions are expected to help with containing the fire, RFS Deputy Commissioner Rob Rogers warned that the high temperatures remain an issue.

Still q...

10:40

New South Wales National Party leader- nuclear power nevitablefor Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Comment by Steve Dale There is something really rotten about the Nationals lately. Four Corners (4corners, fourcorners) can you please follow the stink/money trail and find out who is pulling the strings on these politicians? We have had a Royal Conmission into nuclear, I think what we really need is a Royal Commission into Nuclear lobbying and its corrupting influence on our political system.

John Barilaro to push the nuclear power button The Australian, April 17, 2018  Acting NSW Premier John Barilaro will declare nuclear power inevitable in a speech that slams ignorant, 1970s thinking for preventing development of the nations uranium reserves and condemning residents to blackouts.

The speech by the state Nationals party leader, seen by The Australian and to be delivered on Wednesday night at an energy policy forum in Sydney, calls for small modular reactors, likely imported from the US, to reduce dependence on high-emission coal and gas-fired power over the next five to 10 years  

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10:30

Thomas Sowell on facts and free speech "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz Dr. Thomas Sowell (Economist) joins Dave to discuss his upbringing and Marxist past, free speech on college campuses, distinguishing between classical liberalism and libertarianism, and his new book Discrimination & Disparities. The post Thomas Sowell on facts and free speech appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:30

Australian government successfully bribing Kimba community to host radioactive trash? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Looks like the bribery has been successful.   $2M approved for 33 Kimba projects, Eyre Tribune   Kathrine Catanzariti 16 Apr 18

10:24

Visit of pro nuclear Resources Minister Canavan has strengthened Aboriginal opposition to nuclear waste dump "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

ATLA opposes UCG in Leigh Creek, The Transcontinental, Marco Balsamo , 16 Apr 18

10:23

Famed War Reporter Robert Fisk Reaches Syrian Chemical Attack Site, Concludes They Were Not Gassed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Robert Fisk: There was no chlorine attack in Douma

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-04-17/famed-war-reporter-robert-fisk-reaches-syrian-chemical-attack-site-concludes-they by Tyler Durden 04/17/2018 

10:16

Marine animals discoveries off Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This video says about itself:

Diving in Bali is a document of an extraordinary expedition I made to Indonesias magical island of Bali in 2006 with Aquamarine Diving.

From Tulambens awesome USAT Liberty wreck, to the reef manta rays of Nusa Penida, via the fascinating macro marine life of Tulamben and Seraya Secrets, the footage covers the breadth of Balis fascinating underwater world.

The video features 158 species of marine life, and their common and scientific names are available by turning on the captions with the CC button under the video.

Viewers can now contribute subtitles for the marine life names in this video in many languages. Find out more here.

From Tulamben there is footage of the wreck of the USAT Liberty in both day time and night time, including the humphead parrotfish that spend the night there. Also from Tulamben are numerous marine live encounters from dives at the Drop-Off and the Coral Garden.

Just around the corner we make a dive at Seraya Secrets, a macro hotspot where I encountered seahorses and nudibranchs. From Padangbai on the east coast of Bali we have footage from The Blue Lagoon and Pura Jepun. From the island of Nusa Penida we have the manta ray cleaning station, Manta Point, and Ped.

From the National University of Singapore:

More than 12,000 marine creatures uncovered during West Java deep-sea exploration

Over a dozen new species of crabs, prawns and lobsters discovered; over 40 new records for Indonesia

April 17, 2018

Despite a stormy start thanks to Cyclone Marcus, scientists who participated in...

10:00

Wednesday weapons "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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09:46

Australia to join global health and climate change initiative "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/uos-atj041218.php   UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY

The Lancet Countdown report on health and climate change was published in October 2017 by The Lancet and will be updated annually through to 2030.

It tracks progress on health and climate change across 40 indicators divided into five categories: climate change impacts, exposures and vulnerability; adaptation planning and resilience for health; mitigation actions and health co-benefits; economics and finance; and public and political engagement.

Dr Ying Zhang, a senior lecturer in the University of Sydneys School of Public Health, and Associate Professor Paul Beggs, from Macquarie University, wrote in the MJA that, from an Australian perspective, with our high level of carbon emissions per capita, it will be important to reflect on our progress and how it compares with that of other countries, especially high-income countries.

A group of Australian experts from multiple disciplines is commencing work on our first national countdown report, Zhang and Beggs wrote.

The project recognises the importance of the climate change challenge in Australia, including its relevance to human health, and also the unique breadth and depth of the Australian expertise in climate change and human health.

The Australian countdown will mirror the five domain sections of the Lancet Countdown, adopt the indicators usedwhere feasible and relevant to Australiaand include any useful additional indicators.

The inaugural A...

09:44

Exelon Nuclear Corporation official No New Nuclear Plants To Be Built in the U.S. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Exelon Official: No New Nuclear Plants To Be Built in the U.S. Because of the plants size and security needs, the costs become prohibitive.U.S. News  By Alexa Lardieri, Staff WriterApril 16, 2018, 

A SENIOR OFFICIAL WITH Americas largest nuclear plant operating company is predicting a dim future for nuclear power in the U.S.

William Von Hoene, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Exelon, said last week that...

09:40

Video: Indigenous rangers facing nervous wait over funding "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The federal governments Indigenous ranger program
employs more than 700 workers across the country,
but the scheme is under threat.

By Rhiannon Elston

Sophia Walter from the Country Needs People campaign,
an alliance of 36 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations
and the Pew Charitable Trust,
has called on the minister to urgently deliver the promised funding extension.

We know ranger groups around the country are getting nervous
with contracts ending in just two months, she says.

www.sbs..com.au/news/indigenous-rangers-facing-nervous-wait-over-funding

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