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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.

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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.

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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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Sunday, 31 December

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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Saturday, 11 November

14:30

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

 

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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Friday, 10 November

14:30

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.

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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Thursday, 09 November

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Sunday, 05 November

14:30

Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Why study permaculture?

Population growth and consumption levels are pushing our Planet toward 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.

Permaculture can be employed by anyone, whatever profession or skill, on any scale, from balconies and backyards to farms, factories 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

This 10 day intensive 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.

This is an immersive course at which we 'live' permaculture and the residential aspect is important, as it helps you internalise the values and skills of sustainable living. Sessions are scheduled in the evenings to make the most of the time together but we finish around 5pm on both Fridays.

In The Food Forest PDC you will work on a major design project of your choice. Many of the excellent designs have been implemented around the world and have had impact as local exemplars of sustainable design.

Whilst many people study permaculture as a design system for their personal and/or professional lives, successful completion of the course will qualify you for a Permaculture Design Certificate which makes you eligible to practice or teach permaculture commercially. The course can also be recognised as...

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Saturday, 28 October

15:30

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).

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Thursday, 26 October

23:12

The Roundup with PW "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Amazon's Keys to Your Crib: A new program being implemented by Amazon will allow delivery people to unlock your front door to drop off your packages.

Weinstein Books, Harvey's Smokescreen: From big advances to publishing politicians to co-opting a satirical novel about him, Weisnstein saw books as a way to exert influence.

Americans Trust Their Libraries: Most Americansespecially Millennialssay libraries can help them find reliable, trustworthy information, according to research.

23:11

Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Today's Meal


The manager of the Barnes & Noble in Maui Cindy Mauricio told employees and the media that the store will not be closing at the end of the year after all, based on a conversation with her district manager. A spokesperson for the mall owner did not have any confirmation yet, and the management company says for now that originally it was BN that declined to renew the lease rather than the inverse, as first report.

The Bookwormin Carbondale, IL is
up for sale as owners Carl Rexroad and Kelly Rexroad prepare to retire afte...

23:00

Google controls what we see and so does our media "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There have been countless Islamic terror attacks worldwide so you would expect that if you did a google search for Muslim terrorists many news articles about terror attacks would be on the first page. I put this expectation to the test and here was my result: I then searched for Islamic terrorism Since Google clearly []

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22:45

Quotation for Today "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Too many people live too much in the past. The past must be a springboard, not a sofa.

Harold Macmillan, former British PM and statesman

Seems very apt


22:35

Question of the Day: On capitalism's 'failure' "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"Capitalism is a bicycle. Socialism confiscates the chain and the pedals, and then tells the sheeple that capitalism has failed them."

~ Graham Clark
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22:30

PNG Prime Minister condemn acts of violence against women "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter ONeill has condemned acts of violence against women, saying a man is a coward if he thinks it is right to hit a woman.

He also called on community and church leaders not to turn a blind eye to violence against women.

ONeill Wednesday responded to the recent public outcry over the increasing acts of violence against women, re-ignited this week by the death of Post Courier journalist Rosalyn Albaniel Evara who her family claimed was a victim of violence.

Evaras funeral on Tuesday had to be cancelled after a court order was issued by the coroner to have a proper autopsy conducted on her. The autopsy was conducted yesterday by Dr Seth Fose. The cause of her death is expected to be revealed in two weeks time. Her death on Oct 15 is also being investigated by the police.

ONeill called on the people to stand up against any act of violence against women, and for men to protect their mothers, daughters and sisters.

A man is a coward if he thinks it is ok to hit a woman. These abusers would not have the courage to hit a man who was bigger than they are, but they (would) hit a woman who is smaller, he said.

We have enacted laws to prevent violence against women. But no government in any country can stop violence against women without the active support of communities.

There must be zero tolerance in our nation for violence against women, and community leaders must do more to help victims rather than supporting perpetrators.

Every human life matters and must be protected, and domestic violence is totally unacceptable.

ONeill said any community or church leader who turned a blind eye to even a single case of violence against women has let the people down, and has abandoned Christian principles our nation holds dear.

He called on men in families to take a stand against any violence they see.

He told sons that if your father beats your mother, you have to show that you are a man and stand up for your mother.

Your mother gave you life. Now you must protect her life and show gratitude for her commitment to you, he said.

The same goes for all the men brothers, uncles and other male family members. Do not turn a blind eye.

ONeill said the Government would increase public awareness to prevent domestic violence. This....

22:30

Monster made Goodwill ambassador for a day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Who will be the next goodwill ambassador for WHO? The UN descends further into madness. After discarding Wonder Woman as an ambassador for empowering girls and women, its specialised agency WHO has made Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador (Oct 21).[] Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has long faced United States sanctions over his governments human []

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22:20

The Oldest Lie and the Greatest Crime: Ending the Reign of the False Church "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 
A Special Reformation Anniversary Program on Here We Stand
 
This Sunday, October 29 at 3 pm pacific, 6 pm eastern, 11 pm GMT on www.bbsradio.com/herewestand
 
With your hosts Kevin Annett and Katie Stoqua
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Christian churches have led the genocidal slaughter of untold millions of people and continue to traffic, rape and murder children with impunity, armed with your tax money. Why and how have they done so? By what means do they and their compliant government and corporate allies conceal their crimes and exonerate themselves? And how have we successfully prosecuted and stopped these false and murderous churches and the evil behind them?
 
Kevin and Katie will describe the ongoing campaign to spiritually and politically disestablish the criminally convicted Churches of Rome, England...

22:15

New class action over asylum seeker detention "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton faces a new class action case from asylum seekers, who feel they have been maltreated by the Australian government over the last 6 years.

Documents have been lodged in the Federal Court, where the case is to be heard in December.

Prominent law firm Maurice Blackburn is representing, what could be a case involving thousands of individuals.

In a separate case only a month ago, the government was compelled to reach a $70 million settlement, involving about 2,000 claimants and had to pay a further $20 million in legal costs.

The difference with the new claim according to Maurice Blackburn, is that it is proceeding on new grounds that have not previously been tested.  It could have far ranging implications.

For example, one of the plaintiffs is a four year old boy, who was  locked up on Christmas Island with his parents for 480 days. The matter being pursued here is that the government failed to detain him for removal offshore and that is visa claim was not processed. It is alleged that because it had no clear purpose, the detention had no legal basis.

Strengthening the claim is that fact that when officials eventually turned to process the application, the boy was quickly given a bridging visa. This suggests that he always had a good case.

The class action was lodged at the time of release of a report from Human Rights Watch, about the  seething unrest at Manus Island detention centre, associated conditions of its closure.

The report is based on interviews with 40 refugees and service providers and it paints a picture of alleged brutal attacks that have never been properly investigated.

Elaine Pearson, directors of the organisation in Australia, suggested that because of the threat to their safety, inmates had reason to resist the method of the closure.

In response, the Australian government has denied that there is such a safety risk.

Gillian Triggs, former boss of the Australian Human Rights Commission, blasted what has been going on at Manus as illegal, cruel and unworkable, and part of a shameful history of chronic failure to comply with our human rights obligations.

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22:15

Welcome ladies and gentlemen to The Greatest Political Show on earth! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Step Up Step Up To the most exciting Political Show on earth! Our Ringmaster Cameron Slater presides over one of the most DARING, CONTROVERSIAL, OUTRAGEOUS Political blogs in New Zealand History! Rain or shine Whaleoil is open 24/7 Our clowns are world FAMOUS!   Roll up Roll up You will not want to miss one minute of what []

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22:03

Two Great Arts Trail Weekends! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Starts tomorrow By Kate Hartmann Kapitis annual Arts Trail kicks off this Saturday the 28th of October at 10:00 am. The trail which has been running for 17 years showcases a diverse range of artists from Paekakariki in the South all the way through to Otaki in the North. The Arts Trail now runs over []

22:00

Herald Hack wants open government "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

First-term governments have the glow of an idealist about them, no matter their politics. Labour in 1999-2002 was a government that loved to argue ideas. National was the same in 2008-2011. With that sparkly-eyed optimism change is coming, its easy to allow the spirit of the OIA to guide access to public information. Thats especially []

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22:00

No mention of reducing dependency "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Reducing child poverty is one of the new governments goals.

It has also talked about reducing sanctions on welfare recipients.

I have yet to read or hear any mention of reducing benefit dependency.

That was one of the goals of the previous National-led government, and one in which it succeeded.

Child poverty isnt confined to benefit-dependent homes but welfare dependency is one of the greatest risk factors.

If the government is serious about reducing poverty it must also be serious about reducing welfare dependency.


Filed under: politics, Welfare Tagged: NZ National Party

22:00

Media council says silence on domestic violence must be broken "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

NEWSDESK | Pacific Media Watch

PORT MORESBY - The Media Council of Papua New Guinea is calling for an investigation into the untimely death of senior journalist and Post-Courier business editor Rosalyn Albaniel Evara.

While the council respected the wishes of her immediate family to proceed with her burial, it acknowledges that the pain that late Rosalyn had to endure is no longer just hers, and a pain that many more women in the country may be going through every day, the Media Council said in a statement.

Ms Evara, 41, was rushed to hospital last week on October 15 after collapsing in her home. She died in Port Moresby General Hospital later that day.

Pacific Media Watch reports her funeral on Monday was overshadowed by abuse allegations, after her aunt, Mary Albaniel, said her niece had been a victim of violence.

The Media Council is now calling on PNGs media fraternity to push for justice for the victims of gender-based violence.

It has happened to one of our own, and it is time to acknowledge that it needs to stop.

More needs to be said about this cancer, which thrives behind closed doors and breeds on fear, it said.

The Media Council said many female journalists in PNG suffered from violent and abusive relationships, which affected their work and families.

It said the media could no longer keep silent and must continue to report on the issue despite cultural and social challenges.

It is not too late to help those who are living with the same fear she had to endure, it stated.

Human Rights Watch has stated PNGs government has taken insufficient steps to address gender-based violence.

Described as an emergency which needs addressing in their 2015 report Bashed Up: Family violence in Papua New Guinea, domestic violence rates in PNG remain among the highest in the world and are rarely prosecuted.

https://www.hrw.org/report/2015/11/04/bashed/family-violence-papua-new-guinea

21:32

#NPC address by Peter Garrett #StopAdani jpratt27 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

National Press Club Address 24 October 2017 by The Hon Peter Garrett AM Trashing our crown jewel: The fate of the Great Barrier Reef in the coal age. I want to begin by acknowledging the traditional custodians of the lands and waters of this area, including the Ngunnawal people. This is my fourth address to []

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21:30

Red Claire writes a blinder "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Claire Trevett has written a thoroughly sensible article, for once. One that closely correlated to reality. The reality check that is Moving Day will happen this weekend for the National Party. In National some MPs seem to genuinely believe the sense of umbrage among its voters about the outcome is such that it will regain the government []

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21:29

Time to address rising cost of climate change: US report #StopAdani jpratt27 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The recent wildfires in California have caused more than $A80 billion damage. Jae C. Hong AN INDEPENDENT US government agency says natural disasters have cost the country $US350 billion ($A453 billion) in the past decade and that it is time for Donald Trumps administration to address climate change before it starts costing the country more. []

via Time to address rising cost of climate change: US report #StopAdani  jpratt27


21:19

Minimum wage and potential unintended consequences "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One of the biggest risks with changes promised by the incoming Government is the rapid increase of the minimum wage, from the current 15.75 per hour to $20 by 2021. Theres no argument that many workers struggle on low wages, so increasing them is a laudable aim, but there is real potential for unintended consequences, []

21:00

Forestry is very very happy with the new government "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Forest Owners Association President Peter Clark says the new governments target of an additional 50,000 hectares of planting a year is optimistic but achievable. For most of the 1990s, the new planting rate was more than 50,000 hectares a year. In 1994 it was 100,000 hectares beyond keeping up with replanting. Thats not an additional []

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21:00

Perspectives from a Recognised Seasonal Employer worker from the Solomon Islands "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This year saw more than 600 Solomon Islander workers participating in the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme, New Zealands equivalent to the Australian Seasonal Worker Program.

Below, Ann Cheffers interviews Florence about her experience as an RSE worker. Florence is a Solomon Islander who participated in the RSE scheme in 2014 and 2015. She is based in Honiara.

Can you tell me about yourself?

My name is Florence and I am part Isabel and part Russell Islands in Central Province. I am the first born in the family, there are 6 of us four boys and two girls. I am 36 years old and married, we have 2 boys who weve adopted, one is 7 years and the other 5 years.

How many times have you participated and what made you decide to participate in the scheme?

I have worked in NZ for two seasons in 2014 and 2015 but have not returned in the last two years despite being asked to. I found out about the RSE through my friend who had already been working for 7 seasons. When I applied, I was already working for a Sheet Steel company here in Honiara for some years. My partner didnt agree with my decision to go at first but my motive to travel out and work was because I was tired of depending on the company for everything.

What process did you have to go through?

The first part of the process was to fill out a form and lodge it with the Solomon Islands Department of Foreign Affairs. We had to list the reasons why we wanted to go. If you had a good job you werent likely to be chosen, mostly poor people who didnt have a good education or couldnt find good work were prioritised. Based on the applications the Department chose, the agents for the companies in New Zealand then had to further decide and contact the applicants for an interview. Once the agent, who was a Solomon Islander woman, chose me then she told me to prepare my passport and that she would call me again two months before we were due to travel, this is so we could undergo medical checks and other procedures.

Where did you go to in NZ and what work did you undertake?

For both seasons, I worked in Hawkes Bay as a pack house worker. There were 15 of us in the first season where 2 were part of quality control and one was a supervisor. There were 3 apple fruit graders including myself and the rest worked out picking on the farm.

Did you find that you were well prepared?

For me it was not my first time overseas. For others who travelled with me, they were more nervous but we went as a team and worked as a team. The agent really prepared...

21:00

Nautilus mining project not as bad as its cracked up to be "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Solwara
Artists's impression of the Solwara production support vessel

JOE FERNHOUT

CALIFORNIA - Everyone take a deep breath.  We need some clarity of thought on the Solwara 1 project in the territorial waters of New Ireland and East New Britain.  

Sir Arnold Amet is the latest person to jump on the anti-Nautilus bandwagon.  He served as Attorney-General and is familiar with many of the details of the Solwara 1 agreement.

In PNG Attitude recently, Sir Arnold made what I believe to be unfounded accusations against Nautilus Minerals, claiming that Solwara 1 is a dodgy project and Nautilus is not a professional outfit.

To the contrary, Nautilus has demonstrated its professionalism by investing at least K1.7 billion in the project. It has done due diligence in research, sending experts to dive into the Bismark Sea to ascertain the feasibility of the project and has engaged in 10 years of research and experimentation for the project.

Papua New Guinea is one of the few places on earth where very hot water shoots up through hydrothermal vents and then mixes with the cold water on the ocean floor to form hydrothermal chimneys rich in gold, zinc and copper.

These chimneys, which grow to sizes of three to 30 meters, eventually tip over and fall to the ocean floor. Its been happening that way for thousands of years. 

At 7%, the concentration of copper on these chimney shards is exponentially higher than the 0.7% found in land-based mines and the gold concentration is four times greater than land-based mines.   

Very few countries have such valuable resources lying on the floor of their territorial waters. Those resources are not doing anyone in PNG any good as long as they continue to lie one-mile deep on the ocean floor.  Experts agree these shards are definitely worth mining.

Land-based mines in PNG and elsewhere in the world are hard on the environment, with blasting, u...

20:47

Whale struggling against the tide "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Whale Oil continues with contradictory attacks on National and Bill English, but are struggling against the tide of opinion of commenters. Yesterday under Cameron Slater: I just received an email from the Leader of the Opposition Here I was, putting the last post to bed before putting  my feet up, and what would zap into []

20:45

Armed group attacks patrol vehicle near Freeport "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/113206/armed-group-attacks-patrol-vehicle-near-freeport

Timika, Papua (ANTARA News) An armed group attacked a patrol vehicle at the 60-mile mark on an access road to PT Freeport Indonesias mine in Tembagapura, Mimika District, Papua Province, on early Wednesday.

The companys Vice President Corporate Communications Riza Pratama has confirmed the incident.

Following the attack, Pratama said a convoy of the workers Schedule Day Off vehicles from lowlands to the highlands of Tembagapura District was canceled.

"We heard the shootings, but there is no detailed information yet. For now, we have stopped the convoy," he said.

Meanwhile, Papua Police Chief Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar said there were no victims in the shooting incident that took place at the 60-mile mark, as the police had anticipated such an attack.

"Yes, there was a shooting attack. However, as of now, there were no victims. Based on our analysis, there was a plan to launch such an attack at around the 60-67 mile mark, and we have anticipated that," he remarked.

Earlier on Saturday, the police Mobile Brigade of Batalyon B Timika was involved in an exchange of fire with an armed group during a sweeping operation around Banti Village in the Utikini area following an attack on two patrol cars of PT Freeport at the 67-mile mark on the same day.

On Sunday, First Brigadier Berry Pramana Putra from the mobile brigade corps was shot dead at Utikini Bridge in Tembagapura District.

The armed group resumed the attack on early Monday when the police attempted to retrieve the body of Putra, and in the process, four personnel suffered injuries.

On Tuesday, the group attacked a vehicle of Tembagapura Hospitals medical team that was carrying a post-natal patient in Utikini Village. The patient Serina Kobogau was shot in her right thigh.

During the sweeping operation in pursuit of the armed group, the police managed to take over the groups base camp and other camps around the Utikini hills in Tembagapura.

The police have also found handmade weapons, a walkie-talkie, and some other devices.(*)


20:32

The KIN Mid/Late Week Quiz 93 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Apologies for the lateness.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers on Sunday.   Mariano Rojay is prime minister of which country?   Name the two test nations who the All Blacks will play on their northern tour.   How many years ago was President Kennedy assassinated: []

20:30

The unions havent wasted much time in flexing their muscles and making outrageous demands "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The unions havent wasted much time in flexing their muscles, they are now demanding 8% wage increases: Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) chief executive Kim Campbell said the initial increase was not much more than what a National-led Government would have implemented. However, he saw the $20-an-hour target as too high and it meant New []

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20:18

The largest party argument "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Although The Standard has just lost stalwart author Anthony Robins they have gained another, Matthew Whitehead, who has previously commented there and has had the occasional guest post. While he is openly a Green supporter he will provide some good input at The Standard. His first post is an intteresting Critiquing A Modest National Party []

20:12

Green's persist with Turei's campaign "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Thanks to a reader for highlighting this blog post from Jan Logie, now the Under-Secretary to the Minister of Justice (focussing on Domestic and Sexual Violence Issues).

Logie has stepped straight into Metiria Turei's shoes. This is exactly the message she was pushing before her fall. The message that unsettled so many New Zealanders.

Under the cloak of compassion it promotes open slather access to benefits.

Greater benefit dependency is not good, for many reasons. Being born to unknown or unnamed fathers is not good for children. These statements are generalities but they are self-evident.

People who work have obligations to their employers, and vice versa. The same should apply to a system that purports to replace income from work, at the very least.


20:01

Cat Was Jealous Of Dog Siblings' Adventures So He Asked To Join Too "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pistachio is a cat who loves going on adventures. Not long after he came to live with his mom, Kirrily Hargreaves, in New South Wales, Australia, Pistachio started dropping hints that he wanted to explore the outdoors.

Pistachio always hated being left out, and was always waiting at the door when the dogs came home from walks or the beach, Hargreaves told The Dodo. One day he broke out of the house, jumped off the balcony and into the backyard just to eat some grass. He has never been one to follow the rules.

Credit: Kirrily Hargreaves

Before being adopted by Hargreaves in 2014, Pistachio was a stray kitten living on the streets of Sydney. Someone picked him up and dropped him at a local shelter, where he got a bad case of cat flu. Thankfully, a rescue group pulled Pistachio from the shelter and nursed him back to health, although he continues to have respiratory issues, Hargreaves explained.

Credit: Kirrily Hargreaves

But Pistachio has never let health problems stop him from doing anything. The first time Hargreaves took him to the beach, Pistachio got busy exploring.

I had all the dogs packed into the car and thought there was no reason he should miss out on all the fun this time, so I attached a lead to his collar and bundled him into the car, Hargreaves said.

Credit: Kirrily Hargreaves

When we arrived, he leaped out of the car with all the dogs, and followed them down to the sand ready to prove himself, she added. He spent his first adventure exploring rocks, digging in the sand and chasing after the dogs.
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20:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I place a high moral value on the way people behave. I find it repellent to have a lot, and to behave with anything other than courtesy in the old sense of the word politeness of the heart, a gentleness of the spirit.   Fran Lebowitz who celebrates her 67th birthday today.


Filed under: quotes Tagged: Fran Lebowitz

20:00

Three key economic questions I hope the PM answered "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Paul Flanagan
Paul Flanagan - pertinent questions

PAUL FLANAGAN | PNG Economics

CANBERRA Papua New Guinea prime minister Peter ONeill addressed a business lunch in Sydney yesterday and spoke about the policies of his government.

Before he did so, I wrote the following piece hoping that his speech would answer three questions.

First, what will the government do to help restore ongoing balance in the foreign exchange markets?

A small injection of $US100 million in treasurer Charles Abels 100-day plan will not address the underlying issue that PNGs imports have been cut to an historic low and even basic trade financing has been cut off.

The emphasis appears to be on large scale import-substitution (especially through special deals and protectionist arrangements) rather than becoming a diverse exporting nation to Asia.

Foreign exchange restrictions are a major business issue and the current approaches of high budget deficits squeezing out the private sector, rationing foreign exchange, dramatically cutting imports, stopping trade financing, and stopping repatriation of capital all act to undermine confidence and prospects for new foreign investment.

Having PNGs central bank even deny there is a foreign exchange shortage, or claim it is all the private banks fault, also undermines growth potential which is vital for fixing the budget.

 

Second, will the prime minister clarify whether he has agreed to the 2017 cuts in the local direct funding programs channelled to provinces and districts (DSIP and PSIP)?

Clear agreement between himself and his new treasurer is vital for giving credibility to the recent 2017 supplementary budget.  Without such an agreement, over 70% of the planned budget savings will not eventuate and another large budget deficit b.........

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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19:35

Facebook and the Brexit vote "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Facebook is also under investigation in the UK to see how much Russian operatives might have interfered in the Brexit vote. The Telegraph: MPs order Facebook to hand over evidence of Russian election meddling The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee has demanded that the US internet giant release adverts and pages linked to Russia []

19:34

It seems they will ban foreigners from buying homes in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Foreigners are set to be banned from buying houses in New Zealand as part of a phase of new policies outlined by Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern.

The 37-year-old, who was elected as part of a coalition government on 23 September, said the new plan was designed to stop rising house prices and will apply to non-residents.

We have agreed on banning the purchase of existing homes by foreign buyers, said Ms Ardern, according to AFP.

Here is the full story.  Will the Kiwis be returning to their mercantilism of the 1970s?  She also wants to renegotiate TPP.  And here is the immigration update.

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19:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ladies and Gentlemen, your Prime Minister, Ms Jacinda Ardern. How long will she last?  Explain your thinking below    

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19:25

Dirty democracy: Clinton, Trump, Russia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Investigations and revelations continue on dirty democracy involving the US and Russia. The use of Facebook by Russians continues CNBC: House panel plans to release Russian ads that ran on Facebook, committee leaders say The House Intelligence Committee plans to release Russia-linked ads that ran on Facebook during the 2016 election, the panels leaders said Wednesday, []

19:18

New Zealand's incoming prime minister Jacinda Arden calls capitalism a "blatant failure", citing country's poor and homeless "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New Zealand's new prime minister called capitalism a "blatant failure", before citing levels of homelessness and low wages as evidence that "the market has failed" her country's poor. Jacinda Ardern, who is to become the nation's youngest leader since 1856, said measures used to gauge economic success "have to change" to take into account "people's ability to actually have a meaningful life". The 37-year-old will take office next month after the populist New Zealand First party agreed to form a centre-left coalition with her Labour Party. They will be supported by the liberal Greens. New Zealanders had been waiting since 23 September to find out who would govern their country after national elections ended without a clear winner.

19:17

Planet Loses Tree Cover Size of New Zealand in One Year "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A pine plantation moving into native forest near a Mapuche community. Credit: Photo Langelle

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From the Mongabay Series: 

  • A new analysis of satellite data found 29.7 million hectares of tree cover was lost in 2016. The number represents a 51 percent jump over 2015.
  • The analysts say fire is the big culprit. The data indicate big upticks in fires around the around the world, both in areas where fire naturally occurs as well as wetter areas of the tropics where fire is a rare phenomenon.
  • El Nino coupled with human-caused land disturbance like slash-and-burn clearing is thought to have been a big contributor to increase in fire activity around the world.
  • Preliminary data indicate 2017 may also be a big fire year. The analysts recommend improved forest management to lower the risks of fire and tree cover loss.

Last year the world lost an area of tree cover the size of New Zealand, according to satellite data. Thats around 29.7 million hectares (297,000 square kilometers) and was a 51 percent jump over 2015.

The tree cover loss data came from the University of Maryland (UMD) and were analyzed by World Resources Institute (WRI). While the data dont just represent deforestation (they also lump in tree plantation harvesting), the analysts attribute most of the tree cover loss to human impacts affecting forests such agriculture, logging and mining.

But why the big jump in tree cover loss from 2015 to 2016? The analysis points specifically to fire as the primary culprit. The data indicate big upticks in fires around the world, both in areas where fire naturally occurs like northern Alberta, Canada and wetter areas of the tropics where fire is (or perhaps more accurately, use...

19:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is tittle (noun) 1. A small diacritic mark, such as an accent, vowel mark, or dot over an i. 2. The tiniest bit; an iota. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Small stroke or point in writing, late 14c. (Wyclif, in Matthew v.18), translating Latin apex in Late Latin []

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19:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 27 15 A quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping on a rainy day.

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19:00

Friday's Fulminations "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There is mild moderation.  Normal rules of blogger etiquette and courtesy to blog hosts will apply.with serious transgressors being thrown out.

Unfortunately our system does not allow your comments to show up in the blog post itself.  Just in the comments section.

Visitors might consider the wisdom of using moderate language.

Regards

Adolf'

18:48

Pyongyang advises US to take warning of hydrogen bomb test 'literally' "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The US and its allies could indeed witness a hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific, unless they stop devising military options against Pyongyang, a senior North Korean diplomat has warned. This, as the US Navy beefs up its presence ahead of Donald Trump's visit in the region. Speaking on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly last month, North Korean FM Ri Yong-ho said that if backed into a corner, Pyongyang could conduct "the most powerful detonation" of a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean. On Wednesday, Ri Yong Pil, a senior diplomat in North Korea's Foreign Ministry, told CNN that the minister's warning should be taken "literally" as tensions with Washington continue to rise. "The foreign minister is very well aware of the intentions of our supreme leader, so I think you should take his words literally," Ri told the US news outlet, warning that Pyongyang "has always brought its words into action."

18:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

18:15

Media watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

18:10

Open Forum Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

18:00

The Pneumonic Plague Is Spreading: Warnings Issued to 9 Countries "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

plague

Madagascar isnt getting this epidemic of the pneumonic plague under control as everyone had hoped. In fact, the opposite seems to be true.

When I wrote about the plague less than two weeks ago, I cited a source that said there were 200 infections and 33 deaths. As of today, those numbers have increased dramatically to more than 1300 infections and 124 deaths. And according to many infectious disease experts, the outbreak has not yet reached its peak.

Normally, Madagascar has about 400 cases of plague per year. But this year, its worse because it is the pneumonic plague. It gets into the victims lungs and is passed through the air from coughing. Its the most deadly form of a horrific disease, often killing the victim within 24 hours.

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17:55

Private Military Companies: How Do You Close Pandoras Box? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Over the last two decades we have witnessed an abrupt increase in the number of private military companies (PMC) operating across the globe. Its curious that some of those companies have budgets that far surpass defends budgets of certain independent states. Such conflict zones as Afghanistan and Iraq have for a long time been a sort of a playing field for a handful of Western PMCs. According to those officials who hire private companies to wage wars in their name, contractors perform a handful of tasks on the ground more efficiently and, which is even more important, way cheaper than regular army units and government agencies.

However, both the alleged military prowess and cost efficiency of those PMCs is questionable, but the main advantage of those remains undisputed, since no statesman bears responsibility for their actions. Operations in Afghanistan and Iraq have raised a serious concern over the legal status of such companies. But neither a string of flagrant human rights violations committed by those nor the facts of unjustified and inadequate use of all sorts of weapons could put a stop to this bloody business. Once a private military company gets deployed on the ground theres no more need to answer uncomfortable questions about loses and collateral damage, since no state can ensure that it fully controls the activities of its private armies.

States such as the United States that has been actively promoting PMCs as its tool of choices have repeatedly argued that they are ready to protect their mercenaries from any sort of persecution in other countries. Take, for example, the well-known decision of the chairman of the Iraqi Coordination Council, Paul Bremer, who led the occupation government of Iraq from 2003 to 2004. According to his order no member of the coalition forces or representatives of private companies operating in Iraq could be prosecuted by the state of Iraq.

The wave of regime changes triggered by Washington and the ever growing number of cases when Washington would meddle in the internal affairs of sovereign states has led to PMCs being in high demand. The active lobbying has resulted in mercenaries being described as consultants that are helping satellite states to establish their statehood and ensure logistics security to make these private armies to look somewhat respectable. Instead of addressing the absence of any legal pretext for the use of small companies, Washington has chosen to transform PMCs into full-fl...

14:25

North Asia Update "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A diplomat in North Korea's Foreign Ministry said the threat of a nuclear test over the Pacific Ocean should be taken literally, CNN reported on 25 October. He said that it's not a 'threat', it's a 'promise'. 

Last month, September, North Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Ri Yong Ho said Pyongyang will conduct the most powerful detonation of a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

Those who read the tea leaves for a living are predicting an above-ground test this winter. The mountain where they used to test nuclear weapons has collapsed because of the voids caused by testing. So the Norks have moved on.

The North Korean nuclear and missile programs still have some milestones to reach. North Korea has not performed a full range intercontinental ballistic missile flight and has only tested its nuclear warheads underground. The warhead and delivery system have not been mated in a combat simulation test. Today, they're getting ready to test the weapon.

When the US deploys three aircraft carrier task groups in a single theater, that is an unambiguous indicator that the US is prepared for combat. 
Three carrier task groups are in the waters of Northeast Asia. The timing of the deployments indicates the force is on station to back up the US Presidents coming 12-day trip to Asia.
It would not be out of character for the North Koreans to do an above-ground test of a missile mated to a hydrogen bomb just to show President Trump who's boss... If there are US assets in the area where the detonation takes place, it will mean war.

North Korea and China

Kim Jong Un sent a congratulatory message to Chine...

13:21

China rising "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Two recent articles looking at the bigger picture of China's growing world-power ambitions:

- Mark Almond, director of the Crisis Research Institute, Oxford, writing in the UK's Daily Mail:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5014375/Why-West-tremble-crowning-new-Mao.html

- and distinguished documentary film-maker and financial/political writer David Malone:

http://www.golemxiv.co.uk/2017/10/chinas-rise-americas-fall/

13:05

World watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

13:01

October 27 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

312  Constantine the Great was said to have received his famous Vision of the Cross.

939 Edmund I succeeded Athelstan as King of England.

1275  Traditional founding of the city of Amsterdam.

1524 Italian Wars: The French troops laid siege to Pavia.

1553  Condemned as a heretic, Michael Servetus was burned at the stake.

1644  Second Battle of Newbury in the English Civil War.

1728 James Cook, British naval captain and explorer, was born (d. 1779).

1795  The United States and Spain signed the Treaty of Madrid, which established the boundaries between Spanish colonies and the U.S.

1811 Isaac Singer, American inventor, was born (d. 1875).

1838  Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issued the Extermination Order, which ordered all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated.

1854  William Alexander Smith, Scottish religious leader, founded the Boys Brigade, was born (d. 1914).

1858  Theodore Roosevelt, 26th USA President, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, was born (d. 1919).

1870 Marshal Franois Achille Bazaine with 140,000 French soldiers surrendered to Prussian forces at Metz in one of the biggest French defeats of the Franco-Prussian War.

1872  Emily Post, American author, founded The Emily Post Institute, was born (d. 1960).

1904 The first underground New York City...

12:59

Midnight Movie The North Star "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Excellent cast, music Aaron Coplnad and lyrics by Ira Gershwin, screenplay by Lillian Hellman

An example of WW2 propaganda though


12:55

PNG Foreign Affairs recalls heads of missions "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Papua New Guinea  Department of Foreign Affairs has found some anomalies with the financial records at PNG's Mission in Manila, Philippines, as it begins recalling its heads of missions abroad.

Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato, confirmed in a statement, that several heads of diplomatic missions overseas are being recalled as their posts and terms of appointment have expired.
Heads of missions affected include Washington D.C, Manila, Jakarta and Sydney, with China and Honiara to be returned at a later date.

Mr. Pato says the Department is in the process of recall and repatriation exercise for the returning heads of missions as well as preparing ground works for replacements who are to be appointed by the National Executive Council soon.
He says as part of the recall, the financial records of the affected missions need to be checked and updated.

In case of the PNG Mission in Manila, some anomalies were found.
The Department is working with the officers at the mission to verify the financial records in a fair and transparent manner consistent with the Public Finance Management Act.

Minister Pato hopes the change over arrangements will be orderly and business like and that all new appointees will take over from where their predecessors left off.
NBC News/ PNG Today

12:53

Namatanai MP Schnaubelt queries Lihir Royalties "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Namatanai MP Walter Schnaubelt has tasked the New Ireland Provincial Government to explain the whereabouts of his district's share of mine royalties, as per an Agreement with the Lihir Gold Mine.

He says since the start of the mine's operations in 2007, his District has not received its 20 per cent share of the funds.
Mr Schnaubelt told NBC Radio the New Ireland Government must furnish expenditure reports of the payments.
"The concern now is the 50% portion blong New Ireland Provincial Government which is responsible to dispatch 20% to Namatanai district and 20% to Kavieng district na 10 percent is retained by the provincial government blo administration purposes.
"Orait, the provincial government component paid to date is K264m and you know since 2007 i kam nao, Namatanai district and Kavieng district have missed out on their 20% share."
NBC News/PNG Today

12:51

Inquiry starts into million kina debt "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Retired Judge, Don Sawong is heading a team to investigate over K40m debt incurred by the Provincial Government over the years.

Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu told a recent conference of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bulolo that he wants to establish how the province has incurred the massive bill.
The investigation started last week and is expected to continue.
The Morobe Governor says the people have the right to know how the money was expanded because it is public money.

Saonu says starting from the top post in the Provincial Administration, how to the service providers all off them will be questioned on how the figure has accumulated.
He says he's mandated by the people to do the right thing, therefore, he believes finding out where the money has gone to is the right thing to do.
"Husait i mekim na displa K44m i kammap?
"Ol public servants or politicians?
"Disla em moni blo ol pipol.
"Sevis imas go na pipol blo Morobe laikim disla moni, na why na disla issue i kamap."
Governor Saonu says a report will be tabled for further deliberation by the Morobe Provincial Executive Council after the investigation is completed.
NBC News - Gabriel Jamine

12:47

PNG Kumuls positive to win at home "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By Aizowe OTU/PNGFM

PNG LNG Kumuls are positive and in high spirits to win all 3 sets of their home World Cup matches starting with their World Cup opener against the Wales this Saturday at the National Football Stadium.

Kumuls have never beaten the teams in our pool but are definitely looking forward to meeting the chargers on home soil, said Assistant Coach Stanley Tepend.

Tepend said the team is not just as excited to play the World Cup in PNG but are proud to put on the PNG colours on home soil and want to create history for the country and its people.
Kumuls Nene McDonald who is expected to play a pivotal role in the centre said it wont be any easy for the boys but with their composure in the camp, and assistance from former Kumul greats in Marcus Bai, John Wilshire and others, he anticipates a good finish.

James Segeyaro said he will take in all the criticism as a stepping stone for him to perform for his countrymen. He is said the Kumuls select side is by far the best and is confident they will perform to the best to raise the red, black and gold colours on high masts.

12:44

Tribal fight, food shortage force school closure in Hela Province "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Humburu Primary School, a government agency school in the South Koroba in Koroba Lake Kopiag District, Hela province is yet to resume formal class.

This is the result of shortage of food supply and tribal fight in the villages, between clans sharing the border.
School Head Master Agilo Wakia said the tribal fight in Humburu has prompted them to close the school after two classrooms and teachers houses were burnt down.

He said the other factor is the shortage of food seeing students leaving school to help their parents do planting during the short period of heavy rainfall.
He said food is an important factor in our lives and having no food to eat and go to school is a problem that needs urgent attention.

He urged the government to assess the situation address as a matter of urgency.
A spokesperson from the Prime Ministers Department said they have been made aware of the situation in South Koroba and have responded by informing the disaster office to assess the situation. PNGFM

11:37

Associated Press Associates Itself With War "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By David Swanson, October 25, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

Robert Burns and Matthew Pennington of the Associated Press tell us:

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is visiting the Korean Peninsula at a momentous juncture in the faltering effort to persuade Pyongyang to halt and dismantle its nuclear weapons program. Ominous questions hang in the air.

Why momentous? North Korea has in the past been successfully so persuaded. And its subsequently been antagonized and threatened until it recommenced. This has gone on for decades, while its been 64 years since a peace treaty should have been signed that never has been. Its been 14 years since North Korea resumed building nukes. Its been ten grueling months of Trumps regime during which nasty comments and threats have been passed back and forth across the Pacific schoolyard. What makes this moment momentous? Stay tuned. AP will explain.

Is diplomacy failing? Is war approaching?

Is the wind blowing? Are you kidding? Are diplomacy and war external forces that impose themselves on humanity? North Korea has been very clear and reasonable in its demands, even while screaming its threats and defiance. If the United States will stop moving missiles and planes and ships close to a country it once destroyed, and stop threatening to destroy it again, North Korea will discuss doing what Iraq and Libya did before they were attacked: disarming. The question is not Is war approaching? Ominously! The question is: will Trump and his subordinates continue to refuse to negotiate? Will they insist on war?

Mattis second trip as Pentagon boss to Seoul will take place Friday, following his consultations with Asian partners on a unified approach to resolve the North Korea crisis. In the Philippines, his Japanese counterpart spoke darkly of an unprecedented, critical and imminent threat posed by the Norths repeated demonstrations of its ability to launch an intercontinental-range missile, potentially armed with a nuclear warhead.

Did this person really speak darkly? What did it sound like? Were they using the dictionary definition of imminent, and if so on what basis? Or were they using the White House Office of Legal Counsel definition of imminent, meaning theoretically could occur within the millennium? Cant the United...

10:00

Thursday nightCap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In the backwoods of Georgia, a controversial, right-wing, anti-terror militia group gathers once a month to complete field training exercises under the command of Chris Hilla.k.a Blood Agent. This militia group, called the Georgia III% Security Force, is part of the Three Percenter movement, which is inspired by the unfounded claim that only three percent []

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09:34

Strategies Of Right-Wing Resistance: It CAN Happen Here. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mass Resistance To A Left-Wing Government: Women bang pots and pans in protest at the shortages arising out of the right-wing strategies of resistance to the left-wing Chilean government of Salvador Allende 1970-73.

CAN WE REALLY DO THIS? As the euphoria of victory wears off, and the sheer enormity of the challenge confronting progressive New Zealand reveals itself, it would be foolish not to feel just a little bit daunted. We face an economic system without the slightest idea how to solve the problems created by its discredited policies and practices. Nevertheless, the Neoliberal Establishment remains very strong, and just as soon as it settles upon an effective strategy of resistance, the fightback will begin.

Two principle lines of attack present themselves. The first, sketched out in this mornings NZ Heraldeditorial, is to paint the new Labour-led coalition as little more than a pink-tinted continuation of Bill Englishs National Government.

The Heraldsleader-writer dismisses any notion that the new regime represents some sort of sharp break with Neoliberalism. He is at pains to point out that all the key elements of the Open Economy remain firmly entrenched. All we are hearing from Labour, he says, is the rhetoric of change. But, even the most cursory examination of the Labour-NZ First-Green Governments priorities, argues the Heralds leader-writer, reveals them to be little changed from those of the Clark-Cullen years: priorities to which both John Key and Bill English were more than happy to subscribe for 9 years.

This is a subtle strategy, directed principally at the new governments most ideologically-committed supporters. Its purpose is to demoralise, antagonise, and inflame suspicion. At its heart stands the figure of Grant Robertson: Finance Minister and close friend of Prime Minister Ardern. As the prime-mover of the Labour-Greens self-limiting Budget Responsibility Rules, Robertson ha...

09:11

Operation Cross Country: FBI Busts 120 Sex Traffickers & Rescues Dozens of Sexually Exploited Children "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Article by Tim Brown, DC Clothesline The Federal Bureau of Investigations Operation Cross Country has just completed its eleventh iteration and according to the FBI, they recovered 84 sexually exploited juveniles and arrested 120 traffickers. According to the FBIs website, Operation Cross Country has expanded beyond the United States, with Canada, the United Kingdom, Cambodia, []

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08:56

Eye-Opening Survey Shows No.1 Fear for US Citizens is Government, NOT Terrorism "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By Matt Agorist An extensive survey of hundreds of adults across the United States has just revealed that the thing most Americans fearmore than anything elseis their own government. In fact, according to the survey, no other fear even comes close to the percentage of Americans who worry about their corrupt government officials. The survey []

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08:04

Celebrity Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jacinda Ardern officially became New Zealands 40th Prime Minister today at a swearing in ceremony at Government House. Following that she was treated top celebrity treatment when she arrived at Parliament. I think we can expect a lot of this sort of crowd interaction and reaction.

07:59

Ilargi: Is Capitalism Dead or Merely Dying? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

None other than New Zealand's prime minister has issued a blistering critique of capitalism. Can it be saved from itself?

07:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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06:55

Stupid Ideas "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

No not Ardern and the coalition of the ignorant and evil, but Amazon Key.

This Washington Post article looks very critically at this bizarre idea.

The money quote, to Adams mind is at the end:-

New technologies are often packaged as amenities we shouldnt have to live without, and any trade-offs are made to seem meager in the face of potential comfort. But theres more to life than convenience maybe someone should let Silicon Valley know.


06:45

This is ridiculous "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ms Ardern  and her cohorts will be raising the minimum wage. They claim this is a good thing. They say this will be good for workers. They claim as well that this is affordable for business.

Yet today we have a report that :-

Jacinda Ardern says shell look at compensating businesses who are struggling with the rise of the minimum wage.

So therefore this harmless move is likely to inflate prices, cause job losses and perhaps businesses to close.

So to to raise wages we will have taxpayers supporting business  to compensate for ideological moves by a bunch of economic ignoramuses. Welcome to Venezuela and the world of virtue signalling.

Now Adam is sure that Labours fully costed economic plan did not allow for this. Another ill-judged captains call? in Paula Bennetts phrase Zip it sweetie.

Day 1 of her official appointment and we see a lack of economic reality, god help us bu Day 365. Adam is deeply sorry for all those people who might have had jobs and now will not due to this policy on the fly and ill understood approach to economics.


06:30

I just received an email from the Leader of the Opposition "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Here I was, putting the last post to bed before putting  my feet up, and what would zap into my inbox?  An email from Bill no less. Cameron, Having earned the support of 44.4 per cent of voters, and becoming the largest Party in the Parliament by a considerable margin, it is of course disappointing []

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06:01

Marc Faber, Freedom of Speech, & Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Political Correctness Hampers Honest Debate

What would the world be like today had Europeans never colonized Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and South Asia?

Sargon learns about African history and culture at the American Museum of Natural History. Regardless of whether one considers Dr. Fabers remarks insensitive, it can hardly be doubted that they were correct in the context they were made in.

Reprinted with permission from Acting Man.

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06:00

Dont you love peer reviewing: Now there are 400 Scientific Papers in 2017 saying Global Warming is a myth "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

James Delingpole reports: When I reported earlier this year on the 58 scientific papers published in 2017 that say global warming is a myth the greenies heads exploded. Since then, that figure has risen to 400 scientific papers. Can you imagine the misery and consternation and horror this is going to cause in the corrupt, rancid, rent-seeking world of []

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05:49

Ministry to Tackle Housing Issues "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 
The government, through the ministry of housing, is taking steps to address the dire problem of housing in the city.
 
And it will achieve this through an initiative, by the Housing Minister, to set up a housing policy steering committee.
 
The committee held its first meeting on Wednesday, Oct 25.
 
The Housing Policy Steering Committee is made up of the National Housing Corporation and line agencies, including the Department of Lands and Physical Planning, Justice and Attorney General, Office of Urbanization and the National Research Institute, among other stakeholders.
 
The Committee has been tasked to come up with a housing policy for PNG that is workable to address affordable housing, especially in cities like Port Moresby. The last housing policy for PNG was 23 years overdue for a review.
 
Heading the housing policy steering committee is acting NHC managing director, Kenneth Cooke.
 
Housing Minister John Kaupa said the ONeill-Abel government, under its housing policy, will try its best to provide affordable housing for PNG citizens, and the committee will play a major role in achieving this.
 
While PNG continues to face the chronic problem of affordable housing, the Minister also acknowledged the fact that NHC over the years has a lot of controversial issues that hinder its progress to provide good housing for PNG families.
 ......

05:45

Stabbed, beaten, and robbed: refugees on Manus to be abandoned in danger "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Todays report from Human Rights Watch lays bare the fear, cruelty and danger the refugees and people seeking asylum face on Manus Island.

Human Rights Watch visited Manus in September and spoke to dozens of men about their fears, including those who have been stabbed, beaten, and robbed when theyve left the guarded centre. Some men were too scared to leave the centre to meet with the HRW team. The Australian Government intends to push a further 600 men towards this danger when the guarded centre is closed in six days.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has been to Manus three times to speak with the men there, said:

"Today Human Rights Watch calls Manus a dangerous failure. Last week the UN called it a humanitarian disaster. These men have had four years of their lives ripped away from them. Theyve been beaten. Theyve been shot. And theyve suffered the sheer torment of not knowing if or when their ordeal would ever end.

"After four years of fear, violence and suffering, these men deserve a future. But instead our Government is trying to bludgeon them into returning to persecution or moving from one dead end camp to another. Its the height of cruelty," said Mr Webb.

A notice posted inside the Manus Island detention centre last week warned refugees that from the 31 October 2017, all food, water and electricity will be disconnected, protective fences will be removed and the facility will be handed over to the PNG Defence Forces.

On Good Friday this year, drunk soldiers from the PNG Defence Forces attacked the centre, ramming the centre fence with a vehicle to try to gain entry and firing over 100 shots, including from an M-16 Assault Rifle, into the centre where hundreds of refugees feared for their lives.

"It beggars belief. PNG military personnel have attacked these men before. Now our Government is tearing down the fences and putting them in charge. Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull can't just sit back and wait for further bloodshed. Every single man on Manus must be immediately evacuated to safety in Australia," said Mr Webb.......

05:30

People with these extreme views sadly live amongst us "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

People with these extreme views sadly live amongst us and even teach at our institutions of higher learning. They reflect an attitude that is bewildering in its lack of logic and hostility towards white people. [] they made some great counter-arguments. Probably the most compelling was that Twitter is a platform for people who arent []

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05:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Gluggaveour window weather; weather that looks appealing from inside but proves less pleasant in reality.


Filed under: language Tagged: gluggaveour

05:00

Boo-hoo Bills first day on the job as Leader of the Opposition "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Today will be Bills first day of being unseated as Prime Minister and officially becoming the Leader of the Opposition. But fear not, he was hard at work yesterday getting some practise in. [The] announcement that there will be 31 ministers, ministers outside Cabinet and under-secretaries in the new executive shows the incoming government intends []

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04:48

Here's hoping "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Back in May, National, ACT and United Future got together to vote down Jan Logie's Equal Pay Amendment Bill. The bill would have provided greater information and transparency around gender and pay, allowing discrimination to be uncovered and corrected. But now that the balance of power in Parliament has changed, it might be back:

A defeated private member's bill that would force the private sector to open up its books and reveal more about gender pay differences may be resurrected as a Government bill, in an effort to narrow the gender pay gap.

The Women's portfolio, to be held by Green MP Julie Anne Genter, was one of many allocations that were released today by Prime Minister-designate Jacinda Ardern. Genter said one of her top priorities was to close the gender pay gap, "both in the public and private sector".

Asked about bringing back the Equal Pay Amendment Bill, which was voted down in May this year by the narrowest of margins, she said: "That is a Green Party bill and certainly one of many things that I''ll be investigating in the role, and trying to win support for with the new Government."


Good. Because we have a real pay equity problem in New Zealand, and we need to fix it. Clearly, current policies aren't working so new ones are needed. And removing the secrecy which hides employer sexism would be a damn good start.

04:30

It is impossible to save a planet that is not dying "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Vijay Jayaraj (M.Sc., Environmental Science, University of East Anglia, England), lives in New Delhi, India. [] As a citizen of a third-world country, I bring a different perspective about climate change from that held by most people in wealthy countries. While they fret about possible tenth-of-a-degree changes in global average temperature, I think about how a []

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04:25

Freedom is relative "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The demolition of the Manus Island centre is set to begin in one week, which means the water supplies are steadily decreasing, resources are diminishing, and power is being progressively shut off. The men are being smoked out, but they dont plan on leaving. As Aziz (Abdul Aziz Muhamat) said in a recent mini-episode of The Messenger, we are determined to go ahead with our resistance and we are not going to give up.

04:14

Lets rain on Phil Twyfords parade "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Two big announcements were made yesterday in relation to building and housing. In New Zealand terms they dont get too much bigger, yet they were totally at odds with each other.

The first was by Fletcher Building, the darling of the former government yet who contrived to lose a fortune on two large government projects, and several other smaller ones. The primary reason, Ralph Norris told disgruntled shareholders, was that "Our project management resources became stretched, impacted by the labour scarcity of the broader sector and our own rapid growth."

To break that down: as they took on too many projects they discovered

  • their own resources are too few to cover them all; and
  •  local labour was too hard to come by.

Keep these points in mind as you read Phil Twyfords announcement yesterday, repeating in somewhat amended form his pre-election pledges, that he is going to build 100,000 homes in the next decade.

How can that be done with the severe local labour shortage? Easy, said Twyford.

The just-announced Housing Minister told the Herald labour, skills and land shortages in the over-stretched, under-delivering, under-resourced high-priced housing market were planned to be resolved by his regime which will change immigration laws and form public private partnerships with business like Fletcher Residential and Mike Greer Homes.

Do you see the problem?

Ill make it easy for you:

PROBLEM ONE: Fletchers is already overstretched.
PROBLEM TWO: Local labour is hard to come by.
PROBLEM THREE: Mr Twyford will solve problem #2 by calling on the folk already struggling with problem #1

Tell me how he will square that circle.

Could you?

Could anyone?

Add to that his further and still unsolved problem, which is that his whole scheme to build and/or finance 100,000 houses in a decade within his stated fiscal envelope of $2 billion is financially untenable (i.e., that his numbers simply don't add up, as he himself admitted three years ago when I asked him) and you have a new mi...

04:11

East/West Divide in Levin "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Horowhenuas elephant in the council chamber by Veronica Harrod  The Horowhenua Long Term Plan (2018-2038) has one big elephant in the room   whether divisions based on privilege and power should determine urban design in Levin. Residents have to think about priorities and the real estate sections in local community newspapers are already referring []

04:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

THE OLD WAYS A Journey to Northwest Vietnam from Nhi Dang on Vimeo.

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03:30

Whatever you do dont mention the women "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Now that scientific facts can be considered to be politically incorrect and offensive an astonishing proposal has been put to the UN by Britain. The UN is already a huge expensive joke that has Saudi Arabia on the UN Womens rights commission and elected to head the UN Human rights council despite being well known []

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03:13

Americas Humanitarian War against the World "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The world is at a dangerous crossroads. The U.S and its allies have launched a military adventure which threatens the future of humanity. Major military and covert intelligence operations are being undertaken simultaneously in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and the Asia Pacific region.

03:12

Men Need to Stand Up to Prevent Violence Against Women ; PM Calls for Communities and Churches to Show Leadership "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Approved for Release: 25 October 2017

Office of the Prime Minister Papua New Guinea 

Communities must stand up against any act of violence against women, and Churches must take a leading role in protecting victims and exposing violent men. This is the message from the Prime Minster, Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, to community and church leaders, as well as male family members who he said have a natural responsibility to protect their mothers, daughters and sisters.

A man is a coward if he thinks it is ok to hit a woman, these abusers would not have the courage to hit a man who was bigger than they are, but they hit a woman who is smaller, the Prime Minister said.

We have enacted laws to prevent violence against women, but no Government in any country can stop violence against women without the active support of communities.

There must be zero tolerance in our nation for violence against women, and community leaders must do more to help victims rather than supporting perpetrators.

Community leaders are not truly leaders if they turn a blind eye to violence against women.

Every human life matters and must be protected, and domestic violence is totally unacceptable.

Any community or Church leader who turns a blind eye to even a single case of violence against women has let their people down, and has abandoned the Christian principles our Nation holds dear.

The Prime Minister further called on the men in families to take a stand against any violence they see.

I also appeal to the sons of our nation, if your Father beats your Mother you have to show that you are a man and stand up for your Mother.

Your Mother gave you life, now you must protect her life and show gratitude for her commitment to you.

The same goes for all the men in families, to brothers, uncles, and other male family members, do not turn a blind eye.

The Prime Minister said the National Government will increase public awareness aimed at preventing domestic violence. This will be undertaken alongside the commitment of increased resources for police and courts to deal with violent men, as well as increased support for the victims of violence.

 


Filed under: Awareness, Community, Criminal, Governance, Growth,...

03:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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02:57

First vaquita rescued in bid to save the porpoise from extinction "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For the first time, a team of scientists has captured and then released a vaquita (Phocoena sinus), a rare porpoise in the Gulf of California, as part of a project called VaquitaCPR aimed at hauling the critically endangered species back from the edge of extinction. The successful rescue made conservation history and demonstrates that the goal of VaquitaCPR is feasible, said Rafael Pacchiano, the minister of the environment and natural resources in Mexico, in a statement. No one has ever captured and cared for a vaquita porpoise, even for a brief period of time. Members of VaquitaCPR scan the sea for signs of vaquita in the Gulf of California. Photo credit: VaquitaCPR. The VaquitaCPR team, comprising members from at least seven countries, caught a 6-month-old calf on Oct. 19 with the aid of underwater acoustic monitoring, but team veterinarians noticed that the animal seemed to be stressed out. Once they had taken tissue samples for later genetic testing, they released it back into the location where they had found it. While we were disappointed we could not keep the vaquita in human care, we have demonstrated that we are able to locate and capture a vaquita, said Lorenzo Rojas-Bracho, a government scientist and the head of VaquitaCPR, in the statement. Short for Vaquita Conservation, Protection and Recovery, VaquitaCPR is a Mexican government-led project aiming to find the porpoises in the wild and house them in specially built pens. Its a last-ditch effort to save the remaining vaquita, whose numbers have declined to fewer than 30, one that

02:30

Grim warning for our planet from another major climate report or was it? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guest Post New Zealands Environmental Reporting Series: Our atmosphere and climate 2017 Report by Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ prepared by Secretary for the Environment and Government Statistician Comment by Robin Grieve, Chairman of Pastural Farming Climate Research Inc This is the way they report on extreme rainfall, which is of course supposed []

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02:24

ONeill On Violence Against Women "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Source: Post-Courier

 

 

Communities must stand up against any act of violence against women and Churches must take a leading role in protecting victims and exposing violent men.

 
This is the message from the Prime Minster Peter ONeill to community and church leaders, as well as male family members who he said have a natural responsibility to protect their mothers, daughters and sisters.

 
A man is a coward if he thinks it is okay to hit a woman, these abusers would not have the courage to hit a man who was bigger than they are, but they hit a woman who is smaller, the Prime Minister said.

 
We have enacted laws to prevent violence against women, but no Government in any country can stop violence against women without the active support of communities.

 
There must be zero tolerance in our nation for violence against women, and community leaders must do more to help victims rather than supporting perpetrators.

 
Community leaders are not truly leaders if they turn a blind eye to violence against women.

 
Every human life matters and must be protected, and domestic violence is totally unacceptable. Any community or Church leader who turns a blind eye to even a single case of violence against women has let their people down, and has abandoned the Christian principles our nation holds dear.

 
The Prime Minister further called on the men in families to take a stand against any violence they see.

 
I also appeal to the sons of our nation, if your father beats your mother you have to show that you are a man and stand up for your mother.

 
Your mother gave you life, now you must protect her life and show gratitude for her commitment to you.

 
The same goes for all the men in families, to brothers, uncles, and other male family members, do not turn a blind eye.

 
He said the National Government will increase public awareness aimed at preventing domestic violence. This will be undertaken alongside the commitment of increased resources for police and courts to deal with violent men, as well as increased support for the victims of violence.


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02:15

QLD federal redistribution draft released "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ive been quite busy recently and hadnt had time to deal with the recent draft released for the Queensland federal redistribution.

To be honest its the least interesting redistribution Ive encountered in the nine years I have written for this blog. Queensland is maintaining its 30 federal electorates after a series of rapid redistributions which repeatedly increased its seat numbers. Twelve electorates were left entirely untouched, and most of the others underwent very minor changes.

Antony Green has analysed the boundaries and made estimates for the electoral boundaries. No seat flipped party, although a few have a changed margin.

You can now download my boundary map for this draft proposal.

I have also recently updated a number of other maps: the final Tasmanian federal map, the final NSW local government boundaries as of 2017, and the New Zealand electoral map updated to reflect the results of the 2017 election. You can download them all from the maps page.

02:14

Australia heavily responsible for biodiversity loss and more Zedlines. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A study published today reveals Australia is among the top seven nations responsible for more than fifty percent of global biodiversity loss. (Imagery sourced Wikipedia)

Scientific findings are based on the worsening in conservation status of species between 1996 and 2008 on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature red list.

Of the 109 countries studied, Australia is ranked as the second worst offender with Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, China and the United States (primarily Hawaii) also ranking.

Tweed Heads Host Social Inclusive Walk.

This Saturday Tweed Heads will be hosting an inaugural diversity walk to celebrate social inclusivity in the community.

02:02

Attack on GetUp and the Australian Workers Union is a set up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Contributed by Ugly

The raid on the Melbourne and Sydney of the Australian Workers Union is a disgrace that has the stink of a hatched government plot, to use a strong arm to deflect attention from its own failures.

Thanks to an error made by someone in the minister Michaelia Cashs office, it is known that the raid was known about before it took place and it looks like the media was deliberately notified for the purposes of a photo shoot.

The error was not in doing it, but in admitting that it has happened.

It is a direct violation of what is supposed to be a separation between government and the forces of the law and some serious questions need to be answered. If these answers are not forthcoming, the minister and her government must be held to account for what can only be described as a gross violation of democratic rights.

As it is, the targeted union is being tried by media. This is not the first time this has occurred, and it is a sad commentary on the degeneration of the Australian political process in recent times.

Senator Cash has been exposed as a liar, after having denied any prior knowledge, before undeniable proof that this is unlikely was put before her.

She had to back down by saying:  I have just been advised that, without my knowledge, one staff member in my office in the course of discussions with journalists indicated that he had received information that a raid may take place.

This is not good enough. The incident deserves a thorough public investigation. Without this, people are going to rightly consider that a cover up is taking place.

Whether one is for them or not, it doesnt take all that much to realise that a desperate attempt to smear Bill Shorten and the Labor Party is taking place.

It also throws into relief the effort being made to destroy GetUp, by creating a picture that ties in the accusation that the organisation is a political tool being used by Shorten and Labor, not on the back of evidence, but by creating a media.

The second violation of democratic rights that has occurred is that the charge is made first and then action is taken to make sure it sticks. It is a reversal of just and fair legal process that created a very dangerous precedent.

The Australian Workers Union was selected because Bill Shorten was once its secretary.

GetUp is being attacked and had its office raided as well, because of its campaigns have proved to be a thorn in the governments side. To run these campaigns, it receives donations from many places. This does not compromise its independence.

To suggest otherwise is to target all organisations that rely on public donations.

The union....

02:01

Assistant Directors "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Cabinet sorted, now the work can begin:

Confirmation of the new coalition governments ministerial portfolios will provide greater clarity for farmers and the wider primary sector, says Federated Farmers.

The Labour-led coalition today unveiled some names familiar to farmers and some new to be acquaintances. Farmers would have noted the dismantling of The Ministry for Primary Industries, which was anticipated, with the splitting away of Forestry and Fisheries. . .

Primary Industries Ministry scrapped:

The Ministry for Primary Industries is being scrapped with a stripped down agriculture ministry and a range of special purpose bodies likely to replace it.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed the ministry would go because it was not fit for purpose.

In her list of Cabinet appointments Damien OConnor was named as agriculture minister.

He would also have the biosecurity, food safety and rural communities as separate portfolios. OConnor would also associate minister for trade and export growth. . .

Synthetic meats are on their way, and our farmers are going to be left behind Rosie Bosworth:

Fake animal proteins are set to disrupt world markets and much faster than our agriculture industry is anticipating, argues food strategist Dr Rosie Bosworth.

New Zealands agricultural sector has been having a rough time of late. If waking up to a centre-left government wasnt enough of a nightmare for most Kiwi farmers, then the negative media attention the industry has been racking up in recent weeks should be.

For decades, our agriculture sector and farming community have enjoyed prized economic-darling status in New Zealand. Policy makers, ministers and farmers alike have been convinced that agriculture is untouchable, and that the lucrative wave of creamy dairy milk and premium cuts of red meat on the global market would last forever even if private farmer profits did come at a broader social and environmental cost for the nation. . . 

...

02:00

Cartoons about the new government "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hubbard - 26 October 2017 Body - NZ Herald 26 October 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 26 October 2017 Chicane - Southland Times 25 October 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 23 October 2017 Body - NZ Herald 21 October 2017 Emmerson - NZ Herald 21 October 2017 Moreu - Timaru Herald 21 October 2017 Murdoch - The Press 21 October 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 21 October 2017 Scott - Dominion Post 21 October 2017

02:00

Dr Paul wins Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford in England "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

WIRADJURI woman Dr Claudia Paul has become the third Australian Indigenous person to be awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, having been named the 2018 Rhodes Scholar for South Australia. Dr Paul, 24, an Adelaide University medical graduate from Broken Hill, will use her scholarship to undertake a Masters of International Health and Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford, England, next year. One of the worlds most prestigious scholarships, the Rhodes recognises outstanding academic achievement, character, leadership, and a commitment to community service. I had a dream to study overseas but I didnt think it would ever happen, Dr Paul said. The Rhodes is something I never imagined applying for until fairly recently. Right now, its a little overwhelming, but exciting.

02:00

Clinton outed as funder for the Russian Dossier "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Chickens are coming home to roost for Hillary Clinton. Breitbart reports: Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee paid opposition research firm Fusion GPS to compile the Russian dossier that triggered an FBI investigation into possible collusion between Donald Trumps presidential campaign and the Russian government, according to a report Tuesday by the Washington Post. A Republican had contracted []

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01:48

Top US trade official says no to ISDS in NAFTA as ISDS critics grow across the political spectrum "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

October 26, 2017: US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said publicly last week that the US wants to opt out of ISDS in NAFTA, because of the risk and costs of US governments being sued by foreign corporations, and despite corporate lobby groups pushing to retain ISDS.

Speaking in a press conference, he said Ive had people come in and say, literally, to me: Oh, but you cant do this: you cant change ISDS. You cant do that because we wouldnt have made the investment otherwise. Im thinking, Well, then why is it a good policy of the United States government to encourage investment in Mexico?  The bottom line is, business says: We want to make decisions and have markets decide. But! We would like to have political risk insurance paid for by the United States government. And to me thats absurd. You either are in the market, or youre not in the market.

This week rejection of ISDS was reinforced across the political spectrum from  the US  National Conference of State Legislatures and state attorneys general to small business organizations and unions to  hundreds of the nations leading legal and economics professors, who released a letter calling on the administration to remove ISDS from NAFTA. Stark criticism of ISDS has come from voices as disparate as U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and pro-free trade think tanks such as the Cato Institute to U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.),.........

01:32

Unfriendly Capitalism's Bodyguard Of "Expert Lies". "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Making Neoliberalism's Bodyguard Of "Expert Lies" Redundant: That New Zealand was experiencing its very own Brexit moment became clear when Winston Peters declared that he and his party had rejected the option of facilitating a modified status quo with the National Party, in favour of empowering real change with Labour and the Greens.

CRUCIAL TO THE SUCCESS of the Unfriendly Capitalism indicted by Winston Peters has been its stalwart bodyguard of expert lies. Ever since 1984, when its unfriendliness began gathering pace, a seemingly endless procession of experts has been summoned to represent this new unfriendly capitalisms cruelty as kindness. Some of these so-called experts were paid for by the big corporations. Others were commissioned by government agencies to prepare the way for changes destined to place an ever-increasing number of New Zealanders at the mercy of private economic power.

None of the core institutions of the New Zealand State were exempted from this restructuring process. Health, education, social welfare, the trade union movement, the universities, local government: all fell victim to the gleichschaltung (co-ordination) demanded by an increasingly foe-like capitalist system. And, in each case, these government reforms were presented to the public as the only rational response to what was, after all, expert opinion.

In a tiny number of cases, the tendered expert advice was so extreme that the government of the day simply balked at introducing reforms that seemed so patently politically unsaleable. For the most part, however, the experts findings were accepted and implemented.

That these arguments, for what can only be described as dramatic and socially-wrenching change, were received uncritically, and then promoted enthusiastically, by the news media was a crucial factor in their success. It encouraged the view that economic management had become such a complex business that ordinary pe...

01:30

Where are the wise heads in the new government? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One thing that I have been concerned about with the new government, in particular the Labour party, is the lack of wise heads. In the fourth Labour government of 1984 there were many smart and wise people in their caucus. It could be argued that David Lange himself was one of those until tempted by []

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01:29

Revising New Zealand History 12: Class, Family and Corruption in a Tribal Society "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Traditional Maori society was hierarchical By John Robinson There were considerable class distinctions within traditional Maori tribal society.  Each extended family had a male head who, if he were a man of good birth (belonging to the tribal aristocracy), would be termed a rangatira (a tribal lord). Any person lacking position was a tuatua, not []

01:24

Cant get prosperity by decree "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Good post. Problem is that our new leader thinks saying something makes it so.

Homepaddock

The Employers and Manufacturers Association says the minimum wage increases announced by the government could bring the economy to a grinding halt.

Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) chief executive Kim Campbell said the initial increase was not much more than what a National-led Government would have implemented.

However, he saw the $20-an-hour target as too high and it meant New Zealand would have among the highest minimum wages in the world.

The first step was well signalled and its not very responsible signalling it so well in advance because it sets up inflationary expectations, he said.

You can already see a reflection of that in our exchange rate, which has gone down because overseas they can sees that New Zealands costs are going up.

A drop in the exchange rate will make our exports less expensive overseas but it will add to the cost of imports including clothes, fertilizer

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01:00

Thursdays quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Youre welcome to pose the questions.

Anyone who stumps everyone will win a virtual bunch of irises.


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01:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

President Garfield Wounded by an Assassin, Killed by his Doctor James Garfield was shot by a would-be assassin but killed by his doctors. His ending is a case of monumental malpractice. At his trial, Charles Guiteau, who fired the probably nonfatal gunshot, shouted, Your honour, I admit to the shooting of the president, but not []

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00:51

Methodologist "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

00:38

Two Active Logging Blockades Happening in the Pacific Northwest "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The post Two Active Logging Blockades Happening in the Pacific Northwest appeared first on It's Going Down.

Right now there are at least two active aerial blockades happening in the Pacific Northwest! Follow Cascadia Forest Defenders and Save the Mattoles Ancient Forest for updates. Shout out to our fellow forest defenders!

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00:37

Morrisons Corporate tax cut drive is wrong "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Treasurer Scott Morrison is calling for the company tax rate cut to be fast tracked, claiming that this is the only way to get the Australian economy moving.

Scott Morrison is dead wrong about this.

It is important to get past the hype that this tax will encourage investment and that Australia needs to follow company tax cuts in the United states and Great Britain to be competitive.

While it is true that the amount of investment in Australia is currently going down and that this is important, this should not blind one from realising that the forms that this investment takes is just as important, if not more so. Failure of the government to take this into accoun,t can only lead to improper policy.  And this is exactly what is happening.

The best explanation for the failure is that sectional interests of some of the biggest backers of the Coalition parties are writing the policy and the politicians are following the script.

Jim Miinifie, in his report for the Grattan Institute, Stagnation Nation: Australian investment in a low growth world (2017), suggests that a major factor is that investment in mining has fallen 15 percent since 2015 and 12 percent in the last year alone, and occurring within the context of a sluggish global economy and changing demand and price patterns. It makes intuitive sense and is also backed up with evidence.

Past over-investment in the industry is also a problem, because sooner or later, later a crunch was bound to come to pull down the excess.

Even more important. is that the structure of investment is changing, and this change is already pronounced. According to information from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), non-mining investment has risen 5 percent in the last year. This is not as much as it looks, because it has risen from a low base. Nevertheless, it is a rise.

Much of it has been taken by investment in telecommunications and most of what is left over is accounted for by the growth in in the selling of goods and services, continuing the shift away from traditional industries.

A marked characteristic of the services sector, in the periods following the introduction of computerisation, is that it is much less capital intensive than mining and manufacturing. What this means is that starting up, operating and expanding economic activity requires less investment in technology and processes and is much more labour intensive. A higher labour intensity  is a big reason why this is the major growth area for new jobs, whether full time or casualised and from where the biggest pressure for cutting the cost of labour is coming from........

00:30

Comedians in glass houses shouldnt throw stones "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Comedians are currently an endangered species thanks to political correctness taking offence at almost every joke in a comedians repertoire. By its very nature comedy is about making fun of ideas, cultures, races, stereotypes, races, religions, politics, individuals and beliefs. Comedy is only successful when there is a grain of truth in the humour and []

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00:07

Seattle, WA: Mobilize Against Fascist Counter Demonstration November 4th "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The post Seattle, WA: Mobilize Against Fascist Counter Demonstration November 4th appeared first on It's Going Down.

The ascendancy of Trump and white supremacy to positions of power and influence in US society has provoked a renewed interest in anti-authoritarian politics and more particularly, anarchism. This can be seen in the rise of a relatively large and yet autonomous US anti-fascist/ anti-racist movement, but also in the insurrectionary acts that accompany events fighting back against pig violence in cities like St. Louis. This is all cause for celebration, yet despite so much of our insurrectionary potential becoming actualized, the Trump regime and its mobilized base of supporters rages on; threatening the lives of those in our community everyday.

In an effort to put an immediate halt to the functioning of the Trump regime, members of the Leninist group, Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), are attempting to stage an event on November 4th modeled after the Occupy movements of 2011. This is no doubt an effort on the RCPs part to gain more mindless recruits who can dutifully sell party newspapers, but it also presents anarchists with an interesting opportunity for meaningful action against the Trump regime.

We at Insurrectionary Youth Action (IYA), a new group of insurrectionists based out of the Pacific Northwest area, would like to make a call to action for other affinity groups and anarchist organizations to take part in the upcoming Nov 4th events. Not out of solidarity with the RCP mind you, but as an autonomous force of our own that can influence the event and instigate radical action against the current regime.

A suggestion, not a demand.

Insurrectionary Youth Action

Updates On Fascist Responses 

Since the local fascists of Seattle have decided they are going to counter the Refuse Fascism event, we best think everyone should come prepared to defend themselves from the fascist threat.

Expect to see the Proud boys, Anthony Parish,  and Luke Mahler

Lets make this a fun sort of thing too. We feel the need to make our presence known, loud and clear.

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23:56

Manus Island refugees fear for lives "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A trip to the supermarket can be an exercise in dicing with death on Manus Island, according to a new report.

An Iranian asylum seeker claims to have been attacked by local men who left him unconscious after fracturing his skull with a metal rod as they robbed him of his mobile phone and money.

He was flown to Brisbane for treatment.

The incident is highlighted in a report by Human Rights Watch, which interviewed 40 refugees and asylum seekers who live at the Manus Island immigration detention centre or in the community.

The detention centre is slated for closure on Tuesday and more than 600 people are refusing to leave over safety fears.

The report claims young intoxicated local men have been robbing and attacking refugees and asylum seekers using sticks, machetes, rocks, knives and screwdrivers.

A Bangladeshi asylum seeker claimed a man put a knife to his throat when he went to the nearby Lorengau township to buy a chicken.

He required medical evacuation to Port Moresby.

A Rohingya refugee from Burma told the rights group he was too scared to leave the detention centre compound.

The locals have no understanding of people from other countries, he said.

We are walking around in nice clean clothes with mobile phones. The locals dont know what it means to be a refugee. They only know we are prisoners. They were told we are bad people.

The report says refugees have stopped informing police because incidents are not investigated or they are arrested for disturbing local people.

The Australian government insists arrangements are in place to accommodate all refugees and asylum seekers at nearby Lorengau after Tuesday.

Services including mental health services will continue to be provided at the alternative accommodation.
The immigration department has previously insisted any allegations of refugees and asylum seekers being victims of crime on Manus Island are a matter for the PNG police and government.

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23:41

N. Korea warns of Pacific nuclear test "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The North Korean foreign ministers warning of a possible atmospheric nuclear test over the Pacific Ocean should be taken literally, a senior North Korean official has told CNN.

The foreign minister is very well aware of the intentions of our supreme leader, so I think you should take his words literally, Ri Yong-pil, a senior diplomat in North Koreas Foreign Ministry, told CNN in an interview aired on Wednesday.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said last month Pyongyang may consider conducting the most powerful detonation of a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean amid rising tensions with the US.

CIA chief Mike Pompeo said last week that North Korea could be only months away from gaining the ability to hit the US with nuclear weapons.

Experts say an atmospheric test would be a way of demonstrating that capability. All of North Koreas previous nuclear tests have been conducted underground.

Meanwhile North Koreas ambassador called on the UN Security Council on Wednesday to urgently discuss the recent US joint naval exercise near the Korean peninsula, calling it preparation for a pre-emptive strike and nuclear war against his country.

Ja Song-nam said in a letter, a copy of which was sent to The Associated Press, that the naval exercise was the largest waged with general mobilisation of the nuclear strategic assets after US President Donald Trump last month made the most ferocious declaration of war in history by claiming to totally destroy the DPRK.

Ja said the naval exercise, which began on October 16, increased tensions on the Korean peninsula.

The US and South Korea regularly conduct joint military exercises that Pyongyang condemns as invasion rehearsals.

What cannot be overlooked, the DPRKs Ja said, is the fact that the US, not being contented with the joint military exercise on the Korean peninsula, is kicking up the racket of military pressure upon the DPRK on a worldwide scale and is becoming more undisguised in its attempt to introduce NATO and other armed forces of its followers into the Korean peninsula in case of emergency.

In the letter addressed to Frances UN ambassador Francois Delattre, the current Security Council president, he asked for the council to bring up the US joint military exercise as an urgent agenda item, saying these military exercises constitute (a) clear threat to international peace and security.

No other country in the world than the DPRK has ever been subjected to such an extreme and direct nuclear threat from the US for such a long time and witnessed on its door such nuclear war exercises which are the most vicious and ferocious in their scale, style, aim and essence, the ambassador said.

The post.......

23:37

WWII Fighter Pilot Retells Events From The Last Combat Mission To Japan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Captain Jerry Yellin piloted for the 78th Fighter Squadron in World War II in the Pacific theater. He is the subject of a new book by Don Brown, The Last Fighter Pilot: The True Story of the Final Combat Mission of WWII.

Yellin joins staff writer Bre Payton on this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour to share the events from his time before, during, and after WWII. I served for 3 years and 10 months and it was the highlight of my lifeserving my country, Yellin said.

You can listen to their full conversation here:

23:30

Fats Domino 26.2.28 24.10.17 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The music world  has lost another voice:

Fats Domino, the New Orleans rhythm-and-blues singer whose two-fisted boogie-woogie piano and nonchalant vocals, heard on dozens of hits, made him one of the biggest stars of the early rock n roll era, has died in Louisiana. He was 89. . . 

Mr. Domino had more than three dozen Top 40 pop hits through the 1950s and early 60s, among them Blueberry Hill, Aint It a Shame (also known as Aint That a Shame, which is the actual lyric), Im Walkin, Blue Monday and Walkin to New Orleans. Throughout he displayed both the buoyant spirit of New Orleans, his hometown, and a droll resilience that reached listeners worldwide.

He sold 65 million singles in those years, with 23 gold records, making him second only to Elvis Presley as a commercial force. Presley acknowledged Mr. Domino as a predecessor. . .

 


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23:30

Kiwi Political Journalists bias revealed through a cloud of smug "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Whats an unbiased political journalist to do when someone removes all the nasty & negative words from the keyboard she interviews? [] As I started to write this weeks column, it suddenly dawned on me that I have never written a word under any other government than the previous one. Whats it going to be []

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23:12

Surgeon Comforts Orphaned Wombat In The Middle Of The Night "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A little wombat lost everything along a road in Australia after her mother was hit and killed by a car but now she's getting the love and comfort she needs. 

"That is a common reason for wombats and other species coming into care," Dr. Howard Ralph, a veterinary surgeon who founded Southern Cross Wildlife Care (SCWC), told The Dodo. "Rosie came to us because she had been hiding in her dead mothers pouch for several days and the carer rightly felt that Rosie was very unwell and was not interested in drinking a bottle."

Credit: Howard Ralph

It was the early hours of the morning when Dr. Ralph comforted Rosie, giving her treatment for severe dehydration and pneumonia. This is often the life of a wildlife veterinarian so devoted his patients.

"We often are involved in late night care of patients," Dr. Ralph said. "The need is enormous ... The days are usually consumed by the urgent matters that often continue into the night and early morning with intensive care." 

Credit: Howard Ralph

Credit: Howard Ralph

Dr. Ralph has been helping wildlife for many years even as a kid he was fascinated by wild animals. Later, he knew he wanted to become a veterinarian.

"During my time at university studying veterinary medicine, it became apparent to me that wildlife generally did not receive the degree of respect that was due and that existed for other species such as domestic patients," Dr. Ralph said. "During my childhood and later as a teacher in Papua New Guinea I had regular contact with wild creatures so that a certain rapport became established early. After graduation the contact with wild patients gradually increased until eventually I undertook post graduate study in wildlife medicine."

Now that he founded and runs SCWC, he gets to spend much of his time helping all kinds of animals who live...

23:12

Military DEW Laser Companies Surround NorCal Firestorm Area !!! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

What are the chances that 3 of the largest avionics military laser companies are located in the same exact area as the Santa Rosa, CA fires occurred, yet none got torched?
L-3 technologies, Keysight, AEG Industries and Sonoma Design Group are all in Santa Rosa and are held by some of the largest weapons manufactures in the world!
Additionally, over two weeks now, and no official 'story' about how so many fires self ingnited all at once in the middle of the dark of night. 
5G? Pacific Gas and Electric? Climate Change w/ Diablo Winds? are all being talked about but none come close to explain the hellfires that occurred and torched metal, glass, rubber, granite, etc. to the ground in minutes, yet left trees and other buildings in tact.

23:04

SAD REALLY. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"




It is a fact that the Creator of the Whaleoil blog has no regard for the now Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition that is coupled with a new found relationship as regards Mr Seven Percent.

That change in attitude was and so far remains a continuing thread in a blog that has remarkable sources to the underbelly of NZ politics.

After H1 was dispatched by John Key in 2008, she without ceremony abandoned the NZLP to further her career leaving a vessel stuck on rocks with a crew devoid of any succession plan.
First  the man from the eighties was crowned and achieved nought, they then turned to a bright younger fresh face who held things in a semblance of order until colleagues with an agenda decided low to mid thirties polling needed addressing and set him up with two dead snapper to perish from exposure.
The Unions who have enjoyed unwarranted protection on the cheap within the NZLP moved to get their man in power and under a shonky system that hands up to three votes to one person chose a humourless hack who watched the party polling plunge to a level that threatened Simon English's unenviable record from the early  days of the millennium. Even with numbers ten below the snapper guy, humourless was safe so long as the unions held their nerve.
Then early in the three month window in the run up to an announced Election Day when the handbrake of Union domination was released, the NZLP parliamentary caucus acting alone forced humourless out and installed a fresh comrade who in the midst of nauseating adulation began a campaign of personality politics that Marx, Engles, Lenin etal  would have been in awe of.

Now National after holding their vote in the face of apparent third termitus, out polling Labour, out polling the marriage of convenience fell to a one man band with seven percent support who has never lasted a term of any executive in thirty years of sporadic opportunity.

I was one who found Key's patronising caucus sidelining anointing of English arrogant and questioned the wisdom of going back to 'the biggest loser'.
I was wrong English, made a very solid effort to hold National together but in the reality of a dead in the water party performance from ACT, The destruction of the apartheid party and the early withdrawal of the Dunny of  Ohariu he was left at the alter sans a bride.
IMHO English was right to refuse to deal with the demands of The Dwarf, the idiosyncrasy of  voters reluctance to award fourth terms and buying however many months of the ninth floor from the trader from St Mary's Ba when the prospect of a cluster fornication loomed so likely was prudent.
The show of solidarity from National is to be favourably compared to events subsequent to 2008 from Labour and stands as a portent to success in 2020.
By then Winston First will have suff...

23:00

Why I submitted a question to the latest AUSA student referenda "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guest Post: The current (and ongoing) issues surrounding the disaffiliation process of the Auckland University ProLife Group by AUSA is as the more rational among us understand, nothing more than an attempt to suppress views considered at odds with the socially liberal mindset.  Unfortunately, this is a growing trend throughout University Campuses across the world, []

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23:00

The Roundup with PW "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Colin Kaepernick Gets His Due: After being frozen out as a quarterback prospect by NFL teams, Colin Kaepernick has inked $1 million with One World.

The Apple-Amazon E-book Standoff: You still cant buy books on the new Kindle app for iPhone thanks to a continuing struggle over prices and profits.

The Publisher Behind 'Younger': The juicy publishing industry drama in the hit show is due in no small part to an anonymous real-world publishing figure's consulting.

22:58

The Bookseller "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


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Philip Pullmans La Belle Sauvage (Penguin and David Fickling), the first title in his His Dark Materials equel The Book of Dust, has crashed into the UK Official Top 50 number one spot, according to Nielsen BookScans Total Consumer Market.

22:55

Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Today's Meal


Joel Fotinos will join St. Martin's as vice president and editorial director of a new mind/body/spirit line of books, starting November 6. He recently stepped down as vp and publisher of Tarcher Perigee after 21 years. St. Martin's president and publisher Sally Richardson says, "We are delighted to have Joel Fotinos join us at SMP. We have long had an interest and success in publishing in the mind/body/spirit space and we look forward to strengthening and growing that success with his focus and expertise."

Arianna Rebolinihas been named books editor at Buzz Feed.

Jessica Eastohas been promoted to managing editor for Agate Publishing's trade book program, and will acquire for the Surrey Books and Midway Books imprints.

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22:54

YOU HAVE TO ADMIRE THE TRUE BELIEVER "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Got a call this morning from a veteran who asked me if I thought NZ First's promise to raise the Veteran's pension by 10% over and above that of NZ Superannuation would be implemented before Xmas.

Had to disabuse him of that ... nice the thought but I put it in the same basket as the NZ First promise to res-erect the combat air force axed by Labour with the decision facilitated by wannabe Ron Mark when he went rogue and signed up to the Defence Beyond 2000 Report which said NZL could not afford it.

Promises made when you're in Opposition have a habit of coming back to bite.


22:52

Antoine Fats Domino dies aged 89 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Legendary New Orleans great Fats Domino has died.

His music paved the way for rock and roll.


22:30

Science beats taxes and force "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guest Post Socialists love having power.  They dislike market solutions.  They distrust science and what it offers for finding answers to problems.  They would rather use force. New Zealand now has a socialist government.  Our Prime Minister states with great confidence that markets fail and governments need to step in to prevent unacceptable outcomes.  We []

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22:25

5 Percent Of The Population, 100 Percent Of The Power. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Special Relationship: Uncle Sam and Britannia, weapons in hand and accompanied by their heraldic national beasts, stand atop the world. The image neatly captures the racial assumptions of global power, but it errs in its inclusion of the feminine. It is the 5 percent of the human population that is White and Male who wield 100 percent of the power-that-matters on Planet Earth.

HOW DOES A TINY MINORITY control an overwhelming majority? As a young history student, it was a question that continued to intrigue me.

How, for example, did Great Britain, a nation of less than 15 million in 1850, manage to control the more than 190 million Indians? More specifically, how was a ridiculously small occupying force of British businessmen, bureaucrats and soldiers able to subordinate the interests of the entire Indian subcontinent to those of their British homeland?

The answer, it emerged, was that, at its heart, the whole imperial enterprise was nothing more than a gigantic bluff. The British ruled India for more than a century because they could. Or, more precisely, because the Indian people believed they could. The moment Mohandas Gandhi and the Indian National Congress persuaded them to stop believing in the imperial might of the British Raj, its days were numbered.

With imperialism (at least of the pith helmet variety) safely interred in historys graveyard, it was tempting to believe that the whole notion of a tiny minority controlling all the peoples of the planet had been buried with it. New Zealanders still look back with pride at the role their country played in the abolition of minority rule in Apartheid South Africa.

These were, as Paul Simon told us in his 1986 album Graceland, the days of miracles and wonders, and, to many, the fall of Soviet Communism and the triumphant p...

22:20

Marc Faber, Freedom of Speech & Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Marc Faber, Freedom of Speech & Capitalism Author Jayant Bhandari  Acting Man Political Correctness Hampers Honest Debate What would the world be like today had Europeans never colonized Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and South Asia?  ...

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22:15

US sends 2 more aircraft carriers to Pacific ahead of Trumps East Asia trip "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Two US aircraft carriers along with escort ships have joined the US Navy in the Pacific, ahead of President Donald Trumps visit to East Asia amid soaring tensions around the Korean Peninsula.

The announcements on the USS Theodore Roosevelt and USS Nimitz aircraft carriers, alongside their carrier groups, joining the US 7th Fleet came on Wednesday within hours of each other. The carriers will join the USS Ronald Reagan strike group, which is already operating in the Western Pacific off the Korean Peninsula.

-AAA


22:00

10,000 new houses a year? yeah, nah says industry "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Labour says they are going to build 10,000 houses per annum for the next ten years. The industry says good luck with that according to NBR: Over the next three years, Labours next housing minister, Phil Twyford, plans to ramp up to 10,000 high-quality homes affordable residences for first home buyers being built every year. []

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22:00

Climate Justice Forum: Alberta Oil Train Derailment, Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, Climate Activist Necessity Defenses, Spokane Proposition 2 Contentions, Seattle Tar Sands Financer Protests, Montana Fracking, Utah Tar Sands Mine Bankruptcy 10-25-17 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Wednesday, October 25, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on an Alberta oil train derailment and nearby evacuations, the second largest Gulf of Mexico oil drilling spill, climate necessity defenses for Spokane oil and coal train blockaders and Minnesota and Montana tar sands pipeline valve turners, legal and finance contentions over the Spokane coal and oil train ballot initiative, Alta Mesa underpayment of Oklahoma gas royalties, activist disruption of 100 Seattle bank branches financing tar sands projects, Tongue River Valley, Montana, oil and gas development, and bankruptcy of a long contested Utah tar sands mine.  Broadcast for five and a half 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, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Filed under: Climate Justice Forum

22:00

Cant get prosperity by decree "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Employers and Manufacturers Association says the minimum wage increases announced by the government could bring the economy to a grinding halt.

Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) chief executive Kim Campbell said the initial increase was not much more than what a National-led Government would have implemented.

However, he saw the $20-an-hour target as too high and it meant New Zealand would have among the highest minimum wages in the world.

The first step was well signalled and its not very responsible signalling it so well in advance because it sets up inflationary expectations, he said.

You can already see a reflection of that in our exchange rate, which has gone down because overseas they can sees that New Zealands costs are going up.

A drop in the exchange rate will make our exports less expensive overseas but it will add to the cost of imports including clothes, fertilizer, fuel, machinery, medicine and vehicles.

Exporters are going to do a bit better but youd have to do the sums to see how they land but it will all turn into an inflationary spiral which is a really good way to bring the economy to a grinding halt.

Campbell said businesses would be worried by what the cost increases would mean for them. . . 

Businesses have got used to gradual increases in the minimum wage and have factored them into their planning.

But getting to $20 by 2021 is too much too fast for many.

We had dinner out on Tuesday evening.

The business owner, unprompted, told me she was very worried about the new government. People already say dining out is expensive, but if we have to pay too much more for wages we will have no choice but to increase prices.

Thats how the inflation spiral starts with wage increases which arent related to productivity increases or other cost decreases.

And thats what drives business owners to look at ways to reduce staff numbers, including more mechanisation.

Robots are expensive now, but improvements in technology and increases in production will bring prices down.

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21:30

Only a red neck would have a problem with this apparently "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kua whakatupatohia e te kaitautoko a MPI Tamati Coffey te korero mo te korero korero mo te reo Maori i te nuinga o nga wa. I tukuna e te MP mo Waiariki hou tetahi tuhi i tonoa mai e tetahi kaitautoko o tana whakaaturanga hou TVNZ whakaatu Moving Out e whakahe ana i tana whakamahinga []

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21:06

Modest wins but big possibilities for the Greens "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Compared to NZ First the Greens had modest wins on policy and ministerial positions, but they still have a big opportunity to achieve some of their goals. Their ministerial appointments: James Shaw Minister for Climate Change Minister of Statistics Associate Minister of Finance Dealing with climate change is Shaws big ambition and he now has []

21:00

Two Films Of Quality "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Two films, shot through with compassion, integrity and sheer brilliance, have little else in common, but try to see them before they disappear from our local screens. Frantz: A War Film With A Difference  By Ralph McAllister Frantz, directed by the prolific Francois Ozon is set in 1919 Germany, not long after the end of []

21:00

Health security: part one "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A couple of weeks ago, the Foreign Minister announced the biggest aid initiative in her five years of presiding over the aid program. Endowed with $300 million over five years, the Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific Region dwarves the Ministers other big initiative, the innovationXchange, which was launched in 2015 with $140 million over four years.

Any enthusiasm that the Coalition government is doing something with the aid program other than cutting it should be tempered by a recognition of the fact this is not additional aid money. Some of it is simply a continuation of existing funding arrangements. To the extent that there is more money for health security, there will be less for the Rohingya crisis, or whatever other good cause you think the aid budget should be supporting. This is because there is no change to the overall aid budget, which, having already been cut in real terms by about a quarter by the Coalition, is slated for another 5% reduction over the next three years.

The announcement is good news for the health sector, but does raise questions about strategic coherence. Health spending has borne the brunt of aid cuts over the last few years. If we are so concerned about disease outbreaks, and if it is so important to build capacity and strengthen health systems, why did we cut aid health spending as much as we did?

While clearly, given the aggregate aid cuts, there had to be sectoral reductions, the aid program has not been cut across the board. From a sectoral perspective, we can divide aid spending into three broad categories: aid to promote good governance and growth; aid to support health and education; and everything else. As the graph below shows, aid for governance and growth has been protected under the Coalition. There is a small reduction after inflation between 2013-14 and 2017-18 of 5%. Everything else has been hit hard. Health and education have been cut by 38%. The residual other category, which covers humanitarian and environmental aid among others, has been cut by 40%.

Aid spending by major sectoral category

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21:00

Pretty legal turns out to be definitely illegalanother Joyce/de Joux screw up costs National "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

How many screw ups are campaign managers and planners allowed before someone says enough? It seems Steve Joyce and Jo de Joux are allowed plenty of losses and screw ups, and the High Court just delivered another one of them for these two muppets: The National Partys been found guilty of ripping off Eminems track []

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21:00

Death of journalist sparks national debate about domestic violence "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Rosalyn Albaniel Evara
Rosalyn Evara

HELEN DAVIDSON | The Guardian

Read Helens full report for The Guardian here

PORT MORESBY - The death of a high-profile Papua New Guinean journalist at the age of 41 has sparked a national debate about the countrys continuing epidemic of violence against women, after graphic photographs were shown at her funeral.

Family members of Rosalyn Albaniel Evara, who was an editor at PNGs largest newspaper, the Post-Courier, have received support from the Port Moresby governor for their calls for a police investigation into her death.

Evara died last week after she collapsed at her Port Moresby home, and was rushed to hospital. The journalist was farewelled at a funeral in Port Moresby on Monday, where an aunt, Mary Albaniel, used her eulogy to allege Evara had been violently assaulted.

Albaniel, wearing a say no to violence tee-shirt, showed photographs of her battered body and alleged a history of abuse.

When I heard that you died, I regretted that I should have done more than just talk to you, but how? said Albaniel.

She said they discovered the bruises when preparing Evaras body, and decided to take photos in the hope it may lead to criminal prosecution.

Albaniel told The Guardian she felt compelled to raise the allegations at the funeral, which was attended by Evaras husband.

Im using the same surname as the deceaseds maiden name. To continue advocating in my job as a defender of human rights would be useless if I cant get justice done, she said.

I strongly advocate against all forms of violence against women. Thats why I decided to wear my job cap yesterday.

On Tuesday morning Port Moresby governor, Powes Parkop, reportedly ordered the womans burial be deferred for a post mortem and investigation, overriding the initial wishes of Evaras mother,....

20:38

Big wins, big ambitions, big challenges "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

NZ First have had some big wins in their negotiations with Labour, winning support for major policies and winning some big portfolios. With a lot to do for a small party they will have big challenges living up to their ambitions. Ministerial responsibilities for the NZ First MPs: Winston Peters Deputy Prime Minister Minister of []

20:30

Everything just fine according to National caucus "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Caucus is rattled, but they still lack the courage to challenge the top table. Caucus on Tuesday was a top table affair with only Bill English, Paula Bennett and Steve Joyce speaking. Basically it was a pep talk about how well National did in the election from beginning to end.   Not a single person spoke []

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20:29

The Harmful Effects of Antifa "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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An historic opportunity is being missed. The disastrous 2016 presidential election could and should have been a wakeup call. A corrupt political system that gave voters a choice between two terrible candidates is not democracy.

This should have been the signal to face reality. The US political system is totally rotten, contemptuous of the people, serving the corporations and lobbies that pay to keep them in office. The time had come to organize a genuine alternative, an independent movement to liberate the electoral system from the grip of billionaires, to demand a transition from a war economy to an economy dedicated to improving the lives of the people who live here. What is needed is a movement for the pacification of America, at home and abroad.

That is a big order. Yet this approach could meet with wide support, especially if vigorous young people organized to stimulate popular debate, between real live people, from door to door if necessary, creating a mass movement for genuine democracy, equality, and peace. This is as revolutionary a program as possible in the present circumstances. A moribund left should be coming back to life to take the lead in building such a movement.

Quite the opposite is happening.

Provoking a new Civil War?

The first step toward preventing such a constructive movement was a false interpretation of the meaning of the Trump victory, massively promoted by mainstream media. This was essentially the Clintonite excuse for Hillarys loss. Trumps victory, according to this line, was the product of a convergence between Russian interference and the votes of misogynists, racists, homophobes, xenophobes, and white supremacists. The influence of all those bad people indicated the rise of fascism in America, with Trump in the role of fascist leader.

In this way, criticism of the system that produced Trump vanished in favor of demonization of Trump the individual, making it that much easier for the Clintonites to solidify their control of the Democratic Party, by manipulating their own leftist opposition.

The events of Charlottesville resembled a multiple provocation, with pro- and anti-statue sides provoking each other, providing a stage for Antifa to gain national prominence as saviors. Significantly, Charlottesville riots provoked Trump into making comments which were seized upon by all his enemies to brand him definitively as racist and fascist. This gave the disoriented left a clear cause: fight fascist Trump and domestic f...

20:17

A positive new Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

After the swearing in of the new Government today we will have a popular but untested Prime Minister, and an experienced and respected leader of the Opposition who also looks to be stable and has a record now of reasonably successful campaigning. Ardern tries to be relentlessly positive, a good attribute for the leader of []

20:13

Quote of the Day: 'It isn't for you to decide how consenting adults live their lives' "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"The important one is that it isnt for you to decide, as with me, how consenting adults live their lives. ... For the aim of a liberal state is that as many people as possible get to live how they wish. Thats actually the point." ~ Tim Worstall, from his post 'Err, no, Jess, sorry, but no'

20:09

Blockade Stops Logging, Forest Protectors Need Help "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

McKENZIE BRIDGE, OR On October 23, Cascadia Forest Defenders [CFD] erected a road blockade at the entrance to the W Timber Sale to protest the current logging on National Forest Land. Already clashes have resulted in one... Read More

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20:08

North Korean Official Warns: Take the Threat of Strongest Hydrogen Bomb Test Over the PacificLiterally "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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International correspondent Will Ripley just told the world on Twitter that North Korea is very serious with the threat to test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

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20:06

The new Opposition "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

National is beginning a stint in Opposition after nine years in government. This will take some adjusting as the powerful become relatively powerless. They will have a large 56 member caucus, so they could be a force in holding the new government to account, but if not managed well they could factionalise and fight for []

20:03

La Nia forecast may mean even worse Atlantic hurricanes in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Pacific Ocean is likely to enter a La Nia state in the next few months, which could mean a more active Atlantic hurricane season next year

20:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If a man has any greatness in him, it comes to light, not in one flamboyant hour, but in the ledger of his daily work.  Beryl Markham who was born on this day in 1902.


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20:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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20:00

Smart editing tips for writers who want to be read "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pro-writing aid
The Prowriting app can help improve your writing

JORDAN DEAN

PORT MORESBY - So youve drafted a short story or a novel and want to polish it before sending it to potential publishers.

You dont wish to put your work out there unpolished, because thats a good way to make sure no one ever reads it.

You understand the importance of having a good editor look at your work. But, if youre struggling to make ends meet and cant afford an editor, dont sweat it.

There are several options to get your work polished without spending tons of money. Its a lot of work and will take up a lot of your time, but if you really want get your best work out for public consumption, its worth it.

First, read through your own work and use the Microsoft Word tools to improve it.

Use the Spelling & Grammar tab to correct spelling errors and the Navigation feature to search for overused words. Remove these words or replace them with synonyms from a Thesaurus.

Chop away extravagant detail and avoid purple prose, writing that is flowery and pretentious and uses big words to appear clever. All of these can be done on MS Word.

Then theres several free online editing applications like the Hemingway App and the ProWritingAid. Im using Prowriting to edit my novel. You can download the application and install it as an add-on to MS Word.

The Hemingway app is a great copy editing tool that will fend off typical writer errors. It helps identify long sentences, passive voice, overly complex words and too many adverbs. In short, it tightens up your writing.

The ProWriting app will find everything that Hemingway App didnt, including clichs, sticky sentences and overused words.

However these applications are only aids. They dont tell you whether your work is good, bad or needs improvement.

Automated applications are not a replacement for human editors. Than...

19:33

New PM, Government to be sworn in today "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jacinda Ardern will be sworn in as Prime Minister today, along with the Ministers from the Labour, NZ First and Green parties who will make up the new government. They have big plans, but the also have big challenges, as any government has especially a government made up of parties who havent been in []

19:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Green Party may have secured a number of ministerial roles in the new Parliament with Labour and NZ First, but theyre struggling to pay their campaign bills. It was a heated election campaign, which saw polling numbers rise and plummet over the course of the months, and co-leader Metiria Turei resign in the wake []

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19:24

Advice For The Coalition "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wisdom from Auckland Go the coalition!  By Eric Bennett, Red Beach Congratulations to the incoming Coalition Government for winning the treasury benches. I do not need a tax cut. Use the $1.5 million surplus, (if there is one), to better the lives of the needy, not the greedy. (Letter to the Editor of The New Zealand []

19:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is sobersides (noun) (Slang) A humourless or habitually serious person. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Sobersides was first recorded in the late 1600s or early 1700s. Its a blend of the words sober and side.

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19:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 26 15 Lazy people take food in their hand but dont even lift it to their mouth.

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18:40

Ten People Face Court Over Efforts to Stop Adanis Dangerous Coal Mine "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Bowen, 24th October: Ten people will face court in Bowen and Townsville today for participating in peaceful civil disobedience to stop mining giant Adani building their mega coal mine in Central Queensland.

Three people are facing charges of failure to move on after they peacefully occupied Adanis Townsville Headquarters, five people are facing trespass charges for blockading the road into Adanis Abbot Point coal port and two women are facing railway interference charges after they blocked the rail line into the port.

Speaking about why he occupied Adanis offices, grandfather and former business-man Garry Kelly said:

I must do whatever I can to ensure my children and grandchildren arent forced to endure a future that has been wrecked by the corporate greed of the fossil fuel industry.

Joel Rosenzveig who occupied Adanis headquarters said:

The approval of and taxpayer loan to the Adani mine speaks to a corrupt, impotent and irrelevant political class wholly compromised by the fossil fuel lobby. I stand by my actions in Townsville, but regret that they seem the only avenue left in helping to protect our national interest. I hope that history will reveal who are the real criminals in this struggle.

Emma Briggs, who blocked the rail line into Abbot Point, said:

Australia and the world cannot afford to allow Adanis coal mine to go ahead and it has been left to the ordinary citizens of this country to show our leaders the way forward to a sustainable existence on this planet.

John Ross, a nurseryman from Coramba, near Coffs Harbour, said:

India and the world do not need or want Adanis coal and the majority of Australians do not want this disastrous mine. I am...

18:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

18:15

Media watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

18:10

Open Forum Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

18:03

D&D never went away, but its coming back "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The last time I played Dungeons & Dragons was around 1979, maybe 1980, with two old friends from high school, Steve and Steve. The network of friends was broken up by my need to travel around the country, chasing an education and a career, and I never got back into it. Its just not the same without those face-to-face friends. I have great memories of those years in that small gaming group in the Pacific Northwest, though, and it was my primary outlet for social networking at that time. I should just get on a plane to Seattle and surprise the two Steves some Saturday night.

Anyway, I guess theres been a bit of a renaissance in D&Ds popularity lately, which, as usual, Im missing out on. Its an old-new way to escape some of the faceless anomie we sometimes experience in our digital universe.

In 2017, gathering your friends in a room, setting your devices aside, and taking turns to contrive a story that exists largely in your head gives off a radical whiff for a completely different reason than it did in 1987. And the fear that a role-playing game might wound the psychologically fragile seems to have flipped on its head. Therapists use D. & D. to get troubled kids to talk about experiences that might otherwise embarrass them, and children with autism use the game to improve their social skills. Last year, researchers found that a group of a hundred and twenty-seven role players exhibited above-average levels of empathy, and a Brazilian study from 2013 showed that role-playing classes were an extremely effective way to teach cellular biology to medical undergraduates.

Hey, what? Teaching cell biology with role-playing games? That sounds interesting, and I had to look that one up.

In short, an RPG is a game in which a person (in this case, the teacher) tells a story that is enacted by the players who are given roles as the various pieces of background information. Challenges related to the story are then presented and must be addressed by all participants. Each player represents a character in the story and is attributed (quantitatively-defined) skills. These skills are tested during the game to decide if the character succeeds in his or her attempt to perform a task that solves the problem or overcomes the challenge. The skill is usually tested against some kind of quantifiable decision-making system, such as rolling dice. The dice introduce randomness into the game, create suspense and provoke playfulness among the players. This is the main difference between role-play, which refers to the playing of roles in a theatrical play, and RPG, that introduces clear rules acco...

17:46

Dog's Perfect 'Mop' Costume Just Won Halloween "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sure, there is no shortage of cute and clever outfits for pets to put on in celebration of Halloween (if they're up for it, of course). But while its one thing to wear a costume, its another thing entirely to actually be the costume.

Just ask this adorable pup named Keki aka "Mop Dog."

Credit: All Creatures Animal Hospital

The sweet puli, a Hungarian livestock dog known for their long, curly locks, was a standout among costumed canines at last Sunday's MainStrasse Paw-Rade in Covington, Kentucky. It wasn't a contest, per se, but she more than "cleaned up" in the praise department. 

"This is the greatest thing in the world right now," Twitter user Darth wrote.

Capturing the essence of that ubiquitous floor-cleaning implement is no easy task. Well, except for Keki.

Clearly, she's owning this.

The best thing about her "Mop Dog" costume is the leisurely way she got to parade it about.

Rather than waddle around in some more cumbersome cos...

16:58

Tropical Storm "Saola" heading toward Okinawa, Japan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tropical Storm "Saola" formed late September 23, 2017, south of Guam, the Pacific Ocean as the 22nd named storm of the 2017 Pacific typhoon season. Saola is expected to strengthen into a Category 1 hurricane equivalent within a couple of days as it...... Read more

14:23

New Zealand to introduce ban on foreign buyers purchasing existing properties "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

JACINDA Ardern has announced a dramatic plan to tackle soaring real estate prices in New Zealand, while her deputy claims the country is no longer for sale. Read More

13:05

World watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

13:01

October 26 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

306  Martyrdom of Saint Demetrius of Thessaloniki.

1597  Imjin War: Admiral Yi Sun-sin routed the Japanese Navy of 300 ships with only 13 ships at the Battle of Myeongnyang.

1640 The Treaty of Ripon was signed, restoring peace between Scotland and Charles I of England.

1689  General Piccolomini of Austria burned down Skopje to prevent the spread of cholera. He died of cholera soon after.

1774  The first Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.

1775  King  George III went before Parliament to declare the American colonies in rebellion, and authorised a military response to quell the American Revolution.

1776  Benjamin Franklin departed from America for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution.

1795  The French Directory, a five-man revolutionary government, was created.

1811  The Argentine government declared the freedom of expression for the press by decree.

1825 The Erie Canal opened passage from Albany, New York to Lake Erie.

1859 The Royal Charter was wrecked on the coast of Anglesey, north Wales with 459 dead.

1860  Meeting of TeanoGiuseppe Garibaldi, conqueror of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies, gives it to King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy.

1861  The Pony Express officially ceased operations.

1865  Benjamin Guggenheim, American bus...

12:04

Vietnam student activist jailed for six years "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

AFP

POOL/AFP/File | Vietnams Trade and Industry Minister Tran Tuan Anh at a preliminary meeting in May before next months APEC summit: authorities are cracking down before the meeting

HANOI (AFP)  A Vietnamese student was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison for anti-state propaganda, as the government tightens its grip on critics before an Asia-Pacific summit in the country next month.Scores of dissidents are already behind bars in the communist state, and rights groups say 2017 has been a particularly harsh year for activists with a spate of arrests and heavy jail sentences.

Phan Kim Khanh, 24, was sentenced for anti-state activities, his lawyer told AFP, blasting the trial as biased.

The court decided to put him in jail for six years and another four years on probation afterwards, Ha Huy Son said.

Khanh was arrested in March during his final year of an international studies degree at Thai Nguyen University in northern Vietnam.

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Phan Kim Khanh

He reportedly ran several blogs and YouTube channels where he voiced opinions on corruption and politics.

Son said his client was calm in court Wednesday as he apologised for what he had done.

His sister told AFP Khanh had not broken the law.

We did not know what he did. But I think hes innocent, Phan Thi Trang said.

Khanh joins scores of dissidents already behind bars.

There is no independent media in the country, though bloggers and activists have become increasingly vocal on social media in recent years.

Analysts say authorities have ramped up a clampdown on activists before an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in November.

Others say the current conservative leadership in power since last year has become bolder in pursuing its critics since the election of US President Donald Trump.

Trumps administration has been accused of turning its back on human rights while seeking overseas trade deals.

Human Rights Watch said foreign governments should put pressure on Vietnam at the APEC meeting.

Internation...

12:03

New Zealand to Foreigners Get Out! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The New Zealand Prime Minister that took the country back into Marxism, has fired its first shot across the bow.  The Labour party have formally signed a coalition agreement, introducing all new policies focusing on climate change, regional development, and poverty which translates into hunting the hated rich. Thirty-seven-year-old Jacinda Ardern, a member of the New Zealand Labour Party, became the worlds youngest female leader. Hillary must be crying in her martini.

Nevertheless, PM Ardern has just fired the first shot across the bow and this is a serious warning that foreign investment better cross New Zealand off the list of places that will be up-and-coming.  She has banned foreigners from buying property in New Zealand. The first proposal was to ban any migration to New Zealand as well. That they had to back off of given the refugee impression and that would have agreed with Trump OMG!

She thinks banned foreign property ownership will cool off the property market. The problem will be, a property crash. When home values decline, people feel they lost money and they spend less. With rising property values, people feel they are better-off and spend more assu8ming they have equity even if they do not borrow against it.

She may be the youngest female leader in the world, but she also is clueless about economics.

10:45

90 organisations join ICAN in calling for the government to sign and ratify the UN Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ninety organisations have joined ICAN to call for Australia to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

In an open letter addressed to Malcolm Turnbull the groups warn of the existential threat that nuclear weapons pose. There are no safe hands for nuclear weapons. We face a clear choice: continue to let these weapons spread and risk their inevitable use, or eliminate them.

The letter is signed by a range of health, union, student, Indigenous, humanitarian, environment and faith organisations from across Australia. It highlights the urgency of disarmament amidst current heightened risks of nuclear conflict.

There is no argument moral, ethical or rational for the retention of weapons with the capability to end life on Earth. No person or group of people should wield that kind of power, Stuart McMillan, President of the Uniting Church in Australia.

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons provides the necessary vehicle for nations to walk away from these unacceptable, and now illegal, weapons. Australia has signed the treaties banning chemical and biological weapons, landmines and cluster munitions. Its time to take genuine action against these weapons by signing and ratifying the ban treaty, said Tilman Ruff from ICAN.

The signatories to the letter include World Vision Australia, Oxfam Australia, Save the Children Australia, ChildFund Australia, the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Uniting Church in Australia.

The letter was sent to the Prime Minister on Friday and...

09:31

Where Your Elements Came From "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An interesting best (scientific) guesses of where all the elements originated, from NASAs Astronomy Picture of the Day. Image Credit & License: Wikipedia: Cmglee; Data: Jennifer Johnson (OSU) The hydrogen in your body, present in every molecule of water, came from the Big Bang. There are no other appreciable sources of hydrogen in the universe. The carbon in your body was made by nuclear fusion in the interior of []

09:29

America to put nuclear bombers back on 24 hour alert "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

US Preparing to Put Nuclear Bombers Back on 24-Hour Alert, Defense One, OCTOBER 22, 2017 BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, LA.  THE U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991.

That means the long-dormant concrete pads at the ends of this bases 11,000-foot runway dubbed the Christmas tree for their angular markings could once again find several B-52s parked on them, laden with nuclear weapons and set to take off at a moments notice.
Goldfein and other senior defense officials stressed that the alert order had not been given, but that preparations were under way in anticipation that it might come. That decision would be made by Gen. John Hyten, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command, or Gen. Lori Robinson, the head of U.S. Northern Command. STRATCOM is in charge of the militarys nuclear forces and NORTHCOM is in charge of defending North Americahttp://www.defenseone.com/threats/2017/10/exclusive-us-preparing-put-nuclear-bombers-back-24-hour-alert/141957/


09:27

20 of Frances nuclear power stations currently shut down their age and condition is worrying "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Reporterre 23rd Oct 2017, [Machine Translation] To date, 20 reactors out of 58 of the French nuclear fleet are shut down. Many are expected to restart by the end of November, but their aging and general condition is worrying.

Reporterre takes stock with a map detailing the situation of each plant. Winter will be tough for
French nuclear power plants. This Monday, October 23, 20 of their reactors are stopped. Of these, at least 8 were put to rest because of a malfunction or a safety problem. On the others, many are currently undergoing maintenance that also seek to repair the anomalies that accumulate in recent years.

A situation highlighted by Reporterre in a map detailing the central location by central. Last malfunction, the Nuclear Safety Authority (ASN) unveiled in mid-October that the cooling pumps of 29 nuclear reactors were affected by significant corrosion. In case of earthquake or flood, the
pipes could yield. This is one of the causes of the Fukushima accident. According to the ASN, the renovation of the ducts was started immediately on all the reactors, but these will require more complete repairs before being totally secure.
https://reporterre.net/CARTE-EXCLUSIVE-Les-deux-tiers-du-parc-nucleaire-francais-en-panne-ou-a-l-arret


09:23

In South Australian Parliament, Greens aim to restore Nuclear Waste Storage Facility (Prohibition) Act "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Spending public money on important and necessary services like health, education and public facilities is a wise use of our collective funds. Spending public money on trying to convince the people of South Australia that we should take the worlds high-level nuclear waste and store it for the next few thousand years makes no sense at all.

The Weatherill Labor Government has already wasted more than $13 million of our money on a Royal Commission, Citizens Jury and even a new government agency to spruik the benefits of a nuclear dump.  Now that South Australians have put a stop to this international nuclear waste dump nonsense, we need to make sure that the Government doesnt waste any more public money on so-called community consultation.  Enough is enough!

Even the Parliamentary Joint Committee which was specifically set up to inquire into this proposal (and which tabled its report last week), agreed on one recommendation That the South Australian Government should not commit any further public funds to pursuing the proposal to establish a repository for the storage of nuclear waste in South Australia. You can...

09:19

Sick-making propaganda spin, as ANSTO pays rural South Australians to visit Lucas Heights nuclear reactor "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

ANSTO Media Release, 23 Oct 17Hawker and Quorn locals visit ANSTO to find out more about the types of jobs involved in managing radioactive waste,  .One of the great things I saw was a lot of school children going through the site and being taught about nuclear medicine and science. It was a real eye opener, Mr McKenzie said.

Our group will capture what we have learned about what goes on at ANSTO, and feed that into our development plans.

What I saw was that my group had the opportunity to talk to people who knew what they were talking about, listen and ask questions, and then walk away happy.

They spoke to the experts about the process and how they manage and look after the site safety, and I am sure we could do something similar up at Wallerberdina Station.

With the proper training, we could do the types of jobs they do here. There is a great opportunity to contribute.


09:14

Record low unsubsidised prices for solar energy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Think Progress 20th Oct 2017, Prices for new solar power projects are falling so fast that the cheapest prices from 2016 have become the ceiling price for solar today. In April 2016, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) reported that the record low unsubsidized solar energy price was 3.6 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), in aMarch 2016 contract in Mexico.

This month, every single bid that Saudi Arabia received for its 300-Megawatt (MW) Sakaka solar project was cheaper than that. The lowest bid price was 1.79 cents/kWh.

For context, the average residential price for electricity in the United States is more than
six times that, 12 cents/kWh. The jaw-dropping price of 1.79 cents is not about to become the new ceiling for solar bids since the market conditions in Saudi Arabia are fairly unique and its not clear the
bidder, Masdar (owned by the United Arab Emirates) and its French partner EDF would actually make money at that price.

But, still, seven of the eight bids were below three cents and the two lowest bids were the lowest
prices ever recorded at a global level, as PV magazine noted.
https://thinkprogress.org/stunner-lowest-price-solar-power-f3b620d04010/


09:10

Over 10,000 calls to USA Energy Commission opposing nuclear and coal subsidies. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

NO BAILOUT! BACKLASH BUILDS: 10,000+ COMMENTS AGAINST NUCLEAR, COAL HANDOUTS TO BE DELIVERED TO FERC https://www.nirs.org/press/no-bailout-backlash-builds-10000-comments-nuclear-coal-handouts-delivered-ferc/Signers Oppose Crowding Out Renewables With Old, Unsafe and Dying Energy WASHINGTON, D.C.///October 11, 2017///More than 10,000 comments were submitted today for the record at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in opposition to Trump Administration plans for the Commission to enact massive bailouts of the coal and nuclear industry at the expense of renewable energy and with the added downside of higher bills for consumers. The comments were delivered at 9 a.m. shortly after an 8:45 a.m. protest organized by the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS) outside the main entrance of FERC at 888 First St NE, Washington, D.C.

NIRS noted that the stakes for wind, solar, and the pocketbooks of U.S. ratepayers is very high. A November 2016 report by NIRS concluded that a federal bailout for nuclear alone could add up to $280 billion by 2030. When a major nuclear reactor project in South Carolina failed this year, ratepayers were left holding the bag for $9 billion or moreeven though they will never see a single electron of electricity for their steep investment.

NIRS Executive Director Tim Judson said: Survey after survey shows that Americans want more clean and safe renewable energy and there is very little support for perpetuating the old, unsafe and dying coal and nuclear industries. To artificially prop up these dirty energy industries and then to force consumers to pay the bill to enrich these already astonishingly profitable companies would have to rank as one of the most anti-environment and anti-consumer steps of the last 50 years.

Most of the 10,000 individuals public comments to FERC submitted by NIRS read as follows:

Call off your plans to promote coal and nuclear power, and commit to a transition to 100% clean, efficient, renewable energy. Nuclear and coal are two of the dirtiest, most polluting, dangerous, and uneconomical energy sources in the world.

If you really want to revive our economy, create jobs, revitalize local communities, and boost small businessesthen clean energy is the only way to go. Our green energy economy can keep the lights on and create millions more jobs than dirty energy could ever provide. Solar and wind are already creating twice as many jobs as coal and nuclear combinedthat is ten times...

09:07

Mikhail Gorbachev calls for dialogue as the only solution to North Korea nuclear crisis "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Escalating Nuclear Threat Finally Has the Publics Attention. Now What? https://www.thenation.com/article/the-escalating-nuclear-threat-finally-has-the-publics-attention-now-what/  There is no substitute for our leaders coming to the table and beginning a dialogue. By Katrina vanden Heuvel , 24 Oct 17 

09:04

BBC forced to back down, apologises over interview with climate denialist "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There needs to be a shift in BBC policy so that these news programmes value due accuracy as much as due impartiality.

BBC apologises over interview with climate sceptic Lord Lawson https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/oct/24/bbc-apologises-over-interview-climate-sceptic-lord-nigel-lawson Lawsons claim that global temperatures are not rising went unchallenged, breaching guidelines on accuracy and impartiality, Guardian, Damian Carrington, 25 Oct 17, The BBC has apologised for an interview with the climate sceptic Lord Lawson after admitting it had breached its own editorial guidelines for allowing him to claim that global temperatures have not risen in the past decade.

BBC Radio 4s flagship news programme Today ran the item in August in which Lawson, interviewed by presenter Justin Webb, made the claim. The last three years have in fact seen...

08:55

Fossil fuel lobby now dictates Australias energy policy: Energy Security Board instructed to ignore Paris climate commitments "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

ESB told to ignore climate, as lobby groups muscle in on policy http://reneweconomy.com.au/esb-told-to-ignore-climate-as-lobby-groups-muscle-in-on-policy-54636/

The Energy Security Board has been instructed to completely ignore Australias long term commitment to the Paris climate treaty, in yet another example of the extraordinary double speak that surrounds the Coalitions latest climate policy thought bubble.

The ESB has been asked to present modelling to the COAG energy council within a few weeks, but in the letter sent by energy minister Josh Frydenberg, the ESB was told to restrict its modelling to only one specified short term target, and then assume emissions would flatline after that.

The intention of the order is clear: If the ESB were to factor in a long term target that matched the over-riding goal of the Paris climate treaty (keeping global warming well below 2C), it would no doubt produce a document for the rapid decarbonisation of Australias grid.

Such a scenario is clearly not tenable to the considerable political and corporate forces that now dominate the debate, despite the numerous findings by the likes of CSIRO, Energy Networks Australia and transmission group Tr...

08:50

Add your name to our petition calling for a Fair Price for Solar. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Its been a week since the Turnbull Government announced the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) and still were being kept in the dark about what this policy will mean for rooftop solar. The NEG doesnt say a word about Australias 1.7 million solar households. Not. A. Word.

As it stands the policy will concentrate power in the hands of the big retailers while leaving solar owners in limbo about what it means for their clean, homegrown power [1].

I dont know about you, but I dont think that the same companies whove been ripping off solar owners for years should get any more power. Will you add your name to our petition for a Fair Price for Solar?

Solar owners have tapped into the power of the sun to take back control of their energy bills; they shouldnt be left wondering what every new energy policy announcement will mean for their household budget.

A Fair Price for Solar provides balance and removes uncertainty it means everyone with panels on their roof gets a fair return for the power they feed back to the grid. No ifs, no buts.

In South Australia, since the Essential Services Commission deregulated the minimum feed-in tariff, some retailers have recognised the benefits that solar owners bring to the grid, but many continue to get away with underpaying solar owners for their clean power [2].

Solar on the roof is good for the hip pocket, good for the environment and good for the grid, by lowering peak demand. But the way the system is set up means that big business enjoys the benefits of all that clean power its rigged.

...

08:48

25 October More REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 RenewEconomy
  • Global investors buy Equis projects and Australia/Asia renewable story
    Three major global investors buy renewable energy portfolio of Equis Energy as big money continues to flood into Asia and Australia renewable market. Meanwhile, in Canberra

08:45

New Zealands new govt aiming for 100% renewable energy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New Zealands Jacinda Ardern signs coalition deal, names Winston Peters Deputy PM, ABC News 24 Oct 17,  New Zealands incoming Government is hoping to make the nation greener by planting 100 million trees each year, ensuring the electricity grid runs entirely from renewable energy, and spending more money on cycle ways and rail transport.

Key points:

  • Incoming prime minister Jacinda Ardern signs coalition deal with NZ First and the Greens Party
  • Ms Ardern says the country aims to generate 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2035
  • She also plans to raise the minimum wage by 27 per cent

Prime minister-elect Jacinda Ardern and NZ First Leader Winston Peters who will serve as deputy prime minster and foreign affairs minister in the new Government signed the coalition agreement on Tuesday and outlined their priorities

Ardern aiming for 100 per cent renewable energy

Ms Arderns plan is for New Zealand to reduce its net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by the year 2050.

Some of the targets will require only incremental changes.

New Zealand already generates about 85 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources including hydroelectric, geothermal and wind.

Ms Ardern plans to increase that to 100 per cent by 2035, in part by investigating whether solar panels can be used atop schools.

She said the country would need to double the amount of trees it plants each year, a goal she said was absolutely achievable by using land that was marginal for farming animals.

Her plans also call for the Governments vehicle fleet to be green within a decadehttp://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-24/new-zealand-jacinda-ardern-signs-coalition-deal-outlines-plans/9082140


08:43

Farmers for Climate Action Stop compulsory acquisition of grazing land  for Adanis private rail line "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Petitioning Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

Stop compulsory acquisition of grazing land
for Adanis private rail line

~ Farmers for Climate Action

www.change.org/p/premier-palaszczuk-stop-compulsory-acquisition-of-grazing-land-for-adani-s-private-rail-line

My name is William Graham and Im a fifth-generation grazier
on a cattle station near Emerald in Central Queensland.

This week the Queensland government has compulsorily acquired
3568 hectares of agricultural land in this region,
for Adanis private rail line to their proposed Carmichael coal mine.

Graziers and farming families are coming to grips with the news
that parts of their properties will no longer belong to them.
The nuisance factor is enormous.
Properties will be split apart, and
access to water and facilities more difficult.

Read more of this petition, including background here: 
www.change.org/p/premier-palaszczuk-stop-compulsory-acquisition-of-grazing-land-for-adani-s-private-rail-line


08:42

Farmers for Climate Action: a plea to save Queenslands water from Adani coalmine guzzling it "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Petitioning Queensland Premier Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk

Rescind Adanis Unlimited Water License
and support Aussie farmers!

~ Farmers for Climate Action

As Queensland farmers, water is crucial for our livelihoods.
As our climate gets hotter and drier, our water resources are even more precious.
We call on the Queensland Premier to rescind the
unlimited, free 60-year water license they are proposing to grant to the Adani coal mine.

Read Background to this petition here:
www.change.org/p/premier-annastacia-palaszczuk-rescind-adani-s-unlimited-water-license-and-support-aussie-farmers


08:39

25 October: John Pratt on Adani coal mine plan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

jpratt27
  • 1.5C Climate Change Threshold #StopAdani 

    In Defense of the 1.5C Climate Change Threshold
    Loren Legarda Oct 23, 2017

    MANILA The Earth today is more than 1C hotter than it was in pre-industrial times, and the terrible symptoms of its fever are already showing.

  • Why thousands are protesting to #StopAdani #Auspol #Qldpol 
    ...

08:37

Leonardo DiCaprio: climate change deniers should not hold public office "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In what has been interpreted by some as an attack on Donald Trump, actor makes remarks in a speech at the White House, Guardian,  The actor Leonardo DiCaprio has said he thinks that those who dont believe in climate change should not hold public office.

Speaking at the White House ahead of a screening of his new documentary, Before the Flood, DiCaprio said such rejection indicated an inability to engage with the rational world.

If you dont believe in climate change, you dont believe in facts, and science, and empirical truths, he said.

And, in my humble opinion, [you] should not be allowed to hold public office.

The words were interpreted as a slight against presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has frequently tweeted his scepticism despite denying he had made such claims in last weeks presidential debateBefore the Flood premiered in September at the Toronto film festival, where DiCaprio told the audience: We cannot afford, at this critical moment in time, to have leaders in office that do not believe in the modern science of climate change....

08:36

Manus a potential fisheries hub "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There is much potential for Manus to become a major fisheries hub and in turn generate substantial revenue and jobs for the island province and the country.
A high level delegation led by the Minister for National Planning and Monitoring, Hon Richard Maru, visited the proposed industrial site NDrahukei on the West Coast of Manus Island on Sunday (22 October 2017) to learn more about its prospects. NDrahukei consists of 260 hectares of unused State land.
The delegation also included the European Union Ambassador, H.E. Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos, National Fisheries Authority Managing Director, John Kasu, Speaker and Manus MP Job Pomat, Governor for Manus, Charlie Benjamin, and representatives from PNG Power, Water PNG, and Telikom PNG.
Minister Maru said Manus province will soon see a fall in the K25million revenue it has enjoyed in the past after the closure of the Regional Processing Centre at the end of this month.
This means that jobs will be lost and small businesses will also make losses. Therefore, the ONeill-Abel government is keen to ensure the people of Manus are supported through sustainable projects like a fisheries and cannery project. Your greatest asset is the sea, Minister Maru told the local coastal community.
Manus Island is 5th largest island in Papua New Guinea and is the largest of the Admiralty Islands. It is surrounded by the Bismark Sea and naturally its waters are littered with vast marine resources.
Minister Maru highlighted that the European Union has a population of about 500 million.
They are the richest region in the world and they provide a massive market for our fisheries products, Minister Maru said.
He added it was time the national and provincial governments became partners in business such as those in the fisheries sector.
EU Ambassador, Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos, said his visit was to learn as much as he could about Manus.
I think it is necessary to bring Europe over to Papua New Guinea and I will try hard with the Minister and the Trade Minister and other Ministers, Governors and the Private Sector. Papua New Guinea has potential in fisheries. There is a need and there is potential to bring investors also because Europe brings standards.
It is true that the European Union is a big market for fish and tuna in particular of Papua New Guinea. It is also true that the European Union has been a partner of Papua New Guinea for over 40 years now, which also include trade and economic cooperatio...

08:33

Culture Restored "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Post Courier

Many aspects of the reformist project by the former Speaker of Parliament Theo Zurenouc should not be part of the restoration exercise as ordered by the National.
This includes the proposed unity pole to be introduced in the grand hall of the National Parliament.

The inclusion of the proposed unity pole would be unconstitutional because it represents the views of a sectarian group of evangelical Christians
This was highlighted yesterday by the founding father of the nation Sir Michael Somare when commending the Speaker of Parliament Job Pomat for taking action in compliance with an outstanding National Court order issued last year for the restoration of cultural decorations.

The matter became controversial in 2013 when former Speaker Theo Zurenuoc declared the cultural decorations evil and ordered their removal to cleanse the House from unclean spirits.

It sparked a legal challenge resulting in the court ruling which Parliament failed to comply in restoring the artifacts within six months of the decision.
On realization of the oversight Mr Pomat a week ago ordered actions to comply with the court orders to avoid Parliament being slapped with contempt of court charges.
Sir Michael hailed the actions of the Speaker saying the intention of the Constitution was to maintain the diversity of the nations cultural heritage.

He said as such the ruling does not cover retaining the additions including the unity pole.
He said fresh legal proceedings will have to be sought to retain them.
The Court has ruled that this sectarian interest group of Christian evangelicals cannot impose their views on the freedom of thought, religion and conscience on the rest of Papua New Guinea. They would have to initiate a fresh legal proceeding to introduce the unity pole into the National Parliament, Sir Michael said.

The current Speaker has made a good decision to honour and comply with the decision of the National Court. However it must be made clear that the decision of the National Court does not mean aspects of the reformist project initiated by the Speaker will become part of the restoration work.

When we wrote our Constitution, we consulted our people widely. We opened the preamble to our Constitution by acknowledging the worthy customs of our ancestors the source of identity and intellectual strength.
When we built the National Parliament in the 1980s, w...

08:32

Tech meant to keep kids safe is actually making them more vulnerable "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kids toys arent what they used to be: Barbies now have mechanical brains, and gadgets like smartwatches are being made child-friendly. And anything connected to the internet comes with the risk of being hacked or misused to gather sensitive data about its ownera liability now being passed on to children. The latest example comes from []

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08:31

PNG database Website launched "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires good data. Accurate and up to date is vital for monitoring progress, informing policy decisions, and ensuring accountability to citizens. In localising the SDGs, the Government has highlighted the urgent need for the consolidation of key data to enable better analysis and inform planning. Establishing good baseline information and measuring progress enables evidence-based decision-making, and more efficiently allocated resources that can lead to better outcomes.


Today, His Excellency, Honourable Richard Maru, Minister for Planning and Monitoring, launched the #PNGdata4development Network website during United Nations Day 2017 Celebrations marking the 72nd Anniversary of the United Nations.

The immediate action is to build on the important accomplishments of the Department of National Planning and Monitoring and shape a modern planning approach. This has to be backed by having a good and working information system in place that can generate timely, economic, social, administrative and population data that enables more informed decision making. There is critical need to strengthen the existing systems and ensure that the Governments priority to have a National Data Centre is supported and established accordingly, stated, Minister Richard Maru.

The #PNGData4Development Network was established to better coordinate development data by identifying opportunities through partnerships. Under the leadership of the Government, all sectors are represented in the Network, including businesses, social enterprises, community organizations, academia and development partners. Today, the Network has successfully launched the #PNGData4Development Website which is an open platform for all citizens. Members of the Network will disseminate data, studies, papers, reports and information about upcoming events and other information through this platform to make all development data more easily accessible.

The first national multi-sectoral Data for Development Stocktaking Workshop, he...

08:30

Oh hell, why not let him be Transracial! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Absurd?  Not if you are consistent with the whole I identify as movement

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08:13

For The First Time In 26 Years, US To Put Nuclear Bombers On 24 Hour Alert "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

by Tyler Durden Oct 23, 2017 6:39 AM The unexpected decision by President Trump to amend an emergency Sept 11 order signed by George W Bush, allowing the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired air force pilots to address what the Pentagon has decribed as an acute shortage of pilots caught us by []

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07:52

Donald Trump to skip key Asia summit in Philippines to go home earlier Its a bad signal to send to the region. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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President Donald Trump waits to speak at the White House, Oct 24, 2017. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

WASHINGTON (WASHINGTON POST) Leaders of more than a dozen countries will meet for a major summit in the Philippines in mid-November, but President Donald Trump wont be there. He is planning to skip it and leave the Philippines the day before.

Its a bad signal to send to the region, and it could undermine the overall goal of his Asia tour by calling American regional leadership into question.

At the White House on Monday, Trump said he would probably be visiting the Philippines as part of his 12-day trip to Asia early next month.

A National Security Council spokesman told the Washington Post that Trump will be in Manila Nov 12 and 13 and will meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and others. But he will not travel the additional 80km to the Filipino city of Angeles on Nov 14 for the East Asia Summit, an annual conference of Asian and world leaders that focuses on the strategic future of the region.

The Presidents trip to Asia is extremely lengthy and will be his longest to date his return to the US on the evening of Nov 13 is entirely schedule-driven, the spokesman said. You should not read anything into his being absent on the 14th.

The East Asia Summit opens in Angeles on Nov 13, but the major events with world leaders occur on Nov 14.

But the region is sure to read a lot into Trumps absence, acc...

07:46

ASIO warns Government needs to be very conscious of foreign interference in Australian universities "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The head of Australias domestic intelligence agency has warned that the Federal Government needs to be very conscious of foreign interference in universities.

ASIO boss Duncan Lewis was not willing to say which foreign governments were active on Australian campuses, or give any examples of deliberate intrusions.

But he made it clear that Australian spies were keeping a close eye on the issue.

We need to be very conscious of the possibilities of foreign interference in our universities, Mr Lewis told a Senate estimates committee in Canberra.

That can go to a range of issues. It can go to the behaviour of foreign students, it can go to the behaviour of foreign consular staff in relation to university lecturers, it can go to atmospherics in universities.

Mr Lewis said providing any more information publicly would compromise his agencys work.

Australian Government officials have been more open in private.

They say the Chinese Government exerts a heavy influence on Chinese student groups at Australian universities and they have accused Beijing of using those groups to spy on Chinese students in Australia, and to challenge academics whose views clash with the worldview of the Chinese Communist Party.

Security officials say Australia is now working with its Five Eyes partners the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand to hammer out a strategy to push back against intrusions into Western universities.

Mr Lewis also strongly backed recent comments from the secretary of the Foreign Affairs department, Frances Adamson.

Ms Adamson stirred fresh debate on Australian universities when she used a speech in Adelaide to warn the sector that it needed to be resilient to outside interference, and protect academic freedom.

She also encouraged international students to respectfully engage with ideas they disagreed with, and not to silently withdraw, or blindly condemn.

Mr Lewis said his concerns about foreign interference were informed by the investigative work of my organisation.

It is an issue, and I certainly strongly identify with the comments that Secretary Adamson made, he said.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop also weighed into the debate recently, saying that international students who came to Australia should abide by Australias laws and....

07:44

Eight Mile Style v National Party "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A summary of the copyright case Eight Mile Style v National Party was released today. The Court found Eight Mile Style is entitled to damages on a user principle basis in the sum of NZ$600,000, with interest, from 28 June 2014. The National party have indicted they will make a claim against the supplier of []

07:33

INDONESIA: Student in West Papua tortured and ill-treated by police officers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

http://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAC-177-2017

INDONESIA: Student in West Papua tortured and ill-treated by police officers

October 23, 2017
ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION URGENT APPEALS PROGRAMME

Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-177-2017


24 October 2017


...

07:31

Ministerial appointments "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ministers to chart new course for New Zealand Portfolio responsibilities for the incoming Labour-led Government underline our commitment to chart a new course for New Zealand, says Prime Minister-designate Jacinda Ardern. Inside Cabinet Jacinda Ardern: PM, Arts Culture and Heritage, National Security and Intelligence, Child Poverty Reduction Winston Peters: Deputy PM, Foreign Affairs, State Owned Enterprises, Racing []

07:13

This is a legitimate government "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Like many I am not happy with the ultimate result.

However, this is not the case. Under MMP, especially the way our politicians have let it evolve, this is an appropriate result.

Adam does not like it, but we need to consider whether this is what we should allow to occur.

Personally Adam has favoured STV as it means the result is a reflection of a plurality of the whole, not a coalition of the desperate.


07:01

Saudi Arabia in Search of Cash "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

QUESTION: I read your blog about the Saudis potentially selling a large private equity position from China in Aramco rather than accessing the public markets. You have pointed out the need for the Saudis to modernize their economy to be less dependent on oil income and to monetize that resource for capital improvements/diversification, but how do they do that without giving away to much control over their oil resources to China?  Wouldnt a single significant stake by a private investor (country in this case) give up to much control over their single greatest resource (at least for the immediate future)?  Im thinking of the disaster that is Venezuela as an example of the poor employment of foreign investment.

 

ANSWER: I fully understand your point. However, the Saudis need money. They spent too much money expecting oil to be $200 forever. They are now starting to issue bonds. Saudi Arabia has peaked economically and looks at UAE and sees the diversification. Here is a picture I took on the beach in Abu Dhabi. They are tolerant of Western Culture. You cannot create a world economy without separation of church and state.

Saudi Arabia is introducing a free zone like UAE. They are introducing an Industrial section by the Red Sea. So they are trying to move forward away from just oil.

Venezuela has always been a ruthless dictatorship. The wealth from oil never made it to the people.

07:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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06:50

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Invigilating keeping watch; supervising students during examinations.


Filed under: language Tagged: invigilating

06:30

Why White Privilege is a load of rubbish "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There is only one thing that genuinely ensures that a person has privilege over another and that is wealth. For those of you who think that white privilege exists this recent social media exchange that went viral may change your mind. A young woman had just been accepted to Yale University and she shared her excitement on Facebook. []

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06:29

Black rhinos in Tanzania now monitored via sensors implanted directly in their horns "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In a first for the species, several black rhinos in Tanzanias Mkomazi National Park have had small, networked sensors embedded directly in their horns in order to allow park rangers to monitor the animals much more closely than in the past. The sensors make use of LoRaWAN technology (which stands for Long Range Wide Area Network), a wireless communication protocol and system architecture that is expected to do for the Internet of Things (IoT) what 3G and 4G connectivity did for mobile phone networks. In other words, LoRaWAN is designed to allow low-powered devices, like sensors in rhino horns, to communicate with Internet-connected devices, like computers in a ranger station, over long-range wireless networks. The sensors were deployed by a company called The Internet of Life, which uses IoT technology to protect endangered wildlife, and the ShadowView Foundation, which specializes in applying innovative new technologies to environmental and wildlife conservation. Instead of GPS, a relatively power-hungry technology, the battery-powered sensors use a geolocation system developed by a company called Semtech that makes it possible to update the rhinos location as much as a couple times every hour. Many GPS-enabled IoT applications consume so much energy that updates are only possible once or twice a day. All of the location data generated by the sensors is transmitted to a command center, where each black rhino being tracked appears on a digital map. Various other systems are integrated into this control room, according to project leader and Internet of Life founder Tim

06:27

ANOTHER BIT OF PROTECTION TO BE EXCISED. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Water can wear down stone....

Stone is a form of rock.

Rocks are great suport as foundations....

The  Westminster  system may not be perfect but when compared to  others is possibly a goodun....

A basic foundation block of the Westminster system comes from Confidence and Supply  which if withdrawn by a vote of the members of a Parliament getting a majority of "nays" will lead to the monarch or her representative disolving the Parliament.

One of the protections for our democracy lies in the need for an administration to maintain sufficient support of the MPs who can by voting down the government should actions warrant such a drastic move.
Even a perceived threat of such rebellion can cause such a result as one former PM Robert David Muldoon discovered when after a long consultation with a chap Tanqeray or was it Gordon called a snap election blaming a back bencher Ms Marilyn Waring.

When the news came that part of the charade masquerading as a Confidence and Supply deal for the Ardern administration included a proposed law preventing a duly elected MP sworn to be loyal to the Crown and the Country would be liable to expulsion from the Parliament if a leader deemed it so, my first mental image was of East Germans being murdered on barbed wire trying to escape their country's oppressive regime.

So Winston First Leader needs to be able to prevent any disillusioned  MP from doing what their oath of loyalty to the Crown demands in their considered belief system and chooses to vote against the party that placed them there in our rather fickle electoral system that demands unquestioning obedience to Mr Peters.
Of course there is history involved as in such a personality cult as Winston First is in reality, his scooping up of all but one of the five apartheid seats in the first MMP election later saw Henare, Tuku Morgan, Tuariki Delamere and Elamein Kopu all jumped out of Winston First to continue to keep Jenny Shipley on the ninth floor while Winny was cast adrift ending his second attempt to be Il Duce.

Our democracy is a fragile thing and this attempt to thwart the primary duty of an MP to the people is as blatant and cynical as Ms Clark's attempt to control what could be published in a previously eventually doomed bit of self preservation law making.
The only constitutional mechanism to prevent such manipulation lies in the Royal assent but that would take a Governor General with the strength of character and sense of duty in the Aus GG who ended Gough Whitlams rather brash attempt to deny reality of politics.

Of course  such a move requires the Governor General to act before the executive asks Her Majesty to recall the GG, "on advice", something  that was run  close when Sir John Kerr and Malcolm Frazer  brought Wh...

06:00

An arrogant grab of unmandated power, or a legitimate coalition government? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Some National Party supporters, however, appear to think the party was robbed this election and that just seven percent of voters those who voted for New Zealand First determined the final outcome. They forget, of course, that both Labour and the Greens also had to sign up to the deal to form a []

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05:58

MID-WEEK QUIZ ANSWERS "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  Here are the answers to the Mid-Week Quiz (my apologies for the delay Ed) Who ran the first sub four minute mile? (Roger Bannister)   Edmonton is the capital of which Canadian province? (Alberta)   American Senators are elected every 2, 4 or 6 years? (6 years)   In which famous book was the phrase some are []

05:47

Gardner fires in Ashes opener to help Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

ITS been a big month for Indigenous cricketer Ashleigh Gardner, with the allrounder starring for Australia in the opening Womens Ashes match against England and being named One to Watch award in the Health Women in Sport Awards. A thrilling cameo from Gardner carried Australia to an exciting win over England in the first one-day Ashes match at Allan Border Field, Brisbane. Gardner struck two thrilling sixes in her 18-ball innings of 27. Australia won with five balls to spare.

05:30

What did the Israel institute think about the possibility of a Labour-led coalition? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One of the things that the National government did that cost them my support was their disgusting treatment of Israel. Their support of resolution 2334  was the final straw for me. Any New Zealand government who does not support the only true democracy in the Middle east will never have my vote. I am loyal []

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05:25

Another load of politicians promises on the way "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Seen on Dominion Rd this morning.



Apostrophes aside, it could hardly be more apt.

05:19

A suspicious delay "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Update: As Graeme Edgeler points out, the delay was expected:



So, the judicial process was not perverted for the benefit of a political party. Good to know.

The High Court has finally ruled in the case of Eight Mile Style v New Zealand National Party, finding that National ripped off Eminem in its 2014 campaign ads and awarding damages of $600,000 plus interest. Which raises again the question of the judgement's timing. As the Herald pointed out back in September, the judgement was expected to be delivered in mid-August, right at the start of the election campaign. Instead, its taken an extra two and a half months, being delivered just days after the election result has been definitively established by the formation of a government. Obviously, if it had been delivered during the campaign, or even coalition negotiations, it would have been highly damaging to the National Party. So the question naturally arises whether it was delayed to avoid that.

The judicial process being perverted for the political advantage of the government of the day is not acceptable, and calls the neutrality of the courts into question. And if this isn't what happened, the judge needs to front up and explain the delay. Otherwise, its their own fault if people draw the natural conclusion.

05:00

Reality Check Please! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One Whaleoil commenter isnt allowing others to wallow in self-pity by Terra_Watt You people keep whinging about socialism and yet National spent $1 Billion just on a prison! It also spent many billions on road infrastructure, a failure of a bike track, shitty helicopters from Australia etc etc or and National maintained Welfare over its []

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04:30

The real life thought police are British "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The British police should be fully stretched dealing with endemic Muslim rape gangs, homegrown terrorism and ordinary crimes committed by British citizens. Instead, they apparently have enough time on their hands to persecute arrest 3,395 British citizens for being politically incorrect online. The British government has repeatedly attempted to make it a crime to express certain []

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04:08

The Roundup with PW "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


The Five Weirdest Amazon Bids: Among the 238 proposals for the e-tailers second headquarters are a 21-foot cactus and renaming a section of Georgia countryside.

Amor Towles's Historical Bestseller: First released in September 2016, 'A Gentleman in Moscow' has become one of this years top word-of-mouth successes.

Instagram's Rare Book Dealers: A few young turks are bringing one of the most inaccessible corners of the book world into the digital public square.

04:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Future Memories from Max Rive on Vimeo.

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03:30

Burger King does a better job than our Human Rights Commission "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Burger King does a better job than our Human Rights Commission. The HRC wants us to give nothing to racism while the fast food outlet shows we should all stand up to bullies. Focussing on race is divisive just like focussing on so-called hate crimes and hate speech is divisive. We all should be against []

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03:20

Henry Burling "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Otaki grave of pioneer founder of Featherstone who lived to 110 Judith Bryers Holloway Who, these days, knows much about Henry Burling? I do, because I (along with about 600 others) am one of his descendants. He was born in Stratford, England, in 1807, lived to the age of 110 in NZ after []

03:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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02:59

RECORD GROWTH UNDER THE LABOUR/WINSTON FIRST/GREENS GOVERNMENT "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It has been revealed that the incoming government will have 28 ministers plus three under-secretaries ...  31 in all.    It's a record for the executive.

The outgoing National led government had 27 ministers and one under-secretary.

Remind me.   Wasn't NZ First the Party that wanted to reduce the number of MPs and limit the size of the executive?

Well they certainly reduced the number of their own MPs from twelve down to nine but, in doing so, managed to negotiate an increase in the size of the executive to provide jobs for over half of them.

I'll be charitable.    A 50% win/loss ratio in a coalition of the losers can't be all bad (snort).


02:48

YOUS GETS WHAT YOUS PAYS FOR.. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



Only now NZ is finding there will be bonus giveaways never part of the promotions while promised policy will disappear.

Yes many understood the elevation of Labour with Mr Peters hand up their collective backs would deliver surprises but how many of those had worked out many of the emerging excitement inducing outcomes would include so many policies in direct conflict with the reality set to ensue.

A greater focus on delivery of mental health initiatives will have to confront greater damages from liberalising of modern cannabis use that it is  claimed will cause immeasurable degradation of youth mental health.

Good employment figures will collide with automation as raising wage rates sans productivity gains will make waged jobs replaced with robots more attractive.

Widening the rural urban divide will be counter productive to the aims of a billion earmarked for provincial initiatives.


A falling dollar will raise cost of living for everyone take a look at Venezuela,  the poorest will suffer most.

Those dirty unswimable rivers are largely in built up zones or polluted by urbanisation

02:34

NEVER SAY ARDERN DONT DO IRONY. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



It is reported the minister to oversee the Pike River mine re-entry non other than the union roach who ticked  the box the mine was safe for his workers to be working in.

Now you can just do this 'angry',  don't forget Winston want in too.

02:30

Can you spot the difference? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Look closely at the photos in these PM profiles. Only one profile has something that the others do not. Can you spot the difference?

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02:00

The headline says payrise, the more likely outcome is the sack "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A pay rise without an increase in productivity leads to the sack.not more money. The working poor had cause for celebration as the Labour and NZ First leaders shook hands today in a coalition deal. The minimum wage will go up to $16.50 starting April 2018 before rising in steps to $20 by 2021.    []

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02:00

Experience matters "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Prime Minister designate Jacinda Ardern has announced her Cabinet line-up:

Its very short on business and general private sector experience.

Academic and political theory have their place.

But they are no substitute for private sector experience which gives those who govern us the real-life practical understanding of whats needed to give businesses the confidence to invest.

Private sector investment that will increase productivity and employment, not redistribution of taxpayers money, are whats needed to reduce poverty.

 


Filed under: politics

01:57

Kumuls Named for Wales Clash "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

PNG LNG Kumuls Coach, Michael Marum has named his team for this weekends world cup clash against Wales.

 

James Segeyaro has been named in the extended 20 member bench along with Paul Aiton in the Lock position.

 

Ase Boas has also been named in the starting line-up, but will go through final medical tests on Thursday to see if hes able to play this weekend.
The 20 man squad is:
1. Davis MEAD (Captain)

2. Justin OLAM

3. Kato OTIO

4. Nene McDonald

5. Garry LO

6. Ase BOAS

7. Watson BOAS

8. Stanton ALBERT

9. Wartovo PUARA Jnr

10. Luke PAGE

11. Rhys MARTIN

12. Rod GRIFFIN

13. Paul AITON

14. Kurt BAPTISTE

15. Willie MINOGA

16. James SEGEYARO

17. Enock MAKI

18. Lachlan LAM

19. Stargroth AMEAN

20. Wellington ALBERT

(Three to be omitted)

Coach: Michael MARUM

 

Coach Marum will confirm the starting 17 on Thursday. The PNG LNG Kumuls Captains Run will be held at 11am on Friday at the National Football Stadium.


Filed under: Awareness, Information, National, Sports Tagged: Development, Sports ...

01:48

The world lost an area of tree cover the size of New Zealand last year "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Last year the world lost an area of tree cover the size of New Zealand, according to satellite data. Thats around 29.7 million hectares (297,000 square kilometers) and was a 51 percent jump over 2015. The tree cover loss data came from the University of Maryland (UMD) and were analyzed by World Resources Institute (WRI). While the data dont just represent deforestation (they also lump in tree plantation harvesting), the analysts attribute most of the tree cover loss to human impacts affecting forests such agriculture, logging and mining. But why the big jump in tree cover loss from 2015 to 2016? The analysis points specifically to fire as the primary culprit. The data indicate big upticks in fires around the world, both in areas where fire naturally occurs like northern Alberta, Canada and wetter areas of the tropics where fire is (or perhaps more accurately, used to be) a rare phenomenon. One of these latter areas is the Brazilian Amazon. Rainforest is, by definition, rainy and moist, and the Amazon rainforest is no exception. Rainforest shouldnt burn on its own and yet, WRIs analysis found understory fires contributed to a tripling of tree cover loss in the Brazilian Amazon (3.3 million hectares) over that time. Brazil also showed high fire activity this year, with particularly high levels in the state of Para. The fires shown were detected in the first week of October, 2017. Fire data provided by VIIRS via NASA/NOAA. Researchers believe many of these

01:45

Maori Ministerial portfolios... "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kelvin Davis Minister for Crown/Mori Relations
Minister of Corrections
Minister of Tourism
Associate Minister of Education (Mori Education)
Nanaia Mahuta - Minister for Mori Development
Minister of Local Government
Associate Minister for the Environment
Willie Jackson - Minister of Employment
Associate Minister for Mori Development
Peeni Henare - Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector
Minister for Whnau Ora
Minister for Youth
Associate Minister for Social Development
Meka Whaitiri - Minister of Customs
Associate Minister of Agriculture
Associate Minister for Crown/Mori Relations
Associate Minister of Local Government
Winston Peters Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister for State Owned Enterprises
Minister for Racing
Ron Mark Minister of Defence
Minister for Veterans
Shane Jones Minister of Forestry
Minister for Infrastructure
Minister for Regional Economic Development
Associate Minister of Finance
Associate Minister of Transport
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01:30

Jacindas really done well so far, but the real test is yet to come "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Karl du Fresne muses some more Jacinda Ardern hasnt put a foot wrong so far. Her relaxed and assured performance, for such a relatively inexperienced leader, has been remarkable. Shaw, too, is a personable and seemingly capable politician who did well to haul the Greens out of the deep hole that Metiria Turei dug for []

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01:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Butcher of Uganda Idi Amin Dada, who became known as the Butcher of Uganda for his brutal, despotic rule whilst president of Uganda in the 1970s, is possibly the most notorious of all Africas post-independence dictators. Amin seized power in a military coup in 1971 and ruled over Uganda for 8 years. Estimates for the number of []

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01:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Nitrogen-busting genetics could prevent millions of kilograms of nitrates landing on dairy farms Pat Deavoll:

Nitrate reducing forage plants and bacteria, denitrification walls and now nitrate-busting bulls are being developed to lower farmings impact on the environment.

Thanks to an international breakthrough by dairy herd improvement company CRV Ambreed, bulls have been identified that pass lower nitrate levels through their urine onto soils.

The company has selected bulls genetically superior for a trait related to the concentration of urea nitrogen in milk. . .

Sone up, some down, some firm Nigel Malthus:

Lamb, sheep and deer prices are likely to remain firm, but cow and bull prices could soften, according to the Alliance Groups projections for the new season.

Heather Stacy, Alliances general manager livestock and shareholder services, told a recent meeting of shareholder farmers at Little River, Banks Peninsula, that prime beef prices should remain similar to last year at $5.00 $5.40/kg early season and $4.80 $5.20/kg post-Christmas. . . 

Kiwifruits bright outlook Peter Burke:

Theres gold for New Zealand growers in Zespris SunGold kiwifruit.
Overseas demand is high for the new Psa-free variety and prices continue to rise.

As a result, Zespri chairman Peter McBride is forecasting a net profit after tax of $96 million to $101m for the year ended March 31, 2018. Profit last year was $73.7m. . .

Science to rule on farmings role in ETS:

Farmers are relieved that science rather than politics will decide whether agriculture should be included in the Emissions Trading Scheme.

Under the coalition agreement unveiled yesterday, a new Climate Commission will make the decision.

Other details made public yesterday include scrapping...

00:47

The hidden history of transported New Zealand convicts "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Its no secret that Van Diemens Land (Tasmania) was a penal colony for British convicts. Yet surprisingly at least 110 New Zealand prisoners were also transported to the island in the nineteenth century to do time as convict labourers, serving their sentences in harsh conditions.

Cleansing the Colony: Transporting Convicts from New Zealand to Van Diemens Land, a new book by Tasmania-based New Zealand historian Dr Kristyn Harman, gives a unique and lively insight into this little known part of our history.

In examining the remarkable experiences of unremarkable people, Cleansing the Colony provides insights into the lives of people like William Phelps Pickering, a self-made entrepreneur turned criminal; Margaret Reardon, a potential accomplice to murder and convicted perjurer; and Te Kumete, a Mori warrior transported as a rebel. 

The stories of these people reveal how New Zealands governing class was intent on cleansing the colony of what it considered a burgeoning criminal underclass, says author Kristyn Harman.
Van Diemens Land (modern Tasmania) became a dumping ground for New Zealands unwanted.

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00:47

WOT A HOOT "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I see White-House insiders and sections of the US media are praising the Prime Minister (elect) for her courage in adopting President Trump's policy of restricting immigration.

Not sure Comrade Jacinda is overly amused.

Nice accolade though

00:45

In brief: Kagamuga Airport upgrade to allow jet landings, and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Airport upgrade to see night flights and early landings at Western Highlands airport, calls to properly fund the fight against coffee berry borer, and Tkatchenko moves on illegally approved land sales. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

A contract between National Airports Corporation and Essar Projects PNG will enable Boeing 737 jets to land at Kagamuga Airport in Western Highlands. NAC CEO Richard Yopo told The National this would cut down the number of flights from Fokker 100s. Essar Projects Ltd, an Indian company, will work on the runway strengthening, new air traffic control tower building and other associated work at the Mt Hagen Airport. Yopo says the project will also enable night-landings and early-morning takeoffs.

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Sir Brown Bai

The Rural Industries Council has called on the Government to properly resource the coffee industry in the 2017 Budget, to allow it to fight the coffee berry borer. Chairman Sir Brown Bai says the K2 million allocated in the 2017 Supplementary Budget falls far short of the K60 million requested last year by former Agriculture Minister, Tommy Tomscoll.

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Lands Minister, Justin Tkatchenko, says he expects a legal challenge by a company claiming a title over public land that he wants returned to the state, according to RNZI. Tkatchenko said the title for prime coastal land in Koki, for which Malaysian-owned Kitogara Ltd gained a title, was illegally approved. Tkatchenko says he has sought to bring 26 titles back into public ownership in the last six weeks, adding that 70 more are planned, including all public space in the National Capital District.

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The National Fisheries Authority has paid a dividend of K60 million to th...

00:43

Dylan Horrocks named as 2018 International Institute of Modern Letters Writer in Residence "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  

Acclaimed graphic novelist Dylan Horrocks has been appointed as the Victoria University of Wellington International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) and Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence for 2018. He is the first graphic novelist to be awarded this position.
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00:36

New editor appointed for Landfall. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Emma Neale has been appointed as the new editor of Landfall, published by Otago University Press.

  Neale, who lives in Dunedin, has published six novels and five poetry collections, and edited several    anthologies.  
 She is a former Robert Burns fellow (2012) and has received numerous awards and grants for her writing including the Janet Frame/NZSA Memorial Prize for Literature (2008), the University of Otago/Sir James Wallace Pah Residency (2014), and she was Philip and Diane Beatson/NZSA Writing Fellow in 2015.  

...

00:30

Labour still dont do maths "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I dont know if youve ever come across the mathematical proof that Santa isnt real.  It calculates the distance he has to travel, the tonnage of presents and the number of households he has to get to.  And if you include him drinking the milk, cookies or even whiskey thats left out for him, hell []

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00:15

Community members lock-on to stop Adani starting work on their mega coal mine "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Central QLD, 25th October: As Adani promises to start work on the rail line to what would be Australias largest new coal mine, several people have locked-on to construction machinery, vowing to do whatever it takes to peacefully stop Adanis mega coal mine from proceeding in Central Queensland.

Supported by over a dozen people, one person is locked-on to a front-end loader, another to an excavator and a third person to a grader, stopping work from proceeding at one of Adanis work sites, near Belyando on Jangga country. Workers are on site.

Im scared about my childrens future. I think our government is seriously underestimating the potentially devastating impacts of climate change. Now is the time to take a stand. Im an ordinary person taking extraordinary action to stop this mine. said, Gail Hamilton, an engineer and former council employee from Townsville.

My granddaughter has just turned five, Im here to Stop Adani and protect the environment and our water for her future, said fellow protestor Susanne Rix, from the Blue Mountains.

I could not sit idly by and let Adani begin work. This is the line in the sand for me and  thousands of people from all walks of life who will take peaceful direct action to stop this mine, said John Brinnand, a retired psychiatrist from the Sunshine Coast.

Adanis mine would be one of the largest coal mines in the world, releasing billions of tonnes of carbon pollution into the atmosphere at a time when our climate is already undergoing unprecedented and rapid warming. The mine would sign a death warrant for the Great Barrier Reef, which is already facing unprecedented large-scale bleaching due to rising ocean temperatures, caused by climate change.

Recent polling indicates that the majority of Australians do not support Adanis mine. Despite this, the Queensland and Federal Governments are gearing up to hand this billionaire a $1 billion taxpayer-subsidised loan.

With Adani promising to start construction imminently, people are now mobilizing in Central Queensland, with hundreds more around the country vowing to take peaceful civil disobedience to stop the mine.

Location: Where the state development area crosses the Gregory Highway, approximately 35km / 25 minutes south of the Belyando RoadHouse.

Photos are being uploaded here....

Tuesday, 24 October

23:37

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

HULI ACTION THIS FRIDAY - BE THERE


23:34

Vandals pollute "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Was this random vandalism or misguided environmental activism?

Farming leaders in Canterbury hope a spate of vandalism was not motivated by radical environmentalists.

On Friday night, October 20, a valve was opened on a vat allowing about 6000 litres of milk to escape on a Leeston dairy farm and the same night 30 tyres on four irrigators on a Hororata farm, an hours drive away, were punctured by a battery-powered drill.

The dairy farmer whose vat was opened was Environment Canterbury councillor John Sunckell who said he was at a loss whether it was a burglar frustrated at not getting access to anything valuable or an environmentalist wanting to make a statement.

I dont want to draw a conclusion but it is hard not to, he said, referring to the irrigator tyre slashing incident on the same night.

Sunckell said police asked him if it could have been a disgruntled employee but he did not think so.

In recent months Greenpeace activists had illegally occupied the Central Plains Water irrigation scheme, other environmental groups had openly pursued an agenda opposing irrigation and surveys in Christchurch had shown opposition to farming and irrigation.

Sunckell said he was talking publicly about the incident because the vandalism was reflective of a growing split in the community.

We have got to get away from this urban-rural divide but I dont know how we are going to do it.

The volume of milk exceeded the capacity of the drainage and wetland filtering and containment system and the milk overflowed into a drain then a waterway.

So the vandalism caused pollution.

North Canterbury Federated Farmers dairy section chairman Michael Woodward hoped the two incidents were not motivated by anti-farming sentiment.

It is hard to know if it is coincidental or the same people.

If it was environmentalists, it was counterproductive given the tyres would be dumped and the milk ended up in a waterway, both damaging to the environment.

Irrigation was a contentious issue in Canterbury and Woodward said he would be disappointed if activists chose to vandalise private property to prom...

23:30

The Green party would have gained more from a National coalition. A lot more "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Karl du Fresne observes In the rapture over the lefts putative victory, theres a lot of denial and wishful thinking going on. No one wants to confront the possibility that it could all go pear-shaped. Perhaps the most notable example is James Shaws less than convincing insistence that having the climate change ministerial portfolio outside []

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23:04

Whale, calf freed from Gold Coast shark nets "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

UPDATE: A whale and calf that were trapped in shark nets off a Gold Coast beach have been freed.

Seaworld experts helped free the mother and baby about 7.30am (AEST), roughly an hour after reports they had become ensnared about 200 metres off Nobby Beach.

Animal activists have again condemned the use of the shark nets, with World Animal Protection describing them as indiscriminate death traps.

ORIGINAL: A whale and a calf are trapped in shark nets off a Gold Coast beach and experts from Sea World will soon begin trying to free them.

The mother and her baby are stuck about 200 metres off Nobby Beach.

Marine rescue experts from Sea World will try to free them this morning.

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23:00

I sense a disturbance in the Blogosphere "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Feelings are running high right now and a couple of political blogs are currently facing some moderating challenges. A comment was posted on Kiwiblog saying: I believe in eliminating terrorism. Winston is a political and economic terrorist. He has held the country to ransom, and is obfuscating on everything. His assassination would not be something []

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22:30

AFP raids Australian Workers Union headquarters in Sydney, Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Australian Federal Police are cracking down on union scumbags: The Australian Federal Police is currently raiding the Australian Workers Union offices in Melbourne and Sydney. The investigation relates to whether donations made to activist group GetUp were authorised under union rules. The AFP issued a statement confirming they were carrying out the raids on behalf of []

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22:28

Waka jumper law shows lack of faith in own "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Well said Winston The Great Dictator

Homepaddock

NZ Firsts waka jumping bill shows a distinct lack of faith in the loyalty of their own:

An unexpected crackdown on waka jumping suggests the new Government is bracing for instability, says ACT Leader David Seymour

The incoming Government has quietly announced a bill to ban waka jumping in Parliament. This was never forecasted to voters, and for good reason. It suggests the new Government expects instability and defections. Todays ceremonious unity will not last.

Winston Peters is particularly paranoid because its his last parliamentary term. Hes been burnt by waka jumpers in the past, but this term could be his partys most divisive yet. Why wouldnt his caucus jump ship if they believe New Zealand First is doomed in 2020 anyway?

Why would you waste parliaments time and resources if you trusted your teams loyalty?

And how can we trust a government which doesnt trust itself?

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22:10

The Bookseller "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


The Bloomsbury Groups revenues soared by 15% to 72.1m for the first six months of its financial year, helped by J K Rowlings Harry Potter books which boosted sales in the publishers childrens division by 33%.
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22:08

Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Today's Meal

Noah Eaker will join Flatiron Books as editorial director, reporting to Amy Einhorn, starting November 13. He has been executive editor at Random House.

Jessica Williams has been promoted to senior editor at William Morrow.

Sarah Armstronghas been promoted to client relations manager at Ingram Publisher Services.

Vogue
talksto ...

22:00

Headline of the Day Kiwis now led by a Commie "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Australian newspaper wins headline of the day. The article then outlines her commie credentials: New Zealands new prime minister-designates take on capitalism. Jacinda Ardern on New Zealands Channel Three, Saturday: When you have a market economy, it all comes down to whether or not you acknowledge where the market has failed and where intervention []

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22:00

Waka jumper law shows lack of faith in own "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

NZ Firsts waka jumping bill shows a distinct lack of faith in the loyalty of their own:

An unexpected crackdown on waka jumping suggests the new Government is bracing for instability, says ACT Leader David Seymour

The incoming Government has quietly announced a bill to ban waka jumping in Parliament. This was never forecasted to voters, and for good reason. It suggests the new Government expects instability and defections. Todays ceremonious unity will not last.

Winston Peters is particularly paranoid because its his last parliamentary term. Hes been burnt by waka jumpers in the past, but this term could be his partys most divisive yet. Why wouldnt his caucus jump ship if they believe New Zealand First is doomed in 2020 anyway?

Why would you waste parliaments time and resources if you trusted your teams loyalty?

And how can we trust a government which doesnt trust itself?


Filed under: politics Tagged: David Seymour, waka jumping, Winston Peters ...

22:00

Rejecting anger & sincerely wanting PNG to succeed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Lively Tales from PNGPHIL FITZPATRICK

Lively Tales from Papua New Guinea by Bev Floyd, Watson Ferguson & Co (Boolarong Press), Salisbury Qld, 120 pages, 2017. ISBN: 978-0995410541. Available from the author here

TUMBY BAY - What seems ordinary to some people can appear quite exotic to others. Thus it is with the experiences of many Australians in Papua New Guinea prior to independence in 1975.

In reading Bev Floyds story of her eleven odd years as a teacher in Papua New Guinea, beginning in 1964, I came across nothing remarkable but that is only because I was there myself.

To someone unfamiliar with Papua New Guinea, Bevs time there will be read quite differently.

As she says, the privilege that many Australians enjoyed working in Papua New Guinea was special and like many the experience formed us and shaped our future lives.

Trying to convey that to those outside this privileged group is often difficult; many have tried and many have failed.

This dilemma probably explains the twofold approach Bev decided to take in presenting her story.

To breach the gap between readers in the know and readers to whom Papua New Guinea is an unknown she has integrated her own personal story into an array of historical and factual information gleaned from a variety of sources, not least the internet and Wikipedia.

For the most part it works. Here and there, however, the introduced material tends to overwhelm the personal.

However, for many old and knowledgeable Papua New Guinea hands wading through this information to get to the more interesting personal memories may be a minor irritation.

To my mind, for instance, there is too much data related to World War II and the Pacific campaign. That may just be bias on my part however.

Another concern I have is the potential for inaccuracy in data taken from the internet, especially Wikipedia. That said, I didnt come across anything too outrageously off beam. Bev obviously did some extra curricula homework.

Towards the end of the book, following an account of a revisit to Papua New Guinea after 50 years, Bev presents an interesting assessment of the state of play and what the future might hold for the nation and its people.

S...

21:45

Samoa PM sends congratulatory message to new NZ Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has sent a congratulatory message to Labour leader Jacinda Ardern on her appointment as Prime Minister of New Zealand.

In his letter to the PM-elect, Tuilaepa said Samoa and New Zealand have enjoyed warm relations in various areas of mutual interest and he looks forward to working with Ardern to further strengthen the ties between the two countries and her people.

Similarly I look forward to our close collaboration on issues of importance to our Pacific region and the cooperation arrangements between the Pacific Forum countries.

Ardern was appointed New Zealand Prime Minister last week.



Photo file Loop Samoa. Caption: Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

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21:43

King Tupou VI Commissions Tongas Largest Solar Farm "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Matatoa Solar Farm Tongas Largest Solar Facility commissioning ceremony was held yesterday at Tofoa.

Officiated by His Majesty, King Tupou VI, the commissioning marked a new milestone in private sector investment in the development of renewable energy generation in Tonga.

The project is the first large scale Independent Power Producer facility to be installed in the Kingdom.

Occupying 6.3 acres of land and comprising of 7440 panels, the Matatoa Solar Farm, built and operated by Zhuhai Singyes Green Building Technology Co. Ltd, is expected to generate over 2,828,84 kWh of electricity over the first year of operation which is the equivalent of 680, 000 litres of diesel savings for the first year of operation.

The plant should save Tonga 680, 000 litres of diesel over the first year and displaces 1,600 tons of carbon dioxide not being emitted to the atmosphere, said the Minister of Public Enterprises and MEIDECC, Hon Poasi Tei.

The USD$4.4 million project or the equivalent of $9 million paanga, is the largest Independent Power Producer investment in Tonga created 20 local jobs during construction.

The solar plant alone is expected to add another 5% towards the nations renewable energy target, said the Minister for Public Enterprises and MEIDECC, Hon. Poasi Tei.

Carl Sanft, the Chairman of the Combined Utility Board said, To date 12% of the renewable energy target for Tonga has been achieved.

The project, permitted by Zhuhai Singyes Green Building Technology, is selling all the electricity generated from the plant to Tonga Power Ltd to assist the Government with the 50% renewable target by 2020 at TOP 0.33 per kWh which will remain the same for the next 25 years, said the Chairman of the Utility Board Mr. Carl Sanft.

 In order for TPL to help the Government achieve 50% renewable energy generation by 2020, grant financed investments of between US$32-$35 million is needed to help generate an additional 43% in renewable energy penetration through investments in solar, wind farms, as well as installation of much needed battery storage. This means that we can reduce the power tariff by 20 to 30 seniti per kWh, he added.

The Government of China and Tonga Power Ltd have also commenced a dialogue, for the installation of a 2 Megawatt wind power generation project in Tonga and the Government of Japan had granted funding for a 1.3...

21:41

Mischievous Baby Orca Sneaks Up On Unsuspecting Swimmers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It's beach season in New Zealand, and hundreds of people were enjoying the sun and surf at Hahei Beach last week when some of them got a very unexpected visitor.

Credit: Kelly Lindsay/Storyful

Four wild orcas were thought to be hunting stingrays off the coast when one of the baby orcas became curious and swam right up to people wading in the clear water. And the sight of a dorsal fin coming straight at them sent the swimmers scurrying for the shore. 

Credit: Kelly Lindsay/Storyful

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Orcas are very intelligent and social animals who stick with their families their whole lives, and baby orcas like this one learn to hunt from their parents and relatives in their pod. 

Credit: Kelly Lindsay/Storyful

So maybe the beachgoers were right to be startled by the baby orca he might have been practicing his newly acquired skills on them. 

But the swimmers had no hard feelings toward the little orca. "He's just playing," one person can be heard saying. ...

21:41

Vales Point: Coal profits from energy policy chaos "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Last week, a parable of Australias energy policy chaos came to light. Not in the bawdy policy debate in Canberra, but in the quietly filed financial reports of a power station owner.

via Vales Point: Coal profits from energy policy chaos RenewEconomy


21:16

Whats Going On With Bob Corker, Steve Bannon, And The Virginia Governors Race? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Alex Isenstadt, a national politics reporter at Politico, addresses the questions surrounding Senator Bob Corker, tax reform, and the anger coming from GOP donors on this episode of the Federalist Radio Hour. Isenstadt and Domenech also discuss the Viriginia gubernatorial race and how Trump effects state elections.

Clearly, Corker is aligned with a broader, establishment wing of the Republican party that is really upset right now, not just with Trump, but Steve Bannon too, Isenstadt said.

What happens to Republican primary races as Mitch McConnells support shrinks, and Steve Bannons endorsements grow? Its easy to say I oppose Mitch McConnel. Its hard to answer Well who do you support instead? Domenech said.

Listen here:

21:07

Adani posts weird video to fend off Carmichael criticism "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

The following article by Michael Slezak and Nick Evershed (The Guardian 21 October 2017) is about Gautam Adani and his social media blitz to counter the massive opposition he is facing in Australia, over his controversial Carmichael coal mine in Queenslands Galilee Basin.

The Adani Group has promoted a bizarre video advertisement on Facebook, in which the Indian company responds to revelations its Australian coal operations face growing financial risks.

The video, targeting people in Melbourne, flashes up text on the screen, backed by fast and upbeat percussive music. It displays allegations, which are labelled as lies, followed by attempts to set the record straight. It also misspells Abbot point, its coal terminal.

The video was uploaded along with a long post that contains strange defenses of its operation, including the false claim that the entire allegations about the company are based on just one screenshot of random text.

The Facebook post had more than 580,000 views on the video statistics at the time of writing.

Tim Buckley, a financial analyst at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, made many of the allegations Adani was attempting to refute. Aired in an episode of ABCs Four Corners program, the institute claimed Adanis operations in Australia were unprofitable and required the Carmichael mine to bail them out.

Buckley described the video as a desperate attempt to try and counter some of the facts with loud music and flashing lights and a sign that the campaign against Adani in Australia is having an impact.

In one respect it shows that Adani is taking it seriously, Buckley said. The whole campaign in Australia is doing enormous damage to the social license to operate of Adani.

Facebook ads are sponsored posts that an advertiser has paid to push into the news feed of a specifically targeted pool of people. Unless the ad appears in your feed, there is no easy way to determine that a post has been sponsored. This makes it difficult to keep track of political advertising on the social network.

Facebook advertising is considered effective because it allows...

20:12

Vietnam: Drop Charge Against Student Activist "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Expand Phan Kim Khanh    Private (New York) Vietnam should drop all charges and immediately release student blogger Phan Kim Khanh, Human Rights Watch said today. Vietnam's donors and regional leaders should make it clear that they will demand that all political prisoners be released before the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit taking [...]

19:56

Exodus! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Census findings

Further interesting news from the 2016 Census has been released.

Some of it is rather open to interpretation. For example, there was lower employment in the younger age bracket, comprising 15-24 year olds.

But, on the other hand, 22 per cent of the population now have a degree or higher level of qualification. 

That's up +3.2 per cent from 2006-2011, replicating the same percentage increase as five years earlier, according to ID, the population experts.

Employment opportunities were certainly curtailed by the financial crisis and resources downturn, but we're also studying longer, so it's a somewhat mixed picture.

Exodus!

Similarly, there's quite a bit been said on the apparent mass exodus from Sydney.

Again, there's a strong element truth to this story.

But it's equally important not to take away the wrong visual image from this. 

The fact is, New South Wales always loses people interstate, and it always will, largely to Brisbane, south east Queensland, and even to Melbourne.

In reality, though, the numbers leaving the state on a net basis were dramatically lower in the 2011-2016 Census period than they were in the preceding five years.

And they were much, much lower than they were in the five years before that, with net interstate migration tracking at way under the half the rate of seen from 2001 to 2006.

19:03

The Sacrifice Zones of Hurricane Harvey "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In this second installment of special coverage Hurricane Harveys aftermath, Abby Martin explores how the petrochemical industry dominates the city and why its low-income, Black and Latino areas are in the highest-risk areas for flooding and pollution, earning them the name sacrifice zones.

Abby explores Houstons unique lack of zoning and regulations that maximized the impact of the storm, the fence-line communities deliberately put in harms way, inhumane treatment of incarcerated people in the disaster, and how the ownership of the city by Big Oil puts thousands of lives in peril.

Featuring interviews with Dr. Robert Bullard, professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy at Texas Southern University; Azzurra Crispino, co-founder of Prison Abolition Prisoner Support (PAPS); and Yvette Arellano of the Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Series.

The Sacrifice Zones of Hurricane Harvey

In the first installment in a series on Hurricane Harvey recovery, Abby Martin introduced viewers to a neighborhood ignored by both state and national officials during and after the hurricane. It quickly became clear that the neighborhoods Abby drew attention to, specifically Lake Forest Park, were home to working class Houston residents of a lower socioeconomic status, many of which are Black or Latino. Was it a simply a coincidence that these neighborhoods were affected by the deadly flooding more than others? Is it by chance that these neighborhoods are now receiving far less attention than those filled with middle to upper class white Houstonians?

According to the evidence presented in the second installment in the series on Hurricane Harvey, the answer is a very clear no there was no coincidence and nothing was left to chance. In fact, these very neighborhoods are referred to as sacrifice zones, having numerous shortcomings in addition to the tendency to flood.

Houston is unique in that it lacks zoning laws. It is also overrun with petrochemical corporations operating with few rules and regulations. Neither of these things lend to a safe and healthy city for those with few resources. Houston has a high amount of residential segregation and housing discrimination which forces residents seeking affordable housing into marginalized areas where they are exposed to higher amounts of pollutants, less access to amenities, and are often at a higher risk of flooding. Abby spoke with Dr. Robert Bullard, Professor of Urban Planning at Texas Southern University, about these issues including Houstons history, gentrific...

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