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Friday, 09 November

00:22

ANOTHER VICTIM OF #ME TOO? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The NSW Labor Party Leader has resigned following allegations of sexual misconduct made against him by ABC journalist Asley Raper.

All being equal I should be cheering that from the rooftops ... but I'm not.   Why the 23 month delay in the alledged victim coming forward and only four months out from the NSW State election?

The parallels between this and the witch hunt conducted against Judge Kavanaugh at his confirmation hearings are disturbing.     In respect of that and I don't see too much comment in the MSM on the fact that Judy Munro-Leighton has been referred to the FBI for investigation.  M-L, who had accused Kavanaugh of raping her, has now racanted her story saying it was just a ploy and she had never met Kavanaugh.   

Raper may have a case but there are real issues around 'Me Too' 

00:15

Plan your Whaleoil Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This year you have even more choices for a Whaleoil Christmas. You can buy yourself a brand new Bronze Whaleoil subscription or treat yourself with an upgrade to a Silver subscription so you can enjoy even more political nerdy goodness You can order a unique gift for yourself or someone else from, the Whaleoil Store. Now [] The post Plan your Whaleoil Christmas appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:12

Govt Concerned Over Delay On Review Of Mine Laws "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The  Deputy PM needs to get his story straight. Last month he warned against rushing new mining projects saying We want economic integration, but not economic exploitation. Papua New Guinea must make sure that integration takes place at a pace that allows local institutions, industry and local businesses to develop. If not, Abel said, sophisticated financial and political capital will systematically dispossess the countrys natural resources and put them into the hands of foreigners.

Now its seems he is happy to rush ahead with new mines regardless of the consequences for PNG and local communities

Matthew Vari | Post Courier | November 8, 2018

Deputy Prime Minister Charles has expressed his concern over the prolonged review process of the proposed Mining Act amendments into the industry, citing a critical juncture in existing and new investment decisions in the sector.

He said while it is the prerogative of government to review laws, in this case 26 years since the 1992 Act was changed, he said government is aware of concerns from the mining industry which it shared as it...

00:06

APEC 2018; History in the making for PNG "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Commentary by David Lepi

In a few days time Papua New Guinea will host the biggest international event ever. Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation is the most influential economic forum in the Asia-Pacific region. With 21-member economies it accounts for nearly 50% of the world trade and about 60% of world GDP. In total APEC houses 2.8 billion people or about 40% of the worlds population.

Established in 1989 in response to the growing interdependence of the Asia-Pacific economies APEC aims to facilitate economic growth and prosperity in the region. Over the years it has developed various meetings including Economic Leaders Meeting and Ministerial Meeting. Ministers, delegates and technical experts gather together on different occasions trying to find consensus and doing business.

With time APEC has become a dynamic engine of economic growth. Real GDP in the region has increased from US16 trillion dollars in 1989 to US20 trillion dollars in 2015. Economic and financial co-operations aside APEC member economies have increasively working closely on issues like climate change, anti-terrorism, health and energy as well as communication in cultural sectors.

Winning the right to host the APEC Leaders Summit was a major achievement for PNG and the government is confident to a host successful event.

Naysayers are already cynical of the cost of the event which is at the tune of US200 million dollars but is expected to be earned back in subsequent investment many times over. And most importantly Papua New Guinea is not bearing the cost alone. Other countries are subsiding the cost, particularly, China and Australia. China built one of the APEC convention centers, road maintenance and re-sealing and a boulevard. Through assistance in kind providing people, security and training Australia is paying in between a quarter and third of the total APEC costs. And New Zealand too is sending hundreds of people to help protocol training.

APEC is becoming an opportunity for rival powers to get close to PNG and an example of the wider regions bigger countries trying to buy influence with smaller island nations in the pacific. PNG is very strategic given geographical proximity to Australia and New Zealand and its confluence towards South East Asia. China sees this strategic importance for its geo-politics and as one Chinese emissary once said, PNG is the gateway to the pacific.

Chinese President Xi Ping will be among the thousands of visiting delegations and world dignitaries with the notable omission of President Trump and R...

00:03

COULD HAVE DODGED A BULLET. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



Yesterday Westland copped a flogging from heavy rainfall, today the Alpine Rivers are in high flood. so it is entirely likely that the Waitaki and Clutha storages have been given a boost, while here out East it has rained overnight so a recently predicted two months of dry, promulgated by a weather spurt, has obviously been delayed.
Uncontrolled Waimakariri and Rakaia rivers are in high flood flows

Ms Woods can breathe again (yesterdays video of Qtime reveals some disturbing symptoms around that for her), as can those who have tied their power supply to the spot market.
Sure the problems with the gas line still need fixing but the looming deficit from sudden phasing out of hydrocarbon generation when rain stays away and wind either fails to emerge or comes on too strong remain as major impacts that could come back again any time to threaten power supply before we get some "big batteries, and/or melt some salt whatever that entails"

00:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

00:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fonterra board gets controversial voice back Sally Rae:

Fairlie farmer Leonie Guiney has returned to the Fonterra board, vowing to solve the co-operatives reputational issues.

Shareholders voted to elect Mrs Guiney and Zespri chairman Peter McBride to the board and they will take office at the close of todays annual meeting at Fonterras Lichfield plant in the Waikato.

Sitting director Ashley Waugh, Maori Television chairman Jamie Tuuta, and John Nicholls were unsuccessful.

Mrs Guiney, who farms near Fairlie and is director of four dairy farming companies, served on the board from 2014 until last year. . . 

Fonterra Shareholders Council report questions value-add strategy Gerard Hutching:

Fonterra has failed to deliver meaningful returns on shareholders capital since inception in 2001, a new Shareholders Council report says, which questions the value-add strategy.

The much vaunted value-add business has returned only 0.2 per cent a year more than ingredients or commodities, significantly below the 1.3 per cent a year premium needed to justify the increased risk.

This is important because the value-add business units are now using an increasing share of Fonterras capital. For the first five years since inception 2002-06 the value-add business accounted for 36 per cent of Fonterras capital. This has increased to 50 per cent of Fonterras capital over the last five years. . . 

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Thursday, 08 November

23:49

SICK OF BEING A MUSHROOM? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



Day eleven since it became public, a Czech  citizen,  Hells Angel associate, convicted and discharged immigration fraudster, convicted drug importer currently detained at her Majesty's government pleasure and as recently as October 28 denied parole by a three man panel, has been given residency under his alleged real name Karel Sroubek.

On Oct 30th following it becoming a media breaking story Immigration Minister Iain Lees Galloway defended his discretionary decision to grant a remarkably notorious man, residency and apparently amnesty from deportation.

Prime Minister Ardern was immediately in full support of that on the bare facts as revealed an astounding decision, unable to be probed or challenged, essentially secret, stating The minister had given full consideration to this,  in a "very difficult decision".
Then enter the Deputy PM again in total support, with an added serve that threatens public servants from the Immigration Department as being somehow responsible,  stating

"There is an enormous amount of precedent for a minister to make a decision like this, and one of the things that is bound with the decision is the privacy issue, because it goes to the very safety of the people involved, said Mr Peters.  news hub.

As a political tragic this is all very queer on the facts so far publicly known, in fact quite smelly and decidedly worrying.&nbs...

23:30

Old perv offends while on bail: gets bail again! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

What is it with the Judges down in Dunedin? The ODT reports that one of their creepiest old pervs has again been locked up for offensive behaviour following an incident where he exposed his shrivelled old sausage to a poor unsuspecting eleven-year-old. It seems that Uncle Pervy was attending a public fireworks display where the [] The post Old perv offends while on bail: gets bail again! appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:28

Saonu Raises Concerns On Wafi-Golpu Mining Lease "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Post Courier | November 9, 2018

Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu has raised concerns on the pending signing of a special mining lease between the developer of the Wafi-Golpu mine in Morobe Province and the government during the APEC summit next week.

He cited sources from social media who had released a report saying there was already a memorandum of agreement in place, established by the Mining Act.

The issue was interrupted by a court case and the signing of the special mining lease is expected to take place in 2019.

Mr Saonu directed his concerns to the Prime Minister Peter ONeill during question time in Parliament.

Would you please confirm or deny, whether the government has agreed to sign a heads of agreement at the APEC Summit? Why was the Morobe provincial government and stakeholders not consulted? Mr Saonu asked.

If the proposed signing of the heads of agreement is true, will you inform all the stakeholders landowners, state entities and the people of Morobe on what the agreement is all about?

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23:15

The fans spoke and Cam listened "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Whale Meat Big Bacon Bacon, ONLY bacon, with bacon. So what is Whale Meat Company bacon really like? Experts are concerned at a rise in the numbers of consumers overdosing on Whale Meat bacon. A Christchurch addict is seen here after ingesting a preparation known as carbonara, totally insensible. There was half a packet [] The post The fans spoke and Cam listened appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Cartoon of the day by SonovaMin "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

All cartoons as seen exclusively on Whaleoil are available to buy as prints directly from SonovaMin.com The post Cartoon of the day by SonovaMin appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

For PNGs sake lets hope hosting APEC is for the better "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In August, under a headline that read APEC is for you PNG, APEC Minister Hon Justin Tkatchenko said the benefits of hosting APEC would last for many years and would strengthen many sectors in the economy. The Ministers statement seemed to portray APEC as a defining event in the countrys history. As the date for the APEC Leaders Meeting draws nearer, Papua New Guineans will get a chance to assess whether APEC 2018 will live up to its hype and transform our fortunes for the better, or if it will instead become a shadow that will haunt us for many years to come. For PNGs sake, lets hope it is the former.

APEC is a regional economic forum established in 1989 to leverage the growing interdependence of the Asia-Pacific. It aims to create greater prosperity for the people of the region by promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth and by accelerating regional economic integration. Out of the economies of APEC member countries, PNG is described as the smallest and poorest. Perhaps this is why the prospect of PNG hosting APEC is so intriguing to both its citizens and the world at large. Although the PNG Government is adamant it will be a success, nobody really knows certainly it will be by far the biggest event PNG has attempted to host. Ensuring the safety of some of the worlds most powerful leaders is in itself a monumental task at a time when there are heightened geopolitical tensions and risks of terrorism.

Port Moresby is regarded as one of the most dangerous cities in the world. A successful APEC would help to change that perception. But failure to deliver would be catastrophic.

Preparation for the summit so far has been a roller coaster. The government is trying to sell APEC to PNGs public by promoting it as a historic event. But skepticism over the cost associated with hosting the event is rapidly eroding public su...

22:45

Hawera: any oilers keen to catch up? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Our very own roving oiler HookerPhil will be in Hawera on 13th November and is keen to catch up with any oilers in the district.  He has arranged to have a coffee with a couple of locals, and anyone else in the area is welcome to join them. Where: Marracbo Caf, 17 Union Street Hawera [] The post Hawera: any oilers keen to catch up? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:34

Death throes of Coalition Governments "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

THE past couple of decades are not unique in Australian political history: the despising of the loathsome politicians and the sudden and late coming around of those loathsome politicians to abandon the positions of their financial backers and appease the majority of thoughtful people in the face of impending electoral defeat.

No doubt some diehard Labor supporters are nervous that the Scott Morrison Government will neutralise the big issues like Nauru, climate change and an anti-corruption commission with a bit of policy sop and then sneak back into office, that he will road-to-Damascus like see the light and be as successful as St Paul in gaining conversions and followers.

Do not fear.

History is against this happening. Any late lip-service to what the people really want on these issues and others like population, health and education will only be death throes that voters will see through.

Lets first go back 50 years in the US and then go back 50 years in Australia.

Fifty years ago this month, Richard Nixon was elected President. Stephen Ambrose, his biographer, wrote American politics had sunk to depths not reached since the Civil War and Reconstruction. Americas political leaders, Johnson, Humphrey, Nixon and Agnew, and most of the others were just playing with people.

Ambrose wrote: If they had the slightest feeling for the death and destruction that was devouring Vietnam, if they any concern for the lives of American soldiers in Vietnam, if they had the least commitment to a decent respect for the opinion of mankind, if they had the vaguest concern to meet their constitutional obligation to promote domestic tranquillity, if it even occurred to them to strive to provide the conditions that would allow the American people to pursue happiness, they managed to ignore it all in their single-minded pursuit of personal political victory at any cost.

Remind you of Australian politics now?

Now lets look at the behaviour in the past 50 years of Coalition Australian Prime Ministers facing defeat.

The behaviour pattern is the same as that of Scott Morrison and his government right now.

First, to Billy McMahon in 1972.

He finanally called the election for 2 December 1972, three years one month and a few days after...

22:30

Gresham College: Prof. Chris Budd Mathematics and the Making of the Modern and Future World #1 What Have Mathematicians Done For Us? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

First in a fascinating series delivered by Professor Chris Budd, CBE from Bath University

In this lecture series by Professor Christopher Budd, the emphasis will be how mathematics gives us a glimpse into the future both of technology and of many other areas of our lives.

Since Newton, we have become used to science making confident predictions about the future, including on the motion of the planets and the times of the tides. However, some things seem very hard to predict, such as the stock market or the weather. Is this a fault in the way we model these systems, or is there a genuine limit to how far we can predict the future? One explanation comes from the theory of chaos, which explains why small changes now can lead to large uncertainty in the future. Professor Budd will describe how chaos theory works and how things can change rapidly.

Climate change is important, controversial, and the subject of huge debate. Much of our understanding of the future climate comes from the use of complex climate models, which are based on mathematical and physical ideas. Professor Budd will describe how these models work and the assumptions that go into them. He will discuss how reliable our predictions of climate change will be and show how mathematics can give us insights into both the past and the future.

One of the biggest advances in modern technology has been the development of GPS systems which allow us to find our position to very high precision. GPS is just the latest advance in the science of navigation, which has had a profound effect on human civilization. Professor Budd will show how mathematics has played a vital role in making navigation as accurate as it is today and the impact this has had on us all. Indeed, it is one of the few areas where Einsteins general theory of relativity directly impacts our lives.

The worlds population is rapidly growing, and most of this population will live in large city conurbations. What will our future cities look like? How will the transport system work, how will people move around, and how will we supply them with energy and remove their waste? Indeed, what sort of houses will people live in and what will our communities look like in the future? Professor Budd will show how mathematical models can help us understand how cities work and how they might evolve in the future.

Mathematics education is changing rapidly and a big driver f...

22:30

Kiwibuild owners can make capital gains tax free "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kiwibuild is really getting silly now. It started as a programme to provide first homes to people who were locked out of home ownership. Then, when it arrived, it was a programme for first home buyers, but only for the wealthier ones most of whom (like the upwardly mobile couple in the photo above), given [] The post Kiwibuild owners can make capital gains tax free appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:15

Whos a naughty boy then? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The post Whos a naughty boy then? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Charity boxing: The risk is high "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Over the years we have seen all sorts of innovative ways to raise money and awareness for various different charities.  Its currently Movember, and men have stopped shaving their upper lip to raise awareness about mens health issues.  Its a good cause, and a safe, risk-free way to earn a few bucks.  A little gentle [] The post Charity boxing: The risk is high appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Commemorating 100 Years: The Last Platoon British Veterans of WWI BBC 2005 #2/2 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

poppy

From 2005, a BBC documentary basically with interviews of the last British veterans from The Great War, more commonly known to many as WWI

21:59

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

081118WEST NEW BRITAIN GOVERNOR IN BOUGAINVILLE
New Dawn FM News
The Governor of West New Britain Province, SASINDRAN MUTHUVEL arrived in Buka with the member for South Bougainville, TIMOTHY MASIU and travelled to Buin, South Bougainville to witness the graduation ceremony at the Buin Secondary School.
He told New Dawn FM at the Buka airport that his travel was at the invitation of the member for South Bougainville.
He said this was the second visit to Bougainville and was happy to accompany the member for South Bougainville to his electorate in South Bougainville.

Ends

Philip Kiha (left) MP MUTHUVEL and MP Masiu at the Buka airport..Picture by Aloysius Laukai

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21:52

EVIDENCES RELATING TO K15 MILLION FRAUD FOR HIDES PDL7 LANDOWNERS "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

by ERICK HAWAI AKO

As Chairman of Umbrella Hides PDL 07 Association Inc, we have found out very serious criminal conduct with regard to Payment of K15 Million Project Security Funding for Hides PDL 07 Landowners.

There were two cheques for PDL 1 & 7 totalling to K35 Million. A K20 Million was for PDL 1 and a K15 Million for PDL 07 presented at Hides 4 Exxon Mobil Camp in front of 10, 000 plus Landowners.

Minister DPE, Governor Hela, Governor Gulf MD MRDC, MD KPHL, MD Exxon and many high profile Government Delegation witnessed the presentation of the Cheques.

The two cheques were drawn as per Agreement reached between entire PDL 1 & 7 Landowners, Exxon Mobil, DPE, MRDC, KPHL and Hides Special Purposes Authority Management Board.

The Agreement was to draw both Cheques under HIDES SPECIAL PURPOSES AUTHORITY. The Payee was according to the Agreement as witnessed when MD MRDC physically showed the cheques on the 13th December 2017, at Hides PDL 07 Project site.

The Landowners appointed two Leaders to coordinate and provide Leadership in distribution of the monies.

The entire Landowners anonymously appointed Mr. David Nallot (PDL 1) and Mr. Huriba Andago (PDL 7) to accompany DPE and MRDC to deposit the Cheques in Hides Special Purposes Authority account and come back to Hides with stamped deposit slip from the Bank.

To our surprise, very serious crime and fraudulently hijacking of cheque has been encashed and stolen by high profile criminals in POM.

DPE and Government Agencies collaborated professionally to hijack our K15 Million for Hides PDL 7 Landowners Project Security Funding and missing in Port Moresby.

The Leader Mr. Huriba Andago and his Landowners are stranded in POM since 13th December 2017 to date (1 yr). It is really frustrating and total breach of Agreement.

The Project Security Agreement of 04th December has been breached by DPE and Govt Agencies. Hence, THERE IS NOT PROJECT SECURITY. DPE is totally responsible for professionally facilitating and assisting fradulent authorizing and approving transaction of K15 Million for Hides PDL 07 Landowners.

We are now appealing to the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O'Neil to intervene and direct DPE, MRDC, Treasury and Finance to replace our money before APEC meeting.

Our Team Leader Mr. Huriba Andago must come to Hides with the K15 Million that....

21:36

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

081118GUBAG ENGAGEMENTS SUCCESFUL
New Dawn FM News

A community leader in Buka, JOHN MUNEI has praised the former BEKUT Jail Commander, JACKSON GUBAG for rehabilitating the prisoners from the BEKUT JAIL.
He told New Dawn FM that after listening to talks on New Dawn FM of the Court users forum he learned that rehabilitation has made it possible for the prisoners to be meaningfully engaged and have no time for thinking of escaping from the prison.
He said that engaging the prisoners in worthwhile program can really change the mindset of the prisoners to become good citizens of Bougainville.
MR. MUNEI also thanked LEO SOLI for working with the convicts in rehabilitation projects at Hanahan which has proven to be successful.

Ends

21:30

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

081118APPOINTMENT OF THE CHAIRPERSON GAZETTED
New Dawn FM News

The Appointment of the Chairman of the Bougainville Referendum Commission, BERTIE AHERN has been gazetted in the Bougainville Gazette number 76 of 2018.
According to the Bougainville Peace Agreement the appointment of the Chairman must be agreed to by both governments.

The JOINT SUPERVISORY BODY, by virtue of the powers conferred by Part XIV, Division 7 of the Constitution, Section 58 of the Organic Law on Peace Building in Bougainville Autonomous Bougainville Government and Bougainville Referendum, Section 193 of the Bougainville Constitution and Section 5(2) of the Bougainville Referendum Charter, and all other powers it enabling, appointed BERTIE AHERN as the Chairperson of the Bougainville Referendum Commission, with effect on and from 29 June 2018.

The appointment was agreed by the ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS and Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter Oneill at the last JSB in Port Moresby.

Ends
Mr Ahern welcomed at the Buka airport Picture by Aloysius Laukai

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21:30

About those unemployment numbers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In my article yesterday, I talked about the unemployment figures falling to a new low of 3.9%. One or two readers asked if the figures were somehow being reported differently, basically just to make them look good. I replied that I had looked out for changes in the way the statistics were reported but had found nothing [] The post About those unemployment numbers appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:22

First $25,221 Distributed To 100 Landowners As Fair Share Of Mineral Royalties In Vatukoula "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources, Faiyaz Koya (middle) handed out cheques to 100 Nasomo landowners under the right of landowners to a fair share of mineral royalties. It came at Vatukoula on November 6, 2018. Photo: Charles Chambers

US$300 each a fair share really? 

Fiji Sun | 7 November 2018

Tis the season to be jolly.

Yesterday marked the day that the right of landowners to a fair share of mineral royalties for the extraction of minerals under their land comes to fruition.

Thanks to the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and his FijiFirst Government

It marks a milestone event not only for the landowners but also for the mining sector and also the Government of Fiji.

The Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Res...

21:15

How National should handle Jacinda "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ardern is very much like John Key. She is liked by the population, so she can get away with things that others couldnt. The post How National should handle Jacinda appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:13

Have you noticed that the U.S. president has not tweeted about the caravan invasion since before the election? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Have you noticed that the U.S. president has not tweeted about the caravan invasion since before their mid-term election?

Are you surprised? You shouldn't be. As Thomas Sowell once pointed out:
"It is hard to understand politics if you are hung up on reality. Politicians leave reality to others. What matters in politics is what you can get the voters to believe, whether it bears any resemblance to reality or not."

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21:12

Roads divide opinions along with forests, study finds "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Politicians and planners often sell roads as wholly beneficial to communities. New arteries open up opportunities for employment, connections to markets and access to services such as health care, so the thinking goes. Despite these potential benefits, however, support for new roads isnt universal. Thats a key finding of a recent study of indigenous communities in Malaysia, published Oct. 10 in the journal Human Ecology. Members of the Jahai ethnic group in northern Malaysia. Image by Muhammad Adzha via Wikimedia Commons (CC 2.0). I did not expect such divided opinions, Gopalasamy Reuben Clements, lead author of the study and a conservation scientist who co-founded the research organization Rimba, said in an email. For example, indigenous people living further from the road had much stronger negative opinions of roads, Clements, also an associate professor in biological sciences at Malaysias Sunway University, said. I assumed that most of them would have wanted similar lifestyles of those living nearer to roads! Prior research has documented the environmental dangers that accompany road construction, from fractured wildlife habitats to altered water dynamics. Often, too, the promised social and economic benefits dont materialize the way theyre presented by project proponents. Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) cubs playing. Image by Malcolm via Wikimedia Commons (CC 2.0). Studies in Latin America have shown that roads can dramatically alter the livelihoods of indigenous people once a road is built near them, said Clements, who led the research as a doctoral student at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia. I wanted to

21:00

Incompetent or ? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A decision to deport a convicted criminal could be made in a very few minutes.

A decision to give residency to one needs a lot more time than it got:

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway made the decision to grant Karel Sroubek residency in less than an hour.

The revelation has led to calls from the Opposition for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to sack her Immigration Minister.

Lees-Galloway said he did not read the full file on the Czech drug smuggler, and instead read the aspects of the file that I thought were necessary to make the decision that I made. . .

How can you know what you need to read to make a decision if you dont read all the information you have?

I took the information that I had and I took the time that I felt was necessary. I read various aspects of the full file. I didnt rely solely on the summary. . . 

Various aspects? Thats not the full file and it defies belief that he could have read even some of the information that has made this decision so inexplicable and granted residency.

National Leader Simon Bridges has renewed his call for the Prime Minister to sack Lees-Galloway over the careless decision after Lees-Galloway claimed he carefully considered all the relevant information.

He allowed a drug dealing gang associate to remain in New Zealand without reading all the information available to him, Bridges said.

Either Lees-Galloway has misled the Prime Minister or shes misled New Zealanders.

The Prime Minister has defended that decision for the past two weeks, telling New Zealanders it was a difficult decision but that she had been assured by Lees-Galloway he had given it careful consideration.

We now know he hadnt.

An hour was not careful consideration of what was a dangerous decision and it was not acceptable due diligence from a senior Cabinet Minister, he said.

Lees-Galloways credibility is now shot. The Prime Minister cannot expect the public to have confidence in any of his decisions given his careless approach to Sroubeks residency.

The Prime Minister now has no choice but to s...

21:00

Fish survey would do more harm than drilling "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Oh, wow. Sharechat produced an article today that demonstrates without question that drilling in the Taranaki Basin does much less damage than we think or that we are led to believe. quote. Fish sampling proposed by submitters to Tamarind Resources planned drilling at the Tui field would do more harm than the campaign itself, a board of [] The post Fish survey would do more harm than drilling appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:00

$3 billion & new Pacific embassies as Oz responds to China "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Scott Morrison
Scott Morrison - "Australia cannot take its influence in the southwest Pacific for granted; and sadly I think too often we have"

KEITH JACKSON

NOOSA When Australias prime minister Scott Morrison makes his way from the RAAF aircraft to his accommodation in Port Moresby next week, hes bound to notice the visual tributes (some of them lurid) to China.

But at least hell have the satisfaction of knowing that, in his short period in office so far, hes taken three big steps to address Chinas well-established strategy to extend its influence into Papua New Guinea and the Pacific.

Last week he got a deal with the PNG government to establish a joint naval base on Manus; he currently has ministers in China for talks after a two year freeze; and yesterday he made a major announcement about what he termed Australias Pacific family and threw in $3 billion worth of gifts as a sweetener.

To wit, five new diplomatic posts, a $2 billion fund to support infrastructure projects in the Pacific, offering both grants and loans, and a $1 billion export financing facility to support investments in the region which have a broad national benefit for Australia.

More boomerangs.

The announcement, tellingly made before troops at a military base in north Queensland, was designed to balance China's increasing influence in the region

The infrastructure fund (echoing an initiative announced earlier by Australia's
opposition Labor Party) was the main plank of what Morrison referred to
as Australias step up in the region.

20:30

A very dense thicket of Woods "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jonathan Young continued his questioning of the hapless Minister of Energy and Resources in the house on Thursday when he picked up on her comment about the 6 TW of energy that Woods was intending to store in summer and use in winter.  (See yesterdays post.) After the usual, Does the Minister stand by all [] The post A very dense thicket of Woods appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

20:14

Adani water project bypasses full environmental impact assessment against advice "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By the ABCs Specialist Reporting Teams Penny Timms and national environment, science and technology reporter Michael Slezak. This article explains, based on of documents obtained under Freedom of Information, that evidence pointing to reasons why Adani should not be given access to billions of litres of water was ignored by the government.

The Federal Environment Department ruled against the advice of the Governments own water experts when deciding Adanis North Galilee Water Scheme, in Central Queensland, did not require a full environmental assessment.

Documents obtained under Freedom of Information (FOI) and provided to the ABC by activist group Lock the Gate Alliance showed the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources wrote to the Environment Department suggesting the project could activate what is known as the water trigger.

The water trigger was established in 2013, specifically to ensure gas and coal mining projects likely to have a significant impact on the countrys water resources, underwent a full environmental assessment.

But in September, the Department of Environment ruled Adanis water project, which has plans to extract up to 12.5 billion litres of water a year from a river in Queensland to support the Carmichael coal mine, did not activate the trigger because it considered the water project separate to the mine.

The new documents show that conclusion was counter to the view of experts in the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, which was expressed to the Department of Environment before it made its decision.

The Department of Environment initially refused access to the documents, only revealing them once Lock the Gate Alliance appealed against that decision.

The submission from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources read:

The department considers the proposed action could have significant impact(s) on a water resource, in relation to coal seam gas development and large coal mining development, protected under the EPBC Act.

According to the act, that description fits the requirement needed to activate the water trigger.

Warwick Giblin is managing director of consultancy OzEnvironmental and has worked in environmental management for decades.

Mr Giblin told the ABC the FOI document was important.

Its significant on a number of counts, he said.

It said the project could have significant impacts on the water, not just any impacts b...

20:00

Will ScoMos Pacific step up be an aid budget step back? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Scott Morrison has broken his Prime Ministerial silence on aid this week, in an exclusive interview with the Daily Telegraph and a significant speech on the Pacific.

On Wednesday, Morrison spoke to the Teles Sharri Markson about his vision for the aid program, which is decidedly anti-multilateral but pro-sports.

Why do we want to be in a race to spend lots of money badly? he asked rhetorically in the interview, slighting the NGO sector and seemingly forgetting that the aid budget is now at historic lows as a percentage of Gross National Income.

The article confirmed there would be no increases to aid under his government. Its worth remembering that Morrisons maiden speech in Parliament in 2008 sung the praises of aid and called for its increase, noting that addressing global poverty was a moral crisis that eclipses all other. His tone in the Tele couldnt have been more different.

The story did however suggest that more aid would be allocated to sports diplomacy: a pursuit of questionable development utility at least insofar as poverty alleviation is concerned and one to which Australias profitable sports codes could surely make some sort of financial contribution.

Multilateral organisations were broadly criticised, but there were no specific details on which ones might face a cut. The PM even suggested that the Coalition government has already been diverting aid funds away from multilaterals:

what weve done in it is to focus it more and more and get it away from all these international club joining exercises which Ive always thought was pretty useless.

To be clear, this isnt the case. Since 2013-14 the percentage of Australian aid delivered through multilaterals has increased. His comments suggest that the multilaterals will be exposed if there are any further cuts  or to fund new Pacific infrastructure spending, on which see below.

A key message was his desire to refocus Australias aid on our nearest neighbours, also a significant theme of his speech delivered Thursday in Townsville. Morrison rightfully acknowledged the importance of the Pacific, referring to the region as family, and noting its unfortunate neglect in Australian politic...

20:00

Sroubek decision made within an hour "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Oh God. It gets worse and worse. While Jacinda was defending Ian Lees-Galloways decision to grant residency to drug dealer Karel Sroubek last week, she created the impression that she knew all about the case. She was obfuscating, for sure, but we were left with the impression that there was a lot of information that [] The post Sroubek decision made within an hour appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

We are creating history, Momis tells new Bougainville MPs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

ANTHONY KAYBING

John Momis and Carolyn Blacklock

President Momis meets with PNG Power CEO Carolyn Blacklock, who visited to inspect the upgrade of the Buin power grid. Dr Momis said his government welcomed efforts by PNG Power to further the regions rural electrification scheme. A hydro power station is also being established at Ramazon in the Tinputz District to supply most parts of mainland North Bougainville and Buka Island.

BUKA Bougainville president John Momis has congratulated three new members of the autonomous government - Albert Toro (Taunita Teop), Gordon Batek (Halia) and Steven Topesi (Kongara) who have taken their place in the House of Representatives after by-elections.

As leaders you have been chosen to lead, and lead you must, Dr Momis said. Your leadership must be exemplified through your actions that must inculcate moral and ethical values and principles of social justice.

You must be humble and willing to serve; you must have empathy to understand your people; you must have integrity to lead your people; and you must be courageous to stand up for their rights, the president said

Your leadership must also respect the guiding principles of democracy. Be reminded that in a democracy the just powers of government are based upon the consent of the governed.

Dr Momis reminded them that their new role is that of a legislator, a law maker, in the highest governing body on Bougainville.

He said they are now obligated to serve the people and not to aggrandise themselves.

Your election to the House of Representatives comes at a very crucial and definitive period in Bougainvilles history, he said. We are in fact creating history.

It is imperative that we present a unified front as we approach the referendum which will take place in less than eight months.

Unity is our strongest bargaining power so there must be solidarity in the Bougainville leadership, there must be solidarity in the bureaucracy and there must be solidarity in our people, Dr Momis said.

As new leaders of Bougai...

19:58

Hauhama report delayed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It was highly questionable that Tracey Martin should have been put in charge of the inquiry into the appointment of Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Hauhama. She  received the inquiry report a week ago, but is not releasing it. She is under increasing pressure from critics, which seems fair enough. Newsroom:  Release of Haumaha report delayed []

19:44

Charity boxing problems "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I have always had concerns about charity boxing, where inexperienced boxers are put up against others with no way of being sure how well (or how poorly) they are matched. I was very critical of putting an unfit, out of shape novice in his forties (Cameron Slater) up against a sports fit person in his []

19:36

Government by stuffed shirts "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


The Drug Foundation has released an economic report making the case for legalising all recreation drugs and treating them as a health issue requiring regulations, as per alcohol and tobacco, rather than criminal sanctions.  Apart from the compelling logical case, it estimates this would result in hundreds of millions of dollars of benefit to society.

Newshub asked National's Mark Mitchell what he thought of the report (see from 1:28 in this news item).  Mitchell says that if he took a recommendation to decriminalise drugs to the National caucus the response would be "No way."  Not "Well, perhaps we'd better have a look at the report and compare its evidence against evidence provided by others" - just "No way."  This pack of stuffed shirts was running the country only a year or so back, and boy was it obvious.

19:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:30

Fortnightly links: sustaining escapes from poverty, the fog of war, Google staff protest, FGM in East Africa, and more "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

ODI has an interesting new paper on sustaining escapes from poverty.

The McLeod Group Blog talks about the tensions between development work and diplomacy, and consequences for aid effectiveness.

Google staff staged an unprecedented series of walkouts last week in protest of the companys treatment of women.

An article in the British Medical Journals Global Health Blog explores the challenges of fake news for humanitarian actors in conflict zones the fog of war.

Gallup reports on a new survey, which reveals just how low subjective well-being is in Afghanistan.

The Guardian reports on the decline of FGM in East Africa. The associated journal article is here, and shows just how varied rates of change have been between different countries in Africa and the Middle East.

The post Fortnightly links: sustaining escapes from poverty, the fog of war, Google staff protest, FGM in East Africa, and more appeared first on Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre.

19:28

California shooting: 12 dead "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There has been a shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. At around 11pm local time (8pm Thursday NZ time) a man killed a security guard outside, then entered the bar and continued shooting, killing a further 11 people. More details can be found on Stuff.  Quote: The gunman was tall [] The post California shooting: 12 dead appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:26

Is Lees-Galloway really at risk as a minister? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Karel Sroubek issue continues to cause discomfort for Minister of Immigration Iain Lees-Galloway, and this is creating a problem for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. National have been calling for Lees-Galloways resignation, and repeated that yesterday after Lees-Galloway admitted to spending just an hour considering the deportation of Sroubek, and to not reading the whole []

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19:17

New Chief Justice to be appointed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

With the current Chief Justice Dame Sian Eliasretiring in March the Government is starting to look for a replacement. Stuff:  The hunt for New Zealands next chief justice begins The Government has opened up applications to head New Zealands judicial system, with the Prime Minister looking to recommend the next Chief Justice by the years end. It []

19:15

How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:03

Unemployment down, Fonterra down, OCR flat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Despite negative business confidence there are some good economic signs, with unemployment down and the OCR being left low by the Reserve Bank with an indication it will stay low through next year and into 2020. This will keep interest rates low. However the news is not so good for Fonterra and their many shareholder []

19:00

Gresham College: Prof. Carolyn Roberts Green Complexity Science, Innovation and Society #1 Greenness and UK Environmental Challenges "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Environmental problems are incredibly difficult, because their solution lies in the combination of both complex environmental science but also tortuous political and social vision. This series of lectures offers a route to better understanding these problems through a better understanding of multidisciplinary environmental science, innovation and collaboration. The role of business, industry, academia and government in the solution (and the problem) will be unraveled so that we are all better placed to play a part in solutions to problems that will affect us all.

19:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If we are going to teach the world to stop hating the different, the other, then were going to have to start with children.  Mary Travers who was born on this day in 1936.

19:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:00

Informal economys suppression driving people into poverty "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

ScavengingBUSA JEREMIAH WENOGO | PNG Informal Economist

PORT MORESBY With recent figures showing that poverty reduction is decelerating globally, a recent World Bank report urges governments around the world not to slack off in their efforts to combat it.

However, critics argue that poverty measurement should not only be confined to the standard $US1.90 a day imposed by World Bank but should also include health indicators, education levels and standard of living.

While poverty has been largely associated with the imbalances in the economy; it can also be induced by short-sighted government policies.

The governments policy to crackdown on the informal economy is a classic example of this as it directly affects the only source of livelihood for the majority of the jobless poor.

The implementation of anti-informal economy policies have seen widespread harassment and beatings of vendors coupled with a substantial loss of business.

The loss of business means families are deprived of income to meet household needs and improve their wellbeing. Consequently, it takes a toll on people and induces them into poverty.

At a time when prices of basic goods and services are rising and formal sector job opportunities are declining, suppression of the informal economy can drive many families into destitution. The ramifications are huge for Papua New Guinea which is estimated to have 85% of its total population engaged in the informal economy.

That said, the government has introduced some reforms into its informal economy. The national informal economy policy of 2011-15 and its accompanying law (Informal Sector Development & Control Act of 2004) are landmark achievements that aim to nurture the positive aspects of the informal economy whilst tackling its problems.

Sadly though, the gove...

18:35

Nottingham fails in Supreme Court appeal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Another fail for Dermot Nottingham, this time the Supreme Court declining leave to appeal. This is entirely predictable, as he was seeking leave to appeal a Court of Appeal decision that said they had no jurisdiction to overturn the High Court declining leave to appeal. More wasting of court time. Costs of $2500 were awarded []

18:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is hoi polloi (noun) The common people; the masses. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1837, from Greek hoi polloi (plural) the people, literally the many (plural of polys, from PIE root *pele- to fill). Used in Greek by Dryden (1668) and Byron (1822), in both cases preceded by [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 9 10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:00

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'

17:50

Evicted for a showpiece project, this PNG community fights for justice "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I lost everything, says Joe Moses, recalling the day homes in his community of Paga Hill were demolished. Moses is one of thousands of Papua New Guineans who have lost their homes to make way for new developments as the country prepares to host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, which begins Nov. 17. Plans for the gathering in the capital, Port Moresby, were underway as early as 2011, when the summit was held in Honolulu, Hawaii. The government has since embarked on a building spree to accommodate the world leaders and business executives expected to attend. Throughout Port Moresby, roads have been resurfaced, cathedral-like conference centers have gone up, and endless billboards and flags proclaim the start of the summit. Ordinary citizens, meanwhile, complain about the poor state everywhere else of infrastructure and basic services, including roads, hospitals and schools. The events climax, the APEC Leaders Summit, will take place in a glass conference hall built on reclaimed land right next to Paga Hill. The APEC Haus, photographed in June 2018, which will host world leaders during the APEC summit in November. Construction is said to have cost 120 million kina, around $37 million. Image by Lucy Woods for Mongabay. Given Paga Hills central, seaside and APEC-integral location, development plans for the area, which had previously been proposed and dismissed, accelerated into one of the nations biggest development projects. Moses had just graduated from studying sociology and anthropology at the University of Papua New Guinea at the time, and

17:30

17:20

Media watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

17:16

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.

17:05

Open Forum Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

15:30

BBC Radio Comedy Drama: A Right Royal Rip Off (1979) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This play by Wally K. Daly features the same characters as in Burglars Bargains

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14:00

The Late, Late Movie: The 39 Steps (1935) Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll director Alfred Hitchcock "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There have been several film versions,at least one radio play and a stage play as well. It is an enduring story. Richard Hannay, the central character was the hero in several of Buchans novels.

13:00

The Late Movie: Porridge The Movie "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A movie spinoff from the classic BBC TV Comedy starring Ronnie Barker,Richard Beckinsale with a superb cast in support.

12:09

Europe must unite against Trumps policies says Germany "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Wednesday urged European countries to respond to US President Donald Trumps protectionist economic policies and unilateralist diplomacy with Europe United.

We must find an answer to the motto America First on this side of the Atlantic and to me and to us, its clear that the response can only be Europe United, Maas told reporters in Berlin, referring to Trumps most famous catchphrase all along his campaign trail.

We Europeans must cooperate even more closely which also means investing more into our own ability to act. That applies when its about fighting back punitive tariffs and it applies to security issues or the fight against climate change, he went on to say.

Maas also pointed to the US midterm elections, in which Democrats managed to take the House of Representatives from Republicans, and said he expected Democrats to use their newfound power to influence Trumps policies more heavily.

Well see to what extent that has an impact. We hope that this cooperation will be constructive and lead to constructive results in international politics. We will very intensively look to contact those who were newly elected, Maas noted.

The German foreign minister has time and again warned about the consequences of Trumps unilateralist approaches toward other countries, urging fellow EU member states to unite against the US policies.

Read more:

Trumps decision to restrict imports from the European Union and his withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, the Paris Climate Accord and the UN Commission on Human Rights, among others, have dealt a heavy blow to ties between Washington and European countries.

However, tensions escalated between the two sides after Trump withdrew the US from the Iran nuclear deal and re-imposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran, but the EU announced it will preserve business with Iran and avoid renewed American sanctions.

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12:05

World view Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

12:01

November 9 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

694  Egica, a king of the Visigoths of Hispania, accused Jews of aiding Muslims, sentencing all Jews to slavery.

1282 Pope Martin IV excommunicated King Peter III of Aragon.

1313 Louis the Bavarian defeated his cousin Frederick I of Austria at theBattle of Gamelsdorf.

1330  Battle of Posada, Wallachian Voievode Basarab I defeated the Hungarian army in an ambush.

1456  Ulrich II of Celje last prince of Celje principality, was assassinated in Belgrade.

1492  Peace of Etaples between Henry VII and Charles VIII.

1494 The Family de Medici were expelled from Florence.

1620 Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sighted land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

1688 The Glorious Revolution: William of Orange captured Exeter.

1720 The synagogue of Yehudah he-Hasid was burned down by Arab creditors, leading to the expulsion of the Ashkenazim from Jerusalem.

1729 Spain, France and Great Britain signed the Treaty of Seville.

1764  Mary Campbell, a captive of the Lenape during the French and Indian War, was turned over to forces commanded by Colonel Henry Bouquet.

1769  Captain Cook and astronomer Charles Green observed the transit of Mercury at Te Whanganui-a-hei (Mercury Bay) on the Coromandel Peninsula.

Captain Cook observes transit of Mercury

1791 Foundation of the Dublin Society of United Irishmen.

1799 Napoleon Bonaparte led the Coup dtat of......

11:55

Midnight Movie: Kingdom of Heaven (2005) Directors Cut Ridley Scott "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This second video is of interest as well:-

This video essay discusses the Directors Cut of Ridley Scotts masterpiece Kingdom of Heaven and why it is in every way, shape, and form a significant improvement on the theatrical release. One of my earliest videos actually covered this very same topic, but I basically spent the better part of six minutes rambling about run-time, so this time I wanted to do it justice and effectively break down just why the Directors Cut is so much better than the original version.

Heres a thorough breakdown with text and images(studiously written by Doc Idaho for a deeper examination of the scene by scene differences between the two versions)

11:34

Congo Basin rainforest may be gone by 2100, study finds "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Africas Congo Basin is home to the second-largest rainforest on the planet. But according to a new study, this may soon not be the case. It finds that at current rates of deforestation, all primary forest will be gone by the end of the century. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD) in the U.S. who analyzed satellite data collected between 2000 and 2014. Their results were published today in Science Advances. It reveals that the Congo Basin lost around 165,000 square kilometers of forest during their study period. In other words, one of the worlds largest rainforests lost an area of forest bigger than Bangladesh in the span of 15 years. The Congo Basin rainforest is home to many species, such as this okapi (Okapia johnstoni), which is listed as Endangered by the IUCN and is found only in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But why? Is it due to industrial pressure like in South America and Southeast Asia where the majority of deforestation has been done for soy, palm oil, and other commodity crops? Or commercial logging, which is razing forests on the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea? Not so much, according to this newest study. It reveals that the dominant force behind rising Congo deforestation, driving more than 80 percent of the regions total forest loss, is actually small-scale clearing for subsistence agriculture. The researchers write that most of it is done by hand with simple axes. According to the

11:00

Keeping Up Appearances S05 E06 Country Estate Sale "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

lousy formatting , audio OK, but could be better, and best viewed full screen. In many ways the audio is the main attraction

Wikipedia

Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is eccentric and snobbish middle class social climber Hyacinth Bucket(Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet.[2]The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinths vision of herself, and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility.

The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects

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10:21

TiikiiembShiiemb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Information on the Proposed University of Goroka Medical School and Teaching Hospital

My recollection of the recent hub of of. activities to keep the heat and or enthusiasm going forward. I sent by email to the Vice Chancellor this morning. This is your copy.... "These two conversational texts below between the Chancellor and Minister Richard Maru are important to keep in the context of our,  the University of Goroka Council and Management to seek Government support for the proposed establishment of the University of Goroka Medical School and the University Teaching Hospital (  our campaign gimmick to win the Highlands based political support, we will in the interim use the politically  correct phrase "The Highlands Medical School and Teaching Hospital"). The initial request for me to contact Minister Maru for a meeting came from Dr  John Tonar, our principal consultant for the University of Goroka Medical School Project. Since the outright, kneejack reactions or rejection from the Minister, on the 10 of October 2018, though I was not too happy or impressed with such an unthoughtful text. I immediately copied Minister Maru's response to Vice Chancellor Sinebare and also to Pro Vice Chancellors Gumbis and Waninga. My next move was to scheme the next move to find multiple ways to "skin-a-cat" approach. I stuck to the notion that;  "no politician or government, any government for that matter was unapproachable" for bargain a deal for a common good.

I sat and thought out for a crude plan to coincide with the dates set for the upcoming Standing Committee of the University of Goroka Council meeting set for 18 & 19 October; and I needed to travel to Goroka and meet up with the Vice Chancellor, Prof Sinebare, his two Deputies and also conduct initial consultations with several senior  University of Goroka Council Members, senior academics and the University Medical School's  senior most consultants.
I spent Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October conducting heart- to- heart discourses with key officers of the University of Goroka, external PNG consultants, including one key officer from the Department of National Planning and Monitoring. By Sunday a plan was hatched. Those series of meetings did produce a number of ways or means to approaching Government. We managed, with the support of the Vice Chancellor and Dr Tonar we planned a trip to POM to meet with the Prime Minister, with of course important help from Mr Leslie Hoffman, being a senior Council Member facilitating communication with the Prime Minister  direct. The face- to -face meeting with the Prime Minister did take place, but fell short of a full or detailed meeting because that afternoon of Wednesday 17 October meeting with PM did not materialised. So another plan, a fall back plan was worked out. The next meeting with the PM was agreed to, with the Prime Minister proposing fo...

10:12

Joseph Sukwianomb : An Updated CV Nov 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Updated Curriculum Vitae
 for Joseph Thomas  Wolomb
 Sukwianomb

Personal Information :
  - Born on or about 6 June 1953 in the mountain ranges behind Ambunti in Urumbanj Village, Ambunti District, East Sepik Province, PNG. By that fact alone he is among the Kwoma speakers found in the District.
In this narrative Joseph has:-
  - Lived and was brought up a boarding school student from 1964 till he entered the University of Papua New Guinea in 1974, graduating in July 1978.
  -  Spent most times traveling and living in many parts of PNG; and some limited time overseas
2: Education : Bachelor of Education (1978), University of PNG;  Masters of Arts (Education), Kenyatta University, Kenya  (1984).
Primary Schooling  in mostly Church run schools in East Sepik.; Secondary and Technical Schools in Madang Province and Lae  in Morobe Province .
Attended The University of PNG and obtained Bachelor of Education majoring in Community Education, Rural Development and Reforms in National Education Systems.
Obtained Master of Arts in Education, Kenyatta University.
3: Work Experience : Soon after graduation in July 1978, an offer was made by the Faculty of Education, University of PNG for me join a small, but growing number of "future " academics into the University teaching, research and community service, which beginnings were gaining momentum into the universities globally, but more significantly in PNG . I joined the seemingly, future elitist club of academics in a university in PNG. For me, the future looked enticingly exciting, if not adventurous.
From here at the University, the prospects were endless as the few of us, graduates joined the teaching profession at the University. From here I went on to being sponsored for three years doing Masters Degree at the University of Nairobi ( 1979-1982), appointed lecturer at the University of Papua New Guinea, an overseas assignment on the South Pacific Regional duties in Tonga ( 1989-1992), appointed Vice Chancellor in 1992 to 1994.
From 1995 I went on to do some odd assignments until an attempt to try for an elective duties and ran for the 1997 PNG Parliamentry election.
On returning unsuccessfully from the election campaign, I was invited and subsequently joined the National Parliament as the Chief of Staff at the Office of the Speaker and served for 24 months to end of August 1998, and took up further appointment as the Secretary for Community Development and served for three years until January 2003.
 In 2013 I was offered an executive level duties with the Public Sector Reform Management Unit (PSRMU) from 2003 to 2013.
After ten years working on numerous reform related  assignments in the public sector organisations within the PNG government I was retired in September 201...

10:00

BBC Drama: Strangers and Brothers by C.P.Snow #1/13 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wikipedia

Strangers and Brothers is a series of novels by C. P. Snow, published between 1940 and 1970. They deal with among other things questions of political and personal integrity, and the mechanics of exercising power.

All eleven novels in the series are narrated by the character Lewis Eliot. The series follows his life and career from humble beginnings in an English provincial town, to reasonably successful London lawyer, to Cambridge don, to wartime service in Whitehall, to senior civil servant and finally retirement.

The New Men deals with the scientific communitys involvement in (and reaction to) the development and deployment of nuclear weapons during the Second World War. The Conscience of the Rich concerns a wealthy, Anglo-Jewish merchant-banking family. Time of Hope and George Passant depict the price paid by clever, poor young men to escape their provincial origins.

Snow analyses the professional world, scrutinising microscopic shifts of power within the enclosed settings of a Cambridge college, a Whitehall ministry, a law firm. For example, in the novels set in the Cambridge college (a thinly veiled Christs), a small, disparate group of men is typically required to reach a collective decision on an important subject. In The Masters, the dozen or so college members elect a new head (the Master) by majority vote. In The Affair, a small group of dons sets out to correct a possible injustice: they must convince the rest of the college to re-open an investigation into scientific fraud. In both novels, the characters strongly resist letting in the external world, whether it be the press, public opinion, the college Visitor, or outside experts.

The books were adapted by the BBC into a 13-episode television series, which began airing in January 1984. The series starred Shaughan Seymour as Lewis, Sheila Ruskin as his mentally troubled first wife Sheila and Cherie Lunghi as his second wife Margaret. Other actors of note who took part in the series include Anthony Hopkins, Nigel Havers, Peter Sallis and Tom Wilkinson. 

09:07

Fukushima Frozen Wall Proves Partially Effective "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

TEPCO has reported on the frozen wall nine months after Japans nuclear regulator expressed skepticism about the walls effectiveness. Japans

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09:00

Thursday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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08:50

Snowden Claims Israeli Software Was Used to Track Khashoggi "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. More than two weeks later, Riyadh admitted that the Washington Post contributor had been killed in an altercation inside the consulate. US whistleblower Edward Snowden has accused the Israel cyber intelligence firm NSO Group Technologies of selling a digital []

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08:42

Chinas exports hold up despite US tariffs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Chinas 6.5 percent GDP growth in the third quarter its slowest pace for nine years tells many China could be pulling back from its campaign to tackle mounting debt which weighed heavily on growth

Chinas debt, Chinas stock market, and Chinas currency are causing investors to worry.

Chinas exports to the United States and the rest of the world grew more than expected in October, official data showed Thursday, as its traders apparently rushed shipments across the Pacific ahead of higher tariffs.

Relations between the worlds top two economies have soured sharply this year as US President Donald Trump slapped roughly half of Chinese imports with higher taxes.

AFP | Chinas exports to the US surged 13.2 percent in October from the same period last year, with traders rushing to beat the imposition of higher tariffs

Top Chinese officials are currently in Washington, with hopes that those talks could pave the way for a breakthrough on trade later this month when Trump meets Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 summit in Argentina.

Still, in October exporters continued to hurry goods across the Pacific, with Chinas exports to the US surging 13.2 percent from the same period last year, according to the data released by Chinas customs administration.

Octobers surprisingly strong export performance seems to have been partly due to a continuous front-loading effect and is unlikely to be a long-term trend, said Betty Wang, China economist at ANZ.

Chinas trade surplus with the US fell to $31.8 billion in October, from a record $34.1 billion in September.

October marked the first full month of US tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods but the tax rate is set to jump from 10 percent to 25 percent come January.

Trump has repeatedly boasted the US could not lose a trade war with China, but Beijings retaliatory tariffs on American goods have been more damaging so far.

Chinas imports from the US fell 1.8 percent in October on-year, while its surplus with the US expanded to $258 billion for the first 10 months of the year.

Analysts estimate the upcoming meeting of the two heads of state will fail to resolve the friction.

We do not expect the sideline meeting of Xi and Trump during the G20 would be positive, said Iris Pang of ING Bank.

We just hope that the meeting wont create further damage to the trade relationship, Pang told Bloomberg News.

Global trade

Chinas overall trade what it buys and sell...

08:30

Black Lives Matter response: Who fights for Black gun rights? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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08:00

Tech Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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08:00

Classic Crime: P.D.James A Taste For Death (1988) Adam Dalgleish with Roy Marsden #2/6 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sir Paul Berowne a prominent Government Minister turns to his old friend Adam Dalgleish following a series of threatening letters delivered to his London home. The ministers wife is in an adulterous affair with a prominent surgeon and she makes no secret of it. Berownes only daughter is involved in left-wing politics and rejects her conservative father. Adding to his woes, his own mother favoured her son who was killed in an IRA terrorist ambush over Paul. The informal investigation has barely began when Dalgliesh is faced with a series of bizarre deaths that turn the case into an urgent assignment.

07:56

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pruning the Banksiae rose fell off my to-do list.

But my lack of action has been rewarded by a display of floral exuberance, made all the better by weather which is far from clement and for that Im grateful.

07:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S05 E03 Pay The Piper "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

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

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

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

07:30

AfDs Beatrix von Storch met with howls of derision in Bundestag as she defends stay at home mothers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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07:23

Sroubek affair continues to dog Lees-Galloway "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Minister of Immigration Iain Lees-Galloway has made a mess of deferring the deportation of Karel Sroubek, and has made more of a mess of the handling of it when it was pushed by National. He now admits he didnt read the whole report given to him before making a very important decision about someones future, []

07:00

Dinesh DSouza LIVE at Yale University "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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06:36

Remember, and Act, this Sunday November 11: A Special Message from the ITCCS to the listeners of our program Here We Stand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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This Sunday, November 11, as the world celebrates the end of a war that didnt end any wars, the forgotten child-victims of Christendom cry out for justice from a thousand lonely graves across Canada. 
 
 
Some of you will confront the churches responsible for their deaths and attempt to detain those responsible. Hopefully all of you will listen to our special Remembrance Day program on Here We Stand, onwww.bbsradio.com/herewestand at 3 pm pacific, 6 pm eastern and 11 pm GMT. But each one of you can do this simple act: Print off the attached leaflet and distribute it to the worshipers at your local Catholic, Anglican or United Church as they enter their Sunday services.
 
 
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06:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Just a brief note to those readers who like to add their own contributions to Daily roundup in the comments. PLEASE remember that politically incorrect and offensive (but funny) jokes are only to be enjoyed on Mondays in the Comedy corner post which is specifically for that kind of humour. Do not post that kind of humour here.   The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:21

Heartbroken Cat Rediscovers A Scent He Thought He'd Never Smell Again "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It's now been months since Zeus the cat said a final farewell to his friend, a dog named Sam who passed away. But the saddened cat's love for his old canine companion still burns strong in his heart.

And recently, that couldn't have been made more clear.

Credit: Emma Catanzarite

On the surface, Zeus and Sam's relationship may not have seemed too atypical for a cat and dog living under the same roof.

But despite the contrasts in their species and temperaments, a bond formed between them though they did express it in different ways.

Credit: Emma Catanzarite

"Zeus always tried to cuddle with Sam and play with him, but Sam was always uninterested," Emma Catanzarite, the pair's owner, told The Dodo. "Zeus loved to tease him all the time."

Mostly, though, he just wanted to be close.

Credit: Emma Catanzarite

But while cats are usually the ones who have a funny way of showing affection, in this case it was Sam the dog who expressed his love through tolerance.

Credit: Emma Catanzarite

Sadly, though, their time together couldn't last forever; two months ago, Sam died and it cast a long shadow on the cat's heart.

"Zeus seemed really lonely after Sam passed away," Catanzarite said. "He followed my mom around a lot more during the day and he meowed a lot after...

06:17

El Nino is Strengthening "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We have known for a while that the tropical Pacific was transitioning from a neutral situation (near normal surface and subsurface temperatures in the tropical central/eastern Pacific) to an El Nino (above normal tropical ocean temperatures).  But during the past month, the warming has revved up and we will be officially in an El Nino very soon.

And we care about this, because El Ninos tend to make it warmer than normal in the NW with less snow, with the effect stronger as the sea surface temperature warms. 

Lets  start by looking at the sea surface temperatures for some "official" areas of the tropical Pacific (see below  for areas)


The Nino 3.4 area is the most popular, so lets take a look at it.  A lot of warming the past month, going from neutral conditions ( within .5C of normal) to almost 1.2C above normal.  Should be considered El Nino now.


If we look below the surface and look at the upper ocean heat anomaly (difference from normal of water temperature in the upper 300 m of the ocean) in the tropical Pacific along the equator, it is clear that ocean has become substantially warmer than normal:
Examining the sea surface temperature anomalies in map form from yest...

06:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

06:00

Thunderbird Review Anthology Call for Submissions "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Published November 8, 2018

CLOQUET, Minn.  The Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College English Department is calling for submissions to enter in the seventh edition of The Thunderbird Review, the colleges annual anthology of creative writing and art. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2018.

Submission eligibility includes current students who are enrolled at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, University of Wisconsin-Superior, University of Minnesota-Duluth, College of St. Scholastica, or Lake Superior College, along with residents of Carlton, St. Louis, Lake, Aitkin, and Pine counties in Minnesota, and Ashland, Douglas, Bayfield, Burnett, Sawyer, and Washburn counties in Wisconsin.

Submissions must fall into one of  five different categories: short fiction (3000 words maximum), creative non-fiction (3000 words maximum), poetry (three poems maximum and no more than three total pages), artwork (three works maximum; any media, but art must be submitted as a jpeg file via email), and music (three songs maximum, submit as a link to a website like YouTube, SoundCloud, or BandCamp).

Authors and artists may submit one entry per category. The Thunderbird Review selection committee will not accept work that has previously been published, is under consideration elsewhere, or has received an award.

Submitted works must be sent via email, and only email submissions will be accepted. Provide contact information including the submitters name, address, telephone number, email address, the title(s) of works being submitted, and a 50-word bio written in third person. The authors name should not be on submitted manuscripts, although artwork may be signed. Writing entries should use Times New Roman size 12 font and be sent as an attachment in .doc or .docx format. Send submissions via email to anthology@fdltcc.edu.

All contributors selected for the final publication will receive one complimentary copy. Questions may be directed to Darci Schummer at dschummer@fdltcc.edu.

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05:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1944, Bonnie Bramlett  (nee OFarrell), singer with Delaney and Bonnie. Born today in 1945, Don Murray, drummer with The Turtles. Born today in 1946, Roy Wood singer, songwriter and guitarist with The Move and Wizzard.   Born today in 1946, The Big Figure (John Martin), drummer with Dr [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Quiz: Togs, togs, undies "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:23

Six Horses Have Died At This Famous Race In Just 5 Years "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When the race began, horses barrelled down the track. Their jockeys who were riding on their backs urged them forward with whips. But one horse fell behind  5-year-old Cliffsofmoher broke his shoulder, and his jockey had no choice but to pull him off the track.

Shortly after that, race organizers shielded Cliffsofmoher from the spectators with a green tarp, and he was euthanized right on the field.

Cliffsofmoher is the sixth horse to die in the last five years at the Melbourne Cup, a famous race that takes place each November in Melbourne, Australia. In 2013, a horse named Verema was also euthanized due to a race-related injury, and two horses, Admire Rakti and Araldo, died in 2014. In 2015, a horse named Red Cadeaux was killed after shattering his leg, and Regal Monarch died at last years race after breaking down on the track.

All of these deaths, including Cliffsofmohers, could have been prevented, according to the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses, a horse advocate organization based in Australia.

Credit: Instagram/Animal Liberation

Horses are pushed too hard and too young, a spokesperson for the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses told The Dodo. As a 5-year-old, he would only just be becoming skeletally mature, yet he was being forced to race since he was 2 years old. Additionally, if whips, possibly spurs and even tongue ties were not being used, [he] would be less likely to be pushed beyond his physical limits and therefore less likely to sustain injuries like so many others also do.

Georgie Dolphin, program manager for animal welfare at Humane Society International (HSI) in Australia, holds a similar view.

The tragic death of Cliffsofmoher in this years Melbourne Cup horse race was both sickening...

05:00

Hadith for the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I can see years of doctrinal discussion over this one.  No one (lets say Person A) should prevent his (Person As) neighbour (Person B) from fixing a wooden peg in HIS wall.  Is HIS Person A or Person B? Is it a shared wall between two properties? Does the design and placement of said peg [] The post Hadith for the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:00

The Economist: Discover S01 E01 Hyderabad "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hyderabad, Indias fourth biggest city, is fast becoming one of the most exciting visitor destinations in the country. Its booming tech scene is attracting global attention and transforming this ancient city into a cosmopolitan hotspot.

04:30

Hes just big-boned "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Adults being forced to go back to school has long been comedic fodder: in 1960s High Time, Bing Crosby is a successful 51 year old businessman who goes back to college. The film is a cheerful look at the emerging generation gap. Rodney Dangerfield reinterpreted the same story for the 1980s, replacing Crosbys suaveness with [] The post Hes just big-boned appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Oca  a South American plant related to wood sorrel, long cultivated in Peru for its edible tubers; either of two South American wood sorrels (Oxalis crenata and O. tuberosa) cultivated for their edible tubers; the tuber of an oca.

04:26

People Notice A Tiny Face Peering Up Out Of Old Mineshaft "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An old abandoned mineshaft in Victoria, Australia, ended up swallowing a very scared wild animal who probably would have died without the determined help of some kind people.

"The shaft was in poor condition with much evidence of erosion and cave-ins," Manfred Zabinskas, cofounder of Five Freedoms Animal Rescue (FFAR), wrote on Facebook earlier this week. "Timber supports were rotted and a ladder laying on the ground had lost most of its rungs through years of deterioration."

Credit: FFAR

Despite the dangers, Zabinskas knew he would have to go down there.

Someone had alerted him to a trapped animal who had taken a wrong step or, rather, hop. And Zabinskas has devoted his life to helping in such cases. 

Credit: FFAR

When Zabinskas arrived at the scene, over an hour away, he peered down the shaft and caught a glimpse of the animal one of Australia's iconic species

"There was a poor little kangaroo peering up at us with an expression of desperation and fear. Heavy rain was minutes away and this was not a shaft I wanted to be down once the heavens opened up," Zabinskas wrote. "This was an urgent rescue."

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04:19

Protestors rally at South Australian Parliament against nuclear waste dump plan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Nuclear protesters converge at Parliament House https://www.transcontinental.com.au/story/5745040/nuclear-protesters-converge-at-parliament-house/, Marco Balsamo

04:17

Now That America Has Given The Crazies Control Of The House, They Plan To Hit Trump With A Wave Of Subpoenas "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This is a very dark moment in American history. On November 6th, the American people gave the keys to the U.S. House of Representatives to the Democrats, and that means that the crazies will soon be unleashed on Capitol Hill. November 7, 2018 | Michael Snyder | They wont be able to get much legislation []

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04:11

Aboriginal landowners say delay in nuclear waste dump vote may bring more opposition to the plan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Any election delay to nuclear waste dump vote more time to lobby  https://www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2018/11/05/any-election-delay-nuclear-waste-dump-vote-more-time-lobby?fbclid=IwAR1cdI5kIpL_S-ItnTa7TRpEPZBNPgJEBOxT6qN4YrCp0Scgsd9nhUTNGG8

Traditional Owners hope any extra time over a community ballot will allow opposition to grow.

A site for Australias first nuclear waste dump will not be decided until after the next federal election, Centre Alliance Senator Rex Patrick says.

Two sites near Kimba, 460 kilometres northwest of Adelaide, and one site near Hawker in the Flinders Ranges have been shortlisted.

Community ballots were scheduled for August 20 and stalled by a legal challenge from the Barngarla people.

They argued all Traditional Owners should be eligible to vote, including those not living within the shires boundaries.

The next court hearing has been scheduled for January 30.

Mr Patrick said that Resources Minister Matt Canavan does not want the issue to overlap with the federal election.

He doesnt want a ballot in Kimba and Hawker hap...

04:04

Australian govts nuclear waste dump plan has put Flinders Ranges/ Kimba residents through 3 years of hell "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Barb Walker Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste In The Flinders Ranges, November 6
Oh phew!
As I said the Senator Patrick earlier in the week, its been 3 long years of stress, worry, bullying and division in our home lands.
The Federal Government needs to come clean on this and stop keeping our communities in the Flinders Ranges and Kimba dangling as part of their political game. Ever since they made plans for a federal nuclear waste dump for the Flinders Ranges/or Kimba, many people in our communities have become very unwell, some suicidal, which can be directly linked to the stress, bullying and division that this dump business has put upon us all. The government i...

04:00

UCTV: Why do people reject good science? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Very interesting and an excellent presentation makes many very interesting points

Scientists are often puzzled when members of the public reject what we consider to be well-founded explanations. They cant understand why the presentation of scientific data and theory doesnt suffice to convince others of the validity of controversial topics like evolution and climate change. Eugenie Scott, Founding Executive Director, National Center for Science Education, highlights the importance of ideology in shaping what scientific conclusions are considered reliable and acceptable. This research is quite relevant to the evolution wars and the opposition to climate change, and to other questions of the rejection of empirical evidence. Recorded on 10/03/2018. Series: UC Berkeley Graduate Lectures [11/2018] [Show ID: 34010]

This lecture seeks to address one of the key questions seen worldwide today.

Whilst the lecture is somewhat skewed to evolution and climate science rejection, but the thesis is relevant as well to the issues related to vaccination and GMO issues.

In NZ and indeed elsewhere for instance Green groups love to embrace science when it comes to climate change, but reject science when it comes to GM crops for example.

04:00

Sex clowns and pedobots: Business as usual at the ABC "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In 1975, the ABCs flagship Lateline program hosted a panel where the issues raised by [pedophilic] relationships are discussed by three pederasts. Two of the pederasts were friends of host Richard Neville (who himself confessed to at least one pedophilic relationship with an under-age girl). Producer Allan Ashbolt was a Marxist admirer. Nearly half a [] The post Sex clowns and pedobots: Business as usual at the ABC appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:56

On The Lighter Side of Mid Terms "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Every now and again truth puts fiction to shame.    Have a look at this.

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"Dennis Hof defeated Democratic educator Lesia Romanov on Tuesday in the race for Nevadas 36th Assembly District, which includes rural communities and large stretches of desert in the southern part of the state.

Ms. Romanov will forever enjoy the distinction of having lost to the deceased owner of a brothel.
Hof was found dead on Oct. 16 after a weekend of parties celebrating his 72nd birthday."
Apparently he died (in the saddle) when it was too late to take his name off the ballot.
One lives in hope that Winston Peters might follow his example.

03:49

Call to Melissa Price, Minister For Coal, (sorry, I meant Environment) to explain why Adani project is OK about water "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Adani water project bypasses full environmental impact assessment against advice,

Key points:

  • Department of Agriculture and Water Resources told Environment Department Adani project could have significant impact on water resources
  • That description should trigger part....

03:47

Zorra of Hollow Earth Call w/ Jared Rand on November 11 at 6 PM EST "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

ZORRA OF HOLLOW EARTH



"Zorra, Russell, Jared and Lynda "

SUNDAY,
Nov 11, 2018

3:00 PM Pacific
4:00 PM Mountain
5:00 PM Central
6:00 PM Eastern


Website and for Replays:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/zorraofhollowearth

Guest Call In:
516-418-5563 and press 1 if you would like to speak.

If our line is full, call in on Dr. Russell's line which will be linked to ours:
914-205-5880

"You are Creator of your Life, your Story. Uncreate that which you don't want in your Story and make it The Most Meaningful Story of your Life."

Dear beloved Gods and Goddesses,

We will have a call this Sunday and it will revolve around the Limbic Arc product/technology. Our wonderful guests include Dr. Russell Johnson, Jared Rand and Lynda Jane Selina. All of them will share their understanding and experiences of this fascinating and extraordinary quantum energy product.

Many people have....

03:43

Victorian Labor dials up its renewable energy target to 50 per cent by 2030 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 By Benjamin Preiss, Adam Carey & Noel Towell, Canberra Times, 8 November 2018 Half of Victorias energy could come from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydro power within 12 years, if the Andrews government is re-elected.

The Age can reveal that Labor will promise to raise Victorias renewable energy target from 40 per cent to 50 per cent by 2030 if it wins this months election.

The move would enhance Labors green credentials and cement the state&#821...

03:39

Rio Tinto offloads Northern Territory uranium resources to Canadian company "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Rio Tinto offloads NT uranium asset to Laramide, Australian Mining   Ewen Hosie

November 7, 2018 Rio Tinto has finalised its sale of the Murphy uranium tenements in the Northern Territory to Canadian company Laramide Resources.

The Murphy uranium tenements, located near the Queensland-NT border, were responsible for the production of high-grade uranium in the 1950s but have not seen much exploration since the 1970s. The tenements are contiguous to Laramides Westmoreland project in northwest Queensland.

The acquisition comprises the EL 9319 and EL 9414 exploration licences and several other applications across 683 square kilometres.

Laramide has paid Rio the first of three $150,000 cash payments to Rio Tinto as laid out in the terms of the agreement announced in July this year.https://www.australianmining.com.au/news/laramide-completes-acquisition-rio-tinto-uranium-tenements-nt/

03:30

Commemorating 100 Years: The Last Platoon British Veterans of WWI BBC 2005 #1/2 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

poppy

From 2005, a BBC documentary basically with interviews of the last British veterans from The Great War, more commonly known to many as WWI

03:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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03:23

Canadas government to embrace small nuclear reactors that do not make economic sense. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

there is no market for the expensive electricity that SMRs will generate. Many companies presumably enter this business because of the promise of government funding. No company has invested large sums of its own money to commercialize SMRs.
NRCan and other such institutions are regurgitating industry propaganda and wasting money on technologies that will never be economical or contribute to any meaningful mitigation of climate change. There is no justification for such expensive distractions, especially as the climate problem becomes more urgent. 
Are Thousands of New Nuclear Generators in Canadas Future? https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2018/11/07/Nuclear-Generators-Canada-Future/

Ottawa is pushing a new smaller, modular nuclear plant that could only pay off if mass produced. By M.V. RamanaToday | TheTyee.ca, 7 Nov 18  M. V. Ramana is the Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human...

03:13

Mike Cannon-Brookes, Atlassian billionaire, calls on Government to reinstate carbon price "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 ABC News 7.30 By Nadia Daly  7 Nov 18, Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes has called for Australia to reinstate the controversial carbon price, as he pushes to influence government policy with his new green energy campaign.

Mr Cannon-Brookes said the movement, dubbed Fair Dinkum Power, would put forward policy suggestions around renewable energy ahead of the upcoming election, with the aim to move Australia to 200 per cent renewable energy.

I think it will clearly be the number one or number two issue in the election, he told 7.30.

Australia could be a renewable energy super power. We could be exporting massive amounts of power, we could have huge numbers of jobs here in this space.

Weve just got to have vision and insight to go after that..https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-07/mike-cannon-brookes-calls-government-to-reinstate-carbon-price/10474702

03:06

Huge solar farm planned for Murray Bridge "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A jobs boom may soon be coming for Murray Bridge as developers aim to begin work on a $350 million solar farm next year if it gets the go-ahead from the states peak planning body. (subscribers only) 

https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/business/sa-business-journal/work-for-200-on-res-australias-planned-350m-solar-farm-near-murray-bridge/news-story/d8374245817cfafb763771a4f3f658d4

 

03:05

Police look the other way on crime by their own "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Another report from the Independent Police Conduct Authority was released today, finding that police who sped at 200 km/h down a busy Auckland motorway during a pursuit violated pursuit policy in multiple ways and should have been charged with dangerous driving. The full report is here, and the behaviour the officers engaged in was appallingly dangerous and would have resulted in prosecution if any member of the public had done it (here's an example). But the police apparently ignored their own procedures, refusing to even investigate. It's just another example of the police protecting their own, and looking the other way on blatant criminal behaviour simply because the perpetrator wore their uniform. That is not acceptable, and it undermines both the rule of law, and public confidence in law enforcement. Unfortunately, because the IPCA took a whole year to investigate, there's now no possibility of charges: dangerous driving is a category 2 offence, and charges must be filed within six months. The IPCA's slow investigation has precluded that, and allowed these uniformed criminals to escape justice. Which doesn't exactly encourage confidence in them either.

03:04

Greenlands Melting Ice Sheets: The Beautiful but Harrowing Changes Seen from Above "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Weather Channel, By Drew MacFarlane, 7 Nov 18 

Greenlands ice sheet lost up to 270 billion tons of ice every year between 2012 and 2014, according to a study in Geophysical Research Letters. Currently, its losing ice at a rate faster than any time in the last 400 years, and the melt is accelerating, a separate study stated.

This is what Tom Hegen, a photographer from Munich, Germany, takes to the skies to document.

Hegen buzzes some 3,000 feet above Greenlands seemingly endless sheet of ice before having the pilot tip the plane on its side so he can snap a photo. If the light or angle isnt to his liking, he asks to circle around to do it againhttps://weather.com/science/environment/news/2018-11-06-greenland-melting-ice-sheet-photos-tom-hegen/

03:02

Victoria Labor boosts renewable energy target to 50% by 2030 RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Victoria Labor promise to boost its target for renewables generation to 50 per cent by 2030 if re-elected. It will probably get there anyway. The post Victoria Labor boosts renewable energy target to 50% by 2030 appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Victoria Labor boosts renewable energy target to 50% by 2030 RenewEconomy

03:02

AusNet canvasses hefty connection fees for rooftop solar in Victoria RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ausnet canvasses idea of charging connection fees of several hundreds of dollars to new solar households that refuse network limitations. The post AusNet canvasses hefty connection fees for rooftop solar in Victoria appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via AusNet canvasses hefty connection fees for rooftop solar in Victoria RenewEconomy

03:00

November 7 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Science and Technology: Scientists Reveal Strange Molecule that Can Store Suns Energy for 18 Years A Swedish research team believes it found a breakthrough for energy storage. A specialized solar thermal fluid can hold the suns energy for long periods of time and expel that energy on demand when activated by putting it []

via November 7 Energy News geoharvey

02:30

An unfair test and a poor verdict "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A 2018 report titled An unfair start: inequality in childrens education in rich countries has been released by UNICEF and it ranks us 33 out of 38 rich countries in the world in terms of educational equality. We failed the educational equality test.  Quote. The report looks at the gaps between the highest and lowest-performing [] The post An unfair test and a poor verdict appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

Nine To Noon: Rod Oram on the FMA/RB report on banking behaviour "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Rod Oram talks businee with Kathryn Ryan

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20181106-1108-the_fmarb_report_on_banking_behaviour-128.mp3

Business Commentator Rod Oram reports on the Financial Markets Authority and the Reserve Bank report on the behaviour of banks. Also Zespri takes a grower to court over the alleged export of vines, and an announcement of the results of the Fonterra board election.

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02:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Only Two Counties Support Initiative 1631 Carbon Free One aspect of the US elections we dont hear much (anything?) about in NZ is the other votes which take place. A number of states had votes on environmental matters, especially climate change/energy related. Seems the voters werent prepared to go along. The graphic shows to [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:45

The PERFECT corporate gifts for your staff this Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Whale Meat Company Gifts Your Staff will know that they are appreciated with a lovely gift of Whale Meat Christmas hams. Whale Meat is your easy, no fuss way to order Christmas hams and you know that they taste just divine! You can find a range of meaty gifts that are suitable for a range [] The post The PERFECT corporate gifts for your staff this Christmas appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:30

Is New Zealand warming neutral? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For those of you with an interest in climate change, this makes for an interesting thought exercise New Zealands physical GHG budget would show we are very unlikely to be contributing to any warming of the atmosphere. We currently exclude pre-1990 trees, but this rule may be changed at the upcoming COP24. If so, then [] The post Is New Zealand warming neutral? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:00

The lefts toxic focus on identity politics plays into Trumps hands [UPDATE] "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The left in America dream of a Blue Wave sweeping across America in the mid-term elections. I suspect there will be even more tears delicious, salty tears than there were on that memorable November two years ago. Contrary to the opinion polls in 2016, Trump was packing stadiums across the nation. Lawns flowered [] The post The lefts toxic focus on identity politics plays into Trumps hands [UPDATE] appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:45

Violent vegans plan militant protests "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Daily Mail reports quote. A vegan movement in Britain is planning a number of protests against the meat industry targeting everything from butchers to abattoirs and farms. The Earthlings Movement hope to persuade people to give up all animal products. The Earthlings protests are peaceful, with masked campaigners standing in circles holding laptops screening [] The post Violent vegans plan militant protests appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:32

Foreign miners guilty of double standards "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

International Mining Companies have Colonial and Racist Double Standards

Source: Papua New Guinea Mine Watch

A case study comparing the performance of Canadian mining companies in their home country to their performance overseas has found dramatic double standards.

The the study has been published by the prestigious Peter Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia.

The report finds Canadian mining companies have been involved in major human rights violations in developing nations including slavery and forced labour, violence against unarmed protestors, sexual violence against women and gang rapes.

Despite the international condemnation of these actions, Canada has failed regulate the behaviour of its companies in their overseas operations.

The study provides a comparison of the regulatory regime for extractive companies operating in Canada versus that in Papua New Guinea.

The study shows how Canadian companies operating in Papua New Guinea, Nautilus Minerals and Barrick Gold, fail to maintain the same standards that apply in their home country.

The double standards apply across the whole spectrum of their operations including environmental assessment and consultation, forced evictions and other human rights abuses, violence and access to the courts, access to information and respect for free prior informed consent.

The report calls for mining companies to apply the same practices and standards across all countries where they operate and for accountability to be enforceable in their home nations.

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00:30

The emergence of driverless cars pose moral dilemmas for science "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Brian Rogers Sunlive Newsie Should a robot car automatically choose to run over an old fogey and spare the young? Take out a jaywalker and avoid the law-abiding pedestrian? Hit the fat kid with the ice cream to dodge the fitness fanatic jogger?  These are the sort of scenarios that clever people around the globe [] The post The emergence of driverless cars pose moral dilemmas for science appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:15

Plan your Whaleoil Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This year you have even more choices for a Whaleoil Christmas. You can buy yourself a brand new Bronze Whaleoil subscription or treat yourself with an upgrade to a Silver subscription so you can enjoy even more political nerdy goodness You can order a unique gift for yourself or someone else from, the Whaleoil Store. Now [] The post Plan your Whaleoil Christmas appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

00:00

BBC Arena: Gary Glitter (1981) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Now rightly reviled as a paedophile, this documentary is from much earlier when he was still seen as the glam rock singer and before his predilection became known.

00:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Peony growers flat out until Christmas Ella Stokes:

As spring turns into summer,  the peony growing season is in full swing. Last week, reporter Ella Stokes went to catch up with Mosgiel grower Rodger Whitson, of Janefield Paeonies and Hydroponics, to see what it involves.

What started as a plan to diversify their property is now a full-time business for Rodger and Cindy Whitson, who have 10,000 peony plants on their 4ha block in Mosgiel.

In 2000, Mr Whitson, originally a meat worker, and Mrs Whitson, a dispensary technician, were looking into ways they could diversify their property.

After looking at a range of flowers to grow, they decided peonies were the best option. . . 

Mnuka honey: who really owns the name and the knowledge  Jessica C Lai:

Adulterated honey and fake mnuka honey have repeatedly made headlines in recent years.

The arguments around adulterated honey are relatively simple. These honeys are diluted with cheaper syrups and their lack of authenticity is unquestionable. The discourse around mnuka honey is different, as there are serious questions about what authentic mnuka honey actually means.

Two warring families

The term mnuka carries with it a premium. Mnuka honey is made from the nectar of the Leptospermum scoparium flower. This plant is native to New Zealand and south-east Australia. It is, thus, not surprising that much of the war around the term mnuka has played out between Australian and New Zealand producers.

There are many registered trademarks in Australia and New Zealand that include the word mnuka and relate to honey-based products. In July, the Australian Manuka Honey Association filed to protect its name. . . 

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23:47

Scott Morrison to reveal $3bn in Pacific funding to counter Chinese influence "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Scott Morrison will unveil a $2bn (US$1.46 million) infrastructure financing facility for the Pacific as part of new measures designed to project Australia as the regions principal security and development partner at a time of rising Chinese influence.

Morrison will use a speech delivered at the Lavarack Barracks at Townsville on Thursday to flag the new program of loans and grants for infrastructure development in Pacific countries and Timor Leste, and the prime minister is also expected to commit an extra $1bn (US$727,000) for Efic, Australias export financing agency.

The injection of funding for Efic is intended for what Morrison characterises as a new more flexible infrastructure financing power to support investments in the region which have a broad national benefit for Australia.

The new infrastructure financing facility will prioritise investments in essential infrastructure like telecommunications, energy, transport, water, and Morrison will say the program will stretch our aid dollars further.

The speech provides no details about how the new measures will be funded.

As well as the proposed infrastructure rollout, which follows Morrisons decision this week to rebuke the Victorian government for signing up to Chinas Belt and Road initiative, Thursdays speech will flag soft power initiatives, like getting more Australian content on Pacific television, and opening diplomatic missions in Palau, the Marshall Islands, French Polynesia, Niue and the Cook Islands.

It will also propose security commitments, like a Australian defence force mobile training team for the Pacific, more navy deployments, annual meetings between defence, police and border security comanders, and creating a Pacific faculty at the Australian Institute of Police Management.

Thursdays commitments come ahead of Morrisons participation in his first summit season as prime minister. He will attend the East Asia Summit and the Apec summit in Papua New Guinea next week.

Ahead of APEC, Morrison and his PNG counterpart, Peter ONeill, signed off on a joint naval base to be located on Manus Island. The joint facility, agreed last week, crowds out an aspiration by Beijing to develop the port. The cost of the project is not yet clear.

Australia has been executing a strategic pivot to the Pacific both under Malcolm Turnbull and Morrison to try and hold out a soft power offensive by China in the region,...

23:46

Young Kanak Movement in Paris -- Struggle for Independence in New Caledonia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

COLONIALISTS WIN REFERENDUM IN KANAKY ("NOUVELLE CALEDONIE") REPRESENTATIVE OF YOUNG KANAKS IN FRANCE SPOKE AT CSIA DAY OF SOLIDARITY By Christine Prat November 4th, 2018 Censored News Today, November 4th 2018, the colonialists won the referendum by which, inhabitants of Kanaky so-called New Caledonia had to decide for or against Independence. Supporters of

23:44

APEC Costs PNG K1 Billion, Says Abel "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The raging debate on the real cost of APEC can be somewhat laid to rest after the Papua New Guinea treasurer revealed the total accumulated cost figures of the major global event at the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Press Club event held on Monday night.

Asked by the journalists in attendance, the Treasurer Charles Abel broke up the costs since 2016 to an accumulated K715 million (US$219 million), tying in the costs of APEC Haus as well which was built under the Infrastructure Tax Credit Scheme that forgoes real taxes for the developer to the State.

He said that while those were the direct allocations by government, the additional costs have been assistance from other countries assisting with other essentials, logistics, and security arrangements will have added the event to drive it up to an overall cost of could push it up to the vicinity of K900 million to K1 billion (US$276 million US$307 million) factoring those cost in.

We were given the green light to host APEC around October 2016 and in 2016 we budgeted K45 million (US$13.7 million) towards APEC, in 2017 we then budgeted K250 million (US$76.6 million) for APEC, 2018 K300 million (US$30.6 million) towards APEC, then of course we had the tax credit facility accessed through Oil Search to build APEC house at K120 million (US$36 million).

When you add all those up it is something in the vicinity of K720 million (US$221 million), if you add on another K100 million for other costs comes in terms of direct assistance because our friends have helped us a lot- you are looking at K900 to K1 billion.

In the order of US$300 million which is quiet cheap compared to what it has cost other countries to host APEC, the Treasurer said.

He said while it may look expensive accumulated, the overall expenditure was over a three year period.

I am not saying US$300 million is not a lot of money, it is a lot of money, but we have spent that money over three years.

It cost China US$6 billion to host APEC, it cost the Philippines US$250 million to host APEC, he said.

SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS

23:36

Good riddance "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The government's offshore oil exploration ban has already borne fruit, with Canadian oil firm TAG Oil quitting New Zealand:

Taranaki oil and gas producer TAG Oil is selling its New Zealand operations for US$30 million to Tamarind Resources, citing the less friendly environment for the oil and gas sector as one of its reasons for quitting the country.

[...]

"There wasn't a desire to exit, but there's always a desire to maximise value for shareholders," said Beltgens. The company believed its share price had suffered from investor perception in Canada and the US that the New Zealand government's ban on issuing new offshore oil and gas exploration permits would eventually move onshore too.

While New Zealand was "still quite a bit friendlier than most other places" as a place to do business, that had "changed and not for the better in the last year, year and a half," said Beltgens. "We're slightly immune to that, being onshore, but with the way the winds are blowing, cancelling the offshore block offering, smaller blocks being offered on onshore, it just seems that there's a trend there that we can't ignore."


Good riddance. But its not all good news - according to RNZ, the company they've sold to, Tamarind, "specialises in getting the last out of fields nearing the end of their life". Which means they're a pack of frackers. So they're going to damage our environment to get the last dregs of a dangerous, polluting "resource" for the profit of their foreign owners.

Which invites the question: why didn't the Minister refuse consent for the transfer of the mining permits under s41 of the Crown Minerals Act? Because if we want to end the fossil fuel industry, that's another thing we need to add to the list: refuse transfer if it will result in emissions continuing. This will incidentally destroy their commercial value and the asset values of the companies which hold them, and help to drive these companies into bankruptcy where they belong.

23:30

Nautilus and Barrick Gold guilty of double standards "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

International Mining Companies have Colonial and Racist Double Standards

A case study comparing the performance of Canadian mining companies in their home country to their performance overseas has found dramatic double standards.

The the study...

23:30

Red star rising in Victoria "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ive written several times about the incompetence and corruption of the socialist Andrews Labor government in Victoria. Its just got worse. Refusing to act on the violent lawlessness of African gangs, peddling the creepy Safe Schools grooming program, and feathering his political nest with taxpayers money are all bad enough. But selling out your countrys [] The post Red star rising in Victoria appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:29

TWO PIES MIGHT NOT DO IT, SBG. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"




To reduce the heat on an increasingly failing Twyford and the unravelling of ILG has Two Pies been told to create a diversion?  If so she is nailing it big time.

New Plymouth MP Jonathon Young who came to notice as the Dark Destroyer of the electorate aspirations of one Andrew Little,  union hack first  class, who in his CV must have a reference to his spectacular foresight and wide understanding when he told the world that Pike River Mine was safe just weeks before she blew,  Young is now carving out a niche as a very good opposition MP with his demolition of the next hapless from the long bench of the CoL.

For two days now and in spite of some very effective blocking tactics from The Speaker, Young has forced some astounding revelations of total ineptitude and ignorance of matters Energy from the Minister responsible for that essential sector of the economy.
Woods cant even get the buzwords and claptrap lines right.

We as a nation, after a decade of flat lining energy needs, due to efficiencies from building design, business practice and other commercial driven restraints,  now face the always going to arise, energy deficit that would occur from the total stop on Hydro plant build, and the phasing out of Hydrocarbon fueled electricity generation from coal, LPG and oil.
Yes increasingly efficient and cost effective solar and wind generation is attractive environmentally if one disregards the devastating visual pollution of wind farms, the danger to bird life from solar concentrations and wind turbine blades and ignores totally the cost and resource depletion that wind and solar create. Oh and the minor problem that sunshine is not 24/7 and sometimes it just bloody mindedly refuses to blow or as in a couple of incidents for South Australia it blows too hard, feathering turbines and knocking down transmission lines

Yesterday in Questions for oral answer and again this morning with Hosking she sailed blithely on demonstrating an almost total dearth of  comprehension as to where we are as a country if it doesn't RAIN. Even sprinkling fairydust wont counter that
Prattling on about alternative solutions to solve the eye watering deficits we are at risk from is not enough SBG. Incidentally how big is a 6 TWH standby do you have any idea.
One solution suggested has Summer surplus (Ha Ha Ha)  water pumped uphill into a storage dam to provide winter power (more Ha Ha Ha ). Such a facility would be one helleva big pond as if the Melons would ever sign off on that.

It will freekin rain you SBG, every drought in history has ended with a rain event, the biggly imponderable is when.
 The SI Alpine areas that recharge the Hydro systems of the Clutha and the Waitaki have weather people predicting some relief in the next few days but as regards snowmelt you SBG it was....

23:00

Satirical image of the day by Luke "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The post Satirical image of the day by Luke appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:37

Protestors Disrupt Medford Chamber of Commerce Meeting to Demand the Chamber Condemn the Jordan Cove LNG Pipeline Project "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

submitted to Earth First! Journal

Protestors Disrupt Medford Chamber of Commerce Meeting to Demand the Chamber Condemn the Jordan Cove LNG pipeline project

Medford, OR- A group of climate activists from Southern Oregon Rising Tide, concerned community members, and business leaders members interrupted a meeting at the Medford Chamber of Commerce to demand the organization stop taking money from the Canadian fossil fuel corporation proposing the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline. At this meeting, they also asked the Medford Chamber to officially oppose the controversial project.

The Medford Chamber PAC has taken $70,000 from Jordan Cove to distribute throughout local elections in Jackson County. According to the October 21 Mail Tribune front-page article, the $70,000 from Jordan Cove represents 63% of the contributions received by the Medford Chamber of Commerce PAC this year.  Additionally, just days before Jordan Coves first contribution, the Medford Chamber of Commerce blindly sent a letter of support for Jordan Cove to the Energy Facility Siting Council.

The group interrupted the Chambers new business member orientation meeting to read a statement from local business leaders.  The group questioned why the Medford Chamber of Commerce would issue support for a project that directly threatens the community that its supposed to represent and the businesses that depend on clean water and tourism.

Weve seen pipelines built through rural communities across this country. The pipeline companies always come in promising jobs and instead hire workers from out of state.  This project doesnt mean more jobs, it really just threatens jobs already existing in the Rogue Valley, Margaret Frazee, a resident of Jackson County, Really industries like tourism, fishing, and farming all depend on a healthy environment, all of which is threatened by this pipeline.

After waiting for a break in the meeting, business leaders began to read a statement about why they were there (text included below).  However, the group was not allowed to finish as members of the meeting aggressively harassed and pushed the activist and business leader reading his statement.

The Medford Chamber of Commerce is part of our community, its supposed to be looking out for the interests of our community.  Supporting Jordan Cove is not in our interests.  Harassing and assaulting peaceful protesters unprovoked is not in our intere...

22:30

Midwives reject pay offer "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Newshub  reports: quote. More than 1100 midwives across the country have voted overwhelmingly to reject the district health boards (DHBs) pay offer and go on strike. Eight out of every 10 members of midwives union MERAS who are employed by DHBs voted in the ballot. Of those, 90 percent opted to reject the DHBs offer. [] The post Midwives reject pay offer appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:30

CNN: Cold War #21/24 Spies "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wikipedia

Cold War is a twenty-four episode television documentary series about the Cold War that aired in 1998. It features interviews and footage of the events that shaped the tense relationships between the Soviet Union and the United States.

The series was produced by Pat Mitchell and Jeremy Isaacs, who had earlier in 1973 produced the World War II documentary series The World at War in a similar style. Ted Turner funded the series as a joint production between the Turner Broadcasting System and the BBC, and was first broadcast on CNN in the United States and BBC Two in the United Kingdom. Writers included Hella Pick, Jeremy Isaacs, Lawrence Freedman, Neal Ascherson, Hugh OShaughnessy and Germaine Greer. Kenneth Branagh was the narrator, and Carl Davis (who also collaborated with Isaacs with The World at War) composed the theme music. Each episode would feature historical footage and interviews from both significant figures and others who had witnessed particular events.

The series excluded several Cold War issues and topics, including the Communist takeovers of South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in 1975, the subsequent unification of Vietnam and Vietnamese refugee crisis, the failed Communist revolution in Indonesia in 1965, China after Maos passing, from the trial of the Gang of Four to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, Bulgaria, Albania, and more details on the Dominican crisis of 1965.

22:15

On Saturday in Auckland this is the place to be: Trust LIVE 18 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On Saturday in Auckland, this is simply the place to be all inquiries to Alwyn Poole alwyn.poole@gmail.com or Karen on 0210440556. It is this Saturday Nov 10: At the Victory Convention Centre (Beaumont St) Auckland. The Villa Education Trust is possibly NZs most innovative and effective education organisation. Mike King is, without doubt NZs greatest [] The post On Saturday in Auckland this is the place to be: Trust LIVE 18 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Coalition divided over 1080 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Do not go looking for an open and transparent government response to the question of using 1080 poison drops, because you wont find it. A 2016 independent report had this to say about 1080.  Quote. For over 15 years the New Zealand Government has been systematically dropping massive amounts of food, laced with a cruel [] The post Coalition divided over 1080 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Governor Candidates & Debate, Midterm Election Results, Valve Turner, Climate Youth, & Paradise Ridge Defense Hearings 11-8-18 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on an Idaho gubernatorial debate and Paulette Jordans candidacy, Idaho, Washington, and nationwide, midterm election results, and lawsuit hearings of the tar sands pipeline valve turners, youth climate activists, and Paradise Ridge Defense Coalition.  We also air recorded, oral arguments about U.S. Highway 95 expansion south of Moscow, heard by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Portland.  Broadcast for six years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

22:00

PBS/BBC: Peoples Century #26/26 1997 Fast Forward "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Peoples Century is a television documentary series examining the 20th century. It was a joint production of the BBC in the United Kingdom and PBS member station WGBH Boston in the United States. The series was first shown on BBC in the 1995, 1996 and 1997 television seasons before being shown elsewhere in the world and before being broadcast in the USA in 1998.

The 26 one-hour episodes examined the socio-economic, political, and cultural movements that shaped the 20th century. The series represented a departure from documentaries that present history through recounting the actions of great men; Peoples Century considers the century from the perspective of common people. Most of those interviewed were ordinary men and women who closely witnessed various events and who give personal accounts of the manner in which the developments and disruptions of the 20th century affected their lives.

The opening credits depict various images from the century, accompanied with a theme music score by Zbigniew Preisner. The documentary won an International Emmy Award, among others.

21:53

QotD: "To all my American friends ... " "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"To all my American friends: I hope you [got] the outcome you were hoping for [yesterday]! But if not, remember that there are many things in life that are better than politics, such as art, beauty, nature, music, sex, food, exercise, friends, lovers, your kids, your connection with others..."
        ~ Claire Lehman.

21:30

Psst, want a cheap Kiwibuild house? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Did Twyford let something slip in question time in the House on Tuesday? Question 9 was about the Kiwibuild scheme and the buying off-the-plans initiative and what KiwiBuild developments have been announced so far through that initiative. Twyford gave the numbers: Announced: 25 homes in Onehunga; 211 homes in Queenstown Lakes; 20 homes in Mount Albert; 175 [] The post Psst, want a cheap Kiwibuild house? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:00

KiwiCon lottery gets better for lucky few "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

KiwiBuild or as it should be KiwiCon   isnt popular in Wanaka:

The South Islands much-heralded first foray into KiwiBuild home ownership has been a bit of a fizzer at least so far.

So few prospective homebuyers have entered the ballot for 10 KiwiBuild house and land packages in the Northlake suburb of Wanaka that the developer has asked to extend the ballot period by 10 days.

The ballot was due to close on Thursday.

KiwiBuild senior media adviser Mark Hanson said yesterday 20 ballot entries had been received.

Some houses have received no entries and the developer has asked us to extend the ballot to Sunday, November 18, to allow for people who they are working with more time to work through their pre-qualification process. . . 

And Housing Minister Phil Twyford has backed down on penalties for those who flip KiwiBuild properties early:

Documents obtained by Newshub show owners will no longer have to give up all capital gain they make on the house if they sell it within three years. . . 

When Labour announced the policy in 2016, its plan to stop buyers reaping windfall gains was they must not on-sell their home for five years or else they had to hand all the money they made to the Government.

Thats now changed to if buyers sell within three years, they must give up 30 percent of their profit. . .

There is big money to be made. Based on the last three years, the average price of a home in Papakura has risen from $569,000 to nearly $700,000, meaning house owners could have made $130,000 in the last three years.

That means even after the 30 percent penalty applied by the Government, theyd still pocket more than $90,000.

A $90,000 profit for selling up after three years thats very easy money.

But you dont have to wait three years you will get to keep 70% of the profit it you sell the very next day.

This is not the first KiwiBuild backdown weve seen. Since being in government, Mr Twyford has changed the price caps, the eligibility criteria and now this a change which has the potenti...

21:00

Unemployment drops to 3.9% "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Stuff reports: quote. Unemployment has dropped to 3.9 per cent, the lowest level since the global financial crisis, causing the New Zealand dollar to surge. On Tuesday Statistics New Zealand revealed that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.9 per cent in the three months to September 30, down from 4.4 per cent at [] The post Unemployment drops to 3.9% appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:40

Unemployment numbers that don't stack up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


The unemployment rate has dropped to 3.9% - a great result for the government.

But since the non-publication of latest official child poverty data due to "uncertainty" and a "lack of confidence" in the Statistics NZ  Household Economic Survey sampling, I am wary. More wary than I was anyway.

The unemployment data comes from the Statistics NZ  Household Labour Force Survey.

I had a dig into the tables looking for any stand out development.

Here's one.



In the Manawatu-Wanganui region, the unemployment rate (2nd to last column above) between June and Sept 2018  dropped three whole points from 6.6 to 3.6 percent.

This should be reflected in benefit statistics, no?
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20:30

Gresham College: Prof. Martyn Thomas, CBE Living In A Cyber Enabled World Big Data The Broken Promise of Anonymisation "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Living In A Cyber Enabled World was the title for a series of lectures Prof. Thomas gave at Gresham College.

An exploration of the state of software today, how we got to where we are, and what we shall need to do to shore up the foundations of a digital society that is increasingly built on sand. The lectures are designed to inform, to entertain, and to stimulate balanced discussions that lead to effective actions. It is hoped that these lectures may play a role in accelerating the transition of the craft of software development into a mature engineering profession.

A cautionary tale and an excellent lecture on a very important topic

20:30

Theres a cuckoo in the Woods [Updated] "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jonathan Young was back on the hunt for answers from Megan Woods, the Minister of Energy and Resources, after her answers to his questions yesterday left him (and all thinking people) deeply unsatisfied. Quote. So when the Minister said yesterday this Government is intent on building a resilient energy system with more resilient forms of [] The post Theres a cuckoo in the Woods [Updated] appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:20

Wharemauku Sewage Problems Continue "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kpiti Coast Council says there are still problems on the Wharemauku Stream following Mondays sewage overflow under the Coastlands shopping []

20:19

Australian school students are going on strike to speak out against climate threat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

Hundreds of school students around the country are expected to take part in a strike on 28,29 and 30 November.

A prominent environment organisation, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, is erncouraging participation.

The idea for the strike originally came from the Castlemaine (Victoria) students, who have already been protesting outside the offices of their local representatives and built a core group of a bout 50 local students.

This is now becoming a nationwide movement,  as more young people around Australia get involved.

They are deeply concerned about global warming, and what they see as the failure of politicians to date, to do enough about it. They want urgent action about what they say is a climate emergency.

By taking part they are learning how to organise, building a social media network, and therefore, becoming a voice to be heard.

Fourteen-year-old Fort Street high school student, Jean Hinchliffe from Sydney said,

Weve got involved because at this stage we cant vote, were not politicians and we want to make a difference, she said. We cant stand around waiting.

I think its because climate change is scary seeing that its our future. This is a fact and not to be debated.

Fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg, a Swedish student, who has been sitting outside the parliament in central Stockholm to draw attention to the fears younger generations hold about the global climate crisis and the failure of countries to take urgent action, has been a major inspiration, and Australian students are now in regular contact with her.

Some schools, like Bendigo High School last week, have already had walkouts.

It must be remembered, these young people face considerable pressure not to do what they are doing. That they are prepared to push on anyway, indicates the strength of their resolve.  They know that they are the ones who will inherit the legacy of what the present older generation does.

In discovering their own voice and using it, they set a good example for all of us.

 

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20:15

US Midterm election debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Good morning readers, this is an extra Midterm election debate for yall to discuss and debate the results of the US Midterm elections. The post US Midterm election debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

20:01

Lusk and Slater further connected to NZ First "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Winston Peters has been a very successful political strategist over the decades, apart from the occasional hiccup, like losing the Tauranga and NZ First being dropped from Parliament in 2008, and losing the Northland electorate in 2017. So it is odd to see him appearing to work with Simon Lusk and Cameron Slater. Slater is []

20:00

No more English tests for foreign teachers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When I was studying accountancy, I struggled really badly with Statistics. I had a hard time grasping some of the concepts. Because I wasnt terribly mathematically minded, I needed a really good tutor to help me across the line. My tutor was a young Cambodian guy. Absolutely lovely young man, but I could not understand [] The post No more English tests for foreign teachers appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

RNZ: Political Commentators Brigitte Morten and Mike Williams "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Nine To Noon and the weekly political commentary slot

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntnpol-20181105-1107-political_commentators_morten_and_williams-128.mp3

Brigitte Morten and Mike Williams look at political happenings including Kiwibuild under scrutiny from all sides, Immigration Minister Iain Lees Galloway in the hot seat, Labours annual conference and the latest taped conversation released, involving Jami-Lee Ross, Simon Bridges and Paula Bennett.

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20:00

China in the Pacific: is China engaged in debt-trap diplomacy? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Recent media coverage has touted the rise of Chinese aid and lending as a threat to Pacific nations sovereignty and to the Wests influence in the Pacific. China, so the narrative goes, is aggressively lending to smaller nations who do not have the capacity to pay back the loans. Some commentators have even described such lending as debt-trap diplomacy, implying that lending forms part of an intentional strategy by the Chinese state to pressure Pacific island governments.

Political discussion in Australia seems to have shifted up a gear in response. As Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop made clear that she wanted Australia to continue to be the regions partner of choice.  And just last week, Labor leader Bill Shorten announced that a Labor government would set up an Australian Pacific infrastructure investment bank an announcement he also framed in terms of Australias status as partner of choice.

But is it fair to claim that China is engaged in debt-trap diplomacy in the Pacific?

Most advocates of this argument have pointed to anecdotal evidence high debt levels in Tonga, the case of the Hambantota port in Sri Lanka rather than to hard data. In this piece, we look at international debt data to explore: (i) whether Pacific island countries are in debt distress, and (ii) whether this is the result of lending from China.

One issue we consider is whether Pacific island countries are at greater risk of debt distress than in the past. Using IMF and Asian Development Bank (ADB) risk ratings, we do see a rise in debt distress over the last five years (see Figure 1). We also see that over 40% of Pacific island countries are now cl...

20:00

Papua New Guinea, in the march of history where are you going? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Samarai about 1927
Samarai, about 1927

CHRIS OVERLAND

ADELAIDE - At 11am on 11 November 1918, the Great War between Europes imperial powers, which had raged for over four years, came to a shuddering halt. The costs in human lives and suffering were incalculable and the geo-political impacts were profound.

On the losing side, the previously great German, Russian, Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires were utterly destroyed and their remnants dismembered.

On the winning side, the largest remaining imperial powers, Britain and France, survived mostly intact. However, they had sustained what would prove to be mortal social, economic and political wounds and one more cataclysmic war 21 years later would bring about their collapse.

Only the United States of America and the Empire of Japan emerged from the catastrophe with their power and prestige enhanced. In 1918 no-one could even imagine that these two powers would soon be engaged in a life and death struggle that would engulf the entire Asia and Pacific regions of the world.

Meanwhile, far away from the centres of conflict, half of the island of New Guinea had, unknown to most of its inhabitants, come into the effective possession of one of the smallest victorious powers, Australia.

This thinly populated nation, independent from Britain since just 1901, clinging tenaciously to the edges of a huge and frequently inhospitable continent, found itself responsible for the governance of a territory about which it knew almost nothing.

One of its first tasks was to discover who and what lay in the unknown interior of the island.

The exploration of the territories of Papua and New Guinea proceeded at a glacial pace. The new Australian federal government devoted only the bare minimum level of resources to its colonial responsibilities.

The territorial administration was invariably cash-strapped and operated on a shoe string budget. This meant it relied upon the ingenuity, enterprise, courage and sheer persistence of a tiny handful of tough minded outside men to undertake exploration patrols in...

19:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:16

Capital gains bonus for KiwiBuild buyers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Scoring a Kiwibuild house was already regarded as like winning a lottery, but the prize could be better still with another change by the Government. Newshub: Housing Ministers backdown on penalties for KiwiBuild property flippers Newshub can reveal KiwiBuild has just become a much better investment. The Housing Minister has quietly softened up the penalties []

19:15

How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

People say, what is the sense of our small effort? They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples that spread in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.  Dorothy Day who was born on this day in 1897.

19:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:00

Bougainville chief secretary reports on referendum progress "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Joseph Nobetau
Joseph Nobetau - top bureaucrat assures everything on track for 15 June 2019 independence referendum

ANTHONY KAYBING

BUKA - The Autonomous Bougainville Government is making significant progress in its preparations for the referendum on its political future on 15 June next year.

Chief secretary Joseph Nobetau said the public service has achieved a number of key goals including finalising the question to be put at the referendum, defining voting criteria, establishing the Bougainville Referendum Commission and promoting public awareness.

There are also continuing efforts to address peace and stability, including weapons disposal and reconciliation.

We are also in dialogue with national and international partners, Mr Nobetau said.

We must ensure that both the PNG national government and ABG are engaged in the referendum process and supporting the Bougainville Referendum Commission to do its job.

A key focus in the next six months will also be on Bougainvilles long term political future.

Mr Nobetau noted the need for continued engagement with the national government on constitutionally guaranteed funds and other aspects of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.

Without funding it is not possible to deliver the key priorities of the government, the chief secretary said. It is essential that the issues of arrears and restoration and development grants be resolved as soon as possible.

Over the last three months the Bougainville public service has continue to work on referendum awareness in partnership with the United Nations and the Bougainville Referendum Commission.

It is also scoping a regional security mission to support the referendum and the post referendum transition period, including the establishment of a referendum transitional taskforce.

Priorities over coming months will focus on the finalisation of the referendum roll, ensuring availability of funds, enhancing awareness and continued engagement between the two governments on the post referendum transitionary period.

18:48

Ross to stand for NZ First in Botany plan or joke? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It is easy to take this comment as a bit of a joke: Funny thought .. JLR jumps to NZF, a bit of theatre from Winny on saying XYZ, then JLR enters a by-election wins for NZF and gets a plumb role in govt. Oh so so funny That seems ridiculous, but lets join []

18:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is habiliment (noun) Clothing, especially the clothing associated with a special occasion or office. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Habiliment, from Middle French abillement, is a bit old-fashioned and is often used to describe complex, multi-pieced outfits like those of medieval times. For instance, a full suit of [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:05

US midterm election results "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Largely as predicted by polls and pundits, the Republicans have held the Senate with an slightly increased majority, and the House has moved the other way with Democrats taking control there with some results (about 20) yet to be confirmed it looks like about a twenty seat margin. This is a flip from the []

18:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 8 27 I was there when he established the heavens, when he drew the horizon on the oceans. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:00

PNG authorities clamp down on Mano-style tax evasion "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

Mano-Tax-Scheme
The Mano tax scheme - an arrangement that meant Augustine Mano was only paying income tax on K150,000, not K750,000

STAFF WRITER | PNGis Tokaut Blog

PORT MORESBY Papua New Guineas Internal Revenue Commission is cracking down on tax evasion by senior executives who divert their salary payments through associated or related companies in order to avoid paying taxes.

According to the IRC, such arrangements are prevalent in many industries operating in the country.

PNGi first alerted its readers to the existence of such scams in June 2017, when we exposed how the managing director of the Mineral Resource Development Corporation (MRDC), Augustine Mano, was using a company he owns to evade tax on his salary and benefits.

The MRDC is a state owned entity that manages landowner equity interests in mining and petroleum projects on behalf of landowner companies. Augustine Mano has been the managing director since March 2008.

In his report for 2009, the auditor general revealed Augustine Mano was avoiding paying any income tax on 80% of his K750,000 a year salary package.

According to the auditor general, rather than being directly employed by MRDC, a professional services agreement had been signed between MRDC and Augustine Mano as the incumbent professional of SMA Investment Limited.

Under the agreement, MRDC was only paying Mano K150,000 as his direct salary while K600,000 was being paid to SMA Investment Limited. SMA is a company set up and owned by Mano.

This arrangement meant Mano was only paying income tax on K150,000, not K750,000. With a top rate of tax at 42%, this was potentially saving Mano, and defrauding the state, of K252,000 every year.

A managing director or director of a company is always a natural person. The managing director of MRDC is an employee of MRDC. All benefits of any employees are classed as salary and wages and must be taxed according to the tax rules applicable.

The current arrangement of the managing director can be viewed as a measure to....

17:55

Media watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

17:52

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.

17:51

Open Forum Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

16:49

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

011118POLICE CELLS DOES NOT CATER FOR WOMEN JUVENILES AND MENTALY AFFECTED REMANDEES
New Dawn FM News

The Bougainville Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner, FRANCIS TOKURA says that Bougainville Police Station holding cells do not have facilities for women, juveniles and mentally affected remandees.
He said that there are only two Police Stations that were built based on station standards that is Arawa and Buka whilst the Buin Police Station was built for Police presence only.
The Commander made these remarks when presenting Police status reports during the Court Users forum in Buka yesterday.
He said that the Police holding cells were built for holding fresh cases awaiting court appearances and not for holding convicted cases by the District and the National courts.
Commander TOKURA said that the job of looking after these prisoners is the job for the Correctional Services Department but because of the problems currently being experienced at the BEKUT jail Police have been forced to look after these convicts and remandees.
He gave figures of the current convicts and remandees being held in Police holding cells throughout Bougainville.
The Commander told the Court Users forum to find ways of easing this situation that has accumulated over the years and is getting from bad to worse.

Ends

Court User Forum 061118 054

16:44

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

071118 SOHANO WILL HAVE A TSUNAMI EVACUATION DRILL NEXT WEEK
New Dawn FM News
The Office of the Port Moresby Geo hazard Observatory, UNDP Risk Management sector and the Bougainville Disaster Office will be organizing an exercise for the people of Buka and Sohano island on how they can save lives if a Tsunami strikes in the future.
Details of this drill will be released from these offices once preparatory work has been completed.
This afternoon an officer from the Port Moresby Geo hazard Observatory, FELIX TARANU and PHILOMINA EMILIO from the UNDP Disaster Risk Management sector project arrived in Buka to help the Buka disaster office prepare for this drill.
They told New Dawn FM this afternoon that it was very important for the residents of Sohano and Buka town to know and prepare for any such emergencies that could strike without warnings.
Felix Taranu also gave three signs that happens when a tsunami is about to hit a certain location.
He said that the first sign is a continuous earthquake which could last more than ten minutes, then, the sea withdraws from the beach and a big whistling sound like a big jet engine taking off.
When that happens you must know where to run for safety.
He said that once the tsunami hits it will hit second and third times and people must wait for more than two hours before they can return home.
Sohano residents are also called on to attend a meeting concerning the tsunami drill at the Sohano Primary School at 2pm tomorrow.

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16:41

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

071118OVERCROWDING REAL SAYS COMMANDER
New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner FRANCIS TOKURA yesterday released numbers of Convicts and remandees in the three Police holding cells in Buka, Arawa and Buin stating that these cells were overcrowded.
The highest number of convicts are in Buka with 23 fresh cases of which two women are amongst 21 males.
District court remandees total to 20, District court convicted 11,National court remandees 20 and National court convicted 2 bringing the total to 76 altogether.
For Arawa, there are 4 fresh cases of which all four are male.
District court remandees totals to 3 and district court convicted 3 and National Court convicted are also 2.
For Buin Police station, there are four fresh cases of which 3 are women and 1 male.
District Court remandee only one.
Assistant Commissioner, TOKURA also acknowledged the work of the Buka, Arawa and Buin safe houses for looking after women remandees at their facility.
He said this was risky and very dangerous as the safe houses are not for looking after people who are supposed to be in Police cells or even in a Correctional Service facility.
Ends

16:40

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

071118 NEW PNGFA PRESIDENT TO VISIT BUKA
New Dawn FM News
The newly elected PNG Football Federation President, JOHN KAPI NATO and his wife JONNIE PUIA both founders of the HEKARI Football club will be visiting Bougainville at the end of November.
This was announced by the Bougainville Football Federation President, JUSTIN HELELE today.
MR. HELELE said that the two will witness the grand final of the Tsitalato Schools Soccer Competition before returning to Port Moresby on Monday.

Ends

13:51

Tom Sewell & The Lads Society ~versus~ Nathan Sykes & The Australia First Party "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tom Sewell & The Lads Society For those of you coming in late, Tom Sewell is a 20-something, New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based neo-Nazi activist. With a background in right-wing nationalist politics, Sewell emerged onto the political landscape in April 2015, alongside Continue reading

12:52

Parrotfish, critical to reef health, now protected under Mexican law "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mexico protected 10 species of parrotfish in October, a move that conservationists say will help the countrys coral reefs recover, in addition to safeguarding the species numbers. Its really good news for Mexico, Mara Jos Gonzlez-Bernat, a marine biologist and scientific adviser to the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense, said in an interview. A midnight parrotfish (Scarus coelestinus), one of the species now protected by the Mexican government. Image by Adona9 via Wikimedia Commons (CC 3.0). Known by the acronym for its name in Spanish, AIDA backed a proposal to the Mexican government from the Healthy Reefs Initiative to codify the legal protection of these 10 species, which argued that they are critical to robust and resilient coral reefs. The group has also launched a three-year project to shore up populations of parrotfish and other plant-eating fish that live in the waters off Mexico and five other Latin American countries. The health of many of the coral reefs in these places has declined, Gonzlez-Bernat said, and AIDA believes that safeguarding herbivorous fish is crucial to allowing coral-anchored ecosystems to come back. They graze on the algae that, left unchecked, can blanket reefs and choke off corals supply of oxygen and light. These algae inhibit corals growth and their ability to withstand the damaging effects of climate change, such as bleaching. Mexicos registry of protected species now includes the princess parrotfish (Scarus taeniopterus). Image by Adona9 via Wikimedia Commons (CC 3.0). Until recently, parrotfish and other herbivores werent traditionally high on

12:05

World view Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

12:01

November 8 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

519  Hernn Corts entered Tenochtitln and Aztec rulerMoctezumawelcomed him with a great celebration

1520  Stockholm Bloodbath began A successful invasion of Sweden by Danish forces resulted in the execution of around 100 peopl

1576 Eighty Years War: Pacification of Ghent  The States-General of the Netherlands met and united to oppose Spanish occupation

1602 The Bodleian Library at Oxford University opened to the public.

1620 The Battle of White Mountain ended in a decisive Catholic victory in only two hours.

1656 Edmond Halley, British astronomer and mathematician, was born (d. 1742).

1745 Charles Edward Stuart invaded England with an army of ~5000.

1793 The French Revolutionary government opened the Louvre to the public as a museum.

1836 Milton Bradley, American game manufacturer, was born  (d. 1911).

1837 Mary Lyon founded Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, which later became Mount Holyoke College.

1847  Jean Casimir-Perier, French politician, 6th President of France, was born (d. 1907).

1847 Bram Stoker, Irish novelist, was born  (d. 1912).

1861 American Civil War: The Trent Affair The USS San Jacinto stopped the United Kingdom mail ship Trent and arrested two Confederate envoys, sparking a diplomatic crisis between the UK and US.

1892 The New Orleans general strike began, unit...

11:47

Orca attacks on humpback whales, new study "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This 2016 video says about itself:

Two Beautiful Humpback Whales Dance | Animal Attraction | BBC

Male humpback whales repeat each others songs and add to them so they become ever more complex and beautiful, showing off their memory and sheer volume.

From the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute:

First study of Humpback whale survivors of orca attacks in the Southeastern Pacific

November 6, 2018

Summary: Scars left by orca attacks indicate that most victims are young whales on the first trip from breeding to feeding grounds. Increasing numbers of scars may mean that there are more orcas in the Southern Pacific, researchers say.

Humpback whales bear stark battle scars from violent encounters with orcas, also known as killer whales. Analysis of rake marks on more than 3000 humpback whale tails or flukes suggest that attacks on these undersea giants may be on the rise, according to a new study in Endangered Species Research.

We set out to discover where, when and at what age humpback whales in the Southeastern Pacific are attacked by orcas, said Hector M. Guzman, marine ecologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

Orcas, Orcinus orca, like humans, are apex predators. Although they can feed on more than 20 different species of cetaceans, they usually prefer sea lions, fur seals, fish and sea birds. Because the chances of observing rake marks on young, vulnerable whales increased in the last 20 years, we think that killer whale attacks on humpback whales may be more common now than they were in the past, perhaps due to the recovery of whale breeding stocks in the Southeast Pacific after hunting was prohibited, said Juan Capella, lead auth...

11:00

Keeping Up Appearances S05 E05 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

lousy formatting , audio OK, but could be better, and best viewed full screen. In many ways the audio is the main attraction

pWikipedia

Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is eccentric and snobbish middle class social climber Hyacinth Bucket(Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet.[2]The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinths vision of herself, and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility.

The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects

10:08

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bulaman wished us happy Diwali in a comment on this mornings quote page.

A few years ago I wouldnt have had a clue what Diwali was.

A trip to India in 2015 and a growing Indian population here celebrating their culture have educated me and Im grateful for that.

09:55

"Hawai"ianized" New Caledonia Votes Against Independence "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

South Pacific islanders deserve to be left alone by European colonizers and white European settlers and squatters.

09:00

ON THE MID TERM ELECTION RESULT "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The results are pretty much all in and I will leave it to Adolf and David and others to play their we won, you lost game.   Some observations from where I sit ...

Six months ago the MSM meme was that the elections would be a disaster for the Republican Party with the Democrats likely to win back both the House and the Senate per courtesy of President Trump.

That didn't happen.   Most commentators picked the Democrats to regain control of the House where all 435 seats were up for grabs.   As at the time of writing the Democrats had 213 seats (with 218  needed for victory) and the Republicans 191 with 31 seats still to be called.   The Democrats will take the House.

The reverse happened in the Senate.   There the Republicans picked up a net 3 seats with the likely final result being the Republicans with 54 seats and the Democrats/Independents 46.

So, what does this mean.   In very simple terms the Democrats in the House will be able to use their majority to investigate the actions of the Administration.   They might go so far as to launch impeachment proceeding against the President although they might want to take a leaf out of the Republican book when they tried that against President Clinton.   All that aside ... it's clear the White House will have its work cut out dealing with the House.

The Republicans will rejoice in the Senate result given that it is the Senate's role to confirm the President's nomination of judges to the Supreme Court, the Courts of Appeal and to the District Courts.    The country can expect the judicial system to shift to the right.

For what it is worth I think the spoils of victory are about equally divided as is America.   The next two years in the lead up to the 2020 Presidential election will be interesting.    As it stands Trump has to be in with a chance for a second term.   There is no obvious Democrat challenger at this point although I wouln't count Joe Biden out completely.



09:00

09:00

Wednesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ive listened to this perhaps a dozen times and it really grows on you. Marvellous music! The post Wednesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

The Muslim bacon prank "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

08:00

Wednesday Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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07:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S05 E02 Obsession 1 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

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

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

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

07:30

Cut it out: Knife fails "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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07:05

Whale Oilers fed up with Whale Oil attempts to push JLR agenda "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For about a week Cameron Slater pushed the Jami-Lee Ross agenda hard, then suddenly and mysteriously last week dropped out of sight. That could be through illness, or it could be a stunt. Whale Oil management has not informed the loyal following that remains (numbers suggest many have given up on Slater and WO) what []

07:00

Ferrari Testarossa to the Sahara a 2000mile adventure "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz More Harrys garage but back to real cars as promised. An older video (3 years ago) where Harry Metcalfe takes his 30 year old Ferrari Testarossa to the Sahara desert. This emulates a journey made in 1995 by a UK [] The post Ferrari Testarossa to the Sahara a 2000mile adventure appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:39

Migrante Australia welcomes Sister Pat back to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Contributed by Migrante Australia

Sister Pat arrived back in Australia amidst a crowd of Filipino and Australian friends coming from various  organisations,  like Migrante Australia and the Philippines Australia Solidarity Association (PASA), bearing placards and streamers welcoming her, thanking her for her genuine service to the poor and oppressed Filipinos, whilst protesting President Dutertes harassment and attacks on critics and those who oppose his fascist and dictatorial rule.

Seventy-two-year-old Sister Pat has lived in the Philippines for 27 years. She has worked among the poor, the peasants and the underprivileged Filipinos, shared their hardships and supported them in their struggle for survival, dignity and justice.

She understood that it is not fate that has made them poor and powerless, rather it is the neoliberal and anti-people policies and practices of the Philippine Filipino migrants in Australia are among the millions of Filipinos outside who left the Philippines to seek a better life for their families.

The Philippines, despite being a very rich country with bountiful natural resources and fertile, arable land cannot feed its own people, provide decent jobs with decent wages and guarantee human rights of the Filipino people. The forced migration of Filipinos will not stop unless the root causes of poverty is substantially addressed.

Yet government after government especially the current government allowed the Philippines natural resources to be exploited by foreign companies and has made a mockery of the Filipino peoples desire for progress, for peace, freedom and justice. Those who fight are massacred, tortured, detained, persecuted, arrested and like Sister Pat, branded undesirable alien and forced to Sister Pat understood and embraced the aspirations of the struggling Filipino people.

At the airport, Sister Pat called on Australians to start taking responsibility on what is happening over We are inspired by sister Pats dedication, we thank her and salute her and look forward to standing together with her in our fight for justice and lasting peace for Filipinos here and in the Philippines.

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06:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Just a brief note to those readers who like to add their own contributions to Daily roundup in the comments. PLEASE remember that politically incorrect and offensive (but funny) jokes are only to be enjoyed on Mondays in the Comedy corner post which is specifically for that kind of humour. Do not post that kind of humour here. The NEW National party, [] The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:29

NZ First proxy voting for Jami-lee Ross "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Winston peters has announced that NZ First will proxy vote for Jami-lee Ross in Parliament in his absence the vote will be the same as the national party vote. Peters has claimed it is for democratic integrity and ensuring Ross electorate gets a vote in Parliament, but that sounds bogus. The vote will make []

06:16

All Wars Are Bankers Wars Documentary, Plus a Message of Warning! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

War, what is it good for? Lining Bankers pockets! An oldie but a goodie: Every human being should see this documentary at least once, and weve given you options of how youd like it: YouTube Bitchute Link Here Vimeo Link Here: https://player.vimeo.com/video/128064406 Or the full text on PDF: http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/allwarsarebankerswars.pdf And one of Uncensoreds sources passed []

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06:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

05:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1942, songwriter, singer and guitarist Johnny Rivers (John Ramistella) Born today in 1943, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joni Mitchell (Roberta Joan Anderson). Born today in 1960, Tommy Thayer, songwriter and guitarist, with Black n Blue and Kiss. Today in 1975 Elton John went to number 1 on the US album chart with [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:43

This Poem Is Dangerous "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  Our poem for the week is by a Scottish poet who didnt start publishing till the 1960s though she []

05:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:00

Hadith for the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Yesterday we learned about sneezing and catching a cold and that four (or maybe three) sneezes were a bad thing. Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (PBUH) said, Allah likes sneezing and dislikes yawning, so if someone sneezes and then praises Allah, then it is obligatory on every Muslim who heard him, to say: May Allah [] The post Hadith for the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:58

Asian markets mostly up as traders keep tabs on US elections "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Asian markets mostly rose early Wednesday as investors tracked early results from the US midterm elections with Democrats looking on course to win back control of the House, which could impact Donald Trumps legislative agenda.

Equities and the dollar were fluctuating through the morning with results in many key constituencies on a knife-edge with turnout expected to be high.

But, while the vote is the first major electoral test of the Trumps presidency, analysts pointed out that the poll is unlikely to lead to a reversal of the White Houses tax cuts and deregulation.

AFP | The US midterm are on a knife-edge with the Democrats tipped to take control of the House of Representatives

Nor will it wind in his aggressive efforts to reframe international trade, which has been a key to recent volatility in global markets.

These midterms were never really expected to be a remarkable market event if they go to plan that is but a shock on either side could spring forex markets out of this November slumber, Stephen Innes, head of Asia-Pacific trading at OANDA, said.

However, the vote has the added twist of a probe looking at whether Trumps campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election. If the Democrats win one house of congress, it would likely lead to extensive investigation of Trumps administration, creating new roadblocks for his agenda.

Hong Kong and Shanghai edged up 0.1 percent while Tokyo was 1.2 percent higher at the break thanks to a weaker yen.

Sydney added 0.2 percent, with Singapore and Seoul each 0.6 percent up. There were also gains in Taipei and Jakarta though Wellington and Manila dipped.

Energy firms dropped with oil prices on worries about an oversupply following a forecast-beating rise in US stockpiles, while the head of the International Energy Agency called on OPEC to boost output.

The comment from director Fatih Birol comes as Venezuelas production dries up and US sanctions on Iran kick in.

However, the commodity was already depressed by news that Washington had given waivers to eight countries allowing them to continue buying crude from Tehran, tempering most of the embargos impact.

At least three of the top five consumers of Iranian crude have been granted waivers. Therefore the impact is likely to be substantially muted, Sukrit Vijayakar, founder of energy consultancy Trifecta Consultants, told AFP.

Apparently, President Trump had a more important short-term goal of bringing oil prices down so as to help the re-election of Re...

04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hippanthropy the  delusional belief that one is a horse; form of zoanthropy in which the patient believes that s/he is a horse; an instance of this.

04:30

Miranda should have done her homework "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Miranda Chang is very passionate about writing, especially global, entertainment, and scientific current events. She is currently a senior and president, co-founder of World Love Organization.  She writes for the LA Times and is very influential among younger people interested in the environment. In 2015 she wrote Miranda could have done some homework.  The same [] The post Miranda should have done her homework appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Let kids be kids (Part 2) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

My excellent colleague ExPFC wrote an article yesterday entitled Let kids be kids which is a sentiment I thoroughly agree with. Although his article was primarily about not wrapping up kids in cotton wool, I also think that there is plenty of time for them to learn about the problems of the modern world. Then [] The post Let kids be kids (Part 2) appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:40

NZ unemployment falls to 3.9pc "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sweet as

Good news for New Zealand's economy with the unemployment rate diving to 3.9 per cent, another huge drop from the preceding quarter and the lowest level in more than a decade since the quarter of June 2008. 

There was also a substantial beat on average earnings versus estimates, with average earnings up by 1.4 per cent in the third quarter.  

This puts the recent unemployment rate improvement for Australia to 5 per cent somewhat into the shade! 


Although Australia's unemployment rate is forecast to improve over the next couple of years, sadly there's Buckley's chance of us matching this kind of performance, as tighter policy has slowed money growth dramatically.

The backward-looking indicators for construction look reasonably healthy, but the more timely indices point to a looming crunch for dwelling construction.

AIG's construction index fell 2.9 points to a contractionary reading of 46.4 in October, with commercial construction now slowing. 

The house building sub-index contracted further, while the reading for apartment activity imploded another 14.6 points lower to just 29.6, the slowest level in years. 

A slowdown wasn't entirely unexpected of course - indeed, I wrote a report about it 6 months ago - but despite the low cash rate there's just not enough money flowing to get the Aussie economy firing. 

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03:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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03:10

03:07

Associate Director "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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03:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This piece of Whaleoil wisdom was brought to you by the Whaleoil Store. Visit us now and find the perfect piece of Whaleoil swag for your collection.   The post Whaleoil wisdom appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:34

Nine Things You Need to Know about 2018 APEC Leaders Week in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The final two events of Papua New Guineas APEC-hosting year are fast approaching. The APEC Leaders Meeting and CEO Summit will be the highlights of APEC Leaders Week, to take place from 12 to 18 November, and thousands of delegates will be coming to Port Moresby from all over the APEC region. Heres what to expect.

Parliament Haus, Port Moresby, with the newly-completed Independence Boulevard directly behind. and the circular International Convention Centre to the right. Credit: Aaron Chin

  1. Public holiday on 16 November

    Friday 16 November will be a Public Holiday in Port Moresby only. Last week, Prime Minister ONeill said there would be only one public holiday, after speculation the government was planning to declare two.

    We are trying to create an environment where it is business as usual, he told a Port Moresby business meeting last week. The public holiday is to ensure that there is limited inconvenience to the public.

    The weekend will be a normal weekend. The Leaders Meeting has been deliberately held on a Saturday and a Sunday.

  2. Jacksons International Airport to remain open

    Port Moresbys Jacksons International Airport will remain open throughout, with most VIPs flying into the country outside of peak times to avoid too much disruption to scheduled flights. Most leaders are expected to fly in on Friday 16 Novemberhence the declared public holiday.

  3. Port to remain open

    While Port Moresbys port at Motukea Island will remain open, there will be changes to its operations to accommodate cruise ships, which are arriving in PNG to provide accommodation for delegates.

  4. Concluding APEC Senior Officials Meeting

    Port Moresbys International Convention Centre will be the...

02:30

Our cities are overcrowded? I wonder why? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you feel just like a tourist in the city you were born  Death Cab for Cutie Its a strange thing, returning to the place you grew up when youve been away for a long time. A sense of dj vu, almost, where everything is still vaguely recognisable, but slightly different. Familiar landmarks are either [] The post Our cities are overcrowded? I wonder why? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:11

Submissions now please to improve welfare! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Prue Hyman  says please make a submission  right now to  make  the welfare system fairer for low income families. She says: []

02:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Click image for a high-res view Daily Kos Elections Nov. 6, 2018 poll closing times map Note that all times on the above map are Eastern, not local, but you can download large-format maps for each U.S. time zone below:  Eastern | Central | Mountain | Pacific | Alaska | Hawaii dailykos.com The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

New Caledonia referendum signals start of a new campaign "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New Caledonia referendum signals start of a new campaignThe result of New Caledonias independence referendum was close enough to inspire Kanak independence leaders to fight again. read now...

01:52

US Midterm election debate Updated "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Good afternoon readers, this is an extra Midterm election debate for yall to discuss and debate the results of the US Midterm elections. Polling booths are closing across the country and results are starting to come in. What are your predictions ? Updated with link to the results chart. Thanks to our commenter The Big [] The post US Midterm election debate Updated appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:45

The PERFECT corporate gifts for your staff this Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Whale Meat Company Gifts Your Staff will know that they are appreciated with a lovely gift of Whale Meat Christmas hams. Whale Meat is your easy, no fuss way to order Christmas hams and you know that they taste just divine! You can find a range of meaty gifts that are suitable for a range [] The post The PERFECT corporate gifts for your staff this Christmas appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:30

Nine To Noon: Impact of AMPs life insurance exit "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Nine To Noon Kathryn Ryan talks to AMP MD Blair Vernon

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20181106-0908-impact_of_amps_life_insurance_exit-128.mp3

AMPs managing director Blair Vernon on all the changes ahead, including selling on AMPs life insurance business in NZ and plans to spin out its New Zealand wealth management arm, through an initial public offering.

The moves affect hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who have policies or investments with the AMP brand, which has being doing business here for over 160 years. 

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01:30

How long can Simon Bridges avoid questions about Jami-Lee Ross? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Simon Bridges is trying the strategy of refusing to answer any more questions about Jami-Lee Ross. This is not going to work out well for him. The media are following every tweet from Ross and are publishing it within minutes. Then there are the other questions the media want answers to. Like who is the [] The post How long can Simon Bridges avoid questions about Jami-Lee Ross? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:20

People moves: Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Ombudsman, Chief Justice "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A new Executive elected to the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Accountant Ombudsman, Chief Justice retires.

At the 63rd Annual General Meeting of the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc. held on Monday 5 November at the Crown Hotel, the following were duly elected to the Executive for 2018/19: President: Rio Fiocco; Vice-President:  Peter Goodwin; Treasurer:  Akae Beach; Secretary:Michael Henao; General Committee:  Ian Clough, Chetan Chopra, Lynn Walsh, Vani Nades, Janet Sios.

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The acting Governor-General has sworn in Kevin Kopii Kopere as the Accountant Ombudsman. The position had been vacant since 2014.

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The 10-year term of office of the Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injla has ended. Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika has automatically assumed the role until the National Executive Council either extends Sir Salamos term or appoints a new Chief Justice.

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01:14

In brief: Government plans five new highways and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Government plans to build and open five new highways, Mibank launches women-only credit card, and PNG Power to upgrade two projects in Eastern Highlands and East New Britain. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

The 2019 National Budget is scheduled to be delivered on the floor of Parliament by Treasurer Charles Abel next Tuesday 13 November.

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The National Government is planning to build and open five new highways linking the country which will open the corridors for economic development. Planning Minister, Richard Maru, reoprtedly says the proposed highways are the Morobe-Gulf Highway via Menyamya, Kikori-Kerema section of the Trans-Island Highway, Central-Milne Bay continuation of the Magi Highway and the Morobe-Sepik Highway from Wutung, and the Baiyer-Madang Highway.

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MiBank CEO, Tony Westaway, says the bank will be expanding its mobile phone usage in 2019 as it pushes further into remote parts of the country. He also says customers will able to use the ATMs of Westpac, Kina Bank, ANZ, from early next year. The bank has also issued a credit car...

01:06

Identifying digital opportunities Papua New Guineas focus during APEC, says Executive Director "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Executive Director of APEC, Alan Bollard, tells Business Advantage PNG that finding digital solutions that suit Papua New Guinea has been a focus of APEC discussions. Trust and integrity will be key factors in implementation.

Papua New Guinea has been keen to have an overriding priority on digital opportunities, Bollard tells Business Advantage PNG of this years APEC agenda.

But we have to remember that it is in an economy with very limited broadband access, so that is quite a big ask.

APECs Bollard Source: APEC

There is very limited digital coverage outside Port Moresby so what we have been doing is focusing on technologies that can be used that are appropriate for PNGs stage of development.

Bollard says this means considering remote access issues and looking beyond commerce into areas like health and education.

Solar powered

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01:00

Cant stop the music "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The arrogance of Hollywood knows no bounds. Musicians are more than happy to flog off their music to anyone at all, except when Donald Trump plays it. They are embarrassed at being associated with him through their music being used in his campaign. A Washington Post reporter alerted Rihanna that her music being played at [] The post Cant stop the music appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:44

Five questions for: Papua New Guineas Ambassador to APEC, Ivan Pomaleu "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

APECs 21 Leaders gather in Port Moresby next week, the culmination of 10 months of officials meetings. Papua New Guineas APEC Ambassador, Ivan Pomaleu, tells Business Advantage PNG that making APEC useful for the country will require a long-term commitment.

APEC Ambassador Ivan Pomaleu

Business Advantage PNG (BAPNG): Are you on track to be ready for the Leaders Meeting in mid-November?

APEC Ambassador, Ivan Pomaleu (IP): Weve finished all the lead-up officials meetings and the Finance Ministers have met in Port Moresby and so all the big ticket meetings in our hosting program are completed. So, were now in the process of finalising the two key statements: the APEC Ministers meetings Joint Statement and the Leaders Declaration. The final drafting of those statements will take place during the week of the Leaders meeting. Logistically, all the accommodation arrangements, meeting centres and security details are close to finality.

BAPNG: In what ways do you expect PNG to benefit from the entire series of meetings that have taken place over the last 10 months?

IP: This is a very important issue and a lot of our people dont really realise how much work we have done over the last 10 months. You could answer this question by looking at the direct kina inflows as a result of adding up the individual spends for transport, accommodation, food, entertainment, souvenir shopping and come up with a figure. And thats very valuable because its new money. But if you are looking for immediate gains, you might be disappointed. We need to continually remind ourselves that APEC is long-term.

When I took up the job as Ambassador, I thought about how we could leverage off this event through developing important infrastructure developments, and not just the APEC meetings. And Port Moresby...

00:30

Quiz: Walk like an Egyptian "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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00:12

BHP Billiton facing 5bn lawsuit from Brazilian victims of dam disaster "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ruined homes in the small town of Bento Rodrigues, Brazil after the disaster. Photograph: Felipe Dana/AP

Action launched in Liverpool against Anglo-Australian mining company after 2015 tragedy that killed 19 people

Jonathan Watts | The Guardian | 6 November 2018 

The worst environmental disaster in Brazils history has triggered one of the biggest legal claims ever filed in a British court.

The Anglo-Australian mining company BHP Billiton is being sued for about 5bn by Brazilian victims of the Samarco dam collapse in Mariana three years ago.

The class action case was filed in the Liverpool high court on Monday by the UK-based SPG Law on be...

00:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: In Seattle WA (somewhere while we were driving around) NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view from your kitchen window or bedroom window or [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Farmers re-elect dissident ex-director Leonie Guiney to Fonterra board Rebecca Howard:

(BusinessDesk) Fonterra Cooperative Group shareholders have effectively delivered a rebuke to the sitting board by voting to elect outspoken former director Leonie Guiney to the board while failing to support two of three board nominations.

Zespri chairman Peter McBride was also elected to the cooperatives governance team, but board-backed Maori commercial leader Jamie Tuuta and an incumbent director, Ashleigh Waugh, both failed to gain the 50 percent support required for election to the board, as did self-nominated candidate John Nicholls, leaving one board seat unfilled ahead of Thursdays annual meeting in Lichfield. . .

Early testing indicates Mycoplasma bovis eradication still possible Rebecca Howard:

(BusinessDesk) Early results from nationwide bulk milk testing for Mycoplasma bovis suggests eradication remains possible, the Ministry for Primary Industries says.

To date, more than 51,000 of approximately 70,000 tests have been completed and only three farms have been confirmed to have the cattle disease.

Testing to date reinforces the theory the country is facing a single strain of the bacterial infection that affects cows. . .

 

Renewed FTA deal unlikely to bear more benefits for dairy industry Craig McCulloch:

New Zealand looks highly unlikely to secure a better deal for dairy exporters as part of an improved free trade agreement with China. 

Under the current agreement, New Zealands dairy products are hit with higher tariffs once they reach a certain amount.

Those limits automatically expire by 2022 and 2024, but the dairy industry had hoped to bring those dates forward as part of....

Tuesday, 06 November

23:54

After Kanak surge, French Prime Minister calls for meeting in Paris "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By Nic Maclellan in Noumea, New Caledonia

At the end of a day-long visit to New Caledonia, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has invited independence leaders and anti-independence politicians to travel to Paris in December, to collectively draw together our conclusions about the referendum.

Accompanied by Overseas Minister Annick Girardin, Prime Minister Philippe flew to the French Pacific dependency on 5 November, the day after New Caledonias referendum on self-determination. This vote was the culmination of a twenty-year transition established by the 1998 Noumea Accord: 56.4 per cent of registered voters decided to remain within the French Republic, while 43.6 per cent voted Yes for independence.

Out of 141,099 ballots lodged, there were 138,933 valid votes (with 2,166 blank or void votes). As announced by Francis Lamy, head of the referendum Control Commission, there were 78,360 voting No to accession to full sovereignty and 60,573 voting Yes.

The French Prime Minister welcomed the decision of New Caledonians to stay with France, noting that the referendum debate had been divisive but not heartbreaking.

Philippe spent the day in a series of separate meetings with each of the five political groupings that contested the official referendum campaign. He also met French High Commission staff, the Control Commission that administered the referendum as well as members of the Committee of the Wise (a body he established last December to help moderate the tone of the debate about New Caledonias future).

In the afternoon, Philippe made a flying visit by military helicopter to meet the leaders of New Caledonias largest independence parties, Daniel Goa of Union Caldonienne (UC) and Paul Neaoutyine of the Parti de Libration Kanak (Palika). The media pool that accompanied the Prime Minister all the way to the provincial capital of Koohne (including this correspondent) was disappointed when none of the three would appear for a post-meeting photo or interview (the loudest groan seemed to come from the French security officers monitoring the press pack, who had to accompany us back to the capital with little to show for the afternoons adventure).

In a brief public address that evening at the French High Commission, Philippe noted that his day of meetings had continued the necessary dialogue between contending parties: I recall from these meetings that everyone recognised the legitimacy of the vote....

23:39

ONeill to announce preliminary agreements for Papua LNG and Wafi-Golpu to coincide with APEC Leaders Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Prime Minister Peter ONeill has announced that Heads of Agreements will be signed for the Wafi-Golpu mine and Papua LNG project, to coincide with the APEC Leaders Week. In a pep talk to business last week, he emphasised the benefits of hosting APEC 2018.

Prime Minister Peter ONeill Source: BAI

Speaking to a business meeting in Port Moresby last Wednesday, ONeill said that Papua New Guinea had performed strongly in organising and preparing for the APEC 2018, which has involved hundreds of meetings, and brought some 10,000 delegates from 21 countries to PNG.

(APEC) is one of the most significant events that has ever been hosted in our country, he said.

It hasnt been easy, I can tell you that.

ONeill added that there have been many commentators who did not think PNG could host APEC effectively.

As usual, we have proven them wrong. We have hosted over 200 meetings very successfully.

APEC provides a unique opportunity for PNG.

That is a very huge undertaking for an economy like Papua New Guinea.

I dont think many economies that have hosted APEC have had that number of meetingsas we have.

Fast growing

ONeill observed that PNG is one of the smallest economies in APEC but also one of the fastest-growing.

He said there has been strong support from other countries in the forum.

Heads of agreements are expected to be signed.

APEC provides a unique opportunity for PNG.

Its 21 economies represent over 50 per cent of global trade, and over 60 per cent of global GDP.

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23:36

Don't vote, it only encourages the bastards "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Don Boudreaux explains:
A few hours ago at the Detroit airport a bubbly young woman struck up a conversation with me as we both waited in line to buy coffee. Wheres your I Voted sticker?! she asked with great enthusiasm as she pointed to the one she sported. I dont vote, I told her. She literally looked as though I confessed to being afflicted with necrophilia.
    This makes me so sad. So sad. Why dont you vote?, she pressed, with a tone that revealed that she truly felt pity for me. I really wasnt interested in having such a discussion then and there with this stranger, but she kept asking. So I eventually answered: I dont wish to legitimise politics by participating in its formal ceremonies.
    But elections arent ceremonies; they matter!!! Her verbally expressed exclamation points grew in number.
    I replied that I agree that elections do indeed determine which individuals hold political power. But this fact for me is irrelevant, for two reasons. The first is that even if I did (which I dont) strongly prefer one group of candidates over another group, because the prospect of my vote swinging an election one way or another is practically zero, I would waste my time if I voted. And my time is valuable. I refuse to waste it on futile activities such as voting.
    Second and more importantly, I detest politics and all but a tiny handful of politicians. And so by voting in an election I would play along with the dangerous romantic myth that insists that leaders who are chosen democratically thereby legitimately gain the right to order me and other peaceful individuals about. Election winners certainly do gain the power to order me and other peaceful individuals about, but Ill be damned if I believe that they are ethically entitled to do so. I obey their commands for the same reason that I would hand my wallet and car keys to a thug who presses a knife to my throat.
    Id gotten into the spirit of the conversation and ended by telling her that, while I do not judge her for feeling elevated and proud of herself for having voted, were I to vote I would feel compromised, unprincipled, grimy, and ashamed of myself.
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23:30

Labours reasonable idea but very silly mechanism "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We have a genuine qualitative and quantitative shortage of teachers in New Zealand. We also rank 33rd in the OECD  for overcoming socio-economic disadvantage. The Labour government has just decided that New Zealand schools need non-teaching  Learning Support Co-ordinators. The role is remarkably similar to the Villa Education Trust designed Community Liaison Managers (no credit [] The post Labours reasonable idea but very silly mechanism appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:28

Fighting at LNG site poses threat to workers: Police "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

PNG Liquefied Natural Gas Plant near Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.Photographer: Richard Dellman via ExxonMobil Corp.

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 5, 2018

POLICE are concerned that bad blood between a group of Highlanders and locals at the liquefied natural gas site in Gulf over a sorcery-related killing is posing a threat to the company.

Provincial police commander Inspector Silva Sika said the killing at an LNG site village had led to frequent rows and fighting, making it unsafe for the workers.

The deceased was originally from Lufa in Eastern Highlands.

Police will be deployed again to the site to settle the situation and protect others from outside (the province) working there, Sika said.

He said relatives of the deceased had attacked the suspects brother at the Wabo su...

23:00

Cartoon of the day by BoomSlang "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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23:00

Bloomberg Politics: The existential threat to the Democrats of failing to take the House "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An interesting segment from Bloomberg Europe on the threat to the Democrats if they fail to take the House

22:35

79,784 Requested Mail-In Ballots Have Not Been Counted in Georgia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When polls opened on Election Day, 79,784 Georgians who requested an absentee, mail-in ballot had not returned their ballot and have not voted early. WhoWhatWhys exclusive reporting allows those voters to check the status of their votes while theres just enough time to still get to the polls.

Among all voters who have been issued a ballot but have not yet voted, 44.1 percent are black, 36.6 percent are white, and 5.4 percent are Asian or Pacific Islander.

Of that total, 2,630 mail-in ballots have been rejected often for minor technical issues and the affected voters have not yet been able to cast a new ballot.

It is vitally important to note that not all Georgia counties report their ballot rejection rates to the state. Only 102 of 159 counties have reported any rejections at all as of Monday night, and there is no guarantee that those counties have reported all of the rejections.

The problem of counties rejecting mail-in ballots may be and almost certainly is much worse than we know.

22:30

Greens want to toughen gas ban "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We have written extensively about how the governments oil and gas ban is a terrible policy. Not only does it destroy a profitable industry and decimate a whole region, but it has been poorly conceived, and as a result, the countrys energy security may well be at risk. We are an island nation and cannot [] The post Greens want to toughen gas ban appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:08

Ramshackle and decrepit "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Watching the US elections from the bottom of the world in New Zealand, I'm struck by how ramshackle and decrepit the system is. The tales of broken or even missing voting machines and long queues to vote bring to mind people queuing for food in the old USSR: a symbol of fundamental social failure. This is the sort of shit you expect to see in a failed state, not in one of the world's richest countries. After all, if a democracy can't run elections properly, surely its not worthy of the name.

I know, the US is 50 different election administrations, not just one. But still: this is not something other modern democracies fail at. Its not something voters in other countries tolerate.

For an example of what a properly functioning election system looks like, here's how it works in New Zealand:

  • You can vote anywhere. None of this "assigned polling place" bullshit and the dirty tricks it enables.
  • Polling places everywhere, so everyone can get to one. By way of example, my local electorate ("district" in American) had 39 polling places for ~35,000 actual voters (or about 45,000 potential voters). 5 of them had fewer than 6 votes cast.
  • Enough booths and staff at each polling place so people don't have to queue, unless they arrive in a mob. Its normally a five minute process.
  • Paper ballots. Because we want our elections to be more reliable than Microsoft Windows.
Plus of course no voter ID bullshit (because fraud is staggeringly rare), no gerrymandering (electoral boundaries are set by a neutral commission), and no politicisation of the system. Voters have an expectation that our elections are free and fair and run impartially, and our politicians accept that. We had a major political storm one year because public service reform and consequent siloisation (TL;DR: an agency which previously helped decided it wasn't their job anymore) meant that the count was slow. I shudder to think what voters would do to a government which made them queue to vote, but there would probably be resignations and sackings. Simply, we expect better from our government than that. We expect it to function. Americans should expect no less.

21:55

We Are Winning! Peace Action @ Weapons Expo 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Auckland Peace Action

From Auckland Peace Action, November 4, 2018

The 2018 Weapons Expo and the accompanying campaign to shut it down are finished for the year. It has been an awesome and successful week for the peace movement in Palmerston North, and the urge to keep struggling has only grown stronger. It is never easy to stand up to the largest and most powerful industry on the planet the weapons trade but it is clear that our work and our tactics are bearing fruit.

The diverse group of people making up Peace Action Manawat engaged in critical work across their local community. They built real support and alliances from church groups, refugee and migrant groups, artists and businesses. They were patient and persuasive, acting with honesty and integrity in bringing the issue of the Weapons Expo to the City and the Council.

They found a great deal of support within the Council. Unfortunately they also found some bastions of support for the NZ Defence Industry Association from the Mayor and his Deputy. The former had agreed to the event without any input from other Councillors, and sought to hide the extent of his communications with the event organisers by directing them to contact him only by telephone. He gave an opening welcome to the Expo, and has publicly called for the event to be held in the City again next year. His conduct is not surprising given the addictive nature of power, but disappointing for many who had called him an ally on other issues. The Event organisers also sought to impose an illegal roadblock around the venue, forcing essential community organisations to close or curtail their services during the duration of the event. A legal challenge to this mitigated the worst effects, but there is a lack of understanding of the NZ Bill of Rights by Council, particularly in terms of peoples rights to freedom of movement and protest.

The gargantuan police presen...

21:45

Video: Public response forces moving of the children of Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

Immigration officials are secretly shifting asylum seeker families from Nauru to Adelaide as part of an operation to remove all children from the islands regional refugee processing centre.

Its about time.

Video from One Term Tories

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State of Play on Nauru

(1-1/4 mins) Immigration officials are secretly shifting asylum seeker families from Nauru to Adelaide as part of an operation to remove all children from the islands regional refugee processing centre. It's about time. This video gives us an insight into the conditions on Nauru that most refugees have had to endure for five years. It shows the perils they face by having no idea what their future holds.The Howard Government quitely returned refugees after it introduced offshore processing in October 2001. Between 2001 and 2008, a total of 1,637 people were detained on Nauru and Manus Island, including 786 Afghans, 684 Iraqis and 88 Sri Lankans. Of these, 1,153 (or 70%) were ultimately resettled to Australia or other countries, 705 of these in Australia. Others were resettled in New Zealand (401), Sweden (21), Canada (16), Denmark (6) and Norway (4), while 483 left voluntarily and one person died. It took Kevin Rudd to abolish the Pacific Solution, but Julia Gillard re-introduced the practice to Nauru on 14 September 2012 and to Manus Island on 21 November 2012. It was at this point I resigned my near twenty year membership of the ALP. When Rudd was returned to the Prime Ministership he simply didn't have the guts to cancel the offshore operation so close to the looming election which saw Tony Abbott as Prime Minister reminding us all about the perceived loss of control ofour borders, and a whole bag of dirty tricks aided and abetted by Scott Morrison who famously refused to speak about on-water operations.At the moment, it seems that transferred families ARE being kept together. The government is saying nothing, but it appears higly likely Nauru Airlines planes have been chartered by the Australian government, and Adelaide has been cho...

21:04

Young Greek-Australian doctor killed by a shark in Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A young Greek-Australian doctor was fatally mauled by a shark in the Whitsunday Islands Cid Harbour and died short time later after submitted to a local hospital. 33-year-old Victorian doctor Daniel Christidis worked as a research fellow in the urology department at Austin Health in Melbourne. It was believed that Dr Christidis had only recently

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19:12

The struggle to visualize climate when most people impose flat Earth conceptions into a three-dimensional atmosphere "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In a recent article, I used an illustration of 1200 km circles around a weather station to illustrate the extent the IPCC considered it represented. A comment about the article asked if I was aware of the map distortion and its effect on the circle of coverage. It was an arcane but important observation. He was pointing to the distortion created by using a Mercator projection map. I am very aware of the distortion. My entire career involved working with maps. This included flying in the Air Force; teaching courses and running labs about maps and map reading; studying climate weather maps; the movement and migration of people driven by climate change; and teaching a course in political geography. I provided major research for a book on the search for the Northwest Passage on the Pacific west coast written by Sam Bawlf titled, "The Secret Voyages of Sir Francis Drake." Dr. John Dee, science advisor to Queen Elizabeth I, gave Drake his sailing and scientific instructions. This...

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