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Thursday, 16 November

22:45

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

THIS COMING SUNDAY IN HONOLULU

22:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fonterra launches plan to improve waterways:

Fonterra today launched an ambitious plan to help improve the quality of New Zealands waterways.

Based around six strategic commitments, the plan will underpin Fonterras efforts to promote healthy streams and rivers, including a strong focus on sustainable farming and manufacturing.

The release of the plan signals Fonterras desire to play an active role in delivering healthy waterways for New Zealanders and builds on the Co-operatives previous efforts in this space. Recent examples include Fonterras commitment to restore 50 key freshwater catchments, its membership the Farming Leaders Pledge and work with the Department of Conservation on the Living Water initiative. . .

Feds Applaud Fonterra On Bold Climate Change Announcement:

Federated Farmers support Fonterras bold push to get to zero emissions of CO2 on the manufacturing side of the Co-operative, both in New Zealand and across its global network.

And we await with interest to see what the contribution is that they will be making to reduce biological emissions, which whilst we have some promising options under development to control them, there is a lot of work still to be done, Federated Farmers climate change spokesperson Andrew Hoggard says. . .

Fonterra pledge will build on existing environmental initiatives says Feds:

Fonterras pledge to improve the nations waterways and environment is a commendable and achievable aspiration says Federated Farmers.

The dairy co-operative has outlined today six commitments towards its target of reducing its environ...

22:30

Fat Tony is dead right, doesnt seem to be too much howling about it either "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It is probably because Fat Tony is a Labour guy that there is no howling about his comments about the pointless of learning Maori. Former Labour Party president Mike Williams has suggested there is no need for Te Reo in prisons because it does not help inmates get a job once they are released. Mr []

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22:17

Did Youthquest Kapiti Need To Fold? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We contacted MPs, we had potential proposals for sustainable income for next year. We just needed to get to next year. Darcy Hata, Youthquest Kapiti mentoring manager Well-heeled young folk do better? By Roger Childs Back in June, I was honoured to be present at the Youthquest Kapiti (YQK) prize giving. It was great to []

22:00

New Zealands most reluctant Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New Zealand finds itself in a very bizarre position right now with a politician who is quite possibly the most reluctant Prime Minister in New Zealand history. Not all politicians have a burning ambition to become the leader of their party and then eventually the Prime Minister. Many aspire to be a minister with a portfolio and []

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21:37

Labours got wrong priority for education "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The biggest priority for education spending is the long tail of under-achieving children, especially those who dont manage even basic literacy and numeracy.

The National-led government spent a lot of money working with young people who were destined for a lifetime on benefits knowing investing more now would save much more in both financial and social costs over their lifetimes.

This approach ought to be taken with education, giving one-on-one help to the children who arent school-ready when they turn five.

Thats the children who cant speak English or have poor language skills, even if English is their first language; those who come to school hungry and with other health needs; those who havent had the emotional, intellectual and material support all children deserve and need to ensure they are ready and able to learn when they get to school.

At the same time, children already at school who are struggling with numeracy and literacy need more help.

Then theres children with special needs who for their sake and others in their classes need more help than a single teacher with a room full of children can possibly give them.

Helping these children requires more teachers and teacher-aides. It also requires better teachers.

Teacher unions insist all teachers are good teachers. Theyre not, like any other group. They are spread on the bell curve with some excellent ones, some duds and most in the middle.

Putting more money into more training and support to improve teaching standards is another priority.

Teachers arent particularly well-paid in comparison with other professions. Part of the fault for that lies in the union insistence that all teachers are equal and refusal to countenance performance pay.

That aside, pay rates that make teacher salaries competitive with pay rates for other occupations which compete with them for recruitment would help.

The new government is determined to alleviate child poverty. Ensuring all children achieve at school so they have what they need to succeed when they grow up should be part of that.

Instead, Labours first priority is spending even more on those who mostly need it least, tertiary students.

The taxpayer already pays more than 70% of the cost of tertiary study.

If more help is needed, it should be targeted at those who really need it; at areas of study where there are graduate-shortages and in loan write-offs for professionals willing to work in hard-to-staff places.

The average graduate earns around $1.5 million more over a lifetime than non-graduates who will be paying more tax to help them into better paid jobs.

In opposition th...

21:36

What Are The Greens Playing At? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

"WTF, James!" The Greens do not appear to understand that the key to improving their partys position electorally, as well as strengthening its hand politically, lies in conceiving of the Labour-NZ First-Green government as a single entity: one which must either hang together or, most assuredly, it will hang separately! Stealing their comrades electoral lunch, in these circumstances, can only damage the Greens every bit as much as it damages (and enrages!) Labour and NZ First.

WHAT DO THE GREENS think theyre playing at? Their response to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has done themselves, and the government theyre ostensibly part of, a huge disservice. Honestly, its the sort of reaction one might expect from a clutch of radical student politicians: long on principle, short on common-sense. If this is how the Greens plan to conduct themselves over the next three years, then they had better find themselves an electorate they can win (without Labours support!) and fast. Because keeping their party above the 5 percent MMP threshold is likely to prove a constant struggle.

Perhaps theyve convinced themselves that by waving their anti-TPP banners across Twitter and Facebook they will pick up all those woke voters whove accused Jacinda Ardern and David Parker of selling out to global capitalism at Danang. How many might that be? Almost certainly a lot fewer than the very substantial number of generous Labour supporters who gave the Greens their Party Vote on 23 September to make sure they didnt disappear from Parliament altogether. If the Greens arent willing to reciprocate that sort of solidarity, then theres bugger-all chance of it being repeated!

The Greens do not appear to understand that the key to improving their partys position electorally, as well as strengthening its hand politically, lies in conceiving of the Labour-NZ First-Green government as a single entity: one which must either hang together or, most assuredly, it will hang separately! Stealing their comrades electoral lunch, in these circumstances, can only dama...

21:33

Sea creatures 7 miles down are eating plastic "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sea creatures in one of the deepest places on Earth have been found for the first time with plastic fibres in their stomachs. Crustaceans almost seven miles down in the darkest depths of the Pacific Ocean are eating plastic, scientists have confirmed. The finding, which is the deepest possible record of microplastics, means nothing living in the world's seas is now likely to be untouched by manmade rubbish. Every creature sampled at the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific had swallowed microscopic fragments including nylon, polyethylene and polyvinyls similar to PVC. Dr Alan Jamieson, from Newcastle University, who led the study, called the results 'immediate and startling'.

21:30

Kelvin Davis is (tits) in Maori and in English "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I am starting to wonder who will be the first minister to be given the arse card given their lacklustre performance in the house at the moment. The worst performer is Kelvin Davis. He got hammered the first day by Bill English, then on the second day resorted to speaking pidgin-Maori to answer questions. His []

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21:15

New to the Blog or just want to test your knowledge? Take the Moderation Quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I have noticed a few new commenters making work for our wonderful moderation team lately so I thought that now would be a good time to offer a refresher course on Moderation. I understand that for many of you who are new here you will not be used to forums that do not allow personal []

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21:01

History As Propaganda "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The case of Vincent OMalley By John Robinson   Recently several of us took the train to Wellington to hear a talk at the National Library by Vincent OMalley about his recent book, The Great War for New Zealand, Waikato 1800-2000. OMalley does not take on the role of an independent scholar; indeed, he is firmly []

21:00

Under no circumstances whatsoever should you subscribe to Whaleoil "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  Dont start getting any ideas about subscribing to Whaleoil just because you enjoy its content or because it is the only New Zealand Political blog offering podcasts. Sure it has something new every 30 minutes starting at 6am in the morning and running till 9pm at night but just because it has the hardest working []

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20:30

The Muppet Show continues, this time it was Robbos turn to be crushed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I almost feel sorry for Grant Robertson, he had to front for Stuart Nash, and got torn apart for it. Nashy seems to be in hiding after getting told to pull his head in by Robbo.   Judith Collins obviously knew more about the topic than both Nashy and Robbo combined. Hon JUDITH COLLINS (NationalPapakura): To []

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20:00

The elephant in the room: addressing corruption in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There is a general consensus that Papua New Guinea (PNG) is in a deep financial crisis. The country is in desperate need of help from both within and outside PNG. The political and bureaucratic leadership is working hard to sustain the country under this financial climate.

The Government has reached out to the international community for financial assistance. There are some positive responses, which is encouraging for the country. However, this is a temporary measure and not sustainable. The real challenge is dealing with the elephant in the room corruption which permeates all aspects of PNG society. Unless PNG tackles this problem head on, any external or internal interventions to financially rescue the country will be futile.

The new Government has acknowledged that improving governance is crucial to the future of PNG. The Government is now embarking on several initiatives to improve governance systems to restore confidence in the government and its systems and processes. The Constitutional and Law Reform Commission (CLRC) has been party to many of these initiatives and it is in this context that I would like to share with you these proposals.

If PNG is to improve governance and encourage investment in the private sector, and strengthen its bureaucracy to deliver basic and other services to the people, the new Government must first of all combat corruption as its number one priority.

Corruption is a major problem for PNG. In 2016, it ranked 136 on the Transparency Internationals Corruption Perception Index, the same ranking as Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Myanmar and Nigeria. As one of the most corrupt countries in the world, PNG has a huge task ahead to improve this image. PNG signed on to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption on 22 December 2004 and ratified it on 16 July 2007.

In 2011, the Government launched the National Anti-Corruption Strategy. After the 2102 National Elections, the ONeill Government supported the establishment of an inter-government anti-corruption unit called Task Force Sweep to investigate and prosecute crimes of corruption. This team was disbanded about two years later when the Prime Minister was implicated in a corruption scandal.

The Government, however, in 2014 proceeded to request that Parliament approve the establishment of the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) by amending the Constitution. A new Division VIII.3 under Section 220 of the Constitution was inserted through Constitutional Amendment No. 40, enabling the establishment of ICAC. This constitutional amendment paves the way for the enactment of an Organic Law on the Independent Commission Against Corruption and its full establishment.

In 2015, the Parliament took carriage of the proposed ICAC Organic Law Bill. The Bill was referred to the Parl...

20:00

Honeymoon over? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The new governments honeymoon could be over already. NewstalkZB reports: The first ripples of discontent have emerged in the new Government, as Labour and New Zealand First criticise the Greens for cheap horse-trading for considering a deal in exchange for supporting a waka-jumping bill. An internal email reveals that the Green Party is considering negotiating []

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20:00

Kumuls can knock England out of world cup says Paul Aiton "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Paul-Aiton
Paul Aiton

JULIE STOTT | The Star (London)

PAUL AITON is convinced Papua New Guinea can pull off a major shock by knocking England out of the World Cup.

Aiton and his Kumuls team will have eight million fans screaming them on back in PNG.

The Catalans and former Leeds star admits even hes in awe of the passion in a country where rugby league is the national sport.

He said: Weve had a lot of trouble with politics and tribal stuff but when we play for the Kumuls everyone is behind us.

It is hard for other people to understand. PNG people just love the game - they even clap if the other team does something well which is unreal.

England are big favourites to win Sundays quarter-final in Melbourne but Aiton insists his side also have their eyes on the semi-finals. He said: Our chances are very good, 50-50 as far as were concerned. We are training to win.

The Kumuls dominated their group, racking up 128 points and conceding only six in their three games.

Now the 15th ranked team in the world is targeting the greatest win in their history and Aiton cant wait.

He said: It is history again for us. It would be massive. Coming into the tournament we didnt want to settle for a couple of wins at home.

You dream of the quarters and now we can focus fully on this game and hopefully further than that.

Wales, Ireland and USA players all admitted they were intimidated by playing in front of the intense local crowds in Port Moresby.

The Kumuls lose that home advantage this week, with the England game in Australia, but Aiton says he is still confident.

He said: It is good to play at home but that also comes with a lot of pressure because there are eight million people behind you.

England v Papua New Guinea at AAMI Park, Melbourne, Sunday 4pm AEDT

19:58

A tranquilizer shortage is holding back rhino management plans in India "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Watching a rhino get tranquilized is indeed an experience to cherish. It is hard to imagine that such a powerful animal can become so vulnerable too, says Dharanidhar Boro, an officer on special duty at Manas National park, who has been working with greater one-horned rhinos in Indias Assam state since 1987. He describes the frenzy as more than 30 trained elephants circle a grazing rhino to try and contain it, and an official with a dart gun, riding atop one of the pachyderms, shoots a drug-laden syringe at the rhinos rump or neck. It takes eight to 10 minutes after the needle pierces the rhinos thick skin for the animal to go completely under; it takes off running at first, then staggers, before finally collapsing onto its chest or side. While the experience is no fun for the animal, tranquilization makes it possible to give rhinos veterinary care, affix radio collars to track them, or safely transfer them into crates for relocation. The most important element of the tranquilizing cocktail that allows conservationists to safely knock out a 2,000-plus-kilogram (4,400-pound) rhino is a semi-synthetic opioid known as Etorphine HCl. Etorphine HCl is by far the best available choice for rhino immobilization today, says Amit Sharma, coordinator of rhino conservation at WWF-India. Other large herbivores, [such] as elephants can still be tranquilized safely with other options, but nothing better works for rhinos. Indias stock of the drug, however, is alarmingly low. The states of Assam, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh,

19:30

Ex-Motor pool mechanic and now Defence Minister stupidly lax with medals "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The ex-Motor pool mechanic and now Defence Minister, Ron Mark, has been made to look like a bit of a fool for wearing his medals incorrectly and in some cases without a permission. In order to wear foreign medals you have to get permission. It appears Mark didnt. Defence minister Ron Mark has admitted wearing []

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19:30

Fortnightly links: Scott Guggenheim, the One Campaign, Missing Maps, and more "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An intriguing Politico profile on Scott Guggenheim, enigmatic American anthropologist and advisor to Ashraf Ghani.

A doctor in PNG finds that involving men in family planning is the key to reducing maternal mortality, Al Jazeera reports.

The One Campaign offers their take on the recent DAC ODA rules negotiations.

A new report maps multi-sectoral nutrition investments and stakeholders in Ethiopia, and shows that most funding for nutrition was contributed by development partners.

India has taken a major step toward empowering and protecting girls, particularly child brides, in a landmark ruling.

Missing Maps is a humanitarian project that preemptively maps parts of the world that are vulnerable to natural disasters, conflicts, and disease epidemics. This project, founded by Ivan Gayton, can save over a billion lives in the worlds most remote slums.

The RDI Network has launched a new guide: How to partner for development research.

Video therapy could be a key method for aid workers to get help, writes Anna Mortimer.

 

The p...

19:21

There's a surprise "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Encouraging more adoption?

I doubt this guy is a good fit for a feminist government.

19:15

RIP Henry Eaton Smith 1922-2017 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  As a community we celebrate and we also grieve together. The amazing Merryl Madsen who has worked for the Villa Education Trust for the last decade had her father pass away on Saturday. He was a remarkable New Zealander and was a hero in WWII. A member of the 24th battalion and awarded the []

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19:04

Senator next target, sexual harassment reckoning floodgates "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Harvey Weinstein revelations and accusations seem to have opened the floodgates of accusations of sexual harassment in the US. Kevin Spacey has also been publicly disgraced, Republican candidate for the Senate Roy Moore is under fire and now  a Democratic senator, Al Franken, the latest to be accused publicly. Sexual impropriety by politicians is []

19:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One of the ways to avoid being beaten by the system is to laugh at it. Peter Cook who was born on this day in 1937.


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19:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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18:55

New Zealand lose to Peru "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New Zealands All Whites had a praised 0-0 home draw in the first leg of a Football World Cup qualifier, but were undone 0-2 by Peru in Lima. Given the big difference in world rankings this was creditable albeit disappointing loss for New Zealand. It was always going to be difficult for the All Whites. []

18:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Once may be a coincidence.   But twice is a pattern:  Someones not happy with the new batch of Green MPs.

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18:27

Ardern on foreign policy and trade "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

After her first international trip after becoming Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, in  report from Newsroom Ardern adjusts to life at the top Sam Sachdeva reports on her vision on foreign policy and her aims on trade. Leading on climate change and nuclear-free The summits were a chance not only to meet world leaders, []

18:17

Ardern on Trump He is consistent "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On her Asian trip Jacinda Ardern has been reported to have met Donald trump briefly but had little interaction with him. She has been questioned about her impressions of him on her return to New Zealand. NZH Q & A with Jacinda Ardern: We have a role in taking a lead: What was your []

18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is netiquette (noun) Etiquette practiced or advocated in electronic communication over a computer network. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Netiquette is a blend of the words network and etiquette. It came to English in the early 1980s.

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18:11

COP23 video: What needs to happen by COP24 to keep the Paris Agreement on track? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Carbon Brief has been talking to a range of people attending COP23, the latest annual round of international climate negotiations being held this year in Bonn, Germany.

A large proportion of the talks has been focused on making progress across a range of issues before the next COP, which is due to be held in Katowice, Poland.

These include finalising the format of the Talanoa dialogue, the new Fijian name for the collective stocktake (or facilitative dialogue) scheduled for 2018 to allow countries to assess their progress towards meeting the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Carbon Brief asked delegates what they thought needs to happen by COP24 to maintain the momentum of the Paris Agreement.

The video above contains the thoughts of

Lidy Nacpil, coordinator of the Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development: The rich countries must deliver on climate financereduce their use of fossil fuels. (0:00-1:17)

Joanna Read, UK Youth Climate Coalition: Everyone needs to step up and actually do the work on the ground. (1:18-2:12)

Rachel Cleetus, lead economist at the Union of Concerned Scientists climate and energy programme: Were still not seeing the ambition and neither are we seeing the level of finance required. (2:13-3:11)

Carlos Rittl, executive secretary of the Climate Observatory in Brazil: We need a good draft of the rulebook for the Paris Agreement and, also, with significant additional climate finance. It is critical to provide assurances to the most vulnerable countries. (3:12-4:19)

Li Shuo, senior climate and energy officer at Greenpeace China: Hopefully, some of the technical issue [on the Paris rulebook] can be concluded by this time next year in PolandAnd we need a robust arrangement for the [Talanoa dialogue]. (4:20- 5:44]

Jacqueline Amongin, representative for Uganda at the Pan African Parliament: It is important that climate change is a key priority at parliaments we should be addressing agriculture, water, migration, all issues. (5:45-6:53)

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of the climate and energy practice at WWF International and the COP20 pre...

18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 17 16 It is senseless to pay to educate a fool, since he has no heart for learning.

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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'

17:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

17:15

Media watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

17:10

Open Forum Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

17:02

Yaffa the city my family once called home "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Amirah AbuLughod is a farmer living in New York and a granddaughter of one of the 120,000 Palestinians displaced from Yaffa in 1948. She visited Yaffa on Interfaith Peace-Builders recent Olive Harvest Delegation. To read more delegate reflections from the trip got to www.ifpb.org/del63.

I walked these streets we walked these streets with a man whose family stayed after the Nakba in 1948. His family was one of only 4,000 who stayed out of an original population of 120,000.

My family was one of those who had the means and opportunity to leave.

I learned on the tour of my grandparents city that those who stayed were forced into Ajami the refugee camp ghetto created for Yaffa refugees on their own land. The ghetto was dismantled only after Holocaust survivors witnessed Ajami and saw something all too familiar.

We walked through the now artist village which was once the location of my siedos (grandfathers) home. Im told by family that the site of his home looks so very different than it once did. As we sat in the beautifully landscaped park surrounded by greenery, blooming bougainvillea, and a salty breeze from the Mediterranean, our guide informed us that any open space in Yaffa was once the most populated. The most populated areas were the first to be demolished, flattened to the ground they now lay barren of homes, filled with people enjoying the view of the Mediterranean Sea.

According to most peoples definition, Yaffa is a beautiful city sea side views, a bustling shopping scene, an artists village, restaurants everywhere you turn.

Amirah Abu Lughod in Yaffa

I found myself struggling to see the beauty. I knew what I was seeing was nothing like the Yaffa my grandparents called home and what did resemble their existence there felt like a restoration of mockery.  It looks nothing like what my ancestors called home because my ancestors were those people who lived on the land with no people for a people with no land.

I looked out over the Mediterranean...

16:47

Shallow 5.9 earthquake recorded near New Caledonia with numerous aftershocks "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

5.9 magnitude earthquake 62 km from Tadine, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia 2017-11-16 07:02:38 UTC USGS page: M 5.9 - 62km E of Tadine, New Caledonia USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist Reports from the public: 5 people 10 km depth

16:36

Bega Valley. COMMENT: Greed, stupidity and mismanagement destroying Sapphire Coasts gems "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tathra local Greg Otton spoke out at the recent council meeting against the fluoridation of the shires water supplies, but also what he sees is the destruction of the regions pristine natural gifts. An excerpt of an opinion piece he has submitted is below. Gregs views  do not necessarily represent those of Fairfax, but we put this forward as a topic for readers to discuss. 

There are so many precious gems that the Sapphire Coast provides us with. Especially the life giving pristine water supplies of the Kiah, Tantawangalo, Brogo Dam catchments and the Bega Aquifer. The many natural gifts of this area are all being destroyed, mismanaged or are under threat by the bureaucratic decisions usually in the name of the dollar, progress, growth or just pure greedy stupidity.

Let me list the gems I have personally seen decimated by humanitys greed, lust and plain stupidity. I lost over 50% of my oyster leases to siltation yet my voice went unheard, I was ridiculed by successive councillors of this shire.

I have worked for over 35 years in the once lucrative abalone industry. Worth at one time $35million to the Far South Coast. A line in the sand on Cape Howe divides a 22 tonne Victorian quota from a 2 tonne NSW quota, same water, same seasons, just different management.

The tuna industry was decimated in a few years by greed and mismanagement.

The timber industrys once thriving saw mills all but gone. The chip mill is in its death throws after destroying the south-east forests and silting up major rivers and coastal estuaries.

The famous Pambula river mouth surf break is all but gone due to development of its catchment.

The millions of dollars spent by the dairy industry on noxious weeds and pests within the shire.

The decimation of migrating birds from the other side of the world by foxes and cats along our local beaches.

How much do we pay for Bega Cheese with irrigation draining our rivers, nutrient runoff and toxic chemicals used by farming?

The 15km of gravel shire roads that are graded each day using dubious practices with limited siltation runoff protections.

The wanton development of coastal villages. Do they end in the next town or the next shire?

What is the exact purpose for the shark buoy in Merimbula bay? Does the government think this will really help the shark menace that is rapidly escalating along our coast?

More attacks will come just as I predicted and warned the swimmer that was taken in Tathra. Do not call her death the result of a three metre Bronze Whaler. It was an eight to nine metre Great White that killed....

16:32

Human rights issues bite in fluoride test case, top court told "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A group fighting the fluoridation of drinking water supplies in court has argued tooth decay is not serious enough to warrant imposing it on a whole community. Ann Marie May reports.

Opponents of adding fluoride to water supplies say it breaches human rights to protect against unwanted medical treatment, a Supreme Court test case has been told.

Two small Taranaki towns, Waverley and P?tea, are at the centre of the case after the South Taranaki District Council decided to add fluoride to their water supplies.

?New Health New Zealand has taken on the council and the minister of health, and says fluoridating water supplies breaches the right to be able to refuse to undergo medical treatment.

New Healths lawyer, Mary Scholtens, QC, said about 48 per cent of New Zealands water was fluoridated at present, without proof that fluoride was effective against tooth decay.

The chemicals used to fluoridate water were byproducts of an industrial process, and could contain contaminants such as arsenic, mercury and lead. It was a different grade from fluoride in toothpaste, or pharmacy-only medicines fluoride tablets.

One of the points in the appeal was whether fluoride was a medicine, and whether adding it to a water supply would amount to medical treatment. Under the Bill of Rights, medical treatment can be refused, subject only to reasonable limits.

Scholtens said water supplies should not be fluoridated unless the law clearly authorised it. Currently the authority to fluoridate was reached by a complex process, including reference to a Privy Council decision in 1965.

This is medicating water, the drinking water is just the method by which the medicine is delivered, and nowhere is that authorised.

The emphasis should be on determining for ourselves what we did with our bodies, she said.

Tooth decay posed no risk to third parties and was a manageable risk to the individual, so it was for the council to show why the right to refuse medical treatment needed to be limited to add fluoride to the water supply.

It was not settled that fluoridating water was a safe and effective way to prevent tooth decay, Scholtens said. The jury is still out on that.

Another of New Healths lawyers, Lisa Hansen, said 500ml of water from a fluoridated supply gave the equivalent to a fluoride tablet that was a pharmacyonly medicine.

The case is due to finish on Friday.

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16:32

Anarchist Solidarity "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jock Palfreeman has been in jail in Bulgaria for about 10 years. Inside the prison he set up the Bulgarian Prisoners Association and campaigns for human rights inside the countries harsh prisons. We interview two anarchists who work to support Jock and keep his case in the public eye.

Bad Cop No Donut begins with a funny issue Victorian police are having with their uniforms, and we discuss the on going situation in Australias offshore detention centre on PNGs Manus Island.

And the big announcement that we are now part of the Channel Zero Network of anarchist podcasts.

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13:29

U.S. seniors struggle more to pay for healthcare compared to other countries "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay News  |  Nov. 15, 2017 at 9:57 PM

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 15, 2017 A new report finds the availability of health care for U.S. seniors lags behind that of other affluent nations.

Access to insurance isnt an issue, because all Americans 65 and older are covered by Medicare. But Americas seniors are still sicker than the elderly in other countries and are more likely to go without essential care because they cant afford it, according to the Commonwealth Fund study.

Our Medicare is not as generous as comparable insurance in other countries, fund President Dr. David Blumenthal said during a media briefing on Tuesday.

In other countries, government health insurance is not restricted to the elderly, but covers everyone, he said.

The United States is complacent about the value and benefits associated with Medicare, even though its a universal system, Blumenthal said.

We do know that we, as a country, do tolerate higher levels of inequality. Thats most evident in the fact that we underinvest, compared to other countries, in social services and overinvest, despite the lack of generosity of our insurance, in health care, he said.

Providing more social services to the elderly might help reduce the inequality of care, Blumenthal said.

For the study, researchers surveyed older adults about their health care. Participants came from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Almost one-quarter of U.S. seniors didnt go to a doctor in the past year when sick or they didnt get a recommended test or fill a prescription because they couldnt afford it.

In France, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom, no more than 5 percent of older adults skipped care because of costs, the researchers found.

In the United States, 22 percent of seniors spent $2,000 or more on out-of-pocket costs during the past year. The only country with higher out-of-pocket costs was Switzerland, with 31 percent spending more than $2,000 out of pocket.

Among all the ot...

13:06

Massachusetts Senate Passes Bill To Codify Obama-Era Sex Assault Policies "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Massachusetts State Senate has passed a bill that would essentially codify the harmful campus sexual assault policies written into federal regulations under President Barack Obama. California Gov. Jerry Brown recently vetoed a similar bill.

The Massachusetts bill isnt much different than policies the Obama administration enacted in 2011 and have since been rescinded by U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. These guidelines enshrine unfairness for students accused of sexual assault. While colleges were told what they must provide for accusers, they werent told what they needed to provide for the accused, other than a fair proceeding. This led to remarkably unfair playing fields for both parties.

The Massachusetts bill simply restates most of the Obama-era guidance, that both sides need equal access to an advocate or lawyer and presenting evidence. The problem is that under the Obama rules there were no repercussions for schools that only allowed accusers these resources, unless the accused student could afford to sue the school.

The bill also provides some things for accusers that it does not for the accused, such as a confidential resource officer who will tell the accuser about counseling and accommodations. These accusations can be extremely stressful, especially for an innocent person. Many accused students have needed counseling (and have attempted or committed suicide).

Prosecution Based on Anonymous Complaints

The part of the bill that hurts due process the most, however, is allowing accusers to report anonymously. Unless a school only provides accommodations for the accuser (which may be the case), it should not be able to prosecute an accused student without him or her even knowing what the accusation is or who is making it.

Regarding Browns veto, he wrote he was not prepared to codify additional requirements in reaction to a shifting federal landscape, when we havent yet ascertained the full impact of what we recently enacted. He was referring to Californias adoption of a yes means yes definition of consent for sexual encounters, which basically turns sex into an impossible question-and-answer session. That, coupled with the campus culture the Obama administrations rules fostered, made it more likely that a false accusation would occur and an accused student would be railroaded.

If Massachusetts enacts this bill, it would be disastrous for students in the state. Considering...

12:05

World watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

12:01

November 17 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

284  Diocletian was proclaimed emperor by his soldiers.

1183 The Battle of Mizushima.

1292 (O.S.) John Balliol became King of Scotland.

1511 Spain and England allied against France.

1558 Elizabethan era began: Queen Mary I of England died and was succeeded by her half-sister Elizabeth I of England.

1603 English explorer, writer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh went on trial for treason.

1659 The Peace of the Pyrenees is signed between France and Spain.

1749   Nicolas Appert, French chef, inventor of canning, was born (d. 1841)

1777  Articles of Confederation are submitted to the states for ratification.

1796 Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Arcole  French forces defeated the Austrians in Italy.

1800 The United States Congress held its first session in Washington, D.C.

1811  Jos Miguel Carrera, Chilean founding father, was sworn in as President of the executive Junta of the government of Chile.

1812 Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Krasnoi.

1820 Captain Nathaniel Palmer became the first American to see Antarctica.

1831  Ecuador and Venezuela were separated from Greater Colombia.

1855 David Livingstone became the first European to see the Victoria Falls.

1858 Modified...

11:04

An interview with Writer Des Pensable About his Divinity Seeds Trilogy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

copyright Des Pensable 2017

Since everyone cant attend the book release heres what you might expect if you were there.

Interviewer: Des Pensable has just published the third and final book of his Divinity Seeds trilogy, Edge of Chaos. Were going to find out a little about him and his story.

Interviewer: Is Des Pensable your real name?

Des Pensable: No. I learnt many years ago that people judge others by the origin of their name. I wanted people to judge me only on the quality of what I write. So I chose a pen name.

The word pensable comes from the French meaning thoughtful. The word dispensable generally is taken to mean something that can be discarded. So Des Pensable is a play on thoughts and concepts that can be used or discarded if you dont like them.

Interviewer: Can you tell us a little about yourself.

Des Pensable: I was born in Sydney Australia and have lived there for most of my life. I was married and have two children and four grandchildren. I went to a public high school; I am a scientist. Ive worked in a range of science jobs in private enterprise and government; Ive travelled extensively around the world and spent considerable time camping and walking in wilderness areas.

Interviewer: You write on a wide range of topics. What is your favourite?

Des Pensable: I have written a lot on the issues surrounding Global Warming lately as I see it as the largest and most serious threat that our civilisation has ever faced. I have researched the data thoroughly and believe the science is correct. Im convinced that if we continue as normal our civilisation will collapse and the survivors will live in a very inhospitable world for centuries to come.

I was pretty fired up on the subject a couple of years ago so I went to Canada and did one of Al Gores Climate Change leadership courses. It was a lot of fun and I met some great people. Since then Ive concentrated on writing short stories, poems and satire about fracking, coal mining, climate change activism, protests and of course global warming politics.

However, my favorite project has been my epic fantasy trilogy Divinity Seeds which has been an epic journey in itself. Its about half a million words long and was written over several years. The third part of the story has just been published.

Interviewer: What inspired you to write an epic fantasy?

Des Pe...

11:00

Anarchist Community Center Celebrates Nine Years in Santa Cruz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On November 1, SubRosa turned nine years old. SubRosa is an anarchist community space run by a collective of committed volunteers from the Santa Cruz area, freely giving of their energy and time. Located on the south end of Pacific Avenue, it is one of few places in Santa Cruz that is not focused on commerce. SubRosa has books and zines you can't find anywhere else, as well as the Anarchist Lending Library. Meetings, film screenings, music shows, art exhibitions, privacy workshops, and the increasingly popular Really Really Free Market all take place at SubRosa.

10:26

PNG Orchids v England Women's RLWC Match live updates "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Papua New Guinea Orchids will take on England in the Women' Rugby League World Cup match today at 6 : 00 PM. Follow the live updated below. Refresh (reload) the page every time to see the latest updates on this match.



Live Updates :  Second Half underway

Full time: England 36 PNG  8 
78 mins : Try England 36  PNG 8
73 Mins: Try England 30 PNG 8. Boot Scores for England
70 mins: Still England 24 PNG 8
65 mins: England 18 PNG 8 : Try for PNG but Referee rules knock on.No try

60 mins: TRY England: 24 PNG 8 : Danielle Bound scores for England
55 mins: The score still remain at England 18 PNG 8 : Orchids attacking now

50 mins : Still England 18 PNG 8 : A brilliant try-saving tackle from PNG's  Martha Karl denies Tara-Jane Stanley from grabbing another try for England

45 mins: England 18 PNG 8 : Good news for PNG, fullback Amelia Kuk is back out there after leaving the field in the first half.
41 min: Second Half underway


HALF- TIME : ENGLAND 18   PNG 8
38 mins : Try England: 18 PNG 8: This time it's left winger Charlotte Booth who dives over in the corner.
35 mins: Try England: 14 PNG 8 : Winger Tara-Jane Stanley goes over untouched in the corner.
30 mins: PNG's Amelia Cuk attacks the tryline again but the England defence forces a mistake, and the PNG fullback looks to have been hurt in the process

27 mins : Try England: 10 PNG 8.  Amy Hardcastle busts a tackle and bursts into the clear, and races 70m to score a terrific TRY for England
25 mins : TRY PNG Orchids: 8  England:  6  Anne Oiufa scores  and Amelia Kuk kick is ugly off the boot, and a wicked bounce evades everyone
20 mins :  PNG's Amelia Kuk then continues her hot start to the match with a break that almost results in a try, but she just can't beat the last tackle

11 mins : England Try :  Shona Hoyle, converted by Tara-Jane Stanley. PNG 4-6 ENG
10 mins: Solid defence from PNG held out England Try opportunity

09:56

NZ - Human rights issues bite in fluoride test case, top court told "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A protest in Nelson against fluoridation. (File photo)Opponents of adding fluoride to water supplies say it breaches human rights to protect against unwanted medical treatment, a Supreme Court test case has been told.

Two small Taranaki towns, Waverley and Ptea, are at the centre of the case after the South Taranaki District Council decided to add fluoride to their water supplies.

New Health New Zealand has taken on the council and the minister of health, and says fluoridating water supplies breaches the right to be able to refuse to undergo medical treatment.
New Health's lawyer, Mary Scholtens, QC, said about 48 per cent of New Zealand's water was fluoridated at present, without proof that fluoride was effective against tooth decay............

09:00

How To Legally Refuse A Vaccine, Dr Rima Laibow "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

How To Legally Refuse A Vaccine, Dr Rima Laibow

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Dr Rima Laibow www.Drrimatruthreports.com
Many people are being threatened and pressured into taking vaccines or giving them to their children,
Rima presents a new Vaccine card that not only advises you of your rights, but how to stand up to the hospital staff and government representatives that do not respect your right to choose.
http://tinyurl.com/AVDcard

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Breaking Down: Mandatory Fluoridation By Stealth & Why Cannabis "Green Fairies" Are Being Targeted "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Breaking Down: Mandatory Fluoridation By Stealth
& Why Cannabis "Green Fairies" Are Being Targeted

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Vinny Rants About how dental decay rates are again being used to push mandatory fluoridation in New Zealand
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/front-page-top-stories/news/article.cfm?c_id=698&objectid=11941478&ref=CE-NZH-DND-AM

And goes on to decry the recent arrest of medicinal Cannabis growers and their patients suffering, at a time when the Prime Minister herself is saying she doesn't want people jailed for Cannabis https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/97772007/medicinal-cannabis-users-frantic-after-nz-post-dobs-in-prominent-supplier


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08:45

Complaint laid against Chief Justice "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This sounds like it could be a big deal: NZs establishment rarely does more than mumble timid concerns to other insiders. So public bias complaint against Chief Justice is bold. https://t.co/I60zVuoA3Z Stephen Franks (@franks_lawyer) November 16, 2017 In a dramatic move the leading litigation funding group LPF Group have laid a complaint against chief []

08:12

North Korea to be ROCKED by seismic aftershocks for MONTHS following major earthquake : Was it a HAARP Job? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/880190/North-Korea-earthquake-aftershock-Korean-Peninsula-Sea-of-Japan-Ring-of-Fire-1978 NORTH Korean citizens have been warned to expect large aftershocks for months following the 5.4-magnitude tremor that struck South Korea on Wednesday. South Korea has been relatively safe from major earthquakes, but geologists have expressed concern over the rising number of tremors felt in recent years and warned of bigger seismic movements to come. []

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08:07

Green horse trading bombed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A leaked Green email suggests an attempt at negotiating with Labour over some minor policies and Martyn Bradbury is having a fit over it. Stuff:  Horse trading between Labour and Greens to get NZ Firsts Waka Jumping bill across the line Labour, NZ First and National have all decried a Green Party MPs suggestion []

07:49

Lupari says Religious Education must be a compulsory subject in PNG's Education System "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Religious Education should be a compulsory subject in the school system, says the Chief Secretary to Government, Ambassador Isaac Lupari.
Chief Secretary Amb Lupari said that Government must seriously consider introducing Religious Education as a compulsory subject in our education system.
Amb Lupari made this statement when addressing the Heads of Govt Agencies at a recent Departmental Heads meeting in Port Moresby.

If we are going to address law & order, social ills, decline in ethical standard, decline in morality, increase in domestic drug abuse and so forth, in a serious manner, we must introduce Religious Education as a compulsory subject in our school system.
What we are doing today, will not address the root cause of these social problems in the country.
The root causes are lack of discipline and respect for our culture and respect for our laws.
How do we address these causes? 

Religious Education is one of the only viable solutions, said Amb Lupari.
We are a Christian country and Christianity is defined in our Constitution.
Yet this is not translated or embraced in our education and work place systems.
If we introduce or make Religious Education as a compulsory subject such as science and maths, we will produce educated population based on discipline, respect, integrity and value for each other, he said.
The impact on our society will be positive. We will have lesser social ills, law & order problems and more importantly increase in economic prosperity.
I am really happy that the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has seen the merits of Religious Education and directed us to work together with all stakeholders to develop the Religious Education program.
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07:48

Grace Mugabe: Why is the Presidents wife at the centre of Zimbabwes crisis? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hes 93. Shes 52. And theyve both been put under house arrest by Zimbabwes army. At the centre of the crisis currently gripping Zimbabwe is President Robert Mugabes wife Grace. Her rise from political obscurity to become the front-runner to succeed her ageing husband appears to have prompted the countrys military to step in, with []

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07:46

Commonwealth Bank commits to exiting coal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australian finance giant Commonwealth Bank has indicated it will bring its coal funding down to zero, in line with the global transition to a low-carbon economy.

07:07

Fluoridation fight taken to Supreme Court: New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A group fighting the fluoridation of drinking water supplies in the south Taranaki towns of Waverley and Patea has taken its legal battle to the Supreme Court. It follows earlier hearings in the High Court and Court of Appeal, which ruled against legal arguments raised by New Health New Zealand, including a suggestion that fluoridation []

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06:35

Apakah Profesi Wartawan Aman di Indonesia? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Apakah Profesi Wartawan Aman di Indonesia?

Oleh Yerry Borang and Egbert Wits

Sebelumnya di tahun 2017, kami bekerja sama dengan Citizen Lab, untuk berdiskusi dengan wartawan-wartawan dari Papua, Aceh, dan Jawa Tengah untuk mendalami masalah terkini mengenai keamanan bekerja sebagai wartawan. Enam belas wartawan kami wawancarai, kami fokus pada persoalan keamanan digital dan bagaimana wartawan menggunakan teknologi (dengan aman). Selain di Indonesia, riset ini juga kami jalankan di Filipina.

Meskipun jumlah situs yang membantu kualitas keamanan pekerjaan kita sudah bertambah, namun ada diskusi yang terlewatkan, yakni mengenai pro dan kontra dari keamanan digital bagi wartawan, serta tentang berbagai kendala keamanan digital yang mereka hadapi di era cepatnya arus informasi dan instant deadline. Kami berharap bahwa hasil riset yang kami sebarkan ini dapat berkontribusi bagi diskusi ini. Mari kita mulai dengan menelaan latar belakang Pendidikan para wartawan.

Pendidikan Jurnalisme

10 dari 16 wartawan yang kami wawancarai memiliki latar belakang Pendidikan di program studi jurnalisme. Mereka mendapatkan materi perkuliahan seputar keselamatan fisik dalam proses peliputan, namun materi mengenai keamanan digital sepenuhnya absen. Tidak ada perhatian sama sekali terhadap keamanan digital selama saya mengecap Pendidikan jurnalisme (Jakarta no. 2). Ketika menelaah program-program studi jurnalisme di beberapa universitas di Jawa [1] hari ini, kami tidak menemukan satupun institusi yang memiliki materi ajar mengenai keamanan digital atau keselamatan wartawan. Ketika job training, mungkin? Sayangnya juga tidak. Tak satupun perwakilan pihak media yang kami wawancarai mengatakan bahwa mereka memberikan pelatihan esktra mengenai isu keselamaan dan keamanan. Pengetahuan yang beredar mengenai keamanan digital sunggguh minimal dan pengetahuan itu diperoleh biasanya dari diskusi sesama wartawan. Umumnya, para wartawan mulai mempelajari atau mencari informasi tentang keamanan digital dan keamanan kerja setelah mereka merasa terancam, dilecehkan, atau pengalaman negatif lain akibat dari pekerjaan jurnalistik mereka.

Minimnya pelatihan mengenai keamanan online dan offline adalah fakta yang mengkhawatirkan mengingat kondisi keselamatan wartawan di Indonesia ada dalam kondisi genting. Human Rights Watch melaporkan [2] bahwa angka kekerasan terhadap wartawan meningkat. Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI), sebuah lembaga swadaya masyarakat bagi para wartawan, melaporkan bahwa ada 78 insiden kekerasan terha...

06:31

Maiden Speech:- Golriz Ghahraman "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

To be honest I disagree with many of MS Ghahramans views, but I admire her passion and commitment. She will, hopefully be a useful addition to the Parliament.

Here is a link to a video of the speech

Here is the transcript of Golriz Ghahraman Maiden Speech

E ng mana, e ng reo, e ng karangatanga maha, tn koutou katoa.
Te mana whenua o tnei whi, Te ti awa, tn koutou.
Otir ng iwi whnui tn koutou katoa

Mr Speaker I congratulate you on your election and look forward to your guidance in this house.

I begin by acknowledging what a breathtaking honour it is to sit among this Green caucus.

I acknowledge also those who sat here before now: Especially Catherine Delahunty and Keith Locke You spoke to injustice wherever it happened. That meant a lot to someone like me. Mojo Mathers, for proving to me, and us all, that we all exist beyond our labels And Metiria Turei for baring her scars bravely to highlight the pain of others.

But today, I want to acknowledge also, those who tell me every day that I dont belong here. That I should go HOME where I came from. That I have no right to criticise governments here I should just be grateful I wasnt left to die. Hundreds of messages, comments. Mr Speaker, come call for rifles being loaded. Im numb to it because this is reality for those of us from minority backgrounds.

But I want it noted that this happens every time we scapegoat migrants in this house, every time a TV presenter asks a PM when the governor general is going to look like a Kiwi and sound like it a Kiwi and that PM laughs. Every time we call refugees leftovers from terrorist nations for political gain.

We feel the effect of that out on the streets. We cant shed our skin.

Patriotism that represses dissent or creates second class citizens is archaic and dangerous. Its antithetical to our culture.

So this day I stand, proud and determined. This day is about democracy and equality, values which New Zealand holds so dear, embodies and stands up for so boldly.

I love this country, but patriotism a love of this country means expecting the absolute best for her. Standing up for the country that we know is possible.

I protest, fight for equality, and fairness because justice is what love looks like in public (thats Dr Cornell West)....

06:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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06:00

Malcolm Turnbull, Manus and New Zealand: Time to let these people go "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Malcolm Turnbull, Manus and New Zealand: Time to let these people goNew Zealand has offered sanctuary to 150 refugees Australia has marooned on Manus Island, but our Malcolm Turnbull has refused to allow it. read now...

05:30

This is the article by a respected and experienced journalist the main news outlets will not touch "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

by Karl du Fresne The state giveth and the state taketh away READERS PLEASE NOTE: I submitted the following article to the few mainstream outlets that I considered likely to be interested in publishing it. None accepted it, for reasons that I understand. Journalistically, its problematical for several reasons. Nonetheless I think its a story []

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05:17

A Step forward for BSP with EMV chip enabled card "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In the next few weeks, BSP Visa Debit card users will be issued cards that come equipped with chips on them.
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These chips are known as EMV chips. EMV - which stands for Europay, Mastercard and Visa -- is a global standard for cards equipped with computer chips and the technology used to authenticate chip-card transactions.  This new enhancement will be implemented, to counter and protect customers and the bank against security breaches and counterfeit card fraud. Most major card issuers around the world have migrated to this new technology to protect consumers and reduce the costs of fraud and BSP will also be migrating into this new technology.

"These new and improved cards are being deployed to improve payment security, making it more difficult for fraudsters to counterfeit cards," said Robin Fleming, BSP Group CEO.  "It's used worldwide and is an important step forward for BSP." This was announced on Thursday at the Quarter 3 Financial Presentations at BSP Haus, Port Moresby.

EMV-enabled cards offer several benefits over the current magnetic-stripe cards. The chip cards will have a small, metallic square you will see on new BSP Visa Debit Cards. That is a computer chip, and it is what sets it apart from the rest of the cards.

"The magnetic stripes on cards store unchanging data. Whoever accesses that data gains the sensitive card and cardholder information necessary to make purchases. That makes traditional cards prime targets for counterfeiters, who convert stolen card data to cash," explains Rebecca Senge, BSP's Head of Product Development.

"If someone copies a mag stripe, they can easily replicate that data over and over again because it doesn't change. Unlike magnetic-stripe cards, every time an EMV card is used for payment, the card chip creates a unique transaction code that can only be used once," added Ms Senge.

"If a hacker stole the chip information from one specific point of sale, typical card duplication would never work because the stolen transaction number created in that instance cannot be used again and so the card would just get denied, " she further added.

For many countries in the world, fraudsters have shied away from countries that have already transitioned to EMV cards, however, this has increased exposure for card users and issuers in countries like Papua New Guinea who still use the magnetic stripe cards," said Mr Fleming.

"With the introduction to the new BSP c...

05:15

BSP Launch VISA Debit Card with Added Security "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bank South Pacific (BSP) launched the new BSP chip enabled Visa Debit Cards on Thursday 9th of November, 2017 at its BSP First Lounge at the Ravalien Haus, Port Moresby.

This new enhancement has been implemented, to counter and protect customers and the bank against security breaches and counterfeit card fraud.

BSP CEO, Mr Robin Fleming was present at the launch and gave a product background saying, "Most major card issuers around the world have migrated to this new technology to protect consumers and reduce the costs of fraud and BSP proud to migrate into this new technology."

These chips are known as EMV chips. EMV - which stands for Europay, Mastercard and Visa - is a global standard for cards equipped with computer chips and the technology used to authenticate chip-card transactions.

Earlier, Mr Fleming also announced at the BSP Quarter 3 Financial Presentations at Ravalien Haus, Port Moresby that, "these new and improved cards are being deployed to improve payment security, making it more difficult for fraudsters to counterfeit cards. It's used worldwide and is an important step forward for BSP."

Present at the Launch on Thursday night was BSP Brand Ambassador and Captain of the PNG Kumuls, David Mead who also applied for a New Visa Debit Card.

05:01

The Friendliest Cities in the World "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The worlds destinations have been ranked according levels of happiness, friendliness, safety and treatment of tourists with some unexpected cities topping the list.

In a list released by holiday website Travelbird, Australia has been poorly represented with only Sydney and Melbourne recognised in the top 100.

Australians are renowned worldwide for their friendliness and jovial nature but it seems tourists arent impressed with the land Down Under when it comes to safety and welcoming travellers with open arms.

Travel experts and tourists who have jetted around the world were quizzed on their perceptions of each city they visited, and Australian destinations were harshly ranked by overseas holidaymakers.

Both Sydney and Melbourne were evenly matched in the overall happiness of citizens both scoring a pleasant nine out of 10 but it was the Nordic city of Oslo which took out the number one spot as happiest destination in the world with a perfect 10 score.

Trailing close behind Oslo on the happiness scale is Copenhagen in Denmark, while Reykjavik in Iceland made third place and three consecutive Swiss cities held down places four, five and six.

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European and Scandinavian cities dominated the top 10 happiest locations in the world but right behind Toronto, Canada, was Auckland at number 11 and Melbourne and Sydney tying at 9/10 for happiness too.

The cities with the unhappiest locals were found to be Kiev in Ukraine, Phnom Penh in Cambodia and New Delhi in India.

The next category each city was ranked in was safety sourced from United Nations data which investigated the perception of security and how safe people feel.

An unexpected winner of this department was the UAE city of Abu Dhabi with a perfect score, while Melbourne sat at 49th place and Sydney at 58th, likely because of the thre...

05:00

The first Whaleoil parking ticket has been issued for the month of November "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Recently I reintroduced a Whaleoil tradition/prank that was created way back in 2013 called the Whaleoil parking ticket. A Whaleoil parking warden e-mailed me yesterday and shared the following story and photos with me. We were on our way back from Feilding on Sunday and stopped in for a quick beer at the local Otaki pub. As []

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04:37

More than 47,000 living with HIV in PNG, official says "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 More than 47,000 Papua New Guineans are living with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) with Enga being the highest HIV prevalence province.

National Aids Council Secretariat (NACS) regional manager Valentine Tangoh told a workshop on gender equity and social inclusion in Port Moresby that the spread of HIV still outpaced responses taken in the country despite some progress being made.

National HIV prevalence is estimated at 0.89 per cent among adults (15-49-year-olds). Thats the highest among Pacific nations, Tangoh said.

He said for last year and this year, it was estimated that there are 47,795 people living with HIV in PNG.

Of these, 2800 are estimated to be new infections for this year alone, one quarter of them are children and young people.New born babies account for 16 per cent of new infections annually.

These are data shown by people who went to the hospitals or in voluntary counselling centres getting tested on their HIV status.

However, there are many people in the country who dont go to test and know of their HIV status and so the figure might increase, Tangoh said.

He said the pandemic was concentrated in certain geographical locations within key population groups.

HIV prevalence of one per cent or more is recorded in the Highlands provinces and Enga is the highest with 1.77 per cent, National Capital District with 1.64 per cent, followed by Jiwaka with 1.49 per cent, Western Highlands with 1.32 per cent, Western with 1.23 per cent, Eastern Highlands with 1.0 per cent, Chimbu with 0.9 per cent, Oro, Manus and Central with 0.7 per cent, Madang with 0.6 per cent and the other provinces showing a much lower prevalence.

He said HIV prevalence in 2014 was 0.7 per cent with the total number of people living with HIV estimated to be 37,000 but HIV prevalence has increased to 0.89 in 2016 and 2017 with a total of 47,795 people estimated to be living with the virus.

Of the 47,795 people living with HIV, only 52 per cent or 23,800 are on antiretroviral therapy (ART).

The rest are not receiving any treatment and that is a major concern.

Major fluctuations in government budget allocations are a real issue that contributes to this high prevalence.

Tangho said further that HIV/Aids was a developmental issue and must be addressed across all sectors.

HIV should...

04:30

Environmental Racism, yep thats a thing "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

[] [about a dozen students from] The student group Fossil Free Penn held a discussion on environmental racism as part of its weeklong engagement project called Divestfest Wednesday afternoon.[] [] In discussing environmental racism, the speakers highlighted the Israel-Palestine conflict. The Jewish National Fund, an organization that plants trees in Israel, was a major subject of discussion. After []

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04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Morphological  relating to the form or structure of things; relating to the branch of biology that deals with the form of living organisms, and with relationships between their structures; relating to the patterns of word formation in a particular language, including inflection, derivation, and composition.


Filed under: language Tagged: morphological

04:30

Adanis Australia Story: A Crucial Ideological Battle Over the Politics of Coal and Jobs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

While support for the controversial mine exists in rural areas where the narrative of jobs finds resonance it is opposed in metropolitan centres where a more definitive acceptance of the threats from climate change defines attitudes.

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04:00

Steve Joyce calls for government to stop spending money like drunken sailors "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The new Coalition Government needs to rapidly put a ceiling on the debt levels its prepared to tolerate as it opens wide the taxpayers chequebook, National Party Finance Spokesperson Steven Joyce says. The admissions in Parliament today from Grant Robertson that he may allow debt to grow by more than $11 billion compared to the []

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03:54

PNG Kumuls v England RLWC Quarter Final Preview "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

England hooker Josh Hodgson and PNG hooker James Segeyaro
 will be key men for their teams on Sunday afternoon.
Credit: Gregg Porteous; David Buller. Copyright: NRL Photos.
England face an undefeated PNG side who venture outside Port Moresby for the first time in this World Cup.

Wayne Bennett's side has shown patches of what they are capable of without yet putting in an eighty-minute performance, with victories over France (36-6) and Lebanon (29-10). The Kumuls come to Melbourne after accounting for Wales, Ireland and the USA by a combined 128-12.

The English get Sam Burgess back who returns from a knee injury and will start in the second row, with Ryan Hall and Kallum Watkins replacing Stefan Ratchford and Mark Percival in the backline. Gareth Widdop retains his spot at fullback, while Kevin Brown and Luke Gale remain in the halves. Elliott Whitehead comes back into the back row and Josh Hodgson starts in place of James Roby who drops to the bench.

PNG coach Michael Marum has made minimal changes. Ase Boas comes in for Lachlan Lam at five-eighth, while Stanton Albert and Rod Griffin are on the bench for Nixon Putt and Enock Maki respectively.

Why England can win: They've started well in all three games so far and, apart from their opener Australia, have overcome their opponents through an influx of first-half points. Their defence has also held up against the best the Kangaroos could only manage three tries and Bennett will have them primed for a better performance coming into the knockout rounds.

Why PNG can win: The Kumuls are riding the wave of their success in the pool stages. Skipper David Mead has led the way with four tries this tournament and will be keen to add to his tally on Sunday. Many of these players have been together for a long time when you factor in the PNG Hunters' success in the Queensland Cup and coach Michael Marum has got them playing for each other.

The History: Played 2; England 2; PNG 0. England has had the better of the Kumuls in their two previous clashes, though the Pacific nation went close in the 2008 World Cup....

03:50

Higher spending, tax, debt "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We should all be very concerned. Robertson obfuscates and blusters, but little else

Homepaddock

Economists are warning that the Labour-led governmentd Debt will be billions more than planned.

. . . In Opposition Labour laid out a fiscal plan which would borrow around $11 billion more than National had proposed, but still cut debt as a share of the total economic output from 24 per cent to 20 per cent by 2022.

The plan formed a major point of contention during the election campaign, as National finance spokesman Steven Joyce was widely mocked for his claim that Robertsons plan had a major fiscal hole.

This is a very good argument for independent costing of party policies before an election.

But bank economists, who monitor the likely issuance of government bonds, are warning of pressure for Treasury to borrow billions more than Labour had signalled because of new spending promises.

ANZ has forecast that Labour will borrow $13 billion more than Treasurys pre-election fiscal

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03:30

The Tongan election today "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We think elections are just elections, but when you look closer, there are some interesting challenges and differences that happen in other countries. The election is a year early after King George Tupou VI, for the first time in history, dismissed the countrys once popular but controversial Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva and dissolved parliament in []

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03:27

Imagining a sporting/tourist boycott of Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

After 25 years of increasingly extreme Australian policies against asylum seekers both onshore and offshore, perhaps its time to think about more active measures to change course.

I was interviewed by the Guardian about my suggestions:

The author and journalist Antony Loewenstein is attempting to open up another front in the campaign against offshore detention. He has argued for some time that an international boycott of Australia over Manus is a key way to pressure the government. He wants to see a sporting and tourism boycott, and a boycott of companies profiting from onshore and offshore detention.

Protest is vital but the old methods have failed to change decades of bipartisan support for mandatory detention of asylum seekers and other human rights violations, Loewenstein told the Guardian.

03:18

Is it time to boycott Australia over its refugee policies? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

My following article appears in Australian news outlet, Crikey:

Lets talk about boycotting Australia.

Australias war on asylum seekers at Manus Island, Nauru and other privatised detention facilities on the Australian mainland is seemingly unstoppable by traditional means. While condemned by every human rights organisation in the world, Canberra is unmoved. The demonisation of (mostly) brown and Muslim individuals is an effective tool for politicians as well as many in the Murdoch and tabloid press to whip up fear and aggression against outsiders. And its been working for 25 years with Australia now inspiring hardline European policies.

When politics and international law fail to intervene if abuses occur, alternative tactics are required. Supporting a tourist and sporting boycott is one way to draw local and international attention to Australias mistreatment of refugees. It would inevitably lead to a hardening of views among some Australians, and vicious opposition by many in the media who would label it unrealistic or extreme but thats exactly the point. Business-as-usual ideas have failed for more than two decades. Its time to try something new.

Back in 2014, I wrote in The Guardian that the United Nations should impose sanctions on Australia over its asylum seeker policies. Then and now it was a highly contentious view, and the UN is a deeply flawed and corrupt body itself, but my aim was to make Australians realise that turning a blind eye to what was happening on Manus Island and elsewhere should come with a tangible, economic price. In other words, lets turn capitalism against a rich, capitalist country.

In 2015, I wrote in The Guardian again about boycotting companies, and divesting from them through shareholder activism, that financially benefited from Australias refugee policies. This included Serco, G4S and International Health and Medical Services. Earlier this year, when I raised the idea...

03:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Water II from Morgan Maassen on Vimeo.

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02:31

Horse trading "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In their coalition agreement, Labour and New Zealand First agreed to pass a "waka jumping" law, preventing MPs from switching parties. Now, it looks like the Greens will support it to keep the coalition peace. But naturally, they want something in return:

The Green Party is considering opposing NZ First's "Waka Jumping" bill - a deal struck in coalition talks - unless Labour gives it a national "Parihaka Day".

Green Party justice spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman, in an internal email obtained by Stuff, suggested some horse trading with Labour to acknowledge the fact the party has long opposed waka jumping legislation.

Ghahraman's suggested her colleague Marama Davidson's bill, which recognises the anniversary of the invasion of Parihaka by making it a National Day, be put on the table for Government support.


Waka-jumping laws are undemocratic, prevent the natural formation and evolution of parties, and give too much power to parties and their leadership to stifle dissent. At the same time, I don't think this is worth dying in a ditch over. It sounds as if there's been some additional limits on the ability of parties to throw out members, and if they sunset clause it for the end of the Parliamentary term, then its something that can be accepted in the name of getting along. And that said, the Greens should not let themselves be taken for granted, and its entirely right that they ask for something in exchange. If Labour and NZ First don't like that, then they're welcome to seek National's support instead.

02:30

Guest Cartoon: The invulnerable ** Caution may cause offence "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guest Cartoonist: Wormwood is a renowned yet mysterious artist. After serving his time-fighting in the Middle East, hes committed to making comics, comics so dark they have a 36% chance of getting aborted. Perhaps youve met him once on a dimly lit train to Budapest, or in a musty opium den in Shanghai. Theyre out []

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02:30

Can the Solomon Islands Gold Ridge Mine serve as a new model for resource extraction in the South Pacific? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The coastline view near the capital, Honiara. Photo by Paul Hilton/Greenpeace.

Catherine Wilson | Mongabay | 15 November 2017

  • After 17 years of foreign ownership and a checkered environmental history, the Solomon Islands Gold Ridge mine is now being led by a local landowner-driven joint venture.
  • The company saw its first major test in April 2016, when rainfall triggered a spillover from the mines tailing dam. However, independent tests found the water quality downstream remained safe.
  • Though concerns still remain, the new ownership structure could be a model for mining operations elsewhere in the region.

In April 2016, thousands of villagers living in the vicinity of the Gold Ridg...

02:11

Austerity kills "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tory austerity has murdered 120,000 people in the UK since 2010:

The Conservatives have been accused of economic murder for austerity policies which a new study suggests have caused 120,000 deaths.

The paper found that there were 45,000 more deaths in the first four years of Tory-led efficiencies than would have been expected if funding had stayed at pre-election levels.

On this trajectory that could rise to nearly 200,000 excess deaths by the end of 2020, even with the extra funding that has been earmarked for public sector services this year.


The study attributes this to cuts in health and social spending. It attributes 10% of the death toll to cuts in the number of nurses. And those cuts have led directly to the deaths of people. Just as the Grenfell Tower fire was social murder, a result of "cutting red tape", this is economic murder, a result of cutting the vital services people depend upon to protect their lives. And in both cases, the architects of that murder, the policy-makers who cruelly cut those vital protections, need to be held criminally accountable for it.

Meanwhile, here in New Zealand National pursued a similar strategy of health cuts. How many people have they murdered?

02:04

Plans For Law To Monitor Foreign Researchers In PNG "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Minister for Higher Education, Research Science and technology, Pila Niningi, has assured that amendments are to be made to monitor foreign research coming into the country.

 

He said it is time to have this legislation passed to ensure research done is conducted in a manner that benefits PNG.

 

The Minister was responding to recommendations made by the PNG Science and Technology, today in Port Moresby, when attending their 3rd Meeting of the year.

 

The academics mostly stressed that many researchers are coming into the country at will and conducting research to gather and prosper in their academic qualifications.

 

This they said needs to be urgently monitored and regulated so that Higher Institutions are aware and collaborate to find out what purpose of research.

 

He says in this way the research can be justifiable if it is in the interest of the country other than personal gains.

 

The Minister gave further assurance that this is very serious and will be brought to the National Executive Council to be deliberated with.

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02:00

Andrew Falloons maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Rangitata MP Andrew Falloons maiden speech:

Thank you Mr Speaker. Congratulations on your election, and congratulations to your fellow presiding officers.

I stand here today the proud son of Shirley and John, and grandson of Ron and Joan, Arthur and Eva.

My family have sacrificed much for me to be here.

My paternal grandfather contracted polio as a child, making farming a struggle for my fathers family on their farm just outside of Waimate.

My maternal grandfather passed away at a young age, leaving my grandmother to raise three daughters on her own.

Gender equality was borne out of necessity she did the work of two men, and raised three strong and independent women.

She was a formidable woman, and had a huge impact on me growing up.

My father spent much of my childhood growing his small business, so much of the heavy lifting of raising my sister Anna and I fell to my mother.

On top of looking after two kids, holding down a job, and being involved in a variety of worthy causes, she made the time to go to night school.

Shes always been an example to me of the importance of education, and of lifelong learning.

Im a firm believer that we are products of our environment.

That the people we meet, and the experiences we have shape who we become.

In that sense, I recognise my privilege.

I come from a loving family. Two parents, still together.

I was born and raised in Ashburton, at the northern end of the Rangitata electorate, the sort of place you wouldnt have thought twice about letting your kids stay out kicking a ball around the local park until sunset.

The Rangitata electorate Im proud to represent spans much of Mid Canterbury and South Canterbury.

Unlike the 20 or so Auckland MPs who have to share a pretty average rugby team, Im spoilt with two strong Heartland teams.

In the west we have the....

02:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Map of European Trade Routes, 14th Century Click here for larger view

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01:30

National gives Labour a second chance to fix the sexist parental leave law "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. The Government is refusing to recognise that parents are best-placed to make their own decisions, and should be free to []

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01:21

The same question, again "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Independent Police Conduct authority has found that police used unjustified force, including pepper spray, to effect an unlawful arrest:

A Lower Hutt man who was pepper sprayed by officers trying to serve a trespass notice on him was within his rights to stop them entering his home and should never have been arrested, the police watchdog says.

The man complained to the Independent Police Conduct Authority that the officer who pepper sprayed him in his apartment complex on 23 December 2015 also kicked him and deliberately forced his arm up behind his back while he was being led away.

The authority has determined the officer did not kick the man and the force used to escort him from the building was not excessive - but it was unjustified.

Its chairman, Judge Colin Doherty, said the complainant, who was trying to close the door on the officers, had clearly revoked permission for them to be there, which meant they were trespassing and the arrest was unlawful.


The police could simply have served the notice on the victim by dropping it at his feet. Instead, they invaded his home, assaulted him with a weapon, and kidnapped him. If you or I did that, we would be prosecuted and would be facing up to 14 years in jail. So, to ask the obvious question again, why aren't the police? Or does the law simply not apply to them?

If the law is to mean anything, it must apply to those who enforce it as well as those they enforce it on. As long as police officers feel they are above the law, they will continue misbehaving and treating New Zealanders with contempt. These officers must be prosecuted, pour encourager les autres.

01:05

No decision made in Bulolo licence application "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bulolo township

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 15, 2017

THE Mineral Resource Authority has clarified that a decision is yet to be made on the application for an exploration licence in Bulolo.
Managing director Philip Samar was responding to the claim by Bulolo district administrator Tae Gwambelek that an exploration licence (EL2544) had been issued.
Gwambelek had supported the objection by business houses, Papua New Guinea Forest Products and town residents over the alleged issuing of the exploration licence over existing leases near the town.
But Samar said no licence had been issued.
Samar said the MRA would conduct a wardens-hearing to allow the public and stakeholders to discuss their concerns and raise objections against the application.
After that, he said the warden would table a report with the mining advisory council for consideration.
There will be no need for a township relocation just because an EL application has been lodged, he said.
He also clarified that the MRA does not issue tenements.
It recommends (it) to the minister or the head of the state, Samar said.
Gwambelek...

01:00

Maritime Union in desperate need of a humour transplant "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Some people really just need to lighten up a little. FERRY McFerryface has only just been christened but its already polarising maritime staff who have taken a stand against the vessels name and refused to work on it. Maritime Union of Australia spokesman Paul Garrett today told 2GB Mornings he was furious with the decision to christen []

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00:58

00:30

Jacinda mocked by Duterte for her lack of real life experience "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jacinda Ardern went to the Phillipines wagging her finger. She almost got it snapped off as Rodrigo Duterte just mocked her stupidity when it comes to international relations. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern whether New Zealand has atomic bombs during their bilateral meeting at the ASEAN summit. Mr Duterte asked Ms []

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00:28

Guam Quake, Military Action in Zimbabwe, Hillary Investigation -- Nov. 15-16 "Day of Burning"? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Does biggest Guam quake in years & military action in Zimbabwe & talk of investigating Hillary again mean Nov 15-16 is a "Day of Burning"

Posted By: FrancisDrake
Date: Wednesday, 15-Nov-2017 07:53:53

Source: Rumor Mill News

The strongest earthquake in more than three years hit near Guam at 7:25 p.m. EST last night November 14-15, 2017.
https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us2000bnmq#executive

http://www.guampdn.com/story/news/2017/11/15/5-8-magnitude-earthquake-shakes-guam/864798001/

http://pacificnewscenter.com/homeland-security-5-8-earthquake-recorded/

It is the biggest since a magnitude 6.7 just northwest of the Island at 1:15 a.m. EST September 17, 2014.
https://m.emsc.eu/earthquake/earthquake.php?id=400236
These news reports describe it as a magnitude 7.1 and 6.7--
http://abcnews.go.com/International/71-magnitude-earthquake-strikes-off-guam/story?id=25557969

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/09/17/guam-earthquake/15761841/

Tonight's earthquake was SOUTH of Guam, I see that tonight's is the largest earthquake South of Guam since:

Guam 9/11/2012 11:37 a.m. EST
Magnitude 5.9
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00:27

Lihir Royalties on hold "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sally Pokiton | PNG Loop | November 15, 2017

temporary hold on royalty payments from Newcrest Mining Limited, has been ordered by the Waigani National Court today.

The people of Namatanai district, claim they have not received their share of royalties in the last 10 years, an amount that equates to K7 billion.

With the restraining order in place, only the Nimamar LLG and Lihir Landowners will receive their royalties this month.

Kavieng and Namatanai districts and the New Ireland Provincial governments will not receive any payments until parties present their case, on how much they should be paid, and get a clarity on the gures in court next month.

Member for Namatanai, Walter Schnaubelt and member for Kavieng Ian Ling Stucky led a case in the National court, against Sir Julius Chan as Governor for New Ireland Province Government, and Lamiller Pawut as Acting Provincial Administrator of New Island Province.

The sitting MPs are seeking clarity on all the past payments, and how much should have been p...

00:24

Oral Questions 16 November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Questions to Ministers 1. Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Governments policies? 2. JAMIE STRANGE to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: Has he received any reports on the forecast rate of housebuilding with and without KiwiBuild? 3. Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: Is []

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00:17

MP Samb defends Asidokona failure "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Samb clears air on mining delay

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 15, 2017 

THE operator of the Tolukuma Gold Mine Limited in Central has been delaying operations for the past two years because a business partner was pulling out, according to Goilala MP William Samb.
He said the Asidokona Mining Resources Pty Limited was to have restarted the mine which Central was a shareholder in.
In a statement, Samb said the delay had caused inconvenience to the company management in settling outstanding salaries of employees and resuming the operations at the mine.
The Tolukuma Gold Mine Limited is under care maintenance.
This was revealed during a recent meeting Samb had with Asidokonas executive director Vincent Siow who confirmed the challenges.
Samb said a stakeholders meeting to be held this month will be to revise the agreement. They will discuss the production phase, scale of the mine, construction of the road from Doa to Tolukuma, establishment of the infrastructure development committee, and proper landowner business plans.
Siow has...

00:00

Thursdays quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

You are invited to pose the questions.

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


Filed under: diversions

00:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Dysfunctional Menendez Family Nightmare on Elm Drive If you thought you hated your parents. The crimes committed by Lyle and Erik Menendez in 1989 took teenage angst to terrifying levels when they shot and killed their mother and father, in one of the most brutal, high-profile crimes in American history. The Menendez brothers homicides at []

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Wednesday, 15 November

23:43

Environmental cost will likely stop Cooks seabed mining "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Photo: Florence Syme-Buchanan/RNZ

Radio New Zealand | 15 November 2017 

The Cook Islands Seabed Minerals Authority Commissioner says deep sea mineral extraction in the country will likely not go ahead if the environmental cost is too high.

Paul Lynch said the countrys Seabed Minerals Act ensured a careful, steady approach to any potential exploration or mining.

He said the act was...

23:31

Eligibility doubts about two Nationals MPs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

High Court of Australia. (Wikipedia)

High Court of Australia. (Wikipedia)

Two more Turnbull government MPs could be tripped up by the High Court after it ruled a Liberal candidate was ineligible to take the Senate seat of former cabinet minister Fiona Nash.

Ms Nash was disqualified by the High Court on October 27 because she held dual citizenship, in breach of section 44 of the constitution.

Hollie Hughes was the next candidate on the NSW coalition Senate ticket at the 2016 election behind the then-Nationals deputy, and was due to take Ms Nashs seat following a court-ordered special count.

However, the court on Wednesday ruled Ms Hughes could not take up the seat because she was also disqualified.

Ms Hughes was appointed a part-time member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on July 1 this year, which the government admitted to the court was an office of profit under the Crown.

The ruling has heightened concerns inside the government that assistant minister David Russell who is facing his own High Court battle and Nationals colleague Barry OSullivan might be disqualified for similar reasons.

Attorney-General George Brandis wouldnt be drawn into speculation about the pairs future until the courts reasoning in the Hughes case is made public.

Let us see, let us see what the High Court says, he told Sky News on Thursday.

In the Hughes case, the government argued Ms Hughes did not hold the AAT position at any time between her nomination for election and the declaration of the election result in 2016.

However the court heard the fact she held the AAT position between September 4-5, when the Senate resolved to refer the Nash case to the court, and October 27, should render her ineligible.

The NSW Liberal Party is awaiting further direction from the court, but commended Ms Hughes for seeking clarification of her status.

It is expected if there is another special count the seat could go to Liberal candidate, Major General Jim Molan, a key ally of Tony Abbott.

Labor senator Penny Wong said it was a humiliating defeat for the government and showed it could not be trusted.

The post E...

23:30

That will pay better than his former union job "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Neale Jones, a union thug formerly of the EPMU and Andrew Littles staff, has bailed from parliament to work for a lobbyist firm. Labours chief of staff has taken a job with a left-wing lobby group thats reopening its New Zealand office, following the change of government. Neale Jones will start working for left-wing Australian []

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23:28

Can the Solomon Islands Gold Ridge Mine serve as a new model for resource extraction in the South Pacific? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

HONIARA, Solomon Islands In April 2016, thousands of villagers living in the vicinity of the Gold Ridge Mine in the southwest Pacific nation of the Solomon Islands braced themselves for a major disaster as torrential rainfall triggered a spillover of thousands of cubic meters of untreated water from the mines tailings dam. The Ministry of Health issued instructions to people to cease using water from the nearby Kwara, Tinahula and Matepono rivers for drinking, washing or fishing, due to possible risk of chemical contamination. The gold mine is situated on the countrys main island of Guadalcanal, 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the capital, Honiara. Stanley Holmes Vutiande, who lives in Navola village, located along the Gold Ridge Road leading to the mine and 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from the dam, remembered when it happened. We fled because there was water overflowing from the dam and we thought it might burst, so people just panicked and took off, he recounted. There was general information to look for safety, for higher ground, but no specific instructions as to what to do. Joe Horokou, the environment and conservation director at the Ministry of Environment, said the incident was bad because it took us by surprise, even though the company had been given approval to discharge tailings from the dam. The approval was given with conditions like before it is discharged the water has to be treated to acceptable standards. Despite the dire warning, the expected disaster didnt materialize. The dam held, and

23:19

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is back: Why lobbyists are pushing "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is back: experts respond

Deborah Gleeson, La Trobe University; Belinda Townsend, Australian National University; Kimberlee Weatherall, University of Sydney; Pat Ranald, University of Sydney, and Peter Robertson, University of Western Australia

The latest incarnation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is said to have fewer bad bits. But as our experts point out below, theres still a great deal wrong with, or missing from, the regional free trade agreement.

The new TPP is informally known as the TPP11, after the United States pulled out of the original 12-country bloc earlier this year.

While the agreement has not yet been finalised, the 11 trade ministers have released a statement saying that the core elements have been agreed.

Twenty provisions from the original TPP have been s...

23:08

Canadian courts decide fate of Misima islanders? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Way cleared for Misima restart

THE Supreme Court of British Columbia has granted final approval for the merger between Kingston Resources and WCB Resources.

WCBs key asset is the Misima gold project on an island of the same name in PNGs Milne Bay Province.

Historically, Misima has produced more than 3.7 million ounces of gold. It holds a recently completed NI43-101 resource of 2.3 million ounces.

Kingston managing director Andrew Corbett said the merger represented a transformational step for both KSN and WCB shareholders.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank the WCB management and shareholders for their support during the merger process. The KSN board and management team welcomes the new KSN shareholders and we look forward to starting  work on Misima this month [November].

The court appro...

22:56

Early season snow pounds Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies, ski areas open weeks ahead of schedule "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A conga line of powerful winter storms parading off the Pacific Ocean over the past several weeks has dumped a huge amount of early-season snow on the Cascades and Northern Rockies, allowing many ski resorts to open weeks ahead of schedule. Skiers and snowboarders at Bridger Bowl in southwest Montana were stoked to hear that the lifts will be spinning Thanksgiving weekend for the first time since the 2010-2011 season. Big Sky resort, also in southwest Montana, is cashing in on the early-season snows as well. "Lone Mountain looks incredible right now," said Chelsi Moy, public relations manager. "Big Sky has received 76 inches so far this preseason and crews are putting final touches on the mountain. Things are shaping up nicely for a great opening day on November 23rd."

22:52

The Adani Carmichael Coal Mine: Introduction To A Special Five-Part Series "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Per head of population, Australia is already one of the worlds worst carbon polluters. Despite this, our two major political parties Labor and the Liberal-Nationals are pushing ahead with the approval of a coal mine in Queensland that will exponentially increase our carbon emissions. The Carmichael mine, proposed by Indian mining giant Adani, will be the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere and annually produce more carbon emissions than a small country. In this special five-part New Matilda series, researchers from the University of Queensland, along with the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council, and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights look at the who, what, when, where and why of the proposed Adani Carmichael coal mine, its impact on Traditional Owners, the terrible economics that surround it, and our inexplicable march towards climate oblivion. This first introductory piece the first in our series is written by University of Queensland researchers Kristen Lyons, Morgan Brigg and John Quiggin.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250The controversial proposed Adani Carmichael coalmine commands diverse media headlines, but the untold story is about Indigenous rights and, in particular, the resistance of Wangan and Jagalingou people to the expropriation of their lands.

Theres been much said about the controversial and politically divisive Adani Carmichael mine the environmental costs of this ticking carbon bomb, Adanis international track record of human rights abuses and environmental harm, lies about employment figures, the failed economics of the project, and the revolving door between Adani and government staffers and lobbyists.

Kicked off in a big way by the Newman Government, its a major headache for the Palaszczuk government whos determined backing of the project has surprised and angered many of its supporters.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. (IMAGE: NREL, Flickr)Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. (IMAGE: NREL, Flickr)

Labors decisive announcement, at the end of week one of the election campaign, to veto Adanis requested $1 billion loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), demonstrates the volatility of this mi...

22:35

Dream on! Mattis claims UN let US intervene in Syria, but never did "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

US Defense Secretary James Mattis has recently claimed that Washington received a mandate to operate in Syria from no less than the UN itself. The problem is the UN never did any such thing as it does not even have any legal capacity to do so. The UN cannot sanction a foreign invasion of Syria or any other country because it is absolutely impossible under international law, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said, commenting on the issue. "The UN cannot do such things," he told the Russian media. He went on to say that "Syria is a sovereign independent state," adding that "only the Syrian government can invite armed forces of the third countries onto its territory" while "the UN has no such right," as reported by Rossiyskaya Gazeta daily. The diplomat also said that "the fight against terrorism does not give any states or coalitions a free hand to establish their presence on Syrian territory." International law indeed envisages no way for the UN or any other international body to sanction an invasion of one state's armed forces on the territory of another state. In fact, such actions are regarded as aggression under international law and are strictly prohibited. UN General Assembly Resolution 3314 on the definition of aggression explicitly states that an "invasion or attack by the armed forces of a State of the territory of another State" as well as "any military occupation, however temporary" or "bombardment by the armed forces of a State against the territory of another State" is what particularly constitutes aggression. However, all these facts did not prevent Mattis from claiming that it was the UN that sanctified the presence of the US troops on the Syrian territory without the consent of the Syrian government. "You know, the UN said that ... basically we can go after ISIS. And we're there to take them out," the US defense secretary said, referring to the US actions in Syria as he answered a journalist's question on Monday.

22:34

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22:32

US cuts funding to disarm explosives it dropped on Cambodia, Laos "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In an article by Thai PBS titled, US cuts 2018 funding for demining operations in Cambodia, it's revealed that next year's meager $2 million in US government funding for demining operations of US unexploded ordnance (UXO) in eastern Cambodia leftover from the Vietnam War has been discontinued without warning or explanation. The move caused confusion across Cambodia's government, as well as across partner nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Cambodia participating in the US program. Speculation over the move revolves around growing tensions between Washington and Phnom Penh as the United States desperately attempts to reassert itself in Asia Pacific, while Asian states - including Cambodia - continue to build closer and more constructive ties with Beijing at the expense of Washington's waning influence. Cambodia has recently exposed and ousted a myriad of US-funded fronts posing as NGOs and independent media platforms executing a campaign of US-backed political subversion. This includes the disbanding of the Cambodia National Rescue opposition party and the arrest of its leader, Kem Sokha, who bragged of his role in a US conspiracy to overthrow the Cambodian government and install him into power. Tensions in Cambodia represent a wider, regional trend where US footholds face increasing scrutiny and resistance as Washington's abuse of "NGOs," "rights advocacy," and "democracy promotion" is systematically exposed and rolled back.

22:30

Collins continues to smack Twyford around the ears "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Judith Collins continues to dance all over Phil Twyford, who seems to have found a supplier of SMUG cologne and is using it in copious quantities: 6. Hon JUDITH COLLINS (NationalPapakura) to the Minister of Transport: Is he satisfied that cancelling the East-West Link Road of National Significance will be beneficial to transport in Auckland? Hon PHIL TWYFORD []

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22:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Irrigation water flows at Sheffield as new scheme starts Heather Chalmers:

Sheffield arable farmer Damon Summerfield expects to double his production following the arrival of water from the massive Central Plains Water irrigation scheme, writes Heather Chalmers.

If Central Canterbury arable farmer Damon Summerfield is acting like an expectant farmer its no surprise. This baby has been 10 years in the making.

Hes even talking about a christening which is apt when the baby is irrigation water as part of the Central Plains Water community scheme. . .

Farmer vigilance helps keep sheep measles at low ebb:

New Zealand recorded its lowest lamb prevalence level of sheep measles in ten years, says the project manager for Ovis Management Ltd, Dan Lynch.

He says 0.59% of lambs processed in the season ending October were detected with sheep measles versus 0.64% last season.

Lynch believes this low prevalence reflects continuing onfarm control being exerted by farmers across NZ. This is a great outcome. . . .

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Chairman James Parsons not seeking re-election:

James Parsons, Chairman of Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ), announced today he will not be seeking re-election in the organisations director elections in March.

Mr Parsons, who farms a 478-hectare hill country farm in Tangowahine, Northland, has served as the Northern North Island Director on the B+LNZ Board for nine years, including four as Chairman.

Although I am still very energised as the organisations Chairman, another three-year term would mean 12 years on the board and seven years as Chairman, says Mr Parsons. . .

Beef + Lamb New Zealand invites director nominations and remits/resolutions for Annual Meeting:

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) today announced nominations have opened for two B+LNZ director roles and one positi...

22:23

Practice Manager "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Federal Court of Australia

22:21

Climate Clock Ticking: Its Time BHP Stopped Funding Deniers, Says Bill McKibben "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As the Great Australian prepares for its AGM this morning, legendary climate activist and founder and senior adviser for 350.org Bill McKibben pens a passionate plea for the mining giant to get out of the abusive relationship its in with another not-so-great-Australian.

If BHP had a personal Facebook page, its relationship status would be its complicated.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250BHP and the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) have been in a long-term relationship for some time, but its pretty evident to anyone watching that BHP is now on the verge of a break up. And the MCA, bitter and frustrated with BHPs growing distance and more than a passing interest in climate change action is sulking.

Years ago when they first got together, BHP and the MCA wanted the same things a glorious, shared future based on their mutual love of fossil fuels, especially coal. But the world has changed and now BHP and the MCA want different things.

The MCA is desperate to hang on to BHP, its biggest funder. Feeling threatened and jealous, the MCA is lashing out in the only way it knows how, taking out its frustration on another target the environmental groups that it worries would woo BHP away to supporting climate change action.

BHP, embarrassed by the stance of its erstwhile partner, feels held back by the relationship. Its only a matter of time before they split.

Australian-miners

The timing is right for BHP to break from the Minerals Council pro-coal agenda and it should move swiftly. The company has already distanced itself from the lobby groups attacks on Australian charities.

This witchhunt seeks to pressure the government to legislate how charities operate, rendering many of them ineffectual. As David Crosbie, chief executive of the Community Council for Australia said recently, this would mean groups would be picking up the dead fish instead of advocating to stop the poisons going into the stream.

There is currently a six-pronged a...

22:19

22:14

The Fight for Nature "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Panel discussion at Victoria University By Bill Benfield Sue and I went to the Fight for Nature at Victoria University on November 10. The panel discussion was moderated by Kathryn Ryan, host of the radio programme nine to noon. The panel was Emma Marris from the US Bruce Clarkson, University of Waikato and a recipient []

22:07

Marriage equality is supported by the Australian community "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Editorial comment

The release of the of the massive yes vote for marriage equality, by David Kalisch, the chief statistician of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, was the signal for the outbreak of spontaneous celebrations around the country.

Nearly 13 million Australians took part in the Marriage Law Survey and 61 percent declared their support for equality for same sex couples. It is beyond question now. The Australian community wants change and expect that the parliament will deliver. There can no longer be any excuse for the dithering that has been characteristic up to now.

Australia wants to move forward to build a more tolerant and accepting society and the politicians now have an obligation to respect this and move quickly to make it a reality.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had promised that in the event of the yes vote, the Coalition will facilitate a private members Bill to make same-sex marriage legal before the end of the year. The time for promises has gone and it is now time deliver and it needs t happen during the parliamentary debate will begin on 27 November.

It will not be plain sailing. As it stands, two different bills Were to be presented and there is a danger that the debate will be seriously limited.

One of them is from Western Australian Liberal Senator James Paterson, which contains provision that exempts ministers of religion and celebrants on the grounds of conscientious,  guarantees  freedom of speech on paper and allows parents to opt their children out of school classes that conflict with their values. In the wake of the strength of the Yes vote Paterson withdrew his bill and and has joined those who wish to make sure the alternative comes as close to it as possible.

Two things are wrong with the Paterson bill and is it worthwhile commenting on it.

Any conscientious objection provision needs to be restrictive enough not to become and under the counter means to legitimise discrimination. The same applies to the vague notion of guaranteeing free speech. The right to peddle hate that brings harm to others because of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and other differences has nothing to do with free speech. Everyone should have the right to express their opinion, so long as it is within the context of honouring their repo9nsibity to not use this to harm others. Those at the recieving end have a right to protection.

It is now becoming clearer that some of the forces behind the No vote, are seizing the opportunity to to destroy the Equal Opportunity Act, by piggy backing into the Marriage Act a legal right to discriminate. Expect some vigorous campaigning on this score.

Pinning  education into a change in the Marriage Act is wrong. It has nothing to do with it and lends...

22:04

Jonathan R Wain Chairman Dilworth School and Brisbane barrister part one why Im no longer friends with Jonathan Wain Jonathan R Wain was dishonest, deceptive and disloyal to me "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jonathan R Wain a student at Dilworth School, Auckland New Zealand in the early 1970s- now a Brisbane barrister. Pictured as I knew Jonathan in the 1970s before he was corrupted and lost his Christian character

Chairman Dilworth School

Jonathan R Wain, Chairman

Barrister
Dilworth Old Boy

 

I knew Jonathan R Wain, Chairman of Dilworth School and Brisbane barrister in the 1970s in Te Atatu in Auckland, New Zealand. I write with sadness what Im about to write, because 20 years ago Jonathan Wain behaviour led me to terminate an extremely close friendship. I have no regrets in cutting my friendship and ties with Jonathan. In 1997, I decided he is capricious, dishonest, unfaithful, an adulterer and not honest with money.

I have had no contact with Jonathan since 1997, except briefly at my son Josephs wedding 3.5 years ago, and cannot speak for his character, honesty or loyalty to friends since 1997.

In 1989, Jonathan Wain was my best man at my first wedding and soon after I was Jonathans best man at his wedding to Kaylene, his long-time wife.

I met Jonathan R Wain in 1974 at Rutherford High School in Te Atatu, Auckland, New Zealand. I was only at the oppressive, bland, boring Rutherford High School for one year. The best thing about Rutherford High School was leaving i...

22:00

Climate Justice Forum: George Monbiot on Climate Change Causes, Fourth Coal Terminal Permit Denial, Spokane Ballot Initiative on Fossil Fuel Trains, Montana Valve Turner Trials, Sandpoint Energy & Jobs Panel 11-15-17 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Wednesday, November 15, 2017 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a recording of British, progressive, political thinker and Guardian columnist George Monbiot, talking about why climate change goes deeper than capitalism.  We also share news and reflections on a fourth permit denial for the Millennium Bulk Terminals coal export-by-rail facility, the Safer Spokane, Proposition 2, ballot initiative regulating fossil fuel trains, a climate necessity defense mock trial for a Montana tar sands pipeline valve turner, and a Republican-led, panel discussion about climate change, energy, and jobs in Sandpoint.  Broadcast for five and a half years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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22:00

The Citizens Guide to the Media Pt. 2: What Is Fake News? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In the first instalment of the Citizens Guide to the Media, we covered how fake news has become the spectre stalking the media landscape in 2017. But what is fake news, exactly? Well, theres fake news and Fake News. Not everything reflexively dismissed as fake news by a hyper-skeptical public is literally fake. Some is, []

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21:57

Has anyone seen this man: Benedict Allen, lost in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

HARRY COCKBURN | The Independent

Benedict Allen
Benedict Allen

LONDON - A British explorer has gone missing in Papua New Guinea during an attempt to contact a tribe living in a remote area of jungle.

Benedict Allen, 57, has not been heard from in over three weeks after being dropped off by helicopter.

He was supposed to have begun his journey home on Sunday, but missed a flight to Hong Kong where he was booked to give a talk to the Royal Geographic Society.

He has not been heard from since late October. His last public post was earlier in the month when he tweeted a picture of himself wearing his rucksack on the way to Papua New Guinea.

Marching off to Heathrow. I may be some time (dont try and rescue me please - where Im going in PNG you wont ever find me you know...)

His family is now concerned something may have happened to him on his trek.

Mr Allen was trying to reach the Yaifo people, who he first met 30 years ago in Papua New Guineas East Sepik province. He was trying to meet them again to film them for a new documentary.

He had no telephone or GPS device with him for the trip which was expected to take him through very remote areas of jungle.

According to the Daily Mail, Mr Allens agent Joanna Sarsby said: "He is a highly experienced explorer, very clever and resourceful and adept at surviving in the most hostile places on Earth, and he would never give up. He may not be a young man any more but he is very fit.

"He was trying to reach the Yaifo people, a very remote and reclusive tribe - possibly headhunters, quite a scary bunch. Goodness knows what has happened.

"I just imagine he might have been taken ill or is lying injured somewhere, perhaps with a broken leg, and maybe being helped by locals."

She added: He never takes a phone with him - he believes in living like the locals. For him not to come back is really odd.

His sister Katie Pestille, told the Mail she was not worried about the tribes he wanted to encounter, but was concerned....

21:30

Sledge of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Poor old Stu Nash copped the Sledge of the Day from Judith Collins. Nationals revenue spokeswoman Judith Collins said Nash was enthusiastic but did not seem to be across the details of such a proposal. Enthusiasm is an excellent thing in a puppy, but probably a minister needs to be a little less.    Robbo []

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21:00

Darkness At The End Of The Rainbow? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

YES! Australians cheer the result of the postal plebiscite on Marriage Equality. This emphatic victory for social liberalism (61.6/38.4 percent) will hit conservative Australians hard. Liberal and National Party strategists may, however, attempt to exploit the fact that of the 17 federal electorates that voted "No", 11 are held by the Labor Party. Progressive Australians have won an important battle - but the culture war will go on.

WEDNESDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2017 will go down in Australian history as Marriage Equality Day. In an unprecedented national plebiscite, 61.6 percent of the 79.5 percent of voting-age Australians who returned their postal ballots voted YES to marriage equality. With this resounding vote in favour, Australia joined the rest of the worlds progressive nations in rejecting homophobia and discrimination.

But, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 will be remembered for something more than Australias endorsement of marriage equality. It will also be recorded by social historians and psephologists as the day conservative Australians were required to accept a forceful and irrefutable message confirming their minority status in Australian society.

Hostility towards homosexuality is one of the most reliable markers of the authoritarian personality. It will, therefore, come as a profound shock to people of this personality type that their attitudes are not shared by an overwhelming majority of the population. That nearly two-thirds of their fellow citizens see nothing untoward about same sex couples getting married will deliver a shattering blow to their perception of normality. They will be dismayed by how far the world has strayed from their traditional values.

For some, the events of 15 November 2017 will prompt a thorough-going reassessment of their moral and political expectations of themselves and their fellow Australians. If they are lucky, this reassessment will...

21:00

Ill bet they are all affordable too "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bill Gates is investing $US80 million to build a new smart city in Arizona. The city will integrate high-speed internet, smarter manufacturing, and systems that accommodate self-driving cars. The proposal makes Phil Twyfords plans for Paerata look utterly ridiculous. Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has purchased nearly 25,000 acres of land in southwestern Arizona for the construction []

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21:00

Higher spending, tax, debt "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Economists are warning that the Labour-led governmentd Debt will be billions more than planned.

. . . In Opposition Labour laid out a fiscal plan which would borrow around $11 billion more than National had proposed, but still cut debt as a share of the total economic output from 24 per cent to 20 per cent by 2022.

The plan formed a major point of contention during the election campaign, as National finance spokesman Steven Joyce was widely mocked for his claim that Robertsons plan had a major fiscal hole.

This is a very good argument for independent costing of party policies before an election.

But bank economists, who monitor the likely issuance of government bonds, are warning of pressure for Treasury to borrow billions more than Labour had signalled because of new spending promises.

ANZ has forecast that Labour will borrow $13 billion more than Treasurys pre-election fiscal update maintained the former Government would over the next four years, although around $3b of that would go to the NZ Super Fund.

Borrowing to contribute to the super fund is as reckless as borrowing to play the share market instead of paying off a mortgage.

This would see net Crown debt at 23 per cent of gross domestic product, 3 percentage points higher than Labours plan.

Outgoing ANZ chief economist Cameron Bagrie said the estimates for new spending were conservative, including an assumption that the new $1b a year regional development fund would come entirely from existing budgets. . . 

BNZ senior economist Craig Ebert said the figures were hard to determine so early in the term, but borrowing could amount to a number of billion dollars more than Labour had outlined. . . 

During question time in Parliament on Tuesday, Robertson maintained that the Government was sticking to its pre-election debt plan.

But what were not prepared to put up with is a situation where we do not have enough affordable homes, where we have not made contributions to the [NZ] Super Fund, and where an enormous social deficit is growing, Robertson said.

In those circumstances a slower debt repayment track is totally appropriate.

A much more disciplined approach to spending would be wiser.......

20:59

Belt and Road project: Chinas new vision and Turkey "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Analysis

By  Emel Parlar Dal

Does the Belt and Road project really have the potential to introduce a Chinese alternative to the established world order?

ISTANBUL

U.S. President Donald Trumps 13-day Asia tour, which began on Nov. 5 with Japan and includes, first and foremost, China, South Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines, is already signaling that the U.S. is drawing up a new Asian strategy.

Although it is suggested that the visit is outwardly based on the goal of creating a coordination and business alliance to take tougher measures against North Korea, this 13-day diplomacy tour by Trump, the longest Asian tour ever taken by a U.S. president since George H. W. Bushs 12-day visit in 1991, is dropping major hints about the discomfort the U.S. is feeling towards the recent transformation in power balances in Asia.

One such hint is that the region, defined to date by Washington as Asia-Pacific, began to be conceptualized as the Indo-Pacific region starting from before this visit. We may say that the most important reason for this visit as well as the conceptual transformation accompanying it beyond the ostentatious North Korean threat directly relates to containing or controlling the rise of China, which is now following a global trajectory after its spread over Asia.

The aspect of this Chinese rise that will pose the greatest challenge to the U.S. position as a superpower is the Belt and Road project, which is Chinas global strategic partnership vision with pragmatic foundations and a win-win strategy as opposed to the security-related tensions in the Asia-Pacific region.

Does the Belt and Road project really have the potential to introduce a Chinese alternative to the established world order? What countries, multilateral structures and regions constitute the main partners of the project?

And how important are Turkey and the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railroad project to this massive undertaking, considering that the current final destination of this project (Kars) is a Turkish province?

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Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railroad project

Is Belt and Road main pillar of Chinas new world vision?

At a time when the basic paradigms of the international order are being questioned once again, China is the....

20:44

British explorer goes missing in New Guinea after trying to make contact with isolated tribe "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A British explorer is missing in the remote jungles of Papua New Guinea after being dropped off by helicopter three weeks ago to try and find the lost tribe of Yaifo - one of the few remaining tribes to have no contact whatsoever with the outside world. Benedict Allen's family have not heard from him since then, and hold grave fears for his safety after the seasoned explorer failed to board his flight out of Port Moresby. He was due to leave the capital on Sunday to fly to Hong Kong to talk at the Royal Geographical Society on Tuesday.

20:32

Latest from The Bookseller "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


More than 100 local authorities have yet to deliver business rate relief to local businesses, it has been revealed.
...

20:30

Australia votes to allow gays to have mothers in law too "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Great news, marriage equality has come to Australia, now gays can suffer mothers in law along with everyone else: Australians have voted in favour of changing the law to allow same-sex marriage. Australian Statistician David Kalisch announced the results of the ABS postal survey from Canberra, confirming the survey had delivered a Yes result. Of []

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20:28

The Roundup with PW "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

The Slave Memoir That Hooked Japan: How a translation of a 19th-century American slave memoir is becoming a bestseller in Japanese bookstores.

Seamus Heaney's Precious Faxes: Fintan OToole, the Nobel laureate's biographer, said he is anxious to record surviving documents before they fade.

Louise Erdrich, Great American Novelist: Erdrich, who publishes her 16th novel this month, has built one of the most impressive bodies of work by any American writer alive.

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20:27

Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Today's Meal


Maris Kreizman will leave her position as editorial director of Book of the Month club on November 30 after a little over a year with the company, to give her "full attention back to my own writing."

At William Morrow, Heidi Richter has been promoted to senior publicity director, while Anwesha Basu moves up to publicity director.

In the UK, Charlie Brotherstone has opened his own literary agency, Brotherstone Creative Management. Brotherstone was at Ed Victor Ltd., representing his own clients and running the film/TV, serial and speakers departments, and a number of years at A.M. Heath. Brotherstone Creative Management will sell rights directly in the US "where many clients are based" and will work closely with United Agents on translation, television and dramatic rights.

Rob Dawson has been promoted to managing director of Georgetown Publications.

Spainhas signed on as the "guest of honor" for the Frankfurt Book Fairin...2021. (The Fair...

20:07

Same sex marriage supported in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Same sex Australian couples may not have to come to New Zealand to get married soon after a referendum that strongly supported same sex marriage looks set to push change there. Nearly 62 percent of Australians voted in favour of allowing same-sex marriage. The people of Australia have spoken and I intend to make their wish []

20:00

The new Education Minister continues to operate in a state of serious confusion "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Chris Hipkins is trying to head off Phil Twyford as Muppet of the Year. He is now telling schools that they can still use something that will no longer exist. Schools who still want to use National Standards to report a childs progress to parents can continue to do so despite the Government saying []

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20:00

Reducing malaria in Solomon Islands: lessons for effective aid "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The burden of malaria in Solomon Islands remains among the highest of all countries outside of sub-Saharan Africa. But significant improvements in malaria control have been made over the last 25 years. From a peak of nearly 450 new cases per 1,000 population in 1993, by 2016 annual national malaria incidence had dropped to 81 (Figure 1).

Figure 1: National annual parasite incidence (API), 1969-2016

Data sources: 1969-1991: Over et al, 2004; 1992-2016: Ministry of Health and Medical Services, 2017

Solomon Islands is also one of the worlds most aid-dependent nations, and assistance from international donors has been particularly visible in the health sector. Foreign aid for malaria was especially prominent starting from 2003, when the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria first invested in Solomon Islands, and rose again after 2007 when AusAIDs Pacific Malaria Initiative was launched, as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2: Estimates of Solomon Islands Government (SIG) and donor contributions to malaria, 20032016 (US$ current)

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20:00

Womens rugby league's power for change in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

MARGIE McDONALD | NRL.com

Cathy Neap
Cathy Neap - rugby league is helping redefine PNG women

SYDNEY - No one needs to tell Papua New Guinea captain Cathy Neap about the power of the Women's Rugby League World Cup.

And it's not about growing the game, as league is already PNG's national pastime.

The fact is that women are now playing at the highest level has helped the country's female population overcome one of the nation's worst-kept secrets: an alarmingly high rate of domestic violence.

Cathy Neap plays in the back row for the Orchids and is proud to captain PNG at their first World Cup appearance. She says she owes rugby league another debt of gratitude.

"Definitely this game is working for us, for the women. We are gaining respect from the men in my country," she told NRL.com.

"Just last weekend before the Kumuls' last Test at home against the USA, we were presented to the crowd. We walked out onto the field and waved to the people in the stands.

"The feeling from the crowd was unbelievable. They actually gave us great respect. Normally women would not get that respect from the crowd. That wouldn't have happened a year or two ago.

"That's a massive change, a massive shift in the mindset of our men."

It had to improve as some estimates have as many as 70% of PNG women experiencing physical or sexual assault in their lifetime.

One Australian Federal Police officer, Detective Seargent Michelle Harris, who was on loan to PNG local police to help deal with the issue, told ABC News in February 2015 she had been shocked at the level of domestic violence in the country.

"I'd describe the level of violence here as pandemic, equalling something in a war zone," she said.

Neap has witnessed the supportive messages coming from within league.

Two local women's teams played a curtain-raiser to the September 2015 Prime Minister's XVII match between Australia and PNG in Port Moresby.

The Australian players had the words "Strong Men R...

19:59

Black mark for breaching medal protocols "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New Minister of Defence Ron Mark is seeking advice after it has been claimed he is breaching military medal wearing protocols. NZH:  Medals off Mark for new defence minister says he will seek advice after questions raised New defence minister Ron Mark has been wearing military medals in a way which puts his foreign []

19:30

Since when did finders, keepers cease being relevant? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guess what I found in a cupboard in my new office last night? I didnt open them & sent them back to @PhilTwyford. #UsedNotebooksApparently pic.twitter.com/b1hfVJOnWX Judith Collins (@JudithCollinsMP) November 15, 2017 And Phil Twyford believes he is competent to be a government minister? Judith Collins was far too honest with Phils gear by returning []

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19:25

Not a coup in Zimbabwe "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There is confusion over whether there is a military coup taking place in Zimbabwe, but it seems likely that Robert Mugabe is being replaced as president. Time: Zimbabwes Military Has Taken Control of the Capital After a night of confusion in which tanks rolled onto the streets of Zimbabwes capital Harare, the countrys military said early Wednesday []

19:21

Wellington rail strike "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Winston Peters may have got what he wanted, back to the seventies where transport strikes were a regular disruptive occurrence. Wellington is being severely disrupted today with a 24 hour rail strike, the first for over twenty years. Wellington City Councils advice: *Dont bring your car into town if you dont have pre-arranged parking []

19:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It is the duty of a good shepherd to shear his sheep, not to skin them.  Tiberius who was born on this day in 42 BC.


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19:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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18:58

Helping The Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

ROOT CAUSES OF REFUGEE CRISIS MUST BE ADDRESSED By Murray Horton, political activist and writer since 1969; organiser for the Anti-Bases Campaign (ABC, www.converge.org.nz/abc), ( and also for the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA, www.cafca.org.nz)   The Prime Minister is to be congratulated for trying to do the decent thing by, in her words, offering []

18:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

My head hurts. We elect people to parliament. The immediate effect is a lot of rolling back of National policy.  Slash and burn. None of the nation-building stuff has started. Lots of free money is handed out. Winston becomes invisible. Then the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister go overseas where they look after []

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18:22

Fiscal fight continued "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Steven Joyce continues to push Minister of Finance Grant Robertson on expected net debt in relation to Labours pre-election fiscal plan. Joyce had been widely criticised for suggesting their was an eleven billion dollar hole in the plan. Robertson was adamant Labours plan was sound and accused Joyce was scaremongering. Yesterday from Stuff: Economists see []

18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is mummery (noun) 1. A performance by mummers. 2. (a) Pretentious or hypocritical show or ceremony. (b) An act or instance of this. (A mummer is an actor in a traditional masked mime or a mummers play, or an actor in the theatre.) Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : []

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18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 16 16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, and good judgment than silver!

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18:00

Are you ready for bots to read your face? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Would you turn on your webcam so that a customer service robot can get to know you better? Soul Machines, a New Zealand startup, thinks so. It builds a customer service bot with an amazingly human face and a simulated nervous system that interprets how customers feel and reacts accordinglyin part by watching them over a

Would you turn on your webcam so that a customer service robot can get to know you better?

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17:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

17:15

Media watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

17:10

Open Forum Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

15:11

Indonesian policeman shot dead near US-owned mine "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/37880210/indonesian-policeman-shot-dead-near-us-owned-mine/

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au.news.yahoo.com
Jayapura (Indonesia) (AFP) An Indonesian policeman was shot dead and another was seriously wounded near a giant US-owned copper and gold mine Wednesday, authorities said, the latest in a string of shootings in restive Papua province.

Indonesian policeman shot dead near US-owned mine

AFP / 41 minutes ago
Jayapura (Indonesia) (AFP) An Indonesian policeman was shot dead and another was seriously wounded near a giant US-owned copper and gold mine Wednesday, authorities said, the latest in a string of shootings in restive Papua province.

The killing comes as police and armed separatists are locked in a standoff near Freeport-McMoRans mine, one of the worlds biggest, with both sides blaming each other for what police have claimed was a hostage crisis.

Local authorities said unidentified gunman opened fire on a police patrol near the vast Grasberg mine in the early morning hours on Wednesday, following reports that a Freeport employee had been shot in the thigh on Tuesday.

"The gunmen started shooting at the patrolling officers from behind before dawn. It was pitch black so we did not see who the shooters were," Papua police spokesman Suryadi Diaz told AFP.

One officer died at the scene while another was shot in the back, suffering severe injuries, Diaz added.

Papua has faced a low-level insurgency since it was annexed by Indonesia in the late sixties.

Freeports mine is frequently a flashpoint in the struggle for independence and a bigger share of the regions rich resources.

Police said they suspected Wednesdays shooters were from the same...

14:00

Caught Our Notice: Oops paper included proofreaders query "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Title: Concise Review: Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Neurodegenerative Diseases What Caught Our Attention: Everyone makes mistakes but some are more amusing than others. In one recent correction, the publisher (Wiley) admitted to including a proofreaders query in the published manuscript. But didnt say what the query was. We looked around, and think we found the added []

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14:00

#StopAdani from above: Seeing is conserving "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Paul Hoelen, Ken Peters-Dodd, and Paul Nimbahly

Aerial landscape photographers and traditional land owners join forces to #StopAdani

As new coal mines are opened up in Queensland, a collaboration of one of the best landscape photographers in this part of the world with a traditional land owner is using their gifts and abilities for conservation of the endangered landscapes in Australia. The photos will be a resource that everyone working to #StopAdani can use.

Listen to the interview Paul Hoelen, Ken Peters-Dodd, and Paul Nimbahly gave today in The Sustainable Hour on 94.7 The Pulse about the crowdfunding campaign they have started, Pit to Point Project:

http://climatesafety.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/qld-aerial-project7min032.mp3

A couple of pensioners who are currently in the camp near Abbot Point have promised $2,000 in support to the project if it goes ahead. The group still needs help to raise another $6,000 to make this happen.

If youd like to support the project, you can transfer a do...

13:42

Venezuela Defaults on Foreign Debt Repayments "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Via: Radio New Zealand: The ratings agency said the South American nation had failed to make $200m in repayments on its foreign debt. Venezuelas state-run oil company PDVSA has also been declared in default by rating agencies Fitch and Moodys. The news came just hours after the government met investors in Caracas to try to []

13:35

Biden: Hero Who Stopped Texas Church Shooter Was Wrong To Have A Gun "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

During a question and answer session on NBCs Today show, former vice president and rumored presidential 2020 contender Joe Biden said the hero who stopped the Texas church shooter earlier this month should not have been allowed to carry an AR-15.

With the tragedy that just happened in Texas, how do you justify the Democratic view on gun control when the shooter was stopped by a man who was legally licensed to carry a gun? a young woman in the audience asked Biden.

Well first of all, the kind of gun being carried he shouldnt be carrying, Biden said. I wrote the last serious gun control law . . and it outlawed assault weapons and outlawed weapons with magazines that held a whole lotta bullets so you could kill a lot of people a whole lot more quickly.

Assault weapon is a nonsense term not usable in legislation, since it could apply to any object used to attack another person. An assault rifle generally means a select-fire or automatic rifle with an intermediate cartridge designed for military use. The AR-15 is not an assault rifle, most clearly because it is semiautomatic. Civilians are already banned from owning automatic weapons.

The Texas man who stopped the shooter from killing more people used an AR-15 to confront the alleged murderer, who wore a ballistic vest and was armed with tactical gear and a rifle of equal firepower.

If I had run out of the house with a pistol and faced a bulletproof vest and kevlar and helmets, it might have been futile, Stephen Willeford told CRTV in an interview last week. I ran out with an AR-15 and thats what he was shooting the place up with.

Biden apparently doesnt think guns are useful for self-defense and protecting others, even though police and soldiers cant stop bad guys without guns, and neither can private citizens. Public records are replete with instances of private citizens enjoying protection against evil when armed.

Its just rational to say certain people shouldnt have guns, Biden insisted, however. The fact that some people with guns are legally able to acquire a gun and they...

13:00

China and Central Asian States "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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As the centre of global development shifts towards the Asian Pacific Region, the geopolitical importance of Central Asia on the Eurasian continent has only been increasing. China and this extremely vast region, which is rich in various mineral resources, are closely linked both historically and geographically. The peoples residing along the Chinese state border and the Central Asian states are tied by kin relations that span centuries. The first contacts of China with the peoples residing in that territory date back to 138 B.C. At that time, Emperor Wu of the Han dynasty sent his ambassadors to the territory of the current Central Asian states to seek help in the joint struggle against the Huns.

In light of these realities, the cooperation of China with that region, which had enjoyed a rapid boom over the last years, has been notably transforming into very close ties.

In terms of economics, China is making no secret of its serious intentions for the neighbouring and nearby Central Asian countries, which are rich in mineral resources and in dire need of financial and trade partners, in terms of coping with its tangible deficit in resources and market issues.

However, for Beijing, Central Asia is beyond any doubt strategically important in ensuring the national security of contemporary China, as it is a kind of heartland and a backbone amidst the US military efforts extending throughout the pacific area, which have been increasingly unsettling to Beijing.

Over the last two decades, China has been actively offering financial assistance to its new and promising partners, thus demonstrating its willingness to increase its investments in joint projects. For example, Kyrgyzstan is the only country in the Central Asian region that has been receiving cheap loans from the Peoples Republic of China (PRC).

For their part, the Central Asian countries, experiencing a shortage of industrial commodities, have been capitalising their territories, that is, marketing their mineral resources and energy commodities, allocating land for the laying of pipeline mains, rail roads and motor ways and developing their infrastructure facilities, whereas the tough-minded China could not miss the chance.

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12:39

Snail's pace "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australian crawl

Ah, mate.

Wages grew by just +0.48 per cent in the September 2017 quarter, to be +2.01 per cent higher over the year.

Superficially this looks like a bit of an improvement, and at least it can be said that wages are growing a bit ahead of the rate of inflation. Just. 


And including bonuses the annual increase was a slightly more upbeat +0.7 per cent for the quarter, and +2.2 per cent for the year. 

However, the result this quarter was pumped up by the minimum wage increase, and you can see in the chart below that a number of industries (such as accommodation & food) how this inflated the quarterly numbers. 

Over the year the industries with the most robust wage price growth included healthcare & social assistance (+2.7 per cent), arts & recreation services (+2.7 per cent), and education & training (+2.4 per cent).

On the other hand wages growth in the mining sector (+1.2 per cent) remains very low, as it does in professional, scientific, & tech services (+1.5 per cent). 


Annual wage price growth in the private sector remains super-low at just +1.86 per cent, with wage price growth in the public sector some way higher at +2.37 per cent. 

The public se...

12:25

US Cuts Funds for Disarming Explosives It Dropped on Cambodia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

November 15, 2017 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - In an article by Thai PBS titled, "US cuts 2018 funding for demining operations in Cambodia," it's revealed that next year's meager $2 million in US government funding for demining operations of US unexploded ordnance (UXO) in eastern Cambodia leftover from the Vietnam War has been discontinued without warning or explanation.


The move caused confusion across Cambodia's government, as well as across partner nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Cambodia participating in the US program.

Speculation over the move revolves around growing tensions between Washington and Phnom Penh as the United States desperately attempts to reassert itself in Asia Pacific, while Asian states - including Cambodia - continue to build closer and more constructive ties with Beijing at the expense of Washington's waning influence.

Cambodia has recently exposed and ousted a myriad of US-funded fronts posing as NGOs and independent media platforms executing a campaign of US-backed political subversion. This includes the disbanding of the Cambodia National Rescue opposition party and the arrest of its leader, Kem Sokha, who bragged of his role in a US conspiracy to overthrow the Cambodian government and install him into power.

Tensions in Cambodia represent a wider, regional trend where US footholds face increasing scrutiny and resistance as Washington's abuse of "NGOs," "rights advocacy," and "democracy promotion" is systematically exposed and rolled back.

Cut or Renewed, US UXO Assistance is Meaningless  

The US embassy in Cambodia would claim after receiving backlash for the move that the US had unilaterally decided to shut down funding in order to open up bidding for a new and "world-class removal program" - the details of wh...

12:24

US Cuts Funds for Disarming Explosives It Dropped on Cambodia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

November 15, 2017 (Tony Cartalucci - NEO) - In an article by Thai PBS titled, "US cuts 2018 funding for demining operations in Cambodia," it's revealed that next year's meager $2 million in US government funding for demining operations of US unexploded ordnance (UXO) in eastern Cambodia leftover from the Vietnam War has been discontinued without warning or explanation.


The move caused confusion across Cambodia's government, as well as across partner nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Cambodia participating in the US program.

Speculation over the move revolves around growing tensions between Washington and Phnom Penh as the United States desperately attempts to reassert itself in Asia Pacific, while Asian states - including Cambodia - continue to build closer and more constructive ties with Beijing at the expense of Washington's waning influence.

Cambodia has recently exposed and ousted a myriad of US-funded fronts posing as NGOs and independent media platforms executing a campaign of US-backed political subversion. This includes the disbanding of the Cambodia National Rescue opposition party and the arrest of its leader, Kem Sokha, who bragged of his role in a US conspiracy to overthrow the Cambodian government and install him into power.

Tensions in Cambodia represent a wider, regional trend where US footholds face increasing scrutiny and resistance as Washington's abuse of "NGOs," "rights advocacy," and "democracy promotion" is systematically exposed and rolled back.

Cut or Renewed, US UXO Assistance is Meaningless  

The US embassy in Cambodia would claim after receiving backlash for the move that the US had unilaterally decided to shut down funding in order to open up bidding for a new and "world-class re...

12:05

World watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

12:01

November 16 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

42 BC  Tiberius, Roman emperor, was born (d. 37).

1272  While travelling during the Ninth CrusadePrince Edward became King of England upon Henry IIIs death, but he will not return to England for nearly two years to assume the throne.

1491 An auto de f, held in the Brasero de la Dehesa outside vila, concluded the case of the Holy Child of La Guardia with the public execution of several Jewish and converso suspects.

1532  Francisco Pizarro and his men captured Inca Emperor Atahualpa.

1643  Jean Chardin, French-English jeweler and explorer, was born (d. 1703).

1776  American Revolution: The United Provinces (Low Countries) recognised the independence of the United States.

1805 Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Schngrabern  Russian forces under Pyotr Bagration delayed the pursuit by French troops under Murat.

1806   Mary Tyler Peabody Mann, American author and educator, was born (d. 1887).

1821 Missouri trader William Becknell arrived in Santa Fe, New Mexico over a route that became known as the Santa Fe Trail.

1840  New Zealand officially became a separate colony of Britain, severing its link to New South Wales.

NZ officially becomes British colony

1849 A Russian court sentenced Fyodor Dostoevsky to death for anti-government activities linked to a radical intellectual group; his sentence is later commuted to hard labour.

1852 The English astronomer John Russell Hind discovered the asteroid22 Kalliope....

11:59

Midnight Movie The Yellow Canary "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Richard Greene before he was Robin Hood


11:50

Qatars Broadening Economic Base Offers Opportunities for PNG "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


The Prime Minister . Peter ONeill  has concluded a series of high level meetings with Government Officials in the State of Qatar, from which he anticipates will come greater technical co-operation and investment from a country that has transitioned into the LNG market as is the current experience of Papua New Guinea.


Following meetings with Qatars Prime Minister, Finance Minister and other senior Government Officials, while on his return from the APEC Summit in Viet Nam, Prime Minister ONeill said the key outcome of the visit is a further demonstration of the urgent need for Papua New Guinea to properly diversify the Nations economic base.
We have been talking about diversifying our economy to maximise gains for some time, and now is the time to act so we can build our key sectors into the future, the Prime Minister said at the meetings in Doha.

There is great potential for creating thousands of new jobs, establishing new skills and stimulating small business.
"From humble beginnings, Qatar has diversified its economic base better than most resource-focused economies around the world.
"While oil and gas remain the cornerstone of its economy, Qatar has made inroads into downstream processing and other energy related fields.
"Qatar has also leveraged its resources boom to expand the tourism sector, and made substantial investment in agriculture around the world.
The perspective from our engagement in Qatar is clear, that we have to not only get the most from expanding our LNG production, but we have to utilise these gains to diversify production and jobs in our economy.

The Prime Minister said following the visit this week, a delegation from Kumul Consolidated Holdings, as well as other Government agencies and private sector representatives, will meet with officials in Qatar.
The Qatar Prime Ministe...

11:28

Ongoing Developments in the P2P Food Commons "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I was please to see a discussion on P2P food system as a major environmental and social solution? started by Robert LaRocque on the Loomio group of the CommonsTransition group. There are *so* many great resources on the transition back to a decentralized, sustainable food supply, thanks especially to folks like the biodynamics and organics movements, the permaculture and slow food movements that grew out of their compost heaps, and the transition movement that grew out of permaculture.

Firstly, check out the Localizing Food Project, spearheaded by one of my permaculture teachers, Robina McCurdy of Earthcare Education Aotearoa. Robina travelled the length of this country connecting with local food projects, and is producing a series of crowdfunded documentary films covering different aspects of them. The latest one is Edible Paradise - Growing the Food Forest Revolution.

Secondly, have a browse through Appropedia, a crowdsourced mediawiki site for appropriate technology, PracticalPlants and Plants for a Future. which are the same thing but for articles about plants. Theres also OpenSourceEcology, a development project for appropriate tech based at FactorE Farms. Also WikiHouse, its not about food, but like OpenSourceEcology it does demonstrate the way the crowdsourcing and human-centred design principles behind wikis and free code software can be applied to creating new stuff on the physical layer.

Thirdly, it was great to see from the responses in the comments that there are Open Food Network folk participating in the group too. I had a great conversation about the OFN vision when I met OFN co-founder Serenity Hill at the first Open Sour...

11:15

India Keeps Options Open at US-led "Quad" Roadshow "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On the eve of the East Asia Summit now under way in the Philippines, diplomats from the United States, Japan, Australia and India met in Manila on Sunday to discuss the issues of security and stability of the Asia-Pacific region.

11:02

Manus Island and spiritual warfare "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Things are not going to change for the better without some sort of national repentance and the casting off of our hideous idols.

lead lead Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Asia Engagement, Mr Hong Lim, meeting Malcolm Fraser in 1981 to discuss Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees arriving in Australia. He praised Mr Fraser for his humanity.As I write a horrifying humanitarian disaster, entirely made by successive Australian governments, is looming on Manus Island.

As a child I came into political awareness in the 1970s. The Fraser governments open armed response to the plight of Vietnamese boat people with the full support of the ALP is etched in my experience as a defining feature of who we then aspired to be as a people.

We were leaving the white Australia policy permanently behind. We were strongly adhering to our UNHCR obligations and had a profoundly humane and compassionate immigration policy towards boat arrival asylum seekers.

Growing up in cosmopolitan Melbourne, we were a people open to the world and most of my best friends were and remain from migrant families. What happened to those cosmopolitan, human rights upholding, warm and welcoming values? What changed to make us a people fearfully protective of our (apparently threatened) national sovereignty?

What changed?

In all the analysis of what has changed and how we should respond to this deep shift backwards towards the politics of prejudicial fear and a disregards for our UNHCR obligations, I have not seen anything written about spiritual warfare.

But I think this is central.

Spiritual warfare is the ongoing battle for communally assumed first loyalties public worship. What our highest collective object of worth is, is our god. Crudely put, our god is now the economy, stupid. Well, its not the economy actually, its the pursuit of personal wealth what the New Testament calls Mammon. The post-war boom came to an end when Nixon dropped the gold standard and sent the 1970s into a global economic tail spin. But....

Manus Island and spiritual warfare "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Things are not going to change for the better without some sort of national repentance and the casting off of our hideous idols.

lead lead Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Multicultural Affairs and Asia Engagement, Mr Hong Lim, meeting Malcolm Fraser in 1981 to discuss Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees arriving in Australia. He praised Mr Fraser for his humanity.As I write a horrifying humanitarian disaster, entirely made by successive Australian governments, is looming on Manus Island.

As a child I came into political awareness in the 1970s. The Fraser governments open armed response to the plight of Vietnamese boat people with the full support of the ALP is etched in my experience as a defining feature of who we then aspired to be as a people.

We were leaving the white Australia policy permanently behind. We were strongly adhering to our UNHCR obligations and had a profoundly humane and compassionate immigration policy towards boat arrival asylum seekers.

Growing up in cosmopolitan Melbourne, we were a people open to the world and most of my best friends were and remain from migrant families. What happened to those cosmopolitan, human rights upholding, warm and welcoming values? What changed to make us a people fearfully protective of our (apparently threatened) national sovereignty?

What changed?

In all the analysis of what has changed and how we should respond to this deep shift backwards towards the politics of prejudicial fear and a disregards for our UNHCR obligations, I have not seen anything written about spiritual warfare.

But I think this is central.

Spiritual warfare is the ongoing battle for communally assumed first loyalties public worship. What our highest collective object of worth is, is our god. Crudely put, our god is now the economy, stupid. Well, its not the economy actually, its the pursuit of personal wealth what the New Testament calls Mammon. The post-war boom came to an end when Nixon dropped the gold standard and sent the 1970s into a global economic tail spin. But....

09:57

Coup D'Etat In Rhodesia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There has been a coup d'etat in Zimbabwe.  The military has taken over and apparently deposed Mugabe and his regime, although denying such is the case.

From the Wall Street journal:-

"Zimbabwes military seized control of state television and the international airport and launched operations to subdue what it called the countrys degenerating political establishment, even as it denied it was ousting longtime leader President Robert Mugabe......

...... We wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover of government, Maj. Gen. Sibusiso Moyo said early Wednesday. What the Zimbabwe Defence Forces is doing is to pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation in our country...................


.............The militarys actions took place just hours after its chief was accused of treason by Mr. Mugabes party, which only days before fired the presidents powerful vice president. The firing was seen as clearing the way for the 93-year-old leader to install his 52-year-old wife, Grace, as one of his two deputies and hoist her into a prime position to succeed him."


Adolf looks forward to expressions of righteous indignation from all those people who bemoaned Commodore Bainimara's military removal of a corrupt regime in Fiji.


09:43

RON MARK "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Looks like the MSM is picking up where 'No Minister' left off.  

'Informed sources' have told No Minister that in the next 24 hours the media will be exposing Captain the Honorable Ron Mark as a medals cheat in his wearing of the baubles he 'acquired' when serving as a mercenary in the the Omani SSF.

Not sure of the byline ... 'We are not amused' ... perhaps.

You heard it first.



08:40

Federal radioactive waste in South Australia : three sites, two years, one message "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  This week marks two years since the federal government announced its six shortlisted sites across Australia for the development of a National nuclear waste dump. Three of those sites were in South Australia and today both the Flinders Ranges and the Kimba agricultural region remain under threat.

The planned National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) project has been met with contest and concern from community members and state and national environment groups.

The waste issue is also set to be highlighted in the March state election with all SA politicians and hopefuls facing calls to explicitly back existing state legislation that makes any such dump illegal. Conservation SA was pleased to see an article in yesterdays Australian newspaper disclosing Premier Jay Weatherills support for the Flinders Ranges community in their campaign against a radioactive waste dump in a letter to Prime Minister Turnbull urging him to respect Aboriginal opposition to the planned dump.

Regina McKenzie, Adnyamathanha Traditional Owner who lives next door to the Barndioota site and is a member of the Flinders Local Action Group (FLAG) said The Liberal governments plan is impacting the mental health and well being of the people in the Flinders Ranges and Kimba communities. We are happy that Premier Weatherill has opened his ears to us and is urging Malcolm Turnbull to do the same. For two years we have said no and we continue to say no.

Kimba farmer Peter Woolford, chair of No Radioactive Waste on Agricultur...

08:34

Strong protest at Bonn Climate Summit against push for nuclear power "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Special Report: Revolt at Trumps Pro-Coal, Pro-Nuclear & Pro-Gas Panel Rocks U.N. Climate Summit NOVEMBER 14, 2017, Democracy Now! was there when activists and Democratic lawmakers at the U.N. climate summit in Bonn, Germany, staged a full-fledged revolt Monday when the Trump administration made its official debut at this years conference with a forum pushing coal, gas and nuclear power. The presentation was entitled The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation. The panel was the only official appearance by the U.S. delegation during this years U.N. climate summit. Of the four corporate representatives pushing nuclear, gas and coal, Lenka Kollar of NuScale Power and Amos Hochstein of Tellurian told Amy Goodman that they disagreed with Trumps decision to pull the U.S. out of the climate agreement.

Transcript    This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!democracynow.orgThe War and Peace Report. Were broadcasting live from the U.N. climate summit here in Bonn, Germany. Close to 200 countries are gathered. The U.S. says that it is pulling out of the climate accord. Well, on Monday night, activists and Democratic lawmakers staged a full-fledged revolt as the Trump administration made its official debut at this years COP at a forum pushing coal, gas and nuclear power. The presentation was entitled The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation. It included speakers from coal company Peabody Energy, the nuclear engineering firm NuScale Power and a gas exporter. The panel was the only official appearance by the U.S. delegation during this years U.N. climate summit.

Well, Democracy Now! was there Monday night as the U.S. delegation made its official debut. It didnt go too well. At least, it didnt begin well, with a White House consultant telling Democracy Now! we could not film him.....

08:31

Pacific Islanders call on Australia and other nations, as climate change submerges islands "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pacific Island nations urge world leaders to act as islands expected to sink


AUSTRALIAS tropical island neighbours may exist today, but their leaders have urged us to help them from sinking.    news.com.au, Matt Young@MattYoung  14 Nov 17 
A LARGE swath of Pacific Island nations are slowly being eaten away until residents will be forced to evacuate and the islands eventually sink into the sea and its coming sooner than we think.

This modern-day Atlantis is thanks to sea levels across small island nations that have seen a dramatic rise over the past few decades, a rate of up to 3-4 times larger than the global average. Tuvalu, in the western Pacific Ocean, will reportedly be uninhabitable by 2050, while its island neighbour Kiribati, is expected to be fully submerged by 2100.

The Maldives, which has the lowest elevation in the world and a population of 427,000, may also have sunk by the end of the century.

It has led experts including Professor Tim Flannery, climate change expert and Professor at La Trobe University to believe we are on a trajectory that will see those nations compromised.

Five reef islands in the Solomon Islands have already been lost forever while a further six have been completely eroded. Last year, the island of Nuatambu had already lost half o...

08:24

To understand growth of nuclear weapons industry FOLLOW THE MONEY "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Whos Really Driving Nuclear-Weapons Production? Follow the money. The Nation  By William D. Hartung [This piece has been updated and adapted from William D. Hartungs Nuclear Politics inSleepwalking to Armageddon: The Threat of Nuclear Annihilation, edited by Helen Caldicott and just published by the New Press.] 14 Nov 17

..The techniques that the arms lobby and its allies in government used more than half a century ago to promote sky-high nuclear weapons spending continue to be wielded to this day. The twenty-first-century arms complex employs tools of influence that Kennedy and his compatriots would have found familiar indeedincluding millions of dollars in campaign contributions that flow to members of Congress and the continual employmentof 700 to 1,000 lobbyists to influence them. At certain moments, in other words, there have been nearly two...

08:13

NSW, Australia: Shopping Centre Intervention in Solidarity with Refugees on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Received on 15.11.17:

November 13th: People in So-Called Armidale, NSW, staged interventions in the towns commercial hubs during peak afternoon shopping hours, using a megaphone to project statements and extracts of articles from Iranian refugee, Behrouz Boochani, who has been detained on Manus Island since 2014.

While hundreds of men are facing starvation, thirst and threats of violence on Manus Island, the interventions disrupted the everyday monotony and insulation of our daily routines. These actions aimed to amplify the voices of refugees that are silenced, distorted and disregarded in our society.

 In solidarity with refugees in their fight for total freedom.


08:05

Australian Aboriginal concerns will now be addressed in Scotland discussions on destination of reprocessed nuclear wastes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Herald 13th Nov 2017, ABORIGINES challenging proposals to dump nuclear waste from northern Scotland to a sacred Australian site have won a breakthrough meeting with
government officials about their concerns.

Wallerberdina, 280 miles north of Adelaide, has been identified as a potential location for Australias
first nuclear waste dump as part of a deal that returns spent fuel processed at the nuclear facility currently being decommissioned in Dounreay, Caithness, to its country of origin.

This is despite claims that it is a priceless heritage site rich in archaeological treasures including
burial mounds, fossilised bones and stone tools. Some have claimed the
impact would be similar to building a waste dump at the heart of the
Vatican.

Campaigners who have appealed to the Scottish Government to halt
the plans to ship nuclear waste processed at Dounreay in Caithness to
Australia, have now been told that their concerns should be addressed
before any final decision is taken.

The Dounreay Waste Substitution Policy, agreed in 2012, sees waste from Australia, Belgium, Germany and Italy processed at the Scottish facility to make it safe for storage after being
returned to its country of origin. Campaigners have complained that the
intended South Australian destination forms part of an Aboriginal heritage
site rich in burial mounds, fossilised bones and stone tools.
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15655056.Breakthrough_in_Australian_aboriginal_challenge_to_nuclear_waste_transfers_from...

08:00

Wednesday Weapons Two of the original assault rifles compared "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Two of the original assault rifles compared. The German stg44 vs the Soviet AK47. Both came at the assault rifle idea from different directions, but almost ended up in the same place. Some good footage of barrel and receiver flexing from around 2.15 Enjoy Further reading if interested. WikiAK47 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AK-74?wprov=sfla1 WikiSTG44 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/StG_44?wprov=sfla1

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07:57

Qatars Broadening Economic Base Offers Opportunities for PNG "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, has concluded a series of high level meetings with Government Officials in the State of Qatar, from which he anticipates will come greater technical co-operation and investment from a country that has transitioned into the LNG market as is the current experience of Papua New Guinea.

 

Following meetings with Qatars Prime Minister, Finance Minister and other senior Government Officials, while on his return from the APEC Summit in Viet Nam, Prime Minister ONeill said the key outcome of the visit is a further demonstration of the urgent need for Papua New Guinea to properly diversify the Nations economic base.

 

We have been talking about diversifying our economy to maximise gains for some time, and now is the time to act so we can build our key sectors into the future, the Prime Minister said at the meetings in Doha.

 

There is great potential for creating thousands of new jobs, establishing new skills and stimulating small business.

 

From humble beginnings, Qatar has diversified its economic base better than most resource-focused economies around the world.

 

While oil and gas remain the cornerstone of its economy, Qatar has made inroads into downstream processing and other energy related fields.

 

Qatar has also leveraged its resources boom to expand the tourism sector, and made substantial investment in agriculture around the world.

 

The perspective from our engagement in Qatar is clear, that we have to not only get the most from expanding our LNG production, but we have to utilise these gains to diversify production and jobs in our economy.

 

The Prime Minister said following the visit this week, a delegation from Kumul Consolidated Holdings, as well as other Government agencies and private sector representatives, will meet with officials in Qatar.

 

The Qatar Prime Minister and I have agreed that we will bring together a joint forum to look at capacity building and investment opportunities between Papua New Guinea and Qatar.

 

As an emerging economy, Papua New Guinea must take advantage of new opportunities to expand the economy. Importantly we must move beyond the boom-and-bust cycles that comes with dependency on global energy prices.

 

In doing so we will draw on the experience and capacity building opportunities from countries like Qatar, and our other partners around the world.

 

I look forward to ta...

07:47

New film Atomic Homefront reveals dangerous radioactive waste problem at St Louis, USA "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Atomic Homefront: St. Louis Residents Fire Back at EPA Over Local Nuclear Waste  http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/atomic-homefront-clip-nuclear-waste-st-louis-doc-watch-video-1058118 The film, which premieres at the Doc NYC festival, follows a group of moms-turned-activists as they confront government agencies and corporations over the illegal dumping of radioactive waste in their neighborhood.

A group of concerned St. Louis residents confront representatives from the Army Corps and EPA over the safety of their neighborhood, in light of nuclear waste being dumped in a nearby landfill, in an exclusive clip from the HBO documentary Atomic Homefront.

The film, which is set to premiere at the Doc NYC festival on Wednesday (Nov. 15) before opening in New York on Friday (Nov. 17) and airing on HBO early next year, follows a group of moms-turned-activists in the St. Louis area as they take on the government and corporations over the illegal dumping of nuclear waste in their community in a desperate bid to protect their families from the toxic effects of radioactive waste.

In the clip, the residents of Bridgeton, Missouri, gather at a meeting with representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers and EPA and the residents, many of whom are moms, grow frustrated at the officials inability to explain the risk facing their community and suggestion that their neighborhood is a safe living area. The residents are afraid that radioactive particles could become airborne once an uncontrolled, subsurface fire reaches the nuclear waste.


07:44

Maiden speech Golriz Ghahraman "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A big maiden speech from Green MP Golriz Ghahraman, with strong references to immigration and patriotism and refugees. She talks of hardships involving war that most of us who have always lived in New Zealand have very fortunately not had to experience or suffer. My parents. Both strong, Iranian feminists. You lost everything. You lost []

07:44

Australian World Heritage sites at special climate change risk- International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From the Everglades to Kilimanjaro, climate change is destroying world wonders
Number of natural world heritage sites at serious risk from global warming has doubled in three years, says the IUCN, including the Great Barrier Reef and spectacular karst caves in Europe,
Guardian, Damian Carrington 14 Nov 17, From the Everglades in the US to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, climate change is destroying the many of the greatest wonders of the natural world.

A new report on Monday from the International Union for Conservation of Nature(IUCN) reveals that the number of natural world heritage sites being damaged and at risk from global warming has almost doubled to 62 in the past three years.

Those at high risk include iconic places from the Galapagos Islands to the central Amazon and less well known but equally vibrant and unique sites such as the karst caves of Hungary and Slovakia and the...

07:39

Western Australia: SUPREME COURT JUDICIAL REVIEW OF ENVIRONMENTAL APPROVAL for YEELIRRIE URANIUM MINE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

DATE                     Thursday 16th November

TIME                      9.30am

LOCATION           Supreme Court of WA

David Malcolm Justice Centre
28 Barrack StreetPERTH WA 6000

 The Supreme Court of WA will commence proceedings to review the environmental approval for the Yeelirrie Uranium mine proposal, brought by the Conservation Council of Western Australia and Traditional Owners.

 


07:37

How climate change could lead to more wars in the 21st century "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

How climate change could lead to more wars in the 21st century, Vox,  A new book offers a dark picture of humanitys future.    by  Nov 14, 2017, My belief is that we will see a renaissance of violent conflict in the 21st century, and that many of these conflicts will spring from climate change.

Thats what Harald Welzer, author of Climate Wars: Why People Will Be Killed in the 21st Century, told me in a recent interview. A professor at the University of Flensburg in Germany, Welzer studies the cultural and political implications of climate change. His book, first published in 2012, was rereleased in paperback in October.

After a new report by the Environmental Justice Foundation warning that climate change is likely to cause the largest refugee crisis in human history, I reached out to Welzer to discuss his book, which is a foreboding look at humanitys future in a world shaped, increasingly, by climate change.

Twentieth-century wars were fought over land, religion, and economics. But Welzer argues that the wars of the 21st century will be fought over something quite different: climate change, and the shortages of water and food that will come from it.

Ideology will always be a surface-level justification for conflict, he told me. But if you look deeply at the source of future conflicts, I think youll see a basic resource conflict at the bottom of it all.

Our full conversation, lightly edited for clarity, follows.https://www.vox.com/world/2017/11/14/16589878/global-climate-change-conflict-environment


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07:36

Living wage not new "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A living wage is not a recent political ideal. 100 years ago the Dunedin City Council was trying to provide a living wage for married men ODT 100 years ago:  Sorting jobs for discharged soldiers Living wage approved In accordance with notice of motion at the Dunedin City Council meeting, Cr Bradley moved (a) []

07:34

Climate Change and Water Woes Drove ISIS Recruiting in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Climate Change and Water Woes Drove ISIS Recruiting in Iraq Battered by shifting resources, desperate farmers were driven into terror recruiters clutches. Can it happen again?,  National Geographic, It was a few weeks after the rains failed in the winter of 2009 that residents of Shirqat first noticed the strange bearded men.

Circling like vultures among the stalls of the towns fertilizer market in Iraqs northern Salahaddin governorate, theyd arrow in on the most shabbily dressed farmers, and tempt them with promises of easy riches. Join us, and youll never have to worry about feeding your family, Saleh Mohammed Al-Jabouri, a local tribal sheikh, remembers one recruiter saying.

With every flood or bout of extreme heat or cold, the jihadists would reappear, often supplementing their sales pitches with gifts. When a particularly vicious drought struck in 2010, the fifth in seven years, they doled out food baskets. When fierce winds eviscerated hundreds of eggplant fields near Kirkuk in the spring of 2012, they distributed cash. As farming communities limped from one debilitating crisis to another, the recruitersall members of what soon became the Islamic Statebegan to see a return on their investment.

Two agricultural laborers in Azwai, a blink-and-youll-miss-it farming community just south of Shirqat, ran off to join the jihadists in December 2013. Seven more from outlying villages followed a month later. By the time the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) seized this swath of Iraqalong with most of the countrys west and northin a brutal summer-long blitzkrieg in 2014, few locals were surprised to see dozens of former fertilizer market regulars among its ranks.

We said just wait until the next harvest, life will get better, life will become easier, Jabouri said. But things just werent...

07:31

USA Senate considers danger of unstable President having ability to launch nuclear strike "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The president is so unstable: Senator questions Trumps capability to launch nuclear strike  http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/11/15/president-so-unstable-senator-questions-trumps-capability-launch-nuclear-strike  For the first time since 1976, US Congress is questioning the US presidents authority to launch a nuclear strike. By Riley Morgan, 15 Nov 17 

Senator Chris Murphy made a damning assessment of US President Donald Trump on Tuesday as Congress discussed if the countrys leader should have the authority to launch a nuclear attack.

Mr Trump has recently been taunting North Korea and vowed to unleash fire and fury like the world has never seen on the rogue nation if its nuclear armament program was not pulled back.

While the hearing was not about Mr Trump specifically, Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy appeared to refer to the 45th president as unstable and volatile when discussing concerns over his ability to launch a missile attack.

We are concerned that the president is so unstable, is so volatile, has a decision-making process that is so quixotic that he might order a nuclear...

07:30

We Dont Need a Special Counsel to Investigate the Clinton Foundation.. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

WHAT WE NEED IS A CREDIBLE PROSECUTOR. Republicans, whether in the White House or on Capitol Hill, do not seem to appreciate how much they may be undermining what they say they want a serious investigation of the Clinton Foundation and such related matters as the Uranium One transaction, the interplay between the foundation []

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07:28

Australia business leaders Michael Myer and Geoff Manchester oppose Adanis coal mine project "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 http://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/australia-business-leaders-michael-myer-and-geoff-manchester-oppose-adanis-coal-mine-project/news-story/f60abb21915d09eb398f2570b856a9bd

THEY know how to make a million and these two successful Australian businessman say claims about Adanis coal mine are delusional. 14 Nov 17

OPPOSITION to Adanis coal mine continues to build as two prominent Australian business leaders come out against the project.

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Myer of the prominent Myer retailing family, and Intrepid Travel founder and chief executive officer Geoff Manchester, have both decided to speak out against the $16.5 billion project in Queenslands Galilee Basin.

The two men share similar concerns but were not aware of the others views before going public.

The mine itself is an outrage, Mr Myer told news.com.au.

Its a stranded asset and the proponent (Gautam) Adani is basically doing a very good job at conning our politicians at all levels of government.

But he said the fact that governments were subsidising the project was also concerning. Federal, state and local governments have all agreed to, or are considering, providing the project with financial assistance.

Mr Myer said the economics of the project did not stack up and the leading supporters of the project were politicians, not those in the business world.

The whole line that this is good for Queensland jobs is farcical and delusional, Mr Myer said.

It doesnt stack up economically and as time goes on the economics get even worse.

While the governments have continued to spruik the 10,000 jobs that will be created, Adanis own expert has admitted the figure will be closer to 1400 once jobs lost in other areas are taken into consideration.

Mr Myer believes the 10,000 number is mythical and the real number will likely be even less than 1400 as many operations can now be automated.

These jobs could also come at the expense of others.

At risk is Australias lucrative tourism industry with many concerned about the impacts of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef.

Tourism operators are very concerned about this because weve already seen some negative impact on the Great Barrier Reef from bleaching in the last couple of years, Intrepid CEO Geoff Manchester said.

Weve already had seen some local tourism operators i...

07:22

Your Silence On Manus And Nauru Is Your Complicity "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

What Australia has done to people seeking asylum is the responsibility of all Australians, writes Lauren Bull.

If you dont exercise your democracy, youll lose it. Its as simple as that. What is happening on Manus right now is the direct result of decades of silent acquiescence, of politicians being emboldened by a public who dont hold them to account, and of the normalisation of cruelty.

We have known about the realities of mandatory detention for decades. We have seen how mandatory detention unfairly punishes people, causes deterioration in peoples mental and physical health and in some cases, results in death.

Shop-Sparkke_Banner_300x250(GB)We knew so intensely that offshore processing was brutal that for a brief period a decade ago, these centres were actually closed.

But we have normalised cruelty. We have normalised it to a point where it has become a given that both of our major political parties and most of the minor ones would not even think to stand up and demand policy change. They ignore hundreds of investigations, inquiries, testimonies, photos and videos which clearly show that Australia has contributed to the illness and death of thousands of people since the 1990s.

Despite knowing all of this, Australians continue to vote for politicians who uphold these systems. And after they are voted in, Australians click their tongues over articles about what happens on Manus or Nauru, maybe share one on Facebook or Twitter, and then go about their day.

The Nauru files a cache of 2,000 documents containing accounts of horrific conditions should have brought masses of people to the streets. Every single death in offshore detention should have brought masses of people to the streets.......

07:19

Financial peril for Adanis Carmichael mine company "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Profits of Adanis Carmichael mine company tumble, leaving it in financial peril

Owner of Carmichael project cant walk away from mine without descending further into distress, says energy expert, Guardian, Michael Slezak, 14 Nov 17, Profits of Adani Enterprises the company in Adani Groups complex structure that owns the proposed Carmichael coalmine  have collapsed almost 50% year-on-year, according to a half-yearly report released this week which does not mention the mine.

The results further show the company is in financial distress, according to Tim Buckley from the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, who says they also reveal the company cant walk away from the unviable Carmichael project without descending further into financial distress.

The Carmichael coalmine, which would be the largest ever built in Australia, has struggled to find financing for either the mine itself or the associated infrastructure such as the rail line that would transport coal to an export terminal on the Great Barrier Reef.

Every major Australian bank has said it will not be involved in the project, and the company has been seeking subsidised government finance from the Australian government and possibly also from China.

If they tried to exit the project now, they would either have to write it off or find someone willing to buy it, said Buckley.

If the project was written off or sold for significantly less than its current book value...

07:16

Vanuatu PM raises climate migration and West Papua during audience with Pope Francis "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

http://www.pina.com.fj/index.php?p=pacnews&m=read&o=8628612565a0a3a1e576018dbb6da9

Vanuatu PM raises climate migration and West Papua during audience with Pope Francis
6:34 pm GMT+12, 13/11/2017, Holy See (Vatican City State)

Pacific Leaders have raised their concerns about climate migration during their audience with Pope Francis in Rome on Saturday.

Vanuatu Prime Minister, Charlot Salwai said climate migration is now a reality for Pacific countries greatly impacted by climate change.

Island States have begun discussions on the options for re-location and re-settlement. We remain cognisant of the fact that re-location and re-settlement will introduce multi-dimensional issues that will need to be addressed. We echo the call of Laudato Si for the acceleration of international conventions that recognise climate refugees so as to ensure basic elements such as legal protection in new states, said PM Salwai.

The Vanuatu leader was referring to Pope Francis second encyclical entitled Laudato Si translated On Care for our Common Home published in June 2015 which urged the church to acknowledge the urgency of global environment challenges and called for inclusive dialogue to find solutions.

PM Salwai said the Laudato Si firmly and unequivocally characterises climate change as a human rights issue calling for radical and urgent transformation of global politics and individual lifestyles to combat it.

Globally, the rise in the number of migrants seeking to escape increasing inequality and poverty brought on by environmental degradation is indeed tragic. In the Pacific region in particular, the issue of climate migration is now a reality.

Stronger and more decisive global and international politics is essential to tackle the increasingly diverse issues relating to human rights. On a related matter, may I take this opportunity to reflect on an issue close to my heart that of the alleged violations of human rights in West Papua.

He said the world cannot continue to turn a deaf ear to the long-standing allegations of human rights abuses in West Papua.

In 2016, Pacific Islands Forum Leaders, in recognition of the importance of this issue, agreed that this issue remain on their agenda.

Holy Father, at its core, Laudato Si urges the recognition of the vulnerable at all levels of society. The issue of West Papua continues to elude a formal international review mechanism because of the political sensitivities surrounding this issue and I must reaffirm the need for stronger and more....

07:14

15 November REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  • WA wind, solar industry in turmoil as green fund cements govt monopoly
    Synergys new green fund will cement its near monopoly powers, and put up to $1bn of wind and solar developments at risk, industry warns.

07:12

Australian Government oppressing the people with regards to technology "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It seems that the administration of the colony called Australia really hate their (tax) slave population where the sheeple are not allowed new technology that is available elsewhere.

Why would there be such an oppressive policy against the convict population?

It's not as if they are going to build a computer controlled rocket and blow up parliament house in the nation's capital, as it already has a fence (with other high tech surveillance) around it to keep the herd out.

Apparently a policy exists, where the serfs have no access to it(?), with regards to restricting new technology being imported into Australia.

We're not talking about the latest and greatest Android slab (phone) which is a great self sponsored government / corporate surveillance tool, as they're all for that, it's about the 'other' technology that is available to other inhabitants of even less fortunate nations than the people of Australia.

See article from 11 Nov 2017 by news.com.au of the headline:

How Australians are beating tech restrictions, importing the best gadgets not available Down Under



Liam, 20 months old, tries an Amazon Echo device with his parents. The device is one of many Australians cannot buy locally. Picture: Ian CurrieSource:News Corp Australia

PLANES cross the Pacific Ocean every single day, and the world has never seemed smaller or easier to access. 

Despite this, some of the best technological creations still dont reach as far as Australia, and many dont arrive in stores for months after their worldwide release.

These failures to launch affect everything from smartphones to computers, cameras to virtual reality gaming equipment, with notable holdouts including Google Glass, Amazon Echo smart speakers, and the much-hyped Essential smartphone that can still only be ordered in the United States and Canada.

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07:07

Web Pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee: We Must Resist These Technologies "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hot on the heels of Facebooks Sean Parkers concerns about his creation, now the man who came up with the concept of the Web Browser expresses his own concerns about the intrusiveness of emerging Internet technologies (what I refer to as Data Storage and Patterning technology):   The web is 28 years old but these []

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06:46

US Cuts Funds for Disarming Explosives It Dropped on Cambodia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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In an article by Thai PBS titled, US cuts 2018 funding for demining operations in Cambodia, its revealed that next years meager $2 million in US government funding for demining operations of US unexploded ordnance (UXO) in eastern Cambodia leftover from the Vietnam War has been discontinued without warning or explanation.

The move caused confusion across Cambodias government, as well as across partner nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Cambodia participating in the US program.

Speculation over the move revolves around growing tensions between Washington and Phnom Penh as the United States desperately attempts to reassert itself in Asia Pacific, while Asian states including Cambodia continue to build closer and more constructive ties with Beijing at the expense of Washingtons waning influence.

Cambodia has recently exposed and ousted a myriad of US-funded fronts posing as NGOs and independent media platforms executing a campaign of US-backed political subversion. This includes the disbanding of the Cambodia National Rescue opposition party and the arrest of its leader, Kem Sokha, who bragged of his role in a US conspiracy to overthrow the Cambodian government and install him into power.

Tensions in Cambodia represent a wider, regional trend where US footholds face increasing scrutiny and resistance as Washingtons abuse of NGOs, rights advocacy, and democracy promotion is systematically exposed and rolled back.

Cut or Renewed, US UXO Assistance is Meaningless  

The US embassy in Cambodia would claim after receiving backlash for the move that the US had unilaterally decided to shut down funding in order to open up bidding for a n...

06:37

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06:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:30

Who knew that sexsomnia and having a tiny dick would fail as grounds for appeal against rape conviction? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Apparently this retard thought claiming a sleep-disorder known as sexsomnia and having a tiny cock would get him off a rape charge. Turns out no. A convicted rapist has failed to convince the Court of Appeal that he was not guilty on the grounds of sexsomnia and his small penis. The court has dismissed Daniel []

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05:00

Scary Graph of the Day: Most people think this Government will be good for them "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Those of you hoping for a one-term Labour-led government will be severely puckered up by now. Blue collar workers, labourers and social servants are among the Kiwis who are most confident the new Government will be good for them. Meanwhile, those on high incomes and the elderly are more likely to feel negative about it. []

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04:55

Sharks and sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On 4 September, workers in Dili were busy erecting a series of congratulatory billboards one featured a stock photo of Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to celebrate the conclusion of maritime boundary negotiations with Australia in The Hague. Later that day, feted leader Xanana Gusmo was paraded through the streets as he returned home from his role as head negotiator.

04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fructify  bear fruit or become productive; make or become fruitful.


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04:30

Bernie-nomics in a nutshell "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Thomas Sowell wrote that Marx and Engels were two bright and articulate young men without responsibility even for their own livelihoodsmuch less for the social consequences of their vision and have consequently had a special appeal for successive generations of the same kinds of people. With respect to septuagenarian socialist Bernie Sanders, the bit about []

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04:21

Moore Charges As The Alabama Candidate Threatens To Sue Washington Post "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Turley looks at the Roy Moore disgrace

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DOidoaVU8AAzpNJFormer Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore is facing new allegations today from yet another women who says that he pursued her as a young teenage girl. Beverly Young Nelson was 16 when she says that Moore tried to rape her after offering her a car ride home.  Moore says that he does not know Nelson but the yearbook page above contains a personal message from him reading To a sweeter girl I could not say Merry Christmas signed Roy Moore D.A. The pattern of allegations from so many women have made Moores continuance in the campaign untenable. Not only have GOP senators demanded his withdrawal but some are discussing an expulsion vote if he were to be elected.  In the meantime, Moore is now threatening a lawsuit against the Washington Post for defamation, but the threat is curious in both its sole target and the

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04:00

Im sick to death of media vilifying objects as the cause of deaths "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I saw the headline and the first sentence, and I expected to be told about the driver or person responsible for the car.   This was the full report:   A car has hit two children and a woman near a school in west Auckland this afternoon. Police said they were called to the incident []

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03:57

Simulator Plant Constructed For Kumul Petroleum Academy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Source: Post Courier
November 14, 2017
BY JEFFREY ELAPA

The simulated safe live processing plant (SLPP) at the Kumul Petroleum Academy at Idubada near Port Moresby would be fully commissioned by the New Year after work started on it this week.


It (SLPP) will be the first to be installed in the region to train oil and gas technicians and operators in PNG.


The SLPP plant or simulator is specifically designed to train and equip young trainees as in a real work place like the processing facilities that are in Hides and Kutubu.


The construction and installation of the processing plant was witnessed by chief secretary and chairman of Kumul Petroleum Academy Isaac Lupari, Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited managing director Wapu Sonk and CEO and managing director of Site Group International Vern Wills yesterday.


The training facility was bought at a total cost of more than K4 million for trainee students to use for their training purpose which is similar to the processing plants at Kutubu and Hides.


So far there are 32 students undertaking the 15 months training of which 16 of them were funded by ExxonMobil while the other 16 trainees were funded by Kumul Petroleum Holding Limited.


Site Group International technical manager, Michael Costelloe said the facility is like a real work situation in which there will be a main control centre to control the processing plant.
He said instead of oil and gas, the facility will use air, water and oil which will be passed through a mixture which will be transported to a oil processor to separate the oil, air and water as in a real processing plant where oil, gas and water is separated.


Mr Costelloe said by having the facility like that will help better train and equip the trainees as they face the real life experience at the work place.


Mr Sonk said the installation of the stimulated safe live processing plant will not only train trainees for the oil and gas projects but other fields also.


The Prime Minister Mr Peter ONeill will commission the facility in February next year.


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03:45

COP23: Fijis presidency of the oceans? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Covering most of the planet, oceans have long been ignored within the UN climate talks but with Fiji chairing this years climate negotiations, this may be starting to change.

03:33

Critics Exit Left "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Professional critics are an endangered species Tom Aitken, in London, reviews another reviewers despair of a dying art Chris Tookey: 1993 Better Criticism Ten Commandments for a Dying Art (Arena Books) In December 2013, Christopher Tookey, who had been the Daily Mails greatly admired principal film critic for seven years, was sacked. His recently published []

03:30

Letting Monkeys Pick The Big Banana "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Journalist and lawyer Paul Chadwick warned, back in 1999, that media regulation is an irresistible temptation for would-be censors. All roads from a so-called independent tribunal, he cautioned, lead back through a parliament to a cabinet room. But with a government as weak-willed and ineffectual as Turnbulls, the cabinet, like its leader, is so spineless []

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03:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New Zealand Under A Starry Sky from Mark Gee on Vimeo.

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02:40

We need to do more than this "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jacinda Ardern has again approached Australia with New Zealand's offer to save refugees from their concentration camp on Manus Island - and again been rejected. So instead, we're giving aid to Papua New Guinea to help them:

New Zealand will give Papua New Guinea and aid agencies up to $3 million to help care for Manus Island refugees.

[...]

"We intend to work with PNG and other agencies like the International Red Cross to financially support them with any additional needs that may need to be met while those refugees remain on the island."


Its better than nothing, but we must do more. We cannot allow people to be tortured in concentration camps. If Australia opposes them coming to New Zealand, then fuck them - we should talk directly to Papua New Guinea. The New Guineans don't want them, we do, so it should be easy to negotiate a deal. Especially as the refugees have already been assessed.

Meanwhile, while we're all celebrating Australia's vote against bigotry today, lets also remember that they are currently detaining people who fled countries where they fear persecution on the basis of their sexuality in a country which will persecute them on the basis of their sexuality. And that is blatantly failing to meet their obligations under the Refugee Convention.

02:38

NZ Drifts Away From Republicanism "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

............. well, The Australian seems to think so.

From the business section:-

'Westpac has had its minimum regulatory capital requirements increased by the Royal Bank of New Zealand after the central bank found the lender failed to comply with regulatory obligations relating to its status as an internal models bank.'

02:30

Look at me Im a female, Tuk Tuk driving Filipino "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The newest social justice identity is here. Pandoras box is well and truly open and not only can a person choose their gender identity they can now pick their race. It is called transracial and it is for individuals who think they are a different race than the one they were born as. The funny []

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02:00

Hamish Walkers maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hamish Walker, Clutha Southland MP delivered his maiden speech yesterday.

Mr Speaker, it is the greatest privilege to be standing before you today as a Member of Parliament, elected by the people of Clutha-Southland, to represent their views, hopes and dreams for their region and for New Zealand.

People in Clutha-Southland are pioneering, hard-working and community-focused.

The rest of New Zealand can learn a lot from Clutha-Southlanders.

Its a place where people still look out for each other, people still know each other, and most importantly people still talk to each other whether it be across the fence or in the supermarket aisle.

Its where I regularly see carefree kids riding their bikes around their neighbourhood, and where local people still rally together to support a good cause.

I intend to be a strong voice in Parliament for Clutha-Southland.

I believe in the core National Party values of strong families, caring communities, personal responsibility, individual freedom and choice.

These values form the basis of my own philosophy.

I was motivated to stand for Parliament by a desire to uphold these values.

I believe the governments role is to get out of the way and let our people get ahead, and be rewarded for effort.

My experience in life has shown me that it is attitude and hard work that is the key to succeeding.

The Clutha-Southland electorate and previous forms has an extremely proud history of leadership and contribution to New Zealand over the years.

It has included:

The Honourable Adam Hamilton
The Right Honourable Peter Gordon
Sir Brian Talboys
Sir Robin Gray
and of course our Leader and former Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Bill English
I want to take this opportunity to thank Bill for his leadership, and to congratulate him on the policy development that he has led throughout his years in Parliament.

His social investment approach to complex social problems an...

02:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Natural range of the coconut tree Click here for larger view

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01:31

New Crowne Plaza will be Fiji's largest hotel "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fiji may be a small island nation, but it's about to get a big island resort, according to InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), which has announced plans to build a new Crowne Plaza hotel on Viti Levu, the largest island in Fiji's archipelago.

The property -- Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa Beach -- is scheduled to open in 2020 and will be Fiji's largest hotel, according to IHG.

As the most popular travel destination in the South Pacific, the islands of Fiji accounts for close to 40 percent of travel to the South Pacific, a figure that continues to grow annually. In 2017 alone, Fiji recorded an increase of 7.8 percent in the number of international travelers visiting the country. This strong growth potential represents a key opportunity for us to introduce the Crowne Plaza brand to Fiji, said IHG Chief Development Officer for Asia, Middle East, and Africa Rajit Sukumaran.

Located just 10 minutes from Fiji's main airport, Nadi International Airport, Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa Beach will have 453 guest rooms; five restaurant and bar options, including a pool bar and a beach club; a 24-hour fitness centre; two swimming pools; and what IHG promises will be "one of the largest conference centres in Fiji," although the company has not yet announced its size.

As the first resort in Fiji for the brand, Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa Beach complements IHG's existing portfolio of brands in the South Pacific, allowing us to better meet the different needs of travelers visiting Fiji, Sukumaran continued.

Guests can look forward to a truly immersive travel experience with the Crowne Plaza Fiji Wailoaloa Beach, with such vast, pristine natural beauty that Wailoaloa offers. With panoramic ocean views, we invite guests to take in the exquisite wonders of the island from the comfort of the resort, whether in their rooms or in and around the resort..

SOURCE: TRAVEL NEWS/PACNEWS

01:30

Fiji Bati - mania "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Before the Vodafone Fiji Bati arrived in drought stricken Townsville it rained and on Sunday, 15 minutes before the team landed in New Zealand, a 4.8 magnitude earthquake struck near Wellington.

Team media relations manager Petero Civoniceva said it could be a divine sign as the team prepares for a tougher match against New Zealand on Saturday in the Rugby League World Cup quarterfinals.

The Bati did not walk out of arrivals at the Wellington International Airport until after midnight, but it did not dampen the spirits of the many Fijian fans who waited to welcome the team.

"It was an awesome surprise for the team to see the Wellington community. It was pretty humbling and I know it meant a lot to the boys

"We are going to such a big game on Saturday, to know that there will be a lot of Fiji blue in the crowd, it is going to be pretty exciting.

"When we walk out there on Saturday night, we are not only going to do it for everyone in Fiji, but there's going to be a good crowd of Fijian supporters from Wellington to back us all the way.

"We have been blown away by the amount of support and hearing the interest and the support in Fiji makes us realise the great responsibility we have when we put on the white jersey. It's not just for the Fijians back home, but for the Fijians all over the world. They take every run with us, they take every tackle with us, they are there with us all the way."

Meanwhile, Vodafone Fiji Bati players have been promised monetary rewards if they progress and even if they win the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

FNRL chief executive officer Timoci Naleba said $200,000 had been set aside for the national squad if they win the title.

With 23 players and the team management, each member could pocket about $8000 if they return victorious and $100,000 if they finish second in the tournament.

Naleba said the incentive promise included the quarter-final against New Zealand on Saturday in Wellington.

"For the record, the players are getting $AU150 ($F236.37) commencing today because they have now qualified for the quarter-finals.

"The players got $AUD100 ($FJ157.58) for the pool matches from October 21. The players have been paid for the pool matches and once they qualified, we added some bonus to their daily allowance and if they qualify for the semi-finals, they will get $AU200 ($FJ315.16) per day. -....

01:00

Genius or Madman? Hamilton mayor wants a 16.5% rates rise "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hamiltons mayor has proposed a 16.5 per cent rates hike. It wouldnt necessarily pay for new toys, according to Mayor Andrew King, but it would knock the books into shape. King pitched a 12 per cent increase back in March and ratepayers breathed a sigh of relief when most of his Hamilton City Council colleagues []

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00:53

Japan, Costa Rica and Iran hit with powerful earthquakes within hours of each other "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, hours after a devastating quake in Iran left 320 dead. The tremor rumbled south-east of the city of Kamaish, on the country's Pacific coast, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake happened six miles beneath the Earth's surface at around 10.24pm, with the epicentre recorded 180 miles off the coast of Japan, scientists have said. It is unclear whether the quake has caused any impact on land. It came just hours after the huge 7.3 magnitude earthquake near the Iran/Iraq border, with the death toll currently at 320 and almost 2,000 others reportedly injured. Iran quake of 7.3 magnitude kills more than 130

00:39

People moves: BSP, Miss Pacific Islands Pageant "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Promotion for Bank South Pacifics NCG Area Manager, Papua New Guinea representative at pageant selected

Bank South Pacific has appointed Nuni Kulu as Deputy General Manager, Digital. She is currently NCD Area Manager.

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Miss Queen Emma Chocolates, Nialawi Twain, will represent Papua New Guinea at the Miss Pacific Islands pageant to be held in Fiji from December 2 to 9.

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00:38

Local knowledge and being there critical for business success in the Pacific region "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Looking to invest successfully in the Pacific region? Theres no substitute for understanding your market and its people by being on the ground. Three successful regional investors outline which sectors have the most potential.

Round table with, left to right, IFCs Jonathan Kirkby, CPLs Mahesh Patel and Nasfunds Ian Tarutia

Mahesh Patel founder of PNGs CPL Group said there is a close alignment among the Melanesian cultures.

He believes relationships are especially important. There has to be skin in the game, he said.

A lot of people have approached us over the years from various parts of the world, saying well back you from here and you do the hard yakka on the ground.

Keep in mind you can just duplicate what has worked in another market.

One piece of advice I give to everyone is that there is no substitute to being on the ground because you get the pulse of the market, you understand the culture of the nation and you need to be out there, knowing [what] the population wants.

Keep in mind you can just duplicate what has worked in another market.

Relationships

Ian Tarutia, CEO of NASFUND, agreed that the Melanesian cultures are aligned. He outlined three regional tourism investments with super fund colleagues in Solomon Islands (Heritage Hotel, Honiara), Fiji (Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva) and Samoa (the Taumeasina Island Resort).

We enjoy a relationship with our structured fellow funds in Solomons, Fiji and Samoa. The learnings are that if there is institutional support, and if there is government support, for investment, especially large scale, then things can happen.

You have to know the market and to operate in the market, know the land issues.

Tarutia said that support involves local knowledge about approvals processes, statutory requirements, taxes, and import duty reliefs. The CEO Pacific Forum meetings also provide an avenue for sharing information among investors.

Jonathan Kirkby, Acting Resident Mana...

00:30

New Barbie shows that girls can be anything, even a wrapped lollipop "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  The doll is the latest Barbie Shero, which is a line of Barbies modeled after real-life inspirational women [] The doll was unveiled at Glamours Woman of the Year Summit on Nov. 13.[]  []  its also the very first one in Barbies 58-year history to wear a hijab.   Because nothing says equality and freedom quite []

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00:27

Tax amnesty relief for business in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Commissioner-General of the Internal Revenue Commission (IRC), Betty Palaso, has announced a temporary tax amnesty in Papua New Guinea. Penalties that would normally be imposed by the IRC on late lodgement of annual tax returns and late payments will not be applied for the rest of 2017.

The Internal Revenue Commissions Betty Palaso.

Palaso said it is an opportunity for all taxpayers to bring their tax affairs up to date, without the normally imposed penalties.

She said it is also an exercise by the IRC to collect outstanding tax revenue for Government; some of which has been tied up for long periods due to disputes over penalties.

Ms Palaso said the amnesty would provide relief from penalties that would normally apply to the late lodgement of annual income tax returns and the late payment on taxes assessed.

It will also apply to penalties normally imposed on monthly withholding tax returns such as Goods and Services Tax, Salaries and Wages Tax, Corporate Income Tax, Personal Income Tax and other forms of withholding taxes.

Palaso encouraged new and unregistered businesses to register their Tax Identification Number. She also called for timely lodgement of returns and payment.

KPMG advises businesses to immediately review your own compliance with such lodgement and payment obligations.

The amnesty is part of the Governments 100 day, 25-Point Plan, aimed in part at encouraging greater revenue collections for government.

Zero

According to Zanie Theron, Managing Partner Audit and Assurance Services, the IRC will also remit any Late Lodgement Penalties (LLPs) and Late Payment Penalties (LPPs) to zero if the remaining base tax payable is paid in full during the amnesty period (for taxpayers who already have existing arrangements in place with the IRC for repayment of outstanding taxes).

She advises that businesses immediately review their own compliance with such lodgement and payment obligations, to determine whether or not this Tax Amnesty might be of relevance to your circumstances.

Re-assess your compliance plan for the upcoming 2018 income current year.

Where such review indicates any lateness on either count, determine the degree of non-compliance and create an action plan to address this within the timeframe of the amnesty period, she writes.......

00:22

In brief: Australia aims to build undersea cables to Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australia undermines Chinese bid to build undersea cables, gas-fired power project approved by NEC, and Frieda River gold project to start in 2019. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Australia will deliver a new undersea, high-speed telecommunications cable from Australia to PNG, adding it is in close discussions with Solomon Islands to lay a similar cable, reports the ABC. Chinese company, Huawei, announced in July it had signed a contract to construct a cable from Sydney to Honiara. Lowy Institute Pacific Director, Jonathan Pryke, said the decision to build the cables was a way for Australia to maintain its presence and counter the growing influence of China in the Pacific region.

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The National Executive Council has reportedly approved a K375 million (US$115.1 million) gas-fired power project for Port Moresby. The 57.78-megawatt power project will be constructed near the LNG site outside Port Moresby by NiuPower Limited, a joint company owned by Oil Search Ltd and Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited. It will then sell electricity to PNG Power.

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Construction phase for the Frieda River gold project in West Sepik Province will begin in 2019, says Mining Minister Johnson Tuke, after visiting the site.

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00:17

Oral Questions 15 November 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Questions to Ministers TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received on the forecast for the New Zealand economy? Rt Hon BILL ENGLISH to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Governments policies? Hon STEVEN JOYCE to the Minister of Finance: Can he confirm core Crown net debt was $59.5 billion at 30 June 2017, and that it []

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00:11

Book launch at Unity Books, Wellington - an invitation "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Launch | A Colonial Naturalist: Henry Suters Life of Discovery & Hardship in NZ by Pamela Hyde | Thursday 23rd November, 6-7:30pm | In-store at Unity Books Wellington



Join Unity Books for the launch of

A Colonial Naturalist: Henry Suters Life of

Discovery & Hardship in New Zealand

by Pamela Hyde


Thursday 23rd November, 6-7:30pm
Unity Books, 57 Willis St, Wellington

Henry Suter is one of the forgotten German-speaking naturalists who made it their lifes work to discover and describe New Zealands flora and fauna. Leaving behind a failed business in Switzerland, Suter came to New Zealand with his wife and seven children in 1887 expecting to find employment in science. Instead, he found poverty and despair. He also found an absorbing natural environment and a vibrant scientific community. Suter never managed to secure permanent employment but found short-term work in New Zealand museums.
He became a renowned naturalist discovering molluscs, spiders, lizards and botany as well as a prolific trader of items desired by overseas collectors. This book provides new insights into science in 19th and early twentieth century New Zealand by exploring the relationships between Suter, James Hector, William Colenso, Frederick Hutton, Thomas Cheeseman, Augustus Hamilton and others. It is also an intriguing story of hardship and prevailing against the odds. The book includes more than 90 images, many of which are in colour and have not been previously published.

00:08

Oil Search to triple output in a decade, says Botten "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Oil Search Managing Director Peter Botten tells Business Advantage PNG that in 10 years he hopes the companys production will have tripled. He says Oil Search may also look to list its power business on the Port Moresby Stock Exchange.

Oil Searchs Peter Botten. Source: Business Advantage International

Botten says he hopes that in 10 years Oil Search will still be a significant economic and social player in PNG.

He anticipates the company will be delivering three times what we are producing now.

I would hope that Oil Search, in its own right, will be producing maybe six million tonnes of LNG (a year).

Botten says Oil Search is a barometer around the world for PNGs investment climate. When international investors assess the company, they look at a variety of factors.

Firstly, you have to think about what the sector is looking like, so if you dont think the oil price is going to go anywhere, that is one element of investor sentiment.

Investors look for quality companies at the bottom end of the cost curve with a track record of delivery and that always puts Oil Search into a pretty good spot.

Botten believes the company fundamentals are strong.

If you want the major world super funds to be part of your investment you need to be on an international exchange.

We have got a pretty good cash flow generation out of our existing production base and our production base is relatively profitableit would be more profitable at US$100 (a barrel). But at the end of the day we have a very strong balance sheet.

Liquidity

Botten says the trading liquidity on POMSOX is not high, which is why Oil Search is dual-listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX).

If you want the major world super funds to be part of your investment, you need to be on an international exchange.

Many of the things that we influence, if not control, are going pretty well.

We have a very credible list of major long-term funds that support us and have done so for many years; some of the biggest funds in the world.

But you are only as good as the last project you put on the board, so there is a very strong focus on, and emphasis with our shareholders,...

00:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fine wool prices soar while coarse remain in the doldrums Gerard Hutching:

Prices for fine wool are on a high, in complete contrast to those for coarse crossbred wool which make up 90 per cent of New Zealands clip.

PGG Wrightson South Island sales manager Dave Burridge said the present demand for merino fine wool harked back to the 1990s period of micron madness, when it was then wanted for high-end suits.

After 18 months the boom ended in a bust, from which the industry took decades to recover, and large stockpiles built up in Australia and New Zealand. . . 

Putting off succession planning could cost Taranaki farmers:

outh Taranaki dairy farmer Andrew Tippett believes starting early is the key to tackling farm succession planning.

Andrew and his wife, Lisa, run a 400-cow autumn calving farm at Okaiawa near Hawera.

The couple, who have five daughters, jointly own the 165-hectare property with Lisas parents, Dennis and Diane Bourke.

Lisa and I couldnt afford to buy the farm by ourselves, Andrew said . . 

Foods of the future to boost brain:

New Zealand foods of the future could not only have more flavour and texture, but also boost our brain functions.

AgResearch scientists are working on programmes that have been awarded more than $21 million from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employments Endeavour Fund.

The future for New Zealand food exports to the world is premium quality and adding as much value as possible to our products, AgResearch science group leader Dr Jolon Dyer said.

This cutting-edge research will look at how we can help deliver premium foods by taking the eating experience, and the health benefits of the food, to new levels. . . 

A2 Milk, top-performing stock on NZX 50 in 2017, cites pleasing start of 2018 financial year   Tina Morrison:

(BusinessDesk) A2...

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23:59

23:53

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

23:30

Get a Labour government and the strikes start roliing in "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It shouldnt be a surprise that strikes, unheard of under the last government, are rolling in now as unions flex their muscles: Wellington railway workers are to hold a 24-hour strike on Thursday. The workers, employed by Transdev Wellington and Hyundai Rotem on Wellingtons passenger rail network, have voted in favour of taking industrial action, []

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23:15

ALP, Greens, NXT respond to latest TPP-11 news "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

November 15, 2017: TPP-11 talks have been salvaged for now. The unpopular trade agreement has been rebranded the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). It still contains special rights for foreign investors to sue governments (ISDS), and controversial clauses have been suspended rather than deleted. The deal would restrict future governments from re-regulating essential services, and result in more vulnerable temporary migrant workers.

Below is a summary of responses from the ALP the Greens and NXT.

Labors Jason Clare MP, Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment, said the delay in finalising a deal is an opportunity for the Turnbull government to fix flaws in the TPP. He called for investor dispute settlement clauses (ISDS) to be renegotiated), and reiterated Labors recent calls for the Productivity Commission to conduct independent economic modelling of the deal.

On the issue of vulnerable temporary workers and  labour market testing, he said: In the TPP Turnbull waived labour market testing for six countries - Canada, Peru, Mexico, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam Turnbull should put Australian workers first and reinstate labour market testing in the CPTPP for those countries.

Greens Trade spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said Australians have been let down by the Turnbull government as it attempts to resurrect the fraught TPP.

"While Canada and New Zealand's Prime Ministers have stood up for their local communities and economies Malcolm Turnbull was prepared to trade away our democratic rights, letting multinational corporations power to sue our governments and taxpayers. The insidious ISDS clauses are threat to community action and progressive government and policy reform.  These anti-people, anti-environment clauses will allow big corporations to weaken our environmental, labour and cultural rules and protections. The Turnbull Government must stop trading away our democratic and cultural assets and instead get on with reforming the treaty negotiation process, so Australians can have confidence these deals are being done in their interests.

NXT spokesperson, Nick Xenophon, said:

23:09

Cash strapped government moves Environment Dept into plush new office "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Peter ONeills cash strapped government is moving it Conservation and Environment Protection Authority into plush new office accommodation in one of Port Moresbys premier real estate developments.

The Savannah Heights complex on Waigani Drive is the new home for both CEPA and its sister organisation, the Climate Change Development Authority.

The two organisations will occupy the whole eight floors in one Savannah Heights tower; quite a step up from CEPAs old accommodation in the B-Mobile building further down Waigani Drive.

The new accommodation costs are clouded in secrecy, but it is believed the government is paying at least K1,200 per square metre per month. With CEPA and CCDA spread over eight luxurious floors that could mean a bill of around K2 million a month or K24 million a year.

Other estimates have put the costs as high as K3.5 million a month or K42 million each year.

CEPA staff are rather bewildered by the move as CEPA relies on generous grants from aid donors like the United Nations and Japanese and Australian governments to maintain many of...

22:53

TPP 11 critical analysis from experts and Fairfax media "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Conversation features critical analysis from Pat Ranald, Deborah Gleeson,  Belinda Townsend  and others  about what has and hasnt changed in the TPP11 after the ministerial meetings last week. See also Peter Martin's article in Fairfax media.

 

 

22:36

NZ to give $NZ3m to Manus, Nauru refugees "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jacinda Ardern, the new prime minister of New Zealand.

Jacinda Ardern, the new prime minister of New Zealand.

New Zealand will spend $NZ3 million ($A2.7 million) to provide essential services for refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru while still putting pressure on Australia to accept an offer to resettle 150 people.

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed the spend after a second conversation in two days with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over Canberras handling of the issue.

Meetings have also been held by officials from both sides and the Kiwis will begin work to expedite processing if and when the offer is taken up.

That is more progress than New Zealand has seen on the offer, first made by former prime minister John Key four years ago, in some time, Ms Ardern said.

But its still expected to take around five months to process and resettle any refugees sent to New Zealand and there remains a need to care for those on the islands in the interim, she said.

We intend to work with Papua New Guinea and other agencies like the International Red Cross to financially support them with any additional needs that they may need to be met while those refugees remain on the island, she announced in Manila late on Tuesday night (local time).

Australia is aware of that spend and Ms Ardern said she imagined they would be pleased rather than embarrassed to see New Zealand stepping in to assist with a resolution.

Meanwhile New Zealands offer has strong support from within the parliament.

The Senate passed a motion on Tuesday afternoon calling on Mr Turnbull to accept New Zealands offer.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has also urged Mr Turnbull to reconsider.

Ms Ardern has spoken to Mr Shorten about the offer, most recently in passing several weeks ago.

Ive seen public statements from him so Ive seen his position on it but obviously were working with the Australian government on the issue, she said.

The offer was first made to Labor prime minister Julia Gillard, who rejected it.

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22:34

Who knows best? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The last Labour government was criticised for nanny-statism and the new one is already in danger of courting the same criticism:

Parenting 101 from your friendly Labour Government.

New parents may relish the idea of both parents being home together, able to bond as a family in those first few weeks of a newborns life.

But the Government advises no, thats not necessarily in the interests of your baby.

Thats why it intends to vote down a National Party amendment to the Governments paid parental leave extension, that would let both parents take their paid leave together.

Our concern with that is the likelihood it would reduce the amount of time that baby has to bond with their primary caregiver, said Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway.

Who knows best whats best for babies and their parents the parents or the government?

If both parents were off at the same time, it would reduce the total amount of time that babys parents would be on leave. Nationals amendment would allow for parents to make a choice it does not compel them to take leave at the same time.

Theres no compulsion, no we-know-best. It would just give flexibility to parents who could choose to take none, some or all of the leave at the same time, depending on what suited them and their babies.

In all likelihood, Labour doesnt really believe it knows better than parents what suits them.

So theyd put politics before parents, and babies and risk the accusation of nanny-statism because its not their idea.

Thats simply pettiness.


Filed under: Family, politics Tagged: Ian Less-Galloway, Labour, National ...

22:30

Jane, please stop fawning over your husband in your columns, it is unbecoming "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jane Clifton, I thought, would be better than this. But it really is weird to see her fawning over her husband in her columns: Its rare for non-verbal interjections to be ruled out of order, but Speaker Trevor Mallard further tightened his new rule that questions be heard in silence after Government MPs used patsy []

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22:10

Market Talk- November 14, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

All core markets finished lower in Asia today, with the possible exception of the Nikkei that closed almost unchanged. The Hang Seng closed small down but was Shanghai that lost -0.5% which after the data was actually not that bad! Today we saw Industrial Production, Retail Sales and Investment Spending and it was the talk for the day as it appears the government crack-down on debt is well underway. Industrial Production fell 0.1% short of expectations at 6.2%, Retail Sales at 10% and Investment from 9.2% down to just 5.6 in October. However, even given todays data releases China will comfortably meet the governments 6.5% projections. The Resources decline hindered the Australian ASX with a near 1% fall on the day. The SENSEX did open better but was pulled lower by all other markets. Eventually, after a brief attempt to rally mid-afternoon, the index closed on its days low -0.3%.

Early talk was of the declining price of cable, trading around 1.3050 (-0.5%) at one stage after UK inflation data was released. A 3% print is not matching the scare that the BOE warned may print, but I guess it saves on the price of a postage stamp! Sterling did recover towards the end of the day after rumours that BREXIT offers may require approval but also US tax delays could hinder dollar strength. The Euro traded well all day after German GDP rose 0.8% , well above the 0.6% forecast. This figure however did not help Europes core equity indices however, as both DAX and CAC saw declines of around -0.4%. FTSE finished almost unchanged whilst Spains IBEX closed the weaker of the bunch down -0.6%.

GE was again the headline conversation for US markets with an 8% decline yet again today. The days lows were hit early and the remainder a result prices actually recovered. It did look scary at one stage mid morning but the worst was over. There is still uncertainty surrounding tax proposals and its this lack of clarity that markets fear. The Producer Prices were a welcome sign and again this encourages more curve flattening.

2s closed 1.69% (+1bp), 10s 2.38% (-3bp), 30s 2.83% (-4bp), Bunds 0.39% (-2bp), France 0.75% (-3bp), Italy 1.81% (-1bp), Greece 5% (+2bp), Turkey 11.98% (u/c), Portugal 1.95% (-1bp)...

22:00

Politicians from different parties all disagree with John Mintos view on flag burning "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A man videoed burning a Tongan flag after the Rugby League World Cup match against the Kiwis has issued a public apology labelling it a drunken mistake. [] I apologise for the way this has offended everyone especially the people of Tonga, and there is no excuse for the actions that I have taken. I []

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21:44

Water main break causes immense sinkhole in Pacific Beach, California "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A break in a water-transmission line left several Pacific Beach shops without plumbing service Monday afternoon. The ruptured 30-inch-diameter pipeline near the intersection of Damon Avenue and Mission Bay Drive began overflowing shortly before 1 p.m., city spokesman Arian Collins said. It took crews about a half-hour to deactivate the failed line, which caused a large sinkhole on Mission Bay Drive. "As a result of the shutdown, there were reports of low water pressure in several parts of the city,'' Collins said.

21:30

It never really was a party, and now, hopefully, we will never hear from Peter again "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

United Future was never really a party. It was a haircut masquerading as a politician, and only ever had relevance when Peter Dunne could prop up a government. Now hes gone, with an act of abject cowardice, the party is gone too. Former United Future leader Peter Dunne says it was inevitable that the party []

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21:18

November 14 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Opinion: Repair or Renovate? Puerto Rico Faces Stark Power Grid Options It has been 68 days since Hurricane Irma took down much of Puerto Ricos aging power grid and 54 days since Maria took the rest, leaving nearly all 3.4 million residents without electricity. Experts say the island is in desperate need of []

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21:15

Put in your Christmas orders today "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As our manufacturer of Whaleoil merchandise is in America you need to order now if you want to make sure that what you order arrives in time for Christmas. The 21st of November is the cut off date for orders from New Zealand as they cannot promise that it will arrive in time after that []

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21:13

US Senate Hearing on Restricting US Presidents Ability to Launch a Nuclear First Strike (Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Like Markey, an Irish-American US Senator from Massachusetts, but who then became US President: John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Massachusetts Senator Markey Welcomes Senate Hearing on Presidential Authority to Order the Use of Nuclear Weapons Thursday, November 9, 2017. Has introduced legislation to limit U.S. presidents ability to conduct a nuclear first strike without prior authorization from []

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21:07

Nuclear Cattle: Film on Fukushima farmers hits cinema screens "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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A documentary film on the struggles of cattle farmers in the wake of the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant disaster in 2011 has been released across the country.
Nuclear Cattle, directed by Tamotsu Matsubara, 58, focuses on the farmers response after the government ordered them to slaughter livestock exposed to radiation due to the disaster.
Matsubara spent about five years making the film, repeatedly returning to affected areas in Fukushima Prefecture from June 2011 onward, capturing the thoughts of the cattle farmers.
People whose voices arent normally heard often ring the truest, Matsubara says, referring to the people he met.
As a consequence of the disaster, the farmers have been unable to sell cattle exposed to radiation, and are also losing money on food for the animals. Yet in some cases, they continue to keep the cows.
Among those featured in the film is

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21:05

US Atomic Veterans Who Helped Out During Fukushima Lawsuit Against TEPCO For Radiation Exposure (USS Ronald Reagan) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Posted by miningawareness

On the afternoon of March 12, the day following the earthquake, Plaintiffs arrived off the coasts of Fukushima Prefecture aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ronald Reagan and other vessels to provide humanitarian aid. Plaintiffs allege that TEPCO promulgated false information regarding the extent of the damage to the FNPP, misleading the public, Japanese officials, and the U.S. military. They allege that TEPCOs management publicly announced that there was no danger to those participating in Operation Tomodachi, despite knowing that there was a risk of radiation exposure. Plaintiffs claim that they and U.S. military officials were unaware of the extent of the radiation leak and that they would not have been deployed as close to the FNPP had TEPCO been forthcoming about the damage. They further allege that the U.S. military would not ordinarily discover such radiation absent sufficient warning. On March 14, two days after their

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21:04

EU to stop radiation check on Fukushima rice etc. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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The European Commission shows that once more it does not give a damn about the health of the European, this time by lifting the restrictions and controls on the Fukushima products, rice, some fishes and seafood!!!

 

The problem is it might not even be clearly labelled  from Fukushima, and most of people in Europe are still quite ignorant of internal radiation thru contaminated produce.
The EU allows Chernobyl area berries and mushrooms to be labeled as organic. Fukushima rice should fit right in .
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The European Union has decided to lift import control on some agricultural produce and seafood from Japanese prefectures affected by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident.
Currently, food products from 13 Japanese prefectures remain under control even after gradual easing by the EU. These products cannot enter EU nations without a radiation safety certificate to prove the

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21:00

Unexpected move by Education Minister: introduces more paperwork for teachers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Parents will have better information about their childrens learning following Government assurances today that schools will be required to report on the full curriculum not just childrens results in the three National Standards subjects, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. Education Minister Chris Hipkins today assured Parliament that the replacement for National Standards will be []

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21:00

Dead was alive: My faith in an old custom worked "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Francis NiiFRANCIS NII

KUNDIAWA - Some old customs can be just as effective today if we strongly believe them and put them into practice.

I had just arrived at the office from one of my regular cocoa development extension field work in the northern Gazelle area of the East New Britain Province.

John Tebin had already cleaned the office and was waiting for me when I arrived. John, from East Sepik, was the office cleaner and teaboy.

I rushed into the office to drop off my brief case full of farmers files and head for home.

As soon as I reached my desk, a bombshell that had been waiting for me the whole day blew up tearing my mind to shreds. The briefcase dropped from my grip and I sank into a chair like a drunkard.

John was immediately at my side. I am so sorry about the news, Wara, he said in an attempt to comfort me. It was then I realised all the staff knew the story.

The bombshell came from the might of a pen stroke on the sheet of A4 lying on my desk. It was a message from my cousin Bony Kaupa back home in Kundiawa which had been transcribed by Winnie, the branch managers secretary.

A call came from Kundiawa this morning, I read, that your mother Erkina had died. You are wanted back home immediately. Message came from your brother Bony Kaupa. Winnie had signed her name.

Winnie was the only authorised person to receive incoming calls on the subscriber trunk dialling line. There were no mobile phones back then.

I had not seen my mother and father in the four years since I had started working with the Rural Development Banks Rabaul branch. I was deeply aggrieved. My being was paralysed and tears fell freely from my eyes.

In the midst of my grief, I picked up the paper and looked at it again, closely digesting every single word. Surprisingly, I felt a kind of hidden peace spring up in me. The grief vanished and the tears stopped.

My mind was preoccupied with the message as I reached home, a rented flat near Rabaul Market where I lived with my wife Cathy and daughter Cheryl. They were watching television.

I had a shower, ate my dinner and went to sleep.

In the morning, I went to the office early and waited for the manager.

As soon as he arrived, I showed him the note from Winnie and requested plane tickets Rabaul-Por...

20:56

Time is Running Out #StopAdani #Qldvotes #COP23 jpratt27 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Climate scientists warn time is running out to prevent global environmental collapse By Michael Edwards Time is running out to prevent a global environmental collapse thats the stark warning 15,364 of the worlds leading climate scientists have sent out. Key points: 15,364 scientists from 180 countries out their names to the BioScience journal []

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20:55

Study Shows: One Natural Practice Prevents SIDS in Over 60% of Cases. Yet No Country is Following These Guidelines "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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SIDs or sudden infant death syndrome is a devastating tragedy in the family: a perfectly healthy baby dying unexpectedly; and no scientist has so far being able to find a reason why. There are many theories that are being discussed, immunizations being one of them, but no conclusive answer has been discovered so far.

While the scientific community is looking for answers, SIDs continues to be the leading cause of deaths of children below the age of one; and every year, about 2,000 babies in the U.S. die from SIDS. In most cases, SIDS happens between the ages of two and four months.

What if many of these cases can be easily prevented?

A new study published in Pediatrics looked at over 2,200 SIDs cases and found out that it can be prevented in over half of the cases by doing what nature intended us to do breastfeeding.

Study: Reduce the Risk of SIDs by 64%

Scientists at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, examined 2,267 SIDs cases, along with 6,837 healthy babies, and found that SIDs can be prevented by breastfeeding alone.

By breastfeeding the baby for just two to four months, you may cut the risk of SIDs by 40%; for four to six months by 60%; and longer than 6 months by 64%.

The study also found that the amount of breastfeeding is irrelevant. Breast feeding can be supplemented by formula when needed, but researchers do encourage mothers to breastfeed exclusively for six months if possible.

Unfortunately, the United States has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world, while New Zealand, the home of this study, has one of the highest.

But whether high or low rates, there is another guideline that not a single country in the world is following.

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Not a Single Country in The World Follows The WHO Guideline

The WHO confirms how important it is to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months, and with food supplementation for at least two years, and calls it a natural vac...

20:44

Talk Nation Radio: War Stories "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The late Eduardo Galeanos forthcoming book, Hunter of Stories, has five or ten sentences on each page each page a tiny story, their combination engaging and powerful. Galeano includes the story of a war resister who chose to die rather than kill, and that of an Iraqi who foretold and pre-grieved the 2003 looting of the National Museum, also the story of former drone pilot Brandon Bryant who quit after killing a child and being lied to that the child had been a dog, not to mention the story of the World War I Christmas truces. These are all true stories, some new and some familiar, all well documented elsewhere, but Galeano doesnt bother with the documentation here. He simply tells the stories extremely simply, he tells the stories. He inspires me to offer the following, and to search for more. If you have ideas for the very best incidents to recount that fit into the following pattern, please let me know. The stories here are meant, not to depict every aspect of war or peace, much less to cover the entire history of war and peace. Theres no need to send me the full list of thousands and millions of stories not included here. The stories below are meant to encourage questioning of war-thinking. Send me the best anecdotes that further that project please.
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20:30

Kelvin cops another spanking over his plans to release more than 3000 bad bastards from prison "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It is pretty sad to watch the Acting Prime Minister and Corrections Minister, a man pushed as a leader and a brilliant politician by the media, get his arse handed to him by a relative newcomer. Trevor Mallards missus, Jane Clifton, gets in on the action unfolding in the house: Its a mistake to assume []

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20:15

Thank you for Subscribing to Whaleoil "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A BIG Whaleoil thank you to the hundreds of readers and now listeners who have taken the time to subscribe to ad-free. Your financial support means the world to us all here at Whaleoil as we work for you and your subscriptions make us feel that our work is valued. They also allow us to plan for the future []

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20:00

The Manus Island people are the dregs of the rioters and troublemakers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Advice from someone who knows first hand:  Do not take these people. A New Zealand man who worked at the Manus Island refugee detention facility is warning the government against taking any refugees, saying the ones still at the centre are dangerous men. Ian, who only wants his first name used, worked as a security []

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20:00

World Antibiotics Awareness Week: handling antibiotics with hygienic, clean and safe care "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This week, the world turns its attention to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) for WHOs World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW). WAAW campaigns for us all to handle antibiotics with care and take urgent action to curb the spread of AMR, that could, without action, lead to an alarming 10 million deaths a year by 2050. With the recent launch of the Australian Governments Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific region, this is a timely reminder of the role the initiative must play in strengthening animal and health systems to address AMR.

At the forefront of this years WHO campaign is the critical role that infection, prevention and control (IPC) plays in preventing AMR in health care settings: every infection prevented is an antibiotic treatment averted. Health care facilities are high risk settings for the spread of infections and the development of drug resistance. If health facilities are unclean, do not have running water or soap for washing hands, do not have functioning toilets to contain human waste and do not have waste systems to safely dispose of health care waste, facilities can become epicentres for driving resistance. The very place that people go to seek care ends up making them, and the community, sicker.

As outlined in the infographic below, poor water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and IPC in health care facilities increases the risk of healthcare associated infections, a problem which currently affects, on average, 1 in every 10 patients in developing countries. More seriously, many of these infections are antibiotic resistant, which can more than double the likelihood of death. Vulnerable groups accessing health services, such as women around the time of childbirth, newborns, and people living with HIV are more susceptible to such life threatening conditions, further increasing the risk of infections spreading.

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19:40

Paid Parental leave differences and confusion "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One of the new Governments priority policies, being advanced under urgency in Parliament, is an increase in the length of time Paid parental leave will be paid for. National has said they will vote for the bill, but have suggested a change. The bill allows both parents to share the allowed number of weeks paid []

19:30

Aussie PM forced to get rude to try and break through Jacindas Cloak of Sanctimony "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jacinda Ardern has been given the brush-off from Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over her bid to have more substantive talks with him about Manus Island refugees while in Manila. What she got instead was discussion in passing with Turnbull during one of the waiting sessions at the East Asia Summit. They agreed that their []

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19:22

Manus Island refugees "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There is a lot of coverage of Manus Island refugees. From RNZ: PNG govt hints Manus deadline wont be enforced 13 Nov 2017 The Papua New Guinea government is hinting that the deadline for refugees to leave the shuttered Manus Island detention centre will not be enforced. PNG minister says no to NZ on Manus []

19:16

Quote of the Day: On the real reason not to require DPB recipients to name the father "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"So what is the real reason for the change [to not require DPB recipients to name the father]? It's the imposition of radical feminism whereby women's [alleged] rights are elevated above children's .... with the added bonus of screwing the taxpayer."
~ Lindsay Mitchell, from her post 'The ghost of Metiria and more lies'
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19:08

Lonely Planet Spotlights New Zealands North & South Islands in Culture Trails "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


52 Perfect Weekends for Culture Lovers


Just published , Lonely Planets Culture Trails explores the worlds most exciting cultural hubs with New Zealands North and South Islands both in the spotlight.

From Copenhagens Design Culture to Literary Cape Cod via Artisanal Marrakesh and Medici Florence Culture Trailsis Lonely Planets comprehensive guide to...

19:02

Minister of Health on colonisation and youth suicide "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In an interview with NZ Herald new Minister of Health David Clark linked youth suicide with colonisation New Health Minister David Clark on youth suicide: We have a problem and we need to talk about it Labour campaigned on mental health and pledged the return of the mental health commissioner and an inquiry into []

19:00

The new Jack Reacher............... "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Jack Reacher takes an aimless stroll past a pawn shop in a small Midwestern town. In the window he sees a West Point class ring from 2005. Its tiny. Its a woman cadets graduation present to herself.

Why would she give it up? Reachers a West Pointer too, and he knows what she went through to get it.
Reacher tracks the ring back to its owner, step by step, down a criminal trail leading west. Like Big Foot come out of the forest, he arrives in the ...

19:00

Faith representatives meet Pacific Climate Warriors "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

At the People's Climate Summit last week, faith leaders and Warriors shared messages of hope and climate justice, and why faith institutions need to put their money where their mouth is.

19:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Controversial means somebody who makes people think. And if you are afraid of people who will be against you, you might as well stay home and do nothing. Daniel Barenboim who turns 75 today.


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19:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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19:00

Why support Strong Towns? 6 members give their answers. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There are so many ways to apply Strong Towns principles and we see our members putting them into action across the country every day. Our members sit on city councils, they make planning decisions for their towns, they step up on behalf of their neighborhoods... In short, our members are involved in building strong towns at every level.

Join the movement

Here's why six members say they joined the movement and why they continue to support us today:

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Planners and engineers say they value Strong Towns' commitment to questioning the status quo and inspiring leaders in the field.

"I work as a planner, and I believe planners should always be in the habit of observing, questioning, and finding truth, in an arena often dominated by politics and ideology. Strong Towns keeps me observing and questioning."  ~ Chuen Ng, Lancaster, CA

"In my professional work, making cities more walkable, Strong Towns is a consistently excellent resource.  From the Black Friday parking lot photos, to No New Roads, the Growth Ponzi Scheme and the Curbside Chat.  It is helpful to have access to the resources, helpful to point other people to those resources, helpful to see what is happening across the country, and helpful to have such consistently excellent thought leadership." ~ Heyden Walker, Austin, TX


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18:55

broadsheet 20 features the Australian poet and art critic Ken Bolton, who has had influence on contemporary New Zealand poetry since 1996 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

broadsheet 20 features Ken Bolton (Australia)
The latest issue of broadsheet, No. 20, November 2017, features the Australian poet and art critic Ken Bolton, who has had influence on contemporary New Zealand poetry since 1996. The issue celebrates his work and includes poets with a lasting connection with Ken Bolton, both in New Zealand and in Australia.
Poets included are: Pam Brown (Australia), Jenny Bornholdt, Laurie Duggan (Australia/UK), Michael Farrell (Australia), John Forbes (Australia), Dinah Hawken, Cath Kenneally (Australia), Gregory OBrien (Australia), Ella OKeefe (Australia), Michael OLeary, Mark Pirie, Dominic Symes (Australia) and Tim Wright (Australia).

18:51

Stop, Think, Engage "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Stop, Think, Engage: Rethinking child discipline methods that work
By Dr Anna Martin

Based on more than 10 years at the coal face, child, adolescent and adult therapist and researcher Dr Anna Martin brings us Stop, Think, Engage, a humorous and informative book that pulls together her own professional experience, her PhD research and numerous national and international studies.

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18:47

Classic Rhymes for Kiwi Kids "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Twinkle, twinkle, Southern Star
Guiding sailors from afar.

Award-winning author Peter Millett (The Anzac Puppy)
and illustrator Scott Tulloch (I Am Not a Worm) add a classic
Kiwi spin to some all-time favourite nursery rhymes.

The Grand Old Duke of York becomes
The grand Old Knight Sir Ed,
Pop! Goes the Weasel becomes Pop! Goes the Cheezel

and its Auckland Bridge, not London Bridge
that is falling down.

 
Join the cheeky fun as Mother Goose
is given a classic Kiwi makeover!


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18:41

Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Today's Meal


Simon & Schuster executive vice president of sales and marketing Michael Selleck will retire at the end of the year. He has been with the company since 1984. CEO Carolyn Reidy said in a statement, "Simply put, there are very few people within Simon & Schuster who possess Michael's institutional memory and intimate working knowledge of our publishing history, our systems, operational infrastructure, and business practices and put them to such good use on a daily basis. And there are likewise few with his charisma, good sense and infectious enthusiasm.... Michael has, over the years, helped build the Simon & Schuster culture we enjoy and most assuredly represents the best of it."

Gary Urdais
promotedto svp, sales, managing the division with oversight of all sales areas including national accounts, retail sales, special markets, and children's. He will join the executive committee, and reports to both Reidy and coo and cfo Dennis Eulau. (Also newly joining the executive committee is president of S&S Canada Kevin Hanson, who now reports directly to Reidy.) Colin Shields is prom...

18:40

The Roundup with PW "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  

Bezos Bets on Middle Earth: Amazon has closed a rumored $250 million deal for global TV rights to J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Lord of the Rings.'

The Dark Side of DC Comics: At least two female employees at the comics giant accused a top editor of trying to forcibly kiss or grope them. He was promoted anyway.

Radhika Jones Is Ready to Go: The 'New York Times' books desk editorial director will become the sixth editor of 'Vanity Fair' since its founding in 1913.

18:39

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 96 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The latest challenge.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers on Sunday.   Which character in Schultzs Peanuts cartoons has a passion for Beethovens music?   The film Murder on the Orient Express is based on a book by which author?   Alzheimers is the most common []

18:35

Finlayson: negotiations essentially a fraud "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Chris Finlayson, who was Attorney General  in the last government and is now Shadow Attorney General, was scathing of Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and the coalition negotiations in his Address in Reply speech in Parliament yesterday. He says that the negotiations after the general election were essentially a fraud, and that National has dodged []

18:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Its dead Jim. A letter sent out to members this week said the partys leadership had voted to disband after it received just 0.1 per cent of the vote in this years general election. The centrist party had survived on the back of an electoral deal in Ohariu between Mr Dunne and the National Party []

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18:24

Activists Barricade #Perth Border Force Office in Solidarity With #Refugees on #Manus "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Today members of the Refugee Rights Action Network and Whistleblowers Activist Citizens Alliance Western Australia (WACA WA) have barricaded the doors to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Perth in solidarity with the men on Manus who have barricaded themselves inside the detention centre on Lombrum Naval Base in PNG.

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Activists Barricade Perth Border Force Office in Solidarity With Refugees on Manus

Australia. Today members of the Refugee Rights Action Network and Whistl...

18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is moribund (adj) 1. Approaching death; about to die. 2. On the verge of becoming obsolete. 3. Barely active or in use, especially after a period of intense activity. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : The Latin adjective moribundus about to die, dying, is a derivative of the Latin []

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16:41

Novice Surfer Masters a pro Move: Punching a Shark to Escape "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A novice surfer mastered a pros move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws.

The attack Monday afternoon off the Australian coast left Charlie Fry with superficial puncture wounds on his right shoulder and upper arm.

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