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Tuesday, 22 May

15:08

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

220518MOMIS SAYS ABG PRIORITY NOW IS THE COMING REFERENDUM
New Dawn FM News
The ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS last week told the visiting Australian High Commissioner to PNG, BRUCE DAVIES and his delegation plus the ABG Ministers, Members and the people of South Bougainville that ABG has its priorities as the date for the referendum nears.
Speaking at the Opening of the Double Classroom and a Teachers house at Buin Primary School, President MOMIS said certain things can wait after the referendum but not the preparation for the coming Referendum.
He said that Bougainville desperately needed funds to fast-tract outstanding issues to make sure all Bougainvilleans are ready and united to go for the vote in 2019.
President Momis said that the tactic that the National Government is playing to withhold funds entitled to Bougainville under the Bougainville Peace Agreement was not helping Bougainville at all.
He called on the people of Bougainville to remain united and not involve in issues that could divide the people during referendum vote next year.
President MOMIS said that UNITY was Bougainvilles most powerful bargaining power when negotiating the final status of Bougainville after referendum.

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15:07

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

220518MASIU ON BORDER SURVEILANCE DURING APEC
New Dawn FM News

The member for South Bougainville in the Papua New Guinea National Parliament and Deputy Opposition Leader, TIMOTHY MASIU wants Australia or another Pacific country to monitor the border between PNG and Solomon Islands in three areas of Bougainville.
The three areas are TASMAN Islands where Traditional border crossers from Tasman cross to Oton Java, SIROVAI in Central Bougainville where Central Bougainvilleans cross to TARO island and Gizo and at KANGU in Buin where the people of South Bougainville cross over to NILA, Shortland island and Mono island in the Solomon islands.
MR. MASIU said the Bougainville Peace Agreement forbids the Papua New Guinea Defence Force from coming to all the islands within Bougainville and must remain as it is.
He said because of the APEC meeting there is a need to monitor the movement of people within the border areas.
MR. MASIU said that they must start the Security operations on our borders quickly even before the APEC meeting is staged in November this year.
The Member for South Bougainville also mentioned this to the visiting Australian delegation in Buin last week.

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14:41

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

220518MASIU HAPPY WITH HIGH COMMISSIONER VISIT
New Dawn FM News
The member for South Bougainville in the Papua New Guinea National Parliament and Deputy Opposition leader, TIMOTHY MASIU last week praised the High Commissioner of Australia to Papua New Guinea, BRUCE DAVIES and his delegation for spending few days in South Bougainville.
Speaking at the dinner he hosted for the delegation in Buin, MR. MASIU said this was the first time for Buin and South Bougainville to host to a delegation in Buin town.
He said many similar visits by VIPs just stay for few hours and travel to Arawa and Buka for accommodation.
MR. MASIU said that this was a sign of confidence by the Australian team that Buin is a safe place to visit despite of negative comments by people as a place where there is no rule of law.
He said during the time the Australian High Commissioner was visiting Buin there was also the circuit of the National Court hearing cases in Buin.
MR. MASIU said that although the High Commissioner did not make any commitment he has seen for himself what South Bougainville needs at this time.

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14:05

World watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

14:01

May 23 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

844  Battle of Clavijo: The Apostle Saint James the Greater is said to have miraculously appeared to a force of outnumbered Spanish rebels and aided them against the forces of the Emir of Cordoba.

1430 Siege of Compigne: Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians while leading an army to relieve Compigne.

1498 Girolamo Savonarola was burned at the stake in Florence on the orders of Pope Alexander VI.

1533 The marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon was declared null and void.

1568 The Netherlands declared their independence from Spain.

1568  Dutch rebels led by Louis of Nassau, brother of William I of Orange, defeated Jean de Ligne, Duke of Aremberg and his loyalist troops in theBattle of Heiligerlee, opening the Eighty Years War.

1618 The Second Defenestration of Prague precipitated the Thirty Years War.

1701  After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd was hanged.

1706 Battle of Ramillies: John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough, defeated a French army under Marshal Villeroi.

1805 Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned King of Italy with the Iron Crown of Lombardy in the Cathedral of Milan.

1810 Margaret Fuller, American journalist and feminist, was born  (d. 1850).

1813  Simn Bolvar entered Mrida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and was proclaimed El Libertador (The Liberator).

1820......

13:06

Police farewell late Jim Namora "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

POLICE MEDIA

The senior hierarchy of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) including Commissioner Gari Baki and Minister Jelta Wong paid their last respects in a moving funeral ceremony for the late Director of the Special Services Division Chief Superintendent Jim Namora.
The body of Jim Namora at the funeral service last Friday.

The constabulary has lost a talented officer in Namora, Baki said during the funeral service at Sioni Kami Memorial Church at 5-Mile in Port Moresby last Friday.
I  have lost a good man and a talented police officer who commanded a lot of respect," he said.
"I have lost an officer who had the potential to go even further.
"We mourn his loss with his family.
Late Namora had a very colourful history.
"When he was posted in the Western Highlands Province  in 1982, I was squad commander in Wabag, in the Enga Province.
"That was my last posting before I was posted to Lae, Morobe Province,  as a Mobile Squad commander.
The Special Services Division would always be in my heart because that was where we grew up.
"That was the division that brought me as commissioner and to be a man.
"Jim is also one of the officers who has been groomed by the SSD."
Baki said he decided to take Namora out of West New Britain as the provincial police commander to be Director Special Services, because he was the best officer for the position at that time.
He said Namora accepted his appointments without any complaints at all.
Baki said Namora had left behind a legacy that was hard to fill "and we would be struggling to try as much as possible from where he has left for the RPNGC".
Wong said he wantedf all new recruits to have similar attitudes and character to policing as Namora.
He thanked family members of Namora for allowing him to serve the country.
Assistant commissioner Sylvester Kalaut, head of the police human resources division, joined the police force in 1996.
He said in his squad,  Na...

12:12

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Individual commitment to a group effort that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. Vince Lombardi

Oamaru Rotarians have been sorting books for weeks. Today we began the task of moving boxes of books from the hall where were theyve been sorted and stored to the Loan and Merc building where well be selling them.

It took a lot of lifting and carrying and it makes me very grateful for team work.

12:01

Questioning the Integrity of Psychiatry "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We have now sunk to a depth where the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent people (George Orwell: Review of Bertrand Russell, in The Adelphi, January 1939).

If we learn one thing from the Royal Commissions into child sexual abuse and the banking and insurance industries (see note 1), it will be this: left to themselves, secure institutions will never conduct the sort of self-critical analysis that the larger society expects  and deserves.

In late February this year, a conference on Mental Health in Crisis was held in Sydney and then at five cities in New Zealand. Major speakers included Prof. Peter Gotszche, of the Nordic Cochrane Centre; Bob Whitaker, from Boston; Dr Melissa Raven, from Adelaide; Prof. Roger Mulder, from Dunedin University, NZ; and Maria Bradshaw, from Auckland. I spoke about studies on ECT and several other speakers contributed their harrowing personal experiences of psychiatry.

Subsequently, an article in a New Zealand paper was critical of antidepressants, which provoked the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) to issue a press release (March 9th 2018; taken down soon after) which was openly hostile to the idea that people could criticise antidepressants. As part of that press release, it was claimed that psychiatrists only ever (prescribe drugs) in partnership with the patient and after due consideration of the risks and benefits.

My experience is that this claim is absolute rubbish and I lodged a complaint with the RANZCP to this effect.1 On April 27th, I received a letter from the president of RANZCP, Dr Kym Jenkins, assuring me I had it all wrong, the RANZCP meant no harm, but she firmly reiterated the claim that provoked my complaint:

I wish to highlight the College statement goes on to say, the prescription ofmedications is something that a psychiatrist only ever does in partnership with the patient and after due consideration of the risks and benefits.'

As a result, I thought I should check the veracity of her claim. After a quick survey of my practice, I submitted a paper to the lesser of the two RANZCP journals, Australasian Psychiatry, on May 6th. The following is a slightly amended version:

PROVIDING IN...

11:41

APEC Food Security forum aims at establishing Food Safety Modernization Framework "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


The APEC Food Security Cooperation Forum (APEC FSCF) is working towards establishing a Food Safety Modernization Framework that looks at delivering safer food to consumers, both domestic and internationally imported food.

The APEC Food Security Cooperation Forum (APEC FSCF) is working towards establishing a Food Safety Modernization Framework that looks at delivering safer food to consumers, both domestic and internationally imported food.

Concerns over food safety in the Asia Pacific region have risen and spurred a high level collective mandate from APEC Leaders to improve safety standards and practices.

In 2007 after the formation of the APEC FSCF, a robust approach was sought to strengthening food safety standards using scientific risk-based approaches and without creating unnecessary impediments to trade.

The framework progresses the agreed goals of the FSCF thus is expected to provide guidance to APEC economies on enhancing or modernizing their food safety regulatory systems to ensure safe food for consumers and to facilitate trade.

The FSCF delegates during this Second Expert Meeting will further discuss challenges that may affect food safety from farm to table and is applicable to all foods available for sale in the domestic market of APEC economies whether it is produced domestically or imported.

While the primary focus of the framework is on food safety, it is recognized that national food safety regulatory systems will also need to protect the consumers from misrepresentation and fraud.


Source: APEC2018PNG.ORG

11:31

University of Otago confiscate Critic publication "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There is a bit of a ruckus at Otago, with the University ordering the seizure of 2000 copies of the Critic magazine that features menstruation. Critic: The menstruation issue The cover graphic was a bit gross (in my opinion) and the content doesnt interest me (Im not the target market obviously) but it seems generally []

11:30

Cartoon for Today 22/05/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Morten Morland The Times

11:00

Tuesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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10:30

Doctor: About 50% of people who acquire this bacteria will die "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Doctor: About 50% of people who acquire this bacteria will die appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:10

Soft indicators "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Driven round the bend

For something a bit different, here's a look at what's happening in Western Australia with regards to new car financing. 

At the peak of the resources boom there had been a grand surge in new vehicle finance commitments.

I can well remember seeing the same dynamic up in the Northern Territory; it was literally driven by the same factors.

The number of new cars and station wagons financed remains at the lowest level since 2010, reflecting the low level of consumer confidence.


On the other hand, the annual number of used vehicles financed has now been rising for 11 months.

There are quite a number of indicators that have followed this pattern, suggesting that the worst of the downturn is now in the rear view mirror for the WA economy. 

10:00

Theological Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

09:58

U.S. reinforces East Asia ballistic missile defense as Trump-Kim summit nears "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The USS Milius, one of the U.S. Navys most advanced guided missile destroyers, arrived in Japan on Tuesday to reinforce defenses against any ballistic missile attacks by North Korea, or anyone else in East Asia.

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The warships arrival at Yokosuka Naval Base comes three weeks before an unprecedented meeting is supposed to take place in Singapore between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The show of force is a reminder of the military pressure that can be brought to bear on North Korea as the United States seeks to press it to abandon its nuclear weapons and its ballistic missile program.

The Milius will support security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region by bringing enhanced missile defense capabilities as a ballistic missile defense platform, the U.S. Navy said in a statement.

The Miliuss dockside welcome in Yokosuka, which is the headquarters of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, comes after doubts emerged last week over whether the Trump-Kim meeting will go ahead.

North Korea said it was reconsidering the summit after calling off separate talks with South Korea in a protest over U.S.-South Korean air combat drills known as Max Thunder.

North Korea said it would walk away from dialogue if the United States insisted on it unilaterally abandoning its nuclear arsenal, which it says it needs to defend itself against U.S. aggression.

Trump has and warned that failure to reach a denuclearisation agreement could lead to decimation of Kims rule.

The deployment of the Milius to Japan was delayed by almost a year so it could undergo upgrades to its Aegis air defense system to enhance its ability to detect and target missiles.

Armed with missiles designed to shoot down warheads in space, the Milius will be part of a naval destroyer force that would be the first U.S. line of defense against any long-range ballistic missiles fired at it by North Korea.

It joins two other ships in the Seventh Fleet with similar upgrades and brings the fleets destroyer unit back to full strength after two other U.S. warships in the region were crippled in collisions with commercial ships last year.

Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Robert Birsel

Reuters

09:30

Jetboating the Godley river, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Jetboating the Godley river, New Zealand appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

The truth about social media "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

08:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Just a brief note to those readers who like to add their own contributions to Daily roundup in the comments. PLEASE remember that politically incorrect and offensive (but funny) jokes are only to be enjoyed on Mondays in the Comedy corner post which is specifically for that kind of humour. Posting that kind of humour [] The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

07:30

Things that make you go hmmm "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Here are a few examples of quality New Zealand journalism. The post Things that make you go hmmm appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:06

People moves: Credit Corporation "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Changes at Credit Corporation

Credit Corporation chief executive Peter Aitsi has been appointed to the boards of Credit Corporation finance companies operating in Fiji and the Solomon Islands. Sir Wilson Kamit, CBE, and Allan Marlin have resigned from the board of Credit Corporation.

The following independent directors have been appointed: Richard Sinamoi, James Byron Kruse, Michael Varapik and Sydney George Yates.

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The post People moves: Credit Corporation appeared first on Business Advantage PNG.

07:03

In brief: Possible rice agreement with the Philippines, and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A possible rice deal with the Philippines; developments in gas sales; and landowner issues. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

in brief

Prime Minister Peter ONeill has reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Republic of Philippines to engage in local rice production. The move is aimed at reducing the cost of rice in PNG.

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The Papua New Guinea Government will market its own gas apart from the developer when the Papua LNG project starts, according to a report. PNGs oil and gas company Kumul Holdings, as a partner with Total SA, has come up with an agreement to have KPH staff undergo training with Total SA in Paris on marketing gas to buyers.

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A landowner representative in the Hides area of Papua New Guineas Hela Province reportedly says there are many people in the area claiming to be landowners when thats not the case. Andy Hamaga was speaking amid ongoing criticism of the governments failure to pay royalties to landowners for the huge ExxonMobil-led liquefied natural gas project.

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Prime Minister Peter ONeill has reportedly called for reforms in the United Nations Security Council to make it more relevant and responsive to security challenges facing the world. Speaking at the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM) in Japan last week he said that the United Nations system had flaws which should be rectified.

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07:00

Workers of Whaleoil "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

How well do you know our wonderful Whaleoil workers? Can you match the Whaleoil worker to the photo of their Whaleoil workplace? We have 30+ workers at Whaleoil so for every post I will give you four possibilities to choose from. You will also be given a clue. Yesterdays wonderful Whaleoil worker was B) WH Clue: [] The post Workers of Whaleoil appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:59

More details of Papua New Guineas APEC year revealed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Major infrastructure upgrades, visits to Papua New Guineas regions, and debate about how to maintain regional trade liberalisation in the face of growing anti-globalisation sentiment will be part of this years APEC Leaders Meeting in Port Moresby. But can PNG build on the momentum after it is over?

Charles Lepani, Director-General of the PNG APEC Authority, said at the Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum in Brisbane that Jacksons International Airports capacity will be sufficient to manage the inflows and outflows on peak days.

Additional flights will be scheduled and parking capacity will also be upgraded. Additional aircraft will also fly to nearby airports, he said.

Jacksons Airport will have a runway extension, overlay and reinforcements, with apron refurbishments for VIP aircraft parking.

Charles Lepani. Source: BAI

Lepani added that good progress is being made o...

06:45

Turnbulls Reef rescue plan must address deforestation and climate change "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Friday, 27 April 2018 - 2:42pm

 

  • Turnbulls Reef rescue plan must address deforestation and climate change to help save Great Barrier Reef
  • Deforestation threatens Great Barrier Reef40% of Qld clearing is in Reef catchments
  • Turnbull Government has failed to control deforestation with EPBC Act powers
  • $400 million Reef fund could be undone by scale of deforestation

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls rumoured Reef rescue package must address Queenslands deforestation crisis and climate change if theres to be any hope in saving the Great Barrier Reef.

Today The Australian reported that the Turnbull Government was proposing a $400 million Reef rescue package in the next Budget after Fairfax revealed on the weekend that Turnbull Government reef funding had dropped $58 million.

Deforestation is Australias greatest hidden environmental crisis, said Wilderness Society Nature Campaigner Jessica Panegyres. It is a big contributor to the declining health of the Great Barrier Reef. When forests are bulldozed, soil is eroded, runs down rivers and smothers the Reef. This damaging process has worsened on the Turnbull Governments watch.

Queensland has seen a huge surge in deforestation in recent years to about 400,000 hectares a year due to the combination of weakened laws in Queensland and systemic inaction by the Turnbull Government. This clearing releases 45 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions a year, when climate change is the greatest long-term threat to the Reef. Forty percent of this deforestation is happening in Great Barrier Reef catchments, directly threatening our already struggling natural treasure. Clearing in Reef catchments has increased almost 50 per cent in 2015-16 to 158,000 hectares.

This is despite a promise from the Turnbull Government to UNESCO to use federal laws to protect the Reef from excessive land clearing and arrest the decline of water quality. The government has powers under the EPBC Act to control this destruction, but whenever these powers look to be used, you see aggressive meddling and threats from the National Party and land clearing lobbyists. The result is a massive escalation of deforestation in Reef catchments that the Federal Government has failed to stop.

The Liberal National Party is desperately split over this issue. On the one hand the Queensland LNP and prominent Nat...

06:36

Queensland parliament passes new deforestation laws: good step forward for nature, climate and Reef "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Thursday, 3 May 2018 - 2:30pm

 

  • New laws vital first step for tackling Queenslands deforestation crisis
  • Laws end HVA clearing; curtail thinning and increase Reef catchment protection
  • Laws do not protect all rivers or threatened species habitat and exemptions remain

The Queensland Parliaments new deforestation laws are a vital first step to ending the states deforestation crisis, the Wilderness Society said after the legislation was passed late tonight.

Today the Queensland Government showed leadership in passing new laws to tackle the states deforestation crisis, which is seeing a Gabba-sized area of forest and bushland bulldozed every three minutes, said the Wilderness Society Queensland Campaign Manager Gemma Plesman.

Queenslands deforestation rate puts us on a list of global deforestation frontsmaking Australia the only developed country on that list. The deforestation of 395,000ha in 2015-16 had a devastating impact on wildlife and the climate, with nearly 45 million animals killed; thats one animal killed every second. That deforestation created 45 million tonnes of carbon emissionswhich is like adding more than 10 million cars to Australias already crowded roads.

These laws are a vital first step in stopping Queenslands globally significant deforestation crisis, but there are some loopholes in the legislation that need to be closed if these laws are going to truly end Queenslands deforestation crisis. We would like to see the protection of all threatened species habitat and vegetation around all rivers, as well as the curbing of deforestation in Category X exempt areas. There is more work to be done.

But, right now, we can all celebrate the fact that a decisive first step has been taken to ending Queenslands deforestation crisis.


More information

For further comment, please contact Wilderness Society Queensland Campaign Manager Gemma Plesman on 0423 044 431.

Click here for photos, videos and a brief about deforestation in Queensland.

comms team

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Haft  the handle of a tool, especially a knife, axe, or spear; to furnish with a haft or handle; set in a haft.

06:30

(Video) X22 Report -- Episode 1573a/1573b: The Economic System is Breaking Down World Wide | Q Asks Who is in Control, then Shows us "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



Published on May 21, 2018

Devin Nunes says there might be more than one spy. Trump pushes the DOJ to investigate spying into his campaign. IG will not start the investigation. Obama' s will start to make documentaries with Netflix, they are trying to take back the narrative. Facebook is under threat of being broken up. Pompeo is pushing Iran into a new deal, he is asking for outrageous demands. EU says that it will help Iran with Financial aid, EU then denies. ISIS burns its headquarters as they are bused out of Damascus. Q drops more Intel shows who is in control. Locates the deep state operation, how they were going to communicate and how they will be going down. The deep state is panicking, watch for those who scream the loudest, they will end up hurting the most.



Published on May 21, 2018

Corporations are looking at the blockchain and they are now building platforms to support it.Paypal says they will be looking at cryptocurrencys in the future, they are waiting for it to stabilize. Square cash is now supporting bitcoin and many others are moving into this area. The switch is happening. New Zealand retails sales take a dive, we had heard this in the UK, US, Australia and Canada and throughout Europe, the system is cracking. The world is starting to feel the pressure of the economic system ripping itself apart.

06:30

Old white man of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Long before there was satellite imagery, long before there was drone photography, there was the art/science of aerial mapping.  Todays old white man was a pioneer in this field. Quote:   Piet van Aschs lifelong passion for photography and flying made him one of New Zealands foremost aviation pioneers, though in person he was modest [] The post Old white man of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Report links health to climate change "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Under the Science category, RadioNZ publishes the usual obligatory photo of backlit harmless water vapour and then waffles on:  Quote: The report by the Environment and Science Research Institute (ESR) outlined the possible effects on human health, as a result of extreme weather, air pollution and UV radiation. End of quote. Extreme weather: the clue is [] The post Report links health to climate change appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:28

Hundreds in New Zealand commemorate #Mullivaikkal genocide | Tamil Guardian "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hundreds in New Zealand commemorate Mullivaikkal genocide | Tamil Guardian: Hundreds of Tamils gathered in New Zealand on Friday to mark 9 years since the massacres at Mullivaikkal, where tens of thousands of Tamils were slaughtered.

05:00

Mega Prison off agenda, but "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

OK, mega prison will not be built, but as yet there is no clarity over how current overcrowding will be safely resolved.

The segment below discusses some aspects, but there is much, much more to consider. Issues which neither National nor Labour really seemed to have a grip on.

RNZ

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/mnr-20180521-0851-relief_as_govt_drops_waikeria_mega-prison_plan-128.mp3

News the government wont be building a mega-prison is being met with cautious optimism by the criminal justice advocacy group JustSpeak. The previous government had planned to expand Waikeria prison to fit up to 3000 extra beds. On Sunday Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis confirmed the mega prison wont be built but what will take its place is yet to be decided. The Corrections Association, which represents prison officers, believes the redevelopment must go ahead. We hear from its spokesperson Alan Whitley, and JustSpeak director Tania Sawicki Mead.

05:00

Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

NEW ZEALAND AOTEAROA 4K from Bevan Percival on Vimeo. The post Mental health break appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:30

Words of the week: Toxic masculinity "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guest Post: By John Black from rightminds.nz Jack the Ripper, Joseph Stalin, Justin Bieber the world does not want for terrible men. But are they terrible because they are men? Thats what this weeks Wanker words suggest: there is something about the nature of masculinity itself, whether intrinsic or socially constructed, that is nasty and irredeemable toxic, in [] The post Words of the week: Toxic masculinity appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:01

Severe drug and equipment shortages at Port Moresby General Hospital "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Port Moresby Its not always good news. Today we heard at our staff meeting at Port Moresby General Hospital that we have run out of antiretroviral (ART or HIV) medicines.

We have many thousands of HIV positive people on treatment in the National Capital District (and several more thousands around the rest of the country) and they may not have any medicine to take unless new supplies arrive in the very near future.

People on ART must take their medicine every single day: if they stop and start again they are very likely to breed resistant HIV.

This is not only bad (in fact life-threatening) for the patient, but life-threatening for everybody else in the community who might catch HIV from them.

We also dont have any syphilis test kits in the country. Syphilis used to be the most common cause of stillbirth (babies dying inside their mothers) in our audit statistics and after we started routine testing of all mothers coming to ante-natal clinics and treating the positives, we virtually eliminated this scourge from our pregnant mums.

But now, with no test kits available, the syphilis problem will come back and many babies will die.

And this week we ran out of oxytocin, the drug that prevents women from losing too much blood when they deliver babies.

The most common cause of death when oxytocin is not available is post-partum haemorrhage (excessive bleeding after the birth); so we are probably going to see a lot more mothers die even when they come to hospital to have a supervised birth.

And we are very short of surgical sutures the special thread and needle that surgeons use to sew up patients during and after operations.

Every day we dont have some essential item that is critical to standard medical practice.

And the PNG government does not pay for any of the family planning commodities pills, depo-provera, implants etc. They are all donated to us by the United Nations Population Fund and other overseas donor agencies.

Eventually this will stop, because PNG has recently been upgraded to a middle income country because of our oil and gas extractive industries.

And if the government does not step up and buy the family planning commodities that we need to assist people to plan their families, Im not sure what the consequences will be.

Most doctors and nurses try to stay positive about their work, but in the face of a government that does not support the health system it is...

04:00

Marama Davidsons anti- democracy stance on Maori ward referendums examined "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pete George at Your NZ has a comprehensive post he looks at how Davidson does not even follow Green Party principles. Then Greens seem to be rather lax in maintaining principles these days.

Several local bodies have failed in their attempts to impose Mori wards on their constituencies, with voters initiating petitions forcing referendums that subsequently voted strongly against separate democratic privileges see Mori wards and democracy. Undeterred by determination through the current democratic process, Green co-leader Marama Davidson is promoting a movement for Mori wards right across []

via Greens want to dump referendums so they can force separate Mori wards Your NZ

04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mordor looses hands down! ..and for those who plan to visit Middle Earth in the near future, herewith a map for your convenience. Stay clear of Mordor, apparently they are not so bright. The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:47

Drunk soldiers attack innocent doctor in Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Drunk PNG Defence Force soldiers attacked an innocent doctor in Port Moresby last Saturday.
This is the latest episode of an army which makes war against its own people, and in a year in which the country is hosting APEC
Port Moresby General Hospital Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Training Registrar Dr Dean Wahembari, was attacked by a group of soldiers, one of which he has identified as Desmond Dusava.
National Doctors' Association president Dr James Naipao has written to NCD Police Metropolitan Superintendent Perou N'Dranou complaining about the brutality.
The letter has also been sent to PNGDF Commander Gilbert  Toropo, Police Commissioner Gari Baki, Health Secretary Pascoe Kase, Port Moresby General Hospital CEO Dr Umesh Gupta, and doctors throughout the country.
Naipao, who is also Chief ENT Surgeon of Department of Health, wants the soldiers responsible to be arrested and charged.
Naipao said last Saturday Wahembari, after attending to inpatients at Port Moresby General Hospital,  drove to North Waigani after picking his wife to pick up their son at a friends house.
"By 6.30pm, Dr Wahembari drove and parked his car next to his colleagues house gate," Naipao said.
"He could hear noise and people talking from the neighboring house.
"After five minutes, a group of people numbering six or so that were in that neighboring house, walked up to the doctors front gate where Dr Wahembari was standing to pick up his son.
"All started throwing punches at him.
"At Dr Wahembaris surprise, he knew one of the person that attacked him.
"His name is Desmond Dusava, who is a private soldier in the Defence Force.
" Dr Wahembari asked Desmond why he was punching him, however, this group who were intoxicated from alcohol kept throwing punches and dragged him to the main road, punched him down and started kicking him with solid boots.
"The last he could remember is a bottle being smashed into his head.
"He become unconscious only to awoken with continuous slapping with sandals and boots to his face.
"Dr Wahembaris wife tried her best telling this group to stop but the kicking and the punching continued.
"Whilst continuing the attack, Dr Wahembari overheard Desmond mentioning something about his late father - Otto Dusava -  who was managed by ENT Team at Port Moresby General Hospital.
"Dr Wahembari got to his feet bleeding from his face and with the help of his colleagues father, he was taken inside his colleagues residence.
" For a while, he was imprisoned there unable to go to the hospital and seek police help because of continuous threats and use of obscene languages by Desmond and his mob.
"At around 8.30pm, a police dog unit arrived at the scene but the policemen in that vehicle knew the mob so did nothing. "Dr Wa...

03:40

Maules Creek CCC Meeting 16.5.2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

These are notes and not the official minutes from the Maules Creek coal mine Community Consultative Committee (CCC) meeting held on 16 May 2018 at the Boggabri Golf Club, Gunnedah Road, Boggabri NSW 2382.

The official minutes wont be approved and released until the 16.8.2018 and due to the interest in declining groundwater levels at Maules Creek these notes are put up on the website for the information of the community. A functioning CCC is a condition in Schedule 5 of the Project Approval.

 

The CCC guidelines can be found here. Under Section 6 Communication with the broader community, the guidelines say;

Committee members are encouraged to discuss concerns and disseminate information about the project to the wider community, including stakeholder groups.


Attendees: Darren Swain (DS) WHC, Cr Robert Kneale (RK) Narrabri Council, Peter Wilkinson (PWi) WHC, Scott Mitchell (SM) WHC, Carolyn Nancarrow (CN) Community, Cath Collyer (CC) Community, Libby Laird (LL) Community, Anna Christie (AC) Environmental Representative (alternate) Kristen Golly WHC, Lindsay Fulloon, Megan Proust- EPA, Rebecca Scriviner- EPA.

Apologies: Steve Eather (SE), Jack Warnock (JW) Community, Simmone Moodie (SM) Community Aboriginal Representative, Kerrie Clarke (KC) Environmental Representative.

 

Independent Chair: David Ross (DR)

D.S: Excellent safety record.

Community: (Incredulous.) Does this exclude all the accidents in April?

DS: Yes.

Discussion of injured person. Flown to hospital. One has shoulder injury. Not well.

The other has slight injury. Bruising.

AC: what about the digge.........

03:38

Breaking Down Royal Wedding, NZ's Latest Budget & Fake Cancer Cures VIDEO "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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03:30

Fake news headline from Te Karere TVNZ "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As soon as I saw the Te Karere TVNZ headline, Greens and Israel Institute of NZ condemn Trumps embassy plans I was gobsmacked. I couldnt understand why on earth the Israel Institute of New Zealand would condemn President Trump for moving the American embassy to Israels capital city Jerusalem. I watched the video and [] The post Fake news headline from Te Karere TVNZ appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:00

Lets fix this "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Lets fix this is the Whaleoil alternative to numerous government working groups. Who needs expensive consultants with expense accounts when you can throw the problem to the Whaleoil readership and come up with multiple solutions quickly and easily. Today we will attempt to answer the following question: What should we do with unemployed people who [] The post Lets fix this appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:36

A pawn of the fishing industry "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Deep-sea trawling is an environmentally destructive practice which devastates vulnerable marine ecosystems for the private profit of a few fishing companies. The New Zealand government has been worried about this for a long time, and so they've been working through the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation to regulate it in our region. But now, they've suddenly shitcanned that plan:

The Government pulled plans to put major restrictions on deep sea trawling after the fishing industry threatened legal action.

Officials and scientists from New Zealand and Australia had been working on the joint proposal since 2012 and it was finally due to go in front of an inter-governmental body in Peru in late January.

It was designed to protect the stocks of orange roughy in the high seas and prevent the destruction of delicate seabed life like coral and sponges.

But just weeks before the meeting, the High Seas Fisheries lobby group which includes Talleys and Sealord wrote to the Government threatening legal action.


In a story which sounds awfully familiar, Winston Peters got involved, and suddenly six years of careful work and consultation were overturned so the fishing industry could keep on pillaging. Combine it with his push for a "marine sanctuary" in which fishing is permitted, and its beginning to look like the Minister for Foreign Affairs is simply a pawn of the fishing industry.

02:30

Nationals choice "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Disclaimer: I voted ACT at the last election and I am an ACT party member. The ACT party bulletin  yesterday made some important points about both the coalition budget and the National party. Essentially the coalition government was described as one that thinks that every problem can be solved by the application of more money and [] The post Nationals choice appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

Whaleoils Ten Commandments explained "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Our revamped, simplified and easy-to-understand Commenting and moderation page is now up and every Whaleoil general debate and backchat post has a link to it. The purpose of the information is to make it easy for everyone to follow the rules. Commenting and moderation Whaleoil is a RESPECTFUL forum for opinions. Everyone is offered the [] The post Whaleoils Ten Commandments explained appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mycoplasma bovis: The spread, cost and response Conan Young:

Southland is believed to be the origin of where Mycoplasma bovis first took hold in New Zealand because this is where the earliest known cases of infection have so far been discovered, the Ministry for Primary Industries says.

This overturns an earlier theory that a South Canterbury farm belonging to the Van Leeuwen Dairy Group was the first farm to be infected.

While steps have been taken to trace and deal with cattle transported from the Van Leeuwen farm since July last year, controls on cows coming out of Southland have only been brought in much more recently. . .

Rural health workforce reaching crisis point:

The rural health workforce is at crisis point, with more than 40 percent of country doctors due to retire in the next five years.

So could the growing number of nurse practitioners, nurses who have taken extra training to be able to prescribe medicines and make diagnoses, provide a solution?

The nurses themselves say yes, but those working in rural health say there are some professional and bureaucratic hurdles which make it more difficult. . . 

Love of breeds leads to junior judge status Sally Rae:

Amanda Brown just loves cows.

Her particular passion is for the Ayrshire breed, continuing a long family history which started when her mothers family the Morton family established the Ingleside stud in Southland in the 1940s.

The 29-year-old recently became an...

02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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01:44

Oral Questions 22 May 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Questions to Ministers SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Governments policies and actions? KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: What responses has he seen to Budget 2018? AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by his statement, Its a perfect Budget I knew it was? JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: Does he [] The post Oral Questions 22 May 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:38

Malaria Elimination Program in place in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


The Papua New Guinea National Department of Health (NDoH) Secretary Pascoe Kase signed a Certificate of Donation of Antimalarial Drugs on Friday, last week at National Health Headquarters in Port Moresby.

Department of Health in the Guangdong Province, China donated the gift valued at K160, 000.00 (50 thousand US dollars) while witnessed by health department staff and chinses officials.

Under the terms of the Certificate, the Bureau of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Guangdong Province of Peoples Republic of China will donate 20,000 doses of the antimalarial drugs call; Artequick.

The active ingredient of Artequick is Artemisinin which is an organic compound derived from the Artemisia Annua Plant, which is commonly known as Sweet Wormwood or Qing Hao in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The plant has been used by the Chinese for at least 2,000 years to treat fevers, including Malaria. It is now used for this purpose in modern medicine. The antimalarial research team of Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine have been researching the use of Artemisinin-based combination therapy to eliminate malaria.

The Director of Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong, Xuqingfeng Xuqingfeng advised that Artequick has been recognized as being effective in fighting malaria by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

It (Artequick) was introduced in Comoros, which was a high malaria epidemic area in 2006 and succeeded in reducing deaths and illness in a short period, Xuqingfeng said.

He claimed that Seminars have been hosted in Kenya and other parts of Africa and the drug is demonstrated to be working well.

In Guangdong Province, we have eliminated malaria, he said adding that Vietnam was now using the Artequick program to eliminate Malaria.

Secretary Kase noted that within Papua New Guinea, Kiriwina Island of Milne bay Province is rolling out the Artequick program and the NDoH is watching the results closely. He further added that that Malaria remains responsible for one of the highest rates of death in the country and Artequick holds great hope for seeing a strong decline in this death rate.

Kase stated that We are seeing good results in this trial, with up to 80-98% relief experienced on the island. The Department is looking to finalise its report on the trial and brief the government on recommended action as soon as possible.....

01:30

Biology 101: Shining cuckoos "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A guest post. The shining cuckoo is a migratory animal. At certain times the migration of cuckoos into the Whaleoil fauna is quite noticeable. A feature of cuckoos is their bright colouring, which acts as a very good camouflage. Mostly cuckoos are inconspicuous, usually staying among dense comment streams. Their scribblings may be loud and [] The post Biology 101: Shining cuckoos appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:29

Reef money for foundation with mining industry links "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

We always knew that there is a connection between the promotion of climate denial and it is always useful to be armed with evidence, showing that these are peddlers of lies for short-term greed.

It is well known that specialist public relations firms that were once engaged to build public opinion around the belief that there is no proof that smoking is bad for you. They also worked for oil. now they have turned their talents, to saying there is no proof that the worlds climate is rising.

Any connection between interests standing to gain from polluting the Great Barrier Reef and and the need to protect it, should concern everyone.

Of the recent$500 million provided in the recent budget for the reef, $144 million of it will be going  to a partnership between the government and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. The trouble with this, is that the foundations , major patron was by Peabody Energy, which had been heavily involved in funding the climate change denial campaign. This corporation went into receivership and no longer exists. But there are others, including Mitsubishi, Rio Tinto, BHP, Origin Energy, AGL and ConocoPhillips Australia. This is enough to suggest that the Great Barrier Reef fondation is compromised. This sort of patronage does not exist without reason.

We know that the Turnbull government is under immense pressure, to look like its doing something to protect the Reef. This certainly fits the bill, with the added benefit of providing a cover for what it really wants to do.

Perhaps there are those within or associated with the foundation, who genuinely want positive action. But this does not get away from the fact that it is compromised by its ties.

The funding is said to be marked for improving water quality, tackling the crown-of-thorns starfish, and expanding reef restoration, and to develop coral that is more resistant to high temperatures and light stress.

There is concern that there will be a new emphasis on promoting solutions through management, without having to do anything about the threat of global arming.

Behind all the fanfare about a newly discovered concern for the future of the worlds biggest reef system, nothing has been done to stop exploration for mineral and gas resources. The danger is that the companies patronising the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, stand first in line to benefit from any discoveries.....

01:22

PANGU PATI mediation meeting "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"




By Solomon Puana

Party faction and dispute has become a concern for some Political Parties in the country and
Pangu is one of those parties that is greatly affected by this experiences. On Wednesday 24th of
January this year, a mediation was held at the Office of the Registry of Political Parties, which was
directed to by the National Court to be mediated in the presence of the Registrar of the Registry
of Political Parties. The mediation was basically about the court proceeding between two disputing
parties within Pangu Party and at the same time to comply with the Directional Orders of the
National Court as issued by His Honour, Justice Ere Kariko on the 06th December, 2017 to mediate
on, or before the 24th January 2018.The parties find a way forward in the proceeding instituted
by the President and General Secretary of Pangu Party, asserting their appointments and election
as the duly appointed, and or elected Executives of the Party.
The Direction Orders issued by the Court were eleven (11) in total, however, both parties
agreed to narrow down the Directional Orders to three (3) main issues as proposed agendas, and
or issues for the purpose of the mediation, which were: Declaration of the First Plaintiff as the
National President of Pangu Party and Declaration of the Second Plaintiff as the General Secretary
of Pangu Party; Cost of the Proceedings; and Any other matters. These three (3) main issues and
or agendas were agreed to by both parties prior to and at the mediation.

The members present included the senior staff of the Registry, led by Mr John Bishop, who
chaired the meeting on behalf of the Registrar, who was away due to illness. Other staff present
in the mediation meeting were: Mr Emmanuel Pok, Mr Kennedy Pais and Mr Solomon Puana.
The disputing parties who were present in the meeting and or mediation were: for the Defendants;
the Pangu Party Parliamentary Leader, Honourable Mr Sam Basil; the Party Council Members
and Miss Julie Kaname (Suspended Female Vice-President), Mr Sinaka Rea (Council Member),
Mr Nelson Tuka (Council Member), and Mr Ronald Ababa from Henao Lawyers, representing
the Defendants, Honourable Mr Sam Basil and Mr Sinaka Rea. For the Plaintif...

01:16

Another world class mining company in a corruption scandal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Glencore shares drop nearly 7% on report of SFO probe

Henry Sanderson | Financial Times | May 18, 2018

Shares in Glencore fell by their most in almost two years on Friday after a report said the miner may face a bribery probe by the UKs Serious Fraud Office over its ties to Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

The SFO is planning to seek formal approval for a probe into Glencores dealings in the country with its former business partner Mr Gertler, Bloomberg News reported. Mr Gertler was sanctioned by the US in December for his opaque and corrupt mining and oil deals, in DRC. 

Mr Gertler previously owned stakes in Glencores two key projects in the resource-rich country, before Glencore bought him out for $960m in 2017. 

Glencore shares fell 6.8% per cent to 370.75p after the news. 

The reported possible probe is the latest setback for FTSE 100 member Glencore over its activities in the DRC. Last month the countrys state-owned miner Gecamines launched legal action against the company seeking to dissolve its joint venture Katanga copper mine, saying Glencore had drained it of money....

01:06

Wafi Golpu mine would be good for the wider Papua New Guinea economy, says executive "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The proposed Wafi Golpu mine will contribute to the diversification of Papua New Guineas economy, according to Craig Jones, Executive General Manager Wafi Golpu at Newcrest Mining. He told the Australia Papua New Guinea Business Forum in Brisbane that, if the project gets the go-ahead, it will help local agriculture.

Wafi Golpus Craig Jones. Source: BAI

Jones comments reflect a growing inclination among resources companies to present their operations as being good for the overall economy, not just good business.

There are many opportunities for the mining industry to contribute to the diversification of the Papua New Guinea economy through smart and sustainable development, Jones said.

Wafi Golpu is a case in point, as the development of the mines infrastructure paves the way for a substantial agricultural industry.

Jones pointed to proposed new roads that will open up the region, from the Highlands Highway to the Bulolo Highway.

New infrastructure for the Wafi Golpu mine, a joint venture project between Newcrest and Harmony Gold, could create the opportunity for up to 10,000 hectares of land in the Watut River valley to be used for agricultural purposes.

The extractive industries are likely to remain critical to the future.

The joint venture has a strong focus on unlocking Morobes agribusiness potential.

Diversification

Jones emphasis on stimulating local, non-resource industry benefits may be designed to counter critics within PNG who argue that extractive companies do not pay sufficient tax and that the tax laws should be changed.

As the Executive Director of the Institute of National Affairs, Paul Barker, noted in the forum, according to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, the State currently receives more income tax from resource company employees than it does from the companies th...

01:03

NZ wont pay for homeless in Aust: Ardern "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo EPA/Felipe Trueba

WELLINGTON, AAP New Zealand will keep pushing for benefits for homeless Kiwi youths living in Australia but it wont pick up the bill, Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, says.

More than three dozen Australian organisations have written to Ms Ardern calling for her to push a Trans-Tasman solution to the plight of New Zealand teens left on the streets because they are unable to claim benefits in Australia.

They say family violence and breakdowns often lead to homelessness and leave 15-to-18-year-olds vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, with reports some are turning to prostitution.

Under the current law, Kiwis that came across after February 2001 arent eligible for the benefits given to homeless Australian youths.

Ms Ardern on Tuesday said while the stories she had heard were stark the issue had been consistently raised with the Australian government.

We have continued to maintain the rights of Australians in New Zealand. We continue to seek from Australia that they do the same, she told Radio NZ.

All we are seeking is equity in the relationship that we used to have and thats a point well keep making.

If given out at the same rate as to Australians, the benefit would help about 160 New Zealanders at a cost of about $2 million.

Ms Ardern said while the New Zealand government would be happy to provide support to the youths back home, it wouldnt be paying Australia to extend the benefit to them.

Theres no country in the world that funds another government to make welfare payments, she said.

Melbourne community lawyer Shorna Moore said many of the teens had only ever known a life in Australia and that the consequences of homelessness especially for young women were horrendous.

These kids are falling through the cracks and the governments of New Zealand and Australia must step in, she said.

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01:03

Kumul Petroleum MD believes step change needed to achieve electrification targets in Papua New Guiea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Managing Director of state-owned Kumul Petroleum Holdings, Wapu Sonk, believes a step change is needed in the electrification of Papua New Guinea. He agrees that some gas production should be reserved for domestic production.

Kumul Petroleums Wapu Sonk Credit: WBG

Speaking in London, Sonk said that new initiatives will be required if the PNG government is to meet its target of 70 per cent of households electrified by 2030.

Today we still have less than 50 per cent of PNG households with access to electricity. It is clear that we are not going to get anywhere near the critical point, the target.

It simply is not working and we need some step change so that we can close that gap.

While the oil and gas industry is not really responsible for building power lines, wires and posts, we believe that reserving some of the gas production for use domestically will allow clean energy power to be generated to meet this demand.

Inflection point

Sonk argued that electrification is critical for the development of an industrial base and sustainable development in PNG.

He said it will not only contribute to direct and indirect employment, it can also help the country to diversify from extractive industries which is so critical for sustainability.

Sonk said the 70 per cent figure is an inflection point. He pointed to the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI), a composite of health, education and income measures.

It is quite clear that household electrification and HDI are related, he said.

Third party access policy allows for access to pipelines on reasonable commercial terms.

[When] we look at what happens if we reach 70 per cent electrification, the HDI increases from 0.5 to 0.7.

...

01:00

Horowhenuas Earthquake Plan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Veronica Harrod explains why the draft Levin Town Centre Plan relies on areas being identified as priority earthquake targets. Plan []

01:00

Political Photoshops "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I discovered a political Photoshop website yesterday. Here are a few that caught my eye. WH will love this one The post Political Photoshops appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:51

Govt says it wont split tax-cut plan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

CANBERRA, AAP Labor has left the door open to supporting the second stage of the Turnbull governments income tax plan, but the coalition still wont be splitting its package.

The opposition already supports the first part of the income tax cut plan, which starts with a reduction of up to $530 a year under a low and middle-income tax offset.

It remains coy on changes to certain tax brackets at various stages, awaiting further details.

Labor finance spokesman Jim Chalmers says the party is still discussing the second phase.

Were going to have a conversation about it internally. Weve said were not wild about stage three; we said were keen on 1 July; were still having a conversation about stage two, he told Sky News.

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen insists Labor wants more details.

We support the 2018 tax cuts, we have grave reservations about the 2024 tax cuts, we want more information about the 2022 tax cuts, he told reporters in Canberra.

The treasurer wants the parliament to vote on these tax cuts but he wont release the year on year costing.

But Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has reaffirmed the government will not be splitting the package.

We are focused on securing the passage of the whole plan, he said.

Labor will have to decide whether they will stand in the way of income tax relief.

The plan is due to be debated in parliament on Tuesday.

The government has the numbers in the lower house to pass the draft laws this sitting fortnight.

Hanson backflips

But the real negotiations will come to a head when the Senate sits in late June just days out from when the first round of cuts are due to start.

And Pauline Hanson, whose One Nation party holds three key Senate seats, now says shes not convinced the cuts will deliver the governments promised jobs growth, The Australian reported on Tuesday.

But cabinet minister Peter Dutton denies this means One Nation has killed off the package, saying negotiations are continuing.

She is a wiley operator, Pauline. She will put out there she is supporting it, she is not supporting it, she is not supporting it, he told Nine Network.

She understands the benefit of tax cuts in an economy like ours.

Senator Hanson says the cuts havent been well received in the community and is critical of their slow phase-in.

This government is talking about it six or eight years down the track. Well, thats not good enough, she told The Australian.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann defended this, saying t...

00:34

Gallup Poll: Ninety Percent Of Pomona Students Feel That They Cannot Speak Freely "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

JONATHAN TURLEY

240px-Formal_Seal_of_Pomona_College,_Claremont,_CA,_USA.svgWe have been discussing the erosion of free speech on campuses with rising speech codes and ambiguous rules barring microaggressions.  A small percentage of students and faculty often push for such speech codes and regulation.  However, it is often difficult for students and faculty to object at the risk of being called intolerant or microaggressors.  Now there is a Gallup poll confirming that most students feel that they are no longer able to speak freely at college due to this minority of speech intolerant students and faculty. Ninety percent of Pomona students said that they did not feel free to speak openly or freely. It is an indictment of not just Pomona but many of our colleges.

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00:32

Fueling inflation "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Homepaddock

The headline said As fuel prices hit record high, govt mulls tax cut.

That was in India.

Prices are high in New Zealand too but the tax will be going up.

The AAs weekly fuel price report last week noted:

Another increase in fuel prices, the second in a week, this time led by Z, with all fuels up 4 cents per litre. This brings the national price of 91 octane to $2.30/litre, the highest price ever recorded in nominal terms that is; as we note below, weve paid much more in real terms when you adjust for inflation. Plus the tax on petrol has now broken through the $1/litre barrier. And all this before Auckland Council is due to introduce a 10cpl regional fuel tax in July, and the Government a 3-4cpl increase in petrol excise later this year.

Why have prices risen 23cpl in the last

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00:30

Nothing will happen, it never does "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Radio NZ reports: Quote: The Electoral Commission is looking into an ad placed by the horse racing stalwart Sir Patrick Hogan during last years election campaign. The ad, in the racing industry publication The Informant last September, urged people to party vote New Zealand First because of its leader Winston Peters support for the racing industry. The Electoral [] The post Nothing will happen, it never does appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:21

Policy Proposals to improve governance and service delivery "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Papua New Guinea is facing some serious governance challenges that are inhibiting economic development and service delivery and affecting the health and wellbeing of ordinary citizens, but what reforms are needed to ensure things improve?

To help address this question, ACT NOW! has developed a set of fifteen policy proposals that it has set out in a consultation document.

The proposals, which range from a freedom of information law to greater devolution of powers to the Provinces, have been developed to promote openness and transparency, improve integrity and accountability, empower citizens, and harness new technologies to make government more effective and accountable and ensure the aspiration of our National Goals. 

The proposed measures will support and enable greater civic participation in government decision making, increase the available information about government activities, and promote the highest standards of professional integrity. 

The policy proposals can be downloaded from the ACT NOW! website and comments and feedback are welcome so the proposals can be further developed into an effective and comprehensive guide. This will be used to help inform government, business, civil society and multinational agencies and feed into existing and future reform efforts.

Any comments and other feedback can be sent to info@actnowpng.org

00:00

Opinion: Why Papua New Guinea is a unique tourism destination "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Papua New Guinea offers some unique tourism options, according to Bob Bates, owner of Trans Niugini Tours. But he says it has some distinct challenges as well.

Trans Niugini Tours Ambua Lodge. Source: TNT

What does Papua New Guinea have to offer the international visitor? The country is part of a huge island with its northern border the equator. In fact, it is the second largest island on earth (Greenland is the largest).

It would take two hours in a jet to fly the length of the island.

PNG still has large tracts of Amazon jungle-type rainforests and occasional snow-capped mountainsand every ecosystem that you can imagine in between. The main central range down the centre is the highest mountain range between the Himalayas and the Andes.

Recent earthquakes caused by the Australasian Plate sliding up over the Asian plate mean the mountains are getting even higher.

The perceived law and order problem is probably the largest factor in limiting the growth of tourism in PNG.

If we hang around for another million years we might see our Mount Wilhelm become higher than Mount Everest. That would create a great tourist attraction!

Little interference

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00:00

Palestine Is STILL the issue Auckland protest and Ramzy Baroud speaks "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kia ora Auckland Peace Friends,

Working for peace means taking action to support those suffering from oppression and violence. This week we are standing in solidarity with Palestinians who have called for a global non-violent boycott campaign against Israel. Please join us on Sunday.

Help call out the Doc Edge Festival for supporting Israel!

In contravention of the Palestinian Cultural Boycott, Doc Edge Festival has taken sponsorship from the Israeli Embassy for a screening of Ben-Gurion, Epilogue.

We will be having a DIE-IN at this event both to symobolise the bodies of innocent Palestinian people murdered by the Israeli state, and to serve as a human blockade of those seeking to attend this screening.

DATE: Sunday, 27 May @ 9:30am
PLACE: Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/211387416313681/

Please come prepared to take part in the DIE-IN if you are able. We would also love to have people to hold banners, hand out leaflets, talk on the megaphone etc.

PLEASE NOTE: Anti-semites, racists, holocaust deniers or any other fuckwits are NOT WELCOME, and will be not-politely asked to leave.

In the meantime, please
1) Write to the Doc Edge Fest and tell them why they shouldnt break the boycott by showing this film, and taking money from Israel. Their email is info if you want some tips on what to write, check out the letter Peace Action Wellington sent sent: https://www.facebook.com/events/121533075373919/permalink/124935418367018/

2) Write to the Q Theatre CEO James Wilson and tell him that screening this film is a violation of the global cultural boycott of Israel. Ask him to refuse to show this film. Email: info

Read more about the BDS movement here:
https://bdsmovement.net/

Dr Ramzy Barouds NZ speaking tour itinerary 18 to 24 May 2018.

Hosted by the NZ Palestine Solidarity Network

Ramzy Baroud brings the authentic voices of the Palestinian struggle for human rights to New Zealand, as part of a world-wide launch of his new book The Last Earth: a Palestinian Story.

Please note that signed copies of Ramzys book T...

00:00

The silver dollar economy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

At a time when unemployment is at an all-time low and many industries are facing worker shortages, it makes no sense to force people into retirement when they still have a few good years of work left in them. This is happening in a lot of industries though, where there is active recruitment for young [] The post The silver dollar economy appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:00

US Embassy in Israel moved to Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Trump took a decision, to recognize Jerusalem as Israels capital and to move the US Embassy there.

RNZ ran a number of items on this

To be fair US law effectively has recognized Jerusalem as Israels capital for some years now, but the law required a regular waiver from each incumbent President not to formally do so and to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv.

Trump declined to do this. The decision will play well with his base and with evangelicals. Probably most US Jews will welcome it, or maybe not.

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/mnr-20180515-0711-deadly_clashes_as_us_opens_jerusalem_embassy-128.mp3

Then later in the same programme 

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/mnr-20180515-0810-deaths_rise_in_protests_after_us_embassy_opens_in_jerusalem-128.mp3

Later still on Checkpoint a segment on how this probably means USA is out of the direct peace process. However, the probability is that the Palestinians stopped believing America years ago. Indeed, in recent times America may have been as part of the problem

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/ckpt-20180515-1827-embassy_opening_takes_us_out_of_the_peace_process-128.mp3

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23:58

Kapiti Will Remember The Marines "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When the First Marine Division arrived at Camp Mackay (Whareroa Farm), in mid-June 1942, the men were amazed to find []

23:57

Councillor in Court on Sex Charge "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kapiti Councillor David Scott has gone on trial before a jury in the Wellington District Court on an indecent assault charge. []

23:30

After squandering $1m of ratepayers cash, Phil Goff tries to keep the report secret "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

After squandering $1m of ratepayers cash, Phil Goff tries to keep secret the report he commissioned into building a stadium. Todd Niall at Radio NZ explains: Quote: The release of the $935,000 consultants report on a downtown stadium on Friday was the third time RNZ had to resort to the Ombudsmans Office to extract public information. The [] The post After squandering $1m of ratepayers cash, Phil Goff tries to keep the report secret appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:22

Art Work of the Week: American Pop "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The graphic Roy Lichtenstein By Roger Childs Roy Lichtenstein was one of the key figures in the emergence of American []

23:15

Review: 538 on Chasing Hillary "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There have been many, may postmortems on Hillary Clintons failed campaign, yet it is still possible to be surprised and somewhat shocked at how truly terrible Clinton was a candidate. 538s special podcast has Nate Silver and Clare Malone interview the New York Times Amy Chozick, the author of Chasing Hilary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling. The post Review: 538 on Chasing Hillary appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Fueling inflation "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The headline said As fuel prices hit record high, govt mulls tax cut.

That was in India.

Prices are high in New Zealand too but the tax will be going up.

The AAs weekly fuel price report last week noted:

Another increase in fuel prices, the second in a week, this time led by Z, with all fuels up 4 cents per litre. This brings the national price of 91 octane to $2.30/litre, the highest price ever recorded in nominal terms that is; as we note below, weve paid much more in real terms when you adjust for inflation. Plus the tax on petrol has now broken through the $1/litre barrier. And all this before Auckland Council is due to introduce a 10cpl regional fuel tax in July, and the Government a 3-4cpl increase in petrol excise later this year.

Why have prices risen 23cpl in the last 2 months? International refined commodity prices have risen over 16% since the last price cut in February due mostly to geopolitics, while the NZ dollar has fallen nearly 5c against the US$.

Petrol tax is already more than $1 a litre. It will go up three to four cents for all of us later in the year and Aucklanders will face another 10 cent/litre tax from their council.

Its hard enough accepting more than $1 in fuel tax when it was going on roads. It will be even harder to swallow when its going to be spent on public transport in Auckland.

The government has been telling us about how its helping the poor.

With fuel prices rising and tax on top of that, they will be giving with one hand and taking with the other.

Everything we buy is transported. If the fuel price rises so will everything else and that will fuel inflation and its always the poor who are hardest hit by that.

Mike Hosking on Maori wards "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mike Hosking says good riddance to the Maori wards issue after resounding defeats in referenda over the weekend: Quote: My congratulations to Palmerston North, which has joined the other sensible areas of the country in stopping the creation of Mori wards on local city councils. The result was 69 per cent to 30 per cent [] The post Mike Hosking on Maori wards appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:30

Jacinda proves she is a silly little girl by attacking treasury too "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jacinda Arden has shown how silly she is by attacking treasury for advice on Phil Twyfords forlorn KiwiBuild project: Quote: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says her housing minister was wrong to call Treasury officials kids but has sided with him in disagreeing with their view that the Governments Kiwibuild promises are too ambitious. But rather than [] The post Jacinda proves she is a silly little girl by attacking treasury too appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:15

New deep sea crustacean species discovery "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Image of a male Stygiopontius senokuchiae taken with a confocal laser microscope. This new species of copepod was discovered by Kumamoto University student, Reina Senokuchi. The white scale bar is 0.2 mm long. Credit: Photograph by Kumamoto University Associate Professor Takeshi Kitano

From Kumamoto University in Japan:

Japanese student discovers new crustacean species in deep sea hydrothermal vent

May 21, 2018

A new species of microcrustacean (Stygiopontius) was collected from a submarine hot spring (hydrothermal vent) of a volcanic seamount (Myojin-sho caldera) in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan. This crustacean group lives only around deep-sea hydrothermal vents in the central Atlantic or eastern Pacific Oceans. The new species is the first of its kind discovered in Japanese waters. Reina Senokuchi, a Kumamoto University student, was the first to make the discovery saying, When I realized that it might be a new species, I was both delighted and very surprised. I couldnt believe it was true.

Portals to New Worlds

There are many hydrothermal vents in the deep waters east of Japan. The water in these vents is heated by volcanic activity under the ocean floor blown into the sea. In the vicinity of these openings, bacteria function as the primary producer of organic matter and convert mineral resources contained in the hot water into energy, a process called chemosynthesis. The organisms here are not found in any other type of environment on the planet. Some can be found in vents throughout the worlds oceans, yet others appear to live only in specific areas.

A research group headed by Associate Professor Motohiro Shimanaga of Kumamoto University studies the ecosystems of deep sea hydrothermal vents. Between 2012 and 2014, Dr. Shimanagas group surveyed hydrothermal vents in the calderas of three submarine volcanos in the...

22:14

Washington's hidden Glacier Peak volcano is one of the most dangerous and least monitored "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As Kilauea continues its rampage on Hawaii's Big Island, the 38th anniversary this month of Mount St. Helens' cataclysmic eruption is an uneasy reminder that the snow-capped volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest can awaken at any time. Yet one of Washington's most dangerous volcanoes remains the least-monitored and the least-studied in the Cascade range. Tucked deep inside its namesake 566,000-acre wilderness a scant 70 miles northeast of Seattle, Glacier Peak is the state's hidden volcano. At a modest 10,541 feet, its summit doesn't tower over the landscape like Rainier, Baker or Adams. Settlers didn't even realize it was a volcano until the 1850s, when Native Americans told the naturalist and ethnologist George Gibbs about a small mountain north of Rainier that once smoked.

22:00

Budget 2018: Bridges talks to Guyon Espiner makes major gaffe "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Not too bad, but his stupid presentation of how National would deal with Labours winter energy payments was a major gaffe and a gift to Labour, media and the twitterati 

RNZ

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/mnr-20180521-0844-national_would_cancel_winter_energy_payment_-_bridges-128.mp3

National leader Simon Bridges discusses the first Labour government Budget with Guyon Espiner. In the best of conditions theyre still managing to break their promises, he says. On the spending & borrowing choices we wouldnt have done that, he says. National would cancel winter energy payment, he tells us

22:00

In search of services to address family and sexual violence in Lae communities "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We conducted research in Lae for three weeks in April to explore the connections between womens experiences of seeking support to address family and sexual violence (FSV) in their lives, and their childrens wellbeing and opportunities for education. Working through church and local networks, we held eight community focus group and town hall-style meetings reaching, over 500 participants from all over the city. We conducted individual in-depth semi-structured interviews with 70 women. At the institutional level, we conducted meetings with service providers such as the police, the public solicitors office, educational institutions, and case management services. We had several focus group-style and key staff meetings with staff of primary schools, high schools, and one community-based health clinic. These cut across government-funded and church-run institutions in the city and in settlement communities.

Emerging findings from this research have highlighted the multiple financial and social considerations that limit womens ability to seek certain types of assistance. The research also highlights the gap between formal systems of support and the reality for most low-income families whose children tend to fall out of the education system because of the immediate and longer-term impact of FSV. Many of the women we interviewed have extremely low incomes and low educational levels. Their experiences of violence reflect deeply-entangled cycles of poverty, marital breakdowns, and chronic episodic violence all of which reinforce each other. Many women are supporting others while also dealing with their own experiences of violence, and the research revealed the critical role that neighbours, family members, other survivors, schools, and churches play in assisting those experiencing FSV. Lifetime experiences and episodes of violence can also involve multiple factors and relationships.

The economic (financial and opportunity) costs of seeking support, particularly from the state, are a major constraint on womens ability to address the violence in their lives. Many of these costs are related to their ability to provide for their childrens housing, food, education, and other basic needs. These costs are exacerbated by the lack of knowledge and confusion over the support services available. Another important reason why women do not pursue the formal route for addressing FSV is the fear of losing the family income if their partner is sentenced to jail. For those living in Laes informal settlement communities, even if they wish to resolve the matter locally in the community, they must pay table fees for local leaders and komiti (committee) members to hear their cases of domestic violence. These local mediation fees can range from K10 to K50 per party to the dispute. If there are multiple parties in the complaint such as when there is a polygamous relationship, these costs can escala...

22:00

Labour now have two choices: Catch and release or triple bunking "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Labour are set to show that they are incredibly soft on crime now that theyve cancelled the new prison at Waikeria. The NZ Herald reports: Quote: The Government has abandoned plans for a mega-prison in the Waikato, but has not yet revealed its back-up plan. The Corrections Department has sought approval to upgrade Waikeria Prison near [] The post Labour now have two choices: Catch and release or triple bunking appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:54

Risk of provoking Streisand effect could backfire "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Streisand effect was promoted on Whale Oil recently as a way of extending a smear campaign against Clarke Gayford. The Streisand effect is a phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information which has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet. Forcing targets into []

21:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

21:30

Budget 2018: Jami-Lee Ross "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bridges let Chief Whip Ross loose to wreak havoc 

21:16

QotD: The importance of "I don't know" "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


We need to teach how doubt is not to be feared but welcomed. It's OK to say, 'I don't know.'"
~ Richard Feynman
[Hat tip Lisa Van Damme]
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21:15

If you want to UPDATE, UPGRADE or CHANGE any details this post has all the links you will need "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you want to update your credit card details click here. If you want to upgrade or change your subscription click here. You can easily upgrade between subscription levels at any time by visiting your account page. When upgrading your subscription, it will be prorated based on the amount you have already paid and how much time is left on your [] The post If you want to UPDATE, UPGRADE or CHANGE any details this post has all the links you will need appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:09

The role and potential of women in sustainable urban mobility "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It is difficult to understand what this is about let alone what benefits may come of it. Julie Anne Genter: Minister to speak on women and transport at international events Minister Genter will give the keynote address at the Women Mobilise Women conference, organised by the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative. The initiative aims to generate []

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I think that if you shake the tree, you ought to be around when the fruit falls to pick it up. Mary Cassattwho was born on this day in 1844.

21:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

21:00

Hard going for the Tkatchenkos in developing their Brisbane estate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Architect's drawing of the main building
Architect's drawing of the ornate main building with its feature cupula planned for the Tkatchenko estate

KEITH JACKSON

NOOSA Papua New Guinea's sports and APEC minister Justin Tkatchenko and his wife Catherine are being frustrated by 178 pesky neighbours and the powerful city council in creating their dream estate in the Brisbane suburb of Brookfield.

The Tkatchenkos intend to build an ornate main dwelling, a three bedroom second dwelling, two pavilions, a large greenhouse, a big gym, an ornamental lake with two fountains, a 25 metre swimming pool, animal stables and a 30 aviary complex for 600 finches.

And now the saga of the property at 15 Upper Brookfield Road that they purchased for $1.77 million in 2015 has made it all the way to the courts.

The Tkatchenkos have lawyered up to fight for their rights as they struggle with Brisbane City Council over what to the naked eye is a lavish multi-million dollar transformation of the mini-estate.

Aerial view
Aerial view of the Tkatchenko estate (the area contained within the blue perimeter line)

The Brookfield property is a substantial 8.5 acres and supplements the Tkatchenkos other $1.1m investment home in the prestigious Brisbane suburb...

20:53

Electoral Commission investigating pro-NZ First advertising "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Electoral Commission is investigating pro-NZ First advertising during the election that was not declared by the party in their returns. RNZ: Electoral Commission looking into ad in horse racing mag The Electoral Commission is looking into an ad placed by the horse racing stalwart Sir Patrick Hogan during last years election campaign. The ad, []

20:36

Noble Caledonia Limited changes the 'spin' around its "Australian Coastal Odyssey" cruise and the Port 0f Yamba-Clarence River visit "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


It seems that Noble Caledonia Limited has decided to downgrade its description of the delights of Iluka and is trying to hide from locals the short amount of time MV Caledonian Sky passengers will be spending on land during the ship's brief stop over.

Spot the difference.

This was a snaphot of Day 16 of the cruise itineray taken on 20 November 2017....




This is a a snaphot of Day 16 of the cruise itineray taken on 20 May 2018....



20:33

Fiji charges newspaper, journalists with sedition "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New York, May 21, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Fiji authorities to drop sedition charges against the weekly Fiji Times, three newspaper executives, and an opinion columnist. A High Court judge tomorrow will make a final ruling in the case after a panel of three High...

20:31

Greens want to dump referendums so they can force separate Mori wards "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Several local bodies have failed in their attempts to impose Mori wards on their constituencies, with voters initiating petitions forcing referendums that subsequently voted strongly against separate democratic privileges see Mori wards and democracy. Undeterred by determination through the current democratic process, Green co-leader Marama Davidson is promoting a movement  for  Mori wards right across []

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Green party co-leader Marama Davidson says, Its wrong for the majority to be setting the rules for minorities. The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:30

Budget 2018: Maori issues "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The lacklustere and hardly seen Maori Affairs Minister seeks to defend a budget which lacked substance for Maori. National did much better.

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/mnr-20180518-0743-budget_2018_kei_hea_te_putea_wheres_the_money-128.mp3

Kei hea te putea? Wheres the money? Maori-specific funding took a major hit in this budget, despite voters backing Labour in all seven Maori seats last election. Te Puni Kokiri will lose about $9 million this year as part of the 2018 Budget. TPK is the principal advisor on government-Maori relationships. It advises on policy affecting Maori wellbeing. And the government says it will lose a further $12 million over the next four years as the money is reprioritised to other areas. But Maori development minister Nanaia Mahuta told our reporter Te Aniwa Hurihanganui, the funding will be used to support whanau in other ways.

20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is scuttlebutt (noun) 1. (Nautical) (a) A cask on a ship used to hold the days supply of drinking water. (b) A drinking fountain on a ship. 2. (Slang) Gossip; rumour. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1805, cask of drinking water kept on a ships deck, having a [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 22 21 Dont rob the poor just because you can, or exploit the needy in court. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Profligate Phil "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Phil Goff sprays money everywhere. Yet rarely,if ever, do the media hold a man who campaigned on cutting waste to any form of account for his profligacy. Though RNZ try, especially Todd Niall.

RNZ Checkpoint

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/ckpt-20180521-1723-akld_mayor_commissioned_report_without_councillors_knowledge-128.mp3

20:00

It's difficult to be enthusiastic about APEC's immense cost "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

WatnaMori
Watna Mori - government still owes much money from past spending on public spectacles

WATNA MORI | The Interpreter | Lowy Institute

PORT MORESBY - It is not clear when the big-man politics in Papua New Guineas foreign policy began.

It was likely during the prime ministership of Sir Michael Somare in the early 2000s, when he pushed for PNG to be an aid donor to the region.

At the time, and to this day, PNG continues to be Australias largest aid recipient, so Somares aim seemed hugely ironic. The ambition kicked off debates in the national newspapers between Somares cohorts and critics.

With the exit of Somare and the entry of Peter ONeill, the benevolence grew. In 2013, ONeill unveiled the Pacific aid program and proceeded to make donations to various Pacific countries, including a whopping US$18.5 million of funding for the Fiji national elections in 2014.

The ONeill government also needed to deliver on several infrastructure-heavy commitments made in the heat of promised liquefied natural gas (LNG) returns. These included the Melanesian Arts Festival in July 2014 and the South Pacific Games in July 2015.

The Melanesian Arts Festival was a last-minute scramble, hosted in makeshift premises. The South Pacific Games, although heralded a success, went ahead with several venues incomplete.

However, this didnt stop then sports minister Justin Tkatchenko and then Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio from announcing a possible bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

Three years later, some of the South Pacific Games venues are still to be completed, others are not open to the general public and many have been closed temporarily due to unpaid service bills accumulated from the Games.

This is an example of what may happen to the infrastructure being built now to host the APEC summit in November this year, which expects to see leaders from 21 economies, and potentially thousands of officials and delegates, visit Port Moresby.

In the absence of accurate government facts and figures on the ec...

19:20

Media watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:10

Open Forum Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:01

Malaysias new Cabinet ministers are sworn in as post-election drama continues "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Malaysias 13 new federal ministers were sworn in yesterday (Monday) in a ceremony at the National Palace (Istana Negara). A foreign minister is yet to be named.

Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says there will eventually be 25 ministers in the Cabinet.

The swearing-in ceremony came just 12 days after Malaysian voters put an end to the rule of Barisan Nasional (the National Front).

Since the election on May 9 there has been a period of high drama during which the country has seen the swearing in of the worlds oldest prime minister, the release of the jailed opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim, and police raids on the home of the former prime minister Najib Razak.

The victory of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition was the oppositions first general election win since Malaysia gained its independence from Britain in 1957.

Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, tried to go on a private plane to Indonesia the weekend after the election, but the immigration department has placed a ban on them leaving the country. Najib said in a tweet: I have just been informed by the immigration department of Malaysia that my family and I are no...

19:00

Short term gloom, long term boom: mixed message on economy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kishti-Sen2
Kishti Sen - PNG has significant short term economic problems but beyond that a resources comeback makes future looks good

KEITH JACKSON

NOOSA Kishti Sen, an economist with the ANZ Banking Group, has offered a mixed message about Papua New Guineas economic prospects.

At a recent business conference in Brisbane he warned companies in PNG to run a tight ship, have lean operations and survive two to three years.

But he reassured them, saying there will be significant returns to be had once the mining recovery starts.

Sen said PNGs growth rate was forecast to be 2% both this year and in 2019, well below PNGs long-term average.

If you look back 27 years, you get long average growth of about 4% a year. So 2% is well below and it means you cant absorb the increase in the labour force to keep unemployment steady.

But he was more optimistic about the medium term future.

For the next decade, PNG is setting itself up for very strong growth. It is a good opportunity for the government to secure a broad-based economy once the boom ends.

The government wants to live within its means, it has a debt-to-GDP ratio it wants to adhere to. It has to think about the credit rating agencies as well.

There are reports of cash flow problems. It is something that needs a solution.

But they know this is not the time for austerity. They have to come in and give some stimulus to move the economy along but they are limited in what they can do.

That leaves the economy in the doldrums until the next mining boom happens, he said, adding that importers are struggling but there are limits on what the government can do about the economic slowdown.

There are reports of cash flow problems, Sen said. It is something that needs a solution.

Investors are willing to invest in PNG if they cant get their profits out of the country.

The kina is overvalued and it needs to get to its fair value as quickly as possible because, once it gets to its fair v...

17:21

Tiny marsupials that practice suicidal mating declared endangered "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The antechinus is a strange little mouse-like creature that endures two to three weeks of marathon mating sessions that leave the male so exhausted that it ultimately dies. But suicidal mating is not all thats killing these animals. Habitat loss, climate change and threats from feral animals like cats, cattle and horses are driving two species of antechinus, both described only recently, to extinction. On May 11, the Australian government officially declared the silver-headed antechinus (Antechinus argentus) and the black-tailed dusky antechinus (Antechinus arktos) endangered. Both species live on remote mountaintops in Queensland, Australia. The silver-headed antechinus, first described in 2013, is known only from the forests of Kroombit Tops National Park in southeast Queensland and two other locations near the border of Queensland and New South Wales. The black-tailed dusky antechinus, described in 2014, is known from three isolated locations near the border of southeast Queensland and northeast New South Wales. Both species occur only in high-altitude forests and have reached their altitudinal limits within their known distribution, the Australian governments Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC) wrote in the species assessments. It is pretty rare to uncover new mammals in developed countries such as Australia, Andrew Baker of the Queensland University of Technology, whose team discovered the two species, said in a statement. These two new species were discovered on misty mountain summits. They have likely retreated there as the climate has warmed, and there is now nowhere left for them to go. Andrew Baker with a black-tailed dusky antechinus. Image courtesy of Queensland University of Technology.

16:13

Afro-Colombian activist Francia Mrquez, 2018 Goldman Prize Winner, on Stopping Illegal Gold Mining | Democracy Now! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Afro-Colombian activist Francia Mrquez, 2018 Goldman Prize Winner, on Stopping Illegal Gold Mining | Democracy Now!: Francia Mrquez, a leading Afro-Colombian activist who is the 2018 recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize for Central and South America, visited Democracy Now! in May 2018. In this wide-ranging interview with Amy Goodman, Mrquez describes how she organized her community of La Toma, in Colombias Pacific southwest region, to stop illegal gold mining by multinational corporations on their ancestral land. In 2014, Marquez led a 10-day, 350-mile march of 80 women to Colombias capital, Bogota, that led to the removal of all illegal miners and equipment from La Toma.

15:00

Controversial Kangaroo Cull Underway in Canberra "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Animal rights and environmental groups question ethics, efficacy of annual event in Australia's capital

14:56

Work starts on Southern Highlands - Gulf Highway "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

THE Southern Highlands-Gulf Highway is no longer a dream construction and sealing work have started on the first section, Works Secretary David Wereh says.

Wereh told The National yesterday that connecting Southern Highlands and Gulf was one of the countrys major missing links and was also a key access route that the government was committed to deliver.

It is very important for our people and the country to know that the Southern Highlands-Gulf Highway is a reality now, he said.

The first section of the highway from Walum Junction to Yalo is already being sealed and the contractors are currently building and sealing the road from Yalo to Kagua station.

Wereh said tenders for construction and sealing works from Kagua station to Erave would be out shortly and contractors would be engaged to continue the work from Kagua station to Erave and all the way to Simbriki.

From Simbriki, it will go all the way to Kikori, Gulf and link up with the Maghi Highway so people can travel to Port Moresby.

Wereh said despite the tough financial situation facing the country and the government, smart and efficient management of limited resources available through commitment, love and passion for work was crucial to deliver services to the people.

We are not only concentrating on construction work but are conscious of the quality of work contractors are doing and we are engaging them on a performance basis, Wereh said.

They will have to prove to us that they are doing quality work for us to engage them or otherwise we will get rid of them and engage other contractors who can do the job thats worth the money we pay them.

Picture: Left; Works Secretary, Mr David Wereh and (right) Works Minister Nali

14:52

PNG states position on North Korea and UN reforms "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Papua New Guinea  Prime Minister, Peter ONeill  has highlighted Papua New Guineas position on significant regional and global foreign policy issues at the meeting of Pacific Leaders in Japan.
Speaking at the Eight Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 8), the Prime Minister highlighted the Governments position in relation to tensions on the Korean Peninsula and reform of the United Nations Security Council.
There is no doubt the we live in complicated times in the global political context, the Prime Minister said.
There have been changes in the leadership of a number of governments, the Brexit vote and conflict in Syria with all of its human rights ramifications, just to name a few.
It is times like these that Nation States must work together through global forums.
We must work through the United Nations, but we know the UN system has its flaws and is need of reform.
In particular, Papua New Guinea calls for reforms in the United Nations Security Council so that it is more relevant and responsive to security challenges that are faced in the world today.
Leaders at PALM8 further discussed tensions with North Korea and the implications this has at a regional level.
A crucial issue the world is dealing with today is finding a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
If conflict was to return there would be serious implications for all nations of the Asia-Pacific.
For many decades, the leadership of North Korea have acted in a deeply disturbing manner and violated acceptable rules of behaviour and decency.
Papua New Guinea further shares the concerns of the International Community over nuclear tests by North Korea.
Our PALM host, Japan, is further facing an ongoing threat of conflict and the risks posed by missile tests.
We also know of Japanese citizens being abducted, which is a violation of human rights and we support Japan in dealing with this matter.
Papua New Guinea welcomes current negotiations taking place as a means to successfully address the Korean Peninsula issue.
We must always work together and find political solutions in order to prevent war.

14:45

Economic Growth comes from inclusive approach,says PNG PM O'Neill "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister,  Peter ONeill  has highlighted the importance of ensuring countries draw on their own internal strengths and capabilities and build partnerships in order to enhance economic development.
PM ONeill was speaking at the Eight Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 8) today in Iwaki City, in Japan, where he said co-operation is essential but countries must take charge of their own responsibilities.
While overseas assistance plays an important role in achieving our development goals, we must rely more on ourselves, the Prime Minister said at the PALM8 Meeting.
Driving our own economic growth is fundamental to the development in our country.
And as we have learned in Papua New Guinea, economic growth must be inclusive.
This is an essential part of APEC in 2018 that has the theme of Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future.
Delivering true economic growth is all about building partnerships across the country.
Government cannot advance an economy alone and we must work with the private sector, NGOs and Churches to achieve better health outcomes for our people.
This is particularly important in delivering the foundations for any healthy economy, particularly such as sectors including education and healthcare.
We must look at better ways to enhance cooperation in the fields of healthcare, including the way we deal with infectious diseases.
This includes the fight against tuberculosis through the provision of medical equipment and better communication.
PALM, since its inception in 1997, has contributed to critical key development areas in infrastructure, education, health and transportation.
The Prime Minister further welcomed the proposed PALM Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy that aims to promote peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.
This is based on values we all share and the three pillars of the strategy are consistent with our policy agenda.
These include the Pursuit of economic prosperity and Commitment to peace and stability.

14:28

New Zealand: Northlanders Living in Cars as Housing Crisis Hits Hard "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We had a couple with five children turn up to Playcentre. Theyre living in tents. They fled Wellington with a plan to build some sort of shack on a small piece of land that they bought a couple of valleys over from us. Until that happens: Tents. Both mum and dad had been in the []

14:02

World watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

14:01

May 22 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

334 BC The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeated Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus.

1176 The Hashshashin (Assassins) attempted to murder Saladin near Aleppo.

1377  Pope Gregory XI issued five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe.

1455 Wars of the Roses: at the First Battle of St Albans, Richard, Duke of York, defeated and captured King Henry VI of England.

1724 Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, French explorer  was born (d. 1772).

1762 Sweden and Prussia signed the Treaty of Hamburg.

1807 A grand jury indicted former Vice President of the United StatesAaron Burr on a charge of treason.

1807 Most of the English town of Chudleigh was destroyed by fire.

1809 On the second and last day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling (near Vienna), Napoleon was repelled by an enemy army for the first time.

1813 Richard Wagner, German composer, was born (d. 1883).

1819 The SS Savannah left port at Savannah, Georgia, on a voyage to become the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

1826  HMS Beagle departed on its first voyage.

1840 The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony was abolished.

1842 Farmers Lester Howe and Henry Wetsel discovered Howe Cavernswhen they stumbled upon a large hole in the ground.

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13:37

PNG Government plans Air Niugini Pacific route "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


The government plans to extend its Air Niugini service all Pacific Island nations soon including other countries that matter bilaterally.

Two air service agreements were signed at the recent 8th Pacific Island Leaders Meeting in Japan.

In Iwaki, Prime Minister Peter ONeill signed an agreement with Marshall Islands President Dr Hilda Heine to enable the countrys flag carrier to start flights service there immediately.

Basically, it has been agreed already by our officials and for us to enforce it, ONeill said at the signing ceremony.

We have agreed to the air service agreement between the two countries at the margins of PALM 8.

I know the officials of both sides have worked hard at finalising the agreement and this signing ceremony reflects our commitment in making sure that the relationship between our two countries continue to be beneficial to both Marshall Islands and Papua New Guinea.

I want to thank you for allowing us to fly into your country and hopefully those services will benefit fully Papua New Guinea and Marshall Islands in the future.

Thank you Prime Minister, as you know this is a long awaited moment for us, as we know we waited a long time and finding an ideal time and I guess PALM 8 is ideal time to put our signatures to the paper, President Heine said.

I want to thank you on behalf of the people of Marshall Islands, seeing the challenge Marshall Islands face, transportation is essential service, this means a lot to us.

This commitment by your government and our relationship is very important and I want to thank you very much for this.

The inaugural flight is now being arranged and once all instruments are ready, Air Niugini will service the air route, ONeill said.

Also last week, Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato and Japan Foreign Minister Taro Kono signed the Air Service Agreement between PNG and Japan....PACNEWS

13:33

PNG pushes for UN reform "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter ONeill has called for reforms in the United Nations Security Council to make it more relevant and responsive to security challenges facing the world.

He also told the Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (Palm) in Japan last week that the United Nations system had flaws which should be rectified.

It is times like these that nation States must work together through global forums. We must work through the United Nations. But we know the UN system has its flaws and is need of reform, he said.

In particular, PNG calls for reforms in the UN Security Council so that it is more relevant and responsive to security challenges faced in the world today.

He also called on North Korea to stop its nuclear tests and work with the international community to maintain peace in the Korean Peninsula.

A crucial issue the world is dealing with today is finding a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula. If conflict was to return, there would be serious implications for all nations of the Asia Pacific region, he said.

For many decades, the leadership of North Korea have acted in a deeply disturbing manner and violated acceptable rules of behaviour and decency.

PNG shares the concerns of the international community over nuclear tests by North Korea.

Our PALM host, Japan, is further facing an ongoing threat of conflict and the risks posed by missile tests. We also know of Japanese citizens being abducted, which is a violation of human rights. And we support Japan in dealing with this matter.

Papua New Guinea welcomes current negotiations taking place as a means to successfully address the Korean Peninsula issue. We must always work together and find political solutions in order to prevent war.

He said we lived in complicated times in the global political context.

There have been changes in the leadership of a number of governments, the Brexit vote and conflict in Syria with all of its human rights ramifications, just to name a few, he said.

He told the leaders meeting in Iwaki City that they must be self-reliant.

While overseas assistance plays an important role in achieving our development goals, we must rely more on ourselves, he said.

Driving our own economic growth is fundamental to the development in our cou...

13:10

Australias Federal government process for nuclear waste dump siting disrespects indigenous community "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It has been said that this dump will not go ahead if the community is opposed to it, therefore we dont understand why this discussion is even still happening given that the clear majority of Traditional Owners are so opposed to it?

This area is currently under some protection from the Aboriginal Heritage Act of SA however, we are concerned that the Federal Government may attempt to override this state legislation. This concern is increased given that the government has suspended federal environmental and Aboriginal heritage protections during the siting period for the planned dump.

ATLA is in partnership with IBA in owning the Wilpena Pound Resort and we dont want a waste dump to affect our tourism future.

It is NOT international best practice to go against the Traditional Owners and we call upon the federal government to stop this proposal immediately

How can you determine Indigenous support, for each process advancement stage, when ATLA was not approached until the project entered phase 2.

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11:15

Budget 2018: Tamihere (aka Oliver Twist) laments failure to help Maori "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RNZ

Despite all the handouts he is like Oliver Twist

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/mnr-20180521-0841-no_doubt_budget_failed_on_funding_for_maori_-_john_tamihere-128.mp3

Former Labour Cabinet Minister John Tamihere says he cant understand how Mori took a back seat in the governments priorities when there are 13 Mori MPs in the government. The Families package is great. Thats been very good for low-income families. Unusually though in the Budget theres no plan, he tells Susie Ferguson.

11:00

Monday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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10:48

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As electronic communications proliferate, less and less comes through the post.

But magazines to savor are best of the printed variety and one of those came with todays mail.

I havent had time to read it yet, but anticipation adds to the pleasure and Im grateful for that.

10:45

Budget 2018: Kelvin Davis "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Then we have the token Maori in Labours leadership, the normally absent Kelvin Davis

10:30

Jetboating after work, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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10:20

USA agricultural community worried that a temporary nuclear waste dump will probably become permanently stranded wastes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

State lawmakers, industry leaders tangle with nuclear waste site near Carlsbad Adrian C Hedden, Carlsbad Current-Argus ...

10:08

RES plans 176MW solar and battery plant near Adelaide RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RES Australia proposes 176MW solar farm plus lithium-ion battery bank for Pallamana, 60km south-east of Adelaide.

via RES plans 176MW solar and battery plant near Adelaide RenewEconomy

10:08

Neoen wins council approval for 500MW solar farm and storage RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Neoen gains council planning approval for a 500MW solar farm and large battery storage facility in south-west Queensland.

via Neoen wins council approval for 500MW solar farm and storage RenewEconomy

10:07

AGL rejects Alinta bid for Liddell, Coalition goes mental RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Despite intense pressure from Turnbull government, AGL rejects bid for Liddell power station, saying the highly conditional offer did not reflect the value of the site. Abbott and Joyce are apoplectic and call for forced sale.

via AGL rejects Alinta bid for Liddell, Coalition goes mental RenewEconomy

10:06

Potential Historic Arctic Warming Scenario in the GFS Model Forecast for Late May robertscribbler "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For years, Arctic watchers have been concerned that if May and June ran much warmer than average following an equally severe winter, we could see substantial sea ice losses, severe Arctic fires, and related knock-on global weather effects. This May, temperatures over the Arctic Ocean have run much warmer than average. And in the GFS []

via Potential Historic Arctic Warming Scenario in the GFS Model Forecast for Late May robertscribbler

10:00

Manly Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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09:36

Mori wards and democracy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Five regions have had or are having referendums on whether they should have Mori wards. Councils have decided to introduce wards but referendums have been forced. Palmerston North result: 68.7% AGAINST the establishment of a Mori ward or wards for Palmerston North City Council 30.88% FOR the establishment of a Mori ward or wards for []

09:30

Imam Tawhidi speaks with Pauline Hanson on Muslims in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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09:14

Gender Inequality in Muslim Morocco "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The baby is dead. It took only a few seconds. The doctor said he did not suffer. The opening sentences []

09:13

ON THE BRINK RADIO #249 HAWAIIAN VOLCANOS UPDATE: REPORT FROM DOWN UNDER & PELE ON FIRE :) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An unbelievable amount of lava is erupting from fissures below Leilani Estates on the Big Island of Hawaii! More than twenty cracks are issuing red hot liquid rock, which is coursing downhill, destroying homes, cars, roads and anything else in her path. The fissures have now joined forming a curtain of fire in a spectacular []

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09:00

Answers to questions about Political Islam "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It has become clear that the tyrants of Silicon Valley are determined to silence my voice and presence on social media. I am told constantly that my posts on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube are being hidden, suppressed, shadow banned. I have been thrown in a dark basement in which my existence is only evident if you [] The post Answers to questions about Political Islam appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:38

Thirty Years Later,They Live: Full Movie and Commentaries "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Let me take you back through time. Before The Internet, before Wifi and Cellphones and Drones. Before surveillance cameras on every street corner. Before 9/11 and George Bush Senior announced the imminent arrival of the New World Order. Before Robert Lazar outed  Area 51.  . Before HAARP, underground tunnel systems and the Illuminati entered Mainstream []

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08:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Just a brief note to those readers who like to add their own contributions to Daily roundup in the comments. PLEASE remember that politically incorrect and offensive (but funny) jokes are only to be enjoyed on Mondays in the Comedy corner post which is specifically for that kind of humour.  Posting that kind of humour [] The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:09

Philippines expresses serious concern over Chinese bombers in disputed South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Philippines expressed serious concerns over the presence of Chinas strategic bombers in the disputed South China Sea and its foreign ministry has taken appropriate diplomatic action, the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday

Chinas air force said bombers such as the H-6K had landed and taken off from islands and reefs in the South China Sea as part of training exercises last week, drawing angry reactions from opposition lawmakers in Manila. The United States also sent ships to the disputed areas.

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The Philippines could not independently verify the presence of Chinese bombers in the South China Sea, said presidential spokesman Harry Roque.

But, we take note of the reports that appeared and we express our serious concerns anew on its impact to efforts to maintain peace and stability in the region, Roque told a regular media briefing at the presidential palace.

The Department of Foreign Affairs in the Philippines said it was monitoring developments.

We are taking the appropriate diplomatic action necessary to protect our claims and will continue to do so in the future, it said in a statement.

We reiterate our commitment to protect every single inch of our territory and areas which we have sovereign rights over, the statement said.

However, the foreign ministry stopped short of condemning Chinas action, which Washington said could raise tensions and destabilize the region.

China claims almost the entire South China Sea, a strategic waterway through which about $3 trillion worth of sea-borne goods passes every year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have conflicting claims in the area.

China has built seven artificial islands in the Spratlys group in the South China Sea and turned them into military outposts with airfields, radars, and missile defenses.

Beijing says its military facilities in the Spratlys are purely defensive and that it can do what it likes on its own territory.

Roque said the Philippines has also reassured the United States it was not abandoning 70 years of security alliance after several senior officials met last week with U.S. Pacific Command officials in Hawaii.

Filipino lawmakers have criticized President Rodrigo Duterte for not confronting China in preference for his attempts to win Chinas friendship, despite a favorable ruling Manila received over the disputed waterway from an a...

08:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

07:30

Workers of Whaleoil "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Comrades, SB has unwittingly brought us together with this series on the Workers of Whaleoil so I believe our time has come. I have managed to sneak this through under her postings to keep my confidentiality as we can no longer continue to strive under this yoke of capitalist oppression. I have recently had a [] The post Workers of Whaleoil appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:15

Budget 2018: Focus on Politics "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/fop-20180518-1838-focus_on_politics_for_18_may_2018-128.mp3

The Finance Minister, Grant Robertson, delivered the coalition Governments first budget this week, spreading the spending widely, but also keeping three-billion dollars in the kitty. Our Deputy Political Editor, Chris Bramwell takes a look at the budgets winners and losers.

07:00

Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Welcome to politically incorrect Comedy corner: the one place on Whaleoil where you are allowed to read and share naughty and offensive jokes that make us all laugh even though we are not supposed to. If you are offended by these kinds of jokes then please do not read this post. Please send your funny photos/images [] The post Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:45

Budget 2018: James Shaw "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Now we have the Greenie, James Shaw, toeing Winstons line, but Marama will imbue him with crap and love

Shaw seems always to be on another planet. Is he Vegan?

06:34

There is No Democracy in a Revolution, and There is No Democracy in a Government Too "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

West Papuans are still fighting for independence, and we are starting to grasp the feeling of living in a democratic world, both within Indonesia and within ULMWP organisation. There is a  misunderstanding among us West Papuans, because we think we know democracy than those Indonesians, but in reality, we are just "dreaming of it", without

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06:30

Old white man of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Its time for a romp down reminiscent road for the old white male (sexist assumption, but it was the 50s and 60s) readers of this series.  Who did not play with Fun Ho! Toys in their sandpit? And, at their current collectors prices, who wishes that they had kept them? Quote: Harold Jack Underwood, known [] The post Old white man of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Budget 2018: David Seymour "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From Dancing With The Stars we have twinkletoes Seymour seeking to be relevant

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Quire  four sheets of paper or parchment folded to form eight leaves, as in medieval manuscripts; a section of printed leaves in proper sequence after folding; gathering; any collection of leaves one within another in a manuscript or book; 25 (formerly 24) sheets of paper; one twentieth of a ream; choir.

06:15

Budget 2018: Winston Peters "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The charlatan and bauble lover, Winston Peters

06:13

06:13

Qotd: The motive of egalitarianism "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"The motive [of egalitarianism]... is not the desire to help the poor, but to destroy the competent."
~ Ayn Rand
. [Hat tip Ayn Rand Bot]

06:00

Markle Sparkle "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I love the way the British do a ceremony. I really do. Nobody does it better. Every time they have a special occasion, they do it with precise timing and brilliant organisation. That is why I, and millions of other people, sat down to watch the Royal Wedding with friends, looking forward to the colour, [] The post Markle Sparkle appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:33

Give The Marines Event A Go! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Commemorating important local history By Roger Childs Back in 1942-43 over 15,000 Marines were stationed in three camps north of []

05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:28

05:27

Hawaii Volcanic Reuption Intensifies, Residents Trapped "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hawaii Residents Trapped As Volcanic Eruption Intensifies, First Major Injury Reported After "Lava Bomb"

by Tyler Durden
Sun, 05/20/2018 - 14:45

More residents of Hawaii's Big Island have been told to evacuate as fast moving lava threatens homes and businesses after a new, explosive eruption took place at Kilauea's summit crater Saturday as well as the emergence of fresh, faster flowing lava throughout the region. Some 22 fissures have opened up in the lower Puna district since the eruptions began over two weeks ago, claiming at least 44 structures in the affluent Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens subdivisions.

Residents across the Ka'u region have been advised to prepare for "rapid changes in air quality" due to the potential for ashfall or increased levels of sulfur dioxide.





As of Sunday morning, powerful lava flows had crossed a highway and begun flowing into the Pacific ocean - sending "hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air," according to County officials.



USGS scientists also announced on Saturday that fissures are now merging and connecting to other lava flows in the area. Fissures 16 and 20 have merged together and are producing a very voluminous line of spatter and lava fountaining.

The combined lava flow from fissure 20 advanced 1,000 feet in less than an hour early Saturday morning, and moved towar...

05:00

Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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04:54

Conspiring against transparency "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Radio New Zealand has yet another story of the Auckland Council failing to meet its obligations under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act, and having to be ordered to release material by the Ombudsman. This time its about proposals for a new stadium. But what's interesting is how Auckland Mayor Phil Goff deliberately tried to insulate himself from having to release information on the matter:

Mr Goff personally called for the report soon after he was elected Mayor in October 2016, following 33 years in national politics.

Consultants PwC were engaged in January, although that move was not publicly announced until March, and the draft was delivered on time in June to the council agency Regional Facilities Auckland (RFA).

Mr Goff opted for a verbal briefing, and did want a copy of the draft.


The aim was clearly to lie about what he had been told, while being able to claim that the actual document wasn't held by him and could not be requested. Which is not acceptable behaviour from any elected official. But it shows how deep the OIA rot goes within Labour, and raises serious questions about Goff's compliance with the Public Records Act.

As for Auckland Council, they tried to claim that as they'd called the report a "draft", they didn't have to release it - which shows that they don't understand the law (or alternatively, are willing to lie about the law to requesters in the hope they won't complain). As the Ombudsman pointed out, "There is no basis for a blanket withholding of drafts under LGOIMA until they are completed and finalised," and this one is so old it has its own section in the common OIA misconceptions FAQ, which you'd expect the supposed professionals at Auckland Council to be familiar with. So either they're not professional or not competent. Either way, Auckland Council needs to hire a new LGOIMA team committed to obeying the law.

04:30

Journalist sued for reporting the facts "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Using the court system to try to silence journalists has sadly become more and more common these days. While legal jihad does have a chilling effect on other journalists it also brings to the publics attention the facts and allows the journalist (while defending themselves) to keep the facts in the public eye for [] The post Journalist sued for reporting the facts appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:07

AGL wont sell Liddell Abbott seethes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Liddell power station near Muswellbrook, NSW.

SYDNEY, AAP AGL has refused Alinta Energys $250 million offer to buy Liddell Power Station and reaffirmed its decision to close the plant in 2022.

The power giant says it assessed the offer from Alinta and its Hong Kong-based owner, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises, and that the deal significantly undervalues future cashflow from the NSW site.

AGL said the offer is not in the interest of its shareholders and that it will stick to its NSW power generation plan, which includes repurposing the Liddell site to address any capacity shortfall after its closure in 2022.

The energy company last month announced it will spend up to $400 million to build a new gas-fired power station near Newcastle in NSW as part of a plan to help it address the loss in energy supply that could happen as a result of Liddell closing.

AGL has completed a thorough assessment of the offer and, after careful consideration, has advised Chow Tai Fook and Alinta that it will not proceed any further with the offer, the company said in a statement on Monday.

Alinta made its bid for the ageing Hunter Valley power station in April, describing it as a compelling commercial proposition for AGL shareholders.

Treasurer Scott Morrison has previously urged AGL to accept the offer from Alinta to buy the plant, echoing calls from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who wants the station to stay open until 2025, when the expansion of the Snowy Hydro scheme is online.

On Monday, former prime minister Tony Abbott said the Turnbull government should buy the power station and then on-sell it to Alinta Energy.

My very strong view given that the federal government has effectively now got responsibility for energy security, the government should compulsorily acquire this power station for the price Alinta were prepared to pay and then it should sell it to Alinta, he told 2GB radio.

AGL chief executive Andy Vesey has previously said the board had not been swayed by criticism from the prime minister and senior coalition figures because the decision to close the ageing power plant was based on a rigorous process.

Investors appeared to be pleased with the news, with AGL shares up 0.9 per cent higher to $21.48 after the first half-hour of trade.

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04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Did not get to see much Rugby this weekend thanks to the two love birds. Not complaining though I still managed to BBQ, had a few cold ones, and watched the wedding with my best friend of 37 years. Does not get much better than that? The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:45

RNZ Sunday: Fuel Future "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RNZ Sunday Morning

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In June the Kapiti Bio-Diesel Co-operative will start supplying a small group of members with bio-diesel recycled from used oil from local fish and chip outlets. The scheme is the brain-child of Peoples Coffee founder Matt Lamason who says the bio-diesel will be both cheaper and more environmentally friendly than mineral diesel bought at the pump.

03:38

Catch the Light on Tuesday! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Great session in prospect By Jennifer Ramshaw The Friends of the Library are delighted to be organising Catching the Light: []

03:30

Comedy thats not "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Alice Snedden is still trying to fan the embers of outrage over Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apparently being called a stupid little girl by someone in parliament.  Quote: This week it was reported that a National MP made a sexist remark about Jacinda Ardern while debating in the House. Youll be familiar with Jacinda, shes [] The post Comedy thats not appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:15

And the Greens reveal their true racist and fascist beliefs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Green co-leader reveals the Greens true agenda. Marama Davidson makes clear her racist and fascist beliefs. She is anti-democracy. She promotes apartheid.  As she is co-leader Adam assumes James Shaw, Julie-Anne Genter and Eugenie Sage agree with her.

Let us not forget, that this is the party that supports Labour and NZ First in the coalition. When you read Davidsons remarks, you know that both Davidson and Peters are racist. From different perspectives, but both are racist and anti-democratic. Perhaps this explains the Green support for the waka jumping bill

03:02

US report warns about China's 'debt book diplomacy' "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

aninews.in | May 20, 2018

Washington D.C. [United States of America], May 20 (ANI): The U.S. State Department, has in a secret report commissioned by it recently, warned that China is offering a hundred billion dollars worth of loans to Australia's smaller regional neighbours in a bid to gain economic leverage and strategic and military prowess in the Asia Pacific region.

According to an article published by the Australian Financial Review (AFR), at least 16 states, including Vanuatu, The Philippines, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Tonga and Micronesia and Papua New Guinea are falling for China's so-called "debt book diplomacy".
For example, the AFR article cites the case of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Historically, it has been in Australia's orbit, and now, news is in circulation that it has accepted Chinese loans that it possibly cannot afford to repay.
What concerns both Washington and Canberra is the fact that PNG is strategically located in the Asia-Pacific region and has significant liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other resource reserves which Beijing could have access to in the long term.
The AFR quotes co-author and Harvard researcher Sam Parker, as saying, "China is giving hundreds of billions to countries that cannot afford to repay it, and it's going to want something in return for that money."
He adds, "China's public-private economic model makes it possible to transform economic debt into strategic influence and wealth."
According to the State Department commissioned secret report, China is spreading its wings in the Asia-Pacific region and is well on its way to ousting the United States as a power to be reckoned with in the region.
Taking advantage of President Donald Trump's lack of economic commitment to the region, Beijing has been providing infrastructure financing to countries through the one trillion dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), using institutions like the China Development Bank and the Export-Import Bank.
The State Department commissioned report warns that this "debt book diplomacy is l...

03:00

Lets fix this "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It has occurred to me that Lets fix this is a great alternative to numerous government working groups. Who needs expensive consultants with expense accounts when you can throw the problem to the Whaleoil readership and come up with multiple solutions quickly and easily. Today we will attempt to answer the following questions: How should [] The post Lets fix this appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:45

Tweet for Today 21/05/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This is a parody, but very believable, including the classic misspellings

 

02:42

LNG project that promised economic boom leaves PNG in worse state: report "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Source: Isabel Esterman / Mongabay. 

  • Proponents of PNG LNP, an ExxonMobil-led natural gas project in Papua New Guinea, predicted it would bring massive economic benefits to landowners and to the country as a whole.
  • According to two recent reports by the Jubilee Australia Research Centre, PNGs economy is worse off than it would have been without the project.
  • Jubilee Australia also links the PNG LNG project to an upswing of violence in the areas around the plant.

In 2008, when a consortium led by ExxonMobil was drumming up support for a $19 billion natural gas extraction and processing project in Papua New Guinea, proponents of the development predicted it would underpin the countrys economy for decades.

Production began in 2014, and now reaches approximately 7.9 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per year. However, according to two recent reports by advocacy group Jubilee Australia Research Centre, the PNG LNG project has not only exacerbated conflict and inequality in the Papua New Guinea highlands, it has also failed to produce the promised benefits. According to Jubilee Australias analysis, PNGs economy would be better off if the gas had been left in the ground.

Predicted economic impacts of the PNG LNG project compared to actual impacts (based on Jubilee Australias analysis of underlying economic trends). While exports have exceeded expectations, GDP growth has been slower than forecast and income, employment and government spending have dropped. Image courtesy of Jubilee Australia.

Big promises

When pitching the project, developers made big promises about the economic and social benefits the megaproject would bring to the country.

One influential 2008 study, an economic impact analysis commissioned by ExxonMobil and authored by Australian con...

02:41

Stopping Adani mine would pose no sovereign risk to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This article by Michael Koziol (The Sydney Morning Herald 20 May 2018), investigates the Adani coal mine and the claim that cancelling it would create a sovereign risk for Australia, according to the view of former chief economist for the ANZ Bank. Given the source, it is worthwhile reading and considering.

Stopping the Adani coal mine would pose no sovereign risk to Australia, and politicians on both sides have willingly misled people into thinking otherwise, says respected economist Saul Eslake.

The former chief economist of ANZ told Fairfax Media the major parties were abusing the term for political gain when in fact there had been no impact on Australias sovereign rating because of decisions taken on environmental grounds.

In a paper commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation, Mr Eslake found there was absolutely no reason the countrys sovereign risk would be affected if a future government stopped the Adani mine proceeding for environmental reasons.

Nor were the banks likely to downgrade Australias risk rating. Banks wouldnt be concerned, because banks dont want to loan to it anyway, Mr Eslake told Fairfax Media in an interview.

The verdict by one of Australias most prominent economists, flies in the face of arguments from Labor and the Coalition.

Before the Batman byelection, at which Labor had to woo left-wing voters in inner Melbourne, it was reported Opposition Leader Bill Shorten had to be talked out of outright opposition to Adani by senior colleagues concerned about sovereign risk.

Resources Minister Matt Canavan accused Labor of seeking to trade off our countrys investment reputation for some cheap votes.

In interviews since, Mr Shorten has argued you cant simply ban it and create sovereign risk and said an incoming Labor government would not rip up contracts made by previous governments.

Mr Eslake pointed out there is no contract between the Commonwealth and Adani. He said the term sovereign risk had a specific meaning the chance that a government will default on its debt and politicians were abusing it to confuse and mislead voters.

You cant describe every time a government makes a decision as sovereign risk, otherwise the term has no meaning, he said.

Sovereign risk is not the risk a government might change its mind or make a decision I dont like.

Governments regularly made environmental decisions that did not affect sovereign risk, Mr Eslake said, such as bans on uranium mining, domestic gas controls and logging restrictions.

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02:38

JUSTIN TKATCHENKO FOOLED EVERYONE, EM PASIM AI BILONG YUPLA "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


JUSTIN TKATCHENKO WAS STILL MP AND GOVERNMENT MINISTER WHILE HOLDING ONTO HIS AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP Where is the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB)? If you are a foreigner and trying to purchase your first property in Australia, your application to purchase is strictly processed by that Board. Ted Taru a PNG National went thru the process, paid a nonrefundable fee of $15,000 to instigate the process. You are asked all sorts of questions like, where did you get the money, how you get it, contract documents, bank accounts etc.....very very scary but he did get his approval and bought the property in Cairns eventually. Now the question is.....was that Gardener cum MP an Australian citizen when he bought those properties? If that was the case he wasn't questioned because he doesn't have to go thru the FIRB as an Australian citizen, and on the other hand, was he qualified and eligible to contest the National Elections if he can easily acquire those properties with ease!? He circumvented laws and regulations here and in Australia! Investigations is a must The owner of a Brookfield property is battling Brisbane City Council and a local residents group to build an aviary big enough to house 600 finches alongside her home. Catherine Tkatchenko, whose husband is Papua New Guinea cabinet minister Justin Tkatchenko, paid $1.77 million for the 34,470sq m Brookfield Road site in 2015. The couple also own a $1.1m house at Fig Tree Pocket, in Brisbanes west. Plans lodged with the council in 2016 proposed a 320sq m house almost 11m in height, 30 aviaries over 380sq m, plus a lake, fountain, pool and small animal stables. In response to the plans, 178 residents lodged objections that raised concerns about noise and odours from the aviaries and stables, and described the buildings as an eyesore. A seven-page submission from the community-based Rural Environment Planning Association said the scale of an...

02:30

Identity for me, but not for thee "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In the latest social justice outrage, commentator Sean Plunket stated that Golriz Ghahraman abandoned her country and implied that, as a foreign interloper, she shouldnt be telling people what to teach their children in New Zealand : Plunket then made the fundamental mistake of apologising for telling the truth. This allowed Golriz to perform her [] The post Identity for me, but not for thee appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:26

Focus on What You Can Do and What You Should Do "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Get distracted by side-events or non-elemental aspects of a game is always disastrous for a soccer team, particularly for a striker or a goal-keeper when facing the ball in the foot or in front of the goal-keeper. Stickers should forget anything and everything else, and focus only on the "ball", when they are in the

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02:12

Die schwarze Null continues to haunt Europe "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Last Tuesday (May 15, 2018), the new German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz stood up in the German Bundestag and delivered his first fiscal policy presentation. Not only was die schwarze Null (Black Zero) sustained but in his address, the new German Finance Minister made it clear that Germany would not entertain any expansion of the EU fiscal capacity (thus rejecting Emmanuel Macrons proposals) and wanted to delay other reforms that Germany had previously suggested they would support (beefing up the Single Resolution Fund and the creation of the European Monetary Union). For those Europhile progressives who have been hanging their hat on the hope that the takeover of the German Finance Ministry by the SPD would be the deal breaker that the Scholzs presentation was nothing short of a disaster. He reiterated Germany would not be shifting in any major way and that Member States just had to buckle down and follow Germanys fiscal example surpluses as far as the eye can see. None of this was a surprise to me. It has been clear for some time that Scholz is just a continuation of Schuble. Indeed some pointed statements from Bundestag politicians next day in their responses suggested just that.

I wrote about why the elevation of Olaf Scholz will be a disaster for European reform in this blog post Forget European reform the Germans have anyway (April 23, 2018).

His Bundestag speech (May 15, 2018) just confirmed that assessment.

On May 16, 2018, when the Bundestag President, Wolfgang Schauble handed the floor to the spokesperson for Die Linke, Gesine Ltzsch to respond to the German fiscal statement that Finance Minister Olaf Scholz had delivered the day before, she opened by saying that Olaf Scholtzs fiscal statement ran contrary to the title of the coalition agreement Ein neuer Aufbruch fur Europa Eine neue Dynamik fur Deutschland Ein neuer Zusammenhalt fur unser Land (A new departure for Europe A new dynamic for Germany A new coheson for our country.

She said that (Bundestag Protokoll, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, page 2898):

none of this is true in this budget. This is not only a disgrace for Olaf Scholz, but above all is fatal for our citizens. They continue to promote the black zero. I wonder why the SPD really wanted to take over the Ministry of Finance if it only wanted to continue the policy of Wolfgang Schauble.

The black zero is the famous schwarze Null or balanced fiscal state which Schauble obsessed about.

In a similar vein, Leader of the Alliance 90/The Greens, Katrin Gring-Eckardt asked Andrea Nahles (Leader of the Social Democratic Part....

02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Kaiaraara bay, Great Barrier island. **The winner of the competition will be announced and contacted when the reader who sent in the photo tells me which answer from yesterday was the most accurate. window@whaleoil.co.nz Please put View From My Window in the subject line. The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Disease reaches crisis point Annette Scott:

Mycoplasma bovis has reached crisis point and its time the Ministry for Primary Industries handed it back to farmers and support them to manage it, Mid Canterbury dairy farmer Frank Peters says.

The Peters family last week had 450 of their 1400-cow herd trucked to slaughter after just one cow tested positive for the cattle disease, now running rampant across the country.

Peters believes a lack of knowledge about M bovis is the biggest threat the disease poses to the dairy industry. . .

Farming and the Fight Against Climate Change  Veronika Meduna:

Climate friendly sheep could soon be romping around as part of the national flock as farmers take action to help reduce the carbon footprint of agriculture.

As the interim climate commission begins its work, one of its most controversial tasks is to determine how agricultural greenhouse gas emissions could be included in the Emissions Trading Scheme. At the same time, farmers have an increasing number of options to curb emissions.

On a farm south of Invercargill, a small flock of ewes that burp less methane a potent greenhouse gas that makes up 76 per cent of emissions from the primary sector is part of a research project to mitigate agricultural emissions. . . 

Tukituki catchment project aimed at curbing N-leaching big challenge :

A project aimed at determining how Tukituki catchment farmers will operate under new nitrogen leaching targets has found significant changes will have to made to achieve the reduced levels.

The Hawkes Bay Regional Councils Plan Change 6 outlines Land Use Capability (LUC) nitrogen leaching rates for all farms, depending on their physical characteristics and attributes, that have to be achieved by May 2020.

Farmers unable to reach these rates could apply for resource consents provided they stay within 30 per cent of the prescribed rate. . .

01:30

Even cougars hate road maggots "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Not many people like road maggots, and now we know cougars dont like them either. No, not that kind of cougar.Quote: One man is dead and another is injured after they were attacked by a cougar Saturday while mountain biking in Washington State, police said. King County Sheriffs spokesman Sgt. Ryan Abbott said the pair, [] The post Even cougars hate road maggots appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:24

Group questions Namatanai MPs stance on seabed mining "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Carmella Gware | Loop PNG | May 19, 2018

recent response by the Namatanai MP on Radio New Zealand over the experimental seabed mining has not gone down well with some locals.

In the May 16th article, Walter Schnaubelt was reported to have said though  too much remained unknown about the environmental impacts of seabed mining, that doesnt mean that we just shut the door.

Schnaubelt further said he was keeping an open mind on potential seabed mining, and he would maintain a neutral stand until adequate information on the benefits of the Solwara 1 project are made available to him.

Following his statement, the Alliance of Solwara Warriors said as an educated elite, Schnaubelt has to come out clear on his stance, as being neutral only indicates two reasons:

  • The benefits of seabed mining to support his election promises
  • And to swing when people react as it will have a political implication
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01:14

PM O'Neill: Economic growth comes from inclusive spproach "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Prime Minister Peter ONeill has highlighted the importance of ensuring countries draw on their own internal strengths and capabilities and build partnerships in order to enhance economic development.
ONeill was speaking at the Eight Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 8) on Saturday in Iwaki City, in Japan, where he said co-operation is essential but countries must take charge of their own responsibilities.
While overseas assistance plays an important role in achieving our development goals, we must rely more on ourselves, he said at the PALM8 Meeting.
Driving our own economic growth is fundamental to the development in our country.
And as we have learned in Papua New Guinea, economic growth must be inclusive.
This is an essential part of APEC in 2018 that has the theme of Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future.
Delivering true economic growth is all about building partnerships across the country.
Government cannot advance an economy alone and we must work with the private sector, NGOs and churches to achieve better health outcomes for our people.
This is particularly important in delivering the foundations for any healthy economy, particularly such as sectors including education and healthcare.
We must look at better ways to enhance cooperation in the fields of healthcare, including the way we deal with infectious diseases.
This includes the fight against tuberculosis through the provision of medical equipment and better communication.
PALM, since its inception in 1997, has contributed to critical key development areas in infrastructure, education, health and transportation."
O'Neill further welcomed the proposed PALM Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy that aims to promote peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region.
This is based on values we all share and the three pillars of the strategy are consistent with our policy agenda.
These include the Pursuit of economic prosperity and Commitment to peace and stability," he said.

01:06

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

SAVING HAWAI`IS ENVIRONMENT ON VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IS FUTURE"


"Saving Hawai`is Environment - A Visit With Marti Townsend"

With Sierra Club Hawai`i turning fifty years old, we decided to talk with its Director Marti Townsend. She told us Sierra Club Hawai`i has been busy inspiring people of all ages to get outdoors, experience Hawai`is unique environment and get involved protecting Hawai`is endangered places. She explained everything they do is all about mlama i ka honua, or cherishing the earth. Join us in our fascinating visit with Marti filmed at  Honolulus beautiful Foster Botanical Garden and you too will see why shes so dedicated to turning people on to the rich and amazing environment and place we call home -
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01:04

Papua New Guinea states position on North Korea and UN reform "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Prime Minister Peter ONeill has highlighted Papua New Guineas position on significant regional and global foreign policy issues at the meeting of Pacific Leaders in Japan.
Speaking at the Eight Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 8), he highlighted the Governments position in relation to tensions on the Korean Peninsula and reform of the United Nations Security Council.
There is no doubt the we live in complicated times in the global political context, O'Neill said.
There have been changes in the leadership of a number of governments, the Brexit vote and conflict in Syria with all of its human rights ramifications, just to name a few.
It is times like these that Nation States must work together through global forums.
We must work through the United Nations, but we know the UN system has its flaws and is need of reform.
In particular, Papua New Guinea calls for reforms in the United Nations Security Council so that it is more relevant and responsive to security challenges that are faced in the world today.
Leaders at PALM8 further discussed tensions with North Korea and the implications this has at a regional level.
A crucial issue the world is dealing with today is finding a lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula," O'Neill said
If conflict was to return there would be serious implications for all nations of the Asia-Pacific.
For many decades, the leadership of North Korea have acted in a deeply disturbing manner and violated acceptable rules of behaviour and decency. 
Papua New Guinea further shares the concerns of the International Community over nuclear tests by North Korea.
Our PALM host, Japan, is further facing an ongoing threat of conflict and the risks posed by missile tests.
We also know of Japanese citizens being abducted, which is a violation of human rights and we support Japan in dealing with this matter.
Papua New Guinea welcomes current negotiations taking place as a means to successfully address the Korean Peninsula issue.
We must always work together and find political solutions in order to prevent war.

01:01

Palmerston North voters are racists too "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

So, it turns out that Palmerston North voters are racists too, just like their hick cousins in Manawat:

Palmerston North people have spoken and more than two-thirds who voted were in opposition to creating separate Mori wards.

Results from a binding poll came in on Saturday night, with 14,567 voting against wards for the city council and 6530 voting for.

The percentage was 68.87 against and 30.88 per cent for.

The turnout was at 37.21 per cent of eligible voters, and 49 votes were counted as blank and four "informal" votes received.


I guess its just too much to expect better from this rural shithole. I hope they're really proud of themselves, being exactly the sort of people Don Brash thinks they are.

As for the solution, Local Government New Zealand has pointed out the iniquity of a racist law which allows the majority to veto minority representation, and they're right. Either all boundary changes need to be subject to referendum (in which case Maori can force a referendum on any scheme which does not guarantee appropriate representation), or none should be. But the current situation, where some boundary changes but not others can result in a referendum, based on race, is simply racism.

ActionStation has a petition on the issue here if you'd like to sign it (note: this form does not comply with the Privacy Act). But with NZ First involved in the government and holding a blocking majority in parliament, I doubt there will be progress in this term of parliament.

01:00

Cartoon of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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00:35

MRA Act changes create uncertainty as mineral prices rise "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Cedric Patjole | Loop PNG | May 19, 2018

Changes to the Mineral Resources Act 1992 have created uncertainty in the mining industry, especially with rising mineral prices.

Former executive director and now advisor to the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, Greg Anderson, said this during the Resources Sector Media Workshop.

He said the uncertainty created will determine exploration activity as well as whether mineral projects are developed.

Anderson gave a detailed presentation on the impact of the MRA Act changes. Positives included:

  • The extension of Exploration License term from 2 years to 5 years, and maximum size o shore increased to 10,000km2
  • Documentation required for a Mining License application now prescribed. This includes:
  • Community engagement plan, LIS, social mapping...

00:30

New Zealand called out at UN "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Shalom.Kiwi reports: Quote: New Zealands moral deficiency was called out at the UN today by Richard Kemp, a former commander of British troops in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Balkans and Northern Ireland, who also served with NATO and the United Nations. He tweeted: New Zealand Ambassador at UN talks about a one-sided loss of life in [] The post New Zealand called out at UN appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:30

RNZ Mediawatch: Matt Nippert Putting NZ journalism in the global loop "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Some interesting observations in this piece

Colin Peacock

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The reporter who won the big prize at last weeks Voyager Media Awards says the biggest stories in the world these days are often cracked by reporters working across borders. He wants to put New Zealand investigative journalism into the international frame. But how would that work?

00:00

Ask me anything: ACTs maverick in Northcote, Stephen Berry "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This morning ACTs maverick in Northcote, Stephen Berry, is live on Whaleoil and available to answer your questions. This is Stephens second visit to Whaleoil and we welcome him back. His guest post is below. Up until the beginning of May the Northcote by-election looked like it was going to be the countrys slowest drag [] The post Ask me anything: ACTs maverick in Northcote, Stephen Berry appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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23:58

Ditching Adani wont hurt credit rating: expert "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

CANBERRA, AAP Prominent economist Saul Eslake believes ditching the proposed Adani coal mine in Queensland wont hurt Australias credit rating.

Mr Eslakes new report commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation found no evidence that stopping the project on environmental grounds would hurt Australias ability to attract foreign investment.

There is absolutely no reason to think that Australias sovereign credit rating would be in any way affected if a future Australian government were to prevent the Adani Carmichael coal mine from going ahead on environmental grounds, Mr Eslake writes.

Labor opposes the mine, but federal leader Bill Shorten has vowed not to tear up approvals if he won the next election to avoid reducing foreign investment in Australia.

The government claims Mr Shortens opposition to the project will hurt jobs and investment.

ACF chief executive Kelly OShanassy said the report removed the only remaining objection to the government stopping the construction of the mine.

Attempts to justify Adanis dirty Carmichael mine are falling like dominoes and the threats are crystal clear, Ms OShanassy said in a statement.

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23:30

Brash: Respect No votes on Maori wards "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tamati Coffey is having trouble understanding what democracy means. Don Brash assists him: Quote: Politicians and media should respect the substantial votes against Maori wards in four districts, Hobsons Pledge spokesman Don Brash said today. Of those who voted, Palmerston North residents were 68.8% against Maori wards, Western Bay of Plenty 78.2% against, Whakatane 56.4% [] The post Brash: Respect No votes on Maori wards appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:15

Not a bloody clue: National respond to Grant Robertsons budget "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The National party oppositions response to Grant Robertsons first budget has been as underwhelming as the document itself. Simon Bridges insistence that Robertson had delivered a tax, borrow and spend budget was as absurd as it was unimaginative. Indeed, it confirmed the first impression of many on the Right that Bridges wasnt (and still isnt) ready for the responsibilities of leadership. Set against the performance of Amy Adams, Nationals Finance Spokesperson, however, Bridges response to Robertsons budget was masterful. Adams is clearly out of her depth in her current role and should be replaced at the earliest opportunity. The post Not a bloody clue: National respond to Grant Robertsons budget appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Trump Toon "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ann Telnaes Washington Post

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A Chinese government-owned company will be part of a deal involving building a theme park in Indonesia that will include a Trump hotel and condos. Wonder what that has to do with the presidents tweet on Sunday calling to save Chinese jobs at the telecommunications company ZTE?

23:00

Great news, rich pricks can buy affordable homes under government scheme "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Phil Twyford has let the cat out of the bag. Rich pricks will be able to buy up affordable KiwiBuild homes under the KiwiBuild scheme. The NZ Herald reports: Quote: People wanting to buy one of the Governments affordably priced homes will not be income-tested. That means high-income earners will not be blocked from purchasing [] The post Great news, rich pricks can buy affordable homes under government scheme appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

New fund for biosecurity? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Finance Minister Grant Robertson is considering a fund like EQC to cover biosecurity breaches.

He told Mr Dann he has asked Treasury and the Ministry of Primary Industries to investigate the possibility of creating a fund that could be funded partly by the government and partly by industry.

We cant just sit there and wait for these things to happen. We know theyre happening more regularly and I want us to get ahead of that, he said.

We are in a very reactive stance when they come in. We have this with Mycoplasma bovis, and we scramble around both as a government and the industry, trying to find the money to respond to them.

What Id like to see is for us to get ahead of those. . .

A Border Clearance Levy was introduced in 2016:

The introduction of the levy allows the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the New Zealand Customs Service to manage resourcing of border clearance activities as passenger numbers go up or down.  This will mean the right resources are in place to keep New Zealand safe from harmful pests, people and dangerous substances and maintain current levels of service.

Thats supposed to stop biosecurity risks at the border, it doesnt cover dealing with, and compensating for, anything which gets past the border.

The EQC levy and a Fire Service levy,  are imposed on all insurance policies. That does let people without insurance away without paying but the rest of us pay.

While the Canterbury earthquakes have raised issues with EQC, most of us pay the levies without complaint in the knowledge that any of us could be victims of natural disasters or fires.

Farmers, horticulturalists and orchardists, and native species are those most at risk from a direct biosecurity incursions which are very different from earthquakes and fires.

Theres no way to levy our flora and fauna. It would be easier to levy farmers and growers of fruit and vegetables.

The problems and costs of dealing with and compensating for M. bovis show the need for change.

Keith Woodford identifies some of the problems in the way its been and is being handled:

As I write this on....

22:48

World Heritage experts raise concerns over wilderness protection and Tourism Master Plan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Monday, 21 May 2018 - 6:44am


A draft decision for consideration by the World Heritage Committee at its July meeting has been released by the UN, with its associated expert report raising concerns about some provisions of the of Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) Management Plan. Specifically the report identifies the secret zoning switch in the Management Plan that paves the way for private commercial developments and a degradation of wilderness values, like the controversial Lake Malbena hut and buildings in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park.

The report also criticises the governments progress in developing a Tourism Master Plana document requested in 2015 that should serve to refine the balance between conservation and tourism. Despite the failure to progress this Plan, controversial project approvals and taxpayer handoutssuch as for the South Coast Track Hutscontinue.

The UN again highlights government failure of process and identifies the impacts of tourism/visitation/recreation as a factor affecting Tasmanias World Heritage Area, said Vica Bayley, spokesperson for the Wilderness Society.

The secret switch of wilderness zone for something lesser, to specifically allow for private commercial developments that will degrade wilderness values and would otherwise be prohibited, has raised the concern of the World Heritage Committees expert advisors.

Its important to note, this secret zoning switch hasnt just happened at Lake Malbena in the Walls of Jerusalem National Park; its repeated along the Overland Track where new huts are proposed and at Lake Rodway near Cradle Mountain, to clear the way for a private commercial lodge."

With regard to the Tourism Master Plan, the conclusions of the experts states, it is of concern that this key strategic document is missing.

Mr Bayley said, in the absence of the Tourism Master Plan, development approvals like Lake Malbena and taxpayer handouts such as that for the South Coast Track huts continue, pre-empting the plan and raising concerns about the protection of World Heritage values.

This is absurd and logically, all assessments and taxpayer grants should stop until that Tourism Master Plan is completed.

The draft decision also calls on government to speed up the designation of over 20,000 hectares of World Heritage-listed forests as reserves under Tasmanias Na...

22:30

Yes Nanaia dear, thats the general idea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Nanaia Mahuta, the Tainui Princess aka Nanaiapotamus, doesnt want to build a new prison in her electorate because if you build it, it will get filled up with prisoners: Quote: The government may not be going ahead with the mega prison at Waikeria, after the Maori Development Minister said today they would not throw $1 [] The post Yes Nanaia dear, thats the general idea appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:30

Roger Donaldson and Ian Mune Winners and Losers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RNZ Saturday

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/sat-20180519-0812-roger_donaldson_and_ian_mune_-_winners_and_losers-128.mp3

In 1976, the first prime time drama series to be independently produced in NZ, Winners and Losers, made its debut, featuring seven short story adaptations from some of NZs finest writers including Katherine Mansfield, Frank Sargeson and Witi Ihimaera. The production which launched the careers of many local actors was written and directed by Roger Donaldson and Ian Mune, who have just finished supervising the restoration of the landmark series with the help of New Zealand On Air funding. The newly digitised series is to be launched at Park Road Post Production in Wellington at 6pm on Weds 23 May, and will be available at nzonscreen.com from the same day.

22:00

Budget 2018: Questions remain over new broadcasting spending "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Colin Peacock

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/mwatch-20180516-2208-questions_remain_over_new_broadcasting_spending-128.mp3

The government has allocated an additional $15 million in the Budget for public broadcasting, but it is not clear where the new investment will go or when the public will see the benefits.

22:00

Medical students upset over Labours blue budget "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I dont think the budget has made anyone happy. The list of those upset with Labours blue budget is growing. This time it is medical students: Quote: Medical students are upset with the Government for not getting rid of a cap on the number of years a student can get a student loan. The National [] The post Medical students upset over Labours blue budget appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:33

Government says it has no plans to reform the Official Information Act "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Concerns of abuse of the Official Information Act by Government Ministers have been growing for years. Last December: Clare Curran is planning a few shake-ups Broadcasting aside, Curran has also been given the newly created role as the Minister in charge of open government. Falling under her Associate State Services portfolio its a natural fit []

21:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

21:22

Another report information wrongly withheld by Auckland Council "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RNZ reports on a third case where mayor Phil Goff and the Auckland City Council withheld information requested under the Official Information act that required intervention by the Ombudsmans Office Auckland Council stalled release of reports The release of the $935,000 consultants report on a downtown stadium on Friday was the third time RNZ had to []

21:15

If you want to UPDATE, UPGRADE or CHANGE any details this post has all the links you will need "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you want to update your credit card details click here. If you want to upgrade or change your subscription click here. You can easily upgrade between subscription levels at any time by visiting your account page. When upgrading your subscription, it will be prorated based on the amount you have already paid and how much time is left on your [] The post If you want to UPDATE, UPGRADE or CHANGE any details this post has all the links you will need appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:05

Trump campaign spy claim refuted "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As has become normal, Donald Trump made a big claim via Twitter on Friday based on what appear to be nothing more than vague rumours. Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president. It took place very early on, and long before the phony []

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Punishment is not for revenge, but to lessen crime and reform the criminal.   Elizabeth Fry who was born on this day in 1780.

21:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

21:00

Moses Tau: Out of the cage to live a life of joy & giving "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Moses TauKEITH JACKSON

NOOSA The sudden death last week of one of Papua New Guineas best known entertainers has both saddened the nation and raised the hot issue of how PNG treats its gay community.

Moses Tau died soon after collapsing at Port Moresbys Lamana Hotel, triggering an overwhelming response as thousands of messages of condolence inundated the social media.

The Post-Courier newspaper noted perceptively that Tau had made a place for the gay community in PNG by forcing this place through his music and performances.

Government minister Justin Tkatchenko wrote on his Facebook page describing the singer as vibrant and a true showman.

I have lost a wonderful friend who supported me without fear or favour and was so loved and admired by our people. He put fun and joy into our lives, Tkatchenko said.

Joycelin Leahy observed in her Tribal Mystic blog:

From simple beginnings, this very colourful and dangerously outrageous talent started a music career. Little did Papua New Guineans truly understand what Moses was up to. Many ridiculed and laughed at Moses rhythmic hip pulsating dance movements and high pitched feminine voice which quickly became recognised and loved not only in PNG but across the Pacific islands.

When Moses stepped on stage, a new era was born in a country closed to gay rights, dominated by men and the ruled by the cultural Melanesian big man mentality.

Tau himself once said:

It is a very difficult thing in PNG to show your sexuality is very scary, because it is not an accepted thing in PNG. I just want to do what I have and who I am. I also did it not for myself but for the suffering of we people through many years ago.

And I told my friends: look, Ill try it out, if I fail I fail. If I go through it with success, we will all benefit. So Im targeting to educate the people of this nation to really know that theres gays living in Papua New Guinea. So I did it. I went through it. It was very painful.

American law professor Ryan Goodman wrote of Taus emergence:

By the late 1990s, gays were well and truly stigmatised in PNG, That was when a gay Motuan gospel singer from Central Province a....

20:50

Waikeria mega prison wont be built but Government remains vague "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Decisions on what to do about an escalating New Zealand prison population are still pending, but the government has revealed it has ruled out building a 2.500 bed prison expansion at Waikeria. other options are being considered. Limited measures were announced in the Budget. Grant Robertson: Our goal is to stop the spiralling prison population []

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In summary, todays face of the day, along with other journalists, falsely accused President Donald Trump of calling illegal immigrants animals. Trumps remarks, in fact, were directed at gang members from the murderous MS-13. What makes her false accusation stand out from the other journalists false accusations is a tweet from her past. The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:24

China-US trade war on hold, deal pending "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The risk of a trade war between the United States and China has diminished after a deal has been made, which means threatened US tariffs and counter tariffs from China may be scrapped. Avoiding a trade war is better for both countries and for world trade than trying to win a war that []

20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is panchreston (noun) A proposed explanation intended to address a complex problem by trying to account for all possible contingencies but typically proving to be too broadly conceived and therefore oversimplified to be of any practical use. Source : Dictionary.com Etymology : English panchreston comes via Latin panchrstos good for [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 21 21 Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Govt must explain why free education is failing - & fix it "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mai High School
Mai High School - "the government is playing games and sabotaging our rightful basic school services"

JIMMY AWAGL

CHUAVE - The government component of TFFE (tuition fee free education) to schools in Papua New Guinea has been slashed to only 50%.

TFFE subsidies are released to schools each term and are supposed to cover the actual cost of running a school for ten weeks.

The actual school fee per student is divided into two segments: lower secondary (Grades 9 and 10) and upper secondary (Grades 11 and 12). Lower secondary students were allocated K1,300 for 2018 and upper secondary K1,600.

The Education Department under the ministry of Nick Kuman adopted the concept last year. But it was not effectively executed. There was a large amount cut from the money supposed to be paid to schools.

Most people, particularly parents living in remote areas and below the poverty line in urban areas, concluded there is a loophole whereby funds have been diverted to other stakeholders. Whatever the actual policy is now, it has not been made known to schools around the country.

There has been no effective survey to analyse the real cost of running schools, but the new slash funds policy was drafted and accepted for implementation within the Education Department.

How will remote schools in PNG like Karimui, Kairiru Island, Jimi and Telefomin manage to keep their schools open if the cost is triple that of running schools in a city or town?

Mai High School, located on the outskirts of Kundiawa, has 450 student in Grades 9 and 10. For Term 1 this year it received of K61,960.

According to the calculation of K1,300 per student, it was supposed to receive more than twice that - K127,125.

The governing council and the school administration asked the provincial education authority to find out why half of the money had vanished. The question was in vain. No answer was forthcoming.

Then in Term 2, the school received only K25,000. Another slash of K36,960, much less than one-third of what was budgeted.

Why is the gove...

19:30

Farmers look at options for curbing greenhouse gases "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Insight looks at how farmers are confronting climate change

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/inst-20180518-0810-insight_farming_and_the_fight_against_climate_change-128.mp3

As the interim climate commission begins its work, one of its most controversial tasks is to determine how agricultural greenhouse gas emissions could be included in the Emissions Trading Scheme. At the same time, farmers have an increasing number of options to curb emissions. (More at the link referenced above)

19:20

Media watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:10

Open Forum Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:00

It wasn't low oil prices that dried up PNG LNG benefits "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Liquid-Natural-Gas-tanker
It wasn't just the LNG tankers that sailed away - the benefits to the people of PNG did too

PAUL FLANAGAN | PNG Economics

Connect here for the complete article including links and references

CANBERRA - The yawning chasm between Papua New Guineas liquefied natural gas (LNG) benefit predictions and its adverse impacts on the PNG economy has little to do with the fall in oil prices. Claiming so is a poor and inaccurate defence.

The PNG LNG modelling done in 2008 accurately predicted export sales revenues for 2015 and 2016. While oil prices were some 25% below the models mid-case scenario, this was fully offset by actual LNG production being some 25% higher than 2008 expectations.

Price falls were matched by production increases sales revenues were as predicted. As the marginal cost of production is low (most costs of LNG production relate to the high initial capital costs), sales revenue is the driver for expected benefits.

Export sales of petroleum products increased by almost exactly the predicted 440% from K2 billion in 2013 to K11 billion in 2016. So the failure of the PNG LNG to deliver benefits as predicated has little to do with the fall in oil prices in 2014.

Of course oil prices did fall from over $US100 per barrel in 2013 to under $US30 per barrel (for a very short time early in 2016). And of course, it would have been really nice for the PNG LNG project and government revenues if the price stayed at $US100 per barrel although less so for PNG motorists.

However, as stated by the chair of Oil Search at the recent annual general meeting, there is a need for a long-term perspective on projects such as PNG LNG which operate for decades.

This long-term perspective is that oil prices from 1980 to 2017 have averaged just over $US40 per barrel considerably lower than the 2015 to 2017 average of $US50 per barrel. Oil prices had jumped strongly upwards in the 2000s, but it w...

14:05

World watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

14:01

May 21 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

293 Roman Emperors Diocletian and Maximian appointed GaleriusasCaesar to Diocletian, beginning the period of four rulers known as theTetrarchy.

878  Syracuse, Italy was  captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily.

879 Pope John VIII gave blessings to Duke Branimir and to Croatian people, considered to be international recognition of Croatian state.

996 Sixteen-year-old Otto III was crowned Holy Roman Emperor.

1502  The island of Saint Helena was discovered by the Portuguese navigator Joo da Nova.

1527 King Philip II of Spain was born (d. 1598).

1554 A royal Charter was granted to Derby School.

1674  The nobility elected John Sobieski King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania.

1688  Alexander Pope, English poet, was born  (d. 1744).

1725 The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky was instituted in Russia by the empress Catherine I.

1758 Mary Campbell was abducted from her home in Pennsylvania byLenape during the French and Indian War.

1780 Elizabeth Fry, British social reformer, was born (d. 1845).

1809 The first day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling between the Austrian army led by Archduke Charles and the Fren...

13:45

Tweet for Today 20/05/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

13:20

11:05

Endocrine Activity of Air Pollutants from Marcellus Drilling & Fracking "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A doctor for every gland in the body?

Exploring the endocrine activity of air pollutants associated with unconventional oil and gas extraction

Authors: Ashley L. Bolden, Kim Schultz, Katherine E. Pelch and Carol F. Kwiatkowski

Reference: Environmental Health, 17:26, 2018 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12940-018-0368-z

Manuscript Received: 4 September 2017; Accepted: 20 February 2018; Published: 21 March 2018

Background

In the last decade unconventional oil and gas (UOG) extraction has rapidly proliferated throughout the United States (US) and the world. This occurred largely because of the development of directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing which allows access to fossil fuels from geologic formations that were previously not cost effective to pursue. This process is known to use greater than 1,000 chemicals such as solvents, surfactants, detergents, and biocides. In addition, a complex mixture of chemicals, including heavy metals, naturally-occurring radioactive chemicals, and organic compounds are released from the formations and can enter air and water. Compounds associated with UOG activity have been linked to adverse reproductive and developmental outcomes in humans and laboratory animal models, which is possibly due to the presence of endocrine active chemicals.

Methods

Using systematic methods, electronic searches of PubMed and Web of Science were conducted to identify studies that measured chemicals in air near sites of UOG activity. Records were screened by title and abstract, relevant articles then underwent full text review, and data were extracted from the studies. A list of chemicals detected near UOG sites was generated. Then, the potential endocrine activity of the most frequently detected chemicals was explored via searches of literature from PubMed.

Results

Evaluation of 48 studies that sampled air near sites of UOG activity identified 106 chemicals detected in two or more studies. Ethane, benzene and n-pentane were the top three most frequently detected. Twenty-one chemicals have been shown to have endocrine activity including estrogenic and androgenic activity and the ability to alter steroidogenesis. Literature also suggested that some of the air pollutants may affect reproduction, development, and neurophysiological function, all end...

11:00

Sunday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In this video, Israeli Micah Avni addresses the UN Human Rights Council about the Palestinian authorities who are paying murderers for killing Jews. Its great that President Trump has stopped payments to the UN group that funds the Palestinian authorities, but still, too many countries, including NZ, have pledged financial support to the Palestinians. The post Sunday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:54

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Waiareka Lions held a dinner last night as the finale for its annual Crop Competition.

They raised more than $47,000 and donated 75% of that to the Otago Rescue Helicopter service and the rest to the new community-owned Observatory Retirement VIllage.

The success of the evening was due to the generosity of businesses and individuals who donated goods and services for an auction, and the people who bid well above retail value, and of course the Lions who put in many volunteer hours organising and running the competition.

It was a wonderful example of community effort for which Im grateful.

 

10:30

Interview with Swedish woman who has fled to Hungary "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz An interesting TV interview with a Swedish woman who has fled to Hungary because Islamic Sweden is now too dangerous. The post Interview with Swedish woman who has fled to Hungary appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Sunday standup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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09:38

Thought for the Day from Rik Mayall "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I wonder if comedy was larger in those days. You could make a bigger, larger, twat of yourself

the late great Rik Mayall on a supposed Golden Age of Comedy.

 

09:30

Quillette: Discussion with founder and editor Claire Lehmann "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz This video is interesting because its Peterson openly trying to help this site increase its Patreon funding.  As a result of Peterson posting the video their monthly funding has increased from 4000 to 7000+ $US (she says on it somewhere [] The post Quillette: Discussion with founder and editor Claire Lehmann appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:19

Update on the Movement Against Water Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Story at-a-glance

  • Over the past 18 years, the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) has facilitated the removal of fluoride from the water supplies of hundreds of communities in North America, Canada and Europe
  • FAN has filed an historic lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under a provision in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
  • Under this TSCA statute, the judge may not defer to the EPA but must weigh the evidence brought forth in trial. If the judge finds theres an unreasonable risk, he has the authority to order EPA to begin proceedings to eliminate the risk of fluoride in drinking water
  • Earlier this year, EPA tried to limit the scope of what FAN could bring to the courts attention. Its motion was denied, and FAN will be able to request internal documents, submit interrogatories to EPA and depose EPA experts

By Dr. Mercola (see original)

In this interview, Paul Connett, PhD, toxicologist, environmental chemist and the founder FAN, Fluoride Action Network (FAN), an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from water supplies across the world, provides an important and exciting update on FANs progress during this past year.  FAN is an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from the water supply across the world.

Over the past 18 years, FAN has helped hundreds of communities around the US, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Israel and New Zealand fight the reckless and unethical practice of water fluoridation.

Unprecedented Lawsuit Against EPA

In November 2016, a coalition including FAN, Food & Water Watch, Organic Consumers Association, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Moms Against Fluorid...

09:00

Higher Trails by NZ artist John Hanlon "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz John is the only NZ artist to win song of the year and songwriter of the year for 3 successive years which he did in the 1970s. Probably his best-remembered song is the song that was written for an advert [] The post Higher Trails by NZ artist John Hanlon appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:38

Mass Gravesite of Women and Children Found at Vancouver University "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Child Mass Gravesite Found at Vancouver University

http://beforeitsnews.com/celebrities/2018/05/child-mass-gravesite-found-at-vancouver-university-2475390.html

by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret. CEO, Child Abuse Recovery, Author, Twenty Two Faces, Byingtons Before Its News articles on a Cabal Child Exploitation Ring run by the mafia, organized by the Vatican: http://beforeitsnews.com/contributor/pages/243/590/stories.html

A fresh mass grave said to contain bodies of recently murdered Canadian native women and children from the Cowichan region has been uncovered the evidence and bodies ordered to be destroyed by the Canadian government and Vancouver University. The mass graves were discovered near the former Nanaimo Indian Hospital next to Vancouver Island University.

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police informant claimed that recently Canadian government agents, the United Church of Canada and Vancouver University officials jointly ordered the destruction of human remains in the mass grave since the site also contained bodies of not just recently murdered natives, but generations of women and children used in mind control experiments (run by the CIA), drug and sterilization testing who were killed at the Vancouver University. For over fifty years the NIH was an experimental center run by the United Church and the Canadian military in cooperation with the CIA.

The same informant stated that recently murdered aboriginal women from the Cowichan region were interred in the NIH mass graves in order to hide their whereabouts. Evidently the RCMP was under strict orders to silence, or stop anyone who tried to investigate the NIH grave sites. Recently journalist Bob Hansen was fired from his program on Nanaimo's CHLY radio after he interviewed International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (www.itccs.org) leader Kevin Annett about the NIH mass graves.

This was not the first time the Canadian government and its military arm the RCMP, had been accused of covering up massive child murders. Canadian native teens and children were believed being kidnapped, killed and their bodies thrown into the P...

08:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Just a brief note to those readers who like to add their own contributions to Daily roundup in the comments. PLEASE remember that politically incorrect and offensive (but funny) jokes are only to be enjoyed on Mondays in the Comedy corner post which is specifically for that kind of humour. Posting that kind of humour [] The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:28

DoC: Stop Killing Birds! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Conservation Minister and Green MP Eugenie Sage announced the Budget gain of $81.3 million package over four years today, saying []

08:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

07:43

Poetry Pick for KIN Gill Ward "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jennifer Compton: The Threepenny Kowhai Stamp Brooch   If I get lost someone will pick me up and post me. []

07:30

Whaleoil sports quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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07:21

Pastor Neville Johnson. Liked blow jobs from his three young AOG church secretaries. Academy of Light Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Bobbie Houston of Hillsongs pastor in New Zealand. Former head pastor at Queen St Assemblies of God Church in Auckland New Zealand. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson today. Still an errant false prophet, liar and con-artist. Neville Johnson has conned many people out of large sums of money in Ponzi schemes in recent times. Angry victims are looking for his home address to recover their lost savings even asking me if I know where he lives. He lives in Maleny, Queensland. Its a small town so youll easily find him.

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson. Academy of Light Ministries, Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Liked blow-jobs from his three young church secretaries while praying to the Lord and fasting in Auckland, New Zealand motel rooms with them.

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07:00

Historical Jerusalem: Quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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07:00

Update on the Movement Against Water Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By Dr. Mercola

In this interview, Paul Connett, PhD, toxicologist, environmental chemist and the founder FAN, Fluoride Action Network (FAN), an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from water supplies across the world, provides an important and exciting update on FAN's progress during this past year.  FAN is an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from the water supply across the world.

Over the past 18 years, FAN has helped hundreds of communities around the US, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Israel and New Zealand fight the reckless and unethical practice of water fluoridation.  

Unprecedented Lawsuit Against EPA

In November 2016, a coalition including FAN, Food & Water Watch, Organic Consumers Association, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Moms Against Fluoridation and several individual mothers, filed a petition calling on the EPA to ban the deliberate addition of fluoridating chemicals to the drinking water under provisions in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The petition included more than 2,500 pages of scientific documentation detailing the risks of water fluoridation to human health, including more than 180 studies published since 2006 showing fluoride causes neurotoxic harm and reduces IQ.

"Under the TSCA, the EPA has authority to ban the uses of chemicals that present unreasonable risks to the general public or to susceptible subpopulations. We've brought this case on the grounds that adding fluoride chemicals to drinking water presents an unreasonable risk to the general public, especially to some susceptible subpopulations," Connett explains.

In its February 27, 2017, response,1 the EPA claimed the petition had failed to "set forth a scientifically defensible basis to conclude that any persons have suffered neurotoxic harm as a result of exposure to fluoride." Fortunately, the TSCA statute provides citizens with the ability to challenge an EPA denial in federal court, which is where we are now.

"Water fluoridation needs to end," Connett says. "The United States needs to follow the path of Europe and take fluoride out of the water supply. Those who want it can get it in toothpaste and dental products, which gives everyone the right to choose whether they want to use fluoride or not.

We can apply fluoride in a targeted fashion to the one t...

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06:43

*The Radical Fool of Capitalism* "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Benthamappraised the trophies dismissively dubbed baked heads as technical innovations and recognized their potential for his own plans.  He enthusiastically praised the savage ingenuity.  An 1824 draft of his will was the first to contain the score of his wishes: first, to see the corpse as an inheritance

According to legend, Behtam carried around the glass eyes intended for the Auto-Icon in his pocket in his final years.  (Supposed) attempts to dehydrating body parts in his home oven are said to have yielded satisfactory results.  Bentham believed the [Maori] mokomokai process would discolor facial traits and produce a parchment- or mummy-like appearance (which could be corrected with paint), while maintaining the physiognomy.

But Southwood Smith botched the job.  He sprinkled sulfuric acid onto the head, and in doing so docked Benthams nose.  He used an air pump to aid dehydration, which caused the skin to shrivel.  Benthams face appeared melted, the physiognomy destroyed.  In spring 1833, Smith commissioned a replacement head of wax

That is from the new, excellent, and short The Radical Fool of Capitalism: On Jeremy Bentham, The Panopticon, and the Auto-Icon, by Christian Welzbacher.

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06:30

Old white man of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Since Cook was our very able C man, it is only right that Abel should be invited to join us for T.  Quote: Abel Janszoon Tasman was born, probably in 1602 or 1603, at Lutjegast, Netherlands. [] Tasman, in service with the Dutch East India Company, was first mate of the Weesp in 1634 and later that year [] The post Old white man of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Deuterogamy a second marriage, after the death of the first husband or wife; digamy; secondary pairing of sexual cells or nuclei that replaces direct copulation in many fungi, algae, and higher plants.

06:00

Gaza: Prison or the new Hong Kong? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Disclaimer: The writer has never been to Gaza nor Hong Kong and relies on reports and information presented by others that are all available on the Internet for anyone to check out for themselves. Both countries have large population densities, places for rich and poor, and a tourist trade. Israelis living in Gaza left in [] The post Gaza: Prison or the new Hong Kong? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:17

Power of love "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Episcopalian bishop, Michael Curry, gave the address at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

He began:

And now in the name of our loving, liberating and life-giving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

From the Song of Solomon in the Bible: Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is as strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it out.

The late Dr Martin Luther King once said, and I quote: We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. For love, love is the only way.

Theres power in love. Dont underestimate it. Dont even over-sentimentalize it. Theres power, power in love. . . 

He continued quoting the Bible, Martin Luther King and towards the end quoted French Jesuit Teilhard de Chardin:

. . . he said, as others have, that the discovery or invention or harnessing of fire was one of the great scientific and technological discoveries in all of human history. Fire to a great extent made human civilization possible. Fire made it possible to cook food and provide sanitary ways of eating which reduced the spread of disease in its time. Fire made it possible to heat, warm environments and thereby made human migration around the world a possibility, even into colder climates. Fire made it possible, there was no Bronze Age without fire, no Iron Age without fire, no Industrial Revolution without fire. The advances of science and technology are greatly dependent on the ability and capacity to take fire and use it for human good. . . 

And de Chardin said fire was one of the greatest discoveries in all of human history. And he then went on to say that if humanity ever harnesses the energy of fire again, if humanity ever captures the energy of love, it will be the second time in history that we have discovered fire.

Dr. King was right. We must discover love the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world. . . 

You can read about de Chardin here......

05:00

Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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04:30

Budget 2018: Judith Collins "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Then we have Judith Collins, in full cry and justifying Bridges faith in putting her up instead of Amy Adams

04:30

How do you confuse a music-loving, social justice warrior who is a third wave feminist? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Question: How do you confuse a music-loving, social justice warrior who is a third wave feminist? Answer: You show them, Netta, performing Toy and winning the Eurovision song competition. Nettas style may not be everyones cup of tea but there is no denying her huge talent or her originality. Her song has gone viral and for the [] The post How do you confuse a music-loving, social justice warrior who is a third wave feminist? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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03:30

Climate skeptics more eco friendly "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Whod have thunk it. Those who are sceptical about climate change are more eco-friendly than those who make a song and dance about it. Breitbart explains: Quote: QuoteAmericans who are skeptical about climate change engage in personal behavior that is more friendly to the environment than climate alarmists, who support increased government regulation, a new [] The post Climate skeptics more eco friendly appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:05

Japan, Pacific island nations urge North Korea to denuclearise "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

mainichi.jp | May 19, 2018 


IWAKI, Japan (Kyodo) -- Japan and Pacific island countries on Saturday called on North Korea to take concrete actions toward denuclearisation by complying with United Nations' sanctions over its nuclear and missile development, as they wrapped up a two-day summit meeting in northeastern Japan.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Mainichi)


In the joint declaration released after the gathering in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and leaders from 14 Pacific island countries expressed deep concerns over the North evading international sanctions by transferring cargoes at sea.

It is the first time for Japan and the Pacific island countries to mention the North Korean issue in their declaration. Japan has hosted a regional summit with the Pacific island nations every three years since 1997.

The participants at the eight Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting also noted the importance of the complete, verifiable and irreversible scrapping of all of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles, while stressing the need of an immediate resolution of the abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s.

The declaration also touched on the importance of the maritime order based on the rule of law and welcomed the "free and open Indo-Pacific strategy," a policy the Abe administration has pushed ahead with in an apparent effort to counter the growing maritime assertiveness of China.

In a keynote speech at the outset of the summit, Abe pledged to support Pacific island countries in enhancing their maritime security capabilities, given their vulnerable coastal security.

"Japan will be unstinting in its assistance toward improving countries' capacity to 'protect the sea,' including each country's legal enforcement capabilities," Abe said.

"It is the rule of law that gives protection to the nations, big and small, for their inher...

03:00

Lets fix this "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Lets fix this is the Whaleoil alternative to numerous government working groups. Who needs expensive consultants with expense accounts when you can throw the problem to the Whaleoil readership and come up with multiple solutions quickly and easily. Today we will attempt to answer the following questions: What should we do with someone on [] The post Lets fix this appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

Save the fish: Ban plastic bags "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Quote: Its the latest moral panic. Soon, were told, there will be more plastic in the sea than there are fish. The floating island of plastic known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now three times the size of France. Fish are becoming so addicted to pollution they actually prefer plastic microbeads to real food. Its killing whales. Etc. Of course [] The post Save the fish: Ban plastic bags appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:28

Parkop committed to harness full potential of SMEs, Women Economy Empowerment "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Economic empowerment of women will not only help improve the status of women in PNG but also contribute to the country's greater economic and social future, according to NCD Governor Powes Parkop.

"Traditionally women have been wealth creators in PNG. They are the ones who raise pigs, do the gardening apart from caring for their families. This is the strength and potential women have in PNG to improve their own lives and status, and to contribute to a greater social and economic outcome for the nation. This potential must be harnessed to make equality real and to create more wealth for the nation," he said.

Governor Parkop was speaking at a small ceremony today at Nature Park for awarding of 114 Savings Account Passbook for women from Morata who had undergone basic financial literacy training funded by NCDC at end of 2016 under program initiative by late womens champion and Commissioner of the Board of NCDC Ms Janet Sape called Givim Han Long Life.

NCDC has reaffirmed its commitment in ensuring women involving in small-to-medium businesses in the city are empowered as a pathway for helping nationals to take full or major control over the countrys economy.

NCD Governor Powes Parkop said empowerment of women on all fronts was a catalyst to fully advance the countrys development.

What makes a society, a city or nation great-for a brighter future-is by empowering their women. This is a proven pathway that is in our tradition and so we must tap or harness this to secure a better future both economically and socially. It will benefit women and the entire nation said Mr Parkop.

He reminded fellow menfolk to recognize this potential and abilities in women, and to learn to treat them as equal citizens and not as ill-perceived norms and cultures.

Many of the women receiving the passbook were illiterates and they underwent a financial literacy program that qualified then to have their passbook bank accounts opened with Womens Micro Bank.

It was facilitated by Rural and Urban Women Empowerment Foundation, a non-government organisation based at the Morata suburb.

Govenror Parkop paid tribute to late Janet Sape as a passionate and strong advocate for womens empowerment particularly economic empowerment and equality. He also thank Ms Janet Banebo the Executive Director of Urban and Rural Development Foundation for maintaining the program with the passing....

02:24

PNG's successful hosting of international events attribute to Investment, Corporate Sponsors "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

PORT MORESBY: The Papua New Guinea's successful hosting of the international events has been attributed to the governments investment backed by the corporate sponsors according to a State Minister.

In his first official address today to a breakfast in Parliaments State Function Room, honorable William Samb, the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister in Affairs of Bougainville and Sports, none of the major events staged would have taken place without this support.

He was appointed on May 9, 2018.

Just like our business houses, our government led by Prime Minister Peter O Neill recognizes the importance of sport and its role in the community, he told the breakfast attended by members of Carbine International Congress whose main focus is on sports development.

On behalf of the Prime Minister Peter O Neill and his government, Mr Samb commended them for this.

He stepped in for PM ONeill who is away in the Philippines on official engagement.

It is wonderful to know that we have like-minded executives working here in PNG, many of whom have lived here a long time that give so much of their time and funds to supporting sport.

This support ranges from junior development to international representation, he said.

He said the government invested over K1 billion to host the 9th South Pacific Game at facilities that are world class.

I am glad to hear that today you will watch our SP Hunters team play at the new Oil Search National Football Stadium that was completed through a tax credit scheme. I am sure you will have a great afternoon. All the investment by the Government and supported by the private sector is beginning to pay off, he said.

In recent years here are some of our highlights.

1. Hosting the Womens Soccer World Cup 2017 with 50 nations including North Korea Participating
2. SP Hunters win the QLD In trust Cup 2017 after only 4 years in the competition
3. Our Kummuls Rugby League team winning all 3 pool games in the Rugby League Cup in 2017 and holding England to a very respectable score in the Quarter final Success in Rugby Union in particular in the 7s format
4. Winner of the 9th South Pacific Games in 2016 hosted in PNG and including representation from Australia and NZ in selective sports for the first time Medal winning performances at the recent C...

02:15

Budget 2018: Marama Davidson "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This is one of the most cringeworthy speeches ever, she lauds the Greens non-achievements and trumpets aspirations as fact, using phrases that make one want to hide in a cave.

Here Adam has just posted the video and Hansard record, but we will return to this rubbish and attempt to fathom the implications in a later post.

From Hansard

MARAMA DAVIDSON (Co-LeaderGreen): Madam Deputy Speaker, Id just like to let the previous member, Jami-Lee Ross, know Ive just ordered him some lunch because he sounded a bit hangry in that whole speech there. Some food is on its way, Jami-Lee Ross. Likewise, the Leader of the Opposition couldnt believe what he was hearing today, couldnt believe the positive turn that this Government has taken, to the point where he had to call it a fake Budget. But let me reassure the Opposition that this is real. This is happening, this is not a dream, there is nothing wrong with their television sets, and the red pill wont do anything, because this is reality.

This is what a real Government looks like: a Government with purpose, a Government which takes positive action, a Government which is united, focused, and getting things done. This Budget begins the process of rebuilding our public services that the previous Government broke, restoring our health and education systems, putting in place the foundations for our future, and, importantly, putting in place the foundations for a green future.

But I can see why some of the members opposite are confused and a bit hungry. You see, a real Government builds houses and actually shelters our people without a home. Instead, National stuffed around as rents and house prices exploded. A real Government funds hospitals to deliver the best healthcare in the world to our people. Instead, National blew smoke rings while mould ruined the walls of Middlemore Hospital, the hospital where I have given birth to three of my babies. A real Government funds front-line family violence services to ensure victims of domestic violence can get help when they actually need it. National stood by while Relationships Aotearoa folded, Shakti Wellington had to beg for funding, and Christchurch lost its only Rape Crisis centre. A real Government gives our kids the best start in life and a world-class education.

Hon Jacqui Dean...

02:00

Home "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ill always be grateful to you who taught me this: we are the ones who make this place home. Home   2018 Brian Andreas posted with permission.

You can buy books, posters, cards, ornaments and more and sign up for a daily dose of whimsy like this by email at Story People.

02:00

View from your window: Competition photo "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? This is the competition photo of the month where the winner wins a one Kilo bag of Coffee Vice coffee beans from our generous sponsor Bluburd. We need you to be as detailed as possible with your answer. Yesterdays photo: Helicopter approaching Everest Base Camp, Nepal, two weeks ago.   window@whaleoil.co.nz [] The post View from your window: Competition photo appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:58

Remembering a Great Man in Raumati "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

John Stewart Murray By Alida Van der Velde On April 11, Mr Max Pedersen,  KCDC Councillor Mark Benton and I []

01:56

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

DONT MISS THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 30TH 
IN HONOLULU


01:30

Why I love climate change "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A guest post. When I picked up my grandson from football on Saturday he was sopping wet.  I commiserated but his cheerful response was, at least its warm, Pop. And, so it was indeed, unusually warm and pleasant for the middle of May.  No heaters running, no heat pumps chewing through electricity, no open fires [] The post Why I love climate change appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:23

Japanese WWII veteran working to bring fallen soldiers back to their homeland "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

18 May 2018

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has paid tribute to Japanese World War II veteran, Masai Horie, who works to recover the remains of Japanese soldiers and bring them back to Japan.
Prime Minister ONeill, Horie and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Horie, who was prisoner-of-war in Rabaul in 1945, is 103 years old, has traveled to Papua New Guinea 18 times and is a former member of parliament in Japan.
It was an honour to meet Mr Horie tonight, ONeill said.
His tireless efforts to bring his countrymen home is outstanding and has earned him the highest respect in both of our countries.
"Papua New Guinea is the final resting place of so many courageous men and women from both sides of the war.
Our nation will always accord the highest respect to those still buried in our soil.
We will continue to work closely with Japan in their efforts to repatriate the remains of the fallen, and return them to their homeland."

01:14

Hawaii Mega Tsunami Warning? Think For Yourself "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Some common sense and perspective. Uncensored does not promote fearmongering. However, this subject needs to be addressed. I received today an Email from one of my many contacts, relating to the Hawaii disaster and its implications, that was most alarmist in nature. Heres some excerpts: that in the first circle, wave heights coming at the []

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01:00

Whaleoil music quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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00:45

We may get a bit longer to kiss our arses goodbye "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Spinoff: What happens to NZ after global nuclear war breaks out? According to various experts, New Zealand would indeed likely be the best place to be in the event of a nuclear holocaust. But best is a relative term, and this belies just how hellish life could become on one of the worlds last []

00:35

PM ONeill arrives in Japan for PALM8 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

18 May 2018

Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, Peter ONeill, has arrived in Japan for the 8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (SOM8).
Prime Minister ONeill with Prime Minister Abe and Ms Akie Abe

Held every three years in Japan, the PALM brings Pacific Island Nations together in discussion with Japan to develop initiatives for regional growth and co-operation.
Being held in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, from May 18-19, the Leaders Meeting has the theme We are Islanders Partnership towards Prosperous, Free and Open Pacific".
ONeill welcomed the talks that he said will provide an opportunity for the region to engage with Japan on issues of mutual interest.
Japan is very much involved in projects that strengthen economic advancement and enhance community development around the Pacific, he said.
Papua New Guinea is working with Japan on a number of initiatives that are strengthening infrastructure in our country, particularly as we prepare to host the APEC Summit in November.
"This includes the Port Moresby Sewage System Upgrade Project, the Reconstruction of bridges in East New Britain and capacity building support through the Volunteers Program.
I look forward to the meetings over the coming days and discussion with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as we work together in the interests of improving regional infrastructure."
The PALM Leaders Summit will be co-chaired by the Prime Minister of Japan, and the Prime Minister of Samoa,  as the current Chair of the Pacific Island Forum.

00:30

When are politicians going to learn voters dont want separate Maori wards? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Another vote, another predictable result. The only people surprised by this outcome are the wombles who put up the proposal for Maori wards in the first place. Quote: Palmerston North people have spoken and more than two-thirds who voted were in opposition to creating separate Mori wards. Results from a binding poll came in on Saturday [] The post When are politicians going to learn voters dont want separate Maori wards? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:03

Phillipines President Duterte welcomes stronger ties with PNG "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Address by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte at the State Dinner in Manila, 16 May 2018:

Today in our meetings, I have seen the true spirit of friendship and cooperation, having agreed to work together on matters of mutual interest, particularly in increasing an environment of trade and investment, and further strengthening the very important agricultural and fisheries sectors.

Tonight we have strengthened the foundations of mutual respect, not only at the official level, but more at a personal level.
The 35,000 Filipinos living and working in PNG and the hundreds of PNG citizens studying in the Philippines are living truth of friendship that we aim to strengthen in the the years to come.
The Philippines have further deepened our engagements in PNG as we support PM O'Neill's Chairmanship of this year's APEC Leaders Summit.
I am truly honoured for this evening's occassion, as this is your first official visit to the Philippines.
Today will reaffirm this relationship as we celebrate this opportunity to build on from strength to strength.
Today marks a new chapter where we chart a new destiny as sovereign states.

00:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Too stoned to work Pam Tipa:

Substance abuse problems, timekeeping and the attitude of young people entering workforce must be addressed for the future of the horticulture industry, says Vegetables NZ Inc. chairman Andre de Bruin.

The Dargaville kumara grower says the industry relies on a core of good fantastic seasonal workers but that core is not coming through in the younger generation. There is an occasional gem but they are getting much harder to find.

As de Bruin spoke to Rural News he could see five seasonal workers sitting in a vehicle either stoned or drunk when they should have been at work. . .

LINZ to open up with new high country advisory group Tom Kitchen:

Land Information New Zealand has announced the creation of a high country advisory group to help make better decisions for New Zealands high country regions.

Speaking at this years Federated Farmers High Country Conference in Cromwell yesterday, Linz  deputy chief executive Crown property Jerome Sheppard said Linz needed the group because of the complications and debates around the tenure review process and the influx of tourists in the country.

Were wanting to open up our shop a wee bit more so you can see whats going on we think debate needs to happen. . . 

Wool prices cause disbelief Alan Williams:

Buyers clearly had orders to fill as prices increased again at Thursdays Napier wool sale.

The volumes rose on the floor as buyers tried to outbid each other, PGG Wrightson North Island auctioneer Steve Fussell said. 

There was some disbelief about some of the price gains.

Buyers were especially keen on very good style, new, second-shear wool with prices 6% to 7% up on the May 3 sale in Napier. . .

00:00

Our ignorance of Palestinian jihad "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Quote: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has condemned the devastating one-sided loss of life in Jerusalem after Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian protesters who opposed the opening of the US Embassy there.  End of quote Perhaps our prime minister would be less critical if the body count was 50/50, half Israeli and half Palestinian. It [] The post Our ignorance of Palestinian jihad appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

Saturday, 19 May

23:52

APEC Trade Ministers to Seek Common Ground in Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Trade Ministers from the APEC member economies, the worlds largest trading area, are set to convene in Port Moresby in an effort to secure the regions resurgent growth.

In focus during the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting on 25-26 May will be ways to support and improve the multilateral trading system, deepen regional economic integration and connectivity, and foster sustainable, inclusive growth through digital development. This includes promoting ICT use to deepen market access for businesses of all sizes in the region.

Trade Ministers will draw upon policy consultations now underway here by trade and sectoral officials, to conclude with a meeting of APEC Senior Officials on 23-24 May. They will also take into account the findings of the latest APEC Regional Trends Analysis to be revealed on 23 May as well as recommendations from the APEC Business Advisory Council.

We recognize how important a period this is for trade and the momentum our economies need to make progress, said Ivan Pomaleu, Papua New Guineas Ambassador to APEC and 2018 Chair of APEC Senior Officials. Our commitment to seek common ground in APEC is guided by a shared desire to improve the lives of our people.

Growth in the region continues to show encouraging signs but it is vulnerable to growing trade frictions, added Dr Alan Bollard, Executive Director of the APEC Secretariat. We need to resolve trade worries, improve coordination to open digital opportunities and help reskill workers to help keep improving peoples livelihoods in the region.

Trade Ministers will consider ideas presented by scholars from the APEC Study Center Consortium as well as policy prescriptions fleshed out by APEC technical working groups. Areas of emphasis will include assisting women-led entrepreneurship and trade, fisheries and food supply chains, and free trade agreements.

Trade Ministers will also take into account a briefing from World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevdo on 25 May.

Ensuring that policy keeps up with the pace of change in the Asia-Pacific and channels innovation in sustainable and inclusive ways is a real challenge in the current environment, Dr Bollard concluded. Working together to advance practical trade solutions to continue the regions growth momentum is important for us all.

23:40

Thoughts on the Harry & Meghan nuptials "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Well, it sounds like the Royal Wedding went off okay. That has to be a relief, Im sure.

I slept through it, as is my own personal tradition for royal weddings, but I know a lot of people were excited and worried about different bits so Im glad everything seems to have been tickety boo.

I suspect people were watching Prince Philip closely at that bit where the minister asks if there is anyone who has any objections to the marriage. I could just see him raising a choleric argument or two.

Anyway, best wishes to the happy broadcasters and dress makers.

Err. I mean, couple.

23:39

PM O'Neill thanks Philippines for ongoing relationship "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has thanked the President of the Philippines for the ongoing strengthening of relations between the two countries, that is delivering benefits in education, agriculture and healthcare.
He has completed an Official State Visit to the Philippines where he met with Philippines President, Rodrigo Duterte, senior government officials and business leaders.

ONeill said the major outcome to come from the visit is the reassertion of how close the Philippines is to Papua New Guinea, both in geography and in cultural characteristics.
Our two countries have many similarities, in our governance and legal processes, in our approach to business and in our Christian values," he said.

The Philippines is a very community orientated country with respect for family and tradition.
The islands of the Philippines also share very strong similarities with all island nations around the Pacific.
Now as we increase our co-operation in areas such as agriculture and education, the bonds between our people will continue to grow.

Papua New Guinea has a very close friend in the Philippines.
We have had diplomatic relations for 43 years, but we have been friends for hundreds of years since Filipinos came with the missionaries.

...

23:30

$935,000 for what? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Goff said he was going to stop the waste. Yet the latest example of his total failure is this

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/ckpt-20180518-1814-auckland_council_paid_935_000_for_report_with_no_result-128.mp3

Todd Niall reports for RNZ.

Goff is treating Auckland with contempt.

23:30

Recipe of the week "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pineapple Cheese Cake Base 1 pkt wholemeal malt biscuits 1/2 tsp cinnamon 3 oz melted butter 2 tbsp brown sugar Filling 1/2 to 2 tbsp gelatin 1/4 pint whipped cream 3 oz lemon juice 1/4 cup boiling water 1 tin sweetened condensed milk 1 small tin crushed pineapple 12 oz cream cheese Base: Crush biscuits [] The post Recipe of the week appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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