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Monday, 20 February

00:30

This appears to be the true cost of having every burglary attended "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Meth is closing in on alcohol as the nations most addictive substance. Everyone from teenagers to 60-year-old middle-class white men are using it, Hamilton Alcohol and Drug Community Support Trust director Stephen King said. The biggest group we are seeing is children of financially successful families. And the need then drives more crime.  Resulting in []

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00:25

Cartoon for Today 20/02/2017 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From The Guardian, an excellent Chris Riddell cartoon.

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00:24

Stolen SABL land would reach all the way to the moon "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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By ACTNOW!

Fifty two thousand square kilometres of customary land has been stolen in the SABL land grab.

52,000 square kilometres is the same as 5.2 million hectares but what does that amount of land really look like?

Well, 52,000 square kilometres is the same as the whole of Central and Northern (Oro) Provinces put together imagine that: land equivalent to two whole Provinces illegally given to foreign companies!

It is also the same as 7 million rugby fields.

Yup, you could create 7,000,000 rugby fields from the land stolen in the SABL land grab  and if we laid those rugby fields end to end they would reach all the way to the moon and almost all the way back!

Just imagine that, you could walk all the way to the moon on the land stolen in the SABL land grab!

In June 2013, almost four years ago, a...

00:21

Frieda river mining companies involved in internal war "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Chinese are fighting to get three Highlands Pacific directors off the PanAust board

The Chinese are fighting to get three Highlands Pacific directors, including Chairman Ken MacDonald off the PanAust board

Australian mining company Highlands Pacific is involved in a war with Chinese state-owned Guangdong Rising Assets Management (GRAM), over the future of the Frieda River mine. Highlands Pacific owns 20% of the proposed Frieda River mine through the joint venture company, PanAust. The Chinese own 80%.

Highlands Pacific has accused the Chinese of failing to complete the Frieda River mine feasibility study to the required standard. GRAM has responded by trying to throw three Highlands Pacific executives off the PanAust board none of which bodes well for the future of the mine or the people of the Sepik

HPL members asked to resign

Post Courier | February 17, 2017...

00:19

Maori/Mana party deal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Maori and Mana parties have announced a deal that will remain in place up until the election on 23 September. Hone Harawira will stand in Te Tai Tokerai again (Labours Kelvin Davis one the electorate off Harawira in 2014), and the Maori Party wont stand a candidate there. And Mana wont stand a candidate []

00:07

Quotation for Today 20/02/2017 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound, former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt said on Twitter.

Bildt responding to Trumps comments on a terror attack in Sweden, which the Swedes seem not to know anything about.


00:00

Trump on Swedish incident and immigration problems "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Claims of immigration related crime in Sweden isnt new online, but it does appear to be new when the US president makes claims about it that seem to have no factual basis (about another country, Donald Trump seems to lack a factual basis to many things he talks about in the US). Reuters: Trump comment []

00:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Hill of Goats  Impossible to tell when I will return home.. Katyn Forest is a wooded area near Gneizdovo village, a short distance from Smolensk in Russia where, in 1940 on Stalins orders, the NKVD shot, and buried over 4000 Polish service personnel that had been taken prisoner when the Soviet Union invaded Poland []

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Sunday, 19 February

23:42

Samoa tourism numbers continue to grow "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tourism numbers in Samoa for the 2nd Quarter of the current financial year are steady and have only increased by 1.8% when compared to the same period in the previous financial year.

As was the case last year, the increase was driven by minor growths for October and December with November again being the slow month achieving no growth in numbers

Holiday and VFR (visiting friends and relatives) visitors contributed the most to the overall increase in terms of overall numbers as is the norm for the holiday season although the Business category achieved the most overall growth of 23% driven largely by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) meeting that Samoa hosted in early December.

According to the February issues of the Samoa Tourism Monthly Newsletter, the NZ Market continues to perform well for the Quarter and achieved the biggest increase in overall numbers for the quarter with 1237 visitors but their ever improving US Market recorded the biggest net growth of 14%.

Tourism Earnings grew by 2.3% which is a slightly higher overall growth relative to the growth in the numbers for the period under review.

This is mainly due to the increase in business visitors as well as visitors from Samoas Asian and European markets that traditionally have higher spend per visit.

   
Source: SPTO

23:35

Australian taxpayers left to pay billions in mining clean up costs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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An Australia Institute report says a scarcity of information about disused mine sites is leaving the public in the dark on the clean-up costs from the mining boom. Photograph: Reuters

For those Pacific nations that have the fortune/misfortune to have large foreign mining activities in their territories, the situation in Australia is a warning of what could happen when whatever is being mined runs out and the mining company then disappears, leaving the people with the rubbish and the costs of clearing up!

Mining boom clean-up could cost taxpayers billions, says Australia Institute

Report says mine sites may not be able to be successfully rehabilitated and warns of big liabilities

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23:33

Quote of the Day: On saving the world "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

"Anyone serious about saving the world today must first discard the dominant philosophy of the culture. Stand on your own as much as if you moved to a separate valley, like in Atlas Shrugged. Check your premises; define your convictions rationally. Do not take anything on faith; do not believe that your elders know what they're doing; because they don't."
~ Ayn Rand, from the Q&A at the Ford Hall Forum during the 1970s, appearing in the recent book Ayn Rand Answers

[Hat tip Anoop Verma]

23:30

Remarkable that an economist doesnt believe in measuring progress "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Economist Gareth Morgans political party has school testing in its sights, pledging to tackle New Zealands obsession with ranking our children by slashing the use of National Standards and the NCEA system. Morgans The Opportunities Party has also pledged to introduce free, universal full-time early childhood education (ECE) in its newly released education policy. While []

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23:15

Govt to raid green bank for coal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Environment minister Josh Frydenberg hands minister for social services Christian Porter a lump of coal during Question Time on February 9. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Environment minister Josh Frydenberg hands minister for social services Christian Porter a lump of coal during Question Time on February 9. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

CANBERRA [AAP & other sources]

Taxpayers could help pay for coal-fired power stations through Australias $10 billion green energy bank under changes being considered by the Turnbull government.

Energy minister Josh Frydenberg has confirmed the government is considering issuing a ministerial directive to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to consider investing in clean coal.

Its called the Clean Energy Finance Corporation, not the renewable energy corporation, he told the ABC.

The government has been promoting high efficiency, low emissions coal-fired generation to shore up the national energy grid, but there is no appetite in the energy sector to build new coal plants.

Existing Clean Energy Finance Corporation rules say it can only fund new generators that have half the emissions of existing ones.

Even with the latest technology, coal power cant meet this requirement without using carbon capture and storage.

Mr Frydenberg said the government is considering changing the corporations rules to relax that 50 per cent emissions-reduction requirement a move that would require parliamentary support.

Stabilising the countrys power grid is at the centre of his thinking.

If you can lower emissions and stabilise the system with baseload power, thats a pretty good outcome for Australian households, Mr Frydenberg said.

His comments drew a rebuke from South Australian premier Jay Weatherill.

When clean has its meaning expanded to include coal you realise how busted nati...

23:12

English on Peters "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  Seems to be a thing in media today to check out Bill Englishs views on how National might work with Winston Peters after the election. In the latest Colmar Brunton poll National were on 46% and NZ First remain high for them this far out from the election on 11%. Could @winstonpeters become deputy []

23:10

Experts want national approach on obesity "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Photo SteFou! flickr.com/photos/stephen-oung

Photo SteFou! flickr.com/photos/stephen-oung

Belinda Tasker

CANBERRA [AAP]

Nutrition experts have called for a nationally coordinated approach to tackle the countrys obesity problem and improve the health of Australians.

One hundred experts from 53 organisations working with state and federal bureaucrats have conducted a landmark study and drawn up the 47-point plan to address the problem.

The study found a major barrier to addressing the problem was the huge variation in how states and federal governments implement nutrition policies.

There is no silver bullet to helping people eat more healthily, Dr Gary Sacks, the leader of the study and a Senior Research Fellow at the Global Obesity Centre at Deakin University, said in a statement on Monday.

We know from international evidence that we need coordination across federal, state and local government to implement a whole suite of different policies to tackle the problem.

The study recommends the development of an overall national strategy and implementation plan for improving the diets of Australians.

That includes taxing junk food, especially sugary drinks, to make them more expensive and reducing advertising and marketing of those products to children.

Often good policies exist, but they are not being implemented in a coordinated way, Dr Sacks said.

Junk food could also be banned from schools and sports venues, but reducing childrens exposure to junk food was also important, Dr Sacks said.

Its a good start to have policies for restricting junk foods in school canteens, if kids are then inundated with unhealthy foods at sports venues, and they see relentless junk food ads on prime-time TV, it doesnt make it easy for them to eat well.

Executive manager of the Obesity Policy Coalition Jane Martin believes tapping into s...

22:48

Trump wants even worse medicine rules "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

20 February 2017: US President Trump says countries like Australia are freeloading because our government regulates medicine prices through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

The PBS is a vital part of Australias health system because it helps to ensure lifesaving medicines are affordable and accessible.

At a meeting with pharmaceutical companies in January, Mr Trump said:

"Our trade policy will prioritize that foreign countries pay their fair share for U.S.-manufactured drug, so our drug companies have greater financial resources to accelerate development of new cures, and I think that's so important.

"Right now it's very unfair what other countries are doing to us.

These comments show us that while Trump did withdraw from the TPP, it wasnt because it extended medicine monopolies and delayed access to cheaper medicines.

We are yet to see Trumps trade policy in action, but we will need to be vigilant to ensure that he doesnt try to reduce access to affordable medicines. 

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22:46

REVEALING ANOTHER SERIAL LIAR & FRAUDSTER, MAHESH PATEL. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


UNDECLARED DIVIDENDS OF K20 MILLION PAID TO KUMUL CONSOLIDATED HOLDINGS LTD AND SALE OF TELIKOM ASSETS; LANDS AND BUILDINGS

The current interim Chairman of TPNG Mr Mahesh Patels National News Paper publication dated 6th February 2017 page 25, saying that Telikom PNG paid a K20m dividend to Kumul Consolidated Holdings Ltd is yet another lie from Mahesh Patel to justify his existence in Telikom PNG. According to Telikom PNG Monthly Management Accounts as at June 2016, Telikom PNG actually made a loss of K3.7m earnings before tax.

Therefore, this K20m is an undeclared dividend payment. This money was drawn from either; the cash savings from Telikom staff prematurely retrenched through the illegal Spill and Fill exercise carried out in 2015 or from unused capital works/project funds. The withdrawal of funds was most probably charged to the Government Capital Grants Accounts or the Owners Equity Account.

If it was a dividend declared profit, then Chairman should have properly declared at a Telikom PNG Board Meeting in the presence of Chairman of Kumul Consolidated Holdings Limited: Paul Nerau, Minister for KCHL Honourable William Duma, CEO of TPNG and press media conference to shareholder and 8.5 million people of PNG. Chairman Mahesh Patel is lying, declaring that TPNG Ltd had made a cash profit of K60m, confusing net cash flow statement with profit and loss statement. This undeclared dividend payment of K20 million to KCHL seems most likely to be part of the ManuManu land deal scandal. Again, Patel wants to justify his existence in Telikom PNG.

PNG Communication Workers Union has evidence that TPNG is faced with huge debts at the moment, and monthly revenue collections is well below projected under Mahesh Patel as Chairman. How can Mahesh Patel boastfully declare dividend payment to KCH Ltd? He should be held accountable for telling lies to the shareholder and people of PNG.
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22:44

Green list selection "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Martyn Bradbury is now advising the Greens on how to organise their party list Green Party Members Special: Ranking the top 20 Green Party candidates. I presume this is on a voluntary basis. I doubt many Green Party members will take his advice too seriously given his record with promoting party success, but he []

22:41

Fake news v fake news "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

Sometimes it's had to know whether to laugh or cry.  At Donald Trump's latest rally he took aim at what he (often correctly) calls fake news, before going on to talk about approval polls showing different facts to those in the actual polls; a Swedish incident he had made up provoking much mirth on Twitter and using a quote from Thomas Jefferson about this very thing, fake news, that Trump appeared to pinch from the Washington Post (who he has regularly lambasted as fake media) and singularly failed to understand.

Its true that when president, under scurrilous attack by the media, Thomas Jefferson did write, answering a question about the manner in which a newspaper should be conducted,  that [n]othing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. But the fuller context is that Jefferson was talking about contemporary newspapers, those of 1807, which had become blatant scandal sheets, unashamedly partisan, and a world away from those he had envisioned in arguing for the freedom of the press decades earlier.  As for what is not true you will always find abundance in the newspapers, he told a friend of the 1806 newspapers teeming both with valid criticism of his Administration and made-up stories of the corruption of the Jefferson White House.

It as as Mark Twain was to say much later, that not to read a newspaper is to be uninformed, but to read a newspaper at all is to be misinformed.

So how are we to proceed? As it happens, if Trump had read Jeffersons letter entire instead of just the section of it he ripped from a Washington newspaper, he may have himself found an answer. Here is the letter entire:

'To your request of my opinion of the manner in which a newspaper should be conducted, so as to be most useful, I should answer, 'by restraining it to true facts & sound principles only.' Yet I fear such a paper would find few subscribers. It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more compleatly deprive the...

22:30

Explore, suck it out, and sell sell sell "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Spending more than $110,000 of taxpayers money to try and attract big oil companies that have already turned their back on mining in New Zealand is a total waste of money, Green MP Gareth Hughes says. Figures sent to Hughes by Energy Minister Judith Collins reveal $111,331 was spent by the Government on marketing and []

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22:17

Tongan King's mother passes away in Auckland "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Tongan King's mother Queen Halaevalu Mata'aho has passed away in an Auckland hospital.

1 NEWS understands the Queen Mother, 90, was brought to New Zealand with minor health issues.

Her granddaughter and namesake Princess Mata'aho has been with her. It's understood her son King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau'u are currently in Niua the northernmost group of islands in Tonga.

Some of the younger Tongan royals have posted the news on Facebook - one granddaughter writing my heart is broken in pieces.

Another Tongan man said on Twitter that it's like the moon has gone disappearing from the face of the earth ... A very down to earth Queen.

Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata'aho is the widow of King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV who passed away in 2006. Her eldest son King George Tupou V died in 2012 only six years after his father.

The Queen Mother Halaevalu Mata'aho was the mother of two kings, George Tupou V and Tupou VI.

Born on 29 May 1926, Halaevalu Mata'aho 'Ahome'e was the daughter of Heuifanga Veikune and Noble 'Ahome'e Manuopangai.

Halaevalu Mata'aho married Siaosi Tufa'hau Tupoulahi, the eldest son of Queen Sote Tupou III, in a grand royal double wedding in 1947.

The Coronation of King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV and Queen Mata'aho (Queen consort) took place in July 1967 following the passing of Queen Slote in 1965.

Queen Mata'aho was predeceased by her husband Tupou IV in 2006, and two of their four children.

She is survived by a son King Tupou VI and daughter Princess Slote Mafile'o Pilolevu Tuita, 11 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

The Queen Mother is much loved in Tonga - last year there was a six day celebration to mark her 90th birthday.

SOURCE: TVNZ

22:04

Stabbing in Raumati "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Young man hospitalised with serious stab wounds after brawl at Rosetta Road party Kapiti Police say a 24-year-old man at a party in Rosetta Road, Raumati, was assaulted with a crowbar and stabbed approximately 12 times in the back, stomach and chest with a small folding knife. Senior Sergeant Chanel Chapman says a group of []

22:00

Has National been hacked, will there be a book and will it influence the election? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Rumours are not facts and at the moment all I can write about are rumours. Kim Dotcom has stated that the National Party has been hacked and that there is a huge amount of stolen information available but we only have his word for it. If his claim is true will Nicky Hager be in []

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21:50

1 000 West Papuans to get PNG citizenship "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

MORE than 1000 West Papuan refugees living in East Awin, Western Province, will be granted Papua New Guinea citizenship soon, the Post Courier reports.

The refugees were scheduled to receive their citizenship certificates two weeks ago.

But the Citizenship Advisory Committee which was initially chaired by Kabwum MP Bob Dadae was postponed because it coincided with the Parliaments election of the new vice regal.

Immigration and Citizenship acting Chief Migration Officer Solomon Kantha was contacted on the matter but advised that the Minister for Foreign Affairs Rimbink Pato would make the official announcement soon.

Parliament voted Mr Dadae, the initial chair of the committee, as the 10th Governor-General on the day the citizenship committee was to convene its meeting.

According to  Post-Courie,r ,PNG Government was also working on granting citizenship for those in Port Moresby, Manus and those living along border towns of the country.

The Citizenship Advisory Committee is now currently chaired by acting head and Telefomin MP Solan Mirisim who could not be contacted as he was in his electorate last week.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the Papua New Guinea government in their recent reports recognised those in East Awin as refugees. Recent reports detailed that there were currently about 10,400 West Papuan refugees living in East Awin and in other centres in Papua New Guinea, specifically Port Moresby, Manus and other border camps. Post Courier/ PNG Today

21:45

Do you want to live life dangerously? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you want to live life dangerously then you have come to the right place. EVERY reader who has subscribed before the 11th of March will be in the draw to win a NZV8Hotlaps voucher worth $299 Yes, that means that all our subscribers will be in this draw, not just new subscribers as this is []

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21:36

International Relations and Hegemonic Determinism on the Future of West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Written by Virginia Reid, George Mason University

 

Introduction

International relations are essentially intrinsic phenomena in the globalized world. The establishment of positive economical and political connections among nation states is paramount for the adequate development and maintenance of country, as well as for granting nations the right to self-determination and the recognition as member of a transnational network.

International coalitions formed by developed countries such as NATO, the European Union and the United Nations, alongside Hegemonic nations are deterministic forces who exert power over underdeveloped countries deciding their fate according to selfish objectives. According to Colin Flint, Hegemony is an economic process for selfish goals, and not global benevolence. (Flint, 2011, p. 198) Although the geopolitical actions of powerful countries in the world may at times benefit poorer countries or even the world as a whole, they primarily focused in strategic protocols that seek to guarantee benefits to their political and economic needs.

A well depicted example of the determinism on poor nations caused by International coalitions and hegemonic powers is the dispute over the territory of West Papua[1]. Its status as Indonesian territory has been conceded...

21:33

Whale Oil slump "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Whale Oil has been trying to trash Bill English since he became Prime Minister and they have been trying to trash National since New Zealand along with all other countries in the security voted in December to censure Israel, except the US who abstained. This morning Cameron Slater tries to connect the poll result to []

21:33

Scott Brown: A Suitable US Ambassador? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A sensational story for the front page By Roger Childs The suggestion that the former Massachusetts Senator might be an unsuitable pick for Ambassador to New Zealand, was a hyped-up story for the lead article in the Sunday Times. Posing naked for Cosmopolitan; support for waterboarding; sexual harassment charges at Fox News and wanting to []

21:30

Hey Greg, explaining is? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Greg OConnor has been explaining Former Police Association boss Greg OConnor has denied charges of being a right-wing fascist and come out in favour of legalising medicinal cannabis. OConnor, Labours candidate for the Ohariu electorate in Wellington, made the comments on the Labour-aligned blog The Standard. They come after critics including The Daily Blogs []

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21:00

Erasing memories behind PTSD "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Soldiers could be cured of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by erasing memories of disturbing events, scientists believe. Researchers at the University of Toronto have discovered that individual memories are encoded in just a few cells of the brain, and hope they will be able to switch them off using drugs. Figures from the Ministry of []

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21:00

Its Friday night, & Port Moresby General has no bandages "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dr Sam YockopuaKEITH JACKSON

THERE was something of a crisis at the Port Moresby General Hospital early last Friday night.

The weekend had arrived not to mention the onset of the usual Friday night procession of smashes, clashes and crashes and Dr Sam Yockopua, the hospitals chief of emergency medicine and 18-year public health veteran  was alarmed.

So alarmed, in fact, that he took to Facebook with a public appeal for help.

SOS call for kind donations, he wrote. As at 6:35pm, after supervision of the pm shift work, at POM Gen Emergency Department; we have none of the following.

And there followed a rendition of some of the most basic hospital necessities including face masks, gloves (last box left! wrote Dr Yockopua), alcohol swabs, urine bags, cervical collars, plasters, bandages, nebulizer cups, glucostrips, ECG/defib gel, ECG dots, 16. phenytoin iv, crepe bandages and there was more.

Friday night chaos is anticipated, Dr Yockomua continued, and we know we are not ready and will not give our best. We do, however, have solid manpower.

Inbox me or simply drop by at PMGH ED and offer anything you can. Help save lives. God bless you.

This is more dire than "praise the lord and pass the ammunition". Its more like go to the medicine drawer and bring me what youve got.

Facebook reader Sally Proctor commented on Dr Yockomuas cry for help: The national referral hospital shouldn't have to rely on donations. This is unacceptable. Where is the health minister and his secretary?

Good sentiments and a pertinent question.

And corruption fighting lawyer Sam Koim, who drew my attention to this dreadful predicament, commented simply, Frightening!

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20:41

First Colmar Brunton poll of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The major parties will be happy-ish with the first  News Colmar Brunton poll of the year, especially NZ First, but Labour have a way to go to where they need to be. National 46% (down from 50 in November 2016) Labour 30% (up from 28) Greens 11% (no change) NZ First 11% (up from 10) []

20:30

Land of the Long Wavy Cloud "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Cant say Ive seen those before. Rolling in the sky and breaking like waves in the sea, these clouds photographed over Palmerston North are simply beautiful. But the scientific explanation for them is anything but simple It occurs when the change in wind across the boundary between two fluids is so much that steady simple []

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20:00

Knowledge of sickness and healing, medical pluralism, and health seeking in Vanuatu "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Diabetes check-up, Norsup hospital, Malekula Island, Vanuatu 2007 (Flickr/DFAT/Rob Maccoll for AusAID CC BY 2.0)Knowledge and belief systems combining Christian and indigenous spiritual contexts are often central to causal explanations for illness and death in Vanuatu. As throughout the Pacific region, these are linked to a heavy reliance on what are typically described in public health and related development literature as traditional healers. Even so, very little systematic research has been done on the diversity of healing approaches and practices that fall under this broad term, or how and why people seek out and use such services in addressing problems of health and wellbeing (see e.g., Tynan et al 2011, Viney et al 2014a, 2014b). This post reports several key findings from a survey conducted in Luganville, Vanuatu, undertaken as a part of an Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP140104244) examining the relationship between spiritual beliefs, medical pluralism and health seeking behaviour. Concentrating on the increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes [1], and including the role of herbal, spiritual and other complementary and alternative medicines and healing techniques (CAM), this study examined how local understandings of disease aetiology and perceptions of healing efficacy impact upon the decisions individuals make in seeking treatment.

Luganville, the capital of Sanma Province, was chosen for its relatively large and heterogeneous population of approximately 14,000 people at the time the survey was carried out. Taking into account population diversity, including island of origin and related socio-economic factors, seven primary survey sites were targeted. A survey tool was developed in collaboration with indigenous health professionals, community leaders and enumerators over four days of workshops and trials. The su...

20:00

Strangest election really just a total waste of money "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Aucklands Mt Albert electorate is having one of the strangest election contests New Zealand has seen. The only real contenders are two young women from the same side of the political fence who get along so well they have carpooled on the campaign Labours Jacinda Ardern and the Greens Julie Anne Genter are trying to []

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20:00

Australias media begin to focus on PNGs corruption & waste "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Piers AkermanPIERS AKERMAN | The Sunday Telegraph

Published under the headline PNG waste stretches neighbourly concern

GLOBE-trotting fashionista foreign minister Julie Bishop needs to explain why Australian taxpayers are bankrolling Papua New Guineas vanity projects when that nation is economically febrile if it has not already fallen into the pit and our own economy is wallowing.

Numerous companies doing business with the PNG government have not been paid monies owed, the government itself has not met bills for its own instrumentalities, and we are picking up the cheque.

Last week both the PNG Parliament House and the Governor-Generals residency had their electricity cut off because of more than $320,000 in unpaid bills.

A former prime minister, Sir Mekere Morauta, who retired five years ago, said he may re-enter politics at the election due in July-August to fight what he says is the growing web of corruption, abuse, and poverty the country is trapped in and deal with growing levels of public debt more than 33.5% of GDP on conservative IMF figures.

He detailed a growing list of other concerns, including the mortgaging of future income to debt repayment, depriving basic services such as health and education of proper funding, the recession in the non-mining sector, with people losing jobs daily and businesses cutting expenditure to the bone, and poor job prospects for school leavers.

He said the government is not paying businesses for services provided, which in turn leaves companies struggling to pay their own bills and staff, the value of the kina is declining and prices rising and that there is nothing to show from LNG, oil, gas, gold and copper wealth, apart from glamour projects in Port Moresby.

Where is all the money, people wonder, he said.

Sir Mekere said there had been severe budget cuts to health and education, that teachers, doctors, health worker...

19:30

First poll of year sees Nats slump 4 points, thanks Murray "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

National has slumped 4 points int he latest 1News/Colmar Brunton poll. This is the first poll since John Key cut and run. National is at 46 per cent in the first 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll for the 2017 election year, down four points from the November poll. Labour has climbed two points to 30, []

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19:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I never had an occasion to question color, therefore, I only saw myself as what I was a human beingSidney Poitier who celebrates his 90th birthday today.


Filed under: quotes Tagged: Sidney Poitier

19:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Whaleoil General Debate is brought to you by use coupon code WHALE OIL to get 10% off e-cigarettes and e-liquids 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 []

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19:00

The writers: Leonard Roka Our esteemed Captain Bougainville "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Leonard Roka's favourite photoPHIL FITZPATRICK

IN early 2013, the Crocodile Prize for Literature entered its initial year under the administration of the just-formed Papua New Guinea Society of Writers, Editors and Publishers.

Unfortunately things did not run smoothly in the new organisation and one result was that the number of entries fell far below that of previous years.

The Society was also unable to secure sponsors for a number of award categories, nor could it secure funding for the annual writers workshop.

As it became apparent that the project was failing, emergency measures were taken and a small group which came to be known as the Crocodile Prize Organising Group, or COG seized control.

The upshot was that the Prize was saved but, in 2013, there were only four awards made: for short stories, poetry, essays and heritage writing. As there were no heritage entries, the funds for this category were distributed amongst the other three.

The Prize may have been enmeshed in chaos but happily the writers remained on song and the high quality of contributions continued.

Leonard Roka & Martyn NamorongThe winner of the short story prize was Leonard Fong Roka, a passionate Bougainvillean nationalist who had provided entries since the inception of the Crocodile Pri...

18:32

Incredible 'breaking wave' clouds amaze as they form across the sky over Palmerston North, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Waves were breaking in the Palmerston North sky this morning in a relatively uncommon phenomenon. Unsurprisingly the formation is dubbed "breaking wave clouds" but its official title is Kelvin-Helmholtz instability, named after Scots-Irish scientist Lord Kelvin William Thomson and German physician and physicist Hermann von Helmholtz.

18:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Far-right populist politician Geert Wilders who intends to de-Islamise the Netherlands has launched his election campaign today among tight security. Groups of protesters gathered as the anti-Islam candidate, who has lived in hiding for more than a decade, launched his bid in Spijkenisse, a blue-collar suburb of Rotterdam. Surrounded by police, Wilders today []

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18:19

North Korean Paranoia is Well-Founded "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

February 15, 2017 (Ulson Gunnar NEO) North Korea is depicted across US and European media as a backward nation run by a despotic, delusional leader encircled by advisers suffering from irrational, militant paranoia. The nation is also depicted as a prominent security threat in Asia-Pacific despite North Korea waging no wars in the region since an armistice in 1953 effectively ended the Korean War.

A despotic, delusional leadership, however, most likely would not possess nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and a large conventional army and yet restrain its use regardless of decades of provocations engineered along its borders by the United States and its allies within the South Korean government. Likewise, a nation governed by the entirely irrational would be incapable of maintaining, even expanding ties with neighboring states like China.

Yet in reality, North Korea has done all of this.

Much of the US and Europes accusations are predicated on the continued development of North Koreas defense programs including advances in nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles. Strategically omitted from US and European rhetoric are the provocations the West itself is guilty of, spurring along North Koreas expanding militarization.


What if, then, North Koreas allegedly irrational paranoia was well-founded?

As former North Korean leader Kim Jong-ils health deteriorated, the United States and its regional allies began planning quite openly for an opportunity to overturn the Nor...

18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is narcissism (noun) 1. Excessive preoccupation with or admiration of oneself. 2. A personality disorder characterised by an exaggerated sense of self-importance, need for admiration, and lack of empathy. 3. Pleasure derived from contemplation or admiration of ones own body or self, considered in psychoanalytic theory to be a fixation []

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18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 20 7 The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.

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17:30

John Oliver on Truth v Trump "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

You have to watch this - it's gold. 

The last minute or two is especially cute, but you won't get it unless you see the context of it during the rest of the video.


17:15

US discussion Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If theres news or issues from the USA worth discussing today you can do it here.

17:12

Free West Papua Political Prisoners Campaign Team "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By Amy Frazier. Arlington, VA - The Free West Papua Political Prisoners Campaign Team is a team of nonviolent activists at George Mason University and the surrounding areas led by Herman Wainggai, former political prisoner and leader of Nonviolent Struggle in West Papua. West Papua is the Western half of the 2nd largest island in the world. It is located in the Pacific Ocean and borders the independent nation of Papua New Guinea. In 1962 after the New York Agreement, temporary authority of the formerly Dutch land was given to Indonesia against the wills of the indigenous peoples of West Papua. The United Nations Act of Free Choice in 1969 made West Papua the 26th providence of Indonesia. The name of this Act is deceiving however because the Indonesian government used the procedure of musyawarah, which is a consensus of elders, and the people of the country were not given a choice about the future of their country.

17:10

Media watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

17:03

Open Forum Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

20 February 2017 Facebook: NZ politics/media+ 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 []

13:51

Mysterious oarfish sightings stoke earthquake fears in the Philippines (PHOTOS) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Three oarfish, which normally live deep near the ocean floor, have been found in the Philippines, sparking fears among locals that it may be a sign of an impending large earthquake. Oarfish, which can grow to over 56 feet (17 meters) in length, are usually found at depths of between 200 to 1,000 meters, but since February 8, three have been found off the northern coast of Mindanao island, in the south of the archipelago. The latest leviathan was found on Saturday on a beach in the city of Cagayan de Oro, measuring around 15 feet long, though it later died, according to ABS. Comment: Also see: Mass stranding of whales on New Zealand coast Dolphin and whale deaths on the Irish coast rise fivefold with 56 cetaceans washing up

12:01

February 20 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1339 The Milanese army and the St. Georges (San Giorgio) Mercenaries of Lodrisio Visconti clashed in the Battle of Parabiago.

1472 Orkney and Shetland were left by Norway to Scotland, due to a dowry payment.

1547 Edward VI was crowned King of England.

1792 The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, was signed by President George Washington.

1810 Andreas Hofer, Tirolean patriot and leader of rebellion against Napoleons forces, was executed.

1835 Concepcin, Chile was destroyed by an earthquake.

1839  Benjamin Waugh, English activist, founded the NSPCC, was born (d. 1908).

1866  Carl Westman, Swedish architect, designed the Stockholm Court House and Rhsska Museum, was born (d. 1936).

1872 New Yorks Metropolitan Museum of Art opened.

1873 The University of California opened its first medical school.

1887 Vincent Massey, Governor-General of Canada, was born (d. 1967).

1901 The legislature of Hawaii Territory convened for the first time.

1901  Louis Kahn, American architect, designed the Salk Institute, the Kimbell Art Museum and the Bangladesh Parliament Building, was born (d. 1974).

1902  Ansel Adams, America...

11:59

DSIP Investment in Education Highlighted in Prime Minister O'Neill's District "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Prime Minister and Member for Ialibu-Pangia, Hon. Peter ONeill  said education is the number one priority in his district.

He said this is being demonstrated with another K500,000 in DSIP funding being committed to education in the district, with this being invested in the new Apenda Provincial High School.
The Prime Minister made the comments at the ground breaking ceremony for the school.
The Peoples National Congress Party-led Government is fully committed to our Tuition Fee Free Education Policy and to building education from the grass-roots up, the Prime Minister said.
Our government will continue to invest in education through all provinces in the country, and Apenda High School is no different as it is the future of our children.

Free education, alongside universal healthcare, will continue after the 2017 National Elections as we are confident we will be returned to form Government in August.
Our government will make sure we remove the burden on parents and continue with free education.
People campaigning against our Government want to get rid of free education and get rid of free healthcare, and this will only hurt our people.

Education and healthcare should not be used to play politics like our opponents are trying.
I want to warn you, the people of our nation, that the first thing a different government will do after the 2017 national election is to make you pay for schooling.
A different Government will abandon Tuition Fee Free Education and this will place the burden back on every family in our country.
I challenge the parties not committed to education to think twice as the people have given the Peoples National Congress their support for free education.
If our opponents have their way, free education will be gone and our children will not have a bright future.

The Prime Minister commended the people and community leaders of Apenda, and the Ialibu-Pangia District, for investing in education using District Services Improvement Program funding to build new and maintain existing schools in the District.

The Southern Highlands Provincial Government has also made counterpart funding of K600,000 to upgrade the existing Apenda Primary school into the New Apenda Provincial High School.
PM ONeill was accompanied by Southern Highlands Governor,  William Powi , and Member for Mendi,  Dei Kewanu .

11:06

MAKE A SUBMISSION: FOREIGN POLICY WHITE PAPER "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Are you concerned about Australias impact on the world? If so, you should tell the Government what you think. The Australian Government is currently calling for public submissions for its Foreign Policy White Paper. If you feel as we do about the direction of Australias foreign policy and are concerned about where it could be []

10:25

Shady deals: How Pauline Hanson left a Gold Coast buyer with legal costs @Qldaah #qldpol #auspol "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pauline and Adam Hanson have been trying to offload their Gold Coast property at Biggera Waters since 2008. Larry Schlesinger from the Australian Financial Review reported in 2016 that Pauline Hanson and her son Adam were once again attempting to sell their Gold Coast property. According to CoreLogic records, she tried to flog it in August []

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09:06

POLITICS THIS WEEK. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



My sources tell me there is little truth in Labour ditching its much revered if somewhat tarnished name after a century in the Parliament, four times with the checkbook covering a quarter share of the available years, to rebrand as the Bigly Little Union Party Embracing Republicanism,  Bluper for short. Some older life members were known to be struggling to recall what Labour represented with one contributing a theory it was all about hard work only to be shouted down over such arrant revisionist rubbish.
A Bluper gummint would look after everyone just as soon as the little people took over. Russel the Red had left his notes behind when he went whale watching or what ever it was, so the money was there.

It is very hard to ascertain the facts around a large order from Frazer House for medals and gold braid with the suggested change of leader's position  to Leader for life time under union rulers demands, given a temporary acronym of Liftuurd. Apparently temporary because one wag asked who could lift the new vehicle while there were still A little guy and Jacko inside it trying to make room between Shore, and Material   for Winston No and another couple of always scrapping tangata whenua in the trunk.

 Any talk of the rainbow,  out of work, transgender, teacher, immigration, neutral gender wing agreeing was apparently premature. A spokesperson for "Rotting wing" said over my dead body to which Wag barked, "that could be arranged" before going back to a job at The Abbatoir hearding actual sheep, leaving the virtual sheep to bleat on.

Meanwhile in other news, Material Girl emerged from her castle north of Dunedin to perform an outstanding routine at the Blueskin Bay Games scoring  tens from international judges on the balance beam with a controversial unrehearsed double somersault with spinning rhombus dismount dedicated to the Cadbury Workers and the proposed sugar tax.. One commenter called it lethal which is exactly how it turned out for the dacshound, unfortunately turned into a hot dog complete with fake tomato sauce when it ended up involved unintentionally in the flawless horozontal landing dismount, judged by obsevers as falling flat.

Reports of Simon Says and Malcolm Muddles circling lake Wakatipu with wives in tow was fake news, they merely took the mountain air in downtown  Qtown and the wives were making their way unassisted although while going up hill Lucy asked if there was an electric bike handy as the planet was in danger according to Tim Flannery and the four of them were creating excess CO2.
Her suggestion to Mal fell on deaf ears, nothing new there.
Simon Says smugly smiled simply saying Trump sang happy towday is Sunday songs. (It was Monday here  but the Don was on a roll)

But wa...

08:37

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

COMPETITION COMMISSION CONFIDENT OF CASE AGAINST 17 BANKS
The commission says it has evidence 17 banks faked bids to distort supply and demand of the currency.

Currency  Competition Commission  Competition Tribunal of South Africa

Stephen Grootes
Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG The Competition Commission says it's confident of its case against 17 banks accused of manipulating the currency because it has evidence that they faked bids to distort supply and demand.

It announced on Wednesday that it referred the case against the banks to the Competition Tribunal, but says it does expect settlements to be reached.

The banks include local institutions like Absa Bank, Standard Bank and Investec as well as international banks like JPMorgan Chase, Standard Chartered Bank and HSBC.

Competition Commissioner Thembinkosi Bonakele says they're completely sure of their case.

It would not make sense at all to defend a case like this. Its very strong and I would expect that a lot of banks would do the right thing and settle it.

He says they want to make sure this cannot happen again.

We always like it when we get into the industry that not only do we fine people, but that the conduct is stamped out completely, and this is what we would expect the banks to do.

The commission says the banks had been co-ordinating their trades, creating false bids, and communicating their intentions through the Bloomberg instant messaging service to distort the market.

The banks named in the case are:

Bank of America Merrill Lynch International Limited

BNP Paribas

JP Morgan Chase & Co

JP Morgan Chase Bank NA

Investec Ltd

Standard New York Securities Inc

HSBC Bank Plc

Standard Chartered Bank

Credit Suisse Group

Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd

Commerzbank AG

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

Nomura International Plc

Macq...

07:46

PM O'Neill saddened by death of Governor General Sir Michael Ogio "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Prime Minster, Peter ONeill, has expressed great sadness at the news of the passing of Governor General Sir Michael Ogio on Saturday afternoon.

"It is with great sadness that I have been informed of the passing of the Governor-General of Papua New Guinea, the Late Sir Michael Ogio.

 "As a nation and as a Government, we have prayed for His Excellency to return to good health, but this was not to be.

"We now pray for the family of the late Sir Michael Ogio, and thank them for the commitment that Sir Michael gave to our country.

"As a Member of our Nations Parliament, as a former Deputy Prime Minster, and as the Nations Vice Regal Representative, Sir Michael Ogio was an outstanding representative for the people of Papua New Guinea.

"He was humble, he was sincere and he was a man who took an interest in the development of our nation.

 We thank the late Sir Michael Ogio for his service to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, to the advancement of our people and to his role in strengthening the unity of our people, Prime Minister ONeill said in a statement.

Sir Michael Ogio was the 9th Governor-General of Papua New Guinea.

Early this month, Bob Dadae was voted in as the new Governor General to take over from Sir Michael whose term expires at the end of this month.

Dadae will now be the 10th Governor-General of Papua New Guinea.

07:46

Panel to discuss experimental seabed mining at AAAS Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

WHOI deep-sea biologist Stace Beaulieu will address potential environmental impacts from deep-sea mining on different types of ecosystems. These bamboo coral, located at a seamount in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, are an example of hard-bottomed ecosystems found at ferromanganese-encrusted seamounts. The expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monuments in 2014 provided protection against mining activities.

WHOI deep-sea biologist Stace Beaulieu will address potential environmental impacts from experimental seabed mining on different types of ecosystems. These bamboo coral, located at a seamount in the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, are an example of hard-bottomed ecosystems found at ferromanganese-encrusted seamounts.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution | EurekAlert |  17 February 2017

Home to an immense diversity of marine life, the deep ocean also c...

07:38

Fukushima: Radiation Now Reported in West Coast Tuna "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Recently a record high amount of radiation has been recorded at Fukushima, resulting in a state of emergency at the power plant. People dont realize the impact that such an event has on the environment, and it is now starting to show up in our fish.

Since the disaster, many reports have found that tuna caught just off the California coast tested positive for radiation stemming from the incident. Migratory fish, such as Bluefin tuna and albacore tuna, have tested positive for two radioactive isotopes that were released in the wake of Fukushima. However, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has made claims that the levels of Cesium 134 and Cesium 137 found in these fish are far below levels that are considered cause for concern.

The study was based on 50 tunas which were all caught off the coast of California, 6,000 miles east of Japan, where they were born.

Daniel Madigan, one of the studys authors, explained that this study should not give people pause about eating tuna caught in the Pacific. Were exposed to radiation in almost all of the food we eat, he explained.

Cesium itself isnt safe, but the size dose that someone would get from eating this tuna would be.

Keep in mind this is from a study conducted back in 2012, so now after a second incident, you could only imagine the amounts of cesium found in the fish. Bluefin tuna can live up to 30 years because they are on the top of the marine food chain, they are unusually prone to building up high levels of pollutants in their bodies.

The concern with these isotopes, particularly in fish is the ability of Cesium-137 to accumulate in the tissue of fish, and potentially cause accumulation of the radioactive isotope via consumption.

What people do not realize is that the potential for consistent, chronic exposure to even low levels of radiation through a variety of sources is what is truly at risk here. It is not just the fish, or swimming in the ocean, or drinking that water; it is the exposure to all of these things on a regular basis that will prove to be problematic.

Another strong pollutant that has been found in the water is strontium-90, which is not falling at the same rate as cesium, it is taking much longer to break down. It has accumulated in buildings and soils and some of it is....

06:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:58

Hewlett Packard demand diversity in law firms "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From NZ Lawyer:

Law firms working with Hewlett Packard will be required to meet its diversity standards or risk losing up to 10 per cent of their invoiced fees.

Hewlett Packard's general counsel (fancy words for the boss lawyer who works in house) states that women make up 55% of HP's workforce.

I thought diversity included more than just hiring women.  Silly me.

How many Asians does HP employ?  How many Muslims?  How many homosexuals? 

I don't know the relationship between HP and its exterior legal advisors, and in particular don't know how much revenue is involved.  But lawyers spend their day working their way around rules and regulations in order to make them work for clients in the situation they face. 

I don't think a silly diversity edict will worry them too much.  Anyway, what is HP going to upon receiving a hefty legal fee?  Ask them how many women the employ before paying it? 

05:24

NFA launches new payment system and Website "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A SYSTEM of payment and a marketing website link have been launched National Fisheries Authority (NFA) board chairman, Job Pomat has launched a payment system and a marketing website link ahead of the two strategic fisheries trade events which PNG will host later this year.

Mr Pomat had officiated at this event on behalf of the Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister, Mao Zeming.

He said the system of payment and the website would be used for purchasing services and products online pertaining to the inaugural Seafood and Technology Exposition and the Sixth Pacific Tuna Forum and both will be held in Port Moresby from September 12-14 at Stanley Hotel.

As I launched the website now and announce these great event, this will actually pave the way for NFA and INFOFISH to expedite coordination of activities and arrangements which will ensure their smooth and successful staging, Mr Pomat said.

The executive Manager Provincial support and Industrial liaison Walete Wararu said questions had been raised earlier as to why the decision had been made to stage the expo in PNG.

Ms Wararu explained that this was to bring the technology that is available in the sector so that not just PNG but the Pacific Island at large could adapt to and benefit from it.

She said the feedback on this event had been very pleasing so far.

The expo would be held at the Sir John Guise Stadium indoor complex housing up to 54 boots, which are going for US$700.

She said NFA as a cohost is hoping PNG would fill up 20 of these boots.

Ms Wararu said with the launching of the website developed by INFOFISH that interests participants both in country and from the Pacific could start registering through the link.

She thanked the NFA managing director, John Kasu and his predecessor and now president of the PNG Fisheries Industry Association Sylvestor Pokajam and the NFA board for their support and approval in bringing these events to PNG. Sunday Chronicle

05:00

The only pollution at Standing Rock was the trash left behind by environmentalists "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Oh the irony, the only pollution at the Standing Rock protest site wasnt from the oil pipeline, it is from the 2500 ute loads of rubbish the smelly hippies left behind. Daily Wire reports: Want to know the damage environmentalists can wreak on an area? Check out these new pictures from North Dakota, where environmentalists []

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04:59

Some results of the Prime Minister of Japans visit to the United States "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

345234234234On February 10-13, 2017 Shinzo Abe made a remarkable, from various perspectives, visit to the US during which the Japanese Prime Minister held official talks with the newly elected American President Donald Trump.

Shinzo Abe became the second (after the British Prime Minister Theresa May) head of the allied countries, which Donald Trump received officially. But this was not their first meeting.

Recall that on November 18, 2016, i.e. almost immediately after the presidential elections in the US, the Japanese Prime Minister already met with Donald Trump in New York. And that was the only meeting that the US president-elect found necessary to hold before the inauguration procedure.

Even then, in an informal setting, Abe raised fundamental questions that emerged in bilateral relations after the results of the presidential elections in the United States, which were completely unexpected for the Japanese leadership. We are talking about the consequences of the need for the United States to exit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which had been constantly declared by Donald Trump during the election campaign, along with the full revision of the alliances format with American participation.

Recall that on the way to the signing of TPP, Abe had exerted much effort to overcome the resistance of the agricultural lobby. The prospect of launching this extensive multinational market for duty-free sales of Japanese products is of particular importance in view of the increasing problems of meeting the state budget, which are exacerbated by the costs of rapidly growing share of pensioners in the countrys population against the background of the continuous decline in fertility due to insufficient financial means for newlyweds.

The implementation of (what seemed of little importance) the election rhetoric on the virt...

04:56

Two of our prisoner advocates, Ti and mi, just traveled 600 km... "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



Two of our prisoner advocates, Ti and mi, just traveled 600 km to see a prisoner at Tongariro prison. Every year, our advocates travel thousands of kilometres to visit prisoners in some of New Zealands remotest prisons.

Because of changes to visitation rules, visits to prisoners are down by almost a third since 2005 despite the actual prison population exploding. For some, a visit from a No Pride in Prisons advocate is the only visit theyll receive.

Our advocates not only visit, but also provide a voice for prisoners when the system refuses to listen.

We are always looking for more advocates. If you would like to join up, or you know someone inside who needs someone on the outside to fight for them, send an email to advocacy@noprideinprisons.org.nz http://ift.tt/2lxb0HP

04:40

Paga Hill developer slams Minister Tkatchenko "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Minister contradicts Cabinet decisions: PHDC

PAGA Hill Development Company (PHDC) has challenged the minister responsible for APEC, Justin Tkatchenkos, statements regarding the Paga Hill redevelopment project as not being a part of APEC preparations as contradictory to the National Governments decisions.

They claim citing various decisions and declarations from the government on the role the project will play.

Minister Tkatchenko raises issues that are in stark contradiction to Cabinet decisions which he himself is party to. Namely, the 2012 declaration of Paga Hill Estate as a Project of National Significance, the declaration in October 2015 of Paga Hill Estate as a preferred location for the hosting of APEC 2018, PHDC stated.

The December 2016 recognition of Paga Hill Tourism City and approval of fiscal incentives for Paga Hill Estate in an attempt to attract foreign direct investment. Furthermore, the Prime Minister Peter ONeill, during his visit to China July 2016, presented Paga Hill Estate to the Chinese state-owned company China Harbour Engineering Corporation.

The NCD Governor Powes Parkop similarly launched the project in Shenzhen, China in May 2016. Finally, as recently as 26th January 2017, Tobias Kulang, Minister for Tourism, Arts & Culture launched an international Expression of Interest process at National Parliament House. All of these actions are clear demonstrations of government support for the Paga Hill Estate project, as well as its diverse range of benefits to the country.

He added that PHDC has spent tens of millions of Kina to date, as is evidenced from designs, approvals and civil works already carried out, and is now pursuing approximately K3 billion funding to pursue a transformative vision for Port Moresby, one that will create thousands of jobs, uplift the citys tourist infrastructure and trigger a more diversified local economy.

Minister Tkatchenkos bizarre and defamatory statements are without basis and are in contradiction to Cabinet decisions which he himself was party to, it added.

The vision for Paga Hill Estate is one of truly national significance, and is far bigger than any one electorate, or any one summit.

We have been working closely with the PNG Government through Minister for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Hon Tobias Kulang, and Minister Richard Maru, Minister for Trade, Commerce & Industry, progressing a whole-of-PNG st...

04:36

Australia -a nation of immigrants -2 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An interesting Al Jazerra documentary with some parallels to NZ. Part 2 of 3.

When the Commonwealth of Australia was founded in 1901, the very last thing the nation wanted to be was multicultural. The measures taken to ensure this would be the case not only caused great human suffering, but in a supreme historical irony, actually helped create the very threat Australia feared the most invasion from the Asian north.


04:31

Sir Peter the humble servant "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

WHO would be the former politician or active business men/women bringing him/herself so low and clean the streets? Sir Peter Barter, former Madang governor and active businessman is one we can think of. Sir Peter was spotted cutting tall grass around Madang District Court on Tuesday using his mobile mower while his boys were collecting rubbish onto his small battery operated vehicle. This is not the first time Sir Peter has done this. He was seen several times cleaning up Madang himself or with people he associates with. If all Madang residents can stop complaining about politicians and authorities turning a blind eye and start change their attitudes and take ownership of Madang town like Sir Peter then Madang can be really beautiful. Sir Peters selfless sacrifice is the mark of a true leader. We must take one step forward and change our attitude, which is a major problem in Madang and rest of the towns in PNG that are very ugly with shrubs and litter.

Pictures & words by Mathew Yakai - Sunday Chronicle

04:30

Good to see some bite back in political media commentary "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ever since Heather du Plessis-Allan stopped writing about herself, shes become useful again. Former prime minister David Lange once described Peter Dunne as a man whose life is so boring that if it flashed past he wouldnt be in it. If it was meant as an insult, it shouldnt be taken as one. Lange may []

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04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Drumble   a drone bee; stupid or useless person;  lazy, sluggish, slow-witted, or unintelligent person; a dullard; to  move in a slow, sluggish way.


Filed under: language Tagged: drumble

04:12

New Zealand Company left hanging by PNG Government "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New Zealand consultancy left hanging after Papua New Guinea Solicitor General fails to meet her statutory duty to sign a National Court certificate for payment of work completed in June 2014. Despite a court ruling, the PNG government has still not paid its debt.

In June 2015, Wellington company Evaluation Consult (ECNZ) won its court case in Papua New Guinea to recover New Zealand $500,000 debt. Despite pressure from New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully, PNGs High Commissioner to New Zealand, and others, the PNG government has ignored the ruling. The debt has been outstanding since 2014.

After delays, in June 2016 the National Court provided the court certificate to the Solicitor General, who then had 60 days under the Claims By and Against the State Act to sign the National Court certificate after 120 days she still has not performed her statutory duty. No reason has been provided and no communication is being returned to ECNZs company lawyers. This implies that there is currently no legal back-up systems to ensure PNG government pays its debts.

ECNZs Executive Director Kate Averill says, As far as we know, no one else has taken the matter through the PNG legal system. This has been an expensive process and the only result has been to learn the PNG government does not honour its debts or comply with its own law.

In 2014, Evaluation Consult was invited by the PNG government to support developing a national strategic sustainable development plan. It was a farsighted initiative and important for the future of the country. The project involved working with all 35 sectors of government from forestry and fisheries through to mining and manufacturing. Ironically, it also included the law, order and justice sectors, says Kate.

New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade promotes PNG as a place for companies to do business. However, for PNG to succeed as a modern economy its government must act ethically and within the law. This type of behaviour threatens national and international partnerships that contribute to PNG development.

Evaluation Consult is a specialist results-focused governance, management, planning, monitoring, and evaluation business. It has worked alongside other Pacific nations without any issues. ECNZ suggests, New Zealand and international businesses be cautious when securing contracts with PNG government requesting that full payment is received in advance...

04:00

Andrew Littles pet Willie Jackson clears another hurdle "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Labour hopeful Willie Jackson has taken a step closer to being selected as a candidate after being granted a waiver under the partys membership rules. President Nigel Haworth on Saturday said the ruling council had met and granted an exemption from the requirement for a candidate to have been a party member for at least []

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03:30

Bye bye boys. Dont let the door hit you on the arse "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  Those Indian students have had God and the unions on their side, but the New Zealand Immigration department can not be influenced by either of those. Deportation orders were issued after it was found the students India-based education agents had submitted fraudulent documents for them. Immigration New Zealand has offered a grace period until []

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03:20

Tax sugar, they say, but no price on carbon emissions "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The story this week is climate change. Not that we can forget the catholic church is responsible for crimes against humanity; or our collective responsibility for destroying lives on Manus Island and Nauru; or the dangers of our government and its new best friends One Nation building up racism and other forms of bigotry, off a very high base.

Conservative (adj): averse to change or innovation

But the real story this week, and every week of every summer from now on, is climate change. Our political leadership is not up to the job. Conservative governments are not, by definition, equipped to deal with new challenges, being composed of people who chose to join a conservative political party. They do not like to concede this obvious point, because they are also people who seek the power to control others (to govern); and who yearn to appear masterly and successful.

Hedged in by these inherent incompetencies and ambitions of their own making, the options for dealing with the new challenge of irrefutably irreversible man-made climate change are limited. Turnbull or Joyce, Pyne or Frydenberg, Ciobo or Morrison, they are all the same. They represent, and only represent, a monoculture of material comfort, of limited life experiences, and the narrowest of narrow perspectives.

Their choices are to lie and dissemble, to distract and deceive, to derail and delay and deny. Oh, and to bully. In a homophobic way. Simpering sycophant. Sucking up to Dick. Tucking his knees under the rich mans table. Sucking hard in the living rooms of Melbourne.

Sucking hard on what?

These are the tools in which the current front bench is trained. Like the blinkered horse, they stare straight ahead, at the Labor Opposition, and to their own re-election chances. This is all they see. The horse is blinkered to minimise distraction, but we can not blinker our politicians in real life. So in addition to their narrow, limited outlook, we get distraction after distraction.

We get a piece of lacquered coal passed around the government benches in the Parliament. W...

03:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jakkals13 from Ari Kruger on Vimeo.

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02:30

Once peaceful Scandinavian countries now Rape and Anti-semitism capitals of the world "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  The recipe for anti-Semitism and a massive jump in the rape statistics is pretty simple and we all know what it is. To say it out loud, the cause and the effect, however, would result in being accused of hateful speech. We all know where the anti-Semitism comes from as it is a key []

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02:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Range of Every Rhinoceros Species Click here for larger view

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01:30

Water quality: is it worse, or has our awareness increased? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Lincoln University has released its 8th Public Perceptions of New Zealands Environment survey, the only one of its type in the world. The study has canvassed peoples views about aspects of the environment for the past 16 years. The worst managed environments were perceived to be rivers, lakes, and groundwater, largely on account of very negative []

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01:12

Tennis ball-sized hail rips through Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A line of severe thunderstorms hit Sydney and the New South Wales coast on Friday and Saturday, February 18, 2017 with tennis ball-sized hail and a massive number of lightning strikes. The storms toppled trees and power lines and damaged numerous cars and houses....... Read more

01:11

Coalition push for taxpayers to fund coal power "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Contributed from Victoria This should be a major scandal. The federal government is moving to finance the building of new coal mines. Talk about corporate...

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01:00

Its not a smear if it is true, you silly little girl "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Part time national anthem singer and hopeless columnist, Lizzie Marvelly, thinks older people disrespect youth. I was brought up to respect my elders. Indeed, without my elders my whnau, teachers, mentors and role models I wouldnt be where I am today. Over the past few years, however, Ive noticed that some older people []

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00:30

Looks like we are sitting on top of a continent "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The BBC reports: You think you know your seven continents? Think again, as theres a new contender hoping to join that club. Say hello to Zealandia, a huge landmass almost entirely submerged in the southwest Pacific. Its not a complete stranger, you might have heard of its highest mountains, the only bits showing above water: []

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00:08

NO WORRIES, WE ARE RULED BY AMAZING PEOPLE. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Last night during swmbo's fix of what she believes is news, a breathless luvvie stated (so it must be true) that Simon and Mal walked around Lake Wakatipu.

Gee, not certain just how far that would be but at 175 kms from Glenorchy to Kingston and a few corners that was quite a walk, not bad for two guys who wont see fifty again.


00:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pulling the Plug on Louisianas Lake Peigneur A 1980 drilling accident caused one of the worst industrial accidents in Louisianas history In 1980, Lake Peigneur was an unremarkable body of water located near the Gulf of Mexico and New Iberia, Louisiana.  The freshwater lake covered 1,300 acres of land and was only eleven feet deep. []

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00:00

Birthdays "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When people asked how old she was, she would say 1009365, more or less, because she was so glad to be alive that she counted every day a birthday. She had some disagreement from her knees about the actual figures though Birthdays 2014 Brian Andreas  posted with permission.

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23:59

1) CEO resigns after force majeure on copper "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


1) CEO resigns after force majeure on copper 
2) Freeport Indonesia chief resigns as dispute over mining policy intensifies
3) 5.1-Magnitude Quake Hits Jayapura
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1) CEO resigns after force majeure on copper 
Posted 18 Feb 2017 23:00

JAKARTA: Chappy Hakim, chief executive of miner Freeport-McMoran Inc's Indonesian unit, has resigned, the company said on Saturday, after the parent firm declared force majeure on copper concentrate shipments from its Grasberg mine in Papua.
Freeport, which has been negotiating with the Indonesian government after halting exports due to new mining rules, said on Friday it could not meet contractual obligations for copper concentrate shipments from the giant mine following a five-week export stoppage.

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23:40

Sheep shearing Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sheep seem to be a bit of a theme today (but is from last week). Stunts can backfire in politics, as Bill English well knows (his boxing in 2002 didnt do any good for his election chances). But this shows that there is more to English than a Wellington career number cruncher. Stuff: Sheep shearing []

23:38

IT'S A RORT, BEGGING DAMAGES US ALL. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


'Beggars in New Zealand', when did we redefine con artists with this new descriptive title.

My earliest memories have romantic tales of "Swaggers"  short for swagmen who having abandonded settled life by bundling up their worldly possessions into a package they could carry, travelling the highways and byways in search of food and shelter in exchange for itinerent work. They had equally romantic, almost "pirate" identities. Cactus Jack, Swagger Bill, Matagouri, Flax Jack.

Often down on their luck but still proud, living in a world without "welfare" they followed the seasons camping in shearers huts and eating at kitchen doors of farms,  if fortunate might get a longer term stay through the winter, poisoning rabbits, cutting scrub, picking up stones from paddocks.

Today Kiwiblog has a post on the modern beggar but of course they are double, even triple dipping bludgers who offer nothing in return for tax exempt money. They are very low grade confidence tricksters who would have been locked up on charges of "idle and disorderly without visible mans of support once apon a time..
Of course some, may like the "Blanket Man", be needing secure care in a Psyche ward, alas such treatment options are socially unacceptable so they and the crafty manipulators become Beggars.

In reciept of a sickness benefit as a step up from mere unemployment, now Job seeker benefit, and elegible for other payments from the State these often overweight specimens aparently now have instituted a roster system to rotate them around the prized sites for their tax exempt income creation. That said I have encountered some extremely poor specimins who make an unholy noise on a tin whistle or similar with a hat on the pavement who are very little better than the fatty sat on a suitable wall in a high pedestrian traffic area.

Sorry people it is beyond the pale and if locking them up while an investigation of their apparent need to beg for a living is examined and exposed as the fraud it actually is, then so be it.
If vagrancy is no longer a criminal act then  Minister, lets hve  a law change, as last I heard demanding money with menaces was still available but might be a bit harsh for the snowflakes.

23:30

Guest Post: Feminism is the new misogyny The Feminist betrayal of women "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guest post: Anne Marie Waters is an English political activist and director of Sharia Watch UK, an organisation launched by UK lawyers in 2014 which has the support of the Baroness Caroline Cox. She launched Pegida UK in conjunction with activist Tommy Robinson and politician Paul Weston. She blogs at annmariewaters.org A lot has been written []

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23:26

Controversial US ambassador pick for NZ "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Some dismay and concern is being expressed about the person put forward as next US ambassador to New Zealand. Stuff: Its an insult! Backlash against Trumps pick for diplomatic post to New Zealand Donald Trumps pick to be the next United States ambassador to New Zealand has been labelled an insult. Scott Brown, a former []

23:25

A Totara Falls in Kapiti "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

John Murray our conscience has passed away By Alan Tristram The Very Reverend John Murray friend, human rights campaigner and scholar has died. The Kapiti Coast has lost a man of conscience, who has been a  Christian in the best sense of the word. Much will be said about John, who []

23:09

More depth to Jackson and OConnor "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The recruitment and selection of Greg OConnor to stand for Labour in Ohariu and Willie Jackson to stand on Labours list, both promoted by Andrew Little, have been controversial. OConnor has been strongly criticised on the left for his backing of things like arming the police (as head of the Police union). Jackson has copped []

23:04

22:57

Quotation for Today 19/02/2017 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When a Fox News anchor calls a Republican president crazy, you know something has really gone off the rails in American politics. And yet it was fair, hard-earned criticism. For an hour and seventeen minutes on Thursday, the President of the United States debased his office and demonstrated that he is the singularly most unfit person to ever hold its illustrious powers.

Brian Klaas opening an opinion piece in the UK Telegraph.


22:10

More brainless sheep? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In researching Labour attack brainless sheep I came across another use of the term brainless sheep that was used recently at Whale Oil. SB posted: The National Party on Immigration and the refugee quota I contacted National, Labour, Act, The Maori Party, NZ First, the Greens, the Opportunities Party, the Conservatives and United Future to []

22:00

Second Wife in Muslim marriage may be entitled to a sole-parent benefit in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It took the media a while but all credit should go to Herald journalist Simon Collins for finally asking the questions that we were all thinking when we read the story about Pakistani-born polygamist Yasir Mohibs 12-month jail sentence for assaulting one of his wives with a hammer. How is it that man can get []

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21:45

Your chance to listen to Ayaan Hirsi Ali one of the 100 most influential people in the world "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In April 2017, womens rights activist, champion of free speech and best-selling author Ayaan Hirsi Ali will make her first appearance in New Zealand to discuss the current world political climate, Islam, and a plethora of other vital topics. Infidel. Heretic. Apostate. Ayaan Hirsi Ali has courted controversy over her years in the public eye, []

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21:30

Green hypocrisy lobbying for Cadbury to stay open "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Green taliban have always been hypocrites, but you cant find a starker example than their advocacy over trying to keep Cadbury open in Dunedin. Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei is rebutting claims her party has a double standard over the closure of Dunedins Cadbury factory. Ms Turei said yesterday the closure of the factory []

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21:00

Who am I? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guess who the mystery person is using the 3 clues. Include in your comments how the clues relate to the mystery person

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21:00

Electoral desire, ignorance & enlightenment: The view from Lufa "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Lufa Lekena warrior from Hella villageJEFFREY FEBI

PAPUA New Guinea is only four months away from the 2017 national election with voting starting on 24 June and ending on 8 July.

The next crop of legislators are somewhere in those thousands of men and women of all persuasions who are campaigning hard and hoping to be elected.

Whether the next parliament will be any better than the 2012-17 parliament is easy to predict.

Highly unlikely.

In the Lufa Open Electorate of the Eastern Highlands we are anticipating a long-awaited change of the guard which could set solid foundations for our journey further into the 21st century.

The work of convincing and luring voters is an evolving art form in a difficult environment in which tribal politics interacts with the established political culture we inherited from the West.

Only a few politicians, generally long-serving, have managed to master this fusion.

Voters come in contrasting persuasions but two broad categorisations will do: the political ignoramuses and the politically enlightened.

The ignoramuses are the bigger group. They don't get tossed around easily by the political whirlwind that blows every election year. Rather, they chain themselves firmly to the sophistication of tribal politics developed over the eons.

Within the politics of the tribe, an oasis of approval and security is guaranteed.

To win the support of this group, candidates need to get down and dirty with tribal politicking.

This essentially means foregoing the 'higher-level' politics of policy, economy, international affairs, even corruption. The discussion is limited by a lack of understanding of and in.........

20:55

Labour attack brainless sheep "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

How not to build your voter base over the past ten years Labour have lost a lot of voters, many of whom have voted National.  To rebuild their support they need to attract many of those voters to come back to Labour. Saying things like this is hardly going to help from Labour []

20:50

TPP is Dead, But its About to be Replaced by TISA "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



Source: The Free Thought Project | by Jack Burns

According to the source who has inside documentation, the TISA, "if passed would prohibit regulations on the financial industry, eliminate laws to safeguard online or digital privacy, render illegal any 'buy local' rules at any level of government, effectively dismantle any public advantages to be derived from state-owned enterprises and eliminate net neutrality." Some have said that keeping financial institutions in check has been the only thing preventing another global financial crisis. And while the citizens' right to privacy is currently somewhat tenuously protected by privacy laws, hardly anyone can imagine the impact losing those privacies would entail.

TISA's specifics are shrouded in secrecy, with Wikileaks and Bilaterls being the only ones to have published any information related to its details.

According to Counter Punch, "Earlier draft versions of TISA's language would prohibit any restrictions on the size, expansion or entry of financial companies and a ban on new regulations, including a specific ban on any law that separates commercial and investment banking, such as the equivalent of the U.S. Glass-Steagall Act. It would also ban any restrictions on the transfer of any data collected, including across borders; place social security systems at risk of privatization or elimination; and put an end to Internet privacy and net neutrality."

READ MORE: As Americans Prep for Super Bowl Sunday, Their Future Is Being Sold to the Corporate Elite

Just in case one might be tempted to think the TISA is just hearsay, rumor, or the fodder of conspiracy theorists, the facts are that over 50 countries are actively engaged in negotiations to enact TISA. "The European Union is negotiating TISA on behalf of its 28 member countries, along with, among others, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Norway, Switzerland, Pakistan and Turkey," according to the documents.

It's possi...

20:45

Breaking News: Kim Dotcom has a plan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kim Dotcom called Nicky Hager and said, Nicky, I haf a plan to defeat ze National Party. Great Kim, but how? asked Nicky. Well get some clothes and shoes, like most Middle Class Kiwis wear, zen stop at the pound and pick up a Labrador retriever. Zen, well go to a nice old country bar []

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20:31

Man critically injured by shark on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A man has been critically injured in a shark attack in Australia while spear fishing on the Great Barrier Reef. The 26-year-old was repeatedly bitten on his left leg by what his friends thought was either a bull or tiger shark. The attack occurred while the man was diving near Hinchinbrook Island, off the Queensland coast. Following the attack the man's friends took him by boat to the mainland town of Cardwell where paramedics stemmed the bleeding and stabilised his condition. He was then flown by helicopter to Cairns Base Hospital, some 90 miles to the north.

20:30

The left and its penchant for fighting battles already won "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Rob Hosking writes at NBR: The conservative side of politics, in New Zealand anyway, doesnt keep re-fighting old battles. The progressive   and I use the quote marks because in practice it is about as progressive as driving around in a Trekka these days side of New Zealand politics cant seem to stop refighting []

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20:00

Hooton on the dirty deal in Ohariu "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Matthew Hooton writes about the dirty deal between the Greens and Labour in Ohariu: Dont be fooled by the Greens declarations of undying fidelity to their memorandum of understanding with Labour: Their decision not to stand a candidate against Peter Dunne in Ohariu is entirely self-interested. Mr Dunnes hold on Ohariu remains important, mainly because []

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20:00

A Kiaps Chronicle: 13 Dreikikir "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Map_Dreikikir regionBILL BROWN MBE

I HAD only been six weeks at Vanimo Patrol Post when I was transferred to Aitape in October 1955 to take over the Sub-District.

In those days, the huge Sepik District had five sub-districts (Aitape, Angoram, Lumi, Maprik, Telefomin and Wewak), each under the control of an Assistant District Officer, who was a power in the land.

ADOs told people what to do and they did things themselves. They were the peacemakers and the peacekeepers, the law enforcers, the senior police officers, the District Court magistrates, the gaolers, the arbitrators, the counsellors and the mentors.

I was five months as acting ADO at Aitape before I reverted back to Patrol Officer, making way for ADO Arthur (AT) Carey, who had been moved to Aitape to make way for Fred (FPC) Kaad to take over at Maprik.

When Carey moved on, after only three months, and I took over again as ADO it was beginning to feel like a game of musical chairs. I did not like it, but it was going to get worse.

Three days later, District Officer Tom (TG) Aitchison arrived. Aitchison, a pre-war kiap, had been a District Officer in ANGAU and after the war, and had served as District Commissioner since 1951 - the year District Officers, in charge of Districts, had been given the new title of District Commissioner.

Aitchison had served in Manus, Morobe and New Island and was now posted to the Sepik District as District Officer responsible for the Department of Native Affairs.

In six districts, the senior government officerthe District Commissionerhad been transferred to the Department of the Administrator, in the Sepik, District Commissioner Elliott-Smith was one of them. Hence the bureaucratic entanglement. But readers should know that being a kiap involved more than breaking the bush and bring government to the people.

Maybe it was just Ait...

19:30

New Zealand begs for more refugees, Australia says No "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Prime Minister Bill English told his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull in meetings in Queenstown on Friday that the offer made four years ago still stands. But its a case of thanks, but no thanks. (The offer) is one that we appreciate but our focus is on completing the arrangements with the United States, Mr Turnbull []

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19:00

Sunday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sundays soapbox is yours to use as you will within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. Youre welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse but not to abuse.

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Take care of our children. take care of what they hear, take care of what they see, take care of what they feel. For how the children grow, so will be the shape of Aotearoa.  Dame Whina Cooper


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19:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Whaleoil General Debate is brought to you by use coupon code WHALE OIL to get 10% off e-cigarettes and e-liquids 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 []

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19:00

The writers: Arnold Mundua forester who keeps traditions alive "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Arnold MunduaPHIL FITZPATRICK

IN 2014 the Cleland Family Award for Heritage Writing in the Crocodile Prize received a record number of entries.

This was a breakthrough. When Bob Cleland first proposed the award we wondered whether it would spark interest amongst writers who seemed to prefer contemporary themes.

It did and the judges were delighted eventually whittling the entries down to six which were presented to Bob for the final determination of a winner.

In choosing the six finalists the judges were mindful of Bobs original intention that this award contribute to recording cultural practises and beliefs that are now rarely practised and fading in peoples memories.

The objective was to enable future generations of Papua New Guineans to continue to appreciate their cultural roots.

Many of the entries strayed too far from this aim and tended to recount recent personal experiences.

Others presented material that was questionable in its authenticity, thus confirming Bobs original belief that the many cultures of Papua New Guinea were rapidly disappearing or diluting.

Commenting on the six we handed to him, Bob said: They all had heritage and/or historical content, but only one plunged straight into the subject and kept interest going with good, clear writing. This was the entry from Arnold Mundua.

Arnold was a forester who already had a couple of books under his belt. These were published with the help of former diplomat and governor-general Sir Paulias Matane.

Ive got these on my bookshelf and can vouch for their readability, especially his childrens book Elep Returns about a tree logged on West New Britain that is shipped overseas and eventually returns as paper on which the provincial school certificates are printed.

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18:55

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 58 Answers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Still like a go at the latest challenge? Scroll down to February 15. Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into! Answers below.   What is the name given to a non-parasitic plant that grows on another plant? (epiphyte)   Who is the prime minister of Canada? (Justin Trudeau)   Which Greek []

18:40

WHAT HAS THE VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED DONE NOW? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


After over ten thousand earthquakes, then many more to the northern regions, droughts, floods, socialism  and the week just passed delivering an Australian magnitude destructive wild fire, this morning the wireless is sans actual life, only spluttering through a fog of hissing, the sort of canned music I imagine might accompany the end of the world from a "putor" running on till its batteries fail.
Technology would do that when the chips fell off.

The knobs who pretend to have the answers for when disaster strikes, preach from their cardboard pulpits to listen to the "radio"  but don't say what to do when that media is not going to deliver.
All the two frequencies that carry Canterbury's very own "Pravda"  can manage is  a  squelchy voice intervening through the appalling music suggesting Newstalk ZB will return "soon".


I am starting to wonder if  the aliens have finally done what the gods failed to do and Christchurch is no more, deceased, gorn.
Garry McCormack warned this week that the City was facing burn out, was the smoke last week evidence that confirms his prediction.

No "pearly gates" , no ugly bastard with a tail and a trident, no seventy odd virgins and a paradise with a pile of mince at the gate, so I wait.
Might give Mr McCawber a call and see if he has any idea what the hell is going on. Bugger he's still dead, hang on, was that fact or fiction.
Maybe it doesn't matter any more.

18:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Oops NEW ZEALAND RUGBY union legend Dan Carter apologised for a massive error in judgement after French police stopped him for drink-driving in Paris. The two-time World Cup winner, who plays for defending French champions Racing 92, said there were no excuses for his behaviour and he was grateful no one was hurt. I made []

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18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is talisman (noun) 1. An object marked with magic signs and believed to confer on its bearer supernatural powers or protection. 2. Something that apparently has magic power. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1630s, magical figure cut or engraved under certain observances, from French talisman, in part via []

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18:14

Maui earthquake triggers widespread reports of shaking "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Maui County residents felt a 4.6-magnitude earthquake that struck at 5:33 a.m. Friday between Maui and Hawaii island. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center determined that no tsunami was generated. Wailuku resident Mahina Martin said: "I was awake and felt the house trembling. Then I noticed some things on a shelf shaking, which is when I realized it was probably an earthquake."

18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 19 7 The relatives of the poor despise them; how much more will their friends avoid them! Though the poor plead with them, their friends are gone.

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17:33

North Korean paranoia: Irrational or well-founded? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

North Korea is depicted across US and European media as a backward nation run by a despotic, delusional leader encircled by advisers suffering from irrational, militant paranoia. The nation is also depicted as a prominent security threat in Asia-Pacific despite North Korea waging no wars in the region since an armistice in 1953 effectively ended the Korean War. A despotic, delusional leadership, however, most likely would not possess nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and a large conventional army and yet restrain its use regardless of decades of provocations engineered along its borders by the United States and its allies within the South Korean government. Likewise, a nation governed by the entirely irrational would be incapable of maintaining, even expanding ties with neighboring states like China. Yet in reality, North Korea has done all of this. Much of the US and Europe's accusations are predicated on the continued development of North Korea's defense programs including advances in nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles. Strategically omitted from US and European rhetoric are the provocations the West itself is guilty of, spurring along North Korea's expanding militarization. What if, then, North Korea's allegedly irrational paranoia was well-founded?

17:29

Shep Smith "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sam protested about my post about Shep Smith the other day. I was in no way endorsing his politics. I was just making comparison in mainstream media and said that this guy does not seem partisan like the rest and seem to exercise a more independent judgment than most. What is the alternative? Dan Rather and his lousy standards of documentation and his more lousy campaign on behalf of Bin Laden and the other Mujahidin in Afghanistan, when he snuck in local attire to Afghanistan to present the role of the future Taliban-Al-Qa`idah as freedom fighting? Or Tom Brokaw who on the day of Sep. 11 said live on the air that "it is time that we reconsider our freedoms in the US" and who presented the role of US armed forces in WWII without any qualifications or criticisms (the rape of German women by US and Russian soldiers is not to be forgotten and the cruel role in the Pacific (read "War without Mercy" when US soldiers kept ears and bones of Japanese soldiers as souvenirs)? Or the new Megyn Kelly whose reactionary and anti-Feminist past is being airbrushed?  Or the fabricator Brian Williams>  It is all relative and Shep Smith remains more independent and unpartisan than most.

17:14

US discussion Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If theres news or issues from the USA worth discussing today you can do it here.

17:07

Media watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

17:01

Open Forum Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

19 February 2017 Facebook: NZ politics/media+ 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 []

15:33

SpaceX launch watch live CRS10 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Second try is 6:39 AM Pacific time Sunday morning.

 

15:30

Weekend reads: The upside of predatory publishers; why no one replicates; the pain of manuscript submission "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The week at Retraction Watch featured a retraction of a state senators paper, and an editor busted for citation boosting. Heres what was happening elsewhere: Predatory journals are not desirable, it goes without saying, but the fact that they come about is a sign of a developing market, and a true market in scientific publishing services []

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12:01

February 19 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

197 Roman Emperor Septimius Severus defeated usurper Clodius Albinus in the Battle of Lugdunum, the bloodiest battle between Roman armies.

1473  Nicolaus Copernicus, mathematician and astronomer, was born (d. 1543).

1594-  Having already inherited the throne of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth through his mother Catherine Jagellonica of Poland,Sigismund III of the House of Vasa was crowned King of Sweden, succeeding his father John III of Sweden.

1600 The Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina exploded in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America.

1674 England and the Netherlands signed the Peace of Westminster, ending the Third Anglo-Dutch War. A provision of the agreement transfered the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam to England, and it was renamed New York.

1743 Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer, was born  (d. 1805).

1807 Former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr was arrested for treason and confined to Fort Stoddert.

1819 British explorer William Smith discovered the South Shetland Islands, and claimed them in the name of King George III.

1847 The first group of rescuers reached the Donner Party who had been snowbound. Some of the party resorted to cannibalism to survive.

1861 Serfdom was abolished in Russia.

1878 The phonograph was patented by Thomas Edison.

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11:49

PNG's Governor General Sir Michael Ogio dies "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Papua New Guinea's  9th Governor General, Sir Michael Ogio has died. The Office of the Governor General released a statement confirming his death.

"It is with great sadness that the Office of the Governor General informs the people of Papua New Guinea that Governor General Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio, GCL, GCMG, KStJ, passed away this afternoon.

Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio, the 9th Governor General of Papua New Guinea, was ill for sometime and died at the State residence at Government House at 3:50pm today.
Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio was 75 years old.
Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio was elected 9th Governor General of Papua New Guinea in January 2011.

Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio is survived by his wife Lady Esmie Ogio, five children and 8 grandchildren.
Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio hailed from Tinputz, North Bougainville in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
It is with great sadness that we convey to the people of Papua New Guinea the untimely passing of our beloved Governor General. We ask that our people of Papua New Guinea pray for peace and comfort for the family of the Governor General at this time of grief and sorrow.

We also ask that the public respect the privacy of the family of our Governor General and the Office of the Governor General during this difficult time, said acting Official Secretary Mr. Ezekiel Vene.

11:21

GOVERNMENT CHALLENGED TO PROMOTE THE PNG MUSIC INDUSTRY "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

by AUGUSTINE EMIL

Music Industry, like the Sports Industry,should be given a thought from the Government to generate income and revenue from the raw and unique talent that it possess. Sports and Music are fairly identical talent oriented fields in which the govt has overlooked the potential in the Music Industry to fund it, nurture it, and expose it abroad combining it with our unique diverse culture and the admirable tradition that we have anywhere in the World.

Successive Govts have prioritised Billions of Kina in Sports in which I think its a complete desolate waste but should give a balanced nod on both fraternities alike. The heavily funded Sports like Rugby League, Union, Soccer, Basket Ball and others has never brought pride and jubilation to our country in the International arena.

The rewards and achievements of Gold, Silver and Bronze attained by Sporting elites has no economic value in revenue aspects for PNG but remain simple household decorations that only the family and individuals feel proud of. The Music Industry, with its growing number of Musicians, Singers, Artists, Song Writers, Audio/Sound Engineers and Producers all over the country to date has never been given recognition, amalgamated or parked alongside with genuine Govt Entities like the Culture & Tourism Dept, Tourism & Promotion Authority or the Dept of Community Development.

I see that the Music Industry contains one of the biggest number of Population it has in PNG and Govt should intervene to create a Separate Entity like the PNG Sports Federation to cater for its needs, manage its own affairs and regulate its own Policy, Laws and Constitution by properly funding and creating an Independent Entity of its own to serve the Music Fraternity and give better lives to the struggling Musicians.

 This untapped Billion Dollar Industry remains a waste to date instead of it being utilised proactively by combining it with our unique cultural diversity to get it exposed abroad on International Stages in USA, Europe, Africa, North America and the Asian Countries to generate Millions of Kina back into our country. After successive exposures and tours abroad, the PNG Music Industry has the biggest potential to capture Billions of kina back into the national purse and coffers.

 The pure PNG Music and Culture hasn't been exposed yet after some successive Tours from prominent bands like the Sanguma Band, Reks Band and the Prominent household stalwart and H...

11:20

Its World Pangolin Day! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It's time to celebrate World Pangolin Day -- again. Today, February 18, is dedicated to the armor-clad mammals that resemble giant pine cones. Some might know them as scaly anteaters that eat, well ants, and termites. But does the pangolin, believed to be the world's most trafficked mammal, have a reason to cheer? Just earlier this month, Thailand authorities displayed three metric tons of pangolin scales that they had seized since December. The scales, worth more than $800,000, were estimated to have come from 6,000 pangolins originating from Africa. There were several other large seizures. In January, officials seized eleven metric tons of pangolin scales from Cameroon and Tanzania being exported to Asia. Around Christmas, Shanghai Customs seized over three metric tons of scales, while Cameroonian customs seized over half a metric tons of scales being exported from central Africa for Malaysia. Conservationists estimate that more than 20,000 pangolins were likely killed for these 14.5 metric tons of scales. Unfortunately, the illegal pangolin trade shows no sign of abatement. [caption id="attachment_179950" align="aligncenter" width="768"] Tree pangolin (Manis tricuspis) in central Democratic Republic of the Congo. Photo by Valerius Tygart licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.[/caption] Estimates by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) suggest that nearly two million pangolins may have been traded over the past 16 years, a figure that they say represents only the tip of the iceberg. "Trafficking in such large quantities occurring on an international scale highlights the organised nature of this illegal trade which is proving increasingly profitable to wildlife traffickers," the EIA writes on their website. The demand for pangolin scales comes mainly from China and Vietnam. People

11:10

PNG's Lae Tigers win 2017 Melanesian Club Championship "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Lae Tigers of Papua New Guinea are the 2017 Melanesian Club Champions after successfully defeating the Nadi Aviators 40 4 at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka, Fiji on Saturday.

In what was only the second ever Melanesian Club Championship game, the Tigers continued Papua New Guineas dominance in the concept, with another significant victory.

Boasting two Kumuls and a number of PNG Hunters contracted players, the Tigers came into the game as favourites and started in convincing style, scoring 18 points in the opening half before the Aviators scored a late try right on half-time.

Despite the home crowd hoping for a Fiji comeback, the 2016 Digicel Cup Champions ensured that the Aviators would not score again, running in 22 unanswered points in the second half to secure the trophy.

The 2018 Melanesian Club Championship will be played in Papua New Guinea, with Port Moresby favourites to host.

Source: http://www.asiapacificrl.com

11:00

Blood in the Water: The 'Trump Revolution' fizzled out before it ever began "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Flynn fiasco is not about national security advisor Michael Flynn's conversations with the Russian ambassador. It's much deeper than that. It's about Russia. It's about Putin. It's about the explosive rise of China and the world's biggest free trade zone that will eventually stretch from Lisbon to Vladivostok. It's about the one country in the world that is obstructing Washington's plan for global domination. (Russia) And, it's about the future; which country will be the key player in the world's most prosperous and populous region, Asia. That's what's at stake, and that's what the Flynn controversy is really all about. Many readers are familiar with the expression "pivot to Asia", but do they know what it means? It means the United States has embarked on an ambitious plan to extend its military grip and market power over the Eurasian landmass thus securing its position as the world's only superpower into the next century. The pivot is Washington's top strategic priority. As Hillary Clinton said in 2011: "Harnessing Asia's growth and dynamism is central to American economic and strategic interests... Open markets in Asia provide the United States with unprecedented opportunities for investment, trade, and access to cutting-edge technology.....American firms (need) to tap into the vast and growing consumer base of Asia... The region already generates more than half of global output and nearly half of global trade.... we are looking for opportunities to do even more business in Asia...and our investment opportunities in Asia's dynamic markets."("America's Pacific Century", Secretary of State Hillary Clinton", Foreign Policy Magazine, 2011) In other words, it's pivot or bust. Those are the only two options. Naturally, ruling elites in the US have chosen the former over the latter, which means they are committed to a strategy that will inevitably pit the US against a nuclear-armed adversary, Russia.

Mike Whitney: 'Trump revolution fizzled out before it even began' "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Flynn fiasco is not about national security advisor Michael Flynn's conversations with the Russian ambassador. It's much deeper than that. It's about Russia. It's about Putin. It's about the explosive rise of China and the world's biggest free trade zone that will eventually stretch from Lisbon to Vladivostok. It's about the one country in the world that is obstructing Washington's plan for global domination. (Russia) And, it's about the future; which country will be the key player in the world's most prosperous and populous region, Asia. That's what's at stake, and that's what the Flynn controversy is really all about. Many readers are familiar with the expression "pivot to Asia", but do they know what it means? It means the United States has embarked on an ambitious plan to extend its military grip and market power over the Eurasian landmass thus securing its position as the world's only superpower into the next century. The pivot is Washington's top strategic priority. As Hillary Clinton said in 2011: "Harnessing Asia's growth and dynamism is central to American economic and strategic interests... Open markets in Asia provide the United States with unprecedented opportunities for investment, trade, and access to cutting-edge technology... American firms (need) to tap into the vast and growing consumer base of Asia... The region already generates more than half of global output and nearly half of global trade... we are looking for opportunities to do even more business in Asia... and our investment opportunities in Asia's dynamic markets."("America's Pacific Century", Secretary of State Hillary Clinton", Foreign Policy Magazine, 2011) In other words, it's pivot or bust. Those are the only two options. Naturally, ruling elites in the US have chosen the former over the latter, which means they are committed to a strategy that will inevitably pit the US against a nuclear-armed adversary, Russia. Comment: They're the only two options, given the mentality of the dinosaurs ruling the US. But they're not actually the only two options. The US could still do all that trading with Asia while leaving its guns at home... The problem is that these greedy monsters don't understand the simple human concept of trading and getting rich. Instead, they insist that they get rich AND no one else does in the process.

10:52

New Caledonia top, PNG shock "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Papua New Guinea have qualified for the OFC U-17 Championship semi-finals for the first time in the nations history after a 2-1 victory over Tahiti dashed the hosts hopes of a dream qualification on home soil.

The Melanesians join New Caledonia who progress in the top spot after beating Vanuatu 3-2 in the days earlier match at Stade Pater.

Harrison Kamake, Papua New Guineas coach, was almost completely lost for words following the final whistle.

This is a dream come true for the boys, he said of their historic victory.

Its their first time in this tournament and Im really happy for them and I thank them and commend them for the effort today.

It wasnt an easy task for Kamakes side as they took on not only a much-favoured Tahitian side, but also their boisterous home crowd.

Tahiti seemed to have the match under control from the outset and it took just ten minutes for them to open the scoring courtesy of an unmarked Eddy Kaspard who latched onto a long ball and finished with aplomb.

Their opponents had a couple of advances into the Tahitian half during the first period, but little that really troubled goalkeeper Moana Pito. However, in the second half the Melanesians seemed more determined in their chase of an historic result.

The first sign that things were on the up for Papua New Guinea came with the equaliser in the 71st minute when Jonathan Allen neatly placed the ball past a Pito.

Barthy Kerobin forced a fantastic save from Pito, who was impressive between the sticks, in the 87th minute, but the corner that followed had the captain and his backline beaten.

Emmanuel Simongi leaped high to connect with the delivery and headed home a winner that sent the Papua New Guinea bench into raptures. Despite their best efforts Tahiti couldnt pull themselves back in line.

Tahiti have finished second in four of the last five U-17 tournaments so to lose out on home soil was a major disappointment from Patrice Flaccadoris perspective.

Every time weve competed weve made the finals and this time, not even the semis so its a huge disappointment for us.

In the first half I thought we were in good stead. We found our rhythm in terms of our control of the ball, he said.

But in terms of our finishing, we missed a lot of opportunities and we let chances go. The Papua New Guineans were more efficien...

08:45

1) Freeport declares force majeure on Indonesia mine -spokesman "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1) Freeport declares force majeure on Indonesia mine -spokesman

2) Rebel Musik to raise awareness on West Papua struggle

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1) Freeport declares force majeure on Indonesia mine -spokesman

Feb 17 Freeport-McMoRan Inc, the world's biggest publicly traded copper miner, has declared force majeure at its Grasberg mine in Indonesia, which cannot meet contractual obligations on copper concentrate shipments, a spokesman told Reuters on Friday
Exports of copper concentrate from the mine have been suspended for more than a month, and last week production at the Papua, Indonesia mine came to a standstill. (Reporting by Susan Taylor; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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08:04

A quiet by-election? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

NZ Heerald reports that the My Albert by-election is the quietest and most inconsequential on record in  Candidates brace for the polls wait, what? Theres a byelection? Its inconsequential in the grand scheme of things if Jacinda Ardern coasts to victory as widely predicted. But early voting is ahead of the Mt Roskill by-election []

07:40

The continent Zealandia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A scientific study makes a claim that a chunk of continental shelf that is 94% submerged, with only New Zealand and New Caledonia being the only land masses currently above sea level, should be classified as a continent. The area is about two thirds of the size of Australia. BBC: Zealandia: Is there an eighth []

07:11

On the Oscar-nominated White Helmets Documentary "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Reprinted from The Syria Campaign

Khaled Khatib is a White Helmet volunteer who worked on Netflixs White Helmet movie. Its been nominated for an Oscar, results are announced on Sunday 26th. This is his story.

Dear Fightback,

I was 16 when the revolution started. In the first few years of the uprising I saw a lot of foreign photojournalists and TV crews come to document what was happening in my city of Aleppo. I watched them dreaming that I could do that: tell the story of my city and my people. When I saw the work of the White Helmets, I knew that was the story of Syria I wanted to tell to tell the world.

The White Helmets have a motto taken from the Quran: to save a life is to save all humanity. I started to document their work as a volunteer to show the world that everyday Syrians were pulling humanity from the rubble of bombs.

When the bombs fall I follow the teams to the scene. I watch as they use diggers, cranes, the drills, their hands anything that can help rescue those trapped. It is my job to remain calm, to capture the reactions from people recovering from the shock of seeing their homes, families, lives buried under rubble. I try to focus on capturing their stories.

The media is so important for the White Helmets and other humanitarian groups working in Syria. We want people to see and understand what is happening: who is doing the killing and who is working for peace. I do this work because I believe if the world understands the suffering of my people they will be moved to stop it; to stand with us on the side of life.

In November 2015, the director Orlando von Einsiedel and producer Joanna Natasegara contacted us about making a documentary. They had seen the rescue missions we shot and wanted to tell our story to the world. We watched their other films and understood they are people who know how to tell the stories of heroes. I hoped that we could work together to create a film that would tell the true story of the White Helmets to people around the world.

I worked with the team in Adana while they were shooting at the White Helmets training ground. I learnt a lot from the cinematographer Frank Dow about how to shoot, to edit, to tell the story. By the end my notebook was full.

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07:05

New Zealand: No Photo ID, No Entry to Ministry Of Social Development Sites "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From Morning Report, 7:50 am on 15 February 2017 Share this Security guards must now stop anyone trying to enter a Work and Income office if they dont have ID. The changes are part of a new government policy being rolled out after two staff members were shot and killed at the Ashburton office in 2014. But []

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07:01

The Longest Airline Flights in the World "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

EARLIER THIS WEEK, Qatar Airways launched what is, for now, the longest nonstop service in the world. Flights QR920 and QR921 will operate daily each way between Doha, Qatar, and Auckland, New Zealand, using the Boeing 777-200LR the ultra-long range variant of the 777. The route should prove popular with European and Gulf area tourists headed to New Zealand.

The flights will take somewhere around seventeen hours each way, depending on winds. Because of these variations, its mileage, not time aloft, thats the better measuring stick. The direct, great circle distance between Doha and Auckland is just under 7,850 nautical miles.

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Emirates, meanwhile, is set to begin a slightly shorter Dubai-Auckland flight beginning March 1st, at a little over 7,600 miles. These should hold the top two spots at least until Singapore Airlines re-launches its New York-Singapore service, which will log in at about 8,200. The airline curtailed EWR-SIN flights in 2013 but intends to resume them next year. Qantas is set to open a Perth-London route in 2018 as well. At that point, a list of the ten longest flights would look like this:

1. Singapore-New York (Singapore Airlines. 8285 miles. Airbus A350)

2. Doha-Auckland (Qatar Airways. 7848 miles. Boeing 777-200LR)

3. London-Perth (Qantas. 7829 miles. Boeing 787-9)

4. Dubai-Auckland (Emirates. 7668 miles. Boeing 777-200LR))

5. Dubai-Panama (Emirates. 7463 miles. Boeing 777-200LR))

6. Dallas-Sydney (Qantas. 7454 miles. Airbus A380)

7. Atlanta-Johannesburg (Delta. 7333 miles. Boeing 777-200LR)

8. Dubai-Los Angeles (Emirates. 7246 miles. Airbus A380)

9. Jeddah-Los Angeles (Saudia. 7240 miles. Boeing 777-300ER)

10. Doha-Los Angeles (Qatar Airways. 7217 miles. Boeing 777-200LR)

All distances calculated in nautical miles using the Great Circle Mapper. Remember, the world is round, not flat. Look at numbers 8 and 9, for a moment. Yes, Jeddah and Dubai are a lot more than six miles apart, but their distance from Los Angeles differs only by that much a function of great circle trigonometry.

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06:45

Join us for a protest outside the Indonesian Embassy, Washington, D.C "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dear All,

We kindly invite everyone to join us, if you are in DC.

What: World-wide protest demanding that Indonesia end military colonization of West Papua and free all West Papuan political prisoners.

When: Saturday, March 18, 1 p.m 2:30 p.m.

Where: Indonesian Embassy, Washington, D.C.

On Saturday, March 18, from 1:00 p.m to 2:30 p.m., the Free West Papua Political Prisoners Campaign Team in Washington DC will rise in solidarity with activist groups around the world in protesting Indonesias brutal colonization of West Papua, and demanding the immediate, unconditional release of all Papuan political prisoners.

The Free West Papua Political Prisoners Campaign Team is a group of academics and human rights activists who are willing to stand up for what is right and work toward a free West Papua that is independent from Military and corporate colonization.

We work to raise awareness about the issue because we believe that knowledge can change the...

06:30

Daily Roundup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Billy the Kid rides again.      

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06:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Whaleoil Backchat is brought to you byuse coupon code WHALE OIL to get 10% off e-cigarettes and e-liquids 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. []

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05:53

Brilliant Expressway Open Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wonderful community socialisation on the new highway By Roger Childs 15,000 20,000 perhaps, hard to give an accurate estimate, but the Kapiti community was out in force to walk, run or ride the new expressway. It was a fantastic experience, complete with entertainment, food and drink stalls at both ends, and worthy, local charities, []

05:53

Winston Churchills Lost Extra-terrestrial Essay Discovered "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Winston Churchill, British prime minister and one of historys most influential statesmen, was undoubtedly a man with weighty questions on his mind. How best to save the British Empire? he must have mused. What will the postwar world look like? he surely wondered. But the legendary leader also focused his prodigious mind on less pragmatic questions. []

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05:30

Look girls, President Trump has a present for you "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A former US Senator who once posed nude for an Americas Sexiest Man magazine centrefold is reportedly being considered as the next US Ambassador to New Zealand. Scott Brown, the former Massachusetts Senator, is believed to be in line for the Wellington-based job, according to the Boston Globe. Mr Brown, a lawyer who served in []

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05:00

John Roughan also puzzled about Bernie Monk et al "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Every time Bernie Monk and his Pike River people come pressing politicians for the mine to be re-entered I wonder why. Why would they want to disturb that grave? Their sons and brothers lie where they died, if anything remains of them. If one of them was my son or brother, I think Id want []

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04:58

Video Interview: Herman Wainggai, Former Political Prisoner of West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In this On The Ground interview, ICNC speaks with Herman Wainggai, one of the leaders of West Papuas nonviolent, self-determination struggle against the Indonesian government.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFDJvetTBWA

The Players

Herman Wainggai is a West Papuan educator and organizer who has dedicated his life to his homelands self determination movement. In January 2006 Herman was granted political asylum in Australia after he and 42 other West Papuans escaped the island, crossing the Arafura Sea in a traditional double-outrigger canoe. Since then hes been able to take on a new role as an advocate for West Papuan liberation by raising international awareness of the struggle.

Once part of the Dutch East Indies, West Papua underwent a rapid decolonization process in which administrative control over the territory was handed to Indonesia in 1963 following one year of UN transitional rule. Interested in gaining control of West Papuas rich natural resources, Indonesias formal acquisition of the territory was affirmed in 1969 after a manipulated election known as the Act of Free Choice.

Only a hand-selected and extremely frightened 0.01% of the population were allowed to vote in the referendum, after Indonesia waged a campaign of blatant intimidation, disappearances, arrests and killings. None of this was ever cited as cause to challenge the legitimacy of the Act of Free Choice, although the UN later acknowledged that an overwhelming majority of West Papuans were not in favor of becoming Indonesians. These events triggered a self-determination struggle in which Indonesian rule was initially challenged by a small, poorly equipped band of guerilla fighters.

Things started to change in the 1980s when leaders of the movement, one of them being Hermans uncle Thomas Wainggai, started to adopt Gandhian nonviolence as the movements central strategy. The transition from guerrilla fighting to popular resistance democratized the struggle allowing students and everyday West Papuans to participate in it.
Although West Papuans from all walks of life became the movements new backbone, those who opposed Indonesia nonviolently still faced state-sanctioned imprisonment, torture, and killing when they tried to voice core grievances, including the social costs of environmentally destructive development projects, increased competition and conflict over land resources as the government promoted the migration of Indonesians to West Papua, and institutionalized racism in the economy, education and in government bureaucracy.

The Tools and Tactics

Early in the interview Herman explains that the most significant force driving Indonesias domination of West Papua has always been the desire to p...

04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mamihlapinatapai  the wordless yet meaningful look shared by two people who desire to initiate something, but are both reluctant to start. 


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04:30

Tell them theyre dreamin, says Dunne "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Its safe to say ACT will retain Epsom because its the oldest deal around and the voters have shown they know the rules of the game. Ohariu is much more interesting and less certain. The popular media perception is that OConnor has been given an easy ride into parliament. Thats based on the calculation that []

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04:00

The woman who attacked another womans business because feminism "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you were a vegetarian would you protest people eating meat by eating meat? If you were a Christian protesting Islam would you become a Muslim? If you were a feminist upset with some sexist things a man said would you attack his daughter and destroy her business? You would if your name was Shannon []

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03:30

Comment of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

BigNose wrote My protest vote for Mt Albert: Ive voted for the Communist Party. Its like voting Labour/Green, but cuts out the middle man.  

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03:10

Australia a nation of immigrants (1) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An interesting Al Jazerra documentary with some parallels to NZ. Part 1 of 3.

When the Commonwealth of Australia was founded in 1901, the very last thing the nation wanted to be was multicultural. The measures taken to ensure this would be the case not only caused great human suffering, but in a supreme historical irony, actually helped create the very threat Australia feared the most invasion from the Asian north.


03:08

President Trump weekly address - pro-coal, pro-women, pro-worker, pro-Israel "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Trump Administration This Week: Rolling Back Harmful Regulations, Empowering Female Leaders, and Focusing on National Security This week, President Donald J. Trump continued to fulfill his promise to expand opportunities in Americas workforce by signing two bills that will roll back burdensome Obama-era regulations. President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister...

03:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Whale Heart from The Animation Workshop on Vimeo.

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02:30

Why Halal certification is a big deal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I need to add one more item to my list of the covert techniques used by Muslim activists to colonise Western countries by stealth. The saying that springs to mind is death by a thousand cuts. Our democracies will be dismantled not by an honest full frontal military assault but by small changes that seem []

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02:09

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

ALERT! - COMPROMISE OF OHA FORENSIC AUDIT HAS BEGUN


Please forward this to all Hawaiians and our supporters.

We wish to bring to your attention information and developments that are about to be announced by Office of Hawaiian Affairs Chair Colette Machado regarding an upcoming audit of OHA.

Highly reliable sources have informed us that Chair Machado will be appointing Davis Price, who is aide to Trustee Dan Ahuna, as the executive staffer in charge of the audit which was recently voted on by the Board of Trustees at the recent OHA Committee On Resource Management meeting.

As a former Na`i Aupuni delegate, Davis Price has a very significant conflict of interest in being part of this process, since substantial amounts of funding given to Na`i Aupuni by OHA are still missing and unaccounted for.

It should also be noted that Mr. Price has no background in audits, investments or land developments.

In short, his appointment is an attempt to hijack this audit so that missing funds and misspending at OHA will continue to be covered up.

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02:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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01:30

Alternative-innovative financing options "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The latest phrase to disguise people wanting to stick their hands in your pocket to get money out of it is alternative-innovative financing options. Finance and Infrastructure Minister, Steven Joyces, first major announcement since taking up the portfolio was exactly the tonic Auckland business needed to hear. Noting the Government announcement saying no to a []

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01:16

World renowned Poet Benjamin Zephaniah takes a stand for a Free West Papua Petition "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We are delighted to share with you all that Internationally renowned Poet and Author Benjamin Zephaniah has become the latest person to take a stand (literally) for the Global Free West Papua Petition!

Internationally renowned poet and longstanding Free West Papua supporter Benjamin Zephaniah supporting the Free West Papua Petition #BackTheSwim #LetWestPapuaVote

Benjamin Zepahaniah is a longstanding supporter of West Papuas freedom and has consistently spoken out against Indonesias brutal oppression of the West Papuan people. In sharing this photo with #BackTheSwim, Benjamin Zephaniah is sharing the meme of Swim for West Papua which in August will literally be swum across Lake Geneva and into the hands of the United Nations.

Benjamin Zephaniah also very kindly shared a poignant and moving message for West Papuan Independence Leader Benny Wenda:

Benny Wenda represents the endurance, steadfastness, and the tenacity of the people of West Papua. His wife, his family, and those he calls his people would not exists if their destiny were left to the government of Indonesia. The unwavering struggle for self-determination of Benny and his people should remind us all of the strength of the human spirit. Every time I see Benny I tell myself that I must do more. Every time I see him I get angry with my government and all governments that ignore the plight of his people in order to protect their interests, and their arms deals. Most of all when I see Benny I see a man of dignity, and I tell myself that when the oppressor...

01:01

Flashback 2013: Jeff Bezos Is Doing Huge Business with the CIA, While Keeping His Washington Post Readers in the Dark "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Not only do I buy a lot of homeschooling books for my children from Amazon, but Cryptogon depends on affiliate commissions from Amazon. Several retailers in New Zealand simply buy stuff at retail from Amazon and then send it over to NZ. (That should give you an idea of how broken retailing is in NZ []

01:00

NZ and China talk Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett says China and New Zealand have experience and expertise to share about responding to climate change. Mrs Bennett today met with Chinas top official for climate change, Mr Zhang Yong, Vice Chairman of Chinas National Development and Reform Commission, at Premier House in Wellington. Mrs Bennett and Mr Zhang held []

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00:59

B.C. government signs LNG benefits agreement with First Nations "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Chief Councillor Harold Leighton (front row, left to right), Minister Rich Coleman and Mayor John Helin, and back row, left to right, Minister John Rustad, Premier Christy Clark, and Pacific NorthWest LNG chief project officer Wan Badrul are shown during the signing of documents on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 in Victoria, B.C. CHAD HIPOLITO / THE CANADIAN PRESS

by Gordon Hoekstra, Vancouver Sun, Feb 15, 2017

The B.C. Liberal government signed benefits agreements Wednesday worth hundreds of millions of dollars with the Lax Kwaal...

00:51

Right on climate and fear of coal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In The Sustainable Hour on 15 February 2017 we listen to speeches by author Paul Gilding, former conservative leader John Hewson and author David Spratt, who spoke at the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne, and we talk over the phone with Godfrey Moase, who is president of the Victorian Labor Economics Policy Committee, and get an update from Steve Posselt, our kayaking climate emergency petition campaigner and champion, who is heading for Canberra with the Climate Emergency Declaration petition.


Listen to The Sustainable Hour no. 156 on 94.7 The Pulse:

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00:32

Climate action speeches at the Sustainable Living Festival 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RIGHT ON CLIMATE

John Hewson on climate change and conservative thinking

As the polarisation of ideology in our local and global communities continues to grow, the need to find effective ways to bridge this widening gap is critical. John Hewson explores how to engage with people on the Right of the political divide who dont see climate change as a real and imminent threat. What strategies and approaches are effective for critical engagement and climate action.

This session at the Sustainable Living Festival with John Hewson and David Spratt spread light on political topics which are important to understand including the non-alternative fact that the public is being deliberately held in confusion and that renewables now provide cheaper electricity than coal.

The session was moderated by Carolyn Ingvarson of Lighter Footprints and it was streamed live to Facebook by Michael Staindl on 11 February 2017 at 1-2pm at the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne.

Duration: 43 minutes

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00:30

Stunning Display of Dishonesty From Media and Radical Left "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bill OReilly gets stuck into the media and radical left over recent immigration enforcement: The media wonders why people no longer trust them. Our own media is donkey deep in it as well, with headline after headline attacking Donald Trump. Theyve lost the plotand in doing so they are losing the public. In the year []

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00:12

New hotel marks milestone in development of Tongas tourism sector "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tongas Prime Minister Samuela Akilisi Pohiva says the role of Government is to create an appropriate environment to facilitate economic growth.

Our role in government is to create appropriate supporting domestic policy environment to facilitate economic growth. As a matter of fact we need a strong and solid foundation on which to build our economy, he said.

The Dateline Hotel was in a poor condition, at the time it needed an upgradewe do negotiations with foreign investors, successful negotiation conducted by the Ministry of Lands and National Planning with Tanoa Hotel Groups with an agreement in March 2015.

PM Pohiva told guests at the official opening of the Tanoa International Dateline Hotel Thursday, that the aim of the project was closely link with the countrys economic development stated in the Tonga Strategic Development Framework.

Projects aim is on direct corresponds contributing to our economic development as stated in the Tonga Strategic Development Framework, the government continues to seek to achieve inclusive and sustainable growth through the promotional of economic growth and for further strengthening of business in Tonga.

He stated that the opening of Tanoa International marked a milestone in the development of Tongas tourism sector.

Tanoa provides availability of international standards, accommodation, and conferences in Tonga and we are looking forward to attract more tourists to our shores, including the upcoming Pacific Games in 2019 and above all contributing to the growth of our economic.

He also extends his sincere gratitude to Tanoa Group for investing in Tonga.

Reddy Group Managing Director Rohit Reddy said they finalized the deal with Tongan Government in 2015.

Our journey began some four years ago when it reaches our interests in this hotel with lots of negotiation we finally concluded a deal with the Government of Tonga in March 2015. This project has been an extremely difficult project for us which requires lots of patient, he said.

Located on the waterfront, the 4.5 star Hotel was filled with guests from abroad, CEOs from the Tongan Government, friends and families celebrating of the official opening.

Her Royal Highness Princess Salote Mafileo Pilolevu Tuita and Lord Tuita, Crown Prince Tupoutoa Ulukalala, Princess Sinatakala Tukuaho, Hon Lupepauu Tuita Taione, HSH....

00:08

Stan Walker performs at Tongas newly launched hotel "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Australian-born New Zealand winner of the Australian Idol, Stan Walker was performed live at the new Tanoa Dateline International hotel.

Photos uploaded to Facebook by the New Zealands Tangata Pasifika correspondent John Pulu who was the Masters of Ceremony during the events showed Walker and his band had appeared on stage.

Walker tweeted and said: We here & we performing tonight.

He was performing at an evening champagne reception held to celebrate the launch, which was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Siaosi Sovaleni and members of the royal family.

His Majesty King Tupou VI officially launched the kingdoms new largest hotel on Thursday 16.

The 122-room hotel with Bar Cafe represents a multi-million investment and has created about 100 new jobs in the Friendly Islands.

The celebration was also attended by a New Zealand business delegation led by the countrys Ambassador for Pacific Economic Development, Shane Jones.

Jones told guests at the opening ceremony he was glad to see Tongas tourist accommodation services had acquired a four star hotel.

He said he knew about the owner, the Reddy Group because they have nine other hotels in the Pacific including two in New Zealand.

Prime Minister Samuela Akilisi Pohiva said the government saw the new venture as a great economic opportunity for Tonga.

Our role in government is to create appropriate supporting domestic policy environment to facilitate economic growth. As a matter of fact we need a strong and solid foundation on which to build our economy, he said.

He said the national hotel, which was formerly known as Dateline International hotel was in a poor condition when government undertook to search for a foreign hotel investor.

Projects aim is on direct corresponds contributing to our economic development as stated in the Tonga Strategic Development Framework, the government continues to seek to achieve inclusive and sustainable growth through the promotional of economic growth and for further strengthening of business in Tonga, Hon Pohiva said.

Reddy Group Managing Director Mr. Rohit Reddy said: Our journey began some four years ago when it reaches our interests in this hotel with lots of negotiation we finally concluded a deal with the Government of Tonga in March 2015. This project has been an extremely difficult project for us wh...

00:00

Saturdays smiles "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Donald Trump has announced that now hes President hes going to ban the sale of pre-shredded cheese.

He wants to make America grate again.

 

The Pentagon is changing the nuclear codes to over 140 characters
So Trump cant tweet them.

 

Donald Trump was asked if he knew any bible verses.
He replied, Give a man a fish and hell eat for a day. Deport him and you dont have to feed him again.

Trump 20:17

 

Im too scared to make a political joke in case It ends up being elected President.


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00:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Emilie Sagee Never Saw Her Doppelgnger Everyone else did, though.. Emilie Sagee was a teacher and during lessons, sometimes, her doppelgnger would appear and frighten her pupils. Sagee worked in an exclusive girls school. She was a very good teacher, but for some reason she kept moving from one job to another. In 16 years, she had []

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23:30

Chairman of Solid Energy says hell resign if forced to let people into Pike River "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The current board chair of Solid Energy has said he will resign if forced to let people into the mine. Andy Coupe, chairman of failed state-owned coal miner Solid Energy, said at a fiery select committee hearing yesterday that he would consider resigning if the Government ordered the company to re-enter the Pike River coal []

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23:18

1) Government to focus on improving quality of lecturers in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



1) Government to focus on improving quality of lecturers in Papua

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Timika, Papua (ANTARA News) - The government will prioritize improving the quality of lecturers in Papua through the issuance of a certification of competence.

"The certification is intended to produce graduates having sound knowledge and skills," Research, Technology, and Higher Education Minister Muhammad Nasir stated here on Friday.

The minister remarked that the government will focus on improving the quality of lecturers working in polytechnics and universities.

"The government urges polytechnics to create a qualified workforce through the issuance of a certification of competence," he said.

Vocational colleges should produce qualified human resources in an attempt to meet the industry demand.

The government will assist lecturers in obtaining certification through education and financing.

"In Papua, the government is concentrating on improving the quality of workforce engaged in the tourism and health sectors," he remarked.

The lecturers in polytechnics should clear a competency test in a bid to educate the students on the certification of competence.

"Only six percent of the vocational colleges are in Indonesia. In fact, the country has 4,529 universities that produce more academics," he pointed out.

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) had earlier called on the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) to help improve the quality of education offered...

23:07

Trumps Sinking Ship: More Resignations and Rejections "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

10 members of the presidential Asian and Pacific Islander advisory panel resign as Trump's pick for new National Security Advisor turns him down.

22:47

Free West Papua Political Prisoners Campaign Team "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


About Us:

The Free West Papua Political Prisoners Campaign Team is a team of nonviolent activists at GMU and the surrounding areas led by Herman Wainggai, former political prisoner and leader of Nonviolent Struggle in West Papua.

West Papua is the Western half of the 2nd largest island in the world. It is located in the Pacific Ocean and borders the independent nation of Papua New Guinea.

In 1962 after the New York Agreement, temporary authority of the formerly Dutch land was given to Indonesia against the wills of the indigenous peoples of West Papua.

The United Nations Act of Free Choice in 1969 made West Papua the 26th providence of Indonesia. The name of this Act is deceiving however because the Indonesian government used the procedure of musyawarah, which is a consensus of elders, and the people of the country were not given a choice about the future of their country. These 1,025 elders were officials that were appointed by the Indonesian government and chose for West Papua to become a part...

22:45

BREAKING NEWS: DANGEROUS PACIFIC STORM LUCIFER SET TO HIT CALIFORNIA; UPGRADED TO CATEGORY FIVE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

hqdefaultMassive storm to dump a further foot of rain on California this weekend as two small Earthquakes are recorded near Oroville Dam

VIA| A massive storm aims for Southern California On Friday and Saturday, engineers are frantically reducing the outflow from Lake Oroville as major Storm set to dump up to a foot of rain over the early part of the weekend.

The next name on the Southern California Weather Force list is Lucifer; hell certainly pack a major punch. With areas Ventura north and westward starting as early as Thursday, the strongest effects will be on Friday for the metros and high desert areas and Saturday in the Eastern Deserts.

The SCWF Flood Watch is in place.

Two small Earthquakes were recorded near Lake Oroville in the last 24 hrs. which appear to be a result of the fast lake level changes, and the subsequent release of pressure from water weight, reports WUWT.

The reservoir exceeded its capacity over the weekend, which sent water overflowing into an unlined, emergency spillway. That overflow sent soil, rock and forest debris into the Feather River below.

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More than 100,000 residents south of the dam r...

22:32

Quotation for Today 18/02/2017 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Quote attributed to Vice Admiral (Rtd) Robert Harward as regards his reported decision no to become Trumps National Security Advisor

CNN reported that he had told a friend the job would be a s*** sandwich.


22:30

Not a bad idea doing away with by-elections "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Nigel Roberts suggests a way to get rid of expensive and largely pointless by-elections: More than 40 years ago, when I was a young political scientist teaching at the University of Canterbury, I spent a semester at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. I went there specifically to examine the government and politics of the []

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Thursday, 16 February

18:24

Poll: Canadas politicians drastically out of touch with public on Israel "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A new Ekos poll released this morning found that 46 per cent of Canadians, including a majority of those who support every party but the Conservatives, hold a negative view of Israel. The Canadian government is seen to have a pro-Israel bias by 61 per cent of respondents, while 91 per cent do not think criticism of Israeli government policy is necessarily anti-semitic. These results suggest that Canadas big political parties are out of step with Canadians on these issues.

In the first all-party leaders debate in Canadas 2015 federal election, Stephen Harper, arguably the most pro-Israel Prime Minister in Canadian history, challenged Justin Trudeau to clarify his attitude toward Israel. Harper asserted that there is a movement at the United Nations to isolate and denigrate the state of Israel The best friend and ally this country has is in a very dangerous region, and we will never go along with that anti-Israel position.

Justin Trudeaus response? All parties are in agreement on this.

Since taking office, Prime Minister Trudeau has demonstrated that, when it comes to Israel, he is indeed in agreement with Stephen Harper.

In less than 18 months in office, the Trudeau government has voted against no less than sixteen United Nations resolutions critical of Israel. Perhaps the most notable example is a General Assembly resolution which reaffirmed Palestinians right to self-determination, including the right to have an independent state. Adopted in December 2015 with the support of 177 countries, that resolution was opposed by Israel, the United States and Canada, along with the tiny island states of Palau, Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Nauru.

One year later, the U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution declaring that Israeli settlements on territory intended for a Palestinian state were a flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement ofpeace between Israel and Palestine. The unanimous Security Council vote (with the U.S. abstaining) reflected a decades-long international consensus on the illegality of the settlements.

Although that resolution enjoyed overwhelming support of Security Council members, including Canadian allies France, the United Kingdom and New Zealand, the Trudeau government remained conspicuously silent after its adoption. As the Canadian Jewish News...

10:50

We call on ABC and SBS to break the silence on the climate emergency "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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The fact that we are not talking about this every single day is in some sense a great moral failure of every leader in this country.
Joe Romm



Politicians tell us it would be political suicide for them to say we are in a climate emergency, even though they recognise that is the case. They will not propose the sensible measures we know are necessary for a safe future because they say they cant afford to get ahead of public opinion.

Mainstream media is equally silent about the climate emergency and the solutions we could easily implement if governments put their minds to it.

According to the dire predictions of our climate scientists, everyones welfare is now at stake. We are not on track for a safe climate even if the Paris Agreement is implemented. Yet large sections of the public are lulled into thinking it cant be all that bad since neither politicians nor the media are talking about it and politicians wont dare take action until the public demands it. What a diabolical impasse!

ABC and SBS, as our public broadcasters, its up to you now to break this impasse.

As part of your civic duty you issue warnings about weather, fires, floods and UV levels in your news bulletins. We ask you in a similar...

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