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Monday, 28 December

16:40

Castlemaine Independent: Belly dance – "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Belly dance is a dance form that is steeped in history, some good and some not so good. When I mention that I am a belly dancer I hear many comments such as, “Show me some moves” or “I’ve got the perfect belly for that”. There seems to be an image surrounding belly dance that is perhaps a little sleazy and for mens eyes only however belly dance is far from that.

Many women have spoken of how belly dance has saved their lives or given them the confidence they were missing. Amongst the health benefits such as improved co-ordination and muscle tone, there is also the positive effects on our mental well-being.

Bellystar Dance is focused on creating a safe space for women to learn belly dance in Castlemaine. Kerri-Anne has been belly dancing for over 10 years and teaching for 8. She enjoys teaching what she loves to other people and loves watching their confidence evolve as they begin to feel more comfortable with the dance and themselves.

Classes are currently focused at beginners and explore moves and music that gently challenge the learner. One particular comment from a lovely lady who has danced many dance forms over the years was that belly dancing has been the hardest one to learn but one of the most enjoyable. Others have commented on how they have noted their posture has improved as well as their sleeping habits.

There are several classes starting in Term 1 2016 as well as a beginners veil workshop running for four weeks during January. All information can be found on the Facebook page www.facebook.com/bellystardanceau/ or by emailing Kerri-Anne at bellystardanceau@gmail.com

The post Belly dance – appeared first on Castlemaine Independent.

09:29

Natural Newstead: A sign of the season? "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Over the past few seasons I’ve observed a pair of Nankeen Kestrels raising families from a hollow in a dead tree on the Moolort Plains. Typically the pair have raised three youngsters to fledging, abundant prey in the surrounding landscape providing a steady stream of food. I’ve only made a few visits this year but its been obvious that feeding visits are much less regular. A few weeks back I could see two small chicks in the hollow (only one is visible in the shot below) – it now appears only one has successfully fledged, a sign that things are much tougher in this dry season.

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Nankeen Kestrel nestling, Moolort Plains, 3rd December 2015

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The female above the nest in November.

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Juvenile Nankeen Kestrel, Moolort Plains, 26th December 2015...

08:37

Echonetdaily: Thailand marks 11th anniversary of tsunami "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A woman offers prayers at a memorial wall in Phang Nga, Ban Nam Khem province. AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

A woman offers prayers at a memorial wall in Phang Nga, Ban Nam Khem province. AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

Bangkok [DPA]

Provinces in southern Thailand have held memorial services in various locations along the western coast that was hit by giant waves that killed more than 5,300 people 11 years ago.

Anniversary events were held at Kamala Memorial Stone, Mai Khao Memorial Wall, Phuket City Hall and Patong Beach in the southern resort island of Phuket.

Interfaith ceremonies were also held in resort towns across the Andaman coast from Phang Nga province to Phi Phi archipelago.

Many relatives from abroad who lost their loved ones in the December 26, 2004, tsunami travelled to Thailand to join the service.

The tsunami struck during peak tourist season at the beaches and islands in Thailand, killing thousands of holidaymakers as well as workers and villagers.

Thailand was one of the countries hit by the tidal waves from a 9.1-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island.

On December 3, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull unveiled a memorial for the 26 Australian victims in Canberra.

Mr Turnbull said it was a place where he hoped grief could give......

08:35

Echonetdaily: More flee floods in Paraguay "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Victor Ferreira, whose home is flooded, rows his boat past floating garbage at the Cateura landfill in Asuncion, Paraguay. AP Photo/Jorge Saenz

Victor Ferreira, whose home is flooded, rows his boat past floating garbage at the Cateura landfill in Asuncion, Paraguay. AP Photo/Jorge Saenz

Asuncion/Buenos Aires [Reuters]

With further rain looming, more families have abandoned their homes in Paraguay, the country hardest hit by the worst flooding in decades in the area bordering Uruguay and Argentina.

The floods have already forced more than 100,000 people to evacuate.

The weather phenomenon El Nino has exacerbated summer rains, swelling rivers in the region. The River Paraguay, which flows by the country’s capital, Asuncion, has already reached 7.82 metres, its highest level since 1992.

Around 90,000 people have already left their homes in Asuncion. In Alberdi, about 120km further south, authorities have called for 7000 more people to evacuate because of cracks detected in the town’s levee.

‘We are very uncertain about what could happen with the [flood] wall and we do not want to run any type of risk, so the population has been alerted,’ said Paraguay’s minister of national emergencies, Joaqun Roa. He said, however, that many people did not want to leave their homes for fear of looting.

This year’s El Nin...

08:32

Echonetdaily: Filipino students land on disputed island "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Filipino soldier Tychico Octobre patrols the shore of Pagasa Island, where students are staging a protest. Photo EPA/Ritchie B Tongo

Filipino soldier Tychico Octobre patrols the shore of Pagasa Island, where students are staging a protest. Photo EPA/Ritchie B Tongo

Manila [Reuters]

A group of Filipino protesters has landed on a disputed Philippine-held island in the South China Sea, a local government official says, in a risky expedition that may trigger a strong reaction from China.

About 50 protesters, most of them students, reached Pagasa island in the Spratly archipelago on Saturday in a stand against what they say is Beijing’s creeping invasion of the Philippine exclusive economic zone, said Eugenio Bito-onon, the island’s mayor.

‘The “freedom voyage” arrived from Balabac island on a motor launch,’ Bito-onon told Reuters, adding the protesters left southern Palawan on Thursday in fine weather to make the long sea crossing.

China claims almost all the South China Sea, believed to have huge deposits of oil and gas, through which about $US5 trillion ($A6.87 trillion) in ship-borne trade passes every year.

Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims on the strategic waters.

Describing their expedition as ‘a patriotic voyage’, the protesters, led by an ex-marine captain, planned to camp on Pagasa fo...

08:29

Echonetdaily: Vic bushfire danger not over yet "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A woman tends to horses as children sleep on fold-out beds in the main street of Lorne on Christmas Day. AAP Image/Julian Smith

A woman tends to horses as children sleep on fold-out beds in the main street of Lorne on Christmas Day. AAP Image/Julian Smith

Melbourne [AAP]

A Christmas Day bushfire that destroyed more than 100 homes in Victorian holiday towns could flare up again on New Year’s Eve.

Cooler weather has calmed the blaze that burned 98 homes in Wye River and 18 in Separation Creek, on the Great Ocean Road.

But temperatures will rise again to 37C on Thursday, potentially causing fire flare-ups.

‘Our fear of this fire though – it’s here all summer,’ emergency management commissioner Craig Lapsley told reporters on Sunday.

‘We will have to monitor this every day, all the way through.

‘Because one hot spot, on the wrong day, could be the fire that runs into the next problem.’

Mr Lapsley praised local firefighters for preventing an even bigger disaster.

‘I would have thought they would have lost at least 200 homes in this town,’ Mr Lapsley said.

‘This brigade, this community, actually had a community plan that had planned for many years abo...

08:25

Echonetdaily: Elderly woman drowns in NT floods "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Flooding near Wangi Falls. Photo Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Facebook page.

Flooding near Wangi Falls. Photo Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Facebook page.

Karen Sweeney, AAP

A woman has died after her car got caught in a floodway in the Northern Territory.

A police helicopter spotted the vehicle in floodwaters about four kilometres from the remote Beswick community, east of Katherine, on Sunday night.

It’s believed the elderly woman was one of five people in the car.

‘This is the second person who has been washed away in a flooded creek since Christmas,’ NT Police, Fire and Emergency Commander Bruce Porter said.

‘Again I urge people to avoid taking unnecessary risks on the roads and avoid driving into floodways.’

The hopes of rescuers are fading in the search for a 28-year-old man missing from Peppimenarti in the Daly River region since Christmas Day.

Rescuers say the water is too high and moving too fast to allow boat searches but helicopters are still sweeping the area.

Severe thunderstorms, heavy rain and winds are forecast for areas including Katherine as a tropical low pressure system moves across the state towards Queensland.

An earlier cyclone watch in the Gulf of Carpentaria has...

08:23

Echonetdaily: Birch demands answers over Com Games snub "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

‘Anything is possible’ is the slogan. Image from gc2018.com.

‘Anything is possible’ is the slogan. Image from gc2018.com.

Jim Morton, AAP

Commonwealth Games consultants have been accused of bias after three home-grown companies were overlooked for the showpiece opening and closing ceremonies at the 2018 Gold Coast Games.

Renowned creative director Ric Birch, who managed the ceremonies at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, has called for a review of the decision to give the tender to US-based global company Jack Morton Worldwide (JMW).

Mr Birch – along with fellow unsuccessful bidders Michael Cassel, David Atkins and Julie Brooks – have written to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to attack the evaluation panel and tender process.

In a joint letter, obtained by AAP, the three disgruntled losing bid teams drew specific attention to the Games organisers’ appointment of two former London-based JMW staffers as consultants.

‘It is obviously extremely unusual for three companies in this highly competitive field to be in agreement and is a sign of the deep disquiet we feel about the way that [Games organisers] GOLDOC has handled the tender,’ the letter reads.

They claim the inexperience within the evaluation panel made the consulting role of the former JMW staffers, who are both Australian, ‘even more pivotal’,...

07:35

Byron Bay Blog: Brunswick Heads Fish n Chips Festival & Woodchop Carnival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Established as a community based ‘not for profit’ organisation the Brunswick Valley Woodchop & Entertainment Committee Inc. hosts the Festival Fish ‘n’ Chips each year as a lead up to their Woodchop Carnival which draws international contestants from New Zealand and USA.

The Brunswick Carnival is currently regarded as the biggest woodchopping event outside the Sydney and Brisbane shows.

Festival of the Fish n Chips commences with the mega fireworks display. The fireworks are viewed by thousands who gather along the waterfront near Banner Park. It is a real community event, strongly supported by the people of the Brunswick Valley and the holiday makers, who spend their time locally and in adjoining towns.

The 2016 Woodchop Carnival runs from January 9 – 16.

The full festival program can be found here.

To register for the wood chopping competitions, and further information visit www.bhwoodchop.com

The post Brunswick Heads Fish n Chips Festival & Woodchop Carnival appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

06:13

Bellingen Seed Savers: Vegetables & fruit thriving in NSW subtropics in early summer "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Peach-palm (Bactris gasipaes)

It can be useful to see the edible plants that grow and produce in a particular geographical location. This one acre food forest slopes north.

Valencia Orange stays late on tree

...

01:10

Echonetdaily: We need to throw the crazed driver out the door and grab the wheel "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Saturday, December 12: thousands of Parisians and many others from around Europe marched from the Arc de Triomphe to the Eiffel Tower for climate action and climate justice. Photo Takver flickr.com/photos/takver

Saturday, December 12: thousands of Parisians and many others from around Europe marched from the Arc de Triomphe to the Eiffel Tower for climate action and climate justice. Photo Takver flickr.com/photos/takver

Phillip Frazer

The supposed good news is that almost all of the 196 nations on Earth agreed last week on how to save our planet from meltdown.

The bad news is that most countries won’t honour their individual agreements, and collectively they won’t save the planet.

We know the problems.

Since 1900, the number of parts of CO2 per million units of air has risen from 300 to 400. Average global temperature per year has risen one degree celsius. Another one degree will raise sea levels about two metres.

Heating up land and sea also changes weather in dramatic ways. Storms and droughts, hurricanes and floods are happening more often in more places on Earth, and they will get worse.

The basic Paris agreement is to cut carbon emissions to keep the global temperature rise ‘well below 2°C’ above pre-industrial levels, which will require immediate slashing of fossil fuel use – starting with top carbon emitters China, US, Europe, and India, which account for half the world’s carbon output.

But most major nations don’t have the will or the way to force the required behaviour changes – essentially ending capitalism and consumerism as we...

01:04

Echonetdaily: Sticking the knife in the Coalmonster: the CSG daemon and us "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

David Lowe and Eve Jeffery are Cloudcatcher Media. See them on Facebook or at cloudcatchermedia.com.

David Lowe and Eve Jeffery are Cloudcatcher Media. See them on Facebook or at cloudcatchermedia.com.

Eve Jeffery

Okay.

I am getting fairly pissed off – I am just saying that at the outset so you don’t read to the end and get shirty when you find out that the person I am pissed off with is you.

The Coalmonster and the CSG Daemon are devouring the guts of our planet and it’s pretty much your fault (and mine). You either consume too much, and/or you voted for the morons who sold us out for 30 pieces of silver.

By day I am moody-mannered photojournalist for the best news publication on the planet – yes, The Echo – and by night I am an even moodier, meaner and crankier doco maker. Award-winning filmmaker David Lowe and I teamed up 18 months ago to create independent production company Cloudcatcher Media, to make some dollars in the most ethical way we can from the commercial sector to help us finance our mission of sticking the knife in the Coalmonster and finishing off the CSG Daemon.

In my other ‘job’ as an artivist, I spend a lot of time interviewing farmers and people who live off the land, people who grow food so we don’t have to get our lily-white paws muddy. Sure, a lot of those farmers grow animals for the dead-flesh-eaters market and there is a fair amount of scary chemicals used in Australian farming. Sometimes it does feel li...

00:55

Echonetdaily: Memories can be an elusive quarry for the filmmaker "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Sharon aged 11 in 1976 at the Finn Village in Upper Main Arm with her horse Gorgeous George. Photo Gavan Higginson

Sharon aged 11 in 1976 at the Finn Village in Upper Main Arm with her horse Gorgeous George. Photo Gavan Higginson

Sharon Shostak

A childhood grown in Upper Main Arm from 1973 has invariably fed my filmmaking, both with having access to archival footage as well as the natural link it makes to me telling stories from those days. So when Susan Tsicalas from the local historical society asked if I would be interested in making a feature doco about the early hippy settlement of Mullumbimby, given that these people were ageing and bowing out with the obvious threat that these stories would be lost, I embraced it as an amazing opportunity.

One of the things this project has really brought to light is the difference in attitudes people can have to their history. Ranging from the desire to leave it dead and buried, all the way through to the desire to reveal all, no holds barred, it’s been a challenge to know when to try to convince otherwise and when to leave people with their skeletons.

I do love a challenge, but those with the former attitude can be very difficult to shift. Even so, there’s been a few interesting twists that occurred during the course of making Mullumbimby’s Madness.

The very first woman I contacted about being part of the doco agreed initially, then texted me back a few days later to say thanks for the offer but that she was an extremely private person who has ‘no desire whatsoever to be on screen’. Since her son had enthused to me earli...

00:32

Echonetdaily: A thousand years of history on a devilish board "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Gold Watch, a portrait of the author on the occasion of his alleged retirement, by Stephen Axelsen, with acknowledgements to Terry Pratchett.

The Gold Watch, a portrait of the author on the occasion of his alleged retirement, by Stephen Axelsen, with acknowledgements to Terry Pratchett.

‘It’s like a game of chess out there,’ says the TV commentator, referring to a herd of young men grappling in the mud for a piece of leather.

‘We have reached the end-game now,’ says the reporter, when he means thousands of war refugees have nowhere left to go.

‘It’s literally a stalemate,’ says the pundit, writing about some disagreement in foreign affairs.

Use of worn metaphors aside, the game of chess is obviously popular. Its idioms have colonised our language, and according to a submission made to the Olympics committee by FIDE, the international chess federation, 605 million of the world’s population know how to play – that is, one in 12 of all people alive today.

Corruption

If that seems like a fishy claim, remember that the federation is not known for its commitment to truth or accuracy. Its president is one of the gangsters who made it big in Russia after the collapse of communism. Only the world soccer federation has more member countries and officials to bribe than FIDE, but the chess president has added black-market oil trading to the routine corruption such bodies exhibit. Incidentally, FIDE may be corrupt, like FIFA (and the IOC itself for that matter), but its individual national members generally are not.

Mind you, the figure of 605 million chess pla...

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Sunday, 27 December

22:00

matthew schiavello: photos and words: ‘Abstract #56’29/11/15Shot some abstract things this... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"



‘Abstract #56’

29/11/15

Shot some abstract things this weekend, with aim of printing and then cutting them up to use in some collage works.

13:35

cairnsnews.org: Landmark Case Could Stymie Legal System "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

May 20, 2011

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” If everyone began using this defence tomorrow, in all of the Commonwealth courts and in the United States, the entire legal system could be brought to its knees in a matter of weeks if not days.”

by Debra Siddons

(henrymakow.com)
For those of you who have been following the John Anthony Hill (JAH) Case, it is great to be able to share that he was acquitted, on the
12th of May 2011, of the ridiculous and politically-motivated charge of attempting to “pervert the course of justice”. For those of you less familiar with this landmark case, John Anthony Hill is the Producer of the documentary film “7/7 Ripple Effect”. For more details about this extraordinary case and the trial itself, please visit the following links:-

http://mtrial.org
http://jamesfetzer.blogspot.com
http://terroronthetube.co.uk/2011/05/12/muaddib-acquitted/

There are two very important precedents that were established with this case that need to be studied in detail. There was a preliminary argument presented to the court to challenge both the jurisdiction and the sovereignty of Elizabeth Battenberg/Mountbatten, which was based on two distinct points. The first point being she was knowingly, and with malice aforethought, coronated on a fake stone in 1953 and thus has never been lawfully crowned. There are those who may wish to argue that this point is irrelevant, as Judge Jeffrey Vincent Pegden did at the trial...

11:41

Mountain Journal: Bike packing "IndyWatch Feed Gippsland"

If you drive up any of the sealed roads into the mountains outside of winter, you will be aware of the incredible surge of interest in road riding in the Alps. From the Seven Peaks concept (ride up the seven key roads at your own pace during ‘riding season’) to events like the Tour of Bright (which has two substantial hill climb stages including the road to Hotham), road riding is huge.

Mountain bike riding is equally a wildly popular pastime, with Mt Buller in particular being an early adopter in terms of putting in infrastructure. The riding is great, and a growing number of other resorts are seeking to increase tourist visitation through developing infrastructure like single track networks.

In contrast to the organised events, few people seem to venture out into the mountains for touring on tracks, as opposed to the main road network. I have a number of friends who have ridden over the mountains via routes like the 2WD road from Licola to Jamieson or across the Dargo High Plains. But gravely shoulders, logging trucks, and hordes of 4WD tourists makes this seem like a less than appealing option for me.

Then there is the ‘new’ sport of ‘bikepacking’, backcountry trips that use a bike rather than your feet. Bikepacking is to mountain bike riding in the way ski touring is to backcountry riding. One is more about bushwalking on skis or wheels. The other is more about finding the steeps and going hard on the downhill.

If you’re interested in the idea of bike touring, the classic website I know is called Bikepacking, which is bas...

10:53

Shape of Things to Come: Tumultuous "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

2015, falling on the back of 2014 and my grand Peru adventure, has proved a tiring year. Too much time spent at my desk and nowhere near enough doing all the things that nourish us and re-connect us to the earth and the environments that sustain us. Now the year is closing and yet more change is on the horizon: I have finished my Masters studies, graduating with distinction, and am now... Read More

08:53

Natural Newstead: Xmas river highlights "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Here are a few highlights from the pre-Xmas reel.

Black-fronted Dotterels are scattered in pairs along the Loddon River – the gravel banks are ideal breeding sites and receding pools provide good feeding opportunities on exposed mud.

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Black-fronted Dotterel, Loddon River @ Newstead, 23rd December 2015

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This Juvenile Rufous Songlark was seen in the company of its parents – they were much more camera-shy.

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Juvenile Rufous Songlark, Loddon River @ Newstead, 23rd December 2015.

07:49

AWPA Sydney News: 1) President to Kick Off Development Projects in Year-End Papua Trip "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) Indonesia yet to See Freedom of Expression: Kontras
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1) President to Kick Off Development Projects in Year-End Papua Trip
By : Jakarta Globe | on 7:37 PM December 25, 2015

Jakarta. President Joko Widodo is scheduled to inaugurate a number of development pr...

00:52

Juice Rap News: A Message from George Orwell "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Hello Juicers.

Unlike you, George Orwell became highly impatient with the hiatus on the channel and so he made me upload this special announcement about the Internet and your online rights, which he wants you all to heed very carefully.

NB. Despite being a ‘spin-off’, this is not a RAP NEWS video! Apologies in advance to anyone who may feel bitterly, even mortally disappointed by that. Despite this, I hope you find the video promising of things to come on the channel. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments below. If enough peeps don’t hate on this, I might make more of these in 2016…

Speaking of 2016, my best wishes to all you fellow Juicers for a healthy and fulfilling new year.

Giordano

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09:23

Castlemaine Independent: CASTLEMAINE "IndyWatch Feed Cvic"

Nestled in a valley born out of a booming gold discovery
Famous in its growth with heritage, a cultural based city
In honour of an Irish Viscount, thus became its new name
Changing from ‘Forest Creek’, known now as Castlemaine

Rich golden rocks were discovered out at Specimen Gully
Whatever this would lead to, “Nobody could imagine fully!”
Now an economic and administrative centre of a huge Shire
Still, townsfolk love the bush, telling yarns around a campfire

Mainland’s oldest theatre still operating, the ‘Theatre Royal’
Entertains many with variety, never here are moments dull
Festivals and historic sights, seeing the ‘Hot Rods’ rolling in
Best is greeting folks known for years, “G’day, how’re going?”

Premiers of Victoria born here, many others with an own goal
How about Frank McEnroe? He invented the tasty ‘Chiko Roll’
Whether you are a local or a visitor, there is so much to gain
Other places could be similar, but not as good as Castlemaine!

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