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Walking around the streets of Sydney over the past few days you may have noticed that there are three very large Monkeys, that have taken up residence outside the Sydney Opera House. Stephen Gilby, Creative Director of Events at the City of Sydney chats with Claudia about Sydney’s vibrant Chinese New Year Festival. sydneychinesenewyear.com
In what is a world first, discoDtours has create a unique mobile silent disco tour lead by a dancing guide. The tours have been a hit in Sydney and are now launching in Byron.
Hundreds of locals and tourists alike are set to experience the delight and freedom of dancing on the streets of Byron. Each participant is given a set of wireless headphones linking the group and allowing discoD’s high energy dance instructors to lead the participants in a 1hr flash-mob-style dance-a-thon to the tunes of Kylie
Minogue, Bruno Mars and Michael Jackson. Founder and social entrepreneur Alison Harrington says “discoDtours give participants permission to lose their inhibitions.”
Participants can sign up for scheduled tours or can organise a group tour with as few as 8 people. discoDtours offers the ultimate fun way to experience the magical Byron environment on the beach and in the streets.
They are also a great option for hen’s nights and corporate team building events and they do it enroute to a dinner. Innovative corporates such as Yahoo7 and Google have already been dancing through the streets of Sydney. “I was a bit nervous as to what to expect, but as soon as the team got pumped, we lost all inhibitions and had such a funny night! We laughed the whole time and danced the night away. It was really liberating!” said Meg Keely of Yahoo 7.
discoDtours is a social enterprise business that encourages people to both feelgood and do good. With discoDtours any charity or any supporter can organiser can organise a group tour and a portion of the ticket price is automatically goes to the charity they nominate“ We have already raised over $1000 for various charities and want to dance to raise more. We think the community minded locals of of Byron will be totally supportive of this concept” says Ms Harrington.
Whilst everyone has extreme fun on tour the experience also generates real post event social media buzz with everybody posting fun.........
Los Angeles producer, singer, bassist and all-round legend Stephen Bruner – aka Thundercat – shared a brand new song on Arvos with Chris Twite.
In the country for St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival and sideshows, Thundercat shared advice he’s learned from working with Flying Lotus and Erykah Badu, and programmed songs that have influenced him: David Bowie’s ‘Aladdin Sane’ and Wings’ ‘Arrow Through Me’.
He then threw in one of his own: an as-yet untitled collaboration with Mono/Poly, who has worked with Bruner previously on ‘Heartbreaks & Setbacks’ and ‘Oh Shiet, it’s X’. More recently, the pair teamed up on an instrumental tribute to those who lost their lives in the Paris terror attacks.
“Now this song is about having a… basically… when you… get stuck… I don’t know, do I just play it?”
Just play the whole interview, below.
Laila Ellmoos joins us at about 10:40 am for Part 2 of our new series, Sydney and Water and this week we talk about Sydney’s earliest water supplies.
At 11:00 am, my special guest is Robert Johnson, Principal Horn with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and we explore this wonderful instrument in our ongoing conversations on musical instruments.
Music all by horn!
Do join me!
Forget wine tasting when you can go water tasting with Janet Laurence and her H20 Water Bar. Test the waters and sample a variety sourced from far and wide regions of Australia and get to know more about the slippery little liquid friend we all take for granted. H2O Water Bar will attempt to blow your understanding of water out of the water with a series of talks, discussions and performances about well, water.
Tiny Tailor presents their first group exhibition of 2016, 'At The Beginning', featuring the works of five up and coming Australian artists who wield their creative mojos and deconstruct the concept of new starts. Artists Anthony Bartok, Tom Dub, Maddison Kitching, Holly Macdonald and Natalie Synnött use the new year as a canvas for their creative process espousing brand new works that delve into the fresh theme. The opening will be followed by an after party at Freda's from 8pm.
|Track Title||Artist||Album Title|
|Flip Flop Fly||Sugarcane Collins||Going Back To Clarksdale (new)|
|Time To Move||Big Daddy Wilson||Time (new)|
|Every Feels Like Home –
|Stormcellar||Every Feels Like Home (new)|
|Sweet Mama||Stormcellar||Every Feels Like Home|
|Off Rocks||Los Skeletone Blues||Rated G|
|Down The Road Apiece||Irish & The Tom Cats||35 Years Of Big Rock|
|Trust In Me||Alex Hahn||The Wallflower|
|Gotta Cut Down||Des Kennedy Blues||The Blues|
|Groove Me||Kate Lush||( self-titled )|
|I Don’t Know||Divine Devilles||High Time|
|Life Is Too Short||Foreday Riders||Herding Cat...|
I was touched and inspired at last weeks council meeting listening to the caring, intelligent and articulate representatives of various Byron Shire community organisations speak to council about their dissatisfaction with council’s procedure’s and practices.
was uplifting to be amongst bright beings that care deeply for the environment, the health of our children and the general wellbeing of our community. Thank you to all who are doing such good work for our community and who spoke with such clarity and common sense.
Jessie Chapman, Byron Bay
Sydney's Meatstock Festival pulls a cow out of the hat with this literal sausage fest. Championing barbecues, beards and booze, the festival hosts a bunch of battles for cash and prizes: Butcher Wars, Barber Wars and Barbecue Wars as well as a hefty lineup of bands including The Beards, The Snowdroppers, Henry Wagons, Mustered Courage, Davidson Brothers and more. Meatstock puts the moo into music.
Image Courtesy of Meatstock This weekend in Sydney prepare to celebrate all things meat with the Meatstock Festival at the Sydney show grounds. Held on the 13th and 14th February Meatstock brings some the cities finest meat based food together with some of Australia’s finest musicians – almost all of which will delight readers of […]
Two examples from Nauru reveal the lack of law and order and child services and protection on Nauru.
One 44-year-old Iranian refugee father has been in jail since 27 January. He is a sole parent on Nauru. His eight-year-old daughter has been cared for by another refugee family since was he was abruptly taken into custody.
Neither the Nauruan authorities nor the Australian service provider, Connect, have lifted a finger to even enquire about the welfare of his daughter.
The Nauruan police were actually called by Connect after the man had moved himself and his daughter into spare accommodation in Nibok on the west of the island. Connect objected to the move.
For almost two weeks, the Iranian man has been held in jail. His daughter is being cared for by another family at the Nibok settlement. There has still been no enquiry concerning the care of his daughter. He appeared in court yesterday (Monday, 8 February), although the exact charge was unclear. But he was returned to jail.
He is expected to make another appearance in court today, Tuesday, 9 February.
The second incident involves a 26-year-old single female Iranian asylum seeker who was arrested after an argument with guards at the mess in the single women’s section of the family camp, RPC 3.
Around 7.00pm last night (8 February), the Iranian woman tried to take some food out of the mess to her room. The mess closes at 8.00pm – and doesn’t open until the morning – so asylum seekers are left without food for a long time.
Wilson security guards confronted her at the mess; there was an altercation and the food was taken from her.
Around 10pm, Wilson security guards arrived at the single women’s compound with Nauruan police to arrest the woman.
The Refugee Action Coalition was told, “Around five or six police grabbed her, pushed her and smashed her to the ground. She was handcuffed with her hands behind her back and she was dragged to the police....
4A Centre for Contemporary Asian art kick starts the Year of the Monkey with a double feature of Chinese Director, Luo Li's films: Emperor Visits the Hell (2012) and the sydney premiere of Li Wen at East Lake (2015).
Luo Li stirs up a concoction of contemporary Chinese society; the past, the present and the entanglements of power, wealth and morality augmented by contemporary art installations by renowned Chinese artists. This is 4A's third Chinese New Year event at Golden Age and we can personally vouch from past screenings that it'll be more fun than a barrel of monkeys.
By Darren Coyne
Glen Wright rues the day he and his wife purchased the Seabreeze Holiday Park at South Ballina.
Since their purchase Mr Wright says they have lost their life savings, been involved in a long-running dispute with Ballina Shire Council, and is now facing a bill of more than a million dollars to meet state government and council requirements.
But Ballina Shire Council’s Environmental Health and Development group manager Rod Willis has denied Mr Wright is not being asked anything more than other park owners in the area.
Mr Wright has told Echonetdaily that his troubles began after he purchased the park in 2005, complete with an operating licence.
‘The previous owner was told to upgrade the sewerage system and it was a condition of the sale that the upgrade was completed,’ he said.
‘Once those conditions were met we settled on the park and took over in May 2005.’
‘Once we took over we realised in a short space of time that we were having numerous problems with the sewer. Pumps were burning out and we started receiving penalty notices.
‘We ended up spending $100,000 to fix the sewer to keep operating but later found that a (council officer) had altere...
Image Courtesy of Bon Iver We reckon over the course of 2016 you’re going to be hearing a lot from Bon Iver. With a bunch of tour dates around the world and rumours of new material the internet is going to be awash with Bon Iver in the coming months. The first cab off the […]
Foster carers make a difference to the future of vulnerable children by providing safe, consistent and loving homes. There is a current need for more foster carers in the Blue Mountains area.
Wesley Dalmar has a long history of supporting carers who provide care to foster children of all ages. We are a service of Wesley Mission who recruit and support diverse people to become foster carers.
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What a disgrace that some Tweed Councillors feel that they need $250 per month from ratepayers to pay for their business phone accounts? In Ballina we are allowed to claim up to $80 per month for phone/internet expenses (by providing evidence of expenses), which is reasonable.
Personally speaking, my unlimited mobile phone plan is $80 per month and my home internet plan is also $80 per month. Being able to claim half of these expenses is fair enough in my opinion.
The story also mentions that Tweed Councillors are claiming expenses for visits to development sites without providing details.
For Ballina Shire councillors the official policy is that we are not allowed to meet with developers unless there is a staff member present, and preferably, the meetings should take place at the council chambers with more than one councillor present. Again, a reasonable policy.
Congratulations to Tweed mayor Katie Milne for trying to make councillors more accountable, which can only lead to more respect and confidence in the decision making process of our locally elected officials.
Cr Jeff Johnson, Ballina Shire Council
Here’s a really nice batch of songs written and recorded by James Elm. Voice and mandolin keeps things nice and sparse with focus on the songs, mood and Elm’s great bluesy voice.
Wednesday 10th February
11pm – 12am Bad Boy’s Theme Train
This week the Bad Boy’s Theme Train presents songs that are also the names of TV Shows. My friends say I’m addicted to TV games shows, what do you think?
Security at NSW hospital emergency wards will be audited as part of an action plan to improve security, the state government says, following a round-table conference in Sydney yesterday.
As part of the plan, security audits will be conducted at a number of hospitals across the state including the Tweed and Byron District Hospitals on the north coast.
Medical staff will be trained to deal with aggressive patients and TAFE security courses will cover training for the health environment, health minister Jillian Skinner has announced following a meeting in Sydney between medical unions and authorities.
Monday’s meeting was called after a NSW police officer and hospital security guard were shot by a patient in an emergency ward a...
Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club have won their sixth straight NSW Country Title by the narrowest of margins over perennial rivals Cudgen Headland after a pulsating Day Two of competition at the 2016 Stramit NSW Country Surf Life Saving Championships.
The club traded the lead with Cudgen Headland on several occasions throughout the day, but it was their sheer number of entrants in the water events that was enough to get them home.
Coffs Harbour SLSC, Port Macquarie and Sawtell rounded out the top five.
Cudgen headland club coach Scott McCartney said that that while it was frustrating to get so close to Byron Bay and not finish with the title he couldn’t have been prouder of the efforts of his team.
‘It was a great carnival for Team Cudgen as we knew it would be a very close finish. Our 17s and 19s in particular had a huge schedule of racing where they backed up across three age groups to ensure we were picking up the points and placing in almost every ra...
LONDON – [RAW] A high-level United Nations report on health crises claims the World Health Organisation’s emergency response capability is lacking and will put thousands of lives at risk unless it’s reformed.
‘This may be the last opportunity to ensure the WHO is empowered’ to build an effective emergency response capacity, warned an advance, unedited copy of the UN panel’s report.
‘The high risk of major health crises is widely underestimated and … the world’s preparedness and capacity to respond is woefully insufficient,’ the panel, convened in the wake of the Ebola crisis, said in its...
Greens MLC David Shoebridge will be conducting a forum at a Lismore hotel this evening about the controversial drug-driving tests that have been sweeping through the region.
Mr Shoebridge, and Southern Cross University academic Aidan Ricketts, will be conducting the forum, and Ballina Greens MP Tamara Smith will also be attending.
The tour includes a visit to the Lismore Local Court where just last week a case was thrown out by the local magistrate in a case where a driver was charged with drug driving having consumed cannabis a full nine days before testing positive in a roadside drug test.
Prior to tonight’s forum, Mr Shoebridge will be attending Lismore Local Court, where more than 50 people a week have been attending to face drug-driving charges.
He then plans to meet with local lawyers to discuss their experience in the courts.
‘Residents from right across the northern rivers have contacted my office and local Ballina MP Tamara Smith to raise their concer...
MELBOURNE – [AAP] A ‘revolutionary’ device implanted in a brain blood vessel may one day enable people with spinal cord injuries to walk again, say Melbourne researchers.
Their limbs won’t be reactivated, but the person’s direct thought may be able to control equipment that can move the limbs.
The device is a minimally invasive brain machine interface – a bionic implant that translates thought into action.
It consists of a stent-based electrode, stentrode, which is implanted within a blood vessel in the brain.
It records the type of neural activity that has been shown in pre-clinical animal trials to move limbs though an exoskeleton, a mobility assist device, or to control bionic limbs.
The device, the size of a small paperclip, will be implanted in the first human trial, involving three people, at The Royal Melbourne Hospital in 2017.
The pre-clinical trial results, published in Nature Biotechnology, show the device is capable of recordin...
The beach is without a doubt the playground for Australians. The formation of national identity is pinned on beach culture. "Australians are islanders and we've come to expect - almost as a kind of birthright, as much as a lifestyle - a certain kind of access to open beaches..." (source) From family holidays (if not in Bali) to national surf events and festivals it is the space to be in. On 2,000 kilometres of New South Wales coast, locals and visitors showcase their beach bodies, swim, surf, play sport and empty their dogs. It appears to be the place of equality. 'Our beach' turf is fiercely defended against 'the other' (Cronulla riots). Its is the only place of summer culture.
The beach as money-making machine
Urban beaches are manicured with fossil fuel and '...
The National Folk Festival has announced plans to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of Ireland’s Easter Rising with a very special program. Over the course of the weekend a number of events will take place covering the history of Ireland’s revolutionary cultural and language movement that was born in Easter Rising in 1916. These events […]
ISTANBUL – [AAP] Coastguards have confirmed 27 asylum seekers, 11 of them children, drowned off Turkey’s Aegean coast as they tried to reach a Greek island.
Four migrants were rescued and a search operation was underway for nine remaining passengers.
One migrant was rescued by a fisherman and three more were rescued by the coastguard, which said it had deployed boats and helicopters to search for more passengers.
The boat sank in the Aegean Sea near the Edremit area of the northwestern province Balikesir.
Separately, the private news agency Dogan said 11 migrants died and three were rescued when another boat sank further south, off the c...
A Ballina shire councillor has gone into bat for Tweed mayor Katie Milne who has been dumped from her role overseeing and approving monthly expenses after a row with fellow councillors.
The Echonetdaily reported yesterday that The Greens mayor has been controversially stripped of her role by her political rivals in approving their claims in what’s seen as a ‘pay back’ late change of council rules.
Cr Milne had raised the ire of fellow conservative councillors for asking for details about costs associated with meeting with developers on-site, and also resisted moves to allow $250 a month for phone and internet.
Ballina’s Cr Jeff Johnson described the move to ous...
SYDNEY – [AAP] An unlicensed driver who ran over and killed a schoolgirl as she waited for a bus has spent her first night in custody ahead of sentencing.
Puipuiomaota Galuvao, 28, the sister of former NRL star Joe Galuvao, apologised to the family of 16-year-old Aneri Pateland and broke down several times during a hearing at Sydney’s District Court on Monday.
The court heard the 28-year-old got behind the wheel of the four-wheel drive on September 15, 2014 after going to Kogarah Local Court with her friend Heidi Watson, who was appearing on a matter regarding her driver’s licence.
Galuvao said she told Ms Watson she didn’t want to drive the car but made the ‘stupid judgment’ call to do so to help her friend.
Minutes later, the vehicle, which was also carrying Ms Watson’s two young children, crashed into the teenager, killing her....
CANBERRA – 09/02/2016 06:31:18 AM [AAP] On the eve of the federal government handing down the annual Close the Gap report card on efforts to improve health and life expectancy for indigenous people, an Aboriginal leader has called for the program to be overhauled.
Professor Patrick Dodson says the biggest problem is the program doesn’t have a buy-in from indigenous communities and a new approach is desperately needed.
‘We’re basically changing the table cloth on a table without really realising that the white ants are eating the legs out of the table,’ he told ABC Radio.
Prof Dodson also raised concerns that prime minister Malcolm Turnbull was yet...
LOS ANGELES – [AAP] Australia’s record contingent of Academy Awards’ nominees will mingle with Hollywood’s elite at the traditional Oscars luncheon in Beverly Hills.
Monday’s (Tuesday AEDT) event at the Beverly Hilton is one of the highlights in the lead-up to the February 28 Academy Awards, where Australians including director George Miller, actress Cate Blanchett and the crew of Mad Max: Fury Road collected a record 15 nominations for Australia.
Australia’s nominees will lunch at the Beverly Hilton with 140 or so other nominees, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Matt Damon, Brie Larson, Rooney Mara, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo,...
MELBOURNE – [AAP] A man whose body has been missing since he and three friends were killed in a light plane crash off the Victorian coast 11 days ago has been identified.
The search will continue on Tuesday for the body of 55-year-old Mordialloc man Daniel Flinn who was aboard a Piper Cherokee that crashed into Bass Strait, between Point Lonsdale and Barwon Heads, on January 29.
Police say the bodies of Donald Hately, 68, of Noble Park, Di Bradley, 63, of Black Rock and her 65-year-old husband Ian Chamberlain were recovered soon af...
DOHA – [RAW] Qatar may create special courts during the 2022 soccer World Cup to deal quickly and ‘very gently’ with alcohol-consuming fans who break the law in a conservative Muslim state where public drunkenness is prohibited.
Qatari officials have said that the 500,000 football fans expected to descend on their country during the World Cup will be allowed to consume alcohol in designated zones, but how to best balance the country’s cultural values with FIFA’s requirements for the tournament remains contentious.
‘I know in South Africa there where specific courts established during the World Cup for this kind of thing, and that is something we were discussing with FIFA,’ the Gulf state’s 2022 Committee chief Hassan Al Thawadi said on Monday.
During its 2010 World Cup, South Africa set up 56 special courts to accelerate cases involving foreign fans so they could be dealt with before either suspects or witnesses left the country.
In South Africa, most co...
By Mungo MacCallum
There is an old primary school prank in which the perpetrator asks the victim: ‘how do you keep an idiot in suspense?’ When the victim gives up, the perpetrator replies triumphantly, ‘I’ll tell you tomorrow!’
Well, it used to be a prank, but in the last week or so there are signs that Malcolm Turnbull is taking it seriously. This is not to say that our cerebrotonic prime minister is treating his party room, the parliament, the media or the voters as mugs – heaven forbid. But it is clear that his continued delays – procrastinations, even – over tax are starting to try everybody’s patience.
Turnbull reassures the public that the budget will, as always, set out the government’s economic blueprint for the next year. But even if that is taken to mean that the detailed agenda for his tax changes will be revealed – and there is no guarantee that his plans will be finalised, or even necessarily initiated, by that stage – the budget is still a full three months away, three months in which the speculation, the kite-flying and the overwhelming uncertainty can only get more intense.
And as it mounts, the resistance to a serious attack on the country’s fiscal malaise is also growing. In particular, the possibility of increases in either the scope or the rate of the GST is fading before our eyes.
Last week Turnbull laid out his three unalterable conditions for tax reform. Rule One: there can be no overall rise in the tax take. That is a pretty unambitious goal in itself. We are no longer talking abut the need to drive taxes down to free up the economy, to provide incentive to employment, and to contribute to reducing the debt and deficit emergency. And in fact we are actually encouraging the states to fill their own revenue holes, presumably by pushing up their own taxes.
The best the commonwealth is prepared to do is to keep its own figures in balance. So if the GST is ramped up to 15 pe...
My letter regarding ‘Climate Change or System Change’ in December elicited an unusual reply from Jim Nutter last month.
It would be easy to interpret that he has mis-perceived my intentions in critiquing localisation ideology, and draws totally wrong conclusions.
I offer no ‘grand plan’ quite the contrary.
This whole issue is complex, and deserves more open debate and constructive criticisms in the appropriate forums, not the letter pages.
Just to put in context, the latest news is 2015 is the hottest year in recorded history – global warming.
Global oil prices are at a three-year low – tar sands, oil shale, Iran re-entering the global oil market.
Market investors are very nervous with global share markets extremely volatile, with China’ economy slowing down and commodity prices at all-time lows.
Ocean acidification is increasing with predictions of rapid decline of ocean fisheries by 2030.
These are all part of the global capitalist economy, driven by the quest for ‘cheap’ energy and increasing profits.
Avoidance is no option, as some seem to think in our highly individualistic consumer society.
It will take an upsurge of mass action [not as implied ’violent’ revolution] but a collective realisation and consciousness that for the survival of the planet needs political solutions done in a democratic way.
The clock is ticking…
Boyd Kellner, Newrybar
Guys, is this normal in early February? on Flickr.
Guys, is this normal in early February?
On my yearly trip to Mallacoota I always plan to drive down to Shipwreck Creek and walk the track to Seal Creek. Along the way I expect to see a good range of rare birds, including Southern Emu-wren and the very rare Ground Parrot. I actually did see a Ground Parrot but it flushed and took off in a wild zig zag flight that made it impossible to film: video or photos. I will try again next year. What I managed to photograph was one of my favourite little birds – the Southern Emu-wren: a feisty tiny bird the size of a fairy-wren but with a much longer tail and very small wings that allow for short hops of flight. The Emu-wren requires a good expanse of knee to thigh-high heathland clear of foxes and cats. Very few exist now close to urban areas. I have only seen them at Shipwreck Creek and Cape Howe Wilderness Areas and at Anglesea Heath.
I found these guys fairly early in the morning along the track to Seal Creek but on the way back they had all disappeared back into the heathland scrub. The males will fly up to a dead bit of scrub in the heath and look at the intruders coming into his patch.
It's been interesting to note that in recent days, a pair
of Seair Pacific (Istlecote) Cessna 208 Caravan turbo-props
have operated Fly-in Fly-out (FIFO) charter flights between the
Fraser Coast and Wanella Station (near Coppabella) as well as
‘Melbourne now #46 - Edo as projection screen’.
Something from 2013
Toowoomba-based Pilatus PC-12/45 VH-PID was noted calling into
Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) and Mackay Airports on Monday 8 February.
|File photo taken by Brendan Berry ©|
After arriving into Hamilton Island Airport late last week,
Sunwest Aviation (Canada) Bombardier BD-100-1A10 Challenger 300
bizjet C-GPDQ has departed the Whitsundays on Monday 8 February for Brisbane. It had arrived last
Friday 5 February from Cairns.
A man who poses as a prospective buyer is believed to have stolen at least five motorcycles during test rides on the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast since December 18.
Queensland Police have issued a warning to riders selling motorcycles to be cautious when allowing potential buyers to test ride their bikes.
More than 8000 motorcycles are stolen each year in Australia, with two out of three taken from the owner’s home. Over half of motorcycles stolen are not recovered.
While most of those thefts are at night, there is a growing trend for scammers to steal bikes from people selling them privately through online sites.
There has also been a rash of stolen bikes in Victoria from thieves who contact sellers and get their address on the pretence of coming to inspect the motorcycle. The thieves roll up and steal it.
Katter and Lazarus seek Federal renewable fuels mandate
8 February 2016: KAP Leader and Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter today introduced the Renewable Fuel Bill 2016 into Federal Parliament which will see ethanol flow from every petrol bowser in Australia at a minimum of 5% from 2019 and 10% from 2022.
Mr Katter was supported by fellow Queenslander and Leader of the Glenn Lazarus Team, Senator Glenn Lazarus.
The introduction of the Bill into Federal Parliament follows a win by the KAP in Queensland late last year which will see a 4% ethanol mandate in Queensland from 2018.
Mr Katter paid tribute to the proponents of ethanol in his speech in Parliament today and cited the four fundamental reasons that ethanol should go ahead: health, agriculture, fuel security and petrol prices.
“I think the opening statement should lie with Mr Iemma, the then Premier of New South Wales – he said, ‘I cannot go another day with people’s deaths on my conscience, people that simply don’t have to die’,” Mr Katter said.
“The most distinguished medical journal in the world has released figures – if you double the amount of small particles (in the air with ordinary fuel) then you double the number of deaths from lung disease and pulmonary diseases for the heart and lungs.”
Mr Katter said that ethanol was critical for survival of the sugar and grains industries.
“The lot-feeding industry in Queensland is ragin...
There are still plenty of places left for competitors in the Touratech Adventure Challenge on Saturday, March 19, which is open to all riders, with classes for single and multi-cylinder motorcycles.
Touratech Australia’s Robin Box says riders will compete in a range of skill-based challenges – both on and off the bike – as well as including some team components that will form part of the judging process.
An exclusive evening with Helen Garner.
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Standing room only: upright burials.
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Italian dirt bike manufacturer Speedy Working Motors (SWM) has returned to Australia with its second model, a supermotard.
The first model in the range was the RS 650 R adventure bike at $8990 and now comes the SM 650 R at $9490.
Other models coming this year include the RS 300 R and RS 500 R enduros and SM 500 R supermoto in April, the Silver Vase 440 scrambler and Gran Milano 440 roadster in May and the Super Dual 650 in August....
New column - UP CLOSE, seeing the art in the every day.
Column: Stepping into the light as an introvert.
Column: Why do book clubs still work?
Kylie Treble: Living with creatures and critters
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Like the U.S., Italy has a national vaccine injury compensation program to give some financial support to those people who are injured by compulsory and recommended vaccinations. The Italian infant plaintiff received three doses of GlaxoSmithKline’s Infanrix Hexa, a hexavalent vaccine administered in the first year of life. These doses occurred from March to October 2006. The vaccine is to protect children from polio, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B, pertussis and Haemophilus influenza type B. In addition to these antigens, however, the vaccine then contained thimerosal, the mercury-containing preservative, aluminum, an adjuvant, as well as other toxic ingredients. The child regressed into autism shortly after receiving the three doses.
When the parents presented their claim for compensation first to the Ministry of Health, as they were required to do, the Ministry rejected it. Therefore, the family sued the Ministry in a court of general jurisdiction, an option which does not exist in the same form in the U.S.
Based on expert medical testimony, the court concluded that the child more likely than not suffered autism and brain damage because of the neurotoxic mercury, aluminum and his particular susceptibility from a genetic mutation. The Court also noted that Infanrix Hexa contained thimerosal, now banned in Italy because of its neurotoxicity, “in concentrations greatly exceeding the maximum recommended levels for infants weighing only a few kilograms.”
Presiding Judge Nicola Di Leo considered another piece of damning evidence: a 1271-page confidential GlaxoSmithKline report (now available on the Internet). This industry document provided ample evidence of adverse events from the vac...
Lapoinya Update Three weeks of peaceful protests on a daily basis has seen five arrests, thousands of dollars in fines and almost 50 notifications to “Move On”. EARLIER on Tasmanian Times .. • Tim Upston: Lapoinya: A slow walk ... • Save the Native Forest of the Mutual Valley ...
Just arrived at our sanctuary is Charlie Brown, a young Dorper lamb, the victim of a recent dog attack. With large wounds in his face and body, and a terribly twisted neck, our veterinary team is swinging into gear to help this little chap because we think his life is worth much more than peanuts.
As part of the rollout of the new Boating Zones for the Northern Bellarine the following proposed works will be in operation, subject to the review of weather conditions.
ST LEONARDS: Monday
8 February to Wednesday 10 February
Dump barge will be moored at St Leonards from Monday to Friday.
Lateral marker – 296 Pile maintenance.
New Pile installation – SL06 Lit Marker.
Installation of piles SL05 to SL01.
INDENTED HEAD: Wednesday 10 February
to Friday 12 February
Barge moored at Portarlington.
Installation of piles IH01 to IH05.
PORTARLINGTON EAST & WEST:
Monday 15 February to Friday 19 February
Barge moored at Portarlington.
Installation of piles PE01 to PE04.
Installation of piles PW01 to PW04.
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SO THE QLD POLICE WANT ‘INCENTIVE PENALTIES’
On 20th January 2016, the Courier Mail reported that it had seen a secret submission to the Taskforce on Organised Crime from the Queensland Police Service (QPS); a submission allegedly fully endorsed by the Police Union. The Taskforce, due to report back on the 31st March 2016, is reviewing the suite of so-called anti-bikie laws enacted by the former Premier Campbell Newman and his Attorney-General, Jarrod Bleijie. As the date for the report looms near, the LNP has embarked on an intense propaganda campaign. It, along with a hysterical media, assert that if the laws are repealed, the Gold Coast will turn into a violent cesspool of criminal activity.
Introduced in November 2013, the laws were slammed by the judiciary and criticised heavily by academics and professionals. They violate almost all of the common law protections set down over centuries to ensure innocent people are not arbitrarily detained and punished by the Government. They have resulted in absurd arrests, including a librarian with no criminal record being charged for having lunch with her boyfriend and a mate.
Queensland Police are fighting to legalise threats, intimidation and dirty tactics for ‘crime fighting.’ Letters to Cairns News would suggest the QPS has been adopting these measures for decades. “This is nothing new,” according to a retired traffic officer.
The QPS and LNP are adamant the laws are keeping Queenslanders safe. Yet despite boasting of thousands of arrests and charges, almost no one has been successfully prosecuted. Lauding success in the absence of convictions seems a little strange....
Adam Liston loves eating and cooking Asian food. His yakatori bar on Smith Street is closing at the end of the month so get in quick before you have to travel to the CBD to experience his magical way with flavour.
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Mayday Coffee and Food has flung its bifold windows wide and is open for business on Bridge Road, Richmond. Jo Rittey checks them out.
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The famous Fonzie Triumph motorcycle is now up for sale on eBay after being passed in at auction in the United States in 2014.
The seller is asking US$100,000 (about A$140,000) for the bike ridden by Henry Winkler who played Arthur Fonzarelli (Fonzie or the Fonze) in the Happy Days TV series from 1974-84.
It was passed in at auction in 2014, but had previously been sold at a Bonhams auction in 2011 for US$87,500 (about A$173,000).
The 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 Scrambler Custom is one of several bikes the Fonze used in the hit 1970s series set in the 1950s.
The early Fonzie...
Last week’s downpour has generated a modest flow in the Loddon, gradually filling all the pools in the section between the Muckleford Creek confluence and downstream of the highway bridge. I suspect it hasn’t made it all the way to Cairn Curran as yet. You can almost hear the land sighing with relief!
A couple of weeks after the community of Lapoinya tried to keep its local forest, Paul Harriss and FT are targeting another community’s local forest ... On Saturday, 13th February, we invite YOU to come into the Mutual Valley, Derby, to share in a moment of reflection, to contemplate what it is that is about to happen here, and to add your energy, in the hope of a better future for this forest. The Mutual Valley community has decided that on Saturday, 13th February, we will welcome every interested person to participate in a day of presence, meditation and prayer. Forestry Tasmania’s work in the Mutual Valley is to satisfy a purely financial obligation. The people of the Mutual Valley wish to flag this unsustainable process to the notice of the public, by use of a non-confrontational, inclusive and peaceful method … … It is evident to us that Forestry Tasmania no longer wish to achieve Forest Stewardship Certification. Forestry Tasmania do not understand sustainability as it is applied to forestry. Or, if they do, they are desensitised to the principals of sustainability – a process encouraged by governments who have hurled money at them to prop them up … • Sign this PETITION for the Right to peaceful protest in Tasmania • Roger Bradley: We want to secede • From wet sclerophyll to dry sclerophyll forests • Blair Richards, Mercury: Forestry’s $480,000 consultants’ splurge FORESTRY Tasmania has spent almost half a million dollars on consultants, much of it on reports informing the State Government’s efforts to restructure the forest industry. Labor is calling for the release of reports to allow Tasmanians to get the full picture on Forestry Tasmania’s viability and the state of the forest industry. However, Resources Minister Paul Harriss says the reports are either Cabinet or commercial in confidence. Documents released after a Right to Information request from Labor show that between December 2...
… Amid the sounds of massive trees thumping into the ground the surreal sensation of watching the clearly-distressed Bob Brown refusing police orders to leave, was matched only by the more surreal sound of myself also refusing, despite the clear and threatening consequences posed by the State. Perhaps that need to protest was driven from a deep realisation that I was standing in the same land my forefathers had settled, where my father and his six elder sisters were born, and where my grandfather and grandmother had forged a hard living in the backwoods behind Wynyard during and after the First World War. The stories of my Auntie Kath Doherty came flooding back of a life of hardship , tempered by a loving extended family. Her writing tells of a family living on the aptly named Hyena Rock Road, and of the day in 1919 when the whole region came alive after my grandfather Frank Upston, captured a live Thylacine, then known in Tasmania as a hyena. … The machinery used to smash apart this piece of Tasmania was operating while barely 40 kilometres it could have been used to save pristine areas in the Tarkine which were on fire for the first time in thousands of years. … • Sign this PETITION for the Right to peaceful protest in Tasmania • Roger Bradley: We want to secede • From wet sclerophyll to dry sclerophyll forests • Blair Richards, Mercury: Forestry’s $480,000 consultants’ splurge FORESTRY Tasmania has spent almost half a million dollars on consultants, much of it on reports informing the State Government’s efforts to restructure the forest industry. Labor is calling for the release of reports to allow Tasmanians to get the full picture on Forestry Tasmania’s viability and the state of the forest industry. However, Resources Minister Paul Harriss says the reports are either Cabinet or commercial in confidence. Documents released after a Right to Information request from Labor show that between December 2014 and J...
The disappearance of five Hong Kong booksellers should be disturbing news for those who think that flogging off the (dairy) farm to China is the hope of the side.
The Forgotten Roads, Link Roads and Back Roads Not all is lost! We did have a win in late 2015. It is a short story of bureaucratic incompetence, inertia and a dearth of leadership. The Ranelagh-Judbury Road turns away from the Huon Highway near Huonville in an 80kph zone.
We’re on a route that takes you directly to one of the rich Aboriginal sites on the wild West Coast. This sea country fills you with awe. The track itself is an adrenaline-rush: deep, rocky ruts and soft sand make it four-wheel-drive only. … I think of these flat rocks at our feet on drifting sands as are our Stonehenge, our Macchu Picchu, our Leaning Tower of Pisa. For non-Aboriginals the journey of discovery is neither obvious nor easy. Access to these coastal sites has been won, it seems, without a robust framework for deep appreciation. We are still learning how best to protect and manage Aboriginal living heritage. A Liberal election promise advocated the upgrading and re-opening of a number of 4WD tracks in the Arthur-Pieman. But, the Federal Court ordered an interim injunction to close them, ruling heritage must come first. …
In January 2016 Tasmania was experiencing unprecedented climate change and ecological breakdown in the form of drought, bushfires, water shortages and energy shortages. Many of the drivers of this calamity were external to Tasmania but some were domestic. As one of the world’s largest coal exporters and one of the world’s largest deforesters, Australia has a pathetic ecological record. Has Tasmania been intelligently managing it’s evolved ecology? No. • Sign this PETITION for the Right to peaceful protest in Tasmania • Blair Richards, Mercury: Forestry’s $480,000 consultants’ splurge FORESTRY Tasmania has spent almost half a million dollars on consultants, much of it on reports informing the State Government’s efforts to restructure the forest industry. Labor is calling for the release of reports to allow Tasmanians to get the full picture on Forestry Tasmania’s viability and the state of the forest industry. However, Resources Minister Paul Harriss says the reports are either Cabinet or commercial in confidence. Documents released after a Right to Information request from Labor show that between December 2014 and July last year Forestry Tasmania spent $481,779 on external consultants. The spending included ...
Friday afternoon, Malcolm Turnbull drops a bombshell. He intends to ignore the will of the people over tax reform. Speaking on ABC Adelaide he says ... … Four months into his Prime Ministership and eight months out from an election, as Lenore Taylor reminds us, Turnbull may not have a clue who he is or what he stands for but he knows what he doesn’t like. Unpopularity. The PM may have a pathological need for approval but that aside he’s shrewd enough not to sign his own political death-warrant. If only it were so easy. Turnbull’s change of policy on consultation will come as a shock to those hundreds of Australians who made submissions to The White Paper in good faith that they might be listened to; that their voices might influence policy, by a politician who came to power promising a consensus model which ‘respected the intelligence’ of the electorate. Now at least he’s cleared up something. The people’s voice doesn’t matter. … • Fairfax: Tax white paper: why Turnbull killed the green paper and probably a higher GST
… I (Maureen) have been a volunteer fire fighter for the past 20 years. On numerous occasions putting my life in danger fighting fires in Forestry Tasmanians plantation. I have been peacefully protesting with hundreds of other passionate people who care about their environment, trying to save the Lapoinya coupe from destruction from our government and Forestry Tasmania. All I get from peacefully protesting is a heavy fine or imprisonment under the new anti-protest laws which seems to favour governments and big businesses. … • Sign this PETITION for the Right to peaceful protest in Tasmania
Dear Chilliwops, Today I was reading a web page that delivers the quote of the day. Today’s “nature quote” said, “Let us permit nature to have her way. She understands her business better than we do.” The author was sixteenth century French writer and philosopher Michel de Montaigne.
A child is one of two people who have tested positive for Zika virus in 24 hours in southeast Queensland as experts warn more cases are likely • Zika Outbreak Epicenter in Same Area Where GM Mosquitoes Were Released in 2015
I had the Brisbane Local Food grower
folks over for garden visit on the weekend. Always a great
experience to share the green thumb-ery with so many skilled
It was a bit crowded on the paths between the plants so there were gaggles of folk hither and yon. Great day. Good company.
Such generous people.
If you want to anchor your gardening skills BLF is the network to link up with.
Wilderness photographer Dan Broun walked six hours into the bushfire ravaged area on Friday and camped overnight to document the damage. • Carol Rea in Comments: #5 TGC and others I am no expert but I respect those who regularly walk and document these areas. The logging of areas below the plateau - mainly for woodchips - has decreased the wet forest buffer zone that has protected the Plateau for millenia. Rob Blakers comment on the Plateau fires “The fire that began as a lightning strike near Lake Parangana on Jan 13th was unstoppable as it roared up the Fisher River to Lake Mackenzie. Its spread across the Plateau over the following two weeks, however, could have been checked. We need to establish dual priorities for fire fighting. It is imperative that rainforest, alpine vegetation, peat soils and thousand year old pencil pines are prioritised, as well as human life and property.” This fire roared up an area that has been logged and replanted - it used to be diverse wet forest now dry eucalypt replanting. We change the landscape and we are responsible for what happens. • Simon Warriner in Comments: I understand the distress at the loss of unique vegetation types and wilderness, and the attraction for some to find fault with “forestry”, and even the wilful ignorance of the likes of the first comment, but, and I am trying to be kind here. This is a bloody huge distraction from the one question that needs to be answered FIRST. “Why did our emergency response system wait for 6 days in the face of an unprecedented event with rapidly escalating consequences before calling for available help?” Had that help been applied early the consequences would not have been do dire. Had that help been applied early and those dire consequences been avoided, it is possible this discussion would not be taking place at this time in the process and possibly not at all … • Blair Richards, Mercury: Forestry’s $480,000 consultants’ splurge FORESTRY Tasmania has sp...
Tibetan Buddhist Lama Geshe Thubten Sherab, fluent English speaker and renowned for connecting with Westerners, is returning to Brisbane during his 2016 international tour to teach at Camp Hill’s Langri Tangpa Buddhist Centre. Geshe Sherab will talk about topics that Queensland people want hear about: Using Buddhist techniques to be a “better whatever you want […]
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The Greater Shepparton Women’s Charter Alliance Advisory Committee (GSWCAAC) in conjunction with its partners invite you to a FREE International Women’s Day event – ‘Stories of Prejudice and Pride’. All are welcome to come together to be consumed by the achievements of women, and to celebrate the benefits that women bring to the wider community. ... Read more...
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