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The Watchers » Latest articles: Radioactive spill at the nuclear plant site in New York, US "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Indian Point nuclear plant in New York reported a radioactive spill that began on February 5, 2016. Since then, groundwater tests conducted directly at the plant site showed a 65 000% increase in radioactivity, media reported. The water leak happened when a...... Read more »

The Watchers » Latest articles: Thousands displaced by severe floods in Malaysia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Severe floods, resulting from torrential downpours over the last 4 days, have hit the states of Johor, Melaka, Negri Sembilan and Sarawak in Malaysia. Two deaths have been reported so far, and at least 1 600 people have been displaced. Disaster management...... Read more »



Global Justice Ecology Project: Trans-Pacific Partnership signed in New Zealand; protesters include indigenous Maori "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Chants, cheers, and the sound of honking cars echoed through the streets of Auckland on Thursday, as demonstrators took over the central city, protesting the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. Buchanan Cullen was there with his three children. “The... Read More

The post Trans-Pacific Partnership signed in New Zealand; protesters include indigenous Maori appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.


EcoWatch: Gruesome Tumors on Sea Turtles Linked to Climate Change and Pollution "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


A turtle hospital in Marathon, Florida is treating an increasing number of green sea turtles affected by...


EcoWatch: Threat of Sea Level Rise Intensifies as Antarctica’s Melting Ice Sheet at ‘Point of No Return’ "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


British researchers have reinforced recent evidence that melting in the Antarctic caused by...


Fire Earth: Heatwave Melts 50-Year Record in Perth, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

CGFP Perth records 40 plus degree temperatures three consecutive days Western Australia’s capital city, Perth [pop:~ 2.1 million,] has recorded 40 plus degree (C) temperatures for three consecutive days, breaking a 50-year record for February, said a report. The latest record-breaking heatwave was reportedly the seventh ever occurring in the region. If the temperature reaches […]


The Ecologist: They don't like it up'em: Greenpeace 'frack' Parliament Square "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

As Cuadrilla's application to frack in Lancashire goes to public inquiry today, protestors from Greenpeace have installed a full-size 'fracking rig' in Parliament Square, London, complete with flare and deafening sound effects, to let MP's know just how great it is to have a fracking well on your doorstep.


Wake Up World: Zika Virus – The Latest Actor in the Fake Pandemic Play? "IndyWatch Feed National"

10th February 2016 By Makia Freeman Contributing Writer for Wake Up World Zika is the latest health scare to dominate the headlines of the mainstream media. The WHO (World Health Organization) declared (World Health Organization) declared a âŹSPublic Health Emergency of International Concern⏠on February 1st, 2016. They stated that âŹSthe experts agreed that a causal relationship between ...Continue Reading - Zika Virus ⏠The Latest Actor in the Fake Pandemic Play?


Wake Up World: Healing the Hijacked Mind "IndyWatch Feed National"

10th February 2016 By Jennifer Deisher Contributing Writer for Wake Up World The hijacking of our brains with fear-based manipulation is the foundation for many of our rooted beliefs and perceptions. The institutions of our society are designed to produce fear, stress and trauma via manufactured systems of power, governance, education, religion and finance (just to ...Continue Reading - Healing the Hijacked Mind


Wake Up World: Study Shows How Parental Debt Affects Children’s Social and Emotional Well-being "IndyWatch Feed National"

10th February 2016 By Christina Lavers Contributing Writer for Wake Up World A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and Dartmouth published by the journal of Pediatrics looked at the effect of parental debt on childrenâŹ"s socioemotional wellbeing, concluding that children from families with higher levels of secure debt exhibited greater ...Continue Reading - Study Shows How Parental Debt Affects Children's Social and Emotional Well-being


Head Space: We have ways of making you feel shame and guilt… "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Shame and guilt are age old methods of social control. Look around you and see exactly who is using this method at the present. Now, ask yourself, why might that be? It is a vicious circle, one that has never ever ended well, nor will it this time around.Filed under: Education, News and politics, Political […]


EcoWatch: Bill McKibben: Not Me. Us. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


In the mounting, panicky attempts of elites to derail the Bernie Sanders candidacy, one...


The Extinction Protocol: Wellington rocked by earthquake measuring 5.7 magnitude "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

NZ Quake
February 2016NEW ZEALANDNew Zealand’s capital city Wellington was rocked by 5.7 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday, according to the country’s earthquake monitoring service. The quake’s epicenter was 35 km southeast of St Arnaud, a small town in the north of the country’s South Island, at a depth of 62 km, according to Geonet’s website. Reuters witnesses felt shaking in Wellington, which has a population of about 450,000. There were no initial reports of damage or injury.
Earthquakes are common in New Zealand, whose two islands lie along the Australia-Pacific tectonic plate boundary. A shallow 6.3 magnitude earthquake devastated the South Island’s Canterbury region in February 22, 2011, resulting in nearly 200 deaths and leveling Christchurch, the country’s second-largest city. –AFR

Crisis of the Ages



EcoWatch: Witch Hunt Continues Against Climate Scientists at NOAA "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Congressman Lamar Smith continued his witch hunt against climate scientists at NOAA by convening yet another...


American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): Debby Slier's LOVING ME "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Debby Slier's Loving Me is a delightful board book! Published in 2013 by Star Bright Books, it is definitely one I'll be recommending!

Here's the cover:

The very last page in the book tells us the woman and baby on the cover are Shoshone Bannock. Indeed, with that page we learn that the other photographs in the book are of children and family members who are Lakota Sioux, Navajo, Iroquois, and Potawatomi.

On the first page, we see a mom and baby. The text is "My mother loves me." That pattern is repeated over the rest of the book. A dad, a brother, a sister, an aunt, an uncle, a grandma, a grandpa, and a great grandma... embracing a child. They're clad in a range of clothing, from jeans and t-shirts to traditional clothing, but all of it in the day-to-day life of the individuals being shown. Slier's photo essay is a terrific mirror for Native kids, and, it'll help children and adults who aren't Native see us as in the fullness of our lives as Native people.

I heartily recommend Slier's Loving Me, published by Star Bright Books.


North Coast Voices: In which then Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott gives the nod for then Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert to help smooth the way for a big Liberal Party donor and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull inherits a problem "IndyWatch Feed"

These are the antics of then Australian prime minister Tony Abbott and his not-so-faithful side kick LNP MP for Fadden & then Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert, as reported in the Herald Sun on 7 February 2016:

A FEDERAL minister is under pressure after admitting he made a secret trip to Beijing where a Liberal donor and mate finalised a mining deal.
Human Services Minister Stuart Robert told the Herald Sun he was acting in a “private capacity” when he attended a signing ceremony with Nimrod Resources’s Paul Marks and high-ranking Communist Party ­officials who run Chinese Government-owned company Minmetals.
Mr Robert has previously said Mr Marks was a “close personal friend” and he’d bought shares in two of the Melbourne millionaire’s companies.
Mr Marks has also donated $2 million to the Liberals in the past two ­financial years. Last year, then prime minister Tony Abbott flew on a taxpayer-funded jet to Mr...


North Coast Voices: SHORTER ANDREW WILKIE: Grubby, grubby Julie Bishop "IndyWatch Feed"

Excerpts from ABC News, 3 February 2016:

A history of treaties in the Timor Sea 

* In 1989 Australia and Indonesia signed the Timor Gap Treaty when East Timor was still under Indonesian occupation. 

* East Timor was left with no permanent maritime border and Indonesia and Australia got to share the wealth in what was known as the Timor Gap. 
* In 2002 East Timor gained independence and the Timor Sea Treaty was signed, but no permanent maritime border was negotiated. 
* East Timor has long argued the border should sit halfway between it and Australia, placing most of the Greater Sunrise oil and gas field in their territory. 


new illuminati: Consciousness Can Influence Our Autonomic Nervous System "IndyWatch Feed National"

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DUCK POND: Dog Blog: Waiting on a Sunny Day "IndyWatch Feed"

To clarify, most days were sunny at some stage, but they gave way to overcast conditions with rain, and on one day an intense, hour-long hail storm. The latter event, I have now been told. caused minor damage to a neighbours car.

This week was inclusive of the 30 January to 5 February. Dexter had his stitches removed and was freed from the plastic helmet – no more bumping into almost every log and tree along the way. With this encumbrance gone, Dexter resumed his precision of movement. The co-ordination for four legs and the visual system is quite amazing.

Hannah very much kept her own counsel. She and we alike  are prone to connect with leaches, and often bring them home.

The music, “Thingmajig” is performed by Audionautix:

The title is copied from Bruce Springsteen:


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Tuesday, 09 February


Fire Earth: Pharma Phleecing: It’s Déjà vu All Over Again! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Sent by a reader The White House to ask Congress for $1.8 billion in Zika emergency funding Obama’s fiscal 2017 budget, to be submitted to the Congress Tuesday, will include more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight Zika. The White House announced the request to cover research and planning globally shortly after CBS […]


The Ecologist: If you think it's bad inside the EU, think again "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A British exit from the EU wouldn't liberate us from the extreme neoliberalism epitomised by TTIP, writes Caroline Lucas. On the contrary, UK governments have been the strongest drivers of the EU's 'free trade', pro-corporate agenda. Despite all the EU's faults - and they are many - it is protecting us from much, much worse.


Catallaxy Files: Roundup Feb 9 "IndyWatch Feed"

Culture. A meditation on cricket as a mental exercise. The mention of exercise reminds me of the time the English poet laureate William Henly threw Oscar Wilde out of his house (don’t ask me why) Wilde remarked “Conversation with Henley is both a mental and a physical recreation”. Henly wrote of Wilde “Mr Wilde has brains, art, and style; but if he can write for none but outlawed noblemen and perverted telegraph boys, the sooner he takes to tailoring (or some other decent trade) the better for his own reputation and morals.”
The Ministry of British Comedy . Even more culture – can you bear it?

Alpha to omega. The beginning and the end of the welfare state.

Weather. 300 scientists want to know more about data quality in Government agencies.
You couldn’t make it up, Green insanity. Crops...


Learn - Idle No More: One House Many Nations: Next Steps "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"


Idle No More - One House Many Nations: Next Steps


The One House Many Nations: Next Steps focuses on building sustainable housing out of recycled wooden pallets. This project is significant for three reasons:


Catallaxy Files: This story is a beat up "IndyWatch Feed"

So during Question Time I saw Mark Dreyfus trying to pin a scandal on Stuart Robert.

As far as I can work out, this is what happened:
1. Stuart Robert was in China on a private trip.
2. He got invited to a function hosted by a friend and Liberal Party donor.
3. He attended the function.
4. Also at the function are some Chinese government officials, including vice-minister Wang Min.
5. Everybody got introduced. After all it would be rude not to introduce important guests.
6. Wang Min and Stuart Robert talk a bit of shop about the importance of bilateral trade and investment between Australia and China.
7. Plenty of bubbles and canapés etc. get consumed.

This is how the Chinese reported the events:

The two parties conducted talk and exchanges on building good external investment environment, enhancing co-operation between mining institutions and further strengthening Sino-Australia co-operation in the mining field.

This is how the Australian Labor Party describe the events:

This minister has betrayed his duty to this country.


Sounds like a terrible holiday

Yet it is not clear to me how building better relations between Australia and China – even while on holiday – constitutes a betrayal, or even a terrible holiday. Ministers of the Crown should be proud to represent Australia and Australian interests at all times. To suggest otherwise is a poor reflection on the Labor Party and not on Stuart Robert.

If anyone should be annoyed it should be the Chinese. Sky News is reporting that Stuart Robert was on a tourist visa – talking shop at a private function may well be a violation of his v...


Independent Australia: Facebook: Why do you torment me so? "IndyWatch Feed"

Facebook: Why do you torment me so?Facebook, which does so much to bring people together, can be a veritable nightmare when they break up, writes Samuel Elliott. read now...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": tyto tony: Yellow Wagtails sticking together, sticking around "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Three's not often company among Eastern Yellow Wagtails (Motacilla tschutschensis) at Mungalla Station but today a trio of birds stuck together through four shifts to various sites along the road in from the highway. Sorry, no trio picture presented itself. (Above, one I can almost always count on.)
First time I've seen three birds getting on well and sticking relatively close together (10-20 metres apart) as they foraged along the roadside, being forced to move as station traffic travelled the road.

In its usual spot, at the waterhole that marks the eastern end of Palm Creek these dryish days, the only Yellow Wagtail that can be counted almost every day its looked for.



"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Nightclub goer gets shot repeatedly by a group of Muslims outside of a Sydney, Australia night club "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

These are the grubs brought to Australia by the Labor Party, starting with Hawke and right through until the present Liberal PM Malcolm Turnbull. We are still bringing in 600,000 immigrants a year, many from Islamic countries. Bob Katter says no more immigration at all until there are jobs available for immigrants. He says it must be stopped now. We are heading towards the ethnic warfare of the United Kingdom and now Germany because of mad Islamics and Africans they have imported. Tell Julie Bishop “stuff the United Nations, charity begins at home!” p-of-Muslims-outside-of-a-Sydney-Australia-night-club

16:11 Sham safety regulation, ill-thought expansion plans: former regulator cautions on India’s nuclear anachronism "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A Gopalakrishnan

The Fukushima accident in Japan in March 2011, led to dramatic course-corrections in various countries having nuclear power plants. India has merely carried out a cursory walk-through inspection of its plants and projects under construction and is still continuing on with an accelerated program to add on more large-scale nuclear units. This approach does not make any sense from the economic, safety, or social and environmental impact point of view. Therefore, it is essential that these plans are halted immediately and seriously re-evaluated with the participation of a wider set of non-governmental experts.

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Catallaxy Files: Inquiry into illicit tobacco "IndyWatch Feed"

I got invited to make a submission (PDF) to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement Inquiry into Illicit Tobacco.

Here is a taste:

In this submission I have adopted an economic perspective on tobacco consumption as opposed to a public health perspective. The public health lobby view tobacco from a disease perspective. The World Health Organization, for example, talks about the “Global Tobacco Epidemic”. From this perspective it may be entirely sensible to wish to totally eliminate or eradicate tobacco consumption. This is a normative assessment – tobacco consumption is a very different “ailment” to, say, contracting small pox or polio. Unlike tobacco consumers disease victims do not voluntarily contract their diseases.

Economics strives to be a positive science that investigates human action and choice. It is only through a careful analysis of incentives, constraints, costs, and benefits that choices and decisions can be fully understood. Economics provides a coherent and consistent framework to investigate the totality of any policy choice or decision. It provides, in principle, for a full accounting of the costs and benefits under differing institutional frameworks of different choices and decisions.

From an economic perspective tobacco consumption is much like consuming any other good or service. There may be an informational asymmetry that results in market failure associated with the consumption of tobacco, but once that information asymmetry is overcome there is no further basis, in economic theory, for government intervention. The results produced by the Henry Review for Australia suggest there is no informational market failure associated with tobacc...


The Stringer: Suresh Rajan and Marion Hercock polarised on ‘Islamisation’ "IndyWatch Feed National"

In a recent article in The Sunday Times the Australian Liberty Alliance announced with some considerable fanfare that Dr Marion Hercock was to be their new senate candidate. Dr Hercock is an academic at the University of WA. I am on one of the UWA’s Equity and Inclusion committees and immediately raised the matter with […]


(We) can do better: Kangaroo culling trial: unwise call for extension to petfood trial in Victoria "IndyWatch Feed National"

National Party member for the Victorian seat of Lowan Emma Kealy has called on the state government to extend a kangaroo culling trial to West Wimmera Shire.

(Click link to vote on poll).

The government introduced a two-year trial to cull kangaroos for pet food in 2014.

A State Government trial involving Ararat, Horsham, Northern Grampians, Yarriambiack, Southern Grampians and Pyrenees local government areas is due to conclude in June.

Ms Kealy wants to see the program introduced permanently or the trial extended to include West Wimmera Shire. “It’s created 12 jobs at the Hamilton abattoirs, where they are processing the meat for pet food,†she said.

This article was first published by the Australian Wildlife Protection Council.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Byron council critics intelligent and articulate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

The post Byron council critics intelligent and articulate appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Renew Economy: Coalition restates wish to axe CEFC, then unveils its largest program "IndyWatch Feed"

Just hours after the Coalition restated plans to abolish the CEFC, Greg Hunt was trumpeting one of its biggest programs yet: a $250m energy efficiency program.


Perth Indymedia: Anglican Rector Father Chris Bedding on #LetThemStay #StandForSanctuary "IndyWatch Feed National"

We speak with the Rector of the Anglican parish of Darlington and refugee campaigner Father Chris Bedding on the recent offering of sanctuary to refugees by churches around the country as the federal government threatens the deportation of 267 refugees to abusive detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru.


Renew Economy: VW aims to release world’s first high-volume electric car "IndyWatch Feed"

Volkswagen recently revealed that it is now intending to release the world’s first high-volume, mass market electric car.


Renew Economy: Telstra takes on energy utilities with home solar and storage plan "IndyWatch Feed"

Telstra hires Powershop boss Ben Burge to lead new team focusing on solar and battery storage, and how to take on traditional energy utilities by offering home energy services as part of a data and phone bundled package.


Renew Economy: Wind farm commissioner cost and role under cloud after Senate hearing "IndyWatch Feed"

Australia's first wind farm commissioneris being paid more than $200,000 a year to investigate complaints against turbines, and hopes soon to be out of a job.


Catallaxy Files: Productivity – What is it Good For "IndyWatch Feed"

Productivity, it seems, is the love that dare not speak its name.

Apologies in advance to those familiar with productivity and Australia’s productivity challenge, but it seems necessary to revisit some first principles.

In a normal economy, with transparent and credible accounting systems, there are basically only 3 sources of economic growth:

  • Using more inputs (land, labour or capital) to increase output (goods and services);
  • Using the same amount of inputs more efficiently to increase output or the value of output; and
  • Selling your outputs at a higher price (terms of trade).

It all comes down to price x quantity.  It’s as simple as that.

Productivity is a measure of the efficiency of the “economic machine”.  It is the ratio of outputs to inputs, the driver of the second source of economic growth in the above list.  Productivity is, essentially, how efficiently the “economic machine” works in taking inputs and converting them into outputs.

Assuming no change in the price of outputs or inputs, if outputs grow faster than inputs, then productivity has increased.  Conversely, if outputs grow slower than inputs, then productivity has decreased.

Fiscal and monetary stimulus does not produce economic growth.  At best, all these stimuli do is move outputs around from accounting period to accounting period.  There is no long term impact because debts and deficits have to be repaid eventually.

Developing countries tend to get most of their economic growth from increasing the number of inputs in their “economic machine” – using more land, building new factories, getting more labour into the workforce.  Of the 3 sources above, this is the easier source of economic growth.  Developing countries also get economic growth through “moving up the value chain”.  That is, producing goods and services of increasing values, eg from producing t-shirts to smart phones.

Developed countries, on...


Catallaxy Files: Faine to Nauru "IndyWatch Feed"

I’m not a fan of Australia’s offshore detention policies, but there are advantages to everything.

Faine: I can’t go to Nauru and see for myself, you won’t let me.
Dutton: Of course you can go to Nauru.
Faine: Well will you facilitate me visiting Nauru? Because I’ll go, I’ll pay my own fare, I’ll go if you allow it.
Dutton: More than happy do whatever we can from an Australian Government perspective to help you visit Nauru …
Faine: Sorry, can we confirm that, you’ll facilitate my visit to Nauru?
Dutton: I will do whatever the Australian Government can do to help facilitate a visit to wherever you want, Jon … ultimately though, as you well know … issuance of visas is an issue for the country of origin.
Faine: Will you, Peter Dutton, ask the Nauruans to issue a visa to allow me to visit the facility or not?
Dutton: I have no problem with that Jon.

Typical ABC, of course, alleging he couldn’t get to go to Nauru without actually having first tried to go to Nauru.


No Right Turn: "Responsible economic management" "IndyWatch Feed"

National likes to pitch itself as the party of responsible economic management. Yeah, right:

Prime Minister John Key has revealed a $17 billion hole in the economy from falling dairy prices but says the Government remains committed to tax cuts.

Outlining the Government's priorities for the year ahead in his opening statement to Parliament on Tuesday, Key said weaker dairy prices, along with other factors, were contributing to slower growth in the nominal economy, which was expected to be around $17 billion lower over the next five years than was expected in last year's budget. This flowed through to "slightly less tax revenue, slightly lower operating balances and slightly higher debt, compared to budget forecasts".

But the Government's overall fiscal strategy remained unchanged - that was "to keep a tight rein on spending, focus on results from public services, start to pay down debt and look to return any excess revenue on top of this to tax payers".

So, there's no money for anything, except for tax cuts for National's corporate donors and rich mates. And meanwhile, our schools will rot, our hospitals will be overcrowded, and kids will be living in cars because they can't get a state house despite their obvious need.

This isn't even ethical, let alone responsible. Instead National is just the party of crony capitalism, looting the state for the benefit of their rich mates.


The Watchers » Latest articles: Satellites observe Lake Poopó evaporate, Bolivia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

ESA's Proba-V satellite and NASA's Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat-8 have collected series of images of Lake Poopó, once the second largest lake in Bolivia, declared fully evaporated in December 2015. Proba-V is a small ESA's satellite...... Read more »


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Press Conference – Senate and House of Reps Cross Benchers address media to stop TPP "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Senate and House of Representatives

Cross Benchers

Will address the media Tuesday, 9 February 2016

TIME: 12:45pm (Canberra time)

PLACE: Senate Courtyard, Parliament House, Canberra

Cross Benchers from both the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament will address the media today to take a united front against the TPP Agreement – the full details of which have been tabled in the Parliament today.

Mr Katter’s position is that the TPP Agreement is the greatest threat to Australia’s sovereignty in decades and delivers nothing in the way of tangible benefits for Australian producers and manufacturers.


loon pond: If there's merit in Mark Latham, then there must be merit in punching walls ... "IndyWatch Feed"

Uh huh.

Of course the pond couldn't resist, but first a little exculpatory preamble ...

The pond has a number of friends in the TG community, the pond might be even so bold as to say that some of them are intimate friends, but the issue, when it comes to spade and shovel, is that someone saying fuckwitted things may be labelled a fuckwit without fear of perceived prejudice or of 18C being waved about, and the Terrorists thereby having a fainting fit ...

And so to the latest scribbling of Catherine McGregor, who unfortunately hitched her wagon to that of Tony Abbott's, and keeps on with the hitching.

This latest offering can be seen as a sidebar to the reptiles' current campaign, which each day turns up a fresh offering ...

Tell that to Arfur,

But back to McGregor - let us bypass her own adept effort at labelling her rival as a weak and conventional choice - now flourishing a...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": Shepparton Interfaith Network: Australian Multicultural Games Community Event. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

St George's Road Neighbourhood Plan Committee, Shepparton Police Service and the Ethnic Council present the Australian Multicultural Games Community Event at Victory Park, St Georges Road, on the evening of Friday, 19 February. Come along for an evening of free family fun to celebrate the launch of the St George's Road Neighbourhood Plan. Come along ... Read more...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": Shepparton Interfaith Network: 2016 Chinese New Year, Shepparton "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Shepparton's Chinese New Years Party - on Sunday 21 February - will feature the Bendigo Chinese Association at 11:30 for a Community Wide display at the Chinese Gardens at Monash Ppark followed by lunch at the Shepparton Family Resturant (all welcome). > Lunar New Year falls on Monday and marks the beginning of the Year of ... Read more...


Papua New Guinea Mine Watch: More mining for PNG "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Future of K92 mine looks promising [for foreign profiteers]

Post Courier | 08.02.2016

THE future of Kainantu Mine in Eastern Highlands Province now looks promising with developer K92 Holdings International Limited eventually securing a funds for the project.

Otterburn Resources Corp, last Friday, announced its subsidiary K92 entering into financing agreements with CRH Funding II Pte. Ltd. (CRH), an affiliate of Cartesian Royalty Holdings and Cartesian Capital Group.

K92 CEO Ian Stalker said progress of Financing are expected to be used to refurbish and bring Irumafimpa, one of the gold-copper deposits of the Kainantu Gold Project, back into production in 2016.

“Kainantu Gold Project is an attractive gold mine restart project with existing infrastructure in place and is coupled with almost 400sqkm of adjacent prospective exploration properties.

“We have now attracted a supportive financial partner to assist us in our restart,” he said. After extensive due diligence including time on site, Cartesian has decided to move forward with K92 as we advance this very unique opportunity.

The financing has been structured in a way that is less dilative to the K92 share structure than a traditional equity investment, and involves the prepayment of gold, based on a percentage of our production from Irumafimpa.

This agreement entered consists of a gold prepayment investment and an equity investment.

Under the gold prepayment agreement (GPA), CRH has committed to provide K92 with up to US$4.8 million over four (4) tranches in exchange for a percentage of gold produced at Irumafimpa over a 36 month period, subject to a minimum of 18,000 ounces of gold and a maximum of 20,000 ounces of gold.

CRH has advanced K92 the first tranche of US$962,795 under the GPA.



"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Wonthaggi North excited "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


WITH 49 new Preps in the mix, 2016 promises to be an exciting year for Wonthaggi North Primary School.

The year promises to be action packed, with plenty of events coming up in term one.

Students from grades 3 to 6 have started their swimming program.

The program aims to strengthen their swimming skills and increase their understanding of water safety.

Running for seven weeks, the swimming program culminate in the house swimming sports on March 24.

Swimmers who excel at this level will go on to compete for the school later in the year.

The school has maintained its strong focus on indigenous studies in its curriculum and an indigenous incursion will be held on February 29.

The school community is also thrilled to support student Mathew Stannard in the World’s Greatest Shave.

He is currently in remission and is aiming to raise $2000 for the Leukaemia Foundation.

His shave will be held in the school gym on March 11 with the support of his teachers and peers.

First day: Prep student Michaela said goodbye to mum Heidi McGuirk before school started at Wonthaggi North Primary School.

First day: Prep student Michaela said goodbye to mum Heidi McGuirk before school started at Wonthaggi North Primary School.


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Girl Guides seek leaders "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LEONGATHA Girl Guides started their year by celebrating Australia Day.

The event developed the girls’ community awareness and also at this time of year, Leongatha Girl Guides are looking for new leaders, unit helpers and other volunteers.

In the last six months three leaders have had to give up their Guiding commitments due to the arrival of a first child, increased work commitments and moving from the district.

These wonderful ladies have selflessly given their time to help Guides develop skills, however they have gained as much as they have given.

If you want to develop your leadership skills, learn new things and have fun, why not think of volunteering with Girl Guides?

Volunteers work with a group of enthusiastic young girls in a positive, encouraging environment.

If you are over 18 years of age and are a caring, enthusiastic person and enjoy working and having fun with young people, then you are the kind of person we are looking for to be a volunteer with Girl Guides in South Gippsland.

Girl Guides is an organisation that works to help young girls grow into confident, self-respecting, responsible community members.

The fundamentals of our program are leadership, outdoors, service, Guiding traditions and the patrol system. We are an ethics based organisation, but we believe in learning through fun.

Being a volunteer with Girl Guides can have all sorts of benefits, including a variety of personal and professional developments, building networks and making new friends.

If you think this might be for you, contact Chris Oliver at


Prosper Australia: Abandon bad taxes "IndyWatch Feed"

Flinty Deloittes economist Chris Richardson and all-heart ACOSS chief Cassandra Goldie are on the same page today in the Australian Financial Review. Literally – page 47. Their tax policy prescriptions, now Malcolm Turnbull has ruled out increasing the GST, are identical. Both pieces are paywalled to limit readership and discussion to AFR subscribers. We won’t […]


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Knitters urged to comfort babies "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BABIES could be kept warmed in ambulances across Victoria thanks to a campaign initiated by Arawata’s Lee-Anne McLean.

The graduate paramedic has launched a call for knitters to create bonnets for babies to wear when they are rushed from their homes to hospital following emergency births at home.

Ambulance Victoria has supported the campaign that aims to collect 1500 knitted, crocheted or sewn bonnets and place two bonnets in each of the 700 ambulances in the state.

“Not only will paramedics have a purpose made, home knitted or home sewn bonnet to keep the babies’ head warm, but the parent/s will have a keepsake memento to go with their unique birthing story,” Mrs McLean said.

“Babies lose a lot of heat through their heads so it’s really important for paramedics to maintain their body temperature.

“If babies get cold, they can get low body temperature which can lead to infections.”

The project Lee’s Bonnets for Babies has already received donations as well as interest from as far afield as Scotland and Japan.

“One lady is already posting 15 bonnets from Scotland that she made in 12 days. How cool is that?” Mrs McLean said.

“Everyone loves babies because they are valuable and they need our help.”

Should Mrs McLean receive more bonnets than Victorian ambulances need, bonnets will be sent to ambulance services interstate.

“I’m going to learn how to knit a bonnet,” she said.

Mrs McLean had two dreams in life: to be a mother and to be a paramedic. With her children Tait, Tayla and Ri now older, she finally embarked on a three year course to become a paramedic.

Firstly, she raised funds towards the course by appearing on the television game show Deal or No Deal.

She travelled to the Australian Catholic University’s city campus every day for three years and completed the comprehensive course last year.

It was while studying obstetrics emergencies she learnt ambulan...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Council backs community groups "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BASS Coast Shire Council distributed its third round of community grants at a presentation event last Tuesday evening, February 2.

Council combined its grant awards alongside the AusNet Energising Your Community grant presentations to distribute more than $20,000 to community groups within the shire.

Between the two programs, community groups shared in $44,350 across 38 grants.

“Council is focused on building relations and strengthening partnerships with organisations and to promote Ausnet’s grants and combine celebrations with the recipients made a lot of sense,” mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale said.

“Both council and AusNet are in the service provision business and the awarded funds span a fabulous spectrum of projects and activities right across the shire, all administered by equally fabulous and dedicated volunteers.”

Projects to improve the facilities of local community halls were well represented across both programs with Archies Creek Hall and Rhyll Hall both awarded grants.

Funding also helped a number of community organisations including Inverloch Surf Lifesavers, the Country Fire Authority and a number of sporting groups including Wonthaggi Bowling Club and Inverloch Stars Soccer Club.

The Corinella Floral Art Show was the first AusNet recipient who received funding for new display cabinets.

The Phillip Island Patchworkers association Incorporated received funding for materials and fabric to sew comfort quilts for disadvantaged people.

Phillip Island Artists Society also received funding for display cabinets which will be used for upcoming exhibitions.

Cr Neil Rankine awarded Groundswell Bass Coast a grant for its upcoming climate change forum. The group plans to use its funds to further educate and inform the community about the dangers of Climate Change in the 2016: Beyond Paris forum.

Wonthaggi Bowls Club will use its funding for indoor carpet bowls while the Wonthaggi Kindergarten...


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Klinika Collective's Statement After Saturday's Attack by Neo-Nazis in Prague "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Klinika Collective's Statement After Saturday's Attack by Neo-Nazis in Prague - Neonazis attacked Klinika. One person was hurt, others were in danger. Activists assume there’s a link between islamophobic demonstrations that were held today and visited by thousands of people. Klinika collective is not afraid and is going to continue its activities. Klinika also calls on people attending such demonstrations to realize whom they are supporting by doing that.

On Saturday February 6th, after demonstrations of Block against Islam (BPI), Pegida and nationalists lead by Adam B. Bartoš, a group of ~20 neonazi hooligans attacked Autonomous Social Center Klinika in the Žižkov neighborhood of Prague. It seems that the attack was held by the same group that attacked the pro-refugee demonstration “Solidarity without borders” with cobblestones and iron bars, and then people returning from the demonstration on Main Railway Station (Hlavní nádraží). The attack happened approximately 30 minutes after that group took a tram from Main Railway Station to Žižkov.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: South Ballina park owner says he’s lost it all "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Seabreeze Holiday Park at South Ballina. (file pic)

The Seabreeze Holiday Park at South Ballina. (file pic)

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...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Singer to honour Winehouse’s music "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

RENOWNED Leongatha singer Elly Poletti is hoping to perform in London later this year, but is giving South Gippslanders the chance to see her show first.

Poletti will be backed by big band sounds when she presents a fresh take on the songs of the late singer Amy Winehouse at Meeniyan this month.

Poletti and the band Movement 9 will play Meeniyan Town Hall as part of a tour that will encompass Melbourne and interstate, following the band’s successful tour last year.

The group will play jazz, soul and blues as they reinterpret the work of Winehouse.

“Her lyrics are really inspiring and beautiful, and she tended to get music behind her lyrics that did not match what was being talked about,” Poletti said.

“She used to write sad songs but get happy music behind it, and we will be putting emotional music behind the lyrics.”

Winehouse fans will be treated to interpretations of Rehab, Valerie and Back to Black that will remain true to Winehouse’s versions.

As lead vocalist, Poletti will be joined by three saxophones, a trombone, two trumpets, a bass guitar, piano and drums. The group will offer two sets of songs.

Leongatha performer Janie Gordon will open the show with a blend of singing, guitar and piano.

“She is amazing and is starting to do a lot of gigs, and I thought this would be an opportunity for her to play to a larger crowd,” Poletti said of Janie, a Year 12 student at Mary MacKillop College in Leongatha.

Movement 9 will also take the Winehouse tour to Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Wagga Wagga.

The Meeniyan show will be on Saturday, February 27, starting at 7.30pm. Arrive early to secure your seat. BYO nibbles and drinks.

Poletti has completed a Bachelor of Music and this year will undertake a Masters of Education (Primary and Secondary). She teaches privately at St Laurence’s Primary School and also after school hours, and last year performed in Leo...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Waste ideas far from rubbish "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

GIPPSLAND Waste and Resource Recovery Group (GWRRG) aims to create a greener Gippsland by 2046.

A community forum was held in Wonthaggi on Thursday to allow residents to have their say about effective waste management.

GWRRG, in collaboration with councils including Bass Coast and South Gippsland, is in the process of developing a long term plan for Gippsland’s waste management.

The community consultation was part of a process to develop the implementation plan, which will guide how waste is managed for at least the next decade.

This will reflect the infrastructure plan, which has a strong focus on recycle and reuse.

The goals include reduction of waste in landfills, improved industry viability and the management of landfill land resource recovery facilities.

“Education was a theme that came out of the community forum,” GWRRG engagement and education team leader Ian Needham said.

“There’s a mindset in our society that once you put your waste in the right bin, you’ve done your bit. It is necessary to educate residents about what to do and how to dispose waste appropriately.”

Other themes included separating green waste from organic waste and reducing landfills.

According to the GWRRG, 40 per cent of the weight in household bins is food organics, paper and cardboard, which can be recycled with appropriate methods.

Reducing landfills with reduce greenhouse gas emissions, operation costs, odour and vermin.

GWRRG fears if something isn’t done now, around 196,000 tonnes of waste will be dumped in landfills within the next 30 years.

“We have done, and continue to do, a lot of work to establish what the various resource streams in Gippsland look like, where they come from and where they go. This is a vital part of the planning for waste management and important in the context of establishing what we can do better,” GWRRG executive officer Matthew Peake said.

“Waste management and r...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Artist’s work shines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TALENTED artist Melanie Caple has made a career in visual arts that took her to Singapore last month.

Growing up in Leongatha, Ms Caple studied art throughout secondary school without knowing it would one day send her across the globe.

“My job has given me the opportunity to do some pretty cool things and having a chance to travel for work has been a fantastic experience,” she said.

Years after graduating from Leongatha Secondary College, she returned to study a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT.

“I did not know I wanted to do after school but I knew I had an interest in art. Growing up in Leongatha I did not know other artists so after I travelled and spent time in the UK, I chose to come home and study,” she said.

“I worked a lot with oil paints on canvas but I have also explored photography and spray paint. At the moment I love working with pencils and ink on paper.”

Ms Caple has since completed a Masters in Arts Management.

“I thought it would be really cool to be able to facilitate arts,” she said.

Ms Caple now splits her time between Leongatha and Melbourne, where she currently works for Flinders Lane Gallery.

Representing the gallery has given Ms Caple the opportunity to travel to international galleries. Last month she travelled to Singapore for work.

“I travelled to Singapore on behalf of the gallery to see how Australian work is being received internationally, especially in Asia. I feel really lucky being able to travel for work. It has given me the best of both worlds,” she said.

She has also achieved major success at home when last year she received the Dick Bishop Memorial Prize through Latrobe Regional Gallery.

“It was an award for emerging Gippsland based artists. I had not known of many art awards like that prior and it felt really great to be acknowledged for doing work at my home in the hills,” she said.

Ms Caple credits her rural upbringing as a source of ins...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Addicts’ families seek help "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FAMILIES of addicts came together last Tuesday night, February 2 to find answers and support at the Crush Ice family solutions seminar at Wonthaggi.

“Children get caught up in the drug scene in the two places they feel most comfortable: at school and within the home. That is where the seed is sewn,” keynote speaker Malcolm Smith said.

“Anything that attacks the family also attacks the community and we need to work together to provide help for addicts.”

Mr Smith flew down from Western Australia where he is the executive officer of Teen Challenge WA.

Following a successful ice forum in October, people gathered again to hear Mr Smith’s advice over two hour workshops held on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Wonthaggi Workmen’s Club.

Teen Challenge is a residential program aimed at helping people to overcome life controlling issues and addictions. The organisation has 1200 centres in 100 countries worldwide and has been running for more than 40 years.

“It is not difficult to get people off drugs. It is difficult teaching them how to live a life worth living without drugs,” Mr Smith said.

“We detox all of our students from drugs and then teach them how to live a meaningful life. We tell them to not let their past determine their future.

“We as parents need to understand that our children choose their destiny.”

The program is a 12 to 18 month residential rehabilitative program in Esperance, Western Australia which combines compulsory lectures, group workshops and recreational activities in an interdenominational Christian environment.

Mr Smith discussed the tell tale signs of a drug addict.

“They begin to blatantly lie, they adopt new friendships, they begin to steal from you and they then become violent,” he said.

“You would think they would recognise they have a problem but they live in delusion. They lie to themselves and tell themselves there is nothing wrong with what they are doing.”.....


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Police bust thieves "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

STOLEN property was recovered by police from Leongatha’s Crime Tasking Unit in recent weeks.

The stolen goods were discovered after a search warrant was executed at a Leongatha home last Tuesday, February 2.

Drugs and several items of stolen property – identified as taken from the Leongatha area – were found.

A 25 year old man was charged and bailed to appear at the Korumburra Magistrate’s Court.

More stolen property was recovered before the end of January.

Following a spate of thefts from cars, a 24 year old Leongatha man was arrested on January 29.

Stolen power tools and a quantity of drugs were also seized.

The man was charged and bailed to appear at Korumburra Magistrate’s Court.

Another 24 year old was also charged in relation to the stolen property.

Police are still seeking the owners of some of the property recovered. Distinctive items include a children’s soft monkey toy and various wallets, purses, small electronic devices and tradesmen’s tools.

Victim Rachel Cameron was disappointed after her son’s stolen property was not retrieved.

Ms Cameron’s eight year old son Indie left his Nintendo DS console inside the car on January 8 and it, along with a DS game, were stolen from a car during the day.

“We were parked outside the Leongatha cinema for a short time during the day. Following that my car was parked in my driveway on Jeffrey Street,” Ms Cameron said.

“The console and games were a Christmas present from Santa so he did not have them for very long. We are simply asking for whoever took it to please return it.

“It has a pin code with my contact details in it. So if it is found, please contact me.”

If you have any information to assist police with locating owners to these items, please contact the Crime Tasking Unit at the Leongatha Police Station on 5662 2285.

Several drug warrants were also executed in South Gippsland during the past week.......


Papua New Guinea Mine Watch: Brazil police may accuse Samarco execs of homicide in dam burst: Folha "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

It is a shame authorities in PNG can’t take a similar tough approach on the destruction caused by the mining industry. How many people have died in Western Province, Bougainville and Porgera with no accountability…

A rescue worker walks between destroyed houses after the dam disaster in Brazil.

A rescue worker walks between destroyed houses after the dam disaster in Brazil.

Roberto Samora| Reuters | 5.02.2016

Brazilian police have enough evidence to accuse executives of miner Samarco Mineração SA with homicide over a deadly dam burst in November, a police chief told newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo on Friday.

Police earlier raided the offices of Samarco, a joint venture of Vale SA and BHP Billiton, in Belo Horizonte, the capital of Minas Gerais state, and in Mariana, where the iron pellets venture is located.

“We have all the autopsy reports. … The crime of homicide occurred, we will decide if it was voluntary or involuntary,” police chief Rodrigo Bustamente said, according to Folha.

Bustamente could not be reached immediately for comment.

Samarco did not respond immediately to a request for comment on the possibility of homicide charges. Earlier, in a statement in which Samarco reported the raid on its offices, the company said in it had collaborated with police since investigations began into the cause of the tragedy that left at least 17 dead and 800 homeless.



"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Inverloch driven mad "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


WITH traffic hitting its peak over the Christmas and New Year break, residents in Inverloch’s Surf Parade claimed the recently installed chicanes cause more harm than good.

Bass Coast Shire Council installed the chicanes last year to slow down traffic in the narrow street and create a safe environment for people accessing the beach.

However, residents believe the chicances have had the opposite effect, with drivers rushing to the chicanes to go through before oncoming traffic and hoons treating the obstacles as a game.

“Most of the time people are courteous but we do hear and see people driving aggressively through the chicanes. The skid marks are there as evidence; it’s definitely a concern,” Surf Parade resident Col Boyd said.

“The chicanes have become a challenge and allegedly there’s a local record for who can go through the fastest.”

Kate Edwards from Inverloch’s Big 4 Holiday Park said drivers failed to display etiquette when travelling through the chicanes during busy times.

“There are no signs to say who goes first and on a busy day, cars are lined up bumper to bumper waiting to get through,” she said.

“It has been a disaster. Chicanes make people speed and it’s no surprise they haven’t worked.”

Ms Edwards said the speed humps – which were installed at the same time as the chicanes – had been effective and the chicanes should be replaced with more speed humps.

“Visitors were frustrated and asked us why chicanes were put in here when they don’t work in Melbourne,” Ms Edwards said.

“They would prefer to see more speed humps than the chicanes.”

Some improvements were made following council’s November meeting. These improvements included completing the unfinished road surface painting, widening and asphalting the area behind all one way slow points, relocating guideposts to allow pedestrians and cyclists to navigate through the chicanes, and extra hazard marker signs....


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Ballina councillor supports Tweed mayor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

The post Ballina councillor supports Tweed mayor appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Independent Australia: BREAKTHROUGHS: Giant wind turbines and carbon filtering make power "IndyWatch Feed"

BREAKTHROUGHS: Giant wind turbines and carbon filtering make powerScience can now make energy by building immense wind turbine blades and filtering carbon from the air, but the challenge is commercial viability. read now...


No Right Turn: The user-pays Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed"

Radio New Zealand has a piece this morning on Auckland ratepayers having to pay to send council staff to hear John Key's big announcement on the City Rail Link - because the speech was a pricey private event. But its not the only one. In fact, according to Philip Lyth, Key has given only seven speeches in the last year, and only two of those (the Pukehau dedications) were open to the public:

The rest were all walled off from the public by expensive admission fees, despite policy being announced and public business being conducted. In other words, we have a user-pays Prime Minister who is afraid of the public and will only talk to rich people like himself.


Renew Economy: U.S. DOE to provide $21 million to address soft costs, deployment barriers "IndyWatch Feed"

The U.S. Department of Defence (DOE) has focused on reducing soft costs through the SunShot Initiative


Renew Economy: US utility launches community solar program enabling customers to go 100% renewable "IndyWatch Feed"

Pacific Gas & Electric has launched a community solar program that allows customers to get half or all of their electricity from the sun.


Renew Economy: Super-charged solar time travel: a brief history of solar and storage in Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

Solar veteran and entrepreneur Nigel Morris expects to soon return to where he started, selling battery storage.


Renew Economy: How to get the best value for money out of the coming home battery boom "IndyWatch Feed"

Before jumping into the home battery market, make sure you do your research.


Papua New Guinea Mine Watch: Harmony in a spot over Hidden Valley "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Peter Steenkamp. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS

Peter Steenkamp. Picture: RUSSELL ROBERTS

Allan Seccombe| BD live | 6.02.2016

HARMONY Gold, which expects to be debt-free at the end of this year, has run into a conundrum at its Hidden Valley mine in Papua New Guinea, and it may be the first tough decision for new CEO Peter Steenkamp.

Harmony shares the Hidden Valley mine with Australia’s largest gold miner, Newcrest Mining, and the partners have grappled for years to make the mine a sustainably profitable gold and silver producer since it opened in September 2010.

Now, it appears Newcrest has reached the end of its patience after it appointed Sandeep Biswas its new CEO in 2014 to head a programme of restructuring and appease shareholders angry about multiple production downgrades by focusing on generating cash and running a more operationally disciplined firm.

One of the mines that came under scrutiny was Hidden Valley, a marginal mine, difficult to access and which has run into safety issues that have led to long shutdowns. Harmony impaired the mine by R2.1bn last year.

While Newcrest may want to sell or close the mine, it will remain a partner with Harmony on the undeveloped Golpu project, which will deliver a copper and gold mine in Papua New Guinea in coming years.

“They want to remai...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Govt announces plan to upgrade hospital security "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Security guard Barry Jennings said hospitals aren't equipped to deal with increasingly dangerous patients, at a round-table meeting on hospital violence in Sydney, Monday, February 8, 2016. Mr Jennings was shot at Nepean Hospital last month. (AAP Image/Gemma Najem)

Security guard Barry Jennings said hospitals aren’t equipped to deal with increasingly dangerous patients, at a round-table meeting on hospital violence in Sydney, Monday, February 8, 2016. Mr Jennings was shot at Nepean Hospital last month. (AAP Image/Gemma Najem)

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...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Byron Bay SLSC defend Country Title "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Bay Nippers - part of the 'sheer numbers' that pushed the team to the top at the NSW Surf Life Saving Country titles on the weekend. Photo SLS NSW

Byron Bay Nippers – part of the ‘sheer numbers’ that pushed the team to the top at the NSW Surf Life Saving Country titles on the weekend. Photo SLS NSW

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...


Papua New Guinea Mine Watch: Uncovering impacts of gold mining in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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EPS Faculty/Earth Institute Research Scientist Joshua Fisher and Professor Sarah Knuckey from the Columbia Law School work with a translator to explain the results of an independent environmental assessment during a community consultation in Papua New Guinea in December 2015.

Joshua Fisher | Earth Institute Columbia University | 08.02.2016

The pacific island of Papua New Guinea is one of the world’s most resource rich countries, hosting nearly 7 percent of global biodiversity and important reserves of gold, copper and hydrocarbons. However, despite a burgeoning resource economy, the country struggles to translate resource rents into development. One of the principal challenges that the country has faced has been in effectively governing the extractive industry sector, which historically has been a source of grievance and conflict for communities living near mine sites and is the focus of a 2015 United Nations Development Programme report.

This legacy continues, and from late December 2015 through January, a team of Earth Institute scientists and human rights lawyers from Columbia University worked in the highlands of Papua New Guinea...


Indian Country Headline News: Oldest Native American Church to James Mooney: Marijuana Is Not Our Sacrament "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The following is an official statement from the Native American Church in regards to Flaming Eagle Mooney and Oklev...

The Watchers » Latest articles: Persistent droughts and heightened risk of floods in southern Africa "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Continuous lack of rainfall since October 2015 caused a severe drought across the affected portions of southern Africa while persistent heavy precipitation in other areas continues to threaten with flooding, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET)...... Read more »


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Fight for the Reef: New Report shows no economic reason to expand Abbot Point "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has said there is no economic reason to expand new coal ports and new coal mines that would damage the Great Barrier Reef following a report by the Queensland Resource Council that found a third of all Queensland coal mines are running at a loss.

Imogen Zethoven, the Great Barrier Reef campaign director for AMCS said the Great Barrier Reef is worth more to Queenslanders than the Adani’s Abbot Point and Carmichael project that is highly unlikely to turn a profit.

“Mining and burning of coal causes global warming which heats the Reef’s waters and causes coral bleaching. If the waters remain too hot for too long, the coral can die. This would damage the tourism industry that provides 70,000 local jobs and billions to the Queensland economy.

“The Queensland Government’s first priority should be allowing the Reef to recover. The Reef doesn’t need more dredging, more industrialisation and new coal mines.

“Recent polling showed that 59% of Australians think the Great Barrier Reef is more important to the future of Queensland’s economy than the coal industry.

“Premier Palaszczuk must decide whether she will back a sustainable industry like tourism which employs thousands of regional Queenslanders and is compatible with a healthy Reef, or a dying coal industry which employs fewer people, drives coral loss and is not part of Queensland’s renewable energy future,” said Ms Zethoven

The post New Report shows no economic reason to expand Abbot Point appeared first on Fight for the Reef.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: WHO emergency response ‘lacking’ – UN "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Professor David L. Heymann, chair of the Emergency Committee of the WHO, at a press conference after the first meeting about Zika virus at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, 1 February, 2016. WHO is under fire for its slow response to Ebola. EPA/Salvatore Di Nolfi

Professor David L. Heymann, chair of the Emergency Committee of the WHO, at a press conference after the first meeting about Zika virus at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, 1 February, 2016. WHO is under fire for its slow response to Ebola. EPA/Salvatore Di Nolfi

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...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Drug-driving tests the subject of Lismore forum "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There is growing disquiet about the NSW drug driving testing regime. (file pic)

There is growing disquiet about the NSW drug driving testing regime. (file pic)

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...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: ‘Bionic spinal cord’ trial for humans "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Melbourne researchers developing a

Melbourne researchers developing a ‘bionic spine’ – effectively allowing a person to control robotic limbs through their thoughts. Royal Melbourne Hospital lead researchers Dr Tom Oxley (pictured) and Dr Nick Opie are in the early stages of development. Photo David Caird

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...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Bellingen area: The Shark Free Beaches of NSW "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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 '...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Asylum seeker boat sinks off Turkey, 27 dead "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Turkish soldiers carry the body of a refugee that drowned during a failed attempt to sail to the Greek island in the coastal town of Edremit in Balikesir, Turkey, 8 February 2016. According to Turkish Coastal Guard at least 27 people died, including children, after the boat capsized. EPA/STR

Turkish soldiers carry the body of a refugee that drowned during a failed attempt to sail to the Greek island in the coastal town of Edremit in Balikesir, Turkey, 8 February 2016. According to Turkish Coastal Guard at least 27 people died, including children, after the boat capsized. EPA/STR

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...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Ballina councillor wades into Tweed expenses row "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ballina Shire councillor Jeff Johnson.

Ballina Shire councillor Jeff Johnson.

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.

Tweed Cr Katie Milne. Photo Luis Feliu

Tweed Cr Katie Milne. Photo Luis Feliu

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...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Unlicensed killer driver to be sentenced "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Puipuiomaota Galuvao (left), the sister of former NRL star Joe Galuvao, leaves the Downing Centre District Court with her family in Sydney, Thursday, October. 1, 2015. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

Puipuiomaota Galuvao (left), the sister of former NRL star Joe Galuvao, leaves the Downing Centre District Court with her family in Sydney, Thursday, October. 1, 2015. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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.



National Council for Single Mothers and their Children: Social Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Repair) Bill 2015 to the Community Affairs Committee. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs Legislation: NCSMC welcomes the Senate referring the matter of proposed spending cuts and its impacts, known as the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Budget Repair) Bill 2015 to the Community Affairs Committee.   Overview of Recommendations: 1. The Pensioner Education Supplement (PES) provides financial assistance with the [...]


National Council for Single Mothers and their Children: A New Child Care Program: Inquiry into Child Care. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2015:  Inquiry into Child Care. Our Submission: NCSMC wants to impress upon the Committee the need to appreciate that access to child care has value that goes beyond supporting a parent to participate in paid work.   We seek that the committee take into consideration [...]


National Council for Single Mothers and their Children: Budget Submission 2016: A Small Investment for a Significant Gain "IndyWatch Feed National"

We sincerely thank all women who have trusted us and shared their story.   The National Council Single Mothers and their Children Inc (NCSMC) is pleased to engage in Federal Budget. This budget submission contains five recommendations directly responding to the matter of poverty, hardship and or domestic violence and its impact upon single mother [...]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Close the Gap program failing: Dodson "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Aboriginal leader Pat Dodson at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, August 20, 2015. Prof Dodson believes that the Closing the Gap program lacks buy-in from indigenous communities and needs to be restructured. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

Aboriginal leader Pat Dodson at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, August 20, 2015. Prof Dodson believes that the Closing the Gap program lacks buy-in from indigenous communities and needs to be restructured. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

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...


Independent Australia: The ATO offshoring jobs is the same as business offshoring profits "IndyWatch Feed"

The ATO offshoring jobs is the same as business offshoring profitsThe Turnbull Government firing 20% of ATO staff and outsourcing much of its work overseas is likely to cut revenue collections and aid tax avoidance, says former ATO assistant commissioner John Passant. read now...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Aussies share the limelight at Oscars luncheon "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cinematographer Edward Lachman poses for a portrait at the 88th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Monday, February 8, 2016, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Cinematographer Edward Lachman poses for a portrait at the 88th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Monday, February 8, 2016, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

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,...


loon pond: Anything's possible in these amazing times, including the Caterists returning their grant because money never fixed anything ... "IndyWatch Feed"

Well indeed, and there's nothing more to say about that, which is why a visit to Rowe here can keep conversations and arguments to a modest necessity and no more.

It's possible that conversations are also terse in the poodle's home this day as the wrestling man, the gorgeous George of SA politics attracts the eye, even if he passes as gorgeous Nick ...

But it was tempting to rant at length at the way Media Watch revealed the full enormity of Beating up the banquet...

How does Simon Benson sleep at night? Easily, twisted and piked like a crooked man, while taking down the thoughts of Tony Abbott ...

And so we passed from this ...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Missing Vic plane crash victim named "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Victorian Police boat at Point Lonsdale following a plane crash at Barwon Heads in Victoria, Friday, January 29, 2016. Police are still looking for one of the passengers of the light plane, which crashed into the ocean off the Victorian coast after taking off from Moorabbin Airport. (AAP Image/Mal Fairclough)

Victorian Police boat at Point Lonsdale following a plane crash at Barwon Heads in Victoria, Friday, January 29, 2016. Police are still looking for the body one of the passengers of the light plane, which crashed into the ocean off the Victorian coast after taking off from Moorabbin Airport. (AAP Image/Mal Fairclough)

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...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Qatar considers special courts during World Cup "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hassan Al Thawadi, head of the Qatar 2022 World Cup organizing committee at a press conference, in Doha. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

Hassan Al Thawadi, head of the Qatar 2022 World Cup organizing committee at a press conference, in Doha. (AP Photo/Osama Faisal)

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...


Learn - Idle No More: Idle No More stands with the Continental Commission Abya Yala "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Dismantling The Doctrine Of Discovery

Idle No More stands in solidarity with our relations of the Continental Commission Abya Yala being organized in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Mexico from February 9-10, 2016.  We will continue to support the continental movement to exercise our Indigenous Self Determination and Nationhood. We will work together across borders to construct a long-term continental decolonization strategy, in the spirit of Self Determination of Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples.


Pesticide Action Network: Urge Congress to reject the TPP "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

If approved, the TPP trade agreement would roll back hard-fought protections for food safety, small farmers and your health. Urge Congress to take a stand, today. Take Action

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American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): Beverly Slapin's review of Paul Goble's CUSTER'S LAST BATTLE: RED HAWK'S ACCOUNT OF THE LITTLE BIG HORN "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Editor's Note: Beverly Slapin submitted this review essay of Paul Goble's Custer's Last Battle: Red Hawk's Account of the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Slapin uses quotation marks around the name "Red Hawk" because that is a fictional character. Slapin's review may not be used elsewhere without her written permission. All rights reserved. Copyright 2016. Slapin is currently the publisher/editor of De Colores: The Raza Experience in Books for Children.

Goble, Paul, Custer’s Last Battle: Red Hawk’s Account of the Battle of the Little Big Horn, with an introduction by Joe Medicine Crow. Wisdom Tales / World Wisdom, 2013.

Each year on June 25, Oglala Lakota families at Pine Ridge gather to celebrate the Lakota people’s victory at the Battle of the Greasy Grass, where, in 1876, as Oglala author and activist Debra White Plume says, “Custer wore an Arrow Shirt.”

“Warriors get ready,” the announcer calls. “Be safe, and thank your horse when you’re done.” The warriors, mostly teens, race off to find and...


We All Live Downstream: No Secret Money "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

One of Clean Water Action’s greatest strengths is our membership.  We know we can count on you.

When the EPA takes action to safeguard public health and our water, when Congress attacks commonsense protections for our communities (again), when we’re not putting drinking water first, we ask you to step up.  And you get results.

We need you right now. We’ve joined dozens of pro-democracy coalition partners to call on President Obama to sign an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to disclose their political spending.

It is so important that our political system be as transparent as possible. It’s the only way you can make informed decisions and advocate for our shared priorities like protecting clean water and preventing health-threatening pollution from the oil and gas industry.

The President has yet to respond to a White House petition signed by 140,000 people asking him to require this disclosure. Small and large business owners alike agree that this move toward government transparency would curtain so-called “pay to play” politics and ensure that government contracts go to the most qualified and efficient operators, not just companies with friends in a position to award them. Best of all this Executive Order would help our membership be better-informed consumers of both business and government.

To join the conversation follow the hashtag #NoSecretMoney and call the White House (202-456-1414) and tell the President you support this disclosure.



The Watchers » Latest articles: Large sinkhole almost swallows a family in Peru "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A large sinkhole almost swallowed an entire car with a three-member family in the northwestern Trujilo city in Peru, on February 4, 2016. The 5-m (16.4 feet) void opened up underneath the family car as they were driving along a road, media reported. The locals...... Read more »


The Watchers » Latest articles: Very strong M6.8 earthquake hit near the coast of Bougainville Island, P.N.G. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as M6.8 hit near the coast of Bougainville Island, P.N.G. at 16:19 UTC on February 8, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 28 km (17.4 miles). USGS is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 33.0 km...... Read more »


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Thus Spake Mungo: The un-arousing political tease over tax "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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...


Geoengineering Watch: Stockholm Syndrome, An American Epidemic "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

67The American population is the last potentially counterbalancing force against a global power structure that is pushing the planet and all life toward mathematically certain near term total global extinction. If we stay on this course, our planet will not support life much longer. In spite of the obvious and rationally undeniable tyranny that is


Earth First! Newswire: Farm Defenders Halt Construction at the Gill Tract a Second Time "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from IndyBay

gill tract meditators

UPDATE: Albany, CA—Three farm defenders have been arrested for halting construction on the Gill Tract farm in Albany, CA. Five individuals were sitting in silent meditation on the path of heavy machinery that was removing the topsoil.

Contractors attempted to operate heavy machinery around them despite obvious risks to the safety of those on site. One farm defender was cited for trespass and released. Two others were taken in custody by the UC Police Department and sent to Santa Rita Jail.

The group Occupy the Farm vows to continue disrupting construction until the UC and its corporate partners cancel construction projects on the land. Such tactics of disruptions and delays in construction, increasing costs beyond expected, has effectively caused several other socially and environmentally contested projects to be cancell...


The Ecologist: ‘Land Grabbing’: exposing the impacts of large-scale agriculture on local communities "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Agriculture is big business and with the EU pumping money at the sector, the corporate profiteers are holding all the aces, writes Chris Lang. The documentary ‘Land Grabbing’ investigates what happens when well-financed agro-investors take over rural communities' land and water.


Indian Country Headline News: National ‘Stop Disenrollment’ Visual Advocacy Movement Launches "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Indigenous People across Turtle Island will put their palms in the air to commence a national advocacy campaign: #stopd...

The Watchers » Latest articles: Southern Britain hit by Storm "Imogen" "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Storm "Imogen" hit southern Britain with heavy rainfall and strong winds on February 8, 2016. Thousands of households reported power loss across the affected areas, and major traffic disruptions and delays are in place. The Met Office has issued an amber...... Read more »



Earth First! Newswire: A Brief Introduction to Earth First! and the Global Ecological Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Panagioti Tsolkas / Earth First! Newswire

Cover of the book from Greece which this text originally appeared in.

Cover of the book from Greece which this text originally appeared in.

For those new to Earth First!, it can be described in a single sentence as a movement of people committed to stopping the destructive...


Earth First! Newswire: Rwanda: Gorilla Youngsters Seen Dismantling Poachers’ Traps "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from National Geographic


Just days after a poacher’s snare had killed one of their own, two young mountain gorillas worked together Tuesday to find and destroy traps in their Rwandan forest home, according to conservationists on the scene.

“This is absolutely the first time that we’ve seen juveniles doing that … I don’t know of any other reports in the world of juveniles destroying snares,” said Veronica Vecellio, gorilla program coordinator at the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund‘s Karisoke Research Center, located in the reserve where the event took place.

“We are the largest database and observer of wild gorillas … so I would be very surprised if somebody else has seen that,” Vecellio added.



Earth First! Newswire: Message from Chuck Africa "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from the Earth First! Newswire


The Earth First! Prisoner Support Project received the following message from imprisoned member of the Move 9, Chuck Africa.  The Move organization’s early protests centered around the use of animals in zoos and circuses, which have become a stronger force in the last few decades.  Chuck’s message comes on the heels of the announcement on January 11th that all eleven elephants now touring with the three Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus units will be “retired” to the company’s 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation by May 2016.  Apparently, the decision hinged on the fact that several cities and counties have passed ‘anti-circus’ and ‘anti-elephant’ ordinances, and President Kenneth Feld said it is expensive to fight legislation in each jurisdiction and difficult to plan tours amid constantly changing regulations.  While seemingly a call for celebration at first glance, the back story is that instead of performing, the elephants will merely become part of an ongoing cancer research project.  That’s not exactly ‘retirement.’  Altogether Ringling has 42 elephants, two of which are on loan to zoos, and the circuses will still torture tigers, lions, horses, dogs and camels.  Rodeos are yet another...


No Fibs: Gallery: Melbourne Refugee Sanctuary rally calls out to #LetThemStay by @takvera "IndyWatch Feed National"

Thousands of people rallied as part of the refugee sanctuary movement in Melbourne on Monday. Our citizen journalist John Englart was there to capture on photo the rally and the many posters present. The rally was in response to the High Court ruling on sending refugee families back to Nauru detention. The Sanctuary movement grew […]

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John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.


Fire Earth: ‘State of Disaster’ Declared in Zimbabwe over Drought "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

If humans had more time left, they would probably wipe out the population of Africa in 10 – 20 years Southern Africa: 14 Million people face hunger due to the prolonged drought A “state of disaster” has been declared in much of Zimbabwe’s rural areas plagued by a severe drought, with more than a quarter […]


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Autonomous Action Radio: NO ONE should be subject to arbitrary, indefinite detention. Michelle Bui (dedicated activist from RRAN) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Nauru Refugees

Get Up! Perth Stands for Sanctuary

Michelle Bui (dedicated activist from RRAN) Michelle Bui (dedicated activist from RRAN)
Tonight as we gather here, 267 people battle with with fear and anxiety, unsure as to whether or not they will be whisked away in the middle of the night to be sent back to hell on Manus or Nauru. Right now, men, women and children are sleeping in mouldy tents. As we speak, the men on Manus are taking their daily cocktail of sleeping pills in an attempt to survive one more miserable night inside the camp where almost two years ago their friend Reza Barati was brutally murdered. As the darkness of the night creeps in, despair takes hold as all those behind the fences lay restless contemplating their indefinite detention and the possibility of forced deportation back to the torture and war zones that forced them to leave their families and homes.
While the detention…

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Wake Up World: Owning Yourself: Group-Think Vs Individualism "IndyWatch Feed National"

9th February 2016 By Bernhard Guenther Guest Writer for Wake Up World In this day and age as the energies intensify, many of us are called to get out of our comfort zone, question consensus reality and the world we live in. We look for answers to deeper life questions, our individual purpose and role ...Continue Reading - Owning Yourself: Group-Think Vs Individualism


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Global warming: the clock is ticking "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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






The post Global warming: the clock is ticking appeared first on Echonetdaily.


The Ecologist: 'Recycling is for drunks, addicts and babushkas' - inside Russia's shadowy waste industry "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Official recycling rates in Russia stand at close to zero, writes Minna Halme. But my study of the potential to develop the sector uncovered widespread informal recycling networks, lurking in basements, stigmatised for supposed links to organised crime, barely tolerated by the authorities. And any ideas of legitimising the shadowy recycling operations are met with frosty official silence.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Australian Federal Election 2016: campaign humour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Excerpt from email sent by, 6 February 2016:

Victory was declared this week. Punctuation was defeated and the Government’s semi-annual skirmishes against hyphens and semi-colons came to an end. After two years the Government decided to stop their so-called "red tape repeal days". We can all congratulate the Government on successfully removing from legislation 40 hyphens, one comma and one inverted comma; changing two full stops to semi-colons, one semi-colon to a full stop; and inserting two commas, one full stop, one colon and one hyphen. They also abolished state navies, which hadn't existed since 1913, and decided you no longer need to register your mule or bullock for military purposes. #Victory


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Will the Turnbull Government finally eliminate those overgenerous superannuation tax concessions for the wealthy? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Is talk of make superannuation policy fairer just part of the political spin in the lead-up to this year's federal election spin or will the Turnbull Government genuinely commitment to removing overgenerous superannuation tax concessions for the wealthy?

In 2015 Australian Treasurer Scott Morrision put superannuation tax concessions for the high-income earners on the table - signalling the possibility of cuts to tax concessions for this group.

By January 2016 Morrison was holding to this position with qualifications.

Public expectation began to build that the Turnbull Government would at last address those tax loopholes in the national superannuation scheme which allows high-income earners to use super as a form of tax av...

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Press gallery reform: Taxing debates "IndyWatch Feed"

There is one matter on which Labor and the Coalition, Turnbull and Abbott, and every media organisation represented in the press gallery are absolutely agreed: you can have a public debate about a matter of national importance, but only if you know the result in advance. If you don't, it's all a bit shambolic. Only if the result is managed in advance can the 'debate' be managed in an orderly way. The broadcast media can praise the sheer orderliness of it all, so that when the conclusion comes everyone can say how inevitable it all was and thank everyone for having a go. The only losers are those who thought they might influence the outcome when it was all stitched up well ahead of time.

This is what happened with the latest manifestation of the tax debate.

Press gallery journalists record issues being talked up/down, but even though they have seen several rounds of these debates they cannot evaluate the options, and cannot describe what might happen if those options got up. Mouthing notions of 'respect the audience', their only comment on tax is to churn out another "here we go again!" piece on tax reform that could easily be done by an algorithm. The role of broadcast media in complex public debates is not that valuable when they lack the knowledge and wit to participate. Do they think it's cute, bringing plastic splayds to knife-fights? Are they cleaving to some ancient journo tradition, from days when the population was less educated and expected less from government (e.g. when BEER, CIGS UP sufficed as tax/budget commentary)? You have to fossick for glints on economists' blogs to piece together some idea about taxing and debt repayments, spending and investing. The traditional broadcast media simply are not helpful and have no idea, they have no idea why anyone would want to do that, and have neither the desire nor the wit to get one.

I wish Laura Tingle was not the only journalist capable of examining tax reform from an econom......


The Watchers » Latest articles: Fatal flooding and landslides hit Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Heavy rainfalls, continuously lashing parts of Indonesia since February 5, 2016 has now triggered flooding and landslides across the affected areas. 9 people have been reported dead so far, and 4 missing while 4 000 people have been evacuated from their homes....... Read more »



"IndyWatch Feed Seq": pocitsoq: Sanctuary "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bus approaching the stop outside a Sanctuary in Brisbane

Bus approaching the stop outside a Sanctuary in Brisbane




Thanks to the courageous leadership for Sanctuary.

The yellow and blue signal pennant indicates “I require a pilot”.  The offer of sanctuary is an offer to be the pilot who helps to negotiate the hazards between getting a safe haven within sight and reaching safety.

A reflection on the word SANCTUARY





















"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": Planet Erland: when you’re flatmates are the right kinda peeps #vegan... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

when you’re flatmates are the right kinda peeps #vegan #organic #tea (at Schwäbisch Gmünd)


Catallaxy Files: Can it really be against the law to say something that someone else says they have been offended by? "IndyWatch Feed"

According to 18C, as I understand it, it is contrary to the law to say something that someone else says they have been offended by. But how do we know they have been offended? Because they have said so. But how do we know they are telling the truth that they have been offended? Again, because they have said so. As circular as this may seem, the nature of the law as it is now constructed is that it merely takes the word of someone to say they have been offended by something someone else has said and off to kangaroo court we go.

If being offended was all it took to start this process going, you would think these courts would be filled to the brim and their calendars would stretch into the future for years ahead. There are plenty of offensive statements being made all the time everywhere. There is, however, a catch. Only some groups are officially designated as potential offendees. Only they can get these kangaroo courts to act. So hidden away under lock and key is the list of people and groups who will set this process in motion by saying they have been offended, while with others they can offend to their heart’s content and no one will say boo to a goose.

Andrew Bolt discusses one such case, under the heading, Even Christ would be banned under our laws against speech that offends. Of course, the superfluous word there is the word “even”. The real point is that it is especially Christians who are banned from stating their beliefs, you know, the beliefs that have been the basis of our civilisation for the past 1500-2000 years. And if someone should find themselves offended by some anti-Christian rant, of which there are many from which to choose, is there a tribunal to which they could take their complaint? You have only to ask to know the answer.

Then there is this st...


The Ecologist: Brazil must save Amazon's Kawahiva tribe from genocide "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Kawahiva, an uncontacted tribe in the Amazon rainforest, face extinction unless Brazil's government acts to secure their legal rights to land, security and to remain undisturbed by outsiders, writes Lewis Evans. The decree that would achieve this vital goal has been sitting on the Minister of Justice's desk since 2013. Let's make sure he signs it soon, before it's too late.


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The Gap Year and Beyond: A favourite little friend "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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.

Shipwreck Creek, Far East Gippsland

Shipwreck Creek, Far East Gippsland



"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Seair Pacific Cessna 208 Caravans Operate FIFO Flights to Wanella Station and Rolleston Aerodrome "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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 Rolleston Aerodrome.

File photo

On Thursday 4 February, VH-VCW (pictured above) flew into Wanella from Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport before continuing to Rolleston.  From Rolleston, VH-VCW continued to Maryborough.

Then on Monday 8 February, VH-LYT flew into Rolleston from Maryborough before flying to Wanella.  From Wanella, VH-LYT continued to Hervey Bay.

Meanwhile, Seair Cessna 208 Caravan turbo-props continue to fly into Theodore Aerodrome on FIFO charter flights from the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.



"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Nice Pilatus PC-12/45 VH-PID Calls into Hervey Bay and Mackay Airports Monday "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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  ©

The smart little corporate turbo-prop had originally called into Hervey Bay from Toowoomba before continuing North.  It then returned South, again via Hervey Bay, before continuing home to Toowoomba.


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Sunwest Aviation (Canada) Bombardier Challenger 300 Bizjet C-GPDQ Departs Hamilton Island Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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.

'AC' was on hand shortly before it departed and captured these great photos of the lovely looking bizjet.



"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Common Ground North Coast: The Greats: masterpieces from the national Galleries of Scotland "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Joseph Mallord William (JMW) Turner The Bell Rock lighthouse 1819 watercolour and gouache with scratching out on paper 30.6 x 45.5 cm Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh © Trustees of the National Galleries of Scotland ***This image may only be used in conjunction with editorial coverage of The Greats exhibition, 24 Oct 2015 - 14 Feb 2016, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. This image may not be cropped or overwritten. Prior approval in writing required for use as a cover. Caption details must accompany reproduction of the image. *** Media contact:

Joseph Mallord William (JMW) Turner – The Bell Rock lighthouse 1819

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 6.51.42 pmSandro Botticelli -The Virgin adoring the sleeping Christ child (‘The Wemyss Madonna’) c1485
Titian – Venus rising from the sea (Venus Anadyomene) c1520-25

I’ve just returned from a dash to Sydney where I managed to fit in a visit to The Greats: masterpieces from the national Galleries of Scotland exhibition at the NSW Art Gallery. While standing almost nose-to-nose with the lady in A woman in bed by Rembrandt, I realised I’ve never before experienced intimacy with such masterworks. For a masterwork-virgin like me, with only about 70 works, the standing-staring-looking interested fatigue at this exhibition didn’t have time to set in. And although it was nicely busy, I could be alone for minutes at a time with my favourites, and favourites there were.

How could I have foreseen that I’d fall in love w...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Woman charged over Knockrow crash "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A woman has been charged with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm following a collision on the Pacific Highway at Knockrow last year.

About 9.12am on Wednesday 5 August 2015, a 67-year-old Iluka woman was driving south on the Pacific Highway  with two passengers. The sedan she was driving collided with a van heading in the opposite direction.

The driver of the van sustained a fractured left wrist that required surgery. The 67-year-old woman was trapped inside her vehicle for one hour and sustained fractures to her right arm and a compound fracture to her right femur. Her passengers received only minor injuries.

The Far North Coast Crash Investigation Unit investigated and charged the 67-year-old woman with dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm and not keeping left of dividing line.

She will appear at Ballina Local Court on 24 March 2016.

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Bill Mitchell – billy blog: The capacity of the state and the open economy – Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed"

Wolfgang Merkel wrote in his recent Op Ed (February 5, 2016) – Economy, Culture And Discourse: Social Democracy In A Cosmopolitanism Trap? – that “we are dealing with a partially deliberate, partially careless surrender of the state’s capacity to regulate and intervene in an economy that structurally creates socio-economic inequality and erodes the fundamental democratic principle of political equality”. I highlight, the “partially deliberate, partially careless surrender” description of what has occurred over the last several decades as neo-liberalism has gained traction. Today’s blog continues my series that will form the content for my next book (due out later this year) about the impacts of globalisation on the capacities of the nation state. Our contention (I am writing this with Italian journalist and author Thomas Fazi) is that there has been no diminuition in the power of the state to impact on the domestic economy. The neo-liberal era has seen many commentators deny that proposition, yet, knowingly advocate use of these powers to further advantage capital at the expense of labour. The state is still central to the picture – it just helps capital more and workers less than it did during the full employment period in the Post World War II decades.

This blog continues the themes began in the blog – The Modigliani controversy – the break with Keynesian thinking

As background to this blog, the following articles were cited in Part 1:

1. Modigliani F. and Padoa-Schioppa, T. (1977) ‘La politica economica in una economia con salari indicizzati al 100% o più’, Moneta e Credito, 117, 3-53. Download


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: Summary of events in West Papua for January "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)

PO Box 28, Spit Junction, NSW 2088

         Summary of events in West Papua for January (-8 Feb). 2016

News fro...


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: Police warn of motorcycle thief "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Motorcycle theft stolen motorcycles - motorcycle theft

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.




"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Liberals and Labor make us entirely dependent on imported fuel: locally produced ethanol is coming "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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.”

Senator Glen Lazurus and Bob Bob Katter introduced a bill to mandate ethanol in Australia


Mr Katter said that ethanol was critical for survival of the sugar and grains industries.

“The lot-feeding industry in Queensland is ragin...


Prosper Australia: Influence public debate this way "IndyWatch Feed"

Our fortnightly Evolving Economics enews. Subscribe here. Having trouble reading this newsletter? View it online. The enews of Prosper & Earthsharing Australia February 2016 SLF Festival this weekend Earthsharing Australia will be spreading the message of earth rights economics at the Sustainable Living Festival (SLF) again this year. The crowd is dominated by progressives who […]


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney": James O'Brien: Chinese / Lunar New Year (Year Of The Monkey) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Saturday night, I was fortunate enough to be a +1 for the launch of the Chinese / Lunar New Year celebrations in Sydney.  Here are some photographs from the festivities.

Chinese / Lunar New Year in Sydney Chinese / Lunar New Year in Sydney (Year Of The Monkey) Chinese / Lunar New Year in Sydney (Year Of The Monkey) Chinese / Lunar New Year in Sydney. Both the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge were in red. Chinese / Lunar New Year in Sydney. Great to see same-sex marriage advocate (and City of Sydney Councillor) Christine Forster and her partner attending in support.
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"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Real World Gardener "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Wednesday 10 February
5 – 6pm Real World Gardener
Find out about Australia’s Brahminy Kite with Birds In Backyards manager Dr Holly Parsons in Wildlife In Focus. If you like Asian food, you’ll want to grow this Vietnamese mint in Vegetable Heroes. A new series on “Garden Challenges” starts in Design Elements and the first on is Hail Damage on plants. Plus new varieties of Peruvian Lilies for you to grow in Plant Of The Week.


Renew Economy: Qld urged to ignore benefits of wind and solar and rethink renewables target "IndyWatch Feed"

Queensland Productivity Commission warns QRET will cost $10.8bn in subsidies, based on a study in which the benefits of new renewable energy are studiously ignored.


Renew Economy: Queensland inquiry’s big fail on rooftop solar and battery storage "IndyWatch Feed"

Imagine you are a government, or pricing regulator, or independent advisory body charged with addressing the soaring cost of electricity: Where would you focus your efforts – on the biggest source of those price surges, or a minor addition labelled green?


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: Competitors needed for motorcycle gymkhana "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Touratech Adventure Challenge motorcycle gymkhanaTouratech Australia has added an exciting Adventure Challenge motorcycle gymkhana to the annual Touratech Travel Event in Victoria in March 2016.

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.


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings Machine Announce Final Melbourne Show Dream a Highway "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Image Courtesy of Gillian Welch After the huge response to the Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings Machine Australian tours this month one final, very special musical celebration has been announced. Dream A Highway will bring together Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings Machine along with Willie Watson and Haas Kowert Tice for 4 hours of amazing […]


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The NORTHSIDER: PAUSE FESTIVAL: A WEEK OF INNOVATION "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Promoted as Australia’s premier tech event for the curious mind, a catalyst for innovation, a uniter of industries and a platform for the future, Pause Fest promises a lot.



"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: Italian brand returns with supermoto "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

SWM SM 650 R Italian

SWM SM 650 R

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.

SWM Silver Vase 440 scrambler ...


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Italian Government compensates infant for vaccine related autism "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

from Health Impact News

Italy’s National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

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.

Court Decision: Mercury and Aluminum in vaccine caused autism

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...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: GALLERY: FBi Presents Beach House at Sydney Opera House "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

FBi Presents Beach House at Sydney Opera House | Photo by Yael Stempler 3.2.16

Baltimore dreamers Beach House played under a canopy of stars in the Concert Hall. What a treat!

FBi Presents Beach House at Sydney Opera House | Photo by Yael Stempler 3.2.16

FBi Presents Beach House at Sydney Opera House | Photo by Yael Stempler 3.2.16 FBi Presents Beach House at Sydney Opera House | Photo by Yael Stempler 3.2.16 FBi Presents Beach House at Sydney Opera House | Photo by Yael Stempler 3.2.16 FBi Presents Beach House at Sydney Opera House | Photo by Yael Stempler 3.2.16 ...


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: Five arrests, thousands of dollars in fines and almost 50 notifications to “Move On” "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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 ...


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: You’ll be ok Charlie Brown. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Charlie Brown 

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.

Click here to view the embedded video.

   Charlie Brown


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Interview: William Fitzsimmons "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Image Courtesy of William Fitzsimmons This week US based singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons will tour Australia for the very first time, with shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. We managed to grab five minutes with Fitzsimmons ahead of the shows to chat about the new record Pittsburgh, his decision to head to Australia and what’s next. […]


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Bellarine Bayside: New Boating Zone Pile Installation Works "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Pile installation works over the next two weeks.

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 Februaryboating
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.

For further information please visit the ...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: The Tartan Show "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tuesday 9th February

6.30 – 7.30pm Tartan Show
This week on Tartan we welcome back guest host Robin MacKenzie, Music Director of The Australian Gaelic Singers, host of 2RRR’s first Scottish program ‘Scotland Down-Under’ and our resident Gaelic language expert. Robin & Patricia will feature a selection of Celtic folk music with an emphasis on Gaelic language songs from across the highlands & islands of Scotland.


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: There Goes That Song Again "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Tuesday 9 February
2 – 4pm There Goes That Song Again
This week we continue with Part 2 of our “Johnnie Ray Three O’Clock Special”. A singing sensation of the early 1950’s, Johnnie has been referred to as the “missing link” between the easy listening artists of the 1940’s and the rock and roll artists of the later 1950’s. We will cover his first visit to Australia in 1954, his only film “There’s No Business Like Show Business” in 1955 and his singles and albums in the mid-late 1950’s.


No Fibs: Climate science staff cuts #CSIROcuts labelled as science vandalism reports @takvera "IndyWatch Feed National"

The announced staff cuts and restructure announced by CSIRO CEO Larry Marshall have been labelled as science vandalism and an abandonment of Australia’s scientific commitments under the Paris Agreement signed by Australia less than 2 months ago. Australian climate science is essential for collecting data and provide good modelling and projections for Australia’s variable but […]

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John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.

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No Fibs: Labor probes @TurnbullMalcolm in #QT over “bullied” @ABCAustralia #NBN coverage: @Jansant comments "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last Thursday during Question Time, Jason Clare (@JasonClareMP), Shadow Minister for Communications, asked Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm), about his role in influencing editorial decisions the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) made in relation to its National Broadband Network (NBN) coverage. On January 21, 2016 New Matilda published explosive details of a secretly recorded private conversation […]

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Chief reporter & photographer at No Fibs

Wayne Jansson is an Australian citizen journalist and photographer. He covered the seat of Indi during the 2013 federal election which saw Independent Cathy McGowan unseat Liberal Sophie Mirabella. His interests are politics and social justice.

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