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Getting a home loan for any purpose—whether it is to buy, build, renovate or refinance—can be a highly difficult proces...
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by Geoscience Australiaa as M6.4 hit Sumba Region, Indonesia, at 10:02 UTC on February 12, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 53 km (32.9 miles). USGS is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 30 km (18.6 miles). According to...... Read more »
According to SustainablePulse.com, Russia has dealt a huge blow to the U.S. GMO crop industry. Russia’s food safety regulator Rosselkhoznadzor announced on Thursday that all imports of U.S. soybeans and corn due will be banned due to microbial and GMO contamination.... Read More
The post Russia Bans all Imports of US Soybeans and Corn over Microbial and GMO Contamination appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.
While the Supreme Court's decision to put a temporary hold on the Clean Power Plan was disappointing, it won't revive the...
from Bite Back
“Over 100 hens were liberated during an action last week.
The conditions were so horrendous that some were almost completely bald.
Now their feet touch grass and they can see the sunshine.
These liberations are dedicated to Marion, who recently passed. A friend to many, an inspiration to even more.”
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Dakota Rural Voices hosts Randy Grimsley, Brookings School Board member and Brookings native, to talk about HB 1008, the controversial bill that would prevent transgender students from using the facilities in school that match their gender identity. Listen in to learn more about the bill...
13th February 2016 By Josh Richardson Guest Writer for Wake Up World Plant growth is governed by the Fibonacci sequence, which can be understood as a law of accumulation. The role of the Fibonacci sequence in the growth of plants is a intriguing example of the unifying order behind all creation. These patterns exist at ...Continue Reading - 15 Plants That Teach Us Sacred Geometry At Its Finest
(Hint âŹ reason #2 is a key to finding your soul mate!) 13th February 2016 By Nanice Ellis Contributing Writer for Wake Up World It is fairly easy to see that society defines us by our relationship status, with those being in committed relationships having more status than those who are single. Friends, family, culture, ...Continue Reading - Looking for Love? Two Very Good Reasons to Be Single!
The earthquake occurred in Indonesia , Province of Nusa Tenggara Timur (population 3,515,623) on Friday, 2016-02-12 at 10:02:24 (UTC). The nearest places are Ubu Pede, Andekantor, Waikabubak, Waingapu, Waimanguar, and Labuhanbajo. The maximum altitude nearby is 963m . Natural Hazard – Seismic Event Asia – Indonesian Archipelago | Sumba Region, near Andekantor Location: 3km ESE of Andekantor, Indonesia Magnitude: […]
I read the comments on Donald Trump in 2013 with some dismay. We are now down to seven people who might become President of the United States:
Maybe Joe Biden might get into this at some stage, or Michael Bloomberg, or Ben Carson may come back into it, but that’s all that’s left. That’s it. No one else. It is one of the above and no other.
Then there are the problems the United States now confronts – the US being our last hope for a defence of the West – problems from open immigration, a rapidly descending economy and a clueless millennial generation who you could easily imagine voting in a Hugo Chavez. And so I said, after watching the video of Trump in 2013, that Trump is the best of the lot. He not only has sentiments that match my own [92% as it happens] but he has the force of personality that might actually bring it off. He is our Churchill circa 1940.
I can see just as easily as anyone else that he is not your standard issue highly polished product of the elite establishment in the US. He is crass and loud and bumptious and vulgar. All true, but he is also smart, and shrewd, and tuned in and hard edged. But most of all, the things he wants are the things I want, the most important ones being the preservation of the United States as the land of the free and the defender of our values. He also has the one element none of the others on the Republican side have, a fighting will that will not be pushed around by the media and the left.
And I am not even going to say something like he’s not perfect, because, for all I know, given the way things are and what now needs to be done, he may well be exactly what is needed. He may exactly suit the times we are in.
Filmmaker Michael Moore is launching the national release of his new documentary today, which is said to be...
BFC’s Mission: To protect the natural habitat of wild migratory buffalo and native wildlife, to stop the slaughter and harassment of America’s last wild buffalo as well as to advocate for their lasting protection and to work with people of all Nations to honor the sacredness of wild buffalo.
Buffalo Field Campaign is planning events in southwest Montana towns, including one event that everyone, everywhere can participate in. The Week of Action will kick-off on Monday, February 15 and last through Sunday, February 21.
“The wild buffalo of Yellowstone are being sorely mismanaged under a highly controversial plan designed to cater to livestock interests,” said Buffalo Field Campaign media coordinator Stephany Seay. “Nearly seventy-five percent of Mo...
The Democratizing Action of Psychology — The deepest conviction of the power of psychological understanding comes to us in our protracted mental struggles with persons who hold membership in totalitarian organizations. We must be careful to avoid discussing politics with them; because today, free expression of opinion is being severely punished, and if we were […]
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It's been a week of ructions and divisions, belated resignations, bizarre promotions, perplexing awards and humiliating backdowns — all of them on the conservative / reactionary side of politics, writes managing editor Dave Donovan. read now...
A study by Justin Farrell titled Corporate Funding and Ideological Polarization about climate change confirms what many have argued- that behind climate change scepticism and denial is corporate money. These findings are not surprising to many people. Advocacy and environmental groups have exposed this connection before (here, here and here). However, Farrell’s study is one […]
The 2016 Federal election is warming up in the seat of Wills, in Melbourne’s inner northern suburbs. Preselection and nomination of candidates for the ALP and Greens has taken place. For some background of the seat see the Wills seat Profile I wrote in 2013. [View the story “Greens and ALP preselect candidates for #Wills2016 […]
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.
Want a mosque next door?
Muslims occupy street outside Lakemba mosque in Sydney, 2013. (ABC file image)
If you don’t want a mosque built next to your place, we suggest you fill in the question asking about your religion in the August census. Do not leave it blank, because the nation’s 450,000 Muslims won’t miss their opportunity. At the very least insert ‘Christian.’
The USA and UK—Australia’s “dangerous allies” in the words of
the late Malcolm Fraser—have suddenly escalated their preparations
for a showdown with Russia and China. The question is: will
Australia go along with this insanity?
Two top national security officials of the Obama Administration have just declared war, in effect, against Russia. Director of National Intelligence Gen. James Clapper and Defence Secretary Ashton Carter have both issued high-profile statements during the past fortnight, focusing on Russia as the “mortal enemy” of the United States.
In a 31 January interview with WTOP radio in Washington, DC, Clapper ranked the threat from Russia far above the threat coming from the Islamic State. He termed Russia’s recent advances in its nuclear weapons a “mortal threat” to the United States, whereas ISIS poses no such threat, and listed the greatest threats to the United States as a newly aggressive Russia, a belligerent nuclear-armed North Korea, Iran’s proxy warfare capabilities, and Chinese espionage.
Such explicit targeting of nation-states as declared “enemies” of the United States has not been heard in Washington since George W. Bush’s “Axis of Evil” rant in his January 2002 State of the Union address. What’s more, Gen. Clapper’s remarks, delivered in preparation for his release of the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment in upcoming Congressional testimony, comes at a time when the United States is directly engaged in combat in the Iraq-Syria theatre, where Russian military forces are also engaged. While the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State John Kerry are attempting to engage with Russia in a peace initiative and, at minimum, “deconfliction” negotiations to avert direct military clashes, Clapper is pushing confrontation.
Oregon rancher was shot NINE TIMES, appears stolen 9mm planted on him after the fact
Another day, another horror coming out of our legal authorities in this country.
As previously reported, Oregon rancher Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was killed in a FBI/OSP operation where it was claimed he “went for” a 9mm in his waist pocket.
Afterwards the FBI spokesman refused to say how many times Finicum was shot, only stating it was in the “single digits”.
Yeah, well, now it’s come out that Finicum was shot NINE TIMES. No wonder they didn’t want to admit how many times he was shot. One more digit and it isn’t single digits anymore. Guess that’s why the FBI tried to paint a pretty face on it with the “single digits” talk.
The whole thing looks like a tot...
In Autumn 2000 I wrote an article for Organic Gardener magazine about worm towers. For years I thought the idea had sunk without a trace. When our daughter moved to a little flat in Brisbane we helped her build a garden with them. It worked so well that it crossed my mind occasionally, I wonder why that idea never caught on? Maybe I should write about it again in Witches Kitchen. Then a couple of years ago a worm farmer popped up at our Farmer’s Market selling worm towers and I was so excited to see the concept in production with someone else. In the last little while I keep seeing examples of them everywhere.
This is the article as it was originally published (complete with my dodgily drawn bmp image). It worked brilliantly, built just like this, for our daughter’s little garden at a Brisbane unit block.
Remember those electric garbage disposal units that they used to put in sinks in the Dark Ages of ecological awareness? They were obscene – noisy, dangerous, and wasteful – but they did have their attractions. There are moments when you could almost be forgiven for thinking they weren’t such a bad idea.
Like when you come home after dark and the kitchen scrap bucket is chock-a-block and moving, and there are a couple of container gardens in the fridge. Or when the neighbour’s dog decides to excavate last week’s spaghetti from your compost pile. Or when the health inspector spots a very fat brown rat heading in the direction of the compost bins.
Compost is wonderful stuff, but, especially in urban situations, it has its drawbacks. It takes so much work to...
3rd adult died from Zika virus: Brazil health ministry Brazil health authorities have confirmed the death of a third adult from Zika virus infection. The latest reported victim was a 20-year-old woman, who suffered from lupus, arthritis and alcoholism. Her compromised immune system was unable to fight the ZIKV infection. The three deaths occurred one […]
JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie and Victorian Senate Candidate Hugh Dolan have called on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to show some political courage and back a Senate Inquiry into a Super Rich Death Tax.
“A brilliant article today by Peter Martin (see here) proves that the Liberal’s GST increase was a sly attempt at a reverse Robin Hood (give to the rich, while taking from the poor).
And while I know the Liberal party and Malcolm Turnbull will fight any tax like hell that targets their super rich friends, I still have hope Bill Shorten and Labor will be reasonable,” said Senator Lambie.
“Even though the Labor party receives in political donations hundreds of thousands from Australia’s BRW top 200 rich list – (see table 1 below), its now time for Bill, as leader, to show he has the courage to stand up for the battlers, while making the rich pay their fair share,” said Victorian Senate Candidate Hugh Dolan.
“After listening to charity leader Tim Costello yesterday, it’s clear that he informed our nation that his new tax would only affect 0.8% of Australians while it raised an extra $5B a year for budget repair – from our rich.
“However, after listening to Scott Morrison and our Prime Minister during the recent GST debate, it’s clear that they informed o......
Absent even the drover's dog (apologies to Bill Hayden), the clownish Barnaby Joyce seized the leadership of the Nats unopposed and, to an astonished public, became our new deputy prime minister. David Tyler reports. read now...
Welcome to The Weekend Quiz, which used to be
known as the Saturday Quiz! The quiz tests whether you have been
paying attention over the last seven days. See how you go with the
following questions. Your results are only known to you and no
records are retained.
Technological Hazard – Potential Uncontrolled Radiation Release North America – USA | State of Illinois – LaSalle County Station, Unit 1 & 2 Location: 41°14’44.0″N 88°40’09.0″W Present Operational Age: ~32 years Event: POT UNCNTRL RAD REL – ACCIDENT MITIGATION SECONDARY CONTAINMENT INOPERABLE “This report is being made pursuant to 10CFR50.72(b)(3)(v)(C), event or condition that could have prevented fulfillment […]
Federal Disaster Declared in the State of Oklahoma Oklahoma Severe Winter Storms and Flooding (DR-4256) Incident period: December 26, 2015 to January 05, 2016 Major Disaster Declaration declared on February 11, 2016 The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Oklahoma in the areas affected by severe winter storms and […]
Price surges are being blamed on wind energy. Cherry-picked numbers that serve to confirm a belief that already exists is something you're going to see a lot of this year.
Energy regulators say they "cannot identify" benefits of rooftop solar and battery storage. So here's a long list, and a blast from leading expert for promoting a "sense of entitlement", serving the interests of incumbents and discriminating against consumers.
Senator David Leyonhjelm has been pursuing this is the Parliament. Most recently he asked:
Senator LEYONHJELM: I might ask you to take on notice why the calendar year data was released rather than data for the applicable period for the policy implementation. Professor Sinclair Davidson published an article entitled ‘Department of Health telling porkies on plain packaging’ on the Catallaxy Files website on 19 August this year and in the IPA’s FreedomWatch on 20 August this year. In that article, Professor Davidson takes the monthly data on your freedom of information disclosure log to replicate your figures for the 2012 and 2013 calendar years and your calculation of a 3.4 per cent decline between these periods. He also calculates figures for the period starting 1 December 2012 and the year prior to 1 December 2012, and the change from one period to the other is negative 0.8 per cent. Have you done this calculation your...
Tasmanian Economic Regulator’s draft report on solar feed-in tariff ignores the challenge of energy security in Tasmania, the changes facing electricity industry nationally, and climate change.
After an "excruciating" few months, an upbeat Musk calls Model X the "best car ever" and hints Tesla could soon deliver its first profit.
Bryan Caplan misses an obvious explanation when addressing this issue:
Libertarians love to preach the virtues of markets. Yet in the “marketplace of ideas,” their bundled product has been regularly and thoroughly rejected for over a century. Until libertarians acknowledge that market verdict and re-think either what they’re selling, how they’re selling it, or both, they will remain on the margins of American political life.
Caplan points to some explanations:
That is all well and good but it seems to me that the market for ideas – like all markets – can be, and is, distorted by government intervention. The most obvious mechanism to distort the market for ideas is public education. Thirteen years of free and compulsory statist brainwashing is very likely to distort the ideas that people are likely to find more or less attractive. Public broadcasting too. Government financed NGOs – whose primary function is to then lobby government – publicly funded “think” tanks, and increas...
In 2014, Guardian Australia journalist Paul Farrell
revealed that Australia had
intruded into Indonesian waters in its efforts to turn back
refugees. The Australian government later
admitted the incursion - but in the meantime they were having
investigated by the Australian Federal Police in an effort to
expose and punish his sources:
Sitting on my desk now are more than 200 pages of heavily redacted police files. Every journalist, in fact every Australian, has a right under the country’s privacy law to access personal information held on them by government agencies.
The files are made up of operational centre meeting minutes, file notes, interview records and a plan for an investigation the AFP undertook into one of my stories. Most concerning is what appears to be a list of suspects the AFP drew up, along with possible offences they believe they may have committed.
The documents show that during the course of an investigation into my sources for a story I had written, an AFP officer logged more than 800 electronic updates on the investigation file.
It’s a mosaic in document form of state surveillance of journalists by police. The files give an insight into the fragile state of journalism in Australia and the ease with which the police choose to take up these investigations because of poorly defined laws.
According to a report in this morning’s Guardian, the Coalition, the Greens and Nick Xenophon appear close to an agreement on Senate voting reform. There’s also an accompanying media release from Lee Rhiannon.
The proposed plan, put to the government by the Greens, would abolish group voting tickets (the mechanism whereby preferences flow according to pre-lodged party preference decisions when voters vote ‘1’ above the line for a party), and would allow voters to number their own preferences for parties above the line or for candidates below the line.
This proposal is very similar to that proposed unanimously by the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (JSCEM), with a few exceptions:
While the article is written as if agreement has been reached, it’s unclear whether the Coalition has agreed to the Greens’ demand that party registration be taken out of the package. It’s also unclear where Labor stands on the proposal – while some senior Labor senators are opposed, there are others in the party who support Senate reform.
While some have been strongly opposed to any changes to group voting tickets, a lot...
New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from February 3 - 9, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Santa Maria, Guatemala | Soputan, Sulawesi (Indonesia) | Turrialba,...... Read more »
More EU countries than ever are meeting their 2020 targets for renewable energy generation ahead of schedule.
German green power provider Lichtblick has announced plans to incentivize the charging of electric vehicles at times of low power demand.
Speak Up For The Voiceless – International Animal Rescue Foundation – Environmental News and Media: Endangered Species Friday: Aquila nipalensis | Wind Farms Pushing Steppe Eagle into Extinction? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"
This Fridays (ESP) – Endangered Species Post is dedicated to the A. nipalensis, commonly known as the Steppe Eagle, identified back in 1833. Image credit: Kartik Patel
The Steppe Eagle was formally identified by Dr Brian Houghton Hodgson (1 February 1800 or more likely 1801 – 23 May 1894) was a pioneer naturalist and ethnologist working in India and Nepal where he was a British Resident. He described numerous species of birds and mammals from the Himalayas, and several birds were named after him by others such as Edward Blyth.
Dr Brian H. Hodgson was a scholar of Tibetan Buddhism and wrote extensively on a range of topics relating to linguistics and religion. He was an opponent of the British proposal to introduce English as the official medium of instruction in Indian schools. Had Dr H. Hodgson not introduced English into the many Indian schools, its very likely very few Indian citizens would today know how to speak the English language.
A. nipalensis is listed as (endangered), although its likely the predatory eagle will soon be relisted as (critically endangered), should conservation efforts not improve the current status of this remarkable bird of prey, however this particular bird is somewhat of a mystery.
The major reason why this species is listed as (endangered) which was only recently, is primarily due to wind farming of which birds are reported to fly directly into large structural turbines, which unfortunately, re...
There is commitment, action and support of the indigenous communities of Shepparton and the Goulburn Murray. Local businesses, local government, the Shepparton Interfaith Network and the Shepparton Regional Reconciliation Group are active supporters and participate in the Shepparton Regional Reconciliation Group. In this article, we consider recent national reports, activities and the Commemoration of the ... Read more...
The nation's satirists stormed Twitter this week crying mass unemployment over the shock announcement of Greggie Hunt's global gong. But Lachlan Barker was on to it. No mystery. Hunt’s award was handed out by the oil industry. read now...
"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Fight for the Reef: Christensen attempts to silence concerns of local community and destroy Reef reliant tourism industry jobs in Mackay / Whitsundays "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"
Members of the local community have expressed concern with the bully boy tactics of LNP Member of Parliament George Christensen trying to deny local community groups the opportunity to discuss their concerns with the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister will be visiting Mackay next Monday to hear the concerns of locals and it is extraordinary that the local Member of Parliament would deny people the opportunity to attend the event.
Imogen Zethoven, the Great Barrier Reef campaign director for the Australian Marine Conservation Society said that by advocating dredging in the Reef’s waters, Mr Christensen is dividing the community and choosing to back the dying coal industry rather than the growing tourism industry.
“The Great Barrier Reef is this region’s greatest asset. Groups like AMCS, Whitsunday Residents Against Dumping and others have fought tirelessly to protect the Reef from dredging and dumping in the Reef’s waters.
“We’ve sought to stand up to the massive coal mining industry, who export profits, shed jobs and threaten the future of the Reef.
“The Reef could soon face a coral bleaching event, and Mr Christensen is more determined to shut down local concerns than address the issues to the local economy.
“Banning local people who want to protect their local assets and jobs from meeting with the Prime Minister is offensive but unfortunately to be expected from Mr Christensen.
“Seeking to ban people because you disagree with them is not how democracy is supposed to work. If Mr Christensen can’t accept a diversity of views, and it is pretty clear that he can’t, he should seek to resign his position representing the views of the community.
“Mr Christensen has consistently put the interests of Adani over the interests of the tourism industry or the Reef it relies on.
“We will be writing to Malcolm Turnbull to express our concerns at the arrogant attitude of the local member and his refusal to...
By Peter Martin
The most shocking thing in the Treasury analysis delivered to Scott Morrison on January 25 isn’t the finding that a cut in income tax funded by a lift in the goods and services tax wouldn’t boost the economy at all.
It’s what Morrison asked the Treasury to model.
He asked it to model a lift in GST from 10 to 15 per cent and then the handing back of back every possible cent in income tax cuts. Because boosting the GST automatically results in extra spending on benefits such as Newstart, family allowances and pensions as prices climb it isn’t possible to give all of it back.
But it is possible to hand back $30 billion of the $35 billion as tax cuts, and that’s what Morrison asked the Treasury to model in the first instance, not legislated increases in benefits of the kind delivered by his predecessor Peter Costello when introducing the GST.
The impact is horrific.
High earning households do very well. In the top fifth, 81 per cent are better off. In the fifth below that, 80 per cent are better off.
In the bottom fifth, only 9 per cent are better off. Put another way, the change makes 91 per cent of the lowest-earning households worse off.
It makes 79 per cent of the next lowest earning households worse off, and 60 per cent of middle earning households better off.
Morrison had asked the Treasury to model a change that enriched middle and high earners at the expense of the least-well off.
And the results tell us something about the nature of the change. It appears to have been one that cut tax rates or adjusted thresholds at the top more than the bottom. All of the Prime Minister’s talk about how any change must be fair appears to not have sunk in.
At his request Treasury and its consultants Econtech and KPMG also did sensitivity analysis. What would happen if, say, $6 billion of the tax cuts were diverted to low earners in extra be...
American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): Evangeline Parsons-Yazzie on Winning the American Indian Library Association's 2016 Youth Literature Honor Award for Young Adults "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"
A man has been charged with receiving stolen goods after a police raid at Meerschaum Vale yesterday.
Following an investigation into a large number of break and enters in the Nimbin area, about 10am (Thursday, February 11), detectives from Richmond Local Area Command raided a property on Wardell Road.
During the raid, police seized a large amount of property suspected of being stolen, as well as a small amount of cannabis and five cannabis plants.
A 45-year-old man was arrested and taken to Lismore Police Station where he was charged with three counts of receiving.
He was granted conditional bail to appear at Lismore Local Court on April 4.
The post Meerschaum Vale man charged with receiving stolen goods appeared first on Echonetdaily.
A 46-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly attacking two people with a machete at a home in Goonellabah last Sunday.
Police say that around 10pm on Sunday, a 51-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman were at home on Kruseana Avenue, Goonellabah, when the power in their home was switched off.
They both walked outside where they were allegedly attacked by a man armed with a machete.
During the altercation, the 51-year-old man was struck on the head and face with the weapon, causing deep lacerations.
The woman was then allegedly struck on her left arm and left wrist, also causing deep lacerations.
The armed attacker then fled the scene.
Police say that around 7.25am on Monday, a 46-year-old man was found with serious wounds in the grounds of a cemetery in Arakoon, north of Port Macquarie.
He was taken to Port Macquarie Base Hospital for treatment to the wounds, which were believed to be self-inflicted.
At 7.10pm on Tuesday, police attended the hospital and placed the man under arrest.
About 4.30pm on Wednesday investigators from Richmond Local Area Command spoke to the manat the hospital.
He was subsequently charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of malicious wounding with intent.
Police allege he is known to the victims.
A bedside bail court hearing was conducted with the man refused bail.
He is due to appear at Lismore Local Court on 8 March.
The post Man charged with attempted machete murder – Goonellabah appeared first on Echonetdaily.
The far north coast is in a social housing crisis and the state government must commit to increased social housing as a priority, Greens MLC and Byron Shire resident Jan Barham said today.
Ms Barham was responding to news that 71,000 low-income renter households in regional NSW are in housing stress, paying more than 30 per cent of their income on household costs.
She says that for many, this means foregoing other essential goods and services to keep a roof over their head.
The alternative is sleeping in cars or caravans, especially in places such as Byron Shire, where a 2014 Anglicare survey showed just 3.7 per cent of dwellings were considered affordable for a low-income household.
‘It’s unacceptable that in this region we have people living in caravans and cars because of the huge shortage of social and affordable housing,’ Ms Barham said.
‘These circumstances impact on people’s wellbeing as housing stress equates to emotional stress. More must be done with planning rules to support those who are vulnerable in this current housing crisis,’ she added.
In 2014 Ms Barham sat on an upper house committee that examined the state of social and affordable housing in...
A defamation action by Tweed mayor Katie Milne against the Tweed’s biggest developer was heard over several days in the Supreme Court in Sydney this week.
Billionaire developer Bob Ell, the owner of the Leda group behind the massive township developments of Kings Forest and Cobaki, is alleged to have made the defamatory remarks about Cr Milne published in the Gold Coast Bulletin soon after he won his defamation case against her.
The Supreme Court found in 2014 that Cr Milne had defamed Mr Ell in an email she sent alleging he had a scandalous association with a murdered Sydney hitman.
The developer was then awarded $15,000 damages, but the court costs for that protracted action, believed to be tens of thousands of dollars, are currently subject to further legal assessment and review by the court.
Echonetdaily was told the Greens mayor this week was cross-examined for more than seven hours by Mr Ell’s barrister.
JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has called on Prime Minister Turnbull to redact and de-identify the secret volumes of the Heydon Royal Commission and release them to all Senators, under special circumstances, after she read the secret report.
“When I was finally allowed to read the secret volumes of the Heydon Royal Commission, I expected to find, as commissioner Heydon wrote: grave threats to the power and authority of the Australian State.
The only grave threat I found was to the credibility of the Liberal government,” said Senator Lambie.
“I didn’t find anything like a grave threat to our nation’s power or authority. In fact, the average Australian would find that sort of warning is grossly misleading – and that is why all Senators – no matter what political party they belong to, should be able to make up their own minds – after viewing redacted and de-identified secret volumes.
The Liberal government made a fuss about Labor politicians viewing these secret volumes. They were treating the Australian public like mugs! The Liberals were caught out trying to cover-up their lie. The Royal Commissioner had already made the secret volumes available to all of Australia’s Premiers, including Labor’s state leaders and their staff weeks earlier!” said Senator Lambie.
“After reading the two slim secret volumes in about an hour, I was left with the feeling that taxpayers had been ripped off after paying out $80M for them. The last secret volumes I’d read were from the Defence Abuse Review Taskforce (DART). Unlike Heydon’s two slim secret volumes – the 33 secret defence abuse files were thick, heavy, ring bound folders; about 10 cm thick – and it took myself, and a staff member 5 hrs. each, just to skim those top secret files.
The defence abuse secret volumes showed a real threat to the power and authority of the Australian state – by proving that our defence force senior officers had deni......
Back during the Cold War, NATO had the task of protesting
Western Europe from Soviet Invasion. With the Cold War over for
more than 25 years, they've struggled to find a reason to justify
their existence. But now they have a new role:
enforcing Europe's racist anti-refugee policies:
Nato has sent a patrol of three warships to intercept migrants trying to reach Greece by sea and send them back to Turkey, as Europe steps up efforts to contain the refugee crisis.
The mission has been agreed and ordered to the Aegean sea in less than 24 hours, an extremely rapid move for the alliance. Nato normally spends months deliberating over decisions and agreeing details.
The German-led patrol will be backed by planes that can monitor the flow of people attempting illegal crossings. Greece and Turkey have agreed that any migrants they intercept will be sent back.
“They will not be taken back to Greece. The aim of the group is to have them taken back to Turkey. That is the crucial difference,” said the British defence secretary, Michael Fallon.
Will Dunham & Scott Malone, RAW
Scientists say they have for the first time detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesised by physicist Albert Einstein a century ago, in a landmark discovery that opens a new window for studying the cosmos.
The researchers on Thursday said they detected gravitational waves coming from two black holes – extraordinarily dense objects whose existence also was foreseen by Einstein – that orbited one another, spiralled inward and smashed together.
They said the waves were the product of a collision between two black holes 30 times as massive as the Sun, located 1.3 billion light years from Earth.
The scientific milestone, announced at a news conference in Washington, was achieved using a pair of giant laser detectors in the United States, located in Louisiana and Washington state, capping a long quest to confirm the existence of these waves.
The announcement was made in Washington by scientists from the California Institute of Technology, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.
Like light, gravity travels in waves, but instead of radiation, it is space itself that is rippling. Detecting the gravitational waves required measuring 4km laser beams to a precision 10,000 times smaller than.......
John Chalmers & Kanupriya Kapoor [RAW]
Indonesia has opened dozens of sectors to foreign investors in what President Joko Widodo has described as a ‘Big Bang’ liberalisation of its economy, Southeast Asia’s largest.
President Joko Widodo’s administration loosened foreign investment restrictions on Thursday, on everything from restaurants and agriculture to health facilities and movie theatres.
‘Today’s revisions represent our largest opening to international investment in 10 years,’ Trade Minister Tom Lembong told Reuters.
‘More international investment will bring more capital, more world-class expertise, more technologies to Indonesia. Domestic players must seize those opportunities.’
Twenty-nine sectors including restaurants and the movie industry were removed from the ‘negative investment list’ (DNI) altogether, meaning that foreigners can operate in those areas without restrictions.
The negative investment list sets out which parts of Indonesia’s economy are partially or fully closed to foreign investors, who in recent years have complained of rising economic protectionism and nationalism as they look to expand into the market of more than 250 million people.
Widodo told Reuters in an interview o...
New Delhi [RAW]
The Delhi government is planning another round of tough measures to restrict the use of private cars and clean up toxic air in the Indian metropolis, the world’s most polluted city.
From April 15, for two weeks, cars will only be allowed on the road on alternate days, going by whether their number plates are odd or even, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday.
‘We are seriously considering if we can do this for 15 days every month,’ Kejriwal said. ‘We can’t do this on a permanent basis until we get better public transport.’
The rule hits most of the 2.6 million cars that ply the traffic-choked roads of Delhi and its surrounding areas.
That figure accounts for roughly a third of all the 8.5 million vehicles on the streets, from motorbikes to autorickshaws.
Kejriwal said his plans had overwhelming public support and were necessary to rein in the rising levels of air pollution that regularly cloak the city in smog.
Doctors say Delh...
They have their obvious differences, but new Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce insists there is no gulf between himself and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Joyce, elected unopposed to replace the retiring Warren Truss, believes ‘in a funny way’ there’s a real similarity, given they both made their ‘own way in the world’.
‘That means that both Malcolm and myself see the world through the prism of practicality and making sure we’re not tied to any philosophy but tied to a desire to do the very best for the nation,’ he told ABC radio on Friday.
Mr Joyce acknowledged there would be times when the coalition partners did not agree on every issue.
‘We’re a business partnership, not a marriage,’ he said.
Mexico prison riot: at least 52 people killed and 12 injured in
Monterrey | World news | The Guardian: “They left (Topo Chico)
in the control of organized crime,” said Father Robert Coogan, a
prison chaplain in the norther city of Saltillo, who belongs to a
ministry that provides services to inmates in northern Mexican
The most recent report on prisons by the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) found widespread evidence of “autogobierno” – or self-rule by inmates – and assigned the Topo Chico facility a score of 5.72 out of 10. The survey showed a deterioration in Nuevo Le�n prisons over the past five years; only five of Mexico’s 32 states ranked worse.
Managing prisons has proved difficult in Mexico as the inmate populations swell with detainees from the ongoing crackdown on organized crime and drug cartels. Overcrowding has aggravated existing problems of corruption and intimidation in the cell blocks: prisoners are forced to pay inflated prices for everything from protection to proper food to being marked present in roll calls.
Karlis Saluat & Paul Osborne, AAP
The prime minister has been accused of sacrificing his own ministerial standards, as it emerged Chinese officials believed they were meeting MP Stuart Robert in an official capacity when he helped a friend sign a mining deal in Beijing.
The opposition insists Mr Robert must go, arguing he breached the code of conduct by helping businessman and Liberal Party donor Paul Marks secure a mining deal with the Chinese in August 2014 when he was assistant minister for defence.
As Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday again faced demands to sack Mr Robert, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed Chinese officials thought the now human services minister was acting in an official capacity at the signing ceremony in Beijing.
‘It’s plain that the company and the Chinese government thought they were dealing with Mr Robert in his ministerial capacity,’ Labor Senator Penny Wong put to senior DFAT official Graham Fletcher during a Senate hear...
On Sunday 7 February at 1pm a momentous event occurred at Black Rocks off the access road to the sports field. An 18-month-old female koala juvenile (named Lucia) found just before Christmas 2015 with conjunctivitis and taken into care at Currumbin Wildlife Hospital was released, fully recovered, back to the tree where she was found. She is the only sick Black Rocks koala to be treated and released. Several people were there to witness the event including carers from Friends of the Koala and volunteers from Threatened Species Conservation Society Inc.
Why was this such an important event? Lucia is the first female koala at the Black Rocks area that was captured sick but found without cysts in the reproductive area. Black Rocks/Pottsville wetlands is critical to the survival of Tweed Coast koalas. Up to 98 per cent female koalas with chlamydia develop ovarian cysts (which are inoperable) and are euthanased if captured. Lucia was in the ‘lucky’ two per cent without ovarian cysts and was captured in time for treatment. Her future is very important because she has great breeding potential in an area that is desperately needing to build up numbers, especially after the Christmas 2014 fire that severely damaged over 200ha of koala habitat. According to renowned koala expert Dr Steve Phillips 30-60 per cent of local koalas may have perished as a result of that fire.
In the last two years a total of four koalas have been captured at Black Rocks with chlamydia and euthanised. Others have been sighted (such as Lucia’s mother) with symptoms of chlamydia but were not captured and may have died painfully.
What causes chlamydia? In normal populations chlamydia acts as an inbuilt control mechanism limiting the population so trees are not overbrowsed, ensuring only the strongest and fittest survive. However according to Dr Steve Phillips noise and human disturbance causes aversive response up to 725m away. Koalas have long been regarded as...
Sailors are expected to hold a rally in Brisbane in another bid to keep their jobs on board bulk carrier ships.
The Maritime Union of Australia claims large businesses, such as mining giant Rio Tinto, are sacking Australian seafarers and replacing them with cheap foreign labour.
Workers from several unions will take part in a rally outside Rio Tinto’s Brisbane office at midday on Friday.
It comes after five Australian crew members who refused to leave a bulk carrier ship docked in Newcastle were forcibly removed by NSW police earlier last week.
Officers escorted foreign crew on board the CSL Melbourne before removing the five local workers, the MUA said at the time.
The Australian workers had refused to disembark the vessel for nearly a week following CSL’s decision to send the ship to Singapore for international routes using foreign workers.
The MUA claims a loophole is allowing foreign workers to...
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Last week was a rare bright moment for the besieged koalas of Tweed’s Black Rocks sports fields.
Lucia, an 18-month-old female juvenile koala, was released back into her home range surrounding the sports fields after eight weeks in care.
Lucia was first spotted in poor condition by local resident and koala campaigner Dave Norris, who assisted Friends of the Koala’s Sue Johnson with her rescue.
She was found to be suffering from chlamydia-related conjunctivitis, or red-eye.
She was treated for conjunctivitis in both eyes at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and returned to Friends of the Koala’s Care Centre in East Lismore three weeks ago to complete her recuperation.
Now that Lucia has been treated, cleared of her disease and released, her breeding life is in front of her.
Friends of the Koala’s President, Lorraine Vass said, ‘The Tweed Coast Koala Study 2015 released in December notes “some stability” in koala activity in the Black Rocks and Pottsville Koala Activity Precincts and increased connectivity between them, which augurs well for future recovery.
‘To a l...
Pottsville Beach Public School student Taylah Hampson is one of 50 young artists whose work has been chosen for this year’s prestigious ‘Operation Art’ touring exhibition on display at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
The work by 11-year-old Taylah, entitled ‘Same and Different’ was selected from more than 850 entrants across NSW and will be on display at the state gallery from Thursday, 18 February to Sunday, 13 March.
After the tour, the artworks will become part of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s permanent art collection, brightening up the walls for patients, their families and staff.
Operation Art co-ordinator, Lisa van den Dolder, said that children’s art can be a powerful tool in aiding recovery and that the 50 selected artworks display an array of talent.
‘Research shows that bright, colourful, optimistic artwork can play a vital role in the healing process, giving children an outlet or distraction during long hospital stays and this year the students have really captured this concept,’ she said.
‘As you walk around the exhibition, you will be overwhelmed with colour, positivity and creativity; it becomes quite clear how these artworks can help improve a child’s mood.’
The Operation Art 2016 exhibition will also tour major regional galleries in NSW throughout the year.
The exhibitions are supported by Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.
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How did the "bedwetters" and workers force a backdown on the GST by PM Turnbull? Former ATO Assistant Commissioner John Passant reviews the reasons and how we keep the GST off the table. read now...
Brazil must save Amazon's Kawahiva tribe from genocide - The
Ecologist: On the southern fringes of the Amazon, in an area of
dense rainforest in Mato Grosso do Sul state, a small band of
people are on the run.
You probably haven't heard of them, and they haven't heard of you, but as one of the last uncontacted tribes on Earth that is unlikely to bother them all that much.
They are known as the Kawahiva, and the increasing encroachment of loggers and other outsiders into their lands threatens to wipe out their society forever.
Thank you Byron shire Cr Duncan Dey for your letter re the CBA fiasco in council regarding costs of future coastal (mis)management, aka the Belongil saga.
What we’ve had in Byron shire for far too long now, is a short sighted majority on council who have failed to listen to the needs and concerns of our community, nor consider expert advice, while pandering to a small handful of business operatives, developers and dune-dwellers.
I noted the other evening that Auburn Council had been sacked, primarily because of the property developers and real estate agents in their midst. Corruption!
Likewise on Byron Shire Council, we have one real estate agent together with four business and pro-development councillors who have hijacked community interests in favour of short term, inappropriate and damaging development together with these so called ‘protection works’ at Belongil. Deadly!
Our shire is being destroyed – our towns, our lands and our unique culture.
With the prospect of increased building heights, poorly designed land development, consequent flash flooding and beach loss, a downturn in business opportunities, a breakdown of basic infrastructure, loss of biodiversity, flora and fauna and a polarised disgruntled community, the sooner we see the back of this rampaging ‘bloc of 5’ the better.
We definitely need visionaries in place, or at least people who can think beyond the term of their elected office and the interests of their backers, and for the greater good. Report card on current council – definitely an epic fail!
Jan Hackett, Sunrise Beach
The post Byron’s pro-development ‘Gang of 5’ selling us out appeared first on Echonetdaily.
Police have claimed they netted $1.5 million worth of ‘bush’ marijuana in raids on the north coast this week, particularly in the Brunswick Valley.
Ironically, in a week that saw a medical cannabis legislation introduced into federal parliament, here in NSW police continued to trumpet the success of their ‘cannabis eradication program’, the commencement of which prompted the formation of the Byron Shire Echo nearly 30 years ago.
During the operation a total of 759 plants were seized, which police estimate had a total potential street value of $1,518,000.
Cannabis activists dispute the logic of police valuations, which they say value every plant at $2000, regardless of its mature size and whether it is male or female.
But the figures given out each year are the only way the police have in justifying the program’s continued funding.
Ironically, far from ‘eradicating’ cannabis, the annual valuations just seem to continue to rise.
Strike Force Hyperion, as it was named this year, saw the dog squad, polair, local officers and bussed-in police from around the state descend on Main Arm, Skyline Road, Palmwoods, Mullumbimby and the Koonyum Ranges.
In 30 years, community attitudes to marijuana use have shifted dramatically, while police tactics towards (often sm...
Mexico: The Pope’s Two-Faced “New Face”: [revcom.us] Let’s look
at the two-faced “new face” of the Vatican:
1. Blessing the genocide of indigenous peoples: In speaking about the Conquest [the Spanish Conquest of the Americas], Francis said, “There were abundant sins, and for them I ask forgiveness, yet where there was sin there grace abounded all the more.” The conquest and colonialization of the Americas’ first peoples were not “sins against god” but a physical and cultural genocide that eliminated more than 95 percent of the original population to serve the interests of the European powers and incipient capitalism. According to the pope, this genocide was mainly a good thing because “grace abounded” thanks to “the priests and bishops who firmly opposed the logic of the sword with the strength of the cross.” In reality, both the sword and the cross were essential weapons to make the original peoples submit to the rule of the Spanish monarchy and the pope’s authority.
In Michoacan [a state in western Mexico with a large indigenous population], Francis will try to identify himself with “Tata Vasco” (“Papa” Vasco de Quiroga, the first bishop in Michoacan), and in Chiapas [a state in southern Mexico, also with many indigenous people, as well as descendants of Africans] with Bartolome de las Casas [the state’s first bishop]. Both men criticized the enslavement of the indigenous people (although de las Casas defended slavery for Africans) and ended up finding favor with the Spanish kings when they began to seek less bloody ways to suppress the people, since Spanish massacres were producing much resistance to “evangelization.” When Francis went to the U.S., he declared Junipero Serra a saint. Serra was a priest who wielded the cross and sword to enslave indigenous people in the mines of South America and the “missions” on the West Coast of wha....
The ‘Mills Estate’ DA for 50 allotments and a residual lot at Bayside Brunswick raises what could be serious concerns for any DA dependent on the collection system to the Vallances Road STP.
Commissioned in 2011 at a cost of approx $30 million, it lifted Clause 45 ‘Sewerage Moratorium’. However, Alan Dickens (Byron Shire Echo 10 February) is suggesting that approx five years later the plant has been showing signs of being hydraulically overloaded in wet weather conditions.
As a former member of the Brunswick Valley Wastewater Steering Committee we were constantly frustrated by the fact that replacement of the collection system was not part of the brief for the new STP. We were well aware then of the infiltration problems.
The problem was not solved when the STP came online. Instead, bigger pumps were installed to feed into the STP. They have the effect of pushing influent, which in high rainfall events includes water that has infiltrated into the collection system, into the plant. The plant can’t cope.
Evidence of this is the spreading of bio solids under the guise of soil enrichment onto the land adjoining the STP. The odour gives it away because the bio solids have not been given the time required to be adequately treated. Correctly treated, bio solids do not give off an offensive odour.
There is no data on Byron Shire Council’s website that Alan Dickens has asked for. Instead what is on the web is data collected for EPA licensing and some maintenance information. This is not the data that would give the critical information about what is happening at Vallances Road STP. To refute Mr Dicken’s claim, then daily inflow and rainfall data needs to be made available on the website and in a form that is readily understood.
The aforementioned problem will be aggravated with DAs such as the Mills Estate. From memory, I cannot recall the committee visioning the rezoning of this G...
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey first came together in Baby Mama (2008), a funny, intelligent movie about the difficult life choices that women are corralled into making when motherhood and career are in conflict.
Their comic skills complemented each other beautifully, to the extent that in this their roles are seamlessly interchanged; Angie (Poehler) is the staid, daggy one, whereas her sister Kate (Fey) is an out-there gal with a long history of lascivious deeds.
For Angie, who has never had things go her way, and Kate, bringing up a teenage, resentful daughter on her own, there has always been the fall-back of home and hearth in Orlando (Fla).
When their parents (James Brolin and Dianne Wiest) decide to sell the property, Angie and Kate are outraged – to them it symbolises the loss of their youth.
Suddenly – and uncomfortably – aware of entering their forties, the girls decide to throw one last party in the house before the deal is sealed with a pair of trendoids from New York.
It is the party that is the centrepiece of the film and, as you’d expect, as many gags fly as hit the ground with a thud.
One of the things that you can’t help respecting about it, however, is the straightforward acknowledgement that grown-ups from all walks of life take drugs.
Director Jason Moore (whose ebullient style was evident in 2012’s Pitch Perfect) does not encourage substance abuse, but neither does he pretend that, contrary to the two-faced deniers in the domain of media commentary, it is not an e...
At 72, Robert De Niro can be seen as a man unwilling to meekly allow his date of birth to determine his pursuits.
A lot of people have a sense of identity that is inextricably linked with their life’s work and, in the case of actors, there is also the possibility that they are seduced into believing they are the character they’re playing.
I can think of no other reason that De Niro, who surely can’t need the money, would be involved in a movie as abysmal as this.
For a man of such stature it is undignified – the best thing about it was the air-con in the cinema.
Recently widowed, Dick Kelly (De Niro) embarks on a road trip to Florida with his soon-to-be-wedded grandson, Jason (Zac Efron – who might never be taken seriously).
After forty years of being faithful to his wife, Dick (the name gives you some idea of the witless nature of the script) is as horny as anything – he’d root a rattlesnake if he could hold it still long enough.
They meet a couple of girls on the way, one of whom takes a shine to Dick while the other hits it off with Jason during a series of misadventures with a screwball dope dealer, a pair of bent yokel cops and a crew of bad-ass n—–s (‘You can say nigger when we let you’).
If you’re unable to figure that Jason will renege on the stifling marriage that awaits him in favour of the sweetie who has won his heart… well, I guess you don’t get out to the flicks much.
The dialogue is heavily sprayed with the f-word (...
The Byron Magpies Junior AFL Club will field its first all-girls teams this year.
The Club is calling on girls in Byron Bay to join their club and become a part of Australia’s fastest-growing female sport.
AFL Northern Rivers began their girls competition in 2015 with four clubs entering the league.
After seeing so many sisters having a kick on the sidelines while their brothers played, the Byron club has decided to field two girls teams this year, in the under-9s and under-13 age groups.
The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) is calling on the nation’s sports fans to vote for their favourite athlete and team as part of its annual awards ceremony, the AIS Sport Performance Awards.
A public vote will determine the ABC Sports Personality of the Year and the Destination NSW Team of the Year for 2015, with the winners to be announced at a gala ceremony at Star City in Sydney on 24 February.
The AIS Sport Performance Awards – or ASPAs – are a celebration of the nation’s sporting achievements and will see winners crowned in a number of categories including: male athlete; female athlete; para-performance; and emerging athlete of the year.
AIS director Matt Favier said the people’s choice awards were a great way to get the nation’s fervent sports fans involved in the action.s
‘It was an extraordinary year for Australian sport in 2015 with so many triumphs in the international arena at world championships and some stunning feats in our domestic competitions,’ said Favier. ‘This year promises to be even more exciting, with many of our athletes focused on the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games.
‘Sport inspires so much debate and is a great talking point; people are passionate about the teams they support and athletes they admire. I urge all Australian fans to become a selector for a day, cast your vote and help us choose Australia’s favourite team and personality for 2015.’
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Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Mexico Press Freedom: Veracruz State Prosecutor Criminalizes Murdered Journalist Anabel Flores Salazar to Cover Up Forced Disappearance by Army | Mexico Voices "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"
Mexico Press Freedom: Veracruz State Prosecutor Criminalizes
Murdered Journalist Anabel Flores Salazar to Cover Up Forced
Disappearance by Army | Mexico Voices: Aristegui Noticias:
Part I of article
Anabel Flores Salazar, the reporter murdered between Monday and Tuesday, witnessed what appears to have been the forced disappearance of three persons by members of the Mexican Army in August 2014.
This event put the Army at clear risk and should be one of the main lines of investigation to be followed by the Attorney General of the State of Veracruz. But, as he has in each and every one of the 16 cases of journalists killed under the government of Javier Duarte, the Prosecutor opted for criminalizing her: in a press statement, he reported that he will investigate whether Flores Salazar had criminal links as a possible motive for the crime.
Starting from the fact that the reporter tried to photograph, with her cellphone, soldiers carrying off Victor Osorio Santacruz and other two men from a restaurant on August 30, 2014, the Prosecutor does not deduce reasons for believing that her murder could have been an act of retaliation or elimination of witnesses, but assumes that she had a relationship with Osorio, an alleged member of the Zetas cartel.
United Nations Group Says US Should Address Slavery, Reparations |
The Source: The U.N. Working Group of Experts on People of
African Descent released its preliminary recommendations after more
than a week of meetings with black Americans and others from around
the country, including Baltimore, Chicago, New York City, the
District of Columbia and Jackson, Mississippi.
After finishing their fact-finding mission, the working group was “extremely concerned about the human rights situation of African-Americans,” Working Group chair Mireille Fanon Mendes-France of France said in the report. “The colonial history, the legacy of enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the U.S. remains a serious challenge as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent.”
by Sara Moffett, Western Massachusetts Organizer
People often ask me, “What do you like best about working for Clean Water Action,” and my answer is always the same: the people. For me, the most rewarding aspect of my job is connecting with folks on the diverse experiences that drive our efforts for progressive change. We all suffer the impacts of environmental degradation (some more profoundly than others), and we all have unique stories to share. Whether incensing, inspiring, or downright heartbreaking, these personal stories have the power to unite us as we find common ground from which to build solutions. Story sharing allows us to think beyond ourselves and look through the window of someone else’s life, if only for a moment or two.
Recently, I had the opportunity to take part in a national effort to ban toxic chemical additives from certain consumer products. In 2015, a petition was submitted by Earthjustice and Consumer Federation of America to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) asking the agency to protect consumers nationwide from the dangers of toxics lurking in products. Specifically, petitioners asked the CPSC to ban the sale of four categories of products (upholstered furniture, mattresses, children’s products, and electronics casings) containing organohalogen flame retardants. Organohalogens are a chemical class representing some of the worst known toxic culprits and have been increasingly linked to serious health issues like cancer, hormone disruption, reduced IQ, and reproductive damage.
Clean Water Action, working in Massachusetts with the Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow coalition,...
Originally published on Redd-Monitor.org. By Chris Lang 11 February 2016 On 3 February 2016, the High Court in London ordered 19 companies into liquidation, following an investigation by the Insolvency Agency. One of the companies is CNI (UK) Ltd,... Read More
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Ted Cruz campaign defends pastor who said God will send hunters for
Jews | Jewish Telegraphic Agency: Kansas evangelical Pastor
Mike Bickle, whose endorsement the campaign publicized last month,
runs a project called “Israel Mandate,” one of whose goals is
“partnering with Messianic Jews for the salvation of the Jewish
In a sermon in 2011, Bickle said God would give Jews a chance to convert to Christianity and “raise up the hunters” against those who refuse. Bickle called Hitler “the most famous hunter in recent history.” In 2005, Bickle said in a sermon that before Jesus’ coming, “a significant number of Jews will be in work camps, prison camps or death camps.”
Nick Muzin, a senior adviser to the Texas senator’s campaign, said Bickle was referring to biblical passages.
The 27th Annual Bluesfest held over Easter (Thu 24 March–Mon 28 March 2016) at its own event site just outside of Byron Bay, releases the long awaited playing schedule containing performance stages and times for the five major stages of Bluesfest–Mojo, Crossroads, Jambalaya, Delta and the Juke Joint.
Featuring a lineup that Tonedeaf—one of Australia’s leading music blogs, recently described as “the finest lineup of 2016 so far” it has become clear that Bluesfest is the only place to be this Easter, and festival goers can now prepare their festival itinerary down to the minute.
The big news coming out of the playing schedule announcement is that most festival headliners are doing full 90 minute sets and not scaled back festival performances. This includes D’Angelo, The National, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Tom Jones, Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, Jackson Browne, City and Colour, The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, Melissa Etheridge, The Cat Empire and Jason Isbell to name a few.
A number of artists are even performing a solid 120 minute set at Bluesfest including D’Angelo at his second performance on Saturday 26th March, Tedeschi Trucks Band on Thursday 24th March, Joe Bonamassa on Saturday 26th March and UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue on Sunday 27th March.
Further substantiating that Bluesfest is the only place to be at Easter, there are a mighty amount of artists performing exclusively at Bluesfest in 2016 including The National; UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue; Joe Bonamassa; Graham Nash; The Original Blues Brothers Band; Janiva Magness; Con Brio; Kaleo; The Word; Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real and Fantastic Negrito.
View the playing schedule here.
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from Popular Resistance
Dozens of community members just shut down ANOTHER eminent domain hearing for Vermont Gas Systems fracked gas pipeline. We packed the hearing room, made them let EVERYONE in, and used our voices to defend the home of our friend Claire Broughton. The hearing was adjourned within ten minutes, further delaying the eminent domain process and the construction of the largest fossil fuel project Vermont has seen in the past 50 years.
It’s getting pretty clear – It’s time to leave the gas inside the ground. We’re singing out for climate justice NOW!
We hope you can join us for the next one, Friday, February 19 @ 9:30 am at the Public Service Board office in Montpelier. Stay tuned for details.
If you can’t make it, support this movement to defend the planet here: http://bit.ly/1RS9v0y
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Remember how, in the aftermath of the 9-11 attacks, the powers that be used the “State of Emergency” to squash the anti-globalization movement. Fast forward to Paris in 2016, same shit different year.
A look back on the first months of the state of emergency in Paris: activists in custody, protests shut down, warrantless house arrests, and the COP21 strangled by anti-terrorist measures.
Faith without action is worthless, and in the end, it will not be honored. The fact is- the whole human existence has been directly influenced by the Fallen from the very beginning. Otherwise, the Devil would not have been able to make the offer to Jesus that he did. Our final test is before us- and that is- when faced with abject evil- what will you do? If we do as we have been told- then we will be okay. Anything else and you can expect to be claimed by the darkness. Jesus gave us two laws- Love God, and love everyone else. Abide by the 10 Commandments, and do your best to emulate the teaching of Jesus Christ- which is how and why we should all follow these two laws, you will be fine. Deviate in any way- embrace and worship the darkness within you- and you will be claimed by the darkness. When I first worked in developing the darkness, it was solely with my Luciferian abusers in mind- however, it has now evolved into having a life of its own, and it is going to claim anyone and everyone who has darkness within their heart. So, in other words, it isn’t just for devil worshipers anymore. Heaven IS love, but it is certainly not without its wrath, and that wrath is upon all of us now. It is judgement time, and where you stand is going to make all the difference. Those sitting on the fence will be claimed right along those who actively sought out the dark. You can bitch, complain, or deny all you want- but believing that this isn’t all happening is much like sticking a plastic bag over your head and convincing yourself you don’t breath oxygen. Search your hearts- you will know what I am saying is true. The time is upon us all, and the lives we lead right now are key to each of our salvations. But have no doubt- act accordingly or you will be claimed. No negotiations, no arguments, and pretty much no mercy. This is just the way it is, so we must all deal with it and do what we must to let Heaven’s love shine through each one of us personally, or ri...
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Our thirst for the latest gadgets has created a vast empire of electronic waste, writes Ian Williams. The EU alone produces some 9 million tonnes of it a year, of which some 70% is still working when disposed of, and over a third is disposed of illegally. With increasingly affordable electronic devices available to ever more people, it's high time for effective global regulation.
FDA approved the genetically engineered fish for human consumption last year without mandatory labeling
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Nuclear power is a uniquely hazardous technology that can destroy entire nations, Japan's prime minister at the time of the Fukushima nuclear disaster has warned British MPs. The lessons of from such catastrophes must be heeded in other countries that believe that nuclear fission can be harnessed safely, writes Linda Pentz Gunter - or they, and the world, will reap the whirlwind.
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CHARLEVILLE MULGA COUNTRY graziers aren’t stampeding yet over the state Labor government’s vows to reinstate its despised vegetation management laws. In response to the release of...
Cunnamulla for the past 16 months Eva Kadaparambil has preferred to stay in the background, often declining to be photographed. “She’s shy,” said her husband Sunny,...
The Crow's Tale by Naomi Howarth came out last year
(2015) from Frances Lincoln Children's Books. That's a publisher in
The complete title of Howarth's book is The Crow's Tale: A Lenni Lenape Native American Legend.
In her "About the story" note, Howarth writes:
The Rainbow Crow -- a Pennsylvania Lenni Lenape Indian legend--is the perfect example of a story that was first told to explain the mysteries of the natural world. When I came across this beautiful tale, my imagination was immediately soaring with Rainbow Crow across wide winter skies and landscapes. The tale has been passed down through generations of Lenni Lenape Indians, mostly orally, and I have tried to remain true to the narrative, although I have visualized the Creator as the Sun, as I wanted to make the Sun a character in his own right.
Inspired by a Lenape Native American myth, this beautiful debut picture book shows how courage and kindness are what really matter.
Man, I’m having so much trouble staying awake for this one…
Companies are tapping into cities' underground networks of steam pipes as a source of...
12thÂ February 2016 By Zen Gardner Contributing Writer for Wake Up World ItâŹ"s such a remarkable time weâŹ"re living in right now. All of this going on both within and without us is happening almost before we can even begin to identify what it is weâŹ"re going through or where weâŹ"re headed. ItâŹ"s very much like ...Continue Reading - No One Escapes the Shift
12th February 2016 By Elisha McFarland Guest Writer for Wake Up World ValentineâŹ"s Day is coming and for many that means chocolate. I admit that I do have a serious sweet tooth and try to temper it, by making desserts that are not overly sweet. This dessert fits the bill. I love the crunch of ...Continue Reading - Share The Love With These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites! (Yummy Vegan Wheat-Free Recipe)
It is an incredible time right now with significant movement momentum gathering around the call to #LetThemStay in relation to the 267 refugees at risk of being deported to Nauru after a recent high court case was unsuccessful in challenging offshore detention.
The response across Australia has been phenomenal – from all sectors of civil society, calling on a need for a moral response, rather than a legal one. Civil disobedience and non-cooperation has hit the mainstream with churches offering sanctuary, and other institutions such as trade hall, and individuals joining that offer as well. Teachers and healthcare workers have been speaking out in recent months, risking possible charges under the controversial Border Force act, and many thousands of everyday folks have hit the streets, brought cities to a standstill and expressed powerful support in taking further steps of direct action to “get in the way, to let them stay”.
Despite the huge interest at the moment around asylum seekers and refugee rights issues there is an ongoing problem of overstretched grassroots activists struggling to facilitate actions, and conservative organisations who aren’t ready to step into nonviolent direct action.
Some people are taking matters into their own hands… Yesterday two...
By Andrew McKinnon
A surf management plan to underpin the recently announced World Surfing Reserve (WSR) for iconic surf breaks from Snapper Rocks on the Tweed-Gold Coast border to Burleigh Point was launched this week.
Hailed as a world-first, the much-anticipated 70-page Gold Coast Surf Management Plan, by Gold Coast City Council, looks into the wide range of surfing issues affecting the area as well as council’s ‘Ocean Beaches Strategy’.
The celebratory launch for the council’s official endorsement of the surfing reserve and its release of the plan was held at SurfWorld (surf museum) at Currumbin last Friday with federal MP for McPherson, Karen Andrews, state environment minist...
Malcolm Turnbull should bring Julian Assange home, but his desire to please Washington will get in the way of his better angels.
When Julian Paul Assange was 18 months old, Australia had another fugitive journalist, Wilfred Burchett, who was exiled from his homeland by a Coalition government in Canberra.
Burchett’s enforced exile came to an end in December 1972 when the incoming Labor government of prime minister Gough Whitlam issued him with an Australian passport.
Whitlam gave the instruction to restore Burchett’s legal right to a passport in the first hours of the existence of the so-called duumvirate, when he and his deputy, defence minister Lance Barnard, ran a two-man executive government prior to the appointment of a full cabinet.
Like Qantas, Assange ‘still calls Australia home’ and is lawfully entitled to a passport and the opportunity to be reunited with his son, family, friends and supporters.
After Burchett lost his passport in 1955, prime minister Robert Menzies issued a directive that the Melbourne-born war correspondent should not be issued with a new one. He also contacted the British Foreign Office telling Whitehall not to issue him with a passport either.
The subsequent Coalition governments of Harold Holt, John Gorton and Billy McMahon all upheld the illegal ban in pursuance of Cold War hysteria, which had generously helped Coalition election campaigns since the early 1950s.
This is Donald Trump receiving an award from the American Spectator in 2013, long before he was running for President. Listen to not just what he says – which are themes he has been discussing since entering the race – but also how he says it – which is temperate, balanced and filled with common sense. And he knows a thing or two about budgets, deficits and getting value for money. There is no doubt in listening to this that he is not a Democrat and is a Republican, but of a kind not hitherto seen. From this point on, for me it is Donald Trump for President. America’s problems may be too large to fix, but if they can be fixed, he is the only person in public life who has the potential to do it.
I have written this week to Industry, resources and Energy Minister Anthony Roberts to request that the government explicitly state in geographical terms which areas of NSW it plans to release as ‘strategic areas’ for unconventional gas exploration, after the Minister indicated the government would grant new exploration licences in mid-2016.
The people of NSW have had enough uncertainty and games from the government. The government should come clear and just state exactly where they think coal seam and other unconventional gas extraction should and should not occur.
The letter to Mr Roberts states:
While a commitment to good process is important, I believe it is even more important on this issue for the government to be clear and explicit about precisely which geographical areas it considers appropriate for unconventional gas exploration and eventual extraction.
I therefore request that the government publicly state exactly which geographic areas, in terms of coordinates or local government areas, that it considers appropriate for the ‘strategic release’ of new Petroleum Exploration Licences.
While we have our differences about the need for unconventional gas extraction in NSW, I am sure we both agree that providing clarity and certainty to the community and industry should be a priority.
Jeremy Buckingham, NSW Greens energy spokesman
Soap making is so much fun, even for a bloke like me. So once you’ve mastered the basic chemistry behind combining fatty acids with an alkali and water, how do you take soap making to the next level?
Well I truly believe that like anything in life, you have to practice.
Practice regularly, until you become proficient at it.
And that is exactly what Kim and I do. We practice making soap, including many of the techniques that we strive to teach at our basic and advanced soap making workshops.
Why just last weekend we made 4 kg of soap in four batches, trying our hand at natural clays and pigments, new layering techniques, and top decoration.
Before you attempt cold process soap making, I highly recommend that you watch first this safety video titled Care with Lye.
Dr Shaaban says UN Report claiming to uncover torture
and murder by the Syrian government has no more credibility than
the 'weapons of mass destruction' that the US used as an excuse to
invade Iraq and which were later shown not to exist. "Everybody who
is carrying arms against civilian and against the Government is a
terrorist. The Russians are here according in response to the
requests of the Syrian Government. The Russians are coordinating
with us every single step and they are only fighting terrorists";
"The Security Council Resolution 2254 asked for one broad
delegation from the opposition to represent the opposition in
Geneva. Let us wait to see when that delegation is going to be
made. The reality, Tony, again, is that these oppositions are paid
by Turkey, by Saudi Arabia, by Qatar. [They] represent the
countries who are paying them, but they do not represent the Syrian
people. However, we are ready to sit with them whenever they are
ready for a dialogue as Security Council resolution say";
"President Assad has been elected by the Syrian people and it is
the Syrian people who decide [whether he will go";
Transcript and link to videoed interview inside
TONY JONES, PRESENTER: It's almost impossible to imagine what life is like for ordinary Syrians caught up in the multi-sided conflict where the rules of war are routinely ignored. This week the world got a rare glimpse into what conditions are like for...
Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright’s interventions just before New Hampshire were not just wrong-headed, they were politically disastrous. Oh young Americans, and young women in particular, what have you done? More than 80 per cent of voters under 30 in the New Hampshire Democratic primary voted for an old man who wants a revolution. And women, presented […]
Gay is the Melbourne editor for Guardian Australia. Politics, books, culture and whatever you want to talk about. She was United States correspondent for Fairfax during the election of George Bush as President.
Still regarded by many as the best book about Sydney, this is a lively account of the history and culture of Sydney told by a much-loved local author. The book is intended for residents interested in the history of their city, and for the more cultured tourist. Conta...
PEGIDA Goes to Canberra Above : Neo-Nazi Blair Cottrell (UPF/Fortitude) and Christian fundamentalist Rosalie Crestani (Rise Up Australia Party). On Saturday February 6 a number of nationalist, patriotic and religious groups held a rally in Canberra outside Parliament House in … Continue reading
The majority of prime agricultural land in southern Australia was once densely vegetated with scrub, woodlands or forests, typically dominated by eucalypts. In Victoria’s Gippsland region, one of Australia’s most fertile areas, most of the land has been so highly modified from clearing it is often difficult to determine what the original vegetation communities were. The only way to do this is to observe the handful of remnant species remaining to work out the original EVC (ecological vegetation class) and this vegetation is often in the form of the paddock tree.
This drastic change to the landscape is unfortunately typical of a lot of agricultural land in Australia. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th century the clearing of vegetation in southern and eastern parts of the continent was on such a grand scale and in such a relatively short period of time that many species, both plant and animal, had no time to adapt to this change and an extraordinary amount of species became extinct or threatened. According to the Victorian Environmental Assessment Council VEAC Report 2011 it has been estimated that 30% of Victoria’s native fauna and 44% of native flora have become extinct or threatened with extinction.
The ABC has interviewed Hans Brunner about the problems of bandicoots in Victoria. The interview will be screened on Sunday 14 February 2016. Further details are not yet available. Hans Brunner is well-known to professional ecologists and wildlife enthusiasts in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula, where he has continually championed the rights of bandicoots to safe habitat in the face of ever-increasing obstacles and stone-walling by government. Hans continues to be involved in the defense of preserving a full natural ecology in Frankston.
The inventor of a revolutionary hair identification system, Hans is known nationally as a key expert witness on dingo hair identification in the Azaria Chamberlain appeal case which freed Lindy Chamberlain. Among other cases, Hans is known internationally for his work to identify the nature of hair samples linked to the Orang Pendek, a mysterious upright ape or hominid sighted in Sumatra.
Hans is the author of Hans Brunner and Brian J. Coman, The identification of mammalian hair, 1974 and Hans Brunner and Barbara Triggs,Hair ID : an interactive tool for identifying Australian mammalian hair, 2002.
Pictures in this article were provided to Hans by the ABC.
John Flanagan went straight to the source for his new album – Nashville TN, where he used producer Viktor Krauss and some of the city’s finest session players to bring his melancholic songs to life on this classic-sounding Americana record. Flanagan has a smooth, familiar vocal sound reminiscent of Ron Sexsmith and John Fullbright and …
Lucinda Williams has enjoying a wellspring of creativity in the last few years with her critically acclaimed and award-winning double album Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone (2013) and now yet another double album in The Ghosts Of Highway 20. The key to prolific output is making sure the quality never drops off and …
The new Program Period commences 1 April 2016 for 6 months. Members of Fraser Coast FM 107.9 and Members of the Fraser Coast Community are encouraged to submit a proposal for a program or an information segment in a program. To be submitted to Gordon Chambers by 29 February for consideration.Download the application and agreement forms by clicking here: Program Proposal
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Certainly a nice surprise arrival into Gladstone Airport on
Wednesday 10 February was Wagners Aviation
Services / Wagners Development Company Agusta Westland AW119 MK2
THURSDAY February 11 ... • Stewart Hoyt: Forestry Tasmania, Forest Operations Hobart and Murchison District Office To Whom It May Concern, Re: Safe Operating Procedures in FD053a, Lapoinya Watch the video, below ... WEDNESDAY, February 10 ... Wednesday saw no peaceful community action in the Lapoinya coupe. Pictures speak a thousand words, take a look at this youtube video (see below) and see why a community of forest guardians and respectful peaceful protesters decided to delay actions until guarantees could be given that forestry workers and contractors would adhere to Work, Health and Safety regulations ... TUESDAY, February 9 ... On Monday night new arrivals received their “Peaceful Community Protest” training. All participants learned about the basic principles of peaceful protest including why non-violence is quintessentially important, consensus decision making, and all agreed to abide by the following agreements ... MONDAY, February 8 ... Letter from Lapoinya (Mon 8th Feb) The peace of the forest is broken; instead of bird song the whine of the harvester screams its death song in the Lapoinya forest. The stream, one of the last sixteen on earth where the world’s largest freshwater crustacean – Astacopsis Gouldi breeds, is battered and bridged. … A retired doctor, a nurse, a local builder and a psychiatric nurse have all been arrested from this community. Despite the assurances of a disingenuous government that “mum and dad” protesters would not be targeted – they have been. Everyone looks tired, including the longsuffering police, whose skills it must be said would be put to better use protecting our society from actual criminals. You know – rapists, killers and perpetrators of violent assault. In Tasmania right now, these crimes can incur lesser penalties than standing peacefully in the forest of your childhood and saying “no”. For any work to be completed, forestry workers must be babysat by polic...
LIGO live: Inside the hunt for gravitational waves: So the rumour mill has been running overtime the...
Having trouble settling on things to occupy myself with until the LIGO press conference. It’s a long...
THURSDAY February 11 ... Senate Estimates. # of Hobart Staff potentially affected by CSIRO cuts: Link here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5RoCMCH92A&feature=youtu.be The CSIRO’s climate science divisions are expected to be pared back as part of a massive shake-up of the organisation. • Peter Whish-Wilson, Adam Bandt in Comments ...
Do you ever say something, and even while you’re in the middle of saying it, you’re thinking ‘No!...
Today a writing/art colleague and I drove down
to Portarlington, Indented Head and St Leonards for a picnic of
sandwiches and coffee, etc. to do some sketching, feel the fresh
sea breeze and yarn a lot. It was a splendid refreshing time
together. Some places I'd never stopped at before such as the
labyrinth made by children at the spot where Batman met up with
William Buckley. Below the pictures include a painting showing
Buckley meeting up with the settlers, and then other picture below
is a painting I made at Edwards Point (south of St Leonards) some
time ago where the houses are almost right on the
Take your date for a stroll around the Sydney Reptile expo and they'll never slither far from your heart. Nothing is more romantic than perusing tables laden with snakes, frogs and lizards, watched over by their friendly breeders. They're for sale too, putting inner city organic markets to shame with homegrown reptiles instead of the same old bunches of kale and gozleme. Impulse buy a blue tongue for your boo, grab a handful of geckos for your gal. Happy Scale-ntines day.
Here is the Winston Hills Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter for the December 2015: NHW2015DecemberNewsletter
you've got the best of me
But I just keep on comin' back incessantly
Celebrating girl-fronted RnB is potentially the greatest night before valentines idea ever. Featuring sets from G COO, Matka (both made the ridiculously great mix below), Levins, Liz Bird and Rosay Rikk with live art from Rosalind Letford. It's not just a handbags in the centre of the dance circle kind of affair but an ode to all the boss-bitch anthems made about romance or even better, single solidarity. Grind 'n' wine with or without a Valentine.
By MARK HEENAN
LAST minute preparations are being finalised for the
state-of-the-art $6 million Shell Road sports pavilion precinct
official opening next month.
The Voice took a sneak peek inside the modern two-storey sports complex development last week.
Shell Road Pavilion Board of Management president Phil Emery and secretary Ian McTaggart met with Ocean Grove Football Netball Club president Tony Potter to discuss next week’s key handover from the City of Greater Geelong, which contributed $2.5 million towards project.
The City of Greater Geelong confirmed a key handover would occur on Monday 22 February, while the official Shell Road sports pavilion opening is set down for Sunday 13 March.
“We anticipate the key handover will occur the week starting 22 February,” City of Greater Geelong General Manager Community Life spokeswoman Linda Quinn said.
“The keys will be handed over to the Shell Road Reserve Pavilion Board of Management.
“The official opening is set for Sunday 13 March.
“Federal, State and council representatives are expected to attend the official opening.”
Potter said along Ocean Grove Cricket and Surfside Waves Soccer Clubs, the Ocean Grove Football Netball Club, all co-tenants of the sports pavilion, were looking forward to using the facilities.
“It is super, really good, it is going to be fantastic, we can’t wait for the keys to be handed over,” Potter told the Voice.
The exciting sports pavilion has two football changerooms, two netball changerooms, four netball changerooms, umpires room, public toilets, function room, board room/meeting room, first aid and medical rooms, three canteens, can bar room, timekeepers box, upstairs bar and an eastern-facing balcony.
The $6 million project was jointly funded by the Federal Government, which contributed $3.5 million.
By MARK HEENAN
INTERNATIONAL and interstate professional and amateur golfers
took in the sights of Ocean Grove this month after competing in the
Vic Open at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links.
Canadian pro golfers Jessica MacPhee, Kyla Inaba and Eileen Kelly spent the week on Bellarine’s coastal surrounds thanks to housing assistance from two Ocean Grove Golf Club families.
The female trio stayed with Ocean Grove golfer Janine Fitzpatrick, while Western Australian pro Jarryd Felton and partner Hannah Green, an amateur, stayed with members Ian and Cynthia Berry.
Eileen Kelly, from Victoria in British Columbia, admitted she had fallen with love with Ocean Grove.
“It is really wonderful getting to stay with the host families and for them to take us in because we get to experience more of the Australian culture,” Kelly said.
“Ocean Grove is a beautiful area and it is a wonderful place to kind of see the ocean and I like that stuff.
“We’ll be definitely coming back to Ocean Grove.”
Kyla Inaba, who hails from Kelowna in British Columbia, said it was great to experience the local community surrounds.
“Love it, it is beautiful and it is great to get to know some of the community and get to know some of the people,” Inaba told the Voice.
Kelly said residing with the Fitzpatrick household helped the trio eliminate expenses flying solo on the expensive world golf tour.
“It saves on expenses, we are chasing a pretty difficult dream, but we love it,” she said.
Despite their busy golf schedule the three international golfers managed to fit in time to visit the stunning Twelve Apostles on the Great Ocean Road.
Unfortunately the Canadian trio failed to make the cut and missed out on playing the final two days of the Vic Open.
Meanwhile, Felton, 20, shot five under the card after the completion of his four rounds at the Vic Open.
He fired his best round on opening day 4 February with a sizzling 69...
SURFSIDE Waves Soccer Club’s Men’s Division One side announced
the captain and vice-captain for the 2016 season.
Playing-coach Luis McClelland will again be at the helm for his fourth consecutive season, and is hoping to build on the success of a runner-up finish and grand final berth that the Waves experienced in 2015. Adrian Bond will again captain the squad in his second season with the side. Jack Pedler will deputise as vice-captain, rounding out the leadership group which possesses a nice amount of skill and experience.
“We are very lucky to have both Bondy and Peds not only playing at the club but filling leadership roles, they are two absolute quality players and people,” McClelland said.
“This season, our squad shouldn’t change too much, but we are hoping to get one or two new faces in to strengthen the group.”
The Waves have been fortunate enough to be representing the Sunday League in the Morris Finance Cup, which has them testing their skills against the some of the best players that the Geelong region has to offer.
“It has been a wonderful experience so far, and a great challenge for our players,” Bond said.
“We have learnt a lot so far and as a group, we feel we have been able to play some pleasing patches of football against quality opposition.”
By LUKE VOOGT
SOME 750 people will compete in the first ever Barwon Heads
Triathlon this Sunday, including 115 from Ocean Grove.
The event is brainchild of Ocean Grove local Lincoln Beckworth and Jan Juc’s Pete Currie.
“We sold out five weeks before the event as we had no more room left in transition,” Lincoln said.
“It’s been awesome to see so many people willing to get involved and getting excited about the event.”
The run leg of the event will pass through Ocean Grove after crossing the Barwon Heads Bridge.
Competitors will run along the sands of RAAFs Beach and climb the stairs just before Ocean Grove Main Beach, before running back to Barwon Heads.
Apart from being local, Lincoln said the best thing about the event was getting so many new people into the sport.
“More than half the field are doing their first triathlon ever,” he said.
Lincoln was a triathlete himself and competed in the Gatorade Triathlon Series in his teens.
“Back then I was in the elite junior category,” he said.
Now a PE teacher at Newcomb Secondary College, he’s looking forward to getting involved again.
“I haven’t competed for 10 years due to injury,” he said.
“It’s exciting to be back involved in the sport.”
There are many misconceptions about what a government who
understands the capacity it has as the currency-issuer can do. As
Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) becomes more visible in the public
arena, it is evident that people still do not fully grasp the
constraints facing such a government. At the more popularist end of
the MMT blogosphere you will read statements such that if only the
government understood that it can run fiscal deficits with impunity
then all would be well in the world. In this blog I want to set a
few of those misconceptions straight. The discussion that follows
is a continuation of my recent examination of external constraints
on governments who seek to maintain full employment. It
specifically focuses on less-developed countries and the options
that a currency-issuing government might face in such a nation,
where essentials like food and energy have to be imported. While
there are some general statements that can be made with respect to
MMT that apply to any nation where the government issues its own
currency, floats its exchange rate, and does not incur foreign
currency-denominated debt, we also have to acknowledge special
cases that need special policy attention. In the latter case, the
specific problems facing a nation cannot be easily overcome
just by increasing fiscal deficits. That is not to
say that these governments should fall prey to the IMF austerity
line. In all likelihood they will still have to run fiscal deficits
but that will not be enough to sustain the population. We are about
to consider the bottom line here – the real resource constraint. I
have written about this before but the message still seems to get
First of all here is a totally general statement about the capacity of a currency-issuing government that applies to any nation and is a fundamental principle of MMT.
Accordingly, such a government can always use its currency-issu...
ALEPPO, SYRIA, 11 Feb 2016: Our correspondent writes:
"President Assad is not exterminating his people. I'm still alive,
and no one said a word to me. If something bad happened to me in
the near future, it would be because of the terrorists' policy of
extermination. I'm living happily because there are Syrian soldiers
who are defending us in hot summers and cold winters. The UN is
lying as usual in their reports about Aleppo and Syria in
It's a new wave of propaganda that we have to face in Syria. Everything over here is way better than before. The Syrian Army and its allies are doing so well in Aleppo province (the city is still waiting though). I'm afraid though that the 'zombies' [means ISIS and their supporters -ed]of this world will take advantage of these lies and propaganda to 'justify' their future crimes, wars, and invasions. They did so several times in the past years. Each time the Syrian army succeed in defending the country, they (the trouble makers) create new conflicts and propaganda, a full package of lies, to twist realities on the ground and to end it to their sake and advantages. All the sacrifices of the Syrians would go in vain then. Let's hope that the zombies won't get away with it this time. People want this daily endless suffering to end as soon as possible.
I am doing very well here. I thank you all for remembering me and circulating my humble news.
The propaganda which is talking about hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped under siege in Eastern Aleppo had to be put under the analyzing lenses:...
This article contains a speech by Kelvin Thomson, critical of a motion to change environmental law by George Christensen, Member for Dawson, Queensland. Monday, 8 February 2016, House of Representatives, Chamber Speech, page 22 Hansard proofs.
KELVIN THOMSON I do not support this motion by
the member for Dawson. The environmental law is there to protect
the environment and to protect endangered species. The member for
Dawson's own party brought it in. All environmental groups ask is
that mining companies, agribusiness and so on do not break the law,
just as environment groups and ordinary citizens are expected to
abide by the law.
If companies abide by the law, there is no issue. All the provisions that the member for Dawson complains about do is give people a right to take action if the environment law is not being complied with. The implication in the member for Dawson's motion is that mining and other companies should not have to comply with the environmental lawâ€”that they should be able to break it with impunity.
The member for Dawson may not care about the black throated finch, but I do. It is a beautiful little bird. We should not push it to the edge of extinction in our quest for ever-increasing material wealth. Mining booms come and go but black throated finches do not. If the black throated finch becomes extinct, there is no way to bring it back. We have the EPBC Act precisely because we have learnt from the mistakes of the past and we should support it and strengthen it, not undermine and white-ant it.
Since being passed by the Howard government 16 years ago the Environment Protecti...
Population is a big issue happening in the world today, with
our numbers having increased massively from around 1 billion in
1850 to what now looks like 11 billion at the end of the century.
Right now, the numbers of the worldâ€™s poor increase by 80 million
each year and the number of unwanted pregnancies are 210 million
per annum. Considering that human population predicts 88% of impact
to other animal and plant species (according to the International
Union for the Conversation of Nature) human population remains a
huge, yet very controversial concern. (This article
was written by Michael Bayliss as part of an information booklet
with Mark Allen (founder, Population Permaculture and Planning)
entitled: 'Why We Need To Talk About Population.' This booklet is
designed to engage with a younger, left leaning generation
including environmentalists and activists. It will be available at
the Sustainable Living Festival Big Weekend at Federation where
Mark Allen will also present on town planning and population
issues. To find out
more, click here.
It almost seems absurd to extend these world population concerns to Australia. Australia's a population of just under 24 million (at time of writing) and a density of around 3 people per square kilometre seems minuscule when compared to the demographics of other (mostly densely overpopulated) countries. Surely with miles and miles of free uncharted space, Australia could take its fair share of the worldâ€™s load? Isnâ€™t Austr...
Going Underground's Afshin Rattansi interviews the former British Ambassador to Syria on the irony of London hosting a Syria conference to aid refugees while Cameron drops bombs to create more. "This week London hosted the Syrian Donor conference in an attempt to raise money for the people UK bombs continue to displace to the shores of Europe. But as Philip Hammond mulls sending guns to Libya to quell the rise of Isis - made possible by the British toppling of Gadaffi - should we really even believe his claims that Russia is helping ISIS/Daesh by bombing Cameron's supposedly 'moderate' rebels." (Afshin Rattansi) First published at https://www.rt.com/shows/going-underground/331567-assange-detainment-syria-conference/
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