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The Washington state Department of Ecology has proposed investing state and federal dollars in 103 projects designed to...
Bulusan volcano in Luzon, Philippines, erupted on February 22, 2016, sending a short column of steam and ash 500 m (1 640 feet) above the west-northwest fissure vent of the volcano summit. The explosion was registered as a high-frequency earthquake, followed by a...... Read more »
Regions of the U.S. with the highest risk for groundwater contamination from fracking include...
from Apache Stronghold
Apache Stronghold is marking the one-year anniversary of the occupation of sacred Chi’chil Bildagoteel, also known as Oak Flat. The year-long encampment has drawn support to protect Oak Flat from destruction by the proposed largest copper mine in North America.
Apaches, Tribal leaders and supporters, representing scores of groups that have endorsed the struggle, will “walk off the reservation” on Friday February 26th and spend the night in Globe, Arizona. The walk will continue the next day and end at Oak Flat with ceremonies and a unification of tribes and others committed to protect this sacred place.
The public is invited to join Apache Stronghold in the march and the events that will take place February 26-27, 2016.
Schedule of Events (see flyer for detailed schedule)
Thursday, February 25: events begin at Old San Carlos at 10 a.m.
Friday, February 26: 7:30 a.m. Run begins at Old San Carlos, runners and walkers will continue to Fry’s(Globe, AZ)
Sea levels in the 20th century rose faster than at any time in the last ...
24th February 2016 By Philip Shepherd Guest Writer for Wake Up World Our modern inclination to live in our heads has left us dissociated from the body âŹ and we commonly describe that dissociation as a mind/body split. Our description, though, merely deepens the problem. Quite simply, there is no such thing as a body ...Continue Reading - Healing a Mind Divided
24th February 2016 By Marco Torres Guest Writer for Wake Up World What if our food has been getting less and less nutritious? What if modern intensive farming methods — many of which solved malnutrition problems when they were first introduced — have affected the mineral and vitamin content of what we eat? Could having a ...Continue Reading - Fruits and Vegetables Reaching an Alarming State of Nutrient Depletion
During my time in Berlin, Germany this year, immigration has been a central theme. I was recently interviewed by German public broadcaster RBB about the issue and why privatising the refugee crisis, as I investigate in my book Disaster Capitalism, leads to human rights abuses. My interview has been translated into German but here’s the introduction translated from German into English:
‘Unternehmen dürfen nicht die Flüchtlingskrise managen’
Private Unternehmen spielen quer durch Europa eine immer größere Rolle in der Versorgung von Flüchtlingen – der Staat zieht sich zurück. Der australische Journalist und Autor Antony Loewenstein warnt vor den Konsequenzen dieses Trends. Er sieht die Menschenrechte in Gefahr. Derzeit ist Loewenstein Gastwissenschaftler am WZB Berlin. Eric Graydon aus der Wirtschaftsredaktion hat ihn getroffen.
‘Companies can not manage the refugee crisis’
Private companies play across Europe an increasingly important role in the care of refugees – the state withdraws. The Australian journalist and author Antony Loewenstein warns of the consequences of this trend. He sees the human rights at risk. Currently, Loewenstein is a visiting researcher at the WZB Berlin. Eric Graydon from the business section interviews him.
Here’s the interview broadcaster nationally yesterday: Warnung vor der privatisierten Fl├╝chtlingskrise
More than 100 climate experts have signed an open letter pressing the AGU to end...
This 18 to 21 February 2016 Newspoll had little effect on lacklustre betting on the 2016 Australian federal election:
While nations in Africa and Asia are coming under tremendous foreign pressure to adopt nuclear energy as the answer to their energy problems, the nations that are trying to sell nuclear reactors to them are actually at the end of the road of their nuclear dreams. Nuclear energy is no […]
Police at the Broome lock-up were too busy to carry out all required welfare checks, a coronial inquiry into the death of an Aboriginal woman has been told.
Balgo artist Ms Mandijarra, 44, died in the police lock-up in November 2012 after being arrested for public drinking on Broome's Male Oval with friends.
Post-mortem examinations found no obvious cause of death but Ms Mandijarra did appear to have infections consistent with that of a diabetic woman, and a pathologist suggested septicaemia was a possible cause.
The inquest is examining, among other things, what welfare checks police were required to carry out at the time.
Sergeant Troy Kendall was the shift supervisor when Ms Mandijarra was brought into police custody.
He told the court via video-link he would have preferred to send Ms Mandijarra to the town's sober-up shelter, but she had been banned from the facility for prior bad behaviour.
Sergeant Kendall said given her level of intoxication, he did not think Ms Mandijarra was in a state to look after herself.
He also said that given her domestic violence history, his decision to keep her in custody overnight was partly to prevent her from being involved in alcohol-related incidents later that night.
He could not recall if he knew at the time she had diabetes, but said if he thought she had any serious......
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The radio business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs.Having seen the process by which a major party chooses its Senators, I don't share others' sympathy for the idea that minor parties are a blight on our democracy. The Liberal Party isn't quite like the Thompson quote above but its processes and standing ought not be taken at face value, as the government and the press gallery would have you do.
- Hunter S. Thompson
Those who value public lands - for economic, environmental, recreational and aesthetic values - owe a debt of gratitude to Harney County, writes Peter Walker. A violent branch of the Sagebrush Rebellion came to town, and the community told it to go away: the decisive factor in the occupiers' defeat. But the greater war for America's public lands has only just begun.
Yesterday 14 Socialist Party members, including City of Yarra councillor Stephen Jolly, tendered their resignations from the party. See : Stephen Jolly leads mass resignation from Socialist Party over allegations of abuse cover-up, Benjamin Preiss, The Age, February 23, 2016. … Continue reading
With 29 applications for new badger culls, writes Lesley Docksey, the government still has no idea how many badgers there are in the cull areas, or how many of them have TB. Nor does it want to find out. The badger culling project is getting less scientific by the day - or should that be by the square kilometre?
Scientists say attempts to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it safely are all potentially costly gambles with the current technology. read now...
Beyond Coal and Gas is the national gathering of communities from across Australia working to move beyond coal and gas. Bringing together people from one end of Australia to the other, it is a rare and important opportunity for communities to come together, share experiences and to learn from one another. Registration is now open!
The program for the 2016 gathering will be an exciting line up of National and International speakers, workshops and plenaries. The major theme for the conference this year is The Transition is Now and will feature case studies on the transition away from coal and gas. The program will also cover major themes of the movement beyond coal and gas, including health, renewables, finance and economics, coal closure and rehab and plenty of practical workshops on skills development. As with previous years, a large portion of the program will be open spaces to allow participants to define the workshops they want to see at the conference. All the information you need, including the impressive line up of speakers, is available on the conference website.
Public Health England last week launched a new resource for healthcare professionals and service providers giving guidance about spiritual needs at the end of life. Faith at the End of Life, which focuses on the UK’s six largest religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism, promotes a public health approach to death, dying and ... Read more...
2pm, Saturday 27 February 2016, Flemington Community Centre, Victoria, Australia. Guest Speaker: The Hon Kelvin Thomson MP, Federal Member for Wills, will speak on : "Victoria, once the Gardens State, is now headed for population overload. How we are failing the next generation." We would like to use the occasion to thank Kelvin for his work over many years as a leading spokesperson for sustainable population and as an environmental advocate, including his support for many groups, including PPL VIC and those in his electorate of Wills. As you are probably aware he will be retiring from Parliament at the next election.
Time: 2 pm for 2:15 pm start
Date: Saturday 27 February 2016
Venue: Flemington Community Centre, Mt Alexander Road, Flemington. See Melways Map Reference 29 B12 (The Centre is on Debneys Park.)
Carpark - in front of Centre (turn in off Mt Alexander Road.) If full parking is usually available in Victoria Street round the corner off Mt Alexander Road. Tram - down Flemington Road to Mt Alexander Road. Train - nearby Flemington Bridge Railway Station. Cyclists - the Capital City Trail is nearby for cyclists.
Guest Speaker: The Hon Kelvin Thomson MP, Federal Member for Wills, will speak on : "Victoria, once the Gardens State, is now headed for population overload. How we are failing the next generation." We would like to use the occasion to thank Kelvin for his work over many years as a leading spokesperson for sustainable population and as an environmental advocate, including his support for many groups, including PPL VIC and those in his electorate of Wills. As you are probably aware he will be retiring from Parliament at the next election.
Afternoon tea: Stay for a cup of tea after the meeting....
Blair Cottrell — the leader of the United Patriots Front and Fortitude — appears as ‘Bruce’ in a recent documentary about youth in prison (the maximum-security Youth Unit at Port Phillip Prison in Truganina). In this passage he describes how … Continue reading
Harvard University seeks to allay widespread misunderstandings about religions around the globe and has launched a free online series to raise religious literacy. To combat this illiteracy, Moore and five other religion professors from Harvard University, Harvard Divinity School and Wellesley College are kicking off a free, online series on world religions open to the ... Read more...
Largest fireball since Chelyabinsk falls into the ocean: NASA reports huge explosion of seven meter space rock over the Atlantic The Event took place February 6 at 14:00 UTC, 620 miles off Brazil’s coast The explosion released a blast equivalent to 13 kt of TNT (40 times less that the Chelyabinsk fireball) To put this […]
Last October marked the fiftieth anniversary of Nostra aetate (“In Our Time”), the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions. There were celebrations in Australia on the signal importance of this document. Commonweal (a Catholic Magazine) has devoted a great deal of space over the years to explaining and ... Read more...
Homicides in Chicago this year double same period last year February To Date Shot & Killed: 29 Shot & Wounded: 113 Total Shot: 142 Total Homicides: 39 Year to Date Shot & Killed: 82 Shot & Wounded: 359 Total Shot: 441 Total Homicides: 96 Source: 2016 Stats The Weekend’s Stupidity See: 2014 Chicago Crime & […]
Pope Francis once said he wished he could spend a day as an ordinary person and go get a pizza without being recognized. After reading the new The Vatican Cookbook, though, you may wish you could spend a day as Pope Francis to enjoy the delicacies gracing his dinner table. Pope Francis once said he ... Read more...
Gloria Bauai | Post Courier | 23.02.2016
A cursed generation is how pathologist Dr Sylvester Kotapu describes the fate of the people living along the length of the Angabanga River in the Kairuku-Hiri district of Central Province.
“The physical derangement of the environment, we don’t need an expert opinion on this. You go there, you’ll see: the chaotic flooding because of the buildup of sediments, the loss of food crops.
“But what’s more specific affecting the people there is the chemical poisoning coming about because of practice of a tailings management which is unlawfully deemed in the world,” he says.
Dr Kotapu had been commissioned by the Central Provincial Government in 2007 to carry out a study on the communities along the river.
He has released his report which was to identify the cause of peculiar diseases being reported by Veifa and Bereina health centres. Dr Kotapu’s finding was in par with other preceding studies which reported high levels of mine-related chemicals in the river system, biota and bloodstream of people.
It was concluded with the understanding that these groups of people have been exposed to very dangerous toxic chemicals believed to be discharged from mining activities upstream.
“From there we realised that high chemicals of mercury and lead and all that, was affecting the people.
“In one or two of the post-mortems that I’ve done, the brains, lungs, kidney, everywhere are full of these chemicals,R...
TOXIC ALGAE – NEW ZEALAND (02): (OTAGO) BLUE-GREEN ALGAE, CANINE DEATHS *********************************************************************** Published Date: 2016-02-21 20:35:05 Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Toxic algae – New Zealand (02): (OT) blue-green algae, canine deaths Archive Number: 20160221.4039687 Date: 20 Feb 2016 Source: Otaga Daily times.com.nz [edited] River warning after dog deaths —– The Otago Regional Council (ORC) says the toxic […]
Tasmania's state-owned power generator says it is facing an operating loss as it turns to expensive diesel generation to deal with its growing energy crisis.
By John Noël, National Oil and Gas Coordinator – On Twitter: @Noel_Johnny
The oil and gas industry inside game is alive and well in 2016.
The Science Advisory Board (SAB) Panel is out again with another draft of its report on EPA’s fracking and drinking water Assessment. The Panel is tasked with reviewing and offering recommendations on how EPA should improve its Assessment of threats to water resources from fracking activities.
The Panel retained most of its strongly worded critique of the Assessment. Critiques like these are largely in line with what communities on the front-lines of oil and gas development and environmental groups have been saying for months:
LYME DISEASE – USA (02): (UPPER MIDWEST REGION) NEW BORRELIA SPECIES ******************************************************************** Published Date: 2016-02-22 17:11:56 Subject: PRO/AH/EDR> Lyme disease – USA (02): (upper Midwest region) new Borrelia species Archive Number: 20160222.4040006 Date: Thu 18 Feb 2016 Source: Medscape, Reuters report [edited] US researchers say they have discovered a new bacterial species that causes Lyme […]
Do you recognise this blackboard (okay, we know it is a whiteboard!) from around the Byron Shire?
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US solar developer says large-scale solar tower and storage could be blue-print to bring in higher levels of renewable energy and accelerate transition away from coal, and gas. It proposes a "price competitive" 110MW plant with 8 hours storage for Port Augusta.
When is a discount not a discount? When it is in the context of the current multi-partisan tax grab debate.
It is just jiggery pokery to imply that the 50% “discount” on capital gains when calculating capital gain tax (CGT) is a gift to the rich. The 50% discount is not a gift but rather an administrative simplification in the calculation of CGT. It did not come out of the blue as a budget measure, but rather was a swap of the prior indexation method of calculating CGT.
Before the change (of around 2000), CGT liabilities were calculated using the indexation method whereby the cost base of an asset was adjusted by an indexation factor that was determined out using the consumer price index (CPI). It was entirely possible that under the indexation method, the “discount” could wind up being more than 50% or even less than 50%. It depended on factors including the rate of CPI.
There was always an adjustment to the cost base – unless the capital asset was held for a very short time – but then it would be treated as just income. The 50% CGT “discount” was introduced an administrative simplification.
If out political “leaders” want to reduce the “discount” then these tax rocket scientists should offer to allow people to use the indexation method again. Otherwise, it is conceivable that the capital gains tax will become just a capital tax – you know yet another tax on savings and capital formation.
Can these people please DO THE WORK.
This is not so much an exciting time to be an Australian, but rather an exciting time to be an Australian tax collector.
You may recall our article two weeks ago about the Coast Restaurant at the Ocean Shores Country Club, managed since October last year by chef Carl Barnes and his partner Rachel Besett.
Anyone familiar with The Restaurant Inspector and Fernando Peire will have heard of The Ivy, a celebrity restaurant in London, where Carl worked for a time during his international career.
Now new horizons are about to open up for the couple, as at the front of the clubhouse in Ocean Shores construction has commenced on a large covered deck. From the deck diners will enjoy one of the most panoramic ocean views in the region. It’ll be a prime whale-watching spot.
Migaloo, one of the biggest celebrities in the region (well, certainly the biggest whale celebrity), should be visible from the deck, which is expected to be unveiled by end of March (weather permitting) in time for Easter.
The Byron Shire is fast becoming a foodie destination, but the boutique bar is starting to proliferate as well, writes Samuel J Fell.
As with most places in Australia, the Byron Shire is rife with pubs. Whether on the river in Brunswick, the beachfront in Byron, back off the beaten track in Billinudgel… there’s no shortage around here of places to rest your weary soul while enjoying a schooner off the wood.
However, with the proliferation of higher-end restaurants and cafes – the Shire is indeed becoming somewhat of a foodie destination – comes a new beast, something challenging the local pub for domination in the drinks market. The ‘cool’ places to get a drink, the hip little hideaways, the holes in the wall that have people talking about town, as one would in cities such as Sydney and Melbourne – there’s always a time and a place for the old Aussie pub, but these days around these parts, there’s becoming a time and place for the boutique bar too.
It’s not that new a phenomenon in Byron Bay itself. The Treehouse, out in Belongil, and The Balcony in the middle of town have been plying their trade for years now. Both have become a part of the fabric of Byron, each offering something different – whether it’s The Treehouse’s wood-fired pizza, or Balcony’s impressive cocktail list, each provide a unique place to sit and enjoy the popular tourist town’s ambience.
In recent years however, it’s become a booming business. Byron and Brunswick Heads in particular, with....
FRV's 56MW Moree Solar Farm began feeding PV generation to the NEM on Monday, boosting NSW big solar capacity to 180MW.
An original local beer, made in limited quantities from the raw ‘cherry’ fruit and skins grown (spray and pesticide free) by Moonshine Coffee of Federal, is on tap now at The Farm and the Bangalow Hotel.
Moonshine’s Richard Kelly wanted a beer that concentrated on the essence of the coffee fruit itself, so his product is unlike ‘traditional’ coffee beers; they are made by ‘tea-bagging’ roasted coffee in beer (which tends to result in a darker, heavier beer that aims for a chocolatey, mocha coffee flavour and espresso aroma).
Brewing with the unroasted ‘coffee cherry’ gives a refreshing, palatable beer with sweet earthy flavours, with tannins and crisp bitterness at the end, that has flavour without being too heavy.
Tasted straight after my second long black of the day, I didn’t notice much ‘coffee’ flavour; however the beer is very enjoyable; I normally lose interest in beer after the first one, but on a sunny day overlooking the countryside at The Farm, I had to tear myself away from ordering a second one.
The ‘Straight off the Tree’ coffee cherry pale ale is a collaboration between Moonshine, Gavin Croft and the Beard & Brau brewing operation in the foothills of Mt Tambourine. The beer is a limited release.
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Story and photo by Vivienne Pearson
Belgium chocolate is his favourite today; last month it was Watermelon and Mint Sorbet. Despite being the ice-cream man of Brunswick Heads, Johnny Strange doesn’t indulge often, only letting ice-cream pass his lips once a week or so.
What does pass Johnny’s lips with every word is a trace of his New Zealand upbringing. He ‘fell into’ hospitality after realising that his anthropology studies would not, as hoped, turn him into Indiana Jones. Starting in dishwashing, he moved through pizza making to pastry cheffing.
He took his skills to London. ‘It was fun for a while, but I missed surfing,’ he recollects. ‘I’d work till 11pm then get on the last tube home.’ He swapped the tube for a plane and headed home to Auckland.
Little did he know that a two-week holiday would find him a new home. The holiday was to Mullumbimby – he’d heard the nearby surfing was good. ‘I ended up, one week in, calling my head chef and going: “Man, do you mind if I don’t come back?”’ Johnny settled in Byron Bay and met his partner, Bindia, with whom he has two children. Speaking of how having kids changed him, he laughs: ‘I was a big kid up until then’....
By Vivienne Pearson
The market garden at The Farm is bursting with seasonal veges – so much so that not all can be used in the Three Blue Ducks restaurant or Bread Social bakery. You can share in the harvest by buying a Farm Produce Box. Costing $40, boxes contain a mixture of organically grown tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini, baby carrots, sweetcorn, with a side serve of eggs, edible flowers and shallots. Collection for pre-ordered boxes is on Wednesdays and Saturdays 8–11am.
Train to your table
What do you do if a need for a healthy meal strikes but you can’t rouse yourself from the couch? Your new option is to order home-delivered sushi from O-Sushi in Byron Bay. Currently, getting sushi from the train to your table is only available for those between Ewingsdale and Suffolk Park (and for orders over $30), with orders via menulog.com.au or eatnow.com.au ‘It’s started slowly but once people discover the service, they love it – we’re getting a lot of repeat home-delivery customers,’ says one of the staff....
Winston (was 11P- Southwestern Pacific Ocean) Feb. 21, 2016 NASA Sees Category 5 Southern Pacific Tropical Cyclone Hit Fiji [Images at Source] NASA satellites provided data on Tropical Cyclone Winston before and after it made an historic landfall in eastern Fiji. The GPM, Suomi NPP and Aqua satellites provided forecasters with data that showed rainfall, […]
Chapter XVII: The Omnipotence of The State. The Ancients Knew Nothing of Individual Liberty. The city had been founded upon a religion, and constituted like a church. Hence its strength; hence, also, its omnipotence and the absolute empire which it exercised over its members. In a society established on such principles, individual liberty could not […]
John Key, Post Cabinet Press Conference, May 18, 2015 (referring
to Rachel Glucina's Herald smear of the victim of his serial
Yeah no I had nothing to do with that...
just interviewed the waitress. Piece of work! Massive political agenda
Kremlin Press Release – February 22, 2016 21:50
I just had a telephone conversation with President of the United States of America Barack Obama. The phone call was initiated by the Russian side, but the interest was certainly mutual.
During our conversation, we approved joint statements of Russia and the US, as co-chairs of the ISSG, on the cessation of hostilities in Syria. Adoption of the statement was preceded by intensive work by Russian and American experts. We also made use of the positive experience we accumulated over the course of cooperation in eliminating chemical weapons in Syria.
Our negotiators held several rounds of closed consultations. As a result, we were able to reach an important, specific result. It was agreed that the cessation of hostilities in Syria commences at 00:00 (Damascus time) on February 27, 2016 on terms and conditions that are a part of the Russian-American statement.
The essence of these conditions is as follows: by 12:00 pm on February 26, 2016, all parties warring in Syria must indicate to the Russian Federation or our American partners their commitment to the cessation of hostilities. Russian and American troops will jointly delineate the territories where these groups are active. No military action will be taken against them by the Armed Forces of the Syrian Arab Republic,........
The Life Education Northern Rivers Action Group is calling for a greater focus on preventative drug and health education in the local area.
The group, led by local bus driver and community campaigner, Tonny van’t Riet, supports the work of Life Education NSW, an organisation which aims to create a safer future for Australian children by giving them with the information, skills and self-esteem they need to make healthier life choices.
Bureau of Crime Statistics data shows the number of arrests for
amphetamine possession or use, including offences related to ICE
has increased by nearly 50 per cent in Richmond and Tweed
Drug-related incidents in schools are also increasing in the area, rising from 2.4 per 100,000 population to 5.2 in recent years.
Life Action Group President, Tonny van’t Riet said, “Supporting these empowering programs in local schools is something we are really passionate about. We want to see every child in Northern NSW armed with the tools to make healthy choices in their lives.”
“We can’t do this without your help. Our volunteers are critical to our work in the area, to fundraise and advocate for a safer future for our children.”
The Life Action Group has launched a TV campaign and a range of public appearances to highlight the impacts and importance of preventative education in the area. There’s also an appeal to attract enthusiastic volunteers who will help raise awareness and funds for the group, so these programs can reach as many children as possible in the local area.
Life Education NSW CEO, Kellie Sloane will be in attendance at the launch, lending her support to the Life Action Group and thanking them for their commitment to raising funds and awareness for Life Education and the essential programs they deliver to Australian school-aged children.
Ms Sloane said, “We are so fortunate to have the continued support of the Northern Rivers Life Action Group. They work tirelessly t.......
Goldwind has become the first Chinese wind turbine maker to top BNEF's global rankings, knocking out US giant GE for number one spot.
Last week, the Ombudsman ruled that the Prime Minister should
release communications between him and sewer-scraper Rachel Glucina
over his serial sexual harassment and bullying of a cafe waitress.
Today, the Ombudsman released their
formal case-note of the case, and there's some interesting
features which are worth highlighting.
Firstly, on confidentiality, the Ombudsman reiterates that protection applies to information supplied to the government, not to information supplied by it. So, what journalists say to Ministers might be protected, depending on the circumstances - but what Ministers say to journalists probably isn't. And while that's a "might", its a pretty narrow one, because its a two-legged test: not only must there be an express or implied obligation of confidence (rather than just a chummy assumption that no-one will ever find out), there also has to be a real risk that release would prejudice the supply of such information in future. And on the latter point, the Ombudsman notes that journalists are "more aware than most" of the OIA and the principle of availability - an implicit suggestion that it is unlikely to be seen as prejudicing future communications. To which I'd add that the fact that it is a journalists job to talk to Ministers would weigh heavily against a finding of prejudicing future supply.
Secondly, the hat game. Its common for Ministers to try and dodge tricky questions by claiming that they were wearing a different hat and acting in their capacity as a Member of Parliament rather than as a Minister. Key's office tried to do this, after the fact, but the Ombudsman shut that down because he had already accepted responsibility. But more importantly, he goes on to say that
In the absence of any evidence that it was received by th......
JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has labeled the proposed changes to Senate voting rules and the Liberal Party’s threat of a double dissolution election as a distraction.
“The Greens have done a deal with the Liberal party to change the way Australians vote for the Senate. Its more than likely the Liberals and the Greens will be preferencing each other in Tasmania. The Greens Leader wants to become a minister in the Turnbull government.
So what we really have is a deal being done between the party that wants to decriminalize Ice and the party that wants to increase the GST – because each thinks it will politically benefit from those changes,” said Senator Lambie
“This change is a distraction, which is not being driven by the people. In the time I’ve been a Tasmanian Senator I haven’t had one person come into my office and ask for a change to the Senate voting system. They wanted positive changes and improvements to our Health, Education, Social Services, Veterans Affairs and Military Pay.
It is self-interest, which is motivating the Liberals and Greens. We should be discussing the Governments plan to cut $650M worth of cuts to Medicare Bulk Billing. That’s the issue which everyone who contacts my office is concerned with today,” said Senator Lambie.
Victorian Liberal President and Former Labor leader predict JLN 2 to 3 Senate seat gain in DD election
“I’m also surprised that some Tasmanian media is trying to talk down my chances of being re-elected as a Senator.
It was only last year that Liberal party powerbroker – Michael Kroger and former Labor Premier Peter Beattie had a conversation on Sky TV where they agreed that if a double D election was called, my JLN candidates could win in Tasmania alone – 2 to 3 Senate positions.
Click below to watch Victorian Liberal President predict a 2 or 3 seat senate win for JLN
The Australian public had great expectations for Malcolm Turnbull after he ended the disastrous Abbott experiment, but now the new PM is floundering. Abdullah Ahmed explains why. read now...
Next in the epic series of Lightbody Community Dance Celebrations, is an event featuring Asaf and DJ Basic whose innovative music of astonishing blends and atmospheric melodies, deep bass lines and rhythms that will fill your mind and soul.
This duo refines an redefines the meaning of psy-progressive trance with their unique style – are truly one of the biggest hopes the global trance scene has witnessed.
Come celebrate with the community for a night of incredible music, live art, brilliant installations, bonfire and delicious food!
$25 – 6 till Midnight
Durrumbul Hall, Coopers Lane Main Arm
Find Lightbody Community Dance Celebrations on Facebook Events.
LABOR candidate Chris Buckingham took to the streets of Leongatha last Tuesday, February 16 to hear the concerns of local voters.
The candidate for McMillan travelled around the region throughout the day in his new red caravan, visiting Mirboo North, Leongatha and Korumburra to speak with residents.
“Business owners, workers on their lunch break, pensioners and parents have all stopped to speak with us. We have been listening to their concerns and what they believe are major concerns in South Gippsland,” Mr Buckingham said.
“Education and public transport have been concerns which have come up a lot. People want better access to communication.
“Labor’s policies would ensure all students from all schools would benefit from Gonski. It is one of our highest priorities and we believe it resonates with a lot of people’s concerns in the area.
“We will be running more of these drop in sessions in the future. It is all about us being live and local and being present with the people of McMillan.”
MIRBOO North embraced Italian culture at the 50th Italian Festa on Sunday.
An estimated 5000 people turned out to enjoy fantastic food, children’s activities, various market stalls and live entertainment.
The family event was free and the children’s activities included a jumping castle, an animal farm and face painting.
Live entertainment included a band called Paris By Night, comedian Joe Avati and performances by Mirboo North Primary School.
“All our hard work certainly paid off. We never expected such a big turnout. This is our 50th year and our biggest turnout ever,” Mirboo North Italian Festa committee president Sam Carpinteri said.
“We’ve tried to cater for everyone but the best thing of all has been the weather. The weather has been absolutely beautiful.”
Mr Capinteri said the event was significant to teach the next generation about Italian culture and heritage.
“Our children are born in Australia so we try to have events like this to help teach them our culture,” he said.
The committee was thrilled to see so many people sharing Italian culture.
“There was something for everyone to enjoy. There’s been a resurgence in people wanting to learn about the Italian heritage and it’s lovely to see the community embrace the idea (of the Italian Festa),” the committee’s Carmelina Manzo said.
WITH plenty of talent to showcase, this year’s Mirboo North Idol was another success at the outdoor pool on Saturday.
The highlight of the event was guest judge Reece Mastin, winner of the 2011 national singing competition The X Factor.
“Reece generated a lot of interest and many people were excited to meet him and take a ‘selfie’,” organiser Mary Baker said.
He helped judge around 30 contestants, who travelled far and wide to win the title.
The competition kicked off with a performance by adorable young singer Pippa Mills. The four year old travelled from Yinnar to sing the song Flashlight from the popular 2015 movie Pitch Perfect Two and was loved by the crowd.
Trent McCurdy from radio station 3GG was the MC and South Gippsland Shire Council’s Cr Don Hill opened the competition.
Three musical groups Destiny Band, The Nigellas and the Latrobe Valley Concert Band also gave up their time to entertain the audience.
Food and market stalls and full access to the pool were also available on the day.
“We hoped everyone in the audience enjoyed the music and had an awesome day. That’s what it’s all about,” Ms Baker said.
The first place winner in the primary section was Amy Whitlock, followed by Pippa Mills and Liam Williams. The encouragement award was presented to Ruby Cannizzo.
Janie Gordon won first place in the secondary section, followed by Kayla Clavarino and Hayley Norton. The encouragement award was won by Tanner Hall.
Duo Maddy Wilson and Nic Huigsloot won the open section, with Robyn McDermott in second place and Tayla Gane in third place.
A recording package was also awarded to Maddy Wilson and Nic Huigsloot.
RESILIENT and brave are excellent words to describe 11 year old Mathew Stannard.
The Wonthaggi North Primary School student has had it tough, battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and Marfan Syndrome – a connective tissue disorder affecting his heart – since he was four years old.
Now in Grade 6 and in remission, Mathew is ready to participate in the World’s Greatest Shave to give back to the Leukaemia Foundation.
Mathew has wanted to do the World’s Greatest Shave since he was in Grade Prep and his Grade 6 buddy at Romsey Primary School shaved his head on Mathew’s behalf in 2010.
“Mathew was going through chemo at the time and it was something he’ll never forget,” his mother Kerry said.
Inspired by his buddy’s bravery, Mathew is thrilled to have his chance to raise money for the foundation that has helped his family through their hardship.
The campaign hits close to home for the Stannard family, who understand the importance of keeping regional families together while undergoing blood cancer treatment in the city.
The Leukaemia Foundation went above and beyond to help the family cope, including supporting costs such as food, parking and petrol.
Mathew’s shave will be held in Wonthaggi North Primary School’s gym at 3pm on March 11. Mathew and his father Steve will shave their heads by local hairdresser Natalie Rose. Kerry and his little brother Shaun will colour their hair.
A funky hair day with a gold coin donation will also give his classmates a chance to pitch in on the day.
Mathew aimed to raise $2000, but with a couple of weeks to go he has already raised a whopping $1500.
He has gained support from the local community with tins placed at Wonthaggi North Primary School and Amcal Chemist.
Bass Coast Shire Council mayor Cr Jordan Crugnale will also be there to support the event.
“I’m pretty excited. I’m doing this because I want to raise money to go towards finding a cur...
Japan’s power-sector transformation continues with a 2.7 per cent decline in electricity demand over 2015.
SunPower claims its latest X-Series module is now the most efficient on the market.
SolarReserve’s break-through Crescent Dunes solar tower with thermal storage has successfully generated electricity at its full 110MW capacity.
OLIVIA Winchcombe’s love of theatre has flourished since participating in the Victorian Drama League Summer Performance Project.
The camp was held at Allambee in January, and provided Olivia a wonderful insight into the world of dramatic arts.
“It was amazing. It strengthened my acting ability and taught me a lot about the theatre community. I have made friends for life now,” she said.
Olivia was selected to attend the program by Leongatha Lyric Theatre. Having the opportunity to participate in the program gave Olivia confidence as an actor.
She was also thrilled to be joined by other young actors from Leongatha: Evy Nye, Nikki Stockdale and Lachlan Moore.
Although the project ran for nine days, she had to learn lines for a show within four days. She performed in a show called One, Two, Three, Home and auditioned to play several roles. It was performed at the Warragul Arts Centre at the end of the project.
Project leader Andrew Davis said Olivia could further her career by learning to work without microphones, practicing singing everyday and maintaining vocal exercises.
“He told me VCA (Victorian College of the Arts) put on classes every Sunday and it would be a good idea for me to audition,” Olivia said.
“I’m originally from Melbourne and I have done some acting classes. I got into dancing and singing afterwards.”
The importance of energy on the stage was reinforced throughout the camp – something Olivia is no stranger to after performing the lead role in Lyric Theatre’s 2013 major musical The Wizard of Oz.
“Playing Dorothy is the biggest thing I have ever done. I was also in the ensemble in Gypsy and I was part of Mary MacKillop College’s production of Fame,” she said.
“I’d like to do more productions with Lyric but I’m in Year 10 this year so I want to focus on my studies. However, I will be doing All Shook Up with Mary MacKillip College th...
ELLA Morgan, 10, is like many happy go lucky children, but behind the good looks and huge smile is a brave little girl putting on a big front.
Granddaughter of Jim and Joy Morgan of Leongatha and daughter of son Nick and Bel and sister to Lucy, 5, and Evie, 3, of Albury, Ella was born on June 27, 2005 with a congenital ear condition called Microtia Atresia.
The condition affects the formation of the outer ear and the development of the ear canal.
As a result, she has severe conductive hearing loss in her right ear, mild hearing loss in her left, and cosmetically an underdeveloped right ear.
For Ella and her parents, life has not been a bed of roses but for this little girl, after many sleepless nights and research, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Ella is a candidate for not only outer ear reconstruction surgery, but also ear canal (atresia) repair that will open Ella’s ear.
It was during the annual Microtia and Atresia conference in Brisbane that Nick and Belle were fortunate enough to meet American surgeons Dr Joseph Roberson (otologist) and Dr John Reinish (plastic surgeon).
Together they perform the world’s only Combined Atresia and Microtia (CAM) surgery.
This surgery is extremely complex. Dr Roberson performs the Atresia repair. He will create a new ear canal and ear drum to achieve near normal hearing.
Dr Reinish performs the Microtia repair, which uses a synthetic ear framework called Medpor and a complex skin grafting procedure to build a new ear.
The only barrier is the surgery is not available in Australia and only carried out in the USA at a cost of some $110,000 that includes the surgery, combined with post-operative care and the recovery period of four to six weeks.
While mum and dad both work, such a sum is almost impossible to consider, but with family and friends’ support the dream is becoming a reality.
Bel has started a boutique online, handmade jeweller...
Naturally not in the American press but from The Daily Mail Online: Rudy Giuliani says Trump is smarter than he looks as The Donald consults with former NYC mayor and other ‘kitchen cabinet’ advisers. Here are the sub-heads for your delectation:
- Donald Trump is assembling a ‘kitchen cabinet’ advisers
- Former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Education Secretary Bill Bennett, economists Art Laffer and Steve Moore rumored to be involved
- Trump promised in South Carolina that he would soon unveil a foreign policy advisory team
- ‘He has an exceptionally good understanding of how the economy affects our foreign policy,’ Giuliani said of Trump
- ‘This idea that he’s only familiar with slogans, it’s not accurate at all’
And the opening paras of the story:
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and a handful of policy wonks are casually advising Donald Trump as the Republican front-runner prepares for the kind of scrutiny he has yet to face.
But Giuliani says The Donald is up to the task.
‘You know, he’s very good,’ Giuliani told The Washington Post on Sunday, when a reporter asked whether the Republican front-runner has a decent grasp of complicated public policy issues.
‘It’s clear that he has an exceptionally good understanding of how the economy affects our foreign policy,’ he said of Trump.
‘He understands what’...
WOOLAMAI’S Shirani Perera is a step closer to achieving a rehabilitation centre in Bass Coast.
Her petition for a mental health and youth at risk facility was considered at Bass Coast Shire Council’s ordinary meeting last Wednesday.
Deputy mayor Cr Bradley Drew supports mental health awareness and backed Ms Perera’s petition.
“This is a massive undertaking by a member of the public. Mental issues are ever present and funding is always a challenge,” he said.
“It’s great to see Bass MLA Brian Paynter, representatives of Bass Coast Health (BCH) and members of the community supporting this cause. I certainly believe council should give its support. We can’t give up on mental health awareness. We cannot put a price on human life.”
Councillors voted to refer Ms Perera to the community grants program, which opened for applications in January, as well as forwarding information about other philanthropic trusts to support her funding aspirations.
“I enquired about the community grants program but they could only fund equipment for us. Unfortunately we are still looking to fund for a building. Community grants are designed to benefit the community immediately,” she said.
However, she is still well on her way to getting her project off the ground with the support of several community organisations.
The Wonthaggi Rotary Club has offered to source funding and Wonthaggi’s Anglican Church has offered two rooms so the program can start as soon as possible.
“The support has been overwhelming, so it is looking and sounding prosperous,” Ms Perera said.
Ms Perera said she had investigated Wangaratta’s Typo Station, which is a picturesque rural property designed to help youth at risk. She was impressed with her findings and hopes to have a similar program in Bass Coast.
“I will be contacting a counsellor from Melbourne to see what days she is available and a local artist willing to run art classes,” she said....
THIS year is a leap year, with this month having an extra day on February 29.
While this will not mean much to most people, to my daughter Willow at Foster, it is her first official birthday as she was born on the last February 29 in 2012.
While Willow will be four, we are celebrating this as her first official birthday, with a number one cake and first birthday theme.
People born on February 29 can be called leaplings and frogs are often used as a theme for the day.
Willow’s Nan calls her a leapling and predicted during my pregnancy that she would be born on February 29; she was four days overdue.
People often ask us when we celebrate Willows birthday in a non leap year? People born on February 29 can celebrate their birthday on February 28 or March 1.
My husband Dean prefers February as she was born in February, but she was born 15 minutes before midnight, making her much closer to March.
So far we have celebrated Willow’s birthday whichever day suits us best, sometimes both, and when she is older we will let her choose.
It is a little annoying though that there is no square to write her birthday on the calendar in non leap years.
Willow has sisters Abbey, five, and Josie, one, so she is finally catching up with her baby sister on birthdays.
People often comment it’s sad Willow misses out on a birthday but we don’t want her to think she is missing out but being part of rather something special.
There is even an international birthday club she has joined that is the biggest birthday club in the world.
Willow is going to celebrate her birthday this year on the actual day with a playgroup party in the morning, and with friends and family around for another party in the evening.
A leap day generally comes every four years; it was added to the calendar as a corrective measure as the earth does not orbit around the sun in exactly 365 days.
By adding the extra....
VACANT landowners are being charged too much for rates in South Gippsland Shire Council, according to Korumburra ratepayer Paul Richardson.
He told council as much at last Wednesday’s public presentation sessions.
He told The Star he and his wife Francesca plan to build a home on their 2.84 acre block but could not afford to do so now, but were still being charged council rates of $2090 this financial year.
Vacant land owners pay 200 per cent of the residential rate in the shire.
He is calling for rates to be charged on site value alone, not capital improved value, believing that would result in cheaper rates for all ratepayers.
“Council does not take into consideration the income these property owners bring in. They are not rich people,” Mr Richardson said.
In the 28 years he has owned the block, Mr Richardson said he has not received kerbside rubbish collection and yet his rates bill was taking its toll.
“This financial year, we are looking at between nine and 10 payments, and we might have to seek to go on the hardship policy because if they keep putting the rates up, how are we going to afford it?,” he said.
His block has sheds, gardens and paddocks, and seven sheep he said were “lawnmowers”.
“It’s not that I don’t want to pay the rates. We are happy to pay them if they are affordable,” Mr Richardson said.
He has previously served as a councillor with the City of Casey, where he lives at Endeavour Hills, and could run for council there again when the election is held in October this year.
He will not stand for South Gippsland council, given he is not a permanent resident, although he would like to be.
“I love this place and this is the place where I want to die and have my ashes thrown across the winds,” Mr Richardson said.
After Mr Richardson addressed council last Wednesday, mayor Cr Bob Newton said a hard waste service was available.
Cr Nigel Hutchins...
Papua New Guinea is one of many states which retain the death
penalty on their books, but does not ever apply it. But for the
past few years, their government has been pushing to start
voting in 2013 to expand its application to new crimes. Nut
officially given up on those plans:
The reactivation of the death penalty in Papua New Guinea is looking less likely, after Prime Minister Peter O'Neill decided to hold off on the reforms indefinitely.
The PNG government has been actively pursuing a return to capital punishment for some time, mainly in response to the outcry over sorcery related violence and violent attacks on women.
As recently as February 5th, Attorney-General Lawrence Kalinoe indicated that 13 prison inmates on death row had exhausted all avenues of appeal, and were likely to be executed before the end of the year.
But PNG's tough stance actually began to shift last year, with the government mindful of the bad publicity surrounding the execution of two Australians in Indonesia, and subsequent pressure from religious leaders and non-government organisations.
OPPONENTS of a landfill proposed for Leongatha South stood in solidarity against Veolia’s proposal at a waste management forum in Leongatha on Thursday afternoon.
The forum was part of a Gippsland Waste and Recovery Resource Group (GWRRG) initiative to develop a 10 year waste management plan for Gippsland.
GWRRG told residents it is in the process of assessing Gippsland’s landfill air space and whether there is a need for a new landfill site.
Veolia is planning to turn an exhausted quarry on Whitelaws Track into a landfill servicing Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs, resulting in the prospect of 20 trucks delivering rubbish daily, and accessing the landfill via Leongatha and Koonwarra.
The proposal has been met with widespread opposition from the community. Gippsland South MLA Danny O’Brien recently a petition signed by nearly 1400 people against the proposal to State Parliament.
The majority of residents at the community forum were opposed to the Veolia landfill and demanded answers from GWRRG.
Members of the protest group Dump the Dump said they wanted strong evidence of the need for the landfill and claimed Veolia was advancing its own interests.
Dump the Dump spokesperson Wendy Reed said although only a few members of the official group were present at the meeting, it was an opportunity for the community to rally against the proposal and have their opinions heard.
Some of their leading concerns were location – as the proposed site would be near an active quarry – flooding, and blasting.
Ms Reed said she needed to process the information given to her at the forum before she could provide a comment on behalf of Dump the Dump.
GWRRG executive officer Matthew Peake said, “The concerns of the
community are many and varied. I’d categorise the understanding of
our role as one of the biggest issues.
“We will assess the need for landfill and what’s best for the area. Veolia has brought i...
Gloria Bauai | Post Courier | 22.02.2016
PARTIES involved in the toxic pollution of the Angabanga River system from the Tolukuma gold mine can and will be held accountable.
Member for Kairuku-Hiri Peter Isoaimo told Post-Courier that this possibility has come with the release of counter study results commissioned in 2008 by Petromin Holdings Limited.
A pathologist, Dr Sylvester Kotapu, said this counter-study confirms his own study in 2007 of high chemical levels in the blood stream of people living along the Angabanga River.
However, Dr Kotapu said these results compiled under the “Aquatic Biological Monitoring 2009” study was never made public until December 5, 2015.
Mr Isoaimo said the release now has given the Central Provincial Government a good footing to deal with the issue.
He said they are considering either a class action or mitigation on this matter.
“People involved in the pollution issue have now confirmed with that doctor’s report which places us in a better footing legally if we have to take the matter up at that level.
“We also considered mitigating the matter with the Government of the day for a specially tailored medical package for people affected.
“But if there’s any undertaking they may want to take up trading all this, we are left with no choice but to file a class action against everybody involved,” he said.
Dr Kotapu assured the member that together as a team, they will see that the peopl...
A man will appear in court today after police allegedly located drugs and cash during search warrants near Lismore.
Following an investigation into drug supply in the local area, police from Richmond Local Area Command executed three search warrants at properties in Gonnellabah, about 10am on Monday.
Officers attended a storage shed on Centenary Drive, where they executed the search warrant and allegedly located a box and a suitcase containing over 12kg of cannabis.
The second warrant was executed at a home on Georgina Place, where officers allegedly located an amount of cash and further cannabis.
A 34-year-old man was arrested at the home and taken to Lismore police station.
He was charged with two counts of supply prohibited drug, possess prohibited drug and knowingly deal in the proceeds of crime.
He was refused bail to appear in Lismore Local Court today (Tuesday 23 February 2016).
Radio New Zealand reports that
employers are stealing their employee's KiwiSaver
Tens of thousands of workers are missing millions of dollars from their KiwiSaver accounts because their employers have failed to either pass on payments docked from their pay, or pay their own employer contributions.
Figures obtained by RNZ News show Inland Revenue is chasing thousands of employers for $29.3 million in outstanding payments and penalties that have accumulated since the retirement savings scheme was launched in 2007.
At the end of June 2015, 1663 employers had failed to pass on $15.3m in KiwiSaver payments deducted from their employees' own salaries to the IRD.
from RVA Mag
RICHMOND – Eight people were arrested for trespassing on the Capitol steps Saturday, following a rowdy march of environmental activists against Dominion Power’s plans to release treated water from coal ash ponds into the James River.
The event – “Dump Dominion, a march for our rivers” – was sponsored by the group No ACP. That abbreviation stands for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which Dominion plans to build across western Virginia to carry natural gas. Many environmentalists oppose the pipeline as well as the company’s plans for disposing of coal ash.
Hundreds of environmental activists and other citizens rallied at noon at the Bell Tower in the Capitol Square, protesting what they see as Dominion’s environmentally destructive practices. The environmentalists want the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to rescind state permits that Dominion has received to release treated water from the coal ash ponds into waterways.
According to the organization’s pamphlet, “spreading toxic coal ash throughout our communities and poisoning our water is not a solution. The DEQ must repea...
A ‘thank you community’ screening of the short film Got Your Marbles will be held on Saturday (27 February) at the Brunswick Heads Memorial Hall from 5pm-7pm.
Local director/filmmaker Irene Feuz captures the essence of the simple pleasures and fun of marbles as enthusiastic Mibsters (marble players) from local schools battle it out for the Australian Schools Marbles Championship.
It is beautifully warm, funny, quirky and honest as the games are played in the dirt amid the backdrop of the Old & Gold Festival.
Irene has included extra footage on the DVD with school playground scenes where the marble rings dominate during May in the lead up to the Challenge in the long weekend in June.
The junior singles championship is also archived in this footage with the championship patron Lady Mandy Knocker (aka Mandy Nolan) commentating the final and awarding prizes.
The film also includes interviews with baby boomers on the good old marble days. It seems everyone has a marbles story to tell.
Entry is by gold coin donation. Seating is limited, to reserve y...
So yesterday the Abbottistas were out in force picking over the latest Newspoll. Congratulating themselves on their foresight and how right (heh) they had been all along and so on and so forth.
The aggregated estimate of the two-party preferred vote – still higher than when the Liberals first won office in 2013. Note the collapse in early 2014 and sudden increase in late 2015.
The aggregated betting market.
The principle – elections are meant to be contests and contested. A completely rubbish opposition makes for poor government. As PVO points out this morning that’s not what some people expected or wanted:
That’s not what MPs and senators who shifted support from Tony Abbott to Turnbull signed up for. They believed the new PM when he condemned a lack of economic leadership by Abbott. They didn’t think he’d show so little of i......
Apple Inc has called for the creation of a government commission or panel of experts on encryption to help resolve the standoff over national security and data privacy.
‘Apple would gladly participate in such an effort,’ the company said on Monday in a post on its website entitled ‘Answers to your questions about Apple and security’.
The standoff began last week when the technology company refused a US government demand to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.
A digital security commission comprising technology, business and law enforcement experts has been proposed by Democratic Senator Mark Warner and Republican Representative Michael McCaul, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, to help break the impasse over encryption.
Apple chief executive Tim Cook also sent a letter to employees Monday morning explaining the company’s position and thanking them for their support.
‘This case is about much more than a single phone or a single investigation, so when we received the government’s order we knew we had to speak out,’ Cook said in the email to employees, seen by Reuters.
‘At stake is the data security of hundreds of millions of law-abiding people, and setting a dangerous...
The Labrador retriever held on to the title of America’s most popular dog breed for the 25th year in a row, even as the upstart French bulldog stole the limelight in New York and other big US cities, the American Kennel Club says.
The chunky Lab, known for its loping gait and easy-going nature, owes its enduring popularity to its well-deserved reputation as a family pet, AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo said on Monday.
‘The Lab checks all the boxes,’ DiNardo said. ‘It comes in three different colours. Athletic people can play with it, run with it and swim with it. They are family friendly and get along with others.’
But being beloved is not necessarily a springboard to elite honours. Labrador has never won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club’s annual dog show since the prestigious event began in 1877.
By the same token, being an international superstar – like the German short-haired pointer who won Westminster last week – doesn’t automa...
Revealing the reason for the rise of Bernie Sanders, a new poll released shows two thirds of Democrat voters prefer socialism to capitalism. read now...
The Greens are calling for fairer state government funding of public libraries to take the pressure off local councils.
Greens candidate for Richmond, Dawn Walker and Greens spokesperson for the Arts, Jan Barham MLC, say library costs have historically been shifted to cash-strapped councils, and some have been forced to make cuts to services.
Ms Barham says libraries are vital community assets and she was ‘pleased to hear that Richmond Tweed regional libraries are getting the recognition they deserve with some recent funding grants’.
‘Technology kiosks are great, but library funding should be ongoing and not just one-off grants in the lead up to a federal election,’ she said.
.’Library costs have historically been shifted to cash-strapped councils, and some have been forced to make cuts to services.’
Ms Barham said NSW has the lowest level of state government contributions to library funding in the country, and local councils struggle to cover the gap.
‘The state contribution to library funding has reduced from about 24 per cent in 1980 down to around 7 per cent in 2013, leaving councils to fund 93 per cent of library costs,’ she said.
Ms Walker said the Liberal National government ‘promised before the 2011 state election that it would review library funding and end what it said was “Labor’s under funding and neglect”’.
‘But five years on the Liberals and Nationals have not delivered on their promise. There has been no comprehensive review and the state government has continued to underfund our public libraries,’ she said.
‘Libraries are much more than places to read books. They are a safe and friendly community hub for information, technology, social and educational programs and are highly valued by our community.
‘In 2013 when Lismore Council announced the closure of Goonellabah Library as a budget measu...
Lawyers for Julian Assange have asked a Swedish court to overturn an arrest warrant for the WikiLeaks founder.
The move follows a ruling by a United Nations panel that the Australian’s confinement in the Ecuadorian embassy in London amounted to “arbitrary detention”.
His lawyer, Thomas Olsson, said a number of “new circumstances” had arisen that meant there was reason to review an earlier decision.
Stockholm District Court spokeswoman Camilla Murray said the court won’t consider the request – made in a letter by Assange’s two Swedish lawyers – because it was not made in the correct manner, the Associated Press reported.
Assange is wanted for questioning in Sweden over a sex allegation, which he denies, but believes that if he goes to Sweden he will be taken to the United States for questioning over WikiLeaks activities.
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said earlier this month that Assange should be free to leave the embassy in London. Authorities in Britain and Sweden...
Family members of some of the 20 first-graders killed in Sandy Hook are bringing a lawsuit against the maker of the gun used in the massacre.
Lawyers for the company that made the rifle used to kill 20 first-graders and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 are expected to ask a Connecticut judge to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed by families of some of the massacre victims.
Freedom Group, from North Carolina, parent company of AR-15 maker Bushmaster Firearms, says it’s protected by a 2005 federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products.
A Bridgeport Superior Court judge is scheduled to hear arguments on Monday afternoon.
The lawsuit by families of nine children and adults who died and a teacher who survived alleges the Bushmaster AR-15 is too dangerous to sell to the public.
They say they’re suing under an exception to the 2015 law.
‘No lawsuit will ever bring back any of the 26 innocent lives that were stolen or bring peace...
The government is pushing legislation through parliament to reform Senate voting, sparking fresh speculation it’s planning a double dissolution election.
Under new voting rules, a double dissolution, in which all senators are up for election rather than just half, would get rid of most or all of the minor party senators the government believes have been obstructing its legislative program.
The Greens have given their in-principle support to the new Senate voting regime.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said he wanted to see the details.
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said a double dissolution was a live option for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to consider.
‘In the end, the timing of the election in the national interest and the form of the election is entirely a matter for the prime minister, but irrespective of what form the election will take later this year, obviously these reforms are very important,’ he told ABC Television.
Announcing the legislation on Monday, Mr Turnbull singled out Victorian Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party Senator Ricky Muir, elected in 2013 with less than half a per cent of the state’s primary vote, as an example of how Senate voting had gone wrong.
Senator Muir said he always knew the government would use his el...
The ABC and SBS could save money by merging their online services, an independent think-tank says.
A report by The Australia Institute released on Tuesday suggests consolidating online news from both broadcasters and combining the online streaming iView and SBSOnDemand services.
‘Sharing content, translation, and publishing systems presents likely opportunities to make more efficient use of resources,’ it says.
The report finds a merger of administration and back-office functions would not achieve worthwhile efficiencies.
But it says the ABC’s extensive online news could be made available for translation to SBS.
It also recommends the goal of scrapping advertising from SBS, but wants any savings from the measures re-invested into public broadcasting.
‘Any attempt to reduce expenditure … would undercut the entire rationale of structural reform and leave the ABC, SBS, NITV and their viewers and funders in a weaker position to face the challenges of the 21st Century.’
Outgoing ABC managing director Mark Scott recently suggested a merger between the two broadcasters was worthy of investigation.
Outspoken Liberal senator Cory Bernardi has lashed out at a government-funded “propaganda” program that teaches 11-year-olds about gay and lesbian issues.
Senator Bernardi says he will present a petition with more than 9400 signatures to the Senate on Tuesday calling on the government to remove all federal funding from the Safe Schools Coalition program.
He said it was alarming the government was contributing $8 million to a program that bullies and intimidates children if they don’t comply with the LGBTI agenda.
He said it was inappropriate for 11-year-olds to be invited to imagine they were in a same-sex relationship, or had no genitals.
‘It beggars belief that we’re asking 11-year-olds to identify themselves or imagine themselves as having no genitals,’ he told the Senate on Monday night.
‘Schools should be places of learning, not propaganda.’
Senator Bernardi said the program reflected a broader agenda by the left side of politics and sought to indoctrinate students to make them their advocates.
Greens senator Robert Simms said that was a laughable proposition.
The openly gay senator said it would have been nice to learn in school that gay people could have happy lives.
‘This program isn’t about trying to encourage any particular sexuality or gender identity,’ he told the Senate.
‘The message for Senator Bernardi: we’re queer, we’re here, news flash.’
The dangerous practice of eyeball tattooing has been unwittingly legalised by health legislation passed by the state government, says Labor’s health spokesman.
Walt Secord has labelled amendments made by the Baird government earlier this month as a “major stuff up”.
He says the laws effectively green-light eyeball tattooing, where ink is injected into the white part of the eye making it a solid or mix of colour.
Mr Secord said the practice had been banned in some American states as it can cause blindness and has been linked to cancer.
‘Doctors have advised that they are very reluctant to undertake any procedure like this and the Baird government should not be regulating this area. It should be banning the practice,’ he said in a statement on Tuesday.
An intense thermal anomaly was observed over Alaid volcano in Northern Kuriles, Russia on February 20 and 21, 2016, Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) reports. A thermal anomaly was detected at 20:00 UTC on February 20 and at 00:56 UTC on February 21....... Read more »
The foundations of national sovereignty are the currency-issuing
capacity of the national government. The foundations of a democracy
include the ability of the citizens of that currency zone (the
‘national government’) to choose the political representatives at
regular intervals who will make decisions on their behalf. A direct
chain of responsibility between the elected officials to the voters
is thus established and the citizens can take action accordingly if
they feel they are being disadvantaged by the legislative outcomes.
The anathema of this sort of direct responsibility and
accountability is the European Union, which is cabal ruled by
unelected officials (in the conventional sense) who are not held
accountable for their decisions, no matter how poor they turn out
to be. The history of the Eurozone is one of policy failure with
millions of people rendered unemployed, in poverty, or otherwise
disadvantaged by the destructive decisions made by successive
European Commission administrations. There was a good reason why
the French president Charles de Gaulle resisted the development of
supranational power blocks in Brussels and elsewhere (for example,
in Frankfurt under the Eurozone). His preference for
Inter-Governmental relations, where large common issues such as
climate change, migration, rule of law, etc could be decided upon
by representatives of each Member State government, without
surrendering national sovereignty, was sound. Given all of that,
the United Kingdom should exit the dysfunctional European Union
immediately and only negotiate with other states on a government to
In May, I will be doing a two week lecture tour of Spain promoting the soon-to-be-released Spanish translation of my book – Eurozone Dystopia: Groupthink and Denial on a Grand Scale. Full details will be forthcoming soon,...
Natalie Perkins (pictured) was last seen leaving her house in Byron at around 3.30pm on Monday, 15 February, to attend a doctor’s appointment and has not been seen since.
Ms Perkins has a medical condition and friends say her family and loved ones in Canada are very concerned over her welfare.
She does not drive and is not known to hitch hike.
At the time of her disappearance, Ms Perkins, who has plaits in her hair, was wearing shorts, a blue and white striped singlet, thongs and a checkered backpack with wallet, phone and makeup in it.
If you’ve seen her, contact Byron Bay police on 02 6685 9499 or 1800 333 000.
Could gondolas, shuttle buses, light rail or better walking tracks improve visitor experience and ease congestion at the popular Cape Byron?
That’s what the managers of the Cape Byron State Conservation Area (SCA) would like to know as it prepares to survey the community and visitors on its draft master plan for the area, visited by more than a million people each year.
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will place the master plan on public exhibition in April and May and is urging locals to comment.
NPWS Byron Coast area manager Sue Walker said the preliminary survey wanted feedback on how people thought walking tracks, vehicle access and other areas of the Cape could be improved.
‘Some options might be seen as pie-in-the-sky by some however, we need consider the widest wide a range of options possible to help ensure the best outcome for protection of the environment and visitor use to this very popular destination,’ Ms Walker said.
‘The draft master plan project aims to provide guidance for the future of management and operation of cape, with estimated at over 1.2 million visitors annually, and a focus on the provision of facilities and services for locals and visitors to this iconic location,’ she said.
‘A key issue is addressing access to the lighthouse where current demand for acc.......
Suppressed News - Europe: Turkey is closing its borders to tens
of thousands of refugees from Aleppo where the NATO country
sponsored rebel groups against Syrian President Assad are under
severe pressure by the Syrian army and Russia's air power. An
estimated 300,000 civilians remain trapped in the war zone. This is
one of many sources of refugees seeking asylum in Europe. According
to UNICEF about 36% of the refugees leaving Turkey, crossing the
sea to Greece, are children. Women and children now make up 60% of
the refugee influx which was 73% male last summer. Since September
over 330 children drowned in the crossing. According to the
International Organisation for Migration, over 36,000 refugees
reached Greece and Italy by sea in the first three weeks of
Partial sources online: "UN says one-third of refugees sailing to Europe are children," Agence France-Presse, Feb. 3, 2016, theguardian; "Dozens drown off Greek islands in deadliest January for refugees," Mark Tran et al, Jan. 22, 2016, theguardian; "Migrant Arrivals in Europe by Sea Reached 36,556 in First 21 Days of 2016: IOM," Jan. 22, 2016, International Organisation for Migration; "Syria: Hundreds dead and tens of thousands displaced as Aleppo siege continues," Harriet Sinclair, Feb. 10, 2016, International Business Times.
It’s bad enough that Dominion wants to crisscross Virginia with a massive new gas pipeline and undermine federal clean power rules. But flagrantly contaminate our rivers with millions of gallons of toxic coal ash wastewater?
It’s true. News broke last week that, in May 2015, Dominion Power dumped 33.7 million gallons of untreated wastewater from its Possum Point coal plant into Quantico Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River.1
This happened eight months before Dominion received two highly controversial state permits that actually do allow the company to dump that much — plus half a billion more gallons — of coal ash wastewater into the Potomac and James Rivers.
This much is clear: Neither Dominion nor regulators at the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are doing their job to protect our waters. Coal ash is a toxic byproduct of burning coal that contains arsenic, mercury, lead and other heavy metals — the last things we need in our rivers.
Last month, despite an outpouring of public opposition, DEQ and the State Water Control Board signed off on permits allowing Dominion to dump 215 million gallons of coal ash wastewater into Quantico Creek and 350 million gallons into the James River. Those permits have raised so many alarm bells that our neighboring state of Maryland, led by Republican Governor Larry Hogan, is planning a legal challenge.2
Meanwhile, for months, Dominion and the director of DEQ, David Paylor, had denied that any waste had already been drained into Quantico Creek. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the Potomac Riverkeeper Network, the truth is finally coming to light. Dominion and DEQ are now admitting that water was dumped last spring. Now they’re just saying it was all legal.3
Our friends at Potomac Riverkeeper aren’t buying it. They’ve asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to launch a crimina...
“Those who choose to have their opinions installed or reinforced by people who can’t even get basic facts about the physical world correct probably aren’t interested in adapting their views to objective reality.“ Our technological efforts to manage the world of living things are not really working out too well. At first they may seem […]
Akwesasne under surveillance by military counter-intelligence unit:
documents - APTN National News: Jorge Barrera
The Canadian military’s counter-intelligence unit has been conducting surveillance of a Mohawk community straddling the Canada-U.S, according to “confidential” reports released to APTN National News.
The documents, a handful of counter-intelligence reports from 2012 to 2015, reveal that the Canadian Forces National Counter Intelligence Unit regularly mentioned Akwesasne—a Mohawk community straddling the Ontario-Quebec-New York State borders—as part of its “threat information collection.”
The heavily redacted reports, which are comprised of “raw data,” incorrectly describe Akwesasne as a “First Nation located on Cornwall Island.”
Bolivia: violence precedes vote on term limits | World War 4 Report - In the Feb. 17 incident, six municipal government workers died of asphyxiation after city officials allegedly refused to let them leave the building despite an angry demonstration outside. The demonstration culminated with protesters setting the municipal office on fire. The national government accused El Alto's opposition mayor, Soledad Chapetón, of a "self-assassination" (autoatentado) of her employees; Chapetón retaliated by accusing the government of holding back the National Police to give the protesters a free hand as they torched the building. She invoked the lost lives in urging her followers to vote no in the referendum, saying the "best homage we can make to our fallen comrades it to be able to contribute to democracy" in Bolivia. Six people have been arrested and charged by Bolivia's judicial body, the Fiscalía, over the deadly incident.
Severe flooding was reported in parts of northern Morocco on February 22, 2016 after heavy rainfalls lashed the region over the last two days. One person is suspected dead, according to the current reports. The regions of Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoecima, including the...... Read more »
The new research finds that organic meat and dairy have higher levels of healthy...
"Today it's simply socially unacceptable to let stock in rivers; people view it in the same way as it's unacceptable to smoke in restaurants" Conservation group raises alarm over river protection, 22.02.2016
"If Louisiana follows Arizona’s lead in switching to meat-free meals in jail, I’d be happy to...
How expansive and deep is the cancer of payed denial and deception which has long since permeated so much of the science community on countless fronts? How many so called "experts" have long since sold any shred of honor and honesty they may have once possessed in exchange for a paycheck and a pension? The
HONDURAS – In a peaceful walk that COpINH was carrying out at this moment, employees of DESA-Agua Zarca and the mayor of San Francisco de Ojuera and the National party are detaining and harassing more than 100 compañeros that are part... Read More
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Should a precious ecosystem that provides for the culture and physical survival of the Anishinaabe people be sacrificed for a couple pipelines? Enbridge probably wouldn’t have a problem with that. In fact, they’d answer with a smile; but if you were to ask Winona LaDuke, she would stare at you with unflinching eyes and answer from the heart. She would say, no. And then she would explain why.
A part of the WOMAN film collection, Food, Water, Earth profiles the well-known Native American environmentalist, economist and writer, as she leads Honor The Earth and her wider community in a battle to stop Enbridge and the Koch Brothers as they try to push forward with a set of tar sands pipelines that would run straight over Anishinaabe lands; permanently endangering a delicate wetland ecosystem that is home to Manoomin, a sacred food to the Anishinaabe that is of great spiritual and cultural importance.
Here and no further (“Ende Gelände”) for lignite coal in Lusatia: climate justice in action! 13. – 16. May 2016 In 2016, the farewell to coal continues: Vattenfall, owner of the coal field in Lusatia is trying to... Read More
Six million people need clean water, sanitation aid: Ethiopian Government Severe water shortages are putting millions of lives at risk and forcing mass migration as people search for water, says international humanitarian aid agency World Vision. Life-threatening drought conditions persist globally, including in Central and South America, Southern and Eastern Africa and the Pacific Islands. […]
NBA Superstar Ray Allen and his wife Shannon are launching an organic fast-food restaurant in...
A court has ruled that French Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini was correct when he concluded that GMO food, when fed to rats, caused serious health problems including tumors. March-against-monsanto.com reports: Now, Prof. Séralini is in the news again –... Read More
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An environment can be photographed, but to be experienced it must be understood. Experience is a function of shared collective programming of mind. There is more to the stories of culture – but it seems to be the case we miss much.
As Dexter, Hannah and I go about our regular transit, we are walking through a culturally transformed landscape, in which ignorance and neglect is as significant as blind agency. Admittedly, it is pushing boundaries to suggest that native animals , who are beings with levels of awareness and sensing lived in the natural ecology. The human beings who lived here for 40 -60,000 years were much more integrated with the natural ecology than those that followed. The train that carried the coal from deep in the escarpment is now a figment of imagination, as is the sounds of the coal crusher and those driven by the ethos of industrial civilization.
There is more to this world than I can see. Dexter and Hannah live in the present. There are two videos from from 6-19 February.
The supporting music for “The Second Week of February” is “Stomping Ground” by Silent Partner:
We talk with young Perth Muslim activist Aisha Nancy Novakovic about the conference where she presented a paper on Radicalisation, Redemption and Loss: Insights into the Young Muslim Mind.
23rd February 2016 By Lissa Rankin, MD Guest Writer for Wake Up World I never thought much about the difference between awe and mystery until I started hanging out at the proverbial kitchen table of Kitchen Table Wisdom author Rachel Naomi Remen, MD. Soon after I bellied up to that table, awe and mystery, along with ...Continue Reading - Awe and Mystery as Food for the Soul
23rd February 2016 By Makia Freeman Contributing Writer for Wake Up World Political authority, or the authority of State, or the authority of Government, is something the average person virtually never questions. Most people goÂ through their entire lives believing that their Government âŹ although almost composed of provable criminals, cheats and liars âŹ still has ...Continue Reading - Getting the Idea of Government and Political Authority Out of Your Mind
The Barnett Government is trying to push through legislation to curtail our right to protest. They want to make it an offence to carry a “thing” with the ‘presumed’ intention of impeding lawful activity.
This incredibly vague wording has horrible implications for
anybody fighting for what’s right in Western Australia.
Read it here: www.parliament.wa.gov.au/Parliament/B…ill114-1.pdf
As the United Nations wrote this week:
“The Bill would grant police disproportionate and unnecessary powers to restrict lawful protests. … It discourages legitimate protest activity and instead, prioritizes business and government resource interests over the democratic rights of individuals.
The statement also warns that “The Bill will have the chilling effect of silencing dissenters and punishing expression protected by international human rights law.”
The Bill was introduced in February 2015, passed in the Upper House on Thursday 18 February 2016 without going to commitee, and is now set to be debated in the Lower House. Labor WA and Greens members of parliament oppose this Bill, and Labor have said they will repeal the Bill if they form government in 2017.
Come to Parliament House on Tuesday, February 23 at 12pm and make sure your concerns are heard by our political representatives and the media.
I would like to propose a much better idea for the defunct railway line we have: why not open it up to the steam train enthusiasts with the idea of running steam train trips along the line calling in at various art galleries, pottery places and other tourist stops on the way to perhaps Byron Bay?
This would be a huge tourist attraction and bring more money to the area than any bike trail will which only caters for a few fit people here.
This is mostly a retired area and would offer more advantages than just bike riding. The arts can be catered for and a day out for families. So many options especially as an attraction to bring more tourists to the area.
I know in Brisbane and in other areas where they run a ‘blues’ steam train trip and this is always sold out it is so popular, the train pulls into various stops where refreshments can be bought and people move around carriages to enjoy different blues music that is on offer in each carriage.
There is also a dinner train which is always popular. There is no limit to what it could be used for when you incorporate steam trains. The whole concept would be wonderful for the Tweed.
Terri Bradley, Tweed Heads West
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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: ASYLUM SEEKERS: Australian Medical Association spoke out loudly to government when its President catalogued the horror that is Manus & Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"
Today the Treasurer, Scott Morrison, introduced the
Commonwealth Electoral Amendment Bill 2016 (see
explanatory memorandum) to Parliament. This bill
primarily reforms Senate voting to remove Group Ticket Voting and
eliminate the broken preference-dealing system that led to many
farcical outcomes at the 2013 election. The defects of that
system have been covered exhaustively on here before (click the
"senate reform" tab) and I will not discuss them further here.
This article concerns the system in the new Bill, how it will
work and whether it is any good. I expect to update this
article over coming days as news and comments come to hand.
3 birds seen just off the verge in the bush on the eastern side of the road about 80 metres from the locked gate. These are the first we've seen in the past 10 years on Bribie.
The beach is without a doubt the playground for Australians. The formation of national identity is pinned on beach culture. "Australians are islanders and we've come to expect - almost as a kind of birthright, as much as a lifestyle - a certain kind of access to open beaches..." (source) From family holidays (if not in Bali) to national surf events and festivals it is the space to be in. On 2,000 kilometres of New South Wales coast, locals and visitors showcase their beach bodies, swim, surf, play sport and empty their dogs. It appears to be the place of equality. 'Our beach' turf is fiercely defended against 'the other' (Cronulla riots). Its is the only place of summer culture.
The beach as money-making machine
Urban beaches are manicured with fossil fuel and '...
Escapee (obviously) observed at dusk. iPhone photo in very poor light shows pale bill of male bird
My agreement is to hold this back until Monday (from the Friday Fin Review). Just in case anyone missed it the other day:) RC
Many years ago, when I first started working as a veterinarian, I accepted there would be parts of my job I didn’t like. Vets, as everyone knows, are expected to put animals to sleep, some when they are perfectly healthy. It can become wearing. Obviously other vets have issues too; vets are four times more likely to commit suicide than members of the general population.
The reason you probably didn’t know that little factoid is because we vets are disinclined to complain about our lot. By contrast, it seems barely a day goes past without members of the medical profession telling everyone how hard they’ve got it.
Recently, in response to public criticism of Sydney’s ‘lockout’ laws, we had Professor Peter Miller telling all and sundry, “behind every number is a tragic story – you only need to ask the emergency department doctors, police, paramedics and surgeons who have to clean up the awful toll.”
Yes, violence causes injury and doctors are paid to treat the injuries. But their involvement is a matter of choice; they are not compelled “to clean up the awful toll”. Indeed, they don’t have to do trauma or emergency medicine, or even medicine itself, at all. Moreover, no-one is forced to join the police or ambulance service.
In fact, doctors demanding lockouts because they don’t like treating the victims of violence is equivalent to teachers demanding parents keep dumb kids at home. They should do their jobs, or find a job that they’d rather do.
Furthermore, there is something particularly unbecoming about upper middle-class professionals whining about their (well paid) jobs. There’s a part of me that wants to send the lot of them to the nearest Centrelink so they can see how the unemployed and disabled respond to their grumping.
This last point is relevant because job losses and ve......
Social and political debates about racism rarely include the voices of the oppressed and are instead a prescription or stricture within the narrowest discourse. Australia’s major institutions and think tanks are not just in a hostile public denial of this nation’s knee deep racism despite the racism being self-evident, but are ruthlessly hostile to any […]
A common sound heard on the edges of the Mallacoota township belong to a large solid bird called a Wonga Pigeon. It is a bird that prefers dense scrub and rainforest. It has distinctive markings – blue grey upper body, and spotted white belly. The markings on the chest help with camouflage, imitating shadows amongst the trees. To me it looks like a large W. It will try and stay still and hide when you walk to close but when it flushes it is a loud clatter of wings and a mad dash through the branches and away. When several flush at the same time it is loud and generally spooks everything else nearby. The one below I found on an early morning walk near my campsite. It was not overly concerned by my presence and for the first time I managed to get a few images of this species.
A 27-year-old man has been charged over a fail-to-stop accident at Brunswick Heads late last Friday night in which a 23-year-old man was struck by a four-wheel-drive ute after he walked into the middle of the town’s main road.
The pedestrian, who was accompanied by two other men at the time of the accident, remains in hospital with serious head injuries.
On Sunday, the driver of the ute attended Byron Bay police station where he was interviewed by police and released pending further inquiries.
Police said that this afternoon (Monday), the man returned to the station where he was arrested and charged with failing to stop and assist after a vehicle accident, cuasing grievous bodily harm.
He was conditionally bailed to face Byron Bay Local Court on 21 April.
The accident happened around 11.40pm on Friday when the 23-year-old man and his friends were walking along the northern shoulder of the Old Pacific Highway in Brunswick Heads, in a westerly direction .
When they were near the intersection with Newberry Parade, police say that for unknown reasons the 23-year-old walked into the middle of the road where he was struck by the eastbound ute.
Police say that after the collision, the ute did not stop and drove off at high speed towards Brunswick Heads.
Ambulance paramedics transported the injured man to Gold Coast Hospital where he is in a serious condition.
Crash Investigation Unit police are investigating.
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‘Secret communication #86′
Exploring hand gestures, which can hold both widely known and
secretly known meanings.
The Liberals, Labor, and The Greens are conspiring to ensure that the 20% or so of Australians who don’t preference them in the Senate don’t elect anyone from the minor parties. While there are some cross-benchers who are annoying and/or not too smart to be sure; there are also Labor, Liberal, and Greens Senators who are also annoying and/or not too smart. Rather than restrict the choices of voters displeased with their efforts maybe Labor, Liberals, and The Greens should give some thought to why 20% or more of the population don’t want to vote for them.
Anyway, I suspect Senate Reform won’t be enacted before the next election – because the “reform” will be in the courts. Something of a long shot but here goes: Senator Mathias Cormann has admitted:
Senator Cormann acknowledged voters who voted above the line could see their vote exhausted and ultimately not counted towards any candidate.
The Constitution requires:
7. The Senate shall be composed of senators for each State, directly chosen by the people of the State, voting, until the Parliament otherwise provides, as one electorate.
If your vote can become exhausted, deliberately by design, before being counted can you have said to have voted? Not all of the people in the State will have voted.
Indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon have suffered from three oil spills in two months.
The spills are all attributed to State oil company PetroPerú, which has failed to conduct routine maintenance on its pipelines. One spill released at least 2,000 barrels of oil, which spread into the local rivers, affecting indigenous communities that include the Achuar, Shapra, Wampis and Awajún.
The spills have destroyed the ecosystem, compromising the health, food and safety of local communities. Locals have lost their livelihoods and are no longer able to drink water from the rivers or fish for food.
Whilst the cleanup is the responsibility of PetroPerú, both the company and the government have been slow to react. Communities have resorted to trying to clean up the toxic oil themselves. Shocking images reveal that children, without protection, have been involved in this dangerous process.
This environmental disaster is just the latest in a long history of oil and gas leaks in the area. More than 70% of the Peruvian Amazon has been leased by the government to oil companies. Many of these leases are inhabited by indigenous people. These projects not only open up previously remote areas to outsiders, such as loggers and colonists...
Filling jails with the traumautised – whether simple, multiple or complex traumas – should make no sense to anyone. We are filling prisons with the mentally unwell and not the criminally minded. Dr Richard Di Natale is right on the mark on the ways forward with the decriminalisation of the victims of illicit drug use […]
Police officer in charge did not check on arrested woman at any stage of her incarceration, says counsel assisting the coroner
The Aboriginal woman Maureen Mandijarra had been lying in the same position on the concrete floor of cell four in the Broome police station for at least six hours before police attempted to rouse her, a coronial inquest has heard.
When police did try to shake the 44-year-old awake, in the early hours of 30 November 2012, they found she was dead.
The inquest into her death began in the tourist town 2,240km north of Perth on Western Australia’s north-west coast on Monday.
Read the rest of the story at The Guardian.
The mass incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders should be a civil rights issue, one of the pressing issues of our generation but our Governments – one after another – continue to fail to translate this pressing issue as a national priority. The incarceration rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is an […]
Australia has a community food movement but it could be improrved if it is to thrive, finds a NSW government enquiry into future support for the movment…
Top-notch track selector and music tastemaker Lefto has played nearly 600 shows on Belgian national radio and sharpened his digging ability at the now-famous Music Mania store in his hometown of Brussels.
To celebrate his involvement in this year’s Summer Dance 2016 party series, curated by our mates at Astral People, Lefto made us an exclusive mix that demonstrates his eclectic selections and is guaranteed to get sweat beading on your brow.
Mophono x Gaslamp Killer – Murder Man
Alan The Chemist – Jabroni ft. Migos & Mac Miller
Anderson Paak – Carry Me
Ammar Sheriyi – Wehyat Kalbi
Yussef Kamaal Trio – Strings of Light Driess
The Holy Disciple of Chicago III – I Know Him
Camille Doughty – Elijah Rock
Hiatus Kaiyote – Shaolin Monk Motherfunk
Sons of Kemet – Play Mass
Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood and The Rajasthan Express – Julus
Soul of Hex – The Muth (Henry Wu remix)
Lay Far – Jump Higher ft. Mark de Clive-Lowe
General Ludd – Sunset Yellow
Kyle Hall – Dervenen
Tenderlonious – All Your Way
Australia has been allocated only 10 of the Limited Edition Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello scramblers arriving in May at $16,500 plus on-road costs.
The bike, unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan in November 2015, features a high-mounted scrambler-style Arrow exhaust, aluminium mudguards, satin-finished aluminium side number plates, polished alloy wheels and Stornello graphics.
The production number of each motorcycle will be laser inscribed on the upper part of the headstock.
|Steve Murphy's netted Night Parrot: Pic by Rachel Barr|
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Have your say on the Trans Pacific Partnership – an agreement that would enable multinational companies to sue Australia, in offshore Tribunals, for having environmental protection laws that restrict their capacity to earn profit in Australia. Make a brief submission to the … Continue reading
22nd February 2016 By Simon Vorster & Jennifer Langstone Contributing Writers for Wake Up World KnowingÂ Source Through the Human Senses Attempting to perceive the vastness of creation and how we are connected to it can be almost impossible to grasp with the human mind. The element in our humanness that connects us to Source is ...Continue Reading - The Full Moon Virgo âŹ You Are The Universe!
Raquel Caballero and Emily Hunt of Big Ego Books provided us with a tidy perspective on the trade fair hustle late last year. The article was memorable for their unabridged opinions and clear passion for unusual finds and made us hyperbolically declare them “..two of the sharpest wits in the book selling biz”. Well now we're pleased to announce their new IRL manifestation at Alaska Projects in the Cross.
Big Ego will continue selling gems from their online store, but now you have the added option of getting your paws all over the pages before you buy. Also, you know the visual merchandising is going to be on point, thanks to the ridiculously great themed tableaus from their site (there's one witchy-corker pictured above). The store will be launching alongside the latest group show, featuring work from Julia Bavyka, Angela Garrick, Joe Pol and Harrison Witsey. Two events for the price of one (to four) cheap beers– what a barg!
Newcastle synth & electronics guru Collector aka Jason Campbell joined Ears Have Ears in the studio for an exclusive live set featuring three unreleased tracks from his upcoming LP, fused together with improvisation. Watch an excerpt from the performance below, featuring his new track ‘Shark Tooth Necklace’.
If live experimental music is your bag, keep an eye out for Ears Have Ears Live, a free monthly series of events held at FBi with a live audience that you’re invited to be a part of!
Video by Michael Thompson & Alexandra Koster.
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Los Angeles producer Elusive creates hip hop infused electronic music so lush it makes your skin tingle.
No stranger to the world of beatmaking, Elusive has spent the best part of two decades releasing music. Focusing primarily on underground hip hop in the ’90s and 2000s, you’ll find his production credits among the likes of Guilty Simpson, Killah Priest, Rapper Big Pooh, Shock G and more. In recent years though, Elusive has turned his attention to experimental electronica – working in richly textured layers of future-jazz and found sounds.
Having found a new home with LA heavyweights Alpha Pup Records, Elusive is set to release his second full-length record with the label – appropriately titled Textures. We’re excited to have a sneak peek here for you: a rippling, whispering journey of track entitled “Ice Patternz”. Premiered today on The Playlist with FBi’s music director Stephen Goodhew, you can stream the track below.
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We all love Mac Demarco's scallywag jangle but wouldn't it be more interesting if someone from his band sent that sound through a disco blender, poured the contents into a blow-up kiddie pool and splashed around in slow motion? Lucky Homeshake have done just that (so to speak). Supported for their final Sydney show by Noire and Donny Love.
We all love Mac Demarco's scallywag jangle but wouldn't it be more interesting if someone from his band sent that sound through a disco blender, poured the contents into a blow-up kiddie pool and splashed around in slow motion? Lucky Homeshake have done just that (so to speak). They're touring the country at the moment and made us a mix to celebrate. It's as eclectic and great as we hoped it'd be.
Jagged Edge, 'Walked Right Outta Heaven'
This music video was all over Much Music when I was a kid and I didn’t think I liked it, but then one day Salina threw it on and I saw the light. Sometimes she accuses me of stealing her music taste, which is fair.
Project Pablo, 'Sky Lounge'
Project Pablo is my neighbour. He lives next door to the people who live above us. I think 'sky lounge' is what they call his apartment. We share internet. Really good guy.
Alexander O’Neal & Cherelle, 'Saturday
All the days of the week are good but Saturday has got to be the most popular one.
Taeko Ohnuki, '幻惑'
There’s this other Taeko Ohnuki song that I’m certain is the happiest song ever written, it makes me feel amazing, but this is a different song that is great too.
Carly Simon, 'Why'
She’s heartbroken because their love hurts so much, but that bass line is definitely hot enough to take her mind off the pain for a few minutes.
LJ Reynolds, 'Trust In Me'
I trust him.
Joe ft. Mystikal 'Stutter'
Young Braised, 'Daydrift'
Last time he was in Montreal, Young Braised* came over for dinner. Salina made a fantastic spaghetti, he brought a salad, and we chatted all night, a really great lit...
A 200 Year Old Barber
The world’s most loved comedic opera, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, celebrates its 200th anniversary on Saturday 20 February. To mark the occasion, Opera Australia has partnered with World’s Greatest Shave to donate a portion of ticket sales to the Leukaemia Foundation, in addition to offering a strictly limited 200 tickets for 200 cents youth discount.
WORLD’S GREATEST SHAVE
In 1816 Rossini premiered The Barber of Seville which would go on to become an international hit, with its instantly recognisable overture (that many have since heard courtesy of Bugs Bunny) and of course Figaro’s aria Largo al factotum which baritones around the world have sung as they have cut the hair of the people of Seville.
To celebrate 200 years of the show, for every ticket purchased to the Sydney Opera House season of The Barber of Seville via worldsgreatestshave.com/events, Opera Australia will donate $18.16 to the Leukaemia Foundation. The season concludes on 22 March, 2016.
“We’re delighted that the world’s most famous Barber is giving us such a generous (and musical!) start to this year’s World’s Greatest Shave,” said Chris McMillan, General Manager from the Leukaemia Foundation. “We encourage all Australians to follow Figaro’s lead and register to shave or colour their hair ahead of shave weekend March 10-13.”
Sydney 5 piece funk powerhouse, Gang of Brothers will perform live on Sunday the 13th of March, from 2pm till late @Soul Of Sydney. Other DJ’s will support for an afternoon of Feel-Good Funk, Soul, Disco, Afro-Beat, Old School party jams & beyond. : featuring Soul Of Sydney Dj’s & Friends, Dj Johnny Bones (Feat. Johnny Bones’ Afro), Dj Jon (from Eastside Radio!), Phil Toke (Soul Of Sydney, Spirit Of House), Drae Leighton, Dj Trey and Tony Chill!
Attention Berliners and all nearby EU Juice Rap News fam/fans:
Ken Oathcarn, General Baxter and Terrence Moonseed from Juice Rap News will be rocking the stage at the Berlin Congress Center on March 11!
(I know we said we wrapped up Juice Rap News… but after receiving a warm invitation from the Center of Investigative Journalism we decided to make one exception in order to be able to present some Juice at least once for our EU friends!)
Verrrry honoured to have been invited to talk about JuiceMedia/RapNews at The Logan Symposium, which brings together some of the most badass peeps of our generation working in journalism, hacktivism, human/digital rights and unfucking-the-Internet – including Julian Assange (via Skype), Sarah Harrison, Seymour Hersch, Cage, Jacob Appelbaum (Tor), Jesselyn Raddack, Jérémie Zimmermann, Subgraph, and many others.
Amidst this madness I’ll be presenting some excerpts from the JRN live show with help from stellar Melbourne mc’s MANTRA and Grey Ghost as General Baxter and Terrence Moonseed. So, if you live in Europe and thought you had missed out on ever seeing live Juice, now’s your chance to catch this PLUS many other awesome speakers. (NB: This will not be our FULL show, as Hugo is not with us, but we’ll do our v...
Tony Sharpe has died. Tony was an exceptional man, full of life, warmth and energy. It was impossible not to like him. He gave generously of his time, money, energy to those in need; used his intelligence and ingenuity to achieve positive results for others. Had a huge capacity for work and was a brilliant
A 66-year-old man will appear in court today after he was arrested for alleged sexual offences of two children at Nimbin over the weekend.
Police say that on Saturday, a boy aged 8 and a girl aged 11, befriended a man earlier in the morning when they began playing with his dog.
Later that day the man allegedly indecently and sexually assaulted the children.
The children ran from the man and alerted their parents and the man left the area in his car.
Police attended and an investigation began. Around 5.20pm yesterday (Sunday), police attached to the Ballina Child Abuse Squad arrested the man in Uralba Street, Lismore.
He was taken to Lismore police station and charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault and one count of indecent assault.
The man was refused bail to appear in Lismore Local Court today (Monday).
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The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) released its reasons in Hicks v Australia on February 16, 2016, in which it found that Australia had breached David Hicks’ right to be free from arbitrary detention. While the decision represents a measure of vindication for Hicks in the face of ongoing hostile disdain from the Australian government, it was perhaps disappointing in its narrowness.
The UNHRC supervises and monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (“ICCPR”), a global treaty that binds three-quarters of the world’s countries.
David Hicks’ complaint was submitted on September 10, 2010. The five-plus-year gap between submission and decision is unfortunate, but reflects the complexity of the case, as evinced by the original 100+ page submission from Hicks’ counsel.
However, the UNHRC did not address these complexities appropriately. While Hicks was successful in one of his claims regarding arbitrary detention, prohibited under Article 9(1) of the ICCPR, his many other claims deserved more thorough consideration than they received.
Hicks’ story is recounted briefly here. He was apprehended in Afghanistan in November 2001, very soon after the invasion of that country by the US in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, and was suspected of fighting on behalf of al-Qaeda, the Taliban, or both.
He was detained at the facility in Guantanamo Bay from January 2...
since December last year when local resident Adnil Ramos came into the studio to talk about the impending loss of 700 significant trees in the Randwick area, Monday Drive has been following the drama surrounding these vintage arboreal guardians of our ecosystems. Unfortunately in January we lost 20 heritage trees along Maiden’s Row in Alison Road, as well as several trees and their huge singing green canopies along Wansey Road, and Anzac Parade, much to the distress of locals. Ostensibly sacrificed to the new light rail, it has since emerged that without Randwick Council’s consent or approval, the route was amended to the detriment of the trees to support development plans by the Randwick Racecouse for a hotel, entertainment centre and VIP car park. However, community outrage has steadily built with a series of events, including a memorial to the trees on what is now an avenue of wood chips. The recent rally on Valentine’s day attracted over 1000 people who called on Mike Baird to stop the carnage now. Here are two videos about the trees made by...
22 February 2016: KAP Leader andFederal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter today moved legislation that will ensure Australian Government contracts are fulfilled with Australian goods and services.
The Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendment (Procuring Australian Goods and Services) Bill 2016 requires that contracts on behalf of Commonwealth entities be made up with goods and services produced from at least 75 per cent Australian labour or at least 75 per cent goods manufactured or produced in Australia.
Mr Katter said that the Bill would create jobs and remove Australians from welfare, as well as create billions of dollars in extra revenue and taxation. But more importantly, he said it would ensure the continuation of our technological, industrial and defence capabilities.
“In this place the people have a voice – but the only voice seems to be the few of us sitting on the cross benches.
“You take a survey in the electorate and 90% of people want something – but the people in this place do not serve their electorates, they serve their political party.
“The laughing stock of this country is the Government who has their Australian flags made in China.
“A Government who has the boots of their soldiers made in China.
“And we can no longer produce whitegoods in this country – a stove, a washing machine or a fridge.
“This is an interesting period in Australian history, in the last six months Australia made its last motor car.
“In the argument about whether Australia should make its own motor cars, they quoted the chief protagonist in the Brooklyn Bridge argument.
“They were looking at whether the English could build a better bridge – they knew if the English built the bridge they only got the bridge. But if the Americans built the bridge, they got the bridge and the money.
“What this bill does is creates jobs – let me be specific and talk about our ship...
The rider death toll on the Gold Coast hinterland has been steadily rising since the council-subsidised motorcycle roadcraft course was axed, leading to calls for it to be reinstated.
The Safe Motorcycle Advanced Rider Training courses was cancelled in 2012 despite winning the inaugural 2011 Australian Road Safety Awards.
Image Courtesy of Davidson Brothers The Gum Ball festival in the Hunter Valley, NSW holds a special place in our hearts. It is one of the country’s best boutique festivals, attracting an amazing lineup of artists to a beautiful, intimate setting. The first round of artists for the festival, including the likes of Jeff Lang, […]
Ronald's space: Part 20: Australia’s “irrelevant” crimes against humanity. Another email to Queensland’s Justice Minister, Yvette D`Arth, with yet another example of Centrelink’s Waivergate rip-off. "IndyWatch Feed National"
Below is another email to the Queensland Justice Minister, Yvette D`Arth, with details of another victim of Centrelink’s civil rights violating “Account payable” scam. I strong recommend that readers check out the ABC’s AM program web link below for details of how Centrelink tried to defraud a woman of $25,000 by falsely accusing her of failing to provide information when in point of fact a human error, i.e. a “Commonwealth error” had occurred and the Waiver of Debt rule in paragraph 1,237 (A) of the Social Security Act should have been applied.
Keep in mind that the civil rights issue is simple; Centrelink has NO CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT, and therefore no legal right, to issue demands for repayment until a court has independently and impartially determined “the primary facts of the matter.” Consequently, anyone who gets hit with a demand for repayments should immediately ask “When did a court decide that I was to blame for the over-payments and why didn’t the court ask for my input?”
REMEMBER: If there is no court decision, then there is no legally valid claim.
Okay, below is my email to Yvette D`Arth:
Dear Minister D`Arth, In case you think that the information that I am providing to you is a load of bunkum, check out this ABC AM web link from 6th February 2016. Complaints against Centrelink soar, Govt blames IT can be found at the following web link.
I would draw your attention to the following comments on that ABC webpage:
MEREDITH WARD: I received a phone call from somebody from Centrelink just saying, “You owe us $25,000.”
ANGELA LAVOIPIERRE: Centr...
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