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Great news. Word today from colleagues in Iceland and now reports in both Icelandic and English-language media confirm that the planned hunt for fin whales will not happen this summer. The man behind that whaling is claiming that he’s stopping because of “hindrances” in exporting the meat. That’s great news for whales and everyone who has been opposing this needless, senseless hunt.
Great news. Word today from colleagues in Iceland and now reports in both Icelandic and...
Estonian House, West Brunsiwck, 24th February
The crux of this meeting, as presented by Moreland planning staff, is that the previous agreement was voided root-and-branch by the State Government, and in the newly planned Neighbourhood Centres, the allocated zones have been changed somewhat (no-one seemed to recall being given prior notice) and also the previously agreed 3-storey limits (all achieved by quite verbally violent public activity!) have morphed into 4-storey. In the course of the meeting it turned out that 4-storey was not 4-storey mandatory but 4-storey discretionary! The council "hoped" they could make them mandatory. It was impossible despite direct and explicit questioning to find out what was the actual upper height limit is right now, or even if there is an upper height limit.
There was much volatile discussion around the apparently arbitrary re-drawing of new boundaries---there must always be unfortunate residents who end up next to or surrounded by, possible huge overshadowing apartment blocks whereas across the road it is different.
The Planning guy ( who seemed rather embarrassed; I felt a bit sorry for him) admitted the historically, and also recent, appalling standard of erections in Moreland and also said the Council wished to enforce more stringent standards of good design and sup...
(We) can do better: Pascoe Vale Residentâ€™s account of Moreland Council â€˜Neighbourhood Centres Strategyâ€™ public consultation meeting for Pascoe Vale and Oak Park residents, February 2016 "IndyWatch Feed National"
I went to the one [meeting] at Pascoe Vale neighbourhood Community Hall. People were hostile. They [Council staff] said they were seeking community input for their submission. One resident said;
'Is it going to be like last time when you had the Moreland Rezoning Community consultations. You didn't give an accurate account of our opinions in your submission. No mention how residents opposed increased density, wanted greater protection etc. Instead you said things like, residents wanted better quality apartments etc. What a load of bullshit, you lot are going to do what you want?'
Another ladyâ€¦ said:
'I'm reading through this handout. This is basically a bribe. You're telling us to accept the four storey height limit, because if we don't we'll end up with ten storeys. ' Council officer tried to deny it, but the lady kept pressing and pressing the point that this is a bribe, until the officer admitted in a round about way 'as it stands, developers can apply to build beyond 4 storeys, if we don't have height limits, so we have to put something in place. '
In the draft 1.1 of Neighbourhood Centres Strategy, it states that Plan Melbourne promotes density in defined locations to support a 20minute neighbourhood, where residents will have access to a wide range of local amenities and services. My husband (a Brunswick boy) stood up and said:
'This 20 minute concept was intended for new estate areas. Any residents living in Moreland can already access services and amenities within 20minutes. Within 20min I can be in Brunswick, Coburg, Hospitals in Parkville, Airport West, Essendon DFO, Northland, Moonee Ponds. We don't need density to support the 20min neighbourhood concept. We have it already.â€™
The artist impression showed block after block of 4 storey apartment...
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Moreland residents are presently being treated to a new round of â€˜consultationsâ€™ throughout the municipality, and being indoctrinated by Council staff on the assumed benefits of residential rezoning (radically increased residential densities) and of neighbourhood activity centres as a central feature of the â€™20-minute cityâ€™. Under this new feudalism, it is expected that residents will access all of their basic material needs and services within a 20 minute walk, bicycle trip, or by public transport. Superficially this may seem a nice idea. On closer scrutiny it is fanciful, so expensive that the necessary additional infrastructure will never be provided, and little more than a pretext for an atrophied Australian business culture dependent upon population growth and capital widening; incapable of building a genuinely modern economy. Selling dirt to China and building a national ponzi economy based on population growth and making each other cappuccinos. Dumb and dumber dressed up as community building and environmental responsibility, but, very politically fashionable â€“ so much so that the left enthusiastically does the economic rightâ€™s public relations for it. The Greens on the Moreland Council are a case in point.
That the Moreland Council is conducting a new round of â€˜consultationsâ€™ on the new feudalism is curious. This is because of the abject failure of the previous round of â€˜consultationsâ€™ on residential rezoning under the Napthine Coalition government and the subsequent betrayal of Moreland residents on the issue by the Andrews Labor government. The overwhelming message from residents to the pro-density fundamentalism of Council and the Victorian government the first time round was an emphatic rejection of higher residential densities. At the time, the resounding reject...
Those who dare suggest that pesticides might be implicated in Brazil's microcephaly outbreak are being furiously attacked as irrational, nonsense-spouting 'conspiracy theorists', writes Claire Robinson. But the attackers have an uncanny ability to get their own facts in a twist. And among them are writers linked to industries with huge economic interests in the matter.
Churches in Sydneys Northern Beaches suburbs have been targeted in a poster campaign by the Party for Freedom which has garnered public support to keep refugees out of their iconic area.
St Stephens Belrose is one of 30 churches on the northern beaches working with the Settlement Services International (SSI) on a refugee support initiative.
The church asked those wanting to help, to offer low-cost self-contained accommodation for at least three months, help refugees find paid employment or help them become familiar with the Australian way of life.
With many thousands of Australians genuinely out of work in the Sydney district, housing refugees of doubtful origin has fired up Party for Freedom spokesman Nick Folkes
Many of the refugees are Christians seeking safety, Mr Aitkin said. But we welcome Muslims too as Jesus taught us to love our neighbour.
If, despite all the government stringent screening, an extremist does come, the best remedy is to welcome them into an Australian home and to love them.
This Minister epitomises the combined stupidity of the churches, thinking that Muslims with an inherent desire to kill all infidels, will somehow convert to Christianity.
This email more than clarifies the treason practiced by many misguided churches on the northern beaches that have shamelessly committed to the invasion initiative by donating money and paying of rental properties in the area, Mr Folkes said.
It's time public and policymakers refocus on and rein in private sector debt instead of worrying about public debt which amounts to little more than a neo-con scare campaign. Economist Philip Soos explains. read now...
by Dr Gavin Putland Professor Sinclair Davidson for the Institute of Public Affairs has written an “occasional paper” under the title “What politicians need to know about negative gearing”, opposing the known Labor policy of allowing negative gearing only for new homes (with grandfathering), and the possible Coalition policy of imposing some sort of cap […]
Then there is the Tobacco PIR analysis.
It is contained in Appendix A to the PIR.
So first things first. What does the analysis report?
To measure the effect of the packaging changes on smoking prevalence, I adopt a widely-used approach in policy analysis often referred to as “before-after” regression analysis. My analysis relates an individual’s decision to smoke to a set of explanatory variables, including sociodemographic factors and controls for tobacco control policies (including the policies governing plain packaging and enlarged graphic health warnings) that are widely believed to influence individuals’ decisions to smoke. There are two important features of this analysis. First, it disentangles the effects of multiple factors that may simultaneously be influencing the observed outcome. Second, it identifies the effect of the packaging changes by comparing smoking behavior before the policy to smoking behavior after.
So far, so good.
The analysis makes use of Roy Morgan data and shows a time trend.
A bit dodgy – the analysis does not test to see if a linear trend is appropriate or not. These things are...
Welcome to The Weekend Quiz, which used to be
known as the Saturday Quiz! The quiz tests whether you have been
paying attention over the last seven days. See how you go with the
following questions. Your results are only known to you and no
records are retained.
Enough is enough! German citizens are witnessing the fast-track decline of their nation. Does America need to look any further than Germany to see that bringing in hundreds of thousands (in Germany’s case millions) of Muslim men from countries who have no interest in assimilating in the Western world, is a serious threat to its citizens? Liberal open-border policies that have been put forth by Angel Merkel and other progressives in power have clearly put their citizens in grave danger.
OVER one-in-four Germans say they back a policy to open fire on unwanted illegal refugees at their borders.
Watch massive brawl break out in refugee camp over torn Quran:
The Alternative for Germany (AFD) party leader Frauke Petry caused a storm a week ago when she advocated the right of border police to gun down migrants. But her comments have struck a nerve in a country being pushed to the brink by the crisis with 29 percent of respondents in a weekend poll backing her extremist plan. Via: Express UK...
Study identifies 40 Australian towns that would save money by using solar and storage for their power needs, and cut the wire to the main grid.
South Australia Power Networks says numerous housing developers looking at renewable microgrids, as it plans largest household battery storage trial.
Court reverses move to curb network costs, a decision that could result in higher grid charges, and an accelerated push from consumers to seek alternatives and maybe quit the grid.
How Israel outsources torture to its Palestinian subcontractor |
972 Magazine: Security coordination between Israel and the PA
has been at the heart of public debate in both the West Bank and
Israel over the past few months. From Mahmoud Abbas’ threats to put
an end to coordination to the position taken by the Shin Bet
(Israel Security Agency), according to which the PA does all it can
to suppress West Bank protests, it seems that this is one of the
central political issues in Palestinian society today.
A new report by Israeli human rights organizations B’Tselem and Hamoked, which details alleged abuse and torture of Palestinian detainees in the Shin Bet’s “Shikma” interrogation facility, gives us another glimpse into this security coordination. According to the report, one-third (39) of the Palestinian detainees interviewed for the report were arrested by Palestinian security forces prior to their arrest and interrogation by Israel’s Shin Bet.
What a tough month on the Goulburn? We’ve been out drifting every day and it’s hard to recall a more difficult time on the river. Consistently low levels of 4000 MLD or less has seen many of the fish move away from the places they usually inhabit and occupy exactly the opposite positions. This is puts them out amongst the boat traffic, and with little water in many of SE Australia’s rivers at the moment, there has been plenty of watercraft on the river to spook the fish.
I tease you not. We are seeing ‘outdoor educators’ from as far away as Sydney on our rivers running programs for kids in kayaks and rafts, this on top of all the local operators makes, for some pretty spooky fish on the old Goulburn River.
So for the past month we have been ‘earning’ our keep by finding the fish that others can’t find or catching the fish that others can’t catch! This summer it has been a real learning curve for us as well, despite our 22 seasons of full-time guiding on the river. Probably not the sort of thing that those that find the Goulburn a daunting proposition wish to hear. But there are some opportunities out there to be had for those willing to work hard and break some of the previously adhered to ‘rules’.
There is little doubt that these lower water levels have had a major (negative) effect on the the number of larger fish that we are seeing along the river this summer. While this sounds counter-intuitive to most fly fishers, it is a fact that a percentage of the fish stocked into the Pondage in high-summer end up in the Goulburn; and with the river staying at under 5k and never hitting the 8000+ level of ‘normal’ years, we just are not seeing as many of them. That being said we are fishing guides and so we can’t just throw our hands in the air in despair; we have to adapt and devise methods that will work consistently. What is it they say about ‘necessity bein...
PressTV-EU resolution urges Saudi arms embargo: On Thursday,
Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted 359 in favor, 212
against and with 31 abstentions for the motion, calling on EU
member states to stop selling weapons to the Riyadh regime as it is
accused of targeting civilians in Yemen.
Following the resolution’s adoption, Alyn Smith, the Greens/European Free Alliance foreign affairs spokesman, said the call for an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia “reflects growing frustration at the conduct of war in Yemen by the Saudi Air Force.”
The long over-due Post-Implementation Review into Plain Packaging has been very quietly released today.
Many thanks to the Pubic Health Association of Australia for notifying us of the release – the Department of Health itself has no mention of this at its website. I was particularly interested to see this:
PHAA Tobacco spokesperson Professor Mike Daube, who chaired the Australian Government’s Expert Committee that recommended plain packaging said, “This is great news for everyone except Big Tobacco. It shows clearly that the legislation is more than meeting its objectives. We know that smoking in adults and children and cigarette sales are declining, but it is especially rewarding that this meticulous independent analysis attributes part of that decline to plain packaging alone, even within its first three years”.
That is a very important consideration. The reforms in 2012 consisted of two changes:
This is how the Department of Health currently describe the PIR (emphasis added):
The Department of Health has engaged Siggins Miller Consultants Pty Ltd to undertake consultation with stakeholders that have been impacted by the tobacco plain packaging measure and to conduct a cost benefit analysis of the measure to inform the development of a Post Implementation Review (PIR). The consultation period runs from 16 February 2015 to 27 March 2015.
In the online questionnaire that Siggins Miller Consultants Pty
Ltd deployed in their consultation, this is what they said:
Caroline Tiriman | ABC Radio Australia | 25.02.2016
Wanpla save meri blong Bougainville i mekim bikpla askim igo long Autonomous Bougainville Gavman long tokim gut ol pipal long ol mining Loa em oli bin kamapim long 2015.
Dr Ruth Spriggs, wanpla meri blong Bougainville iet husat isave lukluk long ol wok kamap na sidaon blong ol pipal blong Bougainville i mekim despla askim long wonem emi tok despla mining law i havim tasol ABG na ol mining kampani.
Emi tok despla loa bai nap kamapim narapla bikpla heve olsem Bougainville Crisis em planti tausan pipal ibin dai long en.
Bikpla fait ibin kamap long Bougainville long ol yia 1980’s long wonem ol papa graon klostu long Panguna Copper mine ibin gat kros wantem Mine na PNG Gavman.
Dr Spriggs itok, emi wari long wonem aninit long ol loa, gavman inap sasim ol papa graon samting olsem K20 tausan kina na kalabus inap long wanpla yia sopos oli brukim ol despla mining loa.
Community-based effort to shift regional Victorian town to 100% renewables by 2022 kicks off with launch of 90kW solar array.
French owner of Australia’s dirtiest coal plant launches three-year strategy to transition to clean energy, and dump its fossil fuel assets.
Having signed a "trade deal" in secret with no public mandate,
the government is now compounding its abuse by
spending $500,000 on "promoting" it to the public:
Figures released to ONE News by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade reveal officials have budgeted $495,000 for a series of 16 roadshows and hui across the country.
It works out at $23,750 per meeting and MFAT says that will cover venue hire, accommodation, transport and other costs. The remaining cash will cover other communications about the TPP.
MFAT says it is preparing to accommodate several hundred guests in the Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin and Wellington events. It said registrations "are tracking well" but didn't respond to a request for exact numbers.
Government advertising should deal with matters in which the government has direct responsibility. The objective of the advertising may be to:
(a) inform the public of proposed/new/...
The undersigned representatives of civil society organisations convey our concerns and express our opposition to what would be the biggest acquisition by a Chinese company to date—ChemChina's bid to acquire Syngenta Corporation, the inventor and primary manufacturer of highly hazardous agrochemicals, including atrazine and paraquat.
“During my conversation with Prime Minister Turnbull I mentioned that it would be a good idea if he brought to Tasmania, his federal Cabinet and announced that Tasmania’s bid for the contract to build the LAND 400 was successful,” said Senator Lambie.
“Despite the fact that we’ve lost manufacturing jobs in heavy vehicle building to other countries, North Tasmania has the capability, know-how and skilled workers to build the Australian Army’s new Land Combat Vehicle System. And I let the PM know over dinner that Tasmania wanted that important defence contract,” said Senator Lambie.
“ I realize that a process has to be followed with this defence contract, however at the very least, I want Tasmanian businesses to be included on the LAND 400 official tender short list when it’s announcement is made in March,” said Senator Lambie
“Tasmania ‘s North and North West desperately need good news regarding manufacturing and jobs – and I told the PM that we want this vital project,” said Senator Lambie
The post Dinner chat with PM was about Tasmania’s bid for LAND 400: Lambie appeared first on Senator Jacqui Lambie - PUTTING TASMANIA FIRST.
This Fridays Endangered Species Post (ESP) I touch up briefly on the St Lucia Amazon as the species is commonly known. Image credits Philippe Feldman
The species was identified back in 1776 by Dr Philipp Ludwig Statius Müller (April 25, 1725 – January 5, 1776) who was a German zoologist. Dr Statius Müller was born in Esens, and was a professor of natural science at Erlangen. Between 1773 and 1776, he published a German translation of Linnaeus’s Natursystem.
The supplement in 1776 contained the first scientific classification for a number of species, including the dugong, guanaco, potto, tricolored heron, umbrella cockatoo, red-vented cockatoo, and the enigmatic hoatzin.
Dr Muller was also an entomologist. Müller died in Erlangen. He is not to be confused with Salomon Müller (1804–1864), also an ornithologist, or with Otto Friedrich Müller. Note that the family name is actually spelled without the umlaut, then and now.
The Saint Lucia Amazon is listed as (vulnerable) which was nearing (endangered), native to Saint Lucia. From 1988 the species was first listed as (near threatened), however, unfortunately from 1994-2016 the species was re-listed as (vulnerable). Locals commonly refer to the species as the; Saint Lucia Amazon, or the Saint Lucia Parrot.
Populations are considered to be extremely low, although now allegedly increasing. A decade ago the then current known population rate stood at some 350-500 individ...
How lots of solar, battery storage, grid resiliency needs and market liberalisation could add up to virtual power plant opportunities.
German solar and storage installer Praml has completed two of the first installations of Tesla’s 6.4kWh residential battery system in the nation's south.
Peru has awarded 185MW of new solar PV contracts at record-low prices for a nation not offering any tax breaks for renewables development.
Neuropsychiatrist, Dr Steve Stankevicius, who recently worked at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital looks at how we deal with our naturaly empathy towards asylum seekers, in particular, baby Asha. read now...
Phil Goff has (a significant chunk of) the solution to
Auckland's housing problem:
turn the Remuera golf course into new homes:
Auckland mayoral candidate Phil Goff is eyeing the Remuera Golf Course as a possible site for thousands of new houses.
He wants the sale of the Auckland Council-owned land to be discussed, and he doesn't care that the Prime Minister plays there.
Developers say the land could be used for up to 8000 houses and apartments if the entire 200ha-plus area was made available, easing the city's chronic shortfall of about 30,000 homes, the Herald reported last year.
Shark mitigation experts from South Africa will be visiting Ballina next month to determine whether the ‘Shark Spotters’ program would work in the area.
A crowd-funding campaign by Sea Shepherd and the No Shark Cull group has raised enough funds to bring two representatives of the group to Australia, where they will visit Ballina, Western Australia and Sydney.
The Shark Spotters program uses a system of spotters, flags and alarms, along with towers to alert ocean users to the presence of sharks and other marine life, which may attract sharks.
National Shark Campaign Coordinator for Sea Shepherd Australia, Natalie Banks said it was only through the crowd-funding campaign that the Shark Spotters were able to come to Australia.
‘A scientific review held last year in New South Wales, indicated that Shark Spotters was the only initiative that was ready immediately for a trial in northern New South Wales, but this recommendation appears to have been ignored,’ Ms Banks said.
;Shark Spotters has been operating successfully in South Africa for over...
This morning's joke:
ACT is trying to talk up its environmental credentials:
Act wants the green vote - arguing its ideology is the best bet to save the environment and the party's proud green history has been ignored.
Leader David Seymour, who as a child was a member of the Kiwi Conservation Club and successfully campaigned for aluminium recycling at Whangarei's Maunu Primary, said it irked him that Act's environmental credentials weren't better recognised.
"We just maybe haven't done enough jumping up and down like the Greens. We have had the sausage and they have had the sizzle."
In February 2009 Quadrant published my article on The Dangerous Return to Keynesian Economics. There you will find the following:
Just as the causes of this downturn cannot be charted through a Keynesian demand-deficiency model, neither can the solution. The world’s economies are not suffering from a lack of demand, and the right policy response is not a demand stimulus. Increased public sector spending will only add to the market confusions that already exist.
What is potentially catastrophic would be to try to spend our way to recovery. The recession that will follow will be deep, prolonged and potentially take years to overcome.
I also immediately began work on my Free Market Economics which I am now about to complete its third edition. Here is how the second edition is described:
The aim of this book is to redirect the attention of economists and policy makers towards the economic theories that prevailed in earlier times. Their problems were little different from ours but their way of understanding the operation of an economy and dealing with those problems was completely different. Free Market Economics, Second Edition will help students and general readers understand the economics of that earlier time, written by someone who believes that this now-discarded approach to economic thought was superior to what is found in most of our textbooks today.
Nothing that has occurred in the seven years since the GFC has been anything other than what I expected. As certain as I was then that Y=C+I+G is the road to economic disaster, nothing I have seen since has done anything other than strengthen my belief that Keynesian theory is wrong in every partic...
One of the (many) problems I see with religious ideology is that it offers people whose intelligence and experiential curiosity is limited by cowardice and fear, a socially legitimised avoidance of the challenges of thinking differently. This is what we’re witnessing in the current outburst of venomous denial expressed by Cory Bernardi, George Christensen, […]
Adam Elliott | PNG Attitude | 25.02.2016
I THOUGHT readers would be interested to know that Veronica Hatutasi has just published a book on the Bougainville crisis, Behind the Blockade.
Veronica is based in Port Moresby and has worked for a long time as senior reporter for Word Publishing’s Wantok newspaper.
The book starts in Toniva, just south of Kieta, as the conflict builds and follows Veronica’s story from there back to Monoitu in the Siwai District of south Bougainville.
Here Veronica stayed with her family until late 1992 when, in August of that year, she was able to get herself and her family to Port Moresby.
The book focuses on her personal experiences in the village as the crisis played out and then, from 1993, on her role as a journalist covering the Bougainville story from Port Moresby.
Veronica gained many insights into the conflict and how it affected the Bougainville people from repeated trips back to the island over the years and her book covers the restoration, reconstruction, reconciliation and peace processes.
Behind the Blockade will be launched tomorrow at the Grand Papua Hotel in Port Moresby.
The book is entirely Veronica’s initiative and I think it is great that she has managed to bring it to publication.
I worked with her through the late 1990s when I was based at Aitape after the tsunami, then for a few more years when based in Madang.
The book is 233 pages long and published by Word Publis...
On the Earthquake Anniversary: Haiti Blasted Once Again | Haiti Chery: Within two weeks, vast plantations of millet had been ravaged in Haiti’s Center Department, quite far from Petit-Go�ve and near to the Dominican Republic. Affected towns included Ma�ssade, Hinche, Thomassique, and Thomonde, all of them in the country’s notoriously fertile Central Plateau. Ironically, the blight happened close to the county office of MARNDR in Hinche. According to farmer-agronomist Beaudler Louis, of MARNDR, “the millet leaves dried up, and their clusters were invaded by insects.” The agronomist said that he did not manage to save even a bunch of millet from his plantation of several hectares because the destruction happened in a “split second.”
Tweed mayor Katie Milne yesterday opened the first affordable rental house to be built in the region for some time – at Hundred Hills, Murwillumbah.
The best news is there are 21 more in the pipeline, together with 30 properties set to be sold at affordable prices.
It may have been a small step but with housing affordability on the north coast at an all-time low, every little bit helps.
The launch was the culmination of a five-year, $8.36 million project funded by the former federal government’s Better Regional Cities Program.
Cr Milne said the council was ‘happy to have been able to support this initiative and make an affordable house available to a family in need.’
‘Housing affordability is a very real issue here in the Tweed,’ she added.
Around January 2011, the Labor federal government identified t...
Iroquois Nation leaders, clan mothers and other tribal members gathered in Washington, DC on Monday to renew a 222-year-old treaty between the U.S....
TRAHANT REPORTS – It’s clear that Republican Donald Trump and D...
New activity/unrest was observed at 3 volcanoes from February 17 - 23, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Bulusan, Luzon (Philippines) | Telica, Nicaragua | Zhupanovsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia)....... Read more »
Roads and Maritime Services will cover the cost of koala fences along some local roads in Ballina shire, councillors were told yesterday.
Ballina mayor David Wright said he had spoken with the project manager Bob Higgins who said the RMS would be covering the costs of the fences.
Three councillors had lodged a rescission motion for yesterday’s meeting that sought to overturn a previous decision that could have resulted in the council being responsible for some of the fencing costs.
26 February 2016
When then Trade Minister Andrew Robb signed off the TPP he promised the Australian people it would not result in longer monopolies or extra costs for life-saving biologic medicines.
Prime Minister Turnbull told Fairfax Media at the time: "This deal has no impact on the Pharmaceutical Benefits scheme, it's not going to make drugs more expensive in Australia whatsoever.”
But this week Mr Robb promised US pharmaceutical companies that as a result of the TPP, they would receive at least 8 years of monopoly rights for biologic medicines in Australia, and potentially as long as 12 to 17 years.
Australia’s current law only guarantees five years of monopoly data protection.
It’s true that the TPP won’t require an actual change to legislation - these extra years of protection will be provided for through “other measures.”
The outcome, however, is the same - this will mean more expensive medicines for longer, which is likely to cost the PBS hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
Forced labour among migrant domestic workers is widespread, with many women exploited even before they have left their home country and later abused by their employers abroad.
More than 70 per cent of 4,100 women surveyed, citizens of the Philippines and Indonesia, said recruiters in their home country had confined them, confiscated their documents, or abused them verbally, physically or sexually, according to a report on modern slavery in the sector
Many received false information about their future work, wages and living and working conditions, and were told they had built up debts of between $US1,600 ($A2,220.22) and $US1,800 each in the process of getting a job.
‘We never expected the problem to be as widespread as it is,’ said Jacob Townsend, CEO of Farsight, an international social enterprise which carried out the survey and released it on Thursday.
The women surveyed were prospective, current or returned domestic workers, interviewed in the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore and Hong Kong.
There are between two million and five million migrant domestic workers from Indonesia and the Philippines at any given time, with many returning and re-migrating on a continuous basis, the researchers sai...
Lawmakers in Pakistan’s largest province of Punjab have given unprecedented protection to female victims of violence, in a bid to stem rising gender-related abuse.
The new law introduced on Wednesday criminalises all forms of violence against women, whether domestic, psychological or sexual, and calls for the creation of a toll-free abuse reporting hot line and the establishment of shelters.
Muslim-majority Pakistan, home to roughly 190 million people, sees thousands of cases of violence against women every year, from rape and acid attacks to sexual assault, kidnappings and so-called ‘honour killings’.
Domestic abuse, economic discrimination and acid attacks make Pakistan the world’s third most d...
Los Angeles [AAP]
Apple has submitted a legal brief opposing the US government’s attempt to force the company to unlock an encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters, one day before the filing deadline.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking Apple’s help to access shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone by disabling some of its passcode protections.
Apple has pushed back, arguing that such a move would set a dangerous precedent and threaten customer security.
In a copy of the brief provided by the company, Apple argued that the government’s request is ‘unprecedented’ and violates the company’s First Amendment rights.
You remember those Scholastic catalogs your teachers would pass
out from time to time? Thinking about them is a powerful
memory--for me--because I loved reading. I still do! I was a kid in
the 60s. I wish I had one of those catalogs now, so I could see how
the books I chose from compare to those in this year's
American Indians in Children's Literature is part of the #StepUpScholastic campaign that invites parents, students, teachers, librarians--anyone, really--to study the books Scholastic offers in their flyers (they say flyer, some say catalog, others say club forms). Once you study a flyer, you can write a letter to Scholastic telling them what you were looking for, and what you found--or didn't find.
I'm looking for books by Native people, but if I see a good one about Native people that is written by someone who is not Native, I'd buy it.
Let's take a look at what kids are getting this month (February of 2016). First, a screen capture of that page so you know what it looks like:
Annette Beachwell, AAP
There is huge international interest in what Cardinal George Pell has to say about the sexual abuse of children by clergy in the Ballarat region of Victoria when he gives evidence from a conference room at the elegant Hotel Quirinale in Rome.
By virtue of his position – head of the Secretariat of the Economy – Dr Pell is the third most powerful member of the Catholic Church bureaucracy.
This, combined with his request to give evidence by video-link, by itself would have been enough to swing the spotlight towards the Vatican.
However, international media interest has been further boosted by news an Australian crowd funding effort raised the money for abuse survivors to go to Rome to be in the room when the cardinal appears on Monday.
Hope are high the painstaking approach to questioning t...
Operators of Victoria’s Hazelwood mine are expected to face court over a 2014 blaze that burned in the open-cut mine for 45 days, shrouding Morwell in smoke and ash.
Hazelwood Power Corporation Pty Ltd, owned by GDF Suez, is facing five counts laid by WorkSafe Victoria of failing to maintain and safe workplace and five counts of failing to ensure people other than its employees were not exposed to risks to their health and safety.
The company is expected to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.
The fire ignited on February 9, when two bushfires in nearby farming country spread to brown coal in the mine.
Some residents fled the town after the government advised vulnerable people to evacuate.
The Victorian government, which last year reopened the inquiry into the blaze, earlier said the charges were a step in the right direction to help the community recover from the disaster.
By John Campbell
As a descendant of the Irish diaspora, it was too easy for me to approach this with a sense of ‘here we go again, the Micks crying into their Guinness’. How surprised I was to be overwhelmed by the way in which it confirms a profound emotional truth while managing to avert soppy, worn out cliché (notwithstanding the Christmas lunch at which a group of homeless old Micks DO cry into their Guinness). Needing to flee her stultifying existence in post-WWII Ireland, Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) jumps at the opportunity to sail to New York where a job has been arranged for her as a sales assistant in a department store. One of the movie’s great strengths lies in director John Crowley’s decision to not make of Eilis a latter-day feminist transported back to an earlier era. She is a young woman of her time and her upbringing – aware of her filial duties, devoted to the Catholic Church and, like the other Irish girls lodging at her boarding house, wanting to find a fella. These early stages, as the friendless, homesick immigrant struggles to find her feet in the New World, show an insightful understanding of social history that has become rare in today’s cinema of noisy bluster. Eilis enrols in an accountancy class and is courted by an Italian plumber (Emory Cohen), moving the film into chick-flick romance territory, but even then Crowley is to be applauded for insisting that his characters’ worth shines in their ordinariness. A spanner is hurled into the works when she is called back to Ireland following a death in the family. During an extended stay, she meets Jim Farrell (Domhnall Gleeson), a handsome, kind and eminently eligible bachelor (their waltz at a wedding reception is sublime). The story’s compelling mystery evolves at this point – will Eilis ret...
By John Campbell
For better or worse (I lean more often than not to the latter), arts funding bodies in Oz tend to see the traits of our culture as being determined by our landscape. Usually it’s the outback, with which ninety per cent of us (notably those on arts funding bodies) are entirely unfamiliar, to which deference is shown. Sue Brooks, who won everybody’s heart with Japanese Story[ (2003), has returned to Woop-Woop for a lesser, self-conscious movie of deep shallows and tedious repetition. The opening credits are accompanied by an obligatory series of artistic aerial shots that stamp the quintessential Australiana (yawn) on the story. Teenaged Grace (Odessa Young) has bolted from her comfy middle-class home with thousands of dollars she’s pinched from the family safe. She meets a guy on a cross-country bus (remember Brad Pitt in ‘Thelma and Louise’?) who has his way with her then disappears with the dosh. To her parents (Richard Roxburgh and Radha Mitchell), she has ‘vanished’ – but we know as early as the first act that they are all reunited owing to Brooks’s wanting to go over and over every stage of the disappearance with the different perspectives of each person involved. Quite frankly, it gets extremely boring, right up to the unforeseen tragedy. But even then, there is an emotional disconnect between all of the characters and the events that are unfolding around them. Roxburgh, if anything, plays it for laughs as a neurotic, wannabe adulterer who rushes back to a motel office to admit that he’s eaten the Kit-Kat in his room. Dialogue is minimal – some scenes are composed entirely of ‘yeah, righto’, ‘just put it there, mate’ – and too much is left to be read into overworked pregnant silences – how meaningful can a girl watching her father...
This year Bluesfest welcomes Boomerang to the fold – a festival within a festival, bringing the music and culture of indigenous Australia to the forefront, and headed up by none other than the quietly powerful Archie Roach.
If you don’t have goosebumps in the first 30 seconds of an Archie show, then you’re dead.
Eve Jeffery spoke with Archie in the lead up to this year’s event…
It is wonderful that you have re-released Charcoal Lane – was it hard to feel fresh about songs that you have played over and over so many times since the original release?
No, no. A lot of the songs mean more today then when I wrote them.
Do you feel the album will be just a nostalgic trip down memory lane for people who already love the work or do you feel you have a new audience for these songs?
I think that because the 25th anniversary release came with a second disc of songs reinterpreted by a wonderful group of younger ar...
Homeland Security Is Spilling a Lot of Secrets The Department of Homeland Security suffered over 100 “spills” of classified information last year, 40 percent of which came from one office, according to a leaked internal document I obtained. Officials and lawmakers told me that until the Department imposes stricter policies and sounder practices to better […]
While Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC (Rail corridors up for grabs with new bill) is working hard to try and stop the state government introducing legislation that will allow the government to give itself discretionary powers to destroy unused rail lines across the state, including the valuable Casino to Murwillumbah rail line, and sell off the land to developers, some uninformed people are actively helping the government in their dastardly activities.
Dr Faruqi is also an engineer who knows a thing or two about the cost and value of train services.
Are people really suggesting that all Australian train (and bus) services should be shut down as they run on diesel and have no EIS? That would cause riots in our cities.
It’s a mystery where these people get their information from. According to the Climate Change Authority’s review of vehicle emissions 2014, 57 per cent of transport emissions come from cars and light vehicles, (those stuck on congested Ewingsdale RD for hours) 18 per cent comes from trucks, and an amazing 3 per cent of emissions come from trains! People who drive many thousands of kilometres in their cars every year create the most pollution.
While ever the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line sits wasting away not being used it remains under threat from vested interests The only way to save the line and get the train service this region has needed for many years, is to get trains on it.
They will have to be diesel trains, but the technology is being developed to allow more environmentally friendly options in future. But if we have no train line there’ll be no trains of any kind, just a tsunami of traffic increasing every year.
Byron Shire residents are really looking forward to that.
Louise Doran, Ocean Shores
Joe Gurina | Post Courier
LANDOWNERS are threatening to close down the Tolukuma gold mine in Central Province if the developer, Asi Dokona, fails to enforce the memorandum of agreement signed last year.
The MOA was between the Asi Dokona, the state and the landowners.
Yulai Landowner Association chairman George Gusi said yesterday they were forced to take this stance as numerous attempts by the landowners for a round table with them (the developer) had fallen on deaf ears.
Business spin offs, environmental issues and social and community issues were some of the issues that Mr Gusi says they had wanted to discuss.
“Up until today the developer hasn’t been working with the people. We are urging a round table to discuss these issues and how they intend on addressing them,” Mr Gusi said.
He said local landowners in the area had suffered for more than 20 years since the establishment of the mine and did not want the same woes to be repeated with the new developer.
“Our concern is for the developer to include us in the spin off businesses and have us captured in the operation of the mine so that the people are not left out,” Mr Gusi said.
He said one way effective was to offload contracts to the landowner company who would then partner through joint venture agreement with other reputable companies adding that would be one way landowners are given full participation.
He said there needed to be close consultation with the...
North coast Greens have slammed the Australian Government’s announcement that it would invest $15.4 million over four years to fund a fossil fuel research centre.
Greens candidate for Richmond, Dawn Walker described the Coalition as ‘climate vandals’ after federal industry minister Christopher Pyne announced this week that the body set up to promote oil, gas and nuclear energy, to be known as National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), would ‘promote collaboration and innovation across the energy resources sector’.
‘The Growth Centre will work closely with researchers from universities, CSIRO and Cooperative Research Centres to build links with business and industry organisations,’ Mr Pyne said.
‘Importantly it will also promote industry-led research in priority areas by facilitating deeper engagement between industry and researchers.’
Federal energy minister Josh Frydenberg, said the Growth Centre would ‘help position Australia’s energy and resources sector for the next wave of investment’.
If we’re going to have an election about tax, Mike Dowson suggests we’d better get our facts straight first. read now...
It’s very easy to look at Labor’s negative gearing policy and laud the proposal, which purports to make housing cheaper for Australians who are attempting to get a foot in the door.
Labor’s idea is to force homes to become cheaper by removing negative gearing on established homes, and in the same swing attempting to force investors to instead build new homes, still eligible for negative gearing, thus theoretically increasing the supply of housing and driving prices down. The intent is meritable.
But is it really that simple? Or are the consequences more sinister than we are led to believe? It is a policy that even supporters would admit appears to be a kneejerk reaction based on media-driven populism.
From a purely microeconomic standpoint; I argue that entering the market as a first home buyer will only get harder and more expensive if Labor’s policy is adopted (as opposed to the status quo, or abolishing negative gearing altogether, of which the merits of both are outside the scope of this article).
Firstly, already established properties will have future
negative gearing removed. Labor believe that this will decrease
house prices because there will be lower demand for the housing
(fewer investors will want to buy). However, this makes several
bold assumptions which are yet to be shown to be true:
- That investors’ primary reason for investing in property is to negatively gear (it is not, the primary reason is future capital gains); and
- That investors have no other way of clawing back their lost income that they had under negative gearing (they can: they can increase rent prices, or reduce maintenance expenses).
Secondly, Labor have grandfathered properties that are already negatively geared. Policymakers have failed to take into account the fact that there is now an enormous disincentive to sell your established property, and as Greg Mankiw would rightfully explain to us, people res...
The popular annual food festival Eat the Street is returning to Lismore on Saturday, 12 March.
Eat the Street will once again see Magellan Street turned into a ‘street food strip’, with more than 50 local restaurants and food vendors offering tasting plates of their favourite dishes, plus a boutique beer garden.
There will also be cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs including Australia’s only hatted Indigenous chef, Clayton Donovan, who creates fine cuisine using fresh produce and native bushfoods.
City Centre Manager Jason Mumford said last year’s inaugural event was such an unexpected success that most stalls ran out of food before the end of the day. He said in 2016, there were will be more stalls, more food, more music and plenty more children’s activities.
“Macadamia Castle have come on board as a major sponsor this year and we will have the new Macadamia Castle Kids Zone, featuring reptile shows and a petting zoo, plus a jumping castle, face painting and balloon twisting,” Jason said. “Last year was such a blow-away success and it was a real drawcard for families both local...
End of an era: Yes, Charlie Rangel will retire He gamed the system for more than four decades, enriching himself at the expense of those he was supposedly representing, dodging the law and living the high life. And he never paid any serious price for his actions the entire time. —Moe Lane It’s a sad […]
A sei whale was found dead with small pieces of plastic garbage and parasites found in...
loon pond: In which the pond puts the bigot out to pasture and joins Maurice in the magic garden with the stigmatic gentle giant ... as we impatiently await our knighthood ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"
Black Lives Matter members display appropriate uniforms As for restitution and white privileged guilt… Amazing Fact About the Negro No. 1: How many Africans were taken to the United States during the entire history of the slave trade? The most comprehensive analysis of shipping records over the course of the slave trade is the Trans-Atlantic […]
The owner of The Northern Star and other local newspapers including Byron Shire News, Tweed Daily News Lismore Echo and Ballina Advocate has put them on the market, saying they are dragging the company down.
They join more than 100 regional newspapers and websites in Queensland and northern NSW that are are up for sale as their owner says it no longer wants to pour money into them.
APN News & Media says it is in talks about the divestment of its Australian Regional Media (ARM) business, which reaches an audience of more than 1.5 million between Mackay and Coffs Harbour.
ARM’s earnings dropped 27 per cent in calendar 2015, despite millions in cost cuts and growth in digital subscriptions beginning to replace the declining newspaper audience.
‘Further investment in this business is now inconsistent with APN’s long term ambitions and we have commenced the process to divest the business,’ APN chief executive Ciaran Davis said.
According to industry publication TheNewspaperWorks APN was asked after its results presentation, whether News Corp Australia was the only potential purchaser of the mastheads and how APN would ensure it was not disadvantaged in the sales process by News’ investment in the company. (News holds a 15 per cent strategic stake in APN.)
‘In response APN said it was talking to a number of parties, and it was too early for a price guide,’ TheNewspaperWorks reported.
Byron Shire Echo and Echonetdaily general manager Simon Haslam said, ‘This just reinforces the point that Rupert Murdoch is calling the shots at APN.’
Mr Haslam added, ‘On behalf of The Echo, I’m happy to offer to run free classifieds for APN to help them in their search for an alternative purchaser, so Byron shire is not further exposed to News Ltd, as Murdoch’s ownership increas...
Boomerang Festival, Northern NSW’s first global indigenous arts and culture festival is bringing the culture to Bluesfest big time in 2016, in one of Australia’s most exciting cultural collaborations, between Bluesfest Director Peter Noble and internationally revered arts curator and local Bundjalung woman, Rhoda Roberts.
On the lands of the Arakwal, of the Bundjalung Nation, The Boomerang Precinct, beside the Jambalaya Stage provides a safe, family-friendly program of arts and age-old culture and rituals, along with workshops and interactive experiences. First Nations musicians are embedded in the Bluesfest program as they have always been.
We are delighted to reveal the second major announcement for the Boomerang Precinct 2016.
More names have been added to the rousing, diverse Talks &
Ideas program – where brilliant minds from around the world will
discuss important topics about culture, the environment, politics,
food, medicine, love, life, death and everything in between.
Plus the Workshops program has now been announced, complete with fun & educational experiences for young children and adults alike! This interactive, live arts and cultural exchange generously shared by our local people will move and enlighten you with the cultural depth – and you even get the chance to walk away with your own creation!
Fin whales are the second largest animal on our planet growing up to...
BRISBANE – [AAP] Weapons police believe were used in the murder of Gold Coast man Greg Dufty have been located on a farm near Casino, a Queensland court has heard.
Prosecutors confirmed weapons had been discovered during a mention at Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday for Mr Dufty’s alleged killers, Lionel Patea, Aaron Crawford and Liam Bliss.
The news comes a day after police concluded a two-day search of a property outside Casino in northern NSW, where it was believed Mr Dufty’s body had been dumped.
The search at a 162ha bushland property off Busbys Flat Rd in Wyan began after a fourth man implicated in the crime faced court on Monday.
Clinton Stockman, 28, was granted bail after appearing in Southport Magistrates Court facing one count of being an accessory to m...
MongaBay.com recently published a piece titled, Naomi Oreskes on climate change: “We’ve blown it… but pessimism is not acceptable” by Justin Catanosa. Oreskes is the Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard... Read More
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If you see police poking around the bushes or boating off the Tweed coast on the weekend, it’s likely they aren’t on a major mission but part of a training exercise.
NSW Police’s Marine Area Command will host the major search and rescue training exercise in Tweed Heads this weekend, which they say, ‘will deliver practical and enhanced skills for police and volunteers involved in marine search and rescue’.
Other agencies involved include Queensland Police, Volunteer Marine Rescue and Surf Live Saving NSW and Queensland.
On Saturday, the more than 80 participants will brush up on search and rescue theory, with tutorials by personnel from Police, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), Surf Life Saving NSW and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Attendees will also conduct a number of desktop exercises.
Weather permitting, the group will then put the theory into practice on Sunday, with a live search and rescue exercise up to ten nautical miles off the NSW-Qld border.
This exercise will involve up to 10 vessels taking part in a coordinated grid search for missing mann...
Controversy has been brewing wildly around Viet Nam’s first ever safari, where a total of either “108 or 115 animals died over the course of 1-2 months on the premises”, with a further “135 monkeys escaping from the premises”. Biologists, Environmentalists, and Journalists have all tried in vain to obtain answers from Vinpearl, and Cites Viet Nam, unfortunately neither expert has actually received, or been sent paperwork that can place speculation, and allegations at rest. Down to investigating further as to why so many animals died on the premises.
International Animal Rescue Foundation Africa was first informed about Vinpearl back in early February of this year (2016). From the start of February 2016, we were emailed, phoned and sent various social media requests from many Vietnamese and foreign citizens asking us to investigate the Safari, and to look into other concerning allegations. International Animal Rescue Foundation Africa then contacted our Asian counterparts, and began painstakingly laying out all data for us to scrutinize. The following data that can be proven to some degree as (factual), is listed below for your immediate attention, and information.
On Wednesday, Nick Carter, deputy political director for the Bernie Sanders campaign, gave an update on new Native Amer...
The European Commission is poised to renew the licence for glyphosate - the herbicide last year deemed ‘probably carcinogenic' by the WHO - for another 15 years. The decision follows from EFSA's contrary finding, based on secret, non peer-reviewed, industry-funded studies.
During my recent time in Berlin, Germany, I was interviewed by one of Germany’s leading newspapers, Berliner Zeitung, about Europe’s growing reliance on privatised and unaccountable detention facilities for refugees. I’ve investigated this issue in my book, Disaster Capitalism.
The interview was conducted in English and then translated into German. I’m a German citizen but sadly my local language skills are lacking.
Antony Loewenstein is an Australian journalist with German roots. His Jewish family fled in 1939 from the Nazis. Loewenstein writes a column in the Guardian and deals primarily with the networking of transnational corporations and their influence on political processes.
His new nonfiction book “Disaster Capitalism” deals with the profiteers of the refugee crisis. Loewenstein was based in Sydney but had a research stay at the WZB Science Center Berlin and deals with the US anti-drug war.
The Australian bestselling author and Guardian columnist Antony Loewenstein explains in an interview how business is done with the refugee crisis in Germany and the world.
The Australian bestselling author and Guardian columnist Antony Loewenstein, well known for “My Israel Question” (2006), has researched his new, highly acclaimed book “Disaster Capitalism” and now present in Berlin. In this interview he explains how business is done with the refugee crisis in Germany and the world.
Mr Loewenstein, you research for years on the subject of privatization of refugee care. What does it...
Donald Trump used his victory speech to show his affection for the poorly educated among his...
My column in the Guardian:
It takes a brave politician to advocate for the legalisation of all drugs in the current political climate. In Australia, Greens leader Richard Di Natale is pushing for the decriminalisation of illicit substances, arguing that drug-taking is a health issue rather than a criminal offence. Selling and distributing drugs would still be a crime under this idea, leaving a curious loophole in the proposal which, by the way, has been working working well in Portugal for over a decade.
Australia remains largely disconnected to more enlightened drug policies or proposals internationally. In Ireland police officers want the full decriminalisation of all illicit drugs. Canada’s new government is pledging to legalise marijuana. Uruguay has completely legalised marijuana. Growing numbers of US states are r...
The Port of Longview rejected a proposal by Waterside Energy to...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Photos Below: High resolution images available upon request Climate Change, System Change, Personal Change New Show Opens at Allentown’s ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery on First Friday, March 4th Buffalo, NY (February 25, 2016)—A new art and photographic show opening... Read More
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Sixteen dollars. That’s the price of a movie ticket plus tax in Los Angeles or...
In less than three weeks, President Obama’s Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) is expected to release the final draft of its five-year plan for oil and gas development in federal waters. The first draft would have opened up Virginia’s coastal waters to offshore drilling for the first time — and thousands of Virginians pushed back.
As the Obama administration finalizes its draft plan, this is a critical time to keep the pressure on — and we need Virginia’s most powerful voices in Washington, D.C. to stand with us. That’s why we’re joining our allies, including the Virginia Sierra Club, Oceana and others, in urging Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner to declare their opposition to offshore drilling now.
From Georgia to North Carolina to Virginia, a movement against drilling is growing. None of us wants to be the next Gulf Coast — where tar balls are still washing up on beaches from the disastrous BP oil spill. Since BOEM first announced plans to open the Atlantic Coast to drilling, more than 100 municipalities, 700 state and local officials, and roughly 1,100 businesses up and down the coast have said NO to drilling.1
For three decades, there has been a ban on offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic. Why risk so much now? Our coastal communities are already being flooded by rising sea levels. We can’t afford to enable more of the fossil fuel pollution driving climate change. Nor can we afford to endanger our growing coastal economy or some of our region’s greatest environmental treasures.
Instead, we can and should use our coast for offshore wind expansion: wind energy can lead to more energy and jobs in the...
60 Million Consumers released a report warning women that a number of feminine care products contain...
After a heavy rain washed a huge oil slick down the Chiriaco River in northern Peru, 12-year-old Elías Taijín Rivera re...
This is a list of books I read in 2015, sorted into categories
of Recommended (total of 16), and Not Recommended (47 in all). As
you see, it is not a list of books that came out in 2015. Grand
total: 60 (and counting). There is one writer on the recommended
list who is not Native (Daniel José Older) and one on the Not
Recommended list who is Native (Tara White). Links go to my review
on AICL, and some of the links go to my article at School Library Journal.
This is not a comprehensive list. There are books that I bought or received but wasn't able to read or finish writing up. One example is Ann Martin's Claudia and the First Thanksgiving. That's a book in the Babysitters Club series. It was one that will end up with a Recommended tag when I write it up.
Germany: Onlookers Cheered as a Refugee Shelter Went Up in Flames -
The Constantine Report: “Some people reacted to the arson with
derogatory comments and undisguised joy,” local police described in
Later that morning Saxony’s prime minister, Stanislaw Tillich, condemned the crowd’s actions, calling them “criminals.”
The police said they suspected arson and were investigating right-wing extremist groups in the area who have recently become vocally anti-migrant.
Two drunken men were arrested after they refused to leave the scene.
Days before the fire, around 100 protestors in the nearby Saxon town of Clausnitz blocked refugees from leaving the bus intended to bring them to a new shelter. The refugees were forced to stay in the bus for hours until police managed to disperse the crowd.
A video of the protest shows German protestors chanting “We are the people” — the slogan of the 1989 peaceful uprising which led to the fall of the Berlin Wall — as visibly frightened migrant women and children were off-loaded into the shelter.
ZIKV infected man staying in area infested with Aedes aegypti mosquitoes Authorities are on high alert in Queensland, Australia after the eighth person in the country contracted Zika virus. A Rockhampton man has become the eighth Queenslander to be diagnosed with Zika virus, but is the first to have brought it back to an area […]
Out this year from 7th Generation is Joseph Bruchac's The
Long Run. It is in their PathFinders series.
Follow Travis Hawk on a cross-country trek as he escapes a world of brutality and uncertainty and puts his trust, and even his very life, in the hands of total strangers. Travis's story is one of struggle, survival, risk and resilience, navigating a solo journey of hundreds of miles to seek a safe haven far from the demons of his past.I'll be back with a review!
A reader sent me a copy of Michelle Modesto's Revenge and the
Wild. Published in 2016 by HarperCollins, here's the
True Grit meets True Blood in this delightfully dark and fantastical Western perfect for fans of Gail Carriger, Cassandra Clare, and Holly Black. This thrilling novel is a remarkable tale of danger and discovery, from debut author Michelle Modesto.
The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it’s just perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.
Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Seven years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She’s determined to make the killers pay for their crimes—and there’s nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.
But Westie’s search ceases when a wealthy family comes to town looking to invest in Nigel’s latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold—which...
Sarah Dickson Silver's Dream a Pony: Wake a Spirit: The
Story of Buster, a Choctaw Pony Survivor, is on my to-read list
this year. Published in 2015 by Luminare Press, here's the
In the Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory, in the year 1900, friendships between children of white “intruders” and their Choctaw and Chickasaw schoolmates had to cross a deep cultural divide. It was also a time when public ignorance could make a mockery of the ambitions of a boy with dwarfism and a place where children had to grow up fast. Trouble begins when a beautiful wild stallion, a supposed man killer, is rescued by two adventurous young brothers. When the stallion is identified as a rare Choctaw horse, the question of who should own him threatens to destroy cherished friendships. Then a courageous decision by a young boy allows the ancient spirit of Buster, their Choctaw Pony survivor, to live on for future generations to love and respect.
Out this year from Fulcrum is Bruchac's Brothers of the
Buffalo: A Novel of the Red River War. Here's the
1874, the U.S. Army sent troops to subdue and move the Native Americans of the southern plains to reservations.Brothers of the Buffalo follows Private Washington Vance Jr., an African-American calvaryman, and Wolf, a Cheyenne warrior, during the brief and brutal war that followed. Filled with action and suspense from both sides of the battle, this is a tale of conflict and unlikely friendship in the Wild West.
by Paul Craig Roberts Most people who are aware and capable of thought have given up on what is called the “mainstream media.” The presstitutes have destroyed their credibility by helping Washington to lie—“Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction,” “Iranian nukes,” “Assad’s use of chemical weapons,” “Russian invasion of Ukraine,” and so forth. The “mainstream
26th February 2016 By Josh Richardson Guest Writer for Wake Up World Pain is first energy, second perception, and third physical manifestation. There is no other source of pain but energetic. Physical presentation is always secondary. Every single origin of pain in our bodies can be traced back to a specific emotional state which functions ...Continue Reading - 20 Sources of Pain in the Body are Each Directly Tied to Specific Emotional States
26th February 2016 By Paul Buchheit While Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning and John Kiriakou are vilified for revealing vital information about spying and bombing and torture, a man who conspired with Goldman Sachs to make billions of dollars on the planned failure of subprime mortgages was honored by New York University for his “Outstanding Contributions ...Continue Reading - 5 Signs of a Dying Society
Sometime the level of debate on Australian social media makes the head hurt and the heart burn.........
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We have recently been discussing your ongoing courageous struggle to liberate yourselves from more than 100 years of occupation, first by the Netherlands, briefly and brutally by Japan during World War II, and now by Indonesia. In that regard, we would each like to share a brief message with you, our friends from West Papua.
From James: I have been very impressed with the information gleaned from my son Robert Burrowes after his recent meeting in Brisbane with your leaders Octovianus Mote, Benny Wenda, Jacob Rumbiak and Rex Rumakiek of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua.
The work and dedication you have been devoting to the cause of freedom for West Papua has inspired me to recall my own experience with some of your ancestors during my 4 years with the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during World War II, which included 21-and-a-half years as a coastwatcher. Ten months of this time was spent in enemy-held territory as a signaller.
I am 92 years old now, but in those days from 1942 to 1945 I was Sergeant James Burrowes VX136343 in ‘M’ Special Unit of the Allied Intelligence Bureau, known as the ‘Coastwatchers’. Our intelligence role for the war effort was described by Admiral Halsey, Commander of the US 7th Fleet, in these words:
‘Without the Coastwatchers, the Pacific War would not have been won!’
Therefore, in this context, I would like to briefly relate the contribution of some of your Papuan ancestors who were also coastwatchers, assisting and being part of parties infiltrated into Japanese-held territory.
Those I can name include Papuans known to us as Yali, Mas, Buka and Mariba although I can name many others such as Golpak, his son Kaole, Yauwika, Rayman and Ishmael. Some, including Sgt-Major
Simogun, are famous and were duly honoured with the British Empire Medal and/or Loyal Service Medal for their fighting service. I mention the fir...
It was 50 years ago this month that a weekly pop music paper called Go-Set launched across Australia – wholly independent of all the established corporate media. It was a paper for teenagers produced by a teens and twenty-something staff, and while it revolved around the music scene, it also spoke to our quest for an entirely new culture.
I started Go-Set with a fellow Monash uni student, Tony Schauble, and a core group of mates from Monash and from the discos and band culture that was breaking out in Melbourne in the mid-60s.
The Good Weekend and crikey.com ran stories a few weeks ago about Go-Set and the famous people who started their careers there – Molly Meldrum and novelist Lily Brett among them – but Go-Set employed more than 60 fulltime staff (just one older than 25) during its eight-year lifetime, and some of them have wound up in Byron or nearby. I’m one of them.
In Echo 24 February, Byron Shire Councils’ utilities manager Peter Rees states ‘In 2015 council completed an independent capacity assessment of Byron Bay Sewage Treatment plant’.
Mr Rees was employed as operations manager of water and recycling in 2001.
The question is how does council complete an independent study or does Mr Rees mean a consultant was commissioned to do the study and if so who was the consulting company and has this report been supplied to the Catchment Committee?
Mr Rees also states the plant is running at 72 per cent capacity and could take another 4,000 houses and that an upgrade would be required in 2025 does the independent study advise this?
Byron STW was augmented in 2005 with a design concept for 6,000 EP.
The question is, was the impact of the thousands of tourists, including those who concentrate during festival events that arrive in Byron included in this independent study?.
Mr Rees also talks about reuse of effluent from Byron STW Wetlands to parks etc. It amazes me that at no stage has there been any discussion on dual plumbing for future subdivisions. This is where the majority of reuse water could be going.
Reuse was raised at the Byron Wastewater Steering Committee in 2005. It makes you wonder how long it takes for BSC to put something positive into place.
Mr Rees also talks about the 24-hectare melaleuca plantation. What data has been gathered on the effect the melaleucas have had on acid sulphate soil levels in that area and what data has been supplied to the Catchment Committee on this?
Mr Rees fails to mention the hydraulic impact of the original wetlands on the two adjoining farms and the greater hydraulic impact the wetlands have had on these same farms since the wetlands were augmented in 2006.
Mr Rees was part of the design concept meetings that were held prior to the augmentation of West Byron STW. He then managed the augmentation of the.........
"Both skeptics and "sceptical believers" agree that the UFO field, as it now stands, is filled to the brim with rubbish. The latter group expects that, when the rubbish is cleared away, there will be a signal in the noise, while the former expects that nothing will be left." So writes Robert Sheaffer in the acknowledgements section (p.ix) of his new, 2016, book titled "Bad UFOs: Critical Thinking About UFO Claims," "made in the USA." San Bernardino, CA, on 06 February 2016." ISBN 978-1519260840.
Here’s the email Julie Owens sent to our Christine Judd: “Bula, my thoughts and prayers go out to the people of Fiji who have suffered at the wrath of tropical cyclone Winston. Please pass on to you and any of (More...)
I passed through Hosier Lane in early Summer to photograph any new wall murals. I found a nice looking Snow Leopard and around the corner in the little lane that runs off Hosier – Rutledge Lane, I found a lesson in how to use spray cans to make simple pictures. I watched for a while as several artists showed a group of office workers, on a lunchtime team building exercise, how using simple effects they could create an impressive image. It was interesting to watch how many steps it can take to create some of the 3d effects that street artists use.
Parliament Station, Melbourne: 03/07/12.
The Sustainable Living Festival is one event I never miss. This year was no exception. Ben, Amy and I were team Webber this year. We caught the train into the city, had a quick vegan breakfast at Lord of the Fries, and walked over to Federation Square where the event was being held. The very [Continue Reading …]
Have you see this frog?
Peron’s Tree Frog Litoria peronii, variously known as the Emerald-spotted Tree Frog, the Emerald-speckled Tree Frog, the Laughing Tree Frog, or my favourite, the Maniacal Cackle Frog, is on the edge of its range in Newstead. This one has been residing for some time in a ‘nice patch of habitat’ – in and around a lemon tree on the edge of town.
Peron’s Tree Frogs are found over much of south-eastern Australia, with the Murray Darling Basin a stronghold. They come in a variety of colours and can in fact change colour rapidly in response to a change in surroundings. This one is quite pale , with distinctive emerald-green spots over the back and legs. The call is unmistakable once you’ve heard it – a high-pitched hysterical cackling sound, hence it’s oft used common name. What a delight to have it here in Newstead – I’d be keen to hear about other local observations....
Comment …. By Don Gordon-Brown It’s always tempting, as you watch Team Quirk candidates cheat away with their copycat council cleat, to form the conclusion that they just don’t get it. That what is bleedingly obvious to any normal, decent person – that using the copycat cleat is really, really wrong – just doesn’t register with these people. The reality that I came to a
Goulburn Valley Spirituality in the Pub will host an evening with Rev Joan Fisher, retired Uniting Church Minister who recently spent three months in Palestine. The event will take place at the Terminus Hotel, Shepparton on Monday 29th February 2016 from 7.30 – 9.00pm Spirituality in the Pub is one of the forums for conversation ... Read more...
From the Minister for the Aged:
I need to let you people know that you have had it pretty good so far but you cannot expect things to continue as they are. You Baby Boomers are in fact an impending liability on the country. Having said that (and in a way, I wish I hadn't) you are probably mostly still in the workforce, but think what a drain you will be when you have finished your useful, paid, working life. I warn you that you will all need to pull in your belts, in the interest of Team Australia (pardon the expression but it is so very suitable in this context!)
There are the three areas where the expectations built up over your working lives will need to undergo a reality check.
The first is superannuation. You thought that superannuation was a good way to save for your retirement and you have been saving in this way for at least two decades. Well, in fact, this has been very selfish of you as putting money away for 30 years (instead of using it for holidays or to buy a house) has given you a tax break. So although you are saving for your own retirement so as not to be on an Age Pension when you retire, there is no need to feel any satisfaction about this because you have been doing this at the tax payerâ€™s expense! The country cannot afford this rort that you have been willingly participating in, thinking you have been doing the right thing. Your gains need to be clawed back! Just watch this space for what is in store for you,.... you greedy hoarders.
Now we donâ€™t want you on the Age Pension and we donâ€™t want you to accumulate too much money in "super" for your retirement either. At least not with the tax advantage......
While many of us are lucky – or brave enough – to ride all winter long, some have had to perform ritualistic motorcycle maintenance to hibernate their bikes for the winter and wake them up for spring.
Thanks to UK biking experts, Bennetts, we have put together some motorcycle maintenance tips on recommissioning your bike after a winter hibernation. Also, click here to find out how to hibernate your bike for winter.
Chances are that your bike’s brakes may have seized up a little and the fluid will have absorbed some moisture, making them feel spongy. As a minimum, give it a thorough visual inspection and test at walking pace. Clean up any surface corrosion from your brake discs and ensure that any protective fluid you sprayed on has been washed off. If in doubt, change the brake fluid and pads.
If you haven’t had your bike battery on an Optimate tender or trickle charger over winter, your battery will need a dose of TLC. If your battery isn’t sealed, check the water level using distilled water to top up and clean up the terminals using a little grease on the connection. Hopefully a sl...
There is nothing like getting validation by having someone steal your shit. lol. This article is ALL ABOUT the ranch that Scalia was murdered at- and validates almost everything we said in our article a week or so ago.
The thing is- if they are reporting all of this- chances are- now people are looking for the 13 yr old boy who slit Scalia’s throat. And I just find it interesting that so many people have died at this ranch that John Poindexter can’t give a tally as to how many. What the fuck?
Dave Valentine is the first researcher who broke this information- and word has quickly spread through the survivor community. They won’t be able to hide all of this for very long- esp. since people are now AWARE and LOOKING FOR IT.
It is a bad time to be a child killing pedophile. Seems their days are numbered…
Thanks for enjoying another article from Arts Open Arts Open: Meet the Artists.
Photography, Drawing, Collage & Installation exploring botanical elements & the unique landscape of Central Victoria.
LAUNCH SOIREE: 9th March 5pm-8pm
Join us for champagne, opening address & an opportunity to meet the artists.
This exhibition is part of the CASTLEMAINE ARTS OPEN MEET THE
OPENING HOURS: Fri, Sat, Sun 11th- 20th March 10am-4pm
(other times during the two weeks by arrangement)
COFFEE will be available daily, thanks to Tina at The Diggers Store xo
Stay up to date and get more glimpses of our work on
our websites and the festival website.
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By Don Gordon-Brown Team Quirk is relying on a “ruling” that this newspaper knows nothing about to somehow condone the shameful use of its copycat council cleat in the current Brisbane municipal poll. “As you are aware, this matter was raised during the last two elections and the ruling was that the LNP branding did not infringe on Council’s corporate branding” was the
I have been on the search for historical turning points again
today. The famous Mitterand austerity turn in 1983 is one of these
points. Another, which I will consider today, was the British
Labour Prime Minster James Callaghan’s speech to
Labour Party Conference held at Blackpool on September 28, 1976
was laced with pro-Monetarist assertions that have been used by
many on the Left as being defining points in the decline of the
state to run independent domestic policy aimed at maintaining full
employment. This is a further instalment of my next book on
globalisation and the capacities of the nation-state, which I am
working on with Italian journalist Thomas Fazi. We expect to
finalise the manuscript in May 2016. Today, I am writing about the
background events that turned Britain on to Monetarism. Margaret
Thatcher was, in fact, a ‘johnny-come-lately’ in this respect. The
British Labour Party were infested with the Monetarist virus in the
late 1960s and Callaghan’s 1976 Speech just consolidated what had
been happening over the decade prior. Further, it was not the oil
crisis in the early 1970s that provided the open door for
governments to reject Keynesian policy. In Britain, the Treasury
and Bank of England were captivated by the ideas of Milton Friedman
some years prior to the OPEC price push.
To understand how Callaghan’s Speech has been viewed over the decades, we only have to read a relatively recent article written by Liam Halligan in the UK Telegraph (August 18, 2012) – A message from the 1970s on state spending – which considered Callaghan’s speech to be “among the most important uttered in the history of modern British politics”.
As promised my paper on negative gearing has come out.
Low and middle income earners benefit most from negative gearing. To abolish negative gearing would make investment more difficult for low and middle income earners.
80 per cent of Australians who utilise negative gearing have an income of under $150,000, and the median income of Australians negatively geared is $88,751.
Changing negative gearing will make it more difficult for these Australians to provide for themselves in retirement.
Negative gearing is not distorting the Australian taxation system – it reflects efforts to make the tax system neutral across asset classes.
The Labor Party’s proposal would result in barriers to entry for those who would be forced to buy new expensive housing stock instead of potentially cheaper existing housing stock.
The Coalition’s policy to reduce “excessive” negative gearing is contrary to their philosophy of encouraging investment.
It got a very nice write up in the Australian this morning.
“These findings fly in the face of the class-war rhetoric that has so far dominated the case of removing negative gearing and abandoning tax neutrality, one of our tax system’s greatest strengths,” said Sinclair Davidson, who wrote the report. “Negative gearing is not merely a plaything of the rich.”
The interesting thing is that I did a robustness test using the ATO 2% file that allowed me to calculate a gross total income figure (including revenue from negative gearing and not net income from negative gearing) and that analysis showed that 80%...
I am shocked at the number of cane toads in Brisbane and wonder why the residents of Brisbane have allowed this to happen. Two years ago, in Roma Street Parklands (an exotic garden with high-rises towering at one end) I saw a cane toad riding a water dragon. A small group of bystanders gasped in horror. The pink toad, with its robust thighs and humanoid arms, looked like a naked imp in an Hieronymous Bosh Judgement Day. Obviously it was attempting to copulate with the lizard, in an ecologically blasphemous act. But Brisbane is an ecologically blasphemous state in an ecologically insulted Australia. What does it tell us about the progress paradigm to have to live with a constant plague of ugly flesh-pink toads like helpless Biblical Egyptians?
We used to have a lot of articles from Queensland on candobetter.net. That is because the person who built candobetter.net, James Sinnamon, lived, networked and campaigned politically there. Due to a severe injury when his bicycle collided with a car, he now lives in Melbourne. However he still has to travel to Brisbane from time to time and we are down here on business again. The dogs are with us this time. They are becoming grey nomads.
From Melbourne to Brisbane we drove down or up or round (depending on your orientation) via the Newell Hwy and sadly saw nearly 50 kangaroo corpses and only two live kangaroos on the way. We also encountered a herd of cattle grazing the long paddock with only a temporary sign warning us 'Cattle on Road', yet no-one had skittled them. It was a long time since I had met c...
Getting back on the “steel horse” again after a serious crash is considered either brave, stupid or too difficult for some.
Maybe I’m one of the “stupid” ones who got back on, despite one major life-threatening crash in which I was run over – check out the helmet at the top of this article!
And maybe I’m also stupid because I’ve crashed so many times yet I’m still riding.
But getting back on the bike again has never been easy.
A male motorcyclist has been killed after the bike he was riding collided with a car near the intersection of Tweed Valley Way and Stokers Road, near Murwillumbah, at about 10.20am this morning (Thursday, February 25).
No other injuries were reported.
As a result of the accident Tweed Valley Way was closed for much of the day.
According to the LiveTraffic website, travelling conditions are returning to normal after earlier delays.
Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre Kingscliff closed for the day after electricity supplies to the complex were disrupted by the accident.
TRAC aquatic facilities supervisor Glenn Nott said the power cut disrupted the pool filtration system.
‘We apologise for the inconvenience but we can’t have members of the public using the pools while the filtration system isn’t operating,” Mr Nott said.
‘We’re hopeful electricity supplies will be restored in time for Kingscliff TRAC to reopen tomorrow morning at 5.30am.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
Fresh from BPM Festival Mexico and a massive US tour, &ME is on his way to Sydney to play a monster 5-hour set, courtesy of Mantra Collective.
A member of the Keinemusik family along with Rampa, David Mayer, and Monja Gentschow, &ME has become one of Berlin’s most sought-after and praised producers. In recent years, he’s collaborated with Fetisch, released EPs and albums on Kompakt, executed project NR& with fellow producer Rampa and made his first release on Keinemusik into an international club hit.
This Saturday, &ME will head up Mantra Collective’s Keinemusik Sessions at the Factory Theatre. To prepare for the next instalment of their infamous day-to-night parties, the Mantra boys caught up with &ME for some crate-digging and got some of his favourite selections.
My very first track I bought from Nina when I had no clue how big she would be a couple of years later. Maybe it was her first release anyway. I was just amazed by the simplicity of this track while still being strong and powerful. Guess that’s her trademark!
I love to play this as the last track every now and then. The melody just gets you – especially when the more driving middle part of this 11 minute tune is over and the guitars and saxes are coming back in and introducing the end. Time to go home after this one.
Mountain Journal has previously profiled Elizabeth MacPhee, who has been working to restore damaged sections of the NSW Alps since 1990.
She has worked to restore ski runs, walking tracks, grazing damage, post fire repair and damage from hydro electric schemes.
Working with Gabriel Wilks, Elizabeth produced ‘Rehabilitation of former Snowy Scheme sites in Kosciuszko National Park’ which chronicles ten years of restoration work at 200 sites within Kosciuszko National Park. These cover sites damaged during the construction of Australia’s most iconic hydroelectric scheme, where work is showing substantial progress and is contributing to the protection of the parks internationally significant ecosystems.
Although this is a few years old, it is worth a read for anyone with an interest in ecological restoration in the Australian Alps.
Thanks to the Australian Alps National Parks website for this information.
PINK was the colour of the day at Ocean Grove Memorial Reserve
earlier this month.
Ocean Grove Cricket Club held a ‘Pink Stumps’ day during the first day of the A Grade match between the Grubbers and neighbour Wallington.
Pink stumps were used and players wore special pink caps in support of the McGrath Foundation, which raises funds for breast-care nurses throughout the country.
The day was called ‘playing for a cause’.
“The day was a absolute smashing success,” Fiona Spiby said.
“We had over 80 women attend the ladies afternoon and the bidding on silent auction/raffles and spot prizes helped us smash our fund-raising target. The boys from OGCC wore their pink hats and zinc on the day.”
The day raised around $5000 and Fiona said it may become an annual event.
After play, two former cricketers – Stephen Long and Rodney Procter – auctioned off their moustaches for the McGrath Foundation.
Current player and local musician Sam Hanson then entertained the crowd well into the night.
THE international dance phenomenon, No Lights No Lycra (NLNL),
has come to Ocean Grove.
Launched in Melbourne seven years ago, NLNL is a casual, free-form dance in the dark for the pure joy of it.
“I love No Lights because I completely lose my inhibitions in a really happy comfortable environment. I feel like I’m involved in something amazingly therapeutic with like-minded people and it’s awesome exercise that I actually enjoy!“ said Jayne, a regular dancer at NLNL Geelong.
No Lights No Lycra is a dance night that was started in 2009 in Melbourne by unconventional dance students Alice Glenn and Heidi Barrett. There is no light, no lycra, no teacher, no steps to learn, no technique, just free movement. No Lights No Lycra is a place where you can completely let go and shake out the stresses of the week in a friendly, non-threatening, drug and alcohol free atmosphere. It’s a place to experience new tunes and revisit old favourites, a time to lose yourself in the music while working up a sweat.
NLNL has just restarted in Ocean Grove on Tuesdays at 7.15pm at The Pavillion, corner The Avenue and Presidents Avenue.
Keep in touch or request a song via Facebook – nolightsnolycrageelong. Dancers should dress comfortably, bring a water bottle and $10 for 60 minutes of dancing.
The Stop the Trawler Alliance today expressed disgust at learning the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) have withheld important information from the Australian public about the controversial Geelong Star incident where a whale shark was caught.
Image Courtesy of Jane Aubourg Violinist and looping pedal master Jane Aubourg recently released her brand new single “The Girl with the Ash Brown Hair”. The track is inspired by a photo of performance artist Tamara Elkins and “uses a slowed and reversed performance of Debussy’s The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, layered with 5-string […]
By LUKE VOOGT
ELVIS impersonator Jack Gatto performed to a sold out crowd in
Ocean Grove last month, raising almost $3000 for cancer
He donated the money to Ocean Grove locals Jenni Garland and Danielle Hogan, who plan to walk in this year’s Weekend to End Women’s Cancers.
“Jack’s a friend of ours and I told him what we were doing,” Jenni said.
“He offered to do the performance for free.”
Jenni, Danielle and their friends, who will walk together as “Team Hogan”, needed $2000 for the event.
But when ticket sales exceeded that mark, Jack decided to donate the rest of his takings – along with $5 from every CD he sold.
“I think he just got two free beers – that’s it,” Jenni said.
Jack Gatto rose to national and international fame last year after discovering his talent for impersonating the King.
The former Ocean Grove local gave up his time to perform for 120 people at Ocean Grove Golf Club on 20 February.
Jenni thanked the golf club, as well as the volunteers which gave their time.
“They were there until at least midnight,” she said.
All proceeds will go to the Peter McCallum Cancer Centre.
THE Ocean Grove Evening VIEW Club held its AGM recently,
reflecting on a year in which it raised more than $17,600 for The
Publicity officer Anne Webber said the club had grown dramatically due to its fund-raising activities and its members’ involvement in the community.
“It’s grown from a small group of women four years ago to 130 members,” she said.
“Our fund-raisers are many and varied with members having a say in what programs the money is directed into.”
The club welcomed VIEW zone councillor Maria Culka to the AGM to announce its new committee.
This year’s president is Janice Nation, joined on the committee by Christine Waite, June Hansen, Helen Buckley, Pam Reeves, Jill Gillett, Marion Coppins, Anne Webber, Janet Alexander and Karen Shirley.
The club has 18 activity groups, including walking, travel, singing, movies and craft, and regularly holds fund-raising activities.
The VIEW Club meets at the Ocean Grove Bowling Club on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6.30pm. Contact June Hansen on 0422 142 882 for more information.
After operating in and around Cairns for the last few
months, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Agusta AW139
helicopter VH-EZJ has ferried South to Archerfield presumably for
planned maintenance on Thursday 25 February.
It was noted passing through Townsville, Mackay and Gladstone
Airports while on its trip South.
Rooftops are prime real estate in summer, al fresco beers, city views, a feeling like you've broken in somewhere dangerous when you haven't at all. Imagine all that but with the added flair of all-round great pub The Bearded Tit and regular party-throwers Heaps Gay. Open for six nights only over the Mardi Gras period there's a nightly roster of DJs, themes, an Archer Magazine launch and pre and post parade festivities.
"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Careflight Queensland (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" at Mackay Airport Early Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"
Noted making an early departure from Mackay Airport on Thursday 25 February was Careflight Queensland (Aeromed) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR.
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You've probably been to many a sweaty rave on May street in St Peters, but have you ever been to a pop-up games gathering in one of those infamous warehouses.
Branding itself as a pillow fort (cute!), 'Arcade' is a villa full of video games, board games and a sci-fi book library for one afternoon/night only. Do something somewhere other than ya usual haunts this weekend.
By LUKE VOOGT
OCEAN Grove’s Cindy Murnane will bring new life into the world
this month, travelling to Thailand to volunteer as a midwife.
The 19-year-old completed her first year of a Bachelor of Midwifery and Nursing at Deakin University last year.
It’s a path she chose early on in high school, and, after delivering five babies at her last work-placement, she’s sure it’s her calling.
“Being able to bring the baby up to the mother is an amazing experience,” she said.
“I think it’s incredible how women let you into the biggest part of their life.”
Cindy’s said it was her Year 12 health classes at Christian College that inspired her to volunteer overseas.
Her teacher would show the class videos of health conditions in disadvantaged communities, some of which only had one GP.
“I thought I could be that one person who could help,” she said.
Cindy is raising $5607 to travel to the Thai city of Phitsanulok on 20 March, to volunteer at its local hospital.
Along with helping the disadvantaged, Cindy said her trip would help her become a better midwife.
“It’s just learning to be a midwife differently,” she said.
Cindy will sell passionfruit yoyo biscuits at the Rotary Ocean Grove Summer Market this Sunday, made by her parents Carol and Paul.
“They’re both chefs so it’s their way of contributing to the trip,” she said.
Cindy will volunteer through Gap Medics – a company that organises placements for medical students in disadvantaged areas overseas. Gap Medics does not fund expenses.
For more information or to support Cindy search Cindy Murnane at www.fundmytravel.com
By JEN CARR, JENNIFER.CARR6@BIGPOND.COM
WHAT a wonderful few weeks.
I’ve had another week off work which inevitably leads to a few lovely outings. My favourite new hobby of spotting Australian hobbies on TV aerials near the corner of Tuckfield Street and Shell Road in Ocean Grove has come to an end, as the hobbies have moved on to greener TV aerials.
I’ve had several trips to the Western Treatment Plant, with the aim of spotting the red-necked phalarope (a migratory shorebird that usually winters on tropical islands, but this particular bird has decided to fly further south to the sewerage farm). Unlike many other birdwatchers I have failed to spot the phalarope, but I have had a lovely time trying to see it.
I did bump into members of the Bellarine Birdlife Group at the WTP, and they did manage to see the phalarope. I think I will need to invest in a bird spotting scope instead of relying on my trusty camera lens. Actually that might be a great birthday present if anyone in my family are reading this – hint hint!
When I was driving down Beach Road past Avalon Airport I did see a few banded lapwings in a farm paddock by the side of the road. Banded lapwings are similar to the infamous masked lapwing or spur-winged plover, but they are much smaller (29cm compared to 38cm) and have a longer tail and shorter legs. They also have a U-shaped black breast band, and a small red wattle over the bill, that are absent in the masked lapwing. Apparently the banded lapwings have some young birds, and as they are ground nesters and the young can not fly for several weeks, they have a huge battle for survival on their hands. I’ll keep an eye on them and hope that they do well.
Speaking of young birds, the red-whiskered bulbuls that were seen by Peter in Clifton Springs have at least two offspring. I look forward to seeing them, too.
Another lovely bird I have seen lately was a spiny-cheeked honeyeater, which was on a telephone l...
A three pronged collaboration between photographer Jez Smith, model Casey Legler and 'Gayby Baby' filmmaker Maya Newell this photo exhibition aims to show the candid and positive lives of people with same-sex parents. A timely reminder of the backlash Maya received from our conservative government and media as they continue to gnash their teeth about LGBTIQ education in our schools. An installation of photographic documentation to remind passers-by and Australian society at large that families are families regardless of format. It's open to all to peruse, and perhaps the worthiest of selfie backgrounds in the lead up to Mardi Gras.
Madeleine Carr – aka SPORTS – is a ball of energy, behind the mic and on the decks. She’s just graduated from FBi’s Dance Class supported by MoVement – a new program we started in 2015 as a springboard that supports young women the electronic music industry.
The mishmash nature of national climate pledges made under the Paris agreement is creating fresh complications for the growth of pollution trading.
Are you locked out of the housing market? Do you want to see an end to market distorting subsidies to property investors? Sign the petition! This petition calls for the Federal Government to reform negative gearing NOW! Negative Gearing must be limited to new housing only and in time should be removed entirely. It is time […]
California energy commissioner says world is seeing beginning of the end of fossil fuels, and high renewables will not crash the economy, and they won't cause blackouts.
Based upon available such as the Denley Letter and Federal Agent Pearce, both of which have been published in a number of previous Ronald’s space postings, it appears that the policy of the The Australian Federal Police is to officially ignore any and all Crimes against Humanity perpetrated against welfare recipients by the Australian Federal parliament of federal government agencies acting to enforce unconstitutional, human rights violating laws. Below is my my “Plan B” submission to compel the Queensland Justice3 Minister, Yvette D`Arth, to provide me with contact details for Gerard Baden-Clay and his solicitor. By using the ‘Forward’ button in Microsoft Outlook, I forwarded my last email to Ms. D`Arth to the Federal Police and will again ‘Forward’ the AFP email back to Ms. D`Arth to underscore the fact that if she continues to ignore my requests for Gerard Baden-Clay’s contact information, then there is a risk that she could wind up facing Obstruction of Justice charges under s 132 of the Queensland crimes Act and s 149 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act.
The irony is that if the Federal Police Commissioner,
Andrew Colvin, continues to stonewall on my repeated requests to
investigate the unreported, secretly classified, “irrelevant”
Crimes against Humanity that may have impacted the lives of several
million people over the last 3- – 40 years, then he too may face
the same obstruction of justice charges. Please note that the
original email text contained some typos which are edited out in
this Copy & Paste of the email sent to Commissioner
Tue 23/02/2016 8:45 PM
Attention: Commissioner Andrew Colvin,
The email daisy-chain is g...
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