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The Watchers » Latest articles: Powerful M8.1 earthquake hits far off the southwest coast of Sumatra, Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A powerful and shallow earthquake registered by Geoscience Australia as M8.1 hit far off the southwest coast of Sumatra, Indonesia at 12:49 UTC on March 2, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 0 km. Both USGS and EMSC are reporting M7.9 at a depth of 10 km (6.2...... Read more »

The Watchers » Latest articles: Evidence suggests Zika virus might cause severe neurological disorder "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

According to research published on March 1, 2016, Zika virus might cause Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a severe neurological disorder. Zika virus infection is associated with symptoms such as fever, rash, joint and muscle pain and conjunctivitis. The...... Read more »


new illuminati: Declassified Health: Liberating the Herb Superb "IndyWatch Feed National"

Declassified Health: 
Liberating the Herb Superb


“All Cannabis Use is Medicinal” Whether You Know it Or Not


In the past two years, we have witnessed a sea of change in the attitude of Americans toward cannabis. Colorado made history by becoming the first state to completely decriminalize possession and use of the plant, with Washington and other states soon...

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Earth First! Newswire: Site C Protesters End Blockade "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Warrior Publications


Site C protesters who’ve been stalling dam construction in northern B.C. say they’re packing up and ending their two-month land occupation so they won’t be arrested.

Reached this afternoon at their remote Rocky Mountain Fort protest camp, Site C opponents told CBC News they are obeying Monday’s B.C. Supreme Court order requiring them to leave the area and allow site-clearing work by BC Hydro contractors to proceed, southwest of Fort St John.

“At this time, none of us are going to be arrested, because we are law abiding citizens,” said local farmer Ar...


Earth First! Newswire: Florida Drops Bill to Open fracking in the Everglades After Public Outcry "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Richard Luscombe / The Guardian

Photograph: Getty Images

Photograph: Getty Images

Environmentalists in Florida are celebrating the failure of an oil industry-backed bill they say would have opened a pathway to fracking in the ecologically sensitive Everglades wetlands.

State lawmakers unexpectedly dropped the measure in a hearing in Tallahassee on Tuesday, just as they were about to begin debate on the controversial, high-pressure drilling practice, bowing instead to a groundswell of public opinion.

More than 40 local authorities around Florida had already passed ordinances or resolutions banning fracking for oil and natural gas on their lands, a power they would have been forced to cede to a single state agency had the bill become law.

“It’s a ver...


Fire Earth: Global Disasters/ Significant Events – March 2, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

UPDATED Mongolian herders risk losing their livestock and livelihoods as Dzud looms Extreme winter conditions known as ‘Dzud,’ a cyclical slow-onset disaster unique to Mongolia, are being exacerbated by a summer drought and extreme overgrazing, leading to insufficient hay for winter grazing, said a report. “This, coupled with heavy snows and freezing temperatures is causing […]


DUCK POND: Bernie out of the campaign? "IndyWatch Feed"

Super Tuesday has come and gone. Ted Cruze has won in Texas and Oklahoma, otherwise the Donald has been successful. The real contest for the presidency  is among the Democratic Party nominees.(This is despite the suggestion that the swings and roundabouts favour the Republican candidate this year.)

Things look bleak for Bernie. However, Robert Reich begs to differ. Making his assessment prior to the close of the polls he suggests the notion of momentum is a media fiction, and that upcoming primaries will be more favourable to Sanders. He argues the race is still much alive for  three reasons:


1. In the next few months the primary map starts tilting in Bernie’s favor: In later March: Maine, Michigan, Florida, Ohio, Illinois, Arizona, Washington state, and Hawaii. In April: Wisconsin, New York, Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island. In May: Indiana and Oregon. In June, California, New Jersey, and New Mexico.

2, Small-donor contributions continue to flow in to Bernie’s campaign. In February, the campaign raised a whopping $42 million. South Carolina’s loss didn’t stop the flow: The campaign received $6 million on Monday alone.

3. Bernie’s campaign is a movement. Americans know we must get big money out of politics and take back our economy from an incipient oligarchy. That’s why Bernie will take this movement all the way to the Democratic convention in, July 25-28 in Philadelphia (you might make plans to be there, too).

What do you think?

The last point is the most important. What happens to his current supporters, and the set of groups that have aligned with his campaign, when and if, he is trumped by Hillary, either before or at the Convention?
Some groups will move over and support the campaign of Jill Stein, but most, I suspect, are not li...


Bill Mitchell – billy blog: Australian national accounts – we are becoming poorer "IndyWatch Feed"

Today, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released the – December-quarter 2015 National Accounts data – which showed that real GDP grew by 0.6 per cent in the three months to December 2015 (down from 1.1 per cent in the September-quarter. It was largely driven by Private household consumption (albeit declining) and public consumption and capital formation. Private consumption growth remained positive and contributed to growth, but it is being funded by a declining saving ratio and rising indebtedness. This was in the context of declining real wages growth and declining real net national disposable income overall and per capita. These trends are unsustainable. The government sector was responsible for 50 per cent of the total growth in the December-quarter. Without the public sector spending contribution, annualised growth would be at 1.2 per cent relative to pre-GFC trend rates of between 3 and 3.25 per cent. The negative growth in private investment means that potential output in Australia and future growth rates will be lower than otherwise. Again, not a positive sign. The other notable result was the increasing evidence that Australia continues to be in an income recession. Real net national disposable income fell by a further 0.1 per cent over the quarter and 1.1 per cent over the last year. The data continues to confirm that Australia faces a very uncertain outlook and with the annual fiscal statement coming up – now is not the time to be cutting net public spending.

The main features of the National Accounts release for the December-quarter 2015 were (seasonally adjusted):

  • Real GDP increased by 0.6 per cent after recording a 1.1 per cent increase in the September-quarter (revised up from 0.9 per cent). The annual growth rate is 3.0 per cent, which is barely sufficient to...


No Fibs: The Silent Killer: #climatechange and Public Health. @takvera reports on #HeatHealth report launch "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Climate Council released it’s new report on climate change and heat health, on the impacts of extreme heat on public health. Nofibs reporter and climate activist John Englart was there at the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital to document the occasion. Key findings of the report include that: 1. Climate change is a serious health […]

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


Head Space: Cameo included "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

HERE’S WHY HILLARY CLINTON FORBIDS PRESS From Taking Photos Of Private Jet Travel THAT COSTS MILLIONS The press has been told by Queen Hillary to refrain from watching her get on her private jet but the bigger story is the expense of $2 million dollars by her campaign on private jets! THE LAST THING WE […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Celibacy to blame for priests’ perversions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cardinal Pell has given evidence at last. The churches, however, like countries, are often deemed more important than the truth. The immoral reasoning that is used for this action is that the whole, or the many, is more important than the individual and therefore the individual may be sacrificed, along with truth.

In regard to the current outrage of religious men such as priests taking sexual advantage of young children, the root of the problem is never broached. The simple fact is this: If any person is forced to swear that they will never have sexual intercourse for their entire life, as these poor priests are made to do, then it may take one year, or even ten years, but eventually this thought combined with nature obviously drives them to have sex with anyone, even innocent children.

No religion can defeat nature or common sense.

To put this even simpler, if you make any person swear to never, ever, think of elephants, then they will eventually think of elephants and see them in their dreams.

Priests must be allowed to be original, not try to copy a man who has been dead for over 2000 years.

Darrell Mcdowall,  Byron Bay


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Renew Economy: “Base load” power: a myth used to defend the fossil fuel industry "IndyWatch Feed"

"Base load" power is not a technical term, but an economic one that supports the fossil fuel industry. But while it's ingrained in western culture, China's network operator can see a future where fossil fuels act, at most, as back-up to wind, solar and other renewables.


ANTaR: Nation needs more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members of parliament "IndyWatch Feed National"

National advocacy organisation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, ANTaR, today welcomed this week’s announcement of two Aboriginal leaders’ intention to run for election to Federal Parliament.
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Renew Economy: Germany considering €5,000 electric car subsidy, with automakers contributing 40% "IndyWatch Feed"

Personal EV buyers would have access to €5,000 in incentives, and commercial buyers would have access to €3,000 in incentives per EV purchased.


Renew Economy: What we’re reading: Google’s driverless car involved in bingle "IndyWatch Feed"

Google's driver-less car hits a bus; Australia's chief scientist dreams of "vast arrays" of solar panel and a zero-emissions grid; the CEFC may finally be "safe", and Spain reaches 54.6% renewables.


No Right Turn: How it works in Samoa "IndyWatch Feed"

Faumuina Tiatia Liuga is a Samoan politician. He's been in the news a lot over the last year over allegations of corruption and misuse of funds, to the extent that a former MP for his seat had come out of retirement to try and unseat him. So, he followed the usual Samoan practice of challenging their candidacy under the vague "village service" requirement - and succeeded. The result: less competition for him, and less democratic choice for the voters of Palauli-Le-Falefa.

That's bad enough, but in retaliation, the ejected candidates village banished him:

A Samoa election candidate and former minister of finance [Le Tagaloa Pita - I/S] has been banished from the village of Sili on Savaii.


A village matai says the council has also banished the village mayor, or pulenuu, for testifying in support of the case brought against Sili's paramount title holder.

The banishment decision means the former minister, and the pulenuu would not be allowed to reside, be seen or set foot in the village for life.

Or allowed to campaign there.


Renew Economy: Coonooer Bridge begins generating cheapest wind energy in Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

Wind turbines at the Victorian Coonooer Bridge wind farm have been switched on and are generating Australia's cheapest wind energy.


Renew Economy: Qld hybrid solar and pumped hydro project set to begin next year "IndyWatch Feed"

Construction of what could be Australia’s largest solar farm is set to begin in early 2017, and will eventually be paired with pumped hydro energy storage.


Renew Economy: Daimler to follow Tesla with new €500m lithium-ion battery factory "IndyWatch Feed"

Daimler factory will produce batteries for electric and hybrid Mercedes-Benz and smart cars, along with stationary storage products for commercial and residential customers.


Renew Economy: Top 10 reasons why solar PV has reached escape velocity in US "IndyWatch Feed"

10 reasons why the solar industry will continue to have sustained and significant growth despite SolarCity stock woes & policy changes.


Ronald's space: Part 22: Australia’s “irrelevant” Crimes Against Humanity – Insight into the bloody-mined role of the Administrative Appeal Tribunal. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Part 22: Australia’s “irrelevant” Crimes Against Humanity – Insight into the bloody-mined role of the Administrative Appeal Tribunal.

 On the 1st January 2016, the Department of Human Services, aka Centrelink, electronically sent “Account payable” notifications to 73,000 welfare recipients. Since Centrelink is a party to what is legally known as a Tort, Centrelink cannot arbitrarily determine that the other party involved in the tort is at fault. As has been pointed in the last 3 or 4 Ronald’s space posting, the determination of “the primary facts of the matter” in Centrelink’s “Account payable” tort actions is a matter for the courts to decide.

 Fortunately for the 73,000 victims of the New Year’s day abuse of power, which I firmly believe was a criminal abuse of power under s 142 of the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act (1995), MS. TRACIE MITCHELL of Cowra in New South Wales spat-the-dummy and fought back by posting her plight on FaceBook. Inundated with a flood of responses by other people who were also hit with what I now call “Waivergate 2016”, Ms. Mitchell took these responses to the 7 network which investigated and blew the whistle on 7th January 2016. Hank Jongen, the chief spin doctor for Centrelink, then responded by claiming that the electronic “Accounts payable” messages to 73,000 was due to a computer “glitch.”

 BUNKUM! As stated above, it is my considered opinion that Waivergate 2016 was not a “glitch” but was actually a deliberate attempt to use Centrelink’s computer system to defraud 73,000 people who were unaware of their legal rights as set out in criminal law and case law decisions.


 I cannot emphasize too strongly the pitfalls and dangers in relying on the administrat.....


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: President Buhari Throws Support Behind Palestine - NGLatest "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

President Buhari Throws Support Behind Palestine - NGLatest: “I want to assure you that we will stand side by side with you, until our brothers and sisters in Palestine achieve their desired objectives,” he said.
“Our support for various Security Council resolutions restoring and respecting 1967 boundaries with Jerusalem as capital of Palestine is firm and unshaken.”


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: IRIN | Are indigenous Filipinos being murdered for anti-mine activism? "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

IRIN | Are indigenous Filipinos being murdered for anti-mine activism?: The United Church of Christ in the Philippines said in a statement that Lumads, a collective term for the numerous indigenous peoples of Mindanao, continued to be harassed even after fleeing their villages. In December, the displaced community camping around the church received threats that their temporary dwellings would be burned down.

“The threats have been executed, and, once again, the Lumads have been harmed,” the church said.

The Lumads find themselves caught in the middle of a violent struggle between an array of armed groups. The Philippine Army is battling the New People’s Army, which has waged a Maoist guerrilla struggle since 1969. The government army has allegedly drawn on indigenous communities to form paramilitary groups, which are accused of some of the worst abuses.


No Right Turn: Landlords are subsidised by 18 avoidable deaths a year "IndyWatch Feed"

For the last two days, Housing Minister Nick Smith has been dismissing the value of home insulation on reducing health costs. Meanwhile, State Housing Minister Paula Bennett is promoting its benefits:

New carpet, a heat pump, security lights and shiny new tapware have turned Jennifer Makatea's cold state house into a safe haven.

The 23-year-old mother of two had to put shoes on her children's feet to keep them warm on the bare floors in Hamilton's harsh winters, but those days are gone after Housing New Zealand spent $12,000 to upgrade her home.


Waikato's Housing New Zealand houses had $11.5 million spent on them in the past year and Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett said that was an increase of $2.9m since 2012.

Upgrades at Makatea's house have seen trips to hospital for her two-year old son, Ralph Lucas Opetaia​, who suffers respiratory problems, all but disappear.

That unsurprising. Analysis of the warm-up New Zealand programme showed a benefit-cost ratio of roughly 4 to 1, with the vast majority of that coming from avoided health costs. Or, to put it another way, warm, dry homes keep people out of hospital and save a huge amount of public money. So why isn't Nick Smith promoting that with proper standards? And why is he accepting landlords poor housing when he admits that it kills 18 people a year?

Those 18 lives a year are just an effective subsidy to landlords. Its time we ended it, and made them provide safe houses, as we would with any other product.


No Right Turn: Climate Change: Carbon taxes work "IndyWatch Feed"

Climate change deniers and fossil fuel shills like to claim that putting a price on carbon will "destroy the economy". They're wrong:

In 2008, the British Columbia Liberal Party, which confoundingly leans right, introduced a tax on the carbon emissions of businesses and families, cars and trucks, factories and homes across the province. The party stuck to the tax even as the left-leaning New Democratic Party challenged it in provincial elections the next year under the slogan Axe the Tax. The conservatives won soundly at the polls.


The tax, which rose from 10 Canadian dollars per ton of carbon dioxide in 2008 to 30 dollars by 2012, the equivalent of about $22.20 in current United States dollars, reduced emissions by 5 to 15 percent with “negligible effects on aggregate economic performance,” according to a study last year by economists at Duke University and the University of Ottawa.

The tax made fuel more expensive: A gallon of gas, for example, costs 19 United States cents more. It encouraged people to drive somewhat less and be more careful about heating and cooling their homes. Businesses invested in energy efficiency measures and switched to less polluting fuels.

Of course, British Columbia did it right, recycling the revenue into reducing other taxes. And as a result, public support for the carbon tax has increased. They could still do better (e.g. by recycling into emissions reduction as well), but the core policy lesson stands.

Its also a picture of what might have been. Up until 2005, we were on track for a carbon tax with revenue recycling. But Winston Peters and Peter Dunne vetoed it after the 2005 election. And so now we're saddled with an ETS which simply doesn't work, and sees us effectively spend hundreds of millions a year s...


American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): Dear Scholastic: This Is A Test "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

I have a lot of thoughts in my head this morning, about yesterday's #StepUpScholastic chat on Twitter, and about the Step Up Scholastic campaign, but I am starting with this:

Stone Fox is in 10 bks/$10 box
Last year, Scholastic, working with WNDB, put together a flyer of books specific to diversity. In theory, terrific marketing! BUT.

When I saw the first page of the flyer, I wasn't happy at all to see Stone Fox on it. That book has stereotyping of Native peoples in it, and as such, is the opposite of what kids need if they're to 1) see mirrors of who they are, or 2) see accurate depictions of those who are unlike themselves. With that book on there, Scholastic and WNDB are marketing a problematic book. Stone Fox is in the 10 BOOKS FOR $10 box on bottom right of the flyer shown here.

Late yesterday, Scholastic announced an expansion of its partnership with We Need Diverse Books. They're going to do eight flyers this year. Will these flyers have Stone Fox? Will they have books by Native writers? When I looked inside last year's flyer, I saw two books by Joseph Bruchac, but that's not enough.

Last year's partnership, and this expansion of that partnership, are steps in the right direction but if Scholastic is seriously committed to diversity and providing children with...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Missing woman’s body found in Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An image of Natalie Perkins released by police at the time of her disappearance on February 15.

An image of Natalie Perkins released by police at the time of her disappearance on February 15.

Police have discovered the body of a woman believed to be that of a 36-year-old Canadian woman missing from the Byron Bay area for the past fortnight.

Around 10.45am this morning (Wednesday), police and SES members were searching bush land near Butler Street, Byron Bay, when they found the body.

Although identification is yet to be confirmed, it is believed it is the body of Ms Perkins.

Police have established a crime scene as they continue investigations in the circumstances surrounding her death, which they don’t believe was suspicious.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

The post Missing woman’s body found in Byron Bay appeared first on Echonetdaily.


No Right Turn: No press freedom in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed"

What happens if you expose police incompetence around firearms safety? The police give you a criminal record:

TV3's Story co-host is off the hook, with police opting not to charge Heather du Plessis-Allan after their investigation into her gun purchase in one episode.

The journalist came under police investigation after a televised story exposing loopholes in how guns can be purchased online.

Police announced on Wednesday afternoon they instead issued formal warnings to three TV3/MediaWorks staff.

Which will show up on future background checks and potentially damage their future employment prospects. Its hard to see this as anything other than police vindictiveness over having their failings exposed. But as their continued refusal to admit wrongdoing over Arthur Allen-Thomas shows, the police place their reputation over justice, even when everyone outside their organisation knows its mud.


Independent Australia: Masterful Malcolm's message: 'Vote Labor and be poorer, in every sense' "IndyWatch Feed"

Masterful Malcolm's message: 'Vote Labor and be poorer, in every sense'Masterful Malcolm has gave the Australian people a message “Vote Labor and be poorer”. This five-word statement from our Optimus Prime Minister contains more than meets the eye. read now...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Byron Bay chef in bid to help save mate’s life "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sergio Martinez. Photo Eve Jeffery

Story & photo Eve Jeffery

Like two little boys with two little toys, Byron man Sergio Martinez is doing all he can to help his mate Ivan beat the cancer that threatens his life.

A friend that Sergio says is his soulmate, Ivan (left) needs al the help he can get and Sergio plans to give everything he can.

A friend that Sergio says is his soulmate, Ivan (left) needs all the help he can get and Sergio plans to give everything he can.

Sergio and Ivan have been best mates since they were two and even though Sergio has made his life here in Australia he still feels as close to his friend in his native Spain as if he were still next door.

‘My soulmate Ivan has recently been diagnosed with cancer’, says Sergio. ‘It has extended to his pleura, spinal cord, kidneys and vertebrae D4.’ 

Sergio says that Ivan, a professional drummer, is a loving father of a two year old and a devoted husband. ‘Due to his...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Men arrested at Evans Head over drugs, ammo haul "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Images of the Evans Head drugs haul from the NSW Police Facebook site.

Images of the Evans Head drugs haul from the NSW Police Facebook site.

Police have arrested two men at Evans Head and seized methylamphetamine, cocaine, cannabis, steroids, ammunition, fake identification documents and cash following an operation in the northern rivers region.

Police say that as part of ongoing inquiries into the supply of drugs in the region, police stopped two men as they entered a vehicle on Riverview Street, Evans Head.

The men were searched, with one of them found to be in possession of 28 grams of methylamphetamine and more than $11,000 in cash.

The duo were arrested on the spot, before police executed a search warrant in a nearby residence.

Inside the home, officers found a further 280 grams of methylamphetamine, 11 grams of cocaine, six grams of cannabis, more than $3,000 in cash, fake driver’s licences and ATM cards, vials of steroids, and ammunition.

The two men, both aged 28, were taken to Lismore police station, where one of them was charged with numerous offences relating to commercial drug supply, drug possession and dealing in the proceeds of crime.

The other man was charged in relation to a Queensland Police warrant for armed robbery and deprivation of liberty.

Both men have been refused bail to appear in Li...


No Right Turn: Member's Day "IndyWatch Feed"

Today is a Member's Day, and likely the start of a long period in which we won't see any ballots. last year, the House sent a number of private and member's bills to select committee. And now they're all coming back. And with second and third readings trumping first readings on the order paper, its going to be a log-jam.

We can see this today. There's three private bills on the top of the order paper, one of them a second reading. That one will be back for the next two member's days as it progresses, and it will be joined by a couple more which are due out of committee next week. Meanwhile, the interesting part of the order paper - actual member's bills - is headed by the second reading of Meka Whaitiri's Environmental Protection Authority (Protection of Environment) Amendment Bill. The (National-dominated) select committee recommended by majority that this not be passed, but it got there in the first place because there was an anti-National majority for it. It will be interesting if that majority persists, or whether NZ First, United Future or the Maori Party have been convinced by the committee's findings. In the unlikely event they get through that - and if National filibusters, the House will be lucky to even start it - there's the second reading of Alfred Ngaro's Local Government (Auckland Council) Amendment Bill (No 3). But either way, they won't be making progress on any first readings, and are unlikely to for quite some time. Which means no ballots for the foreseeable future.


"IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Tweed shire councillors are set to consider defending an appeal against their refusal of a plan to convert a boathouse on a prominent beachfront site at Kingscliff into a combined dwelling/boathouse with road access and parking.

At tomorrow night’s planning committee meeting, shire planners have recommended defending the appeal lodged by the developer of the Casuarina township nearby, Consolidated Properties, on behalf of the owner of the boathouse at Point Break Circuit in the Salt development, Lindstro Pty Ltd.

Last November, council refused the development application to alter the boathouse to include a dwelling, with the developer saying it was needed mainly for protection against vandalism from parties in an adjoining reserve by having a caretaker living there and keeping an eye on things.

Vehicle access over community land to get to the boathouse, currently a pathway, had also been sought for the caretaker and visitors.

But council planners deemed the plan inappropriate for several reasons, including inconsistency with the tourism objectives of the Tweed Local Environmental Plan 2000, coastal protection and vehicular access over public land.

The application also sought two car-parking spaces, one in a garage.

Council planning chief Vince Connell said in his report that during the public exhibition of the plan last September, 29 submissions were received objecting to it.



"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Byron councillor Wanchap censured over conflict breach "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Shire Cr Rose Wanchap, a real-estate agency owner, would be banned from being a councillor under a Labor plan

Byron Shire Cr Rose Wanchap, a real-estate agency owner, has been censured over a breach of council’s code of conduct.

Hans Lovejoy

A state-government investigation into a complaint against Cr Rose Wanchap was tabled at last week’s Byron Shire Council meeting, resulting in her being censured by her fellow councillors for breaching the Code of Conduct policy.

Held in confidential session in the afternoon, the mayor used his casting vote to support a motion which says she failed to ‘acknowledge and declare a significant non-pecuniary conflict of interests… thereby failing to manage the conflict in accordance with the Code of Conduct.’

The motion also says the matter will ‘be referred to the division for further action under the misconduct provisions of the Act.’

Echonetdaily understands the  ‘division’ is the office of local government, while a first- time ‘censure’ has no ramifications or consequences.

The original complaint, which is said to be 150 pages long, is by David Beattie from the Nungkari Treatment Centre, based in Myocum.

It was taken seriously enough to be reviewed by the Office of Local Government, which reported that Cr Wanchap ‘may have had a non-pecuniary conflict of interest’...

10:38 - english: Farmers and traders in India oppose foreign investment in local food "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The India FDI Watch Campaign, along with the Bhartiya Udyog Vyapar Mandal (Federation of All India Traders and Industries), Federation of Associations of Maharastra, The Hawkers Federation, Janpahal and various other groups, oppose the proposal to allow 100% Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in food produced and manufactured in India.


American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): Monique Gray Smith and Julie Flett's MY HEART FILLS WITH HAPPINESS "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

I've read My Heart Fills With Happiness by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett, many times. I can't decide--and don't need to, really--which page is my favorite!

For now--for this moment--I just got off the phone with my daughter, Liz. She's not a little girl anymore. She's an adult, making plans for the the coming months as she finishes law school. She makes me so darn happy! When she was little, she liked "spinny skirts." We made several so she'd always have a clean one to wear to school. So, the cover of My Heart Fills With Happiness reminds me of those days with Liz, as she spun about in her spinny skirts.

Like I said, though, I just got off the phone with her, and as I think of her walking about in the many places she's going to be in May and June and July, I'm reminded of holding her hand as the two of us walked here, and there, oh those years ago! That memory, and this page, are so dear!

I love the page that shows a little girl dancing, her shawl gorgeously depicted as she moves. I love the page where the little boy holds a drumstick in his hand and sits at the drum. I love the page of the ki...


Independent Australia: What changes to Australia's media ownership laws are being proposed? "IndyWatch Feed"

What changes to Australia's media ownership laws are being proposed?Mitch Fifield has announced a shake-up of Australia’s media ownership laws. So, what rules are being scrapped? And how might their axing affect Australia’s media sector? read now...


(We) can do better: Direct from Aleppo,Syria: News on life under cease-fire "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ceasefire agreement: Aleppo city is much more calmer since the beginning of the agreement, beside some violations took place the first hours of the agreement, and yesterday at 21:50, when 2 mortars shelled on the government held area, followed by ambulance sirens around 22:00. In general, so far, Aleppo city is so calmer than before. No shells, no jets in the sky, no clashes. 80% better than before.

- Situation in Aleppo province didn't change much, according to news. The terrorists attacked the liberated villages of Nobbol & az-Zahraa with rockets, but there were no casualties. In other areas of the province, fighting is still on going: SAA vs. Nusra & Da'esh; Kurds vs. Turks from the borders; Kurds vs. Terrorists; terrorists vs. other terrorists... Violations of the ceasefire are from the terrorist groups and Turkey.

- Russians recorded 15 violations in Syria in the last 24 hours. Russia said as well that Nusra terrorists were shelling mortars in Latakya province from the Turkish borders (from Turkey). The Turks are targeting the Kurds in Tell Abyad border town, claiming fighting Da'esh on the media!

- Aleppo road had been finally liberated, but needs a lot of repairing. It had damaged so badly. Aleppo was isolated for almost a week of tough fighting to take it back. There were snipers and a lot of mines.

- Prices, obviously, started to jump up because nothing was coming in to the city. Goods and fuel became expensive, part because of the road battles, and part because of the dollar rising price. The crisis traders and merchants were the happiest group of the situation! Prices will take some time till it goes down, when goods and fuel start to enter the city, after repairing the road.

- There are news or gossips about treasons that happened...


Dakota Rural Action: The Legal Case Against HB 1140 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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We’ve talked about why HB 1140 is bad for farmers and agriculture. But what about the bill itself, and what if it makes it into law? Kelsea Sutton, an attorney in South Dakota, breaks it down for us.

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Dakota Rural Action: The Legal Case Against HB 1140 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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We’ve talked about why HB 1140 is bad for farmers and agriculture. But what about the bill itself, and what if it makes it into law? Kelsea Sutton, an attorney in South Dakota, breaks it down for us.

Check out this episode!


Dakota Rural Action: The Legal Case Against HB 1140 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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We’ve talked about why HB 1140 is bad for farmers and agriculture. But what about the bill itself, and what if it makes it into law? Kelsea Sutton, an attorney in South Dakota, breaks it down for us.

Check out this episode!


Catallaxy Files: “Sometimes it’s nice to be told what to do” "IndyWatch Feed"

Someone forwarded me an article from The Wall Street Journal he thought I might like, and he was definitely right about that. It is titled, Could You Pass Sixth Grade Economics? but for all that is a quite sinister description of a supposedly innovative way to teach the dismal science. They divide the class up into different groups and have them trade with each other using some kind of barter system. These are the final two paras with no comment by the author who, for all we know, even agrees with Ms Chase about how economies ought to be run:

In Ms. Higgins’ classroom, the lesson shifted to different types of economic models. It turns out the city states of Babylon were once run as a command economy, where production and prices of goods and peoples’ incomes are decided centrally by the government. The students concede that while the market economy has made them wealthier, trading for the good life is exhausting.

“To be honest I like the exercises that center on a command economy,” says 11-year‐old Mairead Chase of city state Eshnunna. “I like authority. I like to have a goal,” she shrugs and smiles. “Sometimes it’s nice to be told what to do.”

So much for the free market. You begin to see the attraction Bernie Sanders has for the young if this is what they end up believing.


Senator Jacqui Lambie - PUTTING TASMANIA FIRST: Lambie questions Government over lack of Tasmanian Defence Contracts. "IndyWatch Feed"

JLN Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has put pressure on the Federal government to award more defence contracts to Tasmanian based businesses during question time in the Senate.

Senator asked the attached questions of Defence Minister Payne.

The post Lambie questions Government over lack of Tasmanian Defence Contracts. appeared first on Senator Jacqui Lambie - PUTTING TASMANIA FIRST.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Pell ‘knew nothing’ about Ridsdale’s rampant sex abuse "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A small protest group gather with placards outside an inquiry into child sex abuse in Sydney, Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Photo AP Photo/Rick Rycroft

A small protest group gather with placards outside an inquiry into child sex abuse in Sydney, Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Photo AP Photo/Rick Rycroft


Cardinal George Pell has arrived at a Rome hotel for his third night of testimony to the child sex abuse commission sitting in Sydney.

Plain-clothes state police officers kept journalists back as the cardinal walked the few steps to the hotel door, refusing to answer questions about the hearing.

He is being questioned about what he knew of pedophile priests operating in Ballarat and Melbourne when he served there in the 1970s and 1980s.

On Tuesday, he told the commission he did not know about repeated complaints against the now-imprisoned pedophile Father Gerald Ridsdale because former Ballarat Bishop Ronald Mulkearns did not tell him.

The former senior Australian Catholic, now the third-most powerful man in the Vatican, shocked abuse survivors who are in Rome to watch him give evidence via video link, when he said on Tuesday Ridsdale’s offences were ‘a sad story’...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Crusty Labor homophobe quits "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Quitting over same-sex marriage. ALP Western Australian Senator Joe Bullock. AAP Image/Alan Porritt

Quitting over same-sex marriage. ALP Western Australian Senator Joe Bullock. AAP Image/Alan Porritt


Labor senator Joe Bullock  has announced his retirement from federal politics because of his refusal to vote along party lines in support of same-sex marriage.

In a remarkable twist of fate, openly gay former WA senator Louise Pratt will nominate for the vacancy left by his departure.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has paid tribute to admits the pair did not agree on a number of issues, but thanked Senator Bullock for his service in parliament and for Australian workers.

He described Senator Bullock as ‘a man of deeply held faith and convictions’ and said he respected his decision to step down.

Openly gay opposition Senate leader Penny Wong echoed her boss, also admitting she and Senator Bullock disagreed on ‘many things’.

But she said he had spent his life fighting for the things Labor believed were worth fighting for, including fair wages and conditions at work.

Senator Bullock, who opposes same-sex marriage, told the Senate on Tuesday his ‘troubles start...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Move over for cyclists or face a hefty fine "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Council_Road_Safety_Officer_Alana_152141Motorists have been warned they must give cyclists a wider berth, at least a metre in clearance, when passing them on the road under new state cycling laws which came into effect yesterday (Tuesday).

Cyclists also face harsher penalties for breaking the road rules, including a $319 fine for not wearing a helmet or $425 for running a red light.

But a controversial new rule requiring cyclists to carry photo identification or face a hefty $400-plus fine has been delayed till March next year following a public outcry.

Tweed Shire Council yesterday issued a press release on the new laws, saying they were designed to keep cyclists safe and reduce crashes, reminding locals that three cyclists have been killed and 65 injured on Tweed roads over the past five years.

Council’s road safety officer Alana Brooks said that in 88 per cent of the reported crashes, a motor vehicle was involved.

Ms Brooks said the distance between the car and the bike must be at least one metre at 60kph or less and 1.5 metres at more than 60kph.

‘At times, motorists will find there is not sufficient space to provide this clearance while remaining in their lane. Then, if safe to do so, motorists are allowed to cross the centreline, st...


Papua New Guinea Mine Watch: Offshore nuclear power plants next step for seabed mining? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

china nuclear power

China’s Daya Bay nuclear power plant is land-based, but future plants may be offshore

Platforms at sea to house nuclear power plants to provide electricity for seabed mining…


Breakbulk | 29 Feb 2016

Heavy lift professionals could face dramatically different and unique challenges if China’s nuclear power industry follows through with a top official’s proposal to build the world’s first nuclear power plant at sea.

Xu Dazhe, director of the China Atomic Energy Authority, who also serves as head of the nation’s space agency, proposed the ocean-based power plant idea Jan. 27, according to state media.

The plan calls for building platforms at sea that can support relatively small nuclear power plants to provide electricity for seabed mining operations in deep waters and desalination plants near the nation’s shoreline.

Shipbuilding industry officials say they support the plan, which is already the subject of major research initiatives by science institutes linked to China National Offshore Oil Corp. and the state-run nuclear industry.

Under the plan, according to media reports, the project would include building floating as well as submersible power plant platforms. The latter would be deployed in areas where stormy seas are prevale...


Indian Country Headline News: Women’s History Month Honors Suzan Shown Harjo, Betty Mae Tiger Jumper "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

March 1 marks the first day of Women’s History Month, and this year finds two Native women among the 16 honorees designated for 2016....

The Watchers » Latest articles: Sheveluch exhibiting heightened unrest - lava domes growing, hot avalanches and fumarole activity "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The extrusive activity of the Sheveluch volcano in Kamchatka, Russia, shows signs of increasing, and some avalanches create several kilometers long pyroclastic flows and up to 5.1 km (17 000 feet) high ash plumes. The SW sector of the lava dome continues to produce...... Read more »


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Bamboo’s many benefits include supporting youth "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Saturday’s Byron Youth Service fundraiser at Byron Bay Bamboo in Myocum attracted hundreds who enjoyed displays by artisans, horticulturists and even ‘bio-charists’. Pictured is property owner Kaye Wood with Lance Seadon, who created the boat. Photo Jeff Dawson

Saturday’s Byron Youth Service fundraiser at Byron Bay Bamboo in Myocum attracted hundreds who enjoyed displays by artisans, horticulturists and even ‘bio-charists’. Pictured is property owner Kaye Wood with Lance Seadon, who created the boat. Photo Jeff Dawson

Last Saturday, Myocum business Byron Bamboo held a benefit for Byron Youth Service to show off the diverse benefits of the fast-growing plant.

It was the first time owner Kaye Wood’s property, which boasts hundreds of varieties of bamboos, gingers and heliconias, has held an open day.

From the decorative, to the edible, to serious construction, workshops showed the benefits of growing and working with bamboo in our area.

One popular workshop showed how bamboo offcuts can be used to create biochar for soil fertilisation.

Another bamboo pioneer demonstrated how steaming can be used as a non-toxic way of treating bamboo, which is essential if it’s being used for building.

Bamboo’s unique properties as a construction material were shown off in the shape of th...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Secret Service investigates assault on photographer at Trump rally "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The US Secret Service is investigating a confrontation between a Time magazine photographer and a Secret Service agent at a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Virginia that ended with an agent apparently placing his hands around the photographer’s throat and forcing him to the floor.

‘The Secret Service is working with local law enforcement to try to get to the bottom of what exactly happened,’ White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters during a briefing.

‘The leadership of the Secret Service has indicated that they’ll take appropriate steps based on the conclusion of that investigation.’

The rally on Monday was interrupted by protesters, including some from the Black Lives Matter movement.

Video footage of the altercation, which was posted on the internet, shows Time magazine photographer Christopher Morris getting close to the agent, who threw him to the ground and Morris kicking the agent from the floor.

The magazine said Morris was knocked to the ground after stepping out of the press hold to take a picture of protesters.

A Trump campaign spokeswoman acknowledged the incident, but said the campaign was not aware of the details.

In a statement published in Time, Morris said he had covered the White House for nine years without altercations with the Secret Service.

‘The rules at Trump events are significantly stricter than other campaigns and make it very difficult to work as a photographer, as many others have pointed out before me,’ Morris said.

‘I regret my role in the confrontation, but the agent’s respons...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Lennox Head set for ‘groundbreaking’ recycled water service "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In what Ballina Shire Council believes is a first for regional NSW, a groundbreaking recycled water service is set to begin at Lennox Head in July.

That’s when almost 80 new houses will begin receiving recycled water for household uses with council supplying both recycled and drinking water to properties through a dual reticulated water system.

A council spokesperson said that while the water had been treated to very high standards and safe to use around the home, it was not suitable for drinking.

Purple pipelines and taps have already been installed at households set to receive recycled water, and they will be contacted by council before the start-up date.

Council’s water manager, Tim Mackney, said Ballina shire was at the forefront of the country’s recycled water technology in regional NSW.

‘We are in the extraordinary position of saying that Ballina Shire Council will soon have the biggest recycled water service in regional NSW’, Mr Mackney said.

‘In the first phase of the program, 77 houses in Lennox Head are set to benefit from the delivery of dual recycled and drinking water services in July.

‘From there, we will roll-out the program to more than 600 new households in Ballina, East Ballina, and Cumbalum. They will have recycled water on tap for uses such as washing clothes, flushing toilets and watering the garden.

‘When this service starts we will be at the forefront of the nation’s recycled water sector.’

Mr Mackney said the shire’s water services were adapting to the growth in demand and the need to ensure a sustainable water supply for future generations.

‘The delivery of recycled water for local household uses is going to really change the way we think about water’, he said.

‘We are not just going to think about using water for household purposes but recycling it to ensure sustainable water supplies for future generations.

‘What this really means is that more water will...


The Tally Room: Senate reform – does exhausting votes help the party leading? "IndyWatch Feed"

There’s been a lot of attempts by various people to predict the impact of Senate reform in terms of which parties will win and which parties will lose.

Some of this has been smart, and some of it has been quite dumb. Some has focused on the long-term tendencies, while others have been obsessively focused on the outcome under one narrow scenario where the Coalition wins a double dissolution comfortably, or freak out about outcomes that are just as likely under the current system.

I’ve generally tried to avoid getting too much into these questions. In general, I expect that party behaviour and voter behaviour will change in ways which are difficult to predict, and overconfidence in any particular outcome suggests that a person has an agenda to push (usually an anti-reform agenda).

(If you really want to have a better sense of likely outcomes, I can point you to Kevin Bonham, Antony Green and Adrian Beaumount‘s analysis. In short, both major parties and the Greens would have gained seats, in proportion to their vote, but the chances of a Coalition majority are not much greater than the current system.)

I wanted to specifically address a question raised in a bunc...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Health premiums to rise but less than last year "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Federal health minister Sussan Ley during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 Photo AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Federal health minister Sussan Ley during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016 Photo AAP Image/Mick Tsikas


The federal government has trumpeted ‘millions of Australians are set to have more cash in their pockets this year as health insurance premium hikes hit a four-year low’.

But the ABC has revealed that the increases will still be three times higher than the cost of living index.

Premiums will increase an average of 5.59 per cent from April 1, down from almost 6.2 per cent last year.

It comes after health minister Sussan Ley stepped in, asking health insurers in January to either lower their premium increases or justify the hikes.

Ms Ley said 20 health funds had resubmitted a lower increase, with some cutting back as much as 1.5 per cent, easing costs for more than 93 per cent of Australians with private health cover.

Families and couples with a combined hospital and general treatment policy will on avera...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: North Korea to boycott UN rights council "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Minister for Foreign Affairs of North Korea Ri Su Yong delivers his statement during the 31st session of the Human Rights Council, Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP

Minister for Foreign Affairs of North Korea Ri Su Yong delivers his statement during the 31st session of the Human Rights Council, Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP


North Korea will no longer attend any UN Human Rights Council sessions focused on the communist country and will ignore decisions of the UN body, Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong says.

The Geneva-based body ‘has been turned into a mechanism full of politicisation’ by hostile Western powers, the chief diplomat of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) said at a session of the Human Rights Council on Tuesday.

North Korea possesses a nuclear deterrent and a strong military, and these ‘constitute major reasons that drive those ill-minded forces to be hell-bent on a human rights racket against the DPRK,’ Ri said.

A panel of UN investigators reported in February...


Independent Australia: EXCLUSIVE: Former HK Governor Lord Chris Patten is George Pell's spin doctor "IndyWatch Feed"

EXCLUSIVE: Former HK Governor Lord Chris Patten is George Pell's spin doctorFormer Hong Kong governor and chair of the BBC as news of Jimmy Savile's crimes on children were exposed, Lord Chris Patten has been appointed as Cardinal George Pell's media advisor. read now...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Airport strikes planned for Easter "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

PSU national secretary Nadine Flood at Sydney Airport, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. Further such strikes are planned for the Easter school holidays. Photo AAP Image/Toby Mann

PSU national secretary Nadine Flood at Sydney Airport, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015. Further such strikes are planned for the Easter school holidays. Photo AAP Image/Toby Mann


Easter travel plans could be thrown into chaos with Border Force and immigration department staff at international airports across Australia to take strike action on the eve of Good Friday.

The Community and Public Sector Union says thousands of public servants from agencies such as Medicare and Centrelink will also take industrial action in the week of March 21 to protest against pay offers and rights and conditions being stripped away.

The union is considering a three week campaign of rolling airport strikes over the Easter school holidays “if the government continues with their attack on workplace rights”.

It is the third such strike in 12 months, with previous stoppages held in September and November...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Bluesfest site approved for extra events "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Bluesfest director Peter Noble, right, with supporters at last week's Byron Shire Council meeting. Photo Jeff Dawson

Bluesfest director Peter Noble, right, with supporters at last week’s Byron Shire Council meeting. Photo Jeff Dawson

Hans Lovejoy

Bluesfest was given approval for additional events and permanent infrastructure at last week’s Byron Shire Council meeting.

But it was met with resistance from neighbours – residents rallied to oppose the plans at morning access while Bluesfest director Peter Noble brought along employees to support his case for expansion.

So what has been approved?

Called a ‘Recreation Facility (major)’, the approval means that a range of event types and sizes are now approved, but must meet conditions.

Small events are described as up to 2,000 people and 100 days per year have been approved. Medium events are up to 15,000 people, and a maximum of ten event days per annum were approved.

Large events are defined as up to 25,000 people, with a maximum ten event days per year approved.

The staff report said, ‘Bluesfest is an example of a ‘large event’, while the Boomerang Festival is an example of a medium event. Potentially a caravan show, wedding, a 15-theatre production would be a small e...


No Place For Sheep: I think Gerry’s been rooting boys again "IndyWatch Feed"

  Evidence given by a former altar boy to the Royal Commission into Sexual Abuse of Children in 2015, quoted Cardinal George Pell as having made the above statement in 1983 in regard to his former housemate and infamously cruel paedophile, Gerald Ridsdale. The statement indicates knowledge Pell now denies. It’s extremely difficult to prove […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Apple, FBI in encryption debate "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The high-stakes legal fight between Apple and the US Justice Department over a locked iPhone is moving from the courts to Congress.

FBI Director James Comey and Apple chief lawyer Bruce Sewell are appearing before the House Judiciary Committee for a hearing on encryption on Tuesday afternoon (Wednesday morning AEDT).

The hearing comes amid two significant and conflicting court rulings in New York and California on whether Apple can be forced to help the FBI gain access to locked phones.

Comey warns in his prepared testimony that technological advancements have been accompanied by “new dangers”.

He says those can prevent law enforcement from collecting critical evidence in criminal and terrorism investigations.

But Sewell says the FBI is asking Apple to weaken the security of its products, which he says could create a dangerous precedent.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Man, police in standoff south of Brisbane "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Police have set up an exclusion zone around a caravan south of Brisbane as a standoff with a man continues.

Police were called to a disturbance at a property in the Logan suburb of Brassall just after midnight and were confronted by the man in the driveway.

He made threats before retreating into the caravan and six hours later, he’s still refusing to come out.

Police say the man is alone and an exclusion zone has been set up as officers try to talk him out.

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EcoWatch: Dr. Mark Hyman: Eat a Diet Rich in Omega 3s for Optimal Health and Weight Loss "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


For optimal health, replace these damaging omega 6 fats with healthy ones, including...


EcoWatch: What Climate Deniers Had to Say About Leo’s Oscars Speech "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Millions heard the call for climate action on Sunday night, when Leonardo DiCaprio ...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Byron Bay Blog: DISCOVERY feat. Norm De Plume at The Sticky Wicket Bar "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

5th March 2016 – Saturday: DISCOVERY (Deep House & Disco Edits)
feat. Norm De Plume (UK) & Dale Stephen (Bay FM) @ The Sticky Wicket Bar, Byron, 9pm-3am, $5/$10 OTD

DISCOVERY, a new monthly party hosted by Norm De Plume (UK) & Dale Stephen (Bay FM). Rotating all night long the pair will explore the music they both love: deep house & disco. From the classic to the obscure, from modern edits to original 12″ vinyl versions, but always containing that special funky-deepness….Byron’s answer to NYC’s Body & Soul!

Norm De Plume from London-based deep house label: Delusions Of Grandeur also releases on and runs his own vinyl-only imprint Plumage.
He’s released on Kolour Ltd (Detroit) and spun at Fabric & Corsica Studios in London. He’s toured to Berlin, Mexico City, Copenhagen, Reykjavik, Melbourne & Sydney.

Dale Stephen aka DJ Brevil, founder of Electric Larry Records is an Australian DJ & producer, currently based in the Byron area. Dale works locally, nationally and internationally as a DJ, musician and producer. His style is similar to Sir Norman Jay and Greg Wilson, both of whom he’s supported on a number of occasions. He also co-hosts the Solar Love Machine show on BayFM.

Listen at and

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Aboriginal News Group Newswire: The Brown Berets Occupy Catalina Island on August 1972 | Notes from Aztl�n "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The Brown Berets Occupy Catalina Island on August 1972 | Notes from Aztl�n: The Brown Berets stated that the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo does not specifically mention any of the nine Channel Islands off the coast of California and thus argued that M�xico never ceded any of the Channel Islands to the United States at the end of the U.S. War on M�xico in 1848.

Many Chicanas/os-Mexicanas/os claimed that the United States illegally seized and occupied Mexican/Indigenous land. Some legal experts were prepared to argue that M�xico could reclaim those lands back in international court.

The occupation ended on September 23, 1972 when the Avalon City Council threatened to enforce a camping ordinance and thus have the Brown Berets forcefully removed and arrested.

Through the “invasion” of Catalina Island, the Brown Berets brought attention to the problems confronting the Chicana/o-Mexicana/o community as a result of its colonized status within the United States.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Bin pickup service should be user pays "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Byron Shire Echo last month had a great article regarding council green bins and their success in relieving pressure on landfill. Which is great news indeed. The article also reports that mayor Simon Richardson says that ‘we can do better’.

Which prompts me to suggest how. A few days after receiving my green bin, I called council and told them I didn’t need it and wanted to give it back.

Solo came and reclaimed the bin. I find, however, that I am still to be charged weekly for my pickup, even though there will be no pickup.

I also know that even though I only put both my yellow bin and my red bin out once every two months, I get charged as though I put them out every time.

If one puts the bin out every week even when it’s not full, sustainably speaking there’s more wear and tear on the bins and more wear and tear on the truck.

Surely a ‘user pays’ system would help reduce the number of pickups.    Most people need incentive to cut down.

I know it would take some doing, but wouldn’t it be worth the effort and fairer to those who conscientiously work to keep their footprint small?

I first started writing to council about this, I think in 2008,  but to date no changes have been effected. What do others think?

Bronwyn Sindel, Mullumbimby

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"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": Focus On Fauna: Creek life "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

There was perhaps some degree of scepticism after the Strath Creek Landcare Group’s recent Platypus Group Watch on King Parrot Creek when one of the organisers was the sole person to spot a platypus, but had no photo to confirm it. Ron at least had the presence of mind to get a picture of the […]


loon pond: Another rich and full day at the pond, with nary a hint of a reptilexit ... just a good Dame Slapping ... "IndyWatch Feed"

(Above: and more Rowe here).

So there was the pond sitting down to watch a little stress-relieving television when, to the surprise of all, up bobbed Lazarus.

Naturally Leigh Sales lobbed down an under-arm soft ball to start proceedings:

What do you think has been the single biggest change in Australian society since your election?

And naturally Howard whacked it out of the park with "Undeniably, the threat of terrorism."

Now at that pond the pond expected the natural follow up. "Then do you regret your involving of Australia in the Iraq war? Thereby paving the way for Daesh?"

After all, in recent days, the pond's news feed has been inundated by the Daily Troll going at Tony Bleagh very hard, with stories such as Sickening lies. Serial deceit. And proof Blair has blood on his hands. Just google and you'll cop A man without morals, the sickening truth about how Blair's made MILLIONS from doing dirty deals with dictators.

Never mind that wandering apostrophe, line up for A 'useless, useless' £10 million peace envoy ...

But no, inst...


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Anaheim Police Release KKK Stabber | OC Weekly "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Anaheim Police Release KKK Stabber | OC Weekly: In the meantime, community and faith-based leaders are planning a peace walk at 6 p.m. today from Pearson Park to Anaheim City Hall to denounce the Klan's message of hate and violence. They vow to disallow Saturday's melee to define Anaheim or Orange County.

But the final tally from the Klan rally now stands at seven counter-demonstrators (including the youngster) being held, with one unidentified Mark Henry-looking brother still wanted in connection with the fight. Two of the stab victims remain hospitalized. All Klukkers, including the stabber, are scot-free at the moment.


Earth First! Newswire: ResistAIM Defenders Halt Hudson River Drilling for AIM Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Resist AIM Pipeline


Buchanan, NY 02-29-16 – Today at 6 AM, 26 people took action and 11 were arrested to stop the AIM pipeline from being built in Westchester and Rockland by blocking access for over an hour to Spectra Energy’s staging area for horizontal drilling under the Hudson River. Spectra Energy’s Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) project would involve drilling underneath the Hudson River in Verplanck, immediately south of Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. The new high-pressure, 42-inch diameter pipeline would run within 105 feet of critical infrastructure for Indian Point and would expose local communities to toxic emissions from compressor stations along the pipeline path.

The group of activists and residents chose the site because it highlights the danger of the proposed pipeline, running underneath the Hudson River and adjacent to the troubled Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant. In May of 2015 , Spectra Energy had a pipeline rupture underneath the Arkansas River and w as unaware of it until the Coast Guard informed them. “If Spectra cannot adequately maintain and monitor their existing pipelines, why should we believe that they can do so for this new...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Culture Roundup: Wednesday 2 March, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The Spirit Awakens

Now in its fifth incarnation, the Byron Spirit Festival embraces yoga, music, dance, tantra, healing, indigenous insight, along with guided meditations, sound baths, gourmet organic food, and unforgettable celebrations so all can commune and awaken in the most connective means available. This year’s exceptional lineup includes Lulucruza from Colombia and Argentina, Elijah Ray (USA), the inimitable Srikalogy (USA), the Kirtaniyas (USA), the return of world songstress Peia (USA), Vijay Krsna, Wild Marmalade and more. The yoga stream features new and returning master teachers such as Louisa Sear, Dena Kingsberg, Daniel Aaron (Bali), Beth Borowsky, Clive Sheridan, Delamay Devi et al. The program also includes Conscious Dance, Tigress Yoga, Somatic Sex Education and other cutting-edge practices that make up our popular Tantra stream featuring experts from Australia and beyond. The Healing Arts will see leaders in their fields such as Ly de Angeles initiate participants into ancient and modern modalities that heal body, mind and spirit. 15–17 April in Mullumbimby.

Tickets are selling swiftly, and are available online now. 

International Women’s Day

Women are invited to celebrate International Women’s day at Luscious, an event that features...


Indian Country Headline News: Chilling Voicemail in Hedgepeth Murder Case Made Public "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Roland Hedgepeth has listened to a chilling voicemail more than 200 times....

Indian Country Headline News: Manning: Love and Rez Ball, State Titles, and Community Hope "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

In many tribal communities throughout Indian country, basketball reigns supreme as the game of choice....

Indian Country Headline News: Major Navajo Nation Voting Rights Win "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

A federal judge has ruled that the election districts for San Juan County, Utah’s school board and county commission ar...

Mongabay Environmental News: Award-winning Colombian film, “The Embrace of the Serpent”, is not sitting well with a local indigenous community "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Colombian production has won most of the biggest international film awards, among them the Art Cinema Award at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and recently, it was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars. It marks the first time that a Colombian movie receives such an honor, and its among the few films that have made indigenous peoples and the Amazon its central focus on the big screen. For seven weeks, the film crew worked in the jungle, in the provinces of Vaupés and Guainía, deep in Colombia's Amazon region. The story is based on a historical event: the script was inspired by the expedition notes taken in the early 20th century voyage led by Theodor Koch-Grünberg, a German explorer who made one of the greatest contributions to the study of indigenous peoples in South America, particularly in Brazil and Venezuela. In the movie, the protagonist is a shaman called Karamakate, --played by the actor Miguel Dionisio Ramos, of ticuna ethnic background-- the last of his tribe still alive. Alongside Theodor Koch-Grünberg and the American scientist, Richard Evans Schultes, Karamakate goes out on an expedition in search of a sacred plant known as delyakruna. The three men's adventures, and the dynamic that plays out between Karamakate and the two foreigners interested in his culture, are at the core of this story. Jessica Kiang, writing for the Indieware blog, described Karamakate's character as "an immaculate portrait of the unfathomable loneliness and crushing survivor's guilt that comes with being the last of one's kind." It may be that critics and audiences around the world are in love with The Embrace of the Serpent,…


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Reds Beat Nazis in Liverpool Return Match | TAL FANZINE "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Reds Beat Nazis in Liverpool Return Match | TAL FANZINE: On the latest occasion the National Action and North West Infidels sad acts chose to rear their heads above the sewer parapet in Manchester on the 27th February 2016 (Saturday). They were to attend a demo called by an ultra-right Polish “hooligan” group (More on them later). However on the 26th February (Friday), less than 24 hours before the demo was due to take place in Manchester, they changed the venue to Liverpool. They thought that they had outsmarted anti-fascists by claiming that the change of location was intentional all along. Needless to say that was lies. With less than 24 hours to go and to rearrange things, we set about making plans to get to Liverpool. Despite Merseyside’s track record a couple of us were honestly cynical about being able to pull off a win given such short notice. Nonetheless we set off for Liverpool willing to throw our lot in with whatever was planned that day.


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: | Video | Kanhaiya tapes: Tests confirm 2 out of 7 videos doctored | India Videos | - India Today "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

| Video | Kanhaiya tapes: Tests confirm 2 out of 7 videos doctored | India Videos | - India Today: India Today has managed to exclusively access the report of the forensics laboratory which examined the Kanhaiya Kumar 'sedition' videos. A total of seven videos had been sent by the Delhi government for forensics examination.


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Brother of Former Colombian President Arrested on Charges of Running a Death Squad - Latino USA "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Brother of Former Colombian President Arrested on Charges of Running a Death Squad - Latino USA - The allegations are the latest in a line of scandals that have followed the conservative ex-president. Though he has long denied accusations of paramilitary ties, a public prosecutor called for an official investigation into his possible connection with a 1997 massacre carried out by right-wing paramilitaries. In 2012, his niece was extradited to the United States on drug charges linking her to the Sinaloa Cartel leader Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán.

Santiago took a different route from his brother, opting to run the Uribe family cattle ranch in Antioquia state where his brother Álvaro became governor in 1995. Much of the accusations against Santiago come from retired police Major Juan Carlos Meneses, who is currently being investigated for crimes committed by the “12 Apostles” armed group. He alleges the group was run by Santiago, who he says paid the police officer monthly to overlook their operations. Meneses turned himself into authorities in 2014 after returning from a self-imposed exile in Venezuela, but Santiago’s defense team has accused Meneses of lying in court as part of a plot against him.


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Far-right thugs Britain First protested outside a mosque today and came back embarrassed | Political Scrapbook "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Far-right thugs Britain First protested outside a mosque today and came back embarrassed | Political Scrapbook: The footage features Britain First’s deputy leader Jayda Fransen, shown holding a cross and berating passerbys.

She even tells Muslims they are worshipping a false prophet and should switch to Christianity.

She later asks the police

Is it within your job description to come and mock a Christian who’s preaching in the street?

According to the Mosque she then said to the gathered bunch:

This is what’s going on in the world now people. In our country, even the police are against us. This is a Christian country but we’ve got our own police force turning on us, traitors to this country.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Australian Federal Election 2016: another opinion poll puts Labor & Coalition neck-and-neck on two party preferred vote distribution "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As national polling of voter intentions begins to tighten, the Turnbull Government options are also narrowing.

The term of this House of Representatives expires on 11 November 2016 and, writs for a normal half-Senate election cannot be issued before 1 July 2016. 

Thus the first available date for a general election would be on or about 6 August 2016 - which would see Parliament dissolved and the Abbott-Turnbull Government in caretaker mode from as early as 21 June, approximately five weeks after delivering its third set of budget papers. 

Leaving Prime Minister Turnbull and Treasurer Morrison very little time to tweak any unpopular measures or errors found in their 2016-17 budget before Coalition MPs went on the campaign trail in their respective electorates.


Indian Country Headline News: Native Mindfulness: Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Donna LaChapelle, elder in residence for the Nokomis Endaad program at the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, (M...

01:33 Voting Donald Trump? Well Obama is Gay So I Guess a Pedophile Should Be Next "IndyWatch Feed National"

Okay- it isn’t that he preaches hatred and directly quotes Mussolini when he isn’t preaching the ideals of Hitler and then refuses to denounce the KKK as a hate group. It isn’t that he encourages his crowds to hurt protesters and calls them up on stage when they do, nor that other countries are either mocking us- or preparing themselves to deal with us if we elect him. It isn’t that he has driven four companies into bankruptcy and has been the only one coming out smelling like a rose, or that he is threatening to shut down our media and build walls around us. No- the main reason why Trump should not be our president is because he hangs with pedophiles like billionaire Jeffery Epstein and has been a frequent flyer to Epstein’s island which is some sort of child trafficking paradise, along with a bunch of other elites. He has actually defended his friend saying that he is a “great guy” and that he throws great parties- but we have all heard about Epstein’s “parties” and so it leaves all of us to wonder what exactly happened at these parties “the Donald” has such a fond remembrance of. I mean, coming from a man who- on public television- told the world that if his daughter wasn’t his daughter- he would date her. And then there are those strange pictures with him and his daughter when she was a child. He has displayed a complete lack of respect for women in general, and as they say- birds of a feather flock together- so, as a presidential contender- I think we, as a public, need to know of those he keeps around him considering that one of his best is a convicted billionaire pedophile. We also need to figure out just what he was doing at these parties as a MANY time guest on the island owned by Jeffery Epstein. He AND Bill Clinton- which denounces any chance that Bill and Donald- (and perhaps even Hillary) – aren’t working in cahoots with each other- being partners in crime as it were. This is next in line for our programmed America and it is like every...


Antony Loewenstein: German radio station Bayerischer Rundfunk on privatised immigration "IndyWatch Feed National"

During my recent period in Berlin, Germany, as a Visiting Researcher at WZB Social Science Centre, I was interviewed by Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting) about Europe and Germany’s moves towards outsourcing its refugee “problem” to private corporations. My interview begins at 36.17.

Other people on the show are social scientist Manuela Bojadzijev, political scientist Sandro Mezzadra, author Merle Kröger, artist Kader Attia and two postcolonial activists. The journalist is Anne Fromm.


Wake Up World: Reaching the Shores of Enlightenment Through Acceptance and Forgiveness "IndyWatch Feed National"

2nd March 2016 By Paul Lenda Guest Writer for Wake Up World Enlightenment is a seemingly-elusive experience and state of existence that many feel few attain at any given point in the timeline of human history. However, there are those that do and it seems that more and more individuals are experiencing the enlightenment of their ...Continue Reading - Reaching the Shores of Enlightenment Through Acceptance and Forgiveness


Wake Up World: U.S. Marine Veteran Uses Homeopathy, Cell Salts and Flower Essences for Self-Healing "IndyWatch Feed National"

2nd March 2016 By Lance Schuttler Guest Writer for Wake Up World Homeopathy, cell salts and flower essences⏌ for a Marine veteran? Yes, that is correct. As second in command of an Infantry Company of 260 marines during the Iraq war in Fallujah in late 2004, Stan Deland has witnessed and endured some very dramatic experiences. ...Continue Reading - U.S. Marine Veteran Uses Homeopathy, Cell Salts and Flower Essences for Self-Healing


Catallaxy Files: Super Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed"

As it will appear to us who live just this side of the dateline – Tuesday in the US is already Wednesday here. This is the lay of the land:

Finds Ally in Delegate Selection System…
Small Biz Owners Say Donald Top Choice…
VIDEO: Reporter Grabs Secret Service Agent Throat at Trump Rally…
ICE Union On Gang of Eight: ‘It’s as if criminals wrote it themselves’…
Rubio Doesn’t Realize Energy Policy He Supports Already Been Enacted…
INGRAHAM: The GOP Establishment Suicide…
Republican Senator Believes More Candidates Will Enter…

And for those who are wondering what Hillary is up to:

Clinton Rape Accuser Thanks Lady Gaga For ‘Overwhelming Performance’…
WASH POST LEAD TUES: Hillary prepares to take on Trump in general election…
NYT PAGE ONE: Plan to Defeat Him…


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Think you're paying too much for your domestic gas supply in Australia? You're right! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Who is too blame for the situation set out below?

It is not just the rapacious gas industry we should be  pointing a finger at – it’s also the pro-mining Abbott & Turnbull federal governments and successive state governments which have failed to rein in these environmental and social vandals.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 February 2016:

After all the heartache, trenchant opposition from local communities and a towering $1.8 billion in write-downs, AGL has jettisoned its coal seam gas program. Santos will likely to follow suit and walk away from its controversial Pilliga project.

It makes no sense after all. Like Gloucester, Pilliga gas is high-cost to produce and environmentally high-risk to extract.

Unsurprisingly, the exit of AGL has lent fresh oxygen to t...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: The Member for Fairfax voices our worst fear......... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In the House of Representatives last week Queensland MP Clive Palmer voiced the fear of many – that Malcolm Bligh Turnbull will win this Coalition Government a second term, then swiftly be deposed and replaced as prime minister for the following three years by former prime minister John Anthony “Tony” Abbott:

Mr PALMER (Fairfax) (14:21): My question is to the Prime Minister. As Australia's third-oldest Prime Minister, if you are still Prime Minister after the election, will you serve a full term in parliament or will you retire to your unit in New York and do a switcheroo with the member for Warringah, sustaining yourself with innovation and growth opportunities your investments have provided for the people of the Cayman Islands? It has never been a more exciting time to be a Cayman Islander! Are you a seat warmer? [Hansard, 25 February 2016]

Tuesday, 01 March


Corporate Australia: Fresh modelling narrows the search area for Planet Nine by 50 per cent "IndyWatch Feed National"

This artistic rendering provided by California Institute of Technology shows the distant view from Planet Nine back towards the sun. Picture: Infrared Processing and Analysis Center
US ASTRONOMERS announced last month they may have found a ninth planet beyond Neptune, but conceded they had no idea where on an estimated 10,000-20,000-year orbit it might be.
But this week a French science quartet said they have narrowed the search area.

By studying data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft orbiting Saturn, the seventh planet from the Sun, they could exclude two zones, the team wrote in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Their work confirmed that a ninth planet might exist in the far reaches of our Solar System, co-author Jacques Laskar of the Paris Observatory said, “but not just anywhere”.

Based on mathematical modelling, the French scientists calculated what influence a ninth planet — travelling along the orbit speculated by the American scientists — would have on the movement of other planets as it passed nearby.

They then looked at how the known planets actually behaved.

The planet is thought to circle the Sun in a lopsided, highly elongated, oval loop.

At its most distant from the Sun, the planet would be too far too away for any effect on other planets to ever be detectable, thus limiting astronomers to a searchable zone...


(We) can do better: Traffic congestion in the Corridors of Power "IndyWatch Feed National"

It is just possible that the terrorist attack warnings by both the PM and ASIO head, Duncan Lewis, and the announcement of a hefty hike in defence spending was just a coincidence. But for those cynics who claim otherwise, let me point out that at this very moment we already have more than 1000 (perhaps as many as 4000) terrorists running riot in Canberra and doing so with the full knowledge and encouragement of our government.

It is just possible that the terrorist attack warnings by both the PM and ASIO head, Duncan Lewis, and the announcement of a hefty hike in defence spending was just a coincidence. But for those cynics who claim otherwise, let me point out that at this very moment we already have more than 1000 (perhaps as many as 4000) terrorists running riot in Canberra and doing so with the full knowledge and encouragement of our government.

These agents of destruction are of course working undercover as lobbyists, but what ever their name tag, they do far more damage than their religiously inspired equivalent. Consider the onslaught on our country made by clients of the Minerals Council, projects that have laid waste to some of our best agricultural land and compromised our water supplies. ISIS would need nuclear weapons to inflict that sort of damage.

Lobbyists are a gifted body of saboteurs that have managed to infiltrate federal and state governments, turning successive environmental ministers into rubber stamps for whatever 'significant' project they want approved. Not content with having these ministers in their pockets, it seems to me that the big guns, Gina Rinehart, Clive Palm...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": The Bulli Times: Thirroul talk on the Tom Thumb "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Matthew Flinders

GUEST speaker and illustrator Christine Hill has produced a new book about a much loved Australian tale of courage and adventure from the colonial days of NSW.

Christine’s description of the 1796 journey of Matthew Flinders & George Bass in the small boat, Tom Thumb II, is retold using Flinders’ journal & a series of sketches & paintings.

The story details the exploration of the NSW coast from Sydney to Lake Illawarra so has special appeal for those interested in local history.  Christine has captured the thrill of the discovery of an unknown land with her stunning illustrations of local landscapes including Towradgi Beach, Lake Illawarra’s entrance, Bellambi and the ‘Coalcliffs’.

The talk is on Wednesday March 9 starting at 5pm at Thirroul District Community Centre & Library and refreshments will be available. The event is suitable for both children & adults.

Bookings are essential via Eventbrite at our Library website or contact Thirroul Library on 02 4227 8191. For more information you can contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111.


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": onlymelbourne: Melbourne Newsletter No.478 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

View Online What's On this Week | 1 - 7 March 2016 Dining Car Boot Sale & Secondhand Market Little Sparrow Market | Federation Square Point Cook Market Princess Markets | Melton Round She Goes | Preloved Fashion Market @ Box Hill View Markets Calendar Trending Insomnia Race Isabella and Marcus Classic Car Day 2016 MS Melbourne Cycle 2016 Walk for Monash Children's Hospital 2016 Clean Up Australia Day 2016 | Sunday 6 March Featured Business NIET - Nepean Industry Edge Training - Registered Training Organisation Five Star Locksmiths - commercial, residential, automotive & emergency locksmith services gogo Smile - Teeth Whitening Kits Grand Tyre & Service Center - Dandenong Quick Links SmartPhone Newsletter Last Week's Newsletter Subscribe | UnSubscribe Melbourne Calendar Garage Sales Advertising Short All Content Copyright © 2013 OnlyMelbourne. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Advertising | Contact Us


News from Survival International: India: Tribe set to resume David & Goliath battle with mining corporation "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

The Dongria unanimously rejected the mining project and have vowed to protect the Niyamgiri hills
The Dongria unanimously rejected the mining project and have vowed to protect the Niyamgiri hills
© Bikash Khemka/Survival

A tribe in eastern India are facing a new threat from mining on their ancestral land, despite having won a major “David & Goliath” legal battle in 2014.

The Dongria Kondh were originally threatened by international mining corporation Vedanta Resources, who tried to open a bauxite mine in their sacred Niyamgiri hills, but were prevented by the Indian Supreme Court, which ruled that the Dongria should decide whether to allow the mine to go ahead.

The tribe unanimously rejected Vedanta’s plans to mine their hills during a historic referendum in which all twelve villages that were consulted voted against the mine.

Now, however, the Odisha state is trying to re-open the issue, petitioning for the right to hold another referendum for the Dongria to pave the way for a large-scale mining operation, this time by state-run Odisha Mining Corporation.

British-owned Vedanta opened a bauxite refinery close to the Dongria’s h...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": Practising Simplicity: 9/52 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

"A portrait of my youngest children, once a week, every week, in 2016."

Poet: trying to understand the quirks of Alice in Wonderland.

Percy: looking so much like his dad.


The Tally Room: JSCEM Senate reform inquiry – video highlights "IndyWatch Feed"

I watched some parts of today’s JSCEM inquiry, and cut together a few short clips of interesting parts of the day. I thought I would post them on Youtube and here – if you have a section which you think was particularly interesting, let me know in comments and I’ll cut it and upload it.

Firstly, this 42 second interaction between Antony Green and Stephen Conroy about whether voters actively choose to vote above the line, or are ‘herded’ into it by a voting system that makes it much much harder to vote below-the-line. This is related to my blog post on informal rates amongst below-the-line voters.

Go below the fold for three more videos.

And here is a longer 5-minute clip which includes the above, as well as more interesting discussions which are revealing about the real issues at the core of Senate reform.

Here is the five-minute introductory statement from the original public psephologist, Malcolm Mackerras, in which he is strongly critical of the proposed changes, as well as previous changes in 1984. He also makes some off-topic criticisms of Malcolm Turnbull...



Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE PROTESTS OVER POINTS AND FOOD AS TENSIONS RISE ON MANUS ISLAND AS COURT CHALLENGE LOOMS. Around 9.00am this morning (Tuesday, 1 March), people found to be refugees staged a protest at the canteen in Oscar Compound. The protest stopped the opening of the canteen, and local staff were withdrawn to(...)


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: It’s National Pig Day somewhere "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Click here to view the embedded video.

With heavy thighs atop dainty trotters, satisfyingly curly tails and love heart snouts, pigs are trotting their merry way into the affections of people the world over. Here at Edgar’s Mission, we’ll take any excuse to celebrate pigs, so we’ve decided to shine the spotlight on our resident porcine princes and princesses on (America’s) National Pig Day.

Pigs are considered one of the smartest species to roam the earth, but we’re just scratching the surface on understanding their worlds and capabilities. If you’ve never had the pleasure of spending time with one or more of these affable creatures, you won’t be privy to their remarkable intelligence, persistence and playfulness.

Candice Croney, animal behavior bioethicist from Oregon State University, realised that “pigs are able to make comparisons and grasp the relationship between those objects based on color, odor, or location.”[1] This means pigs are able to work through an abstract problem to find a solution, for example if there are 9 yellow balls and 1 pink ball, they’re able to pick out which object is the odd one out without being given any direction.

Every day we see the intelligence of pigs shine first hand. In Piggy Paradise we had a self-service shower installed so the pigs can have a rinse off after a long day of foraging and wallowing. They are incredibly clean after all, even piglets shortly after birth will leave the nest to do their “business” – and we don’t mean wheeling and dealing.

They also have an irresistible desire to play, piglets learn to be more confident and outgoing, while older pigs can become bored and depressed without access to a comfortable space to frolic and play in.[2] Their childlike playfulness keeps them youn...


A.E.Brain: Sometimes you win... "IndyWatch Feed National"

With such a document, I can apply for a correction of my UK birth certificate under the UK Gender Recognition Act (Overseas Track).

I've been waitimg (and agitating and lobbying, and informing, and educating, and persuading) for ten years. I can wait another 6 months.


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Media Releases - Bob Brown Foundation: Stripping Tasmania of ancient forests and endangered species habitat fails to gain FSC for Forestry Tasmania "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Media Release 1 March 2016


The Bob Brown Foundation will continue to call for secure protection for endangered species and native forests in the wake of Forestry Tasmania’s comprehensive failure to gain Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.

"Forestry Tasmania has failed to gain FSC certification due to their woefully destructive logging practices. These include an ongoing clearfell and burn regime for old growth forests, fundamental failure to assess and monitor rare, threatened and endangered species and inadequate protection of high conservation values. FSC found that Forestry Tasmania regularly fails to even identify rare, threatened and endangered species in logging areas, let alone protect them adequately," Bob Brown Foundation Campaign Manager Jenny Weber said.

"Species like the Swift Parrot, Masked Owl and Wedge-Tailed Eagle, to name only a few, have been pushed to the brink of extinction by decades of government sanctioned clearing of Tasmania's forests. It’s only now, when Forestry Tasmania are trying to gain market acceptance, that this legacy is being acknowledged," Jenny Weber said.

"Forestry Tasmania still has Swift Parrot and Masked Owl habitat in their logging schedules, they still have ancient rainforests in the Tarkine on the chopping block and high conservation values across the state are threatened by the intensified logging they are carrying out at taxpayers' expense," Jenny Weber said.

"An attempt to change logging practices in 'old growth’ forests, mooted by Forestry Tasmania, is nothing more than a fig leaf for the appalling practices Tasmania has endured for decades," Jenny Weber said.

"The future for Tasmania's native forests is to leave them standing, securely protected for their enormous va...


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Westender – West End 4101: Local lawyer comments on Kylie vs Kylie "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian pop princess, Kylie Minogue, has accused Kylie Jenner of being a “secondary reality television personality”. The dispute between the two Kylies erupted when Kylie Jenner tried to register a slew of trade marks including the word “Kylie”.   Queensland patent attorney Cathryn Warburton, winner of 2015 Stevie Award for Women In Business awarded in New […]

The post Local lawyer comments on Kylie vs Kylie appeared first on Westender - West End 4101.


(We) can do better: Endangered southern brown bandicoot at risk as proposed habitat corridors deemed 'not cost-effective' - Article by Sara Phillips (ABC) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Introduction by editor: This article reflects interviews with Frankston natural scientist, Hans Brunner, who has spent decades of his life trying to save the southern brown bandicoot, as many of those who know Hans are aware. Here the ABC takes up Hans's argument about the $20m promised by the State Government to be spent protecting bandicoot habitat that was threatened by Peninsula Link was never used as promised for a fox-proof fence. "Peninsula Link dutifully spent $20 million of taxpayers' money on the underpass, and handed over $1.6 million to Parks Victoria for the fence. But Parks Victoria never built the fence. At the completion of the freeway in 2013, and with only a single bandicoot hair detected two years prior, Parks Victoria chose to direct the money intended for the fence to bandicoot programs near Cranbourne..." in an area now allocated for a projected housing development. This is totally outrageous by Parks Victoria and by the government with which it is too closely aligned. Surely the current Parks Victoria Board should be sacked. Planning documents from 2011 show wide reserves with predator-proof fencing. But a 2012 revision made them a dotted line — an option if Federal Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt required it. Mr Hunt failed to do so. His dereliction with regard to this unique creature in the world, the southern brown bandicoot, seems to be his support for by Melbourne's [over]development. A Dubai conference recently named Greg Hunt 'the best environment minister in the world' seems a reflection of extreme cynicism or a calculated insult to the Australian public. Good on the ABC for promoting this investigation. A......


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Refugee Action Coalition: Protests over points and food as tensions rise on Manus Island as court challenge looms "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Around 9.00am this morning (Tuesday, 1 March), people found to be refugees staged a protest at the canteen in Oscar Compound.

The protest stopped the opening of the canteen, and local staff were withdrawn to the gates of Oscar Compound, as staff faced a crowd of refugees fed-up with being denied “privileges” like excursions or access to the canteen as a way of trying to force them to leave the detention centre and live outside in the so-called transit accommodation in East Lorengau.

Refugees, or “double positives”, as they are known in the detention centre are tired of the injustice.

Asylum seekers and those who have been rejected obtain 50 points each week – 25 from involvement in certain activities and 25 from the Immigration Department.

Points can be used at the canteen, run by Broadspectrum, to obtain such things as phone cards, shampoo and cigarettes. Fifty points gets you six packets of cigarettes.

Those who are found to be refugees get no points.

Refugees are given the choice – accept the unfair treatment or agree to leave the centre. There are only around 50 refugees who have been willing to leave the detention centre and live at the transit accommodation at East Lorengau.

Tensions are rising as the injustice has continued as the months drag on. Conditions at the East Lorengau detention centre are also deteriorating as refugees there are subject to a curfew and have recently been told they now have to pay for their own prescriptions.

A major standoff erupted later, at lunchtime in Delta Compound over the food. More than half the 200 detainees in Delta Compound have been found to be refugees. There have been increasing complaints over the food over the last weeks as food presented is out of date and is the same day after day.

More than 30 security guards are now in Delta Compound after a confrontation between detainees and the detention manager who told the detainees to put their complai...


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: How riders should deal with a tailgater "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

lane filtering - tailgater

Almost every rider will have experienced a tailgater following way too close.

Why does this happen?

It’s probably for the same reason that drivers pull out in front of you – they just don’t seem to see motorcycles.

There is something about the size of the bike that makes drivers perceive them as further away.

Drivers tend to stay a long way back from a truck because of its size, but they don’t realise how close they are to much smaller motorcycles.



"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": ART and ARCHITECTURE, mainly: Stanhope Forbes: from Newlyn (in Cornwall) to Geelong (in Australia) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I have lectured on Edwardian art history in the past and knew the artists very well. Before the start of this new academic year, I went to have a look at the Edwardians again and focused on my old paintings. Two weeks later, out of the blue, the Weekend Australian promoted Stanhope Forbes’ The Pier Head (1910), now on display at the Geelong Gallery in Victoria. Small world!

Who was Dublin-born Stanhope Alexander Forbes (1857–1947) and why did his painting end up in a regional gallery in Australia? The family moved to London where young Stanhope studied at the Dulwich College and then Lambeth School of Art. Finally he became a student at the Royal Academy School in 1876 where his mentors were Leighton and Alma-Tadema. Forbes was one, very fortunate lad!

After spending a few years in France, Forbes returned to London and showed works he made in Brittany at the 1883 Royal Academy and Royal Hibernian Academy shows. My interest in Forbes was piqued in 1884 when he moved to Cornwall, part of the growing colony of artists in beaut­iful, sunny Newlyn, a fishing village. But I must admit that at least one influence from France remained – Cornwall had the same quality of light he had enjoyed so much in France.

Timing was also important. Newlyn’s Old Harbour was extended between 1884-94 with the construction of two piers enclosing forty acres of water. South Pier was created in 1887 and North Pier one year later. The local council believed the harbour was, from then on, one of the safest harbours built in SW Britain, one which could be accessed at any tide.



Feeling frustrated by a lack of focus on wellbeing and compassionate communication in the current political arena, North Fitzroy local Ben Irvine decided to take matters into his own hands and initiate the type of political party that he and his friends would feel happy to vote for.



"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Tower Holdings (Execujet Australia) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-EVJ at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport on Monday 29 February was Tower Holdings (Execujet Australia) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-EVJ.  It arrived from Sydney.

After staying for the night, it departed back to Sydney early on Tuesday 1 March.

Local plane spotter 'IAD' popped out to Rockhampton Airport on his way to work early Tuesday and captured a couple of photos as the Challenger rested quietly on the Northern end of the apron.

Meanwhile, another bizjet noted calling into Rockhampton Airport very briefly on Tuesday 1 March was Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ which called in from its Mackay base and soon after departed to the Sunshine Coast.

Thanks mate!

All photos taken by 'IAD'  ©


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Mandy Nolan’s SoapBox – Say Cheese "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Say Cheese

Nothing ruffles the feathers of a conventional meat-eating family more than when one of your kids decides to be vegan. And it’s not just the issue of separate meal preparation, or the death by salad. It’s the constant bombardment of vegan propaganda.

While  sipping on her soy latte and observing me make sandwiches my darling food activist pipes up: ‘Did you know that cheese is as addictive as illicit drugs?’ This strange piece of anti-lactose rhetoric is ludicrous. ‘Really?’ I say. Well wrap me in Alfoil and call me a cheese wheel!

This may come as a shock to cheese detractors everywhere, but the internet is not a credible source of information about the harmful effects of cheese consumption. So in defence of cheese I consider my rather cheesy argument… I will accept that cheese blocks your arteries, creates more mucus and that ethically and environmentally perhaps the use of animals for food is questionable and in the long term not sustainable. If we want to cut down on our carbon footprint then we should all be eating carrot sticks and kale. I know that. I accept that.

But we are not talking food ethics her...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: The Spectrum Now ANZ Blue Stage Series Announces Artists "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Image Courtesy of Lissa The Spectrum Now festival hits Sydney from this week showcasing some amazing music, art and culture for the next couple of weeks. Along with big name acts like Calexico and Missy Higgins, Spectrum Now will also showcase a bunch of unsigned artists. The ANZ Blue Stage Series will take place through […]


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Keeping it Real – the Music of Richard Clapton "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Rock historians have described Richard Clapton as ‘one of the most important Australian songwriters of the 1970s’. And while it’s true, it probably underestimates the maturation and ever-changing direction of Clapton’s songwriting over generations, seeing him being inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame in 1999.


Richard Clapton – ‘one of the most important Australian songwriters of the 1970s’.

Clapton is modest about the accolades.

‘It’s obviously very gratifying when people describe me that way, and I would think that as far as the songwriting goes it’s probably because contrary to popular belief I kind of only just wanted to write songs that were going to mean something to people’s lives rather than getting into the pop culture.’

With Countdown back in the limelight with the new TV series Clapton reflects on his relationship with the iconic pop show.

‘I was railroaded into being on Countdown – it was Festival records, they wanted me to be on Countdown a lot – I don’t think the producers really wanted me on Countdown either!’

So with the last 18 months seeing the rock stories of the 1970s and 1980s...


Renew Economy: Rooftop solar providing 7.4% of demand in south-east Queensland "IndyWatch Feed"

Energex says rooftop solar now accounting for 7.4 per cent of all demand, with more than 40% of households having solar in some areas.


Renew Economy: What we’re reading: Scrutiny for ex energy ministers, defence mans up on climate "IndyWatch Feed"

Greens proposes scrutiny and new rules for ex energy ministers; defence department mans up on climate change; and UK nuclear disaster punted for another year.


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Hinterland Way speed limit "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I wonder if the motorists that use the old Pacific Highway (now renamed Hinterland Way) on a day to day basis are aware that there is a group of people intending to lobby the council to have the speed limit reduced from 80 kph to 50- 60kph once the RMS hands it over to the council.

For a road that was once 100kph prior to the construction of the new highway to then be cut to 50- 60kph after 95 per cent of the traffic is gone is a bit like throwing the baby out with the bath water.

I don’t see a problem with one or two 60 kph sections say at the Macadamia Castle & or the Newrybar service road/ Broken Head Rd (school). The only achievement that I can see in reducing the speed limit on the Hinterland Way would be one of revenue in the way of speeding fines.

Geoff Martin, Newrybar


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Renew Economy: Have solar households really sold out on their environmental goals? "IndyWatch Feed"

Network chief says solar households using grid more than others, and appear to have forgotten their "green" aspirations. But does the data really support that? And why are networks so determined to alienate consumers looking to solar and storage and other technologies?


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Sean’s On The Balcony "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

by Vivienne Pearson

Who wouldn’t visit Byron Bay as often as they could? For chef Sean Connolly, that’s going to be around twice a month. He’ll be flying in from places as diverse as Auckland, Sydney and Adelaide as he flits around his growing restaurant empire.

Sean first visited Byron Bay nearly 30 years ago. ‘I had a camper van and long curly hair,’ he laughs. He was left with the overwhelming impression of Byron being a place ‘famous for being hospitable.’

Sean is now on the giving rather than receiving end of the hospitality divide – this week he is officially launching his newest restaurant venture: The Balcony Bar & Oyster Co. He bought the restaurant in October, along with business partner, restaurateur Fraser Short. Since then, they have gradually worked to improve the kitchen and change the menu to ensure all was up to speed before any official launch. ‘We’re now locked and loaded,’ he says, giving strong credit to local chef Glenn Mason, who Sean sees as ‘an extension of me and my recipes.’

The new menu is an extension of various facets of Sean’s culinary experience. His personal favourite is the lamb shoulder, which, along with his signature dish Duck Fat Fish & Chips (and his still distinctive accent), hark back to his Yorkshire upbringing. He knows that these meals aren’t to everyone’s taste, so has created more of a seafood focus than some of his other restaurants. Further vegetarian dishes are being developed, using the ‘great and inspiring local producers’.

Sean has a growing taste for raw foods and juices, finding these helpful in balancing the less-healthy eating that can come with a hectic lifestyle. He may have lost his long curly hair and camper van, but Sean clearly has a bit...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Sticky Wicket Bar "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Story and photos by Lesley Hannaford and Cristina Sharratt

You would have noticed the changing face of Cocomangas in recent weeks as it evolved into The Sticky Wicket Bar.

I’m sure many of you would have darkened the door of Cocomangas over the years. It was a Byron institution and one of the few places in town run successfully by the same owners, Sue and Gary, for more than 20 years.

Changing lifestyles and their English/Canadian backgrounds led them to the idea of the North American-style sports bar with a nod to the British local pub – something a little different for Byron Bay.

A place where everyone is welcome to have a drink, eat great food or catch up on national and international sport on a choice of 13 screens. Whatever you follow, chances are they’ll be showing it. If it isn’t, let them know and they’ll put it on. When I went it was Manchester United, ice-cold wine and three really good fish tacos – heaven.

And don’t think the food and drink take second place to the action. The American-influenced menu delivers fresh food made daily by head chef Tom Gower – perfect accompaniments to their impressive range of tap and bottled beers, wine and cocktails.

Cricket-stump beer taps are a fun touch and the beer menu is unique with Melbourne craft brewers Cricketers Arms and Asahi Black on tap. The legendary Cocomangas Jam Jar cocktails are still available and only $10 during happy h............


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Northey Street City Farm: February E-News "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Northey Street City Farm "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The segdo logo copycond annual Green Day Out (formally Recycle Expo) returns just around the corner from Northey Street City Farm on Sunday 10th April.
Green Day Out promotes sustainable products, education & services, and offers eco-friendly workshops & presentations through out the day. A large array of sustainable exhibitor stalls showcasing products, services & education can also be enjoyed alongside live music and delicious healthy food & drinks.
Connect with a community of like-minded eco conscious people at this fun & inspiring day.
Green Day Out is held at the Brisbane Table Tennis Centre, 86 Green Tce, Windsor (just around the corner from the Northey Street Organic Farers Markets) on Sunday 10th April, 9am – 4pm.
Entry is only $5 adults and free for kids 12 & under (entry price includes workshops)
If you are involved in a sustainable business, exhibitor stalls start at only $95.
Visit or ph Jonathan Murphy on 0404 0505 01 for further details.


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: Closing 4WD tracks important first step in permanent protection of takayna/Tarkine "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Bob Brown Foundation welcomes today’s Federal Court decision that 4WD tracks on the takayna/Tarkine coast must remain closed and calls on State and Federal Governments to take real action to protect Aboriginal cultural values from illegal access.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Sustainable Living Armidale: March Forum: Clark’s Gully mining development application "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Thursday, 3 Mar; 7:00 pm; ] Arthur Bain is a founding member of ‘Save our Macleay River’ (SOMR) group and will join us via Skype to speak about how SOMR started and impacts of Hillgrove antimony/gold mining downstream. Tim Collins is our second speaker to talk about potential impacts of the Clark’s Gully development application on the threatened Eucalyptus magnificata (Northern blue [...] full article »


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Sustainable Living Armidale: Working Bee to plant Eucalyptus, Tea Trees and Snow Grass near Niagara Street bridge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Sunday, 13 Mar; 8:30 am; ] Small Community Grants Funding has been approved and Bruce Whan and Gordon Bell have been busy preparing further sites for planting. Our volunteers planted 440 trees, shrubs and grasses at our February working bee. The working bee will involve planting of Eucalypts, Tea Trees and Snow Grass. This will be promoted as a Community Day so [...] full article »


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Far North Coaster Magazine: Drivers must give at least one metre clearance to bike riders from today "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Three cyclists have been killed and 65 injured on Tweed roads over the past five years. In 88 per cent of the reported crashes, a motor vehicle has been involved.

These and other shocking statistics have prompted a change in the NSW road rules from today (Tuesday 1 March), dictating that motorists must give cyclists a wider berth when passing them on the roadway. The distance between the car and the bike must be at least:

  • 1 metre at 60km per hour or less
  • 1.5 metres at more than 60km per hour

At times, motorists will find there is not sufficient space to provide this clearance while remaining in their lane. Then, if safe to do so, motorists are allowed to:

  • cross the centreline
  • straddle the lane line, and /or
  • drive on a painted island

If a motorist cannot provide the required clearance and it is not safe to move out of the traffic lane, they must slow down and sit well behind the rider until it is safe to pass providing the required clearance.

“These new road rules are designed to keep cyclists safe and reduce crashes,” Council Road Safety Officer Alana Brooks said.

“If you can’t pass a cyclist safely, be patient and wait until you can leave a safe clearance.”

Of the reported crashes in the Tweed involving cyclists, 20 per cent involved a vehicle hitting a cyclist travelling in the same direction, 17 per cent occurred at an intersection and 11 per cent occurred when a vehicle was exiting a driveway.

“While we could put a ‘watch for cyclists’ sign at high-risk locations, the reality is cyclists should be expected on all our roads, at intersections, around bends and on pathways and drivers should be on the lookout for them.”

With cyclists in mind:

  • check your blind spots before changing lanes
  • don’t open your door without first looking behind, and...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow Announce New Album From The Forest Came The Fire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Image Courtesy of Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow Acclaimed American folk singer Dana Falconberry has announced plans to release her brand new album From The Forest Came The Fire on the 1st April. The album will be released under the moniker Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow as Falconberry’s band play a big part in defining […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Far North Coaster Magazine: Additional audit to inspect adventure playground trees at Knox Park "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An additional inspection of trees at Murwillumbah’s Knox Park adventure playground will be undertaken by Council this week, after a tree fell at the site last weekend.

“Council’s arborist conducts regular audits of the site, including fortnightly inspections, because of the close proximity of trees to play equipment,” Council’s Manager Recreation Services, Stewart Brawley, said.

“However, an additional detailed audit will be done this week because there was some evidence of previous termite damage which could have contributed to decay in the fallen tree.”

The playground’s location amid many large established trees, planted as part of a Peace Walk in Knox Park, is a key feature of the playground’s design and this shady and natural setting has been one of the most popular features among members of the public.

“It was integral to providing essential shade but also to create an inviting and sensory-rich location for the adventure playground,” Mr Brawley said.

“Council was also conscious of safety at the site and its arborist inspected all the trees retained as part of the playground development.

“Our arborist undertakes a fortnightly inspection, checking for any decline in the trees, die back of branches and any works that need to be carried out.”

He said the termite damage and subsequent decay would not have been evident from a visual inspection and could have only been confirmed by a sonic tomograph test, which uses sound waves to determine a tree’s internal structural integrity.

“If this week’s audit finds any evidence that requires further examination, a consultant could be engaged to complete sonic tomograph testing,” he said.

Council received reports on Saturday that the tree had fallen, with no reports of anyone injured during the incident.

Council Parks and Gardens staff responded qui...


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: University dreams become reality "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FISH Creek resident Adeline Collins’ academic dreams will become a reality, thanks to one of Australia’s leading scholarship programs.
The Toora and Foster Community Bank Scholarship is awarded to first time tertiary students whose financial circumstances might mean a university degree is out of their reach.
Ms Collins said she was thrilled to be able to start university with the financial security a scholarship provided.
“I can’t wait to get started and work towards my goal of Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science at Monash,” she said.
Robert Liley, chairman of the Toora and Foster branch of Bendigo Community Bank, said he was thrilled to offer Adeline the chance to further her education.
He was also pleased to announce Fiona Saliakos has qualified for her second year of funding too. Fiona is studying Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at Deakin University and doing really well.
“The board was happy to be able to help both Adeline and Fiona with their tertiary education. It is pleasing to think our community bank can help young people reach their goals in education and perhaps even one day come back into our community and help make a difference,” Mr Liley said.
“This is another way our community bank company commits to building stronger communities.
“Adeline and Fiona are very deserving recipients of our scholarships and the board wishes them well on their journey to reach their career goals.”
The Toora and Foster Community Bank Scholarship is part of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank Scholarship Program, with more than 40 community bank branches and other partners taking part from across Australia.


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Young ambassadors’ big business brekkie "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

LEONGATHA Secondary College’s Beacon Ambassadors pulled out all the stops to host a networking breakfast with local business owners on Friday.
The four Year 10 students took the opportunity to speak with local entrepreneurs over toast and cereal at the campus as their first major project for the year.
“To become Beacon Ambassadors we attended an interview and spoke with coordinators about what the role entails. They then selected the students they thought would be best for the job,” Beacon Ambassador Evie Dekker said.
“This is probably our biggest event of the year. We went around town and invited business owners to join us for breakfast and talk about their experiences.”
Ambassador Hannah Box said, “It has been a very successful morning. We had more businesses come than we expected and it has been a good opportunity to speak with them.”
Jenny Goss and Kate Lafferty are coordinating the program which is now in its fifth year at Leongatha.
“We have four ambassadors this year who are doing Leongatha Secondary College very proud,” Ms Lafferty said.
Evie Decker, Hannah Box, Mark Beattie and Ruby Martin were chosen to represent the school and will also be responsible for organising the Polish Program and mock job interviews later in the school year.
“It was pretty nerve wracking going up to business people and striking up a conversation but it is more comfortable now,” Ruby said.
Mark agreed the program has helped him attain new social and networking skills.
“I have had the opportunity to speak to business people who are in the line of work I would like to go into. It has been great getting firsthand information from them,” he said.


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Media Releases - Bob Brown Foundation: Closing 4WD tracks important first step in permanent protection of takayna/Tarkine "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Media release 1 March 2016

4WD tracks on takayna/Tarkine coast documented during the past twelve months when a court injunction was in place to prevent access to these cultural significant areas. Photo: Chris Crerar

The Bob Brown Foundation welcomes today's Federal Court decision that 4WD tracks on the takayna/Tarkine coast must remain closed and calls on State and Federal Governments to take real action to protect Aboriginal cultural values from illegal access.

"Today's decision by the Federal Court that 4WD tracks along the takayna/Tarkine coast damage Aboriginal cultural values of the area is a welcome relief for the Tasmanian Aboriginal community, and indeed all Australians who want to see these cultural treasures protected", the Foundation’s Jenny Weber said.

"Preventing off-road vehicles accessing the Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape, part of the National Heritage listing, will need policing by the State and Federal Governments. Even with an injunction in place there has been illegal use of these tracks and ongoing damage to Aboriginal heritage values."

"The State Government has a responsibility to ensure the closure of these tracks is not ignored by lawless hoons, and must increase resources for National Parks rangers to bolster their tireless efforts to protect the values of the area."

"We thank the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre for taking this action with the Environmental Defenders Office in the Federal Court. Today's decision is proof that standing up in the face of adversity and Government sanctioned vandalism of cultural and natural heritage is important."

Our Foundation is campaigning for takayna/Tarkine to be protected....


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Dry cleaners folds "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

LEONGATHA’S Best Dry Cleaners officially closed its doors last Wednesday after a confusing couple of weeks.
The Peart Street business has long served the town of Leongatha which will now rely on dry cleaners from other towns to send for dry cleaning.
While the shop was set to shut last week, clients found the facility locked up and vacant when they went to retrieve their garments in the weeks prior.
Wonthaggi’s John Betts said he had curtains at Best Dry Cleaners which were supposed to be ready for pickup on Tuesday, February 16, however when he attended the business the doors were shut.
“I tried to contact the operators and I did not get a response,” Mr Betts said.
“There were a number of people outside who wanted to get their things. It worries me that people have got our goods. They should have told us they could not do it in the first place.”
Mr Betts was later contacted on Tuesday, February 23 with a last minute opportunity to collect his goods before the business closed its doors for good.
“I was very relieved. I was concerned that I may not have had my things returned to me,” he said.
Inverloch resident Liz Blain was also concerned about her garments when she attended the shop earlier on Monday, February 15.
“I rang both of the business’ phone numbers and they were disconnected. I later attended the business and found there were people inside,” she said.
“When I asked them about the disconnected phones and lack of communication, they acted like they knew nothing about it.”
Business owner Narelle Stephenson said she did all she could to get in touch with clients before the store’s closure.
“I have now rung all customers twice over the last couple of weeks and left messages. However we do still have some things that need to be picked up,” Ms Stephenson said yesterday (Monday).
The Star received a report of one customer who went to collect pants that were not ready for a funeral on...


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Our farmers are first class "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

TWO South Gippsland farming families are among the best farmers in Victoria, after being named finalists in The 2015 Farmer of the Year competition run by The Weekly Times.
Toby, Lyn and Nick Leppin and his partner Sarah of Bena were finalists in the dairy farmer of the year category, while Phil, Brad and Irene Gale of Waratah Bay were finalists in the beef farmer of the year section.
The Gales run a self replacing herd of 600 breeders, and also trade 300 to 400 head of cattle a year.
In May 2015, the Gales won the JBS Producer of the Year. They aim to produce cattle that suit the JBS Swift Great Southern Farm Assurance brand.
“To ensure this happens, we need to supply adequate nutrition throughout all stages of the animal’s life, regardless of the seasonal conditions,” Irene said.
“We also use low stress animal handling techniques which maximises carcass performance.”
Irene said the family appreciated farmers being recognised for their achievements.
“It is always great to see the hard work of anyone pay off,” she said.
The Leppins pay attention to measurements – soil nutrients, pasture consumption, milk production and cost of production – to get the most from their land.
“You can’t manage it if you don’t measure it and that’s just not peculiar to farming,” Toby said.
The family runs Aussie Reds due to their lower incidence of mastitis and better fertility.
The Leppins choose to artificially inseminate cows to improve calving rates to avoid bringing new stock on to the property.
The winners will be announced in tomorrow’s Weekly Times.


Bill Mitchell – billy blog: We are being led by imbeciles "IndyWatch Feed"

After yesterday’s marathon blog, today will be easier going (and shorter). I was reading John Maynard Keynes recently – circa 1928 – that is, 8 years before the publication of the General Theory with his Treatise on Money intervening. He was railing against the principles and practice of ‘sound finance’, which he noted had deliberately caused billions of pounds in lost income for the British economy. He urged the Treasury and the Bank of England to abandon their conservative (austerity) approach to the economy and, instead, embark on wide-scale fiscal stimulus to create jobs and prosperity. He concluded that with thousands of workers idling away in mass unemployment that it was “utterly imbecile to say that we cannot afford” to stimulate employment via large-scale public works – building infrastructure etc. He considered the policy makers who opposed such options were caught up in “the delirium of mental confusion”. The stark reality is that 88 years later, he could have written exactly the same article and would have been ‘right on the money’. We are being led (euphemism) by imbeciles.

Earlier this month (February 12, 2016), Eurostat told us that – Industrial production down by 1.0% in both euro area and EU28.

The report said that:

In December 2015 compared with November 2015, seasonally adjusted industrial production fell by 1.0% in both the euro area (EA19) and the EU28 … In November 2015 industrial production fell by 0.5% in both zones …

Among Member States for which data are available, the largest decreases in industrial production were registered in the Netherlands (-9.4%), Estonia (-8.8%) and Germany (-2.3%) …

Which means that the overall monetary union is back in recession if...


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Bigger farms pay dividends "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

DAIRY farms around South Gippsland are becoming larger as many of the region’s smaller farms are consolidated into single enterprises.
“For quite a while now there has been a trend of consolidation of smaller farms into much larger enterprises,” Burra Foods milk supply officer Reno Tomaino said.
He said consolidation has varying impacts on the industry, depending on a number of factors.
“For example, dairy farms with less than 130 cows are becoming less viable due to continually increasing overhead costs,” he said.
“Consolidation becomes a viable option as it generally means lower production costs.”
Mr Tomaino said consolidation of farms with more than 250 cows can have the opposite impact on production costs.
“But it can mean there are increased employment opportunities, as larger farms tend to have higher labour units per cows milked,” he said.
Large scale dairy farmer Les Bland from Welshpool said he started with 100 acres and has since grown the business.
Formerly known as Bland Dairies, the family business now milks 3000 cows, produces 26 million litres of milk and employs around 20 staff across four farms in the Foster area.
Mr Bland said he was lucky to get his start, however even with 100 acres, he was twice refused finance.
“It was just persistence that finally enabled us to take the next step,” he said.
Since then, Mr Bland and the rest of his family have worked together to build and enhance the business.
“The final step was for the four children to step up into the management of the properties. We have four normal farms now,” he said.
Mr Bland said without big farms getting bigger, a lot of farms would be unable to produce sufficient quantities of milk to remain viable.
He said he does not think large scale operations are inhibitive for the industry, rather a way to move the industry forward.
“What is detrimental to the industry is the incapacity of the system to...


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Rebate calls for ROPS "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

THE Victorian Farmers Federation is calling on the State Government to support a rebate on fitting roll-over protection devices (ROPS) to quad bikes.
“If WorkSafe is going to move towards ‘effectively’ mandating ROPS on quad bikes, then we need a rebate on the $700 cost, especially when we’ve got many farmers running several quad bikes,” VFF president Peter Tuohey said.
The VFF’s call for a rebate follows Worksafe Victoria’s announcement it deemed ROPS devices “an appropriate means of reducing risks when quad bikes are used in the workplace”.
WorkSafe has told the VFF it’s developing a risk assessment tool farmers, as employers, will need to use in determining if a ROPS needs to be fitted to a quad bike or other action needs to be taken.
“If there’s a risk of rollover, then Worksafe is saying farmers will need to reduce the risk by choosing a safer vehicle or fitting a ROPS,” Mr Tuohey said.
“It’s basically coming down to if you think the quad can roll over then you’ll have to fit a ROPS or buy another vehicle, like a two-seater.”
Mr Tuohey said WorkSafe would not be rolling out the new assessment tool overnight or racing out to prosecute people.
“We’ll be negotiating with WorkSafe on how they develop this new assessment tool, what they deem to be an ‘appropriate’ ROPS and encouraging the State Government to provide a rebate for farmers to fit ROPS,” he said.
The VFF’s current policy is to support the voluntary fitting of ROPS on quad bikes.
“However if the government and WorkSafe want to ‘effectively’ mandate ROPS then it needs to work with the VFF and others on developing a rebate to cover the $700 cost of fitting these devices,” Mr Tuohey said.
Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said the safety of employees must always come first.
“For farmers, their employees are often their loved ones, so safety must always be the number one priority,” she said.
From 2001 to 2015 there have been 42 f...


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: A class above the rest "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

BEN Perry might be only a 16 year old but he is well established as an A Grade cricketer in the Leongatha and District Cricket Association playing for Koonwarra Leongatha RSL.
He was the club’s youngest ever debutante to play in its A Grade Division Two side at 14 years of age and if Koonwarra Leongatha RSL make it through to the season grand final, at 16 years of age Perry will have played 50 A Grade matches.
It is believed at the club the milestone is a district record.
President of Koonwarra Leongatha RSL Nigel Grimes said, “Ben lives, breathes and eats cricket.
“He’ll play all day in the sun and at the end of the match when the rest of us retire to the shade, he’s in the nets with his mates.”
In Year 10 at the Leongatha Secondary College Ben says any subject involving sport is likely to be his strongest but he also has an interest in mathematics.
He has not made up his mind what field he wants to move into at the end of his secondary schooling but says he is interested in being a ground curator and is enrolled in a horticulture subject at school this year.
Like most children, especially boys growing up in Australia, cricket is introduced by way of the television and for Ben it was no different; his cricket was inspired by watching it played on television.
As a young boy his favourite cricketer was Ricky Ponting, even his first bat was a Ricky Ponting.
Having a hero like Ricky Ponting is a good start for a young and aspiring cricketer.
Nerrena Under 12s used to train at the Leongatha Primary School before its relocation and so began his association with his first cricket club.
“You wouldn’t have picked me out from the crowd; I was just another person playing cricket.”
He must have stood out from the crowd to some degree because he played for the Under 14s LDCA representative side in Country Week.
He made 180 runs that week which made him the second highest run maker at the tournament...


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Good cattle make the difference "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

THE Powlett River Downs Campdraft is a ‘must attend’ on a serious campdrafter’s calendar.
President of the Campdraft Association Gippsland and judge Allan Mitchell said it is one of 13 drafts on the GCA calendar and is renowned for the beautiful venue and the quality of the cattle.
Campdrafting always supports worthy causes in raising money for local charities.
Last year funds raised were used to purchase a palliative care bed for the Bass Coast.
Kieran Gilliland from Won Wron said the cattle at Powlett Creek Downs are always fantastic and this year was no different.
He said, “The cattle are trackable and honest and it is only rider error if you can’t get around the course with cattle like these.
“It also makes such a difference to the way things flow when you have quality cattle,” he said.
Cattle were supplied by the Jelbart family 600, the McLeod sisters 120, Mark Garnham 100 and from the owner of Powlett River Downs, Allan Mitchell.
Catering was provided by the Dalyston Football Netball Club.


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"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Superclinic turnout disappoints "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A TURNOUT of 10 boys and girls following a three week promotion of its Friday evening Superclinic was a heartbreaking outcome for the MDU Football Netball Club.
Flyers were displayed in supermarkets and sent out to schools, there was a radio interview and newspaper coverage of the event and it all comes at considerable cost.
In the end perhaps that cost is to club morale and the shockwaves extend out to other clubs in the region where the same struggle to attract players to the grass roots, their junior teams, is being faced.
It is a significant issue for the community as the junior teams are the future of the clubs.
If clubs aren’t supported in their endeavours to attract boys and girls to play football and netball then their future looks uncertain.
Few would argue that local football and netball clubs aren’t close to the heart and soul of their respective communities; places where people come together and feel their identity in a strong and tangible way.
MDU Football Netball Club is a magnificent organisation, second to none.
President Andrew Mackie said, “The club has done its best” in response to the disappointing turnout to the drive to attract Under 10, 12 and 14 players.
Andy Horvath the club secretary pointed the finger at nearby Leongatha’s fielding of two teams at each junior level.
“We’re blindsided,” Mr Horvath said.
Leongatha plays in the premier Gippsland League which makes it a more attractive club to play football for; the stakes are higher and recruiting is easier.
Chelsea Capel AFL Gippsland football development manager was at the Superclinic; AFL Gippsland had provided equipment, to support the activities.
She said, “AFL Gippsland can’t put restrictions on clubs fielding more than one side.
“Our role is promoting junior football. Hopefully the children who are here tonight will talk to their friends and that will help to bring more in.
“MDU is a proactive club a...


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": The Star: Timmins takes silver in nationals "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

LEONGATHA Cycling Club’s Austin Timmins’ was the silver medalist in the M17 team pursuit at the National Titles on the weekend.
Timmins participated at the titles held in Tasmania in the Victorian Junior team.
The club has had several Juniors come along to training on Wednesday night over the past few weeks and Friday night saw Caleb Murphy line up for his first race night; a big learning curve for him.
This Friday the club will run the Senior track titles and earlier at 3pm is expecting some members to be on hand for the Koonwarra section of The Great Southern Koonwarra Rail Trail opening.
As usual members have been busy racing at other venues: Harrison McLean grabbed a win at the Sunday morning criteriums at Warragul and Bernadette Fitzgerald was part of the Gippsland Girls team racing in the State cycling road series in East Gippsland.
Thomas McFarlane is putting in some impressive training behind the motor pacer on Wednesday night training in preparation for his ride in the Bendigo Maddison over the March long weekend and many of the road riders are getting ready for a road season start in mid April.
The great weather is also seeing a number of girls/women getting out on the bike with the club moving to try and get a regular girls riding group out and about.
Friday night saw a good roll up of Junior track riders and helped the club run the club track titles for this group.
First racing for the night last week was the one lap time trial.
In the Senior field the best time went to Steve Allen 32.18 followed by Rob Waddell 35.90 and Graham Hans at 36.00.
In the Juniors Oliver McLean was feeling the pressure from Thomas Fitzgerald from the previous week and responded well with a new personal best and quickest time of 34.93 even with a poor start.
Next was Thomas at 37.08, down on his best due to some dental work the previous day.
Kaleb Jans was in third place at 39.00.
The Senior scratch...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": 89.7 Eastside FM: Arts Wednesday 2 March 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Laila Ellmoos continues with Part 5 of Sydney and Water at about 10:40 am, this week talking about drinking fountains and bubblers.

My special guest at 11:00 am is Rachel Kent, Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art and curator of My Pretty Little Art Career, featuring the work of British artist Grayson Perry. Perry’s work both poses challenges for the visitor and it is a joy to hear Rachel unpack them for us.

Music today will be all British!

Do keep me company!



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"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: Fail on key environmental criteria for Forestry Tasmania’s FSC bid "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Proposed solutions quite inadequate Forestry Tasmania has proved completely inadequate in their FSC audit, released today, on key environmental criteria of ... • Read for yourself ... what Forestry Tas says HERE • What the Pollies say in Comments ...


"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: The Heart of Gunns’ collapse (2) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Public Examination of Gunns Accounts and their Auditors KPMG Today in the Supreme Court of Victoria, JWS and Allens, counsel and briefing solicitors (for PPB and KPMG respectively) gathered for the examination of Gunns (GNS) accounts. 10 am, Wednesday the 10th February has been set aside for a follow-on day at 436 Lonsdale St, Melbourne. Contrary to the PPB advice that this hearing is confidential, it is a public examination and anyone may attend. … The Forestry Tasmania assertion of Gunns early insolvency and apparent misappropriation of Federal funds raised by John Hawkins has not been examined. JSW will respond to me shortly, and I will post that feedback. Without some credible basis for a recovery of legal costs in a claim, this is likely to be the end of the road. Sale proceeds from growers’ trees are all but exhausted on legal costs without any obvious benefit of this exercise flowing to them. John Hawkins may have already opined that his revelations demand a Royal Commission.


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: Harley-Davidson offers ‘forgiveness’ trades "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Low Rider S Harley-Davidson 2016 5

In an irreverent and cheeky promotion, Harley-Davidson Australia is offering up to $2500 in discounts on their bikes for customer trades on certain eligible models HD calls “imitations”.

While it may be seen as a swipe at “metric cruiser” riders to get on an SAE model, it also strangely targets riders of adventure bikes, sports tourers and big tourers.


Independent Australia: Malcolm Turnbull's true colours revealed: Middle class rabble-rouser "IndyWatch Feed"

Malcolm Turnbull's true colours revealed: Middle class rabble-rouserTurnbull might be talking about tax, but his real agenda is about stirring up fear in the middle class to save his electoral skin. Prof Carl Rhodes says that's a shame. read now...


North Coast Voices: Clarence Valley Council administration spat the dummy and is now hiding behind closed doors "IndyWatch Feed"

It is often said, only partly in jest, that the form of local government Clarence Valley Council General Manager Scott Greensill favours has no elected representatives and a population of silent, almost invisible ratepayers and residents.

Since Greensill became the head of local government administration in the valley in 2011, a number of council policies have been created which in whole or part limit the ability of local people to seek explanations from council or to follow through on complaints they have lodged.

One of the most recent was Clarence Valley Council Unreasonable complainant conduct (21 July 2015):

Unreasonable complainant conduct (UCC) is any behaviour by a current or former complainant which, because of its nature or frequency raises substantial health, safety, resource or equity issues for our organisation, our staff, other service users and complainants or the complainant himself/herself. UCC can be divided into...


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For reformers, the country’s economic and political rise could be just about to start.

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