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As Florida Power & Light finalized plans to expand its nuclear reactors at Turkey Point three years ago, critics were aghast. The nuclear plant already stands on environmentally fragile land, and upping the power production would seriously threaten the ecosystem, they argued.
Turns out they may have been right. This morning, the county released the results of a study into whether Turkey Point has been leaking dangerous wastewater into Biscayne Bay. County water monitors found more than 200 times the normal levels of tritium, a radioactive isotope linked to nuclear power production, in the bay water, a finding environmentalists say justifies their concerns.
“This is one of several things we were very worried about,” sa...
Geographical distribution of Zika virus steadily widening A total of 55 countries and territories have documented Zika virus transmission between 1 January 2007 and 3 March 2016. Colombia reported 42,706 suspected cases of ZIKV btween 1 October 2015 and 20 February 2016, with 1,612 cases confirmed. Starting 2007, locally acquired Zika cases have been reported in […]
No political journalism can ever be good if it patronises the
people to whom it reports.
Politicians regularly call press conferences for journalists to ask questions. Mostly, their questions are inane - rather than ask better questions, press gallery journalists simply petition the ABC (the network that most often carries live press conferences) to muffle the often silly and ill-considered questions they ask. They usually seek to reinforce a narrative which does not relate to the subject-matter at hand, which is why politicians get a perverse pride in not answering questions or reading slabs from the very press release which initiated the press conferences in the first place.
Politicians almost never convene people for the purposes of asking questions. Some state governments, and the Gillard government, held community Cabinet meetings where they often fielded better and more pertinent questions than the press gallery ever could.
This is patronising garbage. The journalist seriously believes that interrupting a press conference to talk to a politician is some sort of breach of etiquette, and that people should just sit back and consume whatever drivel the media pumps at them.
Here's what happened: the Prime Minister was in Whyalla and someone came up to talk to him. End of.
Any time I have to do my own editing and presentation of a story, the journalist has failed. It's not that the journalist has presented the story in a different-but-equally-valid way, or using some superior journalism imperceptible to those of us who've never lolled about in a newsroom: the wanker who wrote this seriously believes that only journalists may question politicians in public.
Despite the best of preparations and the fullest of precautions, eve......
This whole crisis, destruction, cleansing, uprooting people from their homes, poverty, the refugee problem, systematic destruction of infrastructure, raping women, beheading innocents, looting, erasing priceless heritage and historical and sacred buildings and architecture, creating all the zombie-like trash criminals that have invaded us from all over the world..... All that and a lot more, had been made in the name of gaining perhaps 3% more rights than the 80% of rights that Syrians already had. As result, Syrians have lost 80% of what they had before, and have not gained the 3% they were promised that foreign intervention would bring them.
Scene from the Kurdish part of Aleppo, currently hammered by 'rebel' mortars.
"The best thing outside powers can do in the interest of peace is to include civil society groups in future negotiations, listen to what they have to say, and refrain from imposing top-down solutions that ignore the Syrian people." (Stephen Zunes)
The above quote comes from the end of an article on Boston
Review , called "Syria after the Ceasefire", by Stephen Zunes:
However, if the Syrian people dared to say that they want Assad, the western powers will either punish the Syrian people more and more till they...
Bernie Sanders defies naysayers, pundits and polls by delivering an unprecedented primary win in the bellwether state of Michigan. read now...
This blog provides another excerpt in the unfolding story about Britain and the IMF. As I noted in this blog – The British Monetarist infestation – I am currently working to pin down the historical turning points, which allowed neo-liberalism to take a dominant position in the policy debate. In doing so, I want to demonstrate why the ‘Social Democrat’ or ‘Left’ political parties, who still have pretensions to representing the progressive position (but have, in fact, become ‘austerity-lite’ merchants), were wrong to surrender to the neo-liberal macroeconomic Groupthink. This is a further instalment of my next book on globalisation and the capacities of the nation-state, which I am working on with Italian journalist Thomas Fazi. We expect to finalise the manuscript in May 2016. In the last instalment, I traced back and demonstrated that Britain was engulfed in Monetarist thinking long before Margaret Thatcher took over. She really just put the ‘(rancid) cream on the top of the (inedible) cake’. I showed that the British Labour Party were infested with the Monetarist virus in the late 1960s and James Callaghan’s famous 1976 Black Speech to tge Labour Party Conference was just a formal recognition of that disease. It really just consolidated what had been happening over the prior decade. This historical journey also helps us understand that it was not the OPEC oil crisis in the early 1970s that provided the open door for governments to reject Keynesian policy. In Britain, the Treasury and Bank of England had fallen prey to Monetarist ideas following the elevation of Milton Friedman onto the world stage. These subsequent events just helped keep the insurgency moving until total dominance in the contest of ideas was won. Today, we start with the Bank of England’s...
On this episode, Steven and Evan Strong talk about their new book “Between a rock and a hard place”, the Gosford Glyphs, the evidence for the Pleiadian Connection to the Original people and a whole lot more. Sorry about their faces not being in it properly as i got a new Mac and it cuts out some of the screen when recording compared to what i was seeing.
A bit about Steven Strong and his son Evan Strong and what they do from their website “Forgotten Origin”.
50,000 years ago, the very first Homo Sapiens set sail from Australia. These people were responsible for the development of religion, art, agriculture, seafaring, surgery, and many of the cornerstones of civilisation as we know it.
Steven and Evan Strong have spent over 20 years assembling facts from archaeological finds, explorersâŹ" accounts, genetics information, traditional Australian Aboriginal mythology and many more sources to develop one coherent and controversial theory: Aboriginal people exported civilisation to the world-at-large.
[ Sunday, 20 Mar; 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. ] Hello bushcarers, There was a fire towards the southern end of the reserve on Wednesday evening. It burnt part of the really high conservation value woodland and part of a 40-year old revegetation area before the fire brigade put it out . I have said more about the burnt area at the bottom of this post*. The [...] full article »
There are so many ways one can respond to the Immigration Department’s latest gaffe (emphasis added).
The Immigration Department secretary Michael Pezzullo yesterday launched a strident defence of his department and its officers in a rare message to “set the record straight” declaring the policy of keeping children in detention was used “only as a last resort”.
“Recent comparisons of immigration detention centres to ‘gulags’; suggestions that detention involves a ‘public numbing and indifference’ similar to that allegedly experienced in Nazi Germany; and persistent suggestions that detention facilities are places of ‘torture’ are highly offensive, unwarranted and plainly wrong – and yet they continue to be made in some quarters,” the statement read in part.
We could say that the minister is from Queensland, and they do things differently there. Or we could point that this is why we shouldn’t have a national curriculum. Perhaps even point to the fact that these same people thought it perfectly acceptable to have their alleged goons wondering around the streets of Melbourne demanding people produce their visas.
But I think I’m going to point to some hypocrisy.
Richard Marles, the opposition immigration spokesman, demanded Mr Dutton and Mr Pezzullo “withdraw and apologise” for the “deeply offensive” remarks.
Australia’s alleged offshore gulags are bipartisan policy.
Time doesn’t necessarily change things, except may be the methods with which they are done. Reality – Intended Unintended Consequences: No lives matter! “We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force (Stasi) that’s just as […]
Police are calling for public help in trying to find a 27-year-old man wanted for domestic-violence offences in NSW.
Sam Webb is wanted in relation to five outstanding arrest warrants in NSW for domestic violence-related offences.
He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 165cm tall, of slim build, with a fair complexion, brown hair, brown eyes and no facial hair.
Police say Webb has a distinctive tattoo of a skull with a cross in the middle of it on his left forearm.
He was last seen in Broken Hill in early February and police believe he may have been seeking handyman work on farms in the state, or made his way to the Northern Territory.
Anyone who sees Webb is urged not to approach him, but to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
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BREAK FREE May 4-16, 2016: A global wave of mass actions will target the world’s most dangerous fossil fuel projects, in order to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground and accelerate the just transition to 100% renewable energy. Across…
Delaine Copenace's family makes plea for her safe return in Kenora
- Manitoba - CBC News: Her mother, Anida Ross, said it's been
10 days since she last saw her daughter.
"She went out on a walk with her friends and never did I imagine her not coming home again," she said.
Ross said her daughter is a "homebody" who would almost never leave home alone without a friend or family member.
"If she needed some alone time, she would quietly sit in her room, but never would leave with plans not to come home. Home is where she wanted to be, with her sisters, with her family," she said.
Technological Hazard – Nuclear Environmental Hazard North America – USA | State of Florida, Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station Location: 25°26’03.0″N 80°19’50.0″W Present Operational Age: ~44 years Event: RADIATION LEAK: INCREASED TRITIUM LEVELS IN SEAWATER AND GROUNDWATER MONITORING WELLS Miami’s oceanfront nuclear power plant is leaking What is arguably America’s least-well-placed nuclear power plant is […]
The fossil fuel lobby gets its wish. Tasmania's energy minister says he has a plan, but his "longer-term supply options" focus entirely on gas and diesel, with no plans to encourage rooftop solar or more wind farms. Even energy efficiency is not on the table.
It has been a week for thinking big around the globe: on offshore wind energy development, green investment, pricing carbon emissions, and disincentivising coal.
North Korea’s Kim says country has miniaturized nuclear warhead SEOUL | (Reuters ) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the country has miniaturized nuclear warheads to be mounted on ballistic missiles and ordered improvements in the power and precision of its arsenal, its state media reported… —- North Korea has been “effective in evading […]
Japan is putting almost $20bn annually into new solar developments that are bringing 8GW of solar-powered electricity online per year.
interesting opinion out from the Ombudsman today on legal
professional privilege. Normally legal privilege is one of the
stronger withholding grounds in the OIA, reflecting the strong
public interest in agencies being able to take legal advice. But in
a case stemming from a refused authorisation for an in-vitro
fertilisation study, the Ombudsman has overturned it on public
largely because of the type of advice sought:
In considering the weight to be accorded to the protection of legal professional privilege when balancing this against the public interest in release, the Chief Ombudsman distinguished between legal advice provided for the purpose of specific, contentious, proceedings and advice to a regulatory agency on the interpretation of a key term in the governing statute. The Chief Ombudsman considered that the research being conducted by the requester, and others in the field, was a matter of considerable public importance and interest and that, in these circumstances, it was incumbent on the Ministry to do everything it could to assist in the adoption of correct procedures by ensuring that the best, first hand information was made available.
As NSW Liberals call for public debates about climate change, the rest of Australia Tweets about record March temps.
Nuclear Event – Plant Safety Hazard North America – USA | State of Illinois, Ogle County, Rockvale Township, Byron Station, Unit 1 & Unit 2 Location: 42°04’27.0″N 89°16’55.0″W Present Operational Age: ~31 years Event: UNANALYZED CONDITION Nuclear Event in USA on Monday, 07 March, 2016 at 04:00 [CST]. UNANALYZED CONDITION INVOLVING DIESEL DRIVEN AUXILIARY FEEDWATER PUMP AIR […]
For the past decade, there has been a growing push to reform New
Zealand's sixty-year-old adoption laws and bring them into step
with modern society. Successive governments haven't wanted to go
there - Labour because it didn't want that fight at the same time
as civil unions, National because it has a large conservative
Christian rump blocking any progress. But now they're going to have
to finally do something, with a
formal legal declaration that the law is discriinatory and not fit
New Zealand's 61-year-old adoption laws are discriminatory and outdated, according to a new ruling.
A Human Rights Review Tribunal decision, which comes after two years of legal battles, has found the Adoption Act 1955 and the Adult Adoption Information Act 1985 contradicts the Human Rights Act and the Bill of Rights Act by discriminating against people based on sex, age, marital status and disability.
The current law stops civil union partners or same-sex de facto couples from adopting. It also places restrictions on single men trying to adopt a female child and stops anyone under the age of 25 from adopting.
Brazil launches first stage of project targeting 10MW floating solar at its hydropower plants, in bid to reduce evaporation and bolster electricity output in drought.
Entries have opened for the $US4 million Future Energy Prize – a UAE-based international competition designed to reward innovators across business, schools and NGOs in renewable energy and sustainability.
“One of the most essential tasks of education for mental freedom is to prepare the child for mature adulthood by teaching it to see the essentials and by teaching it to think for itself.” What happens when incompetency is promoted and indoctrination is the rule? What happens when teacher inefficiency and ineptitude causes some schools […]
The wheels are really falling off the Turnbull bus when even Rupert Murdoch's pet Newspoll can't get the Coalition above 50 per cent in the polls, says Bob Ellis. read now...
The Greens have immediately come out strongly against today's
strapped-chicken spy review, saying that it
has not made the case for spying on New Zealanders. Labour,
resorting to its usual mush:
“Labour is prepared to work with the Government to get the best possible legislation in place. But we must have the public debate to strike the right balance between security and privacy.
“There are some additional powers recommended in the review including wholesale access to immigration, customs and police databases among others. I would question whether this is justified.
So, the government's whitewash review of intelligence agencies
has (as predicted)
recommended increased powers for the spies - most
significantly, by giving the GCSB explicit legal power to spy on
New Zealanders. The "justification"?
Cullen said spying laws passed in 2014 to allow the GCSB to spy on New Zealanders [or rather, assist SIS and Police] had not solved the problem, with a lack of legal clarity and "some pretty condemnatory reviews" in recent years making the agency "extremely risk-averse".
Removing all restrictions on spying on New Zealanders, rather than adding specific exceptions, was the only way to solve the issue, he said.
The Zapatista Women’s Revolutionary Law as it is lived today |
openDemocracy: We know that the Women’s Revolutionary Law was
passed by consensus within the ranks of the Zapatista Army for
National Liberation (EZLN) many months before their public
emergence twenty years ago on January 1, 1994. From one of
Subcomandante Marcos’ letters, we know that reactions to it were
varied within EZLN ranks, and that its acceptance had to be
defended vigorously as a central objective in the Zapatistas’
struggle for justice.
Both Comandanta Ramona and Comandanta Susana spent over four months travelling throughout those then-Zapatista communities. They visited each and every community dialoguing with the Zapatistas collectively through community assemblies, as is the custom of the people of the region. Once accepted in each Zapatista community and village, it was proposed that the Law be included in the EZLN publication, El Despertador Mexicano, Organo Informativo del EZLN (M�xico, No 1., Diciembre 1993).
platform launched to monitor threats against women journalists -
IFEX: The Women's Reporting Point is hosted by the ECPMF to
allow victims to report threats via encrypted messaging. The report
will be handled with care and confidentiality by a female member of
the staff. The reports made to the ECPMF will be collected in a
database (with details of the woman's identity removed) and form
the basis of an analysis of the scale of the problem across Europe.
It is also supported by the EFJ affiliate in Italy, FNSI.
The initiative is a response to the growing evidence showing that more and more women journalists countered gender-based violence and online threats. While these threats are growing, research showed that victims are often reluctant to report on the attacks, especially online threats.
.We are One Family.
Happiness is a by-product of having a purpose in life. Combined with the understanding life is not perfect. Seeking lasting happiness in an imperfect world is unrealistic. Pleasures are fleeting but understanding brings contentment.
If we expect a pleasant sensation to last for ever we are in for disappointment.
Zeta Zahra is enjoying the last few days of her long locks before they go on the block for the World’s Greatest Shave at midday on Saturday at James Hardware Mitre 10, Mullumbimby.
The event is being held to raise funds for the Leukeamia Foundation.
A raffle will be drawn at 12.30pm with James Hardware donating a major prize of a 400-litre Aerobin composting system valued at $319.
The raffle will be drawn in store at 12.30pm on Sturday.
Here we go again.
The stuttering Chinese export performance this quarter is bringing the Keynesians and their monetarist equivalents to call for new fiscal loosening and monetary expansion. The IMF’s second in command, David Lipton is calling for countries to act now.
Of course he pays lip service to the need to maintain open trade, cut red tape and ensure barriers to competition are kept low. But at the heart of his policy prescription is a call not for nations to balance their budgets, cut government spending and allow interest rates to find their own level. There is no role in his economic lexicon for eradicating the interventions that have led this global stagnation to have lasted so long. Instead he is calling for a new round of deficit spending and, where possible, monetary loosening.
He maintains that we should continue policies that ensure low and even negative interest rates that prop up demand with air but offer massive disincentives to saving, which aside from innovation are the only means by which incomes can be increased. He says, “Premature withdrawal of monetary support would not only undermine policy credibility, it would risk precipitating the very outcome we all wish to avoid. It would lower aggregate demand and increase the degree of slack in the global economy.”
And what will surely be music to the ears of state governments plumping for infrastructure funding for white elephants that avoid bi-passing the CFMEU labour monopoly. In support of his increased government spending and meddling he even invokes Winston Churchill ““I never worry about action, but only inaction.” as though Churchill would have favoured greater spending by governments....
As a human resource professional, my job is to listen to my clients and consult with them on issues that are occurring within their business....
“International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an ...
A controversial plan to allow five-storey high-rise buildings at Kingscliff has been slammed by a Tweed community group which says it goes against a 30-year battle by residents to preserve the town’s three-storey limit.
Tweed Shire Council managers say the Kingscliff Locality Plan, which is now on exhibition, is ‘the most important strategic plan to guide the seaside town’s future development’.
The plan looks at reviewing building heights and encouraging shop-top housing in the town centre as well as pedestrian and cycling connections to surrounding residential areas, and establishing a ‘business and knowledge’ precinct.
But locals are not amused and have vowed to fight the plan, saying its exhibition is ‘deceptive and unconvincing’.
Ron Cooper, convenor of the Our 490 group, says ‘tinkering with building heights weakens the council determination that has survived for 30 years’ and would ’encourage rogue developers to challenge the height controls.
‘You just have to stand on Kingscliff Beach and look north to see where this is all heading: metre by metre we’re going up. It’s already happening at Casuarina Beach’.
‘Tweed Council will be flying in the face of...
Source: Slate.com, article by Eric Holthaus A daily analysis of global temperatures shows that the Northern Hemisphere likely exceeded 2 degrees Celsius above "normal" around March 1, 2016, when measuring from pre-industrial levels.* Ryan Maue/Weatherbell Analytics Update, March 3, 2016: Since this post was originally published, the heat wave has continued. As of Thursday
The Broken Maps of Fukushima by Robert Jacobs, March 9, 2016 When we look at maps of Fukushima what we see is disinformation. The maps of the radioactive contamination of Fukushima contain contradictions that embody our inability to understand the true nature of the dangers to people living there. This […]
With extensive clearing needed along the corridor between Bayshore Drive and Lawson Street for the Elements resort train proposal, residents say they are concerned that ‘significant amounts of poisons such as Roundup/Glyphosate’ will be needed.
And while no development application has been submitted for the plan, two stations were approved last year by Council.
Representing Sunrise residents, Tanja Krebs told The Echo, ‘Soil along the railway corridor is very sandy with low phosphate levels (poor herbicide binding qualities) and research indicates that the poisons will leach out of the soil, into the adjoining Belongil Creek and estuary before it can be properly broken down. The rail corridor runs adjacent to homes, waterways and the wildlife corridor.’
‘In a letter received from the EPA in July last year it is clearly stated that the EPA understands that the project is being assessed under section 78c of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and that Council is the consent authority.
A new plan for the NSW north and mid coast has suggested that the potential coal seam gas (CSG) resource within the Clarence-Moreton Basin ‘may be able to support the development and growth of new industries and provide economic benefits for the region.’
Spearheaded by Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis (member for Clarence) and released by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, the report examines growth predictions within housing, transport, tourism, health, education, and mineral and energy resource sectors.
The 100-page North Coast Regional Plan covers areas from Port Macquarie to Tweed Heads.
And while Mr Gulaptis told The Echo, ‘There will be no coal seam gas industry on the north coast,’ the comment does appear to leave the door open for CSG development for the mid north coast.
Even the plan’s stated aims on climate change are at odds with its own suggestion that CSG could benefit the region.
Regarding climate change, the report aims to ‘address the implications of a changing climate and build resilience to natural hazards.’
It reads: ‘The 2014 North Coast Cli...
NORPA introduces a regular comedy event to its ever-expanding cultural calendar with Lismore Laughs, a two-day event that features comedians Hannah Gadsby, The Listies for the kids, and Nazeem Hussain.
Hannah Gadsby is one of Australia’s most distinctive comic performers. A storyteller par excellence with a joke rate that most dads at a family barbecue would envy, Hannah is guaranteed to make you laugh, if not split your sides, as she takes you on an unforgettable journey through her unusual brain. Her droll delivery, delightful wordplay and self-deprecating observations have delighted audiences all over the world, drawn critical acclaim and a swag of awards. And did you know, she did her first-ever comedy performance here in the northern rivers?
That’s right. Gadsby was one of the community college comedy students taught by yours truly who did her first show at the Byron Bowlo and then went on to international acclaim!
Hannah’s shows are always an attempt at explaining her thought processes. It seems she’s a girl who’s made woeful choices a tax deduction.
Every morning when I wake up… I nap.
As a comedian, the question I hate being asked most is… what is the capital of Bur...
I appear today not as a scientific expert, but as a policy adviser and analyst who has worked in and around government for many years. Having been at the centre of the 2014-15 GP co-payment debate, I have had recent experience in advocating sensible policy unpopular with the health establishment.
My expertise particularly relates to social policy, especially health. I have developed an interest in the policy, and politics, of harm reduction. In my experience, social policy issues tend to not only be the most expensive to address – not just in terms of spending taxpayer dollars but in political capital – but too often bring out the emotive, judgmental and self-righteous in people who should know better.
Too many people love telling other people what to do. Those who love it most tend to become policy-makers or, failing that, public health experts. Or doctors.
Before taking questions, I just want to make some brief general observations about the state and experts being the arbiters of standards of personal behaviour and choice. I will then say something about the Committee’s specific term of reference regarding e-cigarettes.
Making policy about personal harm reduction.
It’s long struck me that ministers, on being sworn into office, tend to forget individuals other than themselves have rights and responsibilities.
It doesn’t matter which side of politics they’re on. Power makes good people prohibitionists.
As for public servants dealing with public health issues, notably in tobacco, alcohol and gambling control, officials often tend to be more gung-ho in their regulationist and prohibitionist zealotry than experts talking in the media.
Human cravings for power being what they are, it’s therefore no surprise the dominant strain of policy-making on personal behaviour and choice is biased towards curtailing, outlawing, banning and taxing. Simply adopting policy measures that are permissive but still minimis...
Want to take your kids to see comedy but worried it’s going to be terribly inappropriate?
And then worried that if it is appropriate it’s going to be completely naff? Well the Listies have the show for you.
If I could change one thing… it would be my underpants.
It’s important to remember… to change your underpants.
Loving yourself… is putting on clean underpants.
When I dance I… poop. Then I have to change my underpants #problems.
People always assume… I’m joking about my underpants.
My mother told me… to change my underpants. She’s really worried about me.
The biggest disappointment… is when the elastic goes in my underpants
When I was a kid I thought babies… were on to a good thing with nappies.
If I won lotto I would… buy all the underpants in the world – YASSSS!
If I were PM the first thing I’d do… is change the Australian flag to a pair of underpants.
The world would be a better place… if I changed my undies. #seriously
When you come to my show...
Richmond Valley Council has granted a five year development approval to the Rabbits Eat Lettuce outdoor dance festival.
The festival will be held on a 3,000 acre private property, surrounded by forests, mountains and sandstone cliffs, about 50 kilometres south west of Casino.
The four day festival will run 24-hours a day, with music, workshops and yoga on the Easter long weekend.
Festival organiser Mr Eric Mycle Lamir-Pike said the site at Kiddendaff would be developed into a ‘world class outdoor entertainment venue’ over the next five years.
‘This year we’re investing almost $400,000 to bring a host of international and Australian national artists to the festival, and to establish stage 1 of the venue infrastructure,’ he said.
‘In addition to providing a great four-day camping holiday with non-stop entertainment the REL Village will provide wholesome food and beverages and a colourful festive atmosphere.
He said the festival would also act as a Small Business Incubator, providing a venue and market for scores of small businesses to establish, develop and grow their enterprise.
‘We expect the Richmond Valley/Casino economy will...
Only just recently, Tasmania – courtesy of its rich hydro resources, excellent wind conditions, and even a little bit of sunshine – could boast of being 100 per cent renewable, with all the economic possibilities that could afford in a world rapidly transitioning to a low-carbon economy.
The state had closed down its last fossil fuel generator, and the combination of a large hydro fleet (2,200MW), a growing portfolio of wind farms (310MW) and a small amount of rooftop solar (80MW) accounted for its electricity needs.
It supplemented and profited from these resources through the BassLink cable to the mainland, more for exporting clean power rather than importing from the heavily coal-reliant Victoria.
Analysts suggested Tasmania, with its giant hydro battery, was perfectly positioned to become a fully green state, becoming the first to use renewables to supply all electricity, road transport and many industrial processes. A green Apple Island, if you like.
All it would require was a bit of vision and forward planning – encourage rooftop solar, build more wind farms, use the green electricity as a prompt to accelerate the uptake of electric vehicles; maybe even build a new link to the mainland to become an export of green electricity.
Not any more. Due to a combination of bad luck and rotten planning, old school thinking and – guess what – climate change, Tasmania has found itself with little water in its dams to generate hydro electricity, no power link to the mainland, bushfires shutting down generators, and not enough renewables to fill the gap.
The Tasmanian government finds itself in the mids.....
Conversation starting to change on Nautilus and seafloor mining
Peter Koven | Financial Post | March 8, 2016
Seafloor mining is one of those things that a lot of investors won’t believe in until it is actually proven to work. But there is a growing acknowledgement that it could well happen soon.
As Nautilus Minerals Inc., the pioneer of this business, inches closer and closer to a planned start of operations in 2018, chief executive Mike Johnston said the conversation around Nautilus is changing. In general, people no longer doubt this company will ever put its mining plan into action. Instead, they simply question whether it will work the way Nautilus hopes.
“This project is pretty binary to people — you either like it or you don’t,” he said in an interview.
He said investor confidence is building each time Nautilus reaches another milestone. Last month, the company took delivery of seafloor production tools. Johnston said the preparation of the 230-metre-long vessel is also going well and it should leave the dock in the middle of next year.
Nautilus still needs more capital to initiate production at its Solwara 1...
‘What’s wrong with Tony Abbott?” It’s a question that’s been asked ever since he rose to prominence as party leader, if not before. But then the question had a whimsical ring about it. What was wrong with a leader who was so nasty, so misogynist, so belligerent, so hell bent upon the destruction of his enemies? People had their answers, answers that went back to his early days in student politics. We wrote about it on The Political Sword in late 2009 in The pugilistic politician. The conclusion was that this was Abbott’s nature, malevolent though it was.
Over the years we have seen a man who rose from ministerial ranks to opposition leader where he was deemed to be competent, to prime minister where he was manifestly incompetent.
Abbott’s rise is a classic example of a management principle enunciated by Laurence J. Peter in his famous 1969 book: The Peter Principle, in which he asserted that as managers are promoted, they "rise to the level of their incompetence." We have written about The Peter Principle before.
Let’s trace Abbott’s path. The media was lavish in its praise for his performance as opposition leader, some going so far as to assert that he was the best ever, presumably arguing that aggression, confrontation, adversarial behaviour and ceaseless negativity were the preferred ways to electoral success. Murdoch journalists particularly barracked for him endlessly. Defeat of the detested Labor government and the installation...
Geeks, deep-thinkers and curious minds will gather in Brisbane over the coming days for the World Science Festival.
The five-day event, which kicks off on Wednesday, aims to bring science out of the laboratory and inspire Queenslanders through discussions and performances tackling some of the big issues facing humanity.
Topics will range from the stars to the depths of the ocean, the search for alien life, madness, creativity, robots and dinosaurs.
Nobel Laureate physicist Brian Schmidt, astronaut Andy Thomas as well as physicist, author and festival co-founder Brian Greene are among those speaking at the festival which originated in New York and is being held in Brisbane for the first time.
"We, as youth, demand that our constitutional rights to life, liberty and...
NSW police are being urged to scale back high-speed car chases after the death of a veteran officer who crashed on his way to assist in a pursuit.
Sergeant Geoffrey Richardson, 43, was killed just before midnight on Saturday when his car left the road and ploughed into a tree at Allandale, in the Hunter Valley.
He had reportedly been authorised to use road spikes and was trying to get ahead of the pursuit.
Road safety expert John Lambert called for NSW to abandon or radically scale back police pursuits, as Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland had done.
He said there was an extremely high rate of deaths from police chases and Sgt Richardson would still be alive if NSW had a more conservative pursuit policy.
‘Police have a major role in road safety, so how can they be initiating probably the most dangerous activity on roads, from a road safety perspective, that there can possibly be?’ Mr Lambert told AAP.
‘It’s in total opposition to their role in trying to reduce deaths and injuries on roads.’
Greens MLC David Shoebridge called for a less ‘hot-headed’ pursuit policy, saying a more rational alternative would be to reserve them for when police had no other viable option.
‘We should be expecting far better from the NSW Police than the dangerous approach of 30 high speed chases a week,’ he wrote in a statement on his website.
Sgt Richardson was a decorated police officer who served 18 years in the force.
He left behind his wife, who is a serving NSW police officer, and two young sons.
Paul Robert Johnson, 34, was arrested on Monday over the Hunter Valley pursuit.
Police said he had been disqualified from driving for life in 2000.
He was denied bail after facing court on 17 charges, including dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and two counts laid under Skye’s Law, which relates to police pursuits.
NSW Police Ministe...
The deal between the Coalition and the Greens to effectively exclude minor parties from gaining Senate representation may have unintended consequences. read now...
An American tourist has been stabbed to death and at least nine other people have been wounded by a Palestinian armed with a knife on a popular boardwalk in Tel Aviv, while US Vice President Joe Biden was in a meeting a few kilometres away.
The attack on Tuesday took place in the popular Jaffa port area, a favourite spot among tourists.
The Magen David Adom ambulance service said four of the wounded had severe injuries.
“A terrorist, an illegal resident who came from somewhere in the Palestinian territories, came here to Jaffa and embarked on a run … along...
In response to reports of a closed-door media briefing held by Dominion Power today, Mike Tidwell, director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, released the following statement:
“From everything we know, Dominion Power’s plan to go forward with the dumping of toxic coal ash wastewater into the James and Potomac Rivers still fails to adequately protect the health of our rivers and local citizens. Instead of holding Dominion to the highest standards, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, led by David Paylor, issued lax permits that fail to require the use of ‘best available technology’ and allow Dominion to discharge toxins like arsenic at levels that exceed limits set by neighboring North Carolina. Dominion is now clearly trying to save face in response to deep public concern and calls for a federal investigation of its secretive dumping of coal ash wastewater into Quantico Creek in May of 2015.
“Instead of assurances from Dominion, Virginians need regulators setting and enforcing strict standards that safeguard human health. Neither Dominion nor Director Paylor have addressed the real root problem. Dominion wants to simply ‘de-water’ the state’s coal ash ponds and then cap the ponds in place. This allows not only for toxic liquids to be poured into the James, Potomac and other rivers, but leaves the capped pond bottoms with no protective lining, thus allowing toxic leaching to continue into surrounding groundwater for decades. This falls short of the standard being enforced in North Carolina and South Carolina.
“We believe Governor McAuliffe and Attorney General Herring must step in to halt these permits, and to hold Dominion to the highest standards under the law. The real solution is to require Dominion to use the best available technology to treat the hazardous liquid, an...
To the Secretary of Human Rights, Justice, Interior, and Decentralization of Honduras
At present, the Mexican environmentalist Gustavo Castro Soto, Coordinator of Other Worlds AC/Friends of the Earth Mexico, is adding to his statement in La Esperanza, Intibucá, southeastern Honduras, where he was the victim of an assassination attempt in which indigenous rights defender Berta Cáceres was murdered on March 3.
We are on HIGH ALERT because his departure from the Embassy of Mexico and transfer back to La Esperanza represent a high risk for his physical security and psychological well being.
On Sunday March 6, upon trying to leave Honduras, legally and under the protection of the Mexican Embassy in Honduras, he was arbitrarily intercepted by Honduran authorities before passing through immigration at the Tegucigalpa International Airport. They detained him under the justification that he needed to expand upon his declaration, but without notifying him of this previously.
We want to point out that Gustavo Castro in no way resisted making the full declaration that was asked of him, and he has accepted this request to expand his statement in the interest of clarifying the facts surrounding the assassination of Berta Cáceres, and to avoid the criminalization of members of COPINH.
Despite all of the requests made to ensure that this new declaration be made under proper conditions, to guarantee his physical safet.....
Thousands of people remain stranded in the refugee camp at Idomeni, on the Greek border with Macedonia, hours after the European Union and Turkey failed to reach agreement on resolving the migrant crisis.
Making matters worse, heavy rain fell on Monday night. It was the second massive rainfall in f...
Police are appealing for information after a number of firearms were stolen from a property in the Clarence River region this week.
A man was seen running from a home on Oyster Channel Road, Yamba, about 6.30pm on Monday before speeding away in a white Volkswagen, bearing Queensland plates.
Neighbours were aware the property owners were currently away and therefore attended the house immediately, and found it had been ransacked.
They contacted police who attended a short time later.
During a subsequent search of the home, police from Coffs Clarence Local Area Command discovered a safe had been forced open and five firearms had been stolen.
A crime scene was established and will be examined by forensic specialists.
The man seen at the home has only been described as being of Caucasian appearance and about 35-40 years of age.
There have also been two other break and enters in the region in recent weeks; one at The Pinnacles and another at Southgate.
Firearms were also stolen from The Pinnacles property.
Detectives are therefore investigating whether the incidents may be linked.
Anyone who may have witnessed the man at the Yamba home, and has not yet spoken to police, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
An openly gay West Australian Liberal MP is questioning the proposed same-sex marriage plebiscite, citing its $160 million price tag and saying politicians have the authority to change the law without it.
Senator Dean Smith, a supporter of same-sex marriage, said he would voice his concerns in the party room and added it would be logistically difficult to hold the plebiscite in 2016 if the federal election was not called soon.
‘I’m uncomfortable with the cost, secondly I’m uncomfortable with us too readily abrogating the foundational principle of parliamentary sovereignty,’ he told ABC radio.
‘Once we set a precedent on this issue, how do we argue that we shouldn’t have a plebiscite on other issues, for example sending men and women off to armed conflict overseas. How do we argue that we don’t have a plebiscite on euthanasia?’
Mr Smith, once an opponent of same-sex marriage, said he began to advocate for change after reflecting on the key principles of the Liberal Party.
‘I came to the position that equality before the law is a core Liberal principal and I decided that a same-sex relationship should be accorded the same sorts of respect by the law as heterosexual relationships,’ he said.
The WA MP said his colleagues must disregard their personal beliefs on same-sex marriage in determining if a plebiscite was the most appropriate course of action.
‘Many people come to the issue of a plebiscite through the lens of what is their attitude to gay marriage, I’m taking a step back from that,’ Mr Smith said.
‘I’m asking as a conservative person interested in our democratic traditions, is this the sort of step we want to take, and if it is, we need to make sure it’s well considered.’
Mr Smith said he viewed recent comments by Attorney-General George Brandis that a plebiscite would be held later this year as an observation rather th...
The United Nations and human rights groups have warned that a tentative European Union deal to send back all irregular migrants to Turkey in exchange for political and financial rewards could be illegal.
‘I am deeply concerned about any arrangement that would involve the blanket return of anyone from one country to another without spelling out the refugee protection safeguards under international law,’ UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi told the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday.
He was speaking hours after the 28 EU leaders sketched an accord with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Brussels that would grant Ankara more money to keep refugees in Turkey, faster visa-free travel for Turks and a speeding up of Ankara’s long-stalled membership talks.
Rights group Amnesty International called the proposed mass return of migrants a ‘death blow to the right to seek asylum’.
But the executive European Commission insisted the deal to put an end to a mass influx of more than a million people fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and beyond, due to be finalised next week, was fully legal.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who pushed for the accord to assuage anxious voters before regional elections on Sunday, said things were finally moving in the right direction after nearly a million Syrians, Iraqis, Afghans and others flooded into Germany alone last year.
She denied accusations that Turkey was using refugees to blackmail Europe.
The 28 EU leaders were taken by surprise by the bold, last-minute Turkish initiative, which went beyond previous plans for more limited cooperation.
Unable to sign up to firm commitments immediately, they agreed to wrap up a deal at their next summit on March 17-18, but several points remain sensitive.
Migrants marooned in squalor on Greece’s frontier with Macedonia by the closure of borders further...
Victoria’s unseasonably hot March has continued with record temperatures reached on Tuesday.
Melbourne city hit 38.9C, its hottest March day since 2008, says Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Rod Dickson.
And Moorabbin hit 40.8C, its hottest March day on record, he said.
There is not expected to be much relief through the night, with a minimum of 26C forecast for Melbourne.
Mr Dickson said temperatures in the 30s were forecast again across most of the state on Wednesday, with showers and thunderstorms developing.
Victoria’s Department of Health issued a heat health alert on Tuesday evening after the boiling temperatures led to three people being admitted to hospital after fainting at Port Melbourne.
All three were in a stable condition.
The health department warned people to drink plenty of water, not to leave people or animals in cars, seek air-conditioning and plan ahead to keep out of the heat.
Ambulance Victoria’s state health commander, Paul Holman, also warned people to adjust their activities to ‘respect the heat’.
‘It’s the overnight temperatures that are going to cause us grief, as people don’t recover from the heat and that’s when they start to get into trouble,’ he told reporters.
Wednesday is a very high fire danger for all regions apart from the South West.
Cooler conditions are forecast over the weekend but Victorians should not expect a large drop in temperature – it is still anticipated to reach the high 20s next week.
Whether you believe GMOs are safe or not, everyone has a right to decide for...
You are invited to come to see Ursula Kelly’s exhibition which starts this Friday, but her opening will be held on Saturday March 12th at 6pm.
Ursula has used a diverse range of source material for this exhibition, including environmental notions and concepts, and combined these sometimes with a sense of whimsy.
Her installation of 100 ceramic sea birds on the floor of the gallery, transform the space and leads the viewer to ponder the questions raised in her artworks, many of which make social comment, on the state of our coastal environment.
Originally from Europe, Ursula moved to the Gold Coast in 1990 with her husband. Today she multi tasks between working in the areas of commercial, fine art, teaching, workshops, and exhibiting her art.
Ursula has scheduled two free special events for children. Details are below. We do hope you will make the most of this opportunity, and let your friends know who may be interested in bringing their children.
Drawing 4 Kids – Two sessions – FREE!
Sunday March 13 and Sunday March 20 – 11am>1pm – age 7-10 years – (penci...
Studies show that everyday exposure to personal care and household products are linked to serious...
A new snake belonging to the Colubridae family has been found in Gujarat, India and researchers say it not only represents a new species but also a new genus. The new species was named Wallaceophis gujaratenesis after Alfred Russel Wallace, a British naturalist, explorer, and biologist known for independently discovering the theory of natural selection at the same time as Charles Darwin, and Gujarat, the state where the snake was discovered. The first live specimen of the snake was found in 2014 at a construction site in a shallow pool of water by Jaydeep Maheta, a “snake rescuer” with the Shree Cultural Foundation in Gujarat. Zeeshan Mirza of the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India, the lead author of a PLOS One article describing the new species and genus, said that he and his co-authors, which include Maheta, had been on the lookout for the snake since at least 2007. The researchers had seen photographs of Wallaceophis gujaratensesis, and though it resembled the Indian smooth snake (Coronella brachyura), it had two lateral stripes that caught their attention. After seven years, Mirza and team finally had the live individual they needed to determine the snake’s identity by examining its scales and dental morphology. Mirza found a scale usually present in racer snakes, as well as a unique pattern of scales on the specimen’s back that clearly separated it from most non-venomous snakes in the Colubridae family. [caption id="attachment_182504" align="aligncenter" width="780"] Wallaceophis gujaratensesis. Photo by Zeeshan Mirza.[/caption] Mirza shared his…
salute - The Nazi salute or Hitler salute (German: Hitlergruß –
literally Hitler Greeting) is a gesture that was used as a greeting
in Nazi Germany. The salute is performed by extending the right arm
in the air with a straightened hand. Usually, the person offering
the salute would say "Heil Hitler!" (Hail Hitler!), "Heil, mein
Führer!" (Hail, my leader!), or "Sieg Heil!" (Hail victory!). It
was adopted in the 1930s by the Nazi Party to signal obedience to
the party's leader – Adolf Hitler – and to glorify the German
nation (and later the German war effort). The salute was mandatory
for civilians, but was mostly optional for military personnel
who retained the traditional military salute until shortly after
the failed assassination attempt on Hitler in 1944.
Use of this salute is currently a criminal offense in Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Austria. In Switzerland and Sweden, the salute is illegal hate speech if used for propagating Nazi ideology.
Palestinian Women’s Call for Worldwide Women’s Endorsement of BDS |
Stop the Wall: On the occasion of Palestinian women’s
celebration of 8th of March, the International Women’s Day, we the
undersigned, Palestinian women organizations, centers and groups,
call upon all women and feminists of the world, as well as women’s
organizations and collectives, to endorse the BDS Call issued by
Palestinian civil society in 2005 and join to the BDS movement to
support our struggle for freedom, justice and equality.
The Israeli regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid has for decades denied the Palestinian people our inalienable right to self-determination, including through its:
DECLARATION OF THE NUU-CHAH-NULTH WOMEN | Ha-Shilth-Sa
Newspaper: Nuu-chah-nulth Women, givers of life, are Mothers,
Daughters, Grandmothers, Granddaughters, Aunts, Nieces, Sisters,
Teachers and Friends.
We treasure the values and traditions we have been taught; they have sustained us during the many changes throughout history;
We take pride in our culture, heritage and traditions, and we honor and respect our Elders and their teachers;
We are responsible for the health and safety of our children and our families, and we seek to ensure that our children will always be protected;
We believe in the strength of our family ties, and assert our right to always retain the love of our immediate and extended families;
We have the right to be respected in spirit, mind, and body and to live free from sexual, physical, verbal and emotional abuse;
Violence Against Women And Children Is A Daily Struggle In Papua New Guinea: -- [huffingtonpost.com] -- MSF started working in PNG nine years ago because there was a huge need for these specific services; I frequently hear people from the community say that MSF has saved thousands of lives by being here. That part of it—helping make a significant difference in our patients’ lives—has been extremely gratifying. But I can’t ignore the problems that we as an organization cannot address.
Since May 2015, there have been multiple legislative efforts to pass new voting rights legislation aimed at ensuring ac...
The voting rights of American Indians and Alaska Natives have been eroded or ignored since the United States Supreme Co...
Por un 8 de marzo antipatriarcal y anticapitalista - Boltxe -
Boltxe -- Capitalism needs and legitimizes inequality, is a
structure of domination that sustains their survival through
various oppressions perpetrated against the working class. Within
our own class, the contradictions of gender, nation, race or sexual
dissidence exacerbate the fragmentation of it, and capitalism uses
these cracks to ensure their rate of profit and the underpinning of
the ideological foundations that make up its dominant
But capitalism without the heteropatriarchy, is nothing. Working women, as subject and body, has been the intensification of these contradictions with more violence and determinism, if possible. The heteropatriarchy has served to create conditions of domination between the sexes, women have been subordinated to devalue the value of their work in all areas, both in the productive and reproductive. In addition, the configuration of the heteropatriarchal family is the tool that capitalism has historically been used to perpetuate patriarchy as ideology and social value that permeates all human relationships.
Capitalism has made us responsible for reproductive work, however, even being relegated to it, exercise it for free, systematic slaves of social reproduction of the labor force, essential to ensure the production conditions of the capitalist system. Which leads us to point indisputably that the subordination of women workers is the goal of the survival of this system of domination guarantor.
Our body suffers the most explicit violence of the capitalist system. Our work is more precarious, we are impoverished, the consequences of the capitalist crisis affect us more bluntly turning away more than equality, and being more vulnerable to exploitation and displacement. Not only our workforce is exploited, our body is public domain, and values that pervade patri...
"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: What Nationals MP for Page Kevin Hogan did not tell the Grafton Chamber of Commerce's February breakfast meeting when he was asked about foreign ownership of land and overseas workers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"
‘We Want the Truth,’ Says Grandmother of Native Woman Killed by Cop
- ICTMN.com: Steve Rideout, uncle: “The night after Jackie
died, we had a candlelight vigil at the scene of the shooting. The
next day, and on several more days, I returned to where she had
been parked, opposite a park and playground. I couldn’t find any
signs of an accelerating vehicle. There were no skid marks on the
pavement or gouges in the gravel edge of the street, either of
which you’d expect from sudden acceleration, depending on how far
over the car was parked.
“Furthermore, killing a driver doesn’t stop a vehicle in gear and in motion. If the driver were suddenly incapacitated and could no longer depress the gas pedal, the vehicle would keep rolling until it crashed. There’s no sign of that—on the car, the park fence, or anywhere else. What stopped Jackie’s car? Did it even start up, much less accelerate? When, and why, was Jackie shot?”
Native Women Killed By Cop Grandmother Says 'We Want The Truth' - Native Warriors: According to a Tacoma Police Department statement, Kenneth Wright Jr., was wanted for outstanding felony warrants involving robbery, firearms and drugs. At 11:46 p.m. on January 28, two officers patrolling South Sawyer Street recognized Wright sitting in the passenger seat of a parked car with an “unknown female” in the driver’s seat.“The officers exited their patrol vehicle and approached on foot,” says the statement.Then, the statement says, “the driver stepped on the gas, accelerating toward the officers. One of the officers fired at and hit the driver. The vehicle stopped, and the wanted male subject exited, armed with a rifle. He fled the scene on foot. The officers rendered aid to the driver and called for medical aid to respond. She was pronounced dead when medical aid arrived at the scene.”Jackie Salyers was that “unknown female.” Wright, according to her family, was an abuser, who had directed violence, sometimes involving firearms, toward her and other family members.
During my recent visit to London, where I debated the future of the UN at the London School of Economics (LSE), I also discussed my book Disaster Capitalism at the LSE with three articulate and critical women: Dr Brenna Bhandar, Dr Marsha Henry and Dr Devika Hovell. I was challenged on my choice of interviewees in the book, why more female voices weren’t heard and whether disaster capitalism is really any different to exploitative capitalism:
|Track Title||Artist||Album Title|
|Shoe Boycotter||Matt Stillert||Shoe Boycotter (new)|
|Bad Advice||Foreday Riders||Herding Cats|
|My Ideal||Dan Barnett (Big Band)||Some Where Some Place
|Give You Heaps||Toni Swain||Deepest Water|
|Junk Mail Blues||Brendan Leggatt||Paid My Dues|
|The Beach Shack||Nick Wildgoose||Dilettante Bluesman|
|Fair Go||Andy Layfield||Mad Time|
|Kings Lament||Three Kings||Here It Is|
|God Loves A Sinner||Russell Morris||Red Dirt – Red Heart|
|St James Infirmary Blues||Sugarcane Collins||Going Back To Clarksdale|
|Things You Want||Nick Charles||The River Flows|
9th March 2016 By Brandon Turbeville Over the years in my own articles, I have used the terms âŹScreeping fascism,âŹ âŹSgrowing police state,âŹ and âŹSdescent into totalitarianismâŹ among others to describe the domestic situation in which we find ourselves. I have often written that, if Americans do not stand up to the myriad of laws ...Continue Reading - Call It What It Is: America Is A Police State
“It’s a pyramid scheme, a dirty job – who’s going to build your wall”?...
After a very successful inaugural event in June 2015, Bulga Beats Festival 2016 is looking to be bigger and better than ever.
This music, market and arts festival focuses on community building, attracting people to the Hunter Valley and our district, supporting / promoting sustainable industries, local businesses and wine & tourism in our area.
Our little town’s big festival attracted people not only from the Hunter Valley but also from Sydney, the Central, Mid and North Coast. We even had some festival goers from Brisbane, from Victoria and even Tasmania. We received many fantastic reviews and the overall consensus from the crowd was that they would certainly be attending the next Bulga Beats Festival in 2016.
We are very excited to have amongst our special guests, 2015 Best Male Golden Guitar winner, Luke O’Shea who will be performing songs from his recent albums, other artists include, Zappo, Fred’s Ginger, Boneman, Crying Tree, William John Junior, Daheen among others. There will food & market stalls, art exhibition & sale, car & bike show and much more.
Again in 2016, we see the return of our famous Guitar Auction. This years guitars features signatures by famous performers such as Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, John Butler, Luke O’Shea, Kasey Chambers, Troy Cassar-Daley...
If you’re travelling north to Brisbane or heading north west towards Armidale, it’s well worth noting two fabulous exhibitions which are presently on show at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane and at the New England Regional Art Museum in Armidale.
First stop on Arts Thursday is Armidale, to view an exhibition based on the life and relationships of artist Margaret Coen.
Coen, who died in 1993, was a talented artist, a notable feat in the 1930s in Australia. She is best known for her watercolours of still lifes and landscapes. The artist was married to the poet Douglas Stewart and was part of a circle of artists in the 1930s, which included Thea Proctor, Arthur Murch, Rah Fizelle and the Lindsays, in particular Norman Lindsay, to whom she became close and who encouraged her in her work.
Much of this is revealed in the exhibition Coen’s Circle at the New England Regional Art Museum (or NERAM) in Armidale, in an exhibition curated by Phillipa Charley-Briggs and including many works donated to the Gallery by the artist’s daughter Meg Stewart. The exhibition is both a retrospective of Coen’s own work and an evocation of the artistic life of Sydney in the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s through memorabilia, costumes and other material from the fa...
2PP Aggregate: 51.0 to Coalition (-0.3 in a week, -2 in three
Coalition would win election "held now" with much reduced majority
The downwards trend I've been tracking in the Coalition's aggregated federal polling has continued. It's not so much the case that the polls keep getting worse, but more that it was longer since they got a really good one. In the last two weeks Essential (which has leant to Labor on the whole since Turnbull became PM) has put out a couple of 50:50s, and Newspoll (which in its new incarnation has also leant to Labor, though not by much) has followed up its shock 50:50 from a fortnight ago with more of the same. Morgan had a very slight improvement for the government, up to 53:47 by last-election preferences, but this may be more evidence that its house effect is hanging around than anything in the government's favour. Anyway with all these included my aggregate now falls to 51.0% to Coalition - more or less exactly where it was in the immediate aftermath of last September's removal of Tony Abbott. Here's the smoothed tracking graph:
Some songs to lay back and listen to and others you can jump up and down to – Blackie the cat gets a mention, kids at the library share their jokes, there’s some counting, some good advice and some stuff that’s silly. And lots more. Email jokes, poems, requests etc to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Catch it by the tail facebook page, here.
8th March 2016 By Simon Vorster & Jennifer Langstone Contributing Writers for Wake Up World Humanity has collectively come to see spirit and matter as antagonistic to each other, and so, believing we must chooseÂ one over the otherÂ — the spiritual or the earthly — we have become embedded in an unresolveable polarity that keeps us ...Continue Reading - New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Pisces âŹ Removing the Boundaries to Our Sacredness
JON FAINE: Over the weekend there was a big Liberal Party powwow and they had to decide who was going to replace a retiring Senator. At the next federal election, Michael Ronaldson will stand down as a Senator on the number one spot on the ticket for Victoria and his place will be taken by a man who has helped us out and filled in on The Wrap from time to time. Hailing from the breeding school of Liberal politicians, the IPA – the Institute of Public Affairs – deputy executive director James Paterson leapfrogs his boss John Roskam to the number one spot on the Senate ticket for the Liberal Party. James, good morning to you....
JAMES PATERSON: Good morning Jon, pleasure to be with you.
JON FAINE: What’s wrong with Johnny Roskam? There he is, he’s been your boss, he’s Tim Wilson’s boss, so many IPA people going into politics and he’s still there at the IPA.
JAMES PATERSON: Jon, as you know, John Roskam is one of the great intellectuals in Australian public life today.
JON FAINE: Sorry, say that again.
JAMES PATERSON: John Roskam is one of the great public intellectuals in public life in Australia today, and he has an enormous contribution to make to intellectual life or political life if he chooses.
JON FAINE: A public intellectual? I’ve heard him called many things, but that’s the first time I’ve heard that one.
JAMES PATERSON: Well Jon, what else do you call someone who runs Australia’s biggest think tank, who publishes a weekly column, who has written books and chapters in books, and who delivers lectures and guest speeches? That is the very definition of a public intellectual. In America they review their public intellectuals, and I think we should do the same in Australia because we don’t have as many.
JON FAINE: Congratulations to you, is where I sh...
‘A life of lines #112′
The UQ Architecture Lecture Tues. 1 March. SLQ. State Library Queensland review by Dr. Charles Zuber. The first speaker for the 2016 lecture series hosted by UQ and the Queensland State Library was Moon Hoon. It turned out to be an inspiring evening and a great way to start the series. So, make sure you […]
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Ross Hannaford, widely regarded as one of Australia's finest rock guitarists, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 65. read now...
Survival International has launched a campaign calling for an end to a draconian system in Botswana which has broken Bushmen families apart and denied them access to their land. Critics such as veteran anti-apartheid activist Michael Dingake have compared the system to the apartheid-era pass laws.
The call comes in the fiftieth anniversary year of Botswana’s independence.
After having been brutally evicted and forced into government camps between 1997 and 2002, the Bushmen won a historic court victory in 2006 recognizing their right to live on their land in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.
Since then, however, this...
By the time I had left the Nurcoung Bushland Reserve it was getting quite hot (by mid-afternoon it would be low 40’s). Driving out along the rough bush tracks, I spotted a large male Grey Kangaroo resting in the hole he had scraped in the shade of a bit of scrub. He sat up as I walked closer and then decided it was too hot to leave the shade…he probably reckoned he could take me…I reckon he could too. I walked back to the car and left him to it…
Late last year I visited Guinea-Bissau in West Africa to investigate the country’s role as a key drug smuggling hub between South America and Europe. I published a number of stories about it including in Foreign Policy.
Leading French website Ulyces is committed to translating investigative stories from across the world and bringing back the tradition of financially supported journalism. They’ve translated my Foreign Policy story (with more to come) and I’m happy that French speakers can now read my work around the globe. Here’s a taste (more here):
Nous nous trouvons à Bissau, capitale de la Guinée-Bissau. Les quartiers généraux de la police judiciaire, l’agence du gouvernement chargée de mener la guerre contre les drogues dans le pays, sont situés dans une rue poussiéreuse, au beau milieu de cette capitale d’Afrique de l’Ouest étonnamment silencieuse. À l’intérieur se trouve l’unique laboratoire d’analyse des drogues du pays, un ajout récent dû à l’augmentation du financement de l’Union européenne, qui vise à endiguer le flot de narcotiques qui traversent en permanence les frontières du petit État africain.
West End’s Boundary Street has a rich history. It has 15 buildings that are listed on the Brisbane City Council Heritage Register and the Kuripla Library was the first purpose-built municipal library in Queensland. The West End Making History Group is currently in the early stages of planning a project to record the history of the […]
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International Women’s Day encourages discussion on creative ways to combat gender inequality. Dr Leah Ruppanner has written an article offering community-based ideas for equalising gender relations and improving the status of families. She says the battle for gender equality is not a battle of people but a battle of ideas.
When Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart wrote “Sisters Are Doin’ It for Themselves” they intended the song to liberate women and show they should no longer stand behind a man, but stand next to them. To show that women were now working on their own lives and careers as equals to men. But many women who have forged their way forward have chosen to work hard not for themselves, but for the good of others.
The contribution of women to the betterment of the world has been, and continues to be, great. Elizabeth I brought peace to England during her rein, Florence Nightingale pioneered modern nursing, Rosa Parks was a civil rights leader and instrumental in the fight for racial equality in America, Jane Goodall showed the world the emotional worlds of animals and continues to champion conservation, Malala Yousafzai stood against the Taliban and demanded girls be allowed an education, and who could forget Rosie Batty. These women make only the very tip of the iceberg and have achieved so much primarily for good of others, for humanity as a whole and for our feathered, furry and finned friends.
As you will already be aware, animals are incredibly intuitive and have a way of knowing when we need to be comforted and will offer it without reservation. For International Women’s Day we want to introduce you to, or remind you of, a few of our own female residents who are making a difference.
Vet Nurse Ruby
Once upon a time Ruby had a human who saw her failure to round up sheep as reason enough to have her shot, fortunately the friend he enlisted to carry out th.......
Kellie Knight and the Daze are back again to play at their favourite venue in Byron Bay this Friday.
The Daze bring their beloved hometown fans a first set of jazz with plenty of instrumental and vocal action and build the night up to dance floor fun with upbeat originals within their unique brand of new soul music
A seven-piece fusion of urban soul, funk and jazz improvisation, fronted by powerhouse vocalist Kellie Knight, this music is delivered with a conscious lyric, deep groove and raw emotive and soulful insistence.
Count your Knight and Daze until this Friday, March 11 at the Rails in Byron.
Kellie and the band are also playing on March 12 the Night Quarter Market on the Gold Coast.
Kawasaki Motors Australia has recalled the 2016 model Ninja ZX-10R sports bike over a steering damper issue which could potentially cause an accident.
The ACCC recall notice says the steering damper bracket mounting bolts could break due to over tightening during assembly.
“The bracket may separate from the frame which could cause interference with the steering creating the potential for an accident,” it says.
The bikes were sold from December 11, 2015 to February 22, 2016.
Customers with affected units will be contacted by mail. Consumers with affected units should contact their local Authorised Kawasaki Motorcycle Dealership to book in their motorcycle for a free repair.
Victory Motorcycles Australia has cautiously recalled several 2015/16 models over noise emissions issues, even though “very few” may be affected.
The recall notice says noise levels “may not meet the regulatory requirements when the affected motorcycle is ridden under normal conditions”.
“The motorcycle may not meet noise emissions standard required by UN ECE R41, certified to ADR 83/00.”
Bikes affected are the 2015/16 Vegas, Hammer, Gunner, Judge, Highball, Jackpot and Boardwalk.
Customers should return their bikes to Victory Motorcycle dealers to have them checked and, if necessary, rectified for free.
Victory Motorcycles Australia and New Zealand country manager Peter Harvey says “very few, if any” customers may require modifications to their bike.
“There may be some bikes that have an incorrect airbag part fitted that can affect noise levels,” he says.
“All bikes we have checked locally so far are not affected but of course we do like to be on the front foot and if there are any bikes that do have the incorrect part fitted, we need to be aware and act appropriately.
“The check is a very simple visual look and if affected, the correct part takes very little time to fit.
“Customers have had letters sent to them advising them and what steps to take if required.”
Redflow has established a battery lab in Kent Town Adelaide, to support the imminent launch of its residential zinc bromine flow battery, and to ensure it works with a range of inverters.
Drivers are still not understanding new rules that allow riders to filter to the front at traffic lights leading to calls for an education campaign and new line markings.
I recently experienced a driver who revved his GT sports sedan vigorously just before the lights changed in an obvious attempt to bully me into letting him go first.
Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498) was born
into a noble family in Ferrara, his father being a doctor. Girolamo
was educated by another relative who was also a doctor and a man of
rigid religious principles. So it was inevitable that the young lad
would be directed towards medicine at university and devout
Christianity at home.
Already repelled by the corruption that he saw around him, Savonarola left his medical studies and withdrew into solitude, meditation and prayer. He told his father that he could not suffer the blind wickedness of the peoples of Italy. He found unbearable the humanistic paganism that corrupted art, poetry and religion itself. But even if that was so, how did young Savonarola know that the cause of this spreading corruption was a vicious clergy, even in the highest levels of the church hierarchy?
In 1475 as an adult he chose to enter a Dominican monastery at Bologna. After living quietly there for 6 years, Savonarola moved to the convent of S Marco in Florence and began preaching in the church of S Lorenzo. His style, too medieval and scholastic, failed to attract the crowds. But in 1486, while preaching in Lombardy, he began to speak directly and passionately of the wrath of God. His popularity as a preacher grew immensely.
Savonarola's fame spread to Florence as he prophesied the doom of all tyrants who then prevailed in the world. In 1490, through the influence of Pico della Mirandola, he moved back to Florence and in July 1491 became prior of S Marco. His target evils in beautiful Florence were the vanity of the humanists and the viciousness of the clergy. Needless to say Lorenzo de' Medici, the ruler of Florence, was not happy with the fanatical preacher. But Savonarola would not desist, and in April 1492 Savonarola made his move - he refused to grant Lorenzo absolution because the ruler would not give liberty to the Florentines.
No-one is impressed with Cardinal Pell. Not the average punter. Not most Catholics. Not Tim Minchin. Not the adult survivors of clerical abuse. Not Justice Peter McClellan. Not even the pope. And certainly not God.
Being brought up Catholic I do remember the long Sunday sermons referring to the caretaking relationship of shepherds and their flocks – with the persistent message being that the shepherd never abandons his flock. Story after story about caring for sheep. As a child I began to think that religion was just a passionate branch of animal husbandry that focused primarily on the welfare of sheep.
It was hard to really see what it had to do with me. After all, I didn’t have any sheep. And if I had sheep I’d certainly look after them. Later of course I realised that the aforementioned ‘sheep’ is not actually sheep at all. Sheep is Us. We are God’s metaphorical sheep. I am a sheep. You are a sheep.
It’s unflattering and crude, and personally I would have preferred if he’d chosen ducks. Or even chooks. Something less homogenous and Anglocentric. And the Shepherd, well that’s the clergy. People like Pell. So when your chief duty is the wellbeing and safety of your flock, I wonder how you can lose interest. Especially when the most vulnerable members of your flock are being devoured by wolves. Wolves from God’s side of the fence.
No-one forgets the Blues Brothers. It’s one of those musical films that stays with you, and for Blue Lou Marini (he’s the one in the pic, holding the sax) it’s stayed with him for six decades.
The original Blues Brother, Marini has been there since the beginning, and it’s something that continues to surprise him.
‘If you had told me in 1987 that I’d be getting ready to tour Australia with the Blues Brothers Band I’d say you’d be out of your mind!’
But the passion for the music of the Blues Brothers has remained as fervent as ever, with the band remaining true to the spirit of the original inception.
‘It’s nice in this day and age to see a totally natural band. There is no pitch correction and no giant production; it’s pure energy. It’s been a continual source of amazement. We may not play for three years, but then we are bac. Sure we have lost members along the way but all the band members there now have been there for minimum of 10 years.’
Marini has made a name for himself as a sideman in various high-profile groups, and any top New York jazz musician will tell you, ‘He’s on...
The Andrews Government’s first response has been to turn on the desalination plant to supplement our water s...
There is something so very human about drumming… A tribal urge that transcends a belonging…not only belonging to a larger community, but a belonging to oneself. Rhythmical patterns that speak... Read on
The blame attributed to Peta Credlin for the downfall of former PM Tony Abbott is yet another sign of the deep sexism running through our society. read now...
The Balcony, an iconic location that had lost its lustre with locals over the past few years, has received a facelift at the hands of its experienced new owners, and chef Sean Connolly (profiled last week in Good Life) was in town last week to show off the new menu. There were a number of dishes straight from the menus of their other successful restaurants, such as The Morrison in Sydney, including an excellent vegetarian gnocchi with mushrooms that’s worth trying. Expect to see some more vegetarian dishes, and an increased use of local produce as the venue develops.
I’ve always been a bit put off by the simple tables of this budget, BYO Vietnamese restaurant at the end of the arcade off 17 Lawson Street, but we popped in for a casual meal last Friday night and were pleasantly surprised; this was good value for Byron. It’s a family-run place, the service was quick and friendly and the pho was particularly flavoursome, apparently owing to long nights spent tending to the stock.
Boomerang fundraising dinner
Three Blue Ducks, Harvest Café and Indigenous hatted chef Clayton Donovan, among others, are joining forces at Coorabell Hall on Friday 18 March for ‘Ja Nghari’, a $180 per-head-dinner for 80 people only. All profits from the night will go to Boomerang Festival. To book, visit https://events.bizzabo.com/boomerang.
The post The Good Life Snippets – M.......
According to recent scientific research, more than 450 different kinds of animals engage in homosexual activity. St Thomas Productions has taken this research, and combined it with never-before- seen film footage, to produce this compelling and groundbreaking documentary. Animal Homosexuality explores the various ways homosexuality is expressed in the animal kingdom through courtships, affection, sex, pair-bonding and parenting. A covert revolution has been taking place in nature, and has gone unnoticed until now. With the help of scientific research, international stock footage and location shoots all over the world, Saint Thomas re-examines and revises the fundamental paradigms of nature.
This ground-breaking video on homosexuality interests me personally most for the light it sheds on sexual division of territory and herds and the role of marriage in land-tenure. From dolphins through sheep through impala and bears, many other species live separate lives except for mating time. Thoughtful people will ask themselves when bonobos, gorillas and chimpanzees began to live in mixed-sex territory. Orangutans still don't. And when did we humans?
This multi-species homosexuality documentary was published on Jan 8, 2016 on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYdcvRe7ox8 Authors : Bertrand Loyer, Jessica Menendez, Stéphane Alexandresco 
This ground-breaking video on homosexuality in...
By Caz Parker
As luminary chef Steven Snow schmoozes with patrons on a balmy Friday night, I learnt that, although Fins has won ‘Chef Hat’ awards consistently for twenty years what really gets Steven tapping his hand on his heart with pride is the ‘Most Sustainable Seafood Restaurant’ award [SMH Good Food Guide 2015].
Steven’s quest for sustainable methods means prosperity from the Pacific Ocean must be line-caught, and he embodies a genuine ‘Pacific-to-plate’ ambition.
Steven is effervescent as he explains that virtually every wine at Fins comes from a sustainable wine producer. ‘It has to start in the vineyard,’ he says. ‘We research and check all their biodynamic methods. We don’t just take their word for it’.
Fins’ sustainable ideology translates to quality and flavour on our table. The fact that Fins’ service and atmosphere also ooze ‘fabulosity’ is icing on the cake. Renovated last June, Fins is a place you dream of discovering on an exotic adventure.
Antique chandeliers, nautical lamps and candlelight shed a golden glow across the vintage timber. The pressed-metal and split-level ceiling panels hint at an oriental past life. Pre-loved plantation shutters and banks of bottle-green palms cloak the room in colonial charm.
The wooden-pegged napkins reveal a welcome abandonment of stifling fine dining conventions and Steven’s ‘no rules’ approach to experimentation.
As you sink into the intimate booths you are transported to another worl.......
Indigenous Suicide – Self-determination is a protective factor against suicide; so why rescind that from us? Our country which we all form part of, is richly layered with all different walks of life. We all bring with us multitude of experiences because of where we have had to walk and the path laid down to […]
Waking up to radioactive waste… Time to say NO! to a National Nuclear Waste Dump! On November 13, 2015, the people of Inglewood Queensland and five other communities around Australia woke up to find that their region had been selected as a potential site to house Australia’s national nuclear waste. In a highly-flawed and undemocratic […]
Making Your Own Submission Make a submission to the Federal Government re this proposal and please let your local state and federal MPs and councils know that you are concerned. If you are happy to share, please cc your submission to your local group. Feel free to use the letter to make your submission. Pick and […]
I still recall my amazement when Peter Costello chose Nikki Savva as his media advisor. She was the ideological twin sister of Michelle Grattan, Michelle at The Age, and Nikki at the Herald Sun. Media advisor was, I suppose, different from actual policy but nonetheless, she was every inch a know-nothing leftist. It is why I have never paid attention to a single thing she writes and am always surprised to see her as a supposed spokesperson for the right side of the political divide. Everything she has written about Abbott might as well have been written by the ALP media team. And now she has written a book about Abbott’s years as PM and the role that Peta Credlin played, without bothering to talk to either! This is how Credlin has replied to Nikki this morning: Niki Savva’s Road to Ruin: politics is now unsourced gossip.
I always thought a dignified silence was the best way to deal with Niki Savva’s attacks. They were personal, invariably founded on unsourced gossip and rarely made any attempt at balance.
I have always just got on with the job. I felt my 16 years of service to four Howard cabinet ministers and time in opposition, including as deputy chief of staff to Malcolm Turnbull, said more about my record than any bile from Savva but she was never interested in the facts.
Then, like now, she hasn’t ever wanted to speak with me — including in preparation for her book. Her colleagues in the Canberra press gallery would often ask me what I had done to warrant her attacks. People were often taken aback when I responded that I barely knew her.
It is one of the golden rules of journalistic ethics to provide a right of reply to anyone you’re going to criticise. In the end, journalists are supposed to weigh up the contributions and seek their own tr......
Speaking tour on the climate change precipitated relocation of atoll peoples in Papua New Guinea, and the implications for climate justice in an Australian context
The visiting speakers will be:
The tour, scheduled from 9 – 22 April, will include speaking events in
There will also be a range of networking opportunities, engagement with politicians, and media activities.
Friends of the Earth is proud to be hosting this tour.
In 2007 the national government of PNG and the autonomous Bougainville government agreed to resettle the 6,000 inhabitants of the Carteret and three other atolls to the much larger island of Bougainville.
Some 3,500 Carteret Islanders and another 2,500 island dwellers from three other nearby atolls (the Mortlock Tasman and Nuguria Islands) will need to resettle on Bougainville due to increasing land loss, salt water inundation and growing food insecurity.
The relocation of the Carteret community is being co-ordinated by Ursula Rakova, of the NGO Tulele Peisa, an organisation formed to assist the displaced from the Carteret Islands.
“Tulele Peisa” in the Halia language is translated to mean “Sailing the waves on our own”.
For further information, please contact Wendy Fl...
Our long awaited Strategic Planning for the East has begun. Late last year a group of reps of the East, including BE Net discussed the boundaries of Ballarat East to kick start the process of gathering feedback about what is important to the East. While the East has been giving feedback informally for many years, […]
Tasmania considering increase in feed-in tariff for rooftop solar as it faces another three months without its connection to the mainland.
It will be at least May before Australian riders are able to buy European-standard helmets from stores after the South Australian Government announced they will approve UNECE 22.05 helmets.
While Western Australia is the only other state at the moment that doesn’t allow Euro helmets, they are expected to gazette approval as early as this week.
SA Road Safety Minister Peter Malinauskas has announced that laws to allow UNECE 22.05 standard helmets would come into affect by May.
While the announcement is welcome, every other state enacted the law immediately when they made an announcement. There is no reason given for the delay.
This will hold up the retail sale of the helmets in Australia after several major importers said they would not begin importing them until all states and territories made them legal to wear.
Longtime helmet campaigner Wayne Caruthers has called on WA and SA police to “show discretion” in infringement notices in the meantime.
As a guardian of animals we are often faced with making difficult decisions on their behalf, and when we do, we base these decisions on sound reason and the best veterinary science we can find. And that is just what we did for Charlie Brown. Our pledge to every animal who passes through our farm gates is to give them a life worth living. Sadly, when little Charlie Brown arrived at our sanctuary he did not have a life worth living, the result of ahorrific and savage dog attack that had crushed several of the vertebrae in his neck, causing him to tilt his head at an almost ninety-degree angle. Surgery was attempted yesterday to rectify the dear little man’s woes but alas he passed away on the table before the surgery was complete.
Our hearts are heavy for the loss of Charlie Brown; however, we take great heart knowing that the many hours we spent in the stable with him, acquainting the sweet lad to wheetbix and human kindness, meant his last days on this earth were the best they could possibly ever have been. And he was in the constant company of his new buddies, Posy and Primrose, who we know will miss him very much too. We’re so sorry Charlie Brown that you didn’t get to grow old in the grassy fields of Edgar’s Mission, but in the fields of our dreams you will always dwell.
Carnegie Wave Energy says plans to build 10-15MW wave energy plant with latest CETO 6 technology in UK.
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Courtroom sketch artists go back to nineteenth century in an on again, off again relationship with printing technology and the courts permitting cameras. In Australia cameras are generally banned from the courts, so in order to have a picture of a defendant appearing in a trial courtroom sketch artists are employed by the media.
Melbourne painter and silk screen artist, Wendy Black has worked as a courtroom sketch artist for Network Ten and other media outlets. I interviewed her about this intersection of art and crime.
Black explained the job. “It is a bit like extras work, you stand around and wait and wait for hours and then you have three minutes of intense action. It is the same with this. You are just given one name and there could be thirty people going through the court that day and you just have to listen for that name. So you are looking very intently at everyone. When that name comes up you have to intensely draw for three minutes and remember what colour eyes, ties and shirts if you haven’t drawn enough in three minutes.”
There are a small band of court artists in Melbourne, about half a dozen courtroom sketch artists working on a freelance basis. Black started working for newspapers and moved to television when in 2005 she rang Network Ten to tell them she had just drawn the accused in a high profile murder at the time, Joe Korp, the husband of the women in the boot story.
In the UK courtroom sketch artists cannot draw in court but must work from memory and notes to produce their drawings outside the courtroom. In Australia and the USA artists...
PHILLIP Island’s Nikki Van Dijk has taken out the Australian
Open of Surfing with a commanding performance at Manly Beach.
After a couple of days with gruelling conditions, mother nature turned it on for a thrilling finals day with clean three-foot waves on offer for competitors.
Van Dijk built momentum through each of her heats, even eliminating local favourite and defending champion Laura Enever in the semi-finals.
The current world No. 10 left her best performance for the final, posting two excellent scores – 9.66 and 8.33 – leaving runner-up Malia Manuel needing a combination score of 17.94 for the majority of the heat.
Van Dijk posted her scores on lefts and rights, going hell for leather on every turn she did.
“I’m so over the moon to win here at Manly,” Van Dijk said.
“The waves were really fun today. I felt like I was surfing a rip-bowl at home.
“Malia was surfing really well all event so I’m stoked to get the win.
“There are so many people down here, it’s such an amazing atmosphere on the beach. I’ve had the best week.”
Van Dijk’s attention will now turn to the opener of the World Surf League...
Last week the Attorney-General tabled the Australian Law Reform Commission’s (ALRC’s) Report Traditional Rights and Freedoms – Encroachments by Commonwealth Laws.
This Final Report from the ‘Freedoms Inquiry’ follows on from an Interim Report produced in August last year. You can read our full thoughts on that report here, but in summary we questioned the whole premise of the inquiry. Not only did the terms of reference, which referred to ‘traditional’ rights and freedoms (which may not be so traditional – more on that in a minute) exclude some vital rights; they also effectively wound back the standard for assessing Commonwealth legislation by several years.
The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights was created in 2011 to examine all new Commonwealth laws for compatibility with Australia’s international human rights obligations, which are the appropriate modern benchmarks for rights compatibility. This represented a big step forward from previous rights compatibility assessments by parliaments in most jurisdictions (other than Victoria and the ACT which have Charters of Rights). Other scrutiny committees such as the Senate Scrutiny of Bills Committee (distinguished though they are) only assess legislation against an unspecified set of ‘personal rights and liberties’ – a very uncertain benchmark. Nevertheless, with the combined work of.......
MIRBOO North may be small but there is plenty happening to keep the town busy with a new community project coordinator set to take the reins this year.
South Gippsland Shire Council’s Citizen of the Year Maxine Kiel has dedicated years of her life to organising community events around the township and said she looks forward to the appointment of a new coordinator to share the load.
“We are looking for a community coordinator to work in the town for two days a week,” Ms Kiel said.
“They would work from the Grain Store in organising Mirboo North’s many community events alongside council and the Mirboo North and District Community Foundation.”
Last month alone saw Mirboo North residents hop to and from events such as Mirboo North Idol and the Italian Festa, while the rest of the calendar year is jam packed with a plethora of events, from community markets to local charity fundraisers, art shows and everything in between.
“Everybody wants to see their town thrive and there are a number of groups who work to service the community here,” Ms Kiel said.
“So many people are working to keep money in the town and make the area a better place for everybody to live in.”
Mirboo North will also welcome new community events in the future with talk of a Mind, Body and Soul festival coming to town.
“We would like to bring together psychics, reiki, massage and other forms of alternative therapies to Mirboo North for people to try,” Ms Kiel said.
“They would all have stalls in the park and it would give people an opportunity to try something they would not otherwise explore.”
The appointment of the new community coordinator will mean a big shift in the organisation of such events in the town.
“It is going to be exciting having somebody step into these coordinator roles across the community,” Ms Kiel said.
“They will be responsible for planning markets and looking at grant applications. It will be a f...
LEONGATHA’s ninth annual Show’n’Shine proved to be a massive success with a glorious range of vintage and custom cars parked at Leongatha Velodrome on Sunday.
The fine weather provided a wonderful atmosphere for the event with hundreds of families, tourists and car enthusiasts in attendance.
Mechanics and amateur motorists lined up at 9am to gain entry to the extensive swap meet, where a wide range of car parts and accessories were on offer.
Rotary Club of Leongatha was responsible for putting on another successful event with the club’sJohn O’Connor relieved to see another Show’n’Shine thrive.
“The great thing about our event is that our exhibitors know they are being fairly judged for their entries,” Mr O’Connor said.
“People who enter their cars put in a lot of time preparing their vehicles for shows. We have an incredible team of judges who look at every detail of every entry to ensure the very best win.
“This year has been fantastic. We have had some new teams come on board to bring in great attractions and it was a great atmosphere with plenty of people coming along throughout the day. It is a relief to have pulled off another successful year.”
Guests were welcomed at the velodrome by Jared Lovie’s V8 supercar, which was exhibited on its first outing in history.
Aspiring racers got a chance to go behind the wheel and experience the racetrack first hand at the Howell V8 Simulator.
Wonthaggi’s Daniel Zanella claimed the fastest time on the computer simulation track with a best of 1.10.284.
Leongatha’s very own Leon Watchorn took home the exhibitors choice award for his 1940s Ford Coupe while Gary Everitt of Wonthaggi, took home the two big prizes when he won the Shannon’s Insurance entry of show and the Meguiar’s best engine bay, both for his 1971 Ford SYGT.
Motorshow commentator Pinky Fellows kept the crowds entertained with his informative discussions with local part traders and som...
THE countdown is on to the opening of the South Gippsland Relay for Life taking place at Terrill Park in Fish Creek on the weekend of March 19-20.
Teams have already raised almost $22,000 in the lead up to the relay, which bodes well for reaching the $25,000 goal set by the committee.
So far, 348 people have registered to walk laps of Terrill Park in an 18 hour marathon that kicks off at 3pm on Saturday, March 19.
Participants have signed up with 21 teams and will share the task of keeping someone on the track at all times from each team, walking through the night until the relay finishes at 9am Sunday.
Anyone not currently in a team who wishes to sign up can log on to the Cancer Council’s website and choose a team to help out or can register on the day.
The $25 registration fee goes towards the team’s fundraising total. Walkers do not need to spend the 18 hours of the relay walking; teams will determine their own rosters for walkers so the load is shared and no one is obliged to be there for the whole time.
If you can spare even just half an hour, please come along!
Businesses in Foster, Meeniyan and Fish Creek were encouraged to help ‘Paint The Town Purple’ by dressing up their windows in the purple and yellow colours of the relay. The committee thanks those who participated.
At the event, Davo’s Party Hire will be providing the ‘main event’ entertainment with a mechanical bull from 4-6pm.
From 3.30pm onwards there will be activities for young and old, including a jumping castle and face painting.
Get ‘inked’ with Deb from Tatt’s Terrific or have a putt with the Venus Bay and Tarwin Lower Men’s Shed mini golf.
If pampering is more your style, Catherine’s Hair Techniques will be braiding hair and masseurs will be available to pamper relay walkers.
The littlies will be kept busy with the Bush Link Mobile Children’s Network Toy area while m...
When I was about 16 I tried to shave off my monobrow with a scalpel. Not sure why I even had access to a scalpel. I think my mum used to steal medical supplies she thought could be useful around the house (don't ask). I was convinced my thick eyebrows were part of the reason girls weren't interested in me so I stood at the mirror and tried to shape them with a scalpel and soap. Needless to say, I didn't go the party that weekend.
This is the level of adolescent self-consciousness you mostly manage to repress as you get older. Turns out it takes an album like The Goon Sax's debut Up To Anything – written by self-aware, articulate teenagers from Brisbane – to remind you what being a teenager can actually be like.
Take bassist/guitarist James Harrison's lyrics on 'Telephone'. The song shuffles along with its head down for a while then in the second verse he sings: “Maybe one day I'll grow my hair out long and lose all the weight that I've put on. I never feel very comfortable with my body”. The band's press release talks about how these guys are all big Galaxie 500 fans (and yeah you can tell) but, jeez, even Dean Wareham (a guy who's known for literal lyrics) needed to cloak his social awkwardness in a tugboat metaphor or two.
This kind of frankness is especially refreshing to hear when you think about how straight-up mean a lot of pop music is (i.e. Bieber may've had a hit with 'Love Yourself' but the guy was being pejorative).
This said, it's not like Up to Anything feels like a long, mopey walk to the milk bar. Most of it bounces along with melodic jangle and wry, harmony-laced observation. Like on lead track 'Up To Anything' where Louis Forster sings about having a well-curated pile of books next to bed that he's startin...
In 2014, it was apparent that the Bank of International
Settlements (BIS) had made itself part of the ideological wall that
was blocking any reasonable recovery from the GFC. I wrote about
that in this blog – The BIS remain
part of the problem. I was already concerned in 2013 (see this
blog – Since when did the
BIS become the Neo-liberal Ministry of Misinformation?). Things
haven’t improved and the latest statements from the Bank in the BIS
Quarterly Review (March 6, 2016) – Uneasy calm gives
way to turbulence – demonstrates two things that are now
obvious. First, that the neo-liberal Groupthink that created the
crisis in the first place, and, which has prolonged the malaise
continues to dominate the leading international financial
institutions. Second, not only are these institutions (and I
include the OECD, the IMF, to BIS, among this group) impeding
return to prosperity as a result of their continued adherence to
failed macroeconomics, but worse, their patterned behaviour
actually introduces new instabilities that ferment further crises.
Someone should be held accountable for the instability these
organisations cause, which, ultimately leads to higher rates of
unemployment and increased poverty rates.
The UK Guardian article (from Agence France-Presse) yesterday (March 7, 2016) – ‘Gathering storm’ for global economy as markets lose faith – demonstrated how damaging these international organisations can be when they make pronouncements that have no real basis in a robust macroeconomics but, instead, reflect the pattern responses that neo-liberal Goupthink invokes....
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