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13 March – At Mary MacKillop Place, near where the tomb of Australia’s first saint rests, people – including nuns – gathered on Sunday to learn the principles of non-violent resistance.
They were shown how to body block and deal with police in preparation for the possibility they would need to protect asylum seekers looking for sanctuary in the church from being taken by Australian Border Force officers.
The North Sydney-based Sisters of St Joseph, along with more than 100 other church groups across Australia, have pledged to provide help to asylum seekers in the community who may seek refuge.
This includes the 267 asylum seekers in community detention in Australia who are slated for return to Nauru.
Sister Jan Barnett, social justice coordinator for the Sisters of St Joseph, said the Church’s tradition of providing sanctuary for those in need went back to the Middle Ages.
“It’s been used throughout the centuries. Our congregation offered sanctuary in the 90s to the Timorese people,” she told The Huffington Post Australia.
“It’s part of our culture, really. For us to be involved in it at this moment is, I think, really critical and it’s a real inspiration to me that we can do this.
“It seems to me that in no way can it be moral for us to send people to situations of danger. It can’t be moral for us to abdicate our responsibility and hand it on to other countries that are really poor.”
Those attending discussed ways they could non-violently act to prevent asylum seekers being taken from sanctuary if the government tried to deport them.
The lessons were based learned from the campaign to prevent baby asylum seeker, A...
15 March – A man known locally as ‘Bear’, who armed himself with a chainsaw and doused himself and police in petrol before being tasered and arrested, has died in hospital.
The 51-year-old was involved in a dispute with an energy company whose employees arrived to shut down the electricity at his home on Regent St, Riverstone about 11.15am on March 8.
‘Bear’ became hostile at the thought of losing his power and took a chainsaw outside and started cutting down a power pole near his house.
Police responded to the incident and the offender threw petrol over officers and himself as they were talking to him.
Officers then used OC spray and a taser, which ignited the petrol and set him on fire, before they extinguished him at the scene.
‘Bear’ ran back into his house and refused to come out, as police set up a perimeter before he surrendered after 45 minutes of negotiations and was taken to Westmead Hospital under police guard.
He was treated at Westmead Hospital for burns and charged by police during a bedside hearing with burning or maiming using a corrosive fluid, resisting or hindering police in the execution of duty and destroying or damaging property.
He was later moved to Concord Hospital but a NSW Corrective Services spokeswoman confirmed he died today.
“An offender being treated at Concord Hospital has died this morning,” the spokeswoman said.
“Police will prepare a report for the coroner who will determine the cause of death of the 51-year-old man.”
‘Bear’ was well known in Riverstone after living in the area for 15 years....
From corporate scum media we have learned that on the night of 12.03.16. a masked individual carrying a molotov cocktail attempted to enter the Pakenham police station in Melbourne’s outer eastern suburbs. The individual made it through the first set of automatic doors but was unable to enter the second set as they are kept locked at night as a security precaution. The individual threw the molotov cocktail at the second set of doors causing a brief explosion which can be seen in the video above. The individual then fled the scene and as of the time of this writing has not been apprehended. The attack occurred within the context of ongoing tensions between a local youth gang and police. According to other corporate scum media reports one police officer from the Dandenong police station has had to go on stress leave after a youth gang member threatened to walk into the…
11 March – Teargas was used to quell a fresh wave of violence that erupted yesterday in the state’s prisons, including a deliberate ambush of guards after two cells were set on fire.
The chaos occurred as the Baird government revealed it is considering new measures to ease prison overcrowding crisis including reopening the 580-bed Parramatta jail, which was shut in 2011.
“The government is considering a number of options to respond to the growth of the prison population,” Prisons Minister David Elliott said.
Public Service Union prisons boss Steve McMahon welcomed the idea: “Reopening Parramatta would bring some much-needed bed space and take pressure off other jails.”
The latest violence erupted at Wellington Correctional Centre yesterday afternoon as fires were set inside two cells. Guards who responded to fire alarms were assaulted by four prisoners who “came out swinging” as the doors opened.
The prisoners involved in the violence are said to be part of a Pacific Islander gang called the Outkasts, who have known links to bikies.
“The guards suffered some cuts and bruises but I’m told one of the guards gave as good as he got,” one source said.
Teargas was used to quell the violence, amid fears the four inmates may try to release other prisoners from cells.
“There was a further disturbance when staff were moving inmates due to smoke,” a Corrections spokesman said.
“Some staff and inmates were treated at the scene by Justice Health.’’
The violence at Wellington Correctional Centre is said to have involved a group of inmates moved to the jail after violence at Goulburn prison. Guards used tear gas and live bullets, ‘as a warning’, to stop a brawl at Goulburn...
Teenagers rioted on the roof of the Youth Justice Centre in Melbourne (pictured) after climbing up there with metal poles on 2.30pm on Monday
The inmates at the justice centre in Parkville climbed on its roof while wielding metal bars around 2.30pm, a Victoria police spokeswoman told journalists.
The unruly group then began to smash windows, swing from the roof, kick in sheets of glass, and rip air conditioning units to shreds with their hands, according to Nine News.
Just before 10pm, the group voluntarily surrendered to the heavily armed officers at the scene.
An earthquake swarm that started after a magnitude 6.3 quake near Al Hoceima, northern Morocco (Strait of Gibraltar) on January 25 continues. This quake, preceded by M5.0 on January 21, occurred almost 12 years after the 2004 M6.3 Al Hoceima quake that caused more...... Read more »
The 2015–16 El Niño continues its slow and steady decline, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) reports in their latest ENSO Wrap-Up. The tropical Pacific Ocean has cooled further over the past fortnight, and trade winds are near normal....... Read more »
Climate change is perhaps our generation's greatest challenge, and few people are better placed to know it than academics in our top universities, writes James Dyke. But they are still accepting huge sums of fossil fuel money, in the process helping donors in their quest to extract and burn ever more coal, oil and gas. This must stop.
Journalism isn’t really a profession, much as some of its practitioners proclaim it to be. It’s much closer to being a trade or a craft. And like all crafts, success in journalism is usually achieved by getting not just one … Continue reading
Opinion The referendum this Saturday on fixed four year terms for the Queensland state parliament will fail. I know this because voters have two main concerns. They fear a return of a “Campbell Newman”; not being able to oust a bad premier for four long years. Queenslanders have also expressed a long harboured desire to restore the upper house which […]
David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to the Fifth Estate. He believes that the role of citizen journalists is to question and collate mainstream media stories through social media and blogging.
This blog provides another excerpt in the unfolding story about
Britain and the IMF and the Monetarist sell-out by the British
Labour Party once it was reelected in February 1974. 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 pretentions 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. Today, we trace the tensions within
the Tory Party during the period 1970 to 1974, when the old school
“One National Conservatism” represented by Edward Heath came into
conflict with the growing Tory Monetarists, who would eventually be
the bulwark of Margaret Thatcher’s pernicious regime later in the
As the Conservatives were formulating their election strategy for the June 1970 general election it appeared that they were preparing to implement a Milton Friedmanesque Monetarist agenda – to reduce inflation and bring the unemployment down to what Friedman had termed the ‘natural rate’, which was no more than some rate at which inflation was stable, although the Monetarists had convinced economists that this was the true full employment unemployment rate.
The Shadow Cabinet held a planning meeting over the weekend January 31-February 1, 1970 at the famous Selsdon Park Hotel in Surrey. In his memoirs, Edward Heath said the meeting was “to co-ordinat...
Last Thursday I gave a talk to the Victorian branch of the Liberal Democratic Party on innovation policy. Several people have contacted me asking for my notes and/or references so that they can follow up on some of the things I said. So rather than reply individually I thought I’d provide a general reading list.
First, overall general reading:
1. Terence Kealey, 1996, The Economic Laws of Scientific Research – simply magnificent.
2. Daniel Greenberg, 2003, Science, Money, and Politics: Political Triumph and Ethical Erosion – very highly recommended. How the R&D lobby works in the US.
Then, my own humble contributions:
1. Sinclair Davidson, 2006a, Back to Basics: Why government funding of science is a waste of our money.
2. Sinclair Davidson, 2006b, The myths of public science.
3. Sinclair Davidson and Robert Brooks, 2010, How Much R&D Should Australia Undertake?, Economic Papers: A journal of applied economics and policy, 23(2):165 – 174.
4. Sinclair Davidson and Heath Spong, 2010, Positive Externalities and R&D: Two Conflicting Traditions in Economic Theory, Review of Political Economy, 22(3): 355-372.
5. Sinclair Davidson and Jason Potts, 2015, Social Costs and the Institution...
Australia’s higher education sector is one of the best in the world. Fact.
Plus, Australia relies on its universities to deliver far more of its research than any other first world nation. Fact. Australia’s research is rated as world class. Fact. Australia’s innovation agenda will rely heavily on universities to drive it. Fact.
The evidence of innovation success in the very countries Australia wants to emulate — Israel, Britain, the US and Germany — has required significant public investment to build a dynamic university-industry ecosystem. Fact. Australian universities are significantly underfunded for the research work they do in comparison. Fact.
The emphasis is original. Fact. Must be true then. Seems to me that this sort of argument is an own-goal. If the Australian university system is performing so well with too little public money, then good. The taxpayer is getting a good bang for buck. Fact.
But then, I also saw this:
Westpac chief executive Brian Hartzer has slammed the lack of commercial thinking among Australia’s academics, describing the gap between Australian universities and business as a major issue holding back innovation and entrepreneurialism.
During a CEDA function in Perth yesterday as part of a panel discussing how to encourage everyday entrepreneurialism, Mr H...
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has congratulated the Queensland Government for its new Environment Protection (Chain of Responsibility) Amendment Bill that will give the government strong powers to force companies to pay for environmental rehabilitation.
Imogen Zethoven campaign director at AMCS said this new bill, if passed by the Parliament, would mean that the Queensland taxpayer would not be left with the bill when companies become insolvent and leave behind a potential environmental hazard.
“This bill is the strongest environmental reform applying to the mining industry in the last 20 years. It will provide strong safeguards for our environment and the Great Barrier Reef.
“It is critical that businesses, when no longer profitable, are forced to pay for rehabilitation costs and not pass on those costs to the taxpayer.
“The mining industry is shedding jobs, and is struggling to turn a profit. There is a high risk that without this new law being passed, Queensland taxpayers will have to pay for massive clean up bills.
“AMCS welcomes the government’s decision to put the environment and the Great Barrier Reef before the mining industry. We call on the Opposition and Independents to support this important reform” said Ms Zethoven.
The post AMCS: New rehab bill puts Reef before mining industry appeared first on Fight for the Reef.
This young lady stands tall, she has the capacity and ability to
fight the good fight.
As one of the top 7% of managers I would choose her to be with me, because I always say, don’t tell me just show me. And furthermore, I love her smile.
This lady has shown courage and resilience in her life and appears to pursue her goals with an attempt to gain an outcome. This is a hard task in the days of bureaucracy and the media holding sway. If I was running my department, I would like Jacqui on the team. I am grateful that she has tackled the problem of ICe in the community and has spoken boldly for those with service acquired PTSD.
I like what she stands for. The Little guy.
As a Veteran, manager, retired police officer, I recognize the steel in this lady and her resoluteness to pursue an issue for whomever it accounts for. The only downside she has, she lives in the great state of Tasmania when she should be over here in the Mighty West! My endorsement means even more when I see her fight for her son when the chips are down. Guts, Girl.
Post Courier | 15 March 2016
Following the tragic incident at the Ok Tedi mine last Thursday, efforts have focused on the safe recovery of one of the lost employees.
Ok Tedi mine management report stated that unfortunately their recovery efforts have been hampered by ongoing rain and continuing instability in the area where the rock fall occurred.
A statement issued by the company said that the safety of the recovery team remains the highest priority.
Ok Tedi said specialised equipment is being brought to site to aid the search.
Following a preliminary inspection by mine inspectors, work recommenced yesterday in all areas of the mine other than the centre pit where the incident occurred.
The statement said that work in the centre pit is limited to recovery efforts and drainage works, under strict access conditions.
It said that work in all other areas of the business resumed on Saturday, March 11.
A Haus Krai has been organised in Tabubil with large numbers of employees attending to pay their respect for a lost workmate.
Revising Geography too… Oops! CNN (conveniently) Makes (another) Glaring Historical Error in Documentary Fifth Columnist Collaborators (FCC) : a group of people who support the enemies of the country they live in and secretly help them… ——————– “It is natural for man to indulge in the illusions of hope. I am willing to know the […]
Some findings on a project in Germany which EVs provide ancillary services to stabilize the grid while these cars are charging.
Consumers paying more than two times what they should for grid connection, according to new report. But networks tell investors that their revenue is safe because the regulator has them covered, and is resisting calls to "optimise" their asset base.
Australia loves to lecture PNG on the benefits of mining and spends a lot of ‘aid’ money promoting its mining companies, but a $100 million clean up bill in Queensland shows that in Australia, just like in PNG, it is ordinary people who ending up paying for mining company profits…
Clean-up bill estimate for Clive Palmer’s nickel refinery doubles to $100m
Taxpayers to end up footing the bill for environmental rehabilitation if the troubled business can’t be saved or sold
Joshua Robertson | The Guardian | 12 March 2016
Clive Palmer’s nickel plant would cost Queensland taxpayers almost $100m – more than double what was previously thought – according to a new assessment by the state government.
Guardian Australia understa...
Nearly 200,000 comments, letters, petition signatures and other opposition to a controversial attempt to build a massive commercial development just a mile from the south entran...
Greg Hunt claims Australia has reached "peak emissions". That is not what the data is telling us, but as the world records a stunning rise in average temperature, a new report says emission cuts may be cheaper than thought.
Solar lobby group says Australian renewables sector still feeling impact of Abbott era attacks, as new statistics show a 27% slump in clean energy jobs.
China state-owned utility adds 107MW wind farm to its Pacific Hydro purchase, as former world's biggest investor in renewable energy sells key Australian asset.
Sea Level Rise Projected to Displace 13 million in U.S. by 2100 —Hmm (FoxNews.com) Six months after giving birth to a cluster of nebulous Sustainable Development Goals that aim to dramatically change the economic, social and environmental course of the planet, the United Nations is working on a drastic renovation of global data gathering to measure progress […]
“We do not want a return to the nasty era of tree police” – KAP member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth
An emotionally-charged meeting of Far Northern pastoralists, indigenous representatives, councils and farmers at Mareeba has urged three State Parliamentary crossbenchers to vote down proposed changes to the Vegetation Management Act.
Deputy Premier Jackie Trad, in a move to appease Brisbane environmentalists and bolster Greens Party preference support for the ALP, will introduce new VMA regulations to halt tree clearing in State Parliament this week.
Agforce hosted the gathering of nearly 80 primary producers and industry representatives from Innisfail to Cape York Peninsula, held at Mareeba Bowls Club on Tuesday.
In spite of the threat of a snap election, crossbenchers Rob Katter and Shane Knuth vowed they would vote against the new regulations that Mr Knuth said would set the state back 20 years.
Agforce Tablelands organiser Graham Elmes, Robbie Katter, Shane Knuth and Billy Gordon
“We have been telling the Premier for a long time that landowners cannot afford and will not support the return to the nasty era of tree police,” Mr Knuth said.
“We have just had one of the worst droughts in history with record numbers of bank foreclosures and the Labor Party wants to make farmers suffer even more.
“We will not support the new laws.”
After the meeting Mr Knuth said he did not know which way Member for Cairns, now independent Rob Pyne would vote after he deserted the Labor Party last week.
While addressing the audience, Member for Cook Billy Gordon tacitly approved the stance of his crossbench colleagues.
Independent Australia will be live streaming the Gold Coast mayoral debate, being held tonight at 6.30pm, Tuesday 15 March, at the Nerang Bicentennial Hall. read now...
Malcolm Turnbull once voiced his support for 100% renewable energy. Given the latest surge in average temperatures, he should do so again.
Tier-1 Chinese-produced solar PV modules fell 10 per cent year-over-year and reached US 57 cents per watt in the fourth quarter of 2015.
February was the most anomalously warm month Earth has seen in 135 years of NASA record keeping.
How do you adequately convey the state of global climate emergency in one striking image? Canada has got it covered.
Today's horror story of
refugee abuse from Nauru:
The refugee, who works for Connect, an Australian service provider for the Nauru refugees,, was arrested after police were called to an argument between the refugee and a local shopkeeper.
Even though the shopkeeper declined to make any formal complaint, the Refugee Action Coalition said police still arrested the man.
At the police station, Nauru police would not allow the man to make a phone call; instead, the Coalition said, he was handcuffed, placed in a cell, and stripped naked.
GEOMAGNETIC STORM: A G1-class geomagnetic storm is brewing on March 14th as Earth enters a zone of negative-polarity solar wind. Magnetic fields in this region point south, a condition which can open a crack in Earth’s magnetosphere. Arctic sky watchers should be alert for auroras as solar wind pours through the opening. Planetary K-index Now: […]
Legendary rap group Curse Ov Dialect have been spitting their anarchic experimental hip hop since 1994. Ahead of their upcoming release, Twisted Strangers, Ray Grenfell spoke to Curse Ov Dialect MC Volk Makedonski.
In 1995, the government settled most Treaty of Waitangi claims
in the Waikato region with the
Waikato Raupatu Claims Settlement Act 1995. In 2010 it settled
most of the rest with the
Waikato-Tainui Raupatu Claims (Waikato River) Settlement Act
2010. Both settlements included right of first refusal clauses,
requiring government bodies owning land seized from Maori to offer
it back to its owners before any sale. But Solid Energy, which is
selling its assets after going bankrupt, is
ignoring that law:
The break up of ailing state-owned mining company Solid Energy has hit a legal hurdle with iwi saying farms currently offered for sale should be offered to it first.This seems open and shut. The law says Solid Energy must negotiate with Waikato-Tainui first, and they're not....
Waikato-Tainui will file a statement of claim in the High Court in Christchurch on Tuesday to stop debt-laden Solid Energy from proceeding with a tender process on land subject to a right of first refusal (RFR).
The company shut down the Huntly East mine in October and has now put more than 1000ha of farms near the Huntly power station on the market as part of its sell down.
Of those listed properties, 54ha was earmarked for return to Waikato-Tainui under their RFR mechanism in both the 1995 Waikato Raupatu Settlement Act and the 2010 Waikato River Settlement Act.
Papa said Solid Energy failed to comply with legislation despite the iwi's confirming its interest in purchasing the land.
“Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not” Thomas Jefferson. “An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.” “Guns have only two enemies, rust and politicians.” “Know Guns, know peace, know safety. no guns, no peace, no safety…” “The second amendment is in place in […]
The big concern with the "war on terror" is the danger that the
definition of "terrorism" will be expanded from people who use
violence to oppose the government to people who do it peacefully
and democraticly. And now, exactly that is
happening in Turkey:
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said it is necessary to redefine terrorism to include those who support such acts.
He said there was no difference between "a terrorist holding a gun or a bomb and those who use their position and pen to serve the aims" of terrorists.
Mr Erdogan added that this could be a journalist, a lawmaker or an activist.
The Turnbull Government's new "media reform" legislation is yet another capitulation to the interests of Big Media at the expense of the public. read now...
We speak with Pia Mancini of the Open Collective on how this revolutionary new platform may be one of the keys to transforming democracy from the bottom up.
After days of unseasonably hot temperatures, Cairo and other Egyptian governorates were hit by a sudden sandstorm and heavy rain on the evening of March 13, 2016. Egypt's meteorological authority (EMA) said Monday's temperature will witness a drop...... Read more »
NSW gazettes new rules for installations of smart meters, but confusion still reigns on what this means for 150,000 households who lose premium solar tariffs this year.
Ms Dhu inquest: family walks out after being told death in custody
'regrettable' | Australia news | The Guardian: Almost three
hours after the pair were checked into separate cells, Dhu, who had
told police upon being processed that she had broken her ribs some
weeks previously, and had later repeated that information to
Sharples, began to complain of severe pain.
After asking her to rate her pain on a scale of one to 10 and getting a response of “10”, Sharples said she told her superviser, Sergeant Ronald Patchett, that Dhu had requested to go to hospital, which Patchett approved after assessing Dhu himself.
Then the junior police officer, who had only been out of the academy two years, decided to let Dhu wait with her until she could be taken to hospital.
“I went back down and she said, ‘Miss, I am in a lot of pain’, and I couldn’t justify leaving her in the cell, so I brought her up to the charge room and I saw with her,” Sharples told Philip Urquhart, the council assisting the coroner, on Monday.
Although it was her first year co-ordinating the World Naked Bike, Debra Conomy was ‘pretty sure’ this year’s head count of 165 was the biggest ever contingent in the history of the event in Byron Bay.
And the group would have been bigger had the ride not kicked off early.
While Nimbin’s ride on Saturday (March 12) went ahead in ‘perfect weather’, according to its organiser Mijimberri, nature didn’t smile so sweetly on Byron.
After a solid day of rain, one of the group’s self-appointed chiefs decided to make a break for it – and the rest followed.
Although I have to admit that the incredible obtuseness that seems to invade normally sensible people is beyond me. Nick Cater has an article in The Oz today on Donald Trump’s primary appeal is that he’s not a politician. This is his point:
The inconvenient truth for the political class is that in so far as Trump exploits hate, the principal object is not Hispanics, Muslims or homosexuals but them. The anger welling up from below is anger directed at urban sophisticates like themselves.
Americans regularly elect presidents who are not part of the political class. Eisenhower was the last, and military leaders are a consistent theme. It is executive experience that is valued, of which Obama has none at all while Trump has a lifetime of running things behind him. So for those who still don’t get it, here’s the list of policy issues that matter.
First border protection. Here’s an article by Victor Davis Hanson, who because he works for National Review, cannot actually say he supports Trump (similar to working for Murdoch), but read the article and imagine him voting for anyone else: The Weirdness of Illegal Immigration. Note the word “if” that runs through the para:
If the border were to be closed, if immigration laws were enforced, if there were some reduction in legal immigration, if entry were to be meritocratic, if we reverted to the melting-pot ideal of assimilation, if we cut –studies courses and jettisoned th...
AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH and NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK Saturday April 9 2016
A charity ride and community party in support of Matthew Lyon a young Murwillumbah man living with autism and learning to ride his trikebike over the previous 2 years.
Matthew would now like to invite the community to join him on a charity ride and afterwards as he celebrates this achievement. With no speech and low muscle tone, Matthew has achieved something his family never thought possible and what’s more, he loves it!
‘At just 19 years Matthew wants to connect with his community and have fun like any other young man his age. The day will commence with a short bike ride followed by an afterparty under the stars at ‘The Lake’ in Cabarita Beach. Sponsors Tweed Shire Council and North Coast Holiday Parks have offered a weekend away valued at $540 as our major raffle prize drawn on the day and community services will be present on the day providing information, support, stalls and some great kids activities’. said event coordinator Jennifer Unwin of Eventzbiz Arts and Marketing.
So get Cyc’d on your bike, or just listen to some fabulous entertainment from your picnic rug or deckchair under the stars. The event will have it all so bring the whole family down to the beautiful Tweed Coast and celebrate with us!. Entry is FREE to the afterparty but get in early as the ride is strictly limited to 50 riders.
Register online for more details: www.trybooking.com/186100
Held during National Youth Week and NSW school holidays this
event will also support Autism Awareness Month. This condition
affects many people in a variety of ways. Matthew Lyon
is just one of many people living with autism every day who need support and companionship as they struggle to understand their world.
To find out more https://www.autismspeaks.org/
Like others, I've been watching the voting statistics on the
flag referendum, and I'm impressed. Turnout in the first week was
twice what it was in the first referendum, and looking at
today's data, we'll almost certainly overtake it tomorrow:
While it will inevitably level off eventually, at this rate the referendum will get more than two million votes, and its not inconceivable that it will approach the general election turnout of 2.4 million. And no matter what the result is, that's a success for democracy. It should also put paid to any post-result claims of a "silent majority" secretly supporting the loser: if there is such a majority, they're not going to be a silent one.
Duncan Roden | Green Left Weekly | 14 March 2016
A cost-benefit analysis released by the Secretariat of Pacific Communities (SPC) and the European Union on potential deep sea mining (DSM) projects in three Pacific countries found that the projects can be viable. But other research suggests there remain serious concerns about the new, untested DSM industry.
DSM involves mining rich deposits of minerals on the sea floor. Some deposits exist as nodules that can be vacuumed up. Others form from hydrothermal vents that spew out minerals over thousands of years, creating rich beds of deposits. These vents sustain unique deep sea ecosystems that rely on the venting chemicals for survival. DSM puts such ecosystems at risk.
The SPC-EU report looked at specific deposits of seafloor massive sulphides in Papua New Guinea, manganese nodules in Cook Islands and cobalt-rich crusts in the Marshall Islands.
It found that mining the deposits in PNG and Cook Islands would yield net benefits, but that the Marshall Islands deposit would not be economically viable.
Byron Bay based Positive Change for Marine Life (PCFML) has recently launched its Marine Debris Challenge in communities across Australia and overseas.
The challenge aims to reduce the marine debris through a combination of local education programs, beach clean-ups and awareness events over a seven-week period.
Teams in Coffs Harbour, The Tasman Peninsula, Gordons Bay and in the Seychelles, east of Africa will all participate and the group hopes the challenge will ’empower ongoing change’.
The challenge is an ideal activity to educate youth and the public generally about ‘harmful effects of plastic and how much it is affecting our beautiful small island chain,’ said Karine Rassool, the challenge’s leader in the Seychelles.
‘We want to make change through action!’
The challenge began right here in Byron Bay in 2012, when PCFML began their ‘Honour the Ocean’ campaign
A new monthly market in Lismore with a focus on sustainability will be held for the first time this Saturday.
The Lismore Recycled Market will be held on the third Saturday of every month next door to the Lismore Revolve Shop, which is located within the Lismore Recycling and Recovery Centre on Wyrallah Road.
The Ministry of Education has proposed using Government-wide data on every preschooler and school student, including their mother's qualifications, to give extra funding to those at risk of failing.
Education Minister Hekia Parata has been on the record for years saying the decile system is too "blunt", and wants a model that targets resources to where they're needed the most.
A preliminary proposal floated the concept of paying schools more for students that met one of four risk factors: a parent who had been to prison; if they or a sibling had suffered child abuse; if their family had relied on a benefit for a prolonged period; or if the child's mother had no formal qualifications.
Re Colin Cook’s letter Just who is gaming the electoral system? (March 14).
After dodgy preselections, both party and micros, the single-seat electoral system ensures that the two-party duopoly will always rule.
Far fairer would be a form of proportional representation in both houses with members elected according to their party or individual vote. The results could be split as in NZ (why are they always ahead of us and not just in rugby?) with members elected to geographical seats as well as general party seats.
Actually we wouldn’t need a senate to control ideological nutters like Abbott if we went this way.
Of course the majors will die in a ditch before they agree to anything like a fair system.
Tom Tabart, Byron Greens, Bangalow
Justice Department to Judges: Jailing People Who Can't Pay Fines is Unconstitutional | Colorlines: “The consequences of the criminalization of poverty are not only harmful—they are far-reaching,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement. “They not only affect an individual’s ability to support their family, but also contribute to an erosion of our faith in government. One of my top priorities as Attorney General is to help repair community trust where it has frayed, and a key part of that effort includes ensuring that our legal system serves every American faithfully and fairly, regardless of their economic status.”
The government’s controversial ‘no jab no pay’ laws, which will deduct welfare payments from parents who refuse to vaccinate their children from preschool age upwards, will come into effect this Friday.
But the Australian Vaccination-Skeptics Network has announced it may mount a last-minute legal challenge to the laws.
The Nationals duty senator for Richmond, John Williams, has warned parents who receive the Child Care Benefit or Child Care Rebate that their child’s immunisations must be up to date by this Friday or they will lose their payments under the federal government policy.
Sen Williams said following the announcement of the policy last year, the percentage of 12- to 15-month-old fully-immunised children rose from 90.69 per cent in 2014 to 92.28 per cent.
He said that while this was ‘fractionally higher’ than the New South Wales average, ‘there are many children… in the Richmond electorate who are not fully immunised’.
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In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
56 million defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control:
You won’t see this data on the evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.
Gun-control laws adversely affect only law-abiding citizens.
The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, ple...
WASHINGTON – 15/03/2016 06:20:57 AM [RAW]
More than 13 million Americans, including six million in Florida, could be displaced by rising sea levels this century, three times what has previously been estimated.
The researchers assessed sea level change scenarios by 2100 from the US Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for coastal states along with population growth trends and projections in high-risk areas.
With a sea level rise of 91 centimetres, locations forecast to house 4.2 million people would be at risk of inundation while a doubling of the rise would bring the number to 13.1 million.
With densely populated coastal locales, Florida faces the greatest risk, with up to 6.06 million residents projected to be affected if sea levels rise 1.8 metres, followed by Louisiana, where 1...
A landmark study led by University of Sydney has found that people become more active, sleep better and reduce their sitting time when they retire.
Published in the Journal of Preventative Medicine, the study followed the lifestyle behaviours of 25,000 older Australians including physical activity, diet, sedentary behaviour, alcohol use and sleep patterns.
‘Our research revealed that retirement was associated with positive lifestyle changes,’ said lead researcher Dr Melody Ding, Senior Research Fellow at the University’s School of Public Health.
‘Compared with people who were still working, retirees had increased physically activity levels, reduced sitting time, were less likely to smoke, and had healthier sleep patterns.
‘A major life change like retirement creates a great window of opportunity to make positive lifestyle changes – it’s a chance to get rid of bad routines and engineer new, healthier behaviours.’ she said.
The data revealed that retirees:
The differences were significant even after adjusting for factors such as age, sex, urban/rural residence, ma...
The Privileges Committee issues a reprimand to Craig Thomson for pointing out in Parliament that Michael Williamson, Kathy Jackson, Michael Lawler and Marco Bolano were all very likely to be crooks. read now...
MOIN – [AAP]
Hundreds of refugees who marched out of a Greek transit camp to get around a border fence and cross into Macedonia will be sent back to Greece.
A Macedonian police spokeswoman said on Monday the ‘several hundred’ refugees who had crossed into Macedonia would be sent back.
A Reuters photographer put the number who crossed as high as 2,000.
Around 30 journalists who followed the refugees were also detained, witnesses said.
At least 12,000 people, including thousands of children, have been stranded in a sprawling tent city in northern Greece, their path blocked after Macedonia and other nations along the so-called Western Balkan route closed their...
Even in death, artist Margaret Olley is supporting a new art gallery for her home-town of Lismore.
The Margaret Olley Foundation has pledged $500,000 towards a proposed new regional art gallery for Lismore, four times more than the state government is stumping up.
Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell described the donation as ‘wonderful’.
‘The money will be formally handed over later this week,’ Cr Dowell said.
‘A development application will be lodged in April and we would expect that work would start in the second half of this year, and be completed by the end of next year.’
Gallerist Philip Bacon, the executor of the Margaret Olley Trust, told Fairfax media that the artist and philanthropist, who died in 2011, had lobbied politicians on behalf of the Lismore gallery for years.
‘This was a project very close to Margaret’s heart, going as it did to her love of, and belief in, the value of regional galleries to their communities, with of course the added attraction that Lismore was her birthplace,’ he said.
The federal government has already pledged $2.85 million from its National Stronger Regions Fund for the construction of the Lismore Quadrang...
While the possibility of authoritarianism is never easy to think about, the rise of Donald Trump to leading GOP presidential contender teaches us a valuable lesson. If Trump can win in the United States, an Australian much like him could win power here too. Trump has an awful record of prejudice, demagoguery and hysteria to his name. To avoid his like from coming to power here, we must recognise the immense danger of the powers our government already enjoys and abuses.
Trump’s key features are:
The key problems with this agenda are:
CANBERRA – [AAP]
High level ministerial talks between Australia and the United States should be expanded to cover economic matters, after the US felt blindsided by a decision to lease Darwin port to a Chinese company.
The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney released a report on Tuesday making the case for an economic dimension to the Australia-US Ministerial Consultations, saying this would in turn support the existing ANZUS treaty.
The Australian treasurer and the US Treasury Secretary should be included in the annual discussion involving defence and foreign affairs, it...
Lismore MP Thomas George and Nationals North Coast MLC Ben Franklin have been challenged to oppose new proposed penalties for anti coal seam gas and coal protesters.
The proposed laws could see protesters such as the Knitting Nannas thrown in jail for up to seven years.
Ballina MP Tamara Smith said if the pair MPs genuinely cared about keeping the Northern Rivers CSG Free and protecting the right to protest, then they should vote that way in Parliament.
The Baird Government has introduced the Inclosed Lands, Crimes and Law Enforcement Legislation Amendment (Interference) Bill 2016 that changes the definition of a ‘mine site’ so that peaceful protesters against coal and coal seam gas will face jail sentences of up to seven years for simply expressing their democratic rights.
Section 201 of the Crimes Act 1900 was originally intended to stop serious acts of industrial sabotage by protesting mine workers in the 1980s, but the Bill before...
Malnourishment woes persist in drought-hit PNG
Johnny Blades, RNZ International
Water and food shortages remain critical in parts of Papua New Guinea such as Western Province and Milne Bay Province amid a prolonged drought.
The El Nino-linked drought, which began in the middle of last year, appears to finally be over in some parts of PNG, following recent bouts of rain.
However, a specialist in PNG agriculture and food, Mike Bourke, explained that large parts of the south had still not had any significant rain since the drought began.
Dr Bourke, who is an honorary associate professor at the Australian National University, said the drought situation remained bad in Western Province where many remote communities remain malnourished.
“The images that we’re seeing from particularly the Nomad Mogulu area up in the Strickland in the centre of that province, and also down the south of Morehead where Queensland islands...
MOSCOW – [AAP]
Russian president Vladimir Putin has said he is instructing his armed forces to start pulling out of Syria, more than five months after he ordered the launch of a military operation that shored up his ally, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
Putin, at a meeting in the Kremlin with his defence and foreign ministers on Monday, said Russian military forces in Syria had largely fulfilled their objectives and ordered an intensification of Russia’s diplomatic efforts to broker a peace deal in...
BRISBANE – [AAP]
Clive Palmer’s embattled north Queensland nickel refinery will only be saved if five demands are met, the businessman-turned-politician says.
The Fairfax MP on Monday fronted a media conference for the first time since Queensland Nickel was placed into voluntary administration and 237 workers were sacked in January.
The positions of another 550 people were terminated on Friday.
Mr Palmer said for the plant to be operational again, all relevant governmental approvals must be obtained by the new management company, Queensland Nickel Sales, which took over last week and signalled Mr Palmer’s re-entry into the venture.
Administrators must also return all assets, including cash, and the company’s financier must be convinced the state government will support its continued operation, he said.
In addition, the personnel required to run the facility...
Raising more than $2,500 for local charities in the first 3 months of operation, Cunning Stunts brings the community together in an all inclusive way, whilst raising much needed funding for beloved and deserving local charities.
Building momentum in dancers and donations, this fourth event is fundraising for Mullumbimby Women’s Resource Service, helping support women and their children experiencing domestic and family violence. A subject far too often in the news of late and one that needs all of our community support.
Locally based, internationally renowned DJ’s drop quality records they personally love to help raise awareness and funding for critically important local charities.
Headline act Stephen Allkins brings more then four decades experience in moving bodies on the dance floor. Stephen is considered dance-music royalty in Sydney. Delve a little into his long, long career and you start to understand why. As one of the true pioneers of dance music in Sydney & playing the very first disco clubs & warehouse parties circa 1978, he’s the original DJ’s DJ who has seen and done it all. His studio work with Paul Mac as “Love-Tattoo” has produced club classics including “History of Disco” amongst others.
Stephen was one of the the first Australian DJ’s to program RAGE on the ABC and to this day his live sets and productions are highly sought after.
New York had Larry Levan, Chicago had Ron Hardy, Sydney had Stephen Allkins and now Byron Shire luckily has him as a local resident.
You will get to hear him play a very special extended set at the 20th March Nudge Nudge Wink Wink FREE event.
Nudge Nudge Wink Wink events are family friendly with activities for the kids, with the chance to win great prizes whilst dancing for charity.
Fundraising at our events sees 100% of profits donated to local well deserving charities.
For further information on Cunning Stunts visit the...
SYDNEY – [AAP]
Members of an ABC news crew detained in Malaysia after trying to question the prime minister about a corruption scandal have now been told they will not be charged.
The ABC had reported that Four Corners reporter Linton Bresser and camera operator Louie Eroglu were likely to be charged with obstructing a public servant in the discharge of their duties.
But the broadcaster said on Tuesday the men’s lawyer was called by police and told no charges would be filed.
The pair were detained on Saturday when they tried to question Prime Minister Najib Razak about allegations that more than $1 billion was deposited into his personal bank account, were then released and told not to leave the country.
They had faced a charge under Section 186 of the Malaysian penal code, which carries a maximum penalty of a 10,000 ringgit ($A3000) fine and a two-year ja...
Malcolm Turnbull should have called his election months ago.
It is easy to say it in hindsight, but passing up the chance to capitalise on the all but universal wave of relief that greeted his ascension was a seriously missed opportunity.
He had every reason, every excuse: all he had to do was to say that while the party room had passed its judgment, he need a popular mandate from the voters.
And he had his double dissolution triggers ready: the abolition of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation was not an obvious choice, but the establishment of Registered Organisations was a natural: in the absence of the Building and Construction Commission, it was a serious piece of union bashing that could be guaranteed to enrage the ACTU and the ALP.
There was plenty of ammunition; while Dyson Heydon had not yet concluded his findings, there was ample public evidence that could be used to target everyone involved, including Bill Shorten. The Employment Minister, Michaelia Cash, has since said it would do very nicely for a major campaign issue.
But in any case, in this heady atmosphere the issues would be utterly irrelevant. The event would be all about the endorsement – the celebration – of the new super star. Other players would feature as mere extras; Bill Shorten would be lucky to manage a cameo performance as a fall guy.
It would not be entirely flawless — a double dissolution would not necessarily clear out the crossbenchers entirely: that would have to wait until the amending legislation could be finalised and passed ready for next time. But it would certainly weed out some of the current lot of recalcitrants, and, given Turnbull’s then stratospheric popularity, there was even a chance that it could deliver control of the senate to the coalition.
And, best of all, there was a genuine hope that in the excitement of snap election, a dispirited and disconsolate Tony Abbott might be persuaded to retire – perhaps to the.........
MELBOURNE – [AAP]
Police powers could be increased in the fight against gang crime after hundreds of young men stormed Melbourne’s CBD during Moomba festivities.
Members of the Apex gang, some as young as 12, stole phones, taunted police and terrorised people on Saturday night in full view of CCTV cameras in the city.
Premier Daniel Andrews said thuggery and criminal behaviour would not be tolerated and those involved could expect to pay for their crimes.
He did not rule out legislation to tackle the gang violence, saying his government would provide police with the powers and resources they need.
‘If there are things we need to do as a government, as a parliament, we will not hesitate in making sure Victoria Police have got what they need to smash these gangs and keep Victoria safe,’ Mr Andrews told reporters on Monday.
Opposition police spokesman Edward O’Donohue said mo...
WAMU reveals that Virginia’s top environmental regulator took a golf vacation on Dominion’s dime
RICHMOND—A major DC media outlet published an exposé this afternoon detailing how the money and political influence of Dominion Virginia Power has touched all levels of Virginia’s response to the company’s controversial plans to discharge toxic coal ash wastewater into rivers. In the most alarming example, Virginia’s chief environmental regulator, David Paylor, accepted lavish gifts from Dominion Virginia Power despite being the primary state official entrusted with overseeing Dominion’s compliance with state environmental laws.
The exposé, published this afternoon on Washington’s WAMU, shows that Paylor let Dominion — the state’s largest utility company and biggest polluter — pay his way to the 2013 Masters’ golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, a trip valued at $2,300. Additionally, Dominion paid for Paylor’s $1,200 party tab at a nearby Irish pub.
Paylor was already serving as director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality when he accepted these gifts — which Dominion admits would be illegal under recently updated state ethics laws. He is now the top state official responsible for regulating Dominion’s coal ash disposal plans.
“Dominion’s influence over Virginia’s General Assembly has been apparent for years, but now it appears to extend to the same regulators entrusted to police the company’s pollution,” said Mike Tidwell, director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. “David Paylor vacationed on Dominion’s dime while he was simultaneously entrusted with protecting the public from Dominion’s pollution. T...
Suffolk Park shoppers will have to put up with traffic congestion for quite a bit longer after a Byron Shire Council plan to install traffic lights at the busy Clifford Street/Broken Head Road intersection was knocked on the head by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).
This leaves a single lane roundabout as the only solution for managing the T-intersection.
Council GM Ken Gainger said the traffic light option was canned as it ‘does not meet RMS’ mandatory traffic safety criteria’.
But despite being the only option left, the roundabout solution is no easy fix – and it could be four years before it is in place.
Mr Gainger said that it would require three parcels of land to be acquired from three different landowners before it can proceed.
‘Indications are that those land acquisitions may need to go through a compulsory acquisition process that would take up t...
“It’s very clear to me there is a tension in the air; an anger you can’t touch – yet, it’s there.”...
The Bureau of Indian Affairs isn’t the first federal agency most people think of when they consider Native housing....
It’s past midnight on a cold February evening, and a woman staggers down the middle of the street, so intoxicated she c...
Former Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly has filed formal declarations in a New Mexico House of Representative race, w...
A very rare atmospheric optical phenomenon called 'light pillars' was observed in the night sky above south Wales about 21:50 UTC on Friday, March 11, 2016, the same day a CME impact sparked surprising G2 - Moderate geomagnetic storm with auroras seen as far...... Read more »
To understand how technology is used in the real world we must appreciate who owns and controls it, writes Colin Todhunter: whose interests it serves, and how it works in an economic system driven by profit, geopolitics and the compulsion to capture and control markets - while the monopolists proclaim a noble ideology of 'free choice' and 'democracy'.
Washington DC – In a joint statement released last week, President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised that their two countries would “play a leadership role internationally in the low carbon global economy over the coming decades.” They announced new commitments to work together to boost investment in clean energy; establish a pan-Arctic marine protection network and low-impact Arctic shipping corridors; limit greenhouse gas emissions, including methane; and pursue a number of other initiatives designed to slow global warming and speed up protection of the fragile Arctic.
Below is a response statement by the Indigenous Environmental Network and the Alaska Native network – REDOIL.
Tom Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network states:
“We welcome President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s bilateral dialogue and joint statement on Climate, Energy and Arctic Leadership. IEN particularly welcomes the commitment to respect and promote the rights of Indigenous peoples in all climate change decision making. The stated commitment to cut methane emissions from oil and gas operations is admirable and is a strong step towards reducing North America’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It is encouraging to hear these leaders talk publicly about reducing GHG emissions and the threat methane poses to overall climate stability.
However, we are concerned that this U.S.-Canada shared vision also promotes a business as usual approach with no further commitments to building a 100 percent clean economy by 2050 and keeping at least 80 percent of fossil fuels in the ground. It appears to rely on carbon trading and offsets as solutions, which.....
India’s Former Nuclear Regulator Says, Govt Might Be , CounterCurrents By Kumar Sundaram 13 March, 2016 Indiaresists.com The retired chief of India’s nuclear regulator, Dr. A Gopalakrishnan has se… Source: Is India’s Government Hiding A Serious Accident Underway In Gujarat?Filed under: Education, News and politics, Science, Technology
Dane Wigington geoengineeringwatch.org Man's war with nature is ultimately a war against himself. How many "interventions gone wrong" will have to occur before the lesson is finally learned by the human race? Should it come as a surprise that attempting to "fertilize the oceans" with industrial waste can only do immense and irreparable harm? Massive aerosol
Migrant Crisis: Two Thirds Of Arrivals Are ‘Basically Illiterate’ A senior German academic has joined the chorus of voices expressing concern over the low educational standards of newly arriving migrants, and the significant knock-on effects that is bound to have on the German educational system. President of the University of Hamburg and chairman of the German […]
After the McMartan fiasco in the 90’s, our government enmeshed themselves with anything and everything that had to do with ritual abuse and child rape so they could control the complete narrative to keep it from every getting out again. So, they not only formed the False Memory Syndrome Foundation and such, but they also set up groups that would attract survivors (as they were WELL aware that they really did exist and that eventually they would have to go SOMEPLACE) and this not only included hosting national conferences for survivors but also included completely infiltrating the internet.
Our government, doing its best to hide this whole child trafficking thing that was reported to go straight to the first Bush White House in the 80’s, became systematic in drawing out and containing anyone who would be bold enough to talk about their experiences and have become experts in the art of threats and intimidation.
Have NO doubt- our government minions are out in force trying to find victims and shut them up- and this is ESPECIALLY true on the internet. However, I have found that the internet is one of the SAFEST places to be if you are, indeed, a victim.
Now the question is- why would our government seek out victims of abuse? This is a good question- but I have an even better answer- and that is because each and every one of us is an expert on our abuse and our government knows that if we were ever to start talking in mass, people would actually listen.
That is why there has been this push by the government to isolate all of us and keep us apart because we are easier to control this way. Each of our stories validates everyone else, and when looked at as a whole, considering the details are so incredibly similar- it is impossible to dismiss us all as liars, lunatics, or attention seekers, and our government knows this.
Each victim has a unique perspective to this whole sordid ordeal and each of us have a key to opening the doo...
Ex-South African President Mbeki Still Has His ‘Bizarre’ Beliefs on
HIV and AIDS � Global Voices: Former South African president
Thabo Mbeki has reignited AIDS denialism controversy after writing
an article titled “A Brief Commentary on The Question of HIV and
While in office, Mbeki and his former Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, nicknamed “Dr. Beetroot,” were accused of denying that the HIV virus causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), despite conclusive scientific evidence on the matter. Manto Tshabalala-Msimang promoted the use of lemon, beetroot, garlic and olive oil to treat AIDS.
During his presidency from 1999 to 2008, Mbeki accused scientists who linked HIV to AIDS of racism. He argued that accepting Western conventional wisdom on AIDS would be absurd and illogical. He opposed the use of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs), saying that they were “poisons” and products of greed by Western pharmaceutical companies.
Kombucha contains antioxidants, can kill harmful bacteria and may help fight ...
“When you see the mobs, know that the mobs have controllers…“ The Red in the Streets of Chicago Date: 11 March 2016 Source: stopshouting.blogspot [edited] The raging 40 yard dumpster fire that is Chicago and the almost Trump speech has cleared the decks of all other news items. Many Americans who might see the events […]
Oil giant BP is the UK's single biggest EU lobbyist, spending over £2 million reaching out to European policy makers in 2014, new figures show. But citing hard times, the company has dropped its controversial sponsorship of the London's Tate Galleries - and more such branding deals may bite the dust.
What appears on our dinner plates is a substitute copy, a genetic dilution of a...
Media furore over the shooting down of a helicopter in Tanzania masks a bigger picture of commercial hunting and evictions of indigenous tribes in the name of wildlife, writes Navaya ole Ndaskoi. It's time to rethink 'white saviour' mythology and develop new models that engage with African communities, recognise their achievements, and inspire a new generation of conservation heroes.
CHEMICAL WEAPONS – IRAQ: SULFUR MUSTARD (C4H8Cl2S) SUSPECTED ************************ Published Date: 2016-03-13 23:33:49 Subject: PRO/EDR> Chemical weapons – Iraq: sulfur mustard susp. Archive Number: 20160313.4090543 Date: Sat 12 Mar 2016 Source: NY Times [edited] Iraqi Officials: IS Chemical Attacks Kill Child, Wound 600 The Islamic State group has launched 2 chemical attacks near the northern […]
Brazil Real is falling fast as commodities drop offsets protest ... - We Resist.: The real dropped 0.9 percent to 3.6186 at 9:37 a.m. in Sao Paulo. It earlier rose as much as 0.1 percent. One-week implied volatility rose 0.79 percentage point to 25.92 percent, the highest among major currencies. A Bloomberg index of 20 developing-nation currencies dropped for the first time in four sessions as raw materials declined. Commodities account for about one-third of Brazil’s exports.
| Video | BJP MLA beats up a horse in Uttarakhand | India Videos | - India Today: The BJP's high voltage protest against Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat took a violent turn when local MLA Ganesh Joshi attacked and beat up a police horse deployed to control the protest.
Could Someone Be Killed at a Trump Rally? St. Louis Activist Speaks
Out on Friday Campaign Chaos | Democracy Now!: In St. Louis,
Missouri, another Trump rally made headlines Friday when 31 people
were arrested. The cover of Saturday’s New York Daily News showed a
bloodied African-American protester in St. Louis. The headline
read: "Blood on Don’s Hands." We speak with Umar Lee, a freelance
writer and community activist in St. Louis. His new piece for The
Nation is called "Why the Trump Rally in St. Louis was So
Please check back later for full transcript.
Aside from all of the crucial ecosystem services that trees provide, they're also often stunningly beautiful. Here are...
Have you heard about the Magellanic Penguin and retired bricklayer in...
CJ Members Broadcast on FIRE-EARTH Channels… For details of program and the Q & A session, tune in to your local channels. Starting March 14, 2016 at 18:55 UTC Filed under: News Alert Tagged: 14 March 2016, CJ Members, Fire-Earth Alert, FIRE-EARTH Program, Members Notice, News Alert, Q & A
Nestl� Makes Another Damning Admission: Slave Labor in Brazil May
Have Produced Coffee Products - Atlanta Black Star: After this
new revelation, the company released the following statement:
“We do not tolerate violations of labor rights and have strongly maintained that forced labor has no place in our supply chain. Unfortunately, forced labor is an endemic problem in Brazil and no company sourcing coffee and other ingredients from the country can fully guarantee that it has completely removed forced labor practices or human rights abuses from its supply chain.”
Nearly one-third of the world’s coffee supply comes from Brazil, and many other companies also may have obtained beans from plantations that use slave labor. For the country to meet the large demand of coffee makers, plantation owners cut costs by providing poor and inhumane working conditions for their laborers.
DanWatch reports that laborers are severely indebted to their employers, have inhabitable living quarters and no protective equipment. These new details came from an investigation of Brazilian farms over several months, which prompted Nestl� to come forth.
Another food supplier released a statement that tried to spin the situation. Jacobs Douwe Egberts and Nestl� account for an estimated 39 percent of the world’s coffee products.
“We are committed to working with governments, non-governmental organizations, suppliers, farmer cooperatives and the entire coffee supply chain to improve the working conditions for coffee farmers throughout the world. We currently support 15 such program in nine countries, including Brazil,” said a Jacobs Douwe Egberts statement.
Nestl� first told DanWatch about t...
"Today it's simply socially unacceptable to let stock in rivers; people view it in the same way as it's unacceptable to smoke in restaurants" Conservation group raises alarm over river protection, 22.02.2016
The palm oil industry is a leading cause of deforestation and peatland destruction in...
The Grocery Manufacturers Association violated “the spirit and letter” of...
It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since the Festival of Fifty! So much has happened in the intervening 12 months and if I’m honest, I’d have to say it hasn’t been the easiest year of my life. But that’s what living is about, right? It’s hard to appreciate how gloriously good life […]
15th March 2016 By Open Contributing Writer for Wake Up World Okay, so more and more people are speaking of the importance of aligning with the natural flow in life — to find greater harmony, fulfillment and at-one-ment with the divine. But there’s an added complexity happening in the quantum field which I felt to ...Continue Reading - The Complexity of Blending the Higher Flow with the Lower on the Spiritual Path
15th March 2016 By Dawn Walton Guest Writer for Wake Up World Many people struggle with sleep. Some struggle to get to sleep, some wake up multiple times through the night and others donâŹ"t get a very long sleep. Some people have all of these problems. When most people try to address insomnia, they focus ...Continue Reading - Sleep Problems Come From the Day Not the Night
"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Am I being cynical in suspecting that the Liberal and Nationals parties are looking to the mining industry for political donations in this 2016 federal election year? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"
15 shootings in 8 days leaves 1 dead, 7 injured
Former Prime Minister John Howard told Channel 9 news Monday night he did the right thing by disarming the population. He said since Port Arthur there have been no more mass shootings. What will he say about the bikie gang open warfare that has been happening in NSW and Victoria for many years? You didn’t get their guns Johnnie. All you did was disarm law abiding citizens.
by Jaydan Duck
One person has been killed and another seven people injured following an unprecedented 15 shootings in eight days across Victoria.Seven men have been arrested and charged over five connected drive-by shootings in Broadmeadows, Dallas and Thomastown last weekend, while another two shootings occurred in Geelong and Frankston on Thursday night.
The number of shootings reported in Melbourne and Geelong since March 4 has risen to 15. On March 5, a man in his 20s was shot dead inside a motel room at Kingsbury.
A man was shot in the ankle and another in the abdomen outside a bikie clubhouse at Yarraville on the same day, while a 36-year-old man was also found suffering from a gunshot wound on a street at Hadfield.
On March 7, a 23-year-old woman was dropped off at Geelong hospital with a single gunshot wound, and a 49-year-old man was shot outside his property at Lara.
Then, on Wednesday March 9, a man was shot at a house at Noble Park before a man was shot in the upper body with a suspected pen pistol at Frankston on March 10.
Police believe most shootings in the past week are linked to feud...
Ruby Boots And the Balance Of Self-Preservation Amid a run of national dates and ahead of a USA tour, Ruby Boots talks to Chris Familton about writing new material, casts her opinion on the Australian country music scene and looks back at 2015. 2015 was a landmark year for Ruby Boots (Bex Chilcott) with numerous …
I travelled down the Western Port Bay coastline over the long weekend and camped at Balnarring Beach with some friends. On Sunday I met up with my mate John and explored a new site – a long forested gully called Wuchatsch Reserve in Nyora. The site had an impressive list of forest birds including Crimson and Eastern Rosellas, Spinebills, Silvereyes and a good number of honeyeaters. While watching the honeyeaters we found a small flock of Striated Thornbills and a Grey Fantail hunting flies off a branch.
‘Seminal works #08 211215′
Mixed media. 20x30 inches.
This sold at my recent exhibition- Seminal and Non-Seminal works.
Survival International has reported Italian engineering giant Salini to the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) over its construction of a controversial dam which is set to destroy the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people in Ethiopia and Kenya.
The dam has cut off the Omo river’s regular flooding, which 100,000 people rely on to water their crops and livestock and a further 100,000 depend on indirectly. According to experts, this could also spell the end for Lake Turkana – the world’s largest desert lake – and disaster for the 300,000 tribespeople living along its shores.
Salini did not seek the consent of local people before building the dam, but claimed that an “artificial flood release” would compensate them for their losses. However, t...
New Australian Army Boeing CH-47F ‘Foxtrot’ Chinook helicopter
A15-304 made what I believe to be the type's first visit into
Rockhampton Airport on Monday 14 March as
Although not in Central Queensland, we have been sent some
fantastic photos as the privately owned Brisbane West Wellcamp
Airport (IATA: WTB / ICAO: YBWW) has welcomed another Regular
Public Transport (RPT) carrier on Monday 14
March as Northern Territory based Airnorth commenced a
daily service to Melbourne (Tullamarine) Airport.
As a resident of Byron Bay for the last 27 years, and a surfer here since 1966 I am deeply concerned at the position Byron Council has taken since been elected last. We seem to have a council that doesn’t consider the local community’s views on anything.
I am part of a small group of residents (Grab The Rail) who are opposed to using Butler street as a proposed bypass, which even the mayor and councillors say will only alleviate 10 to 15 per cent of the traffic issue.
We had a state government that spent over $300,000 on finding the best solution for a bypass in 2001, which I might add should have been completed by 2015. This route was coming into town from the highway, turning right at the Caltex servo, (Kendall Street), left onto the gazetted road called Byron Street, across Butler Street then onto the rail corridor, all the way down to Cemetery Road, with turn offs on the way.
This would also be a great way of getting to the new car park area at the new shopping centre at the Woolies site, (no traffic going through town). So why is this being ignored by our council? this proposal will be cheaper, less impact on the environment, excellent access for emergency services (ambulance, fire trucks, SES, etc) from one side of town to the other.
Do the right thing, councillors, get it right. This is your best opportunity to really improve our traffic and also beautify our town, we can also leave the market right were they are, the corridor can be utilised for a train corridor (for future) bus interchange, lots of off-street parking, rail trail paths, improved pedestrian access, and garden areas – this corridor is wide enough for all this.
With a little bit of imagination we can have a showpiece right in the heart of Byron.
Byron Councillors, you were voted in by the people in our shire, and are paid by the people, shouldn’t you be listening to the people, get it right.
Ray Boots, Byron Bay
There’s the actual Mad Max motorbike from the famous movie to one side, a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow in the middle of the floor, magnificent Ashley Jones art on the walls and 20 or so collectible cars, custom motorcycles – even belts, hats and travel bags – at Mean Machines.
But it’s just the start of a multi-million dollar project in Perth by two unlikely partners: a prominent lawyer and a motorcycle customising whiz nearly 40 years his junior.
Neville Friedman and Wenley Andrews are the men behind Mean Machines, which will, later this year, move from its current premises in Rudloc Road, Morley, to a much more spacious site diagonally across the road, where the Mean Machines Emporium will be housed.
“Look it up. It really will be an emporium,” the hyper-enthusiastic Neville Friedman says.
“Apart from exotic motorcycles and cars, we will have entertainment – a 112-seat cinema – plus weekend cabaret, a coffee shop, a restaurant and a retro furniture store.
“There will also be a motocentric – I think that’s a good way to describe it – art gallery, with works from the celebrated Ashley Jones and others.’
This post was first published on Simple Green Frugal some years ago. It’s worth a re-run.
A post on Little Eco Footprints this week called Are we making a mistake living in the city? has been in the back of my mind at odd moments all week. I live in a rural community. I moved here as a young hippy mum nearly 30 years ago, living first in a caravan with no power, road access, or running water. I have never regretted it and although it was diabolically hard in those early years, I do have the best of lives.
But sometimes, like the deserted beach or the fantastic suburban restaurant, things are only fantastic so long as no-one else knows they are. Is living in the country like that? Is it only possible to do it without destroying it because most people don’t?
My “perfect world” fantasy has everyone living in permacultured villages with tiny ecological footprints, networked and linked with electric railways and internet (powered with geothermal or big desert solar installations), largely self sufficient in food, water, waste disposal, houshold and local energy, trading knowledge, culture, art, craft, manufactured goods and specialist crops.
The villages would be neither city nor country, but a bit of both. They would have enough population density so that people could get around by foot and bicycle – kids could walk to school and to their friends places to play, neighbours would be close enough to rely on in emergencies or even just to borrow a cup of flour or a tool or visit for a chat. But they would have a low enough density to allow most of the fresh food production to be local – kitchen gardens, fruit trees, chickens, geese, dairy cows.
That’s not a very different level of population density to th...
Representatives of the Friends of Kalimna Park met with DELWP and Parks Victoria fire officers last week to discuss the planned burn of a section of the Park this autumn. The exercise is set to happen in the next five weeks, conditions permitting.
The fuel reduction exercise will cover a section of the western and southern part of the park, not including Kalimna Point [which has been groomed] or the eastern side of the tourist road [the Happy Valley side]. Part of this latter area may be burned next year, and part groomed.
FOKP representatives expressed the following concerns about the upcoming operations:
1. Mineral earth breaks [used by DELWP as borders for its fires
and to protect sites deemed significant] are often intrusive and
not rehabilitated properly: they can end up as permanent trail bike
or mountain bike tracks. In any case, some are so crudely done as
to be erosion hazards.
2. The destruction of big trees is an ongoing annoyance, especially as everyone agrees they’re not a fire hazard. DELWP has undertaken to take measures to prevent fires taking hold at the foot of such trees, and to patrol the fire in the days following its ignition to ensure these measures work.
3. Bursaria vegetation which is habitat for Eltham Copper Butterfly colonies needs to be appropriately protected. The butterfly has recently been observed in sections of the park which were mosaic burned last year. It is important that DELWP has maps of bursaria which should enable it to focus fuel reduction where it matters, not on a precious biodiversity resource.
FOKP will pay careful attention to the operation when it happens. The Department’s approach to consultation has improved markedly in recent years, now it’s time to see improvements in results on the ground.
DELWP is also in consultation with local beekeepers concerned about smoke damage. As we’ve noted, Grey Box, a very important tree for honey and pollen, is flowering proli...
G’day, I’m Al Hensley, host of the blues/soul/R&B music program Blue Monday. Each week I post the program’s playlist so you can find out more about the new releases and historic tracks featured. To see what was played this week click here
Last week, the shadow British Chancellor, John McDonnell
confirmed that the British Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn will
not be part of a progressive realignment of the public debate
regarding fiscal policy. By that I mean, they have chosen, probably
for misplaced ‘political’ concerns (leaving aside total ignorance),
to reinforce in the public mind the neo-liberal myths relating to
the capacities of a currency-issuing government to spend and
advance prosperity. I have no doubt that John McDonnell desires,
genuinely, to advance the material well-being of the working class
in Britain. His public career to date would suggest that. But like
many on the Left, he has been seduced by the neo-liberal snake oil
into believing that fiscal rules that bind a currency-issuing
government to balance, in total or in part, the fiscal situation
and that such a government should submit itself to the dictates of
a technocracy full of mainstream economists, is a necessary
requirement of responsible fiscal management. His most recent
statements really amount to surrender. The British Labour Party is
staying faithful to its Monetarist roots, which were established in
1974 under Harold Wilson’s second tilt at the top job. The
distractions of New Labour and now Jeremy Corbyn has not really
changed anything. This is a neo-liberal party no matter what they
claim and their advice and underpinnings are firmly
I have written about this in the recent past but there are some things that need repeating and further amplification.
Please read the following blogs for previous statements on this topic:
Learn the symbolism and spiritual meanings of the elephant. Is elephant your spirit guide animal ? What lessons can we learn from mother elephant, by psychic medium Ian Scott
I’ve been here six months now. Time flies when you’re having fun I guess, but harvest time has come in a rush….. just ask Matt next door who’s been picking apples with his merry band of workers all last week. I even spotted the first truck leaving with a full load on its way to Willie Smith’s cidery……
I recently ‘broke in’ the apple crushing gear that Werner left us as a thank you for the trailer load of apples they harvested last year, and which he turned into excellent cider. I also discovered it takes an overflowing bucket of apples to make just two litres of apple juice. So when Matt invited me to join him in a cider making working bee, I knew I had my work cut out to fill a 60L fermenter with Fanny juice. That’s Geeveston Fannies of course…..
Matt loaned me an apple bin (which he said to only fill 1/3 of the way to the top) and a picking bag.
Kari, one of the previous owners, had told me they had left two rows of Fannies on the far Eastern side of the block, but I had never walked over that section of the farm. I now call it the Far East. I could have called it the Wild East, because it’s quite overgrown with blackberries, especially down the steep bit towards the main road outside which is not only organic, but probably untouched by human hands for a very long time! When I thinned the orchard last year, I didn’t even go near that area, and as a consequence, the apples look more like grapes than apples. I decided to just strip the trees, no matter how small the fruit was. It really doesn’t matter if you’re crushing for juice. Just those two rows of neglected trees yielded almost enough apples to make my share of the...
I initially began researching the route travelled by the diggers
who flocked to the goldfields of Buninyong, Ballarat and beyond
after noticing that a number of towns located on the rivers, creeks
and gullies of the Barwon catchment claimed to be on the "main gold
route" or on the "best line of road" to the goldfields. But how
could places as far apart as Teesdale on the Leigh Road and the
Eclipse Hotel at Durdidwarrah and Morrisons, along with all the
towns which sprang up along the Geelong to Buninyong Track, justify
It quickly became apparent that there were several different routes which hopeful prospectors could take to the diggings and each had its own claim to being "the main route from Geelong to Ballarat" (or Buninyong for the current purpose as all roads from Geelong passed through or near that town). The shortest route was certainly the bullock track which lead from Geelong to Buninyong. It was well established by the 1840s and had been used by the mail coaches to travel between Geelong and Buninyong since 1846. If volume of newspaper content is anything to go by, this was certainly the busiest route to the goldfields and the topic of my most recent posts.
Teesdale of course, is not on this route. It was however on the road taken by another of the earliest mail coaches in the district - the Portland Bay Mail Coach. The mail from Geelong (and from Melbourne via the steamer) was carried by coach through Leigh Road (Bannockburn), Teesdale, The Leigh (Shelford), Rokewood and onwards to join the Melbourne to Portland Bay mail at Fiery Creek (Streatham/Beaufort). An 1856 survey map of the Teesdale area describes this road as the "main road from Fiery Creek to Geelong via Batesford".
Image Courtesy of Bears With Guns Sydney based indie-folk stalwarts Bears With Guns have just released their awesome pop-rock single “Let Go”. The track, which has been chosen for the Cadbury sponsored New Zealand Paralympics campaign, is the band’s first singce their EP Taken For A Fool. Check out the lyric video for “Let Go” […]
Legendary Indiana rapper Freddie ‘Gangsta’ Gibbs played a sold-out Manning Bar show on the back of his new record Shadow Of A Doubt.
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The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is today calling for urgent and critical action to reduce pressure on the Great Barrier Reef following the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) raising its coral bleaching response level to two, as the threat to the Reef from coral bleaching continues to worsen.
Imogen Zethoven, the Great Barrier Reef campaign director at AMCS said the Turnbull Government needed to take its share of responsibility and swing into action to prevent future damage.
“In the last few weeks we’ve seen outbreaks of coral bleaching around Lizard Island, Low Isles near Port Douglas and reports of bleaching in Princess Charlotte Bay on Cape York Peninsula.
“All Australians will be alarmed to hear that the Reef is being put under increased pressure because of global warming.
“As the bleaching on the Reef continues to intensify we need an urgent response from the Turnbull Government to avoid widespread bleaching happening repeatedly in the future.
“This bleaching event has revealed the true cost of approving more coal mines, more coal export port terminals and refusing to listen to the warnings.
“The solutions are clear, we must make a rapid transition from mining and burning coal to 100% renewable energy.
“The Queensland Parliament must also support the Palaszczuk government’s proposed tightening of vegetation management laws which were weakened under the Newman government, resulting in a massive increase in tree clearing and carbon emissions from the state.
“Last year Queensland welcomed 1.1 million international tourists, with the industry bringing in $6 billion to the Queensland economy.
“The Reef is vital to Queensland’s tourism industry and the state’s economy.
“GBRMPA’s decision today should be a wake up call for the Turnbull Government that we need to prevent further devastating coral bleaching events,” said Ms Zethoven
This is the text of a media release distributed by NQCC at 2.15pm on Monday 14 March: North Queensland Conservation Council is extremely concerned that coral bleaching in the Far North of the Great Barrier Reef is now so bad … Continue reading
“When the student is ready the teacher will appear.” Those are the words we used to introduce a wise old rooster who fly kicked his way into our lives here at Edgar’s Mission some years ago. And how prophetic those words proved to be. Mr Miyagi, a spectacular, yet somewhat world-weary old boy was as unique as he was handsome and he led us all on a journey we could never have predicted.
It was not only our hearts that Mr Miyagi left his indelible mark upon but also our shins! For this boy was known to come fly kicking toward you with a passion and precision that we are sure his cinematic namesake would have been proud of. And it mattered not whether you thought yourself to be proficient in chicken-speak and were the bearer of his breakfast grains or if you were the newest staff member who unwittingly happened to pass by a seemingly innocent old rooster in the yard. Mr Miyagi’s karate skills did not discriminate! He reminded us to be humble and that any skill we believed we had could always be improved upon. He also taught us lessons in bargaining! Watermelon was always the greatest bartering tool in Mr Miyagi’s mind when it came to saving your shins!
A little over a year ago, when the younger, more agile roosters began to woo Mr Miyagi’s ladies away and he started running toward our shins with a little less gusto we realised time was perhaps catching up with the old chap. Bringing him...
Image Courtesy of Ann Vriend Celebrated Canadian songstress Ann Vriend returns to Australia this month with a bunch of East Coast dates planned. Vriend’s unique retro-soul sound has captured audiences around the world and her Australian release coincides with the vinyl release of her album For The People In The Mean Time. “I love that […]
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The Friends of the Earth have produced a paper discussing how climate change will affect the Loddon Mallee region of northern Victoria. The material in it mostly won’t be new to our readers, but it’s worth a look, all the same.
‘According to research from the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) (2) we are already experiencing a ‘new climate’, one that has become noticeable since about 2000.
‘The AEGIC analysis, based on rain records since 2000, shows rainfall zones have moved — in some cases up to 400 kilometres. Parts of the Mallee, North Central and Riverina are now designated as being ‘uniform’ rainfall zones, where rain is equally distributed over summer and winter seasons. This has significant implications for cropping in the region, which has traditionally relied on a winter rainfall pattern.’
Rainfall is predicted to drop in our region by 2.5% by 2030, and temperatures to rise by almost a degree.
These changes have implications for agriculture, tourism [blue green algae’s not a great drawcard for visitors], water supply for communities, and our struggling bushlands.
The FOE paper is going to be used in the Bendigo electorate during the federal election campaign. It can be found here.
It’s the Japanese end of financial year and Honda Australia is joining Suzuki in offering deals to clear unsold floor stock.
If you buy Honda a CBR300R/RA or CB300F learner-approved motorcycle before the end of March, Honda will give you $300 to spend in store.
They call it “Honda Dollars” which can be used at the dealership on a wide variety of accessories such as helmets, gloves and jackets, for servicing, or as a credit toward the motorcycle purchased.
Story & photos Eve Jeffery
I have never been to India but I have eaten at a lot of Indian restaurants. Love the stuff and I’m very picky.
When I first went to Billi’s Indian when they opened four years ago, the food was good but like most new eateries, I could tell they needed to settle in.
Recently a friend told me that every time she goes there the food keeps getting better and better and now she is addicted. She makes at least one visit a week!
The inaugural Jackie Orszaczky Music Lecture, in
conjunction with APRA AMCOS, will be held at The
Basement in Sydney on Tuesday 10th May.
Jackie Orszaczky – a Hungarian Australian bassist, bandleader and composer based in Sydney – had an enduring influence upon the musicians around him and it’s from these peers and players’ desire to honour Jackie’s memory that the concept for this lecture and concert was born.
In this special event the late composer/performer’s work, musical ideas and philosophy will be reflected and celebrated. It will create a focus for his many colleagues in music, his audience, friends and family to remember him and his work. It’s hoped that this will be an annual event.
The lecture will be followed by a concert of
Jackie’s music by members of his bands.
The night will perpetuate the legacy of a great Australian musician whose enormous influence over 30 years is not well known well to the general public. Jackie died in 2008.
The first guest lecturer will be Lucky Oceans– performer, composer...
Led by composer Jenna Cave and trombonist Paul Weber, the 19 musicians of Divergence Jazz Orchestra perform, promote and record new music by Jenna Cave and other Australian composers. Under Cave’s direction, the DJO brings the spirit and tradition of improvised jazz music to the 21st century big band.
Captivating grooves, memorable melodies and expressive orchestrations are executed with outstanding musicianship and soul with rhythm as its cornerstone. Their 2013 debut album The Opening Statement has been highly praised, bringing the orchestra and the compositions of Cave national recognition.
“Divergence Jazz Orchestra is remarkably strong and consistently pleasing… Cave writes with depth and maturity well beyond her years, a virtue not lost on the DJO, which carries out her wishes to the letter.”.” – Jack Bowers, All About Jazz
Image Courtesy of The Company For the first time in its 50 year history The National Folk Festival will be hosting celebrate Brisbane bluegrass quartet The Company. We sat down with fiddle and Banjo player George Jackson to find out what the band has been up to and what to expect from their shows at […]
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, with colours by Elizabeth
Breitweiser, The Fade Out, Act
Three (Image 2016)
There’s a lot of old Hollywood anti-Communism around just now. On Thursday night I saw Jay Roach’s Trumbo at the movies. On Friday night we had a family birthday outing to the Coen brothers’ Hail, Caesar! On Saturday I read this birthday-present comic, the final ‘Act’ ofFade Out. All three deal with the House Un-American Activities Committee’s attack on Hollywood writers in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
Thanks to one of our weekend workshop participants, Michael, for locating a series of pools in the Rise and Shine. Yesterday afternoon it was like ‘Bourke Street’, with a procession of birds visiting to bathe and quench their thirst before nightfall. The main participants were honeyeaters, dominated by Fuscous and White-naped, smaller numbers of Yellow-tufted and a fleeting appearance by a couple of Black-chinned Honeyeaters – one of my favourite box-ironbark species.
Stu Kennedy of Lennox Head (pictured) caused a massive upset by defeating 11 times World Champion Kelly Slater during Round 2 and eliminating the American from the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast yesterday (Sunday, March 13).
The result could see Slater take a break from surfing, even before Mick Fanning’s sabbatical kicks in.
Steve Earle hits town this week for a couple of shows ahead of his appearance at Bluesfest over the Easter long weekend. We’ve got a double pass to his show with band The Dukes at the Metro Theatre on Thursday March 17th. In support are The Mastersons. To enter, just head over to our Facebook page. …
Two South African shark experts will visit Ballina on Thursday to assess whether local beaches are suitable for the Shark Spotters project.
Shark Spotters project manager Sarah Waries and field manager Monswabisi Sikweyiya will also meet with local politicians, fisheries officers and beach safety groups.
A free community forum will be held at Dunes on Shelley Beach from 6.30pm.
The forum will provide information on the Shark Spotters program, along with advice on how to reduce the risk of shark bite.
In South Africa, the initiative employs 15 – 20 shark spotters at nine of Cape Town’s popular beaches.
The shark spotters scan coastal waters for sharks from an elevated platform during daylight hours, seven days a week.
They use a system of flags to let beach users know whether sharks have been spotted.
A green flag means ‘spotting conditions good, no sharks seen’, black means ‘Spotting conditions poor, no sharks seen’, a red flag means ‘High Shark Alert. Either a shark has been seen in the last two...
Last weekend I attended the Greens campaign launch in Wills. This electorate is one of a very few around Australia where the battle is now between Labor and the Greens. The Greens have pre-selected a high profile local candidate: Samantha Ratnam is a local Greens Councillor and current Mayor of the City of Moreland. A […]
John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.
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