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Tensions rise as Chinese governments influence infiltrates Aussie universities
AUSTRALIAN educators are increasingly coming under attack from Chinese students, raising concerns their governments influence is permeating our universities.
The students have been openly complaining about Western teaching methods and ideas, and publicly demanding apologies or changes to how subjects are explored.
The trend has raised concerns that the ideology of Chinas Communist Party is weaving its way into Australian academic teaching through overseas students.
Fears are growing that the Chinese governments influence is weaving its way deeper into the fabric of Australian life. Picture: Andy Brownbill
Chinese students have even released footage online filmed secretly in classes of professors teaching classes that contradict Chinese ruling party ideology.
As a result of the critical videos published on Chinese websites and social media, some students received apologies from the academics.
Last week, a Chinese University of Newcastle student posted a YouTube video of him arguing with a professor who referred to Taiwan and Hong Kong as independent countries. You are making us feel uncomfortable, the student is heard saying to business professor Nimay Khaliani. You have to consider all the students.
Professor Khaliani replies: Exactly, all the students, not one set of s...
Given the ongoing debate over same-sex marriage, its worth asking whether our family law system should cover anyone, gay or straight. Getting separated, divorced and dividing up property in Australia can take years and cost tens of thousands of dollars or more. It will continue to do so unless it is reformed and becomes clear and predictable.
Problematically, family law does not have any clear rules about dividing property when married people or de facto couples break up. Instead, a judge must decide how to fairly allocate property based on what a person has contributed financially or in terms of housework or childcare to the relationship. A judge must also decide if a de facto relationship even exists, which can be uncertain.
Because nobody can confidently predict what the judge will do, people spend years and exorbitant sums on lawyers to argue that they deserve more of the marital property. Ex-partners often undermine each other in front of the court and their kids to justify their arguments. They drive their families farther apart while putting their financial lives on hold for years. They are left unable to move on. The system is a major cause of family law litigation and it can leave poorer couples penniless.
The current system should be replaced with accessible, low-cost and basic prenuptial agreements. For example, a basic agreement may state that a person owns everything they bring into a relationship and that everything purchased during a relationship is owned equally by the couple. This agreement could consist of a few boxes to tick at the end of a marriage certificate before it is signed. Those who want a different arrangement can agree to it in writing.
While prenuptial agreements are legal in Australia, the law is too complex and prenuptial agreements are sometimes unenforceable. This can occur if children are born or if one partner does not see a lawyeror if the lawyer does not give proper advice. This increases the cost of an agreement, undermines certainty and creates more litigation. Couples should have the right to choose how they divide their property with a minimum of fuss.
Even applying for a marriage or divorce is too complicated. It takes at least a month to register a marriage. It takes over a year of separation to get divorced, after which you pay filing fees, legal costs and wait for the divorce application to get processed. People should be allowed to get a simple, single page marriage or divorce certificate without putting their life on hold. Yes, a tiny minority might take that decision lightly but the bulk of us wont.
The family law system should give couples clear expectations about what will happen to their lives and property after they break up. As everyone in the system recognises, right now it is expensive, time-consuming, and emotionally draining. By contrast, s...
Prakash Chandra is a science writer.
Strange radio signals coming from a galaxy some three billion light years away has caused a flutter among astronomers around the world. The signals are in the form of fast radio bursts (FRBs). They were detected last week by a $100-million initiative called the Breakthrough Listen project, founded by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, physicist Stephen Hawking and Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg, to search for alien life in the universe. The project u...
Coburg Little Ath centre are holding 3 Come and Try days in September, starting this Saturday (9th) from 10-12 at the Harold Stevens Athletics Track.
Come and see if you like running, jumping and throwing!
I am the team manager of the Newlands club - come and find me at the Newlands table and I'll help you work through the seeming chaos (it's not really!).
If you wa...
Are you a health conscious family with young children? Would you like to appear in an SBS documentary about nutrition presented by YouTube and TV star Dr Derek Muller?
Genepool Productions is looking for a Melbourne based family who take regular vitamin supplements.
We would like to film with you for approximately one day between the 16th and 30th of October.
Rioting video sparks anti-Muslim rage in China Authorities accused of being overly lenient toward violent Muslim minorities Or is the Chinese government creating an anti-Muslim environment? "IndyWatch Feed National"
AFP/File | Online attacks on Chinese Muslim minorities have surged in recent years, with commenters directing angry screeds at both the Hui and the Uighur minority groups in the countrys north and far west
The alleged row that triggered the latest flood of invective took place in the city of Tangshan in northern Chinas Hebei province on Monday.
According to unconfirmed reports, a group of Hui protesters clashed with police who were carrying shields and wearing uniforms that suggested they were part of a SWAT team, according to online videos.
In the clips filmed at night, the protesters appeared to punch their arms in the air, point their fingers and tell police to kneel down.
It was unclear whether one of the protesters threw a rock at the police, as was alleged in a report by the state-run Global Times.
The newspaper also quoted a Tangshan government employee as saying that someone was beaten, without giving further details.
In response to the reports, Chinese internet users directed a flood of abuse at the official social media account of the citys public security bureau, accusing them of putting the interests of Muslims over those of the majority Han ethnic group.
How can people ignore the law and police fail to act? What kind of place is this for Han Chinese? It is for minorities only! one commenter wrote.
The commenters accused authorities of being overly lenient toward violent Muslim minorities and demanded swift punishment, in remarks that remained visible on Wednesday.
But elsewhere, searches for the term Muslim Tangshan and related phrases were blocked, with a message stating that the content violated community guidelines.
Calls to the Tangshan public security bureau went unanswered Wednesday.
In recent months, Chinese netizens have expressed fury over a variety of reports that they claim show preferential treatment for Muslims.
In July, an announcement by a popular food delivery app that it....
If the police knock on your door
In cooperation with legal counsel, our comrades have prepared a poster explaining how to handle visits from law enforcement. This includes any agent from any law enforcement agency, regardless of whether they are local, state, or federal, including the FBI, ATF, and ICE when they are working as law enforcement, uniformed or not. Consider putting a copy of this poster by the doors of your residence and familiarizing yourself with the information. These days, no matter who you are or what youre doing, you never know when you might receive an unwelcome visit.
Click the image above for downloadable PDF.
Keep the outer gate or door chain locked. If you must, step outside and close the door behind you. Better yet, speak through the door.
You can also say I have been advised to not answer questions. If you leave a card, a lawyer may contact you. The police are trained to intimidate. Dont let them bully you! Regardless of what they say, remember that you are never required to answer anything they ask. Your responsibility is to your conscience and your community, not to the police or their investigation.
Research the legal resources available in your area. Keep the phone numbers accessible for the local National Lawyers Guild hotline, the local hotline to report ICE raids, and any contacts you have for legal support or raising bail money. Agree on a response plan with those you share this home with! Keep in mind that the phone numbers you have written out in your home may be discovered by police.
Do not sign anything you are given without seeking advice from a lawyer first.
Lying to police may result in criminal charges. The safest thing is to not engage with them at all.
Rehearse the phrases on this poster. That way, when the time comes, you will feel confident enough to deny them entry, access, and information.
Ask if they have a search warrant that is signed by a judge. It must be no more than ten days old. If they do not have a search warrant:
In this piece for Medium, Andrs Ruiz explores the reasons that psychiatry is the only medical speciality with an anti-movement and a history of sustained criticism. He critiques the biomedical model on philosophical grounds and argues for a biopsychosocial one instead.
I have attempted to give a general overview of the biomedical models distinctive features and why adherence to this model has been one of the primary reasons why psychiatry stands apart from other mental health professions in having a history of sustained criticism. Why have psychology and neurology avoided this fate? One plausible reason is that psychology has historically opposed biomedical reductionism and continues to push back with each new edition of the DSM. On the other hand, neurology primarily focuses on conditions with known pathophysiologies, though the boundaries between the two are fuzzy, leading to many researchers calling for the two fields to merge.
The most likely answer is that the conditions neurology has medical domain over have identifiable biological markers and bases in human anatomy. Neurology is one field where the biomedical model has proven to widely successful, a claim that cannot be said for psychiatry. One way to interpret this is to hope some day psychiatrys biomedical research program proves as successful as neurologys. Another approach, the one I call for, is to abandon this reductionistic model and once again fully embrace the biopsychosocial research paradigm.
But Washington hasnt tried everything yet.
Below, three experts offer ideas on how the U.S. might get out of its policy box on North Korea.
And none of them require firing a shot.
DETERRENCE: A FAMILIAR GAME FOR U.S.
Deterrence is about making sure your opponent has no good military moves. Kim Jong Un has proven to be pretty good at it.
Vipin Narang, a nuclear strategy and nonproliferation expert at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, believes U.S. policymakers need to let that sink in.
Saying that this nuclear program has not augmented or improved North Koreas ability to deter particular actions, especially regime change or invasion or disarmament, is simply denying reality and putting our head in the sand, he said.
The good news is deterrence is a game the United States has played before.
We know how to do this, he said. We did it with China and the Soviet Union and managed to reassure West Germany and Europe during the Cold War. There is no logical reason we cannot do it with North Korea. Kim is not crazy or irrational and responds to strategic and domestic incentives.
Upping the game will require two things Narang believes are now lacking: a coherent and unified message to Pyongyang from President Donald Trumps administration, and strong, believable reassurances to Americas regional allies.
Along with preventing a U.S. attack, North Koreas nuclear weapons and missile tests are intended to create discord among the U.S., Japan and South Korea and, though its not an American ally China. If Americas ability to handle North Korea is in doubt, there is more pressure for South Korea and Japan to pursue independent strategies and even consider developing nuclear weapons of their own.
Moreover, the different messages coming from the White House, State Department and Department of Defense ranging from Trump threatening fire and fury to the more conciliatory to...
Chinese owned Healthe Care has boosted its portfolio of Australian hospitals to 21 after doing a $53 million deal for three hospitals in the Illawarra region of NSW.
Chinese owned private hospital operator Healthe Care has bought three NSW hospitals for $53 million while it continues to negotiate a takeover of another health care operator.
The purchase of Shellharbour Private Hospital, South Coast Private mental health hospital and Wollongong Day Surgery, all in the Illawarra region south of Sydney, takes Healthe Cares local portfolio to 21 hospitals.
Healthe Care, Australias third largest corporate private hospital operator, is currently negotiating a takeover of ASX-listed private hospital operator Pulse Health.
The company, acquired by Chinas Luye Medical group a year ago for $938 million, has been given the green light by the Australian competition watchdog to acquire Pulse.
Pulse operates 12 hospitals, including Westmead Rehabilitation and Bega Valley Private in NSW, and Gold Coast Surgical and Mackay Rehabilitation hospitals in Queensland.
Healthe chief executive Steve Atkins said the company expects to settle further acquisitions this year.
In February, the company bought two other hospitals: a 30-bed mental health hospital at Perth and a rehabilitation and day clinic south of Perth.
By Selby Stewart A 31-year-old man, allegedly wearing no pants, chased two women on Acland St on Saturday. Police has identified the man as a resident of Caulfield North. He has been charged with attempt to commit an indictable offence and sexual exposure. Witnesses saw the pant-less man run after the women near ODonnell gardens 
Below is the full transcript of the telephone call on 18 January 2017 between Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
It got heated over a US- Australian refugee deal that the Obama administration made in 2012 with Australia.
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We've been waiting twenty years for a really, really good Chinese resto in our Enmore\Newtown neighbourhood. Then Chinese Dumpling Master appears on Enmore Road, complete with handmade noodles, plastic grapes on the ceiling and even beers in the fridge. It's a dream come true. Google tells us Chinese Dumpling Master is run by the folks from the ever-popular Chinese Noodle Restaurant in
Protesters have stormed the Yarra City Council building to protest its decision to stop hosting Australia Day celebrations on the 26th of January the day of the first fleets arrival in Australia. In the wake of debate about the insensitive nature of celebrating the commencement of British occupation, and all that followed for Indigenous
The post Protesters Storm Council Meeting Over Australia Day Ban appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.
Australia has uranium export agreements in place with all of the five declared nuclear weapons states the US, Russia, China, France and the UK although none of these countries take seriously their obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation-Treaty to pursue nuclear disarmament.
IAEA safeguards inspections in the declared weapons states are voluntary and, in general, tokenistic.
Australia, along with the weapons states, boycotted recent negotiations on a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, adopted by the United Nations in early July.
Australia has fallen into the trap of bending over backwards to support its allies on an international scale, and subordinating non-proliferation objectives to the commercial interests of the (mostly foreign-owned) uranium companies operating in Australia.
Australias contribution to nuclear proliferation risks, Bridget Mitchell and Jim Green, 6 Sept 2017, Online Opinion www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=19268&page=0 Once again, the world finds itself in a dangerous place as one mad-man explodes increasingly powerful nuclear weapons and another mad-man threatens North Korea with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.
There appears to be no...
By all ye cry or whisper,
By all ye leave or do,
The silent sullen peoples
Shall weigh your Gods and you.
And where the crazy whiteman
And his teargas happiness
Lies dead and long since buried
By his own fantastic mess
As a young lad in Birmingham, my school chums and I would be enthralled by a world map covered in red the empire upon which the sun never set. As Britain turns its back on Europe, it would seem that quite a few folk are still enamoured of the defunct Imperium. A 2014 YouGov opinion poll that found 59% British people polled believed the old British Empire was something to be proud of. 34% wished they still had one.
Back in the day, wed do school projects about cocoa cultivation on the Gold Coast (now Ghana, not our Australian schoolies mecca), rubber trees in Malaya and East Africa, and tea plantations in Assam and Ceylon enhanced by attractive, child-friendly posters and other educational aids provided gratis by the likes of Cadbury, Dunlop and Typhoo. That these household names had factories in our industrial second city which encouraged school outings rendered the wonders of empire all the more tangible.
In the Britain of my childhood, the silent sullen peoples of Rudyard Kiplings famous poem were beginning to colour-up (pun quite intended) our monochrome, white-bread, demographic cityscape. The bleak and bland streets and suburbs of our English and Irish Birmingham were already rocking with new sounds and flavours, from the ska and reggae beats of Sparkhill to the spicy aromas of Balsall Heath and Alum Rock. There was prejudice, there was discrimination, there was at times violence, but as Britain emerged from the austerity of the war years, as the bombed cities were rebuilt, and a resuscitated economy created a consumer society, labour shortages persuaded politicians to facilitate mass immigration from the empire and particularly, from the West Indies and the Indian subcontinent
Words like imperialism and colonialism, economics and exploitation, were yet to enter our vocabularies. The colonies and dependencies spread across all continents, and the grown-up white commonwealths and dominions like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, and Rhodesia, were the friends, partners, and indeed, children of the mother country.
It was, we perceived, in the innocence of youth and the blinkers of our school curricula, a benign and fruitful partnership of mutual benefit to all. To serve our ca...
The good news for Australians and the world at large is that North Korea has no intention of using its nuclear arsenal.
North Korea has a very limited nuclear arsenal, and does not view Australia as a particularly worthy adversary. If they can reach Melbourne or Sydney, they could also reach the mainland United States, which would prove a more tempting target.
So even if Kim Jong-un were to push the button, its very unlikely the missiles will be aimed at Australia.
What North Koreas nukes would do to Australias cities http://www.9news.com.au/national/2017/09/06/12/03/what-north-korea-nuclear-bombs-would-do-to-australian-cities, By Nick Pearson, Sep 6, 2017 North Korea would be capable of killing tens of thousands of Australians instantly if they target one of our cities in a nuclear attack.
A 100 kiloton bomb was detonated under a mountain in North Korea over the weekend, and it would be capable of an extraordinary amount of damage if it targeted an urban area.
US academic Alex Wellerstein created a piece of software that estimates the scale of a nuclear attack on various locations.
At present only Darwin is potentially within the range of North Koreas missiles. The regime also has not developed the technology to put a nuclear warhead on such a missile, so these estimations are at present, hypothetical.
The bomb tested by North Korea on Sunday would kill an estimated 126,000 people straight away if dropped in the heart of Sydney.
Mattis reportedly threatened Sweden with retaliation over signing a nuclear-weapons ban, Business Insider CHRISTOPHER WOODY, SEP 6, 2017 US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis reportedly warned Sweden of severe consequences if the country followed through on signing a UN treaty banning nuclear weapons.
In its report to the National Assemblys defense committee, the ministry also said that its military will stage a unilateral live-fire drill, which involves Taurus air-to-surface guided missiles mounted on its F-15K fighter jets, this month. The missile with a range of 500 kilometers is capable of launching precision strikes on the Norths key nuclear and missile facilities.
We will push for the option of deploying strategic assets such as the U.S. carrier strike group and strategic bombers after consultation with the U.S., the ministry said.
The show-of-force measures were unveiled a day after Pyongyang conducted what it claims to be a test of a hydrogen bomb mountable onto an intercontinental ballistic missile, sharply raising military tensions.
At the parliamentary session, Defense Minister Song Young-moo said that during his recent talks with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, he demanded that the U.S. deploy its strategic assets to Korea on a regular basis. He made the demand, citing local politicians calls for the redeployment of U.S. tactical nukes....
The Minerals Council of Australia pushing zombie ideas, September 4th, 2017, John Quiggin, http://johnquiggin.com/2017/09/04/the-minerals-council-of-australia-pushing-zombie-ideas/
Fighting zombies is a tiresome business. Even when you think youve finally killed them, they bounce back as often as not. But it has to be done, and there are some benefits. When you see a supposedly serious person or organization pushing zombie ideas, its an indication that nothing they put out should be presumed to be serious.
There can be few zombies more thoroughly undead than nuclear power in general, except for the idea that nuclear power is a sensible option for Australia. The strongly pro-nuclear SA Royal Commission demolished this zombie so thoroughly that it should have taken a decade at least to regenerate.
But heres the Minerals Council of Australia, which has taken a break from promoting coal to push the idea thatAustralia needs a nuclear power industry and that the biggest obstacle is a legal prohibition imposed in 1998. The supporting analysis is riddled with absurdities, some of which have already been pointed out. Ill give my own (incomplete) list over the fold
Dan Monceaux Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia 3 September 2017.
General Atomics popped up in the news yesterday, but their name wasnt mentioned in the news report I saw. Apparently, Australias defence forces are int...
North Korea makes another threat to America as Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull hold talks, The West Australian , Claire Bickers, Sarah Blake in New York, wires 6 September 2017 Donald Trumps phone call with Prime Minister Turnbull has been described as warm and constructive.
The two leaders have agreed North Korea poses a grave threat to regional stability and that it is time for the international community to act.
Chinas role in putting pressure on Pyongyang to end its nuclear and missile testing program was discussed, along with the emerging threat of Islamic militants in the Philippines.
Earlier, Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne said Australia and its allies sought to avoid a military conflict with North Korea at all costs.
The Minister will be travelling to Seoul today to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and to deliver the keynote address at a forum on regional and global security.
We seek to pursue the sanctions process and to ensure that they are allowed to operate to their fullest effect to send the clearest possible message to the regime in North Korea that their behaviour is unacceptable, she told ABC radio.
There has been speculation North Korea may be planning to fire an ICBM this weekend when the republic celebrates its foundation on September 9. Mr Turnbull told coalition MPs at a partyroom meeting on Tuesday that the action of North Korea was reckless, dangerous and provocative.
He echoed the US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley who said the regime seems to be begging for a war.
Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong will meet leaders in South Korea and Japan later in the month. Mr Shorten said he was pleased about the phone call between Mr Trump and Mr Turnbull.
Australia must use its influence wherever possible to promote a peaceful resolution to this crisis, and I hope this phone call goes some way to achieving this, Mr Shorten said.
Confirmation of the Oval Office phone call came late Tuesday, during a dramatic day of developments in the burgeoning nuclear crisis, as the Japanese government started planning for mass evacuations of nearly 60,000 citizens in South Korea.https://thewest.com.au/news/world/north-korea-makes-another-threat-to-america-as-donald-trump-and-malcolm-turnbull-hold-talks-ng-b88590753z
Robin des Bois 30th Aug 2017, Within a few days, unless an accident occurs, the Pacific Egret will enter the North Korean missile influence area. The Pacific Egret carries 8 tons of MOX, a nuclear fuel made in France containing 8 to 10% of plutonium mixed with enriched uranium.
This civil bomb left the French port of Cherbourg on July 5, 2017. After having sailed down the Atlantic Ocean, passed off South Africa, crossed the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean, the MOX is expected to be unloaded in the small private port of the Japanese nuclear power plant in Takahama, facing North Korea.
Once again, the French government, Areva and the Nuclear Safety Authority have taken the irresponsible risk of permitting and undertaking a nuclear expedition bound for an unsteady zone in all political, geological and climatic respects. http://www.robindesbois.org/en/moxquitue-n2/
ARTMS Products Inc. partners with Alliance Medical to modernize, stabilize UK medical isotope supply chain https://www.alliancemedical.co.uk/news/artms-products-inc-partners-with-alliance-medical-to-modernize-stabilize-uk-medical-isotope May 16, 2017
ARTMS Products, Inc., a Vancouver-based medical technology company, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Alliance Medical to enable and demonstrate an alternative, non-reactor supply of technetium-99m (Tc-99m) within the United Kingdom. ARTMS will provide to Alliance the hardware, know-how, and proprietary consumables to gain regulatory marketing approval within the UK and subsequently implement commercial supply of accelerator-, or cyclotron-produced Tc-99m. This technology will enable a reduction in the reliance in the UK of foreign, subsidized, reactor-based medical isotope production; enhancing supply reliability and eliminating the use of enriched uranium as a source of life-saving medical isotopes.
Tc-99m is used in over 80% of all nuclear medicine imaging procedures in areas such as cardiology, oncology, and neurology. Typically sourced from an ageing fleet of global nuclear reactors, this important isotope has been subjected to significant supply disruptions in recent years. ARTMSs technology to produce Tc-99m using medical cyclotrons is a v...
My focus almost daily is on North Korea since there is a lot that can go wrong, with an attack on the Norks not the worst of the outcomes. You may be sure everyone who matters is wondering to what extent the US has become a paper tiger. There are plenty of others, from Iran to China, who will gauge things by what Trump ends up doing about a madman with nukes who is building ICBMs in hardened silos and threatening to blow up various American cities. This is Putins entry into the mix of views: North Korea nuclear crisis: Putin warns of planetary catastrophe. He definitely would like to see Americas foreign policy reach diminished (even with his best friend in the White House). So what does he say.
The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has warned that the escalating North Korean crisis could cause a planetary catastrophe and huge loss of life, and described US proposals for further sanctions on Pyongyang as useless.
Ramping up military hysteria in such conditions is senseless; its a dead end, he told reporters in China. It could lead to a global, planetary catastrophe and a huge loss of human life. There is no other way to solve the North Korean nuclear issue, save that of peaceful dialogue.
Peaceful dialogue, just like in The Ukraine. He also said this which is what I particularly liked:
We all remember what happened with Iraq and Saddam Hussein. His children were killed, I think his grandson was shot, the whole country was destroyed and Saddam Hussein was hanged We all know how this happened and people in North Korea remember well what happened in Iraq.
They will eat grass but will not stop their [nuclear] programme as long as they do not feel safe.
They are already eating grass because of the nuclear programme. The very idea that the people in North Korea have any say of any kind in what goes on is so ludicrous that they must have laughed themselves stupid when they put this statement out.
Meanwhile, North Korea has virtually disappeared from the news, no doubt because it is showing Donald Trumps worth as a president who takes problems like this seriously. I wish I trusted his advisors as much.
The Pax Romana (Roman Peace) was a period of relative peace and stability across the Roman Empire which lasted for over 200 years, beginning with the reign of Augustus (27 BCE 14 CE). Edward Gibbon, author of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is sometimes credited with the idea
Science agency stands in contrast to Australias biggest polluter, AGL, which parted ways with MCA over climate change, Guardian, Michael Slezak, 6 Sept 17, The Australian governments science agency, the CSIRO, has paid tens of thousands of dollars to peak mining lobby group the Minerals Council of Australia, which fights against government action on climate change.
The CSIRO has been listed as an associate member of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) since at least 2004 and new documents obtained by the Australian Institute, under freedom of information laws, show that in 2017 the annual subscription for membership was just under $10,000.
The mining lobby plays a vocal role in Australian climate change policy debates and the positions it takes are on the extreme end of the spectrum and include pushing for more coal power stations to be built.
The CSIRO continues to be a member of the MCA despite even Australias biggest climate polluter, AGL, publicly parting ways with the Minerals Council of Australia in 2016, saying it did so because of the positions the MCA took on climate change.
AGLs positions on climate change and renewable energy differed from those held by the Minerals Council of Australia and AG...
How Teslas big battery can smash Australias energy cartel, REneweconomy, By Giles Parkinson on 4 September 2017 A series of reports from Australias Energy Regulator has illustrated how Australias big energy players have taken advantage of their market dominance to push up prices for critical grid services, and underline why South Australia was so keen to support the new Tesla big battery.
The Tesla battery, due to be installed by December 1, has been derided by the federal government as too small to do much and about as useful as a Big Banana or Big Pineapple.
But going by the AER reports, it could completely puncture the price gouging (which, we should point out, is perfectly legal according to the market rules) by major energy players that is costing consumers $60 million a year.
The series of AER reports highlight how, on at least seven occasions over the last 10 months, the actions of the major players AGL, Origin and Engie managed to push prices of Frequency Control A...
When Spartacus was younger, much younger, he enjoyed watching cartoons in the morning. One cartoon, which probably wont pass the current political correctness and child safety tests was El Kabong.
The the hero of the cartoon was a horse in a mask who beat the bad guys over the head with a guitar.
As part of the recent budget, the government announced the implementation of the Bank Executive Accountability Regime (BEAR) where APRA will have the power to deregister and disqualify senior executives who fail to meet expectations. Whose expectations? Well APRAs expectations perhaps.
And now today, The Hon. Kelly ODwyer MP, Minister for Revenue and Financial Services announced that:
ASIC Enforcement Review Taskforce (released a) position paper titled ASICs power to ban senior officials in the financial sector.
Courts of law. Rule of law. Hah. Who needs regulators and rules. Just issue the regulators masks and guitars.
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My eyes were still drowning in the short-term aftermath of separation as I got off the plane. He welcomed me with a smile and a bright greeting. He did not embarrass me, nor stare too long at my puffy face for fear of making me uncomfortable.
When this is over, I will get off the plane and run into your arms. I will cry and you will not, because you always say one of us has to be strong. You will never know how much I missed you, because I fear telling you might root me to the ground and keep me from venturing out again.
I got lost on my way to the hotel and called out
Excuse me, I asked, my suitcase in tow. Am I on the right track? Silently, I congratulated myself on speaking her language well enough to yield comprehension. She smiled with a kind sort of pity, but I didnt dislike it; I wanted someone to hold my hand, if only for a moment, and figured it might as well be her.
A month from now, I will ask you whether I did the right thing. You will look at me in your familiar way and say nothing. You will kiss my forehead, and I will feel both lost and found at the same time.
I was walking down a semi-familiar street with my shabby backpack and shabbier shoes when the rain began to fall. Being only metres away from the hotel, I was unfazed, but then he approached from behind and asked if I did not have an umbrella. I confirmed his concerns and assumed the end of the conversation, given the closed nature of the question. He handed me his umbrella, told me he didnt need it and walked off into the rain. If he had known I was seconds away from a mediocre hotel shower and change of clothes, he may have rethought his decision. But then maybe he knew what I needed better than I did.
Its winter at home now. I will find myself caught in the rain many times over the coming month and a half. I might never have an umbrella when I need one, but it wont matter. I wont be alone.
One afternoon I found myself alone on the way to my far-off classroom. The day filled with complications early on and weighed down my feet, so I sat and ordered a smoothie which would have been too expensive if I were not so tired. I drank it like it was golden and left feeling lighter, whether from the energy in the drink or the fewer coins in my purse.
My friends are all together drinking overpriced smoothies in the shopping mall foodcourt. They say they think of me often but they have no idea. I will not be p...
The mainstream media including the ABC are in lock step with the Government in misreporting most economic developments. read now...
By Cr Dick Gross Four Corners has done it again. On August 14 this year, ABC TVs award winning Four Corners program investigated the big business of rubbish and where it ends up. The program famous for uncovering filth has uncovered some big issues in Australias waste industry. Lets find out what it means for Port Phillip. 
Watching Q&A is an increasingly confusing experience. It would appear, from the questions and the panel responses, to anyone with a perspective of more than 30 years that we have not just been marking time but gone backwards with respect to gender and sexuality, anti-racism and colonialism. There was a sense of enlightenment in the 1970s, when women burned their bras, anthropologists wrote about gender pathways, and women in the Middle East wore miniskirts and went to co-ed universities - but things have gone downhill since. From current discourse as exemplified often on the media and especially on ABC 1's Q and A, it's as if the easy-going youth cultures of the 60s and 70s never happened ! We are now being 'educated' about a grey future where the best we can aspire to is mutual tolerance, when once we had far greater ambitions. In the 70s, for young people, the sky seemed to be the limit in terms of understanding international friendship possibilities. This was long before the Internet but when international travel became more widely available and there was a bit of a pause in wars which have since become constant.
Sylvie stirred on the sofa as one program ended and a set of promos began. It was the change of rhythm that disturbed her, or perhaps a slightly higher volume on the television. She was still barely awake but was aware that she needed to undress, clean her teeth and wash her face before bed. It was cold in the bathroom so she stayed put for a little while in the warm living room. Somehow the television looked different; larger, much larger, brighter, flatter than before. The promos had finished and the next program started. The people on the screen were unfamiliar to her. It was a panel show with a studio audience. To her amazement, one of the women on the panel was wearing a sort of archaic black head dress but spoke with an American accent. Sylvie sat up with a bit of a start. Where had this program come from? It was not the normal Monday night program. She went over to the television to try another channel but could find no way of adjusting this TV. She sat down again transfixed. Questions were coming from the audience to the panel. The themes were unfamiliar, troubling and seemed to concern Britain and the US. They referred to recent violence in the US an...
The BCFF is produced each year by the Winter Wildlands Alliance as a celebration of the human-powered experience and a gathering place for the backcountry snowsports community.
We are offering one more showing of the festival in Melbourne for 2017.
Tuesday 12 September.
This years Winter Wildlands Alliance festival features eleven films. For full details on these, please check here. PLEASE NOTE that these are the same films that were shown in May at Melbourne University.
There will be two shows one at 7pm and one at 9pm.
Venue: Longplay Bar and Cinema
318 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North.
Because its a licensed venue, please no children.
Funds raised will go to Mountain Sports Collective.
This is a small venue so we are asking people to let us know
theyre coming so we can put a ticket aside. Please email Team
Snowsense, saying which of the sessions you will be at.
OR: leave a note in the Snowsense facebook page under the film festival event and we will reserve you a ticket.
In business, when a company gets into financial trouble, a process of voluntary administration is available whereby the company is put into the control of an independent person who can assess available options and to restructure the business in the best interest of creditors and owners.
According to ASIC:
Voluntary administration is designed to resolve a companys future direction quickly. An independent and suitably qualified person (the voluntary administrator) takes full control of the company to try to work out a way to save either the company or its business.
Again, according to ASIC:
The voluntary administrator has all the powers of the company and its directors. This includes the power to sell or close down the companys business or sell individual assets in the lead up to the creditors decision on the companys future.
Voluntary administration is a mechanism that has been used many times for many years when businesses have gone off the rails.
Here is my question then. When a government has gone off the rails, and is not just in financial trouble, but seems to consistently mismanage its affairs, why is there no such mechanism available to quickly clean up the mess and prior bad decisions?
Within the Australian Commonwealth, there are a combined 8 states and territories. Consistently since 2000, the citizens of 4 states have subsidised the citizens of the other 2 states and 2 territories. The subsidies well preceded 2000, but 2000 is when the GST distribution started.
The following table is from a 2014 Parliamentary Review of the GST distributions to the states and territories. The table shoes what the dollar return per jurisdiction are. That is, for every $1 of GST paid in the state/territory, how much of it comes back via the Commonwealth Grants Commission process. The later years numbers are projections because the report was from 2014, but the final numbers are close enough.
Over the 17 years, NSW, VIC, QLD and WA citizens received an average of $0.90 for every $1.00 of GST paid. O......
Residents of Main Arm Road are in shock after discovering that two causeways near the Kohinur Hall were closed without notice by Byron Shire Council at 2:15pm today (Wednesday, September 6).
The council said it had no alternative but to close the two bridges because of structural issues and [the] danger posed to residents uncovered by engineers it engaged.
This will be of little comfort to people living above the bridges, who are currently threatened by a bushfire that has been burning for several days and is yet to be brought under control.
The council says it is hopeful that following a full report from the engineers they will be able to reopen the causeways to traffic under five tonnes.
Meanwhile, people living west of Kohinur Hall will be unable to get direct access to Mullumbimby and are being told they will need to look for alternative routes.
The second causeway east of the hall and the first causeway west of the hall are closed to all traffic, with residents living on Main Arm Road between these causeways only able to get access to their properties by walking in.
Engineers were called to inspect the causeways after a bridge at Durrumbul collapsed recently.
Local filmmaker Sharon Shostak, who spent the day teaching at the school said that staff and parents were thrown into chaos by the news, having had no forewarning of the closure.
She said school staff contacted the school bus service, which hadnt been advised of the closure by the council.
We we were told by a parent that the council was going to close the two causeways just past Kohinur because they received an engineers report that they were dangerous, Ms Shostak said.
Theyve closed the bridges subject to a further report and they told one guy he had an hour to get out.
They hadnt informed the school or the bus company. The fire trucks are being rerouted via Stokers Siding and Uki
A parent was told by one council worker although they had erected barriers they wouldnt fill them with water so small vehicles could get out in an emergency, she said.
But Byron Shire Council is standing by the move, with works manager Tony Nash saying, the safety of our communit...
I have met hundreds of people from all walks of life standing up and working together to keep our land and water safe for the next generation. Photograph: Supplied. Share this Post There has been a lot of talk from both the Northern Territory and federal governments recently about the rivers of royalties, jobs and other benefits they claim will ...
Joe Toscano first began broadcasting an anarchist analysis of local, national and international events on 3CR in August 1977. All are welcome to a special live broadcast of Anarchist World This Week on Wednesday 20th September, from 10:00 - 11:00 am at The Unitarian Church, 110 Grey St, East Melbourne. Doors open at 9:30am. Please be seated by 10:00am as the broadcast is live and will be simultaneously broadcast around Australia on the Community Radio Network. The broadcast will be followed by a question and answer session about the future direction for the radical struggle to devolve power and share wealth in Australia. A communal lunch will be provided by Sampari the West Papuan Independence Movement for $15. You are encouraged to buy lunch for someone else who cannot afford it.
Restored Republic via a GCR Update as of Sept. 6 2017
Compiled 12:35 am EDT 6 Sept. 2017 by Judy Byington, MSW, LCSW, ret, CEO, Child Abuse Recovery www.ChildAbuseRecovery.com; Author, "Twenty Two Faces," www.22faces.com
Source: Dinar Chronicles
A. Sept. 5 2017 The Big Call, Bruce: Thebigcall.net 712-770-4016 pin123456#
1. For the past two weeks Iraq has moved through the GCR - have new rates on their Qi Cards, new rates in their ATMs, accounts are hydrated and Dinar rate went up 100 fold.
2. Iraq's digital Gazette is printed tonight with the new budget and new rates. The Gazette will come out tomorrow morning Sept. 6.
3. The BRICS financial conference in China will finish up tomorrow Sept. 6. Egypt is the latest member to be added to BRICS.
4. In the US as of 3:30 EDT this am Sept. 5 the fines and penalties were being paid out; they were hydrating SKRs and paying out 50,000 accounts per hour globally. This payout was believed to be completed within 36 hours.
5. The Tier 4 (internet group) should get started soon.
6. The 800 numbers could come tonight or tomorrow Sept. 6. We could get notified at any time.
7. New redemption centers were put in the mix - 9 in Texas, 7 in Louisiana - as a result of Hurricane Harvey. A few need finalization of their communication.
8. Zim rates have crept up slightly. There are good screen rates on the other currencies. You can negotiate for higher rates providing you have projects that will support those rates. You need to answer the question of how you are going to benefit humankind?
B. Sept. 5 2017 11:11 am EDT GCR Intel Situation Report: "Pink Lady" - GCR/RV Intel SITREP - Tuesday - September 5, 2017
1. Markets open tomorrow Sept. 6 at 9am EDT.
2. Before that at 7:27am EDT Sept. 6 Mercury goes direct and the earth starts to come out of retrograde.
3. Everything happening right now syncs up with this astrological event. Including Hurricane Irma which has slowed down ironically as it gets bigger and is delaying itself. Florida has already declared a state of emergency--and it's a week out--that the raw powerful of Hurricane Irma.
4. North Korea is about ready to announce the end of the world according to what this Mossad ag...
QUESTION: Dear Martin,
Tesla's Tiny House has a big mission: Educating Australian consumers on how they can generate, store, and renewable energy.
ARTS THURSDAY 7th September at 10:30 am
Arts Thursday with Maisy Stapleton on 7 September presents two women, whose lives took new paths into the arts, following family-raising and a diversity of careers.
Barbara Fisher is a poet whose work explores aspects of a womans life her memories, perceptions and domestic details, such as food and dress. Her wry humour is woven through her words and she probes values, social mores and things taken for granted.
Join me as I speak to Barbara about her work and she reads some of her poetry.
Barbara Fishers book of poetry Rescued from Time is available from Ginninderra Press go to: http://www.ginninderrapress.com.au/
Maria Stoljar is both a painter and a podcaster, who has developed a series of podcasted interviews, Talking with Painters, a YouTube site and Instagram posts focused on the lives, techniques and work of Australian artists, including Lucy Culliton, James Drinkwater and Lewis Miller.
Maria shares the story of how she developed these po...
QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; I have followed you for many years. I have to say, I am truly amazed at what your computer projects. You have never missed a move yet. Here we have the rally in gold into September, yet the August high stands in the market, and even Korea went nuts on your target date and your next target for the 11th concerning Korea I do not want to think what is going on.
I understand you say you never pursued this research based upon a preconclusion but bumped into this in the middle of the night. My question is this. Do you think what you have discovered is somehow a mysterious force that just compels things to happen on target? Its hard for me to put into words. Do you have any idea why all these things happen when you forecast they will happen?
Definitely see you in Orlando.
ANSWER: I get this question a lot. I really do not know what is the answer. We clearly respond to events the same today as humans did in Roman times. Politicians never change and are always greedy and will exploit the people. If this was not true, then we should all be speaking Babylonian.
I can see that is you do X then Y will always follow. But this is some strange complexity that is far beyond what people are willing to expect. The government simply said I manipulated the world economy. Now thats really nuts. All I have done is comprehend the inter-connectivity and mapped it out with TIME.
There is a very interesting regularity to everything and it is truly predictable. Yet the majority still prefer to blame me (messenger) rather than stop and explore that there is a mysterious order of complexity far beyond comprehension. The consequence of that (Invisible Hand) runs contrary to politicians who try to manipulate society in the spirit of Karl Marx. So if I am right, that means a politicians can not keep their promises for they cannot control the world economy.
Over on Stuff, Vernon Small digs up the past, and points
Steven Joyce is a serial liar:
July 2011: Steven Joyce attacks Labour's fiscal plan, saying it would leave a huge hole over the next 15 years and add $18.4 billion to debt.
August 2014: Steven Joyce claims reckless Labour spending of almost $18b.
Let's just say that even before this week National campaign manager and finance spokesman Steven Joyce has form.
By comparison with his attempts in 2011 and 2014 the "hole" he claimed to have found in Labour's 2017 plan $11.7b was relatively small.
His motivation is as clear as crystal: feed the view Labour is incompetent and that National is the only trusted steward of the nation's books.
On the eve of World Threatened Species Day, The Wilderness Society today called on Tasmanian Environment Minister Matthew Groom to clarify his governments policy to reverse reserves in critical giant freshwater lobster habitat identified in a national Recovery Plan for protection.
Last month, Minister Groom jointly signed a Recovery Plan for the lobster with Federal Minister Josh Frydenberg under national environment laws, the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. This plan includes an agreed action to increase the total area of giant freshwater crayfish habitat that is reserved.
This is inconsistent with his governments policy to remove reservation for 356,000 hectares of high conservation value forest across the state, including in the catchments named as critical lobster habitat.
"The Lobster Recovery Plan and its agreed action to increase reserves in key habitat areas was a welcome dose of common sense, underpinned by science, said Vica Bayley, spokesperson for The Wilderness Society. But this runs counter to the Hodgman Governments plan to reduce the amount of forests reserved in identified river catchments, in an attempt to introduce logging.
"As we again recognise the tragic day the last known thylacine died 81 years ago, Minister Groom needs to clarify how his government can reconcile a policy position that is directly counter to an agreed plan to save another species from extinction."
The Wilderness Society has written to Minister Groom, highlighting the policy and recovery plan inconsistency and the fact that his intent is to reduce, not increase, the level of reservation in identified catchments that are known, core habitat for the lobster.
"Minister Grooms policy is to undo the reservation of 37,000 hectares of important lobster habitat in the takayna/Tarkine and surrounding forests, identified for reservation in the Recovery Plan.
"Mr Groom wants these forests logged not reserved, but the Recovery Plan identifies logging as one of the most significant threats to the survival of the species.
"Logging protected forests in catchments recommended for formal reservation simply doesnt stack up, and Minister Groom needs to clarify if he is going to implement the Recovery Plan or bulldoze on with a discredited logging policy that will have a significant negative impact on the survival of another iconic Tasmanian species."
On Arts Wednesday 6 September, Sylvias guest was poetry devotee, Eleanor Smagarinsky, talking about ModPo, an online poetry community. We did a close reading of Lorine Niedeckers poem, You Are My Friend. Here is the text:
You are my friend
you bring me peaches
and the high bush cranberry
you water my worms
you patch my boot
with your mending kit
nothing in it
but my hand
Listen to the 3 parts of the conversation below:
That was Part 1 and here is Part 2:
Now for the part youve been waiting for: close reading of You are my friend by Lorine Niedecker:
Over the course of August/September 2017 on Arts Wednesday, Sylvia hosted a 6-part series entitled Our Universe, with Geraint Lewis, Professor of Astrophysics at the Sydney Institute For Astronomy , The University of Sydney.
Listen to the series below:
Here is Part 1, entitled The Depths of the Solar System, where Geraint focusses on what we have learned about our patch of the universe:
Now for Part 2, entitled New Planets and Life in the Universe, looking at recent discoveries about planets and the possibility of life:
This is Part 3, entitled The Evolving Universe, looking at the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies:
Part 5 is entitled Death from the Skies and looks at rocks and comets fr0m space, supernovae and gamma-ray bursts:
And the final part: The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Universe. What do we know about the future history of the universe?
THIS Saturdays grand final between Fish Creek and Toora could be the last game played in the Alberton Football Netball League as we now know it. The season was difficult 
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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim Stooping to a new low, the Turnbull government has begun cutting off the welfare payment to vulnerable asylum seekers and given these people three weeks to vacate their government-supported accommodation. Leaked documents from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) initially revealed that the government planned to place former offshore detainees
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The mainstream media tells us that Washington is trying to recruit China into helping contain North Korea.
The behaviour of the US Navy sure wouldnt be giving China the desire to do anything except perhaps to give President Trump the bird.
A couple of days ago, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Pentagon is going to run naval patrols in the South China Sea. This is to create a a more consistent posture to counter Chinas maritime claims there...
The US is deliberately touching a Chinese sore point here.
China regards the South China Sea as its territory.
Take the Chinese view for a moment. It would be as if China was sending battleships into the Gulf of Mexico.
I bring it up because the South China Sea is going to stay a squabbling point for a long time to come.
The whole area is vital for international shipping not to menton containing multiple and overlapping claims from the surrounding countries. Its a messy situation
I dug into China expert Tom Millers recent book, Chinas Asian Dream, for a second look on this issue.
There are two key island chains here: the Spratly Islands and the Paracel Islands.
Vietnam, China and Taiwan all claim the Paracels, but China controls them. Beijing has built an artificial dock on the biggest island, and a runway to handle fighter aircraft and small passenger planes.
Apparently, there are surface-to-air missiles ready to go here as well. China is militarising the whole area though publicly denies most of this.
Miller says Chinas claim to the Paracels is genuine. Vietnam also has a genuine claim, but we can assume pretty easily that theres not much they can do about it.
Miller says Chinas claim to the Spratlys made up of 750 islands, further south is mostly bogus.
These islands are actually a lot closer to Malaysia and Brunei than anywhere else.
Heres a handy map to show you how distant they are from the Chinese mainland
China pushes its claim here aggressively regardless.
That makes countries like Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam wary of Chinese expansion. This pushes them towards allying with the US.
China justifies its behaviour by saying it has an ancient claim to the Sout...
Image Courtesy of Port Fairy Folk Festival With early bird tickets just about to go on sale for the 2018 Port Fairy Folk Festival, Victorias premiere folk even have just released a huge swathe of artists for first announcement. Firstly the Port Fairy Folk Festival will be showcasing two very specical performances of Exile: Songs 
Dear fellow bunk-bed dwellers at Mana Mana hostel,
As you may remember, it was a sultry night in that little township on Spains Costa Brava coast. The window was ajar and our room was blanketed in a fine coating of sweat. It was 10pm and everyone had opted for an early night after a big day of ocean frolicking, awe-inspiring hikes and a cheap tapas.
30 minutes or so had passed and the creaks and groans of the metal framed bunk-beds had all but silenced as a light veil of sleep passed over the room. That was until it started. No doubt your ears perked up as a soft purr could be heard faintly buzzing from my bottom bunk, a purr that soon turned into a growl. You tried to bury your heads deeper into your pillows to drown out the noise, but it didnt stop there. The growl grew louder, deeper, more ferocious until it was no longer a growl but a force that had transcended reason and become a bone rattling thunder that shook the room like a derailed freight train crashing through the wall.
I awoke at around 8am feeling well rested as I nestled myself comfortably on my side to check the time. None of you noticed I had woken up, so you unassumingly carried on with your conversation.
That noise wasnt fucking human.
I didnt even get a little bit of sleep, I was so close to punching him in the face. But even that probably wouldnt have woken him.
Probably not. I had to go two floors down to the kitchen and sleep on a bench only to be woken by the cleaning lady at 6 am. Im changing rooms today.
Im glad Im checking out, Ill probably still hear him from my bus.
You both laughed.
If theres one thing we can all agree on, its that not getting enough sleep can be frustrating, even more so when its because of someone else, so you are rightly justified in being shitty with me. However, I write to you, as the man you vilify with your resentment, in the hope of giving you a bit of perspective.
Meeting people and making new mates are the pillars of travelling, with a lot of these new mateships blossoming from none other than the humble temple that is the hostel. In recent times, Ive come to be aware of this particular habit that I cant kick, but rather, leaves people wanting to kick me.
I am the dreaded, the loathed, the feared dorm room...
The ABS released the
June-quarter 2017 National Accounts data today (September 6,
2017), which showed that real GDP had risen by 0.8 per cent in the
June-quarter 2017. Annual growth (last four quarters) was just 1.8
per cent around half the trend rate before the GFC. The striking
result was that public spending (consumption and investment)
contributed 0.8 percentage points to the growth rate which means
that without that contribution, real GDP growth would have been
zero in the June-quarter 2017. Private consumption expenditure
contributed 0.4 points, although the household saving ratio fell
again indicating the tenuous nature of relying on this growth with
flat wages. Private investment spending was negative. Net exports
were stronger with export volumes strong in the face of the falling
terms of trade. Overall, the growth is unbalanced relying on lumpy
public investment spending and credit-driven private consumption
growth. The outlook is thus uncertain.
The main features of the National Accounts release for the June-quarter 2017 were (seasonally adjusted):
Source: Dinar Chronicles
Zimbabwe went first on announcing the gold standard followed by the Yuan... why?
At this weekends BRICS business gathering Chinese President Xi Jinping of said that "China and Africa are a community of shared future and common interests, which have gone through thick and thin together."
Regardless of changes in the international situation, China will unswervingly work with Africa for win-win cooperation and common development, and resolutely support peace and development in Africa, President Xi said.
China supports Africas capacity building in peace-keeping.
He also said that China intends to better combine the Belt and Road Initiative and the China-Africa cooperation plans set forth at the FOCAC Johannesburg summit with the AUs Agenda 2063.
"Africa is the future of the world," Xi said, "The future of BRICS will be determined by cooperation with Africa... let us jointly face our challenges together."
Wow... ok. How do you feel about your ZIM investment now? It's over 2.90+ as of the start of this week. This means Zimababwe's currency is valued more by the Chinese than America by nearly 3 to 1!
That's how far America will fall, how fast and when is tied into the release of the RV--which is still an immanent event.
And this is why you're already wealthy beyond traditionally understanding. But tradition is a liar as it relates to Anglo-Saxon history.
White Supremacy wasn't some passing fad, it was a four century problem/war that has structurally been suppressed in our lifetime. Pretty cool.
People of Color are going to make a "yuge" comeback as a result.
In this same spirit of proper valuation... Egypt, Guinea, Tajikistan, Thailand and Mexico were all asked to join the three-day BRICS business summit as observer nations, what President Xi called potential "BRICS Plus members who could one day expand into the larger BRICS bloc, although no new members have been formally announced.
Bullshit. They were there announced just being at the meeting and discussed publicly by Xi. China is telling you what they are doing, look at what they did with the Yuan going to a gold backing in exchange for oil!
Are you listening?
These emerging market counties are not only all BRICS Plus members already, Americ...
Turns out she is! She pays the rent . In 2015 the Crown Estate delivered a record 328.8 million to the Exchequer from its thirty wind farms and central London assets. This was up 8.1% on the previous year, taking the total the Estate has returned to the Treasury over the last decade to 
National is sliding in the polls, so its
kicking the poor again:
National has announced further plans to get more young employed people into work, including training and help to get off drugs but those who refuse it will have their benefit cut by half.
National leader Bill English set out the plan in Invercargill.
The $72 million plan would guarantee work experience or training for under-25s who had been on the benefit for more than six months and rehab for drug users who could not get a job because of drug testing.
Those without children who did not take up offers of training, work or drug rehabilitation would have their benefit docked in half after four weeks.
Posted 22 minutes ago An Adelaide musician has posted a song in support of same-sex marriage on social media, saying he wants to ensure young Australians caught up in the debate over gay rights feel empowered and know there is nothing wrong with them. Josh Belperio enlisted the support of...
Tim Ball, that is. Dr. Tim Ball Crushes Climate Change: The Biggest Deception In History. From which:
The Club of Rome (COR), formed in 1968, decided that the world was overpopulated and expanded the Malthusian idea that the population would outgrow the food supply to all resources, especially the developed nations. COR member Maurice Strong told Elaine Dewar in her book Cloak of Green that the problem for the planet were the industrialized nations and it was everybodys duty to shut them down. Dewar asked Strong if he planned to seek political office. He effectively said you cannot do anything as a politician, so he was going to the UN because:
He could raise his own money from whomever he liked, appoint anyone he wanted, control the agenda.
After five days with him at the UN she concluded:
Strong was using the U.N. as a platform to sell a global environment crisis and the Global Governance Agenda.
He created the crisis that the by-product of industry was causing global warming. Even Obama claimed that 97 percent of scientists agree. If he checked the source of the information, he would find the research was completely concocted. It is more likely that 97 percent of scientists never read the IPCC Reports. Those who do express their concern in very blunt terms.
And those who dont put on black ski masks and club other people in the streets.
Adam Creighton was awarded the EJ Craigie Award for the best Georgist article at last nights packed 126th Annual Henry George Commemorative Dinner. His article was a timely addition to the mounting call for greater land tax utilisation. Here is the winning article: Land levy an efficient and moral revenue raiser Cross-posted from The 
Big end of town unions and the deals their leaders do benefit union coffers at the expense of workers #auspolhttps://t.co/OS6tCMxJ5m Michaelia Cash (@SenatorCash) September 5, 2017 Unions amass $1.5bn war chest as membership falls A union protest in Melbourne. Picture: Sarah Matray The Australian 12:00AM September 6, 2017SIMON BENSON...
Rotarys monthly market is moving to Ocean Grove Park from Sunday
Previously held at Kingston Park, the new venue will be more obvious to shoppers, browsers and holidaymakers, with an easy walk through from the main shopping area.
There has been much interest from stallholders, old and new, in the new location. As well as craft, check out the food, fresh produce, clothing, books, coffee, plants, etc.
More than $40,000 was fed back by Rotary into the community last year so come along and support your local market.
An opportunity for local organisations to raise money is being offered voluntary donations at the entrances via tin rattling could earn needed dollars. Rotary will not be collecting for itself so any funds collected will be directed into the local community.
If your organisation is interested, please contact the market manager on 0401 606 036 to discuss this. Markets are held on the first Sunday of the month from October to April.
When my firstborn started school five years ago, I stopped sharing his photos. Its been one of the best parenting decisions Ive made because it set very strict boundaries for me as a creative in a social media world.
Yes, there have been times when Ive wanted to post his photos and discuss his achievements but I come back to my self-imposed boundaries and remind myself its not about me; its his story and definitely not mine to share.
But now, as I mother a newborn, a toddler, a six-year-old and an almost tween, Im itching to discuss my experience with older children.
Because parenting a newborn is wildly different to parenting a tween. And yet here I am, doing both. Simultaneously breastfeeding while discussing everything that school brings to the surface sports ability, friendship circles, nasty words, teacher expectations, have and have-nots, another lost school jumper
And then, of course, the idea of high school. Which is only two years away.
I cant go there.
Lately Ive been drawn to facebook articles on tweens and teens. Im more likely to peruse stories about raising resilient teenagers than I am about toddler antics. Im petrified of the effects of social media on my older children and equally buoyed by just how marvellous the millennials seem to be (no doubt Gen Zed* will follow suit). But
As a mother, Im not ready. I dont feel prepared for whats ahead. Its daunting.
These words could just as easily be from a woman pregnant with her first child, fearful of the unknown. And yet here I am, a mother of four, equally unsure of what will be required from me as I guide these kids through the maze of older childhood.
Which is exactly where the story is.
I cant continue to write here and just talk about babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. It wouldnt be honest and it definitely wouldnt be the whole story. But I cant and I wont be breaking my self-imposed boundaries. So how will this story play out?
Im more than able and willing to discuss my fears and flaws (and brighter moments) as I mother the big kids. And what better way to begin than herewhere Im flanked by readers who have been there and those that can come along for the emotional ride.
Im sure there will be times when I choose not to share part of the story but for the most part it will be about me the things Im learning, the challenges Im having and the advice Ive been given.
Wheres the Buddhism for Mothers of Older Children?
*I had to google what the next generation will be called. Gen Zeds have births starting in 1996 and ending in 2010. And....
Image Courtesy of Swamp Fat Jangles Sydney based indie-folkers Swamp Fat Jangles have just released their gorgeous new single You Only Say I Love You When Youre Drunk. The etherial track is brimming with dreamy vocals, subtly picked banjo and beautiful cello work from guest musician Gabrielle Brennan. The song also features fellow Sydney indie-folkers 
The UN estimates that more than 120,000 Rohingyans have been forced to flee genocidal violence of the Myanmar army since late August.
World leaders have called for an end to the systematic violence against the Rohingyans, but the Australian government has been silent.
The crisis has exposed the Australian governments own shameful policy of persecution in regard to Rohingyan refugees. The Australian government is holding over 90 Rohingyan refugees on Manus and a similar number on Nauru.
Even as the crisis was unfolding in Myanmar, on the 29 August, the government returned a 53-year-old Rohingyan refugee from Australia to Manus Island, although he was still having medical treatment for his heart condition. Since his return, PNG and Australian Border Force officials have tried to force him to sign PNG resettlement papers.
The Australian government is denying permanent visas and family reunion to Rohingyan refugees who are living in the Australian community, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
Rather than help rescue Rohingyans fleeing in 2015, Tony Abbott, famously declared Nope, nope, nope to accepting Rohingyan refugees. He called for Malaysia and Thailand to turn away boats of Rohingyan asylum seekers.
Although 1000 Rohingyans were rescued by Indonesia fishermen in 2015, the Australian government has resettled only 37 Rohingyan refugees since 2013. The Liberal government policy has banned accepting any refugees registered in Indonesia since July 2104.
The government should immediately release all Rohingyan refugees in Manus and Nauru and bring them to Australia. Rohingyan refugees in Australia should be granted permanent visa and allowed to bring their families. The governments ban on accepting refugees registered in Indonesia must be lifted.
The Refugee Action Coalition is supporting the protest, Australian Government -Speak out against Rohingya genocide, called by Union Aid Abroad APHEDA, 9:0010:00am, Thursday 7 September at DFAT office, 9 Castlereagh St, City. Speakers will include: Gabe Kavanagh, President, Amnesty International Australia; Ian Rintoul, Refugee Action Coalition; Kate Lee- Executive Officer, Union Aid Abroad; Mohammad Junaid- Burmese Rohingya Community Australia (BRCA); Anwar Sha- Burmese Rohingya Community Australia (BRCA)
For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713
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By Dr George Venturini Heinz Alfred Henry Kissinger obtained a Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1954. His interest was on Castelreagh and Metternich two empire builders. He devoted his life to sublimate them. In an incendiary, studiedly defamatory book the late Christopher Hitchens described him as a mediocre and opportunist academic [intent on] becoming
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Just a quick update on the June quarter National Accounts released by the ABS today. GDP growth was a healthy 0.8 percent in the June quarter, or around 3.3 percent in annualised terms, which I suspect is around the sustainable trend growth rate of the national economy. And the Queensland result was very positive, with State Final Demand increasing 1.1 percent in June quarter, driven by an encouraging boost in business investment and household consumption (see my chart decomposing the State Final Demand growth below).
Heres the ABSs very good summary:
Queenslands state final demand increased by 1.1% in the June quarter and follows a 0.2% increase in the March quarter. Private gross fixed capital formation drove the increase, in turn driven by an increase in total machinery and equipment. Household final consumption expenditure also contributed strongly to growth. There was a marginal increase in government final consumption expenditure although this was partially offset in state final demand by a weak fall in public gross fixed capital formation.
You might also be interested in this excellent podcast from Michael Knox, Chief Economist of Morgans, released prior to the National Accounts this morning:
An empty Jim Beam bottle smashed against the footpath in Dundas Street. Someone hurled it from the backseat of a car, concealed by a tinted window. Glass splinters sprayed across my feet.
Yeah, fucking good on ya! my boyfriend yelled, causing the car to slow to a speed that could make your heart fall out of your arse. Stopped in our tracks, a lump formed at the tip of my esophagus.
Figures piled out one by one. A fiery ring leader emerged from the darkness, making his way towards us. Our adrenaline was in sync, the single difference being that mine was fuelled by fear while his stemmed from pure rage. As our soon-to-be attackers got closer, I stepped in front of my boyfriend. It was an attempt to protect, despite my fragility within this arena of testosterone.
If I blinked I wouldve missed the sea of punches. But I witnessed it: a helpless observer using the only power I had to scream for help, my voice drowned out by the plummeting rain. Straddled in a headlock, my partner took a few heavy punches to the temple and a crack echoed throughout the rapidly flooding streets as his head met with the road. Falling to my knees in the gutter, I begged him back to consciousness, his eyes in strobe-like fits leaving nothing but their whites.
I seriously considered the possibility that it was our last moment together, until the slamming of doors pulled me up from the gutter. I charged for the car and heaved my fist at the window. Vibration followed the numbing knock, a fail to shatter the seal. The smell of rubber permeated, accompanied by a skidding that pierced my ears. Unable to differentiate between the skys tears and my own, the car sped off into the night, unaware that it would be leaving behind scars more damaging than those remaining from broken bones.
While my boyfriend was incredibly lucky to make it out alive, he was definitely not left unscathed. He had a broken collarbone and wrist, which resulted in double slings and heavy medication for months. Aside from the physical repercussions, the emotional scarring was utterly crippling.
Unfortunately, this story of violence is just one of many in New Zealands University town of Dunedin. With a population dominated by students, Dunedin has a long history of being the hardest place to test your ability to balance work with play. Drinking and drugs are rampant and some of the older generation would go as far as to describe it as a cesspit of wild animals who pretend to study. Its fair to say that a fair few of these students appear to struggle with the...
Kids, why not get along to school holiday art sessions.
Budding Ocean Grove artists are being exposed to the world of art and creativity thanks to a range of art classes being offered by local artist Lisette Winter in her studio.
As a small private art school, the venue provides quality art tuition to students of all ages and skill levels, which explore a range of media and techniques.
Lisette is encouraging art enthusiasts to discover their artistic flair.
Students can learn all about how to transfer what they see on to paper and have fun in the process.
An experienced, qualified teacher with great skills will make people feel comfortable while trying something new, in a warm and welcoming environment, Lisette said.
Holiday sessions will be held Monday to Saturday at either 10am to noon or 2pm to 4pm.
For more information about school holiday sessions or to book for term four classes phone Lisette on 0400 097 290, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.lisettewinterart.com.au
Literary festivals are complex beasts. Theyre simultaneously social spaces, cultural projects and political platforms. As providers of entertainment, drivers of tourist revenue and exercises in government branding think Melbourne: City of Literature they cop flak for their commercialisation. Nevertheless, these festivals do work hard to build audiences for writers from marginalised backgrounds, and to program events that critique inequalities in contemporary publishing.
Normally, I do not chide political opponents with the derisive, I told you so charge even when they suffer harm after repeated warnings of predictable danger ahead. Normally, that is. But in the following three casessorry, I simply cannot resist. Schadenfreude, anyone?
The Nurse and the Cop
The viral video of a white, middle-class University of Utah Hospital Head Nurse, one Alex Wubbels, being manhandled and thrown into the back of a police car because she refused to comply with a Salt Lake City Utah cops unlawful order is only the latest confirmation of black peoples centuries-long complaints of police brutality. This incident demonstrates that police misconduct is now an equal opportunity phenomenon; that police abuse applies to anyone who dares cross Americas Finest for even the slightest of reasons. Legality be damned. Civil or human rights be damned: The lesson here is that when a police officer orders you to do something anything and for any or no reason do it or the full force of the state will instantly fall upon your head like the proverbial ton of bricks.
Nurse Wubbels was ordered by Detective Jeff Payne to draw blood from an unconscious victim of an automobile accident. The unresponsive condition of the patient is the linchpin of this story because both hospital and police policy (as well as the US Constitution) forbade the taking of blood from such people. That policy allowed the drawing of blood, if and only if, the patient was under arrest, a signed-by-a-judge warrant (electronic or paper) had been issued, or that the patient him- or herself had given explicit consent for the procedure.
As Nurse Wubbels calmly, politely but determinedly, and most importantly, respectfully, explained to our intrepid Officer Payne, none of these conditions were obtained in the instant case. Therefore, she told him, she could not and would not comply with his demand (order). Following the orders of his boss, the Chief of Police, Detective Payne refused to take Nurse Wubbels no for an answer, and promptly, violently, grabbed her, forced her arms behind her back, handcuffed her, and quite literally dragged her, kicking and screaming, to his patrol car.
Interestingly, as the video shows, two other police officers were on the scene bu
Leonie McClure from My Kind of Country launched our 2RRR Supporters and Concessions Club just in time for you to receive a $10 voucher to spend on 2RRRs Country Cruise on Saturday 16 September. We are issuing 2RRR discount cards for all new people joining the Supporters and Concession Club. Only Supporters and Concessions and current Members of 2RRR are eligible to go into the draw for major prizes (we will draw a couple of lucky draw prizes for all guests on board the cruise) Country Cruise tickets are selling fast!
There will be two draws, one for a double pass for the only Sydney show for John Stephan performing the Big O Roy Orbison. The second draw will be the Double pass for Jett Williams, the daughter of the legendary Hank Williams at the only Sydney concert. Both double passes will be drawn on the 2RRR Country Cruise on Saturday 16 September. We already have some very happy 2RRR Supporters and members who have won great prizes so join our 2RRR family today!
The Queensland Government's decision to fund it's Cross River Rail project via a private public partnership shows neoliberalism is still in vogue. read now...
US Navy SEAL members are getting a bit of a reputation. US Navy Seals training Kim assassination squad South Korean commandos will work with the US Navy Seals who killed Osama bin Laden to create a special unit to assassinate Kim Jong-un in the event of war. Picture: US Army...
TWO local legends in the transport industry have received top honours after being accepted into the National Road Transport Hall of Fame.
Arthur Kreskas and his late brother, George are a testament to the reputation of local transport business, Kreskas Bros Transport and the family.
Since 1968, Kreskas Bros Transport has been at the forefront of the transport and logistics industry, and has made a name for itself as being one of the largest regional road carrier companies into and out of the Port of Melbourne.
The business began with a simple motto; to treat its customers businesses like its own. In 1968, Arthur Kreskas began by carrying fresh fruit and vegetables between Shepparton and the Footscray Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market in Melbourne with a 1957 Dodge tray truck.
George and Arthur were in business with one another from 1945 until transport business was registered and they then worked together for 20 years before Arthur bought the business out in the 1980s.
Today, the third generation; sons Les and John continue Arthurs legacy and with the cooperative efforts of all their valued employees, continue to provide the best possible service to their clients, offering consistent service at the highest level and with the latest in equipment and innovation.
The operation has now expanded to a fleet of 37 trucks, employs approximately 80 full time staff and has become one of the largest carriers of import and export containers between Goulburn Valley and Port of Melbourne.
Kreskas Bros. Transport general manager, Peter Hill said, I think that Arthur and George are the last link to the real pioneers of transport in the region. Their efforts and commitment to the local area over many decades in both employing local people and supporting local businesses is certainly something that has had a profoundly positive impact on the industry and the region and it is great to see that these two have finally been recognised.
MORE than 100 service users at Shepparton Access are set to benefit from newly developed initiatives of the organisations Eco Store and brand new Education Centre, with the official opening of the premises taking place last week.
The redevelopment of the Kittles Building next door to the current premises of Shepparton Access has provided a unique and exciting opportunity for Shepparton Access to expand our services to meet the emerging needs of people with disabilities in the community and to provide them with increased opportunities for education and support.
Shepparton Access CEO, Wendy Shanks said, We had been very aware of the ever increasing demand for our services and the purchase of the building provided us with a unique opportunity to expand our Eco brand and significantly increase the opportunities for people with disability to become enrolled in further education.
The two new initiatives were a slow and steady process. We had expended most of our available cash on the purchase of the building and so we sat down and developed a three year plan which involved being able to complete the works through income raised through the Eco Store.
We would like to thank the Shepparton Club, Greater Shepparton Connected Community and Australia Post for their very generous donations for the purchase of specialised technology.
The two rooms in the education centre have been named to reflect the generosity, one being the Bendigo Room and one being the Club Room.
Today our Eco Store has become a weekly shopping destination for many locals. Our education centre with specialised technology will meet the emerging requests from many school leavers to enrol in further education. The wide variety of courses will prepare each person with the ability to build on their knowledge and skills to become active members of the community and to gain and maintain employment.
Our board and team, as well as our service users, are all very proud of our achievements and we look forward to continuing to provi...
THE 2017 White King-Pental 95.3 Triple M Business Awards is almost at its end for the year, so make sure you get your tickets for the Gala Dinner and Awards evening, where winners for each category will be named.
This week, ANZ Bank Shepparton received a nomination under the Business Award Professional Services category, Asthetique Skin Care received a nomination under the Business Award Trade Services category, Intersport Shepparton received a nomination under the Business Award Retail Services category, Shepparton Camera House received a nomination under the Best Marketing/Advertising Campaign category, OConnors Shepparton received a nomination under the Best Marketing/Advertising Campaign category, T & M Plumbing apprentice plumber, Hamish Thomson received a nomination under the Apprentice/Trainee of the Year category, Specsavers Shepparton received a nomination under the GV Healthy Workplace category and St Mels Primary School classroom teacher, Ellie Phillips received a nomination under the Young Professional of the Year category.
All businesses within the Greater Shepparton City Council boundary are eligible to be nominated for an award with each award categorys individual set of criteria available on the Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry website.
Nominations can be made in-store at participating businesses, online at www.sheppartonchamber.com.au/awards or via post by sending a completed nomination form to Business Awards, PO Box 364, Shepparton 3630.
All nominees will have the opportunity to attend the 22nd annual Gala Dinner and Awards Evening on Friday, October 6 at the Eastbank Centre, where winners of each category will be named. Tickets can be purchased at the Riverlinks Box Office, 90 Welsford Street, Shepparton or by phoning 5832 9511. Ticket sales close at 5pm on Monday, October 2.
Image Courtesy of Queenscliff Music Festival The Queenscliff Music Festival has this week added a bunch more artists to its already huge 2018 lineup. Joining the Queenscliff Music Festival this time around are Andie Isalie, Black Rabbit George, Caiti Baker, Creek, Hussy Hicks, The Imprints, James Franklin, Lamine Sonko & The African Intelligence, The Mae 
SHEPPARTONS Centrepoint Arcade has become the latest targeted hangout destination for a group of disengaged youths, who are disrupting local businesses operating from the centre.
For the past month, business owners throughout the arcade on Maude Street have been subjected to property damage, rubbish and food being thrown at shop fronts and had threats made against their lives by a group of youths aged under 16, and now the business owners are fed up.
The arcades business owners, Craig Hopson, Chen, Tracey Visser and Dianne and Dahyna Heenan spoke with The Adviser about how the youths have been terrorising them and scaring away customers.
It starts with about five of them and it quickly grows to a group of about 15, the business owners said.
They have been terrorising us all. Weve actually been physically pushed and had threats made against us that they are going to stab us and slit our throats.
You never know whether something terrible is going to happen or not.
Were worried that the only thing that will get action on this is when it is too late and somebody gets hurt.
We need to take a stand and stop this from happening.
Weve been to the police and weve been in touch with the real estates to try and get something done.
Weve been fighting for years to have adequate security installed but its taking too long for this issue to be fixed.
Shepparton Police crime prevention officer, Leading Senior Constable Glenn Gibson said, Local police are working with the youth, Centrepoint Arcade tenants, landlords and management and are committed to continue to do so until we achieve some traction for improvement.
An allegation of assault is being investigated after a recent confrontation between youth and another a tenant. No physical injuries were involved by either party. No comment can be made regarding this investigation at this stage....
ITS devastating to learn that statistics show that one in eight school children across Australia go to school hungry or go without lunch, but this is what stemmed locals, Lyndon Galea and Bernie McCarthy to create Eat Up Australia.
For the last four years, the need for the organisations services has grown so much that not only are nine schools on board locally, but 160 schools across the state take on the over 3,000 sandwiches that are made by volunteers to help fill little Aussie tummies.
In fact, in Melbourne, Eat up Australia has had the likes of big banks, media outlets, sporting clubs such as the AFL and even professional fighters from the UFC volunteer their time to make sandwiches for the cause.
Eat Up Australia local leader, Bernie McCarthy said, In 2013 Lyndon saw an article in the paper about teachers talking about how the children arent being provided with lunch or are forgetting their lunch.
He decided to grab some fruit and make some sandwiches and drop them off at schools. He gave me a call and asked if I wanted to lend a hand and I thought it was such a great way to give back.
The need is definitely there, which is shown through how many schools are now on board.
Its a serious problem for the kids, so its nice to be able to do something to help.
We recently held a sandwich making session at Goulburn Valley Grammar where year 9 students helped make over 400 sandwiches. Its good for the kids to learn that there are others out there that are less fortunate and can help to do something about it.
We generally deliver the sandwiches at the start of the school term and mid term, and were always happy if others which to come on board and lend a hand.
If any businesses or schools want to help out they can do so by visiting eatupaus on Facebook or visiting www.eatup.org.au
SHEPPARTON SWAP MEET will be held on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Shepparton Showgrounds 6m x 6m outdoor sites are $20 and entry is $5 (children under 14 free). Gates open at 6:30am for stall holders. General public 7:30am. No alcohol. No camping. No dogs allowed. Lunch and refreshments available. Parts pickup service available. For further information, contact Lloyd or Kristine Healey on 0438 294 351.
CATHOLIC WOMENS LEAGUE will present Blumes Fashion Parade at St Brendans Parish Centre (behind the church), 121 Knight Street, Shepparton on Monday, September 11 at 10am. Everyone is welcome. Entry is $5.
AN OPEN DAY WILL BE HELD AT THE HISTORICAL NITHSDALE HOUSE, 20 Thomson Street, Tatura. Sunday, September 24 from 1pm to 3:30pm. Cost is $10 per person and includes afternoon tea in the garden. View selected rooms of the Mactier home and see an original dairy and shed. All proceeds go to the local history display at Tatura Museum.
PINK RIBBON MORNING TEA, at 10am Saturday, October 7 at Murchison Community Centre. Great food, guest speakers, trade tables and lots of raffles and competitions. Tickets $20, tables available, call Sharon 0438 262 172.
THE CUBBY TOY LIBRARY SHEPPARTON is looking for volunteers to assist with its borrowing sessions on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. The Cubby Toy Library has a large collection of exciting toys aimed at encouraging active and imaginative play. If you have a couple of hours to spare we would love to hear from you. Contact Virginia on 0422 220 928.
SHEPPARTON PUBLIC Cemetery is announcing that the third stage of the mausoleum is completed and now on sale. The historic cemetery reminds the community it is not run by council but is run by a trust and still has plenty of room available. For information, phone Joanne Crowe on 5821 2289 or 0418 585 018.
FREE BREAKFAST FOR EVERYONE at St Georges Road Post Office and Milkbar, 102 St Georges Road, Shepparton from Monday to Friday from 7am to 9am.
SHEPPARTON CHESS CLUB Inc. meet at Shepparton Access, 227 Wyndham Street Shepparton every Saturday at 1pm. Entry only through back door. New members are welcome. Adults $3 per day, juniors $1.50. Tea and coffee is provided.
GET ACTIVE SHEPPARTON provides free exercise classes for all ages and levels of fitness every Sunday morning at the...
COUNCIL NOT TRANSPARENT
I write regarding changes to the way you pay your rates! Is it any wonder council did not receive one submission regarding changes to the way you pay your rates. No mention of changes directing ratepayers to the draft budget, a document containing more than 100 pages (talk about a hidden agenda). How many ratepayers would be looking for changes to payment options or thinking along these lines?
The option for ratepayers to pay in full by February 15 was no longer available! Although the lump sum payment option has now been extended this year it is important people make their views known before the changes are re-introduced next year.
According to rates explained 2017/2018 interest will apply if payments are not met by due date with four instalments or by 10 monthly direct debit Instalments. I have been informed via the ministers office the notice set-out in Greater Shepparton 2017/2018 Your Rates Explained is inconsistent with local government policies!
Greater Shepparton City Council placed an article under council meeting wrap in the local media on Friday, April 21 under Draft Budget 2017/2018. The draft budget is now available for consultation on councils website or at councils office. Submissions are required by 5pm, May 19, 2017 (still no mention or suggestion of changes to payments directing ratepayers to draft budget).
Draft Council Plan; council endorsed the Draft Council Plan 2017/2021 the council got input from the community through surveys and community focus groups held over the municipality the council will hold a special meeting Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 5:30pm to hear any person wishing to be heard in support of their submission on any proposal contained in the Draft Council Plan 2017-2021.
Once again Greater Shepparton City Council has not been transparent informing ratepayers of changes nor are they communicating clearly with members of the public with their lack of notification around the changes and public consultation. Upon phoning the council, I was informed the changes were showing in the Rating Strategy Policy (Page 18) not the draft budget! Yours sincerely,
ITS an exciting time for local wine growers and connoisseurs. More than 75 wines from 31 wineries across the region underwent rigorous judging as part of this years Dookie Wine Show recently, where winners of each of the classes were announced, but it is the announcement of the illustrious Wine of Show that is being awaited.
In its 14th year, The Dookie Wine Show has seen enormous growth in the range and quality of wines.
The Wine of the Show will be announced at the Awards Dinner on September 19, 2017. At $99 per person, guests will enjoy a five-course meal to match the winning wines at the McIntosh Centre at Shepparton Showgrounds.
For bookings, phone 1300 468 233 or visit gotafe.vic.edu.au/campus-life/restaurants/masterclass
SPRING is in the air, and new leaves are appearing on the branches of dormant deciduous trees throughout Greater Shepparton. At the same time, the energy of spring is encouraging friends and supporters of the new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) to get out and canvas donations to the building appeal, which is fast approaching its first reporting deadline.
Visitors to the museum in Welsford Street will have noticed new gold leaves springing out on the Giving Tree in the foyer, as individuals and families buy leaves to record their names as supporters and promoters of this exciting project. The leaves may be purchased at the museum shop, and given names are engraved on each one at the direction of the supporter. When they come back from the engraving process, they can be placed on the tree in the spot chosen by the owner(s) of those leaves. The tree will be relocated to a prominent spot in the new SAM where the names of generous supporters will be recorded for as long as the building stands.
It is wonderful to see families buying leaves, engraved with two and three generations of the same family. The youngest names belong to children who will be able to proudly bring their own children and grandchildren to the museum in future years, to show that when lots of donations of relatively small amounts are made by hundreds of community members, they add up to a significant and city-defining building of which we can be very proud indeed.
Dont miss this opportunity to have your family recorded as generous supporters of the most exciting community building project to happen in Shepparton for many decades.
By Justin Flynn
Aydan Calafiore is a young man on the rise.
The 16-year-old is currently portraying Justin Bieber in a tribute show The Bieber Experience that brings him to the Sphinx Hotel in Geelong on 28 September.
Aydan got his big break at the tender age of 12 on Australias Got Talent, where he reached the semi-final stage.
It will be the first time Aydan has performed in Geelong.
Ive been performing since I was seven and one of my good friends who Ive done acting classes with, she recommended me for the audition, he said.
I was really lucky, but I was also well prepared. I know every single word of every single Justin Bieber song.
So how does an almost 17-year-old handle the screams of teenage girls when he is on stage?
Im used to it as its pretty much all Ive known since I was 12, he said.
Its pretty normal for me now, but I had people asking me how does it feel to have comments on your Instagram from people you dont even know? and Im like well, its a great feeling to know that people are interested in what I do.
Concertgoers to The Bieber Experience can expect a full-on experience.
Its going to be awesome, Aydan said.
We have some amazing dancers who are there to support me and big screens. Well do 12 songs and then a meet and greet afterwards. Im really looking forward to getting to Geelong and putting on a show.
The Bieber Experience is a fully choreographed extravaganza that includes Bieber hits such as Sorry, Beauty and a Beat, Baby, Despacito and Love Yourself.
Aydan will meet his fans after the show and assured us that nobody would miss out.
Aydan Calafiore will perform The Bieber Experience at live at the Sphinx Hotel on Thursday 28 September.
Doors open at 10am and tickets are available at $18 for ages three and above. See www.sphinxhotel.com.au/events for more info.
Barwon Heads Primary School Grade 5 students once again were
involved in learning more about our amazing local natural
The recently held Barwon Estuary Project science day, engaged students in wildlife detective work. The workshop was run by Barwon Coast to create understanding of some of our wildlifes unique abilities to survive in the local area.
Students started at grass roots, studying a particular animal to list its visual features, discussing how these adaptations assist the animal in its daily life.
They then worked through classification providing additional information for students to develop a dichotomous key for the species they were working on.
As most of our wildlife is nocturnal and generally not seen during the day, it is challenging for many to know what may be out there. So students learnt field techniques that they could apply in the school yard, at home or while visiting the coast to identify what animals may have been in the area during the night.
These field techniques included looking at nest structures, skull identification, reading tracks in the sands and the wonderful world of poo or scat analysis.
The Barwon Estuary Project schools program provides unique opportunities for students to delve deeper into our natural worlds, providing them with skill sets that lead to making informed decisions that will lead to positive change. Only together can we make a difference, Barwon Coasts Maddie Glynn said.
If you would like to learn more about the Barwon Estuary Project and how you can contribute to Citizen Science, visit https://barwonestuaryproject.wordpress.com/about-the-barwon-estuary-project/
This review looks at how to address the challenge of conducting
Indigenous-focused primary health care research that is
scientifically robust, culturally appropriate and produces
* More examples are needed of Indigenous-focused health research that are scientifically robust and acceptable to thecommunity
* A range of research designs is used depending on the collaboration, community perspectives and the study aim
* Participatory action research can inform localised interventions and research designs, including randomised designs
* Processes that are culturally sensitive may improve community acceptance. These include two-way learning,participatory, socialecological and phenomenological approaches
* Research should produce beneficial community-level outcomes
Link to the review.
The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) welcomes the Plastic Bag Ban and Container Refund Scheme Law passed by Queenslands Parliament. The Waste Reduction and Recycling Amendment Bill, which introduced these measures, was passed with bipartisan support. James Cordwell, AMCS Marine Campaigner said: This new law sets the gold standard for waste reduction in Australia. With 
Over 20,000 square metres of cladding will be removed from the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Public Works Minister, Mick de Brennin, said the government's first focus is removing and replacing the cladding from the hospital, but, he did not rule out compensating the hospital.
Neighbourhood planning feud closer to resolution
The neighbourhood planning issues of Upper Kedron are slightly closer to resolution, with Brisbane City Council sending a revised plan for review to the state government.
Ocean Grove 2 was gallant but suffered a shattering one-point
loss against Queenscliff in a tense Under 16 Division 3 grand final
on Saturday 2 September.
Final scores Queenscliff 7.4 (46) to Ocean Grove 6.9 (45) at Spring Creek Reserve, Torquay.
Ocean Grove got off to a flyer with a three-goal opening term and led the Coutas by 13 points at quarter time.
Queenscliff fought back in the second quarter and held a six-point advantage at half time.
In a thrilling last half, both sides went goal for goal, with Queenscliff in front when the final siren sounded.
Mitchell Clark kicked two goals for the Grubbers, while team-mates Xavier Hayter, Jake Hargreaves, Ben Gillians and Pheonix Bowers all kicked one goal apiece.
Despite losing twice to Queenscliff in the finals, Ocean Grove 2 finished the regular season as the ladder leader with a 15-1 win-loss record.
Under 16 Division 3 grand final
QUEENSCLIFF 7.4 (46)
OCEAN GROVE (2) 6.9 (45)
Ocean Grove 2
Goals: M. Clark 2, X. Hayter, J. Hargreaves, B. Gillians, P. Bowers.
Best: N. Northam, L. Potiriadis, B. Dunell, N. deBruijn, J. Simpson, W. Lumsden.
Three far-right nationalists who staged a mock beheading to protest against the building of a mosque in Bendigo in central Victoria have been found guilty of inciting serious contempt of Muslims. Blair Cottrell, Christopher Shortis and Neil Erikson have each been fined $2,000 after they filmed the beheading of a mannequin with a toy sword ... Read more...
Ocean Grove Collendina Cobras 3 went down by nine points in
their Under 14 Division 6 grand final decider against Geelong
Amateur 3 on 2 September.
Final scores were Geelong Amateur 5.4 (34) to Ocean Grove Collendina Cobras 3.7 (25) at Grenville Oval in Torquay.
Despite trailing by 13 points at quarter time, Ocean Grove Collendina Cobras recovered and kept ladder-leader Amateur scoreless in the second quarter to lead by three points at half time.
After the main break Geelong Amateur continued to press forward and booted 3.2 compared to the Cobras score of 1.2.
Max West, Flynn West and Oscar Morphet all kicked one goal for the Ocean Grove Collendina Cobras.
The Cobras had a successful season and finished in second spot with a 9-7 record.
Under 14 Division 6 grand final
GEELONG AMATEUR (3) 5.4 (34)
OCEAN GROVE COLLEDINA COBRAS (3) 3.7 (25)
Ocean Grove Collendina Cobras 3
Goals: M. West, F. Ness, O. Morphet.
Best: F. Ness, J. Spowart, E. McQueen, L. Ewart, N. Gray, I. Terhorsto.
Ocean Grove-raised Geelong VFLW footballer Anna Teague earned a
top three finish at the clubs best-and-fairest award count on
Saturday 2 September.
Teague, 29, who turns 30 in December, came third with a total of 280 votes.
She finished behind winner Lily Mithen (294 votes), a Melbourne AFLW footballer, and runner-up Cassie Blakeway (287 votes).
Teague played in Geelongs VFLW first fixture in Ocean Grove over the Seaford Tigerettes at Ray Menzies Oval on 13 May.
Teague booted an exciting running goal from half back and was named in the best players against Seaford.
The ex-Geelong Lady Supercats captain made a successful transition from basketball to football after she was named in Geelongs VFL women squad in November last year.
Teagues brother-in-law is Mark Neeld, an Ocean Grove four-time premiership winning coach who played 74 AFL games with Geelong and Richmond.
Ocean Grove pair Hannah Burchell and Lara Williams both finished in the top 10 Geelong VFLW best-and-fairest count.
Seventh-placed Burchell polled 244 votes, while Williams finished equal eight with 241 votes.
Local author Dorothy Johnston will launch the second of her
sea-change mystery series next month.
The first of Dorothys sea-change mysteries, Through A Camels Eye, was published in April last year. The Swan Island Connection is the second in the series and is Johnstons 11th novel.
Dorothy has also written a quartet of mysteries set in Canberra, known as the Sandra Mahoney Quartet. The first of these, The Trojan Dog, was joint winner ACT Book of the Year and runner-up in the inaugural Davitt Award.
Two of Dorothys literary novels have been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin award.
She has published many short stories and essays in Australias newspapers and journals and she reviews fiction for Fairfaxmedia.
The book launch will be held at the Queenscliff Brewhouse, 2 Gellibrand Street, Queenscliff, on Saturday 7 October, from 4pm. This is a free event but bookings are essential by 4 October.
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Dane Wigington GeoengineeringWatch.org Hurricane Harvey brought an abrupt and catastrophic end to the 12 year long major hurricane landfall drought in the US. Were climate engineering programs a factor in the Harvey disaster scenario? Available data has already made clear the answer is yes. How much decimation will the manipulation of Hurricane Irma inflict? The US
September 6, 2017: Adam Wolfenden from the Pacific Network on Globalisation has written an excellent opinion piece questioning why PACER-Plus is so high on the priority agenda at the annual Pacific Island Forum Leaders Meeting in Samoa this month.
PACER-Plus, the trade deal that supposedly aims to increase regional integration, does not include Papua New Guinea or Fiji (the Pacifics two largest island economies), Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands or the Federated States of Micronesia. After holding off for some months, Vanuatu will reportedly now sign the deal.
Adam writes, What is needed is not greater Forum resources going into watching over those governments who have signed to ensure they complete ratification but time and space for Pacific governments to assess the full implications of this deal and make a clear, rationale decision that reflects the interest of the people.
One of National's over-arching policies for its term of
government has been its efforts to exit state housing provision.
Selling state houses, evicting tenants, and tightening assessment
criteria so that now only people who are living in a cardboard box
can even apply have shifted the basis of the state housing system
from providing decent homes for all to providing temporary housing
support for the homeless. And here's the result:
people living in indecent "temporary" conditions for years, because
they cannot get a state house:
Tenants at a South Auckland boarding house are waiting years for a state house, compared with just a few months a decade ago, its owner says.
Mike Ross, who owns Favona Lodge in Mangere, said his residents were almost all permanent tenants now because they have given up hope of finding a state house.
Ten years ago, about one person every two months would get a state house, he said.
"They would get a house and then someone else would move into the room, usually another couple with one or two kids."
Now, they were waiting years.
"Most of them have given up and have gone to private rental houses, flatting, sharing with other people," Mr Ross said.
By: Tom Hale/IFL Science To offset the damage from President Trumps stance on climate change, a huge international project set out a mission to plant billions of trees, aptly named Trump Forest, poking fun at Trumps predilection for self-titled products. Since the project launched, theres been continued blows to climate science, dubious decisions in environmental policy, and of course, the decision to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement, despite being one of the worlds biggest polluters.
Its perhaps no surprise, then, that interest in the crowd-funded forest is mounting fast.
Now, within just five months of the project being launched, they have had 530,653 trees pledged along with almost $70,000 in donations. Around half of the donations themselves have been from people in the US, with large chunks also coming from Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
Were at 500,000 trees: its an absolute fraction of where we need to be, but its also 500,000 times more than when we put the first tree in the ground just a few months ago, and people were saying it couldnt be done then, too, Dr. Daniel Price, glaciologist and one of Trump Forests three co-founders, said in an emailed statement.
Trees are natures carbon scrubbing machines, millions of years in the making. They are the most efficient and cheapest option we have to soak up Trumps ignorance, he added.
Heres how it all works. The organizers want people around the world to buy and plant a tree from a local planting organization then send the project a copy of your receipt so you can be added to the Trump Forest world map. Alternatively, you can donate to the Eden Reforestation Projects who will plant a tree somewhere in the world on behalf of you and Trump Forest.
You can watch the...
The Lismore City Council has been asked to consider a $90 million expansion of the Lismore Shopping Square, but already there are fears it could kill off business in the CBD.
Lismore mayor Isaac Smith has asked for feedback on a request from developers, McConaghy Properties, for the council to enter into a memorandum of understanding, and to delay the proposed redevelopment of the controversial Lismore Park proposal.
Cr Smith said although there was not a let of detail in the request, it would be expected that any expansion would go across Brewster Street onto the disused hockey fields.
It can not go in any other direction, including up, due to a number of restrictions, he said in a Facebook post.
He listed as major pros, the proposed injection of $90 million into the Lismore economy, with the creation of construction jobs and ongoing employment.
Also, money raised by the sale of land would allow the council to invest in other projects such as the Lismore Park proposal, CBD improvements, riverbank development and sporting facilities.
An expanded shopping centre would draw more shoppers to Lismore, he said.
But the drawbacks would be a loss of public land, and the potential negative impact on some CBD businesses if retail shops were duplicated in the proposed expansion.
Already Cr Eddie Lloyd has signalled her opposition to the proposal, saying any expansion of the square would have a huge impact on the CBD, which still had 76 shops empty after the March flood.
She outlined eight reasons why the expansion should go ahead.
1. Our CBD has copped enough of an impact with 76 vacancies
since the flood. An expansion will have a huge impact on the CBD
and will see the end of more businesses who cannot compete with
2. The developer, McConaughy Properties will not disclose the tenant mix until after a DA is approved.
3. Dont be fooled into thinking this expansion means we will be getting shops like DJs, Myers, Country Road, Witchery and the like. We know that those shops are NOT INTERESTED in coming to Lismore. If the...
A Lismore man who was caught by police twice in 26 hours allegedly driving while disqualified and under the influence of ice and cannabis was carrying a knife and knuckle dusters.
Nathan Opie did not appear in Lismore Local Court on Monday but was represented by solicitor Cameron Bell.
The 22-year-old is charged with three counts of driving with an illicit drug present in his blood, two counts of driving while disqualified, custody of a knife in a public place and possessing a prohibited weapon.
When Mr Opie was driving along River Street at Ballina on May 4, he was pulled over for a roadside drug test at 10.55 am.
He allegedly returned a positive reading for methylamphetamine (ice) and cannabis.
A little over 24 hours later, Mr Opie was driving a maroon Holden Commodore along Nimbin Road at Goolmangar about midday when he again encountered police.
A roadside drug test again allegedly returned a positive reading for ice and cannabis.
He was issued court attendance notices for both offences and banned from driving for 24 hours.
Then on July 12, Mr Opie was driving along Caniaba Street at South Lismore when he was pulled over by police at 10.15 am.
Mr Opie again allegedly returned a positive roadside drug test for ice and cannabis.
Officers also searched his car and allegedly found a knife and pair of knuckle dusters.
He was arrested, charged and granted conditional bail, and remained free in the community until August 28, when he was caught driving while disqualified at Byron Bay.
When Sergeant Beach looked at Mr Opies record, he noticed he had two outstanding drug driving matters, he was in breach of conditional bail and he was on a good behaviour bond.
Mr Opie was refused bail and on Monday at Lismore Local Court Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned his matters until September 18 so he can be assessed for the Magistrates Early Referral Into Treatment MERIT program.
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Note from Nick: Because I worked with CBC for
more than 25 years and have great loyalty to quality public
broadcasting, I regret that I need to take CBC Radio One
management to task in an aggressive manner. But when considerable
damage is being done to the network and managers refuse to answer
basic questions, I feel I have no alternative.
Long-time CBC Radio One listeners upset over summer programming that featured a dozen shows about personal concerns and peoples problems will be listening carefully this fall to see how many of those kinds of programs are in the line-up.
Hundreds of traditional Radio One fans strongly agreed with my blog of two weeks ago, in which I blasted CBC management for broadcasting the mindless and banal programs.
|Hmmm ... then why are people turning it off ?|
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