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Thursday, 11 January

Wednesday, 10 January

22:07

For Rent "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Medium size furnished room for rent in Preston.

2 Bedroom House with large front and rear garden.

Share with 1 woman and a cat.

Close to trams, trains and buses.

Walking distance to Northland.

$225 p/w including bills and internet.

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21:53

Au P'tit Cafe ~ Noumea, New Caledonia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Au P'tit Cafe is one of our favourite restaurants in the world - it's the penultimate New Caledonian restaurant - upbeat and cheffy yet island style relaxed, French inspired with touches of Asia and Pacific. We usually schedule a visit to Au P'tit Cafe the trip when we start craving some lightness and vegetable matter after a week of protein-heavy French leaning foods, though the occasional

21:51

Wanted - Table or Desk "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hi.
 
Artist needs a table or desk, please. 

Approx 100X70cm

Louise 0400 971 464.

21:49

Lessons in Morality From Hollywood "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Following the 2018 Golden Globe celebrity virtue-signalling awards, we discovered that:

  • black is now quite literally the new black (I guess it was only a matter of time);
  • #metoo apparently means that, while behaving in a sexually inappropriate manner towards adult celebrity women is now definitely not ok, the issue of behaving in a sexually inappropriate manner towards girls under the age of 14 is still a bit of a grey area:

and, for good measure:

  • the left is considering the merits of Oprah Winfrey running against Trump at the next US Presidential election, simply because she stood out among a bunch of self-indulgent, narcissistic idiots on the night. You know the type:

(PS: Does this mean that the left has given up on impeaching Trump because of the Russians? Or that they knew it never had legs in the first place?).

As for Oprah, unlike Hollywood and the left did with Trump, Im not going to arrogantly dismiss the possibility her making a run out of hand:

That said, lets all imagine for a minute what US economic policy under President Winfrey would look like:

 

Where do I sign up?

21:48

Why did the chicken cross the road? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BECAUSE it was safe to do so. The streetscape in Foster is complete and the final flourish was the addition of paved crossings throughout the main street. The problem is []

The post Why did the chicken cross the road? appeared first on Foster Community Online.

21:48

ARTS THURSDAY Tribunal and the Jobbing Actor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arts Thursday with Maisy Stapleton on 11 January brings you a conversation with Lex Marinos, one of Australias best-known actors, as well as broadcaster, director, writer and arts advocate.

Lex has just written The Jobbing Actor: Rules of Engagement, about the work and life of a professional actor, for the Platform Papers series, published by Currency House.

Its essential reading for every aspiring actor!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The program also includes an interview with Paul Dwyer, one of the collaborative team who developed Tribunal a performance merging personal histories with the spirit of a legal tribunal the yet to be created Australian Truth and Reconciliation Tribunal.

The performance is presented at Carriageworks by Fairfield PYT as part of the Sydney Festival from 17 21 January.

LISTEN AGAIN:

The whole program can be heard through the Arts Thursday page http://eastsidefm.org/arts/artsthursday/ by clicking on the date 11 January 2018.

And watch out for individual podcasts at a later date.

Join Maisy Stapleton fortnightly from 10:30 to noon on Arts Thursday for conversations with leaders in the arts, behind-the-scenes of arts events and regular coverage of Sydneys current issues.

FIND O...

21:47

Dance Classes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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CREATIVE MOVEMENT DANCE CLASSES TUESDAYS TERM 1

Fun & Expressive movement dance classes!

Weekly offerings to Under 5-year-olds and Primary aged children during the school term.

These one-hour sessions explore a range of movement games and activities enhancing childrens body awareness, imagination, creative confidence, teamwork and social skills.

Movement improvisation, drama, and choreographed dance routines will also be explored. 

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21:45

Lessons in Morality From Hollywood "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Following the 2018 Golden Globe celebrity virtue-signalling awards, we discovered that: black is now quite literally the new black (I

21:43

Gurneys Cider the taste of South Gippsland "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ITS been years in the making and well worth the wait. Brothers James and Tom Gurnett have done something very special indeed up on top of a hill at 343 []

The post Gurneys Cider the taste of South Gippsland appeared first on Foster Community Online.

21:35

Summer book sale raises $3,142.50 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FRIENDS of Corner Inlet Libraries drew good crowds to their summer book sale on Friday. On Saturday five or six hundred people usually turn up, but this was down to []

The post Summer book sale raises $3,142.50 appeared first on Foster Community Online.

20:48

PERTH Perth Ivy League student jailed for one-punch attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Perth Ivy League student jailed for one-punch attack .

January 10, 2018 at 01:22PM .

A STUDENT and athlete who was on a scholarship at Princeton University in the US has been jailed over a coward punch attack in Perth. Joshua Robert Billington, 21, was sentenced in the Perth Magistrates Court to an immediate prison term of nine months. He was convicted of assault occasioning

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PERTH WA sprinter jailed over one-punch attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WA sprinter jailed over one-punch attack .

January 10, 2018 at 07:33PM .

Magistrate Elizabeth Woods rejected Billingtons defence in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday that he thought his friend was in danger from Davis. She said there was no evidence of that and he had acted impulsively and unprovoked. However Ms Woods, who described his actions as a cowards

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PERTH Ivy league student Joshua Robert Billington jailed for one-punch attack "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Ivy league student Joshua Robert Billington jailed for one-punch attack .

January 10, 2018 at 03:40PM .

The Perth Magistrates Court heard the victim, Mitch Davis, was with a female friend who was being harassed by a friend of Billingtons. The court heard when Mr Davis stepped forward to be next to his friend, he was punched from the side by Billington. Mr Davis suffered concussion, a cut to his head,

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20:26

Im Just Another Tourist in My Home Country "IndyWatch Feed National"

My stomach is churning as I walk towards the big green sign. No matter the destination, the feeling I get arriving at the immigration desk never ceases to change. When I get to the front of the line, a middle-aged Balinese man ushers me over.

Before I get the chance to give him my passport, he grabs it from my hand. His eyes fix on me, then my passport, then back again. He pauses, before casually starting to speak to me in Indonesian. I catch the first three words, but miss the rest hes too fast for me to comprehend. He stares directly at me, and all can do is stare back, oblivious.

He finally snaps.

CAN YOU SPEAK INDONESIAN? Cannn youuuuu speaaaak Indonesian? he asks, in a slow, patronising tone. The question itself is nothing new. Even back home in Australia, I am constantly asked it, but never as condescending as when I hear it in my so-called motherland.

Sedikit (a little), I smile, thinking it will ease the tension. It doesnt. He just shrugs and sighs, then enquires as to where where Im staying. I know the answer to this one: I have been practicing on the plane for the past three hours in preparation.

Saya tinggal di Canggu (I live in Canggu), I announce, pronouncing the c like a k in my Australian-born accent. He looks at me confused, then finally understands. CANGGU! he says, pronouncing the c like ch. Chhanggguuu, not Canggu. Disappointment is etched all over his face and all I want to do is run away.

The airport incident is one of many I face while travelling in Indonesia. Every time I visit, every time I meet a local, their reaction is the same. They are curious as to where I am from: questioning my heritage and testing my Indonesian, then they get frustrated when they learn that I know very little about my own culture.

I sit in the front seat of the cab watching scooters and warungs pass by in a blur. The taxi driver is attempting to make conversation with me in broken English, but it doesnt seem to get past How are you? After a few minutes of awkward silence, I see him in my peripherals glancing at me. His body is tense; hands tightly grip the wheel. Finally, he builds up the courage to timidly ask, Orang Indo, yah (Indonesian person, right)?

Iya (yes), I reply. He breathes a sigh of relief; his whole body relaxes as he sinks comfortably back into his chair.
Mbok dari mana (Miss, where are you from?)
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19:54

Snowy 2: the policy of despair "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Snowy Mark 2 as a pump storage is designed to use cheap off peak power to pump water uphill to a reservoir so that it can be used at a later stage when electricity prices are high.  It does not create any new energy in fact it requires some 15 per cent of the available energy to be used up in the pumping process.

Starting out with a $1.5-2 billion estimated cost when announced by Mr Turnbull in March of last year, a heavily redacted feasibility study has now put the cost at $3.8 to $4.5 billion but this is likely to increase when a further iteration is published in April and excludes some considerable upgrade costs to the transmission system.  Snowy would be hoping consumers would fund these though electricity rules ostensibly require the generation facility to cover such costs.  Transmission costs are likely to be at least $3 billion and Judith Sloans speculative $10 billion cost may well prove conservative.

Unperturbed and donning his political salesmans hat, Minister Josh Frydenberg endorsed the project but he would do that wouldnt he?  He claims to favour Snowy 2 partly because, like all those wind farms, it creates up to 5,000 jobs presumably in construction.  I bet the 5000 jobs could be multiplied many times over if the crews did not use modern machinery! The Minister suggested the alternative fast start generation would entail $180 billion in Tesla power walls.

Snowys CEO says As for claims that the economics dont stack up I refute them categorically. Snowy 2.0 can be funded off our balance sheet, while delivering a healthy internal rate of return of 8 per cent.

Well, he would need to get that through his shareholders. It would be easy to do this with the spendthrift Commonwealth which owns 13 per cent but the NSW (58 per cent) and Victorian (29 per cent) are less likely to agree.  If the Commonwealth wished to proceed it would need to buy out the states but with an underlying profit after tax of $411 million and booming prices as a result of the destruction of coal power stations the cost would be well over $4 and might reach $8 billion.

And let us not forget, the whole value concept is purely a function of the regulatory regime created by governments...

18:37

An MMT response to Jared Bernstein Part 3 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

This is the third and final part of my response to an article posted by American political analyst Jared Berstein (January 7, 2018) Questions for the MMTers. In this blog I deal with the last question that he poses to Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) economists, which relates to whether currency issuing governments have to raise revenue in order to pay for public goods and whether prudent policy requires the cyclically-adjusted fiscal balance to be zero at full employment to ensure social insurance programs are protected. The answer to both queries is a firm No! But there are nuances that need to be explained in some detail. While Jared Bernstein represents a typical progressive view of macroeconomics and is sympathetic to some of the core propositions of MMT, this three-part series has shown that the gap between that (neoliberal oriented) view and Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is wide. I hope this three-part series might help the (neoliberal) progressives to abandon some of these erroneous macroeconomic notions and move towards the MMT position, which will give them much more latitude to actually implement their progressive policy agenda. For space reasons, I have decided to make this a three-part response. I also hope the three-part series have helped those who already embrace the core body of MMT to deepen their knowledge and render them more powerful advocates in the struggle against the destructive dominant macroeconomics of neoliberalism.
The final question that Jared Bernstein posed was couched in these terms:

A theme of my work, to which MMTers often object, I think, is that we need to raise more revenues to pay for public goods. I recently wrote, for example, that, given our aging population, it will take something like 3% more of GDP to meet our obligations to Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid by 2035. MMTers push back that as long as were below potential, we can print the money to support government spending, so stop getting so wound up about payfors.

But while assuming full employment is a mistake, so is assuming a) enough slack to warrant all that printing, and b) even more so, the political will to do so. Though we should always be willing to deficit spend in the near term when economic conditions warrant it, should we not structure long-term fiscal policy to avoid structural deficits (a structural deficit is one that persists even at full employment)? At least in a political sense of protecting vital social insurance programs, isnt the prudent approach, as difficult politically as it may be, to try to lock in a level of revenue collection that meets our future obligations?

I have covered this question several times in the past to counter the almost innate view held by progressives (defici...

18:34

Positions Vacant - Nest Team Leader / Family Camp Manager "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We have two last minute positions vacant on our team for Rainbow 2018!  Join the crew and contribute to our amazing event!

18:33

Veteran Activists The 78ers Slam Sydney Mardi Gras Organisers "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The organisers of this years Sydney Mardi Gras have been criticised by the original activists, the 78ers, for not appreciating the pain and damage suffered by the group. This year is the 40th anniversary of the protest rally on June 24, 1978 that was marred by police violence and arrests but would be looked back ...

The post Veteran Activists The 78ers Slam Sydney Mardi Gras Organisers appeared first on QNEWS.

18:20

Petition To Have Muzzle Loading Pistols Removed From an H class licence ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



"To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales in Parliament assembled".
PARLIAMENT OF NEW SOUTH WALES.
Parliament House
6 Macquarie Street,
Sydney, NSW 2000.
The Petition of Keith H. Burgess.
President of the New England Colonial Living History Group.
Brings to the attention of the House the matter of firearms licensing in relation to muzzle-loading pistols (percussion locks excluded).
At this present time, working replica (replicas of original 17th and 18th century antique muzzle-loading pistols) muzzle-loading pistols of the lock types matchlock, wheellock, tinderlock, doglock, snaphance and flintlock can only be owned by a person possessing a category H gun licence, and these pistols can only be legally fired on a registered gun range. Antique muzzle-loading pistols of the same type may be owned, but not used/fired without the owner possessing an H class licence. This requirement excludes the use of these antiques & antique replicas for Living History and Historical Re-enactment purposes. It also excludes the use of these antique replicas for use as a back-up safety for muzzle-loader hunters hunting on private property who are hunting with single shot muzzle-loading rifles or smoothbores.
Historical Re-ena...

17:27

How new platforms such as Airbnb and Stayz might support New England development part 1 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Inverell. 1904 heritage listed house available for short term stays via Airbnb
I tend to be something of a technology lagger. I have long used the web to source accommodation, but I hadn't used Airbnb or Stayz  to source accommodation until a European trip in 2015 inspired by the Rugby World Cup. Then I used Airbnb sourced accommodation because eldest was doing the bookings.

This trip was an economy daddy-daughter venture, the first joint holiday we had had since well before eldest moved to Copenhagen. For that reason, we shared a room in private homes that the owners had place on Airbnb  I was quite cautious about this, but it worked well. The interactions with the owners proved to be one of the fun parts of the trip.

Twelve months later, eldest and her partner put their own place in Copenhagen onto Airbnb. Now I was watching the process from the other side, getting a feel for what was involved in really making it work if you wanted to be an Airbnb host. It's not just a question of taking some photos, placing it on Airbnb and waiting for the bookings to roll in. A fair bit of work is required to both attract guests and then make them welcome.

Marsh House, Armidale. Built in 1863, this was...

17:14

Join the queue "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Recent comments by Peter Dutton on Sudanese crime in Melbourne, in support of the Victorian Liberals' attempts to court that old political tart Laura Norder, underline two failures of strategy: in his portfolio, and within the Victoria Liberals in their quest for state government this November.

The end of the line

Immigration policy in Australia was set at the turn of the century by then-Immigration Minister Phillip Ruddock, backed by John Howard and his government and only ever tweaked by successive governments since then.

The first thing to say about immigration to Australia overall is that it has increased significantly this century. Where the crackdown has come, and the headlines, is in the refugee and asylum-seeker intakes.

Ruddock developed the idea of a 'queue' for refugees - yes, the world was full of desperate people fleeing war and persecution, but all that was required for such people to enter Australia was to "join the queue", fill out some forms and applications would be processed in due course. People who paid people-smugglers and arrived in Australia by boat without visas were "queue jumpers", denying places on the small (and successively reduced) quota for refugee intake to those who did all the right things and waited patiently.

Here's where Dutton has torpedoed that policy, and made himself look silly: successive Immigration ministers from Ruddock to Morrison told us there were people waiting patiently in refugee camps in Africa unable to enter Australia because bad people from the Middle East tried to jump the queue by coming here on boats. None of the people on Nauru or Manus are from South Sudan. They are people who have come here through the very vetting systems that Dutton now oversees.

If you agree with Dutton that Sudanese gangs are terrifying Melbourne, then it follows that he has failed to vet these people properly. You can't believe that Dutton, with his inflated powers as Home Affairs Minister, is keeping Australia safe if you also accept that he has waved through the very people apparently causing this mayhem. Say what you will about Daniel Andrews, his government simply has no role in immigration vetting. Why detain people at Nauru, Manus, Woodville or anywhere else when you are clearly so careless? Dutton is undermining his own narrative:
"But the short answer is that, if people haven't integrated, if they are not abiding by our laws, if they don't adhere to our culture, then they are not welcome here."
Bit late for that champ.

No journalist has called him on it. Credulous dickheads like...

17:03

Why does home solar energy cost so much in the United States? "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Here in the land of technology leadership and free-market enterprise, American regulation has more than doubled the cost of solar.

The regulation comes in three un-American guises: permitting, code and tariffs and together they are killing the U.S. residential market. Modernizing these regulations, primarily at the local and state level, is the greatest opportunity for U.S. solar policy in 2018.

To highlight the opportunity, lets look at Australia, where nearly 2 million solar systems have been successfully and safely installed.

As of early December, installed costs in the main Australian markets were at $1.34 per watt, compared to $3.25 per watt in the U.S. What does that difference stem from?

In Australia, there is no permitting process. You simply lodge your request for interconnection online and go install it. The figure below highlights the relative mass of valueless work required to satisfy current city-level bureaucracy in the U.S., which adds between two and six months to delivery time and 47 cents per watt of cost directly to the installed system. Thats more than the cost of the panels themselves!

the U.S. National Electrical Code dictates a best practice that more than doubles the installation time relative to Australia, and adds incremental hardware expense together adding 49 cents per watt to the cost of solar. There is no discernable difference in the quality and safety of solar installations overseas relative to the U.S.

There are no tariffs on imported hardware in Australia because its obvious to all that the jobs in solar are in sales and installation, not in manufacturing. Thats another 21 cents per watt in the Australians pocket and a thousand dollars back into the economy per system sold.

And because solar is so much cheaper, as well as faster and easier to buy, its also much cheaper, faster and easier to sell. Acquisition costs in Australia average $400 per installed customer, compared to $2,500 in the U.S.

At lower cost and without the two- to six-month wait time and all of the permitting complexity, cancellation rates are minimal, compared to an average of about 30 percent for reputable U.S. companies. How many other electronics purchases do you know of that take up to half a year to be installed? Thats another 42 cents per watt of lower solar costs.

From Andrew Birch, there is much more at the link, read it and weep.  Via...

17:00

SAD Mark Latham Predicts Free Sausages For All In Stunning Save Australia Day Ad "IndyWatch Feed National"

On the upside, in the future dystopia Australia, everyone gets a paper shredder in their kitchen. On the downside, those same kitchens are under constant surveillance by government-installed closed-circuit television. But on the upside again, everyone gets free sausages.

How did all these things the good, the bad and the fatty come about? Because we changed the date of Australia Day from January 26, to something else.

So says Mark Latham, one time Labor Opposition leader, turned right-wing conspiracy nutter.

Lathams public descent into madness has been, generally speaking, quite satisfying to watch. Like when your racist old uncle falls over at a family barbecue, or when Bill Leak died.

While Lathams latest venture has been a bit unsettling, like any car crash, its impossible to look away. So lets look more closely.

Outraged at the growing movement to Change the Date, Latham has been campaigning to save the date, or in his words, Save Australia Day. If you take the initials from that three-word Abbott-esque slogan it spells SAD. Brilliant!

The ad opens with the question, What if the Greens and Labor Left get their way and abolish Australia Day on 26 January?

A strange woman about to have a panic attack in a butcher shop.A strange woman about to have a panic attack in a butcher shop.

On screen runs a small, excited child who proudly shows her mum a picture she drew celebrating Australia Day. The mum shreds the drawing while looking suspiciously over her shoulder, observed by CCTV.

It then cuts to a woman in a butcher shop who orders a shit-tonne of sausages. She realizes she might be suspected of hosting an Australia Day event. She panics and leaves. Without paying.

Then it cuts to two old men both of whom bear an unsettling resemblance to everything I imagine a paedophile might look like sitting in a nursing home with lamingtons being castigated by a nurse for reminiscing about the good old days.

Two SAD old men in Mark Latham's SAD campaign.Two SAD old men in Mark Lathams SAD campaign....

16:47

Russias Interests in Oceania "IndyWatch Feed National"

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In the past years, Russias foreign policy has been focused on expanding influence in the most remote corners of the planet. In particular, the Russian party has successful relations with the small island states of Oceania located in the South Pacific and with Fiji in particular.

Until recently, in the mid-2000s, the South Pacific Region (SPR) was mainly controlled by the three players: the United States, Australia and New Zealand. Currently, the US position is characterized by the last-gasp efforts of Washington to keep the control over strategically important territories in Micronesia, which have been gradually seized by China that has already merged the rest of Oceania. The only place in the US influence area untouched by the Chinese capital is Guam. It hosts the largest US air and naval bases in the Pacific Ocean with bombers and submarines, as well as ballistic missiles directed at North Korea. The weakening of the US financial positions in the SPR started after the global economic crisis in 2008 when the empty niches were occupied by China, which was pursuing economic and political goals in Oceania, not the military ones so far. Alongside with China, the Russian Federation started to explore Oceania by strengthening its international image here.

Out of 26 entities of Oceania, 13 are the full-fledged members of the UNO and other international organizations. As a result, friendly relations with these states bring only benefits for a very small by world standards donor assistance worth only a few tens of million dollars, which the partners of the countries of Oceania allocate to them in the framework of the development programs.

The active strengthening of the ties between Russia and China presupposes the common interests, and, consequently, the formulation of a well-coordinated political course in respect of the developing part of the world. Beijing has chosen the largest and the most significant state Fiji as its main ally in Oceania. Moscow is not sitting idle; it is developing multilateral cooperation with Suva, the capital of Fiji.

Fiji occupies a special place in the structure of relationships in the South Pacific Region. This is the largest state of Oceania (after Papua New Guinea) with the population of about 1 million people, which plays a s...

16:30

UK data agency destroys Breitbart's climate science attacks with evidence "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

UK data agency destroys Breitbart's climate science attacks with evidenceA British government-backed research project has hit back at climate science deniers who wrongly accused their scientists of faking findings. read now...

16:17

Centrelink How Soon Before The Government Tell Us That Privatisation Is The Answer Because They Cant Even Run A Chook Raffle "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Without going through the whole saga here, my wife is dealing with Centrelink on behalf of a relative. Six months ago, she was told that there was bit of a wait because there was a backlog and things would be processed in their own good time. A couple of days ago, she received a form

The post Centrelink How Soon Before The Government Tell Us That Privatisation Is The Answer Because They Cant Even Run A Chook Raffle appeared first on The AIM Network.

16:15

Party politics in local councils "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, Am I the only one who is tired of having our local council politicised? Whatever happened to Councils working collectively for their local [more]

The post Party politics in local councils appeared first on The Weekly Times.

16:10

Reconciliation for all Australians "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, As we proceed in our quest for reconciliation with our indigenous community, now is the time to analyse its progress and examine the [more]

The post Reconciliation for all Australians appeared first on The Weekly Times.

16:09

Why Governments are Like an Ameba "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

 

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; You may be called the legend because of your forecasts on so many levels, but it might also be because you have met with more governments than probably any economist or analyst. My question is simple. From your experience, do you believe you can prevent the economic carnage that is becoming so obvious to everyone except those in government?

SK

ANSWER: The idealistic belief in intelligence and goodness embedded within human beings is increasingly confronted with the harsh experiences of reality. We all indeed act in our own self-interest or we would take no action (Smiths Invisible Hand). Even an ameba, which lacks consciousness as we define it being self-aware, still responds to its surrounding and engulfs its prey to survive. It responds due to its hardwired nature. Unfortunately, humans also possess at that inner level this same survival instinct that is hardwired. This makes it increasingly unlikely that willingness to change gains sufficient strength in time for the abyss to be reached. Hence, we must crash and burn.

Because the government will respond in the same manner as an ameba, there is no hope that they will spontaneously look in the mirror and reach an OMG moment of realizing that they are causing the demise of our society. Consequently, they will consume our liberty until they push it to the point that society will then act only in its self-interest to survive. Historically, all governments collapse once they have consumed rights, liberty, and privileges in their desire to maintain control and in the end, die by their own greed for power. They lack any consciousness of what they are doing precisely as an ameba. There is no reasoning for there is no one single mind to reason with.

Therefore, neither I nor anyone else, possess the power to prevent the cycle from unfolding. The very best I can hope for is perhaps to influence the reconstruction.

16:07

Upgraded Police Stations wanted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dear Sir, For 2018 would you please assist the Ryde Local Area Command to have buildings and infrastructure appropriate for the 21st century, and especially [more]

The post Upgraded Police Stations wanted appeared first on The Weekly Times.

16:07

Le Bout du Monde ~ French/New Caledonian pub grub - Noumea "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We decide upon a dining rule for future trips to Noumea - if in doubt, then Le Bout du Monde. Le Bout du Monde is open every day from breakfast till late supper. Its been our saviour on a public holiday Sunday when pretty much everywhere else is in Noumea shut and even the tumbleweeds have left town. We see this place not just as a pub\cafe\bistro - but as a public service. The lunch menu

16:04

Le 1881 ~ Noumea, New Caledonia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The family was keen to return to 1881 with it's bargain lunch time meal deal and water views. It's an easy one bus trip from Anse Varta via the No 10. It's an interesting trip giving a good gawk and the working harbour and, if you're lucky, the prison. Le 1881 is in a beautiful and historic location. You can tick off some sites at the same time. Ah, this is how we roll.

16:03

Audio: Lessons from indigenous peoples about coping with climate change, plus the call of the night parrot "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Happy new year to all our listeners out there! On our first episode of 2018, we speak with the author of a book about the resilience of indigenous peoples in the face of climate change, and well hear some recordings of the elusive night parrot in Australia! Our first guest today is Gleb Raygorodetsky, the author of The Archipelago of Hope: Wisdom and Resilience from the Edge of Climate Change, a book published this past November by Pegasus Books. Raygorodetsky is a conservation biologist who has traveled around the world to live and work with indigenous peoples. In The Archipelago of Hope, he details his experiences with a number of Indigenous cultures and the ways their lives on their traditional territories are being reshaped by the impacts of global warming. Raygorodetsky appears on the podcast to tell us about the book and what he thinks the rest of us can learn about climate change from the indigenous peoples of the world. Our second guest is Nick Leseberg, a PhD student at the University of Queensland in Australia whose work focuses solely on the night parrot, a species endemic to Australia that was first discovered by Europeans in the mid-1800s. Though a wild population of the bird was found in the remote outback of Australia in 2013 nearly 150 years after the species was first discovered it still proved difficult for researchers to study because of its elusive nature. That is, until scientists realized that the night parrot comes

16:03

Extreme Volatility in Weather Part of Climate Change? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

QUESTION: It is crazy hot here in Sydney the exact opposite of the extreme cold in the north. Is there an explanation at all for this?

ANSWER:  Most people do not realize that the climate is actually polar opposites. Both the Arctic (North Pole) and the Antarctic (South Pole) are cold because they dont get any direct sunlight.  However, though the North Pole and the South Pole are polar opposites, they both get the same amount of sunlight but there is a major difference. The South Pole is a much colder than the North Pole and this also contributes to the difference in climate experience around the globe.

The Arctic is ocean surrounded by land whereas the Antarctic in the South is in fact land surrounded by ocean. Consequently, the ocean under the Arctic ice is cold, yet the water is still warmer than the ice! So the ocean warms the air which it cannot do in the South. Antarctica is dry despite the ice. Under the ice and snow, you find land with mountain ranges, not ocean. As with any mountain range, the higher you go, the colder it gets. The actual average elevation of Antarctica is about 7,500 feet (2.3 km).

The extreme heat in Australian, reached 47c (116f), is more akin to the Middle East in summer. I went trekking through the valley of the Kings in Egypt when it was 50c (122f) and I was the only one out and about while everyone stayed in the hotel. As the energy output of the sun collapses, we will witness growing extremes in different regions. The last time it was this hot in Sydney goes back to the 1930s during the Dust Bowl people in the USA. The cycle in extremes appears to be 86 years so this is on target. Australia is dry and ripe for wildfires the same as we see in California. This will contribute to the decline in food supply globally.

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

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15:57

How do you deal with people who know all the answers before they hear the questions? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

This is the most significant political problem of our time. The left are on the left because of a will to believe, but have virtually never had a political success other than by taking the reins of power which they quite often do, and not always peacefully either. They have imposed their will time and again because they often temporarily have the numbers, but are removed as soon as possible which is often not very soon at all since their beliefs create neither wealth nor freedom.

The outcome has been that no one on the left is any longer willing to debate since they have run out of arguments because virtually everything they say and do has a proven history of failure. And so the question has become, is it worth trying to convince people on the left who never listen to what anyone else says? Is it worth trying to show how markets work better than government direction, for example, or that there is no evidence of the existence of global warming? How do you deal with people who think that Barack Obama was worth electing president, or now even Oprah for heavens sake? It is the greatest problem of our day, and may yet lead to the collapse of our Western way of life. Anyway, I came across the brief schematic that I think sums up quite a bit.

Conservative, AKA Normal People = facts, analysis -> conclusion.

Liberals AKA Walking Nerve Endings = feelings, conclusion > rationalization

They are not stupid in the normal sense, political idiots though they are. They cannot learn from history because they do not want to, because history continuously demonstrates the dangers and vacuity of their ideas. If anyone ever works out how to get past the barricades they put up to protect their political prejudices from examination, they will save the world from a good deal of grief. In the meantime, we have to find ways to barricade ourselves from the destruction they cause whenever they achieve political control. There is always another Venezuela just around the corner if these people cannot be made to see how things really are, and that next Venezuela might be right there where you happen to live right now.

15:30

Blinded by Pellets in 2016, Kashmiri Teen Insha Mushtaq Clears Her Class 10 Boards "IndyWatch Feed National"

The 16 year old, who has undergone several surgeries, was hit in the face after she opened her window during the Kashmir unrest in 2016.

Insha Mushtaq, 15, lost vision in both eyes in July 2016 after being hit by shotgun pellets. Credit: Amnesty International

Insha lost vision in both eyes in July 2016 after being hit by shotgun pellets. Credit: Amnesty International

Srinagar: In a remarkable feat, 16-year-old Insha Mushtaq, who became the face of pellet victims who lost their vision during the 2016 uprising in Kashmir, has cleared her class 10 board examinations. The results were declared on January 9.

The teen gave the examinations with the aid of a helper who wrote the answers as she dictated. Despite being declared qualified in her mathematics paper, Insha will have to appear for it again as it was noted that she needs to improve.

The news has spread joy in Kashmir. Inshas father, Mushtaq Ahmad Lone, who was engaged as a driver with the state-run Motor Garages Department, started receiving congratulatory calls and messages soon after the results were declared and the news of Inshas success began to spread online.

We are very happy today, Lone tells The Wire, adding that Insha worked hard to memorise her lessons with the help of her teachers. Over the past year, Insha recorded the lessons she h...

15:29

Release Yanto Awerkion: An Interview with Free West Papuas Raki Ap "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

West Papuan independence activist Yanto Awerkion is set to stand trial on charges of treason in Timika District Court tomorrow. Mr Awerkion was due to go before the court in West Papua last Tuesday, but the trial was postponed, as the judge failed to attend. Mr Awerkions only crime was to address a peaceful prayer meeting

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15:27

"Muhammad gave us the glad tidings that at the End of Time, we will fight those Jews - Good News for Modern Muslims "IndyWatch Feed National"

MEDIA BLACKOUT AGAIN! North Carolina imam: Muhammad gave us the glad tidings that at the End of Time, we will fight those Jews This IMAM cited an antisemitic hadith! This is not extremist Islam, these words are from AUTHENTIC STANDARD MAINSTREAM ISLAMIC text! #Hannity pic.twitter.com/hWrKTf6X1W Amy Mek (@AmyMek) January...

15:19

Recent Study Proves That Ibuprofen is Directly Linked to Male Infertility "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sperm counts of men living in North America, Australia, New Zealand and Europe are dropping at a shocking rate, with researchers reporting as much as a 59% decline in total sperm count over a 40-year period ending in 2011. For couples currently living with the reality of infertility, this number is staggering! It comes as no surprise, considering that startling data, that the fertility industry in the United States is currently valued at over $2 billion. With couples spending incredible amounts of money just for the chance to start their own families we have to ask, what are we doing that has resulted in such a dramatic loss in fertility for the male population?

Experts have explored a number of theories from the food we are eating to the clothes we wear, but one has recently caught the attention of researchers. Erma Z. Drobnis, PhD., an associate professional practice professor of reproductive medicine and fertility at the University of Missouri, Columbia explained that there is a significant problem overlooked in the testing process for medication today. While most medications are assessed for their impact on female fertility and pregnancy complications, the effects on male fertility are rarely investigated.

Drobnis explained, There is evidence that some medications are particularly harmful to the male reproductive system, including testosterone, opioids, antidepressants, antipsychotics, immune modulators and even over-the-counter antacid cimetidine (Tagamet). However, prescribing providers rarely mention these adverse effects with patients when prescribing these medications.

One such medication, experts are now reporting, is the commonly used NSAID ibuprofen. Often taken by high-level athletes as a preventative measure in an attempt to avoid pain and muscle soreness, a new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has discovered that regular use of the medication has been linked with decreased levels of fertility in men.

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15:18

Watch the New First Aid Kit Video Fireworks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of First Aid Kit Swedish Americana duo First Aid Kit have just released the wonderfully 80s video for their new track Fireworks. The song is taken from First Aid Kits upcoming album Ruins which is due for release on the 19th January. Check out the video for Fireworks below: First Aid Kit will []

15:15

WTF has happened to Antony Greens election blog? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

OK Im sufficiently incensed about this to write a quick post. The ABC appears to have scrapped almost all of the election blog meticulously produced by its election analyst and our national treasure, Anthony Green. Im pretty sure almost anyone whos written a considered piece about Australian state or federal politics has visited and/or cited []

15:08

Increasing ocean temperatures in Great Barrier Reef has ea turtle population 'turning female' "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Green sea turtles native to the Great Barrier Reef are under threat from rising temperatures, which are making the majority of hatchlings female, according to a team of biologists. Scientists researching the impact of climate change on one of the world's largest sea turtle populations have found that turtle eggs, laid on warmer beaches along the north-east coast of Australia, can produce animals almost entirely of the female gender. Scientists say it's down to rising temperatures prolonging the incubation process which in turn leads to more female offspring. The researchers, including scientists from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Queensland Department of Environment, are warning the trend could have a dire impact on the future of the species.

Increasing ocean temperatures in Great Barrier Reef has sea turtle population 'turning female' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Green sea turtles native to the Great Barrier Reef are under threat from rising temperatures, which are making the majority of hatchlings female, according to a team of biologists. Scientists researching the impact of climate change on one of the world's largest sea turtle populations have found that turtle eggs, laid on warmer beaches along the north-east coast of Australia, can produce animals almost entirely of the female gender. Scientists say it's down to rising temperatures prolonging the incubation process which in turn leads to more female offspring. The researchers, including scientists from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Queensland Department of Environment, are warning the trend could have a dire impact on the future of the species.

14:58

WHAT A GRUB! Elite Sydney lawyer Victor Berger finally struck off for pilfering money from dying women with dementia despite attempts by powerful friends to save him "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An elite Sydney lawyer who parasitically preyed on the vulnerable, elderly and dying has finally been struck off the local legal register despite a Federal MP, two rabbis, a Senior Counsel, businessmen, a company chairman, a chairman of a public company, a solicitor and a retired Supreme Court Judge all providing character references and supporting the

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14:39

The Dunolly Jazz & Blues Show "IndyWatch Feed National"



Come and enjoy this afternoon of Jazz and Blues, where Oozin Blues will be special guests.
Music starts around 1pm.
Bands will include The Groove Dudes, Six Degrees, and The Jazz Dudes.
Bar opens around Midday and BBQ snacks and woodfired Pizzas are available.
Entry is gold coin, and if you want to sleep over, bring your swag, caravan or motorhome!
For any information call Jan Stephenson on 0408 442960.

14:31

Tom Fitton with Judicial Watch's magnificent work on Clinton/Abedin "IndyWatch Feed National"

Identity of CIA official found on Weiner's laptop by FBI. When will DOJ/FBI act on Clinton/Abedin classified mishandling issues? @JudicialWatch forced out this info -- not media, not Congress. https://t.co/AalMFbsRLJ pic.twitter.com/iFbHb9Oc38 Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) January 9, 2018 I think this is the most important thing Tom said - "The...

14:18

Giant Rays Are Being Caught In 'Shark Nets' And Left To Die "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The eagle ray was going to die if help didnt come soon. He had gotten snarled in a submerged net off the coast of Sharpes Beach in Ballina, Australia, and was struggling to break free.

Last weekend, Jonathan Clark and a boat crew from Sea Shepherd Australia, an organization that works to protect marine animals, approached the net known as a shark net  at Sharpes Beach and discovered the struggling ray.

Credit: Sea Shepherd Australia

The group regularly monitors this shark net, which was installed to prevent sharks from getting too close to shore and bothering swimmers although experts argue that shark nets do nothing to protect people. What the nets actually do is lure sharks close to shore with bait while some of the sharks then get tangled up in the net, others are able to swim above or below the net without getting ensnared.

The nets are also responsible for accidentally catching and killing hundreds of marine animals each year, including turtles, dolphins, whales and protected sharks like great whites, which the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classifies as a critically endangered species. And, of course, eagle rays get enmeshed in the shark nets, too.
 

Credit: Sea Shepherd Australia

As we approached the net, we noticed a bait ball and saw a large shark under the bait ball, Clark told The Dodo. It moved away quickly. We noticed another shape on the seafloor near the net, and using our viewing scope got a very clear view of a dead manta ray that had been heavily predated upon within 10 meters [32 feet] of the net. We then checked the net and found the spotted eagle...

14:08

Gangs of Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In a special report for Channel 7 News about African gang violence in Melbourne, I quoted a magistrate saying: People are scared to travel on our trains. And I concluded the report by saying: It has to stop.

That was not last week. Not even last year. It was more than five years ago, in October, 2012. Somebody dug it up again on Twitter this week. It is sadly, spookily, prescient. So, dont let anybody con you by brushing this off as something new. Politicians and former Police Chief Commissioners like Nixon and Overland have let Victorians down. Badly. DH


14:06

Sportsman Hotel To Add New Name To Queensland Drag Hall Of Fame "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brisbanes Sportsman Hotel will this month induct another distinguished drag queen into the venues Queensland Drag Hall of Fame. The Drag Hall of Fame takes pride of place in the Lounge Bar of the Spring Hill venue. This Australia Day Eve, another big local name will be immortalised in it, as selected by Sporties directors ...

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13:58

Co-existence NBNs latest excuse "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Regular readers will know the saga I have been dealing with as a result of living in a marginal seat which had FttN thrust upon us very early in the Coalitions tenure. In March 2016, a porting mistake by our telco at work saw us lose all telecommunications.  Due to there being a cease sales

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13:58

Rembrandt Live with Joanna Butler "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 

On Arts Wednesday 10 January 2018, Sylvias guest was musician and music researcher, Joanna Butler. Joanna was responsible for selecting the music for Rembrandt Live, a concert series to accompany the blockbuster exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW, Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age. Listen to the music and the conversation below:

We began with Allemand by Piterszoon Sweelinck on Paradiso Armonico: Italian Chamber Music in the Low Countries c 1650 on Etcetera Label

In Part 1 of the conversation, Sylvia and Joanna talk about the historical context of music in the Dutch Golden Age:

This charming track is Boffons by Jacob Van Eyck played by Ardalus-Ensemble on the album Random Around: Jacob van Eyck on Phaedra Label:

In Part 2 of the conversation, youll hear who the musicians were, what instruments were played and where they were played;

This short track, Hoe is tbeloven, introduces us to singing by Camerata Trajectina on Muziek uit de Golden Eeuw on the Globe Label

In Part 3, Joanna talks about the concerts, how they developed and the interactive nature the audience experiences:

13:50

Bar/place to socialise in Cairns "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hi, I'm in cairns on my own and looking to socialise a bit. I'm staying at the Rydges Esplanade, close to (you guessed it) the esplanade. I like travelling and a backpackers/solo travelers place would be nice but I'm open to other kinds too. Cheers

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13:41

9000 Sealed Indictments -- Rumors of Impending Mass Arrests/Indictments Continue "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a vigil ceremony marking the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at the Department of Justice on Sept. 11, 2017. (Image Source: Getty Images)


Source: DiscerningTheMystery | by Joshua Philip

The answer is uncertain at this point, but let's be more specific. The entire reason why indictments are sealed is multi-faceted. If a court were to produce an indictment against a suspected offender, there would need to be certain precautions taken in order to insure the indictment was successful.

We have heard that these indictments are sealed to prevent suspects from fleeing, destroying evidence, or sabotaging the case in some way. However, these files might also be sealed in order to avoid tipping off other possible conspirators of the crimes involved in these cases. To add, if federal law enforcement needed to gain further leads on potential suspects they might let word of the indictments circulate, wait for a time, and then see which suspects lose their nerve and make a run for it.

In this way, law enforcement might use some of these indictments as a scare tactic in order to flush out suspects that they may not have been aware of prior. The possibilities are numerous, it seems. However, instead of further speculation, let's examine the facts of the situation.

What we know from the situation is that the corporate media has not touched the story of these indictments. This seems to suggest that either the media does not consider the story very substantial, or they are deliberately attempting to further cover for the Deep State as they did all through 2017not to mention the previous two to three decades.

These indictments do exist, according to reports. It is the number of indictments which has been the point of confusion. Are there truly over 9,000 of these files, as researchers sugge...

13:39

Casino bakery robbed by four armed men "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Two employees at a Casino bakery were forced to hand over cash and their keys when confronted by four armed men about 12.15am this morning.

Police have appealed for information following the robbery at the Johnston Street bakery.

Police were told the men were armed with a firearm and a crowbar and demanded cash.

The two employees, aged 54 and 19, complied with the demand.

The men took cash from the till, the mens wallets and keys and drinks from the shop before leaving in one of the employees vehicles.

The car was later found alight in Queensland Street.

Officers from Richmond Local Area Command attended and searched for the men with the assistance of the dog unit, but were unable to locate them.

The men are only described as being of Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander appearance with skinny builds and were wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

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13:12

Unzen Hole Zantidote "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Text: Mantis Kane Illustration: David Foldvari From Zantidote The wellbeing industry is on the very precipice of its own remit. A new invention is being marketed as a time-out from the usual methodology the yoga, the meditation, the activated sprouts with a contrarian approach that subjects the user to a burst of extreme []

13:10

Preparing for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and Cooling a Century of Korean Tensions "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

By Denis Bright Cheers to the voters of South Korea who elected Democratic Party President Moon Jae-in to office in May 2017 with a convincing majority. This historic vote made the current peace initiative at Panmunjom possible despite pressure from the Trump Administration and the Abe Government in Japan. After Japans occupation of the entire

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13:09

Introducing Despatches a new way of analysing federal politics "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Its been a month since I decided to launch a daily political newsletter in 2018. At the time I thought it might be something that I could get going after the Easter break. But Im thrilled to announce that Despatches will be launched on the first sitting day of this year 5 February 2018. []

13:05

Divemaster Internships "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

G'day again /r/Cairns,

I've just moved here, and I've got quite a bit of spare time up my sleeve, and wondering if anyone here has had any experience with some of the dive companies around town? I'm looking to do some unpaid deckhand work or even a divemaster internship as I'm already a qualified PADI Rescue diver.

As usual, with my last few questions to the community all your input is much appreciated!

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13:04

Meryl Streep Reacts To Mariah Carey Stealing Her Golden Globes Seat "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Meryl Streep and Mariah Carey have hilariously opened up about an awkward moment they shared at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles last Sunday. The three-time Academy Award winner told talk show host Jimmy Kimmel that she left her seat next to director Steven Spielberg no less and came back to find it ...

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13:00

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and The New World Order "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

For those who may be confused by the controversies surrounding the New World Order, a One-World-Government, and American concern over giving the UN more power; those unaware of the issues involved; and those wishing more background, I offer the following.

Originally presented for an Honors Class, Dilemmas of War and Peace, at New Mexico State University, the paper was ridiculed and characterized by Dr. Yosef Lapid, (an acknowledged and locally quoted expert on Terrorism and Middle Eastern affairs) as paranoid possibly a symptom of mental illness. You may judge for yourself.

Citing source data is the scientific method, but does not seem to apply to Conspiracy Theories. A thousand sources may be quoted, yet will not convince the skeptics, the realists.

It seems to me the symptoms of mental illness are on their side, if they refuse to look at evidence (There are none so blind as those who WILL not see); or perhaps something more sinister is at work, such as a knowledge of the truth, that does not want YOU to know.


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13:00

In which the pond welcomes Hugo and his elf ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


With Dame Slap away and things a little quieter in the herpetarium - how a papal nostrum will fix almost anything! - the pond thought it might revert to that story about Milo ... it being remembered that the reptiles considered their Milo one of their very best in 2017 ...


What was pleasing was that the pond didn't have to access the lizard Oz to read the yarn. 

It seems that The Times' paywall, which was once rock solid, now has a few holes in it ...and they need a Dutch boy ...



Damn you intrusive, over-regulating government, damn you to hell with your progressive, politically correct ways ... if the pond wants lead in its paint, and lead in its petrol, why soon enough it might become the lead-damaged leader of the free world ...

Where did that all come from? Dutch boy, dyke, lead paint, Milo? Well it made sense to the pond, though it didn't seem to make any sense to the Times' snowflake, melting at the thought of it all ...
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12:37

Bad Business: Marque Lawyers Zeroes In On 5 Corporations Caught Trying To Rip You Off "IndyWatch Feed National"

Big business you might remember them from such scandals as you pay tax, we dont and were going to try and rip you off at every available opportunity. Alex Horvath and Hannah Marshall from Marque Lawyers review five recent decisions from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission where big business was caught in the act.

 

 

1. GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis suffer pain over misleading Voltaren claims 

Voltaren-Osteo-Gel

Youd think big pharma might have learned a lesson from the $6 million penalty Reckitt Benckiser paid for their Nurofen not-really-pain-specific products. Apparently not.

GSK and Novartis are now in trouble over their Voltaren Emulgel and Osteo Gel products the latter being made with the same active ingredient as the former, but priced 33 per cent higher and labelled to suggest it provided targeted relief for osteo arthritis.

The ACCC says that the products misrepresented that the Osteo Gel product provided more effective relief than regular Voltaren. In light of the Nurofen case, the ACCC saw the Voltaren marketing as particularly, ahem, inflammatory.

We sense some big fines on the horizon.

 

2. Red Balloon feels the pinch of penalties for excessive payment surcharges

Red-Balloon

Online seller Red Balloon copped $43,200 in fines for charging excessive payment surcharges on its website. If youre unaware, there is now a ban on any business imposing excessive surcharges on card transactions. They can only charge a customer what it costs them to accept the payment.

Large businesses such as Red Balloon were required to be compliant from September 2016, and all businesses were affected from September 2017. The ACCC is paying close attention to compliance.

 

3. Meriton busted for manipulating TripAdvisor reviews

Meriton-Apartments

The ACCC came up trumps against Meriton in a recent court...

12:24

MACKAY Man locked in cop car on scorching day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 10, 2018 at 10:33AM ,

Man locked in cop car on scorching day

January 10, 2018 at 10:33AM ,

A ROCKHAMPTON man found himself in a hot situation on Christmas Day apprehended and locked in the back of a police car with no aircon while officers spoke with another person about a disturbance. Jody Brian Richardson, on Monday, pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to one

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12:24

MACKAY Andergrove man faces illegal weapon, ammunition charges "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 10, 2018 at 08:30AM ,

Andergrove man faces illegal weapon, ammunition charges

January 10, 2018 at 08:30AM ,

Jesse Leigh Smith, 27, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, charged with unlawfully possessing explosives and two counts of unlawfully possessing a category M weapon. Police allege they discovered a disguised knife and a knife with a single-handled release blade both of which are illegal

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MACKAY Price to pay for pot in his saliva "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 10, 2018 at 01:45AM ,

Price to pay for pot in his saliva

January 10, 2018 at 01:45AM ,

Taylor, 21, of Mount Charlton appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, pleading guilty to driving while a drug was present on November 7, 2017. Magistrate Damien Dwyer warned Taylor hed face a two-year minimum licence loss for any repeat offence. An early plea was considered. Taylor

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MACKAY Hospital trip ends in court case for South Mackay mum "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 10, 2018 at 01:45AM ,

Hospital trip ends in court case for South Mackay mum

January 10, 2018 at 01:45AM ,

Lynette Margaret Jordans decision on December 9 landed her in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday, where she pleaded guilty to driving over the general alcohol limit. Jordan had just one traffic ticket in her history. Magistrate Damien Dwyer pondered aloud whether Jordan had an extraordinary

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12:24

MACKAY Mackay man will fight gun, drug, explosives charges "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 10, 2018 at 07:00AM ,

Mackay man will fight gun, drug, explosives charges

January 10, 2018 at 07:00AM ,

A BLACKS Beach man allegedly caught up in a drug lab raid at Mount Pleasant will fight some of the charges against him. Matthew David Thomas Cooks case was heard in Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday. Solicitor Antoinette Morton, of Fisher Dore Lawyers, appeared on behalf of the 35-year-old,

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MACKAY Charged with stealing iPad from police, ice possession "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MACKAY January 10, 2018 at 01:45AM ,

Charged with stealing iPad from police, ice possession

January 10, 2018 at 01:45AM ,

Marie Te Puaki Nancye Gage, 33, faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday on four charges. That included two counts of stealing (kitchen appliances and the iPad) and one count each of possessing tainted property (a bank card and details) and possessing the drug ice (methamphetamines).

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12:20

Climate Council Cities Power Partnership "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Here in Australia and all over the world, its local governments and communities that are leading the switch to clean energy. Our communities are full of local heroes who are busy getting on with the job. Town by town, city by city, these Australians are tackling climate change and transforming Australias energy future from the [...] full article 

12:18

Petition To Have Muzzle Loading Pistols Removed From an H class licence ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



"To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales in Parliament assembled".
PARLIAMENT OF NEW SOUTH WALES.
Parliament House
6 Macquarie Street,
Sydney, NSW 2000.
The Petition of Keith H. Burgess.
President of the New England Colonial Living History Group.
Brings to the attention of the House the matter of firearms licensing in relation to muzzle-loading pistols (percussion locks excluded).
At this present time, working replica (replicas of original 17th and 18th century antique muzzle-loading pistols) muzzle-loading pistols of the lock types matchlock, wheellock, tinderlock, doglock, snaphance, and flintlockcan only be owned by a person possessing a category H gun licence, and these pistols can only be legally fired on a registered gun range. Antique muzzle-loading pistols of the same type may be owned, but not used/fired without the owner possessing an H class licence. This requirement excludes the use of these antiques & antique replicas for Living History and Historical Re-enactment purposes. It also excludes the use of these antique replicas for use as a back-up safety for muzzle-loader hunters hunting on private property who are hunting with single shot muzzle-loading rifles or smoothbores.
Historical Re-enactment groups and Living History organisations have re-enactment rules which preclude the use of live ammunition and preclude the use of a ramrod during any and all re-enactment displays. There is also a permit requirement;...

12:04

Sacred Chocolate Cacao Ceremony and Deep Dance "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Jemmita Inkari Kuyay is partnering with Ria Rhythms on this the first Powerful Portal Day of 2018!

CONNECT THROUGH CEREMONY, CELEBRATE THROUGH DANCE.

CACAO is known to the Ancient Mayan culture as the Food of the Gods. It has been used for thousands of years in Ceremony as a way of connecting to its Spirit, a higher source that can give us a greater perspective on life and help us to see our way creatively through challenges and change. And to invite in more Joy and Celebration

Come with us on a very unique, deep and transformational shamanic journey. Travel through the cardinal directions and into your heart.

Come together with clear and focused intent, working with the Medicine of Cacao, and elements of traditional Ceremony whilst being guided by powerful music and movement. Access deep healing, revelation and lasting transformation. At the same time tapping into that abounding and limitless source of ecstatic joy and bliss that is our true nature and resides within us all.

Merge Ancient Wisdom with our Modern age.

We Pray. Then we dance our Prayers into form.

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11/1/2018
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12:01

Tradecraft: Five Reasons to Have a Backup Rifle in Your Vehicle "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

(SurvivalSullivan) Whats the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun? The answer is simple; a good guy with a gun.

Theres a great chance that every time youre in a public area, you pass many people who have concealed weapons. Theres no way to tell what their intentions are, so you need to make sure youre prepared for the worst-case scenario. Thats why we call ourselves preppers, we prepare for everything.

Im all for carrying concealed vs. open carry for multiple reasons, but the biggest one is anonymity. You dont want to paint a target on your back. If there is somebody with ill-intent wishing to cause harm on a mass scale, youll be the first to be targeted (because youre the biggest threat). The worst enemy you can face is the one you dont know, the same goes for your adversary. However, just because you conceal, doesnt mean that youre necessarily prepared to defend against every attack.

For this reason, Ive decided to write this article dedicated to showing you why you should have a backup gun in your vehicle. Before we dive into the list, know that there are thousands of scenarios that can definitely be stopped by a citizen concealing a small firearm; but there are thousands more that require a little more firepower.

#1. Most Conceal Carry Weapons Have Limited Magazine Capacity

Sometimes, the situation at hand requires more rounds than you have on you. While you could always carry more magazines, I recommend having a solid backup plan in your vehicle. Statistically, you have a 40% chance of missing your first three rounds if youre in a shootout at 15 yards or more. That percentage increases to 70% for your first magazine missing if youre getting shot at, during a shootout at 15 yards or more.

Most AR-15 manufacturers have a base-model that cost less than $600 (depending on the state you live in), which is a fair price for a backup rifle for your vehicle. You really dont need super fancy attachments with an AR-15 to be able to engage targets at 150 yards or less, which is the beautiful thing about ARs.

Dont leave your survival, or innocent bystanders survival to chance. Its your responsibility as a prepper to ensure the safety of people who may not be as prepared as you. A selfish prepper is a useless prepper.

So, if youre in a situation where you know youll need a more powerful gun, use your EDC gun to fight your way back to your vehicle. This way, you can grab your rifle, and get back in the....

12:00

Review: 'Maaate! Bribe-proofing the public purse against good blokes' "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Review: 'Maaate! Bribe-proofing the public purse against good blokes'Robert Jones reviews 'Maaate! Bribe-proofing the public purse against good blokes' a harrowing tale of institutionalised corruption.  read now...

11:54

Dumaresq Creek Working Bee "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Sunday, 14 Jan; 8:30 am to 11:30 am. ] Our next working bee will be a short morning one on Sunday 14 January to continue with our preparation for planting in February. Details for working bee are as follows: Time: 8.30am Date: Sunday 14th January, 2018 Location: Dumaresq Creek south of Phil Wheaton Soccer Oval accessed off Erskine Street or along bicycle way. What to bring: BYO long [...] full article 

11:50

Inventing benefits from regulations reducing farmers use of water "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

An article by the excellent rural reporter Sue Neales, examined the sales and purchases of irrigation water rights for agriculture in the Murray-Darling Basin (agriculture uses about 90 per cent of water collected in dams for industry and personal consumption). The focus of the article was on the overseas purchasers of the water rights, the prices of which have risen strongly high security rights now trade at $3000 per megalitre, more than tenfold the price 15 years ago.

These diversions from productive use started with claims about salinity, which were driven by the ACF and WWF and supported by their spokespeople in the government owned media showing pictures of salt-infused farmland.  The facts are that only 0.4 per cent of farmland showed any signs of salinity and almost all of this was due to natural salt outcrops.

The initial production-suppressing measures were built upon during the millennial drought under which we were supposedly to see the entire Murray system drying up.  In addition to salinity being proved to be a hoax, rainfall is, of course, unchanged from that observed over the past 200 years.

But why let facts waste a good crisis?

Farmers responded to scare campaigns fomented by activist groups by looking for compromises little realising that for their opponents each concession was only a staging post for the next claim.  Hence the momentum is developed, institutions are in place and rolling back the regulatory tide becomes extremely difficult.  And it goes without saying that nobody brings the scaremongers (including Garnaut and Flannery) to account or ridicules the politicians (led by Tony Burke) for their gullibility.

One institutional reason why the regulatory momentum cannot be wound back is the changed nature of the agricultural bureaucracy.  Over the past two decades Primary Industry Departments have been transformed from ones that aggressively lobbied for favours to farmers (fertiliser subsidies, drought relief etc) into agencies which wish to constrain output by regul...

11:43

Reports of UK joining TPP ridiculed "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

10 January 2018: As the remaining 11 members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (now rebranded the Comprehensive Progressive Agreement for Trans Pacific Partnership) struggle to reach agreement, some strange reports are appearing in the media.

The Financial Times has reported that the Department for International Trade in the UK has held informal talks about joining the TPP. The UK cannot sign trade deals until it leaves the EU after Brexit, in March 2019.

The idea has been instantly and widely ridiculed. TUC general secretary Frances OGrady said joining the TPP would be scraping the bottom of the Brexit barrel. She said, Trade unions around the world have opposed this deal because it allows labour abuses, it puts public services at risk and it gives too much control to corporations.

UK Labours shadow trade secretary said Of course [TPP] could be helpful but it is not the main event, and at the moment the government is making a hash of that. He questioned why the Department for International Trade was discussing joining the TPP when the current members of the TPP account for 8% of British exports.

11:42

Q Anon Learn To Read The Map "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Phil Hingston

Who is really in charge? The above video is worth 10 minutes of your time.

 

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11:23

Country Music Cares Concert 24th Jan in Tamworth "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Wednesday, 24 Jan; 7:00 pm; ] 7pm Wednesday 24 Jan 2018 - Town Hall Presented By Lock The Gate Alliance Now in its 11th Year with the best of country music entertainment on offer at the 2018 Country Music Festival. Enjoy air conditioned comfort and the best of acoustics in the awesome Tamworth Town Hall. Artists and musicians donating their time and talent for [...] full article 

11:22

Ontario Teachers' acquires Australian Avocado Grower Jasper Farms "IndyWatch Feed National"

21 Dec 2017 | OTPPOntario Teachers' Pension Plan announces the acquisition of Jasper Farms, Australia's second-largest avocado producer.

11:11

Lismore councillor defends decision to abandon meeting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Elly Bird walked out of last nights extraordinary council meeting. Photo Eve Jeffery.

Lismore councillor Elly Bird has defended her decision to walk out of last nights extraordinary council meeting, saying councillors on holiday leave had the right to debate rescission motions they had lodged late last year.

The meeting was the third called to deal with rescission motions lodged regarding a proposed expansion of Lismore Square Shopping Centre, a Olympic ski-jump facility, an extra 20 greyhound race meetings, and a special business rate variation.

Crs Adam Guise, Vanessa Ekins, Eddie Lloyd and Nancy Casino remain on holiday leave, and Cr Greg Bennet sent his apologies as he is dealing with a health issue.

As a result, with Cr Birds decision to walk out last night, mayor Isaac Smith had no choice but to abandon the extraordinary meeting.

Cr Bird said the extraordinary meeting was called at the end of last year at the request of Crs Neil Marks and Gianpiero Battista.

They called for the meeting despite knowing that the other councillors who had moved the rescission motions would be on leave.

Regardless of the outcomes of those motions I believe those councillors have the right to be present to debate them and the extraordinary meeting should never have been called, Cr Bird said.

I wrestled with my conscience on this and I simply cant participate in a process that denies those absent councillors their right to debate these significant issues regardless of the outcomes of those rescissions.

The meeting last just 40 minutes, with the majority of the time taken up with three speakers opposing additional greyhound racing as well as the business rate variation, Lismore Square and the ski jump.

About 20 animal rights activists, opposed to the push for more greyhound races, applauded Cr Bird when she announced that she was walking out of the meeting.

Cr Bird did vote on one matter last night to hold an extraordinary meeting on 5 February to address 20 items that were not dealt with at the final meeting last year.

Meanwhile, Lismore mayor Isaac Smith said another at...

11:07

Why I Make New Years Resolutions Every Year (and How I Keep Them) "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Why I Make New Years Resolutions Every Year (and How I Keep Them) | 2018 | Preparedness\Survival Special Interests US News

It seems like theres a backlash this year against New Years resolutions. Its very true that many people make these vows and then slip back into their wicked ways within the first week of the year. Butit doesnt have to be like that.

I think that the first day of the year is a perfect time for introspection. What are you doing wrong? What are you doing right? What should you improve?

Each year, I spend the first with my journal and I write down the answers to these questions and many more. Then, I read over what Ive written and see what I can improve.

Last year, for example, I vowed to lose 20 pounds. I lost 23, and I did it by going back and revisiting my goal. Did I slip up? Of course I lost 31 pounds, gained 12 back, and then lost 5 again. I kept this goal foremost in my mind and worked on changing my habits.

Its the little things you do each day that create the person that you are.

If you arent happy with some part of your life, chances are, its the things you do each day that are supporting the very thing you arent happy with.

Heres how that works:

  • Are you in a bad relationship? Then perhaps you are allowing yourself to be mistreated by not putting your foot down. Maybe you could leave the relationship, but it seems too complicated, so each day you stay and become more miserable. Perhaps youve never communicated the problem to your partner.
  • Are you overweight and/or out of shape? Maybe you are eating the wrong things for your body every day, and you know it but do it anyway. Maybe you are watching TV instead of getting up and moving your body. Maybe you are drinking a sugary beverage every morning or afternoon.
  • Are you unhealthy? Maybe you are choosing foods that support the illness instead of your health. Maybe you are skipping essential medications. Maybe youre putting yourself at the mercy of your doctor instead of doing your own research.
  • Are you broke? Maybe you are spending money to comfort yourself. Maybe you are going into debt by shopping compulsively when something is wrong. Maybe you are too busy treating yourself on a regular basis to see that a treat is an occasional thing and a daily thing is a habit. Maybe you have a $5 a day coffee ha...

10:53

Centrelink Apologises For Distressing Same-Sex Marriage Message "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Centrelink has apologised after a Brisbane mother received an automated message refusing to recognise her same-sex marriage earlier this week. Lorraine Pacey told Fairfax Media she was attempting to apply for a childcare rebate and change her marital status through the Centrelink website, but was refused on the basis that her marriage was not legally ...

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10:44

From the Archives: New Bilingual Edition of A Day Mournful and Overcast "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The zine can be downloaded here.

We print this as part of our ongoing writing and archival project now known as Burnt Ends Press, formerly (and affectionately) known as the North Carolina Piece Corps. If youre interested in radical southern history, critical reflections on whiteness and race treason, the intersections of anarchist, anti-state communist, and afro-pessimist thought, ongoing primitive accumulation and the gendered reproduction of labor, or analyses of contemporary insurrectionary happenings in the southeastern United States, please get in touch!

From the Introduction

I first heard about the Iron Column from this very text over a decade ago, and it remains, alongside Orwells Homage to Catalonia, my favorite piece of writing about the tumultuous time period known as the Spanish Civil War. That version, printed sometime in the 1990s and distributed by an Australian collective, had a perfect summary of the historical context of the column, worth reprinting in full:

The Iron Column was one of many volunteer militia groups that fought the fascists in Spain during the Spanish Revolution and Civil War of the 1930s. Unlike the other militias, however, the Iron Column found its members not in revolutionary trade unions or in radical political groups, but among the ranks of ex-prisoners. The outbreak of revolution in 1936 led to the liberation of thousands o...

10:33

Calls For State Premiers To Scrap Forced Transgender Divorce Laws "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

State and territory Premiers have been urged to take action to scrap Australias cruel forced transgender divorce laws as soon as possible. In all states and territories except South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory, couples who enter an opposite-sex marriage before one partner transitions are forced to divorce before the trans partner can update ...

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10:18

Not all Lennox residents oppose lake road removal "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Photo of existing road and an interpretive illustration of proposed changes. Image supplied.

The Lake Ainsworth Interest Group (LAIG) says that many Lennox Head residents support Ballina Councils plan to create a parkland on the east side of the lake, despite calls for the eastern road to stay.

While a rally against the council move is set to go ahead this Saturday, an LAIG spokesperson said feedback from its first information stalls, conducted last weekend, was informal, relaxed and overwhelming positive.

Shaun Eastment said the group wanted to create an environment where people felt comfortable to ask questions, voice concerns or express their support for the project.

It was nice to hear from a wide variety of people, many of whom are really looking forward to enjoying the lake without all the cars, she said.

She added that while a few people expressed concerns about paid parking, the mayor was also in attendance and ruled out the prospects of any paid parking at the lake.

The group also claims an increasing mood of frustration in the community over the issue.

More and more people are saying that theyve had enough of all the delays to create the park they are frustrated and want to see the council get on with the job, Ms Eastment said.

Its not an option for the east road to stay how it is its dangerous and theres not enough space for people to sit and enjoy the lake.

We really want to see the east side of the lake prioritised for people, not cars, Ms Eastment said.

Dr Lyn Walker, another group member, queried how people would feel if the road were being proposed nowadays.

Imagine if the area were already a lovely parkland and the council wanted to take that from us to put a road and car park in it would seem preposterous and there would be outrage.

We understand that people may be sick of hearing about the lake works (and the east road), but were asking for...

09:57

20 years ago today... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

TOP PRIORITY SEVERE WEATHER WARNING ISSUED BY THE BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY BRISBANE AT 4 am EST Saturday 10 January 1998

For coastal and island communities between Cardwell and Bowen.

At 4am a 999hPa low was located on the coast near Innisfail and a high pressure ridge is strengthening along the Central Coast. Between these two systems a band of gales is intensifying between Cardwell and Bowen.

LAND GALES Wind gusts to 90 kilometres per hour are expected which may bring down power lines and damage weaker structures.

Very heavy rain is falling with localised flash flooding expected.

Some road crossings are flooded and motorists should take care.

Water levels on the high tide this morning could reach the level of the highest tide of the year.

Residents and campers in low-lying seaside areas may experience some salt water flooding and should consider moving to higher ground. Large waves are expected with beach erosion.

For further advice, contact your local police or SES.

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued at 7 am.

This warning from the Weather Bureau is available from Telecom Dial-It in Townsville (077) 1196 Facsimile copies of this warning may be obtained by polling 019 725 278

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09:55

Protected trees trashed by holiday parks confirmed bookings "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Managers of the Brunswick Heads Terrace caravan park, NSWCHPT, were accused in November 2017 by residents of attempting to kill off protected trees by mulching the root system. Residents claim NSWCHPT are ignoring expert ecologist advice so they can increase their commercial camping activities. Photo Aslan Shand

Managers have defended their decision to allow caravans, cars and tents next to protected and vulnerable cypress pine trees at the Brunswick Heads Terrace caravan park.

As previously reported, NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust (NSWCHPT) have been taken to task by residents over neglectful management of the pines, some of which are thought to be up to 400 years old.

Its the latest indication from the embattled government-run corporation that its pursuit of revenue from visitors trumps any environmental responsibility.

A NSWCHPT spokesperson told The Echo, New bookings for the southern end of the Terrace Reserve will be for a reduced number of soft camping sites from February 1, 2018. Prior to taking the decision in August 2017 to implement soft camping only, the Trust had already confirmed bookings for guests with caravans and camp trailers.

The Trust needs to honour the current summer and upcoming Easter bookings, where existing bookings have been confirmed. Other than these peak periods in 2018, the area will be limited to soft camping from February 1, 2018.

Every effort will be made to accommodate our returning guests with caravans and camp trailers for their 2019 summer holiday at other more suitable sites within the park.

Yet the NSWCHPT decision to allow even soft camping in peak periods is at odds with Councils independent ecology report, which states that to ensure the health of the trees, they must be left alone.

Local resident Patricia Warren referred NSWCHPT to Councils August 25 resolution which explicitedly stated a 5m radius from the pines is required to protect the critical root system.

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09:46

Activist: DHS Order on El Salvador Will Break Up Families "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

(Sputnik) Brian Becker and John Kiriakou on Radio Sputniks Loud & Clear spoke to Heather Benno, an immigration attorney with the Esperanza Center and political activist with the ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition.

The secretary of homeland security just posted their announcement on temporary protected status for El Salvador earlier today, stating that they announced a termination of temporary protected status for El Salvador after an implementation delay of 18 months, said Benno.

Nobody has a crystal ball, but in terms of where momentum has been, the Salvadoran community has been putting pressure on Congress for quite some time in preparation for this announcement. Were not abandoning hope that Congress could come to a realistic assessment of whats actually going on in El Salvador today, which is extremely unsafe and very difficult conditions for nationals, she noted.

The attorney pointed out that the Salvadorans who would be affected have been living in the US for quite some time; according to recently released figures, there are approximately 190,000 children of Temporary Protected Status holders. This announcement very callously breaks up families and says that, with very little to no lead time, families are going to have to make preparation for being separated or deported.

Becker added that the Salvadorans were far from the first community to face a revocation of their TPS, and thus, tens of thousands of deportations. Other Latin American communities, such as expatriates from Haiti or Mexico, are also being pushed into large-scale migration.

There are approximately 20,000 Salvadorans in Maryland alone who are TPS holders, Benno added. And of those, over 17,000 have US born Maryland children. On top of Haiti, the most recent terminations of temporary protected status were from nationals of Nicaragua, which also happened in November. Then, of course, we had Honduras, where there are tens of thousands. of nationals protected by temporary protected status and no designation or determination was made. Those tens of thousands of people were left in limbo.

This uncertain status leads to enormous pressure on communities, Benno noted. Whether its direct pressure to just deport black and brown people out of the US, or psychological pressure, saying youre not wanted here, youre not a part of the community, people should just leave, thats the kind of pressure that our clients, our community members at the Esperanto center in Baltimore are facing.

The conversation then turned to the Democratic Party, nominally the party that more closely aligns with the interests of immigrant communities, and how little effort t..............

09:45

Hammerhead shark added to shark net toll "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A dead Great Hammerhead Shark discovered in a shark net on the Gold Coast. (supplied)

An endangered Great Hammerhead shark has been found dead in a Gold Coast shark net a day after two rays were left to die in a net at Ballina.

A Sea Shepherd crew who are part of the Apex Harmony operation were patrolling the nets and drum lines on the Gold Coast when they discovered the shark.

The dead shark was found in a net off Tallebudgera Beach.

Sea Shepherd Australia spokesperson Jonathan Clark said Great Hammerhead sharks are classified as endangered under the IUCN Red List, with populations under pressure from government shark control programs, and commercial fishing.

Once again, we see another endangered species which has never posed a threat to ocean users die unnecessarily, Mr Clark said.

These nets do nothing more than indiscriminately kill marine life while providing a false sense of security to ocean users.

It is time the Queensland Government makes good on their election promise to provide effective non-lethal shark monitoring, control and incident prevention measures to protect ocean users and marine life.

A ray found by Sea Shepherd volunteers trapped in a Ballina shark net on Sunday (January 7, 2018). Photo Sea Shepherd Australia

The grisly discovery came a day after Sea Shepherd accused the NSW Government of deliberately abandoning rays trapped in Ballina shark nets.

The organisation said that despite being told of two rays trapped in nets off Ballina beaches on...

09:34

Timber and Steel Premiere: The Ahern Brothers singles Theres A Light and Passing Through "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of The Ahern Brothers After a huge 2017 harmony singing folk duo The Ahern Brothers are getting ready to hit the road one last time before they take a well deserved break. The Ahern Brothers released their amazing self-titled debut album in 2017 to much acclaim we described it as a pure []

09:30

Mountain Journal turns eight "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Another year has zipped by. We had a great winter, mild summers without big fires, and lots of changes going on in the mountains. Heres the annual reflection. Thanks for coming along for the ride.


09:28

FFI News: January 18 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Christmas its kind of a big DILL!

09:27

Turnbulls War on Welfare Recipients "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As you sit at home in your Point Piper mansion, and its getting close to end of year celebrations, what else would one think as prime minister of Australia, but, Who am I gonna take a swipe at next? Ah, welfare recipients. And that was the direction Malcolm Turnbull and his Coalition cronies took things

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09:23

US Justice Department investigates Clinton Foundation "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/wall-street-journal/justice-department-investigates-clinton-foundation/news-story/db15ddb51e77a9e48a650e575e32f5d2

Federal prosecutors and FBI agents are investigating allegations of potential corruption tied to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, according to a US law-enforcement official and a person familiar with the investigation.

The probe is focused on whether donors to the foundation got preferential treatment from Hillary Clinton when she served as secretary of state during President Bara...

09:16

Woman fined for starting fire near Nimbin "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 46-year-old woman has been fined $2,860 for starting fires on a rural property near Nimbin by discarding her cigarettes.

Rural Fire Service members found the woman on a rural property after being called to extinguish a blaze at Arkinstall Road at Tuntable Creek about 11am.

Police later interviewed the woman at the Nimbin police station.

They allege the woman was walking through the property to get to Nimbin and discarded cigarettes without extinguishing them properly.

She was issued with a $660 infringement notice for discard cigarette on any land and a $2200 infringement notice for cause fire to the property of another.

 

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09:15

Byron sewerage systems overloaded, says former councillor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Shires four sewage treatment plants are located at Byron, Bangalow, Ocean Shores and Mullums Vallances Road, (pictured). Additionally, staff maintain around 80 pump stations and 252 kilometres of sewerage reticulation pipelines throughout the Shire. Photo Jeff Some Of My Finest Work Is Photos Of Poo Factories Dawson

Paul Bibby

Lying just beneath the Shires green and leafy surface, a giant, unwieldy beast creaks and groans.

With every new house, unit or secondary dwelling, it quietly grows, gaining another set of tentacle-like pipes.

Such is the nature of the sewerage system beast that most of us are content to simply flush and forget until something goes wrong.

But the reality is that our sewerage system has become an overburdened animal that chews through large amounts of electricity and is, in some places, significantly overloaded.

Byron Shire Council did not answer any of The Echos questions about the sewerage system when contacted last week, so we dug into the issue ourselves.

We found Council documents which show that, despite millions of dollars worth of works in recent years, the system is facing major challenges on multiple fronts that are set to become more acute as new residential developments begin to rise.

Alternative approaches

Duncan Dey, a civil engineer specialising in water and a former councillor, believes it is time to consider alternative approaches.

We need to look the current scenario in the face and say, if were going to double our population, do we really want to double the size of our urban sewerage systems? he says.

I believe we need to look at alternatives such as non-sewered systems of dealing with wastewater.

We cant keep on like this forever.

Perhaps the most concerning aspect of...

09:10

Courtney Act Perfectly Explained Gender Diversity On Celebrity Big Brother "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian drag star Courtney Act has gone viral after sharing her thoughts on the scale of gender and sexuality on the UKs Celebrity Big Brother this week. Speaking to fellow housemate India Willoughby, Britains first transgender TV newsreader, Courtney said: We know that a lot of people just see us as the same and we ...

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08:59

Stand-in triumphs as Rocky Horror goes on "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Rising star Adam Rennie is earning critical acclaim after taking on the lead role in the Rocky Horror Show, vacated by Craig McLachlan amid allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour.
Rennie took to the Adelaide Festival Centre stage on Tuesday night for the first performance since McLachlan agreed to leave the show.
Three cast members from the 2014 production of the popular musical have told a Fairfax Media/ABC investigation that the 52-year-old inappropriately touched them or exposed himself.
A woman and a man who worked as part of the crew have also gone to Victorian police who are investigating the allegations.
McLachlan has denied any wrongdoing and the shows producers say they first learned the details of the allegations in media reports this week.
But they have promised to cooperate fully with authorities and conduct an internal investigation.
Heading into Tuesdays nights show, fans had mixed views on whether or not he should have withdrawn.
But critics praised Rennies work, the Adelaide Advertiser describing it as a triumph.
Audience members also took to Twitter describing him as incredible and genuine and hilarious.
The allegations against McLachlan come from actresses Erika Heynatz, Christie Whelan Browne and Angela Scundi.
Whelan Browne said McLachlan, who played transvestite Frank N Furter to her character Janet, indecently assaulted her on stage during a sex scene.
Scundi alleged McLachlan kissed her passionately onstage even after she had asked that it not be done.
The two women have also rejected suggestions the producers werent told of McLachlans behaviour.
There were two people in management that I spoke to directly and I cant imagine that they could look me in the face and say that those conversations never happened, Scundi told the 7.30 Report.
Whelan Browne said she spoke to the managing director of the production company, John Frost.
I went to John, which he says he doesnt recall, another cast member also spoke to him that day. So, thats two people who spoke to him and if he doesnt recall it, we do, she said.
McLachlan has described all the allegations as baseless.
They seem to be simple inventions, perhaps made for financial reasons, perhaps to gain notoriety, he was quoted as writing.

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08:59

Call in Campaign to #DROPJ20: Janurary 10th 11th "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The post Call in Campaign to #DROPJ20: Janurary 10th 11th appeared first on It's Going Down.

On 12/21/17 a jury returned a not-guilty verdict for the first six defendants in the J20 case. Forty-two charges acquitted: twelve felonies, thirty misdemeanors. This is a huge victory! But the fight isnt over yet as 188 people still face decades in prison. Now is the time to keep the pressure on the District of Columbia US Attorneys Office. We know these charges are spurious, and now theres legal precedent. We are asking that everyone call the US Attorneys office from 9am-5pm on 1/10/18 and 1/11/18 and tell them to DROP THE CHARGES against the remaining defendants!

Now is the time to keep up the pressure! The US Attorneys office can decide to drop the charges at any time; lets make sure they cant get any other work done until they do! Were asking people to call the desks of:

  • Jennifer Kerkhoff The Lead Prosectuor on the case, Deputy Chief of the Felony Major Crimes Trial Section (202) 252-7380
  • US Attorney for DC Jessie Liu The person in charge of the US Attorneys office, a Trump appointee and member of his transition team.
  • John Gidez The Chief of the Felony Major Crimes Trial Section, Kerkhoffs direct colleague (202) 252-6752
  • Lisa Greene The Deputy Chief of the Superior Court Division, Kerkhoffs direct supervisor (202) 252-7485
  • Richard Tischner The Chief of the Superior Court Division, Kerkhoffs direct supervisor (202) 252-7274

Please sign-up for a time to call in at https://USAttorneyLiu.org. Were asking people to call until they get through; let them know what you think of these charges. Line is busy? Great! Try again! No answer? Leave a message and try again! If you dont like their answer, consider trying them again and making it more clear! Because there are five numbers, feel free to sign up for more than one time.

Background: 

On Jan 20th, hundreds of inauguration protesters were mass-arrested, held in inhumane conditions, and are now facing at least 8 felony charges each. Their cell phones were confiscated and searched, their homes were raided, and their social media data was seized.

Prosecutors in these cases have demanded vast troves of website data involving millions of unrelated people, sought gag orders forcing Facebook to silently hand over data without notifying users or allowing for legal due process, and cracked over 100 defendant cell phones to extract terabytes of pers...

08:55

Big chill, dodgy feet downed Aussie tigers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Thylacine family at Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart, 1910. (Wikipedia)

Climate change may have helped drive Australias marsupial tigers into a permanent grave, along with their dodgy feet.

The last of the marsupial tigers that once roamed mainland Australia the Tasmanian Tiger died out 90 years ago.Aussie researchers believe they now know what drove a once-diverse group of species called thylacines to extinction: a rapidly-cooling climate about 14 million years ago.

They found thylacines declined during this period, when global temperatures suddenly dropped by about seven degrees Celsius.

The cooler climate transformed Australias wet, closed forests into dry, open woodlands, and thats where the tigers dodgy feet come in.

We think the structure of tigers feet and ankles might have made them better suited to closed forests with uneven surfaces, such as roots and logs, and less well suited to open woodlands, says PhD scholar Shimona Kealy, from the Australian National University.

The same time period also saw the rise of modern carnivorous marsupials such as the Tasmanian Devil and cat-sized quolls, known as dasyurids.

Researchers say the rise of dasyurids appears to have something to do with their superior ear-bone structure, which was better adapted to open woodland environments and allowed them to hear over greater distances than thylacines.

The study relied on an analysis of 95 modern and fossil species, including six species of tigers, studying their skulls, teeth and jaws, along with molecular gene sequences.

The research has been published in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology.

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08:53

Streamity is Set to Launch the Most Powerful P2P Cryptocurrency Exchange Platform "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A new P2P cryptocurrency exchange service Streamity is set to launch the most powerful P2P cryptocurrency exchange platform in the Market. This service is based on the smart contract for secure exchange.

The platform is preparing for its ICO before it starts transforming the cryptocurrency exchange scene with a list and very dynamic and efficient cryptocurrency exchange and investment services run by industry class Algorithm.

A New Exchange Service Tailored to Handle the Dynamism of the Ever-Rising Cryptocurrency Market

Cryptocurrency is evolving to be the best form of money for the 21st Century civilization, fully rich with abilities to carry out transactions securely and anonymously from any part of the world, making it the future of money. Since 2009, different forms of cryptocurrencies have emerged into the market. Some being very useful to the general users, while others have a definite specific purpose. Those with the general usage have surged in prices to unprecedented levels and have been adopted on a bigger scale. But nevertheless, every cryptocurrency is useful in the community who has a consensus on it.

The need for a solution to best harmonize the differences between the thousands of cryptocurrencies have never been answered at least not to a half of what the market demands. A series of cryptocurrency exchange platforms already exists with others attempting to incorporate a variety of cryptocurrencies under one platform as well. But a lot of flaws and unnecessary malfunctions and user dissatisfaction are being reported by users of these exchange services. Anomalies ranging from server blackouts for very long hours, causing users to lose millions of dollars to a full takeover of customer deposits by malicious hackers have recently hit a series of existing cryptocurrency exchange service providers.

Streamity is a well-thought project with some of the most prominent brains on the international cryptocurrency scene carefully knitting its algorithm one patch at a time. Streamity aims to transform the cryptocurrency exchange ecosystem and redefined the already lost glory of lightning speed transaction at the lowest cost cryptocurrency once had. Streamity at the same time will take cryptocurrency investment to the next level by implementing a community choice token, the Streamity Tokens (STM) which will also be used for all transactions within the Streamity network. The STM tokens will be available for exchange to any of the major cryptocurrency. The platform will add the major Fiat Currencies traded worldwide.

Encapsulation, Speed, and Low-Cost Minded Design

One of the most important selling points of the Streamity project is the improvement of cryptocurrency transaction propagation speed. The project has devoted a gr...

08:45

Ecuador weighs mediation on Assange "IndyWatch Feed National"

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Photo WikiLeaks via AP

Ecuadors foreign minister says that Quito may pursue mediation to resolve the standoff between the South American nation and Britain over the fate of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Assange has spent more than five years holed up at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

We have an enormous interest in reaching a definitive solution to the Assange case and to make that happen we are in permanent dialogue with the government of the United Kingdom, Maria Fernanda Espinosa told a press conference.

We are also considering and exploring the possibility of mediation, she said, adding that the role of mediator could be played by an individual or a third-country government.

The Australian citizen sought refuge at the Ecuadorian mission in June 2012 after losing a battle in the British courts to avoid extradition to Sweden, where prosecutors had been seeking to question him about rape allegations dating back to 2010.

Assange, who denies all the accusations, said that once he was in Swedish custody the US would pressure Stockholm into handing him over for prosecution based on WikiLeaks publication of classified documents.

Espinosa said that Ecuador remains committed to ensuring Assanges safety.

We are a country that defends human rights. A country, moreover, that respects international law, she said.

Describing Assanges situation as unsustainable, she said that Ecuador will continue to approach the UK in a very, very respectful way to find a solution.

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08:44

This is an OMG climate change moment "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

QUESTION: Is it in your view a minor cold blip or "OMG we're all going to freeze to death and run out of food ?" BR ANSWER: We are looking at an unbelievable decline in the energy output of the sun which appears to be the most rapid decline in nearly 10,000 years. The Global Warming crowd may be setting society up for mass famine and death because they are deliberately pointing everyone in the opposite direction to get their portion of the $1 billion grants. Natural disasters are the most disastrous when the energy output of the sun declines. There has been a fatal interaction of ecological, agricultural, economic, and political factors that seem to be setting the stage for at least a repeat of what is known as the Great Famine of 1315-1317. The Great Famine started with bad weather in spring 1315. Crop failures lasted through 1316 until the summer harvest in 1317, and Europe did not fully recover until 1322. The period was marked by extreme levels of crime, disease, mass death and even cannibalism and infanticide. The crisis set in motion the great economic collapse that began during the fourteenth century. In our arrogance, we seem to believe we have conquered every aspect of the planet and many argue we can even alter the climate of the planet. The collapse from the Medieval Warm period was rapid, but also deadly. When the climate turned down, what followed was suddenly bitter cold winters and drenching rains which then froze. Europe had expanded as the society always does in warm periods. A study has shown that desert rodent populations of many species tend to "fluctuate synchronously owing to pulses of primary production and seed availability during rainy years, and reduced seed production during droughts" (PLOS 2013).

08:40

Australia had third-hottest year ever in 2017, weather bureau says "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Bureau says despite the lack of El Nio, Queensland and New South Wales experienced their hottest year on recordQueensland and New South Wales experienced their warmest years on record in 2017 as the trend of warmer than average temperatures across Australia continued, the Bureau of Meteorology said.The bureau's annual climate statement released on Wednesday revealed 2017 was Australia's third-hottest year on record, with the annual national mean temperature 0.95C above the average. [...]

08:39

Sexualised imagery sparks protest at Brunswick carnival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Eight local men held a protest on Saturday over what they say is inappropriate sexualised imagery at the Bruns carnival. Photo supplied

Paul Bibby

A group of local men took part in a silent protest at the McGregors Family Carnival in Brunswick Heads on Saturday over a sexualised image of a woman painted on one of the rides.

The eight men, aged between 17 and 65, stood in a line in front of the Stars ride, which depicts model and actress Liz Hurley standing in a provocative pose wearing a bra and suspenders.

The men were representing a group of concerned locals who have been calling for the image to be changed on the grounds that it objectifies women and should not be displayed in a place designed for children and adolescents.

Local father Jeremy Ball, who took part in the protest, said he and others objected to the message the image sent to local kids.

I took my two daughters who are 11 and 12 to the ride last year and I just felt uncomfortable about them seeing that image, particularly as theyre coming into puberty, Mr Ball said.

I dont want them, or my son, or other local kids to be subjected to an image that depicts women and the feminine in that way.

This is our way of saying that we want the image changed and also that its okay for a man to stand up when something affects women in a negative way.  

Claim rejected

But the carnival owner Glen McGregor rejected any suggestion that the image was inappropriate or offensive.

Mr McGregor said his family had operated the ride all year round throughout the country a...

08:33

Power Crisis Hits Home Gladesville, Lane Cove blackouts! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE WEEKLY TIMES SPECIAL EDITORIAL Homes in Gladesville, Lane Cove, Chatswood and Cherrybrook were among 40,000 homes that lost electric power during Sundays near record [more]

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08:33

Artistic vision "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Artistic vision

ACCORDING to one of our regions best known local artists, Shepparton presents a myriad of artistic possibilities, which could set us apart from other regional centres and make Shepparton a showpiece for indigenous art.

Shepparton Street Artist, Tank has created a series of Photoshop concepts outlining what he imagines could become an ambitious indigenous outdoor gallery attracting visitors from far and wide to Sheppartons CBD. 

Tank said, The Multideck Carpark and surrounding buildings lend themselves so well to artistic interpretation. It would be a great spot to have an outdoor gallery of sorts for street art.

Council have already started an Aboriginal Street Art Program recognising indigenous people throughout history. This would be different in the sense that any local indigenous artist who wants to have a go could and this would encourage new up and coming artists to get involved. 

Im very supportive of the Aboriginal Street Art Project initiative and I believe this would add to it and add to the culture of the region. With a project like this we could potentially establish the biggest indigenous street art gallery in Australia. 

Obviously there would be permissions and advisory processes needed, but Id like Shepparton to reach a point where street art is a showcase of the area. 

Shepparton needs to have its own flavour and because of our large indigenous population its poignant that we have one of the biggest collections of indigenous street art.

Tanks passion and enthusiasm for the region and its potential is certainly genuine, now hes calling on the community to contribute to the idea and be open to supporting the project.

We just really need for the community, business and building owners to get on board and support the idea, the possibilities are e...

08:32

Ford Road upgrade concern "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ford Road upgrade concern

OPPOSITION FOR THE BYPASS IS STRONG Pictured, Helen Sleep, spokesperson for the Ford Road Action Group surrounded by other members and residents concerned by the proposed East-West bypass. From left, (back) Susie, Mike, Morris, John, Roseanne, Ian, Claire, Terri, Anita, Helen Sleep, Richard, Gladys, Annabel, Charlotte, Colin, Marg and Angelo Grasso. (Front) Dom, Tyler, Eliza and Jasmine. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

THE commencement of a study into the possible upgrade of Ford Road to become a major arterial bypass for large vehicles has evoked major concern from North Shepparton families and homeowners in the area including popular local wedding venue, Hurlstone Gardens.

The proposed upgrade would occur along Wanganui Road and Ford Road from the proposed river crossing to Grahamvale road to create an East-West Route linking the future Bypass route to the Shepparton Alternate Route.

Vicroads has been exploring options since 2012 and has sighted the Ford Road/Wanganui Road strip as the best option. Under the proposal, the East-West Route (Wanganui/Ford roads) would be upgraded to create a significant major arterial route suitable for accommodating vehicles including large road trucks.

Homeowners have created a united front under the banner Ford Road Action Group and are determined to fight the proposal.

Action group member, Helen Sleep said, Firstly, we are not against a second river crossing, however bypass roads are planned around residential areas not through them.

The proposal to make Wanganui and Ford roads the major East-West route around the city will create significant issues including safety, noise, traffic congestion and pollution to the residential areas in north Shepparton.

We need a long term, safe, purpose built road which will benefit the Greater Shepparton area, the local community and truck drivers. Ford Road is a quick fix solution, which will cause untold anguish to homeowners and local residents. 

The group says it is simply unsafe, stating that the road has already bee...

08:31

Motor Museum Millions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Motor Museum Millions

BE IN IT TO WIN IT Pictured, Motor Museum Millions tournament media coordinator, Dean Cathie. Photo: Julie Moore.

SHEPPARTONS own Motor Museum and Collectibles will host the only Goulburn Valley region qualifier for the Aussie Millions Poker Tournament in the Motor Museum Millions event to take place on Saturday, January 13.

While dozens of satellite and qualifier tournaments will be staged over the next few weeks, the cards and cars event provides regional players with an opportunity to join the big league.

Poker tournaments are popular in pubs and clubs across the region and the 2017 Aussie Millions tournament proved that amateur players could compete with the professionals.

Shurane Shaz Vijayaram paid $130 to enter a qualifier and won a ticket to the main event where he beat a field of 724, including virtually every top professional in the poker world, to pocket a cool $1.6 million.

Cost for the Motor Museum Millions tournament is $250 per player for a $30k stack with the option of an additional $25k stack for an additional $100.

The event will be run on professional tables set amongst the car collection, providing a unique atmosphere for a poker tournament.

For event or booking information, contact Shepparton Motor Museum on 5823 5833

08:31

Protecting the community from Queensland Fruit Fly "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FIGHTING QUEENSLAND FRUIT FLY Goulburn Murray Valley (GMV) Regional QFF coordinator, Ross Abberfield and newly appointed field officer, Michael Crisera of Fruit Growers Victoria. The field officers positions are funded by the GMV Regional Fruit Fly Program. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

The regional Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) trapping program has detected a significant upsurge in fruit fly numbers during December and indications are that this increase will continue through January. A coordinated approach to fruit fly management has resulted in the deployment of several field officers across the Goulburn Murray Valley to assess and help manage hot spots as they occur. 

Goulburn Murray Valley Regional QFF Coordinator Ross Abberfield said that under laboratory conditions, a breeding female can lay up to 2000 eggs. Offspring can potentially breed another generation in less than a month with suitable host fruit and ideal weather conditions, resulting in rapid population increases.

The appointment of field officers allows for a considerable bolstering of existing resources and is an important step in protecting the region from fruit fly through area wide management, he said.

In order to prevent our townships becoming breeding grounds for QFF, anyone who grows fruit trees and vegetables should inspect and correctly dispose of contaminated fruit and vegetables before the larvae turn into breeding adults.

Home gardeners are asked to apply a range of control methods such as the use of exclusion netting or fruit bagging, traps and insecticide or bait spray where it is considered appropriate.

The free Urban Fruit Tree Removal Program has been extended until the end of February  and provides an opportunity for property owners in residential areas to have unwanted fruit trees removed free of charge. For more information about the program or control measures go to www.gmv-qldfruitfly.com.au

08:31

Locals come together for New Years celebration "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

COMMUNITY EVENT FOR ALL Hundreds turned out to enjoy New Years celebrations at the Rotary Mooroopna New Years Eve Festival again this year. Photos: supplied.

THE Rotary Mooroopna New Years Eve Festival was another resounding success this year with organisers saying they believe that this was the 40th anniversary of the events beginning.

Rotary Mooroopna secretary, Pete Kelton said, We were unsure until we recently established how long Rob Wallace had been doing the electrical work for the event. To be on the safe side we had mentioned that the event had been running for 30 plus years, however 2017 was actually 40 years exactly.

Celebrations for the events newly discovered 40th anniversary may have been quite, but the event was certainly well patronised. 

Mr Kelton said, Santo Varapodio did another great job this year with the procession. There were very good reports from those that watched it move along McLennan Street to the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve.

Similarly Barb Joyce produced another entertaining package on stage, culminating with Smack to take us to the raffle draw and the fireworks.

The support within our Rotary Club to set up the event over two days and then clean-up on New Years day was just fantastic. Well done to all involved.

In terms of community involvement its great to see local service clubs attend and Scouts each year. We even had the Mooroopna Football Netball Club involved with the bar this year, the supplies for which were purchased from the Royal Mail Hotel in Mooroopna, making it an event where the locals truly do come together.

Thanks to the Mooroopna CFA for their assistance with access to the fire track and the CFA judges box.

Shane Armstrong from Mr Skye Candy, has been handling our fireworks display for some time and this years by all reports were the best yet. 

Thanks to all the local Mooroopna businesses that are perennial spons...

08:30

A super event "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A super event

FOUR YEARS IN A FLASH Shepparton parkrun event director, Allan Connolly will be among the crowd this Saturday celebrating Shepparton parkruns 4th Birthday in their favourite superhero or character costume. Photo: Julie Moore.

SHEPPARTON parkrun will celebrate their 4th Birthday this Saturday, January 13 with a Superhero/Character themed event, which is sure to bring out the characters in these fun loving parkrunners.

Shepparton parkrun event director, Allan Connolly said, We have quite a few dedicated parkrun families involved each week and we thought a character or superhero theme would not only be fun for the kids, but for the adults as well.

Were encouraging parkrunners to bring their friends and family and come along dressed as their favourite character or superhero. If you know of someone who hasnt been in a while, invite them along, were planning on enjoying a really fun event and were hoping to see around 300 parkrunners turn out for the event.

Presentations for the celebration will start from 7:45am at the barbeque shelter behind the former Shell Service Station at Victoria Park Lake in Shepparton. All are welcome.

Simply register at and bring along your barcode to participate.

08:30

Batting over the rainbow for Zaidee "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Batting over the rainbow for Zaidee

ORGAN DONATION MESSAGE STEPS UP TO CREASE Zaidees Rainbow Foundation CEO and Zaidees dad, Allan Turner holding a cricket bat that has been fitted with a Zaidees rainbow grip which was used during the Big Bash League and Womens Big Bash League Zaidees Round of cricket. Photo: Alicia Niglia.

CRICKET Australia has once again shown multi-coloured support for Zaidees Rainbow Foundation, donning their cricket bats with rainbow grips for the Big Bash League and Womens Big Bash League Zaidees Round of cricket.

Zaidees Rainbow Foundation CEO and Zaidees dad, Allan Turner said, Over the past few years we have had Zaidees rainbow cricket rounds, which help to share the message on the importance of organ and tissue donation.

We are so grateful for the support of the Australian Cricket Association cricket players both men and women.

This kind of support helps to get the conversation happening around the importance of organ and tissue donation and to have the level of support we have from the most elite sporting athletes when representing Australia, is a great message for us as a foundation.

As well as the Big Bash League games, another important match will be drawing attention to the importance of organ and tissue donation, when Australia takes on England on January 14 for another special Zaidees Round.

08:30

The Turnbull Government and negative gearing: Misleading the House? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The Turnbull Government and negative gearing: Misleading the House?The Turnbull Government deliberately misled Parliament on negative gearing, but few in the Press Gallery asked the hard questions. read now...

08:29

Little Cara takes on the world "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Little Cara takes on the world

CREATIVITY WINS OUT Cara Sims holding her teams trophy from their win at the First Lego Leagues Robotics Competition held recently. Photo: Supplied.

SHEPPARTON locals, Norman and Lynette Sims are especially proud grandparents at the moment after their granddaughter, Cara recently won the regional round of a global robotics tournament, which will now see her travel to Estonia to represent Australia in the First Lego League World Championships.

What makes this feat even more remarkable is that Cara is only in grade 3.

Norman said, Weve only got two grandchildren and theyre both very special to us. But were certainly very proud and were happy to share our joy with people in the area who might know her. 

Norman admitted that hed never heard of Robotics before Cara won this competition. 

Norman said, I watched a documentary on Legos and Robotics after Caras win and its a huge industry. 

Naturally grandparents are a little bit biased, but shes very talented. 

Cara will travel as a part of a robotics team made up of six students aged between nine and 16 to represent in the World Championships in June 2018. 

With Norman and Lynette celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary next month and Cara seting off on her Worlds adventure, its going to be an exciting year for the Sims family.

08:29

Drive to the conditions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Drive to the conditions

TOO MANY LIVES LOST Police plead for drivers to make better decisions when driving in an effort to reduce road related fatalities in 2018. Photo: Nicholise Garner.

THE Transport Accident Commission has released figures outlining a 12.8 percent drop in road related fatalities from 2016 to 2017, however with the number of deaths still equating to 253, this is still too many lives lost on Victorian roads.

Of the total lives lost in 2017, Goulburn and Murray Valley residents attributed to staggering 31 out of the count and Greater Shepparton alone contributed to 8. Thats just too many, too close to home according to Shepparton Police Leading Senior Constable, Glenn Gibson.

31 lives lost across North-East Victoria, including 8 lives in Greater Shepparton in 2017 is 31 too many.  This does not include the road trauma and on-going suffering of those injured in road collisions.  

Police are frustrated by the causes of many of these road collisions, and were motivated to do everything we can in 2018 to reduce the damage road trauma inflicts on our community. The fact remains if you make poor choices on our roads YOU could perish and you could impact the life of many others in the process. 

A lot has been said about the condition of rural roads, however we all must adjust our driving to the conditions presented to us; the road conditions and the weather conditions. The sign posted speed is the maximum speed, however conditions may require a reduced speed to ensure you arrive at your destination safely.  

We can all reduce the risks every time we get behind the wheel. Be well rested. Have no alcohol or drugs in our system. Ensure our vehicle is roadworthy. Turn off all our devices. Be relaxed and focused on the roads. Drive to the conditions.

Accompany the young drivers in your life to the next Cool Heads Young Driver program scheduled for the 28th March, 2018.

The price....

08:28

New Learning Place support for schools "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Department of Education and Training services in Shepparton will start the new school year in 2018 with a newly established corporate office at 178-180 High Street, Shepparton.

A Department Spokesperson said, The new office for our local school support staff will replace the existing Shepparton office on Welsford Street bringing together and boosting local support staff available to help principals and teachers in the Shepparton area and deliver students a great education.

This is part of the Victorian Governments $82.2 million Learning Places regional operating model initiative, which is rolling out additional regionally based support staff across Victoria to provide operational support and advice so that schools can focus on their students.

The new Learning Places office will accommodate approximately 50 staff members and will see the creation of local multi-disciplinary teams dedicated to supporting schools and improving student outcomes. 

These teams will work with students, families, schools and service providers on a number of fronts to help share best practice techniques, monitor school performance and provide guidance and direction on how to improve as well as support schools with operational and administration responsibilities, such as OH&S and maintenance. 

The Learning Place services will also help to strengthen links between early childhood services, schools, VET courses and adult education opportunities and strengthen links between schools and community organisations, parents and businesses alike.

08:27

Big things to come "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Big things to come

2017 was a monumental year for SAM. Amidst the announcement of funding for a new purpose built gallery, the art hub presented 19 exhibitions, commissioned 11 new works, printed 3 publications including the first collection book in over 30 years. SAM showcased the work of 145 artists, 60 public programs, and made big strides in education and public programming, including the development of the SAM Scholars program and an after school Art Club for primary school children.

Now that the hour hand has ticked over into the new year, SAM is set to create history with demolition works at the site of the new SAM to commence in the coming weeks along with detailed designs to be completed in March, construction designs by August and building works to commence in late 2018.

All the while, SAM will continue to showcase our best and brightest local, national and international artists with their first quarterly program for January to April now available, full of engaging and inspiring exhibitions and activities for people of all ages. 

Shepparton Art Museum Director, Rebecca Coates said, Weve just announced a major collection rehang to open in March showcasing recent acquisitions Ever-present, with a focus on Indigenous work in the collection, and Intimate Realities, which will feature works that invite people to engage with them on a more intimate level.

Our current summer exhibition, Cover Versions will be running until Sunday 14 January, so do pop in if youre yet to see it! And in February, we are hosting a fun exhibition of soft sculpture Soft Core, developed for the whole family to enjoy. 

Were also pleased to announce the SAM Education Lab, which will see students work with Melbourne-based artist, Masato Takasaka over the course of six weeks, as part of SAM Local in late March.

For more information on any of the programs available at SAM visit www.sheppartonartmuseum.com.au/programs-and-events

08:26

Community Connect "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

ONGOING

THE BIBLE JESUS: If you are seeking understanding, clarification and answers to the many bible based questions and contradictions you see in todays traditional Christian church teaching and preaching. Join us by visiting www.thebiblejesus.org or phone 0409 953 107.

 

CAMPASPE REGIONAL LIBRARY is seeking interest for a proposed Computer Group to meet at Echuca Library on the 1st Saturday of each month from 10:30am. For more information, call David 0408 101 846, leave your name with library staff, or come along on the day.

 

SHEPPARTON SUNSET CWA meets on the second Monday of each month at the Shepparton RSL, Wyndham Street, Shepparton at 7pm. New members are welcome. For further information, please phone Maree Agius on 0408 150 266.

 

SHEPPARTON BRIDGE CLUB meets from 7pm Monday at U3A Hall Esson Street. Members are required to join Goulburn Valley U3A. For more information, phone Derek Poulton 5825 4112 or John Moore 0438 455 741 or refer to the website www.wix.com/sheppartonbridgeclub/2013

 

SHEPPARTON TOASTMASTERS Want to learn how to communicate more effectively and improve your public speaking and leadership skills? Shepparton Toastmasters meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month, 7pm to 9pm, The Mechanics Institute Hall, 277 Wyndham Street, Shepparton. Phone 0428 388 743.

 

FREE SOUP KITCHEN Available Mon to Fri 5pm-6pm at Victoria Park Lake, Shepparton, next to Skate Park, and Wednesdays 5pm-6pm at North Community House, Parkside Drive, Shepparton; Opportunity Shop, 4 Mill Street, Mooroopna; Numurkah Park, Melville Street, Numurkah; Hogan Street, Tatura; and in Nathalia and Kyabram.

 

IS SOMEONES DRINKING CAUSING YOU CONCERN? Are you troubled by someone elses drinking? Al-Anon Groups for adults and Alateen groups for children offer anonymous help and emotional support to those affected. For information, contact Al-Anon Family Groups 1300 252 666.

 

ESHCOL DAYLIGHT LODGE meets from 10:30am on the fourth Monday of every month. New and unaffiliated members are welcome to join and partners are welcome for lunch. For further information or enquiries, phone 5824 1274 or 5825 2142.

 

SHEPPARTON SOROPTIMIST CLUB meets on the third Thursday of each month at the Peppermill Inn, GV Highway in Kialla from 6pm for a 6:30pm dinner meeting with guest speakers. If you are interested in joining a service club, helping the community and...

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Letters to the Editor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

KNOCKBACK FOR THE CBD

Dear Editor,

It is extremely disappointing for the hapless Greater Shepparton ratepayers to hear that the free timed parking trial idea for the central business district has been rejected.  With a stroke of the pen, the council officers cited financial impact and a lack of evidence to squash this proposal by hundreds of consumers responding to Council public consultation over more than a year now. 

It would seem that only Councillors Adem and Sutton have been seriously perusing and listening to the many submissions, suggestions and consultations relating to this long-winded saga.

The suggestion that costly pay and go technology be introduced will further inconvenience many shoppers who dont have the IT savvy to use a card (if they in fact have one).  How is it that our sister cities in the North East do not rely on this income stream?

The threat by the owners of the unhygienic, underutilised multi-deck park eyesore to seek damages for loss of income if the trial did proceed is incredible. A business which should have provided the CBD businesses with paid parking bays, thus alleviating the alleged use of street parking bays, surely should have been on the agenda. 

How much of the business income has been put back into making the car park accessible and user friendly over the past twenty years since it was sold off by Council.  Once a public council asset, clean and maintained, it is now a disgrace in the central business district.

For the ratepayer it is a no win situation, and so the saga proceeds.

Yours sincerely,
Patricia Moran
Shepparton

FREEING UP SPACES

Dear Editor, 

The problems of the Mall seem to be ongoing with no particularly good method of resolving them. In a recent letter there was a point made that we could do with another multilevel car park. A point worth considering, however, use of the multilevel car park above Target seems not to attract as much patronage as desired. The reas...

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