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Monday, 23 April


Buddy Knox Acoustic "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Wednesday, 18 April


Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, NEO, Ripple and Bitcoin Cash "IndyWatch Feed National"

From our technical interactive charts, Bitcoin and most cryptocurrencies under our focus might be bottoming up. We can"t be sure of resurgence unless there is a strong follow through in the course of the week. thats just the nature of []

The post Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, NEO, Ripple and Bitcoin Cash appeared first on The Global Mail.

Tuesday, 17 April


I know just what he means "IndyWatch Feed"

This is by Roger McGough where I found it reprinted in The Oxford Book of Comic Verse


I think about dying.
About disease, starvation,
violence, terrorism, war,
the end of the world.

It helps
keep my mind off things.


Change the rules for refugees flyer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

RAC flyer on why refugees rights are a union issue in colour and black and white. Please print and put up in your workplace change the rules for refugees.pdf change the rules for refugees bw.pdf


PERTH Swinging father charged with 79 more sex abuse offences against five children "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Swinging father charged with 79 more sex abuse offences against five children .

April 17, 2018 at 03:03PM .

A 45-year-old man accused of abusing young children during organised swinging group sex parties in Perth has been charged with a further 79 offences against five children, including his two daughters and two step-children. Police allege between 2001 and 2006, the man sexually assaulted his two .



PERTH WA child porn ring investigation: Father accused of raping children "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WA child porn ring investigation: Father accused of raping children .

April 17, 2018 at 01:02PM .

Both men will appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday, April 18. The charges come as detectives continue to unravel the alleged child porn ring, with charges being laid against a 39-year-old Perth mother relating to the alleged abuse of her own children. Anyone with information .



PERTH Cyclist and motorist charged after Kings Park incident "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Cyclist and motorist charged after Kings Park incident .

April 17, 2018 at 02:41PM .

However, last weekpolice charged the cyclist (52) by summons with aggravated common assault, and he will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on May 25. The motorist (76) went to Warwick Police Station on January 22, before he was charged by summons with allegedly assaulting the cyclist and a .



PERTH Father at centre of alleged child sex ring charged with 79 offences relating to daughters and "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Father at centre of alleged child sex ring charged with 79 offences relating to daughters and .

April 17, 2018 at 01:22PM .

Both men are due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow. Their arrests are part of the ongoing Taskforce Mirzam investigation in WA into child sex offences that saw the arrest of a Perth mum accused of raping her daughter. Detectives are still investigating allegations the woman took .



PERTH More sex charges in WA swinging case "IndyWatch Feed National"

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More sex charges in WA swinging case .

April 17, 2018 at 01:22PM .

a child, sexual penetration of a child and stupefying. A 56-year-old man is now facing a total of 29 charges and has been accused of abusing a girl and boy, who were aged five and six at the time of the first offence, between 2011 and 2015. Both men are scheduled to appear in Perth Magistrates Court .



PERTH More sex charges stem from swinging case "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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More sex charges stem from swinging case .

April 17, 2018 at 01:22PM .

Both men are scheduled to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday. A woman, who is in a relationship with the 45-year-old man, is accused of abusing her son, eight-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old girl. The 39-year-old mother was previously charged with a total of 93 offences. Taskforce .



PERTH Father & other man face over 100 charges of child sex abuse "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Father & other man face over 100 charges of child sex abuse .

April 17, 2018 at 12:26PM .

Both men are due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow. Taskforce Mirzam detectives urge anyone with any information regarding child sexual abuse to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make report online at Callers may remain anonymous if they .


PERTH Further charges laid by Taskforce Mirzam detectives, WA "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Further charges laid by Taskforce Mirzam detectives, WA .

April 17, 2018 at 12:26PM .

Taskforce Mirzam detectives have further charged two men aged 45 and 56 years, with a total of 101 additional offences as a result of their ongoing and extensive investigation into child sexual abuse. The 45 year old man has been charged with a total of 79 offences and the 56 year old man has been .


PERTH Further charges laid over alleged Perth paedophile swingers ring "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Further charges laid over alleged Perth paedophile swingers ring .

April 17, 2018 at 12:31PM .

Both men are due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow, Wednesday, 18 April 2018. Taskforce Mirzam detectives urge anyone with any information regarding child sexual abuse to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make report online at .



WD Purple microSD or the SanDisk High Endurance card? "IndyWatch Feed National"

On the 11th day of April 2018 the corporation Western Digital announced a new line of surveillance storage microSD cards that being the WD Purple, of capacities 32GB and 64GB, in line with the nomenclature used with their hard disk storage solutions.

Following that announcement it would be a great idea to bring a detailed test report to our readers, so off we go to the local technology wholesaler, but alas no stock, as they have not made it down to the British penal colony called Australia.

So the next best thing would be to do a product comparison from factory specifications, for the mathematically challenged.

According to their microSD card is rated at 80MB/s read and 50MB/s write performance.

The endurance rating of the 64GB card is up to 64 TBW (Terabytes Written).


According to their High Endurance video monitoring microSD card of 64GB capacity is good for 10,000 (ten thousand) hours of recording at Full HD, in line with their nomenclature used in their hard disk line of storage solutions.

The read and write speed of the card is rated at 20MBps.

SanDisk defined Full HD video at 1920 x 1080 resolution at 26Mbps (Megabits per second)

26Mbps = 3.25MBps (Mega Bytes per second) = 195MB per minute = 11.7GB per hour.

Since the above white micr...


That's not a podcast... "IndyWatch Feed"

Yardney podcast

I recently had some fun with Michael Yardney recording this great podcast on the theme of Crocodile Dundee, and what has changed in Australia since that movie was first released. 

It was an interesting research project for me, and there's some great information in there.

Subscribe for the regular free podcasts while you're there.

I'll be running a follow-up podcast with Michael there quite soon.


AirMed Australia Cessna 510 Citation Mustang Bizjet VH-NEQ Pops into Mackay Airport - Plus More "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Saturday 14 April, Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-NEQ was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from Bankstown.  It was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Airmed 221".

VH-NEQ at Rockhampton Airport last year  (File photo)

After being on the ground for around an hour, VH-NEQ departed to Taree in New South Wales before returning to Bankstown again as "Airmed 221".

The sleek little bizjet has recently has its operator details updated to AirMed Australia - a New South Wales (NSW) based organisation that has been providing patient transport services by air and by ground for over a decade.  They promote themselves as one of the few providers that have extensive air and ground assets positioned around NSW, thus enabling them to provide our customers with a true bed-to-bed service.

To find out more about AirMed, visit their website at:

Meanwhile, another familiar medical evacuation aircraft was back in CQ again this week with LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" arriving into Bundaberg Airport from Brisbane in the wee small hours of Thursday 12 April.  It later returned to Brisbane.

Finally, over on Hamilton Island Airport, also on Thursday 12 April, Silver Linings Aviation Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-ZEK was noted visiting Hamo from Port Macquarie in New South Wales.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 


LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 Bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Spotted at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Late on Tuesday 10 April, LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was spotted arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Brisbane.

After a couple of hours on the ground at Rocky, now in the early hours of Wednesday 11 April, VH-URR "Ambulance 604" departed to Emerald Airport.

After another couple of hours on the ground, VH-URR "Ambulance 604" departed Emerald Airport for Brisbane.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Scott H for taking the time to capture and send through these great nighttime photos of VH-URR!


RAAF Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules A97-449 "Ausy 545" & A97-467 "Ausy 547" Airwork at CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Late on Saturday 14 April, a pair of Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Lockheed C-130J-30 Hercules transport aircraft were noted completing airwork at Central Queensland Airports.

Appearing to fly down from Townsville, A97-449 as "Ausy 545" completed a touch and go at Rockhampton Airport before continuing to South and overflying Gladstone before it completed a missed approach at Bundaberg Airport.



Ho, Ho, Ho, Scott Is Santa, While A Shorten Government Will Fail To Balance The Budget! "IndyWatch Feed"

Theres an old saying, Fool me once, shame on you! Fool me twice, shame on me! Fool me over and over again, you must be the Murdoch Press telling me that the Liberal Party are great economic managers Yep, I did think that most ridiculous thing I heard was Sean Hannitys denial that he was

The post Ho, Ho, Ho, Scott Is Santa, While A Shorten Government Will Fail To Balance The Budget! appeared first on The AIM Network.


Agriculture and the Production of Fictitious Foods "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Monsanto triggered massive crop losses illegal herbicide spraying to introduce new GMO crop. (R) Flower strips along crop fields attract pollinators. A honey bee approaches a lacy phacelia in bloom (photo credits &

by G5

Hardly any food products are as believed. Apart from, for example: Monsanto-Bayer destroying most of the worlds frog and bee populations for the delivery of fictitious foods. This is part of the manic American fixation to control the worlds food and fresh water.

China and some other Eastern Bloc players also chimed in but interestingly, NOT RUSSIA.

Meat products, even steaks (chemically treated and glued), and chicken breasts are not as believed with the a...


Philippines: If Duterte has nothing to hide, why the crackdown on foreign activists? Arrest of Australian activist Nun, 71, raises eyebrows in Manila "IndyWatch Feed National"


Sister Patricia Fox was released Tuesday afternoon, nearly a day after she was arrested by the Bureau of Immigration for her reported violation of the countrys law banning political assembly.
Twitter/Rep. Carlos Zarate

By Gaea Katreena Cabico ( April 17, 2018 3:46pm

MANILA, Philippines Critics of the government slammed the detention of two foreigners who were nabbed by immigration officials, saying it raises questions about what the government is trying to conceal.

The Liberal Party stressed that the incidents involving rights and land reform advocate Patricia Sister Pat Fox and Party of European Socialists official Giacomo Filibeck debunk the claim of the current government that it has nothing to hide.

The emerging trend on crackdown against foreign activists in the country is alarming as exhibited by the harassment and casual arrests of the two human right advocates who were not even in protest activities or rallies when taken into custody, LP, the erstwhile ruling party said.

Karapatan also stressed that the illegal arrest of Fox and other cases of threats and harassment against delegates of fact-finding missions in the Philippines are clear signs that President Rodrigo Duterte is guilty as hell of rights violations.

If indeed Duterte is as innocent as his sycophants say, there would be no reason for blocking any form of independent inquiries into the cases of extrajudicial killings and other rights violations against peasants and other poor sectors in the Philippines, Karapatan said.

READImmigration releases partisan Australian nun a day after apprehension

Fox was released Tuesday afternoon, nearly a day after she was arrested by the Bureau of Immigration for her reported violation of the countrys law banning political assembly.

Groups condemned her arrest and detention, saying it lacks due process and respect for her rights as a church person.

The arrest of the 71-year old Australian lay missionary came only a day after BI deported Filibeck....


Google still searching for Australian headquarters as deal falls through Ambitious plan to create Sydneys Silicon Valley "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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By Alexandra Smith & Lisa Visentin

The state government has rejected a plan to create a Silicon Valley-style technology hub on the old rail yards near Redfern, leaving tech giant Google once again searching for Australian headquarters.

The hub, which would have created as many as 19,000 jobs, would have been Googles new base but cabinets infrastructure committee last week rejected the proposal because it did not meet a uniqueness test.

Redfern Google HQ plans rejected by state government

Redfern Google HQ plans rejected by state government

Google is still searching for its Australian headquarters after the NSW government rejected plans for a tech hub in Redfern.

Developer Mirvac submitted a plan through the governments unsolicited proposal process to redevelop the site next to Carriageworks at Eveleigh into a tech hub with Google as the anchor tenant, the Herald revealed last month.

However, the proposal failed at the first hurdle after the government stated its preference for the land, which is owned by Transport for NSW, to be developed through a competitive open process.

Despite the decision of the cabinet committee, a senior government source said some ministers were working to salvage the deal amid concerns that Google could abandon Sydney.

Responding to the decision on Tuesday, Mirvac said its pr...


Big Screen: Isle of Dogs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Isle of Dogs is a layered, complex attempt to reflect on the world that we live in, while still retaining the charm that makes Wes Anderson so iconic. If it doesnt move you, it will at least your pique your curiosity.

Wes Anderson films arent what youd call political. Theyre quirky, whimsical fares filled with oddball families that have daddy issues. Treatises on world affairs they are not. So Isle of Dogs is a bold step, because even though its another off-beat comedy filled to the brim with typically Anderson tropes, its also his most overtly political movie yet.

The story opens on a dystopic, futuristic Japan, in the fictional Megasaki City. A nearby Trash Island has become a detention centre for the citys canine population, cast out by the authoritarian Mayor Kobayashi. When Kobayashi commits his nephew Ataris guard dog Spots to the island, Ataris is faced with no choice but to mount a daring rescue. On the island Atari meets five sick, but staunchly democratic, dogs. They vote to help the boy, with a lone voice of dissent coming from Chief; a stray who doesnt believe in masters. As they journey through the derelict wasteland Chief has to challenge his innate, mongrel nature and overcome his prejudices to save his friends and bring justice to Megasaki City.



Its a film that operates as something of a fable, allowing Anderson to discuss broader issues about society with his usual stylistic flare. He plays with ideas of free will, discrimination and the displacement of people using the language barriers between dogs and humans as a metaphor for real life cultural clashes across the globe. Its a nice change from the more personal, character driven stories of Moonrise...


On the path to MMT becoming mainstream "IndyWatch Feed"

Over the last few years, it is clear that Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) is achieving a higher profile and the attacks are starting to come thick and fast. I see these attacks as being a positive development because it demonstrates that recognition has been achieved and a threat to mainstream ideas is now perceived by those who desire to hang on to the status quo. Hostility and attack is a stage in the process of a new set of ideas becoming accepted, ultimately. Clearly, some new interventions never receive acceptance because they are proven to be flawed in one way or another. But I doubt the body of work that is now known as MMT will be discarded quite so easily given my assessment that is is coherent, logically consistent and grounded in a strong evidence base. As part of this evolution there are now lots of what I call sort of contributions coming from mainstream commentators. One of the ways in which mainstreamers save face is to claim they knew it all along and that the existing body of practice can easily accommodate what might be considered nuances or special cases. We are seeing that more now, with the more progressive mainstream economists claiming there is nothing new about MMT that it is just what they knew anyway. Even though that approach is disingenuous it is part of the evolution towards acceptance. People have positions to protect. These sort of contributions demonstrate a sort of half-way mentality a growing awareness of MMT but with a deep resistance to its implications. A good example is the UK Guardians editorial (April 15, 2018) The Guardian view on QE: the economy needs more than a magic money tree.

As a little historical aside about stages in acceptance of new things (ideas) at the Third Biennial Convention of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America in 1919, held in Baltimore, Nicholas Klein, a delegate from Cincinnati was given the floor to say some few words of encouragement to the Schloss Brothers strikers of Baltimore, who had been on strike for five consecutive weeks.

He spoke to the delegates about the strength of worker organisation and the importance of the Union.

His contribution is recorded in the Proceedings of the Third Biennial Convention of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (Baltimore, Maryland, May 13-18, 1919).

To illustrate his point, he finished with a excellent example of how social perceptions and opinions change when new ideas emerge that challenge the cognitive dissonance of the mainstream.

Here is what he said (pages 51-53):

I close by telling...



Australias Bushfires Threatening Nuclear Reactor: Changing the Name of a Suburb Helps the Government Keep this Quiet "IndyWatch Feed"

Fires as of April 16-17th. To give an idea of the map scale: Barden Ridge to Menai is approximately 3 km.
By Noel Wauchope: Australias bushfires threatening nuclear reactor: Changing the name of a suburb helps the government keep this quiet. Lucas Heights nuclear reactor: The untold threat of the Sydney bushfires:,11401 16 April 2018


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Algeria tornado, USA blizzards & lake waves, Polar ice temps recover "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tornado, massive hail storm and flooding in Algeria, gigantic waves Lake Superior USA freezes the shoreline, Arctic temperatures recover to the 1958-2002 baseline, Antarctic sea ice recovers and Australia flips from record heat to cold.


For socialism and democracy "IndyWatch Feed"

As I mentioned a while ago, in the years that Ive been blogging, Ive described my political perspective as social-democratic. In earlier years, I mostly used democratic socialist. My reason for the switch was that, in a market liberal/neoliberal era, the term socialist had become a statement of aspiration without any concrete meaning or any serious prospect of realisation. By contrast, social democracy represented the Keynesian welfare state I was defending against market liberal reform.

In the decade since the Global Financial Crisis, things have changed. Socialism still describes an aspiration, rather than a concrete political program, but an aspiration to a better society is what we need now as a positive response to the evident failure of neoliberalism.

On the other side of the ledger, nominally social democratic parties nearly all failed the test of the crisis, accepting to a greater or lesser degree to the politics of austerity. Some, like PASOK in Greece, have paid the price in full. Others, like Labor in Australia, are finally showing some spine. In practice, though, social democracy has come to stand, at best, for technocratic managerialism, and at worst for capitulation to the demands of financial capital.

So, Ive changed the description of this blogs perspective to socialist. I havent however, adopted the formulation democratic socialist which was used, in the 20th century, to emphasise a rejection of the Stalinist claim to have produced actually existing socialism in the Soviet Union and elsewhere. Thats no longer necessary.

As has been true for most of the history of the modern world, the only serious threat to democracy is now coming from the right. So, its important to defend democracy as well as advancing the case for socialism.


In which the pond's glass slips from nerveless fingers and shatters on the floor ... "IndyWatch Feed"

Oh please, please, miss, can the pond answer that? 

It's been half-empty because it's been quite a while since the Department of Finance stumped up the last grant report, and we've been running on cash in the paw empty ever since

And with that ritual out of the way - it never gets old for the pond - it's on with the latest bout of Caterism.

The pond realises that the Caterist is hugely popular amongst those who occasionally drop in to enjoy the pons'a circus, perhaps because clowns work well whether it's a comedy or a horror show.

It mystifies the pond why the reptiles would let the Caterists out from behind the paywall, seeing as how the Caterists probably represent the best path forward for their business plan a bit like the Speccie mob

Or maybe not, maybe the pond's just filling its irony quota for the day ...

Never mind, let him out they did, and the pond thought the next best thing to ignoring him was to slip him into the graveyard shift, so that only those with empty glasses would seek him out  


This Week in Melbourne: What's On #590 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Read Online This Week in Melbourne: Whats On | 17 - 23 April 2018 Newsletter | #590 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 17th April 2018 to Monday 23rd April 2018 Enjoy Untold | Reach Foundation 25 of the worlds top urban artists | $1 million target Melbournes most exciting contemporary urban art installation under the Nylex Clock for the Reach Foundation. Untold Melbourne | Reach Foundation | Buy Tickets South Asian Festival A free event on Saturday 21st April 2018 celebrates the Bengali New Year in a splendid display of South Asias rich and vibrant culture. South Asian Festival 2018 | Birrarung Marr Supanova | Pop Culture Expo Saturday 21 April - Sunday 22 April 2018 | Comic-con Australian style Supanova is a celebration of all things Pop Culture featuring special guests, anime, comic-books, manga, sci-fi, tv shows, movies, gaming and cosplay! Supanova | Melbourne Showgrounds A Family Affair - Works by JS Bach and Sons Melbourne Musicians present two outstanding soloists flautist Bridget Bolliger and Soprano Sarah Lobegeiger de Rodriguez. Sunday 29th of April 2018 | St Johns Southgate A Family Affair | Tickets Online La Beatles Boheme Emotionworks Cut Opera presents La Beatles Boheme in a tragic love story about two contrasting couples - the tempestuous and the romantic. Concerts 21-29 April | Flagstaff Carpark La Beatles Boheme | Buy Tickets Rites of Passage | Tattoo and Arts Festival Royal Exhibition Building | 20-22 April 2018 Rites of Passage returns for a huge weekend of tattoos, live art, exhibitions, displays, food trucks and entertainment. Rites of Passage 2018 | Tattoo and Arts Festival | Buy Tix Record Store Day Saturday 21st April 2018 - Discover music in your favourite music store. Record Store Day 2018 | Store Finder This Weekend Best Improv Comedy 2018: Tournament of Teams, Brickman Awesome LEGO Exhibition, Challenge Melbourne, Earth Day 2018, Great Amazing Race, Malaysia Day Festival, Marvels Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N, Melbourne Russian Festival, Memory Walk and Jog | Alzheimer Australia, Peanut Butter Festival, Vikings | Swedish History Museum Exhibition, Alice in Wonderland Exhibition Full Weekend Guide Markets and Sales Suitcase Rummage Northcote, The District Makers Market, Night Market: Neon Night, Vintage Sportswear Market Fitzroy, Night Market @ Melbourne Uni, Thread Den Market, Yarraville Craft Market, Cheeky Monkey Market, Piccadilly Market, Creswick Market, Mulgrave Makers Market, Fitzroy Market, Trinity Market, Glen Huntly Market, Gembrook Market, Ivanhoe Makers Market, Montrose Craft Market, Gran...


Indigenous and Remote Health Conference "IndyWatch Feed National"

Seven million Australians live in rural and remote Australia. There are also 1,000 remote communities, the majority with few or no services. Australians living rural and remote have shorter lives, with more than half of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders in the remote not living past a half century of years. Remote living Australians have []


James E McDonald's interest in Project Blue Book cases - Pueblo, Colorado "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi all,


The late Dr. James E McDonald visited the former USAF's Project Blue Book on a number of occasions and gathered together a collection of sightings, which interested him. I published a blog back in February 2017,  about this aspect of his UAP work. As one of my 2018 projects, I am revisiting my earlier work on these selected Blue Book files.


This blog post concerns one of the cases McDonald saw some value in, namely an observation by a weather observer, at a place called Pueblo, Colorado in the USA, which is near Colorado Springs.

Why bother re-examining these old cases? Well, they generally provide  me with data based observations, as opposed to sightings mentioned on Face Book pages, which provide hardly any data points. Secondly, it is always good to revisit/reanalyse cases, to see if a potential mundane explanation has been missed.

Case details

At 10:46am Mountain Standard Time (1746UTC), on 14 June 1958, a Pueblo, Colorado [latitude 38.28 deg N; longitude 104.6 deg W], airport weather observer, Orville R. Foster, aged 51 years, was observing a pilot balloon through a theodolite. He noticed an object enter the field of view at elevation 24.2 degrees,and azimuth 67 degrees (ENE.) He tracked the object across the northern sky (maximum elevation estimated as 50 degrees) on into the SW sky. Here he lost it in atmospheric haze at elevation 8.1 degrees, azimuth 237.2 degrees. The duration of the event was between 4-6 minutes.

The path of the object across the sky

The shape of the object at highest elevation was circular, with an apparently flat ring around the object, and...


Australia flesh-eating ulcer 'epidemic' a mystery, say doctors "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Doctors in Australia have called for urgent research into why a flesh-eating ulcer has become a "worsening epidemic" in the state of Victoria. Local cases of Buruli ulcer, a skin disease most commonly found in Africa, have surged by 400% in the last four years, experts say. Infections have also become more severe and spread to new areas. Doctors do not know how to prevent the disease, which is caused by bacteria that breaks down tissue. WARNING: Graphic image below A record 275 new infections were recorded the state last year, marking a 51% increase on 2016. Infectious diseases expert Dr Daniel O'Brien said cases of the Buruli ulcer, or Mycobacterium ulcerans disease, had become "frighteningly more common and also more severe" in the region. It was unclear why the ulcer, typically found in tropical areas, had emerged in the temperate climate of Victoria, he said.


Cameras to Soon Detect Illegal Mobile Phone Use "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The New South Wales Government will be trialling high-tech cameras which they say are capable of detecting illegal mobile phone use from as far as kilometre away, and issuing fines without drivers being aware. Premier Gladys Berejiklian is calling for a crackdown on mobile phone use after two police officers were injured when a van

The post Cameras to Soon Detect Illegal Mobile Phone Use appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.


'Renewable energy breeding' can stop Australia blowing the carbon budgetif we're quick "IndyWatch Feed"

The world must transition to cleaner energy without blowing the global carbon budget if we want to stay within 2 degrees Celsius of warming. What is renewable energy breeding and how will it help us achieve that?


A cool homecoming "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

While its always a privilege to travel to exotic places, its also nice to be home.

From my limited observation Sri Lanka is the home of the egret Little, Intermediate, Cattle and Great Egrets in abundance across the island. It was fitting then that a couple of Great Egrets were almost the first birds I spotted on arriving back in Newstead yesterday.

It was nice also to see a lone Royal Spoonbill and evidence of Red-kneed Dotterel breeding, with a juvenile in the company of adults at Joyces Creek.

Great Egret, Cairn Curran, 16th April 2018


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National opposes oversight of our spies "IndyWatch Feed"

Yesterday, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and security announced the creation of a civil society reference group to provide advice on her work programme. The group includes lawyers, intelligence policy experts, journalists and civil libertarians, and many have been strong critics of New Zealand's intelligence agencies in the past. Journalist Nicky Hager is the most prominent of these, but the group also includes Deborah Manning (who represented Ahmed Zaoui in his battle for freedom), journalist David Fisher, and Thomas Beagle of the NZ Council for Civil Liberties. Together, they'll help bring a more critical eye to the IGIS' work, and raise issues of concern which the IGIS may not have thought of. And if we want robust oversight of the spies to stop them getting out of control, that's a Good Thing.

Naturally, though, National is outraged at the thought that anyone who isn't part of the spy-club getting to have an opinion on spying. And its clear from Brownlee's press release that he doesn't actually want robust oversight at all. Instead, he wants an Inspector-General who meekly accepts whatever the spies tell them, and doesn't ask awkward questions - just like in the "good old days" before Zaoui. But as we say in the Zaoui case, that sort of chummy relationship does not serve the public, and allows the spies to get away with mayhem. And in a democracy committed to the rule of law, that simply isn't acceptable.

I am concerned about the reference group, but only insofar as it is used to silence critics. The rules around what they are and are not allowed to say will have to be closely examined. But I have confidence that if there is any attempt to silence them (e.g. by forcing them to get security clearances, making them subject to s78AA of the Crimes Act and unable to read Wikileaks for the rest of their lives), then they will simply pull the plug and resign.


Tough night for Giants "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Korumburra-Benas Jordan Grabham was a livewire for the Giants Thirds on Saturday, getting clear of the chasing Luke Alford. M641618

Korumburra-Bena Thirds forward Lochie Row gets into the clear to drive the team back into attack at Korumburra last Saturday. M631618

The match between Korumburra-Bena and Kilcunda-Bass, under lights at Korumburra last Saturday was a special occasion for the Gus James Memorial Cup, part of the Beyond Blue Round.
Also both clubs also wore blue armbands to mark the occasion, but with the Giants having a black armband as well, and the flag at half mast, after the tragic passing of Josh Whiteside during the week.
Josh was a current player with the club, a terrific young bloke, well-liked by everyone and he will be very sadly missed.
Both sides and the umpires lined up for a minutes silence prior to the main game.
Killy-Bass kicked to the town-end goals which were favoured by gale force winds and they scored two goals. The Giants didnt score but played well to hold Killy-Bass to the modest total.
Kicking with the wind when their turn came, the Giants were wasteful in front of goal and only managed four points which proved crucial in the final analysis.
Jake McMillan was a standout all night for the Giants, whether relieving in the ruck or doing the big man role front and back. Beau Anthony on ball, Alex Johnston around the flanks, young Brad Monson terrific in his first game, Rhys Dixon in defence and ever reliable, Jye Celebrine on the ball were among those to distinguish themselves.
Killy-Bass came out determined in the third quarter putting on four more goals to have the match in th...


Macrons Syria Game "IndyWatch Feed"

There is a certain bullishness in French circles these days, even if there was an initial attempt, with the Macron government, to calm matters down. The need to assert Gallic might in the face of brutality has again surfaced; and has a familiar ring to it. With Syrias Bashar al-Assad getting more comfortable with military

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International Revolution for Choice Rally Brisbane Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Allona Lahn

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Brisbane June 2nd time for the World and people to Unite

Over the last few weeks, I and others have been busy communicating and planning with people from Countries around the World to Unite for an International Revolution for Choice Rally. Read More


Syria, in a world of lies "IndyWatch Feed National"

There have been millions of casualties as a result of the catastrophes in Syria, with a half million dead, with millions of refugees, with collective human consciousness diminished and reduced to the aberrant. It is said that no lie lives forever but some do while the majority of lies outlive generations. The ability to discover []


Coal mine extension challenged on climate-change grounds "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Wallarah 2 coal mine extension approval has been challenged in the Land and Environment Court. Image

In an Australian first, the NSW Land and Environment court will hear arguments about the consideration of the ecologically sustainable development (ESD) principle of intergenerational equity in the context of climate change.

EDO NSW, on behalf of the Australian Coal Alliance (ACA), filed proceedings late Monday (April 16) challenging the validity of the January 2018 Planning Assessment Committee (PAC) approval of the Wallarah 2 longwall coal mine on the Central Coast.

EDO NSW CEO David Morris said, The decision-maker in this case was required by law to consider the public interest in approving the project. In 2018, we say that requires them to turn their mind to the impacts decisions of today will have on future generations, and also to consider what we dont yet know by applying the precautionary principle.

Our client will argue that the PAC, when considering the Wallarah 2 project, considered neither and in doing so acted unlawfully, rendering the approval of this large coal project invalid, he said.

Wallarah 2 will make a substantial contribution to greenhouse gas emissions  264+ million tonnes of CO2 over the 28-year life of the mine. The PAC chose not to take into account emissions from the burning of coal mined at Wallarah 2. Our client will argue that the law, correctly applied, mandates a consideration of those impacts.

This type of legal action is at the very heart of our democracy, Mr Morris stated, aiming to ensure that our elected officials and their delegates follow the law.

Were arguing that the law in this case wasnt followed with respect to climate change impacts and the ESD principle of intergenerational equity. This case is by its very nature climate change litigation and were seeing more and more of that in Australia.

The science is unequivocal: continuing to approve coal mines in NSW absent some other major change threatens the goal of avoiding dangerous climate change under the Paris Agreement, he said.

The Wallarah 2 case

  • The case will be fought on 10 grounds, concerning greenhouse gas emissions, flooding impacts and compensation and risks to water supply.
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Queer Pop-Rock Musical Bare To Make Brisbane Debut At MELT Festival "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The contemporary pop-rock musical Bare is set to make its Brisbane debut at the upcoming queer arts festival MELT. The production tells the story of a group of high school students grappling with their sexuality at a Catholic boarding school in the early 2000s. While theyre being taught to repress their feelings, Peter and Jason ...

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MACKAY Kidnapping and torture charge in Mackay, QLD "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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A 40-year-old man has been charged following the alleged kidnapping and torture of a woman in Mackay on Sunday evening, Queensland Police say. It will be alleged on April 15 a group of up to five men and women confronted the 39-year-old woman at an apartment complex on Gregory Street.

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Alleged Serial Killer Of Gay Men Accused Of Murdering Eighth Victim "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Toronto police have charged alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur with an eighth murder, as investigators comb through cold cases looking for more possible victims. Bruce McArthur was arrested on January 18 in connection with the disappearances of Selim Esen and Andrew Kinsman, two men who went missing from Torontos local gay district the Gay Village. ...

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MACKAY Woman allegedly kidnapped, tortured by group "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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A 40-year-old Mackay man has been arrested and charged with one count each of kidnapping and torture and three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed in company. He is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court today. Investigations are continuing. Share this on Facebook Share

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MACKAY Man arrested over Mackay kidnapping "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Man arrested over Mackay kidnapping

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Mackay apartment complex on Sunday, before escaping with a suspected broken arm, police say. A man, 40, has been charged with one count each of kidnapping and torture and three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed in company and will appear in Mackay Magistrates Court on

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MACKAY Kidnapping and torture charge, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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A 40-year-old Mackay man has since been arrested in relation to the matter and charged with one count each of kidnapping and torture and three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm whilst armed in company. He is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court today. Investigations are continuing.

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Once Upon a Time, Long Ago "IndyWatch Feed"

I wonder how many people, not just Americans but those in other countries, have come to the conclusion that the United States today is a less free and less aware society than the societies in the dystopian novels of the 20th century or in movies such as The Matrix and V for Vendetta. Just as people in the dystopian novels had no idea of their real situation, few Americans do either.

What are we to make of the extraordinary war crimes committed by the United States in the 21st century that have destroyed in whole or part seven countries, resulting in millions of dead, maimed, orphaned, and displaced peoples? Consider, for example, the latest Washington war crime, the illegal attack on Syria. Instead of protesting this illegality, the American media egged it on, cheering impending death and destruction.

During the entirety of the 21st century, Israel, Washingtons only allyas contrasted with the European, Canadian, Australian, and Japanese vassal states of Washingtons empirehas continued with Washingtons support, protection, and encouragement the genocide of the Palestinian people. Essentially, all that is left of Palestine is a getto concentration camp known as Gaza which is routinely bombed by Israel using weapons and money supplied by Washington. When a bombing of Gaza is announced, Gods Chosen People take their lawn chairs and picnics up on a hill overlooking Gaza and applaud as the Israeli military murders women and children. This is Americas only ally.

The crimes committed by the US and Israel are horrific, but meet with little opposition. In contrast, an alleged attack in which 70 Syrians are alleged to have died sets in motion the wheels of war. It makes no sense whatsoever. Israel routinely bombs Syrian targets, killing Syrians, and the US arms and supports the rebels that the Obama regime sent to overthrow Assad, resulting in large numbers of dead Syrians. Why all of a sudden do 70 Syrians matter to Washington?

According to the Washington authorities, or to the presstitutes reports of their statements, two or three alleged Syrian chemical weapons facilities were destroyed by Washingtons missile attack. Think about this for a minute. If Washington bombed or sent missiles into chemical weapons facilities, a vast cloud of lethal gas would have been released. The civilian casualties would be many times higher than the claimed 70 victims of Assads alleged and unsubstantiated chemical attack used as the pretext for the Trump regimes war crime against Syria. There is no evidence whatsoever of these casualties.

Had there been casualties, Washingtons attack would obviously be a far greater crime than the chemical attack that Washington used as cover for its own crime. Yet the American presstitutes are crowing over the lesson that America has taught Syria and Russia. Apparently, the American media consists of suc...


Food Collective celebrates a successful first year "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wonthaggis Angela, Pat (far right) and Angus Wishart mum, dad and cousin of PCFC co-founder Amelia Bright got a real sense of paddock to plate at the Collectives first birthday celebration at Dumbalk on Sunday. kg231618

Karen Cardy regularly drives 150km to Dumbalk from Beaconsfield to stock up on produce from the Prom Coast Food Collective. Over the course of the Collectives first year, shes had to buy two extra freezers to keep her prized South Gippsland and Bass Coast produce fresh. kg241618

WITH a birthday cake made of stacked wheels of mouth-watering local cheese, and surrounded by fresh local figs and honeycomb taken from beehives just metres away, the Prom Coast Food Collective celebrated its first birthday in manner truly befitting its philosophy of championing local produce and sharing the benefits between farmers and consumers.
The Sunday gathering at Dumbalks Blue Tree Honey Farm was, like every PCFC convergence, all about the food and a relaxed, community vibe, with just a touch of ceremony to mark a successful first year of collaboration between small family farms, ethical producers and makers, and conscientious consumers.
Co-founders Sally Ruljancich and Amelia Bright said a few words, thanking the Collectives suppliers and customers for their support, and their families for understanding their dedication to the project.
Im just overwhelmed by the success, really. And so thankful for the generosity of everyone involved, Amelia said.
The multi-producer hub, which offers everything from poultry, lamb, beef, cheese, olive oil, condiments, vegetables, honey, fruit, bread, flour, crackers, baked treats, pork and smallgoods, butter, milk and eggs, has grown and evolved since starting a year ago, with more producers coming on board (around 20 now with some seasonal), more products ava...


May Forum: Melbourne to Armidale Bill McKibben Livestream "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

[ Thursday, 3 May; 6:30 pm; ] It is by sheer luck that our usual monthly forum is on at exactly the same time as this important broadcast by founder and world-renowned climate defender Bill McKibben. Bill McKibben will be in Australia as a part of 350 Australias Fossil Free campaign to talk to people about what we need to do to [...] full article 


WATCH: Tim McIlrath on his wayward youth, Trump and his hopes for Rise Against "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I did things that were much worse than drinking or drug use. We were destructive.

While in Australia for Rise Againsts seven-date headline tour in February, frontman Tim McIlrath sat down with Tone Deaf in Sydney to chat about the light and dark of music, the Chicago bands latest LP Wolves, Trump and his wayward teenage years.

Check out the interview with Rise Againsts Tim McIlrath below:

Rise Against were in Australia in support of their eighth LP Wolves. Stream the record below:


Religious Upbringings, Coming Out & Good Guys Go: Cub Sport on Jack Off "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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I was away on a writing trip in 2015 and I met some new peopleand they were like, So, are you in love with anyone? I was like, No, Ive got really great friends, Im really happily single. And I got home that night and I was like, am I in love with someone?


Cub Sport had rather a big year last year. Beyond kicking career goals (that saw queues of fans outside the sold-out Metro from midday on the day this interview occurred), personal issues came to a head all at once and considering the members had known each other as far back as pre-school, these changes were a long time coming.

Perhaps a year prior Sam had realised hed been gay for around 14 years or so. Tim too realised he had been suppressing the person he truly was. Both had been raised in very religious families so they were trepidatious about admitting this much to themselves, let alone anyone else.

But on Canadas National Day, something momentous also shifted for Tim. A month or two before, whilst soldiering away alone writing songs in L.A. and London, hed come to u...


A dark truth behind the scariest film on Netflix "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is something sinister about Vernicas assertion that the film is based on reality. It seems it was inspired by events that occurred in Madrid in 1991 its major claim to truth is that it uses an actual police report from the incident, in which an officer reports something to the effect that inexplicable phenomena occurred at the house where events occurred. Apparently, residents of the house were equally convinced of the supernatural.


Compare the pair 1 month at Elfin Crossing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


Elfin Crossing Northern Pool taken 23.3.2018

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Is This the Moment of Truth? "IndyWatch Feed"

One of the most famous passages in American literature occurs in Chapter 13 of Ernest Hemingways The Sun Also Rises. It takes place in a caf in Pamplona, Spain, during the running of the bulls.

Bill Gorton, a friend of the protagonist, Jake Barnes, has just arrived from New York. Bill is in the caf talking with Mike Campbell, an upper-crust Englishman, now fallen on hard times but keeping up appearances.

In the course of telling a story about his tailor, Mike casually mentions his bankruptcy. Heres the dialogue:

How did you go bankrupt? Bill asked.

Two ways, Mike said. Gradually and then suddenly.

What brought it on?

Friends, said Mike. I had a lot of friends. False friends. Then I had creditors, too. Probably had more creditors than anybody in England.

Mike admits to his own helplessness; his descent into bankruptcy was apparently totally beyond his control. This reflects upon his lack of control with regards not only to his business matters but to his life in general.

Youve probably seen variations of the part of the passage that says, Gradually and then suddenly. Its often paraphrased or misquoted as, slowly at first, and then quickly.

He also had a general lack of control with regard to his financial situation. Most debtors can see problems coming and either cut back spending or take other steps to deal with the debt. Either course will bring the situation to a head sooner than later.

US debt is dangerously out of control

Its the lack of control that allows the debtor to reach the point of non-sustainable debt the gradually part and then have a crisis thrust on him all at once the suddenly part. This is how the inevitable becomes a surprise.

Sound familiar? It should. This is exactly the situation in which the US now finds itself. The US national debt has been accumulating slowly for decades. There is no plan to make it sustainable; just a vague wish that the creditors will keep expanding the debt or rolling it over....


Why the Aussie Banks Let You Lie "IndyWatch Feed"

Another day, another development in the Royal Commission into banking.

To date, the revelations have been rather dull.

So far weve heard about some pushy sales staff hawking bank productsa few dodgy documentssome fraudulent loansand a handful of financial advisers being behind on their training requirements.

But then we got a real doozy

The one thing the Royal Commission into banking wont change

One of the more interesting revelations to come from the Royal Commission is how banks assess day-to-day living costs for mortgage applicants.

As reported by The Australian:

The royal commission discovered that when it came to living expenses, a vast number of loan applications had been approved without a detailed examination of each borrowers actual costs.

The report adds that the Royal Commission is shocked to discover the standard formula of assessing living costs is used by most banks.

Rather than calculating an individuals expenses, banks use the Household Expenditure Measure (HEM) benchmark, altered for state of residence, number of children and lifestyle assumptions.

Banks reckon that the average two-income family with two kids has a basic cost of living anywhere from $32,000 all the way up to a lavish $58,000. If you have two kids, youll know that annual living costs of $58,000 are anything but lavish.

Regardless, the standard banking formula for assessing living costs isnt new. Its a staple credit procedure a pre-determined cost automates the credit process for both the applicant and bank.

Dare I say it, but if Commissioner Ken Hayne is truly shocked at the use of automated cost assumptions, Id suggest he isnt really that familiar with banking practices in Australia at all

Yet just like the fraudulent loans, dodgy documents and pushy staff truth bombs, banks had the PR spin ready for the HEM revelations.

Westpac Banking Corp [ASX:WBC] was the first to crack, announcing theyll introduce tougher ways to assess potential debtors, with the ABC reporting:

From next Tuesday, the bank will increase the number of expenses categories from six to 13, getting customers to provide much more detail about what they spend money on in an effort to ensure they do not neglect to declare various regular expenses.

Notice Westpac didnt say theyll be getting rid of the HEM benchmark. Rather, theyll just add a few more expense categories to get a broader spending picture.



In which the pond delivers a double hunger of Moorice groaning ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The pond was ecstatic when the reptiles let Moorice out from behind the paywall for a ramble, but then it read the instructions

Should anyone read the column? 

After all, when it comes to special interest groups, Moorice "dinkum clean Oz coal, oi, oi, oi" Newperson knows a thing or two

And what if the dear old thing started off by talking about the 30th poll, when that birthday was yonks ago, ages and ages, and the next one just around the corner ...

Now before a Queenslander intrudes from the far north, let the pond say that it loves a fresh pineapple. It can't stand tinned pineapples, an abomination that southerners drop on to burgers and which invoke in the pond a flashback to the dreaded ancient times when tinned beetroot was perceived as a culinary delight in Tamworth

If the government could deliver to the pond's door the fresh pineapple Moorice has promised on a weekly basis, it wouldn't compensate for the NBN, but it would be a start

As for the rest, poor Moorice is getting closer and closer to 'mindless shouting at clouds' syndrome, easily spotted by the way that he runs through a listicle of complaints.

But doubtless he's just getting warmed up, and he'll get to the nub of the pineapple in the second gobbet, and go into Ancient Mariner mode, subs...


Israel Folau Puts God Ahead Of His Rugby Career "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Wallabies star Israel Folau has put God and his Christian beliefs ahead of his career, offering to walk away from his Australian Rugby Union contract. Folau was heavily criticised for a post on Instagram two weeks ago in which he said Gods plan for gay people was HELL. He reinforced those comments in a column ...

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Victorian Liberal Allies Urged To Speak Out Against Other Anti-LGBTIQ Motions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Advocates have called on allies within the Victorian Liberal party to stand up against homophobic and transphobic motions put forward by conservatives for debate at the partys upcoming state conference. On Monday, Victorian Liberal state president Michael Kroger (pictured) intervened to scrap a motion endorsing the practice of dangerous and discredited gay conversion therapy in ...

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Welshpools garden grows "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

STUDENTS at Welshpool and District Primary School students were busy right up until the end of term recently.
From reading, to practising for the upcoming athletics carnival, there was plenty to do right up until the final bell.
The school will send students in grades 3 to 6 to the Foster Secondary College on April 27, to complete in the Corner Inlet district athletics.
There, they will compete against students from Foster, Fish Creek, Tarwin Valley, Toora and Tarwin Lower primary schools.
The school reported a terrific first term in the garden, with the students growing corn, tomatoes and zucchinis.
They grew some great produce, which was sold fresh as well as in chutneys and preserves.
The money raised through the sale of the produce will go towards building a new run for the schools chickens.
During the last week of term, the senior class used school grown Granny Smith apples to make apple crumble, which the whole school enjoyed for afternoon tea with ice cream.

Reading buddies: Welshpool and District Primary School students Dylan and Leila were having fun reading to each other as part of the schools reading program recently.


Shire urged to support Wonthaggi youth "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

BASS Coast Shire Council was urged to support the Wonthaggi youth hub at Wednesdays community connection session.
In particular, council was asked to continue to fund the employment of a coordinator to guide the development of the project.
YMCA youth hub project coordinator Michael Feehan said Wonthaggis young people are crying out for their own space.
As much as the hub would be a social space, it would also provide young people with the services they need in areas like health, education and employment.
For young people, there is a disconnect between what is available to them and their understanding of what is available, Mr Feehan said.
We aim to practically address these issues at a site that is visible to young people, ideally located near the (Wonthaggi) secondary college.
Wonthaggi youth Nick Gartland reported feeling isolated growing up in town due to the stigma surrounding young people.
My friends and I felt we were not accepted by older people. Wed have to meet at each others houses because we had nowhere else to go, but not everyone feels comfortable or welcome in other peoples homes, he said.
When I was finishing school, I was at the point where I wanted to leave Wonthaggi. There didnt seem like there were any work or education options for me here. I wouldve loved the opportunity to go to a youth hub and see there are options out there.
Anglicare youth worker Emily Jolly said the main hang out spots for Wonthaggi youths were the library and McDonalds, but often they felt judged and criticised there.
She said the youth hub would help to inspire creativity and individuality in a safe space, and would help to reduce the stigma of youth on the streets.
While council could not make any decisions on the day, councillors will have time to consider its options in the lead up to the 2018/19 budget.

Supporting youth: YMCA youth hub project coordinator Michael Feehan, Anglicare youth worker Emily Jolly, team leader of special youth services Jasmine Furphy and Wonthaggi youth Nick Gartland want to see local young people backed by a youth hub in Wonthaggi.


Grantville shows adventurous streak "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE horrendous wind, rain and cold weather didnt stop the Kernot-Grantville Fire Brigade from putting on the Grantville Adventure Expo on Sunday.
Around 60 vehicles entered the car show including utes, four wheel drives and vans.
The expo was Kernot-Grantville Fire Brigades major fundraising event for the year.
It was a bit quieter compared to previous years due to the rain however it was still a good day, event organiser Michele Fulwell said.
We hold this event every year to raise funds to purchase new equipment or replace vehicles for the brigade.
The event was a fun day out for the whole family with trade stalls, live music, food trucks, face painting, an auction and more.

Interesting expo: Kernot-Grantville Fire Brigade volunteer members Daniel Blackney and CJ Tatnell browsed through the display of vehicles at the Grantville Adventure Expo on Sunday.


Ladies wow the crowd "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE 64th CWA Gippsland Hills Group exhibition was held in Mirboo North over the weekend, with more than 850 exhibits from 96 members.
CWA state branch vice president and Meeniyan branch member Heather Scott said the Gippsland Hills Group exhibition was one of the top group exhibitions in the state.
The exhibition includes knitting, crochet, sewing, patchwork, floral art, jams and preserves, cookery and more, she said.
There were nine tables of different branch exhibits.
The Meeniyan branch won the branch aggregate award, with Inverloch and Woorayl branches coming in second and third respectively.
First place in the individual aggregate and winner of the Elinor Scott individual aggregate cup was Marilyn Mackie from the Meeniyan branch.
Second was Maryke Dann of the Bena branch and Lesley Beakley of the Inverloch branch came in third.
Handicraft, art and home industries entries were judged by qualified CWA judges who come from other parts of the state and local judges were invited to judge photography.
The horticultural sections were judged by judges from the Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria.
The group includes the Bena, Inverloch, Kardella, Korumburra, Leongatha, Meeniyan, Mirboo, Woorayl, Leongatha Twilight, Poowong and District and Mirboo North Night Owls branches.

Well done: Penny Wolswinkel from the CWA Kardella branch and Maryke Dann from the CWA Bena branch each won a best exhibit award at the CWA Gippsland Hills Group exhibition, held in Mirboo North over the weekend.


Suspense builds for FAMDAS new thriller "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FAMDA is preparing to bring to Foster the exciting contemporary Australian drama, The Web, a suspense thriller by Kate Mulvany.
The Web explores the power of the internet, where it takes only a nanosecond to send a compromising photo to thousands and the news, real or fake, can spread in a blink to millions.
The setting is a small rural town where you need to be tough to survive, life is full of tension and an isolated lonely boy finds friends on the world wide web.
The plays title could refer to the internet but it might also suggest the web of lies which turn the story into a gripping whodunit.
Bringing it all to life is experienced director, Sue Lindsay, and her talented cast.
The central characters are two teenage boys who communicate via the internet, creating a web of intrigue and mystery.
Wonthaggi student, Will Thatcher, and Foster based Chenneth Weeraratne play these lead roles with Katelyn Hollins from Wonthaggi as a teenage girl.
Jo Street has a pivotal role as the mother of one of the boys.
Jo has been seen on stage frequently with both Leongatha Lyric Theatre and FAMDA including playing major roles in The Rainmaker and Educating Rita for Lyric, and The Peppercorn Tree and Australia Day with FAMDA.
Andrew Farrell appears as the local policeman in The Web.
Remembered by many for his performance as Judas in Lyrics Jesus Christ Superstar, Andy performed with FAMDA much more recently in the one act play, Flora of the Prom.
Taking on multiple roles in The Web is Evy Nye who first performed with FAMDA in Waratah the Musical and has just finished acting with Lyric in California Suite.
The Web is truly a whodunit for the modern age and a fascinating exploration of isolation, friendship, and what happens when social experiments go frighteningly wrong.
See it all come to life on stage in an intriguing mixture of magic realism and psychological thriller.
Although its subject matter is dark, there are many funny moments and there are universal truths as we see each of the characters striving to find love in various ways.
FAMDAs production of The Web hits the stage at the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre between April 27 and May 5.
Performances are at 8pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Wednesday, May 2 with matines at 2pm on Sunday, April 29 and Saturday, May 5.
Book tickets online from or Tickets are also available through Main Street Revelations in Foster or by phoning 5682 1381.


Leongathas Avenue of Honour growing strong for 100 years "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

VISITING Leongathas Avenue of Honour last Friday that will mark its milestone 100 years in June this year were Vietnam Veterans and Leongatha RSL members Vince Campisi, senior vice president and Colin James, junior vice president.
As explained on one of the boards, The Avenue of Honour has been growing and nurtured by the community in honour of all those from the West Riding of the former Shire of Woorayl who enlisted in the Great War.
It was on Saturday, June 22 1918 that the Leongatha and district community gathered near the former Leongatha Butter Factory to plant an avenue of trees in a single day.
The progress association decided to plant a row of 250 elm and oak trees along Yarragon Road, for a short distance along the Wild Dog Valley Road and Roughead Street.
The trees were provided by the Mossvale nursery and were planted alternately.
The local MP Mr Mackay planted a tree in honour of General Birdwood who led the ANZACS from 1914 until early 1918. Relatives of the young men were asked to care for the tree that bore their soldiers nameplate. The youth of the area were asked to treat the trees as sacred.
Over the years some of the trees have died or were removed. When trees were removed others were planted elsewhere in their place. There are about 100 trees still thriving in the avenue today, a unique living historic feature in the town. The original nameplates were replaced in the 1930s and finally removed in 1968 because they had deteriorated and had been damaged by mowers.
In 2015 the names were placed on a special wall. Originally 250 soldiers were honoured. Recent research has uncovered more names and these have been included on the new panels. The names of those from Woorayl Shire who enlisted to serve in the Great War have been shown on marble plaques in the Leongatha Memorial Hall since 1926. See more Anzac Day coverage in The Star next Tuesday.

100 year milestone: Colin James relative Colin Arrott Watt fought in WWI and is represented on one of the honour boards at the Leongatha Recreation Reserve.


Mungo MacCallum: Malcolm Turnbull and the old economic leadership line "IndyWatch Feed"

Mungo MacCallum: Malcolm Turnbull and the old economic leadership lineTurnbull's "economic leadership" and "traditional cabinet government" excuse for his 30th Newspoll loss just proves he doesn't get it. read now...


Cosi madness prevails "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

MADNESS has always provided good material for theatre and Cosi, Phillip Islands Offshore Theatres latest play, is one mad romp that definitely drew the laughs on opening night in Cowes last Friday.
Directed by the talented Amanda Price, Cosi, the darkly funny 1992 play by Louis Nowra, set in Australia in the later days of the Vietnam War, sees a young director attempt to stage Mozarts Cosi fan Tutte with the patients inside a mental asylum.
Okay this play has its fair share of strong language and adult themes, but judging from the raucous laughter from the very mixed aged audience from 14 years to over 70, this didnt seem to be a problem.
The play was uplifting, hilarious and thoroughly entertaining!
There is no doubting the challenge to make the Cosi story believable was enormous. The text of Cosi is full of ambivalent feelings, constantly tortured between laughter and tears but the small theatre troupe achieved this balance perfectly and with great sensitivity.
The strength of Cosi is its handpicked ensemble of mad and at times hilarious characters, the majority being local teachers from Newhaven and Wonthaggi secondary colleges.
Leading the charge of standouts on Friday was Roy, the manic depressive and mad opera buff (Simon Furness).
It has to be said Simon was brilliant, giving a magnificent and totally believable performance as a psychotic patient.
He was followed closely by the loveable, and scary pyromaniac Doug (Josh Fredericks). The audience couldnt get enough of Doug , especially one 14 year old student who couldnt wait to see what he would set fire to next!
Then there was the wonderfully unpredictable, obsessive Cherry (Nina Prideaux), just fabulous and the anxious, agonised Henry (Hamish Trumble) who drew the laughs and stayed true to his troubled character throughout.
Fine performances came from the doped-up maniac musician Zac (Rebecca Parfitt) and obsessive perfectionist Ruth (Remi DAgostin).
As for the supposed sane characters, Steven Boon does a top job as Lewis, as does junkie and Lewiss love interest Julie (Holly Hatch), social worker Justin (Ashley Reed), always one to watch and Antonio Castello as Lewiss friend Nick and Lewiss girlfriend Lucy (Lauren White) were both convincing .
Full marks to the director for a highly entertaining production; it is well staged and well performed.
And it has to be said the old saying in theatre the show must go on certainly rang true for last Saturdays matinee when the power was off in Cowes for some seven hours and the cast and crew pulled together and gave a stella performance with all the blinds and curtins open to let in the natural light.
The cast lifted its performance to the next level to give another top show, much to the delight of the audience.
The theatre space is small and intimate and the staging simple and...


More legal costs to sting council "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

SOUTH Gippsland Shire Council will pay further legal costs incurred by a neighbour of Bald Hills Wind Farm.
The Supreme Court of Victoria last week ordered council to pay the costs of wind farm neighbour John Zakula in relation to a court hearing on January 31, 2018.
His solicitor is yet to determine the cost, but said it is significant.
Council had already paid the neighbours legal fees of $20,000 and reportedly $20,000 in councils own fees too.
Mr Zakula is challenging councils handling of nuisance noise complaints by neighbours in relation to the wind farm.
The court ordered costs associated with a court hearing on March 20 be reserved for determination at the conclusion of the proceeding. Council CEO Tim Tamlin was examined by Mr Zakulas legal counsel at that hearing.
The matter returns to the court for trial on November 26. In the mean time, council has appointed a consultant to determine if the wind farm is producing nuisance noise, at a cost of $33,600.
Councils are responsible for enforcing planning permit conditions, such as noise levels.


Traffic lights to deliver safety "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

WORKS to install Wonthaggis first set of traffic lights are well underway.
To be installed at the intersection of Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road and the Bass Highway, the lights will aim to increase traffic flow and improve safety.
The $3.76 million project was funded through the Federal and State Governments, as well as Bass Coast Shire Council.
These new traffic lights will improve the safety of both drivers and pedestrians at the Bass Highway and Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road intersection, Minister for Roads and Road Safety Luke Donnellan said.
The intersection has seen congestion and risky driver behaviour for many years, thats why were investing in this important safety upgrade.
Motorists have endured long delays at the intersection, which has resulted in impatience and drivers taking dangerous risks.
There have been 10 crashes with three people seriously injured in the last 10 years.
As well as the traffic lights, the intersection will also feature extended right turning lanes and raised platforms, which will force drivers to slow down as they approach.
VicRoads reported there were 11,000 vehicle movements at the intersection each day, including 1300 heavy vehicle movements.
Deputy mayor Cr Brett Tessari said he cant wait to see the traffic lights up and running.
Work has already started, and there will need to be some sort of traffic management plan put in place eventually. Itll be a bit of pain, but it will be worth it once the intersection is fixed, he said.
As far as Im concerned, this is a fantastic project. It is a little sad to see the small country town you grew up in get to the stage where it needs traffic lights, but its absolutely necessary for safety at that intersection and the future development of Wonthaggi.
Its almost impossible to turn right at the intersection at the moment. Most locals know to avoid it, so its going to be extremely beneficial for people trying to get on and off the Korumburra-Wonthaggi Road.
Cr Tessari said the lights will also provide opportunity for pedestrians to cross the intersection safely.
The work is expected to be completed in June, with minor delays for motorists.
Traffic controls will be in place while the signals are being installed, so motorists are asked to take care if theyre travelling through the work site, VicRoads acting regional director Eastern Region Pas Monacella said.


Reduced rainfall increases stress "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FARMERS have been feeling the stress over these past few dry months in South Gippsland.
Meeniyan rainfall recorder Lindsay Fromhold has recorded 93.9mm of rain in Meeniyan since the start of January this year, which in comparison to the same time last year is a very poor amount.
During the same time in 2017, Mr Fromhold recorded 161.9mm of rain.
Its been a tough autumn and its not good going into winter like this, he said.
Things are still so dry and if we dont get some rain soon its going to be even tougher on our farmers.
Its pretty stressful for farmers because the feeding costs go up and there is nothing cheaper than feeding animals with grass from the paddock, the workload increases because farmers have to shift water around their properties and therefore the pressure increases.
Mr Fromhold said the countryside has generally greened up with the 37mm of rain South Gippsland copped between March 25 and 27.
The paddocks have a bit of a green tinge to them due to that rain however we certainly need another lot to keep it going, he said.
The only good thing about the lack of rain is that it kills the bugs in the ground that eat the grass and depending on how much rain we end up getting it wont be as muddy this winter.
We can also access more nice dry firewood.
Rainfall recorded at South Gippsland Waters storages from March 31st to April 6 saw three mm at Lance Creek, two mm at Ruby Creek, zero mm at Coalition Creek, Deep Creek and Little Bass and two mm at Battery Creek.
The start of April has brought little rain across the region and storages at Little Bass are now nearing restriction levels at 53 percent capacity, South Gippsland Waters managing director Philippe du Plessis said.
The corporation is preparing for the possibility that restrictions may be needed for Poowong, Loch and Nyora townships in the coming weeks.

Dry season: Meeniyan rainfall recorder Lindsay Fromhold has recorded very low rainfall for Meeniyan so far this year.


Police assure crash victims "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Proactive Police Unit (PPU) from Morwell was in Leongatha on Tuesday, April 10 following the terrifying crash on April 9 in McCartin Street.
Jesse Proctor, a 21 year old from Moe, crashed a stolen vehicle into two parked cars which burst into flames outside Woorayl Lodge aged care hostel in Leongatha.
The PPU was set up at the accident site for around four or five hours.
They were there for public reassurance and to assist the public with the recovery stage after the major incident, Senior Sergeant Col Sheppard said.
Police spoke with the residents of Woorayl Lodge and reassured them that this kind of incident was not normal.
The offender was apprehended and we are offering support for those people who are affected through referral agencies.
Police said Mr Proctor was released from prison on March 2 and was withdrawing from the drug ice and has now been charged with 74 offences.
After the vehicles exploded, Mr Proctor got into the vehicle of a woman passing by, threatening to kill her if she didnt drive away.
The woman got out of her car with her keys and Mr Proctor ran to Young Street, and found another woman in a vehicle with two children aged four and one.
Mr Proctor entered the vehicle and told the woman to drive, threatening to stab the woman.
The woman drove a distance before stopping the vehicle and getting out with her children, after which Proctor allegedly punched her in the head and sexually assaulted her.
He took her keys and drove towards Hedley at around 180km/h where he was arrested around two and a half hours after the crash in Leongatha.
Police used stop sticks to puncture the vehicles tyres.
Mr Proctor was remanded in custody to return to court in July this year.


Big improvements at Baromi Park "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Mirboo North Baromi Park draft master plan has been completed.
The town received a $400,000 allocation for future capital works and there is currently $300,000 in the Mirboo North and District Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank.
The draft master plan suggests how that $300,000 should be spent.
The plan states $18,800 will go towards a half court basketball court, $18,800 towards refurbishing the existing skate bowl, $10,000 to design a skate extension and $14,000 to construct an asphalt connecting path.
A further $58,500 to construct/landscape toilets at the east end of the park, $25,000 to construct a performance platform and $10,000 towards designing parking at the rear end of the shops.
I think the community budgeting process was a fantastic example of local democracy and that it felt empowering to have input into how money is spent in the town, Mirboo North and District Community Foundation executive officer Ruth Rogan said.
As with all democratic processes, not everyone agrees with the outcome, but everyone does have their opportunity to have a say.
I am excited to see the impact of the OurSay process and the Baromi Park Masterplan during 2018 and 19 and hopefully the Mirboo North and District Community Foundation can partner with this through our community grants program.

Moving forward: from left, community project officer Thomasin Bales, Mirboo North and District Community Foundation executive officer Ruth Rogan, South Gippsland Shire Councillor Maxine Kiel and Mirboo North Country Development chair and secretary Heather Butler are making progress with the Mirboo North Baromi Park draft master plan.


Councillors frustrated by round table push "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

AN urgent meeting held by South Gippsland Shire Council to reconsider establishing a peak group in Leongatha similar to the successful Korumburra Round Table has been labelled a waste of time.
At the March council meeting, Cr Don Hill asked council to see if the community wanted a round table, but his motion was not supported.
Crs Hill, Andrew McEwen and Jeremy Rich called for a special urgent meeting of council last Wednesday to consider the proposal further and council voted to reconsider it at its April 26 meeting.
Cr Alyson Skinner said the matter was not urgent and labelled last Wednesdays meeting a waste of time and resources.
I dont believe this is a matter that needs to have an urgent special council meeting. We already decided on it, she said.
Crs Maxine Kiel and Ray Argento agreed.
The original motion was defeated. This is a waste of council time and resources, Cr Kiel said.
Cr Argento said because the motion failed at the March meeting, it had been dealt with.
Cr Hill said he was totally surprised the motion failed to pass at the March council meeting.
The reason I am bringing this up as an urgent motion today, is because if we dont do this todaywe will have to wait three months before we could implement it again, he said.
Cr Hill was disappointed with comments made by several councillors at the March meeting. He also denied criticising the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the meeting.
I in no way criticised any groups in town, in the report or outside the report. The Leongatha Chamber of Commerce which has been mentioned, is a fine organisation that I have every confidence in, he said.
Cr Hill said when speaking on the motion at the March meeting, Cr Edwards made a lot of emotive conversation.
He said she was patronising and offensive.
The report does not give any direction to tell the community how things are to be done. It is purely to give authority to officers to instigate discussions, he said.
Cr Skinner said council should put resources into its community strengthening strategy.
Cr Hill said Leongatha was the only place in the shire that did not have its own plan or vision.
If they continue like that as a town, it is going to be harder for us to approve funding for big projects, he said.
I implore my fellow councillors to vote for the future of Leongatha here, otherwise you are cutting Leongatha adrift.
Cr Hill claimed every other community gets money for those sorts of things, drawing an audible scoff from Cr Skinner, which was met with a swift rebuttal.
You have brought up millions of things for your area Cr Skinner, ahead of the council bringing them forward and you have put them to the top of the queue. You have now put Leongatha to the bottom of the queue, Cr Hill said......


Uproar across Asia over Australia's approval of multinational GM rice. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

For Immediate Release Friday 13th April, 2018

The genetically-modified organism (GMO) known as golden rice (GR2E rice) will not significantly address hunger or Vitamin A deficiency (VAD) according to the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).

The International Conference on Golden Rice was organised by MASIPAG and the Stop Golden Rice Network in the Philippines and facilitated by the Anti-Poverty Commission. It included delegates and farmers, scientists, and development workers from Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, India, and the Philippines. The conference participants joined peasant farmers calling for the stopping of the GM rice outside the Department of Agriculture [1].
The conference heard that Australia/New Zealand approval of GR2E rice will impact heavily on indigenous farmers all over Asia. This is because as Filipino law stands, the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) safety assessment can be used for approval to plant in many of the Asian rice growing countries.
FSANZ said that on the best available scientific evidence it was safe to eat.  Yet, experts and farmers from India, the Philippines and Indonesia provided studies raising concerns over the safety of the rice, proving that not all evidence was sought or considered by FSANZ. FSANZ has approved the rice into the Australasian food chain 'in case of contamination' to 'avoid trade issues'. There is a total absence of evidence for consumers to know if it is safe to eat.  FSANZ said feeding/ingestion studies were not provided nor did FSANZ require them [2].
FSANZs rubber stamp approach to food safety is putting the health of billions of people at risk. This GM rice is aimed at pregnant women and children and yet there is an absence of evidence of safety. Said Fran Murrell from MADGE Australia, We hope that the Philippine Government regulators protect their people by ensuring that rigorous, long term safety studies are carried out.
Liza Maza from the National Anti-Poverty Commission in the Philippines said There was no comparative studies between GR2E rice and other varieties to see if it can lessen Vitamin A deficiency,
Cris Panerio, national coordinator for the Philippino farmer and scientist alliance (MASIPAG), noted Golden rice is fraught with inherent problems, one of which is the low yield resulting to the disruption of the native structure....


Back on track "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

THE Leongatha Cycling Carnival could roll back into town next year with the Leongatha Chamber of Commerce and Industry leading the charge and meeting next Monday, April 23 to further discuss this plan.

Chamber vice president Anthony Walls said the team was working towards bringing back the once iconic cycling carnival that attracted huge crowds of more than 6000 people to the Leongatha velodrome for 29 years from 1979 to 2007.

Coordinated by Leongathas Terry Watchorn, the cycling carnival became one of South Gippslands premium events and one of the biggest velodrome events in Australia.

The event attracted 52 world, Commonwealth Games and Olympic gold medallists over the years, including Anna Meares, Shane Kelly, Gary Neiwand, Stephen Pate, Brett Aitken, Scott McGrory and many international riders.

Also around 94 Australian and state champions raced at Leongatha over that period.

The cycling carnival not only attracted many world and Australias best cyclists, but was also a huge social event on the Gippsland calendar that saw people travel from all parts of the state to attend.

We will have the first formal meeting next Monday, April 23 to discuss that further, Mr Walls said.

At this stage we are aiming for a return in February 2019, but it may not happen until 2020.

Collaboration with other community groups and organisations is high also on the chamber committees list of priorities.

Mr Walls said the group is already working together with the Rotary Club of Leongatha and is looking forward to working with more groups and sporting clubs in the future.

The chambers AGM will be held in a few months.

We have got some really good people who want to put in a lot of time and effort. We are trying to create a really positive feel around the town, Mr Wall said.

There are a few new businesses that have recently come to Leongatha and are thriving and have become a great support to the chamber as well.

We want all the shops filled and all businesses to succeed.

The chamber is aiming to become the Leongatha Business Association in the coming months, in an effort to give the organisation a fresh start.

Mr Walls said the rebranding became necessary, as people were, and still are confused as to what the chamber does and what it stands for.

We have a new look committee and a lot of new members who are willing to contribute their great ideas, he said.

The new name says simply who and what we are. We want to get every business in Leongatha on board, not just retailers.

The name change will come with a fresh new logo as well......


On sales pitches and taking the public with you on aid "IndyWatch Feed"

Imagine being a door-to-door vacuum salesperson from the worlds 19th best vacuum company, approaching someone who already owns a Dyson, and trying to convince them that your model is better while saying that 80% of people you try to sell it to dont actually buy it.

Our Minister for International Development and the Pacific would sure give it a shot. Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells went to the Overseas Development Institute in the UK last night our time, said the UK should spend more money in the Pacific region and partner with Australia to help us with that little China-in-the-Pacific predicament, but said we couldnt possibly spend more money on such things ourselves because Australians dont like aid.

Australias terrible and declining performance on aid does not put it in a good position to tell other countries what to do with theirs. Influence doesnt come cheap. (Just ask China)

Terrible sales pitch aside, Senator CFWs remark that youve got to take the public along with you on aid is also worthy of examination.

Senator Fierravanti-Wells said the government polling had exposed a big schism between the community and those working in the aid sector who think the complete opposite.

You do have to take your public with you, she said.

In many ways, its true. We know there are differences between views in the aid sector and in the general public we did research on it. But the views are not polar opposites. (See our full range of research on public opinion on aid here.)

The UK government had to work extremely hard to take the public (and Conservatives) along with them when they instituted the 0.7% aid target, so they probably didnt need this pearl of wisdom from a representative of a government that has done absolutely nothing to build public support for or understanding of aid and development.

The hustle started in their own party room. They did it during the austerity period. It was campaigned for on the basis of it being the moral thing to do first and foremost, and in the cou...


Tweed Hospital site selection cloaked in secrecy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The red soils of the Cudgen plateau are too precious to be subdivided, say Labor and local opponents of the new Tweed Hospital site. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Labors Justine Elliot and Walt Secord, together with Tweed councillor Reece Byrnes, have called on the state government to release a full list of the alternative sites considered for a new Tweed Hospital, saying while they supported better health outcomes, they were alarmed by the cloak of secrecy surrounding the selection of the location.

And a local activist has described the move as the most cynical act of political hypocrisy visited upon the shire in the last 20 years.

As reported last week, Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Tweed National MP Geoff Provest have announced a new Tweed Hospital will be built on a 23-hectare site on prime agricultural land at Cudgen.

Labor wants to know why the Cudgen agricultural site was selected from 29 possible sites on NSW Health Infrastructures list.

In 2002, the land was designated and classified as land of state significance due to its rich, red volcanic soil. Property developers have been seeking its re-zoning since the 1980s.

NSW Shadow Minister for the North Coast Walt Secord, Federal MP for Richmond Justine Elliot said while they support better health outcomes in the Tweed but questioned why the Berejiklian government picked the controversial site.

Lack of transparency

More than 200 local residents have attended a community meeting about the selection of the site and Mr Secord said his office had been inundated with emails about the location and lack of transparency.

People were also very anxious about the decision-making processes, he said.

Like so many decisions by the Berejiklian government, the Tweed Hospital announcement is made without proper consultation. They just drop it on the community without giving them proper input.

Tweed Hospital is under enormous pressure and better hospital services are needed, but few people were consulted, he said.

Ms Elliot attacked Tweed MP Geoff Provest, who she said had ignored the local community.

The community has a right to be involved in the decision-making process.



APRadio Harry & Mike discuss Australias only political un-convicted prisoner languishing a Victorian jail. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In solitary confinement and un-convicted is Australias only political prisoner Phil Galea that is non-Muslim alleged terrorist languishing in a Victorian jails solitary confinement to what seems appeasement of the political correct...


Youth theatre give treats the treatment "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Byron Youth Theatre tackles the question of how we treat ourselves. Photo Jeff Dawson.

How do you treat yourself? 

It isnt often that we stop and take stock of how we treat ourselves, how this influences us and the outcomes it has. 

But this is the question that is being looked at as part of the Byron Youth Theatres (BYT) new production that will be shown to local high school students next term and the screening of That Sugar Film on April 27 at the Byron Theatre starting at 6.30pm.

Young people are curious to find out about the body, mind and spirit, as I think we all are, said BYT director Lisa Apostolides.

That Sugar Film screening April 27

We can all do with helpful reminders about our health and well being. That Sugar Film is one great reminder and an eye opener to the fact that not everything we have been sold as healthy is.

Damon Gameau, who wrote and starred in That Sugar Film, will conduct a Q&A following the screening in Byron. 

His first hand experience is remarkable and he will be able to share this with us as well as shedding light on other aspects of the film and his future production, said Lisa.

As a husband and father, he is perfectly placed to share about the challenges and demands of a busy work sche...


US e-commerce proposal for WTO ignores Facebook data scandal "IndyWatch Feed"

April 17, 2018: In a communication to other WTO members on April 12, the US government has outlined its seven areas for a possible WTO work program on e-commerce.

  • free flow of information
  • fair treatment of digital products
  • protection of proprietary information
  • digital security
  • facilitating internet services
  • competitive telecommunications markets, and
  • trade facilitation.

Despite the recent scandals with Facebooks mass cross-border data theft and numerous fake accounts, the US position insists on the free free exchange of cross-border data, prevents data localization and prohibits web blocking. This deregulatory push flies in the face of calls for effective regulation.

Mark Zuckerberg himself agreed in Congressional hearings to greater regulation and genuine penalties for failing to protect user data and for fake news, one example being an Honest Ads Bill.

The US also wants future rules on e-commerce to address several areas highlighted in its recently concluded Section 301 investigation into Chinese trade practices. To protect proprietary information, the US says new rules should protect source code, bar forced technology transfers and prohibit discriminatory technology requirements. These provisions enhance monopoly and slow digital technology development.

On the issue of customs duties on e-commerce, WTO Members have agreed to renew a moratorium on e-commerce duties at every WTO ministerial since 1998.

The US and 76 other WTO members committed at the Buenos Aires ministerial last December to initiate exploratory work together toward future WTO negotiations on trade-related aspects of electronic commerce. There is no consensus among WTO members on launching e-commerce negotiations, but Australia has chaired the first informal meeting of this coalition of the willing to consider the US and other proposals.



Disassociation From Tasmanian Times "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Until yesterday there was an image link to this website in the sidebar of Tasmanian Times.  Such as it was (I'm no graphic designer!), it looked like this:

However I have now decided to disassociate this site from Tasmanian Times to the maximum extent possible.

The nature of this decision is as follows:

1. It is no longer possible to reach this site via the sidebar on TT as the link has been removed at my request.

2. I have asked the TT editor to cease promoting and linking to my site on TT.

3. Barring a major improvement in TT moderation or other satisfactory solution, I will not post any more comments to TT in the future at all.  (Since leaving the site as a writer in 2012 I have only commented there rarely anyway.)

4. All future links to TT that I may post here in the course of my coverage or debate will be to a Wayback Machine version of the content only.

The cause of this decision is dissatisfaction with TT's failure to take a sufficiently proactive approach to the moderation of comments.  Although comments on TT are screened and commenters are asked to abide by the TT Code of Conduct, comments about me that are defamatory and/or breach the TT Code of Conduct continue to slip through.  This was one of the problems that caused me to leave TT as a writer in the first place, but even since leaving I have had to complain to TT in order to have material removed at least six times, most of these involving personal attacks that came completely out of the blue.  A highly defamatory article about my election coverage was also recently published on TT, though I let that one go and even linked to it as the author was a candidate and in the interests of election-season colour and amusement.

The following available solutions are unsatisfactory:

1. Complaining to TT to have material removed, because this requires me to waste effort and time explaining why some thoughtless toss-off by a TT poster should be removed, and because by the time I become aware of the comment and ask for it to be removed, the comment has already had most of the exposure it is probably going to get.

2. Replying to the comments, because replying to braindead comments on TT breeds more braindead comments on TT and increases the defamation-magnet factor involved with any mention of my name on that site at...


UQ medical researchers UM connections "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Christoph Schnelle addresses the audience at a Universal Medicine seminar. Photo Universal Medicine

A University of Queensland medical researcher and up to eight of his co-authors are now under scrutiny following an ABC report into an alleged failure to disclose links to controversial North Coast-based group Universal Medicine.

According to the ABC, the UQ ethics committee approved the studies but researchers must fully disclose conflicts of interest. UQ and international journals that published articles by the researchers are now investigating allegations that there were undeclared conflicts of interest by some researchers.

According to the report, which ran on the ABCs flagship The World Today program on Monday (April 16), four of the researchers have publicly advocated for UM practices, two are presenters at the UMs College of Universal Medicine, while two others are a naturopath and a psychologist who practice at UMs Brisbane clinic

The ABC program named Christoph Schnelle, a UQ faculty of medicine researcher who was the lead author of three articles on UM health practices, and a second public advocate of UM within UQs faculty of medicine, Clayfield GP and associate lecturer Amelia Stephens.

Vietnam research project

According to the report, the team plan to run trials into UMs unconventional treatment for back pain, and are running a $40,000 fundraising appeal in Australia and the UK to back it.

But, the program said, a study last year showed the lack of high-quality evidence for the effectiveness of the UM treatment meant it was not possible to conduct the trials in Australian hospitals.

Instead they will be run in Vietnam, where the group recently ran a retreat.

University let down

Eminent medical educator Professor John Dwyer of University of NSW attacked the plan, and the group, telling the ABC program that the researchers had let the university down badly in their fervour for promoting the benefits of Universal Medicines approach to treatments, which have no basis in science [and] couldnt possibly be effective.

These people are in a position of giving undeserved credibility to the nonsense thats coming out of Universa...


Lynden Air Cargo firefighting air tanker L-100-30 Hercules N405LC "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

LYC405 N405LC C130 Avalon-Cairns-Port Moresby

N405LC C130 at Cairns, Photo Supplied.


Vacancy rates tighten in Canberra "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Canberra tightens

Vacancy rates tightened slightly to 2.1 per cent in March 2018, down from 2.3 per cent a year earlier (and 2.2 per cent in February 2018) according to SQM Research. 

In the month of March vacancy rates fell in Brisbane from 3.4 per cent to 3.2 per cent, and in Canberra from 0.8 per cent to just 0.6 per cent.

The vacancy rate for Canberra has fallen from 2.5 per cent in mid-2015 when it was announced in the Barr Budget that there would be significant rate rise and land taxes imposed in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

While there are rentals on the market, the methodology picks up rental properties vacant between leases for a period of time and acts a viable leading indicator for markets that are tightening or easing. 

With investors looking elsewhere, SQM reports that median asking rents for houses in the ACT have increased by +29 per cent over the past 3 years to $617/week.

That makes Canberra the second most expensive capital city after Sydney at a $738/week median asking rent for houses. 

In Hobart the chronic shortage of rentals has eased a little over the past two months, if only a little. 

Melbourne has a relatively tight vacancy rate at 1.4 per cent, while in Sydney the vacancy rate of 2.3 per cent is being reflected in relatively flat rents overall, including a slight decline for median house asking rents. 

The Perth market continues to pick up steadily from its nadir. 



INTERVIEW: Jason Isbell (2018) "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

IN THE WAKE OF THE NASHVILLE SOUND Ahead of his recent return to Australia with his band The 400 Unit, Jason Isbell took Chris Familton through what hes been up to in the wake of last years The Nashville Sound. I still dont think of myself as a country musician, says Jason Isbell, talking about the Continue reading


Dangers of Bushfires-Wildfires & Nuclear Business "IndyWatch Feed"

Mining Awareness +

Bushfire Safety and Survival for Businesses and Organisations. Dear Customers from p. 19
From Bushfire Safety and Survival for Businesses and Organisations, p. 19:
Bushfires in Australia are frequent events during the hotter months of the year, due to Australias mostly hot, dry climate. Each year, such fires impact extensive areas
Radiant Heat Kills from a Distance 50% Don't know in Bushfire area
See more here:

According to the South Australia Country Fire Service, nearly 1/2 of people living in bushfire prone areas dont understand the threat. This is apparently true of those proposing adding nuclear anything in Australia. For, in such a context, the risks of nuclear anything are clearly even higher than average. And, the solar potential in Australia is higher than average. The choice should be clear.



PERTH Former broker in court over false information "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Former broker in court over false information .

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A former broker has appeared before Perth Magistrates Court charged with seven counts of giving false information and one fraud charge following an investigation by ASIC. Peter Lachlan McDonald previously worked at Get Approved Finance, but was permanently banned in 2015 alongside another .



Paula Giles DoCS Worker known By DoCS Staff as "THE GRIM REAPER" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

There are many, many very good people in DoCS who do a job that is soul destroying, so I hate to tar the entire department with the same brush. The following story is revealed by a DoCS worker disgusted with the corrupt senior management, a victim of bullying from DoCS senior Banshees such as Paula Giles.

Commendable DoCS workers who speak out deserve a medal, but instead are dismissed leaving the way clear for unethical staff prepared to sacrifice families for their immoral thirst for power or personal biases and prejudices over innocent families misfortunate enough to experience the terrifying presence of these merciless government mercenaries encroaching upon their family home which was once a sanctuary.

DoCS managers who bully their staff deserve to be prosecuted. Instead they hide behind their powerful positions, telling lies to hide the disgusting truth.

People like Paula Giles will never step aside to let decent minded managers take over as it will reveal the abominations they have easily enacted upon the families they terrorise, keeping the truth about their victims hidden... up until now, with her position of unquestionable power.

Paula Giles answers to no one, she has no accountablity, and exudes arrogance, with the knowledge she is one of the untouchable banshees running DoCS.

She also worked at the Caboolture DOCS office, and in the far north qld docs office, Mackay docs office, currently working her evil from qld DoCS. This woman is a senior DoCS manager, and hates men.

This woman removed a 13 yo child who had been with the same foster parents sin...


George Pell case returns to Vic court "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Cardinal George Pell is back in court today. AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

MELBOURNE, AAP Cardinal George Pells legal team and the prosecution are due to appear before a Melbourne court for legal arguments about whether Australias most senior Catholic will stand trial on historical sex offence charges.

Pell, 76, has been excused from attending Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday, when the defence and prosecution return for legal arguments following a four-week pre-trial committal hearing in March.

During the hearing, the defence repeatedly attacked the police investigation into Pell, with high-profile barrister Robert Richter QC accusing police of having tunnel vision and running a get Pell operation.

The investigation, code named Operation Tethering, began in March 2013 before any crime had been reported.

Pell was charged some four years later with historical sex offences involving multiple complainants, who gave evidence before a closed court at the committal hearing, as required by law in sex offence cases.

Pell denies all the charges.

Its unclear when magistrate Belinda Wallington will hand down her decision on whether Pell will stand trial.

The defence and prosecution have already made written submissions about the case ahead of Tuesdays hearing.

The post George Pell case returns to Vic court appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Drones go up as nets again fail to catch sharks "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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

Chris Dobney

The NSW Government has turned to drones after a second controversial trial of shark nets on the North Coast caught even fewer sharks than the previous trial in 2016-17.

But it has still failed to rule out returning nets to North Coast beaches again next year, despite their overwhelming failure to protect bathers and an increase in so-called bycatch (by far the majority of sea creatures caught).

In last years trial, conducted by DPI Fisheries, the nets caught six target species out of 244 animals caught. The result this year (23 November to 31 March) was even less effective: with just one live and one dead bull shark netted.

Meanwhile a total of 264 of non target sea creatures were caught, of which 83 were found dead.

The most common species netted were rays, with a total of 41 Australian cownose rays caught (including 9 found dead) and 41 whitespotted eagle rays (including four found dead) trapped in the nets.

Other species found trapped included a green turtle, a hawksbill turtle and a grey nurse shark, all of which are endangered, and three dolphins, one of which was found dead.

The nets were deployed for 28 days during March but only checked 14 times. DPI claims this was due to weather conditions.

North Coast-based Nationals MLC Ben Franklin in the obligatory photo op with North...


Cricket Australia's billion dollar score "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The draughty feeling between your legs? That"s a lack of pants down there, my friend. And the soft kiss of a gentle breeze wafting over your pink bits is a natural consequence of the sweet nothings being whispered into your arse by the executives at Seven and Foxtel, and their enablers in the Federal government who just let Cricket Australia drop the nation"s summer sport behind a pay wall.

Seven and Foxtel"s joint billion dollar deal for the broadcast rights to Test and limited overs cricket, is about as clear a breach of the anti-siphoning legislation as you could hope for if you had a lazy billion dollars lying around and you wanted to spend the next six years gouging millions of punters for all they were worth.


The cost of victory "IndyWatch Feed"

Only a week ago, the government took a stand against climate change and banned offshore oil exploration - the first step on the long pathway to decarbonising New Zealand. But as the Herald notes, Russel Norman and Sara May Howell are still facing trial at the end of the month for protesting against the very activity the government has banned back in 2017:

Prosecution against two Greenpeace activists who were charged with jumping into the water in front of an oil exploration ship will go ahead despite the Government announcing a ban on offshore oil exploration last week.

Greenpeace executive director and former politician Russel Norman and volunteer Sara May Howell are set to stand trial in the Napier District Court at the end of this month for their roles in a deep-sea oil protest last year.

The pair allegedly jumped into the water in front of oil exploration ship Amazon Warrior, off the Wairarapa coast, forcing it to stop its seismic work on April 10.

They were both charged with interfering in the operation of the 125m ship and pleaded not guilty at a joint appearance last October.

It would obviously be inappropriate for Ministers to direct that the case be dropped. At the same time, its also obviously a pointless prosecution, a mean-spirited act of revenge against those who turned the tide of public opinion and pushed the government into banning this toxic industry (and in the process, probably laying off some MBIE staff). But then, that's exactly what you'd expect from a vindictive organisation which seems totally in thrall to the industry it is supposed to regulate (and their nasty little spies).

The prosecution then is the cost of victory. Hopefully it won't be too high for Norman and Howell. Though with them gearing up to mount a necessity defence against the overwhelming threat of climate change, and effectively putting MBIE and the previous government's policies on trial, they're going to impose some pretty serious political costs on the government too.

Meanwhile, the law they are being prosecuted under - National's "Anadarko amendment" - is still on the books. I'm quite surprised that the government hasn't taken the opportunity to repeal it in their...


April 17 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

1770 - Captain Cook landed at Botany Bay.
And there went the neighbourhood.

1790 - Things were more than a bit crook with the Colony when the ship Sirius slipped down the plug hole near Norfolk Island in March taking most of the food with her; this led to two major things...that Lieut-Gov King swanned off to Britain which left a nasty bully in charge of Norfolk Island who proclaimed martial law for 4 months, and that Gov Phillip dispatched the ONLY remaining ship HMAS Supply to Batavia on this day for emergency food stores.

1801 - The ship Ocean arrived at Sydney from whaling off the south coast.

1813 - The Sydney Gazette on this day described an excursion from the Beecroft area made by 12 explorers, assisted by three friendly local Aboriginal guides to Lake Wollumboola and crossing the Lake Wollumboola entry to the sea.

1816 - . Appin massacre. New South Wales Governor Macquarie sent parties against the Gundungurra and Dharawal people on their lands along the Cataract River, a tributary of the Nepean River (south of Sydney), in reprisal for violent conflicts with white settlers (in which several died) in the adjoining Nepean and Cowpastures districts, during a time of drought.The punitive expedition split in two at Bent's Basin, with one group moving south-west against the Gundungurra, and the other moving south-east against the Dharawal. This latter group came upon Cataract Gorge, where the soldiers used their horses to force men, women and children to fall from the cliffs of the gorge, to their deaths below. On April 17, around 1 am soldiers arrived at a camp of Dharawal people at Appin. Captain Willis from the party of soldiers wrote: "The fires were burning but deserted. A few of my men heard a child cry ....The dogs gave the alarm and the natives fled over the cliffs. It was moonlight. I regret to say some (were) shot and others met their fate by rushing in despair over the precipice. Fourteen dead bodies were counted in different directions."
The massacre is remembered in April each year, when Winga Myamly Reconciliation Group and the local Aboriginal community meet to remember the loss of lives.

1819 - Maria Lock was one classy, clever chickybabe; she was born the daughter of Yarramundi the 'Chief of the Richmond Tribes', sister to Colbee, wife of Bennelong's son, the first sanctioned Aboriginal lady to marry a convict, probably the first Aboriginal gal to be assigned the same convict and she became a landowner in her own right.
But today, in 1819, the Sydney Gazette reported her talents in the schoolroom when the 14 year old Maria took the major first prize in the school anniversary exams having beaten over 100 'European' kids,
"Prizes were prepared for distribution among such children as should be found to excel in the early rudiments of education, moral and religious and i...


The plus-and-minus Commonwealth Games "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The plus-and-minus Commonwealth GamesThe Commonwealth Games wound up on the weekend on Queenslands Gold Coast with a familiar mix of celebration and bitching. read now...


Arts Wednesday 18 April 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ed Lippmann returns at 10:40 am with the final part of Loved and Unloved and we wrap up the series by looking at examples from Europe of heritage issues.

At 11:00 am, my special guest is Dr Derek Wilding, Professor at the Centre for Media Transition at UTS and we discuss a study just published by his department, which looked at defamation cases across Australia in the last five years. There are lots of interesting finds but for merit was the discovery that each and every one of us who texts, emails, blogs, posts on social media is a publisher. Think of the ramifications of that one!

Music deals with law but mostly money court cases are all about damages awarded!

I look forward to your company!

The post Arts Wednesday 18 April 2018 appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


Thoughts For The Week. Gun Control! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Well the Port Arthur Massacre certainly worked, & it is the belief of many, including some high ranking qualified people, that the massacre was orchestrated with government knowledge, & Martin Bryant has been falsely accused & imprisoned without any evidence of his guilt & without a coronal enquirie. The word is Bryant has been held in solitary confinement all this time to stop him talking to anyone. Certainly no news has been forthcoming from ex prisoners or the press!
For those that don't WANT to believe this, ask yourself this question: If the powers that be want the rest of our guns, when & where will the next shooting be?

Thoughts For the Week.
Another Symptom.
This week we had another pin prick that shows the contempt that the tyranny has for the 2 million plus law abiding licenced firearm owners in Australia. Page 132 ACIC Annual Report


The agony of Prince Chuck, and an energetic hope for the future ... "IndyWatch Feed"

The reptile agony over Prince Chuck continues apace, and in the absence of Flinty, the pond feels obliged to track the fear and loathing that haunts the lizard monarchists ...

Indeed, indeed, those damned repuglians are the bane of the reptiles' and Flinty's lives, when it should all be peace and harmony and Boris ...

(and there's more Rowson here )

But there's trouble on other fronts, with the devious, cunning republican push using Prince Chuck's charms as a way of advancing their fiendish agenda ...

There was something Freudian about the photo that the reptiles used to illustrate the piece, with Prince Churck waving goodbye, and then dreadful data led which suggested Prince Chuck might have all the popularity of measles in certain areas down u...


How the US Occupied the 30 percent of Syria Containing Most of its Oil, Water and Gas "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Whitney Webb  (MPN News 16 April 2018) provides an insight into reasons why the United states wants to continue a presence in Syria, and this is not about humanitarianism. According to the author, the motives are securing economic interests for American corporations, confronting the Russians, partitioning the country and aiming at Iran.

After the U.S. launched limited airstrikes on Friday against Syria, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced that the U.S. will maintain its illegal presence in Syria until U.S. goals in the area are fulfilled, opening the door for the U.S. occupation to continue indefinitely.

While the U.S. military presence in Syria has been ongoing since 2015 justified as a means of countering Daesh (ISIS) U.S. troops have since turned into an occupying force with their failure to pull out following Daeshs defeat in north-eastern Syria. Currently, the U.S. occupies nearly a third of Syrian territory around 30 percent including much of the area east of the Euphrates River, encompassing large swaths of the Deir Ezzor, Al-Hasakah and Raqqa regions.

Though the U.S. currently has between 2,000 to 4,000 troops stationed in Syria, it announced the training of a 30,000-person-strong border force composed of U.S.-allied Kurds and Arabs in the area, which would be used to prevent north-eastern Syria from coming under the control of Syrias legitimate government. Though it backtracked somewhat after backlash from Turkey, the U.S. has continued to train local forces in the area. Russian military sources have asserted that former members of Daesh who were allowed to leave cities attacked by the U.S. and their proxies, as was the case in battle for Raqqa are to be included among the forces ranks.

This, along with the U.S. governments insistence on maintaining the occupation until Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is removed from power, shows that the U.S. government has no intention of permitting the reunification of Syria and will continue to occupy the region over the long term.



Titans threat to abandon Cbus confirms governments have wasted money on super stadiums "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Based on the Courier-Mail report of a threat from the Gold Coast Titans to abandon the Cbus Super Stadium, over allegedly high charges imposed by Stadiums Queensland, the huge investments successive state governments have made in super stadiums (e.g. Suncorp, Cbus and now Townsville) may have been unnecessary. Hundreds of millions of dollars that would have been better spent on health or education priorities have been misdirected. The clubs can actually make do with smaller venues. The Courier-Mail reports:

The Courier-Mail has learnt that in a tense round of high-level negotiations, the Titans issued the explosive threat to sell home games to other venues both within Queensland and interstate, leaving Cbus Super Stadium as a $160 million white elephantTitans officials got a taste of life away from the yoke of Stadiums Queensland when they went on the road to Toowoomba and Gladstone recently and were thrilled with the operational ease and commercial success of hosting those matches.

So the clubs dont need the super stadiums after all! That would save the state government over $50 million in grants each year (see my Stadiums Qld post from yesterday). However, I expect the Queensland Government will find a more footy-friendly Stadiums Queensland board and it will reach a new deal with footy clubs so the government doesnt suffer the political embarrassment of a $160 million white elephant. That, of course, would be a demonstration of the sunk cost fallacy. The government is losing money via Stadiums Queensland every year and it would be doing taxpayers a favour if it closed down the most uneconomic of its stadiums and sold them to the private sector to redevelop.

Incidentally, I had several excellent comments on my Stadiums Queensland post yesterday. Regular reader Brad suggests the governing bodies (e.g. NRL, AFL) could make a greater contribution:

One area of concern here is that the stadiums should be charging the national leagues much more money to recover costs. Each of the different leagues typically collect approximately 80% of their revenue from TV rights but those funds are not distributed to the clubs. Therefore, the leagues are getting rich while the government pays for the stadiums as the clubs have no money. The state government funding of stadiums enables the leagues to keep their money rather than them paying full cost recovery for the use of the stadiums.

Regular reader Jim noted it was a timely post:



Big-name chefs back seafood entrepreneur "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This is an immensely complex case. In the interests of transparency it is presented here, as Mark Eather says: Finally my side to the story ... I love this industry, and this glorious state of Tasmania, and it deserves better. I have lost count of the amount of people who have approached me with stories of similar bullying in fact, I dont know a female in this state that hasnt at some time been bullied in the workplace, and numerous men, also. This state is so small, and the greater percentage of employment is either directly within the Government sector, or in an associated industry where the Government is the most significant client. A Federal ICAC needs to start right here in Tasmania many, many people are well aware of what goes on here, but fear speaking out as the retribution will be contrived and often career threatening. Please ask yourself How on earth does one Traffic Lobster that has been legally caught, legally attained, and legally purchased and further, every one of those Trafficking transactions being properly documented and ethically invoiced ?


On writing, PNG literature and the voice of the diaspora "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I recently caught up with Rashmii Bell over lunch in Brisbane, and asked about her background and experiences as an author. Listen to the podcast, read the transcript, or for highlights of what we discussed, read on.

I began by asking Rashmii to tell me about her background, and what she is currently involved in.

Rashmii hails from Sio, Morobe Province in PNG, having being born and lived in Lae, as well as Port Moresby and (presently) Brisbane. She was educated in Australia, and has lived between there and PNG since 1990. She studied at Griffith University, obtaining a degree in psychology and criminology. She has more than ten years of experience working in case management within adult and youth corrections services.

And now?

Im a little past nine years while Ive been at home. Ive just been raising children. But, Ive always enjoyed reading. I read everything, read every day. And writing, I have been writing for myself, but I only just started having my work published in the past three years

I went on to ask what Rashmii considered to be the most significant milestones in her journey as an author. Her first, and possibly most significant milestone, was seeing her work published on the PNG Attitude blog, edited by Keith Jackson. More recently, her role as editor of My Walk to Equality has provided new opportunities:

appearing at the writers festivals, the Sunshine Coast festival this year, and then Brisbane Writers Festival, both in 2016 and 2017, which has really, I think, for the majority of the emerging contemporary PNG writers, thats a huge thing for us to know that Papua New Guinean literature is being mentioned at these international events.

In a similar vein, I asked Rashmii what she thought were the things that had the most influence on her voice as an author. She explained to me that she focuses on long form writing, with her pieces best classified as opinion and commentary. This is not a genre favoured by many Papua New Guineans and, among those that do, there are very few women, so I think that in itself helps elevate my voice because I am the minority in amongst the commentators out there, among the PNG men.

In addition, the subjects she writes on social justic...


Reviewed! A Tasmanian Requiem ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It has been frustratingly obvious that the economic woes of this extraordinarily rich island are rooted in the denied shame and guilt that lie at the foundations of a society built upon the blood of the original inhabitants. This artist collective has successfully created a ceremonial event that has the potential to assist in bringing peace to this land and amongst the cultures dwelling here. I felt for the first time that it might be possible for this unique island to flourish once again. Repetition is key to the telling of stories to heal ancient wounds, so one can only hope that this work becomes integral to Tasmanian culture and is performed regularly


Resources for the world, not war "IndyWatch Feed"

This morning, warmongers awoke to some great news: Raytheon stock shares surged to an all-time high following Friday nights tomahawk missile strikes on Syria.

This shouldnt come as a shock. As the U.S. leads the world in military spending - $727 billion or 67% of our federal budget - with rich countries like Australia, France, the UK, Germany, and Spain following suit, the world has opted-in to $1.68 trillion to be spent on war annually. Many governments are planning increases in military budgets together with cuts in health, education and development cooperation this year. And despite international efforts towards a nuclear treaty ban, the Great Powers are continuing their research and development of nuclear weapons, and coupled with hasty threats of nuclear war, we are seeing the ever-increasing likelihood of global catastrophe.

And whats worse? Our tax dollars pay for militarism. That's why, in partnership with  NWTRCC, we produce the Where Your Income Tax Money Really Goes flyer, a political education resource we use to break down the bloated military budget. It's part of our commitment to antimilitarism and the Global Campaign on Military Spending (GDAMS), an international campaign of peace and justice organizations committed to demilitarization and disarmament across the world. 

This year, GDAMS has a rather small ask: a reduction in global military spending by just 10%.



New Minister = Peacemaker? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It makes no sense to promote the further growth of industrial scale fish farming, if and until the Wild Fishery and the families who depend upon it, is properly understood and protected from the detrimental effects of inshore salmon farming. Surely none of us want that?


Factom and its FCT coin: A starters guide "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this era of data manipulation and concerns over the accuracy of information, a flawless verification mechanism is invaluable and this is where Factom comes in. What is Factom? Factom is a platform built on top of blockchain networks such as []

The post Factom and its FCT coin: A starters guide appeared first on The Global Mail.


Yet another Ralph Blewitt conveyance file - the 4th - emerges from Slater and Gordon "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 14 August 1995 - the same day Nick Styant Browne interviewed GILLARD, her last day working as a lawyer for the firm - this search was made of the firm's LOCUS file management system. It shows 3 files related to Ralph Blewitt's property purchase. When BLEWITT's lawyers requested his...


Australia: Sleeping man feels sharp pain in his neck, wakes to see knife-wielding Muslima screaming Allahu akbar "IndyWatch Feed National"

When you meet the unbelievers, strike the necks (Quran 47:4) Not that this has anything to do with An update on this story. Father recounts the terrifying moment a burqa-clad Bangladeshi student staying at his house and inspired by ISIS screamed Allahu Akbar as she stabbed him in the neck while he slept and his []


Health preparations "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

H, I was planning to take a visit to Townsville to surprise my aunty and uncle out there, but I've never been to Australia before, are there any diseases mosquitoes carry I'd need to get shots for?

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Collaboration with Dr Greg "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

After the Crossing Streams exhibition last year, I asked Dr Greg Pritchard if he'd be interested in collaborating on a Renga

Renga predates haiku as a form of verse and uses a similar format with the addition of two seven-syllable lines forming a response.

For a while I'd been stumped trying to decide which of my haiku to offer to Greg.

In the lead-up to the recent poetry reading in Narrandera, I decided to share one I'd written for that event while camping by the Goulburn River:
Ripples reflecting
streaming autumnal light
each moment passing

On the mountain, clouds come in
it is like a ship at sea


"IndyWatch Feed National"

There is no denying that in the past couple of years bitcoin, and the cryptocurrency market in general, has attained critical mass. Consequently, communities dedicated to digital currency-related discussion on social media multiplied several times, as is the case with []


Colossal Curates Inflatable: Expanding Works of Art at San Franciscos Exploratorium Museum "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Fantastic Planet by Amanda Parer. Photo by Parer Studio

Colossal is thrilled to announce the summer show, Inflatable: Expanding Works of Art at San Franciscos Exploratorium, a museum dedicated to science, art and human perception. Led by our founder and editor-in-chief Christopher Jobson, Colossal has worked closely with the Exploratorium team to curate the museums summer 2018 exhibition. Inflatable brings together artists from around the world who work in the mediums of textiles, technology, and air.

Jason Hackenwerth (previously), renowned for his massive balloon sculptures that often simulate the universal biology of living things, will be building an inflated sculpture comprised of thousands of hand-tied balloons. Cauldron Veil will be built in front of the public at the Exploratorium in the days before the exhibition opening, and hoisted up to the ceiling where it will be suspended over visitors.

Tasmania-based artist Amanda Parer (previously) examines the relationships between humans and our natural surroundings in her large-scale white inflatable sculptures. Parers series, Fantastic Planet, includes two enormous humanoid figures that will be hard to miss as they tower over gallery walls.

Jimmy Kuehlne taps into interactivity, wonder, and humor in his diverse range of artworks. For Inflatable, hell be building a forest of gl...



There are so many occasions when Shirley Clamp SHOULD have been Swedens entry for the Eurovision Song Contest. Of all the times shes entered, this is probably my favourite. Min krlek (Aha) Ska brinna (Aha) S klar som en stjrna i natten Min krlek (Aha) Ska finna (Aha) Sin vg i det djupaste vatten Min krlek till dig (Min krlek,


LinkedIn deceptive conduct for data harversting using Dark Patterns "IndyWatch Feed National"

LinkedIn is another corporation that should be in the courts if not at least in Australia, but also other jurisdictions, e.g. the U.S and E.U.

The way LinkedIn is doing this is by deliberately hiding text when a user sets up an account with LinkedIn, something that the industry calls Dark Patterns.

Let's see how long the Australian authorities will take to catch on.

It took 2 years for the Australian authorities to act on a post we posted regarding Domain name fraud.

It seem there's not much interest in protecting the Australian consumers (or rather data providers), as it's better cheaper for corporations, that the slaves compile and later provide their data to corporations for 'free'.

We do not recommend using LinkedIn.

See detailed document outlining LinkedIn's deceptive conduct;


More reports showing that 'trickle up' economics is at work in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Here is just a little of what Liberal & National party members - and their governments - refuse to understand as they support a far-right economic platform which is built on a reduction in corporate tax rates, high business profits and large management salaries in conjunction with employee wage supression, erosion of workers' rights, an increase in employment insecurity based on casual, part-time and/or employees as sham contractors and, further restrictions on eligibility for a number of basic welfare payments.

Last year, as the government prepared another round of welfare crackdowns, Minister Michaelia Cash said she expects that those who can work should work and our welfare system should be there as a genuine safety net, not as something that people can choose to fund their lifestyle.

The subtext was clear those who need help are a drain on the rest of us.
This rhetoric is familiar, but it is wrong. It is the wealthiest Australians who enjoy the most support.

Research commissioned by Anglicare Australia shows that each year, a staggering $68 billion is spent keeping the wealthiest households wealthy. That...

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