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Wednesday, 18 July

01:46

New species of venomous snake discovered by accident in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A team of biologists researching sea snakes in the mining town of Weipa in Australias remote Cape York Peninsula have accidentally discovered a venomous snake thats new to science. The black-and-white snake, now named Vermicella parscauda or the Cape York bandy-bandy, belongs to a group of snakes called bandy-bandies that live in burrows and feed on a specialized diet of blind snakes. So far, scientists know of only five species of bandy bandies, all found in Australia. The hoop snake (Vermicella annulata) is the most commonly encountered bandy-bandy, the researchers report in a study published in Zootaxa. Since bandy-bandies are burrowing snakes, the sight of a small one on a concrete block by the sea surprised Bryan Fry, an associate professor at the University of Queensland, and his colleague Freek Vonk from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands. We later discovered that the snake had slithered over from a pile of bauxite rubble [that was] waiting to be loaded onto a ship, Fry said in a statement. Bryan Fry, an associate professor at the University of Queensland, searching for snakes near Weipa, Queensland. Image courtesy of Bryan Fry. Frys team found another snake of the same kind near Weipa, and spotted another dead individual that had been run over by a car near the bauxite mine. They found two more specimens of the snake in museum collections, resulting in five specimens from the same small area. On examination by my student, Chantelle Derez, the bandy-bandy turned out to be a new species, visually

00:15

NSW Northern Rivers koala deaths continue at an alarming rate in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



Echo NetDaily, 12 July 2018:


Friends of the Koala reports that despite its campaign to prevent koala extinction on the North Coast, 12 sick, injured and dead koalas were brought to i...

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Tuesday, 17 July

20:16

Bill Browder: British investor singled out by Putin at Trump summit says Russian leader rattled "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Bill Browder has described himself as Putins No 1 enemy. Now the Russian president had added weight to that claim by singling out the British investor at his controversial summit with Donald Trump on Monday.

The UK-based financier appeared to be part of what the US president called an incredible offer by Vladimir Putin to assist American investigators in their prosecution of 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking crimes during the 2016 presidential election season.

He offered to have the people working on the case come and work with their investigators with respect to the 12 people, Mr Trump told reporters during a news conference in Helsinki following his joint summit with

Read the rest (Paywall):

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/07/17/bill-browder-british-investor-singled-putin-trump-summit-says/

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The man who helped blow the whistle on rampant corruption in Moscow and has been described as Vladimir Putins number one enemy has blasted Donald Trumps meeting with the Russian President, saying Mr Putin should be severely contained, not engaged.

Bill Browder who is the CEO of Hermitage Capital Management once ran Russias most successful investment fund, but in 2005 he was declared an enemy of the state for his part in exposing massive corruption to the tune of more than $300 million.

Now Mr Browder who is a lobbyist for the Magnitsky Act, a law that punishes Russian human rights violators  has found himself at the centre of negotiations between Mr Trump and Vladimir Putin...

19:07

Theyre Disappointed Because President Trump Did Not Shirtfront President Putin "IndyWatch Feed National"

(Photo The Economist)

by Dee McLachlan

Presidents Putin and Trump met for about two hours in Helsinki, Finland. It was a cordial and cooperative meeting. But the MSM and their followers wanted Trump to draw blood. With the World Cup over, they wanted a Shirtfronting as Tony Abbott had promised, but failed to deliver, back in 2014.

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17:47

MACKAY Man allegedly caught with explosives in Beaconsfield "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY July 17, 2018 at 09:48AM ,

Man allegedly caught with explosives in Beaconsfield

July 17, 2018 at 09:48AM ,

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17:47

MACKAY Man pulls knife on patrons at Mackay pub "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY July 17, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

Man pulls knife on patrons at Mackay pub

July 17, 2018 at 07:22AM ,

He plead guilty in Mackay Magistrates Court to charges of being drunk and disorderly, failing to leave licensed premises and possessing a knife in a

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MACKAY Car intercept leads to charges for possession of explosives, Beaconsfield "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY July 17, 2018 at 09:26AM ,

Car intercept leads to charges for possession of explosives, Beaconsfield

July 17, 2018 at 09:26AM ,

The fireworks were seized by police and the 24-year-old was issued with a notice to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on August 7, to have the

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MACKAY Drug enforcement Bowen "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY July 17, 2018 at 12:15AM ,

Drug enforcement Bowen

July 17, 2018 at 12:15AM ,

Both will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on August 8. The focus on drug related crime will not change. Enforcement action could be

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17:47

MACKAY Man found on CBD roof looking for money "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY July 16, 2018 at 08:07AM ,

Man found on CBD roof looking for money

July 16, 2018 at 08:07AM ,

AN ALLEGED trespasser found on the roof of a Mackay CBD business claimed he was up there looking for money. In a bizarre incident on Saturday

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17:01

Multiple opportunities at TEQSA "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Government Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency

14:59

When is a record not a record? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Its been  cold here in Brisbane for the last few days, at least by our subtropical standards, with overnight minimums of 6 degrees in the city, and negative temperatures in  towns like Stanthorpe in the nearby Granite Belt. That occasioned lots of news coverage, with the observation that this was the coldest temperature weve had since 2014 and one of the coldest since 2000. The same was true for much of Eastern Australia. Melbourne had its coldest morning in several years, and  a couple of towns in NSW had the lowest minimum for several decades.

All of these are records in the trivial sense that we record the temperature every day, but none of them are records in the commonly used sense of lowest (or highest) value in the relevant record. That didnt stop the usual denialist suspects claiming a RECORD (all caps in original) and evidence of global cooling. The Daily Mail  claimed Australias east coast shivers through its coldest EVER morning even though the sub-headlines made it clear this wasnt true.

Whats striking here is that the same people who are willing to claim that the Bureau of Meteorology is part of a world-wide warmist conspiracy to doctor climate records are eagerly credulous about any piece of data that suits their case. Next time we get record heat, the conspiracy theories will be wheeled out again, but for now the Bureau is an unquestionable source of scientific evidence.

To take this news a little more seriously, its important to remember that there are vast numbers of records that can potentially be broken on any given day highest and lowest maxima and minima, for a given month, in any location where weather is recorded. That means we need either to confine attention to a limited number of records most obviously mean global temperatures or look at statistical measures, such as the relative frequency of new records for cold and heat. Both of these measures give the answer that is by now obvious* from experience: the climate globally and Australia is getting warmer.

 

 

14:53

Do you need a free winter jacket? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Shanti Town in Mullumbimby are giving away jackets for anyone who needs a little winter warmth. Photo Aslan Shand.

Winter is in full swing and Shanti Town, a local business in Mullumbimby, have put a clothes rack outside the shop with jumpers and jackets on it for people to take for free. Shanti Town owner Leora Sibony put the rack out a few weeks ago so that anyone who couldnt afford a jumper to keep warm could get one for free.

Initially there were only a few jackets, and mostly people were taking them but now more people are bringing jackets in to put on the rack, said Kirsten Burke who works at the shop.

Its not just for people who cant afford a jacket. One day a lady asked how much they were as she had forgotten her jacket. I told her they were free and she asked if she could borrow one while she was in town and bring it back later. I said that was fine.

So if you have a few jumpers or jackets that you no longer need pop them onto one of the spare coat hangers outside Shanti Town for someone who does.

The post Do you need a free winter jacket? appeared first on Echonetdaily.

14:38

That classic 1957 Mt Stromlo observatory sighting - explained? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Astronomers and UAP

Those who haven't bothered to conduct any research, often state that astronomers never report seeing UAP. One of the sightings which is used to counter such arguments is from November 1957; by astronomers at the Mt Stromlo observatory, near Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

UAP periodicals as sources for the account

The APRO Bulletin, January 1958, page 3 carried the following:

'Canberra, Australia, 9 November. Four astronomers of the Commonwealth Observatory, Mount Stromlo, observed a bright pink object in the sky at about 3am. The object was observed for about 8 minutes as it moved across the western horizon, then disappeared. No aircraft in the sky at the time. Astronomers could not identity the object. Sputniks, meteors and the like were ruled out as possible explanations by the astronomers themselves.'



My comments:

1. The Bulletin cites no source for their information, and places the date of the sighting as 9 November, presumably 1957.
2. The time of observation is stated to have been about 3am. 

Flying Saucer Review, January/February 1958, page 3:

'Astronomers see pink UFO

The London Times , of November 7 reported that...hundreds of people at Bathurst, near Sydney, Australia...saw a metallic object over the town...on the previous day...However, on the same day, four astronomers at the Commonwealth Observatory, at Mt Stromlo, near Canberra, Australia on "sputnik watch" reported a strange object mo...

14:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00011 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.90 AUD
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13:57

No Room At The Australian Inn For Gileads Handmaids "IndyWatch Feed National"

The promise of sanctuary offered to Gileads refugees on arrival across the border is a sad fiction for real women fleeing persecution in todays world, writes Katie Robertson.

This season of The Handmaids Tale has made for brutally compelling viewing. Edge of your seat, white knuckled, gut-wrenching viewing.

The attempts by the lead characters to flee Gilead throughout the series have been some of the most agonising and suspenseful plot lines to endure. Each time we thought a pregnant June might just make it weve been left shaken and deflated (not least when she divided viewers by refusing to get into the escape vehicle in last weeks season finale).

We share Emilys elated disbelief as she realises shes going to get out. We held our breath last season as Moira made the final sprint over the Canadian border and slumped down with exhausted relief in the snow.

These women endure unspeakable horror, violence and repression Under His Eye. But if theres one glimmer of hope that exists throughout the monotonous brutality of The Handmaids Tale, it is the characters ever-present assumption that sanctuary can be found in a fictionalised neighbouring Canada, if only they can make it across the border.

But what if this assumption was wrong? What if the Handmaids were prevented from crossing the border, not by the Guardians of Gilead but by the Canadian Border Force, mandated to push them back from where they came? Or if they did manage to make it across they were immediately imprisoned on their arrival, separated from their children or forcibly removed and indefinitely detained on a small desolate island in the middle of the ocean?

Asylum seekers on Nauru protest their indefinite incarceration.

Theres no doubting this adaption of Margaret Atwoods 1985 novel has resonated with huge audiences, particularly women, who have been both captured and horrified by the eerie dystopian world it so masterfully depicts. The show grips us so tightly because although Gilead seems alien at first glance, the gradual changes that we see evolving in pre-Gilead America are frighteningly recognisable....

13:56

Statistical Officers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Bureau of Statistics

13:26

Reshaping Justice in Bourke "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project was featured as the cover story of the Law Society of NSW Journal, June 2018 issue. Jane Southward writes that there are clear signs that justice reinvestment is an approach that is working for the Bourke community. Southward writes about the Daily Check-Ins at Maranguka Community Hub, where police report any incidents or concerns from the past 24 hours, allowing an early intervention to connect members of the community with service providers.

Southward talks about the first community report card, highlighting that youth crime and domestic violence reoffending have dropped. District Area Commander Greg Moore said, people tell us that the feeling of the town when they walk around has changed. Not only is there less crime, but they feel a sense of pride and cohesion within the community.

Other key points include that 114 people in 2017 obtained their drivers licence with assistance from Maranguka Hub and Birrang Enterprises, and Bourke High School has partnered with Maranguka to run an Our Place Program, which led to increased attendance and reduced suspensions.

The article also refers to an announcement by Attorney-General Mark Speakman of a grant of almost $250,000 for Just Reinvest NSW to share the success of the Maranguka Project in communities across NSW.

Read the full article here: Reshaping Justice in Bourke

The post Reshaping Justice in Bourke appeared first on Just Reinvest NSW Inc.

13:19

Bishop's DFAT fails FOI re her "numerous representations" to North Korea on our MIA servicemen. "IndyWatch Feed National"

DFAT was due to respond to me by cob yesterday, 16 July. There's been nothing. Just crickets and tumbleweeds. Here's their 19 June 2018 email acknowledging my application and setting out the timeline for their response. Some of my articles on this matter are in the links at the tail...

13:16

Senior Project Officer, Data "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Government Cancer Australia

13:14

Sexual Harassment In Hospitality: How Bad Is It? And How To Stop It! "IndyWatch Feed National"

You wont believe the rates of sexual harassment of hospitality workers in Australia. Cassandra Taylor breaks it down.

The pay packets of Australias hospitality workers took a hit last fortnight as a further drop in penalty rates came into effect on 1 July. For the second year in a row, these penalty rates will be reduced as a result of a controversial Fair Work Commission decision last year, which also impacted the pharmacy, fast food and retail industries. The practical impact of this change is that some of Australias most vulnerable workers will become more reliant on tips and, in turn, more likely at risk of workplace sexual harassment.

A recent survey by HospoVoice revealed that 89% of hospitality workers have been sexually harassed at work, and 19% have been sexually assaulted. For many who have worked in hospitality, including myself, it may even come as a shock that 11% were spared this humiliation.

Whilst at university, I worked in a shoe store, a caf, a restaurant, a bar, a bowling alley and a pub. I had my arse grabbed by my boss, received an unwelcome kiss from a customer and was subjected to more inappropriate comments than I can recall. I smiled and laughed it off, never complained, and received great tips.

The culture at one venue I worked at, on and off, for six years was particularly sexually hostile. We were told to only keep CVs handed in by attractive girls, and throw all others in the bin. Every December, we had to wear tight red t-shirts with Merry Christmas written across the bust in green. There were usually only sizes small and extra small to choose from, and the extra small ones were always left to the unlucky last picks.

Working in the gaming room, our job was to flirt with creepy old pokie addicts, bring them free food and do whatever we could to keep them playing. We always got the best tips in the gaming room and, at the time, this seemed enough to justify the wandering hands we were subjected to.

Looking back, I sometimes wonder why I put up with it. I think part of me didnt think it was serious enough to make a big deal of it happened almost every shift, and I witnessed my workmates experience far worse. But part of me kept quiet because I knew that if I spoke up, I would lose my shifts to someone who didnt. Besides, I knew that grinning and bearing it resulted in better tips and, as a uni student, every dollar counted.

The normalisation of sexual harassment in the workplace for the many men and women who start out their working lives in the hospitality industry has flow on effects for all Australian workplaces. There is a real misunderstanding of the types of behaviour that amount to sexual harassment in Australian workplaces, and this acts as a barrier to reporting.

The most recent telephone survey conducted by...

12:56

WO1 John Franklin (manages Honours and Awards Chapter in Army Dress Manual) on Longman LNP candidate "IndyWatch Feed National"

I joined the Army with John in 1978 and have been in constant contact with him since - he's a great soldier, a patriot and not at all political. John has been tireless in outing imposters - the last thing he'd do is downplay the misuse of honours or awards.

12:47

Work commences on Ballina Airport expansion "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

L to R: Ballina mayor David Wright and Nationals parliamentary secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin launching the start of construction at the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport Terminal on Tuesday (July 17). Photo supplied

Ballina mayor David Wright and North Coast Nationals MP Ben Franklin were at Ballina Byron Gateway Airport this morning to kick off new works that will extend the departure area, with a new caf, bar and retail outlet as well as energy efficient design features.

The project, announced in last months state budget as part of the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund, is expected to cost around $6 million.

The NSW Government will spend $4.5 million while the council is putting up a co-contribution of $1.5 million

Size will triple

In 12 months it will be fantastic, Cr Wright told Echonetdaily.

Were tripling size of departure lounge extending out the front moving the undercover drop-off area and, in a separate project that council will fund, looking at covered car parking with solar panels.

Every year were spending a combination of federal, state and council money on what is now the third biggest airport in the state, he said.

Cr Wright added the upgrades were possible because major airlines are committed to being part of it for the long term.

Half a million passengers

Mr Franklin said the airport currently caters for up to 520,000 passengers each year, and this number is continuing to grow.

The airport is the key arrival and departure point for many tourists to our area, as well as an important air travel access point for our community.

We want to ensure passengers can pass through this airport with easy and comfort and can have a memorable start and end to their holiday.

These extra facilities are going to make our airport even better, and I look forward to contraction being complete in 2019, Mr Franklin said.

$6 million fed project

The terminal enhancements will complement the $6 million Airport Boulevard project, which attracted $3 million in federal funding last...

12:35

Mean mad white men: the allure of Jordan Peterson "IndyWatch Feed National"

Peterson is urbane and respectable, emblematic of what British writer Olivia Laing has called the endless malice of the polite right. Just crazy enough, in Jon Ronsons phrase, to ensure media interest, but sufficiently intellectual-sounding to attract an audience for whom a brazen bigot like Yiannopoulos would be on the nose.

12:26

FSG collapse leaves disabled clients without carers "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The collapse of the disability service provider FSG has led to clients being left without carers over the weekend and Monday. While the administrators, FTI Consulting, and CPL have been working out how to transition both staff and clients to CPL, frontline staff have been left confused about whether to show up for shifts and if they were going to be paid.

According to one staff member, who didnt want to be named, staff received a text on Thursday morning that informed them that if they werent going to accept the offer from CPL they shouldnt turn up to any future rostered shifts. In some cases this meant that staff had less than 48 hours to accept an employment offer.

A CPL spokesperson stated, Our understanding is that some staff did not show up but that didnt mean they were left without care.

Echonetdaily understands that there were clients left without care and in some instances staff who were not accepting CPLs offer nonetheless showed up, even thought they didnt know if they were going to be paid, to ensure clients werent left without care.

CPL and the administrators FTI Consulting have now confirmed with Echonetdaily that FSG will continue to pay staff until midnight on Tuesday 17 July with CPL taking over the payroll on Wednesday July18.

They have until midnight tonight (Tuesday July 17) to progress their employment with CPL, said a CPL spokesperson.

There has been quite a high number of people who have taken up employment with us. There will be further correspondence around pay and how they get paid.

Payments

A spokesperson for the administrators told Echonetdaily, Staff who have not had or have declined the offer from CPL will be paid out what they are owed in relation to wages.

However, all other entitlements such as long-service leave (that can also be claimed by casual employees) needs to be lodged with the administrators.

Outstanding entitlements will be paid in due course, continued the spokesperson for the administrators.

Staff will be required to lodge a claim. If the company (FSG) goes into liquidation then staff will be paid via the federal governments Fair Entitlements Guarantee.

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11:59

Sydney vacancy rate jumps "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydney vacancies rising

The latest building activity figures confirmed that the record number of apartments under construction in Sydney is now morphing into a surge in completions.

June is always a seasonally soft month for rental markets, but the latest release from SQM Research recorded a vacancy rate jumping all the way to 2.8 per cent for Sydney.

That's well up from 2 per cent a year earlier.

Vacancies were very high in the Hills District at 4.9 per cent.

But the inner suburbs have by no means been immune as apartments complete across the city. 


There's a certain seasonal aspect to this.

Indeed, Australia's capitals are becoming more seasonal than ever with net overseas migration peaking in the warmer months, and hundreds of thousands of international students coming and going in recent years - but there's also high level of new supply for the city to deal with.

Around the traps

Melbourne's vacancy rate was just 1.6 per cent in the month of June 2018.

However, Melbourne now has more dwellings under construction than at any time in its history, as well as a range of transport, infrastructure, and commercial projects. 

Nationally, the vacancy rate declined from a year earlier from 2.5...

11:49

Putin - $400M was unlawfully sent from Russia to fund Hillary Clinton campaign "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is Bill Browder. "Vladimir Putin is effectively a war criminal - this is a guy who should be contained, not engaged" - watch the full interview with 'Putin's number one enemy' @Billbrowder tonight on The World's special coverage of the Donald Trump/Vladimir Putin Summit. @bevvo14 #ABCTheWorld pic.twitter.com/7HoeMkS1y8 ABC...

11:39

Warren Mundine's complaint to ABC MD Michelle Guthrie over Paul Bongiorno "IndyWatch Feed National"

15 July 2018 Dear Ms Guthrie Im writing about the conduct of RN Breakfasts weekly commentator, Paul Bongiorno. Mr Bongiorno is a regular contributor to ABC Radio National on the RN Breakfast program and promoted by the ABC as key talent on ABCs website: www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/politics/9147810 On 8 July 2018, in...

11:33

Local councils escape fast-track townhouse code for now "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Medium-density housing developments on the North Coast, such as this one, will be fast tracked in 20 days once a new code comes into effect. Image NSW Dept of Planning & Environment

Three North Coast shires have avoided being required to implement a new state-based housing code that would require them to fast-track two-storey apartment and townhouse proposals in urban residential areas within 20 days.

Tweed, Byron and Ballina shires have been given a 12-month period of grace until July 1 next year.

For all other local government areas, including Lismore, the Low Rise Medium Density Housing (MDH) Code commenced on July 6 this year.

Under the new code, low rise medium density housing becomes a complying development where if it is already permitted under a councils local environmental plan (LEP).

The delay in implementation will give councils time to re-examine their LEPs and make changes if necessary.

For example, dual occupancy, manor house and multi-dwelling developments are currently permissible in the R2 Low Density Residential Zone in the Tweed Shire.

Tweed Mayor Katie Milne said this would have been a significant departure from the current levels of consultation and assessment for these more intense developments.

No chance for comment

I think anyone would be shocked to find a multi-dwelling apartment going up next to them without having a chance to comment or raise concerns about impacts on their amenity, Cr Milne said.

The deferral provides councils with 12 months to consider the application of the code in their residential areas and, if necessary, to pursue amendments to their LEPs to regulate or prohibit medium density housing in locations where they do not want to the Code to operate, she added.

The deferral of the MDH Code and the resulting effect that all medium density development in Tweed, Ballina and Byron shires still requires development consent from Council until such time as the MDH Code becomes operational in those local government areas.

For further information go to https://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Policy-and-Legislation/Housing/Medium-Density-Housing

 

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11:15

Julian Assange wins a legal victory but for now remains holed up in the Ecuadoran Embassy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

Julian Assange has won a significant new victory in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, based in Costa Rica. The Court handles cases relating to human rights relating to members of the Organisation of American States (OAS).

Assange benefits  from this. The Court determined that it is the duty of nations to allow the passage of successful asylum seekers from embassies to the mainland territory of the state.  That has granted the individual asylum.

It means that both Ecuador and Britain have a legal duty to allow Assange to leave the Embassy in London, without arrest, and be guarantee safe transit to Ecuador.

The decision is based on the American Convention on Human Rights and article XXVII of the American Declaration of Rights and Duties of Man. The Court concluded, that the right to seek and receive asylum and receive protection in a foreign country are human rights. Refugee status is defined under United Nations Instruments and corresponding national laws. The court rules that the conventions also apply to third states.

There is no guarantee that Britain will comply. Prior decisions made by international bodies over the Assange case have been ignored. the policy to arrest him and hand him over to the United States has remained, to be tried for treason remains. The fact that Assange is not an American Citizen has not made any difference. What might make some difference is that as government reeling form internal division, its mishandling of Brexit and immensely unpopular, does not need further international embarrassment. At the least, the case to pursue Assange has been weakened further.

But it might be important in regard to how Ecuador is going to react. When Julian Assange first entered the Embassy, the government of this country was sympathetic, allowed him refuge and gave him Ecuadoran citizenship. The current government is much less sympathetic, has a warmer relationship with the United states, and is being pressured by the United States, Britain and Spain to hand him over. A decision has been eminent.

The ruling by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights means that Ecuador is now pressured, to not hand over Assange. At the very least, the stalemate looks like continuing.

 

The post Julian Assange wins a legal victory but for now remains holed up in the Ecuadoran Embassy appeared first on The Pen.

10:51

Pay more attention to forests to avert global water crisis, researchers urge "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias Murray Darling basin covers more than a million square kilometers, 14 percent of the countrys landmass. Its the site of tens of thousands of wetlands, but increasing demand for water has stretched its resources to the limit. Many of the basins wetlands and floodplain forests are declining several former wetlands and forests have even been consumed by bushfires, which are becoming more frequent every year. Yet when Australian officials sought to introduce strict water allocation rules, they met with fierce resistance from farmers in the region who depend on irrigation for their livelihood. This is just one example of the ongoing conflicts over ecological water allocations featured in a new report released by the Global Forest Expert Panel (GFEP) on Forests and Water, an initiative led by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). More than seven-and-a-half billion humans currently occupy planet Earth together with an estimated three trillion trees, and both of these populations require water. According to the GFEP report, the growing human population and climate change are exacerbating a looming global water crisis that has already hit home in places like the Murray Darling basin but the crisis could potentially be averted if humans paid more attention to the links between forests and water. This international effort to highlight the interlinkages between forests, water, people and climate is very timely, given the pressures we now face on both human society and natural ecosystems, Caroline Sullivan, an environmental economist at Australias Southern Cross University

10:38

Have you seen Patricia? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Patricia Jung, missing from Fernleigh since Monday, July 16, 2018. Photo supplied

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a woman reported missing from Fernleigh, near Newrybar since Monday (July 16).

Patricia Jung, 65, was reported missing after she was last seen getting out of a car on Fernleigh Road, near Troughtons Lane, at about 11am.

Despite a search of the area, she has not been located.

Mrs Jung has been described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175cm tall, of a slim build, with blonde/grey hair tied in a ponytail, and with blue-green eyes.

She was last seen wearing a long-sleeved bright red shirt, track pants, zip-up short boots, and a green shoulder-length bag.

Anyone who sees Mrs Jung or has any information on her whereabouts are urged to come forward.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

 

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10:36

Kite Line: Anti-Detention Occupations from Australia to America, Part Two "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Kite Line: Anti-Detention Occupations from Australia to America, Part Two appeared first on It's Going Down.

Anti-prison radio and podcast show Kite Lines continues with coverage of ongoing occupations of deportation facilities.

Listen and Download HERE

Last week, Aren Aizura guided us through the history of colonialism in Australia, including racist measures to control non-white immigration, and later, in the 1980s, the implementation of mandatory detention for refugees. He focused on his experiences in an occupation outside the remote Woomera Detention Center, and the way that supporters on the outside grew in numbers, intensifying pressure on the authorities. Now, he walks us through the 2002 mass breakout of refugees there, all the way through the following standoff and its aftermath.

As we reflect on the inspiring actions at Woomera, we are also tracking the occupations underway across the US right now. Occupy ICE in Portland has been subjected to a brutal eviction, during which police shot occupiers with pepperballs at close range. Likewise, there was a mass arrest in San Francisco, following more than a week of occupation outside the ICE regional headquarters which halted all deportations in northern California. Occupations continue in Los Angeles, Tacoma, and Louisville, as well as many other cities.

10:29

Arts student helps to highlight science festival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Charly Crossing, winner of the 2018 Arts Vs Science Festival poster design competition. Photo supplied

Out of eighty colourful posters created by Southern Cross University design students, one eye-catching design has been chosen as the official poster for Augusts upcoming Arts Vs Science Festival.

The festival brings together artists and scientists, and everyone in between, from some of the Northern Rivers leading education, research and action institutions for Lismores big National Science Week event in August.

Winning entrant Charly Crossing, who is in her first year of digital media and communications at Southern Cross, responded to the news enthusiastically.

Now I have had my poster chosen I will definitely have to attend the festival! Charly quipped.

Southern Cross University visual communication lecturer Dr Louise Kolff said students responded in so many different ways, producing wonderful posters for the Festival, while learning a lot about design principles along the way.

Three exhibitions across Lismore will feature these posters leading up to the Arts Vs Science Festivalon Saturday August 18 at The Quad.

Posters will be exhibited at Southern Cross University Lismore Campus Library from August 20, and in the Lismore Regional Library from July 30. Then shortlisted posters will be featured in an exhibition on the day of the Festival in the Lismore Regional Gallerys event space.

Cultivating the collaborations that form the core of The Quad and the Northern Rivers Science Hub, the...

10:09

Australian miners in firing line of PNG law shake-up "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The streets of Sydney are paved with Papua New Guineas gold

Jewel Topsfield | Sydney Morning Herald | 17 July 2018

Major Australian mining companies face the prospect of higher royalties, tough restrictions on fly-in fly-out workers and the potential nationalisation of assets under reforms under consideration by the cash-strapped Papua New Guinea government.

The proposed law changes have sparked warnings from the countrys peak mining body that they would pose significant deterrents to investment in future projects and threaten the existing operations of current mines.

Several Australian Securities Exchange listed companies including Newcrest, Highlands Pacific and St Barbara Limited operate mines in Papua New Guinea, which has significant resources including gas, gold, copper, cobalt and nickel.

09:59

Why were highway subcontractors left without pay for almost a year? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Some subcontractors working on the Pacific Highway upgrade have remained unpaid for almost a year following the collapse of contractor Oswald Bros. Photo RMS website

Labor candidate for Ballina, Asren Pugh, has welcomed reports that Pacific Highway subcontractors affected by the collapse Oswald Bros last year would finally be getting financial assistance from the NSW Government for work they did on the upgrade.

But he has lashed out at the amount of time it has taken the government to organise the payout.

These 23 local subcontractors were left over $7.2 million dollars out of pocket when Oswald Bros collapsed into administration. Some have already lost their homes, jobs and businesses, Mr Pugh said.

They were left unprotected after the NSW Government and the Nationals failed to fully implement the recommendations of the Collins inquiry.

NSW Nationals leader and deputy premier, John Barrilaro, met with the group yesterday, promising financial assistance.

Mr Barrilaro admitted to local media there had been delays but blamed them on legal complexitites.

The final report of the Independent Inquiry into Construction Industry Insolvency, chaired by Bruce Collins QC, was released in January 2013.

But Mr Pugh says the government has yet to commit to fully implementing recommendations that would have protected small businesses.

This announcement has been a long time coming and it should never have come to this. I am glad that these small businesses will be getting some financial assistance and I will be following up to make sure they are happy with the outcome. Mr Pugh said.

This stuff up by the Government has already cost many of these businesses too much, with some forced to sell machinery on the cheap, some forced to sell their homes and others put under extreme financial hardship. It has now cost the NSW taxpayer too.

Labor has stood by these subbies until they got paid, taking their plight up in the media, running a community petition and meeting with them in parliament. This is what effective oppositions do, they stand up for those that are dealing with an uncaring and incompetent government.

It is now time for the Nationals to make sure this never happens again. It is time to change the law to protect subbies like these, Mr Pugh said.

Speaking on...

09:06

Make the switch and ditch the plastic "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Are you ready to become a Plastic Free Champion?

It is time to Make the Switch. Byron Shire his leading the charge and is encouraging businesses to become plastic free with Plastic Free Byron leading the campaign to reduce single-use plastics in the Shire.

Currently, Plastic Free Byron are working within the food, markets and events sectors, to reduce six key items that are commonly found in the litter stream, said campaign co-ordinator Coral Latella.

Plastic water bottles, straws, coffee cups and lids, takeaway containers, foodware (cutlery, cups, plates) and plastic bags are all being targeted for removal.

All of these items have readily available reusable or compostable alternatives, our job is to work with businesses to show them what the alternatives are and how they can get them.

In collaboration with Plastic Free Byrons 31 Actions in 31 Days initiative for Plastic Free July, Make the Switch encourages individuals and businesses within the Byron community to take action against single use plastics and sign up to the program today.

Bayleaf caf in Byron has already become a Plastic Free Champion. Photo supplied.

Plastic Free Champion

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08:53

Miracle: dog saves joey instead of attacking it "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Atlas (right) with Isla, in the care of WIRES after being found in his dead mothers pouch by a dog. Photo Tricia Griffin

WIRES all too frequently receives calls about wallabies that have been attacked by dogs. Sadly, the outcome is almost always tragic. So in March this year when the WIRES Hotline was phoned about a joey that had been brought in by a dog, WIRES expected the worst.

Dubbed Atlas after the dog that found him, the little swamp wallaby was delivered by the caller to a Byron Bay vet, who called WIRES. He was flat and non-responsive, and neither the vet nor the WIRES carer expected Atlas to last the night.

But this little joey was a fighter and, after a week of intensive care, he started to turn the corner.

Once he was on the way to good health, his WIRES carer contacted the member of the public whose dog had brought the joey in to update them on progress and to find out what really happened. Only then did the miracle of the story become clear.

As it transpired, a dead wallaby had been seen some four or five days beforehand on the periphery of the callers property. Their dog, a Belgian Shepherd named Atlas, had been seen sniffing at the body days before, but it was assumed the wallaby was long dead and no one went to check.

Far from attacking the joey, Atlas the dog was curious about the small joey that was no doubt struggling and calling inside its mums pouch. In a remarkable show of compassion, Atlas finally took the joey out of his dead mothers pouch and carried it to his humans, laying him at their feet. In fact, Atlas the dog saved this little joeys life, as without him the joey would perished unfound in the pouch.

Atlas the joey is going from strength to strength and in a couple of months will be released back into the wild. He is pictured here (on the right) with Isla (on the left) who came into care about the same time.

Please always check the pouch of any dead wallaby or kangaroo you see on the side of the road, even if you are unsure if it has been dead for a while. You might just be saving a little life. Once you have checked the pouch, drag the body away out of sight so others dont need to re-check.

Of course, not all dogs are as wildlife friendly as Atlas. Please always keep dogs contained and never let them chase wi...

08:24

Fourth whale snaring prompts call to end Qld shark nets "IndyWatch Feed National"

Supplied photo of a ten meter humpback whale tangled in a shark net off Main Beach on the Gold Coast on Thursday, July 5, 2012. The Sea World rescue team, along with the DPI Boating and Fisheries Patrol, spent three hours cutting the sub adult female whale free from shark nets in rough seas. (AAP Image/Sea World)

A whale rescued from a shark net off the Gold Coast yesterday is the fourth humpback whale entangled in Queenslands shark nets this winter, prompting Humane Society International to call for their abolition.

Head of campaigns, Nicola Beynon, said the society was relieved to hear that the whale trapped on the Gold Coast has been freed, but extremely concerned by the distress it will have suffered.

Whale entanglements show the extreme folly of shark nets, because entangled whales can actually attract great white sharks to the area. Whale entanglements also pose a serious safety risk to the rescuers who work to free the animals, which defeats their purpose as a public safety measure, she said.

Commenting on the latest rescue, Sea Worlds curator of mammals and birds, Mitchell Leroy, said the rescue operations carried out by Sea World and the Department of Fisheries were incredibly dangerous.

The animal can panic and lash its tail out. They are massive heavy things and its very easy for them to destroy a boat and severely injure, if not kill people.

The society predicts more whales will be ensnared before the end of the migration season. After wintering in Queensland waters, the humpbacks are at even greater risk of shark net entanglement on their return journey when accompanied by their new-born calves and swimming closer to shore.

Last year there were eight humpback whales caught in Queensland shark nets, including a stillborn calf that was found after its mother was entangled in a net off Kurrawa Beach on the Gold Coast.

Ms Beynon said there are more effective ways to protect both marine and human life than lethal shark nets.

The Queensland government is stuck in the dark ages on this one, she added.

Whales are a star attraction for the Queensland tourism economy. The least the Queensland government could do is give them safe passage by removing these death traps, continued.

Humane...

08:19

Thoughts For The Week By Ron Owen of Owen Guns. "IndyWatch Feed National"


Thoughts For the Week By Ron Owen of Owen Guns.
This Newsletter is published by Owen Guns 24 McMahon Road, Gympie Ph: 07 5482 5070.

This week I became aware that our defence forces, from General Staff to infantry are now totally dependent on electrical power, mains to battery packs, yet without it, their rifle sights, Weapons systems, GPS, communication, information are non-existent. Without batteries our infantry will not know where they are themselves, or where the enemy is nor will they be able to be a fighting force. E-bombs (electromagnetic bomb) are not science fiction, small ones have been used since 2003, large ones are in other countries arsenals plus now they have the means to focus them to specific areas and different powers.
Modern Warfare, turn off the power and the people start...

08:03

Multiculturalism is a description of Australias reality and not a policy "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Contributed by Joe Montero

The usual suspects are now chorusing that multiculturalism has failed Australia. It is curious that every horse in the Murdoch stable has come out with this one at the same time.

Perhaps its something to do with backing one of News Corps favourite sons, Tony Abbott, and his campaign to cut immigration and population growth. Or its to do with getting other issues of the headlines. Australia is heading to a series of by-elections that might prove to be bit of a defining moment.

There is a sound argument for limiting the growth of Australias population. This is the driest continent on the planet and most of the land is not particularly fertile. This means that our water and food security are not limitless. And there is the matter of our collective impact on the environment.

These are worthy topics. They deserve comment elsewhere. The focus here is on multiculturalism. To come out and boldly state that the campaign against multiculturalism is stupid, is a good way to start. It is stupid, because it pretends that multiculturalism is some sort of policy that has been forced on Australia. It was never a policy, but a description of the reality of Australian society.

Multiculturalism is a term that came into common usage during the movement that emerged in the 1970s among Australian born, or whose parents were born overseas. It sought to overcome barriers to full participation in society. For many, English was a second language. It was hard to negotiate the prevailing social norms, deal with institutions and discrimination coming from some quarters. They fought for a range of services to help level the playing field and recognition of their contribution to Australia. They fought for a more inclusive Australia. Most of the population was no longer of British heritage. This is the time when the word multiculturalism came into common usage.

This does not mean that the Anglo-Celtic tradition should disappear. It is also part of who we are as a people and should be valued. But it exists within a context, and this too must be recognised.

In fact, Australia has been a society of mixed cultures since the First Fleet arrived and made contact with those who were already living here. The first settlement was built in a multicultural setting. Even among the Indigenous people there were a range of tribal and language groups, with their own cultures and traditions.

Diversity continued to expand. By the time of the Eureka rebellion, the mix had become far more complex. Irish, Italians, Chinese, Northern Europeans, and even a group of African American former slaves were there.

Sometimes it is a challenge to accept difference and change. But looking over the sweep of history, it is not hard to see...

07:10

Australia's worst drought in 116 years is decimating animals and livestock "IndyWatch Feed National"

A severe drought gripping much of rural Australia has become so intense that even native animals - fully adapted to the harsh environment - are starving to death. It has been the worst drought in 116 years for parts of New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Queensland, leaving paddocks bare and drying up dams. And it isn't just the sheep and cows struggling to survive in the record dry - the Australian fauna which is supposed to thrive in Australia's dry climate is being hit hard. 'This is the worst drought I have seen in 40 years. Droughts come and go but this one is severe,' the farmer said. Tamworth has had 93.4mm of rain so far this year, which is a quarter of the average.

06:11

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

The crypto market is back to green after months of registering reds, dipping from their all-time highs. In reality, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Ripple did register decent register gains over the weekend. NEO also inched higher despite not getting []

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03:41

Time for a new US Air Force One "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



Air Force One is a fleet of at least two highly customised Boeing 747-200 commercial jets which the US Air Force is currently replacing with 747-8s.


One of the websites illustrators lent a hand with visualizing a more American look.



These new aircraft are actually undelivered planes ordered by bankrupt Rusian airline, Transaero.

01:31

The problem of single-use plastic pollution "IndyWatch Feed National"

The problem of plastic pollution has come to the fore, thanks to the work of environmental groups who have highlighted the toll it is taking on the oceans and marine life. Much of the damage comes from the sheer volume of plastic items that are used just once and then thrown away. This website by a company called SLOActive that markets sustainable, eco-friendly swimwear has data on the harm that plastics are doing and what we can do to mitigate the damage. The numbers are staggering. About 1.15 to 2.41 million tons of plastic are said to annually enter the worlds oceans via rivers.

The problem of microplastics, the tiny plastic particles that are created near the end point of the plastic degradation process, is now coming to the fore. As the website says:

Scientific research surveys have revealed that microplastics are widespread throughout the worlds oceans, and are having a negative impact on marine life, as well as the health of humans who rely on seafood as a staple protein source. Polystyrene beads and plastic pellets are not easily digested so tend to accumulate in the digestive tract of marine animals who consume them. This can result in the animal feeling full, causing it to stop feeding, leading to emaciation and ultimately death from starvation, or it can cause an intestinal blockage that can also be fatal. When a predator feeds on a fish that has a gut full of undigested polystyrene or plastic, this is passed on to the predator who in most cases will also have problems digesting it.

In Australia , two major retailers have stopped issuing plastic bags and some states have banned them. An Australian senate committee has issued a report recommending that all single use plastics be banned by the year 2023. Some US states and cities are also taking steps towards the elimination of single-use plastics. In the US, Starbucks has made a big media splash by vowing to eliminate plastic straws from its stores by 2020.

The two targets currently in the news are disposable plastic bags and plastic straws. In the US, stores hand out these bags far too readily. If you buy even a single small item, the cashier will immediately slip it into a plastic bag and give it to you and I have to ask them to take it out again and just give me the item and keep the bag. If I know I will be buying....

00:47

Beyond NAIDOC 2018: Our responsibility to elevate and celebrate the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women "IndyWatch Feed National"

Aboriginal women are strong and resilient. They have wisdom and they have the answers, when will policy makers realise that #BecauseOfHerWeCan?

00:16

Liberals continue to behave badly - Part Four "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


A Liberal local government councillor and a Berejiklian Government Liberal MP discovered conducting what appears to be some decidedly unparliamentary business by the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption during Operation Dasha.

ABC News, 13 July 2018:

New South Wales Government MP Daryl Maguire has resigned from his role as a parliamentary secretary and will now sit on the crossbench after admitting before a corruption inquiry that he sought payment over a property deal.

Mr Maguire stepped aside from the parliamentary Liberal Party after the revelations at the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

The corruption watchdog is investigating claims of improper conduct by former Canterbury City councillors Michael Hawatt and Pierre Azzi and today heard a tapped phone call between Mr Hawatt and Mr Maguire.
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00:07

You cannot Change the Mind of those Who Believe in Global Warming because it is their Religion "IndyWatch Feed National"

COMMENT: Mr. Armstrong; there are just people who refuse to believe that global warming is wrong. When there are cold spells like that here in Australia, they argue there are equally a number of warm spots. They are leading us down the tubes. They will not yield and even consider that they are wrong and if so, what is the consequence of such a mistake.

PG

ANSWER: Yes, when something is against Global Warming that rebuts saying cold spots are not science. Some of these cold snaps have been very strange indeed. Yet when it is warm, suddenly it is science. It even got warm in Siberia. There are places that are normally a dessert that have suddenly burst with life. They refuse to consider the historical evidence that there have even been ice ages which implies that had to have also been warming periods way before the Industrial Age. They completely ignore the science of how ice ages are even created which takes place WHEN the ice at the North Pole melts and that allows water to evaporate and return as snow. They portray that when the ice melts, the oceans will rise and New York and Miami will be under water. They spin that as science which is just sophistry. In essence, they refuse to believe in the cyclical nature of everything. I suppose they al...

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23:44

Stefan Molyneux & Lauren Southerns hate-speech tour kicks off in Cairns (with a little help from the AFL) "IndyWatch Feed National"

Yeesh. The Australian Football League (AFL) has been combating allegations of racism for some time now. Recent headlines include : Racist slur on footy field still hurts former Freo Docker Scott Chisholm, Steve Butler, The West Australian, July 13, 2018 Continue reading

23:36

PERTH Woman left fighting for her life after a collision in Dianella has passed "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Woman left fighting for her life after a collision in Dianella has passed .

July 16, 2018 at 09:15AM .

A 24-year-old female passenger in the Hyundai also sustained serious injuries. The woman is next due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on

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23:36

PERTH Man further charged with historical child sexual offences, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Man further charged with historical child sexual offences, WA .

July 13, 2018 at 08:30PM .

He is next due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today, 13 July 2018. The investigation is ongoing and detectives urge anyone with any

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23:36

PERTH Teen charged over Ellenbrook triple murder "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Teen charged over Ellenbrook triple murder .

July 16, 2018 at 08:16AM .

A 19-year-old man has been charged with the murders of a mother and her two children in Ellenbrook. Police attended a home on The Broadway in

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23:18

Whistle blowing for the tax office for free? "IndyWatch Feed National"

So, let's get a few fundamentals out of the way;

1). To pay or receive payment from the ATO (Australian Tax Office) in a personal capacity is a voluntary transaction.

2). Documents suggest that the ATO is not a legal entity.

3). The people in government, screw whistleblowers over with zero protection.

Due to the incompetency of the ATO, or maybe not so legal foundation, the buffoons at the office now want the people to work for them for free, with alleged protection within something called 'national privacy laws'.


The privacy of the general population within the colony called Australia is a joke, at the expense of the people's privacy.

Information is fairly easily obtainable on a person, if one knows where to look or who to ask.

Did you comprehend what happened to whistle-blower Queensland police officer Rick Flori when he reported criminal activity?

Did you read the documents whistle-blower Edward Snowden released?

So, the ATO allows multi-billion dollar corporations to pay negligible tax, while at the same time harassing  hard working Australians, where now they want you to work for them for free.

In what mind altering psychotic state, would one have to be to agree to this lunacy?
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21:58

80 Amazing Uses of Tea Tree Oil "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Miracle of Tea Tree Oil: 80 Amazing Uses for Survival

May 21, 2013
By Gaye Levy

Essential oils have been used for healing and medicinal purposes for centuries and most certainly long before we had pills, capsules and big pharma to take care of our medical and first aid woes. And while there is a place for manufactured pharmaceuticals in our survival medicine kit, there exists the possibility that none will be available or that they will be in such scarce supply that they should be reserved for only the most dire of circumstances.

For that reason, many preppers and individuals seeking self-reliance are learning to use essential oils to manage the both routine and not-so-routine maladies that occur in daily life.



There are about a dozen or so essential oils that belong in every survival kit including Melaleuca (commonly known as tea tree), peppermint, lavender, clove, rosemary and lemon among others. All of these essential oils have healing properties but today I would like to focus on just one, tea tree oil.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF TEA TREE OIL

It is believed that the Aborigines of Australia have been using the leaves of the indigenous Melaleuca Tree (whose leaves are used to make tea tree oil) in their medications for centuries. They inhaled the oils from the crushed leaves to treat coughs and colds, sprinkled crushed leaves on their wounds and used an infusion of soaked leaves to treat sore throats or skin ailments.

Use of the oil itself, as opposed to the un-extracted plant material, did not become common practice until researcher Arthur Penfold published the first reports of its antimicrobial activity in a series of papers in the 1920s and 1930s. In evaluating the antimicrobial activity, he found that tea tree oil was 11 times more active than......

21:46

New snake species discovery in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vermicella parscauda. Derez, Arbuckle, Ruan, Xie, Huang, et al., 2018

From Zootaxa today:

A new species of bandy-bandy (Vermicella: Serpentes: Elapidae) from the Weipa region, Cape York, Australia

CHANTELLE M. DEREZ, KEVIN ARBUCKLE, ZHIQIANG RUAN, BING XIE, YU HUANG, LAUREN DIBBEN, QIONG SHI, FREEK J. VONK, BRYAN G. FRY

Abstract

Bandy-bandies (genus Vermicella) are small (50100cm) black and white burrowing elapids with a highly specialised diet of blindsnakes (Typhlopidae). There are currently 5 recognized species in the genus, all located in Australia, with Vermicella annulata the most encountered species with the largest distribution.

Morphological and mitochondrial analyses of specimens collected from the Weipa area, Cape York, Queensland reveal the existence of a new species, which we describe as Vermicella parscauda sp. nov.

Mitochondrial DNA analysis (16S and ND4) and external morphological characteristics indicate that the closest relatives of the new species are not V. annulata, which also occurs on Cape York, but rather species from Western Australia and the Northern Territory (V. intermedia and V. multifasciata) which, like V. parscauda, occupy monsoon habitats.

Internasal scales are present in V. parscauda sp. nov., similar to V. annulata, but V. intermedia and V. multifasciata do not have nasal scales. V. parscauda sp. nov. has 5594 black dorsal bands and mottled or black ventral scales terminating approximately 2/3rds of the body into formed black rings, suggesting that hyper-banding is a characteristic of the tropical monsoon snakes (V. intermedia, V. multifasciata and V. parscauda). The confined locality, potential habitat disruption due to mining activities, and scarcity of specimens indicates an urgent conservation concern for this specie...

21:45

BEST OF THE WEB: Assange RT interview: 'WikiLeaks did not receive Clinton emails from Russian govt' "IndyWatch Feed National"

In a John Pilger Special, to be exclusively broadcast by RT on Saturday courtesy of Dartmouth Films, whistleblower Julian Assange categorically denied that the troves of US Democratic Party and Clinton work and staff emails released this year have come from the Russian government. "The Clinton camp has been able to project a neo-McCarthyist hysteria that Russia is responsible for everything. Hillary Clinton has stated multiple times, falsely, that 17 US intelligence agencies had assessed that Russia was the source of our publications. That's false - we can say that the Russian government is not the source," Assange told the veteran Australian broadcaster as part of a 25-minute John Pilger Special, courtesy of Dartmouth Films. Assange, who spoke with Pilger at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been for four years, also accused the US presidential candidate of being a pawn of behind-the-scenes interests, and voiced doubts about her physical fitness to take charge of the White House. "Hillary Clinton is just one person. I actually feel quite sorry for Hillary Clinton as a person, because I see someone who is eaten alive by their ambitions, tormented literally to the point where they become sick - for example faint - as a result of going on, and going with their ambitions. But she represents a whole network of people, and a whole network of relationships with particular states."

21:11

Entrepreneurship, business, & building an empire "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A recent podcast interview I recorded in Sydney with the inspirational Angie Zimmerman, author of Addicted2Success

Listen on i-Tunes here

18:55

NOW NAIDOC WEEK IS OVER ITS TIME TO ACT "IndyWatch Feed National"

Now that NAIDOC Week is over Rachael Hocking lists some of the actions you can take until next NAIDOC.

18:38

This Train is Bound for Tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed National"

On a late-night train, there was a girl. I faintly recall a scarf, round cheeks and bangs long enough that they caught on her eyelashes. Her hands fluttered to the cadence of her voice. Her leg was warm against mine.

I dont remember her name.

One of the senior girls from Osaka Universitys karate club had approached me and a fellow exchange student after Friday practice, explaining in simple Japanese that she and her friends were going out for dinner, and would we like to join them? At two months, we were the freshest white belts. We fumbled through pre-practice greetings and stilted conversation in the changing rooms, slowly picking up on the rhythm of punches and kicks that marked warm-up period. The members had been patient, but distant it was the first time theyd reached out outside of practice, and we took the chance eagerly.

Dinner was filled with half-understood questions and clumsy replies, mutual curiosity mowing away at any lingering awkwardness. By the time the December cold chased us into the last train home, we were conquering the space around us in an easy sprawl.

The only light were flashes. Passing houses and glowing signboards left shadows of blurred people. The bright interior of the train struck my brain. It became a place where time was irrelevant and place arbitrary.

I sunk into the heated seats like falling into the haze of sleep. A shoulder breached the invisible bubble I wore around me as the awkward foreigner.

Tell me more about your experience in Osaka.

My first impression of her in our glancing interactions was that she was shy. Sometimes she would make eye contact and then abort the mission. It seemed inevitable then, that our dinner conversation opened tentatively and small.

What are you majoring in? she asked. She handed me a pair of chopsticks. I nodded politely.

Comparative Literature, I replied, thankful Id had this conversation many times. Her eyes widened in obvious question.

Im taking a class in modern Japanese literature.

Recognising the olive branch for what it was, she peppered me for more details, filling in with yes and no questions so I could answer easier.

Oh, is the class interesting? Yes. Is the text in Japanese?...

18:03

17:06

Poets, we want your writing about the internet! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Overland is seeking poetry submissions for a special online edition Tribulations of the digital frontier to be guest edited by long-time Overland volunteer, Mitchell Welch.

17:00

Santos Narrabri Gasfield CCC Meeting Agenda "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The attached Draft Agenda for the 34th Narrabri Gasfield Project Community Consultative Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday the 17th of July 2018 are provided below for the information of the community.

The state government have developed CCC guidelines which can be found here. Under Section 6 Communication with the broader community, the guidelines say;

Committee members are encouraged to discuss concerns and disseminate information about the project to the wider community, including stakeholder groups.

34th CCC Meeting Agenda 2018 July Meeting Agenda_Draft.pdf

16:39

Queensland set to decriminalise abortion "IndyWatch Feed National"

Queensland has the historic opportunity to bring its woefully outdated abortion laws into the 21st Century with the Queensland Premier today proposing welcome new laws to remove abortion from the criminal code.

Adrianne Walters, a Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, congratulated the Palaszczuk Government and said now was the time for all political parties to work together to ensure every person has the right to decide what happens to their bodies and lives.

The values of 1899 should not limit a womans right to access the healthcare they need in 2018. The Queensland Parliament is being handed a historic opportunity to finally bring the states abortion laws into line with contemporary medical standards, modern community values and common sense.

This is a once in a century opportunity that must be seized by the Queensland Parliament, said Ms Walters.

The Premiers announcement comes after the Queensland Law Reform Commission reviewed the states abortion laws and recommended removing abortion from Queenslands 1899 Criminal Code.

Polling in Queensland in 2017 showed that over 80 per cent of people support a woman having the right to decide to terminate her pregnancy in consultation with a medical professional. The draft laws would give women this right up to 22 weeks pregnancy. Thereafter, two doctors would need to agree that an abortion is appropriate in all the circumstances.

"The overwhelming majority of the Queensland community have said they want to see the laws change. The medical profession want to see the laws changed. Its time for the Queensland Parliament to listen and respect the right of every person to decide what is right for their body and life," said Ms Walters.

Queensland is one of four states in Australia that still criminalises abortion in a range of circumstances, despite overwhelming evidence that criminalising abortion is bad for womens health.

"Its absolutely shameful that in 2018, a woman and her doctor can still be imprisoned for seeking a safe medical procedure. Criminalising abortion just causes confusion and fear. It forces women to travel interstate or risk unsafe clandestine abortions. The law should support all people to make the best possible medical decision for their health," said Ms Walters.

The proposed new laws would also impose an obligation on doctors who conscientiously object to abortion to refer patients to doctors without such an objection, and create safe access zones to protect women from intimidation and abuse outside abortion clinics.

"No one should have to jump through hoops or run a gauntlet of abuse and harassment just to see a doctor that can help them. Queensland must ensure that all people can access non-judgmental health services privately a...

15:28

Time to Invite Russian Diplomats Back with an Apology "IndyWatch Feed National"

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On 4th of March 2018 former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were discovered on a park bench in Salisbury England in a distressed state. They were treated by passers-by, including a doctor, before being taken to Salisbury General Hospital.

The hospital initially treated the Skripals for a suspected drug overdose as the symptoms they exhibited were consistent with poisoning by fentanyl, a substance 10 times stronger than heroin, and with which the hospital had prior experience. The hospitals initial diagnosis was confirmed in an article that appeared in the Clinical Services Journal on 27 April 2018. After the journals online article was publicized on social media, references to fentanyl were changed to a substance.

It was not the first or last time that the official story about what happened to the Skripals was changed.

Three days after the Skripals were found, the British government issued a D Notice. The Notice, officially a request but in effect a demand, forbade mention of Mr Skripals friend Pablo Miller. Why publicity about Mr Miller was to be suppressed is one of the features of this case, and apart from the initial report in the UK newspaper the Daily Telegraph, which led to the D Notice, he has not been referred to again in the mainstream media.

On 12 March 2018 the British Prime Minister Theresa May made her first statement to the House of Commons in which she alleged that the Skripals had been poisoned with a nerve agent of a type developed by Russia, and that it was highly likely Russia was responsible.

The British government subsequently circulated a memorandum and power point presentation to 80 embassies setting out the argument that Russia was responsible for what happened to the Skripals, and seeking support for their intention to expel Russian diplomats as a punishment. The various allegations made in the PowerPoint presentation were at best contentious and some were demonstrably untrue. It is suffice for present purposes however to focus only on the claims of alleged Russian responsibility for the Skripal attacks.

A number of countries, including Australia, acceeded to the British demand and expelled diplomats. The statement made by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announcing that two Russian diplomats would be expelled made no attempt to establish the truth of the matter or...

15:18

(Video) Dr. Michael Salla -- Deep State Wants Antarctica Aliens to be your New God "IndyWatch Feed National"





Published on Jun 19, 2018

Who are the Deep State and are they really hiding ancient beings in Antarctica? Join Ben N Rob as we present our 3rd and final interview with Dr. Michael Salla at Contact in the Desert in Indian Wells, California, as we talk about the Deep State, who is Qanon and is he more than just a man behind a computer?

Dr. Michael Salla is an internationally recognized scholar in international politics, conflict resolution and US foreign policy, and is the author/editor of an additional four books. He has a Ph.D in Government from the University of Queensland, Australia, and an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He has conducted research and fieldwork in the ethnic conflicts in East Timor, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Sri Lanka, and organized peacemaking initiatives involving mid to high level participants from these conflicts.

14:30

All hat and no cattle "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Stock and flow

A quick shout-out to SQM Research and its excellent range of data series! 

As the Royal Commission approaches its interim report, fewer vendors are listing their homes and investment properties for sale in Sydney. 

The number of new listings for this time of year is now tracking at the lowest level since 2013. 

However, those properties already on the market are taking longer to sell.


And so total number of listings is at the highest level in Sydney since 2012 (while acknowledging that the population of Greater Sydney has swelled by about  million since that time, depending upon where you draw the boundaries). 

It's bittersweet to read these statistics as a property buyer. 

In the suburbs where we normally buy houses such as Bondi Junction I take a sideways glance at the online listings to find that there are - wait for it - a grand total of three houses to choose from (including a tiny 2-bedroom cottage, and a house on the modern day car park that is Bondi Road). 

Family-appropriate houses: one. 

If you look with a magnifying glass, you might just be able to make out an increase in the number of eastern suburbs houses listed for sale.

Maybe.

...

14:23

People power "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Bridging the gap

While there's been much talk of 'cuts' to the annual rate of immigration, the number of people heading to Australia appears to be as strong as ever, with record high temporary and bridging visas helping to, erm, bridge the gap.

Annual permanent and long term arrivals hit a record 803,030 over the year to May 2018, which is considerably higher than the 708,910 of only three years earlier. 


There was, furthermore, a record number of seasonally adjusted short-term resident returns in May.


Asian tourism and education boom

Meanwhile, short-term arrivals hit a record seasonally adjusted high of 728,600 in the month of May 2018.

Over the year short-term arrivals now exceed 9 million, also a record.

Sydney retains its position as by far the biggest drawcard for overseas visitors. 

Most short-term visitors intend to stay in New South Wales (3.42 million), Victoria (2.27 million), and Queensland (1.95 million). 

The ABS notes that caution should be applied to the place of intended stay for the months of April and May, with an unusually high number opting for Canberra (shome mishtake, shurely!), so any blips relating to the past month or two should be interpreted accordingly. 

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14:18

POC reading groups as an act of resistance "IndyWatch Feed National"

I feel more at home reading about the quintessential British experience than in books by writers of colour. Perhaps this is, in part, because of the continuing influence of the British Empire. I am Sri Lankan and, in Sri Lanka, the roots of colonialism run deep, so much so that those roots are still very visible in the education system.

14:08

Australia Hit With Coldest Spell in 26 Years "IndyWatch Feed National"

The winter Downunder has already been the coldest in 26 years. Temperatures plummeted on the East Coast at Marangaroo to a low of -11.1C. It is amazing that the amount of money on the table to justify global warming which is all about raising taxes for carbon emissions is placing us at a greater risk for it is distracting everyone from the real threat global cooling. Meanwhile, ski fans are rejoicing calling it an Epic Winter in New Zealand.

Meanwhile, between volcanoes erupting in the Pacific, extreme cold in the southern hemisphere, we also have Typhoon Prapiroon devastating Japan, which is more prepared for earthquakes than typhoons. Most people do not know in the West why they even called pilots during World War II a Kamikaze pilot. The word Kamikaze really means Divine Wind and it was the attempt by the Mongols who conquered China to invaded Japan TWICE when a typhoon destroyed their fleets. It was then said that Japan was protected by the Divine Wind and that is why the pilots were named Kamikaze. Right now, the typhoons are hitting Japan killing at what may be more than 200 people while forcing millions to evacuate. This has been the WORST disaster from a typhoon is 36 years.

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14:07

Up to a quarter of a million people oppose Trumps visit in London "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

The numbers that turned out to protest Donald Trumps visit to England on 13 July were well above all expectations. Up to 250,000 took part in the biggest turnout in memory.

Video form Woke Folks

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[WATCH] Giant anti-Trump protest happening in London now

LONDON, WE SALUTE YOU!!!

Posted by Woke Folks on Friday, July 13, 2018

 

The BBC does not put the numbers as high, but nevertheless admits the turnout is huge.

Video from BBC News

So does much of the4 American media

Video from TIME

 

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13:20

Don't forget Karel Dubsky's treatment at the hands of AOTY David Morrison "IndyWatch Feed National"

This man is disgraceful - how can a great country like Australia have a grub like Morrison as its person of the year? Please take a moment to watch this excellent report from Channel 7's Today Tonight program. The National Australia Day Council is responsible for the Australian of the...

13:18

ISDS in the Canada-EU FTA (CETA) still an obstacle "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFTINET has previously reported on decisions in 2017 and 2018 by the European Court of Justice which found that foreign investor rights to sue governments in international tribunals (ISDS) was incompatible with national sovereignty and EU law. This means the European Parliament cannot decided to ratify agreements containing ISDS, and that each national government has to vote on ratification of agreements if they contain ISDS. These decisions followed strong European public opposition to ISDS.

Since these decisions, fearing that national parliaments will oppose ISDS, the EU has decided not to include ISDS in its recently-begun negotiations with Australia and New Zealand.

The CETA between Canada and the EU was finalised in 2016, before the European Court decisions, and included ISDS, but had not been ratified. In order to attempt to prevent rejection of the whole agreement by national parliaments, the European Council took a decision to apply the non-ISDS parts of the agreement provisionally from September 21, 2017. Canada has also agreed to this arrangement. This means that tariff reductions and other chapters of the agreement have been applied from that date. However, all EU national parliaments must ratify the whole agreement, including ISDS, before CETA with can be formally concluded by the European Council.

According to the official EU website, as of 20 June 2018, only 10 of the 27 EU states had ratified CETA with ISDS, and the Italian government has recently announced that its majority in the Parliament will oppose ratification.

If any states fail to ratify, only the non-ISDS parts of the agreement will continue to apply on a provisional basis. This is yet another demonstration of the growing opposition to ISDS in trade agreements.

13:03

Project Blue Book; Roswell, UK government files and more "IndyWatch Feed National"

Introduction

From time to time, documentation turns up "out of the blue," which assists us with aspects of the subject. Although we may have known or suspected the existence of such documents, when they turn up in this manner, it is very much unexpected.  Three recent examples come to mind.

Project Blue Book documentation

In late 2013, UFO researcher Rob Mercer, who lives in Springfield, Ohio, came across an advert offering Project Blue Book documents. It turned out that a former USAF officer, assigned to Project Blue Book, named Lt Carmon Marano, had kept some material. Mercer eventually located Marano and then spoke to him. Ultimately, Mercer was able to obtain boxes of files; photographs; films and documents. Some of this was the original material, some copies. Mercer has now made scans of this material available.

Roswell

In July 2018, an announcement was made that the family of the late Major Jesse Marcel, of Roswell fame, had gathered together "...historical documents, military records, photos and a personal journal" of the former Intelligence Officer. This material is now being processed before being publicly revealed. Whether or not it will provide some corroboration of details already know is yet to be determined. However, without the family's efforts this new material would not have become available for UFO researchers.

UK government files

Over several years, the UK government has released thousands of pages of documents relating to the British government's investigation into UFOs in that country. However, though the efforts of US researcher, and Rendlesham Forest 1980 incident witness, John Burroughs, more was revealed.

In 2015, the Openminds website stated:

"Burroughs has submitted several Freedom of Information Act Requests in the UK and US. He has already been able to get the UK government to admit that they have more UFO files to release, even though they had previously claimed to have released all of the UFO files."

This ultimately led to the release of 15 such files in 2017. These 2017 files contained for example, information on the UFO interests of the Italian Department of Defence; a...

12:23

The War on Assange Is a War on Press Freedom "IndyWatch Feed National"

The failure on the part of establishment media to defend Julian Assange, who has been trapped in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London since 2012, has been denied communication with the outside world since March and appears to be facing imminent expulsion and arrest, is astonishing. The extradition of the publisherthe maniacal goal of the U.S. governmentwould set a legal precedent that would criminalize any journalistic oversight or investigation of the corporate state. It would turn leaks and whistleblowing into treason. It would shroud in total secrecy the actions of the ruling global elites. If Assange is extradited to the United States and sentenced, The New York Times, The Washington Post and every other media organization, no matter how tepid their coverage of the corporate state, would be subject to the same draconian censorship. Under the precedent set, Donald Trumps Supreme Court would enthusiastically uphold the arrest and imprisonment of any publisher, editor or reporter in the name of national security.

There are growing signs that the Ecuadorean government of Lenn Moreno is preparing to evict Assange and turn him over to British police. Moreno and his foreign minister, Jos Valencia, have confirmed they are in negotiations with the British government to resolve the fate of Assange. Moreno, who will visit Britain in a few weeks, calls Assange an inherited problem and a stone in the shoe and has referred to him as a hacker. It appears that under a Moreno government Assange is no longer welcome in Ecuador. His only hope now is safe passage to his native Australia or another country willing to give him asylum.

Ecuador has been looking for a solution to this problem, Valencia commented on television. The refuge is not forever, you cannot expect it to last for years without us reviewing this situation, including because this violates the rights of the refugee.

Morenos predecessor as president, Rafael Correa, who granted Assange asylum in the embassy and made him an Ecuadorean citizen last year, warned that Assanges days were numbered. He charged that Morenowho cut off Assanges communications the day after Moreno welcomed a delegation from the U.S. Southern Commandwould throw him out of the embassy at the first pressure from the United States.

Assange, who reportedly is in ill health, took asylum in the embassy to avoid extradition to Sweden to answer questions about sexual offense charges. He feared that once in Swedish custody for these charges, which he said were false, he would be extradited to the United States. The Swedish prosecutors offi...

12:23

Plastic-free July sees clean-up of Byron beaches "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Local volunteers helped clean 15 litres of plastic rubbish from Apex Park on July 9. Photo supplied

The month is barely half-way done and already there have been two major clean-ups of plastic residue on Byrons beaches.

The first event on July 9, hosted by North East Waste and local community group Positive Change for Marine Life featured a Pick it up and Bin it clean-up in busy Apex Park.

In less than an hour the volunteers collected around 15 litres of mostly small plastic based items including more than 160 cigarette butts!

People often dont realise cigarette butts are made of plastic.

North East Waste litter project coordinator Karen Rudkin said it was a very busy time at the popular foreshore park and the clean-up really gave maximum exposure to the litter issue. We engaged locals and visitors alike in taking responsibility for litter, whether their own or littered by others, to help reduce the negative impact it has on our precious coastal environment.

Its Plastic Free July so the perfect time to make the switch from those single use plastic items and help put a stop to the damage that land based litter is causing to our ocean both here at home and across the world Karen said.

On Saturday (July 14) Positive Change for Marine turned their attention to Torakina Park Brunswick Heads.

They were joined by local group Mullum Cares, who are running their own Plastic Free July campaign Bunting Love to encourage paper and fabric buntings as an alternative to balloons.

 

 

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11:50

Melbourne's Sudanese Ring-leader sticking it to Channel 7 over Sudanese gangs "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here's their logo: Apparently it's the Sudanese way to gang up when you want to have a go at someone. Here's the video - thanks to Seeker of Truth for the tip!

11:45

When Is the Market Wrong? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The surprising thing about financial crises is that they come as a surprise.

Both the stock market and the bond market are supposed to be forecasting mechanisms. They discount the future meaning they figure out how much something is worth by estimating its future returns.

If this is the basis of value in the markets, then how do crashes happen?

Why dont the markets see them coming?

Or, more precisely, how do markets get things wrong enough for crashes to happen?

Nassim Nicholas Taleb has several excellent answers. In his book Skin in the Game, he explains one way incentives can deliver a crash in a rational, predictable way:

Whenever there is a mismatch between a bonus period (yearly) and the statistical occurrence of a blowup (every, say, ten years) the agent has an incentive to play the risk-transfer game. Given the number of people trying to get on the money-making bus, there is a progressive accumulation of Black Swan risks in such systems. Then, boom, the systemic blowup happens.

The technique to becoming rich quickly in financial markets is to transfer risk from today into the future and then leave before the future and its reckoning arrives. In its simplest form, this could be making a loan to someone who you know cant afford it but that probably wont default within the next five years.

Usually, the aim of the game is to leave for a different bank before the gig is up.

Or, sometimes, you go into government service. Then you can get lauded for your selfless public service, which consists of cleaning up the mess you created in the financial system. After all, you do have a credible claim on being an expert in the particular asset class that created the crisis.

Funnily enough, people wonder why there was such a lack of accountability after the crash of 2008. Barely anyone got arrested because those working in the public sector and doing the arresting were the ones who shouldve been arrested for their past activities in the finance sector.

The head of the European Central Bank (ECB) helped Greece hide its debts to get into the EU while working for a bank, and then cleaned up the mess with emergency lending from the ECB.

The former chief of Australias financial regulator ASIC securitised mortgages for a French bank that got into trouble in 2008 largely because it held those assets, which many Australian institutions invested in too.

The former head of Bear Stearns is running Donald Trumps trade war at the Treasury. And the US bailouts of 2008 and 2009 were run by former investment bank CEOs at the Treasury too.

The good news for those looking to cre...

11:34

Another finalist in the grog-fuelled fiascos file. "IndyWatch Feed National"

That's Sky News (possibly former) sports guy Greg Thomson proving the wisdom of the Confucian saying "If you drink and mike you're a bloody idiot". Mr Thomson must have tied a ripper on - he was hosting a lunchtime event. The unfortunate organisation on whose behalf Thomson was MCing was...

11:22

Back to Brunswick hot rod show shines again "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Photos by Jeff Dawson

This year marked the tenth anniversary of the Back to Brunswick Hot Rod Run, in memory of Pete Chapouris.

This year, Petes son, Pete Chapouris IV was a special guest.

Last weekends event featured daily lunchtime cruises on Friday and Saturday followed by the annual Show & Shine- complete with trophy presentation in the park opposite Hotel Brunswick on Sunday (15 July).

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11:05

Sculpture taking centre stage in Mullumbimby "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Raven Esque finishing off his sculpture that now forms the second part of the Mullumbimby Sculpture Walk. Photo Aslan Shand.

Sculpture is taking root in Mullumbimby with the $30,000 Spirit of Chincogan commission currently seeking submissions and the inaugural Ingenuity Community Sculpture Festival set to take place during the Mullum Music Festival later in the year.

Both the Spirit of Chincogan and the Ingenuity Sculpture Festival are currently open for artists in the Northern Rivers to submit ideas to exhibit. Supporting the requests for submissions of public art the Byron Community College is running a course on Producing Public Art in Byron on July 21 and 28.

This is an opportunity for artists who are wishing to hone their skills for producing art in public places, said Suvira McDonald from Creative Mullum who are coordinating both the Spirit of Chincogan commission and sculpture walk.

The course will equip aspiring public artists to prepare submissions for future projects in the Shire, said Suvira.

The Spirit of Chincogan sculpture is being funded by Creative Mullum and the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce and they are looking for a sculpture that explores the histories and mythical interpretations of Mullumbimbys landmark formation, Chincogan.

With rumours that Chincogan represents mens genitalia to it being the vantage spot that was used to sight approaching supply ships as they entered the Brunswick River you can find out more about this local landmark online at the Mullumbimby Sculpture Walk website. Expressions of interest (EoI) for the sculptural piece can be submitted up until July 31 online. Three to five concepts will be shortlisted and have $500 to...

11:02

Bulwai Tours "IndyWatch Feed National"

Great to see Bulwai Tours finally gaining ground after all the setbacks. Well done Willie and the boys ! http://bulwaicollective.org/kuranda-davies-creek-cultural-tours/

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10:52

It Is Wrong To Let Government Continue Like This "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell

In a stunning flash of poultry insight, Gumshoe editor Dee McLachlan concocted the above photo.  I think we should take the day off from writing articles and let that picture sink in.

Please comment along the lines of what can be done about the fact that our MPs dont work for us.  A friend of mine showed me a list of 24 MPs to whom she recently sent notice of an urgent national matter, yet got no replies. (Compare Mal Return-to-Sender Hughes. He received at least an occasional reply in past years.)

It is an untenable situation. Please be as creative as you wish. Show that Gumshoers arent about to chicken out.

Thanks!

10:24

Media and trashed home-owners to blame says Sudanese Ring-leader "IndyWatch Feed National"

From The Australian And here is the tally of crimes committed - according to Melbourne's leading South Sudanese figure - by the media and the owners of trashed houses.

10:09

NSW premier puts pressure on disgraced Liberal MP "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shady dealings: Disgraced Liberal MP Daryl Maguire. Photo AAP

SYDNEY, AAP The NSW premier is urging disgraced state MP Daryl Maguire to consider quitting politics after he was caught discussing the size of his cut from the multi-million dollar sale of a Sydney property.

Gladys Berejiklian said she felt deep disappointment after learning about phone recordings played at a corruption inquiry on Friday of the Wagga Wagga MP trying to strike a deal in 2016 with then-Canterbury City councillor Michael Hawatt.

Mr Maguire quit the Liberal party on Friday night after the Independent Commission Against Corruption heard the recordings.

The conversation revolved around the MP trying to arrange with Mr Hawatt the dividend theyd get for helping arrange the sale to a Chinese developer.

Mr Maquire also quit as the governments parliamentary secretary for counter-terrorism, corrections, veterans and the Centenary of ANZAC but currently plans to remain in parliament as an independent.

Hes denied ever receiving or sharing commissions from brokering property deals with Mr Hawatt.

The premier on Sunday said she would bring forward Liberal party nominations for the seat of Wagga Wagga so an appropriate new candidate could be preselected.

While it was up to Mr Maguire to decide if he would stay on until the March state election, she encouraged him to think carefully about whether he could effectively represent the people of Wagga Wagga in the meantime.

Wagga Wagga mayor Greg Conkey has also called on Mr Maquire to seriously consider quitting parliament.

Acting NSW Labor opposition leader Michael Daley said Mr Maguire shouldnt be allowed to remain on the crossbench as a lame duck wrongdoer until the state election.

Mr Maguire, who has held the safe Liberal seat since 1999, has apologised for causing distress and embarrassment to the party.

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10:02

Big public meeting in Melbourne defends the ABC "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by members of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA)

Yesterday afternoon (Sunday 15 July), two thousand people came to a public meeting organised by the Friends of the ABC at Melbourne Town Hall. They came to voice their opposition to the defunding of the public broadcaster and the threat of its privatisation.

The level of passion that compelled so many to take part, is best summed up in a series of polls over the last few years, which show the public broadcaster is trusted more than any other institution in Australia. The ABC is trusted far more than any other media (80 percent), and its services to the community are valued (80 percent again).

A small part of thew crowd at the Melbourne
Town Hall meeting

The meeting was chaired by Professor Peter Greste, whose freedom from Egyptian detention for reporting on events there, was won through an international campaign. A range of celebrities spoke to the audience, in person, or through video or written message.  The Greens and Labor expressed support and objectives of the Friends of the ABC.

While many do have their criticisms of the ABC, few would deny that it at least does provide some capacity for other points of view, plays a keys role in the promotion of Australian culture and the training of talent, and its role in providing communications and information in times of great need.

These are precisely the reasons why there are those who have taken on the mission to get rid of it. And the defenders understand this clearly. This was shown at the Town Hall, where special attention was given to the Institute for Public Affairs (API), which has been at the head of the drive against the ABC, to Rupert Murdoch, who seeks to complete his hold over Australian media.

A relentless war is being waged on the back of arguing that government should not be involved in media and that public funding gets in the way of market competition. Neither argument hold water. The control of the government on what the ABC broadcasts is limited. Otherwise governments would have silenced it long ago. Although there ids control over the budget,...

09:53

US lawmakers taken in by Sacha Baron Cohen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sacha Baron Cohen in Who Is America? Photo supplied

LOS ANGELES, RAW In Sacha Baron Cohens provocative new comedy show, American politicians are filmed backing a fictitious program to teach kindergartners how to use guns to defend themselves in school shootings.

In a seven-episode series launching on cable channel Showtime on Sunday, the British prankster takes on four different personas as he satirises the political and cultural life of the United States in the era of President Donald Trump.

In the first episode of Who is America?, previewed for media by Showtime, Baron Cohen poses as an Israeli anti-terror expert who gets two US congressmen to voice support for his fake Kinderguardians scheme for children as young as three.

The scheme includes a fake instructional video featuring childrens songs and gunimals weapons adorned with soft toys that would purportedly help kids confront the school shootings that have plagued the US for the past decade.

Republican congressmen Dana Rohrabacher of California and Joe Wilson of South Carolina, along with former Senate Republican leader Trent Lott, who is now a lobbyist at a Washington law firm, are shown enthusiastically backing the idea, alongside gun rights advocates and a former congressman-turned-talk radio host, Joe Walsh.

Rohrabacher, Wilson and Lott did not immediately reply to requests for comment late on Saturday.

Walsh told CNN on Saturday that he was tricked into reading the words off a teleprompter.

Ill probably laugh at myself when the episode airs, Walsh told CNN, adding that he is a fan of Baron Cohen. Hes a funny guy because he gets people to say stupid things.

The show marks Baron Cohens first television project in a decade after he launched his comedy career as subversive white English rapper Ali G., whose interviewees included Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich.

His 2006 faux documentary film Borat ridiculed Kazakhstan and Middle Americans.

In Who is America?, Baron Cohen also takes aim at the media and political correctness, with the comedian posing as a pony-tailed liberal radio reporter on a post-2016 election cycling tour, and a man in a disability scooter who purports to investigate fake news.

Who is America will air on Stan in Australia...

09:25

Not everyone was impressed by NSW Roads and Maritime Services temporary asphalt batching plant "drop-in information session" "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Meme contributed
The Pacific Highway upgrade between Woolgoolga and Ballina is being progressed by the Pacific Complete consortium composed of NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), UK multinational Laing O'Rourke and Canadian multinational WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff.

On 11 July 2018 this consortium held a drop-in information session on the subject of the proposed temporary asphalt batching plant at Woombah, a small village in the Clarence River estuary.

This batching plant servicing the Pacific Highway upgrade for the next two and a half years will see up tp 600 heavy and light vehicle movements each day at the Pacific Highway turnoff to Woombah and Iluka - up to 500 heavy vehicle and 100 light vehicle.

Residents from Woombah and Iluka attended the information session.

It was a masterpiece of information sharing a...

09:22

Is Australias Vaccine Policy A Nightmare Or A Pogrom? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The term pogrom has multiple meanings, ascribed most often to the deliberate persecution of an ethnic or religious group either approved or condoned by the local authorities. (Source)

The people of Australia are being denied by law one of the most important inalienable rights of human existence, the ability to choose how to take care of ones children and their bodies, plus the exercise of their basic human right to freedom of choice in healthcare invoking the heretofore scientific-acknowledgement to cope with possible risks where scientific understanding is yet incomplete, such as the risks of nano technology, genetically modified organisms and systemic insecticides [1], aka the Precautionary Principle, to avoid damage from neurotoxic vaccines. Nano technology and genetically modified organisms are IN vaccines! I hereby challenge Big Pharma and vaccine makers to prove me wrong!

The Australian government seemingly has gone off the rails relative to the punitive measures it has instituted against citizens who elect not to have their children or themsel...

08:54

Byron train wins major sustainability award solar train "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

At Melbournes Crown Casino last Thursday night a small not for profit heritage rail operator from Byron Bay took the Rail Sustainability Award at the Australasian Rail Association Awards.

It is fantastic to see the Byron Bay Railroad Company receive this Award for converting a 1949 heritage diesel rail car into the worlds first solar powered conventional train said Danny Broad, CEO of the Australasian Railway Association. This is leading the way in the use of sustainable energy resources in the rail industry.

The solar train project was a collaborative effort delivered in conjunction with Lithgow Railway Workshop, Nickel Energy and ELMOFO. A lot of different people have been involved and it was a hard fought battle said Jeremy Holmes. So its nice to be recognised by the rail industry for what we have achieved in firstly delivering a heritage railway service and secondly showcasing where sustainability can have an impact in the rail industry.

The Byron Bay Train was launched on 16 December 2017 and operates daily services on the 3km coastal track between the North Beach Station at the end of Bayshore Drive in the Byron Arts Estate and the Byron Beach Platform at the Shirley Street level crossing in Byron town centre. The two carriage train seats 92 passengers with room for bicycles, luggage and surfboards. Since commencement not one service has been missed.

We truly are sustainable in that we are generating more energy than we are using said Rail Safety Manager Geoff Clark, who has guided the project for the past five years. We have focused on reuse of old rail assets as opposed to new build. People said it couldnt happen and it wouldnt work. Yet it does. Its quiet, environmentally friendly and sustainable.

This award follows two recent wins at the Good Design Awards held at the Sydney Opera House in May, where Byron Bay Railroad Company was both a Good Design Award Gold Winner in the Product Design category and a Good Design Award Winner in the Engineering category, in recognition for outstanding design and innovation.

For more visit www.byronbaytrain.com.au

For further information including interviews and images please contact Caroline Desmond 0415 499429 caroline@carolinedesmond.com.au

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08:46

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08:24

Drunk driver caught 87km/h over limit "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man has been charged with drink driving after allegedly being detected travelling at more than 180km/h near Byron Bay on Sunday (July 15).

About 8.45am, Traffic & Highway Patrol officers were operating a speed radar on the Pacific Highway at Tyagarah when they allegedly detected a Honda Civic travelling north at 187km/h in the 100km/h area.

Whilst attempting to catch up to the Honda, officers saw it overtake seven cars and a semi-trailer at an estimated speed of 185km/h.

Officers stopped the Honda near Tandys Lane where the driver and sole occupant, 34-year-old man, was subjected to a roadside breath test which returned a positive result.

He was arrested and taken Brunswick Heads Police Station where he underwent a breath analysis that allegedly returned a reading of 0.152.

The Queensland man is due to appear at Mullumbimby Local Court on Monday August 27 charged with driving recklessly/furiously or at a dangerous speed/manner, high range PCA, and exceed speeding the speed limit more than 45 km/h.

His licence was also suspended.

Duty officer Detective Inspector Matthew Kehoe said the message that drink-driving and speeding kills is not getting through.

Its quite simple: people are dying on our roads because of poor decisions made by drivers and riders.

We will continue to take people off the roads who choose to drink and drive, or who cant stay within the speed limit, Det Ins Kehoe said.

 

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08:13

Rescue chopper called to Mt Warning again "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The rescue helicopter winches a 17-year-old male teenager to safety from the Mt Warning track. Photo WRHS

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called to Mount Warning (Wollumbin) on Saturday (July 14) to rescue a 17-year-old male who had got into trouble on the track.

The teen was reported to have been walking with friends and family when the incident occurred.

It marks the second rescue at the mountain in three weeks, after a 14-year-old boy got into trouble and had to be winched to safety on June 26.

The medical team were dropped onto winch point no: 4, which is just below the summit.

The helicopter critical care medical team stabilsed the teen, who they treated for a suspected leg fracture and transported by helicopter to Tweed Hospital.

On Sunday (July 15) the helicopter was called to a rural property near Mongogarie, west of Casino, following reports that a 60-year-old male rider had suffered severe injuries after falling from his horse.

The man was treated for chest and back injuries and transported to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition.

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07:45

Police seek help to find woman missing for 8 months "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police are seeking help to find Deborah Cox, who has been missing for more than eight months in the Murwillumbah area. Photo supplied.

Police are appealing for public assistance to locate a woman believed to have gone missing on the North Coast.

Deborah Cox, aged 59, was last seen by her family about eight months ago when she was living in the Murwillumbah / Cabarita area.

Her family reported her missing to police on Saturday (July 14).

Officers from Tweed / Byron Police District have now commenced inquiries into her disappearance and have concerns for her welfare.

Theyre appealing for public assistance as they attempt to locate her.

Deborah is described as being of Caucasian appearance, approximately 170cm to 175cm tall, with a thin build, brown eyes and short dark/grey hair.

Anyone who sees her or believes they know her whereabouts is urged to contact police.

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06:31

Trumps NATO attack is part of a preparation for war "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

As far as the role of the United States in international politics is concerned, Last week finished up on an ominous note And the catalyst was Donald Trumps jaunt abroad, where he gave the one finger salute to just about everyone he came across.

Trump is heading an administration that is preparing for war. There can be no doubt about this now.

In Brussels, He threw a metaphoric hand grenade inWednesdays NATO leaders gathering, where he accused the Europeans of being too soft on Russia. Germany got a special serve, and he had a go at them for having Russian gas pumped in, when they were supposed to be applying sanctions.

Donald Trump acting the bully

Europe was ordered to take on a greater burden for NATO and increase military expenditure, from 2 percent to 4 percent of GDP. He then walked out.

The show of blatant disrespect and bullying cannot be passed off as merely the action of an unstable leader. It has purpose. American ruling circles see that they are preparing for war. What happened at NATO is not a one off. There is a pattern. The walkouts on the Paris Climate Agreement and the Human Rights Council, are part of the same pattern.

This pattern is about the United States striving to re-assert the global political dominance that it has been losing in recent times, and through this, achieve decisive influence over Europe and create an alliance against  China and Russia.

One driver is the ongoing weakness of the economy of the United States and the incentive to find new sources of profit. Crucial to this, is to open the European economy to the penetration of American investment and trade. Europe Has been and continues to be the key to global dominance. Pursuing it, inevitably brings about political and diplomatic consequences.

Ambitions are one thing. What happens on the ground is another. Europe is not accepting the role of playing second fiddle. A somewhat fractured European Union finds it difficult to respond decisively and with one voice. Even so, there is considerable resistance to coming under the American wing. Europe faces its own economic and political problems, and its ruling circles seek to re-assert their own sources for new avenues for profit and their political ambitions.

Even during the hugely unpopular Trump visit to the United Kingdom, no time was wasted in creating incidents that showed disdain for protocol aimed at driving home a less...

06:25

Australian Firms Partner to Provide Crypto Custody Services "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Firms Partner to Provide Crypto Custody Services

Decentralised Capital, an Australian advisory firm specializing in blockchain assets and asset management services, has announced a partnership with Custodian Vaults, an Australian private vaulting company, to offer insured cryptocurrency custody services to the Australasian market.

Also Read: Have You Tried Blockchain 5.0 Yet? Nobody Else Has Either

Decentralised Capital and Custodian Vaults Partner to Provide Cryptocurrency Custody Services

Australian Firms Partner to Provide Crypto Custody ServicesIt has been announced that Decentralised Capital and Custodian Vaults are teaming up to provide insured cryptocurrency custody services in the form of what the companies are describing as Australias first insured cryptocurrency vault

According to According to Australian Fina...

06:23

Australian supermarkets work to prevent "bag rage" as plastics ban takes effect "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia's biggest supermarket chains are scrambling to combat "bag rage" as frustrated shoppers vent their anger over the removal of single-use plastic bags. One man put his hands around a supermarket worker's throat, the West Australian newspaper reported, while grocery stores are putting on more staff to help customers get used to the change. The removal of single-use plastics is part of a national push to reduce waste. As of July 1, major retailers in all but two Australian states will be fined if they supply single-use plastic bags. National supermarket chain Coles, owned by Wesfarmers, on Sunday removed single-use plastic bags from its stores, shortly after rival Woolworths banned the bags on June 20. Consumer complaints forced Woolworths to backflip on charging customers 15 Australian cents (11 U.S. cents) for a reusable plastic bag, with the retailer now offering them free until July 8.

04:21

Is Australias Vaccine Policy A Nightmare Or A Pogrom? "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Catherine J. Frompovich The term pogrom has multiple meanings, ascribed most often to the deliberate persecution of an ethnic or religious group either approved...

02:47

The best World Cup in decades "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Russians can be proud of hosting one of the most crucial World Cup tournaments in recent memory.

The official World Cup Russia 2018 ball handed over to Qatar

 

This one is for the record books having seen a number of firsts title holders Germany ousted from the first round for the first time in 80 years; the introduction of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), through which many penalties were awarded including in the France-Croatia final; the first own goal in a final game; the fewest red cards since 1970 the list goes on.

And what an exhilarating final France takes the trophy for the second time in 20 years.

In the decades I have avidly watched the World Cup from the time Mario Kempes dazzled on the pitch and helped Argentina win its first trophy in 1978 to Germanys ouster in 2018 the tournament in Russia 2018 has been the most exciting.

And the most revolutionary.

Every thing we knew about international football has been turned upside down.

Germany is no longer the Teutonic terror it once was, striking fear in other teams just by taking to the field. The title holder was ousted in the preliminary stage thanks to some brilliant football from South Korea.

Brazil no longer sambas with brilliant footwork and team precision. In this tournament, Belgium and France did more of that than the now deposed Latin American giants.

And despite all of Maradonas praying for Argentina, that team resembled more a broken and spent race horse in need of retiring to less competitive pastures.

Instead, teams like Morocco, Senegal and Nigeria captured our attention for going up against more experienced teams and holding their own.

Lowest-ranked Russia showed us what spirit against the odds could do. Black horse Belgium sent people back to the drawing board as its neat football had us readjusting our bets. Japan proved there was a new powerhouse in Asia, despite Australias lackluster performance in the early stage.

And, of course, cracking Croatia. With utmost nationalistic pride this team proved why it was the wild card of the tournament reaching all the way to the final game.

VAR catches it

This tournament is revolutionary also because of its application of the video assistant referee (VAR), which depended on 35 field cameras picking up even the slightest infraction betwee...

00:41

64 South African telescopes create epic new image of Galactic center "IndyWatch Feed National"

You're looking at the center of our galactic home, the Milky Way, as imaged by 64 radio telescopes in the South African wilderness. Scientists released this image today to inaugurate the completed MeerKAT radio telescope. But these scopes form part of an even more ambitious project: the Square Kilometer Array, a joint effort to build the world's largest telescope, spanning the continents of Africa and Australia. This image shows filaments of particles, structures that seem to exist in alignment with the galaxy's central black hole. It's unclear what causes these filaments. Maybe they are particles ejected by the spinning black hole; maybe they are hypothesized "cosmic strings;" and maybe they're not unique, and there are other, similar structures waiting to be found, according to a 2017 release from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Epic new image of Galactic center created with help of 64 South African telescopes "IndyWatch Feed National"

You're looking at the center of our galactic home, the Milky Way, as imaged by 64 radio telescopes in the South African wilderness. Scientists released this image today to inaugurate the completed MeerKAT radio telescope. But these scopes form part of an even more ambitious project: the Square Kilometer Array, a joint effort to build the world's largest telescope, spanning the continents of Africa and Australia. This image shows filaments of particles, structures that seem to exist in alignment with the galaxy's central black hole. It's unclear what causes these filaments. Maybe they are particles ejected by the spinning black hole; maybe they are hypothesized "cosmic strings;" and maybe they're not unique, and there are other, similar structures waiting to be found, according to a 2017 release from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

00:16

Sea Levels and the NSW Coastine in 2018: Ballina "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


A recent study estimates that the pace of global sea-level rise has nearly tripled since 1990 (Dangendorf et al. 2017). More than 50% of the Australian coastline is vulnerable to erosion from rising sea levels.As sea levels continue to rise, coastal flooding during high sea level events will become more frequent and more severe (CSIRO and BoM 2015).  [Climate Council, 2018, ICONS AT RISK: CLIMATE CHANGE THREATENING AUSTRALIAN TOURISM]]

New South Wales has est. 2,109kms of open coastline and 40 per cent of this is considered vulnerable to the effects of sea level rise.

Ballina is a coastal town in the NSW Northern River region. Its CBD is on the banks of the tidal Richmond River where it empties into the sea.

Sea level rise is something Ballina has been discussing for many years because for the Ballina community the evidence is right before residents eyes.

This was Tamar Street in the CBD in January 2018 at high tide.
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Sunday, 15 July

23:31

Julian Assange Could Soon be Evicted from London Embassy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Assange could soon be evicted from London embassy

July 14, 2018 | 4:36pm

Source: NY Post | By Mary Kay Linge



Julian Assange | Getty Images

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may soon be evicted from the London embassy that has sheltered him for the last six years.

Ecuador, which has played host to the political provocateur since 2012, and Britain are in high-level discussions over Assanges fate, the Sunday Times of London reported.

New Ecuadorean president Lenin Moreno who has called Assange a stone in the shoe dismisses him as a problem he inherited from his predecessor.

The South American nations former president granted Assange political asylum shortly after the Australian was accused of sexual assault and rape in Sweden.

Assange claimed the charges were part of a U.S. plot to discredit him for WikiLeaks disclosures that embarrassed the Obama administration.

Bur Ecuadors new government, which has cut off his Internet access and banned most visitors, isnt buying the story.

Assange believes he will be extradited to the United States if he leaves the London embassy a fear that may have been heightened by indi...

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