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The Powering Past Coal Alliance announced on Friday that Sydney and Melbourne had joined the Alliance at an event: Accelerating the global coal transition. This follows the Australian Capital Territory joining in September 2018. Other states and businesses that joined at COP24 included Israel, Scotland, Senegal, and Scottish Power. The Alliance, formed in Bonn in 2017 at COP23, now includes 80
17 year old Toby Thorpe, from Hobart, a member of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC), raised the need to stop the Adani coal mine in a press conference at the United Nations Climate Conference COP14 on Thursday, as the climate conference was drawing to a conclusion. He was one of four youth activists at this press conference speaking on the need to increase climate ambition and
LABOR 55 SEATS COALITION 27 GREEN 3 IND 3
There is no single method of calculating 2PP for this election. The following are examples of possible figures:
57.62% to Labor (Uniform swing applied to Richmond - probably fairest method)
57.89% to Labor (Richmond treated as 100% to Labor)
57.35% to Labor (Richmond excluded)
With two-party results for all Lower House seats now available it's time to wrap up my Victorian election coverage for 2018, on a high because at least that's the one house where I can talk about the results without constantly losing my temper at the system. The article again includes a 2PP pendulum. While this will be of less use for the future than the 2014 one was, given that there is a major redistribution coming, I think it is still useful for looking at the results, and especially at whether the Coalition was lucky not to lose even more seats than it did.
Final vote share results
The final primaries for the Lower House were Labor 42.86%, Coalition 35.19, Greens 10.71, Others 11.24. As @sorceror43 notes, excluding Richmond, "Labor won 67.4% of all minor party prefs, slightly down from 69.8% in 2014. That's despite Greens share of all minors dropping from 57.8% in 2014 to 48.4%." I have not attempted to measure shifts in the preferences of Greens and Others specifically yet, but suspect there was very little change.
There is unfortunately no unique way to calculate the statewide 2PP for this election because of the Liberals' ill-fated decision to not contest the district of Richmond. Richmond is a very pro-Labor seat on a 2PP basis so removing Richmond from the results has the effect of downplaying the swing across other districts. While official sources will probably need to give a 2PP percentage based on an actual vote tally, I think that applying the swing from all electorates other than Richmond to Richmond on a notional basis creates the fairest estimate of 57.62% to Labor, a swing after rounding of 5.63 points. The average swing per seat was slightly lower at 5.47%, as a result of population distortions. The standard deviation of seat swings on a 2PP basis was 3.84%.
As well as the estimates available by omitting Richmond or treating Richmond as 100% Labor, Antony Green has tweeted a further statewide estimate of 57.7% obtained by applying derived Greens flows from other seats to Richmond. However this implies an 85.9% (+12.8%) estimated 2PP in Richmond, which is out of step for other comparable seats. Another rough way to get a handle on the possible swing in Richmond (had the Liberals run a candidate is to look at the Upper House votes). In the remaining Nor...
On Thursday 13 December, Royal Australian Air
Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-207 was noted
completing a missed approach and low overshoot at Rockhampton
Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends
Quiz. The information provided should help you work out
why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the
Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the
answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of Modern
Monetary Theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic
thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an
A national government can run a balanced fiscal position (taxes equal spending) over the economic cycle (peak to peak) as long as it accepts that, after all the spending adjustments are exhausted, their strategy will ensure that households and firms overall spend more than they earn that is, run down previous savings or accumulate more net debt.
The answer is False.
Note that this question begs the question as to how the economy might get into this situation that I have described using the sectoral balances framework. But whatever behavioural forces were at play, the sectoral balances all have to sum to zero. Once you understand that, then deduction leads to the correct answer.
The trick in the question is that it invites a confusion between the factual (accounting) statement a government deficit (surplus) equals $-for-$ a non-government surplus (deficit) and the proposition put.
The households and firms overall do not exhaust the non-government sector. So what happens when the governments runs a balanced fiscal position to the private domestic sector balance (the households and firms) depends crucially on what happens to the external sector.
To refresh your memory the balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.
From the sources perspective we write:
(1) GDP = C + I + G + (X M)
which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X M).
Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.
We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all tax revenue minus total transfer and interest p...
My slow posting reflects my personal preoccupations. The problem
is that while I have been preoccupied, issues have arisen,
decisions are being made, that will adversely affect New England.
In each case the adverse affects come from the simple fact that
people don't recognise our existence. To illustrate this, I thought
that I would simply list a few examples without great detail.
A few things to remember in considering the examples I will be citing:
Mycobacterium avium intracellulare cultured from the immunoblastic sarcoma/lymphoma facial tumor. Note the pleomorphic forms, such as acid-fast rods and non-acid-fast (blue-stained) cocci. Ziehl-Neelsen (acid-fast) stain, x1000, in oil. Copyright Alan Cantwell, MD
by Mary W Maxwell, LLB
The five parts of this Coley series that Gumshoe has published so far were strictly about Coley. And today, too, I will include another case study from the book-size article by his daughter Helen Coley Nauts.
But first to something new under the sun.
At least Dr Robert Gallo says its new. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the US describes a breakthrough (maybe) in cancer treatment based on realization that bacteria play a role in cancer.
This is 2018. But forty years ago, in 1978, Alan Cantwell, MD, published his first study of bacteria in cancer. He did not come to the idea theoretically, although later in cahoots with Virginia Li...
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I was wondering if anyone would be interest in a games torment. This would be including. Tekken 7 and dbz fighter on the ps4, smash ultimate and a card tournament either magic the gathering or yu-gi-oh. So far this is just an event that I'm planning. Just wondering if people would participate.
Jura will be open all week from the 17th til the 23rd of December, so come on in an stock up on some anarchism and check out our new titles!
Saturday 15 December 2018
Adanis claims that W&J have certified Woongal are false, disrespectful and underhanded, say Traditional Owners
Adanis announcement that Woongal Environmental Services has been given a contract to monitor environmental outcomes on Wangan and Jagalingou country has drawn condemnation from the W&J Council as false, and typical of the disrespectful and underhanded way in which Adani treats Traditional Owners.
W&J Traditional Owner and lead spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, The claim that Woongul is a Wangan and Jagalingou certified business is false. No decision of the native title party has ever been made to certify this company. This announcement is in breach of the terms of Adanis own purported ILUA.
A Wangan and Jagalingou certified business is a reference to a business accredited in accordance with the process set out in the Adani ILUA. Mr Burragubba says this process has never been followed.
We will seek legal advice on blocking this contract. We are tired of other people misrepresenting us and benefiting at our expense. Adanis announcement is an insult. Other people have been given authority over our country and our environment, while many W&J Traditonal Owners and families have been deliberately excluded from any input into cultural heritage protection and environmental management.
We know Adani must give the appearance of starting work, and they like to hide behind supposed Aboriginal employmen...
A new political party will appear on the scene tomorrow and will seek to disrupt the politics as usual that Australian voters do not like, but have become used to. The post Climate Democrats to enter the fray and disrupt Australias politics appeared first on RenewEconomy.
Climate change: More than 1000 institutions pledge to withdraw investment from fossil fuels https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/fossil-fuels-divest-climate-change-global-warming-emissions-campaign-a8681931.html This is a moral movement as well as a financial one, campaigners say .........
Want to solve climate problem? Nuclear isnt the answer https://www.downtoearth.org.in/blog/energy/want-to-solve-climate-problem-nuclear-isn-t-the-answer-62428
Alternatives to nuclear energy, in particular renewable sources of electricity like wind and solar energy, have become drastically cheaper. By M V Ramana December 2018 It is nuclear power that will be the main tool to reduce emissions...
In the 1950s, the U.S. government downplayed the danger of radioactive fallout, asserting that all radioactivity was confined to the Nevada test site. Despite this, a national estimate attributed 49,000 cancer deaths to nuclear testing in the area.
But the results of new research suggest that this number is woefully inaccurate. Using a novel method, and todays improved understanding of radioactive fallout, Keith Meyers from the University of Arizona discovered that U.S. nuclear testing was responsible for the deaths of at least as many and likely more as those killed by the nuclear bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Specifically, between 340,000 and 690,000 Americans died from...
Its Time to Face Up to Our Nuclear Reality
The made-for-TV movie The Day After had an enormous impact on Americas national conversation about nuclear weapons in 1983. Resuming that conversation today is essential, and the movie holds some lessons about what that would take. The Nation, By Dawn Stover 14 Dec 18 This article originally appeared as part of a special section on The Day After at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists .The television movie The Day After depicted a full-scale nuclear war and its impacts on people living in and around Kansas City. It became something of a community project in picturesque Lawrence, 40 miles west of Kansas City, where much of the movie was filmed. Thousands of local residentsincluding students and faculty from the University of Kansaswere recruited as extras for the movie; about 65 of the 80 speaking parts were cast locally. The use of locals was intentional, because the moviemakers wanted to show the grim consequences of a nuclear war for real Middle Americans, living in the real middle of the country. By the time the movie ends, almost all of the main characters are dead or dying.
ABC broadcast The Day After on November 20, 1983, with no commercial breaks during the final hour. More than 100 million people saw itnearly two-thirds of the total viewing audience. It remains...
Coalition signals it will provide taxpayer support for new and existing coal plants. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/13/coalition-signals-it-will-provide-taxpayer-support-for-new-and-existing-coal-plants Katharine Murphy Political editor 13 Dec 2018 @murpharoo
Morrison government specifies generation projects will need to be coal, gas, batteries or pumped hydro to be eligible for underwriting The Morrison government has sent a clear signal that it is prepared to pro...
The long dry: why the worlds water supply is shrinking,
EurekAlert, : 13-DEC-2018
Global water supplies are shrinking, even as rainfall is rising; the culprit? The drying of soils due to climate change
UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES A global study has found a paradox: our water supplies are shrinking at the same time as clima...
I think my friend was a bit taken aback really, when she asked me what I did to just to zone out and relax. I thought for a second, then remembered my guilty pleasure: I watch old sports videos on youtube.
It is a bit odd, I know. And maybe even more unusual because I only vaguely follow the contemporary sports world, yet some nights I can for several hours watch videos of games, many of which I watched the first time around back in the 90s. But thinking about it more, I realised there are ways my worldview was affected by my boyhood love of (some would say obsession with) sports. With that in mind, I thought I would share a few of my favourite sporting memories, united by the fact they were from world cups in the late 90s (my peak sports-loving period).
The first goes back to when I was very young. I was nine years old when Sri Lanka came to Australia in 1995/96 for their first full tour of the country. Sri Lanka was young too as a nation it had been independent from its British colonial masters for less than half a century (it had been known as Sri Lanka for half that time again) but was still trying to work out its national identity and was in the middle of a bitter civil war. As a cricketing country it had played its first test in 1982 and in the time since then had won only a handful of games. Apparently the team were so poorly paid several of them couldnt afford rent in Colombo and lived at the family home of captain Arjuna Ranatunga.
They werent expected to beat the cricketing superstars of Australia and to be honest in the test series they didnt losing all three games resoundingly. The series really heated up though when the Sri Lankans were accused of ball-tampering; and when a couple of Australian umpires no-balled Sri Lankas promising young off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan for throwing. Muralis controversial action had been cleared by world crickets governing body, and the Sri Lankans saw this as an act of Australian arrogance to overrule it.
They seemed to take this as a rallying point when it came to the triangular one-day series with Australia and fellow cricketing giants (albeit in decline) West Indies. There the Sri Lankans played cricket with a new self-belief; but also a startling tactical innovation that surprised their opponents.
Opening batsmen in cricket were traditionally of a slow and steady inclination, making sure to wear the shine off the new ball before starting any attack. Sri Lanka though saw an opportunity through rules that restricted fielding positions in the opening overs. They replaced their normal opening batsmen with middle-order batsman Sanath Jayasuriya and wicket-keeper Romesh Kaluwitharana.
Kaluwitharana was improbably tiny when he hunched over for his batting stance you could almost see the top of the wickets behind him. His bat seemed to be a...
Despite plummeting costs of renewables the government and the BCA insist that emissions reduction would be economy wrecking
Fresh from losing the economic fight about company tax cuts, the Coalition government is doubling down on an economic fight about renewable energy. And yet again, as they march into battle they have the Business Council of Australia as their key source of economic and political advice. What could go wrong?
The cost of renewable energy has fallen dramatically in the past 10 years and will continue to fall for years to...
But the good news is that you can still live a little this festive season without having a big ecological impact.
Prize-winning South African activist Makoma Lekalakalas successful legal battle to stop a secret nuclear power deal in her homeland won her international acclaim. She tells DW about defending the environment in court.
Makoma Lekalakala: My major campaigning issue, its mitigation against climate change and with a specific focus on electricity generation in the country [South Africa] its almost 90 percent from coal. And we know that coal is a major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions, so our campaign has been for a just transition towards a low carbon development.
Were demanding a greater investment in renewable energy technologies, particularly that we can have a decentralized electricity system where solar and wind would play a major role.
The technology, we need a lot of investment in that so that we can be able to eradicate energy poverty. Local people can have their own socially-owned and community-owned renewable energy projects and co-operatives so that they can have access to electricity.
For us to be able to do that, a just transition for us would mean phasing out coal electricity generation and having no nuclear at all as part of the energy mix, and having wind and solar being increased as part of our energy mix.
 Nathan Gerrarde Kinkade was charged with committing offences of a sexual nature against the daughter of his de facto partner over the period between 2002 and 2007. The matter originally ran to trial in August 2009. Nathan Kinkade was represented by counsel during the course of the trial. Nathan Kinkade was found guilty of a number of those offences.
 Nathan Kinkade brought an appeal against those convictions in which he represented himself. Counsel from the private bar appeared as amicus curiae. The appeal was heard in October 2010 and this court ordered a retrial.
 By fresh indictment dated 03.Dec.2010 Nathan Kinkade was charged with nine sexual offences against the juvenile complainant. The new trial proceeded in September and October 2011. Again, Nathan Kinkade represented himself and counsel from the private bar appeared as amicus curiae for the purpose of cross-examining the complainant.
 On 10.Oct.2011, the jury found Nathan Kinkade guilty of counts 3 to 9 inclusive on the indictment. The jury acquitted Nathan Kinkade on count 1 and was unable to reach a verdict in relation to count 2.
 On 21 October 2011, the trial judge sentenced Nathan Gerrarde Kinkade to imprisonment for 12 years backdated to 25 March 2010. A non-parole period of eight years and six months was fixed.
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I have an interesting clinical case for you today. Another Lyme case.
Lyme is the disease Australian authorities do not believe exists, and will persecute doctors for treating it.
Meanwhile our CDC says its a horrific epidemic, warns against new ticks, and says at least 300,000 Americans are coming down with the disease every year.
This is scientific medicine! One country doesnt want to pay for it and denies its existence. The other does recognize its presence.
I lived this lunacy. In Alaska, the local medical societies VOTED that chelation for metals was fraudulent and mercury amalgam removal from teeth was fraud. Imagine if their efforts to purge me was successful and just 15 years later they were PROVEN wrong in the medical literature (which was already available at the time, if they were not so dogmatically wedded to Pharma).
In our country Lyme is a major problem. MAJOR. It is difficult to treat. It is difficult to diagnose. A negative lab test means nothing. Most treatments are antibiotics. These carry a very significant risk of temporarily or permanently messing you up. And, from the cases Ive seen, most will relapse.
Here is another case of a women essentially disabled from Lyme. The patient is a mother of minor children and registered nurse.
Her whole family is Lyme affected. Her mother spent over $120,000 at a Lyme literate clinic just the past year. The treatments broke her parents. And the treatments mom got are even insurance reimbursable as they were conventional antibiotic therapy.
I am told after seeing the change in her daughter in less than one week, the mother is ready to come to us for ozone therapy.
I also use targeted nutritional supplements which are different from patient to patient. I use kinesiology to help me in the choices.
No, we are not getting everyone with Lyme better, but this case is relatively typical for us, not atypical. Her illness was so severe that she lost 10 years of watching her kids grow, and could not keep her nursing job.
Lyme disease, a bane of conventional medicine, is now our favorite problem to treat as patients go from d...
Severe Tropical Cyclone "Owen" is currently a Category 3 strength system in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. Owen is forecast to continue on a generally easterly track for the remainder of today, intensifying to Category 4 strength before making...... Read more
The moisture from Tropical Cyclone "Owen" is feeding the low-pressure system over Victoria this week, bringing record-breaking rains and floods to the region. The worst affected were northeast and northwest regions of Victoria, around Birchip, and east of...... Read more
Its been a historic week here in Europe. Everything changed.
Britains Prime Minister Theresa May, Polands Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, and Frances President Emmanuel Macron all faced no-confidence votes.
In the end, they survived.
But the fact that the votes took place at all is deeply embarrassing for the establishment in Europe.
Macrons ambitions for Europe lie in tatters.
May is now expected to quit for the next election.
Over in Germany, Europes mum Angela Merkel will no longer lead her party, either.
On Friday, her replacement was elected. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (say that three times quickly) will take over the party, but not yet the chancellorship of Germany.
Sweden still doesnt have a prime minister to face a vote of no-confidence after the elections were held in September.
The anti-immigrant right-wing party is making things difficult with their 17.5% of the vote.
Believe it or not, the opposition party managed to pass their budget!
On the streets, its no different.
Protests against government policy erupted in Brussels, Paris and Budapest during the week.
There were also peaceful demonstrations in London on the weekend.
The protests in France were bad enough to make French President Macron surrender faster than his compatriots usually do.
He reversed his policies and, with them, his dreams of uniting Europe.
His approval ratings make Trump look like Father Christmas.
Bloomberg wrote Emmanuel Macrons Euro Zone Dream Died This Week and the New York Times wrote Macron Had a Big Plan for Europe. Its Now Falling Apart. Thats because he no longer has any credibility, let alone backing.
Italy had its own dramas during the week, too. The populist governments unelected prime minister and finance minister made a deal with Brussels.
Theyd been holding out for a 2.4% of GDP deficit, but Brussels said no. The Italians declared they wouldnt back down.
Then they went back with 2.2%, but Brussels said no.
The Italians fumed theyd make no more compromises.
Two weeks later, the Italians went back with 2.04% and Brussels said yes.
At least, everyone thought they did. Until this story came out in the Star Tribune: EU finance official says new Italian budget insufficient.
Back to the drawing board?
Just when the Italians looked to be making progress with Brussels, news of the French budget hit the press.
While the Panguna mine one of the largest operating copper-gold mines in the world until the Bougainville crisis forced its closure in 1989 might grab the attention of many people, there is more going on in Bougainville in relation to mining in than just Panguna. As at the beginning of 2018, four exploration licences have been issued to Australian, Canadian and Filipino mining companies.
Australian company Kalia Holdings
holds some of these licences and is exploring for copper and gold
in the Mt Tore region in North Bougainville.
We are concerned that affected communities have not given their free, prior and informed consent for Kalia Holdings activities. In particular we are conc...
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David Wilcock 2016.12.12. New Living Expo
Forty ET groups have bases on the Moon and inside the Earth and they call the Earth the experiment. The Sphere Beings first showed up in the 1980s, when a gigantic Orb the size of Neptune was found in our Solar System heading towards our planet, and it circled all of them in turn. Around 1999-2001 we had a number of Spheres coming into our Solar System that have remained ever since. In November 2015 in Australia aboard the new Aircraft Carrier Aegis they had a massive Draco Super Beam Weapon and they fired upon a Sphere causing it to glow bright red, and it then re-directed the particle beam back to the Aircraft Carrier, and it blew up the whole base in Pine Gap. After that a no fly zone was created around the Earth.
The Illuminati planned the Twin Tower attacks to take place on the 9th November 2001 because it was the date of the birth of Christ exactly 2000 years earlier. The Twin Towers came down within a ten minute window of it. The Illuminati thought the Spheres were the return of the Annunaki Gods who would save them. So they were trying to offset the power of the message in the Bible, as it stated that Jesus would return after 2000 years. The Russians can prove that the 9/11 destruction of the Twin Towers was brought about by the use of a small nuclear bomb placed by the Cabal. Putin is ready if necessary to reveal details of false flag operations. The Russians have an advanced missile system called the Annexe that cannot be tracked by radar making military technology useless. David Wilcock commented that because of it there would never be another war.
The Mayan Calendar End Date of 2012 was when 100 very large Spheres wit...
This 12 December 2018 video says about itself:
New nudibranch species discovered
Nudibranchs are marine slugs that come in a variety of whimsical colors. They are found throughout the world ocean from surface waters to the deep sea. However, only three species were known from the Northeast Pacific Ocean until scientists from Cal Poly Pomona, Western Australian Museum, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and MBARI [Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in the USA] recently described five new species from this region.
Four of these were observed during MBARI research expeditions off the California coast and in the Gulf of California, off Mexicos Baja Peninsula. We used morphological characteristics and molecular tools to distinguish these animals from all previously described species of nudibranchs.
These new species Tritonia nigritigris*, Dendronotus claguei*, Ziminella vrijenhoeki*, Cuthona methana, and Aeolidia libitinaria* were given distinct names which honor MBARI scientists or describe their physical appearance or the habitat in which they were found.
As with many other deep-sea regions, we predict the number of new species from the Northeast Pacific to increase with further exploration. This area is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change emphasizing the urgency of documenting this fauna.
*Collected by MBARI remotely operated vehicles.
For more information see: Valds, A., Lundsten, L., & Wilson, N.G. (2018) Five new deep-sea species of nudibranchs (Gastropoda: Heterobranchia: Cladobranchia) from the Northeast Pacific. Zootaxa 4526 (4): 401433
Freedom of the press in the world will cease to exist if a judge in one country is allowed to bar publication of information anywhere in the world. Martin Baron, Executive Editor, The Washington Post, Dec 13,
The post The Case That Dare Not Speak Its Name: The Conviction of Cardinal George Pell appeared first on Global Research.
Today was all about the weak economic data released in china and the fear that this slowdown is spreading. The concern that the weak contagion affects not just the region, but commodity prices, producers and sentiment everywhere. Core stock markets are been underperforming all year and anyone who has been following performance can testify to that. The Shanghai index is down 22% YTD whilst the Hang Seng has performed better at just -13% YTD. The Australian AO index is down 7.5%, but dont forget that both the CNY and the A$ are equally both down over 7% against the US Dollar too. The SENSEX has managed a positive 5% return, but for any international investors the Rupee has depreciated over 12% this year to the USD. Today the Nikkei lost 2% which takes its YTD return to negative 6%, but the Yen remains unchanged on the year. However, much of the talk here is that the demand for the Yen as a safe-haven appears to be deprecating. 2019 could well be the year we see the results of all the bond market assist play-out as the currency weakens while the Nikkei is the balance. Having seen a better than expected business survey indicator (TANKAN) release, stocks held for the open but eventually were drawn into the selling pressure.
European markets hits their days lows in early trading and managed to claw back much of them prior to closing. There is still so much of an overhang here that many are not sure which of the issues are most worrisome! The BREXIT situation is expected to come to a head before the end of Q1, but this is increasingly looking as though it could go on forever. Budgets are being negotiated to and froe and so all are desperate to know whether they have the 39bn payment or not. The unrest in France and the call for Euro-credit bond issuance it is any wonder all major stock indices are lower on the year. The core DAX index is off 16% YTD, with Spanish and Italian down by 11.5% and 13.5% respectively. The CAC has performed a little better but it too is down 8.5% YTD. Added to this the Euros decline (-6%) and it should not be a surprise the US is almost unchanged there is nowhere else you can invest money. The UK FTSE and GBP are down 11% and 7% respectively, not a great year fin the UK or any US invest...
"You are not mature enough to tell it like it is, even that burden you leave to us children. But I don't care about being unpopular. I care about climate justice and the living planet. Our civilisation is being sacrificed for the opportunity of a very small number of people to continue making enormous amounts of money." Fifteen year old Greta Thundberg, who started 'climate fridays' and '
 On 18.Jan.2018, Stephen Lovegrove, having pleaded guilty to supplying a commercial quantity of cannabis, was sentenced to imprisonment for two years and one month, backdated to commence on 26 October 2017, thereby allowing for a period of 85 days that he had spent on remand before being bailed. The sentence was suspended on conditions after Stephen Lovegrove had served seven months backdated to October 2017.
 The offence in question was supplying a commercial quantity of cannabis. The maximum penalty for that offence was imprisonment for 14 years. The offending involved the shipment of 2.72 kilograms of cannabis from South Australia into the Northern Territory. That was more than five times the threshold amount for a commercial quantity. Stephen Lovegroves admitted intention was to sell the cannabis in the Northern Territory for profit, no doubt taking advantage of the higher prices that could be obtained for the drug in the Northern Territory. The cannabis was concealed in a metal car fridge within the vehicle driven by the offender. As the sentencing judge allowed, it was a small commercial enterprise involving a one-off transaction which was not characterised by the sophistication sometimes seen in cross-border transportation cases.
 The relevant offence was committed on 15.Jun.2017 and Stephen Lovegrove was arrested on that day and remanded in custody. Stephen Lovegrove was granted bail on 6 September 2017 on condition that he enter into a rehabilitation program for his addiction to cannabis. It was a condition of his bail that he was to wear an approved monitoring device and was subject to a curfew. Stephen Lovegrove was admitted to the Aranda House rehabilitation program on 7 September 2017. He graduated from the program on 30 November 2017 and was moved to the Transitional After Care Unit. He was returned to the Aranda House program following the return of a positive test result for cannabis on 9 December 2017.
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 On 11.Apr.2016 Robert Kevin Smiler and his partner were drinking alcohol. At about 7:45 pm they caught a taxi to Malabar Lodge, which is a boarding house occupied by people of generally diminished circumstances. Smilers partner got out of the taxi and went up the stairs. Peter Doucas and Marie Griesebner were sitting at the top of the staircase.
 The subsequent assault upon Mr Aden was very serious in nature. Robert Smilers moral culpability for that conduct is high. As already described, Mr Aden came to the assistance of Mr Doucas who was being savagely beaten by Robert Smiler. Mr Aden acted lawfully in doing so. A person may come to the defence of another person and the defence will be lawful provided the response involves reasonable force. Robert Smilers attack upon Mr Aden was a sustained attack. It continued even after he became disarmed and fell to the ground. Robert Smiler kicked Mr Aden to the head and chest while wearing work boots. He then picked up a weapon and struck Mr Aden to the head with it two or three times.
 Robert Kevin Smiler has a lengthy criminal history. He has one prior conviction for aggravated assault in the Northern Territory and twelve prior convictions for assault in Queensland. Many of those were minor assaults, but two were quite serious. In 2004, he hit an older woman with a large stick and broke her arm. In 2009, he hit his then partner in the head, face and body with a tree branch giving her numerous cuts and bruises and concussion. Both of those offences were the product of rage precipitated and exacerbated by the consumption of alcohol.
 There is very little by way of mitigation. Robert Kevin Smiler did not plead guilty but went to trial. He is not entitled to the usual discount for a plea of guilty, and as a result of his criminal history he has lost the right to any significant leniency. He is not remorseful and his prospects of rehabilitation are very largely dependent on successfully undertaking an appropriate alcohol rehabilitation program and a violent offender treatment program. He has previously participated in an alcohol rehabilitation program, but the offending with which this appeal is concerned is a tragic demonstration of his lack of success in that program.
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Investigations are underway in Australia and New Zealand following reports of bomb threats where the sender is demanding a payment in bitcoin failure to which they will detonate an explosive device. The emails are believed to be similar to the ones that had earlier been received by various institutions and facilities in the United States
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On 8 August 2015, there were 21,995,000 public servants in the US. Excluding contractors. At the same time, there were 12,329,000 employed in manufacturing.
Which of those two sectors is critical to the Socio-Economic Well-Being and Future of the US? Which of the two has destroyed it, as a self-sufficient reality? Which has not learnt that the point of a gun throughout history has destroyed the one holding the gun, and never the one threatened?
Of the public servants, on the general estimate of 30%, there are some 7,000,000 variously Deep State. Or at the least, self-interested.
They need to be isolated away and sent ideologically adjusting messages. Deep State has the elitist and non-transparent elements of a contemporary, covert Monarchy.
The US, in desperate need of a French Revolution, has a stupefied populace that could not withstand it. And of course after the tediously long realization period concerning...
The recent Financial Times report Development bank halts coal financing to combat climate change, reprinted in this mornings AFR, should prompt some serious long-term thinking from the Queensland government and local governments with regional economies heavily dependent on coal mining, particularly Mackays (also see this Reuters report which isnt pay-walled). While two-thirds of coal production in Queensland is of coking coal (see chart below), there is no doubt there would be a large adverse shock to regional economies if there was a big shift worldwide away from thermal coal for energy generation.*
The FT report reminded me of the potentially major implications the worldwide shift against coal and related developments in solar PV and batter...
Crazz Files Note: First of all, this asshole is not Tasmanian, he is Sudanese & should never have been allowed into Australia in the first place. Read More
For the past few months the mostly hopelessly socialist heathen
who come here to admire the colour scheme have been involved in the
best state premiers of the last 40 years. This month saw
the runoff stage for those states that were not resolved
in round 1 by absolute majority, and also the start of the
consolation prize round for Coalition premiers.
We are not yet ready to proceed to the grand final stage because some young chap called Andrews was involved in a real election and I feared this could contaminate the vote. The Victorian runoff will be in February to get a little distance from this result and meanwhile we can continue eliminating Coalition premiers.
In the meantime the winners of four of the remaining states and territories have been decided:
NSW Neville Wran 152 defeated Bob Carr 50
Queensland Wayne Goss 122 defeated Peter Beattie 73
Tasmania Jim Bacon 105 defeated Lara Giddings 84
ACT Katy Gallagher 119 defeated Jon Stanhope 52
These join Don Dunstan and Clare Martin in the final runoff series, which is scheduled to begin in March.
For Western Australia, Geoff Gallop and Carmen Lawrence tied on 97 votes apiece. Normally I declare a tiebreaking procedure (which in the past has been firstly the leader on primaries at the last stage at which there wasn't a tie, and failing that the leader who was least recently in office wins). However in this case I did not do this, so there is a runoff for Western Australia, and if there is a tie again the above will be applied. The WA runoff will run for two months for sample size reasons, this being a quiet time of year.
As for the Coalition premiers and Chief Ministers, the following was the Round1 result for their runoff:
Over the last couple of days, Touchdown Helicopters
(Wollongong) OAS Parts (Bell) UH-1H Iroquois VH-OXE as "Helitack
223" has been noted returning to Rockhampton Airport following its
deployment to the Mackay region to assist with the bushfire
fighting efforts in the region.
VH-OXE was noted flying into Rockhampton Airport from the North on Thursday 6 December before departing Rocky for the South-East on Friday 7 December. It must've had some sort of problem as it returned to Rockhampton Airport and was photographed below by local photographer Russell P completing an exercise on filling and emptying its attached 'bambi-bucket'.
Dont forget your jacket! (Old mate falls victim to the notorious Dudley Street underpass and Melbournes torrential downpour)... also dont drive through floodwater! @9NewsMelb @9NewsAUS #melbweather #vicfloods pic.twitter.com/hLGbTlgttq Tom Kelly (@tpwkelly) December 14, 2018 Degraves Street Subway or set of Titanic? (This vid sent to @9NewsMelb) @9NewsAUS #melbweather #vicfloods...
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At least one bird seen and heard 9th and 10th December. Sighting coincided with mass flowering of Moreton Bay ash in area. This is a northern distribution record. First bird/s recorded at this site.
Strategic Retreat, 12-14 December 2018
The National Committee of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) met for its sixth strategic planning retreat on the traditional lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung people, paying our respect to elders past and present.
We recognise the Original Owners and their role in caring for this land for over 60,000 years, their long history of growing food in ethical and ecologically-sound ways, and their careful maintenance of biodiversity before and since Invasion.
We acknowledge the ecological devastation caused by industrial agriculture since European invasion, and commit to ongoing conversations with communities of Indigenous Peoples. We again commit to supporting our members to seek stronger ties to Indigenous communities and work towards a day where everything we do is in connection and mutual accountability with community.
During our meeting, the Committee was delighted to have the support of the legendary Costa Georgiadis of ABC Gardening Australia fame. Members of our team joined Costa on a livestream to discuss AFSAs crowdfunding campaign to publish Farming Democracy, eight stories of small-scale agroecological farmers of how they grow, process, and distribute their produce, including what it costs them and what they ultimately live on in an effort to bring radical transparency to the food system. We are even more delighted to have reached our target this morning, and look forward immensely to printing the book and launching it at AFSAs inaugural Farm Day Out at Jonai Farms on 17 March 2019!
We have developed a plan to continue collecting the stories of the growing number of farmers producing and distributing food in ethical and ecologically-sound ways and publishing them on the AFSA website to show what is not only possible, but happening across Australia and the world.
We are grateful to the Victorian Government for its dedication to working with small-scale agroecological farmers to reform the planning provisions over these past three years in close collaboration with AFSA and our allies. The reforms better reflect the low-risk nature of these farming systems, and we look forward to working further with other states undertaking reform, in particular New South Wales, which is already in progress.
Were also working to refute claims that those of us opposed to intensive livestock agriculture are anti-science and the spurious claims that we can only feed the world with large-scale intensive agriculture systems, and to build an evidence base that i...
A year on from the historic yes vote, campaign group Australian Marriage Equality has received one of the countrys top human rights awards. The Human Rights Awards honour the contributions of advocates in government, law, the media, business, and organisations. The Australian Marriage Equality group received the Community Organisation Award at a ceremony in Sydney ...
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The head of the religious freedom review, Philip Ruddock, has said the review panel found very little hard evidence of religious discrimination in Australia. Prime Minister Scott Morrison released the reviews long-awaited report and the governments response on Thursday. Ruddock told ABC Radio on Friday that the review panel had heard from a wide range ...
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The Northern Territory passed legislation in May that prohibited the use of solitary confinement on children and young people. This followed revelations that teenagers were being held in prolonged isolation for up 23 hours a day at Don Dale youth detention centre. Following the national exposure of this practice in the NT which included being
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https://ScientistsWarning.TV Kevin and Hugh are back with us this year discussing the new climate glitterati that come annually to Davos to feign concern about the climate while they discuss techno-fixes that might allow the (in their minds at least) to continue their excessive lifestyle that is heading us directly for runaway climate change and collapse.
Tracie was a teenage intersex and trans woman growing up in 1960s northern England. It was a world she found hostile. Her family rejected her. The health professionals who were supposed to be helping were negligent. And things got so bleak that she attempted suicide several times. The thing is though, the life that Tracie
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Section 5(1) of the Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (the Act) makes clear that a court must not sentence an offender to imprisonment unless it is satisfied, having considered all possible alternatives, that no penalty other than imprisonment is appropriate. This is the statutory embodiment of the common law principle that prison is the last resort when it comes
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Queensland police have laid nine criminal charges against an officer who leaked the personal details of a domestic violence victim.Senior Constable Neil Punchard was investigated and disciplined internally in 2016 for accessing the womans address from a police database and sending it to her violent former husband.
There are some fine sentiments in this joint communique. But it's galling to read it while knowing of GILLARD's corruption, in company with her former union-boss boyfriend. Do these corruption-busters believe that AWU chief Bruce Wilson lawfully received around $1,000,000 (today's value) into the slush fund incorporated by his live-in...
The 9th solar power bulk-buy block is currently open for residents, farms and businesses throughout the New England North West region. As at the time of writing, deposits for just over half of the block have been taken. Now is your last chance to purchase and install solar power before the renewable energy credits reduce again on 1 [...] full article
In 2013, a group of consultants made several recommendations to Government about how to deal with the arsenic contaminated tailings from a processing facility at Urunga. One option presented was to truck 30,000M3 for storing and possibly processing to Hillgrove, on top of the escarpment in the upper Macleay catchment. Many people thought it was crazy [...] full article
This comes to us courtesy of the UN at the 24th annual climate change taxpayer-funded-tourism extravaganza. @satyatripathi could have printed out the script from any one of the 23 previous knees-ups. We shouldn't worry about 22,000 party-goers jetting in to Poland to turn up at the afternoon sessions when the...
Just weeks after NRL star Jarryd Hayne was charged with aggravated sexual assault over an incident on Grand Final night, another NSW State of Origin player has found himself accused of the very same offence. 27-year old St George Dragons player Jack de Belin has been accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year old woman in
EXCLUSIVE: Perhaps angling for a starring role as a stingy professor in a b-grade 1980's college flick, a Dean at a major Sydney university has this week sent a bizarre and pompous departing message to his highly trained staff ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays, warning them to behave themselves amidst the dangers of unbridled "hedonism". Our publisher, Serkan Ozturk, reports. [READ MORE]
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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr has said he will call for federal Labor to change the partys platform on restrictions preventing gay men to donate blood at the partys national Labor conference this weekend. Australia has a 12-month deferral period on donating blood for men who have sex with another man in the last 12 ...
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Anxious same-sex couples in Brazil are rushing to get married before the inauguration of right-wing president-elect Jair Bolsonaro, who has described himself as a proud homophobe. Bolsonaro has a long history of homophobic and misogynistic comments, including equating homosexuality to pedophilia and proclaiming he would rather his son die than be gay. As a result, ...
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One might well ask, Why did the government bother? We know the answer. Not because there is any real threat to religious freedom in Australia, but because a few aggrieved conservative Coalition MPs, egged on by the News Corp Sky News echo chamber detested the prospect of marriage equality and wanted to return to the days of discrimination against LGBTI people.
The Ruddock report and the Governments reaction to it has opened a can of worms and opened Pandoras Box, and all sorts of nasties have come out. The reports recommendations (No 5 and 7) included permitting religious schools to discriminate against students, staff and contractors on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or relationship status, (provided the discrimination is founded on precepts of the religion and has been publicised).
The Government flicked that one to the Australian Law Reform Commission.
So we have not moved very far, except to implicitly accept that this discrimination can continue until the commission deals with it.
But some good may come of all this. The worms and contents of Pandoras Box are so bad that they will cause a reaction. Indeed they have already done so.
As this column suggested some weeks ago when some of the recommendations were leaked, this report could easily back-fire on the conservative promoters of precept that people could discriminate under the banner of religion in a way that would otherwise be unlawful.
Australias top legal professional body, the Law Council of Australia, came out very shortly after the release of the report saying that while it welcomed steps to enshrine religious protections, the delicate balance between freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination would be better dealt with in comprehensive national anti-discrimination legislat...
My Instagram text from 6 days ago:
Vale Wim de Vos 1947-2018. He left the stage today, oh Boy, the Red Orb was the first stage I saw him on. As a musician, an artist, a printmaker, an educator and a facilitator he assisted so many people to find their voice and to become stars in their own right. I know I will always hear him talking to me in his melodic manner, as so many others will also. Im told his was a lovely release.
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Lorely Rodriguez aka Empress Of joined Tanya Ali on Arvos to chat all about, among other things, her collaboration and friendship with Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), and why pop is not a dirty word but an all-inclusive genre that deserves some damn respect.
Rodriguezs second album Us marked the beginning of a collaborative awakening for Rodriguez. Her first album Me was largely a solo venture arising out of self-imposed isolation writing and producing everything herself. By contrast, as the title suggests, Us sees Rodriguez gather some talented mates together around a newfound love of collaboration.
[On Me] I felt like I had to establish a sound and it was like okay cool I have established that I can produce, record and write everything I feel like I know who I am enough to where I can go in a room with another artist and still be myself
Rodriguez describes her process with close collaborator Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange as comfortable and conversational with their sessions often taking place outside the studio. Hynes vocal feature on opening track, Everything to Me was recorded in his hotel room in LA.
Listen back to the whole chat where Lorely and Tanya also get into the breadth of expression that oscillating between Spanish and English allows, the importance of Honduran culture to her art, and the inescapable politics of simply writing in Spanish as a woman of colour.
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Venezuela has just had municipal elections and the result was a landslide victory for the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). There were also important wins for candidates standing for grass roots (communal) organisations, some of which are critical of the PSUV. Together this accounted for about 75 percent of the vote and the taking of 90 percent of the contested positions.
The losers were the hard-line opposition. One reason is that they are very divided. Some of the parties boycotted and their core supporters didnt vote. This did affect the turnout. But other hard-line opposition parties did taker part. They failed to win support. The result was conclusive.
However, the supporters of the hardliners outside Venezuela, the Trump administration and the global media monopolies have chosen to remain silent. The result doesnt suit the narrative that the Maduro government is holding on through brute force, because it does not have the support of the Venezuelan people.
When there is a serious economic crisis, a high level of
sabotage and destabalisation carried out by those wanting regime
change, the outcome has been remarkable.
International observers on the ground praised he electoral process and ruled it to be fair. They also pointed out that the checking and rechecking of votes was transparent and thorough.
The result of the elections surprised the pundits.
Perhaps the oppositions having pushed the country into nine elections in three years and not respecting the process has something to do with it. Attempted intervention of the United States, its training of mercenaries in Columbia and elsewhere, an assassination attempt on President Maduro earlier this year and bankrolling of the opposition has outraged many and cant be discounted either.
There is a fear of the return of the old oligarchy of the past, which presided over extreme wealth and privilege for a very few and poverty for the rest of the nation.
Within the Bolivarian camp there is a debate over the pathto the future. A major criticism of the government is what is considered its top down style, rather than building a society government from the grass roots up. These critics call for a government that listens more.
Despite differences, the two wings are united in what they see is the need to stop the return of the foreign backed oligarchy.
It remains that a major part of the electorate did not take part. This is not unique to Venezuela, nor in Venezuela own history. Nor can it be said that all of those who did not vote are opponents of the government. The reasons for the failure to vote are complex.
Regardless of this, it its something the Boli...
New York Millennial cant afford to move to DC before her job in Congress starts read a recent headline in VICE for an article on how Congressmember-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez couldnt yet afford to move to Washington DC, as the rents in the city are so high. Not a week goes by without a media report revealing how difficult it is for young people to afford a house; simultaneously, were inundated by articles on disgustingly wealthy baby-boomers.
Pacific Island Nations, Least Developed Countries, and Climate Vulnerable Forum have all raised concerns over the level of ambition by the developed countries, including Australia. While some progress appears to have been made on development of the Paris rulebook, talks appear to have reached a substantial deadlock. While some nations have lifted ambition at COP24, many are still yet to
On 29 March this year[1,2], if nothing else changes, the UK will leave the European Union under the terms of Article 50. Unsurprisingly, lots of scenarios are being scripted, but the one I see as most likely doesnt seem to be among them.
I expect that nothing much will happen until about 28 March. May wont get a deal that can pass through Parliament. If she allows a vote at all, it wont be until late January and it wont pass. At that point, or possibly before, Labor will try a motion of no-confidence which will also not pass. There will be a push for a second referendum, but that will be stymied by the fact that the current law requires a minimum of 12 weeks to hold such an exercise, and that will be too late. There may also be an attempt to get an extension of time for the Article 50 notice, but at least one of the EU27 will find a reason to block it.
May will keep stalling for time, as she has done since taking office, until the deadline approaches. At that point, the ports will start to clog up, as shippers try to move goods across the channel before the No Deal exit. There will be attempts to negotiate temporary No Deal deals to smooth the flow, but they wont go anywhere. By March 28, or maybe a bit earlier, panic buying will empty supermarket shelves and stockpiles of medicine.
At that point, the prospect of NO Deal will become too terrifyingly real to contemplate and there will be only one option left. Britain unilaterally revokes its Article 50 declaration, and everyone agrees to forget the whole sorry business.
Feel free to point out plot holes, or suggest your own script.
fn1. Rather less momentously, I will turn 63.
fn2. Its generally good to be cautious about revealing your birthdate online. But mine is on Wikipedia, so I guess theres no harm in that.
Its the mysterious case of the missing Main Arm masterpiece.
As local artist Toni Clarke was driving down Main Arm Road with her carefully-wrapped graduation piece in the back of her ute last week, the rope securing the painting suddenly snapped.
Ms Clarke didnt notice the work was gone until she stopped for petrol in Mullumbimby soon after.
Devastated, I quickly drove all the way home to Palmwoods only minutes later but couldnt find it anywhere, Ms Clarke says.
The sad part of it is that it was my graduation piece for my opening night at the Byron School of Art.
It has to be somewhere.
Ms Clarke has made full use of the bush telegraph and local Facebook pages to search for the painting, but to no avail.
The only clue she has is that the painting may have been picked from the side of the road by a lady in a white Toyota ute who was last seen heading in the direction of Uki.
Given that the painting had the price of $1600 written on the back, there are concerns someone may be hoping to sell it for some quick Christmas cash.
It means so much to me to find it, she says
So if anyone has any leads it would be so appreciated if you could contact me, she says.
Ms Clarke is happy for the painting to be returned anonymously without any questions being asked.
You could drop it off at the Main Arm shop, or the Byron School of Art or Sunshine Alley in Mullumbimby, she says.
If you have any information about the whereabouts of the painting please call Toni on 0498 971 468.
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The Age reports: Victorias anti-corruption commission has charged three people who worked for former Andrews government MP Khalil Eideh with fraud, perjury and conspiracy over their alleged role in a Labor branch-stacking scam. The charges relate to the alleged misuse of Mr Eidehs taxpayer-funded printing budget to pay for Labor...
By Anja Hilkemeijer, University of Tasmania Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Attorney-General Christian Porter have released both the Ruddock Religious Freedom Review and the governments response. Given the panels recommendations were leaked to the media some time ago, the full report contains few surprises. But todays announcement ends months of speculation on how the government ...
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At the end of 2017, Brahma Chellaney, a professor with the New Delhi-based Center for Policy Research, wrote an article titled Chinas Creditor Imperialism in which he accused China of creating a debt trap from Argentina, to Namibia and Laos, mentioning its acquisition of, or investment in the construction of several port hubs, including Hambantota in Sri Lanka, Piraeus in Greece, Djibouti, and Mombasa in Kenya in recent years.
These countries are forced to avoid default by painfully choosing to let China control their resources and thus have forfeited their sovereignty, he wrote. The article described China as a new imperial giant with a velvet glove hiding iron fists with which it was pressing small countries. The Belt and Road Initiative, he concluded, is essentially an ambitious plan to realize Chinese imperialism. The article was later widely quoted by newspapers, websites and think tanks around the world.
When then United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited Africa in March, he also said that although Chinese investment may help improve Africas infrastructure, it would lead to increased debt on the continent, without creating many jobs.
It is no accident that this idea of Chinas creditor imperialism theory originates from India. New Delhi has openly opposed Chinas Belt and Road Initiative, especially the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor as it runs through Pakistan-administered Kashmir, which India regards as an integral part of its territory. India is also worried that the construction of Chinas Maritime Silk Road will challenge its dominance in South Asia and the Indian Ocean. Based on such a judgment, the Indian government has worked out its own regional cooperation initiatives, and taken moves, such as the declaration of cooperation with Vietnam in oil exploration in the South China Sea and its investment in the renovation of Chabahar port in Iran, as countermeasures against the Chinese initiative.
Since January, India, the United States, Japan and Australia have actively built a quasi-alliance system for a free and open Indo-Pacific order as an alternative to the Belt and Road Initiative. In April, a senior Indian official attending the fifth China-India Strategic Economic Dialogue reiterated the Indian governments refusal to participate in the initiative.
The creditor imperialism fallacy is in essence a deliberate attempt by India and Western countries to denigrate the Belt and Road Initiative, which exhibits their envy of the initial fruits the initiative has produced. Such an argument stems from their own experiences of colonialism and imperialism. It is exactly the US-led Western countries that attached their political and strategic interests to the debt relationship with debtor countries and forced them to sign unequal treaties. Chinas Belt...
I step away from the macroeconomic commentary for one minute and suddenly all the papers are stuck on the same subject. Interest rates.
The past week of financial commentary has been filled with guesstimates of what the Reserve Bank of Australia might do next.
Now, Ill admit, they arent the most interesting subject.
But there I was last week, poolside at a Bali resort, when I discovered it.
It didnt matter which site I flicked too.
They were all talking about the same thing.
It stumped me. Its not often that the financial rags are in sync like that.
Yet here they were, chewing over and over about what might happen.
Slow news day, maybe?
Or, more likely, it had finally dawned on them.
The Aussie economy is not okay.
Central bank out of touch with the market
So why all the fuss?
Gross domestic product data.
Yep. That precious number we get each quarter that tells us how well the Aussie economy is doing.
Or in this case, not doing.
You see, the September data drop showed that our GDP came in at 0.3% for the quarter. Which was half the expected 0.6%.
Taking our annual economic growth rate down to 2.8%.
It fell way short of market expectations.
And when I mean market expectations, I really mean that all the economists surveyed by Bloomberg tipped a median increase of 0.6% for the quarter.
However, the reason why the GDP was a hot topic is because it was a right punch, left hook market beat up.
You see, the June quarter data was 0.9%. So, not only was September one-third of that figure, but all the professional market forecasters got it wrong.
And the data was all the more topical because of what the Reserve Bank of Australia had said only 24 hours before the data was released.
In a crowded room, the RBA had confidently told the audience they expected our annual economic growth rate would remain at 3.5%.
Well, well, well.
First the economists, now the central bank.
Do you know what this reveals?
It tells us exactly how out of touch with reality the RBA is. And just how clueless the market experts really are.
The problem here is this tells us that industry professionals have completely misread the tone of the market.
That, perhaps, our own central banks statements of monetary policy each mon...
A very early carved ring by Barbara, Im surprised how many pieces (commissions) escaped without photo documentation. This is from 2005 and is listed in the commissions-the lot list. So reminds me of early Han Chinese carving, clouds & spirits working their magic. Settings checked and the usual clean . . .
Nagle claims that the liberal-left position on immigration reflects its elite detachment from the concerns of ordinary people: the American workers whose livelihoods are threatened by an influx of cheap labour.
When a child tells a parent or carer that they just had some lollies in a car with a man they didnt know all sorts of fears come flooding in. This was the case for a father in Brunswick Heads a few weeks ago when his five year old son told him that after a day at the pirate park.
My husband was at the park with our five year old son and was also looking after another child. Our five year old went to the toilet and when he didnt come back he went to look for him and found him.
Our five year old didnt say anything immediately it wasnt until later that evening that he told us a man had approached him as he came out of the toilets and offered him sweets. The man told him they were in his car and took him to the car, he got in and apparently there were lots of sweets, said the childs mother.
While nothing untoward happened in this instance and the child had some lollies in the car and was told to go back to your family it is a clear reminder to all parents and carers to keep a vigilant eye on children in their care when you are in public places, near waterway or public toilets said detective inspector Matt Kehoe from the Tweed Byron Police District.
Police have taken statements from both the child and father with descriptions of the vehicle and man involved in the incident.
CCTV footage has been examined and the area has been canvassed but no useful information has been gained, said detective Kehoe.
The description of the male and vehicle havent been linked to any other matters. We believe this is an isolated incident and is not a trend in this area. It has been referred to the Tweed/Byron detectives for follow up.
While the parents of the five year old had had stranger danger conversations with their son his mother said I would just remind parents to be really aware of your kids and where they are. Keep an eye out for them. And as a general person out and about dont be scared to speak up if you see somethgin strange going on.
Councillors have voted unanimously, says Cr Sarah Ndiaye, to urgently explore implementing a temporary extension of [Councils] contract with Surf Lifesaving Australia (SLSA) to include Tyagarah Beach in their patrol this summer.
The Echos Council reporter left just before the vote was taken at Thursdays meeting (December 13), but staff have confirmed the motion as supplied by Cr Ndiaye is correct.
Cr Ndiaye told Echonetdaily that if lifesavers patrolled the beach, It will help support visitors to feel safe, deter poor behaviour and encourage better water safety on what is quite a dangerous stretch of open beach.
Meanwhile, Council will continue to work towards instillation of cameras and explore the legalities around improving safety.
The motion as supplied by Cr Ndiaye says $10,000 will be immediately allocated towards Tyagarah Reserve CCTV cameras and related signage from unrestricted reserve funds.
Staffs report in the agenda advised councillors that Council was already $10,000 short in its budget deficit, owing to an drought relief urgency motion at the October 18 meeting.
But Cr Alan Hunter argued at the meeting that Councils funds were above its requirement to have at least $1m in cash reserves, and as such, he urged councillors to spend the money on cameras.
Councillors agreed that $15,000 will also be taken from the unrestricted reserve fund for the surf patrol.
While questions were raised at the meeting whether CCTV cameras would be immediately vandalised after installation, it emerged that Council had already committed to spending the money on the cameras and that discussions were yet to be held with stakeholders such as the NPWS and Police....
Disco Dong, Sea Side Shaft, Schlonghenge Whatever you want to call it, the new, undeniably-phallic sculpture rising proudly from Byrons Bayshore Dr roundabout has certainly captured the worlds imagination.
But it may not be the kind of attention Byron Council was hoping for when it commissioned the 12-metre, $52,000 installation for the gateway to the arts and industrial estate.
The finishing touches are still being made to the sculpture a depiction of the Byron lighthouse made from thousands of stainless steel birds but it has already become a source of hilarity, derision and in some cases outrage for locals and non-locals alike.
Goulburn has the big merino Coffs has the big bananaByron shire gets the big dick one local commented on the Byron Bay Community Board Facebook page.
Can you believe it, the giant bird-phallus has already hit the headlines in the Daily Mail, ENGLAND! said another.
Others have been less jocular about the towns latest artistic addition.
More than 520 people have already signed a petition on Change.org for the installation to be removed, and the numbers are continuing to climb fast.
I feel terrible for the person or persons who made the giant new sculpture, but it is an eyesore, and looks a little too close to being a males private organ rather than a lighthouse, even it its not quite fin...
If you're pressed for time, Tom Fitton from Judicial Watch is worth a look. Jim Jordan hooks into the IRS over its targeting of conservative organisations. Here is the whole of the hearing. As you would imagine, it's highly political. The Democrats on the Committee line up in support of...
COWGIRL IN THE SAND, VOL. II (2018) Back in 2014 we put together a mixtape featuring many of our favourite female singers and songwriters. We had great feedback about it and so in this day and age of Spotify playlists we thought itd be a great idea to put together a second volume, this time
Unless youve been living under a Facebook ban (dont scoff, its a twice yearly occurrence for old confrontational Keith over here), youd know that we at Global Hobo are taking our travel writing workshops not only to a new continent (Europe), but to a new country within that continent (Spain) and with a new format (a road trip).
Maybe youll join us and hone your travel journalism craft with practical experience from industry professionals, all the while learning Spanish and immersing yourself in the worlds best shared cuisine (come at us China) and wine (eff you Bordeaux). Or maybe you wont, but its a guarantee that at some point in your hobo career, youll be visiting Spain, and seeing as though Ive been living here on and off for 13 years and still speak the language like a tongue-tied toddler, we figured Im best suited to give you some insider tips.
The young but already iconic Brunswick Picture House received a huge $$627,00 boost from the Regional Arts NSW and other state government agencies for its long planned capital works program this morning.
After a passionate performance announcing the search for funding in July, Ben Franklin, the NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy and Northern NSW joined NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin this morning to deliver the good news to a beaming Chris Chen and Brett Haylock, producers of the Brunswick Picture House, at the venue in Brunswick Heads.
The 200 seat capacity not-for-profit theatre had received strong support from the community for its grant application. The producers, with a history of hosting cabaret worldwide, recently purchased and renovated the almost-forgotten historical building, and from 2016 have pursued a strategy of providing an international standard of performances across live music, cabaret, comedy, and circus, in addition to film for all ages curated by Pete Castaldi; programming that has been credited with revitalising not only its home village of Brunswick Heads but also the surrounding region.
The planned works include a new toilet block with the inclusion of a disabled toilet facility, new office and back stage areas, a new roof with a full solar array, long awaited new seats and air conditioning.
Everything we have planned in the renovations has been with the goal of increasing the comfort and experience of both our loving and loyal customers, and the stream of amazing local and international performers who pass through our doors, said Haylock.
Mr Franklin told the receptive crowd that the wonderful Brunswick Picture House was becoming very quickly the iconic venue in the entire Northern Rivers.
Arts Minister Don Harwin in turn praised the advocacy of Mr Franklin on behalf of regional arts and in the Picture House in particular. Saying that he grew up i...
The NSW Aboriginal Land Rights Council (NSWALC) was established in 1977 as an independent lobby group to assist in the fight for Indigenous land rights. It formed at a meeting of 200 First Nations representatives held at the Black Theatre in Redfern. Over 1977 to 1981, the NSWALC submitted ten land claims with the NSW government. The
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By Ugur Nedim and Sonia Hickey A pensioner who sold crystal methamphetamine and heroin to his neighbours has been sentenced to a minimum term of three-and-a-half years in prison for drug supply. Mr Elefterios Terry Skoumbourdis is an unemployed cancer survivor who set up a drug business from his public housing unit in Wollongong, which
This May 2018 video says about itself:
According to Business Insider, who spoke with numerous Amazon warehouse employees, conditions for workers are so bad, they pee in bottles out of fear of getting their pay docked for taking a break. The Resident discusses.
By Oscar Grenfell in Australia:
Australian Amazon worker alleges unfair dismissal
13 December 2018
A worker who was employed by a labour hire firm at Amazons Sydney warehouse has launched legal action alleging that he was unfairly dismissed for joining a trade union and asking management for a greater number of hours per week.
According to an article in the Guardian on Tuesday, the worker, named only as Raj, has initiated a general protections case in the Fair Work Commission, the federal industrial tribunal, demanding reinstatement. An initial hearing, held on November 29, did not resolve the dispute, and the case is likely to come before a federal court next year.
The allegations shed further light on the draconian regime that prevails in warehouses operated by the global retail giant around the world. It follows dozens of reports of workplace injuries and unfair terminations, along with onerous working conditions and poverty-level wages.
Raj was reportedly the first employee at the Sydney warehouse to join the SDA [Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association]. Raj, and the union, claim that he was directed by management not to wear an SDA cap and lanyard during work hours....
Tony Rinaudo's regeneration technique, developed in west Africa 30 years ago, has helped bring back forest over 6m hectaresThrough the cacophony of the UN's global climate talks, an Australian farmer is quietly spreading his plan to reforest the world.Over more than 30 years in west Africa, Tony Rinaudo has regenerated more than 6m hectares an area nearly as large as Tasmania. His farmer-managed natural regeneration technique is responsible for 240m trees regrowing across that parched [...]
Savannah Conley has been getting a bit of attention of late, with her torch-song country soul sound. Shes got one of those voices that dances on melodies while searching the bottom of a whisky glass. Same Old Eyes, from her EP Twenty-Twenty, rides on a slow and lonely backbeat and shimmering guitars. Lovely stuff. If
Frustrated leaders appeal to all OECD countries' to phase out use as Australia signals support for new plantsPacific countries vulnerable to climate change have urged Australia to abandon coal power generation within 12 years, and to prohibit new coal plants or expansion of existing plants.The call from 15 small Pacific island states came one day after the Australian government called for expressions of interest in new power generation projects, indicating it would be prepared to use [...]
Learning about tiny living year seven students from Mullumbimby High School recently visited the Humpy Display Village in the Bangalow Industrial Estate to explore the ideas behind Humpy Co.
Students toured the village and explored the range of Humpy dwellings on display as part of the unit they are currently studying at school. They got to learn how the pods are made from order to delivery, the wide range of uses they have, and how quick and easy a Humpy is to install a Humpy can be installed in under a day. The team also touched on the impact and advantages of businesses being environmentally conscious.
Owners of the business Travis Lowe, a qualified carpenter of 15 years along with his father Brian Lowe, a registered builder for over 40 years, were able to take the student through the process of design and erection of these backyard pods.
The beauty of a Humpy is that it comes flat-packed, so can be installed without the need to remove fence panels or hire cranes. They are environmentally friendly, do not require footings and when you need to move it, simply dismantle it and take it with you, said Travis.
Revolut, the London-based fintech unicorn that offers users a digital alternative to traditional banking services, has been granted a European banking license by regulatory authorities, allowing them to offer Europe-based users a plethora of digital banking services.
Revolut features an in-app exchange that allows users to gain exposure to five cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Ripple. The platform, which in many ways is a competitor to the US-based Robinhood, allows users to buy and sell crypto commission free, with the only cost being a 1.5% exchange rate markup to account for volatility.
On Thursday, the company announced that they had received a banking license from the European Central Bank (ECB), which will allow them to begin expanding their services across the continent, entering key markets like Germany, the U.K., France, and Poland, over the next year.
Revolut will offer users nearly all the services that traditional banks offer, including business and consumer lending, direct salary deposits, overdrafts, and up to 100,000 protection covered by the European Deposit Insurance Scheme.
Revolut, which offers users quick and simple access to cryptocurrencies, is opening between 8,000 and 10,000 accounts per day, and has plans to expand into the US, Canada, Japan, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand, throughout 2019.
Nik Storonsky, the founder and CEO of Revolut, spoke to CNBC earlier this week, and said that the company already has a significant amount of users in the US waiting for accounts.
At the moment we have about 100,000 waiting in the U.S. without any marketing, he said.
As Revolut expands its services across the world and gains more users, it could potentially siphon a significant amount of money into the crypto markets due to the easy and cheap access it offers users.
In addition to offering easy access to crypto, Revolut also launch...
This 2014 video says about itself:
The origins of advanced forms of life began 500 million years ago during the Ordovician period ending with the Silurian extinction event. Australian biologist Richard Smith travels across the continent to study the fossil record of living things that continued to ourish at this time as it did in the earlier Cambrian period.
Invertebrates, namely mollusks and arthropods, dominated the oceans and sh, the worlds first true vertebrates, continued to evolve, with jaws appearing late in the period, not yet to diversifying onto land. About 100 times as many meteorites struck the Earth during the Ordovician compared with today.
Early animals: Death near the shoreline, not life on land
December 13, 2018
Our understanding of when the very first animals started living on land is helped by identifying trace fossils the tracks and trails left by ancient animals in sedimentary rocks that were deposited on the continents.
Geoscientists Anthony P. Shillito and Neil S. Davies of the University of Cambridge studied the site of what has widely been accepted as the earliest set of non-marine trackways, in Ordovician (ca. 455 million-year-old) strata from the Lake District, England.
What they discovered is that the trackways occur within volcanic ash that settled under water, and not within freshwater lake and sub-aerial sands (as previously thought). This means that the site is not the oldest evidence for animal communities on land, but instead is actually a remarkable example of a prehistoric Pompeii, says Shillito a suite of rocks that preserve trails made by distressed and dying...
Ewen Hosie | Australian Mining | December 12, 2018
Nautilus Minerals production support vessel (PSV) has been acquired by Indian company MDL Energy in a blow to Nautilus deep-sea mining plans.
The in-construction PSV is a cornerstone of the Canadian companys plans for its Solwara 1 deep sea mining project in Papua New Guinea.
The Solwara 1 project is an underwater mining project using heavy vehicles called seafloor production tools (SPTs) for sulphide extraction (primarily gold, silver and copper) from the Bismarck Sea, offshore Papua New Guinea.
The PSV is primarily designed to support Nautilus mining operations by collecting the extracted materials at the waters surface via pumps running up from the seabed.
In July 2018, the owner of the Chinese shipyard where the PSV is being built announced that it had rescinded its shipbuilding contract with Nautilus-contracted Marine Assets Corporation (MAC) due to the latter defaulting on its payments, throwing the vessels future into doubt....
A nice link from Peter in comments. And Australian coal exports will thrive for many decades to come. Pity the public service is the main beneficiary in Queensland.
Santa will pay Ocean Grove a visit on Christmas Eve thanks to the CFA.
Santa, the fire truck and Santas helpers will be at the following locations at the following specified times:
5pm Surf Beach (near the SLSC)
5.20pm Lake Avenue Reserve (corner Blue Waters Dve and Lake Ave)
5.40pm Belle Vue Drive (Normandy Cres and Belle Vue Dve)
6pm Goandra Drive (Yellow Gums Reserve)
6.20pm Ocean Grove Park (Hodgson St Park)
5pm Ocean Grove Memorial Reserve (The Avenue)
5.20pm Surfside Primary School (John Dory Drive)
5.40pm Sunset Strip Milk Bar (Sunset Strip)
6pm Collendina Reserve (Minerva Close)
6.20pm Begola Wetlands (Roditis Dve end)
5pm Woodlands Reserve (north, west end Woodlands Drive)
5.20pm Kingston Downs Dve Playground (north end)
5.40pm Oakdean Blvd playground (north, east end)
6pm Sea Views Manor
6.20pm Parkview Ave Reserve
Santa will spend approximately 15 minutes at each location then move on.
Leading up to Christmas look out for the signs posted at each location.
Ocean Grove CFA is reminding that fire restrictions have been in force from 26 November and there is no burning off without a permit.
Bellarine water-goers have been warned to steer clear of another sea sparkle bloom off the coast between Point Lonsdale and Torquay.
Noctiluca scintillans could cause severe reactions, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning regional commander Aaron van Winden warned.
Direct contact may cause allergic reactions such as skin rashes or itchiness, sore ears or nose, or if swallowed, gastroenteritis, nausea and vomiting, he said.
Wash immediately with fresh water if you do come in contact with sea sparkle and seek medical advice if experiencing illness after contact with affected water.
During daylight the masses of tiny organisms appear as a murky red, pink or orange sludge floating on the waters surface.
When present, blooms produce a spectacular glowing light at night, however, as a precaution, members of the public are advised to avoid direct contact with affected water, Mr van Winden said.
Sea sparkle is a common bioluminescent organism and during blooms can produce toxic levels of ammonia that can lead to fish deaths.
Affected water can become temporarily discoloured and have an unpleasant smell.
The bloom was currently one to two kilometres from the shore, Mr van Winden said.
The bloom does not appear to be impacting local beaches at this time, however we are monitoring the situation closely for any changes.
There have several sea sparkle blooms off the Surf Coast and Bellarine Peninsula over the past three months, including a trail several hundred metres long between Jan Juc and Torquay last month.
A department spokesperson was unable to say if the latest bloom was directly related to last months event.
Tranquillity@Twilight will be held in the popular time slot of 4pm to 9pm on Saturday 5 January.
Last years festival was a hit, attracting around 8000 people who enjoyed the live entertainment.
Next years festival is again at Ocean Grove Park and promises innovative entertainment and an eclectic mix of stalls and food to launch the Bellarine into the new year with fun and flair.
In keeping with the fairs traditional roots the 2019 event will feature a new tranquillity corner, with stalls covering all aspects of the mind, body and soul.
Leave the world behind as you explore this special corner of the fair, including reiki healing, relaxation massage, henna tattoos, tarot card readings, crystals, aromatherapy products, dream catchers, jewellery, original-design clothing and more.
Kids will love the new kids corner featuring the Krazy Koala puppet show, toy stalls, fairy dresses, a lucky dip, a lolly stall, face painting and hair braiding.
Amusement rides and free craft activities will round off the evening.
There will be more than 100 stalls and food vendors, including unique clothing and accessories, artwork, ceramics, pet products, handcrafts, handmade jewellery, candles, wind chimes and more.
A variety of international food selections will include: Tibetan, Turkish, Indian, Mexican, Asian street food, Chinese dumplings, seafood, vegetarian, Dutch buttons and Spanish churros. There will also be fresh smoothies, donuts and ice creams.
Adults can enjoy a quiet drink at the fair, from the licensed cashless bar.
Bring a chair or picnic rug to relax and watch the entertainment on stage featuring:
DJ Vince Peach spinning discs between the acts on the pavilion stage.
The Violas 4pm
The Band Who Knew Too Much 5pm
The Kite Machine 6.30 pm
The Gems 8pm
Vince Peach DJ 4.30pm, 6pm, 7.30 pm
Entry for a full evening of fun and entertainment is only $5 per person. Children under 16 admitted free.
Bellarine Peninsula residents will face no extra water restrictions this summer, even under the worst climate conditions, Barwon Water announced.
Geelongs water storage levels heading into a dry summer were at 57 per cent last Monday, below 72 per cent the same time last year.
Barwon Water managing director Tracey Slatter urged residents to use water wisely this summer.
But she said Geelongs water supply was secure next year and for years to come, even in extremely dry weather.
Our modelling shows that water restrictions wont be needed in any of our service areas, even under the worst climate conditions, Ms Slatter said.
The decision follows Bureau of Meteorology predictions of a drier-than-usual summer, due to warmer-than-average temperatures and average rainfall over the next three months.
State Government and Barwon Water had invested in infrastructure, such as a Melbourne to Geelong pipeline, to shore up supply, Ms Slatter said.
Together with responsible water use, the investments helped keep local water supply stable, she said.
We encourage people to keep up the good work to make sure we continue to have plenty of water available.
Barwon Water would continue to restrict sprinkler and watering system use to between 6pm and 10am and enforce trigger nozzle requirements, Ms Slatter said.
Barwon Water recently released its Annual Water Outlook and was preparing a 50-year plan for water demand.
The authority reviews the plan every five years to respond to changes in climate, population growth and development.
Water demand was at its highest in the early 1980s, when Geelongs population was about half what it is today, according to Barwon Water historic data.
Since 1981-82 water demand has reduced by about 28 per cent.
This significant drop in water use is due, in part, to people adopting more water-wise behaviours during and beyond the drought of the early to mid-2000s, Ms Slatter said.
It shows the powerful impact of everyday conservation habits, like taking shorter showers and fixing leaks, in reducing our collective water use.
Participants competing in this summers RT Edgar Rip to River Classic can expect an altered course map to accommodate for a temporary exclusion zone at Ocean Grove main beach.
Ocean Grove SLSC president and Rip to River Classic race director David Pavia said an exclusion zone is due to two plover chicks nesting west of Ocean Grove main beach.
As at 9 December, there were two plover chicks nesting near 17W, west of Ocean Grove main beach, Mr Pavia told the Voice.
If all goes well and they are still there in late December, there will likely be course changes to accommodate them.
This will be confirmed very close to event day, after consultation with Barwon Coast and Birdlife Australia.
The 39th Rip to River Classic, which takes place on Saturday 29 December, is Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Clubs biggest annual fundraiser.
Last summers Rip to River was moved from 6 January to 18 February after extreme heat forced the event to be postponed.
Mr Pavia is confident numbers will increase for the 29 December date to cater for holidaymakers flocking to region over the Christmas and New Year break.
Numbers were down last summer due to a re-scheduled date in February, he said.
In the history of the Rip to River, last summer was the first time the event was postponed, and hopefully we will have better luck this summer.
He said Ocean Grove SLSC required up to 150 club volunteers on the day to assist with course set up, logistics, medical first aid, patrollers on water stations and members helping with registrations and catering.
Start times are for a later 9am start for the 10km Walk which gets under way at Point Lonsdale beach, while the 5km Run begins at Ocean Grove main beach due to a low tide.
The 10km Classic Run commences at Point Lonsdale beach below the lighthouse at 9.30am, while the 1.4km Ripper Nipper run starts at Ocean Grove main beach at 9.30am.
Entries can be done online via registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=28692 up and up to 30 minutes before the event starts.
A registration day will be held between 4pm and 7pm on Friday 28 December at the Rip to River marquee near the patrol tower at Ocean Grove main beach for all events.
Adult entries are $50 while junior entries start from $20.
Event sponsor RT Edgar will provide showbags to participants.
Waiting times for elective surgery and emergency department treatment have fallen at hospitals across the Northern Rivers over the past three months, according to the Northern NSW Local Health District.
But the NSW Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord claims that the hospitals are at breaking point, with more than 5,000 patients waiting for elective surgery.
In an ebullient media statement following the release of a new Bureau of Health Information report, the health district said that Lismore and Balina hospitals were among six norther coast facilities which had seen an improvement in the number of emergency department patients starting treatment on time.
There was a huge improvement in patients starting treatment on time [at Lismore hospital], up 15.9 percentage points to 75.8 per cent, the statement said.
68.4 per cent of patients left the ED within four hours, a significant improvement compared to 59.5 per cent last year.
At Ballina Hospital 82.1 per cent of patients started treatment on time, up nine percentage points on last year.
Nearly 81 per cent of patients left the Balina ED within four hours, the statement said, up from 73.5 per cent last year.
However, this was partly explained by a 5.1 per cent fall in the number of people presenting to the ED.
There was a similar fall in presentations at Byron Central Hospital a surprising statistic given that the hospital is only in its second year of operation.
Tweed Hospital saw 80.8 per cent of patients treated on time, a 3.9 percentage point increase on last year.
Despite this decrease in patients, the percentage of people who started treatment on time and left within four hours has remained roughly the same as the same time last year at around 80 per cent.
The health district also spruiked the elective surgery performance at local hospitals, stating that 97.4 per cent of patients at Ballina hospital received their surgery on time this quarter, with 100 per cent of urgent procedures completed on time.
But Shadow NSW Health Minister Walt Secord took a very different view of the report.
He said it revealed that 5020 patients are currently waiting for elective surgery across the Northern NSW Local Health District, 51 on whom had been waiting for more than a year.
The Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley Football Club have been working hard to nurture their womens football teams and with over 100 female players they are excited about the recent $20,000 funding to provide female change rooms and showers.
Local Labor MP for Richmond Justine Elliot announced the funding saying, These extensions will benefit the strong female membership of the club as well as visiting teams, female officials, committee members and future players, and will contribute to a safe and inclusive environment for all female players.
The funding is allocated from the governments Stronger Communities Programme for small capital grants supporting projects that will contribute to the vibrancy and viability of our region.
The new facilities at Mullumbimby Brunswick Valley Football Club will also help drive female participation at all levels of the game, with a key focus on increasing female player participation, Justine said.
If anyone is interested in joining the Club for next years season please contact Sharon email@example.com or 0435 057 463.
No surprises here that host Country Poland has received the Colossal Fossil Award of COP24 for it's behaviour incongruent with a climate change conference, including continuing emphasis on coal development, and coal company sponsorship of the COP. What was even more concerning was the security legislation passed early this year, and it's by Polish authorities to deny entry and/or deport at
Its so nice reading an article that joins the dots. I get so sick of people concentrating on one issue or another, ignoring everything else troubling civilisation. From Consciousness of Sheep, who else.?
Britain has apparently been thrown into crisis overnight. Meanwhile across the channel, French president Macron is desperately trying to extinguish the flames of another weekend of mass protests that have now spread to Belgium and Holland. In Eastern Europe the hard-right are gaining support; even undermining the previously untouchable Angela Merkels power base in the former East Germany. Across the Atlantic meanwhile, the lines between deranged Democrats and MAGA nationalists are being drawn in readiness for Americas second civil war. We are surely living through the greatest crisis in modern history.
Well, yes indeed we are. But everything set out in the first paragraph is no more than the froth on the beer. These political spasms are merely the outward manifestation of a human catastrophe that has been decades in the making.
Two far greater symptoms of our predicament have gained at least some public traction this year. First was an all too visible plastic pollution crisis that is increasingly difficult to ignore now that China has ceased acting as the Wests rubbish dump. Second is the somewhat less visible insect apocalypse that has seen the near extinction of a raft of pollinating insect species; without which we humans are doomed to starvation. Interestingly, while these two symptoms are only tenuously related to climate change, they have tended to be included under that shorthand heading. Plastic certainly damages the environment, but its build up owes far more to the ongoing power of the petrochemicals industry and the myth of recyclingthan to changes in climate. The same goes for the insects. While there may have been some climactic impact on migrations and reproduction, the main cause is the vast quantities of chemical insecticides required by an industrialised agriculture tasked with feeding 7.5 billion humans on a planet that could barely feed one seventh of that without fossil fuels and agrochemicals.
In the affected areas, local populations have been stunned by a series of red tide events that result in the mass deaths of fish and other marine creatures. Climate change is indirectly involved in these events because of the increased rainfall from warmer storms. But once again it is our industrial agriculture that is the primary cause ...
A woman has been charged after the body of a nine-month-old girl was located on a Queensland beach last month.
About 12.30am (Queensland time) on Monday 19 November 2018, emergency services were called to Staghorn Avenue and the Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, after a nine-month-old girl was found unresponsive.
Paramedics declared the child deceased at the scene.
Queensland Police Service launched an investigation and were assisted by NSW Police Force detectives.
Investigators spoke with the childs parents a 47-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman with the man being arrested that day.
Detectives from the Homicide Squad and Tweed/Byron Police District, with the assistance of specialist detectives from Queensland, established Strike Force Palua to investigate the girls death.
It will be alleged in court that the child died in NSW.
On Thursday 22 November 2018, the 47-year-old man was charged with murder. He remains before the courts.
Following further inquiries, a 23-year-old woman was arrested by detectives from Queensland Police Services Child Protection and Investigation Unit on the Gold Coast, Queensland, about 2pm yesterday (Thursday 13 December 2018).
The woman appeared at Southport Magistrates Court, where Strike force Palua investigators applied for and were granted her extradition to NSW.
She was escorted by police to Tweed Heads Police Station, where she was charged with fail to provide for child cause danger of death (DV).
The woman was refused bail and is due to appear at Byron Bay Local Court today (Friday 14 December 2018).
Investigations under Strike Force Palua are continuing.
Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Palua detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.
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Pokies came under fire at the Ballina Shire Council meeting yesterday (Thursday) when the rental discount for Club Lennox came up for discussion. The Club is built on council-owned community land and currently receives a 50 per cent rental discount in recognition of the good community work they do.
What seemed to be a relatively routine matter of extending a rental discount for a club on community land turned into a debate on the social cost of poker machines, said Councillor Keith Williams.
This reflects the strong community sentiment to reduce the number of pokies machines across the Ballina electorate. A survey conducted across the electorate earlier this year by the new owners of the Beach Hotel in Byron found that three-quarters of the people surveyed supported a cut back on poker machines while just 10 per cent opposed the move.
Councillors Smith, Meehan and Cadwallader spoke in opposition to the motion saying that the industry was already heavily regulated by the state and it was not Councils role to regulate the machines or tell The Club how to operate its business.
However, Councillor Williams highlighted that taking up the proposal was entirely at the Clubs discretion saying, We are offering a financial incentive for the club to consider the impact of poker machines on the community. If the option doesnt work for The Club, then they can continue with the current 50 per cent discount.
This recognises the great work Club Lennox already does in supporting a vibrant, welcoming community.
Councillors voted 64 in favour of the motion with Councillors Willis, Williams, McCarthy, J Johnson, Parry and Wright voting for and Smith, Cadwallader, E Johnston and Meehan voting against.
Council will receive a further report on poker machine harm minimisation strategies being undertaken by Councils next yea...
Camila is the DC campaign director for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and has been at the heart of the movement behind what will soon become the strongest climate bill in the country. She coordinated and led the DC Climate Coalition, which is made of more than 110 environmental and justice advocacy organizations, faith groups, unions, consumer advocacy organizations, D.C. businesses, and more. Heres her story.
What woke you up to the climate crisis?
I was 15 when I first saw the climate hockey stick graph. I realized that this skyrocketing arrow of temperature would take place in my life time. All of the big milestones of life that I was looking forward to would be in the context of this big global crisis. It led to the question of whether or not to have kids which is still a big question for me where I would put down roots, what my family would do. My moms a farmer; will that be still viable in Oregon, where Im from, when temperatures get so extreme?
Then I had the great fortune of visiting my extended family including a bunch of cousins in Australia after I graduated from high school. For my eighteenth birthday, they gave me this awesome gift of a day snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef. But I saw that the reef, even then, was starting to bleach out. That was one of the first realizations that all these forecasts of devastation were already starting, and at a very fast rate.
What impacts of climate change currently hit home to you?
The last two summers, my home in the Rogue Valley in southern Oregon has been suffocated by wildfire smoke. My mom started the first commercial organic cut-flower farm on the West Coast. I grew up there with my little sister. But now, my sister works with her, and they have to wear heavy-duty gas masks, with the level of smoke that sometimes makes southern Oregon look like Beijing. It was like that for eight weeks this summer.
Then the Paradise fires happened, following all the previous years fires in California. There was an illusion that if you live in a town or city that youre going to be safe, but thats been totally obliterated. Homes and entire cities have been burned to the ground. People escaped down these two-lane roads on foot, or in cars with their kids while the outsides...
Many commenters have great difficulty understanding my views on foreign policy. I presume this is because many (most?) commenters think this way: Sumner said X. People who say X usually believe Y. Therefore Sumner thinks Y. That might work for most people, but it doesnt work for me. Actually, my views on foreign policy are boringly conventional and quite moderate:
1. Some of my commenters accuse me of being a bloodthirsty warmonger, because I support NATO. I.e., I think we should go to war against Russia if they invade Estonia. I also think we should go to war against China if they invade Japan or Australia, due to our defense treaties with Pacific powers. I like mutual defense treaties among countries that have their act together. AFAIK, its the only foreign policy that seems to consistently work. They are one of humanitys greatest achievements.
2. Another group of commenters think Im a lily-livered, Neville Chamberlain appeaser, because I dont wish to go to war against China over Taiwan or Xinjiang.
3. Another group thinks I dont care about human rights abuses in foreign countries, even though I passionately care about human rights abuses in foreign countriesfar more than 90% of Americans, and infinitely more than Trumpwho is quite upfront about not caring at all. Reading about the Rohingyas and the Yazidis literally brings tears to my eyes. I care so much about foreigners that other commenters say Im not patriotic enough, putting the interests of the most oppressed people in the developing world ahead of red-blooded Americans. I cant win.
4. Another group claims I dont believe that distinct regions should be free to secede from larger entities, even though Ive expressed support for peaceful examples of secession, as with the Czechoslovakia. They confuse my statements about the current agreed upon rules of international law (no secession without consent) with my personal views as to what sort of world would be best. My claim that Taiwan would be foolish to secede from China without their permission, thereby triggering a horrific war, makes me a Chinese apologist in their view. Taiwan already has all the advantages of de facto independence, and is fortunately too smart to take the advice of my rash commenters (safely out of harms way) and commit mass suicide by seceding. While I have no problem with the idea of an independent Taiwan achieved peacefully with Beijings consent, the US should tell Taiwan If you formally secede, youre on your own. Id guess we already have. And in any case, Taiwan is currently doing fine. If it aint broke, dont fix it.
Are there other occasions where you might want to use military force, beyond mutual defense treaties? As a utilitarian I cannot say there are no circumstanc...
It has been an ordinary year for universities in Australia. While the National Tertiary Education Union pats itself on the back for supposedly advancing the rights and pay of academics, several face removal and castigation at the hands of university
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This is the world inhabited by Turnbull, Gillard, Clinton et al. Scott Morrison has to stop the rot. Australia should be fighting against this rubbish - not pandering to it. Take a walk with EIB Martin Berg at #COP24 'We are often asked why we are here at #COP24 if...
Not only neo-nazis in the German armed forces, in the United States armed forces, in the British armed forces, in the Ukrainian armed forces, in the Czech armed forces, in the Australian armed forces, in the Belgian armed forces, in the Greek armed forces
Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:
Reports of Nazi statements investigated by the Ministry of Defense
The Ministry of Defense is investigating scandals in the armed forces. State Secretary Visser writes to the Lower House that reports have been made about inadmissible behaviour at training institutes and in yet another armed forces section.
According to Visser, the commander of the Dutch Defense Academy (NLDA), including the army and navy schools, received signals that within a small group hurtful and abusive visual material is shared.
Im quite used to seeing beautiful flowers in our inbox from DavidinOz so this not-floral submission by him caught me by surprise and made me smile out loud. Thanks, David.
In addition to roses, David Ruston also collected cars. Here are a couple of oddities.
The pink tractor, Betty Boobs, is used at functions / events raising money for breast cancer research and support.
The Yella Fella is a Lightburn Zeta, designed and build in Adelaide by a company best known for washing machines and cement mixers. Fewer than 400 were sold as it hist the market at the same time the Morris Mini arrived in Australia and mini mania took hold.
Another addition, the Blackheath Philosophy Forum.
Feature article. The racism of the left on display in the Guardian.
In no particular order. Australian Institute for Progress, The Institute of Public Affairs IPA, the Centre for Independent Studies CIS, The Sydney Institute, Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, Quadrant On Line, The Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Tim Blair, Andrew Norton, the classical liberal in Carlton, Rite-ON admirable Queensland activists!, The Menzies Research Centre, Jim Rose Utopia You Are Standing in It. LibertyWorks.
Still building and looking at more specialised sites.
For Nerds. Rafes Rathouse,...
Earlier today I spoke with Steve Austin on his 612 ABC Brisbane Drive program about the Queensland Governments Mid Year Fiscal and Economic Review and my recently published book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next.
While the state government today reported a $677 million surge in royalty revenue this financial year owing to higher than expected coal prices, it still projected more-or-less the same trajectory of increasing state debt, which is on its way to over $83 billion in total by mid-2022. And the MYFER highlighted a substantial fiscal risk to future state budgets, the impending High Court decision in the Timber Creek case regarding native title compensation (see p. 16 of the MYFER).
You can listen to my views on MYFER as well as my responses to Steves questions regarding my new book from 2:02:10, but please note this audio will be taken down from the ABC site after its been up for a week:
Topics discussed included Sir Leo Hielschers fine fiscal legacy, how Queenslands fiscal situation deteriorated after Terry Mackenroth left the Treasury portfolio in the mid-2000s, how Queensland lost its once much vaunted position as the low tax state, and why we shouldnt be complacent about the debt. We discussed the fiscal trouble Queensland found itself in during the last financial crisis and how it would be a good insurance policy to pay down debt in case we face another one, with Steve noting predictions of a global recession and possible financial crisis in 2020.
This was the second ABC radio interview on the book I had this week. On Tuesday, I was lucky enough to speak with Pat Hession at ABC North Queensland, who broadcasts from the ABCs well-positioned site on Wickham St, Townsville, just a short walk from both Flinders St and the Strand:
To be honest- I am wearing down.
After my father admitted he had committed crimes against children and that he had skeletons in his closet- I decided to try and expose what my family has been involved with.
A year ago last January I reached out repeatedly to Trump on Twitter to try and enlist his help and that March- I started to get non stop targeted.
Doug Mesner aka Satanic Temples founder Lucien Greaves and his group has attacked me non stop- sending me constant emails bragging about what they were doing.
Doug has a long history of doing what he can to discredit victims of Satanic Ritual abuse- where victims, as children, were ritually abused in the worship of evil, making videos and doing seminars calling all victims liars, frauds, or crazy.
His Co founder of the Satanic Temple Shane Bugbee- has exposed Dougs involvement with the CIA in an expose called Master and Slave
Doug has repeatedly told me I would be dead soon and that they would get me put in jail where they would have me murdered.
As such- in the past two years I have spent more time in court than I ever have in my entire life. It is all documented in public records in Kent WA, Pacific WA. And the Shelby County IA court house.
Even now I am facing losing my emotional support dogs- at the same time facing being charged with a crime for even having them.
The Satanic Temple has a long history of using the court of law to harass and hurt anyone who they feel violates their rights or they see as a threat. It isnt just me.
My local Sherriffs dept has the plethora of emails I have received since January when I moved back to Iowa. Everything I am saying can be proved.
All of this is being done to stop me from exposing my familys involvement with child trafficking and a myriad of other crimes.
My faith compells me to keep moving forward- to trust and keep trying to do what I feel is right.
As such- I am facing losing everything- including my life. But we were never promised it would be easy- just worth it in the end.
My body is wearing down but my faith remains strong.
I must continue doing what is right despite facing the army that is opposed against me. Despite no one in authority coming to my aid to he...
The Australian Government has approved the export of dozens of shipments of military items to Middle Eastern countries embroiled in the bloody Yemen war, a conflict dogged by accusations of war crimes and indiscriminate civilian killings. Internal Defence Department documents obtained under Freedom of Information (FOI) and from parliamentary hearings reveal since the beginning of 2016, Canberra has granted at least 37 export permits for military-related items to the United Arab Emirates, and 20 to Saudi Arabia. They are the two countries leading a coalition fighting a war against Houthi rebels in the Middle East's poorest nation, Yemen. The four-year war in Yemen has killed tens of thousands and an air-and-sea embargo has led to more than 85,000 Yemeni children under five dying from hunger, according to one children's agency.
This is a really nice slow-burn of a song. It slowly unfurls and reveals itself on the back of sparse guitar, distant organ and shuffling drums. Mike Powells voice is the clincher though, with just the right amount of grit and grain in his tone to convey the heavy emotion of the song. A plaintive
Howl & Moan Records is a Byron Bay institution for musicians and record lovers alike. For the past few years, owner Mario Salvatore Fraietta has fostered the grassroots Northern Rivers band scene, supporting emerging artists across a wide variety of genres, creating a thriving hub around the record store.
At Falls Byron this year, ten local bands will reach an even larger national audience with Fraietta curating a dedicated Howl & Moan stage that will run throughout the festival. The Howl & Moan Records stage will feature the sounds of Byron Bay & the Northern Rivers today, bands performing will vary from Psychedelic rock & grunge to Extreme Metal, Hardcore Punk and experimental noise.
Howl & Moan headliners include Miniskirt, Stoker, Captain Squidlicker & the Sinking Ships and P.A.F.F. with additional performances by Hobo Magic, Pineapple Lazer, From Crisis to Collapse, Demi Casha, Masochist and Bedclub.P.A.F.F. performing at Howl & Moan Records
Howl & Moan Records is honoured to have been granted the opportunity to curate a stage at a prominent national music festival and it is super exciting to invite those bands that have made our regular Tuesday night sessions a success! said Mario Fraietta.
Launched in March 2017, Howl & Moan Records has always set out to create a space that is more community than just a retail music store. Owner/Director Mario Fraietta had purchased the original store known as Good Dog Records and immediately set about changing the look and feel of the store to part caf/bar, part live music venue, or a vinyl collectors dream lounge room! You could be mistaken in thinking you were in a back laneway in Melbourne or Berlin or San Francisco rather than on a Byron Bay side street!
Influenced by the very same bars/cafes/record stores/live music venues that Mario had visited while travelling Australia & the much of the world over the course of his 20s & 30s, he always saw the connection with the...
A 28 year old man was stretcher winched out of the Minyon Falls bush walking track this afternoon (Thursday December 13) around 1.15pm.
Emergency services and Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter attended after the 28 year old reportedly slipped onto rocks on the track at the at the bottom of the falls.
The man was treated by paramedics and the helicopters clinical team for suspected spinal and limb injuries at the scene before being winched out and flown to the Gold Coast University Hospital.
He is reported to be in a stable condition.
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The other day I submitted an article analysing 2018 YTD costs for wholesale electricity in the 5 states that make up the national electricity market. It did not fly but my interest was aroused again today when an article in the state of darkness daily rag talked about the big battery helping to drive down costs.
Using the data from the YTD analysis and adding December 2017 I have looked at the summer costs, (December 2017 + January 2018 + February 2018) for QLD, NSW, VIC, TAS and SA to see what the differences are. These are wholesale prices before the transmission people and the retailing parasites add their margins and presumably before the RET subsidies are distributed. Remember also, it is supposed to be a national market.
For each state I found the percentage of time that price/MWh was above $150, the actual cost of the electricity consumed in these periods and the percentage of the total summer cost that it represented. The editor cannot reproduce the table or the chart and it may have to await the return of Sinc to see the results most clearly. They can be summarised as follows.
Victoria and South Australia were outstanding in the amount of time when the price was more than $150 per MWh and the amount of the total bill for the summer period that was racked up on those high cost days. The amount of time in the high cost zone ranged from 0.4% for NSW, 0.7% for Qld, 2.1% for Tasmania, 2.4% for Victoria and 4.9% for SA. The highest cost for the period showed a huge range from $280/MWh in NSW through 2,500 in Qld, 4,200 in Tasmania, to 12,900 in Victoria and the gold medal at 14,16676.50 in SA.
Another way to report the difference between the states is to count the % of the total summertime costs that were incurred during those short periods when the price was above 150.MWh.
The folk in NSW have it easy. They had 4.97% of the time with prices above $150/MWh and the total percentage of the summer bill was just 1.47.
SA and VIC, the renewables states were not so fortunate. For the 2.43% of time in VIC the percentage of the summer bill was 32.96. In SA, the state of darkness and rank stupidity it was 45.39% of the total summer bill for 4.9% of the time.
A chart that cannot be reproduced here shows the gigantic spikes in SA and Victoria on Jan 18 and 19 when consumers were flogged with when prices up $14,000+ per MWh as the system was about to fall over. TAS managed to get free power when SA and VIC were paying through the nose.
As I said, this is supposed to be a national market. Clearly it is a very distorted one where consumers are treated differently in different states. When electricity was generated in large thermal power stations the cost did not vary from minute to....
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